Frank Vanaman's Mighty MidiTzer installation.
Frank Vanaman is the fifth Featured Artist here at Walnut Hill, and the eleventh inductee to the Walnut Hill Wall of Fame.
We quote him below:
It's always handy to have an organ already eqiupped with MIDI to control your Mighty MidiTzer. Here, I've co-opted a Yamaha HX-1 into being the front end, and it works quite well. The control panel folds down, so it's quite easy to put a little table on the top of the console so that the monitor can be parked conveniently close to hand (or nose!).
I've got a Magic Touch overlay for the monitor, which is a just-big-enough-to-be usable 14", and I'd say that hand registering with this setup requires a fair bit of skill, if you want to be accurate.
I was quite pleased to discover that all 10 of the Solo manual combinations and 6 of the Accompaniment combinations could be directly accessed by the 16 pistons on the HX console itself, which makes playing in real time much more feasible.
Here is another shot of my setup, this time running the new MidiTzer 3MSP three manual VTPO. Notice the addition of a third keboard.
Frank Vanaman's Mighty MidiTzer.
You can see my Yamaha HX-1 (really CHX-1 innards on an HX stand - note the wood CHX-1 pedalboard!), Casio CZ-1000 for the Solo manual, Planar 17" touch screen monitor. What looks like another synth keyboard behind the casio CZ is actually in a rack about a foot and a half behind the console. I just got the angle of the picture a bit wacky.
Notice the Korg Trident which appears just behind the casio third manual. The trident is a funky
8 voice analogue polysynth with a brass and strings section "tacked on".
Synth gear and e-organ anoraks might be amused to try to determine what the lower left-most keyboard (partially obscured behind an LCD panel with a beach towel on it) might be. Here's a hint: MOS-1.
Frank Vanaman's MOTM Modular Synthesizer.
Many folks would probably guess that this is a Moog, but it is actually a modern modular synthesizer, much of which is made by Synthesis Technology with a number of other companies' modules mixed in, and also a few home-built ones as well. There's a better picture of the modular here, although it has changed since that picture was taken.
Getting inducted to the Wall of Fame is easy!
Who doesn't want recognition for their efforts with the Mighty MidiTzer? Now, you can get noticed on the Walnut Hill Wall of Fame! Folks will see your pictures and be able to go directly to your site by clicking on them. We hope to see many more inductees here in the days ahead as folks step out with their Mighty MidiTzers. So... Dust off those cameras and get snappin'. Also, if you have recordings or any other content you want featured, we can put those here as well.
Email The Bone Doctor to find out how you can be among the ranks of those who are pioneering this Mighty Virtual Theatre Pipe Organ. Join TOSF and Walnut Hill VTPO and make your intentions known to all the folks in VTPO land. We are always glad to recognize those who make the TPO kingdom a better place!