JOHN ADAMS

ABSOLUTE JEST
Tuning Module — for harp and piano — Mac Application (OSX) ONLY!!!!

IMPORTANT – This software will only run on Apple OSX equipped devices (such as laptops and desktops) and WILL NOT RUN on iOS or Android devices, or full versions of Microsoft Windows.

Please download the archive file “ADAMS-Absolute-Jest-Tuner.hqx” at:

login as public, no password:
http://shareit.boosey.com

follow path:
public > samples > JohnAdams-Software > Absolute-Jest-Tuner

Next, download and install the Cycling74 Max Runtime OSX application – http://cycling74.com/downloads/runtime/

Next, launch our tuning application by double-clicking on the “ADAMS-Absolute-Jest-Tuner” icon – to be used for Absolute Jest alternate harp and piano tunings only.

ABSOLUTE JEST
Tuning Table @ Base 440Hz:

C: 264.40
C#: 276.80
D: 295.20
D#: 316.00
E: 330.50
F: 352.70
F#: 368.30
G: 394.70
G#: 412.80
A: 441.90
A#: 472.80
B: 494.70
C: 528.80

The file you download from Boosey should automatically uncompress with StuffIt Expander. If not, follow the following link to download the StuffIt application, then you must install it on your Mac.

http://my.smithmicro.com/mac/stuffitexpander/download.html

Once uncompressed, a folder will be created “ADAMS-Absolute-Jest-Tuner”. Inside that folder will be the application. Simply double click on it, and it will launch.

Press the spacebar, and you should begin to hear a plucked harp sample, with a sustained drone waveform. Once you hear it, you can simply press any note on the graphic keyboard register above. Please note, the app defaults to the Absolute Jest alternate tuning. If you would like equal temperament pull down “select temperament” – and select equal temperament.

This app includes base frequencies from 400Hz through 445Hz. Please select appropriate base frequency in relation to the orchestra’s base tuning.

Just below the temperament and base freq area you will notice a readout of the alternate tuning freq – it’s simply a readout although you can grab any of the numbers on the alternate tuning freq box side and drag them up or down to hear frequency change. Also, you will notice MIDI Note Number and Pitch readouts.

You can modify the drone waveform timbre by simply clicking on the little preset boxes, or grab a frequency band and drag up or down. Visual waveform readout is below.

On the right of the application you will notice a mix selection between drone/sine mix and plucked harp sample.

Below, set the harp pluck time, longer or shorter intervals between plucks.

Far right are tuning tables and RESET, if needed!

Contact Mark Grey with questions:
mhgrey@earthlink.net

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Fearful Symmetries Tech Specs

September 13, 2010

Fearful Symmetries – two keyboard musicians:

  • SYNTHESIZER: performs on TOP and BOTTOM sampler keyboard registers
  • SAMPLER: performs single sampler register only.

Two options:

OPTION #1:

1.) Kurzweil sampler version:

SYNTHESIZER MUSICIAN – Performs on TOP and BOTTOM keyboard registers

  • 1 x (BOTTOM) Kurzweil K2500X (or K2600X/K2661X) 88-note keyboard version –  with minimum 16Mb sample RAM
  • 1 x (TOP) 88-note master keyboard controller (Kurzweil PC88 or PC2X/PC3X recommended)
  • 1 x keyboard combination amplifier (amp and speaker together) –  with 15 inch speaker driver, or larger. Roland KC-550 recommended.
  • 1 x double-tier keyboard stand to hold TOP and BOTTOM keyboards.
  • 1 x Iomega 100Mb (or 250Mb) external SCSI ZIP drive, with SCSI cable.
  • 1 x audio volume pedal (Ernie Ball 6165 recommended)
  • 1 x sustain pedal for Kurzweil sampler
  • 4 x 15ft 1/4” jack cables to connect sampler to pedal, then onto combi amp
  • Several AC power strips and AC extensions for samplers and combi amps

SAMPLER MUSICIAN

  • 1 x Kurzweil K2500X (or K2600X/K2661X) 88-note keyboard version –  with minimum 8Mb sample RAM
  • 1 x keyboard combination amplifier (amp and speaker together) –  with 15 inch speaker driver, or larger. Roland KC-550 recommended.
  • 1 x single-tier keyboard stand
  • 1 x audio volume pedal (Ernie Ball 6165 recommended)
  • 1 x sustain pedal for Kurzweil sampler
  • 4 x 15ft 1/4” jack cables to connect sampler to pedal, then onto combi amp
  • Several AC power strips and AC extensions for samplers and combi amps

OPTION #2:

2.) Native Instruments Kontakt software sampler:

Please contact Boosey & Hawkes to obtain custom software

Kontakt MUST BE PURCHASED (approx $400 USD). Please visit http://www.native-instruments.com

Kontakt CANNOT be fully downloaded and purchased from the Native Instruments website, as most products now allow. It is NOT ready for immediate use. You must purchase the software, online or not, where the factory/distributor THEN ships you the software media (the sealed DVDs containing the serial numbers). The download version of Kontakt is the demo version which will only run for minutes, then quit. If you choose this method for performance please leave enough time to obtain the software via standard/express shipping methods.

If you use alternative software samplers, there are programs available to convert our Kontakt Multi/Instruments into one of several destination formats. One such program is CDXtract (http://www.cdxtract.com/) – available for Mac/PC, and for purchase –> approx $140 USD. Please note, there is no guarantee any translation program will convert perfectly. Possible issues experienced could be problems in loop times/directions, sample truncation, audio routing, etc… So, explore this option at your own risk.

Kontakt Equipment List:

We highly recommend obtaining a “sampler technician” for your production. This person can help setup and troubleshoot the electronic instrument environment.

  • Full running Mac/PC version of Kontakt
  • High-performance Mac/PC computer with ample memory and hard disk space. Slower computer systems will increase the chance of unwanted latency.
  • High-performance, and multi-output, computer audio interface compatible with above computer system. Less quality interfaces will increase the chance of unwanted latency. Outputs 1+2 used for SYNTH, outputs 3+4 used for SAMPLER.
  • High-performance, multi-port, MIDI interface compatible with above computer system. Less quality interfaces will increase the chance of unwanted latency. Port A for SYNTH, Port 3 for SAMPLER.
  • For SYNTHESIZER Player: Two 88-note master keyboard controllers able to send program change and sustain pedal control. SYNTH “TOP” sends MIDI Channel 1, SYNTH “BOTTOM” sends MIDI Channel 2.
  • For SAMPLER Player: One 88-note master keyboard controller able to send program change and sustain pedal control on MIDI Channel 3.
  • One double-tier keyboard stand to hold the two SYNTH master controllers – TOP and BOTTOM; and one singe-tier keyboard stands to hold SAMPLER master controller.
  • Two keyboard combination amplifiers – to amplify SYNTH and SAMPLER Kontakt patches.
  • Two audio volume pedals (not CC pedal) to connect audio interface outputs to the respective keyboard combination amps. One pedal per musician.
  • Two sustain pedals, one for each musician.
  • All cables (MIDI, audio, AC power) to connect and power the above equipment.

Note, all Fearful Symmetries patches (and sustain pedal control) in Kontakt are assigned as follows:
SYNTH TOP patches/sustain on MIDI Channel 1, audio routes to audio interface outputs 1+2;
SYNTH BOTTOM patches/sustain on MIDI Channel 2, audio routes to audio interface outputs 1+2.
SAMPLER patches/sustain on MIDI Channel 3, audio routes to audio interface outputs 3+4.

Program your master controllers appropriately, as well as configure Kontakt’s mixer output to SYNTH = outs 1+2, SAMP = outs 3+4.

General Sound Reinforcement Notes:

Sampler players should not be amplified through main loudspeaker system. The sampler sound is to be amplified through the above recommended keyboard combination amplifier and should seem “acoustic” within the context of the orchestra.

Technical issues please contact Mark Grey, Sound Designer for John Adams: mhgrey@earthlink.net

Please comment on your Fearful Symmetries experiences

Please comment on your Klinghoffer experiences

Death of Klinghoffer (Full Opera) Tech Specs

At the time of this April 2010 posting, the electronic musicians’ environment is being revised. Please be in direct contact with Mark Grey regarding details. Full specs will be posted here when the revisions are complete.

Mark Grey – mhgrey@earthlink.net

Please comment on your Nixon in China experiences

Nixon in China

Three keyboard musicians:

  • Keyboard I: performs acoustic grand piano.
  • Keyboard II: performs acoustic grand piano.
  • HX keyboard musician: performs two master keyboard controllers, named TOP and BOTTOM, without bass pedals. Note: The original HX keyboard musician utilized a Yamaha HX-1 Electone which has been discontinued by Yamaha manufacturing. The sampler and keyboard controllers below replace the original two keyboard, with bass pedals, HX synthesizer.

Two options:

1.) Kurzweil sampler version:

  • 1 x Kurzweil K2500X, K2600X, K2661X (with minimum 64Mb RAM) keyboard version
  • 1 x Six-octave MIDI Master Controller*
  • 1 x Program Change Footpedal**
  • 1 x stereo keyboard combination amplifier (Roland KC-550 recommended)
  • 1 x double-tier keyboard stand
  • 1 x audio volume pedal (Ernie Ball 6165 recommended)
  • 1 x sustain pedal (for Kurzweil)
  • 1 x Iomega 100Mb (or 250Mb) external SCSI ZIP drive, with SCSI cable.
  • Also needed: audio cables and AC power cables to connect everything

* Six-octave MIDI master keyboard controller: Must be able to sequentially and contiguously program
change up/down a minimum of 32 patch positions. Each master controller must be able to merge MIDI OUT
and MIDI THRU data (such as the Kurzweil PC88). Also, each master controller is on a different MIDI
channel. Kurzweil PC88 recommended.

** Program change footpedals: Either inc/dec or MIDI programmable will be appropriate depending on
the model and type of master controller used. For example: inc/dec pedal could be used with Kurzweil PC88
master controllers where a MIDI programmable footpedal must be used with a Yamaha KX88.
Note: The HX keyboard musician must use a footpedal and not master controller front-panel buttons,
or an infinity wheel, because program changes occur between bars, within performed notation, and
while both hands are performing simultaneuosly.

2.) Native Instruments Kontakt software sampler:

Please contact Boosey & Hawkes to obtain custom software

Kontakt MUST BE PURCHASED (approx $400 USD). Please visit http://www.native-instruments.com

Kontakt CANNOT be fully downloaded and purchased from the Native Instruments website, as most products now allow. It is NOT ready for immediate use. You must purchase the software, online or not, where the factory/distributor THEN ships you the software media (the sealed DVDs containing the serial numbers). The download version of Kontakt is the demo version which will only run for minutes, then quit. If you choose this method for performance please leave enough time to obtain the software via standard/express shipping methods.

If you use alternative software samplers, there are programs available to convert our Kontakt Multi/Instruments into one of several destination formats. One such program is CDXtract (http://www.cdxtract.com/) – available for Mac/PC, and for purchase –> approx $140 USD. Please note, there is no guarantee any translation program will convert perfectly. Possible issues experienced could be problems in loop times/directions, sample truncation, audio routing, etc… So, explore this option at your own risk.

Kontakt Equipment List:

We highly recommend obtaining a “sampler technician” for your production. This person can help setup and troubleshoot the electronic instrument environment.

  • Full running Mac/PC version of Kontakt
  • High-performance Mac/PC computer with ample memory and hard disk space. Slower computer systems will increase the chance of unwanted latency.
  • High-performance, multi-output, computer audio interface compatible with above computer system. Less quality interfaces will increase the chance of unwanted latency.
  • High-performance, multi-port, MIDI interface compatible with above computer system. Less quality interfaces will increase the chance of unwanted latency.
  • Two 88-note master keyboard controller able to send program change and sustain pedal control on multiple MIDI channels simultaneously.
  • One double-tier keyboard stand to hold master controller.
  • Keyboard combination amplifier – to amplify the Kontakt patches.
  • One audio volume pedal (not CC pedal) to connect audio interface output to the keyboard combination amp.
  • One sustain pedal to connect to the master controller.
  • All cables (MIDI, audio, AC power) to connect and power the above equipment.

Note, Nixon in China patches (and sustain pedal control) in Kontakt are assigned as follows: TOP receives MIDI Channel 1, BOTTOM receives MIDI Channel 2. Program your master controllers appropriately.

General Sound Reinforcement Notes:

HX Musician’s Kurzweil could be amplified through main loudspeaker system, depending if the production is staged, concert version, or generally sound reinforced. The sampler sound is mostly to be amplified through the above recommended keyboard combination amplifier and should seem “acoustic” within the context of the orchestra, and production.

Technical issues please contact Mark Grey, Sound Designer for John Adams: mhgrey@earthlink.net