Hauptwerk 5.0 Early User Experience

This document describes my experience of using HW 5.0 from the beta testing version up until the time of the release of the software in December 2019.

Hauptwerk 5.0 Multi Channel Audio

This section contains links to documents about using the multi-channel output in Hauptwerk 5.0 (Advanced Edition).  These documents are offered as a resource to the Hauptwerk community to supplement the material in the Hauptwerk User Guide and to perhaps approach the issues of using this part of the system in a slightly different way from that set out in the User Guide.


This document provides notes summarising the two chapters in the Hauptwerk user Guide for Hauptwerk 5.0 and is an aide memoire to that section of the manual.

My Hauptwerk 5.0 audio output configuration

My Hauptwerk setup has five stereo channels (Spk A L, Spk A R, Spk B L, Spk B R, … Spk E L, Spk E R) which we are used as the main / front sounds, one stereo channel used for the rear sounds (Rear L, Rear R), a sub-woofer (Sub L, Sub R ) and a pair of headphones (Phones L, Phones R) (8 stereo outputs). I use the HW built-in audio recorder.  This document describes how  I setup my multi-channel audio system for use with HW 5.0 building on experience gained with earlier versions of Hauptwerk.

NB.  This does not build on the defaults set up in the audio system but fully establishes the multi-channel audio configuration.

Hauptwerk 5.0  “default audio” settings explained

The default settings for the audio system are suitable for setting up surround systems where there is a stereo pair for each of the four surround perspectives (two front and two rear).  This document describes how this default arrangement is configured.

Setting up my audio system using the Hauptwerk defaults

This describes how I could have set up my Hauptwerk 5.0 audio configuration building on the defaults in the Hauptwerk 5.0 system.  It is intended to complement the document which explains how the defaults for the audio set are set up.


These provide details of how some straight forward configurations can be set up for HW 5 audio output.  They were developed to help some fellow Hauptwerk 5 users.

Setting up two output groups with one pair of speakers per group

This guide describes how to set up a simple audio system where there is a front and rear pair of speakers (with the sub connected via the front speaker output) with two audio output groups one for the front speakers and one for the rear speakers; the document shows how to assign different ranks from a virtual organ to each of these groups and how this arrangement may be used for both surround sample sets and stereo sample sets.  The guide also explains what is being set up so that the reader can develop their understanding of the Hauptwerk 5.0 multi-channel audio system.

NB.  This does not build on the defaults set up in the audio system but establishes the output configuration fully.

A step by step guide to setting up stereo output with multiple pairs of speakers for HW 5.0

This guide describes how to set up a “stereo” audio output system with multiple pairs of speakers providing the stereo output – Hauptwerk spreads the sound across the multiple pairs of speakers to minimise distortion.  The guide also configures an independently connected subwoofer and headphones.  Explanations of what is being configured are included within the text.

NB. This guide builds on the default settings provided by Hauptwerk for the multi-channel audio system.

This guide describes how to set up four separate output groups for HW 5.0.  For example, this would enable Great and Pedal ranks to be sent to one set of speakers, Swell ranks to another, Solo ranks to another and and Choir ranks to a fourth set of speakers.  The guide also describes how to include recording on the Hauptwerk audio recorder, and outputs for headphones, a subwoofer and an auxiliary reverb channel.   Explanation of what is being done are included in the text.

NB.  This does not build on the defaults set up in the audio system but establishes the output configuration fully.

Special thanks to Philip Meaden for his helpful suggestions and comments about the last two documents.