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Console

The Console view is the view that you get when you start a Napo app and which you use most of the time while playing the organ. Besides the organ-specific knobs (stops and maybe couplers and tremulants) in the mid, it offers a general volume control at the left and several buttons at the right. Whenever possible, the Console view is designed to match the look of the stops board of the real organ console. As an example, look at the Console view of MenzelOrgan. This organ has five manual ranks, each divided in a bass and a diskant stop, a pedal rank and a tremulant. Compare the Console view of the app (left) to Lars Palo's photo of the real stops board (right):

At the beginning you might find the visual discrimination between active and inactive stops to be difficult, but, like with a real instrument, this is a matter of practice. Furthermore, being the organist, you know and you hear which stops you have pulled, don't you? Anyway, you can select the console style Abstract in the Settings view, which make it easier to identify active and inactive stops. For example for PiteaMini it looks like this:

For large organs with many stops, the screen area of small devices is insufficient to show all stop buttons. To allow operating these instruments on iPhones also, starting with version 4.15, Napo facilitates the display of stops ordered by divisions, as demonstrated here with Pitea app:

Before explaining the buttons at the right, let's talk about Napo's combination mechanism.

A combination is a set of knob settings (stops, couplers, tremulants) of the organ. It allows for fast registration changes while playing. In Napo, combinations are organised in combination banks. The intention is that you create a combination bank for a piece of organ music and in this bank create combinations for the parts of this piece, in the ordering in which you need them. Then, while playing the piece, you can use the + button to step through the combinations. This stepper functionality can also be controlled via MIDI.

The number of combination banks and the number of combinations in a bank are not restricted. A bank can be created by long-tapping the Bank button. When there are banks, you can select a bank after short-tapping this button. When a bank is selected, you can create a combination for this bank from the current stops setting of the Console view by long-tapping the Comb. button, or select a combination from this bank after short-tapping this button. For editing functionality, use the Combinations view.

Now the description of the Console view's buttons:

The fact that there is a dedicated volume control which does not affect the system volume deserves an explanation. There are several reasons for the existence of this control:

The volume can also be controlled via MIDI. You need to configure this functionality in the Settings-MIDI view. You will see the Console view's volume slider move when you operate the external volume slider or swell pedal that you have linked to the general volume.

Other functions (stops, couplers, tremulants, combination selection) can be controlled via MIDI, too. Once again, use the Settings view to configure this.

For playing very simple pieces or for composing music on the road, Napo offers onscreen keyboards. When you are in the Console view, you can toggle between the stops display and a combined stops / keyboard display by tapping the Console view icon. By long-pressing the icon you get a fullscreen keyboard display.

Onscreen keyboards make most sense on an iPad in landscape mode. As an example, this is the stops / keyboards mode of PiteaMini:

Here, the upper keyboard is the manual, the lower keyboard plays the pedal stops. Both can be scrolled horizontally by dragging the grey strip. The stops can be scrolled, too. The empty space between Trumpet 8' and Subbas 16' is well suited to grab it for scrolling, but you can also drag the stop buttons if you have deactivated Multitasking Gestures in your device settings. This is recommended anyway if you use the virtual keyboards, because otherwise there is the risk to switch apps when you play a chord and move your fingers.

At the right end of the grey strips you can see lock symbols. When you tap a lock, the currently pressed keys of the corresponding keyboard get fixed. A fixed key is released only when you tap it again (or tap the Notes Off button).

It has turned out that some users prefer easy access to a small collection of combinations over the bank / combination system. Napo offers an alternative combination handling in the form of buttons A,B,C,D,E:

These buttons are displayed if you choose ABCDE in the Settings view at Appearance / Combination Mode. You can save a combination by long-tapping one of the buttons and selecting Save in the menu. You can load a combination by short-tapping.

The A,B,C,D,E combinations are completely independent of the bank / combination system, but as Napo 4.5 adds support for storing combination banks in iCloud, there was a way needed to also share the A,B,C,D,E combinations with other devices. This can be achieved by creating a combination bank from the A,B,C,D,E combinations, sharing this bank via iCloud, and on another device importing the bank to A,B,C,D,E. The needed functionality is available by two additional entries of the menu that you get by long-pressing an A,B,C,D,E button:

It does not matter which of the buttons A,B,C,D,E you choose – all five combinations are copied from / to a bank. When copying to a bank, you have to enter a bank name. When copying from a bank, you can select a bank from a list.

Starting with Napo 4.16, these five combination buttons can be labelled with FF,F,M,P,PP instead of A,B,C,D,E by making the according selection the Settings view at Appearance / Combination Mode. The mapping A ⟷ FF etc. is this way to put FF at the top and PP at the bottom in portrait mode. Consequently, FF is at the left in landscape mode. This is counterintuitive, and hence it was changed in Napo 4.17. Furthermore, the button M is relabelled to MF in version 4.17.

Note however that it is up to the user to create stop combinations for the buttons FF etc., as usual by long-tapping. There are no predefined configurations for these buttons.