HymnSoft® is a software program based on Christian Worship: a Lutheran Hymnal (NPH ©1993). The program was created to allow users (especially pastors) to sample the hymns, psalms, and liturgical songs of the new hymnal. It was programmed by Pastor David Arndt and his father Dallas Arndt, and released in 1994, shortly after the introduction of CW. The program uses a database program, SuperBase, originally owned by Software Publishing Corporation. The original edition was written for PCs with 386 processors and using the Windows 3.1 operating system.
Yes. Originally, only Home and Professional editions were available. The Professional edition was an expansion of the Home edition that included a database for keeping track of the hymns used and an organ library. It also allowed users to search the hymns by topic, scripture text, and word or phrase.
HymnSoft 2.0 came in three modules:
A script is a listing of the musical parts of the liturgy, the psalms, and hymns for a service. When scripts are created, the user chooses which elements to add, including how many stanzas of a hymn. When the script is played, the user utilizes the computer to start each musical segment of the service. Hymns stanzas can be set up to play continuously without prompting. A unique feature of the psalms is that the reciting tone can be played as long as needed, and then the user activates the cadence (final notes of the phrase) and then the refrain. Tempos of the script elements can be adjusted while creating or editing the script. External MIDI files and other audio files can also be played in a script. These can include other hymns and parts of the liturgy, as well as service music for organ, piano, or any other MIDI file.
HymnSoft has evolved over the years. In 1997, HymnSoft 2.0 was released for 486 processors and Windows 95. This version was later updated to HymnSoft 2.05a. Most recently, the software has been remade and relaunched as HymnSoft Player 3.1.
NPH released HymnSoft Player 3.0 in October 2013. This version was not an update, but a completely new program with all-new MIDI files. The 3.1 upgrade was released in May 2015.
Some of the features include:
Yes. However, for expanded resources in creating service folders, we recommend using the following:
No. A revision of CW: Planning is available as a PDF and includes materials prepared by the WELS Commission on Worship based on the revised lectionary found in Christian Worship: Supplement (©2008 NPH). See the WELS Connect Web site to download a free version of the PDFs.
In general, the MIDI and M4As are copyrighted and may not be duplicated or sent to another user without permission of the copyright holders. However, the MIDI files can be opened and edited by the user. Both MIDI and M4A files may also be copied to the hard drive of a single computer. Additional computers need their own copy of the program and/or the M4A DVDs, unless a site license has been purchased.
If you are using Windows 10 and are having trouble installing HymnSoft Player, contact the Sacred Music and Worship EditorReturn to HymnSoft Information Page