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Welcome to our Web page for frequently asked questions regarding HymnSoft®. Here you’ll find a variety of questions and answers on both current and past software versions. You can also visit our technical support page for any other issues.

General HymnSoft FAQs

  1. What is HymnSoft?
  2. Are there different editions?
  3. What is a “script” in HymnSoft?
  4. What updates have been made?

 

HymnSoft Player 3.1 FAQs

  1. When was HymnSoft 3.1 released?
  2. What’s new in this current version?
  3. Does HymnSoft 3.1 allow users to copy hymn, psalm, and liturgy texts?
  4. Does HymnSoft 3.1 contain a Planner module?
  5. What restrictions are placed on HymnSoft and its files?
  6. What should I do if Windows 10 is my operating system and I’m having trouble installing HymnSoft?

 

 

General HymnSoft FAQs


1. What is HymnSoft?

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.

 

2. Are there different editions?

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:

Professional—This module retained all of the search and listening capabilities of the original version.
Planner—This was created as an electronic version of Christian Worship: Planning (© 1995 NPH). It gives the lectionary readings for the three-year series, notes on the readings, and hymn suggestions, for each of the Sundays and festivals of the church year.
Player—This popular addition to HymnSoft allows the user to play all of the musical elements of a service using a computer through the use of scripts.

HymnSoft 3.1 comes exclusively as a player module package. There is also an optional add-on data DVD available, which expands the user’s HymnSoft experience through the use of M4A files.

 

3. What is a “script” in HymnSoft?

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.

 

4. What updates have been made?

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.



 

HymnSoft Player 3.1 FAQs


1. When was HymnSoft 3.1 released?

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.

 

2. What’s new in this current version?

Some of the features include:

  • All musical elements in Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal, CW: Occasional Services, and CW: Supplement are available.
  • All MIDI files are in an open format for use in HymnSoft Player 3.1 as well as other MIDI players (including Windows Media Player, iTunes, Cakewalk, and other stand-alone music programs).
  • The program now works on both Windows and Mac operating systems.
  • M4A sound files for exceptional playback quality (available as an optional add-on DVD set).
  • All liturgies, Psalms, and hymns include introduction and stanzas (as appropriate) with organ and piano sounds.

 

3. Does HymnSoft 3.1 allow users to copy hymn, psalm, and liturgy texts?

Yes. However, for expanded resources in creating service folders, we recommend using the following:

Both of these have text and graphic files of the hymnal and supplement liturgies, psalms, and hymns for use in service folders and presentation software. They also include PDFs of both books for searches of words and phrases.

 

4. Does HymnSoft 3.1 contain a Planner module?

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.

 

5. What restrictions are placed on HymnSoft and its files?

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.

 

6. What should I do if Windows 10 is my operating system and I’m having trouble installing HymnSoft?

If you are using Windows 10 and are having trouble installing HymnSoft Player, contact the Sacred Music and Worship Editor

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