Over 9000 recordings available ... and growing
The HT-400 Hymnal Plus has thousands of tunes built-in, providing immediate access to a wealth of music. This repertoire comprises three main types of tune: traditional hymns, modern worship music and incidental music. A fourth category - psalms and canticles - is available if the Psalm Player option is installed.
In all, the standard repertoire includes over 2880 recordings, linked to over 7300 hymn book entries.
Additional tune repertoire is available to purchase right away, whether it be just one specific tune or the index to an entire additional hymn book. Even bespoke, one-off recordings can be commissioned if required.
A - Z master index book
The HT-400 is supplied with an A - Z index of all the tunes included in its standard repertoire - the Master Index book.
Painstakingly cross-indexed by first line and tune name/title, using this you can quickly look up any available tune. Alternatively you can use the HT-400's onboard Hymn Search facility.
Convenient book indexing
For added ease of use, we've indexed the repertoire to a number of the most widely-used hymn books. If your church uses any of these, just select the appropriate book and then you can select tunes just by tapping in familiar hymn numbers.
There is a convention with traditional hymns to give the music its own name in order that it may be used with many sets of lyrics, not just the ones for which it was originally written. For example, the hymn Love divine all loves excelling is commonly sung to no less than four different tunes - BLAENWERN, HYFRYDOL, LOVE DIVINE and WESTMINSTER. So, you can see that the well-known title of Love divine all loves excelling only accurately identifies the lyrics, not the tune to which it is sung.
Wherever possible the traditional hymns in the repertoire are cross-referenced by both first line and tune name. Consequently, looking up Love divine all loves excelling will reveal several possibilities:
Love divine all loves excelling BLAENWERN
Love divine all loves excelling HYFRYDOL
Love divine all loves excelling LOVE DIVINE
Love divine all loves excelling WESTMINSTER
Modern Worship Music
The conventions of traditional hymn writing outlined above largely do not apply to modern worship music - the combination of music and lyrics is collectively known by one title.
However, many modern worship songs consist of verses and a chorus section. In these instances it is common for the song to be known by both its first line and a common title (usually the first few words of the chorus). For example Lord the light of your love is commonly known as SHINE JESUS SHINE, the first few words of the chorus section.
For speedy identification, the HT-400 stores both the first line and the common title wherever possible. The common title is shown as though it were a proper tune name:
Lord the light of your love SHINE JESUS SHINE
In order to provide music for a complete service, the HT-400 also plays a range of incidental music (wedding marches, voluntaries etc).
The HT-400’s optional Psalm Player feature provides interactive accompaniment for the singing of psalms, canticles and other chanted items. Use of this feature ideally requires an operator who is familiar with the singing of psalms and canticles, but in all other respects it is very simple and straightforward to use. The Psalm Player option is supplied with the chants from The Parish Psalter, indexed to that book.