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Wersi Direct has produced a vast number of additional pieces of software providing Total Presets, Sounds and Styles.  They call these their Software Expansion Packs.  On this page we shall put the spotlight on one of these pieces of software in each edition of the site.  Previous articles will still be available as pdf downloads from the panel on the right of the page.
We’re all interested to see how other players have set up registrations for pieces of music.  These registrations are known as Total Presets in Wersi-speak.  There’s also much interest in new sounds and new styles.
Most of the Wersi Direct Packs are of Total Presets.  While they can be used straight as they come, they can also very usefully be used as starting points for developing your own Total Presets.  Indeed, it’s much easier and quicker to produce a Total Preset from one which exists already rather than starting from the blank sheet provided by a Standard Preset.

1. 1920s Swing Clarinet

On the Upper Manual are two Clarinet sounds accompanied on the Lower Manual by a Piano and Jazz Guitar. There is extensive editing of Reverb values and Sound Controls parameters.

 

2. 1920s Swing Violin

A Gypsy Violin sound is set on the Upper Manual with Piano and Jazz Guitar on the Lower Manual. There are adjustments to some Sound Controls parameters and to Reverb values.

 

3. Buddy Holly Ballad

There are two Guitar sounds on the Upper Manual and a Strings sound on the Lower Manual which is also split to provide two Bell sounds from A3 upwards. There are adjustments to some Sound Controls parameters and to Reverb values.

Demo: Buddy Holly Ballad

 

4. CD Jazz Guitar + Vibes

The Upper Manual has two Jazz Guitars an octave apart plus a Vibraphone. The Lower Manual is split, with Strings in the lower half and a Flute in the top half. There are adjustments to some Sound Controls parameters and to Reverb values.

 

5. Cocktail Piano

The Upper Manual has two Piano sounds an octave apart while the Lower Manual is split to Strings (lower) and a Musicbox (upper). There is extensive editing of Reverb values and Sound Controls parameters.

 

 

6. Good, Bad & Ugly

Useful for the film tune, the Upper Manual is split to a lower Whistle and upper Guitar and Vocals while the Lower Manual is Vocals. An Acoustic Bass is on the Pedalboard. There are adjustments to some Sound Controls parameters and to Reverb values.

Demo: Good, Bad & Ugly

 

7. Haunting English Horn

In the Upper Manual there is the English Horn accompanied by a Vocal sound which has After Touch enabled. Personally I don’t like the way Wersi has set up the After Touch on Vocal sounds: it raises the pitch by a semitone which immediately creates a discord. Fortunately it’s easy to switch that off in this Preset and that is how the demo was set up. The Lower Manual contains Piano and Strings. There are adjustments to some Sound Controls parameters and to Reverb values.

Demo: Haunting English Horn

 

8. Hollywood Strings Pitz

The Upper Manual has sustained and pizzicato Strings while the Lower Manual is split to Strings (lower) and Harp (upper - from F2). There are adjustments to some Sound Controls parameters and to Reverb values.

9. Hollywood Strings

Strings are in the Upper Manual and the Lower Manual has Strings and a Horn Section. There is extensive editing of Reverb values and Sound Controls parameters.

Demo: Hollywood Strings

 

10. Jazz Guitar + Flute

In the Upper Manual are a Jazz Guitar and a Flute (under After Touch control which brings in a vibrato when extra pressure is applied to the key). The Lower Manual is split with Strings (lower) and an Electric Piano (upper). There is extensive editing of Reverb values and Sound Controls parameters.

 

11. Larry Adler

A Harmonica (Mouth Organ) is obviously the sound of choice for the Upper Manual with Strings and Piano in the Lower Manual. There are adjustments to some Sound Controls parameters and to Reverb values.

Demo: Larry Adler

 

12. Liberace Piano

Three Piano sounds are used in the Upper Manual while the Lower Manual contains Piano and Strings - could that be brother George’s contribution? There is extensive editing of Reverb values and Sound Controls parameters.

 

13. NASA Fanfare

The Upper Manual is split to provide a full Orchestra with percussion in the lower part and a multiple Horn Section in the upper part. The Lower Manual provides Vocals. There are adjustments to some Sound Controls parameters and to Reverb values.

 

14. Once Upon a Time in America

This is suitable for playing Deborah’s Theme from the film music. The Upper Manual has Strings and Vocals. The Lower Manual is split with Vocals and Strings in the lower part and a Panflute in the upper. There are adjustments to some Sound Controls parameters and to Reverb values.

 

15. Once Upon a Time in the West

Suitable for this particular music, the Upper Manual contains Vocals and the Lower Manual is split with Vocals and Harpsichord in the upper section and Strings in the lower section. To use this I would need to modify the volume balance of the sounds in order to bring out the upper part of the Lower Manual. The demo is unmodified in that way. There are Strings and Acoustic Bass on the Pedalboard. There are adjustments to some Sound Controls parameters and to Reverb values.

Demo: Once Upon a Time in the West

 

16. Piano with Sad Strings

Both the Upper and Lower Manuals have Piano and Strings. There is extensive editing of Reverb values and Sound Controls parameters.

Demo: Piano with Sad Strings

 

17. Piano+Vibes & Sax Split

The Upper Manual is split with Vibraphone and Piano in the lower part and a Saxophone in the upper part. The Lower Manual is also split with Strings in the lower part and a Musicbox in the upper. There are adjustments to some Sound Controls parameters and to Reverb values.

Demo: Piano+Vibes & Sax Split

 

18. Sad Trombone

This has a Trombone and Flugelhorn in the Upper Manual and a full Lower Manual of Piano, Strings and Bells, and also adjustments to some Sound Controls parameters and to Reverb values.

Demo: Sad Trombone

 

19. Sandman Scat

No prizes for guessing the song this is meant for. The Upper Manual has Scat Vocals while the Lower Manual has Piano and Scat Vocals. Wersichord is on. There is extensive editing of Reverb values and Sound Controls parameters.

Demo: Sandman Scat

 

20. Trombone & Deep Brass

The Upper Manual is split into Trombones (upper) and Brass Shake (lower) and the Lower Manual is split into Strings (lower) and Clarinet (upper). There are adjustments to some Sound Controls parameters and to Reverb values.

 

Summary

 

Some of these Presets are general while others are designed for a particular song. The provision of Total Presets for a particular piece of music is popular and some of Wersi Direct’s other Preset packages provide a considerable number of such items.

 

For further information about the “Great American Soundscape - 1” package, please visit the Wersi Direct website via this link: Great American Soundscape - 1.

 

There is also a video demonstration of this software on the Wersi Direct website.

 

PDF Downloads of previous entries on this page.

1 - Real Saxophones (pdf)
Audio Demos
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Audio Demos


The audio demos can be found in the article to the left.
6. Great American Soundscape - 1 : List of Total Presets
Lower Manual sounds complement the Upper Manual Sounds.

All demonstration Audio files have been prepared using the Total Presets as presented in the package, with no alteration.

1

1920s Swing Clarinet

11

Larry Adler

2

1920s Swing Violin

12

Liberace Piano

3

Buddy Holly Ballad

13

NASA Fanfare

4

CD Jazz Guitar + Vibes

14

Once Upon a Time in America

5

Cocktail Piano

15

Once Upon a Time in the West

6

Good, Bad & Ugly

16

Piano with Sad Strings

7

Haunting English Horn

17

Piano+Vibes & Sax Split

8

Hollywood Strings Pitz

18

Sad Trombone

9

Hollywood Strings

19

Sandman Scat

10

Jazz Guitar + Flute

20

Trombone & Deep Brass