You can produce a Total Preset which will play up to nine WAVE/MP3/Videos which are currently on your Wersi instrument just by pressing the Rhythm start button. Choose a blank Total Preset (one named “Standard Preset”) and touch the blue ACC button at the left of the bottom panel of the Main screen. You will see nine yellow slots appear. The first one may contain a rhythm/style name but the rest are likely to be blank (named “Free”).
Insert into each slot in turn a WAVE recording or an MP3 recording or even a Video, using the Quickload feature to load them in. These three types of recording can be mixed and matched within the same Total Preset. They can be those provided by Wersi, your own recordings or ones you’ve been sent by someone else etc.
Touch the Acc tab at the top of the screen. The “Accomp. Settings” screen which then appears has the word “Jukebox” in the far right orange panel, second up from the bottom. It is normally not ticked. Touch the white box to place a tick in it. Now touch the Main tab at the top of the screen to return to your Total Preset. Touch the blue ACC tab again and you’ll see that all nine recordings are now “linked” by a white right pointing arrow. Touch the first slot, it becomes highlighted in white, and then press the Rhythm start button. The first recording will start playing and the highlighting will move to the next recording on the right, to show what will be playing next. (It may be more logical if it showed what is playing now!)
This will continue automatically right through all nine recordings. You can touch any slot to make the Jukebox start playing from that recording. The ninth recording is the final one played, from wherever you start the sequence.
If all the recordings are your own, you will have produced your own album of nine songs which you could transfer to a blank CD.
When using the new MultiRecorder, the procedure for deletion is not quite what it seems, as I’ve discovered. When deleting a whole project, only the title of that project is deleted in the list. The project itself still remains intact in that slot. When you come to save a new project into that slot, with a new title, all its track recordings will over-record the previous tracks. If any of the new tracks is shorter than its predecessor, after that new track is finished playing back it will continue playing back what’s left of its predecessor.
To avoid this happening, delete each track individually and then delete the whole project. Its slot will then contain blank tracks. If you intend to use the same slot to save a new project straightaway, delete each track individually then save the project under its new name - there’s no need to delete the whole project.
My experience with this has been somewhat fleeting, if rather traumatic, so if anyone discovers that what I’ve said above has errors or needs some further explanation or you have a different experience, do e-mail to tell me. I’ll then modify this panel accordingly straightaway. That way we shall be sharing our experiences in true Club fashion.
Like all computers, a Wersi instrument will, from time to time, suffer a temporary inability to continue working. This may be a minor problem affecting one module within the OAS, in which case you may still be able to navigate to Settings and touch the Close OAS button. Once you have the Windows Desktop on-screen, double-touching the OAS Icon will then restart the OAS and all will be well again.
Occasionally the problem will be deeper than that and may have spread into Windows or even been generated there. This is usually characterised by a complete refusal of anything to work - the Touch Screen is non-responsive as are all the physical buttons including the Power On/Off switch. The only thing to do seems to be to switch off at the mains, wait several seconds, then switch the mains back on to the instrument and press the Power On/Off button to start the boot-up again. Fortunately, Windows XP is pretty robust at dealing with that and all will then be well once the instrument is fully operational again.
Instead of switching off at the mains, try holding down the Power On/Off switch for twelve seconds or so. Suddenly, the instrument will spring to life and go straight into a boot-up, at which point release the Power switch.
When you place a Sound or Style into a Total Preset, by default it goes into the first of the nine slots available. There is always a Sound or Style in that slot and your loading overwrites that existing entry. If you’ve ventured further and used some (or all) of the other eight slots available, you may have come across the situation where you want to delete one of those entries, leaving the slot empty rather than overwriting it with another Sound/Style.
You will have noticed that all the empty slots are actually filled with the word “Free”. To clear a slot of its entry, leaving it empty (Free), simply select the relevant slot and touch Quickload. If the slot you wish to empty is a Sound then touch the Sounds button on the Quickload screen; if a Style then touch the Styles button.
In each case select the panel of available Sounds/Styles to display the Factory list. In that list will be a Sound/Style called “Free”. Select this and touch Load. The Sound/Style you wish to delete will be replaced by the word “Free” so it looks like all the other empty slots - ie, you have deleted the item.
The use of the Dynamic feature provided on all Wersi instruments has been covered in various articles. Small yet important details can become lost within such articles and therefore may need highlighting in their own right. Ways of playing a piece of music will be very different depending upon how the keys of the instrument are set to respond to the player’s touch. While I was with Yamaha I used the EL90’s dynamic feature extensively on the Lower Manual in a particular way which is also possible on a Wersi organ.
My Verona has just two Lower Manual sound layers but if you have a Scala or Louvre you can take advantage of their extra layer and achieve even more results. I usually set the Lower Manual to have a sustained sound, like Strings, in LM1 and a percussive sound like Piano or Guitar, or a brass sound like Horns, in LM2 (except when splitting the keyboard, which provides an additional possibility on a Scala or Louvre, not an alternative).
LM1 is set to have no Dynamic function at all. Using such a function with Strings can be quite difficult to control and requires much attention to the way of playing vis a vis the sound you’re hearing. I prefer to concentrate on controlling the LM2 sound, which is set to a Dynamic value of 7 or 14. This means that playing the LM in a gliding way, just caressing the keys, allows the sustained sound of LM1 to play entirely unaffected by the velocity of attack on the keys. LM2, under the above conditions, doesn’t sound at all or at least very quietly.
When I want the percussive/brass sound of LM2 to play a few critical notes to add to the overall effect I play those notes with a fast attack. This has no effect on the LM1 sound but suddenly there is a Piano/Guitar/French Horn in the mix. The result can be very effective.
If you have a Scala or Louvre then you have four sound layers on the Upper Manual, three layers on the Lower Manual and two on the Pedal Board. The other organs have one fewer sound layer in each place. Wersi has provided the facility to switch off all except the very first sound layer on each Manual and the Pedal Board via switches on the left panel.
It appears that you cannot switch off the first sound layer in each case and so the user has to revert to pushing the relevant slider(s) fully in to mute those first layers. This does prevent the sudden appearance of total silence while playing but I do occasionally feel the need to be able to switch the first layer off, especially if I’ve set its volume level at less than full. Pushing the slider in makes it virtually impossible to return to that preset volume level when pulling the slider out again.
There is, however, a way of switching off the first layer in each case. Touching the Sel tab at the top of the screen opens the first Selectors screen. The top parameter of each column (each Manual Layer/Pedal Board) is On/Off.
When setting up a Total Preset it is very useful to touch the box for UM1/LM1/PB1 to switch off that sound while choosing another layer. The first layer sound can then be brought back in and out very easily to set the balance of sounds.
It doesn’t end there, though, because if you have the Sel screen showing while playing, a simple touch of the UM1/LM1/PB1 box will untick and tick it, sequentially switching the first sound layer off and on while playing. Just don’t switch all layers off!!!
Occasionally the Style Player in a Wersi instrument can stop working. The symptoms of this are the absence of all the accompaniment instruments while playing a Style: all you can hear are the drums. This problem can be triggered by trying to import or use a Style which the instrument doesn’t recognise. This can be while importing Styles from other instruments to use with the OAA or when importing a Total Preset from someone else who has used a Style or Style position different from that which you have on your instrument.
There may or may not be an error message appear on-screen associated with the shut-down of the Style Player. If you’ve never used your instrument in the above way you’ve probably never experienced the event but all computers have to be able to deal with user error and this is just an example of that.
How to deal with the shutdown is the question. Normally you would go to Settings and touch the “Close OAS” button. This then leaves the Windows desktop visible on which is a small icon called “Wersi OAS”. Touching that then reloads the OAS software and the Style Player will work again.
There is an alternative way which avoids closing the OAS down. Hold down the “ACC On/Off” button in the upper left panel for several seconds while a Style is playing. Suddenly, the Style Player is restored. I assume this will work every time but it’s impossible to test it out without the Style Player shutting down and that requires I purposely try to do something I know the organ will not accept. I don’t have any such items left on my Verona as I always delete anything which gives the organ a hard time! If you have occasion to try out this solution would you please let me know if it has worked for you?
On the Main screen of OAS-7 is a digital clock. Does yours show the correct time? If not, it’s very easy to adjust it because it derives its time from the Windows XP clock which sits in the bottom right corner of the desk-top screen, at the right of the Start-Up area of the Task Bar, on all PCs.
Simply touch Settings > Windows and the OAS software will become minimised to an icon to the left of the Task Bar at the bottom of the screen, revealing the Windows XP desk-top. Double touch the Windows clock (bottom right) and an expanded version of it will come up on-screen in a small overlay window. This displays an analogue version of the clock plus a calendar. There is also a box containing the time digits with up/down arrows to their right.
The trick now is to highlight which time value is wrong - most likely the minutes. It is possible to achieve this using a finger but it requires patience and a steady hand. If you have a mouse attached, then it’s very easy. Without a mouse don’t attempt to alter the seconds value. It’s unnecessary, anyway.
Once the error digits are highlighted, use a finger (or the mouse) to touch the appropriate up or down arrow to alter the value. One touch will change the value by one: leave your finger on the arrow and the digits will change rapidly, losing the highlight temporarily in the process. Once the time is correct, touch OK.
NB: There is a tab at the top of this window called Time Zone. On no account attempt to change the time zone even if it’s stated wrongly! The OAS seems to be set up to provide the correct time when the time zone is Pacific Standard Time (or it does on my Verona, at least). It goes haywire if I change it to GMT.
You’re now left with the Windows desk-top and the clock in the bottom right corner showing the correct time. To return to the OAS simply touch the WERSI OAS icon on the Task Bar at the bottom of the screen, to the right of the Start button.
Remember, touching the screen is more accurate if you use the flat area of a fingernail rather than the pad of a finger.