The above site (the title here is a link to that site) is run by Richard Postma who
used to run the OrganPortal website. ‘Tasten’ is German for keys, as on the keyboards
In this panel you will be able to read news about updates on the Tastensounds website
as well as read about Sound Packets which are available from the site.
On the Tastensounds website you will find a Demos page. Now this is something else:
not your usual short snippets (like we have on our site!) but a full piece of music
for twenty six of the twenty eight demos available to listen to. Be prepared to be
entertained for around ninety minutes by some excellent tracks; well worth a listen.
The Orchestra and Klaus Wunderlich Favourites were played by Richard on his Wersi
The Orchestra Sound Packet
This packet contains eighteen new sound samples in the Wersi OAS sts format. They
are provided on a memory stick and a download if requested. Each sound is imported
into a Wersi OAS instrument by using the Sound Manager > Akai Sound > Import facility
on the Settings screen. On the screen which then follows you select “Browse STS”.
An instrument with 2GB of RAM is recommended. Full instructions are provided and
are also displayed on the Tastensounds website.
The sounds include some solo instruments and some ensembles.
Bassoon, Concert Guitar, Grand Piano, Harp, Orchestral Flute, Piccolo, Trumpet, Gypsy
Clarinet and Flute, Cell Strings, Fairies, Human Choir, Nash Strings Long, Nash Strings
Short, Orchestra Pizzicato, Strings, Timpani and Solo Strings, Tremolo Strings Fast.
So, what are these sounds like? Listening to the demos on the Tastensounds website,
you can hear the Orchestral Flute, Concert Guitar and some of the Strings sounds
in Track 1, Concierto di Aranjuez. I especially like the Orchestral Flute: very sweet
and smooth. Here it is again, on the Upper Manual but it’s just a short snippet.
The Lower Manual has Cell Strings and the Pedalboard Nash Strings Short at 8’.
The Clarinet and Flute combination is also an interesting sound. Here it is joined
by the Strings sound on the Lower Manual and Fairies on the Pedalboard. Fairies is
basically a string sound but with a bell-like percussive addition above B2: good
for Christmas music! Therefore on the pedalboard at 16’ you hear just the string
The Concert Guitar is a very satisfactory sound to play. Here it is accompanied by
the Nash Strings Long plus the Human Choir on the Lower Manual and Cell Strings on
the Pedalboard at 8’.
Another especially effective and realistic sound is the Harp. Here it is solo in
one Selector on the Upper Manual.
The Bassoon is sweet and smooth; the Piccolo has an integral vibrato and reverb with
an overall smooth sound; the Gypsy Violin has a definite attack and up-front sound;
the Trumpet has that authentic brassy edge; Orchestra Pizzicato has definite depth;
the Timpani and Solo Strings has timpani and cymbal added (below F2) to a deep strings
sound throughout the octaves which is very rewarding to play; Tremolo Strings have
an authentic tremolo and a definite bite; and so it goes on. It is invidious to try
to make comparisons as individual sound preferences are very much in the ear of the
beholder. The bottom line is: do I feel I have bought a worthwhile package which
I’m going to use? The answer is a definite “Yes”, and I still have yet to investigate
in depth the Strings sounds which are demonstrated so well in Track 2 on the Tastensounds
website: Adagio for Strings.