WERSI HD SERIES Ė NEW VB3-II MATERIAL
Iím pleased to announce that the OAX edition of the
Wersi HD Series Upgrade Manual is now up to date with
the inclusion of Chapter 7 - ďInstalling and Configuring
VB3-IIĒ. If youíre into your drawbar sounds, I can
thoroughly recommend this new version for both quality
and authenticity. If you missed my review of the
software you can read it at:-
Unlike previous versions that had to be run exclusively
within a VST/AU host, this new edition also includes a
stand-alone version, making it much easier to install,
configure and operate. And better still, whereas the VST/AU
host versions required the VB3 presets to be set up in
the host, in the stand-alone edition they can now be
accessed directly from the OAX total presets.
Since software of this type is typically designed to run
on a wide range of midi based systems, itís necessary to
construct a customised configuration to run on the
Wersi. This is detailed in the Upgrade Manual. Once
again Iím indebted to Curt from WersiClub USA for
testing out this configuration on OAX, and for verifying
that it works. You can find Chapter 7 of the OAX Upgrade
Iíve also replaced the ĎVB3 Virtual Hammond Organí entry
on the ĎSample Sets and Demosí section with information
on the new VB3-II software. For the demos, Iíve retained
the original VB3 recordings of ĎWaveí and ĎGo Westí. The
reason for this is that I had for some time a late 1960s
Hammond tonewheel organ, and both versions of this
software can equally well replicate that sound. The
difference however is that the VB3 version only has
three different tonewheel models, and they all sound
pretty similar, so a good deal of tweaking was necessary
both in the software and in the AU host (Mainstage) to
obtain an authentic sound. The VB3-II version has 22
completely different tonewheel models, so it was
necessary only to select the appropriate model and this
sounded just right without any further adjustment. But
as the great Groucho Marx once said, ďThese are my
principles, if you donít like Ďem, Iíve got others!Ē.
With 22 different tonewheel models to choose from, and a
much larger set of tonal controls than the VB3 version,
you can get any sound you like.
For the demo of ĎA Whiter Shade of Paleí by Procol Harum,
I thought it would be fun to try something different. I
have a note by note transcription of the Hammond Organ
part played by the groupís organist, Mathew Fisher, on
the original recording. Itís an extremely
well-constructed arrangement that provides a perfect
counterpoint to the vocal, but we donít often get to
hear this as the vocal takes precedence, so I decided to
feature this for the VB3-II demo. The group always
denied that the organ part was based on Bachís ĎAir on
the G Stringí, but itís very Bach like in character so I
thought it would be good to give the demo a classical
flavour and use strings for the melody. As a taster of
things to come then, we have the entire string section
of the 109 piece orchestra playing for us from Spitfire
Audioís Albion One orchestral library. And as an extra
treat, this is the extended version of the song with an
extra verse and organ solo taken from the groupís ďLive
at the Union ChapelĒ performance in December 2003. The
new VB3-II material and demos can be found at:-
Iíve recently completed a major update to the Wersi HD
Series Upgrade Manual. There are a number of new items
that may be of interest to all Wersi owners. For those
contemplating an enhancement to their instrument, the
new Chapter 1 provides more detail on the thinking
behind the HD Series concept. For those wanting a more
authentic drawbar sound, the new Chapter 7 provides more
information on the new VB3-II software, and for those
thinking of upgrading an OAX instrument, we now have the
first part of the OAX version of the Upgrade Manual.
Here are all the changes.
New Upgrade Manual Structure
The manual is now divided into two parts, Part 1
covers the installation and configuration of the HD
Series hardware whilst Part 2 covers the
installation and configuration of the HD Series
software. Part 1 is expected to remain fairly
constant, but with the huge and ever increasing
amount of new generation software that can be
installed on the system, Part 2 is set to expand
considerably, so I thought it should have its own
New Chapter 1
Iíve added an introductory section to the HD Series
Upgrade Manual to explain in more detail the
thinking behind the HD Series concept, and what Iím
seeking to achieve with the upgrade. There are a
number of different ways in which a Wersi instrument
can be enhanced, and many owners who do this will
have their own particular preferences. For me there
are some essential design objectives that have to be
met, and these are detailed in this chapter along
with the ways in which they are implemented. A
number of other popular options for enhancing a
Wersi instrument are also considered in relation to
these design objectives, and the pros and cons of
the HD approach are discussed. So if you are
thinking of enhancing your Wersi instrument, I hope
that this will give you a clearer idea of why I
chose this particular option, and where Iím going
with all of this.
Updated Chapter 2
Iíve expanded the software section of this chapter
to include more of the kind of new generation
software that would be useful to install on this
type of instrument.
Updated Chapter 4 (OAS Manual)
This now features the latest version of the Kontakt
Player, Kontakt 6. As far as I can tell there isnít
much difference from the previous version in the way
that it operates, but some of the menus have
changed. So if you are installing Kontakt for the
first time, the text now relates to the new version.
New Chapter 7 (OAS Manual)
This is an entirely new chapter on installing and
configuring the new VB3-II Hammond Organ. As a
Hammond organist of many years standing (I never got
round to buying a stool!) I can thoroughly recommend
this package. Itís the closest that Iíve ever heard
to the real thing. If you want to know more about
this software, and particularly if you are
considering installing it on an OAS/X instrument,
give it a read. Like all software thatís designed to
be compatible with a wide range of midi controllers,
there are some specific setup operations that have
to be done for implementation on the Wersi.
New Chapter 8(OAS Manual)
Iíve added a new chapter on ĎFurther Enhancements to
the HD Seriesí. Currently this details the new
graphical user interface. If you havenít seen this
yet then you can check it out here.
New OAX version of the Upgrade Manual (Part 1)
Iím in the process of constructing an OAX version of
the Upgrade Manual. Part 1 is now available. Not
owning a Sonic, Iím most grateful to my two
ĎSuper-Sonicí friends, Curt from WersiClubUSA and
Geoff from the Wersi Owners Forum, for helping me
with this, and in particular for verifying the
instructions in Chapter 3 where we look at setting
up the external midi system.
Still to come
New VB3-II demos
Iíll be re-recording the VB3 audio demos using the
new VB3-II version so you can get an idea of how
Part 2 of the OAX Upgrade Manual
Iím constructing Part 2 of the OAX Upgrade Manual.
This will cover the installation and configuration
of the same software as that featured for OAS. This
could prove tricky as the external midi system on
OAX is not as straightforward as that on OAS, so
Iíll need to put my thinking cap on!
You can find the new updated manual on ĎThe Upgrade
Manualsí page of the HD Series web site at:-
HD SERIES OAX UPGRADE MANUAL Ė PART 2 NOW
Iím pleased to announce that Part 2 of the OAX Upgrade
Manual is now online. In this part we cover the
installation, configuration, testing and integration
into the OAX of a number of HD software packages. The
following chapters are now available.
Chapter 5 Ė Installing and Configuring Kontakt
Iím indebted to Curt from WersiClubUSA for his excellent
videos on the OAX external MIDI sounds system,
information from which Iíve used extensively to
construct this chapter. For optimum performance Iím
recommending that we use the dynamic method of MIDI
channel assignment. This gives us the most efficient,
flexible implementation for allocating and selecting
sounds, and seamless integration with the OAX internal
sound allocation system.
Chapter 6 Ė Installing and Configuring Hauptwerk
This proved problematical largely due to the
pre-configured Hauptwerk installation that Wersi have
provided on the Sonic. This has two major deficiencies.
Firstly, itís configured only for two manual virtual
instruments. A good number of the virtual instruments in
Hauptwerk are three manuals or more. Secondly, it
doesnít allow stop combinations set up in Hauptwerk to
be selected from the OAX total presets and/or thumb
pistons, which is the way a pipe organist would want to
play it. The good news is that we have devised a new
Hauptwerk configuration that resolves both of these
issues. Itís scalable to virtual instruments that have
any number of manuals and can handle any number of stop
combinations directly from the OAX. Once again my thanks
to Curt for his valuable help in testing this out for me
on the Sonic, and verifying that it actually works!
Chapter 8 Ė Further Enhancements
This is identical to Chapter 8 of the OAS Upgrade
Manual. At the second processor level there is no
difference between the two systems. I thought it would
be useful however to have a separate chapter on future
developments given the potential that a general purpose
independent processor brings to the instrument, both in
customising the instrument to a userís particular
preferences and also providing all manner of features
not available in the OAS/X. The ability to select a
complete set of sounds and registrations for a given
piece of music automatically from the sheet music is an
example of this. If you havenít checked this out yet you
can find details of how this is accomplished in the
section entitled ĎAutomatic Loading of Soundsí at the
end of the chapter.
Still to Come
Work is in progress to construct the OAX version of
Chapter 7 Ė Installing and Configuring VB3-II. This is
the new Virtual Hammond Organ from GSI. There are two
requirements here. Since itís a general purpose piece of
software designed to work with a wide range of MIDI
systems, to get the best out of it we will need to
construct a customised VB3-II configuration suitable for
implementation on the Wersi. Also this new version has a
user programmable preset facility for its sounds, and
these presets can be selected directly by their MIDI
Program Change numbers. So as with Hauptwerk, we will be
able to select these from the OAX total presets. Given
that a VB3-II preset captures every single control on
the instrument plus a full set of drawbars for both
manuals and pedals and all the parameters on the various
settings menus, this is a very powerful feature and a
significant improvement on the previous version.
WersiClub UK Website Reprieve
In the light of recent good news I have
just become aware of, plus a few kind e.mails from members
since I made the site closure announcement, I have now
decided to reverse my decision to remove the site at this
stage and have reinstated it with the service provider for a
It was not until shortly after I had made the decision
that it came to my attention that efforts were being made behind the
scenes by a couple of our well known artist to try to get
things back on track for the UK owners. (see note
opposite) After being given this encouraging news,
plus the e.mail feedback received from members that
appreciated the site being here as a focal portal, I realized that
it would not be in the best interest of anyone to remove the
site at this stage. For all concerned that are
doing their very best to help UK owners, at the moment they need all the
encouragement they can get and I am sure we all wish them
well with their endeavours.
The site continues in the same format and is still running
on my outdated software so I hope the computer keeps going
for a bit longer yet!! There may be a few changes
to reflect the current situation but it will operate much
the same as before but, as now appreciated, still serving
the purpose as an independent Wersi focal portal for
links and information etc.
As stated below in the closure notice, there is scope with a
site like this for it to be improved upon and taken to
another level from someone with fresh ideas and more
knowledge of how to do things. As for me well, I have only
just got to grips with 'Alexandra Graham Bell's
Telephone'!!! So give it some thought folks.
Looking forward with anticipation to a
brighter Wersi 2019 for all of us in the UK.
Good News From Claire Greig
Brett Wales and Claire Greig have been working alongside
MusicStore and Wersi Hochrhein for the last few months to
try and secure a stable future for Wersi within the UK.
Allen's being the main UK dealer, we are providing support
to them, and all Wersi owners in the UK, in conjunction with
MusicStore and Wersi Hochrhein. All existing warranties are
covered through Germany, with service being carried out
throughout the UK. Further support will be available,
including tuition days with Brett Wales, more information on
all aspects will follow.
WersiClub Website Closure
Owing to this site being run on a
very outdated software program that is not supported
by the latest Windows versions plus the lack of new
content chiefly from myself as other pursuits have
taken precedence, I have decided
the time seems right for me to bring the website to
The site will continue to run
until the 5th of December, so if there are any
points of interest within the articles that you may
like to print off or download now is the time to do
it. The contents of the website will still be
retained by myself so should anyone need a
particular article or reference after that date I
may be able to mail it to you as the e.mail address
will still be active.
I still play Wersi amongst other
instruments and no doubt, like the proverbial
'bad penny' will pop in on Geoff's Wersi
Owners Forum and Curt's WersiClub USA site
from time to time.
As we are all aware, things have
changed quite dramatically over the past eleven
years since Colin and I first started our sites with
the old 'quill pen' method, both in terms of instrument
technology and what can now be achieved via the
internet if you have the know how to use it. Perhaps now
the time is right for a fresh approach with some new
ideas from someone to take things forward a little
maybe on the lines that Curt took with the USA site,
food for thought.
I hope you continue to enjoy
whatever instruments you play and best wishes to you
Genuine Software and Instruments
(GSI) have recently released a new version of their
VB3 Hammond Organ software, VB3-II. Wersi owners
will be familiar with this product line. An older
version was made available as an optional VST
plug-in on OAS models, and the previous version is
one of the standard drawbar units on OAX models.
Since this is a completely new product, not an
update, I thought it would be useful to try it out,
see what it can do and report my findings in the
attached review. I think the review will be of
particular interest to those OAX owners seeking a
better drawbar sound on their instruments, and to
OAS owners who have upgraded their instruments to
run this type of software on a second processor.
See the review
Wersi Organ Showcase
Iím pleased to
announce that the Wersi Organ Showcase is
now complete with the final section ĎCurtain
Downí, now on line. In this section we end
as we began with music that includes many of
the features demonstrated in the Showcase.
And as an encore, a little bit of nonsense
that I hope will amuse you, ĎMr. Wersi
presents his amazing digital big bandí,
where not everything goes quite according to
I hope that you
have found the Showcase interesting,
informative and entertaining. If you are the
owner of an OAS instrument you are welcome
to continue to delve into its contents as
you explore more and more of this amazing
instrument. Wersiís decision to base the
Sonic on the design, architecture and
technology of the OAS range means that by a
stroke of good fortune many of the OAS
features demonstrated in the Showcase are
also applicable to the OAX models. So I hope
that Sonic owners too will enjoy exploring
these on their instruments. However, hereís
something that surprised me when I did the
analysis. An astonishing 53% of the Showcase
content, 21 out of the 40 audio demos,
cannot currently be replicated in part or in
their entirety on the Sonic, either because
the relevant feature is not available in the
OAX or the required activation package is
not available. We can only hope that this
will improve with future OAX updates.
There are a couple
of new features in the Showcase to mention.
I have added a ĎShowcase Playlistí to the
home page. This provides a quick and easy
way of accessing the music featured in the
Showcase for those who would just like to
listen to the audio demos. The Playlist
identifies the demos according to their
musical genre and also includes a brief
description of the playing feature
associated with each demo and the Showcase
section in which it appears. I have also
re-styled the HD Series area of the web site
so that the Showcase has a consistent design
across all of its content. This now provides
a totally integrated environment in which
both the mature technology of the OAS/X
instruments and the new generation
technology of the HD Series can be
My intention now is
to further develop the HD Series component
of the Showcase to feature many more high
quality sounds and innovative playing
features. Still to come, the stunning
orchestral sounds of the Symphonic Series
sample library from Spitfire Audio, whose
strings, brass and woodwind are ably
demonstrated here by this clever Frenchman.
And for the style
users amongst us, the ultimate style
creation package, Band in a Box.
A DISPLAY SYSTEM FOR THE WERSI HD SERIES
published three videos featuring a display system
for the Wersi HD series instruments. I touched on
this briefly in the Upgrade Manual but didnít want
to be too prescriptive as the flexibility of the HD
concept enables every owner to do their own thing
and construct a system to their own particular
requirements. However, I thought that you might be
interested in my implementation, hence the videos.
the display system is a totally integrated
environment for downloading, installing, configuring
and operating all of the HD software. In keeping
with the overall HD Series philosophy, Iíve employed
the KISS principle (Keep It Simple
Stupid). Everything we need is contained on
one single screen of the display. So thereís none of
this scrolling through menu after menu that would be
necessary if we were to implement these functions on
the organís main processor. Furthermore, the use of
an independent second processor completely avoids
all the restrictions and limitations inherent in
trying to run this software in a VST host within the
OAX. The result is a much simpler, easy to use,
stable and resilient universal operating
environment, offering complete software flexibility.
And the system is infinitely expandable to
accommodate any type of software. Coming soon will
be the installation of a Digital Audio Workstation
(DAW) which is going to take the instrument to a
completely new level of capability.
You can view the videos
Sales And Wants Clarification 10/3/17
Just a quick note of clarification
regarding items advertised in the 'sales and wants' section
on this site.
When WersiClub first started some nine
years ago and I launched the UK.Focus website, I thought it
would be good to have a page where our UK members could
advertise their Wersi instruments for sale and also to
acquire items they were looking for.
Over the years these pages have had a lot
of use with many members instruments being sold or re-homed,
so I suppose therefore, it is a reasonable assumption to
presume that anyone offering such a service would be making
some form of charge to the advertiser.
The point I would like to clarify is,
that this has always been a free service to our UK
members, still is, and will always be as long as the pages
exist. I am just one member running a club site
providing these pages for our UK members of which there is
charge to them or personal gain to myself.
A while back I stopped putting members
personal e.mail addresses and telephone numbers on their
adds to protect their identity and directed interested
parties to contact me for the advertisers details.
This has the advantage of not only protecting the members
identity but also I am able to monitor the progress of any
sale. Please note however, that although all the adds
have my e.mail address for contact, they are not all my
FACTORY MASTER CLASSES
visitors to the WersiClub International web site will know,
Colin Moore had for some time been publishing a series of
Master Classes featuring the OAS Sound Factory package.
Colin had a particular interest in the features and
facilities of this software, and was keen to share its
capabilities with the wider Wersi community.
producing the Master Classes comprised Ian Terry, Colin
Moore and myself. Ian is the brains of the operation
providing the source material, I produced the audio demos
and Colin put the whole thing together. There are a small
number of Master Classes left in the series, and Ian and I
would very much like to see Colinís initiative through to
If you are
a user of the Sound Factory, or just have an interest in
this area, and would like to become involved in the
production of the Master Classes, you would be most welcome
to join the team. Itís worth mentioning too that even
if you are an OAX owner, we expect that the Sound Factory
will ultimately be made available on these instruments as
well, either in its present form or updated, so a
familiarity with the Master Class material will provide a
good primer for anyone intending to use this software in the
If you are
interested in becoming involved with the project, or would
like to know more about what we do, Iíd be more than happy
to discuss possibilities. You can contact me at:-
Thanks in anticipation
Latest Site News
The rearranging of this site to
incorporate many of Colin's OAS articles has progressed
faster and better than anticipated. The site has had a
bit of a winter turn out (so to speak) with all sections
being revised and easier navigation links to all sections
from within each section have been added.
The UK.Focus site never had an active OAS
section for two reasons 1, to try to avoid
duplicating much of the same material on both sites, and 2,
and more importantly, Colin had a great way of being able to
study and produce really good articles on this subject, and
possibly any other topic he put his mind to in a way I could
never come even close to achieving.
It is these articles that I will now over
a period of time incorporate in the new OAS section of this
You will have noticed the four new
instrument pictures on the top of the home page that link to
each instrument section, Just click on the OAS Instrument
picture and this will take you to the OAS-7 File and article
Index. The first page on this list will contain all the
links to Colin's Articles as and when they are sorted
and uploaded to the site. The second page of the index will
have links to OAS articles that already exist on this site
and were written by other members.
I hope this helps a little to explain the
changes taking place.
Some positive news regarding our
I have been informed by Colin's
family that his website will remain on line until his server
contract ends which is in approximately another years time.
This is good news for two reasons, first, the sites vast
amount of information will still be available for us as a
reference even though it will not be added too. Secondly, it
will give myself more time to integrate Colin's many articles
into my site for the future.
To see how this
integration would proceeded, I have first experimented with Colin's favourite
project that is still on going, the 'Sound Factory Master
Classes' I am pleased to say that all went well, and
when it is uploaded the project could now continue on this site.
The UK.Focus site will undergo some major re-arranging
not only to accommodate the imported articles, but also to
improve the sites navigation. I will start to implement the
new changes and improvements over the next couple of weeks.
WersiClub International Update
With the sad passing of Colin Moore our
founder member of WersiClub International I
mentioned while in an e.mail conversation with his wife
Gill, that perhaps to continue to make Colin's work
available to OAS users I attempt to integrate as much as
possible into my site. I also suggested that I could
modify my site banner so as to retain the
now long established WersiClub International name. I am very pleased to report
that Gill welcomed the suggestion as Colin had spent so much
time and effort over the years and we will work now to try
to achieve this goal.
It will take a little time to set it all
up but the first noticeable thing will be the title banner
name change and a page explaining the new changes.
The website WersiClub UK Focus has always
been a part of 'WersiClub International', that I
set up independently of Colin's site specifically for the UK
owners soon after the club was formed some nine years ago.
It has always been a branch of the same club with the same
So as to retain the identity of my own site, the UK Focus banner will
now have the addition-
Quality Recordings From An OAS Instrument"
Set of Five 'Sound Recording' Articles from Jeff Ormerod
As a user
of more than one brand of instrument, sometime last year
I was toying with the idea of how to make a recording by
using features from both the Pegasus Wing in conjunction
with the Korg Pa3x. Having little or no knowledge
myself in this field I asked Jeff what would be needed
to achieve this.
kindly soon replied to me with what I thought at the
time was fairly comprehensive explanatory list of
requirements and options that I could choose from.
suggested to Jeff that perhaps he could turn this into
an article for the sites. Jeff agreed, but as this
is one of his fields of expertise he suggested doing a
more expanded article that covered most aspects of sound
recording with a Wersi Instrument.
results of this is that we now have not one, but five
separate excellent and informative articles that cover
most aspects of Sound Recording.
I am sure
these articles will be a great asset to all that wish to
use their instruments for making recordings and I would
like to thank Jeff for all his time and effort in
producing them for us.
and Stereo Effect to the OX7 Drawbar and Rotor Sounds.
By Richard Albertini USA
This is a presentation that I did for the
USA OAS club meeting held on Nov 8,9,10 - 2013. The
presentation focused on the OX7 Drawbars and adding
animation and stereo effect to the drawbar and rotor sounds.
I presently have the Gala CD organ and the OAS EX-1 Expander
with V7 R46 software and decided to duplicate the wonderful
sound of the CD organ drawbars using the OAS system.
Here is the article -
New Forum Site
'Wersi Owners Forum'
Following on from Geoff Turners
suggestion for an open Forum, Geoff has been very busy
over the past couple of months looking into the
possibilities of this himself.
He has now set up a very professional
looking Forum site of which I am sure will be of great
benefit to all of us. Although independently run of WersiClub, naturally it has our full support.
The link above will take you to the Forum
where you can register, log in, read and post new messages.
There is also a permanent link set up on the 'Links'
page of this site.
Congratulations and our thanks go to
Geoff for setting up and running this new Forum site of
which I am certain is going to be a great asset and well supported.
'Wersi Organ Showcase'
website for existing and
potential Wersi owners
Member Jeff Ormerod well
known for his articles
on 'Sound' and 'Sakral'
has now produced a very
interesting new website
entitled 'Wersi Organ
Jeff's own words he
tells us the basic idea
of the site.
intention is to produce a comprehensive
collection of all the playing facilities
available on the OAS models, supported by
appropriate audio demonstrations,
hopefully existing owners will find new
things to discover and try out, and
potential owners will have available a
one-stop shop detailing all the features and
capabilities of the instruments".
Wersi Organ Showcase
Jeff's Profile and
introduction to the new
The site as yet is in
its infancy but as Jeff
produces more content he
will inform me and I can
place a note of the new additions in the
'Latest pane's' on
the home page.
sure we all wish Jeff
every success with this
new venture that should
be of great benefit for
all existing and
potential Wersi owners.