Enhanced quality of the
When I first started work on
the Wersi Organ Showcase, 150 years ago, internet
speeds were somewhat slower and more inconsistent
than they are now. All the master recordings for the
audio demos are recorded as wave files with a
resolution of 96 kHz/24 bit, but in order to cater
for those who might be on the cobbled section of the
global information superhighway, I applied a high
degree of compression in the conversion to MP3. As
we know this can be a brutal process, we can lose up
to 90% of the original audio content in producing an
MP3 file. Now that internet speeds have much
improved, I thought it might be a good idea to
repeat the conversion process with less compression
to produce an audio quality for the demos closer to
that of the master recordings.
So now you can listen to
all your favourite Showcase tunes in greater clarity
and enhanced audio quality.
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.
Facebook - To join or
not to join? Why should I?
We use Facebook - a
But we appreciate
that a lot of our customers are not on
Facebook, or any form of social media.
Many simply don't want to be a part of
social media (for many different
reasons) and we as a business understand
and respect this.
But, lets take a
moment to explain why we use Facebook so
much - and what the benefits are.
Firstly, the biggest
reason is the immediate interaction that
we have with our customers. When we
upload something on the website, the
only form of interaction that we get
back is either through an email or a
phone call. This can be days or weeks
after the post. With Facebook, the
feedback or interaction is instant.
Secondly, its the
time and ease that Facebook has over the
main website. To upload a news item or
article (such as this) we must access
the main website through a desktop
computer or laptop. Whilst many of the
websites functions can be controlled via
a mobile or tablet, frustratingly this
part can only be done through the main
website. If we look at the time to log
onto the computer, then log onto the
main website mainframe, then type out
the news item we are wanting to share,
then upload a photo (which chances are
has been taken on one of the iPhones so
then has to be sent over to the
computer) then you're looking at about
15 minutes to do the same thing. And
thats not taking into consideration that
we've got internet signal for the lap
tops (although we can tether to the
Facebook, on the
other hand is a little quicker. For
instance, we can send out a photo with a
news statement in around 10 seconds from
the iPhones, no matter where we are.
We would recommend
that as many of our customers consider
joining up to the social media site so
that you can truly immerse yourself in
the world of Wersi Direct - both in its
news but also in its day to day running,
our journeys around the UK and behind
the scenes activities. Believe us, its
well worth it.
Its worth remembering
that you do not have to give any
personal information away on Facebook if
you don't want to. You don't have to
upload a photo of yourself. You can set
your privacy settings so that you don't
even have to become "friends" with any
one. You can simply "like" our page and
thats it. Our posts will then appear on
your timeline which you can see whenever
you log in. Its as easy as that.
Its also worth
pointing out that whilst there are some
"odd" people on Facebook, there is a
huge sense of community and kinship
across the electronic organ world and
especially in the world of Wersi.
There are customers
of ours who have joined Facebook,
followed our page and become our friends
and then have become friends with fellow
Wersi owners across the entire world.
They exchange ideas, questions,
registrations, help.... the list goes
on. This wouldn't be possible without
We've been very lucky
with the journeys and places that we
have been to (both in the UK and in the
world) and we've shared nearly every
moment of our last 6 years on Facebook.
So, whilst there are
some downsides, the positives of
Facebook far outweigh any negatives that
So, give it some
thought. We promise that we will update
this news section on our website more
often than we have done in the past -
but it will never be like our posts on
Facebook. And we would hate for you to
Ben, Rob, Brett &