1 January 2009
Here is a brief summary of some of the essential features of the Rhythm Designer.
• There are 36 Loop Presets provided by Wersi, contained in the Loop Preset database
with 1964 further slots reserved by Wersi. The remaining 2000 slots are for storage
of User Loop Presets (see below*), ones you’ve produced by editing the existing ones.
Each Loop Preset contains four Loops/Arpeggios appropriate to the name of the Loop
Preset. For example, the Loop Preset called Bossa Nova 1 contains 4 Loops/Arpeggios
Four Variations of combinations of these four playing are available, indicated above.
Each Loop/Arpeggio is, in fact, a sound, sometimes an instrument (Acc 1, 3 and 4
above) and sometimes a percussion set (Acc 2 above: percussion sets can be inserted
only into Acc 2). In this example the instruments are all playing strumming loops
(as can be heard from the mp3 demos) and the Percussion Bossa is playing - well,
percussion Bossa. The volume of each sound can be controlled by sliders Acc 1 to
Acc 4 respectively.
• Each of these 4 sounds can be edited. The instrument playing can be changed. In
the Loop Ac-Guitar Bossa 02 the instrument preset is 084-000-005 NylonGuitar Acc
and that can be changed to anything, though Wersi does issue a warning that some
sounds may not work as intended. Obviously a bit of experimentation and common sense
is needed in this. Reverb, Attack Velocity, Chorus and Panorama can also be changed.
• *Any changes made to this Loop Preset, including changing any of the four sounds,
editing the other parameters, changing the Variation combinations etc can be saved
in the list of Loop Presets as a User Loop Preset, starting at position 2000. There
are 2000 slots available and you can choose where you wish to save them. Some sort
of preliminary organisation as to blocks of positions for particular rhythm genres
seems to be called for on the part of the user!
• Each of these sounds is called a Phraseloop Variation. Wersi has provided approximately
650 of them, distributed by rhythm genre within the first 2000 (approx) slots of
the Phraseloop Variation database. The remaining 2000 slots are for the storage of
User Phraseloops, ones you’ve produced by editing the existing ones.
• There is therefore a considerable amount of space Wersi has reserved within each
of these two databases; the Loop Presets database and the Phraseloop Variation database.
Wersi has shown in the past that it fills empty slots over time with additional items.
I’ll say no more.
• The total editing facilities are considerable. Import a Phraseloop Variation into
a spare slot (ACC 1 - 5) of an existing Style: go into Styles editing and look at
the Midi-Loops which the Phraseloop Variation is playing: change anything (musically
speaking, of course!): export that edited Phraseloop Variation (it could be a completely
new “tune”) back into the Phraseloop Variation database......
5 January 2009
Sound demos in mp3 format have now been added to the above. Each one is in blue and
underlined (7 in total). I’ve also corrected the year!!! Timing errors are mine!
I’ve used the same four chords throughout.
Wersi has also provided some demo Total Presets using the Rhythm Designer. The information
about these in the Manual is a little confusing but here is how it actually is:
• 0929 Demo RD Bach Arpeggio is missing from the list.
• Numbers 921 to 930 are indicated as having the Rhythm Designer accompaniment plus
a Style accompaniment while numbers 931 to 940 are indicated as having only the Rhythm
Designer as an accompaniment. In fact, numbers 921 to 924 inclusive have both playing
while numbers 925 to 940 inclusive have just the Rhythm Designer accompaniment playing.
In addition, in numbers 925 to 940 the Style Accompaniment has been removed by muting
ACC1 to ACC5, rather than via the ACC On/Off button on the panel.
This means you have to go into Settings > Edit Styles in order to un-mute them individually
to hear what the effect of that is, or you could untick/tick the Acc1-5 Aus box under
the Acc tab to switch all five Style Accompaniments on and off at one go. If you
untick this box first you can then switch the Style Accompaniment on and off with
the panel ACC On/Off button: though you will lose the automatic bass line with the
RD accompaniment that way.
• Here are some demo sound files in mp3 format of some of these Total Presets. Please
remember: these are just demos - I’ve just copyrighted all my mistakes.
1. Preset 921: Harp Arpeggio. This goes from Var A through to Var D, finally adding
the Style Accompaniment. All settings are as the Preset. This demonstrates how the
Intros, Breaks/Fills and Endings do not contain the Rhythm Designer’s contribution.
The Style is Wersi 8 Beat 1.
The One Shot Arpeggios do not show up in the full demo because I’ve used an Intro
from the Style, so here is how Var A on its own sounds from the start.
2. Preset 926: Arpeggios Mix 2. This goes through all the Rhythm Designer Variations
in sequence, finally adding the 8 Beat 1 Style Accompaniment. The Song volume is
set to maximum.
3. Preset 935: Slow Rock. The four RD Variations plus the Wersi Slow Rock Style Accompaniment
added at the end. No Breaks.
4. Preset 940: Boogie Woogie. The four RD Variations in sequence but no Wersi Rock
‘n Roll 1 Style Accompaniments added (other than the Drums and Bass).
These are used in pairs to provide a change of style, the piano bass boogie complementing
the ordinary boogie. Anything more complicated and it becomes muddled.
I hope you have benefited from this short incursion into the world of the new Wersi
Rhythm Designer. I still have further to go with investigating it and I look forward
to contributions to this page from those of you who are also investigating the software.
15 January 2009
Received from Lloyd Erickson:
I have been trying out the new Rhythm Designer and today I wanted to play some midi
files that are in my Abacus. When I went to play them I could only get the drums,
nothing else. This has never happened before and I suspect that the Rhythm Designer
software was the cause.
I rebooted the system and all was OK.
Just wondering if anyone else will experience this "Glitch". It's not likely that
someone else will decide to play midi files after using the Rhythm Designer but thought
I would bring it to your attention.
23 January 2009
Further thoughts from Lloyd Erickson:
I have used the last of the 16 activations so I am no longer able to access the software.
I have mixed thoughts about the software.
1. I think that the software needs to be checked out further due to some glitches
that have occurred.
2. The price is a bit too high I think and I wonder with all the great styles in
the Wersi now, do I really think that this software will warrant installing it.
3. Wersi always has interesting updates to improve the functions so you can choose
to use them or not. No other organ offers you the convenience of being able to load
new sounds, styles plus update the operating system, enabling one to keep the machine
you originally purchased without spending a large sum of money to buy a new one that
will be outdated in two years.