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).