Dual Monitors on your Sonic

This is a follow up to a short conversation Bill and I had in a post about different ways to record a video. One of the many things on our list to try was the option of connecting a second monitor to a Sonic. Remember we mentioned it’s kind of an overgrown computer?

Can’t say that I have a good reason that you will ever have a reason / need to do this. None the less, to demonstrate that it can be done, we connected a spare monitor using the DVI connection on the back of the Sonic. As you can see in the first shot, OAX is on the Sonic screen and a Windows desktop is displayed on the second monitor. The second picture is a little closer view of what is on the second monitor. On the left side we have Windows Explorer opened up and on the right side, the Windows monitor configuration screen.

Remember the HD Wersi Series article from Jeff? One option that we considered, should we install “other software” on the PC buried inside the Sonic, was how / where to display it? Should you do something like that, this basically demonstrates that you can have the OAX screen displayed on the organ touch screen and operate it normally. At the same time, on the “other” monitor, you can display whatever it is you are running at the Windows level.

After more thought on that configuration we have to decided to use a second dedicated PC for hosting “other software” vs. messing with the configuration of Windows on the Sonic. Overall, that gives us more options with no concern of software conflicts at the Windows level.

*** Update 09/02/17A quick look at running a VST on the second display ***

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2 thoughts on “Dual Monitors on your Sonic

  • 02/20/2017 at 07:25
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    Hi Pat,

    Just to put your mind at rest, OAS instruments have had an arpeggiator facility for some time now but it’s secretly hidden away in an optional activation package called the ‘Rhythm Designer’. It’s a much more comprehensive and versatile facility than anything I had on my analogue organ. In particular, there is a wide variety of arpeggio patterns available, I had just three on the analogue organ (up, down and up/down), and also every sound in the sound database can be arpeggiated. On the analogue organ this could only be applied to a small subset of piano sounds. The arpeggiator can be operated in single shot or continuous loop mode and can be triggered by a style or from a key on the lower keyboard (using the OAS ‘Remote Octave’ feature) or from the accompaniment unit’s Start/Stop button or from any of the Special Effects buttons. The last two can be programmed into the footswitches giving you the same level of ease of use as you describe with the arpeggiator strip for when you’re doing other things with your hands. It’s a wondrous package with many more features.

    There a couple of examples of the arpeggiator in action in the ‘Rhythm Design’ section of the Wersi Organ Showcase at:

    http://www.wersiorganshowcase.com/rhythmdesign.html

    It’s possible that in the future a similar facility might be provided on the OAX models. As far as the Pegasus Wing is concerned, I don’t think this package was ever made available on that instrument as it runs on a different version of the OAS. However, there are an increasing number of OAS instruments coming on to the market now so there are bargains to be had. If in the future you decide to trade in the Pegasus Wing for an OAS instrument, it’s well worth considering having the Rhythm Designer included.

    Jeff

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  • 02/12/2017 at 19:34
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    If only if I could afford such a wonderful instrument. The only thing that I wished that Wersi would had keep from their analog organs, is the Wersi Vision or Magic Fingers Group, an auto arpeggiator and also the arpeggiator strip found in between the two keyboards, that allows you to arpeggiate the upper keyboard voices by sliding your finger across the sensative strip.

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