Ketron / OAX Fun is back!

Ketron Products with OAX?

It’s going to be a fun week here at the Clubhouse. Late last year we posted a couple of items regarding using a Ketron SD40 with OAX. What’s a Ketron SD40 you ask? More on that in our next post. Many of you know Ross, and if you don’t, Ross is the Wersi Dealer in New Zealand. Ross reached out to us looking for some help in connecting up an SD40 to his Sonic. We worked with Ross a little on that project, but we were never able to get everything working as we think it should. We were able to use Teamviewer to connect to his Sonic which solved half of our problem. We could see the various settings on his organ, BUT we were not able to see much from the Ketron other than what Ross was able to show us via a video call.

All of that is about to change. It turns out that Ketron did respond to us way back in December when we first contacted them. No idea how we missed that email, but we did. How happy were we to find they reached out to us again (late last week) and they are sending us an SD40 for a few days so we can work out the configuration on both the OAX side and the Ketron side to allow you to use the Ketron to enhance your Wersi instrument.

While we will be setting this up with OAX, you can use a Ketron with OAS or even the CD series. It would make a great add-on to a Pegasus or even a Wing. While the implementation will vary slightly depending on which Wersi you have the main thing needed is a MIDI connection from the Wersi out to the Ketron. All of the Wersi model’s we mentioned have MIDI. Even though I owned a Delta at this point, I can’t remember, but I’m guessing it also might have MIDI ports?

We just got an update on the tracking number, and it shows we will be able to get our hands on the Ketron later today. Over the next few days, we will be posting a few videos so you can see how things go and if you might be interested in getting a Ketron and using with your Wersi (or any organ or keyboard that supports MIDI).

Ketron SD40
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7 thoughts on “Ketron / OAX Fun is back!

  • 05/06/2018 at 06:21
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    Hi Curt,
    Excuse me to be late for the reply. And excuse me also to tangle you with my English that is not always understandable especially when it comes with these Techno- Musical expressions.
    I’ll say that otherwise : I have a *.PAT Accompaniment file that was created (not by me) on a Ketron Odya which my Sonic don’t recognize. Can you do something for making this file playable on my Sonic?
    If necessary , I can send it to you only in private because of copyright reasons.
    Thanks,
    Samuel

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    • 05/06/2018 at 08:58
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      Ah – That’s a little different. I just looked through the manual that I have for the SD40, and I don’t see that file extension listed but let’s give it a try anyway. A quick search and that showed a CAD/CAM file extension ( https://fileinfo.com/extension/pat ).

      Send the file to me curt@wersiclubusa.com, and I’ll see if I can get it to load into the SD40 that I have. If not I’ll have an idea that you request of the person that created it for you.

      Before we do that – go ahead and send me the file and let’s see what we learn.

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    • 05/06/2018 at 17:27
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      Hi Samuel
      The .PAT file is recognised by the SD40. When you load it, it will ask if you want to convert it to the current format of the SD40

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      • 05/07/2018 at 09:37
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        Hi Ross,
        I don’t possess any Ketron product . I only wanted to know if there was a possibility to convert these .PAT files so that they would be run on my Sonic.
        Thank you for your intervention ,

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        • 05/08/2018 at 06:51
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          Samuel – Exactly as Ross said the SD40 did come up with a screen asking me to convert the file you sent me to a format that would work in the SD40. I went through that process, and It does play on the SD40.

          The missing piece of the puzzle will still be the same. We don’t have a program that will convert the file from the SD40 format into a format that the Wersi will recognize.

          One option is to record the style as a *.mp3 or *.wav file using the audio record feature on the SD40 and then load that into your Sonic. To do that you would need to know what measures you want to hit the fill or break buttons and when to switch from var “A” to “B,” etc.

          In any event, I’ll send you back a short example of what it sounds like using the SD40. I watched the video you sent me, and it’s a lovely arrangement as played in that video.

          I’m booked up most of today but will send you something by the end the week.

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  • 05/02/2018 at 06:57
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    Hi Curt,
    Will it be possible to play on a Sonic MIDI Style Files as Auto Accompaniment originated from a Ketron Odya?(Without any Ketron MIDI connected)
    Samuel

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    • 05/02/2018 at 08:48
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      Samuel – Let me make sure I understand your question – I think you are asking if you can use a Ketron Audya to play files on the Ketron while you play the actual song on the Wersi? Did I get that correct?

      If I did, Yes you can do that. The Audya is a self-contained unit for sound generation. You would need to connect the Audya to some type of sound system to hear it. I’m going to suggest that you could connect it the audio inputs on the Wersi.

      The “catch” is you would need a MIDI connection to trigger the chord changes on the Ketron assuming you want to take advantage of the Styles that are in the Ketron. The Ketron does offer the ability to play back audio and MIDI files so if you have “backing track type files” those would work, and you would not need a MIDI connection since those files will have the needed chord changes.

      I’ll show an example of that in one of the videos if I got your question right?

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