OAS / OAX Sound Demo – Tune#1

Here we go with the first tune in our comparison of playing the same MIDI file on OAS and then on OAX. In the Introduction article, I mentioned something called “normalization”. Just in case you have no idea what the heck I’m talking about:

Audio normalization is the application of a constant amount of gain to an audio recording to bring the average or peak amplitude to a target level (the norm). Because the same amount of gain is applied across the entire recording, the signal-to-noise ratio and relative dynamics are unchanged.

With that said let’s get to it! In alphabetical order, the first tune is Achy Breaky Heart. We did a couple of things.

  1. We used a feature in Logic Pro X to normalize the wav file created on OAS that Bill sent us so it’s pretty close to the same volume level as the wav file we created on OAX.
  2. Next, we recorded the MIDI file exactly as it was sent with no changes to the volume level of the individual tracks.
    1. We quickly found that we were not able to hear some of the tracks very well.
    2. Said another way. The level of some of the sounds in OAX are not the same as they are in OAS.
  3. So we have three recording for you to compare:
    1. The OAS version.
    2. The OAX version using the volume levels as they were set in the MIDI file.
    3. The OAX version with some changes to the volume levels in the MIDI file.
  4. There are clearly some differences between OAS and OAX. I’ll be very interested to hear everyone’s comments and which version they prefer.

 

For reference here’s the volume levels in the MIDI file before and after the changes that I made on OAX:

Achy Breaky Heart_NoMix
Achy Breaky Heart_NoMix

 

Achy Breaky Heart_ReMix
Achy Breaky Heart_ReMix

 

 

11 thoughts on “OAS / OAX Sound Demo – Tune#1

  • 01/09/2018 at 21:02
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    I’m going to have to listen to that on my Abacus. I think my Abacus uses some different instruments on that song.

    Jerry

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    • 01/10/2018 at 04:38
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      Hi Jerry

      The recordings were done on my Abacus running OAS7.1 R46 (There is nothing of any relevance in R47 for me) so unless you have an older version or they changed with R47 the instruments should be the same.

      Bill

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      • 01/10/2018 at 20:30
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        Ok..I’m on R46 so they have to be the same.

        Jerry

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  • 01/08/2018 at 14:39
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    Well the 1st thing that stands out is the clarity, compared to OAS as you can now hear the placements of the instruments much more clearly, thus giving a more realistic sound. (This is something I have noticed whenever I have heard OAX) I initially put this down to the new soundboard, but as the recorder comes before this, it shows that part of it is down to the new sound design. (This combined with the much improved soundboard (The OAS soundboard is about 15 years old in design) allows OAX to achieve results beyond anything that OAS can achieve)
    Now if Wersi added some dedicated Midi files to demo OAX (Just like they did with OAS) they could really show what it could do.
    I have compared on various systems and the difference stands out on all of them. (Naturally the better the system the more the differences show up)
    Bill

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  • 01/08/2018 at 09:49
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    Actually listening on my computer!

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  • 01/08/2018 at 07:18
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    Well, the remix sounds much more “transparent”–no problem hearing all the voices–it’s the best one for me!

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    • 01/08/2018 at 07:48
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      Thanks Chuck,

      Out of interest what are you listening on? As most of you know I’m still running my Sonic using only the internal speakers which, without question, “color” what I’m hearing. To help get around that I ended up making the remix changes using headphones. Not the perfect solution but the plan is to review the remaining tunes and adjust (if needed) the same way.

      Who knows – Might find that some of the tunes sound just fine using the MIDI file as it was mixed on OAX.

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  • 01/08/2018 at 06:04
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    And which version i prefer? Both versions sound nice, but I think I would play this melody with the OAS Percusion sound. I think it is more traditional and that’s what I am, traditional.

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  • 01/08/2018 at 05:42
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    Yes, both are the beautiful sounds, the percusion is a bit more intense on the OAX, but can also be set on an OAS organ, same for the drums, for me it is no reason to exchange my OAS for an OAX organ. (Not yet, there will be more, I understood).

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    • 01/08/2018 at 06:28
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      John, It will be interesting to see what we learn and how things compare as we work through each of the tunes as they all feature various sounds.

      I might have the next tune online later today or at the latest sometime Tuesday morning.

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