First Impressions

We have had a few hours to fool around on our new OAX700 and we are starting to get a feel of how things are setup. At this point we know enough to be dangerous regarding basic navigation of the instrument. We love the unit and are very happy with our move from a single keyboard instrument back to a full console organ and going with a Wersi product.

In no particular order some of our early observations:

  1. Takes quite a long time to boot up.
  2. We know it’s really a PC under the covers but it’s still a little odd to hear the sounds of a cooling fan running over on the right side of the console.
  3. Due to space constraints we opted for internal speakers. Upon initial power up and picking a preset or two, the overall sound was not all that impressive. After some poking around under “Settings” we found additional input and output level controls along with EQ settings that can be adjusted to your taste. I don’t think we have the perfect settings configured just yet, but we have improved the sound quality considerably with a couple of quick changes there. Others have found the same thing.
  4. OAX 1.3 is the latest and greatest. Our instrument came with that version already installed. That’s good news but the online help / user manual installed on the instrument is for OAX 1.01-01 Revision 1 September 2014. Better than nothing but it sure would be nice to have the latest version of the manual pre-installed. There is a later version of the manual available online but still nothing in support of OAX 1.3 available that we are aware of – Anyone??
  5. Along the same lines, there is a remote control attached inside the instrument to control the color and light pattern on the music stand. Found the manual, it’s current, but in German! 🙁 We are working on getting that at least partially translated with the help of some other folks. (Thanks Bill!).
  6. We were not surprised to find there are still a number of places were German shows up vs. English, especially as you drill down into some of the edit/program screens. As I recall, it took a number of revisions of our Spectra to get to a pure English version.
  7. We started out by simply going through some of the “Factory” presets. Quite a few use “Strings1” or something similar to that on the Lower manual. Would be nice to see a little more variety in some of those presets. Good thing it’s easy to setup your own presets – Who uses factory presets anyway? 🙂
  8. Keyboards have a nice feel to them. Slightly weighted. Not the touch of an acoustic piano nor is that what we would we want that on this type of instrument. Overall, “just right” for us.
  9. Found the two drawbar modules (OX7 and VB3) interesting and fun to play with.
  10. Import of MP3, WAV and MIDI files is a simple process.
  11. Editing of a MIDI sequence (New in OAX 1.3):
    1. We were able to change instruments, mute and change volume levels on various tracks. All easy to to do and worked as expected.
  12. Also new in 1.3 is the import of sheet music. Most of those screens are still in German and it took a bit of trail-n-error to import. Once done, you can load the music and store it as part of a preset. We started a project some months back to ever so slowly digitize most of the music we have. Guess this means we need to get back to work on that.
  13. One other new feature in 1.3 is “Data-Backup“. Tried it out by creating a user preset and then making a backup. Next, deleted that user preset. Performed the restore and our user preset was back. Something that needs to be done on a regular basis to be of value, but well worth your time. It would take quite a bit of effort to re-program all of your favorite sounds, settings, etc.. And that assumes you could even remember all the things that you changed over time.

Enough for now. Back to our early comment – We love the unit and are very happy to be playing a Wersi product again.

 

14 thoughts on “First Impressions

  • 10/29/2016 at 21:44
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    Curt,
    Are you thinking of sending a daily digest of posts and comments so we can just read our email txt get the latest thoughts?

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    • 10/30/2016 at 05:11
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      Chuck,

      I thought about doing a daily digest but ended up only setting up a weekly one. Didn’t want to send out to much e-mail and annoy folks. Tell you what, if you don’t mind being the test case, I’ll set up a daily version and send to you and myself. Watch for something later this morning.

      Thoughts from others on daily vs. weekly? And there is the option of setting up your own RSS reader but folks may / may not know how to do that.

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      • 10/30/2016 at 06:17
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        Curt, sounds like a plan!
        Ken, I think Mark is referring to the fact that many of the styles, once selected, have four factory selected “style-appropriate” presets built into the instrument that can be selected while still remaining within the original preset. Not sure whether they can be edited, but I would think they could be (at some point!)

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  • 10/29/2016 at 19:07
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    If you have a decent microphone (Ideally a calibration microphone) then you can place this in the usual listening position in the room, plug it into a computer or tablet, and run a spectrum analyser program/app, (There are many free ones on the web and in the app stores) then with the organ outputting pink noise, (There are plenty of pink noise files to download from the web) adjust the EQ to give an even frequency response.

    NOTE: You will not get a perfect response due to room acoustics, however it will save significant time compared to using trial and error.

    Hope this helps

    Bill

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  • 10/29/2016 at 16:56
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    Hi Curt,

    Everything you have found is exactly what I have found. I have 4 output “presets” at the moment, whilst trying to find the correct volumes, levels and EQ for everything.

    I have spent the day creating presets and recording more music – getting quite a collection now. I like the fact that you can drag, drop and copy sounds, which is so much easier, especially if you have programmed dynamics and splits etc.

    As well as Presets, there are 4 Total Presets per preset – it would be really useful if you could copy the base preset to the TP1-4, so that you start with the same settings and just modify the bit you want, so you can cycle around them in the same song. There is probably a way of doing it, but not found that yet. Its a fine line between messing around and actually playing tunes!

    Glad you are enjoying
    Cheers
    Mark

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    • 10/29/2016 at 17:16
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      Hi Mark

      If I understand you correctly, once you have your first preset set up with all sounds splits and settings etc. Touch SAVE rename your preset say Mark 2 then ENTER, then touch the next empty preset location in the same bank. Do the same for 3&4. Preset go accross the page not down to get the correct location on the buttons.

      Hope this is what you mean

      Ken

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      • 10/30/2016 at 07:23
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        Hi Ken,

        Sort of, I have set up just over 20 user presets and saved them in the banks of 10, so now onto bank 3. What I mean is that once in a preset, if you touch TP1-TP4, what is stored on there is completely different. It would be great to copy what was in the base across to TP1-TP4 and then modify some sounds, but starting from a base where all the levels, splits and everything else were the same as the base.

        I may have completely misundertood the purpose of these, but at present have found little use for them.

        Cheers
        Mark.

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        • 10/30/2016 at 08:46
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          Hi Mark

          I am a bit confused. Lets just clarify banks and presets a little.

          If you have named your first BANK on the left say ‘Ballad’ and have created your first masterpiece with all the sounds splits etc. you now save that to preset 1 of Bank 1. From there you should be able to copy the first preset into all ten presets of Bank 1 as my previous post, and then just alter the sounds as required and resave each preset.

          However, I think I may still be missing the vital point that you are making.

          Ken

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          • 10/30/2016 at 09:21
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            I’m guessing that Mark is talking about the 4 “buttons” in the lower right of the display? Known as STS (Sound to Style)?

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            Mark – My guess is we are not able to modify those (yet). Those are suggested registrations to use with whatever rhythm (Style) you have selected. Useful? Not to me.

            Curt

          • 10/30/2016 at 10:29
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            Hi Mark

            See where you are coming from now (thanks Curt) STS or one touch settings are factory programed to the styles. They are usful for thoes not familiar with the Wersi system and are not editable. They are not yet programed on all factory styles usually only on the first page of each style bank. So if you select a style that has not yet had STS added the four STS buttons will not appear in the mixer panel

            Ken

    • 10/30/2016 at 06:19
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      I’ve already crossed WAY over the line of “messing around” vs. playing a tune. One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about Wersi is the ability to tinker with things past the obvious controls on the front panel.

      Many (most?) organs or keyboards targeted at the “home” market don’t allow you access at the level OAX does. That was also true with the earlier OAS and CD series.

      Back to your comment about playing a tune – That is what these things are for but I have just as much fun poking around inside with all the buttons and knobs and making noise… I mean music!

      Tinker away!

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