Some big news from Jeff:
I’ve just completed a major update to two of the items on the ‘Related Items’ page of the Wersi HD Series web site. These are the three ‘HD Series Display System’ videos and the article on ‘Hints and Tips on Choosing and Using Sample Libraries’
The Display System Videos
These have been updated to include the new icon-based user interface. This now brings them in line with the information given in Chapter 8 of the OAS/X Upgrade Manuals which details how this interface is constructed. This is just one way of doing it of course. The flexibility of the HD Series concept means that since we are running on an independent second processor, any design is possible on both Mac and PC systems. However, this particular design is easy and straightforward to construct since it uses only the Operating System’s standard file manager facilities, so no programming is required.
Hints and Tips on Choosing and Using Sample Libraries
This article has been completely rewritten to include more detailed information on the two ways that we can use sample libraries on a Wersi instrument, Composition, and Performance. For a composition application, we would run the sample player inside a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and use this to construct a backing track that could then be used as an accompaniment in a live performance. For a performance application we would run the sample player either in stand-alone mode or in a VST/AU host, and use this to play our HD instruments in a live performance. The requirements for these two modes of operation are different, so the choice of sample library will need to be appropriate to whether we wish to use one or the other or both of these applications. The article details these considerations.
I’ve also added a completely new section on using sample libraries in a sample player on a Wersi instrument, with particular reference to the full version of Kontakt. If you are currently running the free Kontakt Player version and are wondering about the advantages of upgrading to the full version, here are some of the benefits.
1) Most, but not all, of the sample libraries that are designed for use with Kontakt will run in the Kontakt Player. For those that don’t, you will need the full version. How sneaky is that! The full version will run everything.
2) The full version provides a comprehensive set of sample processing features which include a wide range of sound controls in an effects section. The instruments in sample libraries are primarily voiced for use in a recording studio setup where they would be played through reference quality monitor speakers and headphones that have a flat, neutral frequency response. When played on a Wersi, the organ’s amplification system, speakers and mixer settings can substantially color the sound, and so some degree of tonal compensation is necessary in order to hear the true authentic sound of these instruments. We can adjust the essential parameters of the sample library instruments with Kontakt’s sound controls to obtain optimum sound quality and authenticity. So you will hear the same sound on the Wersi that you will hear on the sample library vendor’s demos. The article explains how this is achieved.
3) These same sound controls can also be used to generate different variants of a particular sound and also to create completely new sounds. An example of the former would be the application of a filter effect to a standard trombone sound to produce a soft trombone. An example of the latter would be the application of a phaser effect to a string sound to produce a synth pad. OAS owners who purchased the Sound Factory activation will be familiar with the power and versatility that this kind of facility provides.
4) The full version of Kontakt also contains a facility for users to import their own samples and so create their own sample libraries. For this purpose, Kontakt can import files in a number of different formats (wave being the most popular) either as sample loops from commercial vendors, or files in the public domain, or even recordings made by the user. Once input, these files can then be assembled by a set of editors into a sample set, and then processed by the sound controls to customize their tonal qualities. In this way Wersi owners can significantly expand the range of high quality sounds available on their instruments by adding new sounds that are customized to their own particular requirements.
The sheer volume and range of sample libraries currently available can be quite daunting, so I’ve also included a number of links to a selection of the most popular vendor’s web sites. If you are contemplating using this kind of software, then you will be able to learn more about what this technology can do, and you can listen to all of the demos. Give it a go, I guarantee you’ll be impressed!
You can find the new updated items on the ‘Related Items’ page at:-