YouTube provides us with many opportunities to review products from many viewpoints. Many times they are just fun to watch. A friend from Florida sent me a YouTube link that deserves to be acknowledged. If you have younger children and grand children… it’s a “Must Watch”… at least through the trumpet solo. Enjoy!
Are You Ready for the Next Generation Wersi Organ?
The much-awaited Sonic instrument is finally available!
Most of the time products are developed by engineers without consumer input. The Sonic evolved a little differently. After the prototype was finished, the Sonic was exposed to a panel of players for evaluation.
Everyone agreed that the Sonic was a well-engineered instrument. Users got the chance to voice their opinions, some of them asking for improvements in certain areas:
“It’s great, but I wish you would have done this differently to make it more user friendly…”
“I wish it still had one of these…”
“I’m older, and the screen should have greater color contrast, and it should be tilted so I can read it better…”
You get the point.
They listened, and made multiple upgrades before the final “Super” Sonic was released. They could have added another S word to describe it:
Even the future for upgrades is built into the Sonic.
In the past, we made a big deal about the importance of layering and how most instruments have limits of 4 or 5 layers. The New Sonic allows you to layer 16 sounds, a feature that is virtually absent in today’s instrument market.
The June OAS workshops hosted by Joann and Roy Young had some extra excitement this session. Bill Horn was given special recognition for his 60 years as a musician, entertainer and clinician. Bill was presented with an album of highlights, many from his over thirty Dutchland Shows which were the highlight of his still ongoing career. Bill is still entertaining Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
They say that music is food for the soul; it’s also good for your health. 98 year-old OAS member Elna Roop’s performance is a testimony to this fact. I have the utmost admiration for those who keep music a high priority in their lives. I hope Elna will join us for our November session at the Steamboat Inn.
Because of their size and portability, keyboards are placed in a separate class from organs.
In addition to size, there are functional limitations. Compared to organs, a keyboard instrument is often limited by the number of accessible sounds. Traditionally, keyboards have been unable to achieve the same big sound generated by larger organs. The reasons for this difference are
limits on polyphony and layerability. Every time a player adds an additional sound, the polyphony is reduced by half, limiting the opportunity for additional layers. As a result, dense, layered sounds are difficult to achieve.
The Wersi Pegasus Wing defies these limitations.
With almost unlimited polyphony and an optional Selector Plus upgrade, the Pegasus Wing, also being a 76 note keyboard, can layer four sounds on the right side of the split point and three sounds on the left. These capabilities make the Pegasus Wing capable of producing the same massive ensemble sounds of a large organ.
The Pegasus Wing is now available at an all new low price.
The price for the fully-equipped model described above is $3846 (price includes Selector Plus).
Remember, you can also add a second keyboard and pedals for the ability to layer four sounds on the upper keyboard and three on the lower keyboard. You can have an additional sound on the pedals, thereby rivaling the sound of our $30,000. instrument.
During our recent California NAMM we were surprised at the amount of interest in the exciting new sound packages now available. The whole product line revolves around the ability to continually update with new features, sounds and functions, eliminating the costly practice of having to trade in your instrument to get any of the new features.
After returning home, I came across this video of Wersi artist Claudia Hirschfeld. Enjoy!