Fun with Wersi Instruments

We have been longtime owners and fans of Wersi instruments. If you are not familiar with Wersi, you can learn more over at our other site dedicated to the Wersi brand.

Why this post? We had a customer suggest to add Wersi coverage to this site for folks that might be interested in sharing ideas with other Wersi enthusiasts. Since we are all about helping and sharing music and technology sounded like a good idea to us, here you go:

If you own a Wersi, want to own a Wersi or looking for Wersi help – comment away.

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Hi Sergio, I’m also new to the Wersi club. Don’t know if you have acquired a Wersi yet but I have a NOVA CD 700 with Golden Gate Plus that I am asking $1800 for, plus shipping or you can pick it up in Orlando, FL. I have just put new speakers (4) in the unit as the old ones had deteriorated. Replacements have a range of 39 to 18 K Hz dual cone 85 W RMS. When you are playing the drums, and other percussions you can feel them. Kept the original tweets. Let me know if you are interested or make an offer.

Hi Scott,

Sorry I didn’t respond any sooner, but I’ve been out of town. Can you please send me pictures of the Nova CD 700?
I’m looking for a console organ (25 bass pedals) white cabinet.
How old is it?

Thanks

NOVA CD-700 (DX-700) with Golden Gate Plus upgrade. Asking $1800.00 with bench and 2 octave (25) pedal board which detaches and uses a 25-pin cabled connector for interface. Besides the floppy drive that can be formatted 720 KB or 1.44 MB there is 120 MB hard drive for music, styles and sequence storage. This allows up to 512 Styles (Rhythms) or Sequences (arrangements, songs) to be placed in RAM at a time. You may include song text that could be displayed on the Golden Gate screen, if desired. 27 banks can be displayed at the touch of a button and 27 Styles/Sequences for each bank may then be called up for play. In addition to the ROM banks there are RAM banks and User defined banks that may be used and configured as you want to make this a very versatile organ for church, home or club playing. You may also store midi files or put them on a floppy to play them directly from the floppy. Although a 1.44 MB floppy will hold more than 27 midi files, because of the display process, only 27 can be called from the floppy as it is treated as a bank. You may merge multiple midi files, up to the capacity of a floppy, to extend the play capability within the 27-bank limit.
Back to the hard drive. If you add sub-directories, you may fill them with an organ dump for easy recall and then configure different banks for additional Styles/Sequencies then save those as a dump for recall that leaves an almost endless opportunity for your music enjoyment.
There is a WERSI CD-700 English Assembly manual with physical card and electrical diagram, Golden Gate Plus User’s manual. Although there are over 700 only 128 at a time may be programmed to be used with the midi in/out capability. Only 5 voices at a time may be used with any one keyboard. I have not found that to be a limit to music creation since you may include choir, strings or horns as one voice to give exceptional sound. Lower keyboard may be split with cords on left side with different voices. Single finger cording, 3rd, 5th and 7th can be made with a second finger along with minor etc. Even with single finger mode selected playing 3 fingers in the cord area switches back to manual cording until less than 3 are used. There are 12 drum sets available and more that may be user configured. Six standard percussion sounds are available on the Golden Gate panel i.e. high hat, snare, cymbal etc.
Cabinet is light brown and has a few minor marks that could be dressed up if that is an issue. There is no light for the music rack so if you were to play in a darkened place that would need to be added. All top lights have been replaced except for the 3 over the digital display for ease of viewing the display.
CD 700 was available approximately 1992-3 and the Golden Gate Plus upgrade installed in 1997 which renewed the electronics except for power supplies and some sound cards. Shipping or pickup is the responsibility of buyer.
NOVA CD-700 (DX-700) with Golden Gate Plus upgrade. Asking $1800.00 with bench and 2 octave (25) pedal board which detaches and uses a 25-pin cabled connector for interface. Besides the floppy drive that can be formatted 720 KB or 1.44 MB there is 120 MB hard drive for music, styles and sequence storage. This allows up to 512 Styles (Rhythms) or Sequences (arrangements, songs) to be placed in RAM at a time. You may include song text that could be displayed on the Golden Gate screen, if desired. 27 banks can be displayed at the touch of a button and 27 Styles/Sequences for each bank may then be called up for play. In addition to the ROM banks there are RAM banks and User defined banks that may be used and configured as you want to make this a very versatile organ for church, home or club playing. You may also store midi files or put them on a floppy to play them directly from the floppy. Although a 1.44 MB floppy will hold more than 27 midi files, because of the display process, only 27 can be called from the floppy as it is treated as a bank. You may merge multiple midi files, up to the capacity of a floppy, to extend the play capability within the 27-bank limit.
Back to the hard drive. If you add sub-directories, you may fill them with an organ dump for easy recall and then configure different banks for additional Styles/Sequencies then save those as a dump for recall that leaves an almost endless opportunity for your music enjoyment.
There is a WERSI CD-700 English Assembly manual with physical card and electrical diagram plus Golden Gate User’s manual. Although there are over 700 only 128 at a time may be programmed to be used with the midi in/out capability. Only 5 voices at a time may be used with any one keyboard. I have not found that to be a limit to music creation since you may include choir, strings or horns as one voice to give exceptional sound. Lower keyboard may be split with cords on left side with different voices. Single finger cording, 3rd, 5th and 7th can be made with a second finger along with minor etc. Even with single finger mode selected playing 3 fingers in the cord area switches back to manual cording until less than 3 are used. There are 12 drum sets available and more that may be user configured. Six standard percussion sounds are available on the Golden Gate panel i.e. high hat, snare, cymbal etc.
Cabinet is light brown and has a few minor marks that could be dressed up if that is an issue. There is no light for the music rack so if you were to play in a darkened place that would need to be added. All the top lights have been replaced except for the 3 over the digital display for ease of viewing the display.
CD 700 was available approximately 1992-3 and the Golden Gate Plus upgrade installed in 1997 which renewed the electronics except for power supplies and some sound cards.
Tried to attach pictures but could not. Call and leave message 321-695-6750. I don’t have a website.

Hallo ,ich habe auch die Wersi Sonic OAX 500 und möchte eigentlich nur vom PC- Windows 10
Native Instruments Komplete 13 oder nur VST-Plugins mit der Orgel spielen ( erst einmal ohne
Aufnahme und Bearbeitung)!- Ich habe ein Midi- Interface-Kabel und Delock-Usb Kabel von PC
zur Orgel!?- Erbitte Antwort und Hilfestellung!!
Beste Grüße Gerd

First, for the folks that may not be aware of Google Translate – The above posts in English:

Hello, I also have the Wersi Sonic OAX 500 and actually only want to get from the PC Windows 10
Play Native Instruments Komplete 13 or just VST plugins with the organ (initially without
Recording and editing)! – I have a Midi interface cable and a Delock USB cable from the PC
to the organ!? – Please answer and help !!
Best regards, Gerd

Gerd,

Help me better understand your question. Do you want to play Komplete using the VST host in the organ or play Komplete sounds hosted on an external Windows 10 computer using the Sonic basically as a MIDI controller?

Ja, vielen Dank für die schnelle Antwort!- Wie Sie schon erwähnten,die Komplete-Sounds und
andere Sounds vom Windows 10 Computer spielen und der Sonic als Midi-Controller
verwenden!- Freue mich auf eine Antwort – DANKE-
Gruß Gerd

Hi Gerd,

Give me a day or two to go through the process, and I’ll share what I learn.

Gerd – I forgot about this video we did a few years ago. Although we show controlling an external sound module in the video, the steps will be pretty much the same. Take a look and see if this helps get you started?

I’ll update again after connecting up and doing the same thing using a VST running on a computer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXaRQb5zB0o&t=8s

Hi Gerd,

Checking in to see if you were able to make any progress? I just tried this and was able to play a VST (via Komplete) using my Sonic as a MIDI controller.

If there is enough interest from you and others, I could shoot a video of all the needed steps? For now, I encourage you to go to the video mentioned in this thread and pay attention to the section that deals with creating a user voice on OAX that uses the routing feature to redirect the output to MIDI Out “x” on your instrument. In my case, I just tested using MIDI Out1. Works like a charm.

Is anyone interested in seeing the needed steps in more detail?

Hi,

I just joined the club. I’m looking for a pre-owned Wersi organ (white cabinet) such as the Scala, Atlantis or similar model, but they’re hard to find in the USA.

The new models are expensive.

Does anyone know where I can find one?

Thanks,

I have a White Scala but am not sure that I want to sell it even though I hardly use it.
I also have an Ikarus and Pegasus that I use more.

Hi,

Thanks for your response. How old is your Wersi Scala and if you ever decide to sell it how much do you want for it?

Kind regards,

Sergio

I bought it second hand from Ralph Conte in Lancaster.
I am not sure of the original manufacture date but think it was in the 1990’s.
There was a lot added to it by Chris Conte:
1- floppy drive (it already had a disc drive)
2- one additional mic input (total=two)
3- adjustable mini lights around the dashboard
4- amp for the matching two tower speakers
It also has B4, Real Drums.
Full pedal keyboard
Extra styles, MIDI files, and presets are added
I live in Colorado
Make an offer

Hi Jerry,

I would like to see pictures of your Wersi Scala and the model.

Thanks,

Sergio

I have recently bought a Wersi Sonic 500 with Vocalis speakers . I absolutely love it. I haven’t come across a bad sound yet. I have made some nice registrations including some nice Klaus Wunderlich sounds.

Hi…I’m a composer,sound designer and a programmer as I’m trying to design my own customised keyboard as many high end keyboards are lacking many functions which are very useful for a top end musician,but as I have seen Wersi,I would like to know and see all the functionality for I can complete my passion on it..thanks

Saagar – It would help if you could share what type of functions are you looking for? Based on that, someone might be able to tell you if Wersi offers what you need.

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