Technics WSA1 :: Hello. I am becoming a WSA user


Membership is FREE!
It is best to log in before posting. Anonymous posting is disabled.

Hello. I am becoming a WSA user

Hello. I am getting a WSA (I am bidding on a few as we speak and intend to win one auction). Few of the WSA1 for sale include manuals so I thought I should just google it up and see if I can download one. Thus I landed here. It would be super if I coul…

Viewing 1 to 4 (4 Total)
Hello. I am becoming a WSA user

GearNostalgia

GearNostalgia
Sweden

Total Posts: 2
Joined: April 14, 2018

Hello.

I am getting a WSA (I am bidding on a few as we speak and intend to win one auction). Few of the WSA1 for sale include manuals so I thought I should just google it up and see if I can download one. Thus I landed here. It would be super if I could read a manual today. I am pretty sure I will love this machine since I am trying to do Karplus+Strong on my other machines (with so-so success).

Tags:
Posted on April 14, 2018 at 6:13 AM
Display Messages: Threaded     Flat
3 Replies

javelin276

javelin276
United States

Total Posts: 26
Joined: January 2, 2018

Re: Hello. I am becoming a WSA user

Interesting, I looked up Karplus-Strong so I would know what you're talking about. I see it's a burst+delay+filters method of producing a plucked string sound, the delay sets the pitch. I see in the WSA1 Reference Guide there are Delay Effects in there, and Filters are a part of the main Editing parameters. Producing a pulse is done by selecting a sound Driver and putting an amplitude envelope on it. I'm not sure how you would control the pitch using the Delay, though. The WSA1 will control the pitch of the pulse for you already, then maybe the Delay would add to the harmonics to give you the timbre you want. You'll have to experiment with that.

Aside from Karplus-Strong, the WSA1 has quite a few Drivers that are already a plucked string sound. The Drivers are based on instrument recordings, which can be shaped in a number of different ways, and mixed together to get unique sounds. I haven't experimented much with the Effects, so maybe I should. I haven't had my WSA1R for very long, just a couple of months.

Posted on April 14, 2018 at 5:31 PM

GearNostalgia

GearNostalgia
Sweden

Total Posts: 2
Joined: April 14, 2018

Re: Hello. I am becoming a WSA user

I assume that the WSA is already doing something like the Karplus-Strong so I don't have to set it up as I have been doing now with other synths smiling

Posted on April 14, 2018 at 9:30 PM

javelin276

javelin276
United States

Total Posts: 26
Joined: January 2, 2018

Re: Hello. I am becoming a WSA user

Yes, I suppose you could say that. The WSA1 has more variety in the timbre from the different Drivers, it's not limited to using just a noise burst. It can also mix up to four different Drivers together into each voice, along with using a variety of Resonators to shape the sound. There is also a very nice general purpose filter on top of that. You should be able to get quite a variety of instrument sounds out of it, especially since you have a background in Analog.

Posted on April 15, 2018 at 6:49 AM