Style Manager Series
Michael P. Bedesem has created a group of terrific freeware utility programs that support Yamaha PSR and Tyros arranger keyboards. They provide users with additional capabilities for managing style, registration, and song files. The programs have been designed to operate on a PC with the Windows™ Operating System (95 or later) at a screen resolution of 800 X 600 (1024 X 800 or greater recommended, especially for MixMaster). Click on the links below or in the buttons shown on the left-side of the page for additional information and to download the program file(s).
FolderCheck (Version 1.0.4 - July 22, '14) is a PC application to assist you in managing folders on Tyros models with hard drives. Yamaha instruments will refuse access to media folders that exceed limits (250 files per folder for Tyros 1 and 500 for Tyros 2/3/4/5). The program enables the user to examine the number of files per folder and split them as desired. It works on your PC, on a USB drive, or on your Yamaha hard drive connected to the PC via the MusicFinder button-initiated storage mode. FolderCheck replaced the earlier HDCheck program. Version 1.0.4 changes include a number of user requested enhancements as well as maintenance items.
MidiPlayer (Version 8.3.1 - May 14, '13) is used to play, convert, repair, normalize, display, and edit the song, style, multipad and voice files used in the keyboard. This program will translate files for operation on another instrument. For example, if you have a PSR-3000, you can use this program to convert Tyros style files for use on your PSR-3000. The program includes a "batch" facility so you can process many files at once. The 8.3.1 maintenance release corrects a bug that was not allowing PSR-S950 and S750 instruments to include a style's OTS.update
MixMaster (Version 4.92 - Jan 9, '14) is a program specifically designed for the editing of Yamaha midi files such as the song, style, pad and voice files used by the Tyros/PSR line of instruments. The latest version extends these capabilities by offering automatic processing for single and multiple files (i.e. batch), thereby increasing its appeal to users of all technical levels. MixMaster does not explain how midi works, and, unlike other programs in the Style Manager series, it is not fully automatic. However, it does offer support for common editing (boundaries to selections, choices tailored to the selected instrument, etc) and automated functions that can be used with a minimum of background knowledge. A "How To" section in the manual outlines common procedures.
MusicFinderView (Version 3.0.8 - Mar 22, '14) is a PC editor for Music Finder ("mfd") files. With it you can create, edit, display, rearrange, sort, and print Music Finder records. Music Finder files are keyboard specific, but with Music Finder View you convert files from one instrument to another, for example, convert a Tyros mfd database for use on a PSR3000. Version 3.08 corrects some problems which appeared using the File/Save/MusicFinderFile/CheckedRecordsOnly function.
OpenText (Version 1.4.3 - Feb 27, '11) is a program that displays a pdf file, or a page in a pdf book, when a registration is selected on a PSR, CVP or Tyros.
PadMaker (Version 2.0.8 - Aug 16, '13) is a tool for creating a Multipad based on the patterms from one or more styles. With it you can create a pad by selecting an area of a style; audition the pattern on the PC or the keyboard; edit the Voice, Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Tempo, Brightness, Chord Follow and Repeat parameters; and, finally, include user-editable text. Update 2.0.8 incorporates some changes to the Chord Follow behavior and a number of maintenance fixes.
PadMaker-Midi (Version 1.7.4 - Jul 22 '13) is a tool for creating a Multipad based on the patterns from one or more midi or multipad files. With it you can create a pad by selecting an area of a midi or pad; audition the pattern on the PC or PSR; edit the Notes, Octave, Voice, Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Tempo and Brightness, Chord Follow and Repeat parameters; and include user-editable text. The 1.74 update adds note length editing, an Undo Last Edit command and several other enhancements.
Producer (Version 3.8.2 - July 15, '12) is a tool for creating or editing files that, when played or expanded on the keyboard, generate accompaniment parts. With it you can:
- Create a backing midi song by entering chords on a spreadsheet screen.
- Edit chords in a Quick Record midi on the PC, and then rebuild the song, using the same or a different style, without having to repeat your performance.
- Create a Step Record midi on the PC from any midi or karaoke song by using chords in the song to trigger a PSR accompaniment and using the melody tracks, if desired, for the right hand parts.
- Send your file with its chord event to a sequencer for the addition or correction of note events.
StyleDump (Version 2.0.1 - Oct 3 '10) is a a multi-purpose file viewer that can be used to list, sort, search, copy, and print the contents of Yamaha style files, section data (Main A, Ending A, etc), CASM, OTS, MusicFinder database entries, Midi song files (type 0 & 1), Voice edit files, Organ flute files, and Multipads.
StylePlayer (Version 1.6.0 - Oct 3 '10) plays Yamaha style files on a PCs sound card or on a keyboard or other midi device (if the user has midi output), and permits adjustment of the internal style volume. It is similar in function to the style playing capability of MidiPlayer, but offers some additional flexibility.
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This page updated on July 22, 2014