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).
HDCheck (Version 1.0.7) is a PC application to assist you in managing folders on Tyros 1/2/3/4. Yamaha instruments will refuse access to media folders that exceed limits (250 files per folder for Tyros 1 and 500 for Tyros 2/3). The program enables the user to examine the number of files per folder and split them as desired.
MidiFix (Version 2.2.6) offers a number of functions for fixing or modifying midi files so that they will play or display properly on the keyboard or PC players. Key features include: drum tracks will play on GM cards; European fonts display on PSR screens; Russian characters display phonetically; internal name is created from the filename; and handclaps are muted.
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 4.89 - Dec 8, '13) 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 3.0.3 - Feb 16, '13) 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. Tyros4 now supported.
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.
RegFix (Version 1.4.9 - Jul 8, '09) converts registration files made on one keyboard so that they can be used on another instrument. Because of file format limitations, registrations can only be converted within a family of instruments. RegFix supports the following instruments: Tyros2 / Tyros1 / PSR-3000 / CVP-307 / PSR-S900. RegFix is available for both the Mac and Windows operating systems.
RegNameEdit (Version 1.0.6 - Apr 3, '11) edits registration names on the PC for Tyros 1/2/3 and PSR-3000/s900/s700 registration bank files. With RegNameEdit you can change the registration bank file name, registration memory (1-8) names, and the icons that appear next to registration memory buttons and registration bank files.
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.
StyleDuplicates (Version 1.3.1 - Aug 19, '10) detects styles where one or more tracks exceed a user-determined degree of similarity. It can search one folder, or between selected styles in two folders. The percentage of duplicates for each track is displayed and can be printed. Duplicates may be moved as they are detected.
StyleMaker (Version 3.2.0 - Oct 3, '10) operates in conjunction with a PC editor/sequencer to create keyboard styles from a midi song file, style templates (including Band In A Box styles), or an existing style file. It also allows MegaEnhancer to replace voices in style files.
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 December 8, 2013