Styles Library 2012

This massive 2012 Style Library contains all of the styles from Styles # 1 through Styles #4, all the styles available in the PSR Tutorial online archives and all the styles uploaded to the PSR Tutorial Forum through December 2011. It also has additional styles not available in any of those sources. All told, there are over 80,000 styles in this massive collection -- a resource that will be a delight to any Yamaha owner, all for $65! (This library does not include styles in the Styles #5 or Styles #6 collection.)

The full collection includes 95,827 files, 4,000 folders and requires 3.5 GB of disk space. The compressed version consists of 18 files totaling 1 GB or disk space.

(January, 2012) No matter what arranger keyboard you have, sooner or later you are going to want more styles. Fortunately, the Yamaha Arranger keyboards are designed to facilitate the use of external styles. Thousands of styles are available on the internet and they can be downloaded and loaded into your keyboard. Of course, there are many thousands of styles available on the PSR Tutorial web site. Many of these are styles have been individually tuned by PSR Tutorial members to fit their particular keyboard or to fit a particular song. Several members have generously contributed their own style collections built up over the years. Other, who regular perform using their Yamaha, have sent us their "Gig Disks" -- collections of styles tuned to be used with particular songs.

The styles on the PSR Tutorial web site are free to all visitors. They are located in the Styles section of the main site and the various sub-sections located there. Because online storage is limited as is bandwidth, style collections on the web site are compressed and stored as ".zip" files. The compressed files take up less space and can be downloaded much quicker than the original format files. To use these files, you download the zip file and then you must uncompress the zip file to get to the original styles. You can then copy these files to your USB drive, or for older keyboards, to a floppy disk, take them to your keyboard, and, finally, load and try them out.

With the tens of thousands of styles available on the site, getting a lot of styles and adding them to your own library of styles can take a lot of your time downloading, unzipping, and organizing the styles. To make things easier for members, I have periodically introduced style collections that could be ordered on a CD-ROM disc with all styles in their original format, organized, and ready to be used. The first collection was released in 2007 with over 19,000 styles. This collection had styles for the PSR-2000/2100/3000 and the Tyros1 and Tyros2 as well as some stles for the earlier PSR-740 series and the PSR9000s. A second style collection was released in 2009 with 16,000 more styles. The styles were carefully filtered to make sure these were new and not duplicates of anything in the first collection. A third collection came in 2010 with another 16,000 styles. The 4th collection, introduced in 2011, focused on the Yamaha preset styles and included the internal styles from all the Yamaha keyboards introduced in the previous decade.

This Style Library, released in 2012, contains all of the styles from the previous four collections, all the styles that are available in the PSR Tutorial online archives, all the styles uploaded to the PSR Tutorial Forum in the past six years, and additional styles not available in any of those sources. All told, there are over 80,000 styles in this massive collection organized into 4,000 folders and sub-folders. It is a resource that will be a delight to many Yamaha owners.

The sections below explain a bit about how this collection was constructed and how the files are organized.

Building This Collection

As you might imagine, pulling all this together was a massive chore. I started by gathering all the files from all the different pages in the PSR Tutorial Styles section. Since there are many styles in various "collections", it was inevitable that there would be duplicates. So, after everything was gathered together in an unzipped format, Peter Wierzba's PSR Style Database program was used to identify duplicate files and eliminate them. This removed some 10,000 styles from the collection. As such, the individual collections are not exact duplicates of the collections available on the site since individual files from each collection were discarded when they were available in other collections.

The second step was to compare the styles from the site with the various collections provided on the first 4 style collections that were released on CD-ROMs. It was obvious in some cases that the collection on the CD-ROM was already included in the site collection. In other cases, individual style sets from the CD-ROMs were compared with styles in the original collection to identify duplicates and discard all of them. This is fairly easy for genre songs, but much more difficult for gig disk songs where the style is identified by a song title, or, as in many cases, by a partial song title. Finding duplicates here required a careful review of duplicate pairs to determine if the the same style was used as the base for a particular song title several times. In this case, only one version would be kept and the others discarded. Of course, if the same style was the basis for several different songs, these would all be kept since the value of the gig disks is the fact that an appropriate style has been selected for that song.

After melding the CD-ROM styles with the web site styles, I gathered together all of the styles that had been uploaded to the PSR Tutorial. These are all available on the various Forum Attachment CD-ROMs. These styles sets were organized into appropriate categories, duplicates removed, and the remainder added to various collections.

Style Organization

In organizing the styles, I set up six main style groups.

Collections

This group includes styles from the various style "collections" available on the site plus additional collections gathered from the first four CD-ROMs. There are 33,087 styles in this group. The sub-folders are named after the "collector" who contributed the styles. For example, Eileen Lowry's styles are found in the "Eileen" folder and Chris Easdown's styles are in the "Chris" folder. For more information on the individual collector's and their style collections, you can visit the corresponding pages in the site Styles | Collections pages.

Gigs

The next major grouping is for the "Gig Disks". These include sub-folders that include all the gig disks from the many contributors on the main site. For example, Gary Diamond's Gig Disks are found in the "Gary" folder; Bogdan's One-Man-Band conversions of midi songs to styles are in the "Bogdan" folder. Some of the "collectors" also had styles that were based on song names and these song-named styles are found in this section. There are 9,594 styles in this group.

GigA

If you are looking for a particular song title, having to search through the gig disks of 19 individual folders is very inconvenient. So, this folder contains the gig disk song-named styles arranged by song title. The sub-folders here are alphabetical: AB-AK, AL, AM-AN, ..., WI-WZ, XYZ. The "AL" folder would hold song-named styles like Alabama Jubilee, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Alice Blue Gown, ..., Always On My Mind. The filenames in this section include a 2-letter suffix indicating the source of the song-style. For example MoodIndigo-ch.sty is from Chuck Hunt, MoodIndo-lw.sty is from Larry Warner, and MoodIndigo-TL.sty is from Tom's Library.

Yamaha

As you might expect, there is a separate group for "Yamaha" styles. These are the preset styles that were provided with the various Yamaha arranger keyboards. Three subgroups (Top-Level keyboards, Mid-Level Keyboards, and Clavinova keyboards) include individual keyboard folders with styles organized by style category. For example,in the "Top-Level" folder, open up the "T3_Original" folder and you will find "Ballad", "Ballroom", ..., "World". The Tyros3's Ballad styles would be in that "Ballad" folder. There are 6,343 styles in these three subgroups.

Also included in the "Yamaha" group is a sub-folder called "ByGenre" with 6,512 styles. The styles in this group, of course, duplicate styles sorted by keyboard. Here, however, styles are organized by various genre categories and, within each category, individual "style" folders. Within each style folder are all the versions of that style from the keyboards that included that style as one of the presets.

For owners of the S900 or Tyros2 and earlier keyboards, I include folder called "ByGenre-SFF1" with 3,862 styles. All SFF2 styles are excluded since these earlier keyboards can not play any of these styles from recent keyboards. If your keyboard can read SFF2 styles, you can safely delete the SFF1 version. Be aware that the next group has conversions of styles from newer keyboards that can be played on older keyboards.

Conversions

Owners always look forward to trying out new styles that appear on new Yamaha keyboards. Unfortunately, the newer keyboards often include newer features so that the new styles do not play as well, or sometimes at all, on older keyboards. Fortunately, there are Yamaha owners who have attempted to fix the problems so that a version of the newer styles can be run on older keyboards. This group of styles includes these "Conversions." There are conversions from arranger keyboards form other manufacturers (Roland, Korg, Technics) for use with the Yamaha keyboard (although examples of these conversions are also found in the other groups). You also find sub-folders based on particular Yamaha keyboards. For example, the sub-folder "For PSR-3000" includes styles from earlier and later keyboards that have been tuned to work on PSR-3000 keyboards. Of course, most of these PSR-3000-tuned styles also work perfectly fine on later keyboards. There are 21,931 styles in the Conversions group.

Forum

The final group, found in the "Forum" folder, has styles added to this collection from those that were uploaded to the PSR Tutorial forum. These have been aggregated and the styles rearranged to fit into standard category groups. Song-styles are organized in alphabetical folders. There are 2.397 styles in this group.

In organizing these styles, I made many modifications to style names to provide consistency in the style collection:

  • All the style filetypes are set to lowercase.
  • In major song collections, I used the correct song titles wherever possible.
  • In Bogdan's styles, I checked the performer name as well as the song title to make sure titles were correct. Performer names were inserted after the song title so that the songs would appear in appropriate alphabetical folders.
  • In many collections, I used the PSR Style Database to indentify style genre's and regroup styles into appropriate categories (ballad, country, swing&jazz, etc).
  • For several collections, after the "duplicates" were removed, I also examined the style pairs that were "related" and if two styles had the same related score as well as the same number of bytes and tempo and base style, then only one version was kept. Quite a bit of time was, in fact, spent throwing styles out of the final collection.

Folders

There are about 4,000 folders in this collection of styles. There are a lot of folders because Yamaha keyboards are restricted in how many files can actually appear in a single folder. For this reason, I tried to keep most of the subfolders below 100 files. This makes it easier for the keyboard to read in all the files. It also limits the number of pages a user has to view to see what files are available. Smaller folders are also easier to copy. Both your keyboard and your PC may encounter problems trying to copy a folder with with hundreds of subfolders and tens of thousands of individual files. If you encounter problems copying a folder (with all of its sub-folders), you can manually create the main "big" folder and then copy the individual sub-folders over in smaller groups. In copying files from the USB drive to the hard drive in my Tyros4, I found that the Tyros4 would not copy the "Gigs" folder because there were too many files in the folder. However, when I manually created a "Gigs" folder and then tried copying all the individual sub-folders over, the Tyros4 had no problem with that. In practice, I did create most of the folders on the T4 hard drive by connecting it directly to the USB port on my PC and copying the files directly.

Some Cautions

Not every Yamaha keyboard has a USB port and, as such, even if you ordered this file collection on a USB, or copied it to a USB, you would not be able to use the files directly from the USB drive. If you have a PSR-2000 or a PSR-2100, you are simply out of luck. You would have to copy the files from the USB to your computer's hard drive and, from there, copy small sets of style files to a floppy disk, which you can take to your PSR-2000 or PSR-2100.

Unlike styles you may have received earlier on a CD-ROM drive, the files on a USB drive can be changed. They can not only be loaded, but they can be revised and saved again in a new version. You can add additional files to a USB drive. But, what is most important, you can also delete files! When you delete a file, it is gone forever. So, if you received this collection on a USB drive, while you now have some 80,000 styles on the drive, they are not permanent; they can disappear. So a backup copy is important.

If you downloaded this library in the form of zip files, these files can serve as your backup. Unzip them and create the original library an your hard drive or on a USB drive.

If you are copying these files from a USB drive to your hard drive, trust me, it will take a long time to copy 80,000 styles. Making a copy of this USB drive involves hours, not minutes. Time will vary depending on your computer. Usually, copying files to a USB drive is much slower than reading files from a USB drive. Copying files to your hard drive may go faster than copying files to a USB drive. So copying from USB to hard drive may be quicker than copying from hard drive to USB. If you are copying to a Version 3 USB drive, it will go much faster than to a USB Version 2 drive. The Yamaha keyboards can not read or write to USB drives at the higher Version 3 speeds, but most Version 3 USB drives are backward compatible so you can use them in your Yamaha.

Finally, there are SFF2 files in this collection drive. If you have a Tyros3 or Tyros4 or the PSR-S910/S710 or PSR-S950/S750, you can read all these SFF2 styles directly as well as read all the SFF1 styles. If you have an earlier keyboard, it can not read these SFF2 style files. Your keyboard will balk and say that the file can not be loaded. Fortunately, there are a number of style sets available in the "Conversions" folder, that have converted some SFF2 styles to a format that can be ready by earlier keyboards. Of course, if you don't have a newer keyboard (yet), you will want to hang on to these SFF2 format styles because they will be very useful to you when you get around to upgrading your current keyboard!

This page updated on August 1, 2017 .