PSR Tutorial Quarterly Report: October - December 2013
I had hoped to send out a report at the end of November, but I've been so busy that I missed that date. In fact, the end of December release date was also missed until now. But, quite a few things were keeping me busy. The biggest Yamaha news, of course, was the release of the new Tyros5. Unfortunately, I was not busy trying out the new Tyros5, although I did put add the Tyros5 Styles page to the Styles | Yamaha section of the site. Quite a few folks have ordered, and now received, the new keyboard. Check the messages on the PSR Tutorial Forum for comments on the new keyboard. You can also check the Tyros5 Demo page for YouTube videos of the new keyboard. Most of my time was spent putting together two new resource collections. Styles #6 was released early in December and Styles #7 was just released yester
day. See below for more information on these new products. If you are not one of the folks spending all your time with the new Tyros5, perhaps you can settle with spending your time exploring thousands of new styles. It will be just like having a new keyboard! With these new data sets completed, I will now look forward to expanding the content of the main PSR Tutorial web site in the coming months.
A new Styles Collection page was added in October. Jan's Dance Styles provides us with a great selection of new and converted Dance styles. Jan has created most of these styles and they are in the SFF2 format. Thanks to Patrick Hanneuin, a number of Jan's styles have been converted to SFF1 so that owners of earlier keyboards can take advantage of these dance styles.
I was very happy to add Ian MacNeill's styles to our Styles | Collection section in November. Here you will find 87 unique styles created by Ian, who has been making styles since his PSR8000. The style collection is from his PSR-S910 and Tyros4 and is in the SFF2 format.
Need some Christmas styles? Thanks to Deane Peters (Hammer), Leo (lion), and myself (Joe W), 200 Christmas styles were to the Christmas Styles page in December. Tuned on the Tyros2, the PSR-S950, and the Tyros4, you are sure to find some new favorites here for your Christmas performances next year.
Owners of keyboards before the Tyros3 and PSR-S910 will want to give thanks to Linda K for converting the PSR-S950 styles to the SFF1 format. I added Linda's conversions to the Tyros2 Styles page in December.
Styles Collection #6 was announced early in December. This collection includes 6,500 new styles, that is, styles not appearing in any of the earlier Style collections. One quarter of this collection is in the new SFF2 format and 75% in the earlier SFF1 format. 87% of these styles include OTS voices.
I had hoped to have Style Collection #7 - Song Styles also available in December, but I could not make that deadline. However, it was released on January 10 and I delayed this report so that I could include the announcement of this new style collection in the report. This collection includes over 10,000 song-styles, that is, a style that has been tuned for a particular song and the style filename changed to reflect that song title. The styles here are drawn from all the earlier collections and they include some 400 styles that have not appeared earlier. Everyone of the style filenames has been edited to reflect not only the correct song title, but also the tempo and the performer/contributor's initials. These last two elements helped distinguish multiple styles that were suggested for the same song title. Development of this collection took almost all of my time through December and into January.
Since this collection focuses on songs, it also includes over 6,000 MFD records in a variety of databases These, too, can be used to set up your keyboard to play specific songs. I believe a lot of players will find this collection very valuable.
In November, Peter Wierzba announced V4.5 of the PSR StyleDatabase / MIDIDatabase program. This is an essential utility for anyone who wants to organize their style collections.
At the end of December, Michael Bedesem released MusicFinderView ver 3.0.5 released. Just yesterday, a new release, Version 3.06c was released. This latest version corrects occasional problems that arose when adding or editing files located on USB/HD devices and provides support for Tyros5.
In December, Michael Bedesem released V4.89 of MixMaster. (A newer version,V4.92 was announced just two days ago.) MixMaster 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
While no new lessons were added this past quarter, in November a new demo page was added for the new Tyros5. This page provides a number of convenient links to YouTube demonstrations of the sounds and features for the new Yamaha keyboard.
Two articles were added to the Music>Articles section of the site this past quarter:
In October, we added Frank Jagdis's article on the "S950 External Sound System". Frank discusses things you may want to consider in building an external sound system for the PSR-S950.
In December, Joe Hlifka's "Techniques for Creating, Editing, and Using Multi Pads for Contemporary Dance Music," was added. The focus of Joe's tutorial is on using Multi Pads in registrations as a principal method to arrange contemporary Dance music, which often incorporates many musical transitions throughout a song.
236 Songs were added in the 4th quarter (October - December). 73 of these songs were contributions to the 2013 Christmas Jukebox. Eleven forum members contributed 26 songs. The remaining 47 Christmas songs came from 16 of the PSR Performers. The 2013 Christmas Jukebox as well as the 2012 Christmas Jukebox will remain online throughout 2014.
We had one new PSR Performer. Bob K's page was added in November. Bob is playing on the CVP301. His songs are listed below.
Visit the individual PSR Performer pages to hear any of the 164 songs added this quarter. You can also download any of the songs by checking the alphabetical list of songs provided on each performer page. Date links for the song lead back to any forum discussions about the song. Feel free to follow that link and add your own comments.
Bill McCracken [PSR-S710] - 4 songs: Annie's Song, Love Is Blue, Man And A Woman, Someday Soon.
Bob K - 12 songs: Amorada, Choo Choo Choo's Boogie, Comme Vorrel, Dolanes, I Will Wait For You, Leto, Miami Beach Rhumba, Moonlight in Vermont, Paganini, Rent Party Blues, Sunny, Tea For Two.
Craig (Keyboardist) - [PSR-S950] - 31 songs: Adams Family, Brandy Dream Weaver Eres Tu, Ghost Busters, Girl From Ipanema, Happy Together, Have You Seen Her, Heartbreaker, Heaven, How Long, I Started A Joke, I Think I Love You, I've Gotta Get A Message To You, James Bond Theme, Let It Be, Munsters, Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da, Rosanna, Secret Agent Man, Sleep Walk, Stranger, Sunny Came Home, Till There Was You, Two Tickets To Paradise, Uptown Girl, Walk On By, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, You Got It, You Might Be Right.
Del Kay - [PSR-3000] - 5 songs: Didn't We, On Moonlight Bay, Over There, Till We Meet Again, Wanted.
Don Valentine - - 2 songs: Clair, It Was A Very Good Year.
Eileen Lowry - - 2 songs: Country Boy, Together Wherever We Go.
Ernie Mulder - [PSR-3000] - 6 songs: Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, Blues in C, Dutch Swamp, Improv Nov, That Will Be The Day, That's Alright Mama.
Gary Diamond - [PSR-S950] - 19 songs: All My Trials, Amazing Grace, Annie's Song, Black Velvet, Cool Water, Faded Love, Ghost Riders In The Sky, Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Have You Heard, Last Bs To Nashville, Marie Laveau, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, Pretty Woman, Some Days Are Diamonds, Someday Soon, That's All, Thriller, Walkin' The Dog, Wasted Days And Wasted Nights.
John Phillips - - [3 songs] - I Understand Just How You Feel, It's Raining In My Heart, Sentimental Me.
Judy Short - - [9 songs] - Eleanor Rigby, Fever, Fugue in G, Love Me Or Leave Me, Stormy Weather, Taste Of Honey, That Old Black Magic, That's All, Unforgettable.
Ken Stenzel - - 2 songs: Meditation, Sleepwalk.
Kieth Osborne - - 3 songs: Hasta Manana, I Do I Do I Do, She La La La.
Larry Tyler - [PSR-S910/S950] - 11 songs: Black Orpheus, Break It To Me Gently, Crazy, Cry, Days Of Wine And Roses, Deep Purple, Fly Me To The Moon, I Fall To Pieces, Love, More, Place In The Sun.
Lynn Rae Couch - [PSR-S900] - 2 songs: One Pair Of Hands, Sweet Nearness Of You.
Mark Styles - - 6 songs: Another Time Another Place, Hold On, Hold On To Love, Itchycoo Park, Looking Glass, Secret Doctrine.
Patricia Jacobsen - [PSR-S710] - 3 songs: It's Now Or Never, Sound Of Silence, Tonight.
Peter Eleuterio - - 1 song: What A Wonderful World.
Steen Smollerup Rasmussen - [PSR-S910] - 16 Songs: Amapola, Beautiful Brown Eyes, Det Er Hammer Hammer Fedt, Fut I Fejemoget, Haveje, Hvalborg, Kald Det Kærlighed, Memphis Tennessee, Mig And Margrethe (clubbeat), Nyborders Pris, Olsen Banden, Party Medley, Perfidia, Red River Rock, Susan Himmelbla, Tom Dooley.
Sunny Haddleton - [PSR-S750] - 1 song: Sweet 16.
Ton Anthonie - - 14 songs: Barndance Medley, Candy Stick, Cotton Fields, Happy Medley, Marie, Me And Bobby McGee, Mule Train, Nashville Medley, Perfidia Bolero, Put Your Hand In The Hand, Quando Waltz, Red River Valley, Too Young.
Torben Goldin - - 9 songs: Bei Männer Welche Liebe Fühlen, El Bolero, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Greatest Love Of All, How Deep Is Your Love, I'm In Love With Copenhagen, Le Cygne, Oppna Landskab, Take On Me.
Udo Becker - - 2 songs; Ghost Riders, Shakin' All Over.
Wally Zelinski - [PSR-S910] - 1 song: Vampir Moartea.
2013 Song Summary
756 songs (42 hours of music, 3.4 GB of disk space) were added to the PSR Performer archives last year. 37 PSR Performers added songs last year. 11 forum members also contributed to the total with their Christmas songs. Songs were played on 15 different keyboards: Tyros5 (4 songs), Tyros4 (242), Tyros3 (87), Tyros2 (28), PSR-S950 (158), PSR-S750 (5), PSR-S910 (63), PSR-S710 (25), PSR-S900 (33), PSR-S550B (6), PSR-3000 (74), CVP401 (14), and CVP301 (12). There certainly are a lot of examples provided by the PSR Performers that you should be able to hear what these keyboards sound like when played by Yamaha owners. Note, however, that there are many more examples available in the PSR Tutorial Forum. Many members provide links to their songs, including YouTube videos. It's a great way for you to share your songs and to get, and provide, feedback to other players. In 2014, I will continue to add songs to the PSR Performer pa
ges as the performer's send them in to me. But you will be able to find many more examples by browsing the forum messages.
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