PSR Tutorial Report - January - February 2014
Two new data resources are now available - Styles #7-Song Styles and the 2013 Song Collection. Additional song-styles were also added to the site and Onacimus has launched a new conversion project for the PSR-S910. A brand new registration utility is now available and Michael Bedesem updated two of his utilities. Although no new lessons were added, I am about to add a whole new Lessons subsection called "Workshops." The PSR Performers added 58 songs in January and February. But the big news in the Yamaha world is the arrival of the Tyros5 in many households throughout the world, including mine.
Style Collection #7 - Song Styles was released on January 10. This collection includes, of course, styles, approximately 10,306 styles, all of which are named after particular songs. You can load one of these styles and use it to play that particular song. You could also use a MusicFinder database, select a song from the database, and the database would load one of your preset internal styles to play that song. So, a separate section of MusicFinder Databases is also included. Some players use registrations to play their songs. I also include a limited set of registrations that illustrate how they are used to set up your keyboard and play a particular song. Finally, there are several useful utility programs included in this collection that will help you with organizing or adjusting your styles and MusicFinder databases.
In putting together the Song-Styles collection, I received a couple of new sets that have been added to the site. Deane Peters (Hammer) provided us with his current set of song-styles that he is using on his PSR-S950. The 422 new styles in this group have been added to Hammer's Gig Disk page. Neal Saunders also sent in almost 300 song styles for the new Styles#7 collection. I added Neal's gig disk songs to Neal's Gig Disk page. on January 13. Unfortunately, I am very sorry to report that just 9 days later, on January 22, Neal Saunders unexpectedly passed away at age 78. Neal was a great supporter of the Yamaha community and we will miss him.
Many of you may have already discovered the great conversions that Onacimus Sayaham has provided Yamaha owners. His "Standard Styles Collection," "Mega Style Collection," and "Mega Plus Style Collection" for the PSR-3000 is excellent and has been very popular. I am happy to announce that Onacimus has started work on a "Standard Style Collection" and a "SuperMegaPlus Style Collection" for the PSR-S910. This new collection uses the new SFF2 style format and should also play fine on the S950 and the Tyros3/4/5 models. Both new collections are still being built but, by the end of February, there were 647 styles available in the S910 Standard Styles Collection and 82 styles so far in the SuperMegaPlus collection. You will find these new conversions on Onacimus' Style page as well as the PSR-S910 page.
At the end of January, we added a brand new page to our collection of software utilities. Murray Best released his Yamaha Registration Manager. If you have ever had to convert a ton of registrations when you moved up to a new keyboard, you will be very happy with the availability of this latest utility. It allows you to view and edit registration files on your computer. It also lets you convert a registration created on one model for use on a different model and even includes a batch mode.
Michael Bedesem released V4.92 of MixMaster. 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. Another updated to MusicFinderView (ver 3.07) is now available.
I have been working on putting together a new major section under "Lessons" that will be called "Workshops". This section will include a number of tutorials and workshops that were written by Heidrun Dolde. Her originals are in German and are available now on the net. English versions will be provided as part of the PSR Tutorial Lessons. I just completed the first two of these workshops, but adding a new major section like this requires updating each of the hundreds of pages in the Lessons section. Since it is the end of the month, I thought I would get this newsletter out before I tackled that major site revision. I'll start work on that tomorrow so you should be able to find the new Workshops section soon. The addition of subsequent tutorials and workshops will wait until I can get the German versions converted to English. Any German/English speakers who would like to give me a hand, please let me know - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting a new year and a new set of PSR Performer songs. 58 songs were added in the last two months. Last year I added songs to the PSR Performer's page if they posted a song in the forum. This year, I am only adding songs that the Performer's request that I add to their page. If you are a regular forum member, you know that there are many songs added there every month, not only by PSR Performers, but by many forum members. This is a great place to share your songs if you would like to. There were no new performers added in January or February, but one of the archived performers has returned. Stephen Molnar has retired and now will have more time to devoted to his music, particularly since he is enjoying his new Tyros5-76!
Visit the individual PSR Performer pages to hear any of the songs listed below. 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 in that alphabetical list lead back to any forum discussions about the song. Feel free to follow that link and add your own comments.
Bob K - 8 songs: Apache, Charleston, The Hat, Long Ago and Far Away, Mistrial, Santa Lucia, Yes Sir That's My Baby.
Craig (Keyboardist) - [PSR-S950] - 14 songs: Cocaine, Evil Ways, From Me To You, Hello, In My Room, It's Too Late, Make It With You, Oye Como Va, Street Life, Sukiyaki, Top Gun Anthem, What You Won't Do For Love, Wonderful Tonight, You're So Vain.
Del Kay - [PSR-3000] - 4 songs: Ave Marie Bach Gounod, I Got A Woman, Nessun Dorma, O Mio Babbino Cairo.
Ernie Mulder - [PSR-3000] - 4 songs: Crying, Darling, Even Uit Mijn Bol, Strangers In The Night.
John Phillips - - 7 songs: Candy, Georgia, I'm Confessin' That I Love You, It's the Talk of the Town, Pennies From Heaven, Pretend, Walkin' My Baby Back Home.
Joseph Hart - [PSR-S910] - 3 songs: 5-4 Jazz ©, In The Air - Feel It ©, Jazz in Em ©.
Larry Tyler - [PSR-S950] - 6 songs: Ain't Misbehavin, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Don't Take Your Love From Me, East of the Sun, Girl From Ipanema, Take Me Back to Tulsa.
Patricia Jacobsen - [PSR-S710] - 2 songs: Downtown, I Just Called To Say I Love You.
Peter Gasser - - 1 song: Nights in White Satin.
Stephen Molnar = - 3 songs: Call Me, Days of Wine and Roses, A House Is Not a Home.
Udo Becker - [Tyros4/5] - 2 songs: Cosy, Ring of Fire.
Wally Zelinski - [PSR-S910] - 4 songs: Day Has Gone © (vocal), Dwarf Song ©, Mary Goes v ©, Stories I Remember (vocal) ©.
2013 Song Collection Now Available
In the end report for 2012, I described the wide variety of songs and performers and keyboards represented by the 756 songs added in 2013. The 2013 Song collection is now available on a 4GB USB drive. It includes 755 MP3 files (42 hours of music) and the 5,745 midi files. 45 Jukeboxes give you easy access to the MP3s. You can also simply copy the MP3 files to your computer if you want to import them into MP3 software like Apple's iTunes or Windows Media Player. From iTunes you can add them to your iPad or your iPod.
Tyros5 Is Here
I am happy to say I finally did decide to take the plunge and get the new Tyros5-76. I thought I would devote a good part of this year to updating a lot of the current lesson material. That suggested I'd better get up to speed in the current keyboards, both Tyros5 and PSR-S950. Many of the members have been updating keyboards in the past few years and the number of PSR-2000s and PSR-2100 has diminished greatly. Lots of current members have one of the new keyboards that use the new SFF2 style formats. The operation of the Tyros5 is similar to it's predecessors, so a lot is familiar. However, there are also a lot of very new features and, thus, a lot of new things to learn. So far, I really like what I hear in the new Tyros5, although getting used to the 76 keys will take some retraining of my left hand.
FOR SALE: The arrival of the new Tyros5 models also may be good news for those who have been thinking of upgrading, but are not in a position to spring for a new Tyros5. But I do have now a like-new Tyros4 that is available for anyone who would like to get a great keyboard. If you are interested, let me know (US residents only) - email@example.com - (804) 360-1747. I also have a PSR-3000 available. Again, used only at home and in excellent condition.
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-- Joe Waters, ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), 28 February 2014