PSR Tutorial Report - March 2014
March was a pretty busy month. A dozen performers gave us four dozen new songs. But we also added quite a few new styles, thanks to Onacimus, and new registrations, thanks to Jim Laing. Michael Bedesem updated a utility and launched a new utility and Murray Best released a major upgrade to the Registration Manager. And, as mentioned in the last report, I did add the new Workshops section to the Lessons and there are five new articles from Heidrun Dolde there. A little bit of something for everyone. Details provided below.
Onacimus Sayaham is the source of a great many style conversions for the PSR-3000. Onacimus is now applying his considerable expertise to converting styles from other Yamaha keyboards for use on the PSR-S910. These converted styles use the new SFF2 format of the S910 and should work well on the S950/S750 and the Tyros3/4/5 models. In March, Onacimus completed the "Standard Styles Collection (SFF2)" with nearly 800 selected styles from the CVP-209/210, PSR-9000/9000PRO, PSR-740(Floppy), PSR-2000/2100/1500, and PSR-S550. These keyboards do not have MegaVoices but do have Sweet!, Cool!, Live! and many outstanding standard voices.
Onacimus also started working on another Collection for the PSR-S910 "SuperMegaPlus (SFF2)". This includes new and different Styles from TYROS4, PSR-S950 and PSR-S650. Six categories have been completed (Pop&Rock, Ballad, Dance, Swing&Jazz, R&B, and Country) for a total of 160 new styles.
Also completed last month were two sets of Oriental Styles from the PSR-A1000. These styles can be usable in PSR S710, S910, S750, S950 also in the A2000.
Gig Disks are styles tuned and renamed for a particular song. Another way to adjust a style for use with a named song is to make all the needed adjustments to a standard preset style and then save all those changes in a registration file. So, having a set of registrations can be as useful as having a set of new styles, and, might even be more useful if you are primarily interested in just playing songs! Thanks to Jim Laing, we have expanded our Styles | Gig Disks section by adding a new page for Jim's Registrations. Jim created these on the Tyros3 and has been reworking them for use on his new Tyros5. Jim's page has his registrations for both the Tyros3 and the Tyros5.
There were three sets of Jim's registration files added in March. The first set, Retirement Home Registrations, includes 8 registration files with settings for 64 songs that Jim has memorized and plays when he performs at retirement homes. The second set, Band Registrations, includes 9 registration files with settings for 113 songs that Jim plays with his band when they perform at a variety of different venues. The third set, Italian Registrations, has settings for 21 songs. Separate zip files are available for the Tyros5 and Tyros3 versions. You may be able to use the Murray's Yamaha Registration Manager to convert the registrations for use with your own keyboard.
Registrations are keyboard specific. A registration created on a PSR-3000 would work on another PSR-3000, but not on other keyboards. With Murray Best's Yamaha Registration Manager, it is now easier to convert registrations made on one Yamaha for use on another Yamaha. That utility was introduced late in January of this year. Last month, Murray released an update, Version 4.3.4, if this utility program. The major additions are: the inclusion of Tyros 1, completion of the Tyros 5 data tables, addition of a Find / Replace function, expansion of the report content, the ability to add or remove groups in a registration, batch duplication of settings and a number of other smaller refinements and a few corrections.
Michael Bedesem releases Version 1.02 of his new FolderCheck program. This utility assists in managing folders using the PC. It replaces the earlier utility called "HD Check". It scans folders on the computer, on USB storage media connected to the PC, or on a hard disk on the Yamaha instrument connected via the MusicFinder-button-initiated Storage Mode. The number of files in each folder is displayed with more than 200 highlighted in red. This let's you spot problem folders and make necessary adjustments.
Michael also updated MusicFinderView to Version 3.08. MusicFinderView 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.
The Lessons section has a new sub-section: Workshops. Five articles were added to this section in March. These are English translations of tutorials by Heidrun Dolde that have been available to German readers for some time. Here's a brief summary of the new lesson material:
Organizing Files - Tyros arrangers include a hard drive, which can hold an incredibly large number of files. And with today's large capacity USB drives, even PSR owners will find that they now have the capacity to store hundreds, even thousands, of files for use with their keyboards. This is one area where, you will quickly discover, having a rational organization system will be an enormous aid in keep track of everything. In this brief tutorial, Heidrun provides some pointers you may want to consider in setting up your own folder structure.
Keyboard File Storage - You know your keyboard uses style files and midi files. But it also can store pictures, text files, audio files, registration files, lots of different files. This brief workshop discusses the various kinds of files in your keyboard and where they are stored and what you need to do to find them.
Setup Registration - Your Yamaha keyboard provides hundreds of options for users to they can tailor the board to suit their own needs. Users can spend countless hours setting up everything just the way they like it. To protect this time investment, you need to create and save a Setup Registration that captures all the changes you have made and recalls them all instantly whenever needed. That's what a Setup Registration is and Heidrun explains how you can build one.
Registrations Workshop - This workshop provides an in depth discussion of how Heidrun has set up her own folder system with an emphasis on the Registration folders and subfolders. Every user will benefit by understanding the concepts and strategy Heidrun has implemented in setting up her own registration system. This workshop also provides explicit details on how you can create your own folders and subfolders including providing appropriate names and icons. Instructions also explain how to save your keyboard settings to a registration memory button and how to save registration banks.
Arranging Music - Arranger keyboards are particularly suited to helping you develop your own arrangement of a song. In this tutorial, Heidrun provide some tips on what to look for in arranging your songs and how you can develop your own arranger skills.
12 Performers contributed to the 48 songs added in March. The performers, and the songs added last month, are shown below:
Craig (PSR-S950) - Moon River, My Eyes Adore You, Walk Like A Ma (1&2), What It Is.
Del Kay (PSR-3000) - I Believe in You, Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good, Memories Dreams of Long Ago.
Ernie Mulder (PSR-3000) - Cajun Again ©, Impro March 2014 ©, TeXMex Party ©.
Janet Griffin (Tyros5/3) - Lord Listen To Your Children, Noways Tired
John Phillips (Tyros4) - Any Time, Can't Help Falling In Love, Delores, Just A Little Lovin', Linda, Louise, What's He Doing In My World.
Larry Tyler (PSR-S950) - Once I Loved, Pure Imagination, Two For The Road, Yellow Days.
Lynn Rae Couch (PSR-S900) - As Tears Go By, City Lignts, Cosy, Don't Bet Your Boots, Mendocino, Mountain Of Love, Somebody Hold Me Until He Passes By, Surf City, Take Me To Your World, When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again.
Patricia Jacobsen (PSR-S710) - You Make Me Feel So Young.
Peter Gasser (Tyros4) - Boy On A Dolphin, Sailing, With These Hands.
Stephen Molnar (Tyros5) - Call Me, Days Of Wine And Roses, A House Is Not A Home.
Sunny Haddleton (PSR-S750) - Dream, In This Garden, Murphy's Medley, Ride Of The Witch, Somewhere In Time.
Wally Zelinski (PSR-S910) - Tell Me Why ©.
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