PSR Tutorial Report - February - September '15
It has been quite awhile since the last PSR Tutorial update. Between major changes in the PSR Tutorial Forum, an attempt to update large portions of the web site, a summer with several trips out of town and a number of weekends with a houseful of visitors, and an effort to produce a new styles collection, the months have just flown by. However, it certainly is time to get a new newsletter out. I did not think there was that much happening on the web site, but reviewing the past 8 months, I see that there is quite a bit to report on. So, let's take a look at what you may have missed at the PSR Tutorial.
In June we greeted a new PSR Performer, Jack Williamson, a young 84-year-old performer recording on his PSR-S910. From February through 17 September, an additional 17 PSR Performers added their songs to the site giving us 322 new MP3 files with 17 hours of music. The list below shows the contributing artist, their country (or state) and keyboard, and the number of new songs. You can follow the link to the PSR Performer page and listen to or download the new songs from there. All the new songs will be at the top of the jukebox. (Once you go to any of these PSR Performer pages, you can jump to any other PSR Performer page by using the menu on the left-side of the page.)
I should also emphasize that the list below are only the NEW songs added during this reporting period. All told, there are currently 2,800 PSR Performer songs available on the site. You can find them on the individual PSR Performer pages or by looking at the MP3 Alphabetical index where they are all listed by song title.
Bob K - Czech Republic - CVP301 - 10 songs (26 minutes)
Bob McKinney - Canada - PSR-S950 - 1 song (3 minutes)
Craig - PSR-S950 - 75 songs (4 hours and 50 minutes)
Del Kay - California - Tyros4 - 18 songs (54 minutes)
Ernie Mulder - Netherlands - PSR-S950 - 19 songs (1 hour 2 minutes)
Franco Tancredi - Italy - PSR-S970 - 1 song (3 minutes)
Frank Filipo - Florida - PSR-3000 - 6 songs (15 minutes)
Gloria Hanson - Arizona - PSR-S910 - 29 songs (1 hour 27 minutes)
Jack Williamson - Kansas - PSR-S910 - 32 songs (1 hour 17 minutes) - NEW PERFORMER
John Phillips - New Jersey - Tyros4 - 20 songs (58 minutes)
John Vishnoff - Columbia - Tyros4 - 11 songs (22 minutes)
Joseph Hart - Washington - PSR-S910 - 1 song (4 minutes)
Ken Toone - United Kingdom - CVP605 - 17 songs (48 minutes)
Kieth Osborne - United Kingdom - Tyros4 - 31 songs (1 hour 43 minutes)
Larry Tyler - Mississippi - PSR-S970 - 34 songs (1 hour 48 minutes)
Roger Brenizer - Missouri - Tyros4 - 7 songs (27 minutes)
Royce Mosgrove - Oregon - PSR-S910 - 3 songs (6 minutes)
Udo Becker - Germany - Tyros5 - 7 songs (21 minutes)
In September, I introduced a new styles collection, Styles #9. This collection includes almost 15,000 styles including all the new styles sets added to the PSR Tutorial web site and forum in the last 20 months plus 1,300+ multipads. The individual styles sets added to the web site pages are listed below.
Jan's Dance Styles. If you are a fan of Dance styles, you need to visit Jan's Dance Styles page. Jan has been converting and creating his own dance styles for several years. In September, Jan added 27 new DanceTrance styles to his collection. There are now 162 styles available on his page.
Drake's Styles. For many years, Drake performed using his PSR-2000 and there are 532 styles on his Styles page for this keyboard. He has since moved up to the PSR-S950 and last year gave us 156 gig disk styles that he uses on his new keyboard. This year, Drake worked on converting 160 of the YEP pack styles for use on the PSR-S950 with standard S950 voices. Included in this years additions are Church & Christmas styles, Best of Europe, Celtic & North Europe, Country Musician, Mariachi Norteno, and Mexican Banda. Drake also added an additional 249 Roland G70 style conversions he obtained from the internet.
Thanks to Ted for converting 130 of Drake's YEP style conversions, which are in the SFF2 format, to the earlier SFF1 format so they could be used on the PSR-S900 and earlier keyboards. You will find these conversions are on the PSR-S900 styles page.
Henni's Styles. For many year's, Henni played on the PSR-3000 and contributed thousands of styles for that keyboard. Now, Henni is playing on the PSR-S950 and this summer he added a number of new style collections for owners of the S950 (and other SFF2 format keyboards). This summer, Henni added 281 Audio styles for the S950. Yamaha could have given S950 owners many of the same vocal styles as on the Tyros 5, but they are not among the preset voices.. For these Audio styles to work, you MUST install the YEP "Church & Christmas" add on as Henni is using voices from that pack. I'm sure more could be converted, but these are the ones I was able to convert this past month. Henni also included 13 multipads that are meant for use with these audio styles. In July, Henni gave us 400 plus PA800 styles converted for use with the PSR-S950 and 170 Mega styles for the S950. In August, he added a collection of 151 G70 Mega styles for the S950. All told, Henni added about 1,000 new styles for S950 owners.
Onacimus Styles. Few style converters are as meticulous as Onacimus in producing excellent style conversions. There are almost 4,000 styles on his page for PSR-3000 owners and 2,000 styles for PSR-S910 owners.. This year, Onacimus expanded his PSR-3000 collection with 173 new styles from the internet. He also completed a new SFF2 Styles Collection for the PSR-S950 with 444 styles. Also for S950 owners is a new YEP Indian style collection with 70 styles. Note that this Indian collection requires the PSR-S950 Indian Pack.yep.
The Styles section of the PSR Tutorial web site includes a subsection for "Other Files". In this section you will find further subsections for MusicFinder files, Multipads, Registrations, and Voices. In April, Mark Z added 20 new multipads to Mark's Multipad Files. You will now find 185 multipads on Mark's page.
Many players like to find styles based on a song-title. We have called these gig-disk styles and there is a whole section of the site with thousands of these song-named styles. However, there is another way to get styles for popular songs. The styles are already in your keyboard. All you need is the right tempo and, perhaps, style variation for a particular song. The MusicFinder data helps with this. When you pick a song using the MusicFinder, it loads one of your preset styles (or, for the newer keyboards, a style on your USB or hard drive), sets the tempo, intro and main variation and you are now ready to play the song.
Another way to achieve this is to have a registration file set up for a particular song. The registration file can call up a style and set a wide variety of parameters on your keyboard for any particular song. This past year, Peter (aka xeenix in the PSR Tutorial forum) started a project where he tried to set up a registration file for every song in a fake book. If you had the fake book, you could go from page to page and simply select the right song registration file and be ready to start playing that song. In March, Peter completed this effort for 8 fake books: Busker Hits (01, 02, 06, and 07), Busker Play It Again, World Hits of Oldies, and much of the Best Fake Book Ever. In April, he completed the rest of the Best Fake Book Ever and then completed two more books: Bus hers 101 (03 and 10). In total, Peter has given us registrations for 1,673 songs.
Since registration files are keyboard specific, Peter used Murray Best's Registration Manager program to provide his registrations for 14 keyboards: Tyros5, Tyros3, Tyros2, Tyros1, S950, S910, S900, S750, S710, S700, CVP609, CVP605, and PSR-3000. You can find the registrations needed for your keyboard on Peter's Busker Registrations page. If your keyboards is not listed here, you can use Murray's program to convert the original Tyros4 registrations to your particular keyboard.
In March, Michael Bedesem released version 503 of MixMaster and in August this program was updated to MixMaster Version 505. MixMaster is a program specifically designed for the display and editing of Yamaha midi files such as the song, style, pad and voice files used by the Tyros/PSR line of instruments. It comes ready to use with translations of voice, effect, midi and known Yamaha sysex commands. While extensive in capability, a great deal of effort has been expended to make it easy to use by users of all experience levels.
Two more of Michael's utilities were also updated in August. MusicFinderView 308b 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 3.08b corrects some problems which appeared using the File/Save/MusicFinderFile/CheckedRecordsOnly function.
PadMaker 303 is a tool for creating a Multipad based on the patterns 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.
In March, Murray Best released Version 4.4 of Yamaha Registration Manager. If you need to convert a registration from one keyboard for use on another, this is the program for you. Many new features were added to the program in this update.
Several of the Lessons have been updated. In February, the Lessons > Start and Lessons > Demos sections were updated. The Demo section was substantially revised with individual pages listed for Tyros keyboards, PSR Series keyboards, CVP Series, and Tutorials. Also updated that month were the four subsections under Lessons > Playing -- Yamaha Files, Music Finder, Understanding Registrations, and Recording MIDI and WAV.
As Yamaha released its new PSR-S models, links to the video demos were added to the PSR & PSR-S Series demo page. I added the PSR- S670 video in June and the Martin Harris demo of the PSR-S970/S770 in July. In August, I added a new page for the PSR-S970/:S770 Styles to the Styles > Yamaha section.
The Yamaha Keyboard Styles page introduces the Yamaha styles section. You may not be aware that this page contains a table that shows the release date for all the Yamaha arranger keyboards dating back to 1997. We also have the Yamaha press release for each model. Simply click on the Press Release link in that table to see the release. Press releases for the PSR-S970/S770 were added in August (as was the earlier press release for the Tyros5).
The Links section of the site provides a number of links to sites on the internet that Yamaha owners may find useful. There have been some revisions to this section. I eliminated the pages on Forums and on MIDI sites. With today's internet, finding any midi file can be accomplished with a global search. Links now has four sections: Yamaha Corp Sites, Yamaha Keyboard Support Sites, PRO Links, and Music Lessons on the Internet. A link to Mark Chapman's web site was added to ProLinks in May.
PSR Tutorial Forum Upgrade
In April, I upgraded the PSR Tutorial Forum to Version 2 of the Simple Machines Forum (SMF) software. This was a major upgrade that gave the forum a new, cleaner look, and eliminated some problems we were encountering using the outdated Version 1 software. The individual links to song discussions on PSR Performer pages were no longer valid after the forum was updated to the new software, so those links were removed from the Performer pages.
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