PSR Tutorial Report - October - December '15
This report covers the last quarter of 2015. I did not think there was much going on, but after pulling this report together, I am a bit surprised with all that has been happening. As usual, we had songs contributed by PSR Performers, but we also had songs coming in for the Christmas 2015 Jukebox. The new songs added this past quarter amount to almost half of the new songs we added in 2015! We also have quite a few new styles added, new multipads, new voices, new registrations, and updated or revised utilities. If you haven't been watching things closely, you are likely to find a number of useful things you might want to download. There were no new lessons, but there is a new article or two and I did spend a lot of time creating the new Styles Library #1 and Styles Library #2 as well as the new Songs #3 collection. It was harder to get much done as it was getting increasingly difficult to see the computer screen clearly or my sheet music. However, I had cataract surgery last week and I now find things have brightened up quite a bit. Colors are simply much brighter and vibrant and, of course, text now does show up more sharp and clear. I'll still have to find appropriate glasses for near view, but for longer distances, I don't seem to need glasses any more!
Onacimus started a new collection for the S970 and completed and updated or revised several collection for the PSR-S910 in the past quarter. All of these collections can be found on Onacimus' Conversions page.
- In December, Onacimus started a new Standard Styles collection for the PSR-S970. This collection is still being built, but so far, as of 10 January, there are 4 categories completed (Pop&Rock, Ballad, Dance, Swing&Jazz) with a total of 378 styles. This collection includes styles from the PSR-740 Floppy, the PSR-9000 and the 9000Pro, the PSR-2000/2100, the PSR-1500, PSR-S550, and the CVP-209/210.
- In November, Onacimus completed the Super Mega Plus collection for the PSR-S910. This collection includes all Mega SFF2 styles of Tyros3/4/5, CVP-509/609/709, PSR-S710, PSR-S650/S750/S950, PSR-S670/S770/S970. There are 561 styles in this collection.
- In November, Onacimus completed a revision of the Super Mega collection for the PSR-S910. This collection includes all SFF1 Mega styles from Tyros1/2, CVP-309/409, PSR-3000, PSR-S900/S700. There are 1,037 styles in this collection.
- In October and in December, Onacimus expanded his S910 Internet & YEP Styles collection. This collection now includes 574 styles.
- The descriptions and Excel files for the S910 Standard, Super Mega, and Super Mega Plus collections were also updated.
- In December, Onacimus sent in 35 Yamaha Christmas styles. These and quite a few additional Christmas styles can be found in the Styles > Collections > Xmas Styles page.
In December, Jan released 7 new Dance styles using the Euro Dance Pack voices. If you are a fan of Dance styles, you will find a host of original and exciting dance styles on Jan's Dance Styles page.
In October, Henni added 838 styles for the S950. These have all been tuned by Henni on the PSR-S950 to his personal liking. There are additional styles for the S950 found here that were added in June and July. There are also tens of thousands of styles for the PSR-3000 available in Henni's Style Collection page.
Styles Library #1 and Styles Library #2 were released in October.
- Styles Library #1 includes all the SFF1 styles from the 2012 Styles Library with the song-styles from Styles #7 and Yamaha styles from Styles #8 removed.
- Styles Library #2 combines Styles #5 and Styles #6 and the SFF2 styles from the 2012 Library into a single collection with any duplicates from Styles #7 and Styles #8 removed.
This revision allowed me to lower the size and cost of the All Styles Collection and the All Files Collection considerably. These new sets are primarily for new users who may have started out with the Styles #7 and Styles #8 collections.
In October, Onacimus added a complete collection of SFF1 multipads for the PSR-3000 to his Multipad page. This is a collections of YAMAHA Multipads from TYROS and PSR models for PSR 3000. I picked these from the PSR-2000 (2k), PSR-OR-700 (O7), PSR-S700 (S7), PSR-S900 (S9), Tyros (T1) and Tyros2 (T2). Note that there is also a collection of 247 multipads for the PSR-S910, which Onacimus had put together in June of 2014.
Peter (aka xeenix in the PSR Tutorial forum) added the third supplement to his Busker Registrations page. The page is found, oddly enough, under the Styles > Gig Disks section. The Gig Disks mostly include styles that have been "tuned" to a particular song and then saved using the name of that song. Of course, for any particular song, you can also select the style you want to use, set up the voices you want, and perhaps the multipads or intros, and then save all that in a registration file and name that registration file after the song you are set up to play. That is what Peter has done. He has worked through a number of Busker (Fake) books, song by song, setting up the style, tempo, and voices for the song and saving that all in a registration file named after that song. This was done on his Tyros4. So, if you have a Tyros4, you simply load the registration file for the song you want and your keyboard is all set, ready for you to play that song. That is why these registrations are found in the Gig Disk section. Fortunately, if you DO NOT have a Tyros4, thanks to Murray Best's Registration File Manager, Peter has modified his registrations for use in other Yamaha keyboards. There are separate files for Tyros5 and Tyros4 models. If you have a mid-range model or earlier Tyros, you can use Murray's File Manager program to convert the registrations for use on your keyboard.
There was an original set of 1,264 registrations (in alphabetical folders). In April, Supplement 1 added another 262 songs and Supplement 2 added 147 more songs. In October, a 3rd supplement added 140 songs so that the current complete collection includes 1,813 song registrations. Included songs are from 11 Fake or Busker books. I don't have any of the Busker books (which are found in Europe rather than the US), but I do have the Best Fake Book Ever, which is included. I have enjoyed many hours going through that book and loading Peter's registration file for each song. I have been frequently surprised at the style selected, often something I would have never thought of, but one that goes very well with the song in question. You will have a lot of fun exploring these song registrations. [Update (Jan 11): Peter has just sent a new update that brings the total registrations up to 2,060. I will be adding this update to his page right after this newsletter is sent out. - JW]
Note that you can find additional song registration files in the Gig Disk section on pages for Jim Laing, Gary Diamond, Steve Molnar, and Freddie Meynell. If those registrations were produced on a keyboard different from one you have, you can use the Registration Manager program to convert them to your keyboard.
In October, Henni added his large voice collection to our Voices section. Here are over 3,500 voices collected over the years from the Internet. Note that these are not YEP or YEM voices and so do not require extra memory to load. Since the collection is so large, the voices are provided in 14 subfolders labeled after the first character in the voice name: (voices 0-a, voices b, voices c, ... ,voices u-z). You can download all the voices in one large zip file.
Michael Bedesem released new versions of four of his utility programs.
- PadMaker (Version 3.0.4 - Oct 14, '15) 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. Version 3.0.4 has been updated with voice files for the PSR-S970, PSR-S770, and PSR-S670 voices.
- PadMaker-Midi (Version 1.8.4 - Oct 14, '15) is a tool for creating a Multipad based on the patterns from one or more midi or multipad files. With it you can create a pad by selecting an area of a midi or pad; audition the pattern on the PC or PSR; edit the Notes, Octave, Voice, Volume, Pan, Reverb, Chorus, Tempo and Brightness, Chord Follow and Repeat parameters; and include user-editable text. Changes in 1.8.4 include support for the PSR-S970, PSR-S770, and PSR-S670 voices.
- MusicFinderView (Version 3.1.2 - Oct 14, '15) 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 3.1.2 includes support for the new PSR-S970, PSR-S770 and PSR-S670.
- MixMaster (Version 5.0.8 - Nov 14, '15) 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. It extends these capabilities by offering unattended processing of single or many files with the choice of automatic revoice, auto scaling channel volumes, optimizing for XG compatibility and problem note elimination. No knowledge of midi, file types or processing is required.
Murray Best released Version 4.6 or his Registration File Manager, which has been updated for the new keyboards S970 and S770, with the capabilities of the program expanded to include a number of exciting new features.
- Summary View (on the main screen), lets the user see a summary of the eight registration buttons in the currently loaded bank. The summary includes the voices, style, multipad, harmony and tempo in each button. The registration editor can be accessed by clicking on any one of the summaries.
- Music Finder to Registration (on the main screen), lets the user convert any Music Finder file record to a registration button. The feature uses the My Registration file as the base and updates for style, variation and tempo. Music Finder records can be converted to registration buttons, one at a time or in batch to either one record per button, or one record per bank. OTS voices linked to the style/variation combination can optionally be added to the button during batch creation. Music Finder records can be searched for text values, or filtered on style, genre or keywords.
- OTS Voices (in the registration editor), lets the user view and / or assign the OTS voices to the edited registration. Voices from a different style file can be accessed and assigned to the edited registration button through an external GetOTS routine.
- Custom style files can now be accessed during Real Time Substitution when converting registrations and existing substitution tables can be edited to replace previous style substitutes with custom file references.
Heiko Plate software utilities page was updated in December. There are several new software utilities now available. Brief descriptions of the available utilities and links to the programs are provided on this page.
From mid September through the end of 2015, PSR Performers added 294 songs, 111 of which were for the 2015 Christmas Jukebox. This was a relatively large number of songs for a quarter since there were 640 songs provided for all of 2015.
The 183 non-holday songs provided 9 1/2 hours of music from 19 PSR Performers. The songs are produced on 5 of Yamaha's newest arrangers: the Tyros5 and Tyros4 and the mid-range models PSR-S970, PSR-S950, and PSR-S910. We welcomed two new performers: Richard Losper and Mike Cyr, both performing on the Tyros5. I am sorry to say, we also lost a long-standing PSR Performer. Del Kay, who passed away on December 28, 2015. The performers adding songs in the last quarter are listed below with their keyboard and the songs they performed.
Craig - PSR-S950 - 14 songs: Ain't Nobody, Borderline, Carry Anne, Don't Give Up On Me, Don't Speak, Heaven Is a Place on Earth, Horse with No Name, In Your Eyes, Islands in the Sun, Jeopardy, Something to Talk About, Unforgettable, Who's That Girl, Wonder.
Del Kay - Tyros4 - 5 songs: Champions Ole, Chicken Dance, Far Away Places, Nostalgia, Octoberfest Medley.
Don Valentine - Tyros4 - 9 songs: I Won't Send Roses, Little Boat, Lujon, Memphis in June, Shangri La, Si Tu Voix Ma Mere, Slow Hot Wind, Summer Night, This Masquerade.
Ernie Mulder - PSR-S950 - 6 songs: Acoustic Rock, Autumn 2015, Country with Tommy 2015, I Don't Look Good Naked Anymore, Ido Rock, November 2015.
Gloria Hanson - PSR-S910 - 7 songs: Bach Rocks Toccata Dm, Beethoven Rocks!, Black Magic Woman, Halloween 2015 In the Hall, James Last Medley, Lady of Spain, When I Need You.
Jack Williamson - PSR-S910 - 20 songs: It's Been A Long Long Time, Mame, Memories, Moonglow, My Heart Cries For You, Only You, Pennies From Heaven, San Francisco, September Song, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Somewhere My Love, Stardust, Tennessee Waltz, Thanks for the Memories, There Goes My Everything, Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree, Twilight Time, Unchained Melody, Vya Con Dios, The Waltz You Saved For Me.
James Gracey - Tyros4 - 2 songs: Desert Moon, Waiting.
John Phillips - Tyros4 - 16 songs: "A" You're Adorable, Always on My Mind, Blue Eyes, Born to be With You, Candy, Crazy, Friends With You, Girl of My Best Friend, I Understand Just How You Feel, Moonglow, Seems Like Old Times, Seven Spanish Angels, Shadow Waltz, Somebody Else Is Taking My Place, Thousand Love Songs, Who's Sorry Now.
John Vishnoff - Tyros4 - 4 songs: Blue Mountain, For All We Know, Lass die Sonne in dein Herz, Mijn Jongen.
Kieth Osborne - Tyros4 - 17 songs: All Through the Night, Ave Maria, Bird in a Guilded Cage, Brahm's Lullaby, Brown Girl in the Ring, Can't Give You Anything, Cuando Calienta El Sol, Let Him Go Let Him Tarry, Maori Farewell Song, May Each Day, My Love, Over the Waves, Scotland the Brave, Stars and Stripes Forever, Stranger on the Shore, Theme from a Summer Place Wedding.
Larry Tyler - PSR-S970 - 18 songs: Andy Griffith Theme, Blowin' in the Wind, Choo Choo Cha Boogie, Dear Heart, Dixie, Elmer's Tune, Full Moon and Empty Arms, Laura, Misty, My One and Only Love, Slow Hot Wind, So What's New, Stella by Starlight, Surrey with the Fringe on Top, They Can't Take That Away From Me, Till There Was You, Wouldn't It Be Loverly, You Never Can Tell.
Mike Cyr - Tyros5 - 32 songs: After the Loving, All I Ask of You, Better Place, Cabaret, Cavatina, Gentle on my Mind, God Bless America, Here There and Everywhere, I Have Loved You, I Just Called to Say I Love You, Kansas City, Let It Be Me, Love Letters, Lying Eyes, More, My Joyce, My Way, Nowhere Man, Ouctopus's Garden, Over You, Peaceful Easy Feeling, Prayer, Surfer Girl Tequila Sunrise, This Boy, Til There Was You, Today Is Mine, Top of the World, Turn Around, Walking in the Rain, What A Wonderful World, World Without Love.
Patricia Jacobsen - PSR-S910 - 2 songs: Heartaches by the Number, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.
Richard Losper - Tyros5 - 4 songs: Beds are Burning, Billie Jean, California Dreamin, Lonely Shepherd.
Roger Brenizer - Tyros4 - 4 songs: Ain't Misbehavin', Always on My Mind, Moonlight Sonata, More Than You Know.
Ron Jubenville - Tyros4 - 1 song: Perhaps Love.
Royce Mosgrove - PSR-S910 - 1 song: Lullaby of Birdland.
Torben Goldin - Tyros5 - 20 songs: Bring Him Home, Che Gelida Manina, Crying in the Rain, Elvira Madigan Suite, Forelsket, Gimme Gimme, Hero, Hopelessly Devoted to You, I Believe I Can Fly, I Will Survive, I've Grown Accustomed To His Face, In the Still of the Night, Indganga March, It's Too Late, Je t'aime mon amour, Singing in the Rain, That's What Friends Are For, These Foolish Things, Want to Want Me, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.
Udo Becker - Tyros5 - 1 song: Speed of the Sound of Loneliness.
Online Maintenance - PSR Performer songs are limited to a maximum of 70 per performer. In October, I eliminated 154 songs by removing the oldest songs from performers that had more than 70 songs (excluding Christmas songs). This freed up 940 MB on the server for new songs.
Songs #3 Announced - A new collection of MP3 songs is now available. There are 1,382 MP3 files in this collection drawn from songs added to the PSR Tutorial web site over a period of two years and two months from October, 2013 through December, 2015. MP3 files are already compressed and so this collection, like the earlier song collections is not available in a downloadable format but is provided on an 8 GB USB drive. Of course, many of the songs in this collection are still available online and can be downloaded individually. But that would take you a very long time. But if you would like an instant library of Christmas songs ( with all the songs from the Christmas 2013, 2014, and 2015 jukeboxes) and all the PSR Performer songs from the last couple of years, this is an easy way to get it. Embedded in each song is information about the performer and the keyboard so that, loaded into an MP3 database, such as iTunes, you can easily create play lists of your favorite songs, performers, or keyboards. The $36 price includes the cost of the USB drive as well as the shipping and handling.
There were no new Lessons added, but we did add one article last quarter. Fred Smith's Christmas Sing-Along Collection is now available in the Music > Articles section. Fred provides all the files you need to set up your own Christmas Sing-Along with styles, registrations, pdf music files and midi files.
If you check out that Articles section, you will see that we have added another article in January. Graham Crosby provides a simple step-by-step procedure on how you can use MidiMusician to create Lead sheets from any midi files you might find on the internet.
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