IDC and Music Finder Plus

by Joe Waters

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Your keyboard comes equipped with a preset Music Finder database, even though it may be one with messed up song titles. In the earlier lessons, you learned how to find a "corrected" version of the preset Music Finder database (MFD) and load that database into your Music Finder system. You also saw how to edit individual records and modify them to something you found more suitable, like changing the song name or changing the style used for a song. You also learned that this, editing, of the Music Finder record could be done not only on your keyboard itself, but also on your personal computer by using a programs like MusicFinderView or Music Finder File Manager.

Not only can you modify individual records in your Music Finder database, but you could also replace the entire database with a different database. So, you could have a database for wedding songs and a complete different database for retirement home gigs. You could have database set up for specific fake books so you would have a suggested setup for most, if not all, the songs in that book.

You could create all the records you needed yourself, of course. But that's a big chore. Where else can you find Music Finder database that you could use? Well, Yamaha's Interned Direct Connection (IDC) is one source of FREE records for your Music Finder database. In this lesson, we'll discuss how you can use the IDC to add new records to your system.

Internet Direct Connection

Connecting to IDC

The Tyros4 and PSR-S910 keyboards include the ability to access the internet. When your keyboard is connected to the internet, the [Internet] button takes you directly to Yamaha and provides you with a variety of services that you can take advantage right from your arranger keyboard. Yamaha has released a video explaining in some detail how you can connect your keyboard to the internet using a wireless USB LAN.

Yamaha Services Available Via IDC

There are also several videos that give a summary explanation of Yamaha's Internet Direct Connection and the services available using this internet connection. You can review these service videos on the Yamaha Services page in the Demo section. There are videos here explaining the Yamaha Premium Styles and the Premium Packs and Voices. There are also videos explaining the play-along songs and playing with sheet music. There are also thousands of Music Finder records available through the IDC connection. While most of the service provided through IDC (styles, premium packs, songs, etc) are available for purchase, the Music Finder records are provided at no cost. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Music Finder Plus records and how you might take advantage of them.

Music Finder Plus

Introductory Videos

Among the videos in the Demos section are some that explain the Music Finder + system available through IDC. They say "a picture is worth 1,000 words" so I am reproducing two of those video links below before continuing with a discussion of my own experiences. If you haven't seen these yet, you may want to watch how this IDC connection interacts with the Music Finder system in your keyboard.

In the first, most recent, video, Jason Nyberg explains Yamaha's Music Finder Plus service using the Clavinova 509. Music Finder+ expands on the Music Finder system on Yamaha keyboards to provide players with thousands of free full keyboard setups and registrations through Internet Direct Connection.

In the second video, made in 2007, Peter Baartman's introduces the then "new" IDC and MusicFinder+ using the Tyros2 to illustrate its use.

Accessing MusicFinder+ on Tyros4

I recently added a wireless USB connection to my Tyros4. With that connection installed, any time I press the [Internet] button on the keyboard, I am directly connected to Yamaha's IDC site. (Note: that [Internet] button is NOT available on the Tyros5 or the PSR-S950.] I've captured some screen shots form the Tyros4 that illustrate how to use this feature to add new records to your Music Finder database.

IDC Welcome Screen

IDC Welcome ScreenThis screen shot shows the initial IDC "Home" page on my Tyros4. Note that it includes my name, which was entered as part of the registration process. Options on this screen are selected using the [A] - [J] buttons located on the sides of the main screen. The numbered buttons below the main screen are used to navigate to the different pages in the system.

The Music Finder+ records are found in the "GET MUSIC" screen. Access this screen by pressing [G] and a menu page for the GET MUSIC section appears, which offers you five choices: SONGS [F], ACCOMPAINMENTS (STYLES) [G], DIGITAL SHEET MUSIC [H], MUSIC FINDER+ [I], and HELP/LEGAL [J]. You can find Yamaha videos on the Tutorails page in the Demo section that describe the first three choices. For this exercise, I selected, of course, the MUSIC FINDER+ option.

Music Finder+ Home Page

MusicFinderPlus screenMusic Finder+ records can be downloaded as a collection of records or a database with only one record for a specific song title.

Collections, which include from 20 to 30+ records, are centered around a performer (Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Beatles, Carpenters, Glen Miller), a composer (Bacharach, Lloyd Webber), or a time period (Forties, Fifties, Sixties, Seventies). These collections have been available for some time and generally use styles that will work on most of the Yamaha keyboards.

Music Finder+ Records

Music Finder+ Record PageI wanted to build a Music Finder database with records for a specific fake book. I already had records for a number of songs in the fake book, but I wanted to see if I could add records for the missing songs. So, for this task, I needed to search the Music Finder+ system to find records for individual song titles. This screen shot shows the home page for finding Music Finder+ Records.

The options here provide different methods to help you find the song you are looking for. You can look at the records for the songs that are the most "popular", or search for songs by a particular artist or in a particular genre. I wanted to search by song title, so I chose that option.

With so many records available, and a relatively small screen to examine those records, you need to narrow down your choices. When searching by title, the first step is to pick the first letter of the song title. So, if I wanted to find a record for All or Nothing At All, I would select the "A" songs. But this doesn't narrow the song list down enough. The "A" songs are divided into six subsections (Aaa-Ain, Aio-All, ..., Ayp-Azz). The song list is sorted alphabetically, however, in doing the sort, all spaces in the song title are ignored. This can be confusing at first, but once you understand how the sorting works, you should be able to scroll down the list and find your song.

Searching by Title - A screenThis screen shot shows part of the "Aio-All" list of songs. The screen is divided into two parts. The song list is on the left. The options on the right allow you to choose a different song, or start the whole alphabetical search from the beginning. There are usually 50 songs listed, five of which are visible on the screen. You can use the numbered buttons below the main screen to scroll up or down. It is also possible to scroll using the DATA ENTRY wheel on the keyboard, which I found most convenient.

From the screen shot above, I see that there are two records available for All or Nothing At All. One is using the OrchJazzBallad style and the other is using the AcousticJazz style. The cursor [<] is currently pointing to the 48th song, which uses the OrchJazzBallad style. I can select that song by pressing the [ENTER] button or, since this is the 3rd song showing on the screen, the [C] button to the left of the song name.

All or Nothing At All info pageA separate information screen then appears for the selected song. This screen includes Artist info and price info. All of the Music Finder+ records are free so the price is shown as $0.00.

If you just want to try out the record, you can select the LOAD option and your keyboard will be set up based on the info in this Music Finder+ record, which sets the tempo and select the style and variation to use. You can exit back to the main screen to see what the settings are and then try them out.

download complete dialogIf you want to download the record, you would choose the DOWNLOAD NOW option. What you are actually downloading is a Music Finder database with a single record in it. When the download is complete, a dialog box opens up and asks you if you want to go to the File Selection display to see your downloaded database.

Downloaded MFD Responding [YES] opens up the MUSIC FINDER file selection screen shown here. This is the screen you would get if you went into Music Finder and then selected the FILES option, from which you could save your current Music Finder database, or replace it with a different one. If you have downloaded a number of records, they will all be shown in this screen. In this case, we have only the single record we just downloaded. So, we select that record by pressing the [A] button to the left of the record title.

We now have the choice or replacing our entire Music Finder database with this single record, or appending this record to our current database. Normally, you would probably want to append this record to your current database. However, if I were interested in building a new database with these downloaded records, I might choose to replace my current database. (Of course, I had already saved that database somewhere so I would not permanently be losing all those records.)

This screen shot shows the "new" Music Finder database created when I selected the [REPLACE] option. As expected, there is only one record. Note that this record does have the correct song title. However, the style shown is not the OrchJazzBallad, but rather the OrchestralBallad. What happened?

Well, for one thing, the Tyros4 does not have the OrchJazzBallad style. It looks like that style has automatically been replaced with the OrchestralBallad style, which the Tyros4 does have. You can view all the settings in this record by selecting the [RECORD EDIT] option.

Editing the record lets you change the song title (MUSIC) if you want and/or adjust the tempo that is set. It shows you the keywords, the style, and the section that are set. In this case, the records is calling for the MAIN D variation. The MAIN D variation puts all three voices ON (SA OrchFlute, SA Muted Horns, S Muted Cornet).

The Tyros4 can also play Tyros3 styles and, if I load the OrchJazzBallad from the Tyros3, I see that the MAIN D variation also has all three voices ON, but they are different voices (SA2 JazzSax, L SaxSection, S OrchFlute). The sound provided by the MAIN D voices is really very different for these two styles. But this record may very have been created even earlier and the MAIN D variation in the Tyros2 is dramatically different (L Allegro, L Strings mf, L Strings). Using the String sounds from the Tyros2 (and Tyros1) produce a very different sound than the settings for the T3 and/or T4.

How about the style comparison itself? The T4 OrchestralBallad is similar to the T3 OrchJazzBallad, but certainly not identical. The RHY1, BASS, CHD1, PHR1, and PHR2 voices are identical. The remaining accompaniment tracks use different voices in the T4 than those used in the T3 (RHY2 uses RealBrushes instead of the BrushKit; CH2 uses Vibraphone instead of StageEP, PAD uses RealStrings instead of LargeStrings). The T2 accompaniment voices are similar to the T3 except CHD1 is a CoolJazzGuitar rather than the MegaJazzGuitar used in the T3 and T4.

Music Finder Records and Your Keyboard

I used the above example to show that, sometimes, a style specified in a Music Finder record can be replaced with an alternative, similar, style. Since styles on the different model keyboards, however, have often used different one touch settings, the resulting Music Finder setup may not at all be what was originally intended. I downloaded hundreds of Music Finder plus records for songs that were in my fake books before I started actually testing them. In some cases, the suggested style was spot on, particularly for songs in the Pop&Rock Fake book. But the book I was working on, Hal Leonard's Real Jazz Standards, included many songs where the style did not seem to be very appropriate for the song. Only about half way through the book, did I discover that, if I tried the T3 version of that style, it might provide a better fit.

In many cases, the style itself was OK, but the OTS in the Tyros4 was not appropriate, at least, I didn't think it was appropriate. So, in trying to pick a preset style that could be used in the Music Finder record, the OTS settings in that style were important determinants of whether the style could be used. This is a key consideration for older keyboards since only preset styles can be specified in the Music Finder record.

For the Tyros4 and the S910, a Music Finder record can point to a style that is on the USB or the Hard Drive as well as the preset styles. This expands the flexibility of the Music Finder record enormously, but it also limits the universality of that MFD. If your MFD refers to styles on your USB or hard drive, it simply won't work if that MFD is loaded by some other user who doesn't have those styles, in exactly the same locations, on their keyboard storage areas.

In the next lesson, I'll provide some tips on building your own Music Finder database by creating or adjusting individual records.

 



This page updated on March 2, 2016 .