Accompainment Voices

by Dick Roberts

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I have discovered many of the working features of the PSR-2000 by trial and error. My manual has been nearly destroyed because of its use or should I say non-use. I came across a feature the other day that is not directly mentioned in the manual and I thought I'd pass my discovery on to the PSR-2000 tutorial site.

I change the voicing of the various rhythm tracks all the time (change the bass, the drum kits and the other voices in the pad, chords, phrase, etc.). I used to go into the Mixing Console to do so, but found a quicker way and one I can use while I am actually playing the song.

Balance ButtonAfter you set up the song -- before playing or while playing -- hit the Balance button and then the Channel On/Off button until you can see all the track parts at the bottom of the screen (RHY1, RHY2, BASS, CHD1, CHD2, PAD, PHR1, and PHR2). (I also just realized that a small black dot shows up in the upper right circle next to each track name when that particular track is played.)

8 Channel On/Off OptionsNow that the tracks are shown, you can hit the Upper button for the track you want to change and the main screen will immediately go to the current voice assignment, which you can change by selecting another voice. You can even use the UP option to go up one level and select an entirely different group of voices. If you hit the lower button, it will turn off that track completely. If you hit the lower button again, it will turn the track back on.

If you hit the lower button and continue to hold it down for a few seconds, it will go to a "solo" mode for that accompaniment track and the only accompaniment Chanel On/Off with 4, ChD1 on SOlo you will hear is that particular track instrument. (In this mode, you can still hit the upper button and try out the sounds of different instruments.) Hit the lower button once more and you will exit solo mode and all the tracks will be on. You may have already discovered this, but it has become an option that I use almost with every song. It is amazing how different a song can sound by changing the voicing.

(Editors note: you can use this method to select different accompaniment instruments and save your selections in the style file. That is, it doesn't matter whether you select different instruments from the MIXING CONSOLE, or use this simpler method to try out different instruments while you are playing. Use the procedures outlined in the following MIXING CONSOLE lesson to save your changes in the style file itself if you wish to preserve them in the style. If you do not want to change the style itself, you can save your altered accompaniment setup in a Registration memory file and it can then be called up again whenever you want. See our Registration lessons for information on saving your setups in a registration file. -- Joe Waters)


This page updated on March 9, 2015 .