PSR Performer Songs (Midi)
You may be interested in a particular song, rather than the performer who played the song. All of the PSR Performers have recorded one or more volumes of songs as midi files. All of the 5,616 PSR Performer songs are found in this section, sorted alphabetically by song title.
Over half of the midi files in our archives (3,150 files) were produced by the mid-level arranger keyboards (PSR-3000/1500, PSR-2100/1100, and PSR-2000/1000). The more recent "S" mid-level boards (PSR-S900 and PSR-S910) account for another 450 files. The top-level arranger keyboards represent about a quarter of the total -- Tyros1 (423), Tyros2 (681), Tyros3 (130), and Tyros4 (40). The fewer examples of midi files from the most recent keyboards reflect not only fewer players with the newest models, but, more importantly, the trend to recording WAV files (and from these, MP3 files) rather than MIDI files. The MP3 files can reproduce the song on any computer or MP3 player. The midi files will give an exact reproduction of the song, but only if played on the same model keyboard as was used to create the file. For the most recent top-level keyboards, the midi reproduction is also restricted if there are additional voices available on the recording instrument. For these reasons, the midi archive will grow much more slowly in the future.
The tables also provide additional information about the midi file including the song tempo, the time signature, whether the song has lyrics included, whether the song has chords included, and, if available, the Yamaha style used. If you are interested in using the Yamaha P.A.T. (Performance Assistance Technology) feature, you want midi files that have the chords included.
The tables also show the name of the performer that recorded the song, the volume in which the song appeared, and, to save space, an abbreviation for the keyboard used. The table below shows the 2-letter keyboard abbreviations and what they mean.
You can audition any song by simply clicking on the song title. If you right-click, you will be able to download the midi file and save it on your computer. All the midi files were originally presented in "volumes" of 10 midi files. The volume number indicates the volume in which that midi appeared. If you go to the PSR Performer page, you can download the Performer's volumes, which are all zipped files and must be unzipped to get to the included midi files.
While the midi files can be played on your PC, your computer can not replicate the sound of the original recording. Your keyboard, particularly if it is the same one that the song was recorded on, can reproduce the song exactly as it was recorded. Generally, any Yamaha arranger keyboard can play midi files recorded on another Yamaha keyboard. Some midi files recorded on newer keyboards may include voices not available on earlier keyboards. If you run into problems with any midi file, you can use Michael Bedesem's MidiPlayer program to convert any midi file to a format that will work on your particular keyboard.
Since there are so many songs in the PSR Tutorial library, they have been divided into alphabetical subsets based on the starting letter of the song title. If you want to find, for example, "Blue Moon,"click on the "B" tab to find all the song titles that begin with the letter B.
A Note on Filenames
In the past, I had often named a midi file as closely to the song title as I could. There are, however, some problems with this practice. Computers can easily handle the longer file names, but the Yamaha keyboards can not display all the letters in a long filename and, if the name is too long, they can't even load the file. In addition, when specifying a name in a web page, the "spaces" in the name are replaced with "%20" making the names much harder to read. Of course, names can be abbreviated, but that can result in placing the file in the wrong place when names are sorted alphabetically. So, I've constructed a database with two names: one for the song title and one for the filename. The filenames used a mixed case format with the first letter of words capitalized, but no spaces included. So, the song "Girl From Ipanema" would be represented as "GirlFromIpanema" in the filename.
To assist me in identifying files, I have appended a 7-character code to each filename. The code consists of a dash (to set the code off from the song name), followed by a 2-letter abreviation for the performer (generally the performer's initials), a two-letter abbreviation for the volume, and a two-letter abbreviation for the keyboard. Finally, all filenames have been kept under 40 characters by trimming the back part of very long filenames. These "standardized" filenames are used for all the songs in the midi-archive library although I have not replaced the original songs found in the zipped volumes.
Note: I was able to get the right song title, and spelling, for most of the songs, although I wasn't able to do check non-English titles. If you spots errors, I would appreciate it if you could please let me know so I can make corrections. (firstname.lastname@example.org)