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10,217 midi song files, including 5,000 songs from PSR Performers, all playable directly on your Yamaha keyboard. NOTE: this is a complete revision of the original MIDI Library released in 2012.

Before reviewing what is in this collection, let's talk a little bit about "MIDI". Consider the definition below, which I extracted from MIDI - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

MIDI: Musical Instrument Digital Interface is a technical standard that describes a communications protocol, digital interface, and electrical connectors that connect a wide variety of electronic musical instruments, computers, and related audio devices for playing, editing, and recording music.

A single MIDI cable can carry up to sixteen channels of MIDI data, each of which can be routed to a separate device. Each interaction with a key, button, knob or slider is converted into a MIDI event, which specifies musical instructions, such as a note's pitch, timing and loudness. One common MIDI application is to play a MIDI keyboard or other controller and use it to trigger a digital sound module (which contains synthesized musical sounds) to generate sounds, which the audience hears produced by a keyboard amplifier. MIDI data can be transferred via MIDI or USB cable, or recorded to a sequencer or digital audio workstation to be edited or played back

A file format that stores and exchanges the data is also defined. Advantages of MIDI include small file size, ease of modification and manipulation and a wide choice of electronic instruments and synthesizer or digitally sampled sounds.[4]: 4  A MIDI recording of a performance on a keyboard could sound like a piano or other keyboard instrument; however, since MIDI records the messages and information about their notes and not the specific sounds, this recording could be changed to many other sounds, ranging from synthesized or sampled guitar or flute to full orchestra.

Your PSR, PSR-S, Tyros, or Genos keyboard incorporates the above MIDI standard. When you record a song on your keyboard, you are creating a "midi file" of that song. If you "play" that midi file, you hear the music just as you created it on your keyboard. If you give that midi file to a friend, who also has a Yamaha keyboard, that friend can play your midi file and it will be just as if you were sitting at his or her keyboard and playing!

That means people can record songs, save the midi file, and then share that midi file with others so that they, too, can enjoy the recording. Because MIDI defines a standard, that midi file can be played on any device that can play midi files. That includes things like other arranger keyboards and computers. You can download midi files from many sites on the internet, midi files that were created by a wide variety of instruments or software, and then play the files on your computer or on your Yamaha keyboard. As a result, you have access to thousands of songs that can be loaded as midi files and played on your Yamaha keyboard.

There is a catch, however. If you have recorded a midi file, saved it, and then tried to play it on your computer, you may have been dismayed at how different it sounded from your original wonderful recording. What's wrong? When you recorded the song, you used a beautiful tenor sax voice that is built into your keyboard. On the computer, however, that voice wasn't anything like what you heard on the Yamaha. That's because the midi standard said to play a tenor sax voice and your computer played a "generic" tenor sax sound -- it does not have the sound engine that is in your Yamaha keyboard. So the "voices" you hear from your computer will not sound like the voices in your Yamaha. In fact, it is the excellent instrument voices in the Yamaha arranger keyboards that make them so attractive.

However, if you play a midi file created on another Yamaha keyboard and play it in your keyboard, it will sound like it did in the original. Similarly, you may find that even midi files created on a computer using a sequencing program will sound great on your Yamaha because they are playing the voices that are provided by the Yamaha sound engine.

MIDI Files in This Collection

This collection was originally gathered and released in March 2012, ten years ago. The files were organized into top-level folders based on where the files came from. It had songs contributed by the PSR Performers, and individual midi collections from PSR Tutorial contributors Freddie, Flip, Jeff, and Doug. This provided credit to the various sources of the midi files, but it made it difficult for users interested in finding a particular song since there were so many folders and subfolders to search through.

Due to a number of requests to rearrange these songs into one large alphabetical collection, I decided it was time to tackle that task. The filenames generally included the name of the song. All I had to do was create a set of alphabetical folders ("A", "B", ... , "Z"). Then review each filename making sure the song name was the start of the filename, and then move the file to the appropriate alphabetical folder. With over 22,000 midi files, in very many folders and subfolders, this first step took a lot of sorting and checking. Fortunately, I had some tools that proved to be a great aid in revising this collection.

As you might imagine, there were thousands of files that appeared in multiple collections. I used the MIDI Database program to read in all the midi files in a folder (and subfolders). It identifies a lot of characteristics of the included midi files. It is also able to identify files that are exact duplicates of each other. From the MIDI Database Manual: "Duplicate files in this case are files with identical contents (i.e. every byte of the data in the file is the same). The files may have different names, different creation dates and different attributes (like read-only, read/write, …)." In addition to identifying duplicate files, the program provided an option to select one of each pair of duplicates and then to MOVE that file elsewhere on your computer or trash it. Moving very carefully, I opted to move these files to other folders initially. After everything was sorted and checked out, I could then go ahead and delete these duplicate files.

Although the goal was to have every filename reflect the song represented by that midi file, I ran into two cases that were exceptions. Many of the midi files include two or more songs in the file. For example, "Christmas Medley.mid" gave no hint as to what actual songs were included. So, I decided to make a separate folder for Medley. Here I was delighted to discover I could use the Windows "Search" function to help. Searching on the word "Medley" revealed all the files in the folder I was looking at that had that term in the filename. I could then easily move them over to the Medley folder. The final Medley folder holds 500 files.

Another problem case were songs that were the "theme" from a movie, broadway show, or TV show. The filename tended to represent the show name. I created a folder called Theme From. The filenames here reflect the particular movie or show for example: 'Ben-Hur'.mid, 'Bonanaza'.mid, or 'Dr-Who'.mid. There are about 280 files in this collection.

All the remaining files are sorted by song name and are in alphabetical folders. From the original 22,000 files, this revised collection has over 10,000 unique files. 9,400 of these are in the alphabetical folders.

I originally had 26 alphabetical folders during the sorting. Some folders had lots of songs, some had fewer songs. I revised the top level folders to try and keep each under 500 songs. 17 of the original alphabet folders are now stored in 6 folders with multiple letters (E-F, J-K, N-O, P-Q-R, U-V-W, and X-Y-Z). Within each folder the songs are listed alphabetically so it is easy to, for example, to split E-F back into two separate folders ("E" and "F") if desired.

In three cases (A, I, and S), where there were many songs under that letter, I decided to divide the group into two parts. For example, instead of a single "S" folder, you see two folders ( "Sa-Sn" and "So-Sy").

PSR Performer Songs

About half of the songs in this collection were performed by various PSR Performers. A decade ago, performers sent in songs in midi format. Over the years, the MP3 format has become more popular for sharing songs. The songs are organized alphabetically by song title. The file names show the song title in mixed case. For example, the song "These Foollish Things" would show up as "TheseFoolishThings" in the filename. Songs performed by any of the PSR Performer include a 6 character code after the song title. The first 2 digits are a 2-letter abbreviation of the performer's name (see table below) and the last 2-digits represent the keyboard the song was recorded on (see Keyboard table below). For example, the filename "TalkOfTheTown-AG113k.mid" represents the song "Talk Of The Town" recorded by the late Alex Green on his PSR-3000. Unfortunately, quite a few of these early performers are no longer with us, but there music lives on.

Additional Files

I was able to generate the statistics on how many midi files there are in this library by using Peter Wierzba's Midi Database program. Peter's Style Database is very useful in organizing your style collections. So, too, is his Midi Database if you want to organize your midi collections. The "Utilities" folder included with this collection has the latest version of the Midi Database (V4.9). Peter updates his programs on occasion. Check Peter's web site for more information on these databases and to check for any more recent updates.

Another useful program for working with MIDI files is Michael Bedesem's MidiPlayer. I have included that program and the latest update (Ver 8.3.1) in the Utilities folder. Visit Michael's MidiPlayer page on the PSR Tutorial web site for more information on what you can do with MidiPlayer and to check if any newer updates are available.

Performer Abbreviations
Abb Performer Abb Performer Abb Performer Abb Performer
AG Alex Green EL Eileen Lowry JF Joe Francis PA Patricia Harman
AK Alex Kruger EM Ernie Mulder JG James Gracey PH Phil Hall
AP Alan Paganelli ES Eddie Shoemaker JJ James Hunter PJ Paul Jackson
BB Bob Boyd FA Francisco Albuquerque JK Jannie Kroese PZ Pauline Z
BC Ben Corsetti FB Frank Blecha JP Jaap Poetsma RH Richard Herzog
BG Bob Gelman FP John Phillips JR John Radford RJ Ron Jubenville
BH Brian Haylett FT Franco Tancredi JS Judy Short RL Robert Lauzon
BM Bruce Milne GH Gloria Hanson JV John Vishnoff RM Bob McKinney
BV Bill Venice GK Gary Kilby JW Joe Waters RP Richard Peck
CB Chris Bell HA John Haddleton KS Ken Stenzel SH Sunny Haddleton
CC Cynthia Cooke HB Harry BrownRigg LG Larry Gard SM Stephen Molnar
CE Clem Ebber HE Hal Eaton LM Laura Remson Mitchell SP Peter Hindley
CH Chuck Hunt HK Heikki Kähkölä LW Larry Warner TA Ton Anthonie
DB David Bate HM Deane Peters MC Bill McCracken TG Torben Goldin
DE Dave Edwards HP Patrick Hannequin MG Marcelo Gaspar VA Vince Andreone
DH Dennis Hooker HS Hermann Schunk MM Michael MacDonald WM Bill Mulholland
DK Del Kay JC Julio Cazes MZ Mike Szmania WP Warren Peters
DL David Laplante JE Jerry Ernst NS Neal Saunders WS Will Stewart
Keyboard Abbreviations
Abb Keyboard Abb Keyboard Abb Keyboard Abb Keyboard
T4 Tyros4 91 PSR-S910 T3 Tyros3 S9 PSR-S900
T2 Tyros2 3k PSR-3000 15 PSR-1500 21 PSR-2100
11 PSR-1100 T1 Tyros 2k PSR-2000 9P 9000Pro
35 PSR-350 9k PSR-9000 74 PSR-740 73 PSR-730
63 PSR-630 C2 CVP-209 C3 CVP-309 C4 CVP-409

Joe Waters
January, 2023

This page updated on January 19, 2023.

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