Building a style library

Styles are MIDI loops included on digital keyboards from Yamaha and other manufacturers from which you can build automatic accompaniments. The feature, which makes a good approximation to a backup band, can turn a simple tune into an interesting performance piece. Yamaha-format styles form the core of our program, the Accompaniment Machine. A typical keyboard […]

PureStyle file format reference

Styles are the versatile automatic accompaniments found on digital keyboards from Yamaha and other manufacturers. There are thousands of Yamaha-format style files available for purchase or download on the Internet. Styles are employed to create custom accompaniments — a virtual backup band for performances. Styles may be installed on keyboards or used in computer programs […]

AMac Christmas Collection

To celebrate the holidays, we expanded our library of ready-to-run Accompaniment Machine (AMac) sequences for Christmas songs. To review, a sequence is an accompaniment that runs in the AutoSequence mode of AMac. It includes a Yamaha-format style (including introductions, section changes, fills and endings), a chord sequence appropriate for the song, and voice settings if […]

Finding MIDI files

We working on the instruction manual for Pancho, our new program for quickly generating accompaniments and solo scores from MIDI files. Chapter 2 starts with advice on where to find MIDI files. We realize that there are a lot of pages on the Internet that tell you where to look, but another one can’t hurt. […]

Creating AMac sequences with the ConText text editor

A text editor is the one of the quickest ways to create sequences for the Accompaniment Machine. A good editor can make many of your computer tasks easier. If you are using a primitive utility like NotePad, you owe it to yourself to move up. The good news is that you can get a […]

It sounds funny

Suppose you have grown tired of the 150 styles that came with your keyboard. You want to expand your options to the 10,000+ styles available on the Internet by using the Accompaniment Machine. You download and try out styles and find that some are strange and that the sound of others is not as good […]

Jazz style library for AMac

We have continued creating high-quality style libraries to include with an Accompaniment Machine icense purchases. The most recent is the Jazz Style Set, the ideal companion to the Ultimate Jazz Fake Book (Hal Leonard, Milwaukee). The set contains 352 unique styles, an ample resource to handle the 625 songs in the fake book. The set […]

How to make your computer sound like a typewriter, redux

In a blog last year (How to make your computer sound like a typewriter), I described how to add typewriter sounds to a computer keyboard using Jingle Keyboard freeware. I recorded a sound set from an IBM Selectric and made it available to use with the program. The article, which also touched on why you […]

Latin style library for AMac

After extended testing and revision, Version 3.0 0f AMac (The Accompaniment Machine) is stable and reliable. As in any program that must respond to complex real-time events, we anticipate making improvements and adding features in response to user suggestions. That’s why we give free updates.

With the program in hand, we have turned our attention […]

Video format converters

We’ve started a project to create instructional videos for AMac (the Accompaniment Machine) and SVO (Style Voice Optimizer). In preparation, I updated my copy of Camtasia to the latest version (8.4). I use the program to capture events on the computer screen and for general video editing. There were many improvements since I purchased Version […]