Creating and editing keyboard styles

Styles are the automatic accompaniments on digital keyboards from Yamaha, Roland, Korg and other manufacturers. They can create the sound of a backup group, turning a simple melody into a performance piece. Style files in Yamaha format are the most common. Thousands of styles in every genre are available for download on the Internet.

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Running AMac on a Windows tablet

In the past, there were limited choices of tablet computers running Microsoft Windows, generally in the price range $700 and up. Now, you can get models for less than $100. A user recently asked whether the Accompaniment Machine will run on a small Windows tablet, so I decided to check it out.

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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 […]

Tempo corrections in Style Customizer

I added a new feature to the Style Customizer in response to a problem I encountered creating an accompaniment to Memory by Andrew Lloyd Weber. The piece is in 12/8 time and there are few, if any, Yamaha-format styles available with this time signature. On the other hand, there are many available styles in 3/4 […]

Making accompaniments from MIDI files

The right accompaniment can enhance your vocal, instrumental or keyboard performance. Accompaniments are also a great way to practice. You can create accompaniments for any song with our Accompaniment Machine program using style loops. On the other hand, sometimes you may want to use a full MIDI file to accompany an iconic song, complete with […]

Converting AMac songs to accompaniments

Users of AMac Versions 1.0 and 2.0 with a library of song files (ASG) probably want to convert some of them to AutoSequence files (ASQ) to use the new capabilities of AMac 3.0. This article describes the conversion process along with some tips on sequences.

To begin, load the song file in the AMac Performance […]

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 […]

Converting Cakewalk Instrument Definition Files

A user suggested that AMac and SVO[1] would be easier to use if they could read INS[2] files. In this way, the full set of voices for particular keyboard synthesizers would be immediately available for styles and melodies. I analyzed the content of INS files for over 40 keyboards available at http://www.jososoft.dk/yamaha/ins_files.htm. My conclusion was […]

Manually creating a new file type in Windows

File types in Windows are designated by extensions (e.g., .txt, .html, .jpg, …). You can associate a file type with a specific program. Then, if you double-click on a file in MIDI File Manager or Windows Explorer, the file opens in the associated program. For example, my computer is set up to open files of […]

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 […]