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 […]

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 […]

Creative MIDI: flaws of the MIDI file format

This article is the fourth in a series outlining new MIDI data structures that enable creative digital music applications (e.g., composing, editing,…). This article discusses problems with the current MIDI file format. The following article outlines new standards based on the XML (extended markup language) concept.

To consider changes to MIDI, it is important to […]

MIDI voice file format specification

The MIDI voice-file is a compact entity for saving detailed information on sets of MIDI voice specifications (MIDI patches). Voice files are used in software like KBD-Infinity to define melody voices to be used with styles for song performances.

MIDI voice files have names of the form FilePrefix.MDV. Following the philosophy of style files, voice […]