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 […]

Stop the music

The Accompaniment Machine (AMac) is a performance-enhancement program for keyboards (such as the Yamaha PSR E423/E433). One of our goals in developing the program was to include features that greatly expand the capabilities of the digital keyboard. For example, with the program you can…

Store unlimited song setups Utilize the extensive set of styles available […]

Connecting Yamaha keyboards to a computer

The functionality of an electronic keyboard is vastly enhanced if it is connected to a computer. Many resources (like accompaniment styles) are available, and there is a wide variety of free and commercial software to record performances, compose music or expand capabilities (the function of KBD-Infinity). Nonetheless, I noticed several Internet postings from people having […]

Accompaniment Machine MIDI player

We have completed the MIDI Player, the second of the four main windows of the Accompaniment Machine program. This article summarizes its capabilities. Figure 1 shows a screenshot.

Figure 1. Screenshot of the KBD-Infinity MIDI Player window.

The control group in the upper left-hand side gives the option to choose a MIDI device for […]

KBD-Infinity keyboard voice laboratory

We have completed the main technical routines that constitute the foundation of KBD-Infinity. We are now building the four main windows of the program with a goal to a release in early summer. We are testing program functions with the Yamaha PSR E423 keyboard, although the program may be used on any electronic keyboard with […]

How to make MIDI recordings of performances

A previous article discussed how to make audio recordings of your keyboard performances. In this article, I’ll show how to make MIDI records of keyboard performances using our new utility, MiniMIDI Recorder. Figure 1 shows the interface. In principle, the PSR E423 keyboard has built-in capabilities for MIDI recording. There are several disadvantages to the […]

How does it work?

An upcoming article discusses a new educational freeware utility, the MiniMIDI Recorder. With this program, you can record the MIDI signals of a keyboard performance and save them as a general MIDI file. There are two differences from the built-in REC function of the PSR E423/433:

The file is created on your computer, not trapped […]