New features in StyleMaster

We improved the organization of controls and added new features in the latest version of StyleMaster. Figure 1 shows the current interface. As in all our programs, it is uncluttered and organized for quick reference. The controls of Group A are used to load and save individual style files with specified modifications. The controls of […]

Tap-Tap-Tap-Redux

In a previous post, I discussed how use the Export/Import features of Style Master in combination with a MIDI editor to remove unwanted content of Yamaha-format style sections (like the downbeat that occurs in most IntroA sections). At that time, I recommended Speedy MIDI as the editor, largely because it had an attractive interface. With […]

Turbocharging Yamaha-format styles

Styles are great additions to Yamaha keyboards. They make it possible for players with moderate ability to create good sounding songs. On the other hand, standard style files have several limitations. Like MIDI files, they are constrained to support all hardware designed over a span of 40 years. The challenge for improving styles is […]

Tap-Tap-Tap

This article has been retired and replaced with: Tap-Tap-Tap Redux.

 

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 […]

Style Master: bulk style corrections

Styles are the automatic accompaniments available on digital keyboard from Yamaha and other manufacturers. They function like a backup band to spice up performances. The Yamaha-style format has become the de facto standard for style exchange. There are more than a hundred-thousand style files available for download or purchase in all musical genres. Unfortunately, the […]

Using Coolsoft VirtualMIDISynth with AMac

The usual Accompaniment Machine setup for real-time performances is to use a digital keyboard as both the input and output MIDI port. As an alternative, a user could employ a simple keyboard for input while output waveforms could be generated by the computer using a software MIDI driver and the computer sound system. To minimize […]

Where to get keyboard style files

Style files in the format defined by Yamaha are central to the Accompaniment Machine (AMac). Therefore, it’s useful to discuss where to get style files and whether there are any issues of compatibility. The first stop (always at the top of the search page) is the official Yamaha store at http://www.yamahamusicsoft.com. I’ve passed by there […]

Standard keyboard accompaniment style libraries

The previous article described the Shape Shifter program used to organize large groups of style files appropriate for the Accompaniment Machine (AMac) and Yamaha keyboards. The function of the program is to convert ordinary style files to the compact, universal PureStyle format. After some tune-up to improve the identification of redundant files, we applied the […]