New AMac features

As a result of our continual testing of the Accompaniment Machine, we added two new convenience features to the Performance window (red arrows in Fig. 1). The first (on the left) is a tempo indicator, useful when you start a song with a melody pickup before starting the style. The challenge is playing the melody […]

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 […]