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 […]

Accompaniment Machine on digital pianos

Although AMac was designed for digital keyboards with a full complement of MIDI voices, the program is quite useful for digital pianos. We tested it recently on the popular Yamaha P125 (Fig. 1). There are two main differences between digital keyboards and pianos:

The physical keyboard of the digital piano provides a close simulation of […]

Fixing percussion sounds with Style Master

Yamaha-format styles are accompaniment files that you can play on your digital keyboard or use in our Accompaniment Machine program. Often, you may find a great style that is effectively useless because 1) it’s permeated by police whistles and other strange sounds or 2) the percussion sounds like someone pounding on a piano . In […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]