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 […]

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.

 

Creating and editing keyboard styles

Styles are the automatic accompaniments on digital keyboards from Yamaha, Roland, Korg and other manufacturers. They can create the sound of a backup group, turning a simple melody into a performance piece. Style files in Yamaha format are the most common. Thousands of styles in every genre are available for download on the Internet.

The […]

Running AMac on a Windows tablet

In the past, there were limited choices of tablet computers running Microsoft Windows, generally in the price range $700 and up. Now, you can get models for less than $100. A user recently asked whether the Accompaniment Machine will run on a small Windows tablet, so I decided to check it out.

As of April, […]

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 […]

Tempo corrections in Style Master

I added a new feature to the Style Master in response to a problem I encountered creating an accompaniment to Memory by Andrew Lloyd Weber. The piece is in 12/8 time and there are few, if any, Yamaha-format styles available with this time signature. On the other hand, there are many available styles in 3/4 […]