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Default Style Assembly - 16-08-2009, 07:44 PM

Here is a step by step guide on how to make a new style with the Style Assembly function. Thanks to Arranger Workstation
Although related to the Tyros 2 the procedure is the same for most yamaha keyboards.

Making Styles: Style Assembly

A step by step guide by Heratch Touresian

Yamaha’s arranger workstations contain hundreds of preprogrammed ‘Styles’ for different styles of music, Latin, Pop, Rock, etc. One of the most powerful features of the Tyros 2 is its ability to create new styles from scratch. Although this is certainly possible, creating new styles from scratch does require that you manually play the different parts (tracks) on the instrument. Which means you need to be able to think like a percussionist, or drummer, or bass player, etc. Some people find creating convincing sounding drum parts very difficult; particularly specialized genres such as Latin Percussion track.

Style Assembly is the solution.

First I would like to discuss style fundamentals, this will help you understand Style Assembly when we get to it… So here it is.

A style is:

1.An eight-piece band.
1.Percussionist, drummer, bass player, guitar player, etc…
2.They can play different intros, variations, fill is, break, and endings at any speed and from any key.
3.All eight musicians volume level, pan position, mute, solo, fx and eq can be easily controlled and automated from the internal mixer.
4.The eight musicians are able to play any instruments. You can have a percussionist, drummer and six-guitar players band. In other words, the instrument tracks of a style are easily interchangeable.


1.Computer friendly
1.Midi channel # 9 is the RHY 1 (rhythm 1) musician, i.e. percussionist
2.Midi channel # 10 is the RHY 2 (rhythm 2) musician, i.e. drummer
3.Midi channel # 11 is the BASS musician, i.e. electric bass
4.Midi channel # 12 is the CHD 1 (chord 1) musician, i.e. guitar 1
5.Midi channel # 13 is the CHD 2 (chord 2) musician, i.e. guitar 2
6.Midi channel # 14 is the PAD musician, i.e. keyboard synth pad or strings
7.Midi channel # 15 is the PHR 1 (phrase 1) musician, i.e. addition keys
8.Midi channel # 16 is the PHR 2 (phrase 2) musician, i.e.
9.Midi channel can be referred to as track or part.
1.Dynamic
1.Tracks 11 through 16 can be copied from and to one another with in the same style or a completely different style, i.e. track 13 can be copied to track 16, track 14 from a completely different style and be copied to track 13 of another style. Great idea for remixes. Latin guitars mixed with Hip Hop would sound great.
2.Tracks 9 and 10 (percussion and drums) can be interchanged within the same style or copied to and from another style’s track 9 and 10. Tracks 9 and 10 are dedicated for the rhythm section i.e. percussion and drums.


To create very unique styles based on your own individuality, Style Assembly is the answer.



How to use Style Assembly:

1.Locate and press FUNCTION
2.Select DIGITAL REC MENU
3.Select STYE CREATOR
4.Select NEW STYLE. letter button C
5.Press Exit
6.Use number 5 and 6 buttons to set the style length. Then press EXECUTE letter D button.
7.Use the < TAB> to select ASSEMBLY. Located top right corner of the display.
8.Press A to select RHYTHEM1. Note that under RHYTHEM 1 it indicates New Style meaning the track is empty.
9.Press A one more time.
10.These are the folders of the different style categories. In them are the different styles. Please note that there might be more pages. At the bottom of the screen you can find that indication. On the top right of the screen you can see the location of these folders. The <TAB> allows you to toggle between presets, users or a connected storage media. Therefore, you can copy track from users styles stored in the instrument or on an external device.
11.Select from which style category the percussion track is to be copied from by pressing the relative letter button on the side of the display. For example, I will start with a Latin percussion; therefore, I will select the Latin category folder by pressing the corresponding letter button. In my case I am pressing letter E. You can select any category you wish.
12.After selecting the style category, the screen will display all the possible styles in that category. Please note the different pages at the bottom of the screen. You are able to access these additional pages by pressing the corresponding numbers buttons
13. I will select Rock Cha Cha, by pressing the letter I.
14.Press EXIT
15.Press START/STOP. Now you can hear the track.
16.Now you have several choices to make. As mentioned before the band can play different intros, variations, fill in etc…
17.Buttons 2 and 3 at the bottom of the display selects the section from which the track is playing. As you press them you can see and hear the change.
18.Please note that MAIN VARIATION A is lit. That means you are working on VARIATION A. To switch to a different variation, simply press any variation button then select the variation you wish by using button numbers 6 and 7 then press button umber 8 for ok.
19.Another choice you are able to make is the CHANNEL or the track of which the percussion is copied from. To refresh, Channels 9 and 10 are rhythm tracks. Usually percussion is on 9 and drums on 10. Number 4 and 5 button at the bottom of the display allows you to chose the channel. Note that you only have two choices RHYTHEM 1 and RHYTHEM 2. When we get to tracks 11 and up you will be able to see more choices.
20.To experiment, Choose RHYTHEM 2 by pressing 4 or 5 button. You can hear the drums track playing. Switch back to RHYTHEM 1, now you will hear the percussion again.
21.So far you are able to choose from which style, which, track and which channel. These steps can be repeated for all the sections of the style. Remember that the style has 3 intros, 4 variations, 4 fill in, a break and 3 endings. Lets continue.
22.Press STOP
23.So far I have a percussion track.
24.Press and select RHYTHEM 2. Button letter B
25.Press B one more time to get to the style category folders
26.I will select the DANCE folder
27.Choose a style. I will be selecting the NEW R&B style by pressing letter button I
28.Press EXIT
29.Press STRAT/STOP
30.Make you choices from which section and channel.
31.As you are changing you can hear the change.
32.Lets add a bass track.
33.With out stopping, press the letter button C to select the Bass track.
34.Press C again
35.Choose the style category for the bass.
36.I will select Dance folder.
37.I will select Dream Dance. Letter F button.
38.Press EXIT
39.Make you selection. Now you can also see more channels to choose from. Remember, track 11 through 16 you can copy any channel to any channel only 9 and 10 are different.
40.Please repeat these steps. Moreover, remember that you can apply these steps to all section.
41.Make sure you save
42.Press the SAVE button. The disc icon
43.Press SAVE at the bottom of the display. This will be saved in the user location.
44.Give it a name.
45.Press OK.


Doing these steps few times will make u more comfortable at using Style assembly.
The possibilities are endless to create unique palate of new style.


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Default Re: Style Assembly - 17-08-2009, 10:22 AM

Thanks for this lenthgy piece of work very interesting, I'll see if I can have a go...Pam
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Default Re: Style Assembly - 17-08-2009, 07:07 PM

Very useful info Spike which I'm sure many will appreciate. I've made it a sticky so we don't lose it.

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Default Re: Style Assembly - 18-08-2009, 11:07 PM

This is GREAT, because IF you are going to ARRANGE music, use your OWN style, rather than some clown's style from Yamaha... They all sound the same and some need to be modified so they don't sound so darn robotic.
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Default Re: Style Assembly - 18-08-2009, 11:45 PM

One way to make the style less robotic is to edit channels 9 & 10 (the only ones which Yamaha will let you edit) - alter the timing on the drum hits to make it sound more like a human drummer - never thought I'd use those two words together!
If you need to edit bass etc then you have to re-record those channels. On keyboards like the Motif you can edit the 'clock shift' to delay or advance the timing to give a more realistic feel.
Maybe I'll do an article on that later
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Default Re: Style Assembly - 12-09-2009, 08:54 AM

Hello every one,

You can edit al 8 style parts by removing the copyight text in the file.

Here PSRUTI - hpmusic you can download the program PSRUTI.

Open the style file select : all file*.*
Go to extras > copyright
Now remove the text and save the style.

Now you can edit all style parts.

Have fun Wim
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Default Re: Style Assembly - 12-09-2009, 09:15 AM

Oops I find out that PSRUTI changes the sounds
May be you can use a other program to remove the copyright text out.

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Default Re: Style Assembly - 12-09-2009, 09:38 AM

Hi Wim
Yes I found that problem myself. Maybe it alters the CASM too.
PSRUTI is used more for midi files and it doesn't alter sounds in them and as the major difference between a midi file and a style file is the CASM (a style file is a midi file + CASM) then that sounds feasible.
There is a way to remove copyright with Cubasis but again that is only for midi files.
I guess there must be a way .
Thanks for your input anyway
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Default Re: Style Assembly - 12-09-2009, 09:47 AM

I just changes the extention into mid and open it in sonar.
The in File > Info I have removed the copyright text.
then I have saved it with extention .sty

But sonar changed the sounds also.

Wat does cubase? I don't have this program anymore.
Maybe you can acces to the file by change the extention into mid.
And save it later into .sty

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Default Re: Style Assembly - 12-09-2009, 10:55 AM

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I just changes the extention into mid and open it in sonar.
The in File > Info I have removed the copyright text.
then I have saved it with extention .sty

But sonar changed the sounds also.

Wat does cubase? I don't have this program anymore.
Maybe you can acces to the file by change the extention into mid.
And save it later into .sty

Wim
It doesn't work like that, as I said the style file is a midi file plus CASM. You can change the extension of a style file to .mid and it will play as a midi file but the ability to recognise chords,root note etc will be lost and is not reinstated when changing back to .sty.
Software called Styledit by Michael Bedesem gets round the copyright notice but the notice is only text - the copyright Yamaha put on their styles channels is a code I believe which stops them being edited. This code is not applied to ch9 & 10 because you can't copyright drum riffs/beats.
Removing any copyright notice will not enable you to edit the other channels - you have to get rid of the blocking code which is done by deleting the channel then recording your own.
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