Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Product Review: A Beginner's Look at Style Files

As a beginning piano player I didn’t really understand all the options of Style Files until I tried some of them on the Tyros 2. To try them out I downloaded two Style Files specifically designed for the Tyros 2’s sound set: the “Dance 6” single style and the “Blues & Soul” bundle disk then began experimenting with the different sounds they created.

Dance 6 caught my attention with the blend of voices used in Variation B. Soft Mini and Bright Ober (Right 1 +2) together creates an appealing contrast to the left voice (Strings) that mixes well with the Dance beat.




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The Blues & Soul bundle disk contains 8 style files, each with a different set of beats and voices. With the Moore Blues style I really discovered the fun of the style files. By combining the Matrix and Jazz Organ 1 voices from Main Variation A, I discovered a hypnotic voice that produces a bizarrely fascinating sound.




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The mix of sounds used in the Blues Rock style gives a truly authentic Blues sound. The combination of Blues Guitar and Growl Sax that can be selected from Variation D produces a sweet harmony that sounds great with the accompaniment.



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I ended my experiment by playing with Barry Disco – a funky sound that was fun to play with, but it left me with one qualm—that the Tyros 2 does not have Mr. White’s deep baritone as a voice option.

-Jeff the Intern

Products Reviewed:

Dance 6 - Midi Spot Tyros Single Style

Blues & Soul - Midi Spot Tyros 2 Style Disk