Thursday, July 21, 2011

Video Roundup! Yamaha Online Services' Midi Workshop Video Series!

The first phase of our MIDI Tips and Tricks Video Series highlighted many of the awesome possibilities that are available when you load a Yamaha MIDI file into a Yamaha MIDI Keyboard or Clavinova. Production of the second phase of this series has already begun, so look out for new videos in the coming months. As always, your suggestions are welcome! Let us know what you want to see in the next round of videos, and we'll try to cover as much as we can! In the meantime, you can enjoy the first four videos!

The first video in this series will walk you through the process of muting tracks in a MIDI file using the Tyros4 arranger workstation. Muting tracks in a MIDI file is a great way to change the feel of the song you're playing, but also useful for learning different parts of a song. When you mute some of the tracks, you've got your very own band to practice with!

The process described in this video is similar on all Yamaha Arranger/Workstations and modern Clavinovas, but feel free to contact our Customer Support team if you get stuck.

The second installment of our Midi Workshop Video Series outlines the process of changing voices within a Midi file, and saving these changes for easy access later. Many Midi file users will want to permanenly remove the melody line from a song, to allow them to sing in a performance or practice setting. Others may want to change some of the voices to achieve a more appropriate sound or style for their audience or personal preference. This video will show you steps to edit your Midi files and save them in the hard drive of your instrument for easy access on stage or in your home.

The third addition to our Midi Workshop Video Series shows you how to use a Yamaha Style file to change the feel of a Yamaha MIDI file in REAL TIME! It's a handy performance trick, that will allow you to change genre, intensity, or style of a song without having to load a new song. If you want to try a familiar song in a new style, it's easy to do! When I'm writing new songs at my keyboard, I like to try playing them in a variety of styles to get a sense of how the finished song should sound. You can also use this trick for any USER recorded MIDI song in your Yamaha Keyboard or Clavinova!!

The fourth and final video from phase one of our Midi Workshop Video Series is a fun one! Here we talk about the Vocal Harmonizer feature that is built into Yamaha Arranger/Workstations and modern Clavinovas! The Vocal Harmonizer works with Yamaha MIDI files that contain chord data. When the Vocal Harmonizer is on, the instrument will analyze the chord data within the MIDI file and automatically generate vocal harmonies in the key of the song you are playing! All you have to do is connect a microphone to your instrument, and sing your favorite song! Your Yamaha Arranger or Clavinova will do the rest. Check out the latest Midi Workshop Video below. I had so much fun playing with a few of the different Vocal Harmony effects on the Tyros4 that I almost started laughing while singing Elton John's "Tiny Dancer"!

Yamaha MIDI Files and Style Files are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection.