Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How to change the melody Voice on a Yamaha Premium Song - CVP-609

Yamaha Premium Songs are MIDI files designed to work perfectly with the high-quality Voices in your instrument. Each Premium Song is a multi-track MIDI file that are made of Voices hand-picked by a producer.

Although these MIDI files sound great as they are, you may wish to change out the Voices chosen for the file. For example, instead of hearing the melody played by a flute, you would rather hear it played by a guitar. 

Using a Yamaha CVP-609 Clavinova, let’s walk through the steps to switch out the main Voice for a Premium Song.

Step 1: Connect USB Drive to Yamaha CVP-609 Clavinova

Let’s say that you just bought an awesome Yamaha Premium Song from YamahaMusicSoft.com to play on your Clavinova. You've copied the MIDI file onto a USB drive and now you’re ready to play it. Plug the drive into the “USB TO DEVICE” port on the left side of the Clavinova. 

Once you've plugged it in, your screen will say “USB Device Connected”.
Step 2: Open the Song Selector

Tap the HOME button to the right of the screen. Now, tap the box that says “New Song”. This will bring you to a menu of songs to choose from.
Step 3: Select MIDI on the top of the screen

In this case, we are looking for the words MIDI at the top the screen, with an image of a Clavinova and USB drive next to it. Go ahead and tap that button. 
Step 4: Select USB 1

Tap USB1 on the screen
Step 5: Select an awesome Yamaha Premium Song

In this case, I only have one file to choose from on my USB drive. Tap it and then tap the close button to get started.

Step 6: Play Song Under SONG CONTROL, push play to start the song. It will play as we continue through the steps.
Step 7: Select menu and then select Mixer

The mixer allows you to edit the instrument choice and levels for up to 16 channels within a given Yamaha Premium Song.

Step 8: Select Song Ch. 1-8, then select Channel 1

With Yamaha Premium Songs, Channel 1 is always the main voice, or melody, of the song. Tap the yellow box "1" to see the instrument selected for the main Voice. In this case, the voice selected for the song is called “Lektro Codes”.

Step 9: Pick a different Voice.

As the song plays, you’ll notice that the melody will sound different once you change the main voice. Browse the different voice categories to pick a Voice that fits best.
So that’s it. It is a simple way to adjust the Yamaha Premium Song you just purchased, using the features of your CVP-609.
But there’s more…

Stay tuned for a future post, where we teach you how to save your Voice setting choices for later use!

Yamaha Music Interactive