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This, the second part of this a series of articles, deals with both YAMAHA and then ROLAND styles and the formats they work with (next time we will cover KORG and Ketron). As we pointed out in part 1, styles will not work on brands other than that they were written for and consequently for the purposes of clarity we need to split them up as all will become apparent. Yamaha, the formats we use and why. Originally all Yamaha styles were in a format called SFF1 (common) and would only use Yamaha XG voices. Every Yamaha instrument had this set of voices so their styles would play on all thei..
This Rockabilly song was written by Bob Montgomery & Norman Petty and originally recorded by Buddy Holly in 1958. The B-side of the single was called "Well... All Right". Unfortunately, it was to be the penultimate single released during his lifetime. The song was a minor hit in the USA and only reached No. 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single was more successful in the UK, reaching No. 30 in January 1959 and again reaching the charts upon its reissue in April 1960. "Heartbeat" subsequently also got to the UK Top Ten twice with other artists. Firstly in 1975 for Showaddywad..
The main focus of our business at Carillon Studios is to produce Yamaha, Korg, Roland, Ketron, Solton, Technics and Hammond Styles (often referred to as Patterns) for musicians around the world. What is the difference between a Style and a Pattern? The answer is... nothing! It's just a different name for the same thing. Unlike Midi files (which once the start button has been pressed will play an entire song pretty much like a tape recorder or CD track), Styles do not play themselves. A Style or Pattern is an Auto Accompaniment that is dependent on the musician playing a series o..
As you will no doubt be aware, Ketron Musical Instruments have been around for a long time and this means there are a load of new and old keyboards & expanders made by them available to us musicians. It also means through the years there have been many updates, in fact, it is one of the things that keeps the brand so popular. It does, as independent suppliers, give us a bit of a headache though as our customers rightly expect us to keep up with developments. Consequently, we have decided it is time to update our Ketron Gold styles to the latest standards possible. Owners o..