This is the third part of a series of articles that covers workings of styles inside keyboards and specifically this time, the workings of KORG and KETRON styles. As we pointed out in parts 1 & 2 of this series, styles will not work on brands other than that they were written for. Consequently, for the purposes of clarity, we need to split them up, as all will become apparent.
Their first venture into arranger keyboards was the “KORG I” series. This was followed by the PA80 and PA1X and 2X keyboards and what we came to call the “Silver” range followed by what we call the a..
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..
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.
“The beauty of our keyboards is the music they enable us to play”. It is a sweeping statement and yet one we spend little time thinking about. Music brings so many different things to so many people. However there are a few essential factors that are important otherwise why would we bother at all. First it must bring pleasure to the one playing it. Second, hopefully those listening will also enjoy the sounds we produce. The standard we play and how confident the musician is of the instrument under his or her fingers does not really matter to the former but will make a world of difference to th..
The Midjay Pro, SD7, SD9 & SD40 can import and use Styles from the previous KETRON Style libraries (SD, MJ) & Carillon Style libraries (KET,KEX,KEG and KTN). Of course, to ensure and maximize compatibility, Styles must share common sound characteristics as those used in the original instrument. That said, let’s proceed and find out how to convert these styles. First, we recommend you copy the style(s) from an external source (USB Stick, computer, HD) to the internal memory of MJ Pro or SD7 (User Style folder). In the Disk Edit menu, you can find both the Copy and Paste functions (..