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At this page you will find
• 2 'Conversion Demos' with instructions: A style for 'Under the Boardwalk' and a style for 'Amazing Graze'.
• 3 'Conversion Demos' without instructions: One more style for "Amazing Graze"; a style for "Help me make it through the night"; and a style for "Is this the Way to Amarillo". Find these below.

Style for 'Under the Boardwalk'

Download MIDI file. (This zip archive contains the MIDI file, the Conversion Data file and the resulting style file).

1. Open the MIDI file.

2. Play the MIDI file.

3. Mute the melody line channels.
For styles you must use ACCOMPANIMENT channels, not MELODY channels!

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4. Select parts. After some experimentation using the loop function, I came to this result.
These are the loop settings transferred from the 'Part Selector' in the top of the window:

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5. Select voices. This is my choice.
Check the 'MIDI File Properties' in 'More Settings' window to find the most active channels.

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6. Convert the MIDI to style. Just click. You will be asked to save too.

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7. Play the parts. The 'Style Player' will loop the selected part.
This play is an indication of the result only!

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8. Test the style in your keyboard.

9. Voice Settings window.
After testing I found out that the Vibraphone was too loud; and that the drums needed a little more volume.

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10. Conversion and Save Settings window.
The settings in the 'Conversion Settings' are the most important settings for the result.
You will often have to try more settings. I ended up with NOT 'Delete notes' in the 2 Phrase channels.

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11. Convert and Save (step 6).
This can be performed in all windows except the 'More Settings' window.
Remember to 'Export Conversion Data' (set in 'More Settings' window).
This will make it possible to continue this project at a later time by importing the data file after opening the MIDI file.

Style for 'Amazing Graze'

Download MIDI file. (This zip archive contains the MIDI file, the Conversion Data file and the resulting style file).

1. Open the MIDI file.

2. Play the MIDI file.

3. Watch the number of channels!
We have got 9 voice channels + 1 drum channel. The style can have 6 voice channels only...
This means that 3 "normal" voice channels must be omitted.
Now we will examine the file content, mostly the note activity in channels.
Open the 'More Settings' window at take a look at 'MIDI File Properties'.

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We notice that most activity is in channel 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10.
Normally the channels having the most activity are preferable to the style; but no rules without exceptions. (Well, channel 10 has to have "drum and percussion".)
Let us listen to the MIDI file once again to get some ideas about what to do.

4. Play again - and select parts
We have a nice organ intro in the MIDI file. Actually we have two organs in the intro: Hammond Organ in channel 1 and Church Organ in channel 2.
These could be good intro parts in the style.
But these two channels play the melody line, and melody lines will normally not be used in Main and Fill parts. In these parts you are supposed to play the melody line yourself !

Now we have a dilemma:
- If we want to use melody line channels (1 and 2) in the style we have to omit channel 7, 8 and 9 or some other more active channels.
- We could forget the melody lines in intros and endings and use 2 of the 3 channels omitted in the first place (channel 7, 8 and 9).
I decide to use the channel 1 and channel 2 as melody lines in intros and endings (or at least some of these). (A conversion not using melody lines can be found at the page Sample Conversions).

First I mute channel 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9.
The first two channels are dedicated to play melody, and the later three being the least active channels.

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Now start to play blocks of measures to find good loopable main parts. This is try and error!
After some testing with the MIDI player I transfer the loop settings in the player to the bottom of the 'Piano Roll'.
This is done by using 'Use measures as' in the 'Part Selector' in the top of the window.

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Note that I only have selected two Intros and two Endings.
It is a problem to get more than one of these parts as there is only one of each present in the source MIDI file!

5. Select voices
In the previous step we decided to use channel 10 as the drum channel.
Besides this we decided to use channel 1 and channel 2 as melody lines in intros and endings (we will return to this later) and channel 3, 4, 5 and 6.
These latest 6 channels can be assigned to any of the "normal" instrument channels in the style. These are my choices:

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6. More...
In 'Part Settings' window I add 'Count In' (volume 80) to Intro A.
And I add Ritardando to Ending A and Ending B. Both over 2 measures and ending at half tempo (50%).

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7. Melodic Parts
I the same window we have to select Pad (channel 2: Church Organ) and Phrase 1 (channel 1: Hammond Organ) to play melody lines and to apply these settings to Intro B, Ending A and Ending B parts.

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Note that in the lower part of this window the Pad and Phrase 1 channels are deselected in all other parts than the three parts selected above.

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8. Convert the MIDI to style. Just click. You will be asked to save too.

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9. Play the parts. The 'Style Player' will loop the selected part.
This play is an indication of the result only!

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10. Test the style in your keyboard.
I make some changes:
- I adjust some of the volume settings in the upper part of the 'Voice Settings' window.

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- I mute Chord 1 (Acou Grand Piano) in Main A and Intro A parts in the lower part of the Main Window.

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11. Convert and Save (step 8).
This can be performed in all windows except the 'More Settings' window.
Remember to 'Export Conversion Data' (set in 'More Settings' window).
This will make it possible to continue this project at a later time by importing the data file after opening the MIDI file.

More 'Conversion Demos' without instructions:

amazgraze_1.zip Style #1 for "Amazing Graze" (Unknown composer). Same MIDI file used as for Style #2.
taketheribbon.zip Style for "Help me make it through the night" (Kris Kristofferson).
amarillo.zip Style for "Is this the Way to Amarillo" (Tony Christie).

These zip archives contain the MIDI file, the Conversion Data file and the resulting style file.