Simplified Style Player

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Simplified Style Player

Unread post by normann » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:44 am

Hi,

I asked Saul if it was okay I posted on this forum about a new style player I've developed, and it was okay.

The style player is a free of charge utility PC software for keyboard musicians, and currently in beta stage. We just need feedback and bug reports, before we can put a release candidate on the site.

The player is made easy to use, and you can quickly browse through your style files, and listen to them. The player is interactive, so you can try out different parts and in different chords, in real-time.

The software is available from http://www.borland-simplified.org

Enjoy and I look forward to hear from you. And feel free to discuss any of the features on this forum, if it's okay with the rules.

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Re: Simplified Style Player

Unread post by Saul » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:15 am

Thanks for posting Bent. I look forward to seeing the finished software and hopefully members of this forum can help in your efforts.

I have change the post to a Global Announcement so it appears at the top of all forums on the site.
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Re: Simplified Style Player

Unread post by normann » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:35 am

Thanks Saul,

And I forgot to mention, after the release of this version, I will be working on porting the player to Mac OS X aswell, and a version for iOS and Android is on the wish list. I'm not sure about the MIDI API for real-time manipulation in these portable platforms, but I think it is possible.

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Unread post by Saul » Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:57 am

Well the OS X and iOS versions would be welcomed by a lot of people that's for sure. Android tends not to fare to well with audio apps due to the inherent latency issues with the drivers for that platform. They have made progress but it's still not quite there. I don't think that would be a problem with your software though?
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Re: Simplified Style Player

Unread post by normann » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:19 pm

The software is pure MIDI, so it uses the sounds from any attached MIDI device, keyboard or sound modul, and the latency is usually not an issue. I know Windows Phone and Windows RT don't have full MIDI API available for developers, and this make a port to these platform impossible - at least for an interactive version.

It is possible to implement software sounds to the player, so you don't need hardware, but the latency will become an issue. For listening it might not be a big deal, but interacting with the style player might be a pain. With Mac OS X the latency is usually small, aswell as Windows PC with a good sound card.

I will add the software sound to the wish list. This could come in handy for some users, when they don't need to attach a MIDI device, and they don't want the build-in Windows sound synth, or the one provided with the different platforms.
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Unread post by Derek » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:20 pm

Hi, At a glance, it's not 100% obvious what this software does in general, so maybe a paragraph or two on the website would be helpful to capture the interest of people with short attention spans (like me)! :)
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Re: Simplified Style Player

Unread post by normann » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:31 pm

Hi Derek, you're right. Tomorrow I'll add a description on the website about what it does, and little about Yamaha style files, and where the software comes in handy. Thanks ;-)
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Unread post by Derek » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:57 pm

That would be useful! :)
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Re: Simplified Style Player

Unread post by normann » Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:34 am

I added a short, atleast not too long, description, and I hope this will help ;-)

"About Yamaha style files and the Simplified Style Player

Yamaha style files are the backing rhythms and accompaniments in Yamaha keyboards and are externally stored as MIDI codes in a file not recognized by MIDI players.

An arranger keyboard only contains a basic set of internal styles and it is possible (with some effort) to install a few more by uploading style files to it. Thousands of style files are available for download on the Internet, and it can be a tedious process to upload styles to your keyboard, listen to it, discard it, and find the right style.

The Simplified Style Player lets you listen to style files on your PC before you decide to upload a file to your arranger keyboard, and even lets you interact with the style for better decision making."

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Re: Simplified Style Player

Unread post by Derek » Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:40 pm

Perfect! At least I know what it does now! :)
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Re: Simplified Style Player

Unread post by joso » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:08 pm

Hi

Software looks rather simple, just like my MIDI and Style Player software at http://www.jososoft.dk/yamaha/software/ ... /index.htm does.

You will have to allow othe style file extensions than "sty". Read http://www.jososoft.dk/yamaha/articles/style_10.htm for information on used file extensions. "sty" is not used much in new styles these days.

It is rather confusing that you can select an "Intro 4" and an "Ending 4". They have NEVER existed. I guess you should read the actaual style parts in the loaded style; and "grey out" illegal choices.

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Re: Simplified Style Player

Unread post by normann » Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:30 am

Hi Jørgen,

Thanks for the input. These are much appreciated. I will add an "All files" option the open dialog.

Regarding the intros and endings it was intended to be flexible by linking to the nearest intro and continue at a selected variation. That was a personal choice, and I'm not sure if that is prefered, or simply disable buttons in variations with no intros and endings. I could add an option in the setup, and the user can choose one of the two behaviors ;-)

The variation buttons are disabled if any of the variations are not present in a style file.

The layout of the buttons was also intended to flexible, if support for other types of style file formats gets implemented in the future.

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Re: Simplified Style Player

Unread post by normann » Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:44 pm

Hi,

Status so far: The Work on the final release.

1) Problem: If you only use the build-in Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth many instruments goes silent.
Solution: A way of discarding and remapping instruments automatically when Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth is used.

2) Problem: If you are using XP the sequencing timer goes ustable, because the code is optimized for newer Windows platforms.
Solution: Different compiler versions optimized for different Windows, so different versions will be available, and this will include 32 and 64 bit versions, and later Mac OS X versions.

(The different versions will be available with description about which platform they are best suited for, and their system requirements.)

3) Problem: The feature with remappings of banks and program changes might not be the best design solution.
Solution: A way of displaying all banks settings and program changes in a style file, and make these editable to match your own instrument, without saving these changes to the style file, and let the style player remember certain instrument changes each time a style file is loaded. And a couple of options buttons in the settings.

4) Problem: It's not quite clear what parts are available in a style file.
Solution: A detail information window about a style file, and better support for different parts setups in style files.

5) Problem: No support for multi fingered chords when using MIDI input.
Solution: Work on this...

6) Problem: A Mac OS X version.
Solution: Build one... :-)

So far there hasn't been any reports of fatal problems, and there has been almost 100 downloads in a couple of weeks. Thanks Again for your inputs. I'll continue working on this software the NeXT couple of weeks/month, and release new versions of it.

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Re: Simplified Style Player

Unread post by normann » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:12 pm

A final release is available now. Not all features are implemented, but from now on all future releases will be consideret updates. The most important updates in near future will be redesigning of instrument remapping, and different OS platforms. And a couple of neat features already mentioned ;-)

http://www.borland-simplified.org/

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Re: Simplified Style Player

Unread post by normann » Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:14 pm

Hi,

First prototype of Simplified Style Player for Mac OS X works quite well, and the built-in Apple DLS synth sounds great! I hope I'm ready with the first beta release this weekend, and a release candidate a week after.

Thanks for your patience, and best regards,
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