This document provides instructions on how to select an entry in the music finder catalogue and have the T3 automatically set up with the correct style, intro, section, tempo and right hand voices for that song, even turning on auto-start, ready to play
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The music finder catalogue is, in its default state, a list of 1,850 records, which is stored on the T3; each record is a separate song and provides the style, time signature, tempo, intro number and main style variation etc that should be used to play any chosen song on the T3.
The file installed on the T3 at the factory, for copyright law reasons, is supplied with cryptic song titles. A separate file, with the titles given in full,
can be downloaded here.
but will need to be uploaded to the T3 by the user. This avoids the need for royalty payments to be made by Yamaha under copyright law.
The music finder feature is also available on other Yamaha keyboards but for the purposes of this document I'm focusing on the T3.
When new titles/records are added to the catalogue they can be uploaded to the T3 with the option of either overwriting the existing catalogue completely or just appending new records to the existing catalogue.
If you want to create your own records, you can. Your own records are created as custom records and will appear at the end of the catalogue. Custom entries can be selected from the custom section of the music finder on the T3.
A song can be selected by pressing the music finder button then using the 1 to 3 up and down buttons on the T3's panel, or by using the data entry dial and pressing enter to select the song. The keyboard will be automatically set up ready to play the chosen song.
Although, for visually impaired users, the music finder isn't the easiest feature to use of those that the T3 has to offer, I think it's a great idea, as it saves having to sit at the instrument for ages, auditioning style after style looking for just the right style and voices for the song you'd like to play.
By referring to
The Music Finder Catalogue for the Tyros 3, (Standard version - sorted by number).
and The Music Finder Catalogue for the Tyros 3, (version for visually impaired users - sorted by title alphabetically).
it is possible to set up the style, intro and style variation manually but the information in the catalogue doesn't provide details of the voices to select for the right 1, 2 and 3 parts, but these are included when selecting the song's entry from the T3's panel.
The instructions given in this document are intended for use with The Music Finder Catalogue for the Tyros 3, (version for visually impaired users - sorted by title alphabetically).
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Important: In order for the following method of selecting music finder records to work you "must", first upload the version of the music finder catalogue which gives the song titles in full. The factory installed version isn't suitable. For details, see my
Uploading The Music Finder Standard Catalogue To The T3 Document
before using the instructions below.
To upload the music finder standard catalogue, do the following.
1. Press the music finder button, (right section, row 3, button 1), see Wally's Panel Button Chart.
2. Press and hold down the 1 up button for about five seconds, to ensure that the T3 is displaying the entries in the music finder catalogue that begin with the letter A.
Note: The data entry dial can also be turned anti-clockwise but it's quicker to use the 1 up button for this task.
3. Press the 1 down button repeatedly while counting through the letters of the alphabet, a, b, c, d etc, to move the display to the first entry in the catalogue which starts with the required letter, e.g. press the 1 down button twice to highlight the first entry beginning with the letter C.
If you go past the letter you are looking for, press the 1 up button to move backwards, e.g. d, c, b, etc.
4. Using the
music finder catalogue
count down the list of entries of the chosen letter, e.g. the required song is the fifth one down in the section where entries start with the letter C.
If the song you want to select is nearer the bottom of a large section, e.g. S, go to the first entry beginning with the letter T and count backwards up the list to the song you want to select.
5. On the T3, having navigated to the first entry starting with the letter C in step 3 above, press the 2 down button 4 times to highlight the fifth entry beginning with the letter C.
If the song you want to select is nearer the bottom of a large section, e.g. S, navigate to the first entry beginning with the letter T, then use the 2 up button and count backwards up the list to the song title you want to use which begins with the letter S.
Note: when you move to the first entry of any given section, e.g. a, b, c, etc, the first entry is automatically highlighted, so you need to count this as entry 1 in the section.
6. The keyboard will be automatically set up to play the currently highlighted song. By playing a chord on the left end of the keyboard you will hear the style for that song. Any associated voices for the right 1, 2 and 3 parts will also be selected.
7. If you make a mistake, press the 1 up or 1 down button to return to the first entry beginning with the letter C or D, depending on which direction you're moving to get to the required song and repeat step 5.
8. If you pass the fifth entry and want to move up or down the list, press the 2 up or 2 down button. Each press of the 2 up or down button will move up or down the list by one entry per press.
Note: if you move past the first or last entry in the section of entries beginning with the letter C you will cross over into the B or D sections respectively.
9. If you prefer, instead of using steps 5 onwards, you can use the data entry dial to select the fifth entry beginning with the letter C by counting 4 notches in a clockwise direction then pressing the enter button.
Likewise, turning the data entry dial anti-clockwise will move up the list one entry per notch.
Note: when using the data entry dial to select the highlighted song, the enter button must be pressed each time you want to change from one song's settings to the next. This isn't the case when using the 2 up and down buttons.
Note: the 3 up/down buttons appear to do the same as the 2 up/down buttons and as yet, I haven't been able to discover if there is actually any difference in their functionality.
That's it! Have fun!
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Last updated 18 October 2009
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