14,500+ files with 6,000 styles, 1,200 midi songs, 100+ mp3 files, 1,000 multipads, 600 pictures, 600 mfd files, and more... $10!
The full collection includes 14,500 files requiring 680 MB of space. The compressed version is available in 7 zip files and requires 400 MB of space.
This collection of files includes all of the 2,261 attachments uploaded to the PSR Tutorial Forum by members from mid 2005 through the end of 2007. There are 14,644 files included in the full collection with over 6,000 style files and 1,200 midi files.
These attachment files are no longer available online in the PSR Tutorial Forum. However, they are all available in this resource collection and the message threads in which they were provided are still available online.
Many of the files uploaded were compressed (ZIP) files. These files have been unzipped and are included in their unzipped format. If the zip file included only one file, it it is included in its unzipped format. If there were multiple files in the zip file, they are included in a folder with the same name as the original zip file.
For your convenience, attachment files have been organized by type of file in 12 top-level folders: Alpenvoices, EXCEL, MFD, MIDI, MISC, MP3, PAD, PIC, STYLE, TEXT, VOICE, and ZIP.
The folder name indicates the type of files in that folder:
- styles (.sty) are in the STYLE folder,
- midi songs (.mid) are in the MIDI folder,
- multipad files (.pad) are in the PAD folder,
- music finder databases (.mfd) in the MFD folder,
- Microsoft Excel files (.xls) are in the EXCEL folder,
- voices (.vce, .swv, .liv) are in the VOICE folder,.
- sampled voices (.tvi, .tvn) are in Alpenvoices--these can only be used on the Tyros2 or Tyros3,
- zip files that included a variety of file types are uncompressed and stored as folder in the ZIP folder.
Some folders hold a number of similar file types:
- PIC has picture files, which may be .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, or .png files,
- TEXT has text-type files including .txt, .doc, .pdf, and .rtf files,
- MP3 has mostly .mp3 files, but also contains .wav, .wmv, and .mpg files, and
- MISC has registration files (.rgt) and other miscellaneous files.
If you open a particular folder, say STYLE, you will see all the individual styles listed by name, plus folders (and sometimes sub-folders) with additional individual styles. The folders and subfolders are used for styles that were originally uploaded as zip files. For example, the file attachment Ballads01.zip contained a 132 style files. These files are found in the Ballads01 sub-folder within the STYLE folder.
Forum Attachments Index
A complete listing of the 2,261 attachment uploads is available in the ForumIndex.xls file (or the web version of this file, ForumIndex.htm). If you have Microsoft Excel, you can open the ForumIndex.xls file directly in Excel. It includes Macros and you should enable these macros when you open the file. If you don't have Excel, you can use the web version of the file. When you open either file, you see a summary page showing the number of attachment files that were uploaded under each of the 12 categories.
At the bottom of the page are two tabs: "Summary" and "Table". Click on the "Table" tab to go to the file details page. The screen shot below shows the Excel version of the Table page. On this page you will find a detailed listing for each file that includes:
- File Name - the original attachment file name,
- Folder - the folder on the CD-ROM where you will find that attachment,
- ZIP - whether the original attachment was a zipped (Y/N),
- KB - the size of the file in kilobytes,
- ForumID - the PSR Tutorial forumID of the uploader,
- Date - the date the attachment was uploaded, and
- LINK - the thread in which the attachment appeared.
The subject of the thread is a web link that, if you are connected to the internet, will take you right to that original thread in which the posting for the attachment appears. You may have to scroll through the messages in the topic thread to find the particular message that included this attachment.
When you click on the File Name link in ForumIndex.xls or ForumIndex.htm, the file will be opened. What happens when you "open" a file depends on your computer configuration and what programs you have associated with various file types. The possibilities are discussed below.
- zip files
- If the original file were a zip file, all the contents of that zip file are now in a folder (generally of the same name). When you click on the folder name, that folder will be opened so you can see the contents. (If the original zip file contained only one file, that individual file is listed by name under File Name with the file type included. For example, if "Airport.zip" contained only one file, "Airport.mid", then the file would be unzipped and "Airport.mid" would be listed as the filename.
- midi files
- If the attachment is a midi file, the midi file will be launched and can be played through whatever program you have on your PC associated with ".mid" files. You can have this set up so that it opens a file like Van Bosco's midi player and plays the song through your PSR.
- MP3 files
- If it is an MP3, your MP3 player will start playing the song. All PCs include Windows Media Player, which can play mp3 files. Apple's iTunes is another program you can download (for free from www.apple.com/itunes) and use to store and play mp3 files. Note that you can also use iTunes to convert .wav files to .mp3 files.
- Excel files
- If it is an Excel file and you have Microsoft Excel, Excel will be launched and the file loaded.
- Picture files
- If it is a picture file, the picture will be opened and you can view it.
The ForumIndex Excel (or html) file show records sorted by folder and then by filename. If you have Excel, you can alternatively sort the records by filename or by date or by forumID.
The ForumIndex file lists 2,261 records, but there are many more files than that in the full collection of files since a "zip" file counts as only one of those records, but can contain many individual files. You will notice many subfolders within the STYLE folder. Each of these subfolders represent a zip file that was unzipped and the contents put into a folder with the same name as the original zip file attachment. If all the compressed files in the zip file were style files, that folder is stored as a sub-folder within the main STYLE folder. When a zip file contained a mix of file types, or an executable file, it is stored in the main folder labeled ZIP. For example, the folder called "Neil_Diamond_Styles_midis" includes both style files and midi files, so that subfolder is found in the ZIP folder.
For your convenience, I ran the PSR Style Database against the contents of this collection to locate all of the styles. You will find the results in the Styles567 Excel - shown in the screen shot below - (or Styles567.txt ) file. Using Excel, you can sort the styles by name (or tempo or time signature or folder). You will see that there are 6,852 styles. There are some duplicates, of course, but over 6,000 of these style files are unique.
I also ran the PSR MIDI Database program on the contents of the collection. It shows 1,200 midi files. You'll find them all listed in the MidiSongs.xls file.
All together there are 14,644 files in this collection of resources provided by members of the PSR Tutorial forum. Over time, we have allowed a wider range of file types to be uploaded and have allowed larger file sizes. So, while I was able to put two and a half years of attachments in this first forum collection and distribute it on a CD-ROM, there were enough attachments uploaded in 2008 and subsequent years to fill up a CD-ROM, so these collections were built on an annual basis. The CD-ROM distribution was discontinued in 2012, but the forum collections can now be obtained by downloading a set of large zipped files or getting the original CD-ROM collections on a USB drive.
Generally, the filenames match the name of the attachment file. However, to provide some consistency and to make it easier to include links to files, spaces in filenames have generally been replaced with the underscore character. For example, a file uploaded as "Love Story.zip" was converted to "Love_Story.zip". In the links, a space is represented by "%20" and that made it much to read filenames; so the underscore was used instead of the space.
Some attachments were duplicates of earlier attachments. Both attachments may be referenced in the ForumIndex file since they were uploaded by different people on different dates and part of different topic threads. Where this was obvious, however, only one copy of the attached file is stored and the link for the filename goes to this one copy.
One last point, when I started building this collection, the size of all the files was larger than would fit on a single CD-ROM. To conserve space, I rescaled some of the larger picture files so they would not be any more than 800 pixels in width (or length). This still makes for a very large picture on a computer screen, but reduced the size of the stored files dramatically thus freeing up additional space on the CD-ROM to make sure everything would fit. There was even room to include the Alpenvoices, which are very large files, but only of value to Tyros and Tyros3 owners.
This collection was released in September of 2008. This web page was revised and updated in March of 2013.
This page updated on March 22, 2013 .