3,000 files with 1,600 styles, 96 midi songs, 15 mp3 files, 180 pictures, 270 voices, 510 pads, and more ... $10!
The full collection includes 3,048 files requiring 165 MB of space. The compressed version is available in 3 zip files and requires 87 MB of space.
The Forum 2010 collection includes all of the file attachments uploaded to the PSR Tutorial Forum by members in 2010 plus many of the MP3 files that were referenced by external internet links. Many of the files uploaded were compressed (ZIP) files. On this CD-ROM, these files are unzipped and included in their original, unzipped format.
Also included is a complete index to all the files showing the original uploader, the date of the upload, and a link to the message thread in the PSR Tutorial forum where the file was uploaded.
For your convenience, attachment files are organized by type of file into 13 top-level folders. The folder name indicates the type of files in that folder:
- MFD - Music finder databases (.mfd),
- MID - midi song files (.mid),
- Mixed - miscellaneous files not found elsewhere,
- MP3 - mp3 song files uploaded,
- MSExcel - Microsoft Excel files (.xls),
- MSWord - Microsoft Word files (.doc),
- PAD - multipad files (.pad),
- PDF - portable document format (.pdf) files,
- PIC- picture files, which may be .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, or .png files,
- RGT - registration files (.rgt),
- STY - style files (.sty, .sst, .prs, bcs)
- TEXT - text files (.txt),
- VOICE - voice files (.vcs, .vce, .swv, .liv, .clv, .org)
There are a few additional folders in the collection.
- The ForumIndex10_files folder is used by the Forum Index program (see below) and the _css, and _images folders support the documentation files for this CD-ROM.
- The _indexes folder contains several additional index files that show you all the styles on the CD and all the midi files on the CD. (More on these below.)
Forum Attachments Index
You will find a listing of the attachment uploads in the Microsoft Excel ForumIndex10.xls file (or the web version of this file, ForumIndex10.htm). If you have Microsoft Excel, you can open the ForumIndex10.xls file directly in Excel. When you open either file, you see a summary page showing the number of attachment files that were uploaded under each of the 13 categories as well as the size of that folder measured in megabytes (MB).
Note that in this summary table, a "record" represents a "file" upload, which may have been a single file or a zipped file containing many individual files. As mentioned in the introduction above, if the original file was zipped, it is unzipped and the contents are stored in a folder with the same name as the original zip file. So, some of the "records" above actually point to a folder that may contain hundreds of files. While the summary table shows a total of 662 records, the Forum 2010 collection actually contains over 3,048 files totaling 165 MB of information.
There were over 1,600 style files uploaded last year. MIDI file uploads were less common this past year, but you will still find almost 100 (.mid) song files. Because of the difficulty in uploading large files, there were only a few mp3 files directly uploaded. However, there were hundreds of mp3 files referenced in forum postings. I have not included any of these external MP3s. (Many of these external MP3s were available in the original CD-ROM distribution of these files, but have been eliminated in this downloadable version.)
I adjusted the gain level on songs to a common level of 89 db. This means that as you play the songs, they will all have a relatively common volume level. In practice, many MP3s are recorded at volumes much louder (or softer) than others and you have to adjust your volume as you go from song to song. That should not be a problem with these songs.
At the bottom of the "Summary" page, you will see two tabs: "Summary" and "Table". The "Table" tab takes you to the detailed attachment index table described below.
Attachments Index Table
A screen shot of the Table page in Excel is shown below. The listing includes the original attachment File_Name, the main folder where the file can be found, whether the original attachment was a zip file (Y/N), it's size (when unzipped), the ForumID of the uploader, the Date the attachment was uploaded, and the thread in which the attachment appeared (Link). The subject of that thread is a web link that, if you are connected to the internet, will take you right to the thread in which the posting for this file appears. Attachments may have been included in several messages in that topic thread, so you may have to scroll through the messages to find the exact posting with the attachment.
The File_Name entries are also links. What happens when you click on one of these links depends on your computer configuration and what programs you have associated with various files. 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 a 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.
- 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 or Tyros.
- MP3 files
- If it is an MP3, your MP3 player will start playing the song. All Windows 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.
- 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 ForumIndex10 Excel (or html) file show records sorted by folder and then by file name. If you have Excel, you can alternatively sort the records by file name or by date or by forumID.
Style and Midi Indexes
The ForumIndex10 file shows 662 records, but there are many more "files" than that since a "zip" file counts as only one of those records, but can contain many individual files. You will see many folders within the STYLE folder. Each of these represent a zip file that was unzipped and the contents put into a folder with the zip file name. If all the contents were style files, that folder will be found as a subfolder under STYLE.
For your convenience, I ran the PSR Style Database against the contents to locate ALL of the styles. You will find the results in the folder labeled _Indexes. An alphabetical listing of styles is in the F10Styles.xlsx or F10Styles.html file. You can sort the styles there by name (or tempo or time signature or folder). There were actually 1,600 styles uploaded in 2010.
I also ran the MIDI database program on the contents and it shows 96 midi files. You'll find them all listed alphabetically by file name in the F10Midi.xlsx file or the F10Midi.html file. You can see the midi files listed by folder in the F10MidiByFolder.xlsx file or F10MidiByFolder.html files.
Note that you do not need to use any of these index files to access the files. You can simply browse the collection and COPY any files you want directly to your hard drive or to a USB drive. The style and midi files on a USB drive can be taken to your Tyros or PSR and played loaded directly from the USB drive.
This page updated on March 21, 2013 .