Building Registrations On the PSR-3000, Part 1
(April 01, 2008) There are many different methods and techniques for building and using registrations. I have watched, read, and learned from other PSR Tutorial forum members for the past 1 1/2 years. The methods I use and present here were purloined from many other forum members, and then used in a technique that I find to be very simple and easy to use. With registrations, a user can do complicated and almost unlimited modifications for new song setups.
The method I use employs one registration memory button for one song. My reasoning for using this method is the quick setup when using registrations during a gig or performance. Dancers can be impatient and go sit down if there is too much of a gap between songs. An additional benefit of the method I use is that every registration I create puts the title of the song in the SONG window at the top of the PSR-3000 MAIN screen. Based on this technique, and a better memory than mine, you could do a whole gig without a "song book" (which I will describe later) for setups remembering song titles only. Maybe not a practical solution for everybody, but possible. To effectively use my method, an external song list with song titles and registration file location needs to be created while you build your new registrations. For example, "Margaritaville -M1 RM2" would indicate that the song "Margaritaville" is in registration bank "-M1" in button position number 2.
I have provided a number of sample files that you can use to try out this method. All of the files and folders, of course, had to be given names to make the lessons work. But the names I use are arbitrary names. You need not use these names when creating and building your final registrations files.
Download the sample files provided below and review some of the preliminary steps you may want to take before tackling this series of step-by-step instructions provided in the following page.
I would love to hear from anyone who has comments, suggestions, or additional questions. Send your Email to fb.seeker@gmail.
Summary of Seeker's Registration guide
- First -- I use the "one song for one registration button" method.
- Second -- The registration bank names are based on alphabetic/numeric names (A1, B1, C1, C2, C3 and so on).
- Third-- Registrations displayed on MAIN display screen will show the name of the current song in the SONG window.
- Fourth -- A "registration bank" is a single file with a set of eight (8) registration buttons (RM1, ..., RM8). Each registration button contains the complete keyboard setup for one song.
- Fifth -- (My definition) A "registration" is a "snap-shot" of many settings in the keyboard. When created and then saved with keyboard settings, this "snap-shot" is saved just like a picture in your photo album. Later, to perform this song, you press a couple of buttons and this "snap-shot" of all of your created settings automatically sets your keyboard up for playing that song the way you want.
Important note when the USING MUSIC FINDER LESSON -- The Music Finder was/is a simpler way for the Author to present Registration creation. However, there is a flaw in this technique -- the Music Finder only uses PRESET and USER area styles. Creating a registration using this lesson leaves the Style pointer referring to the USER area. You will need to go back and revise the Style to point at your USB REG STYLE folder. Use section E. Changing STYLE for a Single song REGISTRATION to resolve this issue.
Getting Ready for these Lessons
Click here to download a ZIP file containing four required folders. Note that some of these folders contain files. Install these folders in the ROOT directory in the location of your choice -- the USB memory is a good choice.
- --REG STYLES - This will hold all of your 3rd party or self-modified styles. Sample folder contains one style:
- --REG SENIORS - This name is arbitrary, but it is what the author uses to hold his registrations. Sample folder contains four registration files:
-A1.S917.RGT, -B1.S917.RGT, -EMPTY.S917.RGT, and -M1.S917.RGT
- --REG SONGS - This folder holds all of the MIDI files - DUMMY ones or real ones - used for the song title for each registration. Sample folder contains four midi files:
A WhteSprtCoat.MID, Begin The Begiune.MID, Margaritaville.MID, and -SafeDummy.MID
- --REG PADS - This folder is used to hold 3rd party Multi pads. Sample folder contains three multipads:
Fox_GGGOr.PAD, MariaIsbl_PPPFl.PAD, and Mrgta_FlMaPBa.PAD
Note the dashes in front of the folder names. This forces each of the four folders to appear near the top of your display.
Registration bank names in these lessons use a simple format consisting of a dash, a letter, and then a number, for example: -A1, -B1 and -M1. These registration bank names each can contain up to eight (8) separate songs stored in the eight buttons (RM1 thru RM8). (The sample registration banks, however, only have 1 button with a saved registration.)
1. For the sake of illustrating the technique I use, the following folders will be needed, but only for this demo and only for the PSR-3000.
- --REG SENIORS
- --REG SONGS
- --REG PADS
- --REG STYLES
The files included in these folders are fully functional. However, none of the registrations found in the --REG SENIORS folder will permanently alter your other keyboard setups. To get started, download the ZIP file referred to above. Unzip the file and transfer all four folders to the root directory of your USB memory stick. (These sample files were set up to work on the USB drive and will not work in the 3K smart media card.)
Walking Thru a Demo Using Sample Set of Registrations
To locate and play a song title, follow these steps:
- Press the [EXIT] button until the MAIN display screen appears.
- Press the [J] button to select REGIST. REGISTRATION BANK now at top of the display screen.
- <TAB> over to the location where you put the Registration folders (USB1).
- Press button near --REG SENIORS to open that folder and display the first page (P1). This page shows the individual registration files.
- To play "A White Sport Coat" , which begins with an "A", you would select the "-A1" registration bank.
- Press the button next to "–A1" to highlight the -A1 registration bank.
- Press the [EXIT] button until you return to the MAIN display screen.
- Press the registration button number for "A White Sport Coat" -- [RM3]. In the sample "-A1" file, it is the only registration with data as shown by the light above [RM3]. As you build and create registrations, you maintain a "location list" where the registrations are located. That list would show "A White Sport Coat" in "-A1" at location RM3.
- You can now perform this song.
For the sample files, the table below shows you what a "location list" might look like. I have expanded the information in that list to show the Style and MultiPad used just in case you need to reset the sample registrations. The appropriate dummy song midi file is also saved with the registration and displayed in the SONG cell in the MAIN display..
|Song Title||Regist |
|A White Sport Coat||-A1||RM3||Quick Foxtrot *||Fox_GGGOR **|
|Begin the Beguine||-B1||RM7||Beguine||MariaIsbl_PPPFl **|
** located in the --REG PAD folder.
To use a new song from a different registration bank, repeat Step 2 to open the REGISTRATION BANK window and then Steps 5 thru 9 to select a new registration bank. For example, to select "Begin The Beguine," load registration bank "-B1" and press the RM7 button. To play "Margaritaville," load bank "-M1" and then press button RM2. Notice that we skipped steps 3 and 4 since, when playing songs, the registration folder (--REG SENIORS) stays selected.
After you have completed using the demonstration folders, you may want to delete the songs listed. This can be done by simply saving a new registration on top of the previous song. You will learn how to do this in a latter lesson.
Button and Switch Guidelines
The keyboard display is your main viewing screen. Text at top of this display always shows the user what that MAIN display screen are ten alpha buttons [A] thru [E] on the left and [F] thru [J] on the right. They have many different uses based on the current data shown in the display.
- The top right corner of the display area holds the left/right <TAB> buttons.
- At the bottom of the display screen are eight Up/Down "Toggle" buttons labeled -. They have many different uses based on the data being shown in the display.
- The REGISTRATION MEMORY section contains the follow buttons: [REGIST. BANK], [FREEZE], , , ... ,  and [MEMORY]. In the step-by-step instructions, I refer to the numbered buttons as [RM1], [RM2], ... [RM8]. CAUTION: at this time do not use the FREEZE button. If you accidentally press it, turn it off. If you see it's on, do not save this registration; start over.
- Look to the lower right corner outside of the display screen to find the [EXIT] button.
Registration Memory Checkbox Settings
I use two different CheckBox Settings for these registration lessons. The first setting is shown in this drawing:
The above drawing represents the boxes you need to have checked for proper operation of the following lessons. Note that the PEDAL and MIC SETTING are not checked. Check Gary Diamond's article on registrations to see how set up a registration for these features. You might also useful review to forum discussions:
It is currently beyond the scope of these lessons to explore all of the Microphone and Pedal setups. The two "Lessons" by Gary are really excellent.
OK, proceed now to the second part of this "Lesson" where I present a whole series of step-by-step instructions on creating and saving registrations.