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In this short workshop, we discuss how can you access files in your keyboard. We cover the categories and kind of files available and where are these stored?

Storage Locations

On a keyboard there are several places where your data can be stored:

There is a fourth storage location called PRESET. This area holds all the internal files provided with the keyboard. You can load files (such as a style or a midi song) from this area, but you can not store any of your files here. You also can not alter or erase any of the files in the PRESET area.

File Categories

A keyboard contains the following categories of data:

While folders are always visible, only files from the category that you are accessing are visible on the screen! The category title is displayed in the top center of your screen display and shows the category of files you are trying to access. For example, if you are trying to load a style file, the title at the top of the screen should say "STYLE".

Accessing Storage Locations

Always be sure to open one of the categories first before picking a storage device to open or store data. The more important categories can be accessed through either the relevant buttons next to your main screen display or the appropriate buttons on the keyboard surface itself as you can see in the list below. The list here applies to the Tyros models. The display title at the top of each screen is shown in parentheses.

Songs / Midi files ("SONG")

Styles ("STYLE")

Multipads ("MULTI PAD")

Registrations ("REGISTRATION BANK")

Music Finder ("MUSIC FINDER")

The MusicFinder database holds individual music titles that can be filtered for your favorite songs, or searched to find particular songs. However, you can have many different MusicFinder database available any one of which can be accessed and loaded.

The following categories are only accessible in one way:

Text data ("TEXT")

Audio Songs ("AUDIO")

Playlist ("PLAYLIST")

Midi Setup ("MIDI")

Individual midi setup files are stored here. is also possible to store the Midi Preset template and Setup for the foot pedal MFC 10.

MAIN display Background: ("MAIN PICTURE")

Press [FUNCTION], select UTILITY, tab over to OWNER, and then select MAIN PICTURE. This brings up the "MAIN PICTURE" screen. There are a number of picture files provided in the PRESET area, but you can store your own in the USER, HD1, or USB1 areas.

Lyrics/text background: ("LYRICS BACKGROUND PICTURE")

Use the [LYRICS/TEXT] button to bring up the "LYRICS" or "TEXT" screens. At the bottom of those screens use the [7] or [8] buttons to select BACKGROUND. This brings up the "LYRICS BACKGROUND PICTURE" display screen. It offers the same preset pictures and storage locations as shown in the "MAIN PICTURE" screen.

System Data

You need to be very careful when using System or Effect data from others. The files can contain unwanted changes due to the fact that the following file formats of User Effects and System Setups can NOT be stored separately.

User Effects ("USER EFFECT")

Press [FUNCTION], select UTILITY, tab to SYSTEM RESET and select USER EFFECT FILES. You will find a detailed description of all the User Effects in the Data List. Here are some examples of user effects:

System Setup ("System Setup")


In the System Setup you store the way your keyboard handles things, in other words, if a function should be enabled or not. You also store the finer adjustments of these functions there. Each time you turn your keyboard on it will automatically load this System Setup.

If you look at the Parameter Chart in the Data List manual, you can see all the parameters that are stored under System (Setup, MIDI Setup, User Effect, and MusicFinder). The following is a list of some of the more important kinds of parameters stored in System Setup. Check the Parameter Chart in the Data List for the complete listing (an "o" indicates the parameter is stored there, an "x" means it is not stored.)


(The original tutorial, Datei-Abspeicherung im Keyboard, is available on Heidrun's Tyros3/4/5 website.)


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This page updated on April 10, 2019 .