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First: to create good music you need two things: the desire to try different things out and a lot of time. Sometimes, it will take hours or even days to arrange a single piece with registrations!

Basically, the best source for successful instrumentation is found in the original song.  It is worthwhile to listen closely to it and take note of how the solo, accompanying voices and the rhythm instruments are used - if they are used.

Here is a list of what should be observed in order to provide good instrumentation:

You may combine the main instrument with other instruments that support / reinforce the sound with similar coloration. In doing so, take into account the suggestions provided below.

Mixing Console

Voice Set

This is a useful tool that allows you to adjust the sound by changing the touch sensitivity, frequency or envelope.  There are five different pages in this section which can be altered to your liking.  You don't need to store these as Custom Voices, you can just store them to your registration bank.

Foot pedals

Foot pedals can be set to act very specifically on individual voices. This creates many more opportunities for sound variation and can affect volume, sustain or other instrument related pedal-settings such as the glide effect with a harmonica.


These are well worth trying out to see which effects suit you. 

You can adjust each style separately in the mixing console (volume, pan, filters, etc.) and you can, of course, also change the instruments.

Be cautious when changing an instrument to a Mega Voice if the style wasn't originally written using Mega Voice, as you will get unwanted squeaks and noises. 

You can mute various voices in each style by using the Channel ON/OFF switch to temporarily switch off those voices you don't want.

Other important points

For good tips on data organization, see the Organizing Files article in this section.

Finally, an extra tip on how you can learn to orchestrat.:

Get hold of some good registrations that are already set up for you. The OTS settings that come with the styles can be a good place to start, however, registrations are better because they can also contain footswitch assignments, style revoicing etc.

As so often in life, it's a matter of trial and error, and taking the time to explore the available options. I wish you good luck on achieving better musical arrangements.


(The original tutorial, Arrangieren und Instrumentieren, is available on Heidrun's Tyros3/4/5 website.)


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This page updated on April 10, 2019 .