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FS1R Programming Singing Voices

Hi Guys!    Lately I've been working on the Yamaha FS1R synthesizer.

I just set up a demo video on YouTube of some lost and forgotten midi files produced by Yamaha to demonstrate the capabilities of the FS1R.  You can find the video here:  My YouTube channel

An you can download the original midi files here, but you need an FS1R to play them back.

Download  Yamaha FS1R Demo Midi FIles  25 KB zip

I've also been busy creating female voice patches for it for comparison to the PLG100-SG card which I also have.  I've created a particularly nice patch based on the lower register of Christina Aguilera's voice.  You can listen to it below where I used it in a classic Jazz piece called 'Misty'.  The singing voice is the FS1R, the other instruments are played on a Yamaha Motif keyboard.

Download  FS1R Christina1 Voice Patch - Misty 5.86MB Mp3

I first learned how the patches were constructed on the PLG100-SG card, then I created a life-like FS1R patch using what I learned.  I was having trouble before I bought the SG card, I couldn't quite get the patch to sound right.  The key seems to be in all of the other characteristics of the patch, not the timbre as much.  To make the patch sound more human it requires a large amount of key triggered portamento, correctly shaped sound envelopes, vibrato, reverb, and then the timbre has to be correct.  

Yes, I know Vocaloid and Utau are both superior tools to mimic a singer with your computer, but both of those tools require the singer sit down with you and record over 200 voice samples in order for it to work.  My chances of getting a famous singer to sit down with me and record are about nil.  Using the FS1R I can create a simple voice patch from just one clean recording, creating a nice backup singer in about an hour.  Pretty cool, eh?

I've also written a programming guide for FM and Formants including the FS1R which is on this site on a different page, if that's what you need. You can download it here for free.

Download  FM Programming Guide v3 9.43MB pdf