basically ,pretty good. Just wish I had a a better ear as far as music goes. Getting that final tweak with balancing individual drums, or getting the right mix of volumes between the style tracks I let myself down a bit.
For conversions , where possible I don't use EMC, prefer to convert manually from a style saved as a midifile.
Normally I run a style thru EMC first, if it sounds quite good, I'll edit to best of my ability, if not, I'll do it from the midifile ( if possible)
Yamaha is basically the easiest. Usually I try & avoid mega voice styles, if I can't, I either remove those strange ,mega notes, or Korg has RX voices , which if I transpose those mega notes, the RX voices have a sort of equivalent for some of the sounds. Put it this way, it would want to be a style I really need, to go to that trouble.
I have 2 options. Using the arranger window in One Man Band, ie type in the cmaj&min chords for intro's/endings & the cmaj7th chord I use for variations & fills then save as midifile.
Or, change the styles extension from .sty or .prs to .mid, automatic midifile of style.
One I've got the midifile , I load it into pc sequencer, Yamaha already has MARKERS, so all I need to do is change them to suit Korg.
I swap the midi channels 11 & 9, Yamaha & Korg have bass & percussion on opposite channels, rest are identical.
For the PA800 I used to have to manually convert some of the XG drums to suit Korg Mapping, fortunately PA3X now has some XG Mapped Kits, saves me a heap of work.
I remove mega notes if I have to.
Save midifile & import it into Korg for further editing.
Once I've got it in the Korg , I do the NTT settings,, make sure the instruments are ok or find new ones, just a basic check over & I've got a style.
For PA3X takes me 2 to 3hours. But , an emc conversion could take me nearly as long just to edit, & I still probably wouldn't end up with as good a result.
For Ketron, I can now do the same using VArranger song chord function. ie create midifile.
Ketron is more difficult because of the Live Drums. I do have an sd2 I could midi to the PA3X, but instead I'm slowly building up some Live Drum Kits using soundfonts I convertd to wav for my PA3X. I've really only done one so far Ketron's SlowOrch style which I really luv.
Other alternative would be to find a similar type of drum track from the korg & replace Ketron track with Korg track. Not that easy with Intro's/endings.
3rd alternative would be to use audio loops or record loops using VArranger&SD2.
Roland I may eventually be able to do when Dan includes Roland in VArranger. Moment, EMC is my only option.
Technics , I have no choice but thru EMC.
Actually found a great way to cheat & create guitar mode tracks by simply editing existing midi tracks.
Some of the guitar tracks in my psr1500 styles are really basic. Bascically I just study the chords to see if they're a strum up or down, slow strum or quick etc etc . Then under event list I just keep 1 note from each of the chords in the track ( delete the rest) transpose these notes to suit the guitar mode note to give me the type of strum I want. Instant guitar mode track with correct timing and proper guitar voicing.
Takes a few minutes per track.
So (except for the audio parts of Ketron) Korg styles are most evolved, i have never used them tough, allways been using Yamaha styles, and GEM before that..
Thank you for this elleborating response, shows again that the PA3X is the most advanced arranger on the market.
How are your experineces with converting other style brands to your PA3X format? [/quote]