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In nimbu the accompaniments can be exported to YAMAHA® Styles to play them on a YAMAHA® Arranger Keyboard.  But while nimbu can take over the musical properties of a MIDI file directly for its styles, this is not possible simply for the YAMAHA® styles.  Therefore some preparations have to be made.

YAMAHA® styles can be played with only one single time signature. However, many songs change the time signature for a bar during transitions. If this is the case, either the events must be shifted in time or tempo and event lengths must be converted accordingly in nimbu as workaround.

Furthermore, the YAMAHA® styles do not know any chord scales. Either the tension tones of individual accompanying instruments must be reduced to chord tones. Or a phrase is selected as style part, for example, whose tones are either not transposed at all or only in relation to their fundamental, and which are then played more or less as playback. This is recommended if characteristic tension tones in an accompanying instrument are not to be omitted.

These preparations are made directly in nimbu. After that, the individual nimbu instruments must be assigned to the YAMAHA® style parts SubRhythm, Rhythm, Bass, Chord 1, Chord 2, Pad, Phrase 1 and Phrase 2 with the corresponding settings.

Since in nimbu the events of the accompanying instruments are already separated from the chords of the harmony and, in addition, their chord tones are distinguished by color from the tension tones, one recognizes very quickly by means of simple rules which strategy is to be adopted per style part. These rules are in the manual.

Mostly the accompaniment is already available in nimbu, because it has been calculated from a MIDI file for example, so here it is only a matter of playing this special accompaniment on an arranger keyboard as well. This way is much easier than a general style creation, because hundreds of settings are not necessary.

The concept of chord scales proves to be an advantage here as well.

nimbu offers the following settings

  • Marker ranges
    all, Intro and Endings, Mains and Fill Ins
  • Style Parts
    Rythm, SubRythm, Bass, Chord 1, Chord 2, Pad, Phrase 1, Phrase 2
  • NTR
    Root Fixed, Root Trans
  • NTT
    Bypass, Melody, Bass, Chord, Melodic Minor, Harmonic Minor
  • HighKey and Original Scale

More is not necessary, because the accompaniment is musically complete in nimbu and is processed there. nimbu takes over the required settings from the session. This also applies to the markers that are set in nimbu.

When nimbu directly controls the sound module in the YAMAHA® Arranger keyboard during style creation, these instrument settings are also automatically adopted in the style. So the sound of the YAMAHA® style is already designed in nimbu.

If you want, you can also develop more universal styles in nimbu. For this purpose, special provisions for transposition must be set in the Settings tab.


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