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Model #: SY77CHEAT
Manufacturer: Alexander Publishing

Yamaha SY77 Cheater's Guide & Cookbook - PDF

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Published in 1991 and brought back from our vaults in a PDF edition, the Yamaha SY77 Cheater's Guide and Cookbook accomplishes two broad instructional goals. The first section of the book serves as a prelude to sequencing operations by covering the setup of the Multi including disk drive operations, panning, drums, and the Effects Mode, plus a starting tutorial on the sequencer. The second, and main section of the book acts as an extensive guide to electronic arranging by showing you how to get the most out of both the SY77 Preset acoustic sounds and free Yamaha SY77 acoustic sound banks (that were available at the time the SY77 was released) so you can create more realistic-sounding arrangements.

Both instructional goals are ably demonstrated by both Multi setup analysis and the inclusion of three complete scores of public domain demos provided by Yamaha on their free sound banks. These works are Mirabela, Getaway, and Of Volcanic Nature. These outstanding works are a tribute to both the power of the SY77 and the fine people who spent many dedicated hours creating these outstanding demonstrations.

Please note that the SY77 Cheater's Guide and Cookbook only includes a starting tutorial on using the sequencer. A separate Sequencing Handbook was published in the early 1990s that is sadly no longer available for publication.

Downloadable PDF eBook.
354 pages.

Table of Contents: Yamaha SY77 Cheater's Guide & Cookbook

About the SY77 Cheater's Guide and Cookbook

Session 1: Turning On
  • How to Lose Your Sequence
  • Not Triggering the SY77 Sequencer
  • An External Sequencer With the SY77
  • Turning Local OFF

  • Session 2: Disk Drive Operations
  • Accessing the Disk Drive Pages
  • Formatting a Disk
  • Loading From Disk

  • Session 3: Save to Disk
  • Master Save Instructions
  • Items Savable

  • Session 4: Making Disk Copies
  • Steps

  • Session 5: Panning, Audio Outs and Effects Modes For The Multi
  • Operational Process For Multi Setup
  • What Panning Does
  • Three Broad Panning Positions
  • Application to SY77 Preset Drums 2
  • The Concept of Panning a Multi
  • Selecting the Effects
  • Application to Audio Outs
  • Two Groups of Audio Outs
  • Using All Four Audio Outs
  • The Effects Modes
  • Choosing An Effects Mode
  • How the Stereo Mix Works
  • Setting the Effects Mode in a Multi
  • Insights On a Single Sound
  • Next Steps

  • Session 6: Setting Up The Multi
  • Concept Behind the Multi
  • The Multi Itself
  • Setting Up Pre-Established Ensembles
  • Another Way to Handle This Issue
  • Within the SY77 Sequencer
  • Operational Steps to Setting Up the SY77 Multi
  • Adding the Effects to the Multi
  • Listen and Compare
  • Conclusion

  • Session 7: Customizing Drum Sets
  • Things to Remember and Keep in Mind
  • Drum Data Page
  • Setting the Overall Volume
  • Drum Effects
  • Data Guide Sheets
  • One Final Thought

  • Session 8: Quick Voice Edits
  • Transpose
  • Voice Level
  • Velocity
  • Turning Off Elements
  • Aftertouch
  • Effects

  • Session 9: Start Up Sequencer Tutorial
  • Collect Some Voices into a Multi
  • Setting Up to Record
  • Recording
  • Editing Functions
  • Save Your Songs to Disk

  • Section Two: Electronic Arranging on the SY77
    Session 10: Electronic Strings
  • Ranges
  • Working the Strength of Sampled Programs
  • String Sounds by Bowing Types
  • Creating An Effective String Section
  • Sequencing the String Programs
  • Sequencing String Parts: Detached Group
  • Recording the Bass and Cello Parts
  • Sequencing the Arpeggio in the Middle Strings
  • Sequencing the Melody
  • Sequencing Medium-Held Notes
  • Close Harmony
  • Pizzicato
  • Conclusion

  • Session 11: Flute, Clarinet and Double Reeds
  • The Flute
  • Articulation
  • The Oboe
  • Actual Range
  • Articulation
  • The Clarinet
  • Registers
  • Articulation
  • The Bassoon
  • Dynamics
  • Articulation

  • Session 12: Writing for SY77 Woodwinds
  • Combining SY77 Woodwinds With Themselves
  • Combinations Within the Same Instrument Family
  • The SY77 as Woodwind Quintet
  • Unison With Mixed Instrument Families
  • Three Woodwinds to a Unison Line
  • Woodwinds in Octaves
  • Application to Real Music
  • Two Alternate Wind Ensemble Combinations
  • Woodwinds in the Symphony
  • Melody in Thirds and Sixths
  • Woodwinds as Big Band/Studio Doublings for Sax Players
  • Conclusion

  • Session 13: Brass
  • French Hom
  • Range
  • Articulation
  • Trumpet and Muted Trumpet
  • Articulation
  • Flugel Hom
  • Trombone
  • Range
  • Articulation
  • Pitch Bend and Creating a Trombone Slide
  • Tuba
  • Range

  • Session 14: Writing for Brass: Jazz/Studio
  • Trumpets
  • French Homs
  • Trombones
  • Tuba
  • Mixing Trumpets and Trombones
  • Mixing French Horns and Trombones
  • Mixing Flugel Homs and Trombones
  • Mixing Flugel Homs and French Horns
  • Other Brass Combinations
  • Brass Sectional Choirs
  • What About Synth Brass?

  • Session 15: Writing for Brass: Symphonic
  • Brass Quintets and Sextets
  • Conclusion

  • Session 16: The Saxophones
  • Transpositions
  • Ranges
  • Articulations
  • Writing Notes

  • Session 17: Writing for the Saxes
  • Two-Part Writing
  • Three-Part Writing
  • Four-Part Writing
  • Application to Bach Chorales
  • Combinations With Five Saxes
  • Conclusion

  • Session 18: Voices and Vocal Writing
  • Voice Testing With Bach
  • Vocal Ranges
  • Simple Techniques for Voice Writing
  • Triadic Harmony
  • Four-Part Harmony
  • Barbershop Quartet
  • Five-Part Harmony for Mixed Groups
  • Conclusion

  • Session 19: The Harp
  • Harp Uses
  • Hints on Harp Writing
  • Harp as Solo Instrument Carrying the Melody
  • Harp Playing the Background
  • Harp Coloring the Background
  • Conclusion

  • Session 20: The Guitar
  • Guitar Range
  • Voicing the Guitar: Simple Intervals
  • Power Chords
  • Voicing the Guitar: Chords
  • Conclusion

  • Session 21: The Vibes
  • Correct Articulation on the Vibes
  • Comping Patterns
  • Conclusion

  • Session 22: Orchestrating the Melody With Cool Voicings
  • Unison, Thirds and Sixths
  • Three Programs on a Melody Line
  • Octave Combinations Mixed Horns
  • Conclusion

  • Session 23: Big Band Voicings
  • Big Band Setups
  • Chart of Big Band Setups
  • Big Band Voicing Considerations
  • Conclusion

  • Session 24: Small Group Combinations
  • Duos
  • Trios
  • Quartets
  • Quintets
  • Sextets
  • Octets
  • Conclusion

  • Section 3: Multi Analysis
    Appendix 1: Multi Setup Analysis
    Appendix 2: Drum Set Analysis
    Appendix 3: Mirabela Score
    Appendix 4: Getaway Score
    Appendix 5: Of Volcanic Nature Score
    Appendix 6: Common Jump Commands

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