I do hope that you find it interesting and useful.
I have been running regular, weekly, product seminars in my stores for many years now to help my customers understand their instruments better.
Each week I will concentrate on a different model and invite back customers with the same instrument.
The seminars are free and run from 6pm till 8pm.
Although they are usually on Yamaha products, I do take the opportunity of doing them on second hand Technics, Roland or Casio keyboards as and when they come into the store in part exchange.
I will usually try and cover different topics each week, although the same questions do come up time and time again. To help this, I have written out what I call EASY SHEETS. (Easy to follow instructions)
Over the next few months, I will be publishing some of these sheets.
I am currently working on my third Registration stick for the Yamaha range of Clavinova and keyboards. Rogerstick 3
This month we will look at the humble Disc Drive.
My first recollection of this device was a rather expensive add on box for the Yamaha FS50 Electone Organ around 1982.
The cost a mere £1299.
The discs were a little different then but did the same job of saving your performance and saving your favourite registrations.
Gradually, all the main manufacturers started adding a disc drive to their
range of organs, keyboards and electric pianos.
27 years on, the disc drive is still used by many customers as their favourite means of storing information.
The cost of a USB disc drive is now about £30 and can be added to any Yamaha keyboard or Clavinova with a suitable USB socket.
A disc drive can even be connected to the new Yamaha CVP400 series of Clavinova. You can see the screw holes underneath the left hand side which hold the bracket.
A floppy disc with one hole in the corner is usually marked DD and a floppy with 2 holes is marked HD.
The HD disc, which has 1.4 megabytes of memory can store about 30 songs or midi files.
Just for the record, a 1 Gigabyte USB memory stick can store around 20,000 midi files.
The procedure for using a floppy drive does vary slightly from one instrument to another.
In this example I will use a CVP207 Clavinova.
To play a song from a disc, simply insert the disc the right way round into the drive.
From the Main Screen on the display, press button A on the left of the screen and then use the BACK/NEXT buttons top right of the screen, to highlight the FLOPPYDISC icon on the screen.
You should now see the list of songs that are on the disc.
Choose a song by pressing the button at the side of the screen.
Press the green start button on the left of the panel to hear the song play back.
Usually, the song can be too loud to play along with, so, press the BALANCE button on the left of the screen and then use buttons1 under the screen to increase, or decrease the song volume.
Remember it is possible to alter the speed and the key of the song, making it easier to play along with.
Here are some of the questions I am often asked about using the disc drive.
1 How do I put a song on the disc which I’ve already recorded on the piano?
2 How do I delete a song from the disc?
3 How do I copy my favourite songs from several discs on to one disc?
4 How can I rename a song?
5 How can I play one song after another?