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Creating song lyrics and chords files

4 months 1 week ago
Mitzie
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Creating song lyrics and chords files #576
Is there a 'work around' to create ones own lyrics with chord symbol files for displaying on Roland keyboards. ?

I know that midi and mp3 songs with embed lyrics can be displayed (karaoke) on internal and external screens, but is it possible to simply create song lyrics with cord symbols only on a pc to load into the keyboard? Or would it be simpler to create these as pdf files and read them from a tablet/ipad

As I want to create my own accompaniments and just sing and play along

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4 months 1 week ago
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Creating song lyrics and chords files #577
I use an iPad running OnSong connected to my BK-9 using the CCK. I set up a monitor nearby which is plugged into an Apple TV, which is in turn connected to my wireless network. OnSong has a projection mode which projects to the monitor via the wireless network through the Apple TV displaying the lyrics for people to see. You can also project to a screen using a data projector. I control the iPad using a Bluetooth foot pedal. It’s more complicated than what you are talking about, but is very reliable and stable. Works well.
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Creating song lyrics and chords files #584
BK-7m cannot display lyrics internally (tiny screen!), only on external devices like a TV LCD screen (via RCA cable) or using the Roland iPad Lyrics Viewer app (via USB).

There are several PC and Mac programs for embedding lyrics into SMF's and MP3's (you can't embed lyrics into a .WAV file). On a Mac, I use QMIDI.

But Grammy is right, if you already have a laptop or iPad that you want to use, a program like OnSong offers far more functionality if connected via USB than Roland's internal display system. For starters, it can display PDF scans of sheet music, so you can read straight off the music. Secondly, you can display lyrics even for arranger mode, whereas the Roland's system can only display lyrics for SMF's and MP3's.

And OnSong (and several other display apps) can send MIDI codes to call up the Performance you have already set up for the song. So all you have to do is call up the song on the iPad/tablet, and the BK will automatically switch to the correct Performance.

The problem with trying to display chords AND lyrics on the small BK series screens is that you don't get to see much at a time, two or three lines tops. I use the BK-9's screen for lyrics because it has two screens, so I can still see what is going on other than the lyrics, but I don't think I would if I was trying to display chords as well.

My recommendation would be an iPad running OnSong (you can use a Mini if you don't want a big display in front of you). Or just stick to lyrics (and forget about style mode!).

BK-9 BK-7m G70. Kurzweil K2500S, Korg Triton. Samick upright piano. iMac 27", HR824 monitors.
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4 months 1 week ago
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Creating song lyrics and chords files #589
OnSong has a couple of options when displaying lyrics in projection mode. The first is lyrics only and is intended for an audience to sing along to. The second is an exact mirror of the iPad screen in which chords as well as lyrics are displayed. This is intended for other musicians to play along with. The only downside is that it shows up in portrait mode on a landscape oriented screen. However, if the other musicians have an iPad also running OnSong, then your iPad can act as a master linking all other iPads that are connected to the same wireless network. When I’m out playing at a gig or in church, I use the projection aspects to display lyrics for others to sing along. I take a wireless router with me as well as the Apple TV. The great advantage to this is that I control the lyrics directly from OnSong and a laptop (as required in church) with another person running it is not required for lyrics.

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4 months 1 week ago
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Creating song lyrics and chords files #593
Maybe it would help if Mitzie said what kind of tablet/iPad he has?

I'm not sure it's worth going out and buying one JUST for this function, but if you already have one, and don't mind having it in front of you if you perform in public (I'm old school, and don't really like my audience to be able to easily see I'm reading!), they can sure make having hundreds or thousands of lyrics, charts or fake books easily available without a room full of books!

BK-9 BK-7m G70. Kurzweil K2500S, Korg Triton. Samick upright piano. iMac 27", HR824 monitors.
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4 months 1 week ago
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Creating song lyrics and chords files #594
I've never owned a tablet/ipad but I was just exploring the options DIKI to find out what would best suit my needs should I buy one. My thanks for everybody's comments. - I'm learning !

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4 months 4 days ago
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Creating song lyrics and chords files #600
Do you gig, play out professionally?

If you already use fakebooks or lyrics sheets on the job, a tablet/iPad will massively reduce how much you have to haul around, how long you take to get ready for the next song, and the convenience of calling up the sheet and the Performance at the same time is a killer plus.

But if you play at home, and can take the time between songs to find your lyrics sheet or fakebook and set it up on the music bench, it isn't such a big deal...

BK-9 BK-7m G70. Kurzweil K2500S, Korg Triton. Samick upright piano. iMac 27", HR824 monitors.
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