Auto-accompaniment from the Yamaha YPT-320 Music Database, the preset for Jingle Bells. Melody comes from a Fluid Soundfont sax, additional woodwinds from BBC Symphony Orchestra VST, some MuLab bells, Full Bucket Mono Fury VST and Surrealistic MG-1 Plus VST.
Here’s a tune that sandwiches a Korg i3 workstation synth into the MIDI path of a Yamaha PortaTone keyboard’s auto accompaniment function set to Disco. Throw in a bit of live piano and some melodies played on the i3 and an old Korg MS-10 analogue synth, and you end up with this happy, poppy song.
Two synths a decade apart: the Yamaha PSR-225 from 1998, sending its auto-accompaniment tracks to the Yamaha MM6 from 2008. In this selection, a nineties House style played through a far more modern Motif-based sound engine.