Nobody in the music industry loves this program as much as me, and as neither do I (and other Yamaha composers). The program is called XG2Sampler and it contains a couple of free samples. It is available for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. There may be some compatibility issues when trying to install the program on Windows 98 or Windows 2000: the playback recorder will not work, but that's okay, we just need to download the playback recorded sound. Just click on the Blue Download button, you will be registered and will receive a mail with the download link to the program, the sound file and an instruction to how to play the sound. On the website we've also posted a playback recording for the SolarMoons sample, which you can hear on the site. There is also a program called XG2Notepad, which is available for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 / 8 which is also provided with the sound file and you can download via the Blue Download button, but of course on the website.
Another great program I've created to help us all is a Yamaha XG Fluxor, which is pretty much a hybrid of XG/MIDICASE and a KB-FD (XG/MIDICASE behind the scenes). It can be used as an instrument (very much like a keyboard bass drum) or as a controller (like an MK1). You can rig it with the pre-programmed drum kit MK1 and change Midi notes and velocities on the fly to create the drum sound you want. You can download Yamaha XG Fluxor here.
Are you looking for free tones to play with in your songs?Lucky you! If you read our «Yamaha XG Knowledge Base» article, you will have learned of this cool program called MyXG, which contains a huge amount of readymade Yamaha XG samples organized by categories which are divided and arranged hierarchically by keys so that you can more easily understand what they are. There are over 30 instruments in this program and over 300 sounds per instrument and more instruments are added continually. This program will help you create your own MIDI files. Free sounds can be downloaded from here. 7211a4ac4a