Used Yamaha Genos & Speakers PLUS Exclusive Bonus USB Content (fully loaded)

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Used Yamaha Genos & Speakers PLUS Exclusive Bonus USB Content (fully loaded)

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Used Yamaha Genos Digital Workstation & Speakers

The best sound quality ever on a Digital Workstation

Powered by specially developed Yamaha technology, the sonic quality of every Voice in Genos is beyond any other Digital Workstation you’ve ever played. Everything you hear, whether it be the beautiful CFX piano, the lush Kino Strings or the punchy Revo Drums, just blows you away! The Yamaha Genos Digital Workstation is truly fantastic.

AEM (Articulation Element Modelling)

AEM technology simulates the characteristics of musical instruments. During a performance the technology sounds appropriate samples, in real time, according to what and how you play. Samples are smoothly joined and articulated – as would naturally occur on an actual acoustic instrument.

Content

Whether you create or perform music, you need great content. Genos features a diverse range of content, including 1,710 instrument sounds, 550 backing patterns, 216 arpeggios and more.

Expand your music

Continually expand the onboard content of your Genos by creating and installing your own custom or purchased packs. The scope of possibilities for new sounds and styles is virtually unlimited.

Yamaha Expansion Manager

YEM is a software app for Mac and Windows computers designed to manage the Expansion contents for Yamaha keyboards, and even enables you to create your own new sounds and loops.

Integrated flash memory

Genos includes 1.8GB of user ash memory with high speed reading/writing for your own Voices.

Revo! Drum & SFX Kits

Revo! Drum Kits recreate the most authentic sound of drums. Even when playing the same key multiple times, the sound is always of a different nuance, making it incredibly natural and realistic.

Vocal Harmony & Synth Vocoder

You can automatically apply various Vocal Harmony effects to your voice as you sing, or you can use the Synth Vocoder to craft the unique characteristics of your voice onto synthesiser and other sounds.

Effects

From Reverb to Distortion, Rotary Speaker to Compressor, Genos boasts unprecedented DSP power. Using the same VCM technology as Yamaha’s professional high-end mixing consoles, Genos has the tools to create the perfect sound. Not only do the effects sound great, they look great too – with a stunning graphical user interface.

Control Your Music

Control your music with new Live Controllers

A wide variety of functions can be assigned to the 6 knobs and 9 sliders to control your music through Genos.

The Live Control view provides instant visual confirmation of your adjustments of knobs and sliders without interrupting the main display.

Intuitive and fast control

Genos features an intuitive interface for music making and sound creation. Select and change parameters directly with the new 9″ colour touch screen. While performing, you often need to act fast to access certain features. Choose from a range of functions to set to the 6 assignable panel buttons and with just a single touch, you can instantly recall your desired function.

Style Engine

Genos features a variety of rhythmic backing patterns and accompaniments (called ‘Styles’) in a variety of different musical genres. Styles feature sophisticated patterns to inspire your creativity. You give the idea and Genos will react to you.

Registration Memory

The Registration Memory function allows you to save (or ‘register’) virtually all panel settings to a Registration Memory button, and then instantly recall your custom panel settings by simply pressing a single button.

Shaping Your Idea

Recording function (MIDI/Audio)

Quickly record your performance as an audio (WAV) or Standard MIDI File (SMF) with the Quick Recording feature. For more complex arrangements, Multi Recording features a fully functional 16-track MIDI sequencer with realtime and steptime functionality. When you’re happy with your recording, it can be stored to the internal User Drive or saved to USB Memory for easy sharing.

Digital output

The new S/PDIF Digital output can be connected to compatible studio equipment or home theatre to output audio from Genos without any loss in quality.

Turn great ideas into reality

Start with the original idea of a song, pick an instrument Voice and Style of your choice. Play and work out the arrangement and capture it as a MIDI song. Then, overdub some sounds and create your demo or even your nished track.

Arpeggio

Genos has 216 Arpeggios to enhance your performance. There are a variety of arpeggio types, some are straight forward instrument arpeggios, others recreate strumming guitar effects and controller arpeggios automate Live Control by adjusting sound filters in realtime as you perform.

High quality keyboard action

The FSX keyboard features a premium action with aftertouch. The keys are created in a high-precision manufacturing process for
an incredibly durable key bed, enhanced key stability and fast action. The 76-key professional keyboard features enhanced touch response allowing for highly expressive and dynamic performances.

Direct Access

The Direct Access feature provides a shortcut to a wide variety of Genos functions. Simply press the Direct Access button followed by another panel button or foot switch to jump directly to relevant controls in the display.

Deliver Your Best Performance

Enhance your performance

Whatever genre of music you wish to perform, Genos is ready to accompany you with 550 world- class arrangements, punchy drums and powerful DSP. Never has there been a more perfect personal backing band.

Seamless performance and never ending music

Playlist is a new function which can quickly setup Genos, no matter how large your repertoire is. Organise your Registration Memories into convenient Playlists for instant access during your performance.

Whilst performing, you can cross fade between two audio les with the new Dual Player. The Dual Player can playback two Audio Songs (or one Audio Song and one MIDI Song) simultaneously and make smooth transitions between them.

Design

Every curve of Genos is designed to focus attention on the performer. From the back, audiences will admire the dynamic design of Genos. From the front, the performer sees an inviting and reliable place for creating music.

Add some flavour to your performance

The Multi Pads can be used to play a number of short pre-recorded rhythmic and melodic sequences that allow you to add impact and variety to your keyboard performance.

Audio Link Multi Pad

Multi Pads do not only work with MIDI data, they also allow you to create unique, new pad content with your own audio (WAV) data for playing back during your performance.

High quality output

The audio output of the Yamaha Genos Digital workstation is a completely new design, delivering professional quality sound from your keyboard.

New output circuit

The new 32bit Digital Audio Converter (DAC) provides high quality de ned sound across a wide frequency range, ensuring Genos always cuts through the mix.

Sub out

Genos features four Sub line-out connections that you can use to adapt your sound to various situations.

Apps and More

Yamaha Expansion Manager

Yamaha Expansion Manager (YEM) is mission control for managing Expansion content on your keyboard. Reorganise and install Expansion Packs comprising of Voices, Styles, Registrations and more. With support for WAV, AIFF, SoundFont and REX formats, you can even create your own original Voices and Drum Kits and install on your keyboard.

SongBook+

SongBook+ is the fit-for-stage app for iPad that allows you to have your songs with lyrics, music notation and more on hand when performing. With Genos it’s very easy to link the selection of a song on iPad to the corresponding registration on the keyboard and vice versa. SongBook+ has received many positive reviews from enthusiastic musicians.

MEGAEnhancer

MEGAEnhancer is a software program that converts XG/GM song data (Standard MIDI File) to song data specially enhanced to be played back using an instrument or tone generator containing MegaVoices. MEGAEnhancer automatically makes conventional song files with instruement parts such as guitars and bass sound much more realistic and authentic. The converted song data can be used only on the model which you selected before converting.

Premium Pack

Premium Packs will expand your music library by adding new Voices, Styles, and more. It gives you a new instrument sound at the same or even higher quality than the factory preset sounds.

Cubase

Cubase is one of the most popular digital audio workstations of our time. With Cubase, you can record your performance into separate MIDI tracks then arrange and edit the playing data after you recorded into Cubase.

Dimensions

Width 1234mm (48-9/16”)

Depth 456mm (17-15/16”)

Height 138 (5-7/16”)

Weight 13kg (28lbs 11oz)

Bundle

With Genos Guide, No Genos Guide

Benches

No Stool, With Stool

Speakers

with Speakers, without Speakers

Specification

Genos
DimensionsWidth1,234 mm (48-9/16″)
Height138 mm (5-7/16″)
Depth456 mm (17-15/16″)
WeightWeight13.0 kg (28 lb, 11 oz)
KeyboardNumber of Keys76
TypeOrgan (FSX), Initial Touch/Aftertouch
Touch ResponseNormal, Easy1, Easy2, Soft1, Soft2, Hard1, Hard2
Other ControllersJoystickYes
Control Knobs6 Live Control knobs (Assignable)
Sliders9 Live Control sliders (Assignable), Cross Fader
Art. Switches3
DisplayTypeMain Display : TFT Color Wide VGA LCD | Sub Display: OLED (Live Control view)
SizeMain Display : 800 x 480 dots (9 inch) | Sub Display: 589 x 48 dots
Touch ScreenMain Display : Yes
LanguageMain Display : English, German, French, Spanish, Italian | Sub Display: English
PanelLanguageEnglish
Tone GenerationTone Generating TechnologyAWM Stereo Sampling, AEM technology
PolyphonyNumber of Polyphony (Max.)256 (max.) (128 for Preset Voice + 128 for Expansion Voice)
PresetNumber of Voices1,652 Voices + 58 Drum/SFX Kits
Featured Voices10 Revo! Drums/SFX, 76 Ensemble, 390 Super Articulation!, 75 Super Articulation2!, 82 MegaVoice, 40 Sweet!, 81 Cool!, 160 Live!, 24 Organ Flutes!
CompatibilityXGYes (for Song playback)
GSYes (for Song playback)
GMGM (for Song playback)
GM2GM2 (for Song playback)
PartRight 1, Right 2, Right 3, Left
CapacityVoiceYes (approx.3.0 GB)
Style&Voice SetYes (Internal Memory)
TypesReverb59 Preset + 30 User
Chorus107 Preset + 30 User
DSPVariation: 358 Preset(with VCM) + 30 User | Insertion 1–28: 358 Preset(with VCM) + 30 User
Master Compressor5 Preset + 30 User
Master EQ5 Preset + 30 User
Part EQ28 Parts
Vocal HarmonyNumber of PresetsVocal Harmony: 54 | Synth Vocoder: 20
Number of User Settings60 * The number is the total of Vocal Harmony and Synth Vocoder
Vocal EffectMic Effect: Noise Gate, Compressor, 3 Band EQ | Vocal Effect: 23
PresetNumber of Preset Styles550
Featured Styles491 Pro, 39 Session, 10 Free Play, 10 DJ
FingeringSingle Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full Keyboard
Style ControlINTRO x 3, MAIN VARIATION x 4, FILL x 4, BREAK, ENDING x 3
Other FeaturesOne Touch Setting (OTS)4 for each Style
Chord LooperYes
Style Section ResetYes
CompatibilityStyle File Format (SFF), Style File Format GE (SFF GE)
PresetNumber of Multi Pad Banks448 Banks x 4 Pads
AudioAudio LinkYes
PresetNumber of Preset Songs9 Demo Songs, 11 Preset Songs
RecordingNumber of Tracks16
Recording FunctionQuick Recording, Multi Track Recording, Step Recording
Compatible Data FormatPlaybackSMF (Format 0, Format 1) , XF
RecordingSMF (Format 0), approx. 3 MB per Song
Audio Recorder/PlayerPlaybackWAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo), MP3 (44.1 kHz, 64/96/128/256/320 kbps, stereo)
RecordingWAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo), approx. 0.8 GB (80 minutes) per Song
Time StretchYes
Pitch ShiftYes
Vocal CancelYes
VoicesHarmony/EchoYes
ArpeggioYes
Panel SustainYes
Mono/PolyYes
StylesStyle CreatorYes
OTS InformationYes
Multi PadsMulti Pad CreatorYes
RegistrationNumber of Buttons10
ControlRegistration Sequence, Freeze
PlaylistNumber of Records2,500 (max.) Records per Playlist file
SongsScore Display FunctionYes
Lyrics Display FunctionYes
SearchRegistration Bank
Overall ControlsMetronomeYes
Tempo Range5 – 500, Tap Tempo
Transpose-12 – 0 – +12
Tuning414.8 – 440.0 – 466.8 Hz (approx. 0.2 Hz increments)
Octave ButtonYes
Scale Type9 Types
Sub Scale SettingYes
MiscellaneousDirect AccessYes
Text Display FunctionYes
Wallpaper CustomizationYes
Display OutYes (by using a commercially USB display adaptor) * For a list of compatible devices, access the “Yamaha Downloads” website. *Genos generates a 800 x 600 size image for external display. The size of Genos main display is 800 x 480, so there will always be blank areas at the top and bottom of the image.
StorageInternal MemoryYes (approx. 58 GB)
External DrivesUSB flash drive
ConnectivityHeadphonesStandard stereo phone jack (PHONES)
FOOT PEDAL1 (SUSTAIN), 2 (ART.1), 3 (VOLUME), Function assignable
MicrophoneYes (Combo Jack) , Phantom Power (+48V) available
MIDIMIDI A (IN/OUT) , MIDI B (IN/OUT)
AUX INL/L+R, R
DIGITAL OUTYes (coaxial)
LINE OUTMAIN (L/L+R, R) , SUB (1, 2) , SUB (3, 4 / AUX OUT)
USB TO DEVICEYes (x 3)
USB TO HOSTYes
LANYes (*) , Standards: IEEE802.11b/g/n (IEEE802.11n 5GHz: not compatible) *May not be included, depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.

Our Thoughts

A review of the Yamaha Genos by Michael Wooldridge

Today I have been lucky enough to spend time with perhaps the most highly anticipated new keyboard for over a decade, the Yamaha Genos, and it has certainly been worth the wait!

The predecessors, the Yamaha Tyros (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5), have always been at the forefront of portable keyboards and there has been plenty of chat around the impossibility of improving upon them and a wonder about what would replace them. The Genos has very much moved us on to a new era, one with a new and easier operating system and new and better sounds, in fact, new and better everything! 

The good news though, is that it has been made to also deliver everything the Tyros could do, so if you have your favourite registrations for special arrangements on your Tyros 2, 3, 4 or 5, you can transfer them straight into your new Genos using a USB memory stick.The Genos is completely new. That said, naturally, there are popular elements which have been retained and improved from earlier Yamaha instruments and all owners of earlier Yamahas will, I think, be instantly comfortable with it.

The new case is slightly more compact and slightly lighter than the Tyros 5, which you will remember was available with either 61-note or 76-note keyboards. The sales of the 76-note model so greatly outweighed those of the 61 that the Genos is only available as a 76-note instrument. The good news is that, because of the new design, including a nice smart black case with a modelled white underside to make it look smarter from behind, especially when on stage, it isn’t as wide as the Tyros 76- note, coming in half way between the old 61 and 76-note Tyros’ at 1,234mm wide, 456mm deep and 138mm high. It weighs 13kg.

Like the Tyros, it uses separate speakers, two small ones which mount on either end of the keyboard and a bass speaker you are likely to pop on the floor. Their new more efficient design  delivers both greater depth and clarity than the earlier models and very much helps to make everything sound even nicer and more impressive than before.

Besides instantly noticing the colour change, and personally I much prefer the sleek black finish with the easy to read light writing, the most obvious thing visually is that it now has a huge 9″ colour touch screen in the centre of the control panel. Many of us would say this is a long overdue element from Yamaha, but they’ve gone better than just installing a touch screen, as they’ve created a new operating system which really works with it to make the whole instrument quicker and easier to use.

This huge improvement has also allowed for the removal of many buttons that we had to have before, giving a neater and simpler panel layout. You’ll also see it now has some proper knobs, but we’ll come back to those a bit later!

When playing, more or less everything you’ll want to select is in the screen. It is beautifully clear to see and simple to use. There are four main voice sections, three for the Right and one for the Left, and the voices in them are clearly named on screen with very good representational pictures as well. If you want to change one, you can just touch it and you have the option to change the voice to any of the 1,652 voices available!

The voices themselves have undergone big improvements using upgraded sample memory to create new, more detailed voices, and this, coupled with the new processing and speakers, means the instrument as a whole now has a better sound than we’ve heard before. It is always hard to describe sound itself, as we all hear it and perceive it differently, but as well as being much fuller, I would say it is a far more transparent sound than before, I suppose you’d say it’s a more open sound. There are so many wonderful voices that there is no point in listing them all but I must mention that the legacy sounds cover everything from the Tyros, so we haven’t lost anything! This includes all the sounds from the popular Organ World section of Tyros 5, though they are now just amongst the organ voices rather than in the separate section.

Whilst it’s probably true to say that everything seems to have improved, I think the most noticeable improvement, and the one we were probably all waiting for, is to the strings, for which there are now some far more lush options available. Apparently the new string samples were made in the way strings are now often recorded for film scores, hence their name, Kino Strings, with the instruments (violins, violas, cellos and basses) intermixed for the recording sessions rather than kept together in their instrumental sections. The result here is very good and a significant improvement on earlier models, with a far warmer, more lush sound, especially when various of the string voices are mixed together.

Another area of improvement is the drawbar organ. Having the touch screen means that, as well as still being able to use the panel sliders to control the drawbars, which themselves now have longer travel, you can now also manipulate them by just touching their image on screen, perhaps drawing the shape you’d like them in to bring a quick result. They seem fuller sounding than before and there is also now the option to add ‘leakage,’ that slight distortion that was popular on many of the most famous Hammond organ recordings.

There are new Guitar samples and some incorporate the truly different sound of when the guitar string is played with a thumb rather than a finger, giving the lower notes a less pronounced sound and adding to the realism of the sound. There is a beautiful new Flugelhorn, which gives a chromatic slide when you play legato.

There are big improvements to the backing Styles as well, and some new categories for them. They generally sound far more alive than ones I’ve heard before. This is, I am sure, in no small part thanks to the new Revo! Drums, as these give a far greater impression that you are hearing a live player rather than an automaton. As it was explained to me, besides travelling the world to sample the best drums, each drum sound has been sampled more than twenty times, so that each sample will capture the fractionally different nuances that occur in live play and then, when those Revo! Drums kits are used in Styles, you never hear the same sample used consecutively, so the sounds are always varying slightly, just as they inevitably do with a live player.

The end result is very effective. There are 550 Styles, including 10 Free play Styles, where you just have a held sound with bass but no drum rhythm that you have to keep time to. These are sometimes very useful for just gently playing nice tunes without feeling you are being pushed along, and also work very well for some liturgical playing and some orchestral playing.

Whilst some Styles will be familiar to Tyros owners by name, they have all been reworked to make use of the new facilities. I mentioned the six rotary knobs on the panel, I think officially known as ‘Live Controls.’ Along with the Live Sliders, these can be set to do various tasks of your choice, including such things as live volume control for the various sections, but the use I really liked for them is to adjust the Styles.

The Styles themselves have many parts, including lovely held sounds, rhythmic voices, melodic voices, bass, the drum kits and so on. Live Controls can be used to mute the parts out, so as to leave a very basic accompaniment, and then you can gradually add them back in as your piece builds, all just by turning the knob. They do the same sort of thing for the drums, gradually going from perhaps just bass drum through to full kit as you rotate the knob.

Back to the Styles, they all have the usual mix of long and short Intros and Endings, Fill In and Variations. One nice little change here is that Intro 2 now always plays a four bar Introduction, so if you ever play for ballroom dancing this is just the ticket. On that front, the Ballroom Dance Styles have all benefitted from an upgrade, including the Quickstep, Cha Cha, and so on; even the popular English Waltz from the Tyros has been improved with the new sounds.

Each Style has One Touch Settings (OTS) to instantly set the whole instrument up for you. Again, these are all brand new settings. There are far, far too many Styles and OTS to cover but I thought I’d mention just a few of the many I enjoyed.

Boxing Legend gives us the sounds for the theme from the film Rocky. TV Blockbuster is set up for the popular series Game of Thrones, though I wonder if I’m the only person who has never watched it! Much more my sort of programme, Cult Kids TV gives the fun sounds for Roobarb and Custard. Do you remember them, the adventures of the green dog and pink cat narrated by Richard Briers in the 70s? The second you hear the Style you’ll be transported back in time!

Orchestral Pop Classics is ideal for the Hooked On Classics hits that were so popular years ago and gives Intro options including the Marriage of Figaro and the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto, really magnificent. Still in classical vein, Russian Waltz transports us to the world of Andre Rieu and the Second Waltz.

The Easy Listening family gives probably the best James Last settings I’ve heard, and the Carpenters are also well represented. There are plenty of Big Band and Jazz Styles, some of them wonderfully open and understated, perhaps just giving a gentle piano or guitar backing. Actually, that’s something throughout the Styles in general, there are many, many more of them here that are less busy than before and they are consequently far more useful, as they leave you free to play a wider range of music options to each of them. There are also more of the sort of live and unplugged Styles that are now so popular with singer songwriters, people like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, perhaps literally just providing a Guitar strumming in the early variations.

On the Guitar front, the new Shadows guitars are great, and when we move to the 1980s, there is a plethora of fabulous Styles and settings for everything from Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Just Called to Say I Love you’, through the ‘Love Shack’ to plenty of Abba.

It is worth noting that Yamaha have dispensed with the old Music Finder in favour of a Playlist that you will probably use more, as it can load up the Style, the Registration Memories, the OTS and even the song Lyrics or Score. As usual, there are things I don’t have time to cover here but that will be useful to many players. The ‘Voice Gateway’ gives quick access to things like DSP, Octave Shift, Mono/Poly options and so on. It has a very easy system to Record your playing and, of course, can playback all sorts of Files for you to play along with.

There is an Arpeggiator with 216 variations, sometimes straightforward arpeggios but, more revolutionary, some wonderfully real strumming guitar effects that, again, very much help the end result to appear more live. Oh, and don’t forget the Harmony and Synth Vocoder sections, which can help you to sing in tune, or to sound like someone else, or turn you in to many voices, to be a big choir or perhaps a singing quartet.

All in all, the new Yamaha Genos is a major leap forward, with amazing improvements beyond anything we would have imagined and way beyond the superb voices and styles we’ve heard before. I think the most relevant thing is the big improvement to the overall sound quality, which is immense, and to the ease of use, which has been hugely improved with the big touch screen.

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