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Santa Claus came by...

1 month 3 weeks ago 1 month 3 weeks ago by admin.
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Santa Claus came by... #3
I haven't played keyboards for a while.... But Santa Claus was so kind to stop by with a Yamah Genos keyboard yesterday, so I am very excited to play this new baby. And my old Roland G-70 now has a new friend :P


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Very kind Santa Claus. I hope that each of us will receive a worthy gift for the New Year!

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I hope so too, Anatolii ;)

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I hope you get used to it soon :)
Was it unexpected or did you make a wishlist ? ;)
Enjoy it!

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It was pure luck that my local dealer suddenly had a Genos delivered to the store. So I decided to buy immediately

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Santa Claus came by... #32
Congratulations, Søren... I hope it will help you relax and take it easy for a while!

One thing...

When you have time, I would be very interested to know how the new pedal steel voice works. I have heard several demos where the player managed to pull off the trick of bending just ONE note in the middle of a chord (a very typical and signature sound of the pedal steel guitar) and I was puzzled to how they managed this trick. It sounds fantastic, and so far in all the Genos demos, it is the one thing that completely blew me away!

I have been trying for YEARS to find a way to do this!

I have a couple of other keyboards that allow you to bend only the 'played' notes while sustaining others (e.g. play C, D and G holding the sustain, lift C and G, keep playing the D, then bend the D up to an E without bending the still sustained C and G) but it is a very counter-intuitive method I never really got comfortable with. But I have seen several web demos where the player is playing a pedal steel live, and he doesn't appear to be doing this trick, but still magically bending only the one note! If you can, please find out for me how it manages this... :)

I will also be fascinated to see if you can get the G70 and the Genos to 'play nice' with each other. I have long said that the arranger manufacturers could do a far better job of allowing us to MIDI (or USB) two arrangers together and have them work as one. But that needs transmission and reception of a common set of codes for stuff like Variation and Fills, transpose, breaks, Part mutes, OTS's etc., and the manufacturers seem hell bent on making them all completely different (if they have any codes at all!). Plus there is a strong tendency to make sliders not transmit anything (where WS's usually can be configured to send at least the main codes) so the ability to gang Parts on one slider is out.

So, I will be interested to see if the Genos's sliders can transmit any MIDI (neither the G70's, nor the BK9's do).

I have long wanted to slave a Roland and a Yamaha together for one über-arranger, and so far had little success. perhaps the Genos is a step forward?

I wish you lots of joy with your new toy, I know well how much you need something to lower the stress in your life..! Let this be it. :)

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Thanks a lot for your kind wishes, Diki. Very kind of you!

I will be back on more info about the pedal steel guitar, when I have the time to dig into that. Sounds very exciting!

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Santa Claus came by... #169
Care to update us with your Genos impressions, Søren?

Did you have much experience with Tyros4/5 or was this your first Yamaha for a while?

One thing I'm interested in hearing about (other than that darn pedal steel!) is whether the 'round robin' drumkits significantly improve legacy styles. Yamaha have a vast back catalog of decent styles, but the drums were always, in the past, what kept me away and in Roland's pocket. Tyros/PSR always sounded a bit 'canned' and Roland sounded quite 'live'. But these new Revo kits sound darn good in demos.

But is the magic because of the style programming (I know there's a lot of extra hi-hat [etc] notes well below #36 note# that older styles simply won't have) or does the kit itself make older styles come alive as well (or nearly as well!)?

Have you tried some older styles (T2 and newer, I guess) in the Genos and tried editing them to use the newer sounds and kits? And how is the ease of doing this? I still am in love with Roland's Makeup Tools for the sheer ease and power of updating older styles and SMF's to the newest sounds and kits. I sure hope Yamaha isn't a lot more difficult!

How about a little demo audio or video of you with your new toy?! B)

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