Genos Workshop Series

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A workshop series for owners of the Genos Arranger Keyboard (also compatible to some extent with PSR-SX900 and SX700 keyboards).

Genos Workshop 01: Step Recording
When the option to record just the chords of a piece of music – entering them into the recording one by one, step-by-step – was omitted from Genos I’m sure I wasn’t alone in being disappointed. Firmware updates have reinstated this valuable feature and it’s high time we took a closer look.
(Published in October/November 2019

Genos Workshop 02: Chord Looper
Following its introduction as part of the PSR-SX900 the very useful Chord Looper feature has now been added to the specification of the Genos. Let’s take a look…
(Published in December 2019 / January 2020

Genos Workshop 03: Setting EQ Levels & Filters
“Hi Glyn, on the Tyros5 there are two places for altering the EQ levels. The first is in the Mixing Console where the options are ‘High’ and ‘Low’. The second is in the Voice Set control where the options are ‘Frequency’ and ‘Gain’. Can you tell me where these settings are found on Genos and do you still have both options?” – Yamaha Club member (Essex)
(Published in February/March 2020

Genos Workshop 04: The Envelope Generator
The Pad and Synth voice categories are often overlooked although they provide some of the most versatile sounds for both melody and left hand parts. They are also very editable… so I’ve chosen one from the Synth department to illustrate a very simple voice edit.
(Published in April/May 2020

Genos Workshop 05: Changing the Sound With EQ
In the last issue we looked inside the Genos’ Voice Editor and experimented with the Envelope Generator (EG). This time we’ll be experimenting with the EQ (Equaliser) to make more changes to the voices we use.
(Published in June/July 2020

Genos Workshop 06: Making A Simple Free Play Style
Reader question: “My son and I share a Genos keyboard and we both get much pleasure out of using the Free Play styles. We find them absolutely thrilling and wondered whether it would be possible to create our own. I have not found a way to do this and wondered whether you might be able to help…”
(Published in August/September 2020

Genos Workshop 07: Displaying ‘Score’ from a non-Yamaha MIDI file
Reader question: “When I press ‘Score’ the accompaniment pattern appears on the screen but I want the melody to show. Can you show me the screen press sequence to enable me to make this happen?”
(Published in October/November 2020

Genos Workshop 08: An introduction to the AI Chord Fingering System – Part 1
Reader question: “Has anyone covered the ‘AI’ Fingered method of playing chords in the magazine? I play using the normal ‘Fingered Chord’ option but when I tried AI Fingered instead I couldn’t tell the difference – but everyone tells me that this is what the pro’ players prefer. Why is that?”
(Published in December 2020/January 2021)

Genos Workshop 09: An introduction to the AI Chord Fingering System – Part 2
In response to some encouraging feedback following the AI article in our last issue, Glyn Madden offers some further tips for those wishing to use this chord fingering system.
(Published in February/March 2021)

Genos Workshop 10: An introduction to the AI Chord Fingering System – Part 3
In part 3 of his series about the AI chord fingering system Glyn Madden rounds up the topic with some further tips on AI and other interesting chord modes.
(Published in April/May 2021)

Genos Workshop 11: Avoid the nightmare! Back up your user data
Regularly making a backup copy of the user data from your keyboard is a sensible precaution against the unlikely event that your keyboard will ‘crash’ and everything will be lost.
(Published in June/July 2021)

Genos Workshop 12: Working with Chord Looper
In a bumper sized workshop Glyn Madden uses the ‘Chord Looper’ – a versatile and easy to use recorder – to open the door on yet another way to make your arrangements sound great.
(Published in August/September 2021)