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Yamaha launches Genos2 arranger workstation

Six years since the launch of the original Genos arranger workstation, which superseded the Tyros line, Yamaha has announced the Genos2, headlined “From Tribute to Timeless”.

The phrase “game changer” is rolled out once again, but let’s take a look at what Yamaha has squeezed into its latest premium instrument to see if that’s worthy.

For a start, Yamaha has added FM synthesis to its tone generation, on top of AWM and AEM sound technology. This means you’re no longer restricted to working within the world of samples (amazing though they may be) but can utilise the real-time synthesis possibilities in similar ways to the synth pioneers on their revered DX7s. The original DX7 presets are available in Genos2, available with a simple voice search, and as you’d expect, there are many new FM presets built in.

Yamaha has packed in an enhanced set of voices and styles “inspired by the songs you love to play and perform” (how it knows, I am not sure — mind-reading AI perhaps?). The expansive library contains styles for a wide variety of genres so perhaps there is something for whatever you like to play. Yamaha says its instrument sampling and vertical integration guarantees consistency and quality — and to be fair, Yamaha rarely lets us down at any level.

Genos2 “isn’t just a powerful instrument; it’s a command station”. This means you get style dynamics control giving you control over every nuance of accompaniment. There’s also Real Ambient Drums which claims to offer the feel of a live drummer. Oh, and although I just joked about AI, wouldn’t you know that Yamaha has included an AI chord mode which intuitively guides a player’s accompaniments based on what you play. Now, auto and computer generated accompaniments may be something you love or hate, but as a solo performer, you’ll probably only be looking at the likes of Genos2 if you can see the advantages such a system brings. I guess anyone can make accompaniment sound cheesy, but it seems as if Yamaha has built in enough to give you a fighting chance of making it sound good.

And speaking of solo performing, having control over your own microphone might just be something you drool over (though you might end up fighting with any PA/sound engineer guys standing by). Yamaha has a professional-grade mic input and studio quality effects, meaning you really can cut through your own mix.

The controls are definitely tailored with live performance in mind, though of course they are also handy wherever the Genos2 is being used. There’s a Live Control Surface featuring customisable knobs and sliders for quick, on-the-fly adjustments, updated main and sub-displays, playlist and set organisation, lyrics data display, vocal harmony, and chord looper.

It seems as if Yamaha is comparing the Genos2 to its other high end workstations, the PSR-SX900 and PSR-SX700 – at least, that’s what it is happy to compare the features of.

Genos2 is currently listed at $5,699.99 (RRP $6,599) and is available now.

More coming soon.

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Here are the full specifications provided by Yamaha, and how they compare to the original Genos. These are provided by Yamaha and the usual caveats surrounding accuracy.

DimensionsWidth1,234 mm (48-9/16″)1,234 mm (48-9/16″)
Height151 mm (5-15/16″)138 mm (5-7/16″)
Depth456 mm (17-15/16″)456 mm (17-15/16″)
WeightWeight14.2 kg (31 lb, 5 oz)13.0 kg (28 lb, 11 oz)
Packing BoxWidth1,460 mm (57-1/2″)1,460 mm (57-1/2″)
Height270 mm (10-5/8″)270 mm (10-5/8″)
Depth540 mm (21-1/4″)540 mm (21-1/4″)
Control Interface
KeyboardNumber of Keys7676
TypeOrgan (FSX), Initial Touch/AftertouchOrgan (FSX), Initial Touch/Aftertouch
Touch ResponseNormal, Easy1, Easy2, Soft1, Soft2, Hard1, Hard2Normal, Easy1, Easy2, Soft1, Soft2, Hard1, Hard2
Other ControllersJoystickYes (Assignable)Yes
Control Knobs6 (Assignable, with LED gauge)6 Live Control knobs (Assignable)
Sliders9 Live Control sliders (Assignable, with LED gauge), Cross Fader9 Live Control sliders (Assignable), Cross Fader
Art. Switches33
Pitch Bend
DisplayTypeMain Display : TFT Color Wide VGA LCD | Sub Display: VA (Live Control view)Main Display : TFT Color Wide VGA LCD | Sub Display: OLED (Live Control view)
SizeMain Display : 800 x 480 dots (9 inch) | Sub Display: 512 x 48 dotsMain Display : 800 x 480 dots (9 inch) | Sub Display: 589 x 48 dots
Touch ScreenMain Display : YesMain Display : Yes
LanguageMain Display: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian | Sub Display: EnglishMain Display: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian | Sub Display: English
Tone GenerationTone Generating TechnologyFM, AWM Stereo Sampling, AEM technologyAWM Stereo Sampling, AEM technology
PolyphonyNumber of Polyphony (Max.)384 (128 for Preset AWM Voices + 128 for Expansion AWM Voices + 128 for FM Voices)256 (max.) (128 for Preset Voice + 128 for Expansion Voice)
PresetNumber of Voices1,991 Voices + 75 Drum/SFX Kits1,652 Voices + 58 Drum/SFX Kits
Featured Voices106 S.Articulation2, 437 S.Articulation, 141 FM, 40 Sweet!, 81 Cool!, 188 Live!, 25 OrganFlutes, 123 MegaVoice, 11 Ambient Drums/SFX, 11 Revo Drums/SFX10 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)Yes (for Song playback)
GSYes (for Song playback)
GMYes (for Song playback)GM (for Song playback)
GM2Yes (for Song playback)GM2 (for Song playback)
ExpandabilityExpansion VoiceYes (approx. 3 GB)Yes (approx.3.0 GB)
EditingVoice SetStyle & Voice Set
PartRight 1, Right 2, Right 3, LeftRight 1, Right 2, Right 3, Left
TypesReverb85 Preset + 30 User59 Preset + 30 User
Chorus107 Preset + 30 User107 Preset + 30 User
DSP363 Preset (with VCM) + 30 UserVariation: 358 Preset(with VCM) + 30 User | Insertion 1–28: 358 Preset(with VCM) + 30 User
Insertion Effect1-28: 363 Preset (with VCM) + 30 User
Master Compressor5 Preset + 30 User5 Preset + 30 User
Master EQ9 Preset + 30 User5 Preset + 30 User
Part EQ28 Parts28 Parts
OthersMic effects: Noise Gate, Compressor, 3 Band EQ, Vocal Effect: 23
Vocal HarmonyNumber of PresetsVocal Harmony: 54, Synth Vocoder: 20Vocal Harmony: 54 | Synth Vocoder: 20
Number of User Settings60 *The number is the total of Vocal Harmony and Synth Vocoder60 * The number is the total of Vocal Harmony and Synth Vocoder
Mic Effect: Noise Gate, Compressor, 3 Band EQ | Vocal Effect: 23
Accompaniment Styles
PresetNumber of Preset Styles800550
Featured Styles720 Pro, 69 Session, 11 Free Play491 Pro, 39 Session, 10 Free Play, 10 DJ
FingeringSingle Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full KeyboardSingle Finger, Fingered, Fingered On Bass, Multi Finger, AI Fingered, Full Keyboard, AI Full Keyboard
Other FeaturesOne Touch Setting (OTS)4 for each Style4 for each Style
Chord LooperYesYes
Style Section ResetYesYes
Unison & Accent
ExpandabilityExpansion StyleYes (Internal Memory)
Expansion Audio StyleYes (Internal Memory)
CompatibilityStyle File Format (SFF), Style File Format GE (SFF GE)Style File Format (SFF), Style File Format GE (SFF GE)
PresetNumber of Preset Songs9 Demo Songs, 1 Preset Song9 Demo Songs, 11 Preset Songs
RecordingNumber of SongsUnlimited (depends on the drive capacity)16
Number of Tracks16Quick Recording, Multi Track Recording, Step Recording
Data CapacityApprox. 3 MB/Song
Recording FunctionQuick Recording, Multi Recording, Step Recording
Compatible Data FormatPlaybackSMF (Format 0 & 1), XFSMF (Format 0, Format 1) , XF
RecordingSMF (Format 0)SMF (Format 0), approx. 3 MB per Song
Multi Pads
PresetNumber of Multi Pad Banks507 Banks x 4 Pads448 Banks x 4 Pads
AudioAudio LinkYesYes
RegistrationNumber of Buttons1010
ControlRegistration Sequence, FreezeRegistration Sequence, Freeze
PlaylistNumber of Records2500 (max.) Records per Playlist file2,500 (max.) Records per Playlist file
Lesson/GuideLesson/GuideFollow Lights, Any Key, Karao-Key, Your Tempo
SearchYesRegistration Bank
Overall ControlsMetronomeYesYes
Tempo Range5 – 500, Tap Tempo5 – 500, Tap Tempo
Transpose-12 – 0 – +12-12 – 0 – +12
Tuning414.8 – 440 – 466.8 Hz (approx. 0.2 Hz increments)414.8 – 440.0 – 466.8 Hz (approx. 0.2 Hz increments)
Octave ButtonYesYes
Scale Type9 types9 Types
Sub Scale SettingYesYes
USB Audio InterfaceYes
BluetoothYes (Audio) * May not have this functionality depending on the country
MiscellaneousDirect AccessYesYes
Text Display FunctionYesYes
Wallpaper CustomizationYesYes
Display OutHDMI (1,280 × 720p max.)Yes (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.
VoicesHarmony/EchoYes (with Arpeggio)Yes
Panel SustainYesYes
Voice InformationYes
StylesStyle CreatorYesYes
OTS InformationYesYes
SongsScore Display FunctionYesYes
Lyrics Display FunctionYesYes
Song CreatorYesNo
Multi PadsMulti Pad CreatorYesYes
Audio Recorder/PlayerRecording Time (max.)approx. 0.8 GB (80 minutes) per Song?
RecordingWAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo)WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo), approx. 0.8 GB (80 minutes) per Song
PlaybackWAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo), MP3 (44.1/48.0 kHz, 64/96/128/256/320 kbps or VBR, mono/stereo)WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit, stereo), MP3 (44.1 kHz, 64/96/128/256/320 kbps, stereo)
Lyrics Display FunctionYesNo
Time StretchYesYes
Pitch ShiftYesYes
Vocal CancelYesYes
Storage and Connectivity
StorageInternal MemoryYes (approx. 15 GB)Yes (approx. 58 GB)
External DrivesUSB flash driveUSB flash drive
ConnectivityHeadphonesStandard stereo phone jack (PHONES)Standard stereo phone jack (PHONES)
FOOT PEDAL1 (SUSTAIN), 2 (ART.1), 3 (VOLUME), Function assignable1 (SUSTAIN), 2 (ART.1), 3 (VOLUME), Function assignable
MicrophoneYes (Combo Jack), Phantom Power (+48 V) availableYes (Combo Jack) , Phantom Power (+48V) available
AUX INL/L+R, R Standard phone jackL/L+R, R
DIGITAL OUTNoYes (coaxial)
LINE OUTMAIN (L/L+R, R), SUB (1,2), SUB (3,4/AUX OUT) Standard phone jackMAIN (L/L+R, R) , SUB (1, 2) , SUB (3, 4 / AUX OUT)
USB TO DEVICEYes (x 3)Yes (x 3)
Wireless LANYes (*) Standards: IEEE802.11b/g/n (IEEE802.11n 5 GHz: not compatible), Range of transmit frequency (channels): Models for Europe and Brazil: 2401–2483 MHz (channels 1–13) Others: 2401–2473 MHz (channels 1–11), Maximum RF output power: 14 dBm, Security: WEP, WPA-PSK (TKIP), WPA-PSK (AES), WPA2-PSK (AES), WPA/WPA2 mixed PSK, SAR value: 0.258 W/kg * May not be included, depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.Yes (*) , Standards: IEEE802.11b/g/n (IEEE802.11n 5GHz: not compatible) *May not be included, depending on your area. Check with your Yamaha dealer.
Amplifiers and Speakers
Power Supply
Power SupplyAC power cordAC power cord
Power Consumption37 W?
Auto Power Off FunctionYesYes
Included AccessoriesOwner’s Manual, AC power cord, Music Rest, two Music Rest bracketsOwner’s Manual, AC power cord, Music Rest, two Music Rest brackets