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Offline HeJaYamGen

DIY External TV Display for GENOS
« on: August 20, 2018, 12:18:15 AM »

One of my favourite passion is playing-along MIDI files (even Yamaha suggested to discover the joy of PlayAlong MIDI files), that is why I purchased a lot of MIDI files on the Yamaha MusicSoft website, and also purchased the Yamaha GENOS with the hope that I will have a better MIDI PlayAlong experiece with this new, promising GENOS dream machine in this special field of playing, than with my old Yamaha PSR S950. That is why I need to follow the score video with the Red Ball running and jumping on the Genos Touch Screen. Also I wanted to use the GENOS score video to teach my grandchildren to score reading and how to playalong.

I was struggling in vain (I tried the I-TECH USB2HDTRIO adapter, no success, it is useless if one wants to follow the running score video) to get a decent external duplication of the score of the GENOS Touch Screen with the Red Ball jumping. So I decided to make my own setup.
1. bought Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD (webcam) its driver is included in Windows 10, but also works well in Windows 7 or 8 or even in Windows XP, if you download LifeCam3.60.exe from here >
and install it while online with an Internet connection.
(You does not need to install Live Essentials, when it is offered during the installation process)
The Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD >, its autofocus works very well even with close-ups, and with dim lighting conditions (I have practically no lights in my studio when I am playing, but the LifeCam Cinema provides crystal clear video output.). I fixed and properly aligned this LifeCam Cinema (it is very small, miniature cam) approx. 16 cm from above the Genos Touch Screen on a semi-flexible 3 mm electrical wire with black coating on it. Its down end (twisted into an U-shape). is inserted underneath of the Genos and the wire is coming out under the sheet music hold. The only drawback of this design is a slight vibration of the TV image becasue when I am playing the semi-flexible wire, - holding the LifeCam  - picks-up some of keyboard vibrations.
So in my next setup I will be more careful that the wire should not get into contact with the Genos casing.
2. purchased NCH Debut Video Capture Software (because the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema's original screen cannot go to full screen, that is why NCH Debut Video Capture is better in this respect >
NCH Debut Video Capture works well with the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD, and can go out to full screen mode.
3. connected Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD via USB to my Windows 10 laptop, installed the NCH Debut Video Capture, then I connected my large LCD TV via HDMI to my latop also.
Now on my big (40") LCD TV I see the Genos Touch Screen Score running in HD, extremely clear.
nicely focused with the Red Ball also jumping and running,
enabling me to follow the score without flexing my neck down,
and now I can comfortably play-along my MIDI files.
So, when I am playing I am not forced any more to flex my neck down for hours to see the awful, not properly tilted Touch Screen of the Genos.
     This design also can be hopefully suitable (with slight modifications) for playing outdoors in daylight, because the LCD TV screen will be readable in outside conditions. This setup can also help the visually impaired, because with the Windows 10 built-in Magnifier, the whole TV screen video or parts of it (or the Genos Touch Screen parts) can be further magnified.

     I purchased my Yamaha GENOS in December of 2017, and upon its arrival I immediately recognized, that the Touch Screen score video is NOT WORKING !!! on an external display from the USB. That is why my GENOS was left untouched until August of 2018, because I was not able to use it as I planned.
      I am still not able to figure out why Yamaha eliminated the Video output (which is usable on my old PSR-S950), causing disillusionment, and a lot of extra expenses, and neck-pain to its customers.

      While my GENOS was sitting silent, and abandoned under a dust cover for nearly a year, I tried the software
route, but still locked in the Yamaha Camp, I purchased a DAW, Cubase (100% Yamaha owned now), now Cubase Pro 9.5 installed in my self-assembled extra strong Corei7 Samsung SSD Windows 10 musical desktop computer (see the new Audio Architecture of Windows 10 below), of which is working in another room upstairs to avoid all computer noises, purchased Yamaha HS8 WH Studio Monitors (to replace my old JBL 308 in my Home Theater), purchased synth as Omnisphere 2.5, and a lot of state-of-the-art VSTs (VSL Vienna Imperial, Ivory II, Garritan CFX Concert Grand, Hauptwerk Bovenkerk Hinsz Organ etc.) and after a long time of digesting through the steep learning curve of Cubase, I produced nice VIDEO MUSICALS (Chopin, JS Bach, Mozart and modern Jazz)  for my evening guests, a Video (edited in my Cyberlink PowerDirector 16) and a MIDI file is running in Cubase, along with my purchased Avid Sibelius notation program via ReWire in synch with Cubase, and this way I become able to play-along the MELODY-line (or play exclusively by myself also other parts through VSTs) of the running MIDI files, seeing and following the running sheet music score in Sibelius on my extra large LCD TV - (tried also Dorico 2, but that cannot work in ReWire mode and no Panoramic playback view, therefore I opted for the excellent, beautifully made, rock-solid stable, time-tested Sibelius) -, while my guests are seeing my projected Video-films in my Home Theater accompanied by my own keyboard playing on my Studiologic SL88 MIDI Controller, or on my self-assembled
GSi - DMC-122 Dual Midi Console with Doepfer 25 note pedalboard.

      loopMIDI < was also needed, to create a loopMIDI Port
      MIDI-OX < was also needed to route my SL88 MIDI Controller Keyboard signal to Cubase and also to VMPK
      A foot-pedal was also needed to quickly switch through my VSTs and synths during my live performance,
I found this PageFlip Firefly useful, because it can be programmed as PgDown and PgUp >
Scythe USB_2FS-2 USB Foot Switch with 2 Pedals < this is also works well even without any programming
(PgDown and PgUp)
      Also a small software was needed, to keep Sibelius Always On Top > Window on Top >
      I used the Virtual MIDI Piano Keyboard (VMPK) to show to my guests on the projected screen,
what and how I am playing >
      and with AutoHotKey I made VMPK semi-transparent on the projected screen >
      Also several USB 2.0 Active Extender/Repeater cables were needed to connect my Home Theater MIDI Keyboards and other peripherals to my upstairs computer 10 meters apart >
With the above cables I was able to avoid latency issues.


But now, this August, I vacuumed the dust from my GENOS, - as I solved a TV External Display for it-, and put it into my Home Theater also, together with my Yamaha MG06 Mixer, and to my great surprise, the GENOS sound is far more fabulous, than that of some of my most expensive VSTs.
      So, I hope Yamaha will develop a close integration of GENOS with Cubase, because GENOS together with Cubase has the potential to evolve into the best Home Theater Live Entertainment System (see the painting of Henryk Siemiradzki below as Chopin playing to his guests).


One word of caution > If you work with wires etc over the GENOS Touch Screen, be extremely careful, not to drop anything on the screen, because Yamaha opted for a resistive touch screen (instead of a capacitive touch screen) in GENOS, and it is very vulnerable to hard objects, as its topmost outer layer is a soft thin plastic film (see the image below).

That is why I purchased a special protective film here >
This protective film is excellent, does not impair the touch sensitivity of the GENOS screen, and hopefully will extend the life-span of the vulnerable resistive GENOS touch screen.
When you put this protective film onto the GENOS Touch Screen, carefully observe, that it has a thin protection film on itself, this should be carefully removed, and the freed surface (which should not be touched or wiped) of the film should be gently layed down on the GENOS screen as shown in the video.

I admit that the Yamaha GENOS has a breathtaking sound, and apart from its not-well-designed touch screen,
now I like it very much, it is a fantastic music-making companion for me.

Best wishes to all GENOS users.



The New Audio Architecture of Windows 10 >

Photos of my Setup >

Orange arrow points to the Microsoft LifeCam Cinema HD.
Green arrow points to my home made Genos stand. It also holds the laptop and the Yamaha woofer and can be moved easily on its lockable wheels. This stand also have a sliding-out drawer on the right side to place the bluetooth Microsoft laptop mouse for my right hand.
If somebody interested I can give the construction measurements of my Genos stand.
As you see, the sheet music hold of the Genos can be removed,
because on the large TV screen (through the laptop)
one can use sheet music PDF reader software like this >

« Last Edit: Today at 05:48:42 PM by HeJaYamGen »

Offline AlBags

Re: DIY External TV Display for GENOS
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2018, 12:36:20 AM »

But we really need to get away from VGA, it's too limited, especially for future and HD.
So is DVi. HDMI will carry 10K! Fast Ethernet, Digital Audio and audio return

😊  I started out with nothing .. and I've got most of it left!  😊

🎹 Tyros 5-76,  now the brilliant Genos 🎹
Genelec 8030C Studio Monitors on K&M stands
K&M Spider Pro Stand, K&M Accessories. I love K&M!