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Offline metcam

5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« on: July 29, 2020, 11:34:38 PM »
Now we have all free packs from Yamaha plus third party packs we really need more room in Expansion .

This is "P's of Cake"  for Yamaha!!


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Offline Normanfernandez

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2020, 05:55:35 AM »
Yamaha can do 128 GB
But they won't.

 

Offline DerekA

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2020, 09:22:10 AM »
Yamaha could let me stream Netflix right onto the big screen in the middle. Genos has a wifi connection, so why not?

But they won't.
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Offline Francesco Massa

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2020, 09:56:25 AM »
Inside there are 4GB as 4x1GB physical chip, so how can Yamaha give us 5GB? At least, the next software update could "unlock" the last chip so we will have 4GB of expansion memory, that is not bad. I think you have to "optimize" third-party samples to fit memory at the best without lose quality (for example, a piano with a tail of 30 seconds for every note/dynamic is not recommended in my opinion, you could cut it to 8 seconds with a loop and a dynamic lowpass filter, exactly as Yamaha does with CFX and other onboard pianos). Same for every other instrument, I put on my Genos a lot of VSTs that are tons of GB of space, resized to only a few MB for Genos.

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Offline Pauljones

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2020, 10:13:40 AM »
Thanks Francesco.
 
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Offline EileenL

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2020, 12:17:50 PM »
I am now much more selective of what samples I load and make sure I will use them. Doing this I have plenty of room left. Why cram everything on just because we can. It is the same with styles. We have hundreds but if we are honest how many to we really use.
 
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Offline Normanfernandez

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2020, 12:47:35 PM »
I am now much more selective of what samples I load and make sure I will use them. Doing this I have plenty of room left. Why cram everything on just because we can. It is the same with styles. We have hundreds but if we are honest how many to we really use.

Sometimes you need that extra memory for samples.

I've used Kontakt Instruments
Some Instruments were almost 200 GB. ..


We're not even asking for 200 GB.
Even 128 GB would be good enough for Expansion Packs. ..


 

Offline EileenL

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2020, 03:49:42 PM »
At present Genos has 3Gb for samples to suggest 125 Gb is way out of the question

Offline DerekA

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2020, 05:05:31 PM »
Some Instruments were almost 200 GB. ..

That's because they are designed to run on PCs which may have disks in the TB region. They are using multiple key and velocity samples, many seconds long - and mainly because they can, rather than because it makes for a fantastic voice at the end of it.
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Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2020, 06:26:42 PM »
That's because they are designed to run on PCs which may have disks in the TB region. They are using multiple key and velocity samples, many seconds long - and mainly because they can, rather than because it makes for a fantastic voice at the end of it.

Nowadays nvme SSDs with hundreds of Gigabytes and stellar transfer rates costs peanuts. With 50 Ä you can buy a Chinese smartphone (a Genos too is Chinese) with 16 Gb of storage (plus ram, quad core CPU, screen, battery, GPS, gyroscope,..... added on top for free).

Less than 4Gb of storage (worth probably 10 cents) in a 4kÄ device is simply ridiculous.

But when a Montage USB transfer speed tops at 30 kbytes/sec (only ten times a 1983 midi cable) then you realise that they are 40 years behind the state of the art.

Maybe your nephews in 2060 will enjoy 2020 tech.

Ah, they add 16 gb to smartphones just because they can. You can make a perfect phone call even with an old fashioned electromechanical phone (those with the numbers around a sliding ring). The voice is strong and clear, and the ringtone is loud!! You cannot miss it.
 
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Offline Normanfernandez

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2020, 06:44:19 PM »
That's because they are designed to run on PCs which may have disks in the TB region. They are using multiple key and velocity samples, many seconds long - and mainly because they can, rather than because it makes for a fantastic voice at the end of it.


Genos and SX are no longer the Old OS system

Linux is quite customisable. 
The current limitations that Yamaha is giving is kinda low.
Now we have Flagship Smartphones with 12 + GB RAM.

This is a Workstation. And with MIDI 2.0 it should be easier.
 

Offline jugge

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2020, 06:48:51 PM »

Genos and SX are no longer the Old OS system

Linux is quite customisable. 
The current limitations that Yamaha is giving is kinda low.
Now we have Flagship Smartphones with 12 + GB RAM.

This is a Workstation. And with MIDI 2.0 it should be easier.

I wasn't aware of a new MIDI standard, but after almost 40 years with version 1, I guess it was time  8)
https://www.midi.org/midi-articles/details-about-midi-2-0-midi-ci-profiles-and-property-exchange
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Offline overover

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2020, 07:15:00 PM »
The Genos OS is based on Linux, but the hardware differs fundamentally from that of a Smartphone or PC.

Here is some interesting information on the subject of "Genos Main CPU" and "Genos Tone Generation" from our forum member "PJ" (Paul J. Drongowski):

>>> https://sandsoftwaresound.net/yamaha-genos-main-cpu/

>>> https://sandsoftwaresound.net/yamaha-genos-tone-generation/

Since the Expansion Wave memory (as well as the Preset Wave memory) is designed as special "NAND Flash" memory chips (directly connected to the Tone Generator chips "SWP70" Slave and "SWP70 Master" of the Genos), this memory cannot be expanded by standard SSD or eMMC memory.


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Offline Joe H

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2020, 07:29:15 PM »
Here's a review by Craig Anderton on the 2.0 spec.

https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/midi-2-0-what-actually-matters-for-musicians/

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Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2020, 08:15:40 PM »

Since the Expansion Wave memory (as well as the Preset Wave memory) is designed as special "NAND Flash" memory chips (directly connected to the Tone Generator chips "SWP70" Slave and "SWP70 Master" of the Genos), this memory cannot be expanded by standard SSD or eMMC memory.


Typical example of reinventing the wheel to make it square!

Not only SSDs are dirty cheap and with performance to spare, but also RAM is cheaper than ever.
With the cost of 2 pizzas you can buy 4 Gb of ram and load into it the whole Genos sample rom from a magnetic tape at startup. And forget once for all the transfer speed problem (that only Yamaha seems to have, since the rest of the world is perfectly fine with SSDs).

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Offline Bachus

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2020, 08:23:19 PM »
Nowadays nvme SSDs with hundreds of Gigabytes and stellar transfer rates costs peanuts. With 50 Ä you can buy a Chinese smartphone (a Genos too is Chinese) with 16 Gb of storage (plus ram, quad core CPU, screen, battery, GPS, gyroscope,..... added on top for free).

Less than 4Gb of storage (worth probably 10 cents) in a 4kÄ device is simply ridiculous.

But when a Montage USB transfer speed tops at 30 kbytes/sec (only ten times a 1983 midi cable) then you realise that they are 40 years behind the state of the art.

Maybe your nephews in 2060 will enjoy 2020 tech.

Ah, they add 16 gb to smartphones just because they can. You can make a perfect phone call even with an old fashioned electromechanical phone (those with the numbers around a sliding ring). The voice is strong and clear, and the ringtone is loud!! You cannot miss it.


Those are very different technollogies...thats indirect accessible memmory
Meaning the procesoor canĒt access it directly..

What we see on keyboards is direct accessible flash ram..
Thast something totally different
And much more expensive..


There is 8Gb inside the Genos i believe..
There is 4 GB for internal sounds and 4 GB for external (3GB of it for samples)

The only thing that Yamaha could do is moving all the free expansions to the internal ROM part (which actually is flash ram)
There is only 2.5GB of samples in Genos internal ROM, so basically they could free up 1.5GB of the expansion RAM, if they wanted to..
They could alos decide on expanding the internal memmory with new sounds, like a Bosendorfer Piano, and whatever people would like

But thats about it i guess...

When you look at other high end hardware instruments, Yamaha isnĒt doing to bed with the Genos.
Montage only has 2GB, MODX has 1 GB

And Korg PA4x also has 3GB
Ketron has 750 MB in their top product SD9

Kurzweil Forte has 16GB, from which 3GB are for user samples..
Nord has 2 GB for piano and 500MB for other samples..

Does everyone see the pattern by now?


The only exception is Korg Kronos, which has around 30GB for external samples..
But thats because Korg is the only company using a different technollogie (sample streaming from disk) which as slightly more latency


So why do you think this is the case?
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Offline chony

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2020, 12:35:17 AM »
Unfortunately I think the reason the limit is currently 3gb and not 4gb (considering there is 4gb or flash), is because the size of the Genos install files, is larger than the size of its samples. Go to YEM, select Genos and you'll see that the Voice WAV size and Pack Install size are two different things. So it seems that to loan 3gb of voices, you need 4gb of space.

All that said, I still agree with the premise that current TOTL keyboards from all companies are 20 years behind. It frustrates me that not one of them has an "Apple moment" where they say, "Let's build the instrument of the future!" Or even of the present.

The fact is these arrangers should have as a minimum:
- A great synthesizer
- A great drum mixer
- Real multiband EQ for channels
- Great mastering

(Korg actually does have versions of the last 3 items)

If they were able to pull off the incredible ensemble voice technology (which is as good as the commercial ones!), and the organ voice technology, why not these other basic technologies?

 

Offline DerekA

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2020, 09:26:09 AM »
All these things are available *today* if you use a computer with DAW, VSTs and a controller keyboard.

The market for hardware workstations like the Genos has a different focus. It gives us a taste of those things but not a full banquet. Why not? Fundamentally because *most* customers just don't want them.

Personally, yes I would love a hardware workstation that had all those features you list Chony, but I can't really see it happening. There are not enough customers who want this and would pay for it. We've seen digital cameras, music players, sat nav etc all being folded into mobile phones rather than being standalone hardware. That's just the way it's going.

Offline EileenL

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2020, 12:08:47 PM »
Very True,
  You can probably make music on a phone also but it is never going to be the same as buying a musical instrument and using it as it is designed to be used. You are right many of us do not want all this electronic stuff added to our keyboards. We are happy with what we have.

Offline Bachus

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2020, 06:38:09 PM »
All these things are available *today* if you use a computer with DAW, VSTs and a controller keyboard.

The market for hardware workstations like the Genos has a different focus. It gives us a taste of those things but not a full banquet. Why not? Fundamentally because *most* customers just don't want them.

Personally, yes I would love a hardware workstation that had all those features you list Chony, but I can't really see it happening. There are not enough customers who want this and would pay for it. We've seen digital cameras, music players, sat nav etc all being folded into mobile phones rather than being standalone hardware. That's just the way it's going.

Good luck creating your own arranger on pc..
You will have to do everything from scratch
Nothing is ballanced
You will be tinkering with your gear and software continously..
I prefer spending my time behind a hardware keyboard making music..

Pc, or in my case the ipad works well as an addition to the lovely Genos..
If there is something missing in my Genos, or my stage piano.. the ipad can do it for me..
Works well...
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Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2020, 07:03:12 PM »
You are right many of us do not want all this electronic stuff added to our keyboards. We are happy with what we have.

Given the average age of those attending the Yamaha arranger demonstrations (see on YouTube the videos of the Dutch ace player whose name I do not remember now) this is perfectly understandable. After all when they were young (and received their inprinting that will last for life) even a basic handheld calculator was advanced technology (in the 70s it took a full month of salary to buy one).

But when, not many years from now, Yamaha will have to find new costumers for their products, (the millennials), I do not think that they could fob them off with a technology (and firmware) that was already obsolete even before their birth!
 

Offline Bachus

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2020, 07:56:05 PM »
Very True, You are right many of us do not want all this electronic stuff added to our keyboards. We are happy with what we have.

But you realise that you are slowly becomming a minority?

Where Yamaha allways shines is taking that high end stuff and adding it to their high end arranger keyboard..  i will give you some examples, like the ensemble section, you would have called that high end stuff, yet you probably love it the way Yamaha implemented this..

Same for touch screens, during Tyros 4/5 upgrade, many people here said they didnít need a touch screen, yet it is here and allmost everyone loves its functionallity..


I think Yamaha is doing great with their updates, yet they are doing it to slow for many people here..

I can make a long list of these features everyone would love if implemented the Yamaha way...   Where Yamaha makes those high end features easy to use... 


But saying, we are happy with the Genos as is, is something different from saying we are enjoying the Genos as is, but realise it could be so much better if.....(fill in 100 improvements) ..  and yet we are all here, because we love Yamaha keyboards?


Anyway, personally i think all those people saying the Genos is great and does not need any new features, is the reason that arranger sales in Europe and the US keep dropping as we speak. Because Yamaha listens to you, and thinks by itselves, this is a lovely situation, minimal effort, maximal proffit..

There is nothing wrong with having long lists of wishes for a next keyboard generation, or even a V2.5 or V3.0 upgrade..  i think when done with respect for our current instrument, its a great thing ..

I in general only ask from Yamaha to implement features they have on their other less expensive keyboards too..  features that could be fun... fun for everyone...  and improve the quallity of the instrument for all..
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Offline Joe H

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2020, 08:26:53 PM »
... I in general only ask from Yamaha to implement features they have on their other less expensive keyboards too..  features that could be fun... fun for everyone...  and improve the quality of the instrument for all..

I agree with you 100%.  There are many features from their synths going way back 20 years that could be ported over to the arranger and add great value and an element of creativity for the player.  Especially the TOTL arranger... considering its price point.

Remember, Yamaha never take away features, they just add more to the next arranger release. We still don't know how many new features could be added to the Genos and PSR-sx arrangers with OS updates. Like an Arpeggiator Editor, Voice Editor, add more arpeggios, more DSPs, etc.  We know they increased the capacity of the MIDI on-board sequencer and changed the fonts for display, etc.

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Offline RoyB

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #23 on: July 31, 2020, 09:34:31 PM »
Well this thread seems to have drifted from its original topic! Nevertheless, this is my take on it.

There is a good reason why Yamaha have for many years been market leaders in arranger keyboards - and it isn't because they have produced the most innovative or technically advanced arrangers (because in my opinion they never have). In my opinion, it is because Yamaha have cleverly and consistently produced the best overall cost-effective packages with useful, easy-to-use features (not necessarily the most technically advanced) that suit the requirements of the adult audience that they feel is most likely to buy home arranger keyboards. And they have cleverly done that, with marketing and distribution expertise to match, for many years, helped by communities such as this, so that in effect the Yamaha brand name now sells the products.

However nothing lasts forever, and I cannot help but think that the time for the demise of hardware keyboard arrangers as we have known them is not far away - they can only get away with updated repackaging of their existing technologies for so long. Whether we will ever see hybrid workstation-arranger type products (as some have suggested) remains to be seen. My hope is that someone comes up with something more revolutionary and innovative, and my thinking is that we could see moves away from hardware arrangers that have a dedicated and limited built-in software OS,  to more flexible computer-like solutions designed around software. We have already seen a handful of small 3rd-party developers come up with software arranger products to supplement/enhance existing arranger keyboards - will one of the main keyboard manufacturers take this concept further?

Whatever new developments come next, we don't know whether or not it will be Yamaha leading the way (if indeed there are going to be any new arranger-type developments). However, I am reminded that over 30 years ago Yamaha dabbled in the home computer market, producing a couple of home PC products that were heavily music orientated. In fact the last of these, at the end of the 1980's, was a music orientated PC that had a number of MIDI specific features - it was in fact a dedicated MIDI studio in a laptop-type box.

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Offline RagJose

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2020, 09:42:45 PM »
[...] Remember, Yamaha never take away features, they just add more to the next arranger release. [...]

I beg to differ, Joe... coming from the 3000 and the S-950, I miss Music Finder a lot, despite the limitations it has compared to Registrations.  With these, one is stuck with just an alphabetic song order for a gig.  MF allowed instantaneous on-screen sort by Style or Tempo, not to mention the "Favourite", "Search1" and "Search2" screens, which allowed one to organize a repertoire into three meaningful subsets, taking advantage of Michael Bedesem's Music Finder View utility.  I could say I miss also some panel buttons, but I may be still to discover that I can recover them with the assignable buttons, as I'm still in the learning curve with the SX.

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Offline EileenL

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2020, 10:21:50 PM »
On the newer keyboards Play list is the way to go. You can store your gigs set in order of play and as many as you like. you can move the order around to suit.

Offline Joe H

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #26 on: July 31, 2020, 11:11:28 PM »
I beg to differ, Joe...
Regards -- Josť

Nothing was taken away, it's just implemented differently or improved.

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Offline RagJose

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #27 on: July 31, 2020, 11:30:57 PM »
On the newer keyboards Play list is the way to go. You can store your gigs set in order of play and as many as you like. you can move the order around to suit.

Thanks, Eileen.  That seems to be Yamaha's choice for the future and Playlists are fantastic if you gig in a predefined sequence.  I'm still to find out a good way to change the mood of my performance at an arbitrary moment without having a specific song name in mind.  I had it figured out with Music Finder.  New meadows to explore now.

But we're really getting way off topic, as RoyB pointed out.  Sorry...
 

Offline Toril S

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #28 on: August 01, 2020, 12:15:45 AM »
I must admit that it has always baffled me that Yamaha put so little space for storage in their magnificent keyboards. I love the big hard drive on my Tyros. But my S975 is full after putting some midi files and maybe 100 styles in user memory. I prefer storing things on the keyboard, then it is always there. An USB stick may be forgotten. And for expansion..... Well, you have mentioned it. But Yamaha may have a reason for keeping the memory small, who knows, I am not a data savvy person.
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Offline Bachus

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #29 on: August 01, 2020, 10:51:17 AM »
I must admit that it has always baffled me that Yamaha put so little space for storage in their magnificent keyboards. I love the big hard drive on my Tyros. But my S975 is full after putting some midi files and maybe 100 styles in user memory. I prefer storing things on the keyboard, then it is always there. An USB stick may be forgotten. And for expansion..... Well, you have mentioned it. But Yamaha may have a reason for keeping the memory small, who knows, I am not a data savvy person.

I explained this in a previous answer..  only the korg kronos has more room for user samples.. Genos is at the top of them all..

Thats because the type of memmory required for the current hardware is way more expensive then PC memmory. Its not ram its flash ram, ans thats something different then SSD memory too.

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Offline Bachus

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #30 on: August 01, 2020, 10:52:54 AM »
On the newer keyboards Play list is the way to go. You can store your gigs set in order of play and as many as you like. you can move the order around to suit.

You can even convert your old music finder files to the new more flexible system..
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Offline Bachus

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #31 on: August 01, 2020, 11:12:49 AM »
I agree with you 100%.  There are many features from their synths going way back 20 years that could be ported over to the arranger and add great value and an element of creativity for the player.  Especially the TOTL arranger... considering its price point.

Remember, Yamaha never take away features, they just add more to the next arranger release. We still don't know how many new features could be added to the Genos and PSR-sx arrangers with OS updates. Like an Arpeggiator Editor, Voice Editor, add more arpeggios, more DSPs, etc.  We know they increased the capacity of the MIDI on-board sequencer and changed the fonts for display, etc.

Joe H

There is so many easy improvements they could make... and then i am not talking about implementing the latest VCM organs and pianoís.  Or an FM, VA or VL synth engine...  this would be nice for the next Genos tough..

No much more basic things.. like being able to add different arps to every sound
Having access to arps as a searchable item, just like sounds and styles, being able to save them on USB
Having a choice when not using a midi file, to get into a pro mode, with 8 voices and a style part, each voice having 2 dsp effects and an arp..  you basically would create a modx this way inside the genos..  with just assigning resources differently....

Better interaction with a pc or an ipad... i think an ipad could be the perfect tool for indepth sound design, package management, and even midi editing with a piano roll (or audio edditing) if Yamaha converted one of their piano apps to just do this... also integrating the sheet music part.. and maybe even piano/keyboard practice by supporting a tool like piano marvel..

But also being able to create your own SA1 voices would be great..
or access to soundmondo, which is an online database from Yamaha where modx/montage owners can share sounds and performances they created.  Easy searchable with an ipad app.

And so many other things...  like adding a Bosendorefer Imperial piano sound to their onboard sounds, there is still enough free ram to do this..

I think Yamahaís financial interest in selling content trough the website might have been holding them back. This might be exactly the reason whey Yamaha stopped with paid expansion, this allows them to develop more tools for the users to become more creative with their instruments, witouth people in the company referring to the expansion packs as a reason not to do this.


Only time will tell, but i guess we will see atleast 2 more major updates to Genos in its lifetime with more new feautures and improvements.

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Offline blackpool

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #32 on: August 01, 2020, 12:02:42 PM »
I must admit that it has always baffled me that Yamaha put so little space for storage in their magnificent keyboards. I love the big hard drive on my Tyros. But my S975 is full after putting some midi files and maybe 100 styles in user memory. I prefer storing things on the keyboard, then it is always there. An USB stick may be forgotten. And for expansion..... Well, you have mentioned it. But Yamaha may have a reason for keeping the memory small, who knows, I am not a data savvy person.

Thats why I liked the hidden compartment on my Genos for a 'fixed external' USB, which worked just like additional user memory, I had a 32gig in mine which was more than I would have ever needed . pity this is not on the SX.

Simply bung a connected, hidden flash drive inside the cabinet when they are making the thing ...End of problem for user storage and it would hardly cost much and keep everybody happy! ...i know and dont see why you cant use this for expansion, i am not that technical...i own a car but I dont understand what goes on under the bonnet!
As for expansion ....dont get me started!!  everything in my view should be 'load and play' with no manager required!

The very reason I prefer Yamaha to the difficult OS Korg operates, is so I can work on the keyboard itself and hardly need to use a laptop/tablet to manage my files.

If I can't manage with preset /legacy voices /styles  plus my easily loaded external styles/voices and regis ...then i recon it's a poor situation. These latest keyboards have hundreds of options pre-loaded and if you include legacy, then its 1000's  plus your own, then its endless!

I just have my full external library of styles and voices on user and i can quickly search and load what i need if ever i am stuck for choice..

I do hope they are not moving the way Korg operates by having you need a keyboard management app. before you install extra stuff.

I like to play not administrate! 

Keith 
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Offline rbackes

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #33 on: August 01, 2020, 02:14:27 PM »
I think, with the 3GB we are on the upper limit. Maybe Yamaha can free some more bytes, but I think, the remaining 1 GB is in use for internal voice or effects.
What is also not known, whether the tone generator chip can support more than 4 GB of sample storage - the user memory is connected to another interface that works more like a hard disk. The sample storage is addressed (as I suppose) like RAM or ROM.

I can only imagine one way to get 'more' room for samples. This would be using the user-memory as storage for the sample voices and move them in and out of the 4 GB sample storage as needed.

But this means: No user memory - you have to rely on USB storage for your files (styles, Registrations, MIDI etc.) - for me no deal, as I already use an USB Stick for my storage, not the user memory.
But Yamaha would need to rewrite or at least review  big portions of their code to implement this swapping. And I don't think they will do this.

Before I bought my GENOS, I was thinking about building my own arranger with a MIDI-controller, a PC and a bunch of Software. But then I realized: I want to make music, not fiddeling arround with software that does not really co-operate.
And that is why I got my GENOS.

Rainer
 

Offline DerekA

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #34 on: August 01, 2020, 05:19:39 PM »
When I got my S770 I was super excited to have about 150MB expansion space. And I could load more than one pack at once! Remember before that it was one pack at a time - and then only from Yamaha's limited range.

We're so spolied now with 3GB, a large selection of third party packs, plus soundfonts and anything we make from our own samples.

There's always room for more, but I'm also grateful for what I have right now :)

Offline Joe H

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #35 on: August 01, 2020, 09:18:37 PM »
... I can only imagine one way to get 'more' room for samples. This would be using the user-memory as storage for the sample voices and move them in and out of the 4 GB sample storage as needed...
Rainer

You can't use the User memory for samples or expansion pack Voices. It's used for styles, Multi Pads, Registrations and MIDI files.

Joe H
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Offline Bachus

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #36 on: August 02, 2020, 09:07:11 AM »
You can't use the User memory for samples or expansion pack Voices. It's used for styles, Multi Pads, Registrations and MIDI files.

Joe H

Its also a different type of memmory..   in the processing structure its further away from the processors..
The voice memmory is very close to teh SWP 700 processors.
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Offline blackpool

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #37 on: August 02, 2020, 11:05:51 AM »
Bachus  -  i fully get your point, but as i said in part of my earlier post ...' i know and dont see why you cant use internal memory for expansion' ... Everything should simply be 'load and play' It cant be that difficult to homogenise it all, Seems to me they are little more than additional voices and styles. Then as i said, i am no technical expert.

I believe the 'detachment' has always been tactical ...as a second income stream, which is understandable, I do it in my own business for ancillary sales, good on Yamaha!
But if packs are going to become FOC, then just have enough memory to load them direct and a simple library to access them from, ( no manager required, just an owners password ) This would encourage more 'core product' sales in my opinion, ...It would also enable better data gathering for product takeup ...and be great for satisfying future sales trends.
buy hey ho what do i know??

I cant stress the point enough .... i am all about 'playing' and not spending time messing with files.
Just give me a keyboard that is 'self contained'

Keith
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Offline rbackes

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #38 on: August 02, 2020, 12:46:52 PM »
You can't use the User memory for samples or expansion pack Voices. It's used for styles, Multi Pads, Registrations and MIDI files.

Joe H

You can't currently do this. But one can imagine (or dream of) a firmware that is able to move voices (samples) in and out of the 4 GB sample memory as needed. So you could load a voice like you load a style or registration - on the fly.

Rainer
 

Offline metcam

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #39 on: August 02, 2020, 01:35:52 PM »
Nothing was taken away, it's just implemented differently or improved.

Joe H

Copy/paste single note from custom voice/drum to another custom voice/drum. CLEARLY not existing any more .
 Was on T2,T3 and T4.

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Offline chony

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #40 on: August 02, 2020, 06:22:33 PM »
A couple of points.

Americans donít realize that they are in the tiny minority of arranger players. In fact, as has been noted, the majority of players in America are seniors and small gig performers. What you donít realize is that there is a whole world of cultural musicians you donít even know about. Whether Arab, Asian, Jewish, Indian and more who are young, professional and perform for young crowds, and we charge a lot of money for it. I know multiple musicians (including myself) who charge over $2000 a gig and work over 100 times a year and the Genos or Pa4x is our instrument. And there tens of thousands of us.

So if Yamaha wants to sell more keyboards and have a bigger business market looking towards the future, not to mention people who can actually afford to pay $6k for a machine, it has to keep up not with the basic needs of Eileen and others who consistently and predictably downplay every time we ask for an upgrade, but with the emerging and current young markets of those of us who are taking music to its limits. And yes, a drum mixer, synthesizer, multi band EQ, and full editing of voices are basic requests.

And getting back to the original topic: yes I know 3gb is currently the most any keyboard offers. Kudos to Yamaha on that. But to be a truly pro keyboard, and to meet the potential of this beast, there should be options for upgrades. For example, if Yamaha would charge me another $5k for 50gb of flash, I would pay it in less than a heart beat and I would use it!

Edit: Itís not just people here in America who donít realize the potential and market of this keyboard, Iím convinced Yamaha themselves donít realize it!
 
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Offline metcam

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #41 on: August 03, 2020, 03:05:04 AM »
A couple of points.

Americans don’t realize that they are in the tiny minority of arranger players. In fact, as has been noted, the majority of players in America are seniors and small gig performers. What you don’t realize is that there is a whole world of cultural musicians you don’t even know about. Whether Arab, Asian, Jewish, Indian and more who are young, professional and perform for young crowds, and we charge a lot of money for it. I know multiple musicians (including myself) who charge over $2000 a gig and work over 100 times a year and the Genos or Pa4x is our instrument. And there tens of thousands of us.

So if Yamaha wants to sell more keyboards and have a bigger business market looking towards the future, not to mention people who can actually afford to pay $6k for a machine, it has to keep up not with the basic needs of Eileen and others who consistently and predictably downplay every time we ask for an upgrade, but with the emerging and current young markets of those of us who are taking music to its limits. And yes, a drum mixer, synthesizer, multi band EQ, and full editing of voices are basic requests.

And getting back to the original topic: yes I know 3gb is currently the most any keyboard offers. Kudos to Yamaha on that. But to be a truly pro keyboard, and to meet the potential of this beast, there should be options for upgrades. For example, if Yamaha would charge me another $5k for 50gb of flash, I would pay it in less than a heart beat and I would use it!

Edit: It’s not just people here in America who don’t realize the potential and market of this keyboard, I’m convinced Yamaha themselves don’t realize it!

 AMEN!!!!!


If I have a chance to choose between :

1. GENOS 50gb flash upgrade only 

              or   

2. Genos2 with 5gb flash 

I will choose Genos 50 gb upgrade no matter what cost is.
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Offline EileenL

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #42 on: August 03, 2020, 11:24:57 AM »
Well Choney
  Thanks for the mention and by the way I am English not American. A forum is a place where everyone is entitled to put there own opinion. Yamaha like any other manufacturer has to cater for everyone and it is well known by them and others, that the majority of these keyboards are sold to Senior people who when they retire have the time and money to purchase these great keyboards. They also still gig and make good money. Whilst we have been in lock down I have listened to some great professional players just using Genos as it is and the music has been brilliant.

Offline chony

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #43 on: August 03, 2020, 05:31:54 PM »
Hi Eileen,

You are a great contributor to this forum and I donít discount your knowledge and professionalism.

But almost every time somebody asks for an upgrade or makes a feature request we can rest assured that you (and a few others) are going to discount our opinions.

Yes of course itís a forum and everyone should express their opinions. But when all your opinion does is diminish someone elseís concern or request while providing no benefit to yourself itís may be better left unsaid.

The requests we make do no harm to the way you use the keyboard. We are not ever asking for removal of any features. We are just requesting new features for our own needs. It doesnít require a rebuttal each and every time.

You yourself note that the majority of these keyboards are sold to seniors. Well, thatís a real short sighted business plan, isnít it. It basically guarantees the demise of this product within a decade or two. Your own words prove that Yamaha needs to modernize and cater to the evolution of music creation.

We arenít asking for change. We are asking for new features.

Respectfully.


Offline metcam

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #44 on: August 03, 2020, 05:39:27 PM »




But almost every time somebody asks for an upgrade or makes a feature request we can rest assured that you (and a few others) are going to discount our opinions.

Yes of course itís a forum and everyone should express their opinions. But when all your opinion does is diminish someone elseís concern or request while providing no benefit to yourself itís may be better left unsaid.

The requests we make do no harm to the way you use the keyboard. We are not ever asking for removal of any features. We are just requesting new features for our own needs. It doesnít require a rebuttal each and every time.

 

We arenít asking for change. We are asking for new features.

Respectfully.

YES!!! We arenít asking for change. We are asking for new features.

Well said Chony!!

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Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #45 on: August 03, 2020, 06:28:52 PM »
You yourself note that the majority of these keyboards are sold to seniors. Well, thatís a real short sighted business plan, isnít it. It basically guarantees the demise of this product within a decade or two.

That is the plain and hard truth.

Having the bulk of your buyers aged 70ų90 is not a future proof business. No need to have a master in business administration to understand that.

Sure, you can sell them today outdated tech at jewelry prices, but then the lucrative business will soon end. And the seniors of tomorrow will be much more tech savvy (and probably with less money, and with today's government debts to pay).

Offline Bachus

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #46 on: August 03, 2020, 07:12:30 PM »
Quote from: groovyband.live
Having the bulk of your buyers aged 70ų90 is not a future proof business. No need to have a master in business administration to understand that.

So true...

But for everyone else Yamaha is selling the Montage and modx?

I can see Yamaha moving features of the Genos towards the Montage line, while the arrangerbuiseness slowly dies..

Doyou know Ketronís launchpad feature?   I think every montage player would love arranger tech in such a pro form...

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Offline ugawoga

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #47 on: August 03, 2020, 07:19:12 PM »
Hi
Oh the exitement of free packs
Destroys your memory!! ;D

Why not get all the sounds that you want and put them all in a couple of packs and leave the duff ones out that you do not use?
In other words ,clean out the junk and have a tidy house.


All the best
John

Offline EileenL

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #48 on: August 03, 2020, 10:42:38 PM »
Yes John,
I totally agree. What is the use of wasting memory on things you won't use.

Offline blackpool

Re: 5GB or more Expansion memory-Yamaha you can do it!!!
« Reply #49 on: August 04, 2020, 12:02:13 AM »
Yes... this is the very point I was making earlier in the thread... if these files are available now free of charge .. Then simply offer a library of available specific and individual voices and styles from any of the packs collectively for owners to 'load and play' the ones they like..who needs a manager? Monitoring downloads to owners would profile user trends for specific consumer needs and popularity...
Would solve onboard flash shortage...
Tesco and the like have been consumer profiling for years...why not Yamaha ... they are missing a trick in my view ..
Keith
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