Yamaha have announced the Tyros 5 replacement
Pretty exciting for those of us who are that way inclined.
So what's the 'Gen'???
A website exists (genosmania.com) which has invited enthusiasts to vote for 'wished for' features, or even add one - but unfortunately I had way more than just one on my wish list.
So I'd like to share my 'hoped for' features here - along with (what I think is) a wee invention of mine - which would be very useful if implemented on an arranger workstation like this.
Here's my feature wish list
- Audio styling that includes actual pitch changing audio, of instruments like guitars, basses etc,
- A slimmer & lighter case,
- Sequencer synced audio tracks, 4 or maybe even more,
- Possible upgrades like high resolution piano boards, FM & analogue synth sound boards,
- 88 note hammer action keyboard availability,
- Balanced mic input with analogue pre-amp & compression, maybe even feedback suppression,
- An arpeggiator or dual arpeggiator,
- Velocity sensitive pads to facilitate drum programming
- Groove templates - like on the excellent QY-700 Sequencer,
- ...& that brings me to my idea (which may or may not be unique) but here it is....
....it's what I call the Rocker Acc/Dec foot controller (see illustration Below)
It's basically a 'centre detented' foot controller for Tempo.
This foot controller would allow acceleration & deceleration of the accompaniment tempo by a user definable amount, let's say +or- 8% by default, so that the 'feel' of a live band performance (& hence the realism) could easily be simulated. The player would simply push forward (accelerate with the toe) to increase the tempo (like for the bridge or chorus) - or pull back (decelerate with the heel) to slow up the tempo, & if let go, the foot controller would spring into it's centre (default) position.
This would make for a much more human & expressive performance.
Arranger keyboard performances would no longer have to be considered clinical by some & could be every bit as expressive & emotional as any other instrument.
This seems to be the direction that Yamaha are going anyway with their audio styles - taking arranger keyboards into much more realism.
So that's the idea.
Don't know of any keyboard manufacturers implementing anything like this before, but it's something most arranger keyboardists would appreciate - once they understood it.
Looking forward to hopefully hearing a Genos soon.
One thing is for sure with Yamaha - it's bound to be awesome!
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