Originally posted by JoostMerema:...the Genesys has the 'hanging' tone bug. When you try the instrument and change a lot from sound <> perf <>styles there will be a sound looping, and you only get it out by resetting. Too bad, my Equinox has it, my WK had it I assume it is a GEM thing.
I think I know what you are talking about here...You keep jumping around, doing this and that, and all of a sudden a note (or notes) keeps playing and nothing you do stops it until you turn the keyboard off then back on....Right?
If that is what you mean, my WK8 does that too.
Here's a little more 1st impressions....I've been with GEM for sometime now (Bachmann, WX2, WK4, WK8) so I feel pretty comfortable with navigating around all the buttons. I figured for the most part, I would have the Genesys figured out in no time. Bring up single instruments...easy. Style play...easy. Then, I wanted to see how the playing a midi file directly off a floppy worked. Both the salesman and I sat there pressing buttons after buttons and couldn't make it happen. None of the choices made any sense...So I grabbed the manual. Finally figured it out...You have to do this, then this, THEN this. Oh, I get it now. So I wrote it off as a 'first time user inexperienced' kind of thing. Then, I tried to change an instrument on one of the tracks before the midi started to play....Can't do it. The midi has to be loaded into RAM if you plan on making any changes. Bummer cause thats what takes all the time, loading the songs into RAM, whether from a floppy, CD-ROM, or hard drive. I wonder if other keyboards are the same in that respect. Then, I loaded a block of songs that came on the CD that comes with the keyboard. Searched through the songs and picked Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple...Let's hear if they made any changes to the electric guitars. My first impression was, "What the hell is this?" I didn't like what I was hearing. They've added more heavy, distorted, overdrive guitar registers and were using a different one for this song (different when compared to my WK8 which also comes with this particular block of songs). I think my WK8 does a pretty nice job with this song...Here are some samples if anybody is interested: http://genny.lib.umn.edu/wk8/guitars.htm
Anyway, I didn't care for it but you might, in fact, you might love it and think it's the best guitar sound you've heard a keyboard make...It just didn't work for me. And with all this going down, there is that $4000+ price tag staring me right in the eyes.
I played some other songs, they sounded great, sounds like the drum kits have been upgraded. And with that fantastic Genny sound system on board, it was pretty impressive. So I left with mixed reviews...I liked the looks, I liked the feel, I liked the sounds, I have to re-learn the navigation, loading midi files technically won't be any easier, etc. To me, the Genesys is a very, very refined WK8 and that's good. I'm just not sure if that is what I need or want.
Bottom line is I need to give the Genesys another chance. Play with the styles and new sounds more, learn the buttons better, make some real music.
[This message has been edited by msutliff (edited 01-15-2003).]