Generalmusic

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Generalmusic was an Italian musical instrument manufacturing company focusing on digital and acoustic pianos, synthesizers and arranger workstations. They produce three lines, musical instrument series called GEM, various studio equipment series called LEM and amplificator products called ELKA.

First production[edit]

Generalmusic's first successful arranger workstation models were their WX series, which offered a large blue LCD display, a user-friendly interface and some vintage synth sound presets like Oberheim, Arp2600, Prophet or Synthex. Although designed as arranger workstations, WX series had some professional synthesizer capabilities like filter and cutoff (resonance) editing with an integrated powerful 16-track sequencer. The company also offered more sophisticated versions of the WX series as S series synthesizers. The S2 was similar to a Kurzweil K2000 for its functionalities such as optional sampling, and layout and patch manipulation.

RealPiano Expander and RP-X[edit]

From the 1990s to 2000, Generalmusic made a physically modeled, digital half-rack piano module called the RealPiano Expander.[1] It featured realistic, physically modelled grand pianos with continuous damper pedal functionality.[2] The RealPiano Expander has a delicate LCD readout that is prone to failure. This is due to the internal placement of the LCD ribbon wire in proximity to the top front edge of the plastic front bezel. To prevent damage to the LCD ribbon wire, users should not place heavy objects on top of the module. Users have replaced the LCD ribbon wire themselves.[3][4] A damaged LCD ribbon wire does not effect sound quality or other functions at all. The device also has a few bugs related to key velocity that were never corrected in the upgradable EPROM firmware.

The RealPiano Expander was succeeded by the GEM RP-X half-rack module in 2006. The RP-X featured the DRAKE (DSP RISC Advanced Keyboard Engine) which simulates a Fazioli F308 and Steinway & Sons grand piano among other instruments.[5]

Further developments[edit]

Next-generation Generalmusic arranger keyboards were the WK series. Again, they offered a more sophisticated SK series as a synth-arranger alternative and Equinox as a standalone Kurzweil K2500 clone.

Product 1990-2006[edit]

Portable Style Keyboards: CD10/ CD20 / CD30/ WK1 / WK2 / WK3 / WK4 / WK6 / WK8 / gk300 / gk320 / gk360 / gk380 / wk1000 /wk10R / wk2000 OR / ws1 /ws2 / WX2.

Professional Keyboards & Sound Modules: SX2 / SX3 / S2 / S3 / Equinox 61, 76, 88PRO / SK760 /SK880 /Realpiano PRO1 e PRO2 / pRP700 / Promega 2 / Promega 3 / Genesys Pro S (OR) / Genesys S / Genesys XP / RP-X Piano Expander / GM-X Multi-Sound Expander / ws3

DRAKE Powered Home Digital Pianos: RP700 / RP800 / GRP800 / RP910 / RP710 / RP810

Ensemble Piano: PS 1600 / Genesys Ensemble / ws4

Ensemble Grand Piano: GPS 1600 / Genesys Encemble Grand

Recent Situation[edit]

The last generation of Generalmusic synthesizer is the Genesys series, offering onboard sampling from an integrated CD-ROM, audio sequencer tracks, and flash ROM. In addition to Genesys the company offers the beginner alternative as GK series and a simplified WK version as WK-1000/2000.

Generalmusic also produces digital pianos, the Promega series, which are more popular than their synthesizer products.

On February 2009 Generalmusic fired all workers that immediately filed for bankrupt which has been declared in 2011.[citation needed] http://www.asterimini.it/vendite-fallimenti-procedure-concorsuali/vendite-complessi-aziendali

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fogwall, Niclas. "RealPiano Expander". Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Heinous, Harvey. "RealPiano Expander, Chopin Concerto No. 1, second movement". Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "How to replace RealPiano Expander LCD ribbon wire (french)". Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Replace RealPiano Expander LCD". Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "GEM RP-X SOUNDS DEMO". Retrieved 4 December 2012. 

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