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Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer

by Yamaha
4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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  • 61 synth style velocity sensitive keys
  • Super-high-quality sounds
  • Dynamic music creation tools-including automatic Pattern and Arpeggiator generators
  • Performance Memory for instantfull-panel setting changes
  • Versatile song recording features-with eight normal tracks and one Pattern track
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Product Description

Power and control, two elements that can make all the difference in your music, whether you compose, create or perform. The MM8 and MM6 Music Synthesizers deliver all the musical power and creative control you need - and a whole lot more. Taking their sounds from the highly popular pro-level MOTIF series instruments, the MM series have an enormous variety of dynamic, authentic voices to help you create and perform in virtually any style of music. These powerful instruments also give you total control over your sound, letting you dynamically change sonic textures as you play with real-time tweakable knobs. Also built-in are special Patterns that provide full instrumental backing - drums, bass and chords - to accompany your live performance and song creation. The MM8 and MM6 have 418 Voices and 22 Drum Kits on board, all based on the dynamic, realistic sounds of the advanced MOTIF series synthesizers. These exceptionally high-quality sounds range from authentic acoustic instruments to wild, unique and in-your-face synth Voices. An extra set of GM Voices is built into the instrument as well, giving you all you need to play back songs recorded in that popular format. With so many Voices to choose from, you might think it's difficult to select the ones you need. Not so. The convenient Category Search function lets you choose the type of instrument you want to play - organ, guitar, synth, lead, strings, whatever - then select the specific Voice. All your favorite sounds are right at your fingertips, ready to play when you are.

Product Information

Item Weight 11 pounds
Product Dimensions 44 x 18.5 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight 18 pounds
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Origin Made in USA or Imported
Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
ASIN B000YIH0VU
Item model number MM6
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4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #78,987 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#161 in Musical Instruments > Keyboards > Electronic Keyboards > Synthesizers & Workstations
Date first available at Amazon.com June 12, 2007

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I did a ton of research before buying the MM6. There are some great videos on YouTube from a sales rep / company spokesman who was very entertaining. The keyboard does have great sounds, but it has a much lighter/cheaper feel than I thought it would. It feels more like a Yamaha PSR or Casio than a real workstation or synth. I also think the rhythm patterns are a bit misleading. Like many various devices being marketed today (from guitar multi effects to multi track recorders), it comes with what seems to be advertised as a drum machine. But you really can't edit or program the patterns-- they are just pre-set patterns. I suppose they are more fun than a metronome, but only marginally more useful.

I'm happy with the purchase (hence the "It's OK") star rating. But in retrospect, I should have held out for a used 88-key model. I think it would have a nicer feel.
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I bought the MM6 as a step up from the PSR-292 I had been using to practice piano. So far, it has been perfect.

Keyboard touch sensitivity is much better than the PSR-292. Just as plasticky, but the range of touch sensitivity is much wider. It's easier to learn to play piano with the MM6 than with the PSR-292.

The MM6's sounds are much better than the PSR-292. The main piano is only slightly better, but all the other sounds are significantly better.

The MM6's rhythms and accompaniments are very contemporary and fairly narrow. You won't find a good range of standard genres (e.g. 8beat rock, jazz waltz, and beguine are missing) like on the PSR-292. The MM6 rhythms are primarily rap, dance, and techno. If, like me, you don't use this feature, you won't notice.

Like with the PSR-292, the sequencer in the MM6 has no way to set the volume levels on the individual tracks. For me, this renders the sequencer useless.

The performance memory is very handy in that it lets you set up your favorite sounds and tweak the effects. Then with one button press, you've got your favorite setup. I use this to quickly get a full volume piano without all the reverb that is in the factory patch.

The metronome feature is perfect for practicing. You do have to turn off the annoying bell every time you turn it on. Fortunately, this is just a matter of holding down the metronome button for a second or two and dialing up 0/4 on the time signature.

The headphone jack is nice and loud. I use a set of super-cheap five buck Magnavox earbuds from Target and they sound great. Bear in mind that the headphone jack is a 1/4" (large) jack so you'll need an adapter for standard 1/8" portable device headphones.
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The Yamaha MM6 is a decent keyboard. The sounds are good but its not much of a good workstation. The Rythym patterns are something from a old Casio keyboard. They have no feel to them. Not a lot of variety either. My Yamaha PSR3000 blows this one away both in sound and rhythms. If you want something to play at home and maybe SMALL gigs, this could fit the bill. If you're serious about your music at least start with the incredible Yamaha psr S700 /S950 series or the MOX 6 OR 8. The latter will blow your mind( MOX series)
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I received a MM 6 (bought used here on Amazon) yesterday. I'm more than happy with it. I played 'til my hands couldn't take anymore. (Hey.....I'm old). The voices for piano and organ are really as good as other reviewers have stated. I didn't try other voices.
I made a discovery that I wanted to pass along. I have an old Sony sound bar that wasn't being used and, using a 3.5 mm to 1/4 in. Adapter, hooked it up to the board. It works really well!! The sound is spectacular. This wouldn't work for pro gigs unless you're playing to a very small room but for home use it's great. Since I hadn't noticed anyone mentioning something similar, I thought I'd pass it along. It saved me having to buy an Amp, and maybe others could improvise too.
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I have been rehearsing and gigging with this keyboard for about 3 years now with my band REFERENCE POINT headquartered in Camden, New Jersey and I must say it's very efficient live as it's lightweight as previously said and easy to set up quickly in small venues, and the sounds are nothing short of excellent. PROS: Very nice, realistic Retro-Rhodes and Grand Piano sounds, nice string patches as well as amazingly authentic analog retro-synth sounds, and a wide variety of them at that. Very colorful effects on-board that add a lot to the tweeking of the sounds. CONS: Nothing about the playability,just some serious technical/hardware complaints. These keyboards seems to have a shelf-life of about 2 to 3 years before electronic problems start cropping up. I bought my first MM6 from our Band leader Craig Young and it lasted about 2 1/2 years before completely failing in the middle of a New Year's Eve gig at The Firehouse Cafe in Mt. Holly, NJ (I didn't bring my back-up MM6 to that gig :-( A year earlier during a rehearsal the LED Screen started to go and blanked out for good on this same unit; got it replaced at Cintioli Music in Philadelphia, PA, cost about $275. At that time I decided to buy a back-up thru Sweetwater Sound in Indiana, the new unit arrived and then THAT screen crapped out after only a few days and was promptly shipped back, where they graciously sent me another one. I've been using my back-up keyboard now for about a year and a half and now IT has started making electronic hissing and crackling sounds from the main outs. I use nothing but custom-made Mogami Instrument Cables from ProAudioLA in California, so a bad cable(s) for sure was not the issue.Read more ›
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