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Yamaha MOXF8 Music Production Workstation
- Motif XF Sound Quality
- Flash memory expandability
- Performance mode to enhance your creativity
- Advanced computer integration
- Very Portable
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The Best of the Legendary Motif XF Workstation
We’ve updated the popular MOX Series with the latest MOTIF XF technology by adding more sounds, more effects and even a Flash board option slot. Because it’s compatible with MOTIF XF and MOX data, MOXF has a huge collection of sound and sample libraries and optional software available right away. Expandable, portable, affordable, and compatible with a wide range of other products, these instruments brings MOTIF music production power to a whole new generation of musicians and producers.
A Universe of Sounds from a Decade of Motifs
The new MOXF series combines a MOTIF XF sound engine and Flash memory expandability, a MIDI keyboard controller with extensive DAW and VST control, USB Audio/MIDI interfacing, onboard sequencing, and an extensive DAW / VST software bundle.
High Quality Sounds of All Varieties
The MOXF boasts a rich collection of instrument voices that includes pianos, electric pianos, strings, wind instruments, orchestral sounds, guitars, basses, and drums, as well as a wide variety of vintage and modern synth sounds.
MOTIF XF sound engine
Of special note are the detailed digital re-creations of two Yamaha grand pianos (a 9-ft CFIIIS and a 7-ft S6) that only an acoustic piano manufacturer could achieve. The finely-detailed reproduction of even very subtle nuances has resulted in exquisitely crafted piano voices that will satisfy even the most demanding players. Now containing a huge total of 741 MB of waveforms, and featuring all-new content, the MOXF offers 136 new voices including the superb S6 grand piano, keyboard sounds such as clavinets and organs, and a range of new sounds from genres as diverse as orchestral and hip-hop.
Performance mode to enhance your creativity
Performance mode allows you to combine multiple voices together (up to 4 parts) and play them on one MIDI channel, so that you can play dynamic layer sounds or even solos along with drums and bass backing tracks. With the interactive Arp engine, playing simple chords or even single notes gives you complete musical performances to inspire your creativity. The MOXF has 256 preset performances in a wide variety of music styles including rock, world, hip hop, jazz, and more.
Advanced computer integration makes the MOXF the center of your music production studio
The MOXF comes with a variety of music production software that allows you to integrate it with your computer setup. These include the MOXF Editor for detailed editing of voice and mixing parameters, MOXF Remote Editor, a convenient tool that lets you edit and create control templates for your favorite VST instruments, and Remote Tools, which makes integration with Cubase software incredibly simple. A single USB cable is all you need to transmit both audio and MIDI data between the MOXF and your computer. The MOXF features a built-in 4-in 2-out USB audio interface so you can record its internal sounds, and two dedicated audio inputs that can be used to capture guitars and vocals all recorded directly to your computer.
Music production with Cubase AI 7
Cubase AI 7 is a version of Steinberg’s DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software made specifically to integrate with Yamaha music production synthesizers. Because the MOXF features both a MIDI and an audio interface you can record up to 32 audio and 48 MIDI tracks. You can even connect an analog mixer, microphone or guitar to the analog inputs, you can record any instrument to your computer via the MOXF. With built-in effects and the ability to control up to 16 VST instruments, Cubase AI lets you perform the complete computer music production process, including notation, scoring, and automated mixing.
Easy operation and comprehensive controls
Category search mode features 16 different instrument categories, each with its own sub-categories, so getting the sound you need is a fast and intuitive process. With Performance Creator you can easily build up layer or split performances with a single button press. Start with a voice you like, and then press LAYER to have the MOXF choose a suitable layer sound. Press SPLIT to call up a left hand bass sound automatically, and then go to DRUM ASSIGN to access the huge variety of built-in rhythm patterns available.
Awesome piano action -- on the go!
A lightweight body (MOXF6: 7.1kg (15.7lbs), MOXF8: 14.9kg (32.9lbs)) means that carrying the MOXF to rehearsals or gigs is easy— pound-for-pound these are the most powerful workstations Yamaha has ever made. The MOXF8 features an 88-key GHS keyboard that provides authentic, realistic keyboard response—much like the playing feel of an acoustic piano—with a heavy touch in the bass register that changes to a lighter one in the treble, and a natural gradation of touch in between. Meanwhile, the MOXF6 offers a 61-key, semi-weighted keyboard that has been designed and adjusted so that you can easily and expressively play the rich variety of sounds the instrument offers.
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Everything Yamaha makes is well designed and reliable. I even buy Yamaha manufacturing equipment at work. I am never dissappointed.
I am new to synths, so a better manual would be nice. My CASIO watch has more information in its manual than this thing. That is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. And so far it seems like the only way I can get a metronome click is to be in record mode. Anyone know a better way?
Bottom line is that I am certain it will take years to learn everything this can do. And I am looking forward to every moment.
I love the sounds and effects it comes with and am constantly exploring, but, to get some of the sounds to really be heard, requires a quick hard pressure( almost a soft pounding) and when I do this I get the thumping sound from the keys.....kind of a drag. I wish the keys had a more hardier feel and were a little more responsive to quick note changes.
When playing a piece, using the performance mode, the preset rhythm tunes are so loud that I can't hear what I'm playing with my right hand.
I haven't hooked it up to my computer, which I'm dreading, but maybe this will give me more control over volumes and accompanying sounds, with preset performances. It's plastic, so it feels kind of cheap, but to me 1200.00 isn't exactly cheap. I like that it has two foot pedal inputs. I have used really nice headphones with it, but the sound doesn't seem to come through very well. I hooked up a medium sized Bose Speaker to it and that's what I usually use. It works well w/o having to deal with a bulky amplifier system. Overall. I'm still happy with it and will keep practicing until I understand it better. Will I eventually go for an upgrade?.....more than likely.
Only design complaint? Although there's like 3900+ waveforms on board, it's a little bit on the skimpy side for pure synth waves. I ended up installing the 1G flash card, and loading the Peter Jung CS-80 samples, and that helps a lot.
And yes - unless you're *positive* you'll never need a waveform that's not onboard, you'll want to budget for the flash card. Note that the CS-80 samples, the Chick Corea Rhodes samples, and the Ultimate Piano samples will all just about fill a 512M flash or half a 1G flash, so you can only install one on the 512M flash, and you can't get all 3 installed at the same time on the 1G card. (Not an issue for me, the presets already include Rhodes and acoustic pianos for my use..)
Bottom line - if your budget only allows one keyboard in the $1000-$1500 range, and you're doing mostly composing/arranging workstation-y stuff, this is a good place to start (If you're using it mostly as a stage instrument, I think Yamaha has other gear a bit more suited for that..)
The quality of the sound is out of this world. I cannot describe how perfect the voices are. It's like playing a $70,000 grand piano, then press two buttons and you're playing a $5,000 vintage organ, then play as an entire orchestra , then let master drummer play the beat with you as you play one of the hundreds of beautiful synths. The sounds are rich, full, fuzzy, tight, warm. Effects add so much but be prepared to spend a lot of time learning how to work everything. There are four manuals. The Yamaha website has them weirdly titled so I uploaded them here:
Be sure to check out Yamaha rebates and promotions to see if you can get any freebies with your purchase.
I do get annoyed that when I turn it on it defaults to the Moxf8 performance and I have to switch to voice, then go to preset bank 1 just to get to the grand piano, but I'm sure there's an easy way to set up the launch I just haven't learned it yet.
To those who complain about it being too complicated, if this keyboard were any simpler to use, it would sacrifice more than half of its capabilities. It is a monster of a machine yet somehow somewhat intuitive and certainly worth every penny. You don't have to spend hours on end to learn it's basic functions. You can just plug and play! But it will take a while to really learn how to navigate and set up this keyboard just they way you want it. You get out what you put in. I can't wait tell I'm fluent and able to breeze through it's functions.
I have noticed that maybe 1 in 4000+/- notes I play either is lagged / delayed or doubled. Its not debilitating and hardly noticeable. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this? Also, I have experienced one single freeze with the interface so far. Powered it off and on and I was good to go.
I ordered this hard case for it http://amzn.com/B00NEUGMPU dimensions check out so fingers are crossed it will fit, this case is half the price of other hard cases. (also check craigslist for some nice used 88 key hardcases are for around $100)
Top reviews from other countries
Los sonidos son de gran calidad, la sensación al tocar es excelente, el peso de las teclas el rebote, la sensibilidad. El synth tiene muchas posibilidades, como ya he mencionado, aun sigo explorando y aprendiendo. Tiene muy buena conectividad para MIDI y USB, compatible con iphone y ipad para controlar sonidos alternos como los que contiene Garageband. El MOXF viene con la posibilidad de expandir la memoria para incluir los sonidos premium, pero OJO, hay que comprar una tarjeta de sonido adicional que cuesta otros $4000 pesos, en algunas tiendas de musica lo incluyen aunque tiene un precio más alto, es importante preguntar.