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Yamaha Motif XF8 Music Production Synthesizer

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88-Note Workstation
  • Comprehensive high sound quality, including an enormous 741MB of waveforms including an additional 128 Voices and 8 drum kits, for a total of 1,353 high-quality Voices
  • Up to 2GB of additional content available through separately sold flash memory
  • Realization of unique instrument performance methods through the XA (Expanded Articulation) tone generation system
  • Reproduction of the unique, natural, warm sounds of vintage instruments through VCM effects
  • 88 key Balanced Hammer weighted action with initial and aftertouch
  • Including an enormous 741MB of waveforms including an additional 128 Voices and 8 drum kits, for a total of 1,353 high-quality Voices
  • Up to 2GB of additional content available through separately sold flash memory
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Style: 88-Note Workstation | Size: Synthesizer | Color: Black

Inspiration Comes In A Flash

Soon after the original MOTIF was released in 2001, it was recognized as the best sounding, top-selling and most requested music workstation on the market. Over time, it has continued to evolve and improve its expressiveness and functionality. At the same time, the online community of end users, sound programmers, software developers and product support specialists on the MOTIFATOR website has expanded into a vibrant online music production community. The MOTIF breathes new life into live performances with its expressive sounds and intuitive control. In music creation, the MOTIF not only offers its own music creation capabilities, it also offers a system for integrating those capabilities with a variety of software applications. And now, the next generation XF builds on the decade-long heritage of MOTIF, and provides Flash memory expansion capabilities that will set a new standard for keyboard workstations for years to come.

Play and Perform - The Best Sounds Just Got Better

The 741MB of internal Wave ROM includes incredibly realistic pianos and acoustic instruments, vintage synths and the hip hop sounds that all of today's top producers are using.The popular FSX (Motif XF6/7) and BH (Motif XF8) keyboards let you express your passion for playing.A sophisticated 8-element synth architecture with XSpanded articulation and 18 different filter types let you shape your sound anyway you want, and the 8 front panel knobs and sliders make it easy to do even in real time.1664 Voices and 97 Drum Kits put more sounds at your fingertips than ever before.A Category Search function makes it easy to find the sounds you need.

A Sound Engine That Increases the Expressiveness of Instrument Sounds

The tone generator that the Motif XF has inherited from the MotifXS makes an 8-element-per-voice structure possible. Combined with Yamaha’s XA (Expanded Articulation), this 8-element structure allows you to achieve stunningly accurate acoustic instruments including expressive articulations that up until now have been difficult to re-create in electronic instruments. For example, you can re-create the natural legato of wind instruments, the key release noises of pianos and other instruments, guitar slides and harmonics, and the many different articulations for string instruments (spicato, tremolo and pizzicato, etc. ). The AF1 and AF2 buttons on the front panel make it easy to control Voices with multiple articulations.For synthesizer sounds, the 18 different filter types, advanced 6-stage pitch, filter and amplitude envelopes, unique Wave Cycle feature and assignable modulation Control Sets make the Motif capable of reproducing any synth sound from vintage to modern.

A high-quality collection of Voices, including powerful piano Voices provided from an enormous 741MB of waveforms

The Motif XF boasts a rich collection of instrument Voices that includes piano, EPs, strings, wind instruments, orchestral sounds, guitars, basses, and drums, as well as a wide variety of vintage and modern synth sounds. Of special note are the detailed digital re-creations of two Yamaha grand pianos (a 9' CFIII and a 7' S6) that only an acoustic piano manufacturer could achieve. The reproduction in minute detail of even very subtle nuances results in exquisitely crafted piano Voices that will satisfy even the most demanding players.New waveforms have been added to the Motif XF, which now contains a huge total of 741 MB of waveforms.Starting with the S6 piano, the 136 newly-added Voices include keyboard sounds such as those of clavinets and organs as well as a wide range of new sounds from orchestral to hip-hop. This huge internal wave memory ensures that the Motif XF is the best sounding and most versatile keyboard workstation right out of the box.

VCM Effects

Yamaha's proprietary VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology simulates the effects of vintage EQs, compressors, and phasers at the circuit level. This has enabled Yamaha to increase the Motif's instrument quality by modeling the "texture" of vintage analog compressors, EQs and stomp boxes right down to the component transistors and resistors. With the Motif XF, the high-quality effects found in our industry standard digital recording consoles are at your fingertips. Also, the Motif XF is equipped with vocoder effects. By connecting a microphone to the Motif's A/D input terminal, you can apply effects to your voice or use your own voice to create harmonies. The Motif XF also includes the award-winning "REV-X" reverb, the same professionally renowned reverb found in the SPX2000.

Voice Editor Essential

Voice Editor Essential is a simple Core MIDI iPad editor application to edit parameters in Yamaha synthesizers.The editor focuses on detailed editing of insert effects, system effects, arpeggiator and EQ that are frequently modified and can take advantage of the iPad’s large graphic display. In addition to that, you can control parameters like EG or cutoff in real-time by using fader control or XY Pad. Some essential global parameters including tap tempo and volume control are also included.

Up to 2GB of additional content available through flash memory expansion modules

Two flash board slots accommodate two proprietary Yamaha flash board options -- a 512MB board and 1GB board. With two 1GB boards installed, you have a total of 2GB of flash memory available to you. Because this is re-writable flash memory, once you've loaded a sample, it' s always in your Motif until you decide to replace it with something else.The samples could be some of the new Motif Voice libraries or they could be your own samples -- the back ground vocals from your latest album that you need to take on the road, your favorite VST sound that you've converted to Motif format or even that coffee pot in your kitchen that you know will make a great snare sound. Wherever you get the samples, you can now "roll your own" customized 2GB sample library.

Computer Integration &Optional FW16E

Computer connectivity (via USB, Ethernet or the FW16E FireWire option) and DAW integration features like 8 zone Master mode, DAW remote control and cross platform editors let you seamlessly integrate the Motif with any DAW software, including the bundled Cubase AI software. The FW16E FireWire expansion board adds Audio Interface function into your MOTIF XF. With connecting MOTIF XF with a PC via FireWire cable, you can record 16 tracks of audio data directly into the DAW software. Moreover, by installing the MOTIF XF Extension, it adds integration with Cubase software and makes the MOTIF XF’s project template loaded from Cubase start up window.

Cubase AI Included

Cubase AI 7 is a powerful music production software application combining audio and MIDI recording, editing and mixing in a single, integrated software package. Based on the same technologies as Steinberg’s award-winning advanced music production system Cubase 7, Cubase AI 7 is the perfect entry ticket into the world of computer-based music production. Building on the same core technologies found in Steinberg’s Cubase 7 advanced music production, Cubase AI 7 is a special compact version offering all the basic tools for recording, editing and mixing everything from the basic idea to the final masterpiece. Cubase AI 7 offers powerful yet easy-to-use software tools for a large range of music styles — exclusive to customers of selected Steinberg and Yamaha hardware.

Product Information

Style:88-Note Workstation  |  Size:Synthesizer  |  Color:Black
Item Weight 63.7 pounds
Product Dimensions 64.5 x 22.5 x 9.9 inches
Shipping Weight 77.5 pounds
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Item model number MOTIFXF8
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4.1 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #30,076 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#60 in Musical Instruments > Keyboards > Electronic Keyboards > Synthesizers & Workstations
Date first available at August 6, 2010

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Style Name: 88-Note WorkstationSize: SynthesizerColor: Black
I'd give the Motif XF8 4.5 stars if that option were available, because, as one of the most costly workstations available, it lacks a few features that ought to be standard and its complexity is a but daunting. Otherwise, it really is an amazing machine. The sounds alone justify the cost and a five star rating.

First and foremost, the sounds that the machine generates are the best I've heard. A guitar actually sounds like a guitar, nearly as good as when I record on my Martin and without mistakes. I am primarily a piano player, and the piano voices are top notch. There might be better dedicated piano units available (the Nord Stage comes to mind), but the Motif gets very close. I also like the balanced hammer action. Though it is not as weighted as dedicated top end stage pianos. the action offers sufficient tactile response to make playing easy and responsive. The performance mode is very useful as a starting point to creating music. They are widely varied, offering something for every style. I particularly like it that there are great jazz and classical performances to use. Far too many modern keyboards are geared nearly exclusively to hip-hop and similar styles, leaving those who play more traditional styles out in the cold. You are limited to playing four voices at one time (one of those includes the drum pattern), which is rather meager for a workstation of this level.

The Motif is a complicated creature. This is in large part because it does so many things. One can literally create a full composition from scratch, sample, perform, edit, mix, and record it. The problem is that Yamaha could not be bothered creating a manual that actually explains how everything works.
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Style Name: 61-Note WorkstationSize: SynthesizerColor: Black
At first this keyboard seems a daunting task to understand. Its so massive the manuals can only go so far as to probe the depths of its functions and capabilities. It might appear to those who only scratch the surface, as just a sophisticated DJ machine with an extraordinary drum machine capability and techno dance arpeggios. But it's so much more than that I don't need to list its many tools. It's so much more than the earlier Motif editions, too. When used as a Midi controller with a computer sequencer such as Sonar or Cubase you have all the power of high end professional performers like Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. The keyboard is perfectly set up for classical music, movie production sound tracking, jazz ensemble,or any type of music imaginable thanks to its Midi capability. You can load sounds from other sources and save them thanks to the flash boards. It's sound quality is exceptional. Not only that, but it's made like a tank and puts others to shame. But it takes perseverance to learn and it's easy to be discouraged if you don't put in the time. If you do, you'll love the Motif XF and make it an extension of yourself.
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The Motif XF6 is more versatile and functional keyboard of the market. If we compare the XF with the Tyros, the XF may not be better but the Tyros is impractical and more costly than the Motif XF. In addition, the Motif XF compared with the Fantom G is much easier to handle and assign sounds to the tracks in the sequencer function, many people who have been sequenced in a Fantom G have to invest time in editing the set of sounds before you start sequencing, while the allocation of the Tracks sounds and effects editing is simple and fast on the Motif XF. The best price vs. versatility undoubtedly has the Motif XF and is priced lower than its competition, the Fantom G.
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Style Name: 88-Note WorkstationSize: SynthesizerColor: Black
I couldn't agree more with the previous reviewer. At the date of this writing, I have had the XF8 for almost a year. I spent four months reviewing, testing and generally playing around with the functions of this unit. There will come a point where it all comes together. The user will have to be patient and expect failure on an intended action several times over. The user will have to cross reference the user manual with the reference manual many times. Motifator is very helpful and one should expect to do alot of research in the forums.
I have not regretted my purchase. The learning curve is very high and yet, I have now come to a point where I can plan out any full score composition and have the Motif make it work for me.
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Style Name: 61-Note WorkstationSize: SynthesizerColor: Black
A great tool to develop a musical ability, the XF should be plugged into a digital mixer (another $150), and that should be plugged into a computer with a music program such as Studio One (another $100). The idea of this Yamaha "workstation" is that you can quickly play one measure of drums and "sequence" it endlessly.... add a simple bass track, perhaps 4 measures, and then sequence that. Then overdub a drum crescendo on the 8th and 16th measure, and sequence that..... then, play one of the fabulous lead guitar leads for a half hour, improvising melodies and effects with a drum, bass, and rhythm piano or guitar sequenced beneath your lead. Good enough to record, or add vocals then you record it digitally on your computer... put together an album and post songs to youtube or publish it to CD Baby. All the while, you're developing your musical ability. Want to study the pre-programmed riffs for inspiration? There are hundreds that use 4 instruments, and you can change those, either by changing the arpeggios or changing the instruments. The only limitation is that the "brain" can't play some of the ass kicking guitar sounds quite as well in the sequencer mode as it can in the non-sequencer voice mode. So, you might need to stack two XF's or XS's and use one for your simple instrument sequencer, and a second XF as your lead. Or use your computer to sequence and then your XF as lead.
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