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Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation  

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The Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation is a 61-key synth with 418 voices and 22 onboard drum kits (plus an extra set of GM voices) combined wit...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Bold MOTIF sounds in a very affordable package

The Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation is a 61-key synth with 418 voices and 22 onboard drum kits (plus an extra set of GM voices) combined with lots of realtime controls for performance and song creation. Nicknamed the "Mini-Mo" because it draws on the powerful sound engine from the pro-level MOTIF series workstations, the MM6 has a wide variety of dynamic, realistic, and just plain powerful voices to help you create amazing music. The MM6 makes it easy to take control of your sounds—just twist some knobs and tweak the sound in realtime as you play. You also get special patterns for full backing of your live performance and song creation. Exceptionally light and portable, you'll be able to bring your MM6 anywhere your music takes you.

Maximize your Music
Much of today's music is being made on computers and the MM6 digital piano is built to fit right into any computer music system. Just connect the USB (to host) terminal on the MM6 to your computer with a standard USB cable and you've got the makings of a sophisticated recording setup. Just to make sure you've got a head start, it includes a free copy of Cubase LE—a full-featured music production application that has all you need to record your performance data from the Yamaha MOTIF MM6 via MIDI, edit the data, process the sounds with effects, arrange it in multiple tracks, and perform the final mixdown.

Patterns to groove on
The MM6 has a full set of Patterns that give you rhythmic backing in a wide variety of music styles—including hip hop, rap, R&B, dance, ambient, pop, rock, jazz, and even world styles. These patterns are just what you need to shake up the dance floor. All dynamic, all powerful—the MM6 gives you the real thing. Patterns that stay in the groove but never sound mechanical. Drum loops with a truly human feel that dance and float around the beat, yet remain firmly in the pocket. Riffs and licks that get you inspired, get you moving, and get you creating some serious music.

Arpeggiate yourself
The powerful arpeggiator feature lets you automatically create repeating rhythmic phrases and note patterns. A full 213 arpeggiator types are built in, letting you trigger a variety of musically useful and exciting patterns to get the house jumping. Many of these arpeggiator types use synth lead, piano, and guitar voices to generate melodic and broken chord patterns based on the chords you play with your left hand. Bass arpeggios and drum voice rhythm loops are also included, letting you easily set up dynamic riffs and beats to jam over.

Save and swap
When you play live, you want to be able to make sound changes quickly—not just between songs, but in the middle of a song too. The Performance Memory feature is just the tool you need to smoothly switch gears and take things up a notch or two. Each Performance can store combined settings for the Voices you want to use (including special keyboard splits and layers), the Patterns you want as backing tracks, and any other crucial settings for your live work. Then, simply call up each Performance by pressing a single button.

Share the wealth
With the rear panel USB connection, the MM6 makes it easier than ever before to transfer your valuable data between devices. Plug in a USB thumb drive or memory stick and store the important MIDI songs, Pattern files, Performance settings, and all other data you've created, and then bring it to a computer for archiving and organizing. You can also save your recorded songs in the universal SMF (Standard MIDI File) format, then transfer and use those on any another SMF-compatible device, including computers running MIDI music sequencing software.

All drivers and available editors for Yamaha synths can be downloaded from www.yamahasynth.com.

FEATURES
  • 61 synth-action keys
  • AWM2 Tone generator
  • 32-note polyphony
  • 16-part mulitimbral capacity
  • 70MB wave ROM (in 16-bit linear format)
  • 418 normal voices, 22 drum kits
  • 128 GM voices, 1 GM drum kit
  • 8 banks of 8 performance settings
  • 25 reverb types
  • 30 chorus types
  • 5 master EQ types
Sequencer
  • 96 parts per quarter note resolution
  • 11-280 BPM tempo range
  • Real-time replace recording
  • 168 patterns (x4 sections)
  • 3 preset songs, 5 user songs
  • 400 song max. with USB

SPECIFICATIONS

MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation

  • Connections
  • Left, Right (1/4" mono)
  • Headphones (1/4" stereo)
  • Footcontroller
  • Sustain
  • MIDI In/Out
  • DC inlet (12w power consumption)
  • Dimensions: 37.35"W x 4.85"H x 14.75"D
  • Weight:11 lb.
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YamahaMM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation
 
4.4

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (2)

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    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (6)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Electronic music (4)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent sound & features

The drawbacks of this unit (though few) are fairly critical. There is no notification currently letting the operator know whether or not they are in "Dual" mode - which is critical for...Read complete review

The drawbacks of this unit (though few) are fairly critical. There is no notification currently letting the operator know whether or not they are in "Dual" mode - which is critical for performers who may be playing in settings where the key monitors are not as clear as what they should be. Intuitive coupling of patches to tempo would be nice as well.

Again, the sound quality of the patches are great, but certainly lacking in the piano and strings. I'd rather have 5 stellar piano patches than 60 so-so quality patches.

It seems like Yamaha was attempting to offer workstation features in an inexpensive performance keyboard, but they included many of the wrong workstation features that have little benefit in a live application - as well as not including some critical features like status notifications, quick-reference patches, and intuitive accompanyment that would make live performance much smoother and adaptable.
Great features overall.

The layout is a bit unfriendly for live applications.There is no notification when the keyboard is in "Dual" modeThere is no intuitive coupling of tempo/rhythm/patches... For instance, if you typically use a rhythm/tempo with specific tone patches, it would be nice not to have to set them every... single... time."Workstation features" are nice, but some of the MM6 quick-set features are the wrong features for live applications. They could have added a "favorite" section with 10 patches that include rhythm, tempo, and functions like the Dual mode.
Sound quality is great.
Strings lack some richness, and piano sounds are a bit parochial.
Not bad for a mid-priced unit. The lack of ease in navigation and certain missing "status - notification" indicators are certainly missed and would make this product a much better value. Plus, concentrating on "quality - not quantity" of available patches would help as well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

MM6 - More toy than Pro keyboard

OK, if you want to learn more about computer based music. Not really that good for live performance.
The features are as expected from the manual I downloaded before purchasing this.Yamaha's...Read complete review

OK, if you want to learn more about computer based music. Not really that good for live performance.
The features are as expected from the manual I downloaded before purchasing this.Yamaha's "auto-accompany" feature is based on the older PSR technology. You are limited to the styles in the instrument. The selection of styles is heavily slanted toward disco and hip-hop.
Exterior is plastic case. Typical of keyboards in this price range. Although the pewter color is nice, it will degrade with some use. The quality of the sounds is OK but there is really not much in the way of Motif sounds as claimed. I have an old PSR-293 with more usable sounds (and styles) than this MM6. User manual is poorly written and formatted. I have not worked much with the sequencer.
I have had the keyboard one month now. I will be returning is Musicians Friend.

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4.0

Cheap, good, all-around synth

By Rockinrt

from Sacramento, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Low price
  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound
  • Touch Sensitive Keys
  • Usable Sounds
  • Very lightweight

Cons

  • Cheap Construction
  • Limited Programabilty
  • Wall Wart Power Supply

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Concerts
  • Electronic Music

Comments about Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation:

I just picked up my MM6 today at a pawnshop. I have been a gigging musician for a long time, in some successful tribute bands. My main workhorse is a Korg Triton, which I have had for years, and love. Other than acoustic pianos, the Triton does everything I need rather well. What I was looking for, and think I have found in the MM6, was an inexpensive 2nd all-around synth. The sound engine is the same as the Motif, so the sound quality is quite good. The strings, pads, bells, lead patches, electric pianos, etc sound nice. The organs are ok, but a little weak. It is clearly not a Motif, though. The sounds are only tweak-able on the most basic levels- filter cutoff, resonance, attack, release, effects balance, etc, but the sounds are good enough not to need to tweak them much. It is nice having dedicated front panel knobs for the cutoff, resonance, attack, and release, since those are probably the most often tweaked. The body of the keyboard feels cheap and very light, which can be bad or good, depending on your prospective. It's the kind of synth you can throw in a gig bag, and do a little one-off gig, and have decent, usable sounds, without schlepping out your heavier higher-end gear. At the same time, it certainly does not seem as roadworthy as my more "pro" keyboards. My last cheap Yamaha I owned turned out to be great, though- my liittle blue CS1x. Like the MM6, it was cheap plastic, but I treated it well, and it held its own for years, alongside some much more expensive keyboards., and sounded great. I don't realy sequence anything, so I doubt I will use will use the on-board sequencer, but to call the MM6 a workstation, seems a bit of a stretch, compared to the higher end workstations. The relative simplicity of operation will probably appeal to entry-level players, though. While I doubt the MM6 will ever be my primary go-to synth, it will certainly have a space on my stand right above it, and will play a respectable role of 2nd fiddle in my rig.

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5.0

Great Keyboard

By Juic'e J

from Atlanta,Ga.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation:

        I just bought this keyboard and I love the sounds and the sequencer. Great buy for my studio. Thanks Yamaha.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Can't Wait!!

        By musicalgenius7

        from Detroit, MI

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Portable
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Concerts
          • Electronic Music
          • Learning
          • Travel

          Comments about Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation:

          Very good price and will pay for itself. Musicians friend site was easy and reasonable. And I will be back

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good for Learning

          By StarDog@night

          from Tampa, FL

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable

          Cons

          • No Speakers

          Best Uses

          • Learning

          Comments about Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation:

          I am just learning, and this seems to be just fine for that.

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          5.0

          great board

          By shnook

          from ny

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

          • No Speakers

          Best Uses

          • Electric Piano Sounds

          Comments about Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation:

          Great board the price

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          awesome machine

          By osakatides

          from Fairmont, WV

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Cheap
          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Realistic Sound
          • Sounds amazing

          Cons

          • Limited Layering
          • No Sampling

          Best Uses

          • Band
          • Electronic Music
          • Fun

          Comments about Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation:

          I saw the video on youtube with the British guy and I had always wanted to get a keyboard/workstation to make my own music with. I went with the MM6 due to the price and the features. Yes, it's entry-level and can't compare to the higher-end boards, but it would be unfair to compare it to those anyway. If you need a board on the cheap, check the MM6 out. I love it!

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          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not quite professional grade.

          By Jelly Roll

          from Mobile, AL

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Portable
          • Pre-programmed music
          • Realistic Sound

          Cons

          • Poor Sequencer

          Best Uses

          • Practice

          Comments about Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation:

          i already own a couple of Yamaha portables with battery operation and speakers. I thought this might be a step up and more professional grade, especially in the sequencer section. It wasn't. Because of that I opted to return it. I do like the Yamaha sounds.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          not bad at all

          By jesse

          from North carolina

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Portable
          • Realistic Sound
          • Responsive / Good Action
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

          • Limited Sound Selection

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Electronic Music
          • School Bands
          • Travel

          Comments about Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation:

          I purchased this keyboard a couple weeks ago. I wanted to upgrade without spending alot. There were two keyboards that had really good reviews they both had good and cool features but in the end when i compared them this won.
          the piano sound was better on this one. All im gonna say is try them out. play em and see if they have the sound that you want. for the Price this keyboard is very well equipped. easy to use and fun.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          MM6 - More toy than Pro keyboard

          By Tony Ray

          from North Carolina

          Comments about Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation:

          OK, if you want to learn more about computer based music. Not really that good for live performance.
          The features are as expected from the manual I downloaded before purchasing this.Yamaha's "auto-accompany" feature is based on the older PSR technology. You are limited to the styles in the instrument. The selection of styles is heavily slanted toward disco and hip-hop.
          Exterior is plastic case. Typical of keyboards in this price range. Although the pewter color is nice, it will degrade with some use. The quality of the sounds is OK but there is really not much in the way of Motif sounds as claimed. I have an old PSR-293 with more usable sounds (and styles) than this MM6. User manual is poorly written and formatted. I have not worked much with the sequencer.
          I have had the keyboard one month now. I will be returning is Musicians Friend.

          Comment on this review

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice Synth but this is not a WORKSTATION

          By Jerry Simmons

          from Indiana

          Comments about Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation:

          Its a good keyboard and a controller. No quantise or squencer. You can record up to 6 parts and a make a song or beat but no quantising. Its basically a writers and gigging tool.
          I use this keyboard as a controller for Reason and the knobs works cool with the Malstrom, Subtractor and Thor. If you want workstation control...use it with Cubase.
          The sounds are great! Some motif sounds! We use it at church and the band loves it!
          Some Motif sounds for cheap!

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