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Yamaha MO6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control  

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    The center of your musical creativity.

    The MO6 delivers Yamaha's powerful MOTIF synth engine functions and sounds in a compact, affordable workstation. Plus, it doubles as a powerful computer recording partner, giving you sounds and controls to use with your DAW software. The Yamaha MO6 synth has 61 weighted, touch-sensitive keys, 64-note polyphony, 256 user presets, 256 performance presets, 5-band master EQ, a backlit graphic LCD, plus USB and S/PDIF outs for digital connectivity.

    MO sounds from acoustic to analog

    The heart of the Yamaha MO keyboard is the same massive 175MB wave ROM and synth engine found in the flagship MOTIF ES. Complete with expressive, multi-velocity acoustic pianos and EPs, MegaVoice guitars and basses that capture all the subtle nuance of the real thing and a vast selection of string, brass, and other acoustic sounds, the Yamaha MO6 is ready for any type of music production. A huge selection of different drum kits instantly inspires new beats and grooves. Whether you need realistic rhythm tracks or orchestral backgrounds, the MO6 keyboard has all the sounds you need in one place.

    This 61-key Yamaha synthesizer isn't just for acoustic emulations. The four-oscillator voices feature multiband filters and snappy envelopes so there's also a complete selection of analog and digital synth sounds from funky basses, silky leads to atmospheric pads. Realtime controls and an advanced modulation matrix, let you easily shape those sounds to fit your production needs.

    The Yamaha MO6 also includes advanced effects processing including reverbs, chorus, and delays; 16 individual part EQs; and powerful dual insertion effects that can be applied to up to 3 parts in a mix or performance. The insertion effects feature some of the most creative and unique DSP processing on the planet including lo-fi, digital scratching, slicing, and beat change.

    If you're looking for the most expressive acoustics sounds from pianos to drums, the widest selection of the freshest synth basses, leads, and pads and the most powerful DSP processing available, you'll find that nothing in its price range has any MO.

    The Yamaha MO6 goes with the flow
    As a musician you find yourself in lots of different situations: live gigs, song writing collaborations, studio sessions, and computer music environments loaded with DAWs and soft synths. The Yamaha keyboard was designed to adapt to each of these different applications with their own special demands and provide just the right feature set for each situation. The MO6's responsive voices and realtime controls allow you to express subtle emotions in live performance. The performances are not only live ensembles with splits and layers, but many use the MO synth's Phrase Factory Arpeggios and are complete grooves to instantly inspire song ideas. But most important of all, the MO series was designed to be not just a keyboard, but the center of a computer based music production studio. It offers a DAW remote control mode that gives you full hands on remote control of DAW and SoftSynths. The Studio Connections compatibility let you treat the MO as a VST SoftSynth inside Cubase SX 3.1 and Nuendo 3.1. The special Utility Quick Setups let you easily change from one style of working to the next. So no matter how you like to work, the MO series adapts to fit your workflow and lets you be more musically productive.

    Song writing partner
    Some people might wonder why you need a built-in sequencer in a workstation keyboard when there are so many powerful computer software programs like Steinberg's Cubase products available today. But the MO's Song and Pattern sequencer was actually designed to be a creative scratch pad to let you quickly and easily get your song ideas down. Much of today's music is looped based and having a Pattern sequencer let's you work in sections that can be easily chained together to try different song arrangements. So when working on new song ideas, it's often faster and easier to use the MO's onboard sequencer to get your ideas down quickly while inspiration is still fresh. The Quick Setups utility also lets you transfer from the internal sequencer to your computer with a single button press.

    Jam on!
    The Yamaha MO6 is light in weight and extremely portable so it's great for live performance situations. It also features hands-on knobs and sliders for realtime controls and a full complement of pedal control inputs as well. The MO6 and others in the Yamaha MO series also features full multizone MIDI capabilities for controlling external tone generators, SoftSynths, and other keyboards in your rig.

    With it's high-quality built-in DSP effects, the MO sounds great going directly into your band's PA mixer. Light in weight and heavy on features, the MO series is a working musician's dream.

    Project studio—Controlling your DAW with your MO
    Today's project studios are centered around the computer and the MO series' total integration with computer production systems is what really separates it from the competition. It features both USB "TO HOST" and USB "TO DEVICE" ports. The "TO HOST" port lets you connect multi-port MIDI to your computer with a single USB cable. The "TO DEVICE" port lets you connect USB storage devices like hard disk drives and thumb drives (USB flash memory) directly to the MO for saving voices, performances, and songs and backing up files to your computer. Digital Audio connectivity is standard with a stereo coaxial digital output for noise free digital recording of your MO to your computer sound card, a DAT or CDR.

    The Yamaha MO6 synth also features a DAW Remote Control Mode that allows full hands-on control of popular DAW software including Sonar, Logic, Digital Performer, and the full range of Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo products. The keyboard lets you control Volume, Pan, Solo, Mute, Track Arming, Track Select, and many other track specific functions. The Transport controls on the MO series can be setup to stop, start, and return to zero your DAW projects. You can even edit and control VST/AU plug-ins and see their parameters displayed in the LCD display of the MO. Total control over your DAW and SoftSynths from your hardware synth has never been easier.

    Home Studio—Controlling your Yamaha synth with your DAW software
    Perhaps the most exciting part of the MO series is the powerful cross platform software that can be downloaded from www.yamahasynth.com. Full Voice and Multi-Part Editors are available that let you edit and store MO setups via your computer. Even more amazing, using the latest versions of Cubase SX or Nuendo, you get all the benefits of full Studio Connections compatibility. No more trying to remember what Voices you used in that project you were working on 3 months ago. Just launch the project and the Recall function will reconfigure your MO to exactly the settings that were last used in the project.

    With Studio Connections Audio Integration capabilities, you can even turn your MO into a Virtual Synth complete with phase-accurate latency compensation and add VST effects directly to your MO inside your VST mixer. This allows you the convenience of freezing a track on a hardware synths and being able to continue working on your project even when the hardware is not connected.

    Total Integration = Total Control
    Total control over your DAW and SoftSynths with the MO's DAW Remote Control Mode has never been easier. Total control of your hardware synth from your DAW software with the MO's Studio Connection compatible software has never been easier. Now you can use all the power of the total computer integration in the MO series to make more music.

    What is Total Recall?
    Total Recall is the first phase of the Studio Connections project. The Voice and Multi Part Editors for the Yamaha MO6 are Total Recall compatible so they work inside the Studio Manager system available in the latest versions of Cubase and Nuendo. Studio Manager can be opened directly from inside your Steinberg software and contains editors for a variety of Yamaha synthesizers, mixers, and effects. Saving a project in Cubase and Nuendo saves all your Studio Manager editor settings right along with your project file. Just open your project file again and Studio Manager will restore your MO (and the rest of your MIDI Studio) to the exact same settings as when you last worked on that project.

    What is Audio Integration?
    Audio Integration is the next phase of the Studio Connections project. It allows you to setup the MO Series as a VST Instruments via the "External Instrument" function found in Cubase SX 3.1/Nuendo 3.1. Now you can use the MO Series just like a plug-in, routing it to the DAWs Audio mixer, applying VST effects and even using unique VST functions such as "mix down" and "freeze". Finally you've got a seamless environment where both hardware synthesizers and software synthesizers can be completely integrated together.

    Features
    • 61 keys, LC keyboard with weighted, touch-sensitive keys
    • DAW Remote Control supporting Mackie and Logic protocols
    • Studio Connections compatible
    • USB port
    • Tone Generator AWM2
    • 64-note polyphony
    • 16 internal multitimbral parts
    • 175MB wave memory
    • 1,859 waveforms
    • 512 voices
    • 64 drum kits
    • 128 GM voices
    • 1 GM drum kit
    • User: 128 x 2 banks + 32 drum kits
    • User performances: 256 (up to 4 parts)
    • 18 filter types
    • 20 reverbs
    • 49 chorus effects
    • 116 insert effects x 3 blocks
    • 8 mastering effects
    • 5-band master EQ
    • 3-band stereo EQ
    • Note capacity: 226,000
    • Note resolution: 480 ppq (parts per quarter note)
    • Realtime recording
    • 5 scenes per song
    • Pitch bend wheel
    • Modulation wheel
    • 4 assignable control sliders
    • 4 assignable knobs
    • Data dial performances
    • Dedicated front panel switch and store display pages
    • Stereo coaxial digital output

    The MO6 is the perfect partner for all your musical aspirations. Get it and gather your musical needs into one powerful unit.

     

    MO6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control Specifications:

    • All drivers and available editors for Yamaha synths can be downloaded from www.yamahasynth.com.
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    Old Musician with New Keyboard

    I purchased this instrument primarily to supplement the production I was doing with other instruments. I have found, though, that I've actually spent more time on this keyboard than with my guitar. That...Read complete review

    I purchased this instrument primarily to supplement the production I was doing with other instruments. I have found, though, that I've actually spent more time on this keyboard than with my guitar. That may simply be because it is a new instrument but I think a lot of it has to do with the quality and ability to produce great sounds even though I'm still new to keyboards. for overall production work this keyboard is hard to beat and I would be very disappointed if something were to happen to it. By picking up the instrument I'm finding my understanding and skills as an overall musician have increased and the enjoyment I receive from the instrument is well worth the investment.
    Let me start this review by saying that I am brand-new to keyboards; however, I have been playing guitar and bass for number of years. So I had a bit of an idea of what I wanted before I began my search. The Yamaha MO6 simply provided me the most bang for the buck. It is important to note, though, that this is really not designed or intended for beginning keyboard. Even with years of experience in guitars I found this unit to be quite intimidating. Fortunately, the layout is relatively easy to understand once you begin to break it down and recognize that the instrument is designed for ease, convenience, and overall great sound quality.

    The biggest attraction for this instrument is the combination of exceptional features that far exceed what one would expect in the price range. In fact, I had originally made a decision to purchase the Yamaha MM6 and then discovered Musicians Friend had lowered the price to make the Motif a great value. The feature that was at the top of my list was ability to seamlessly work with music production software on my home computer. I've used a number of USB-based capture devices over the years to record voice, drum, guitar and bass. I'm very comfortable with production software and have used it to create some exceptional background music and multimedia presentations. The addition of this instrument means I can expand by creativity while maintaining the highest level of computer-based production available.

    For those interested in computer-based production the integration of the Studio Connections system (a joint venture by Yamaha and Steinberg) is probably a big advantage. Though I've been using other systems (primarily Sound Forge by Sony and Audition by Adobe) I found the move to the included Cubase software relatively easy. So far the included software has been useful and I also found that this instrument works as easily with my other software.

    The next feature that is really important is the arpeggio capability along with phrasing. Basic knowledge of cord structure and relationship between different components within a song has helped my learning with this instrument. Most notably, the ability to lay down a series of chords quickly and easily has provided significant background and feel for my other work. Professional keyboard players probably don't see the instrument in the same light but for the guitarist wanting to supplement their work with a great keyboard this is been a wonderful investment. I have been very pleased with the Motifs ability to create relatively complex structure from such an amateur musician. Those with a decent understanding of music can build complex rhythmic/chordal patterns simply using the preset phrases already in the system. I'm sure none of my work will appear in a major motion picture or win a Grammy but for production of multimedia presentations and commercial education systems this is a great instrument and tool.

    The last feature I will mention has to do with the ability to shape the sounds with the manual control features. I was surprised to find that within a fairly short time I was able to create sounds and alter existing instruments to get just the perfect combination. Again, the professional musician will build do much more but for an amateur musician at my level it seems much more impressive to take me from such a low level to a sound of great quality. The testament is to the overall power and usability of the Yamaha MO6.
    As I consider different keyboards I familiarized myself with units at the highest level (Tyros, Kronos, Fanton, etc.) and those in the intermediate range ($700-$1500). Obviously the most expensive units have a different feel and overall quality to them; however, within the intermediate range the Omaha appears to be of equal if not better quality than many of the other units. The feel of individual parts, such as keys and knobs, is what one would expect for quality instrument in this price range. Sliders, buttons, and wheels all feel solid and work very easily.
    I hinted at value in my opening paragraph and want to reiterate that this instrument is very good value. In fact, I could not find another instrument with these features for anything close to this price. The major manufacturers such as Korg, Roland, and Kurzweil, produce instruments with similar features but the prices seem to be 20% higher if not more. Unless you simply have a particular loyalty to another manufacturer I can't see any of them coming close to the overall value of this instrument.

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    bubbainsc

    This keyboard is junk and in no way can or ever will compare with Roland. After 3 months 6 keys no longer worked and I had to send it to another state to be...Read complete review

    This keyboard is junk and in no way can or ever will compare with Roland. After 3 months 6 keys no longer worked and I had to send it to another state to be fixed. It was returned 2 months later and I was told that the contacts were "dirty". Now three months later I am beginning to have the same thing happen again - this time the warranty has expired. Buying this workstation was a major mistake - Take my advice - buy a Juno.

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Old Musician with New Keyboard

    Comments about Yamaha MO6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

    I purchased this instrument primarily to supplement the production I was doing with other instruments. I have found, though, that I've actually spent more time on this keyboard than with my guitar. That may simply be because it is a new instrument but I think a lot of it has to do with the quality and ability to produce great sounds even though I'm still new to keyboards. for overall production work this keyboard is hard to beat and I would be very disappointed if something were to happen to it. By picking up the instrument I'm finding my understanding and skills as an overall musician have increased and the enjoyment I receive from the instrument is well worth the investment.
    Let me start this review by saying that I am brand-new to keyboards; however, I have been playing guitar and bass for number of years. So I had a bit of an idea of what I wanted before I began my search. The Yamaha MO6 simply provided me the most bang for the buck. It is important to note, though, that this is really not designed or intended for beginning keyboard. Even with years of experience in guitars I found this unit to be quite intimidating. Fortunately, the layout is relatively easy to understand once you begin to break it down and recognize that the instrument is designed for ease, convenience, and overall great sound quality.

    The biggest attraction for this instrument is the combination of exceptional features that far exceed what one would expect in the price range. In fact, I had originally made a decision to purchase the Yamaha MM6 and then discovered Musicians Friend had lowered the price to make the Motif a great value. The feature that was at the top of my list was ability to seamlessly work with music production software on my home computer. I've used a number of USB-based capture devices over the years to record voice, drum, guitar and bass. I'm very comfortable with production software and have used it to create some exceptional background music and multimedia presentations. The addition of this instrument means I can expand by creativity while maintaining the highest level of computer-based production available.

    For those interested in computer-based production the integration of the Studio Connections system (a joint venture by Yamaha and Steinberg) is probably a big advantage. Though I've been using other systems (primarily Sound Forge by Sony and Audition by Adobe) I found the move to the included Cubase software relatively easy. So far the included software has been useful and I also found that this instrument works as easily with my other software.

    The next feature that is really important is the arpeggio capability along with phrasing. Basic knowledge of cord structure and relationship between different components within a song has helped my learning with this instrument. Most notably, the ability to lay down a series of chords quickly and easily has provided significant background and feel for my other work. Professional keyboard players probably don't see the instrument in the same light but for the guitarist wanting to supplement their work with a great keyboard this is been a wonderful investment. I have been very pleased with the Motifs ability to create relatively complex structure from such an amateur musician. Those with a decent understanding of music can build complex rhythmic/chordal patterns simply using the preset phrases already in the system. I'm sure none of my work will appear in a major motion picture or win a Grammy but for production of multimedia presentations and commercial education systems this is a great instrument and tool.

    The last feature I will mention has to do with the ability to shape the sounds with the manual control features. I was surprised to find that within a fairly short time I was able to create sounds and alter existing instruments to get just the perfect combination. Again, the professional musician will build do much more but for an amateur musician at my level it seems much more impressive to take me from such a low level to a sound of great quality. The testament is to the overall power and usability of the Yamaha MO6.
    As I consider different keyboards I familiarized myself with units at the highest level (Tyros, Kronos, Fanton, etc.) and those in the intermediate range ($700-$1500). Obviously the most expensive units have a different feel and overall quality to them; however, within the intermediate range the Omaha appears to be of equal if not better quality than many of the other units. The feel of individual parts, such as keys and knobs, is what one would expect for quality instrument in this price range. Sliders, buttons, and wheels all feel solid and work very easily.
    I hinted at value in my opening paragraph and want to reiterate that this instrument is very good value. In fact, I could not find another instrument with these features for anything close to this price. The major manufacturers such as Korg, Roland, and Kurzweil, produce instruments with similar features but the prices seem to be 20% higher if not more. Unless you simply have a particular loyalty to another manufacturer I can't see any of them coming close to the overall value of this instrument.

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    5.0

    Yamaha MO6

    By davidwilburnband

    from missouri

    Comments about Yamaha MO6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

    I purchased this for our band, we do new top 40 so needed something with a good set of sounds. This has some great sounds to match what you need to do new type songs. We didn't get into the programming so I can't say much about that. But we used this on probably 100 one night stands, it never gave any trouble. It is just a little heavy for traveling.

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    5.0

    MO 6

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Yamaha MO6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

    I had been looking for a nice board to practice on at home and for use at church when I ran cross the MO 6. For a long time, I have been a fan of the motif keyboards and absolutely love the MO 6. I am use to playing a motif 7 at church but have found this board to also have a quality, rich piano sound. I have also used my MO 6 at church for synthesized keyboard and string filler. Overall, this is a great board for those who want a nice keyboard with quality piano sounds but don't want to pay high-end money for one. I recommend the MO 6.

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    (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    bubbainsc

    By bubbainsc

    from South Carolina

    Comments about Yamaha MO6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

    This keyboard is junk and in no way can or ever will compare with Roland. After 3 months 6 keys no longer worked and I had to send it to another state to be fixed. It was returned 2 months later and I was told that the contacts were "dirty". Now three months later I am beginning to have the same thing happen again - this time the warranty has expired. Buying this workstation was a major mistake - Take my advice - buy a Juno.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Yamaha Mo Series Rocks!

    By Murph in Spokane

    from Spokane WA

    Comments about Yamaha MO6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

    After my main keyboard went down and was rendered non-repairable I began searching for a quality board with great sounds and features. Having played the Motif I knew Yamaha was a top conteder. However, not having the means to afford the Motif I was surprised to find that the MO Series has the same sounds found on the more expensive board. I purchased the MO6 due to the size, features and cost. I have been studying the manual and getting familiar with all the features and I know in time I will know it inside and out. My only disappointment was finding out it does not have weighted keys. I should have done more research on the specs from Yamaha. All in all I am happy with the purchase though.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    wow

    By GrangerK16

    from Atlanta, GA

    Comments about Yamaha MO6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

    the capabilities for this keyboard are great for the price you are paying...many of the synthesizer settings require little or no effort to compose something great.

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    5.0

    Solid keyboard

    By esecon

    from Outside New York

    Comments about Yamaha MO6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

    This board wears a lot of different hats. It's a nice performance instrument while it can also work with your computer and/or workstation. The sounds are realistic though I found some of the orchestral sounds a bit tinny. Overall, it kicks carcass!!

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GREAT BOARD

    By Keysmandan

    from Virginia

    Comments about Yamaha MO6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

    I have owned the triton, Kurzweil, Alesis. I have had experience live and in the studio. This is a great board that is feature rich. The sounds are realistic, and a very well put together piece of equipment. My only gripe is the manual is a little difficult, however with a little time spent, not a huge deal. This one is really worth looking into if you are in the market for a new workstation.

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    5.0

    A great workstation

    By kbman

    from San Jose, CA

    Comments about Yamaha MO6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

    I got this KB to complement a KB arranger for live play. After trying various synths, I found this one to be reasonably priced for its sound quality & features (I was not aware of all the features it has when buying it !!!).Honestly, it's not easy for me to learn how to use it at first since this is my first workstation keyboard. I only use arrangers in the past. After one week, I learn to setup to access 16 different instruments with one key touch (128 with 2 keys !!!). This satisfies my live play needs. Then I spent a few more weeks to explore other capabilities: built in Performance, Voices, Arpeggio, Drum rythm... There are a lot more of them than I can discover. Then I learn how to record patterns / songs (by reading the manual, following steps by steps). It's hard but once mastered (and concepts well understood), it become clear. I can record patterns at will now.Patterns are sections of a song that could be chained in any desired order to create a song. Or could be used as accomp. music for live singing when the singer wants to sing these sections in any order they want. I found "patterns" to be extremely useful and convenient. This is something I wanted to do with an arranger but the arranger is more suitable for live play using built in styles, rythms, while a workstation more suitable for making/recording music the professsional way. Of course the workstation can be used to provide more voices during live play too, that why I bought it in first place.I do not know much about the higher end, but this MO-6 is certainly on the pro level at affordable price.

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    5.0

    Great product

    By St. Lewis 4 Nuthin' But Productions

    from Houston Tx but from STL

    Comments about Yamaha MO6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

    That one touch drop to cubase or nuendo is killin me. I can do my inspiration on the keyboard and then drop all my tracks at once with one press of a button...nothing else is so flexible. Or sounds so good

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