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Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control

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MOTIF synth power and DAW software control in an affordable, compact workstation.

The MO8 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 keyboard has 88 hammer-action, 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 MO series 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 MO8 synth 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 Yamaha MO8 has all the sounds you need in one place.

But the MO 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 MO8 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 three 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 MO8 synth 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 MO series 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 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's Phrase Factory Arpeggios and are complete grooves to instantly inspire song ideas. But most important of all, the Yamaha MO8 was designed to be not just a keyboard, but the center of a computer based music production studio. The synth 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 Yamaha MO8'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 MO8 synth's on board 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 MO8 is light in weight and extremely portable so it's great for live performance situations. It also features a Balanced Hammer action keyboard like that found on the MOTIF ES8. Hands-on knobs and sliders provide realtime controls alongside a full compliment of pedal control inputs. The 88-note keyboard 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 MO8 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 studioā€¯Controlling your DAW with your Yamaha MO8
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 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 MO8 to your computer sound card, a DAT or CDR.

The Yamaha MO8 keyboard 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. You can 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 Studioā€¯Controlling your MO with your DAW software
Perhaps the most exciting part of the Yamaha MO8 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 three 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 88-key synth 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 MO Series 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, mixer 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 youve got a seamless environment where both hardware synthesizers and software synthesizers can be completely integrated together.

FEATURES
  • 88 key, balanced hammer-action, touch-sensitive board
  • 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
  • MIDI I/O
SPECIFICATIONS
  • All drivers and available editors for Yamaha synths can be downloaded from www.yamahasynth.com.
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YamahaMO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Still Lovin' The MO8 After 2 Years!

I bought an Alesis QS8 in highschool (the best workingman's keyboard of the 1990's) and rocked it until 2006 when the sounds became outdated. After much reviewing and testing, I bought an...Read complete review

I bought an Alesis QS8 in highschool (the best workingman's keyboard of the 1990's) and rocked it until 2006 when the sounds became outdated. After much reviewing and testing, I bought an MO8 and have been thrilled with it. Nowadays, Yamaha is by far the leader of consumer pianos/synths, and the MO8's keyboard, internal sound bank, and rugged made-in-Japan body is the best deal in a workstation or performance board out there! I haven't needed or used the onboard sequencer, but both the tones and the performances (split keyboard with a backing beat) have given me hours of jamming pleasure. Buy this board, and don't forget a nice pair of stereo speakers!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Big ROM, Light Engine

The big selling point of this keyboard is that it came with the same ROM as the Motif ES workstation (which has now been replaced by the XS). The ROM is large at...Read complete review

The big selling point of this keyboard is that it came with the same ROM as the Motif ES workstation (which has now been replaced by the XS). The ROM is large at over 300 MB, but what you need to realize is that the sound engine is not as good as it was in the ES. The sound are a bit thin and there are synths for the same price with better sounds. I recommend the Korg M50 which has a much better sound engine.It's a good keyboard, but I wish the sounds were a bit fatter.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Musicman-SnhhO

from Augusta,GA

Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

This board is great. It has the best sounds for the price you pay. This is a very good alternative if you want Motif sounds and not the Motif price. I used to use the Korg Triton Extreme; but the triton has nothing on this board. I recommend this board to anyone.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Still Lovin' The MO8 After 2 Years!

By Barjack

from Portland, Ore

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Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

I bought an Alesis QS8 in highschool (the best workingman's keyboard of the 1990's) and rocked it until 2006 when the sounds became outdated. After much reviewing and testing, I bought an MO8 and have been thrilled with it. Nowadays, Yamaha is by far the leader of consumer pianos/synths, and the MO8's keyboard, internal sound bank, and rugged made-in-Japan body is the best deal in a workstation or performance board out there! I haven't needed or used the onboard sequencer, but both the tones and the performances (split keyboard with a backing beat) have given me hours of jamming pleasure. Buy this board, and don't forget a nice pair of stereo speakers!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Frickin' Awesome!!!!

By D. Stump

from Floresville, TX

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Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

Simply amazing! I was able to try this keyboard out last night at a local music store since my church is looking for an upgrade. Love the piano and string sounds and the feel is so realistic. Easy to navigate and it has the potential to be full band when in the right person's hands!! A must-buy!! I'm just waiting now for the new year to roll around so my church can go ahead and purchase this thing! Thanks Yamaha, for another great-sounding workstation!!!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very good

By Musiquito

from Bronx, NY

Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

I've had my MO8 x 6m now, so far it has proven itself to be a good investment. Piano sounds...you have to hear it! the keys have a great feeling. it has overall great sounds. However dealing with the "yamaha state of mind" for programing this babe(because it's a hot one), if you have not had a yamaha keyboard before (like my self) can be a little time consuming, since the manual is not extremely clear(@ least to me). I feel that with this keyboard most of your creations can be achieved in a simply intuitive way after you get the feeling of yamaha. Great piece of equipment. Enjoy!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Keyboard

By Tabernacle Girl

from DOTHAN, AL

Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

I just purchased the MO8 about 2 weeks ago... at first, I was intimidated by it but slowly, I've been reading through the manual and I have learned quite a bit. The sounds from this board are amazing! I have been a church musician for 20 years and since we have begun to travel more and more, I decided to invest in a keyboard instead of having to deal with out-of-date instruments that many churches still have. Before purchasing the MO8, I weighed my options with Rolands and Korgs - Yamaha was tops- hands down. Thus far, I am very pleased except some of the complexity of the manual - other than that, the MO8 is an awesome board at a very awesome price.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Satisfaction Guaranteed

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

Thank You Yamaha for thinking about the poor musicians out there. I bought the MO8 and named her "Monica" because she sounds so sweet. The Motif is a little more but I am satisified with all of the sounds that the MO8 has to offer. I just need Yamaha to develop a Keyboard amp and make it a perfect sound! The Roland KC 550 does a pretty good job though!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Only one thing missing...

By Joshuarlyon

from Baton Rouge

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Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

I love my Yamaha MO8... In fact, it has too many features for me. I only use about 1/38th of what this workstation can do. The built in recording interface is a breeze to use... The only complaint I have is that you can't switch between voices without the previous voice cutting off. This is because of the way the voices are "banked". I talked with Yamaha and they said that this model was unable to perform that way because it was designed as a studio keyboard. But other than that... I LOVE THIS KEYBOARD!

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

return as soon as possible

By sofarsogood

from North America

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Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

I hate this keyboard I used to have a yamaha ex5 and the yamaha mo cant compare no ribbon slider the modge wheels dont make much differnce yamaha I think took all there hip hop and cheezy sounding techno and put them in a cheeply made sounding keyboard ...the sound cant compare to the older yamaha Ex5 if yamaha keeps putting out keyboards like this and the over priced Tyros its time to turn the music off.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yamaha

By play_misty_4me

from Nassau, Bahamas

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Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

I got this board 2 wks ago and I have to say I am extremely pleased. I love the feel of the keys and the tones are awesome. I have a hard time deciding what tones to use. It's a little overwhelming (being my first board and all and the manual is a tad confusing) but with time I'm sure I'll master it. I love coming home to my MO8! No regrets...yet.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Big ROM, Light Engine

By Robby Mulvany-rau-h

from Dallas, Texas

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Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

The big selling point of this keyboard is that it came with the same ROM as the Motif ES workstation (which has now been replaced by the XS). The ROM is large at over 300 MB, but what you need to realize is that the sound engine is not as good as it was in the ES. The sound are a bit thin and there are synths for the same price with better sounds. I recommend the Korg M50 which has a much better sound engine.It's a good keyboard, but I wish the sounds were a bit fatter.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Keyboard

By Papa Smurf-Aysr6

from Illinoi

Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

The piano sounds are excellent. If you are a pianist by trade, you will love the feel of the keys as well as the sampled piano sounds. Sequencing is easy too. Nothing compares in price range and for me, the only better board is the new XS.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great keyboard for those who don't need the ES...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

I was toying between the ES8, XS8, and MO8 (and on the other side of the quarter Korg Triton Extreme 88 and TR88). I have been playing for a long time and had many boards over the years. I decided that the recording, sampling and expandability on the ES and XS weren't anything I would use, and I really prefer the "real" instruments of the Yamaha to the Korg, so I opted for this. I am glad I did. If you need a great sounding board, with the weighted full 88 key keyboard, then this is a GREAT option.

 
5.0

Beautifully Amazing

By DJ Eztioko

from New York, NY

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Pros

  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action

Cons

  • Difficult to Use
  • Heavy

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    Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

    I have been using this keyboard for weekly church use for about 6 years now and it is simply amazing. I regret that I do not know how to use the synthesizer/arranger/workstation purpose of this device (I definitely would appreciate it even more) but in terms of performing and accompanying performers, it is simply beautiful.

     
    5.0

    Producer of 6 Years

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

    I've been producing for about 6 years now and I'm only 24. I started off using fruity loops, then I decided to buy hardware. I really stepped my game up buy the mo8. You can practically mix and add effects to all the patterns you have created. The quality of the sounds is also amazing, I would never think of replacing the mo8.

     
    5.0

    Can't beat it for the price

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

    Use it live, play 3-4 week. The difference was incredible! The only quibble I have is that there aren't as many internal sounds as I would have liked (I use a Yamaha S-30 as my 2nd board and my fave S-30 sounds aren't on it, but the two combined make a decent combo), but for a live rig, it can't be beat. Plus I can download sounds off the internet onto a thumb drive anyway. The comments I've gotten (from fellow band members as well as audiences) also like it.I just need to learn Yamaha's logic in how to program, sequence, etc. But I'm not worried as I can get this stuff off the net.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Simply Outstanding

    By Matt Williams

    from Stafford, Va

    Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

    I purchased my MO8 last weekend, and it?s simply awesome! I?ve used many different keys/synths/etc over the past 25 years and this product is the best. I was looking at the MOTIF ES8, but the price was a key factor, so I looked at the S90 ES Synth, S08 Synth, and of course ever MOTIF product, and for the overall value, sound, and capability, none could compare. The manual is a bit overwhelming but I?m getting through it. Plus the recording production CD (that comes with it) isn?t user friendly, so I fall back on my CakeWalk software. I?m sure that in time I?ll navigate thru the manuals and pick up on all the MO8 capabilities ? one page at a time. If you want a great production synth workstation for live sets, recording, etc without spending your life?s savings ? this is your machine. Although if you can afford it ? go with the MOTIF ES8. Semper Fidelis & Praise God!

     
    5.0

    My first

    By truex_anointing

    from Cherryhill, N.J.

    Comments about Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control:

    I had a portable keyboard but i had to upgrade to something alittle more professional. I bought it almost a year ago and i have been pleased with it since day one. The sounds are pretty muchthe same as the ones on the es8 and the sequencer works well. As of now i have no complaints about this keyboard and i recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable, worth the value keyboard. Its worth every penny.

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