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Yamaha MOTIF ES6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer   

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The Yamaha MOTIF ES6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer is armed with a huge 175MB wave ROM and an enhanced soundset of 1,859 waveforms for the MOTI...Click To Read More About This Product

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Unprecedented performance and expressive control.

The Yamaha MOTIF ES6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer is armed with a huge 175MB wave ROM and an enhanced soundset of 1,859 waveforms for the MOTIF's 1,024 voices and 65 drum kits. The enhanced tone generator chip offers true 128-note polyphony, and a powerful synth engine provides extended parameter options and faster, more precise envelope control. Effects include 20 reverb and 49 chorus/delay types, 8 mastering effects including multiband compression, and a 5-band master EQ. An advanced Phrase Factory arpeggiator with realtime loop remix capability plus parameters such as Swing, Velocity, and Quantize let you easily modify preset arpeggios. Overall expressiveness of the instrument has been expanded with the Mega Voice system, a technology that makes it possible to include all the nuances of an instrument in the sample. It integrates seamlessly with a DAW via its USB connection. A USB To Device port connects to USB storage devices.

FEATURES
  • 61 keys
  • Largest wave ROM of any workstation keyboard (175MB)
  • Enhanced soundset of 1,859 waveforms
  • 1,024 voices plus 65 drum kits
  • 128-note polyphony
  • Newly developed synth engine provides new parameters and faster, more precise envelope control
  • 20 reverb types and 49 chorus/delay types
  • 8 types of mastering effects including multiband compression
  • 5-band master EQ
  • Advanced Phrase Factory arpeggiator
SPECIFICATIONS

MOTIF ES6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer


  • Keyboard:
    61 keys, FS Keyboard (Initial Touch/Aftertouch)

    Tone Generator:
    AWM2 (complying with the Modular Synthesis Plug-in System)

    Polyphony:
    128 notes + the polyphony of the Plug-in Board (if installed)

    Multi Timbral Capacity:
    16 parts (internal) + 3 or more Plug-in Board parts (1 for each Single Plug-in Board; 16 for Multi Plug-in Board), Audio Input parts (A/D, AIEB2, mLAN*) * 4 stereo parts

    Wave:
    175MB (when converted to 16- bit linear format), 1859 waveforms

    Voices:
    Preset: 768 normal voices + 64 drum kits
    GM: 128 normal voices + 1 drum kit
    User: 128 x 2 (Bank 1: Original, Bank 2: Picked up from Preset) normal voice + 32 drum kits
    Plug-in Preset: PLG150-AN/DX/PF/DR/PC: 64, PLG150-VL: 192
    Plug-in User: 64 for each Plug-in slot

    Plug-in Voices:
    Preset for the PLG150-AN/DX/PF/DR/PC: 64
    Preset for the PLG150-VL: 192
    User: 64 for each Plug-in slot

    Performances:
    128 User (up to 4 parts)

    Filter:
    18 types

    Effect System:
    Reverb: 20 types
    Chorus: 49 types
    Insertion: (A,B) x 116 types x 8 blocks
    Master Effect: 8 types
    Master Equalizer: 5 bands
    Part EQ: 3 bands, stereo
    Plug-in Insertion: Available when the PLG100-VH has been installed into slot 1

    Expandability:
    3 slots for Modular Synthesis Plug-in Boards

    Sampling Block
    Samples:
    Up to 1024 Waveforms (Multi Samples)
    Up to 128 Key Banks per Waveform
    Up to 4096 Key Banks

    Sampling Sources:
    Analog input L/R
    Stereo output (Resampling)
    Digital/Optical (available when the AIEB2 has been installed)
    mLAN (available when the mLAN16E has been installed)

    A/D Conversion:
    20 bit, 64 x oversampling

    D/A Conversion:
    24 bit, 128 x oversampling

    Sampling Data Bits:
    16

    Sampling Frequencies:
    44.1kHz, 22.05kHz, 11.025kHz, 5.5125kHz (Stereo/Mono)
    * Sampling frequencies of 48kHz, 44.1kHz, and 32kHz can be input digitally when the AIEB2 is installed.
    * Sampling frequencies of 44.1kHz (fixed) can be input digitally when the mLAN16E is installed.

    Memory:
    Optionally installed, expandable to 512MB (256MB DIMM x 2 slots)

    Sample Lengths:
    Mono: 32 MB, Stereo: 64MB

    Sampling Time:
    44.1kHz: 6 min. 20 sec.
    22.05kHz: 12 min. 40 sec.
    11.025kHz: 25 min. 20 sec.
    5.0125kHz: 55 min. 40 sec.

    * Mono/Stereo

    Sample Formats:
    Original format
    WAV
    AIFF
    A3000/4000/5000/SU700 format (loadable only)
    AKAI S1000/S3000 format (loadable only)

    Sequencer Block
    Note Capacity:
    Approximately 226,000 notes

    Note Resolution:
    480 ppq (parts per quarter note)

    Maximum Polyphony:
    124 notes

    Tracks:
    Pattern Mode: 16 phrase tracks
    Pattern Chain Mode: Pattern track, Tempo track, Scene track
    Song Mode: 16 sequence tracks (Loop on/off can be set for each track), Tempo track, Scene track

    Patterns:
    64 patterns (x 16 sections)
    Measures: 256 maximum

    Phrases:
    Preset: 687
    User: 256 per pattern

    Songs:
    64 songs

    Arpeggio:
    Preset: 1787 types
    User: 256 types

    * MIDI Sync, MIDI transmit/receive channel, Velocity Limit, and Note Limit can be set.

    Sequence Format:
    Original format, SMF format 0, 1 (Format 1 load only)

    Master:
    User: 128

    * 4 Zones (Master keyboard settings), Assignable Knob/Slider settings, Program Change Table

    Software:
    Sequence Software compatible with the Remote Control function
    * For Windows
    SQ01 V2, Cubase SX, SONAR 2.0, Multi Part Editor for MOTIF-RACK, Multi Part Editor for MOTIF ES
    * For Macintosh
    Logic 5.5, Digital Performance 3.1

    Controllers:
    Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, Ribbon Controller, Assignable Control Sliders (4), Assignable Knobs (4), Data dial

    Display:
    240 x 64 dot graphic backlit LCD

    External Memory:
    SmartMedia (3.3V)

    Connectors:
    OUTPUT L/MONO, R (standard phone jack)
    ASSIGNABLE OUTPUT L, R (standard phone jack)
    AD INPUT L, R (standard phone jack)
    PHONES (standard stereo phone jack)
    FOOT CONTROLLER 1/ 2
    FOOT SWITCH x 2 (SUSTAIN, ASSIGNABLE)
    BREATH
    MIDI IN/OUT/THRU
    USB (TO HOST, TO DEVICE)
    AC INLET

    Power Consumption:
    38W

    Dimensions:
    41-1/4 (W) x 15-1/2 (D) x 5-3/8 (H) inches

    Weight:
    34.2 lbs.
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4.7

(based on 21 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Workstation, Period.

First, the sound engine in the Motif is unmatched. Musicians like our patches nice and full. The Motif voices are thick and the preset effects are inspiring. The engineers did an awesome job...Read complete review

First, the sound engine in the Motif is unmatched. Musicians like our patches nice and full. The Motif voices are thick and the preset effects are inspiring. The engineers did an awesome job on the voices! Unless you are a tweak junkie, most of the sounds can be recorded and mixed into a DAW unprocessed (saving processing power on your CPU). The faders and knobs have a nice feel and really put you in control of the mix. The arpeggio?s contain the most realistic patterns of any workstation. I agree with some that the grey writing on the category search buttons can be hard to see during live performances (particularly when doing a drama production with dim stage lights). However, the answer to that is using the Master Mode to set your sounds in the order that you need them. That works well for me. Lastly, don?t try to learn this gentle giant in one night. Read the manual and visit http://www.motifator.com/. Also, check out the links on the Motifator website. I am a software junkie and up until now I produced my music via Pro Tools, Cubase, Reason, Sample Tank, Pro-53 and the Steinberg Virtual Instruments. Now I do everything on the Motif and use the software for extras.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I won't return it.

This Keyboard has LOTS of classic yamaha sounds. It's like, every drum and synth in here you've heard a million times in your favorite songs. Good or bad? I dunno. This board...Read complete review

This Keyboard has LOTS of classic yamaha sounds. It's like, every drum and synth in here you've heard a million times in your favorite songs. Good or bad? I dunno. This board feels solid. It's not all plastic. The top is metal. I was mad to discover you had to buy RAM to sample, and a memory card to save your compositions. So I had to shell out 200+ more bucks on top of the 2000 dollar asking price just to make a song. I sold a car to buy this. (because Stevie Wonder has one). I've made some nice beats from it. Don't be fooled by the HUGE ROM claim. This thing doesn't have that many sounds. There's no finger snaps, only a couple claps and most of the drums are for dance music. I make Hip Hop/Rap and i feel like I have to use the same sounds over and over again because there's so few that complement my style. The strings suck. They all sound the same and they are so thin. (Try Korg for great strings). The tweak knobs I find worthless. Who wants to take an OK sound and add stupid resonance so it pierces like a siren. Not me. The 808 sounds are good. The dance drums are good. The arpeggiator is pretty nice with over a thousand variations categorized for quick lookup, but... when you use the arpeggiator, this 'board slows down. It seems like it can't think fast enough to process the arp... info. You will press start on a loop and the arpeggiated track will start late and be off-time. I have had to abandone complex arrangements because this thing couldn't process the beat fast enough. The rappers already had verses ready! We were all pissed. I could go on about this board, good and bad but i prob. dont have enough room. Yamaha, get at me about making a better board.

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3.0

I won't return it.

By OL' SCHOOL

from U.S.A.

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This Keyboard has LOTS of classic yamaha sounds. It's like, every drum and synth in here you've heard a million times in your favorite songs. Good or bad? I dunno. This board feels solid. It's not all plastic. The top is metal. I was mad to discover you had to buy RAM to sample, and a memory card to save your compositions. So I had to shell out 200+ more bucks on top of the 2000 dollar asking price just to make a song. I sold a car to buy this. (because Stevie Wonder has one). I've made some nice beats from it. Don't be fooled by the HUGE ROM claim. This thing doesn't have that many sounds. There's no finger snaps, only a couple claps and most of the drums are for dance music. I make Hip Hop/Rap and i feel like I have to use the same sounds over and over again because there's so few that complement my style. The strings suck. They all sound the same and they are so thin. (Try Korg for great strings). The tweak knobs I find worthless. Who wants to take an OK sound and add stupid resonance so it pierces like a siren. Not me. The 808 sounds are good. The dance drums are good. The arpeggiator is pretty nice with over a thousand variations categorized for quick lookup, but... when you use the arpeggiator, this 'board slows down. It seems like it can't think fast enough to process the arp... info. You will press start on a loop and the arpeggiated track will start late and be off-time. I have had to abandone complex arrangements because this thing couldn't process the beat fast enough. The rappers already had verses ready! We were all pissed. I could go on about this board, good and bad but i prob. dont have enough room. Yamaha, get at me about making a better board.

 
4.0

Solid Keyboard

By Pari$

from Vienna , VA

Its a good keyboard and is very popular for hip hop producers. It has great acoustics but lacks in the synth department. Navigation takes awhile to learn but you just need to read the manual. I think it get alot of hype because of the out of the box you dont need to do much effects wise because the sounds seem processed enough. The ES 6 is heavy for a 61 key board and vulnerable with its plastic exterior. If you want good out of box sounds get this, but if you like to do your drums on pads, sample, and have the ability to tweak your sounds Id look seriously at the Fantom.

 
5.0

This is NOT a toy!

By worshipper

from s.c.

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Once you wander around the endless choices of sounds - that is only the beginning. This by far is the best station I have have the privelege to play. One cannot go wrong w/ this one. It will be around for years to come.

 
5.0

Yamaha Lives and Breathes Music

By Cheap Scientist

from Honolulu, HI

Yamaha, the company, must be run by musicians making instruments for musicians. They listen to music and know what live instruments sound like. Listen to the implementations of the instruments in the GM category. They all sound great. Not world class (as in some of Kurzweil's sound), but the best of all the other synths. Another thing I like about the Motif ES is that it is not intimidating. My kid could play this in 5 minutes. It's as easy as Garage Band. More fun too. I was getting worried about replacing my PSR-9000. Step aside old friend, welcome Motif ES to the family.

 
5.0

Exactly what I hoped it would be

By Slayer-B3qm8

from pensacola, fl

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I'm new the game of producing and beat making and I felt it was important for me to have one of best pieces of equipment out on the market. After doing research, reading reviews, visiting music stores, and talking to owners of the Motif ES, Korg Triton, and Roland Fantom, I came to the conclusion that the Motif ES was the way to go. If you're a beat maker/producer I HIGHLY suggest this piece of equipment. Its a bit pricey, but it is worth every penny. Right out the box I began to make quality music. Not to say I wasn't making good music before, but the equipment used had terrible sounds that simply didn't do my music justice. The Motif however has excellent sound selection and has something for everyone. I've used this instrument in a live setting and it worked wonderfully. The manual is slightly complicated, but www.motifator.com is a VERY helpful site that enables you to ask questions to professionals who know all of the inner workings of the motif. With the sounds, flexibility, quality, and tech support, the Motif cannot be beat!

 
5.0

awesome keyboard

By harlequin

from az

this keyboard is a must have for any aspiring synthesizer people out there

 
5.0

Best of the best

By gooferboy

from Camden, NJ

This keyboard has everything that one can ask for. Superb Japanese engineering, great sounds, great support from Keyfax. I am an electronic musician, and for me, the filters and fx are very important. I first bought the Korg Triton Extreme, and its synth waves sounded good, but its filters were very cheesy and toyish. Motif ES has excellent aggressive filters and awesome effects and sequencing. People who complain about the ES's synth capabilities simply don't go beyond the preset patches...dig in deeper into the 1859 waves, (and your own waves from AN or DX plug in board) and see what you can accomplish with it!!!

 
3.0

Needs a bigger screen and less button pushing to s

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I think that yamaha should of implemented some basic control functions including a much needed larger display.The control functions such as setting params can be very distracting at times by having to go thru button pressing and scrolling page by page is aggravating. I think a less-pushing button & scrolling OS update would be needed. Overall I like the sequencer and some sounds but it lacks heavily on leads, pads, efx that the Triton has. I think if Korg can accomplish this why can't Yamaha????.

 
5.0

You know

By HT-FTFgangsta

from Austin TX

This is the ultimate keyboard, ive played it, it took me a while to get how to work it, but after someone shows you its better than any other one. I i would know because im a Producer, I highly recomend this.

 
5.0

hollyroc

By Hollyroc

from Arizona

I really don't get why other people say that the O.S. is difficult. I've owned a Triton and worked on a Fantom X. I personally think the architecture of this board is the most logical of the three. The sounds are the best by far. A larger screen is only cosmetic. I get around this board just fine with the screen it has. Can't complain about a hard drive either with USB host capabilities. You can't go wrong with this board.

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