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Setting the standard for keyboard workstations for years to come.
The next-generation Yamaha Motif XF builds on the decade-long heritage of Motif and breaks new ground with Flash memory expansion capabilities that will set the standard for keyboard workstations for years to come. It's loaded with 741MB of internal Wave ROM that includes incredibly realistic pianos and acoustic instruments, vintage synths, and the hip hop sounds that all of today's top producers are using.
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 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.
Up to 2GB of additional content available through flash memory expansion modules
Two flashboard slots accommodate two proprietary Yamaha flashboard 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. Imagine the power of a fully customized Motif XS with 3 GB of sounds (internal, RAM and Flash) instantly available at your fingertips.
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. The tone generator also supports half damper pedaling through the use of the separately sold FC3 foot pedal. Using half damper pedaling with the damper resonance effect, you can achieve an even more realistic and richer piano sound that simulates the sound board of a grand piano and responds naturally to sophisticated piano pedaling techniques.
VCM effects that reproduce the unique, natural, warm sounds of vintage instruments
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 Yamaha's 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.
High-quality keyboards that enable high-level performance
The Motif XF6 and XF7 use high-quality FSX keyboards with 61 and 76 keys, respectively. The Motif XF8 uses a BH (balanced hammer) keyboard with 88 keys. The FSX keyboard uses a newly developed mechanism to provide a smooth touch that is both comfortable to play and responsive to your touch. It's easy to play fast passages, including glissandos and trills. It is also worth mentioning that the keys are very quiet. The balanced hammer keyboard is filled with the know-how and technology that Yamaha has developed producing full concert grand pianos and stage pianos. To make a keyboard with a piano touch that can still work comfortably with any voice, Yamaha took a graded hammer keyboard, which is a popular keyboard for electronic pianos, and adjusted it for use with a synthesizer: Yamaha balanced the keys to the same weight and made adjustments so that the synthesizer can support after touch and other features. While pursuing the real touch of a grand piano, Yamaha also provide a touch that is exceptionally suited to the performance of a multitude of synthesizer sounds.
Rich arpeggiator with over 7000 patterns that expands the breadth of sound expression
You can use the arpeggiator to perform unique instrument phrases. By layering parts, you can give form to your composition ideas quickly. The Motif XF excels in both arpeggio quantity and quality. In addition to typical arpeggio patterns, the Motif XF also features simulations of acoustic instrument performances through the combination of arpeggios and the keyboard MegaVoices (example: video) and arpeggios in which synthesizer parameters, such as panning and filtering, are modulated in time MIDI clock. The Motif XF adds to the Motif XS's extensive library of arps and has an additional 1,248 synthesizer, drum, percussion, and ending arpeggios, for a total of 7,881 types of arpeggios.
Performance mode that makes the instant expression of your ideas possible
In performance mode, you can layer up to four Voices, and you can split the keyboard into 4 zones with different key ranges and velocity windows. Also, you can create music quickly by using the arpeggiator on the different Voices. The Motif XF interactive real time arpeggio engine lets you run 4 different arps simultaneously and switch between 5 different variations of arpeggio patterns in real time. It's incredibly musically interactive and many arps include chordal intelligence so they create different phrases depending on what chords are played on the keyboard. Thanks to the direct performance-recording feature, which enables you to record performances in real time to songs and patterns, you can quickly capture your song ideas sparked by the Motif Performances to a song or pattern for further editing and refining.
Category Search feature that provides instant access to the sound you want
You can use the Category Search feature to quickly and easily select the Voices or performances from the Motif XF's massive arsenal of sounds. All the Voices in the Motif are categorized by instruments and even have sub categories. So it's easy to select Category Search, choose the category strings, the sub-category ensemble and then see all of the ensemble string Voices in your system. Even third party libraries are categorized using this elegant database system. Category Search is available wherever you want to select a Voice, so when you are looking for just the right sound in a Song, access Category Search and easily browse for that perfect fit for your mix. In Performance Mode, Performances are sorted by musical genre, so you can quickly select the type of Performance that matches your moment of inspiration. The Favorites feature even lets you tag your favorites Voices and Performances so they are even easier to access.
Improved sampling with 128MB of internal SD-RAM
The Motif XF has 128MB of internal SD-RAM. This means that you can sample external audio without installing separately purchased memory. Using the sampling feature, you can load sample Voice libraries, import WAV files or add vocals, guitars and other acoustic instruments to your Motif sequences. You can connect a microphone to the A/D input and sample vocals Also, if you select the slice feature during sampling, even if you change the tempo of songs and patterns, recorded audio will follow the beat with perfect synchronization. You can process your recorded samples in minute detail to produce just the right sound using a redesign sample editing UI.
Integrated Sampling Sequencer features that provide advanced integration of audio and MIDI
The Motif XF features an Integrated Sampling Sequencer, which allows you to combine MIDI and audio samples (driven by MIDI events), so you can create complete songs including vocals, guitars and acoustic instruments all right inside the Motif XF. Because the XF now features 128MB of onboard sampling RAM, you're able to take advantage of these powerful features right away without the need to purchase external memory. The XF sequencer also lets you work the way you prefer because it features two different sequence modes. There is a linear tape machine-style, 16-track Song sequencer for recording and punching in and out as you would on a tape machine-style DAW interface. It also includes a 16-track Pattern sequencer that lets you work in loops and build up sections of your song (verse, chorus, bridge, etc.) and chain those sections together into complete song structures. You can easily move your production back and further between song and pattern modes depending on your needs. With the bundled Cubase AI software, you can even import completed Songs directly in Cubase including all the audio samples for further editing and mastering.
•Integrated Sampling Sequencer
With the Integrated Sampling Sequencer, you can integrate audio (sampled) data and MIDI data seamlessly. WAV/AIFF loading is also supported. You can use the time slice feature to slice the sampled sounds that you load and control them in the same way that you would control MIDI data. For example, you can synchronize audio data to the same BPM as MIDI sequence data. Also, by presetting the tempo, time signature, necessary number of measures, and number of beats, you can smoothly perform trimming and easily create perfect audio loops. Also, you can use a variety of editing commands to modify your samples. The Motif XF supports features such as time stretching, in which the sample length is changed while the pitch remains the same; pitch shifting, in which the pitch is changed while the length of the sample remains the same; and loop remixing which instantly creates new musical variations of looped grooves. In addition, there is a resampling feature that you can use to record the performance of the Motif XF as a single audio sample.
Remote control and editor that make DAW integration easy
Features such as remote control (which you can use to remotely control the parameters of a DAW application on a PC from the Motif), various DAW templates, and simple setup features make the Motif XF easy to use. In particular, the integration between the Motif XF and Steinberg's Cubase 5 series is truly seamless. Using the Yamaha Motif XF Editor, you can make subtle Voice edits from your PC while checking them visually. Because the communication between the Motif and the editor is bi-directional, whether you're moving the knobs on the Motif or changing parameters with the mouse in the editor, the parameters are perfectly matched. There is even a VST3 editor for use in Cubase 5 (including AI), which lets you use your Motif as a VST soft synth. If you install the optional FW16E FireWire expansion board, you can record 16 tracks of audio data to the DAW software through the audio interface. After you install the necessary drivers (AI driver, extensions for Steinberg DAW), connect the Motif XF to a PC using an IEEE 1394 cable, and start Cubase AI. It identifies the Motif XF's audio I/O and multi-sound source immediately, and all you have to do to start working is select a Motif XF project template.
Cubase AI, a DAW software application from Steinberg
The Motif XF comes with a special Yamaha version of Cubase, the world-renowned DAW software. Cubase AI has the same engine as Cubase 5 but has been modified to integrate more efficiently with the Motif.
MOTIF XF7 76-Key Music Production Synthesizer
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Comments about Yamaha MOTIF XF7 76-Key Music Production Synthesizer:
Wow is the best way to describe this bad oscar. Takes some figuring out and the user interface could be better by far but its all about the way it sounds and how it performs and high marks are well earned here. Buy one its really cool, every studio needs one for sure.
Comments about Yamaha MOTIF XF7 76-Key Music Production Synthesizer:
Overall, for live performances, music production and for audio customization, I am very happy with my purchase and would highly recommend it to anyone serious about their craft. I like the sequencer and live performance mode. I like using the onboard mixer during sequencer playback to exchange voices, adjust playback effects and volume. The arpeggio features are crazy! I have not played with sampling yet, but plan to. I like the fact that I can expand my flash to store samples internally. The keyboard makes an excellent Midi Controller and slaves off of other Midi devices as expected. I performed one software upgrade since it was shipped with an older revision. It was painless to upgrade. What I did not know is that I could back up my sequence data and user setup preferences on a small USB flashdrive. (I elected not to export my data to CuBase until I have a better understanding of what the keyboard's capabilities are natively). This was important to me because after my software upgrade everything was factory defaulted. With the press of a few buttons, my keyboard had all my sequence data, color schemes and other system parameters that I defined previously. Most sounds are vivid and stunning. The shear number of preloaded sounds is quite impressive. High marks and a review from me - and I am very particular when it comes to musical equipment.
The Motif XF7 is loaded with great sounds and features. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!
If I were to offer a suggestion, I would ask Yamaha to add a save to MP3 option (instead of wave only) to save song playback using the sequencer.
Quality - At this price point, I would like to see more metal in the place of some of the plastic. Nowadays the use of plastic is common to reduce costs, so I understand.
I belive the product delivers in terms of value.
Comments about Yamaha MOTIF XF7 76-Key Music Production Synthesizer:
Overall it's a solid buy. Every stdio needs one.
Cant say enough about the features on this board. I purchased the added RAM and the FireWire card. I must say it's cumbersome for Pro Tools users. It works if you have Cubase. I'll be getting Cubase soon to get the most out of this thing. So Cubase for production and Pro Tools for everything else.
Rugged, will last forever.
Obviously on the expensive side but it's worth every dollar.