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Yamaha MX61 61 Key Music Synthesizer  

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  • Over 1000 sounds from the MOTIF series
  • Equipped with VCM effects
  • Easy Split /Layer Performance Mode for Instant Inspiration
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Combines Motif XS sounds, USB Audio/MIDI connectivity and advanced DAW/VST controller features at a groundbreaking level of affordability.

Over 1000 Sounds from the MOTIF Series
The Yamaha MX61 61-Key Synthesizer contains more than 1000 Voices derived directly from the world-famous Yamaha MOTIF XS series. From realistic acoustic sounds like piano, electric piano, strings and drums to complex 8-element synth sounds, the MX61 has all of your favorite Motif XS Voices right at your fingertips. The MX61 even has a streamlined interface for instant hands-on selection of all those great Voices. The newly designed category selection makes it easier than ever to find the Voice you need. You can even edit and store your own sounds right onboard.

VCM Effects
The MX61 synthesizer comes equipped with VCM effects, which simulate vintage effectors at the circuit level. The sounds of the '70s are brought back to life through simulations of hard-to-find vintage equalizer, flanger, phaser and wah effects introduced by the keyboard legends of the era.

Easy Split /Layer Performance Mode for Instant Inspiration
Performance Mode on the Motifs has always been the place to find instant inspiration and the MX is no different. You can easily combine two Voices to play on the keyboard using the dedicated Split and Layer buttons each with their own intelligent arpeggiator and a dedicated Part for a drum track to create evocative Performances that feel like a whole band is playing. The 128 Performances on the MX61 are all user editable, but come programmed with the latest club friendly grooves.

16-Part Multi Timbral and 128-note Polyphony
Each Performance contains not only the three sounds described above, but all the settings for a complete 16-Part Multi setting for play. You can switch between any of the 16 Parts without the sound cutting off. With 128 notes of polyphony there are plenty of notes to play even the densest sequences from your DAW. These features make the MX61 the perfect tone generator solution for live performance and live playback of DAW MIDI tracks.

Bi-directional USB Audio/MID Interfacing
But the MX61 doesn't just control software DAWs and VSTs. Just connect a USB cable to your computer and you can monitor all the sounds from your computer via the headphone output of the MX61 or listen to your DAW tracks by connecting the MX to external studio monitors or PA gear. The audio converters on the MX61 are made for professional music applications so everything on your computer, even games, will sound better when using the MX61 as the output. The MX61 interface is bi-directional so you can record the internal sounds of the MX61 directly to your computer, without ever going to the analog domain, for the highest possible quality.

Extensive Hands-On Controls for VSTs and DAWs
The MX61 also features solid knobs and durable buttons for controlling internal sounds, DAW parameters and VST instruments. The deceptively simple interface is combined with a remote template editor on your computer so any VST you own or any new VSTs you buy can be easily set up to be controlled by the MX. There are advanced integration templates for use with a variety of DAWs. When used with Cubase, there is even an AI knob so any parameter can be controlled by the large rotary encoder just by mousing over it. It has never been quicker to take full control of Cubase.

A Complete Suite of Music Production Software Included
The MX series is the only hardware synth in its price range to come with a complete suite of music production software tools. The included Steinberg Cubase AI features 48 audio tracks and 64 MIDI tracks, notation, built-in VST effects, so with just the MX and AI you can do complete productions. But we didn't stop there; it comes bundled with Steinberg Prologue and the Yamaha YC-3B organ emulator so you have some compelling VSTs to get started. Plus there are Remote Template editors for setting up controls of VSTs. Finally, Yamaha has worked with some third party developers to ensure that there will be fully functional cross platform editors available at release.

Complete Analog and Digital Connectivity
In addition to the USB audio/MIDI port, the MX61 has a USB to Device port so you can connect USB devices for storing MX data to external memory and even playing back wave files directly from a USB stick. If you want to add a tablet or an MP3 player to your system just connect to the AUX input using a mini stereo cable and you are ready to go.

A Lightweight Design with a Quality Yamaha Keyboard
While almost all other keyboard controllers use inexpensive OEM keyboards, the MX61 features an expertly crafted keyboard that only Yamaha -- the world's largest keyboard manufacturer -- could produce. Weighing only 3.8kg (MX49) or 4.8kg (MX61), either synthesizer can be carried easily with one hand. MX synthesizers have a compact design so they are easy to carry to the gig and also fit easily into today’s compact home music production studios.

Features
  • Over 1000 sounds from the MOTIF series
  • Equipped with VCM effects
  • Easy Split /Layer Performance Mode for Instant Inspiration
  • 16-Part Multi timbral and 128-note polyphony
  • Extensive Hands-On controls for VSTs and DAWs
  • Bi-directional USB Audio/MID interfacing
  • A complete suite of music production software included
  • A lightweight design with a quality Yamaha keyboard

Quality MOTIF sounds, amazing control and loads of inspiration at a very friendly price. Order today.

 
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YamahaMX61 61 Key Music Synthesizer
 
4.4

(based on 5 reviews)

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Pros

  • Portable (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Responsive / good action (3)

Cons

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      3.0

      Somewhat Disappointed !

      By Rick

      from South Carolina

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      Pros

      • Light weight
      • Portable
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

      • Limited Sound Selection
      • Piano Bank Lacking

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Electronic Music

      Comments about Yamaha MX61 61 Key Music Synthesizer:

      For the money, I would expect the piano sounds to be more realistic. The organs are fantastic, however, the brass and synths seem somewhat
      "lacking". I would recommend for a beginner but not for a heavy touring keyboardist ! Spend a couple hundred more for a better keyboard with truer piano sounds. I'm sending mine back. It should sound better for what I paid for it. Use your own judgement !

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      MX61 61 Key Music Synthesizer

      By Ronnie Bee

      from Douglasville, Georgia

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

      • No Speakers

      Best Uses

      • MIDI
      • Midi Daw Live Performan

      Comments about Yamaha MX61 61 Key Music Synthesizer:

      This is like Motif's Little brother; and it has over 1000 of the same voices. The front panel makes every control right at your fingertips.

      I intend to use it in my Home Studio DAW; it is wonderful priced instrument for a studio on a budget to get those professional sounds.
      Ronnie Bee

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      5.0

      Great Synth! You won't be disappointed.

      By Flip Flop Abs

      from State College, PA

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

      • No Speakers

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Learning

      Comments about Yamaha MX61 61 Key Music Synthesizer:

      A wonderful product. Has an expected learning curve but brief. My 8 year old has become quite accomplished in using most features within 1 month. No speakers is not so bad.... I purchased a set of M-Audio's for less than a Benjamin and they sound fine for home/garage use. I am very pleased and glad we made this purchase.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great sounds

      By Badmednh.com keyboardist

      from New Hampshire

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Fully Unweighted Keys

      Best Uses

      • Concerts

      Comments about Yamaha MX61 61 Key Music Synthesizer:

      I have been hauling a Kurzweil PC3X around which weighs a ton and I was looking for something with quality sounds that didnt break your back- or your bank. The MX61 sounds great. The pianos, guitars are excellent. Particularly the acoustic guitars. And it has some unique sound effects. On the drum patches be sure to check a couple octaves up and down by using the octave shift buttons as other sounds are hidden beyond the base 61 key range. I prefer the organ sounds on the Kurzweil but the organ selection on the MX61 will easily be sufficient in a live band club setting. The string and pads are nice and full for layering. My only complaint is the keyboard itself really does feel chincy. I midi'd it through the Kurzweil and playing with a full weighted keyboard does make a difference in the way the sounds respond. Much more consistent on the weighed keyboard. I find the flat and sharp keys on thr MX dont have the volume output that the white keys do, but it is consistent playing the sounds via the Kurzweil. Some of the hard rock guitar block chord sounds really require you to hammer on the MX keys to get the full chord sound consistently. To it's credit though, on many patches the MX does have a wide range of sound variation within the same patch based on how hard you press the keys. Overall, it was a great choice for excellent sounds and true portability. It even has a handle built into the back of it. It will also be great to use with my computer sequencing program played through the Kurweil without having to buy a full Motif for thousands more.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Needs a pedal for the price

      By MarcDrumz

      from Madison, WI.

      About Me Professional Musician

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            Comments about Yamaha MX61 61 Key Music Synthesizer:

            I just received this keyboard and I am amazed how good it sounds. I wanted it for a B3, Rhodes, Wurlitzer and Piano sounds. There are so many combos of each and they are only the presets! All of these can be tweaked to your specific taste. The synth engine is sick as well as the onboard FX.

            On the down side it is a bit light as in not heavy. Not that heavy is better, but it feels whimpy. This could also be attributed though to newer technology as in power amps are crazy loud nowadays but only weigh a quarter of what they used to. Also it was shipped in the display box with MX61 color printing which had a nice big hole jammed in the top of it(that box should have been put inside another double tier cardboard box for added protection) fortunately no scratches or damage.

            Lastly, for the money spent, really? You couldn't throw in a sustain pedal? Well, atleast they included the power chord. All in all very pleased with this board.

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