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Yamaha MOTIF ES8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer

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Unprecedented performance and expressive control.

The Yamaha MOTIF ES8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer features a huge 175MB wave ROM, an enhanced soundset of 1,859 waveforms for the MOTIF's 1,024 voices, plus 65 drum kits. A newly designed tone generator chip offers true 128-note polyphony, and a newly developed synth engine provides new parameters and faster, more precise envelope control. An enhanced effects system includes 20 reverb types and 49 chorus/delay types, 8 types of mastering effects including multiband compression, and a 5-band master EQ.

The MOTIF ES8 houses an advanced Phrase Factory arpeggiator with realtime loop remix capability plus parameters such as Swing, Velocity, and Quantize so you can easily modify preset arps. Overall expressiveness of the instrument has been expanded with the new "Mega Voice" system, a technology that makes it possible to include all the nuances of an instrument in the sample.

Motif ES integrates seamlessly with DAWs via its USB connection to function as control surface. It also has a USB "To Device" port for connection to USB storage devices.

FEATURES
  • 88 keys
  • Largest wave ROM of any workstation keyboard (175MB)
  • Enhanced soundset of 1,859 waveforms
  • 1024 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
  • New Mega Voice system for samples that include all of the subtle nuances of an instrument
SPECIFICATIONS
Tone generator block:
  • Tone Generator: AWM2 (complying with the modular synthesis plug-in system)
  • Polyphony: 128 notes plus polyphony of the plug-in board (if installed)
  • Multitimbral Capacity: 16 parts (internal) plus 3 or more plug-in board parts (1 for each single plug-in board; 16 for multiplug-in board), audio input parts (A/D, AIEB2, mLAN with 4 stereo parts)
  • Wave: 175MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 1859 waveforms
  • Performances: 128 User (up to 4 parts)
  • Filter: 18 types
  • Effect System: 20 types of reverb; 49 types of chorus; (A,B) insertion x 116 types x 8 blocks; 8 types of master effects; 5-band master equalizer; 3 bands stereo parts EQ; plug-in insertion available when the PLG100-VH has been installed into slot 1
  • Expandability: 3 slots for modular synthesis plug-in boards
  • 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
Sampling Block:
  • Samples: Up to 1024 waveforms (multisamples); up to 128 key banks/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, 64x oversampling
  • D/A Conversion: 24-bit, 128x 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: 32MB mono, 64MB stereo
  • 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: 16 phrase tracks in pattern mode; pattern track, tempo track, scene track in pattern chain mode; 16 sequence tracks (loop on/off can be set for each track) in song mode, tempo track, scene track
  • Patterns: 64 x 16 sections; 256 maximum measures
  • Phrases: 687 preset; 256 user per pattern
  • Songs: 64
  • Arpeggio: 1787 preset types; 256 user 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)
Others
  • Master: 128 user with 4 zones (master keyboard settings), assignable knob/slider settings, and 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, 4 assignable control sliders, 4 assignable knobs, data dial
  • Display: 240x64 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); FOOTCONTROLLER 1/ 2
  • FOOTSWITCH x 2 (SUSTAIN, ASSIGNABLE); BREATH MIDI IN/OUT/THRU
  • USB (TO HOST, TO DEVICE); AC INLET
  • Power Consumption: 38W
  • Dimensions: 57-3/8"W x 18-1/4"D x 6-5/8"H
  • Weight: 62.4 lbs.
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4.8

(based on 30 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

In love with music...again

I had a small studio a while ago and got out of music for a few years. My studio had mainly Roland keyboards which I still consider awesome as I swore to always be...Read complete review

I had a small studio a while ago and got out of music for a few years. My studio had mainly Roland keyboards which I still consider awesome as I swore to always be loyal to Roland. Upon my return to the music scene and recording, I went to a large retailer looking for my master keyboard. I spent 3 hours trying all 88 note kayboards and purchased the last one that I tried...the Yamaha Motif ES8. The ES8 is above the competition (including Roland..sob). I was amazed by the feel, the expandability and the sounds. When I play live or at my church, I have people come to me and say "wow, that keyboard makes those sounds?". I am amazed by the constant praise to the Motif, even by inexperienced musicians who "hear" something different and "full" coming out of my rig which the Motif is the heart of. The Motif ES8 will definitely be at the center of my studio for a long time (sorry Roland) and IT makes me happy to have returned to music after a long absence.

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Poor Quality All Round

This keyboard was bought by my church and is not a professional players keyboard. The sounds are very poor in quality, the pianos twangy, and organs similar to that found in a casio. ...Read complete review

This keyboard was bought by my church and is not a professional players keyboard. The sounds are very poor in quality, the pianos twangy, and organs similar to that found in a casio. The interface is very slow to use. You will find that many pro bands and churches are in fact NOT using this keyboard.

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1.0

Poor Quality All Round

By TRYNORD

from Brisbane

This keyboard was bought by my church and is not a professional players keyboard. The sounds are very poor in quality, the pianos twangy, and organs similar to that found in a casio. The interface is very slow to use. You will find that many pro bands and churches are in fact NOT using this keyboard.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWSOME!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought my keyboard at a local Guitar Center. Everytime I went there I had to wait in line to play this keyboard. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the sounds and the amount of them that were already installed on it. I am a church musician. I've played the piano for 16 years and have played for many youth concerts and praise and worship events. I use it at the University I attend weekly for a traveling ministry team and in our chapel services. I always get positive feedback from the audience members. They always comment on the quality of sound. I use the medium ensemble strings a lot to replicate the sound of a small strings section. The audience always asks me where the string section was during the show, and I have to tell them it was the Motif!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I love this keyboard. I bought it in december of 2003, and have never regretted buying it. It is extremely versatile, and can be used to play any style of music. But if you don't believe me, watch some pros in action. Musicans such as Stevie Wonder use this keyboard. It's on American Idol. They know what they are doing. Just check out some random concerts and look at what keyboards are being used. I bet you will see a motif.

 
5.0

Review

By DearSLoan909

from San Luis Obispo

In most of my time playing with bands, I became familar with the Korg Triton. But I never quite liked the lay out or cared for the touch screen. When I recently went shopping for a new model keyboard, I came arcoss the newest model of the Motif. After comparing, I believe the Motif had a clearer sound, on the on the volin, you could hear the strings actually bow. I also liked the eassy lay out, not quite like the touch screen of the Korg, but everything you need is at your finger tips. I have like what I hear and seen so far with the newest model.

 
5.0

It's the one to have.

By Teti9898

from Medford, New Jersey

This thing is simply amazing. If you're out on the market for THE keyboard, then the Yamaha Motif ES8 is the one to have.

 
5.0

Great Sounds!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Amazing Sounds.. I use mostly vintage sounds and this one does them all very well. I recommend this keyboard to anyone. I am very happy with it. I wish it cost a little less though. Also, all of the screws on the bottom of the keyboard have come out and I have had to buy new screws and repair myself.. It isn't that bit of a deal but for that price you would think that wouldn't happen.

 
4.0

SUPERB PERFORMING AX AND RECORDING TOOL

By Motifman88

from Memphis, TN.

Being familiar with the Motif 8 I was able to quickly learn the keyboard and appreciate the added features. For folks starting out it;s a steep learning curve but worth it in the end The sounds are superior most keyboards I've played and the 1700 aprs allow me to get the drum beats and guitar riffs just the way I want them. Worth the investment. Memphis, TN.

 
5.0

Awsome piece of artwork!!!

By Argomarshall

from Centreville, VA

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I got my ES8 January of 2005. Eversince I've had nothing but fun. This piece of machine is great for live proformances as wells as in the studio! The catagory search feature allows you to go through an unimaginable list of sounds and patterns that will just blow your mind every time you hear them. I reccommend the ES8 to all serious musicians.......do not get the ES7, you'll only want to upgrade to the ES8 once you see how awsome the Motif is. Once again, Yamaha has out done themselves!

 
5.0

Yamaha boost!!

By Ovide

from Vlaardingen, Holland

When I was looking for a new workstation, I was choosing between the Triton Studio and the Motif ES serie.I used to be a big Korg fan, actually still am, but I think they are quite expansive. Of course that has got to do with the included hard drive and the touch screen.When I heard the ES for the first time, I went crazy from the piano sounds, especially the rhodes.Since my style is quite latin, the choice was easy to make. THE SOUNDS OF THE ES ARE MARVELOUS!!The only thing that's not nice about the ES8, is that it weights almost 29 kg's. I don't bring it to a place to go jamming. But the machine is GREAT!!Too bad there is still no soft-case / cover for the ES8 to protect it from dust.

 
5.0

WoW! This Workstation is da bomb!!!

By Barbaron

from on the moon

I have a guitar center about 30 minutes from my house. I try to go there as much as I can. The only reason is the Motif ES8. I like all kinds of music, but I know that the best sounding bands out there use the MOTIF ES8. When I'm at guitar center, I try to play this keyboard, because it fills my heart just looking at it, let alone play it. For a long time I was wondering about, which was better Motif or Korg Triton Extreme. Well, now I know- Korg is the better one ;-), just kidding. Get the Motif even if you have to take out a mortgage or rob a bank... Don't follow the second one.

 
5.0

Great even in combat!

By Marcjoellopez

from Ft Drum, NY / Iraq

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I've owned this board for about 2 years and thought it was great. It's durability and sturdiness left me in awe now that I'm in Iraq.Truly the greatest board I've ever owned.

 
5.0

Christian Musician

By ChristianMusician

from Charlotte, MI

This is my first electronic keyboard. I have played piano for 40 years and never liked the tone quality nor response of keyboards--they never sounded nor behaved like the real thing. But, this one amazed me. I love all the different pianos that are on it and the tone quality is wonderful. And, that's only the beginning. I am in a Christian Rock band so having all the pianos and other instruments, sounds, and effects available is awesome. I would recommend this keyboard to anyone with a discerning musical ear.

 
5.0

Sounds and weighted action are great, sequencer no

By Walter Cooper

from Tallahassee, FL

Sounds and features are truly awesome. The sequencer, like Korg is not user friendly. Sorry guys Ensoniq had the right idea on creating an on board sequencer.

 
5.0

Number #1

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The ES8 is the best! It have some of the greatest features such as piano,organ,synthesizers,brass and strings.Of course it tops the Korg Triton and Roland Phantom it sounds are more rich and powerful.This is the hottest keyboard you got to have it.

 
5.0

I have to say...

By Maestro-f1rN3

from Palm Springs, CA

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I have to say that I'm impressed with the MOTIF ES8. It was hard to used at first, but after a while of getting used to it, it was a whole lot of fun. I know that I will be blessed on day to purchase the MOTIF ES8.

 
5.0

The Best!

By KeysVirtuoso

from West Michigan

This is the best synth Yamaha makes and Yamaha's reputation in music eqpt. is unrivaled, so this keyboard is the best of the best! No features are spared, and the manual is very readable. Plus, more help is available from the MOTIF user website once you get going on it. I run it through a Peavey KB3 amp at home, which is adequate. The best sounds come over your phones connected directly to the board though. It is a bit heavy and bulky to transport, especially when it's in a gig bag or case, but it is a full 88 keys...The voices are authentic, especially the piano and string voices. Go for it!! You won't be disappointed.

 
5.0

Amazing

By Matt-Uv1m6

from Canton, MI

The price shocked me at first, but when I finally got it, I realized that it's quite worth it. It has very high quality sounds that you can customize, which was a little confusing at first, but I got the hang of it after a little messing around. It doesn't have a fancy screen like the Roland Phantom or anything, but that's a luxury more than a necessity in this case. I find that this screen does the job just as well as a high-resolution color screen. I've had it for almost 5 months now, and I'm still glad I got it.

 
5.0

The Best Keyboard Out There

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I own a Motif 8 and played this one at a guitar center and was completely blown away by its sound. It is very similar to the normal 8, but the difference was all of the extra sounds that it had. The performance mode on this one was the one thing that was completely different. When I played it, I also noticed that they tweaked around with some of the sounds to make them better. The only problem that people would have with this keyboard is its difficulty to use. It is very complex and I havent probably even explored one fourth of the Motif's knowledge. If you get it, you have to get the "Get Motifated" series of videos or else you will have no chance of learning how to use it. The users manual was so hard to read that I never use it.

 
5.0

Amazing

By WillYouMarryMeES8

from Minneapolis, MN

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I recently tried the ES8 at the Guitar Center. My intuition was that I wouldn't like it much since I had my eye on the Triton Extreme. However, I was really blown away by the brass and string sounds! I did an A/B test between the TE and ES8 and I found myself in love with the ES8 because of these amazing sounds and I decided that the ES8 sounded "alive."While I originally thought that I wanted the TE because of the touchscreen, I decided to forget about it because, unlink the ES8, I wasn't getting pleasantly lost while working with the TE.In the end, I decided that the TE was more for the person who likes synthesizers because the sounds, overall, seemed "more synthesized" and the keyboard was designed, IMO, to feel lighter and be quicker than the ES8's.Since I couldn't stop thinking "how did they make this so beautiful?" while I was playing the ES8, I decided that it was for me.

 
5.0

In love with music...again

By gusmontalvo

from Burlington, WA

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I had a small studio a while ago and got out of music for a few years. My studio had mainly Roland keyboards which I still consider awesome as I swore to always be loyal to Roland. Upon my return to the music scene and recording, I went to a large retailer looking for my master keyboard. I spent 3 hours trying all 88 note kayboards and purchased the last one that I tried...the Yamaha Motif ES8. The ES8 is above the competition (including Roland..sob). I was amazed by the feel, the expandability and the sounds. When I play live or at my church, I have people come to me and say "wow, that keyboard makes those sounds?". I am amazed by the constant praise to the Motif, even by inexperienced musicians who "hear" something different and "full" coming out of my rig which the Motif is the heart of. The Motif ES8 will definitely be at the center of my studio for a long time (sorry Roland) and IT makes me happy to have returned to music after a long absence.

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