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Guide to the Best Professional Synths & Workstations from Yamaha
Yamaha Motif Synthesizer Workstation
Everything you need in one instrument, right up to processing and mastering your final productions. You get high-quality sounds, arpeggiators, recording features, built-in sampling, rhythmic patterns, studio-style mixing controls and versatile effect processing. Read more…
Yamaha MOXF6 & MOXF8 Music Production Synthesizer Keyboards
A combination of the MOTIF XS sound engine, a MIDI controller and advanced multi-channel USB audio computer integration, the MOXF8 is one of the most advanced Yamaha synths ever.
One of the most powerful and affordable Yamaha music workstations ever, the MOXF6 features a MOTIF XS sound engine, a MIDI controls, and multi-channel USB audio computer integration. Read more…
Yamaha S-Series Synthesizer
Synth features combines with stage piano features makes for a perfect performance partner.
Yamaha S90XS 88-Key Weighted Synthesizer
Real-time controls for tweaking of the sound as you play. Audio recording to USB memory. Extensive computer music features. Ease of use, plus compact size and portability. Introducing the S90 XS Music Synthesizer.
Yamaha S70XS 76-Key Weighted Synthesizer
Real-time controls for tweaking of the sound as you play. Audio recording to USB memory. Extensive computer music features. Ease of use, plus compact size and portability. Introducing the S70 XS Music Synthesizer. Read more on Yamaha S-Series Synthesizer Keyboards
Yamaha MM Series Synthesizers (MM6 & MM8)
Whether you compose, create or perform, the Yamaha MM8 and MM6 Music Synthesizers deliver all the musical power and creative control you need.
Using the same sounds as the MOTIF, the Yamaha MM6 yamaha keyboard synthesizer has a variety of dynamic, realistic and just plain powerful Voices. Get total control over your sound, with real-time tweakable knobs. Also features special patterns that provide full rhythm backing for your live performance and song creation.
Using similar sounds as the highly popular MOTIF, the Yamaha MM8 is perfect for those who want a combination of piano and killer synth features. Lets you perform in virtually any style of music. Read more on the Yamaha MM series…
The Various Offerings
Synthesizers, typically referred to as synths, are devices used to create different sounds. As opposed to other conventional instruments including arrangers, these can be used to create a variety of unique sounds / timbres.
These are typically used by professional musicians to help them perform onstage or create unique stuff in the studio, and usually cost much more than the arranger keyboards that most beginners and intermediate players use.
Yamaha, as a brand, is known more for its arrangers and pianos, but with the Motif, its popularity in the synthesizer segment started to increase. There are many who would still argue that Yamaha doesn’t make real pro-stuff keyboards, compared to say a Nord, but the fact is that Yamaha does have an impressive line-up of synths. Besides keyboard based synths, they also make software synths for iPhones and iPads.
The Yamaha Motif is the flagship synthesizer workstation from this brand, but then not everybody may be able to afford it, and in certain cases a toned down version could be more apt.
And that is the reason Yamaha has a range of other synths, which could suit your budget and even requirements.
Most of these come with MOTIF sounds, are easy to use yet provides comprehensive controls, comes with plenty of effects, and come with bundled software and editors.
Some of these are quite lightweight, and the ones with built-in sequencer can be used to quickly build up your musical ideas as quickly as possible.
Here are their main offerings.
Yamaha MM6 & MM8
The Yamaha MM6 (aka Mini Mo) is a good beginner synthesizer, and for around 500 bucks you get a synth that comes bundled with Cubase.
It does come with Motif Sounds, an on-board sequencer and comes with several Real-time Control Knobs.
If you have always played an arranger and want to upgrade to a serious keyboard, the MM6 can be a good option, and can also be used for gigging or even in the studio.
If you want to quickly give shape to your musical ideas, you’ll appreciate the built-in sequencer. Overall, this is a great, all-in-one, affordable product for creating music.
You even have the option of going in for the 88-key graded hammer action keyboard.
Yamaha MOX6 & MOX8
The MOX6 synth (61-keys) and the MOX8 (88-keys) gives more advanced features compared to the Yamaha MM series; it comes with a built-in USB Audio Interface, besides providing DAW and VST Control, on-board sequencing, and the DAW / VST software bundle.
If you are new to Yamaha however, it could take some time getting used to the various features. And if you don’t use Cubase, Logic, Sonar, or the more popular ones, you may have to spend lot of time figuring out the integration with the DAW.
A bit on the heavier side, these do not come with built-in speakers and not even a sequencer. But you would anyways do all the sequencing on your computer.
In terms of features, you get a microphone Input which makes it perfect for live performance. Other useful features include USB Flash Drive Recording, and DAW Controls that let you use it both as a master keyboard and a tone generator. The Yamaha S70XS & S90XS are perfect for the piano players looking for a synth!