Yamaha MOXF Review & Comparison & Best Price

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Yamaha MOXF

Yamaha MOXF8

**(This review is based on Yamaha MOXF8 and is simplified)

Yamaha MOXF series is affordable synthesizer workstation lineage of Motif XF. It has sound quality and other technologies of MOTIF XF in it. MOXF has sufficient data (740mb of wave ROM, 3977 wave-forms) MIDI keyboard controller, DAW and VST control, internal USB audio and MIDI interfacing, onboard sequencing, and DAW/VST softwares. Sounds are pristine and controls are intuitive. Yamaha MOXF has 2 stereos output so user can export the music data separately (ex. piano & mic). This is the flagship synthesizer + workstation in this price range. Yamaha MOXF has more effects than last series MOX, and it has flash board slot.

Basic Introduction video of Yamaha MOXF

Yamaha MOXF Sound Demo

Yamaha MOXF Features

Yamaha Motif XF Sound Quality

Yamaha MOXF has MOTIF XF sound quality which has basically all the instrument sounds you can think of plus vintage and synthesizer sounds.

Yamaha MOXF has two of Yamaha’s best grand pianos CFIIIS and S6 which can satisfy any player.

– VCM effects

Yamaha MOXF Virtual Circuitry Modeling

Yamaha’s VCM technology demonstration with MOTIF XF

Yamaha physically modelled the analog mixers of 1970s’ and 1980s’, and installed it in MOXF, it can even simulate the physical rotary speaker as well.

Flash memory expandability

yamaha-moxf-flash-memory-expandability

Yamaha MOXF is compatible with the sound content developed for the MOTIF XF and MOX. User can install either 512MB or 1024MB Flash Memorory that can save customized samples, it can approximately add about 2000 more wave-forms.

Performance mode to enhance your creativity

Yamaha MOXF Performance Mode

Yamaha MOXF allows players to combine up to 4 voices or arpeggios into one MIDI channel, so you can use other MIDI channels for extra sounds like drum and bass. Yamaha MOXF has 256 of preset performances that can support variety of music styles. Yamaha MOXF has 2000 drum arpeggios, 1300 for bass, and 1200 for guitar.

– Built-in sequencer to give shape to your inspiration

Yamaha MOXF offers strong built-in sequencer for music production without needing a computer, and real-time record function (step recording + copy function)

 

Advanced computer integration makes the MOXF the center of your music production studio

Yamaha Music Production

01 A complete suite of bundled software

Yamaha MOXF comes with few music production softwares like Editor, Remote Editor, Virtual analog synthesizer, and piano. All these softwares facilitate working with music production.

When MOXF is connected to computer, the piano works as audio interface. So when used with Cubase AI, you don’t need additional tool or software for recording system.

02 A single USB cable for both Audio and MIDI connections

Yamaha MOXF allows players to transmit both audio and MIDI file with 1 usb connection. It has 2 additional audio inputs to record other instruments to your computer as well. Since it is compatible with DAWs, analog input can be transferred to a software directly.

03 Music production with Cubase AI 7

***(descriptions below are directly from Yamaha)

Cubase AI 7

Cubase AI 7 is a version of Steinberg’s DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software made specifically to integrate with Yamaha music production synthesizers. Because the MOXF features both a MIDI and an audio interface you can record up to 32 audio and 48 MIDI tracks. You can even connect an analog mixer, microphone or guitar to the analog inputs, you can record any instrument to your computer via the MOXF. With built-in effects and the ability to control up to 16 VST instruments, Cubase AI lets you perform the complete computer music production process, including notation, scoring, and automated mixing.

04 Controlling DAW software

Yamaha MOXF has a special remote mode for controlling DAW software that allows you to use the buttons on its panel to open and close software windows, add instrument tracks and select VST instruments. The AI knob can be used as a jog wheel or set so that any parameter you mouse over in Cubase can be controlled automatically. You can also use the MOXF to control other popular DAW packages.

05 Steinberg Prologue VSTi

steinberg-prologue-vsti

Prologue is a wonderfully rich-sounding virtual analog synthesizer that will become an indispensable part of your VSTi arsenal. Prologue’s textural range includes lush, detailed pads and bright, acerbic leads and everything in between. Prologue’ s intuitive user interface provides full editing capabilities with access to its three oscillators, powerful multi-mode filter, four envelopes, two LFOs, a powerful modulation matrix, and onboard effects. And because Prologue is polyphonic with up to 128 voices, you’ll (probably) never run out of creative space.

06 YC-3B Tone Wheel Organ VST

YC-3B is a VST Instrument that reproduces the classic sound of tone wheel organs. It offers 64 different preset sound programs that you can also use to create your own original sounds, which you can then save as VST presets.

Playability and Usability

Yamaha MOXF playability and usability

– Easy operation and comprehensive controls

yamaha-moxf-easy-control

Yamaha MOXF has simple and intuitive design for Motif players so they can change settings as quickly as possible.

 

Touch| MOXF6 has semi-weighted action, MOXF8 has GHS

Voice| Yamaha MOXF has 1152 instrument voices, and 72 drum voices.

-9′ Full concert grand piano, s6 natrual grand piano, power grand piano for accompaniment with band, jazz piano, old pianos like S700 XS, and other rodes.

Assignable Functions buttons| In Yamaha MOXF, 8 oscillators can be used to change the behavior of one voice (ex. changing velocity, sliding, and adding octave, harmonics to guitar sound).

String| For strings, with assignable function buttons, players can adjust the frequency of vibrato, long or short bowing, holding the codes, and pizzicato.

Color| Yamaha MOXF is available in only one color

Warranty| Yamaha offers 1 year of parts and labor warranty for MOXF

 

Specs (Yamaha Official Website)(Specs of MOXF6)

Keyboards

MOXF8 88 keys, GHS keyboard (Initial Touch)

Tone generator

Tone Generator AWM2, with Expanded Articulation
Maximum Polyphony 128 notes
Multi Timbral Capacity 16 parts (Internal), A/D input part
Wave 741MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 3,977 waveforms
Voices Preset: 1,152 Normal Voices + 72 Drum Kits, GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit, User: 384 Normal Voices + 32 Drum Kits
Performance User: 256 (up to 4 parts)
Filter 18 types
Effects Reverb x 9 types, Chorus x 22 types, Insertion (A, B) x 54 types x 8 parts, Vocoder x 1 (uses both Insertion Effect A and B blocks), Master Effect x 9 types, Master EQ (5 bands), Part EQ (3 bands, stereo)

Sequencer

Note Capacity Approx. 226,000 notes
Note Resolution 480 ppq (parts per quarter note)
Maximum Polyphony 124 notes
Tempo (BPM) 5 – 300
Song recording type Real time replace, Real time overdub (with the exception of the Pattern Chain), Real time punch in/out (Song only), Step (with the exception of the Pattern Chain)
Song tracks Song: 16 sequence Tracks (Loop on/off can be set for each Track), Tempo Track, Scene Track , Pattern: 16 Phrase Tracks , Pattern Chain: Pattern Track, Tempo Track, Scene Track
Songs 64 Songs, Mixing Voices: 16 Voices per Song/Pattern (up to 256 Voices) , Mixing Templates: 32 for all Songs and Patterns
Patterns 64 Patterns (x 16 sections), Measures: 256 maximum
Phrases User Phrases: 256 per Pattern
Arpeggio Preset: 7,981 types, User: 256 types (MIDI Sync, MIDI transmit/receive channel, Velocity Limit, and Note Limit can be set. 4 Arpeggio parts can be played simultaneously.)
Scene Memory 6 per Song
Sequence formats Original format, SMF format 0, 1 (Format 1 load only)

Size/Weight

Dimensions Width 1,320mm (52″)
Height 168mm (6.6″)
Depth 405mm (16″)
Weight Weight 14.9 kg (32.8 lbs.)

Other

Master User:128 (Each master includes Master keyboard settings with 4 Zones, Assignable Knob settings, Program Change table.)
Sequence Software compatible with the Remote Control function For Windows®: Cubase 7 series, SONAR X2, For Mac®: Cubase 7 series, Logic Pro 9, Digital Performer 7 (Functions to be controlled differ depending on the software.)
Controllers Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, Assignable Knob x 8, [DATA] dial x 1, Assignable Function buttons x 2
Display 240 x 64 dot, backlit LCD
Connectors OUTPUT [L/MONO]/[R] (standard phone jack), A/D INPUT [L]/[R] (standard phone jack), [PHONES] (standard stereo phone jack), [FOOT CONTROLLER], FOOT SWITCH [ASSIGNABLE]/[SUSTAIN], MIDI [IN]/[OUT]/[THRU], USB [TO HOST]/[TO DEVICE], DC IN
Power Supply 13W
Accessories AC adaptor (PA-150 or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha), USB cable, Owner’s Manual, Online Manual CD-ROM x 1 (containing Reference Manual, Synthesizer Parameter Manual, and Data List), CUBASE AI DOWNLOAD INFORMATION

 

Yamaha Montage Review & Comparison & Best Price

 

Yamaha Montage / Yamaha Monrage Review / Yamaha Montage Price / Yamaha Montage Comparison & Function -Digital Piano Best Review..

 

Yamaha Montage 88 picture

Yamaha Montage, the latest synthesizer made by Yamaha will offer a new paradigm of modulating a song in real time, something that players could not achieve with other synthesizers in real time. The combination of 2 sound engines, FM-X (new modern version of synthesis engine) and AWM2 (waveform based subractive synthesis engine) enables players to create variety sounds simultaneously. One component that differentiates Montage with its previous model Motif-XF is motion control feature. Instead of controlling each sound encoders and sliders, with a move of a controller called ‘Super Knob’, players can change maximum of 16 parameters easily (also possible with a foot pedal). The goal of Yamaha Montage is to enable players to achieve new sound and modulation with a simplest conrol move. There are 3 different types of montage, 61 keys, 76 keys, 88 keys.

“Music in Motion… Montage sets the next milestone with sophisticated dynamic control, massive sound creation and streamlined workflow…. While Montage certainly takes some operational design cues from the Motif series, Montage is an exponential improvement over Motif in terms of sound, control and workflow.” – Yamaha

Yamaha Montage‘s motion control with super knob and pedal that control various parameters simultaneously. Like converting sound while synchronizing with beat + multi dimensional sound modulation. Can change (add or remove) section, drop in & out the sound.

-Integrated motion sequencer

Yamaha Montage has programmed controller movements at the matching key press timing, also changes tones rhythmically.

Montage has parameter rotary encoders with position memory

-With Yamaha Montage, players can send out 16 stereo channels to IOS device or computer using DAW and return 3 back for monitoring purpose.

Yamaha Montage back

Yamaha Montage used high quality aluminum (arched design) for light weight and abrasion proof.

Yamaha Montage has analog power supply for the DA converter’s IC. It is the secret of its sound quality.

Yamaha Montage LED.jpg

Yamaha Montage has fancy LED screen and buttons that are cleary visible at anywhere (in dark, under stage light or sun).

-Yamaha Montage has flagship engine that Yamaha developed for 10 years.

Yamaha Montage‘s envelope follower uses audio signal as the source for the dynamic control of parameters.

-Montage 6 and Montage 7 have semi-weighted keyboard

-Montage 8 has weighted balanced hammer action.

For brief pictured description for Motion Control, click here.

 

Yamaha Montage Features (from Yamaha official site)

Motion Control Synthesis Engine

Motion Control Synthesis Engine unifies and controls two iconic Sound Engines: AWM2 (high-quality waveform and subtractive synthesis) and FM-X (modern, pure Frequency Modulation synthesis.) These two engines can be freely zoned or layered across eight parts in a single MONTAGE Performance.

Interact with MONTAGE Performances using Motion Control: a highly programmable control matrix for creating deep, dynamic and incredibly expressive sound. With Motion Control, you can create new sounds that were not possible on previous synthesizers.

Yamaha Montage Motion Control Synthesis Engine

Yamaha Montage Motion Control Synthesis Engine

Here is Yamaha Montage Development Story

1. Sophisticated Dynamic Control

Yamaha Montage Dynamic Control

-Super Knob

Yamaha Montage Super Knob

Super Knob

Create dynamic sound changes from radical to sublime with the Yamaha Montage’s Super Knob. The Super Knob can control multiple parameters simultaneously resulting in anything you can imagine. Yamaha Montage enables players do something they could not do with other synthesizers in live performance.

Yamaha Montage’s Super Knob function can even be assigned to a second FC7 foot controller making it easy to manipulate the sound effect when playing with both hands.

For example, with Yamaha Montage, you can first play with small ensemble orchestra voice, and when you use either super knob or volume pedal, the small ensemble gradually becomes big string orchestra. And you can also add drum beat(+tempo control) using either controller.

– Motion SEQ

Yamaha Montage Motion Sequencer

Motion SEQ

Yamaha Montage has Motion sequences function that can adapt any tempo in real time, providing fully customizable control. And the exported files can be assigned to any synthesizer prarameters. It Can add massive sound effects with 2 dedicated powerful sound engines and Super knob or a pedal.

Simplay saying, you can insert in small editings while playing.

– Envelope Follower

Yamaha Montage Envelope Follwer

Envelope Follower

Yamaha Montage has Envelope follower function which converts audio into control source for parameters. Live audio source through A/D input also can be used.

Music in MotionWhat is motion controlMotion Control conceptual diagram

 

2. Massive Sound Creation

Yamaha Montage has 2 main sound engines for variety of quality playback and sound.

Yamaha Montage Massive Sound Creation

– AWM2

Yamaha Montage AWM2

With Yamaha’s propriety data compression technology, Yamana Montage’s AWM2 sound engine can do huge data compression without any loss in sound quality

・Waveform Capacity
Yamaha MONTAGE has 10 times more waveform capacity than Motif XF. Able to contain more and quality samples.

– FM-X

Yamaha Montage FMX

Yamaha Montage not just have one latest engine, but it also produces classic ’80s and cutting-edge EDM sound with FM-X engine. Allowing numerous sound design options.

– Content

 

Yamaha Montage Bösendorfer

Bösendorfer 290 Imperial

・Bösendorfer Piano
Yamaha Montage includes legendary Bösendorfer 290 Imperial piano sound which produces warm tone know as “Viennese sound”. This piano sound goes well with Brahms and Beethoven.

– Effects

Yamaha Montage Virtual Circuitry Modeling

Yamaha’s VCM technology demonstration with MOTIF XF

 

– Pure Analog Circuit

 Yamaha Montage Pure Analog Circuit

Yamaha Montage uses quality analog outputs “Pure Analog Circuit” (PAC). PAC improves signal quality after digital sound converted to analog sound for clear harmonic reproduction and even frequency response.

3. Streamlined Workflow

 Yamaha Montage Streamlined Workflow

– USB Audio/MIDI Connection

 Yamaha Montage USB/MIDI

You can connect the Yamaha MONTAGE to your computer with a  USB cable and capture every nuance of your creativity into your DAW. MONTAGE’s powerful USB driver can send 16 and receive 3 channels (check purpose) of STEREO 24 bit/44.1 kHz digital audio to/from your computer or iOS device.

The USB connection also features full MIDI support of 16 channels.

* MONTAGE supports the sampling rate up to 192 kHz.

– SSS (Seamless Sound Switching)

 Yamaha Montage Seamless Sound Switching

Yamaha Montage provides smooth transition between envelopes or effects. This is perfect for live performances.

* This function is only available for Performances that have a maximum of 8 parts.

– A/D Input

Yamaha Montag can process any external audio sources through A/D input such as microphone. These outside source sounds can be even used with Envelope follower.

– Physical Control

 Yamaha Montage Touch Screen

Touch Screen

Yamaha Montage Rotaries

Eight Rotary Encoders and Faders with Stepladder LED(position indicator) are in Yamaha Montage. Thus Yamaha Montage is able to feature a comprehensive set of physical controls for intuitive music making and sound creation.

– LIVE SET

 Yamaha Montage Live Set

Yamaha Montage offers users convenient screen settings so you can organize your own performance schemes. It does not change order or name of files when imported and exported.

– Direct Control Assignment

 Yamaha Montage Direct Control Assignment

You can preset Montage’s parameters with Direct Control Assignment, and import the setting with a touch of a screen.

– Cubase AI bundle

Yamaha Montage Cubase AI

Yamaha Montage also comes with Steinberg’s music production application Cubase AI. The application provides integrated recording and editing function.

 

 

Yamaha Montage Version 1.1

– Added 64 new sounds for Montage.

-Montage purchasers can download Bosendorfer piano sounds for free

-Yamaha File Converter Web-app, just drag & drop.

 

Yamaha Montage Version 1.2

Yamaha Connect is a helpful program for transferring data between montage and computer (.X7B & .MID data).

-Montage Live Set – When playing a audio file through Montage, now you can see all the appropriate screens.

-Montage Connect Plugin – Connect the Montage to a computer that has Montage Connect Plugin, and you will be able to import and export MIDI or arp or audio file in real time.

-Montage Compatibility – Connect a normal digital piano to Montage with MIDI, and you can use that digital piano like Montage.

Yamaha Montage vs Motif XF Comparison

Specification Feature Motif XF Montage
AWM2 Waveform ROM size 741Mb+128Mb 5.67Gb+1.75Gb
Synthesis Type AWM2 AWM2 + FM-X
Polyphony 128 AWM2: 128/FM-X:128
User Flash Optional Integrated 1.75Gb
Total Waveforms 3,977 6,347
Multichannel Digital Audio Output Optional Integrated: USB to host
Physical Outputs Unbalanced L+R¹ Balanced L+R¹
# of Dual Insert Effect Blocks 8 16+A/D = 17
# of Playable Parts in a Performance 4 8
Arpeggio Content 7,881 10,000
# of Performances 512 user 1,920 pre/640 u/5,120 lib²

1. Unbalanced Stereo L+R, Unbalanced Assignable L+R

1. 1/4″ Balanced Stereo L+R, 1/4″ Balanced Assignable L+R

2. 1,920 Preset Performances, 640 User Performances, 5,120 Library Performances

 

 

4. Yamaha Montage Compatibility (Yamaha Official Website)

Yamaha Montage compatibility

Yamaha Montage compatibility with FM Sythesizers

MOTIF XF file type MOTIF XF filename extension Description
All .X3A User voices, user arpeggios, user waveforms
All Voice .X3V User voices
All Arp .X3G User arpeggios
All Waveform .X3W User waveforms

Yamaha Montage is fully compatible with Motif XF. And it is partially compatible with DX7, DX7II, TX802, TX816, Motif XS, S90 XS, S70 XS, Motif ES.

 

Color| Yamaha Montage is available in black color


Warranty|

Yamaha Montage comes with  1 year parts and labor warranty

 

Specs (based on Montage 8)(Yamaha Official website)

Size/Weight

Dimensions Width 1,450 mm (57-1/16″)
Height 160 mm (6-5/16″)
Depth 470 mm (18-1/2″)
Weight Weight 29 kg (63 lbs., 15 oz.)

Control Interface

Keyboard Number of Keys 88
Type Balanced Hammer Effect Keyboard
Initial Touch Yes
Aftertouch Yes

Tone generator

Tone Generator Motion Control Synthesis Engine AMW2: 8 Elements FM-X: 8 Operators, 88 Algorithms
Maximum Polyphony AWM2: 128 (max.; stereo/mono waveforms) FM-X: 128 (max.)
Multi Timbral Capacity 16 Parts (internal), Audio Input Parts (A/D*, USB*) *stereo Part
Wave Preset: 5.67 GB (when converted to 16 bit linear format), User: 1.75 GB
Performance Approx. 1,900
Filter 18 types
Effects Reverb x 12 types, Variation x 76 types, Insertion (A, B) x 76 types*, Master Effect x 15 types *A/D part insertion x 71 types (Preset settings for parameters of each effect type are provided as templates) Master EQ (5 bands), 1st part EQ (3 bands), 2nd part EQ (2 bands)

Other

Controllers Master Volume, AD Input Gain knob, Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, Ribbon Controller, Control Sliders x 8, Knobs x 8, Super Knob, Data dial
Display 7″ TFT Color Wide VGA LCD touch screen
Connectors [USB TO DEVICE], [USB TO HOST], MIDI [IN]/[OUT]/[THRU], FOOT CONTROLLER [1]/[2], FOOT SWITCH [ASSIGNABLE]/[SUSTAIN], OUTPUT (BALANCED) [L/MONO]/[R] (6.3 mm, Balanced TRS jacks), ASSIGNABLE OUTPUT (BALANCED) [L]/[R] (6.3 mm, Balanced TRS jacks), [PHONES] (6.3 mm, standard stereo phone jack), A/D INPUT [L/MONO]/[R] (6.3 mm, standard phone jacks)
Power Consumption 27 W
Accessories AC Power cord, Owner’s Manual, Cubase AI Download Information
Live Sets Preset: 128 and more, User: 2,048

Performance Recorder

Tracks 16 Sequence tracks, Tempo track, Scene track
Recording type Real time replace, Real time overdub, Real time punch in/out
Note Capacity Approx. 130,000 notes
Note Resolution 480 ppq (parts per quarter note)
Tempo (BPM) 5 – 300
Songs 64 songs
Arpeggio Parts: 8 Parts simultaneous (max.), Preset: Approx. 10,000 types User: 256 types
Sequence formats MONTAGE original format, SMF formats 0, 1

http://usa.yamaha.com/products/music-production/synthesizers/montage/?mode=series

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