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Yamaha Motif XS6

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The MOTIF was succeeded by the MOTIF ES which has doubled the enormous power of the MOTIF. Now it's time to double the MOTIF ES - time for the MOTIF XS.

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The MOTIF was succeeded by the MOTIF ES which has doubled the enormous power of the MOTIF. Now it's time to double the MOTIF ES - time for the MOTIF XS.

The 128 voices of the XS's AWM2 Tone Generator are based on 2.670 Waveforms in the large 355 MB Wave-ROM which can be expanded by up to 1 GB of Sample-RAM for further samples. Each Voice can consist of up to eight Elements, which can be dynamically activated in the "Expanded Articulation" mode ("XA-Mode") to simulate different playing styles of acoustic instruments in a very realistic way. Use Performances to arrange up to four Voices in layers and splits over the keyboard. Thanks to its intelligent chord recognition the 4-part Arpeggiator and its 6,000 Phrases supplies the perfect accompaniment. With one press on the Record button you can record directly from the Performance mode into the sequencer - perfect to sketch your ideas. The Master-Mode divides the keyboard in up to eight zones and makes the MOTIF XS a perfect Masterkeyboard.

Control the XS in real time with Ribbon Controller, Modulation and Pitch Bend wheel, 2 buttons, 8 Knobs and 8 Faders. The large color LC-display (320 x 240 Pixel) delivers the best overview. This all supports the Remote Control functions to control DAW software on your computer. For data saving purposes there is a USB to Device port and an Ethernet port to integrate the MOTIF XS in a LAN. Four analogue audio outputs and a S/PDIF digital audio output deliver the outstanding sound of the MOTIF XS. The XS8 is equipped with a IEEE 1394 port (optional for the XS6 and XS7) for a seamless integration in computer based music production environments.

The MOTIF XS6 is equipped with a FSX keyboard with 61 (XS6) keys.

Features

Get inspired!

With the new Yamaha MOTIF XS, inspiration is just a key press away. High-quality sounds to inspire you, intelligent arpeggiators to fuel your creativity, recording features to capture every idea, built-in sampling to create full audio/MIDI arrangements, rhythmic Patterns to compose with, studio-style mixing controls and versatile effect processing to master your final productions. With all this and more, the MOTIF XS will soon be your favorite ‘go-to’ instrument—whether you’re composing at home, recording in the studio, or playing live. It’s got absolutely everything you need to make professional quality music.

Close your eyes, play the gorgeous sounds and rhythms of the MOTIF XS—and feel the inspiration.

High Quality Sounds to Spark Your Creativity

The MOTIF XS provides an exceptionally broad selection of realistic sounds to spark your creativity, with a massive 355 MB of high-quality waveforms and samples on board. A single Voice can have up to eight separate sound Elements, enabling composite sounds of remarkable complexity and nuance. Among the standout Voices is a resonant, meticulously recorded concert grand piano sound that is practically worth the price of admission by itself. New acoustic piano, electric piano and orchestral samples — not to mention the richly textured and distinctly electronic synthesizer waves — give you the sonic tools to fully realize virtually any style of music and any instrumentation.

Another new feature is the Expanded Articulation (XA) tone generation system. Using the eight available Elements, XA allows you to more effectively recreate realistic sound and natural performance techniques — such as legato, staccato and key release sounds — often used on acoustic instruments but unavailable or difficult to realize on electronic keyboards. It also lets you assign Elements to on/off panel switches, and change sounds within a Voice in real time — for example, playing a classical guitar voice and switch between playing normally and playing high harmonics. XA also offers other unique modes for random and alternate sound changes as you play.

A wide selection of special Mega Voices provide even more expressive nuance, when used with sequencer tracks or the special Mega Voice Arpeggios. Mega Voices are not meant to be played from the keyboard because of their complex velocity layers, but have special expressive sounds that are designed to be precisely triggered by recorded data — for example, letting you create an acoustic guitar track with authentic sounding muted playing, slides and bell-like harmonics.

Other Voice-related features include a uniquely natural “half damper” effect for acoustic piano sounds. This gives you nuanced control over the sustained sound when pressing the damper pedal, depending on how far down you press the pedal. The MOTIF XS has a full complement of effects, both insert (Insertion) and send (System), and includes a special set of VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) effects that authentically model the elements in analog circuitry, realistically recreating the uniquely warm characteristics of vintage processing gear. Speaking of “vintage,” the instrument also includes a sophisticated Vocoder effect that produces classic robotic synthesizer sounds, molded by your speaking or singing voice through a connected microphone.

Ideal for Live Performance, Song Creating and Arranging

The MOTIF XS has so many sophisticated features that help jump-start your creativity and live performance potential. One of the most powerful of these is Arpeggio, which lets you trigger a variety of sequenced phrases from the keyboard. There are approximately 6,000 different Arpeggio phrases on board, and you can have four different Arpeggios, playing four different instrument parts, running simultaneously-in perfect sync, of course. The music making possibilities are virtually endless. Have a drum Voice play an automatic rhythm, add an Arpeggio bass phrase, and fly in other instrument phrases as the inspiration hits you. Everything stays in sync, and everything follows your chord changes.

While you experiment and play around with Arpeggios in the Performance mode, the song ideas will come fast and fierce - maybe too many to remember. No worries, though. You can capture them easily and directly by recording them to a Song or Pattern (which can be stored to the built-in flash memory). Since the data is MIDI, you don’t have to worry about running out of recording space. You can record your keyboard playing, freely calling up various Arpeggio types as you improvise, then edit the Song later as necessary. You may even want to ‘keep the recorder running’ as you play, then listen back later and pick out the best parts to create your final composition.

Another powerful feature is the Integrated Sampling Sequencer, which seamlessly combines audio and MIDI recording. Simply install optional DIMM modules (up to 1 GB) and record the audio directly to tracks on the MOTIF XS. Record your vocals or acoustic guitar (with a microphone), electric guitar or bass, or even short rhythm loops from a sample CD. There’s also a Slice feature that automatically chops up your rhythms and riffs into their individual beats and notes, letting you manipulate the component parts of your sample loops as MIDI data — giving you the power to easily change tempo and rhythmic feel, without disturbing the pitch or sound quality.

Intuitive Interface, Easy Operation

Despite all the advanced technology and wealth of features packed tightly into the instrument, the MOTIF XS is exceptionally intuitive and easy to use. It gives you a large, full-dot color LCD that lets you see multiple parameters at a glance, and has clear, high-resolution graphics with virtual sliders, knobs and more.

The panel of the MOTIF XS provides an amazing level of control and flexibility. Eight knobs and eight sliders let you instantly tweak a variety of parameters and effects as you play. The eight knobs are especially versatile, letting you use the knobs to independently control eight different parameters (out of 24 selectable), or use them to control a certain effect setting (reverb, chorus or pan) for up to eight different parts (in a song, for example). The knobs can also be used to change the rhythmic feel and other settings of Arpeggios and Patterns while they play back. Two Assignable Function buttons give you added control over the sound of the new Expanded Articulation (XA) Voices, letting you change sounds within a Voice in real time.

Other convenient operation features include the improved Category Search function, which now is organized with Dual Categories that help you find the Voice you want. Calling up the Guitar category, for instance, gives you access to the Dual (sub) Categories, such as Acoustic, Electric Clean and Electric Distortion. The Mega Arpeggio Voices also have their own Dual Category for easy selection of those unique Voices.

The MOTIF XS is not only exceptionally intuitive and easy to operate, it’s a true joy to play — right down to the newly designed expressive keyboards. The MOTIF XS6 and XS7 have a new, natural FSX keyboard (61/76 keys), while the MOTIF XS8 features the grand piano-like BH (Balanced Hammer) keyboard (88 keys).

Computer Integration

A full-featured music production synthesizer in every way, the MOTIF XS comes equipped with a variety of connectors and interfaces-for virtually any application and any studio situation. These include independent Assignable Outputs, A/D Inputs (for recording external sources), S/P DIF Digital Output, MIDI, Ethernet, IEEE 1394 (standard on the MOTIF XS8 and available on the MOTIF XS6/7 with the optional board) and two USB connectors, compatible with the high-speed USB 2.0 standard.

The comprehensive set of connectors—Ethernet, IEEE 1394 and USB TO HOST—make interfacing with computers and your favorite software exceptionally easy. In particular, the new Ethernet connection gives you fast transfer of your MOTIF XS files to and from a computer on the same network. The IEEE 1394 interface gives you a one-cable, one-network solution for high-speed, realtime transfer of multi-channel digital audio and MIDI data.

Software Integration

Today’s music production is highly dependent on software, and the MOTIF XS is designed to work seamlessly and transparently in your computer-based environment. The Remote Control mode lets you control your DAW software right from the panel of the MOTIF XS — for example, starting and stopping playback/recording with the special transport buttons, changing track levels with the sliders, and tweaking parameters with the knobs.

The MOTIF XS is also compatible with the MOTIF XS Editor — a comprehensive, easy-to-use editing software program that lets you edit (via USB connection) the Mixing setups and Mixing Voices to be used for Song/Pattern playback directly on your computer. The MOTIF XS Editor is free and can be downloaded from the Yamaha website. Naturally, the editor can be used within Cubase as part of Studio Connections, and all settings can be saved with each project for instant recall.

If Cubase is not yet part of your software arsenal, a copy of the new Cubase AI is bundled with the instrument, letting you dive in and start using the versatile features of Studio Connections right out of the box. Cubase AI is a full-featured music production software that integrates fully with the MOTIF XS, and can easily be upgraded to Cubase 4. It gives you all the tools to produce professional level recordings — quickly and easily — with a system that you can expand into the future.

Specifications

Keyboard

MOTIF XS6 61 keys, FSX Keyboard (Initial Touch/Aftertouch)

Tone Generator Block

Tone Generator

AWM2 with Expanded Articulation

Polyphony

128 notes

Multi Timbral Capacity

16 Parts (internal), Audio Input Parts (A/D, IEEE 1394*)
*1 stereo Part

Wave

355MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 2,670 waveforms

Voice

Preset: 1,024 Normal Voices + 64 Drum Kits
GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit
User: 128 x 3 (selected and copied from Preset bank) Normal Voice + 32 Drum Kits

Performance

User: 128 x 3 (up to 4 Parts)

Filter

18 types

Effect System

Reverb x 9 types, Chorus x 22 types, Insertion (A, B, L) x 53 types x 8 blocks, Master Effect x 9 types, Master Equalizer (5 bands), Part EQ (3 bands, stereo)

Sampling Block

Samples

Up to 1,024 Waveforms (Multi Samples)
Up to 128 Key Banks per Waveform
Up to 4,096 Key Banks

Sampling Sources

Analog input L/R, Stereo output (Resampling), IEEE 1394 Digital input (available on the MOTIF XS6 and 7 when the optional board has been installed)

A/D Conversion

24-bit, 64x oversampling

D/A Conversion

24-bit, 128x oversampling

Sample Data Bits

16

Sampling Frequency

44.1kHz, 22.05kHz, 11.025kHz, 5.5125kHz (Stereo/Mono)
Sampling Frequency via IEEE 1394 (when the optional board has been installed): 44.1kHz (fixed)

Sampling Memory

Optionally installed, expandable to 1GB (512MB DIMM x 2 slots)
*DIMMs are not installed to the instrument when shipped from the factory.

Sample Length

Mono: 32 MB
Stereo: 64 MB

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 Format

Original format, WAV, AIFF

Sequencer Block

Note Capacity

Approx. 130,000 notes

Note Resolution

480 ppq (parts per quarter note)

Maximum Polyphony

124 notes

Tempo (BPM)

5 – 300

Recording type

Real time replace
Real time overdub (with the exception of the Pattern Chain)
Real time punch in/out (Song only)

Tracks

Pattern: 16 Phrase tracks
Pattern Chain: Pattern track, Tempo track, Scene
Song: 16 sequence tracks (Loop on/off can be set for each track), Tempo track, Scene track

Patterns

64 Patterns (x 16 sections)
Measures: 256 maximum
Mixing Voices: 16 Voices per Pattern and up to 256 Voices for all Patterns
Mixing Templates: 32 for all Songs and Patterns

Phrases

User Phrases: 256 per Pattern

Songs

64 Songs
Mixing Voices: 16 Voices per Song and up to 256 Voices for all Songs
Mixing Templates: 32 for all Songs and Patterns

Arpeggio

Preset: Approx. 6,000 types
User: 256 types
*MIDI Sync, MIDI transmit/receive channel, Velocity Limit, and Note Limit can be set.

Scene Memory

5 per Song

Sequence Format

Original format, SMF format 0, 1 (Format 1 load only)

Others

 

Master

User: 128
*8 Zones (Master keyboard settings), Assignable Knob/Slider settings, Program Change Table

Sequence Software compatible with the Remote Control function

For Windows®: Cubase 4, Cubase AI, SONAR 5.2
For Macintosh®: Cubase 4, Cubase AI, Logic 7.2, Digital Performer 5
*Functions to be controlled differ depending on the software.

Controllers

Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, Ribbon Controller, Assignable Control Sliders x 8, Assignable Knobs x 8, Assignable Function buttons x 2, Data dial

Display

320 x 240 dot, 5.7 inch graphic color backlit LCD

Connectors

OUTPUT L/MONO, R (standard phone jack)
ASSIGNABLE OUTPUT L, R (standard phone jack)
A/D INPUT L, R (standard phone jack)
DIGITAL OUT
PHONES (standard stereo phone jack)
FOOT CONTROLLER 1, 2
FOOT SWITCH x 2 (SUSTAIN, ASSIGNABLE)
MIDI IN/OUT/THRU
USB (TO HOST, TO DEVICE)
AC IN
ETHERNET
IEEE 1394 (MOTIF XS8 only)

Power Consumption

30W

Dimensions, Weight

1,045 (W) x 391 (D) x 122 (H) mm, 14.8 kg

Accessories

AC Power cord, Cubase AI Disc x 1, Owner’s Manual, Data List

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