The Top Dog Keyboard Workstation -- For a ReasonArguably the leader in the keyboard workstation market, Yamaha ups the ante on their venerable MOTIF XS with the release of the XF8, the full-size version of their top-shelf production-powerhouse synth. Doubling the waveform memory of the XS to an impressive 741 MB, the MOTIF XF8 boasts 1,664 internal voices and 97 drum kits with expansion slots for another 2GB of samples.
Enormous Waveform MemoryIf you're in the market for a instrument of this caliber, you're serious about sound -- and you may already know that the MOTIF series is famous for its deep sound library, including those realistic piano voices that an acoustic-piano manufacturer like Yamaha can truly capture. Expressive Instruments; Impressive EffectsIt's not just the quantity of available voices that makes the MOTIF XF8 so special -- it's the quality. 7000+ Arpeggiator Patterns No true workstation would be complete without a powerful on-board arpeggiator. Sixteen Tracks Of Audio and MIDI SequencingWhen it's time for serious masterpiece-creation, record MIDI and audio seamlessly with the XF8's 16-track Integrated Sampling Sequencer. Seamless Cubase IntegrationWhen you prefer to use your computer for recording or editing, the MOTIF XF8's remote control feature seamlessly integrates with Yamaha's bundled version of Steinberg Cubase AI. Yamaha MOTIF XF8 Synthesizer WorkstationSoon after the original MOTIF was released in 2001, it was recognized as the best sounding, top selling and most requested music workstation on the market. A High-Quality Collection of VoicesThe MOTIF XF boasts a rich collection of instrument Voices that includes piano, EPs, strings, wind instruments, orchestral sounds, guitars, basses, and drums, as well as a wide variety of vintage and modern synth sounds. Waveforms have been added to the MOTIF XF, which now contains a huge total of 741 MB of waveforms. The samples could be some of the MOTIF Voice libraries or they could be your own samples -- the back ground vocals from your latest album that you need to take on the road, your favorite VST sound that you've converted to MOTIF format or even that coffee pot in your kitchen that you know will make a great snare sound.
The MOTIF XF-specific third-party sample and Voice libraries can be purchased online through Yamaha's website.
Sound engine that increases the expressiveness of instrument soundsThe tone generator that the MOTIF XF has inherited from the MOTIFXS makes an 8-element-per-voice structure possible. For synthesizer sounds, the 18 different filter types, advanced 6-stage pitch, filter and amplitude envelopes, unique Wave Cycle feature and assignable modulation Control Sets make the MOTIF capable of reproducing any synth sound from vintage to modern. The tone generator also supports half damper pedaling through the use of the separately sold FC3 foot pedal. VCM effects that reproduce the unique, natural, warm sounds of vintage instrumentsYamaha's proprietary VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology simulates the effects of vintage EQs, compressors, and phasers at the circuit level.
High-quality keyboards that enable high-level performanceThe MOTIF XF6 and XF7 use high-quality FSX keyboards with 61 and 76 keys, respectively. The balanced hammer keyboard is filled with the know-how and technology that Yamaha has developed producing full concert grand pianos and stage pianos.
Rich arpeggiator with over 7,000 patterns that expands the breadth of sound expressionYou can use the arpeggiator to perform unique instrument phrases. Performance mode that makes the instant expression of your ideas possibleIn performance mode, you can layer up to four Voices, and you can split the keyboard into 4 zones with different key ranges and velocity windows. Thanks to the direct performance recording feature, which enables you to record performances in real time to songs and patterns, you can quickly capture your song ideas sparked by the MOTIF Performances to a song or pattern for further editing and refining.
Category Search feature that provides instant access to the sound you wantYou can use the Category Search feature to quickly and easily select the Voices or performances from the MOTIF XF's massive arsenal of sounds.
In Performance Mode, Performances are sorted by musical genre, so you can quickly select the type of Performance that matches your moment of inspiration. Integrated Sampling SequencerThe MOTIF XF features an Integrated Sampling Sequencer which allows you to combine MIDI and audio samples (driven by MIDI events), so you can create complete songs including vocals, guitars and acoustic instruments all right inside the MOTIF XF. The XF sequencer also lets you work the way you prefer because it features two different sequence modes. Integrated Sampling SequencerWith the Integrated Sampling Sequencer, you can integrate audio (sampled) data and MIDI data seamlessly.
Remote control and editor that make DAW integration easyFeatures such as remote control (which you can use to remotely control the parameters of a DAW application on a computer from the MOTIF), various DAW templates, and simple setup features make the MOTIF XF easy to use. Using the Yamaha MOTIF XF Editor, you can make subtle Voice edits from your computer while checking them visually. If you install the optional FW16E FireWire expansion board, you can record 16 tracks of audio data to the DAW software through the audio interface.
Cubase AI bundledThe MOTIF XF comes with a special Yamaha version of Cubase, the world-renowned DAW software. Improved User InterfaceAn improved User Interface with many user requested features like Tap Tempo, Drum Editing in Mix Mode, and Auto Mapping of samples* plus a customizable UI for selecting your choice of color and positioning of key displays. This is a superb music production tool which offers everything you could want right out of the box and can be expanded with additional non volatile RAM and FireWire connectivity.
This is my second stab at a synth (I still have the first, a Yamaha Motif XS8) and there really isn't anything out there now to compare it with.
Despues del exito de su aclamada linea de sintetizadores hardware MOTIF, Yamaha presento una la evolucion de la linea llamada simplemente MOTIF XF, que entre sus novedades presenta capacidad de expansion mediante tarjetas flash, un estandar que acompanara a las futuras workstations.
La nueva serie esta integrada por los teclados XF6, XF7 y XF8, de 61, 76 y 88 teclas, respectivamente. La serie XF esta cargada de una amplia coleccion de voces de instrumento que incluyen piano acustico, electrico, cuerdas, vientos, instrumentos de orquesta, bajos, baterias y una cuidada seleccion de sonidos vintage y modernos.
Se destaca la inclusion de una recreacion digital de dos pianos de cola Yamaha grand, que de acuerdo a la empresa, reproducen todas las sutilezas de los instrumentos originales. Cada sinte presenta dos slots de expansion para tarjetas Yamaha flash que permiten agregar hasta 2 GB de memoria de flash, por lo tanto cualquier muestra cargada permanecera disponible hasta que el usuario decida reemplazarla. Las muestras pueden pertenecer a la biblioteca incluida o pueden ser muestras del usuario, incluso sonidos VST convertidos a formato MOTIF. Con la utilizacion de las tarjetas flash en combinacion con la memoria interna el usuario alcanza 3 GB de espacio.
You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Le MOTIF amene de la vie dans les performances sceniques avec ses sons expressifs et et ses controles intuitifs.
Play Mo' Motif Sounds and Effects on Yamaha's Souped-Up MOX!Loaded with MOTIF XF sounds and effects -- plus the capability to add even more via its flash board slot -- the Yamaha MOXF8 keyboard synthesizer has just what live performers and producers need to get out of a sonic rut.
As the full-sized, 88-key version of the MOX, the MOXF8 boasts Yamaha's Graded Hammer Standard keybed -- with semi-weighted action that's perfect for playing the expressive Yamaha piano sounds on board, and more.
Do More with the MOTIF Sound EngineBoth in the studio and on the performance stage, the MOXF8 provides the creative tools you need to help you play your best. So that you never run out of sounds, the MOXF8 is compatible with the voices and libraries of Yamaha's MOTIF XF and MOTIF XS keyboards. Effective FXYamaha's Advanced Virtual Circuit Modeling effects enhance the voices, yielding the textures of vintage EQs, analog compressors, and phasers. Make the MOX the Center of Your StudioWith the built-in 16-track sequencer, you can record high-quality tracks in real-time, right on the MOXF8, without having to plug into a computer or some other external device.
Yamaha MOXF8 Keyboard SynthesizerYamaha has updated the popular MOX Series by adding the MOTIF XF's sounds and effects and even a Flash Board option slot to the MOXF8. MOTIF XF sound engineThe MOXF8 boasts a rich collection of instrument voices that includes pianos, electric pianos, strings, wind instruments, orchestral sounds, guitars, basses, and drums, as well as a wide variety of vintage and modern synth sounds. VCM Effects: Modeling Vintage EQs, Compressors and MoreYamaha's proprietary VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology simulates the effects of vintage EQs, compressors, and phasers at the circuit level.
Flash memory expandabilityThe MOXF8 is compatible with the sound content developed for the MOTIF XF and MOX. Performance mode to enhance your creativityPerformance mode allows you to combine multiple voices together (up to 4 parts) and play them on one MIDI channel, so that you can play dynamic layer sounds or even solos along with drums and bass backing tracks.
Built-in sequencer to give shape to your inspirationMOXF8 features a built-in sequencer that lets you produce high-quality music without the need for a computer or any other external devices. A complete suite of bundled softwareThe MOXF8 comes with a variety of music production software that allows you to integrate it with your computer setup.
A single USB cable for both Audio and MIDI connectionsA single USB cable is all you need to transmit both audio and MIDI data between the MOXF8 and your computer.
Music production with Cubase AI 7Cubase AI 7 is a version of Steinberg's DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software made specifically to integrate with Yamaha music production synthesizers. Controlling DAW softwareThe MOXF8 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.
Steinberg Prologue VSTiPrologue is a wonderfully rich-sounding virtual analog synthesizer that will become an indispensable part of your VSTi arsenal. YC-3B Tone Wheel Organ VSTYC-3B is a VST Instrument that reproduces the classic sound of tone wheel organs. Playability and Usability: Easy operation and comprehensive controlsCategory search mode features 16 different instrument categories, each with its own sub-categories, so getting the sound you need is a fast and intuitive process. 88-key Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) actionThe MOXF8 features an 88-key GHS keyboard that provides authentic, realistic keyboard response -- much like the playing feel of an acoustic piano -- with a heavy touch in the bass register that changes to a lighter one in the treble, and a natural gradation of touch in between.
Quality stock bank of voices, responsive weighted keys, very intuitive to use, and lightweight to boot. Produce tracks from start to finish with Yamaha's huge soundset and 88 hammer-action keys -- or easily integrate the MOTIF XF8 with your DAW.

Found only on this 88-key MOTIF, Yamaha's Balanced Hammer keyboard combines grand-piano touch with playability fit for the extensive variety of synths and expressive instruments that only a MOTIF can produce. MOTIF veterans will recognize the front panel's 8 knobs and 8 sliders -- and appreciate the addition of tap tempo, a customizable user interface, and automapping of samples to keys with respect to pitch. After all, when you're investing in an 88-key workstation, you want authentic pianos -- and the MOTIF XF8 delivers with 136 new voices, featuring exquisitely detailed samples of the 9-foot CFIII and 7-foot S6 Yamaha acoustic grands. The MOTIF's celebrated 8-element-per-voice structure combined with Yamaha's XA (Expanded Articulation) technology yields strikingly smooth horns and winds, guitar harmonics, and key-release sounds of pianos for unmatched realism.
Richly textured beats, chugging synths, and even simulations of acoustic instruments ignite your creativity with over 7000 types of arpeggios -- many with chordal intelligence capable of tweaking patterns in real time depending on the chords you play.
Bi-directional communication means your parameters always agree, whether you're moving the MOTIF's knobs or mousing on your computer screen.
Of special note are the detailed digital re-creations of two Yamaha grand pianos (a 9' CFIII and a 7' S6) that only an acoustic piano manufacturer could achieve. Starting with the S6 piano, the 136 Voices include keyboard sounds such as those of clavinets and organs as well as a wide range of sounds from orchestral to hip-hop. Combined with Yamaha's XA (Expanded Articulation), this 8-element structure allows you to achieve stunningly accurate acoustic instruments including expressive articulations that up until now have been difficult to re-create in electronic instruments.
Using half damper pedaling with the damper resonance effect, you can achieve an even more realistic and richer piano sound that simulates the sound board of a grand piano and responds naturally to sophisticated piano pedaling techniques. This has enabled Yamaha to increase the MOTIF's instrument quality by modeling the "texture" of vintage analog compressors, EQs and stomp boxes right down to the component transistors and resistors. To make a keyboard with a piano touch that can still work comfortably with any voice, we took a graded hammer keyboard, which is a popular keyboard for electronic pianos, and adjusted it for use with a synthesizer: we balanced the keys to the same weight and made adjustments so that the synthesizer can support after touch and other features. In addition to typical arpeggio patterns, the MOTIF XF also features simulations of acoustic instrument performances through the combination of arpeggios and the keyboard MegaVoices (example: video) and arpeggios in which synthesizer parameters, such as panning and filtering, are modulated in time MIDI clock. The Favorites feature even lets you tag your favorites Voices and Performances so they are even easier to access. This means that you can sample external audio without installing separately purchased memory. You can process your recorded samples in minute detail to produce just the right sound using a redesign sample editing UI. Because the XF now features 128MB of onboard sampling RAM, you're able to take advantage of these powerful features right away without the need to purchase external memory.
There is a linear tape machine-style, 16-track Song sequencer for recording and punching in and out as you would on a tape machine-style DAW interface.
In particular, the integration between the MOTIF XF and Steinberg's Cubase 5 series is truly seamless. Because the communication between the MOTIF and the editor is bi-directional, whether you're moving the knobs on the MOTIF or changing parameters with the mouse in the editor, the parameters are perfectly matched. After you install the necessary drivers (AI driver, extensions for Steinberg DAW), connect the MOTIF XF to a computer using an IEEE 1394 cable, and start Cubase AI.
Cubase AI has the same engine as Cubase 5 but has been modified to integrate more efficiently with the MOTIF. Beyond the excellent sounds, it has a terrific user interface bristling with enough assignable knobs, buttons and sliders to keep the work flow smooth and easy. Even though I bought this to replace an earlier unweighted keyboard Motif, I still have to refer to the various manuals bundled with the instrument on CD-ROM.
I purchased this to replace an earlier version (SX series) which didn't have the weighted keyboard.
Easy to connect to a computer for 16 chanel multi-track recording or for loading MIDI files, which can also be done from a usb thumb drive. Dans la creation musicale, il n’offre pas seulement ses propres possibilites de creation, il en permet egalement l’integration dans un grand nombre de logiciels.
In addition to awesome sounds, this 88-key synth boasts useful performance tools, hundreds of preset performances, and unique VCM effects to help those creative juices flow while you're composing or jamming.
The innovative Performance mode lets you combine up to four of the 1,152 voices together and play them on one MIDI channel, and in turn, layer sounds or play dynamic solos along with drums and bass backing tracks. Unless your composition calls for something really exotic, you're bound to find the instrument or voice you need to fill in the blanks.
The MOXF8 also features the effects found in Yamaha's digital recording consoles, as well as the REV-X reverb found in the company's SPX2000.
Browse instrument voices with Category Search mode, build up layers or split performances with Performance Creator, and so forth. Because it's compatible with MOTIF XF and MOX data, there is a huge collection of sound and sample libraries and optional software available right away. Of special note are the detailed digital re-creations of two Yamaha grand pianos (a 9-ft CFIIIS and a 7-ft S6) that only an acoustic piano manufacturer could achieve. This technology has enabled Yamaha to improve the quality of the instruments in the MOXF8 by modeling the sonic texture of vintage analog compressors, EQs and stomp boxes right down to their component transistors and resistors. The optional Flash board lets you add up to 1 GB of new samples to your MOXF8 to customize and tailor your sound set to your needs, using promotional contents like Yamaha's 'Inspiration In A Flash' and 'CP1 Piano,' as well as the many third party libraries for sale. With the interactive Arp engine, playing simple chords or even single notes gives you complete musical performances to inspire your creativity. This powerful tool offers both real-time recording, which records your performance data as you play it, and step recording, which is suitable for recording precise phrases or other difficult passages.
These include the MOXF8 Editor for detailed editing of voice and mixing parameters, MOXF8 Remote Editor, a convenient tool that lets you edit and create control templates for your favorite VST instruments, and Remote Tools, which makes integration with Cubase software incredibly simple. The MOXF8 features a built-in 4-in 2-out USB audio interface so you can record its internal sounds, and two dedicated audio inputs that can be used to capture guitars and vocals all recorded directly to your computer. Because the MOXF8 features both a MIDI and an audio interface you can record up to 32 audio and 48 MIDI tracks. 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. Prologue's textural range includes lush, detailed pads and bright, acerbic leads and everything in between.
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.
With Performance Creator you can easily build up layer or split performances with a single button press. When it comes to creating music, why limit yourself to anything less than the industry-standard Yamaha MOTIF XF8? Of course, because the MOTIF is such an overwhelmingly popular production tool, Yamaha knows there are hundreds of third-party voice libraries available to customize your MOTIF's already-colossal sound set -- so they've included 2 flash board slots that can support up to 1GB each of re-writable flash memory. Catering to true pianists, the MOTIF XF8 supports half-damper pedaling with Yamaha's available FC3 foot pedal. The Time Slice feature time-stretches digitally recorded audio so it follows your beat with perfect synchronization, even as you change the tempo of your song or pattern. Install the optional FW16 FireWire expansion board to stream 16 tracks of audio to your DAW via a single FireWire cable. At the same time, the online community of end users, sound programmers, software developers and product support specialists at MOTIF's online site has expanded into a vibrant online music production community. The reproduction in minute detail of even very subtle nuances results in exquisitely crafted piano Voices that will satisfy even the most demanding players. This huge internal wave memory ensures that the MOTIF XF is the best sounding and most versatile keyboard workstation right out of the box. Because this is re-writable flash memory, once you've loaded a sample, it's always in your MOTIF until you decide to replace it with something else. Imagine the power of a fully customized MOTIF XS with 3 GB of sounds (internal, RAM and Flash) instantly available at your fingertips.
For example, you can re-create the natural legato of wind instruments, the key release noises of pianos and other instruments, guitar slides and harmonics, and the many different articulations for string instruments (spicato, tremolo and pizzicato, etc.).
With the MOTIF XF, the high-quality effects found in our industry standard digital recording consoles are at your fingertips. The FSX keyboard uses a mechanism to provide a smooth touch that is both comfortable to play and responsive to your touch. While pursuing the real touch of a grand piano, we also provide a touch that is exceptionally suited to the performance of a multitude of synthesizer sounds. The MOTIF XF adds to the MOTIF XS's extensive library of arps and has an additional 1,248 synthesizer, drum, percussion, and ending arpeggios, for a total of 7,881 types of arpeggios. The MOTIF XF interactive real time arpeggio engine lets you run 4 different arps simultaneously and switch between 5 different variations of arpeggio patterns in real time. So it's easy to select Category Search, choose the category strings, the sub-category ensemble and then see all the ensemble string Voices in your system. Using the sampling feature, you can load sample Voice libraries, import WAV files or add vocals, guitars and other acoustic instruments to your MOTIF sequences. It also includes a 16-track Pattern sequencer that lets you work in loops and build up sections of your song (verse, chorus, bridge, etc.) and chain those sections together into complete song structures.

You can use the time slice feature to slice the sampled sounds that you load and control them in the same way that you would control MIDI data. There is even a VST3 editor for use in Cubase 5 (including AI) which lets you use your MOTIF as a VST soft synth. I haven't dealt with them recently, but got quick answers and service when I had trouble with a Yamaha stereo receiver a few years ago.
The overall feel of the keyboard and controls along with the outstanding sound quality and ease of use make this a real winner. La generation XF s’appuie sur cette decennie d’heritages et repousse a nouveau les limites grace a sa capacite d’extension, dont la memoire flash definit le nouveau standard des workstations pour les annees a venir. Meanwhile, the synth's 4-part interactive Arp engine makes it simple to intensify your playing with 7,981 types of arpeggios on tap.
The MOXF8's preset library includes high-quality, super-usable instruments like grand pianos, electric pianos, organs, strings, wind instruments, orchestral sounds, guitars, basses, and drums, plus unique vintage and modern synth sounds. Vocoder effects allow you to run your MOX8 through one of the richest-sounding filters out there -- the human voice!
Along with real-time recording, the keyboard boasts a helpful step recording feature, which enables you to record very precise phrases or difficult passages without skipping a beat. What's more, USB connectivity and keyboard controller functionality allow you to integrate VSTs into your performances with nothing but your MOXF8 and a computer. Outfitted with Yamaha's full-size Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard, the MOXF8 weighs just 32 pounds. The MOXF8 has all the abilities you need -- compatibility, expandability, portability, and affordability. The finely-detailed reproduction of even very subtle nuances has resulted in exquisitely crafted piano voices that will satisfy even the most demanding players.
The MOXF8 also puts the high-quality effects found in Yamaha's industry-standard digital recording consoles at your fingertips, as well as the award-winning REV-X reverb found in the SPX2000. The MOXF8 has 256 preset performances in a wide variety of music styles including rock, world, hip hop, jazz, and more. You can even record particularly creative performances directly to a song or pattern simply by pressing the [REC] button. Compatible with all the major DAWs including Cubase, you can digitally record the sounds of the MOXF8 and anything connected to its stereo analog inputs straight to your favorite recording software.
You can even connect an analog mixer, microphone or guitar to the analog inputs, you can record any instrument to your computer via the MOXF8. 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. Start with a voice you like, and then press LAYER to have the MOXF8 choose a suitable layer sound. From Yamaha's own "Inspiration In a Flash" libraries, to VST sounds, to your own recorded samples in the built-in 128 MB of sample RAM, you can now expand your MOTIF XF8 to a combined 3 GB of sounds -- all quickly searchable (even the third-party ones) via Yamaha's Category Search feature. If larger-than-life synth sounds are more your style, 18 different filter types are at your service, controllable with the XF8's tactile knobs and sliders. You can even use your MOTIF as a VST "soft synth" in Cubase (without taxing your computer's resources). The MOTIF breathes life into live performances with its expressive sounds and intuitive control. The AF1 and AF2 buttons on the front panel make it easy to control Voices with multiple articulations. It's incredibly musically interactive and many arps include chordal intelligence so they create different phrases depending on what chords are played on the keyboard.
You can easily move your production back and further between song and pattern modes depending on your needs.
I've had good sampled grand pianos in workstations for 25 years, and none of them have the responsiveness, detail and nuance of this. The LCD screen is a bit small and not touch sensitive, but that can be overcome to an extent by downloading free control apps to an iPad if you have one. When you just want a convincing grand piano, turn to the MOXF8's highly detailed digital re-creations of two Yamaha grand pianos. And you can transmit those 4x2 channels of audio, plus MIDI, to and from your computer over just one USB cable! It brings MOTIF XF music production power to yet another generation of players and producers. Now containing a huge total of 741 MB of waveforms, and featuring all-new content, the MOXF8 offers 136 new voices including the superb S6 grand piano, keyboard sounds such as clavinets and organs, and a range of new sounds from genres as diverse as orchestral and hip-hop. Far more than just a music production tool, the USB connectivity and in-depth keyboard controller functionality also lets you playback and control your VST soft synths via the audio outputs of your MOXF8, allowing you to integrate VSTs into your live stage shows with no extra gear -- just add a computer and play.
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.
And because Prologue is polyphonic with up to 128 voices, you'll (probably) never run out of creative space.
Press SPLIT to call up a left hand bass sound automatically, and then go to DRUM ASSIGN to access the huge variety of built-in rhythm patterns available. And Yamaha's Virtual Circuitry Modeling technology recreates the warm and natural sound of vintage analog compressors, EQs, phasers, reverbs and more. The on-board sequencer is what makes a MOTIF keyboard a monster production powerhouse, and only the XF8 model pairs it with a 88-key keyboard.
Or import songs you've created in your MOTIF for further editing and mastering from the comfort of Cubase on your computer.
In music creation, the MOTIF not only offers its own music creation capabilities, it also offers a system for integrating those capabilities with a variety of software applications. Category Search is available wherever you want to select a Voice, so when you are looking for just the right sound in a Song, access Category Search and easily browse for that perfect fit for your mix.
With the bundled Cubase AI software, you can even import completed Songs directly in Cubase including all the audio samples for further editing and mastering.
Also, by presetting the tempo, time signature, necessary number of measures, and number of beats, you can smoothly perform trimming and easily create perfect audio loops. Without going into too much detail, the other acoustic instruments, electric instruments and sound effects meet this same standard. It supposedly has the most cutting edge technology, but cutting edge isn't the whole picture. There's even an on-board vocoder -- just plug in a microphone to the back of your XF8 to use your voice as an effect. And now, the next generation XF builds on the decade-long heritage of MOTIF, and provides groundbreaking expansion capabilities with flash memory that will set the standard for keyboard workstations for years to come.
The MOTIF XF also includes the award-winning "REV-X" reverb, the same professionally renowned reverb found in the SPX2000. Many of the acoustic instruments feature realistic articulations controlled by velocity sensitivity. The built in arpeggiators are impressive, offering thousands of performances in a variety of musical styles and can be a great resource for generating ideas. But Yamaha came out with new version software for the XS even after the XF was up and running. In addition, there is a resampling feature that you can use to record the performance of the MOTIF XF as a single audio sample.
If you are taking it on the road, it will take a very strong person or two people to carry it. It has just enough heft to keep my piano and percussion performances nuanced and not sloppy on fast passages, but light enough for rapid fire playing.
Due to their complexity, workstations aren't my favorite tools for sound design, but you get plenty of control with the Motif. The keys aren't bouncy which is a problem I've encountered on other weighted keyboards, and they're very quiet. The samples and preset programs are so plentiful and good, you might not find the need for creating your own programs. For me, it's usually tweaks on existing programs rather than creating something new from scratch.
For my style of working, I'd prefer a more basic sequencing and voice editing system for the computer.

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