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Yamaha intros MOX6 and MOX8 “Mobile Motif” workstations

By the time we arrived at Musikmesse 2011, many of Yamaha’s wares had already been shown off at the NAMM show. Yet the company still managed to show off its new “Mobile Motif” duo of synthesizers; the MOX6 and MOX8.

Introduced over a decade ago, the Motif brand of synths is still going strong. The new MOX series combines a MOTIF XS sound engine, a MIDI keyboard controller with extensive DAW and VST control, multi-channel USB audio interfacing, onboard sequencing, and an extensive DAW / VST software bundle.

Yamaha MOX8

Yamaha claims these latest instruments are its most powerful, mobile and affordable workstations ever.

Key features include:

  • 1,217 Voices and 355 MB of waveforms taken from the MOTIF XS
  • XA (Expanded Articulation) tone generation system
  • More than 256 Performances that spark your musical inspiration
  • Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) effects
  • 6,720 arpeggiator patterns and the 4 part interactive arpeggio engine
  • Direct Performance recording
  • Performance Creator for quick setting of Splits, Layers, and Drum Parts
  • Category Search provides instant access to the Voices you want
  • Comprehensive sequencer including step recording
  • New developed 61-key semi weighted keyboard for MOX6
  • 88-key Graded Hammer Standard for MOX8
  • Lightweight body
  • Built-in 4-in 2-out USB Audio/MIDI interface
  • Bundled with YC-3B Organ Emulator soft synth, Prologue analog synth, and Cubase AI
  • Advanced Integration with PC

The model numbers denote the size and key type: the MO6 has a 61-key semi-weighted keyboard while the MOX8 features the full-size 88-key graded hammer keyboard.

Pricing is around $2,000 for the MOX8 and $1,500 for the MOX6. For more details check out our keyboard finder database: Yamaha MOX6 and Yamaha MOX8.