The problem with most keyboard workstations? They feel like work stations!
But making music shouldn't feel like a chore, and a keyboard workstation
shouldn't feel like a cumbersome implement. Your keyboard should feel like
an instrument of musical inspiration. The Yamaha Motif XS8 is such an
instrument, sure to become the core of your studio or stage rig and the
centerpiece of your creative process.
The successful keyboard workstation must excel as both an integral component
in a professional studio and as an expressive digital instrument on stage.
With impressive ease of use, intimate feel, and amazing sounds, the Motif
XS8 is the right instrument for both environments.
Ease Of Use
Power is useless unless it's easily accessible; both in setup and in
operation, the powerful Motif XS8 is a walk in the park. The eight layers
of simultaneous playback are represented as eight physical sliders and knobs
along the left side of the control panel. They offer instant mixing access,
or reassign them to tweak effects, EQ, or any other aspect of your sound.
As you change parameters, all adjustments are displayed graphically on the
Motif's luxurious 5.7-inch backlit LCD screen. This 320 x 240 resolution,
full-color display makes even the most complex and advanced functions on the
Motif simple to access. It also makes composing in the workstation's 32-track
sequencer a blast. Transport controls and other sequencer functions are
clearly labeled and cleverly positioned, making the Motif XS8 an intuitive
songwriting and sound designing tool. Dedicated buttons activate the effects
modules and arpeggiator; two incredible functions that wouldn't be so fun if
you had to wade through menu after menu to get to them. The Yamaha Motif is
also easy to set up as the cornerstone of your studio. USB and dual FireWire
ports allow the Motif to integrate seamlessly with your computer recording rig;
use the keyboard like a plugin with your favorite DAW, as a MIDI controller to
trigger software instruments, or even as a control surface, triggering record
and playback functions remotely. Computer connectivity also means easy access
to Motif voice-patch editing, via the free MOTIF XS Editor software.
Aside from its sequencing and arranging functions, the Yamaha Motif XS8 is a
stunningly expressive instrument. Its 88 semi-weighted, "Balanced Hammer" keys
give the feel of a real, mechanical piano without having to worry about keeping
the tuner's business card on file. The keys are responsive to attack velocity,
aftertouch and key-off actions, adding lifelike articulation to the uncanny
acoustic piano voices. For added expression, the Motif features a set of
Expanded Articulation voices, emulations of stringed instruments like acoustic
guitar, and woodwinds like saxophone that add glissando, fret noise, reed bends,
muted notes, and trills. These articulations are easily accessible using either
the dedicated "XA" buttons or by assigning those functions to foot pedals. Four
pedals--two sustain style and two footswitch style--can be connected to the Motif
for hands-free control over stylized playing techniques. The Motif XS also makes
for an unbeatable digital grand piano, supporting half-damper functions when you
add a Yamaha FC3 sustain pedal. This brings an additional level of realism and
expression to your acoustic piano patches. The pitch bend and mod wheels offer
just enough resistance for musical operation, and a premium ribbon-controller
provides yet another dimension of expressive instrument interaction. The Yamaha
Motif feels like a real acoustic instrument, and it's sure to inspire authentic
performances from you or anyone in your studio.
The real test for any workstation, whether it's your main touring instrument or
the core of your production studio, is how good it sounds. The Yamaha Motif XS8
sounds second-to-none. Thanks to the implementation of the AWM2 processor and
a sound bank totaling 355MB, the Motif is capable of amazingly nuanced instrument
voices. Some instruments have up to eight layers of samples for each note,
delivering complex attack, sustain, and decay behavior. The eight sliders can
be used to instantly drop out or highlight each element in real time; providing
sophisticated expression and unparalleled on-the-fly sound sculpting for
playability that's impossible with the real instruments it's modeling. The XS8
includes hundreds and hundreds of voices, from acoustic and electric pianos and
organs, to guitars and basses, acoustic and electronic drum kits, single woodwinds
and brass sections, string instruments, and full orchestras. Then of course there's
the unreal synthesizer sounds: thick, cutting, warm, intense, and infinitely
adjustable. There's literally no style or genre of music the Yamaha Motif can't
tackle. There's even a vintage vocoder emulation, a must have for today's cutting-
And let's talk about effects: the Motif XS8's effects engine doesn't just model
the sound of classic stompbox and rack effects, it uses Virtual Circuitry Modeling
to emulate the individual transistors and capacitors that make up those effects'
character. Whatever source voice you use, it'll be like you're running it through
a real, vintage flanger, wah-wah, reverb, envelope follower, or distortion.
It isn't just the resultant sound that's mimicked, it's the intrinsic behavior of
the circuit that's accurately recreated.
If pure sampling is your thing, the Motif XS can do that too. Using the workstation's
built-in analog input, you can sample any sound, from an audio recording to your own
guitar playing or voice. An automatic Slicer function splits your recorded loops into
individual notes for rearranging and pitch-stable tempo adjustments. The Motif XS8
can support up to 1 GB of sampling memory, plenty of room for multiple sample sets
for multiple songs or projects. Layer various sample elements in one instrument, and
add effects into the patch like any other voice on the workstation. An advanced
arpeggiator is also a single button-press away, and its over 6,000 arpeggio patterns
are sure to inspire new grooves and new song ideas. When the arpeggiator is combined
with one of the Motif's "Mega Voices," subtle playing nuances like guitar hammer-ons
and pull-offs are triggered. It's like handing the world's greatest guitarist your
sheet music and having them play the part perfectly, instantly. It's not hard to see
where the XS8's arpeggiator will come in handy in every aspect of the creative
process, from initial creative spark all the way to recording and performing. All
sound is reproduced in high-definition thanks to the Motif's 24-bit, 128x oversampling
digital-to-analog output converters. The benefits of the Motif's audio quality in
performance and production are obvious, but it will also have an impact on your
creative process; think how much richer and complete your compositions will be when
you're able to write with an entire orchestra at your fingertips. It's like having
a team of crack session players at your beck and call.
Every step of the way, from moment of inspiration, through production, to performance,
the Yamaha Motif XS8 will make you, simply, better. Arrangement tools to make you
a better songwriter, extraordinary instruments to make you a better producer, and
expressive feel to make you a better performer. Once you experience the full power
of the Motif XS8, you'll wonder how you got by without it.
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
Another new feature is the Expanded Articulation (XA) tone generation system. Using
the 8 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 8 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 8 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).
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/PDIF Digital Output, MIDI, Ethernet, IEEE1394 (standard on the MOTIF XS8 and
available on the MOTIF XS6/7 with the IEEE1394 optional board) and two USB connectors,
compatible with the high-speed USB 2.0 standard.
The comprehensive set of connectors - Ethernet, IEEE1394 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. IEEE1394 interface gives you a one-cable, one-network solution for high-speed,
realtime transfer of multi-channel digital audio and MIDI data over a 1394 FireWire connection.
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.
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