Yamaha Motif XS6 Review

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Yamaha Motif XS6 Review
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Let’s discover the features of the Yamaha Motif XS6 synthesizer. I can’t recall how long it’s been since my last review of a synthesizer. The XS6 is a 61-key keyboard weighing about 34 pounds and measures 60.4″ x 18.6″ and 9.6 inches high. It’s silver finish gives a professional look and feel.

It has Feature Rich Arpeggiators

One of the unique features of this keyboard is the intelligent arpeggiators which can literally energize and unleash unbounded creativity when applied. There are over 6,000 different arpeggio styles built on board which is more than any other synthesizer has to offer.

If you long for a synthesizer that can get your creative musical juices flowing then this might be the right keyboard for you. It’s great for the composer, arranger, or just about anyone looking to create music.

High Quality Waveforms

There is an abundance of musical instruments — all high-quality waveforms packaged into 355 MB of memory. The waveforms in themselves are quite good with extraordinary concert grand piano sounds which in themselves are worth the price of this keyboard.

What would a synthesizer be without its distinct electronic wave samples (combined with truly genuine acoustic instruments) to give you a plethora of music styles to play with? Certainly the Motif XS6 is not lacking in that department.

Articulation Tone Generators for Realistic Sound

One of the newest features of the Motif is the expanded articulation tone generation system. The system provides the context for creating realistic and natural performance techniques that are commonly used in music, for example, legato, staccato and key release sounds. These features are typically not found on synthesizers, but rather, digital pianos.

This Yamaha features an easy-to-read user interface which is quite well organized and very intuitive to use. It features eight different knobs that allow you to control a multitude of different parameters including reverb, chorus or pan on up to eight different parts of a song.

Much has been improvement from previous versions of this keyboard. Specifically, when it comes to the category search function which now sports dual category views simultaneously. So for instance calling up the guitar category will bring up two subcategories for example acoustic and electric distortion.

Assignable Outputs

The motif XS six comes with an array of assignable outputs including MIDI, ethernet for the Internet, A/D, IEEE1394 (optional) and 2 high-speed USB 2.0 connectivity. This makes it easy to connect to a computer using the software.

By and large, the Yamaha Motif XS6 is a good keyboard for the musician or composer looking to express themselves musically.

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