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Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer

With MOTIF ES sounds, direct DAW integration, and an expressive 88-key hammer action keyboard, the Yamaha MO8 is perfect for the stage or the studio. (86) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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There's no denying that the Yamaha MOTIF is one of the finest-sounding workstation keyboards around. Also hard to deny: its price. Hey, you want the best in the game, there's always a cost. But what if there were some way to get all those amazing sounds at a fraction of the MOTIF's price? What if you could still get the awesome sequencing features and DAW integration the MOTIF ES has to offer, too? There just so happens to be a keyboard workstation that fits that exact description: the Yamaha MO8.

Built off the powerful AWM2 sound engine that's at the core of the MOTIF ES, the Yamaha MO8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer puts that MOTIF sound well within reach of most musicians, without sacrificing functional design or sonic power.

MOTIF ES Sound Engine

Sound quality is the deal-maker or -breaker on any workstation keyboard, and the MO8 delivers. It boasts the same powerful synthesis engine as the industry standard MOTIF ES, so you can show up to any gig, session, or production date with your MO' in hand knowing you're packing some of the most explosive sounds in the biz. All the celebrated Yamaha sample-based instruments are there, including their much-lauded acoustic grand piano patches. Percussion sounds spanning from life-like studio kits to cutting edge hip-hop beats are at all your disposal. You even get the breathtaking MegaVoice instruments; when coupled with the Yamaha MO8's sophisticated arpeggiator, the MegaVoices recreate subtle playing nuances like guitar hammer-ons and pull-offs, or clarinet grace notes and over-breath noise. Also on board are the impressive analog-synth modeling capabilities of the MOTIF ES. A four-oscillator sound-generator architecture, multi-band filter, and dynamic envelope controls effortlessly recall the entire history of modern musical synthesis. Ever said to yourself "I know exactly what this track needs"? The MO8 has that sound, whatever it might be; it's like having every vintage synth you've ever heard, instantly at your fingertips. The MO's array of solid sliders and knobs provide assignable, real-time control over every instrument parameter, as well as over the comprehensive DSP effects. Yamaha wouldn't have called it a Music Production Keyboard without including a wide array of studio-quality effects, so along with the hundreds of voices, they ported the MOTIF ES's EQs, choruses, reverbs, compressors, and radical lo-fi, digital scratching, slicing, and beat change FX to the MO8. More than providing you with every sound you can think of, the MO8 will inspire you with sounds you never thought possible.

A Studio And Stage Performer

Like the MOTIF series, the MO8 is an expressive instrument, sure to inspire great performances on stage and in the studio. The full 88-key keyboard sports Yamaha's Balanced Hammer Effect keys for satisfying resistance and tactile feel that's similar to an acoustic piano. Tour-ready sounds like tonewheel organs, electric pianos and a gamut of real-time effects like vintage phasers and touch-sensitive wah-wahs are meaty and responsive; the rest of the band is sure to love them as much as you will. While the MO8 may not boast the same lavish, full-color screen as its big brother, it still features the same intuitive navigational tools that make finding the right sounds quick and easy. Entire preset "scenes" comprising groove phrases, multi-voice patches and specific effects chains can be recalled from a single "Master Mode" setting; it makes recalling complicated voice combinations for an entire song simple in a live setting, and creating song-writing presets in the studio a snap. When you do take your Yamaha MO8 on the road, you'll be happy to find it's a lightweight and rugged traveler.

Easy Studio Integration
Some folks think that the advent of easy computer recording marked the end of the keyboard workstation. . . not so with the MO'. While the MO8 does stellar work as a stand-alone sequencer, Yamaha also designed it to become an integral part of your project or home studio. Using Mackie's near-universal control protocol, the MO8 can be effortlessly set up to control all basic DAW functions like transport controls, track volume, panning, and can even control virtual instrument parameters. On the flip side, the Yamaha MO8 can be inserted like a plugin soft-synth into any VST-hosting software, making incorporating the MO's hundreds of instruments, grooves and effects into you multi-track projects utterly seamless. If you've got other outboard sound modules in your studio, the MO8 can control those too, thanks to full MIDI I/O and multi-zone mapping capabilities. The "Total Recall" feature works with your DAW to save external hardware setting--whether on your MO8 or other hardware synths--in the same master file as the rest of the project. Complete hardware/software integration has never been easier.

Offering producers, performers, and home recordists incredibly cost-effective access to the MOTIF world, the Yamaha MO8 is the perfect complement to any computer production studio, as well as a killer live instrument. Now everyone can tap into the Yamaha music production muse!

Power Supply: Power Cord, PA-5D (Included)

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- MO8: 88 keys, Balanced Hammer Effect keyboard (initial touch)
- Tone generator: AWM2
- Polyphony: 64 notes
- Multi-timbral capacity: 16 parts (internal)
- Wave: 175MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 1,859 waveforms

-Voice:
Preset: 512 normal voices + 64 drum kits
GM: 128 normal voices + 1 drum kit
User: 128 x 2 (bank 1: original, bank 2: picked up from preset), normal voice + 32 drum kits
Performance user: 256 (up to 4 parts)

- Filter & effect system: 18 types (filter), reverb x 20 types, chorus x 49 types, insertion (a, b) x 116 types x 3 blocks, master effect x 8 types, master equalizer (5 bands), part EQ (3 bands, stereo)
- Note capacity: approx. 226,000 notes
- Note resolution: 480 ppq (parts per quarter note)
- Maximum polyphony: 124 notes
- Tempo: 1 - 300
- Recording type: real time replace, real time overdub (with the exception of the pattern chain), real time punch (song only), step (with the exception of the pattern chain)

- Tracks:
Pattern mode: 16 phrase tracks
Pattern chain mode: pattern track, tempo track, scene track
Song Mode: 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

- Phrases:
Preset phrases: 687 phrases
User phrases: 256 per pattern

- Songs: 64 songs
- Mixing voices: 16 per pattern (256 maximum)
- Mixing templates: 32

- Arpeggio:
Preset x 1787 types, User x 256 types
MIDI Sync, MIDI transmit/receive channel, velocity limit, and note limit can be set.

- Scene memory: 5 per song

- Sequence format:
MO6/MO8 Original format (compatible with MOTIF ES)
SMF format 0, 1 (Format 1 load only)

Master: User: 128

*4 Zones (master keyboard settings), assignable knob/slider settings, program change Table

Sequence software compatible with the Remote Control function:
- For Windows: Cubase SX 3, SQ01 V2, SONAR 4, MO6/8/MOTIF ES/MOTIF-RACK ES/MOTIF-RACK/S90 ES Multi Part Editor
- For Macintosh: Cubase SX 3, Logic Pro 7, Digital Performer 4.52, MO6/8/MOTIF ES/MOTIF-RACK ES/MOTIF-RACK/S90 ES Multi Part Editor

*Functions to be controlled by the MO6/MO8 differ depending on the software you use.

- Controllers: pitch bend wheel, modulation wheel, assignable control sliders (4), assignable knobs (4), data dial
- Display: 240 x 64 dot graphic backlit LCD
- Power consumption: 13.5 W
- Dimensions (WxDxH), Weight: 54.28 x 15.44 x 6.68 in., 21kg

Power Supply: PA-5D (Included)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 714-522-9011

Product Description

The heart of the Yamaha MO8 is the same massive 175 MB wave ROM and synth engine found in the flagship MOTIF ES. Complete with expressive, multi-velocity acoustic pianos and EPs, MegaVoice guitars and basses that capture all the subtle nuance of the real thing and a vast selection of string, brass and other acoustic sounds, the MO8 is ready for any type of music production. A huge selection of different drum kits instantly inspires new beats and grooves. Whether you need realistic rhythm tracks or orchestral backgrounds, the MO8 has all the sounds you need in one place. But don't be fooled, the MO8 is not just for acoustic emulations. The 4-oscillator Voices feature multi band filters and snappy envelopes so there's also a complete selection of analog and digital synth sounds from funky basses, silky leads to atmospheric pads. Realtime controls and an advanced modulation matrix, let you easily shape those sounds to fit your production needs.

The Yamaha MO8 also includes advanced effects processing including Reverbs, Chorus & Delays, 16 individual Part EQs and powerful dual Insertion effects that can be applied to up to three parts in a Mix or Performance. The Insertion effects feature some of the most creative and unique DSP processing on the planet including lo-fi, digital scratching, slicing, and beat change.

If you're looking for the most expressive acoustics sounds from pianos to drums, the widest selection of the freshest synth basses, leads and pads and the most powerful DSP processing available, you'll find that nothing in its price range has any MO.

Go with the Flow

As a musician these days you find yourself in lots of different situationslive gigs, song writing collaborations, studio sessions and computer music environments loaded with DAWs and SoftSynths. The Yamaha MO8 was designed to adapt to each of these different applications with their own special demands and provide just the right feature set for each situation. The responsive Voices and real time controls allow you to express subtle emotions in live performance. The Performances are not only live ensembles with splits and layers, but many use the MO8's Phrase Factory Arpeggios and are complete grooves to instantly inspire new song ideas. But most important of all, the MO8 was designed to be not just a keyboard, but the center of a computer based music production studio. It offers a DAW remote control mode that gives you full hands on remote control of DAW and SoftSynths. The Studio Connections compatibility lets you treat the MO8 as a VST SoftSynth inside Cubase SX 3.1 and Nuendo 3.1. The special Utility Quick Setups let you easily change from one style of working to the next. So no matter how you like to work, the MO8 adapts to fit your workflow and lets you be more musically productive.

The Perfect Song Writing Partner

Some people might wonder why you need a built-in sequencer in a workstation keyboard when there are so many powerful computer software programs like Steinberg's Cubase products available today. But the Yamaha MO8's Song and Pattern sequencer was actually designed to be a creative scratch pad to let you quickly and easily get your song writing ideas down. Much of today's music is looped based and having a Pattern sequencer let's you work in sections that can be easily chained together to try different song arrangements. So when working on new song ideas, it's often faster and easier to use the MO8's on board sequencer to get your ideas down quickly while inspiration is still fresh.

The new Utility Quick Setups also let you transfer from the internal sequencer to your computer with a single button press. Because the Yamaha MO8 is a complete self contained system - including a keyboard, tone generator and sequencer. It's great when you want to be on the move and collaborate with friends.

Jam On!
The MO6 and MO8 are light in weight and extremely portable so they are great for live performance situations. The MO8 features a Balanced Hammer action keyboard like that found on the MOTIF ES8.

The Yamaha MO8 features hand on knobs and sliders for real time controls and a full compliment of pedal control inputs as well. The MO8 also features full multi zone MIDI capabilities for controlling external tone generators, SoftSynths and other keyboards in your rig.

With it's high quality built-in DSP effects, the MO8 sounds great going directly into your band's PA mixer. Light in weight and heavy on features, the MO8 series is a working musician's dream.

Project Studio - Controlling your DAW

Today's project studios are centered around the computer and the MO8 total integration with computer production systems is what really separates it from the competition. It features both USB "TO HOST" and USB "TO DEVICE" ports. The "TO HOST" port lets you connect multi-port MIDI to your computer with a single USB cable. The "TO DEVICE" port lets you connect USB storage devices like hard disk drives and thumb drives (USB flash memory) directly the MO8 for saving voices, performances and songs and backing up files to your computer. Digital Audio connectivity is standard with a stereo coaxial digital output for noise free digital recording of your MO8 to your computer sound card, a DAT or CDR.

The MO series also features a DAW Remote Control Mode that allows full hands on control of popular DAW software including Sonar, Logic, Digital Performer and the full range of Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo products. You can control Volume, Pan, Solo, Mute, Track Arming, Track Select and many other track specific functions. The Transport controls on the MO series can be setup to stop, start and return to zero your DAW projects. You can even edit and control VST/AU plug-ins and see their parameters displayed in the LCD display of the MO. Total control over your DAW and SoftSynths from your hardware synth has never been easier.

Home Studio - Controlling with your DAW software

Perhaps the most exciting part of the Yamaha MO8 is the powerful cross platform software that can be downloaded from www.yamahasynth.com. Full Voice and Multi Part Editors are available that let you edit and store MO8 setups via your computer. Even more amazing, using the latest versions of Cubase SX or Nuendo, you get all the benefits of full Studio Connections compatibility. No more trying to remember what Voices you used in that project you were working on three months ago. Just launch the project and Studio Connections "Recall" will reconfigure your MO8 to exactly the settings that were last used in the project.

With Studio Connections "Audio Integration", you can even turn your Yamaha MO8 into a Virtual Synth complete with phase accurate latency compensation and add VST effects directly to your MO8 inside your VST mixer. Imagine the convenience of Freezing a track on a hardware synths and then being able to continue working on your project even when the hardware is not connected.

Total Integration = Total Control
Total control over your DAW and SoftSynths with the Yamaha MO8's DAW Remote Control Mode has never been easier. Total control of your hardware synth from your DAW software with the MO8's Studio Connection compatible software has never been easier. Now you can utilize all the power of the total computer integration in the MO8 to make more music.

What is Total Recall
Total Recall is the first phase of the Studio Connections project. The Voice and Multi Part Editors for the Yamaha MO8 are Total Recall compatible so they work inside the Studio Manager system available in the latest versions of Cubase and Nuendo. Studio Manager can be opened directly from inside your Steinberg software and contains editors for a variety of Yamaha synthesizers, mixer and effects. Saving a project in Cubase and Nuendo saves all your Studio Manager editor settings right along with your project file. Just open your project file again and Studio Manager will restore your MO8 (and the rest of your MIDI Studio) to the exact same settings as when you last worked on that project.

Totally simple - Total Recall.

What is Audio Integration
Audio Integration is the next phase of the Studio Connections project. It allows you to setup the Yamaha MO8 as a VST Instruments via the "External Instrument" function found in Cubase SX 3.1/Nuendo 3.1. Now you can use the MO8 just like a plug-in, routing it to the DAWs Audio mixer, applying VST effects and even using unique VST functions such as "mix down" and "freeze". Finally youve got a seamless environment where both hardware synthesizers and software synthesizers can be completely integrated together.

Totally Cool - Total Integration.

The new Yamaha MO8 brings the sonic palette and music production power of the award winning MOTIF ES to a new generation of players and producers. Equally at home on stage, in the studio or in a computer based home recording system, the MO8 is not just a keyboard, but the heart of your music production system. Killer sounds, a complete Song and Pattern based sequencer, powerful on-board effects processing and total computer integration come together to make these the most affordable music production synthesizers in the Yamaha line up.
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Yamaha MO8 88-Key Synth Customer Review
Sound: i love this product because it sounds great and my church was very moved by the keyboard. take it from me. this keyboard is the bom. i don't own one but i am definetly going to buy one. maybe 2. i have played many keyboards and heard many but i have never played or heard any thing like this keyboard.and the bright piano is amazing. i usually don't play keyboards and piano's. i play the organ. but now that i've found the right keyboard i love playing them both.
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Sound: This machine sounds great, the sound quality is the same as the es series and action also but I find the keys heavier than the es8 and s90es. All in all it's the same as the es but a few sounds are missing Feature: mm.... it's kinda bad on this department.. you would think now adays they would have 128 standard for keyboards, but this only has 64 but it's enough to work with on live situations. If your going to be doing a lot of synth chords I guarante you will hear the notes drop out. No plugin board hurts. No mlan either. (I wouldn't really need it) After touch? I don't even know what it is but this doesn't have it. No sampling but that's already hard to use any way. Sequencer is a plus for this machine same as the es. Also I love that it has double the performance mode (256) than from the es series. Ease of Use: I have to say this is the easiest workstation I tried out. The menus are very easy to move around. Action is great, finding and tweaking with your sound is so much easier with this machine. Quality: Im pretty sure this is the best light gigging keyboard and value of it's kind out there. Im going to be purchasing 1 my self, it seems pretty sturdy enough, doesn't seem like it will never break down probably last forever. The keys to me seem to be made well I like this action better than roland fantom x series (personally i think the action on fantom x is horrible they feel like the triton le) But then again this is yamaha. They make grand pianos so they should know how a real piano should feel like and respond. Value: You won't find another keyboard in this class for the price and sequencer plus with motif es sounds Manufacturer Support: i'll keep this on 5 so i don't know exactly how there tech support is like. never had to call The Wow Factor: I just don't see my self paying 2,000 for just a digital keyboard that only plays like a piano with other sounds when you can have a full workstation with more than what 700+ sounds Overall: This product will satisfy me since i already have a motif rack es. All I need right now is a new keyboard with a sequencer for gigging and this offers all of it. If i wanted to compare this to other keyboards this would of course be inferior to most keyboards out there. But what I was intentionally looking for is just a workstation with a sequencer, i'm not going to be using sampling too comfusing, I wouldn't use mlan more confusion. Im just 17 so lol like it sais it targets young musicians and semi-professional home/studio. I would probably buy this again if it were stolen
Style of Music: Ambient, jazz, techno, newage, pop, trance, drums and bass, rock, classical
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