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Yamaha MOTIF XF6 61-Key Synthesizer Workstation, Black

Produce and perform on the industry-standard workstation! With 741 MB of inspiring sounds and room for 2 GB of flash memory, this MOTIF has any gig covered. (31) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

The problem with most keyboard workstations? They feel like work stations! Making music shouldn't feel like a chore, and a keyboard workstation shouldn't feel like a cumbersome implement. Combining increased ease-of-use with stunning, industry-leading sounds, the Yamaha MOTIF XF6 is poised to become the centerpiece of your creative process -- both as an integral component of your studio and an expressive digital instrument on stage. Yamaha's most compact MOTIF offers the same massive sound bank, powerful arpeggiator, and flexible sequencer as its XF8 bigger brother -- in a more portable, more affordable package. And with 2GB of flash memory expandability, the XF6 can grow with you as an artist. If the XF6 is any indication, the Yamaha MOTIF series' decade-long reputation for building music-production powerhouses is well-deserved.

Limited-Edition 40th Anniversary MOTIF in White Finish

Step into the spotlight with the industry-defining MOTIF sound engine in a beautiful white finish. The 40th Anniversary Edition MOTIF XF adds an eye-catching white finish to the MOTIF's incredible sound, expandability and computer integration. What else would you expect from a manufacturer that's been in the synth game for 40 years?

40th Anniversary Bundle includes:

- FL512M Flash Memory upgrade -- a $200 value
- 4GB USB flash drive
- All the content from the 10th Anniversary and Premium Collection, including:
-- Chick's Rhodes
-- Inspiration in a Flash
-- Twisted Tools
-- Instant Score
- New 40th Anniversary content including samples and voices of:
-- Keith Emerson's Yamaha GX-1
-- Expanded CS80 from Sonic Reality
-- CS01
-- Yamaha Ultimate Piano collection
- 3rd-party 40% coupons on Yamaha-related software, such as Arturia CS80V, FXpansion Alan Parsons Abbey Road Bosendorfer, and John Melas Waveform editor
- 40th Anniversary sticker
- Membership to broadjam.com -- a $100 value!
- Rebates on related Yamaha products

True Ease Of Use

Power is useless unless it's easily accessible; both in setup and in operation, the powerful MOTIF XF6 is a walk in the park. If you're a MOTIF veteran, you'll find many functions have been simplified, while the MOTIF's recognizable set of 8 physical sliders and knobs remain on the left side of the front panel, offering easy access to effects, EQ, and all aspects of your sound. Dedicated buttons activate the effects modules and arpeggiator -- functions that wouldn't be so much fun if you had to wade through menu after menu to get to them. Transport controls and other sequencer functions are also accessible via front-panel buttons. All in all, the XF6's intuitive interface favors clearly-labeled buttons, knobs, and sliders to the touchscreens found on other workstations. This MOTIF's 5.7-inch backlit LCD is determined to stay clear of fingerprints, while your hands stay on the keyboard, where they belong!

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Control Your Expression

Truly an instrument designed for tactile control, the MOTIF XF6's 61 velocity-sensitive "FSX" keys are equally well-suited to synth sounds and Yamaha's masterfully-sampled piano voices. The Expanded Articulation voices: horns, strings, and woodwinds that add instances of glissando, fret noise, reed bends, muted notes, and trills. These articulations are easily accessible through either the dedicated "XA" buttons or by optional foot pedals for hands-free control. For keyboard instruments, the MOTIF supports half-damper functions when you add a Yamaha FC3 sustain pedal, bringing 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 ribbon controller provides yet another dimension of expressive interaction. And the XF6's 8 sliders control relative volume of the multiple layers comprising every voice on the MOTIF, providing unparalleled on-the-fly sound sculpting.

Industry-Leading Sounds

The MOTIF XF6's astounding 741 MB of internal waveform memory is crammed with acoustic and electric pianos and organs, guitars and basses, acoustic and electronic drum kits, single woodwinds and brass sections, string instruments, and full orchestras. Among the 1,664 voices and 97 drum kits, you'll find Yamaha's breathtaking 9-foot CFIII and 7-foot S6 acoustic grand pianos. And of course, there are the unreal synthesizer sounds: thick, cutting, warm, intense, and infinitely adjustable with 18 types of filters. Hit the dedicated Category Search button to easily navigate the XF6's vast library -- including any sounds you may want to add via two 1GB flash memory slots. With hundreds of Yamaha and third-party voices available, the truly expandable MOTIF practically guarantees you won't run out of sounds anytime soon.

Virtually Vintage Effects

The MOTIF XF6'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 sound like you're running it through a real vintage flanger, wah-wah, reverb, or distortion pedal. It isn't just the resultant sound that's mimicked; it's the intrinsic behavior of the circuit that's accurately recreated. There's even a vintage vocoder emulation, a must-have for today's cutting-edge producers. Of course, all these effects are controllable as MOTIF does best: via the 8 knobs on the left side of the front panel. Too much reverb on your favorite saxophone voice? Simply turn the knob to adjust it.

Roll Your Own Sounds

If sampling is your thing, your wish is the MOTIF XF6's command. Using the workstation's built-in stereo analog inputs, you can sample any sound, from an audio recording to your own guitar playing or voice. (To plug in a standard XLR microphone to the 1/4-inch inputs, you'll want to use a Low-to-High impedance-matching transformer.) By popular request, the XF6's new Automapping function maps your samples to the keyboard with respect to pitch, while the handy Time Slice function splits your recorded loops into individual notes for rearranging and pitch-stable tempo adjustments. With 128 MB of built-in sample ROM, you can start sampling right out of the box -- and if you're really sample-happy, the XF6 supports up to 2 GB of expandable flash memory. Of course, you can layer various sampled elements to create your own voices, and dial in effects as you would for any other voice on the workstation.

7000 Arpeggio Patterns

The MOTIF XF6's advanced arpeggiator is a single button-press away, with over 7,000 arpeggio patterns sure to inspire new grooves and new song ideas. Many of these patterns include what Yamaha calls "chordal intelligence," which actually updates the pattern in real time to correspond with the chords you play. Combined with one of the MOTIF's "Mega Voices," the arpeggiator triggers subtle playing nuances like guitar hammer-ons and pull-offs, as if the world's greatest guitarist stopped by your project studio for a sample-tracking session.

No Workstation Is An Island

Speaking of your project studio, it's clear that Yamaha "gets it" when it comes to computer integration. No longer is your workstation an island! USB and Ethernet ports allow the MOTIF to integrate seamlessly with the bundled Cubase AI software -- or use the MOTIF as a MIDI controller with the DAW or soft synth of your choice. Add the optional FW16E FireWire expansion board to stream 16 channels of digital audio from the sequencer to your DAW. Of course, the MOTIF XF6's on-board sequencer is a serious production studio in itself, handling 16 tracks of audio and MIDI. It's easy to switch back and forth between the linear tape-machine-style Song mode and loop-based Pattern mode -- whichever suits your fancy as a composer. Use it as an idea scratchpad, or take your tracks from start to completion right within the MOTIF XF6.

Features:

- 61-key FSX keyboard
- 741 MB of waveform memory houses 1,664 voices and 97 drum kits, including famous Yamaha pianos
- 2 expansion slots accept a total of 2GB of flash memory for all your sounds
- 128 MB built-in sample ROM -- start sampling right out of the box
- 7000+ arpeggiator patterns -- many with chordal intelligence
- 16-track integrated audio and MIDI sequencing
- Time Slice function lines up digital audio with MIDI tempo
- Backlit 5.7-inch color LCD
- Built-in USB and Ethernet ports
- Add FireWire connectivity with an optional expansion board
- Included Steinberg Cubase AI software

Power Supply: AC Power Cord (Included)

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Size/Weight

Dimensions:
- Width: 1,045 mm (41-1/8")
- Height: 122 mm (4-3/4")
- Depth: 391 mm (15-3/8")
- Weight: 15.1 kg (33.29 lb)

Control Interface

Keyboard:
- Number of Keys: 61
- Type: FSX Keyboard (Initial Touch/Aftertouch)

Tone generator

Tone Generator: AWM2, with Expanded Articulation

Maximum Polyphony: 128 notes

Multi Timbral Capacity: 16 Parts (internal), Audio Input Parts (A/D, FW*) *1 stereo Part

Wave: 741 MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 3,977 waveforms

Voices:
- Preset: 1,024 Normal Voices + 64 Drum Kits GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit - User: 128 x 4 (Bank 1: original, Bank 2 - 4: selected and copied from Preset bank) + 32 Drum Kits (No. 1 - 8: original, No. 9 - 32: selected and copied from Preset bank)

Performance:
- User: 128 x 4 (up to 4 Parts)

Filter: 18 types

Effects: Reverb x 9 types, Chorus x 22 types, Insertion (A, B) x 53 types x 8 Parts (up to 16 units), Vocoder x 1 (uses both Insertion Effect A and B blocks), Master Effect x 9 types (Preset settings for parameters of each effect type are provided as templates; total 320) Master EQ (5 bands), Part EQ (3 bands, stereo)

Sequencer

Note Capacity: Approx. 130,000 notes

Note Resolution: 480 ppq (parts per quarter note)

Maximum Polyphony: 124 notes

Tempo (BPM): - 300

Song recording type: Real time replace Real time overdub (with the exception of the Pattern Chain) Real time punch in/out (Song only)

Song tracks: Pattern: 16 Phrase tracks Pattern Chain: Pattern track, Tempo track, Scene track Song: 16 sequence tracks (Loop on/off can be set for each track), Tempo track, Scene track

Songs: 64 Songs Mixing Voices: 16 Voices per Song and up to 256 Voices for all Songs Mixing Templates: 32 for all Songs and Patterns

Patterns: 64 Patterns (x 16 sections), Measures: 256 maximum Mixing Voices: 16 Voices per Pattern and up to 256 Voices for all Patterns Mixing Templates: 32 for all Songs and Patterns

Phrases:
- User Phrases: 256 per Pattern

Arpeggio:
- Preset: 7,881 types User: 256 types *MIDI Sync, MIDI transmit/receive channel, Velocity Limit, and Note Limit can be set.

Scene Memory: 5 per Song

Sequence formats: Original format, SMF format 0, 1 (Format 1 load only)

Sampling

Samples: Up to 128 Waveforms (Multi Samples) Up to 256 Key Banks per Waveform Up to 512 Key Banks

Sampling Sources: Analog input L/R, Stereo output (Resampling) FW (available when the FW16E has been installed)

A/D Conversion: 24-bit, 64x oversampling

D/A Conversion: 24-bit,128x oversampling

Sample Data Bits: 16

Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz, 22.05kHz, 11.025kHz, 5.5125kHz (Stereo/Mono)

Sampling Frequency via FW (when the FW16E has been installed): 44.1kHz (fixed)

Sampling Memory:
- Internal SDRAM: 128M

Sample Length:
- Mono: 32 MB Stereo: 64 MB

Sampling Time: 44.1kHz: 6 min. 20 sec. 22.05kHz: 12 min. 40 sec. 11.025kHz: 25 min. 20 sec. 5.0125kHz: 55 min. 40 sec. *Mono/Stereo

Sample Format: Original format, WAV, AIFF

Other

Master:
- User: 128 *8 Zones (Master keyboard settings), Assignable Knob/Slider settings, Program Change Table

Sequence Software compatible with the Remote Control function:
- For Windows: Cubase 4 - 5, SONAR 5.2 - 8
- For Mac: Cubase 4 - 5, Logic 7.2 - LogicStudio, Digital Performer 5.1 - 6 * Functions to be controlled differ depending on the software.

Controllers: Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, Ribbon Controller, Assignable Control Sliders x 8, Assignable Knobs x 8, Assignable Function buttons x 2, Data dial

Display: 320 x 240 dot, 5.7 inch graphic color backlit LCD

Connectors: OUTPUT L/MONO, R (standard phone jack) ASSIGNABLE OUTPUT L, R (standard phone jack) A/D INPUT L, R (standard phone jack) DIGITAL OUT PHONES (standard stereo phone jack) FOOT CONTROLLER 1, 2 FOOT SWITCH x 2 (SUSTAIN, ASSIGNABLE) MIDI IN/OUT/THRU USB (TO HOST, TO DEVICE) AC IN ETHERNET (100BASE-TX) IEEE1394 (available when the FW16E has been installed)

Accessories: AC Power cord, Owner's Manual, Owner's Manual CD-ROM (containing Reference Manual and Data List), DVD-ROM (containing DAW software)

Power Supply: AC Power Cord (Included)
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Black
Shipping Weight: 41 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 48 x 19 x 10 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MOTIFXF6
White, with 40th Anniversary Premium Pack
Shipping Weight: 41 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 48 x 19 x 10 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MOTIFXF6 WH
Blemished, Black
Shipping Weight: 41 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 48 x 19 x 10 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MOTIFXF6
Warehouse Resealed, Black
Shipping Weight: 70 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 60 x 60 x 19 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MOTIFXF6
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 714-522-9011

Product Description

Soon 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. Over time, it has continued to evolve and improve its expressiveness and functionality. 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 MOTIF breathes life into live performances with its expressive sounds and intuitive control. 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. 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.

Limited-Edition 40th Anniversary MOTIF in White Finish

Step into the spotlight with the industry-defining MOTIF sound engine in a beautiful white finish. The 40th Anniversary Edition MOTIF XF adds an eye-catching white finish to the MOTIF's incredible sound, expandability and computer integration. Unlike instruments that don't have extensive expansion options -- such as Voice and sample libraries, computer editors and a suite of iOS apps -- the MOTIF XF in white looks as good as it sounds.

40th Anniversary Bundle includes:

- FL512M Flash Memory -- a $200 value
- 4GB USB flash drive
- All the content from the 10th Anniversary and Premium Collection, including:
-- Chick's Rhodes
-- Inspiration in a Flash
-- Twisted Tools
-- Instant Score
- New 40th Anniversary content including samples and voices of:
-- Keith Emerson's Yamaha GX-1
-- Expanded CS80 from Sonic Reality
-- CS01
-- Yamaha Ultimate Piano collection
- 3rd-party 40% coupons on Yamaha-related software, such as Arturia CS80V, FXpansion Alan Parsons Abbey Road Bosendorfer, and John Melas Waveform editor
- 40th Anniversary sticker
- Membership to broadjam.com -- a $100 value!
- Rebates on related Yamaha products

Features:

- Comprehensive high sound quality, including an enormous 741MB of waveforms
- An additional 128 Voices and 8 drum kits, for a total of 1,353 high-quality Voices
- Up to 2GB of additional content available through separately sold flash memory
- Realization of unique instrument performance methods through the XA (Expanded Articulation) tone generation system
- Reproduction of the unique, natural, warm sounds of vintage instruments through VCM effects
- 384 types of performances based on approximately 7800 types of arpeggiators
- Enhanced sampling through 128MB of onboard SD-RAM
- The popular FSX (MOTIF XF6/7) and BH (MOTIF XF8) keyboards
- Improvement of usability thanks to the use of a GUI
- Category Search feature that provides instant access to the Voices you want
- Cubase AI -- a DAW software application from Steinberg
- DAW integration through remote control, an editor software
- Scalability through standard-equipped USB and Ethernet and the FW16E option

A High-Quality Collection of Voices

The 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. 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. The reproduction in minute detail of even very subtle nuances results in exquisitely crafted piano Voices that will satisfy even the most demanding players.

Waveforms have been added to the MOTIF XF, which now contains a huge total of 741 MB of waveforms. 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. This huge internal wave memory ensures that the MOTIF XF is the best sounding and most versatile keyboard workstation right out of the box.

Flash memory expansion module

Two flash board slots accommodate two proprietary Yamaha flash board options -- a 512MB board and 1GB board. With two 1GB boards installed, you have a total of 2GB of flash memory available to you. 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.

The samples could be some of the MOTIF Voice libraries or they could be your own samples -- the back ground vocals from your 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. Wherever you get the samples, you can now "roll your own" customized 2GB sample library. Imagine the power of a fully customized MOTIF XS with 3 GB of sounds (internal, RAM and Flash) instantly available at your fingertips.

The MOTIF XF-specific third-party sample and Voice libraries can be purchased online through Yamaha's website.

Expressive Instrument Sounds

The tone generator that the MOTIF XF has inherited from the MOTIF XS makes an 8-element-per-voice structure possible. 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. 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.). The AF1 and AF2 buttons on the front panel make it easy to control Voices with multiple articulations.

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. 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.

VCM Effects

Yamaha's proprietary VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology simulates the effects of vintage EQs, compressors, and phasers at the circuit level. 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. With the MOTIF XF, the high-quality effects found in industry standard digital recording consoles are at your fingertips. Also, the MOTIF XF is equipped with vocoder effects. By connecting a microphone to the MOTIF's A/D input terminal, you can apply effects to your voice or use your own voice to create harmonies. The MOTIF XF also includes the award-winning "REV-X" reverb, the same professionally renowned reverb found in the SPX2000.

High-Level Performance

The MOTIF XF6 and XF7 use high-quality FSX keyboards with 61 and 76 keys, respectively. The MOTIF XF8 uses a BH (balanced hammer) keyboard with 88 keys. The FSX keyboard uses a mechanism to provide a smooth touch that is both comfortable to play and responsive to your touch. It's easy to play fast passages, including glissandos and trills. It is also worth mentioning that the keys are very quiet.

The balanced hammer keyboard is filled with the know-how and technology that Yamaha has developed producing full concert grand pianos and stage pianos. To make a keyboard with a piano touch that can still work comfortably with any voice, they took a graded hammer keyboard, which is a popular keyboard for electronic pianos, and adjusted it for use with a synthesizer: they balanced the keys to the same weight and made adjustments so that the synthesizer can support after touch and other features. While pursuing the real touch of a grand piano, they also provide a touch that is exceptionally suited to the performance of a multitude of synthesizer sounds.

Rich Arpeggiator

You can use the arpeggiator to perform unique instrument phrases. By layering parts, you can give form to your composition ideas quickly.
The MOTIF XF excels in both arpeggio quantity and quality. 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 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.

Performance Mode for Instant Expression

In 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. Also, you can create music quickly by using the arpeggiator on the different Voices. 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. 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.

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

You can use the Category Search feature to quickly and easily select the Voices or performances from the MOTIF XF's massive arsenal of sounds. All the Voices in the MOTIF are categorized by instruments and even have sub categories. 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. Even third party libraries are categorized using this elegant database system. 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.

In Performance Mode, Performances are sorted by musical genre, so you can quickly select the type of Performance that matches your moment of inspiration. The Favorites feature even lets you tag your favorites Voices and Performances so they are even easier to access.

Improved Sampling

The MOTIF XF has 128MB of internal SD-RAM. This means that you can sample external audio without installing separately purchased memory. 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.

You can connect a microphone to the A/D input and sample vocals Also, if you select the slice feature during sampling, even if you change the tempo of songs and patterns, recorded audio will follow the beat with perfect synchronization. You can process your recorded samples in minute detail to produce just the right sound using a redesign sample editing UI.

Integrated Sampling Sequencer

The 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. 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.

The XF sequencer also lets you work the way you prefer because it features two different sequence modes. 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. 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 easily move your production back and further between song and pattern modes depending on your needs. 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.

Integrated Sampling Sequencer

With the Integrated Sampling Sequencer, you can integrate audio (sampled) data and MIDI data seamlessly. WAV/AIFF loading is also supported. 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. For example, you can synchronize audio data to the same BPM as MIDI sequence data. 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. Also, you can use a variety of editing commands to modify your samples. The MOTIF XF supports features such as time stretching, in which the sample length is changed while the pitch remains the same; pitch shifting, in which the pitch is changed while the length of the sample remains the same; and loop remixing which instantly creates musical variations of looped grooves. In addition, there is a resampling feature that you can use to record the performance of the MOTIF XF as a single audio sample.

Remote Control and Editor

Features 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. In particular, the integration between the MOTIF XF and Steinberg's Cubase 5 series is truly seamless.

Using the Yamaha MOTIF XF Editor, you can make subtle Voice edits from your computer while checking them visually. 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. There is even a VST3 editor for use in Cubase 5 (including AI) which lets you use your MOTIF as a VST soft synth.

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. 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. It identifies the MOTIF XF's audio I/O and multi-sound source immediately, and all you have to do to start working is select a MOTIF XF project template.

Cubase AI Bundled

The MOTIF XF comes with a special Yamaha version of Cubase, the world-renowned DAW software. Cubase AI has the same engine as Cubase 5 but has been modified to integrate more efficiently with the MOTIF.

Improved User Interface

An 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.

Power Supply: AC Power Cord (Included)

*Will be available for MOTIF XF in a future OS update (V1.10).
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Sound Time"
Overall: I am not disappointed with this board. The sounds are clean, and the sequencer easy to use. The various performances spark ideas of your own. Take time to create favorites as you go thru the voices and performances. You will find yourself tayloring them to your needs later. I am still learning how to get the most out of this board. I bought the anniversary white version so I could get the extras it came with (extra sound banks and flash card etc. I cannot say enough about the quality of the sounds on this board. My last board was a Korg Triton Extreme 61. It cannot hold a candle to the sound quality of the XF. I look to spend many happy hours with the Motif in the future. Best musical instrument I have ever owned! It is as an artist I walked into Michael Angelo's studio and he was in painting, and he asked me to paint something with his help! Man I like this board. I have spent more than 20 hours on it while it was still in the store!
Style of Music: modern Jazz; gospel; trance
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Overall: I am very familiar with Yamaha having owned from the 80's. The Yamaha CP70B Piano, DX7's DX7 11fd, V50, Motif, Motif EX, MOTIF XS. VERY PLEASED WITH ALL. NOW I decided for the XF6 due to hand issues the XS 8 weighted keys was too hard for me to play without pain so I went for the Semi- Weighted keys. This keyboard is awesome. It plays excellent, the sounds are over the top. Extremely pleased. This XF6 is a Mercedes Benz among Chevies in the keyboard category. Price to value is second to none.
Style of Music: Rock, Blues, Christian
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What Our Customers Are Saying About zZounds "I recommend that any musician who's buying gear to purchase from zZounds. Their Play As You Pay installment plan has allowed me to earn income playing while making easy monthly payments. Thanks, zZounds, for all you do!" - customer on October 21, 2014
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Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

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on most orders $29+

Just $1.99 on
smaller orders

Really heavy stuff might cost you a
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Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
Only NJ residents pay tax during checkout.
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1. zZounds offers the industry‘s most musician-friendly payment plans

zZounds offers a variety of Play as You Pay installment plans that allow you to get the gear you want today. While our competitors might offer house credit cards that require you to fill out an application and pass a credit check, our payment plans are easy to get, simple to use, and, best of all, accrue zero interest. Unlike those house credit cards that can leave you vulnerable to exorbitant interest charges once the promotional period ends, we never have and never will charge interest when you take advantage of one of the zZounds Play as You Pay plans.

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2. zZounds guarantees the lowest price

Seen it for less somewhere else? Get it for less at zZounds. Simply click the “Seen it for less?” link on any product page and as long as we‘re not losing money, we‘ll beat any legitimate competitor‘s lowest price, usually within two hours. Want our best price even faster? Call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll provide you with a lower price on the phone. Also, if you purchase from us and later find the product for less elsewhere, call or email us within 45 days, and we‘ll refund you the difference.

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3. zZounds gets you your gear fast

At zZounds, you‘ll get your gear fast and, usually, with free delivery. Because we have warehouses in New Jersey, Nevada and Mississippi, nearly 95 percent of Americans reside within our two-day shipping zones. Combine this with the fact that many of our best-selling products qualify for free two-day delivery and you get expedited shipping without the additional cost.

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4. zZounds makes returns super easy

Buy it, try it, like it, or return it to us for a full refund. It‘s just that simple. If you‘re not in love with what you bought, return it to zZounds within 45 days, and we‘ll promptly arrange for an exchange or a refund. No hassles. No hidden charges. And if a product‘s defective or damaged, call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll email you a prepaid shipping label so you can easily return it to us at zero cost to you.

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5. zZounds delivers top-rated customer service

zZounds has received multiple Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum awards, placing us in the top 0.7 percent of Bizrate‘s network of 5,200 retailers. Our success in meeting the needs of our customers -- since 1996, we‘ve satisfied over 1,000,000 people -- is due in large part to the fact that zZounds only hires experienced musicians to answer your calls and emails, and they are never paid a commission.

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Available on
orders $249+
learn more

Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

close [x]
on most orders $29+

Just $1.99 on
smaller orders

Really heavy stuff might cost you a
little more

learn more

Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
Only NJ residents pay tax during checkout.
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A guarantee so solid, you never have to worry about price when shopping at zZounds

We'll beat any price
Simply click the Seen it for less? link next to the gear you want or call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637)
Got a coupon from another site?
Use it with us - we'll beat those prices, too!
Find a better price after buying from us?
No problem. We'll refund you the difference for 45 days, so you'll never regret buying from zZounds.

You'll still get the trustworthy service you've come to expect from zZounds, without paying more for your gear!