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Yamaha MX49 Music Production Synthesizer Keyboard, 49-Key, New

The Yamaha MX49 packs 1000 Motif-derived sounds, plus effects that simulate '70s-era vintage keyboards, into an affordable, 49-key, under-9-pound package. (3) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

Designed with the gigging musician in mind, the Yamaha MX49 offers all the professional sounds, effects, and performance features you could want in a super-lightweight keyboard. At under 9 pounds, the 49-key MX49 is easy to transport from studio to stage. Tap into the more than 1,000 voices taken directly from the Yamaha Motif XS series of synths, editable right on the keyboard. Standard 5-pin MIDI, audio, and USB I/O make it easy to integrate the MX49 into your setup. In the studio, advanced controller features give you hands-on control for DAWs and virtual instruments, and the included Steinberg Cubase AI software provides everything you need to get started making music right out of the box.

Over a Thousand Sounds at Your Fingertips

From pianos and strings to drums and synth sounds, the MX49 has a voice for every purpose. This synth borrows its 1,000+ awesome voices from Yamaha's Motif XS series, making a pro soundset available in a significantly more affordable unit. The MX49's streamlined interface is easy to navigate, too, providing you with hands-on selection of all the voices as well as the ability to edit and store your own sounds directly on the keyboard.

Live performances are made all the better with the MX49's 16-part multi settings and 128-note polyphony. Switch between any of the 16 parts without the sound cutting off, and enjoy playing lush DAW MIDI tracks without dropping any notes.

VCM Effects for Vintage Tones

Give your performance that '70s sound with the keyboard's built-in Virtual Circuit Modeling (VCM) effects, which simulate the vintage sounds of equalizer, flanger, phaser, and wah effects introduced by legendary keyboards from way back when.

Easy Split/Layer Performance Mode

Whether you're noodling around, or finding sounds fast for a last-minute gig, you'll appreciate the MX49's split and layer functions available in Performance Mode. Combine two voices to play on the keyboard using the dedicated Split and Layer buttons -- each with their own arpeggiator -- and a dedicated part for a drum track.

Functions as a 2-Channel Audio/1x1 MIDI Interface

Connect your MX49 to your computer via USB to send and receive MIDI data and stereo audio over one cable. You'll be able to monitor your DAW tracks and all the sounds from virtual instruments via the headphone output of the MX49. Designed for professional music applications, the MX49's built-in digital-to-analog converters make your DAW's output sound great. Moreover, the MX interface is bi-directional so you can record the internal sounds of the MX49 directly to your computer without sending them through another conversion.

USB to Device Port and 1/8" Stereo In

There's no shortage of connectivity options on this synth. In addition to the USB audio/MIDI port, there's a USB to Device port so you can connect USB devices for storing MX data to external memory or for playing back WAV files directly from a USB stick. Add an MP3 player or tablet to your setup by connecting to the AUX input using a mini stereo cable.

Do More with Your DAW

Dedicated knobs and buttons allow you to use the MX49 as a controller for internal sounds, DAW parameters, and VST instruments. The keyboard's easy-to-use interface is combined with a remote template editor on your computer, which means that any of your VSTs can be set up to be controlled by the MX49. When using the MX49 with the included Cubase AI music-production software, you can mouse over any parameter, then use the MX49's large AI knob to control it.

Music-Production Software Included

Cubase AI offers 48 audio tracks and 64 MIDI tracks, notation, built-in VST effects, and much more. The MX49 also ships with instruments like Steinberg Prologue and the Yamaha YC-3B organ emulator, as well as Remote Template editors for setting up controls for VSTs. The MX49 provides everything you need to get started making music right away.

Features:

- 49-Key synthesizer keyboard ideal for live performance and studio use
- Over 1,000 sounds from the Motif XS series
- Equipped with VCM effects, which add vintage flavor to your tones
- Easy Split /Layer Performance Mode lets you combine voices
- 16-Part multitimbral and 128-note polyphony for lush performances without note dropoff
- Extensive hands-on controls for VSTs and DAWs
- Bi-directional USB audio/MIDI interfacing
- Includes Steinberg Cubase AI music-production software, Steinberg Prologue, and Yamaha YC-3B
- Complete analog and digital connectivity: USB audio/MIDI port, USB to Device port, Aux 1/8" stereo input, L and R 1/4" line outputs
- Ultra-lightweight design (8.38 pounds)

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- Sound Engine: AWM2
- Number of Keys: 49
- Type of Keys: Semi-weighted
- Other Controllers: Pitchbend, Mod Wheel, 4x Assignable Knobs
- Display: 3 digit LED + 20 x 2 line character LCD (backlit)
- Polyphony: 128 notes
- Multitimbral Capacity: 16 parts (Internal)
- Wave Memory: Approx. 166 MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format)
- Voices: Preset: 1,106 Normal Voices + 61 Drum Kits, GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit, User: 128 Normal Voices + 8 Drum Kits
- Number of Presets: 1,000+
- Number of Effects: Reverb x 9 types (42 presets), Chorus x 17 types (88 presets), Insertion Effect x 48 types (267 presets) x 4, Master EQ (5 bands)
- Effects Types: Reverb, Chorus, Insertion Effects, Master EQ
- Arpeggiator: Yes (1 x voice), 999 types
- Sampling: No
- Audio Playback: From USB or 1/8" Aux input
- MIDI Sequencer: 16-channel playback only
- USB: A and B type to Host and to Device; Functions as a 2-in/2-out USB audio interface when connected to a computer
- Audio Inputs: One 1/8" Aux input
- Audio Outputs: 2 x 1/4" mono, 1 x 1/4" stereo headphone
- MIDI I/O: In/Out
- Pedal Inputs: Sustain and Foot Controller
- Height: 3.58"
- Width: 32"
- Depth: 11.73"
- Weight: 8.38 lbs.
- Power Supply: PA-150 (included), 9 watts
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 12 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 39 x 16 x 8 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 714-522-9011

Product Description

The Yamaha MX49 synthesizer keyboard combines Motif XS sounds, USB Audio/MIDI connectivity and advanced DAW/VST controller features at a groundbreaking level of affordability.

Over 1000 Sounds from the MOTIF Series

The MX series contains more than 1000 Voices derived directly from the world famous Yamaha MOTIF XS series. From realistic acoustic sounds like piano, electric piano, strings and drums to complex 8-element synth sounds, the MX has all of your favorite Motif XS Voices right at your fingertips. The MX even has a streamlined interface for instant hands-on selection of all those great Voices. The category selection makes it easier than ever to find the Voice you need. You can even edit and store your own sounds right onboard.

VCM Effects

MX synthesizers come equipped with VCM effects, which simulate vintage effectors at the circuit level. The sounds of the '70s are brought back to life, through simulating the hard-to-find vintage sounds of equalizer, flanger, phaser, and wah effects introduced by the keyboard legends of the era.

Easy Split /Layer Performance Mode for Instant Inspiration

Performance Mode on the Motifs has always been the place to find instant inspiration and the MX is no different. You can easily combine two Voices to play on the keyboard using the dedicated Split and Layer buttons each with their own intelligent arpeggiator and a dedicated Part for a drum track to create evocative Performances that feel like a whole band is playing. The 128 Performances on the MX are all user editable, but come programmed with the club-friendly grooves.

16-Part Multi Timbral and 128-note Polyphony

Each Performance contains not only the three sounds described above, but all the settings for a complete 16-Part Multi setting for play. You can switch between any of the 16 Parts without the sound cutting off. With 128 notes of polyphony there are plenty of notes to play even the densest sequences from your DAW. These features make the MX the perfect tone generator solution for live performance and live playback of DAW MIDI tracks.

Bi-directional USB Audio/MIDI Interfacing

But the MX doesn't just control software DAWs and VSTs. Just connect a USB cable to your computer and you can monitor all the sounds from your computer via the headphone output of the MX or listen to your DAW tracks by connecting the MX to external studio monitors or PA gear. The audio converters on the MX are made for professional music applications so everything on your computer, even games, will sound better when using the MX as the output. The MX interface is bi-directional so you can record the internal sounds of the MX directly to your computer, without ever going to the analog domain, for the highest possible quality.

Extensive Hands-On Controls for VSTs and DAWs

The MX also features solid knobs and durable buttons for controlling internal sounds, DAW parameters and VST instruments. The deceptively simple interface is combined with a remote template editor on your computer so any VST you own or any VSTs you buy can be easily set up to be controlled by the MX. There are advanced integration templates for use with a variety of DAWs. When used with Cubase, there is even an AI knob so any parameter can be controlled by the large rotary encoder just by mousing over it. It has never been quicker to take full control of Cubase.

A Complete Suite of Music Production Software Included

The MX series is the only hardware synth in its price range to come with a complete suite of music production software tools. The included Steinberg Cubase AI features 48 audio tracks and 64 MIDI tracks, notation, built-in VST effects, so with just the MX and AI you can do complete productions. But we didn't stop there; it comes bundled with Steinberg Prologue and the Yamaha YC-3B organ emulator so you have some compelling VSTs to get started. Plus there are Remote Template editors for setting up controls of VSTs. Finally, Yamaha has worked with some third party developers to ensure that there will be fully functional cross platform editors available at release.

Complete Analog and Digital Connectivity

In addition to the USB audio/MIDI port, the MX has a USB to Device port so you can connect USB devices for storing MX data to external memory and even playing back wave files directly from a USB stick. If you want to add a tablet or an MP3 player to your system just connect to the AUX input using a mini stereo cable and you are ready to go.

A Lightweight Design with a Quality Yamaha Keyboard

While almost all other keyboard controllers use inexpensive OEM keyboards, the MX features an expertly crafted keyboard that only Yamaha -- the world's largest keyboard manufacturer -- could produce. Weighing only 3.8kg (MX49) or 4.8kg (MX61), either synthesizer can be carried easily with one hand. MX synthesizers have a compact design so they are easy to carry to the gig and also fit easily into today's compact home music production studios.

Features:

- Over 1000 sounds from the MOTIF series
- Equipped with VCM effects
- Easy Split /Layer Performance Mode for Instant Inspiration
- 16-Part Multi timbral and 128-note polyphony
- Extensive Hands-On controls for VSTs and DAWs
- Bi-directional USB Audio/MID interfacing
- A complete suite of music production software included*
- A lightweight design with a quality Yamaha keyboard
- Complete analog and digital connectivity

* How to Activate Cubase AI
The process is to first install Cubase and register at mysteinberg. Then open the eLicenser Control Center that was instaleld with AI copy the code for Ai and paste into my steinberg, which will generate an activation code which then goes back into the eLCC, which will register AI.
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Overall: The first one I got was dead on arrival , like no power whatsoever but zzounds was very fast attentive in replacing it immediately with a new one, when I finally got it, the actual synth looked very cheap in quality, but that is the standard nowdays I guess since even the Nord looks cheap for its price, but the sounds are just amazing, very professional sounding and with very accesible controls to edit on the fly even while playing... I tried many different ones in its price range and defenetely its the best sounding low budget keyboard outhtere even comparable with more expensive ones when it comes to sound quality... the Qbase program and the editor suck.. so dont even install it.. ...
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Overall: best sounding cheap synth outthere period. and theres ways to edit and alter sounds while playing that makes it much more flexible than others of its class... but the construction and materials are just cheap but so are all the other keyboards nowdays even more expensive ones like the Nord... china quality with amazing sounds tho
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