844-ZZOUNDS (844-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 20V-1XR1
close [x]
Available Hours (EST):
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri 7:30AM - 11:30PM
  • Sat, Sun 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Free shipping on every order: no minimum, no exclusions. Fast 2-day shipping: free on 90% of orders.

Yamaha MOTIF Rack ES Sound Module

1,152 voices. 65 different drum kits. 128-note polyphony. (69) Read 6 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
Ships to: Can ship to United States
close [x]
zZounds.com 844-ZZOUNDS (844-996-8637)

Sorry, this product is no longer available on zZounds

We recommend this alternative:

Main

Yamaha MOTIF-RACK XS Tone Generator Module

New From $1,299.99
In Stock
Free 2-Day Shipping
Questions? Call a gear expert now!
844-996-8637
Own this item for
$162.50 PER MONTH

Special Offer

8 Payments, Zero Interest! Split your order total into 8 easy monthly installments -- and pay zero interest. Just select "8 payments" in your cart.

Visit product page to order

Yamaha MOTIF Rack ES Sound Module

Instant inspiration!

You need lots of sonic choices; from authentic to innovative. That's why there are 1,152 voices and 65 different drum kits in the MOTIF-Rack ES.

With the most advanced synthesis on the market, MOTIF-Rack ES' 128-note polyphony, 16-part mix architecture and 32 multi-libraries ensure you have the all the flexibility you need.

Two system effects, 8 types of mastering effects, a 5-band master EQ, 8 simultaneous insertion effects, and 3-band equalization for each of the 16 parts in a mix let you tailor your sound exactly the way you want.

The 2 Modular Synthesis Plug-in System expansion slots let you expand your system with more voices, effects and polyphony.

128 programmable performances that layer and split up to 4 voices will start your creativity flowing.

A USB port, digital I/O, and Studio Connections Recall-compatible software editors let you easily integrate the MOTIF-Rack ES into your computer music system.

Sonic inspiration from authentic emulation to creative innovation -- The MOTIF-Rack ES delivers a massive collection of studio-quality sounds for a wide variety of musical genres. The 1,152 voices and 65 drum kits are easily accessible via the front panel category search function. From the emulative sounds of acoustic piano and orchestra to the extreme synthesis of cutting-edge hip-hop and electronica, the MOTIF-Rack ES delivers the sonic power you need. Performances that layer and split up to four voices and over 1,700 arpeggios -- from realistic guitar strumming to drum grooves to classic techno riffs -- inspire new musical ideas to get your creativity flowing.

Flexible architecture to meet all your synthesis needs -- Thanks to Yamaha's advanced synthesis technology, the MOTIF-Rack ES tone generator boasts 128-note polyphony and 16 mix parts so it's an ideal multi-timbral sound source. The synth engine offers 18 different filter types and faster, more precise envelope controls. There are even mix voices so you can edit and create your own voices while listening to your songs and store them right along with the song data.

More effects give you more control over your music -- The MOTIF-Rack ES has more effects than any other rack module available today. In mix mode, you can use 8 dual insertion effects simultaneously. For instance, you can have a rotary effects on the organ, distortion on the backing guitar, delay plus overdrive on the guitar solo, compressor and EQ on the bass, and a unique reverb on the drums and still have plenty of insertion effects left over. The 2 system effects let you add just the right amount of reverb and chorus/delay to any part via the effect sends and returns. After putting everything together, the 3-band EQ for each part lets you get just the right tonal balance in your mix. Finally the 8 types of master effects (including multi-band compression) and 5 band master EQ give your finished productions the same professional-quality mastered sound as commercially produced CDs.

Studio Connections Recall editors integrate hardware and software -- The MOTIF-Rack ES was designed to integrate seamlessly into the software-based music production environment. Voice editor and multipart editor software let you take full computer control over your MOTIF-Rack ES. You can edit and store voices and mixes using the graphic visual editing on your computer. But even more importantly, these editors are Studio Connection Recall-compatible. That means you can open them directly inside of DAW software like Steinberg's Nuendo and Cubase 3.0. When you save your DAW project all the settings for MOTIF-Rack ES are stored along with your song. When you re-open the project file, you can synchronize your studio and automatically recall all the settings for your entire studio both hardware and software.

Customize your music production system -- The MOTIF-Rack ES supports Yamaha's Modular Synthesis Plug-in System, so you can add up to 2 plug-in boards to the unit and add more voices, more effects, and even polyphony to your system.

Digital interfacing standard -- The MOTIF-Rack ES features all the digital interfacing you need right on board. In many applications, you'll want to come out of the MOTIF-Rack ES in the digital domain and connect directly to other digital gear. Stereo S/PDIF digital outputs (coaxial and optical) allow you to connect to a wide variety of computers and music production products. The USB TO HOST connector gives you multi-port MIDI connectivity to your computer. For those who want to connect via analog, the MOTIF-Rack ES features a total of 6 analog outputs for connecting to external mixers and effect processors.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Yamaha products.
Tone generator section:
-- Tone generator: AWM2 (complying with the Modular Synthesis Plug-in System)

-- Maximum polyphony: 128 notes + the polyphony of the Plug-in Board (if installed)

-- Wave memory: 175MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 1,859 waveforms

Voice:
-- Preset: 768 normal voices + 64 drum kits

-- GM: 128 normal voices + 1 drum kit

-- User: 384 (bank 1 & 3: original, bank 2: pick up from preset)

-- Normal voices + 32 drum kits

Plug-in Voice:
-- Preset for the PLG150-AN/DX/PF/AP/DR/PC: 64 voices

-- Preset for the PLG-150VL: 192 voices

-- User: 64 voices for each plug-in connector

Multi Effect:
-- Multi: User: 128 Multis

-- Reverb: 20 types

-- Chorus: 49 types

-- Insertion 1: 116 types (up to 8 blocks available in the Multi mode)

-- Insertion 2: 116 types (up to 8 blocks available in the Multi mode)

-- Master effect: 8 types

-- Master equalizer: 5 bands (high, high mid, mid, low mid, low)

-- Part equalizer: 3 bands (high, mid, low)

Arpeggio: 1,787 types (MIDI sync, MIDI transmit/receive channel, velocity limit, and note limit can be set.)

Controls:
-- Standby/on switch, volume knob, data dial, cursor buttons,

-- Exit button, page buttons, mule/sel/enter button,

-- Part/element buttons, bank buttons, shift button,

-- Category button, mode buttons

Jack and terminals:
-- Front Panel: phones

-- Rear panel controls: DC in, USB, MIDI in/out/thru, digital output, optical output, assignable output 1-4, output L/mono, R

Other:
-- Top panel: PGL1, PLG2

-- Display: 160- x 64-dot graphic backlit LCD

-- Supplied accessories: power adapter, owner's manual set, CD-ROM

-- Optical/digital output: 17W (maximum; 22W when two Plug-in Boards are installed)

-- Dimensions (W x D x H): 18.9 x 14.66 x 1.7 in. (480 x 372.4 x 44 mm)

-- Weight: 9 lbs (4.1 kg)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 714-522-9011
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (69 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. Yamaha MOTIF Rack ES Customer Review
Sound: The sounds are lucious, crisp, clean, and professional. I've worked with Yamaha instruments throughout the years and the cleanness of the sounds far surpass the sampled sounds of instruments like roland. Feature: Only reason for a 8 is because I wish this thing had sampling or the ability to add the mLan or Sampling expansion to it. Ease of Use: First day out of the box and w/ the manual in hand, even without manual this thing was easy to use. And there's still much I have to learn about it. So in other words it's an instrument of the present and made for the future. Quality: I had to take it into the shop because I had an issue with the power supply but that was due to my own fault and yanking it. Quick fix at a shop and still works wonderfully. Value: From my experience in professional studio equipment, and the sound this thing provides, this thing just might be underpriced. In other words, I think it's just right. Manufacturer Support: Haven't had to use it yet so yup all good. The Wow Factor: Own it. Overall: Great gear. Would buy it again.
Style of Music: Trance. But I have helped produce and write all styles.
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "This is truly a classic, you won't be dissapointed."
Sound: The sound is nothing short of amazing. I've owned much equipment over the years from many manufacturers, and I used to love the sound of Yamaha's back in the days when they were still using the combination of original AWM and FM synthesis (that shows my age lol). I just never liked their more modern and more sample based AWM2 stuff and went more to Roland in the mid 90's. Then I heard some samples of this unit online on various videos people had made and became intrigued, so I decided, what the heck, for the price I could get it for if nothing else it will make a nice compliment to my other gear. And yes it does, it sounds great along side my Roland(s) and other gear. But this module stands out on its own. It has that crisp yet warm sound that I always loved about Yamaha in the past, it's quite amazing to hear that in a fundamentally sample based unit. I love the sound of this module. I could seriously rave about it all night, but I'll spare you from that! I'll just say if you haven't heard any of the MOTIF sounds I seriously advise you to check them out, they are very refreshing to my ears, and I'm sure they will be to yours too. Feature: Short of being able to sample or do vocoding there's really not much more they could possibly cram into this baby, it truly is a powerhouse. Ease of Use: Like all 1U synth modules it can take a bit of time to familiarize yourself with, lack of space for controls and display on these devices creates a learning curve for any new user. That said, Yamaha have done a good job on the interface and the manual is really good. A few features seem a little more complex than they should be, though some others, like the arpeggiator in particular are very easy to use straight out of the box. Quality: Quality is excellent, just like every Yamaha product I have ever owned in the past. I certainly would have no worries using this for live performance. Value: Even at the full list price this unit is still a good deal for the sound alone. Manufacturer Support: I've never had to use Yamaha support, but based on my experiences with the companies equipmnt over the years I'm sure if there was a problem it would be excellent so I will give a 10! The Wow Factor: I own it and try as you like you could never snatch it out of my hands if you tried! Overall: This compliments my whole setup just beautifully, but also stands out on its own. The sound is worth the money alone, but it's a feature packed unit that I know I will keep and use for many years to come. I won't go so far as to say it's better than my Roland stuff (or any other manufacturer) - but it gives me that Yamaha sound I've missed for a long time, and this will be used prominently in my music from now on. I would buy this again in a heartbeat.
Style of Music: Many, from classical to alternative to techno
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

Our extended 45-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee applies on this product Buy it, and if it isn't just right for you, return it!
What Our Customers Are Saying About zZounds "zZounds helped me out with an installment plan and sold me a “blemished” guitar that was in immaculate condition. Consider me a customer for life after this purchase. Best online retailer I’ve ever dealt with." - Customer on November 14, 2017
BizRate Customer Certified (GOLD) Site
Questions? Our gear experts can help!
844-zZounds (844-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 20V-1XR1. Llame Gratis en Español: 844-432-7449
Lunes-Viernes de 1AM a 1AM EST
Customize Search Results for Your Location
Follow zZounds on:
Shop with those who respect your privacy — we do. Copyright © 1996-2017, zZounds Music, LLC. Terms of use apply.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
 
close [x] Select a model from above to add to your cart.
close [x]
1 item added to your cart
View Cart Continue Shopping
close [x]
Please select a product:
add to cart
close [x]
Available on
orders $59+
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]
Available on
orders $59+
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]
no minimum

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.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
close [x]

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.

zZounds payment plans details »

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 844-zZounds (844-996-8637), 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.

zZounds.com price match details »

3. Nobody Beats zZounds‘ Fast & Free Shipping

At zZounds, we know you want your gear fast, and shipped to you free of charge. That‘s why we have absolutely free ground shipping on every single order shipped within the continental United States. This includes heavy and oversized items. No minimum purchase required. No exclusions. We also ship over 90% of our orders with FREE 2-day shipping. We pull it all off with our strategically placed, coast-to-coast warehouses.

zZounds.com shipping details »

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 844-zZounds (844-996-8637), and we‘ll email you a prepaid shipping label so you can easily return it to us at zero cost to you.

zZounds.com return details »

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.

zZounds.com customer service »
close [x]
Available on
orders $59+
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]
no minimum

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.
close [x]

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 844-zZounds (844-996-8637)
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!