Yamaha MODX8 Keyboard Synthesizer, 88-Key

Yamaha MODX8 Keyboard Synthesizer, 88-Key

Get huge Yamaha synth sound in a portable package -- the MODX8 delivers cutting-edge synthesis with flexible control of tones and effects in real time.

Yamaha MOXF8 Keyboard Synthesizer, 88-Key

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Yamaha packed the 88-key MOXF8 with world-class MOTIF XF sounds and effects. And with a flash board slot, and MIDI and audio over USB, it's fully expandable.
Loaded with MOTIF XF sounds and effects -- plus the capability to add even more via its flash board slot -- the Yamaha MOXF8 keyboard synthesizer has just what live performers and producers need to get out of a sonic rut. In addition to awesome sounds, this 88-key synth boasts useful performance tools, hundreds of preset performances, and unique VCM effects to help those creative juices flow while you're composing or jamming. A built-in 16-track sequencer, 4-in/2-out USB audio interface, and DAW interfacing capabilities make Yamaha's MOXF8 not just a fun performance synth, but a powerful production instrument as well.

As the full-sized, 88-key version of the MOX, the MOXF8 boasts Yamaha's Graded Hammer Standard keybed -- with semi-weighted action that's perfect for playing the expressive Yamaha piano sounds on board, and more.

Do More with the MOTIF Sound Engine

Both in the studio and on the performance stage, the MOXF8 provides the creative tools you need to help you play your best. The innovative Performance mode lets you combine up to four of the 1,152 voices together and play them on one MIDI channel, and in turn, layer sounds or play dynamic solos along with drums and bass backing tracks. Meanwhile, the synth's 4-part interactive Arp engine makes it simple to intensify your playing with 7,981 types of arpeggios on tap.

Yamaha has added some 136 new voices to this MOX release! Unless your composition calls for something really exotic, you're bound to read more find the instrument or voice you need to fill in the blanks. The MOXF8's preset library includes high-quality, super-usable instruments like grand pianos, electric pianos, organs, strings, wind instruments, orchestral sounds, guitars, basses, and drums, plus unique vintage and modern synth sounds. When you just want a convincing grand piano, turn to the MOXF8's highly detailed digital re-creations of two Yamaha grand pianos.

So that you never run out of sounds, the MOXF8 is compatible with the voices and libraries of Yamaha's MOTIF XF and MOTIF XS keyboards. The optional Flash board lets you add up to 1 GB of additional samples to your setup.

Effective FX

Yamaha's Advanced Virtual Circuit Modeling effects enhance the voices, yielding the textures of vintage EQs, analog compressors, and phasers. The MOXF8 also features the effects found in Yamaha's digital recording consoles, as well as the REV-X reverb found in the company's SPX2000. Vocoder effects allow you to run your MOX8 through one of the richest-sounding filters out there -- the human voice! Just connect a microphone to the synth's A/D input terminal and apply effects to your voice, create harmonies, and more.

Make the MOX the Center of Your Studio

With the built-in 16-track sequencer, you can record high-quality tracks in real-time, right on the MOXF8, without having to plug into a computer or some other external device. Produce music on the fly! Along with real-time recording, the keyboard boasts a helpful step recording feature, which enables you to record very precise phrases or difficult passages without skipping a beat.

Send Audio and MIDI to your DAW over USB

Using the synth's built-in 4-in/2-out USB audio interface, you can record the MOXF8's internal sounds, capture guitars and vocals, and more, straight to your computer. It's compatible with all the major DAWs. What's more, USB connectivity and keyboard controller functionality allow you to integrate VSTs into your performances with nothing but your MOXF8 and a computer. And you can transmit those 4x2 channels of audio, plus MIDI, to and from your computer over just one USB cable!

Easy to Play

No-nonsense controls and modes make it easy to figure out the MOXF8. Browse instrument voices with Category Search mode, build up layers or split performances with Performance Creator, and so forth. Outfitted with Yamaha's full-size Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard, the MOXF8 weighs just 32 pounds.


- 88-key performance keyboard synthesizer
- Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard
- 128-note polyphony for lush performances
- Massive preset library with a range of instrument voices
- Expandable sound set -- compatible with the voices and libraries of MOTIF XF and MOTIF XS keyboards
- Optional Flash board lets you add up to 1 GB of additional samples
- 256 Preset performances in rock, world, hip-hop, jazz, and other styles
- Advanced VCM effects for adding vintage EQs, analog compressors, and phasers to your sound
- 16-track song and pattern sequencer with real-time loop remix
- Built-in 4-channel USB audio/MIDI interfacing
- Extensive DAW/VST controls for full integration in your computer-based studio
- Lightweight build (32.9 lbs.) for portability
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- Tone Generator: AWM2, with Expanded Articulation
- Polyphony: 128 notes
- Multi-timbral Capacity 16 parts: (Internal), A/D input part
- Wave: 741MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 3,977 waveforms
- Voice Preset: 1,152 Normal Voices + 72 Drum Kits
- GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit
- User: 384 Normal Voices + 32 Drum Kits
- Performance User: 256 (up to 4 parts)
- Filter: 18 types
- Effect System: Reverb x 9 types, Chorus x 22 types, Insertion (A, B) x 54 types x 8 parts, Vocoder x 1, Master Effect x 9 types, Master EQ, Part EQ
- Sequencer: block
- Note Capacity: Approx. 226,000 notes
- Note Resolution: 480 ppq (parts per quarter note)
- Maximum Polyphony: 124 notes
- Tempo: (BPM) 5 - 300
- Recording type: Real time replace, Real time overdub, Real time punch in/out (Song only), Step
- Tracks Song: 16 sequence Tracks (Loop on/off can be set for each Track), Tempo Track, Scene Track
- Pattern: 16 Phrase Tracks
- Pattern Chain: Pattern Track, Tempo Track, Scene Track
- Songs: 64 Songs
- Mixing Voices: 16 Voices per Song/Pattern (up to 256 Voices)
- Mixing Templates: 32 for all Songs and Patterns
- Scene Memory: 6 per Song
- Patterns: 64 Patterns (x 16 sections)
- Measures: 256 maximum
- User Phrases: 256 per Pattern
- Arpeggio Preset: 7,981 types
- User Arps: 256 types
- Sequence Format: Original format, SMF format 0, 1 (Format 1 load only)
- Others Master User: 128
- Controllers: Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, Assignable Knob x 8, [DATA] dial x 1, Assignable
- Function buttons: x 2
- Display: 240 x 64 dot, backlit LCD
- Connectors: OUTPUT [L/MONO]/[R] (standard phone jack), A/D INPUT [L]/[R] (standard phone jack), [PHONES] (standard stereo phone jack), [FOOT CONTROLLER], FOOT SWITCH [ASSIGNABLE]/[SUSTAIN], MIDI [IN]/[OUT]/[THRU], USB [TO HOST]/[TO DEVICE], DC IN
- Power Consumption: 13W
- Dimensions: (W x D x H) 52" x 16" x 6.7" (1320 x 405 x 168mm)
- Weight: MOXF8: 32.9 lbs (14.9 kg)
- Accessories: AC adapter, USB cable, Owner's Manual, Online Manual CD-ROM x 1, CUBASE AI DOWNLOAD INFORMATION
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 714-522-9011

Yamaha MOXF8 Keyboard Synthesizer

Yamaha has updated the popular MOX Series by adding the MOTIF XF's sounds and effects and even a Flash Board option slot to the MOXF8. Because it's compatible with MOTIF XF and MOX data, there is a huge collection of sound and sample libraries and optional software available right away. The MOXF8 has all the abilities you need -- compatibility, expandability, portability, and affordability. It brings MOTIF XF music production power to yet another generation of players and producers.

A Universe of Sounds from a Decade of Motifs

The MOXF8 series combines a MOTIF XF sound engine and Flash memory expandability, a MIDI keyboard controller with extensive DAW and VST control, USB Audio/MIDI interfacing, onboard sequencing, and an extensive DAW/VST software bundle.

MOTIF XF sound engine

The MOXF8 boasts a rich collection of instrument voices that includes pianos, electric pianos, 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-ft CFIIIS and a 7-ft S6) that only an acoustic piano manufacturer could achieve. The finely-detailed reproduction of even very subtle nuances has resulted in exquisitely crafted piano voices that will satisfy even the most demanding players. Now containing a huge total of 741 MB of waveforms, and featuring all-new content, the MOXF8 offers 136 new voices including the superb S6 grand piano, keyboard sounds such as clavinets and organs, and a range of new sounds from genres as diverse as orchestral and hip-hop.

VCM Effects: Modeling Vintage EQs, Compressors and More

Yamaha's proprietary VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology simulates the effects of vintage EQs, compressors, and phasers at the circuit level. This technology has enabled Yamaha to improve the quality of the instruments in the MOXF8 by modeling the sonic texture of vintage analog compressors, EQs and stomp boxes right down to their component transistors and resistors. The MOXF8 also puts the high-quality effects found in Yamaha's industry-standard digital recording consoles at your fingertips, as well as the award-winning REV-X reverb found in the SPX2000. It even comes equipped with vocoder effects, allowing you to connect a microphone to the MOXF8's A/D input terminal and apply effects to your voice or create stunning harmonies.

Flash memory expandability

The MOXF8 is compatible with the sound content developed for the MOTIF XF and MOX. The optional Flash board lets you add up to 1 GB of new samples to your MOXF8 to customize and tailor your sound set to your needs, using promotional contents like Yamaha's 'Inspiration In A Flash' and 'CP1 Piano,' as well as the many third party libraries for sale.

Performance mode to enhance your creativity

Performance mode allows you to combine multiple voices together (up to 4 parts) and play them on one MIDI channel, so that you can play dynamic layer sounds or even solos along with drums and bass backing tracks. With the interactive Arp engine, playing simple chords or even single notes gives you complete musical performances to inspire your creativity. The MOXF8 has 256 preset performances in a wide variety of music styles including rock, world, hip hop, jazz, and more.

Built-in sequencer to give shape to your inspiration

MOXF8 features a built-in sequencer that lets you produce high-quality music without the need for a computer or any other external devices. This powerful tool offers both real-time recording, which records your performance data as you play it, and step recording, which is suitable for recording precise phrases or other difficult passages. You can even record particularly creative performances directly to a song or pattern simply by pressing the [REC] button.

A complete suite of bundled software

The MOXF8 comes with a variety of music production software that allows you to integrate it with your computer setup. These include the MOXF8 Editor for detailed editing of voice and mixing parameters, MOXF8 Remote Editor, a convenient tool that lets you edit and create control templates for your favorite VST instruments, and Remote Tools, which makes integration with Cubase software incredibly simple.

A single USB cable for both Audio and MIDI connections

A single USB cable is all you need to transmit both audio and MIDI data between the MOXF8 and your computer. The MOXF8 features a built-in 4-in 2-out USB audio interface so you can record its internal sounds, and two dedicated audio inputs that can be used to capture guitars and vocals all recorded directly to your computer. Compatible with all the major DAWs including Cubase, you can digitally record the sounds of the MOXF8 and anything connected to its stereo analog inputs straight to your favorite recording software. Far more than just a music production tool, the USB connectivity and in-depth keyboard controller functionality also lets you playback and control your VST soft synths via the audio outputs of your MOXF8, allowing you to integrate VSTs into your live stage shows with no extra gear -- just add a computer and play.

Music production with Cubase AI 7

Cubase AI 7 is a version of Steinberg's DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software made specifically to integrate with Yamaha music production synthesizers. Because the MOXF8 features both a MIDI and an audio interface you can record up to 32 audio and 48 MIDI tracks. You can even connect an analog mixer, microphone or guitar to the analog inputs, you can record any instrument to your computer via the MOXF8. With built-in effects and the ability to control up to 16 VST instruments, Cubase AI lets you perform the complete computer music production process, including notation, scoring, and automated mixing.

Controlling DAW software

The MOXF8 has a special remote mode for controlling DAW software that allows you to use the buttons on its panel to open and close software windows, add instrument tracks and select VST instruments. The AI knob can be used as a jog wheel or set so that any parameter you mouse over in Cubase can be controlled automatically. You can also use the MOXF8 to control other popular DAW packages.

Steinberg Prologue VSTi

Prologue is a wonderfully rich-sounding virtual analog synthesizer that will become an indispensable part of your VSTi arsenal. Prologue's textural range includes lush, detailed pads and bright, acerbic leads and everything in between. Prologue's intuitive user interface provides full editing capabilities with access to its three oscillators, powerful multi-mode filter, four envelopes, two LFOs, a powerful modulation matrix, and onboard effects. And because Prologue is polyphonic with up to 128 voices, you'll (probably) never run out of creative space.

YC-3B Tone Wheel Organ VST

YC-3B is a VST Instrument that reproduces the classic sound of tone wheel organs. It offers 64 different preset sound programs that you can also use to create your own original sounds, which you can then save as VST presets.

Playability and Usability: Easy operation and comprehensive controls

Category search mode features 16 different instrument categories, each with its own sub-categories, so getting the sound you need is a fast and intuitive process. With Performance Creator you can easily build up layer or split performances with a single button press. Start with a voice you like, and then press LAYER to have the MOXF8 choose a suitable layer sound. Press SPLIT to call up a left hand bass sound automatically, and then go to DRUM ASSIGN to access the huge variety of built-in rhythm patterns available.

88-key Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) action

The MOXF8 features an 88-key GHS keyboard that provides authentic, realistic keyboard response -- much like the playing feel of an acoustic piano -- with a heavy touch in the bass register that changes to a lighter one in the treble, and a natural gradation of touch in between.

Mobility: Light and easy to carry

A lightweight body (14.9 kg (32.9 lbs)) means that carrying the MOXF8 to rehearsals or gigs is easy -- pound-for-pound, these are the most powerful workstations Yamaha has ever made, 50% lighter than comparable MOTIF models.
(8 ratings)
Submitted November 3, 2014 by Josh S in Huntsville, AR
"Great Synth"
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Quality stock bank of voices, responsive weighted keys, very intuitive to use, and lightweight to boot. It's a nice addition to either the home studio or your stage setup.
Musical Background:
Long time piano/keyboard player.
Musical Style:
Jazz, blues, rock, electronic. I don't discriminate. But jazz pays the bills.
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