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Yamaha MO8 88 Key Synthesizer Keyboard

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Product Description

The Yamaha MO8 Synthesizer delivers the power, sound and music creation capabilities of the Yamah Motif ES to an all-new, affordable price.
Perfect for young musicians, home and project studios, songwriters and live performer, the 88-key MO8 draw on the advanced technology of the professional-level Yamaha Motif ES with a full set of authentic sounds and comprehensive music-making features – including an emphasis on contemporary styles and voices – plus an exceptionally large internal wave memory capacity and the immediacy of hands-on control. Designed to be highly portable and compact, the MO Series also serves as an ideal keyboard for live performance applications. Or use the USB connection and the included Cubase AI software and work at home too.

Sounds include a full complement of realistic instrument Voices and Drum Kits plus a number of modern and vintage synthesizers, making the MO Series well-equipped for today’s hip-hop, dance and electronica music styles. For sound shaping and signal processing, the MO features sharp, responsive filters with comprehensive real-time knob control, and an extensive set of high-quality onboard effects (reverb, chorus, EQ, Master and three separate Insertion blocks).

Advanced music production tools include a built-in Song/Pattern sequencer featuring the same Phrase Factory capabilities found in the Motif ES. The powerful Arpeggio feature provides more than 1,700 sequenced phrases that can be controlled interactively via the keyboard. The Master mode function allows the MO to be used as a master keyboard controller (with independent Zones), and to be easily reconfigured between Voice/Performance play and Song/Pattern play in live applications. Category search will quickly call up desired sounds, while Performance mode will combine up to four different voices in layers or a keyboard split.

The MO will seamlessly integrate into computer music systems and features full remote control of DAW software – including transport and mix controls, as well as track arming, muting and soloing. There is even full editing for soft synth plug-ins directly from the front panel and the Motif ES-sized LCD display. A new feature on the MO Series is the inclusion of global templates to easily configure the keyboard to work with computer software.

The MO6 and MO8 are the latest instruments in the Yamaha line to feature compatibility with Studio Connections, a joint initiative led by Yamaha and Steinberg to bring total integration between hardware and software into the music production environment.

With Studio Connections you can create and save MO settings to a song within a DAW application such as Cubase SX 3 or Nuendo 3, and instantly recall and restore those settings when you reopen the song. Audio Integration takes the hardware/software link a huge step further by allowing you to treat a Studio Connections-compatible synthesizer exactly as if it were plug-in software connected directly to the VST mixing engine.

Additional computer-oriented features include two USB (TO HOST and TO DEVICE) connections and a built-in coaxial digital output, plus compatibility with Yamaha’s powerful Voice Editor and Multi Part Editor software.

Song & Pattern Creation
Built-in Phrase-based sequencer gives you an exciting set of tools to create your own music – more quickly and easily than ever before.

  • Trigger the Arpeggios and generate new, creative ideas on-the-fly. Use them along with the Mega Voices to create exciting, unusual phrases.
  • Combine the pre-programmed Phrases into complete Patterns.
  • Use the Pattern chain functions and track looping to quickly craft your own songs.
  • Generate an unlimited amount of Pattern variations, using the semi-random Remix controls.
Computer Integration
  • Remote Control functions give you hands-on control over your favorite DAW/sequencer software - right from the panel.
  • Compatible with Studio Connections - for comprehensive hardware and software integration into your music production system.
Perfect for Performance
  • Light, compact keyboard – easy to carry to your gigs and performances.
  • Master mode lets you easily and instantly change the settings you need for each song.

Product Specifications
Yamaha MO8 Specifications
  • MO8: 88 keys, Balanced Hammer Effect Keyboard (Initial Touch)
  • MO6: 61 keys, LC Keyboard (Initial Touch)
  • Tone Generator: AWM2
  • Polyphony: 64 notes
  • Multi Timbral: 16 parts (internal) Capacity:
  • Wave: 175MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 1,859 waveforms
  • Voices:
    • 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 Types:
    • 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 Formats:
    • 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, Weight:
    • MO6: 1,023 (W) x 382.7 (D) x 101.9 (H) mm, 10.4kg (approximately 40.3 x 15.1 x 4 inches, 22.88 lbs.)
    • MO8: 1,357 (W) x 386 (D) x 167 (H) mm, 21kg (approx. 53.5 x 15.2 x 6.6 inches, 46.2 lbs.)


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