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Yamaha Motif Rack XS Sound Module

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Product Description

The Yamaha Motif Rack XS Sound Module brings top-quality Yamaha voices when and wherever inspiration strikes.
The compact Motif Rack XS gives you an enormous selection of Voices based on the popular, professional-level Motif XS, studio-level effect processing, five real-time Control Knobs for tweaking 20 different parameters as you play, a wide-ranging library of convenient Multi-part presets, thousands of automatic Arpeggios at your fingertips, and seamless hardware/software integration.

Never before has such comprehensive control, music-making versatility and sheer sonic power been combined in such a small, easy-to-use package. This little powerhouse has all you need - effectively doing the work of several tone generators and processors. Simply hook it up to a laptop or a keyboard workstation and you've got an entire studio's worth of sounds and effects at your fingertips - plus a whole world of inspiration you can tap into.

Yamaha Motif Rack XS Features

  • Wide range of dynamic and authentic Voices - total of 1,152 Voices and 65 Drum Kits
  • Powerful Arpeggio function - simultaneous playback of four types, total 6,633 available
  • Five real-time Control Knobs, for adjusting the sound as you perform or record
  • Convenient, intuitive editing of all settings from computer with Motif Rack XS Editor
  • Full integration with the popular Cubase series audio/MIDI recording software
Voices For Every Application
Utilizing the very same Voices and the same tone generation architecture as the famed Motif XS, the compact Motif Rack XS gives you everything you need for your studio productions and live performances. Boasting a full 1,152 Voices and 65 Drum Kits, this versatile tone generator is packed full of luscious grand pianos, realistic sounds for virtually every instrument in the orchestra, vintage organs and electric pianos, expressive guitars, powerful basses, synthesizer sounds of every stripe, from classic to cutting-edge contemporary, ethnic instruments, as well as a huge variety of drum kits and percussion sets to perfectly match any music style.

What's more, the Motif Rack XS has a synthesis engine filled with 355 MB of waveform data, for a total of 2,670 separate waveforms - an amazingly broad selection of building blocks you can use to create your own Voices. These can be saved to the three User Voice banks, letting you store up to 384 of your original Voices on the instrument itself.

Studio-Quality Effects
The awesome sonic power of the Motif Rack XS continues with the comprehensive, professional-level effects. Providing eight Insertion effects, two System effects, a Master effect block, as well as independent Part EQ and Master EQ, this instrument gives you more processing power than any other rack module. While the System effects (Reverb and Chorus) let you sweeten each instrument Part in the overall mix, the Insertion effects (53 available types) let you enhance or transform individual instruments as needed. The Motif Rack XS also has various newly developed VCM effects, reproducing the sound of vintage processors and expensive effect units.

Easy USB connection
One USB cable is all you need for MIDI integration between the Motif Rack XS and your computer-based music production system or DAW. Simply set your software to recognize the Motif Rack XS port, and you have seamless, bi-directional communication for recording and playback.

Motif Rack XS Editor
This special Editor software provides comprehensive control over all Voice, Multi and Drum settings on the Motif Rack XS - and even gives you access to detailed parameters not available from the front panel. The graphic display lets you conveniently tweak the settings by simple click-and-drag operations. What's more, the software stays in perfect synchronization with the hardware - any changes you make on one device are immediately reflected in the other. The Multi section uses a graphic mixer interface for comprehensive, intuitive control over the 16 Parts of each Multi. It offers enormous editing power and simplicity, since the Motif Rack XS effectively becomes an integral part of your computer music system.

The Motif Rack XS Editor can be used stand-alone within the Studio Manager program. Moreover, if you're working with Steinberg's Cubase or Nuendo, these programs can be used as part of the comprehensive Studio Connections system - hardware/software solution that adds even greater power and versatility to your computer music system.

Product Specifications
Yamaha Motif Rack XS Specifications

Tone Generator

  • Tone Generator: AWM2, with Expanded Articulation
  • Polyphony: 128 notes
  • Wave: 355MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 2,670 waveforms
  • Voice:
    • Preset: 1,024 Normal Voices + 64 Drum Kits
    • GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit
    • User: 128 x 3 Normal Voices + 32 Drum Kits (Both of the User Voices are selected and copied from Preset bank)
  • Multi: 128
Effects
  • Reverb: 9 types
  • Chorus: 22 types
  • Insertion A: 53 types (up to 8 blocks available in the Multi mode)
  • Insertion B: 53 types (up to 8 blocks available in the Multi mode)
  • Master Effect: 9 types
  • Master EQ: 5 bands (High, High Mid, Mid, Low Mid, Low)
  • Part EQ: 3 bands (High, Mid, Low)
Arpeggio
  • Arpeggio Type: 6,633 types
Jacks and Terminals
  • Front Panel: Head Phones
  • Rear Panel:
    • USB TO HOST
    • MIDI IN/OUT
    • Digital Output
    • Assignable Output L and R
    • Output L/mono and R
    • DC/IN
    • mLAN (when the mLAN16E2 has been installed)
Others
  • Display: 160 x 64-dot graphic backlit LCD
  • Supplied Accessories: AC Power adaptor (PA-301, PA-300B or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha), Owner's manual, Data List, Disk x 1 (containing DAW software)
  • Digital Output: 44.1kHz, 24bit (Coaxial)
  • Dimensions: 18.9 x 14.9 x 1.73 inches
  • Weight: 9.2 lbs.


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ADENDUM: The mLan interface noted in the video and the instruction manual HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED. It has not been available since approximately 2006. However, a check of Yamaha's website shows that the same interface has basically been rebranded as the FW16E and is, per the same website, compatible with the Motif Rack XS. If you type "Yamaha FW16E" into American Musical's search window the product comes up, but it only lists it as compatible with the newer Motif XF. But it is the same interface as the prior-named mLan16E and, again, IS compatible with the Motif Rack XS per Yamaha's website.
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