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Yamaha | Motif 8


Often truly amazing products are greater than the sum of their parts. MOTIF is one such product. A new breed of keyboard, MOTIF combines the best features of a number of recent Yamaha products into an all-in-one music production workstation that will revolutionize the way music is made. Imagine the sonic power of the world's most advanced synthesizer combined with the hands-on inspiration of a cutting-edge groove box. Then add a brand new concept - an Integrated Sampling Sequencer that seamlessly integrates audio sampling and MIDI in a way never achieved before. Top it off with an intuitive user interface that gives you streamlined control over all that sonic firepower and you have the ultimate music workstation - MOTIF!

Important Features

Wide range of dynamic and authentic voices — over 512 in total, with 49 drum kits. Use the Category Search function to quickly call up the sounds you want, based on their instrument type.

Performance mode lets you use four different voices together — in layers or in a keyboard split. ¦ Integrated Sampling Sequencer — seamlessly combines audio and MIDI recording.

Full Sample recording and editing features, with 4MB of memory (expandable to 64MB).

* Wide data compatibility lets you load AIFF and WAV files, as well as samples and program/voice data from other samplers. 

* Convenient Resampling function lets you sample the sound of the MOTIF itself directly. Play your own melodies, riffs and rhythms — and use them as samples.

* Unique Slice feature automatically chops up your rhythms and riffs into their individual beats and notes. This lets you manipulate the component parts of your sample loops as MIDI data — and gives you the power to easily change tempo and even the rhythmic feel, without disturbing the pitch or sound quality. 

* Using the Song mode, record your music to the sequencer in conventional linear fashion, from beginning to end. Or use the phrase-based functions to assemble rhythms and patterns — “playing” your arrangements in real time.

Extensive effect processing, with Reverb (12 types), Chorus (25 types), two separate Insertion sections (total 104 types), a Variation section (25 types), and a Master 5-band EQ. 

Comprehensive real-time control with four knobs and four sliders — letting you adjust filter, levels, effects, EG, and more, while you play.

Pattern mode functions let you craft different rhythmic sections and riffs as individual elements — which you can easily and intuitively combine in real time to create full rhythm tracks.

The built-in Arpeggio feature not only puts a wealth of hip rhythmic sequences at your fingertips, it even has special “human” patterns — such as guitar strumming and woodwind trills. 

Once you’ve collected all the audio samples, loops, MIDI data, and patterns you need for your song, use Pattern Chain to arrange the pieces in real time. This hands-on approach makes it easier than ever to come up with great ideas and amazing songs. 

Song Scene is another powerful tool that lets you take “snapshots” of the sequencer track settings (such as pan, volume, and others). Then, during playback or recording, simply switch among the Scenes for instant, dynamic changes. 

Master mode for using the MOTIF as a master keyboard controller (with independent Zones), and for easily reconfiguring the instrument between Voice/ Performance play and Song/Pattern play in live applications. 

Exceptionally easy-to-understand interface with two-tiered operation buttons: [F1] - [F6] and [SF1] - [SF5] 

Remote Control — for operating your favorite sequencing software from the panel controls of the MOTIF. Mute tracks, control transport (Play, Stop, Record, etc.), mix both MIDI and audio tracks (up to 16) with the MOTIF’s knobs and sliders, pan the tracks, control EQ, and tweak effect sends — all without ever touching the mouse. 

Three Modular Synthesis Plug-in System slots let you upgrade the MOTIF with a completely new synthesizer or sound-processing engine. These Plug-in boards give you more voices, more effects, more polyphony and more instrument parts. Plus, special Plug-in voices have already been programmed and stored to the MOTIF, ready to be played as soon as you install the proper board. 

Comprehensive I/O terminals — including assignable outputs, audio inputs, optical digital output, MIDI, USB for multi-port connection to a computer, SmartMedia card slot and SCSI terminal for data storage. There’s even an expansion bay for installing the optional AIEB board for additional ins and outs — both analog and digital. 

Expansion bay for optional mLAN — Yamaha’s new mLAN interface technology makes it possible to transfer all your digital audio and MIDI data via a single broad-band cable. 

Included software — Packed with your MOTIF are two powerful software programs: Voice Editor and File Utility. The Voice Editor puts all the comprehensive editing features and parameters of the instrument right on your computer screen for easy editing. With File Utility, you can access and organize all your important MOTIF data (stored to Memory card or SCSI device) directly from the computer.
ModelMotif 8
Engine TypeDigital
EngineAWM2, Sample
Voices (max)62
LFO1 Noise, Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Delay, Key Sync
Engine DetailedAWM2 (sample playback). 84MB Waveform ROM (1,309 mutisamples and drum samples).
Sampler4MB (expandable to 64MB via 32MB SIMM x 2 Slots); Sample Rates: 5.5125 - 48kHz, 20-bit stereo. Formats: Akai S1000/3000, Yamaha A3000/4000/5000, AIFF, WAV.
Filter (VCF)1 4-pole resonant multi-mode with 21 types.
Envelope (VCA)1 Initional Level, Delay, Rate 1, Level 1, Rate 2, Level 2, Rate 3, Level 3, Rate 4, Level 4
FXReverb, Chorus, Insertion FX types, Master Effects section, Master Equalizer (5 bands).
Memory348 presets + 48 kits, 128 user, 128 performances, 128 master
Sequencer1024 patterns; 128 ROM/256 user phrases
Arpeggiator256 Preset Patterns, 128 User Patterns.
Recording16-Track, 110,000 notes, 64 songs 480 ppqn; 
Key typeKeys
Extra infoModular Synthesis Plug-in System boards.
Produced:2001 - 2002
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.


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