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Yamaha | Motif Rack ES


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 insure you have the all the flexibility you need.

2 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 two 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 Two 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 important 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/P DIF 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.
ModelMotif Rack ES
Engine TypeDigital
EngineAWM2, Sample
Voices (max)128
LFO1 Noise, Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Delay, Freerun, Key Sync
Engine DetailedAWM2 (sample playback). 175MB Waveform ROM (1,859 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)2 6dB Slope, 12dB Slope (2-pole), 18dB Slope, 24dB Slope (4-pole), 36dB Slope , 48dB Slope (8-pole), Band Limit, Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance, Serial, Parallel
Envelope (VCA)1 Initional Level, Delay, Rate 1, Level 1, Rate 2, Level 2, Rate 3, Level 3, Rate 4, Level 4, Polyphonic, Time
FXReverb, Chorus, Insertion FX types, Master Effects section, Master Equalizer (5 bands).
Memory768 presets + 64 kits, 384 user + 32 kits, 128 performances, 128 multis
Sequencer1024 patterns; 128 ROM/256 user phrases
Arpeggiator256 Preset Patterns, 128 User Patterns.
Recording16-Track, 110,000 notes, 64 songs 480 ppqn; 
Key typeN/A
Extra infoModular Synthesis Plug-in System boards.
Produced:2003 - 2004
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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