Presentation: Yamaha MOXF6 Workstation

Affordable Motif power and some   02-Jun-14

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Product specialist Dom Sigalas dropped into our place to show us some of what the Yamaha MOXF6 can do.

Based on the flagship Motif sound engine and capabilities, minus the sampling, its got a lot of power under the hood. The Motif engine has given Yamaha many years of stirling service and the MOXF doesnt break any traditions here.

The Yamaha MOXF6 is a lightweight in terms of portablility, which seems to be all the rage at the moment, gigging and lugging around is positvely encouraged with the weight of just over 7KG. The MOXF6 has a 61 key, synth action keyboard with no aftertouch.

Add to that the solid core of usable sounds, backed with a 8 insert effects plus Master FX and EQ, USB audio and MIDI interface, plus the optional Flash board (up to 1GB samples instantly available) you get a lot of instrument.

The MOXF6 can deliver plenty of stock sounds (check out the pianos), pads and orchestral as well as being capable of more deep synthesis. It has up to 8 oscillators per voice you know. I did review the MOX a few years back and was pretty impressed with the range of sounds.


  • AWM3 synth engine with 128 voice polyphony
  • 16 part multi-timbral
  • 16 track on board sequencer with variable pattern length for polyrhythmic programming
  • 7,981 pattern arpeggiator, up to four simultaneously
  • 8 x Insert effects each with A/B block
  • 1 master effect and master EQ
  • 741MB sample ROM
  • Up to 1GB flash rom (optional)
  • Cubase AI integration
  • USB audio i/f  four input two out for recording synth engine ext audio separately
Available as MOXF6 £899/$1199 and MOXF8 £1358/$1699
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Former_Yamaha_User    Said...

Yawn !

03-Jun-14 04:25 PM

gridsleep    Said...

Yes, exactly. The further repackaging of thirty year old technology. "Mundane" is being charitable. I'll stick with my SY85 and TG77s.

07-Jun-14 03:49 AM

Boy Blue    Said...

Whilst I would certainly agree Yamaha need to heavily upgrade their flagship £3000+ Motif line now, at this end of the market its a very reasonable instrument for people that are in bands and want a range of sounds.

My only criticism of the MOXF is that its nothing like as straightforward to set up with the supplied Cubase software as he makes out. The integration between the keyboard and DAW is quite clunky and flawed in a number of ways and there is no phantom power either. Personally I think its much easier, especially for a beginner to just use a separate audio interface. Especially true if you were planning on using other instruments too.

Shame as the video shows the MOXF has some nice playback controls on the front of it for controlling your DAW and the supplied synth editor lets you get under the hood and really play around with its sonic capabilities.

08-Jun-14 03:27 PM

Peter K.    Said...

Even a Motif ES - unexpanded - is a deep synthesizer. I don't get what people are complaining about with this instrument, or Romplers in general. It's got up to 8 oscillators per patch, and the Yamaha filters sound great. There are 17 different kinds IIRC. You have tons of different LFOs and you can even make your own LFO shapes, so it's like a mini step sequencer per oscillator.

Agreed, it's not new or an FS1r in a keyboard or anything, but trust me, these things have a ton of stuff going on that I bet 99% of users don't even mess with.

I have and use Kronoses and they really do have all that mad extra synthesis stuff happening. But they're a premium instrument. These still sound really good, weigh nothing, and cost little.

Also, check out Jamal Hartwell's Flash Rom option for this. He's got some great keyboard sounds from his other products.

09-Jun-14 11:37 PM

selercs    Said...

Yamaha Rompler synthesizers sound pretty good and realistic but lack the lushness in sound of Korg or Roland. They should bring back the FS1R and other synths...Its Namm 2015 and still nothing to show...not even a Groovebox. But hey, this is the largest music instrument manufacturer in the world so they probably are doing well without the need to bring back their old models or innovate like Korg/Roland.

26-Jan-15 12:08 PM

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