The MotifXS6 (61 key), MotifXS7 (76 key) and MotifXS8 (88 note balanced hammer) all share the same sonic engine and new large colour LCD displays. The new models now feature 8 control faders, 8 knobs and ribbon control making, say Yamaha, the MotifXS the most expressive Motif ever.
With 128 note polyphony, 355Mb of waveROM, a 4-part arpeggiator, on-board sequencing and sampling (Expandable up to 1Gb via use of DIMMs), Yamaha say that the MotifXS in a stand-alone mode is awesome. However, MotifXS now benefits from Yamaha's ownership of Steinberg and therefore really takes computer integration to the next level being bundled with a new version of Cubase (Cubase AI). This, say Yamaha, allows MotifXS hardware and software to work in total harmony for a completely integrated music creation and recording solution.
Pricing and Availability:
The XS line includes the XS8 (featuring an 88-note graded hammer action keyboard and built-in FireWire connectivity) at an MSRP of $3999, the XS7 76-note version at an MSRP of $3539, and the XS6 61-note version with an MSRP of $2799.