MESSE08: Put A Motif In Your Rack

Yamaha announce the Motif-Rack XS Tone Generator      12/03/08
MESSE08: Put A Motif In Your Rack


Yamaha has announced the new Motif-Rack XS Tone Generator, which they describe as combining music-making versatility, comprehensive control, and sheer sonic power in a convenient rack-mountable package.
Utilizing the very same sounds as the Motif XS, the Motif-Rack XS includes 1,152 dynamic and authentic Voices, 65 drums kits, and a comprehensive synthesis engine for building custom Voices. These Voices are the basis for further sound creation and customization using the built-in studio quality effects, thousands of arpeggio types of which 4 can be played back simultaneously, and 5 front-panel control knobs capable of adjusting 20 different parameters in real-time.
In the studio, the Motif-Rack XS is easily integrated into a computer music system with a simple USB connection. The Motif-Rack XS Editor provides easy access to deep editing functions on the computer screen that are not available on the front panel. This editor can be used stand-alone or integrated with the included Cubase AI DAW software. Cubase AI (Advanced Integration) provides Steinberg music production capabilities and direct integration with many Yamaha hardware products. It provides 48 tracks of audio, 64 tracks of MIDI, VST instruments and effects, and a powerful Cubase 4 audio engine for complete music production.
For additional inputs and outputs, Yamaha’s optional mLAN16E2 interface card connects the Motif-Rack XS to the computer and communicates audio and MIDI data through a single Firewire cable.
Specifications
  • AWM2 with expanded articulation
  • Polyphony 128 notes
  • Wave 355Mb
  • Voice
    • Preset 1,024 + 64 drum kits
    • GM 128 normal voices + 1 drum kit
    • User 128 * 3 normal voices + 32 drum kits
  • Multi User 128
  • Arpeggio 6633 types
  • Display 160 * 64-dot graphic backlit LCD
  • Controls 5 control knobs
  • Weight 4.2kg
Pricing and Availability:
The Motif-Rack XS will be available in June, 2008 for $1,499.99/ £1029 including VAT. More information:
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    2 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
    Paul    Said...

    Finally the XS in a rack, but the price seems too high considering they just announced the MM8 at $1299. This rack version should be under $1000.

    13-Mar-08 09:00 AM


    Peter Kadar    Said...

    The MM series uses the Rom from the original Motif, which I think topped out at 64MB. I didn't enjoy working on the Motif ES rack, but I think this will be a much better experience. I think it will make an excellent compliment to my Fantom Xr.

    21-Apr-08 06:51 PM


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