Yamaha Update Motif With New XF Models

Lots and lots of memory      02/08/10
Yamaha Update Motif With New XF Models
Motif XF now in black


So the cat is out of the bag, the new Yamaha models are announced today, with a significant updgrade to their flagship synthesizer workstations. The new range being the XF and they are in black too, a little cosmetic change for those who are tiring of the silver finish.
The Big news about the Motif XF adds a massive amount of additional ROM bringing the total available Wave ROM to 741MB. The Inspiration In A Flash tag also signifies that  there is indeed more on board RAM available, with 128MB of built-in RAM, but more interestingly,  there is the possibility to install up to 2GB of Flash RAM for fast and power-cycle resistant  storage.

This makes the Motif XF a viable live workstation with plenty of room for an entire live set or two and easy recall of samples voices and suchlike.

For the arpeggiator addict the largess of preset patterns has been increased to well over a thousand covering your basic synth-type stuff to sophisticated guitar and drum patterns.

There are numerous other enhancents and changes based on feedback from users of previous Motif  models.

Main Features
  • 741MB of internal Wave ROM (over twice that of the previous Motif XS) including incredibly realistic pianos, acoustic instruments and vintage synths.
  • Up to 2GB of optional Flash Wave memory. Finally it is possible to save your samples to the internal memory of your synth so they are always there when you turn it on.
  •   A sophisticated 8-element synth architecture with XSpanded articulation and 18 different filter types let you shape your sound anyway you want, and 8 front panel knobs and sliders make it easy to do - even in real time.
  • 1664 Voices and 97 Drum Kits put more sounds at your fingertips than ever before.
  • 128MB of onboard volatile sample RAM -- for user sampling, loading and auditioning sample libraries or adding vocals and real instruments to your Motif XF.
  • An improved User Interface with many user-requested features.
  • The popular FSX (Motif XF6/7) and BH (Motif XF8) keyboard actions let you express your passion for playing. 61 key, 76 key and 88-note weighted action.
  • 512 Performances combine 4 Voices and 4 Intelligent Arpeggiators that instantly create backing tracks with Yamaha’s intuitive Direct Performance Recording feature.
  • An integrated Yamaha Digital Mixer that includes 3-band EQ for each part, 8 Dual Insertion effects, 2 System effects, an overall Master effect and Master EQ
  • Direct-to-USB recording and playback lets you record your final mixes to any connected USB memory device as CD-quality WAV files, or play WAV files created on your computer back on the XF.
  • New large format (512MB - 1GB) Voice libraries from Garritan, Sonic Reality, Easy Sounds and more plus new Motif-specific software tools, including waveform editors, sample format convertors and arp managers.



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11 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
JS    Said...

Hmm, the great modular cards with VL, AN, DX etc were not brought back in this model.

02-Aug-10 05:35 PM

raphus    Said...

I love the black color. I scanned the manual for the previous Motif, and while there were dozens of pages of various arpeggiator presets, I saw no up, down, or random. Do they exist in the Motif?

02-Aug-10 07:05 PM

Mister 5    Said...

80 minutes for loading 2 GB?!?


03-Aug-10 04:39 AM

jxsbebop    Said...

That's not that bad if it's flash memory. You only have to load it once.

03-Aug-10 01:22 PM

mysticradio    Said...

i have the S70xs........ this new XF is gonna be KILLERRRRRRRRRR. GONNA put a Motif XF6 on top of it. now we're cooking with power. the ability to bring in your softsynth sounds...... oh ya.......

03-Aug-10 03:52 PM

David H†    Said...

Bring in your softsynth sounds? You gonna sit down and sample every nuance of your VST's? Don't think so.

It is nice that it has flash memory, but other than that, I see nothing crazy to get excited about...

Interested in the Wave Cycle feature but as of yet I don't know what it means.....

03-Aug-10 05:49 PM

mysticradio    Said...

nothing to get excited about..... hmm...... arent you a killjoy...... it has a 16 track hard recorder...... more new waveforms... and YES.....you can bring in sonic reality patches etc...... it takes a bit.. but its n flash ram and you only have to download once.... want to bring in mellotrons... you can sng into it too.... and new realistic articulations. oh i think this is gonna be very very good. you have no idea how powerful yammy stuff is till you get inside its head...... at first i hated my S80xs.... but once i figured it all out and did whole songs with drumming etc and bass.... its worth its weight in gold on stage....... someday im gonna get an OPENLABS......and that should take care of business.

04-Aug-10 08:28 AM

mysticradio    Said...

make that S70xs

04-Aug-10 08:29 AM

Mysticradio    Said...

you're interested in a THING you dont know what it does? lol wave cycle shmave cycle...... MAKE MUSIC LADDY

04-Aug-10 08:30 AM

raphus    Said...

I'm also interested in finding out what the wave cycle feature does. I'm not sure what's wrong with that.

I assume they dont' mean 80 minutes at every startup? The Nord Wave has flash ram and doesn't take nearly that long to start up.

04-Aug-10 12:46 PM

mysticradio    Said...

@raphus according to yamaha once they waves are in......... they are as instant as any patch in your workstation.........

05-Aug-10 09:25 AM

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