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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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tunepoet a hobbyist user from USA writes:
_____Heyo, I'm new to these forums, and have been trying to find my way through the sampler/workstation wars. And it is official, Korg folks hate Roland and Yamaha - Yamaha folks hate Roland and Korg's, etc. I am at an absolute loss. One guy says that sound set sucks, and another says the same sound set is the BEST IN RECORDED HISTORY! Someone is exaggerating. _____I am seeking mature opinions that don't seem to resonate with the spirit of Pachino's Scar face character. Now, if you will excuse me, I have to go shoot a guy for giving my favorite plug-in a 7 out of a possible 10 review. Cause I have a healthy and mature perspective on life's greater and more pertinent issues and am absolutely sure that comic book characters are more real than actual people._____

Blessings, Poet _____

Ps. My inability to spell correctly does in no way suggest I lack intelligence. My lack of intelligence is completely non spelling related.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-01-2004 at 23:07
jD writes:
the keyboard is the best workstation since Ensoniqs ZR-76, no doubt. Beats the crap out of the Roland Phantom and Korg Triton, theyre not even in the same ballpark. Its actually a very good synth, I just love those synth phrases. Does anyone know if the Rack version can do those also?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-19-2004 at 09:59
Chris a hobbyist user from U.S. writes:
I can't quite say if I really like the Motif, but does the Motif have good vintage key sounds like the reknown Farfisa organ, Mellotron, and other programs. It seems to me that you guys are insinuating that the Motif ES series is a heck of a lot better than all the others such as Fantom X and Triton Extreme. I'm a novice keyboard player and am still looking for a descent synth. All Roland, Yamaha, and Korg are getting my attention, though. Some people even tell me that Roland's sound presets are more superb (the sounds) than Yamahas. Point: I'm a bit lost here. Can you guys help me out here. However, when it comes to versatility, functionality, performance abilities, and reliabilty, who really is the most preffered keyboard workststion? Anyway, hope to here from you guys soon.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-May-17-2004 at 15:00
Darkhop a hobbyist user from USA writes:
We really need to parse these models out. The new Motif ES series, not to mention the rack, are different enough from the original to require separate reviews. That said, I've had both a rack model and the ES6, and while both are fabulous machines, I'm going to a Fantom XR. My reasons are purely idiosyncratic. My gripe on the ES6 is that a $2000 workstation shouldn't require an external drive to store multi setups -- samples, sure, that makes sense, but multi setups?? I'm no engineer, but it's difficult to believe that just lining up patches for multitimbral MIDI sequencing consumes so much resources you have to store it off-board. The $1000 Motif Rack can handle it, so what's getting in the way? Whatever it is, I took the 'board back since multi sequencing is pretty much all I do.

Anyway, although I took the ES back, I know I'm going to miss patch number 1, an amazing acoustic guitar. Just mixing some of it into the background of a piece that's otherwise jammed with synths and noises provides a noticeable dose of realism. And while I'll miss it and probably a host of other non-electronic patches, my preference is always for a wide range of synths & keyboards & drums and in my opinion Roland has the edge on Yamaha in those categories.

If you're more into the acoustic end then a Motif should work very well for you. Some of the updated patches for the ES are not on the Rack, but even so it's one jam-packed little module with very respectable sounds. I was particularly gratified by a B3-resembling patch that let me pretend I was Jon Lord cranking out the final "Smoke on the Water" solo circa 1973 -- most patches attempting to do that are okay thru the low and midrange but completely lose it on the high end; not this time.

So the ES is a great instrument as long as you've got a little extra cash to spend on, well, extras (or things that IMO *should* have been extras but are actually required if you don't want to keep re-entering the same data time and again). Soundwise it's superb, but could use a bit of stretching in the synth/kybd department. Navigation was very intuitive although I think most everyone agrees it would be nice if we could get larger LCDs from synth makers in general.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-09-2004 at 07:44
R Roche a part-time user from canada writes:
Yes the screen does indeed suck. Hello Yamaha please spend the extra $25 and put a decent screen on this thing...

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-May-03-2004 at 22:20
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