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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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sun from earth writes:
everything is based on your preference:

motif/es -> better acoustic sounds fantom-x -> better synth sounds triton ex-> not sure, haven't owned one before

like cellphone size screen -> motif/es like touch screen -> triton ex like color screen -> fantom-x

before buying, try the damn things yourself, figure out what category of sounds you'll be using the most.

after reading the comments from korg/yamaha/roland reviews, all i can say is it's human nature to defend the thousands of dollars spent when challenged =)

nuff said...

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-06-2006 at 18:59
Peter Kadar a professional user from Toronto, Canada writes:
I've been using my Motif ES7 for a little over a year. I'm still getting to grips with parts of the OS, but for 95% of what I do, I can get around quickly and easily. I use this keyboard as the centerpiece of my gigging rig, and it's been excellent in both in terms of reliability, and sound. I used to own a Triton Rack, but after getting the ES7, I realized that I didn't use the TR-rack any longer, and sold it. The synth sounds in the ES are great, the acoustic sounds are the best I've heard in a keyboard, and the sampling is excellent as well, though not as flexible and easy to use as my Emu E5000.

I back up a lot of different artists, and sometimes I have to learn a lot of material in a very short time period. The Motif always seems to have what I'm looking for right away. Two features I find really helpful are how all the FX in a performance automatically carry over from the voice mode, and the USB storage options. I travel a lot, and now, there's no more going to airports with a 50lb rack unit. Now I travel to gigs with a memory stick. I don't know if the Triton Extreme can save to them, but the USB on Roland gear doesn't. Best of all, once you figure out how to save stuff, it just plain WORKS.

The only disadvantages are that the onboard storage is on difficult to find Smart Media cards, and that the piano sound is only good, but not great. Having said that, the sampling option is there, and there is a much improved piano sound downloadable at the MOBROS site, along with tons of other free stuff.

Again, it's the core of my rig now, and I couldn't live without it. I might get the ES8 for the weighted keys, or the S90ES for the improved piano sound and action as well. I love and own Roland and Korg stuff too, but the ES felt to me to be the best sounding, and most well featured workstation synth going. Highly recommended.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-04-2006 at 01:56
tritonman a professional user from St.Lucia writes:
Hey listen guys...this is the motif ES. Now please bare in mind that i have experience with all the popular keys out there and here's what i think. Have you listened to Rolands? they sound so thin and bright!!! please roland lovers...been there done that- i have graduated from thin and bright sounds. That leaves TRITON and MOTIF. I am a korg fan...note my name 'tritonman' this keyboard is great- awesome- bery realistic and expressive and inspirational...except for the acoustic piano and Rhodes Piano sounds...i know what im saying ive compared these intruments to the real things. After all i play piano/rhodes primarily. Now if you're looking for Piano, Rhodes, acoustic Guitar- Go for the MOTIF ES...Get the triton for any and everything else!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-12-2006 at 23:21
mel a professional user from canada writes:
I've been playing the keyboard for over 18 years. If you're in a band..and want a synthesizer with good sounds..or you like to produce music in your home studio...a Korg is good. If you're a 'real' piano player..and know how to play piano..or play RnBish style of piano..and a keyboard stage performer, I prefer the yamaha Motif. A lot of Hiphop or Rock bands use the Korg on stage...but if you're a solo pianist/ John Legend ..stevie wonder...they play the yamaha motif ES

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-31-2006 at 14:57
lance a professional user from Glendale ,Az,USA writes:
I own both boards and the motif es has the fuller, richer,more animated sound. The truth about the korg is it takes an over use of insert effects to make it sound decent...this leads to mixes that have no air and sounds that start to loose clarity.I highly recommed the vl board... if you need great wind sounds , these are the best I have ever heard.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-25-2006 at 23:53
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