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The official Motif XS DVD runs at approximately 3 1/2 hours and takes you on a complete tour of the features, functionality, and just plain fun at your disposal with this 2007-released Motif XS workstation. Though it shares an underlying technology the Motif XS is a surprisingly different instrument from its predecessors and the DVD reflects its considerably enhanced performance-orientated capability.
When looking at the main Voice, Performance, Pattern & Song areas, in addition to the key button pushes and navigation the DVD demonstrates how each mode can be used – and customized – live. Using controllers, playing the multiple arpeggios, making use of the offsets, Play FX, and more are all covered in detail. Effects are Big News on the Motif XS and the DVD spends more than 35 minutes looking at what you’ve got and how to apply them in all the major modes.
It’s easy to overlook the (optional) sampling capability on an instrument as inherently ‘big’ as this. But with your sample memory safely installed the delights of sample-based voice libraries, replacing drum voices in customized drum kits, recording guitar and more await. The DVD spends a good 40 minutes on these exciting possibilities.
Finally, the outside world. Motif XS’s sequencer is powerful and, for many people, will cover all their recording needs. But this is not an either/or situation with computer-based DAWs. The DVD’s final scene looks at how to hook the (bundled) Cubase AI and be able to transfer control and indeed files back and forth between the two worlds of ‘computer’ and ‘musical instrument.’
Written and presented by Yamaha Corporation of America’s Athan Billias - one of the Motif series’ prime shakers and movers since Day One you could not be in better hands when it comes to discovering the world of the Motif XS.
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