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4.0

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Yamaha MOTIF XF8 is an 88-key Workstation with Balanced Hammer-effect Keyboard, 741MB Wave ROM, and 1,024 Voices

Soon after the original MOTIF was released in 2001, it was recognized as the best sounding, top selling and most requested music workstation on the market. Over time, it has continued to evolve and improve its expressiveness and functionality. At the same time, the online community of end users, sound programmers, software developers and product support specialists has expanded into a vibrant online music production community.

The MOTIF breathes new life into live performances with its expressive sounds and intuitive control. In music creation, the MOTIF not only offers its own music creation capabilities, it also offers a system for integrating those capabilities with a variety of software applications. And now, the next generation XF builds on the decade-long heritage of MOTIF, and provides groundbreaking expansion capabilities with flash memory that will set a new standard for keyboard workstations for years to come.

Features:
  • Comprehensive high sound quality
  • An enormous 741MB of waveforms
  • An additional 128 Voices and 8 drum kits
  • A total of 1,353 high-quality Voices
  • Up to 2GB of additional flash memory content available  
  • Realistic XA (Expanded Articulation) tone generation
  • Vintage instrument reproduction through VCM effects
  • 384 performances types from almost 7800 arpeggiators
  • Enhanced sampling through 128MB of onboard SD-RAM
  • Popular FSX (MOTIF XF6/7) and BH (MOTIF XF8) keyboards
  • Improvement of usability thanks to the use of a new GUI
  • Category Search provides instant access to Voices
  • Cubase AI -- a DAW software application from Steinberg
  • DAW integration through remote control, an editor software
  • Scalability through standard-equipped USB and Ethernet

Things You Will Get:

  • Keyboard
  • AC Power cord
  • Owner’s Manual
  • Owner’s Manual CD-ROM (containing Reference Manual and Data List)
  • DVD-ROM (containing DAW software)
Series MOTIF XF
Other Features FOOT CONTROLLER 1, 2 FOOT SWITCH x 2 (SUSTAIN, ASSIGNABLE)
Model MOTIFXF8
Synthesizer Format Keyboard
Sound Engine Type AWM2, with Expanded Articulation
Number of Keys 88
Type of Action Balanced Hammer Effect
Controller Types Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, Ribbon Controller, Assignable Control Sliders x 8, Assignable Knobs x 8, Assignable Function buttons x 2, Data dial
Polyphony 128 notes
Wave Memory 741 MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 3,977 waveforms
Number of Presets Preset: 1,024 Normal Voices + 64 Drum Kits. GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit . User: 128 x 4 (Bank 1: original, Bank 2 – 4: selected and copied from Preset bank) + 32 Drum Kits (No. 1 – 8: original, No. 9 – 32: selected and copied from Preset bank)
Number of Effects Reverb x 9 types, Chorus x 22 types, Insertion (A, B) x 53 types x 8 Parts (up to 16 units), Vocoder x 1 (uses both Insertion Effect A and B blocks), Master Effect x 9 types (Preset settings for parameters of each effect type are provided as templates; total 320) Master EQ (5 bands), Part EQ (3 bands, stereo)
Arpeggiator Yes
Sampling Yes
MIDI Sequencer N/A
Audio Input Types A/D INPUT L, R (standard phone jack)
Audio Output Types OUTPUT L/MONO, R (standard phone jack), ASSIGNABLE OUTPUT L, R (standard phone jack)
Digital Input Type S/PDIF
Digital Output Type S/PDIF
MIDI I/O MIDI IN/OUT/THRU, USB (TO HOST, TO DEVICE)
USB Yes
Weight 63.7 lbs.
Dimensions 1,439 (W) x 466 (D) x 6.6 (H) inches

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YamahaMOTIF XF8
 
4.0

(based on 4 reviews)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (3)
  • Responsive / good action (3)
  • Touch sensitive keys (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A workhorse workstation

      By 

      from Cleveland, OH

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Chamber Music
        • Concerts
        • Electronic Music
        • Learning
        • MIDI
        • School Bands
        • Travel

        Comments about Yamaha MOTIF XF8:

        Of all the workstations out there, this is the only one you truly need. It has amazing sounds that no one else can compare to, an amazingly real feel of the keys, and a comprehensive interface which allows you to record entire songs as MIDI and/or audio. Going through and trying out the arpeggiator on each sound really opens up a lot of additional possibilities and will be sure to inspire you to create many new pieces.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Exactly what you pay for!

        By 

        from San Antonio, Tx

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Chamber Music
        • Travel

        Comments about Yamaha MOTIF XF8:

        Yamaha Motif's have always been, in my opinion, top quality boards! I've used one for the past three years and loved everything about it. Despite the weight of this workstation, it provides amazing piano patches, great synth pads, leads, great woodwind, and sax sounds, and I can't forget it's amazing hammond sounds! This thing is killer! It's a beast! If you don't mind the weight this board is excellent for anyone looking for top quality!

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great keyboard

        By 

        from poconos, pa

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Realistic Sound
        • Responsive / Good Action
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gospel music

          Comments about Yamaha MOTIF XF8:

          this is a GOD send! just as hammond is to the church, yamaha motif is as well. and if foleycore thinks this board is junk, i would hate to hear what he plays as a professional musician.

          (4 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

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          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

            Cons

            • Difficult to Use
            • Heavy
            • Limited Sound Selection
            • Poor Action
            • Poor Instructions
            • Unrealistic sound

            Best Uses

              Comments about Yamaha MOTIF XF8:

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              Motif XF8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer

              The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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