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Author Topic: Hardware of the Month : March 2006  (Read 5902 times)
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« on: March 07, 2006, 05:12:10 PM »

The Yamaha MO8

Yamaha, proudly introduces the MO Music Production Synthesizer. Targeted to semi-professional musicians and home/project studio owners as well as songwriters and performers, the MO provides a full set of authentic sounds and comprehensive music-making features-including an emphasis on contemporary styles and voices. Highly portable and compact, the MO also serves as an ideal keyboard for live performance situations.

Amazing, cutting-edge voices for all modern styles
Drawing on the technology and sounds of the professional level MOTIF ES, the new MO features an expanded sound set, with an exceptionally large internal wave memory capacity. The keyboard has a full complement of realistic instrument Voices and Drum Kits, but includes many modern and vintage synthesizer sounds, and is well-equipped for current dance, club and techno music styles. For sound shaping and signal processing, the MO features sharp, responsive filters (with real-time knob control from the panel) and an extensive set of high-quality effects.

Sophisticated music creation and production features
The MO also contains many advanced music production tools. These include a built-in Song sequencer, and a useful Pattern mode that allows you to build complex rhythmic/chordal patterns by using preset Phrases-or Phrases of your own creation. Moreover, the powerful Arpeggio feature gives you over 1700 sequenced phrases that you can trigger at the touch of a key.

Comprehensive computer integration
The MO also seamlessly integrates into computer music systems, with special remote control functions that let you operate your favorite sequencer software from the instrument itself. In addition, the MO is the latest instrument in the Yamaha line to feature compatibility with the convenient Studio Connections system; it also supports the new Audio Integration features in that system. Studio Connections lets you make and save MO settings to a song within your DAW application (such as Steinbergs Cubase SX and Nuendo), and use the Total Recall features to instantly restore those settings when you reopen the song. Audio Integration takes this hardware/software link a huge leap further by allowing you to assign and seamlessly access the MO right from the sequencer, just as if the MO were a plug-in synthesizer.

Introducing the direct descendant of the pro-level MOTIF ES. The MOs amazing Voices, high-quality effects and powerful filters derive from the same technology and feature the same memory capacity as the MOTIF ES -- including the stunning Mega Voice technology.

With an emphasis on modern styles, the MO has all the sophisticated synth sounds and drum kits used in todays popular music -- dance, club, urban pop, hip hop, R&B, techno, electronica, and more.

Song & Pattern Creation
Built-in Phrase-based sequencer gives you an exciting set of tools to create your own music -- more quickly and easily than ever before.

Trigger the Arpeggios and generate new, creative ideas on-the-fly. Use them
along with the Mega Voices to create exciting, unusual phrases.

Combine the pre-programmed Phrases into complete Patterns.

Use the Pattern chain functions and track looping to quickly craft your own

Generate an unlimited amount of Pattern variations, using the semi-random
Remix controls.

Computer Integration
Remote Control functions give you hands-on control over your favorite
DAW/sequencer software -- right from the panel.

Compatible with Studio Connections -- for comprehensive hardware/software
integration into your music production system.

Perfect for Performance
Light, compact keyboard -- easy to carry to your gigs and performances.

Master mode lets you easily and instantly change the settings you need for each song.

Technical Description
MO8: 88 keys, Balanced Hammer Effect keyboard (initial touch)

Tone generator: AWM2

Polyphony: 64 notes

Multi-timbral capacity: 16 parts (internal)

Wave: 175MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 1,859 waveforms

-- Preset: 512 normal voices + 64 drum kits

-- GM: 128 normal voices + 1 drum kit

-- User: 128 x 2 (bank 1: original, bank 2: picked up from preset), normal voice + 32 drum kits

-- Performance user: 256 (up to 4 parts)

Filter & effect system: 18 types (filter), reverb x 20 types, chorus x 49 types, insertion (a, b) x 116 types x 3 blocks, master effect x 8 types, master equalizer (5 bands), part EQ (3 bands, stereo)

Note capacity: approx. 226,000 notes

Note resolution: 480 ppq (parts per quarter note)

Maximum polyphony: 124 notes

Tempo: 1 - 300

Recording type: real time replace, real time overdub (with the exception of the pattern chain), real time punch (song only), step (with the exception of the pattern chain)

-- Pattern mode: 16 phrase tracks

-- Pattern chain mode: pattern track, tempo track, scene track

-- Song Mode: 16 sequence tracks (loop on/off can be set for each track), tempo track, scene track

Patterns: 64 patterns (x 16 sections), measures: 256 maximum

-- Preset phrases: 687 phrases

-- User phrases: 256 per pattern

Songs: 64 songs

Mixing voices: 16 per pattern (256 maximum)

Mixing templates: 32

-- Preset x 1787 types, User x 256 types

-- MIDI Sync, MIDI transmit/receive channel, velocity limit, and note limit can be set.

Scene memory: 5 per song

Sequence format:
-- MO6/MO8 Original format (compatible with MOTIF ES)

-- SMF format 0, 1 (Format 1 load only)

-- User: 128

*4 Zones (master keyboard settings), assignable knob/slider settings, program change Table

Sequence software compatible with the Remote Control function:
-- For Windows: Cubase SX 3, SQ01 V2, SONAR 4, MO6/8/MOTIF ES/MOTIF-RACK ES/MOTIF-RACK/S90 ES Multi Part Editor

-- For Macintosh: Cubase SX 3, Logic Pro 7, Digital Performer 4.52, MO6/8/MOTIF ES/MOTIF-RACK ES/MOTIF-RACK/S90 ES Multi Part Editor

*Functions to be controlled by the MO6/MO8 differ depending on the software you use.

Controllers: pitch bend wheel, modulation wheel, assignable control sliders (4), assignable knobs (4), data dial

Display: 240 x 64 dot graphic backlit LCD

Power consumption: 13.5 W

Dimensions, Weight: 1,357 (W) x 386 (D) x 167 (H) mm, 21kg

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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2007, 12:12:20 PM »

Our vocalist is also a keyboard player. He got one of these a few months ago.  Very pleased with the sounds. He enjoys playing it, and loves all the collection of sounds in it.
 He was bummed that it does no sampling. He knew going into it, but a lot of $1000 boards offer it.  He wanted the motif sounds and is pleased with that aspect. (The newer motifs now sample) There are only a couple sounds from his Roland XP10 that he is having trouble replacing accurately.
 He uses it every weekend gigging as his main board. The power jack broke when it got bumped and had to be rigged until he got a chance to take it to a local electronics repair; it's been fine ever since.
 He still enjoys it, no buyer regret.
Thought I'd comment on it in case anyone else is thinking about this one.

Make your sound your own!

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