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By DEEJAY MY'Z, 16/09/2014
Having a fairly short budget, I bought the MOX6 with some trepidation at first ... but my doubts were quickly dispelled. Indeed at first glance, it looks like a pattern MOX6 ... has pretty much the same look and feel of older versions, almost same functionality ... but not very aesthetic plastoc true. Matt black for the hull I do not like it at all, the pitches and pots vraimment cheap for the rest it is ok, but we feel the reduction of manufacturing costs, although of course the weight is made very light 6-7Kg. Korg whether for the M50 or KROME heal much better its entry-level workstation.
The keyboard 61 notes without aftertouch is the same inclination, soft, plastoc ... but it can be done fairly quickly. The keyboard is well supplied with outputs, with traditional audio outputs, headphone jack, MIDI IN and THRU-OUT, USB output for PC and USB connection to insert a key to save and import your backup ... well pensé.Le must This is the audio input for coupling MOX6 with a keyboard, guitar, microphone ... watch no sampler as on SS6. For it is against the MOX6 over 1,200 sounds from the motif XS, almost 7000 arpeggios ... well that's concrete level creation.

Homis editor's PC, the MOX6 comes with CUBASE AI5 because it has an internal sound card which makes this synth production ready and fairly autonomous mobile mode. For the rest of the specs just been said.


Having had a SS6 reason I have not been disoriented by the configuration because it is the same ... by against the manual is easier to access than the former when it was a textbook that has me sweated made more than once. That said the pattern has a great community and many website and tutorial are available I think excellent cheat sheet for fégniasse like me. For newcomers to Yamaha, their logic on Alternative can be scary to and seems very complex to operate the workstation ... but once inside we perceive quickly that everything is designed to work quickly and well. There are three main modes:

VOICE mode which includes all the sounds in the pattern where we have the ability to create and save personal reworked its sounds, the EFFECT on the left part of the keyboard with the insertion effects and arpeggiator that can remodel the sound is relatively simple to use for the little that looks at the manual and tutorials.

Perform the mode to use MOX6 as an arranger. I personally use it in the studio mode and I do not live so I do not use or little, I think it serves mainly to those with MOX8 with a heavy touch. 61 in this format and with this touching ... I think the pros will turn to another keyboard dedicated to this function ... but it adds a facet to this keyboard more.

PATTERN AND SONG is the creation and sequencing part of the synth fashion ... it's really the core production perfectly coupled with Cubase in real time. Indeed, the big highlight Yamaha Motif MOX and therefore it is this special methodology to design and ergonomics his music, which creates pieces with a lot of instinct and simplicity. The PATTERN mode is a recording loop (loop 16 with 16 tracks each) ... we can model a compo radipement and make défiller again and again to understand and determine the binding between the parties pieces give it some life and color. One can improve his production in the Song Mode that lets you edit one or more linear sequences of your patterns and switch everything on Cubase to finalize a MAC or PC software is indispensable for a purpose.

I focused on this mode but being beatmaker and loving work quickly, I take pleasure in beacoup work that way ... The séqueceur my KROME out evolved from the M50 but it does not work that fast. So when you know that the keyboard weighs 7kg, among friends zicos you can really break out in the prod. Conclusion and above board does not repulse you to the config, try to hold on to the logic of the keyboard and you will quickly perceive that if Yamaha did not change after so many years it is not for nothing .. .the only thing to change is the small screen to the large format color a bit like the XS or XF. When I see the size and the screen of my 88 Krome is very pleasant and enjoyable especially when going 5:00 in a row on his bike. It has the Cubase interface cheer the austere MOX6 but hey we are in 2014 still ... there with this small screen I have the impression of being in the 90's !!!


To start this section as significant are the sounds, I'll start with the general amplification. It is insufficient sounds are good and well-balanced but lack potato. Compared to my Korg Krome 88 there is still a difference sacred and therefore you need to boost the sound a bit MOX6 to get something acceptable. This is even more glaring when INPUT mode is used and that couples the mox to another keyboard, amplification of the output is disproportionate to the power amplifier MOX6. Souvenir my Motif ES6 was better.

The first sound is the sound PIANO, it is very acceptable and very numerous, the Full Concert Grand Yamaha enough foil is desous my KORG KROME especially in severe, I wish sounds more european than japanese pianos. That's why I preferred the Krome 88 in the MOX8.

The electric pianos are very good, I love the diversity of rhodes, slightly below my Korg it is true but quite different therefore quite complementary with my other synth. The clavinets are very good. It's a bit the same for the organ, great samples and great variety. Note that Yamaha gives an organ pull software, I personally nothing to shake!

Acoustic and electric guitars are really a bit above all that I've experienced in synth, light years from Krome, the bank XS is really founie in this direction. Certainly the guitarist did not find much to their liking but the MOX6 it is a real highlight and arpeggios adds groove to the sounds. Anyway ... Excellent!

For acoustic bass, I prefer my car Krome more balanced and varied tones and more differentiated. on the other hand for electro Bass synth and I prefer that my Krome as much punchy with a sense of power that I find not the MOX6.

Violins are beautiful and I prefer my KROME, very melodious, especially for anything acoustic violins for a little more electro is kif kif with the Krome. As against the harps are beautiful on the MOX6.

For wind instrument like the saxophone, BRASS ... okay ... but no more difficult to judge as I rarely use their sounds. compared to the Krome is slightly better but I am not convinced by either one or the other ... I have a friend saxophonist same time.

For the largely electro synth ... it's a huge bank split into 3 part (LEAD / CSA / COMPING), although many varied sounds are similar (I think the pads), good overall quality. The comping is the best part. Compared to Krome, it's hard to say because they are highly complementary. There are things that are in the MOX6 and there are cheap KORG and vice versa. With its sound as part EFFECT Arpège and makes sense.

Finally for percursions, nothing to say and nothing new compared to my SS6. At the same time the kits are excellent and allow you to start making the beat with confidence. Also very balanced and which are less prone to saturation as my Krome. Anyway, the panel allows you to create rhythms of all kinds. That makes me more hip hop / RNB / SOUL ... I prefer MOX6 as kits rnb / hip hop remain quite acoustic and plunges me into the best years late 90's early 2000 on the other hand I millite to obtain from Kit manufacturer of a NEO SOUL and KIT OF ELECTRO FUNK 80'S !!! it's still invraissamblable not have these very special live percussionist.

Conclusion at the sounds, the huge bank motif XS partly hides some gaps as some sibling piano or bass electro more powerful ... It's a shame that the overall gain is slight, but overall it was well value for money and you can type in almost any style.


I needed a Yamaha motif with a very very short budget. I hesitated to take a more expensive SS6 reason, I do not know what to think of MOX6, given the number of keyboards occasion the very cheap side. But I was half-surprised because MOX6 is not half a REASON, it is a true Workstation with the same production capacity much better than my old Korg M50 61 in sound and perfectly complements my Korg KROME 88 Interaction with cubase, audio input, USB output ... make a Reason keyboard to do everything .... everywhere!
Certainly it has perfectible quoted as amplification, tiny screen or the cursed dress black matte plastic but the investment / return cost production opportunity keyboard dissippe quickly these inconveniences. The bank XS is huge and good. I think version 61 is the most interesting for the price. The ??? MOX8, unless kiffer yamaha piano sounds ... the Krome 88 is still more pleasant and powerful volume.
The MOX6 became the centerpiece of my studio on beatmaking and production base for its more realistic acoustic side is my my architect and perfectly complements my Korg Krome 88, my decorator, which adds a touch of extra madness the electro level ... until another employee why not. I would end by saying that its price remains an enigma, a beautiful enigma to my bank account even ... but not in his favor, I think, because it increased the MOX6 cheap for a reason! Anyway that's what I thought at first ... now I do not regret my purchase and I recommend it for small budget in the version 61, because very very very profitable investment in the end.

I tested it but haven't had the time to buy it!!

By Lougarou, 02/10/2013
The technical description is available at Yamaha/mdownload, etc....
So, in short:
- 61 truly synth-like keys, almost like an organ, but what can you expect for the price...
- Almost 1200 presets
- Maximum three dual insert effects per channel, one EQ per channel, 2 x sends (reverb/chorus for example), one Master Fx, and one general EQ.
- 2 x 4 pot matrix, 2 x assignable function buttons, 1 pitch bend wheel + 1 modulation wheel and 2 x footswitch inputs (I think) + 1 x sustain/hold...
- 64 notes maximum polyphony for simple mono sounds (careful!!!).
It's not such a great stage keyboard, it's more functional, I think Yamaha conceived it with Home Studio owners in mind ─ do correct me if I'm wrong!!!


The overall design is very simple.
It's not easy to edit sounds with the small screen, but the PC editor makes it easier. I've been using workstations since the '90s, some of which were like Rube Goldberg machines, and it's not my thing!! I kept a Korg EMX-1, which I also use as an "expander" for electronic/analog sounds. The interface is perfect for that.
Th menus system provides an intuitive browsing of the parameters and effects at different levels.
Likewise, the music production workflow is pretty well implemented: Ever since the Motif 6, Yamaha has really evolved its sequencer and right now it's simple AWESOME. It's fast, creative, it makes you want to play more, make songs, play covers...In short, you have a blast with it! Ah!! If I had had it ten years ago instead of the Motif 6....


I have liked Yamaha sounds for a long time because I think the Yamaha sound is always a bit better than before, there's always something to arrange/compose/play in different music styles. It doesn't limit me, it sounds good.
With a 800/1600W PA System it really rocks, with great dynamic response, sound might seem a bit cold but a bit of EQ will allow you to color it to your taste. There's plenty to do...
There are not many Yamaha sounds that I don't like, maybe the synth sounds, but I have a supernova and/or EMX Korg for that, so.....
The controllers allow you to do great things in Song and Pattern mode, it's good to create Fx/wooshes.


I didn't buy it: The MoxF came out when I wanted to buy it but I went to the store at least three times to test it properly.
I kept my Rack ES equipped with two PLG-150-AP and PF cards. I had a Motif ES6 and an XS, which I sold.
It might fall short in terms of polyphony for someone who does arrangements or composes with it, and it only stores three insert FX in multitimbral mode.
Its main advantage is the built-in audio/midi interface and its PC integration: It's awesome!
But even better is that it has the exact same engine as the XS but with half the polyphony....): Direct recording in performance mode of four Arps with chord recognition at this price...Simply put, it's a unit to make music with ease!!!
Given its price, I recommend it to beginners, arrangers, composers, etc. It's a formidable practice tool and a superb stage instrument, too!!!
Don't think it twice: At this price, specially secondhand, GO FOR IT!!!!

Very good, but a bit light ...

By pierremanu84, 10/09/2013
5-octave version
See the Yamaha website


Setup: I had to take a couple of peeks in the manual
Sound editing: I haven''t really used it...

The performance creation function deserves a point: In Split or Layer, you look for the starting sound, press Split or Layer, choose the second sound and you're done (and you can edit it right away).
It saves you a lot of time!

I have never really used the sequencer nor the pattern mode (only to fool around a bit, but nothing serious).


I use it live with a cover band, so I need a bit of everything, but I always find what I need. However, I think Yamaha plays the card of overabundance of sounds, not always justified... Because, you always end up playing the same sounds, and some others are completely useless. It's a pity, because you can get easily lost in the 8 sound banks plus the GM.

In terms of electric organs, it's a pity that the AS 1 and 2 (assignable buttons) aren't systematically linked to the same function... and the parameter assigned isn't written anywhere! Not very useful...

When it comes to basic sounds (acoustic piano, EP, electric organs and clavinet), it's quite limited. Especially since they are somewhat "slim," which means they don't take up too much space in the soundscape. I know there's an "Easy sounds" library that seems all right... I'll have to test it!

From what I've used up to now (pianos, EP, clavinet, strings, organs and some synths), I don't have too much to say in terms of quality and realism.


I've been using it quite intensively for +/- 6 months
I used to have a first generation motif rack together with a master keyboard.
I regret not having kept the rack, especially for some sounds that I have never found on the MOX (not with the same quality, at least).
But when it comes to ease of use, I don't regret a thing!

What I like the most: The ease and speed with which you can create a performance (split or layer), the overall quality of the sounds, the controls.

What I like the least: The lack of consistency of certain sounds (which you can get around by making a layer with another sound, like a pad or synth strings), the manufacturing is a bit cheap...

Brief update from 01/24/14: With the sounds of the Easy Sounds libraries (Live Instruments and Organ Session) the sounds are more complete... and you can make better use of the workstation's audio engine.

A powerful "beast"... for $900!

By blogtrotter, 09/05/2013
There's no point in me going into the details, Yamaha does that much better than me! However, it's true that the weight is surprising for such a device. The plastic finish doesn't annoy me, even the carved edges hold up.
I use it basically in the studio and, sometimes, for "easy" gigs. I don't usually take it in the trunk of my car to a barbecue...

Connections: That's an easy one, it's great! You surely have an entire computer music setup, but on the road, a power outlet, a laptop pc with the CUBASE DAW version included, you place your shure beta58a on a mic stand and your' ready to roll.

Very low latency, which is pretty good (-14ms in windows 7 64bits on an Asus with I7 and 8 Gb ram).


User's manual?? Help!
The MOX is my first workstation, I always plugged my former keyboard (a Tyros 3) via the direct output with cubase.
But with this one, I really need some help...after three days, 6 hours per day, I haven't been able to edit the voices the way I want!
(I can hear the sneering laughs already: But no, I'm a newbie, but I'm not a fool and I can assure you that you really dive into the innards of a workstation!!)
Lots of shortcomings in the manual. Every technical answer raises yet another question, which is not answered.
It's a pity, really.


The sounds...I can confirm that they are awesome, other reviewers have summarized that pretty well.
It's an atomic bomb. Maybe the pianos are below my expectations. But hey, I'm not a pianist ^^


For a knowledgeable fan, a prolific composer/performer dreaming about tossing all his creations at once (which are called performances in the mox6) and being able to listen to them right away, it's a true monster!
Sound libraries, immediate settings, an entertaining sequencer (other people say that, I have just starting using it), and arpeggiators and rhythms that will immediately satisfy your musical creativity.
I would go so far to say that even the shortest "standard" chord that goes through the arpeggiator will make you want to immediately grab a pen and start writing some lyrics.

With the tyros 3 you get immediate "pop," while the MOX6 cools you down because it's a bit more complex. But its "motifs" are IMPRESSIVE, way better than anything I have heard up to now.
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  • Manufacturer:Yamaha
  • Model:MOX6
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  • Added in our database on: 04/04/2011

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