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Yamaha Motif XF Mini-Review

Big Bad Workstation A big surprise that arrives at the end of 2010 is the new Yamaha Motif XF, which gives a boost to the sound quality and the spontaneity of workstations. So how much more advanced than its competitors is it? read more…

User reviews on Yamaha MOTIF products

Love it despite some latency (Yamaha - MOTIF ES6)

By Bruin, 27/07/2014
Yamaha workstation, 61 keys, purchased 2 additional sound cards. See product descriptions with lots of details elsewhere.


For getting around the keyboard and doing the basic stuff for recording and performing, editing on this level is simple ONCE you've gotten accustomed to it. The manual gets a "C" grade from me. I've found more helpful info at YouTube - thanks for all who have posted on the ES there.


Great sounds, expressiveness and touch sensitivity are excellent for a non-weighted keyed. Effects are all very good as well, and easy to edit from the top-left side of the unit. Acoustic piano and electric piano programs are among the very best IMHO -- I sold my Rhodes. Electric guitars (esp. Mega-Voice ones) and strings are also killer, as well as its organ programs. BTW, if you really want killer organs, use Performance Mode and program the 4 channels to different organs of your choice, and be able to use your 4 sliders to customize and edit your overall organ output/sound with these 4 sliders, and/or fade between different types of organ programs/sounds in any given song. Motif, hands down, produces the phattest and warmest/richest sounds around -- they kill my Korg Krome, which sounds very thin in comparison. Dynamic range is also excellent. While playing the grand piano, you can really hear the difference when playing FFF vs. ppp.


The 2 complaints I have about the ES are these: 1) when in Performance Mode and using all 4 voices and their effects, you can easily get some latency during a performance. I've got to experiment a bit to see how to minimize this; it'll likely require me to reduce the no. of effects associated with each of the 4 programs that I load into each Performance. 2) When switching between Performances, you may have to "clear" the volume settings for one or more of your 4 voices in this mode; which, requires you to slide the faders all the way to the top, then bottom (or visa versa). Otherwise, some voices won't be active. This was and remains a little frustrating; having to make sure that I do this little procedure every time I switch between Performances. I've not ever used the sampler, so I have nothing to say about that. There's a YouTube video posted that is a sped-up time lapse video of a guy really digging deep into modifying some sounds in the ES. It is worth checking this out, if only to realize how deep you can dig, and how much of an exercise this is/can be. I've play-tested the XS and XF, but truthfully, neither seems that much better than the ES in terms of overall sound quality. Yes, loading programs into the unit is much faster with these newer versions, but other than that, I've not had enough reason to sell my ES and opt for an XS or XF. Go to YouTube, and a bunch of guys tell you why you should switch/update to an XF, but they're much more expensive than the ES was, and I'm quite happy with my ES.


By DEEJAY MY'Z, 26/10/2013
For the characteristics I leave you to read the reviews and see datasheet

Aesthetically I saw it every time in the studio ... It looked like a war machine! And its design reflects the machine ... it's a real beast. In terms of features it is quite full for a machine of the 2000s.


At the use of Motif ES6 for those who start I recommend to help you with tutorials available on fan sites the reason for the record and a real textbook. That said, there leaning a little one can see that in fact the design is very well thought out. The work parterns and sequencing keys is really a over sequencers Korg example. and even if there is no touch screen everything is simplified and accurate especially especially when its built piece by loops.
For memory there has what it takes to work, however it is volatile

Editing sounds and effects requires some adaptation, software for editing pattern on his PC is full ... I advise you to go through it and save it all in the pattern.


Move to serious things ... sounds:
Love it or dislikes they are of very high quality, varied, drum kits its really not bad. I think all those who have or have had patterns will tell you that the effects are terrible and arpeggios and even when their compositions of samples are blind, there is always a certain harmony and few saturations. One can search by category and sounds there is plenty to do and all styles of music "connected" not to the tea dance with all the respect I have for this discipline. I even recommend the RE-order for all those who are hip hop Rnb for example, a famous scott storch did not use it for anything!
Go if I want to quibble I would say that pianos are not the best but can add an optional card, the only interesting way, can fix it even if I have subsequently bought a digital piano because not means to the Motif ES8.
Finally touch is precise and pleasant ... not like semi-weighted keys that is rotten to the 61 keys now.


as you can read in the title I made the CON! I actually need to have a digital piano 88 keys piano hit and I sold (oh the crime!), That's for anecdote! In my defense I would say it was a mistake of youth, inexperience.
Since I tested quite worstation, Korg Trinity, Triton, M5O, M3, MOX6 (which is a pattern less) or core KROME, I have not tested the series of Roland G6, 7 which are some rare and expensive yet even Cygnus, GI juno Camelott it's a little short ... all that to say that when we want a first workstation to make good sound, that too in tune ... to have a little experience and perspective there is no reference 36 is looking for a Triton extreme or rather we take a pattern MO, ES, XF ... from 400th can find happiness.

AND IF ONE DAY ... You wake up and want to sell it .. "smack your head" in a story wall that it passes ... and complete the rather with another bike ... and for those who don ' have no place will see the opinions of the MOTIF RACK ES and XF ... well today I save a little to buy a Motif ES6 or an XF ...

its perfect use too complex (Yamaha - MOTIF ES7)

By jembozzo, 10/09/2013
SS7 pattern
all is said above is


no, nothing is simple in this keyboard, apart from its banks already factory programmed
that was than done scroll to play

to read the manual must be made at least math sup

sound editing is more complicated than I've ever seen in 28 years of keyboard

Briefly, a keyboard far too complicated for musicians who use their ear advantage
that the left hemisphere


sounds good nothing to say, it kills far and wide
ideal for the stage
the effects are good, but again difficult to edit

I think everything is good, brass pianos strings bass drums
in general we do not ask anything else to a keyboard

everything is realistic, the key is good
nothing to say at this level, I play international pop
I have all the sounds it sounds perfect c


I for 1 year before I had a pattern that I had sold 6 for the same complexity problem
and also because the keyboard is extremely sensitive
transporting it, it can break or simply uncouple keys! amazing anyway!

I tried everything, I just had the keyboard,
this is definitely the keyboard that sounds best for the scene,
for the studio, it also does

but it is also more complex and less accessible, even for savvy like me

worth its price considering the quality of the sound, but if you are novice, I advise you to think carefully before

Amazing sound engine (Yamaha - MOTIF XF6)

By mrjason, 06/02/2013
The Motif XF6 is a 61 key workstation synth that has some of the best sounds that you will ever hear. I have heard some of the basic presets that it offers in mainstream top 40 music on a regular basis. I am an owner of the original Motif that came out over ten years ago and I loved it, I have been using it almost every day for the last 10 years and when I found out they were coming out with a XF board I jumped on it pretty quick.


The XF6 is easy to set up and start using (for me because I had the original Motif). There are a ton of presets and kits to work with and this board is even expandable though I have not purchased any expansions yet. I have been using it with Cubase since the day that I purchased it and could not be happier.


The XF6 allows 64 patterns and up to 256 voices for all patterns. It does allow sampling and it has a 128 polyphony. It comes with installed RAM of 128M which was more than enough for me to sample other audio. The keys are semi weighted and have a great touch to them; I love just playing the pianos on this keyboard because it feels so real and almost gives me a baby grand experience.


Sequencing on this keyboard is something that I didn’t like mainly because I didn’t like the interface of the sequencer. That is why I prefer to keep it in Cubase because I am already familiar with Cubase and have been using it forever. The arpeggiators are pretty cool as well on the XF6 and they are customizable to get the exact style of arp you are looking for. This keyboard was pretty expensive but after using the original Motif I knew this was a must have.

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