Yamaha MOXF8 Specifications

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MOXF - A Universe of Sounds
from a Decade of MOTIFs
For every stage simply the best
MOTIF / MOX Soundlibrary
„Nature of Chill“
Evolving Soundscapes
Good KARMA for
MOTIF-Users (Part 2)
Yamaha Synth Guide
Part 8: The Performance Mode
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With a powerful update Yamaha has taken the MOX
series to a new level. The latest MOTIF XF technology
has been used to expand the MOX with more sounds,
more effects, and even a flash-board option.
drums, and many variations of traditional and modern synthesizer
Because of the compatibility with data from the MOTIF XF and MOX
expanded to 741 MB the MOXF offers 136 new Voices,
series the MOXF can draw on a great library of sounds and samples
sounds. A special feature are the convincing reproductions of two
Yamaha grand pianos (CFIIIS and S6), like they are only to be
expected from a manufacturer of acoustic pianos. With a Wave-ROM
including the new S6 piano, keyboard sounds like clavinets, organs,
plus third-party offers in a large number. The MOXF combines
accordions, and Voices from a broad stylistic spectrum from classical
extensibility, easy transportability and compatibility with a lot of other
to hip-hop.
instruments - at a very moderate price. Thus the MOXF series brings
MOTIF XF power to live performances as well as music production
purposes for a whole new generation of young musicians and those
young at heart.
vcM eFFecTs
Yamaha‘s proprietary VCM technology (Virtual Circuitry Modeling)
lifts effects such as vintage EQs, compressors, and phaser effects
to a very high standard. This technology enables Yamaha to greatly
increase the quality of the sounds in the MOXF by simulating analog
effects into the detail of their components. The MOXF offers high
quality effects that otherwise are only found in large digital recording
consoles, such as the award winning REV-X reverb from the SPX2000.
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In the insert path, these effects can be applied to up to eight Parts.
It is also possible to connect a microphone and use the vocoder
The MOXF offers a broad range of Voices, such as pianos, electric
effect to add amazing effects and interesting harmonies to your
pianos, strings, brass and orchestra instruments, guitars, basses,
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The MOXF is compatible with the entire sound content developed for MOTIF XF and MOX. An optional Flash Board allows you to load additional
samples up to a maximum total capacity of 1 GB. By this it is possible to customize the Wave Memory of the MOXF according to individual
points of view. There are Promotion soundsets like „Inspiration In A Flash“ and „CP1 Piano“ as well as third-party libraries available in large
FlA sh MeMO rY cOnTenT 4 Free
Comprised of three user banks this soundset contains a wide range
The popular piano sound from the Yamaha CP1 was specifically
modified for the MOTIF XF and MOXF. With this promotion set the
of Voices, such as the very popular S700 piano from the S90ES,
Voices from the flagship Stage Piano are now available for MOXF
organs, ethnic sounds, Sweet Voices, etc. - based on approximately
users. In particular, this promotional set is very useful for the MOXF8
480 MB of Waveforms.
and its 88-key GHS keyboard.
cOnclU siOn
The MOXF sets a new standard in its price segment. The offer is completed with the new DAW software Cubase AI7. Thus the MOXF is not only
a great extensible live instrument, but can also serve as a central workstation for recording studios. In the next issue we will take a closer look on
the new features, especially the flash option.
741 MB
355 MB
741 MB
Presets (Voices)
128 Noten
64 Noten
128 Noten
Arpeggio (Preset)
7.981 Typen
6.720 Typen
7.881 Typen
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With the new CP4 STAGE and CP40 STAGE, Yamaha has
achieved to develop an instrument which is easier and
especially more intuitive to use compared to its predecessor
model CP5
constructed shorter. Which in my eyes is a full success, not least because
this saves material and thus weight. The user interface of CP4 is excellent
and makes a solid impression with quality controls.
with its 88 keys, of course, has still the default width, but since both wheel
Also successful are the three lighted buttons for SPLIT, LAYER, and MAIN
on the left side of the panel. These give you immediate access to the
appropriate functions while seeing which one is currently active. Also,
parameter changes can be done by simply using the sliders. The blue
illuminated display in the center of the CP4 shows everything in detail if any slider is touched, the corresponding parameter immediately show
up. When selecting SPLIT or LAYER for example you can monitor the
controllers were located above the keyboard the CP4 could be
added sound.
It is conceived to be very clear and well-structured, all of its main functions
are within reach. Yamaha has been able to focus only on the essential
and have everything else tucked away to the side. It is more compact
and considerably shorter than the previous model CP5. The keyboard
Yamaha has limited the recording functions to audio recordings, but this
which those people will like that travel a lot. The connections are kept
is totally enough for today‘s standards. So whenever you need a piano
minimalistic. The special highlight are the XLR audio outputs. MIDI In
recording for practicing songs, that‘s easily done.
and MIDI Out, MIDI-to-Host and -to-Device provide sufficient control
The sounds are great and can be played very well on the wooden keyboard
connections. Connectors for sustain (half-pedal capability) and foot
with synthetic ivory keytops. The Yamaha grand pianos CFX, CFIIIS,
controller are also available.
and S6 are excellent and can be edited using the „Spectral
Component Modeling“ technology. There are also sounds of CP80,
various Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos and many extra sounds in the
pad and bass category. Overall this is a good mix for stage piano users.
In terms of shape and quality the CP4 STAGE focuses on the essentials
of a stage piano. In my opinion it is a successful, intuitive and above all
easy-to-use instrument for today‘s stage and studio use.
When unpacking you immediately realise that it is surprisingly easy to
get the CP4 STAGE out of the box. The weight was properly reduced,
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new: MOT iF / M O X
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„ n A TUre OF c h i l l “
Like the penultimate soundset „Dance Pro“
the new „Nature of Chill“ comes without
additional samples. The internal Preset
Waveforms provide more than enough
options for a high-quality soundset for Chill
Out, which is a symbiosis of traditional and
electronical instruments. The sounds of this
soundset are thus identical in all versions for
the various Yamaha synths. Sample-RAM which is often already filled to the brim is not required.
Four years after the release of the
highly successful sound library
„Chill Xperience“ EASY SOUNDS
has now released a new chill-outoriented product for the MOTIF
„Nature of Chill“ is now available for
MOTIF-RACK XS. Even for the brand new
MOXF the soundset will be available shortly.
The sound library has been programmed
by a German sound designer team, which
includes Matthias Sauer (App Sound), HansPeter Henkel (aka hape 13), Tasmodia
and Peter Krischker (Easy Sounds).
The Voices and Performances of „Nature of
Chill“ are not just for Chill Out, but also
for Lounge, Ambient, Electronic and other
popular musical styles.
In addition to broad, effect-laden and
atmospheric synthesizer sounds the
128 Voices also include remakes of
traditional instrument sounds from the
fields of piano, electric piano, and guitar.
Contemporary programming techniques
such as gating and wobbling were
used, too.
Let yourself be enchanted by the wonderful
sounds of the soundset and immerse
yourself into the world of „Nature of Chill“.
The contents von „Nature of Chill“:
128 Synth Voices (USER 1)
4 Drum Voices (USER DR)
32 Performances (USER 1)
More information about „Nature of Chill“
and an extensive selection of mp3 demos
and videos can be found here:
The absolute highlight of the soundset
are the 32 Performances, in which drum
grooves, arpeggios, atmospheres, synth
leads and keyboard sounds are combined
into extremely inspiring and superbly
playable sound structures.
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w Orksh O P s e r i e s F O r Y A M AhA M O TiF Users
A current sample package demonstrates that the Yamaha
MOTIF not only inspires for live gigs, but also in the creative
studio environment: „Evolving Soundscapes“ impressively
equips MOTIF XS and XF with pads, effects, bass, drums,
and many spherical sound collages. In this episode of the
workshop „Exploring Sound“, we outline how to produce a
downbeat track with this new sound content. My result can
be heard and seen on YouTube.
The title „Evolving Soundscapes“ itself feels epic and mysterious. When
playing the 128 Voices and 32 Performances mostly ad hoc concrete
ideas for songs arise. The currently coveted wobble bass sounds haven‘t
been available in any soundset for the Yamaha MOTIF yet. So prepare
to be overwhelmed by many dynamic new sound elements, based on
128 MB of new Samples and 128 User Waveforms which are animated
by 200 User Arpegggios. Although there are loads of sound effects,
you get enough substance for serious composing. Load the ALL file
MOTiF And diGiTAl AUdiO
wOrksTAT iOn
Unlike the previous workshops we‘ll do the MIDI sequencing
and audio recording within a DAW. You are welcome to use any
arbitrary program - Cubase, Logic or any other software. We do
not go into the Sequencer program itself, but give only technical
information that you absolutely need to know.
First, connect the MOTIF and your computer via MIDI cables in
both directions. It is important that you disconnect the internal
tone generation from the MOTIF‘s keyboard. You can do this
using „MIDI Local Off “: Press the Utility button, then press
F5 (Control) and SF2 (MIDI). The parameter „Local Control“ is
listed in the Switch section, so set it to „off “. This will avoid the
unpleasant „flanging“ effect when you play the internal sounds
of the MOTIF via a MIDI loop.
„Evolving Soundscapes.X0A“ and get to know the first 128 Voices. By the
The 32 Performances provide good starting points for your own
way: The second file „Evolving_Arps.X0G“ is only needed, if you want to
music. Play some of these combinations of up to four individual
load single Voices.
Voices of the soundset and get motivated for fresh deeds.
Don‘t work in Performance mode, but use the possibilities of the
Arpeggio that you like, you should adopt the Arp‘s tempo and adjust
Song mode. With a simple trick (JOB), you can copy the data of
the tempo of all other Voices accordingly. For an individual mixing
the Performance to the chosen Song memory and enhance the
within your DAW, you should turn off the reverb effect on the MOTIF
Performance by more Voices. Here‘s how: In the Sequencer area
and use a reverb plug-in of the DAW. This allows you to fine tune the
of the MOTIF press the SONG button and then the MIXING button.
Here in the Song Mixing the Voices for the Song production are
put together, with Track 1 being assigned to MIDI channel 1 up
to Track 16 being assigned to channel 16.
First initialise the Song: Press the JOB button, then tap F1 Init
and confirm by using Enter. Now press F3 Copy and select the
useful function „Copy Performance“ by pressing the button
intensity of reverb for each track. Another little tip: Please DO NOT
delete the MIDI sequence that led to the audio recordings. You might
need these MIDI notes again at a later point of the production.
Now to the question how to proceed with an audio montage using
„Evolving Soundscapes“. The User Voice 097 inspired me for the
rhythmic backing. As the name „8Z_Loopkit 01 80bpm“ suggests,
SF3. Copy all of the settings (Voices, Effects, EQ) of the desired
the Song tempo is to be set to 80 bpm. We now record this groove
Performance in one go to the first four Tracks of the empty Song
with its five different Arpeggio types (Arp 1-5 or buttons SF1 to 5).
Mixing. Now the Performance that inspires you for your musical
Generally it is advisable to record more bars than it may seem to be
idea can be played in the Song Mixing mode just like in the
needed - you can still cut the audio file later as you like. Watch out:
MOTIF‘s Performance mode.
The selected Voice „8Z_Loopkit 01 80bpm“ not only offers a drum
Alternatively, you can work with „Performance Recording“: Simply
groove, but also sets a root note with a chord: My Song will have
press the Record button while being in the Performance mode.
a key of F sharp minor.
In the now apparent display activate the switch „KeyOn“
The second sound is a Voice for the bass: The User Voice
and look for an empty Song as recording destination. Now all
Performance settings and Arpeggio data are transmitted in one
go to the Song mode. This procedure records the Arpeggio
Patterns and is of course only useful if you already know the
chord structure of the Song.
085 „AnaWobbleBass1 AF1 & 2“ with its rhythmic Arp-LFOmodulations makes a moving four-bar bass line, which consists of
the notes F#, D, and B. Since the track is to show many sounds
of the MOTIF, I like to feature an alternative: User Voice
070 „WobbleBassLoop2 AF“ brings in some dirt and is to replace
The advantage of producing in the Song Mixing mode is that
the clean sounding analog synth bass of User Voice 085 in the
you can easily replace sounds and try things before you start the
harder middle part of the arrangement. After drum groove and
actual audio recording in the DAW. By the way, with the MOTIF
XF it is possible to record the resulting sound using the free app
„Cloud Audio Recorder“ and transfer it to SoundCloud or other
apps over Wi-Fi.
bass are recorded, you should arrange a rough outline of the Song
in the Arrange window of your DAW.
Now it‘s time to lay down some chords. The warm-crisp choir sound of
User Voice 008 „Gregory‘s Noizz“ and the User Voice 001 „Emotional
Affair“ (which by the way is very versatile) are my perfect choice for
that. For the middle and end part a suitable third pad is found with
the powerful User Voice 020 „Big Epic Pad“. Additional atmo-sounds
are important: User Voice 057 „Mystic Winds MW“ supports the intro
and other parts with a mystical mood. For the short theme melodic
sounds are needed. User Voice 033 „Pia Infer No!“ is nice for that,
it‘s a piano that can be very expressively modulated using the mod
wheel and aftertouch. For the unimpressive return of the theme, the
Individually recorded Voices were edited and combined in
universally playable User Voice 36 „Spectriality“ is used. In the dubstep
oriented middle part User Voice 039 „Jungle Blipsal“ provides driving
percussive elements.
When working with a DAW, there is a even faster way: Audio montage
is a very music-friendly approach to song production. First you
record on a MIDI track, edit the recording in an editor like the piano
roll, and then record the final phrase as an audio track. These steps are
repeated with other Voices or Performances, resulting in multiple audio
tracks. The Song comes into existence like a mosaic made of many
individual components - the individual audio files. The arrangement
and mixing of the Song is easily conducted within the DAW.
However, there are a few things to consider when recording the
Voices. You should first set the Song‘s tempo. If you start with a drum
One last tip is „neutralising“: From time to time it is good to take
simple bread and butter sounds from the Presets or other soundsets. Most of the Voices and Performances of „Evolving Sounds-
Ti P: A PP FOr visUA l eFFec Ts
You want to upload your MOTIF production results
on YouTube or Vimeo, but need some material for
the visual representation to accompany the music?
Here‘s a hint: Before looking for holiday pictures
in your albums, take an Apple iPad and install the
free App „Visual Performer“ by Yamaha.
So far for different insights into song production with „Evolving
Originally designed for live performances, this iOS App can
Soundscapes“. With this soundset you can upgrade your MOTIF
also contribute in the production of movies.
capes“ are very emotional and meaningful for themselves already.
To demonstrate the soundset, only Voices from the User Bank and no
external effects were used. If you want to reconstruct the Song, you
will find three MIDI files (theme, chords, and bass) for download at
with high-profile cinematic sounds and especially with synths
for dubstep and other trendy styles of electronic music. Have fun
while producing!
The application is self-explanatory. If you have questions,
simply refer to the manual which can be found within the App
(System menu). Select some images and animate them via
sound or simply by finger movements on the touch screen.
Matthias Sauer
Additional images are available for small money (2.69 Euros).
Watch the Song‘s video of this workshop episode on the
„Motifnews“ YouTube channel to see an example of what this
App can achieve.
Video: www.youtube.com/user/motifnews
Sound-Produkt: www.easysounds.de
GO Od kA r M A
F O r M O Ti F
Us e r s (P A rT 2 )
Following part 1 of this workshop, I‘ll delve one level deeper into the KARMA MOTIF software and introduce you
to some details.
A brieF Overview
PersOn Al P reFerences
The approach to a new software such as KARMA
KARMA MOTIF comes with 64 Performances, with the same number
MOTIF is certainly very different from user to user. For
of Song Mixings in the MOTIF XS/XF. One of the first steps - the cus-
example, one could spend quite a few hours reading
tomisation of a Performance to your own taste - already presupposes
tutorials before pressing the first key. In turn, it is not
a consideration: Should/must the adaption be made in the MOTIF
forbidden to make the first steps with a new product
or in KARMA? KARMA generates MIDI events, so much is known.
completely intuitive.
These include the note events with which the musical content is
The use of KARMA MOTIF offers a wide range of possibilities. They
parameters, so that it is not immediately obvious, at which point an
start by „jamming just for fun“ to using it live on stage to doing
intervention is useful. A second consideration relates to the trigger
experimental compositions and productions - everything is possible.
of parameter changes. Of course you can set and store everything
I will still try to describe the expanded possibilities under
in the software on the computer. However, some adjustments are
different aspects without losing myself in the absolute depths of the
possible from the Remote mode of the MOTIF. I will try to get a nice
parameter jungle.
approach to that subject.
generated. But: Via MIDI, you have access to all Mixing and Voice
Fairly simple, yet very effective, is the adjustment of the volume levels
eight Scenes. In these basic Scenes all Modules follow the Master
between the Modules. Reminder: In most Performances six Modules
Scene with the same Layer number 1-6. However, it is possible to,
generate arpeggios, drum grooves, breaks etc., two Parts (Keyboard
for example, assign Scene 1 to the Drum Layer in Master Scene 4.
1 & 2) are reserved for your live performance on the keyboard left
The following graphs illustrate the situation, one shows the Scene
and right of the Split Point. In KARMA a mixer window is available,
Matrix as overview, the other a separate Scene Matrix view.
which depicts eight faders for the Modules/Parts and a master fader
for the overall level of the Performance. The eight Module/Part
faders are accessible from the MOTIF‘s Remote mode using the the
volume Sliders 1-8. Unusual but very nice is the parallel assignment
of the MOTIF‘s Knobs for fine tuning the volume.
The next - unexpectedly powerful - tool is the RTC area (RTC = Real
Time Control). Two small buttons next to the faders decide on the
mix- or RTC-view and thus the assignment of the faders - including
the MOTIF Remote mode.
Summary: Mix and Mutes, RTC parameters and different
assignmentsof Layer Scenes - all this is stored in Master Scenes
I will come back to RTC later.
within a Performance! At this point you get an idea of the variants
that are possible only by a meaningful use of the 32 Scenes.
Under rTcO nTrOl
It would exceed the size of this magazine to describe the functions
and effects of the RTC parameters in detail. But to give you a rough
idea, I give you a list of some of the programmable functions:
scene chAnG inG
A „Scene“ in KARMA could also be referred to as a snapshot. In a Scene
you can save a specified range of parameters within a Performance.
The different Scenes are accessed and edited in the Scene Matrix.
All settings in the Mix and RTC area described in the section above
can be stored in a Scene. Each Performance includes 32 Scenes. In
Rhythm (swing rate, complexity, note length), velocity, time signature,
pitch, Phrase choice, panorama... All these parameters act on the
Modules, each one playing one GE (Generated Effect). Each GE
itself can be influenced by these parameters in its appropriate edit
mode. From this parent RTC view the parameters of all active GE‘s
are influenced in the same ratio.
principle, each Scene divides into six Layers, there is one Layer per
I strongly recommend to intensively try the effects of the parameters
Module below the Master. As said in the first part of this workshop,
that are accessible via the RTC view. Eight faders and buttons are
the factory Performances usually feature different variants in the first
available for this. It is not required to study the help file. You will
immediately and intuitively get a sense of the largely impressive
This way, complex chord progressions that are not playable without
effects of the control options. I assert that it is possible to alienate a
intensive training, can be set up in a few minutes and tested in
Performance compared to its original to the point of being completely
conjunction with the corresponding Performance.
unrecognizable just by using RTC.
A small example: The term Wavesequencing is generally not clearly
defined. One form of Wavesequencing is to play different samples
(Waves) in a so-called chain. KARMA offers this option, since some
GE‘s are able to change the Waveforms within a Voice by using
system exclusive messages. Up to 32 Waveforms can be used here,
divided into two phases of 16 Waveforms. That‘s enough theory at
this point, for good reason. In order to give life to the subject, I have
produced a short YouTube video. It‘s definitely not about musical
content. It demonstrates the Wavesequencing feature with intrusions
using RTControl on only one (!) active KARMA module - with a drum
track added as a reference. I assume that this clearly demonstrates
the capacity of KARMA across the borders of musical mainstream.
sTOrinG? Yes, PleAse!
You get an idea of the achievable diversity with KARMA. You might
question yourself where to put all that potential. As an attentive reader you have already registered that in almost each of the
64 Performances there are 24 Scenes free for your own versions.
One Performance Bank contains 128 memory locations. So there are
64 Performance memory locations free for your own Performances. Of
course, you can create further Performance Banks. The entire memory
contents of KARMA is held in a KDF file. The number of storable KDF
files can be described as almost unlimited due to the low memory
requirements per file in relation to today‘s popular hard disk sizes.
Is important to consider at this point, that KARMA only provides
MIDI data - the actual sound is generated by the Yamaha MOTIF!
Now click on the link to the video and enjoy!
where The MUsic PlAYs!
This brings me to another important aspect. During my visit with
him Stephen Kay called the interaction between KARMA and the
MOTIF as a marriage. I think that‘s a beautiful picture. Therefore,
TAskwOrk FOr ch Ords
I already mentioned the 16 Chord Triggers from the Remote mode
in the last part of this workshop. In most factory Performances only
eight of these are used, the remaining Triggers can be used to
control the MOTIF Arps. However, it is really very easy to assign
it is time to rediscover the „spouse“, which we know very well, in
this new context. As described above, the entire sound production
takes place in the MOTIF. The 64 Performances contain a lot of Mix
and User Voices which were especially prepared for the use with
KARMA and have been programmed with great attention to detail.
your own chords to the Triggers. You can enter up to eight notes per
But Preset Voices are also used. Basically, nothing speaks against
chord directly in the software or record them from the keyboard. The
exchanging the Voices to adjust KARMA Performances to your own
chord assignment works best, if you play your chord, hold it with the
sound ideas. Just have in mind that many Voices are provided with
sustain pedal, and then confirm the assignment to the respective
a tempo synced delay. The Voices that were specially adapted to
Trigger in KARMA by using the „Assign“ button. Since jazz is one of
individual Performances were mostly stored as Mixing Voices in the
my favorite styles of music, I wanted to know how KARMA responds
respective Song Mixings. The memory for Mixing Voices is almost
to typical jazz voicings. I am very positively surprised by the accuracy
completely exhausted. Own variants must therefore be stored in
the chord recognition works.
the user memory. The MOTIF‘s All file for KARMA contains 54 User
Voices, which are also used by KARMA Performances. So even in the
MOTIF XS with its three USR Banks there is more than enough space
for further User Voices. For example, many of the soundsets from
EASY SOUNDS - also those that are based on samples - are suited
to enrich KARMA.
There is one Song Mixing for each Performance. You can edit it
with the help of the Yamaha Editor in parallel to KARMA. Since all
64 Songs are occupied, nothing can be stored without overwriting
the original version. I have therefore been thinking about a solution
and came to this: The Pattern Mixings can also be controlled by
KARMA. The Yamaha Editor allows you to synchronize the received
data from the Song mode back to the Pattern mode of the MOTIF.
With this method, additional 64 Performances of your own variants
can be stored, which corresponds to the number of Performances
in one KARMA bank. A detailed description of the procedure can
is This The end?
Not at all! However, this is not true for this workshop. There are so
many more exciting topics to describe, such as the GE‘s. But doing
so would neither fit in this magazin, nor in my time frame. On the
other hand, there would be maybe less for you to discover. From
my personal point of view there are two important strengths in the
„marriage“ between KARMA and the Yamaha MOTIF XS/XF. You
could describe them as lightness and depth. I‘d mentally set them
each at the end of a very broad, high-quality spectrum. There is this
very intuitive and quick access to musical results that are really fun.
The depth is given by the - also considered individually - powerful
potential of the „spouses“ and the combination of them! I‘m sure
that there is something for everyone inbetween the two end points
of this spectrum.
be found in the KARMA MOTIF forum subfolder „Tip Of The Day“,
available in English:
If you use the Yamaha Editor in parallel with KARMA you can also
identify the amount of controller commands KARMA uses. Some
sliders and knobs, for example panorama, filters, and more move
Have fun exploring!
Yours Hans-Peter Henkel
as if by magic when a Performance is active.
However, owners of older models such as the MOTIF „Classic“ or
the MOTIF ES can also benefit from this workshop series, since, as
stated above, the basic sound architecture is unchanged throughout
the complete MOTIF series (including S- and MO-series).
This episode is all about the Performance mode, both in terms of its
different applications and device typical deviations.
hOw did The PerFOrMAnce
MOde GOT iTs nAMe?
In the MOTIF Music Production Guide 02-2012 the basic concepts
have already been explained. The Performance mode was also
discussed in that part. According to a great internet portal, the term
„Performance“ has many explanations. Our particular application
is probably pretty close to the artistic performance, without that we
necessarily have to involve artistic standards. But with the help of a
Performance of the instruments described here you can simply
„perform“ your music. The following will describe the preconditions which are to be established to do so. The key advantage of a
Performance is to have direct access to as many controls and
sYn Th
parameters during live playing, without having to go into deeper
PA rT 8:
Pe rF Or M A n ce
M Od e
Presets. So if you adjust a Performance according to your wishes,
menu structures. This results in a limitation right at the beginning:
There is no Performance mode in the MOTIF-RACK XS.
PerFOrMAnce PlAY MOde
Performances are organised into User Banks of 128 storage locations.
None of the instruments mentioned here feature Performances as
you are forced to overwrite an existing Performance. If you do not
want to lose the original, it makes sense to watch out for potential
„free“ memory locations when exploring the factory Performances.
Of course, if necessary every instrument can be restored to its factory
settings by doing a factory reset.
No rule without exception: On the S70/90 XS the fourth Performance
This Synth Guide is a workshop series which introduces
you to the basic concepts of synthesizers and
workstations with special reference to the Yamaha
MOTIF series.
User Bank is empty at default to immediately provide free memory slots for your own creations. The Performance storage capacity
varies from instrument to instrument:
MOTIF XS – 3 User-Banks
A special feature of the MOTIF series is the continuity in its sound
MOTIF XF – 4 User-Banks
architecture and operation. So if you have once understood the device‘s
S70 XS / S90 XS – 4 User-Banks
concept you can apply this knowledge on the following models.
The following devices are primarily considered:
MOX6 / MOX8 – 2 User-Banks
As already mentioned, the Performance Play mode is ideal for a
typical live situation. Whether as a solo artist or in a band context.
In a normal Performance four Voices can be combined. It is possible
to set up Layers (one sound above the other), Splits, or Velocity Swit-
ches and Velocity Crossfades. Many Performances use arpeggios for
S90 XS
rythmical accompaniment.
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The display - here of the MOTIF XF as an example - gives
comprehensive information about the structure and thus the
possibilities of the currently selected Performance. The overview
The title above the respective parameter string is of crucial
importance. It indicates whether the knobs affect all (COMMON)
or just individual Parts (1-4) of the Performance. So far this reference is only set by the parameters that are associated to the buttons
mentioned above.
display can roughly be divided into five areas. Area 1 provides
information on the name and the memory location of the Performance
and its musical style. The areas 2 and 3 show at a glance how many
active Voices are included and what type they are. In addition, the
areas 3 and 4 reflect values of the shown parameters in real time
and react to the movements of the faders and knobs. In area 5, the
five ARP types can be selected (buttons SF1-SF5). The buttons [F1] to
[F6] are used to select other screen contents.
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But there is another important button in this context. It‘s called
[PERFORMANCE CONTROL] and is found to the right of the
numeric keys of the program selection. By activating this button, the
number buttons 1-16 are assigned to the functions specified under
them. Each based on the Performance`s Parts 1-4.
Performance Control could almost be counted as a sub-mode of the
Performance Play mode. Use the buttons 5-8 to switch the arpeggios
for each Part on or off, independently from the stored status. The
buttons 9-12 can mute the individual Parts. The buttons 13-16
determine whether the Arpeggio assigned to the Part continue to
play after releasing the notes of the keyboard (Hold) or not.
We have deliberately placed the buttons 1-4 at the end of this
description. Regarding the parameter mapping in terms of affecting
(COMMON) or (Part 1-4) as described above, the operating concept
Using the [SF6] button it is possible to set the tempo using the tap
is continued here consistently. To the left of the numeric buttons you
can find the [COMMON] button (which you should already know
Area 4 shows which parameters are accessible by the respective
knobs. However, the detail shown represents only one of the
possibilities. With the help of the [SELECTED PART CONTROL] and
[MULTI PART CONTROL] buttons next to the knobs, more parameter
from the Voice mode), which is activated after the first selection of
a Performance. If [PERFORMANCE CONTROL] is active (!) you can
switch from [COMMON] to the single Parts by using number buttons
1-4, to have access to the same parameters shown in area 4 of the
Performance Play screen (Cutoff, Reso ...) - but now they don´t affect
sets can be called. The screenshot below shows a summary of these
all Parts of the Performance (Common), but explicitly the currently
selected Part.
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In short, we are still in the Performance Play mode. Nevertheless,
access to switch Parts, to control the Arpeggios and a large number of parameters is guaranteed. The latter both for the overall
Performance, as well as each individual Part. Plenty of options to add
rich variety to your personal presentation way beyond the musical
content and your playing technique.
And of course it is OK to use these parameter ontrolling possibilities
as shortcuts to adapt a Performance to your needs. For the largest
part of the editing process you would naturally use the Performance
Edit mode, which is described in the following. However, you are
also able to store the changes made directly from within the Play
mode by hitting the [STORE] button.
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PerFOrMAnce ediT MOde
... to the Performance Edit mode takes place through the function
The Performance Common Edit mode is exhausted with the effect
buttons F1-6. While still in the Play mode you can use the button
settings. All other parameters are related to a Part. By pressing the
[F2] to get an overview of how the Parts are distributed over the
[EDIT] button you can switch from Common Edit to Part Edit and
keyboard. Moreover, you can select other Voices here and influence
a specific Part. Doing so assigns other functions to the Function
the keyboard zones, too.
buttons below the display.
[F3] (EG) shows the same as area 4 in the first image, while [F4] (Ar-
The [F1] button opens the display that is showing the parameters
peggio) is the counterpart of [F2], but for the Arpeggios. You select
which are relevant for the Voice of a Part. Here you can select
and activate Arpeggios for the five variants that are available. The
a Voice and set its Volume, Pan, transposition (Note Shift) and
selection of Arpeggios, as usual, is possible using the Data Entry
detuning. Using the Velocity and Note Limit parameters you can
button and the dial. With several thousand Arpeggios it is also very
determine the corresponding zones the Part responds to. So, here
useful to use the [CATEGORY SEARCH] function to select them from
the limits are to be set if you want to distribute the Voices in splits
a list view.
over the keyboard. The option „Param. with Voice“ (on/off) decides
whether various parameters of the original Voice are valid or not.
This relates to the EG, Filter, Note Shift and more. The Subfunction
button [SF2] calls up all relevant output parameters, including the
Effect Level for the System Effects and the activation/deactivation
of the Insert Effect. „Other“ [SF3] lets you set the Pitch Bend Range
and a Velocity Curve to adapt your playing on the keyboard to the
individual Part.
Use [F2] and [F3] to reach all parameters relating to the Arpeggios,
from the choice to the definition of the Key Range, Tempo, etc. to
specific settings concerning the Quantization. [SF1] to [SF5] are, like
in the Performance Play mode, used to select the five ARP variations.
Settings for the Envelope (EG) and the Equalizer (EQ) are available
using the buttons [F4] and [F5]. The last page of the Part Edit section
is [F6] and contains all controller assignments for the Part. You can
selectively switch controllers so that the Part - as you wish - either
responds to them or not.
The function key [F6] (Effect) switches into the Performance Common
In Split Performances two (or more) Parts are set to work
Edit mode. Like in the Voice mode you can select System Effects and
independently in different keyboard Zones. Originally, the controllers
adjust their levels as well as toggle the Insert Effects for the Voices
(modulation and pitch bend wheel, sustain pedal, ribbon controller,
on or off [SF2]. In addition, each System Effect (Reverb/Chorus) has
etc.) are assigned to control all four Parts. However, this can lead to
its own Edit Page [SF3/4] for the fine-tuning of the effect settings.
unwanted side effects.
Here are four examples with standard combinations:
PerFOrMAnce creATOr
(1) „Rhodes-Strings“: The electric piano is to be played the left
The S70/S90 XS introduced the Performance Creator, which
hand and held sustained with the pedal, but not the strings.
was also adopted in the MOX. It‘s purpose is the easy and fast
Disable „Sustain“ for the strings Part on the corresponding
configuration of typical Performance requirements, such as layering
display page
and splitting sounds across the keyboard. Inbetween the buttons for
(2) „Bass-Piano“: The bass sound should not be blurred by the
pedal - turn „Sustain“ off for the bass Part
the different modes and the bank selection the three buttons for the
Performance Creator are located. Some practical examples should
help to fully understand the function. Following the order of the
(3) „Pad-Lead“: The pitch bending for the lead Voice should not
buttons from left to right we begin with [LAYER]. In a Performance,
affect the pad sound. So „Pitch Bend“ should be switched off for
it is possible to layer up to four Voices on top of each other.
the synthpad Part
The starting point of the following examples - on the MOX - is the
(4) „Piano-Pad“: The foot controller (FC7) should only control the
Voice mode. First, we want to remind you of the [CATEGORY
volume of the pad Part. Disable „Expression“ for the piano Part
SEARCH] function again. Using the [INC]/[DEC] buttons or [DIAL]
However, it is not the objective of this synth guide to explain each
parameter in detail here.
wheel you can navigate through the Categories, but the quickest
way is the direct selection via the keypad. Below the buttons [A] to
[H] the different Instrument Categories are listed in two lines. The
second line is activated by pressing the appropriate button twice.
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A special highlight is the ability to record complete Arpeggio
Thus, there are 16 Categories of instruments from „Piano“ to „Ethnic“
arrangements with a push of a button directly from the Performance
Of course, you are totally free to choose which Voices you want use
mode. This procedure is called „Direct Performance Recording“. The
for your layers. However, for the rest of this first example it would
actual recording is done in the Song or Pattern mode. All Voice and
be advantageous to choose at least Voices from the Categories that
Arpeggio settings are automatically copied from the Performance. It
are used in this example. So if you want to reconstruct the following
is therefore not required to make various settings in advance in the
example, follow these steps:
Song or Pattern mode to keep hold of spontaneous musical ideas on
the basis of the many inspiring Performances.
„Performance Recording“ in single steps:
For Part 1 (P1):
Enter [VOICE] mode
] to call up the list view
Enter Performance mode
Use the cursor [
Select the Performance USR1 - 012 (A12) „Double Dip
Select PRE1 B07 – „R&B Soft“ ([INC] or [DIAL])
the Funk“
Press [ENTER]
Press the [RECORD] button to open the „Performance
Rec Setup“ display“
Pressing the [LAYER] button, the following actions are triggered
at the same time: The mode automatically changes from Voice to
Select „Song“ as Sequencer Mode
Performance, the [LAYER] and [CATEGORY SEARCH] buttons will
Activate „Key On Start Switch“. An arrow appears next to the
flash and the display will change to the Voice selection for the layer.
keyboard symbol. The recording is started as soon as the first
The instrument „recommends“ a Category, in this example „Strings“.
note is played
The first Preset Voice from that Category is automatically layered
Play your chord progression and/or melody, without
together with the electric piano sound across the entire keyboard.
pressing the [PLAY] button beforehand (you can add
However, we want to use a pad sound for this example:
a metronome click using [F5])
For Part 2 (P2):
Stop the recording
Press [LAYER]
Enter the Song mode
Main: Press [B] two times to select (PADS)
Press [PLAY] to start the playback of your Song
Use the cursor [
] to select „Sub“
All Performance settings are automatically copied to the destination
Press INC twice to select <WARM>
Song during recording. After the recording a complete Song with
Use the cursor [
four Tracks/Parts including the Mixing settings is available as a result.
The same procedure is applied with a „Pattern“ as destination.
In particular, when a musical idea is still unfinished both technically
] to call up the list view
Select PRE5 H13 „Nu WarmPad“ ([INC] or [DIAL])
Press [ENTER]
and in terms of arrangement, the Pattern destination is the more
The display changes to the „New Performance“ that you just have
correct choice. This way you can record small takes of only several
created, without trying an Edit mode for that. Now you have the
bars and arrange these Patterns in any order later. Finally, the result
option to save this new Performance using a different name.
of that arranging process can then be copied into a Song using a Job.
Any adjustments, for example the Volume of Parts can be achieved
without invoking the Edit mode. Simply enable [PERFORMANCE
CONTROL], select Part 2 using [PART SELECT] and press the button
left of the top row of the „ASSIGNABLE KNOBS“ until the LED for
The AUT hOrs
Peter Krischker
„TONE 3“ is lit. As soon as you move the first Knob for „VOLUME“,
Works for Yamaha since 1991 as a sound designer and synthesizer
the display automatically switches to the appropriate display.
specialist, he also runs his own sound distribution EASY SOUNDS.
PerFO rM nOw!
At this point it is time to close once again and spend time making
music with the instrument. We hope to have brought you closer
to the Performance mode. It is very versatile to use, for live
situations, using Arpeggios as a creative pool and as the basis for
music production. It‘s always a good idea to analyse the existing
factory Performances for learning purposes. They are suitable as
starting points for your own Performances, so you can avoid a start
„from scratch“ from an initialized Performance.
Have fun exploring!
Hans-Peter Henkel (alias hape13)
Keyboardist in several bands since 32 years. Is also involved as a
mentor at the Yamaha Synthforum and author for the Music Production Guide.
This is iT …
sOU ndT es T Y A M Ah A
dTX502 e-d r U M- MOd U le
It‘s always hard to write or talk about sounds. But the
new DTX502 series sounds so good that I just can not
help but write about it. I recommend that - after reading
this text - you sit down on one of the four DTX502 drum
kits to experience the sounds live and for yourself.
Whether you listen to the module with a headphone or
a PA, it will convince you.
As already mentioned, there are four new DTX drum kits: DTX522k,
DTX532k, DTX542k, and DTX562k. Since I have a DTX542k for testing and demonstration, I of course will refer to that kit. However,
the DTX502 module is the same for all DTX kits mentioned above.
The module features 691 drum and percussion sounds and
128 keyboard sounds. After switching on a well-known friend appears,
the „Maple Custom“. This set is one of Yamaha‘s Acoustic Series.
Yamaha has recorded almost all of their own acoustic sets, so us
e-drummers can play these fantastic sets with the electronic drum
The following acoustic sets are included in the DTX502 module:
Maple Custom
Oak Custom
Birch Custom
Beech Custom
As I struck the snare pad for the first time, I was absolutely amazed.
Yamaha‘s „Anti Machine Gunning“ function was also implemented
in the DTX502. This function has nothing to do with warfare, its
name refers to earlier times of e-drums, when they often sounded
like a machine gun in certain conditions and had only little dynamic
levels. However, now the sound that is output from the module is
slighty changed with each hit on the pad - resulting in a real feel,
rolls and diddles sound absolutely realistic. Together with a superb
dynamic this function let‘s the drummer‘s heart beat wild. The pads
can even be played with the fingers - unbelievable...!
Many drummers from all over the world were involved in the planning of the DTX502 module. There was a lot of talk about sound,
design, and functionality. The result is a full success.
For example, there is a collaboration with BFD, a well known com-
17 Legend RX
34 ButiqHipHop2
vided a fresh wind in terms of sound design.
18 Funk Master
35 Hexagon
So if you scroll through the drum kits using the dial come very
19 70s NY
36 Beat Box8
20 Jazz Kit
37 Beat Box9
21 Acid Jazz
38 MG Kit
22 Deep Brush
39 Deep Kit
23 Reggae Kit
40 Vocal Drums
24 Elect Dub2
41 Drum Corps
25 Weapon X Dub
42 Orchestra
26 Electro Pop
43 Cuban
27 Gate Kit
44 Brazil
28 Digi Rock
45 Africa
pany that manufactures VST drum plug-ins and samples. They pro-
quickly completely new kits appear on the display. It begins with the
drum kit #2 „Modern Rock“. This kit not only has great effects, the
sounds also have enormous pressure and punch. I was immediately
convinced of this fat bass drum sound.
The third kit „Elect Dub 1“ continued with new great electronic
sounds! I was very excited about the new drum kits and sounds in
the new Yamaha DTX502 module. So I took the manual and opened
page 83: Here all drum kits are listed. There are some friends, but
even more new kits.
1 Maple Custom
9 Metal Kit
2 Modern Rock
10 Percs Master
3 Elect Dub1
11 Oak Custom
4 Bop Kit
12 Birch Custom
29 DNB
46 Arabic
5 Vintage 50s
13 Beech Custom
30 Chill Out
47 Indian Pop
6 Funk Kit
14 Vintage 70s
31 Izzle’s R&B1
48 China
7 Trance PWR
15 Garage Punk
32 Izzle’s R&B2
49 Japan
8 Big Kit
16 Hard Rock
33 ButiqHipHop1
50 GM Kit
Last year many drummers have asked for new electronic sounds.
After trying all the kits with headphones on, I had to connect the
Yamaha responded to that wish and added new sounds for Dub,
DTX502 to a proper PA to hear its sound aloud. I had a Yamaha
Chill, DnB, Hip Hop, Trance & Dance. Even the Songs (playalongs)
DXR system with two DXS15 subwoofers, DXR12 tops and a MGP16
have been extended by many new Songs from these styles. With the
as a mixer. Kudos to my neighbours for not calling the police, for
new sounds you can really play any style of music.
the DTX502 really rocks while playing it loud. All sounds were clean
and „real“ in a neat volume. By „real“ I mean that they sound like
So my conclusion is clear: Kudos to all involved. The Yamaha
„real“ drum sounds and not like over-compressed computer sounds.
DTX502 sounds great, just as it comes out of the package.
There are 50 User Drum Kits that you can use for self-programmed
Simply unpack, connect, drum and have fun!
Drum Kits. More than enough to set up your own Kits and edit all the
sounds for your needs. Numerous effects, a mixer and a master EQ
are also available to make additional settings.
Have fun testing
Ralf Mersch
MUsi c P r Od UcT iOn G U i d e s –
c O MPl e Te A r ch iv e On l i n e
On the last page of the Music Production Guide a link can
be found to download a zip-file containing all previous
editions (in the Box „Music Production Guide History“).
In addition, we now offer all readers the opportunity to access all previous issues online. So the Guides archive is available from everywhere
you‘ve got connection to the internet.
After entering the access data, simply click on the relevant issue in
order to open it for reading.
The link to the German editions:
The link to the English editions:
Name: musicpro
Password: guide
cO Ol w e bi nA r s Fre e deMO w e b i nA r !
The summer of 2013, in which the first announcements
about „Webinars for Yamaha synthesizers“ were
published here, is coming to an end. I hope that the
holidays have provided sufficient recovery, so that the
head is freed for new ideas.
By using the newsletter, registered subscribers will get appropriate
information about scheduled events.
I would appreciate great interest and wish an exciting autumn 2013
to you all.
I have an interesting offer for ambitious users of the Yamaha synthesizers MOTIF XF, MOTIF XS, MOX, and S70/90 XS. In December
2013 I will be offering a free „taster Webinar“. Thematically, it will
be about the selection of the correct Yamaha software editor for particular applications. The editor of these instruments is now available in three different versions. I have found that there are some
uncertainties in selecting the appropriate option - I want to help
here with this event. I am also convinced that the Yamaha Editors
are generally underestimated. Therefore, the webinar also gives a
broad overview of how to work with these excellent tools. I would
like to take this opportunity to demonstrate the possibilities of the
technology behind Webinars in the context of Yamaha synthesizers
and appropriate softwares.
Depending on interest this free webinar will have at least one
appointment in German and English. The estimated duration of the
Yours Hans-Peter Henkel (alias hape13)
event will be about 30 minutes. The only requirement to attend one
of these events is to register in the distribution of the Cool Webinars
Cool Webinars Website:
Y AMAh A G OOd ie :
MX49/ MX 6 1
Pe r F OrMA n ce ki T
With the „Performance Kit“ there is free additional, yet high-quality
content available for MX49/MX61 users. It was produced by Yamaha Music Europe in cooperation with EASY SOUNDS and consists of
the following components:
MX49/MX61 Performance Library
WAV pool with about 200 WAV files totaling 93 MB
(drum loops, vocal and vocoder phrases, sound effects,
and atmospheres)
MIDI loops & arpeggios
To register for this free goodie simply write an e-mail with the
keyword „MX49/MX61 Performance Kit“ to:
As soon as the registration process is complete you will receive an
e-mail from EASY SOUNDS with a password and a link where the
file can be downloaded.
new YA MA hA GO Od i e :
M OX „sO U n d & G rO Ov e k i T “
The free MOX „Sound & Groove Kit“ is available for all registered users of the MOX.
This soundset includes an „Electronic & Dance“ soundlibrary featuring 128 Voices - a selection of the best synth-sounds from the EASY
SOUNDS soundlibraries for the MOTIF series.
In addition, the package includes a WAV loop pool with drums, synths, vocals, sound effects and atmospheres for Cubase AI and other DAWs.
Registration for this goodie is done by writing an informal e-mail with the keyword „MOX“ to this e-mail address:
e AsY sOUnds sOU ndseTs FO r MOX
The popular MOTIF soundlibrary from EASY SOUNDS will be available shortly in the MOX format.
The following products are in preparation:
Yamaha MOX „Xtasyn“
Yamaha MOX „Synth Xtreme“
Yamaha MOX „Magical Pads“
Yamaha MOX „Stage & Studio“
Yamaha MOX „Phat Analog“
Yamaha MOX „Organ Session“
Yamaha MOX „Hypnotic Stepz“
Yamaha MOX „Chill Xperience“
Yamaha MOX „Mystic Spheres“
Yamaha MOX „Dance Xpanded“
YAMA hA cP 1 A r T i s T P e r F Or M A n c es
A free soundset available in excellent quality is abvailable for every CP1 user.
A total of 64 Performances were programmed by renowned sound designers Johannes Waehneldt and Peter Jung on behalf of Yamaha Music
The soundset can be requested by sending an e-mail to
containing the keyword „CP1 Artist“.
You will receive an e-mail from EASY SOUNDS containing a link where the file can
be downloaded.
Fl As h M eM Or Y
cOnTe nT
The orchestra library produced by Prof. Dr.
This free content for the MOTIF XF can be
party software vendors to offer
Peter Jung (Duisburg-Essen, Germany) is
requested by sending an e-mail containing
an extensive amount of free and
based on recordings that were created over
optional Flash Memory content for
the past five years with the participation of
registered MOTIF XF users.
two well-known Central European sympho-
ny orchestras.
„Inspiration In A Flash“ make a perfect first
The recorded sounds are very lively and au-
stock for a sample-library of up to 2 GB for
thentic. Some feature delicate impressions
the non-volatile Flash Memory of the MOTIF
of „disturbances“ that are typical for strings,
XF. This content package contains three new
such as the sound of slightly hitting the in-
User Voice Banks, 353 User Waveforms,
strument body with the bow. All recordings
458 MB of Samples and 12 User Drum Kits.
were digitally processed on PCs, collabora-
It focusses on the sound categories piano,
ting with well-known sound designers.
organ, brass & reeds, pads, synths, oriental
instruments and drums.
The MOTIF XF user will receive an e-mail
from EASY SOUNDS with a password and
a link where the file can be downloaded.
Voice bank also contains sounds of categories like Electric Organ, Pipe Organ, Acou-
loaded into the volatile SDRAM of the
stic Piano, and Electric Piano.
phonic“ to:
In addition to the orchestra sounds the
These Voice Banks can be individually
MOTIF XF, if no Flash Memory Module is
the keywords „MOTIF XF Inspiration & Sym-
To be able to load the complete All-file a
Flash Expansion Memory Module (512 MB
The „Symphonic Orchestra Library“ fea-
or 1 GB) is required. Single Voices can also
tures 128 User Voices, 34 User Waveforms
be loaded into the SDRAM memory of the
and 336 MB Samples (979 Keybanks).
MOTIF XF (volatile sample memory).
MOTiF X s :
eUrOP eA n lO YA l T Y P rO G r A M A n d
Or i e nT A l s OU n d s eT
The „European Loyalty Program” offers MOTIF XS users free additional but nonetheless high-class content.
It is mainly a premium Voice and sample library produced by EASY SOUNDS in collaboration with Yamaha Music Europe which contains
the following:
The 3-layers Yamaha S700 stereo piano (32 MB compressed)
„Sweet Voices“ and new choir and scatvoices from the Yamaha Tyros
Best-of compilations of optional soundsets from EASY SOUNDS
A WAV pool containing 200 WAV files with 93 MB in total
The MOTIF XS soundset „Oriental Instruments & Percussion“ was produced by turkish musicians and contains the following:
36 Performances
128 Voices
9 User Drum Voices
113 User Waveforms / 84 MB Samples of oriental instruments
6 Turkish Authentic Micro Tunings
„Oriental Instruments“ is developed for the use in both traditional and modern turkish music and is based on authentic samples of oriental
musical instruments. Nonetheless these special oriental instruments can be used in music styles like pop, world, chill out, ambient and whatever you can imagine.
To register for the Loyalty program and the Oriental Soundset simply write an e-mail with the keyword „MOTIF XS Goodies“ to:
As soon as the registration process is complete the MOTIF XS user will receive an e-mail from EASY SOUNDS with a password and a link
where the file can be downloaded.
s 90 X s / s 7 0 X s:
s O Und P Ack A Ge
A free „Soundpackage“ with additional high-class content is available for S90 XS / S70 XS users.
This Soundpackage is produced by EASY SOUNDS under contract to Yamaha Music Europe and contains the following:
Soundset „Pop & Dance“ - 128 professional Voices from the EASY SOUNDS library
Soundset „Vocoder Dreamz“ containing 40 Vocoder-Voices
The WAV pool contains 200 WAV files with a total size of 93 MB
This free soundpackage can be requested by sending an e-mail containing the keyword „S90 XS / S70 XS Soundpackage“ to:
You will receive an e-mail from EASY SOUNDS with a password and a link where the file can be downloaded.
M OTiF - rA ck X s :
sOUnd & in FOPA c k A G e
MOTIF-RACK XS users can obtain the free „Sound & Infopackage“ that‘s produced by EASY SOUNDS under contract
to Yamaha Music Europe.
The software package contains a Soundset (128 Voices), a WAV pool with 200 loops and audio-phrases, a demo song, and a comprehensive
guide plus tips & tricks.
This free soundpackage can be requested by sending an e-mail containing the keyword „MOTIF-RACK XS Sound & Infopackage“ to:
You will receive an e-mail from EASY SOUNDS with a password and a link where the file can be downloaded.
s90 e s, M OT iF- r Ac k e s, M O 6 / M O 8 :
sOUnd & in FOPA c k A G e
Users of the MO6 / MO8, S90 ES, and MOTIF-RACK ES can obtain a free Sound & Infopackage that‘s produced by
EASY SOUNDS under contract to Yamaha Music Europe.
This includes the soundset „Pop Xpanded“ with 192 profesional live- and arpeggio-sounds. Furthermore a comprehensive documentation and
other useful files are included.
This free soundpackage can be requested by sending an e-mail containing the keyword „Pop Xpanded“ to:
You will receive an e-mail from EASY SOUNDS with a password and a link where the file can be downloaded.
T enO ri - On :
eU rOPe A n vOice & s A M Pl e b An k
Yamaha Music Europe and EASY SOUNDS provide their free soundlibrary „European Voice & Samplebank“ to all
Tenori-On users.
The downloadable file (48 MB) contains the following:
18 Tenori-On User Voices (Samplings)
4 Tenori-On Demos (AllBlock-Files)
268 Samples in WAV-Format (19 MB)
Comprehensive PDF documentation
This free sound library can be requested by sending an e-mail containing the keyword „Tenori-On European“ to:
You will receive an e-mail from EASY SOUNDS with a password and a link where the file can be downloaded.
F re e dr UM k i Ts
F Or dTX 9 0 0 & dTXT r e M e i i i
Yamaha offers free content for DTX900K, DTX950K, and DTXTREMEIII.
There are five content packages available for downloading:
Extra Content 1 - Jazz Kit (4 Drum Kits)
Extra Content 2 - Rock Kit (13 Drum Kits)
Extra Content 3 - Electronic Kit (15 Drum Kits)
Extra Content 4 - Vintage Kit (6 Drum Kits)
Extra Content 5 - Oak Kit (6 Drum Kits)
Altogether there are 44 Drum Kits (containing 150 MB samples) available.
For more information and the download links visit
Go to the Downloads / Driver and Software section.
Oc e a n Way Drums DTXPansIO n KIT
These three Drum Kits have been produced by Yamaha‘s sound designer Dave Polich and are based on the sample library from Ocean Way
(Sonic Reality).
The Drum Kits feature a very complex programming containing multiple velocity layers. You can download the file at:
F re e dr UM k i Ts
F Or Th e dT X -MU lT i 1 2
Yamaha provides 25 high quality Drum Kits (75 MB) for the DTX-MULTI 12 for free download.
It is the same content that has been available for some time now for DTX900K, DTX950K, and DTXTREMEIII.
Here‘s an overview of the available Kits, which are divided into two files:
File 1 = Acoustic Kits
Jazz Maple (5 variations)
Oak X Single (5 variations)
Vintage (5 variations)
Rock Single (5 variations)
File 2 = Electronic Kits
Classic RX
House 128bpm
More information and download links can be found here:
First select your country and then enter DTX-MULTI12 into the search form.
dTX- MUl Ti 12 s O U n d s e T:
„Or i e nTA l P er c U s s iO n “
The DTX Electronic Percussion Pad MULTI-12 uses many of the high-end features and sounds from the DTX and
MOTIF series and provides an optimum tool for live drumming, productions or rehearsals.
With over 1,200 high-class sounds - including newly-developed drum, percussion and keyboard sounds - the DTX-12 MULTI enriches any
musical situation. Up to 200 User Sets can be programmed and added with effects to get ready for every conceivable musical style with the
best sounds around. In addition, the large 64MB Flash-ROM Wave-Memory can be filled with additional samples which then can be assigned
to the Pads.
Now the brand new soundset „Oriental Percussion“ for the DTX-MULTI 12 is available for registered users. It is provided by EASY SOUNDS on
behalf of Yamaha Music Europe - free of charge.
The download package includes the following:
50 Patterns
24 Kits
132 User Waves (18 MB Samples)
The soundset has been designed primarily for traditional and modern Turkish music. It‘s based on authentic samples of oriental percussion
The oriental instruments are however well suited for use in other music styles such as Pop, World, Chill Out, Ambient, etc.
„Oriental Percussion“ was programmed by the Turkish musician and producer Mert Topel.
Since 1990 Mert Topel is working as a musician with nationally and internationally known pop and rock stars such as Tarkan (1993-2008) and
many others. Mert recorded several albums as a producer of jazz, fusion, rock bands, and singers like Kirac, Mor ve Otesi, Gülden Goksen,
Grizu etc. He also has his own jazz-rock band „Fenomen“, which published its first album in 2006 - with very good response from jazz lovers.
Right now his band is working on a second album. Another project is a collaboration with Alper Maral in the production of an electro-acousticoriented album called „The Voltage Control Project“, which appears in 2010.
The DTX-12 MULTI Patterns produced by Mert Topel should inspire the musician in the first place and serve as basis for his own music productions.
This free soundset can be requested by sending an e-mail containing the keyword „DTX-M12 Oriental“ to:
The user will receive an e-mail from EASY SOUNDS with a password and a link where the file can be downloaded.
F re e TUT O r iA l dv d
F Or MO T iF X s / XF U s e r s
The free tutorial DVD „The World of MOTIF XS“ (English language) is available for all registered european MOTIF XS and MOTIF XF users.
The DVD procures comprehensive instructions on how to use a MOTIF XS in a music production environment. The running time of over 3 hours covers deep insights in topics like interactive Arpeggios, live performances, sampling, recording sessions, Cubase AI and much more.
Although the instructions refer to the MOTIF XS, this DVD is of interest for MOTIF XF users,
because the XS‘ operation is substantially the same concept.
To request this DVD simply write an e-mail to:
Please give your name, address, serial number of your MOTIF XS or MOTIF XF, and the keyword „The World of MOTIF XS“ - even if you already are a registered MOTIF XS user.
Important note: This DVD can not be shipped outside europe!
c Ub As e A i TUT O r i Al vi d e Os
F Or r eGis T er ed U s e r s
Thanks to the cooperation between Yamaha and Steinberg most of
the recent instruments and mixing desks from the Yamaha Music
Production range have the DAW software Cubase AI included – for
those who do not own a DAW software yet this is one good reason
more to buy from Yamaha. Even more Cubase AI is a music production tool with functions which were exclusive for high-end studios not
very long time ago.
Even better: European customers buying a Yamaha Music Production
instrument with included Cubase AI software are qualified to request
a free English language tutorial CD from ASK Video containing 23
videos on how to use Cubase AI4.
The CD is English language only and only available as long stocks
last. So better be quick – request your CD by sending an e-mail
containing the serial number of your Yamaha instrument and your
name and address to:
MOTIF XS users can order this CD in combination with the tutorial DVD „The World
Important note: This cD-rOm can not be shipped outside europe!
OPTi OnA l s O U n d s e Ts F Or
M OTiF - ser ies / s -s e r i e s / M O
„ XTasyn“
„HyPn OT Ic sTe Pz“
Up-to-date synth and drum sounds for dance,
trance, pop, and electronic. Phat leads &
synthcomps, pads, FX. Special attack Waveforms for punchy sounds
For users having a penchant for stepsequencers and analogue synth sounds. Synth
sounds, drums and sequences are impressively combined
„Fm XPanDeD – VOl . 1:
elecTrIc PIanO & claVIneT“
„magI cal PaDs“
Sample-based FM sounds with very high dynamic and authenticity, which are heavily
based on classic DX7 sounds, but also offer
new and innovative creations
Provides warm, analogue pad sounds with
huge atmosphere. Refined with sweeps,
swells, synthbrasses, atmo-sounds, and musical sound effects
„PHaT analOg“
„mysTIc sPHeres“
Timeless Voice and sample library with a
Minimoog emulation (Leadsynths) and JP-8
sounds. The ultimate analogue extension!
The ultimate Ambient + Electronic set. It contains atmospheres, pads, sound effects, spacy
synth leads, trance sounds, vocal pads, and
analogue vintage sounds
„cHI ll XP erI ence“
„VOcODer Dreamz“
Soundset for Chill Out, Lounge, Ambient,
New Age, Electronic, and related genres.
These sounds offer a high level of musical
Combines vocoder Voices, vocal phrase kits,
and drum loop kits. The vocal phrases and
drum loops are controlled by User Arpeggios.
Its speciality is the vocoder choirs
„Drum PerFOrmer“
„Organ sessIOn“
Lavishly produced ‘Real Drums’ for extremely
realistic sound; dry, fat and punchy. Extreme
range of sounds achieved by different recording techniques
This set is an impressive emulation of the
legendary Hammond B3. Smacky organ
sounds with concise key click and controllable
percussion. Perfect for Rock, Pop and Jazz
„sTage & sTuDIO“
The ultimate top 40 and live set! Contains
the most important standard instruments and
synth sounds for live musicians. Outstanding
performance and power
general InFOrmaTIOn:
The above sound sets are available for the following devices:
„Dance XPanDeD“
Sounds for Dance, Trance, Electronic, Chill
Out, Pop. The Voices include atmospheres,
pads, leads, synth basses, chord synths, gated
pads, and arpsounds
The sound sets ‘FM Xpanded’, Drum Performer and
‘Vocoder Dreamz’ are available exclusively for MOTIF XS
Each sound set contains 128 Voices. Depending on the device,
additional content such as Performances, Samples, User Arpeggios, and WAV Loops are included. Further details can be found on
„synTH XTreme“
Price per soundset= 35,- EUR
Offers a vast range of fat, analogue synth
sounds of the highest quality. Suitable for
Trance, Electronic, Techno, and many other
genres of trendy pop music
The soundsets are available from:
EASY SOUNDS – Peter Krischker
iMPri n T & FUr T he r li n k s
iMPOrTAnT websi T es
FOr MOTiF Users
MUsic Pr OdUc TiOn GUide
Official international Yamaha website for synthesizers
The official News Guide about the Yamaha Music Produc-
including a comprehensive download section
tion product series and Computer Music Instruments
Published by
Official website of Yamaha Music Europe GmbH
Peter Krischker
American MOTIF support website including message
Am Langberg 97 A
board + KEYFAX webshop + „XSpand Your World“
D-21033 Hamburg
Telephone: +49 40 - 738 62 23
in cooperation with
EASY SOUNDS website + webshop sounds and
Yamaha Music Europe GmbH
USB sticks for Yamaha synths
Siemensstraße 43
D-25462 Rellingen
Telephone: +49 41 01 - 30 30
John Melas MOTIF Site
Editor softwares for the MOTIF series
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tips & tricks, software offers, and interviews on and
MUsic PrOdUcTiOn GUide
You can download all English editions already pub-
lished as one single ZIP file using this link to the EASY
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