Yamaha MOX6 Review - Yamaha MOX8 Review

Here's my review of the Yamaha MOX6 and Yamaha MOX8 keyboards.

If you're looking to buy a top of the line keyboard, if your eyes are on a Yamaha MOTIF but you're on a budget, consider the MOX6 or MOX8. The MOX6 sells for about $1200.00 online while the MOX8 sells for about $1700.00. For the features that these synthesizers comes with, I think the price is excellent.

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This keyboard, because of its light weight, is perfect for the gigging musician. The MOX6 weighs just over 15 pounds. This is the most power I've seen in a keyboard that is this light. The MOX8, at 32.6 pounds is a truly portable workstation synthesizer.

In addition to being great for gigging, one feature I really like on the Yamaha MOX6 and Yamaha MOX8 is THE 16-track sequencer. If you're a composer like me and you're looking to sequence parts together to create songs, you will love this feature. You can record your music without having to turn on your computer. But since most musicians record on computers nowadays, you have the option of connecting your keyboard to your computer and using the Cubase A1 software that the keyboard comes with. You can use your sequencer's play, stop and record buttons to control Cubase. The Yamaha MOX6 and Yamaha MOX8 function as an audio interface; you can plug in your guitar or microphone and start recording. I am very impressed with these features.

Yamaha MOX6

I love the voices and effects on this keyboard. Like the MOTIF XS, there are so many great sounds on the MO X6/MO X8. Whether you need guitar, brass, drum, bass, woodwind, strings, vintage synths or modern synths, they're all in there. Thanks to Category Search, it's easy to find/select one of the 1,270 voices. This is great for playing live and saves time. I love the fact that one can customize the various synth voices on this keyboard. You can use the knobs to adjust chorus, reverb or delay to suit your preferences. You can even plug in your microphone and get a Vocoder effect.

Yamaha MOX8

I'm delighted by the Performance Creator feature. With this feature you can build and save your own layers, splits and arpeggiator settings quickly and not have to waste time menu-scrolling. If you like, you have the option of calling up factory performance presets; there are 256 of them to choose from. These performance presets are great for sparking song ideas. They are great for the studio as well as the stage.

Features of the Yamaha MOX6 keyboard synthesizer are as follows:

  • 61-key semi-weighted synth-action keyboard
  • Extremely lightweight -- just over 15 pounds
  • Motif XS sound engine, with 1200+ voices and Yamaha's Expanded Articulation (XA) to add realism to acoustic instruments
  • Category Search helps you find the right sound fast
  • Performance Creator section -- build your own splits and layers
  • Over 6000 arpeggiator patterns ignite your creativity
  • 256 Performance split/layer presets
  • High-quality Effects, including Virtual Circuitry Modeling and Vocoder
  • Two 1/4-inch inputs for guitar, bass, or microphone
  • 16-track Sequencer with real-time and step-based recording
  • Voice Editor software lets you edit the MOX6's sounds from your computer via USB
  • Bundled Cubase AI DAW software integrates perfectly with your MOX6 as a 44.1 kHz, 24-bit, 4-channel USB audio interface
  • The Yamaha MOX8 has a couple of features which are different. They are as follows:

  • 88-key Graded Hammer Standard keyboard that replicates an acoustic piano
  • At 32.6 pounds, it's a truly portable workstation synth
  • Go here to learn more about the Yamaha MOX6 keyboard. 

    Go here to learn more about the Yamaha MOX8 keyboard.

    Yamaha MOX6/MOX8 Reviews/Demos Playlist.

    You can buy the MOX6 at zZounds. Go here. To buy the MOX8 keyboard, go here.

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