This is where we take a look at the Yamaha MM6. If you've been longing for a MOTIF but are not prepared to spend that much on a keyboard, this is it. If you're looking for an additional keyboard that draws on the same sounds of the popular pro-level MOTIF series instruments, you've got it.
I love this keyboard! I actually own one and use it as my top keyboard in band. I like the way you can shape the tone of a sound with the resonance knob or how you can easily make a voice attack quicker with the attack knob. The pitch and modulation wheels are pretty cool as well. If you're looking for pro sounds at a low price, then look no further. Buy the Yamaha MM6. It's really a no-brainer. The keyboard works great and is easy to operate.
If you value simplicity, you should be very pleased with the MM6. Everything is kept to a minimum. It's like a mini synth/workstation. It's very easy to edit sounds - nothing complicated like with higher-end models. Very easy to record and playback songs. Sure this keyboard could have been improved upon, but for the price, it's worth it. Whether you're a beginner or expert, this $600 keyboard is worth trying out.
I liked many of the synth sounds as well as the pianos. I surely enjoyed the various classic instruments as well as the samples. I love the fact that this instrument is so light. and portable.
So what are the features of the Yamaha MM-6? Let's see. They include 61 synth-action keys, 32 note polyphony, 16 part muli-timbral capacity, AWM2 Tone generator, 70MB wave ROM (in 16-bit linear format), 418 normal voices, 22 drum kits, 128 GM voices, 1 GM drum kit, and 8 banks of 8 performance settings.
Other features of the Yamaha MM6 include 96 parts per quarter note resolution, 11-280bpm tempo range, real-time replace recording, 168 patterns (x4 sections), 3 preset songs, 5 user songs, 400 song max with USB, 213 preset arpeggio types, 5 master EQ types, 30 chorus types, 25 reverb types and a sequencer.
One thing I really like about the Yamaha MM-6, nicknamed "Mini-mo" was how easily it can be fit right into a computer music system. All you have to do is connect the USB To Host terminal on the MM6 to your computer with a standard USB cable, and you're on your way to making music. A free copy of Cubase LEa full-featured music production software is also included.
The arpeggiator feature is also worthy of mention. It lets you automatically create repeating rhythmic phrases and note patterns. There's a total of 213 built-in Arpeggiator types. I also found the various Patterns very impressive. Nice drum loops, riffs and licks.
Learn about it's 88 weighted-key counterpart, the Yamaha MM8, here.
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