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MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation

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The Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation is a 61-key synth with 418 voices and 22 onboard drum kits (plus an extra set of GM voices) combined with lots of realtime controls for performance and son... Read More

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Overview

The Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation is a 61-key synth with 418 voices and 22 onboard drum kits (plus an extra set of GM voices) combined with lots of realtime controls for performance and song creation. Nicknamed the "Mini-Mo" because it draws on the powerful sound engine from the pro-level MOTIF series workstations, the MM6 has a wide variety of dynamic, realistic, and just plain powerful voices to help you create amazing music. The MM6 makes it easy to take control of your sounds—just twist some knobs and tweak the sound in realtime as you play. You also get special patterns for full backing of your live performance and song creation. Exceptionally light and portable, you'll be able to bring your MM6 anywhere your music takes you.

Maximize your Music
Much of today's music is being made on computers and the MM6 digital piano is built to fit right into any computer music system. Just connect the USB (to host) terminal on the MM6 to your computer with a standard USB cable and you've got the makings of a sophisticated recording setup. Just to make sure you've got a head start, it includes a free copy of Cubase LE—a full-featured music production application that has all you need to record your performance data from the Yamaha MOTIF MM6 via MIDI, edit the data, process the sounds with effects, arrange it in multiple tracks, and perform the final mixdown.

Patterns to groove on
The MM6 has a full set of Patterns that give you rhythmic backing in a wide variety of music styles—including hip hop, rap, R&B, dance, ambient, pop, rock, jazz, and even world styles. These patterns are just what you need to shake up the dance floor. All dynamic, all powerful—the MM6 gives you the real thing. Patterns that stay in the groove but never sound mechanical. Drum loops with a truly human feel that dance and float around the beat, yet remain firmly in the pocket. Riffs and licks that get you inspired, get you moving, and get you creating some serious music.

Arpeggiate yourself
The powerful arpeggiator feature lets you automatically create repeating rhythmic phrases and note patterns. A full 213 arpeggiator types are built in, letting you trigger a variety of musically useful and exciting patterns to get the house jumping. Many of these arpeggiator types use synth lead, piano, and guitar voices to generate melodic and broken chord patterns based on the chords you play with your left hand. Bass arpeggios and drum voice rhythm loops are also included, letting you easily set up dynamic riffs and beats to jam over.

Save and swap
When you play live, you want to be able to make sound changes quickly—not just between songs, but in the middle of a song too. The Performance Memory feature is just the tool you need to smoothly switch gears and take things up a notch or two. Each Performance can store combined settings for the Voices you want to use (including special keyboard splits and layers), the Patterns you want as backing tracks, and any other crucial settings for your live work. Then, simply call up each Performance by pressing a single button.

Share the wealth
With the rear panel USB connection, the MM6 makes it easier than ever before to transfer your valuable data between devices. Plug in a USB thumb drive or memory stick and store the important MIDI songs, Pattern files, Performance settings, and all other data you've created, and then bring it to a computer for archiving and organizing. You can also save your recorded songs in the universal SMF (Standard MIDI File) format, then transfer and use those on any another SMF-compatible device, including computers running MIDI music sequencing software.

All drivers and available editors for Yamaha synths can be downloaded from www.yamahasynth.com.

Features
  • 61 synth-action keys
  • AWM2 Tone generator
  • 32-note polyphony
  • 16-part mulitimbral capacity
  • 70MB wave ROM (in 16-bit linear format)
  • 418 normal voices, 22 drum kits
  • 128 GM voices, 1 GM drum kit
  • 8 banks of 8 performance settings
  • 25 reverb types
  • 30 chorus types
  • 5 master EQ types
Sequencer
  • 96 parts per quarter note resolution
  • 11-280 BPM tempo range
  • Real-time replace recording
  • 168 patterns (x4 sections)
  • 3 preset songs, 5 user songs
  • 400 song max. with USB
Specifications
  • Connections
  • Left, Right (1/4" mono)
  • Headphones (1/4" stereo)
  • Footcontroller
  • Sustain
  • MIDI In/Out
  • DC inlet (12w power consumption)
  • Dimensions: 37.35"W x 4.85"H x 14.75"D
  • Weight:11 lb.
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4.7

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I'm a guitarist of seven ...

I'm a guitarist of seven years, and basically I was forced to assume the duties of a keyboardist. After being shown the MM6, I fell in love with this new toy,and I...Read complete review

I'm a guitarist of seven years, and basically I was forced to assume the duties of a keyboardist. After being shown the MM6, I fell in love with this new toy,and I just had to have it. It is simply a great instrument to both learn and perform on. Pulling up sounds are easy and quick to do. The quality of those sounds & tones for the price I paid are simply tough to beat. Even though I'm a new player on the ivory's, I do know a great instrument when I play one.

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it is not for professional use

has good sounds. plug it up and it has the load hiss of a casio. key sensitivity for all the yamahas suck. would not midi out to my roland so i could use...Read complete review

has good sounds. plug it up and it has the load hiss of a casio. key sensitivity for all the yamahas suck. would not midi out to my roland so i could use the sounds. no patterns for gospel on it at all. buy a motif rack for the sounds and move on.

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5.0

tough to beat!

By DOUG BUESCHER

from Seattle, Wa.

A vocalist by trade, player by force. Well I came into this with minimal requirements really. Since I cut my teeth on a Rhodes I wanted a good Rhodes sound, second I wanted nice strings. What I got was 5 Rhodes that sound freaking wonderful, strings that would inspire anyone, and a host of other (probably 100) sounds that are completely usefull. And this is not even counting the percussion! Am I pleased? YES. Would I recommend this unit? YES. It sure is light and that scares me a bit. But it looks as though, so long as you are careful you should have no problems. I Love This Thing!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Definitely worth a look

By Kenneth Devol

from Tacoma WA

If you're looking for a stand-alone workstation, keep looking. However, if you want a great-sounding instrument, with fully functional DAW software for your computer, for not a lot of money, this may be the one for you. The on-board recorder is just that: a recorder. No editing other than overwrite. Good for a quick sketch, but not much else. But the included Cubase AI5 software more than makes up for this. With Cubase, you have a complete workstation with audio and MIDI recording, editing, effects, and mastering capabilities. The unit's 11-pound weight is great for those who need mobility. If I had one gripe, it would be the keys themselves. I do most of my composing at home, and out of respect for the neighbors, I usually play with headphones. Playing the instrument hard can produce audible physical clicks which can be heard despite the headphones. Overall, I am thoroughly satisfied, and would recommend this instrument to those looking for good sounds and computer-based composing/editing at a budget price.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatile and hard working

By JR in TX

from Sugar Land, TX

Bought this to replace a 10-year old SP88, so had initial concerns about the smaller keyboard and quality of the voices. The voices have proven to be good; usable strings and pianos, but the organ voices are less helpful. And the smaller keyboard is partially compensated by the "Octave" transposition button; can instantly shift downward when I need to play the bass using one of the string voices. Strong features: * It's easy to create your own "dual" sounds, selecting the voices independently. * It's easy to create your own splits, selecting voices for both the upper keys and the bass section. * It's easy to tailor sound combinations for specific songs and save everything (voices, splits, rhythm patterns, sound tweaks) to one of 64 performance memory presets. (Hint: Have a system in mind and take notes on where you put things.) * You have to sit down and study the basic controls of the keyboard for a few minutes, paying careful attention to the manual. However the functions are grouped logically and can be operated intuitively in a live setting. * The first time I used it, with just two days of practice, everyone in the worship band commented positively on the keyboard sounds and how good the group sounded. Other observations: * Too much "chorus" built into most voices, at least for my particular taste. I end up playing with the chorus wheel pulled all the way down for most songs. * A lot of the patterns and rhythms are more geared to the techno and hip-hop/rap sound. This is good for some, less appealing to others. * After years of lugging around a stage piano weighing 30+ pounds, it seems glorious to carry the 11 pounds of this instrument. The MM6 gives great value for its modest price.

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(20 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good keyboard

By DJ MADSKILLZ

from SVL So Cali

I picked this keyboard up about 8 months ago and ive been on it daily in my studio.It is perfectly priced for what it can do.I dont like that it only offers a few tracks but besides that its good.Plenty of sounds on this thing and if you want to get more sounds just click on the dual function and create your own by mixing two together. I give it a B+ and yes I recommend it.

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(3 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

it is not for professional use

By slik

from lumberton nc

has good sounds. plug it up and it has the load hiss of a casio. key sensitivity for all the yamahas suck. would not midi out to my roland so i could use the sounds. no patterns for gospel on it at all. buy a motif rack for the sounds and move on.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

absolutely worth the buy

By Josh Kramer

from Charlottesville, Virginia

I bought the MM6 last summer when it was more that it is now, and I STILL think it was worth it. I've taken this all over the place...I've used it to lead worship with youth at my old church, I used it in Canada last summer to lead worship at a youth camp, I currently use it at church in the worship services there. I wasn't sure how it would do live because of it's size but it is PERFECT as a synth in combination with the other instruments we have already. It's easy to save presets to jump back and forth to seamlessly in a live setting and it's easy to build voices as well. For a first piano/keyboard purchase for me I definitely did not go wrong...and I'll probably be using it for quite a while even if I do purchase something else! 5 Stars...all the way...hands down.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

excellent keyboard

By Danny S.

from orlando, Florida

I am a songwriter and my partner owns this keyboard and it is quite nice, it has a beautiful horn, bass, and clavinet sound. great for rock n roll. with 1,000 more great sounds. definatly a great buy.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Underated MM6

By John

from Arroyo Grande, ca

Use as a scratch pad for my bigger synths. Very unique sounds as only yamaha adds. Manual is a big let down and leaves a lot out? Ordered a DVD to hopefully answer more then a few things left out. Use an m3 expanded with exernal and internal radias and kurzweil pc3, waldorf. It adds to those well with their signatures and quicker to start ideas first then translate to the big boys. A real bargain in my view. Would recommend....

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

IT'S GOOD FOR IT'S PRICE

By PJ

from North Carolina

I'm a young keyboardist for a worship team/band at church and sorta on the road. Our pastor walked in to rehearsal with this keyboard one day and presented it to me. I had no choice but to force myself to learn this keyboard. It was the first "pro" keyboard I have ever used. The past keyboards I used and owned were "home" Yamaha practice/learning keyboards. The MM6 is really easy to learn and use. From this keyboard, I learned how to use knobs for wah-like effects in songs and developed an interest in techno voices (Synth section). It is so useful and important for me to use that I brought it to 3 gigs in New Jersey, used it for a church camping trip in Virginia for worship, and flew it to California for a recent concert. I will also be using it in a huge concert we're holding in North Carolina. From a beginner's point of view, its really good. BUY IT!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!!

By Yohan ruiz

from Tampa,Florida

Wow, what can i say? I have been playing the piano for two years so im kind of intermediate and its easy even for me! I mostly make Reggaeton, Hip-Hop, and Techno beats and melodys and it works very easy. I personaly love the pitch blend and the split and dual button because it gives my beats that hard impact or even smooth flow that im always looking for... So buy you won't regret it trust me!!

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