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MO6 61-Key Music Production Synthesizer Workstation with DAW Control

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The MO6 delivers Yamaha's powerful MOTIF synth engine functions and sounds in a compact, affordable workstation. Plus, it doubles as a powerful computer recording partner, giving you sounds and contro... Read More

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The MO6 delivers Yamaha's powerful MOTIF synth engine functions and sounds in a compact, affordable workstation. Plus, it doubles as a powerful computer recording partner, giving you sounds and controls to use with your DAW software. The Yamaha MO6 synth has 61 weighted, touch-sensitive keys, 64-note polyphony, 256 user presets, 256 performance presets, 5-band master EQ, a backlit graphic LCD, plus USB and S/PDIF outs for digital connectivity.

MO sounds from acoustic to analog

The heart of the Yamaha MO keyboard is the same massive 175MB wave ROM and synth engine found in the flagship MOTIF ES. Complete with expressive, multi-velocity acoustic pianos and EPs, MegaVoice guitars and basses that capture all the subtle nuance of the real thing and a vast selection of string, brass, and other acoustic sounds, the Yamaha MO6 is ready for any type of music production. A huge selection of different drum kits instantly inspires new beats and grooves. Whether you need realistic rhythm tracks or orchestral backgrounds, the MO6 keyboard has all the sounds you need in one place.

This 61-key Yamaha synthesizer isn't just for acoustic emulations. The four-oscillator voices feature multiband filters and snappy envelopes so there's also a complete selection of analog and digital synth sounds from funky basses, silky leads to atmospheric pads. Realtime controls and an advanced modulation matrix, let you easily shape those sounds to fit your production needs.

The Yamaha MO6 also includes advanced effects processing including reverbs, chorus, and delays; 16 individual part EQs; and powerful dual insertion effects that can be applied to up to 3 parts in a mix or performance. The insertion effects feature some of the most creative and unique DSP processing on the planet including lo-fi, digital scratching, slicing, and beat change.

If you're looking for the most expressive acoustics sounds from pianos to drums, the widest selection of the freshest synth basses, leads, and pads and the most powerful DSP processing available, you'll find that nothing in its price range has any MO.

The Yamaha MO6 goes with the flow
As a musician you find yourself in lots of different situations: live gigs, song writing collaborations, studio sessions, and computer music environments loaded with DAWs and soft synths. The Yamaha keyboard was designed to adapt to each of these different applications with their own special demands and provide just the right feature set for each situation. The MO6's responsive voices and realtime controls allow you to express subtle emotions in live performance. The performances are not only live ensembles with splits and layers, but many use the MO synth's Phrase Factory Arpeggios and are complete grooves to instantly inspire song ideas. But most important of all, the MO series was designed to be not just a keyboard, but the center of a computer based music production studio. It offers a DAW remote control mode that gives you full hands on remote control of DAW and SoftSynths. The Studio Connections compatibility let you treat the MO as a VST SoftSynth inside Cubase SX 3.1 and Nuendo 3.1. The special Utility Quick Setups let you easily change from one style of working to the next. So no matter how you like to work, the MO series adapts to fit your workflow and lets you be more musically productive.

Song writing partner
Some people might wonder why you need a built-in sequencer in a workstation keyboard when there are so many powerful computer software programs like Steinberg's Cubase products available today. But the MO's Song and Pattern sequencer was actually designed to be a creative scratch pad to let you quickly and easily get your song ideas down. Much of today's music is looped based and having a Pattern sequencer let's you work in sections that can be easily chained together to try different song arrangements. So when working on new song ideas, it's often faster and easier to use the MO's onboard sequencer to get your ideas down quickly while inspiration is still fresh. The Quick Setups utility also lets you transfer from the internal sequencer to your computer with a single button press.

Jam on!
The Yamaha MO6 is light in weight and extremely portable so it's great for live performance situations. It also features hands-on knobs and sliders for realtime controls and a full complement of pedal control inputs as well. The MO6 and others in the Yamaha MO series also features full multizone MIDI capabilities for controlling external tone generators, SoftSynths, and other keyboards in your rig.

With it's high-quality built-in DSP effects, the MO sounds great going directly into your band's PA mixer. Light in weight and heavy on features, the MO series is a working musician's dream.

Project studio—Controlling your DAW with your MO
Today's project studios are centered around the computer and the MO series' total integration with computer production systems is what really separates it from the competition. It features both USB "TO HOST" and USB "TO DEVICE" ports. The "TO HOST" port lets you connect multi-port MIDI to your computer with a single USB cable. The "TO DEVICE" port lets you connect USB storage devices like hard disk drives and thumb drives (USB flash memory) directly to the MO for saving voices, performances, and songs and backing up files to your computer. Digital Audio connectivity is standard with a stereo coaxial digital output for noise free digital recording of your MO to your computer sound card, a DAT or CDR.

The Yamaha MO6 synth also features a DAW Remote Control Mode that allows full hands-on control of popular DAW software including Sonar, Logic, Digital Performer, and the full range of Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo products. The keyboard lets you control Volume, Pan, Solo, Mute, Track Arming, Track Select, and many other track specific functions. The Transport controls on the MO series can be setup to stop, start, and return to zero your DAW projects. You can even edit and control VST/AU plug-ins and see their parameters displayed in the LCD display of the MO. Total control over your DAW and SoftSynths from your hardware synth has never been easier.

Home Studio—Controlling your Yamaha synth with your DAW software
Perhaps the most exciting part of the MO series is the powerful cross platform software that can be downloaded from www.yamahasynth.com. Full Voice and Multi-Part Editors are available that let you edit and store MO setups via your computer. Even more amazing, using the latest versions of Cubase SX or Nuendo, you get all the benefits of full Studio Connections compatibility. No more trying to remember what Voices you used in that project you were working on 3 months ago. Just launch the project and the Recall function will reconfigure your MO to exactly the settings that were last used in the project.

With Studio Connections Audio Integration capabilities, you can even turn your MO into a Virtual Synth complete with phase-accurate latency compensation and add VST effects directly to your MO inside your VST mixer. This allows you the convenience of freezing a track on a hardware synths and being able to continue working on your project even when the hardware is not connected.

Total Integration = Total Control
Total control over your DAW and SoftSynths with the MO's DAW Remote Control Mode has never been easier. Total control of your hardware synth from your DAW software with the MO's Studio Connection compatible software has never been easier. Now you can use all the power of the total computer integration in the MO series to make more music.

What is Total Recall?
Total Recall is the first phase of the Studio Connections project. The Voice and Multi Part Editors for the Yamaha MO6 are Total Recall compatible so they work inside the Studio Manager system available in the latest versions of Cubase and Nuendo. Studio Manager can be opened directly from inside your Steinberg software and contains editors for a variety of Yamaha synthesizers, mixers, and effects. Saving a project in Cubase and Nuendo saves all your Studio Manager editor settings right along with your project file. Just open your project file again and Studio Manager will restore your MO (and the rest of your MIDI Studio) to the exact same settings as when you last worked on that project.

What is Audio Integration?
Audio Integration is the next phase of the Studio Connections project. It allows you to setup the MO Series as a VST Instruments via the "External Instrument" function found in Cubase SX 3.1/Nuendo 3.1. Now you can use the MO Series just like a plug-in, routing it to the DAWs Audio mixer, applying VST effects and even using unique VST functions such as "mix down" and "freeze". Finally you've got a seamless environment where both hardware synthesizers and software synthesizers can be completely integrated together.

  • 61 keys, LC keyboard with weighted, touch-sensitive keys
  • DAW Remote Control supporting Mackie and Logic protocols
  • Studio Connections compatible
  • USB port
  • Tone Generator AWM2
  • 64-note polyphony
  • 16 internal multitimbral parts
  • 175MB wave memory
  • 1,859 waveforms
  • 512 voices
  • 64 drum kits
  • 128 GM voices
  • 1 GM drum kit
  • User: 128 x 2 banks + 32 drum kits
  • User performances: 256 (up to 4 parts)
  • 18 filter types
  • 20 reverbs
  • 49 chorus effects
  • 116 insert effects x 3 blocks
  • 8 mastering effects
  • 5-band master EQ
  • 3-band stereo EQ
  • Note capacity: 226,000
  • Note resolution: 480 ppq (parts per quarter note)
  • Realtime recording
  • 5 scenes per song
  • Pitch bend wheel
  • Modulation wheel
  • 4 assignable control sliders
  • 4 assignable knobs
  • Data dial performances
  • Dedicated front panel switch and store display pages
  • Stereo coaxial digital output
  • All drivers and available editors for Yamaha synths can be downloaded from www.yamahasynth.com.
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Bang for your Buck!

As a DJ converting to music production, I wanted a workstation ready to produce right out the box! The MO6 did just that. User friendly with an array of kits. The sound is...Read complete review

As a DJ converting to music production, I wanted a workstation ready to produce right out the box! The MO6 did just that. User friendly with an array of kits. The sound is superb espeacially compared to the other workstations. The MO6 has sounds Ive never heard before from analog to digital. This is the tool for the budget musician.


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Great product/hard to follow

I just got the Yamaha MO 6 and it a great product, but for me it is not friendly.I am having trouble moving around the keyboard to get the sounds I want. I can...Read complete review

I just got the Yamaha MO 6 and it a great product, but for me it is not friendly.I am having trouble moving around the keyboard to get the sounds I want. I can not get the drumkit to work together with the voices.The manuel is not written very good , not easy to follow.

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Great sounds

By Larry

from Nashville, TN

The sounds on board this synth are easily as good as any I heard from any kb, even some two or three times as expensive. If you're not going to read and study the manual, it is difficult to figure out (like a lot of others I've owned). But there is a lot here. It is not as portable as the comparable Korg. I also don't like the display as much as the Motif or other "color" displays. But if you can look past these minor inefficiencies, you may be as happy with it as I am.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Great product/hard to follow

By Egger

from Colonia, NJ

I just got the Yamaha MO 6 and it a great product, but for me it is not friendly.I am having trouble moving around the keyboard to get the sounds I want. I can not get the drumkit to work together with the voices.The manuel is not written very good , not easy to follow.

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techies dream synth

By willymc21

from Long Beach CA

I have owed this MO6 , for some time now , It tottally blows away anything out there , It gives the virrus T9 a run for the money , the polyphony is allright , the drum machine is killer , and the recordings you get out of this thing sound like a million bucks

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Best I've ever owned

By Chuck G.

from east coast

I've been writing, arranging and producing since 1979, usually using Roland equipment and Tascam recorders. I went through a DX7 phase back in the 80's, but found them to complicated. But when Yamaha came out with the "Motif" series I thought I'd give it a shot. Haven't looked back since. Hands down the BEST workstation on the market for it's price range. Simply put...GET THIS MACHINE, NOW!!

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Best Keys for the money

By Diana

from Salem, OR

I looked at several different keyboards including Korg Triton, Roland GW8, and other Yamahas, and you cannot beat the MO6 for price or performance. My worship leader has a Motif ES 88-keys, and the MO6 is very comparable. The notable differences are a smaller keyboard and non-weighted keys. The sound is amazing--much better than the Korg I was used to playing. I bought this keyboard for the sound quality, number of patches, and the ability to program performance layers. I am not a techie, so it will be awhile before I use its full range of capabilities. The one negative is that I think the instruction manual is a bit difficult to follow, especially when you want to set it up to play different voices/layers, but not ready to use advanced features such as composing, mixing or drums. The quick start guide was not "quick" for me. If you like the Motif series but find it out of your price range, I think you'll find this a very acceptable substitute.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)



By Francisco

from tucson az

I was looking for a good synthesizer with upgraded sounds. This keyboard really fit my needs. Price is GREAT, very happy customer! My music is Latin but also lots of Blues. Sounds are awesome and great DAW control features. Very suitable for recording.

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(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent for Studio and Stage

By Mitch Leisten

from Monroe, WA

This keyboard is amazing for the price. Solidly built, excellent for studio or live performance. Performance mode is great for real time jamming using the arps for drums. Song and Pattern modes have fantastic mixes and sound templates for quick and easy song recording. The voices sound excellent and there are just some fantastic Hammonds, Rhodes, Clavs, and the guitars are amazing. Really very easy to hook up to sequencers and computers for amazing flexibility at a very low cost.

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The best !!!! Look no more this it!!!

By Mike

from Miami,fl

This is by far the best keyboard ever at a unbelievable price. For all you seasonal & up & coming producer, composers & performers look nomore. From Timberland, kem, alicia keys to cool & dre has worked with the motif es which was discontinued. However the mo6/8 is a descended of the motif es with the same sounds but with a few new ones & without the sampler.

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Great Sounds for the Money...

By D A

from Texas

Definite upgrade from the yamaha ypt-300 i had, this synth is great for what i paid. The sequencer is down right genius and the drums, strings, and synths held up to the motif name. The machine doesn't sample but if your looking for just good sounds and a good interface on your board, this is the one for you...

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By J-Dog

from Corpus Christi, TX

WOW...I had the Yamaha MM6 for about 3 months and was "slightly" impressed. After trading it in (and cash) for the MO6 I am blown away! This thing is SWEET! I would recommend it over just about anything out there in it's price range. I couldn't find anything that had the flexibility and sounds. I'm very impressed, now I simply have to learn how to use it all.

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