Yamaha MOTIF ES8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer  

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The Yamaha MOTIF ES8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer features a huge 175MB wave ROM, an enhanced soundset of 1,859 waveforms for the MOTIF's 1,024 voices, plus 65 drum kits. A newly designed tone ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Yamaha MOTIF ES8 88-Key Music Production Synthesizer features a huge 175MB wave ROM, an enhanced soundset of 1,859 waveforms for the MOTIF's 1,024 voices, plus 65 drum kits. A newly designed tone generator chip offers true 128-note polyphony, and a newly developed synth engine provides new parameters and faster, more precise envelope control. An enhanced effects system includes 20 reverb types and 49 chorus/delay types, 8 types of mastering effects including multiband compression, and a 5-band master EQ.

The MOTIF ES8 houses an advanced Phrase Factory arpeggiator with realtime loop remix capability plus parameters such as Swing, Velocity, and Quantize so you can easily modify preset arps. Overall expressiveness of the instrument has been expanded with the new "Mega Voice" system, a technology that makes it possible to include all the nuances of an instrument in the sample.

Motif ES integrates seamlessly with DAWs via its USB connection to function as control surface. It also has a USB "To Device" port for connection to USB storage devices.

Features
  • 88 keys
  • Largest wave ROM of any workstation keyboard (175MB)
  • Enhanced soundset of 1,859 waveforms
  • 1024 voices plus 65 drum kits
  • 128-note polyphony
  • Newly developed synth engine provides new parameters and faster, more precise envelope control
  • 20 reverb types and 49 chorus/delay types
  • 8 types of mastering effects including multiband compression
  • 5-band master EQ
  • Advanced Phrase Factory arpeggiator
Specifications
  • Tone generator block:
    Tone Generator: AWM2 (complying with the modular synthesis plug-in system)
    Polyphony: 128 notes plus polyphony of the plug-in board (if installed)
    Multitimbral Capacity: 16 parts (internal) plus 3 or more plug-in board parts (1 for each single plug-in board; 16 for multiplug-in board), audio input parts (A/D, AIEB2, mLAN with 4 stereo parts)
    Wave: 175MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 1859 waveforms
    Performances: 128 User (up to 4 parts)
    Filter: 18 types
    Effect System: 20 types of reverb; 49 types of chorus; (A,B) insertion x 116 types x 8 blocks; 8 types of master effects; 5-band master equalizer; 3 bands stereo parts EQ; plug-in insertion available when the PLG100-VH has been installed into slot 1
    Expandability: 3 slots for modular synthesis plug-in boards

    Voices:
    Preset - 768 normal voices + 64 drum kits
    GM - 128 normal voices + 1 drum kit
    User - 128 x 2 (Bank 1 original, Bank 2 picked up from preset) normal voice + 32 drum kits
    Plug-in Preset - PLG150-AN/DX/PF/DR/PC:64; PLG150-VL:192
    Plug-in User: 64 for each plug-in slot

    Plug-in Voices:
    Preset for the PLG150-AN/DX/PF/DR/PC: 64
    Preset for the PLG150-VL: 192
    User: 64 for each plug-in slot

    Sampling Block:
    Samples: Up to 1024 waveforms (multisamples); up to 128 key banks/waveform; up to 4096 key banks
    Sampling Sources: Analog input L/R; stereo output (resampling); digital/optical available when the AIEB2 has been installed; mLAN available when the mLAN16E has been installed
    A/D Conversion: 20-bit, 64x oversampling
    D/A Conversion: 24-bit, 128x oversampling
    Sampling Data Bits: 16
    Sampling Frequencies: 44.1kHz, 22.05kHz, 11.025kHz, 5.5125kHz (stereo/mono)
    Sampling frequencies of 48kHz, 44.1kHz, and 32kHz can be input digitally when the AIEB2 is installed.
    Sampling frequencies of 44.1kHz (fixed) can be input digitally when the mLAN16E is installed.
    Memory: Optionally installed, expandable to 512MB (256MB DIMM x 2 slots)
    Sample Lengths: 32MB mono, 64MB stereo

    Sampling Time:
    44.1kHz: 6 min. 20 sec.
    22.05kHz: 12 min. 40 sec.
    11.025kHz: 25 min. 20 sec.
    5.0125kHz: 55 min. 40 sec. mono/stereo

    Sample Formats:
    Original format
    WAV
    AIFF
    A3000/4000/5000/SU700 format (loadable only)
    AKAI S1000/S3000 format (loadable only)

    Sequencer Block
    Note Capacity: Approximately 226,000 notes
    Note Resolution: 480 ppq (parts per quarter note)
    Maximum Polyphony: 124 notes
    Tracks: 16 phrase tracks in pattern mode; pattern track, tempo track, scene track in pattern chain mode; 16 sequence tracks (loop on/off can be set for each track) in song mode, tempo track, scene track
    Patterns: 64 x 16 sections; 256 maximum measures
    Phrases: 687 preset; 256 user per pattern
    Songs: 64
    Arpeggio: 1787 preset types; 256 user types
    MIDI sync, MIDI transmit/receive channel, velocity limit, and note limit can be set.
    Sequence Format: Original format; SMF format 0, 1 (format 1 load only)

    Others
    Master: 128 user with 4 zones (master keyboard settings), assignable knob/slider settings, and program change table
    Software: Sequence software compatible with the remote control function
    For Windows: SQ01 V2, Cubase SX, SONAR 2.0, Multi Part Editor for MOTIF-RACK, Multi Part Editor for MOTIF ES
    For Macintosh: Logic 5.5, Digital Performance 3.1
    Controllers: Pitch bend wheel, modulation wheel, ribbon controller, 4 assignable control sliders, 4 assignable knobs, data dial
    Display: 240x64 dot graphic backlit LCD
    External Memory: SmartMedia (3.3V)
    Connectors: OUTPUT L/MONO, R (standard phone jack); ASSIGNABLE OUTPUT L, R (standard phone jack); AD INPUT L, R (standard phone jack); PHONES (standard stereo phone jack); FOOTCONTROLLER 1/ 2
    FOOTSWITCH x 2 (SUSTAIN, ASSIGNABLE); BREATH MIDI IN/OUT/THRU
    USB (TO HOST, TO DEVICE); AC INLET
    Power Consumption: 38W
    Dimensions: 57-3/8"W x 18-1/4"D x 6-5/8"H
    Weight: 62.4 lbs.
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4.8

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You Definitely Get What You Pay For

The Yamaha Motif ES8 is the cream of the crop of workstation keyboards. Of the three brand dominators, the Yamaha Motif, the Korg Triton, and the Roland Fantom, the Motif is most...Read complete review

The Yamaha Motif ES8 is the cream of the crop of workstation keyboards. Of the three brand dominators, the Yamaha Motif, the Korg Triton, and the Roland Fantom, the Motif is most designed for the working musician. For the playing keyboardist, the Motif offers a vast, pristine repertoire of sounds. You will find a large selection of wonderful piano and keyboard options. The concert grand piano, for example, plays with excellent tone and clarity. The strings and winds are the most realistic of any keyboard's sound set I've found so far. Some of the brass sounds a bit more electronic than most but for the most part still sound true to their instrument. For the DJ, the sampling capabilities are very useful. This workstation will eliminate the need for several of your existing gear. The sound bank comes with a large selection of electronica, dance, and other useful sounds, samples, and riffs, and you can combine and edit them as you please. For the price, you get a lot of keyboard. If you do not plan on using a hundred different instruments or creating your own songs, but still want that quality Yamaha piano sound, you may want to check some other of their keyboards. If you need a workhorse that will improve and expand your capability for recording, producing, and playing, the Motif ES8 is for you!

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Poor Quality All Round

This keyboard was bought by my church and is not a professional players keyboard. The sounds are very poor in quality, the pianos twangy, and organs similar to that found in a casio. ...Read complete review

This keyboard was bought by my church and is not a professional players keyboard. The sounds are very poor in quality, the pianos twangy, and organs similar to that found in a casio. The interface is very slow to use. You will find that many pro bands and churches are in fact NOT using this keyboard.

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1.0

Poor Quality All Round

By TRYNORD

from Brisbane

This keyboard was bought by my church and is not a professional players keyboard. The sounds are very poor in quality, the pianos twangy, and organs similar to that found in a casio. The interface is very slow to use. You will find that many pro bands and churches are in fact NOT using this keyboard.

 
5.0

Great even in combat!

By Marcjoellopez

from Ft Drum, NY / Iraq

I've owned this board for about 2 years and thought it was great. It's durability and sturdiness left me in awe now that I'm in Iraq.Truly the greatest board I've ever owned.

 
5.0

THE BEST KEYBOARD EVER

By JOSH CARIAS

from Aiken, South Carolina

My band owns this keyboard. This keyboard is so awesome. We use at church and it has seriously taken us to another level as far as music. The sound is amazing. We play Latin music however it is used my so many artist such as Stevie Wonder, Alisha Keys, and many gospel bands and even rock bands. You NEED this keyboard. It will blow you away.

 
5.0

WORKStation extraordinairre

By Heavy G

from Chicago, IL

Wow. Where do I start? First let me say that I spent a TON of time researching workstations prior to my purchase. I really wanted the Korg Extreme, as a lot of the guys I dig play them (Moby, Hammer, Rudess, etc)...and I was this close to buying it. Then all those whispers from everywher in my ear became really loud (Motif, Motif, Motif). Many subject matter experts made me really open up my ears and LISTEN to them all objectively. I sat and A/Bed it with the Fantom and the Extreme. Each objection about the Motif melted away. "It isn't good for Pads and Electronic music". Wrong. The tones were clearly more lush (in my opinion, of course) than the others. Not to mention, the onboard arpeggios and grooves were INCREDIBLE. "The user interface is so complicated". I was able to navigate around without much problem. Sure, it is a POWERFUL tool and is complex...but I found it no more difficult than the Extreme or Fantom to sequence or call up a voice. All in all, this is an amazing workstation. I wanted something that was "all in one" for the home project studio that could provide live support...but most importantly, would have the BEST SOUND for my recordings. My ears told me that the Yamaha was the clear winner in meeting my needs... Bravo, Yamaha.

 
5.0

Fantastic sounds

By Edex

from Chesapeake, VA

I purchased the ES8 a few weeks ago after hearing rave reviews on this keyboard. This keyboard is truly awesome. Having played a digital baby grand piano for years, I'm just fascinated by the different sounds the Motif brings. The voice and performance mode is not that bad to learn. Check out motifator.com, it's an excellent support for Motif owners.Once you get to the song and pattern mode with the on board sequencer, that's when it becomes challenging. It may take a while for me to create a song on the Motif, but I'll take things a little bit at a time.Definitely the Motif is worth the money.

 
5.0

not a keyboard for sissies

By RainMan

from Atlanta, GA

The ES-8 has some of the most beautiful voices and our church program really uses the fill ins when we have a missing instrument in our orchestra. The technology isn't too bad if you are synth savvy but it does baffle the novice. I still have a ton to learn and am considering the Tyros 2 as my main studio instrument... love those voices.. wish had 88 keys.. Still the ES-8 has a ton of features and, despite the learning curve is hard to beat.

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5.0

awesome

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I love this keyboard. I bought it in december of 2003, and have never regretted buying it. It is extremely versatile, and can be used to play any style of music. But if you don't believe me, watch some pros in action. Musicans such as Stevie Wonder use this keyboard. It's on American Idol. They know what they are doing. Just check out some random concerts and look at what keyboards are being used. I bet you will see a motif.

 
5.0

Comparing the sounds

By Twinkletoes

from Minnesota

I have owned the ES-8 for 1 1/2 yrs. I still like the instrument very much, even though the learning curve is high, and the keyboard plays like a sluggish grand piano, when I'm trying to play really fast material. I find I really like the sounds. And I like how the sounds are arranged in categories, so I can find things fast. Lately, I've been wanting a second or third board, so I went to Guitar Center to try different boards. I found the easiest way to do this is to audition the sounds of the "rack" versions available. These "rack" versions have an audition capability, in which an appropriate 10 to 20 second riff is played with that sound. Listen to the Motif ES rack sounds (same brain as the ES6, ES7, or ES8--only packaged differently.) Compare to, eg., the Rolland Fantom. You decide. After all of this, I chose another Motif ES. I never thought I'd choose the same. I just like the sounds that much.

 
5.0

Rocket Science

By Will

from Aurora, CO

I really like the Motif ES 8. I have owned one for almost 1 year. I have played piano for 35 years. The sound quality from the motif is fantastic. But getting around on the motif is difficult. I have read the manual over and over. I even have the video to help. But the video is limited. And the manual is like rocket science. I have learned more on my own then from the manual or the video. I would'nt trade my Motif for anything. But I wish it were more friendly.

 
4.0

Great Sound

By david

from San Marcos

Between the Motif, Triton, and Fantom, I chose the motif because I really enjoyed the motif sounds over the other workstations. Acoustic emulation is fantastic. If you're wondering if this workstation is better than the other workstations, then there is no clear winnner. All three workstations basically do the same thing. It's just a matter of preference when it comes to which sounds you prefer.

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