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The new MOTIF-RACK XS is packed full of inspiring sounds, exciting rhythms and expressive control that spur your creativity to new heights - any time, any place.

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The new MOTIF-RACK XS is packed full of inspiring sounds, exciting rhythms and expressive control that spur your creativity to new heights - any time, any place.

The compact MOTIF-RACK XS gives you an enormous selection of voices based on the popular, professional-level MOTIF XS, studio-level effect processing, five real-time Control Knobs for tweaking 20 different parameters as you play,a wide-ranging library of convenient Multi-part presets, thousands of automatic Arpeggios at your fingertips, and seamless hardware/software integration.

Never before has such comprehensive control, music-making versatility and sheer sonic power been combined in such a small, easy-to-use package. The MOTIF-RACK XS recording system is a little powerhouse that has all you need - effectively doing the work of several tone generators and processors. Simply hook it up to a laptop or a keyboard workstation and you've got an entire studio's worth of sounds and effects at your fingertips - plus a whole world of inspiration you can tap into.

Cubase AI 4 software is included with the MOTIF-RACK XS to provide a set of advanced software tools that are easy to use while delivering extensive recording and production capabilities. In addition to advanced audio recording and editing, Cubase AI 4 offers a range of MIDI sequencing capabilities, an entire suite of VST effect plug-ins, and a HALionOne sample player featuring selected waves from the famed Yamaha MOTIF synthesizers.

  • Wide range of dynamic and authentic Voices — total of 1,152 Voices and 65 Drum Kits
  • Powerful Arpeggio function — simultaneous playback of four types, total 6,633 available
  • Five real-time Control Knobs, for adjusting the sound as you perform or record
  • Convenient, intuitive editing of all settings from computer with MOTIF-RACK XS Editor
  • Full integration with the popular Cubase series audio/MIDI recording software
  • CUBASE AI 4 Features:
  • Cubase 4 audio engine.
  • 48 audio tracks and up to 64 MIDI tracks.
  • 25 VST effect plug-ins, including 15 new VST3 plug-in effects.
  • HALionOne software sample player with selected MOTIF waves.
  • Plug and Play VST/MIDI setup.
  • Studio Connections Integration.
  • Tone Generator AWM2, with Expanded Articulation
  • Polyphony 128 notes
  • Wave 355MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 2,670 waveforms
  • Voice Preset: 1,024 Normal Voices + 64 Drum Kits
  • GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit
  • User: 128 x 3 Normal Voices + 32 Drum Kits (Both of the User Voices are selected and copied
  • from Preset bank)
  • Multi User: 128 Multis
  • Reverb 9 types
  • Chorus 22 types
  • Insertion A 53 types (up to 8 blocks available in the Multi mode)
  • Insertion B 53 types (up to 8 blocks available in the Multi mode)
  • Master Effect 9 types
  • Master EQ 5 bands (High, High Mid, Mid, Low Mid, Low)
  • Part EQ 3 bands (High, Mid, Low)
  • Arpeggio Type 6,633 types
  • * MIDI Sync, MIDI transmit/receive channel, Velocity Limit, and Note Limit can be set.
  • VOLUME knob, Encoder knob, Cursor buttons, AUDITION button, STORE button, ENTER button, EXIT button, VOICE button, EFFECT button, EDIT button, MULTI button, SELECT button, UTILITY button, Knobs 1 — 5
  • Front Panel PHONES
  • MONO and R, DC/IN, mLAN (when the mLAN16E2 has been installed)
  • Display 160 x 64-dot graphic backlit LCD
  • Supplied Accessories: AC Power adaptor (PA-301, PA-300B or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha), Owner's manual (this book), Data List, Disk x 1 (containing DAW software)
  • Power Consumption:
  • When the AC power adaptor is connected to both the MOTIF-RACK XS and the AC outlet, and the VOLUME knob is in the STANDBY position: 0.3 W
  • When the power is turned on: 15W
  • When the power is turned on and the optional mLAN16E2 has been installed: 20W
  • Digital Output (COAXIAL): 44.1kHz, 24bit
  • Dimensions: 480 (W) x 379.4 (D) x 44 (H) mm
  • Weight: 4.2kg
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Great Addition to any studio


from Brigham City, Utah

IF you haven't yet played the motif, you are missing out! The quality of the sounds are really a step up from a lot of other keyboards out there. What make this worth while is the deep editing that can be done on any sound/effects/routing and Intricate Midi mixing. The MLAN board is a must if you want pristine audio quality doing both Midi and audio in one firewire cord!!! This is a MUST have for beginners to Pro's. Works great with all the latest Midi control boards out there with no problem!!!

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The Black Box Strikes Again

By Scoot

from Layton, UT

What a riot, to have so many usable sounds in one dependable black box, that fits nicely in my rack with my other older synth rack toys. It was never with the idea that I was replacing the older rack modules that I bout the XS, but rather to have more flexibility, particularly with acoustic piano sounds (Which are fantastic BTW). What fun though to have some rock guitar sounds to riff with my guitar buddies, great organ w/Leslie rotor adjustable. I already have two great MIDI mother keyboards and didn't need another one. To have the MOTIF in a rack mountable form is the best of both worlds. Way to go Yam'!!!!

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This is it!

By tribeojudah

from Wisconsin

Take it from an owner of the Motif ES Workstation. I love my ES but just had to get the new sounds and the new FX, so I got the Rack XS. I was not disappointed. The new FX are awesome. The reverb is a big improvement from the ES. The sound of this engine is a little more robust. Patches from the ES sound better or different in a more positive way in the Rack XS. The strings and pads are plentiful and spot on. There seems to be more of a variety of all sounds on board with maybe one exception.........the pianos. Not a big variety of those but the ones they have are very good. You have your Grand piano that will cut through anything and a Mellow version for more intimate jazzy sets. The layout of the interface is an improvement especially if you use the rack for live purposes. You don't get detailed editing from the front panel, but you get just the right parameters to tweak here and there to make the sounds your own. The knobs are perfect for that. But these sounds are so good, I doubt you will need to do any deep editing for your bread and butter sounds. If there is something negative about the Rack XS is there is no room for expansion. No plugs. No sampler. But I can't think of anything you would need that you couldn't get with what's already onboard. The sounds are just that good to me. Another positive is the firewire expansion card to track 16 channels of midi to your DAW of choice. Bottom line -- these sounds will be popular for a very long time.

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