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The Yamaha MOX8 combines a MOTIF XS sound engine, a MIDI keyboard controller with extensive DAW and VST control, multi-channel USB audio interfacing, onboard sequencing, and an extensive DAW / VST sof... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Yamaha MOX8 combines a MOTIF XS sound engine, a MIDI keyboard controller with extensive DAW and VST control, multi-channel USB audio interfacing, onboard sequencing, and an extensive DAW / VST software bundle. The MOX8 is the most powerful, mobile and affordable Yamaha music workstation ever.

MOTIF XS sound engine
MOX has the exact same 1,270 sounds as the acclaimed MOTIF XS covering a wide variety of music styles. Starting with the Yamaha's acclaimed Concert Grand Piano CFIII grand piano sound; all the acoustic instrument sounds (strings, brass, guitar, bass, drums and more) that made the MOTIF XS so popular are included.. Of course the 8 element Voices, 18 different filter types and extensive effects section are also great for creating the vintage analog and modern digital synthesizer sounds that are used in the electronic and hip hop music scenes. All the sounds you'll need for both live performance and music production in a variety of styles are contained in the MOX.

Performance mode to enhance your creativity
You can combine multiple Voices together (up to 4 parts) and play them on one MIDI channel in performance mode, allowing you to play dynamic layered sounds or play solos along with drums and bass backing tracks. With the interactive Arp engine, even playing simple chords or just one finger gives you complete musical performances to spark your creativity. The MOX has 256 preset performances in a wide variety of music style including Rock, World, Hip Hop Jazz, etc.

Easy operation and comprehensive controls
Category search mode makes it fast and intuitive get to your ideal instrument. 16 different instrument categories with sub-categories make it quick to get the sound you need. With the Performance Creator (a new feature taken from the S90 XS, you can easily build up layer or split Performances by a single button press. Start with a Voice you like, press LAYER and a suitable layer sound will be chosen. Press SPLIT and a left hand Bass sound is called up automatically. Go to DRUM ASSIGN and you can play along with the tons of built in rhythm patterns.

Plenty of Effets including Virtual Circuitry Modeling effects
MOX has a wide variety of effects for both the internal keyboard sounds and for use with the A/D inputs including a Vocoder for vocal formant controlled synth sounds.. Also Yamaha's proprietary VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology that, rather than simply attempting to approach the desired sound using conventional digital audio methods, actually models the original analog circuitry ” right down to the last resistor and capacitor. With the MOX, the high-quality effects found in our industry-standard digital recording consoles are at your fingertips. MOX also includes the award-winning "REV-X" reverb, the same professionally renowned reverb found in the SPX2000.

Sequencer mode to build up your inspiration as quickly as possible
MOX features a built-in sequencer which lets you produce high-quality music productions without the need for a computer or any other external devices. The sequencer features both real-time recording, which records your performance data as you play it, and Step recording, which is suitable for recording precise phrases or other difficult passages. Moreover, you can use the creative inspiration from Performances and directly record them to a Song/Pattern simply by pressing the [REC] button. After creating the outline in a matter of seconds you can easily edit and refine your song to final completion right on the MOX. MOX features 6,720 types of arppegiator patterns which contains all the phrase of instruments, so you can easily add additional part onto your song data.

A single USB cable for both Audio and MIDI connections
A single USB cable lets you integrate both Audio and MIDI with your MAC or PC computer. MOX has a built-in 4-in 2-out USB audio interface so you can record MOX's internal sound directly to your MAC or PC. Two dedicated audio inputs can be used to recording guitars and vocals into your computer. Compatible with all the major DAWs including Cubase, you can digitally record the sounds of the MOX and anything connected to the stereo analog inputs directly to your favorite DAW. Not only for music production, the USB connectivity and in-depth keyboard controller functionality lets you also playback and control your VST soft synths via the audio outputs of your MOX, allowing you to easily integrate VSTs into your live stage shows with no extra gear- just add computer and play.

Bundled software and editors
The MOX comes bundled with a 48-track version of Steinberg's Cubase AI software, Prologue, Steinberg's VA soft synth for vintage analog synth sounds and a new Yamaha Organ YC-3B "Clonewheel" organ emulation VST. (The installer package of Soft synthesizers is available at Dedicated Editor Software lets you easily edit your MOX just like a soft synthesizer. In fact, by using the MOX Editor VST, you can turn the MOX into a hardware accelerated VSTi. Combined with Media Bay in Cubase, you can categorize and select MOX's sound from a unified universal library of all your VST sounds. There is even a special editor for setting up the MIDI keyboard controls and remote functions. The MOX is the latest and best example of Yamaha's commitment to integrating our keyboards into the computer music production environment.

88-key Graded Hammer Standard(GHS) action, and new 61-key semi-weighted action
The MOX8 features an 88-key GHS keyboard. This feature provides authentic, realistic keyboard response”much like the playing feel of an acoustic piano”with the lower keys being heavy in touch, the higher keys light, and all the natural gradations in between. The keyboard has been designed and adjusted so that you easily and expressively play the rich variety of sounds of the instrument.

Mobility “ Light and easy to carry
The MOX8's lightweight body (32.6 lb., 14.8kg) makes it easy to carry it to rehearsals or gigs, making it pound-for-pound the most powerful workstation Yamaha has ever made. Both the MOX6 and MOX8 are 50% lighter in weight than the comparable MOTIF models.


  • 1,217 Voices and 355 MB of waveforms taken from the MOTIF XS
  • XA (Expanded Articulation) tone generation system
  • More than 256 Performances that spark your musical inspiration
  • Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) effects
  • 6,720 arpeggiator patterns and the 4-part interactive arpeggio engine
  • Direct Performance recording
  • Performance Creator for quick setting of Splits, Layers, and Drum Parts
  • Category Search provides instant access to the Voices you want
  • Comprehensive sequencer including step recording
  • 88-key Graded Hammer-Action keyboard
  • Lightweight body
  • Built-in 4-in 2-out USB Audio/MIDI interface
  • Bundled with YC-3B Organ Emulator soft synth, Prologue analog synth, and Cubase AI
  • Advanced Integration with P-
  • Dimensions: Width 52"W x 3-3/4"H x 16"D (1,320mm x 168mm x 405 mm)
  • Weight: 32.6 lb. (14.8kg)
  • Control Interface
  • Keyboard
    • Number of keys: 88
    • Type: GHS keyboard
    • Initial touch: Yes (A/V Only)
    Tone generator
    • Tone Generator: AWM2, with Expanded Articulation
    • Maximum polyphony: 64 notes
    • Multi timbral capacity: 16 parts (Internal), A/D input part
    • Wave: 355MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 2,670 waveforms
    • Voices Preset: 1,024 Normal Voices + 64 Drum Kits, GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit, User: 128 x 3 (selected and copied from Preset bank), Normal Voice + 32 drum kits
    • Performance: User 128 x 2 (up to 4 parts)
    • Filter: 18 types
    • Effects: reverb x 9 types, chorus x 22 types, insertion (A, B) x 54 types x 3 parts, vocoder x 1 (uses both Insertion Effect A and B blocks), master effect x 9 types, master EQ (5 bands), part EQ (3 bands, stereo)
    • Note capacity: Approx. 226,000 notes
    • Note resolution: 480 ppq (parts per quarter note)
    • Maximum polyphony: 124 notes
    • Tempo (BPM): 5 “ 300
    • Song recording type: Real time replace, Real time overdub (with the exception of the Pattern Chain), Real time punch in/out (Song only), Step (with the exception of the Pattern Chain)
    • Song tracks: Pattern: 16 Phrase Tracks, Pattern Chain: Pattern Track, Tempo Track, Scene Track, Song: 16 sequence Tracks (Loop on/off can be set for each Track), Tempo Track, Scene Track
    • Songs: 64 Songs, Mixing Voices: 16 Voices per Song and up to 256 Voices for all Patterns, Mixing Templates: 32 for all Songs and Patterns
    • Patterns: 64 patterns (x 16 sections), measures: 256 maximum
    • Phrases: user phrases: 256 per pattern
    • Arpeggio: Preset: 6,720 types, User: 256 types (MIDI Sync, MIDI transmit/receive channel, Velocity Limit, and Note Limit can be set.)
    • Scene memory: 5 per song
    • Sequence formats: Original format, SMF format 0, 1 (Format 1 load only)
    • Master: User - 128 (each master includes master keyboard settings with 4 zones, assignable knob/slider settings, program change table.)
    • Sequence software compatible with the remote control function: For Windows: Cubase 5.5, SONAR 8; for Macintosh: Cubase 5.5, Logic 9, Digital Performer 6, 7 (Functions to be controlled differ depending on the software.)
    • Controllers Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, Assignable Knob x 8, [DATA] dial x 1, Assignable Function buttons x 2
    • Display: 240 x 64 dot, backlit LCD
    • Connectors: OUTPUT [L/MONO]/[R] (standard phone jack), A/D INPUT [L]/[R] (standard phone jack), [PHONES] (standard stereo phone jack), [FOOT CONTROLLER], FOOT SWITCH [ASSIGNABLE]/[SUSTAIN], MIDI [IN]/[OUT]/[THRU], USB [TO HOST]/[TO DEVICE], DC IN
    • Power Supply: 10W
    • Accessories: AC adaptor (PA-150 or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha), USB cable, Owner' Manual, Online Manual CD-ROM x 1 (containing Reference Manual, Synthesizer Parameter Manual, and Data List), DVD-ROM x 1 (containing DAW software)
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    YamahaMOX8 88-Key Graded Hammer Action Music Production Synthesizer Workstation

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


    Good outwieght minor deficiencies

    By Edward Wright

    from Long Beach, CA

    Comments about Yamaha MOX8 88-Key Graded Hammer Action Music Production Synthesizer Workstation:

    At the time of this review, the internet is full of promotional reviews and videos, but I have found few reviews written by average Joes. This MOX8 was originally purchased to replace a Fatar SL-880 Pro (4 zone master) because I wanted something portable and self-contained. So far, the good outweighs the bad. I will start with the coolest things: easy recording and looping, fat voices, and an endless variety of arpeggiators. Also, in the Master mode, the 4 zone midi controller of the MOX8 can store many zone configurations. Right out of the box, based only on videos I have seen, I was able to quickly lay down a 16 bar blues pattern with four variations. There was no clumsy fumbling around with controls or menus. It was simple. When you combine this looping and recording feature with the arpeggiators, you get the sense of unlimited creative possibilities. My second favorite thing is the fat analog synth sounds. �ۡ��̏Lucky,�ۡ�ݕ�_ for example sounds like Emerson�ۡ���s large Moog with many oscillators running at once. This is by far the closest I�ۡ���ve heard to an analog synth coming from a digital box. Enough has been said about the array of Motif voices that are included, so I will leave it at that. However, with all due respect to the Motif sound engine, in my humble opinion, the default "Full Concert Grand" is nowhere near as realistic and bright as the Kurzweil (PC3 or Micro Ensemble voices 1 or 2). In fact, the piano has three problems. First, compared to the SL-880 Pro, the action feels a bit sluggish. Like most hammer-action boards (except maybe the high-end Rolands), it is not ideal for organ trills and paradiddles. The stiffness could be partly because of its newness and it is not a deal breaker; I have no compunction about making the switch. My second reservation is the sound. The multi-dynamic effect is excellent and the lower sounds are rich and wonderful. However, as mentioned above, it lacks the brightness and realism of a Kurzweil. Third and most infuriating is the sustain function for the pianos (this is why I only gave it 4 stars). There is absolutely no decay. You cannot hear the new notes over the old notes. The workaround suggested by the manual is that you buy a special Yamaha FC3 peddle if you want the sustain to sound like a real piano. This is a bit insulting because every synth and tone module I have used that came with piano samples has always, by default, sustained like a real piano. This includes Roland, Korg, and even a cheaper Yamaha that I own. I�ۡ���m not sure what the thinking was here, but it is by far the biggest design blunder I have come across. My own workaround for both the sound and the sustain is to use the midi-out to drive a separate Micro Ensemble for pianos. With respect to the missing after touch, I wont go into that. I can work around it. These few little imperfections (which, except for the sustain thing, are matters of preference) in no way make me regret the purchase. The MOX8 is a versatile master controller, a brilliant synth, and a powerful easy-to-use workstation. The majority of the voices are first rate. The synth sounds are the best I have heard from a digital keyboard, and the thousands of arpeggiators combined with the ease of looping and recording far outweigh the minor deficiencies.

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    Powerful AND Lightweight

    By Frank Scales

    from Lincoln, CA

    Comments about Yamaha MOX8 88-Key Graded Hammer Action Music Production Synthesizer Workstation:

    I just purchased the MOX8 to replace an original MOTIF ES 8 for two reasons. The weight and to add virtual control features. The MOX8 fit the bill perfectly. And of course I get to still have all the MOTIF sounds. I move my keyboard setup to and from a 'portable' church every Sunday and the near 70 pound load of the MOTIF was too much. I was finding myself not even bothering to set it back up in my studio after Sundays. Not good. Now, with a soft-side case, lightweight board and extensive DAW and virtual control I'll be using the MOX a lot more. The sound library is very extensive, and if you've been a MOTIF owner, the arrangement of buttons, sound library will be very familiar. As others have mentioned, you'll have to get used to it's lighter frame and the fact that it has a low voltage power adapter - which in times past screamed of cheap. I assure you it's not, especially once you play it. The keyboard feels very natural playing piano parts and doesn't feel too heavy for synth & string parts. Hats off to Yamaha for listening to players and delivering what they ask for! The MOX8 is a near perfect fit.


    MOX8 versus MOX

    By 1327510

    from Naples, Florida

    Comments about Yamaha MOX8 88-Key Graded Hammer Action Music Production Synthesizer Workstation:

    I bought both synths from Guitar Center in the years they were first released. There's little difference in their great sounds and easy user interfaces but they are and my experience with them have been different. You may prefer the silver finish of the MO but it doesn?t wear well over time. Except for a poorly designed bottom panel, it's solid, made of metal and is relatively heavy at almost 50 pounds. The keyboard itself can take a beating from a player with a heavy touch. After the warranty you can get inside and repair it yourself. UPS delivered my MO8 from Guitar Center/Kansas City in perfect condition and it has proven to be a workhorse. The MOX?s user interface has been improved and it's easier to program and operate. The number of voices has been increased and the performances have been updated. Unlike the MO, an FC-7 half damper pedal will work with it. It has a less square, modern shape with a black finish that won't come off. It?s outer shell is plastic and the KEYBOARD HAS BEEN LIGHTENED UP making it about 15 pounds lighter than the MO. The lightening up of the keyboard itself was not advertised by Yamaha, making it feel more piano-like but less able to handle a player with a heavy touch. And unlike the MO, users will never want to open up the MOX themselves. Even the pro techs can?t close it up right. My MOX8 came from Guitar Center/Kansas City with a cracked part under one key and there were 6 other keys making a lot of noise when played that were not properly dampened. Since there?s a FILE DATA INCOMPATIBILITY between the two synths (also not advertised by Yamaha), it took me 3 months to program the MOX before I could get it on stage to finally break through the part completely. Since I couldn't prove that the damage wasn't a result of my abuse, Yamaha made me pay $100 to ship it to their California repair facility. The synth was returned to me in two weeks (1 day in repair) but the outer shell was bent so the synth would not sit flat! Yamaha paid for shipping back to their repair facility in California but it took a month (2 weeks in repair) to get it back to me. The MOX8 is an improvement in many ways but is no longer a workhorse.


    Absolutely Outstanding Board

    By John

    from Mesa, AZ

    Comments about Yamaha MOX8 88-Key Graded Hammer Action Music Production Synthesizer Workstation:

    This workstation is outstanding! The built-in voices sound absolutely exceptional, and area almost endlessly customizable. The integration with Cubase is flawless. The "Cubase AI" version comes bundled, but I use it with the full version of Cubase 7.5 and it is an absolute joy to work with. I actually like this board quite a bit better than its successor the "MOXF8". The sounds that I use seem a bit more rich, even though they come from the Motif XS instead of the XF series. But that is a matter or personal opinion. The weighted keyboard feels exactly as it should and provides the proper response to play both classical works, and modern dance and electronic music. The audio in feature is excellent and can handle inputs from a microphone, guitar, bass, or almost anything. However it does not support condenser microphones which require phantom power. The effects and arpeggiator features are amazing, and I feel it will take a long time to master all the features of this workstation. I cannot recommend it more highly!

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