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Yamaha MM8 Music Synthesizer

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The MM8 Music Synthesizer delivers all the musical power and creative control you need - and a whole lot more. Taking their sounds from the highly popular pro-level MOTIF series instruments, the MM8 has an enormous variety of dynamic, authentic Voices to help you create and perform in virtually any style of music.This powerful keyboard also gives y...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The MM8 Music Synthesizer delivers all the musical power and creative control you need - and a whole lot more. Taking their sounds from the highly popular pro-level MOTIF series instruments, the MM8 has an enormous variety of dynamic, authentic Voices to help you create and perform in virtually any style of music.

This powerful keyboard also gives you total control over your sound, letting you dynamically change sonic textures as you play with real-time tweakable knobs. Also built-in are special Patterns that provide full instrumental backing - drums, bass and chords - to accompany your live performance and song creation.

The full length 88-key keyboard of the MM8 delivers natural touch and expressive control over the complete piano range.

The MM8 keyboard has 418 Voices and 22 Drum Kits on board, all based on the dynamic, realistic sounds of the advanced MOTIF series synthesizers. These exceptionally high-quality sounds range from authentic acoustic instruments to wild, unique and in-your-face synth Voices. An extra set of GM Voices is built into the instrument as well, giving you all you need to play back songs recorded in that popular format. With so many Voices to choose from, you might think it's difficult to select the ones you need. Not so. The convenient Category Search function lets you choose the type of instrument you want to play - organ, guitar, synth, lead, strings, whatever - then select the specific Voice. All your favorite sounds are right at your fingertips, ready to play when you are.

Arpeggiator Madness
Generate some excitement, and tap into even more inspiration while you play with the Arpeggio feature. This lets you automatically trigger repeating rhythmic phrases, riffs, broken chords and melodic patterns - and even change them harmonically by the notes or chords you play with your left hand. The MM8 comes with 213 different Arpeggio types built in, providing a variety of musically useful and exciting patterns to get the house jumping or to jump start your song writing. Bass arpeggios and Drum Voice rhythm loops are included as well for setting up dynamic riffs and beats to jam over.

Patterns for Jamming
Want some instant inspiration? The MM8 has a full set of Patterns that give you powerful 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 get your music moving in the right direction. What's more, these Patterns are as close to the real thing as you can get. Patterns that stay solidly 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, make you move, and help you create some serious music.

Comprehensive Control
The MM series is all about control. Take a look at some of the ways you can use it to power your performance and make your songs really stand out.

Tweak Your Sound
Once you've called up a synth Voice, you can simply play it as a static sound by pressing the keys - or you can take it another level up, and tweak the sound while you play with the four control knobs. Make it sing and weep or make it scream and holler. Change the filter cutoff and resonance settings for real-time texture shifts, and tweak the EG attack and release to completely alter the dynamic feel of the Voice as you play.

Piano-like Expressiveness - Graded Hammer Keyboard
Drawing on its long experience (over 100 years!) in crafting fine acoustic pianos, Yamaha has equipped the MM8 with a remarkably expressive GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) keyboard. If you're a piano player, you'll notice and appreciate the difference as soon as you touch the keys - the instrument feels and responds like a grand piano! The GHS keys are weighted heavier on the lower notes and gradually become lighter as you play up the keyboard, giving you detailed expressive control over the sound.

Performance Memory
When you play live, you want to be able to make sound changes quickly - not just between songs, but right in the middle as well. The Performance Memory feature is the perfect tool for doing this, letting you seamlessly switch gears in the middle of a performance (or recording) and take things up a notch, or bring the dynamics down instantly. Each Performance can store combined settings for the Voices you want to use (including keyboard splits and layers), the Patterns you'll use for backing, and any other crucial settings you may need - then select them simply by pressing a single button. Up to 64 Performances (eight banks of eight each) can be saved to the instrument, and you can save even more to USB memory stick.

Song Creation and More
The MM8 is also an ideal tools for song writing and demo making. The powerful, authentic sounds of the MM series as well as its dynamic Patterns and Arpeggios ensure that your tracks sound completely professional. Up to five User Songs can be recorded to the instrument, and with the built-in rear panel USB terminal, you can store up to 400 Songs to a USB memory stick or thumb drive. In fact, the USB connection lets you store Pattern files, Performance settings and all other important data you've created, and then bring it to a computer for archiving and organizing. Songs can also be saved in the universal SMF (Standard MIDI File) format for use on any SMF-compatible device, including DAW software.

In the Studio
At home or in the studio, the MM8 can serve as the center of your music production system. Most of today's music is being made on computers and the MM series fits right into any computer music system. Just connect the USB To Host terminal on the instrument to your computer with a standard USB cable, and you've got a compact, yet full-featured recording setup. And just to make sure you get a head start, we've included a free copy of Cubase AI 4 - a sophisticated music production software that has all you need to record your performance data from the MM8 via MIDI (and even use plug-in synthesizers in the software), edit the data, process the sounds with effects, arrange it in multiple tracks and perform final mixdown.

CUBASE AI 4 Software Included
The Cubase AI 4 software bundled with the MM series Music Synthesizer harnesses the power of the Steinberg Cubase 4 digital audio workstation 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.


MM8 features:
Super-high-quality sounds
Tons of real-time control
Dynamic music creation tools, including automatic Pattern and Arpeggiator generators
Performance Memory for instant, full-panel setting changes
Versatile song recording features with eight normal tracks and one pattern track
Convenient, easy-to-use data storage solutions

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.
20 MIDI music styles and 480 audio drum loops included.
MM8: 88 keys GHS Keyboard (Initial touch)

Tone Generator: AWM2
Polyphony: 32 notes
Multi Timbral Capacity: 16 parts
Wave: 70MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format)
Voice: Preset: 418 normal voices + 22 drum kits
GM: 128 normal voices + 1 drum kit
Performance: 8 banks x 8
Effect System: Reverb x 25 types, Chorus x 30 types, Variation x 189 types
Master Equalize: 5 types

Note Resolution: 96 ppq (parts per quarter note)
Tempo: 11-280 BPM(Beats Per Minutes)
Recording type: Real time replace
Tracks: 8 + 8 (Pattern track)
Patterns: 168 patterns (x 4 sections)
Songs: Preset: 3 songs
User: 5 songs
USB: 400 songs maximum
Arpeggio: Preset x 213 types

Controllers: Pitch Bend wheel x 1, Modulation wheel x1, Knob x 4, Data Dial x 1
Display: 320 x 240 dot Graphic LCD (Backlit)
Connectors: OUTPUT L/MONO, R (standard phone jack), PHONES (standard stereo phone jack), FOOT CONTROLLER, SUSTAIN, MIDI IN/OUT, USB (TO HOST, TO DEVICE), DC INLET
Power Consumption: 12W
Dimensions, Weight: 1340(W) x 445(D) x 157(H) mm, 15.6kg
Accessories: AC Adapter, Owner's Manual, Supplied Disk (supplied DAW software)

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By Nathaniel Fish

from Easley,SC

Comments about Yamaha MM8 Music Synthesizer:

So many features and voices I don't think I will ever be able to do everything on this thing. I play the piano, organ, and electric bass, so I have some experience and this product is well put together and very versatile. All I can say is BUY ONE!

(53 of 55 customers found this review helpful)


You have got to love this!!

By gruff6

from Rancho Cucamonga

Comments about Yamaha MM8 Music Synthesizer:

This keyboard is totally worth it for the price. It is a must have for any accomplished musician. The sounds are so real. I also own a Roland fantom x8 but i get all the same stuff and more for almost half the price!!! I recommend it.

(36 of 41 customers found this review helpful)


Finally: A weighted action 88 key synth under 35 pounds!

By Anthony Shepherd

from Detroit, MI

Comments about Yamaha MM8 Music Synthesizer:

15 pounds lighter than other Motifs, MO8, S90 great sounds. It's not meant to be a full service work station, but it's ready to rock the gig!

(36 of 37 customers found this review helpful)


Perfect Jump

By Nick Lawrence

from New Oxford, Pennsylvania

Comments about Yamaha MM8 Music Synthesizer:

I been playing a 88 key electric piano for over 5 years but it did not have enough effects to take to live gigs. The MM8 was the perfect jump for me. Plenty of effects that gave me the addtional range that I needed for live gigs. The price was right and sound is comparable to a workstations that are two or three times the cost of this instrument. I would recommend this to anyone making the jump from an electric basic piano to a MUSIC SYNTHESIZER.

(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome, but I still have needs that arent met!

By Nicholas Senseman

from Fort collins Colorado

Comments about Yamaha MM8 Music Synthesizer:

This keyboard is really nice of course, but i still cant get everything i want from it. when i turn split on i cant get sustain on my split sound, and i dont have the option of changing that. Also for some reason when i have dsp level on along with split, when i turn the master voice dsp level all the way down no sound comes out of the main voice. For $1,000 it is awesome, the sounds are great and you can customize them to almost no end. But I may need to get another keyboard to fit all my needs.


Worthwhile synthsizer

By Bassman

from Atlanta

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    • Accompaniment
    • Concerts
    • Electronic Music

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    I use the MM8 for home recordings...Piano is very realistic as are the other synth sounds.

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