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Introducing the MX88 music synthesizerplay button

Introducing the MX88 music synthesizer

Yamaha MX88 and FM Essential with Martin Rowe of Private Agendaplay button

Yamaha MX88 and FM Essential with Martin Rowe of Private Agenda


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The Yamaha MX88 music synthesizer offers musicians, producers and performers an all-in-one solution for creative exploration. Boasting Yamaha's acclaimed MOTIF Sound Engine and a weighted 88-key keyboard, the MX88 provides an authentic playing experience and access to over 1,000 inspiring sounds. Connect via USB to your favorite DAW on Mac, Windows or iOS and unlock software including Cubase AI—included with purchase—to start creating right out of the box.

Weighted Keyboard Mimics an Acoustic Piano

The MX88BK's 88-key graded hammer standard keyboard offers a realistic piano touch, with heavier action in the lower keys and lighter action in the higher keys. Special matte black key tops are designed to absorb moisture for a consistently tactile feel during extended playing sessions. For piano players, producers and performers, this premium keyboard provides an experience akin to playing an acoustic piano.

Legendary MOTIF Sound Engine

Under the hood, the MX88 harnesses the power of Yamaha's renowned MOTIF Sound Engine. This technology provides access to over 1,000 high-quality voices derived from Yamaha's flagship MOTIF series synthesizers, including acoustic and electric pianos, strings, brass, woodwinds, drums and cutting-edge synth sounds. With 128 notes of polyphony, complex performances with richly textured layers and splits are reproduced flawlessly.

Seamless Computer and iOS Integration

Connecting the MX88 to your computer is plug-and-play thanks to a class-compliant USB audio/MIDI interface. Mac and Windows users can install the included Cubase AI digital audio workstation software and tap into the MX88's extensive sound set and controller features. For on-the-go creativity, the MX88 also unlocks Cubasis LE and FM Essential apps on iOS devices like the iPad.

Perform and Produce Without Limits

Whether on stage or in the studio, the Yamaha MX88 removes creative barriers for keyboard players, producers and performers. An array of real-time controllers—including pitch bend, modulation wheel, sustain pedal and assignable knobs—provide expressive control over voices and effects. The MX88's 3.5 mm AUX input lets you connect and monitor mobile devices or tablets during playback. And with 128 notes of polyphony, 16 channels of MIDI and stereo audio streaming via USB, complex compositions with rich layers and splits can be achieved without dropouts or latency.

Yamaha MX88 Music Synthesizer Black
Yamaha MX88 Music Synthesizer Black
Yamaha MX88 Music Synthesizer Black

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  • Class-compliant USB Audio/MIDI for true plug-and-play connectivity
  • Layer, zone, switch, cycle, randomize and control up to eight Voice elements
  • Recreates the sound and behavior of vintage effects and signal processors
  • 16 channels of MIDI data via a single USB cable without any external devices
  • DAW Remote controls the transport, mixer and software instruments

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  • Tone Generator: AWM2
  • Maximum Polyphony: 128 notes
  • Multi-Timbral Capacity: 16 parts (Internal)
  • Wave: Approx. 166 MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format)
  • Voices: Preset: 1,106 Normal Voices + 61 Drum Kits, GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit, User: 128 Normal Voices + 8 Drum Kits
  • Performance: User: 128 (16 parts)
  • Effects: Reverb x 9 types (42 presets), Chorus x 17 types (88 presets), Insertion Effect x 48 types (267 presets) x 4, Master EQ (5 bands)
  • Tempo (BPM): 5–300
  • Songs: 27 Demo Songs
  • Patterns: 208 Patterns
  • Arpeggio: 999 types
  • Sequence formats: SMF Format 0 (playback only)
  • Sequence Software compatible with the Remote Control function: For Windows: Cubase 8 or later, SONAR X2 Producer for Mac: Cubase 8 or later, Logic Pro X, Digital Performer 9 
  • Controllers: Pitch Bend Wheel x 1, Modulation Wheel x 1, Assignable Knob x 4, [DATA] dial x 1
  • Display: 3-digit LED + 20 x 2-line character LCD (backlit)
  • Connectors: OUTPUT [L / MONO] / [R] (standard phone jack), [PHONE] (standard stereo phone jack), [FOOT CONTROLLER], [SUSTAIN], MIDI [IN] / [OUT], USB [TO HOST] (Class Compliant support)/ [TO DEVICE], [AUX IN], DC IN
  • Power Supply: 9W
  • Accessories: AC adaptor (PA-150B or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha), Owner's Manual, Cubase AI Download Information