Yamaha Motif xf Synthesizer

Soon after the original MOTIF was released in 2001 this Yamaha synthesizer was recognized as the best sounding, top selling and most requested music workstation on the market. Over time, it has continued to evolve and improve its expressiveness and functionality. At the same time, the online community of end users, sound programmers, software developers and product support specialists at MOTIFATOR has expanded into a vibrant on line music production community.

The MOTIF breathes new life into live performances with its expressive sounds and intuitive control. In music creation, the MOTIF not only offers its own music creation capabilities, it also offers a system for integrating those capabilities with a variety of software applications. And now, the next generation "XF" builds on the decade long heritage of MOTIF, and provides groundbreaking with Flash memory expansion capabilities that will set a new standard for keyboard workstations for years to come.

High-quality voices

Yamaha MotifThe MOTIF XF boasts a rich collection of instrument Voices that includes piano, EPs, strings, wind instruments, orchestral sounds, guitars, basses, and drums, as well as a wide variety of vintage and modern synth sounds. Of special note are the detailed digital re-creations of two Yamaha grand pianos (a 9' CFIII and a 7' S6) that only an acoustic piano manufacturer could achieve. The reproduction in minute detail of even very subtle nuances results in exquisitely crafted piano Voices that will satisfy even the most demanding players.

New waveforms have been added to the MOTIF XF, which now contains a huge total of 741 MB of waveforms. Starting with the S6 piano, the 136 newly-added Voices include keyboard sounds such as those of clavinets and organs as well as a wide range of new sounds from orchestral to hip-hop. This huge internal wave memory ensures that the MOTIF XF is the best sounding and most versatile keyboard workstation right out of the box.

expressive sound engine

The tone generator that the MOTIF XF has inherited from the MOTIFXS makes an 8-element-per-voice structure possible. Combined with Yamaha’s XA (Expanded Articulation), this 8-element structure allows you to achieve stunningly accurate acoustic instruments including expressive articulations that up until now have been difficult to re-create in electronic instruments. For example, you can re-create the natural legato of wind instruments, the key release noises of pianos and other instruments, guitar slides and harmonics, and the many different articulations for string instruments (spicato, tremolo and pizzicato, etc.). The AF1 and AF2 buttons on the front panel make it easy to control Voices with multiple articulations.

For synthesizer sounds, the 18 different filter types, advanced 6-stage pitch, filter and amplitude envelopes, unique Wave Cycle feature and assignable modulation Control Sets make the MOTIF capable of reproducing any synth sound from vintage to modern.

The tone generator also supports half damper pedaling through the use of the separately sold FC3 foot pedal. Using half damper pedaling with the damper resonance effect, you can achieve an even more realistic and richer piano sound that simulates the sound board of a grand piano and responds naturally to sophisticated piano pedaling techniques.

Matt Johnson on the Yamaha Motif XF8 

Since the beginning of his career; Matt has played Yamaha Motif Synthesizers live and in the studio. In the following interview, Matt explains why the Motif has is his first choice synth and demonstrates why the Motif is recognized as the best sounding and most requested music workstation on the market.

other features
  • Up to 2GB of additional content available through flash memory expansion
  • VCM effects that reproduce the unique, natural, warm sounds of vintage instruments
  • High-quality keyboards that enable high-level performance
  • Rich arpeggiator with over 7,000 patterns that expands the breadth of sound expression
  • Performance mode that makes the instant expression of your ideas possible
  • Category Search feature that provides instant access to the sound you want
  • Improved sampling with 128MB of internal SD-RAM
  • Integrated Sampling Sequencer features that provide advanced integration of audio and MIDI
  • Remote control and editor that make DAW integration easy
  • Comes with Cubase AI, a DAW software application from Steinberg
  • An improved User Interface with many user requested features like Tap Tempo, Drum Editing in Mix Mode, and Auto Mapping of samples plus a new customizable UI for selecting your choice of color and positioning of key displays.