The Yamaha 88 Key Graded Hammer Standard Keyboard with Initial Touch that offers a wealth of features in a lightweight, compact form. The 418 high-quality voices and 22 drum kits are based on those found in the pro-level MOTIF series synths for a natural, realistic sound that lets you create music in a variety of genres. Pitch and modulation wheels, along with other real-time controls allow you to tweak your sound as you go.
A full complement of patterns are preprogrammed into the MM8 in a variety of styles to provide realistic backup to your playing. An arpeggiator generator lets you quickly create repeating phrases and patterns, while an eight-track sequencer lets you record a song for later playback. A performance memory function lets you store the voices, patterns and other settings of a particular session so you can recall them quickly at a future performance. The rear panel features a stereo output, headphone jack, foot pedal inputs, MIDI connectors and USB ports for connection to a computer or external USB storage drive.
Reviewed by 2 customers
This is not a synthesizer in the classic sense of the word, it is more like a performance workstation, which is great for people who want to use it on stage (with one caveat described below). I bought this for my studio at home, and I have had it a couple of months now. I love the action on the keyboard, it is the closest to a real piano I have felt in its playability and response. It works well, and is not a power hog at only 12 watts. The midi function is more than adequate, and for 88 keys, it is nice not to have to push a button to shift octaves. However, there are a couple of caveats. If you want an actual synthesizer, something with operators, LFO filters, envelope filters, etc, then this is not for you. I had a DX100 in 1988 that would do way more than this unit in terms of shaping sounds from scratch. That being said, the onboard sounds are very good quality voices, even though a lot of them are repeated in the GM banks, so, not a lot of points to Yamaha for originality. If you are looking for good concert type voices, though, this is your baby, price-wise and performance-wise. The second caveat is that unless you have a well-lit room, the labels on the buttons are small and hard to read. The next generation could benefit from a bolder typeface. I blame this partially on the color of the unit, which is metallic gold-ish, making any kind of type a lot harder to read against the background. The third caveat is that the bottom is made of wood. The cover is not solid plastic, and for some odd reason, they felt the need to put appliance type legs on the bottom of the unit, like a toaster oven. A keyboard of this type is generally put on a keyboard stand, and not a table-top, so why the need for toaster-oven legs on the bottom? And why a wooden bottom on the unit?? I would think this does not make lugging the thing around conducive for extended stage use, especially if the unit is dropped with any kind of force (even though it's got a great 5-year warranty). Still, I am glad I bought the unit, and even though I can't program new voices, I still find it very useful in my studio work. Overall, it gets a score of 8 out of 10 in terms of features and value. It also does not hurt that I can use a USB flash drive to store performance data, a feature I haven't used yet, but look forward to, since I plan on using the 8-track onboard sequencer exensively in the future.
It's a great instrument with a lot of possibilitys and a great pianosound and more, but it's a lot of work to figure out how everything is working.