Yamaha 88 Key Graded Hammer Standard Keyboard with Initial Touch, 418 High-Quality Voices & 22 Drum Kits


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About Yamaha

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.

Yamaha Features

  • Lightweight and Compact: The MM8 has a small form factor and low weight for easy travel and storage
  • 88 Keys: The 88-key keyboard has full-size keys for easy playability
  • High-Quality Sounds: Based on the sounds of the MOTIF series, the voices and drum kits of the MM6 are of the utmost quality and realism
  • Real-Time Controls: Pitch and modulation wheels, along with other controls, make it easy to make adjustments on-the-fly
  • Patterns: Patterns are provided in a wide variety of styles, including Hip Hop, Dance, Pop, Rock and Jazz, to create the perfect backgrounds
  • Arpeggiator: The arpeggiator feature lets you create repeating phrases and patterns
  • Performance Memory: Store voice, pattern and other settings of a particular jam session so you can quickly recall them later to recreate a performance
  • Sequencer: The eight-track sequencer lets you record a song for later playback
  • Effects: Reverb, delay and EQ let you further customize your sound
  • Connectivity: Pedal inputs, a headphone jack, a stereo output, MIDI connectors and USB ports let you connect a variety of equipment, including a computer or external USB storage drive

Yamaha Specifications

Number of Keys
Keyboard Type
GHS Keyboard
Initial Touch
Pitch Bend
Control Knobs
Knob x 4
Data Dial x 1
Display Type
Graphic LCD
320 x 240 dot
Tone Generating Technology
Multi Timbral Capacity
16 parts
Ware ROM Capacity
70MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format)
Number of Polyphony (Max.)
32 notes
Number of Voices
Preset: 418 normal voices + 22 drum kits, GM: 128 normal voices + 1 drum kit
25 types
30 types
Master EQ
5 types
Number of Songs
Preset: 3 songs, User: 5 songs, USB: 400 songs maximum
Number of Tracks
8 + 8 (Pattern track)
Number of Arpegio
Preset x 213 types
Number of Pattern
168 patterns (x 4 sections)
Note Resolution
96 ppq (parts per quarter note)
11 - 280 BPM (Beats Per Minutes)
Recording Function
Real time replace
Number of Performances
8 banks x 8
Phones (standard stereo phone jack)
Foot Control
Foot controller
Foot Switch
Line out
Output L/Mono, R (standard phone jack)
USB to device
USB (to device)
USB to host
USB (to host)
Power Consumption
Dimensions (WxHxD)
52-3/4x6-1/4x17-5/8" / 133.98x15.87x44.76cm
34.4lbs / 15.60kg

Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 2 customers

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great value, lots of features


from Eldon MO  -  Experienced

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.


Very nice sound


from Holland, Europe  -  Experienced

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.

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