Yamaha MOTIF-RACK XS Tone Generator, 128 Polyphony, 1152 Voices and 65 Drum Kits

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The Yamaha MOTIF-RACK XS Tone Generator is a single space rackmountable tone generator ideal for use in both live and studio settings. It uses a powerful sound engine and high-quality waveforms and samples to bring your performance an incredibly realistic sound. Each voice can have up to eight separate elements of sound for increased complexity and nuance. The Expanded Articulation system provides more natural legato, staccato and key release sounds, while special Mega Voices add richness to sequencer tracks and arpeggios.

The built-in arpeggiator provides approximately 6,633 preprogrammed phrases and you can have up to four of them playing simultaneously in perfect sync - great for live performances. As you play, you can store your ideas as songs or patterns to the internal memory.

The MOTIF-RACK XS offers an intuitive interface complete with a large, color backlit LCD and knobs so you can make adjustments to parameters and effects in real-time while you play. Effects include reverb, delay, EQ and more. The MOTIF-RACK XS can be connected to your computer and integrated with your DAW via USB or optional mLAN16E2 interface for 16 i/o using a single FireWire cable, SONAR and Digital Performer.

What's Included With This Item

  • Yamaha MOTIF-RACK XS Tone Generator
  • AC Power Cord
  • Data List
  • DAW Software
  • Owner's Manual
  • Yamaha Warranty

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Key Features

  • High-Quality Audio: High-quality on-board samples and waveforms provide a realistic sound with terrific detail and nuance. The Expanded Articulation system recreates performances techniques such as legato, staccato and key release for a more authentic sound
  • Arpeggiator: Approximately 6,653 arpeggio phrases are provided, up to four of which can be played simultaneously. Perfect for live performance, the arpeggiator lets you create full jam sessions that can be recorded as songs or patterns
  • Effects: Built-in effects include reverb, delay, EQ and more for customizing your sound
  • Connectivity: The MOTIF-RACK XS features a 1/4" stereo input, 1/4" stereo outputs, a S/PDIF digital output, footswitch and pedal inputs and a full complement of MIDI connectors
  • Software: The keyboard is designed to operate seamlessly with popular DAW software such as Cubase, Logic, SONAR and Digital Performer

Technical Specs

Dial Yes
Control Switch Yes
Display Type Graphic backlit LCD
Display Size 160x64 dot
Display: Backlight Yes
Display: Contrast Yes
Tone Generating Technology AWM2, with Expanded Articulation
Ware ROM Capacity 355MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 2,670 waveforms
Polyphony Number of Polyphony (Max.): 128 notes
Number of Voices Preset: 1,024 Normal Voices + 64 Drum Kits, GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit, User: 128 x 3 Normal Voices + 32 Drum Kits (Both of the User Voices are selected and copied from Preset bank)
Reverb 9 types
Chorus 22 types
Insertion Insertion A: 53 types (up to 8 blocks available in the Multi mode), Insertion B: 53 types (up to 8 blocks available in the Multi mode)
Master Effect 9 types
Master EQ 5 bands (High, High Mid, Mid, Low Mid, Low)
Part EQ 3 bands (High, Mid, Low)
Arpeggio 6,633 types MIDI Sync, MIDI transmit/receive channel, Velocity Limit and Note Limit can be set
Connectivity Headphones: PHONES (standard stereo phone jack)
Assignable OUT ASSIGNABLE OUTPUT L, R (standard phone jack)
Digital OUT: Digital OUTPUT (44.1kHz, 24bit)
Line OUT: OUTPUT L/MONO, R (standard phone jack)
USB to Host: USB (to Host)
System Requirements Mac or PC with MIDI, USB and/or Ethernet Connectors. A FireWire Connector Will be Needed if the Optional mLAN16E2 Has Been Installed
Dimensions (WxHxD) 480x44x379.4mm / 18.89x1.73x14.93"
Weight 4.2 kg (9.3 lbs)
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