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

Yamaha

About Yamaha

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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

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Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
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Good power output (3)

Yamaha 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

Yamaha Specifications

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)
MIDI: MIDI IN / OUT / THRU
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)

Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 4 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Oustanding Sounds - Warm and Edgy!

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from Brooklyn, NY  -  Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Yamaha Motif Rack XS sounds blew me away. Surprisingly it has a very warm sound quality, perhaps because of the VCM (virtual circuit modeling) based effects. Drums are really punchy. It's also a lot of fun to jam with the MULTIs - 4 simultaneous combined voices, each with its own arpeggio and settings. Love it !!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Slim Size - Phatt Sounds!

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from Brooklyn, NY  -  Professional

Yamaha Motif Rack XS sounds blew me away. Surprisingly it has a very warm sound quality, perhaps because of the VCM (virtual circuit modeling) based effects. Drums are really punchy. It's also a lot of fun to jam with the MULTIs - 4 simultaneous combined voices, each with its own arpeggio and settings. Love it !!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Every nice

By

from Kalamazoo Michigan  -  Beginner

I purchase the Motif Rack XS on the advice of a sales engineer at Sweetwater. I was looking for a sound module that had some good sounding piano voices. This unit has many piano voices that sound great. I love the fact that there are so many voices in all categories. I even purchased a sound bank for some vintage voices. I especially like the Multi mode where I can play with accompaniment. I'm learning to play the piano but really enjoy using this tone generator with a MIDI keyboard. I have been able to configure my board to set a voice with a touch of a button on the board. I was disappointed that I couldn't use USB to connect my board up but it's not that big of a deal. I can use the MIDI ports. Still working on getting the USB and MIDI ports to work in conjunction so I can send Sysex messages while I play from an iPad or Computer.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A N EXTREMLY VERSATILE SOUND MODULE

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from WA STATE  -  Professional

I USE TYHIS SOUND MOUDILE FOR PERFORMING ARRANGING RECORDING AND SCORING IT:S GREAT IN LIVE USE AND IN STUDIO SETTINGS VERY RERLIABLE DOESN"T CRASH STABLE SOLID AND EASYB TO PROGRAM GOOD COMBINATION OF SOUNDS STRINGS BRASS WOODWINDS PERCUSSION SAMPLING SEQUENCER COULD HAVE MORE EXPANDABILITY

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