Yamaha MX49 49-Key Music Production Synthesizer

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About the Yamaha MX49

The Yamaha MX49 is a 49 key music production synthesizer that combines MOTIF XS sounds, USB Audio, MIDI connectivity and DAW and VST controller features. The MX49 includes more than 1000 voices directly from the Yamaha MOTIF XS. It includes acoustic sounds like piano, electric piano, strings, drums as well as complex 8-element synth sounds. Each voice can be customized and stored. You can also use the on-board VCM effects, which are designed to simulate the effects found on vintage keyboards.

The keyboard also includes the performance mode feature also found on the MOTIF keyboard line. This mode allows you to combine voices for play on the keyboard using the dedicated "split" and "layer buttons" and is handy for creating performances that simulate a whole band playing.

In addition to the tone generator and performance mode, the MX49 is also a capable USB Audio and MIDI Interface. Connect a USB cable to your computer and you can monitor all the sounds from your DAW via the headphone output of the MX49, or you can listen by connecting to external studio monitors. The MX49 audio interface is bi-directional so you can record the internal sounds of the keyboard directly to your computer, without ever going to the analog domain. Also, you can connect an additional controller to your computer via the MIDI in port, or use the keyboard to control other MIDI devices such as hardware sequencers and groove boxes by connecting them to the MX49's MIDI out port.

Beyond the USB audio/MIDI port, the keyboard also has a USB to Device port so you can connect USB devices for storing MX49 data to external memory. You can also play back .wav files directly from a USB stick using this port. For playing back audio from external audio devices like iPods, you can connect to the AUX input using a 3.5mm mini stereo cable.

The MX49 is also equipped with knobs and buttons for controlling internal sounds, DAW parameters and VST instruments. The interface can be customized with the included remote template editor so that any VST can be set up to be controlled by the MX49. There are also advanced integration templates for use with a variety of DAWs. When used with Cubase for instance, there is a feature that allows any parameter can be controlled by the keyboards rotary encoder just by mousing over it.

The Yamaha MX49 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Yamaha MX49: Easy to set up, Easy to use and Well built / quality.

Yamaha MX49 Includes

  • Yamaha MX49 49-Key Music Production Synthesizer
  • AC Adaptor (PA-150 or an Equivalent Recommended by Yamaha)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Online Manual CD-ROM x 1 (Containing Reference Manual, Synthesizer Parameter Manual and Data List)
  • DVD-ROM x 1 (Containing DAW Software)
  • Yamaha Warranty

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to set up (4) , Easy to use (4) , Well built / quality (4) , Energy efficient (3)
Best Uses:
Upgrade (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Power user (3) , Enthusiast (2) , Adult (1) , Electronic music adept (1) , Professional musician (1)

Yamaha MX49 Features

  • Over 1000 Sounds from the MOTIF Series: The MX series contains more than 1000 Voices derived directly from the world famous Yamaha MOTIF XS series
  • VCM Effects: The VCM effect is simulate vintage effectors at the circuit level. The sounds of the '70s are brought back to life, through simulating the hard-to-find vintage sounds of equalizer, flanger, phaser and wah effects introduced by the keyboard legends of the era
  • Easy Split /Layer Performance Mode for Instant Inspiration: Performance Mode on the Motifs has always been the place to find instant inspiration and the MX is no different
  • 16-Part Multi Timbral and 128-note Polyphony: Each Performance contains not only the three sounds described above, but all the settings for a complete 16-Part Multi setting for play. You can switch between any of the 16 Parts without the sound cutting off
  • Bi-directional USB Audio/MID Interfacing: It just connect a USB cable to your computer and you can monitor all the sounds from your computer via the headphone output of the MX or listen to your DAW tracks by connecting the MX to external studio monitors or PA gear
  • Extensive Hands-On Controls for VSTs and DAWs: The MX also features solid knobs and durable buttons for controlling internal sounds, DAW parameters and VST instruments
  • A Complete Suite of Music Production Software Included: The MX series is the only hardware synth in its price range to come with a complete suite of music production software tools
  • Complete Analog and Digital Connectivity: In addition to the USB audio/MIDI port, the MX has a USB to Device port so you can connect USB devices for storing MX data to external memory and even playing back wave files directly from a USB stick

Yamaha MX49 Specifications

Number of Keys 49 Keys
Initial Touch Yes
Tone Generator AWM2
Maximum Polyphony 128 notes
Multi Timbral Capacity 16 parts (Internal)
Wave 166 MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format)
Voices Preset: 1,106 Normal Voices + 61 Drum Kits
GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit
User: 128 Normal Voices + 8 Drum Kits
Performance User: 128 (16 parts)
Effects Reverb x 9 types (42 presets)
Chorus x 17 types (88 presets)
Insertion Effect x 48types (267 presets) x 4
Master EQ (5 bands)
Tempo (BPM) 5 - 300
Songs 27 Demo Songs
Patterns 208 Patterns
Arpeggio 999 types
Sequence formats SMF Format 0 (playback only)
Compatibility Sequence Software compatible with the Remote Control function: Windows: Cubase 6 or later
SONAR X1 Producer For Mac: Cubase 6 or later, Logic Pro 9, Digital Performer 7 Functions to be controlled differ depending on the software
Controllers Pitch Bend Wheel, Modulation Wheel, Assignable Knob x 4, [DATA] dial
Display 3 digit LED + 20 x 2 line character LCD (backlit)
Connectors Output L / Mono / R (standard phone jack), Phone (standard stereo phone jack), Foot Controller, Sustain, MIDI In /Out, USB To host / To Device, AUX In, DC In
Power Supply 9W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 830x91x298mm / 32.67x3.58x11.73"
Weight 3.8kg / 8.37lbs
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