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Product Highlights

  • Over 1000 Sounds from the MOTIF Series
  • Simulate vintage 1970's keyboard effects
  • Split /Layer Performance Mode
  • 16-Part Multi Timbral and 128-note Polyphony
  • Bi-directional USB Audio/MID Interfacing
  • Extensive Hands-On Controls for VSTs and DAWs
  • Suite of Music Production Software Included
  • Complete Analog and Digital Connectivity
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About Yamaha MX61

The Yamaha MX61 is a 61 key music synthesizer that combines MOTIF XS sounds, USB Audio, MIDI connectivity and DAW and VST controller features. The MX61 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 MX61 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 MX61, or you can listen by connecting to external studio monitors. The MX61 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 MX61'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 MX61 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 MX61 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 MX61. 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.

Yamaha MX61 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 MX61 Specifications

Number of Keys
61 Keys
Initial Touch
Tone Generator
Maximum Polyphony
128 notes
Multi Timbral Capacity
16 parts (Internal)
166 MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format)
Preset: 1106 Normal Voices + 61 Drum Kits
GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit
User: 128 Normal Voices + 8 Drum Kits
User: 128 (16 parts)
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
27 Demo Songs
208 Patterns
999 types
Sequence formats
SMF Format 0 (playback only)
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
Pitch Bend Wheel, Modulation Wheel, Assignable Knob x 4, [DATA] dial
3 digit LED + 20 x 2 line character LCD (backlit)
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
Dimensions (WxHxD)
984x112x299mm / 38.74x4.40x11.77"
4.8kg / 10.58lbs
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