Over 1000 Sounds from the MOTIF Series
The Yamaha MX-61 contains more than 1000 Voices derived directly from the world famous Yamaha MOTIF XS series. From realistic acoustic sounds like piano, electric piano, strings and drums to complex 8-element synth sounds, the MX has all of your favorite Motif XS Voices right at your fingertips. The MX even has a streamlined interface for instant hands-on selection of all those great Voices. The newly designed category selection makes it easier than ever to find the Voice you need. You can even edit and store your own sounds right onboard.
MX synthesizers come equipped with VCM effects, which 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. You can easily combine two Voices to play on the keyboard using the dedicated Split and Layer buttons each with their own intelligent arpeggiator and a dedicated Part for a drum track to create evocative Performances that feel like a whole band is playing. The 128 Performances on the MX are all user editable, but come programmed with the latest club friendly grooves.
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. With 128 notes of polyphony there are plenty of notes to play even the densest sequences from your DAW. These features make the MX the perfect tone generator solution for live performance and live playback of DAW MIDI tracks.
Bi-directional USB Audio/MID Interfacing
But the MX doesn't just control software DAWs and VSTs. 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. The audio converters on the MX are made for professional music applications so everything on your computer, even games, will sound better when using the MX as the output. The MX interface is bi-directional so you can record the internal sounds of the MX directly to your computer, without ever going to the analog domain, for the highest possible quality.
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. The deceptively simple interface is combined with a remote template editor on your computer so any VST you own or any new VSTs you buy can be easily set up to be controlled by the MX. There are advanced integration templates for use with a variety of DAWs. When used with Cubase, there is even an AI knob so any parameter can be controlled by the large rotary encoder just by mousing over it. It has never been quicker to take full control of Cubase.
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. The included Steinberg Cubase AI features 48 audio tracks and 64 MIDI tracks, notation, built-in VST effects, so with just the MX and AI you can do complete productions. But Yamaha didn't stop there; it comes bundled with Steinberg Prologue and the Yamaha YC-3B organ emulator so you have some compelling VSTs to get started. Plus there are Remote Template editors for setting up controls of VSTs. Finally, Yamaha has worked with some third party developers to ensure that there will be fully functional cross platform editors available at release.
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. If you want to add a tablet or an MP3 player to your system just connect to the AUX input using a mini stereo cable and you are ready to go.
A Lightweight Design with a Quality Yamaha Keyboard
While almost all other keyboard controllers use inexpensive OEM keyboards, the MX features an expertly crafted keyboard that only Yamaha -- the world's largest keyboard manufacturer -- could produce. Weighing only 3.8kg (MX49) or 4.8kg (MX61), either synthesizer can be carried easily with one hand. MX synthesizers have a compact design so they are easy to carry to the gig and also fit easily into today’s compact home music production studios.
Motif Sounds for Inspiration, Xtensive Controller Integration. It doesn't get better than this. MX61 is a 61 key music synthesizer which combines Motif XS sounds, USB Audio/MIDI connectivity and advanced DAW/VST controller features at a groundbreaking level of affordability.
The MX series combines Motif XS sounds, USB Audio/MIDI connectivity and advanced DAW/VST controller features at a groundbreaking level of affordability.
- Over 1000 sounds from the MOTIF series
- Equipped with VCM effects
- Easy Split /Layer Performance Mode for Instant Inspiration
- 16-Part Multi timbral and 128-note polyphony
- Extensive Hands-On controls for VSTs and DAWs
- Bi-directional USB Audio/MID interfacing
- A complete suite of music production software included
- A lightweight design with a quality Yamaha keyboard
- Complete analog and digital connectivity
New Vycro MX editor software is now available for FREE download. Vycro MX is a software application for Windows and Mac computer that provides editing of every single parameter of the performance currently loaded on your MX49/61.
B.O.M.B 2: THE BEST OF MOTIF BANK FOR MX49, MX61 AND MX88
Actually, there are so many of them Yamaha placed them in a variety of categories (of course), so they are not all in one place. The MOTIF (original MOTIF, MOTIF ES, MOTIF XS, and MOTIF XF) also had Voices and Performances that were made of layers and splits - some of them even tied to drum grooves.
So, how does one call up some of those great sounds, get additional cool layers and splits, and more?
Enter the B.O.M.B 2sound sets for MX music synthesizers:There is a separate download for each of the MX synthesizer models (MX49, MX61, and MX88). The download is FREE and can be downloaded here. The downloaded file folder will be named “mx-best-of-MOTIF-bank-2-bomb-2”.
Inside that folder will be a folder named “Best of MOTIF Bank 2” containing three files:*
- BOM2MX49.X5A: The MX49 volume features lead, bass, brass, strings and other sounds designed for "one-hand play" or "one-hand play, one-hand tweak".
- BOM2MX61.X5A: The MX61 volume is optimized for playing organs, pads and strings/brass splits for the live performer needing "top keyboard" sounds in a two-keyboard rig.
- BO2MX88.X5A: The MX88 volume has a piano focus with acoustic and electric pianos, bass/keyboard splits, piano/electric piano layers - and so on, plus a PDF list of the sounds and details named ”MX B.O.M.B 2 pack list.pdf”
To load the file into your MX:
- Place any of the files “BOM2MX49, BOM2MX61, BOM2MX88” onto the root directory of a USB flash drive or storage device.
- Push the [FILE] button on your MX Music Synthesizer.
- Use the Arrow Buttons to select FILE 02:LOAD.
- Use the [DATA DIAL] or [DEC/NO] [INC/YES] buttons to select the file you wish to load and push [ENTER].
- Push [ENTER] again to select FILE LOAD TYPE=ALL
- Push [INC/YES] to begin loading.
Upon completion, push the [SELECT] button to view the Performance menu. You can use the [DATA DIAL] or [DEC/NO] [INC/YES] buttons to select which Performance you want to play. You can use the MX B.O.M.B 2 pack list.pdf for reference:
Check out the video below for a demo of some of the sounds in the MX BEST OF MOTIF BANK 2 (B.O.M.B 2):
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Fruit continues to fall from Yamaha's Motif tree and the latest and cheapest example is the MX range...
Yamaha were once the masters of the low-cost but surprisingly impressive synthesizer. From the CE20 and CE25 to the DX21, DX27 and DX11, then the likes of the SY22 and SY55... these were all inexpensive descendents of more powerful parents. But for the past dozen years or so, Yamaha have been locked into its Motif product range, spinning off mid-range instruments, but with no obvious equivalent to any of the above. Happily, that's now changed with the introduction of the MX49 and MX61, a pair of low-cost synths that come packaged with Steinberg's Cubase AI6 sequencer and Prologue soft synth, as well as Yamaha's own YC3B organ emulator. That's a lot of stuff for such a low price. I wonder whether there's a catch?
Based upon Yamaha's AWM2 engine, the MX49 that I have here (which, henceforth, I'll just call 'the MX' because any comments are equally relevant to the MX61) is the baby of Yamaha's Motif-derived synths. It looks rather basic but, as I was to discover, appearances can be deceptive.
The rear panel of the MX is not replete with sockets. There's just a single analogue output pair and their associated headphone socket, an auxiliary audio input on a 3.5mm socket and two analogue control sockets; sustain and foot controller. The digital side offers MIDI In and Out on five-pin DIN, and there are two USB sockets; one for computer communication, and one for devices such as memory sticks.Trying one for the first time, you'll find a wide range of patches (which Yamaha call 'Voices') each allocated to one of 16 categories: pianos, organs, strings, brass and so on. You can't overwrite these, but there are 128 user memories for normal Voices and another eight for drum kits. Nevertheless, there's no 'patch mode' as such; you access and play patches by inserting them into Performances, at which point they are referred to as Parts. There are 128 of these Performances, all of which can be edited and overwritten by the user, and each is 16-part multi-timbral, with Parts 1 and 2 accessible from the keyboard, either one at a time, layered or either side of a user-defined split point. The other 14 Parts are accessible via MIDI in the usual fashion. Interestingly, you can edit some important aspects of Parts 1 and 2 simultaneously — for example, adjusting the filters in both sounds — so they can act as a composite patch when they're layered. I liked this a lot.
The edit map for the Parts appears to be straightforward. All the expected things are there: detune, pan, volume, mono/poly modes and so on, as well as an extensive set of options that determine how the MX will respond to MIDI messages and controllers. However, since there's no patch mode, this is where you'll also find the editing functions for the Voice's filter, amplifier, contours and LFO. What you won't find, however, is a menu for the oscillators, which meant that my first few days with the MX were spent in an agony of uncertainty. Despite reading the manuals from cover to cover, I couldn't find any waveform parameters!
I turned to the web and found two MX software editors, the Vycro MXPerformance Editor (a free download from www.vycromx.com) and John Melas's MX Tools (€49 from www.jmelas.gr). I downloaded these, and there in front of me were the waveform parameters for which I'd been searching. The MX is indeed capable of powerful synthesis, but only when hooked up to a computer. I asked Yamaha why the designers had made this decision. I was told, "The MX was designed for ease of operation, and we decided that synthesis editing would be best handled by a separate editor. Traditionally Yamaha has produced the editor and provided it as a free download, but the development cost would have had to have been built into the product somewhere. It was important to keep it affordable, so the decision was made that third parties would develop the editor and supply it to the customer as they saw fit.” That's all very well, but I still can't see why they left the waveform parameters out of the on-board menus.
Having placed your chosen Voices into a Performance, you can allocate a separate Insert Effect to up to four Parts. In addition, all 16 Parts have access to a global chorus, reverb and EQ. A wide range of Insert Effects types with myriad factory presets are provided, and although it's not the most sophisticated effects structure (in particular, you can't cascade Insert Effects) the quality of the results can belie the low cost of the instrument.
The MX Tools Voice Editor page. The MX also offers an extensive range of arpeggios and rhythm patterns. The arpeggios are divided into 15 categories such as guitar, bass, brass, percussion and so on and, within these, there are three arpeggio types: those developed for normal Voices (which are further divided into Note and Chord types), those for drum kits, and those that contain primarily controller data. There's also a sub-subset of 'accented' arpeggios that are activated only by high MIDI velocities. Unfortunately, there's nothing on screen to tell you which type any given arpeggio may be, so you'll need the data manual to hand or to experiment to discover which is which. Accessing the arpeggios is a bit laborious; you have to squirrel down to the appropriate menu and then step through them because there's no numeric keypad. But, for many people, it could be worth the effort because there are some useful phrases here. What's more, you can output the arpeggios as MIDI data, which suggests all sorts of possibilities for songwriters.
You can't edit the preset patterns or load new arpeggios into the synth itself, but this can be overcome using the MX's Song play capabilities. Just record the desired arpeggios into an external sequencer, modify them if you wish, compile them into a song, and then save the results to a USB stick as a MIDI file. Shoving the stick into the back of the MX then allows you to replay the results. Strangely, the rhythm patterns — 208 preset drum patterns playable by any of the 61 factory drum kits — lack the arpeggiator's MIDI Out parameter, which is a shame.
The YC3B organ voicing page.
Connecting the MX to a computer is trivial; a single USB cable carries MIDI and audio information. No USB cable is supplied, which seems to be a rather harsh piece of cost-cutting but, as already noted, the synth is supplied with a Mac/PC copy of Cubase AI6 which, given that Yamaha own Steinberg, is not a surprising choice.
Unfortunately, licensing AI6 was a bit laborious. I'm no novice, but jumping backward and forward between two web sites to create an account, obtain a passcode, and then register the software was not what I had expected. Having done so, I was instructed by the MX's manual to download the latest versions of the Yamaha/Steinberg USB Driver, the MX49/MX61 Remote Tools package (which contains the Remote Editor and the Extension that allows you to integrate the synth with Cubase) and the MX Voice List from the Yamaha web site. So I did, and installed each of these. However, I still wasn't finished because I then had to install the Prologue and YC3B. I couldn't find these on the supplied CDs, so I downloaded them from Yamaha's web site and installed them. Or, rather, I didn't. I found and installed the YC3B but, when I downloaded and tried to install the Prologue, the software told me that I required Cubase AI5. This was my fault and I later found some small print that told me that the Prologue is pre-installed within AI6 and just requires activation. So now I had to authorise both packages. This was trivial after the nice chaps at Yamaha pointed out that the sheet of yellow paper in the MX's box (which I must admit that I had overlooked) contained the authorisation codes.
I was now ready to test the MX's integration, but I wasted more time because I didn't realise that I couldn't send audio from the MX to Cubase and monitor it from the Mac's outputs (or, at least, I never found out how to do so). Audio communication with the MX appears to be bi-directional, or not at all. Once I had gotten to grips with this, I recorded some MIDI and audio tracks into Cubase using the MX as the sole source for both and then, using the MX as the system's USB/audio converter, replayed everything. However, this was when I realised what a significant shortcoming it is that the MX's audio inputs (analogue via the 3.5mm aux input or digital replay of 16-bit 44.1kHz WAV files) can't be directed to its USB/computer bus, only to its analogue outputs. This means that you can't use the MX as an audio/USB converter. If you could, it would have been possible to record guide vocals and rough guitar parts as well, without requiring additional hardware and without having to switch between devices within Cubase.
The Prologue soft synth with the effects panel showing.
On taking delivery of the MX49, I was amazed to find how light the box was. Had somebody forgotten to put the synth inside? No, it's just incredibly light. This has been achieved by using a plastic chassis, lightweight controls and perhaps the lightest, unweighted keyboard that I've encountered on a modern polysynth. Of course, these have all contributed to its low price and all the knobs and switches (with the exception of the Knob Function button, which was a bit uncooperative) worked well. But, if you're planning to play classical piano on the MX, don't. Let me explain. Many years ago, I acquired a Yamaha HX1 organ and found that I was mis-hitting keys on it. It took a friend to point out that Yamaha has two 'full-sized' keyboard widths, the second of which is narrower than standard. Consequently, I found myself playing ninths when I reached for octaves. The MX uses this reduced scale, and is therefore narrower than your fingers will expect. So I plugged the MX into my favourite 88-note workstation. What an improvement! Many of its sounds sprung to life in a manner that had seemed unlikely a few moments before, and this was particularly evident when playing patches that respond to aftertouch, which the MX receives over MIDI, but fails to generate from its own keyboard.
A lot of fuss is made nowadays about real-time controllers, and the MX's four knobs allow you to tweak sounds as you play. The default settings can be directed to a single Part or to the joint Part 1&2 composite, and they are: filter cut-off frequency and resonance, chorus and reverb send levels, the four ADSR parameters, volume, pan, and two assignable functions called Assign1 and Assign2. It was while investigating the last two of these that I discovered unexpected references to things such as pitch envelopes and element levels. I searched all the menus and both manuals but could find no mention of either of these. So I turned back to the Melos MX Voice Editor to see whether this could shed some light on things. Blimey O'Reilly! All manner of parameters exist in the MX that Yamaha hasn't even bothered to mention, not least of which is the ability to create and modify complex multi-element sounds comprising up to eight separate patches in a single Voice. It turns out that a single MX Voice can be built from up to eight elements, each of which is a complete synthesizer patch with its own waveform generator, filter selection, amplifier, contours and modulation, and each of which can be mapped to the keyboard as desired. If you layer Parts 1 and 2, that means that you can have up to 16 separate elements under each note. The sonic complexity that's possible with this architecture is mind-boggling. I wonder what else remains to be discovered?
The MX has many other goodies up its electronic sleeves, such as the ability to control aspects of Cubase itself. On the other hand, the limitations of low-cost keyboards can reveal themselves in the strangest ways. When I first set up the MX, I plugged in a Kurzweil sustain pedal, whereupon every note tried to last indefinitely. No problem, I thought, and went in search of its polarity parameter. After a few minutes, I had to conclude that there wasn't one, and eventually swapped the Kurzweil pedal for a Roland, which worked correctly. This seems a strange omission.
At first sight, it would seem wrong to compare the MX with the PCM-based synthesis sections of higher-priced workstations but, once you've discovered what can be achieved using the editor, it's not unreasonable to do so. However you judge it, I found the acoustic pianos to be far more usable than I had anticipated, and the underlying tones of some of the electric pianos are excellent, even though the velocity layers in the factory sounds are often too apparent. The organs are also surprisingly useful, although, with no overdriven Leslie effect, you'll have to turn to the YC3B to obtain the best in this area. The guitars maintain the high standard, and I also liked the basses a lot. It's a horrible cliché, but it really did cause my speakers to rattle.
The strings — solo, ensemble and synthesizer — are a high-point, and I would have no hesitation using these if the need arose. The orchestral brass is also fine, although I was more impressed by the synth-brass sounds which, when tweaked using nothing more than the four performance knobs, produced some luscious pads and carpets. The woodwind then completes the orchestral side of things.
I have seen the MX's monosynth sounds come in for criticism, but this is unjustified; the MX is not a VA synth (the Prologue is supplied for this) but it's nonetheless very capable. Sure, there's zipper noise if you sweep the filter using the performance knob, but sweeping it with contours and other modulators is much smoother and, with up to eight elements drawing upon four low-pass filter options, you can build monstrously powerful patches.
Moving on, I found some of the Pad/Choirs and Syn patches a little uninspiring but, once I started editing these, I realised that there was no underlying incapability, I just didn't like some of the presets. The next two banks include all the percussion — chromatic and kits — and, again, there's much here that is very useful, as there is in the two banks of effects patches. Finally, there's the Ethnic bank, which is excellent. There's so much to discover here that I would be very late submitting this review if I allowed myself the luxury.
The Bundled Soft Synths
Turning to the bundled VSTis, the YC3B organ is a Hammond emulator with an overdriven Leslie speaker emulator included within its Effects page. It doesn't scream at the top end as I would like, so perhaps it isn't as good as the very best of the rest but, after a few minutes tweaking, I had it purring beautifully in the lower and mid registers. In years past, it would have commanded its own review and would have received a 'thumbs up' at the end of it, so the fact that it comes free with the MX is remarkable. Unfortunately, you can't save your own presets within YC3B itself, you have to save any edits within a VST preset that you can recall from the host. What's more, it's written in VST3 format, so it doesn't appear within some other software environments. But, as a freebie, it's stonkingly good value.
One thing that analogue anoraks hate about many PCM-based workstations is their inability to create a smooth filter sweep when they twiddle a knob, so maybe that's why Yamaha also included the Prologue within the MX package. This is a three-oscillator virtual analogue soft synth, with (take a deep breath) a wide range of initial waveforms, cross-modulation, oscillator sync and waveshaping, ring modulation, a complex resonant multi-mode filter, two MIDI-sync'able modulation generators and four contour generators (all six of which offer 16 assignable destinations, eight of which are velocity sensitive), modulation matrices for each of the mod wheel, velocity, aftertouch and key position, and 10 distortion, delay and modulation effects, all of which are sync'able where appropriate. (Now breathe.) Some things, such as the obvious aliasing in the upper octaves, mark the Prologue as less than top of the range. I'm also not a fan of the 'medium/dark grey on a black background' GUI, which may be cool, but it's not ideal for finding your way around. Nonetheless, if you work within its limitations, it's a capable and flexible soft synth.
Yamaha have obviously decided that it's time to place the Motif sound within the reach of a wider market. Inevitably, this means cutting costs, so the lightweight construction, the unweighted keyboard, the tiny screens and even the lack of a numeric keypad make sense; using a narrow keyboard and eliminating some of the fundamental voicing parameters from the on-board menus do not. If you're prepared to hook it up to a computer and dig below its surface, you'll find that it's a hugely powerful synthesizer/software package. I actually find myself rather impressed. Given its price, I have a sneaky feeling that I should be very impressed. The MX delivered to an extent far beyond my original expectations.
Importing Motif XF & XS Files
John Melas was kind enough to supply full licences for his four MX editors so that I could carry out some of the more detailed tests for this review. I noticed that his Total Librarian allows you to import Voices, Performances and drum kits from Motif XF and XS files, converting between models as best it can, so I asked him how this was possible. He explained, "The MX is a cut-down Motif without the sampler, with fewer waveforms, fewer filters and fewer effects and inferior A/D converters. But Yamaha's engineers chose very carefully which waveforms to omit and, although the MX lacks the variations and many of the velocity layers possible on a Motif, I was still able to write a conversion mechanism which maps the Motif waveforms to the equivalent substitutes in the MX and redefines the other parameters as best it can.”
The MX Remote Editor allows you to assign the MX's knobs to control the VSTi functions of your choice. You can load factory templates or design your own, so I created new templates for the G-Media M-Tron Pro and Arturia's SEM V. The first did not work correctly; anti-clockwise movements affected the selected parameters as expected, but clockwise movements did not. The second worked perfectly. Bugs notwithstanding, this could be a valuable addition, especially if you like to tweak parameters while playing synths and, in particular, soft synths.
- It's a much more powerful synthesizer than it appears.
- It offers many excellent factory sounds that are usable 'out of the box'.
- It's amazingly light and portable.
- It's undeniably affordable.
- The inclusion of Cubase AI6 and the two VSTis adds even greater value.
- The bulk of its architecture can only be accessed using a computer.
- Its keyboard is narrower than standard width and doesn't generate aftertouch.
- Its audio inputs cannot be directed to the USB audio bus.
- Its screens are antediluvian.
The MX is a much more powerful synthesizer than it seems, and it comes with some worthwhile software goodies. It's also riddled with daft decisions in its implementation, and many people will never discover what lies below the surface. However, if you're prepared to buy the editor and put in the time, if you can live with its keyboard, and if Cubase and the VSTis fit your needs, it's great value for money.
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Yamaha MX49 Review 2020- Pros & Cons
Sounds of the Yamaha MX49Comparing the Yamaha mx49 with the PMC seems quite unfair but whichever way you judge it from, the acoustic piano has much more profoundly amazing sound quality than anticipated. The underlying tones of the electric piano are excellent, even though the velocity layers in the factory sounds are most of the times distinctive. The Yamaha MX49, having many of its sounds derived from the Motif, has proven to be the ideal solution for many studios. The keyboard allows you to easily flip through the many sounds that it has and this has a ring of inspiration to many music producers. The keyboard is also highly recommendable for live performance’s. The keyboard is quite small when you put into consideration the sounds that it produces. The keyboard can be easily put under the armpit and easily carried to any destination. The next time you visit a store just give it a try and I guarantee you-you won’t leave it behind. The cheap keyboard gives you value for your money, the Yamaha mx49 has simply taken the Motif sounds and put them in the keyboard making it an appropriate keyboard for band performances at the church, concerts and solo performances. If you want pro quality sounds and polyphony on a budget, this is your keyboard.
Check here for Price & Reviews on AmazonDistinctionIf you are wondering whether the Yamaha mx49 board is the right keyboard compared to the other keyboards, here are some of the features that make it distinct from the rest. This will help you realize why you are getting worth for your money. MX synthesizers come inbuilt VCM effects, which arouses the old effects at the circuit level. The vintage sounds of the 70s have been revived through arousing the difficult to find vintage sounds. The equalizers and the flanges and the effects brought by the keyboard have brought back a legend in the musical era. Using the keyboard you can combine two Voices using the Split and the layer buttons that have their own intelligent dedicated parts when the Performance is evoked, the keyboard sounds as if its a whole band playing. It is worth noting that all the 138 Performances can be edited and made to whichever genre suits you; club friendly or just a simple relaxing tone.] Each performance not only has three sounds, it additionally has the settings for an entire sixteen-part Multi; putting for play. You may easily switch between the 16 parts without cutting any of the sounds off. The 128 notes if polyphony allows you to plat multiple notes and even the densest from your DAW. This feature is what makes the Yamaha mx49 the best board to be used during performances to live audiences and playbacks of D A W MIDI tracks. The board has both analog and digital connectivity. The Synthesizer Based on Yamaha’s AWM2 engine, the MX49 is the baby of Yamaha’s Motif-derived synthesizers. It looks rather off and a bit simple but looks can be deceiving. The rear of the MX is not gorged with socket points. All it has is the single output pair that is linked up with the headphone socket. When you try out the Yamaha mx49 for the first time you will find patches which the creators like to call voices and each patch is allocated to a category piano string, organs and so on. You can’t rewrite these patches, but there are 128 user memories for the other Voices or patches and eight more memories for drum kits. However, there’s no such thing as a specific ‘patch mode’, you get to the patches by inserting them into Performances, at this point they change the name and are referred to as Parts. The 128 of these Performances, can be altered and overwritten by the user however they desire, and each is 16-part multi-timbral, Parts 1 and 2 are accessible from the keyboard, and they can be used only one at a time. The other 14 Parts are accessible via MIDI in the normal way. Moreover, you can edit some important aspects of Parts 1 and 2 both at once— for example, adjusting the filters in both sounds — so they can act as a compound patch when they’re the layer. Complete control In terms, if the controls found on the board, there are the hard plastic, standard issue Modulation wheels, tetra versatile knobs, a data sail and 47 keys for selecting functionality. The four knobs have access to special features in accordance to the knob function toggle button (inclusive of filter out cutoff/ resonance, part volume, panning, and FX stages), and are also used for DAW functions whilst the MX49 is in DAW Remote manner. The controls are incredibly amazing in real time changes when playing live in a performance or when recording in the studio. The board also has visual feedback but in this case, it an old-school red lights at the back of the board the number on the lights indicate the Performance type. There is also two line blue-lit screen that indicates the names of the voices and the editing tasks that are currently in progress. It is spontaneous and easy to use the 16 different keys and easily flick through them either left or right using the cursor even during a live performance without having to get deep into the menu to select the voices and the editing you need to be done. As mentioned earlier the control allows you to switch between different voices, despite the switching, this does not mean that the sound gets cut off when the sounds are switched, a feature that makes the Yamaha mx49 applicable for performance to live audiences. To change the voices in real time, just reach for one of the wheels and revolve them, FX levels or the filters and the FX levels. The sixteen class versatile toggle buttons simplify deciding on the 1,106 voices and 61 drum kits onboard (plus 128 user writeable voices). Categories consist of guitar, ethnic, organ, bass, strings, synth lead, piano, sound EFX, synth comp, and any other extras. Software integration The Yamaha mx49 can be connected and integrated with a computer but this is trivial since a single USB cable carries the MIDI and audio information. The board does not come with any USB cable which seems rather unfair but on the brighter side, it comes with the Mac/PC copy Cubase of A16, which is not that surprising considering that the Yamaha own Steinberg. Licensing the A16 is a bit laborious; switching from one website to another to create an account, get a passcode and eventually register the software is quite annoying and tiring. You are asked to download the latest version of the Yamaha/Steinberg USB Driver, the MX 49 Remote Tools package and the Yamaha voice list from the Yamaha website. After doing all this you might still be required to download the Prologue and the Y C 3 B. This can be installed from the CDs that come with the piano or can be installed from the website. After installing the Prologue you are asked to provide a pre-installed A16 so you need to authorize both packages. The audio communication in the MX seems to be bi-directional, or sometimes not at all. But once the software is successfully installed you will find the labor undergone worth it. When the software is installed you can easily record your MIDI tracks and audio tracks in Cubase using MX as the source for both. The bundled soft synthsTurning to the bundled VSTis, the YC3B organis a Hammond emulator with an overdriven Leslie speaker emulator inbuilt within its effects page. It’s not that loud or at the top end as many people would prefer, so maybe it isn’t the best board available in the market but, after a few minutes of modifications, you will hear beautiful purring in the lower and mid registers. In the recent past, it would have managed its own review and would have gotten a ‘thumbs up’ at eventually, so the fact that it comes free with the MX is remarkable. Unfortunately, you can’t save your own presets within YC3B itself, you have to save any edits within a VST preset that you can recall from the host. What’s more, it’s written in VST3 format, so it doesn’t appear within some other software environments. But, as a freebie, it’s stonkingly good value. The Yamaha mx49 is the only device that is in the price range and comes with the complete suite of the encoded computer institutions music tools. Inclusive, the Steinberg Cubase features the forty-eight soundtracks and sixty-eight MIDI tracks, notation, inbuilt VST effects, this means that with just the Yamaha mx49 you can easily get your music production easily. The board comes bundled up with the Steinberg prologue and the Yamaha YC-B3 organ emulator so that you have the best appealing VSTs to help you get started.
Conclusion on the Yamaha MX49All in all the board has appealing features that make this series of keyboards from Yamaha the best in the market since it is known to attract the best producers and studio owners. The lightweight design, the numerous soundtracks, its efficiency and easy to control features are just some of the few features that make it one of the best boards. The board has about 49 keys all of which have a different function, while this is not all that appealing when put this way, it is easy to use and with time you get to understand the different functions of the keyboard. Moreover, in addition to the audio and the MIDI port, the Yamaha MX49 has an inbuilt USB to the device port; which basically allows you to access the external memory and consequently getting to tweak the audio tracks in the compatible devices easily.
Check here for Price & Reviews on AmazonWhen you’re trying to create your own unique sound, you need an instrument that can handle everything you need. The Yamaha MX49 Music Production Synthesizer is a highly developed musical synthesizer that holds the power of hundreds of instruments. A synthesizer is an instrument that can create a variety of sounds through a series of technological processes. Yamaha’s MX49 has a multitude of features that make creating and recording your music easier than ever. It’s compact size, number of voices, and iOS integration make it stand out above other synthesizers of its kind. The Yamaha MX49synthesizer is a great tool, but to fully understand whether it’ll work in your life or not you have to grasp all the features it has to offer.
Yamaha MX49 ReviewWhen Yamaha created the MX49 synthesizer, their goal wasn’t to have it just be a synthesizer. The company crafted this instrument to bridge the gap between both hardware and software. To do this, a multitude of different components were needed. Price & Reviews on AmazonBeginning with the technology behind this synthesizer, the MX49 uses extensive audio and MIDI USB connection to electrically recreate the sound of a variety of musical instruments on one single digital interface. When you purchase this synthesizer, you also receive access to powerful music production software. Advanced DAW, or a Digital Audio Workstation, allows you to transfer your recorded songs to a computer and edit it how you wish. This, in combination with an upgraded VST, or Virtual Studio Technology, ensures that you can edit your music with additional plug-in software features. Essentially, with this single synthesizer, you receive the instrument itself along with computer software to make your editing experience more pleasurable. Easily transfer your recorded .wav files to this computer software using a flash drive that you can plug directly into your synthesizer to safe files. If editing on a computer isn’t for you, you have access to both edit and store your creations onboard. In addition to this added software, there is a way to seamlessly edit your music in real time. With the MX49 comes access to a FM Essential Synth App for iOS devices. This means that when you’re playing, you can use your app to select from 271 high-quality voices and pre-set sounds that were otherwise not available with your synthesizer. These come directly from the Yamaha V50, TX81Z, and DX100, and these 271 sounds do not include the 1000 motif voices that come directly out the box. The 1000 motif voices range from sounds of realistic acoustic pianos, guitars, and drum sets to complex 8-chord element sounds which is perfect when you’re looking for the right instrument sound. With split and layer performance abilities, you can take these instrumental sounds and combine two voices to play as one. This gives you an even larger number of sound possibilities. Even run a pre-recorded track or drum beat behind your own to make it sound as if you’re playing with an entire band. When you’re playing, you can even simulate vintage sounds of dated instruments by using equalizers, phasers, and wash effects. In terms of the construction of the MX49 itself, it is very sturdy. All of the knobs and buttons are durable and made to last. This synthesizer comes in a bright electric blue color that is sure to stand out and represent your creative side. The MX49 is a handy tool for all musicians. When it comes to choosing the best synthesizer for you, considering the product features is essential but so is weighing the pros and cons of the instrument.
Yamaha MX49 Pros and ConsWhen considering purchasing the Yamaha MX49 Music Production Synthesizer, it’s best to understand the positive and negatives associated with the item to better gauge whether this synthesizer is best for you. First of all, because the MX49 is lightweight and portable, it’s easy to transport it anywhere. Whether you need it to play at a gig or just want to take it on the go when you’re travelling, you can do so easily. This synthesizer weighs in at just 12 pounds making it one of the lightest synthesizers on the market. When you consider how many features come with the MX49, you can see that you are receiving a lot of features in a small package. In fact, it is just 39 x 15 x 7 inches in size. For such a small synthesizer, you receive a record amount of voices. Most other synthesizers have about 300 different instrumental noises, but the MX49 has 1000. The best part about it is these sounds are realistic and sound identical to the real acoustic instruments that they are representing. This way, if you’re looking to create the unique acoustic sound of a grand piano, you can. In addition to the audio benefits, the simple interface of the MX49 is user-friendly and easy to navigate. At the push of a single button, you have access to a thousand instruments, editing software, and more. While there are all of these many positive aspects of the MX49 synthesizer, there are also some cons to consider. One of the most significant drawbacks of this synthesizer is there are no internal speakers onboard. If you’re looking to listen to the music you create without being connected to a computer interface, you must connect external speakers to it. Other synthesizers have onboard speakers that allows users to hear their music as you’re playing without being connected to external speakers, but this is not an option for the MX49 synthesizer. In addition to this downside, some users disliked how the keys of the keyboard are not weighted. When keys are weighted or semi-weighted, they feel closer to an acoustic piano. The MX49 keys are not weighted and are therefore less realistic. Another common complaint is how the technology does not allow the layer and split functions to be used at the same time. After understanding the benefits and drawbacks associated with the MX49 synthesizer, you must then decide whether this instrument is best for your lifestyle.
Should you buy the Yamaha MX49The Yamaha MX49 Music Production Synthesizer is a great tool for those looking for advanced computer editing technology in their instrument. Its hundreds of available sounds can create a variety of different musical styles and fit into nearly every lifestyle. Yamaha’s MX49 Music Production Synthesizer is useful instrument for all situations when attached to a speaker whether you’re on stage, at the studio, or anywhere in between. Price & Reviews on Amazon
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