At the core of the new MX series synthesizers are sounds selected from the world famous Yamaha MOTIF XS. By adding extensive audio and MIDI USB connectivity, along with advanced DAW and VST controller features, the MX keyboards integrate hardware reliability with controller flexibility, providing the best of both worlds at a ground breaking level of affordability.
From acoustic sounds, such as piano, electric piano, strings and drums, to complex eight-element synth sounds, the MX (available in 49 and 61 note versions) has all of the Motif XS voices for complete music production in a wide variety of genres. Both models include an eight-element engine, Yamaha’s Virtual Circuit Modeling effects and 1,134 preset voices. The MX also allows on-board editing and storing of 128 user Voices and 128 user Performances. With dedicated split, layer and rhythm pattern buttons, the MX provides the ability to easily split the keyboard, layer sounds and add backing drum patterns on the fly.
The MX49 and MX61 include USB Audio I/O capabilities that allow for direct recording of MX keyboard sounds onto a computer and the ability to playback DAW audio and VST’s via the MX unit’s audio outs. The MX series will not only playback audio from VST’s and DAW’s, it includes extensive controller features, as well, like advanced integration templates for use with a variety of Digital Audio Workstations (Cubase, Sonar, Logic and Performer) and a Remote Template editor to simplify setting up controls for any VST. When used with Cubase, an AI knob lets any parameter be controlled by the large rotary encoder just by mousing over it. MIDI and WAV files can be streamed directly from a connected USB memory device and an 1/8” external input makes it easy to connect external audio devices and tablets.
The MX series comes with a complete software suite that includes Cubase AI DAW recording software, the YC-3B organ VST set, Steinberg’s HALion SE VST set and a free PsiCraft Performance Editor from Vyzor.
The MX49 (Estimated retail price: $599.99) is currently shipping and the MX61 (Estimated retail price: $799.99) is planned to ship in February 2013.