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Yamaha MODX8+ 88-key Synthesizer Workstation

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88-key Synthesizer with GHS-weighted Action, 256-note Total Polyphony, AWM2 and FM-X Sound Engines, DAW and VST Control, Sequencer, Virtual Circuitry Modeling, and 1.75GB Internal Flash Memory
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Yamaha’s MODX series took their suite of creative and technological prowess and packed it into a high-performance synthesizer, engineered for modern needs. The MODX+ builds off this forward-thinking model to accommodate even greater sonic opportunities, bringing your total polyphony to an astounding 256 notes. Plus, the MODX OS introduces new features that include Voices and Live Sets, offering robust flexibility in both composition and performance. The onboard flash memory has been upgraded to 1.75GB, creating more room for your sounds and samples from your collection for more personalized expressive potential. Like its predecessor, the MODX+ is packed with powerful technologies ported from Yamaha’s flagship Montage series. State-of-the-art upgrades from their MOXF line include the AWM2 sample and synthesis engine, fortified with eight times more waveforms, alongside a powerful 8-operator FM-X engine modernized for amazingly dynamic sonics and complex sound design, as well as Motion Control Synthesis for seamless integration and powerful control of both sound engines.

    What's new with MODX+

    • 256-note total polyphony, with 128-note stereo from the AWM2 engine and 128-note FM-X
    • MODX OS provides expanded instrumentation and composition abilities, including new features with Voices, Live Sets, and more
    • 1.75GB expanded onboard flash memory to personalize your library
    • GHS weighted action mimics acoustic pianos with heavier keys in the low end, lighter at the high end

    Packed with sophisticated features

    In addition to the AWM2 and FM-X sound engines, the Yamaha MODX8+ is packed with sophisticated features (many handed down from Montage), including the Super Knob, which gives you simultaneous control over multiple parameters; the ability to send 10 and return four audio channels plus 16 MIDI channels to/from your computer or iOS device over USB; Live Sets, which allow for Performance organization without copying, renaming, or changing order; and an A/D input that processes external audio sources through the MODX+ DSP. Also onboard is Yamaha's Motion Sequences feature, which drives synth parameters via rhythmic control data you can intuitively interact with in real time; an Envelope Follower that lets you use internal or external audio as a synth parameter control source; and a Vocoder effect that re-creates the classic voice-synth sound. Four-part Seamless Sound Switching, the capacity for 27 simultaneous effects, an onboard 4-in/10-out audio interface, and 1.75GB of internal flash memory complete the feature set. The Yamaha MODX8+ gives you a powerful modern synthesizer, a potent controller with a multichannel USB audio/MIDI interface for extensive DAW and VST control, and an expressive 88-note GHS variably weighted keyboard to drive it all.

    A powerful instrument that does it all

    Keyboardists at Music Experience have long respected the top-notch sounds Yamaha loads into their keyboards, and the Yamaha MODX8+ is no exception. From stunningly realistic acoustic and electric pianos, guitars, basses, and drums to orchestral instruments to vintage and modern synth sounds, each patch is expertly crafted down to the finest detail, so you can call up any preset you like and never have to worry about tweaking your tone. When you're in the mood to patch from scratch, however, the Yamaha MODX8+ provides a robust set of sound-sculpting tools for realizing your ultimate musical vision. Add to that a full complement of VCM-based effects and processors, and you’ll never run out of creative possibilities. Yamaha's MODX8+ boasts a broad selection of effects for both the internal sounds and for use with the A/D inputs, giving you access to the same effects found in Yamaha's professional digital recording consoles. And the Yamaha MODX8+ supports the use of 27 effects simultaneously, so you can polish your tracks to perfection.

    What Yamaha Says...

    MODX8+ is a compact, lightweight, 88-key weighted action synthesizer with the piano, instrument and synth sounds pianists need to stand out on the stage, studio or stream.

    Sound

    The most important element of any instrument is the sound. MODX+ makes all elements of your music sound amazing. MODX+ uses the same technology that powers the flagship MONTAGE: 128 notes of AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) sample and synthesis polyphony for stunning emulative acoustic instruments, synth sounds and drums. MODX+ also features 128 notes of FM-X (Frequency Modulation) polyphony - a unique, expressive, highly-programmable synthesis technology for dynamic, electro-modern music creation.

    AWM2

    The AWM2 engine is exclusive to Yamaha synthesizers and offers much more than just sample playback. Each of the 16 AWM2 Parts feature eight programmable synthesizers with 18 different filter types, amplitude, pitch and filter envelope generators, nine LFOs, 3-band EQ and a dedicated dual insert effect with Virtual Circuitry Modeling.

    FM-X

    Everything you love about the iconic DX7 meets the latest Yamaha innovations. FM-X produces classic ‘80s or cutting-edge EDM synthesizer sound with incredible dynamic range, power and fidelity. MODX+ goes well beyond the capabilities of the original DX7 with an 8-operator FM architecture, 128-note polyphony, many filter types and more. All with Motion Control for ever-evolving and changing textures to create sounds no one has ever heard before.

    Smart Morph

    Smart Morph enables morphing between FM-X sounds. Its sophisticated A.I. algorithm creates an interactive morphing map from up to eight FM-X sounds. You can “play” this map from the touchscreen or use the Super Knob to move between two points. The result is a staggering number of interesting and interactive new sounds.

    256-Note Total Polyphony

    MODX+ features 128-note stereo AWM2 polyphony and 128-notes of FM-X polyphony. Due to the unique architecture of MODX+ and MONTAGE, this polyphony is always available without latency or compromising other features.

    Integrated Flash

    Save your music in a flash. MODX+ includes 1.75GB of non-volatile, low latency user flash memory with high speed reading/writing for your own custom samples or synth libraries from here.

    Effects

    MODX+ is packed with DSP innovation, power and sound quality to bring you everything from high-definition reverbs to detailed Virtual Circuit Modeling (VCM) effects. Get EDM sound with effects like Beat Repeat, Vinyl Break or Bit Crusher. Use the Spiralizer effect to create the auditory illusion of tone continuously rising or falling in pitch. Add a compressor with sidechain for a modern “ducking” effect. Or go retro with vintage effects like Analog Delay, VCM Phaser or a variety of Amp Simulators. Piano players will feel like they’re in heaven, or some other incredible performance space, with piano-focused effects like Damper Resonance and HD reverbs for a super-realistic piano experience.

    A/D Input

    A stereo A/D input allows you to bring external sources like analog synthesizers, vocals and other instruments into the MODX+ motion control system. Which means MODX+ control goes well beyond simple onboard effect processing. Control individual parameters with the physical controls or have MODX+ provide “invisible hands” using Motion Control. Add the Vocoder, Envelope Follower and Auto Beat Sync and it’s like the A/D input on MODX+ becomes an instrument unto itself.

    Sidechain

    Sidechain is a popular effect in modern dance music where a pad or other sustain part is “keyed” to the kick drum. When the kick drum plays, it ducks down the sustained part creating a “pumping” rhythmic effect.

    Content

    Beyond being an amazing synthesizer, MODX+ is an expandable content platform. Get new sounds for your MODX+ here.

    Soundmondo

    Soundmondo is a social sound sharing network that lets you store and recall MODX+ and MONTAGE Performances and share them with other users. Each stored Performance can be rated, named and given a custom image from your photo library. The Soundmondo app for iOS lets you upload and download new Performances directly to MODX+ with an iOS device.

    Compatibility

    Out of the box, MODX+ gives you access to sounds made by our world- class sound designers and artists, including sounds from the MOTIF series as well as the legendary DX7. You'll have a massive sound library at your fingertips.

    MOTIF XF/MOXF

    MODX+ is directly compatible with MOTIF XS/XF Voices and Performances.

    DX/TX

    The free FM converter webapp on YamahaSynth.com makes it compatible with DX7, DX7II, TX802 and TX816 synthesizer content as well.

    Bösendorfer

    As part of the MODX+ introduction, Yamaha is pleased to offer an incredible Bösendorfer Imperial Premium Grand Piano download for FREE to all registered MODX+ owners. See below for more details.

    DAW Integration

    MODX+ Connect is a convenient tool which lets you transfer data between your computer and the MODX+. Song data created on the MODX+ can be transferred to your computer and the Performance data edited on the MODX+ can be saved as a file (.X7B) on the computer. MODX+ Connect, based on Steinberg’s VST3 technology, works as a VST3 plug-in with the Cubase series. The MODX+ Connect works the same as other VST instrument software, allowing you to save the edited settings of the MODX+, or use them for another project. MODX+ Connect also works as an AU plug-in. For AU compatible DAW software, refer to the separate Release Notes. It can also be used as standalone software.

    Multi-Channel USB Audio Interface

    As expected for modern computer-based music production, MODX+ features a professional 4-in/10-out, multi-channel USB audio interface. Coupled with two A/D inputs, MODX+ is a perfect centerpiece for any professional recording studio or live computer rig. A single-cable connection replaces the need for an external audio interface.

    Rhythm Pattern

    Drummer running late again? MODX+ Rhythm Pattern is like a built-in drum machine with easy access to thousands of patterns from a front panel button. Quickly add a rhythm when songwriting, practicing or waiting for the drummer to set up, or show up.

    Control

    Every artist wants to sound unique. Empower your creativity, take control and stand out from the crowd. Bring the sophistication of music production automation to realtime live performance with Motion Control.

    The Super Knob is to shaping sound as a conductor is to an orchestra. It directs individual dynamic elements into a single musical expression. Like a conductor, the Super Knob can tell one player to turn up while another turns down. You can change the shape of notes from long to short, bright to dark or move a player from being right next to you to the back of the concert hall. The Super Knob allows simultaneous control of up to 128 parameters in a single Performance. This means you can control mix functions like volume, pan and effect sends or detailed synth parameters like filters, LFOs and Operators. That’s 128 parameters…SIMULTANEOUSLY! You can even control the Super Knob with an FC7 foot controller making it easy to manipulate the sound when playing with both hands.

    Motion Sequences

    Motion Sequences are tempo-synchronized, completely customizable control sequences that can be assigned to virtually any synthesizer parameter and provide incredible new ways of creating sound. Motion Sequences also have dedicated controls on the front panel making it easy to manipulate and change in real-time, providing incredible interactivity and expression.

    Envelope Follower

    The Envelope Follower converts audio into a control source for control of virtually any synthesizer parameter. For example, a drum loop could drive effects parameters for a cool rhythm or a vocal recording could control multiple parameters for a “talking” synthesizer. The audio can even be a “live” source through the A/D input.

    Audio Beat Sync

    Audio Beat Sync (ABS) detects the beat of an external device like an electronic drum kit, drum machine or audio player plugged into the A/D input and synchronizes the MODX+ Arpeggiator, Motion Sequencer or Songs to the tempo of the external input.

    Rubber coated PB and MW

    Just like the flagship MONTAGE, MODX+ has rubber-coated pitch and modulation wheels for a premium feel when performing.

    Mobility

    Designed for musicians on the go, MODX+ is compact, lightweight and mobile.

    Lightweight

    The MODX6+ weighs in at 14.6 lbs, the MODX7+ at 16.3 lbs and the 88-note weighted Graded Hammer Action MODX8+ comes in at a svelte 30.4 lbs.

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    Yamaha MODX8+ 88-key Synthesizer Features:

    • Expressive GHS variably weighted keys are heavier in the low notes, lighter in the high notes, mimicking acoustic piano play
    • Motion Control Synthesis unifies and controls AWM2 and FM-X sound engines
    • 256-note total polyphony: 128-note stereo AWM2 + 128-note FM-X
    • Super Knob controls multiple parameters simultaneously for highly expressive sound interaction
    • Send 10/receive 4 audio channels plus 16 channels of MIDI via a single USB cable
    • Live Sets allow Performance organization without copying, renaming, or changing order
    • 4-Part Seamless Sound Switching: change Performances while holding notes without sound or effect cutoff
    • Direct Control Assignment assigns controls at the touch of a button
    • The A/D input processes external audio sources with your instrument’s DSP
    • Motion Sequences drive synthesizer parameters through rhythmic control data you can interact with in real time
    • Envelope Follower allows internal or external audio to be used as a synth parameter control source
    • AWM2 provides data compression without sacrificing sound quality
    • MODX OS expands composition and performance potential, newly adding Voices, Live Sets, and more
    • 1.75GB internal flash memory lets you install your own samples and external libraries for a completely personalized sound set
    • FM-X 8-operator FM synthesis delivers amazingly dynamic sonics and complex sound design
    • Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) re-creates the sound and behavior of vintage effects and signal processors
    • Sidechain automatically controls dynamic behavior of parts separately from one another
    • Vocoder effect re-creates classic voice-synth sounds
    • Rhythm Pattern for effortless addition of drums or percussion to any Performance
    • USB-to-host allows audio/MIDI connectivity to your USB-equipped computer or iOS device
    • USB-to-device port allows connection of USB flash drives for loading and storing data
    • Advanced Integration with Mac/PC

            Type Keyboard Synth Stage Piano
            Sound Engine
            AWM2, FM-X
            Analog/Digital Digital
            Number of Keys 88
            Type of Keys GHS Weighted, Graded Hammer Action
            Velocity Sensitive Yes
            Other Controllers
            Pitchbend, Mod wheel, Super Knob
            Polyphony
            128 Note Stereo AWM2, 128 Note FM-X, 16-part Multitimbral
            Number of Presets
            2,227 x performances
            Filter
            18 types
            Effects Types Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo/Rotary, Distortion, Compressor, Wah, Lo-Fi
            Arpeggiator 8 Simultaneous Parts, 10,239 Presets
            Sequencer
            16-track, 128 patterns, 128 songs
            Memory
            1.75GB internal flash memory
            Audio Inputs 2 x 1/4" A/D (L/mono, R)
            Audio Outputs 2 x 1/4" (L/mono, R)
            Headphones
            1 x 1/4"
            USB
            1 x Type B (host), 1 x Type A (device)
            MIDI I/O
            In/Out/USB
            Pedal Inputs
            2 x 1/4" (control), 1 x 1/4" (sustain), 1 x 1/4" (assignable)
            Power Source 12V DC power supply (included)
            Height 6.3"
            Width 52.5"
            Depth 15.9"
            Weight 30.4 lbs.
            Manufacturer Part Number MODX8+