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Yamaha MOTIF XF8

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Yamaha MOTIF XF8
Yamaha MOTIF XF8
2 700.00 street price

In 2010, the top synth Yamaha Motif XF appeared – an all-purpose instrument that kept and pursued the traditions of its predecessors and headed the victorious procession of the Motif series in studios all over the world.

Climbing the Motif line ladder of success, Yamaha made a decent step from XS - already quite serious - to XF: gave it the option of flash memory up to 2GB, 741MB ROM, 3977 waveforms, moved from mLAN to FW16E Firewire (16 audio channels and 3 MIDI ports) interface, featuring an expansion slot, comprised 4 banks 128 user programs (Voice) each and 4x128 performances. The performance can contain up to 4 programs, each with its own effects and arpeggiator settings which is full of pre-installed "phrases" as well (about 7800 in XF). The sound engine is a good old AWM2, supplemented with XA (Expanded Articulation, advanced sound articulation) and VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling, modeling of audio circuits on analog components).

Despite the support of 96kHz, converters at audio inputs and outputs give only up to 44.1kHz, but XF allows to adjust Motif sounds to the tracks in DAW already recorded at a higher resolution, allowing for real-time conversion. Yamaha succeeded in connecting workstations to a computer: starting with ES, Motif offers two USB, one for MIDI and the other one for other devices, both operate causing no problems. The expanded sample memory has brought many new and improved samples in different categories, including Natural Grand S6, Clavinet D6, organ Vox and Farfisa, a string section, various brass, orchestral, bass (extremely high quality in the lower range), synth and drum sounds (in Including Yamaha Oak and Maple drums).

Samples recorded on flash memory will require DAW processing, since editing such parameters as rhythm, playback mode will be impossible. To make corrections, the sample (or Waveform) must be located in the internal memory. Motif XF has 2 proprietary standard slots for sound library expansions that support 512 and 1024MB memory cards, as well as 128MB of internal memory for a sampler and a 16-track sample sequencer.

Motif XF is the true standard on the studio workstation market. If you purchased it, you wouldn’t replace it with anything else, and if you get it, you will never regret it. It allows you to do everything you expect a digital workstation should do, and keeps its price at the level.

The market price has fallen a bit with the arrival of Montage! A technological reserve is still impressive and will serve you for many more years, and the aimed at live performance Montage, though it’s quite successful, won’t overtake XF8 in popularity too soon.

Country of origin / production: Japan

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Usage area
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Digital (D) 
Multi Timbral Capacity16 part(s)
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) 
AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) 
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator): Waveform Count3977
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator): Waveform ROM741 Mb
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Single Voice Preset1024
User-defined Single Voice512
Multitimbral Preset512
User-defined Multitimbral128
Drum Kits Preset64
Drum Kits User-defined32
Performance/ Multitimbral Parts4
DAC24 bit
ADC24 bit
Resolution 16 bit/ 11.025 kHz
Resolution 16 bit/ 22.05 kHz
Resolution 16 bit/ 44.1 kHz
Tracks count16
Pattern Sequencer 
Sequencer Resolution480 ppqn
Note Capacity130000
Tempo (min value)5
Tempo (max value)300
Arpegiator/ Portamento
Arpeggio presets6633
Arpeggio User-defined Memory256
General MIDI (GM) 
MIDI in/ out
Type Balanced Hammer Effect
Number of Keys88
Color resolution 65k colors/ 16bit/ High Color
Resolution: Horizontal320
Resolution: Vertical240
Resolution: Diagonal5.7
Built-in controllers
Pitch Bend Wheel 
Modulation Wheel 
Ribbon Controller1
Slider/ Drawbar8
Jog dial 
External controllers
Sustain foot pedal 
Expression foot pedal 
Foot Controller1
Audio out
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)2
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm) headphones preamplified1
Digital: optical1
Audio in
Digital: Coaxial1
Computer Interfaces
USB USB Storage
Voltage 100-230(250)V
Voltage 50-60Hz
Power consumption30 W
Height168 mm
Width1439 mm
Depth466 mm
Weight28.9 kg
Case/ body
Production start2010

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