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Yamaha MO Synthesizer

The MO8

Yamaha has introduced the MO Synthesizers, including the 61-key MO6 and 88-key MO8.

The MO6 and MO8 draw on the technology of the Yamaha Motif ES with a full set of “authentic” sounds and features-including an emphasis on contemporary styles and voices-plus a large internal wave memory capacity and hands-on control. The units are designed to be portable and compact for live performance applications.

Sounds include a complement of instrument Voices and Drum Kits plus a number of modern and vintage synthesizers. For sound shaping and signal processing, the MO features sharp, responsive filters with real-time knob control and a set of onboard effects (reverb, chorus, EQ, Master and three separate Insertion blocks).

Music production tools include a built-in Song/Pattern sequencer featuring the same Phrase Factory capabilities found in the Motif ES. The Arpeggio feature provides more than 1,700 sequenced phrases that can be controlled interactively via the keyboard. The Master mode function allows the MO to be used as a master keyboard controller (with independent Zones), and to be easily reconfigured between Voice/Performance play and Song/Pattern play in live applications. Category search will call up desired sounds, while Performance mode will combine up to four different voices in layers or a keyboard split.

The MO will integrate into computer music systems and features full remote control of DAW software-including transport and mix controls, as well as track arming, muting and soloing. There is even full editing for soft-synth plug-ins directly from the front panel and the Motif ES-sized LCD display. A new feature on the MO Series is the inclusion of global templates to configure the keyboard to work with computer software.

Additional computer-oriented features include two USB connections and a built-in coaxial digital output, plus compatibility with Yamaha’s powerful Voice Editor and Multi Part Editor software.

The MO6 (MSRP $1,499) and MO8 (MSRP $1,999) will hit stores in January 2006.

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