YAMAHA Motif ES (6, 7, 8)
“Expanded System

MOTIF ES8 88 keys
Balanced Hammer Effect Keyboard (Initial Touch/Aftertouch)

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MOTIF ES7 76 keys
FS Keyboard (Initial Touch/Aftertouch)

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MOTIF ES6 61 keys
FS Keyboard (Initial Touch/Aftertouch)

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The newly designed tone generator chip offers true 128-note polyphony . The newly developed synth engine offers new synthesizer parameters and faster, more precise envelope control.

Enhanced Sound set with an Evolved Synthesis Engine
Motif ES Music Production Synthesizer features the largest Extensive Sonic library wave ROM of any workstation keyboard available (175 MB in 16-bit linear format) .
The Enhanced Sound set of the ES 1,859 waveforms (the majority of them newly sampled specifically for the MOTIF ES series) provides the base for 1,024 normal voices plus 65 drum kits. There are even Mix Voices so you can edit and create your own Voices and store them right along with the song data. The range of sounds it produces is from the Emulative Sounds of acoustic piano and orchestra to the Extreme Synthesis of hiphop and electronica.

Sampled Sounds with the New “Keyboard Mega Voices”
A significant leap forward from simple single layer samples, “Keyboard Mega Voices” technology makes it possible to include all the nuances of an instrument’s realtime performance. Imagine a guitar voice, for example, with hammer-ons, pull-offs, harmonics, slides, fret noises, and other elements of the “real thing” all accessible from the keyboard at the same time.

Enhanced Signal Processing Effects System
System effects include 20 reverb types and 49 chorus/delay types, while each Voice can have two large blocks of 116 insertion effect types. In the song or pattern modes, up to Eight Separate parts can have their voice insertion Effects Simultaneously. There’s also independent three-band part EQ Settings for each of the 16 parts in Mix, eight types of mastering effects including multi band compression, and a five-band master EQ. New reverbs, vintage phasers, flangers and wah-wahs.

Easy Song Making with new ES “Phrase Factory”
Much more than a simple arpeggiator, the Motif ES Phrase Factory offers versatility for creating sequenced phrases. Used with the drum kits it can produce rhythm patterns, or take advantage of its chord-recognition capabilities to generate pitched phrases using the normal voices. You have 1,787 preset arpeggiator phrases to start with (from standard synth arps to drum loops to natural-sounding acoustic-instrument grooves). The Phrase Factory system works seamlessly with Keyboard Mega Voice technology so you can take advantage of all the expressive Keyboard Mega Voice nuances. You can even assign five different arp phrases to the switches below the display and switch them in real time. Plus the arpeggiator’s new chord recognition and performance play parameters let you easily create your own user arps or modify presets to make them your own. Finally Real Time Loop Remix let’s you generate thousands of instant variations on any phrase either MIDI or audio.

Sampling and Extensive Sequencing with ISS
The Integrated Sampling Sequencer in the ES provides the integration of MIDI and audio sample sequencing . Of course you can BPM-sync playback of MIDI and sample loops, and Time Slice function lets you handle samples with the same freedom as MIDI sequence data without altering pitch or losing audio quality. A maximum sample RAM (DIMM) capacity of 512 MB places the Motif ES sampler section in the same league as some of the most advanced stand-alone samplers available. The ES comes with a bundled CD-ROM with over 170 MB of sample voices including the S90 three layer piano, sweet sax and woodwind voices and drum loops. The sequencer section can handle up to 226,000 notes in 16 tracks, and with lots of new features like Rehearsal Rec mode.

Expressive Surface for Real Time Control
For musical expression there’s no substitute for realtime hands-on control. The Motif ES gives you four rotary controllers and four faders that can be assigned to control filters, volume, effects, envelops. These same controls provide a digital mixer feel when mixing multiple sequenced parts. They can also be used as MIDI controllers to control external MIDI devices. We’ve even added a ribbon controller for intimate fingertip voice control. And since you need to be able to find and recall voices as quickly as possible, the Motif ES synthesizers feature a Category Search function. The Category Search function includes a Favorite category that can store up to 128 of the voices that you use most frequently for instant recall from any mode.

System Integration with DAWs
If you use a computer-based sequencer or DAW as part of your music production setup, with press of a button you can turn the Motif ES into a full function control surface that supports the same protocols as the new 01X Digital Mixing Studio. Simply connect a USB cable between the instrument’s “TO HOST” USB port and your computer’s USB port, and you can directly access your sequencer/DAW software’s fader, pan, EQ effect send, track mute, transport, and other parameters from the Motif ES controllers. You can even open and close windows on your computer directly from your ES.

Storage via USB Hosting and SmartMedia
In addition to the USB “TO HOST” port, the Motif ES synthesizers feature a USB “TO DEVICE” port that can be connected to a USB storage device such as hard disks, flash disks, or card memory readers for external storage of your samples, sequences, and other production data. A built-in SmartMedia slot accepts memory cards with capacities up to 128 megabytes for convenient external data storage.

Expansion Slot for mLAN Networking or more Audio I/O
When you want to move up to mLAN networking (Yamaha’s high-performance music networking protocol) simply install the optional mLAN16E expansion board (available soon) in your Motif ES synthesizer and you’re ready to network and share multiple ports of MIDI data and multiple channels of 24-bit/96 kHz audio data with other mLAN compatible devices or computers with 1394 Firewire connectors. If your system requires more audio inputs and outputs than come standard with the Motif ES, add an optional AIEB2 I/O Expansion Board for an additional six independent analog inputs and outputs as well as coaxial and optical stereo digital inputs and outputs.

Modular Synthesis Plug-in System
If you want additional capabilities, the Modular Synthesis Plug-in System lets you simply plug-in appropriate optional expansion boards. For analog-modeling synthesis there’s the PLG150-AN, or for advanced 6-operator FM synthesis there’s the PLG150-DX. The real sound of virtual analog synthesis is available via the PLG150-VL board, the PLG150-DR delivers AWM-generated drum sounds, choose the PLG150-PC for percussion, or install the PLG150-PF for piano sound. The Motif ES synthesizers have three expansion slots that can accommodate the extra features you need.


Tone Generator block

Tone Generator
AWM2 (complying with the Modular Synthesis Plug-in-System)

128 notes + the polyphony of the Plug-in Board (if-installed)

Multi Timbral Capacity
16 parts (internal) + 3 or more Plug-in Board parts-(1 for each Single Plug-in Board; 16 for Multi Plug-in-Board), Audio Input parts (A/D, AIEB2, mLAN -4 stereo parts-)

175MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 1,859 waveforms

Preset: 768 Normal Voices + 64 Drum Kits
GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit
User: 128 x 2 (Bank1: Original, Bank2: Picked up from Preset) Normal Voice + 32 Drum Kits

Plug-in Voice
Preset for the PLG150-AN/DX/PF/DR/PC: 64
Preset for the PLG150-VL: 192
User: 64 for each Plug-in slot

User: 128 (up to 4 parts)

Filter:18 types

Effect System
Reverb x 20 types, Chorus x 49 types, Insertion (A,:B) x 116 types x 8 blocks, Master Effect x 8 types,:Master Equalizer (5 bands), Part EQ (3 bands,:stereo), Plug-in Insertion (available when the:PLG100-VH has been installed to slot 1)

3 Slots for Modular Synthesis Plug-in Boards

Sampling block

Up to 1,024 Waveforms (Multi Samples)
Up to 128 Key Banks per Waveform
Up to 4,096 Key Banks

Sampling Source
Analog input L/R, Stereo output (Resampling),Digital/Optical (available when the AIEB2 has beeninstalled), mLAN (available when the mLAN16E has been installed)

Sampling Frequency
44.1kHz, 22.05kHz, 11.025kHz, 5.5125kHz (Stereo/Mono)
• Digital Sampling Frequency (when the AIEB2 has been installed) 48kHz, 44.1kHz, 32kHz
Can be input, with converted to the SamplingFrequency of the MOTIF ES.
• Sampling Frequency via the mLAN(when the mLAN16E has been installed) 44.1kHz(fixed)

Sampling Memory
Optionally installed, expandable to 512MB (256MBDIMM x 2 slots)

Sampling Time
44.1kHz: 6 min. 20 sec., 22.05kHz: 12 min. 40 sec.,11.025kHz: 25 min. 20 sec., 5.0125kHz: 55 min. 40 sec. -Mono/Stereo
Sample Format
Original format, WAV, AIFF,A3000/4000/5000/SU700 format (loadable only),AKAI S1000/S3000 format (loadable only)

Sequencer block

Capacity Approx. 226,000 notes

Note Resolution
480 ppq (parts per quarter note)

Maximum Polyphony
124 notes

Pattern Mode: 16 phrase tracks
Pattern Chain Mode: Pattern track, Tempo track, Scene track
Song Mode: 16 sequence tracks (Loop on/off can beset for each track), Tempo track, Scene track

64 patterns (x 16 sections)
Measures: 256 maximum


Preset Phrases:687 phrases

User Phrases: 256 per pattern

Songs: 64 songs

Preset x 1,787 types
User x 256 types
MIDI Sync, MIDI transmit/receive channel, VelocityLimit, and Note Limit can be set.

Sequence Format
Original format, SMF format 0, 1 (Format 1 loadonly)


User: 128
4 Zones (Master keyboard settings), AssignableKnob/Slider settings, Program Change Table

Sequence Softwarecompatible with the RemoteControl function
• For Windows
SQ01 V2, Cubase SX, SONAR 2.0, Multi Part Editorfor MOTIF-RACK,
Multi Part Editor for MOTIF ES
• For Macintosh
Logic 5.5, Digital Performer 3.1

Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, RibbonController, Assignable Control Sliders (4), AssignableKnobs (4), Data dial
240 x 64 dot graphic backlit LCD

External Memory
SmartMedia™ (3.3V) * Up to 128MB can be used.

OUTPUT L/MONO, R (standard phone jack),ASSIGNABLE OUTPUT L, R (standard phone jack), ADINPUT L, R (standard phone jack), PHONES (standard stereo phone jack), FOOT CONTROLLER 1/2, FOOT SWITCH x 2 (SUSTAIN, ASSIGNABLE),BREATH, MIDI IN/OUT/THRU, USB (TO HOST, TODEVICE), AC INLET

Power Consumption: 38W

Dimensions, Weight
MOTIF ES8: 1,458 (W) x 465 (D) x 167.4 (H)mm, 28.3kg
MOTIF ES7: 1,255 (W) x 394 (D) x 136.4 (H)mm,19.2kg
MOTIF ES6: 1,048 (W) x 394 (D) x 136.4 (H)mm,16.5kg

AC Power cord, CD-ROM x 3, Owner’s Manual, DataList, Installation Guide

Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, Professional Audio
P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011
info e-mail

advanced technologic sound magazine
2003 october issue 118

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