Yamaha has announced the new Motif-Rack
Tone Generator, which they describe as combining music-making versatility, comprehensive control, and sheer sonic power in a
convenient rack-mountable package.
Utilizing the very same sounds as the Motif XS, the Motif-Rack
XS includes 1,152 dynamic and authentic
Voices, 65 drums kits, and a comprehensive synthesis engine for building custom Voices. These Voices are the
basis for further sound creation and customization using the built-in studio quality effects, thousands of arpeggio types of
which 4 can be played back simultaneously, and 5 front-panel control knobs capable of adjusting 20 different parameters in
In the studio, the Motif-Rack
XS is easily integrated into a computer music system with a simple USB connection.
XS Editor provides easy access to deep editing functions on the computer screen that are not available
on the front panel. This editor can be used stand-alone or integrated with the included Cubase AI DAW software. Cubase
AI (Advanced Integration) provides Steinberg music production capabilities and direct integration with many
Yamaha hardware products. It provides 48 tracks of audio, 64 tracks of MIDI, VST instruments and effects, and a
powerful Cubase 4 audio engine for complete music production.
For additional inputs and outputs, Yamahaâ€™s optional mLAN16E2 interface card connects the Motif-Rack
XS to the
computer and communicates audio and MIDI data through a single Firewire cable.
Pricing and Availability:
- AWM2 with expanded articulation
- Polyphony 128 notes
- Wave 355Mb
- Preset 1,024 + 64 drum kits
- GM 128 normal voices + 1 drum kit
- User 128 * 3 normal voices + 32 drum kits
- Multi User 128
- Arpeggio 6633 types
- Display 160 * 64-dot graphic backlit LCD
- Controls 5 control knobs
- Weight 4.2kg
The Motif-Rack XS will be available in June, 2008 for $1,499.99/ Â£1029 including VAT.