So the cat is out of the bag, the new Yamaha models are announced today, with a significant updgrade to their flagship synthesizer workstations. The new range being the XF and they are in black too, a little cosmetic change for those who are tiring of the silver finish. The Big news about the Motif XF adds a massive amount of additional ROM bringing the total available Wave ROM to 741MB. The Inspiration In A Flash tag also signifies that there is indeed more on board RAM available, with 128MB of built-in RAM, but more interestingly, there is the possibility to install up to 2GB of Flash RAM for fast and power-cycle resistant storage.
This makes the Motif XF a viable live workstation with plenty of room for an entire live set or two and easy recall of samples voices and suchlike.
For the arpeggiator addict the largess of preset patterns has been increased to well over a thousand covering your basic synth-type stuff to sophisticated guitar and drum patterns.
There are numerous other enhancents and changes based on feedback from users of previous Motif models.
741MB of internal Wave ROM (over twice that of the previous Motif XS) including incredibly realistic pianos, acoustic instruments and vintage synths.
Up to 2GB of optional Flash Wave memory. Finally it is possible to save your samples to the internal memory of your synth so they are always there when you turn it on.
A sophisticated 8-element synth architecture with XSpanded articulation and 18 different filter types let you shape your sound anyway you want, and 8 front panel knobs and sliders make it easy to do - even in real time.
1664 Voices and 97 Drum Kits put more sounds at your fingertips than ever before.
128MB of onboard volatile sample RAM -- for user sampling, loading and auditioning sample libraries or adding vocals and real instruments to your Motif XF.
An improved User Interface with many user-requested features.
The popular FSX (Motif XF6/7) and BH (Motif XF8) keyboard actions let you express your passion for playing. 61 key, 76 key and 88-note weighted action.
512 Performances combine 4 Voices and 4 Intelligent Arpeggiators that instantly create backing tracks with Yamaha’s intuitive Direct Performance Recording feature.
An integrated Yamaha Digital Mixer that includes 3-band EQ for each part, 8 Dual Insertion effects, 2 System effects, an overall Master effect and Master EQ
Direct-to-USB recording and playback lets you record your final mixes to any connected USB memory device as CD-quality WAV files, or play WAV files created on your computer back on the XF.
New large format (512MB - 1GB) Voice libraries from Garritan, Sonic Reality, Easy Sounds and more plus new Motif-specific software tools, including waveform editors, sample format convertors and arp managers.