Yamaha MOX6 61-Key Synthesizer Keyboard Review

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yamaha mox6 61-key synthesizer




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The Yamaha MOX6 is a 61-Key Synthesizer Workstation with Semi-weighted Keys. Powerful, yet affordable workstation that features a MOTIF XS sound engine, Multi-channel USB Audio Interface, MIDI controls, and multi-channel USB audio computer integration.

Pros
Excellent sounds, lightweight, easy integration with PC / Mac

Cons
No Aftertouch, cannot delete any pre-built sounds.


Best Place to Buy

On MusiciansFriend, Yamaha MOX6 for $1000-$1100




Review


This is a lightweight and easy to use music production synthesizer with a Semi-weighted Keyboard and comes with the MOTIF XS Sound Engine. If you have been eying the Yamaha MOTIF but are on a much tighter budget, the MOX6 or MOX8 can be good options.

Here's the USP of the Yamaha MOX6 keyboard:


  • Massive soundset, you'll never run out of sounds again
  • Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) effects
  • Thousands of arpeggiator patterns and 4-part interactive arpeggio engine
  • Comprehensive sequencer (including step recording)
  • Built-in 4-in/2-out USB Audio/MIDI interface
  • It comes bundled with YC-3B Organ Emulator soft synth, Prologue analog synth, and Cubase AI
  • Provides advanced Integration with Mac/PC


Who Is It For?

  • Anyone looking for a keyboard to provide accompaniment
  • Suitable for Gigging (good features and lightweight)
  • MIDI/Recording purposes in the studio


It comes with a built-in DAW and VST Control, Multi-channel USB Audio Interface, Onboard Sequencing, and DAW / VST Software Bundle, 16-channel sequencer, and multi-channel DAW integration over USB.


yamaha MOX6 61-key synthesizer review


Unlimited & fresh sounds
If you are looking for some fresh sounds, something that is very usable in live band settings, and want a much lighter keyboard, then this can be a good option if you are also a gigging musician.

Amazing effects
MOX6 comes with a broad selection of effects that can be applied to the internal sounds and also for use with the A/D inputs, perfect to spice up your music - vocals and instruments.

Audio Interface
The MOX6 comes built-in with a 4-in, 2-out audio and MIDI interface, so just plug in your guitar and microphone to the two 1/4-inch A/D inputs on the back of your MOX6, connect a USB cable, and you're ready to record all four channels into your computer. The keyboard has dedicated slider to control the relative volume of your DAW's playback, which is a handy feature when performing live with your laptop.

Easy Integration with Computer
Yamaha's MOTIF technology and easy USB computer integration makes it so easy to use the MOX6 for music production. A single USB cable lets you fully integrate both audio and MIDI with your Mac or PC (48-track version of Steinberg's Cubase AI software is included.)


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More features
The Performance Creator is another cool feature that lets you quickly build and save your own layers, splits and arpeggiator settings. So the next time you want to use it, you don’t have to select it from the menu (precious time saved while performing).

For the composer, the 16-track sequencer is quite handy and the 256 factory performance presets are great for sparking song ideas; suitable in studio as well as on stage.


yamaha mox6 61-key synthesizer


Specs


Here are the main features of the Yamaha MOX6:


  • Most Voices taken from the MOTIF XS, includes Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) effects and Vocoder
  • Keys: 61 Semi-weighted keys
  • Polyphony: 64 notes
  • Wave Memory: 355MB
  • Effects Types: Reverb, chorus, vocoder, EQ
  • Arpeggiator: Yes
  • Sampling: No
  • Audio Playback Internal 4-track Playback, 2-track rom USB
  • MIDI Sequencer: 16-track sequencer
  • Controllers: Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, Assignable Knob x 8, Assignable Function button x 2, DATA dial x 1
  • USB: 4-in/2-out audio/MIDI interface
    Connections: Output (1/4" L/R), Headphone (1/4" stereo), A/D Input (1/4" L/R), Foot Controller, Foot Switch, MIDI In/Out/Thru, USB (to host, to device)
  • Two 1/4-inch inputs for guitar, bass, or microphone
  • Pedal Inputs: Controller, foot switch (assignable), sustain
  • Dimensions: Height 5", Width 40.5", Depth 14"
  • Weight 15.4 lbs, just over 15 pounds (lightweight)
  • Power Supply: 10W, external
  • Bundled Cubase AI DAW software integrates perfectly with your MOX6


Video Review



Voice & Performance


Effects & Vocoder


DAW & Audio Interface



Overall Ratings


The Yamaha MOX6 61-Key synthesizer is a lightweight board for the gigging musician that is easy to use, and is loaded with adequate power.

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