Yamaha MM8
Yamaha MM8

Workstation by YamahaView website

Average price: $900

Users' review: Average mark of 4/5 for 5 reviews

Yamaha MM8 : sw80's user review

"Sounds good for the price" 7 (7/10)

Characteristics 7/10

I owned an MM8 by Yamaha years ago, it is very affordable but not well made. Since I was use to working with “higher end” workstations that cost triple what the MM8 does I was able to feel a difference in the quality right way. The keys did not feel very good and the whole board was very light and felt like plastic. Using it was about as easy as it gets though because it took no effort at all to learn the flow of the workstation.

Utilization 6/10

It does come with a manual but I didn’t even need it. I used this workstation for around 6 months back in 2008 into 2009. It was a great board to have for many different styles of music and with it being at this price I just knew that I couldn’t of went wrong. I was just expecting a little better quality in its build from Yamaha.

Sounds 6/10

The sounds really surprised me though, from the strings to the brass and pianos. Almost all of the sounds are very usable and have a warm the brightness to them. I now recommend this board to a lot of users who want to have some good sounds but do not have the money to go get the Motif from Yamaha. This is the way to go because no matter if you are making rock, jazz, or dance music. You will have all of the sounds you need to work with.

Overall Opinion 7/10

Overall this is a great purchase but if you are more into the feel of the keys then you will not enjoy this keyboard. Even if you are a gigging keyboard player you may not want to go with this board, it is very light but the feel of it could really throw you off. Also the screen is not very big and it is not vibrant, it is more of just a simple backlit screen. But if quality and the “feel of the keys” don’t mean much to you than this is a great buy at this price.