Model Yamaha MOTIF XF

Model belonging to the MOTIF series

User Reviews: 4.510 Average price: $3,135

All user reviews for the Yamaha MOTIF XF

Average Score: 4.53333 ( 4.5/5 based on 10 reviews )
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mrjason 02/06/2013

mrjason's review "Amazing sound engine"

The Motif XF6 is a 61 key workstation synth that has some of the best sounds that you will ever hear. I have heard some of the basic presets that it offers in mainstream top 40 music on a regular basis. I am an owner of the original Motif that came out over ten years ago and I loved it, I have been using it almost every day for the last 10 years and when I found out they were coming out with a XF board I jumped on it pretty quick.


The XF6 is easy to set up and start using (for me because I had the original Motif). There are a ton of presets and kits to work with and this board is even expandable though I have not purchased any expansions yet. I have been using it with Cubase since the day that I purchased it and could not be happier.


The XF6 allows 64 patterns and up to 256 voices for all patterns. It does allow sampling and it has a 128 polyphony. It comes with installed RAM of 128M which was more than enough for me to sample other audio. The keys are semi weighted and have a great touch to them; I love just playing the pianos on this keyboard because it feels so real and almost gives me a baby grand experience.


Sequencing on this keyboard is something that I didn’t like mainly because I didn’t like the interface of the sequencer. That is why I prefer to keep it in Cubase because I am already familiar with Cubase and have been using it forever. The arpeggiators are pretty cool as well on the XF6 and they are customizable to get the exact style of arp you are looking for. This keyboard was pretty expensive but after using the original Motif I knew this was a must have.
mrjason 10/31/2012

mrjason's review "Expensive and worth it, for giggin or studio use"

The XF7 is a 76 key music production synth. It is very expensive, but after you get the chance to use it for a few minutes you will be hooked and have to have it. All of the sounds in the XF7 are amazing, they are well designed. The presets have just the right FX on them to make them stand out and pop. The arpeggiator has over 7000 sounds that you can use, you can also layer those arpeggiators and create some really interesting sounds quickly. The XF7 is the perfect keyboard for the studio and for the live musician. Performance mode you can layer your voices and split the XF7 up into two different half's so you can play a different instrument for the bass (play bass on the left side and synths on the right side at the same time in performance mode).


The XF7 has 128MB of internal memory right out of the box. You do not have to install any more memory because it comes maxed out. You can record or sample any audio source effortlessly. There is no installation involved when working with the XFF7. All you have to do is plug it in and turn it on.


The XF7 is heavy and bigger than I expected it to be though, at first glance it does not seem to be very big but once you are in front of it, it is a lot bigger. This could cause issues when moving it from one gig to the next. The screen that is on the XF7 is a full color display and it is bright and very easy to read. All of your navigation functions are right beside the screen so that even if you are in a dark room you can still find what you need to find.


Working with the XF7 has never been easier, I love when I get the chance to work with it and I have never met someone that does not like it. If you can afford it, you must buy it. But it does come with a large price tag.
AlanForPresident 06/29/2012

AlanForPresident's review "left me speechless"

The Yamaha XF8 is a workstation that can do it all, it can do anything that your computer can do. Though I do not personally own this board but one of my band members does own it so I get the chance to use it a lot like it really is mine and one of the best things I can say about it over some of the other Yamaha boards is that they have made improvements to the size of the screen. This screen is bigger than the MoX 8 screen. Also the overall feel of the keys are great, they are semi weighted and on the higher octaves its still easy to play your melody lines because the keys aren't too heavy.


It was not easy to understand how to use this board, I pretty much have to use the manual almost any time im using it or ask my buddy to show me how to do something. But everything on it is very well built and constructed. They really put time into this board and that’s probably why it cost almost 1500 dollars more than the MoX8 style. This board does come in like a teal greenish color to but the black version pictured above looks so much better and it does in person too because that’s the one I use.


Sounds are amazing, I have hear so many presets on this keyboard used in songs that are on the radio its crazy. Bad thing is that if you get it now it might be a bit outdated as far as the sounds go so you would need to start manipulating those presets up so you don’t sound outdated.


Great keyboard workstation with too many good sounds to name. Its just way to expensive for most of use to actually have the money on hand to invest in. you will need to pull out the credit card if you want this one.
dreamstar 10/08/2011

dreamstar's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " fabulous"

See above for features. Excellent keyboard, Yamaha requires expertise.


At first it is quite difficult, given the normal range of possibilities for this type of instrument / workstation. The real detailed manual is only available as PDF on CD ROM, which is a shame given the price but ultimately quite handy with the ability to search by words.
It seems that few people know, but the pattern xf a profound synthesis and editing, as long as they plunged into it seriously ... (Up to 8 oscillators per voice, all independently editable, 8 LFOs, arpeggios, lots of assignable parameters etc etc ... the list goes on). Envelopes deserve special mention, extremely detailed, you can configure almost everything is a dream, once you go through a learning phase.


The sounds cover all acoustic instruments and trace the history of synthesis and are of very high quality. The quality of the converters is exceptional, the result XF sounds very detailed and rich.
Ditto for the effects: I love the effects of analog modeling, which gives the instrument a certain warmth that I have not found the Kronos ...
In multitimbral mode, there are inserts of 8 tracks maximum, only downside: all the 16 parties share a single reverb + chorus, which is sufficient in most cases, but it would be great to mix 16 parts in reason alone, by finding all the effects of patches ...


How long have you use it?

1 year.

Have you tried many other models before buying it?

I had the XS.

the instrument is quite expensive but worth it.

With experience, you do again this choice? ...

Undoubtedly, even after the arrival of Korg Kronos, let it be said!
G.jourdain 09/28/2011

G.jourdain's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

excellent machine.


for the scene, not bad.
studio for the man ... not bad.


sounds good overall.;


it depends on what you are looking.

I return to the words of my predecessor.

if you are a computer hacker, Plug become interesting.
but not to live ....
because each plug to its ergonomic .., and then ... that the puzzle;
a hard, full limit but in the same ergonomics .. so, "saving time and easier to use.
the two worlds are different and non-competitor.
Mickamix 09/28/2011

Mickamix's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " thus torn by the sytems "open labs"

the ideal is to combine synths of this type with the "sound slate" of OPEN LABS


config traditional complete
classic edition via menu in menu on the small screen color


pseudo realistic sound
Analog is always a way like other leading manufacturers, but enough.


take the time to open our eyes to the modern concepts offered by Open Labs and Muse Research
you will soon forget to € 3000 in a closed system and therefore exceeded two years.
Japanese manufacturers do not want to change the current landscape and is marketing (successful) from the Korg M1 wholesale ...
There There's a lack of clear information and comparison on the part of builders' hardware "and" software "and those between 2
We get ripped off for 20 see 30.
It is a pretty sound showcase a superb keyboard and you pay € 3,000 in three major manufacturers of workstation from year to year.
and avoids talking about new concepts hybrid superior in quality and playable live too!
says it all. Listen and Soyer lens with your ears and your wallet, dear musicians.
Arkonis 09/19/2011

Arkonis's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " mixed ..."

I would not stay on the technical specifications is a fighter jet over-equipped and ultra-powerful, mine have 2G ° Flash memory.

But alas, the defects:
I can compare the pattern 7 of the first generation that I had before,
and after 4 months of use on stage:

Plastic shell fragile, ugly, and especially not practical to clean
compared to older generations.
The screen (not touch) seems fragile as a flexible plastic, and keyboard
76 Notes version has less depth than a conventional pattern or ES.
In short, it smells design "cheap", and I do not know if the blow will also
long as my old pattern has.


easy to use, the programming is effective, the effects are beautiful.
The PC editor effective, much improved sampling.
we really miss the touchscreen on this bike to its full


So here I am the more mixed.
In fact, the sounds sound worse than on my first generation pattern.
it is also less enjoyable to play than the previous generation, the keyboard
certainly makes less noise, less slap, but the keys have been shortened,
and depth of the dynamics as well.
So, we must completely change his game, and despite it not
recall the feeling of my old pattern.
After that, the big advantage XF7 side programming, or can be bound
more things, and grow artificial sound.
But now, it annoys me to have to add operators to enrich one's
when the older generation of 4 was sufficient to have a more than wholesale.

Everything seems more fragile, more cheap, less finished than the first patterns.
So yes, it's a great synth, but I regret after 4 months of use
intensive and thirty concert have sold the old one.

I think Yamaha would come out of the XF7 under another name as Motif,
as they did at the time (the pattern is a big change in the EX series), just to show that this is another machine,
with a grain and a very different response.

Filters do not resonate the same, the converters do not make the same
sound, and that's the bottom hurts ...


This is interesting side keyboard programming and sound possibilities,
it is a fact.

I sold my old pattern, and what emerges is that I
sorry so mixed.

So here's my advice to anyone who wants to change the old
generation of a reason to XF:
Find a ground rack and more. Personally, that's what I'm going to do
even if it does not of course replace the deficiencies of quality material
than the XF.
alex48 09/05/2011

alex48's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Class!"

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After selling my design ES 8, I opted for the XF 6 I couple on stage with a north stage 2.
Operation is simple for all owners of patterns of previous generations, the color display, readable and clear greatly facilitates the hack.
Frankly, it's very intuitive!
We have everything at hand in seconds, easy to program performance for the stage, to make a pattern ... etc.
I have not used the sampling mode.
The keyboard is very good and responds perfectly.


The sounds are very very good! most excellent ... I think there is frankly no better in terms of choice and overall quality, there's nothing to throw away. Except maybe the sound of harmonica ..
The pianos are hyper realistic, fantastic guitars (much improved compared to the ES), tablecloths, violins, synthesizers of hell! It sounds everywhere! What about low batteries and honestly ... it's highest level. Even the brass ring! It's been a week since I have the beast, and I already won.
Some pre-programmed performance are terrible, something for all tastes, honestly you can do anything with this machine!


I do not regret my choice, of course it's easier for me who knows the system a bit pattern having possessed the ES, but Yamaha has made great efforts in terms of use.
I have not tried the Cronos, I wanted to stay with Yamaha. What I like most about this synth sounds are of course but also versatile, all styles of music are well represented, you can do anything!

€ 2,500 it's necessarily cheap, but in terms of device features, there is nothing to say.
However, it is intended for regular use in the studio or on stage, if we want to return the beast.
I do it again this election easily.
bernan 12/12/2010

bernan's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " workstation"

Yamaha XF7 - FSX Keyboard 76 Keys
1024 + 512 preset voices Voice User / 512 performance
741 MB of wave / arpeggios 7880
128 MB RAM + 512 MB flash memory
128 voice polyphony
Song or Pattern type sequencer + sampler


Motif ES6 Compared to that I owned previously, ergonomics has been greatly improved, thanks in part to the larger display. Still found the logic of ES, so it is not lost when using the XF7 the first time, but with greater ease to edit the parameters of a sound, performance or sequencer.
Flash memory is also a huge improvement compared to the loading of files along with the ES6 (in USB1 with 512 MB of files to swing into RAM, it took a while). There were lighter moments later and we can use the keyboard with all the data arranged.
The keyboard is also better than that of SS6 I had.
A small downside to quibble: 4 banking users that is not enough especially if you load the super banks inspiration in a flash, provided free on the Yamaha, but it's always good 4 better than 2 (on SS6 ) and then the preset sounds are excellent quality.


The vamp. Yet SS6 already sounded very good. But that sounds clearly have a different magnitude, they are more accurate, it's a real pleasure. Keyboards, brass and other wind instruments are really well above the SS6. With Adam monitors A5X, direct comparison between the two is obvious.
I can not compare with the XS or M3 that I've never tried it, there may be less of a difference with these machines. on the other hand with those of the previous generation, there is no photo, it's much better.
And if you do not find his happiness with the multitude of waveforms of the machine, it can be added through sampling or buy a sound bank. Or fill with a pure synth (an Access Virus among others)


I own this keyboard since October 2010.
I have owned a lot since the late 80 (DX7, M1, T3EX, JD800, Trinity and SS6), but this is the first time that I deal with a machine as versatile, with sounds fabulous without the need to stack the effects. it will take me a while to get around. This workstation should suit any style of music (for electro, maybe one Access or a Moog keyboard in addition to what would be welcome)
I always preferred to ordis workstations to record ideas on the fly "(ideas that I then reworked with Cubase), and I regretted my previous sequencers Korg, I found that the ES6 not very comfortable (especially early ). Now this review is no longer appropriate to be with this machine.
In summary I am pleased with my purchase, and I was not expecting such a difference with PS6. Fantasy
fil94 11/10/2010

fil94's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Meets my expectations of an amateur musician"

As owner of a Motif ES6 bought in 2007, I hesitated to take the step on the XS. I just did with the XF.
I have the XS6. I find the keyboard more comfortable, less noisy. Side look, it's black, but messy.
I found the basic sounds of the Motif ES, and some sounds that I had completed the purchase of other banks of sounds. The range of sounds will rob me for a while.
The effects are simple to drive.
I do not use computer


I spent a lot of time to understand all the features, not always simple, the ES. As a result, I have not had trouble adapting, I quickly found my bearings. The interface is incommensurate. I have not opened the manual (reduced to its simplest expression).
The screen is small. I prefer the screen of the M50, as compared to say the Roland Fantom G.
I frequently use the arpeggiator is very rich and match my needs.
I used the performance mode to save mode song. It's very simple idea for models, then resume the arrangement.
Functions such as copy / paste of events, adding / removing bars, are always the old days. I dream of something more ergonomic.


I conceive of music for personal (all styles) or to the music in my business dress for events (conferences, etc. ,....).
I work on Motif and Korg (M50). Reason XF sounds are more expressive. The sounds of piano, strings, brass, guitars are very natural, make better. It gives me the strength to Yamaha. I supplement with the Korg synthesizer with sounds and very strings / tablecloths.


Past year, I have extensively tested the M3 (to go upmarket compared to my M50), the Roland Fantom G6.
I own the XF6 last month and I can not stop. This confirms that I am not mistaken.
I am not able to compare with the XS.
In summary:
Most of the XF
- The keyboard more comfortable, quieter
- Sounds realistic, natural, significant numbers of amateur musicians who delight
- Sequencer, easy access to classes of sounds and arpeggiator
- Ease of model performance through by switching pattern or song

- The screen remains small (touchscreen or not, this is not a pb), given complete information publishing,
- Black color and surface appearance (messy in the long run)