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Motif-Rack, Digital Synth Rack/Sound Module from Yamaha in the MOTIF series.


8 user reviews

Yamaha Motif-Rack tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Yamaha
  • Model:Motif-Rack
  • Series:MOTIF
  • Category:Digital Synth Racks/Sound Modules
  • Added in our database on: 02/19/2003

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Yamaha Motif-Rack user reviews

Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 8 reviews )
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 1 user review13 %
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Yamaha Motif-Rack
This doesn't really bother me , since i use it solely for the sounds( i dont use the arpeggios,multi, etc), but it doesnt have a sampler nor can one be added, and it doesnt have a sequencer. itd be nice if one day they can have a fully loaded motif rack, but i record,sequence,mix, and add effects on the computer anyway. So it basically does what its made for which is deliver an arsenal of pro, usable sounds.

Price paid

$1,000 USD

UTILIZATION

I haven't really tried to use all the features so i wouldnt know, but simply for sound accessing,its a 10.. at first, i had major trouble trying to figure out how to split the sounds into sections,so i can play the piano on the right side of the keyboard and the drumkit on the left. the manual didnt help and guitar center didnt know either.. eventually i figured it out. so with that i can guess its pretty complex. they should let you save your split keyboard settings, so you dont have to set them up every time you want to use it again.

SOUNDS

The motif EASILY has the best sounds, and not only does the Rack have every sound the keyboard has, it also has a ton of extra sounds that the motif keyboard doesnt, stock!!! the horns are wack, it only has about 5 basses that sound professional, but thats it. and besides , the triton and fantom's pianos,guitars,horns,basses, etc are all wack.. i dont think any keyboard gets a 10 in sounds yet

OVERALL OPINION

Ive never had any problems with it,and i take it places to perform.

even though i didnt give it all 10's doesnt mean i dont like it.. i wouldve given any other products 3's and 4's. this is my favorite peice of equipment and if your lookin for the best stock sounds i recommend the motif-rack ps. it has 128 polyphony !! how tight is that?

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Fewture ( 9-, 2004)
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FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Yamaha Motif-Rack
This device has lots of arpeggios and good effects also it has place for expansion cards (i don't have any so far though) it lacks a sequencer (like the fantom xr) or a sampler (fantom xr or triton rack) but in my opinion that's not what rack romplers are actually for.. the usb connection lets you control it directly from your computer-based sequencer (if you sequence via your computer) so you either have one free midi-port or less devices in the daisychain

UTILIZATION

The basics are pretty easy and everything is more or less self explainable.. when it comes to deeper understanding the short manual lacks some information (here i would like to point to motifator.com to get more infos) if the manual was be a little more in depth then i would have given it a 10

SOUNDS

The sounds are great, especially the pianos and some of the leads and pads, it lacks in brass sounds though. it does have quite an amount of sounds (not as many as the rack ES) and i didn't have enough time to browse through all of them on the first night i had this device

OVERALL OPINION

I haven't had any troubles yet

this device was my first rompler and you know how it is with the first love.. you'll never forget it.. i might have to betray it with the motif rack ES though ;)

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: baggysound ( 6-, 2005)
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Docteur Frog06/04/2003

Docteur Frog's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha Motif-Rack
Through the full range of sound modules gnralistes existing, it is actually difficult to make a choice: Roland, Yamaha, Kurzweil, E-mu, Korg? So many brands, both of references, but 2003 will be crowned by the arrival of the Motif Rack. As a 1 U rack, the Motif Rack contains the glossary of the technical specifications in terms SERIES Keyboards and Sound edition of synthse. Be forgotten so the sampler and that squenceur quipent versions keyboards. However, APRS be compared with a Motif 6 Motif R, the rack version appears to be more VLOC, through a more dynamic and personal studio set, more scrolls. This is the night deuxime intgrale I spend it and god knows I am pro Kurzweil but the Yamaha thank you!

UTILIZATION

In a simple approach, the Motif Rack possde trs ergonomic architecture is even more simplified by using the buttons "View Categories", "Shortcuts", "Voice", "Multi". Menus can select sounds intuitively or by CATEGORY or by similarity algorithms, etc.. Everything is clear. He who has set foot in a JV or XV THE FIRST stone throw myself PC2R but until I had found so simple. Comes with a manual in French, that I needed to open the particularity of the Motif Rack is that possde 128-voice polyphony, while the keyboard version only pr feel 64.

SOUNDS

Gnraliste, the Motif Rack is not provided multi-specialist in because beyond the new preset pianos Intgr-samples, as they are optional for versions with keyboards PLG150PF card, which are falling, all sonoritsdfient a one on the Ides reues Yamaha sound modules. Entire range of sound by a t dveloppe Sound Designers amricains what he Confre standard sound and away from the freshness of SY or sries Ex Sounds are standards and j prompt anyone to walk into banks Guitars, Basses, Drums (Terribles!) and percussion. Some new users even hover on the wind instruments and it is true that the attack modlisation (string clamps, scrub, reeds, mouthpieces, etc.). Is extraordinary. All the technology VL is at the heart of the Reason rack. Even if a card is available to optimize PLG150VL cot matrix is, the sounds are trs pro, with no effect or effects that will delight professional and amateur musicians in the process of self-production o the effects are not quacks Consulta s. Multi Mode allows me to work directly with 16 sounds accessible layers - splits - cross / layers - and assign up to 16 arpgiateurs synchronous or asynchronous according to his taste and settings desired. Pilot an Evolution UC-33 and a O1V to control the assignment of control changes is one of rgal edition. There are "Multis" tape that will really work with those who will. Test, the sets Brass / Strings / Percussion, The Motif Rack is directly a straw while Virtuoso 2000 or XV3080.

OVERALL OPINION

The Motif Rack possde 6 analog outputs (2 Main + 4 subs mono) + 1 + 1 output Stereo Optical SPDIF coax output Stereo, USB and MIDI In / Out / Thru. With all its extensions sound while the sound bank key is terribly satisfactory, its paramtres and its price (1390 euros indicative and observation around 1190 euros in store), I hardly see how one could not at least s' INTERESTED what "fuck" in sound module, please excuse my enthusiasm but what module, which module ...
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lo3307/11/2004

lo33's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha Motif-Rack
Large variety of sounds, very "big" for most purposes, prcis, Fidler (pianos are bluffing), in short more than 800 sounds, drum kits as you want in voila, the effects still effects, splendid reverbbs, a USB connection to edit and tweak all this from the PC (it is always better than to kill a blind eye to screen LCD two cm ..), SPDIF .. and the top view.

UTILIZATION

Configuration very simple, especially when we had in hand an adjacent or 7 EX5, Yamaha is cohrent its interfaces. I have not opened the doc yet, but it is in french, clear, and seems t be enough to complete what I saw, but I rpeter, the implementation of the pattern is so simple, zicos warned that some did not even need the manual.

SOUNDS

I make the trip hop and ambient, the sounds are beautiful, ditables infinity, anything.
The brass is crap, but that tt the world knows, if you want ralistes brass, brass need REAL! but I is not, so for me it is not a problem. The pianos, rhodes, strings are standard, ground spellbinding, deep bass, a great job.
The effects are numerous quality (yamaha forces), and the expression is really high.
Overall, the pattern is really excellent and comprehensive

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a week, I love its simple interface, the menu navigation is instinctive after one hour of use, and not end up with thousands of buttons we do not know what to do! most can be managed with a dozen buttons, diodes can rebuked those who are active a glance ..
1000 euro !!!!!!! it has the strongest!! be seen to be believed, the beginners we say "a flaw should print some c not possible!" b No, nothing, nada, no fault, simply a tool pro, half price a newt! and frankly there's no picture .. the really quality price report IM-BA-TTA-BLEUU ...
Whether to buy it? yes yes yes and re .. plutt twice that. Even if Yamaha has long been subject to criticism on some points, the hat .. Thank you Yamaha.
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