Yamaha MOTIF ES6
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Yamaha MOTIF ES6

MOTIF ES6, Workstation from Yamaha in the MOTIF series.

All user reviews for the Yamaha MOTIF ES6

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Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 24 reviews )
 21 reviews88 %
 1 user review4 %
 1 user review4 %
Value For Money : Excellent
Bruin07/27/2014

Bruin's review"Love it despite some latency"

Yamaha MOTIF ES6
Yamaha workstation, 61 keys, purchased 2 additional sound cards. See product descriptions with lots of details elsewhere.


UTILIZATION

For getting around the keyboard and doing the basic stuff for recording and performing, editing on this level is simple ONCE you've gotten accustomed to it. The manual gets a "C" grade from me. I've found more helpful info at YouTube - thanks for all who have posted on the ES there.

SOUNDS

Great sounds, expressiveness and touch sensitivity are excellent for a non-weighted keyed. Effects are all very good as well, and easy to edit from the top-left side of the unit. Acoustic piano and electric piano programs are among the very best IMHO -- I sold my Rhodes. Electric guitars (esp. Mega-Voice ones) and strings are also killer, as well as its organ programs. BTW, if you really want killer organs, use Performance Mode and program the 4 channels to different organs of your choice, and be able to use your 4 sliders to customize and edit your overall organ output/sound with these 4 sliders, and/or fade between different types of organ programs/sounds in any given song. Motif, hands down, produces the phattest and warmest/richest sounds around -- they kill my Korg Krome, which sounds very thin in comparison. Dynamic range is also excellent. While playing the grand piano, you can really hear the difference when playing FFF vs. ppp.

OVERALL OPINION

The 2 complaints I have about the ES are these: 1) when in Performance Mode and using all 4 voices and their effects, you can easily get some latency during a performance. I've got to experiment a bit to see how to minimize this; it'll likely require me to reduce the no. of effects associated with each of the 4 programs that I load into each Performance. 2) When switching between Performances, you may have to "clear" the volume settings for one or more of your 4 voices in this mode; which, requires you to slide the faders all the way to the top, then bottom (or visa versa). Otherwise, some voices won't be active. This was and remains a little frustrating; having to make sure that I do this little procedure every time I switch between Performances. I've not ever used the sampler, so I have nothing to say about that. There's a YouTube video posted that is a sped-up time lapse video of a guy really digging deep into modifying some sounds in the ES. It is worth checking this out, if only to realize how deep you can dig, and how much of an exercise this is/can be. I've play-tested the XS and XF, but truthfully, neither seems that much better than the ES in terms of overall sound quality. Yes, loading programs into the unit is much faster with these newer versions, but other than that, I've not had enough reason to sell my ES and opt for an XS or XF. Go to YouTube, and a bunch of guys tell you why you should switch/update to an XF, but they're much more expensive than the ES was, and I'm quite happy with my ES.
ericthegreat11/27/2011

ericthegreat's review"Very good sounds"

Yamaha MOTIF ES6
Yamaha really created a good product with the Motif ES6 , I think it's pretty user-friendly and you can literally spend days on trying to figure out all of it features because there's too many to mess with. You can change waveforms, add just about any effect to your sound, create scores, and make entire compositions. This instrument doesn't really need expansion boards unless you really need a specific sound that this workstation doesn't have.


UTILIZATION

I found this workstation to be quite user-friendly. I had a lot of it figured out on the second day of messing with it. If the screen was just a little bigger then the Motif would be really off the chain! I usually need help from somebody to show me how to work things like this but I happened to figure it out on my own. Even my friend who owns a Korg Triton Pro-Workstation enjoys playing my Motif over his Korg any day.

No problems yet with this workstation. It never leaves my studio and is never in any harms way. Damn, I paid nearly 2 G's for this thing. It is well taken care of. The quality of the manufacturing is pretty good, you can feel the quality of texture of the keys when you place your fingers on them.


SOUNDS

The sound quality on the ES is truly top quality! It beats any other synthesizer on the market today. With over 1,000 sounds built-in, there is no need for samples! What I personally liked were the strings and brass on the ES. They are incredibly real and are not ; meaning they have many effects. For example, acoustic guitars are programmed such that when you hit the key on the keyboard, it's like hitting the actual string on the guitar, sensitivity matters! Another thing about the ES is the 64 built-in drum kits. They contain everything from Hip Hop, R&B, Rock, Belly Dancing to Garage kits.


OVERALL OPINION

The ES is built tough. The exterior is very durable and somewhat scratch-resistant. The keys are high quality, as with other Yamaha's I've used. One drawback is the ; of the ES gets dirty and smudgy with simple day-to-day use.
yoTrakkz08/05/2011

yoTrakkz's review"Good Starter.."

Yamaha MOTIF ES6
The Yamaha Motif ES6 is a great board and workstation. It only has 6 octaves but you can transpose to a different octave. The Motif ES isn’t as powerful as the XS versions but it still holds its own weight. It has everything you need to compose great music. The Yamaha Motif ES6 has very good sequencing and has professional sounds to get your music to the next level for an affordable price.

UTILIZATION

The sounds are amazing, great synths, strings and pads. You can use this keyboard for any genre of music. You could have this for a year and still learn something new out of the blue. The Yamaha Motif ES6 give you full control of the sounds to manipulate them any way you would like. Unfortunately the screen isn’t nice and big like it is on the XS. Its very small and cheap, there also isn’t as many effects as there is on the XS version of the board. With the smaller screen its harder to editing the effects and sequencing / midi notes the way you want to or may be used to if you are coming from a higher version of the Yamaha Brands or from a software sequencing program like Acid, Reason or FL Studio. Don't get me wrong, the Yamaha ES6 is a great board, but its no where as near as powerful as the XS versions of the Yamaha boards. If you compare the too boards its definitely worth saving up a little more money to get the higher version of this board.


SOUNDS

Comes with a bunch of presets and a bunch of kits from hop hop to rock. I love all of the horn presets, and the orchestra hits!

OVERALL OPINION

It is loaded with a ton of presets to get you p and running, and the manual is very clear and concise. But you will definitely need to take the time to read the manual. You wont be able to do everything you need to do right off the bat until you pick up the manual (that is if you are new to this board). If you are a vet to Yamaha’s workstations this will be a perfect fit for u. It comes stocked with drum kits and sound effects that you wow you. Price is on the higher end, but its well worth the investment.
yoTrakkz08/05/2011

yoTrakkz's review"Great keyboard.."

Yamaha MOTIF ES6
The Yamaha Motif ES6 is a great board and workstation. It only has 6 octaves but you can transpose to a different octave. The Motif ES isn’t as powerful as the XS versions but it still holds its on weight. It has everything you need to compose great music.

UTILIZATION

The sounds are amazing, great synths, strings and pads. You can use this keyboard for any genre of music. You could have this for a year and still learn something new out of the blue. The Yamaha Motif ES6 give you full control of the sounds to manipulate them any way you would like. Unfortunatly the screen isn’t nice and big like it is on the XS. Its very small and cheap, there also isn’t as many effects as there is on the XS version of the board.


SOUNDS

Comes with a bunch of presets, a bunch of kits from hip hop to rock. All sounds are really good and realistic. I love the horn presets, very clean and crisp.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall,It is loaded with a ton of presets to get you p and running, and the manual is very clear and concise. But you will definitely need to take the time to read the manual. You wont be able to do everything you need to do right off the bat until you pick up the manual (that is if you are new to this board). If you are a vet to Yamaha’s workstations this will be a perfect fit for u. It comes stocked with drum kits and sound effects that you wow you. Price is on the higher end, but its well worth the investment.
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Yamaha MOTIF ES6
The ES is equipped with a Step Sequencer, demolishing the need for MPC's and other sequencing hardware. It is somewhat hard to use, but is a breeze to use and export once you get a grip on it. The ES is equipped with the largest memory of all synthesizers; 175mb upgradable. The features on the ES in general are phenominal. The ES has over 1,700 arpeggios built in! With that many arpeggios, you are sure to find what you're looking for, from Rock, to Funk, to Hip-Hop pre-programmed arpeggios. The ES also has a hardware mixer, to mix your songs live. Another unique feature is the optional mLAN, which is an add-on that will enable the ES to function as an Audio Interface when connected to a computer. The ES also works as a Pre-amp for dynamic microphones.

Price paid

$1,600

UTILIZATION

The OS on the ES (as with the original Motif) is somewhat hard to use. It takes a day or two to get used to getting around, finding the right sound (from a library of 1000s of sounds) and trying to find what you're exactly looking for. Navigation through the "F" and "SF" buttons is not exactly a breeze. I have had the keyboard for a while but it's still hard to find the specific voices I'm looking for.

SOUNDS

The sound quality on the ES is truely top quality! It beats any other synthesizer on the market today. With over 1,000 sounds built-in, there is no need for samples! What I personally liked were the strings and brass on the ES. They are incredibly real and are not "stock," meaning they have many effects. For example, acoustic guitars are programmed such that when you hit the key on the keyboard, it's like hitting the actual string on the guitar, sensitivity matters! Another thing about the ES is the 64 built-in drumkits. They contain everything from Hip Hop, R&B, Rock, Belly Dancing to Garage kits.

OVERALL OPINION

The ES is built tough. The exterior is very durable and somewhat scratch-resistent. The keys are high quality, as with other Yamahas I've used. One drawback is the "face" of the ES gets dirty and smudgy with simple day-to-day use.

I have to say I absolutely love this keyboard. The sounds, the quality, the overall professional feel is what sets this keyboard apart from others on the market. It definitely earns a 10.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: range ( 4-, 2006)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Yamaha MOTIF ES6
To me there really isn't anything missing!

Price paid

1,800

UTILIZATION

The machine itself wasn't hard to use. This is coming from someone that is new to producing.I think that everything is somewhat easy to figure out and the manual isn't bad.

Well I just purchase the motif es6 so, so far so good!!

SOUNDS

I'm somewhat new to this whole producer thing but, I'm not new to the music industry in a whole. As far as buying a workstation the motif es6 is great. The sounds on this machine go great with the type of music that my partners ,and myself produce. That type of music would be hip hop r&b ,and rock alternative. Honestly, I believe that all the top three workstation have something good to offer it really comes down to what you want. I did alot of research before I purchased this machine ,and it seems that what one machine may offer the other doesn't. So therefore it really comes down to you. Because if the person behind the machine is no good it really doesn't matter what you buy!

OVERALL OPINION

Well honestly I wouldn't say I love the motif but, I like it alot. I mean damn I just spent damn near two grand on it. Really I hope that my motif ,and all of my other equipment that I use an my other producers equipment they use. Can just some how get us to the damn promise land. What I mean by that is the next level. So do I love the motif, well only time will tell.....

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 2-, 2005)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Yamaha MOTIF ES6
Perfect again it has everything i need im lovin the mute buttons.

Price paid

$1,400

UTILIZATION

Very easy i was told a few things and checked the manual once or twice and pretty much know everything i need to know.

built real nice. it was dropped before and all that broke was the usb input witch i use so i had to get reapired cost 80 cutz other than that no problems

SOUNDS

Lovely this thing is crazy everything is perfect. i have a mpc 2000 for drums but lately ive been sampling them into the motif at a lower sample rate. real nice naw mean

OVERALL OPINION

I love this joint i woundnt trade for a fantom and two tritons. first equipment i had other than fruityloops and a sp-303. i have a mpc 2000 that im learning how to use but my motif is taking up all my time.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: almost-famous ( 3-, 2006)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Yamaha MOTIF ES6
Yamaha did a great job with not excluding any features that you can think of for a workstation. I think it's pretty user-friendly and you can literally spend days on trying to figure out all of it features because there's too many to mess with. You can change waveforms, add just about any effect to your sound, create scores, and make entire compositions. This instrument doesn't really need expansion boards unless you really need a specific sound that this workstation doesn't have.

Price paid

$1800

UTILIZATION

I found this workstation to be quite user-friendly. I had a lot of it figured out on the second day of messing with it. If the screen was just a little bigger then the Motif would be really off the chain! I usually need help from somebody to show me how to work things like this but I happened to figure it out on my own. Even my friend who owns a Korg Triton Pro-Workstation enjoys playing my Motif over his Korg any day.

No problems yet with this workstation. It never leaves my studio and is never in any harms way. Damn, I paid nearly 2 G's for this thing. It is well taken care of. The quality of the manufacturing is pretty good, you can feel the quality of texture of the keys when you place your fingers on them.

SOUNDS

The sound quality of almost all sounds on this workstation is great. There are a few things on the keyboard that I'm discontent with but it all depends on what you want from the workstation. Since I produce R&B and Hip-Hop tracks, this has been a great instrument for me. The Motif ES6 is one of those instruments that offer some things that other workstations don't have, but those other workstations have some things that the Motif doesn't have. It all depends on you. I wish Yamaha added just a few more orchestral sounds and sound effects. The Motif is great if you want to incorporate real-like sounds into your tracks. If you want to create electronic music like dance music, then this isn't the workstation for you. With this workstation, you're definitly going to be creating tracks that are of the same quality as the ones that are out on the radio or cd's that you buy in stores. That's only if you know how to use it.

OVERALL OPINION

I use the Motif in every track that I make. I don't make my tracks entirely with the Motif but it is a must-have.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unfadeable Isaiah (January 0-, 2005)
DEEJAY MY'Z10/26/2013

DEEJAY MY'Z's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" I MADE THE CON!"

Yamaha MOTIF ES6
For the characteristics I leave you to read the reviews and see datasheet

Aesthetically I saw it every time in the studio ... It looked like a war machine! And its design reflects the machine ... it's a real beast. In terms of features it is quite full for a machine of the 2000s.

UTILIZATION

At the use of Motif ES6 for those who start I recommend to help you with tutorials available on fan sites the reason for the record and a real textbook. That said, there leaning a little one can see that in fact the design is very well thought out. The work parterns and sequencing keys is really a over sequencers Korg example. and even if there is no touch screen everything is simplified and accurate especially especially when its built piece by loops.
For memory there has what it takes to work, however it is volatile

Editing sounds and effects requires some adaptation, software for editing pattern on his PC is full ... I advise you to go through it and save it all in the pattern.

SOUNDS

Move to serious things ... sounds:
Love it or dislikes they are of very high quality, varied, drum kits its really not bad. I think all those who have or have had patterns will tell you that the effects are terrible and arpeggios and even when their compositions of samples are blind, there is always a certain harmony and few saturations. One can search by category and sounds there is plenty to do and all styles of music "connected" not to the tea dance with all the respect I have for this discipline. I even recommend the RE-order for all those who are hip hop Rnb for example, a famous scott storch did not use it for anything!
Go if I want to quibble I would say that pianos are not the best but can add an optional card, the only interesting way, can fix it even if I have subsequently bought a digital piano because not means to the Motif ES8.
Finally touch is precise and pleasant ... not like semi-weighted keys that is rotten to the 61 keys now.

OVERALL OPINION

as you can read in the title I made the CON! I actually need to have a digital piano 88 keys piano hit and I sold (oh the crime!), That's for anecdote! In my defense I would say it was a mistake of youth, inexperience.
Since I tested quite worstation, Korg Trinity, Triton, M5O, M3, MOX6 (which is a pattern less) or core KROME, I have not tested the series of Roland G6, 7 which are some rare and expensive yet even Cygnus, GI juno Camelott it's a little short ... all that to say that when we want a first workstation to make good sound, that too in tune ... to have a little experience and perspective there is no reference 36 is looking for a Triton extreme or rather we take a pattern MO, ES, XF ... from 400th can find happiness.

AND IF ONE DAY ... You wake up and want to sell it .. "smack your head" in a story wall that it passes ... and complete the rather with another bike ... and for those who don ' have no place will see the opinions of the MOTIF RACK ES and XF ... well today I save a little to buy a Motif ES6 or an XF ...
tntfrance01/31/2012

tntfrance's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" EXCELLENT keyboard."

Yamaha MOTIF ES6
PASS ME THE DETAILS ABOUT THE FEATURES.
I DO NOT WORK TO computer music.
SYNTHE IS A LINE IN THE DX7 IS AS GOOD WINE older he
The better. It will probably be in 20 years A SEARCH FOR VERY SYNTHE
ITS EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES ARE incalculable.
AH YES IT IS AND THERE ARE POLYPHONIC EFFECTS, AND ALL STYLES WILL IT WELL.
A FAVORITE FOR BRASS AND GUITARS BUT EVERYTHING IS génialissime.

UTILIZATION

I read somewhere that in 5 years MUSICIAN still discovering new things.
THEN ME IN A FEW WEEKS ............................

SOUNDS

Yeah ALL IS WELL WILL NOT be serious. THE KEYBOARD IS NOT HEAVY SEMI LESTE
But very nice.
The sounds are wonderful and not much to THROW very rare for this type of keyboard.
SO PRO KEYBOARD FOR MUSICIAN AND NON-COMMERCIAL CA CHANGE OF PSR.
ONLY FOR FLAT CARD OPTION A 2000.00 euros more than it's a shame
ADD 300.00 STILL THE MAP TO THE EXTENSION.
To get a BOFF! BUY JUST FOR FUN.
HOWEVER THE REASON IS HELL AND PERFORMANCE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF
SYNTHE MORE.

OVERALL OPINION

A FEW WEEKS.
THIS CHOICE I would do for sure. FROM DX7 from Yamaha is really a good surprise MOTIF ES6 EC.
AND HAND IT IS A MATTER !!!!!!!!!!