Yamaha MOTIF ES8

Yamaha MOTIF ES8

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MOTIF ES8, Workstation from Yamaha in the MOTIF series.

10 user reviews

Yamaha MOTIF ES8 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Yamaha
  • Model: MOTIF ES8
  • Series: MOTIF
  • Category: Workstations
  • Added in our database on: 01/17/2007

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Yamaha MOTIF ES8 user reviews

Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 10 reviews )
 8 reviews80 %
 2 reviews20 %
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ericthegreat's review

Yamaha MOTIF ES8
I have many years of experience in the music field. I started to learn music when I was a kid using YAMAHA PSS680. Then I changed my keyboard several times(PSR 500-PSR 740). In 2005 I went for total software solution( DAW- VSI). During the last 5 years I lost a lot of my creativity and productivity since the work flow was not convenient( PC crashes- software incompatibility -low quality samples-.......) and I did not realized that until I bought MOTIF es 8 in 2010 and the pains gone for ever!!!!!


It is an incredible device. Before my purchase I did an extensive research to find out which brand has the best sounds. I checked the Roland Fantom G / Kurzweil PC3X / KORG m3 and Yamaha MOTIF es.
The motif was a head and a shoulder above all of them regarding the sound quality. Recently I tested the Motif XF against the Korg kronos
(patch comparison) and the quality of the Motif sounds were better. Of course I know that this quality thing is totally subjective.


But I want to say that Don't believe the hypes. The specification is something on the paper but you have to listen to the sounds. Motif is a deep machine and you can tweak the sounds and you have limitless options.


Buy the motif and five years later when you feel the sounds are dated(which won't) you can buy 2GB flash ROM and suddenly you have a new synth !!! 88 keys is huge difference from 61 keys I had before. Now I can finally have convenient full range control over my software VST Instruments. I would guess the only disadvantages for some would be its weight, but since I use it in studio it's not a disadvantage for me. I ask myself, Do you really need that expensive synth? I guess only you yourself will be able to answer this question, as for me, I feel it worth every penny.

yoTrakkz's review"Used by pros.."

Yamaha MOTIF ES8
This is a great workstation, with enough octaves for a pro keyboard player. The Yamaha Motif es 8 is the industry standard as far as quality sounds go. The board is really easy to understand and navigate through, you will get the hang of it after a week or two. Probably wont even need the manual if you are familiar with these type of workstations. But if you do need to use the manual its really easy and work though and understand and you will be on your way to making great music in no time at all.


This board has midi connections ins and outs along with audio. The Yamaha Motif ES 8 comes with great presets and stock sounds. I am a big fan of the brass on this board, all of the brass is very clean and crisp and realistic. Some of the brass is kind of like a plastic sound though and not as warm as the sounds on its rival the Roland Fantom. But the synths on the Yamaha Motif es8 out shine the synths on any of its competitors by far. Very airy and clean synths and leads to brighten up your music real fast.


Very realistic sounds!


Overall this is a powerful board, the price I paid was 2,500 which is a bit on the high in. You can get the Yamaha Motif ES 6 for cheaper and it’s the exact same thing which is what I should have done. But you get what you pay for and Yamaha Delivers quality and great support and warranties for all of the products that they sell and the Yamaha ES 8 is no exception to that. This board is built tough and built to last. You will need this for all of your projects in the years to come.
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Yamaha MOTIF ES8
It is a workstation, so everything from sampling to sequencing to sound manipulation is covered, and everything works well. The 88-key balanced action keyboard is very nice.

Price paid

$2500 USD


Definitely will take a couple of weeks to get everything down. Can be a little confusing at first, but once you got it figured out, it's pretty much a breeze. The sequencer is very easy to work and intuitive, but editing sequences can be kind of clunky.


As far as "real" sounds and accoustics go, it can't be beat. Pads and drumkits are nice too, but basically the same sounds found in all romplers.


Very well built. Like a tank. Buttons, knobs and faders are all feel well made.

Got mad love for this, has authentic sounds that will never go out of style.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: jbone ( 4-, 2006)

graal7's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha MOTIF ES8
That's it is finally, after selling my Triton, jai pattern SS8
Heavy keyboard is slightly different from p80 because not graded hammer, then all the notes are heavy like that, personally I prefer the type bender roland or korg (simpler than the two
wheels). there is a ribbon.
USB for stokage, finished disks
a button dedi tempo would have been welcome


The non-touch screen, but more than enough to go to the essentials.
the manual provided is very complex and rather, we must spend some time ca lack of concrete example detaille.on often carry from page to page.
makes the synth is simpler than the manual.
it's weird that Japanese so smart to do a manual sucks too.


Sounds, here we are, the sounds are just beaux.surtout acoustic instruments
brass, guitar, strings, piano, hammond organ, I really think yamaha is close to perfection.
after having had several Roland synths (d20, s50, w30 and jv 1000) and a Triton for 4 years, I think there is a tone dessus.je put 9 for sound because it can always be better. (in absolute terms!)
no background noise, sample quality is top notch.
sounds do not need to go through 3 tons of multi purpose (such trit ...) to be expressed mainly
when one passes sequencer.


Simply breathtaking.

I believe that my 9 th synthe, and that's all it needs very little

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