Yamaha MOTIF XS6
Yamaha MOTIF XS6

MOTIF XS6, Workstation from Yamaha belonging to the MOTIF XS model.

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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 20 reviews )
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yoTrakkz's review"The Best synths..."

Yamaha MOTIF XS6
The Yamaha Motif XS6 blew me away when I was in guitar center playing around with it. I knew I had to get it. The Yamaha Motif XS6 has 5 octaves and a ton of options and presets for you to explore around with. You can pretty much build a sound from scratch with this thing. It can be a little overwhelming at first because there are so many options. But the manual is very clear and extremely easy to understand. I used the Motif why my windows vista computer and there where no issues. I basically used it as a VST instrument.


You can create, arrange and complete a whole song with this board without having any other piece of equipment. It runs just like most computer music creation software that there is out here. It has all the in outs and midi that you will need for our set up. You will be blown away with the sounds that this board can produce.


The sounds are very nice, they are very techno and R&B related. So if that’s up your alley go and get this board asap! There are a ton of presets that are ready to go and you will actually hear a lot of these presets in today’s music that you hear on the radio. The board itself is very sturdy and strong. Its built to last, and I haven’t had a single problem with it.


I am extremely happy with my purchase of this, I wouldn’t have chose any other board over this one, the quality of the sounds are crazy! This is a industry standard board, all you have to do is apply some of your creativity and you will be on your way to the top 40! The price is kind of high, but you have to play for good quality.

moosers's review

Yamaha MOTIF XS6
The Yamaha Motif XS7 is an in depth keyboard based workstation and is on the newer side of the keyboards in the Motif series. However, I don't believe that they're making the XS7 any longer as I believe it's been replaced with an even newer model at this point. The XS7 in particular has 76 keys, but there's also a XS6 and XS8 with 61 and 88 keys respectively. The Motif series keyboards in general aim to be all in one workstations where you can both use it as your traditional keyboard and synth, but also for creating and recording music right on board. It's fully polyphonic and has all the features you'd expect with a modern keyboard workstation.


There's a ton of stuff going on with the Yamaha Motif XS7! I've used older models of the Motif, so adjusting to this newer model wasn't too hard. I've really only used it a few times so I didn't get to check out all of the new features it has but was at least able to use it for it's most basic functions. The big upgrade is the LED monitor that's now a lot more visible and more in depth with what you can do with it - it's also the thing that's going to take the most time to get used to when compared to the older Motifs. Even if you haven't used any models of the Motif, it's pretty intuitive to use. However, like any in depth workstation it's going to take some serious use to learn all the ins and outs of it. The manual will definitely be helpful in this endeavor, but not necessary for more basic usage.


The sounds heard from the Yamaha Motif XS7 are quite good in general. However, I don't see much of a different in quality or realness when compared to the older models of the Motif. It does have more sounds in general, but your basics like the acoustic and electric pianos, organs, and the like aren't a huge step up in my opinion. I understand that if you get the XS7 that you're not really buying it for these basic sounds but for it's more in depth controls and features, but that's pretty much what I've used it for...


It's hard to go wrong with an instrument like the Yamaha Motif XS7 as it has so much to offer. However, I'd highly recommend checking out all the major workstations like the Tritons and Viruses and the like as each of them are different and bring different good and bad qualities to the table. The XS7 is really cool but I don't know if it's the best overall choice if you're just looking for sounds, in fact, I'd say it's not. If you want to work all in one workstation this will do it, but with DAW's there's a lot better ways to go about it in my opinion. Still, the Yamaha Motif XS7 is a great workstation that's worth of investigation at least for those in the market for an all in one workstation.

petitsynthe's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Quality and versatility!"

Yamaha MOTIF XS6
I recently went to the ES pattern motif XS because I had the opportunity to have a good price (1100 euros in state irrépprochable with 1 GB of ram, a good cover and it was also for sale in 10 minutes from my home, that it helps too).
As I am relatively hard AF forums, I realized that most of the users who had switched from XS to XF were often disappointed, not the machine itself, but by little change between two models comes down to a few banks actually sounds more flash and RAM, ie the samples loaded in RAM are volatile memory (such as ROM): there is more time Wait loading the samples users.

But why pay a machine more than double for those little extras that are not as "luxury" for me and most users?

As for build quality, it is really excellent.
The same goes for the touch keyboard which is in my opinion the very best in the category hit "synths" (compare with so worksations input range as the Roland Juno-G or Korg M-50 .. .)


The reason ES was excellent, but ergonomics had ... say "special", not helped by the size of its screen.

With the XS, the number of orders doubled and direct color display correct size dramatically improve things!

on the other hand, a pity that we lost the ability to add maps PLG synthesis (DX, AN and VL) who brought a real plus Yamaha sound level but abandoned them because they are poorly sold.

The pattern sequencer is fun to use and especially suitable for composting type intro / verse / chorus ... However, to save time and to change my habits a bit, I intend to soon connect the Motif with my brand new iPad mini + Genome MIDI Sequencer app to create my next piece, when lightning adapters MIDI to emerge in spring.


Compared to the Motif ES evolution is fairly clear at:

- Ergonomics, mainly due to the correct size color screen that can display more information (but not too much like the KORG Kronos). The fact that it is not touch does not bother me too much.

- Some combis much better thanks to four simultaneous arpeggiators, besides the number of arpeggio pattern to also greatly increased: it is clear that we are very close with new arrangers arpeggios "_XS", but without fill in / fill out and direct access with simple styles, which is not bad for me.

The danger is too combis use laziness, because it sounds right now (and get bored pretty quickly) and shot to miss the real interest of the machine (workstation) and create their arrangements sounds.

- The Mégavoices more.

- New sounds "super joints" for wind instruments that allow a game much more realistic legato.

- Effects which, though they were already excellent on the grounds ES, it is still a leap forward thanks to simulations of effects "vintage".

- Most of the presets are actually used in a well-balanced arrangement and sound frequency, whether to mix them all together or alone (not like a juno-g for example ...) I also think almost all categories of sounds are very good (except strings) without being "exceptional", which may eventually become an advantage to create arrangements homogeneous
Let me explain: create a good arrangement and add a realistic saxophone sound "synthetic" and "squeaker squeaker" to play the melody: it's only draw all the realism previously acquired strongly down!


Also having the Korg Kronos (which I love) and even though it is a bit of luxury these days have several Workstations, I can say that the two complement each other very well (better touch, better acoustic sounds "of origin "- except pianos - grain and ergonomics different, much less possibilities of synthesis, etc ...).

The sound overall is not likely to boost the bass and make too much difference in volume between different presets as is the case on the Kronos (the track "drum track" in particular) in the original configuration (but c is fortunately changed course on the latter).

Some banks on the free site "moessieux" which are extra excellent ethnic sounds and above all a great Yamaha CP80.

To conclude, I would say that for a little over € 1000, this pattern still holds the road very well almost 5 years after its release and remains a safe bet
when you buy a pattern, there is certainly not to "wonder" special but never surprises, with both the quality of their banks and their sides versatile.

This is a "must" for the musician with eclectic tastes who likes to compose in many different styles.

clarke's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Effective"

Yamaha MOTIF XS6
5 octaves synth workstation


The synth by itself is quite complex. 
Manual clear and precise. 
Editing sounds is quite simple.


Sounds very techno oriented... Which is in fact not too much of my styleThe Sounds are a great quality and realistic enough
Super effects


I have tried many models for the past 2 years.Synth really techno oriented.I would finally prefer the Roland

Davy78's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" workstation"

Yamaha MOTIF XS6
This version 7 octaves is a good compromise and the keyboard is of good quality to play piano sounds good on a heavy touch will tjs better but still the problem of transportation.
Sound banks cover all needs, modifiable at will and can easily procure new free or not.


The big screen is very useful, and the search function style whatsoever for sound or performance.
The 4-part arpeggiator is very effective, you can almost make an arranger in some cases, and integration with the internal sequencer and very good.




Is a very powerful instrument that can cover bcp bcp in need of situation, live or studio, and bcp musical style. Reliability and rosbustesse are set as always with Yamaha. Excellent

baster86's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha MOTIF XS6
See the Yamaha website


imperative to read the manual before first use or any likelihood of cagade
See for yourself.


is yamaha


it makes a year that I use it as keyboard Pricipals scene that I paired with a Roland G6 (before I had a Roland X7 I always on a newt and 61). what I like about this keyboard is the quality and the touch keyboard, side tone sounds Organ sound has fallen and the ability controlled + or - leslie cab with the modulation wheel is the plus.Pour rest of the sounds of piano, guitar, clavinet string sounds are clean lead are sorted according to the style of music that have played but a lot of synth sounds are too "techno". to use the global startup is a bit laborieut if you didn't read the manual (I had an easier time entering the menu Fantom X and G as the reason) but otherwise it rolls and in addition it comes with Cubase AI, which makes a software controller.
I had a lot of keyboard in your hands (cd2 Gem, Korg X5D, Gem Equinox, Korg Triton Roland Fantom X7 on the 61 and the latest Yamaha Motif Roland Fantom G6 and XS7) but if I were to classify it, for me this keyboard is in the top 3 (the first roland are more simple use the design in the second and third equinox pity that the screen is as small as a cell phone) but also depends on the musical style that we play

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

Yamaha MOTIF XS6
I do not remind what others have not dja.

I used the pattern in concert and in studio.
I also used to compose.


The setup is a little perillleuse.
In fact the manual is not what I read better. Yamaha could have put more effort into the top.


We have a broad spectrum of sounds to suit all styles.
However, I would put a small BMOL for brass and some wood.

The sounds are both progressive Jazz that in metal.


I toured the workstation currently on the market.
And I tried quite a few models.

Despite a grip that is not the most faile I had. Technologically it is for me the most advanced and most complete.

mercury77's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha MOTIF XS6
gorgeous !!







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

Yamaha MOTIF XS6
The technical specifications are impressive which makes the unlimited possibilities in teme of play, edition and sound quality.
It is a machine "all in one" that can both act as arranger, synth and sampler, a brief Workstation is complete.


The use is quite intuitive, the pots of effect modification in real time are trs apprciables, the screen is rotten, the menus and sub menus are not ergonomic, the manual is super boring to read . It is a machine that requires users intellectual investment in some detail (well I can be a little dork too ..).
Pleasure proves that relentless play on some limited investment, we are content and performences sounds that fill much fun playing it.


I bought it especially for sound and I do not regret. I had a Tyrros2, PA1X a pro, a Ketron SD1, a module nordelectro2 ... and it's over in terms of sound (even removing the novelty effect).
The pianos are OK, organs are rich Varis and there are enough to find happiness, pianos are lctriques FA BU Leux, I expected a little better at the PADS, guitars are the height, and the BRASS SAX are quite ralistes compared Tyrros joint function, he Exceeds.
The effects are numerous and IMMEDIATE produce the desired effect (unlike Tyrros2 or insertion of an effect over placebo effect than anything else).
The keyboard is excellent and well rpond trs (again from that of tyrros which is closer to the touch "Bontempi").
The configuration is idalie 71 keys.


I've had three months, it is IDAL for group play or live and accessories quickly go TRS with him.
It is a bit heavy transport, the look is not trs design but I do not really regret it. I do not think by changing a long time.

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

Yamaha MOTIF XS6
"It would be a good t between a mouse, although using remote fills this gap, but me personally I Procurra a Workstation to no longer be in front of a computer
T-pads have a more but not as ncessaire
"I should have a notch well liked a little more friendly but you get used very quickly and it is clear that c even better than the Fantom that the assailant''becomes''long, too many submenus etc. not bcp''shortcut''
-An option to add more 1GB memory would t very well also do well because jaime percussion noon and the bass guitar and record audio

For the rest, nothing wrong


The biggest addition to Manchin:

ERGONOMICS +++++++++++ +++++++++++++

C simply''PERFECT''

I use it exclusively for music compo

Vs. Fantom G:
Patches once the basic pattern of control are very easy to get and this very quickly because CATEGORY rpart are even with a shortcut button sction very well rpart (Vs) the fantom c vraimment too random image, I think quil sacrificed the fast excutive just to give the impression that the synth is full of patches, because I think the BIG c less than the Fantom dpart; c boring look for the patch

And since I am a composer, an id when jai I QUICKLY plate if not more I look the more I stress jai more likely to lose my id etc etc
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BIG PLUS THE FANTOM: Skipback, especially in component c very useful but there are ways to dwd a plug-in on the ground that offers this option, but my personal, I hate working at a computer and especially as a PC jai c not very reliable. . . .
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I would say the Learning Curve is about 1-2h for beginners-seeding and several hours for those unfamiliar with the plug-ins, menus, etc. in the genre option
From this perspective it can parraitre dcourageant from the Fantom, but we quickly realized that the pattern is 1000X faster when properly used a master then try the two LOnnnnnnnntemps before choosing and I think the choice then is not difficult to do in terms of components of film music

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And knobs and faders are perfect (Vs) Fantom ........ horrible.

8 knobs to easily edit Cutoff ADSR etc. for a total of 16 options rapidly changing sounds (very useful for the sound mix) (VS) or the Fantom there are only four knobs! must be reassigned to each c vraimment boring

Faders very good quality and sufficient well big enough (VS) Fantom MINI faders too close vraimment Cheap

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And perhaps a slightly more personal level: I love the Play button, Stop etc,,, I find that c is a big plus srieusement You be the judge
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+ Here or pattern of Roland Fantom DMOLI the

The sounds of violins --- WOW jen vibrates! c uncommon for MIDI c c sure not perfect but jai try several plug-in high-level (like EWQL Orchestra Gold) and jai far prfr the feelings of these patches (nothing compared to Vienna c sour but thanks for the worst after the function and remote cubase it is easy to upload songs made with the patches and the substitution pattern in vienna for example)

BIG-LESS: The Brass ........... The Fantom is little more I warn you to ca vraimment'll have to get a good plug-in if you want more dekoi crdible

The Fantom admit bcp seems more effective in terms of synth sounds, but for those who want to check out the Techno ONLY to the Korg M3

Percussion: Very credible, no need''to''PADS well get them out velocity dynamics etc.
Ethnic: Not bad, the ghost is very good too
Piano: I found it very good, but personally GRAND PIANO''patch''sometimes lacks reverb but very easy to edit c and have the sound you want quickly (even chz violin for several patch lack of sustain; Then you turn a knob and PAF are working for our ears cgnial ca unlike Roland and be sure to assign the patch owns what before)

THEREFORE remember: 16 vs 4 assignments quickly .......... So the choice is still very easy


Beginners to j'hsitais bcp between Roland and Reason

The Roland seemed to me then so beautiful and everything: The screen is AWESOME I confess

But a force to try both for 2 months, alternating my choice to quickly Resser Reason for these very important components in:

+ ERGONOMICS (the button is located IDAL)
Strings + Patch (very organic)
Rec + Play button etc.
+ Qualit irrprochable of knobs and faders Close
Option Remote operates very well (mLan ethernet etc)

The least from the ghosts are very superficial
- No Skipback
- The screen could be the pattern for visual binding beginners but the long one realizes that the ghost is ZERO ergonomics in its menus etc.
- Pads for those who absolutely want (to live I guess) but to make the keyboard percussion of the Motif is very good job

In short, in my view: the ghost wants bcp impress, and it is a great talker (which works very well to beginners) The reason, is more introverted but acts concrtement a time we know it well ;
in terms of sduction: Phantom is annoyed but has little to offer: THE REASON parrait at first a little fad, but offers a long term relationship then provides to you to choose between the visual or auditory