The technical description is available at Yamaha/mdownload, etc....
So, in short:
- 61 truly synth-like keys, almost like an organ, but what can you expect for the price...
- Almost 1200 presets
- Maximum three dual insert effects per channel, one EQ per channel, 2 x sends (reverb/chorus for example), one Master Fx, and one general EQ.
- 2 x 4 pot matrix, 2 x assignable function buttons, 1 pitch bend wheel + 1 modulation wheel and 2 x footswitch inputs (I think) + 1 x sustain/hold...
- 64 notes maximum polyphony for simple mono sounds (careful!!!).
It's not such a great stage keyboard, it's more functional, I think Yamaha conceived it with Home Studio owners in mind ─ do correct me if I'm wrong!!!
The overall design is very simple.
It's not easy to edit sounds with the small screen, but the PC editor makes it easier. I've been using workstations since the '90s, some of which were like Rube Goldberg machines, and it's not my thing!! I kept a Korg EMX-1, which I also use as an "expander" for electronic/analog sounds. The interface is perfect for that.
Th menus system provides an intuitive browsing of the parameters and effects at different levels.
Likewise, the music production workflow is pretty well implemented: Ever since the Motif 6, Yamaha has really evolved its sequencer and right now it's simple AWESOME. It's fast, creative, it makes you want to play more, make songs, play covers...In short, you have a blast with it! Ah!! If I had had it ten years ago instead of the Motif 6....
I have liked Yamaha sounds for a long time because I think the Yamaha sound is always a bit better than before, there's always something to arrange/compose/play in different music styles. It doesn't limit me, it sounds good.
With a 800/1600W PA System it really rocks, with great dynamic response, sound might seem a bit cold but a bit of EQ will allow you to color it to your taste. There's plenty to do...
There are not many Yamaha sounds that I don't like, maybe the synth sounds, but I have a supernova and/or EMX Korg for that, so.....
The controllers allow you to do great things in Song and Pattern mode, it's good to create Fx/wooshes.
I didn't buy it: The MoxF came out when I wanted to buy it but I went to the store at least three times to test it properly.
I kept my Rack ES equipped with two PLG-150-AP and PF cards. I had a Motif ES6 and an XS, which I sold.
It might fall short in terms of polyphony for someone who does arrangements or composes with it, and it only stores three insert FX in multitimbral mode.
Its main advantage is the built-in audio/midi interface and its PC integration: It's awesome!
But even better is that it has the exact same engine as the XS but with half the polyphony....): Direct recording in performance mode of four Arps with chord recognition at this price...Simply put, it's a unit to make music with ease!!!
Given its price, I recommend it to beginners, arrangers, composers, etc. It's a formidable practice tool and a superb stage instrument, too!!!
Don't think it twice: At this price, specially secondhand, GO FOR IT!!!!
Setup: I had to take a couple of peeks in the manual
Sound editing: I haven''t really used it...
The performance creation function deserves a point: In Split or Layer, you look for the starting sound, press Split or Layer, choose the second sound and you're done (and you can edit it right away).
It saves you a lot of time!
I have never really used the sequencer nor the pattern mode (only to fool around a bit, but nothing serious).
I use it live with a cover band, so I need a bit of everything, but I always find what I need. However, I think Yamaha plays the card of overabundance of sounds, not always justified... Because, you always end up playing the same sounds, and some others are completely useless. It's a pity, because you can get easily lost in the 8 sound banks plus the GM.
In terms of electric organs, it's a pity that the AS 1 and 2 (assignable buttons) aren't systematically linked to the same function... and the parameter assigned isn't written anywhere! Not very useful...
When it comes to basic sounds (acoustic piano, EP, electric organs and clavinet), it's quite limited. Especially since they are somewhat "slim," which means they don't take up too much space in the soundscape. I know there's an "Easy sounds" library that seems all right... I'll have to test it!
From what I've used up to now (pianos, EP, clavinet, strings, organs and some synths), I don't have too much to say in terms of quality and realism.
I've been using it quite intensively for +/- 6 months
I used to have a first generation motif rack together with a master keyboard.
I regret not having kept the rack, especially for some sounds that I have never found on the MOX (not with the same quality, at least).
But when it comes to ease of use, I don't regret a thing!
What I like the most: The ease and speed with which you can create a performance (split or layer), the overall quality of the sounds, the controls.
What I like the least: The lack of consistency of certain sounds (which you can get around by making a layer with another sound, like a pad or synth strings), the manufacturing is a bit cheap...
Brief update from 01/24/14: With the sounds of the Easy Sounds libraries (Live Instruments and Organ Session) the sounds are more complete... and you can make better use of the workstation's audio engine.
There's no point in me going into the details, Yamaha does that much better than me! However, it's true that the weight is surprising for such a device. The plastic finish doesn't annoy me, even the carved edges hold up.
I use it basically in the studio and, sometimes, for "easy" gigs. I don't usually take it in the trunk of my car to a barbecue...
Connections: That's an easy one, it's great! You surely have an entire computer music setup, but on the road, a power outlet, a laptop pc with the CUBASE DAW version included, you place your shure beta58a on a mic stand and your' ready to roll.
Very low latency, which is pretty good (-14ms in windows 7 64bits on an Asus with I7 and 8 Gb ram).
User's manual?? Help!
The MOX is my first workstation, I always plugged my former keyboard (a Tyros 3) via the direct output with cubase.
But with this one, I really need some help...after three days, 6 hours per day, I haven't been able to edit the voices the way I want!
(I can hear the sneering laughs already: But no, I'm a newbie, but I'm not a fool and I can assure you that you really dive into the innards of a workstation!!)
Lots of shortcomings in the manual. Every technical answer raises yet another question, which is not answered.
It's a pity, really.
The sounds...I can confirm that they are awesome, other reviewers have summarized that pretty well.
It's an atomic bomb. Maybe the pianos are below my expectations. But hey, I'm not a pianist ^^
For a knowledgeable fan, a prolific composer/performer dreaming about tossing all his creations at once (which are called performances in the mox6) and being able to listen to them right away, it's a true monster!
Sound libraries, immediate settings, an entertaining sequencer (other people say that, I have just starting using it), and arpeggiators and rhythms that will immediately satisfy your musical creativity.
I would go so far to say that even the shortest "standard" chord that goes through the arpeggiator will make you want to immediately grab a pen and start writing some lyrics.
With the tyros 3 you get immediate "pop," while the MOX6 cools you down because it's a bit more complex. But its "motifs" are IMPRESSIVE, way better than anything I have heard up to now.
Workstation derived from the famous Motif XS
5 octaves, the keyboard isn't great (too noisy when you press the keys).
1,200 pretty varied sounds. Very sophisticated arpeggiator that can handle 4 arpeggios simultaneously. More than 6,500 arpeggios. 16-track sequencer.
Very light (15.4 lbs), all-plastic.
I was hard pressed to talk about it because, being used to simpler keyboards, this was my first workstation and I had a hard time getting it. I love things that are intuitive and, unfortunately, to make the best of this keyboard, you need to go through the user manuals (the small, printed one that comes with it plus the three PDF files on a DVD).
The only things I did with it was to play different sounds and use some arpeggios, even though this keyboard has a lot of potential. However, while some sounds are excellent, the keyboard of the MOX6 wasn't pleasant at all.
The sounds are very varied and of excellent quality. I have a Yamaha arranger from 2004 and you can tell the evolution. Even if I never really liked the classic piano sounds, the electric pianos are very, very good (be it the Wurli, the clavi or the DX7), the guitars finally sound like guitars (both the acoustic and the electric) ; the brasses and strings are magnificent and cover anything you can musically want, be it acoustic or synthetic instruments (Jump-like brasses, Vangelis-like strings, string machine, different combinations); three nice pads, numerous leads, and excellent drum kits (for all music styles, classic and modern). Also noteworthy are about ten mellotron sounds, which are good.
It's impossible for me to assess this synth objectively.
The MOX6 has an enormous potential, at a reasonable price, given its capabilities. It's perfect for someone who knows how a workstation works, who is more patient than me and doesn't have the money to get a Motif (as long as you disregard the keyboard). I regret not having had the time to get my hands dirty with it because I think I could've written some damn good songs with its very powerful sequencer.
But, being more of a "Live" player and being practical about it, I sold it to get a real stage synth: The Roland Jupiter 50. The Mox6 was simply not made for me.