All user reviews for the Yamaha MOX8

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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 6 reviews )
 2 reviews33 %
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Audience: Advanced users Value For Money : Excellent
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ecceccecc06/13/2015

ecceccecc's review"THE keyboard for gigs"

Yamaha MOX8
Do you want an affordable keyboard with top features for gigs? This is the one.
If you decided to buy the MOX8, so you're glad of it, because it has anything. I mean, literally. It works perfectly as synthesizer, workstation, master controller and digital piano. I say that you can buy a MOX8 and nothing more, because it's kind of a full-featured keyboard setup condensed in only one instrument.
I've been writing music with it and I can say there's no need of external tools like software sequencers, DAWs and others. Just use the Pattern mode and let your imagination flow :-) Oh, I forgot to mention that it can deliver its sound through USB - it means that you can record it digitally on your PC. Cool, no?
I got this keyboard in mid-2013 and don't see me replacing it with anything else. Even the MOTIF series. "Why?" Because the MOTIF XF-8 has much more tools, but it's also the biggest and heaviest of the series, and I need to transport it here, there and everywhere. Since I'm pianist, keyboardist and composer at the same time, the MOX8 takes the cake.
sw8001/30/2013

sw80's review"A great buy for a first time workstation user"

Yamaha MOX8
A studio that I go to frequently has the MOX8 there for us to work with. I always enjoy working with it though I would never go out and purchase it because of all of the boards that I have at home that are similar or better. The MOX8 was one of those workstations that I didn’t even have to see a manual to know how to work it because most all of the Yamaha’s boards are very similar with the way that they work and operate. So if you have used one of them you have pretty much used them all.

UTILIZATION

Using the MOX8 is not as complex as my Motif board at home, but the functionality of it is pretty much identical. All of the menus and options are pretty much the same and the general layout is the same, even the pitch and mod wheel feel the same. You will not need a manual to work with this workstation and it can easily be synched up with your DAW to be used as a VST.

SOUNDS

The keys are touch sensitive and feel really good. The sounds are very good, especially the arps, I love the arps plus there are over 6 thousand different patterns that you can arp with which is more than any other board I think that I have ever used. Getting this full 88 key workstation to work with your PC or Mac is also very simple. I have used it on a Mac computer at the studio before and it was really easy to work with it as a VST.

OVERALL OPINION

Sequencing on this workstation is also pretty simple though I would not choose to use its sequencing because I think that using it in Logic was so much better. For the price, to get a full 88 key workstation with a ton of arps is a steal and a must have. If I didn’t already have so many similar boards I would purchase this one to keep at home!
mrjason10/31/2012

mrjason's review"1 of the best"

Yamaha MOX8
The Yamaha MOX8 is a hammer action synth that has 88 keys. This is one of the best user friendly synth workstations that I have used. It has a built in interface with 4 in and 2 out inputs. There are over 6 thousand arpeggiator pattern presets on the Yamaha MOX8. It is very easy to find the sound that you are looking for on the Yamaha MOX8 because it has a category search option. Every since I have been using the Yamaha MOX8 I have noticed a spark in my creativity because this keyboard gives you so many options to control your sound. The Yamaha MOX8 has let me get the ideas that are in my head out easily.

UTILIZATION

Editing your sounds is simple, as long as you understand how to use the functions of the Yamaha MOX8. It could take you some time before you have a full grasp on how this keyboard operates. Understanding all of its functions and “tricks” don’t come quick, but once you got them down they will stick with you forever. All of the MO line of keyboard synths from Yamaha has pretty much the same set up so if you can work this keyboard you can work them all.

SOUNDS

The sounds are amazing, all of the synths and brass are perfect. I have only found a few sounds on this keyboard that I didn’t like too much and most of them are basses. The bass is where I think Roland beats out Yamaha keyboard synths.

OVERALL OPINION

There are a lot of keyboards out there, and a lot of them are very good. But the Yamaha MOX8 makes everything so easy. You can create from scratch or build off of presets that it gives you. Knowing what I know now, I should have got this keyboard when it first came out. It is also priced well!
AlanForPresident06/28/2012

AlanForPresident's review"cheap price for a full 88 key workstation"

Yamaha MOX8
The MoX8 is a full 88 key workstation that I cant believe cost under 2 thousand dollars. Most of the other workstations by roland and other companies will cost well over 2 thousand dollars and that’s just for the 61 key version. So I don’t know how Yamaha can afford to put this one out and it’s a full 88 key workstation and keep it under 2 thousand dollars.


UTILIZATION

Its not easy at all to understand , it will take some time if you havent worked with many yamaha systems before. A yamaha workstation is way different than Roland workstations which is what I was use to for a while. This keyboard is huge, so don’t plan on taking it a lot of places with you, its just too big to be lugging around or even attempting to want to take it anywhere with you.


SOUNDS

The sounds are really good, there is a wide selection of sounds that you can use, and all of them are pretty editable within the board. The downside of this keyboard is that the screen isn’t too big and I hate having to work on a sequence with a screen that is this tiny. It is a nice backlit color though, but its just so small it makes it difficult to really be able to edit everything the way that I like.


OVERALL OPINION

For the price and the full 88 keys, you wont find a better deal at this price. If you can afford it you will need to purchase this. it’s a great deal for a huge full size workstation that can produce all types and genres of music. You will not be disappointed with this workstation. I just hope you have better ability to put up with the screen size then I do. So now I just mostly use it for the sounds only.
yoTrakkz10/20/2011

yoTrakkz's review"powerful board"

Yamaha MOX8
I am really happy with the MOX8. Let's keep in mind that this is a mid class board but pro all the way. Finally a lighter weight, full sound pallet, with a good piano sound, 88 note weighted keys, synth and it's black in color!

UTILIZATION

The MOX8 is also not as bulky as so many of Yamaha 88 note keyboards tend to be so they are listening to us. I will take the mod and pitch wheels above the keys in order to make is smaller and more portable. The only drawback, in my opinion is the polyphony at 64 notes. You will hear drop out if you are a classical piano player playing long arpeggios with the sustain peddle depressed but for me I can live with it as the drop out is at least smooth not like I used to find with the S90 I had a few years back.


SOUNDS

The sound pallet is stellar with those Motif ES and XS sounds and that includes a very decent piano sound and it all comes in around $1700.00. The accompaniments are also surprisingly useful if not a blast to play. The weighted keys are on the lighter side which I like but it's still meaty and expressive.


OVERALL OPINION

Though you can probably find an MO8 used at a good price these days, I'd go for the MO8X as it's 15 pounds lighter and has a deeper and more up to date sound pallet. You will see Yamaha synths more often at big shows than any other company and it's because that sound pallet is solid in all categories and you get almost all the sounds of the Motif XS on MOX8. All in all this board is a winner and very suitable for anyone looking for a very portable, all in one weighted keyboard for live or home.
conchin08/24/2011

conchin's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good synth, perfect"

Yamaha MOX8
This is a keyboard synthesizer to 7 octaves, ie a 88-key synthesizer.
The hit is not yet a true piano touch but it really comes close but not least, there are a lot of opportunity in the belly of the beast.
We can connect a sustain pedal, volume, plug in the afternoon, a microphone, a USB cable is provided with in order to connect to Mac / PC
As for sounds, he has a lot, it goes through the sounds of guitar, bass violin and piano sounds that are also extremely well reproduced (comparisons to my Clavia Nord Stage 2, the piano sounds almost identical with studio monitor animals Behring).
With a 64-note polyphony, and therefore a huge opportunity to create their own sounds.

UTILIZATION

The manual is very simple and clearly explained. The editing is also very easy with the various programs provided with as Cubase AI.

SOUNDS

For a music style like mine, that is, pop rock, rock, metal, it is very very good and I recommend it. he obtained for me a very good note with regard to organ sounds that can be used on a keyboard light through the afternoon. The term sounds pianos is excellent compared to synths like the Roland does so well and are very realistic. The effects are now at hand and easily scalable.

OVERALL OPINION

I have less than one but I already won by his abilities and I look forward to my next concert in his presence.

In particular, I tried the kurzweil pc le3 or the korg triton from home but this one is still my favorite.

The characteristic I like most is the ability to modulate the way you want the different sounds.

The one I like least is its weight but it's still a 88-key touch was heavy. (14 KG)