Yamaha MOXF8

Yamaha MOXF8

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MOXF8, Workstation from Yamaha in the MOXF series.

2 user reviews
Prices starting at $1,699 Average price: $1,729

Yamaha MOXF8 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Yamaha
  • Model: MOXF8
  • Series: MOXF
  • Category: Workstations
  • Added in our database on: 09/23/2013

MOTIF XF sound quality


The MOXF boasts a rich collection of instrument voices that includes pianos, electric pianos, strings, wind instruments, orchestral sounds, guitars, basses, and drums, as well as a wide variety of vintage and modern synth sounds.

- MOTIF XF sound engine


Of special note are the detailed digital re-creations of two Yamaha grand pianos (a 9-ft CFIIIS and a 7-ft S6) that only an acoustic piano manufacturer could achieve. The finely-detailed reproduction of even very subtle nuances has resulted in exquisitely crafted piano voices that will satisfy even the most demanding players. Now containing a huge total of 741 MB of waveforms, and featuring all-new content, the MOXF offers 136 new voices including the superb S6 grand piano, keyboard sounds such as clavinets and organs, and a range of new sounds from genres as diverse as orchestral and hip-hop.

- VCM effects


Yamaha’s proprietary VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology simulates the effects of vintage EQs, compressors, and phasers at the circuit level. This technology has enabled Yamaha to improve the quality of the instruments in the MOXF by modeling the sonic texture of vintage analog compressors, EQs and stomp boxes right down to their component transistors and resistors. The MOXF also puts the high-quality effects found in Yamaha's industry-standard digital recording consoles at your fingertips, as well as the award-winning REV-X reverb found in the SPX2000. It even comes equipped with vocoder effects, allowing you to connect a microphone to the MOXF’s A/D input terminal and apply effects to your voice or create stunning harmonies.

Flash memory expandability


The MOXF is compatible with the sound content developed for the MOTIF XF and MOX. The optional Flash board lets you add up to 1 GB of new samples to your MOXF to customize and tailor your sound set to your needs, using promotional contents like Yamaha’ s “Inspiration In A Flash” and “CP1 Piano,” as well as the many third party libraries for sale.

Performance mode to enhance your creativity


Performance mode allows you to combine multiple voices together (up to 4 parts) and play them on one MIDI channel, so that you can play dynamic layer sounds or even solos along with drums and bass backing tracks. With the interactive Arp engine, playing simple chords or even single notes gives you complete musical performances to inspire your creativity. The MOXF has 256 preset performances in a wide variety of music styles including rock, world, hip hop, jazz, and more.

- Built-in sequencer to give shape to your inspiration

MOXF features a built-in sequencer that lets you produce high-quality music without the need for a computer or any other external devices. This powerful tool offers both real-time recording, which records your performance data as you play it, and step recording, which is suitable for recording precise phrases or other difficult passages. You can even record particularly creative performances directly to a song or pattern simply by pressing the [REC] button.

Advanced computer integration makes the MOXF the center of your music production studio



01 A complete suite of bundled software


The MOXF comes with a variety of music production software that allows you to integrate it with your computer setup. These include the MOXF Editor for detailed editing of voice and mixing parameters, MOXF Remote Editor, a convenient tool that lets you edit and create control templates for your favorite VST instruments, and Remote Tools, which makes integration with Cubase software incredibly simple.

02 A single USB cable for both Audio and MIDI connections

A single USB cable is all you need to transmit both audio and MIDI data between the MOXF and your computer. The MOXF features a built-in 4-in 2-out USB audio interface so you can record its internal sounds, and two dedicated audio inputs that can be used to capture guitars and vocals all recorded directly to your computer. Compatible with all the major DAWs including Cubase, you can digitally record the sounds of the MOXF and anything connected to its stereo analog inputs straight to your favorite recording software. Far more than just a music production tool, the USB connectivity and in-depth keyboard controller functionality also lets you playback and control your VST soft synths via the audio outputs of your MOXF, allowing you to integrate VSTs into your live stage shows with no extra gear—just add a computer and play.

03 Music production with Cubase AI 7


Cubase AI 7 is a version of Steinberg’s DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software made specifically to integrate with Yamaha music production synthesizers. Because the MOXF features both a MIDI and an audio interface you can record up to 32 audio and 48 MIDI tracks. You can even connect an analog mixer, microphone or guitar to the analog inputs, you can record any instrument to your computer via the MOXF. With built-in effects and the ability to control up to 16 VST instruments, Cubase AI lets you perform the complete computer music production process, including notation, scoring, and automated mixing.

04 Controlling DAW software

The MOXF has a special remote mode for controlling DAW software that allows you to use the buttons on its panel to open and close software windows, add instrument tracks and select VST instruments. The AI knob can be used as a jog wheel or set so that any parameter you mouse over in Cubase can be controlled automatically. You can also use the MOXF to control other popular DAW packages.

05 Steinberg Prologue VSTi


Prologue is a wonderfully rich-sounding virtual analog synthesizer that will become an indispensable part of your VSTi arsenal. Prologue's textural range includes lush, detailed pads and bright, acerbic leads and everything in between. Prologue’ s intuitive user interface provides full editing capabilities with access to its three oscillators, powerful multi-mode filter, four envelopes, two LFOs, a powerful modulation matrix, and onboard effects. And because Prologue is polyphonic with up to 128 voices, you'll (probably) never run out of creative space.

06 YC-3B Tone Wheel Organ VST

YC-3B is a VST Instrument that reproduces the classic sound of tone wheel organs. It offers 64 different preset sound programs that you can also use to create your own original sounds, which you can then save as VST presets.

Playability and Usability



- Easy operation and comprehensive controls


Category search mode features 16 different instrument categories, each with its own sub-categories, so getting the sound you need is a fast and intuitive process. With Performance Creator you can easily build up layer or split performances with a single button press. Start with a voice you like, and then press LAYER to have the MOXF choose a suitable layer sound. Press SPLIT to call up a left hand bass sound automatically, and then go to DRUM ASSIGN to access the huge variety of built-in rhythm patterns available.

- 88-key Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) action and 61-key semi-weighted action


The MOXF8 features an 88-key GHS keyboard that provides authentic, realistic keyboard response—much like the playing feel of an acoustic piano—with a heavy touch in the bass register that changes to a lighter one in the treble, and a natural gradation of touch in between. Meanwhile, the MOXF6 offers a 61-key, semi-weighted keyboard that has been designed and adjusted so that you can easily and expressively play the rich variety of sounds the instrument offers.

- Mobility - Light and easy to carry


A lightweight body (MOXF6: 7.1kg (15.7lbs), MOXF8: 14.9kg (32.9lbs)) means that carrying the MOXF to rehearsals or gigs is easy— pound-for-pound these are the most powerful workstations Yamaha has ever made. Both models are 50% lighter than comparable MOTIF models.

Source: Yamaha USA


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Yamaha MOXF8 user reviews

Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 2 reviews )
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seudop's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Set short-term obsolescence"

Yamaha MOXF8
MOXF8: second round

The indicators on the rear panel connectors are not readable when you're at the keyboard. I put labels to correct this neglect.

The keyboard is okay.

Large black dots are:

1: a sequencer with very limited capacity, thirty small pieces and memory (PM) is full ... a joke? no, no! is in kilobytes? Planned obsolescence.

2: a USB port that lets hope the ability to record sound on key, and no, this is not possible, not expected, or should I say ... voluntarily discarded. Planned obsolescence.

The only solution for recording sound 16b / 44khz, but I have not tested the adapter needed is to connect a tablet to replace this computer not really suited to capture ideas improvised and spontaneity.

For MIDI, the tablet eliminates the need sequencer ridiculous. I use it for a midi adapter.

Another connection problem: twelve o'clock one entry, there should be a MIDI merge, or have an old keyboard with a richer connections. I use an old roland noon and 4 outputs with two MIDI inputs.


The manual is far too limited and unclear and educational sense. We must have recourse to dedicated websites to get by. I feel sorry for those new to the south.


One very good piano sound.
Good sounds of flutes and strings, very realistic. Good expression.
I do get tired, after 7 months of use.

An array of useless in my opinion sounds.

The memory expansion card is an outrageous price, since for the same price you bought a high-end tablet, with 60 times more memory. Planned obsolescence yesterday.


Compared to many keyboards tested, its made a difference.
I have not tested the Kronos nor strong (not released at the time) ...

In short, it's a good sound machine, not a controller or a sequencer or a recorder or a sampler. The logic of the device irritates me, since it takes a computer next, what are all these buttons that immediately replaces software? They explain to me!

So, I highly recommend finding a used XF7 / 8, with the same sounds, without the petty savings side input / output, and other sequencer.

There is nothing more despicable than a sequencer that interrupts you in full creativity to report a full memory, you put ten take ages to transfer on USB key ... and that I do not forgive.

musiclol's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Keyboard Gig"

Yamaha MOXF8
I said that I have several other keyboards (piano, digital piano, synths, workstations ...) and a stuffed Mac plugs and other sound banks ...

I am a professional musician.

I bought this moxf8 for what he can do .... nothing more and nothing less ...

I had a MOTIF XS6 I changed to a kronos 61 who completed stage my CP5 (which over time seems more and heavier!).
Certain functions and sounds I missed a bit, and although pleased with the CP5 for concerts where I have a real role as a pianist, I wanted a light 88 notes, that sounds good, and easy to carry for rpeter and gigs or rather I have a role of "keyboardist".

I am delighted by this moxf8 (with 1GB flash) in which I added the piano banks cp1 and inspiration in a flash. It is ultra portable, versatile, touch piano is correct (no more, but easier to play than the nord stage example, in my opinion).
Function integrated USB soundcard makes me immense services traveling or on stage with a laptop.

I repeat, it is nowhere near my CP5 in terms of touch and finesse of piano sound, not as powerful as the real reason xf, but it does the job and does great!

Watch videos of Jamal (neo soul) on YouTube and you'll have a good idea of ​​what it is (even outside the gospel :-)


Use: as described above


Sounds: as stated above. Very good, versatile, etc. ... The organs are worse than the rest, and in general, this is not a synthesis machine that kills etc ... This is a big toolbox. Rhodes, keyboards, strings, brass (inspiration in a flash) are more than correct, barely worse than on a north or kontakt ...
The cp1 piano and S6 are not bad at all


I use it for 5 months

For my use, it lacks a pair of separate outputs (to send a loop drummer or bass to hand out when I play the bass left hand)
And optionally:
A second flash ram slot because my Giga will soon open ...
A dedicated USB MIDI in port (for connecting a controller or keyboard 2 self powered)

And to my great regret, most newer keyboards have renounced aftertouch and especially BREATH CONTROL!!
What a pity!!

But hey ... we eventually get the real reason .. XF and therefore closer to its price and weight!

Value / price / weight at the top and unequaled to this day I do it again this choice without hesitation!

Seudop38's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Notice reserved"

Yamaha MOXF8
Readability of the names of connectors is insufficient if it is at the keyboard like everyone else. Labels are attached to fill this lack of pragmatism.
Tip: add a midi merge to connect multiple midi controllers because there is an entry.

NO DIGITAL OUTPUT is blur characteristics. Voluntary?


Parameterization has the old, tedious.
Compulsory manual, less good and less clear than my ex90 Roland and dating ...


Some very good sounds.
Good expressiveness, pretty realistic.
Classical guitars are very challenging, but I expected more quality pianos. There is only one that stands out. Many sounds filling.
The keyboard has more travel than my ex90, and this is better.


I use it for 4 months.
The use of midday internal sequencer is tedious. Plug one tablet on the inputs and outputs afternoon and everything seems easier. Forget Pc, too slow to start for improvisation and capture ideas on the fly.
Black spot, food is causing interference on the speakers.
Unbearable. If you have a solution, I'm interested. There is no interference suppression on the cable. There is one on the Beatstep Arturia 99 €!

Yamaha memory card is more than € 300 gigabyte dishonesty is pure. Buy a tablet instead, to manage the afternoon.

Good overall, considering the lack of innovation in the competition. But it hurts the heart, when we know the age of reason ...
A used XF8 will be a much better deal.

Yamaha MOXF8 news

Yamaha unveils the MOXF workstations

Yamaha unveils the MOXF workstations

Published on 09/23/13
Yamaha will update in december the MOX Series with two MOXF6 and MOXF8 workstation keyboards.

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