Yamaha MX-61Item ID: MX61
61-note Digital Performance Keyboard with 1,000+ Sounds, VCM Effects, 16-channel Multitimbrality, and DAW Integration
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Record and Perform with Real MOTIF Sounds!In the studio or on the go, Yamaha's MX-61 performance keyboard gives you the real MOTIF sounds you want plus the tools you need to put them to use. Packed with over 1,000 sounds taken right from the MOTIF XS, plus easy split/layer configurations, Performance Mode, and killer VCM effects, the MX-61 keyboard elegantly balances extreme versatility with simple operation. The result is a feeling like the function you want is always right under your fingertips, and not the usual option overload. And when you dive into advanced functions such as the extensive selection of DAW and VST plug-in controls, it's easy to see how much value the Yamaha MX-61 manages to fit into such an affordable and lightweight keyboard.
Yamaha MX-61 Performance and Recording Keyboard at a Glance:
Create music with a massive range of MOTIF sounds and killer VCM effects
From realistic acoustic pianos to unique world instruments and classic synths, the sounds Yamaha loaded into the MX-61 keyboard are both fabulous and conspicuously useful. Rather than a dozen french horns followed by scads of similar-sounding amorphous strings, the MX-61 keyboard includes all of the bread-and-butter sounds you could ask for. And when it comes to spicing things up a little, Yamaha's Virtual Circuit Modeling (VCM) effects are absolutely out of this world.
This lightweight keyboard comes fully loaded with performance options
One of the nice things about the MX-61 is that it's one of those rare advanced high-tech keyboards that you can simply sit down at and play. That's because gigging out is largely what Yamaha had in mind when they designed this ultra-compact and super-lightweight instrument. For instance, creating entirely new layer and split configurations is as simple as pressing a button. Each split and layer can have its own arpeggiator assignment, and with 128-note polyphony backing you up, you virtually never have to worry about dropout, even when you play over a full 16-channel SMF MIDI file. There's also a stereo 1/8" aux input available, so you're free to play over your favorite tunes via any standard media player.
Advanced I/O and hands-on controls let you take command of your studio
Not every great stage keyboard is such a stellar performer once you get it in your studio. That's why Yamaha paid special attention to the way serious keyboardists and songwriters have been using their keyboards in the studio, which led them to making a few bold moves with the MX-61 keyboard's design. For instance, with just a single USB cable, you can connect your MX-61 keyboard's audio and MIDI I/O to your computer, providing a complete all-digital communications chain with your DAW software. Many of the MX-61 keyboard's hardware controls can take over DAW functions, and the main jog wheel even functions as an AI knob in Cubase (Steinberg Cubase AI included).
Yamaha MX-61 Performance and Recording Keyboard Features:
Get the MOTIF sounds you love and the versatility you can't perform without from the affordable Yamaha MX-61 keyboard!
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Chrystal, McMinnville, TN
Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
by Andrew Oberg from Berryville, ARThis little keyboard knocks me out! I own a Yamaha S-90XS, a S-90ES, Motif ES7, and a CP50, so I love the sound set on this little jewel. Very lightweight, but the action is high quality as expected. ... read more [+]The splits, layers, personal favorite patch setups, etc. make this very easy to navigate without having to crack the manual every time. A great Swiss Army knife for my arsenal! close [-]
April 22, 2013
Music Background: professional keyboardist
Love My MX-61
by Dave Vandergrift from Goldsboro, NCThis was everything Yamaha billed...and more. First the voices...right out of the Motif...all I needed, including a decent B3/Leslie sim. Great performance ease of use and porability. Price was rig... read more [+]ht and Sweetwater service was great (Thanks Greg S.)! close [-]
March 4, 2013
Music Background: cover band keyboardist, church praise team
does the job
by jon kovash from moab, UT USAOur garage band needed a new portable keyboard. We couldn’t afford a “flagship” $3000 keyboard, although I was intrigued by the Nords. A lot of internet surfing led me to little consensus about “value... read more [+]” keyboards. Some like Rolands, some hate ‘em, some like Korgs & some hate ‘em, and the same with Yamahas.
March 8, 2013
Music Background: musician, sound engineer
All we wanted was something with good voices and decent keybed that is easy to use for rehearsals and performances. Yamaha’s MOX series seemed overpriced, so I was considering shelling out $500 for a Yamaha MM6, a plastic box junior synth, when the MX49 and MX61 came out at the winter trade shows. It looked like a budget MOX, with similar voices, sound engine and specs. The synth purists heaped scorn, saying the MXs aren’t “true” synths, but we will probably never even use this thing’s USB port, or use the supplied Cubase software. We wanted self-contained and minimal fuss.
In this price range I can live with the plastic unibody – you’re just not going to get the bomb-proof roadworthiness of the pro models. With the MX series Yamaha made some unfortunate aesthetic choices that needlessly enhance the cheesiness, specifically the crudity of the plastic knobs and wheels. It won’t affect the functionality, but for a few cents the tactile/visual experience could have been notably improved. I’m thinking of gluing on a wooden strip to reinforce the fragile-seeming lip beneath the keybed.
Nancy, our lead keyboardist, normally prefers to play our acoustic piano, but pronounced the MX61’s keybed fast and “fun to play.”
It will take a while to preview 1000 voices, but in a few sessions we found plenty that we liked, including piano, electric piano and organ, which critics are fussiest about. More than enough choices for a garage band – some voices obviously make more use of the 128 note polyphony. We’re playing it through four PA cabs with 15” woofers, and the synth voices rock the house. The MX series invites you to tweak and mix and match to create your own user-saved voices, “performances,” that are added to the menu. To do this I have many pages of manual yet to plow through, the same with the arpeggios.
Wish we could have done hands-on comparisons with competing keyboards, but we live in the boonies. As far as living up to our expectations, we give the MX a solid four stars. I’ll reserve the five stars for when they come out with a pure, idiot-proof stage synth that just junks the DAW components altogether in favor of a little sturdier build. close [-]
Great for club gigs
by Bill from ColoradoAfter hauling my CP-33 around, this is light and does the job! All the sounds I need without a MIDI cable to another module! The iPod aux in port makes rehearsing on headphones a breeze! The perfor... read more [+]mance mode lets me set all my instruments up for quick and easy access during shows. My first synth was a Korg DW6000 that I bought in 1985 for the same price as this MX61! Technology has come along way and I think this is a great keyboard for under a thousand bucks! close [-]
January 26, 2013
Music Background: LiveSound engineer, Vocalist, Keyboardist, Song writer,
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