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5 years ago
The Yamaha Motif series are great pianos. I have had the Yamaha XS8, but found it too heavy to take anywhere. The Yamaha MOX boasted of having the same engine and sounds of the XS8 and it is pretty good, but after playing it for a while the Piano sound doesn't sound as good as it started. I suspect it is because of the Polyphony. There is 64 note polyphony as compared to 128 note polyphony in the Motif XS. Hopefully the polyphony of the MOX will be increased with the next version!gfclef
I'm real interested in the MOX8. Its too bad they couldn't have been a little more generous with the polyphany though. I'd pay for an upgrade if it was possible - but not expecting this option to materialize in this model -ever. However, the MOX has a fantastic form factor that cannot be denied - its light - and i'm gigging alot and getting pretty tired on lugging my S90 around. The S90 only has 64 note polyphany - and I manage to get by for live band use - I only seem to notice its limitations in solo or studio use. If Yamaha could cram the electronics of the S90SX into the MOX chasis I would be all over it - and even be willing to pay more for it than the current S90XS retails for. Unfortunately, i'm hesitant at this point. The MO series was never meant to be an upgrade to the S series - so I'll be giving up a few things like after touch, balanced keys, deeper sound editing in return for light weight and updated sounds. I might do it anyway - kinda waiting to see what the Kurz has up its sleeve before I leap.
I really don't see where 64 polyphony in a studio,would be considered as a limitation?I mean....the MOX series comes with Cubase,so you have all sorts of methods available to you,to compensate for the reduced polyphony.Essentially,the MOX keyboard is an all-in-one studio and I wish this board had come out before I had bought my Korg M50 and my Korg M3.The only advantages the M50 had over the MOX,is the 80 note polyphony & the larger screen-but otherwise,the M50 is pitiful compared to the amount of ROM and overall sound quality of the MOX.Perhaps if Yamaha had created a 73-key,semi-weighted"waterfall"-action MOX with 80 note polyphony,that would have been very interesting at the same price of the MOX8.
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