Yamaha MM8 88-Key Synthesizer

88-key Synthesizer with Motif Sounds, Real-time Control Knobs, Onboard Sequencer, and Graded Hammer Action
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88 Hammer Action Keys and Motif Sounds!

The MM8 takes the sonic prowess of the "Mini Mo" synthesizer, the MM6, and adds a complete set of Yamaha's acclaimed GHS keys - like those on a grand piano - for an even more playable, expressive synth! Like the Mini, the MM8 has 418 voices and 22 drum kits on board and ready to ignite your creativity, all of which were based on the dynamic, and realistic sounds found on Yamaha's flagship synth, the MOTIF. You'll enjoy an onboard sequencer for creating songs, real-time knobs for the ultimate in control, and a convenient USB connection for full-on production in your favorite DAW - Producers, Tweakheads, and Songwriters alike: look out for the ultra-potent Yamaha MM8!

Yamaha MM8 Synthesizer at a Glance:
  • Based on Sounds from the Premiere MOTIF
  • Easy Search Function
  • Tweakhead's Paradise!
  • Piano-like Expressiveness
  • Backing Patterns for Jamming
  • Powerful Arpeggiator
  • Handy Performance Memory
  • Write Songs and Create Demos
  • Great USB Studio Synth

Based on Sounds from the MOTIF
Drawing on the same sounds of the popular pro-level MOTIF series instruments, the MM8 has a wide variety of dynamic, realistic and just plain powerful voices to help you create amazing music. The MM8 also gives you total control over your sound, with real-time tweakable knobs, and special patterns that provide full backing drums, bass and chords for your live performance and song creation. The MM8 has 418 Voices and 22 Drum Kits on board, based on the sounds of the famed pro-level MOTIF series synthesizers. These exceptionally high-quality sounds range from authentic and natural acoustic instruments to wild, unique and in-your-face synth Voices. An extra set of GM Voices (128 Normal, 1 Drum Kit) is built into the instrument as well, giving you all you need to play back songs recorded in that popular format.

Easy Search Function
So many Voices, so little time! Thats why Yamaha gave the MM8 a convenient Category Search function. Just select the type of instrument you want to play organ, guitar, synth lead, strings, or whatever, then select the specific Voice. All your favorite sounds are right at your fingertips.

Tweakhead's Paradise!
Take control. Twist some knobs and tweak the sound. Make it sing and make it scream. The MM8 puts some serious control in your hands. Change the filter cutoff and resonance settings as well as the EG attack and release with the four knobs in real time as you play.

Piano-like Expressiveness
Yamaha knows fine acoustic pianos, and it's no wonder - they've been building some of the finest pianos for over 100 years now. With the MM8, Yamaha has taken the widsom and acoustic craftsmanship they've gained throughout that time, and applied it to the MM8's complete set of GHS keys. GHS stands for Graded Hammer Standard, and if you're a piano player - you'll notice and appreciate the difference the moment you take this synth for a spin. Like those on a grand piano, the keys are weighted heavier on the lower notes, gradually becoming lighter as you play up the keyboard. The end result? You'll enjoy even more detailed, expressive control over your sound.

Backing Patterns for Jamming
The MM8 has a full set of Patterns that give you rhythmic backing in a wide variety of music styles including Hip Hop, Rap, R&B, Dance, Ambient, Pop, Rock, Jazz and World styles. These Patterns are just what you need to shake up the dance floor. All dynamic, all powerful, the MM8 gives you the real thing. Patterns that stay in the groove, but never sound mechanical. Drum loops with a truly human feel that dance and float around the beat, yet remain firmly in the pocket. Riffs and licks that get you inspired, get you moving, and get you creating some serious music.

Powerful Arpeggiator
The powerful Arpeggiator feature lets you automatically create repeating rhythmic phrases and note patterns. A full 213 Arpeggiator types are built in, letting you trigger a variety of musically useful and exciting patterns to get the house jumping. Many of these Arpeggiator types use synth lead, piano and guitar Voices to generate melodic and broken chord patterns based on the chords you play with your left hand. Bass arpeggios and Drum Voice rhythm loops are also included, letting you easily set up dynamic riffs and beats to jam over.

Performance Memory
When you play live, you want to be able to make sound changes quickly, not just between songs, but in the middle of a song too. The Performance Memory feature is just the tool you need to smoothly switch gears and take things up a notch or two. Each Performance can store combined settings for the Voices you want to use (including special keyboard splits and layers), the Patterns you want as backing tracks, and any other crucial settings for your live work. Then, simply call up each Performance by pressing a single button. Up to 64 Performances (eight banks of eight each) can be saved to the instrument, and you can save even more to a USB memory stick.

Write Songs and Create Demos
The MM8 is an ideal tool for songwriting and demo making. Its powerful, authentic sounds, coupled with its dynamic Patterns and Arpeggios ensure that your tracks sound completely professional. Up to five User Songs can be recorded to the instrument, and with the rear panel USB connection, the MM8 makes it easier than ever before to transfer your valuable data between devices. Plug in a USB thumb drive or memory stick and store the important MIDI songs, Pattern files, Performance settings and all other data you've created, and then bring it to a computer for archiving and organizing. You can also save your recorded songs in the universal SMF (Standard MIDI File) format, then transfer and use those on any another SMF-compatible device, including computers running MIDI music sequencing software.

Great USB Studio Synth
The MM8 is all about making music. And since much of todays music is being made on computers, the MM8 is built to fit right into any computer music system. Just connect the USB To Host terminal on the instrument to your computer with a standard USB cable, and you've got the makings of a sophisticated recording setup. And just to make sure you get a head start, Yamaha included a free copy of Cubase AI 4 full-featured music production software that has all you need to record your performance data from the MM8 via MIDI (and even use plug-in synthesizers in the software), edit the data, process the sounds with effects, arrange it in multiple tracks and perform final mixdown.

Yamaha MM8 Synthesizer Features:
  • 88-key GHS Keyboard (Initial Touch)
  • Tone Generator: AWM2
  • Polyphony: 32 Notes
  • Multi-timbral Capacity: 16 parts
  • Waveform Memory: 70MB (When Converted to 16-bit Linear)

Voices:

  • 418 Normal, 22 Drum Kits, 128 Normal GM Voices and 1 GM Drum Kit
  • 64 Performances (Eight Banks of Eight)
    Effects:
    • 25 Reverbs
    • 30 Choruses
    • 189 Variations
    • 5 Master EQs

    Sequencer:

    • Note Resolution: 96 Parts Per Quarter Note
    • Tempo: 11-280 BPM
    • Recording Type: Real-time Replace
    • Tracks: 8 + 8 (Pattern Track)
    • Patterns: 168 Patterns (x 4 sections)
    • Songs: Preset - 3, User - 5
    • USB: 400 Songs Maximum
    • Arpeggio: Preset x 213 types

    Controllers:

    • Pitch Bend Wheel
    • Modulation Wheel
    • Four Knobs
    • Data Dial

    Display: 320 x 240 Dot Graphic LCD (Backlit)
    Connectors:

    • L/MONO, R Outputs
    • Headphones Output
    • Foot Controller
    • Sustain
    • MIDI I/O
    • USB (To Host, To Device)
    • DC Inlet
    • Power Consumption: 12W
    • Weight: 34.4 lbs / 15.6 kg
    • Accessories: AC Adapter, Owner's Manual, Supplied Disk (supplied DAW software)
    The Yamaha MM8 is a synth designed to heat up your creativity!
  • Tech Specs

    Sound Engine Type(s) ROM
    Number of Keys 88
    Type of Keys Weighted
    Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
    Polyphony 32 Notes
    Wave Memory 70MB
    Number of Presets 418, 22 Drum Kits, 128 GM, 1 GM Drum Kit
    Number of Effects 244
    Effects Types Reverb, Chorus, EQ
    Arpeggiator Yes
    Sequencer 8-track
    Audio Outputs 2 x TS, 1 x TRS (Headphones)
    USB 1 x Type A, 1 x Type B
    MIDI I/O In/Out/USB
    Pedal Inputs 1 x Sustain, 1 x Foot Controller
    Power Supply Power Supply Included
    Height 6.25"
    Width 52.75"
    Depth 17.625"
    Weight 34.4 lbs.
    Manufacturer Part Number MM8

    Customer Reviews

    4.5/5
    Based on 8 reviews
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    5/5

    Speechless

    I am a die hard Roland man and never owned a Yamaha board until now. I have been playing for 38 years. The last Yamaha I touched was the DX7 years ago. I own the Roland VR-700 that I absolutely love and the Casio WK3000. To my Juno 6 R.I.P. The clarity of the MM8 and the feel of the hammered keys are exhilarating to say the least. It's a beast! I was rocking out in the church sanctuary and various choir members started rockin & b-bopping while I was setting it up and doing sound checks. The funny thing about it I stumbled onto this board. Great bang for the buck!!!
    Music background: Minister of Music
    5/5

    Great Keyboard!

    I have been playing the piano for 23 years and have played on maybe different boards, both real and electric and I absolutely love this Keyboard! It feels and plays like a real Piano! It is light and easily mobile yet durable. It's output is smooth and sounds great! If you are ok purchasing a keyboard without built in speakers, this is the one for you!
    Music background: 23 years of piano, 12 years leading worship on keyboard
    5/5

    No complaints. Amazing.

    This is a great keyboard. I've been playing piano since I was 4. I'm blown away by this. It can work for live or recording purposes. However, even though I've worked with many full sized Roland synth and stage synth/pianos, this was my first advanced keyboard.... I would not recommend this for beginners because of it's complicated uses and purposes. I did learn on the go, so it is do able, so I would not recommend it to the inexperienced or unwilling.
    Music background: Experienced musician, hobbyist, ametuer recording engineer
    4.5/5

    MM8 awesome keyboard

    for a giging keyboard its great...lightweight..the sound engine off of a motif and stereo..use a volume pedal and sustain and youre ready to rock the house..with 88 keys of wonderful..
    Music background: pro musician
    4.5/5

    BIG BROTHER OF THE MM6

    Before buying the MM6 that I know own, Itried out its 88-weighted key big brother, the MM8. MM means "mini-mo".because its sound setup is based on Yamaha's very pricey MOTIF XS series of pro-grage instruments, but there's nothing "mini" about the MM8's sounds. It's 400+ sounds are easlier found usinging the CATEGORY SEARCH and INC/DEC buttons or the PERFMORMANCE MEMORY bank buttons. Both methods are much more reliable than the data wheel, especally in gig situations where down time between songs must be kept to a minimum. The four sythn control knobs on the left side of the MM8 offer some unique touches to certain sounds. Be ready to invest a lot of time in finding the sounds to siut your personal taste. One of the drawbacks of all of Yamaha's newer keyboards (including this one) is that it's time-consuming to scroll through the FUNCTION and UTILITY settings in order to tweak the volume mix and other mixing parameters. Make these settings BEFORE playing a gig! Also take time to practice with he backing (accompaniment) and their variations; it's well worth the effort. I haven't tried recording yet, so I can't make a fair assessment of this feature yet. At 34 pounds, the MM8 is MUCH LIGHTER than most graded-hammer action instruments. Even though the organ sounds are decent, there are no drawbars or tone wheel modeling features on the MM8, so don't expect a B3 clone; this is not it! You'll need to spend at least another grand to get that feature! Even though the MM8 (and the MM6) are targeted as keyboards used for hip-hop and rap, the pianos, organs, brass, synth leads and "world" sounds wi8ll accomodate virtually any kind of music you want to play. To get tthe true sound of this or any other stageworthy keyboard, feed its signal to a amp/speaker setup that can handle its VERY LARGE sound range. Last but not least, the MM8's MOTIF-based sound setup does not carry the $3,600 price tag of the MOTIF XS58 or the $2,000-$2,500 price tag of the MOTIF XS56 and XS57 respectively. But then it doesn't have all the recording bells and whistles of the pricier MOTIF series. But if you're looking to get a monster sound collection and the acoustic piano touch to boot, this is the way to go.
    Music background: 35 YEARS PRO MUSICIAN

    Sweetwater Advice

    Carson McClain

    A perfect keyboard workstation for the producer who might not have a full computer recording set up in his home. I have spoken to many people looking for a sequencing solution that is not inside of a computer and this keyboard always comes up. Multi-track sequencing, great sounds, USB connectivity, it's all here. If you need an all-in-one that is geared towards hip-hop this is the keyboard for you.
    See also: Yamaha, Yamaha Synths / Modules