Yamaha MX49 - Black

49-note Synth/Controller with Full-size, Velocity-sensitive Keys, 1000+ MOTIF XS Sounds, VCM FX Engine, and Bundled Software - Black
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Killer Motif Sounds, Controller Integration

The Yamaha MX49 synthesizer/controller rocks more than 1000 killer MOTIF XS sounds, a class-compliant USB audio/MIDI interface, and deep controller integration with your favorite computer and iOS music software, including Yamaha's new FM Essential iOS synth app. With MX49, you don't have to sacrifice sound and playability for portability. The keys are full-size and velocity sensitive. Bring this lightweight, compact synth/controller to the studio or a gig and deploy its potent patch arsenal. From amazing acoustic pianos, EPs, strings, and drums to evolving 8-element synth textures, the MX puts it all right at your fingertips.

Yamaha MX49 Synthesizer/Controller at a Glance:
  • Yamaha VCM FX engine onboard
  • 16-part multitimbral, 128-note polyphony
  • Real-time hands-on control over DAW and VSTs
  • Included music production suite
Yamaha VCM FX engine onboard

In addition to a massive MOTIF XS soundbank, MX49 is equipped with Yamaha's VCM FX engine, which meticulously models vintage effects at the circuit level. EQs, phasers, flangers, wah-wahs, and more are all on the menu here, letting you instantly tap into the coveted sounds of the 1970s.

16-part multitimbral, 128-note polyphony

Your MX49 is 16-part multitimbral and spec'd with 128-note polyphony. Electronic musicians at Sweetwater know how critical this is. These features let you build up dense sequences and play them without fear of dreaded note-stealing or sounds cutting off. This makes the MX an ideal tone generation solution for onstage performance and live playback of MIDI tracks off your DAW.

Real-time hands-on control over DAW and VSTs

The MX's top panel is equipped with solid, great-feeling knobs and buttons for real-time hands-on control over its internal sounds, external VST instruments, and DAW parameters. The streamlined interface lets you quickly find, edit, and store your sounds onboard. The MX49 comes with template editor software, so you can customize the interface to your preferences. There are advanced integration templates for most popular DAWs, and when used with Cubase, an AI knob lets you control any parameter with the MX's large rotary encoder simply by mousing over it.

Included music production suite

Yamaha's MX series ships with a complete music production software suite that includes Steinberg Cubase AI. Cubase AI gives you 64 MIDI tracks, 48 audio tracks, built-in VST effects, and even notation, so you can build complete productions with just the MX and Cubase AI. The MX49 also comes with Steinberg Prologue and Yamaha's YC-3B organ emulation to get you rolling.

Yamaha MX49 Synthesizer/Controller Features:
  • 49 full-size velocity-sensitive keys
  • FM Essential expands your sonic arsenal
    • Free iOS FM synthesizer app with drum loops, FX, and more
  • Class compliant USB audio/MIDI for plug-and-play connectivity
  • Yamaha's powerful MOTIF sound engine:
    • Layer, zone, cycle, switch, randomize, and control up to 8 elements per voice
  • VCM (Virtual Circuit Modeling)
    • Re-creates the sound and behavior of vintage signal processors and FX
  • 128-note polyphony for dropout-free live performance or with full 16-track sequences
  • Damper Resonance DSP models grand piano sound with dampers off the strings
  • Record/play back stereo audio and 16 channels of MIDI
    • With a single USB cable and no external devices
  • DAW Remote controls transport, mixer, and software instruments from the MX top panel
  • USB-to-device port for connection of USB flash drives for loading and storing data
  • 1/8" aux line input for connection of tablets and mobile devices
  • Auto power off shuts down after period of inactivity, saving energy
  • Bundled software: Cubase AI, Steinberg Prologue, Yamaha YC-3B
Fire up the Yamaha MX49 and get creative!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Motif sound engine
Number of Keys 49
Type of Keys Synth, touch sensitive
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Polyphony 128
Wave Memory 166 MB
Number of Presets 1,106 voices, 61 drum kits; 128 user voices, 8 user drum kits
Effects Types Phaser, Flanger, Wah, Vintage modeling, Reverb, Delay (expandable via iOS FM app)
Arpeggiator Yes
Audio Recording 2-track stereo
Sequencer 208 patterns, SMF Format 0 (playback only)
Audio Inputs 1 x 1/8" (aux in)
Audio Outputs 2 x 1/4" (main out), 1 x 1/4" (headphones)
USB 1 x Type B, 1 x Type A
Pedal Inputs 2 x 1/4" (sustain, controller)
Software Cubase AI included, FM Essential iOS synth app
Power Supply 12V DC power supply (included)
Height 3.58"
Width 32.68"
Depth 11.7"
Weight 8.38 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MX49BK

Customer Reviews

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Great instrument for the price!

This synth sounds great and is a good value for anyone on a budget that cannot afford a professional level workstation. The sound is excellent, and it has a large library of voices.

Amazing Synth/Keyboard

Just received this yesterday and spent 4 hours last night playing around with it! I haven't even attached it to the computer yet! So many great MOTIF sounds, the layering is so simple and fun to come up with your own sounds! MOst of the 128 performances are amazing, and yes you can save Voices in the 128 user see from page 8 in the reference manual ( The MX49/MX61 features multiple Voices in Preset Memory, which cannot be overwritten (page 17). These Voices are referred to as Preset Voices. On the other hand, Voices which are created by editing the Preset Voices are referred to as User Voices. User Voices are stored in User Memory, which can be overwritten (page 17). The maximum number of User Voices which can be memorized to User Memory is 128 Normal Voices and 8 Drum Voices.) The sound quality is amazing and I love how the keys feel, the only negative I have is that the synth is very light and it moves easily on my Keyboard stand, otherwise this is an amazing machine!
Music background: Guitar, Bass, Vocals and Some Keyboard over 38 years
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