Yamaha MX61 - Blue

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

The Yamaha MX61 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 MX61, 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 MX61 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, MX61 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 MX61 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 MX61 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 MX61 also comes with Steinberg Prologue and Yamaha's YC-3B organ emulation to get you rolling.

Yamaha MX61 Synthesizer/Controller Features:
  • 61 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 MX61 and get creative!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Motif sound engine
Number of Keys 61
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 4.4"
Width 38.7"
Depth 11.7"
Weight 10.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MX61BU

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Yamaha MX61 - Blue

Let me start with a word about Sweetwater. Great organization. Very helpful with info on anything you want to know about a product. A follow up e-mail to make sure you are happy with the purchase. Only down side with Sweetwater, is that they love to send you a new catalog (602 pages) with every purchase. I have several if anyone needs an extra. lol Now on to the MX61. Great synth. I use it at home for recordings, and out playing gigs. The "Factory" settings gives you a multitude of instruments/sounds that can then be tweaked real-time to find the exact sound you want, then store it as part of a "Presentation" that holds the settings for that sound, like Rhythm type, voices, Split/Layer/None, octave/transpose, etc. There are 64 "Presentations" that can be called up with the press of a button. I have setup a sort of "Fits Most Songs" sound and assigned it to Mem#1. Then others for special sounds like Bass in my left hand and Glassy Organ in the right hand for the song "Walk Of Life" by Dire Straits. Then plug in a jump drive and write all settings out to the backup. Many backups, say one for dance band, another for wedding music. reload them from the jump drive to be ready for your next gig. Someone spent a lot of time designing this thing. Also has a button that switches it to "DAW Remote" Basically turning it into a midi controller. I haven used this mode. P.S. I originally purchased the MX49 and exchanged it for the MX61 for the extra octave. A must for playing gigs. other than that both 49 or 61 have all the same features.
Music background: Piano, Bass, Mandolin, Violin, Uke
See also: Controller Keyboards, Yamaha, Yamaha MIDI Controllers, Yamaha Synthesizers