Yamaha MOTIF XF8 Synthesizer Workstation

88-key Workstation with Balanced Hammer-effect Keyboard, 741MB Wave ROM, and 1,024 Voices
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Workstation Inspiration!

Yamaha pulled out the stops with the MOTIF XF8, giving you an unbelievably feature-packed instrument for music performance and music production. This powerful workstation features an extraordinary collection of voices for you to get creative with. The Yamaha MOTIF XF8 offers everything from acoustic sounds to vintage synths to modern tones for hip-hop production. And with the new OS, complete with tap tempo, automapping, and a customizable user interface, the MOTIF XF8 is more powerful yet easier to use than ever.

Yamaha MOTIF XF8 88-key Workstation at a Glance:
  • Your personal hit-making assistant
  • You'll never run out of great sounds
Your personal hit-making assistant

When it's time to come up with new song ideas, you can count on your MOTIF XF8 to be your personal hit-making assistant. Use the 16-track sequencer to lay everything out the way you hear it in your head. Then, record everything via USB to keep track of your tunes. In fact, you've got USB, Ethernet, or optional FireWire computer connectivity going for your Yamaha MOTIF XF8. And speaking of options, there are two flash board slots for adding up to 2GB of additional Yamaha content - that's huge.

You'll never run out of great sounds

What else can we tell you about the Yamaha MOTIF XF8? If you're serious about playing keys and producing music, then you already know about it. It's a colossal music-making tool. There are loads of voices (1,664+), an awesome arpeggiator (7,000+ patterns!), a high-quality keybed (balanced hammer effect on the XF8), scores of high-tech effects made to sound like vintage gear, and remote control DAW integration. It's the MOTIF you've heard about, on steroids - and only for the serious keyboardist, producer, and musician.

Yamaha MOTIF XF8 88-key Workstation Features at a Glance:
  • 88-key workstation with balanced hammer-effect keyboard
  • AWM2 Tone Generator with Expanded Articulation
  • 128-note polyphony
  • 741MB Wave ROM, 3,977 waveforms
  • 1,024 normal voices, 64 drum kits
  • 128 normal GM voices, one drum kit
  • 128 presets by four banks and 32 drum kit presets
  • 18 filter types
  • Scores of effects
  • Built-in sampling support and 128M SDRAM
  • 16-track, approximately 130,000-note sequencer
  • 5-scene memory per song
  • USB host and device connections
  • Ethernet computer connection
  • L/R output, L/R assignable output, digital output
  • Standard 1/4" headphones jack
  • MIDI I/O/T
  • Slot for optional FW16E card
Experience the sonic power of Yamaha's next-generation MOTIF XF8 workstation!

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) ROM, Flash
Number of Keys 88
Type of Keys Balanced Hammer-effect Keyboard
Other Controllers 1 x Pitchbend, 1 x Mod Wheel, 1 x Aftertouch, 1 x Ribbon, 8 x Sliders, 8 x Encoders
Polyphony 128 Notes
Wave Memory 741MB
Number of Presets 1024 Normal Voices, 64 Drum Kits, 128 Normal Voices (GM)
Expansion 2 x Flash Wave Slots (Up to 2GB)
Number of Effects 406
Effects Types Reverb, Chorus, Vocoder, Mastering, EQ
Arpeggiator Yes
Sampling Yes
Audio Playback USB, 16-track Playback (RAM)
Sequencer 16-track
Audio Inputs 2 x TS
Audio Outputs 4 x TS, 1 x TRS (Headphones)
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF
USB 1 x Type A, 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O In/Out/Thru/USB
Pedal Inputs 2 x Foot Controllers, 1 x Sustain, 1 x Assignable
Power Supply Included
Height 6.6"
Width 56.65"
Depth 18.35"
Weight 63.7 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MOTIF XF8

Customer Reviews

5/5
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5/5

The number one keyboard at this time

This instrument is incomparable. I think this version is the best of Yamaha regarding keyboard. I have the 88 keys that is very acoustic and..........
Music background: Keyboardist and bass player
5/5

The Church 101

This product is amazing! We love it...
Music background: Professional
5/5

Perfect Incarnation of the Motif...

Ok. This is it. The one. Yamaha took what was ALREADY arguably the best workstation (and most certainly they best sounding) in the world (I'll qualify this by saying I own or have owned ALL of the previous Motif's, Tritons, Fantoms, and even the Korg fancy pants OASYS), and made it a WHOLE LOT BETTER. Impossible, you say? That's what I thought, but... #1) It's black. OK. Cosmetic issue, sure. But you have to admit the black looks MUCH better onstage than that sickly gray green color the old Motif's had. Cool. #2) A WHOLE lot more memory. Like about double (741MB vs. 355 in the XS). LOTS more room for waveforms and MANY new ones to build on. the XS had 2670, the XF has 3977 new waveforms! #3) Extra bank of memory and drums... Yup. A whole new set of 128 voices, and 8 new drumkits... #4) new performance set... 128 more of these! #5) 1248 cool new arpeggios! (relative to the XS) LOVE these! And more and more. This thing is absolutely unbelieveable. It already sounded GREAT, and all the "newness" just puts the frosting on the cake, but it also certainly propels it to the very top of the workstation pile with no peers...
Music background: Recording Engineer, Songwriter, Semipro Musician
5/5

Amazing Synth

I am usually too busy to write reviews of products, but this time it is something different. I was always "Roland guy" and liked their synths a lot, and still do, but when I got my Motif XF8 and played it for a while, I feel that I am converted... This instrument is absolutely unbelievable. The quality of sounds is top notch. All the sounds of Motif XS and then some... The arpeggios are incredible and matched to instrument played. I am a Cubase user, and even though you can't use the synth the same exact way as software VST instrument it does integrate with Cubase nicely. You can control things in software from synth and it is pretty convenient, also you can manipulate the sounds the synth produces in your PC and sync it to the Motif. I must warn you on one thing I misunderstood when got it. The USB connection transfers ONLY MIDI (between PC and Synth and back) so if you want to record separate audio tracks that synth outputs, you will need the FireWare expansion board for that. The keys feel very natural and allow great control of velocity and expression. In comparison to Roland G6 it has smaller screen, but in my case it is not used that much anyway, since I control everything through VST Editor Software. 88 keys is huge difference from 61 keys I had before. Now I can finally have convenient full range control over my software VST Instruments. I would guess the only disadvantages for some would be its weight, but since I use it in studio it's not a disadvantage for me. Do you really need that expensive synth? I guess only you yourself will be able to answer this question, as for me, I feel it worth every penny.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Hobbyist
5/5

Yamaha and Sweetwater... The Leaders.

The overall rating above says it all. 'WOW! Blown Away' ! There is not much to add about Sweetwater that all of their previous reviewers haven't already said, but I'll try. Customer service, exceptional. Competitive pricing, willing to match other sellers. (especially those sellers that do not allow customers security enough in them to have confidence buying from them.) Sweetwater Customer service needs a second mention! ... possibly a third! Shipping, the quality of the packaging of the Yamaha Motif XF8 I received was very high quality as with the FedEx Air delivery that was used! Lastly, but certainly not least, YAMAHA! Yamaha was selected from their reputation, the exact product that I saw locally before purchasing, the list of major writers, publishers, and recording artists that suggested to try, as Yamaha is the leader. These choices were made simple from just a few discussions with the above mentioned two companies. Thank you very much. MarcusVincet
Music background: Composer, Lyricist, Comedy Writer, Vocalist, Musician, Actor.

Sweetwater Advice

Rob Parker

The Yamaha MOTIF XF line is truly an endless source of inspiration, regardless of the style of music I'm working in. It has not only vast and varied electronic sounds, but also incredibly realistic and expressive acoustic sounds. It is a top-notch workstation - I've even composed entire soundtracks with the MOTIF alone!
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