Cloud9TN, on february 20, 2014 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Price paid: $ 1200
Purchased from: SweetWater
Features: - MOTIF XF sound quality - Flash memory expandability - Advanced computer integration - Very handy Octave+/- and Transpose+/- on the front panel. - Front panel buttons to quickly make splits or layers. - Lots of knobs giving access to eqs, effects, and loads more
The sounds are based on the Motif XF and the libraries are compatible. You can even use Motif XS libraries if you convert them. You can input 2 mono/1 stereo devices and use the MOXF's effects realtime on them but... NO SAMPLING ABILITY. The MOXF interfaces to PC with USB - it transports both MIDI and audio on this connection in both directions with no issues. It even has a DAW mode where i can interface and control your DAW (i.e. - ProTools, Cubase, Sonar). The package I purchased from SweetWater included a 512M flash card (normally not included) and a sound library of great instruments. // 9
Sound: The sound is great. Pianos, Rhodes, Orchestral, Sound FX, and Drums are all great. The organs are OK... There is no decent bagpipe sound - tragedy. Keep in mind that you can load sound libraries onto your flash to get whatever instruments you want! The Effects are very nice. The amp simulations, filters, chorus, reverb, and gates are all as you would expect. The system also has VCM effects which are effects where the actual electronics where simulated for maximum realness. You can apply effects to your external input (i.e. Guitar, Bass, Mic). // 9
Reliability & Durability: This keyboard is intended for gigging. It is lightweight so inevitably it is made of plastic. Despite this fact, it still very durable. I use it for gigging and practice so it gets thrown into the back of my car several times a week. I do suggest a good keyboard bag though. I use the Gator GKB-61 Keyboard Bag. It is a softbag and is plenty good unless you are walking very long distances and need wheels or your gear is getting thrown into the back of trailer with other stuff, in which case you would want the semi-ridged: Gator GK-61 - 61-Key. The finish seems to be tinted plastic so there should be no flaking, scratches will be your only concern. // 7
Ease of Use: This is by far the easiest keyboard I've done editing on. There are front panel buttons for quick custom layers and splits. I have had no problem creating 'performances' to use in gigs. Editing is made even easier with the free software from Yamaha, where you can edit the parameters on your PC. The one downside is you cant edit performances on the pc, only individual voices.
The manual was ok for the introductory purposes. There should be an advanced manual in my opinion though. My firmware had to be upgraded to 1. 2. Note, the MOXF can be alittle picky on USB drives for firmware upgrades, I tried 3 before I found one that worked. From my understanding there is a list of suitable drives. Also note that no where in the manual does it tell you how to initialize a firmware upgrade... You powerup the MOXF while holding down the button above the LED level meters. // 9
Overall Impression: I play a wide variety of music from R&B to Rock and this keyboard covers them all quite well. It is a nice addition to my Korg Karma. The Karma, while great in it's own right was just much more difficult to operate and edit, not to mention it weighed a ton. I played the Korg Karma for 6 years and still go to it for my organs and some synths but the great new features of the MOXF make it a keeper, especially for live performances.
I was a little disappointed it did not have sampling capabilities. Everything was in place so expected that it would but alas... My favorite features are USB pc interface and the flash board. One thing I dislike is the connections which are on the back of the unit. They are recessed a bit which is probably ideal, but to someone who disconnects and reconnects this thing at least 3 times a week, it's an annoyance. // 9