Bold MOTIF sounds in a very affordable package
The Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation is a 61-key synth with 418 voices and 22 onboard drum kits (plus an extra set of GM voices) combined with lots of realtime controls for performance and song creation. Nicknamed the "Mini-Mo" because it draws on the powerful sound engine from the pro-level MOTIF series workstations, the MM6 has a wide variety of dynamic, realistic, and just plain powerful voices to help you create amazing music. The MM6 makes it easy to take control of your sounds”just twist some knobs and tweak the sound in realtime as you play. You also get special patterns for full backing of your live performance and song creation. Exceptionally light and portable, you'll be able to bring your MM6 anywhere your music takes you.
Maximize your Music
Much of today's music is being made on computers and the MM6 digital piano is built to fit right into any computer music system. Just connect the USB (to host) terminal on the MM6 to your computer with a standard USB cable and you've got the makings of a sophisticated recording setup. Just to make sure you've got a head start, it includes a free copy of Cubase LE”a full-featured music production application that has all you need to record your performance data from the Yamaha MOTIF MM6 via MIDI, edit the data, process the sounds with effects, arrange it in multiple tracks, and perform the final mixdown.
Patterns to groove on
The MM6 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 even world styles. These patterns are just what you need to shake up the dance floor. All dynamic, all powerful”the MM6 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.
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.
Save and swap
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.
Share the wealth
With the rear panel USB connection, the MM6 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.
All drivers and available editors for Yamaha synths can be downloaded from www.yamahasynth.com.
- 61 synth-action keys
- AWM2 Tone generator
- 32-note polyphony
- 16-part mulitimbral capacity
- 70MB wave ROM (in 16-bit linear format)
- 418 normal voices, 22 drum kits
- 128 GM voices, 1 GM drum kit
- 8 banks of 8 performance settings
- 25 reverb types
- 30 chorus types
- 5 master EQ types
- 96 parts per quarter note resolution
- 11-280 BPM tempo range
- Real-time replace recording
- 168 patterns (x4 sections)
- 3 preset songs, 5 user songs
- 400 song max. with USB
MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation Specifications:
Left, Right (1/4" mono)
Headphones (1/4" stereo)
DC inlet (12w power consumption)
Dimensions: 37.35"W x 4.85"H x 14.75"D
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Comments about Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer Workstation:
This is an innocent-looking 11-pound instrument in a basic greay plastic cover, but as the old saying goes, "good things come in small packages." Its Motif-based sounds cover any kind of music you would want to play. For best results, especially in a live gig situation where time between songsmust be kept to a minimum or if you have eyesight limitations (like I do), use the CATEGORY BUTTONS and the INC/DEC buttons to bring up voices and other settings; ithis is more reliable than the data wheel. Play around with the vocies and the four synth control knobs before taking the keboard out on its first gig. All of the MM6's 400 voices and 22 drum kits have very good quality. Even though the organ sounds are decent, there are no actual or vitrtual drawbars or Leslie speaker modeling features on the MM6, so don't expect it to be a B3 clone; you won't find a B3 clone in this price range. I prefer the softer organ-like touch that that these keys have, but if you're a player who likes the button/knob layout of the MM6 but prefers weighted hammer-action keys, try MM it's an 88-key version of the MM6. I am still learning the USB and recording features of the MM6, so I won't pass judgment on these features here. IEven though you can play it through stereo headphones, you need to feed the MM6 to a speaker/amp setup that can handle its entire range. Like most keybgoard players, I'm always looking for more sound. In 34 years of professional onstate playing, I've never seen a keyboard of this siz/e and price that iwill be the MM6 Mini-Mo. If you don't have $3,600+ to shell out on a MOTIF XS58, this is the way to go. You'll get pro sound without the pro price tage or heavy weight.