The Yamaha MX61 synthesizer opens the door into a world of musical creativity for stage, studio and home use. The MX61 is not just simply a synthesizer but an instrument that bridges the gap between hardware and software. Featuring extensive audio and MIDI USB connectivity and advanced DAW and VST controller features. In addition a suite of powerful music production software allows the MX61 to integrate hardware reliability with controller flexibility. All this adds up to give you the best of both worlds at a groundbreaking level of affordability.
The MX61 contains more than 1000 Voices derived directly from the world famous Yamaha MOTIF XS series. From realistic acoustic sounds like piano, electric piano, strings and drums to complex 8-element synth sounds. It all of your favorite MOTIF XS Voices right at your fingertips. You will also find a streamlined interface for instant hands-on selection of all those great Voices. The newly designed category selection makes it easier than ever to find the Voice you need. You can even edit and store your own sounds right onboard.
Plug & Play
“FM Essential” is a synthesizer app for the iPhone and iPad that provides for real-time synth performances and also lets you edit voices. If you plug the MX61 with iOS application “FM Essential”, you can unlock and play all the function and Voices in app.
Easy Split /Layer Performance Mode
Performance Mode on the MOTIFs has always been the place to find instant inspiration and the Yamaha MX61 synthesizer is no different. You can easily combine two Voices to play on the keyboard using the dedicated Split and Layer buttons each with their own intelligent arpeggiator and a dedicated Part for a drum track to create evocative Performances that feel like a whole band is playing. The 128 Performances on the MX are all user editable, but come programmed with the latest club friendly grooves.
Each Performance contains not only the three sounds described above, but all the settings for a complete 16-Part Multi setting for play. You can switch between any of the 16 Parts without the sound cutting off. With 128 notes of polyphony there are plenty of notes to play even the densest sequences from your DAW. These features make the MX the perfect tone generator solution for live performance and live playback of DAW MIDI tracks.
Bi-directional USB Audio/MID Interfacing
But the MX61 doesn’t just control software DAWs and VSTs; it’s an audio interface as well. Just connect a USB cable to your computer and you can monitor all the sounds from your computer via the headphone output of the MX. Furthermore you can listen to your DAW tracks by connecting the MX to external studio monitors or PA gear. The audio converters on the MX are made for professional music applications. Therefore everything on your computer,even games, will sound better when using the MX as the output. The MX interface is bi-directional so you can record the internal sounds of the MX directly to your computer, without ever going to the analog domain, for the highest possible quality.
Extensive Hands-On Controls for VSTs and DAWs
The MX also features solid knobs and durable buttons for controlling internal sounds, DAW parameters and VST instruments. The deceptively simple interface is combined with a remote template editor on your computer. Therefore any VST you own or any new VSTs you buy can be easily setup to be controlled by the MX. There are advanced integration templates for use with a variety of DAWs. When used with Cubase, there is even an AI knob so any parameter can be controlled by the large rotary encoder just by mousing over it. It’s never been quicker to take full control of Cubase.
A Complete Suite of Music Production Software Included
The Yamaha MX61 synthesizer is the only hardware synth in its price range to come with a complete suite of music production software tools. The included Steinberg Cubase AI features 48 audio tracks and 64 MIDI tracks, notation, built-in VST effects. Therefore with just the MX and AI you can do complete productions. Furthermore it comes bundled with Steinberg Prologue and the Yamaha YC-3B organ emulator, some compelling VSTs to start with. Plus there are Remote Template editors for setting up controls of VSTs. Finally, Yamaha has worked with some third party developers to ensure that there will be fully functional cross platform editors available at release.
In addition to Cubase AI, the MX61 offers iPad music production App, “Cubasis LE”. If you connect MX61 to the iPad, you can unlock the feature set of Cubasis LE. Bi-directional audio/midi interface and USB class compliant of new MX series enhances the music production of Cubasis LE more higher.
Complete Analog and Digital Connectivity
In addition to the USB audio/MIDI port, the MX61 has a USB to Device port. This allows you to connect USB devices for storing MX data to external memory and even playing back wave files directly from a USB stick. When adding a tablet or an MP3 player to your system just connect to the AUX input using a mini stereo cable and you are ready to go.
A Lightweight Design with a Quality Yamaha Keyboard
While almost all other keyboard controllers use inexpensive OEM keyboards, the MX features an expertly crafted keyboard produced by Yamaha. Weighing 4.8kg it can be carried easily with one hand and the compact design also makes it easy to carry to your gig or fit into a compact home music production studio.
The MX61 synthesizer comes equipped with VCM effects. This simulates vintage effectors at the circuit level. This in turn brings the sounds of the ‘70s back to life. Through simulating the hard-to-find vintage sounds of equalizer, flanger, phaser, and wah effects introduced by the keyboard legends of the era.
Integration with Class Compliant
MX61 supports USB Class Compliant. You can work with a variety of iOS music apps such as FM Essential and Cubasis LE with MX.
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