Yamaha MM8 88-Key Synthesizer - 88 Hammer Action Keys and Motif Sounds!
The Yamaha MM8 takes the sonic prowess of the "Mini Mo" synthesizer, the MM6, and adds a complete set of Yamaha's acclaimed GHS keys - like those on a grand piano - for an even more playable, expressive synth! Like the Mini, the Yamaha MM8 has 418 voices and 22 drum kits on board and ready to ignite your creativity, all of which were based on the dynamic, and realistic sounds found on Yamaha's flagship synth, the MOTIF. You'll enjoy an onboard sequencer for creating songs, real-time knobs for the ultimate in control, and a convenient USB connection for full-on production in your favorite DAW - Producers, Tweakheads, and Songwriters alike: look out for the ultra-potent Yamaha MM8!
Yamaha MM8 Synthesizer at a Glance:
- Based on Sounds from the MOTIF. Drawing on the same sounds of the popular pro-level MOTIF series instruments, the MM8 has a wide variety of dynamic, realistic and just plain powerful voices to help you create amazing music. The MM8 also gives you total control over your sound, with real-time tweakable knobs, and special patterns that provide full backing drums, bass and chords for your live performance and song creation. The MM8 has 418 Voices and 22 Drum Kits on board, based on the sounds of the famed pro-level MOTIF series synthesizers. These exceptionally high-quality sounds range from authentic and natural acoustic instruments to wild, unique and in-your-face synth Voices. An extra set of GM Voices (128 Normal, 1 Drum Kit) is built into the instrument as well, giving you all you need to play back songs recorded in that popular format.
- Easy Search Function. So many Voices, so little time! Thats why Yamaha gave the MM8 a convenient Category Search function. Just select the type of instrument you want to play organ, guitar, synth lead, strings, or whatever, then select the specific Voice. All your favorite sounds are right at your fingertips.
- Tweakhead's Paradise! Take control. Twist some knobs and tweak the sound. Make it sing and make it scream. The MM8 puts some serious control in your hands. Change the filter cutoff and resonance settings as well as the EG attack and release with the four knobs in real time as you play.
- Piano-like Expressiveness. Yamaha knows fine acoustic pianos, and it's no wonder - they've been building some of the finest pianos for over 100 years now. With the MM8, Yamaha has taken the widsom and acoustic craftsmanship they've gained throughout that time, and applied it to the MM8's complete set of GHS keys. GHS stands for Graded Hammer Standard, and if you're a piano player - you'll notice and appreciate the difference the moment you take this synth for a spin. Like those on a grand piano, the keys are weighted heavier on the lower notes, gradually becoming lighter as you play up the keyboard. The end result? You'll enjoy even more detailed, expressive control over your sound.
- Backing Patterns for Jamming. The Yamaha MM8 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 World styles. These Patterns are just what you need to shake up the dance floor. All dynamic, all powerful, the MM8 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.
- Powerful Arpeggiator. 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.
- Performance Memory. 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. Up to 64 Performances (eight banks of eight each) can be saved to the instrument, and you can save even more to a USB memory stick.
- Write Songs and Create Demos. The Yamaha MM8 is an ideal tool for songwriting and demo making. Its powerful, authentic sounds, coupled with its dynamic Patterns and Arpeggios ensure that your tracks sound completely professional. Up to five User Songs can be recorded to the instrument, and with the rear panel USB connection, the Yamaha MM8 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.
- Great USB Studio Synth. The Yamaha MM8 is all about making music. And since much of todays music is being made on computers, the Yamaha MM8 is built to fit right into any computer music system. Just connect the USB To Host terminal on the instrument to your computer with a standard USB cable, and you've got the makings of a sophisticated recording setup. And just to make sure you get a head start, Yamaha included a free copy of Cubase AI 4 full-featured music production software that has all you need to record your performance data from the MM8 via MIDI (and even use plug-in synthesizers in the software), edit the data, process the sounds with effects, arrange it in multiple tracks and perform final mixdown.