New MO Series Synthesizers from Yamaha

Yamaha has introduced the MO Synthesizer, to be offered in the 61-key MO6 and 88-key MO8 and featuring the technology of the professional-level Yamaha Motif ES with a full set of sounds and comprehensive music-making features--including an emphasis on contemporary styles and voices--plus an exceptionally large internal wave memory capacity and the immediacy of hands-on control. Designed to be highly portable and compact, the MO Series also serves as an keyboard for live performance applications.

Sounds include a full complement of instrument Voices and Drum Kits plus a number of modern and vintage synthesizers, making the MO Series well-equipped for today's hip-hop, dance and electronica music styles. For sound shaping and signal processing, the MO features sharp, responsive filters with comprehensive real-time knob control, and an extensive set of high-quality onboard effects (reverb, chorus, EQ, Master and three separate Insertion blocks).

Advanced music production tools include a built-in Song/Pattern sequencer featuring the same Phrase Factory capabilities found in the Motif ES. The Arpeggio feature provides more than 1,700 sequenced phrases that can be controlled interactively via the keyboard. The Master mode function allows the MO to be used as a master keyboard controller (with independent Zones), and to be easily reconfigured between Voice/Performance play and Song/Pattern play in live applications. Category search will quickly call up desired sounds, while Performance mode will combine up to four different voices in layers or a keyboard split.

The MO will seamlessly integrate into computer music systems and features full remote control of DAW software--including transport and mix controls, as well as track arming, muting and soloing. There is even full editing for soft synth plug-ins directly from the front panel and the Motif ES-sized LCD display. A new feature on the MO Series is the inclusion of global templates to easily cconfigure the keyboard to work with computer software.

The MO6 and MO8 are the latest instruments in the Yamaha line to feature compatibility with Studio Connections, a joint initiative led by Yamaha and Steinberg to bring total integration between hardware and software into the music production environment. "With Studio Connections," said Athan Billias, director, Technology Products, Yamaha Corporation of America, "you can create and save MO settings to a song within a DAW application such as Cubase SX 3 or Nuendo 3, and instantly recall and restore those settings when you reopen the song. Audio Integration takes the hardware/software link a huge step further by allowing you to treat a Studio Connections-compatible synthesizer exactly as if it were plug-in software connected directly to the VST mixing engine."

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