Yamaha MOXF6 keys action/quality

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Yamaha MOXF6 keys action/quality

Unread post by loziodavid » Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:19 pm

Hi all,
reading reviews and impressions about the MOXF6, it's not clear if the keybead has synth action keys or semi-weighted keys.
In the official Yamaha website it's stated as a
61 keys, semi-weighted keyboard (Initial Touch)
but I read elsewhere in old topics, that the keys have no resistance, feel mushy with a synth-like action.

The fact is I'm not a fan of synth action keys, they don't feel really solid to me. I definitely prefer the semi-weighted action. Can you explain me this point?

And in general, how about the keybed quality? I read that is not fantastic, a little worse than the Motif series, but I couldn't understand if it's a matter of personal preference, or if objectively it's not great.

I didn't have the opportuniy to play with a MOXF6, but I played a little bit the MODX6 and the MX61 in a music store, and the feel was not bad at all. Is the feel/action comparable with these 2 workstations?

Thanks a lot.
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Re: Yamaha MOXF6 keys action/quality

Unread post by Saul » Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:37 am

Speaking from my own experience with the MOXF and MODX I would say the keys are similar.

In terms of "synth action" vs "semi-weighted", I would say that technically there isn't really a distinction. Keys are either weighted or they are not. So what I "think" manufacturers do in order to indicate a keybed of higher quality is they call it "semi-weighted"

What this essentially means is a non-weighted keybed that doesn't feel springy/spongy. You get a feeling of more control over the nuances of playing.

But to answer your question, the keys on the MOXF are fine. I really liked the quality compared to the KORG KROME and Roland FA06 which I had on test at the same time.
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Re: Yamaha MOXF6 keys action/quality

Unread post by loziodavid » Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:50 pm

Saul wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 12:37 am
Speaking from my own experience with the MOXF and MODX I would say the keys are similar.

In terms of "synth action" vs "semi-weighted", I would say that technically there isn't really a distinction. Keys are either weighted or they are not. So what I "think" manufacturers do in order to indicate a keybed of higher quality is they call it "semi-weighted"

What this essentially means is a non-weighted keybed that doesn't feel springy/spongy. You get a feeling of more control over the nuances of playing.

But to answer your question, the keys on the MOXF are fine. I really liked the quality compared to the KORG KROME and Roland FA06 which I had on test at the same time.
Thanks Saul for your feedback.
The fact is I'm not that kind of guy who press 1 key, then does all his music through arpeggiators, sequencers and knobs opening/closing filters. I want to learn how to move my hands and coordinate them through the entire keyobard, so something pleasable to play is very important.
I like a little bit of resistance and a globally solid feel.

For example, I played the Nord Lead A1. This synth costs 1000-1200$ and it's produced by one of the major actors in the synth market, but it has an awful keybed. The keys seem to break or crumble at any moment. Very fragile impression. Maybe it will last for years, I dont' know, but I had the horrific impression I was bending a piece of plastic rather than playing a keyboard.

If the MOXF6 has a little bit of resistance in his keys and a more solid construction, I'm fine!!
I found a great deal for a mint MOXF6 + original Yamaha case: 500€ for both.
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Re: Yamaha MOXF6 keys action/quality

Unread post by parametric » Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:08 pm

Hi Ioziodavid,

The industry as a whole seem to have decided a long time ago that 61-note instruments would have Synth-type keybeds.

I personally don't know of a 61-note board that has a Weighted action . . . . . ?

In most cases, this is fine. They tend to be "springy" in nature but may be semi-weighted to a degree.

I have the MOXF6, though currently it's not in use, but I remember it being good to play and not in the least - fragile . . .

I came from a REAL Piano - so I prefer a weighted keybed which is what I use mostly with my Alesis Fusion 8HD.

If you are playing ORGANS (Hammond Sounds - for instance) then a Synth-type action is generally better,

especially for the white-note Glissandos . . . . (These are positively PAINFUL on a Weighted action/REAL Piano)

If you WANT the weighted Keybed "Feel", you'll need to go for a 76 or 88 note Keybed . . . .

I believe there is a MOXF8 - for instance . . . . which I believe has a "hammer-action" keybed.

As I was brought up on a PIANO - I tend to be able to modify my style to sound "OK" on whatever keybed I find,

but some find this easier than others . . . .

If I need to do organ-style glissandos, then I use my Alesis Fusion 6HD which is 61 notes and has a Synth Keybed . . .

perhaps this helps?

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