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MODX Essential Knowledge Guide

Covers the Yamaha MODX6, MODX7 and MODX8

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MODX Essential Knowledge Guide

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Hi,

Can't say I ever saw this guide before, but it provides a good overview of the MODX

MODX Essential Knowledge
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Thank You for this manual Derek.

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Cheers Derek, I asked Yamaha UK for physical copy but got the PDF instead which is fine of course.

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Thanks, Derek, great find.

This really should be a series of webpages rather than (just) a PDF.

The more I read about this machine the more I think it might be the most sophisticated machine in the known universe. Take a hike, human brain. Seeya later, MRI scanners. MODX is DEEEEP........

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It sure is. I have barely scratched the surface of my Montage (due to being insanely busy as usual), but I have had a brain wave on something (will keep it a secret for new ;) ) which means I must finally get into FM-X to try something out. If it works, I’ll spill the beans here :)
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Good stuff, Derek, look forward to the beans!

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It might take a little while, but if I am right they will be good beans.... ;)
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Hi Yamahamusicians:

First, thanks to admit me in you forun.-
Second, thanks to Mr. Derek who have upload the Essential Knowledge, it's really very usefull for actual MODX users and more for those, like me, who have interes on purchasing that keyboard.-
I've read all comparisions made with Krome, and although i could not test MODX because it's arriving to my country this month, after listen all demos (MODX) published on Youtube, it looks that MODX is several steps away from Krome.-
I'm not familiarized with wheels, i've a Kronos and although joystick it's fantastic for nuances, must be used cleverly because soldering points of wires are too fragile.-
I've some doubts about:
1) External memory storage: it's possible to add an external SSD unit (in user manual indicates USB units up to 32 gb).-
2) Does MODX load and play MP3 files to be played simultaneosly with keyboard sounds ?
3) Where is made. I don't love chinese hardware because of it's poor quality control.-
Thanks again for my admision.-
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Hello and welcome. I think you will find that the MODX is a lot more advanced than the Krome sound wise. I have a Montage 7 paired with a Kronos X 61 and they go together very well.

In terms of your questions
1) I haven’t tried SSD, only USB memory sticks.
2) Something I have not tried, so will leave to others to comment if they have done this.
3) Not sure. There were some problems with early units with noisy keys, but think that has been solved now. Yamaha normally has the best build quality, but that is influenced by price of course. E.g. my EX5 is built like a tank in a way that my AN1x is not, considering the relative price points.

There are plenty of MODX users here, who will hopefully give you an opinion on quality.
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Hello. 2) mp3: no, only wav files. It is described into manuals, MODX allows to load wav files only. I've just checked it on the keyboard too.
An very uncomfortable limitation indeed.
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You can always use an external tool to convert to WAV. Not ideal, but not the end of the world :)
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Hi Friends:

Thanks Derek & Dfinuci for your clear answers.-
Unfortunatly in my country all hardware come's delayed, also happends with hardware parts; this applys to all brands; i've different keyboards along time, and each time i must go to service was a torture, just for example with a part of a Roland keyboard (A90 "the beast") i wait 6 months, when finally it was repair i sold it inmediately).- Said this, i must wait till MODX units arrive this market; i've test a MONTAGE it's sounds really fine, but it's price - in my country - its twice Kronos 2 88.- MODX8 become a good option (here it will cost U$S 2800). As Derek said, i want to pair MODX with kronos, a powerfull tandem.-
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Hello EduardoLuis.
As far as i know Kronos is a wonderful and powerful synth, most problably one of the best existing.
WAV limitation is in my opinion particularly heavy when it comes to sample import: mp3 would take very much less space in memory.
I hope you will enjoy your MODX very soon. :-)
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Hi Dfinucci:

Yes Kronos is one of the most powerfull synth.-
As sounding it's a subjetive matter, after having it for 3 year i asure you that most of sound are fantastic, but not all.-
The best of Kronos is the hability to manage sequences, a topic where MODX and MONTAGE waves.-
As i mention i've saw lots of MODX demos and some sound - for me - sounds better than Kronos (f. ex. pads, choirs, ensambles).- This is the reason that i want to get a MODX to incorporate that palette of sounds.- In the same way, some of the effects are fantastic.-
I know that are lots of DAW that may provide great sond library, but i prefer to use internal keyboard sounds (no pc between), for live or in my studio.
Be fine.-
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Hi. I think Yamaha and Korg have always had different sonic characters and I like to have both. Have always been a huge Yamaha fan, but when I was looking for a new Workstation in 2014 and all Yamaha were doing were rehashing the Motif range where I wanted a modern day EX5, I found it in the Kronos and its 9 integrated synth engines.

Since then Yamaha have rediscovered their Mojo a little with the Montage and with the MODX at a lower price point they are cleaning up.

Kronos remains a fantastic synth, but Korg do not seem to be doing anything else with it now. There is an argument that they don’t need to as it is still a best seller that was ahead of its time. There is also an argument that the time of the workstation is now over, so another reason for them not to do anything.

Either way I am happy that I have the best that Korg and Yamaha can offer.
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