Yamaha MODX

The New MODX Keyboard From Yamaha – Raising the bar for mid-range synths.

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Although this has not been officially announced we have seen the keyboard on a certain large retailers website and can reveal the details below. The MODX as it is called, is the long awaited replacement for the now ageing MOXF and see Yamaha once again take the lead in the mid-range synth market.

From the looks of things the MODX is everything we expected it to be. It very much keeps to the “Montage” format of the performance synth and encompasses many of it’s more expensive siblings features. Most obvious of which are the large touch screen display and the “Super Knob”

At a stated retail price of just £1399 here in the UK for the 76-note version I think the MODX will positively fly off the shelves!

More details below:

AWM2 Synthesis Engine and FM-X Technology
The AWM2 acts as the heart of the synthesizer. The AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory) synthesis engine is exclusive to Yamaha synthesizers, renowned for its versatility and sound design capabilities. The AWM2 provides processes both samples and synth sounds, providing ultra-realistic emulation of acoustic instruments, digital sounds and drums.

Yamaha MODX7
The FM-X (Frequency Modulation) section provides unique and expressive ways to create synth sounds. The highly-programmable technology provides the means for dynamic, electro-modern music creation. It can create everything from 80s synth sounds to cutting-edge EDM leads. The unique technology provides an 8-operator FM architecture with 64-note polyphony and a wide variety of filter types.

Semi-Weighted Keybed and Versatile Performance Controls
The MODX7 features a 76-note semi-weighted keybed, providing fluid playability. The semi-weighted keys provide added expression, emulating the feel of a traditional piano. The AWM2 engine delivers 28-note polyphony and 64-notes of FM-X polyphony, opening up a new world of possibilities for creating sounds.

A wide range of performance controls are included, ideal for live sets and for use with music production. Empower your creativity with versatile controls for virtually every parameter.

The Super Knob is a highly unique control, acting as a virtual conductor for your music. It directs individual dynamic elements into a signal control. It provides simultaneous control of up to 128 parameters within a single performance. This gives you the ability to mix functions such as Volume, Pan, Effect and other parameters such as Filters, LFOs and more.

Four additional faders and encoders are included. These can be assigned to different functions and used for hands-on control of settings. Between each slider (fader) is a Scene button, It features eight Scenes which can be for different assignments such as Motion Sequence, Arpeggio Select number and even complete mixing. A range of transport controls are included, as well as a modulation and pitch wheel.

Integrated Premium-Grade Effects
A wide range of premium-grade effects are included for adding flare to your sounds. From high-definition Reverbs to Virtual Circuit Modelling effects, the powerful DSP engine delivers unparalleled audio fidelity and performance.

The effects range from standard delays and compressores to cutting-edge effects such as Beat Repeat, Vinyl Break or Bit Crusher. The specialised Spiralizer effect creating the sonic illusion of a tone rising or falling in pitch. There is even a Compression with a sidechain, allowing you to achieve the modern-day ducking effect.

Built-In USB Audio Interface
Aiding modern-day computer-based production, the MODX7 features an integrated 2-in/10-out multi-channel USB audio interface. The high-grade interface is coupled with two A/D inputs, making the MODX the perfect choice as a centrepiece in any studio or live setup. It provides single-cable connectivity, and even works with your favourite iOS device.

Yamaha MODX Rear

Envelope Follower and Motion Sequences
The Envelope Follower converts audio into a control source for virtually any synth parameter. For example you can use a drum loop to drive an effects parameter for a unique rhythm and/or vocal recording.

Motion Sequences give you the ability to create tempo-synchronised sequences which can be assigned to any parameter. This opens up new way to control rhythms and sound. It also features dedicated controls on the front-panel, allowing for real-time manipulation.

Ergonomic, Lightweight and Portable
The sleek and streamlined design is highly portable, making it ideal for live performances and studio sessions. The ergonomic layout is split into various sections allowing you to easily navigate between parameters, settings and sounds. The large LCD touch-screen provides a hands-on approach to accessing sounds and files. The Waveform-Rom of the synthesizer has been expanded from 741MB to 5.67GB. It also provides Seamless Sound Switching (SSS) for performances with up to four parts.

The compact and lightweight design makes it easy to transport. A dedicated transport case is available for the MODX, so you can transport your synth with maximum protection and comfort. The rear of the synth features a variety of connections. A foot switch/sustain output is available for incorporating expression pedals. There are also connections available for A/D input, as well as USB connectivity for USB to Device and USB to Host.

AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) sample and synthesis engine
76-note semi-weighted keybed for fluid playability
Unparalleled sonic versatility for creating sounds from iconic 80s sounds to modern-day EDM cutting-edge leads
Integrated performance controls include faders and encoders for in-depth control over parameters
Ideal for both studio and stage use
FM-X Synth Engine
LCD-Touchscreen 7″-Colour-Wide-VGA-TFT
Waveform-ROM expanded from 741 MB to 5.67 GB
2,370 new Waveforms, 6,347 total in ROM
1 GB Flash-ROM built-in
Ca. 2,000 preset performances
640 user performances
5,120 library performances
Seamless Sound Switching “SSS“ for Performances with up to four Parts
13 dual insert effects (12 Parts + A/D Input)
Over 256 preset live set slots, 2,048 User & 2,048 library live set slots
10,239 arpeggios
Eight arpeggio Parts simultaneously
Eight Scenes per Performance
Master keyboard functions for each Performance
Multichannel USB Audio Interface, 2-in/10-out

We have seen a delivery date for September but as there has yet to be an official announcement from Yamaha about the MODX that could slip by quite some margin.

Follow the discussion on the Yamaha MODX forum here.

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