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Used Yamaha Motif ES8 Synthesizer

Used Yamaha Motif ES8 Synthesizer
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This fantastic used Synthesizer comes with a huge array of Yamaha's finest sounds and voices, an in depth sequencer and arpeggiator and recording features too. Whether you need something for gigging or for studio use, this instrument comes with the versatility and quality sounds you need! This model is in great condition (apart from a cosmetic chip on side - see photo), and has the MLAN16E expansion board and PLG100-VH vocal harmony expansion installed.

An Enhanced Sound set with an Evolved Synthesis Engine. Not only do the new MOTIF ES Music Production Synthesizers feature the largest wave ROM of any workstation keyboard available (175 MB in 16-bit linear format), but that Extensive Sonic library is at the heart of the most expressive, most musical synthesis system on the planet, bar none. The Enhanced Sound set of the ES 1,859 waveforms – the majority of them newly sampled specifically for the MOTIF ES series – provide the foundation for 1,024 outstanding normal voices plus 65 drum kits. There are even Mix Voices so you can edit and create your own Voices will listening to your songs and store them right along with the song data. The MOTIF ES delivers an extraordinary sonic depth and musical response. The range of sounds it produces is stunning — from the Emulative Sounds of acoustic piano and orchestra to the Extreme Synthesis of cutting-edge hiphop and electronica. You only have to hear the ES once to know this is the best sounding, most Evolved Synthesizer Yamaha has ever made.

The Heart of the Expanded System. The newly designed tone generator chip offers true 128-note polyphony that gives you the freedom to create intricate compositions using the full gamut of the MOTIF ES Exceptional Sonic power. These instruments are designed for serious music production. The newly developed synth engine offers new synthesizer parameters and faster, more precise envelope control.

Expressive Sampled Sounds with the New “Keyboard Mega Voices”. A significant leap forward from simple single layer samples, “Keyboard Mega Voices” technology makes it possible to include all the nuances of an instrument’s realtime performance. Imagine a guitar voice, for example, with hammer-ons, pull-offs, harmonics, slides, fret noises, and other elements of the “real thing” all accessible from the keyboard at the same time. Keyboard Mega Voice technology takes MOTIF ES guitar, bass, and other instrument voices to new expressive heights.

Enhanced Signal Processing Effects System. If you’ve ever felt limited by the Effect Systems in other keyboards, be prepared for total liberation: system effects include 20 reverb types and 49 chorus/delay types, while each Voice can have two large blocks of 116 insertion effect types. In the song or pattern modes, up to Eight Separate parts can have their voice insertion Effects Simultaneously. There’s also independent three-band part EQ Settings for each of the 16 parts in Mix, eight types of mastering effects including multi band compression, and a five-band master EQ to complete your productions right to the final mastering stage. New reverbs, vintage phasers, flangers and wah-wahs ensure that you get the highest quality effects that are available in Yamaha’s vast arsenal of DSP algorithms.

Easy Song Making with new ES “Phrase Factory”. Much more than a simple arpeggiator, the MOTIF ES Phrase Factory offers unprecedented versatility for creating sequenced phrases. Use it with the drum kits to produce innovative rhythm patterns, or take advantage of its chord-recognition capabilities to generate pitched phrases using the normal voices. You have 1,787 preset arpeggiator phrases to start with – from standard synth arps to drum loops to natural-sounding acoustic-instrument grooves. The Phrase Factory system works seamlessly with Keyboard Mega Voice technology so you can take advantage of all the expressive Keyboard Mega Voice nuances. You can even assign five different arp phrases to the switches below the display and switch them in real time. Plus the arpeggiator’s new chord recognition and performance play parameters let you easily create your own user arps or modify presets to make them your own. Finally if your creative runs dry, Real Time Loop Remix let’s you generate literally thousands of instant variations on any phrase either MIDI or audio.

Exceptional Sampling & Extensive Sequencing with ISS. The Integrated Sampling Sequencer in the ES provides the seamless integration of MIDI and audio sample sequencing places the MOTIF ES synthesizers right on the leading edge of music production. Of course you can BPM-sync playback of MIDI and sample loops, and our Time Slice function lets you handle samples with the same freedom as MIDI sequence data without altering pitch or losing audio quality. A maximum sample RAM (DIMM) capacity of 512 MB places the MOTIF ES sampler section in the same league as some of the most advanced stand-alone samplers available. The ES comes with a bundled CD-ROM with over 170 MB of sample voices including the S90 three layer piano, sweet sax and woodwind voices and drum loops. The sequencer section can handle up to 226,000 notes in 16 tracks, and with lots of new features like Rehearsal Rec mode. You are only limited by your imagination.

Expressive Surface for Real Time Control. For truly musical expression there’s no substitute for realtime hands-on control. The MOTIF ES gives you four rotary controllers and four faders that can be assigned to control filters, volume, effects, envelops … any of an extensive range of voice parameters. These same controls provide a digital mixer feel when mixing multiple sequenced parts. They can also be used as MIDI controllers to control external MIDI devices. We’ve even added a ribbon controller for intimate fingertip voice control. And since you need to be able to find and recall voices as quickly as possible, the MOTIF ES synthesizers feature a Category Search function. The Category Search function includes a Favourite category that can store up to 128 of the voices that you use most frequently for instant recall from any mode.

Elegant System Integration with DAWs. If you use a computer-based sequencer or DAW as part of your music production setup, with press of a button you can turn the MOTIF ES into a full function control surface that supports the same protocols as the new 01X Digital Mixing Studio. Simply connect a USB cable between the instrument’s “TO HOST” USB port and your computer’s USB port, and you can directly access your sequencer/DAW software’s fader, pan, EQ effect send, track mute, transport, and other parameters from the MOTIF ES controllers. You can even open and close windows on your computer directly from your ES.

Efficient Storage via USB Hosting and SmartMedia™. In addition to the USB “TO HOST” port mentioned above, the MOTIF ES synthesizers feature a USB “TO DEVICE” port that can be connected to a USB storage device such as hard disks, flash disks, or card memory readers for convenient, safe external storage of your samples, sequences, and other production data. A built-in SmartMedia™ slot accepts memory cards with capacities up to 128 megabytes for convenient external data storage.

Expansion Slot for mLAN Networking or more Audio I/O. When you want to move up to mLAN networking – Yamaha’s high-performance music networking protocol – simply install the optional mLAN16E expansion board (available soon) in your MOTIF ES synthesizer and you’re ready to network and share multiple ports of MIDI data and multiple channels of 24-bit/96 kHz audio data with other mLAN compatible devices or computers with 1394 Firewire connectors. If your system requires more audio inputs and outputs than come standard with the MOTIF ES, add an optional AIEB2 I/O Expansion Board for an additional six independent analog inputs and outputs as well as coaxial and optical stereo digital inputs and outputs.

Modular Synthesis Plugin System. Right out of the box the MOTIF ES synthesizers are powerhouses of music production features and sounds. If you want additional capabilities, however, the Modular Synthesis Plug-in System lets you simply plug-in appropriate optional expansion boards. For analog-modeling synthesis there’s the PLG150-AN, or for advanced 6-operator FM synthesis there’s the PLG150-DX. The incredibly real sound of virtual analog synthesis is available via the PLG150-VL board, the PLG150-DR delivers outstanding AWM-generated drum sounds, choose the PLG150-PC for percussion, or install the PLG150-PF for outstanding piano sound. The MOTIF ES synthesizers have three expansion slots that can accommodate the extra features you need.



88 Key Balanced Hammer Effect Keyboard (Initial Touch/Aftertouch)

Tone Generator Block

Tone Generator

AWM2 (complying with the Modular Synthesis Plug-in System)


128 notes + the polyphony of the Plug-in Board (if installed)

Multi Timbral Capacity

16 parts (internal) + 3 or more Plug-in Board parts (1 for each Single Plug-in Board; 16 for Multi Plug-in Board), Audio Input parts (A/D, AIEB2, mLAN*) * 4 stereo parts


175MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 1,859 waveforms


Preset: 768 Normal Voices + 64 Drum Kits GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit User: 128 x 2 (Bank1: Original, Bank2: Picked up from Preset) Normal Voice + 32 Drum Kits

Plug-in Voice

Preset for the PLG150-AN/DX/PF/DR/PC: 64 Preset for the PLG150-VL: 192 User: 64 for each Plug-in slot


User: 128 (up to 4 parts)


18 Types

Effect System

Reverb x 20 types, Chorus x 49 types, Insertion (A, B) x 116 types x 8 blocks, Master Effect x 8 types, Master Equalizer (5 bands), Part EQ (3 bands, stereo), Plug-in Insertion (available when the PLG100-VH has been installed to slot 1)


3 Slots for Modular Synthesis Plug-in Boards

Sampling block


Up to 1,024 Waveforms (Multi Samples) Up to 128 Key Banks per Waveform Up to 4,096 Key Banks

Sampling Source

Analog input L/R, Stereo output (Resampling), Digital/Optical (available when the AIEB2 has been installed), mLAN (available when the mLAN16E has been installed)

Sampling Frequency

44.1kHz, 22.05kHz, 11.025kHz, 5.5125kHz (Stereo/Mono) • Digital Sampling Frequency (when the AIEB2 has been installed) 48kHz, 44.1kHz, 32kHz * Can be input, with converted to the Sampling Frequency of the MOTIF ES. • Sampling Frequency via the mLAN (when the mLAN16E has been installed) 44.1kHz (fixed)

Sampling Memory

Optionally installed, expandable to 512MB (256MB DIMM x 2 slots)

Sampling Time

44.1kHz: 6 min. 20 sec., 22.05kHz: 12 min. 40 sec., 11.025kHz: 25 min. 20 sec., 5.0125kHz: 55 min. 40 sec. * Mono/Stereo

Sample Format

Original format, WAV, AIFF, A3000/4000/5000/SU700 format (loadable only), AKAI S1000/S3000 format (loadable only)

Sequencer Block


Capacity Approx. 226,000 notes

Note Resolution

480 ppq (parts per quarter note)

Maximum Polyphony

124 notes


Pattern Mode: 16 phrase tracks Pattern Chain Mode: Pattern track, Tempo track, Scene track Song Mode: 16 sequence tracks (Loop on/off can be set for each track), Tempo track, Scene track


64 patterns (x 16 sections) Measures: 256 maximum


Preset Phrases: 687 phrases User Phrases: 256 per pattern


64 songs


Preset x 1,787 types User x 256 types * MIDI Sync, MIDI transmit/receive channel, Velocity Limit, and Note Limit can be set.

Sequence Format

Original format, SMF format 0, 1 (Format 1 load only)



User: 128 * 4 Zones (Master keyboard settings), Assignable Knob/Slider settings, Program Change Table

Sequence Software

compatible with the Remote Control function • For Windows ® SQ01 V2, Cubase SX, SONAR 2.0, Multi Part Editor for MOTIF-RACK, Multi Part Editor for MOTIF ES • For Macintosh ® Logic 5.5, Digital Performance 3.1


Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, Ribbon Controller, Assignable Control Sliders (4), Assignable Knobs (4), Data dial


240 x 64 dot graphic backlit LCD

External Memory

SmartMedia™ (3.3V) * Up to 128MB can be used.


OUTPUT L/MONO, R (standard phone jack), ASSIGNABLE OUTPUT L, R (standard phone jack), AD INPUT L, R (standard phone jack), PHONES (standard stereo phone jack), FOOT CONTROLLER 1/ 2, FOOT SWITCH x 2 (SUSTAIN, ASSIGNABLE), BREATH, MIDI IN/OUT/THRU, USB (TO HOST, TO DEVICE), AC INLET

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