Yamaha MODX6 61-Key Synthesizer Workstation Keyboard

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94 out of 100. Incorporating 200+ ratings and reviews.

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$1,400
Yamaha MODX6 61-Key Synthesizer Workstation Keyboard

The MODX6 is based on Yamaha's flagship Montage line, utilizing the same sound engine and "motion sequences" technology at a more affordable price point.

Motion control lets you do multiple simultaneous parameter adjustments with just a "Super Knob", which lets you create interesting sound textures and spaces that otherwise would require a lot of real-time tweaking while playing.

It has tons of sounds, effects, rhythms, arpeggiators and more, to let you do everything from basic piano to producing complete tracks. It has even has a cool Rhythm Pattern feature that automatically adds different types of rhythms that dynamically move with the arpeggiator which are great for modern electronic music.

In addition to the 61-key synth keybed, it also features pitchbend, modwheel and a wide array of assignable buttons, knobs and sliders.

Other noteworthy features include having its own FM synthesis, effects and signal processor modeling, seamless sound switching and more.

Tech Specs

  • Keys: 61 Synth Keys
  • Polyphony: 192 Total (128 Stereo AWM2 and 64 FM-X)
  • Sound Engine(s): AWM2, FM-X
  • Controllers: Pitchbend, Modwheel, Assignable Super Knob, Assignable Faders, Knobs and Buttons
  • Effects: Up to 27 simultaneous effects
  • Audio Recording: Yes via Built-in Audio Interface
  • Audio Playback: Yes via Built-in Audio Interface
  • Sequencer: Performance Recorder
  • Audio Inputs: 2 x 1/4"
  • Audio Outputs: 2 x 1/4"
  • MIDI Inputs/Outputs: In/Out/USB
  • Other Connections: 1 x 1/4" Headphones, 4 x 1/4" Sustain & Foot Controller
  • USB: 1 x Type B, 1 x Type A
  • Dimensions: 5.27” x 36.88” x 13.03”
  • Weight: 14.9 lbs.

Pros

Sound quality is the biggest factor in reviews, impressing users from different backgrounds, including pianists, synth players, electronic dance musicians, and even guitarists who are looking for a home studio keyboard. Being easy to use is another often commended trait, with users describing it as a good plug-and-play piano instrument, while still having enough depth to appease those who want to experiment with sound synthesis and arpeggios. Build quality gets a lot of thumbs up, along with its relative portability, especially when compared to more premium units like the Montage series. In their Sound On Sound review, Robin Bigwood said, "There's little left for me to do now other than to strongly recommend the MODX to anyone looking for a big multi-timbral, multi-effect, multi-tasking all-rounder."

Cons

Not everyone is impressed with the synth action keys, while others feel that the wheel controllers are not as sturdy as they expected. Some also wish for the price to be a bit lower.

Overall

It's nifty "Super Knob" control and smart rhythm functions, combines with its sound engine to make this a very versatile tool for keyboardists of any musical style.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Keyboard Workstations.