Yamaha MODX6 61-Key Synthesizer Workstation Keyboard

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

Street Price: 

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

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.

Gearank Recommendation

The MODX6 appeared on our recommended list for Keyboard Workstations Between $1000 and $2000 from May 2021 until February 2022 when it had been out-ranked by other workstations.

Overview

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.

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.

Hands On Reports

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Robin Bigwood 96/100
MusicTech Andy Jones 100/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm's adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

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.

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