Yamaha MODX8 88-Key Synthesizer Workstation Keyboard (Discontinued)


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Yamaha MODX8 88-Key Synthesizer Workstation Keyboard

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The Yamaha MODX8 appeared in 2 consecutive editions of our recommended list for Keyboard Workstations from May 2021 until October 2022.

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The MODX8 combines workstation functionality and synthesizer capabilities with Yamaha's 88-note graded hammer action keybed.

This means that you get digital piano like playing feel with all the bells and whistles that help with music production. This includes two sound engines (AWM2 and FM-X) with synthesizer, loads of voicings and presets, high polyphony, built-in VCM (Virtual Circuit Modeling) effects, and extensive connectivity options.

It also features Yamaha's Motion Control that lets you adjust multiple parameters in real time with a single knob.

Finally, it has a pitchbend and modulation wheels, along with assignable faders, knobs and buttons.


  • Keys: 88 Graded Hammer Standard 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: Via 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: 6.29” x 52.48” x 15.9”
  • Weight: 30.7 lbs.