Yamaha MOXF8 88-key Synthesizer Workstation

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$1,500
Yamaha MOXF8 88-key Synthesizer Workstation

The MOXF8 has all the features and specifications similar to the MOXF6 61-key version, such as USB Audio/MIDI interface capabilities, onboard sequencing, and an extensive DAW / VST software bundle.

The only difference is it has 88 hammer-action weighted keys that are ideal for live performances.

Note that the this has been superseded by the newer MODX8, although at the time of publication it is still available from some US based retailers.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 88 graded hammer action keys
  • Polyphony: 128
  • Sound Engine(s): AWM2, with Expanded Articulation
  • Controllers: Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, 8 x Assignable Knob, 1 x [DATA] dial, 2 x Assignable Function buttons
  • Effects:9 x Reverb, 22 x Chorus, 54 types x 8 parts x Insertion (A, B), 1 x Vocoder (uses both Insertion Effect A and B blocks), 9 x Master Effect, Master EQ (5 bands), Part EQ (3 bands, stereo)
  • Audio Recording: Yes
  • Audio Playback: Up to 4 tracks
  • Sequencer: 16 sequence Tracks
  • Audio Inputs: 2 x Line-in [(L/R)
  • Audio Outputs: 2 x Line-out [L/mono)/(R]
  • MIDI: In/Out/Thru
  • Other Connections: 1 x 1/8" Standard stereo phone jack, 1 x Controller Pedal, 2 x Switch Pedal (Assignable/Sustain)
  • USB: USB to host/to device
  • Power Supply: AC Adaptor 13W
  • Dimensions: 52" x 6.6" x 16"
  • Weight: 32.8 lbs.

Pros

Many professional musicians enjoy using this workstation's wide variety of presets and features. They appreciate that each voice can be customized and describe the step sequencer as well-thought out. Many of them are impressed with Its built in effects, especially its reverb. In hi s Keyboard Magazine review, Eric Lawson found its computer connectivity capabilities very useful: "function as a USB audio interface, routing both its own sounds and audio from its stereo inputs into your computer—and even the Motif XF doesn’t have its dedicated fader and LED level meter for DAW playback." When it comes to its keybed, most users find it to be very responsive and had realistic weighting. Finally, even with its hammered action keys, many consider the MOXF8 as reasonably light, compact and travel friendly.

Cons

Some users who are new to workstations found its interface not as straightforward as they expected. It takes a bit of time for them to learn the controls so they would tend to refer to the manual.

Overall

This is a roadworthy choice for professional players to use for live performances or indoor productions.

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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Denise graduated from university with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Production. Her internship prior to joining Gearank was with a production company where she assisted in scoring and arranging music for TV shows. She plays piano and acoustic guitar.