Yamaha MX61 61-Key Synthesizer MIDI Controller Keyboard (Discontinued)

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88 out of 100. Incorporating 125+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$770
Yamaha MX61 61-Key Synth MIDI Controller Keyboard
Yamaha MX61 61-Key Synth MIDI Controller Keyboard

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 88/100 is based on analysis of 125+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

NB: This model has been discontinued, however we are now recommending its successor: Yamaha MX61 V2.

The Yamaha MX61 is a hybrid Synthesizer & Controller with 1000 sounds from their proprietary Motif XS Soundbank built-in without compromising well thought out DAW integration as a dedicated MIDI controller.

Key Features:

  • Keys: 61 / full-size / synth-style / velocity-sensitive
  • Pads: None
  • Bundled Software:Cubase AI, Steinberg Prologue, Yamaha YC-3B
  • Power: 12V DC power supply (included)
  • Connectivity: USB (to host/to device), Sustain Pedal Jack, In/Out, Foot Controller
  • Controls: Pitch Bend Wheel x 1, Modulation Wheel x 1, Assignable Knob x 4, [DATA] dial x 1
  • Octave: Octave up/down
  • Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, Windows 7 or higher, iOS via Apple Camera Connection Kit
  • Dimensions: 11.7 x 38.7 x 4.4 inches
  • Weight: 10.6 lbs

Pros

The number 1 mentioned pro is the fact that it's a hybrid; meaning they can opt to use it as a standalone synth or a controller for virtual instruments. Reviews for it's soundbank aside, The Yamaha MX61 functions well as a MIDI controller according to many reviews. Users mention DAW integration as very good with most major DAWs supported.

Cons

Some reviewers complained about the lack of pads and the specificity of the product as either a synth or a midi controller with compromises on both accounts. For the price, it felt cheap for some owners.

Overall

If you need both a controller AND a synthesizer with an amazing bank of sounds, the MX61 scores high give or take a few compromises that many people can live with. If you need a dedicated synth OR controller, there are better options. For the jack-of-all-trades musician, the MX61 is a perfect match for you.

NB: This model has been discontinued, however we are now recommending its successor: Yamaha MX61 V2.

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