YAMAHA MO6 WORKSTATION OVERVIEW
Yamaha MO6 workstation delivers Yamaha’s powerful MOTIF synth engine functions and sounds in a compact, affordable workstation.The Yamaha MO6 is workstation synthesizer and 4-zone controller keyboard with 61 synth-action keys sporting the Initial Touch response mechanism design. It doubles as a powerful computer recording partner, giving you sounds and controls to use with your DAW software. The Yamaha MO6 synth has 64-note polyphony, 256 user presets, 256 performance presets, 5-band master EQ, a backlit graphic LCD, plus USB and S/PDIF outs for digital connectivity.
The yamaha MO6 workstation features an ambitious system design, intended to provide complete DAW and sequencer computer integration through USB, offering both storage and comprehensive Remote control functionality. An onboard 16-track sequencer is also available, with extensive internal mixing capability.
The MO6 is a worthy and moderately priced solution for the personal production and Master controller requirements of musicians and commercial or project studio owners.
- Workstation synthesizer and controller keyboard with extensive remote control capability and USB or MIDI connectivity options
- 61 synth-action keys with Initial Touch response, SPDIF digital output and large LCD display
- 64-note polyphony
- Tone Generator AWM2,
- 16 internal multitimbral parts
- 175MB wave memory, 1,859 waveforms
- 512 voices, 64 drum kits, 128 GM voices, 1 GM drum kit, User: 128 x 2 banks + 32 drum kits, User performances: 256 (up to 4 parts)
- Huge collection of high-quality sounds and effects processors from Motif library, versatile collection of preset phrases and Arpeggios
- 4-zone Master controller keyboard, Remote mixer control capability for cross-platform DAW and Sequencer software; Total Recall capability for all software settings
- DAW Remote Control Mode allows control of DAW software, including Sonar, Logic, Digital Performer and all Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo programs
- Volume, Pan, Solo, Mute, Track Arming, Track Select and other track control functions; setup of Transport controls on unit for stop, start and return to zero functions in DAW
- Built-in 16-track, 226,000-note sequencer with pattern, phrase and Loop recording; Utility Quick Setup function with single-button transfer to computer
- Multi-zone MIDI capabilities for controlling external tone generators, SoftSynths and other keyboards
- “TO HOST” port for multi-port MIDI connection to computer with single USB cable
- “TO DEVICE” port for connection to USB hard disk drive and thumb drive(USB flash memory) storage devices from unit for saving voices, performances, songs and file backup
- 18 filter types, 20 reverbs, 49 chorus effects, 116 insert effects x 3 blocks, 8 mastering effects, 5-band master EQ, 3-band stereo EQ
- Note capacity: 226,000
- Note resolution: 480 ppq (parts per quarter note)
- Realtime recording
- 5 scenes per song
- Pitch bend wheel, Modulation wheel,4 assignable control sliders, 4 assignable knobs, Data dial performances.
- Dedicated front panel switch and store display pages
MO sounds from acoustic to analog
The heart of the Yamaha MO6 workstation is the same massive 175MB wave ROM and synth engine found in the flagship MOTIF ES. Complete with expressive, multi-velocity acoustic pianos and EPs, MegaVoice guitars and basses that capture all the subtle nuance of the real thing and a vast selection of string, brass, and other acoustic sounds, the Yamaha MO6 is ready for any type of music production. A huge selection of different drum kits instantly inspires new beats and grooves. Whether you need realistic rhythm tracks or orchestral backgrounds, the MO6 keyboard has all the sounds you need in one place.
This 61-key Yamaha synthesizer isn’t just for acoustic emulations. The four-oscillator voices feature multiband filters and snappy envelopes so there’s also a complete selection of analog and digital synth sounds from funky basses, silky leads to atmospheric pads. Realtime controls and an advanced modulation matrix, let you easily shape those sounds to fit your production needs.
The Yamaha MO6 workstation also includes advanced effects processing including reverbs, chorus, and delays; 16 individual part EQs; and powerful dual insertion effects that can be applied to up to 3 parts in a mix or performance. The insertion effects feature some of the most creative and unique DSP processing on the planet including lo-fi, digital scratching, slicing, and beat change.
If you’re looking for the most expressive acoustics sounds from pianos to drums, the widest selection of the freshest synth basses, leads, and pads and the most powerful DSP processing available, you’ll find that nothing in its price range has any MO.
PORTABILITY & LIVE PERFORMANCE
The Yamaha MO6 is light in weight and extremely portable so it’s great for live performance situations. It also features hands-on knobs and sliders for realtime controls and a full complement of pedal control inputs as well. The MO6 and others in the Yamaha MO series also features full multizone MIDI capabilities for controlling external tone generators, SoftSynths, and other keyboards.
As a musician you find yourself in lots of different situations: live gigs, song writing collaborations, studio sessions, and computer music environments loaded with DAWs and soft synths. The Yamaha keyboard was designed to adapt to each of these different applications with their own special demands and provide just the right feature set for each situation. The MO6’s responsive voices and realtime controls allow you to express subtle emotions in live performance. The performances are not only live ensembles with splits and layers, but many use the MO synth’s Phrase Factory Arpeggios and are complete grooves to instantly inspire song ideas. But most important of all, the MO series was designed to be not just a keyboard, but the center of a computer based music production studio. It offers a DAW remote control mode that gives you full hands on remote control of DAW and SoftSynths. The Studio Connections compatibility let you treat the MO as a VST SoftSynth inside Cubase SX 3.1 and Nuendo 3.1. The special Utility Quick Setups let you easily change from one style of working to the next. So no matter how you like to work, the MO series adapts to fit your workflow and lets you be more musically productive.
Some people might wonder why you need a built-in sequencer in a workstation keyboard when there are so many powerful computer software programs like Steinberg’s Cubase products available today. But the MO’s Song and Pattern sequencer was actually designed to be a creative scratch pad to let you quickly and easily get your song ideas down. Much of today’s music is looped based and having a Pattern sequencer let’s you work in sections that can be easily chained together to try different song arrangements. So when working on new song ideas, it’s often faster and easier to use the MO’s onboard sequencer to get your ideas down quickly while inspiration is still fresh. The Quick Setups utility also lets you transfer from the internal sequencer to your computer with a single button press.
Today’s project studios are centered around the computer and the MO series’ total integration with computer production systems is what really separates it from the competition. It features both USB “TO HOST” and USB “TO DEVICE” ports. The “TO HOST” port lets you connect multi-port MIDI to your computer with a single USB cable. The “TO DEVICE” port lets you connect USB storage devices like hard disk drives and thumb drives (USB flash memory) directly to the MO for saving voices, performances, and songs and backing up files to your computer. Digital Audio connectivity is standard with a stereo coaxial digital output for noise free digital recording of your MO to your computer sound card, a DAT or CDR.
The Yamaha MO6 workstation also features a DAW Remote Control Mode that allows full hands-on control of popular DAW software including Sonar, Logic, Digital Performer, and the full range of Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo products. The keyboard lets you control Volume, Pan, Solo, Mute, Track Arming, Track Select, and many other track specific functions. The Transport controls on the MO series can be setup to stop, start, and return to zero your DAW projects. You can even edit and control VST/AU plug-ins and see their parameters displayed in the LCD display of the MO. Total control over your DAW and SoftSynths from your hardware synth has never been easier.
CONTROLLING YOUR YAMAHA SYNTH WITH YOUR DAW
Perhaps the most exciting part of the MO series is the powerful cross platform software that can be downloaded from www.yamahasynth.com. Full Voice and Multi-Part Editors are available that let you edit and store MO setups via your computer. Even more amazing, using the latest versions of Cubase SX or Nuendo, you get all the benefits of full Studio Connections compatibility. No more trying to remember what Voices you used in that project you were working on 3 months ago. Just launch the project and the Recall function will reconfigure your MO to exactly the settings that were last used in the project.
STUDIO CONNECTIONS AUDIO INTEGRATION FEATURE
With Studio Connections Audio Integration capabilities, you can even turn your MO into a Virtual Synth complete with phase-accurate latency compensation and add VST effects directly to your MO inside your VST mixer. This allows you the convenience of freezing a track on a hardware synths and being able to continue working on your project even when the hardware is not connected.
DAW REMOTE CONTROL MODE
Total integration equals total control over your DAW and SoftSynths with the MO’s DAW Remote Control Mode has never been easier. Total control of your hardware synth from your DAW software with the MO’s Studio Connection compatible software has never been easier. Now you can use all the power of the total computer integration in the MO series to make more music.
THINGS TO KNOW
What is Total Recall?
Total Recall is the first phase of the Studio Connections project. The Voice and Multi Part Editors for the Yamaha MO6 are Total Recall compatible so they work inside the Studio Manager system available in the latest versions of Cubase and Nuendo. Studio Manager can be opened directly from inside your Steinberg software and contains editors for a variety of Yamaha synthesizers, mixers, and effects. Saving a project in Cubase and Nuendo saves all your Studio Manager editor settings right along with your project file. Just open your project file again and Studio Manager will restore your MO (and the rest of your MIDI Studio) to the exact same settings as when you last worked on that project.
What is Audio Integration?
Audio Integration is the next phase of the Studio Connections project. It allows you to setup the MO Series as a VST Instruments via the “External Instrument” function found in Cubase SX 3.1/Nuendo 3.1. Now you can use the MO Series just like a plug-in, routing it to the DAWs Audio mixer, applying VST effects and even using unique VST functions such as “mix down” and “freeze”. Finally you’ve got a seamless environment where both hardware synthesizers and software synthesizers can be completely integrated together.
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