Powerful, mobile and affordable

FOR: Killer keys. The MOTIF XF8’s 88-key balanced hammer-effect keyboard puts virtually everything you could possibly want at your fingertips. The massive library of sounds ensures a vast variety of choices, and the built-in 16-track MIDI sequencer is easy to use thanks to the large display. The 128-note polyphony and an auxiliary set of assignable stereo outputs also make the MOTIF XF8 a great stage companion for computer-free sequences. If the 741MB of waveforms weren’t enough to contain your passion, this synth was made for sampling, deep editing, keyboard splits and the kind of control you’d expect from Yamaha’s latest flagship. The MOTIF XF8 ships with a bundled version of Cubase AI optimized for MOTIF integration.

NOT FOR: Acoustic dead-enders.

–Doug Doppler


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