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The Motif, For Your Rack!

The heart of the MOTIF-RACK XS is its incredible set of voices for every application. It uses the same tone-generation architecture as the renowned MOTIF XS - just in a small rackmount unit that's really simple to take to the gig and back. It sports a full 1,152 voices, and 65 drum kits to start heating up your creativity: luscious grand pianos, realistic sounds for virtually every orchestral instrument, classic organs and electric pianos, expressive guitars, intense basses, synth sounds of every stripe, ethnic instruments, and a massive wide range of drum kits and percussion sets. In whatever musical direction you tend to lean, the MOTIF-RACK XS has the sounds you want - and the sounds you'll want, should you get into another style of music.

Store Your Favorite Settings
You can store a whopping 384 of your original voices on the instrument itself, which you'll make from the MOTIF-RACK-XS's 2,670 separate waveforms! There's also a multi-mode library of multi-instrument settings that you can call up immediately when you're composing or arranging. This collection has several different parts pre-programmed with voices and other settings, to fit a bunch of genres and jobs, such as R&B, hip-hop, jazz, film scoring, electronic, Latin, rock, and more. Just select a template, and you're well on your way to composing and recording your own demos or full-on recordings. Plus, up to 128 of your original multis can be stored to memory.

Studio-quality Effects
Eight Insertion effects, two rig Effects, a Master Effect Block, and independent Part EQ and Master EQ - the MOTIF-RACK-XS offers up an incredible amount of processing power. Sweeten your overall sound with reverb and chorus system effects, while you use insertion effects (53 available types!) to enhance or transform individual instruments, as needed. Plus, the MOTIF-RACK-XS has various newly-developed VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) effects - reproducing the coveted sound of classic processors, and premium effect units.

Quickly Category Search and Preview Voices
On the MOTIF-RACK-XS, there's a intense Category Search feature so you can easily and quickly get the Voices you want. Plus, you don't even need a keyboard connected to audition voices. With its Audition feature, you can just use Category Search to call up a list of bass Voices, for example, and when you find one that interests you, just press the AUDITION button and you'll hear a riff or phrase using that Voice. If you leave the AUDITION button on, you can press the up and down keys to instantly hear what other voices sound like. Ultimately, with the MOTIF-RACK-XS, if inspiration strikes, and you have a sound in your head that you want to use - you can find it and implement it immediately, rather than laboring through patches and losing both time and creative energy.

Real-time Sound Control
The enormous power under the hood of the MOTIF-RACK-XS is literally at your fingertips, thanks to its five Control Knobs. You can dial in the sound of the instrument in real-time, instead of wading through display pages of parameters. You can use the SELECT button to call up whichever row of parameters you want, and the knobs immediately change roles. The end result? A faster path to making and applying your creative decisions. And, two of the knobs are even assignable so you can go with your own favorite parameters for custom control.

Ready to Use with Your DAW
All you need is a Sweet Cables, Amazing Price! to use the MOTIF-RACK-XS with your computer-based music production rig. You'll enjoy seamless, bi-directional communication for recording and playback. Plus, if you're after even more I/O flexibility, Yamaha's optional mLAN16E2 interface lets you connect the MOTIF-RACK-XS to your computer via FireWire, communicating 16-out/16-in audio, in addition to all of your MIDI data - all in a single FireWire cable. With the optional interface, you can record 14 individual parts, plus the main stereo Output from the instrument, all to your computer at once. You can also route three stereo busses from your DAW right back to the MOTIF-RACK XS for monitoring, and more effects processing without adding an extra load on your computer's CPU.

Edit Parameters From Your Computer
With the MOTIF-RACK-XS, you have comprehensive control over all Voice, Multi, and Drum settings from your computer, via the rocking MOTIF-RACK XS Editor software - it even lets you access detailed parameters that aren't available from the front panel. Dial in settings easily by just dragging-and-dropping, and rest assured knowing that the software will in perfect sync with the hardware - both immediately reflecting your changes.

Comes with Cubase AI 4 Software
Get creative right away using the included Cubase AI 4 software that's bundled with the MOTIF-RACK XS. You'll enjoy lots of recording and production capabilities, plus an entire suite of VST effect plug-ins giving you all the tools you need to lay out your songs, and make fully-fledged, pro demos.

Yamaha MOTIF-RACK XS Features at a Glance:
    • 160 x 64-dot graphic backlit LCD
    • Tone Generator - AWM2, with Expanded Articulation
    • Polyphony - 128 notes
    • Wave - 355MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), 2,670 waveforms
    • Voice - Preset: 1,024 Normal Voices + 64 Drum Kits
    • GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit
    • User: 128 x 3 Normal Voices + 32 Drum Kits (Both of the User Voices are selected and copied from Preset bank)
    • Multi - User: 128 Multis
    • Reverb - 9 types
    • Chorus - 22 types
    • Insertion A - 53 types (up to 8 blocks available in the Multi mode)
    • Insertion B - 53 types (up to 8 blocks available in the Multi mode)
    • Master Effect - 9 types
    • Master EQ - 5 bands (High, High Mid, Mid, Low Mid, Low)
    • Part EQ - 3 bands (High, Mid, Low)
    • Arpeggio Type - 6,633 types
    • MIDI Sync, MIDI transmit/receive channel, Velocity Limit, and Note Limit can be set.
    • Front Panel - PHONES
    • Rear Panel - USB To Host, MIDI In/Out, Digital Out, Assignable Output L and R, Output L/Mono and R, DC/IN, mLAN (when the mLAN16E2 has been installed)
    • AC Power adapter (PA-301, PA-300B or an equivalent), Owner's manual, Data List, Disk x 1 (containing DAW software)
    • Comes with Cubase AI Software
    • Digital Output - 44.1kHz, 24bit (COAXIAL)
    • Weight - 9.25lbs
Yamaha MOTIF-RACK XS Specs:
Sound Engine Type(s) ROM
Polyphony 128 Notes
Number of Presets 768
Expansion FireWire Card Available
Number of Effects 280
Effects Types Reverb, Chorus, EQ
Arpeggiator Yes
Analog Outputs 6 x TS, 1 x TRS (Headphones)
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF
MIDI I/O In/Out/Thru/USB
USB 1 x Type B
Height 1.73"
Width 18.9"
Depth 14.66"
Weight 9.04 lbs.
Power Supply Included

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