For decades now Yamaha has consistently produced synthesizers that have shaped the direction of the music we listen to. With each technological advancement, Yamaha has been on hand to create synths that make jaws drop. None more so than the MOTIF when it initially launched in 2001. From that year to this the MOTIF series has evolved with the launch of the ES, MO, MX and MOFX series.
Now, Yamaha has included many of the powerful features from the MOTF series in the MODX6 and MODX8 mid-range synths, which come with a much more affordable price tag. Let’s have a look as to why the music industry got so excited when they launched.
Iconic dual powered sound engines
Yamaha’s Advanced Wave Memory 2 (AWM2) is present and as incredible as ever giving the MODX the power to recreate acoustic instruments in breathtaking clarity in addition to complex synthesized soundscapes and drums that are dynamic and can accompany any style of music that you choose.
So now you’re thinking “Ok… nothing new there then”, but there’s more…
Alongside the AWM2 sound generator sits the very sophisticated Frequency Modulation synthesis engine (FM-X) that adds limitless capabilities when it comes to producing modern EDM sound that could be the hallmark of your next killer track.
Basically, the MODX is a synth that can be exactly what you want it to be, no matter what sound, vibe or genre the MODX is right there with you.
Performance control that’s second to none
For the gigging musician, real-time manipulation of sounds is absolutely key and as you’d expect the MODX is more than capable here too. You have the standard modulation and pitch controls and 4 encoders plus 4 faders – all assignable. But the MODX has a new piece of magic by way of the super-knob macrodynamic control unit that can change up to 128 parameters at the same time! You can even assign its function to an optional expression pedal so you can manipulate your performances whilst playing with both hands.
Even with all of the real-time adjustments you make on the most complex of performances, the sound engine of the MODX will always perform without latency thanks to its massive 192-note polyphony. Seamless sound switching is also on hand so that when you change voices, the voice you change from closes with its natural envelope and FX.
On the subject of FX, the MODX is full on loaded with DSP wizardry, and we’re not just talking about your standard reverbs, choruses and delays here. Beat Repeat, Vinyl Break or Bit Crusher are all on hand to get EDM sound. The addition of a Spiralizer effect creates the auditory illusion of a tone continually rising or falling in pitch without getting higher or lower – amazing for haunting pads.
The MODX even lets you add a compressor with sidechain for a “ducking” effect that can be used in the creation of modern or retro music. There’s a plethora of vintage effects like Analog Delay, VCM Phaser or a variety of Amp Simulators for shaming the guitarist in your band whilst piano players will appreciate piano dedicated effects like Damper Resonance and high-definition reverbs.
Audio and data
The MODX is not shy when it comes to working alongside your existing gear. A quick scan across the back panel reveals A/D inputs so it can act as the centrepiece for your recording studio. The MODX also sports a professional 4-in/10-out, multi-channel USB audio interface which eliminates the need for an external audio interface. Traditional MIDI connectivity and premium grade analogue audio is available so you can rig the MODX up practically any way you want.
It’s very hard to put into words just how full of life and character the MODX is. Since its launch, it’s been met with a vast amount of kudos and we highly suggest you check the range out.
MODX is available in 61 and 88 key versions from the Dawsons site.
Rob Mather is a multi-instrumentalist and DJ from Huddersfield, England. Rob enjoys an active career as a performer and writer of many styles of music. Rob is also heavily engaged in providing sound and lighting support for live music events and theatre productions.