Driven by a powerful new audio processor, the Fantom-G provides
new sonic depth and versatility. With twice the wave-ROM capacity of
its predecessor, it contains a treasure trove of Roland’s world-famous
SRX-quality sounds, but what really sets this instrument apart is its
new ARX expansion, which allows additional SuperNATURAL sound-sets and
fully dedicated synth and effects engines to be added to this already
powerful live workstation.
SuperNATURAL ARX Expansion
Fantom-G provides ARX slots that accommodate two SuperNATURAL
expansion boards. SuperNATURAL is Roland’s unique behavior-modeling
technology that enables a new level of organic, emotional expression
previously unattainable in synthesizers. Applied to
traditional-instrument sounds, SuperNATURAL enables the delicate,
organic tonal changes and playing nuances of real musical instruments.
It’s also a powerful tool for electronic and non-traditional sounds,
breathing amazing new life and expression into synthesis.
Power Sequencer Onboard
The Fantom-G is the first Roland instrument to feature Roland’s
newly designed power sequencer. In conjunction with the large-size LCD,
this pro-level composition tool provides 128 tracks (including 24 audio
tracks) in a fully intergraded audio/MIDI graphical environment. A
mouse can be also incorporated for computer-like speed and ease. Other
convenient features include combo XLR and TRS connector, phantom power
for condenser mics, Hi-Z input for guitar and bass, and line input.
Luxurious Extra-Wide LCD
One look and touch and you’ll know that the Fantom-G is an
instrument without equal. Only the highest-quality materials have been
used to create this dream synth, with a stylish, futuristic design that
will turn heads. Front and center is the extra-large 8.5” wide TFT
color LCD for enhanced productivity. A first-class assortment of hands-
on controls is provided as well, including eight sliders, four knobs,
and ten buttons below the LCD.
Fantom-G is loaded with a state-of-the-art effects engine, with
multi-effects available for each Fantom-G sound/part. In 16-part
multi-timbre mode, up to 22 effect routings can be used simultaneously.
Create complex setups with 16 insert effects per multi-timbral patch
group, plus global reverbs and choruses. Mastering effects are provided
for polishing songs created with the onboard sequencer.
Yamaha Motif XS6 61-Key Workstation
Everything you need to make professional quality music.
High Quality Sounds to Spark Your Creativity
The MOTIF XS provides an exceptionally broad selection of
realistic sounds to spark your creativity, with a massive 355 MB of high-quality waveforms and
samples on board. A single Voice can have up to eight separate
sound Elements, enabling composite sounds of remarkable complexity and
nuance. Among the standout Voices is a resonant, meticulously recorded
concert grand piano sound that is practically worth the price of
admission by itself. New acoustic piano, electric piano and orchestral
samples - not to mention the richly textured and distinctly electronic
synthesizer waves -- give you the sonic tools to fully realize
virtually any style of music and any instrumentation.
Another new feature is the Expanded Articulation (XA) tone generation
system. Using the 8 available Elements, XA allows you to more
effectively recreate realistic sound and natural performance techniques
-- such as legato, staccato and
key release sounds -- often used on acoustic instruments but
unavailable or difficult to realize on electronic keyboards. It also
lets you assign Elements to on/off panel switches, and change sounds within a Voice in real
time -- for example, playing a classical guitar voice and switch
between playing normally and playing high harmonics. XA also offers
other unique modes for random and alternate sound changes as you play.
A wide selection of special Mega Voices provide even more expressive
nuance, when used with sequencer tracks or the special Mega Voice
Arpeggios. Mega Voices are not meant to be played from the keyboard
because of their complex velocity layers, but have special expressive
sounds that are designed to be precisely triggered by recorded data --
for example, letting you create
an acoustic guitar track with authentic sounding muted playing, slides
and bell-like harmonics.
Other Voice-related features include a uniquely natural "half damper" effect for
acoustic piano sounds. This gives you nuanced control over the
sustained sound when pressing the damper pedal, depending on how far
down you press the pedal. The MOTIF XS has a full complement of
effects, both insert (Insertion) and send (System), and includes a
special set of VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) effects that
authentically model the elements in analog circuitry, realistically
recreating the uniquely warm characteristics of vintage processing
gear. Speaking of "vintage," the instrument also includes a
sophisticated Vocoder effect that produces classic robotic synthesizer
sounds, molded by your speaking or singing voice through a connected
Ideal for Live Performance, Song
Creating and Arranging
The MOTIF XS has so many sophisticated features that help
jump-start your creativity and live performance potential. One of the
most powerful of these is Arpeggio, which lets you trigger a variety of
sequenced phrases from the keyboard. There are approximately 6,000 different Arpeggio
phrases on board, and you can have four different Arpeggios, playing
four different instrument parts, running simultaneously-in perfect sync,
of course. The music making possibilities are virtually endless. Have a
drum Voice play an automatic rhythm, add an Arpeggio bass phrase, and
fly in other instrument phrases as the inspiration hits you. Everything
stays in sync, and everything follows your chord changes.
While you experiment and play around with Arpeggios in the Performance
mode, the song ideas will come fast and fierce-maybe too many to
remember. No worries, though. You can capture them easily and directly
by recording them to a Song or Pattern (which can be stored to the
built-in flash memory). Since the
data is MIDI, you don't have to worry about running out of recording
space. You can record your keyboard playing, freely calling up
various Arpeggio types as you improvise, then edit the Song later as
necessary. You may even want to 'keep the recorder running' as you
play, then listen back later and pick out the best parts to create your
Another powerful feature is the Integrated Sampling Sequencer, which
seamlessly combines audio and MIDI recording. Simply install optional
DIMM modules (up to 1 GB) and record the audio directly to tracks on
the MOTIF XS. Record your vocals or acoustic guitar (with a
microphone), electric guitar or bass, or even short rhythm loops from a
There's also a Slice feature that automatically chops up your rhythms
and riffs into their individual beats and notes, letting you manipulate
the component parts of your sample loops as MIDI data -- giving you the
power to easily change tempo and rhythmic feel, without disturbing the
pitch or sound quality.
Intuitive Interface, Easy
Despite all the advanced technology and wealth of features packed
tightly into the instrument, the MOTIF XS is exceptionally intuitive
and easy to use. It gives you a large, full-dot color LCD that lets you
see multiple parameters at a glance, and has clear, high-resolution
graphics with virtual sliders, knobs and more.
The panel of the MOTIF XS provides an amazing level of control and
flexibility. Eight knobs and 8
sliders let you instantly tweak a variety of parameters and effects as
you play. The eight knobs are especially versatile, letting you
use the knobs to independently control eight different parameters (out
of 24 selectable), or use them to control a certain effect setting
(reverb, chorus or pan) for up to 8 different parts (in a song, for
example). The knobs can also be used to change the rhythmic feel and
other settings of Arpeggios and Patterns while they play back. Two
Assignable Function buttons give you added control over the sound of
the new Expanded Articulation (XA) Voices, letting you change sounds
within a Voice in real time.
Other convenient operation features include the improved Category
Search function, which now is organized with Dual Categories that help
you find the Voice you want. Calling up the Guitar category, for
instance, gives you access to the Dual (sub) Categories, such as
Acoustic, Electric Clean and Electric Distortion. The Mega Arpeggio
Voices also have their own Dual Category for easy selection of those
The MOTIF XS is not only exceptionally intuitive and easy to operate,
it's a true joy to play -- right down to the newly designed expressive
keyboards. The MOTIF XS6 and XS7 have a new, natural FSX keyboard
(61/76 keys), while the MOTIF XS8 features the grand piano-like BH
(Balanced Hammer) keyboard (88 keys).
A full-featured music production synthesizer in every way, the MOTIF XS
comes equipped with a variety of
connectors and interfaces-for virtually any application and any studio
situation. These include independent Assignable Outputs, A/D
Inputs (for recording external sources), S/PDIF Digital Output, MIDI,
Ethernet, IEEE1394 (standard on the MOTIF XS8 and available on the
MOTIF XS6/7 with the IEEE1394 optional board) and two USB connectors,
compatible with the high-speed USB 2.0 standard.
The comprehensive set of connectors -- Ethernet, IEEE1394 and USB TO
HOST -- make interfacing with computers and your favorite software
exceptionally easy. In particular, the new Ethernet connection gives
you fast transfer of your MOTIF XS files to and from a computer on the
same network. IEEE1394 interface gives you a one-cable, one-network
solution for high-speed, realtime transfer of multi-channel digital
audio and MIDI data over a 1394 FireWire connection.
Today's music production is highly dependent on software, and the MOTIF
XS is designed to work seamlessly and transparently in your
computer-based environment. The
Remote Control mode lets you control your DAW software right from the
panel of the MOTIF XS -- for example, starting and stopping
playback/recording with the special transport buttons, changing track
levels with the sliders, and tweaking parameters with the knobs.
The MOTIF XS is also compatible with the MOTIF XS Editor -- a
comprehensive, easy-to-use editing software program that lets you edit
(via USB connection) the Mixing setups and Mixing Voices to be used for
Song/Pattern playback directly on your computer. The MOTIF XS Editor is free and can be
downloaded from the Yamaha website. Naturally, the editor can be used
within Cubase as part of Studio Connections, and all settings can be
saved with each project for instant recall.
If Cubase is not yet part of your
software arsenal, a copy of the new Cubase AI is bundled with the
instrument, letting you dive in and start using the versatile features
of Studio Connections right out of the box. Cubase AI is a
full-featured music production software that integrates fully with the
MOTIF XS, and can easily be upgraded to Cubase 4. It gives you all the
tools to produce professional level recordings -- quickly and easily --
with a system that you can expand into the future.
Yamaha Motif XS7 76-Key
Sound Banks and Patches
Sound Banks and Patches for Yamaha DX7, DX7II, DX7IIFD, and Other
The Wonderful Beast that
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Manual From Yamaha Web Site - PDF Format
DX7IID Operating Manual From Yamaha Web Site - PDF Format
|*Tip: In my
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