Yamaha MODX+ Synthesizers offer increased Memory, greater Polyphony and More

Yamaha has officially introduced the MODX+, a major update to their MODX line of portable synthesizers that brings the synth’s capabilities closer to their flagship Montage line.

The MODX was launched in September 2018 being inspired by their top end, MONTAGE workstation keyboards but arriving at a much more affordable price point through different choices of materials (plastics rather than metals) and chipping away at memory, ins and outs and other ‘pro’ luxury features to deliver keyboards that to a closed eye did the same job but delivered far less wallet shock.

Now four years later the MODX+ range is officially revealed.

The updated MODX+ line features three keyboards: MODX8+, MODX7+ and MODX6+. Each of the synths offer more memory, greater polyphony and improved haptics over their MODX counterparts.


Yamaha MODX+ Upgrades

The three new synthesizers feature 1.75 GB of internal flash memory, an upgrade of 75 percent compared to the original models, giving you more space for custom samples and synth sound libraries. The MODX+ synths also offer more polyphony, with 128- note stereo AWM2 and 128-note FM-X polyphony.

The sound on board is AWM2 sample based (the MONTAGE is famous for its one-keyboard-does-it-all orchestra, brass, pianos and more) plus advanced FM-X for FM synth tones.

Yamaha says that they’ve also improved the line’s haptics, by rubber-coating both the modulation and pitch bend wheels for better grip and control, giving the MODX+ more of the Montage feel.


Other Features:

The MODX+ improvements build on an already-powerful synth engine.

MODX+ still features both sound engines: AWM2 stereo samples for natural-sounding instruments, and FM-X frequency modulation synthesis for synth sounds. The MODX+ also allows for up to 13 simultaneous Dual Insert effects and three additional Master effects to shape your sounds.

Seamless Sound Switching prevents notes from cutting off when switching to a different performance. The extensive sound library covers original sounds as well as compatibility with MONTAGE, MOTIF XS/XF, MOXF and even DX and TX sounds (via the free FM converter available at YamahaSynth.com). With Motion Control and a programmable matrix, these sounds can be dynamically performed, mixed and combined.


Three Yamaha MODX+ Models:

The Yamaha MODX+ series features three different models, with keyboards tailored for different types of players:

MODX6+: features 61 semi-weighted keys for sound designers and producers wanting deep synthesis capabilities;

MODX7+: features 76 semi-weighted keys for keyboardists needing a wide variety of sound, including all the layering and splitting they might need.

MODX8+: features 88 graded hammer keys for players that want an authentic acoustic piano touch.

The Yamaha MODX8+, MODX7+ and MODX6+ are available immediately, pricing:

MODX6+: $1,699.00        MODX8+: $2,499.00

MODX7+: $1,999.00       More information can be found on the Yamaha website.

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