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Yamaha MX49 49-Key Music Production Synthesizer

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Product Highlights
  • Over 1000 Sounds from the MOTIF Series
  • VCM Effects
  • Split /Layer Performance Mode
  • 16-Part Multi Timbral
  • 128-note Polyphony
  • Bi-directional USB Audio/MID Interfacing
  • Hands-On Controls for VSTs and DAWs
  • Music Production Software Included

The MX49 49-Key Music Production Synthesizer from Yamaha is a 49 key music synthesizer that combines MOTIF XS sounds, USB Audio, MIDI connectivity and DAW and VST controller features.

The MX49 includes more than 1000 voices directly from the Yamaha MOTIF XS. It includes acoustic sounds like piano, electric piano, strings, drums as well as complex 8-element synth sounds. Each voice can be customized and stored. You can also use the on-board VCM effects, which are designed to simulate the effects found on vintage keyboards.

The keyboard also includes the performance mode feature also found on the MOTIF keyboard line. This mode allows you to combine voices for play on the keyboard using the dedicated "split" and "layer buttons" and is handy for creating performances that simulate a whole band playing.

In addition to the tone generator and performance mode, the MX49 is also a capable USB Audio and MIDI Interface. Connect a USB cable to your computer and you can monitor all the sounds from your DAW via the headphone output of the MX49, or you can listen by connecting to external studio monitors. The MX49 audio interface is bi-directional so you can record the internal sounds of the keyboard directly to your computer, without ever going to the analog domain. Also, you can connect an additional controller to your computer via the MIDI in port, or use the keyboard to control other MIDI devices such as hardware sequencers and groove boxes by connecting them to the MX49's MIDI out port.

Beyond the USB audio/MIDI port, the keyboard also has a USB to Device port so you can connect USB devices for storing MX49 data to external memory. You can also play back .wav files directly from a USB stick using this port. For playing back audio from external audio devices like iPods, you can connect to the AUX input using a 3.5mm mini stereo cable.

The MX49 is also equipped with knobs and buttons for controlling internal sounds, DAW parameters and VST instruments. The interface can be customized with the included remote template editor so that any VST can be set up to be controlled by the MX49. There are also advanced integration templates for use with a variety of DAWs. When used with Cubase for instance, there is a feature that allows any parameter can be controlled by the keyboards rotary encoder just by mousing over it.

Sounds from the MOTIF Series
More than 1000 voices from the Yamaha MOTIF XS workstation keyboard
Vintage Effect Simulation
VCM effects simulate vintage effectors at the circuit level. Includes equalizer, flanger, phaser, wah effects and more
Performance Mode
Combine voices with dedicated arpeggiators to play on the keyboard using the "split" and "layer" buttons. Use these features and a drum track to create performances that simulate a whole band playing. The 128 performances patches on the MX49 are all user editable, but come programmed with presets as well
16-Part Multi Timbral and 128-note Polyphony
Multi setting allows for playback of 16 simultaneous parts at a time. 128 notes of polyphony allow you to play dense sequences from your DAW
Bi-directional USB Audio and MIDI Interface
Connect a USB cable to your computer and monitor all the sounds from your computer via the headphone output, or by connecting the MX49 to external studio monitors. You can also record the internal sounds of the MX directly to your computer via the USB out
Controls for VSTs and DAWs
Features knobs and buttons for controlling internal sounds, DAW parameters and VST instruments. Included remote template editor allows any VST to be controlled by the MX49
Music Production Software Suite Included
The included Steinberg Cubase AI features 48 audio tracks and 64 MIDI tracks, notation and built-in VST effects. It also comes bundled with Steinberg Prologue virtual analog synthesizer and the Yamaha YC-3B organ emulator
Keyboard 49 Keys, Initial Touch
Polyphony 128 Notes
Multi Timbral 16 Parts (Internal)
Synthesis Method AWM2
Sequencer Tempo: (BPM) 5 - 300
Songs: 27 Demo Songs
Patterns: 208
Arpeggio: 999 types
Sequence formats: SMF Format 0 (playback only)
Effects 9x Reverb (42 presets)
17x Chorus (88 presets)
48x Insertion Effect (267 presets)
1x Master EQ (5 bands)
Controllers 1x Pitch Bend Wheel
1x Modulation Wheel
4x Assignable Knob
1x Data Dial
Sound File Format .wav, Approx. 166 MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format)
Presets Normal Preset: 1,106 Normal Voices + 61 Drum Kits
GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit
User: 128 Normal Voices + 8 Drum Kits Performance: 128 (16 parts)
Inputs/Outputs 1x Stereo 1/4" Output
1x Headphone 1/4" Output
1x Foot Controller Jack
1x Sustain Jack
1x MIDI [In]
1x MIDI [Out]
1x USB [To Host] 1x USB[To Device]
1x Aux Stereo 3.5mm Mini Input
1x DC In
Display 320 x 240 dot, 5.7 Inch Graphic Color Backlit LCD
Power Supply 9 W
Dimensions 32.7 x 3.5 x 11.7" (830 x 91 x 298 mm)
Weight 8.4 lb (3.8 kg)
Yamaha MX49 49-Key Music Production Synthesizer
  • AC adaptor
  • Owner's Manual CD-ROM (Containing Reference Manual, Parameter Manual, Data List)
  • DVD-ROM (Containing DAW Software)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    4.0

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    3.0

    so so workstation attempt

    By kay bee

    from nyc

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    • Wish For Use Able Sounds

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      Comments about Yamaha MX49 49-Key Music Production Synthesizer:

      basicallythere are about 3-4 classifications of these thingies for me...midi controller only,piano mostly,workstations w many sounds, and,real synths.this mx49 is closest to a workstation...you get bunched up 1000 plussounds, around half of them might be useful for me...options to edit sounds exist, but minimally affect sound in the waysexpected of synths.if you can get it for about usd 500 it may be worth your time, any amtover that, pls go check other brands and models first.it has 49 keys , black and white, and has true din5 midi in and midi out,if you wish to connect to real synths and play in real time, midi,no computers involved...highly suggest midi solutions, midi thru boxfor those , captivated by combining, and layering many sounds ...if you want a real synth only...go check real synths, this one has a 100-200so so faked up synth sounds...if you want piano...and can accept so so qaulity, this might be ok...butif you want closer to the real thing, and can spend on good amps,look at even the cheapest casio privia...much much better sounding and farmore realistic piano.if you think, the sounds are motif, pls , go to the store,and in it you will find real motif things.compare them, side to side, and you tell me.a so so try from yamaha to capture the masses ,and it s best sales pitch is price, if you can get it cheap...it Mightbe ok for you...maybe not. as a workstation, mind you.scour the internet, there are many tips on its uses...try diff amps , speakers, etc...cuz the sound varies immensely too.if using headphones, pls try various types...good luck on this one.have fun in musica...

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      5.0

      Full Power in a small Box

      By nabes

      from florida

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      • Easy To Use

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        Best Uses

        • Replacement

        Comments about Yamaha MX49 49-Key Music Production Synthesizer:

        Performance sound with all the Motif sounds, Wonderful. Super light better than a module.
        Easy to learn right out of the box.

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