Yamaha 88 key workstation

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The Casio Privia-360 is a digital piano with workstation features.

Aside from its built-in 16 MIDI track recorder, it allows you to record audio directly with the use of its Color Touch Interface.

Its built-in Rhythm Editor is useful for creating 10 customized User Rhythms using various accompaniment parts.

Other useful features include the duet mode, which splits the keyboard into two equal ranges for a teacher and student to play side by side, and classroom mode, which sends each side to an individual audio output.

Specifications:

  • Keys:88 hammer actioned keys
  • Polyphony: 128
  • Sound Engine(s): AiR Sound Source
  • Controllers: Pitchbend
  • Audio Recording: Playback Format: .wav (16bit, 44.1kHz, Stereo)
  • Audio Playback: 100 Playback Format
  • Sequencer: 16 Multi Track + 1 System Track 100 Songs
  • Audio Inputs: 2 x 1/4" Line-in, 1 x 1/8" Stereo Mini
  • Audio Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (L/MONO, R)
  • MIDI: In/Out/Thru/USB
  • Other Connections: 1 x 1/4" Damper Pedal, 1 x 1/4" Assignable Pedal
  • USB: USB connector 1x TYPE B
  • Power Supply: AC Adapter DC 12V
  • Dimensions: 52.0" x 11.5" x 5.5"
  • Weight: 26.2 lbs

Pros

Even with hammer weighted keys, this keyboard workstation is quite portable, thanks to its lightweight plastic construction. And even with the use of plastic material, there are many who are happy with its durability. Several pianists found the keys to be quite responsive with a nice feel. The workstation itself has a sequencer with basic MIDI parameters and an audio recorder that's quite straightforward. In addition, it has good sounding pianos, organs, synth patches and percussion that makes it great for recording and playing live.

Cons

One user mentioned that the jacks can be a bit flimsy, though using velcro or tape as compensation can support the cables from not falling off the output.

Overall

This is a basic unit that's ideal for those who are new to workstation keyboards.

NB: The street price was $999 when we first published this Edition but it's since gone up to $1100.

The Korg Krome EX 61 is a feature packed 61-key workstation keyboard, with 120 voices, 2,500 drum samples, and a built-in 16-track sequencer.

Among the voices are high-fidelity piano and electric piano sounds, synths and more.

The drum samples are arranged into 48 preloaded kits, with over 600 drum groove presets to play with, or you can use them to craft and save your own beats.

It also features an 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen display, which makes it easy to monitor and make parameter changes.

Other noteworthy features include built-in dual-polyphonic arpeggiators, 16-track sequencer, auto song setup function, built-in effects, amps and cabinet models.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 61 Semi-Weighted keys
  • Polyphony: 120 Voices (Single Mode), 60 Voices (Double Mode)
  • Sound Engine(s): Digital Enhanced Definition Synthesis - eXpanded, Updated Piano Programs
  • Controllers: Assignable Joystick
  • Effects: 193 Effects; 32 Preset per Effect
  • Audio Recording: Yes with RPPR (Realtime Pattern/Play Recording)
  • Audio Playback: Yes with RPPR (Realtime Pattern/Play Recording)
  • Sequencer: 16-track + Master, 128 Songs, Touch-based Piano Roll Editing, Realtime Pattern/Play Recording
  • Audio Inputs: 2 x 1/4"
  • Audio Outputs: 6 x 1/4"
  • MIDI Inputs/Outputs: In/Out/USB
  • Other Connections: 1 x 1/8" Headphones, SD/SDHC card slot (32GB SDHC max)
  • USB: 1 x Type B
  • Dimensions: 3.66” x 40.43” x 12.32”
  • Weight: 15.87 lbs.

Pros

Sound quality is what impresses most users, which many rate as inspiring and ready for stage or recording use. They are impressed with the many voicings, with special commendations pointing to its piano, electric piano, Fender rhodes, and various synth sounds. The ability to use effects are also well received. The feel of the semi-weighted keys get a lot of thumbs up, along with the bright and big touchscreen display.

Cons

There are a few who aren't too happy with the interface, stating that it takes a lot of effort to get into parameters, which in turn delays the user's ability to maximize every feature. Those who prefer physical controls over touchscreen interface will want to look elsewhere.

Overall

Get premium quality Korg sounds in a reasonably priced package. Those who are into touchscreen style controls will find this appealing.

At publication time this was the Highest Rated Keyboard Workstation Under $1000.

The MOXF6 is a 61-key synthesizer workstation that's also MIDI keyboard controller with extensive DAW and VST control.

It features Yamaha's MOTIF XF sound engine that has a collection instrument voices, and expandable flash memory that allows you to add up 1GB of new samples.

Its built-in sequencer provides real-time recording, where you can record your performance while playing, and step recording, which is great for recording precise phrases or passages.

Note that this model is now superceded by the newer Yamaha MODX6, but since this is still available from retailers, we still included it in this 2021 edition.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 61 semi-weighted keys
  • Polyphony: 128
  • Sound Engine(s): AWM2, with Expanded Articulation
  • Controllers: Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, 8 x Assignable Knob, 1 x [DATA] dial, 2 x Assignable Function buttons
  • Effects: 9 x Reverb, 22 x Chorus, 54 types x 8 parts x Insertion (A, B), 1 x Vocoder (uses both Insertion Effect A and B blocks), 9 x Master Effect, Master EQ (5 bands), Part EQ (3 bands, stereo)
  • Audio Recording: Yes
  • Audio Playback: Up to 4 tracks
  • Sequencer: 16 sequence Tracks
  • Audio Inputs: 2 x Line-in [(L/R)
  • Audio Outputs: 2 x Line-out [L/mono)/(R]
  • MIDI: In/Out/Thru
  • Other Connections: 1 x 1/8" Standard stereo phone jack, 1 x Controller Pedal, 2 x Switch Pedal (Assignable/Sustain)
  • USB: USB to host/to device
  • Power Supply: AC Adaptor 13W
  • Dimensions: 40.5" x 5" x 14"
  • Weight: 15.6 lbs.

Pros

Sound quality wise, general feedback is quite positive. In his MusicRadar review, Dan Goldman mentioned even if there was no virtual analog engine on board, the synths "have a very analogue feel and presence - putting a sawtooth poly patch up against an analogue Alesis Andromeda, it was surprising just how close you could get to the raw tone. So, if you're after warm pads, juicy and cutting leads, deep basses and funky comping patches, the MOXF is hard to beat.". Aside from its variety of clean and natural sounding presets and built-in effects, many reviewers are more than satisfied with its responsive keyboard, flexible sequencer with multiple functions such as adjusting velocities, and it's expandable memory feature that allows them to customize and add their own sounds.

Cons

The user interface seems to be an issue for some users - they mention that it takes a while to figure out the controls, although editing parameters are easy once they get more familiar with them.

Overall

This is a versatile unit ideal for musicians who plan to use multiple layers of sounds when composing.

The Best Keyboard Workstations Between $1000 and $2000

The MODX6 is based on Yamaha's flagship Montage line, utilizing the same sound engine and "motion sequences" technology at a more affordable price point.

Motion control lets you do multiple simultaneous parameter adjustments with just a "Super Knob", which lets you create interesting sound textures and spaces that otherwise would require a lot of real-time tweaking while playing.

It has tons of sounds, effects, rhythms, arpeggiators and more, to let you do everything from basic piano to producing complete tracks. It has even has a cool Rhythm Pattern feature that automatically adds different types of rhythms that dynamically move with the arpeggiator which are great for modern electronic music.

In addition to the 61-key synth keybed, it also features pitchbend, modwheel and a wide array of assignable buttons, knobs and sliders.

Other noteworthy features include having its own FM synthesis, effects and signal processor modeling, seamless sound switching and more.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 61 Synth Keys
  • Polyphony: 192 Total (128 Stereo AWM2 and 64 FM-X)
  • Sound Engine(s): AWM2, FM-X
  • Controllers: Pitchbend, Modwheel, Assignable Super Knob, Assignable Faders, Knobs and Buttons
  • Effects: Up to 27 simultaneous effects
  • Audio Recording: Yes via Built-in Audio Interface
  • Audio Playback: Yes via Built-in Audio Interface
  • Sequencer: Performance Recorder
  • Audio Inputs: 2 x 1/4"
  • Audio Outputs: 2 x 1/4"
  • MIDI Inputs/Outputs: In/Out/USB
  • Other Connections: 1 x 1/4" Headphones, 4 x 1/4" Sustain & Foot Controller
  • USB: 1 x Type B, 1 x Type A
  • Dimensions: 5.27” x 36.88” x 13.03”
  • Weight: 14.9 lbs.

Pros

Sound quality is the biggest factor in reviews, impressing users from different backgrounds, including pianists, synth players, electronic dance musicians, and even guitarists who are looking for a home studio keyboard. Being easy to use is another often commended trait, with users describing it as a good plug-and-play piano instrument, while still having enough depth to appease those who want to experiment with sound synthesis and arpeggios. Build quality gets a lot of thumbs up, along with its relative portability, especially when compared to more premium units like the Montage series.

Cons

Not everyone is impressed with the synth action keys, while others feel that the wheel controllers are not as sturdy as they expected. Some also wish for the price to be a bit lower.

Overall

It's nifty "Super Knob" control and smart rhythm functions, combines with its sound engine make this a very versatile tool for keyboardists of any musical style.

The Roland FA-06 is a portable and streamlined approach to workstation keyboard design, it has a 61-note keybed and a compact profile while still having many of the expected functions of a workstation.

At its core is Roland's flagship tier Integra-7 sound module, along with their SuperNATURAL DSP tech used for the synth patches. This is expanded further via expansion slots or by loading more patches from Roland's Axial sound library.

It also comes with an onboard sampler complete with 16 pads and 4 banks while further sound crafting is provided by its built-in 16 independent effects engine.

For crafting songs, it comes with a built-in 16-track sequencer, rhythm pattern creator and arpeggiator.

As expected, it is compatible with most Digital Audio Workstation software, and lets you control the software right on the instrument. It even has has Guitar/Mic and Line input jacks.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 61 Synth-Action keys
  • Polyphony: 128
  • Sound Engine(s): SuperNATURAL Acoustic, SuperNATURAL Synth, SuperNATURAL Drum Kit, PCM Synth, PCM Drum Kit
  • Controllers: Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever, 2x Assignable Switch (S1/S2), 6 x Control Knob, Sample Pad, Tempo Knob
  • Effects: 16-part Multi-FX, 29 x Roland TFX, 3 x Chorus, 6 x Reverb, 6 x Drum Compression/EQ
  • Audio Recording: Yes
  • Audio Playback: Yes
  • Sequencer: 16 MIDI Tracks
  • Audio Inputs: 1/8" x Aux, 1 x 1/4" (Mic/Guitar)
  • Audio Outputs: 1/4" x Line-out (L/MONO, R), 1 x 1/4" Stereo-out phone type
  • MIDI: In/Out/USB
  • Other Connections: Foot Pedal Jacks: 1 x CTRL 1, 1 x CTRL 2, 1 x HOLD
  • USB: 1 x Type A, 1 x Type B
  • Power Supply: 9V DC Power Supply
  • Dimensions: 36.69"x 11.81" x 12.62"
  • Weight: 12.62 lbs.

Pros

Balancing quality, features, portability, and cost is tough, but Roland seem to have done the impossible with the FA-06. Reviews commend all these four traits, including the sound quality of its presets, the overall versatility of the unit, its compact size and the value that they get for the money. Seamless compatibility with popular DAWs like Reason, Ableton and more also gets a lot of thumbs up. And even with its expansive feature set, most owners find it to be very easy to use. Music Radar had good things to say, and concluded their reviews with this statement: "A ton of power and sonic flexibility packed into an affordable, easy to operate, lightweight instrument."

Cons

Compared to its bigger sibling, the FA-08, this does not come with weighted keys. As expected, some patches are less appreciated.

Overall

With big brand backing, impressive spec sheet and high ratings, the Roland FA-06 is a portable workstation keyboard that will not disappoint.

The MOXF8 has all the features and specifications similar to the MOXF6 61-key version, such as USB Audio/MIDI interface capabilities, onboard sequencing, and an extensive DAW / VST software bundle.

The only difference is it has 88 hammer-action weighted keys that are ideal for live performances.

Note that the this has been superseded by the newer MODX8, but we still included it in this guide because it is still available from some US based retailers.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 88 graded hammer action keys
  • Polyphony: 128
  • Sound Engine(s): AWM2, with Expanded Articulation
  • Controllers: Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, 8 x Assignable Knob, 1 x [DATA] dial, 2 x Assignable Function buttons
  • Effects:9 x Reverb, 22 x Chorus, 54 types x 8 parts x Insertion (A, B), 1 x Vocoder (uses both Insertion Effect A and B blocks), 9 x Master Effect, Master EQ (5 bands), Part EQ (3 bands, stereo)
  • Audio Recording: Yes
  • Audio Playback: Up to 4 tracks
  • Sequencer: 16 sequence Tracks
  • Audio Inputs: 2 x Line-in [(L/R)
  • Audio Outputs: 2 x Line-out [L/mono)/(R]
  • MIDI: In/Out/Thru
  • Other Connections: 1 x 1/8" Standard stereo phone jack, 1 x Controller Pedal, 2 x Switch Pedal (Assignable/Sustain)
  • USB: USB to host/to device
  • Power Supply: AC Adaptor 13W
  • Dimensions: 52" x 6.6" x 16"
  • Weight: 32.8 lbs.

Pros

Many professional musicians enjoy using this workstation's wide variety of presets and features. They appreciate that each voice can be customized and describe the step sequencer as well-thought out. Many of them are impressed with Its built in effects, especially its reverb. In hi s Keyboard Magazine review, Eric Lawson found its computer connectivity capabilities very useful: "function as a USB audio interface, routing both its own sounds and audio from its stereo inputs into your computer—and even the Motif XF doesn’t have its dedicated fader and LED level meter for DAW playback." When it comes to its keybed, most users find it to be very responsive and had realistic weighting. Finally, even with its hammered action keys, many consider the MOXF8 as reasonably light, compact and travel friendly.

Cons

Some users who are new to workstations found its interface not as straightforward as they expected. It takes a bit of time for them to learn the controls so they would tend to refer to the manual.

Overall

This is a roadworthy choice for professional players to use for live performances or indoor productions.

The FA-08 from Roland features over 2000 patches taken from its INTEGRA-7 sound module.

Its sequencer lets you export your recordings to a memory card as multi-track audio or MIDI to use with your DAW on your computer.

Additionally, it has a built-in sampler based on SP-404SX with 16 backlit pads for direct recording and playback.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 88 Ivory Feel G keys
  • Polyphony: 128
  • Sound Engine(s): SuperNATURAL Acoustic, SuperNATURAL Synth, SuperNATURAL Drum Kit, PCM Synth, PCM Drum Kit
  • Controllers: D-BEAM Controller, Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever, 2x Assignable Switch (S1/S2), 6 x Control Knob, Sample Pad, Tempo Knob
  • Effects: 16 x Multi-Effects systems with 68 types (Vocoder can be used only on part 1, 16 x Part EQ systems, 6 x Drum Part COMP+EQ systems, 3 x Chorus, 6 x Reverb, 1 x Master Compressor (This can be changed to Insert 78 types of FX), 1 x Master EQ, 29 x Total Effects, 8 x Mic Input Reverb
  • Audio Recording: Yes
  • Audio Playback: Yes
  • Sequencer: 16 MIDI Tracks
  • Audio Inputs: 1/4" x Stereo phone type, 1 x 1/4" Line-in (Guitar)
  • Audio Outputs: 1/4" x Line-out (L/MONO, R), 1 x 1/4" Stereo-out phone type
  • MIDI: In/Out
  • Other Connections: Foot Pedal Jacks: 1 x CTRL 1, 1 x CTRL 2, 1 x HOLD
  • USB: USB 2.0
  • Power Supply: AC Adaptor
  • Dimensions: 55.75" x 5.62" x 14.44"
  • Weight: 36 lbs.

Pros

Many users find this workstation to be very versatile, especially for stage use. The menu system and controls are laid out intuitively enough for many to mention this positively in reviews. In addition to that, its sequencer is very easy to use, especially with the assignable pads. Another common sentiment is that the keys have great response and feel. Regarding sound quality, many love its realistic piano sounds, as well as exceptional organ and synth sounds.

Cons

Some users mention that its pads are not velocity sensitive and eventually compensate by adjusting the velocity levels.

Overall

At a fair price, this workstation is worth the money.

At publication time this was the Highest Rated Keyboard Workstation Between $1000 and $2000.

The MODX8 combines workstation functionality and synthesizer capabilities with Yamaha's 88-note graded hammer action keybed.

This means that you get digital piano like playing feel with all the bells and whistles that help with music production. This includes two sound engines (AWM2 and FM-X) with synthesizer, loads of voicings and presets, high polyphony, built-in VCM (Virtual Circuit Modeling) effects, and extensive connectivity options.

It also features Yamaha's Motion Control that lets you adjust multiple parameters in real time with a single knob.

Finally, it has a pitchbend and modulation wheels, along with assignable faders, knobs and buttons.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 88 Graded Hammer Standard Keys
  • Polyphony: 192 Total (128 Stereo AWM2 and 64 FM-X)
  • Sound Engine(s): AWM2, FM-X
  • Controllers: Pitchbend, Modwheel, Assignable Super Knob, Assignable Faders, Knobs and Buttons
  • Effects: Up to 27 simultaneous effects
  • Audio Recording: Yes via Built-in Audio Interface
  • Audio Playback: Yes via Built-in Audio Interface
  • Sequencer: Via Performance Recorder
  • Audio Inputs: 2 x 1/4"
  • Audio Outputs: 2 x 1/4"
  • MIDI Inputs/Outputs: In/Out/USB
  • Other Connections: 1 x 1/4" Headphones, 4 x 1/4" Sustain & Foot Controller
  • USB: 1 x Type B, 1 x Type A
  • Dimensions: 6.29” x 52.48” x 15.9”
  • Weight: 30.7 lbs.

Pros

The feel of its graded hammer action keys gets a lot of thumbs up, to the point that some consider this as a versatile digital piano. And speaking of piano, the MODX8 carries some great piano sounds which work great with its expressive keybed, and this is reflected in reviews. Users describe it as a high quality performance grade instrument in terms of sound, build and versatility. Dan Goldman of Music Radar agrees with market sentiment stating: "it’s hard not to gas for the MODX, given the price, features and sound."

Cons

You should be warned that this is a massive instrument. There are some who complain about limited sequencer features.

Overall

If you're looking for a synthesizer workstation with 88-key digital piano like playing feel, then definitely check out the Yamaha MODX8.

The Best Keyboard Workstations Between $2000 and $5000

At publication time this was the Highest Rated Keyboard Workstation Between $2000 and $5000.

The Korg Kronos 61-Key version showcases its enhanced SGX-2 Grand Piano engine, which offers resonant piano sounds and quality string patches.

It also provides real-time controllers, such as Korg's 4-way Vector joystick, a responsive ribbon controller, and a tap-and-drag color TouchView display for a more intuitive and hands-on control.

Its nine sound engines provide a huge collection of presets for a number of possibilities of combining different sounds.

It also has a sequencer that can record up to 16 MIDI tracks and 16 audio tracks.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 61 Natural Touch Semi Weighted keys
  • Polyphony: Varies Per Engine: SGX-2: 100 voices*3, EP-1: 104 voices, HD-1: 140 voices, AL-1: 80 voices, CX-3: 200 voices, STR-1: 40 voices, MOD-7: 52 voices, MS-20EX: 40 voices, PolysixEX: 180 voices
  • Sound Engine(s): 9 Engines: SGX-2: Premium Piano (Acoustic Piano), EP-1: MDS Electric Piano (Electric Piano), HD-1: High Definition Synthesizer (PCM), AL-1: Analog Synthesizer (Analog Modeling), CX-3: Tonewheel Organ (Tonewheel Organ Modeling), STR-1: Plucked Strings (Physical Modeling), MOD-7: Waveshaping VPM Synthesizer (VPM Synthesis), MS-20EX: Component Modeling Technology (Analog Modeling), PolysixEX: Component Modeling Technology (CMT Analog Modeling)
  • Controllers: Vector joystick, joystick, ribbon controller, switches 1 & 2
  • Effects: Over 197 Effects
  • Audio Recording: 4-track simultaneous recording, WAV file format 16bit/24bit.
  • Audio Playback: 16-Track Playback
  • Sequencer: 16-track MIDI sequencer + 16-track hard disk recorder + 1 master track.
  • Audio Inputs: 2 x 1/4" Line-in
  • Audio Outputs: 6 x 1/4" Line-out, 1 x 1/8" Headphones
  • MIDI Inputs/Outputs: In/Out/Thru
  • Other Connections: 3 x Pedal Input, 1 x S/PDIF Digital Input, 1 x S/PDIF Digital Output
  • USB: 2 x USB A (TYPE A), 1 x USB B (TYPE B)
  • Dimensions: 40.94” x 5.28” x 14.33”
  • Weight: 31.53 lbs.

Pros

Many keyboardists are very pleased with their overall experience using this workstation. The touchscreen is reported to be easy to use, allowing for quick sound selection for each layer. Controls and parameters, such as ones for transposing and effects, are also easily accessible via the touchscreen. In terms of sound quality, many report that its pianos, organ and synth are top notch and have a much richer sound. The pads also get many positive mentions. Several experienced keyboard players enjoy designing their own sounds with the use of its multiple sound engines. Many were also pleased with how it allows the use of third party libraries when they needed to expand their collection.

Cons

There are a few musicians who aren't too pleased with the limitation on creating custom patterns, but this is more of a preference and not really an issue.

Overall

This is a great investment if you are looking for a professional grade workstation.

The Montage 7 is a powerful keyboard workstation that incorporates the latest DSP technology that Yamaha has in a reasonably sized unit.

At the forefront is a 76-note keybed that is aftertouch enabled and semi-weighted, while at its core are powerful sound engines that allow for a wide variety of sounds and effects.

Also worth noting is the interface, with a super knob that lets you tweak multiple parameters as you see fit, along with motion control that lets you tempo-synch control sequences to any parameter.

Finally, it has a 16-track sequencer, with 64 songs, which you can utilize either to save new musical ideas, or to improve on existing ones.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 76 Semi-Weighted After Touch
  • Polyphony: 128
  • Sound Engine(s): AWM2, FM-X, Motion Control Synthesis Engine
  • Controllers: Pitchbend, Mod Wheel, Ribbon Controller
  • Effects: 12 x Reverbs, 15 x Master effects, 76 x Variation types, 5-band Master EQ, 1st part 3-band EQ
  • Audio Recording: Real Time
  • Audio Playback: Wav
  • Sequencer: 16-track, 64 songs, Performance Recorder version 2, Motion Sequencer
  • Audio Inputs: 2 x 1/4" (L/Mono, R)
  • Audio Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (L/R), 2 x 1/4" (assignable L/R), 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
  • Other Connections: 2 x 1/4" (foot controller), 1 x 1/4" (assignable), 1 x 1/4" (sustain)
  • MIDI Inputs/Outputs: In/Out/Thru/USB
  • USB: 1 x USB Type A, 1 x USB Type B (6 x 32)
  • Dimensions:5.18” x 49” x 15.56”
  • Weight: 37.5 lbs.

Pros

Magnificent, great and excellent are just a few of the many positive remarks that users use to describe the Montage 7's sound quality. Even professionals who own other keyboards are impressed with its sound and leave high ratings. Gordon Reid of Sound on Sound concludes his review positively saying: "The Montage is an excellent instrument that will keep sound designers and players interested for a very long time to come". Playability and depth of control also get quite a lot of commendations.

Cons

There are a few who are concerned with the price being a bit on the upside, especially when considering that this is not an 88-key model.

Overall

If you're looking for a power synthesizer workstation keyboard that's still reasonably portable, then this is for you.

The Korg Kronos 73-key version has similar specifications and features as the 61-key version only it has weighted hammer action keys. And its 73-key format makes it slightly bigger than its sibling.

In addition to its weighted keys, it comes with Korg's 4-way Vector joystick controller that allows for more realtime control.

These controllers utilize its nine sound engines, which lets you choose from a wide selection of presets, which you can then personalize to taste.

Other noteworthy features include having a TouchView display, and having the ability to record up to 16 MIDI tracks and 16 audio tracks.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 73 Real Weighted Hammer Action 3 keys
  • Polyphony: Varies Per Engine: SGX-2: 100 voices*3, EP-1: 104 voices, HD-1: 140 voices, AL-1: 80 voices, CX-3: 200 voices, STR-1: 40 voices, MOD-7: 52 voices, MS-20EX: 40 voices, PolysixEX: 180 voices
  • Sound Engine(s): 9 Engines: SGX-2: Premium Piano (Acoustic Piano), EP-1: MDS Electric Piano (Electric Piano), HD-1: High Definition Synthesizer (PCM), AL-1: Analog Synthesizer (Analog Modeling), CX-3: Tonewheel Organ (Tonewheel Organ Modeling), STR-1: Plucked Strings (Physical Modeling), MOD-7: Waveshaping VPM Synthesizer (VPM Synthesis), MS-20EX: Component Modeling Technology (Analog Modeling), PolysixEX: Component Modeling Technology (CMT Analog Modeling)
  • Controllers: Vector joystick, joystick, ribbon controller, switches 1 & 2
  • Effects: Over 197 Effects
  • Audio Recording: 4-track simultaneous recording, WAV file format 16bit/24bit.
  • Audio Playback: 16-Track Playback
  • Sequencer: 16-track MIDI sequencer + 16-track hard disk recorder + 1 master track.
  • Audio Inputs: 2 x 1/4" Line-in
  • Audio Outputs: 6 x 1/4" Line-out, 1 x 1/8" Headphones
  • MIDI Inputs/Outputs: In/Out/Thru
  • Other Connections: 3 x Pedal Input, 1 x S/PDIF Digital Input, 1 x S/PDIF Digital Output
  • USB: 2 x USB A (TYPE A), 1 x USB B (TYPE B)
  • Dimensions: 48.07” x 5.83” x 14.61”
  • Weight: 46.52 lbs.

Pros

The keybed makes a great impression on many who describe it as having the same playing feel as an acoustic piano. A lot of professional musicians are amazed with its sound engines showcasing a lot of variation. Each sound engine for pianos, electronic pianos, organs, analog synth and even sample based sound engines reproduce authentic and quality sounding presets. The "Set List" feature is one of the features that stood out since it allows direct access to a combination, program, or song in the sequencer to play next. Many owners also find its split, layering, velocity assignment and connectivity capabilities remarkable. Its manual also provides in depth combinations and access to parameters for more advance features.

Cons

A few users find the joystick controls to be a bit of a hassle to use and prefer a wheel-type controller.

Overall

This is an all-around versatile workstation ideal for any studio and performance setting.

The Montage 8 is Yamaha's flagship synthesizer workstation keyboard, which means that it comes with their best technology and quality control.

It features an 88-note keybed with aftertouch and balanced hammer action, along with a number of assignable faders, buttons and knobs that give you control over the instrument and your DAW software.

Speaking of knobs, it has a big Super Knob that lets you adjust multiple parameters in real-time, thanks to the company's Motion Control technology.

It also comes with built-in DSP effects engine that lets you use a wide variety of reverbs, modulation and other effects.

Other features include 16-track sequencer, envelope follower and easy MIDI/USB connectivity.

Specifications:

  • Keys: 81 Balanced Hammer Action Keys with Aftertouch
  • Polyphony: 128 Note Stereo/Mono (AWM2), 128 Note FM-X
  • Sound Engine(s): AWM2, FM-X, Motion Control Synthesis Engine
  • Controllers: Pitchbend, Mod Wheel, Ribbon Controller
  • Effects: DSP effects engine: 12 x Reverbs, 15 x Master effects, 76 x Variation types, 5-band Master EQ, 1st part 3-band EQ
  • Audio Recording: Yes
  • Audio Playback: Yes (Wav)
  • Sequencer: 16-track, 64 songs, Performance Recorder version 2
  • Audio Inputs: 2 x 1/4"
  • Audio Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (L/R), 2 x 1/4" (Assignable L/R), 1 x 1/4"(Headphones)
  • MIDI Inputs/Outputs: In/Out/Thru/USB
  • Other Connections: 2 x 1/4" (Foot controller), 1 x 1/4" (Assignable), 1 x 1/4" (Sustain)
  • USB: 1 x USB Type A, 1 x USB Type B (6 x 32)
  • Dimensions: 6.68” x 57.06” x 18.12”
  • Weight: 63.9375 lbs.

Pros

Magnificent and amazing nicely encapsulates market response towards the Montage 8, impressing users with its sounds and sensitive controls. Even those who rate it lower have nothing but good words for its sound engine and keybed.
Many are happy with how it performs as their main keyboard workstation for their home studio, serving as both their keyboard instrument and MIDI/DAW controller. It also gets a lot of thumbs up from stage performers who appreciate its versatility, Andy Jones of MusicTech agrees with this saying: "You will have to get your head around it to get the best from it, but it can take your efforts into sonic areas that will surprise and delight you, and areas you may not have considered."

Cons

There are a few users who complain about some limitations of its MIDI function. It is also worth noting that this is bulky instrument, and may not be suitable as a portable instrument.

Overall

The Yamaha Montage 8 is highly recommended for those who want a premium stage synthesizer that can double as your main workstation controller.

  • Differences between Workstation Keyboards and other Keyboards

    Workstations are a type of keyboard meant to be an all-in-one instrument for composers, music producers and performers. As such they are generally equipped with almost everything that can accommodate your performance, recording and production needs. There are several functions that set them apart from digital pianos, arrangers and other professional keyboards, including MIDI/USB control and recording, audio recording, editing features and built-in effects that are helpful in creating and finalizing songs. Since they are meant for composing and recording songs, manufacturers tend to include massive sound libraries with a wide array of instruments. In addition to those aspects, most of them have good quality synthesizers that can be used for composing full-length multi-voice tracks.

  • Sound Quality and Quantity

    Sound quality and quantity matters whether you plan to use your workstation to produce music or for general playing purposes. As mentioned above, workstations have a wide array of instrument presets, such as pianos, horns, strings, and percussion that are on par with the quality of what dedicated synthesizers can provide. A simple playback synth, or one with sample libraries, is a reasonable option if you want an authentic reproduction of sounds such as pianos, percussion, string section, and brass section. If you plan to incorporate electronic music, a workstation with an analog modeling synthesis feature also works well. Regarding sound quantity, it's highly recommended to look for a workstation that can handle and provide enough polyphony for playing and recording. The more notes it can handle, the more you can maximize your use of sequencing and recording multiple tracks.

  • Sequencing, Recording and Effects

    Since workstations are designed to address composition and production needs, the main features to keep in mind are their sequencing and recording capabilities. Workstations already have built-in MIDI sequencers for capturing, adding and editing tracks. Some of them also have a microphone or line input that lets you incorporate audio to sequenced tracks. Another feature to consider that would take your recordings to the next level are its onboard effects. Most workstations have the basic built-in effects that can be applied to individual tracks and/or the whole mix. Some of them that have audio recording capabilities have EQ and dynamic related effects. These provide more flexibility when it comes to personalizing your final sound.

  • Memory Capacity

    Memory is a considerable factor, especially when storing and accessing mixes. The types of memory you’ll find in a workstation are ROM and RAM. ROM lets you switch out different sound cards to access variety of sounds, while RAM is the amount of memory that can be recorded or sampled. It’s best to prioritize the amount ROM if you plan to focus on performing and playing the instrument. Otherwise for recording, it’s best to look for a large amount of RAM. Some workstations provide removable and expandable memory slots for memory cards and external hard drives too.

  • Other Features

    Connectivity is also another feature to consider since a lot of them come with USB or 5-pin MIDI connections for connecting and syncing them to your computer. Good workstation keyboards can work well with DAW software, especially those with convenient control mapping features. There are some workstations that include an audio sampler. This enables you to import any audio file to incorporate to your mix as long as they are compatible with your workstation. Having audio inputs for directly recording instruments is another plus. These are some of the useful features that can maximize the use of your workstation.

Best Keyboard Workstation Selection Methodology

This guide was first published in 2018 written by Denise Azucena and the latest edition was published on written by Alexander Briones with contributions from Denise Azucena and Alden Acosta.

We began by looking at all the Workstation Keyboards available from major American online music gear stores and for this 2021 edition, we placed 21 of them on a short-list for further examination - you can see them in our Music Gear Database. We then examined feedback from users and experts in the form of written reviews, ratings and forum discussions, including the most recent feedback up to mid May 2021. All these data were then fed to the Gearank Algorithm to produce the rating scores out of 100 that you see above - there were over 2,100 sources analyzed during this process, which is more than twice of what we processed in the previous edition. Finally, we selected the highest rated options to recommend in each of the price brackets above. For more information about our methods see How Gearank Works.

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Yamaha Montage8 Synthesizer Workstation With 88 Keys

Technical Specifications
Montage8
Size/Weight
DimensionsWidth1,450mm (57-1/16")
Height170mm (6-11/16")
Depth460mm (18-1/8")
WeightWeight29 kg (63 lbs., 15 oz.)
Control Interface
KeyboardNumber of Keys88
TypeBalanced Hammer Effect Keyboard
Initial TouchYes
AftertouchYes
Tone generator
Tone GeneratorMotion Control Synthesis Engine AMW2: 8 Elements FM-X: 8 Operators, 88 Algorithms
Maximum PolyphonyAWM2: 128 (max.; stereo/mono waveforms) FM-X: 128 (max.)
Multi Timbral Capacity16 Parts (internal), Audio Input Parts (A/D*, USB*) *stereo Part
WavePreset: 5.67 GB (when converted to 16 bit linear format), User: 1.75 GB
Performance2,707
Filter18 types
EffectsReverb x 12 types, Variation x 88 types, Insertion (A, B) x 88 types*, Master Effect x 26 types *A/D part insertion x 83 types (Preset settings for parameters of each effect type are provided as templates) Master EQ (5 bands), 1st part EQ (3 bands), 2nd part EQ (2 bands)
Other
ControllersMaster Volume, AD Input Gain knob, Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, Ribbon Controller, Control Sliders x 8, Knobs x 8, Super Knob, Data dial
Display7" TFT Color Wide VGA LCD touch screen
Connectors[USB TO DEVICE], [USB TO HOST], MIDI [IN]/[OUT]/[THRU], FOOT CONTROLLER [1]/[2], FOOT SWITCH [ASSIGNABLE]/[SUSTAIN], OUTPUT (BALANCED) [L/MONO]/[R] (6.3 mm, Balanced TRS jacks), ASSIGNABLE OUTPUT (BALANCED) [L]/[R] (6.3 mm, Balanced TRS jacks), [PHONES] (6.3 mm, standard stereo phone jack), A/D INPUT [L/MONO]/[R] (6.3 mm, standard phone jacks)
Power Consumption27 W
AccessoriesAC Power cord, Owner’s Manual, Cubase AI Download Information
Live SetsPreset: 128 and more, User: 2,048
Performance Recorder
Tracks16 Sequence tracks, Tempo track, Scene track
Recording typeReal time replace, Real time overdub, Real time punch in/out
Note Capacity1 Song/Pattern: Approx. 130,000 notes, Store area: Approx. 520,000 notes (Pattern); approx. 520,000 notes (Song)
Note Resolution480 ppq (parts per quarter note)
Tempo (BPM)5 – 300
ArpeggioParts: 8 Parts simultaneous (max.), Preset: 10,239 types User: 256 types
Sequence formatsMONTAGE original format, SMF formats 0, 1
Sequencer
Patterns128 patterns
Pattern tracks16 Sequence tracks
Pattern Recording typeReal time replace, Real time overdub
Songs128 songs
Song tracks16 Sequence tracks, Tempo track, Scene track
Song recording typeReal time replace, Real time overdub, Real time punch in/out
Functions
USB audio interface[Sampling Frequency = 44.1kHz] Input: 6 channels (3 stereo channels),Output: 32 channels (16 stereo channels) [Sampling Frequency = 44.1kHz - 192kHz] Input: 6 channels (3 stereo channels),Output: 8 channels (4 stereo channels)
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Yamaha has updated the popular MOX Series with the latest MOTIF XF technology by adding more sounds, more effects and even a Flash board option slot. Because its compatible with MOTIF XF and MOX data, MOXF has a huge collection of sound and sample libraries and optional software available right away. Expandable, portable, affordable, and compatible with a wide range of other products, these instruments bring MOTIF music production power to a whole new generation of musicians and producers. The MOXF8 features an 88-key GHS keyboard that provides authentic, realistic keyboard response - much like the playing feel of an acoustic piano - with a heavy touch in the bass register that changes to a lighter one in the treble, and a natural gradation of touch in between. A lightweight body (14.9kg) means that carrying the MOXF to rehearsals or gigs is easy - pound-for-pound these are the most powerful workstations Yamaha has ever made.

MOTIF XF Sound Engine
The MOXF boasts a rich collection of instrument voices that includes pianos, electric pianos, strings, wind instruments, orchestral sounds, guitars, basses, and drums, as well as a wide variety of vintage and modern synth sounds. Of special note are the detailed digital re-creations of two Yamaha grand pianos (a 9-ft CFIIIS and a 7-ft S6) that only an acoustic piano manufacturer could achieve. The finely-detailed reproduction of even very subtle nuances has resulted in exquisitely crafted piano voices that will satisfy even the most demanding players. Now containing a huge total of 741 MB of waveforms, and featuring all-new content, the MOXF offers 136 new voices including the superb S6 grand piano, keyboard sounds such as clavinets and organs, and a range of new sounds from genres as diverse as orchestral and hip-hop.

VCM Effects
Yamaha's proprietary VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology simulates the effects of vintage EQs, compressors, and phasers at the circuit level. This technology has enabled Yamaha to improve the quality of the instruments in the MOXF by modeling the sonic texture of vintage analog compressors, EQs and stomp boxes right down to their component transistors and resistors. The MOXF also puts the high-quality effects found in Yamaha's industry-standard digital recording consoles at your fingertips, as well as the award-winning REV-X reverb found in the SPX2000. It even comes equipped with vocoder effects, allowing you to connect a microphone to the MOXFs A/D input terminal and apply effects to your voice or create stunning harmonies.

Flash Memory Expandability
The MOXF is compatible with the sound content developed for the MOTIF XF and MOX. The optional Flash board lets you add up to 1 GB of new samples to your MOXF to customize and tailor your sound set to your needs, using promotional contents like Yamaha's "Inspiration In A Flash" and "CP1 Piano," as well as the many third party libraries for sale.

Performance Mode
Performance mode allows you to combine multiple voices together (up to 4 parts) and play them on one MIDI channel, so that you can play dynamic layer sounds or even solos along with drums and bass backing tracks. With the interactive Arp engine, playing simple chords or even single notes gives you complete musical performances to inspire your creativity. The MOXF has 256 preset performances in a wide variety of music styles including rock, world, hip hop, jazz, and more.

Built-in Sequencer
MOXF features a built-in sequencer that lets you produce high-quality music without the need for a computer or any other external devices. This powerful tool offers both real-time recording, which records your performance data as you play it, and step recording, which is suitable for recording precise phrases or other difficult passages. You can even record particularly creative performances directly to a song or pattern simply by pressing the [REC] button.

Advanced Computer Integration
  • A complete suite of bundled software
    The MOXF comes with a variety of music production software that allows you to integrate it with your computer setup. These include the MOXF Editor for detailed editing of voice and mixing parameters, MOXF Remote Editor, a convenient tool that lets you edit and create control templates for your favorite VST instruments, and Remote Tools, which makes integration with Cubase software incredibly simple.
  • A single USB cable for both Audio and MIDI connections
    A single USB cable is all you need to transmit both audio and MIDI data between the MOXF and your computer. The MOXF features a built-in 4-in 2-out USB audio interface so you can record its internal sounds, and two dedicated audio inputs that can be used to capture guitars and vocals all recorded directly to your computer. Compatible with all the major DAWs including Cubase, you can digitally record the sounds of the MOXF and anything connected to its stereo analog inputs straight to your favorite recording software. Far more than just a music production tool, the USB connectivity and in-depth keyboard controller functionality also lets you playback and control your VST soft synths via the audio outputs of your MOXF, allowing you to integrate VSTs into your live stage shows with no extra gearjust add a computer and play.
  • Music production with Cubase AI 7
    Cubase AI 7 is a version of Steinbergs DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software made specifically to integrate with Yamaha music production synthesizers. Because the MOXF features both a MIDI and an audio interface you can record up to 32 audio and 48 MIDI tracks. You can even connect an analog mixer, microphone or guitar to the analog inputs, you can record any instrument to your computer via the MOXF. With built-in effects and the ability to control up to 16 VST instruments, Cubase AI lets you perform the complete computer music production process, including notation, scoring, and automated mixing.
  • Controlling DAW software
    The MOXF has a special remote mode for controlling DAW software that allows you to use the buttons on its panel to open and close software windows, add instrument tracks and select VST instruments. The AI knob can be used as a jog wheel or set so that any parameter you mouse over in Cubase can be controlled automatically. You can also use the MOXF to control other popular DAW packages.
  • Steinberg Prologue VSTi
    Prologue is a wonderfully rich-sounding virtual analog synthesizer that will become an indispensable part of your VSTi arsenal. Prologue's textural range includes lush, detailed pads and bright, acerbic leads and everything in between. Prologue s intuitive user interface provides full editing capabilities with access to its three oscillators, powerful multi-mode filter, four envelopes, two LFOs, a powerful modulation matrix, and onboard effects. And because Prologue is polyphonic with up to 128 voices, you'll (probably) never run out of creative space.
  • YC-3B Tone Wheel Organ VST
    YC-3B is a VST Instrument that reproduces the classic sound of tone wheel organs. It offers 64 different preset sound programs that you can also use to create your own original sounds, which you can then save as VST presets.

Dimensions
Width 1,320 mm
Height 168 mm
Depth 405 mm
Weight 14.9 kg

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