Yamaha MX88 88 Key Synthesizer
The MX88 is the flagship of Yamaha's MX line of synthesizers.
Featuring realistic piano action, the MX88 contains a wide range of
authentic sounds for inspiration plus you can easily connect to
computers and iOS devices.
The MX88 features a Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) weighted action. GHS weighted action has a heavier response in the low keys and a lighter response in the high keys. This provides realistic acoustic piano touch and response. Special matte black key tops absorb moisture and remain tactile after extended use, perfect for long practice or performance sessions.
Dynamic, MOTIF-based Sounds
This instrument contains a wide range of dynamic and authentic waveforms derived directly from the world famous Yamaha MOTIF (including the realistic instrument sounds of acoustic piano, electric piano, synthesizer, drums, and many others). These give you exceptionally high-quality sound for playing and recording in various musical genres. Moreover, you can easily play back phrases of each instrument—even complex phrases impossible to play live—by using the Arpeggio function. The instrument also features an extensive effect system—including VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) Effects, REV-X (high grade Reverb) Effects, and Master EQ. In a wide variety of ways, this instrument truly enhances and inspires your music performance and creation.
Easy-to-use user interface
This instrument has been designed for easy playability and simple, intuitive operation. For example, the Category buttons let you quickly select a desired Voice from easy-to-understand groups, based on the general instrument type or sound characteristics. The useful and popular Layer function (playing two Voices together) and Split function (playing two separate Voices with your left and right hands) can also be set instantly. What’s more, four Knobs are available on the panel—letting you control twelve aspects of the sound, and tweak them in real time as you play.
Full Concert Grand Piano Voice
The Full Concert Grand piano in the MX88 comes directly from the MOTIF series. With a powerful focused low-end, highly detailed midrange and pristine high-end, the Full Concert Grand piano is perfect for any style of music in any environment.
Don’t sacrifice sound for portability - get the MX88! The MX88 is a lightweight and portable music synthesizer with 88 full-sized, touch-sensitive keys and over 1,000 Voices from the legendary MOTIF.
Optimized Touch Curve
Uniting the GHS action with the Full Concert Grand piano Voice is an optimized touch curve. This curve provides the player with a high level of expression, realism and dynamic. This is only possible in an instrument designed by Yamaha, a manufacturer of world-class concert grand pianos for over 100 years.
Sounds for the Modern Piano Player
Beyond acoustic piano, the MX88 features an impressive selection of keyboard Voices. Choose from authentic re-creations of classic tine and reed electric pianos or retro tonewheel organs with rotary speaker effect. There are also punchy and percussive Clav sounds when you want to get funky. This wide variety of sounds makes the MX88 perfect for the stage, studio or worship service.
Realistic Strings, Guitars, Basses and Drum Kits
Amazing re-creations of orchestral strings, woodwinds, pipe organs, brass and more make the MX88 an inspirational tool for orchestrators, educators and producers. For the aspiring producer, the highly expressive and playable acoustic and electric guitars, basses, tonewheel organs and drum kits offer a powerful and professional sonic pallete.
Motif Sound Engine
The MOTIF Sound Engine is a powerful synthesizer technology for making sound. MOTIF Sound Engine Voices consist of up to eight Elements. These Elements can be layered for a thick, fat sound or zoned so a different Element plays in different parts of the keyboard. You can also switch between Elements by velocity for extreme dynamics or randomize Elements for anything from subtle variation to experimental sound.
FM Essential is a FREE 4-Operator FM synthesizer app for iOS. The standard version features 10 Voices, but connecting the MX88 Music Synthesizer (via the Apple® Lightning to USB Camera Adapter – not included) unlocks a full 271 FM Voices from classic ‘80s to cutting-edge modern EDM. Full Voice editing capibilities are also unlocked. FM Essential also features built-in effects, EQ, drum phrases and a step sequencer for automating your control changes.
VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) Effect
Virtual Circuitry Modeling re-creates the sound and behavior of vintage effects and high-end studio signal processors by modeling the circuits down to the original analog component level.
128 notes of polyphony ensure dropout-free performance playing live or with full 16-track sequences.
Jam along with the Rhythm Patterns and Songs
This instrument features a wealth of dynamic Rhythm Patterns in wide variety of musical genres. You can play the keyboard along with Rhythm Pattern playback—a truly inspiring way to perform! The instrument also conveniently lets you play back MIDI and Audio data contained in USB flash memory—letting you easily use Song data created on computer during live performance, without needing a computer! Plus, an [AUX IN] jack allows you to connect a portable music player, so that you can play the keyboard along with your favorite songs.
The MX88 is more than a great-sounding synthesizer; it's the hub of your studio! The MX88 is USB audio and MIDI class-compliant, letting you record and playback stereo audio to and from your computer or iOS device. This is perfect when recording the MX88 into your DAW and listening to your mixes through speakers or headphones.
The MX88 does more than connect to your DAW, it's also a dedicated control surface. Use the onboard transport controls with your DAW and interact with plug-in parameters via the control knobs. There are dozens of built-in Remote Control Templates for interacting with popular softsynths and plug-ins, giving your software a hardware feel.
With DAW remote control capabilities, there’s also a 16-channel MIDI interface for using the MX88 as both a keyboard controller and tone generator. The MX88 is the perfect recording centerpiece.
Cubasis LE2 is the compact version of Steinberg’s streamlined, multitouch sequencer for the iPad®, providing the same look and feel of its bigger brother Cubasis. Specially designed for quick and easy operation, Cubasis LE2 makes recording, editing and mixing a breeze. Cubasis LE2 places touch-intuitive production tools in your hands, opening a new world of possibilities for your creativity.
Full music production capabilities—with just this instrument!
Both MIDI and audio data can be transferred to and from a computer via USB—without the need for a separate audio interface or a MIDI interface. You can record and play MIDI data, record digital audio data from this instrument directly, and monitor the DAW sound from the OUTPUT [L/MONO] jack/ [PHONES] jack.
Integration with Cubase
This instrument is specially designed to work seamlessly with Cubase, Steinberg’s full-featured DAW software—giving you a comprehensive, all-in-one music production system, in which hardware and software are fully integrated.
USB audio and MIDI Class-Compliant for easy connection to iOS applications
This instrument can connect to iOS by using USB Audio/MIDI Class Compliant. You can use Stereo Audio In/Out and MIDI In/Out with iPhone and iPad through Apple’s Lightning - USB Camera Adapter. Combining the instrument with an iOS audio application, you can get a mobile audio recording solution.
- Width: 52 inches (1320 mm)
- Depth: 16 inches (405 mm)
- Height: 6.61 inches (168 mm)
- Weight: 30.58 lbs. (13.9 kg)
- Number of Keys: 88
- Initial Touch: Yes
- Tone Generator: AWM2
- Maximum Polyphony: 128 notes
- Multi Timbral Capacity: 16 parts (Internal)
- Wave: Approx.166 MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format)
- Voices Preset: 1,106 Normal Voices + 61 Drum Kits, GM: 128 Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit, User: 128 Normal Voices + 8 Drum Kits
- Performance User: 128 (16 parts)
- Effects Reverb x 9 types (42 presets), Chorus x 17 types (88 presets), Insertion Effect x 48types (267 presets) x 4, Master EQ (5 bands)
- Tempo (BPM): 5 – 300
- Songs: 27 Demo Songs
- Patterns: 208 Patterns
- Arpeggio: 999 types
- Sequence formats: SMF Format 0 (playback only)
- Sequence Software compatible with the Remote Control function For Windows: Cubase 8 or later, SONAR X2 Producer For Mac: Cubase 8 or later, Logic Pro X, Digital Performer 9 *Functions to be controlled differ depending on the software
- Controllers: Pitch Bend Wheel x 1, Modulation Wheel x 1, Assignable Knob x 4, [DATA] dial x 1
- Display: 3 digit LED + 20 x 2 line character LCD (backlit)
- Connectors: OUTPUT [L / MONO] / [R] (standard phone jack), [PHONE] (standard stereo phone jack), [FOOT CONTROLLER], [SUSTAIN], MIDI [IN] / [OUT], USB [TO HOST] (Class Compliant support)/ [TO DEVICE], [AUX IN], DC IN
- Power Supply: 9 W
- Accessories: AC adaptor (PA-150B or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha), Owner' Manual, Cubase AI Download Information
Yamaha MX88 88 Key Synthesizer
- Brands Yamaha
- Product Code: Yamaha MX88 88 Key Synthesizer
- Availability: In Stock