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moosers 12/11/2010

Yamaha Motif-Rack ES : moosers のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

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The Yamaha Motif-Rack ES is a MIDI sound module for use with a MIDI keyboard or otherwise. For those who don't know, Yamaha has a series of keyboard workstations under the Motif name, with this one being just a rack version that contains all of the sounds and features without a keyboard. The unit has MIDI jacks for input, output, and through, in addition to 1/4" stereo outputs and four 1/4" assignable outputs. It also has a digital output, optical output, and a USB port. The front panel also has a 1/4" jack for headphones. It is of course rack mountable and will only take up a single space.

UTILIZATION

Using the Yamaha Motif-Rack ES is a bit more difficult than using a full Motif keyboard since it's so compact, but it's still not too hard to navigate through sounds here and all that. I haven't used the Motif-Rack ES for it's in depth features, using it as just a sound module with an external MIDI keyboard. There's definitely a good amount that can be done with it that I'm sure is more in depth that I haven't used it for as of yet. A manual is definitely a good thing to have if you're looking to learn everything possible with the Yamaha Motif-Rack ES.

SOUNDS

The sounds on the Yamaha Motif-Rack ES are awesome across the board. They're the same exact sounds that you'll find in the keyboard version of the Motif ES, which range from traditional acoustic piano sounds to emulations of acoustic instruments, to synth sounds and beyond. It also has drum kits, effects, and pretty much everything you'd expect a multi-functional workstation to have. All of the sounds are pretty realistic, with some being more so than others, but for the most part this is a top notch collection of sounds.

OVERALL OPINION

If you're a keyboard player who has a rack of modules and a MIDI keyboard, you really can't go wrong with the Yamaha Motif-Rack ES as your main module. It's not going to give you the most realistic analog keyboard sounds, but for just about everything besides this, it's top tier. If you already have a MIDI keyboard this is a great way to expand your palette of sounds. It's cheaper than buying a Motif keyboard, but in some cases it's probably worth it to go for the full keyboard. The Yamaha Motif-Rack ES is definitely a nice option to have and is one that should be considered by anyone looking for an all purpose MIDI rack sound module.