Yamaha Announces MODX+ Range
Yamaha has introduced three models of the MODX+ range. Further improving on the popular MODX synthesizers, the new, overhauled models offer even greater flexibility and performance for discerning musicians and producers. With larger memory, greater polyphony and improved haptics, the new models MODX8+, MODX7+ and MODX6+ draw ever closer to flagship synthesizer MONTAGE.
MODX+: compact high-end synthesizers
When they were introduced in 2018, the MODX synthesizers already brought a lot to the table. Inspired by the outstanding functionality and sound of the Yamaha MONTAGE synthesizers, MODX featured innovative controls including the multi-function Super Knob, four faders and a touch screen, while combining sample-based and FM-based sound creation just like the big sibling. The idea behind MODX was mainly centred around mobility, giving gigging musicians a chance to unleash the power of MONTAGE style synthesis and performance on stage without breaking their backs. Constantly updated with functionality improvements and new sounds, the MODX range has been on stages around the world, exciting musicians and listeners alike.
MODX+: more potential, more sound, more feeling
With the new Yamaha MODX+ models, the regular updates and expansions now transfer over to the hardware. The three new synthesizers feature 1.75 GB of internal flash memory, an upgrade of 75 percent compared to the original models, giving musicians more space for custom samples and synth sound libraries. The plus also stands for more polyphony, with 128-note stereo AWM2 and 128-note FM-X polyphony allowing for extended playability and more freedom in sound design. Even the haptics are further improved by rubber-coating both the modulation and pitch bend wheels for better grip and control in passionate performances – lending the MODX+ a proper MONTAGE feel.
The synthesizer powerhouse for the performing musician
All these improvements enhance the already brilliant experience of the original Yamaha MODX without compromising its strengths. MODX+ still features both sound engines: with AWM2 stereo samples for authentic and organic sounding natural instruments and FM-X frequency modulation synthesis for characteristic, flavourful synth sounds. It still allows for up to 13 simultaneous Dual Insert effects and three additional Master effects to shape the sound to perfection. 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 on YamahaSynth.com). With Motion Control and a programmable matrix, all of these sounds can be dynamically performed, mixed and combined. The MODX+ is a real workhorse for musicians.
On the stage
Yamaha designed the MODX+ with the stages of the world in mind. MODX8+, MODX7+ and MODX6+ are meant to be on tour, to help musicians achieve their full potential in the heat of a live performance. Accordingly, all three models remain comparatively compact in size and lightweight. Optional cases and stands tailor-made for the MODX+ range ensure longevity and easy transport.
Three models cover all players
Just like its predecessors, the Yamaha MODX+ series features three different models to address the specific needs and requirements of different types of musicians.
- 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 the authentic acoustic piano touch discerning pianists require.
Prices and availability
Yamaha MODX8+, MODX7+ and MODX6+ are available immediately. The SRP (Inc VAT) are:
Yamaha Music Europe GmbH Profile
Yamaha is the world’s biggest producer of musical instruments and one of the leading producers of audio equipment for home entertainment and professional use. The company was founded more than 130 years ago in Japan. The European branch of Yamaha, which is registered as Yamaha Music Europe GmbH since 2009, exists since 1966. It is the key organisation for European distribution of all the company’s products, ranging from musical instruments to pro audio equipment to home entertainment devices.
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