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The YAMAHA MX 61 is from October 2012!
You get a “MOX6” as a “MX61” for 649 € in 2013 !?!?!
And what will be the price for the MM6 in 2013 ???
150,200,250,300....€ ? Guess yourself!
and the “japanese bert smorenburg”!
The better MM6 is now MX61! :-)
Am I wrong???
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The MM6/MM8 (2008) made available some Motif level sounds to the market for those with price point concerns. As a keyboard for “live” performing, nothing in its price point sounded as good.
Fast forward: The MX49/61 are specifically designed for both “live” performance and computer-based music production. The MX’s firmware is designed with computer connectivity in mind. The MX includes its own MIDI and audio interface bulit-in. In the four and a half years since the MM’s were introduced, USB has matured to the point where both MIDI and Audio can traverse the same cable… Thus making the MX a perfect vehicle for serious music production.
The MX’s can be seen as co-processors for a computer. Here is some straight talk about it… If you’ve ever been to the serious studios for music production, you are likely to find high powered workstation computers (16 cores are not unusual), frankly most home studios have a computer somewhat less powerful.
With real world computers, laptops, notebooks, pad devices, you are asking this computer to be the sound source (VSTi), the effect processors,, and the recording device.... Well, forums like this are full of people trying to make this all happen… With varying degrees of success (or failure). CPUs are being overtaxed.
Imagine adding a killer (proven) sound set, and killer effect processing that when connected (via a simple USB) cable is able to unburden your computer’s CPU from having to do EVERYTHING.
While I’m sure people with a laptop and a keyboard controller think they have found nirvana, but the MX just simply ups that… For not much more than a decent controller keyboard, you get sounds 166MB from the Motif XS library, you get the Rev-X reverb, the SPX reverb, R3 reverb, and the VCM EFFECTS. 128 note polyphony… It’s a no-brainer.
You would spend more in plugins than the cost of the MX!!! Plus it is a Keybd controller!
While, yes, you could use the MM6 with a computer, But, (and as they say, it’s a a big ole but) the MX was designed with that specifically in mind.
If you were to go into a store and find a really sharp sales associate (yes they actually do exist), and stated you needed something in a keyboard with great sounds for “live” performing and you had just $499 (that’s US Dollars)… The MM6 is perfect for those requirements. That is the reason it remains one of the very best selling synthesizer keyboards.
But if you mentioned you wanted to record (as in do music production), for just $100 more ($599 USD) you can get the MX49. Which includes its own MIDI and AUDIO interface capability. And for $799 you could get it with 61 keys. The MX are REMOTE CONTROL surfaces for DAWs, in addition, to everything else.
The ability of the MX to stream MIDI files and WAV files in real time make it a powerful on-stage keyboard… You can bring all the magic and music including anything you recorded in your DAW at home, to the stage as a wave file.. Quick and easy access to 16 Voices in each program, quick easy layers and splits, and so on. Arps, rhythm patterns… Etc.
Don’t need computer connectivity - MM
Look at them as keyboards in a similar price point but with two different design concepts (and four years of improvements) both products remain current products, one does not replace the other… They have different target customers! One thing the MM’s proved was that there is a significant market for great sounds at these under $1000 price points… And there is also interest in connecting to a computer… We think that the MXs break new ground here in that respect. And light weight enough to be of no concern when mobility is required.
Hope that helps.
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Sure helped me Bad_Mister. I was looking at some boards under 1k to supplement my higher end Korg and my XF7. Roland offered a couple but their feel was chinsy. Korg has the newer Krome....
Overall I prefer the voice selections in my XF over Korg, so after reading your summation, I’ll likely go with the MX61