According to Yamaha, "The MX series synthesizers feature carefully selected sounds taken from the Yamaha MOTIF XS. That powerful sonic palette is packed into sleek packages (available in 49- and 61-note versions) that fit today's on-the-go life style. But the MX Series aren't just synthesizers; they are designed to bridge the gap between hardware and software. By adding extensive audio and MIDI USB connectivity, advanced DAW and VST controller features and a suite of powerful music production software, the MX integrate hardware reliability with controller flexibility to give you the best of both worlds at a ground breaking level of affordability".
As a player of Yamaha synths for many years now I'm not entirely sure where their market lies with this latest release. Initial reaction across the web seems a little lukewarm also - as one commenter on YouTube wrote, "Buy a used XS6 if you want to make music. This crap is waste of money". The feature set of this new keyboard seems quite elementary, and Yamaha really don't seem to be bringing anything new to the table that they haven't released generations earlier.
For a further introduction check out the videos below - the first providing a product overview (yawn) and the second a rather dubious bedroom-to-dancefloor style promo video! Enjoy.
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