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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:41 pm    Post subject: Yamaha MODX Reply with quote

Seems the Moxf replacement is just around the corner
Its half a Montage.. but has the FM engine on board..

https://yamahamusicians.com/the-new-modx-keyboard-from-yamaha-raising-the-bar-for-mid-range-synths/
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi --

I posted a MODX vs. Montage comparison table at:

http://sandsoftwaresound.net/yamaha-modx-vs-montage/

Plus a few comments and observations. I'd really like to give it a try!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Montage has 128 note FM-X polyphony.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yamaha scheduled a new product event for Friday, September 14 at 1PM EDT.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don’t know what’s worse, Mini keys (korg) or mod wheels in that awkward place
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vadim wrote:
I don’t know what’s worse, Mini keys (korg) or mod wheels in that awkward place

...for me, mini keys are MUCH worse, and I like wheels above the keyboard like this - the instrument is several inches shorter, and lighter, easier to move, it takes up less space in the music room, in the car, on the stand, etc...

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dfahrner wrote:
Vadim wrote:
I don’t know what’s worse, Mini keys (korg) or mod wheels in that awkward place

...for me, mini keys are MUCH worse, and I like wheels above the keyboard like this - the instrument is several inches shorter, and lighter, easier to move, it takes up less space in the music room, in the car, on the stand, etc...

df


But can’t fit it half way under studio desk, gotta have it all the way out Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pjd37 wrote:
Hi --

I posted a MODX vs. Montage comparison table at:

http://sandsoftwaresound.net/yamaha-modx-vs-montage/

Plus a few comments and observations. I'd really like to give it a try!

Take care -- pj


nice table...

Shows its half a Montage
But has all the sounds and arps on board..
Is much lighter.. and has everything one would need for playing with others.

The only thing which might proove a dissapointment is the keybed..
I in general don't like the flimsy Yamaha synth keybeds in their lower models.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vadim wrote:
I don’t know what’s worse, Mini keys (korg) or mod wheels in that awkward place


You will get used to it very fast...

I love for example how Nord did it on the Nord stage..
Much better then on my Kronos..
on an 88 key, having the stick to the side is just to far a reach..

Advantage, it makes the formfactor very small..
I guess it will be extremely light to..

Mini keys are an instant killer for me..
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exciting time again I'm sitting back and enjoying the show.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

......yet again..."No Aftertouch"......

Why? (same question for Korg and the LS88)

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

xp50player wrote:
Montage has 128 note FM-X polyphony.


Thanks for catching this typo! The hazards of "copy and modify..." Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vadim wrote:
I don’t know what’s worse, Mini keys (korg) or mod wheels in that awkward place


I think they ran into a space/weight issue. The MO products are intended to be lightweight. With the TFT, Yamaha may have had to increase the physical front-to-back depth to fit in the display. They pushed the PB/MOD wheels to the new space in back and trimmed the side-to-side width to reduce weight.

Not a defense of what they've done, but it's probably what their engineers were thinking. I use the MOX assignable buttons quite a lot and I'm not too happy with their placement on the MODX.

All the best -- pj
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Going by the preliminary specs I'd say it's more than half a Montage, a very cost-effective way to get a cut down Montage.
It comes even in a 76 keys version.
I wish it had at least a basic editable sequencer, but somehow Yamaha feels differently.
With Roland also poised to release new products (maybe even a flagship product) it's quite an interesting week.
So where's KORG (not counting the EK-50)?
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