Yamaha have unveiled their latest synth, the MODX, a digital instrument combining sample-based synthesis with an eight-operator FM engine. In essence, the MODX is a trimmed down version of the brand’s Montage keyboard, using the same base engine and similar crop of performance controls.
The MODX’s sound engine has two layers. The first uses Yamaha’s Advanced Wave Memory 2 (AWM2) tech, which combines sampling with subtractive synthesis for an array of convincing acoustic sounds, classic synth tones and percussive patches. The AWM2 section can have up to eight elements – ie sample waveforms or oscillators – and is 128 voice polyphonic. On top of this, the synth also features the Montage’s FM-X engine, offering eight-operator FM synthesis with 88 algorithms and 64-voice polyphony. Via Yamaha’s online converter app, the MODX can load patches from the company’s classic FM synths like the DX7. The MODX also features Yamaha’s Motion Control system and Super Knob controller. This is effectively a multi-use macro controller used for complex automation and morphing between layers. For more detailed parameter editing and control, the MODX features a 7” central touchscreen. There’s also a complex arpeggio system and multiple performance ‘scenes’ that aid live performance.
Along with its built-in sample library, the MODX features an onboard 1GB flash memory for user sample upload. The MODX is expandable, with more sound content available from Yamaha. It’s compatible with the company’s Soundmondo app too. The synth also has a built-in 2-in/10-out audio interface. The synth has 13 insert effects, including analogue-style delay and reverb, amp sims, sidechain effects and performance tools like vinyl brake, bit crushing and a Spiralizer pitchshift effect.
Available now in 61 and 76-key semi-weighted varieties, at £1231 and £1420 respectively, as well as an 88-key GHS version, priced £1642.