Yamaha MODX

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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.

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