MODX Hybrid Synthesizer

New Gear/ New Toys Review: Yamaha MODX Hybrid Synthesizer

Yamaha's MOXF synth line is replaced by the new MODX line that comes in three models: MODX6 with 61 semi-weighted keys, MODX7 with 76 semi-weighted keys and the MODX8 with 88 weighted and graded hammer action keys. (Pictured)

The MODX is a hybrid design with the Montage's AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) sample and synthesis with 128-note stereo polyphony and a 64 FM-X Synth. The MODX has the Montage's Seamless Sound Switching for changing between Performances of up to four parts without any sound cutoff. The MODX has DSP power with up to 13 simultaneous dual insertion effects and three system/master effects.

The control panel includes four faders, Super Knob macro control and a touchscreen display; it comes with Steinberg Cubase AI DAW software available as a free download for creating and producing music on the computer.

The retail pricing for the Yamaha MODX6 is $1,649, the MODX7 at $1,899 and MODX8 at $2,399.

Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine.