New Gear Review: Yamaha Motif XF7 40th Anniversary White Edition

•YamahaMotif XFThe all-white Motif XF Music Production Synthesizer celebrates the company’s 40th anniversary of manufacturing synthesizers and would be a dream to own.

This sleek white finish is ideal for performers seeking the spotlight or composers desiring a clean, modern design. The Motif XF white edition includes deep, built-in computer integration with multiple DAW and soft synth remote templates.

The award-winning Motif XF comes with 741 MB of internal Wave ROM, including detailed digital recreations of two Yamaha acoustic grand piano sounds, acoustic instruments, vintage synths and hip-hop sounds in demand by today’s producers. Sturdy front panel knobs and sliders allow for instant sound-shaping possibilities. The Category Search function makes it easy to navigate the controls and comes with 1,664 instrument voices and 97 drum kits.

The Motif XF series in white MSRP pricing: Motif XF8 $4,039, the Motif XF7 goes for $3,539 and the Motif XF6 is $2,999.


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. http://barryrudolph.com