MATRIXSYNTH: Yamaha Introduces MX Series w/ FM Essential iOS App Integration for MX BK/BU Series

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Yamaha Introduces MX Series w/ FM Essential iOS App Integration for MX BK/BU Series

Published on Jul 21, 2016 Yamaha Corporation

iTunes: FM Essential - US - Yamaha Corporation of America

"With your MX49 BK/BU/WH or MX61 BK/BU/WH connected to the iPhone or iPad, you can use all internal voices and also store them."

Note the MX88 is new.

Yamaha Music Synthesizer MX BK/BU Series Official Movie
FM Essential Introduction
iOS Application FM Essential Voice demo
Introducing the MX88 music synthesizer
Yamaha MX88 with FM Essential Artist Interview

Update: one more not yet in the playlist:

How to unlock the YAMAHA FM Essential iOS app

Published on Apr 20, 2017 Yamaha Corporation

Update: And the official press release:

"Yamaha Expands MX Series with 88-Key, Weighted-Action MX88, Combining Synth Features and Real Piano Feel

BUENA PARK, Calif. (April 20, 2017) – Yamaha today announced the MX88, the latest addition to its popular MX line of synthesizers for stage and studio.

Equipped with 88 weighted keys, the MX88 represents the logical extension of the MX line, known for its high-quality instrument and synth sounds, deep computer and iOS integration, and with this introduction, a full-size keyboard featuring realistic piano action.

Connection to both Windows and Mac computers is a breeze, thanks to a class-compliant, bi-directional USB audio/MIDI interface. Players can record the keyboard’s superb internal sounds into a computer-based DAW and monitor the computer’s output through the keyboard’s ¼" audio outputs or headphone jack.

The comprehensive sound collection of the MX88 is based on the legendary Yamaha Motif sound engine, and contains everything from synthesizer leads, pads and more to authentic acoustic instrument sounds. The realistic Concert Grand Piano sound has been optimized for the MX88 keyboard to provide the highest level of expression.

'The MX88 will appeal to players who need the touch and feel of a real piano with 88 weighted-action keys,' said Nate Tschetter, product marketing manager, Music Production, Yamaha Corporation of America. 'Now, any keyboardist can take advantage of the computer and iOS integration and superb Motif sound that distinguish the MX line in the market. And like the MX49/61 BK/BU, MX88 unlocks FM Essential – a free FM synthesizer iOS app. This provides the great sounds inside MX88 along with the pure FM synthesis Yamaha made famous.'

Other key features on the MX88 include:

A full selection of VCM effects
Easy Split/Layer Performance Mode
16-part Multi timbral operation and 128-note polyphony
Extensive hands-on control for VSTs and DAWs
A software bundle that includes Steinberg Cubase AI
Between its comprehensive design, 88-key weighted-action keyboard and affordable price, the MX88 will appeal not only to professional musicians, but also to the educational and worship markets.

Pricing and Availability

The MX88 will be available at authorized Yamaha piano retailers starting April 20, 2017, with an MSRP of $1,299.00

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