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Yamaha’s Motif Xf8 Production Synth

Umpteen sounds and almost as many add-ons

Take Yamaha’s Motif XF8 out of its box and you might chuckle at its chunkiness. In an age where new technology is touch-screen, wireless and ever slimmer, here is a 63-pound piece of machinery which stands nearly as tall as I do, and is thicker than a phone book.

But there’s a lot going on inside that heft. Plug in the 88-key XF8 and you’ll surely be impressed by the instrument’s stockpile of authentic sounds and its recording and sampling capabilities. Will it revolutionize the keyboard industry? Not a chance. But the XF8 reliably builds upon its predecessors, which have been hailed as one of the market’s premier workstation lines. This latest addition, which comes almost 10 years after the first Motif, is sure to uphold that reputation.

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