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This new keyboard is called the Motif, and what a wonder it is. It not only has an integrated sound module that sounds fantastic, but it has some incredible sequencing abilities and performance tools that have really raised the bar. They've called the main features the Integrated Sampling Sequencer.
The Motif seems to be more successful than the previous sampler incarnations. It can load all types of things and has an open architecture. It's slick interface and marketing toward MPC-types seem to secure it's place in the market.
In 2004 Yamaha pumped up the Motif's feature set and put out the Motif ES, which increases the memory capability and some other things. However, the basic programming and sample feature set remains the same.
In 2007 Yamaha upped the ante with the XS series. This speeds up the sample loading, adds a "Patch Select" feature where you can turn on/off Elements in real time (similar to Keyswitching), and sports a fantastic new interface.
2010 brought the innovative Motif XF, which replaces most the RAM memory (cut down to 128mb) with the potential of 2GB of flash memory, which retains thedata upon turning off the machine.
In this document, the term "Motif" refers to all Motif incarnations, since they are all similar.
The only catch is that each sample reference (Keybank) always contains its own data. So there is the potential in conversions that samples have to be replicated, thus wasting disk space, memory, and loading time.
Anyway, what you play on a Motif is a "Voice," which can contain up to 4 "Elements" (is the terminology making you dizzy yet?). Each Element can reference a... "Waveform"! Also, an Element can reference an internal sample and well as a user-loaded one, thus making the Motif similar to the Kurzweil in it's hybridness.
The Motif's limit is 64mb, which isn't too bad. The Motif ES and XS expand this with 1gig maximum.
But the Motif sounds great and it is plenty capable. Worth the money!
This translation code has been released, with the conversions at Level 3.