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Yamaha Keyboards & MIDI

About Keyboards & MIDI

Traditionally tickling the ivories meant sitting on a piano bench and playing a large instrument with 88 keys. While acoustic pianos remain popular their digital counterparts have become some of the most widely-used instrument in today's high-tech music community. Not only are they musical instruments they’re compact workstations capable of performing an entire repertoire of digital music tasks.

A standard keyboard is designed with 88 keys. 61-key and 76-key models are available but their range is slightly more limited than full-sized keyboards. Some synthesizers and MIDI controllers have key counts as low as 25. Because they're used mainly in digital sound applications MIDI's and synthesizers don't require such a wide range of keys. A keyboards ability to emulate the sound and feel of an acoustic piano is called touch sensitivity. If a musician strikes the keys with little pressure the keyboard produces a soft quieter sound. Conversely if they strike the keys with force the sound will be louder and harder. Weighed keys function in much the same way. Weighted keys offer the most resistance and the closest match to keys found on a regular piano. Non-weighted and synth keys are one in the same: they move freely and allow for fast fingering.

Led by accomplished brands like Williams Yamaha Casio Kawai Roland Suzuki and Akai keyboards have established themselves as vital instruments for learning and performance and are accompanied by a wide variety of accessories and teaching tools. Piano method bookslessons and survival kits are all great resources for beginning keyboard players. If a musician is more advanced they may want to explore synthesizers and MIDI controllers - these keyboards have more options and features than regular digital pianos and open up a whole new world of digital playing possibilities.

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The Yamaha MX49 Synthesiser is a combination of two key elements: high quality synth sounds derived from Yamaha's flagship Motif synth keyboard and advanced controller functionality. The result is a a compact keyboard that's already preloaded with incredible sounds for live performance but will also quickly become a part of your workflow in the studio too as you'll no doubt find the Xpanded USB controller functions more tactile and intuative that fidling around with your mouse!

So is it a live synth or a studio synth? Well it is genuinely both! The ob-board sounds are so good you'd be forgiven for never using it in the studio and the Xpanded USB controls are so good you'd be given for wiring it into your studio and never taking it out the house. But that means the real winners are those producers that will want it for both because at this incredible price you'll make a huge saving compared to buying a seperate synth and USB controller keyboard that matched the MX61 in quality!

Here's what Yamaha say about the MX Series

In keeping with today’s ‘on the go’ mobile life style, the MX series - comprising of MX49 and MX61 – combines a synth engine built around voices from the famous MOTIF, a USB controller keyboard and USB audio/MIDI computer integration together into one convenient and affordable package. Seriously lightweight and portable (4/5kg respectively) and bundled with a respectable software collection, the MX series gives you all the tools and inspiration you need to quickly turn your musical ideas into reality.

Designed for the modern musician, MX ticks all the boxes and brings the acclaimed MOTIF sound to an affordable, portable and powerful synthesizer. Packed with inspiring sounds and creative features MX is perfect for the stage yet equally at home in the studio or in the class room.

What Makes them great?

  • A wide selection of dynamic and inspiring MOTIF based sounds + great Yamaha keyboard action
  • Easy-to-use user interface
  • Highly portable, with easy-to-carry design
  • Full music production capabilities with just the MX49/MX61
  • Advanced Integration makes MX the Keyboard for Cubase users!
  • Instant Gratification
  • Jam along to your beats or backings in an instant. The MX is equipped to playback audio and MIDI directly from a USB stick, a portable music player through the AUX IN, or stream audio from your connected DAW via the built-in USB interface.


  • 166MB of internal Wave ROM
  • More than 1000 Voices taken directly from MOTIF
  • USB Audio/MIDI interface built in
  • VCM Effects
  • Auxiliary input and WAV/MIDI file playback
  • One touch Layer and Split function
  • 128 note Polyphony / 16 part multitimbral
  • 999 arpeggio patterns
  • Advanced synth editor
  • Remote Mode for DAW control
  • Bundled with Cubase AI, YC-3B organ emulator,
  • Steinberg Prologue analog synth
  • Lightweight design: (MX49: 4kg, MX61: 5kg)

Yamaha MX61 Synthesizer and USB Controller Keyboard Video Reviews

Yamaha MX61 Synthesizer and USB Controller Keyboard Specifications

Brand: Yamaha
Key Action:

Keyboard 'action' describes the mechanical feel or weight of the keys.


Spring action- preferred by synth players for it's fast and responsive feel that's great for playing smooth and fast runs.

Key Size: Full Size
Number of Keys: 61
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Trusted Customer  / Mar 13th 2014

The Yamaha MX61 is a great synth for what I wanted it for, i.e. as a second keyboard for gigging full of great sounds which you can edit from either the synth itself or using software. Build quality is good too and at just under 5kg is ideal for carrying to gigs.

Trusted Customer  / Jan 16th 2014


Trusted Customer  / Aug 29th 2013

Great product, pity it didn't come with the free gig bag other shops were offering though

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They also feature a range of drum, guitar, bass, keyboard and other musical phrases built in, minimizing the need for complex manual MIDI data programming. Complete compositions can easily be created with just one finger. Of course Yamaha keyboard know-how acquired and refined through years of experience offers feel and response that provide optimum musical control and comfort for smooth production.

Advanced Feature And Software Integration

The design of the KX Series control keyboards is based on in-depth research into the latest software-based music production and workflow approaches. Control capability has been refined for optimum compatibility with DAW software, software-based tone modules from major manufacturers, and the workflow methodologies they involve. There are transport functions to control DAW recording and playback, assignable buttons that can be assigned to a range of functions to suit individual needs, control templates for 30 different types of software tone module ... everything needed for smooth music production is right at your fingertips.
AI Functions Provide High-Level CUBASE Integration

In addition to the bundled Cubase AI4 software, the KX Series provides high-level integration with Steinberg Cubase 4 and Cubase Studio 4 DAW applications. You can open edit windows with a single button, add instrument tracks right from the controller keyboard, and automatic switching of control templates for different software tone modules when tracks are switched, as well as other advanced functions, facilitate a smooth, efficient workflow. Quantize and delete functions are pre-assigned to the assignable keys so you can start MIDI production without the need for complex setup procedures.
Phrase Factory Offers An Extensive Range Of Built-In One-Touch Phrases

The KX Series features a built-in arpeggiator with more than 500 pre-programmed phrases. Select an instrument and style, then simply hold the appropriate notes on the keyboard to play or enter the MIDI phrase data. For example, a guitarist could create a demo by entering all the required parts other than guitar by using the arpeggiator, and then overdub the actual guitar tracks. The KX Series makes it easy to create background music for your home page, backing for solo practice, and much more.
Four Control Knobs Plus Templates For 30 Software Tone Modules

In addition to advanced control of DAW software, the KX Series keyboards feature control templates for 30 different software tone modules built in. The most commonly used parameters for all 30 tone modules are automatically assigned to the keyboard's four real-time control encoders. When using Cubase the appropriate control templates are automatically selected when switching tracks, so you won't be distracted by having to change settings manually.
KX Editor For Versatile Parameter Assignment

The KX Editor application, downloadable from the Yamaha website, allows detailed parameter assignment and editing for the four encoders and assignable buttons. You can create different parameter sets for production and performance, or for different types of music, and simply switch them as required.
Performance-Oriented Keyboard Response

Yamaha has always placed a great deal of importance on achieving keyboard feel and response that gives the performer total playing comfort. The KX Series keyboard response has been carefully "tuned" for optimum performance with software tone modules. The 88-key KX8 features Yamaha's acclaimed GHS keyboard for a true piano feel.
Velocity Curve Control For Optimum Response With Individual Tone Modules

Keyboard velocity response can be adjusted in six steps to match a wide range of tone modules and sample players. Optimum matching of player, keyboard, and tone module means maximum playing comfort and fluid performance.
USB Power Compatible

Since the KX Series keyboards are compatible with USB bus power, they can be simply plugged into a USB port and used without a separate power adaptor.
Expression Pedal And External MIDI Tone Generator Connectivity

Since the KX Series keyboards are compatible with USB bus power, they can be simply plugged into a USB port and used without a separate power adaptor.

Dimensions Width 937mm (36-7/8")
Height 114.6mm (4-5/8")
Depth 343.9mm (13-5/8")
Weight Weight 4.3kg (9.5 lbs.)
Control Interface
Keyboard Number of Keys 61
Initial Touch Yes
Other Controllers Pitch Bend Yes
Modulation Yes
Storage and Connectivity
Connectivity Foot Switch SUSTAIN
System Requirements
Windows CPU Windows 7 and Vista (SP1 or later) * 1 GHz or better Intel Core / Pentium / Celeron processor.Windows XP Professional SP3, XP Home Edition SP3* 750 MHz or better Intel Core / Pentium / Celeron processor.
Memory * Windows 7 : 1 GB or more* Windows Vista : 512 MB or more* Windows XP Professional, XP Home Edition : 128 MB or more
OS * Windows 7 (32bit/64bit)* Windows Vista SP1 or later (32bit/64bit)* Windows XP Professional SP3 (32bit) / XP Home Edition SP3 (32bit)
Others USB1.1 or 2.0 interface
Macintosh CPU Intel Mac, Power PC G4/G3
Memory * Mac OS X 10.6 : 1 GB or more* Mac OS X 10.5 : 512 MB or more* Mac OS X 10.4 : 256 MB or more* Mac OS X 10.3.3 or later : 128 MB or more
OS Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.3.3
Others USB1.1 or 2.0 interface
Included Accessories Power Adaptor AC Adapter PA-130(U) or PA-3C(others), CD-ROM x 2, USB Cable x 1, Owner's manual

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This page describes the common types of MIDI Messages.

• Controller numbers 0 - 31 (Dec) are continuous: Coarse / MSB (most significant byte)
• Controller numbers 32 - 63 (Dec) are continuous: Fine / LSB (least significant byte)
• Controller numbers 64 - 97 (Dec) are switches

NameHexDecBank Select MSB000Mod Wheel (coarse)011Breath Controller (coarse)022Foot Controller (coarse)044Portamento Time (coarse)055Data Entry (coarse)066Volume (coarse)077Balance (coarse)088Pan (coarse)0A10Expression Controller (coarse)0B11Effect Control 1 (coarse)0C12Effect Control 2 (coarse)0D13General Purpose 11016General Purpose 21117General Purpose 31218General Purpose 41319Bank Select LSB2032Mod Wheel (fine)2133Breath Controller (fine)2234Foot Controller (fine)2436Portamento Time (fine)2537Data Entry (fine)2638Volume (fine)2739Balance (fine)2840Pan (fine)2A42Expression Controller (fine)2B43Effect Control 1 (fine)2C44Effect Control 2 (fine)2D45Sustain4064Portamento4165Sustenuto4266Soft Pedal4367Hold 24569Sound Variation4670Sound Timbre4771Sound Release Time4872Sound Attack Time4973Sound Brightness4A74Sound Control 64B75Sound Control 74C76Sound Control 84D77Sound Control 94E78Sound Control 104F79General Purpose 55080General Purpose 65181General Purpose 75282General Purpose 85383Ext Effects Depth5B91Tremolo Depth5C92Chorus Depth5D93Detune Depth (Celeste Depth)5E94Phaser Depth5F95Data Increment (Data Entry +1)6096Data Decrement (Data Entry -1)6197Non-Registered Param LSB6298Non-Registered Param MSB6399Registered Param LSB64100Registered Param MSB65101All Sound Off78120Reset All Controllers79121Local Control7A122All Notes Off7B123Omni Mode Off7C124Omni Mode On7D125Mono Mode On7E126Poly Mode On7F127
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