Introduction to the Yamaha MX49
The Yamaha mx49 is a fantastic digital piano. Yamaha once specialized in the making of the cheapest but incredibly outstanding keyboards. Just to name a few, the DX11,DX21, DX27 to the CE25, then came along the SY22 alongside the SY55. All this were amazing and all inexpensive descendants of the more powerful creator. However, for the past approximately 10 years, Yamaha has left us all amidst their cloud of never-ending somewhat dissatisfying products with a price that leaves a deep dent in the pockets. Despite their numerous attempts to bring back the once musical golden age, they have only managed to come up with the not so impressive electronic pianos but all that changed.
It all changed with the introduction of the Yamaha MX49 a low-cost synth that comes packaged with a Steinberg’s Cubase AI6 sequencer and Prologue soft synthesizer, as well as Yamaha’s own YC3B organ emulator. Considering its low price and all those incredible features, it comes at a very low price which leaves one wondering whether there is a catch.
Overall features of the Yamaha MX49
Most people are impressed with the way its easy to switch the octaves on the keyboard, layer, and split. The keyboard is so light in weight that a 6-year-old baby can easily topple it over; speaking from experience. It has over 1000 sounds and voices that are derived from the world-class series, Motif XS. The sounds range from various acoustic sounds like drums and strings to the complex8- element synth Voices. The board has simply all the basic elements at your fingertips.
The board has user interface selections that allow you to access your sounds just at the touch of a button. The new board has features that make it more easy to access the Voices on the keyboard. The Yamaha mx49 has allows you to file your own tracks on board, literally.
However, the MX would not just manipulate encoded computer instruction D A Ws and V S Ts; it happens to be an audio interface as nicely. Just join a USB cable on your laptop and you can control almost every voice out of the laptop through the earpiece output of the M X or concentrate to the DAW tracks you created by utilizing the M X connected to the outer studio monitoring tools or using the PA tools. The converters/(audio) on the MX are made for expert song programs so the whole lot on your laptop — even video games — will sound higher whilst the usage of the M X like the output. The MX interface is bi-directional which means that you can file the sounds; mostly internal, of the MX immediately to your laptop, without even going to the analog area, for the very best possible first-class outcome.
Sounds of the Yamaha MX49
Comparing the Yamaha mx49 with the PMC seems quite unfair but whichever way you judge it from, the acoustic piano has much more profoundly amazing sound quality than anticipated. The underlying tones of the electric piano are excellent, even though the velocity layers in the factory sounds are most of the times distinctive. The Yamaha MX49, having many of its sounds derived from the Motif, has proven to be the ideal solution for many studios. The keyboard allows you to easily flip through the many sounds that it has and this has a ring of inspiration to many music producers.
The keyboard is also highly recommendable for live performance’s. The keyboard is quite small when you put into consideration the sounds that it produces. The keyboard can be easily put under the armpit and easily carried to any destination. The next time you visit a store just give it a try and I guarantee you-you won’t leave it behind. The cheap keyboard gives you value for your money, the Yamaha mx49 has simply taken the Motif sounds and put them in the keyboard making it an appropriate keyboard for band performances at the church, concerts and solo performances. If you want pro quality sounds and polyphony on a budget, this is your keyboard.
If you are wondering whether the Yamaha mx49 board is the right keyboard compared to the other keyboards, here are some of the features that make it distinct from the rest. This will help you realize why you are getting worth for your money.
MX synthesizers come inbuilt VCM effects, which arouses the old effects at the circuit level. The vintage sounds of the 70s have been revived through arousing the difficult to find vintage sounds. The equalizers and the flanges and the effects brought by the keyboard have brought back a legend in the musical era. Using the keyboard you can combine two Voices using the Split and the layer buttons that have their own intelligent dedicated parts when the Performance is evoked, the keyboard sounds as if its a whole band playing. It is worth noting that all the 138 Performances can be edited and made to whichever genre suits you; club friendly or just a simple relaxing tone.]
Each performance not only has three sounds, it additionally has the settings for an entire sixteen-part Multi; putting for play. You may easily switch between the 16 parts without cutting any of the sounds off. The 128 notes if polyphony allows you to plat multiple notes and even the densest from your DAW. This feature is what makes the Yamaha mx49 the best board to be used during performances to live audiences and playbacks of D A W MIDI tracks. The board has both analog and digital connectivity.
Based on Yamaha’s AWM2 engine, the MX49 is the baby of Yamaha’s Motif-derived synthesizers. It looks rather off and a bit simple but looks can be deceiving. The rear of the MX is not gorged with socket points. All it has is the single output pair that is linked up with the headphone socket. When you try out the Yamaha mx49 for the first time you will find patches which the creators like to call voices and each patch is allocated to a category piano string, organs and so on. You can’t rewrite these patches, but there are 128 user memories for the other Voices or patches and eight more memories for drum kits.
However, there’s no such thing as a specific ‘patch mode’, you get to the patches by inserting them into Performances, at this point they change the name and are referred to as Parts. The 128 of these Performances, can be altered and overwritten by the user however they desire, and each is 16-part multi-timbral, Parts 1 and 2 are accessible from the keyboard, and they can be used only one at a time. The other 14 Parts are accessible via MIDI in the normal way. Moreover, you can edit some important aspects of Parts 1 and 2 both at once— for example, adjusting the filters in both sounds — so they can act as a compound patch when they’re the layer.
In terms, if the controls found on the board, there are the hard plastic, standard issue Modulation wheels, tetra versatile knobs, a data sail and 47 keys for selecting functionality. The four knobs have access to special features in accordance to the knob function toggle button (inclusive of filter out cutoff/ resonance, part volume, panning, and FX stages), and are also used for DAW functions whilst the MX49 is in DAW Remote manner. The controls are incredibly amazing in real time changes when playing live in a performance or when recording in the studio. The board also has visual feedback but in this case, it an old-school red lights at the back of the board the number on the lights indicate the Performance type.
There is also two line blue-lit screen that indicates the names of the voices and the editing tasks that are currently in progress. It is spontaneous and easy to use the 16 different keys and easily flick through them either left or right using the cursor even during a live performance without having to get deep into the menu to select the voices and the editing you need to be done. As mentioned earlier the control allows you to switch between different voices, despite the switching, this does not mean that the sound gets cut off when the sounds are switched, a feature that makes the Yamaha mx49 applicable for performance to live audiences.
To change the voices in real time, just reach for one of the wheels and revolve them, FX levels or the filters and the FX levels. The sixteen class versatile toggle buttons simplify deciding on the 1,106 voices and 61 drum kits onboard (plus 128 user writeable voices). Categories consist of guitar, ethnic, organ, bass, strings, synth lead, piano, sound EFX, synth comp, and any other extras.
The Yamaha mx49 can be connected and integrated with a computer but this is trivial since a single USB cable carries the MIDI and audio information. The board does not come with any USB cable which seems rather unfair but on the brighter side, it comes with the Mac/PC copy Cubase of A16, which is not that surprising considering that the Yamaha own Steinberg. Licensing the A16 is a bit laborious; switching from one website to another to create an account, get a passcode and eventually register the software is quite annoying and tiring.
You are asked to download the latest version of the Yamaha/Steinberg USB Driver, the MX 49 Remote Tools package and the Yamaha voice list from the Yamaha website. After doing all this you might still be required to download the Prologue and the Y C 3 B. This can be installed from the CDs that come with the piano or can be installed from the website. After installing the Prologue you are asked to provide a pre-installed A16 so you need to authorize both packages.
The audio communication in the MX seems to be bi-directional, or sometimes not at all. But once the software is successfully installed you will find the labor undergone worth it. When the software is installed you can easily record your MIDI tracks and audio tracks in Cubase using MX as the source for both.
The bundled soft synths
Turning to the bundled VSTis, the YC3B organ is a Hammond emulator with an overdriven Leslie speaker emulator inbuilt within its effects page. It’s not that loud or at the top end as many people would prefer, so maybe it isn’t the best board available in the market but, after a few minutes of modifications, you will hear beautiful purring in the lower and mid registers. In the recent past, it would have managed its own review and would have gotten a ‘thumbs up’ at eventually, so the fact that it comes free with the MX is remarkable. Unfortunately, you can’t save your own presets within YC3B itself, you have to save any edits within a VST preset that you can recall from the host. What’s more, it’s written in VST3 format, so it doesn’t appear within some other software environments. But, as a freebie, it’s stonkingly good value.
The Yamaha mx49 is the only device that is in the price range and comes with the complete suite of the encoded computer institutions music tools. Inclusive, the Steinberg Cubase features the forty-eight soundtracks and sixty-eight MIDI tracks, notation, inbuilt VST effects, this means that with just the Yamaha mx49 you can easily get your music production easily. The board comes bundled up with the Steinberg prologue and the Yamaha YC-B3 organ emulator so that you have the best appealing VSTs to help you get started.
Conclusion on the Yamaha MX49
All in all the board has appealing features that make this series of keyboards from Yamaha the best in the market since it is known to attract the best producers and studio owners. The lightweight design, the numerous soundtracks, its efficiency and easy to control features are just some of the few features that make it one of the best boards. The board has about 49 keys all of which have a different function, while this is not all that appealing when put this way, it is easy to use and with time you get to understand the different functions of the keyboard. Moreover, in addition to the audio and the MIDI port, the Yamaha MX49 has an inbuilt USB to the device port; which basically allows you to access the external memory and consequently getting to tweak the audio tracks in the compatible devices easily.