Yamaha MOTIF Rack ES Rackmount Synthesizer

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Yamaha's MOTIF-RACK ES is a single space rackmount synthesizer with a sleek, unique appearance, and a large front panel set of mysterious multi-function switches worthy of NASA. It is a surprisingly affordable follow-up to the Motif ES series of keyboards, and offers an enormous selection of really good sounds from the Motif library that work with just about all genres of music.


  • 128-Voice Polyphony, 32 Multi libraries
  • 175 MB Wave Memory with 1859 waveforms
  • Huge Internal Sound Memory includes 1152 voices and 65 drum kits
  • Full sound synthesis capability with 18 filter types and updated envelope control
  • Arpeggiator with 1787 preset arpeggios
  • Expanded user memory area
  • 8 simultaneous insertion effects in Mix Mode
  • 16 Parts with dedicated 3-band EQ's per part
  • USB multi-port MIDI connectivity, Voice Editor and MultiPart Editor software for seamless computer integration
  • Full compatibility with Steinberg's Nuendo and Cubase DAW software through Studio Connection Recall protocol, all unit settings and edits saved and stored in a software
  • Unique Proprietary Reverb Algorithm
  • 2 Slots for plug-in sound expansion boards
  • SPDIF and Optical Digital Outs
Tech Specs
Polyphony 128 Voices
Multitimbral 16-Part
Synthesis Method AWM2
Presets 768 Normal Voices + 64 Drum Kits
128 General MIDI Normal Voices + 1 Drum Kit
1787 Arpeggios
User Memory 384 Normal Voices + 32 Drum Kits
128 Multi Effects
Effects 20 x Reverb Types
49 x Chorus Types
116 x Insertion 1 Types
116 x Insertion 2 Types
1 x 5-Band Master Equalizer
1 x 3-Band Part Equalizer
8 x Master Effects Types
Sequencer Arpeggiator:
1787 Types*
* with definable MIDI Sync, MIDI transmit/receive channel, Velocity and Note limit
Controllers 1 x Volume Knob
1 x Data Dial
20 x Selector/Navigation Buttons1 x Power Switch
Expansion Slots 2
Sample RAM No
Output 2 x 1/4" TS Main Output Jacks (Left/MONO, Right)
4 x Assignable Individual 1/4" TS Output Jacks
SPDIF Coaxial Digital Out
Toslink Optical Digital Out
USB Port
Inputs MIDI In
Headphone Output Yes, 1/4" TRS Jack
External Storage MIDI System Exclusive
USB TO HOST Computer
Display 160 x 64 Dot Graphic Backlit LCD
Dimensions 18.9 x 14.7 x 1.7" (480 x 372.4 x 44mm)
Weight 9 lbs (4.1 kg)
Specialties Programmable Arpeggiator
Huge Expansion Library
Optical and SPDIF Digital Outputs