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The power and versatility of Motif in your rack

FRANKFURT, Germany (March12, 2008)- Yamaha Corporation of America announces the new MOTIF-RACK XS Tone Generator, combining music-making versatility, comprehensive control, and sheer sonic power in a convenient rack-mountable package.

Utilizing the very same sounds as the famed MOTIF XS, the MOTIF-RACK XS includes 1,152 dynamic and authentic Voices, 65 exciting drums kits, and a comprehensive synthesis engine for building custom Voices. These Voices are the basis for further sound creation and customization using the built-in studio quality effects, thousands of arpeggio types of which 4 can be played back simultaneously, and 5 front-panel control knobs capable of adjusting 20 different parameters in real-time.

In the studio, the MOTIF-RACK XS is easily integrated into a computer music system with a simple USB connection. The MOTIF-RACK XS Editor provides easy access to deep editing functions on the computer screen that are not available on the front panel. This editor can be used stand-alone or integrated with the included Cubase AI DAW software. Cubase AI (Advanced Integration) provides legendary Steinberg music production capabilities and direct integration with many Yamaha hardware products. It provides 48 tracks of audio, 64 tracks of MIDI, VST instruments and effects, and a powerful Cubase 4 audio engine for complete music production.

For addition inputs and outputs, Yamaha’s optional mLAN16E2 interface card connects the MOTIF-RACK XS to the computer and communicates audio and MIDI data through a single Firewire cable.

The Motif-Rack XS will be available in June, 2008 for $1,499.99. For more information, visit Yamaha at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany, March 12-15 2008, in HALL: FOR.O/C Walkway: A Stand: 01, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, Music Production, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522- 9011; e-mail; or visit

About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America is the largest subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of musical instruments and sound reinforcement products to the U.S. market. Products include: acoustic and digital pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio products, and innovative technology products targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, and installation markets.
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