by Robin Vincent | 3,4 / 5,0 | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes
Yamaha MODX+

Yamaha MODX+  ·  Source: Yamaha

Yamaha MODX+

Yamaha MODX+  ·  Source: Yamaha

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Yamaha expands the groovy and accessible MODX Music Synthesizer with a bit more polyphony for seamless sound switching. Otherwise, the MODX+ is largely the same great synth it’s always been.

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MODX+

So, the stunning new news is that the polyphony now matches the Montage at 128 notes for both the FM-X sound engine and the AWM2 engine. The internal storage has been beefed up to 1.7GB for sample library and Yamaha has rubberised the mod and pitch wheels. That’s about it. No innovations, no AN-X virtual analogue engine as many people had speculated and really very little to offer someone who already has the MODX. However, as an evolution of a great all-purpose stage and studio synthesizer, the MODX+ keeps it decent and desirable.

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FM-X

So while there’s no new technology in here, it’s worth reminding ourselves that the FM-X sound engine is pretty phenomenal. It goes well beyond the capabilities of the original 6-operator DX7 by having 8 operators for super-complex carrier/modulator configurations as well as other enhancements such as filters. Using an artificial intelligence (!) algorithm you can morph seamlessly between eight different FM-X sounds. The added polyphony is going to help with the smoothness of that.

One nice touch is the ability to convert and import sound banks from the DX7, DX7II, TX802 and TX816 synthesizers. There’s probably no better FM synthesizer engine out there which is only right as Yamaha invented it.

AWM2

The other sound source is the Advanced Wave Memory sample-based engine. It can run 16 parts, 8 synthesizers, 18 filters, 9 LFOs and features completely programmable virtual circuit technology.

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Effects

The Virtual Circuit Modelling also extends to the massive effects engine with all the usual modulation, delay and reverb effects. But there’s more than the usual suspects with Vinyl Breaks, Bit Crushers, Beat Repeat, Spiralizers and compression with sidechain.

MODX+ it’s a little bit better

Ultimately the MODX+ is an upgraded version of a fabulously versatile digital synthesizer that can be pretty much anything and everything. It’s lighter and more portable than the Montage and is great for gigging and being whatever you need it to be. I would have loved to have seen something new as this is all rather underwhelming. But, as a refresh, it’ll do.

The MODX+ is available in three versions. The 61-key synth action is £1,479, the 76-keyed keyboardist is £1,744, and the 88-keyed weighted piano player version is £1,999.

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8 responses to “Yamaha MODX+: Multi-engine synthesizer with a little bit more stuff”

    iixorb says:
    -2

    Oh dammit, another one of my synths (an original MODX6) is about to plummet in second hand value, just like my original Volca FM 🙄

    On another note – as a long time DX7mk1 and mk2 owner, I’ve always wanted Yamaha to introduce a 6 op mode into the MODX range. I know 8 ops are ‘better’ but I’m very familiar with the original 6-op / 32 algorithm architecture and would love to have had it implemented into the MODX, if for no other reason than an authentic, nostalgic nod to the original. The DX7 is 40 years old next year!

    Richard says:
    2

    No change to the appallingly bad keybed – that’s why I sold mine.

      Salvador says:
      0

      I’m thinking about buying a 76 key version. I would be lucky to have your insight into why you find the keybed bad. Is it too light, too heavy, poor construction? TIA

    mario says:
    -1

    Its just a Disappointment.No new Os no new sounds and the AN-x is not for Montage and Modx its for a complete new synth in the future.Do you think Yamaha is giving this away for free?No way it is not cool from Yamaha that they don’t listen we are your users.

    Jaan says:
    -1

    Aftertouch please !!!!!!!!!!!

      iixorb says:
      -1

      That’s what the Montage is for 👍👍. Actually the Montage has been around long enough now, you can pick a second-hand one up for prices similar to the new MODX+. I nearly got a Montage 61 key for £1200 last year.

    Angel says:
    0

    yamaha baby brother modx+ 8
    for 1/2 price in nyc. 🇺🇸

    Angel says:
    0

    does yamaha will make a new montage +plus maybe next year 2023 also with an -x ) let sit and wait

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