| 2011 marks the 10th Anniversary of Yamaha's Motif keyboard and the introduction of the new Motif XF with expanded flash memory. A decade of development since 2001 has made the Motif not just one the world’s best selling music workstations, but an entire music production and creation system filled with Motif dedicated applications, libraries and support items both from Yamaha and from partner companies.
At Winter NAMM 2011, Yamaha announced two new product categories to enhance Motif users’ experience and capabilities. A new Operating System update for the Motif XF offers wireless MIDI connectivity with Yamaha’s new iPad applications. After connecting a compatible Wi-Fi USB adaptor, users can wirelessly send and receive MIDI messages between the XF and the iPad. Four new Yamaha iPad applications (available in March, 2011), make it easy to play, tweak, mix and edit the Motif XF wirelessly from an Apple iPAD, including Keyboard Arp and Drum Pad, Faders and X-Y Pad, Multi Editor Essential, and Voice Editor Essential.
In addition, Yamaha and Karma-Lab announced the development and release of Karama Motif Software for PC and Mac. This new entry in the renowned developer’s line of software applications brings the Karma algorithmic music technology to the Yamaha Motif XS and Yamaha Motif XF platforms. Karama Motif debuts the new KARMA 3.0 technology with a host of new features including eight-track design (six Karma Modules and two Keyboard Layers) per Performance, per-track Volume and Mute stored in each of the 32 Scenes and the ability to individually adjust the mix of all parts in each Scene.
At Winter NAMM Yamaha booth will featured several kiosks from partner companies that support the Motif platform. In addition to seasoned producers such as DCP, Digital Sound Factory, Easy Sounds, Bolder Sounds, and K Sounds, who have created specific XF versions of their classic titles (including Vintage Keys, Bs Knees, Mo Skool, Phat Analog, Organ Session, Magical Pads, Chill Xperience, Yamaha Signature C7 Piano, and Granular Voices), many new libraries were showcased, including Sonic Reality’s Classic Rock Piano engineered by Ken Scott, two libraries by Gospel Keyboard (MKSensation, and Neo Soul) and a debut offering from Garritan entitled GPO Lite for Yamaha Motif XF/XS, a version of Garritan’s industry-standard GPO 4 collection.