Yamaha MOXF8 88-Key Workstation Review

Yamaha MOXf8 Digital Piano: Piano is an iconic instrument that is known to be one of the best musical instruments. Mastering this instrument is not easy, as it may seem, and requires a lot of hard work and determination.

The sound of a piano is enthralling and captivating.

The piano industry is loaded with different styles, designs, shapes, and sizes. Pianos have two basic categories: vertical and horizontal pianos. However, each piano suits different needs and requirements.

Synthesizers are electronic keyboard instruments with hundreds of sounds and editing or performance features. If I talk about workstations in a layman’s language, they are like synthesizers with added recording capabilities.

Now if you are the one who creates and records music from a variety of instruments, that workstation is for you.

A lot of brands deal in the piano segment and one amongst them is the most trusted and renowned brand: Yamaha

About the Brand

Yamaha the most trusted brand by consumers has been in the segment of making musical instruments for over 100 years. It is headquartered in Hamamatsu City, Japan.

Yamaha produces many different types of quality musical instruments including flutes, violins, guitars, drums, and a variety of other things.

Considered to be one of the most reliable brands, Yamaha is liked by beginners and skilled pianists, alike. Let’s have a look at one of its product that is leading chartbusters all the way long:

Yamaha MOXF8 Music Production Workstation

Yamaha revolutionized the market when it came to the “Yamaha MO”, i.e. an affordable series of workstations that included the sounds of the good old Motif ES in a cheaper, lighter and instrument.

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The Yamaha MOXF8 is a workstation designed for live performers, and the best part is that it comes at half the price of the Yamaha Motif XF.


The Yamaha MOXF8 is the latest iteration of MO series. It is an excellent model with a superb technical functionality. Overall, it sounds amazing and the string presets are fantastic.

Let’s have a look at its other features:


Yamaha MOXf8 comes with a stylish exterior that is bound to catch your attention at a glimpse. The cherry on the cake is that it is expandable and portable, making it easier to carry during live performances.  It just weights under 33 pounds, making it extremely portable for a full-sized workstation.

It is designed keeping in mind comfort and convenience. Even if you combine it with a computer music system, it is relatively easier to use. There are 7,981 arpeggiator patterns, i.e. “ready-to-go” phrases, and a 4-part interactive arpeggio engine along with a comprehensive sequencer. A sixteen-track sequencer allows for recording up to 226,000 notes. These can be further sub-organized too.

The LCD screen is clear and well organized. Although it is loaded with an ample number of buttons, they are relatively easier to understand.

MOXF8 focuses a lot on the DAW (digital audio workstation) software, which makes it easy to control a lot of parameters through the AI KNOB. Parameters here include recording, editing and mixing audio and MIDI data. The best part is that this instrument is compatible with all the major DAWs like Cubase, Logic Pro, SONAR and Digital Performer.

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Key Action 

This 88-key weighted Graded Hammer Action keyboard comes with one of the best key action you will come across. The keys have a heavier touch in the bass register that changes to a lighter one in the treble, and a natural gradation of touch in between, i.e. the lower keys are heavier in touch than the higher keys.


Sound System 

It features AWM2 sound engine and comes with a 128-note maximum polyphony and a 16-part multi-timbral capacity.

The best part is that MOXF is compatible with a wide range of other products, taking the piano sound to a whole new level.

As MOXF8 is compatible with MOTIF XF and MOX data, it features a huge collection of sound and sample libraries, i.e. it is equipped with a wide range of dynamic sounds for use in virtually any music application.

You can also refer to various optional or additional software available outside.

It includes a lot of instrumental sounds like pianos, electric pianos, strings, wind instruments, orchestral sounds, guitars, basses, and drums. It even features a variety of vintage and modern synth sounds.

There are over one thousand presets and 741MB of sampled waveforms.

It comes with a built-in sequencer that lets you produce high-quality music without the need for a computer or any other external devices. You can use Song or Pattern option to record your performances, simply by pressing the REC button.

The Virtual Circuit Modeling engine allows you to layer up to eight voices.

Additional Features 

One of the amazing and highlighting feature of Yamaha MOXf8 is its Performance Creator function. This powerful function enables you to combine various voices together and perform with full chordal backing.

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It also enables you to record your performance as a Song or Pattern and eventually provides you with various editing and refining options.

Another feature appreciated by all is the favorites function. Avoiding the hassle of scrolling down through all the sounds, you can simply place your most used and favorite sounds in the “Favourite” section.


Another interesting feature is the “Vocoder function”, which yields a very unique “robot voice” effect.

One of the advantages is that an optional Flash Memory Expansion Board can be installed. Now, you don’t need to load the samples from an external USB storage device. Instead, you can instantly use Waveforms containing Samples.

It comes with a built-in 4-in/2-out USB Audio and MIDI interface. It yields Advanced Integration with Mac/PC.


It is one of the best workstations in the market available in the intermediate price range. The massive assortment of sounds gives the whole piano experience a new feel. Complimenting it is a built-in 16-track sequencer that enables you to produce high-quality music.

If you are a music lover, you will surely be impressed by the sound quality of MOXf8.

In crux, it is one of the best and the most affordable workstation in the market and that too by a brand like Yamaha.

Yamaha MOXF8 Digital Piano Review


If you are a music lover, you will surely be impressed by the sound quality of MOXf8.

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