Summary: The synthesis power of the Motif XS keyboards finds its way into a compact 1U rack unit, but without the sequencing and sampling facilities. A high-quality and versatile synth module that definitely requires the Motif Rack XS Editor to get the most out of it.
Pros: Waveform ROM twice the size of the Rack ES., Expanded Articulation voice architecture., Front-panel real-time controls., Excellent software editor.
Cons: PLG plug-in expansion boards no longer supported., No onboard sampling.
Excerpt: The Motif XS has finally found its way into a rack unit in the form of the Yamaha Motif-Rack XS Tone Generator. The Motif-Rack XS includes 1,152 voices, 65 drum kits and the Motif XS synthesizes engine for building custom Voices. There are also built-in studio quality effects, thousands of arpeggio types (of which up to 4 can be played back simultaneously) and 5 front-panel control knobs that give access to 20 different parameters in real-time.