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  • Yamaha Motif ES-6 volume issues

    I teach high school band and we're using a Motif ES-6 and a Korg Triton in the front ensemble of our marching band.

    I'm having a terrible time trying to get a decent output level from our Yamaha Motif ES-6 and I didn't know if anyone would have any ideas as to why this is a problem. I've tried switching out cables, trying different channels on the mixer, boosting the fader and gain to uncomfortable levels, but nothing seems to help. I've also tried combing through the 300 page manual, but haven't gotten any help there either.

    We also have a Korg Triton in the front ensemble for our marching band that will totally blow the roof off of the band hall, so I know it isn't a problem with any of the other audio components.

    I appreciate your help!

  • #2
    I'm still trying to figure out how you march with a synthesizer

    In the Motif there are a number of places where volume is controlled:

    -- in each Voice there are levels for each Element plus an overall level

    -- in the Utility menu you can set the overall volume of the instrument as well boost the gain of the outputs by 6 dB

    -- in the Utility menu you can also change the velocity curve or set the velocity to a fixed value (like 127, the maximum)
    My VCAs go to 11

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    • #3
      Thanks for your reply.

      I've unfortunately ran through these 3 options with no success. I also did a factory reset to see if that would help and it did not.

      Thanks again and let me know if you have any other ideas!

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      • #4
        Maybe it's just giving up the ghost?
        My Live Gear: Roland FA-08, Hammond SK1-73, Moog LP
        My Band: http://www.bksband.com

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        • #5
          Make sure that voices are assigned to the Main L&R outputs. If somebody assigned voices to the aux outs, or to the outputs from the optional 8 out board, and did a "save all", you can have this issue.
          I don't have my manual or board in front of me, or I would walk you through it.

          Also, I am a little jealous- the schools in my area can't afford five year old Casios, yet alone Motifs and Tritons.

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          • #6
            I imagine the keyboard thinks he didn't volunteer for band duty, so he is fighting back.

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            • #7
              Thanks piano39!

              My ignorance towards electronics affords me the opportunity to say "I have no idea" in regards to the voice assignments. I'll definitely check this out tomorrow when I get back to the school.

              Quick question about that though......If someone would've assigned these voices to the auxiliary outs, would the factory reset I did this morning have taken care of it?

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              • #8
                Thanks piano39!

                My ignorance towards electronics affords me the opportunity to say "I have no idea" in regards to the voice assignments. I'll definitely check this out tomorrow when I get back to the school.

                Quick question about that though......If someone would've assigned these voices to the auxiliary outs, would the factory reset I did this morning have taken care of it?


                I'd think a Factory Reset would indeed take care of stray Aux. Out voice assignments...

                btw, I think Korg's outputs in general are waaaay hotter than Yamaha's - - I play a Yamaha S90ES and a Korg Triton Le - the TLE signal is ALWAYS hotter than the S90ES.
                "Gigito ergo sum: I gig, therefore I am."
                Keys:
                Sold: Yamaha S90ES, Korg Triton Le
                Using: Yamaha MoX8 (bottom tier) & Korg M3 (top), or just Roland RD300GX (on small gigs)
                Tried, returned: Korg M50, Roland Fantom G7
                Mixers, Spkrs.:
                Motion Sound KP200S & KP100S, (2) QSC K12's, (2) QSC K10's, (2) JBL EON15 G2's, Fender Rumble 100 (for Ibanez SR500 bass gtr.),
                Alesis TransActive 50, Soundcraft MFXi8, Yamaha MG82cx, Mackie ProFX12, MS1202 & DFX6, [Samson PL1602 - For Sale]

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                • #9
                  I'm still trying to figure out how you march with a synthesizer


                  Agreed, but it sure would be cool to see an all synth marching band!

                  Too many keyboards, not enough music.

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                  • #10
                    I'm still trying to figure out how you march with a synthesizer


                    Hey Woody Allen marched w/a cello in "Take the Money and Run" -


                    Actually what the OP is describing is often called a "pit band" - a fixed ensemble of a marching band - or a separate offsshoot band - that actually hangs by the sideline and doesn't march... - - for footbal or basketball games.

                    Sometimes they have bass gtr., sometimes synth, electric gtr., etc...

                    I played synth in a pit band or "pep band" for Rutgers marching band in NJ - back in the 80's... ugh.
                    "Gigito ergo sum: I gig, therefore I am."
                    Keys:
                    Sold: Yamaha S90ES, Korg Triton Le
                    Using: Yamaha MoX8 (bottom tier) & Korg M3 (top), or just Roland RD300GX (on small gigs)
                    Tried, returned: Korg M50, Roland Fantom G7
                    Mixers, Spkrs.:
                    Motion Sound KP200S & KP100S, (2) QSC K12's, (2) QSC K10's, (2) JBL EON15 G2's, Fender Rumble 100 (for Ibanez SR500 bass gtr.),
                    Alesis TransActive 50, Soundcraft MFXi8, Yamaha MG82cx, Mackie ProFX12, MS1202 & DFX6, [Samson PL1602 - For Sale]

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