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PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2007 10:30 pm 
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I needed to go back to Harmonica Heaven today and snag a few more audio cables for the studio and not having the time yesterday during the "list" madhouse I did get to sit down alone for the first time with the Motif XS 88. The first thing I noticed was the odd color it was painted and the triple sized color LCD display. Now most of the more important tweeking parameters of a patch are on and adjustable from one single screen. It's much easier to program than my Motif ES. Because I didn't want to keep Sharon waiting all day as a played it , I skipped the Voice and Performance mode and went directly to the Master mode and began playing. What a surprise. Just when I thought the sounds of an ES would be forever legendary , the XS takes it all to a new level. With 8 elements instead of the Es's 4 , the patches all seem much more realistic. I spent quite a bit of time on the grand piano which is almost as good as the Korg Oasys ! The nylon guitar was another favorite as was a patch of a Wurli.

The step from the ES to the XS is 10 times greater than from the original Motif to the ES. Earlier MO owners will have no problem addressing the familier sequencer controls and voice bank selection controls.

After about 45 minutes , I had quite a crowd around as I played. It was nothing short of amazing how much better the XS sounds.

Yup mine's for sale.............it's worth every penny of the $500 to $1000 to upgrade to this synth.

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This thing is so awesome for the price. it sounds within 90% of the Korg Oasys on most of the factory patches. Like the Korg it is very intuitive to play and one quarter of the price. Once the Master mode (hardly anybody uses it because of it's complexity) is figured out it will do some amazing things.

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Well , already found the first bummer of upgrading the ES to the XS. The expansion board feature has been removed from the XS. By upgrading I will lose use pf the VL horn , DX7 and AN boards installed in my ES. The VL horn board with breath controller is something a really hate to lose.

It's gonna be a hard decision on what to do now.

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