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Posted on: July 29, 2012 @ 04:21 AM
Vinx
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Hi i’m new in this forum and i have recently bought a motif xf 7. My question is...is it possible to use motif xf as audio interface without buying any expansion directly on the computer?? i mean something like put a guitar jack in the line input of the motif and record on the computer..if is it possible,is the quality good?

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Posted on: July 29, 2012 @ 05:41 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

The answer is Yes and No. Your question is not really defined or specific. And your goal is not clear… but here is what is going on.

Firstly, there has to be a guitar connected to that “guitar jack” when you plug it into the Motif XF.
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Yes - you can record the guitar, without having an audio interface, without purchasing the FW16E, and yes you can transfer that audio to the computer.

But if you mean can you use a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software and record as if you had a proper Audio Interface - well, no of course not… or I should say, that it will depend on the specific DAW software you are thinking about. Each DAW has its own requirements - check the documentation of that software for its requirements. Most REQUIRE an audio interface to do what they do with external audio sources.

The XF has many ways to record audio and then get that audio to your computer (some direct, some indirect)

Here’s what I mean:
The Motif XF has the ability to record external sound sources like a microphone, or a guitar that you connect to its back panel A/D INPUT jack(s). Audio entering the Motif XF via the AD INPUT arrives in the XF’s internal Mixer and can be:
1) Recorded to the XF’s own built-in SDRAM (sampled by the Integrated Sampling Sequencer) then export the audio to the computer.
2) Output the audio directly to a USB Stick or Hard Disk connected to the XF’s TO DEVICE port,then transfer the audio to the computer.
3) Output the audio directly to computer via a network connection (the network can be either through an Ethernet cable or wirelessly via a compatible USB Wi-Fi device
4) Output directly via S/PDIF

Details:
Recorded to the XF’s own built-in SDRAM
Any audio recorded to the Motif XF’s Integrated Sampling Sequencer can be SAVED in a Motif XF ALL data file (.X3A). This file can then be IMPORTED by Cubase (File > Import > Motif XF Song) - and each MIDI Track of the selected SONG will be imported to a Cubase MIDI track and any audio Track recorded to the XF’s ISS will be imported to a Cubase audio Track.

Output directly to a USB Stick or Hard Disk connected to the TO DEVICE port
The Motif XF has the ability to write a stereo .wav file (16-bit/44.1kHz) in real time to a connected drive. All data coming into the 18 channel mixer will be recorded. The 18 Channel mixer includes the 16 internal synth PARTS, plus the A/D INPUT, plus the (optional) FW input. The file can then be manually ‘shuttled’ over to the computer.

Output directly to computer via a network connection (the network can be either through an Ethernet cable or wirelessly via a compatible USB Wi-Fi device
The XF has networking capability such that audio from its mixer are broadcast as a stereo (16-bit/44.1kHz) file. This can be captured wirelessly by devices like an iPAD or iPhone using apps like Cloud Audio Recorder for Motif XF. Or you can connect the XF via an Ethernet cable to your computer and capture the audio (in a similar fashion to the USB Audio record).

Output directly via S/PDIF
This stereo digital output is available to connect to any computer equipped with a proper S/PDIF input.

SInce you did not mention DAW software - we are not going to mention it either, other than to say - because most DAW software require some type of audio interface device to accommodate things like overdubbing, and routing of signal as apart of its function. It will depend on that software.

Your question was about getting audio from the A/D input into a computer - since you did not specifiy any particular type of recording or any particular type of software - we provide you with the alternate methods.

In general, if you are talking about recording to a DAW software (again you did not say this) - it will obviously depend on the requirements of that software. As soon as professional DAW computer software is ready to record audio via wi-fi, your XF is ready to send it!

With an Audio Interface: FW16E
Depending on the DAW software - the XF is capable of multi-tracking audio to a computer using the Yamaha Steinberg FW ASIO driver - this is by far the most flexible and powerful method (it does require the FW16E - firewire audio interface) and allows you to record pristine 24-bit audio at sample rates up to 96kHz. You get the option to route individual PARTS from the XF’s 18-channel mixer via 16 audio buses.

Hope that helps.

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Posted on: July 29, 2012 @ 10:05 AM
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Hi Vinx,
Welcome to Motifator Forum and well done on your Motif XF acquisition.
It’s nice to have a new member from Italy on board.

Enjoy your time in the Forum.

Please have fun enjoying your Motif XF…

Chas

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Posted on: December 27, 2016 @ 06:12 AM
Kapliy
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Hello guys, wuould somebody help to solve the problem. I have the Cubasis2 on ipad pro but dont know how to connect to Motif that software via USB cable in order to play on Motif’s keyboard and record that playing to iPad. Thanks any help, my e-mail:

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Posted on: December 29, 2016 @ 04:19 AM
meatballfulton
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Watch this video.

Good luck.

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