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Posted on: October 26, 2017 @ 06:37 AM
jfjusa1
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I just purchased an used Motif XF6, and aside from the fact that it is in excellent condition, it seems to have a volume issue. I also have a Roland FA-06 that is very loud when being played through the same powered speakers - so I am thinking the problem is within the XF. I was wondering if anyone here has encountered this. Even with the master volume set at 127, the sound seems sorta “muffled” and almost like its being “throttled” or held back.  The Roland through the JBL speakers is very very loud - so i’m ruling out the speakers.  Any suggestions?  I thought I would try here first before taking it in for an inspection.  Thanks!

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Posted on: October 26, 2017 @ 09:57 AM
cmayhle
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This has been a “hot” topic over the years, and there are many threads that discuss the issue.

Here is one of them.

Here is another.

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Posted on: October 26, 2017 @ 10:40 AM
jfjusa1
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Thank you - I’m new to the Motif.  I appreciate you taking the time to help me!

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Posted on: October 27, 2017 @ 07:34 AM
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jfjusa1 - 26 October 2017 06:37 AM

I just purchased an used Motif XF6, and aside from the fact that it is in excellent condition, it seems to have a volume issue. I also have a Roland FA-06 that is very loud when being played through the same powered speakers - so I am thinking the problem is within the XF. I was wondering if anyone here has encountered this.

Yamaha has, in general, chosen to have a lower output level than that with synths from other manufacturers. Your XF6 might have nothing wrong with it.

Besides the discussions in the threads cmayhle linked to…

jfjusa1 -

Even with the master volume set at 127, the sound seems sorta “muffled” and almost like its being “throttled” or held back.

One possible cause of “muffled” sound is insufficient key velocity. The Velocity Curve setting in Utility mode might not suit your playing style. See (7) Velocity Curve on page 220 of the XF Reference Manual (http://download.yamaha.com/file/48531), and try setting it to “soft”.

The XF has unbalanced outputs, and cables with TS (not TRS) plugs should be used.

You didn’t mention which JBL powered speakers you’re using. If there’s a choice of input gain settings, you might need to choose something more compatible with the XF’s output level.

If you absolutely must have more level from the XF, it can usually be done via Master EQ settings. These two threads cover some suggestions I made for models other than the XF…
http://www.motifator.com/index.php/forum/viewthread/475801/
http://www.motifator.com/index.php/forum/viewthread/475505/
...but the information is mostly applicable to your model. Relevant pages in the XF Reference Manual are 105 for Performances, 193 for Song/Pattern Mixings, and 224 for all Voices.

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Posted on: October 30, 2017 @ 09:48 AM
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Thank you very much for your help!  This at least gives me a few places to look and try different things! Thanks.

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