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Welcome to the support section.

Motif XS Editor Standalone/VST (FireWire) Macintosh

When you are using the Motif XS with the Yamaha Steinberg FW driver (YSFW) you need to verify the following settings in your Motif XS:
Press [F1] GENERAL
Ensure that the IEEE1394 Driver = FW
If not, change the setting, then press [STORE] to write this preference to your Flash ROM
You will need to reboot the Motif XS for this setting to take place.

Next, you want to make sure that the MIDI communication is set to mLAN:
Press [F5] CONTROL
Press [SF2] MIDI
Ensure that the MIDI IN/OUT = mLAN
Press [STORE] to write this preferecne to your Flash ROM.

Now, let’s setup your Macintosh computer:

Find the Yamaha Steinberg FW icon listed in the “OTHER” category

Double click the icon to open the panel.
Here you will be able to set the Sample Rate (44.1kHz), the Word Clock Master (Motif XS7), and the Clock Source (Internal)


Click on the tab(s) that identifies your connected device(s): Motif XS7
The current IEEE1394 Firmware version of your mLAN16E2 will be shown. This should read: V1.07 currently


Now that we have verified that the Yamaha Steinberg Firewire driver is in place, lets make sure your Macintosh is set to use it.

On the AUDIO DEVICES tab select the Yamaha Steinberg FW driver as your audio device.


If you have Snow Leopard your Audio Device configuration is shown in the screen shots below: The Yamaha Steinberg FW Driver has both the Mic (input) and Speaker (output) icons.

Click on CONFIGURE SPEAKERS and select the “Motif XF Main L” for the Left Speaker, and “Motif XF Main R” for the Right Speaker

After setting both LEFT and RIGHT Speakers Click APPLY
Close the SETUP.

* Launch your DAW and setup to use the Yamaha Steinberg FW driver as your ASIO audio driver.

* Launch Motif XS Editor Standalone/VST Version 1.6.0
This can be done inside of Cubase. Go to DEVICES > VST INSTRUMENT > in a slot click and select EXTERNAL > Motif XS VST
You will be asked if you wish to create the first MIDI Track assigned to this VSTi - do so. You will create a new MIDI Track for each PART you record.

The main VST Editor window will appear

Setup the Motif XS Editor
· Click on FILE > SETUP on the Motif XS Editor toolbar
Here you want to setup the communication between the Motif XS and the Editor.


Next you make a decision about the direction of communication. You need to consider:
When you open a Studio Manager file, how do you want the Editor to behave?

Typically, when you create a new Project you might want the Editor to clear a new MIX for you. There is a function to initialize a new Multi within the Editor.

When you are restoring a previously saved project you will want the Editor to send your saved data back to the Motif XS. Therefore you will want to have data sent FROM the Editor TO the Motif XS.

As you can see I have the Auto Sync Setting set to CURRENT = PC > Motif XS

This is so that the Total Recall will send the Current MIX from the computer to the Motif XS when I open a Motif XS Editor file. Restoring my Mix to my Motif XS.

I have the VOICE option set to OFF, as I don’t often need to reload all the User Voices (but you can set this as your prefer). If set to ON, then the Editor can restore all your USER1, USER2, USER3 and USER Drum Kit Voices to your Motif XS each time. It is your choice.

Auto Start is ON

Set the GENERAL SETTING as you prefer. The Keyboard Velocity function when set to “FREE” will change how loud the note plays by where on the keyboard icon KEY you click. This is pretty cool…

· Click OK


On the main Motif XS Editor screen you want to make sure that the Editor is ONLINE.

A bright blue dot appears next to ONLINE when you are communicating. In the left upper corner you will see the Modes: VOICE, SONG and PATTERN followed by the “ONLINE” button.

Communication is bi-directional and simultaneous so selecting the mode here will change your hardware and vice-versa.

The ONLINE option has 3 status conditions. It will read either:
· *ONLNE w/blue dot – This means you are communicating and all is well
· *OFFLINE w/blue dot – you are temporarily offline but all is well
· OFFLINE – you have trouble. Please check your connections

The OFFLINE w/blue dot indicator is important because you will at some point need to make changes on the hardware and not have the software follow you. This can occur when you are looking for a SONG or PATTERN already in the Motif XS – the Editor will attempt to synchronize each time you scroll through a song. Therefore it is useful to click this option when you want to temporarily break communication. You can click ON and OFFLINE as necessary.

If you change modes and go to VOICE mode or to PERFORMANCE mode on the Motif XS hardware front panel, the Motif XS Editor will go temporarily *OFFLINE w/blue dot.

On the Toolbar of the Motif XS Editor you will see the BULK option. This is what you use to request a bulk to (Transmit) or from (Receive) the Motif XS. You can select the Current MIX, and any of the USER Banks or ALL of the USER Banks.

Do not change your preference in the FILE > SETUP > AUTO SYNC SETTING – when you need to send or receive data from the Motif XS use this BULK option.


The Editor can be used in what is called “stand alone” mode, where it runs along side of your favorite DAW. When you want to work with the Motif XS you simply bring it forward, otherwise keep it hidden or minimized. When you are finished working, make sure you save a Motif XS Editor file (.X0E) - this will save all your data concerning the Motif XS.

For more details on working with the EDITOR please (please) click HELP on the tool bar and read the online Manual