Musikmesse 08: Audiogram interfaces from Yamaha

MM8 and Motif-Rack XS synths also released

Following the launch of its MIDI controller keyboards at NAMM, Yamaha has set its sights on another computer music staple at Frankfurt. Audiogram 6 and 3 are both bus-powered USB audio interfaces, and each one ships with a copy of Steinberg’s Cubase AI.

The Audiogram 6 has the better specifications. It offers two XLR combo inputs with preamps (one of which offers phantom power) and a built-in compressor that’s controlled with a single knob. There are two further stereo inputs, stereo and headphone outputs and controls for the audio input and computer playback levels.

Audiogram 3 is a much simpler affair that sports just one XLR combo input, a stereo input and stereo/headphone outputs.

Set to ship in August 2008, the Audiogram interfaces will cost $200 and $140 respectively.

Yamaha also has a couple of synth products on show in Frankfurt: the MM8 and the Motif-Rack XS.

The former is very similar to the MM6 – it offers Motif sounds, quick edit knobs and real-time control – but has an 88-note graded hammer action keyboard. It’s yours for $1300.

The Motif-Rack XS, meanwhile, is a rack version of the Motif XS, and comes with 1,152 voices and 65 drum kits. It costs $1500.

You can find out more about all the products on the Yamaha website.

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