Motif Xf8 Editor For Mac

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macOS 10.14, macOS 10.15

Hi - I just received and installed my FW16E into my Motif XF8. While I've figured out the Motif XF8's sequencer (had it for 2 months now), and it is amazing, I'm pulling my hair out trying to get it to 'work' with the cubase version license that came with the keyboard.

MOTIF XF6/MOTIF XF7/MOTIF XF8 Editor Installation Guide. MOTIF XF Editor V1.4.0 for Mac OS X: Mac: 93.3MB: 2010-11-01: MOTIF XF Editor V1.4.0 for Windows: Win: 40.4MB. MOTIF XF Editor 1.6.4 for Mac can be downloaded from our website for free. The application relates to Audio & Video Tools. The most popular version of the application is 1.6. The actual developer of this free software for Mac is Yamaha.

The MOTIF XF Editor Standalone / VST, based on the “VST3 technology” by Steinberg, works as a VST3 plug-in with Cubase series. The MOTIF XF Editor Standalone / VST also works as the same way as other VST instrument software, allowing you to save the edited settings of the MOTIF XF, or use them for another project.

In addition, you can handle the MOTIF XF Voices in the Media Bay window in Cubase when using the MOTIF XF Editor Standalone / VST with Cubase, allowing you to search for, listen, and play the MOTIF XF Voices within Media Bay in Cubase. The MOTIF XF Editor Standalone / VST provides a comprehensive and seamless music production environment - making the use of hardware and software both easier and much more efficient.
You can use the editor without Studio Manager.

V1.6.9 to V1.6.10

  • Now supports Cubase 11 series.
  • The following are now non-compliant: Cubase 9 series, Cubase 9.5 series and Cubase 10 series.
  • The following are now non-compliant: Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and macOS 10.13 (High Sierra).

V1.6.7 to V1.6.9

  • Now supports Cubase 10.5 series.
  • Now supports macOS 10.15 (Catalina).

Be sure to use the latest version of the MOTIF XF instrument firmware.

Before Installing/Uninstalling the Application
Select Apple menu > System Preferences… > Security & Privacy > General tab under the header 'Allow apps downloaded from:' then set the Gatekeeper's option to 'App Store and identified developers.'

Note
If you have not changed the default setting of Gatekeeper, the upper operation is not necessary.

OS
macOS 10.14 and macOS 10.15

DAW Application
Cubase 10.5 series / Cubase 11 series

Others
These system requirements conform to those of the OS and DAW applications.

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Setting up the XF with your Macintosh computer via USB for MIDI recording.

MACINTOSH: Motif XF USB-MIDI Quick Setup Guide (Updated)
_ Download and Install the following software by going to the Motif XF download site.
The Official Yamaha Download Site
_ Install, Activate and Register 'Cubase AI' on your computer
_ Download and install the latest 'Motif XF Extensions version 1.1.1' (or later)
_ Download and install the latest Motif XF Editor Standalone/VST version 1.6.4 (or later)
_ Download and install the Yamaha USB-MIDI driver version 1.3.2 for Macintosh (or later)
Because the editor uses multiple ports to connect with the Motif XF, you MUST use either USB or FireWire to utilize editors.

Connect via USB
Connect the Motif XF to your computer via USB.

Set the Motif XF to MIDI IN/OUT = USB

  • Press [UTILITY]
  • Press [F5] CONTROL
  • Press [SF2] MIDI
  • Set MIDI IN/OUT = USB
  • Press [STORE] to write this to your Flash ROM

Launch Cubase AI

  • Click DEVICES (called “Studio” in Cubase series 9)
  • Select DEVICE SETUP (called “Studio Setup” in Cubase series 9)
  • Under the “MIDI” folder highlight “MIDI PORT SETUP”
  • You should see your Motif XF(x): Example below uses a Motif XF7
  • Select Motif XF(x)-1 as the “In ‘All MIDI Inputs’” (where ‘x’ is your Motif XF model 6, 7 or 8)

Additionally, you may mark Port 3 (as shown) if you have another MIDI controller connected to the Motif XF’s MIDI IN jack. (The XF can act as a MIDI interface for one additional external device via the 5-pin MIDI ports which are designated as 'Port 3').

You do not have to worry about the “State” (Active/Inactive) as this is only a current status report. You do not want to have Yamaha Motif XF7 Port 2 marked in the IN ALL INPUTS column as this is reserved for REMOTE CONTROL functions. If you have another controller keyboard plugged into the MIDI IN jack of the XS, you could possibly activate Port 3. The “In ‘ALL MIDI INPUT’” function is for your keyboard or MIDI controllers only.

  • Under the “Remote Devices” folder highlight “Yamaha Motif XF”

If it does not appear click on the big “+” symbol in the upper left and ADD the “Yamaha Motif XF” device.

  • Set it to Port 2 (YAMAHA MOTIF XF7 Port2) for both MIDI IN and MIDI OUT

If you are using an audio interface connect that now under the “VST Audio System”. Your audio interface maybe different or you may not yet have one at all… use the driver that is appropriate for your interface. If you are only recording MIDI you do not need an audio interface (in which case you can skip this step).

  • Click APPLY
  • Click OK

Setup the Motif XF Editor
This new version of the EDITOR (1.6.0 and later, can be run as a “standalone” Editor which means without a host DAW, or it can be run inside your DAW if it is VST3 compatible, which Cubase, of course, is).

To launch it as a “standalone”
simply double click its icon in your APPLICATION Folder or drag a copy of the icon into your DOCK for quick access. Again you would only use this in STAND ALONE mode when you want to EDIT your Motif XF and do not want to launch your DAW, or if your DAW is not able to run VST3 Plug-ins. The SETUP screen for STAND ALONE operation is slightly different from the SETUP screen for VST use.

Mac

Double click the Motif XF icon and the Motif XF VST graphic interface opens:

Motif
  • Click on FILE > SETUP on the Motif XF Editor toolbar

Here you want to setup the communication between the Motif XF and the Editor.

  • Select USB as the DATA PORT
  • Set the DETAIL = ON

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Make settings for Port 1 and Port 4. The USB connection requires a two-way, two port communication.

Port 1:
Motif XF7 Port 1 for both MIDI IN and MIDI OUT
Port 4:
Motif XF7 Port 4 for both MIDI In and MIDI OUT

To launch the Editor as VSTi, within CUBASE
Launch Cubase first.
_ Go to DEVICES > VST INSTRUMENTS > click on a space ('no instrument'), select EXTERNAL > 'Motif XF VST'
_ You will be asked if you want to create a MIDI Track assigned to this plug-in.
_ When this is done you can navigate to the FILE > SETUP screen

Next you make a decision about the direction of communication. There are two things to consider:
1) When you open a New Project in Cubase, how do you want the Editor to behave?
2) When you open a previously saved Project, how do you want the Editor to behave?

Typically, when you create a New Project you will want the Editor to clear a new MIX for you. Therefore you will want to have data sent FROM the Editor TO the Motif XF. When you are restoring a previously saved Cubase Project you will want the Editor to send your saved data back to the Motif XF. Therefore you will want to have data sent FROM the Editor TO the Motif XF.

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

This is so that the Recall will send the Current MIX from the computer to the Motif XF when I open a Cubase Project. Restoring my Mix to my Motif XF. It will do the same thing when I create a New Project. Cool!

I have the VOICE option set to OFF, as I don’t often need to reload all of the User Voices (but you can set this as you prefer). If set to ON, then the Editor can restore all your USER1, USER2, USER3 , USER4 and USER Drum Kit Voices to your Motif XF each time. It is your choice.

Auto Start is ON

Set the USER INTERFACE 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…

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  • Click OK

_ On the main Motif XF Editor screen you want to make sure that the Editor is ONLINE.
_ A dot appears in the radio button 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.

USING the ONLINE/OFFLINE function
The ONLINE option has 3 status conditions. It will read either:

  • *ONLNE w/dot – This means you are communicating and all is well
  • *OFFLINE w/ dot – you are temporarily offline but all is well
  • OFFLINE – you have trouble. Please check your connections

The OFFLINE w/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 XF – 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 XF hardware front panel, the Motif XF Editor will go temporarily *OFFLINE w/dot.

On the Toolbar of the Motif XF Editor you will see the BULK option. This is what you use to request a bulk to (Transmit) or from (Receive) the Motif XF. You can select the Current MIX, and any of the USER Banks or ALL of the USER Banks. This is significant because you will want to keep a backup of the current LIBRARY loaded into your hardware at the time of this Project.

Do not change your preference in the FILE > SETUP > AUTO SYNC SETTING – when you need to send or receive data from the Motif XF use this BULK option. This is what it is designed for…

Click BULK > DATA SYNC

Highlight “Receive”
Check the attributes you wish to capture
Click OK to execute.

This data will be bundled and Saved.
If you are running in “Stand alone” mode, save a Motif XF Editor file (.X3A)
If you are running as “VST” the XF data will automatically be saved and bundled with the host DAW’s Project file. In Cubase this will be a (.CPR) type file.

Setup a NEW PROJECT in Cubase: Making your own Template(highly recommended).

  • In Cubase AI click on the FILE option
  • Select “NEW PROJECT”
  • Select “EMPTY”
Editor

You can use any of the pre-made Templates or you can create your own. Ultimately, you will want to create your own once you develop a preference of how you like to work. Cubase will ask you to select a directory for your Project. You can “create” a folder or simply target one you have made previously.

Next you will create a track layout. This will be your own personal preference. For our example we will create a Track setup with 8 MIDI Tracks (you can set as many as you require). Remember you can easily add tracks or remove tracks in Cubase by simply right clicking and using the ADD TRACK or REMOVE TRACK option.

  • Right click and select “ADD TRACK” > MIDI
  • Make the Track Count 8
  • Click OK

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Each of the eight tracks will be set to “All MIDI Input” and as we know this is the Motif XF port 1. Each of the eight tracks will be routed out to the Yamaha Motif XF, and each will be on a successively higher MIDI channel. Verify this.

  • Next click on FILE > SAVE AS TEMPLATE…
  • Name the template something descriptive.

I named mine “Motif XF USB 8 MIDI”. Here’s why… It reminds me that this template is for when I’m working with the Motif XF (in my studio I need this information). I include USB in the description because this template will configure my connections via USB; I have a separate template for when I am working with the firewire connection. The “8 MIDI” reminds me how many tracks are in this template and what type of tracks.

As you get to know your working habits you can refine you Template. You can even pre-select VOICES for the PARTS, if you desire. If you are using a particular Audio Interface, you can select the output assignments for your XF PARTS. For example, if you are not using audio, or you are connected to an external audio interface via two 1/4” cables, you will want to set the OUTPUT SELECT parameter for each Part = L&R (the individual outputs are for those using the optional FireWire connection.

Try out your TEMPLATE

  • Click WINDOW and select “Close All”
  • Go to FILE > New Project…
  • Click on your new Template
  • Select a directory for this project
  • Click OK to launch your Template

It will recall your USB connections, your REMOTE Settings, your audio interface settings; recall the hardware configuration, recall the MIDI connections, and recall the Current Mix and Voices if you included them. It will then ask you if want to restore this to your hardware. Why this extra step? Because at some point you may actually start a project in the Motif XF – say you have a quick idea and want to get it down fast. Later you say I’d like to continue my work in Cubase rather than having the Editor automatically blow away your hardware settings, you get this screen that lets you verify that you want to go FROM or TO the Hardware. Very useful… if you have done a setup in the Motif XF and you want to have the Editor capture it: simply select ‘FROM HARDWARE’ option. If you want to send your basic start up template select the ‘TO HARDWARE’ option.

You can customize these instructions to your own preferences. Perhaps you always start with a particular Drum Kit, Bass sound and Keyboard sound; you can make your TEMPLATE that includes the Motif XF Editor with the Voices you like already programmed and assigned to the appropriate outputs.

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Advantage and Conclusion
The Studio Connection: Recall protocol allows you to store and recall your external hardware settings in your Cubase Project File. The Editor will memorize every setting on the external hardware you were using on a Project, it will store not only the Voice list but also the entire mix. That is, every parameter you use, and every Voice in your Motif XF, per project. This is total recall.