has anyone used the yamaha motif es rack?
i thought about adding it to my yamaha digital piano.  i don't really need more keys, but would like more voices during my gigs.
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i have an motif es 6 and love it.  the only thing lacking on it though are the hammond organ sounds imho.
hmm hammond organ is one of the voices i wanted, although i already have b4.  how are the rhodes sounds?
i think the es rack ep sounds (including rhodes) are just about the same if not exactly the same as the original motif rack's ep sounds.  the rhodes on the original are pretty damned good -- there's a great stereo tremolo patch (a la the classic suitcase rhodes sound) that sounds pretty damned good.  

from what i recall, the hammond sounds weren't awful -- nobody in the audience would complain, i shouldn't think.  you're not going to get the kind of control you need over the various effects (vibrato/chorus, percussion, not to mention real drawbars) in any rack, though, and even if you have a proper drawbar controller you may not be able to program the parameters just right (i don't recall with the motif rack).  maybe a good-enough basic 888000000 with percussion, braked leslie, c1 or c2 sound will work for your needs, though (classic jimmy smith tone, which the rack will do, unless memory fails).
thanks jaledin.  i guess as always it pays to try the hardware out.
the rhodes are very good and a nice variety of electric pianos in general.  for $35 you can upgrade the hammond sounds here:


go to voice libraries and listen to the samples of b's knee's

jaledin makes a good point...the audience won't know.  it's really all subjective anyway.  i had a killer b3 sample on my on k2000 that i measure everying else against.
i use the vintage '74 rhodes patch on the es rack.  i honestly wish i could sell it and just buy that patch for like 100 bucks or something...........it's really the only one i ever use.  es rack is awesome, imo.
that b's knees is pretty passable as a tonewheel clone.
thanks larry.
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