I’ve been working on a new song with my friends Arun (songwriter) and Jason (producer). It’s a cool pop song, and I’ve been doing a little extra orchestration work. Most of the original backing track was done in GarageBand, and my job was to replace that with higher quality sounds. Since this is a pop arrangement, I went straight to my Yamaha Motif XF8.
I just want to stop for a second and say how awesome the FW16E is. For those who don’t know, it’s basically an expansion card for the Motif XF8 that acts as audio interface for your computer. It enables digital streaming of up to sixteen channels of audio from the keyboard straight into your DAW. Yes, it’s awesome. The last time I really took advantage of it was when I created backing tracks for The Wedding Singer. Think about it. Two hours of music with 10-16 tracks on each song. It would’ve taken A LONG time if I didn’t have the FW16E.
Anyway, this new song with Arun and Jason ended up taking twelve tracks. I was able to everything with two recording runs. Much better than the how long it would’ve taken to record one at a time. Motif XF8 owners, if you do a lot of arrangement work…GET THE FW16E.