Yamaha Design “Synapses” MX49/MX61
A compact synthesizer you can carry anywhere.
In order to realize the concept of a synthesizer that is easy to use and readily portable, designers offered proposals for everything from the size and shape of the instrument to the layout of the buttons on the operations panel. In reevaluating our conventional methods of design, we were able to make the MX49 and MX61 keyboards exceptionally compact, systematic and simple to use.
The design of these keyboards features a balance of its assertive identity onstage and its friendliness towards owners, inviting them to play for extended periods while at home. Lightweight and compact, the MX49 and MX61 can be transported easily for performing in studios and live venues.
Continuing the legacy of the MOTIF Series, the MX49 and MX61 feature five lines running from the top of the instrument body to the rear surface. These lines represent the connection between the player and the audience, showing the performer in a more attractive light, and emphasizing the keyboard’s live presence.
The switches and controllers are grouped three-dimensionally by function, allowing the performer to both select and edit a variety of voices quickly. We altered the colors of the buttons and used pictures as well as lettering to make these instruments easy and fun to operate.
- Toshihide Suzuki
- Yamaha Design Laboratory