I was in the market for an 88 key controller/stage piano so i went into guitar center to play the s90es. Pretty nice piece.
However, I made the mistake of playing the new Motif xs which was right next to it. They had them both going through a pair of M-Audio powered speakers and I was amazed at how much better the new Motif sounded than the ES... I guess it might have been better fx, better da, or whatever, but the difference was clear.
So, I'm thinking about springing for one... I'm just wondering if it will render some of the gear in my studio redundant... such as, first and foremost, my beloved MPC 3000. I'm wondering if the sequencing in the Motif is slicker and quicker than loading up zip drives etc. etc.
Now, I didn't hear anything in the Motif that would make me part with my SE-1, but I'm wondering if I could maybe even part with my A6 Andromeda, which I haven't spent much time programming... looks like the Motif, especially with the big screen, has a pretty nice synth section...
What do you think? The Motif is a substantial investment and I'm not sure I want to jump yet...
XS doesn't allow additional PLG boards, although it adds many new sounds.
I use Motif ES and like it very much, after compared to XS didn't justify to replace it.
Many natural sounds on Kurzweil still sit (although so old) better in mixes.
Analog synths are miles away from Motif AWM2 synthesis.
Older FM sounds (ala DX7) and physical modelling are better covered with additional boards on ES.
So, XS didn't bring anything I need to the table. Nice screen, PC integration, more sample memory, four arps etc. are news that I don't practically need to much, so still I would pick ES (with couple of add-ons) over XS.
Alone XS is very good synth, but in context of DAWs and separate powerfull machines it's not must have for many.