Onstage and in the studio, DeMarcus relies on Yamaha keyboards, especially the Motif ES8. "I have a grand piano shell with a Motif inside that I play live," he says. "I have another one here in my studio, and I also have the Motif Rack. It's my favorite synth--it's been the meat and potatoes of everything I've worked on and everything I've produced. It has exactly what I'm looking for: I can dial up sounds so quickly, and it has all the textures I need, the pads and the other synth sounds. For just about every application I've ever needed, the Motif has fit the bill. I also have a Yamaha C7 grand piano in my studio, and the Motif feels more like it than any 88-key weighted keyboard I've ever used."more
Upon entering Ottman's new home, which he built because he needed more work space, one immediately realizes that the vast, acoustical living room alone could accommodate 35 string players. But it's in the back portion of his home where Ottman creates the rough versions of his larger film scores and the final versions of his smaller projects. The room is centered around his Yamaha Motif ES8 controller, the E-Mu 5000, Roland JV-1080, a number of Pro Tools 192 I/Os and a full complement of recording gear. So, with all that extra available space, does he ever record in the great-sounding living room? "Not yet," he says with a laugh. "It's too close to the kitchen, but on occasion, I'll record an overdub in the studio's office. On lower-budget films, such as (1998's) 'Incognito,' I can mix the score here at the house."more
I love this keyboard. It has been the heart of my workflow for almost a decade now. It's only drawback to this day is that fact that the nobs can't be used for control changes. But, MIDI control surfaces are so cheap. I'll have this board as long as it works!
The sound is unmistakably Yamaha. I recommend it to anyone that needs one of the finest keyboards in the world. I have been using mine since February 2006. The only challenges are lugging this 62.375 lbs. keyboard around and trying to fit onto a small stage with it. There are no substitutes for these marvels.