5 February 2021

Motas-6 firmware xx0119 adds new 'randomise towards patch' feature.

new randomise feature

  • New 'randomise' towards patch in previous fast-access slot. This allows randomising patch parameters 'away' and then 'back' effects.
  • Improved high-pass filter calibration algorithm.

Please read the updated user guide v1.29 and firmware release notes for full details about the enhancements in this latest firmware. Get these now from the downloads page.

03 January 2021

New Motas-6 How To... guide v1.00

New Motas-6 How To... guide

New first version of "How To..." guide released v1.00. Get this now from the downloads page.

The Motas-6 synthesizer is a very powerful and complex instrument and so it takes time to fully appreciate and un- derstand all the capabilities and possibilities.

It is hoped that this guide, in conjunction with the main User Guide, makes this process a little faster and easier, as well as perhaps revealing some capabilities or techniques that you weren’t aware of.

20 December 2020

Motas-6 firmware xx0118 adds 8 independent EG trigger sources.

8 new EG trigger sources

  • Added 8 new independent EG trigger sources.
  • Added new trigger mode for EGs (in addition to gated).
  • Added new 'leap' mode to arpeggiator which adds option to play each note in the chord over octave(s) before moving to next note.

Please read the updated user guide v1.28 and firmware release notes for full details about the enhancements in this latest firmware. Get these now from the downloads page.

23 November 2020

MotasEdit - Updated software version 1.09

MotasEditPlugin software screenshot
  • Added editing of parameter/CC mapping destinations
  • Added support for new VCO2/3 infra- and ultra-sonic modes (since Motas-6 firmware v0116)
  • Added MIDI channel choice operation (previously was fixed at NRPNs sent on ch1, SysEx on ch2)
  • And more ...

Standalone, VST and AU versions available for Windows, macOS and Linux. Get this free software for use with your Motas-6 from the downloads page.

11 November 2020

Motas-6 firmware xx0116 adds multi-Motas polychaining.

New polychain mode

  • Polychain for playing multiple Motas-6 units together, with intelligent MIDI-merge
  • New infra- and ultra-sonic VCO modes
  • Extra parameter mapping destinations
  • And more...!

Please read the updated user guide v1.27 and firmware release notes for full details about the enhancements in this latest firmware. Get these now from the downloads page.

20 September 2020

Sound On Sound Magazine - full review of Motas-6

The excellent review of the Motas-6 synthesizer in Sound On Sound magazine (April 2020 edition) is now available to read in full for free. Here is the review article.

Motas-6 review in Sound on Sound magazine April 2020

Conclusions from SOS review:

'Don't dismiss the Motas‑6 as yet-another-monosynth, it's not. This is an analogue monosynth powerhouse with some impressive depth and complexity. Analogue vector synthesis and phase modulation? Yes, please!'

  • 'Rich and flexible analogue sound.'
  • 'Analogue phase modulation sounds wonderful.'
  • 'Staggering amount of modulation sources, yet it does away with the need for a modulation matrix.'
  • 'Vector morphing is brilliant. Preset sequencing is equally fun.'
  • 'Excellent build quality.'

Note that since firmware v010E most modulation sources can now be set to bipolar or unipolar operation (this wasn't the case in the older firmware revision used for the SOS review)!

31 August 2020

Motas-6 firmware xx0115 allows MIDI CC and rotary knob control of any patch parameter via a 24-slot mapping - over 1600 destinations!

New parameter mapping control via MIDI CCs

  • MIDI Control Change (CC) control of any patch parameter (over 1600 destinations!) via 24-slot mapping for live-editing and external sequencing record/playback. Mapping saves with patch or saved globally.
  • Rotary knob control of 24-slot mapping values
  • New mode for rotary knob control of parameter-page values
  • And more...!

Please read the updated user guide v1.26 and firmware release notes for full details about the enhancements in this latest firmware. Get these now from the downloads page.

14 June 2020

New Motas-6 firmware xx0111 released adding custom LFO waveforms. Matching updated user guide v1.24.

New LFO pitch tracking  options

  • NEW user-defined custom LFO waveforms. 4 custom waveforms per patch. Each waveform can have up to 32 steps and each step can be set to hold or glide. For synced LFOs the start-position of the waveform can be set at any of the 32 steps.
  • new LFO waveform: sample+hold with slew
  • added 'sequence tempo divide' option to allow patterns to play over more than 1 bar
  • increased pattern maximum notes from 30 to 36
  • option to edit pattern note parameters using the potentiometer knobs
  • new 'copy-to-all' parameter pages for EG, LFO and modulations
  • And more...!

Please read the updated user guide v1.24 and firmware release notes for full details about the enhancements in this latest firmware. Get these now from the downloads page.

23 May 2020

MotasEdit - Updated software (plugin and standalone) version 1.07

MotasEditPlugin software screenshot

MotasEdit software

  • Added send of data to DAW as well as direct to Motas (plugin version)
  • New 'monitor' page option for Motas screen whilst editing
  • Handling the new unipolar, LFO pitch track and LFO modulation options
  • And more ...

Standalone, VST and AU versions available for Windows, macOS and Linux. Get this free software for use with your Motas-6 from the downloads page.

22 May 2020

New Motas-6 firmware xx0110 and user guide v1.23 released

  • Added LFO pitch/note tracking option (all 33 local LFOs)
  • Added variable EG shape curve (from -64 to +64) EXP to LINEAR to LOG (all 37 EGs)
  • Added LFO frequency modulation control from global LFOX and active EG ( all 33 local LFOs)
  • Added LFO pitch/note tracking, frequency modulation control and EG shape to morph control
  • New 'monitor' feature for use with MotasEdit software - so Motas hardware always shows monitor page if desired
  • Two new options for morph X and Y from keyboard note and note velocity
  • UI improvement - press of up/down buttons simultaneous to reset a parameter
  • And more ...

Please read the updated user guide v1.23 and firmware release notes for full details about the enhancements in this latest firmware.

New LFO pitch tracking  options

Get these now from the downloads page.

7 May 2020

New Motas-6 demos on MotasSynth YouTube channel

Vector morphing

Phase modulation

Paraphonic playing

Phase modulation with arpeggiator

Microtuning

30 March 2020

New Motas-6 firmware xx010E and user guide v1.22 released

  • Added option of unipolar (in addition to bipolar) modulation from EGs, M1-M4, velocity and note modulation sources.
  • Built-in 32 preset micro-tunings and 32 further user-defined micro-tunings using standard MIDI bulk tuning sysEx command. Patches store the micro-tune preset used. Micro-tuning definition automatically updated when patch is loaded or changed (e.g. by arpeggiator or sequencer).
  • Individual start-time and end-time adjustment for each pattern to allow more complex timing effects in sequences. Sequence now stores global microtune option and internal tempo.
  • Usability improvements: simultaneous press of up and down buttons to reset to default values, go to top option on a page, first patch in bank etc. Simultaneous press of left and right buttons to reset to first option page in arpeg/setup or 1st patch bank. Push-and-hold on up/down buttons for faster data editing.
  • Please read the updated user guide v1.22 for full details about the enhancements in this latest firmware.

New micro-tuning options

Get these now from the downloads page.

19 March 2020

Sound On Sound Magazine - review of Motas-6

You can now read an excellent review of the Motas-6 synthesizer in Sound On Sound magazine April 2020 edition. Here is a direct link to the review article.

Motas-6 review in Sound on Sound magazine April 2020

You can also listen to an audio example to accompany the April 2020 Sound On Sound magazine article, on SoundCloud. This was recorded directly from Motas-6 without any external processing or effects. All the patches are from bank #4.

7 March 2020

Motas-6 at the Seventh Wave Festival of Electronic Music at the Birmingham and Midland Institute.

A busy day in the historic and beautiful Birmingham and Midland Institute. Thank you to all the synth enthusiasts who stopped by to listen and play with Motas-6.

Motas-6 at Birmingham and Midland Institute 2020

Motas-6 at Birmingham and Midland Institute 2020

20 January 2020

New Motas-6 firmware xx010D and user guide v1.21 released

  • Vector morphing has been enhanced! Now patch parameter offsets can be controlled in real-time using the front-panel knobs and can be individually enabled/disabled for each of the 4 morphing patches.
  • Vector morphing now has a new 'smooth' mode in addition to the existing 'switch' mode. The new mode allows morphing without changing the discrete patch parameters creating new sound creation possibilities.
  • Please read the updated user guide v1.21 for more detail about the enhancements in this latest firmware.

New morphing options

Get these now from the downloads page.

20 January 2020

User guide for MotasEdit software released

  • A user guide document is now available for the MotasEdit stand-alone and plugin software for use with your Motas-6 synthesizer.

User guide for MotasEdit software

Get this now from the downloads page.

12 December 2019

New patch bank #4 for Motas-6

Here you can download a brand new set of 50 patches (bank #4) for your Motas-6 synthesizer. A pdf guide to these new sounds has been created, and you can listen to audio samples on this new page.

5 October 2019

Motas-6 at Synthfest 2019

A very busy and successful day out in Sheffield, thanks to all the synth enthusiasts who stopped by the stand to engage with Motas-6!

Motas-6 at Synthfest 2019

Motas-6 at Synthfest 2019

Motas-6 at Synthfest 2019

Motas-6 at Synthfest 2019

13 September 2019

New Motas-6 firmware xx010C and user guide v1.20 released

  • User interface improvement for editing advanced settings. New separate menu page to clearly study and set the more advanced/detailed options of LFOs, EGs and parameter page settings. Please see the user guide for more details.
  • Improved LED indication on auto patch-changing. Now much easier to see which patch is playing and which is being edited.
  • Added new quick-access patch changing from note, velocity or MIDI/CV controller. Can now play the 5 quick-access presets like a 'drumkit'!
  • Updated user guide v1.20 to match this latest firmware.

New clearer advanced setting control

Get these now from the downloads page.

17 August 2019

Motas-6 at Modular Meet Leeds event

Had a great day in Leeds, thank you to everyone who stopped by showing lots of interest in Motas-6, and many thanks to DivKid for organising this event.

5 August 2019

Motas-6 review Signal Sounds

Another glowing review of Motas-6 from another very happy customer. He likes it so much he bought two!

"DESERVE MUCH-MUCH MORE ATTENTION. Same for me great synth with tons off modulation possibility's there is a big risk you get lost in your own ideas luckily there is not much menu diving al in al it triggers your creativity like a big modular only now you can save your ideas. oscillators and filters are more then okay. I have bought also a second one because I love this synth. REVIEW BY BENNIE / (POSTED ON 17/04/2019)"

3 August 2019

Motas-6 Cambridge Synth DIY event

Had a great day out in Cambridge, thanks to the organisers (Neil Johnson)

Motas-6 at SynthDIY 2019

12 July 2019

New Motas-6 firmware xx010B and user guide v1.19 released

  • Enhanced patch randomise options - added new 'randomise depth' from 1 to 10. Now you can choose to randomly 'deviate' gently away from the current patch settings, or more aggressively, depending on the 'depth' setting. Please see the user guide for more details.
  • Changed default MIDI controller values to 64 at startup (was 0 previously). This means that patches that use controller modulation (M1 -M4) will now have starting values in the middle of the range before any actual MIDI controller data is received.
  • Improved setup page display of MIDI controller names assigned to M1-M4, and fixed a minor bug in incorrect mapping of controllers.
  • Updated user guide v1.19 to match the latest firmware.

New randomise option on copy page

Get these now from the downloads page.

5 March 2019

New Motas-6 firmware xx010A and user guide v1.18 released

  • Added response to MIDI real-time messages start/continue for sequence/pattern playing from sequencer
  • Added option to sync/reset all LFOs on sequence 'rewind to start'. Setting stored in patch and global override option.
  • Updated user guide v1.18 to match the latest firmware.

Get these now from the downloads page.

28 Feb 2019

Motas-6 review Signal Sounds

Glowing review of Motas-6 from a very happy customer!

"Enthusiastically opening the neat packaging the Motas 6 is shipped in I was surprised by the weight of this desktop synthesiser. There is a bit of heft to it compared to more commonly known synths of similar size. Proper juicy analog Oscillators and Filters - it sounds fantastic. Super fast Pattern Patch Changing and Vector morphing you would be forgiven for thinking its multitimbral. Massive amounts of modulation possibilities.. Thanks to Jon for building such an inspired musical instrument and for his commitment in developing and improving the Motas 6 firmware. Thanks also the for the great customer service from the guys at Signal Sounds. I love mine - highly recommend REVIEW BY MARK / (POSTED ON 16/02/2019)"

30 Nov 2018

Motas-6 is now available from Signal Sounds

The Motas-6 synthesizer is now on sale from the great guys at Signal Sounds. Get in touch with Jason! jason@signalsounds.com.

18 November 2018

New Motas-6 firmware xx0108 and user guide v1.17 released

  • New CV input over-sampling filtering option from 0 to 99 (smoothes incoming CV signals and creates a time-delayed response).
  • Added LFO tempo control from gate clock input.

Updated user guide v1.17 to match the latest firmware.

Get these now from the downloads page.

18 October 2018

Motas-6 at Sheffield SynthFest 2018 with DivKid

11 September 2018

New Motas-6 firmware xx0107 and user guide v1.16 released

  • New instant patch-changing feature in arpeggiator - create drum loops!
  • New programmable patch-changing option for each note in pattern sequencer.
  • Several new arpeggiator patterns.
  • Improved 'randomise patch' algorithm

Updated user guide to match the latest firmware

Get these now from the downloads page.

20 August 2018

Motas-6 press-release - Sound On Sound magazine online

"Powerful synth from new British designer" - Motas review from Future Music.

12 July 2018

Motas-6 review now on Music Radar

The excellent Future Music review of the Motas-6 synthesizer (in edited form) is now on online at Music Radar

Motas review from Future Music

5 July 2018

Motas-6 is now available from KMR Audio

The Motas-6 synthesizer is now on sale from the great guys at KMR Audio. Get in touch with Tom Lewis - the synthesizer guru! sales@kmraudio.com.

15 June 2018

MotasEditPlugin - NEW plugin version of the MotasEdit software

MotasEditPlugin software screenshot

Plugin version of the MotasEdit software

  • Live editing and automation of Motas-6 parameters
  • Adjust hardware controls on Motas-6, on the plugin and record the parameter changes in your DAW
  • Huge set of parameters exposed to DAW for massive automation. Currently every parameter page (33 pages - that is one for each main rotary slider) exposes offset, LFOx mod depth, unique LFO mod depth, unique LFO frequency, EG mod depth, unique EG delay, attack, decay, sustain and release. Also, global EG and LFO parameters are exposed. This gives a total of 350 automatable parameters!
  • Load/save setup to recall patches with song
  • To enable all the features correctly you must apply firmware xx0106 to your Motas-6 (see below)

VST and AU versions available for Window, macOS and Linux.

Get this free software for use with your Motas-6 from the downloads page.

15 June 2018

Motas-6 firmware xx0106 released

  • New SysEx commands for use in combination with MotasEditPlugin software (see above)
  • EG rate values reversed in NRPN MIDI messages (so not inverted anymore)
  • Improved SysEx data transfer speed
  • Minor display improvements

7 June 2018

TONAL AXiS patch bank - new patch bank of 50 patches is now available

Another great bank of Motas-6 patches is now available created by TONAL AXiS.

All new Motas-6 synths shipped will have this set pre-installed to bank 3. If you already have a Motas-6 synthesizer then get this bank from the downloads page now!

1 June 2018

Future Music Magazine - review of Motas-6

Read the Motas-6 synth review in Future Music issue 332 "Ultimately, the Motas-6 is an immensely powerful standalone monophonic synthesizer that has the ability to go into all kinds of interesting sonic territory. Modular systems offer flexibility, but by their very nature do not offer much in the way of parameter recall or parameter automation. Motas Electronics should be praised for their dedication in creating such an interesting piece of sonic hardware. " - Future Music Magazine issue 332

21 May 2018

macOS build of free MotasEdit software

A macOS build of the free MotasEdit software is now available at for the Motas-6 synthesizer. Also, watch out for a plugin version coming soon...

27 April 2018

NEW MotasEdit software released

MotasEdit software screenshot

All the features of the previous MotasControl software plus...

  • Live editing of Motas-6 parameters
  • Live updating from Motas-6 panel changes
  • Load then edit patches on your PC and transfer to/from Motas-6
  • Live automation/recording using flexible MIDI routing
  • To enable all the features you must apply firmware xx0104 (see below)

27 April 2018

Motas-6 firmware xx0104 released

  • New tracking options when holding multiple notes down for new playing styles and more flexible paraphonic operation
  • Oscillators 1, 2 and 3 can now track high/middle/low note independently
  • EGs have new option to track high/middle/low note
  • Compressed data transfer over MIDI (including screenshots) for use with MotasEdit software

27 April 2018

Updated user guide version 1.14 for Motas-6 synthesizer

Updated user guide to match the latest firmware

Get these now from the downloads page.

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