Inside the Yamaha MOXF6


Yamaha MOXF6

Shortly after I took possession of the MOXF6 I succumb to the urge to take a look inside. It was an easy job to disassemble the casing unlike the older SY series where the casings are littered with screws of different sizes. I found the build quality of the MOXF6 just wasn’t up to the same standard as the older SY series, but the board doesn’t suffer anything for this and is still one of the best bang-for-buck boards out there.

Anyways, I’ve posted a few photos of what I found in the MOXF6. These may help if you ever need to fault-find, compare, or just to save you the task of opening your own if you are curious to see what’s inside.

I have made some comments regarding the ICs and the functions of the PCBs but please don’t take these as 100% correct, or even 50% 😉

The Main PCB

The photo below shows the Top Side of the Main PCB.


This seems like a standard modern PCB design. SMD components are used throughout (except a few connectors). The Main Processor & 2x Voice ICs are in space-saving BGA format. The Firmware I guess lives in the TSSOP-56 IC with the little yellow label on it “YF3990 (c) 2013 YAMAHA”

What does catch the attention are the unpopulated areas of the PCB. To the left there is a non-fitted connector CN900, and an array of capacitors missing similar to the pattern of capacitors above it. Move along to the bottom center and C902 is missing along with some support circuitry nearby. At the top center CN101 is missing. Keep going right and there are 2x TSSOP-56 package layouts non-populated as well. These two component layouts almost beg the question “was on-board Flash ROM storage considered at the design stage..?”.

The photo below shows the Bottom Side of the Main PCB.


To the left you have the Flash Board connector, buffers, and the two onboard WaveROM ICs in TSSOP-56 fromat. The two unpopulated TSSOP-56 layouts on the top side are directly underneath these WaveROM ICs. Near the center there are two TSOPII-54 ICs which are probably SDRAM used as workspace for the 2x Voice ICs on the top side. Further right there are another 2x TSOPII-54 ICs – again probably SDRAM used as workspace for the main CPU.

There is an unpopulated area at the bottom right of the PCB which suggests another DAC & Amp circuit could be fitted (for more Outputs..?). The missing cluster of capacitors on the top side are underneath this area.


The photo below shows the Top Side of the I/O PCB.


This is a single-sided populated board. Components on the top, traces on the bottom, all thru-hole components.

The bottom row of connectors on this PCB (from left to right) are:

  • MIDI: Thru, Out, In
  • Foot Switch – Assignable
  • Foot Switch – Sustain
  • Foot Controller
  • Output: Right, Left
  • Phones
  • A/D Input: Right, Left


The photo below shows the Top Side of the KEY-IF PCB.


This PCB connects to the keybed so it scans the keys and probably calculates the velocity as well. Mostly an SMD PCB, single sided.

This particular PCB has suffered at the hands of a clumsy assembly operator. It appears when the operator was driving in the screw it missed the hole in the PCB and travelled across the PCB whilst the driver was still rotating. Closer inspection at the markings show that this happened three times before being successful. Thankfully the board still works 😐


The photo below shows the LCD PCB mounted in the top casing.

There’s a large area on the right of this PCB unpopulated – maybe this is the circuit for a ‘touch-screen’ version of the display..?


The photo below shows the PS PCB.

A single-sided PCB with mixed SMD and thru-hole components.

The Wall Wart adaptor plugs into this and the power is distributed around the MOXF6 hardware.


The photo below shows the USB PCB.

This is the “To Device” & “To Host” PCB. Again a single-sided PCB with mixed SMD and thru-hole components.

The KeyBed

The photo below shows how the keys are held in place.


The keybed shows where costs have been trimmed down. On the older SY series each key was a separate component that can be removed & replaced if needed.

On the MOXF the black keys are in groups of five on the same strip and the white keys are in groups of seven. This simple assembly allows the keys, key pivots and anchor points to be part of the same plastic molding. Downside is that if you break a key then you need to get all 5 or 7 depending on black or white.

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5 thoughts on “Inside the Yamaha MOXF6

  1. Very interesting! Thanks for posting it on line! I own a MOX6 and I want to do a part comparison between MOX and MOXF6. Do you mind if I ask for your help with this? I can sent you the pics and we can check it out. I bet the results will be interesting 😀


  2. Hello. Thank you so much for your photos, and explanations. For replacing per say one octave of the keys do I need to take out the whole keyboard assembly that holds all the keys out of the keyboard case?, or can they be simply replaced only by removing the 4 screws that hold one octave of the keys ?


    1. To be honest I cannot say what needs to be done as I did not try to remove the keys. There may be something under the keybed that needs set in place after the keys are replaced.


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