Welcome to the new era in Synthesizers from the company that brought you the revolutionary DX and the widely popular Motif. Continuing the legacy of these two iconic keyboards, the Yamaha MONTAGE Flagship Keyboard and Workstation yet again raises the bar for Synthesizers with sophisticated dynamic control, massive sound creation and a streamlined workflow powerfully combined in a keyboard to ignite your creative power. MONTAGE is available in three different models – the MONTAGE6, MONTAGE7, and MONTAGE8. The MONTAGE6 features 61 semi-weighted keys, the MONTAGE7 features 76 semi-weighted keys, and the MONTAGE8 features 88 fully weighted keys. Additionally, The MONTAGE6 and MONTAGE7 feature premium FSX synthesizer action with aftertouch, whereas the MONTAGE8 features Balanced Hammer action with aftertouch.To learn more about MONTAGE, please continue reading below. If you enjoyed the DX and Motif, you're going to love Montage! Be a Montage Early Adopter and get over $200 worth of pedals absolutely free. Find out more here!
The power behind MONTAGE's performance is its Motion Control Synthesis Engine. This engine unites and harnesses two iconic Sound Engines: AWM2 (high-quality waveform and subtractive synthesis) and FM-X (modern, pure Frequency Modulation synthesis). These two engines can be freely zoned or layered across eight parts in a one single MONTAGE Performance. Interact with MONTAGE Performances using Motion Control. Motion Control is an extremely programmable control matrix for creating deep, dynamic and amazingly expressive audio. Motion Control allows you to create new sounds that are otherwise impossible on previous hardware synthesizers.
Now that you have a good understanding of what's going on inside the heart of MONTAGE, let's take a look at the first defining category of MONTAGE - Sophisticated Dynamic Control. Since music is expression, MONTAGE adds an entirely new level of expression with its Motion Control Synthesis Engine. This engine enables a variety of methods to interact with and channel your creativity into finding your own signature sound. Introducing the Super Knob! Create dynamic sound changes from radical to sublime with the Super Knob. The Super Knob can control several parameters at the same time resulting in endless possibilities. For example: change your listening position from right in front of an instrument to in the back seat of a concert hall. Or radically change the character of a Performance from atmospheric and mellow to rhythmic and edgy. The Super Knob can even be assigned to a second FC7 foot controller making it easy to manipulate the sound when playing with both hands.
Next off we have Motion Sequences. Motion Sequences are tempo-synchronized, completely customizable control sequences that can be assigned to virtually any synthesizer parameter and provide incredible creative new ways of programming sound. Motion Sequences also have dedicated controls on the front panel making it easy to manipulate and change in real-time, providing incredible interactivity and expression.
Then we have the Envelope Follower. The Envelope Follower converts audio into a control source for control of virtually any synthesizer parameter. For example, a drum loop could drive effects parameters for a cool rhythms or a vocal recording could control multiple parameters for a “talking” synthesizer. The audio can even be a “live” source through the A/D input.
Alright, now that we've explored MONTAGE's Sophisticated Dynamic Control capabilities, let's look at the next defining category of MONTAGE: Massive Sound Creation. Its Massive Sound Creation is created by two Iconic Sound Engines that have been modernized for amazing sound playback and complex sound design. The first engine is the AWM2. Powered by proprietary Yamaha technology for data compression and sound playback, AWM2 allows tremendous data compression without sound quality loss for unparalleled, realistic sound reproduction. 128-Note, Stereo polyphony allows you to experience rich stereo sound without halving the available number of notes. As far as Waveform Capactiy goes, MONTAGE features nearly 10 times the waveform capacity of the MOTIF XF, allowing more samples per instrument for incredibly realistic and nuanced sound. In addition, the MONTAGE includes a 1.75 GB of user flash memory with high speed reading/writing for your own custom samples or synth libraries from yamahasynth.com.
In addition to the AWM2 sound engine, MONTAGE utilizes a powerful FM-X sound engine as well. The FM-X is an amazingly sophisticated pure synthesizer engine capable of producing classic ‘80s or cutting-edge EDM sound with incredible dynamic range, power and fidelity. MONTAGE features an 8-operator FM architecture and 128-note polyphony, allowing for a massive array of sound design options.
As far as content goes with MONTAGE, you're in for a pleasant surprise. Every instrument needs great content to inspire your creativity. MONTAGE features a huge range of incredible sounds like a brand-new Yamaha CFX Premium Grand Piano, detailed new strings and woodwinds and select content from the DX and TX family, all modernized to take advantage of the Motion Control Synthesis Engine. MONTAGE is directly compatible with Motif XF Voices. Yamaha is currently developing an FM converter to make it compatible with DX7 series Voices as well. Plus, as part of the MONTAGE introduction, Yamaha is pleased to offer an incredible Bösendorfer Imperial Premium Grand Piano. Check out some of MONTAGE's great content and features in the video below.
Now let's talk effects. From high definition reverbs to incredibly detailed Virtual Circuit Modeling (VCM) effects, MONTAGE is loaded with DSP innovation, power and, most importantly, sound quality. Use effects like Beat Repeat, Vinyl Break or Bit Crusher to get a modern EDM sound. You can even add a compressor with sidechain for a modern “ducking” effect. Or go retro with vintage effects like Analog Delay, VCM Phaser or a variety of Amp Simulators. Piano players will appreciate piano-focused effects like Damper Resonance for a super-realistic piano experience and the HD reverbs that let you put yourself in any performance space.
Now let's check out MONTAGE's Pure Analog Circuit. MONTAGE features professional balanced outputs with “Pure Analog Circuit” (PAC), which mproves the quality of signal after being converted to analog from digital for clear harmonic reproduction and even frequency response. The result is an output capable of reproducing MONTAGE’s internal content expressively with power and clarity.
This brings us to the third defining category of MONTAGE - Streamlined Workflow. How do you want to integrate your instrument with your system? How do you want to organize the onboard content? How do you want to interact with the instrument while you play? The MONTAGE6, MONTAGE7, and MONTAGE8 were designed with these questions in mind. The answer is a more flexible and streamlined workflow.
USB Audio/ MIDI Connection add to the flexibility of MONTAGE. Connect MONTAGE to your computer with a single USB cable and capture every nuance of your creativity into your DAW. MONTAGE’s powerful USB driver can send 16 and receive 3 channels of STEREO 24 bit/44.1 kHz digital audio to/from your computer or iOS device (MONTAGE is class compliant, no driver needed!), no other hardware required! The USB connection also features full MIDI support of 16 channels. MONTAGE supports the sampling rate up to 192 kHz.
Seamless Sound Switching (SSS) is another amazing feature that enhance your workflow. SSS lets you change performances seamlessly without any cut-off in envelope or effects. This is perfect for live performances where you end one song and start another without stopping. However, this function is only available for Performances that have a maximum of 8 parts.
The A/D input processes external audio sources with your instrument’s DSP. Use mics, guitars or any line source as an input and process with the internal effects. You can even use these sources with the Envelope Follower or Sidechain for a truly unique sound.
When it comes to physical control, MONTAGE features a comprehensive set of physical controls for intuitive music making and sound creation. For example, the Touch Screen. The color touch screen allows you to select and change parameters simply and directly. Eight Rotary Encoders and Faders with Stepladder LED simply feedback and allow for a more connected experience. Stepladder LEDs next to the faders indicate position making it easy to see where your current mix position is. When it comes to Keyboard Action, MONTAGE is available in three different configurations: MONTAGE6 and 7 feature the premium FSX semi-weighted synthesizer action with aftertouch in 61 and 76 keys respectively. MONTAGE8 features an 88 key, fully-weighted Balanced Hammer action with aftertouch. This provides equal resistance for each key across the keyboard and is perfect for playing a variety of instruments from acoustic piano to electric piano, synth sounds, organ and more!
MONTAGE is proud to introduce the especially awesome LIve Set feature. Live Sets let you organize your Performances however you want without copying, changing order or renaming. When a Performance is selected, you can easily register it to a Live Set. This is perfect for playing gigs or even creating your own organization scheme for Performances. Direct Control Assignment assigns controls at the touch of a button. Simply select a parameter, hit the Direct Control Assignment button and move the controller to control that parameter. It’s easy! To top it all off, MONTAGE is bundled with Cubase AI, Steinberg's professional music production application that offers integrated recording and editing.