Demo by Katsunori Ujiie.
Katsunori is one of the best synthesizer presenters on the web. Of course in my opinion and as long as you are interested in playing keyboards/synthesizers in a more traditional way.
However, if this is the best what Yamaha’s MONTAGE is going to offer, then I am in the fortunate position to save myself a lot of money. My interest decreased over the time but got actually killed @ 21:20.
But please judge yourself:
Sweetwater with some great FM sounds:
Update 24.01.2016 Thx Jörn
Thomann prices [incl. German VAT]:
Sonic state – NAMM 2016: Yamaha Montage
MONTAGE PV by Bert
First price information [source andertons.co.uk]:
MONTAGE 6 – £2,169.00
MONTAGE 7 – £2,530.00
MONTAGE 8 – £2,892.00
All prices including VAT
The following information I took from andertons.co.uk website:
Motion sequences can be programmed so that you can manipulate a parameter in time with the global tempo to create a dynamic and interesting sound.
The new Super Knob can control one or a number of parameters at once in a wide variety of ways. If you want to completely mess with your sound in one single action, then the Super Knob is a great way to create amazing effects on the fly in a live situation as well as when messing around with different tones in the studio.
Envelope follower can use a audio signal as the source for dynamic control of parameters. For example, you can use a drum loop to control it’s own effects in sync with its own beat. Or vocals can be added to a synth sound to create a vocoder style sound.
- AWM2 Engine with 128-note polyphony (Stereo)
- FM-X Engine: 128-note polyphony, 8-Operators,
- 88-Algorithms, 7-Spectral Forms,
- Super Knob Control / Direct Control Assignment
- Motion Sequences and Scenes
- NEW Envelope Follower & Side Chain FX turn A/D
- input into control signal for live situations
- Dual Insert FX on all 16 Parts:
- 7” TFT Colour Touch Screen
- Live Set Organiser
- Seamless Sound Switching (SSS)
- Integrated Flash Memory: 1.75GB
- Balanced Outputs
Eight operators, 88 algorithms somehow remind me on the specs of Yamaha’s FS1r.
Throughout the years I have always been a big fan of Yamaha instruments. When I started with synthesizers, back in the early eighties, I had to decide between a Yamaha CS-10 and a Korg MS-20. It took me weeks until decidef for the latter. But only a few years later one of my all time favorite synthesizers was launched and found its new home in my studio. It was the Yamaha DX-7.
Those of you who follow my blog and listened to my tracks on SoundCloud, know how much I like Yamaha’s CP1. Somehow I am getting the impression I am the only one. :-) But that is a different story.
Yamaha recently released their Reface series and I guess there will be more to come. Actually their new MONTAGE is a strong signal that they are back with FM. On the source site of the following information it says „If you liked the DX and Motif, get ready to love Montage.“
I am not sure about the Motif. But what I know for sure is how much I liked the DX-7 and later the DX-5 together with the TX-816. The TX-816 was a nightmare to program but its sounds were simply great due to their dynamic range. So let’s see what Yamaha has developed.
To share my excitement with others who are waiting eagerly for next gen FM by Yamaha, I post what I collected during the last days. The source is listed on the bottom of this blog entry.
Here we go:
Most interesting to me
Yamaha – 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.
Curious to see whether it is possible to draw for example own algorithms with limitless cross mod capabilities and feedback. Wave sequencing would be welcome too.
Yamaha – 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
Experience rich stereo sound without halving the available number of notes.
MONTAGE features nearly 10 times the waveform capacity of the MOTIF XF, allowing more samples per instrument for incredibly realistic and nuanced sound.
・Integrated Flash Memory
MONTAGE includes 1.75 GB of user flash memory with high speed reading/writing for your own custom samples or synth libraries from yamahasynth.com.
Korg’s Kronos is clearly the target and it will be hard to beat. Korg did a great job over the decades and OASYS was already ahead of the others ten years ago. With the Kronos things did not get worse. So again, this will be hard to beat. But maybe the Bösendorfer is going to help the Montage.
One thing I always liked a lot about Clavia was their easy way to add several parameter ranges to a single controller. Movement of the controller caused then either smooth or dramatic sonic changes. Montage’s Super Knob seems to offer even more.
Yamaha – Create dynamic sound changes from radical to sublime with the Super Knob. The Super Knob can control multiple parameters simultaneously resulting in anything you can imagine.
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.
And there are some more features which probably other musicians will appreciate as well:
SSS (Seamless Sound Switching)
Yamaha – Seamless Sound Switching (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.
IMPORTANT: Yamaha – „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.
MONTAGE will come in three different configurations: MONTAGE 6 and MONTAGE 7 feature the premium FSX semi-weighted synthesizer action with aftertouch in 61 and 76 keys respectively. MONTAGE 8 features an 88 key, fully-weighted Balanced Hammer action with aftertouch.
So if I look at the MONTAGE as a synthesizer, deriving FM with a new (inter)face and depending on the price, then this instrument is of interest. In case it is targeted as competition to Korg’s Kronos… well, frankly, in the latter case I am afraid to say that it needs to come with some extra synth-engines to take
this It needs to have some extra synth-engines onboard to take-on Korg
It seems that all the information available on the internet now goes back to this source.
All photos © Yamaha