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Yamaha | Montage 8


The Montage represents a new era in synthesizer technology by offering unprecedented ways for keyboard players to control and interact with sound.

The Motion Control Synthesizer Engine controls two iconic Sound Engines: Advanced Wave Memory 2 (AWM2) and FM-X.

Compatible with previous generation Motif libraries, the AWM2 engine is exponentially more powerful than the previous Motif XF flagship with nearly ten times more wave memory, integrated flash, double the effects and twice the polyphony.

Joining the powerful AWM2 engine is FM-X. An amazingly sophisticated pure FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesizer engine capable of producing classic ‘80s or cutting-edge EDM sound with incredible dynamic range, power and fidelity.

Montage also features a brand new user interface with color touch screen, endless rotary encoders and the Super Knob: a macro control allowing users to control multiple parameters simultaneously. The inspiring Montage brings newfound power to performers, songwriters, producers and sound designers.

Main Features: 

+ High-quality, enhanced sounds covering a wide range of music styles

The MONTAGE is loaded with 5 GB (in 16-bit linear format) of preset Advanced Wave memory (AWM2) — more than seven times the size of the previous MOTIF XF6/7/8. The MONTAGE has a huge variety of sounds, including highly realistic Piano sounds, with largevolume waveform data. Unlike its predecessors, the MONTAGE features 1.7 GB of User flash memory built in, for storing various Performance libraries. The Performance data is maintained in the same way as preset Performances even if the power is turned off. The MONTAGE also now features an FM-X tone generator, providing powerfully complex FM synthesis. This puts both standard FM and new-generation FM sounds in your sonic palette, giving you a wide range of expressive, richly textured sounds to work with, and lets you combine both the FM-X and AWM2 tone generators.

+ Extensive effect processing

The MONTAGE has a huge variety of professional and modern-music effects, including Beat Repeat, Vinyl Break, Bit Crusher, and Analog Delay. The instrument also gives you a wide array of signal processing options, including separate Variation and Reverb, an overall Master Effect including multi-band compression, fiveband master EQ, independent Insertion Effects, plus three-band EQ before the Insertion Effects and two-band EQ after them. These Insertion Effects contain wide variety of sound processing options, including a special Vocoder effect.

+ Motion Control System for new musical possibilities

The Motion Control System is a completely new feature for variably controlling Motions (rhythmical, multidimensional sound changes) in real time. This amazingly powerful feature dramatically and dynamically alters the sounds of the instrument in new, never-heard-before ways—changing texturally, rhythmically with the beats, providing cool, colorful lighting effects, and responding expressively to your creative passion.

+ The Motion Control System has three main functions:

1) Super Knob: For creating multi-dimensional sonic changes, and enhancing those changes with colorful, continually shifting lighting changes.

2) Motion Sequencer: For continually variable sound changes.

3) Envelope Follower: Synchronizes the Motions with tempo and volume of audio input and other Parts.

+ Expanded, enhanced Arpeggio function and Motion Sequence

The MONTAGE has more than 10,000 Arpeggio types that cover the latest music styles. Further enhancing the musical expressiveness of the instrument, you can combine the Motion Sequence function for creating dynamic sound variability over time with various Arpeggio types. You can store all contents—Arpeggio Type, Motion Sequence, and other parameters such as Part volume—together as Scenes, and assign them to eight buttons, letting you conveniently and powerfully call up those Scenes as desired while you perform. 

+ Exceptionally convenient live performance functions

The MONTAGE has a Live Set function for easily calling up Performances as you play onstage. Once you’ve stored Performances in the desired order, you can concentrate fully on your playing and never be at a loss on which to choose. The MONTAGE also has SSS (Seamless Sound Switching) function for switching between Performances smoothly without any notes being cut off.

+ Enhanced user interface

Unlike its predecessors, the MONTAGE has been designed without any “Modes.” As a result, it is extremely easy to understand the structure and flow of the instrument, and the convenient touch panel is a total joy to use. You can creatively and effectively use the touch panel for intuitive operations and the switches for more secure control, if desired. These switches light in three different ways, letting you instantly understand the current status of the switches.

+ Responsive, expressive keyboard

The MONTAGE6 features a 61-key keyboard, while the MONTAGE7 has 76 keys with a high-quality FSX keyboard and the MONTAGE8 has 88 keys with a highquality BH (Balanced Hammer) keyboard. All are equipped with a touch response feature (both initial touch and aftertouch). These allow you to expressively change the sound in various ways—initial touch by the strength with which you play the keys, and aftertouch by how strongly you press the keys when holding them down.

+ Comprehensive system connectivity

The MONTAGE features a built-in 6-channel in/32-channel out USB audio interface for recording the highquality sound of the MONTAGE on a Mac or Windows PC—without the need for a separate device! The MONTAGE also supports high-resolution 192 kHz audio, making the ideal keyboard to take into professional-level recording situations as well. The connections are also compatible with iOS devices.
ModelMontage 8
Engine TypeDigital
EngineAWM2, WT, FM-X, Sample
Voices (max)128
Engine DetailedAWM2 (sample playback). FM-X. 5GB Waveforms and data
Filter (VCF)8x 18 filter types
Envelope (VCA)2 Initional Level, Delay, Rate 1, Level 1, Rate 2, Level 2, Rate 3, Level 3, Rate 4, Level 4, Polyphonic, Time
FXReverb x 12 types, Variation x 76 types, Insertion (A, B) x 76 types*, Master Effect x 15 types *A/D part insertion x 71 types (Preset settings for parameters of each effect type are provided as templates) Master EQ (5 bands), 1st part EQ (3 bands), 2nd part EQ (2 bands)
Memory2048 presets, 1024 user + 32 kits, 512 performances
Arpeggiator8 parts, 10000 patterns, 256 user patterns
Recording16-Track, 130,000 notes, 64 songs 480 ppqn; 
Key typeKeys
Audio6-channel in/32-channel out USB audio interface
MidiI-O-T, USB
Extra infoRJ-45 connection
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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