Yamaha Montage 7
Manufacturer's ID: MONTAGE 7
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Yamaha have been leaders in the world of keyboard workstations for many years and their powerful Montage range sees them hold their place at the top!
'Motion' is the big buzzword with Yamaha in relation to the Montage. Motion control, rhythmic motion, multi-dimensional motion, motion sequencer... the inner workings of the Montage are built around real-time changes that occur intelligently within your sounds in relation to rhythm-related parameters. The idea is to make a flexible and changeable set of sounds the work sympathetically with your own selections are performance to broaden your sound and offer new directions for your music to travel. Motion sequences represent a major and interesting development in rhythmic programmable music of all genres.
Much of the action away from the black and white keys is centred around a large 7" touchscreen and the large (and slightly unfortunately named) 'Super Knob' (when will these tech giants learn?) is a powerful tool that can change countless parameters all at one, in quite frankly dramatic ways! Start with a piano and end up with an organ and strings, enjoying the incremental changes along the way as you turn the knob. There are so many ways to implement this cool feature and you can be as practical or as bizarre as you feel like being!
Sonically you can use highly sampled instruments, virtual analog modelling, FM and AM synthesis...the possibilities are extremely wide. Vintage analog synths can be morphed into pristine pianos or DX7-style FM leads: whatever you want basically! A comprehensive array of studio quality FX allow for further tone shaping.
The Montage comes in three different sizes. This model, the Montage 7, has 76 semi-weighted keys.
With MONTAGE Yamaha presents a unique flagship synthesizer and re-defines the criteria for stage and studio. Its Motion Control Synthesis Engine, combining FM-X and AWM2 Tone Generators with controllers, allow completely new interaction with sounds and sound shaping, making MONTAGE one of the most flexible synthesizers of all time. At the same time the instrument is a dream machine for all songwriters and keyboardists and comes with 61 or 76 keys with synth action and with 88 keys with weighted hammer action.
Three MONTAGE models with 61, 76, or 88 keys
Yamaha MONTAGE is available in three variants. The central control and display unit on all models is the 7-inch touchscreen. Eight endless encoders with LED rings are on hand for direct operation, flanked by eight faders with stepladder LEDs. The new control element "Super Knob" has a separate area to the left of the touch display. MONTAGE 6 and MONTAGE 7 feature 61 or 76 keys on the basis of a semi-weighted FSX synth action keyboard with aftertouch. MONTAGE 8 features 88 weighted keys of a hammer-action keyboard with aftertouch.
Fusion of AWM2 and FM-X – the Motion Control Synthesis Engine
The Motion Control Synthesis Engine of MONTAGE unites two legendary tone generation systems. By combining AWM2 - with its Waveform-based Subtractive Synthesis and FM-X - a modern version of FM synthesis with legendary roots, a unique expressiveness is created.
With FM-X the new MONTAGE relies on the most powerful FM engine of all time. This enhanced sound generation in tradition of synth legends of the 1980s still offers a unique dynamism, power, and fascination. With eight Operators, 88 Algorithms and seven Spectral Forms, MONTAGE offers tremendous power. For comparison: The legendary Yamaha DX7 of 1983 had six Operators, 32 Algorithms and simple sine waves. With Spectral Skirt and Spectral Resonance FM-X also allows the widening of the harmonic curve and the shifting of the harmonic peaks. Along with Filters, EQ, an additional Common LFO and the effect department - a new dimension of FM sound-design is created.
Due to its long-term development by Yamaha, AWM2 offers realistic reproduction of sounds with maximum data compression. MONTAGE offers a 128-fold stereo polyphony with ten times the Waveform capacity of the MOTIF XF. Through this advanced architecture more Samples can be used per instrument, which allows an absolutely authentic and nuanced sound. Both engines can be played on the keyboard in up to 16 Zones and Layers in a MONTAGE Performance.
A completely new interaction with sounds
MONTAGE offers a completely new controller range for intuitive sound manipulation. With the help of Motion Control it is possible to create unique, powerful, and dynamic sounds. This is ensured by the interaction of the Super Knob, the Motion SEQ, and the Envelope Follower.
The Super Knob can control one or a number of parameters in every imaginable way and in parallel. This allows the user to creatively manipulate a sound with just a single twist of the Knob. Even the character of a Performance can easily be changed from warm and atmospheric to punchy and rhythmic.
The new Motion Sequences allow the user to influence a Performance in sync with the Tempo. Perfectly in time they manipulate any parameter of a synthesizer and thus create a particularly dynamic sound.
The Envelope Follower uses an audio signal as the source for the dynamic control of parameters. For example, a drum loop can control its own effect parameters in sync with the beat, or vocal recordings can generate a "talking synthesizer" - creativity knows no bounds.
Extensive sound library
As a song-writing tool, MONTAGE has an extensive sound library with presets covering a broad sound spectrum - from the authentic rendition of real instruments to forward thinking synthesizer sounds. As a highlight for Pianists, a Yamaha CFX Premium Grand Piano is included in the sound library. In addition, the virtual image of a Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Piano is available as a free download from yamahasynth.com during the launch period of the instrument. Both instruments were elaborately sampled and made playable. The MONTAGE sound library also features a variety of new wood and brass instruments and an extensive string section.
The sound stock of MONTAGE also includes synthesizer sounds from the DX and TX product families. It is even possible to import Voices from these legendary models via special converter software. Moreover, MONTAGE also loads Voice files from the MOTIF ES/XS/XF. MONTAGE provides a high-speed Flash Memory for your own Samples and synthesizer Libraries that are provided on yamahasynth.com
The right choice for stage and studio
MONTAGE is as much at home on the stages of the world as in songwriting suites and studios. The instrument provides unique connectivity for perfect integration "on stage" and in the studio. The functions ‘Live Set’ and ‘Seamless Sound Switching’ are perfect for the stage: While Live Set allows you to intuitively organise the Performances for your gigs, Seamless Switching Sound provides a change of Performance without abruptly cutting off the sounds of the previously selected Performance.
Direct USB connection to PC, Mac & iPad
In the studio, MONTAGE can connect to your Mac or Windows PC through a single USB cable. Thanks to the class-compliant driver architecture no complex driver installation is needed. MONTAGE directly delivers audio channels for all 16 Parts to your DAW with 24- bit/44.1 kHz. If you choose the much higher sample rate of 192 kHz, there are still four stereo channels outputs from MONTAGE via USB. In addition, all MIDI data is transmitted via USB too.
As an alternative to notebook and desktop computers, MONTAGE can also be used in conjunction with Apple iOS mobile devices such as Apple iPhone or Apple iPad.Specifications
- 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
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