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Yamaha Montage Synth (8-Op FM Synth)

Post by z3r01 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:43 pm

Yamaha will be revealing this for NAMM:

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Post by z3r01 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:47 pm

Aaaand the leak that was posted on GearSlutz:

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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.

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.

・Waveform Capacity
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.


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.

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.

Motion Control Synthesis Engine unifies and controls 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 single MONTAGE Performance.

Interact with MONTAGE Performances using Motion Control: a highly programmable control matrix for creating deep, dynamic and incredibly expressive sound. With Motion Control, you can create new sounds not possible on previous hardware synthesizers.

1. Sophisticated Dynamic Control

Music is expression. MONTAGE adds a new level of expression with the Motion Control Synthesis Engine. This engine allows a variety of methods to interact with and channel your creativity into finding your own unique sound.

- Super Knob

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.

- Motion SEQ

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.
- Envelope Follower

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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.

2. Massive Sound Creation

MONTAGE features two Iconic Sound Engines modernized for amazing sound playback and complex sound design.

- 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
Experience rich stereo sound without halving the available number of notes.

・Waveform Capacity
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.

- FM-X

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.
- Content

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.

・Compatibility
MONTAGE is directly compatible with Motif XF Voices. Yamaha is developing an FM converter to make it compatible with DX7 series Voices as well.

・Bösendorfer Piano
As part of the MONTAGE introduction, Yamaha is pleased to offer an incredible Bösendorfer Imperial Premium Grand Piano.

- 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.
- Pure Analog Circuit

MONTAGE features professional balanced outputs with “Pure Analog Circuit” (PAC). PAC improves 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.
3. 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? MONTAGE answers these questions and more with a flexible, streamlined workflow.

- USB Audio/MIDI Connection

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.
- SSS (Seamless Sound Switching)


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.

* This function is only available for Performances that have a maximum of 8 parts.
- A/D Input

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.
- Physical Control

Eight Rotary Encoders and Faders with Stepladder LED

MONTAGE features a comprehensive set of physical controls for intuitive music making and sound creation.

・Touch Screen
Select and change parameters directly with the new color touch screen.

・Eight Rotary Encoders and Faders with Stepladder LED
Stepladder LEDs next to the faders indicate position making it easy to see where your current mix position is.

・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!

- LIVE SET

Live Set lets 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


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!
- Cubase AI bundle

MONTAGE is bundled with Cubase AI, Steinberg's professional music production application that offers integrated recording and editing.

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Post by ignatius » Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:12 pm

here's to wishing they'd just release the FM-X engine in a small synth all by its lonesome.

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Post by Hi5 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:15 pm

ignatius wrote:here's to wishing they'd just release the FM-X engine in a small synth all by its lonesome.

:deadbanana:
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Post by cger » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:48 pm

ignatius wrote:here's to wishing they'd just release the FM-X engine in a small synth all by its lonesome.

:deadbanana:

They could make an FM-X7 that can load original DX7 banks and programs using first 6 out of 8 Operators. And is super easy to program with a really well designed Operating System.
Of course everyone would complain that it does sound too clean and sterile and that it does not have the character of DX7 or DX7II.
That said it would still be cool if it was well priced.

I'll stick to my DX7IIFD and TX802 for 1:1 80's grit.

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Post by ignatius » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:55 pm

cger wrote:
ignatius wrote:here's to wishing they'd just release the FM-X engine in a small synth all by its lonesome.

:deadbanana:

They could make an FM-X7 that can load original DX7 banks and programs using first 6 out of 8 Operators. And is super easy to program with a really well designed Operating System.
Of course everyone would complain that it does sound too clean and sterile and that it does not have the character of DX7 or DX7II.
That said it would still be cool if it was well priced.

I'll stick to my DX7IIFD and TX802 for 1:1 80's grit.
i love my DX11 and would love a new 8op version with more algorithms. i do always keep my eye out for a cheap tx802 though.

seems a nice evolution of the FM world would be this FMx business in its own rack/kb or whatever.. the reface DX is a nice step in that direction even if it's a step sideways.. still.. with current synth market seems strange they haven't done a proper FM beast with knobs already...

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Post by Zymos » Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:00 pm

Still waiting for that FS2r.....

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Post by ignatius » Wed Jan 20, 2016 6:06 pm

Zymos wrote:Still waiting for that FS2r.....
in 5U desktop synth with 44 knobs so it can sit right next to my MW XT

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Post by jabs » Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:20 pm

ignatius wrote:here's to wishing they'd just release the FM-X engine in a small synth all by its lonesome.

:deadbanana:
I agree, I don't need a workstation but would LOVE a 21st century 8-op synth

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Post by wiperactive » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:15 pm

ignatius wrote:
Zymos wrote:Still waiting for that FS2r.....
in 5U desktop synth with 44 knobs so it can sit right next to my MW XT
Right on!

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Post by glissant » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:58 pm

sploosh!

but I'm never going to buy it.

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Post by ewox » Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:30 pm

The used "EDM" and "dynamic range" in the same sentence... :hihi:

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Post by authorless » Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:48 pm

ewox wrote:The used "EDM" and "dynamic range" in the same sentence... :hihi:
Ducking sidechain compression is kind of like dynmics. :lol:
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Post by CF3 » Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:09 am

I need a Montage!

Impressive looking workstation, but I agree that I only need the FM part (with 44 fuckin' knob! :goo: ).

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Post by theremin » Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:31 am

YAMAHA MONTAGE


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Post by pix » Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:14 am

definitely not for me...

the FM synth seems to be an afterthought as usual in these keyboards.

Put it in a RS7000 style box with knobs and a step sequencer and I might get interested.

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Post by Zecross » Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:50 am

Hum...

A Motif + 8op FM...

Bof!

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Post by dsetto » Sun Feb 21, 2016 1:56 pm

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discovering fm with the montage 8 in a turbulent environment.

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Post by h4ndcrafted » Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:45 pm

I wish you could sample with this, would make it a lot more attractive to me. Sure I know there is wav import and a generous 1.6gb of user ram.

At this stage, a few weeks from release there is still precious little info on how the FM is integrated, I have been through the manual and it barely talks about how the synth engines are edited.

Just says how they are made up, but doesn't list how many modulations per element of part , filter types etc.
You think if the Fm engine was so great they would have some more info on editing by now?

I have never used a digital FM synth and all the manual seems to tell me is there are 8 operators of which either can be a carrier or a modulator. Nothing about whether LFOs,env are pe part or per operator, what filter types etc etc. Nothing about how many algorithms you can choose from, no screen shots of the FM part, just routing.

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Post by h4ndcrafted » Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:11 pm

Does anybody who has used a Motif or this know how users waves are implemented ?

Is it just like a multi sampler with ranges, velocity layers and crossfades ?

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Post by sneak-thief » Sat Jun 04, 2016 4:52 pm

@h4ndcrafted: Are you sure you looked at the Reference Manual? Check page 131 of the pdf. I think it covers everything you're asking about regarding the FM section:

http://download.yamaha.com/search/produ ... id=2166246
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Post by h4ndcrafted » Sat Jun 04, 2016 7:16 pm

sneak-thief wrote:@h4ndcrafted: Are you sure you looked at the Reference Manual? Check page 131 of the pdf. I think it covers everything you're asking about regarding the FM section:

http://download.yamaha.com/search/produ ... id=2166246
Thanks, odd the cover for mine and link I got from the Yamaha site says owners manual, but in the top right of each page says 'quick guide'

The other four manuals wouldn't even link, so assumed they weren't finished, reference guide etc.

Thanks for the link!

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Post by emdot_ambient » Sat Jun 04, 2016 7:45 pm

This is all very well and good ... but can it do a TB-303 sound? Hoover? Supersaw?

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Post by h4ndcrafted » Sat Jun 04, 2016 8:19 pm

emdot_ambient wrote:This is all very well and good ... but can it do a TB-303 sound? Hoover? Supersaw?

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Joking aside I love Yamahas filter modelling , their effects as well are generally more inspiring than the others for sound design.

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