Yamaha Montage 6 - Synthesizer - Music in Motion
It's the start of a new era - one which combines the realism and playability of our class-leading Motif XF with the power and sonic creation only Yamaha FM synthesis can bring - and that powered the world-beating DX7.
Montage sets the next milestone with sophisticated dynamic control, massive sound creation and streamlined workflow.
Motion Control Synthesis Two Synthesis Engines: Our best-ever AWM2 engine: 128-note polyphony (Stereo) 10x the wave memory of the Motif XF FM-X Engine: 128-note polyphony 8 Operators 88 Algorithms 7 Spectral Forms Super Knob Control / Direct Control Assignment Motion Sequences and Scenes 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 For User Waveforms: 1.75GB Balanced Outputs
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Motion Control Synthesis Engine
The new Motion Control Synthesis Engine unifies and controls two iconic Sound Engines, each more powerful than ever before.
AWM2: Montage's AWM2 engine is the most advanced we've ever made. Using high-quality multi-sampled waveforms and a powerful, subtractive synthesis engine, AWM2 is a master of recreation - whether it be concert grand pianos, iconic electric pianos, soaring strings or overdriven guitars. FM-X We pioneered FM synthesis in the 1980s - and the DX7 remains one of the world's best-selling synthesisers. In Montage, we've created our most powerful frequency modulation synthesis engine. The power of its massive 8 operators and 128-note polyphony are unlocked with the Montage's large touchscreen display.
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 sounds, never before possible on hardware synthesizers.
Sophisticated Dynamic Control
Music is expression - and Montage adds a whole 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.
Create dynamic sound changes from the radical to the sublime with the Super Knob. The Super Knob can control multiple parameters simultaneously resulting in anything you can imagine.
For example, you can 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 control the sound when playing with both hands.
Motion Sequences are tempo-synchronized, completely customisable control sequences that can be assigned to virtually any synthesizer parameter and provide incredibly creative new ways of designing new sounds.
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.
The Envelope Follower turns audio - either pre-recorded, or being fed live into the Montage's inputs - into a controller of virtually any synthesizer parameter. For example, a pre-recorded drum loop can drive your effects parameters for cool rhythms, or your vocalist's voice can affect many different parameters to make a 'talking' synthesizer.
Massive Sonic Creation Ability
The Montage features two iconic sound engines, both redeveloped and modernized for amazing sound playback and complex sound design.
Our Most Powerful AWM2 Engine
Underneath, it's driven by our proprietary technology for data compression and sound playback combined with a hugely powerful subtractive synthesis engine for manipulating that data.
But for a musician, AWM2 allows tremendous sound quality and unparalleled, realistic sound reproduction - resulting in hugely realistic - and most importantly, hugely playable - acoustic instruments, electric instruments and analogue synthesizer voices.
128 Note, Stereo polyphony: Experience rich layers of sounds and notes Waveform Capacity:Montage features nearly 10 times the waveform capacity of the award-winning MOTIF XF, allowing more samples per instrument - to recreate incredibly realistic and nuanced sound Integrated Flash Memory:Montage includes 1.75 GB of flash memory with high speed reading/writing. This means you can load in and save your own playable sounds, custom samples and synth libraries. Once saved into flash memory, the sounds are immediately playable FM-X: DX Technology for the 21st Century
On release, the DX7 became our best ever selling synthesizer thanks to the power of its pioneering 6-operator Frequency Modulation synthesis engine. For Montage, we've built a brand new 8-operator FM engine - our most powerful ever.
FM-X is an amazingly sophisticated pure synthesizer engine capable of producing classic ‘80s sounds as well as cutting-edge, EDM tones with an incredible dynamic range, power and fidelity. The FM-X offers 128-note polyphony, allowing for a massive array of sound design options.
Built-In Sound Library
Every synthesizer needs great content to inspire your creativity. Montage features a huge range of incredible sounds - like the brand-new Yamaha CFX Concert Grand Piano, detailed new strings and woodwinds and the best sounds from the DX and TX family, all modernized to take advantage of the Motion Control Synthesis Engine.
Montage is already compatible with Motif XF Voices - and we're developing an FM converter so you can bring over your DX7 series Voices as well.
From high definition reverbs to incredibly detailed VCM (Virtual Circuit Modelling) 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. Or add a sidechain compressor for a modern ducking effect. Or you can go retro with vintage effects like Analog Delay, VCM Phaser or a variety of Amp Simulators. When you want to chill out and play piano, piano-focused effects like Damper Resonance provide an authentic piano experience whilst the HD reverbs sonically recreate any performance space.
Pure Analog Circuit
Montage features professional balanced outputs with our Pure Analog Circuit (PAC) technology. PAC improves the quality of signal
after it's converted to analog from digital for clear harmonic reproduction and even frequency response. The result is an output capable of reproducing Montage's expressively with power and clarity. USB Audio/MIDI Connection
Connect Montage to your computer or iPad 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 and 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.
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 also use these sources with the Envelope Follower or Sidechain for a truly unique sound.
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: Montage 6 and 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. 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 organise 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 organisation 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.
Size/Weight Width 1,037 mm (40-13/16") Height 131 mm (5-3/16") Depth 396 mm (15-9/16") Weight 15 kg (33 lbs., 1 oz.) Control Interface Number of Keys 61 Type FSX Keyboard Initial Touch Yes Aftertouch Yes Tone generator Tone Generator Motion Control Synthesis Engine AMW2: 8 Elements FM-X: 8 Operators, 88 Algorithms Maximum Polyphony AWM2: 128 (max.; stereo/mono waveforms) FM-X: 128 (max.) Multi Timbral Capacity 16 Parts (internal), Audio Input Parts (A/D*, USB*) *stereo Part Wave Preset: 5.67 GB (when converted to 16 bit linear format), User: 1.75 GB Performance Approx. 1,900 Filter 18 types Effects Reverb 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) Other Controllers Master Volume, AD Input Gain knob, Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, Ribbon Controller, Control Sliders x 8, Knobs x 8, Super Knob, Data dial Display 7" TFT Color Wide VGA LCD touch screen Connectors [USB TO DEVICE], [USB TO HOST], MIDI [IN]/[OUT]/[THRU], FOOT CONTROLLER /, FOOT SWITCH [ASSIGNABLE]/[SUSTAIN], OUTPUT (BALANCED) [L/MONO]/[R] (6.3 mm, Balanced TRS jacks), ASSIGNABLE OUTPUT (BALANCED) [L]/[R] (6.3 mm, Balanced TRS jacks), [PHONES] (6.3 mm, standard stereo phone jack), A/D INPUT [L/MONO]/[R] (6.3 mm, standard phone jacks) Power Consumption 27 W Accessories AC Power cord, Owner’s Manual, Cubase AI Download Information Live Sets Preset: 128 and more, User: 2,048 Performance Recorder Tracks 16 Sequence tracks, Tempo track, Scene track Recording type Real time replace, Real time overdub, Real time punch in/out Note Capacity Approx. 130,000 notes Note Resolution 480 ppq (parts per quarter note) Tempo (BPM) 5 – 300 Songs 64 songs Arpeggio Parts: 8 Parts simultaneous (max.), Preset: Approx. 10,000 types User: 256 types Sequence formats MONTAGE original format, SMF formats 0, 1 Data Compatibility with Yamaha Synthesizers Compatibility with the MOTIF XF
In terms of sounds, the MONTAGE is fully compatible with the Yamaha MOTIF XF synthesizer. In fact, the MONTAGE comes with all of the MOTIF XF’s 1,353 voices, 3,977 waveforms, and 7,881 arpeggio patterns. Furthermore, voices saved in the MOTIF XF can be imported directly into the MONTAGE. Likewise, patch libraries for the MOTIF XF, including third-party patch libraries, can be loaded into the MONTAGE and played.
MOTIF XF file type MOTIF XF filename extension Description
All .X3A User voices, user arpeggios, user waveforms All Voice .X3V User voices All Arp .X3G User arpeggios All Waveform .X3W User waveforms Notes:
When loading user samples based on original waveforms, the .X3A file extension should be used.
The MONTAGE does not recognize the MOTIF XF’s Performance data. Compatibility with Yamaha synthesizers other than the MOTIF XF
While the MONTAGE cannot directly read the voice data of Yamaha synthesizers other than the MOTIF XF, it can read such data via music editing software for Windows and Mac computers. The methods and requirements for doing so differ depending on the synthesizer model, so please refer to the details provided below.
Compatibility with the Legendary FM Synthesizers
The FM Converter Web App will provide a mechanism for MONTAGE owners to convert their legacy FM libraries and onboard legacy product content to MONTAGE native User File Format.
Compatible model are DX7, DX7II, TX802 and TX816.
This service will be available from May. For more detail information, you will be able to get on April.
Compatibility with the MOTIF XS
The voices of Yamaha’s MOTIF XS synthesizers can be loaded into the MONTAGE by using MOTIF XF Editor VST software. Only voices that are based on the MOTIF XS’s internal waveforms can be read, so voice files created using user samples cannot be loaded. The steps for loading a voice file are as follows.
Save the voice data in the MOTIF XS. Select either All Files (.X0A) or All voice Files (.X0V) as the file save format. Import the saved file using MOTIF XF Editor VST. Save the imported file using MOTIF XF Editor VST. Use the file extension .X3E. Load the saved .X3E file into the MONTAGE via USB flash memory. Compatibility with the S90 XS and S70 XS The voices of Yamaha’s S90 XS and S70 XS synthesizers can be loaded into the MONTAGE by using both MOTIF XF Editor VST and S90 XS/S70 XS Editor VST software. The steps for loading a voice file are as follows. Save the voice data in the S90 XS or S70 XS. Select either All Files (.X2A) or All Voice Files (.X2V) as the file save format. Copy the saved file via USB flash memory, and open it using S90 XS/S70 XS Editor VST. Save the copied file using S90 XS/S70 XS Editor VST. Use the file extension .X2E. Import the saved .X2E file using MOTIF XF Editor VST. Save the imported file using MOTIF XF Editor VST. Use the file extension .X3E. Load the saved .X3E file into the MONTAGE via USB flash memory. Compatibility with the MOTIF ES
The voices of Yamaha’s MOTIF ES synthesizer can be loaded into the MONTAGE by using both MOTIF XF Editor VST and MOTIF ES Voice Editor software. Note, however, that since the internal waveforms of the MOTIF ES and the MONTAGE do not match, the MOTIF ES’s compatibility with the MONTAGE is equivalent to its compatibility with the MOTIF XS. Only voices that are based on the MOTIF ES’s internal waveforms can be read, so voice data created using user samples cannot be loaded. In addition, MOTIF ES Voice Editor may not be compatible with the latest versions of computer operating systems, so a computer able to run the software will be needed. The steps for loading a voice file are as follows.
Save the voice data in the MOTIF ES. Select either All Files (.W7A) or All Voice Files (.W7V) as the file save format. Copy the saved file via USB flash memory, and open it using MOTIF ES Voice Editor. Save the copied file using MOTIF ES Voice Editor. Use the file extension .W7E. Import the saved .W7E file using MOTIF XF Editor VST. Save the imported file using MOTIF XF Editor VST with the file extension .X3E. Load the saved .X3E file into the MONTAGE via USB flash memory.
Questions & Answers
Question: Do you still make a keyboard that has after-touch on the keys, as the SY99 had?
Thank you for the message. Our flagship Montage Synthesizer and Genos Workstation both feature aftertouch:
Montage: https://www.yamahamusiclondon.com/Keyboards/Montage/ Genos: https://www.yamahamusiclondon.com/Keyboards/Genos/
From the recent past, our Motif Classic, Motif ES, Motif XS and Motif XF workstation synthesizers all featured aftertouch.
Question: Can the FC5 (or FC4) be used to advance patches on the Montage 8?
Thank you for the question. Montage has an Assignable Foot Switch input (compatible with both the FC5 and FC4) which you can set to scroll forwards or backwards through a Live Set - here's an extract from the manual: