Built on the legacy of Yamaha's groundbreaking DX and Motif series keyboards, the Yamaha Montage 8 is driven by its programmable Motion Control matrix, which gives you fluid, interactive command over two powerful synthesis engines. Glide your fingers over Yamaha's premium aftertouch-enabled, 88-note Balanced Hammer Action keybed. Modulate multiple parameters in real time with the aptly named Super Knob. Yamaha's flagship synthesizer streamlines your workflow and rockets your sound creation and modulation capabilities up to a whole new level. Whether you're a songwriter, gigging keyboardist, sound designer, or EDM producer, the Yamaha Montage will elevate your creative game.
The Motion Control Synthesis Engine controls and unifies Montage's two sound engines: AWM2 and FM-X. Powered by Yamaha's proprietary data compression and sound playback technology, the Montage 8 delivers amazingly realistic sound reproduction and almost ten times the waveform capacity of Yamaha's MotifXF workstation! If you need a sophisticated synth engine, FM-X can deliver everything from vintage '80s to modern EDM sounds, all with impressive dynamic range and sonic fidelity. Boasting an 8-operator FM architecture and 128-note polyphony, FM-X arms you with a massive sound-design arsenal.
Yamaha fitted their Montage models with a stroke of genius — the Super Knob. This appropriately named control lets you execute one-hand dynamic sound modifications, from subtle to severe. With the Super Knob, you can control multiple parameters at once. You can, for instance, change the ambient perspective of an instrument or a vocal, shooting it from in-your-face to deep inside a cave, and then back again. Need both hands on the keyboard? Assign the Super Knob to a foot controller. However you use it, you'll never cease to be amazed and delighted by the Super Knob.
The Yamaha Montage synthesizers are spec'd with a nifty feature called Motion Sequences — tempo-synched (and totally customizable) control sequences that you can assign to any parameter. Take it from Music Experience, this will change the way you do business. With dedicated front-panel controls, Motion Sequences makes it effortless to manipulate and morph your patches in real time, with inspiring interactivity and deep expression.
With the Montage's onboard Envelope Follower, you can use any audio as a modulator for any synth parameter. You could take a drum loop, for instance, and drive FX parameters with it to create interesting rhythms. Or take a vocal and control multiple parameters with it for a robotic effect. You can even use live audio coming in via the Montage's A/D input as a source.
Montage series synths are fortified with a powerful DSP effects engine that delivers everything from gloriously high-def reverbs to meticulously detailed VCM (Virtual Circuit Modeling) FX. All with stunning sound quality. Effects such as Vinyl Break, Bit Crusher, and Beat Repeat are ideal for contemporary EDM production. Create a cool ducking effect with a sidechain compressor, or go full retro with the vintage-flavored VCM Phaser or Analog Delay. Crank up your favorite Amp Simulator. If you're a pianist, you'll enjoy a realistic playing experience with piano-centric effects such as Damper Resonance and HD reverbs that put you right in the performance space.
The Yamaha Montage 8 is a 88-key workstation synthesizer that combines elements of the DX- and the Motif-series keyboards. Employing Motion-Control Synthesis, the Montage combines two sound engines: the AWM2 (synthesis- and sample-based sounds) and FM-X (Frequency-Modulation synthesis.) Powered by proprietary Yamaha data compression and playback technology, the AWM2 engine provides realistic sound reproduction and features nearly 10 times the waveform capacity of the Motif XF. This means that the Montage allows for far more samples per instrument than the XF, and thus a far more nuanced sound. The FM-X engine is capable of producing everything from classic '80s FM-based basses and bells, to harsh, cutting-edge modern EDM type sounds. It features 8-operator FM architecture and 128-note polyphony, allowing for a massive array of sound-design options. The Montage features 16-part multi-timbral operation, but it comes with a full range of all-new sounds, like the Yamaha CFX Premium Grand Piano, detailed new strings and woodwinds, and select content from the DX and TX families, all modernized to take advantage of the Motion Control Synthesis Engine. Also, Montage is directly compatible with Motif ES/XS/XF Voices, allowing you to transfer your favorite presets and get all of your sounds together in one place. Other notable features include a large color touchscreen, a "Super Knob" control that can control multiple parameters simultaneously, dual insert FX for all 16 parts, powerful pattern sequencer, and an arpeggiator that allows up to 8 arpeggio parts at once.
The Yamaha Montage 8 is a serious music creation tool!
|Number of Keys||88|
|Type of Keys||Fully-weighted with aftertouch|
|Other Controllers||Pitchbend, mod wheel, ribbon controller|
|Polyphony||128-note stereo polyphony|
|Wave Memory||1.75GB internal flash user memory|
|Number of Presets||128 factory, 2048 user|
|Effects Types||DSP effects engine|
|Audio Playback||USB flash|
|Sequencer||16-track, 64 songs|
|Audio Inputs||2 x 1/4" (left, right)|
|Audio Outputs||2 x 1/4" (left, right), 2 x 1/4" (assignable left, right), 1 x 1/4" (headphones)|
|USB||1 x USB Type A, 1 x USB Type B|
|Pedal Inputs||2 x foot controller, 1 x assignable, 1 x sustain|
|Weight||63 lbs., 15 oz.|
|Manufacturer Part Number||MONTAGE8|