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Yamaha 88-Key Production Synthesizer with Motion Control Synthesis Engine

Building on the legacy of their DX synthesizers and Motif workstations, Yamaha Montage sets the next milestone for synthesizers with sophisticated dynamic control, massive sound creation and streamlined workflow all combined in a powerful keyboard designed to inspire your creativity. If you liked the DX and Motif, get ready to love Montage.

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.

Motion Control Synthesis Engine
The Motion Control Synthesis Engine unifies and controls two iconic Sound Engines: AWM2 (high-quality waveform and 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.

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 sequences
Motion sequences are tempo-synchronized, completely customizable control sequences that can be assigned to virtually any synthesizer parameter and provide incredible new ways of creating 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
The envelope follower converts audio into a control source for control for 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.

Massive sound creation
Montage features two Iconic sound engines — FM-X and AWM2 — modernized for amazing sound playback and complex sound design.

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. Montage is much more than an incremental specification increase — powered by technology advances, Montage is exponentially more powerful than MotifXF.

  • 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 MotifXF, allowing more samples per instrument for incredibly realistic and nuanced sound.
  • Integrated flash memory: Montage includes 1.75GB of user flash memory with high speed reading/writing for your own custom samples or synth libraries from Yamaha's website.

FM-X is 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.

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.

Automatically control the dynamic behavior of one part from another. Sidechain is very popular in modern dance music where a pad or other sustain part is 'keyed' to the kick drum. When the kick drum plays, it ducks down the sustained part creating a 'pumping' rhythmic effect.

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.

Montage is directly compatible with Motif ES/XS/XF voices.

As part of the Montage introduction, Yamaha is pleased to offer an incredible Bösendorfer Imperial Premium Grand Piano download for FREE to all Montage owners.

Pure Analog Circuit
Montage features professional, stereo balanced outputs with 'Pure Analog Circuit' digital to analog conversion. This improves the quality of signal after being converted from digital to analog 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.

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
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/44.1kHz 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.

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.

Seamless sound switching
Montage features dual insert effects on every one of its 16 parts. When using a Performance with 8 or fewer parts, Seamless Sound Switching (SSS) is possible. Seamless Sound Switching 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.

Physical control
Montage features a comprehensive set of physical controls for intuitive music making and sound creation.

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

Eight rotary encoders and faders with stepladder LED
The eight rotary encoders are always in the right position for you to turn the selected parameter up or down. No need to search for the 'catch' or 'latch' point, just turn the knob. Stepladder LEDs next to the faders indicate position, making it easy to see where your current mix position is.

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.

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. Easy!

A/D input
The A/D input processes external audio sources with your instrument's DSP. Use guitars, mics or any line source as an input and process with the internal effects. You can even use these sources with the Wave Follower or Sidechain for a truly unique sound.

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

More Information
Manufacturer Yamaha
Condition New
Mfg. Included Accessories Cubase AI
Analog/Digital Digital
Number of Keys 88
Weighted Keys Hammer Weighted
Key Action Fully-weighted Balanced Hammer action with aftertouch
Aftertouch Yes
Speakers None
Programs/Presets Motion Control Synthesis Engine
AMW2 Engine: 5.67 GB, User: 1.75 GB
FM-X: 8 Operators, 88 Algorithms
Performance: Approx. 1,900
Voices of Polyphony 128
Oscillators per Voice Varies by Sound Engine
Multitimbral 16 parts
Effects Reverb x 12 types
Variation x 76 types
Insertion (A, B) x 76 types
Master Effect x 15 types
Master EQ (5 bands)
1st part EQ (3 bands)
2nd part EQ (2 bands)
Sequencer Performance Recorder: 16 Sequence tracks, Tempo track, Scene track
Sampling Sample Import from Motif XF
Internal Storage Capacity 1.75 GB Flash memory
Audio File Playback Yes
Arpeggiator Yes
MIDI In, Out, Thru
USB Port (to Host) MIDI, Audio, Editor/Librarian/Patch Manager
USB Flash Drive Port (to Device) Audio Recording, Song File Playback, Program/Preset Storage, Sample Import, System Updates
Audio Inputs A/D Input: [L/MONO]/[R] 1/4" Standard Phone Jacks
Audio Outputs Main Output: 1/4" Balanced TRS [L/MONO]/[R]
Assignable Output: 1/4" Balanced TRS [L]/[R]
Phones: 1/4" Stereo
Control Connections Foot Controller [1]/[2]
Onboard 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
Expansion N/A
Width 57 1/16"
Depth 18 1/2"
Height 6 5/16"
Product Weight 63 lbs
Unique Features N/A

Yamaha Music Production Limited Warranty

Thank you for selecting a Yamaha product. Yamaha products are designed and manufactured to provide a high level of defect-free performance. Yamaha Corporation of America ('Yamaha') is proud of the experience and craftsmanship that goes into each and every Yamaha product. Yamaha sells its products through a network of reputable, specially authorized dealers and is pleased to offer you, the Original Owner, the following Limited Warranty, which applies only to products that have been (1) directly purchased from Yamaha's authorized dealers in the fifty states of the USA and District of Columbia (the 'Warranted Area') and (2) used exclusively in the Warranted Area. Yamaha suggests that you read the Limited Warranty thoroughly, and invites you to contact your authorized Yamaha dealer or Yamaha Customer Service if you have any questions.

This warranty covers Yamaha synthesizers, mobile mini keyboards, monitor speakers, audio interfaces, MIDI controllers, wind MIDI controllers and music production accessories against defects in materials or workmanship for one (1) year.

Yamaha will, at its options, repair or replace the product covered by this warranty if it becomes defective, malfunctions or otherwise fails to conform with this warranty under normal use and service during the term of this warranty, without charge for labor or materials. Repairs may be performed using new or refurbished parts that meet or exceed Yamaha specifications for new parts. If Yamaha elects to replace the product, the replacement may be a reconditioned unit.

You will be responsible for any installation or removal charges and for any initial shipping charges if the product(s) must be shipped for warranty service. However, Yamaha will pay the return shipping charges to any destination within the USA if the repairs are covered by the warranty.

This warranty does not cover (a) damage, deterioration or malfunction resulting from accident, negligence, misuse, abuse, improper installation or operation or failure to follow instructions according to the Owner's Manual for this product; any shipment of the product (claims must be presented to the carrier); repair or attempted repair by anyone other than Yamaha or an authorized Yamaha Service Center; (b) any unit which has been altered or on which the serial number has been defaced, modified or removed; (c) normal wear, and any periodic maintenance; (d) deterioration due to perspiration, corrosive atmosphere or other external causes such as extremes in temperature or humidity; (e) damages attributable to power line surge or related electrical abnormalities, lightning damage or acts of God; or (f) RFI/EMI (Interference/noise) caused by improper grounding or the improper use of either certified or uncertified equipment, if applicable.

Any evidence of alteration, erasing or forgery of proof-of-purchase documents will cause this warranty to be void. This warranty covers only the Original Owner and is not transferable.

Warranty service will only be provided for defective products within the Warranted Area. Contact your local authorized Yamaha dealer who will advise you of the procedures to be followed. If this is not successful, contact Yamaha directly. Yamaha may request that you send the defective product to a local authorized Yamaha Servicer or authorize return of the defective product to Yamaha for repair. If you are uncertain as to whether a dealer has been authorized by Yamaha, please contact Yamaha's Service Department or check Yamaha's website.

Product(s) shipped for service should be packed securely and must be accompanied by a detailed explanation of the problem(s) requiring service, together with the original or a machine reproduction of the bill of sale or other dated, proof-of-purchase document describing the product, as evidence of warranty coverage. Should any product submitted for warranty service be found ineligible therefore, an estimate of repair cost will be furnished and the repair will be accomplished only if requested by you and upon receipt of payment or acceptable arrangement for payment.

Any implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose shall be limited in duration to the applicable period of time set forth above. Yamaha shall not be responsible for incidental or consequential damages or for damages based upon inconvenience, loss of use, damage to any other equipment or other items at the site of use or interruption of performances or any consequences. Yamaha's liability for any defective product is limited to repair or replacement of the product, at Yamaha's option. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. This is the only express warranty applicable to the product specified herein; Yamaha neither assumes nor authorizes anyone to assume for it any other express warranty.

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