Yamaha Montage 8

Synthesiser

  • 88 Keys with hammer action
  • Motion control synthesis with FM-X and AWM2 sound generation - each 128-voices
  • 1920 Preset Performances
  • 640 User Performances
  • 5,120 Library Performances
  • Live Set mode for organising sounds according to set lists or themes
  • Master keyboard functions
  • 7" Colour Wide-VGA touch screen
  • 5.67 GB Waveform ROM
  • 1.75 GB Flash-ROM
  • Seamless sound switching (uninterrupted switching between performances)
  • Super Knob for parallel control of various parameters
  • Envelope Follower
  • AWM2 Sound generator directly compatible with MOTIF XF
  • Converter software for DX and TX sounds
  • USB Audio/MIDI (also for iOS devices) with 24 bit/ 44.1 kHz for 16 audio channels or 192 kHz for 4 stereo audio channels
  • 4x Line outputs: (2x stereo) 6.3 mm jack balanced
  • 2x Line inputs: 6.3 mm jack
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 1450 x 160 x 470 mm
  • Weight: 29 kg
  • Includes power cable
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  • Demo 2
  • Demo 3
  • Demo 4
  • Demo 5
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  • E-Piano
  • Guitars
  • Orchestra
  • Organs
  • Pads
  • Pads 2
  • Percussion
  • Piano
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Further information

Number Of Keys 88
Touch-Sensitive Yes
Aftertouch Yes
Split Zones No
Modulation Wheel Yes
Amount of simultaneous tones 128
Sound Engine AWM2 + FM-X
MIDI interface 1x In, 1x Out, 1x Thru
Storage Medium Internal
USB-port Yes
Effects Multieffect processor
Arpeggiator Yes
Number of Analog Outputs 4
Digital Output No
Display Yes

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This is the best workstation

alekniko, 07.09.2017
This is the best workstation I have had, it is possible to develop its performance and to develop myself
Overall sound quality is stunning; wide, clean and precise with enough warmth and sheen. Yamaha's acoustic sounds are also beautiful here and the CFX/ Bösendorfer grands sound gorgeous, the clavinets are now more authentic and the EP 'gallery' performances are great. The acoustic guitars are also killer (especially combined with the arpeggiator) and the strings, brass and woodwinds are very inspiring.
You can also import your own 44/48kHz WAV samples from a USB stick and use them as you would any other element and there's 1.75GB of user flash memory, so once imported you can hold your samples/third-party libraries in memory for instant loading and retention after powering down. Also note that Montage is backwards compatible with Motif XF AWM2 voices too.

Finally, you can drop your performances into 'live sets' for easy selection and the slick 'category search' function makes it easy to put performances and live sets together quickly from the 1,000s of presets/ user sounds available.

Now some 'to-be-aware-ofs'! Firstly, there's no dedicated 'clonewheel engine' and, though there's a pretty tweakable rotary-effect and some good-sounding B3 emulations onboard, if you want the eight faders to operate as drawbars you have to set them up manually which is time-consuming.

We'd really like to see Yamaha launch some new performance templates where the set-up and routing for drawbars and percussion/vibrato is all done/ pre-wired. Secondly, while AWM2 does a great job, there's still no dedicated virtual analogue mode and it would have been great to have the killer-sounding modelled analogue engine from the Reface CS included (which feels more analogue-like than AWM2 does).

Thirdly, we would have also liked to have seen the superb 'spectral component modelling' sounds/engine from the Reface CP and CP4 included, as they have some killer EPs, clavs and Wurlis onboard that often rival or surpass the ones onboard the Montage. And finally (unlike the Motif XF), there's no direct sampling or multi-track sequencing, just a bare-bones 16 track 'recorder' with basic editing (hence the 'Music Synthesizer' label vs the Motif's 'Music Production Synthesizer' label).
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very good product meets the expected expectations
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