MUSIC SYNTHESIZER
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http://www.yamaha.com/montage
LPA656
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English
Music in Motion
Welcome to the new era in Synthesizers from the company that brought you
the industry-changing DX and the hugely popular Motif.
Building on the legacy of these two iconic keyboards, the 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.
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Motion Control Synthesis Engine
Motion Control Synthesis Engine unifies and controls two iconic Sound Engines: AWM2 (highquality 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.
Motion Control Synthesis Engine
Motion Control
Super Knob
Tone Generator
AWM2
Motion SEQ
Envelope Follower
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FM-X
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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
Motion SEQ
Envelope Follower
Create dynamic sound changes from radical to
M o t i o n S e q u e n c e s a r e te m p o - s y n c h r o n i z e d,
The Envelope Follower converts audio into a control
sublime with the Super Knob. The Super Knob can
completely customizable control sequences that can
sourc e for c ontrol of v ir tu a ll y a ny sy nthe size r
control multiple parameters simultaneously resulting in
be assigned to virtually any synthesizer parameter and
parameter. For example, a drum loop could drive
anything you can imagine.
provide incredible creative new ways of programming
effects parameters for a cool rhythms or a vocal
For example: change your listening position from
sound.
recording could control multiple parameters for a
right in front of an instrument to in the back seat of
Motion Sequences also have dedicated controls
“talking” synthesizer. The audio can even be a “live”
a concert hall. Or radically change the character
on the front panel making it easy to manipulate and
source through the A/D input.
of a Performance from atmospheric and mellow to
change in real-time, providing incredible interactivity
rhythmic and edgy.
and expression.
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.
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Massive Sound Creation
MONTAGE features two Iconic Sound Engines modernized for amazing sound playback and complex sound design.
AWM2
Content
Effects
Powered by proprietar y Yamaha technology for
Ever y instrument needs great content to inspire
From high definition reverbs to incredibly detailed Virtual
data compression and sound playback, AWM2
your creativity. MONTAGE features a huge range of
Circuit Modeling (VCM) effects, MONTAGE is loaded
a llows tre m e ndous data c ompre s sion w ithou t
incredible sounds like a brand-new Yamaha CFX
with DSP innovation, power and, most importantly,
sound quality loss for unparalleled, realistic sound
Premium Grand Piano, detailed new strings and
sound quality. Use effects like Beat Repeat, Vinyl Break
reproduction.
woodwinds and select content from the DX and TX
or Bit Crusher to get a modern EDM sound. You can
family, all modernized to take advantage of the Motion
even add a compressor with sidechain for a modern
Control Synthesis Engine.
“ducking” effect. Or go retro with vintage effects
• 128-Note, Stereo polyphony
Experience rich stereo sound without halving the
like Analog Delay, VCM Phaser or a variety of Amp
available number of notes.
Simulators. Piano players will appreciate piano-focused
effects like Damper Resonance for a super-realistic
• Waveform Capacity
piano experience and the HD reverbs that let you put
MONTAGE features nearly 10 times the waveform
yourself in any performance space.
capacity of the MOTIF XF, allowing more samples
per instrument for incredibly realistic and nuanced
sound.
Pure Analog Circuit
• Integrated Flash Memory
MONTAGE includes 1.75 GB of user flash memory
MONTAGE features professional balanced outputs
with high speed reading/writing for your own custom
with “Pure Analog Circuit” (PAC). PAC improves the
samples or synth libraries from yamahasynth.com.
quality of signal after being converted to analog from
• Compatibility
FM-X
MONTAGE is directly compatible with Motif XF Voices.
Yamaha is developing an FM converter to make it
compatible with DX7 series Voices as well.
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.
An amazingly sophisticated pure synthesizer engine
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capable of producing classic ‘80s or cutting-edge,
• Bösendorfer Piano
EDM sound with incredible dynamic range, power
As part of the MONTAGE introduction, Yamaha is
and fidelity. MONTAGE features an 8-operator FM
pleased to offer an incredible Bösendorfer Imperial
architecture and 128-note polyphony, allowing for a
Premium Grand Piano.
massive array of sound design options.
Please go to yamaha.com/montage
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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.
SSS
(Seamless Sound Switching)
LIVE SET
Seamless Sound Switching (SSS) lets you change
MONTAGE features a comprehensive set of physical
L ive Set lets you organize your Pe r for mance s
p e r fo r m a n c e s s e a m l e s s l y w i th o u t a ny c u t- of f
controls for intuitive music making and sound creation.
however you want without copying, changing order
in e nve lop e or ef fe cts. T his is p e r fe ct for li ve
performances where you end one song and start
another without stopping.
USB Audio/MIDI Connection
Physical Control
* This function is only available for Performances that have
a maximum of 8 parts.
• Touch Screen
or renaming. When a Performance is selected, you
can easily register it to a Live Set. This is perfect for
Select and change parameters
playing gigs or even creating your own organization
directly with the new color
scheme for Performances.
touch screen.
Connect MONTAGE to your computer with a single USB cable and capture
every nuance of your creativity into your DAW. MONTAGE’s powerful USB
• Eight Rotary Encoders and Faders with
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.
* MONTAGE supports the sampling rate up to 192kHz.
Current Performance
Motion Control Synthesis Engine A
Tone Generator
AWM2
EFFECT
Insertion FX
Next Performance
Motion Control Synthesis Engine B
Tone Generator
AWM2
System FX
FM-X
Master FX
Next Performance
FM-X
Stepladder LED
Stepladder LEDs
EFFECT
nex t to the faders
Insertion FX
indicate position
System FX
making it easy to see
where your current
Master FX
mix position is.
Current Performance
• Keyboard Action
D ire ct C ontrol As signme nt
MONTAGE is available in three different configurations:
assigns controls at the touch
- MONTAGE6 and 7 feature the premium FSX semiweighted synthesizer action with aftertouch in 61
A /D Input
Direct Control Assignment
and 76 keys respectively.
- MONTAGE8 features an 88 key, fully-weighted
of a b u t to n. S i m p l y s e l e c t
a parameter, hit the Direct
Control Assignment button and
move the controller to control that parameter. It’s easy!
The A/D input processes external audio sources with
Balanced Hammer action with af ter touch. This
your instrument’s DSP. Use mics, guitars or any line
provides equal resistance for each key across the
source as an input and process with the internal effects.
keyboard and is per fect for playing a variety of
Cubase AI bundle
You can even use these sources with the Envelope
instruments from acoustic piano to electric piano,
MONTAGE is bundled with Cubase
Follower or Sidechain for a truly unique sound.
synth sounds, organ and more!
AI, Steinberg's professional music
production application that offers
integrated recording and editing.
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Message from Engineer
The MONTAGE has an immense set of impressively high-quality sounds, exceptional playability, and a sophisticated, stylish design—making this
long-awaited instrument destined to be long-loved as well.
Product Planning
O u r p l a n n i n g c o n c e pt fo r t h e
MONTAGE was based on the idea
of providing fine-tuned appeal as a
controller of sound, as synthesizers were originally meant to do.
Although DAWs offer exceptional power in terms of controlling
sound, they present difficulties in controlling the sound of realtime performances with emotion, since they are basically sound
production tools. The Motion Control concept was rooted in our
desire to make instruments freer and more dynamic, as well as
more interactive and emotional. Motion Control is a new way
to express sound through multi-dimensional and rhythmical
changes in sound. The Super Knob lights up in different colors
with the changing sound, and the LED lights on the eight
knobs come alive. The emotions of the player rise to create
the ultimate sound, as the player and instrument engage in a
dialogue accompanied by sound and light. This is the kind of
musical instrument we've been aiming for.
With the MONTAGE we decided not to compromise—
we’ve made the "bread-and-butter" sounds of the MOTIF
series that have received critical acclaim even better. We've
Hardware Engineering
—Refinements in the audio output circuitry—
During the development of the MONTAGE hardware we
focused on improving the performance of the audio output
circuitry. We devoted a great deal of time and effort to its
design, seeking advice from a variety of people as we
built prototypes and conducted audio tests in a repeating
cycle that let us establish the direction we wanted to take.
The resulting circuitr y delivers more natural harmonic
content and a greater clarity in the mid- to high- frequencies,
allowing us to realize a distinctively crisp, clear tone.
Reviewing the pattern used on the printed circuit board
produced enhancements that led to a better signal-tonoise ratio, which, in combination with the low noise
c o n n e cti o ns from the
MONTAGE (made possible
with a TRS balanced audio
the sound conveyed to the
listener still more.
For the first time in more than a dozen years, we've used
extruded aluminum for the control panel, and shaped the
as the form and details that give it a feeling of speed—
spent a full three years in creating our new CFX piano
will bring you the greatest level of per formance and
use and performance we realized that physical buttons
sound, which offers outstanding quality. Although the
satisfaction possible.
and knobs are something that a touch panel cannot easily
FM tone generator that formed the basis of the newly-
replace.
evolved FM-X of fers some signature sounds that are
Frankly, it is easier to develop a product that uses only a
truly legendar y, we have also created sounds for the
touch panel, or only physical buttons. However, when we
MONTAGE that are in tune with the times. These sounds
actually played the finished MONTAGE, we realized that our
let you use the Motion Sequencer, Arpeggio and Super
concept of offering the best of both worlds by using both
Knobs together, amassing an expressive power that is
a touch panel and physical knobs and buttons was spot-
leaps and bounds ahead of any hardware synthesizer to
on. In addition to usability tests, we have gathered opinions
date. In addition to the regular assortment of well-known
from a number of musicians as well. We'd like you to get
standards, all of the new sounds are designed specifically
your hands on the MONTAGE and put it to good use.
for performance, and careful attention has been paid to
how they match your playing on the keyboard itself.
plastic on the left and right arms—which are covered with a
coating referred to as “peach-skin”—with multiple curves to
give the instrument a dynamic form. We've also renovated the
primary controllers to make them fit the hand better and to
make them look more beautiful, even when turned off.
Although a curvier form is more challenging to design, we paid
special attention to minutiae such as the spacing between the
button areas, and the fitting edges between the left and right
arms, panel, and keyblocks
to offer a feeling of precision
throughout. We hope that
you'll appreciate the thought
that went into the design of
the MONTAGE.
Technology Development
The FM-X tone generator equipping the MONTAGE is an
evolved version of the FM tone generator in Yamaha’s FS1R.
Mechanical Engineering
We hope that the new sounds of the MONTAGE will inspire
you to create new music.
Product Design
We've enhanced the tone generator LSI control to allow for
fluid changes in sound via Motion Control. In order to ensure
Our goal when we took on the design of the MONTAGE
smooth response, the MONTAGE has been given 128-note
was to realize the ultimate feeling of unity between the
polyphone and features fine-tuned processing algorithms.
keyboardist and their audience.
A hardware-based LFO is used, to achieve greater stability
The dynamic character lines of the keyboard that extend
in LFO modulation. The combination of the FM-X tone
ou t wa rds to the lef t a nd r ig ht f rom the f ront of the
generator with AWM2 tone generation, effects, and Motion
instrument seem to flow towards the audience, giving
Control allows the MONTAGE to bring a wholly-new sound
a sense an acceleration to the perceived intentions of
to life—one that we sincerely hope you will enjoy.
the player. Conversely, the concave shape of the rear of
the keyboard expresses a feeling of smooth and definite
Software Engineering
—User experience design, from a musical instrument standpoint—
synthesis in a synthesis that has taken FM synthesis to a
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precision.
expression through our new concept, Motion Control. We
musical instrument to respond quickly and positively during
o u tp u t circui t) imp roves
also equipped the MONTAGE with a revitalized FM tone
generation—the new-generation FM-X—which delivers real
designed specifically to offer the player a greater feeling of
they allow. That said, when we considered the need for a
Sound Engineering
acceptance of the excitement of the audience, presenting
the MONTAGE as a medium through which the player and
the audience can experience the feeling of being as one.
With the MONTAGE we've gone back to the beginning,
This concave aesthetic is also evident in the conveniently-
From the outset, the issue of what form the ideal user
ask ing ourselves the question, "what k ind of sound
placed Super Knob, as well as in the slider knobs and
interface for a musical instrument should take weighed
content should a new-generation flagship synthesizer
each of the buttons, and in the flanges around the LCD.
These features have been designed to improve the sense
whole new level.
For the external design of the MONTAGE, we worked to realize
heavily in our minds as we developed the MONTAGE. In
have?" The two core goals we set ourselves in developing
All of this is par t of the appeal of a nex t-generation
the intentions of the designer and the producer as faithfully as
recent years, technology such as smartphones and tablets
the sounds for the MONTAGE were (1) to fully refine the
of connection between your fingers with the instrument,
synthesizer from Yamaha that balances tradition with
possible, while meeting a slew of requirements for productivity,
have rapidly become commonplace, and touch panels have
array of standard acoustic sounds that received such
and make it easier to operate.
revolutionary sound: the MONTAGE.
ease of use, safety, and more. Moreover, the MONTAGE was
gained wide acceptance thanks to the intuitive operation
acclaim in the MOTIF series; and (2) to allow new sonic
We're sure that the power of the MONTAGE—as well
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Panel Controls & Terminals
Specifications
Size/Weight
Dimensions
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14
17
18
24
26
13
16
38
39
46
33
41
27
21 22
48
34
29
Weight
Control Interface
Keyboard Action
45
32
25
28
12
37
31
20
15
2
42
36
19
11
7
1
35
23
9
8
30
43
47
40
44
Width
Height
Depth
Weight
Number of Keys
Type
Initial Touch
Aftertouch
5
6
3
3
4
5
6
7
Top Panel
8
9
10
11
Rear Panel
1
Pitch Bend wheel
17 [ASSIGN] button
33 [STORE] button
1 [STANDBY/ON] switch
2
Modulation wheel
18 KNOB POSITION [1] and [2] buttons
34 [SHIFT] button
2 [AC IN] (AC Power Cord Socket)
3
Ribbon Controller
19 Super Knob
35 [LIVE SET] button
3 [USB TO DEVICE] terminal
4
[ASSIGN 1] and [ASSIGN 2] buttons (Assignable switches 1 and 2)
20 SEQ TRANSPORT button
36 [CATEGORY SEARCH] button
4 [USB TO HOST] terminal
5
[MOTION SEQ HOLD] (Motion Sequencer hold) button
21 OCTAVE [-] and [+] buttons
37 [PERFORMANCE CONTROL] button
5 MIDI [IN], [OUT], [THRU] terminal
6
[MOTION SEQ TRIGGER] (Motion Sequencer trigger) button
22 [CONTROL ASSIGN] button
38 [PART CONTROL] button
6 FOOT SWITCH [ASSIGNABLE]/[SUSTAIN] jacks
7
[MASTER VOLUME] slider
23 Touch panel LCD
39 [AUDITION] button
7 FOOT CONTROLLER [1]/[2] jacks
8
A/D INPUT [GAIN] knob
24 Data dial
40 PART [COMMON] button
8 ASSIGNABLE OUTPUT (BALANCED) [L] and [R] jacks (TRS balanced output)
9
A/D INPUT [ON/OFF] button
25 [INC/YES] button
41 ELEMENT/OPERATOR [COMMON] button
9 OUTPUT (BALANCED) [L/MONO] and [R] jacks (TRS balanced output)
10 Knob Function [TONE]/[EQ/FX]/[ARP/MS] button
26 [DEC/NO] button
42 Number A [1] – [16] buttons
10 [PHONES] (Headphone) jack
11 A/D INPUT [L/MONO]/[R] jacks
11 [MULTI] (Multi Part control) button
27 Cursor buttons
43 Number B [1] – [8] buttons
12 [ARP ON/OFF] (Arpeggio on/off) button
28 [EXIT] button
44 Number C [1] – [8] buttons
13 [MOTION SEQ ON/OFF] (Motion Sequencer on/off) button
29 [ENTER] button
45 PART [MUTE] button
14 Knobs 1 – 8
30 [PERFORMANCE] button
46 PART [SOLO] button
15 Control Sliders 1 – 8
31 [UTILITY] button
47 ELEMENT/OPERATOR [MUTE] button
16 SCENE [1] – [8] buttons
32 [EDIT] button
48 ELEMENT/OPERATOR [SOLO] button
MONTAGE 6
1,450 mm (57-1/16")
170 mm (6-11/16")
460 mm (18-1/8" )
29 kg (63 lbs., 15 oz.)
1,244 mm (49")
131 mm ( 5-3/16")
396 mm (15-9/16")
17 kg (37 lbs., 8 oz.)
1,037 mm (40-13/16")
131 mm ( 5-3/16")
396 mm (15-9/16")
15 kg (33 lbs., 1 oz.)
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Balanced Hammer Effect Keyboard
Yes
Yes
76
FSX Keyboard
Yes
Yes
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FSX Keyboard
Yes
Yes
Reverb x 12 types, Variation x 76 types, Insertion (A, B) x 76 types*2, Master Effect x 15 types
*2 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)
Sequencer
Note Capacity
Note Resolution
Tempo (BPM)
Performance Recorder Songs
Tracks
Recording type
Sequence Format
Arpeggio
Part
Preset
User
Motion Sequencer
Lane
Other
Live Sets
Controllers
Display
Connectors
Power Consumption
Accessories
Options
Approx. 130,000 notes
480 ppq (parts per quarter note)
5 – 300
64 songs
16 Sequence tracks, Tempo track, Scene track
Real time replace, Real time overdub, Real time punch in/out
MONTAGE original format, SMF formats 0, 1
8 Parts simultaneous (max.)
Approx. 10,000 types
256 types
8 + 1 Lanes (max.)
Preset: 128 and more, User: 2,048
Master Volume, AD Input Gain knob, Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, Ribbon Controller, Control Sliders x 8, Knobs x 8,
Super Knob, Data dial
7" TFT Color Wide VGA LCD touch screen
[USB TO DEVICE], [USB TO HOST], MIDI [IN]/[OUT]/[THRU], FOOT CONTROLLER [1]/[2], 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)
27 W
AC Power cord, Owner’s Manual, Cubase AI Download Information
Foot Pedal
FC3A
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MONTAGE 7
Motion Control Synthesis Engine AMW2: 8 Elements FM-X: 8 Operators, 88 Algorithms
AWM2: 128 (max.; stereo/mono waveforms) FM-X: 128 (max.)
16 Parts (internal), Audio Input Parts (A/D*1, USB*1) *1 stereo Part
Preset: 5.67 GB (when converted to 16-bit linear format), User: 1.75 GB
Approx. 1,900
18 types
Effect System
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MONTAGE 8
Tone Generator
Tone Generator
Polyphony
Multi Timbral Parts
Wave
Performance
Filter
4
1
Lineup
FC4A
Foot Switch
Foot controller
Keyboard stands
FC5
FC7
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