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YAMAHA Montage

MusicTech editor Andy Jones gets an exclusive delivery of Yamaha’s brand new mothership Montage synthesizer. And it’s big, in every sense…

Montage is Yamaha’s brand new flagship synthesizer, and it is really big, in just about every way you can imagine. I’ve had the unit for a few days, and there’s so much going on with it, that rather than rushing a full review, I thought I’d give you a taste of the time I’ve spent with it so far.

You could call Montage a mothership if you like, but don’t call it a workstation, as Yamaha has got rid of most of the features you might associate with that old 90s concept – or if it hasn’t got rid of them, it’s certainly either hidden or updated them for the DAW-conscious audience of the 2010s. Yamaha says that the majority of its customers simply weren’t using the pattern and song sequencers on its older models nor the ability to sample, although on that latter point Montage has an increased capacity to load in third-party and library waveforms by increasing the keyboard’s flash memory to 1.75GB.

Yet, despite a perceived lack of workstation features, Montage is the most fully-spec’d synth Yamaha has ever released and ‘easily the best’ according to the company. And while, of course, Yamaha would say that, one listen to what it is capable of and it’s hard to argue with its huge sound. But before that, I had to get it up the stairs first. Montage comes in three flavours: the 61-note ‘6’, the 76-note ‘7’ and the 88-note ‘8’. I had the 88-note, a proper player’s model and one of a weight that your roadie might not thank you for.

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The new issue of MusicTech is on sale Thursday February 18th and this month we’re bringing you the ultimate modular synth masterclass! We explain (in detail) how to build your own system. Also this month we’ve got a preview of Yamaha’s Montage synth, a look back at NAMM 2016 and brand new reviews and tutorials.