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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Oct-18 > YAMAHA MODX 6


Yamaha’s new MODX synth has the bulk of the features from the Mothership MONTAGE, but is almost £1,000 cheaper! Andy Jones joins the MOD squad

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The Yamaha MONTAGE synth is something of a MONster synth in terms of both what it can do – that’s pretty much everything – and it’s physical size (I reviewed the biggest one and did myself a mischief trying to get it up the stairs). In fact I’d go as far as to say that it is by far the most fully-featured synth I’ve looked at for MusicTech and, with its touchsensitive screen and Super Knob, it was among the most fun to play as well.

There’s always a ‘but’ though isn’t there? Well that kind of power doesn’t come cheap, and the most expensive of the MONTAGE range – the 88-note weighted keyboard version – will cost you just shy of three grand, with the cheapest somewhere around £2,200.

The MONTAGE was always touted as the ‘umbrella’ keyboard (that is the ‘brand leader’, the ‘mothership’ the ‘whatever other bad corporate lingo I can insert in here’) for an entire new line of Yamaha keyboards. So where does the company go next? Cut down? Yes, slightly. And cheaper? Yes, a lot. Welcome to the new MODX 6…


You’ll need a quick summary of my MONTAGE review before we head forward with the MODX 6, because this synth is a cut down version of that, but hopefully not too cut down.

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Over the past 20 years the internet has transformed the world of music-making. Sharing our works-in-progress or collaborating with people around the globe is but a click away. But what if you've never done this before? Assembling the correct tools to begin doing this easily is the bedrock of this month’s cover feature, where we highlight the essential techniques, tips and resources to start composing in the Cloud. Elsewhere this issue, we speak to video game composer Jesper Kyd, whose impressive credits include many key games in the popular Hitman and Assassin’s Creed franchises. Kicking off our review section, we bring you an exclusive look at Yamaha's new MODX 6 – and discover it to be a wonderfully featured instrument that innovates on many levels. We also have our usual plethora of tutorials covering all the major DAWs, an essential guide to mixing that deconstructs that most crucial of processes, helpful gear-guides and more. I hope you enjoy the issue.