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At last we have a Yamaha Montage video from our friend Katsunori UJIIE who I think many will agree, does the best product demo's on the web.
It's in Japanese of course bu the English sub-titles will be coming soon so bookmark the video and check back over the next few days.
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One of the best selling line of acoustic guitars in the world now look and sound even better! In this video, Joshua Ray Gooch takes us through the new Yamaha FG series, highlighting the two classic shapes (FG &FS) along with the different sonic characteristics from the new bracing construction and different tone wood choices. Also take note of the new finishes options to see what look is right for you!
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Bert Smorenburg takes us through the new Yamaha Montage.
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Here is the spec sheet for the new Yamaha Montage. As you can see, it is a quite comprehensive and versatile keyboard and...yes it DOES have a sequencer!
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Although the Yamaha Montage is not "officially" released until later today a number of product videos have appeared online. Also we have a price for the Montage 6 which will be selling for £2100 in the UK, €2726 through the rest of the Euro Zone.
Unfortunately this first video is in French but it does give an overview of how the Montage works and sounds. Is it worth 2 grand for the 61 key version? Follow the discussion on the forum here http://www.yamahaforums.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=125&t=8449
Rellingen, Germany, 21st January 2016 – For more than 40 years now, Yamaha hascreated synthesizer milestones - from the revolutionary DX7 in the 1980s to the legendaryMOTIF series, Yamaha has set the standard with its FM and AWM synthesis. Now it's time for a meeting of generations: With MONTAGE Yamaha presents a unique flagship synthesizer and re-defines the criteria for stage and studio. Its Motion Control Synthesis Engine, combining FM-X and AWM2 Tone Generators with controllers, allow completely new interaction with sounds and sound shaping, making MONTAGE one of the most
flexible synthesizers of all time. At the same time the instrument is a dream machine for all songwriters and keyboardists and comes with 61 or 76 keys with synth action and with 88 keys with weighted hammer action.
Fusion of AWM2 and FM-X – the Motion Control Synthesis Engine
The Motion Control Synthesis Engine of MONTAGE unites two legendary tone generationsystems. By combining AWM2 - with its Waveform-based Subtractive Synthesis and FM-X - a modern version of FM synthesis with legendary roots, a unique expressiveness is created.
With FM-X the new MONTAGE relies on the most powerful FM engine of all time. This enhanced sound generation in tradition of synth legends of the 1980s still offers a unique dynamism, power, and fascination. With eight Operators, 88 Algorithms and seven Spectral Forms, MONTAGE offers tremendous power. For comparison: The legendary Yamaha DX7 of 1983 had six Operators, 32 Algorithms and simple sine waves. With Spectral Skirt and Spectral Resonance FM-X also allows the widening of the harmonic curve and the shifting of the harmonic peaks. Along with Filters, EQ, an additional Common LFO and the effect department - a new dimension of FM sound-design is created.
Due to its long-term development by Yamaha, AWM2 offers realistic reproduction of sounds with maximum data compression. MONTAGE offers a 128-fold stereo polyphony with ten times the Waveform capacity of the MOTIF XF. Through this advanced architecture more Samples can be used per instrument, which allows an absolutely authentic and nuanced sound. Both engines can be played on the keyboard in up to 16 Zones and Layers in a MONTAGE Performance.
A completely new interaction with sounds
MONTAGE offers a completely new controller range for intuitive sound manipulation. With the help of Motion Control it is possible to create unique, powerful, and dynamic sounds. This is ensured by the interaction of the Super Knob, the Motion SEQ, and the Envelope Follower.
Super Knob – The Super Knob can control one or a number of parameters in every imaginable way and in parallel. This allows the user to creatively manipulate a sound with just a single twist of the Knob. Even the character of a Performance can easily be changed from warm and atmospheric to punchy and rhythmic.
Motion Sequences – The new Motion Sequences allow the user to influence a
Performance in sync with the Tempo. Perfectly in time they manipulate any parameter of a synthesizer and thus create a particularly dynamic sound.
Envelope Follower – The Envelope Follower uses an audio signal as the source for thedynamic control of parameters. For example, a drum loop can control its own effect parameters in sync with the beat, or vocal recordings can generate a "talking synthesizer" - creativity knows no bounds.
Extensive sound library
As a song-writing tool, MONTAGE has an extensive sound library with presets covering a broad sound spectrum - from the authentic rendition of real instruments to forward thinking synthesizer sounds. As a highlight for Pianists, a Yamaha CFX Premium Grand Piano is included in the sound library. In addition, the virtual image of a Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Piano is available as a free download from yamahasynth.com during the launch period of the instrument. Both instruments were elaborately sampled and made playable.The MONTAGE sound library also features a variety of new wood and brass instruments and
an extensive string section.
The sound stock of MONTAGE also includes synthesizer sounds from the DX and TX product families. It is even possible to import Voices from these legendary models via special converter software. Moreover, MONTAGE also loads Voice files from the MOTIF ES/XS/XF. MONTAGE provides a high-speed Flash Memory for your own Samples and synthesizer Libraries that are provided on yamahasynth.com
The right choice for stage and studio
MONTAGE is as much at home on the stages of the world as in songwriting suites and studios. The instrument provides unique connectivity for perfect integration "on stage" and in the studio. The functions ‘Live Set’ and ‘Seamless Sound Switching’ are perfect for the stage: While Live Set allows you to intuitively organise the Performances for your gigs, Seamless Switching Sound provides a change of Performance without abruptly cutting off the sounds of the previously selected Performance.
Direct USB connection to PC, Mac & iPad
In the studio, MONTAGE can connect to your Mac or Windows PC through a single USB cable. Thanks to the class-compliant driver architecture no complex driver installation is needed. MONTAGE directly delivers audio channels for all 16 Parts to your DAW with 24-bit/44.1 kHz. If you choose the much higher sample rate of 192 kHz, there are still four stereo channels outputs from MONTAGE via USB. In addition, all MIDI data is transmitted via USB too.
As an alternative to notebook and desktop computers, MONTAGE can also be used in conjunction with Apple iOS mobile devices such as Apple iPhone or Apple iPad.
Yamaha Drums are pleased to announce that the famous Recording Custom Series has been re-designed with Steve Gadd.
Originally launched in 1975 the Recording Custom series (or 9000 series as it was known then) has become and Industry Standard drum set admired by world leading Drummers, Engineers, Studio’s and Hire companies around the world. Regarded as the most recorded Drum Set in History, Yamaha´s All Birch design was instrumental in shaping the Modern Drum set as we know it today including Shell Construction, Interchangeable Hardware and High Gloss Lacquer finishing.
At last we have some new images of the Yamaha Montage Keyboard Workstation which we "think" is due for release at NAMM 2016, although it could well be held off until MusikMesse in April. We'll just have to wait and see. In the meantime feast your eyes on these lovely images here. Almost makes you want to buy one on just looks alone!
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Yamaha Montage Synth. Based On Entirely New Technology
YAMAHA'S NEW MONTAGE SYNTH offers un-precedented ways for keyboard players to control and interact with sound.
For more than 40 years, Yamaha has developed industry-leading synthesizers, from the revolutionary DX7 in the 1980s to the renowned Motif series, one of the best-selling synthesizers of all time.
The Montage, available in 61, 76 and 88 key configurations and features the Motion Control Synthesizer Engine, a powerful and intuitive way to interact with and control sound.
The Motion Control Synthesizer Engine controls two iconic Sound Engines: Advanced Wave Memory 2 (AWM2) and FM -X. Compatible with previous generation Motif libraries, the AWM2 engine is exponentially more powerful than the previous Motif XF flagship with nearly ten times more wave memory, integrated flash, double the effects, and twice the polyphony.
Joining the powerful AWM2 engine is FM-X, a sophisticated pure FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesizer engine that is capable of producing classic '80s or cutting-edge EDM sound with excellent dynamic range, power, and fidelity.
Montage also features a brand new user interface with color touch screen, endless rotary encoders and the Super Knob: a macro control allowing users to control multiple parameters simultaneously.
"Montage is the culmination of over forty years of synthesizer legacy and innovation," said Nate Tschetter, marketing manager, music production, Yamaha Corporation of America.
"Playing and experiencing Montage is, quite simply, inspiring."
David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 69.
"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief," read a statement posted on the artist's official social media accounts.
The influential singer-songwriter and producer dabbled in glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his eclectic 40-plus-year career. He just released his 25th album, Blackstar, Jan. 8, which was his birthday.
Bowie’s artistic breakthrough came with 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, an album that fostered the notion of rock star as space alien. Fusing British mod with Japanese kabuki styles and rock with theater, Bowie created the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust.
Three years later, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the No. 1 single “Fame” off the top 10 album Young Americans, then followed with the 1976 avant-garde art rock LP Station to Station, which made it to No. 3 on the charts and featured top 10 hit “Golden Years.”
Other memorable songs included 1983’s “Let’s Dance” — his only other No. 1 U.S. hit — “Space Oddity,” “Heroes,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “China Girl,” “Modern Love,” “Rebel, Rebel,” “All the Young Dudes,” “Panic in Detroit,” “Fashion,” “Life on Mars,” “Suffragette City” and a 1977 Christmas medley with Bing Crosby.