Yamaha Montage Review & In-depth Look!
Yamaha’s current flagship synthesiser, the Montage, is as you would expect a titanic slab of deep dive digital synthesis in all of its beautiful complexity. Huge in its 88 note incarnation, still quite the behemoth even in its slimmest 61 note form, in modern synthesis terms it is certainly your chiropractor’s friend.
The given here is that the sound engines Yamaha has put under the hood of this beast ensure it is as heavyweight in its sonic output as it is the material world. As high fidelity as it is bombastic and multi-layered, but also, in its 88 note form, arguably one of the finest stage pianos in the world too.
But with no virtual analogue engines, no modelled organs or strings, no true workstation capability, no fashionable CV/Gate or trigger based clocking capabilities and a synth engine based around AWM and FM (tech from the 70s and 80s at best, the geeks will argue 60’s and 70’s and win,) you may well want to ask the developers at Yamaha if they actually know what century it is. But, the answer to that question is, of course, yes; yes they do thank you very much. Furthermore, if you really truly do love ‘synthesisers’, the Montage may well be the keyboard you have been looking for for quite a while whilst patiently waiting in line for the next analogue poly-synth to come along…
Imagine; all of your favourite trusted sample based and digital synth plugins crystallised into a single rock solid boot free operating format. A full blown wave import as complex as you want to make it- sample engine. A world-conquering digital synthesis engine with an evermore fashionable legacy in its 8 operator FMx engine, found here in its most complex, yet accessible form ever with world-class effects processing to boot. Marry that to one of the finest keyboard actions in the world regardless of the iteration you choose and you have a super deep dive sound design and performance tool every player and synth lover should try. All in a package that is so roadworthy robust and reliable I would suggest it may actually bulletproof IRL.