Yamaha Montage 6

61-key Synthesizer with Motion Control Matrix, AWM2 and FM-X Synthesis Engines, Super Knob, Aftertouch, Motion Sequences, Envelope Follower, and DSP Effects
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Yamaha's Flagship Synth

Yamaha's flagship Montage 6 synthesizer streamlines your workflow and rockets your sound creation and modulation capabilities up to a whole new level. Built on the legacy of Yamaha's groundbreaking DX and Motif series keyboards, the Montage is driven by its programmable Motion Control matrix, which gives you fluid, interactive command over two powerful synthesis engines. Your fingers will fly on the Montage 6's superb aftertouch-enabled, 61-note FSX semi-weighted keybed, as you modulate multiple parameters in real time with the aptly named Super Knob. Whether you're a songwriter, gigging keyboardist, sound designer, or EDM producer, the Yamaha Montage will inspire you and elevate your creative game.

Yamaha Montage 6 61-key Synthesizer at a Glance:
  • Motion Control Synthesis, AWM2, and FM-X
  • It's called the Super Knob for a reason
  • Expressive, interactive Motion Sequences
  • Envelope Follower lets you modulate with audio
  • Powerful DSP effects engine
Motion Control Synthesis, AWM2, and FM-X

The Motion Control Synthesis Engine controls and unifies Montage's two sound engines, AWM2 and FM-X. AWM2, powered by Yamaha's proprietary data compression and sound playback technology, delivers amazingly realistic sound reproduction, and almost ten times the waveform capacity of Yamaha's MotifXF workstation! If you need a sophisticated synth engine, FM-X can deliver everything from vintage '80s to modern EDM sounds, all with impressive dynamic range and sonic fidelity. Boasting an 8-operator FM architecture and 128-note polyphony, FM-X arms you with a massive sound design arsenal.

It's called the Super Knob for a reason

Yamaha fitted their Montage models with a stroke of genius - the Super Knob. This appropriately named control lets you execute one-hand dynamic sound modifications, from subtle to severe. With the Super Knob, you can control multiple parameters at once. You can, for instance, change the ambient perspective of an instrument or a vocal, shooting it from in-your-face to deep inside a cave, and then back again. Need both hands on the keyboard? Assign the Super Knob to a foot controller. However you use it, you'll never cease to be amazed and delighted by the Super Knob.

Expressive, interactive Motion Sequences

The Yamaha Montage synthesizers are spec'd with a nifty feature called Motion Sequences - tempo-synched (and totally customizable) control sequences that you can assign to any parameter. Take it from Sweetwater, this will change the way you do business. With dedicated front-panel controls, Motion Sequences makes it effortless to manipulate and morph your patches in real time, with inspiring interactivity and deep expression.

Envelope Follower lets you modulate with audio

With the Montage's onboard Envelope Follower, you can use any audio as a modulator for any synth parameter. You could take a drum loop, for instance, and drive FX parameters with it to create interesting rhythms. Or take a vocal and control multiple parameters with it for a robotic effect. You can even use live audio coming in via the Montage's A/D input as a source.

Powerful DSP effects engine

Montage series synths are fortified with a powerful DSP effects engine that delivers everything from gloriously high-def reverbs to meticulously detailed VCM (Virtual Circuit Modeling) FX. All with stunning sound quality. Effects such as Vinyl Break, Bit Crusher, and Beat Repeat are ideal for contemporary EDM production. Create a cool ducking effect with a sidechain compressor, or go full retro with the vintage-flavored VCM Phaser or Analog Delay. Crank up your favorite Amp Simulator. If you're a pianist, you'll enjoy a realistic playing experience with piano-centric effects such as Damper Resonance and HD reverbs that put you right in the performance space.

Yamaha Montage 6 61-key Synthesizer Features:
  • Aftertouch-enabled, 61-note FSX semi-weighted keybed
  • Stereo 128-note polyphony, for full stereo sound without note stealing
  • Motion Control matrix gives you fluid command over 2 powerful synthesis engines:
    • AWM2 (waveform synthesis)
    • FM-X (frequency modulation)
  • Almost 10 times the waveform capacity of Yamaha's MotifXF
  • Super Knob lets you modulate multiple parameters in real time
  • Motion Sequences - tempo-synched control sequences you can assign to any parameter
  • Envelope Follower lets you use any audio as a modulator for any synth parameter
  • Powerful DSP effects engine for jaw-dropping, fully realized patches
The Yamaha Montage 6 is a serious music creation tool!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys FSX semi-weighted with aftertouch
Other Controllers Pitchbend, mod wheel, ribbon controller
Polyphony 128-note stereo polyphony
Wave Memory 1.75GB internal flash user memory
Number of Presets 128 factory, 2048 user
Effects Types DSP effects engine
Arpeggiator Yes
Audio Playback USB flash
Sequencer 16-track, 64 songs
Audio Inputs 2 x 1/4" (left, right)
Audio Outputs 2 x 1/4" (left, right), 2 x 1/4" (assignable left, right), 1 x 1/4" (headphones)
USB 1 x USB Type A, 1 x USB Type B
MIDI I/O In/Out/Thru/USB
Pedal Inputs 2 x foot controller, 1 x assignable, 1 x sustain
Height 5.18"
Width 40.81"
Depth 15.56"
Weight 33 lbs., 1 oz
Manufacturer Part Number MONTAGE6

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Yamaha Montage 6

first I would like you to extend a thank you without measure to, Ian Angle, during and after this sale he responded to all my request at a professional level, was more than I expected, the Yamaha Montage 6 is a one of a kind synthesizer, however some improvement could have been added during planning stage with little or no effort, that would make this keyboard the best on the planet in many years to come, Ian Angle help me made up my mind in this purchase, thank you Ian, my past experience, when ever I needed tec. support they was always there for me, no matter how simple or how complicate my problem may seems to me, they was able to handle it at a professional level, I definitely will need some help on the Yamaha Montage 6, I thank Sweetwater staff and all managers, love you guys, you the best, Mohammed.
Music background: Keyboard

Most Unique Synthesizer

First off for those who gave this keyboard a negative review did not take the time to learn the various workflows that are available. As far as sounds is has every sound and then some of the Yamaha Motif xf and then some with an upgraded AM2 sound quality. On top of that this is a synthesizer which goes very deep into programming possibilities. I almost find new features daily. I have seen many videos on the Yamaha Montage showing demos on the various sounds and quality. But very few videos on the awesome effects, like slice, beat repeat and a ton of other effects. It also syncs with incoming audio, and you can load samples and loops across the keys for you beat makers. It does have a slight learning curve but you can learn most the features fairly quick. Check the Yamaha forums and youtube for some great walkthroughs. I would recommend this Montage to anyone and everyone who want to step into the new era of music production.
Music background: Music Producer, Sound Designer

Montage is astounding, but I'm keeping my Motif

I wasn't going to give into the hype, but I expected a board that was updated. My Motif XF was already 6 year old technology and I am still learning things about how powerful it is. I also kept my original Motif for the DX expansion, so I didn't expect to be blown away by the FM synthesis on Montage. I was wrong. First, the Montage sounds amazing. The sound output has been vastly improved, the sample are deeper more expressive, and realistic. This machine is completely backwards compatible if you have bought sound banks for your Motif and want to add them into Montage as a library. Then there is the motion control, super knob (which can be controlled by foot pedal) and the sounds that are combinations of samples and FM synthesis. I cannot explain to you the power of sound creation, you must sit with a Montage for a few hours and if this machine was an iceberg you would see the top, but remember, there is all that ice under the water too. I am keeping my Motif for sequencing and because I have just really gotten comfortable with it. However, Montage is a breakthrough, and you will begin to create faster on it. So buy into all that hype, cause it's real, and better than even Yamaha's marketing of this beast.
Music background: Semi-Pro

Best MUSIC Syntheziser EVER

MONTAGE is 'THE' Music Synthesizer (it is not a workstation) - it simply sounds amazing. Very inspirational thanks to a straightforward workflow. The sample-based AWM2 engine sounds incredible but the real fun is with FM-X. When everybody else is still doing retro analog this / modular that... the MONTAGE can do never before imagined sounds with Yamaha's advanced FM-X synthesis. Yes, I foresee years exploring new sounds with the MONTAGE - it is really the best MUSIC Syntheziser EVER

Game Changing Synth

This synth isn't just about the sounds (which are stellar), or the fantastic Yamaha key bed, or the integration with a DAW, or the touch screen, etc.... What separate this machine is the Motion Control. Think about it. Can you morph a orchestra down to a quartet seamlessly with one knob? Can you have the brass swell up with the orchestra with one knob? Can you take a small flute part on one organ and seamlessly have it swell up to five HUGE cathedral organs and back, with ONE knob? I know it's possible to layer on different machines but the Montage Motion Control takes all that work and makes it simple.I've got thousands of dollars wrapped up into controllers and plugins for my computer based set-up and now this keyboard comes along and rivals everything I've collected over the years. Kind've depressing. I think the challenge now will be to figure out when to use my computer VIs or the Montage. Thanks Yamaha, thanks.......just what I needed.
Music background: Studio dude
See also: Yamaha, Yamaha Synths / Modules