Yamaha Montage 8

88-key Synthesizer with Aftertouch-enabled Balanced Hammer Action Keybed, Control Matrix, AWM2 and FM-X Synthesis Engines, Super Knob, Motion Sequences, Envelope Follower, and DSP Effects
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Yamaha's 88-key Flagship Synth

Built on the legacy of Yamaha's groundbreaking DX and Motif series keyboards, the Yamaha Montage 8 is driven by its programmable Motion Control matrix, which gives you fluid, interactive command over two powerful synthesis engines. Glide your fingers over Yamaha's premium aftertouch-enabled, 88-note Balanced Hammer Action keybed. Modulate multiple parameters in real time with the aptly named Super Knob. Yamaha's flagship synthesizer streamlines your workflow and rockets your sound creation and modulation capabilities up to a whole new level. Whether you're a songwriter, gigging keyboardist, sound designer, or EDM producer, the Yamaha Montage will elevate your creative game.

Motion Control Synthesis, AWM2, and FM-X

The Motion Control Synthesis Engine controls and unifies Montage's two sound engines: AWM2 and FM-X. Powered by Yamaha's proprietary data compression and sound playback technology, the Montage 8 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 8 88-key Synthesizer Features:

  • Aftertouch-enabled, 88-note Balanced Hammer Action 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) and 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

Additional Media

Free Chick Corea Electric Piano for Montage
Yamaha Updates at Knobcon 2016
Yamaha Montage 8 Keyboard Synthesizer Demo by Sweetwater

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 88
Type of Keys Fully-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 6.31"
Width 57.06"
Depth 18.5"
Weight 63 lbs., 15 oz.
Manufacturer Part Number MONTAGE8

Customer Reviews

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Unlike Any Other

I had a Kronos 88. I truly loved it, but having been a Korg and Roland owner- there are some things that have always driven me up the wall- esp. with Korg. I was always of the mind that an onboard sequencer was the way to go. Korg's have always been intuitive. With one caveat. The organization of the patch library into 2 groups. Program and Combi. Only Programs can be used with the sequencer. Roland and Yamaha's use ANY sound. The day I traded in my Kronos, I saw the Montage 8. Truly redefines this genre. Because it looks like a Workstation, but isn't in the traditional sense. Bearing in mind Korg released the first in 1989- the M1. So I saw myself breaking with them. Because of my setup with Digital Performer on my Computer- the need for sequencers is mute- since DP9 also functions as one. But the re-imagining of how a board is setup- Yamaha has stolen my breath. The feel of the keys is second to none. The category function is streamline, and the audition of the Motion Control truly gives that "instant" preview of one of thousands of possibilities that this could sound like. I do like that the Arpeggiator function is not pre-rigged to the motion Control. What I mean is that the Motion Control function is compltely independent of the Arpeggiator. You could chose to have it on or off. Since I began working in a new workflow the mere concept of a "Motion Control Matrix" is exciting. There is only Performance Mode. In that mode your initial patch- sound is in all its glory. However up to 16 slots exist for you to search the categories by Instrument type, color, acoustic, electronic, or even music type. Truly unique.

Pastor Paul Dufrene

The worship is very pleased with it and all it's effects and Sequences, and control Knobs and touch screen!!!!!
Music background: Key Board and Piano 25 Years

Montage Best for me

I bought this based on previous experience with Yamaha products and user feedback. I was not disappointed with the keyboard. There is a learning curve. That's to be expected with an instrument of this sophistication. The sounds are inspiring; too many great sounds to go into. I have not found anything to complain about. Tim Holsinger, my Sweetwater consultant, guided me through the process. I don't think you can go wrong purchasing this keyboard.

Yamaha Montage 8

The last time a keyboard blown me away was when Yamaha introduced the first Motif over 10 years ago. (which I still have). Over 10 years later, Yamaha did it again with the Montage. I got the Krome like a year ago because I could it afford the Kronos. The sounds in the Krome, they good but I was not totally satisfied. I went back to the store to convince myself I need it to get the Kronos. All of the sudden I saw the Yamaha Montage and I asked the salesman, what is this? He said: No more Motif, this will be the replacement. For those who sometimes (including me) judge the sound of instruments based on what we hear in YouTube, I will say this: Find a store where you could play this amazing instrument and ask if you could hear this keyboard trough a pair of professional monitor speakers (please do not listen to this instrument via a keyboard amp). This keyboard is very expensive and I hate when they hook something like this into a cheap pair of headphones or some mono speakers.If you don't connect with this piece of art right away then do not buy it. But I guarantee you, if you appreciate technology and pristine sounds, you will not be dissapointed. I started playing this keyboard I couldn't get up the seat for 2 hours in the store. People were around me listening and I didn't realize I had an audience.One last thing: Please do not buy this beast to use it a controller. I'm going to change the way I do music for now on. Like the old fashion way before midi, everything was recorded live (audio), that is exactly what i'm going to do. Why, because i like everything I hear (the sound in its entire stage as it was meticulous enginered to sound) in other words I will be recording via usb signals. I will not be using midi because I want everything full as I hear the sound. I do not want to compromise the sound via midi although the integration with Cubase is fantastic even via midi.The Kronos is a very good keyboard not question but the Yamaha Montage is in a league on its own.

Great Keyboard, Great Store

The Montage is amazing, but you can read that elsewhere, from way more skilled keyboard players. The buying process and service from Sweetwater is awesome. I like having a dedicated sales engineer (hey, Lance) who kept me updated all along the way from pre-ordering to the release date. When I had a slight issue with my Montage, tech support was all over it, and sent me a new one immediately. I never had to go without, and returning the other one was painless. I can't picture buying elsewhere.
See also: Yamaha, Yamaha Synthesizers