Yamaha MONTAGE The Basics

Hello, Ujiie here. The Montage! Today, we’re going to take a good, deep look at the inner workings of the Montage. I mean, the Montage, it’s a hot topic right now, as it should be. Great synth! And what we find inside is truly just what you’d expect from a flagship model. Tons of great features! Well, as you can see here, there’s a touch panel LCD right in the center here. I’ve connected a monitor here so you can easily see what’s going on. A special set up for today. Now, just to the left of the LCD, we have the Super Knob! Above all else, this may be the most awesome feature of the Montage. And if we continue to the left here, we have knobs and sliders. And buttons for switching between scenes. On the right side of the LCD screen, buttons for choosing sounds, selecting parts, live set, performances, and the dial here. Lots of stuff! The level of operability here is just SO Yamaha! Carrying on that tradition! And it’s SO easy to use! Now, what I especially want to stress here today, first and foremost, as well as having excellent sounds, well, just take a look at the screen. This screen shows what they call the Live Set. And let me say this is VERY well done! Well, what’s Live Set? Glad you asked. You have some sounds lined up here, right? The monitor is mirroring the LCD by the way. So, you can line up sounds like you see here. And change sounds on the fly. VERY easy to use. You can save a number of Live Sets in memory. There are quite a few presets already. They’ve been categorized so you can browse easily. “Best of Montage” or “FM” or ones with Motion Control. A few Keyboard groups, Synthesizer groups, and so on. You can make your own user groups as well. Save them in memory. Ok then. So we have all these sounds in here, but how do we go about looking at them? Incidentally, with the Live Set sounds, when the LED is lit, this mode is active. So say we press the Performance button then. Press it, and the screen changes to show the current sound and its parameters and information and such. Pretty easy to understand, right? Live Set. And then within the Live Set, the Performance you select gets shown on screen here. Take this one right here, Seattle Sections. A strings patch. As you can see here, You’ve got uh, Strings Ensemble here across the board, seven active altogether here. Strings sounds. You see how there are seven lined up here? That’s just crazy. So you can see a variety of info on the screen, right? Now, another really great feature of the Montage, is the Category Search. I just pressed the Category Search button here, and by doing so, here we go. See this? All these categories, first, you’ve got Main up at the top, and below that, Sub. With sounds that match the selections appearing below. That’s that. And, because the Montage has a touch panel screen, you can simply touch the group, organ or guitar or whatever, but take a look over here. Category Search related functions are shown in blue, and you have all the categories listed above the buttons. So you can search by using the buttons if you want to. OK? You can use the buttons on the panel here or you can use the touch screen. Either way! How nice is that? Take the Keyboard group for instance, here we go, and then you can go further into that group, via the sub-category here. FM Piano, say. Select that there, and we get a group of sounds all made using FM synthesis. Then you can select a sound. EXTREMELY well done! The big point about all this, is that in the Live Set, you can line up a set of the sounds you like. And in Performance, you can see all the details about those sounds. And, through Category Search, you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Another neat feature is the ability to actually search for a sound by entering a name. So let’s enter my initials here, UJ. Touch the right button on screen here, let’s hit All, and there we go. Sounds I programmed. So any and all sounds with UJ in the name, will be displayed via that search. A very nice feature! Ok then, what about how the sounds are played? The big feature is without a doubt, the Super Knob. VERY important! I think you guys already know that. But let’s not forget about the Scene buttons here. This is an area I’d like to pay particular attention to today. Take this sound here for example. I’ve got Mr Side Chain called up here. This kind of… …really gentle sounding thing… …but actually, this sound… …if you rotate the Super Knob… …rotate the Super Knob… …it opens up like so. And if you change the Scene… …the drum track came in, right? And there’s another rhythm. Still different! Changing! That’s the basic idea. Instantaneous change to the sound, and quite extreme. But very smooth. That’s what the Super Knob is all about. And with the different Scenes you can select down here, with this sound it changed the drum patterns, but you can assemble things however you like, and then save that info in different scenes. You HAVE TO put the Super Knob and the Scenes to good use! I’ll go into this a bit more later on, but this is a HUGE point of the Montage. Ok. There are a TON of great sounds in the Montage, like this one. “CFX Concert” This sound, well if you look here at the screen, it’s made up of four parts in total. And parts 5, 6, 7 and 8, 5 through 8 are empty. Leftover! But there are plus symbols. Let’s add something then shall we? How about a synth-pad that’ll complement the piano sound? That’s my plan. Press a plus button, and you’re presented with the sound selection category screen. So let’s choose Pad, and then Warm. A warm pad. And then choose one from below. FM Warm Shivers, that one looks neat. Ok so what’s gonna happen now? There were four, now there are three more, so… There you go. And of course if you want to change the balance, you switch from performance Control to Part Control. Press that button, and by doing so, these 8 sliders here become like 8 volume sliders. You can change the volume. Ok, then raise the volume of the pad like so. See how subtle the mix is there? Right then, let’s take this sound, I really quite like it, and store it. To store a sound, just press the Store button. We’re gonna save it. The screen changes like so. “Store As New Performance” (translates into Japanese) Let’s do that. Press the little Plus mark. And you get this screen, where you can name the sound. Ok then, uh, Let’s name it pad, oops, typo! Hold on, PAD there we go. Let’s slap UJ on the end there. Press Done, and there we go! CFX Concert PAD UJ! And so we’ve made a new sound. I’ve got the FM Roads sound called up now. This one is made up of just one part. I’d like to take a Wood Bass sound, and put it just on these lower keys. This kind of thing is called a Split. Let’s do that It’s really simple to do actually. First, choose a bass sound. Press the Plus thing. Choose Bass, from the category, ah, here’s one called Upright Bass. Let’s try that one. Ok so now, we have added a bass sound here. As it is, the two sounds are layered on top of each other, but we wanna make a Split. How to do that? We have a Range parameter here on screen. We’ll take the bass sound, and uh, where should we set the upper limit of the range? How about this C here? If you press the Keyboard button, it automatically sets the range to the key you play. NICE! Ok then let’s set the rhodes sound to C#. Yeah let’s do that. And that is really all there is to it. Simple! A Split. Perfect! Ok then, seeing as I’ve gone and made two sounds here, why not store them in a new Live Set?
We talked about those earlier in the video. Ok so we’ve got this piano and pad sound I just made a minute ago. This sound, right? To put this into a Live Set, instead of going directly into Live Set mode, there’s a really useful feature here in the Shift button. The lettering has a black square around it. While holding Shift, if you press the Live Set button, it allows you to register the sound, and the screen changes to the register screen like so. All you have to do is press a blank one, and boom! There it is. How convenient is that? We had one more sound, didn’t we? That one from just a second ago. Uh, where is it? Here, FM Roads Bass Split. This one, yeah? A Split. You can also do this from the category search screen. Hold Shift, press Live Set. There we go. So easy! That is SO convenient! So that’s how you’d go about putting together a Live Set. Now that you know, why not make a TON of your own? Ok, next up, some of my favorite sounds. These are a few of the ones I REALLY like, put together here in this Live Set, UJIIE SET 1. I’ve set this up nicely here. Let’s see what we have here. First, Pearly Gates. SUCH a nice sound. I’ll go into more detail later. But the Motion Sequence is really SO nice here. And SO effective too! Man. That is SUCH a great sound! Next, Wax And Wine. Look at the Super Knob, see it? The Motion Sequence on this one is set so that it moves automatically. Awesome, right? Next, Piano & Pad. Really REALLY great! And this one. Fantastic. Now this one is really a “Montage” sound. Ah, it’s kinda… If you just play normally, it’s kind of plain, but if you move the Super Knob… And press the Assign button here… AWESOME!

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