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Yamaha Montage Essential Knowledge - Sequencer

Unread post by Saul » Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:16 pm

This is taken directly from the 'Yamaha Montage Essential Knowledge' pdf which I suppose is a sort of 'quick start' guide. It's interesting because Yamaha themselves make little to no mention of the sequencer and I think that is a mistake because it leaves a lot of people thinking there isn't one.

The sequencer functions of MONTAGE are enormously helpful to record the inspiration you just have with the instrument - with a simple push on a button. Or prepare
backing tracks which you can then embed in your live performance.

Song Recording
(Direct Performance Recording)
The Song features are accessible by selecting the Play / Rec function (from the Performance Main Page). The button [RECORD] in the Sequencer Transport block is always active and immediately switches to a MIDI Record Mode. The display offers a few settings such as Tempo, Time Signature, Position selection and Quantisation. By default the Tempo is taken from the active Performance and all Parts are set in the Play Mode. The Playback button starts the recording. This functionality is known from the MOTIF series as "Direct Performance Recording", to quickly and easily realise recordings of your performance.

All operations of controllers such as Super Knob, Knobs and Faders, Scene parameters, Assign and Motion Sequence buttons are recorded. A resulting recording is
automatically saved as "New Song *", the number * varies depending on the number of already saved recordings. Every important recording should be saved as a MIDI file (format 0). This is directly possible from the Record display. It requires a connected USB storage device. If the MIDI file is to be processed further in a DAW, you should extract the parts by their MIDI channels after having imported the file onto a MIDI Track of your DAW. If the Performance is active in MONTAGE you should be able to playback the file instantly. Only the "Arp Play Only" parameter must be disabled for the corresponding Parts.

Song Play including Standard MIDI files
MONTAGE can load and play back Songs and Standard MIDI files from a USB storage device. The following steps are required:
• Enable the Performance Mode
• Optional: Select an INIT Performance
• Select Play / Rec on the display
• Select "MIDI"Tap on "Song Name" and then "Load"
• Tap on "Content Type" and then ".mid File"
• Locate the MIDI file on your USB device and select it

With this procedure, the MIDI file is loaded into the current Performance and the RAM memory. This way up to 64 files can be loaded that are kept in memory and are available even after the instrument was shut down. The selection is made via the Content Type "Song&Perf". General MIDI files are played correctly.

Playback of Audio files from a USB device
Audio files can be directly played back from a connected USB storage device, the file has to be in .WAV format. The following procedure is required:
• Enable the Performance Mode
• Select "Play / Rec" on the display
• Select "Audio"
• Tap on "Audio Name" and then "Load"
• Locate the audio file to your USB device and select it
• Start the playback
After a tap on the fields of Position and Volume these can be changed with the dial. During playback, the screen and several buttons are locked. The selected Performance is, however, active, as are the Scene buttons, Super Knob, and Controllers.
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Re: Yamaha Montage Essential Knowledge - Sequencer

Unread post by MaFaKeys » Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:25 pm

Hi Saul,

Question: When you load a non-General midi file, i.e. a midi file that was created with a Tyros, with selected instruments and effect settings etc. What will happen with the sounds/effects when you load the midi file into the "current" performance?
Do you require to "reselect" appropriate sounds and apply effect settings within the performance for each midi track or would the Montage still be able to read the related midi messages?
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Re: Yamaha Montage Essential Knowledge - Sequencer

Unread post by Saul » Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:52 am

Interesting question...welcome to the forum by the way :)

Montage will of course read midi files but it has no general midi engine and as far as I am aware it does not conform to GM spec..although here your talking about a non gm file so that is probably immaterial.

I would say yes you are going to need to do some editing and select appropriate sounds for each track. Remember, Montage is a performance synth so it was not designed to be used in the same way as a Tyros or other arranger keyboard.

I would test this for you but the Montage went back to Yamaha some months ago.
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