I still need to explore it more (and the way my work is right now, that will take a while ) but when auditioning in the store it was putting a smile on my face when I was playing it. And the hour I had on it at home last night confirmed that. Messing about with some of the preset Performances has already given me several ideas to develop.
I'll be honest and say that I have been critical of Yamaha when looking at the Montage on paper, primarily querying why they stopped at only two sound engines, and asking what happened to the AN engine, VL engine, EX5 FDSP and AFM (SY FM). But you know what? I don't mind so much now and "when the facts change, I change my mind"
The two mind changers for me are :
- In the autumn I will building a high performance "brick" computer into my gig rack capable of running even resource hungry VSTis like UH-E DIVA, so I am these less worried about lack of AN modelling in the Montage as I can have whatever synth modelling I want in VSTi form, and of course I have AL-1 in the Kronos along with the MS20 and Poly6 engines.
- The Montage does indeed sound awesome even with "just" AWM2 and FM-X
The super-knob concept and motion synthesis in general do open up a lot of possibilities, although I need to get the super-knob control on a foot pedal so I can keep both hands on the keyboard, and the first thing I had to do was to turn the flashing of the Super-knob off - that was a pimp to far!
Even just messing about last night, the Montage and Kronos seem to complement each other quite nicely. I soon had an idea involving both with a bit of UH-E Hive VSTi lead thrown on top.
As I said, I need to spend a lot more time with this synth, but will let you know how it goes.