EXer, Thiago Gomez is indeed great. He's one of the best demonstrators today along with Katsunori Ujiie.
Polo Guy, ofcourse they are! the Montage has some of the best sound engineering ever done in a synth. It has the entire history of the Motif series, with better sound (better converters) and tons of new material. the greatest minds worked on the sound design.
It's a true HQ synth and a hi-fi rompler on steroids of the 21st century, and not Korg's alternative for Kontakt.
I can understand why judging on the EDM demos posted when the Montage was released, people would think its cold and lifeless.
but don't forget, no one said it on the XF before, and the entire XF is there. It is 7 times the XF.
AMAZING sounds. I sold the Kronos for it. (I'm satisfied with the Triton + MOSS board).
People think that "engine count" counts. but trust me, today's AWM2 programming sounds as good as any synth lead or bass in the AN series. this is just pure nitpicking if you ask me. the SOUND matters and Montage has that in spades...
cold and lifeless... this is some kind of a joke or what. I'm not surprised as the internet is filled with trolls and clowns, fanboys who will say anything to hurt whatever doesn't fit their agenda.
The Montage comes with more than 2000 preset sounds, which, trust me, more than 70% are perfectly usable and more than 50% are better than anything else.
Other than that, it has a huge USER area of 9 x 640 performances. It's endless.
I just love everything about it. and all those demos I posted earlier, they will not sound differently from what you'll get when you'll get yours! your playing may vary though.