Ivan Jochner wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:46 pm
Strong points against MONTAGE:
5. Piano modelling - Virtual Piano.
7.Sequencer & Pattern modes.
8.Reworked keyboard /keybed feel.
I can not disagree with most of what you said (yet!...just wait for the next OS update on the Montage); however these points I respectfully disagree with:
5. My #1 make or break priority in choosing a new synth several months ago, was Piano sounds, and if I had to choose again today between the Montage & the Fantom, I would go with the Montage again in a hearbeat!
The CFX piano is bar none one of the the greatest pianos ever sampled & programmed IMHO. Also, with SampleRobot I am actively working on capturing a couple of my VST pianos for the Montage (NI Bechstein & Synthogy Ivory C7, my favorite all time piano)...so far the sampling is 'spot on'! Zero noticeable loss in quality and it sounds exactly the same as the VST piano. SampleRobot is quite amazing once you start playing with it!
7. The things I can do using Pro Tools to capture midi and edit the sequencing for the Montage is unreal. I can fine tune the aftertouch, velocities, pitch bends, etc. And all 16 tracks/PARTs play back on the Montage exactly how I sequenced & edited them in Pro Tools, and Pro Tools makes is so easy and quick, yet so specific if I want to fine tune things! I just associate the sequencing to the corresponding Performance's Audition, press the 'Audition' button, and perfection!
8. I can't speak for the Montage 6 or 7, as I have never played one, and I haven't tried the Roland Fantom keybed for the 88 key Workstation either, but the biggest reason I chose to spend over twice as much on a synth that is 3 times the weight, and not go with the MODX8, is because the Montage8 triggers all the sample velocities perfectly across the entire keybed, most especially for playing Pianos, whereas the MODX8 does not! And the action feels way better for pianos & so realistic on the Montage8 than the MODX8 IMHO
I would guess the Montage8 keybed 'feel' would rival the Fantom 88 key, but that is somewhat subjective.
Having said that, I do love Roland and kinda regretted a little bit getting the DX7II-FD over 30 years ago, and then the Roland D-50 came out soon after & my jaw dropped after playing it! However, I made the best of the DX7II and learned to program FM-X fairly well, coming close to the sounds on the D-50, and some sounds were actually better, so there were trade-offs. Having both (if I could have afforded it) would have been the best, as they would have complemented each other greatly.
If I could afford a second Synth/Workstation right now, I'd likely go with the new Roland Fantom, so I am definitely a fan of the new synth! My first two synths before the DX7II was a Korg Polysix and Roland SH-101, and they were both awesome for the time...