Yamaha releases MONTAGE White and OS v3.0

  • By: Thorsten Meyer
  • Date: Thursday, 26 September 2019
  • Time to read: 3 min.

Introducing MONTAGE White

MONTAGE is now available in a stunning new white finish. AND MONTAGE OS v3.0 is AVAILABLE NOW and adds great new features! In October MODX owners get all those new features too!

Since 1974, Yamaha synthesizers have inspired artists with amazing sound and expressive control. From the dynamic DX7 to the incredibly versatile MOTIF, Yamaha synthesizers have helped artists shape the sound of music.

Enter MONTAGE White – a flagship synthesizer with an intense hot look.

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Unlike other synthesizers, MONTAGE is platform-focused and constantly evolves with OS updates. Past updates have added significant improvements to Sound, Control and Workflow and MONTAGE OS v3.0 is the biggest one yet. And, with the exception of the MONTAGE-only DAW Remote feature, ALL of the new enhancements found in MONTAGE OS v3.0 are included in MODX OS v2.0. Check it out!


MONTAGE OS v3.0 and MODX OS v2.0 add several new synth engine enhancements and new Performance content.

Wave Folder

The new Wave Folder effect increases harmonic content by “folding back” threshold-exceeding amplitude peaks. Wow, that’s a mouthful! In other words, unlike clipping that chops off the top of the wave, the Wave Folder “folds” the peaks back in.


The MONTAGE Wave Folder is available as a Part Insertion Effect (including A/D Input for external instruments and mic input), Variation Effect and Master Effect.


VCM Mini Filter and Mini Booster

The new VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) Mini Filter and Mini Booster are available as Part Insertion, Variation or Master. The VCM Mini Filter is a classic four-pole 24 dB/octave filter. Cutoff, Resonance, Dry/Wet mix, Input Level and Output Level can all be assigned to a Motion Sequence Lane, the Envelope Follower or the physical controls (Super Knob, Assignable Knobs, Modulation Wheel, etc., on MONTAGE and MODX).

VCM Mini Filter and Mini Booster

The VCM Mini Booster is related to the VCM Mini Filter. This boost/EQ effect functions like an EQ and booster, providing a tone shaping and saturation effect:


Extended LFO

The Extended LFO brings high-speed modulation to the MONTAGE and MODX. You can use it to generate interesting pitch, filter or amplitude modulation that goes well beyond the slower oscillation of a standard LFO. The high-speed nature creates cool granularity that enhances synth leads, pads, comps, special effect and more. With the standard LFO the Speed parameter range goes from 0-63 (0-42 Hz) for AWM Parts. When the “Extended LFO” is set to ON, the Speed parameter range extends from 0-415 (0-1356.59 Hz). These higher speeds generate interesting sounds when modulating Pitch, Filter or Amplitude.

Extended LFO
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Each of these new sound enhancements – Wave Folder, VCM Mini Filter and Mini Booster and Extended LFO – can all be customized for real time control using Motion Control. Assign parameters to the Super Knob, Motion Sequence, Envelope Follower and more and create your own custom set ups.

Pattern Sequencer

The all new Pattern Sequencer is the among most significant features in the new MONTAGE and MODX OS versions. You will find this new selection under the “Play/Rec” tab on the left:

Pattern Sequencer

The Pattern Sequencer extends the MONTAGE and MODX Performance Recorder with multitrack loop-based sequence recording. Each Pattern has up to eight Sections and each Section has up to 16 Tracks. Sections are selected using the [SCENE] buttons on the front panel of MONTAGE and MODX.

Hybrid MIDI I/O Mode

As the name suggests, the new Hybrid MIDI I/O Mode is a combination of the Single and Multi MIDI I/O Modes. In this new mode, Parts with KEYBOARD CONTROL “On” controlled by Global MIDI channel, everything else controlled by the Part channel. This allows you to use cool Multi Part Performances like “CFX Concert” or “Seattle Sections” in combination with other Single Parts for additional backing tracks. It’s great addition when sequencing MIDI tracks with an external DAW.

Hybrid MIDI IO Mode

Rhythm Pattern (New for MONTAGE)

MODX makes adding a drum Part with Arpeggio to a Performance easy. Now that functionality is added to MONTAGE. Just press and hold [SHIFT] then press [CONTROL ASSIGN] and the Rhythm Pattern screen appears for you to select a drum kit along with a corresponding drum Arpeggio. It’s a great way to quickly add a drum part to a piano for composition or practice.

Rhythm Pattern New for MONTAGE

MONTAGE OS v3.0 is available now! Get it HERE! MODX OS v2.0 will be available in late October. 

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