I play Bass, Guitar, and piano. I write and record songs.
I have the old ****** MOTIF ES. In Pattern mode I pick a Drum kit, find a Drum loop and would set it to a section. I would set up the 8 sections having one section as the intro, one as the verse, one as the bridge, one as the chorus, one as the solo, etc., etc., etc.. And rehearse my music and record the songs using the drum sections in Song mode.
But I would have a hard time finding drum rolls, fills, having a hard time creating them myself, I would use the LOOP REMIX function and use what I could find that would work with what I am doing.
So I started to use a DAW (LOGIC PRO) connecting the MOTIF ES for MIDI control and Remote control features/functions because I could use LOGIC's software drum loops and the MOTIF's drum machine patterns and sync them with software tracks using LOGIC's Drummer, Drum Kit Designer, ULTRABEAT, etc., etc.. to record drum/song sections. I could make/ edit changes to the MIDI notes on the DAW adjusting the MIDI notes to create drum rolls, fills, etc., etc.. Plus it has more features, function, capabilities, way more control working with song sections.
I plan on buying a Montage because of the added Pattern Sequencer feature, the Performance Modes features, power, capabilities, software, compatibility, sound quality, touchscreen, more memory, more performances, and the quality Voices, etc., etc., etc..
It will work really nice with or without my DAW like my MOTIF ES does.
The Performance mode on the Montage is (not seems to be) is way beyond my MOTIF ES's capabilities. I have so much fun with Performance mode I can't wait to get the Montage.
After hours of streaming Youtube video's, and Yamaha's website's for information about the Montage's features, there is no information regarding a Drum machine on the Montage even though they say it has drum kits to pick from in Performance mode and use up to 8 drum arpeggios per part and can be used in the new Pattern Sequencer feature.
Does the Montage have a drum machine?
When I get to playing around in the Performance mode (Montage) are they just drum arpeggios like the MOTIF ES? Instead of using just 5 arpeggios on the MOTIF ES, there are 8 I can now use on the Montage?
Does the Pattern Sequencer (Montage) have a Drum Machine? If so, What kind of options are there in the Pattern Sequencer? Could I set up the sections like I can with my MOTIF ES?
I am just trying to find out as much information as I can (getting a heads up) before I make my purchase.
Can anybody give me any advise about this post or where I can get information about using all the DRUM features on the Montage?