First post! I'll summarise my feature requests here and for the brave you can keep reading
Improved handling/importing of multiple user samples from USB storage
Sample start and end point editing in the UI
Sample start and end as mod destinations
Additional filter types available for drum instruments
The montage is just about the nicest sounding and most fun sampler I've used and I love hearing my customs samples alongside those lovely FMX & AWM tones, using the sidechaining to create some lovely, thick, cohesive beats and atmosphere beds. Yamaha really did such a great job on how this thing sounds and the ease of use to get to really creative places.
However, the user waveform loading and handling is very primitive...I would love to see even small uplift in the capabilities here.
For example, the process of loading multiple samples from USB storage is really tedious. Multi-selection would really help here, as would the ability to display sample files on the storage, i.e in list view.
I have software tools to create Motif instruments and could pre-build things of course, but sometimes I love to be able to spontaneously grab some recordings of my outboard synth noodlings or some drum samples that fit the track and chuck them into the montage to go to work on them with those lovely filters and effects. The process of importing these one at a time is a buzzkill and crucially wouldn't seem to take much work to improve (*my complete lack of knowledge of development cycles notwithstanding)
Secondly, some additional control of the imported samples would really (really, really) lift the sampling experience. Being able to set sample start and end points would be fantastic...and if I am dreaming, having start point available as a mod destination would be utterly awesome for creating moving beds of atmosphere or creating movement in samples synth patches etc.
Last of all, it would be superb to have access to the larger group of filter options in drum instruments, since they sound so nice. This board is almost the perfect modern sampler with the combination of UI, DSP and raw, sheer sound quality, which as a hardware sampler freak I am somewhat particular about.
Oh one more, does anyone know if there is a published roadmap document for Montage in terms of when new updates are due and what they aim to contain?
All views my own of course, just wondering if anyone agrees!
The montage really is superb and I'm 100% glad I chanced it without really hearing it.