The MONTAGE synthesizer is an amazing instrument from - producing EDM to designing specific sounds for a film – or as a creative outlet for your audio dreams. It is also a powerful piece of music technology which requires some practice and guidance to leverage fully its capabilities. To help you make the most of your MONTAGE, Yamaha's own Bad Mister has provided the deep diving "Mastering MONTAGE" series. If you have not had an opportunity to learn from this master musician and synthesizer guru, check out his recently completed 14-part series.
In the first installment of this series, we discussed several different configurations of PERFORMANCES for your MONTAGE. Here you will use what you learned (and created!) to take a closer look at putting together your own LIVE SETs. A Live Set is designed to give you access to your MONTAGE configurations when you are performing, thus the name, LIVE SET. Let's get started . . . 
We are kicking off this "Snorkel Level" series (for all MONTAGE users regardless of experience level) with the creative use of Performances and Live Sets.There are some 2143 Preset Performances in MONTAGE. The USER area can store 640 of your own Performances. A set of 640 Performances can be placed in a Library. There can be eight Libraries - each containing as many as 640 Performances - resident on your MONTAGE. So let's get started!
Bad Mister wraps up this "deep dive" into the functionality of the MONTAGE with lucky lesson #13.
With an expressive touch, keen awareness of melody and remarkable technique, Greg Spero is a talented pianist and keyboardist. He has performed with a diverse range of musicians, including: Arturo Sandoval; Corey Wilkes; and, former Miles Davis collaborator and music director, Robert Irving III. Additionally, he has co-produced tracks with producer Ski Beatz (Jay Z), and, Shock G (Digital Underground) - and is currently the keyboardist and sound designer for Halsey. Greg recently had a chance to experience Montage and was very impressed.
This begins a new "how-to" mini-series from Bad Mister to help you get the most from your MONTAGE. Learn more here about MONTAGE and Cubase.
Just got your new MONTAGE? You're new to synthesizers? Or you're an old hand at synthesizers, even owned a Motif? Here are some quick suggestions on what to do first...
Motion Sequences are tempo-synchronized, completely customizable control sequences which can be assigned to virtually any synthesizer parameter - and provide incredibly creative new ways of programming sound. In this lesson from our own Bad Mister, learn more about how the Motion Sequence dedicated controls on the front panel make it easy to manipulate and change in real-time, providing incredible interactivity and expression.
Into percussive arpeggios and drum grooves? This session on the MONTAGE's Envelope Follower is for you!
In this lesson, Bad Mister explains the "Side Chain" function of the Motion Control Synthesis Engine which allows for modifying one Part with another. It also extends to the external world as well, because the source PART could be an external input (microphone, guitar, audio device, etc.). This can take several forms and in this session, we'll take a brief look at three of the basic possibilities - including one popular in Electronic Dance Music.
In this lesson, Bad Mister introduces us to to how to leverage the Controller Box Switches.
Bad Mister introduces us to the next lesson in leveraging the power of the MONTAGE - using the Part Assignable Knobs. 
In this next article, learn more about using the MONTAGE Super Knob in setting parameters and limitations for shaping your modulations.
Bad Mister continues to provide indepth insight into MONTAGE's capabilities with this next lesson on the Super Knob.
Your journey into learning more about how to leverage the power of the MONTAGE Super Knob continues in this lesson where you learn about "morphing".  The articles below are great accompaniments to this article. Check them out: PERFORMANCE 5: Super Knob Morph A PERFORMANCE 6: Super Knob Morph B One of the most important usages of the Super Knob
Inquiring minds want to know, what's so super about this Super Knob? This series of articles will begin to unfold just what we mean by "Super". The Super Knob is just the first step - the gateway, if you will - into the deeper world of Motion Control Synthesis.
This lesson takes us into the Super Knob and introduces you further to the concepts of polarity, and more specifically, "Bipolar". 
Ready to jump into the next lesson about MONTAGE and the Super Knob? 
Join us as we continue our series with a look at the Super Knob Common and Performance architecture.
MOTIF to Montage: Architecture and Interface Differences
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