Yamaha Montage7 76-key Synthesizer Workstation Keyboard
The Montage 7 is a powerful keyboard workstation that incorporates the latest DSP technology that Yamaha has in a reasonably sized unit.
At the forefront is a 76-note keybed that is aftertouch enabled and semi-weighted, while at its core are powerful sound engines that allow for a wide variety of sounds and effects.
Also worth noting is the interface, with a super knob that lets you tweak multiple parameters as you see fit, along with motion control that lets you tempo-synch control sequences to any parameter.
Finally, it has a 16-track sequencer, with 64 songs, which you can utilize either to save new musical ideas, or to improve on existing ones.
- Keys: 76 Semi-Weighted After Touch
- Polyphony: 128
- Sound Engine(s): AWM2, FM-X, Motion Control Synthesis Engine
- Controllers: Pitchbend, Mod Wheel, Ribbon Controller
- Effects: 12 x Reverbs, 15 x Master effects, 76 x Variation types, 5-band Master EQ, 1st part 3-band EQ
- Audio Recording: Real Time
- Audio Playback: Wav
- Sequencer: 16-track, 64 songs, Performance Recorder version 2, Motion Sequencer
- Audio Inputs: 2 x 1/4" (L/Mono, R)
- Audio Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (L/R), 2 x 1/4" (assignable L/R), 1 x 1/4" (Headphones)
- Other Connections: 2 x 1/4" (foot controller), 1 x 1/4" (assignable), 1 x 1/4" (sustain)
- MIDI Inputs/Outputs: In/Out/Thru/USB
- USB: 1 x USB Type A, 1 x USB Type B (6 x 32)
- Dimensions:5.18” x 49” x 15.56”
- Weight: 37.5 lbs.
Magnificent, great and excellent are just a few of the many positive remarks that users use to describe the Montage 7's sound quality. Even professionals who own other keyboards are impressed with its sound and leave high ratings. Gordon Reid of Sound on Sound concludes his review positively saying: "The Montage is an excellent instrument that will keep sound designers and players interested for a very long time to come". Playability and depth of control also get quite a lot of commendations.
There are a few who are concerned with the price being a bit on the upside, especially when considering that this is not an 88-key model.
If you're looking for a power synthesizer workstation keyboard that's still reasonably portable, then this is for you.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Keyboard Workstations.