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  1. Rick
  2. MONTAGE
  3. Friday, 13 September 2019
I have successfully set up my Montage as a host keyboard to control another synth, but I don't know how to add that sound from the slave synth to the Montage. Would someone please give me the steps to add a sound to a performance in Montage from the slave keyboard/synth? Thank you for your help.
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Bad Mister
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From the article: “MONTAGE Zone Master FAQ”

CAN I ASSIGN AND CONTROL EXTERNAL ZONES THE SAME AS I DO INTERNAL MONTAGE PARTS?
PART Slots addressing Internal synth Parts are different from slots used for external Zones. Internal Parts are often controlled directly via assignment within the architecture using AssignKnobs, Motion Sequences, Super Knob, etc. Control over external devices is handled strictly via standard Channel Control Change (cc) MIDI messages which can be assigned various tasks within your external device. The 8 Part Assign Knobs can send cc (Control Change) messages directly to your external device (default: cc17-24, but can be assigned to any cc1-95). What they do to that device will depend on how you assign the destination within your external device. The Assign Knobs must be manually/directly turned to affect the external device (they cannot be placed under Super Knob control or linked to Super Knob control, for example). Such linking of the Super Knob Control is reserved to Destinations within the MONTAGE synth engine, and is reserved for internal MONTAGE Parts including signals arriving via MONTAGE's A/D Input.

ARE THERE ADVANTAGES IN ROUTING THE AUDIO OUTPUT OF MY MIDI 'SLAVE' HARDWARE DEVICE THROUGH THE MONTAGE A/D INPUT?
Yes, there are several beyond just saving a couple of channels on the band's mixer:
  • You have an [A/D Input On/Off] switch available on the front panel. If ever you need to cut audio for the external device you can at the touch of a button. Great for those "on-the-fly" type users.

  • The A/D Input "Volume" can be pre-set and controlled on a per Performance basis. Balancing volumes of internal and external slots for complex layers and splits, can be stored and accurately recalled; Realtime control over A/D volume can be assigned on the Common/Audio level of editing in MONTAGE and varied via the AssignKnob/Super Knob system... meaning you can morph and crossfade between internal and external sounds same as you do with the internal MONTAGE sounds.

  • The A/D Input can be assigned it's own dual Insertion Effects per each different Performance. It's signal can be merged with the MONTAGE to the Main L&R Outputs or can remain discreet and travel to the Assignable L&R Outputs. Parameters of the Insertion Effects dedicated to A/D Input can be assigned to realtime Control same as any internal synth Part.

  • The A/D Input can be used as a modifier (modulation source) within the Motion Control Synthesis Engine. The A/D Input can be routed via the MONTAGE's Side Chain Modulation feature to the Compressors, Dynamic Effects, Vocoder etc. adding a new dimension to your musical performance.

  • The A/D Input can be used as a tempo source for all clockable functions within MONTAGE. Great if your external device has any kind of automated rhythmic functions. By setting MIDI SYNC = "A/D IN" MONTAGE will sync all clockable functions to tempo it derives from the audio source connected to the analog inputs.

  • The A/D signal path takes advantage of Yamaha's high definition audio path, VCM processing and Pure Analog Circuit output. It will sound great!

The article will go in depth on how to configure the Zone Settings. Once the ZONE MASTER is activated, you can, on a per Performance basis, create Internal and External Zones as you require. Basically, you replacing an internal Part with your external synth. The internal Part is switched Off (INT SW = OFF) for that slot, and you select the Transmit Channel to go Out via MIDI to your external device. Then by returning the audio of the external synth to the A/D In, you can control it as if it were apart of the MONTAGE.
https://yamahasynth.com/images/MontageScuba/Zone/1plusExt.png
Link to the article: MONTAGE Zone Master FAQ
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