I just purchased a Montage this past weekend, and am trying to figure out the best way to MIDI sequence to Sonar Pro (preferred) or Cubase 8 Elements, which I also have installed. I've been off of the scene for a few years, so whichever one I can get the Montage to work best with, quickest, will probably become my current "standard".
From speaking with a Yamaha support expert just yesterday, I've learned that I should be only using MIDI channels 9-16 for Montage sequenced tracks on my DAW. That may be all that I need, but I thought I'd throw this out here for discussion. I may learn something new or improve the old strategy that I used in the past with more "traditional" synths.
Since the Montage Instrument defs are not yet available, I've added the Motif XF INS to my Sonar, and it seems to play the instruments as listed. I have, however, experienced problems isolating the midi channels so that it will play different instruments on different tracks (the usual). One thing that I noticed is that even when I had instruments assigned to different MIDI channels, the pitch bend wheel seemed to transmit globally to all the MIDI channels. Is that something that I need to set specifically on the Montage to behave differently?
Also, at the moment, I have the Montage connected via USB to my computer, as well as a Yamaha MG10XU USB mixing console. I'm using the MG10XU as my primary audio device right now, because it handles my phantom powered condenser mic. I may look at some other options in the future if this is limiting my immediate capabilities (but I've got a lot more basic stuff to learn before I'll be concerned with using functions like the vocorder on the Montage. I just need to get the MIDI stuff ironed out for now so that I can effectively record midi tracks into the DAW and then record vocal tracks into the projects as well.
To ensure that I understand this correctly, using the setup\configuration described above, from my DAW's perspective, I have a MOTIF XF, and can use the sound patches known as the MOTIF kind of in the "traditional" way that I'm used to, right? If so, that is totally ok for me, as after the basic instrument tracks are laid down as MIDI, I'm ok with adding the Montage's innovative sounds as audio tracks if needed to further animate the songs.
Looks like others have been having similar issues while trying to get used to the new concept Montage with DAWs, so I'm just trying to learn anything new and useful that I can related to the topic, and also if anyone has the layout handy regarding settings on the Montage, Sonar, and\or Cubase, that would be greatly appreciated! :-)