New Yamaha Synth products will be presented on January 20th and 21st
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The successor of the Montage? A Reface 2? The successor of the MX?
Obviously when there are synth news, it is always nice to think about your personal wish list, but in the end I think we need to remember that at the base of new releases there are two essential components to analyze: the market and technology.
Let's start with the market: considering the period (Covid) and the countless presence of excellent analog synths on all market segments (from the under 1000 euro range with Behringer and Korg in the foreground, up to Moog One, passing through Prophet babies and OBXs, which apparently will be two), I would exclude the presentation of an analog. Among other things, resuming development of this technology in this period in which slowdowns in supplies on a world scale are known would be crazy.
The second factor to consider is technology.
In the digital field, for now Yamaha has followed two paths: the first is that of using a generic DSP, not particularly powerful, capable of creating different types of synthesis and effects. Let's talk about Yamaha's proprietary DSP, the SSP2 heart of the Reface CS (analog modeling), and Reface DX (4-op FM), both known for their limited polyphony.
The second is that of the use of more powerful chips but with a semi-rigid structure: we are talking for example of the SWP70 which guarantees, for what we have seen, up to 128 + 64 independent voice channels with predefined synthesis + a programmable part dedicated to effects. As is known, the SWP70 synthesizes the 128 voices of polyphony (stereo) AWM2 + 64 FMX of the MODX or in double version the 128 + 128 voices of the Montage.
I believe that soon, with the hypothetical new firmware of Montage and Modx, we will have definitive confirmation of the impossibility of implementing new synthesis techniques with this chip which would be confirmed programmable only for the effects part (the only one that has had substantial innovations with firmware development).
The new Yamaha product could follow one of these two paths: take advantage of SWP70 which, with economies of scale, costs a few dollars and present a new low-end synth with the well-known FMX and AWM2 engines and tones similar to those of Montage and Modx.
On the contrary, the second path could be something that uses a new Yamaha chip and that could show us the path it wants to take in the coming years: in this regard, I believe that there is no alternative to the implementation of new synthesis techniques, from the super demand Virtual Analog (Roland teaches!), to switch between the much desired Physical Modeling and Wavetables.
A new model, let's say a hypothetical synth with 256 AWM3 - 8 Giga of Flash and 256 FMX2 voices would be an unforgivable owngoal.
We will see !!!
The countdown starts