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  4. Thursday, 08 September 2016
Our own Blake Angelos shares details on MONTAGE Connect and this great tool for enabling your digital audio recording/digital audio workstation.

Not read the article yet? Check out "What is MONTAGE Connect?" now.

And want to discuss further? Weigh in on this discussion.

And stay tuned - this is only the first in a new series!
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Thank you Cassie for the announcement and Blake for this great Article ;)
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Very Cool !

Is MONTAGE CONNECT already available ? or will be available soon ?

Will it work in other VST3 supporting DAWs (i.e. Studio One Pro v. 3) ?

Thanks,
Tarek
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When starting a new Project, MONTAGE Connect can recall your customized Default Performance. This means if you like a particular grouping of instrument sounds setup in a MONTAGE Performance when recording to a DAW, the Connect plug-in can recall and send that to your instrument. You can create any arrangement of instruments and select "Save as Default...".

But it seems to me that it already does this. When I select a Performance on the Montage, enable Montage Connect in Cubase, and save the Cubase project, the Performance that was on the Montage at that time apparently gets saved as part of the Cubase project file. Then, when I open the project in Cubase, the Performance that was saved with the project automatically gets loaded to the Montage.

What is changed with regard to this behavior by setting a Performance as "default?"

I'm finding Montage Connect very useful.
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Bad Mister
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Yes, if Montage Connect was online when you saved the Project, it will automatically recall that Performance when you reopen the Project, that's built in.

The quote you posted starts, "When starting a new Project... ", not when you reopen a stored Project. Instead of starting with the factory INIT "Multi/GM", you can customize the instrumentation for the starting point Performance.
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Tarek wrote:

Very Cool !

Is MONTAGE CONNECT already available ? or will be available soon ?


This is a poor way to link to things since the link is subject to change - but works for now:

http://usa.yamaha.com/products/music-production/synthesizers/montage/#tab=PD5128463

English Software MONTAGE Connect V1.0.0 for Mac OS X 50.53 MB 6/9/2016
English Software MONTAGE Connect V1.0.0 for Windows 33.31 MB 6/9/2016

In general, if you have software questions - go to the Montage page on yamaha.com where the answer is usually covered there. Includes firmware, manuals, PC software, drivers, etc.

My suggestion was to use the "Synths" section here as a bridge to this information as Yamaha has provided for the Motif, Reface, etc. But apparently the "Synths" section is being mothballed which explains why Montage is not there.
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The document says that adding Montage Connect to a Cubase project as an Instrument Track is the "preferred method" vs adding it as a Rack Instrument. What's preferable about doing it that way, since it works either way?
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Bad Mister
Yamaha
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It's purely cosmetic. Launching as a "Rack Instrument" sets up for Automation and Audio Return. The Automation Lane and the Audio Lane functions of the Montage Connect application are not operational, so rather than having to look at them or remove them; launching it via the "TRACK INSTRUMENT" is simply neater and more streamline.

In either case, in a basic setup, you will be using MIDI Tracks to record MIDI data from the Montage.
And you will setup Audio Tracks to record Audio.
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This didn't get any responses as a separate message on the Forum, so I figured I'd try here:

Is Montage CONNECT supposed to save system settings (e.g. Direct Monitor, Local Control) along with the Montage Performance into a Cubase project file?

It doesn't seem to be doing this consistently for me, but it could be user error on my part. I figured it would be easier to ask than to do an extensive series of experiments.

If it doesn't save system settings, please take this as a suggestion to add that feature, which I think would be very useful.

Thanks…
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Did the 2nd and future articles in the series come out? If so, where? Thanks.
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Link to next article in series is broken:

https://yamahasynth.com/component/k2/montage-connect-ii

An intern needs to be tasked with cleaning up all these broken links.

This is the correct link, at least for today:

https://www.yamahasynth.com/resources/montage-connect-ii
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This is the correct link, at least for today:

https://www.yamahasynth.com/resources/montage-connect-ii


This link does not work for me. I get a 401 error.
Can someone provide the truly "correct" link?
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There is no correct link - because any link I give will die as long as Yamaha keeps up its link management practices. Which means to change them often and not redirect previous links to the new one(s).

So I'll say it again - this is the the correct link, at least for today (Jul 2021).

https://yamahasynth.com/learn/montage/what-is-montage-connect

I find these by using google search. "site:yamahasynth.com <article title>" Replacing <article title> in this case with "what is montage connect".

... there's also a second in the series:

https://yamahasynth.com/learn/montage/montage-connect-ii-working-user-arpeggios

Expect these links to require another update in the next 3-6 months.
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Thanks!
The second one (connect-ii) was the one I wanted.
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Just checking (although from what I saw on the Yamaha site I'm pretty sure I know the answer), Is Montage Connect exclusively for Cubase?
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Bad Mister
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Just checking (although from what I saw on the Yamaha site I'm pretty sure I know the answer), Is Montage Connect exclusively for Cubase?
No. MONTAGE CONNECT can run inside any DAW that is VST3/AU compatible.

When run inside a particular DAW (meaning it runs as a Plugin), if you SAVE your DAW File, MONTAGE CONNECT (Auto Sync = On) will automatically request a bulk from your MONTAGE, which it will store bundled neatly in your DAW File. When next you open that session’s file, MONTAGE CONNECT will automatically restore every MONTAGE sound and editable setting. This makes finding what sounds go with your DAW Project a no-brainer.

If the DAW you are using is not VST3/AU compatible, you can still run MONTAGE CONNECT as a ‘standalone’ program. It will run along side your DAW. You will need to SAVE the MONTAGE CONNECT data manually — separate from saving the DAW Project. That is the only difference.

The purpose is to create a convenient connection between your MONTAGE and your computer. Any Songs (128) or Patterns (128) that you record, can be imported via the USB connection directly to your computer desktop or directly into your DAW (drag n drop). This saves the step of having to write the MONTAGE Song or Pattern to a USB stick, then shuttling that over to the computer.

Extra Credit: when you create or load data to a MONTAGE Song or Pattern, that data is stored in ROM and can be seen as follows
Press [UTILITY] > “Content” > “Data Utility” > see the Folders for your various Data. As many as 128 Patterns and 128 Songs can be stored on board, in their respective Folders.

Not only Sequences but Sounds…
MONTAGE CONNECT can work as your SAVE one Performance at a time. When you are working with the MONTAGE and a USB stick, you must SAVE all Performances… with MONTAGE CONNECT, you can create a backup of each Performance… giving you a very convenient way to Store and retrieve your custom Performances (and an essential method to keep you “works-in-progress” programming efforts).

Having a file for each Performance on your computer is a safe and secure way to keep your data. It makes it easier to assemble when you are building your own custom Libraries.

I should mention, depending on your DAW, you can perform these Librarian type functions inside the DAW or when running the program standalone. For example, as a VST3 plugin in Cubase, you have access to all the MONTAGE data through its MEDIA BAY function. This allows for convenient cataloging, ranking, etc., etc. When you’re doing sound design in a work for hire situation (jingle work) this cataloging feature comes in handy… you can leave notes and markers to alert you as to what sounds you may already have submitted and to which clients, etc. You can dream up ways to catalog your data… it’s like having your own customizable Category Search function.
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