The Yamaha Montage is all over the new Jaguar I-Pace and you have Richard Devine to thank

When Jaguar needed to add some driver notification sounds to its latest all-electric performance SUV, the I-Pace, the iconic motoring brand turned to the Atlanta-born, electronic music maestro Richard Devine for the job.

Armed with his trusty Yamaha Montage, he set to working on the the vehicle’s user interaction and navigations sounds with the help of the synth’s FM-X engine.

We met up with Richard recently at the launch for the new Yamaha MODX, which he a hand in designing presets for and was able to talk to us about the project.

On why the Montage was his go-to tool for the job, it seems FM is perfect for such a role: “FM synthesis is usually the best form for creating tones that cut through the air really well, in noisy ambient environments.” 

Alongside designing the notification sounds, Richard also designed the engine sound itself, which we would love to hear for ourselves. 

If, like us, you dream of owning such a vehicle or perhaps, unlike us, can afford one, then check out the Jaguar website (opens in new tab) for full details on the I-Pace.

On a slightly more accessible note, Richard’s upcoming album Sort\Lave will be out on Planet Mu 2 November 2018.

Simon Arblaster
Video Producer & Reviews Editor

I take care of the reviews on MusicRadar and Future Music magazine, though can sometimes be spotted in front of a camera talking little sense in the presence of real musicians. For the past 30 years, I have been unable to decide on which instrument to master, so haven't bothered. Currently, a lover of all things high-gain in the guitar stakes and never one to resist churning out sub-standard funky breaks, the likes of which you'll never hear.

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