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Yamaha CS70M

Postby V301H » Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:01 pm

This week I'm going to check out a CS70M for sale. There doesn't seem to be a lot of info on-line about these and I've seen some conflicting opinions about their desirability and value. If anybody here has any comments on whether or not this would be a worthwhile purchase I'd appreciate some input. Thanks.
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Postby Analogue Crazy » Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:07 pm

The CS-70M is a very rare Polysynth and has a heap of great features like the keyboard split, poly sequencer and Unison (the CS-70M is the only CS Polysynth with Unison!). I have never heard one but own a CS-40M which is ment to be like a duophonic CS-70M. The CS-40M is an amazing sounding beast so i bet the CS-70M is. I have heard a few samples and it sure sounds nice. If the price is reasonable and its in good condition, buy it. It sounds like a very fun Polysynth.
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Postby clusterchord » Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:15 pm

here you go, i had one on loan, for three months:

www.babic.com/SYN/cs70m.htm


in short: unique character, not like earlier CS50/60/80. very flexible filter, aftertouch, ring modulator. great, "gloomy" ensemble - sometimes it sounds almost like a huge organ/string machine with it engaged. to me it was great for reto soundscapes, almost coming form early electornic krautrock albums, or from TD's Rubycon..

if its worth it depends first n formeost on condition and price. fixing it may be a gamble, so if its in good shape it may be worth it. altough i liked it very much, weighing against its enormous size and weight, and how much would i actually be using it in my music.. i decided not to keep it. ymmv.
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Postby waveterm » Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:15 pm

Don´t expect it to be anything like a Jupiter-8, Oberheim or Memorymoog. It has a very different sound to it. Everytime I´ve tried one it has made me think....why ?

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Postby maindeglorie » Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:27 pm

NOTHING sounds like the Yamaha CS-20M, 40M and 70M range. They are definitely unique beasts and possibly my favorite analog series. I have a 40M coming to me in a few days, it is my dream analog. (Might have two coming :) )

Like someone above me said, don't expect it to sound like an Oberheim, Roland or Prophet. It's more out there and more ROCK! if you know what I mean.
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Postby waveterm » Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:32 pm

Yep, there´s definately more out there !

I remember being initally confused with the layout of control panel but more so of the upper/lower vs I/II situation. Very strange.....

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Postby Micke » Sun Nov 04, 2007 8:40 pm

One of the most famous users of the Yamaha CS-70M poly-synth has gotta be Patrick Moraz!

Below I've posted some really cool "in-action" shots of Moraz performing "Future Memories II" live on Swizz TV back in 1982.

SPOT THE SYNTHS/KEYBOARDS/SEQUENCERS/DRUMMACHINES!!!

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Postby wiss » Sun Nov 04, 2007 8:48 pm

something with 12vco's, 12vcf's, 12 vca's, 24 envelopes, and 2 lfo's cant be all bad...
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Postby waveterm » Sun Nov 04, 2007 8:51 pm

Of course it isn´t. The CS-70M is a very nice synth for certain types of sounds. I just wish it had been a bit more powerful.

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Postby clusterchord » Sun Nov 04, 2007 8:56 pm

Micke wrote:One of the most famous users of the Yamaha CS-70M poly-synth has gotta be Patrick Moraz!
SPOT THE SYNTHS/KEYBOARDS/SEQUENCERS/DRUMMACHINES!!!


well i see cs70 and cs60 to the left of it, yamaha CP80 piano, oberheim dx machine, jupiter4, mellotron, jupiter8, dbl manual of the OB 8voice, but i cant see the SEM voice section.. only kbd.. poly800 on the shelf. and dunno the name of the bidermeyer :lol: styled yamaha piano he's playin on pic2

dunno what are the sml things on top of the shelf.., perhaps a sml mixer of sorts..
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Postby waveterm » Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:02 pm

If you´re reffering to the small synth next to the CSQ-sequencer it is not a Poly-800. It´s Roland SH-2. You should know better !

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Postby Analogue Crazy » Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:48 pm

Synths i spotted:
CS-80
CS-70M
SH-2
Jupiter-8
Jupiter-4
An early Oberhiem Poly (4 or 6 SEM synth)
Some sort of Mellotron
Minimoog?

Sorry guys i could not resist it. :wink:
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Postby clusterchord » Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:49 pm

yeah u right, i see the vco knobs now. it has been 20yrs since i sold my poly800, and yep it had only one knob hhaha


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so whats with this extreme re-arragning of threads to sub-forums?!? i mean, conversation about CS70 were having here surely went beyond pure "buyers guide" thing, and belongs to general synthesizers... ok if it was the 100th microkorg vs ion thread, but it aint..


honestly, perhaps you guys are taking all this sub forum thing too seriously. and also there huge inconsistency in which threads get moved. large grey areas btwn help/buyers guide/general seciotns. one man's opinion at least. take it as u will.


so what are we allowed to talk bout in "general" in the end..? Prophet 08? :lol:
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Postby waveterm » Sun Nov 04, 2007 9:54 pm

Yeah....wtf ?

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Postby clusterchord » Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:01 pm

waveterm wrote:WT(F)


hehe, i like it :lol: :wink:



oh, and gongs and tam tams in them pictures are of course vintage Chinese, made by Samsung, Panasonic and Sony, respectively, arround 800 B.C. 8)
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