Yamaha CS-10

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The CS-10 makes a great electronic, dance and trance musical instrument because it is analog, monophonic, has a really cool filter and is capable of warm bubbly analog bass and lead sounds. Its very simple design and layout with plenty of knobs allows for instant gratification! It has one oscillator and a switchable low-pass, band-pass or hi-pass resonant filter. The LFO can modulate the filter cutoff, volume, pitch and VCO. External audio can also be routed through the filter and there is portamento that stretches for one octave.

Although MIDI-less, the CS-10 does have CV / Gate which can be converted to MIDI using a proper interface, so the CS-10 works quite well both in the studio or for live performance. If you're into techno, dance or electronica then consider the CS-10 an inexpensive but worthy alternative to other more popular mono-synths. It has been used by Depeche Mode, Astral Projection, the Propellerheads and Moa.

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44 Visitor comments
August 24, 2008 @ 5:35 am
Best analogue synth there is! I can't thank this synth enough for all the great sounds I've created with this machine and all the songs I've made with it as the main instrument. It's really inspiring and it sounds really good. Even though it doesn't have many functions, its simplicity and its stripped down layout makes it fast to use and the sounds are good from the start.
Analogue Crazy
August 21, 2008 @ 7:08 am
Another great little synth. Nice basses and leads with the unique character of the CS range. Beutiful multimode filter and very snappy envelopes. Try routing stuff through the ext audio in, sounds amazing.
August 20, 2008 @ 1:46 pm
Spandau Ballet used a CS-10 on their debut album "Journeys To Glory".
August 18, 2008 @ 2:46 pm
The CS-10 has also been used by Hideki Matsutake/Logic system and China Crisis.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO + white noise (sawtooth, variable PW)
  • LFO - 1 LFO (sine or sawtooth with rate speed)
  • Filter - 1 multi-mode VCF
  • VCA - 2 ADSR envelopes
  • Keyboard - 37 keys
  • Memory - None
  • Control - CV / Gate
  • Date Produced - 1977

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