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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Bo
December 30, 2008 @ 2:50 pm
Well...this is the farmost best solo synth ever (sorry Moog)! I had mine for years, until I had to depart from it. I bought it back a few years ago and I'm still a huge fan of this instrument. Tweak it right and you will hear...!

My CS-10 is "updated" with Kenton Pro Solo and their filter-midi-option. It works 100%!

If you find one for sale - buy it!
DnA
December 19, 2008 @ 10:43 am
I've had many monophonic synths, and the CS-10 is my favorite. It's filters are super fast making it an ideal lead synth. Full envelope controls on both VCF and VCA allows for very flexible tone shaping. The bass is deep, full, and clean, which is why I prefer this synth over the Roland SH-101. The single VCO doesn't fatten up like a pair of sawtooths, but the CS-10's punchiness can't be beat. It also works well in jazz as it's capable of producing a nice airy lead that floats easily above comp chords. I usually use a delay pedal with this synth, and a good chorus really works well too.
Joe
October 29, 2008 @ 6:59 pm
Such a wicked little synth, I love the modulation routings and the multi mode filter of the CS range... So much so I brought a CS20m! :)
Syth man!
September 10, 2008 @ 4:26 pm
Best Analogue synth ever?!!! no.
VCO
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.
 
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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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