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
November 29, 2010 @ 4:08 pm
@ goofy. In order to let the filter self-oscillate you should lead the output of the CS10 into the external input. Ofcourse you have to split the output cable to hear any sound though. I love mine!
August 13, 2010 @ 10:25 pm
This was my very first synth, back when I was in high school! It's simple enough that it made a great learning tool, but it still sounds great enough to be indispensable. I love routing vocals or drums through this thing!
June 25, 2010 @ 7:38 pm
Yamaha CSs and Ronald Junos are my personal favorite because theyre tough, relaible, affordable enough for the every day working grunt and offer you all the sonic firepower you need to take over. Theyre like the AK47 of classic synths. Lets just keep the prices low and avoid bidding wars. Theres enough CS built to go around. ENJOY!
February 20, 2010 @ 5:05 am
Years before I had a CS-10 that I sold because I'm an idiot. OK not really, but I thought I will not need it anymore. When I went back to ProgRock I missed the CS-sound an I bought a CS-15 - a nice and rich instrument but I wanted back an CS-10 too. Now again I have one. Beautlful sound - a little diffrent to the CS-15, perhaps because of the diffrent parameters of the filterenvelope. Both Instruments have a clear sound (not to be compared to the MS-20) that is good for solo, space, effects, bass and OnenotePAD.
A wonderful 12dB Filter - pitty that it can not selfoscillate ! The Keyboard is better than you might think - better than MS-20, SH-101 or others.
I love both CS-Synthesizers an will never sell them again.
February 14, 2010 @ 8:14 pm
nice one bert. i just got one from e bay for £650. it really is a great machine.so warm and fat. much warmer than my 101. a real fuzzy gritty warmth. i have got mine midied up through the cv gate and it works great.im using a kenton cv midi box.best synth that i have plyed on for a long time. top notch.
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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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