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
not so anonymous
March 6, 2011 @ 3:05 pm
Steve Severin has used one in the Siouxsie and the Banshees album Kaleidoscope. That's what his website says. Great synth btw.
February 9, 2011 @ 8:10 am
Black Moth Super Rainbow uses this live
Eve Ripper
December 22, 2010 @ 2:45 pm
I like that Synth. Fat vintage basses, nice leads.
TheTommy Vtron
December 17, 2010 @ 5:37 pm
Hi! Yes, this is a GREAT synth. As opposed to my Korg MS10, it has to be said that the keyboard in this one really feels great, it feels like a real instrument, not just a tone generator. It has a great full and round voice to it, very warm tones.
These are getting quite expensive by 2010, but it gives the impression of being well reliable, also in terms of tuning (my Korg drifts a bit). Great basses on this, but also Moog-like leads.
November 29, 2010 @ 4:10 pm
And with the Kenton filter socket kit you can make your CS10's filter a VCF for a cheap price.
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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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