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
October 7, 2011 @ 3:48 am
I just bought one of these, actually it was given to me as a present and I'm totally in love with it but could really use a manual, if anyone has one or a link it would be greatly appreciated.
Billy D
September 19, 2011 @ 8:17 pm
This synth is a keeper. Every function has purpose and she works as new after 34yrs. Bass & leads are fantastic, also does top sfx & drones. I love using square wave 32', fast lfo into filter & pwm/pm with x5 envelopes & slow attack... warbly bliss that smoothens out when reducing lfo speed. An expressive synth that loves being 'played'. The 3-way filter add's a lot of flexibility & the noise & input are great. I have about 5 gt pedals and a valve preamp that make it sing... comp,2xchorus,dist&reverb = sonic good stuff! Prefer it than the sh101 for some reason... RAW techno MONSTER!
September 10, 2011 @ 10:54 am
Tired of using the term FATT so im going to use PHATT!! A must for raw bass sounds!
May 20, 2011 @ 2:17 am
When I owned this synth, it made it to every recording. A true professional instrument as are all of Yamaha instruments. I sold it and most else of what I used to make many songs for another setup, but this one out of all sold was the one that kinda hurt the most at the time. Pure reliable vintage tone. I loved the envelope because Yamaha put in weird contour controls to shape the envelope of the envelope.... awesome. Yamaha seems to implement weird but practical controls on the entire CS range. Truly great and classic range the CS series is.
May 10, 2011 @ 5:05 pm
I had one of these in the early 80s. I bought it because the owner was offering it with a padded case and at a really cheap price.

Maybe I had a truly bad one, but in my experience it was a lousy instrument. The thumping bass and shrieking lead lines were there, but the keyboard could not track across the few octaves that keyboard made available. As I recall, the tuning knob was a constant player "feature" to me.

My personal advice is to stay away from this one, unless you are a collector of old synthesizers.
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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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