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
Kevin R. Marshall
March 13, 2012 @ 4:47 pm
FYI: If anyone is looking for one, i have a CS-10 in very good condition for sale here:

March 2, 2012 @ 5:37 pm
Saw one of these this morning on my local Craigslist, $175, but keyboard triggering was identified as iffy. The early bird got the worm (and it was not me). Darn. Maybe next time. But there is hope.
December 16, 2011 @ 3:46 am
Spinalzap, you had a faulty one mate!
November 16, 2011 @ 1:58 pm
Just bought a mint condition one of these to go alongside the Moog Prodigy and The Octave Kitten in my monosynth collection. Just one thing to say; I need a new set of woofers;-)
November 13, 2011 @ 10:05 pm
Solid basic synth. love the lfo, no tuning issues, creamy filter (though self resonance would make it killer). PWM/PM quite pleasant. I also like the layout & large panel. Easier to tweak than a sh101 in that regard. Hope mine lasts another 25 years.

For anyone who needs the manual: http://www.synthfool.com/docs/Yamaha/CS_Series/Yamaha%20CS-10%20Owners%20Manual. pdf
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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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