Yamaha CS1x

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The CS1x is Yamaha's first Analog Emulation performance keyboard for electronic and dance musicians (the CS line is back!). It's a digital synthesizer that emulates analog style, sounds and controls. All controls and parameters are real-time and MIDI controllable. As well as a superb set of quality synth bass, pads, voices, leads and arpeggiated sequences there are plenty of amazing drum sounds also with analog sound and control.

Some of the coolest features of the CS1x aimed at dance musicians will provide you with instant sonic gratification and hands-on real-time tweakability. There are 6 knobs for envelope attack, release, filter cutoff, resonance and 2 are assignable knobs. Two scene memories will remember the current state of the envelope and filters as set by the control knobs so they can instantly be recalled and you can even use the Mod-wheel to morph from one scene into the other, very cool! Scene Memory data is also stored with your synth patches. Built-in digital effects are great but the Arpeggiator steals the show with 30 inspirational patterns suited for techno, house, basslines and basic arpeg. patterns.

Plenty of memory (128 preset, 128 user) and MIDI control make the CS1x perfect for both live and studio use. Control the synth, arpeggiator and editing through MIDI control. The CS1x only has limited multitimbrality in which, when hooked up to a sequencer, MIDI channels 5-16 offer plain old Yamaha XG synth sounds but MIDI channel 1 holds the CS1x's main sounds and effects. It's already being used by Underworld, Bushflange, Jamiraquai, Skylab2000, Somatic Responses, and David Bowie.

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84 Visitor comments
August 16, 2013 @ 6:09 am
I love my CS1x dearly, she's called "Arielle".
It's simple, you could even say limited, but for me that's just part of the charm. A really cool and fun instrument and very accessible: just turn it on and start fiddling away. It's great for pads, brass and strings, for bass it's ok and it can churn out a good subbass, but personally I think it really shines when doing lead sounds.
It won't appeal much to the vintage collector or analog fetishist, but if you want a good sounding, cheap and reliable machine I highly recommend it!
I got mine for €90.
June 29, 2013 @ 4:10 am
More questionable claims about Yamaha products on VSE. This is not really an “Analogue Emulation” anything. It’s just set another sample-based synth. If Yamaha wanted to try to win over users by making allusions to analogues based upon its controls and stuff, then whatever, but if we’re reporting facts instead of PR mumbo-jumbo, there’s nothing analogue about it.

Yamaha’s only analogue-emulating synths are the AN1x, the PLG150AN, and the extremely reduced subset thereof that exists within the EX5.
June 2, 2013 @ 4:16 pm
iv had this synth for years, and mostly use it for textures and rhythmic additions to other things im working with. however i read in one of the comments that you can stack and layer up to 4 sounds at once, something i did not realize you could do with this synth. but i have no idea how to do it. can anyone explain that or link a video to someone doing that?? thanks guys!
pablo salas
May 28, 2013 @ 2:51 pm
any program to edit sounds with mac os x 1.5?
May 2, 2013 @ 6:26 am
Here is a video showing the CS1x arpeggiator split function. Very useful!

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  • Check Price
  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Hear a demo of some synth pads and drum and perc tones. From the Future Music; Issue 47 September 1996 CD.

    Patch Files - Get your hands on these easy to load CS1x Midi SysEx patch files. Lots of new sounds for your CS1x in a Macintosh or Windows/PC friendly format.

    Manual - Download the original owner's manual here.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 notes
  • Oscillators - XG Format - 480 Normal Voices and 11 Drum Kits
  • #Instruments - 16 Part multi-timbral
  • Filter - YES (w/ real-time control)
  • Arpeggiator - Yes, including Hold and Split
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (velocity sensitive)
  • Memory - Preset: 128; Programmable; 128
  • Control - MIDI & computer interface
  • Date Produced - 1996
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Synthesizer Picture Gallery (site gone).

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