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
January 4, 2014 @ 4:43 pm
I looked up the PA-3B equivalent power supplies on sale at Amazon - they are 12V
December 3, 2013 @ 1:47 am
on page 11 of the CS1x Data List you see banks 126 and 127 mentioned ,those are wrong written in the book, they dont excist, those are the 2 SFX banks with some of them no sound in it, only a few sounds , but no hammond variation sounds as mentioned in the book on page 11.
September 26, 2013 @ 10:08 am
@ bart
any 9V DC adapter will do, the tip is standard size (not sure how many mm exactly) and should come with most adapters you can get at any electronics shop.
September 11, 2013 @ 3:05 pm
daniel - June 29, 2013 @ 4:10 am
You're incorrect. Actually, "Analog Emulation" is an accurate description of the CS1x. Like Roland's SR-JV "Vintage Synth", Korg's EXB-PCM Vintage Archives, Alesis' Vintage Synthesizers Q-Card, etc expansions, the CS1x uses PCM samples to "emulate" analog/vintage synths. It does not, however, have "Analog MODELING", nor does Yamaha make that claim.
If one desires true "analog modeling", try Yamaha AN1x, PLG150-AN, EX5, (limited yes,...to 2 notes AN & 1 note Virtual Acoustic (VL) Synthesis) Korg EXB-MOSS, Z-1, KingKorg, Roland JP8000, etc.
August 27, 2013 @ 10:37 am
My adaptor is broken. Does anybody know what kind of adaptor it needs. I can't seem to find the original PA-3B.
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  • 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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