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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82 Visitor comments
November 23, 2008 @ 1:35 pm
This is great synth that will become a classic. It sounds warmer than a lot of synths that are supposedly higher-end VA's.
October 17, 2008 @ 2:26 am
Yeah, cool sound. Vintage and warm!
October 13, 2008 @ 12:04 pm
Chris Clark from Warp Records also uses this synth.
September 23, 2008 @ 10:22 am
I think this is such a bargain in an increasingly expensive synth world. Yeah, it's no Analogue, but it has its moments. Has some brilliant sounds. Turn down the tempo on the arps and they stop being "dance". Has the best emulation on classic OBXa strings (strangely, the patch is called "Jump") I've heard. Can soound very DX7 on some "glassy" patches and there is a lot more besides. I can't think of a better synth you can get for less than 90...
peter wolf
September 22, 2008 @ 7:26 pm
I picked up one in a pawn shop for $200, man this thing rocks! its very simple to program (turn the rotary knob + the set of up/down buttons), has a cool arpeggiator, has 128 preset sounds and 128 user sounds PLUS another 128 normal voices. Absolutely love the 6 real-time control knobs plus 2 buttons for scene memory. It also can do midi, have foot pedals plugged in; also listen to the demos theyre really cool sounding. Really good synth, cheap, and for those into analog.
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  • Check Prices on eBay
  • The link above will take you to a 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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