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
October 21, 2009 @ 3:00 pm
I've bought it on ebay just four mounths ago. It's a complete instrument, with very useful sounds. It's really plastic on touch, but it's very easy to carry out : just 6 Kg.
Analog's like controls are very nice and a good way to control sound on live stage. I'm happy to be a CS1x's owner :-)
August 26, 2009 @ 6:44 pm
I Had this Blue Baby, since it was released. It is very expressive and the filters sound great!! The sounds are really GREAT! GREAT pads
GREAT leads.
You can also download loads of nice sounds from the net.
It's been used by Rata Blanca (metal) and Efecto Tralali (experimental)
Very, very worth getting.
July 21, 2009 @ 2:03 am
Bag of [beep] ... and a slur on the look of the amazing AN1x (which used it's case as a base but with some improvements).

This is good for john and jenny keyboard newb and that's it. It's not at all like it's 'look alike' the AN1x (that is a real mans synth), this is a limited rompler in a cheap case... nothing else. Oh and anything bearing the letters 'GM' or 'XG' shouldn't even be on this website... toys children toys...
JONathan Donley
June 15, 2009 @ 7:46 pm
"DISCO D" also used this board aka "David Shayman". I stumbled across an old post of his somewhere online where he had said something about how much he liked the "Cs1x" string sounds. You can see it in the studio shots of his movie trailer "Hustle Harder".
April 26, 2009 @ 10:05 am
Just got mine this week for roughly $350 AUD, This synth's build quality is not the greatest (keys have a soft flimsy feel that is far from natural), and while I initially bought this because its touted as one of the best controller keyboards around, my Korg K61P is staying where it is. That said, soundwise this is a really powerful bargain basement synth. The GM and XG sounds range from good to awful, but what you're here for is of course the Performance Mode. Its not quite as hands-on as I would have liked, but there is just enough tweaking on offer here to make this a preferred option to the all-button digital synths of the 80s. Great bass and string sounds, and the morph function on the mod wheel is a welcome addition. The talkbox preset is really good as well - great option if you don't want to pay for the overpriced DX100. For the prices these are going for these days its a steal, and I feel this could be a classic in 10 years or so.
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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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