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
May 18, 2010 @ 10:06 pm
P 6 sorry but cant let that one go, if you know how to use this, you can do brilliant things, don't believe me listen to my music where every lead synth sound came off it and I am a record producer, bowie had great taste. I've owned 2 of these boards in the past, and just bought another so this makes 3 now, and i always come back to it, and I'm a huge synth fan, and I have a owned or currently own a nice variety of synths a k2000, vfx sd,monopoly, and a mini moog, and this by far has been my favorite, from studio to live it just works, true i use my other boards for other things, but it's nowhere near as much as i use this one. This is a great synth if used properly and please no crap about the presets i never use them anyway.
May 17, 2010 @ 6:12 pm
*ROMPLER* - for the same price some of these can fetch you can get the amazing AN1X a proper synthesizer that has replaced a few real analog synths. And even if it doesn't sound 'exactly analog' it's certainly closer and a far classier/deeper sound than this toy. Bowie used THIS?? I thought he had taste. This is just one step up from a Home Keyboard 'PSR' thing!
April 22, 2010 @ 6:09 pm
decent sounding synth with a lot of usable sounds, but there is absolutely nothing analog about it. the filter is as digital as they get, and if you sweep it too quickly you can hear it stepping. having said that, there's a lot of power in there and controls are easy to use, so it's good for live work.
April 12, 2010 @ 10:29 pm
Good Synth i like the way its Analog style thats good but the presets are kinda the same i mean as soon as you hit the 90s all the synths sound kinda the same. but its a good synth its done me good and i like it
January 15, 2010 @ 3:01 pm
Victoria, I think it's simply a case of setting your note limits for each of the four parts. Overlap them to build up a sound or have your four starting/ending on the relevant keys. This is selected on the "Layer" section, just chose the relevant line with the control knob.

And I have to say as entry level synths go, this has done me proud....we use two of these with a Korg X5d and triton to form the basis of our stuff and it has been invaluable to our Depeche Mode cover band
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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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