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
July 31, 2010 @ 9:51 am
Can you split the arpeggio as well as patches/voices on the synth? I'm having a hard time doing it. Well, I know you can split the voices.
July 29, 2010 @ 4:45 pm
Also used by Seabound...and Funker Vogt
July 17, 2010 @ 9:53 am
This synth is used by Charly Garcia in the Aguante album
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!
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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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