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
April 24, 2011 @ 7:12 pm
I really love this synth with all my heart but the sad part about this potential beast is that you cant midi the synth sounds with a sequencer! I really wish there was a way to midi the performance sounds, other than that, this synth is probably best suited for the stage and that just may be pushing it! If only I could sequence the performance sounds!!!
April 21, 2011 @ 12:09 pm
I've owned this model since it came out and really love mine. Simplicity is the key. Having a keyboard that you can turn on and get great sounds from automatically while being able to shape the tone on the fly and program further if wanted.

I'd highly suggest anyone interested in those vintage synth tones start with this model, it's a way better deal for the money and can be found used on sites like eBay for a steal.
April 12, 2011 @ 9:18 am
Bands that have used the Yamaha CS1x @ Alternative Electronics:

Boards of Canada, Suicide Commando, Lights of Euphoria, Noisuf-X, X-Fusion, Chemlab, X-Marks The Pedwalk, Efecto Tralalí, Somatic Responses, A7ie, Centhron, Sista mannen på Jorden, yelworC, P·A·L, Supreme Court, Lost Signal, Phylum Sinter, Cenotype, Everything Goes Cold, Neurobash, K-Nitrate
Mike Cullen
April 12, 2011 @ 3:13 am
A friend of my cousin gave me one of these keyboards, just like that!! luckily he knew nothing about keyboards hey? anyone know how much they're worth. I also have a Yamaha DJX1, CSX1, Roland SH2000 & Korg Triton.
April 11, 2011 @ 3:38 pm
I was just given one of these by a friend. What is the easiest way to load patches onto the cs1x?
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  • Check Price
  • 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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