Yamaha CS2x

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The second generation of the popular CS1x synthesizer is back in a bold and bright new Analog Modeling synth - the CS2x. Many new improvements and enhancements have been made. Polyphony has doubled to 64 voices and there's 16MB of sampled waveforms! There are 64 resonant 24dB filters! The Arpeggiator now holds 40 patterns for animating your sounds. All functions are MIDI capable, even the Arpeggiator can transmit its pattern data to other synths or sequencers! There is even a direct TO-HOST connector for direct hook-up to your computer.

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The CS2x is perfect for studio work as well as live performance. Plenty of semi-dedicated and assignable knobs are available for real time analog style editing of all parameters at all times. The ultra-cool Memory Scene buttons from the CS1x are back on the CS2x and can memorize up to 2 current edit parameter settings. The two scenes can also be morphed via the Mod-wheel. Scene memories are saved with your current patch in one of 256 user patches. The CS2x sounds great and is totally suited for making great dance music with lots of hands on control for animated and evolving synth sounds with digital clarity and lots of control! It's been used by Depeche Mode.

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44 Visitor comments
January 23, 2014 @ 10:28 pm
for those looking for cs2x parts, http://www.syntaur.com/ has what you need -- i replaced a knob and a broken key by myself -- pretty easy to do, if not tedious with the many, many screws to unscrew.
as for the synth itself, it's definitely a product of its time -- a late 90s rompler with a variety of sounds geared towards electronic dance production, that unfortunately fall into a cheesy "groovebox" sort of feel. with some tedious digging thru menus, you can find some ok waveforms to play with and make some decent patches, but i find the cs2x works at its best as an inexpensive controller.
October 17, 2013 @ 11:28 am
Yamaha CS1,2 & 6x are NOT "Analog Modeling". They are "Analog Emulation". They use PCM/samples to emulate analog synths/sounds. Yamaha AN1x, EX5 & PLG150-AN have Analog Modeling. (as does Korg Kronos, Triton (only w/optional EXB-MOSS installed) Prophecy, Trinity V3, Z1 & KingKorg, Alesis Fusion, Dave Smith Instruments, etc)
October 6, 2013 @ 3:31 pm
Hello, guys! I had a great time with my CS2x from 1999 to 2006 when I gave it to a friend who needed a synth. This weekend I found some old Midi files from the time I had it, but of course they won't play in my mac. Does any of you could help me recording this midi files into MP3? I would immensely thank you guys.
October 4, 2013 @ 4:19 pm
The CS2X is a great synth, I replaced my CS1X with it. Though I favored the sound bank to the CS1X, they can be loaded onto the CS2X. Knobs are the caveat to the synth. I've had to order 2 rounds of them. Yamaha still has them in stock and they go for $7 each.
May 22, 2013 @ 10:16 pm
Although can't recommend "a source", I just did an ebay search for "1/4 D-shaped instrument knobs", and came-up with several to choose from when like you, decided to replace them because when I am not using this under rated gr8 sounding rompler it stands on its end in a closet where various controllers/synths I rotate out from time to time and knobs would fall right off. The knob's stem is called a type D for it's shape. I placed nice blue anodized metal knobs on mine that actually have a tiny screw to secure them recessed on side of knob. Nice sounds & filters add spice to any arsenal
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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.
  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 notes
  • Oscillators - AWM2 (Wave ROM 16 MB; 779 normal voices and 30 drum kits
  • Effects - 3 independent digital effects (12 Reverbs, 14 Choruses, 62 Variations)
  • Filter - 64 resonant 24 dB filters; hi pass and low pass
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator: 40 patterns
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with Initial Touch
  • Memory - 256 preset, 256 user
  • Control - MIDI, TO-HOST computer interface
  • Date Produced - 1999
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