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
August 27, 2012 @ 5:39 am
I correct myself; CS2X. Will also state replacing those flimsy knobs with anodized blue D-Shaft knobs that STAY PUT makes it look pretty cool. Also, on the far right side above upper-octave there's a perfect lip to place the Yamaha RM1X or what have you so when on angled kbd tier, it does not slide off. People must be catching-on to how utilitarian this instrument can be because I see them going for $400. in USA ebay currently. Arpeggiator outputs via midi and for a rompler, the resonance from filters sounds sweet!
August 27, 2012 @ 4:52 am
Let me add that I KNOW it only has velocity or as Yamaha calls is "initial touch", but when CONTROLLING external sound modules that HAVE aftertouch midi response, the CSx1 will DO midi aftertouch to those units--it just does not do so for its internal sounds on-board! There's also a good amount of usable/tweakable sounds within. Naysayers and "preset jockies" need to realize having many different types/makes of instruments in one's mix makes for lushly layers of sound. Even Trent Reznor has some older casios in his arsenal. Save from real analog, DSP's are heart of most "synths"--any make!!++
August 27, 2012 @ 4:38 am
Recently got this for $195. to mainly make perfect marriage to Yamaha's RM1X because similar sound archetecture and to use keys instead of RM1X's "key-buttons". It may not have the best key action but works gr8 as a controller for a few modules that respond to midi aftertouch. It actually has gr8 piano sounds. My set-up has Waldorf Microwave XT and Q modules, Virus B keys, Blofeld Keys, DSI Evolver, to name a few of eclectic set-up for ambient/industrial/atmospheric. Does not matter if it's "older/rompler" because it comes down to what your creativity and playing skills mould into gr8 sounds!
June 21, 2012 @ 12:52 pm
Can anyone help me out? I cant seem to layer sounds; i see that there are 4 layers and i think you use the xg banks but i cannot find out anywhere, the manual seemed to leave this out. I would appreciate it, friends! Also does anyone know how to use the arpeggio split function? The manual once again mentions but doesnt explaim.
Would any standard size synth knobs work on the cs2x? The standard knobs are so flimsy and weak. I love the cs2x and will move on to an An1x after some time :)
April 8, 2012 @ 6:13 am
best of the cs line imho - there's some cut-down sounds from thE EX5 and fs1r in here.
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  • 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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