Yamaha CS-30

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The CS-30 is a large, knob infested, black analog synthesizer with traditional features. It is a monophonic synth with extensive analog control and shaping. It has two oscillators with separate outputs, two voltage-controlled resonant filters, two voltage-controlled amplifiers and three envelopes. It also features a ring modulator, external audio triggering and a simple but useful 8-step sequencer for use as a sketch pad, pattern or arpeggio effect. The CS-30 does not have any on-board effects, memory nor MIDI. Although the CS-30 is just a monophonic synth with a short 44 note keyboard it offers a lot of programming flexibility, and plenty of knobs. It's used by 808 State.

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35 Visitor comments
Radek Tymecki
August 29, 2008 @ 4:18 pm
There were 2 versions of CS30. One had sequencer with selectable sequencer steps from 1 to 8. Another one had simple switch 6 or 8 steps.
August 20, 2008 @ 6:58 pm
Also used by Add N to X, supposedly a secret weapon of Daniel Miller. Once you've got your head round this every other monosynth is child's play. Very underrated.
August 20, 2008 @ 2:39 pm
Also owned by The Human League; a synth they "never learned how to use." (Future Music 41, p.69)
August 16, 2008 @ 8:15 pm
Another version of the CS-30 was the CS-30L which was a synth-in-case design and also had built in legs! It had a flat control panel that sloped gently upwards towards the back. One thing missing is the sequencer section.
August 16, 2008 @ 2:51 pm
The CS-30 has also been used by Mark Shreeve/Redshift, Neuronium, Les Rockets.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - (1) Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 VCOs
  • Arpeg/Seq - Sequencer (Only 8 notes, 1 pattern)
  • Effects - None
  • Keyboard - 44 Keys
  • Memory - None
  • Control - CV/Gate, External Trigger
  • Date Produced - 1977 - 1980
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