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
January 31, 2012 @ 2:23 am
How many keyboards from back in that day came with built in sequencer? The MS-20 has an external one, but built in? Can't think of another off the top of my head beside the Triadex Muse. Which I would also love to have, had I an extra grand lying about.

Hey! VSE! How about making these Comments editable? So we can edit the most recent one we made to add new thoughts, instead of having to create a new one and pushing the whole comment stack down? That would be a great help.
January 31, 2012 @ 2:19 am
Frank, your CS30 page is down again.

I'd love to have one of these, the L model in particular with the legs. It would go perfectly with my Alisa 1387. Wonderful complimentary sounds.
the mouse box
November 17, 2011 @ 11:47 am
it was used by the human league as well
Frank Carvalho
October 22, 2010 @ 3:32 am
Hi. My page on the CS-30 was updated. Please use this link in the future:
September 20, 2010 @ 2:47 pm
A bit confusing to use, but great sounding with a vast range of possibilities. The closest you get to a semi-modular without patch cords. The two filters are among the best. A highly underrated synth. I will never part with mine.
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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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