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
July 15, 2013 @ 12:45 am
After hearing some demos of what this thing can truly do. Dang. I'd like to trade the rest of my gear for one of these.
May 24, 2012 @ 3:45 pm
Lovely and strange synth. Can be totally out of control and mellow and gentle same time. Very nice dual 12db filter indeed. But i feel, you really must push hard to start to love it. Confusing most of the time, quite miss and hit. Share same components as mighty CS80, but its sound unique. Well call me simple, but i prefer more straitghtforward synths than this sleeping beauty. One day maybe we meet again and it fits more :).
May 8, 2012 @ 11:50 pm
Mine is 30 with an L. It contains so many knobs to tweak which mostly causes me a confusion. It's one of the great synth from the old days. However I wish i could trade with one that has sequencer on it.
Kevin R. Marshall
February 29, 2012 @ 7:34 am
FYI: to any who are looking for a CS-30 in mint condition, mine is for sale at http://www.houseofsynth.com/vintage-yamaha-cs30-cs-30-analog-monophonic-synthesi zer-for-sale
February 3, 2012 @ 7:09 pm
Actually, I'd love to have both. The sequencer on the 30 is mucho frio, but still the extra modulation controls on the 30L turn mono power into an art form. It may be quirky, and it may be a quirk in my imagination, but the CS-30s are my favorite analog synthesizers. I love the annies, all of them, but these are the ones I'd love to have, hands down. It's a bit like loving the 1950's era VW beetles. They aren't powerful or impressive or sexy, but darn it, they are a car's car. And the CS-30s are a synthesizer's synthesizer. Nuf sed.
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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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