Yamaha CS-5

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The CS-5 may be a lower-end CS series synthesizer from Yamaha but it still has all you need for vintage analog bass and synth effects at a very affordable price! The CS-5 is a single-oscillator monophonic analog synthesizer with classic filter, envelope and modulation controls. It features 37 full-sized keys, a multi-mode 12 dB/Oct resonant filter, an LFO with sample and hold, and an external audio input you can route through the VCF or VCA sections. The CS-5 is a very flexible and modulate-able analog synth that is quite capable of warm analog bass and bubbly synth effects! The absence of patch storage, MIDI and velocity are just reminders that the CS-5 is old - it's Vintage! It's been used by Siouxsie and the Banshees, Depeche Mode, Richard Barbieri and the Sneaker Pimps.

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brianelectro
September 18, 2008 @ 7:01 pm
used by siouxsie and the banshees on the album kaleidoscope.
Max
September 15, 2008 @ 3:28 am
The CS-5 is also used by TV on the Radio
Lurholm
September 3, 2008 @ 11:42 am
I agree, the CS-5 is a very nice little instrument, with that genuine analog sound that we all love. She was my first real synthesizer, and I will keep her until one of us dies.
Analogue Crazy
August 21, 2008 @ 7:12 am
Same as the CS-10 but with a single envelope. It gains S/H though which can sound pretty mean at times. Don't underestimate this little synth, its sound is gorgeous,
micke
August 18, 2008 @ 2:26 pm
The CS-5 has also been used by Dave Ball/Soft Cell.
 
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  • The link above will take you to a 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 - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO with pulse or sawtooth waveforms and noise-gen
  • LFO - Yes, with sine, sawtooth, sample and hold
  • Filter - 1 filter: 12dB/oct High pass or Low pass; 6dB/oct band-pass
  • Effects - None
  • Keyboard - 37 keys
  • Memory - None
  • Control - CV / Gate
  • Date Produced - 1978-83
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Mark Smith.

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