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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55 Visitor comments
February 25, 2013 @ 8:36 pm
If this synth wasn't epic , this video would not exist....
La Pitz
January 27, 2013 @ 1:27 pm
This fantastic sounding synth was used in "Selected Ambient Works" by Aphex Twin!
It´s worth a better rating, it´s a CS.
January 15, 2013 @ 10:53 pm
@ monolab

Lol,everyone makes that mistake.

Go to the VCA section and turn down 'initial level'.

The sustain is just the oscillator ticking over,its normal.
January 7, 2013 @ 8:23 pm
Sorry. Here:

January 7, 2013 @ 8:22 pm
Check out the CS-5 on this new track of ours:

[url=http://soundcloud.com/glock-6/chapter-objectives]Chapter Objectives[/url]

All of the lead snyth parts are made using the CS-5. Enjoy and thanks for listening!
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Rated 3.92 (636 Votes)

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  • The link above will take you to an eBay 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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