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
September 20, 2009 @ 10:46 pm
this synth can do no wrong- amazing-very funky- this makes the moog rogue sound very weak. its up their with the best. more in line with the prodigy and mini (somewhare in between) as far as sound is concerned.a true vintage synth with a sound of its own! that makes your little phattys of the world sound contrived and slighty uncool. if i or most i know had to part with cash and pick up a decent synth thats going to cut it, i know what it would be. Recommended ! ! !
Analogue Crazy
August 8, 2009 @ 4:42 pm
can be heard very prominantly on the first Depeche Mode album 'Speak And Spell'.
May 2, 2009 @ 4:12 am
Try feeding the audio from the CS5 back into itself from an fx send. You get lovely distorted analog feedback!
April 29, 2009 @ 11:13 pm
Wow! Just picked one up for a decent price and in AMAZING condition.

There's a lot you can do with this little thing, especially with the trigger and CV. Really fat, really wide filter.

The only downside.
When playing up, the monophonic is fine, but playing down the scale the lower notes wont pick up until you release the higher key. Which can be a negative if your into mono solos. Other than that, it rips!
April 8, 2009 @ 2:26 pm
found a cool article about this synth
http://musicthing.blogspot.com/2006/03/aphex-twin-sleevenotes-scrawled-on.h tml
apparently some guy bought one on a vemia auction and found the album insert for aphex twin's "selected ambient works v II" scrawled on the back of it
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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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