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
SequenTiAL siRKeTs
August 1, 2012 @ 5:45 pm
Vintage Synth is rather partial with this humdrum rating, and it makes me wonder if they even took the time to play...Ok; it has no midi (manufactured in 79' get over it), nor mod wheel...seemed to work just fine for #$%^APHEX TWIN...Do your homework peeps. Just got this in two days ago & life revolves around it. It's a science project in sounds; renowned for its penetrating bass, but its lead capabilities are equally as incredible. You keep seeking the Rolands; I'll take the Yamaha CS series ANYDAy over em. COMPLETELY ANALOG buddy, this thing is a cracker rabenmutter, scuse me while I...
Iain Bankson
July 30, 2012 @ 2:06 pm
It is actually quite an amazing synth! This was one of Richard James' (Aphex Twin) favorite machines. As a matter of fact, an artist named Solvent made a whole album using sounds that came only from this synth (The same one used by Richard!) and it's a masterpiece.
July 27, 2012 @ 9:02 am
Ah, the memories... this was the first synth I ever fooled around with when I was 10 in 1980, my sister's boyfriend who played keyboard in a local band had one. On one occasion he let me play around with it for an hour or two and I was totally in awe about its crazy out-of-space sounds and thundering basses. He also showed me some modulation options by creating a passing-by helicopter sound that I found totally awesome. Of course I wanted one but it was completely out of my parents' price range so I got a crappy three-octave Bontempi organ instead... not quite the same, eh...
June 4, 2012 @ 1:59 pm
You can add Tesla Boy to the list for this synth
martin brown
May 3, 2012 @ 5:35 am
I have a yamaha cs5 for sale, I bought it in 1980 and its been in my loft for years. Email me if your interested, thanks
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Rated 3.91 (639 Votes)

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  • 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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