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
January 4, 2013 @ 6:14 am
Just picked one of these up, seems to have a sustain problem with sound staying on at all times... anyone know of this problem ?? any ideas . ???
November 29, 2012 @ 7:20 pm
Looking for one for £250 maximum.
Please email me I'm in the UK.
October 23, 2012 @ 4:37 pm
Got one today which I will use as a donor for my CS-15.
The CS-5 is limited but the sounds are good. Nice basses, good lead sounds possible.
Pitch slider is a nightmare
October 17, 2012 @ 10:09 am
I don't get why they praise the thing in the review and then give it 2/5 and call it "humdrum"........?
August 3, 2012 @ 7:59 am
The first synth Martin Gore bought, after being inspired by a Human League gig back in '79 (according to latest Mojo mag, sept 2012).
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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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