Yamaha CS-50

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The CS-50 was released just ahead of its famous big brothers, the CS-60 and CS-80. The CS-50 looks like a scaled-down version of the monstrous CS-80, and it is! This will benefit those who crave the famous classic Yamaha synth sound without the struggle of lugging around the 215 pound CS-80! The CS-50 weighs in at about 100 pounds. The CS-50 is also just 4-voice polyphonic, and lacks the quality weighted 61-note keyboard of the CS-80. The CS-50 has just a 49-note standard keyboard. It does feature pressure (aftertouch) sensitivity route-able to several destinations, however.

The CS-50's sound is unmistakably related to other classic CS-series synthesizers. At just four voices with one osc. per voice and lacking warm filters (at just 12dB/oct) the CS-50's sound can be thin. There are 13 preset sounds of various instruments and synth sounds but, unfortunately, no on-board memory storage for your edited presets. At its low street price, the CS-50 makes a great way to get your hands on these classic sounds without going broke! It's too bad their tuning is just as unstable as the other CS-series synths. It's housed in a built-in travel-case like the other (big) CS-synths. It's been used by Men Without Hats and Herbie Hancock.

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28 Visitor comments
April 29, 2014 @ 9:40 am
lacking warm filters??? never. The CS-50 has a really organic sound to my ears. In fact its quite the opposite and is very warm sounding. I got rid of mine years ago as the cost of MIDI'ing mine cost more than the synth was worth at the time ( £300-ish)
April 9, 2014 @ 10:56 pm
The CS-50 is an organic beautiful beast and will blow your mind. It sounds like nothing else, except the 60/80/70m. The bass has to be heard to be believed. It can be hard to mix at times since it's so damn big sounding. I know someone else with one and they say the exact same thing. Plus the interface is a dreamboat.
April 9, 2014 @ 10:47 pm
The CS-80 Review:
"potential for some really thick sounds! A great VCF (filter) with independent hi pass and low pass resonant filters"
The CS-50 Review:
"lacking warm filters (at just 12dB/oct) the CS-50's sound can be thin"

Same. Exact. Filters....
Matt (D) Miller
March 16, 2013 @ 11:59 am
This synthesizer deserves a much higher rating than it actually has. The range of sounds it can make is amazing, even without running it through some other equipment.
January 2, 2013 @ 12:46 pm
We own many old synths and we love especially old Yamaha gear. So we have the chance to compare many CS synths (Yamaha CS5, CS15D, CS30, CS40, CS60, CS70M and CS80). Sure, you cannot play a CS80 on a CS50. But the CS50 is a fantastic synth as well. It is more than just a scaled down CS80 and its sound is so unique and exotic. If you are on tour, you will like this babe more than a CS80. Look at www.tastronauten.de. We have a nice little sound demo and much more synth stuff there.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 4 voices, monotimbral
  • Oscillators - Four (1 VCO per voice)
  • LFO - One
  • Filter - 12 dB/oct lowpass and highpass filtering
  • Effects - None
  • Keyboard - 49 keys (pressure sensitive, route to various destinations)
  • Memory - 13 preset, 1on panel
  • Control - None
  • Date Produced - 1977
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