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
Bob O
December 21, 2012 @ 4:00 pm
I'm sorry but this review is a joke. I own a Jupiter 8, an Oberhiem 0b8, a Juno 60, a Roland vp330, a virus ti2 and a prophet 5 and my cs50 does things none of them can do especially when it comes to bass. It is one of the warmest fattest synths I own. If you think this beast sounds digital or thin then you either don't know how to program it or you are deaf. :) Seriously 3 stars and the Yamaha EX5 gets 5 stars?? C'mon man!
March 30, 2012 @ 9:58 pm
Yes quite true. It seems only the flagship Yamahas get good write ups.
Rocco Sapareto
March 19, 2012 @ 10:46 am
LOL....sound thin ?? I don't think so ! If you don't know what you're doing it will ! I ran mine through a Cerwin Vega 18" cabinet powered by a Fender dual showman head with NO effects and it was indeed FAT, fat, fat with BALLS ! I get the feeling this site doesn't like Yamaha analogs ..... very negative sounding write ups on the 50 and 60.
Thomas Faurby
January 8, 2012 @ 9:55 am
A demo af this great instrument

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wExnI0y008&feature=plcp&contex t=C360a42dUDOEgsToPDskKsOzIRbgp8DKm8xhJsprEA
February 20, 2011 @ 4:47 pm
Yes, it can sound harsh, thin, and almost digital very easily. The warmth can be coaxed out it though. Even more than the warmth though, this synth, just like all the CS polysynths, has tremendous character.

It is also deceptively simple. A variety of different timbres can be made by simply tweaking the brilliance and resonance slider. I've never played a synth were the resonance has had such an impact on the total sound. I'd roll my eyes if I read that statement too, but it really needs to be experienced to be understood.

Chorus can help ease the warmth out and reverb is a must!
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Rated 3.65 (325 Votes)

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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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