Yamaha CS-60

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The CS-60 is a very scaled down light version of the CS-80. It's a classic and old polyphonic programmable analog synthesizer that has some potential. It does not sound as great as the CS-80 nor is it as programmable. You get a few preset sounds which are pretty useless and a mere 1 user patch. But there are just enough sliders, edit parameters and even an excellent Ring Modulator to get some interesting pads, drones, basses and other analog synth sounds. Oddly, sitting between the keyboard and those large Preset Switches is a long velvet ribbon controller which is pretty cool for doing wild pitch bends.

Yamaha CS-60 Image

Due to its old age most CS-60s are in battered shape these days, difficult to service but in need of some. And they suffer common ailments of the analog domain - overheating, unstable tuning, it weighs a lot, etc... However the CS-60 is the cheapest way to get into some genuine CS-80 sounds of analog heaven with basic entry-level programming! It has been used by Air, Jean-Michel Jarre, Oshe and Bob Marley and the Wailers.

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30 Visitor comments
eps
April 9, 2014 @ 10:40 pm
Is this really a review? It's more like a denial of the hilarious prices of the CS-80.
Moka
June 9, 2013 @ 9:10 pm
The sound and editing possibilities of the CS-60 and CS-80 are exactly the same sans the built-in chorus and dual-multitimbrality of the 80. The one performance control you loose on the 60 is velocity, but in an alternative way, you can use AT to play velocity. I have owned both (still have one of them) and experienced many differences, but none in sound quality or sound shaping choices.
asciirory
May 29, 2013 @ 1:24 pm
I am selling my CS-60 on eBay. It has some extension internal modifications to add CV access, altering of the original presets (switchable) etc
Check it out here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=281113312761&ssP ageName=STRK:MESE:IT
Steven H Fisk
May 26, 2013 @ 12:42 pm
Hi Mike. My email is shfisk@gmail.com
mike
May 25, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
steven fisk, whats your email? love to chat about your cs-60!
 
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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 - 8 voices
  • Oscillators - 1 VCO per voice (square and saw plus PWM; 1 sub-osc with 4 wave types; noise gen)
  • Memory - 12 presets, 1 user patch
  • Filter - High- and low-pass with resonance and ADSR envelope
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (aftertouch)
  • Effects - Ring Modulator
  • Control - CV / Gate
  • Date Produced - 1977
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Zikinf.

    Info from Rory McDonald.

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