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.

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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
John G
May 12, 2009 @ 4:59 pm
I've had mine over twenty years now and it's still going strong! Incredible machine, sounds like Keith Emerson's GX-1 when you play Fanfare for the Common Man on it!
April 4, 2009 @ 11:17 am
The ribbon controller above the keyboard has a range of one octave when sliding left to right, and sub-audio when sliding right to left. This makes it possible to hole a chord silently (with the volume pedal down), run the ribbon down to sub-audio, bring in the volume to hear low pops and bring the chord to pitch running your finger up the ribbon controller. This is one of my favorite effects on this synth.
September 21, 2008 @ 10:59 am
recently bought it next to my CS80, i like it a lot keyboard action is realy sweet, i'm not going to use it as spare parts ;)
August 21, 2008 @ 8:08 am
Barry De Vorzon used a CS-60 (along with Minimoog) on "The Warriors" soundtrack.
August 16, 2008 @ 9:16 am
The CS-60 has also been used by filmcomposer Joel Goldsmith (on the soundtrack to "Laserblast", 1978) , Earth, Wind & Fire and Swedish prog-rock group Kaipa ("Hnder", 1980)
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  • 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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