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.
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.
- Demos & Media
Video 1 - Yamaha CS-60 Synthesizer Demo
Audio Clip 1 - Here's a cool track from OSHE that shows some of the Ring Modulator effect of the CS-60.
Audio Clip 2 - A series of sample sounds from Future Music CD, issue 97.
Manual - Download the original owner's manual from SoundProgramming.net.
- 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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