Yamaha CS6x

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The next generation of CS synthesizers is here, with added sampling and features from the AN1x synth! In keeping with the new CS-line trend of analog emulation for dance and electronic music, the CS6x offers real-time and assignable knobs, scene memory and morphing, MIDI controllability and excellent sounds. Yamaha says that this IS the machine for Trance. Its awesome arpeggiators, filters and phrase sampling are proof of this claim.

First the sounds, they're just great! 64 voice polyphony allows for some thick sounds. Excellent (AWM2) Advanced Wave Memory samples provide emulation of classic analog synths is truly possible with the CS6x enhanced abilities. It has a Bit-depth switch which allows you to degrade its output creating 'Vintage' lo-fi quality sounds, which can be cool. And filters... the CS6x has the best one yet with 2,3,4-pole filters with 6,12,24dB slopes and low, hi and band pass filter types (see technical data below for specifics) for just about any imaginable filtration method you can use to shape its sounds.

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The CS6x allows you to sample sounds or load in samples using the 4MB Phrase sampler. All the features and functions a pro-quality 16-bit linear sampler should have are found here with sampling at 44.1kHz. Up to 256 Phrase sample clips can be created and used as loops in your performances or sequences. Apply effects to your samples or synth sounds using the vast array of quality digital multi-effects. The built-in arpeggiator is better than any previous CS synths with 128 patterns and filter patterns. The CS6x will also play SMF playback sequences (Format 0) loaded in from a disk. The CS6x is expandable with two slots for Plug-In Expansion Boards which add polyphony, sounds, effects and more! For performance and control the CS6x has a pitch and mod wheel, ribbon controller and 6 assignable knobs. The CS6x also has a built-in 3.3V smart media storage drive. This stores the phrase sample clips, SMF sequences and other synth data on 4, 8, 16 or 32MB cards. Simply the biggest and best CS synth from Yamaha. It has been used by Faithless and Depeche Mode.

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48 Visitor comments
March 6, 2014 @ 6:48 am
Yamaha AN1x vs. Yamaha Cs6x ,wich one is better ( im looking mainly for trance sounds (supersaws ,leads ) pls help , my mail is - msowa4@poczta.onet.pl THANKS!
December 17, 2013 @ 4:53 am
corndogssg & xander. Good to know. (I guess I was wrong)
corndogssg - Nice! Lucky you. BTW, Last month I bought a Korg Z-1 for $549. That's a fair price, BUT, it came w/a DSPB-Z1, which go for $400+. So my Z-1 is expanded to 18 voice. Like you w/the PLG150-AN/AN1x, I thought Korg's EXB-MOSS was just half a Z-1. Come to find out, while very similar, the Z-1/EXB-MOSS are different. The Z-1 is more powerful & has a cleaner, but maybe a slightly thinner sound IMO. The EXB-MOSS has slighty more of a lo-fi sound & a bit thicker, but that could be to my Triton's FX. (more expansive than the Z-1)
November 18, 2013 @ 6:00 pm
Oh yes, 2 boards can be linked in such a way that they become "one". It's then a 10 voice PLG150-AN board. For that you have to put them in PolyExpand. It's a setting that you can do in [Utility]. If you have it on expand, you will haven 10 note polyphony. In the CS6x you can have two board, but in some other synths, like for instance the Motif/Motif ES & S90ES, you can put 3 PLGs in it. You could have 15 note polyphony then.

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November 12, 2013 @ 4:59 am
thanks Gerry, as it just so happens the cs6x I bought off eBAY came with not 1 but 2 plg 150 an boards in it! (wich btw the seller didn't even advertise it had any plg boards in it!) I just went off of a hunch from a little sticker I saw off one of the pix. heh. lucky day for me, not only was it a great deal for the cs6x (wich I don't care what music you play, you don't have to be mr. trancetastic to love this board!) its awesome, and having 2 plg an's wuza ebay early x mass for me. it's like a cs6x~anx1 hybrid keyboard with the 2 plg an boards. 2 in 1 = twice the fun! wowmom Yamahavitgoinon!
November 8, 2013 @ 4:39 pm
@killanator - the pizzicato sound used by faithless (and for a whole bloody year by trillions of other dance tunes) is from the JD 990 :)
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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.
  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Excellent demo sequences and sounds from the CS6x spanning a range of synth sounds, grooves, patterns effects and so on.

    Manual - Download the original owner's manual here.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 voices
  • Oscillators - 4 osc: 16 MB AWM2, 479 waveforms; Multitimbrality 16 + 1(A/D) + 1(Phrase Clip) + 2(Plug-in)
  • LFO - 2 with saw, square, tri, sample & hold
  • Filter - 13 different filters and EQ: 4,3,2 Pole, Band-Pass (6 and 12dB), Hi-pass (12,24dB), Low pass (6,18,24dB), BPF wide, BEF 6.
  • Effects - Reverb: 12, Chorus: 23, Insertion Effects: 93, Insertion Effects for Plug-in Boards: 24, Master Equalizer: 4
  • Keyboard - 61 notes with aftertouch & velocity
  • Memory - 256 preset patches, 8 preset drum kits, 128 internal user patches, 2 internal user drum kits, 128 external user patches, 2 external user drum kits, 128 internal Performance banks, 64 external Performance banks
  • Control - MIDI (20 Parts: 16 parts + 2 Plug-ins + 1 A/D + 1 Phrase Clip)
  • Date Produced - 1999
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