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 10, 2011 @ 3:46 am
Took a chance on the rackmount, based on my love of Yamaha's SY85 and EX7 romplers many years ago. It does not disappoint! The 'sample clip' feature is just astounding for making drum kits. Load in some samples off your card (or sample them directly into the CS6), map them up the keyboard (takes seconds) and then tweak away. The amount of control over EACH drum sound is quite astonishing! EQ, LPF & HPF, resonance, start/end point, pan, loop, one-shot and more.

Add the AN and DX plg cards and then go KICK ASS! The price that these beasts can be picked up for is just ludicrous!
March 4, 2011 @ 2:13 pm
What an AWESOME synthesizer that is ! I have it for 4 days now and i am speechless from the synthesis power this beast holds in it's heart.I am going to lose my sleep designing sounds at nights.And that is a good thing to happen ;)
December 31, 2010 @ 4:47 am
I have been using one for the last six months, paid about Euro 250. The Minimoog bass patch (best Minimoog patch I have ever had) and the organs all rock. Also some nice Rhodes / Clav sounds. Build quality is good.

Personally I found the keyboard too light and I didn't like the way the aftertouch feels, but this is a question of taste. On the other hand, the ribbon controller rocks.

I was a bit disappointed by the filter which isn't nasty enough for my taste (doesn't go down to totally shutting off the sound when you sweep it down, for example), but I guess that if you have the AN plug-in card (I don't) you can solve that. Mind you, those PLG cards are currently pricey on the second hard market.

In general, this synth is currently good value for money, especially if you like knobs! Solid range of sounds that are best suited to dance, but can be put to use in a wide range of contexts. I use it as my second keyboard (alongside a stage piano), playing live with a funk/regaae act.
November 3, 2010 @ 5:26 am
Solid keyboard, lots of knobs and controllers. Great sounds, very easy tweakable/editable, excellent MIDI-controller.

Bought mine for €200, which was a steal really.
June 15, 2010 @ 6:56 pm
mine has three broken keys and is very beat up..but the sounds alone are the best i have ever heard on a synth. PERIOD! well woth the $200 i spent on it.
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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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