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
November 5, 2013 @ 4:50 am
corndogssg - good question, but I think probably "No". I think maybe they'd be layered. I have a PLG150-AN on my Motif 6. In "voice mode" you can access only 1 expansion bank at a time. In "performance mode" you can access all 3, but they're layered. In sequencer mode you can access all 3 simultaneously, but individually. So you wouldn't have 10 notes AN poly w/2 expansions. You'd just have 2, 5 notes poly, or a layering of 5+5. (w/identical patches) Korg's Z-1 allows you to expand from 12 voices poly to 18, by adding an EXB-MOSS board. Z-1 is like 2 EXB-MOSS, in a synth.
October 18, 2013 @ 8:33 am
I have a cs6x with a plg 150 an board in it. I read that it is basically half of an anx1 board so I am wondering if adding a 2nd an expansion board will give you a full fledged anx1 keyboard inside your cs6x or will it simply be a waste of the 2nd expansion slot???

btw the cs6x (and the an board) is totally kickass!!!
July 1, 2013 @ 4:32 pm
2 years ago i traded this synth for a big workstation. Yesterday i was lucky enough to buy this awesome synth again! No more trades for me. This synth is coming with me to my grave!
June 11, 2013 @ 4:19 am
Can anyone provide a link to download the bundled cd rom
for the cs6x. cheers.
November 7, 2012 @ 4:27 pm
this is very very and super very fat for drum creation simply because of its wide range of filters any frequency can be controlled perfectly by the filter cut offs just fantastic options.
if your looking for top trance house acid drum sounds then buy this trust me there's no better way of controlling drum sounds with filters then this unit even the sounds are fantastic with the option of its filter to control its sounds boosts and cuts all frequencies in every direction of the sound. (just massive) even the mpc machines don't offer filters as good as this, and amount of filters available.
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  • 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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