Yamaha CS-70m

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The CS70m is a great big powerful polyphonic analog synthesizer which belongs to Yamaha's excellent line of CS series synthesizers. Fat sounds, cutting leads and bubbly basses, the CS70m has 6 voices of polyphony each supported by 2 oscillators for a total of 12 analog VCO's! It's got very flexible LFO, envelope and filter controls all of which sound really nice and smooth. The VCF (filter) has its own independent envelope control as well.

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Truly a lush sounding instrument that would please anyone looking for that J.M. Jarre or Tangerine Dream sound. Other features include a 4 track polyphonic sequencer, a 5 octave keyboard with aftertouch sensitivity and external magnetic data card memory storage. With only a slim 30 preset sounds that are mediocre, this is the kind of synthesizer that begs you to grab its knobs and start editing (that could possibly explain its big flashy knobs and buttons).

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All in all an excellent and large synthesizer that will make any synthesist happy! It has been used by Kajagoogoo. The next step up from this synth is Yamaha's CS-80 which is an eight voice monstrous beast quite similar to the CS70m. The CS70m is likely to be too large for anything more than studio use but if you can find one it is definitely worth a listen!

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wayne kerr
December 11, 2011 @ 3:41 am
Please please please Mr Synth God let my CS70M live forever.... it's been through an awful lot, what with Parcel Force kicking it almost to death. Anyone that speaks badly of this thing is either a/deaf b/an idiot or c/reiterating some nonsense they heard or read somewhere. The CS70M is a beast!
Nick
September 20, 2011 @ 7:11 am
I bought one of this synthesizers in amazing condition from www.more-analog.com , it was a private order and they were very professional. Maybe you can ask them to find one for you too. Good luck --- this is a really amazing synth.
Vintage
August 17, 2011 @ 6:45 pm
If you're looking to sell I'm interested in buying (I've posted a few times trying to make a transition from to analog). Contact me at pablojaekwon1985@hotmail.com
Jim
May 6, 2011 @ 8:14 pm
Hello I recently purchased one of this amazing synth. It has some small problems and I am trying to fix it. If anybody has a copy of the service manual and can send it to me I would appreciate it !!!

My mail is gomiron7_moon@yahoo.gr
Seabass
February 15, 2010 @ 10:20 am
Some great CS-70M clips here.

http://www.ihavesynth.com/blog/tribute-yamaha-cs-70m

I want one of these!!
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - 12 VCO's (2 per voice)
  • LFO - 2 LFO's (1 is programmable)
  • Filter - 12 VCF's (2 per voice, 12dB each) with envelope generator
  • VCA - 12 VCA's (2 per voice)
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with aftertouch
  • Memory - 30 voice memory
  • Control - None
  • Date Produced - 1981-84

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