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In the section of the source URL describing The “Human Nature” signature synth string part, quote: "That was Steve Porcaro’s track. He used a Yamaha CS-80 with glide (chromatic instead of portamento) at the head — it’s got that nice little CS fuzz around the sound. That fuzz was also part of a multi-layered sound I used for the four-chord basic string vamp on “Billie Jean” — Michael Jackson himself played that part on a CS-80 in one take."more
According to an interview with [Reverb.com](https://reverb.com/news/reverb-interview-rjd2-on-his-favorite-gear-and-artists-hed-kill-to-work-with), Ramble (RJD2) had used bought this instrument between 2008-09. > "Because the record I did the Song Exploder on, that album came out in 2010. And I used the CS-80 a lot on that recording." Also, on the new album Dame Fortune, he mentions the Yamaha as being used on the album. In an interview with [Thump.Vice.com](https://thump.vice.com/en_ca/article/rjd2-gave-us-a-guided-tour-of-his-columbus-ohio-home-studio), Ramble has this to say: > "The best polyphonic synthesizer ever imagined, in my opinion. Has graced countless classic recordings. I'm into this one for upwards of 30-50 man-hours, if I'm guessing. All five of the lower PCBs were rebuilt with modern components; hundreds of chips and capacitors were desoldered, and newly manufactured ones were put in place. It's now one of the most stable synths I own—just a dream to play. The first track on Dame Fortune, "A Portal Inward," is almost entirely this synth. I can't say enough good things about this machine."more
"I think some of the instruments go with the eras, really. The early synths, the genuine synths as opposed to the sampling instruments, that give you those fat sounds which are very present on albums like A Curious Feeling and albums around that period when I first started using synths, which I guess was around Selling England by the Pound, I suppose. Of the last one of those I used a lot was the [Yamaha] CS-80 which had a nice fat sound and was used on Duke and things. Of course, the Prophet  kind of took over after that being an important instrument on Mama and Abacab. "more
Are they more like vintage toys or do you frequently use them in the studio? "I do use them on my tracks. If something needs to be done quickly I'll turn to plugins, but I also take the time to use outboard gear, especially the Yamaha CS80, which I use a lot for pads, or the Minimoog for bass."more