The CS1x from 1996 is Yamaha's first Analog Emulation performance keyboard for electronic and dance musicians (the CS line is back!). It's a digital synthesizer that emulates analog style, sounds and controls. All controls and parameters are real-...
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The CS1x from 1996 is Yamaha's first Analog Emulation performance keyboard for electronic and dance musicians (the CS line is back!). It's a digital synthesizer that emulates analog style, sounds and controls. All controls and parameters are real-time and MIDI controllable. As well as a superb set of quality synth bass, pads, voices, leads and arpeggiated sequences there are plenty of amazing drum sounds also with analog sound and control. Some of the coolest features of the CS1x aimed at dance musicians will provide you with instant sonic gratification and hands-on real-time tweakability. There are 6 knobs for envelope attack, release, filter cutoff, resonance and 2 are assignable knobs. Two scene memories will remember the current state of the envelope and filters as set by the control knobs so they can instantly be recalled and you can even use the Mod-wheel to morph from one scene into the other, very cool! Scene Memory data is also stored with your synth patches. Built-in digital effects are great but the Arpeggiator steals the show with 30 inspirational patterns suited for techno, house, basslines and basic arpeg. patterns.
Plenty of memory (128 preset, 128 user) and MIDI control make the CS1x perfect for both live and studio use. Control the synth, arpeggiator and editing through MIDI control. The CS1x only has limited multitimbrality in which, when hooked up to a sequencer, MIDI channels 5-16 offer plain old Yamaha XG synth sounds but MIDI channel 1 holds the CS1x's main sounds and effects.
This was my first Synthesizer. I bought new with money from my first full time job. I payed way too much for it.
I was hoping to get started in music production with this synth, but it was not the right machine for me.
I liked, that I was able to connect it directly to the computer and use it with software,t though.
Some of the built-in sounds were okay, the TB-303 patch let a lot to be desired. I hated that the filter was very steppy. The built quality of the knobs was really bad, also. The middle position of the Cut Off got worn off quickly and caused a scratchy feeling when twisting. The keys had a cheap feel to it, too.
As I remember, there was lots of menu diving with a small screen. This made the operation cumbersome. I don;t think that I was able to make my own sounds with it.
Of course anybody who wants a synthesiser has dreams of a Moog. But as a starting musician in need of decent budget equipment, my model of Yamaha's first analogue emulator has opened many new doors to making music
Demo songs from CS1x. This was my first studio synth in 1996/97. Spent many sleepless nights making tracks on it with Cubase XT. Today i use it more as a master control keyboard.