Yamaha CS-15

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Yamaha CS-15
Dates1979-1982
Price£799 GBP
$999 US
Technical specifications
PolyphonyMonophonic
Timbrality2 part [1]
Oscillator2 (Pulse, Saw Down, Sine, Square, White Noise)
LFO1 (triangle, saw and S&H waveforms)[2]
Synthesis typeAnalog[3] Subtractive
Filter2 (12dB Slope (2-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance)
Attenuator2 (ADSR)
Storage memoryNone
EffectsNone
Input/output
Keyboard37 keys[4]
Left-hand controlPitch bend
External controlCV/gate

The Yamaha CS-15 is a Monophonic analog synthesizer produced by Yamaha from 1979 to 1982[5]. It features two voltage-controlled oscillators and a multi mode filter.[6]

Though the CS-15 is not as well as known as contemporary Yamaha synths such as the CS-80.

Notable users[edit]

The CS-15 was used by several bands in the early 1980s. The Human League made prominent use of the instrument on their album Dare.[6] Marillion used a CS-15 on their first full-length album, Script for a Jester's Tear.[7] It was also used by Astral Projection, Somatic Responses, Moog Cookbook, The Human League, and Vince Clarke[8]. In post-disco early 80s NYC Boyd Jarvis, through groups like Visual, extended early DJ radio NYC mixes and home made reel to reel music using drum machines and a Yamaha CS-15, began an underground musical movement that later came to be known as house music.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SynthArk, Designed by www.1234.info / Modified:. "CS-15". www.synthark.org. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  2. ^ "Yamaha CS-15 | Vintage Synth Explorer". www.vintagesynth.com. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  3. ^ "Yamaha CS-15 Synthesizer". Encyclotronic. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  4. ^ SynthArk, Designed by www.1234.info / Modified:. "CS-15". www.synthark.org. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  5. ^ "Top Ten Most Underrated Synths - Page 9 of 11 - Attack Magazine". Attack Magazine. 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  6. ^ a b "Top Ten Most Underrated Synths". Attack Magazine. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  7. ^ Script for a Jester's Tear (Media notes). EMI Records. 1983. EMC 3429.
  8. ^ "Yamaha CS-15 | Vintage Synth Explorer". www.vintagesynth.com. Retrieved 2018-08-10.