|Timbrality||2 part |
|Oscillator||2 (Pulse, Saw Down, Sine, Square, White Noise)|
|LFO||1 (triangle, saw and S&H waveforms)|
|Synthesis type||Analog Subtractive|
|Filter||2 (12dB Slope (2-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance)|
|Left-hand control||Pitch bend|
It features two voltage-controlled oscillators, two 12 dB/Oct multi-mode Voltage-controlled filter (Low-Pass, High-Pass or Band-Pass), two ADSR envelopes and a Low-Frequency Oscillator. It also features a White noise and an external-in for processing other sounds.
The CS-15 offers a great flexibility with various routing possibilities to the filters and envelopes. You can, for example, rout VCO 1 to both VCFs and the VCFs to any of the envelopes positive or negative voltage.
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. Marillion used a CS-15 on their first full-length album, Script for a Jester's Tear. It was also used by Astral Projection, Somatic Responses, Moog Cookbook, The Human League, and Vince Clarke. 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.
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