Yamaha CS1x

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CS1x
CS1x.jpg
Manufacturer Yamaha Corporation
Dates 1996 – 1999
Price £599[1]
Technical specifications
Polyphony 32 voices
Oscillator XG format
LFO Yes
Synthesis type wavetable / sample-based synthesis
Filter Low-pass filter
Attenuator Attack and release
Aftertouch expression No
Velocity expression Yes
Storage memory 128 preset, 128 programmable
Effects Reverb, chorus, variation
Input/output
Keyboard 61 keys
Left-hand control Pitch bend and mod wheel
External control MIDI, computer interface

The Yamaha CS1x is a sample-based synthesizer released by the Yamaha Corporation in 1996.

Aimed primarily at dance musicians,[2] the CS1x features analogue synthesizer-emulating rotary controllers and monotimbral analogue synthesizer voices.[1]
The CS1x was succeeded in 1999 by the CS2x synthesizer.

Features[edit]

The CS1x uses the Yamaha Sample and Synthesis technology, as well as General MIDI and XG voices from the MU-50 module.[1]

Effects and functions[edit]

The CS1x employs various arpeggiator presets and effects such as reverb, chorus (including flanging and celeste) and "variation" (a combination of reverbs, delays, modulation effects and equalisation).[1]

Users[edit]

The synthesizer has been used by Proyecto Crisis, Underworld, Jamiroquai, Gilbert Le Funk, David Bowie, Boards of Canada, Elbow Coulee, Noisuf-X, X-Fusion, Chemlab, X-Marks The Pedwalk, A7ie, Centhron, Sista mannen på Jorden, yelworC, P·A·L, Suicide Commando, Supreme Court, Lost Signal, Phylum Sinter, Cenotype, Everything Goes Cold, Neurobash, K-Nitrate, Joe Pagano, Dave Greenfield, Jordan Biggs, Monoganon.[2]

Sequencer[edit]

The Yamaha CS1x can be expanded with a small sequencer workstation module. The CS1x, CS2x and AN1x synthesizers all have a small lip on the right hand end of the front panel to accommodate a QY or SU sized module.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Rhapsody in Blue". Sound on Sound. SOS Publications Group. August 1996. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Yamaha CS1x". Vintage Synth Explorer. VintageSynth.com. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 

External links[edit]

inside the CS1X with special Yamaha chip
typical synthesizer sound of the Yamaha CS1X (30 sec)
All demo songs of the Yamaha CS1X synthesizer (12 min)