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Yamaha CS-50

Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

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Yamaha CS-50
Yamaha CS-50
3 500.00 street price

CS-50 is a 4-voice monotimbral synthesizer featuring 4 oscillators each per voice. There’s one LFO, a 2-pole filter with low pass and high pass options. The 49-key synthesizer has no effects section. The patch memory is represented with 13 presets.

The instrument was introduced in 1977. CS-50 is a cheaper solution for those who want CS-80 sounds but prefer to spend less. It has a 49-note keyboard with pressure sensitivity which can be routed to several destinations while CS-80 featured 61 weighted keys. The voice of the CS-50 is not thick because of only one oscillator per voice and a 4-voice polyphony but is anyway as peculiar as other models of the series. Editing of the presets can’t be stored due to no memory provided.

The instrument was used by Men Without Hats and Herbie Hancock.

Tags: analog synthesizer

Country of origin / production: Japan

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Usage area
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Analogue (A) 
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Oscillator Type VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator)
Oscillators per voice1
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Sine
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Triangle
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Saw
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Single Voice Preset13
High-pass Filter (HPF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
LFO: LFO Count1
Type Synth Action
Number of Keys49
Production start1977
Production ended

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