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Yamaha CS-60

Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

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Yamaha CS-60
Yamaha CS-60
3 500.00 street price

CS-60 is an 8-voice synthesizer featuring one VCO per voice. Oscillators generate square, saw and PWM while sub oscillator offers 4 wave types. There’s also a noise generator incorporated. Memory includes 12 presets and one user patch. The filter section comprises low pass and high pass modes offering resonance control and ADSR envelope. There’s no sequencer onboard. The 61-note keyboard supports aftertouch. The effects present ring modulation.

To make the presets more glossy you’ll need all these sliders and editable parameters accessible via the front panel. Among the controls there’s a long ribbon one for pitch bend.

The unit is fairly unique though the models seem to overheat and tuning is not that stable. You get CS-80 sounds and basic programming possibilities. The unit was used by Air, Jean-Michel Jarre, Oshe and Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Country of origin / production: Japan

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Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Analogue (A) 
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Oscillator Type VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator)
Oscillators per voice2
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
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) White Noise
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Single Voice Preset13
High-pass Filter (HPF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
Envelope Generator (EG)
LFO: LFO Count1
Type Synth Action
Number of Keys61
External controllers
CV/ Gate IN 
CV/ Gate OUT 
Production start1981
Production ended

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