Synth Site: Yamaha: CS-50: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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neven dayvid a professional user from berlin writes:
i own both the cs-60 and cs-50, and i have observed that the 50 sounds a little clearer, esp. in the high range, than it´s bigger brother. this is a minor difference but still noticable. for sounds that don´t require the ribbon or added polyphony, i prefer the 50. this interesting detail i cross checked with other musicians, so it´s not just my machine but seems to be generally so.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-23-2004 at 13:04
Jason Lowrie a professional user from Manchester, UK writes:
Hi. The CS-50 is one excellent piece of gear, and much underrated. Get one now if you can - these are going up... Very easy to recreate Vangelis-type sounds à la "Blade Runner", but equally suited for ambient and trancy pad. The CS line are amazing synths that´ll take you sound to a different league. Remember - this is one fourth of the CS-80 - exactly the same voice architecture - only less polyphony. And the sounds are so rich you hardly ever miss the scond oscillator.My favourite..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-25-2003 at 18:24
Stephen Teller a professional user from California-USA writes:
I've been collecting analog synths for quite some time. For some reason I never ran across any of the Yamaha CS series. Maybe I wasn't looking hard enough. Maybe I was put off by the size and high price tag of the CS-80.So after listening to some Vangelis,U.K.,David Sancious,Bruford and Wings one evening I decided to keep my eyes open for one. Eventually a CS-50 came along and it's like nothing in my 30 somewhat synth collection.The fact that these synths are still grabbable for under $500 dollars won't last long. Probably the most colorful sounding and expressive synth in my collection.Some delay and verb and your on the brink of real analog synth heaven!I've since found a CS-60 also!Double the polyphony and the ribbon controller. Find a CS while you can!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-15-2001 at 18:58
Shpedoinkle a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I just got mine in the mail (shipping cost hurt) and I must say, I'm quite pleased. I haven't had a lot of old analog gear (Korg Mono/Poly & Sequential Max and several 80's dco/vcf hybrid fellas) to compare this with, but to my ears, it sounds incredible. Comparing it with a bunch of softsynths and VA's, there's no question which is analog and which is digital. This thing just sounds beautiful--though it will probably be a bit better when I get it tuned...

At least on the back of mine, the only control input is for a pedal, and I'm not sure yet what exactly that controls. Maybe I'll save up a few hundred and order a Kenton MIDI retrofit. Some control would be nice, but for now, it'll make some awesome sampler food.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-13-2000 at 04:27
matt a hobbyist user from usa writes:
well, i'm no pro, but this thing is a beast. it's amazing. p-l-e-n-t-y of ability to make weird noises, white noise, bubbly sounds - "analog heaven". sure, i've never used the cs-60 or cs-80, but how likely is it that most people ever get their hands on one of those?

this gorgeous wood-paneled behemoth is heavy, so don't plan on traveling with it.

i really can't see why any serious electronic music maker could turn this thing down. it's a real weapon. pre-midi, but otherwise formidable.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-31-2000 at 22:57
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