Synth Site: Yamaha: CS-1X: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Johanes Emmanuelli a hobbyist user from Jacksonville FL,USA writes:
Well since sooo many have commented onthis unit I will keep it short...The keys on this keyboard suck big time!They are found on most cheap BESTBUY yamaha home keyboards and they do break easy too.The action is ALL PLASTIC,so that is why it is so cheap.Use a midi controller with this unit if you do buy one,and dont spend more than $100 for it since a pawnshop said it is worth only $175 retail in mint condition!!!Hint hint to all you ebayers out there!Sounds are nice but not great,the input jack is not for vocoder or audio it is for breath control or tape data I think so be aware!I cant change WAVE FORMS in edit modes so I dont think there is that much in the way of synth functions as a result,only envalopes and some filter action goin on aftertouch but that is the keyboard action's fault it is the cheap home keyboard type,not the W7,QS300,DX11,SY22/35,YPR7/9,CBX-K3,PSR5700,PSR6300,etc keyboard action with metal keybed!So what can you expect?Well the unit has a buggy keyboard scan circuit board that will go out on you if you are not careful to protect the cs1x from surges!!I know,I was sold a bad unit on ebay with 12 dead keys and it turned out to be the little circuit board between the keyboard action and the motherboard.It has a few fried scan rows and so I cant play the keys only through midi with a controller keybpard or good midi keyboard with some basic control features.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-23-2004 at 09:08
Mico a professional user from UK writes:
I've had one of these for years but it mainly gets used as a midi controller now. It's a bit of a wannabe virtual-analogue really, sounding too digital for nice fat 70s leads and too smooth for harsh digital blips / industrial sounds. Its cool as an entry level keyboard and some of the pads are quite rich - but overall uninspiring.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-17-2004 at 19:35
Thomas Emil Hansen a hobbyist user from Denmark writes:
If you want a real synth, stay away from this one. It is far too limited and doesn't even come close to analogue. There are so many much more excellent synths out there - even at the same price!

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-30-2003 at 17:20
andrew lund a part-time user from australia writes:
I bought this little beauty 6 years ago. Took me a while to get used to it. The editing is very complex in "Performance" mode. Having said that, it offers a lot of control, and fx. You can apply full envelopes to the filters, for instance. You can edit the parameters of an effect in great detail. The best thing about this synth is the strings, pads and GM sounds. The GM sounds I find useful for songwriting. The piano sound sucks (awful decay), but hey, this isn't a digital piano. Many of the GM sounds sound awful on their own, but are actually cunningly made by Yamaha to fit together sonically in a busy mix. If the mix sounds thin, just keep adding sounds! I often use 2 differnt string sounds together in GM mode (or XG). Performance mode is a mode in which you get a 1 killer synthetic sound that can be layered up to 4 sounds together. I find I can get anolouge string pad sounds by detuning similar or the same sounds used together. I find subtle tremelo (in the effects) a effective way of introducing slight volume fluctuations to simulate anolouge volume fluctuations. Subtle, slow phasing that lasts so long that the sound is continaully subtally changing is another way to "Anouloge" strings and pads. It'll never sound COMPLETELY anolouge. In some cases it might actually sound even better! I like the VERY acurate digital filter too. O.K you can't get a totally anolouge sound with it, but who cares! I own loads of anolouge stuff, anyway! But the beautiful thing is you can hear small groups of harmonics as you sweep the filter (75% resonance) This is totally unlike anything I've ever heard! Totally beautiful in timbre! Captivating! I actually like the "stepping" sound of the filter. It acentuates the effect of the acuracy and beauty of the filter. Buy one of these good looking great sounding keyboards now! People who think it sucks either can't write good music, then blame the keyboard, or feel the preset sounds are rubbish! There are so many sounds avalible to download into the CS1x now, you don't even have to program it, if you don't want to. I've heard the Jupiter 8 presets were rubbish. And who would dare knock that lovely synth now! My Jumo 106 is great but not as great as this board. It would take something like a Jupiter, Jp-8000, AN1x (the anolouge modelling brother of the CS1x) to beat the pads/strings. But nothing could compete with that great, presise filter and flexible, limitless sampled soundset. Please also check out the steel guitar sound. It is sooo beatiful. Played with the thin GM string sound, and the weak (on its own) pian sound, and you have Robert miles "childern" It sounds identical. And Robert miles used a $14,000 dollar synth (Kurtzweil 2500) to make the track! See what I mean about the sounds sounding good together but not so much alone? No need to EQ them! Hooray!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-18-2003 at 12:05
max a hobbyist user from brkln ny writes:
This is definitely a fun keyboard to say the least. I have always liked this keyboard. It has a certain dirtiness to the sound which I appreciate. And its great for live use, just jamming and rocking out. I bought it in 1997 I think, used for $500.00. My only complaint would be that, when programming, there are too many options and possibilities with this synth (layers, effects,...) which frankly overwhelm me most of the time. When I use it I end up coming up with so many cool sounds from one patch and then I erase them all and keep the preset one! I wish there were more purely USER banks to store one's own patches. Maybe I need a sampler then? This way I could save all these crazy sounds I come up with, no?

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-15-2003 at 01:24
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