Time machine: Yamaha CS-50 Analog Synthesizer

January 20, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized 

All sounds from the 1976 Yamaha CS-50 !
The Yamaha CS-50 is the baby brother to the mighty CS-80. Actually it has almost exactly the same Voice cards as the CS-80. However the baby brother has only 4 Voice cards where the CS-80 has 16 ! Also the CS-50 is lacking the velocity polyphonic aftertouch keyboard so even though the core sound is similar the CS-80 has a more organic and dynamic sound because of the better keyboard. The Kenton MIDI gives the CS-50 the ability to play with MIDI velocity for example controlling the filter depth. Unfortunately you can´t assign MIDI aftertouch to the CS-50 Touch Response section but only to the modulation section.

All sounds coming from The mighty 1977 Yamaha CS-80 analog synthesizer.
The song is called Ode To The Holy Grail Part II composed by Firechild.

The CS-50 was released just ahead of its famous big brothers, the CS-60 and CS-80. The CS-50 looks like a scaled-down version of the monstrous CS-80, and it is! This will benefit those who crave the famous classic Yamaha synth sound without the struggle of lugging around the 215 pound CS-80! The CS-50 weighs in at about 100 pounds. The CS-50 is also just 4-voice polyphonic, and lacks the quality weighted 61-note keyboard of the CS-80. The CS-50 has just a 49-note standard keyboard. It does feature pressure (aftertouch) sensitivity route-able to several destinations, however.

The CS-50’s sound is unmistakably related to other classic CS-series synthesizers. At just four voices with one osc. per voice and lacking warm filters (at just 12dB/oct) the CS-50’s sound can be thin. There are 13 preset sounds of various instruments and synth sounds but, unfortunately, no on-board memory storage for your edited presets. At its low street price, the CS-50 makes a great way to get your hands on these classic sounds without going broke! It’s too bad their tuning is just as unstable as the other CS-series synths. It’s housed in a built-in travel-case like the other (big) CS-synths


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