Gavin Curtis is in the middle of a Yamaha CS-80 synth restoration project and took time out to record this demo of the monster synth:
My CS-80 restoration project about 1/3 completed and the instrument’s health bar is finally in the green. Most of the systems are working. Enough to present to you what a properly functioning CS-80 should sound like.
Definitely resides in the category “most complex production electronic musical instrument”. Over 200 lbs of printed circuit board and wiring. Less than 800 CS-80s were made due to high cost and complexity. Serial numbers started at 1000 and ended before 1800. My CS-80 is serial number 1306, the 306th unit off the assembly line.
Signal path is the CS-80 —- Lexicon 224XL digital reverberator —- direct line audio feed into Sony HDR-XR520V HD camera.
Sounds huge, doesn’t it?
What do you think? Can any synth made in the last 30 years beat the sound of the Yamaha CS 80?