Yamaha CS 60 Analog Synthesizer Demo

Saturday Synth Porn: This video takes a look at the classic Yamaha CS 60 Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer.

This is a brief demo of the preset tones (patches) of the Yamaha CS 60, a ‘baby brother’ to the classic CS 80.

via karmacomputer, who notes:

The resonance was set to off and the brilliance to the middle (nominal) position. Additionally, the synth is fully warmed up so the tuning issues you hear are a result of the oscillators needing to be tuned.

Audio was recorded direct at 24bit/44.1k through a Steinberg MR816X interface into Logic Pro X and dithered to 16 bit before being combined with the video in iMovie. Video was recorded with an iPhone 5 with a fisheye lens to enable the whole synth to be in the frame.

10 thoughts on “Yamaha CS 60 Analog Synthesizer Demo

  1. Yeah, not a great testament to what this thing is actually capable of. Mine has some tuning issues, too, but it also helps to play something else other than just clav sounds.

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  2. Wow. That really is abysmal. I’m going to have to assume it’s down to the dodgy presets and uninspiring playing, rather than the synth itself. I’m sure it can knock out better sounds than that, but that’s one unlistenable demo.

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  3. You should all but *never* play an older synth minus effects. Its like having all the components of a cake, but never mixing them together. Generally, music needs some AIR. That’s why we need reverb/delay, careful mic-ing of a speaker or both. Besides, it WAS Vangelis’ playing that did the work. I like the CS series, but in 2014, most of what it does comes in every other thing you can buy. Can you say sawtooth stacks and sensual LFO modulation? Sure you can.

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  4. ^^^ agreed. I did this demo a couple years back with my CS60 and a Midiverb 3; some gritty reverb goes a long way:

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  5. Good demo, Rob. That’s a fine example of the basic voice. I think Yamaha and Roland were more popular early on in part because of their high-pass filters. American synths were all low-pass & beefy, but with a low and high-pass, you could get focused band-pass sounds or much brighter pitches in general. Now, most devices come with several filtering options, so yeah, you need to add some condiments to make a vintage synth really shine. BTW, I had an Alesis MIDIVerb and while it was a bit grainy at the tail, it delivered the goods, especially when I cascaded it with another cheap ‘verb. It got much bigger then! Always try gear out totally dry, but wetting it up will exhibit its truest, musically-useful voice.

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