Yamaha CS Synthesizers With Junkie XL

Composer Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, shared a new video in his Studio Time series, focusing on Yamaha’s CS line of synthesizers.

Holkenborg shares his take on the Yamaha CS series and talks about how they’ve been used in film scores and how they’ve influenced his own scores.

You can see more from this series at Holkenborg’s YouTube channel.

11 thoughts on “Yamaha CS Synthesizers With Junkie XL

  1. Super cool. I’m glad he does these. I look forward to his videos on the 60 and 70m when they come back from the shop. The old Yamaha analogs were really cool and different. I’m glad I got my CD-15 a few months back because it is an amazing instrument that is way cooler than many more famous instruments today.

    1. I agree.

      I have a 5, 10, and 15. They are amazing synths. Lots of little differences in the envelope times that makes them all sound a bit different.

      The fact that you can CV them all together makes for lots of flexibility.

      They are a snap to add filter CV and change voltages to US on as well.

  2. I have to say, these longer, more detailed videos are a substantial improvement over the little short ones he used to post.

    But I’m a sucker for any synth video that doesn’t feature the “ocean rowboat cam”.

  3. The most underrated synthesizers of all time except the CS-80. Here is the complete list: CS01, CS01II, CS5, CS10, CS15, CS15D, CS20M, CS30, CS30L, CS40M, CS50, CS60, CS70M, and CS80. I believe the CS1 Reface, CS1X and CS2X are a different beast. Did I miss any?

    1. So the CS-80 is underrated? Makes no sense. It’s one of the most valued and estimated and loved synthesizers ever made.

  4. I’ve owned a Yamaha CS-10 for about 20 years. Only a single oscillator, but it’s a lot more straight forward than the CS-30. The CS-10 has lightening fast envelopes and great square wave bass sounds. Recently I’ve been sequencing it with a Korg SQ-1. Really a cool little synth.

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