This demo of the Studio Electronics CODE, with a Yamaha CS80 filter, nails it pretty closely though, don’t you think?
The Studio Electronics CODE is a unique semi-modular synth that allows you to choose from several filters, including the classic Roland TB-303, ARP 2600 and Yamaha CS-80. The Yamaha CS-80 is considered by many to be the greatest classic keyboard synthesizer of all time, and has been a big part of Vangelis’ sound for over thirty years.
Saturday Synth Porn: If there’s a King or Queen of Synths – the Yamaha CS-80 would probably be it.
New York vintage synth specialists The Analog Lab had this monster synth beast in for repair and shot some video that highlights not only why the CS-80 is such a capable synth, but also why it’s a beast to move and maintain.
Want to know why they don’t make ‘em like this anymore? One look inside will give you the answer:
Pete Townshend’s Initial Machine Experiments – a vintage synth jam from his 1983 album, Scoop.
Here’s what Townshend had to say about his Yamaha CS-80 improvisation:
This peace was played on my Yamaha CS80 synthesiser to test a TEAC half inch eight track machine. This is very much indicative of the kind meandering I get into when locked away with a synthesizer.
Someone once said that when you play around with a synthesizer you end up suffering from a disease called ‘synthesiseritis’.
I suffer happily.
While Townshend is best know for his guitar work, The Who discography has lots of examples of interesting synth work, too. See our post on Pete Townshend’s Synth Secrets for some video of him explaining how he created some classic sounds.
Sunday Synth Jam:Sell your Soul, via schokokontrol, is an “almost all-analogue recording” that features the King Of Synths, the Yamaha CS-80, along with a bunch of other choice vintage and modern analog synth gear.
It’s a great combination of massive synths sounds and interesting vocals.
You might have to sell your soul to be able to afford a collection of gear like this.
But, as the track demonstrates, at least it would sound awesome.