Yamaha CS-5 Analog Synth Video Demo

ProckGnosis shared this video, which offers an in-depth look at a vintage analog monosynth, the Yamaha CS-5.

Here’s his video summary:

This is sort of like a review, only 30-40 years after the product was released. For being a single oscillator, mono synth, this thing really has some punch for bass, especially with the square wave undergoing some pulse width modulation from the single LFO.

As I explain in the video, this is the first analog, mono synth I ever bought, and it was playing with this synth a few years ago that piqued my interest in analog mono synths again (the OLD kind that don’t require menu diving, and you can’t save the patches).

• Oscillators – 1 VCO with pulse or sawtooth waveforms and noise-gen
• LFO – Yes, with sine, sawtooth, sample and hold
• Filter – 1 filter: 12dB/oct High pass or Low pass; 6dB/oct band-pass
• Effects – None
• Keyboard – 37 keys
• Memory – None
• Control – CV / Gate
• Date Produced – 1978-83

Here’s his musical demo of the CS-5:

If you’ve used the Yamaha CS-5, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it!

5 thoughts on “Yamaha CS-5 Analog Synth Video Demo

  1. Nice track! Should be required viewing for anyone interested in this great synth. The review was also very thorough and informative. Thanks!

  2. One oscillator… Atleast the one osc polysix is a poly synth. I’m finding now that I need really gorgeous high end sounds, multiple oscillators and hopefully poly, to get me interested.
    Hence I’m thinking about selling my car.

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