Yamaha is looking for input on the possibility of it creating a modern CS-80.
The Yamaha CS-80 is considered by many to be one of the greatest synthesizers ever created. It was the pinnacle of the company’s CS line, offering rich analog sound, immediate hands-on control, and deep expressive capabilities.
Now Yamaha is looking for feedback on revisiting the classic analog monster.
In a post on the company’s Ideascale forum, Yamaha R&D Planning Manager Ben Israel is looking for input on CS-80 design direction:
Hello from Yamaha,
Thanks for your Ideas and conversations. Apologies we haven’t joined in. We would like to understand your analog synthesizer requests a bit more clearly. Please note we move in a very deliberate manner; this is just an initial focusing of the Ideas offered so far and not a commitment to build a product.
Here is our first question:
If we made a CS-80, do you want a vintage reissue or a modern evolution?
Thanks again for your participation. We look forward to the conversation.
There are now examples of modern synths all along the spectrum: from vintage re-releases like the Moog modular system reissues; evolutions like Roland System 500 Eurorack modules; clones, like the Behringer Model D or Pro-One; and modern synths inspired by classic, like the Kog volca FM.
What direction do you think makes the most sense for Yamaha and the CS-80? Share your thoughts in the comments!