In 1976, Yamaha introduced the CS-80, a synthesizer based on the same circuits as the GX1. The price tag ($6900) put it out of the reach of most musicians, and the weight (83kgs with stand) made it sometimes hard to use on stage. But the qualities of this synthesizer, considered Japans first great synthesizer, made it immediately famous in the Music Industry.
The CS-80 was popularised in the late 70’s and early 80’s by a number of pop groups, including Electric Light Orchestra, Toto, Paul McCartney and Wings. Other artists and bands like Vangelis, Bon Jovi, Jean-Michel Jarre, Geoffrey Down, Stevie Wonder and some others turned the CS-80 into a real myth.
Peter Forrest (in the A-Z of Analogue Synthesizers, Susurreal, First published 31/10/96) says: “When it comes to trying to decide which of the top-flight synths is the best ever, it’s not easy. (…) But if you are looking at richness of sound coupled
with performance power, and sheer overkill, maybe nothing can touch it”.
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The CS-80V offers all the features of the original synth, plus a new generation of innovative features, taking the original design to a new elevated level:
- A modulation matrix:to rebuild all circuits: a choice of 12 sources and 38 destinations for 10 additional modulations
- A Multi Mode: allowing to assign a different sound to each polyphonic voice. 4 different keyboard sections for "multitimbrality", with the possibility to direct each voice (4 polyphonic modes, and 3 unison modes from 2 to 8 voices).
- An arpeggiator and a stereo delay
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The CS-80V comes loaded with more than 400 presets made by a selection of talented sound designers.
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Listen to audio samples made with the CS-80V.