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Yamaha CS-15D

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The Yamaha CS15D takes the inface of the CS80 and marries it with the architecture of the CS-5 to create a Dual Channel synthesizer with ensemble presets for layering together.

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators: 2
Waveforms: Pulse, Saw Down, Square, White Noise
Osc Modulation: Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Pitch Wheel
Envelopes: 4
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Filters: 2
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), Low Pass, Resonance
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Key Sync
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 1
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Patches RAM: 1
Patches ROM: 29
Storage: Internal
Editing: CV
Case: Keyboard
Case Details: 37 non-weighted keys
Controls: Knobs, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Pedal - Sustain
Dimensions (WxDxH): 854 (W) x 346 (D) x 134.3 (H) mm
Weight: 12kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Mono Headphone
Audio Output Count: 2
Inputs: Mono 1/4″ TR
CV Ports: CV IN, CV OUT, Gate In
Power: 120 / 220 V AC
Year Released: 1978
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MSRP List Price: $1095 - convert
Retail Street Price: $1000 - convert
Used Price: $300 - $500 - convert

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· Edited by Bossard

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

As always when it comes to "preset synthesizers" the CS15d is usually overlooked. The Synth is one of the last Yamaha monophonic Synthesizers-range (manufactured from 1979-1982, I think) and was phased out shortly before the DX7-craze-bells-mode went completely through the roof. This is why the CS15d is forgotten, I presume. This is sad because you can get A LOT out of this small and beautiful machine. The 29 presets alone are sounding good. It´s true analogue and due to combining and mixing possibilities (and the tuning knob in between the two channels) there is already a lot to discover when you tweak here and there. The last preset is called "manual" and by pressing it, it unfolds the Manual-block on the right of the CS15d. This is a full blown VCO, VCF, VCA block which affects one of the two preset - "channels". The other channel still represents a chosen preset, which you can now mix or combine with your own programmings. I love the clear sound of the CS15d already but when you combine it with some fx this synth sounds mighty. My CS15d runs through a full loaded Yamaha SB-200 board and the combination of these two units is a sound universe for many years to discover. Definitely a well underrated synth!

Response from the author:

It must be those rocker-switches. Ppl mistake it for an organ.

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