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Yamaha CS-50 Polyphonic Synthesizer

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The Yamaha CS-50 and CS-60 are unique polyphonic synthesizers which place The entire realm of musical expression at your fingertips. The CS-50 enables you to play 4 notes simultaneously; the CS-60, 8 notes simultaneously. These synthesizers are true musical instruments, not merely "special effects" tools. The sounds are infinitely variable, and, because the key- board is touch sensitive, you have increased dynamic control over your music.

The CS-50 and 60 will give you an incredible variety of electronic sounds, but they go further than that. Having a CS-50 or CS-60 is like having a symphony orchestra to choose from. Largely due to touch sensitivity (keyboard dynamics), Yamaha has overcome a traditional challenge for synthesizers, namely, the difficulty in creating the sound of an acoustic instrument. For example, if you've ever tried to create a "violin" on the keyboard of most synthesizers, you probably found the result too "electronic." While you may have achieved a good basic violin sound, when you played it, there was something missing...but what?

Ask a great violinist to play the note "G" 4 consecutive times (not an open string). Request that he make them absolutely identical in pitch, timbre, volume and every other possible variable. You'll discover that he cannot do it. . .fortunately. Much of the charm of a musical performance is that it is not "textbook perfect," and this is why your well-programmed synthesized violin did not sound "right" to you. However, your CS-60 (or CS-501 is another story.

Touch response makes all the difference. You can set up a "violin" so that the way you press a key changes the vibrato, Timbre, pitch, volume, brilliance . . .the whole essence of the sound. With this kind of expressive capability you too may not exactly duplicate 8 consecutive notes. However, the sound you do achieve will be much more realistic and musical than has ever before been practical with an electronic musical instrument.

The CS-50 and CS-60 are among the first of a whole new generation of performer-oriented electronic musical instruments, including the simultaneous 2-voice / 8-note CS-80.

Technical Specifications
Type: Analog
Synthesis: Subtractive
Oscillators: 1
Waveforms: Pulse, Saw Down, Sine, Square, White Noise
Osc Modulation: Keyboard, LFO, Ribbon
Oscillator Notes:
14 preset tones
Envelopes: 2
Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Filters: 1
Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
LFO: 1
LFO Parameters: Noise, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square
Polyphony & Tuning
Polyphony: 4
Timbrality: 1
Tuning: Standard
Patches RAM: 1
Patches ROM: 14
Case: Keyboard
Case Details: 49
Controls: Aftertouch
Dimensions (WxDxH): 980 (W) x 488 (D) x 1,056 (H) mm
Weight: 35kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Mono Out, Mono Headphone
Power: 120 / 220 V AC
Year Released: 1977
Manuals & Documents
MSRP List Price: $2999 - convert
Retail Street Price: $2800 - convert
Used Price: $2000 - $3000 - convert

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