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Yamaha CS-80

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    The CS-80 is easy to play. While it is a high- technology musical instrument, you don't have to know about electronics to understand how to use the CS-80. We do recommend, however, that you read this manual thoroughly, and periodically refer back to it as you learn the instrument, if you're in a hurry, check the Quick Setup Instructions on this page.

    The Yamaha CS-80 is a unique 8-note polyphonic synthesizer, one which places the entire realm of musical expression at your fingertips. The CS-80 is a true musical instrument, not merely a "special effects" tool. The sounds are infinitely variable, and, because the keyboard is both velocity and pressure sensitive, you have true dynamic control over your music.

    The CS-80 will give you an incredible variety of electronic sounds, but it goes further than that. Having a CS-80 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" 8 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-80 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-80 is the first of a whole new generation of performer-oriented electronic musical instruments. Only Yamaha, the world's leading manufacturer of fine musical instruments and high-quality sound equipment, could have built it.
    Type: Analog
    Synthesis: Subtractive
    Oscillators: 2
    Waveforms: Pulse, Saw Up, Sine, Square, White Noise
    Envelopes: 4
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    Filters: 2
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
    Filter Notes:
    2 high-pass
    2 low-pass
    LFO: 1
    LFO Parameters: Noise, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 8
    Timbrality: 2
    Patches RAM: 4
    Patches ROM: 22
    Storage: Internal
    Editing: CV
    Case: Keyboard
    Case Details: 61 weighted keys
    Controls: Aftertouch, Velocity, Faders, Knobs, Mod - Ribbon, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Pedal - Sustain, Pedal - Volume
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 47.5 x 12 x 27 in
    Weight: 220 lbs / 100kg
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
    Inputs: Mono 1/4" TR Audio
    Year Released: 1977
    Year Discontinued: 1980
    Units Made: 200
    Manuals & Documents

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    MSRP List Price: $6900 - convert
    Retail Street Price: $6000 - convert
    Used Price: $10,000 - $20,000 - convert
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