Modeling Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer with multi-mode, delay and arpeggiator
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Huge in size and price tag, the CS-80 was a flagship synthesizer of the 1970's. It's unique dual voice layout allowed for rich and full sounds that have not been matched to this day. It was popularized by artists such as Toto, Jean-Michel Jarre, Klaus Schulze, Stevie Wonder, Vangelis, Ultravox and Peter Gabriel, to name a few. Hit song after hit song has turned this synthesizer into a true legend. More than three decades after its release, the time has come to rediscover a sound that has contributed extensively to the history of music.
Evolution of the species The original Yamaha CS-80 was probably one of the most expressive synthesizers made. With its polyphonic aftertouch, separate high pass and low pass filters and large ribbon controller it became the voice of artists like Vangelis and ABBA.
Multi-Mode The sound of the CS80 makes it standout for pad sounds. For that cinamatic sound that will stand out in a mix and drive emotion, CS-80 V is the right choice for you.
There is never enough of a good thing While the CS-80 was wonderful sounding, it was missing some critical modulation routing that a modern synth should have. We added a modulation matrix which has opened up the sound design capabilities to new heights. The new voice modes and arpeggiator breath new life into this classic giving you even bigger sounds than original.
From the original myth... In 1976 Yamaha introduced the CS-80, a synthesizer based on the same circuits as the venerable GX1. Though it cost much less, the price tag of the CS-80 ($6900) still put it out of the reach of most musicians. It was extremely heavy, too (183 lbs./83 Kgs with the stand), which made carting it around very difficult. But the features of this synthesizer made it immediately famous in the music industry, and it is remembered as the first great synthesizer from Japan. Once that rich sound was coupled with that much performance power, nothing from that era could touch it.
The CS-80 was featured in songs by a number of pop groups including Electric Light Orchestra, Toto, and Paul McCartney and Wings. Its reputation grew as it was used by other artists such as Vangelis, Bon Jovi, Jean-Michel Jarre, Geoff Downes, and Stevie Wonder, each who helped turn the CS-80 into a true legend.
... To the evolution of the species. CS-80 V is our modeled version of the legendary Yamaha™ CS-80, and we have captured every nuance. Now, more than three decades after its release, the time has come to rediscover a sound that has contributed extensively to the history of music.
Authenticity and then some... CS-80 V offers all the features of the original synth, plus a new generation of innovative features that allow the original design to soar to new sonic heights:
A modulation matrix that offers a choice of 13 sources and 38 destinations for 10 additional modulation routings
Multi Mode allows you to assign a different sound to each polyphonic voice. There are 4 different keyboard zones for multitimbral MIDI response, with 7 different voice modes (4 polyphonic and 3 unison modes). Unison modes can use from 2 voices to all 8 voices.
An arpeggiator and a stereo delay.
CS-80V comes loaded with more than 500 presets made by an international team of highly-skilled sound designers.
All the original parameters of the Yamaha CS-80:
4 filters (high pass, low pass)
1 ring modulator
chorus and tremolo
Multi Mode: assign a different sound to each of the 8 voices of polyphony!
Modulation Matrix: 13 sources, 38 destinations
More than 500 presets made by some of the world’s best sound designers
Polyphonic aftertouch response
Full MIDI controller mapping
Virtual Ribbon controller
Absolutely pure, top quality sound from TAE® analog modeling