Synth Site: Yamaha: CS-1X: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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N. Augustus Stanton a professional user writes:
This synth is the balm of the urban poor, the analogue-less underclasses who cannot afford the ARP 2600's and 909's which upstanding citizens like myself enjoy.

As long as it keeps them rioting, yea from breaking down our very doors with their pitiful cries for more modulation routings... then verily it is a blessing clothed in cheap moulded plastic.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-06-2000 at 01:51
geddy lynch a part-time user from glasgow writes:
this synth will fit in to any set-up, for the cost you are getting a bargain plenty of sounds to play around with do some programming and you wont be dissapointed i promise cheers

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-05-2000 at 22:24
Andrzej a hobbyist user from Poland writes:
Sorry, I don' like CS1x. I feel like in a too small clothes. I want to go one way, but.. it's impossible. I want to find another... it is hard to find. It is at most simple sample based with preprocessing of these, before the user can tweak them. So f.ex. it is sinus then internally modulated, but you can't change this modulation. You can add second one of yourself, many times there hindrances from many ways. People read about so much knobs, controllers, filters, envelopes... but if you have bad basis you can't make a huge improvement.

Obviouslly, the operations are complex, and there need MUCH computing power, and many of them are fairly well implemented ( while oters are not). Yamaha made great computing job. Not musical, but computing. Consider a PC speaker, while it whistles it is great computing job. It is not great music. BTW CS1x whistles nearly in most of the samples. It is good in fast decaying notes, in fast rythm pieces. But i am not a thechno fan.

The complexity MAKES IMPRESSION for the first time synth user 'it's good one, modern, maybe i should buy this'. This impression is what Yamaha made correctly. But it's marketing, not music.

To this - much of the samples, which 4 make 1 performance are made for THE performance, not bothering if it could be used otherwise, possibly programing a beast. So are the samples architecture made. It is made for gear maker not for gear user. It is not fair. As with black Ford model T. It is convenient for manufacturerer. Usage of chaoticly spread voices is nightmare for me. (Scan several hundred to choose one suitable.)

The other marketing harsh and disgusting movement I don't like: demo samples, which are not available from the face swithes. They are covered from public, but they are mostly much better than normal samples. Is it fair to feed the gear memory with trash?

So the CS1x is - it is NOT an improvement for me. Although I learned a lot what a synth can impress me in a wrong way.

I resign this gear.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-06-2000 at 06:02
Michael a hobbyist user from Israel writes:
A very good synthesizer. The sounds you can create with it are amazing! With a little filters and lfos and stuff, you can make pro sounds even from the GM and XG samples!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-21-2000 at 15:42
Jamie a professional user from Philadelphia writes:
I don't really see the fascination with this synth other than it does a lot for very little cash...not like you can find any secondhand anywhere they're so RARE!!!! (just kidding). There onlytruly interesting feature I found in this synth was the "scene" modulator, where you can phase between two different versions of the same sound. A very cool function. As far as its sound, I don't see what the fuss is all about. I think it sounds like a toy, although I'm not arguing its usefulness. It definately has its place. Personally, I think a good softsynth will do the same job for even less money, if all you're looking to do is add some cool arpeggios and analog-like sounds into your mix. The feel of this keyboard is VERY good, but I don't really recommend it as a master controller except sitting in front of a PC in a home MIDI studio. The tiny little LCD display? Forget it. I'd rather have more knobs and a 2-digit LED! On the whole, this synth is definately worth the money (under $400 used is a good price, under $300 is a steal!), but really should only be used for the market it was designed for: home-based budget studios and beginners/intermediates.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-20-2000 at 03:18
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