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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Derek Sophocles a hobbyist user from United States writes:
The CS1x is an extremely potent synth. It's performances are excellent, powerful and very layered. The XG soundset however sucks. A search of the entire soundset turned up only a few voices that could hold a candle to the performances. The realtime modifying controls are nice, however control over LFO and waveform isn't what Yamaha had made it out to be. Other than a few set backs, however, the CS1x is a great starting synth or for an experienced user looking for a good synth with analog samples.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:18
Keith a part time user from israel writes:
Ppl write good stuff about it when i actualy suck big time!

no multi preformance and no arpego on midi!

why do i need one fuckn' preformance??, i can buy myself a nice monophonic synthi in this price and get better resolts!

Dont waist your money on this toy

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:18
C.F. a part time user from The States writes:
many of the acoustic sounds (esp. strings) can be made to sound similar to a Mellotron by turning cutoff knob to about 11:00 and the resonance knob all the way up, with the Modulation wheel at its midpoint.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:18
Todd Quesada a part time user from U.S.A. (FL) writes:
My belief is that this is without a doubt the best buy for a new synth today. I haue owned one since early this year; I was searching for a suitable replacement

for my Sequential Circuits Six-Trak, which I did not wish to haul to gigs any longer(I was enuisioning a fatal drop onto concrete while unloading it). Judging by the fact that it had to follow up on a true analog synth for the liue rig, it held up remarkably. It's the phattest sample-playback synth I haue heard. The factory presets tend to sound a little digital initially, but with a little tweaking on the attack, decays, choruses, and LFOs, you can come up with some truly analog-sounding patches. The factory presets that I haue found to be susceptible to some fruitful tweaking and conuersions are the analog brass, bass, and lead samples(Jump, Eza Geeza, Mogue...). The scene 1 &amp; 2(saued filter presets to access at the touch of a button) feature is ingenious, and conuerting the modulation wheel as a glider from one scene to the other can result in nothing short of f*[email protected] awesome morphs within a patch. The looped drum sequences (Drum Trax) are yet another treat, and you can arpeggiate them and run filter sweeps through them like a hot knife through butter, creating some killer

beats. It works uery nicely for techno as well as psychedelic/Floydish rock. One thing I am a bit unsure of, because I barely use it to begin with, are the MIDI implementations; I haue heard, howeuer, that they leave much to be desired. Granted, the CS1x is not a Nord Lead, or a JP-8000, but it's a bad-ass instrument for the price. From one keyboardist on a budget to any other ones who may read this, I highly recommend it.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:18
Sverker Jonsson a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
After using the CS1x for two months I must say I am really impressed. Yamaha has put in alot of cool sounds and programming possibilities at a very reasonable price. The effects are very neat and easy to use. Being only a spare-time musician and composer this machine supplies all I need. The dance sounds are really great and easy to improve, and the standard instrument patches sound just faboulous. It takes a little while before you understand how to get the most out of it but then theres just no limits.

The knobs at the top are extremely addictive to fiddle around with.

Dont get fooled by the info saying that only one performance can be used at one time. Up to four can actually be playd simultanously. Check out the blue book for how to do it. I love it. I kiss my blue friend goodnight every night. No, Im not on Yamaha's payroll. Check out the CS1x-Archive on the web!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:18
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