Synth Site: Yamaha: CS-2x: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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steely a part-time user from Ireland writes:
If you want a dirty, grainy sound, get a cs1x - if you want a sharp sound for Trance, get a cs6x , and if you want a clean, bright sound for ambient, get this.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-05-2003 at 04:18
Lord Gleneagle from UK writes:
this synth is particularly good at the brighter type of ambient sound. All in all it's not a bad synth at all, and very programmable.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-28-2003 at 16:20
tim a part-time user from usa writes:
i agree with the "open mined musician",the arp is pretty good and some sounds do sound very good. this is a digital keyboard with sampled sounds and a digital filter. i think yamahas intent was to be a cheaper virtual analog type synth to compete with the higher end nord and korg models. the cs2x is very popular due to the fact that it is very affordable to novices and pros alike. i use many "professional" synths and my first impression of this synth is that it does do some cool things. but also on the other hand it is very limited. alot of its sounds do sound similar,and also there are many cheezy sounds. like that "ready" vocal sample and some other drum sampled sounds. true a nord lead or a ms2000 will not have any sampled drum sounds,but those types of synth are for people who have more than one synth or plan on getting other synths to create bigger and more complex mix of sounds.but being on a budget and having the cs2x as your first synth or even being on a budget and need an extra synth to help you achive a sound you cannot find elsewhere it isnt too bad. but if you really compare sound for sound this synth verses a higher end piece of gear,like a nord lead or a juno106 ,you will notice that the higher end gear will sound better and have that certain character that makes people want them so bad for.this is the reason many people have so many for basses another for pads,another for leads,etc. its hard to find a synth that does it all.but the cs2x tries none the less.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-04-2002 at 22:53
john a part-time user from USA writes:
I still to this day use my CS2x for gigs and all performances. I couldn't imagine life without this babby! The sounds are simpley amazing. YOU NEED THIS SYNTH!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-08-2002 at 14:43
open minded musician a part-time user from uk writes:
regarding the bad reviews this synth seems to recieve, one shouldn't forget that most of these people are probably monkeys who take too many drugs and like to impress each other with their knowledge of algorithms and oscillators etc. firstly i feel that this synth is beyond criticism in terms of it's "phat" analogue sounds because it's not an analogue synth such as the korg ms2000 and the nord lead 2 so therefore it shouldn't be judged as such. a friend of mine who is familiar with synths told me to buy a nord lead 2, so i went and played one and loved it's funky harsh organ sounds but it has no realistic acoustic sounds and the arpeggiator was poor. the best bit about it was the realtime controls, a feature lacking in the korg x5d (which some geniuses such as jas mann from babylon zoo enjoy) but shared by... the cs2x. so i've got a limited budget and i really want a synth that does as much as possible on a budget but my friend who knows so much about synthesisers says that he hates the cs2x. As a guitarist who wants a synth for pads / to learn piano on with some decent acoustic voices / with some decent "phat" sounds and an arpeggiator to make stupid dance music with / with some decent sounding drum kit's / to mess around with realtime controls on / that was FUN to use ( for some reason this synth is dismissed as a toy, as if a being toy is a derogatory thing, this is a matter of opinion, personally I happen to like toys, toys are FUN ). anyway i digress, so i would go into music shops and play all the synths which were supposed to be better than the cs2x, then i'd play the cs2x and think actually i like this, even though im supposed not to. then one day i got fed up and just bought it, if only to spite everyone who dismisses it because they'ed rather repeat other peoples opinions of it than form their own, so what are my opinions of the voices ? i hear you cry ?

i actually think a lot of the voices sound quite 70's, reminicent dare i say of kraftwerk ? or tangerine dream or those sorts of people

but then another reason i wanted it was because it was a yamaha, and as such i think it has some quite 80's sound on it such as the strings that i'm assuming a lot of these peolpe dismiss because they dont sound realistic. but i like them because i think they sound like new order who were great. also if sigur ros want strings then they get a string section

i also especially like the organs, notably the wurlitzer. and i think the piano sounds nice and realistic.

an important thing to bear in mind regarding voices like the piano voice is that when it's in a mix with lots of other instruments you wouldnt be able to identify any shortcomings anyway

and i like the analogue voices, i cant imagine you'd ever need that many anyway. I like the option of just selecting them instead of having to program some algorithm just to impress some monkey, but i also like altering them with the knobs in realtimecons; the actual keyboard is a bit plasticy to play im sure it could have been better hence the 4 rating i have given it. Theres no vocoderesque ability to synthesise an analogue input, but then it's not modular Admittedly there are a lot of really stupid gimmicky voices, but i feel there enough quality ones to compensate. There must be someone better than depeche mode who uses it ? though i guess any successful band would probably be able to afford a korg triton or something expensive

do autechre really use it ? i'm not sure what higher recommendation could be bestowed on it

anyway, i like it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-25-2002 at 22:36
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