Synth Site: Yamaha: CS-2x: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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jake enk a hobbyist user from the USA writes:
Alrighty , indeed one must look at the money being spent on this particular unit - $600 or so . As a tone generator , the thing has its limitations - indeed , one four-layer voice maximum is kinda lame , but those voices are not too lame in themselves . I find the sounds rather adequate for mutation and furthur development . Best thing to do with a limitation in midi timbrality is to sample the sounds and use those samples on different tracks . It's not perfect , but it does expand this synth's usefulness . In no way is it stand-alone . For the dude down there who buys keyboards that are "ready to play" because he's too good to get his feet wet shouldn't have bought this , this thing is synthesizer emulator and demands adjustments . I dunno , it's bothersome to see people bashing an instrument that does what it says it does . If you need somethin else a little more versatile, read up on your synths before you buy them and recognize that you'll need to spend some more money to get a workstation . Sheesh .

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-21-2000 at 21:26
Digiphallus a hobbyist user from USA writes:
About the XG thing, that's not correct. A bit of a falsity on your part. It's AWM2 and XG. And you can layer up the awm samples that make up the performance layers on channels 5-16, you just can't apply variation effect.

Am I the only person sick of people comparing two machines from different price ranges? Use some reasoning in your reviews...take more than 1 minute to form your review, otherwise it becomes obvious you have a superficial or quite possibly non existant amount of experience with said piece. Such vague comments do NOT help others who are cruising through the site. Compare the Cs1x/Cs2x to something similarly priced in the $300/$600 respective range, ok? Is that so much to ask? I'm not saying they're the best machines for the money, but compare apples to oranges, please. Yes I'm sure the Xp30 has better multitimbrality functions, but how much do you really want to pump out of two outputs at the same time?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-20-2000 at 13:16
Jusst detuovhuss a part-time user from Canada writes:
5/5 for price, quality. 4/5 for performance. user friendliness 2/5

I had this synth for 2 months now. I spent at least 40 hours on it trying different performances, modifying them real time than saving them. not counting the time I played just for fun. (80 hours or more) Also tried the cs2x tune em up to modifiy or create brand new performances. I was amazed and discouraged at the same time . The possibilities are limitless when using cakewalk 8 pro audio or any multitrack midi/audio sequencer

First thing I like about it, the filters. Powerful, and fhat. secondly, the samples... 16 megs, very clean noise free. the output on the cs2x is virtually noise free even at full volume. But you'll get some distortion when playing bases and cranked up patches at full volume. So quiet in fact I fell like plugging my speakers directly on the keyboard since my expensive amp can't play high volume without a bit of shhh...

third thing is 256 user performances... compare on other keyboards.... and even if you can use only one performance at a time plus 12 xg sounds or material voice which performances are composed of, it is highly useful. to be able to download sysex on user 1 (128 voice) and copy them in user 2 without having to backup every time.

And you can play more than 1 performance, you can play 4 or more But there is a big problem unless I missed something: you can't program effects for each. all the other performances will use then first one's effects. which sucks.

Thats the only downside to this keyboard. Until they put more effects processors, that won't be possible.

But the sonic possibilities are infinite. Record you're performance riff and loop it. use cakewalk 8 or better for that.

Another important issue. THE DRUMS DON'T SUCK. I thought that at first before finding kicks in material voices and making my own kick ass performance drum kits. You have a ton of sfx that sound great all tweakable through filters. The kicks and sfx can be totally altered and can't be used to create ANY groove.

ex you think the bass drum sounds good but the kick is too low. you want it to snap more. than use the wheel. if you want your snare to be softer use the cutoff. If you want weird drums. put more resonance and lower the cutoff. just a hint of things you can do to get better drum sounds.

One thing that bugs me is the material voices are often if not always not sensitive to velocity. But be reassured, most of the performance and all the xg sounds are.

Like others mentionned in previous reviews, You can make complete midi songs that sound professionnal without even having to record performances. But you'll have limited depth in your songs especially for ambient music. However, if you are a XG geek, you can program amazing songs. but you have to tweak every sound because xg sounds are disigned flat intentionaly by Yamaha. This just a glorified GM standard. To prove that download xg songs like principle_XG.mid (principle of lust by enigma...is sounds just like the original) and final countdown_xg (europe) and be amazed by the programming talent needed to create such excellent replica of the original using flat sounds with xg programming.

Conclusion: Good pianos, excellent leads, basses, brass and pads, sfx. Decent drums. very good organs, amazing sfx (performance).

Ease of use: 2/5 too complex to create complex songs using only the cs2x. Functionality: 4/5 64 voices, 16 parts powerful effects, filters. Sound: 5/5 Impressive sounds, very vast possibilities, can create weird unique sounds quality: 2.5/5 Keyboard decent for the price fragile case, good knobs, small LCD ): [need a computer for full use]

NOTE: buy this keyboard if you are patient, curious and have very good learning skills. If you are all those things, go and buy it right away. If you don't have them and have already a good setup like jv 2080 or 1010 and want one more performance for thsat special techno hardcore sound, than buy it.

If you have very limited time or don't want or don't have the skills for programming than look elsewhere. Buy a Yamaha DJX or a PSR, maybe a Casio if you like nintendo sounds.

Other note: If want to complete the setup I highly recommend a JV 1010 to go with it. Remember, you can use those nifty knobs to control the JV. Watch out. That JV has even better quality sounding acoustic sounds it rocks. listen to the piano, althought thats subjective.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-27-1999 at 14:34
Electro_462 a part-time user from USA writes:
A couple of month's ago, I was looking at some synth's and the Yamaha got my attention with it's sky-bluish color. I ended up playing it and hearing the sound's it has to offer and I wasn't to happy with the sound quality of the CSX2 i wouldn't recommand it to no one, if your interested in buying a synth go with the Alesis Q6.1 it's alot better than the yamaha csx1 and 2.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-22-1999 at 00:08
MC Rift a part-time user from Miami, FL (USA) writes:
I just got my synth on Friday, man this is a nice synth. I would rather have an analog but this a pretty good one for digital. I think it sucks that there is no sequencer but most of you use computers to record anyway why not use it to sequence. Its really easy to understand once you read the manual, the manual kind of assumes you know a thing or two but not to worry its quite easy. The LCD is nice because some times I can play with it while everyone else is asleep. It has a nice 16 ROM database of sounds and like 256 spaces for new sounds. I think the XG, SFX, and Drum kits are all nice. The 64 note polyphony is pretty cool. I would buy this or the AN1x if you see it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-06-1999 at 18:55
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