Synth Site: Yamaha: CS-2x: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Chris a part-timer user from USA writes:
I was extremely dissapointed with the Csx2. I expected lots of upgrades from the Csx1 as yamaha had promised and I got a crappy upgrade. NO expandability, No descent and lack of acoustics and Very Very limited number of presets. I went yesterday to demo the Korg N5 and realized after talking to many keyboard players, other users and knowledable salespeople that the N5 is the way to go. What's great is that the N5 is cheaper. I would stay away from this board and look at others. Don't take my word for it, I almost made that mistake, I went and listened for myself and you should too!

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-16-1999 at 13:27
DJ Sour Lemon a part-timer user from USA writes:
The only reason I even considered giving this "synthesizer" a 2 was because of the good presets yamaha actually took the time to plug in. I would not even call this keyboard a synthesizer in the first place. I would call it a keyboard where the user has the ability to modify the pre-programmed sounds as he plays them. Thats it. If i were any of you, I would go out and buy the An1x. An much underpriced machine that is much overpowered.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-15-1999 at 23:40
DJ Pace a part-timer user from Montréal, Canada writes:
I've just bought one yesterday and I must say that for the low price I paid for a new one (900 $ CDN), it worths every penny. I would say that the Performance sounds (the techno/dance patches) are really polished and rival without a doubt against 3000 $ workstations for sound quality. As far as I'm concerned, the CS2x is not my first professional keyboard. In fact, I'm composing and mixing euro dance for more than two years yet. So, I'm not one of these newbies. What about sound quality of Performances, by category? I would say that pads,analog sounds, harps (the famous "pizzicato") and leads are the best, followed by decent bass sounds and usable weird sounds or sounds effects. However, acoustic instruments, especially pianos (even the "dance" ones!), and drum kits are really crappy, so I prefer to use my Alesis QS6 in that more "traditional" domain. As for XG sounds, as far as I'm concerned, I think that they are absolutely unusable for any dance or even less, for techno productions. Interesting features are: a cool arpegiator that transmits notes to a sequencer (so they can be recorded), true "24 db" lowpass filters (like the AN1x) and a great effects section. Sure, with 16 MB of raw samples, this synth has better and crispier sounds that its predecessor, the CS1x. In fact, sound quality has improved drastically in terms of subtilities. Now, I would like to clarify the misconception spread by many people about the CS2x limitations. The CS2x is sure the most powerful techno/dance synthesizer around and is even better than the famous Korg N5EX, at the following condition: you have to use a maximum of 4 Performances (the great techno/dance patches) in a sequence, and believe me, this is much better than using a single Performance with 12 tinny XG sounds (as exposed in the instructions manual). I must confess that it's almost impossible to build a complete dance track with only 4 Performances, even if they're great sounding. Indeed, this would give you a drum track, one for the accompaniement (strings or pads), one for the main bass and finally, one for the melody. Hmm... Pretty stuck!!!

SO, HERE ARE MY RECOMMANDATIONS: IF YOU WANNA USE THE CS2x AS A PART OF AN EXISTING STUDIO, IT'S JUST FOR SAY IT'S NOT YOUR ONLY KEYBOARD, AND YOU'RE INTO DANCE OR TECHNO PRODUCTION, GO FOR IT. IT WILL BLOW AWAY THESE ROLAND XP'S, THESE KORG N5EX AND THESE ALESIS QS6.1. HOWEVER, IF IT'S YOUR FIRST KEYBOARD AND YOU WANT TO MAKE TECHNO OR DANCE, CHOOSE THE KORG N5EX INSTEAD. SURE, A SINGLE N5EX PATCH IS NOT AS GOOD/COOL AS THE AVERAGE CS2X PERFORMANCE SOUND. HOWEVER, YOU MAY USE SIMULTANEOUSLY 16 OF THESE INSTEAD OF THE MERE 4 PERFORMANCES ON THE CS2X. 4 INSTRUMENTS IN A SONG IS JUST NOT ENOUGH!!!

If you have any questions regarding to CS2x or dance production, please feel free to email me. Please note that I speak french too.

See you!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-01-1999 at 22:06
Danny a part-timer user from Netherlands writes:
I bought one of these but returned it after a couple of days.Its too limiting,the drums are not good,editing is a pain and also the MIDI implementation can get a bit funny at times. I think Yamaha could have done a lot more with this thing and made it a BIG improvement over the Cs1x but really they havent done that much.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-28-1999 at 17:44
David a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I really think that the CS2x is a good keyboard. I've heard some people that dont like it that much, but i think it's good. It's also my first keyboard, so i dont have a lot to compare it to. But i did buy it over a couple of Korg and Alesis keyboards that i tried out at the store. THe CS2x has a wide range of sounds in it, most of which are directed towards dance and techno kinda of music. I havent messed around with any MIDI capabilities yet, i only got it a couple days ago. But from waht i've done so far with it, i think it's great. But i have one question, that i would GREATLY appreciate if someone can answer--can anyone tell me if there is a way to use the drum voices with the regular synth voices? I know that you can layer up to 4 sounds, but just doing that doesent seem to be enough to make a real song. Like in the demo songs, for example, how do they make those songs on it? Are they using an external device such as a sequencer? Or are those demos (specifically the second demo song) done completly on the CS2x, with no external devices? Again, i would apprecieate it greatly if somone could tell me...My e-mail is Clown16083@aol.com

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-27-1999 at 15:38
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