Synth Site: Yamaha: CS-40M: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Steve Clements from CANADA writes:
I bought my CS40M in a pawn shop years ago for 200 bucks. Best 200 I've ever spent on gear. The Fat and the Wild, my nick for the CS40M. It's fantastic for wild loops interesting lead tones. I absolutely love the resonace , which can be address via the "bright" knob or the VCF resonance... or both. While I'm playing this baby I only wish I had 2 or 3 more hands for all the knobs.

Proamming is a blast, but not for the faint of heart.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-26-1998 at 02:12
Doug Pearson a part time user from USA writes:
I really enjoy my CS-40M; the best features are probably the ring mod (a REAL one with brutal metallic sound, not a digital/square wave-only version like some analog synths), and LFO (goes way up into audio frequency range). It's nice that the filter is mode-switchable (HP/BP/LP) and can have a nice bite when modulated with the LFO in the audio range. Unfortunately, the filter does not self-oscillate, but still sounds pretty good at high resonance. The biggest disadvantage is the weight (around 50 lbs.), but the thing is built like a tank and has survived a couple falls off the low tier of my 3-tier stand. The other disadvantage is that the CVs are only compatible with Korgs, but that works perfectly for my MS-20! I find it most useful for fat, droning bass sounds and weird noise effects.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:18
Ed Plowman a part time user from UK writes:
It's a huge lump, the CS40, but it still sounds great, particularly good if you

want weirdness. The LFO and Ring Mod speed can go through an AD envelope which gives some great effects;

the filter can be switched to high-pass and band-pass (with resonance)

and you can send through a sine wave from the VCOs bypassing the filter -

which makes great lead sounds when combined with a HP or BP-filtered signal. It's not the fattest synth in the world - the filter isn't that strong - but in

unison mode particularly it has a big, creamy sound which is pretty unique.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:18
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