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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Zopollux a part-time user writes:
Had one 10 years ago, plusses memories, duophonic, extended modulation sources/destination (lfo to vca) multimodefilter good enveloppes, white/pink noise, good interfacing (xlr busses), good build quality

cons heavy! linear cv but not very stable tuning! biggest drawback :no self oscillation, weakcutting filters (yamaha analogs have some of the weakest filters, there's a whole range of standard filtersounds it falls short of, only 6dB cutoff point)

The fabled ringmod others talk about here is kinda useless, Why?? on other synths it tracks the keyboard, on the cs40m it is a seperate generator circuit, no tuned bells, just offkey twanging capability.

Overall, not recommended, exept for some clear solovoices, or flute type sounds.

For this money your far better of with a Sequential Pro One, A prophet 600, Korg Polysix.. even a Ms20 Greetz

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-20-2003 at 06:41
Hello my name is Raúl I am of CHILE my question is the following one: I also have a YAMAHA CS40 M but he/she has problems and they told me that it was something of the source of power or something like that also when I play a note it is hit please you could respond that you know your about that where he/she could discover of technical service for mail. THANK YOU greetings from CHILE

posted Saturday-Jun-21-2003 at 09:49
henner a hobbyist user from germany writes:
the more time i spend with it the more i love it. its built so very nice, the keys are lovely, and the sounds... its a VOYAGE turning the knobs and it leads you to the farest stars, where no captain kirk thought to go. modulation possibilities are outstanding and the sound of the vcos is so organic an warm, it even doesnt sound like a synth, but like an extraterrestrical lifeform looking for a partner for sexual intercourse. but, well, its NOT perfect, how could it? there is just one lfo, what a pity, and the filters are not self oscillating... but as with a really loveable partner for life, you will pardon it and switch the filter to bandpass and have once again the best f... in your life... get it to experience not the sick underworld of some mechanic-sounding ms20 or ems-like sounds, this is the thing for leads and pads, just turn the initial-knob on and sit and listen what the cs40m whispers to your heart....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-24-2002 at 17:20
Stefan Mühleck a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
I love this machine!!!

I only have it now for 7 days. I've won an auktion on ebay - but it was a hard fight! I payed €600,--. It's a ver heavy instrument (20 kg). But it's worth every cent and every kg!!! I've never heard such a full warm and bright sound on another analog synth (and there weren't so much :-) )!! An it goes very deep!!! (Beware of your speakers!!!!) You can control everything and the way how this works ist still fine! The layout is very easy and the way the LFO modulate the VCO VCF and/or VCA is still great! The Resonance works on every filter-position (HP/BP/LP) and you con generate plenty of sounds!! The Ring-Mod is very easy to control an sounds wonderful too! The only thing that I miss is a second LFO or something to generate different S+H intervals for the VCO and VCF! But there is so much more that you can do with this synth! I love it and i would never sell it!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-11-2002 at 09:27
PXP MUSIC from United Kingdom writes:

We love this analog baby - bought for £140 from a music shop in Guildford several years ago, it's second hand value has fluctuated and was as high as £400 - but we wouldnt part with it for all the tea in China - a great big beasty this, with a bass extension that goes as low as 64 foot - and Band Pass filtering, even the Mini Moog didn't have this! a strange switch POA (Pass Over Amplifier) flumoxed us at first, Oscillatiors that do not tune exceptionally well and a leaky memory do not deter us from fireing up the synth on a regular basis. We have tried midiing it using a kenton box, to some success - but it's best played live on whatever you are recording.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-02-2002 at 10:24
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