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Added: 17-Dec-98 | Author: admin
New price: 499 | S/H price: 350 ish - 400
It seems that every new product released by the majors is now a "Dance" synth...........and here comes another one from Yamaha....Dance music has now reached that terrible stage where it has now become the backing music for everything from car ad's to Saturday morning TV....So this new model from Yamaha can be considered as simply their latest mid-priced synth.
The CS1X utilises an XG format engine utilising 480 voices & 11 drum kits ....(The XG incidently drew on the TG33 for it's sounds)...... Yamaha have added an extra 1/2 Meg of rom waveforms to the original XG format to produce an extra 128 dance/performance specific presets.....These special presets can contain up to 4 sounds either layered, split, X-faded etc on seperate midi channels if desired, and will leave you with 12 other multitimbrel parts to play with in this mode....otherwise the CS1X is 16 part multitimbrel & 32 note poly.
As with all these "Dance" synths, the emphasis is on re-introducing dedicated control sources for things such as the Filter Control functions to compliment the already available Pitch & Mod' wheels & pedals........Yamaha follows suit here, with 6 dedicated knobs, and also 2 additional assignable hardware control sources, all built into the front panel.....So there's plenty of knobs to twiddle with.
As for the sounds, the pads and atmospheres are very nice, and there's saw & square waves to play with......So add to this plenty of control, and 150 extra custom sounds, including extra drum sounds such as a 909 kit to compliment the already available excellent DB50XG 808 stuff, and It sounds like a really good deal for the money.....depending on how you want to use it !
Now there seems to be some confusion about the capabilities of this synth when used in a multitimbrel mode, as part of a home studio set-up, with a sequencer doing the driving........Well, this is how it goes :
You go into multi-mode, and choose a "Special Performance" patch sound....That 1st special performance voice, can be played with it's multilayers, by one midi channel, but once assigned, it also blocks out the use of midi channels 1 to 4..... regardless of how many layers make up that patch...... If you then want to assign another layered "Special Performance" patch, you will have to find the individual voices that make up that patch, sequence your synthline, then duplicate it across to as many midi channels as there are layers that make up that patch....So if the sound has 3 layers, you must make a midi track, for each layer on a different channel !!
....In other words, if you set up a drum riddim, using channel 10...and then you want to sequence parts for 3 other special performance sounds, each with 4 layers, you will have to sequence a seperate midi channel for each layer !!!!...... Yamaha reckon this is an innovitive approach to programming....I reckon, it's a bit of a pain to have to sequence each layer, as if they were coming from seperate modules.....obviously, this also restricts your multitimbrelity, to only 4 sounds, if they are using even 3 layers each, If you want to get 16 part multi-mode with the "Special performance" sounds, then they will have to all be single oscillator voices....... Perhaps this should be borne in mind if you are looking for a studio synth to use with a sequencer, as opposed to a performance synth, to twiddle live over a backing sound.
The CS1X has a built in XG FX processor section, offering 11 reverbs, 11 chorus's, and an extra 43 Variation FX's such as delays & rotating speaker cabs etc, which are tied in with the performance /control parameters for a particular preset....All these FX are editable, and you can mix these edited FX with edited sounds to create some excellent stuff !!.....
On the subject of editing, the CS1X's edit parameters are all layed out on the front panel as a matrix with dedicated editing buttons, so there's no hunting through endless cryptic sub-menus to tweak or edit new patches.......Once you've created an edit, you can store it in one of the available 128 edit spaces, or save it as a sysex dump to your PC or Mac......Yamaha have built a serial port connector into the CS1X, so if you don't have a soundcard or midi port, you just hook it up with a standard connector cable.
Well, that's about it......it should be a winner for Yamaha, from a marketing point of view, .........You've got all that control.....909 & 808 kits & the extra sounds....(the 909 is a bonus I suppose, in that you don't have to find a drum box with them in, or a cheap sampler to play them)......
You also get a comprehensive arpeggiator, dedicated edit buttons, a 61 note touch sensitive keyboard, and even an external stereo line in and a dedicated computer interface.....Sounds pretty cool ..... Just bear in mind, the multimode thing, and also that you only have 2 (stereo) outputs....
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