In 1976, Yamaha introduced the CS-80. The price tag ($6,900) put it out of reach of most musicians, and the weight (220 lbs or 100 kg) made it sometimes hard to use on the stage... But the qualities of the CS-80, considered as Japans first great synthesizer, made it immediately famous in the music industry. The CS-80 was popularised in the late 70's and early 80's by artists and groups like Toto, Jean-Michel Jarre, Keith Emerson, Stevie Wonder or Vangelis, who achieved to turn this synthesizer into a real myth.
The CS-80V offers all the features of the original synth, plus a new generation of innovative features, taking the original design to a new and upper level:
- A modulation matrix.
- A multitimbral mode.
- An arpeggiator.
- Stereo synthesizer
- Polyphonic (8 voices)
- No aliasing from 0.1 Hz to 16 kHz
- 64-bit floating point precision
- Sampling rate: up to 96 kHz
- More than 400 presets, made by professionals
- Playable through a MIDI keyboard
- 2 oscillators
- 4 filters
- 2 LFOs
- 4 ADSR envelopes
- 2 VCAs
- 1 sub-oscillator (for vibrato)
- 1 arpeggiator
- 1 stereo delay
- 1 chorus
- 1 ring modulator
- Expression and sustain pedals
- Ribbon controller
- Polyphonic after touch
- Multi mode (allowing to assign a different sound to each polyphonic voice)
- Modulation matrix: a choice of 12 sources and 38 destinations
- Windows: VST, DX, RTAS & ASIO/DS
- Mac OS9/X: VST, AU, RTAS, HTDM, MAS & CoreAudio