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Here it is June 2010 and I just managed to get my hands on a used CS2X for under $100. CDN. I owned one years ago but really never gave it a chance as I always wanted the next thing but that won't happen again. I am blown away by this board!! It's smaller in size, light in weight, and has some of the coolest sounds I've heard in a while. I can't remember how fat and unique some of these sounds really are. Yes, it's weak in the standard areas of lower end keyboards namely being in the Piano, Rhodes, and the majority of meat and potatoes sounds, though there are still some decent ones like the organs but overall it's those synth sounds that kill. The synth effect sounds are outstanding, the synth comp sounds are great, Sound effects, Vox effects, and distorted type sounds are really outstanding here as well. Editing is great on the front panel and I do have a Motif Rack Es which arguably is probably the best overall sound set on the planet, and it is controlled nicely by the CS2X. It also fills in any weaknesses in the CS2X's sound set but for the price, this is way more than I expected. This board will not be leaving my hands as it is inspiring, fun, phat sounding, and surprises me with sounds I'm not hearing even on the monsterous Rack Es or my other Yammy board, the S30 which offers a better keybed with after touch and a bigger ROM but still, I just love this little CS2X. If you need a cool little board for synth and possibly as a controller for a sound module and you can get used to the short throw keys, this board is an absolute 9.5 in my books. No board is a 10 out there that I have come across yet... Cheers... Rob - Toronto Canada
The Yamaha CS2x synthesiser has been around for a long while now. It is an upgrade of the infamous CS1x, and not only does it look as classy, but it sounds even better too. Both the CS1x and CS2x have been so popular that Yamaha recently developed a CS6x – the highest in the series of CS incarnations so far. However, this must not put off someone that may be interested in the CS2x synthesiser for creating their own music. This should, in fact, reassure them that the product is of sufficient quality and successful enough for Yamaha to develop it and aim it at the higher end of the market. The keyboard itself is an ideal piece of kit for the beginner producer. It is simple enough for the novice to get their head round the ideas involved synthesis, yet versatile enough for the intermediate to create some strong and useful sounds. Its MIDI compatibility enables an external sequencer to be used (for example Cubase for Mac or PC users). For the beginner, it is ideal to learn about MIDI sequencing, but will also fit into a more experienced producer’s current setup (making it the ideal tool for upgrading a controller keyboard). Its 32-voice polyphony (the maximum notes that can be triggered simultaneously) and 16-part multitimbrality (maximum different sounds) are sufficient to create a whole track using the one instrument. The only drawback that I can think of is the ‘performance’ and ‘multi’ modes. Performance mode allows up to four different sounds to be used to create one sound. This is how different sounds are programmed, using various waveforms, and formatting them to the user’s taste. However, only one ‘performance’ sound can be used at any time. This can be overcome by recording each part to disk separately, then changing the sound, and finally mixing the complete track. In conclusion, were Yamaha to allow more than one ‘performance’ sound, the keyboard would hav
e no flaws at all. The interface is intuitive and simple to learn, the sounds are great (featuring some classic sounds as well as the potential for new sounds to be created) the keyboard can be incorporated as a master keyboard into any setup. And at around £450 these days, the price ain’t bad either..!