Yamaha CS6X
Yamaha CS6X

CS6X, Digital Synth from Yamaha in the CS series.

BeyondTheVeil 03/28/2007

Yamaha CS6X : BeyondTheVeil's user review


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For those who know a little English read:

Synthesizer Section Keyboard:
61-key, initial touch / after touch
Tone Generator: AWM2
Multitimbraility: 16 + 1 (A / D) + 1 (Phrase Clip) + 2 (Plug-in)
Maximum Polyphony: 64 notes
Arpeggiator: 128 arpeggio type
Effects: 88 fully editable effects
Normal Voices: 256 Preset, 128 User
Drum Kits: 8 kits
Performances: 128 User, 64 External
Clip Phrase Memory: 4 MB (volatile)
Clips: 256
Clip Kits: 4 (Key 73 x 4 sets)
Sampling Freq. : 44.1 kHz, 16-bit Linear

Display: Custom LCD
External Memory: 3.3 V Smart Media Card
Expandability: 2 Slots for Plug-in Boards
Connectors: Headphones, Stereo Output (L / Mono, R), Individual Output 1 and 2 Breath Controller Input Stereo 1 and 2, Foot Controller (assignable), Foot Volume (assignable), Footswitch (assignable), MIDI In / Out / Thru , To Host
Controllers: Pitch Bend Wheel, Modulation Wheel (assignable), Ribbon Controller, Assignable Knob x 5, Sound Control knobs x 14, Volume Knob x 5, Data Entry / Page Knob x 2, A / D Input Gain
Dimensions: 1019 mm x 357 mm x 109 mm
(40-1/8 "x 14-9/16" x 4-3/8 ")
Weight: 11.6 kg (25.6 lbs)


I have not used this synth for a long time. So I do not didouillé sounds, I was content just to put some reverb on the sounds of plants ^ ^
However, the configuration seems simple, at least for the basic settings. For editing sounds, I could not say. The screen would be worth more to the menu navigation is easier and more intuitive. In contrast, many pots on the front allows good control of the various parameters of sound, and it's great.
As for the manual ... I did that puff, but it looks complete, accurate and understandable enough.


I sold this synth because it just was not suited to my style of music. Indeed, I am of symphonic metal and sounds are typically oriented modern music like hip-hop, trance, house ... However, after comparison with the Triton, I can say that the sounds may still be suitable for the metal: I was satisfied with the piano sound (great with the reverb, much better than the triton), ropes and choirs. I was also surprised by the realism of the soprano saxophone. Level synth sounds and webs, there are some very good things too. Besides, I regret not find some of these patches on the Triton!
The effects are very good (although I only used the basics), and the pots much easier controls. The velocity is good and convenient for the piano, however I did not use the aftertouch.


I used it a few months for me Dépan.
I like the specifics: the pots in front, very convenient. The ribbon control is nice too, although I have not used a lot and it's a little gadget. And the sounds are very good. Finally, there is everything you need to level connections at the back of the keyboard.
The specifics I like least: the screen too small. I would have preferred a larger screen, which would have been more intuitive for editing sounds and menu navigation. And the "sampler" disappointed me. This is not a real sampler, it just allows to record some sounds. And again! It lacks a lot of memory on the keyboard for this kind of thing.
Quality / price ratio: me I had the synth for a pittance, so I can not say much. Even for 500 euros, I think it's still a good value because it is a good instrument. I do not have that choice would do to the extent that this synth is not quite suited to my style of music, but I still was very pleased.