Is the Yamaha CS-80 Synth About to Get a New Life?

By May 1, 2019News, Synths

The Yamaha CS-80 has achieved near mythical status among synth enthusiasts. It was made famous by early synth pioneers like Jean-Michel Jarre and Vangelis (who immortalised its tones on the Blade Runner soundtrack).

Could it be set for a reboot? A forum post from Yamaha suggests that it could be on the cards.

The Yamaha CS-80 is one of the true analog archetypes of synthesis. In a forum post Yamaha has floated the possibility of a reboot.

The question posed by Yamaha on the manufacturer’s ideascale forum was this:

If we made a CS-80, do you want a vintage reissue or a modern evolution?

Which is an important question indeed.

Reproducing classics isn’t out of the question, but the original CS-80 is of gargantuan proportions, in size and synth architecture. So it would be hard to see the company reissuing the beast at a competitive price.

If you’d like to have your say, sign up to the Yamaha ideascale forum and make your voice heard.

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