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.