Uli Behringer has been working on a tribute/clone/reimaging of the classic Yamaha CS-80 polyphonic synthesizer. The first design kept the bank of preset sliders and had a very small ribbon, the second design sorted out the patch system and ribbon but put the performance controls out of reach. Uli is hoping third time’s the charm.
DS-80 round 3
Yes, this is looking pretty good. The ribbon has been resized to sensible dimensions and over to the left where it’s most likely to be used. The performance controls like Touch Response, Keyboard Controls and Brilliance are back within an easy reach just above the keyboard. He’s added pitch and mod wheels that people keep asking for even though they were not on the original. And the top left section now has a sequencer, arpeggiator and some Tremolo and Chorus effects that were to the left of the keyboard.
All-in-all it looks pretty good to me. The design is sticking with sliders rather than the original paddles for the performance controls. The comments on Facebook are overwhelmingly positive so far although I’m sure there’s still plenty of room for criticism if you try hard enough.
I think it’s amazing that Uli Behringer had an urge to build a CS-80, probably in response to Yamaha absentmindedly broadcasting that they were thinking about, and has thrown together a couple of designs, submitted them to the community and changed and adapted to the comments and suggestions. In the space of a couple of weeks he’s got a design that seems to be pleasing people and is likely to be very well received if it ever makes it to hardware. You’ve got to hand it to the man really I guess.
- Latest Behringer Facebook post.