Behind the Synth Episode 003: The CS15 Synthesizer

Two VCOs, two mulitmode filters, LFO, a noise generator and more! The CS15 was an analog synthesizer produced from 1979-1982. 

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It is found in the 2nd generation of CS Control Synthesizers along with the CS5, CS10, CS15, CS30 and CS30L. Coming right after the iconic and more expensive CS80 (and CS60 and CS50) and right before the wood side panel models (CS15D, CS20M, CS40M and CS70M), the CS15 was an affordable, nice sounding and robustly built analog synth. Listen to Nate and Blake explore the CS15 in this weeks installment of “Behind the Synth”:

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Blake Angelos

Yamaha Synthesizer Product Specialist Blake Angelos has over thirty years of experience with music hardware and software. An expert in music technology, Blake has conducted numerous clinics, master classes and presentations throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. In his role as Product Specialist for the Synthesizer Department Blake appears in many product videos and artist interviews, writes many articles for and co-hosts a regular Podcast called “Behind the Synth”.Before his work with Yamaha, he taught music theory and jazz studies courses at Arizona State University; managed a technology-focused music store in Seattle and was a production supervisor at Microsoft, where he led a team that developed groundbreaking interactive music content for the Microsoft Network. Blake holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. Blake currently resides in Bellingham, Washington with his family, and between his travels around the world for Yamaha, he performs as much as possible with several jazz and creative music groups in Bellingham, Seattle and other places in the Pacific Northwest.

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