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Yamaha considering a new version of one of its most-coveted synths, the CS-80

Daft Punk, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre and Giorgio Moroder are all fans of the original... 

Yamaha considering a new version of one of its most-coveted synths, the CS-80
Yamaha considering a new version of one of its most-coveted synths, the CS-80

Yamaha is considering a new version of one of its most-coveted synths, the CS-80. 

According to a text shared by Derek Cook, moderator for the forum yamahamusicians.com, the Japanese electronic music production company, which unveiled its MODX synth last autumn, is looking for public input on a "basic conceptual direction if we were to make a new CS-80." 

That's a big 'if', though— the company has emphasised this is a survey rather than guarantee any new model will be developed. If it were demand could be huge considering this classic was responsible for the celebrated score to 'Bladerunner'  by Greek composer Vangelis, who apparently described the kit as "the most important synthesizer in my career — and for me the best analogue synthesizer design there has ever been." 

Other notable users include Jean-Michel Jarre, Giorgio Moroder, Stevie Wonder and Daft Punk, whose installation— 'Technologic'— is currently on display in Paris as part of a wider exhibition of electronic music history, including synths.

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