The YK10 keyboard.
The accompanying voice cassettes.
relied primarily on the CX5M’s
presets (a list of which is available
— but in German — at www.
html) and additional sounds, such as
those in their voice data cassettes.
Stepping Stone to
Even up to the 1970s, the synthe-
sizers of the past were bulky
machines with seemingly hundreds of
cables dangling from telephone
switchboard-like interfaces. The
first all-synthesizer score in
Hollywood — for the 1956 sci-fi
classic Forbidden Planet by the
husband and wife musician team of
Louis and Bebe Barron — took
three months to complete and
utilized equipment that filled their
Manhattan, NY apartment.
Today, an average personal computer — even a laptop — can record
music, duplicate all of the great
synthesizers of the past, and allow its
users to create new sounds, as well.
It took a long time, though, to get
to this point and the Yamaha CX5M
— even if it was difficult to program
— put some great sounds in the
hands of its users. NV
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