This could be the most in-depth overview of the Yamaha CS-80 synth you’ve ever seen

There are hundreds of synth demos on YouTube, but few are as exhaustive and lovingly-crafted as electronic music oracle Dave Spiers’ shakedown of Yamaha’s classic CS-80.

Produced with the help of fellow synth obsessive Kent Spong - and titled, appropriately enough, The Mighty CS-80 - the video runs to just shy of an hour, and covers the synth’s history, features and presets. There are also some tasty CS-80 jams (who could resist a track called CS-80 Funk Interlude?) and a bit of chat about famous users.

So, pour yourself a mug of something suitably rich and warm, snuggle up and enjoy. We're guessing that someone at Behringer is probably watching, too...

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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