Opinion

A look back at the Yamaha VL1, a groundbreaking modelling synth

Yamaha is celebrating 45 years of great synths. One of the more innovative stars of that history is the VL1 – it was a groundbreaking synth, but was it just ‘wrong place, wrong time’?

Yamaha CS1x: The digital synth with an analogue style

It’s the early 90s and everyone is making dance music except you! What do you do? Get some cool Roland analogue gear, or a cheap blue Yamaha with a digital heart? You go blue!

Remembering the sounds of Casio VL-1, a pocket calculator with chiming noises

If you were a child of the early 80s, you might remember how maths lessons often reverberated to the sound of calculators and Casio VL-1s. By pressing down a special key they played a little melody…
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