GX-80 Testimonials

“I've spent considerable time playing a GX-1 and a CS-80. You've captured the nature of GX-1. By putting its roar under the hood, the CS-80 emulation sounds so much more realistic. Frankly, this is the instrument that Yamaha should have built!”

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Michael Whalen
Emmy® Award-winning film & TV composer, and international recording artist

“I have used both the GX-1 and the CS-80 for many years and they do not sound or perform like anything else. GX-80 uncannily captures the essence of Yamaha’s polyphonic heyday in the mid-70s and the results are so powerful, expressive, and flexible.”

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Vince Pupillo Jr
Sound designer, musician
Associate Director of EMEAPP (Electronic Music Education Preservation Project)

“As an engineer at CBS Studios London, many producers hired the CS-80 for their sessions. GX-80 captures all the vibe of the original monster but also takes a giant leap forward to the future, incorporating stunning studio-quality FX.”

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Steve Levine
GRAMMY, Musicweek, and Brit award-winning record producer, songwriter, and engineer
Culture Club, The Beach Boys, Millie Jackson, Deniece Williams, China Crisis, Motörhead, Ziggy Marley, Gary Moore

“GX-80 is really fantastic. The aftertouch implementation is quite amazing. You’ve managed to create pseudo poly AT out of channel pressure! The power of this thing!! It feels like you’re sitting in the seat of an F1 race car. Blown away.”

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Adrian Lee
Keyboardist, producer, film composer
Mike & The Mechanics, Toyah, Cliff Richard, Stephen Bishop, Joan Armatrading, Chris de Burgh, 10cc

“Combining the GX-1 and CS-80 in this fabulous recreation+ is a bonus beyond all expectation. The presets are glorious. That this magnificent beast is available at this price is staggering. An instant classic.”

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Howard Goodall
EMMY, BRIT and BAFTA award-winning composer of choral music, stage musicals, film and TV scores
Rowan Atkinson, Red Dwarf, Blackadder, Mr. Bean, The Thin Blue Line, The Vicar of Dibley, The Catherine Tate Show, and more

“I’ve been working on the CS-80 most of my life, and I can attest that GX-80 is spot on. It adds the functions you wish the original had, like the GX filter and synced functions. I’m finding its warmth and accurate character a joy and inspiration.”

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Jon Carin
Musician, singer, songwriter and producer
Pink Floyd, The Who, David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Pete Townshend, Eddie Vedder, Kate Bush, and Richard Butler

“When I worked for Vangelis, it took 2 or 3 of us to move his CS-80s and this is two of those in one softsynth. I hear all the character and quality of both Stevie's "Dream Machine" and Vangelis' favourite synth dripping from every preset.”

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Paul Wiffen
Musician, sound designer, and synth programmer
Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Stevie Wonder, Geoff Downes, Keith Emerson, and many others. Creator of the original Synthex presets.

“Once again, you guys have knocked it out of the park. The extra GX functions are amazing, and being able to double up two layers is huge. Literally. I bought a Deckard’s Dream a few years ago and now I’m not sure that I need it.”

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Joe McGinty
The Psychedelic Furs, Ryan Adams, The Ramones, Martha Wainwright, Ronnie Spector, Spacehog, and many more

“The GX-80 brings me back to my roots when I used the mighty CS-80. I’ve already started to easily program my familiar sounds from the past, and the GX additions make them even bigger. Very exciting!”

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Jim Gilmour

“GX-80 is a beast! As soon as I heard it, I was transported back to when I first played a CS-80 in a music store. It really sounds amazing and gives all the feelings you’d hope for and more! I’m very happy to have it in my live performance setup.”

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Steve Weingart
Pianist, keyboardist, composer
Steve Lukather, Renee Jones, Simon Phillips, Dave Weckl, Kenny Rankin, Chaka Khan, Marilyn Scott, and many more

“GX-80 is hands down one of the most expressive instruments in my vast arsenal of synths. They beautifully captured all we have come to celebrate and revere about the GX-1 and CS-80, evoking emotion in a cinematic and majestic way.”

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Christian Matthew Cullen
Keyboardist, sound designer
Night Ranger, Alan Parsons, Santana, Journey, Cheap Trick, Styx, The Motels, Starship, and many more

“After installing the GX-80 I randomly loaded a preset - it was 'Deep Space Impact.' I hit a key and that thing nearly took my head off! This synth is massive, gorgeous, and dripping with character!”

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Ken Evans
Electronic musician, Producer
Tycho Brahe, Peter Hook & The Light, Tycho Sound Design

“Goosebumps. That was my first impression when I opened the GX-80 in my DAW. The absolutely original combination of GX-1 and CS-80 in your GX-80 makes this synth peerless!”

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Majed Salih
Musician, producer
Medievil Music

“Authentic analog textures wrapped up in a slick user interface. If, like me, you're in the nostalgia business, then the GX-80 will effortlessly allow you to sonically transport your listeners to a bygone era!”