The Japanese giant is surveying forums for input, although no firm commitment to a new product has been made.
Widely considered one of history's most-coveted synths, the CS-80 has become synonymous with Blade Runner, Vangelis and huge resale prices since its 1976 release. Now yamahamusicians.com moderator Derek Cook has shared text from an email sent by Yamaha. It links to a questionnaire on the Idea Scale forum that seeks input on the "basic conceptual direction if we were to make a new CS-80."
Yamaha stresses that the questions do not reflect "a commitment to build a product," and that the research represents an "initial focusing of the ideas offered so far."
Unlike competitors Roland and KORG, Yamaha has largely avoided releasing new versions of old products. However, the successful release of Deckard's Dream, an eight-voice analogue remake of the CS-80, further emphasised how the synth's imposing legacy could translate to consumer demand.