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Arturia CS-80 V Software Download
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A replication of one of the most popular Yamaha synths of the 70s with some exceptional modern twists.

The Arturia CS-80 V 2.0 virtual synth is the reproduction of the legendary Yamaha CS-80, which was considered by many as the "ultimate polyphonic synthesizer," back in the late 70s. It was made popular by artists and groups like Toto, Jean-Michel Jarre, Keith Emerson, Stevie Wonder, Vangelis, Ultravox, and Peter Gabriel, just to name a few. More than 25 years after its release, the time has come to rediscover a sound that has extensively contributed to the history of music.

Sound MAP:
Explore hundreds of sounds in this virtual instrument software using Arturia's revolutionary Sound MAP. Locate areas you like and pick a sound that will stimulate your creativity. Morph sounds on the MAP by clicking anywhere you like. Add filters to make your search easier, or get back to the traditional list of presets, by sound-designer or by type. Be creative, be funky, be a sound-traveler.

The Arturia CS-80 V 2.0 virtual instrument offers all the features of the original, plus a new generation of innovative features, taking the original design to a new elevated level:

• A modulation matrix to rebuild all circuits gives you a choice of 12 sources and 38 destinations for 10 additional modulations
• A Multi Mode allows you to assign a different sound to each polyphonic voice. 4 different keyboard sections for "multitimbrality," with the possibility to direct each voice (4 polyphonic modes, and 3 unison modes from 2 to 8 voices)
• An arpeggiator and a stereo delay

The Arturia CS-80 V 2.0 virtual instrument comes loaded with more than 400 presets made by a selection of talented sound designers.

A little history lesson
In 1976, Yamaha introduced the CS-80, a synthesizer based on the same circuits as the GX1. The price tag ($6900) put it out of the reach of most musicians, and the weight (83kgs with stand) made it sometimes hard to use on stage. But the qualities of this Yamaha synthesizer, considered Japan's first great synth, made it immediately famous in the music industry.

Thanks to it's heavy use in the late 70s and early 80s by a number of pop groups, including Electric Light Orchestra, Toto, Paul McCartney and Wings, Vangelis, Bon Jovi, Jean-Michel Jarre, Geoffrey Down, Stevie Wonder, and many others, the CS-80 turned into a real myth.

Peter Forrest (in the "A-Z of Analogue Synthesizers") says: "When it comes to trying to decide which of the top-flight synths is the best ever, it's not easy. But if you are looking at richness of sound coupled with performance power, and sheer overkill, maybe nothing can touch it."

Arturia CS-80 V Software Download Features:

  • All the original parameters of the Yamaha CS-80 synth: 2 oscillators, 4 filters (high pass, low pass), 2 LFOs, 4 envelopes, 2 VCAs, 1 sub-oscillator (LFO), 1 ring modulator, chorus, and tremolo
    New effect: Delay
    New Multi Mode: assign a different sound to each of the 8 voices of polyphony
    New Modulation Matrix with 12 sources to modulate a choice of 38 destination parameters
    More than 400 presets made by a selection of the most famous sound designers
    Polyphonic aftertouch
    1 Arpeggiator
    Expression and sustain pedals
    Ribbon controller
    No aliasing from 0.1Hz to 16kHz
    64-bit floating point precision
    Sampling rate: up to 96kHz

    New to V 2.0 Virtual Instrument Software
    Switch to Syncrosoft copy protection
    VCF audio quality improvements
    Ring modulator audio quality improvements
    A revolutionary preset navigation system called the SoundMap
    Lower CPU utilization on Mac OSX
    Better Audio Unit compatibility (Digital Performer most notably)
    Ability to use NRPN MIDI messages for automation
    Better handling of control surfaces while changing preset
    New presets added
    MIDI RPN "pitch bend range" message is now recognized
    Bug fixes

Arturia CS-80 V Software Download Specifications:

  • Required Minimum Configuration:
    PC: 512MB RAM; CPU 2GHz (Multiple cores recommended)
    Mac: 512MB RAM; CPU 2GHz (Multiple cores recommended)
    Platform Specifications:
    Windows: XP/VISTA/SEVEN
    Mac OS X: 10.4 or higher and Universal Binary
    Win: Standalone, VST, RTAS
    Mac: Standalone, VST, RTAS, AU

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