Arturia CS-80V Soft Synth  

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The Arturia CS-80V is a software reproduction of the revered Yamaha CS-80, which is considered by many as the ultimate polyphonic synthesizer. More than 25 years after its release, this soft synth enables musicians to rediscover and work with sounds that contributed extensively to the history of music.

The Arturia CS-80V virtual synthesizer offers all the features of the original synth, plus a new generation of innovative features, taking the original design to a new elevated level: a modulation matrix, a multitimbral mode, an arpeggiator, and a stereo delay.

The software synthesizer is based on TAE, the proprietary technology developed by Arturia, and already successfully used in the Moog Modular V. The CS-80V comes loaded with more than 400 presets made by a selection of talented sound designers.

In 1976, Yamaha introduced the CS-80. The price tag put it out of reach of most musicians, and the weight (220 lb.) made it sometimes hard to use on the stage. But the qualities of the CS-80, considered as Japan's first great synthesizer, made it famous in the music industry. The CS-80 was popularized in the late '70s and early '80s by artists and groups like Toto, Jean-Michel Jarre, Keith Emerson, Stevie Wonder, or Vangelis, who helped to turn this synthesizer into a giant.

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  • Stereo synthesizer
  • Polyphonic (8 voices)
  • No aliasing from 0.1Hz to 16kHz
  • 64-bit floating point precision
  • Sampling rate: up to 96kHz
  • More than 400 presets, made by professionals
  • Playable through a MIDI keyboard
  • 2 oscillators
  • 4 filters
  • 2 LFOs
  • 4 ADSR envelopes
  • 2 VCAs
  • Sub-oscillator (for vibrato)
  • Arpeggiator
  • Stereo delay
  • Chorus
  • Ring modulator
  • Expression and sustain pedals
  • Ribbon controller
  • Polyphonic aftertouch
  • Multimode (allowing to assign a different sound to each polyphonic voice)
  • Required Configurations
    PC: Pentium II 500MHz, 128MB RAM, Windows 9x/2000/ME/XP
    MAC: G3 500MHz, 128MB RAM, MacOS 9.x, Mac OS X.2

    Any soundcard compatible with DirectX, ASIO, Sound Manager or Core Audio
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Fails to capture spirit of the original

By WorldBLee

from Chico, CA

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Comments about Arturia CS-80V Soft Synth:

I am surprised to see all 5-star reviews as I found the audio quality of this VST very much lacking. Feature-wise it's great (several additions not in the original including more modulation choices) but it sounds thin and rather boring with the echo and chorus turned off (they are ON in most of the factory patches). The famous CS80 presets accessible from the panel buttons are also quite lacking. I have version 2.3 of the CS-80V but the inexpensive ME80 VST from a one-man shop (MemoryMoon; I am not associated with them FYI) beats the pants off Arturia's more polished product when it comes to actual playing and recording. I would love it if Arturia was able to capture the magic of the CS80 in a future version but I'm not optimistic. I've worked hard to get good sounds out of this VST but have concluded they simply aren't there--but they are there in the ME80, fortunately for me as a Vangelis aficionado.


B4 you by

By 99vJg-I5R

from ohio

Comments about Arturia CS-80V Soft Synth:

I recently purchased a copy of this.. its a great synth but beware that this is not a VSTi so if u use fl studio you will run into problems. u can still use it but its very annoying


Great Sounding - CPU Hog

By ZenMachine

from Oregon

Comments about Arturia CS-80V Soft Synth:

This is a fantastic recreation of the famous Yamaha CS-80 by Arturia. I'm not too hip on soft synths being faithful to original analog synths, but this one is pretty close to the original if not quite as analog/buzzy/fat. From the very first chord you hit, you'll be impressed. My main complaint is that this unit is that it's a resource hog. Unless you're running a powerful system with lots of RAM, be prepared to have a minimum amount of voices at your disposal especially when multi-tracking with other instruments. Users not familiar with the CS-80 may find that, while more modular than the original, the CS-80v doesn't have as diverse of sounds as many soft synths of today.



By Migal

from Glendale, AZ

Comments about Arturia CS-80V Soft Synth:

Great VSTi. Yes, it does Vangelis very well. I was playing Chariots on a stock split patch a few minutes after I had it running. The interface is a great emulation, right down to the little spinning cooling fans in the corners.


It sounds like the original

By muso-2EDi9

from Ashland, OR

Comments about Arturia CS-80V Soft Synth:

I was really impressed by the depth of sound - there are sooooo many controls to deal with... it took a bit to get used to the layout, but it is true to the original in that regard :) Also, a bit of a CPU hog - but it's sound is really lush and worth it.


A Tangerine Dream come true!

By XFenderman1950

from Johnson City, TN

Comments about Arturia CS-80V Soft Synth:

A stunning recreation of the classic super-synth. I've only used the demo so far, but I can't wait for it to arrive in the mail. Imagine a very expensive synth for peanuts - you gotta be absolutely nuts not to like it. My hat's off to the French - here's another winner after the Moog Modular VST, red Bordeaux and ripe Brie! Uncork the Champagne and celebrate the new arrival.

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