Arturia's CS80 V is the reproduction of the legendary Yamaha CS-80, considered by many as the ultimate polyphonic synthesizer back in the late 70’s.
It has been popularized by many famous artists and groups of that era and they all helped to turn this synthesizer into a legend. More than twenty five years after its release, Arturia has brought a sound that has extensively contributed to the history of music back to life.
Arturia CS80 V2 Updated Features
- 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
- Additional Bug fixes
In 1976, Yamaha introduced the CS-80, but the price tag put it out of reach of most musicians and the weight (220 lbs or 100 kg) made it sometimes hard to use on the stage. The qualities of the CS-80, considered as Japans first great synthesizer, made it immediately famous in the music industry. The CS-80 was popularised in the late 70's and early 80's by artists and groups like Toto, Jean-Michel Jarre, Keith Emerson, Stevie Wonder or Vangelis.
The CS-80V 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
But is the sound of the CS-80V really close to the original? We would tend to say yes, as the synthesizer is based on TAE, the proprietary technology developed by Arturia, and already successfully used in the Moog Modular V.
TAE - True Analog Emulation
- All the original parameters of the Yamaha CS-80
- 2 oscillators
- 4 filters (high pass, low pass)
- 2 LFOs, 4 envelopes, 2 VCAs
- 1 sub-oscillator (LFO), 1 ring modulator
- chorus and tremolo
- Added Delay effect
- Multi Mode: assign a different sound to each of the 8 voices of polyphony!
- Modulation Matrix with 12 sources
- Modulates a choice of 38 destination parameters
- More than 400 presets made by some of the most famous sound designers
- Polyphonic aftertouch
- 1 Arpeggiator
- Expression and sustain pedals
- Ribbon controller
- No aliasing from 0.1 Hz to 16 kHz
- 64-bit floating point precision
- Up to 96 kHz Sampling rate
Arturia's exclusive technology which accurately reproduces, tone, waveshape, tuning and other detailed characteristics of an analog synthesizer.
What are the main characteristics and advantages of the TAE technology?
- Better reproduction of analog oscillators - TAE recreates the characteristics of analog oscillators in amazing detail. The transparency and clarity of our analog synthesizer emulations give the musician a freedom to be inspired by classic sounds or explore new textures with the expectation that previous limitations of digital oscillators will not interrupt the creative flow.
- Better reproduction of analog filters - Filters are a major element in substractive sound synthesis. It is important to reproduce the exact characteristics of analog filters in the digital domain, as well as the individual characteristics of classics instruments that give them each their characteristic sound.
- Implementation of soft clipping - Soft clipping can give the sound more punch and deeper basses, together with limiting the amplitude of the sound. It is another important point that gives analog synthesis its sound and attitude.
Explore hundreds of sounds using the 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-traveller.