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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.
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."