Arturia - CS-80V v1.6 (Pc/Mac/Universal)

From the homepage:
More than 25 years after its release, the time has come to rediscover a sound that has extensively contributed to the history of music...

In 1976, Yamaha introduced the CS-80. The price tag ($6,900) 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...But 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, who helped to turn this synthesizer into a real myth.

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.

PC :
Pentium II 500 MHz, 128 MB of RAM, Windows 9x/2000/ME/XP

G3 500 MHz, 128 MB of RAM, MacOS 9.x, Mac OS X 10.2

Sound Card :
Any sound card compatible with DirectX, ASIO, SoundManager or CoreAudio

A 260-paged paper manual is provided in 3 languages: French, English and Japanese.

Copy protection: the installation CD is only required each time you want to import new banks of presets or when you install an update patch of the product.

CS-80V in detail...


* Stereo synthesizer
* Polyphonic (8 voices)
* No aliasing from 0.1 Hz to 16 kHz
* 64-bit floating point precision
* Sampling rate: up to 96 kHz
* More than 400 presets, made by professionals
* Playable through a MIDI keyboard
* 2 oscillators
* 4 filters
* 2 LFOs
* 4 ADSR envelopes
* 2 VCAs
* 1 sub-oscillator (for vibrato)
* 1 arpeggiator
* 1 stereo delay
* 1 chorus
* 1 ring modulator
* Expression and sustain pedals
* Ribbon controller
* Polyphonic after touch
* Multi mode (allowing to assign a different sound to each polyphonic voice)
* Modulation matrix: a choice of 12 sources and 38 destinations

This is the v1.6 update of the CS-80V. This update is not compatible with the demo version. This update does not require the previous CS-80V updates to be installed on your computer.

What's new:

* Universal Binary support
* Vst 2.4 \ Cubase 4 ready
* Factory presets have been checked and re-tuned
* A new installer, regrouping all previous updates
* Bug fix: better Pro Tools integration

Price: 249 dollar