Looking to add a touch of classic synths to your tracks? Check out today’s featured instrument called VirtualCZ. It samples the very popular CZ line of synths from the 80’s. Many people still use it today in electronic dance music, due to the fact that the sounds of the pads, bass and leads are just so unique and retro. One of the most common uses of the CZ is the rave organ sounds.
CZ uses phase distortion which is kind of similar to FM synthesis, but easier to understand. There is also a big stereo “unison” feature to get those big, thick and wide lead sounds that are so fleeting in dance music production. There are also the classic ADSR envelopes along with the classic 8 stage MSEC knobs for those in the know. The 200 presets that come with Virtual CZ range from the retro originals to brand new modern sounds.
Features List For Virtual CZ
Recreates the unique synthesis engine of the CZ synths
Works as a SYSEX editor/librarian for all CZ hardware as well as an emulation.(it models the flagship CZ-1, but is also compatible with the CZ-101, CZ-1000, CZ-3000 and CZ-5000)
2 CZ-style Phase Distortion oscillators per voice (each has 8 wave shapes, which can be different for alternate cycles)
6 loop-able envelope generators per voice (switchable between easy-to-use ADSR and powerful CZ-style 8-Stage MSEG modes)
Tempo sync-able LFO for vibrato, with 7 shapes
Ring Modulation and Noise Modulation
32 voice polyphonic/mono/legato modes
Unison and detuning effects
Stereo panning effects
Microtonal tuning support
Vintage stereo chorus/ensemble effect (2 different algorithms)
Randomization of parameters
Easy to use interface (all key synthesis functions accessible on the front panel)
Includes over 200 high quality presets plus ability to load thousands of CZ patches online
Presets come in multiple formats: fxp/aupreset/vstpreset/tfx
Import/export presets for all plugin formats
Optional cross-format preset browser
Available for Mac and PC in VST2, VST3, AU and AAX plug-in formats plus standalone app
As you can see, VirtualCZ really does bring retro back with the classic sounds of the CZ synth. If you’re looking for some inspiration and unique sounds, look no further than picking up the VirtualCZ synth today.