Plugin Boutique introduces VirtualCZ – Inspired by the iconic series of digital synths created in the 1980s
Many people fondly remember the CZ synths, and they have become retro classics in high demand as they have been used on countless techno, house, rave and synthpop records in the late 80s and early 90s.
Many artists still use the CZ today for its unique sound, including great pads and synth strings, screaming leads, big basses, weird effects, metal percussion, and most of all, RAVE ORGANS. Like many timeless synths, it has a unique sound quality and would be a welcome addition to any synth collection.
If you’re new to CZ, you’ll find that VirtualCZ delivers the same sound quality as its hardware predecessor, plus new features that update the sound.
As with hardware, VirtualCZ uses Phase Distortion, which is similar to FM synthesis but easier to program.
Big stereo UNISON sounds (new feature!) – great for modern synth beats.
Familiar ADSR envelopes (or switch to 8 Stage MSEG for the purists!)
200 quality presets with retro and modern sound.
For the Power User: Amazing New Features with a Modern Workflow :
If you’re familiar with CZ synths, we think you’ll find that VirtualCZ accurately mimics the sound of hardware in both sound and feel, and also offers some great new features.
VirtualCZ reflects the synthesis architecture of the original.
All the main synthesis functions are on the front panel with a graphical display – no more menus!
It can download and transfer CZ patches (it works as a system editor for hardware).
Works as a SYSEX editor/librarian for all CZ hardware, as well as an emulator (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 waveforms that can vary for interleaved loops)
6 envelope generators with loop capability per voice (switchable between easy-to-use ADSR and powerful CZ-style 8-Stage MSEG mode) )
Tempo-synced LFO for 7-shape vibrato.
Ring modulation and noise modulation.
32-voice polyphony/mono/legato modes.
Unison and detuning effects.
Stereo panning effects.
Support for microtonal tuning.
Vintage stereo chorus/ensemble effect (2 different algorithms)
Easy to use interface (all major synthesis functions are available on the front panel)
Includes over 200 high quality presets as well as the ability to download thousands of CZ patches online.
Presets come in different 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 and as a standalone application.