Casio releases CZ App for iPad

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Casio has released CZ App for iPad, a virtual synthesizer app based on Casio’s best-selling CZ series of synthesizers, including the CZ-101 model released in 1984.

Casio CZ App for iPad

Along with its electronic musical instruments, Casio has been developing musical apps with the goal of providing the joy of playing music to more and more people. To date, Casio has released several apps that have become widely popular: Chordana Viewer and Chordana Tap, which automatically detect the chord progressions of songs; as well as Musical Practice Tool, a useful app for practicing a musical instrument or singing.

Now Casio has released the CZ App for iPad, an iPad app that recreates its best-selling CZ series of classic synthesizers and includes several all-new functions. CZ App for iPad allows up to four separate parts to be played using the original Phase Distortion sound source by Casio, and features 36 types of waveforms for producing a wide range of sounds.

The app is available for purchase for $19.99 USD.

More information: Casio / CZ App for iPad

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Image-Line updates Deckadance mixing software to v2.42

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Image-Line has released version 2.42 of Deckadance, a DJ mixing software for Windows and Mac.

Image-Line Deckadance

Deckadance 2.42 adds Elastique v3 engine with improved transient processing, multi controller support (via scripting), native support for Behringer CMD 2A and Casio XW-DJ1.

Changes in Deckadance v2.42

  • Elastique v3 engine with improved transient processing.
  • Multi controller support (via scripting).
  • Added native support for Behringer CMD 2A.
  • Added native support for Casio XW-DJ1.
  • Fixed iTunes library importing problem for OSX (Yosemite update).
  • Fixed manual editing of filepaths in the song manager.
  • Changed preferences dialog window for MIDI scripting and ILRemote areas.
  • Changed the following script commands from toggle to momentary: SYNC_LOCK, SNAP, LOOP, LEAP, KEY_LOCK, FX_(HIGH/MID/LOW)_BAND_GROUP and EFFECT_ON.

Deckadance for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for $79 USD. Deckadance – DVS edition is $149 USD. New Image-Line customers can save 10% off their purchase here.

More information: Image-Line / Deckadance

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Plugin Boutique Giveaway: VirtualCZ synthesizer plugin (3 copies)

Plugin Boutique’s VirtualCZ phase distortion synthesizer plug-in has been awarded Best Software Synthesizer of the year by MusicTech Magazine.

Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ

If you’re sick of real analogue, virtual analogue and a sea of classic analogue emulations, this is a must-buy, if only to realise that digital wasn’t as bad as we all made out.

This is an accessible, flexible and, most importantly, a hugely inspirational synth. And at just £59.95 it is the steal of the year. Get it now

In celebration of this award, Plugin Boutique is offering rekkerd.org readers a chance to win a copy of VirtualCZ. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post before January 18th, 2015, 11.59pm CET.

Three winners will be picked at random from all comments. Good luck!

More information: Plugin Boutique / VirtualCZ

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Plugin Boutique updates VirtualCZ synth plugin to v1.0.2

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Plugin Boutique has released version 1.0.2 of VirtualCZ, a phase distortion synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ

The synthesis engine of the original hardware is modelled in the plug-in which can load and transmit CZ SYSEX patches, but the plug-in goes beyond the hardware to offer new sound possibilities and usability features. It’s much more fun to edit, since all the important synthesis parameters have their own control. It includes things not found on the originals such as switchable envelope generators (ADSR or 8-Stage MSEG) and Unison modes.

Changes in VirtualCZ v1.0.2

  • Added MIDI Learn (right click control).
  • Improved note stealing behaviour.
  • Fixed sustain pedal behaviour (really fixed it this time).
  • (AAX/OS X) tooltips enabled.
  • (Win) Fixed authorisation issues with non ASCII characters in name.
  • (AAX/Win) Alt-click works on Windows 8.
  • (AU/OS X) increase the frequency of GUI updates from automation.
  • Added error message if serial not correct.
  • Minor correction to the manual.

The plugin is available for purchase for £60.45 GBP.

More information: Plugin Boutique / VirtualCZ

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Plugin Boutique VirtualCZ & BigKick 30% off in Black Friday Sale

Plugin Boutique is offering a 30% discount on the VirtualCZ phase distortion synthesizer and BigKick kick drum synth plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Plugin Boutique 30% off VirtualCZ & BigKick

VirtualCZ uses Phase Distortion – which is similar to FM Synthesis but easier to program!It can make great pads, leads, bass, percussion and RAVE ORGAN sounds that will fit into a wide variety of genres. Many people fondly remember the CZ synths and they have become retro-classics that are highly sought after, having been used on countless techno, house, rave and synth-pop records in the late 80s and early 90s. Lots of artists still use them today for their unique sounds.

BigKick is designed to make kick drum design fast, easy and enjoyable. It has a carefully selected set of features to help you get results quickly. And, unlike many other tools, the controls are limited to values that produce useful kick drum samples. It also lets you make the best possible use of existing sound libraries you have.

The sale ends December 2nd, 2014.

More information: Plugin Boutique

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