Plugin Boutique has launched a sale on the VirtualCZ software synthesizer, offering a 40% discount on the plugin that recreates the unique synthesis engine of the Casio CZ synths.
The CZ series are digital synths that use a technique known as Phase Distortion – a close relative of Frequency Modulation (FM) made popular by Yamaha’s DX series. Unlike FM synthesis, CASIO’s Phase Distortion method is very simple to control. Dramatic changes in the audio spectrum can be created by manipulating one parameter. This has a similar effect to changing the filter cutoff frequency in subtractive synthesis, although there is no filter in Phase Distortion synthesis.
The CZ synths were some of the first affordable poly-phonic synthesisers, but were valued for their unique sound above anything else. They are capable of producing interesting synth string, brass and pad sounds as well as great bells,metallic percussion and synth bass.
VirtualCZ is on sale for £39.95 GBP / $47 USD until June 1st, 2020.
A purchase also includes a free copy of the Sunshine State expansion, which includes 64 additional presets.
More information: Plugin Boutique