Phase84 – A Casio CZ Inspired Synth For iPad

phase-84-synthesizer-casio-software-synthesizerRetronyms has released Phase84 – described as ‘a next generation phase distortion synthesizer’, inspired by the classic phase distortion synthesis sounds of the Casio CZ line of synths.

Phase distortion synthesis is a form of waveshaping synthesis that has its roots in Casio’s CZ line of digital synthesizers from the 80s. It is designed to have the warmth of a subtractive (analog) synthesizer, yet be capable of the squelchy tones and sharp attacks of an FM synth.  Continue reading

Real Orchestra vs Virtual Instrument Mockups

orchestra-vs-synth-mockupsAre virtual instruments getting good enough to replace a traditional orchestra?

That’s one of the questions raised by an interesting series of posts at sound design site AudioCookbook.

UK composer Tom Player has been sharing a series of examples, looking at synth mockups of his compositions and comparing them to the final recordings with real orchestras. Continue reading