The Arturia MiniBrute Synthesizer Is ‘An Amazing Little Beast’

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Sweetwater’s Daniel Fisher takes a look at a prototype of the new Arturia MiniBrute Analog Synthesizer, which was one of the most exciting introductions at this year’s NAMM Show.

Fisher takes a thorough walkthrough of its parameters and features, with plenty of audio demos. The Minibrute can be controlled with CV, MIDI, or USB-MIDI, and it’s even got an external audio input that lets you run signals through the multi-mode filter and amplifier sections.

via SweetwaterSound

Casio CZ-1 Synthesizer

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The Casio CZ-1 was the top of the Casio’s CZ synthesizer line. The CZ series were a family of low-cost phase distortion synthesizers produced by Casio mid-1980s.

The CZ-1 synthesizer offered the classic CZ sound, but also featured stored splits and layers , velocity and aftertouch sensitivity. The CZ-1 also featured a backlit display – an improvement over the rest of the series.

There were eight models of CZ synthesizers released:

  • CZ-101
  • CZ-230S
  • CZ-1000
  • CZ-2000S
  • CZ-2600S
  • CZ-3000
  • CZ-5000
  • CZ-1

Additionally the home-keyboard model CT-6500 used 48 phase-distortion presets from the CZ line.

The CZ series were flexible synthesizers, and their price made programmable synthesizers affordable.

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Korg DW-8000 Does Vangelis’ Yamaha CS-80 Sound

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This is a quick audio demo of using a Korg DW-8000 to create Vangelis‘ signature Yamaha CS-80 sound.

Pretty good approximation, eh?

via BromusTbg:

I tried to do very famous Yamaha CS-80 sound on my DW-8000. I used aftertouch to LFO and filter modulation.