Casio has introduced CZ App for iPad – a new software synthesizer, designed to reproduce the sound of Casio’s best-selling CZ-series models.
The CZ App features a built-in 4-part PD (phase distortion) sound source. Its 36 waveforms are capable of generating an extensive and diverse range of sounds. The created tones can also be played on MIDI-compatible instruments.
Here’s a video demo: Continue reading
Casio has introduced two new Trackformer DJ products, the XW-DJ1 DJ Controller and XW-PD1 Groove Center. Continue reading
Coffeeshopped has released CZ Touch – an iOS patch editor for the Casio CZ line of synthesizers.
CZ Touch gives you touch-based control over all of the voice parameters on your CZ synthesizer. Make a change on the screen, and the change is instantly sent to your synthesizer.
According to the developer, CZ-Touch supports the Casio CZ-101, CZ-1000, or CZ-5000. Continue reading
It looks like Casio will be introducing some new electronic music gear at the 2015 NAMM Show. Continue reading
Retronyms 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
Here’s a sneak preview, via Retronyms, of their latest software synthesizer, Digits.
Digits is based on phase distortion synthesis, pioneered in the classic Casio CZ hardware synthesizer. Continue reading
Plugin Boutique has announced VirtualCZ – a new plug-in, inspired by the classic Casio CZ phase distortion synthesizers of the 80s.
The synthesis engine of the original hardware is modeled 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 easier to edit, since all the important synthesis parameters have their own control. It also includes things not found on the originals such as switchable envelope generators (ADSR or 8-Stage MSEG) and Unison modes. Continue reading
In the Casio Music Gear video Synthesis 101, Casio’s Mike Martin explores the basics of Oscillators, Filters, Envelopes, LFOs and more, using the PX-5S and XW-P1.