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.
Casio America has introduced two inexpensive digital sampling keyboards, the CTK-2090, above, and the LK-175V, below. They will be sold exclusively at Target.
According to Casio, build on the legacy of the SK-1, an inexpensive 8-bit sampler from nearly 30 years ago, that offered the ability to synthesize sounds from waveforms, envelopes, vibrato, portamento, rhythms, and sampling.
In this video, Tom Carpenter of Analogue Solutions offers his holiday greetings with his take on Jingle Bells – on the extremely rare, cheestacular Casio KX101: Continue reading
Casio is giving away two custom XW-G1 synthesizers, styled by design duo, Dee & Ricky Jackson.
Only two units of the Limited Edition XW-G1 synthesizer were created, which feature the designer duo’s Lego block design and neon leopard print patterns.
Casio is hosting the giveaway on their Facebook page through August.
Sunday Synth Jam: This synth jam, via Icebreaker Audio, features a mix of cheap lo-fi vintage gear with modular synths.
Technical details: Continue reading