Retronyms Intros New Phase Distortion Synth, Digits

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

VirtualCZ Phase Distortion Synth Inspired By Classic Casio CZ Synthesizers

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

Casio Intros Two New Inexpensive Sampling Keyboards

Casio-CTK-2090V

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.

LK-240_F, 11.2.22, 2:05 PM,  8C, 2486x6088 (1458+381), 88%, straight 6 sto,  1/30 s, R62.3, G47.8, B77.2 Continue reading

Casio Giving Away Two Limited Edition XW-P1 Synthesizers

casio-synthesizer-giveawayCasio 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.

Casio Privia PX5S First Look

Here’s a quick look at the new Casio Privia PX5S from the 2013 NAMM Show.

On first look, the new keyboard could be mistaken for one of Casio’s standard electric pianos. But, as this video demonstrates, it much deeper, offering synthesis features, insert effects, four-zone MIDI controller capabilities, a hammer action keyboard, four arpeggiators, 256 voice polyphony and more.

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