Arturia CZ V License - Phase Distortion Cult Classic

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Arturia CZ V License - Phase Distortion Cult Classic


Arturia CZ V License - Phase Distortion Cult Classic

CZ V is a software reimagining of Casio’s® CZ-1 and CZ-101 synthesizers, designed as a response to the FM instruments of the ‘80s. Explore the distinctly malleable sounds of phase distortion synthesis, reshaped with cutting-edge plugin flexibility.

Digital done differently.Modeling done flawlessly.

Casio’s phase distortion synthesis was a relative of FM but simpler to use, achieving patches that sounded both ‘digital’ and ‘analog’ with equal ease.

It became a sonic staple for artists including Eurythmics, Salt-N-Pepa, and Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yaz, Erasure), who famously stacked up eight CZ-101 synths and a sequencer. CZ V gives you more of what the CZ was loved for in every way – and more.

Expertly Engineered

Our DSP crew reverse-engineered the core code of the CZ, then added features to make phase distortion even more compelling today.

Shockingly Flexible

The CZ series is used on all kinds of songs because it produced so many sounds so well. Let CZ V do the same for you.


Wringing a ton of sonic range out of just a handful of parameters, CZ V is one of the quickest paths from a sound in your head to sound in your speakers.


We amped up the CZ with up to 32 voices of polyphony, four FX slots, eight envelopes, and everything but a flux capacitor.

More than justa phase

The CZ-101 defined a whole new way of creating the sounds keyboardists and producers wanted. This put Casio® on the map as a maker of serious professional synthesizers. CZ V puts phase distortion back on the map with the ultimate version of this groundbreaking synthesis technology.

In the early ’80s, Casio wasn’t about to sit still while the DX7 took over the world. Fortunately, they had a platform to build on — a high-end synth workstation called Cosmo. It’s the direct ancestor of the CZ-101, whose mini keys and $499 price tag put real synthesis in the hands of a new generation of musicians.

Main Features

  • Two synthesis lines and independent noise source
  • All CZ-101/CZ-1000 original parameters
  • 8 original waveform and custom waveform editor
  • Original CZ SysEx import
  • CZ, DADSR and Multi-Segments envelopes (syncable and loopable) to control pitch, DCW and amplitude
  • 2 Modulation envelopes
  • 4 assignable macros
  • Advanced modulation matrix
  • A Sample and Hold module, 2 LFOs with 6 waveforms, 3 sources combinators and an Arpeggiator
  • 4 FXs slots that can be routed in serie or per synthesis line
  • A synthesis line state viewer for real-time feedback
  • Emulation of the original CZ DAC
  • 32 voices of polyphony
  • Up to 8 voices of unison with unison detune
  • Over 400 factory presets

Platform specifications


  • Win 8.1+ (64bit)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2.5 GHz CPU
  • 2GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).


  • Mac OS 10.13+
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2.5 GHz CPU
  • 2GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU


  • The software is protected by the Arturia Software Center. 

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