Casio’s mid-‘80s digital synths were light on price and big on sound. One listen and you’ll be really big on the new, improved CZ V.

Like you, we love synths of every flavor. That’s why we just had to recreate the true essence of Casio’s patented phase distortion synthesis that made their CZ series so popular. You don’t need to understand how phase distortion works—just let your ears tell you how cool and unique it would sound in your music.

As you’ve come to expect from all of Arturia’s V Collection, our enhancements transform CZ into an even more formidable sonic force that can transform your music.

A simpler kind of powerful digital synthesis

Released in 1984, the CZ-101 was Casio’s answer to the wildly popular Yamaha DX7. It was significantly less expensive and infinitely easier to program than its rival. Instead of frequency modulation, Casio’s phase distortion (PD) used various user-selected waveforms to modulate the timing of simple carrier waves at the cycle level in order to create more complex wave shapes. This simplified form of digital synthesis made it comparatively easy to perfect a wide variety of timbres spanning warm pads, natural percussion, buzzy digitalia, sci-fi effects and even analog synths. While PD could sound similar to FM, it also had a unique sonic signature all its own.

The CZ sound helped propel artists like Salt-N-Pepa, Was (Not Was), and Vince Clarke into the spotlight. Let’s add your name to the list.

Classic Casio Phase Distortion
+ cutting-edge Arturia modeling
= infinite sonic possibilities for you

Imagine a virtual instrument that realistically models every nuance of the CZ-101—and with four times the polyphony and zillions more presets. What if it gave you an intuitive graphic interface that unlocked of all the hidden jewels in this unique digital synth? And what if it now had additional envelopes, filters, LFOs, effects, and extensive beat-sync-to-host parameters? Oh, and what if you could interconnect all that via a new super-flexible modulation matrix? We’ve faithfully reproduced the instrument that brought ‘80s pop to new heights.

Yeah... we did that!

Marcus Lambkin

Artists Corner

The V Collection has so much to offer but the surprise stand out for me could be the Casio CZ-V. I keep coming back to it again and again. The interface is so easy to use and so much fun to play around with that it's very hard to resist. Easily one of my favorites.
Marcus Lambkin
( Shit Robot )
Jason O'Bryan

Artists Corner

In today’s world of endless synthesis possibilities, it is increasingly rare to find a synth that demands your attention quite like the Arturia CZ V phase distortion synthesiser, with just a few tweaks to the beautifully crafted presets, unique and endless sonic landscapes began to emerge. Intuitive, emotive and inspirational in equal measure, the CZ V is my new favourite software synthesiser.
Jason O'Bryan
( Abbey Road Institute )

All the presets you need

Access a full library of great sounds from world-class designers the moment you launch CZ V.

Unlike the hardware version, CZ V can store an infinite number of sounds—and we’ve put together a great collection to inspire you immediately. Arturia’s universal library system let you search and organize patches according to categories and tags. With more than 450 presets covering a whole host of zingy bass, lead, key, and pad sounds, CZ V will add some inimitable bite and edge to your tracks. CZ V can even import SysEx patch data from Casio CZ-series hardware so you can access your favorite presets from your own library or those available from decades of user posts.

Now it’s time to elevate your music to a new cruising altitude with CZ V’s, producing and performing tomorrow’s music.

Sound Corner

Discover the sound of CZ V. The CZ series is to phase distortion what DX7 was to FM. Although similarities can be found between the two worlds, phase distortion is way more simple to program, and usually resulted in smoother sounds. The DCW (Digitally Controlled Waveform) parameter, controlling the amount of phase distortion, morphs the sound from a sine wave to a destination waveform, giving the synth its signature, and making it the perfect companion to infuse 80s digital tone in your sounds.

Sound Corner

Chunky House (Thomas Koot)

Cinematic (New Loops)

DrumBass Desires (JMB)

Lost Land (Don Solaris)

Mouvances (Paul Schilling)

Nostalgia (Cubic Spline)

SlowCore (Cubic Spline)

Trance (Thomas Koot)

Tropical Serenade (Lily Jordy)

Included in V Collection

This instrument is also part of the V Collection -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

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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