CS-80 V

Animoid articulate synthesizer

CS-80 V faithfully resurrects the most famous Japanese synthesizer of all time in software form; a nexus of unmatched expressivity, distinctly cinematic sound, and cutting-edge softsynth enhancements for a virtual instrument that’s almost human.

Evolution of
the species

For some, it’s the sound of Blade Runner. For others, it’s a keyboard that offers more expressive control and flexibility than anything before or since.

For you, CS-80 V is a chance to experience a true titan of synthesis, a retro sound design staple, and an emotive instrument that begs to be played.

Discover an unmistakably bold analog sound that’s defined countless records, soundtracks, and genres, fused with a sprawling expressive architecture, enhanced to respond to every aspect of your musical style.

Expressive, alive

This is no ordinary softsynth; CS-80 V is a living, breathing thing that responds to every element of your musicality. Its array of expressive controls and reactive architecture produces a sound that’s an extension of yourself.

Cinematic sound

Glistening pads steeped in retro-futuristic charm, tense bass you can feel in your chest, plucky modulated leads that demand full attention; CS-80 V is pure analog theatricality. Whatever your story, this is your soundtrack.

Modern enhancements

No other synth sounds like it, but CS-80 V’s host of modern features fits right into your modern production setup. With enhancements like MPE compatibility and analog dispersion, enliven your mix with authentic, evocative, timeless sound without compromising the software flexibility you need.

Rebuilt from the ground up

CS-80 V represents the pinnacle of software modeling, virtualizing every circuit and component of the original, retrofitted with functionality for the modern production workflow. Simply the best replicant there is.

A watershed
in synth history

Designed to put a renowned instrument company on the synthesizer map, the CS-80 exceeded every expectation to become a staple instrument for everyone from Toto to Vangelis.

Its expressive controls, distinct interface, and rich organic sound was sought after then; nowadays, it’s almost mythical. CS-80 V carries this legacy forward, in all its authentic glory, locked and loaded for your virtual studio.

Giving this legend the virtual instrument it deserves is one of the more challenging projects we’ve ever taken on. We’re delighted with the results and we hope you will be, too.

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By the 1970s, Yamaha knew synthesis was the future of the pro keyboard market. Prior to the CS-80, they had stuck two rather different toes in this water: the compact, monophonic SY-1 and the titanic GX-1. The latter looked like a large console organ with three manuals and pedals, and only a few major stars ponied up the $60,000 price. But those stars included Keith Emerson, Stevie Wonder, and John Paul Jones, and they loved theirs. The “concept car” was a success, and it was time for the production model.

Yamaha released the CS-80 in 1976, beating some major American polysynths to market by a year and more. It shoehorned the same voice architecture and circuits as the GX-1 into a more transportable (200 lbs.) design that folded into its own road case. At $6,900 it was by no means cheap, but even after other synths made polyphony and multi-oscillator sound lighter and more affordable, the CS-80 was still considered a Rolls-Royce of analog synths for accomplished musicians.

Where most other pro-level polyphonic synths’ voices ran two oscillators into a common filter and VCA, the CS-80 opted for two complete, parallel synthesis chains: VCO, VCF, VCA, and touch response settings for the keyboard. In a way, this made the CS-80 the first multi-timbral poly synth, though you could only mix the two timbres, not split them on the keyboard.

The CS-80 found itself in the hands of many now-iconic artists including Tony Banks of Genesis and Peter Gabriel in his solo work. Michael Jackson famously played one himself on “Billie Jean.” Toto used a CS to great effect on the keyboard solo of “Rosanna” and the “Dune” soundtrack. But it was Greek composer Vangelis who would truly immortalize the CS-80 in the scores to “Chariots of Fire” and “Blade Runner.”

A machine
that feels

Like many of its vintage-inspired peers, CS-80 V embodies the coveted purity of analog sound design.

As you’d expect with modern softsynths, it’s also quick to tweak and flexible in its sonic capabilities - more so than its hardware predecessor. But its real beauty is in how it responds to being played.

It’s the synth equivalent of an ensemble of brass, string, woodwind, and percussion instruments rolled into one, with a vast spectrum of articulations at your disposal. When you interact with its many responsive elements - the ribbon, the portamento, the sustain, the sliders - it responds in kind.

Its intricately interwoven architecture means that a single touch of a parameter can have a delicate or drastic effect on the rest of your patch, whether you’re a keys player or not. Discover a sound that flows, breathes, stretches, and speaks with lifelike sensitivity, giving your music a truly human element.

Preset
library

Dive into an exclusive collection of 200 presets from a diverse gallery of talented sound designers who love the CS sound as much as you do. Immerse yourself in their creations, or reverse-engineer them and make your own.

Bass

All Stops_Out

Hard hitting synth bass.

Dry Bass

A punchy and dry bass sound.

Leads

Aftertouch Surprise

Brassy synth sound. Aftertouch will add another upper lead sound.

Feedback Distorsion Lead

A powerful distortion synth lead.

Pads

Distant Oceans

An atmospheric pad using slow modulations on hi pass Filters I & II.

Sweep VCA

An evolving tremolo pad. Functions 1 & 2 adds modulation on a fifth tone and tremolo effects on VCAs I & II. Mod wheel adds vibrato.

Sequences

Roboter

A stereo arpeggio with Function modulations to create harp movement.

FX Sequence

A random pad using sequenced reverb and cutoff filters amount thanks to the Functions.

Keys

Bright Keys

A huge and bright brassy sound.

Pianicus Analogicus

An analog recreation of an old electro mechanical piano.

Strings

LSO Replicant

An imitation of an old strings keyboard patch, made using a different technology, used in a famous movie's soundtrack.

Autumn Breeze

Classic strings with subtle movements.

Control
over sound

Slider by slider, button by button, CS-80 V offers a layout that accurately reflects the original while ensuring an unhindered virtual workflow. Sculpt your synth voice and harness incredibly precise, musical, and expressive control over your performance.

Artistscorner

PressClippings

  • Remix

    On CS-80 V

    “In terms of sound quality, the CS-80V is absolutely divine. It's a first-rate-analog-style synthesizer with a wealth of detuning and modulation possibilities that allow you to cook up truly retro sounds-if that's what you're looking for. On the other hand, thanks to the sequencer, stereo delay and multitimbral aspects of the instrument, the CS-80V can sound as up-to-date as your programming chops will allow. The filters have plenty of bite - so much so that you have to watch for clipping. And I particularly like the implementation of the ring modulator, suboscillator and Touch Response features, which enable you to add weird little subtleties to a sound.”

  • Mac Format

    On CS-80 V

    “Overall, the CS-80V is a wonderful sounding synth, capable of producing warm analogue sounds, from fat basses and leads to complex, organic sounding textures that would be ideal for atmospheric film music. It costs a fraction of Yamaha's original.”

  • Future Music

    On CS-80 V

    “So just how close has Arturia got to emulating such a classic monster? I think they've done a superb job with just the right balance between faithful re-creation and modern elaboration. [...] The CS-80V is a phenomenal machine.”

  • MusicTech

    On CS-80 V

    “Aesthetics and programming considerations aside, there's no doubt that the CS-80V captures the classic analogue sound of the original instrument. The additional features Arturia has added stands the virtual instrument well above the original hardware version. Arturia has taken all the good bits, enhanced them, and created a classy, high-quality synth with great appeal to those with an interest in analogue synthesizers.”

  • Keyboard US

    On CS-80 V

    “The CS-80V is a killer soft synth. It's been over 25 years since the CS-80's introduction, and it remains a sought-after powerhouse to this day.”

  • Computer Music

    On CS-80 V

    “With their much-hyped TAE (True Analogue Emulation), Arturia have tackled the challenge of emulative analogue synthesis, and succeeded in a way that has rarely been matched.”

  • Future Music

    On CS-80 V

    “A perfectly emulated ultra-rare synththat -quite simply- sounds different. There's a place for its smooth strings in every track.”

What
we added

CS-80 V’s advanced features are designed to surpass the boundaries of classic synth design, allowing you to take this iconic instrument to whatever sonic destination you desire. From extra modulation to curated FX, this enhanced instrument is mix-ready and yours to pilot.

MODULATION VIEW
KEYBOARD VIEW
EFFECTS VIEW

Create precise connections and communications that you couldn't do on the original. CS-80 V’s detailed modulation section features 3 Multi-segment envelope generators, each with 3 customizable destinations. Draw your own curves, adjust the scale, and weave complex multi-modulation movements like sidechaining with the new Modulation Mixer. Old synth, new tricks.

Tap further into CS-80 V’s playability with a dedicated keyboard control section. Affect your sound with 4 keyboard slots - Velocity, Aftertouch, Modwheel, and Keyboard Tracking - and assign each slot to up to 3 custom outputs.

CS-80 V’s sound goes from warm and delicate to bold and monolithic as it is. With the addition of 3 FX slots, it’s yours to take even further. Choose from 15 FX types, from MultiBand Compressor to classic Tape Delay, arrange them in series or parallel, and combine the best of both worlds in no time at all: vintage synthesis, detailed modern sound.

Hear it
in action

Wrap your head around just a few of the off-world sonic adventures that await you with these compositions from artists in the CS-80 V community.

Included in
V collection

Legendary Keyboards Reinvented

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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The features
you need

  • In-App Tutorials

    Integrated in-app tutorials guide you through every aspect of the instrument, from individual parameters to tips from our sound designers, so you can focus on the creative stuff. It shouldn't be this easy, but it is!

  • ASC

    Arturia Software Center lets you download, organize, and update all of your Arturia software titles in one place, as well as manage all of your licenses across multiple devices. Keep it simple.

  • DAW ready

    Our virtual instruments and plugins are designed to fit right into your setup without hassle. Whatever your style, you can explore sound while enjoying full compatibility with major DAWS, on both Windows and MacOS.

  • Preset browser

    Instantly find the sound that’s in your head with intelligent & streamlined preset browsing. Search with keywords, explore by instrument type, musical style, and more - you can even save your favorites to quickly recall later.

  • Resizable GUI

    Whether you want the full visual immersion of our classic instrument emulations, or to save precious screen real estate, the interfaces for all of your Arturia virtual instruments can be resized to a scale that suits you.

  • Perfect integration

    Instruments come seamlessly mapped for the Arturia KeyLab range - but they’ll place nice with other MIDI controllers too. Instant sound tweaking macros, easy DAW integration, and standalone operation.

TAE® Powered

The exclusive analog modeling technology that makes our emulations indistinguishable from the originals.

By accurately mimicking the characteristics of analog oscillators, filters, and soft clipping, we can provide astonishing component-accurate detail and authentic analog charm in equal measure.

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Main Features

  • Virtual Instruments playable in a DAW (Live, FL Studio, Logic,...) or standalone with a MIDI keyboard.
  • 2 VCOs with 3 shapes, PWM, and Noise
  • 4 VCFs (high-pass, low-pass)
  • 2 LFOs
  • 4 Envelopes
  • 2 VCAs
  • Sub-Oscillator
  • Ring Modulator
  • Dedicated Chorus and Tremolo
  • 3 FX slots with 15 FX to choose from
  • Virtual Ribbon controller
  • 2-source Modulation Mixer with 3 destinations
  • Preset library with over 200 presets, including original factory patches
  • Polyphonic aftertouch response
  • Built-in 5-mode arpeggiator
  • Full MIDI controller mapping
  • MPE compatibility
  • MTS-ESP microtuning compatibility

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Win 10+ (64bit)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • ARM processors not supported on Windows

Required configuration

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

Apple

  • Mac OS 11+
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

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