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Arturia CS-80 V Explained®

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    Introduction & Overview

    Get a brief look at the broad aspects and nature of the Arturia CS-80 V as well as a bit of history before starting your journey into this recreation of Yamaha's classic synthesizer.

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    The User Interface & Basic Operation

    Learn all about the main user interface and general layout of the CS-80 V including how you can edit and implement all MIDI controls.

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    CS-80 V Synthesis Main Elements

    In this video, take a look at the heart of the CS-80 V's subtractive synthesis, which is made up of three main elements: The Voltage Controlled Oscillator (VCO), the Voltage Controlled Filter (VCF), and the Voltage Controlled Amplifier (VCA).

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    CS-80 V Single Mode

    Single Mode of the CS-80 V works much like other subtractive synthesizers, but is certainly capable of creating tons of different sounds from a classic synthesis functions like ring modulation and the arpeggiator as laid out in the front panel.

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    CS-80 V Multi Mode

    With the use of the CS-80 V's Multi Mode, you now have the ability to create powerful layers of different timbres or patches of CS-80 sounds, either with one key press, or throughout a keyboard split, plus edit and define voice modes and unison for sound zones.

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    CS-80 V Modulation

    Modulation is always a key component of making truly dynamic sounds that can be as expressive as possible, and the CS-80 V expands the abilities of the original instrument, with a comprehensive section where you can use a matrix to set your parameters, however you want.

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    Preset Management & the Browser

    Now take a closer look through the CS-80 V's browser and its wide selection of awesome sounds from Arturia, plus see the process of adding your own presets and organizing them for easy access.

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    CS-80 V Sound Design Techniques

    Now that you have a strong grasp on all of the features of the CS-80 V in terms of function, now see some creative synthesis techniques that utilize Filtering, Oscillator Sync, Ring Modulation, Arpeggiating, and Modulation.

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    Sound Design Example: Bass

    In this video, watch how to make a retro synth bass sound that uses many of the CS-80 V's features.

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    Sound Design Example: Lead

    See how to make a great lead sound for your next song or production.

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    Sound Design Example: Pad

    Explore ways to design an awesome pad sound that make use of the CS-80 V's features such as keyboard splitting and unison for a thick, evolving patch.

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    Review & Conclusion

    Now that you've covered the technical aspects of the CS-80 V and have creatively implemented that knowledge with some sound design examples, we sum things up with a quick recap, and a few comments to see you on your way to make some fantastic sounds with this awesome virtual instrument!

Product Overview


Synth pro Tyler Coffin delivers in-depth Arturia CS-80 V tutorials! See and hear how Arturia has recreated the legendary Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer originally released in 1977. Learn all of the CS-80 V's features and functions as well as how to make cool sounds with this powerhouse virtual recreation. These videos are designed for new Arturia CS-80 V users.

Tyler begins with a detailed CS-80 V overview video including some history about the original, and then goes deeper covering its user interface and basic operation so you have a solid foundation when using it to create your own patches. You'll then take a look at the heart of the CS-80 V's subtractive synthesis, which is made up of the Voltage Controlled Oscillator, the Voltage Controlled Filter, and the Voltage Controlled Amplifier.

Next, Tyler explains and explores the CS-80 V's Single Mode, Multi Mode, and Modulation section, as well as its Preset Management and Browser functionalities that give you complete control over your CS-80's sound library. Wrapping it up, Tyler gives you creative sound design tutorials showing step by step how to make a retro synth bass sound, a soaring lead patch, a thick, evolving pad sound, all from scratch and more.

To see what these comprehensive Arturia CS-80 V tutorials show you, and how they'll get you up to speed when crafting your own sounds from scratch, see the individual CS-80 V video tutorial descriptions on this page. Add that legendary Yamaha CS-80 sound to your tracks and productions now... Watch “Arturia CS-80 V Explained®” today.


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Arturia CS-80 V Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 7 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Good, solid introduction The CS80 has always been an instrument that's fascinated me, but it's a bit of a beast, so good to get this nice, evenly-paced introduction to both the instrument itself plus the enhancements made by Arturia
Date published: 2021-03-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Made this daunting synth easier to learn! Very Good explanation of everything on the synth and how to use it
Date published: 2020-10-28
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great overview of a slightly different classic! Overall this was a great overview of a classic which has a few different architectural features not found on every other classic analog poly of the era, and the bass and lead patch examples made good use of the combined filters to show why they're great to have. I also really loved the inclusion of the summary video at the end - that is a fantastic touch that ALL instructional courses should do! I found the pad sound to be a little too similar to the bass and lead to be a useful example, and I would have liked to see the use of the multis especially for layering in the pad, to really demonstrate the power they bring to this synth. But overall this was one of the best organized and presented courses I've seen recently. There were a few niggles - the audio from the synth is scratchy - I've noticed this on other Groove3 videos recently, not sure if it's a mastering artifact or what, but when sound is the point, it's a little distracting. Also there was a section where the playbar at the bottom is covering the hover-over details that the instructor was talking about, so if you had engaged it recently, you couldn't see what he was referring to. But overall a great course.
Date published: 2020-09-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Short and sweet This was short and gives you everything you need to get started.
Date published: 2020-08-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good informational Tutorial To the point, very little 'fluff', covers it all.
Date published: 2020-07-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great training Very well presented and easy to follow. Thanks!!
Date published: 2020-07-12
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Very Clear & Logical This has been a great introduction to learning how to use this synth.
Date published: 2020-07-11
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