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Arturia CZ V Explained®

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    Introduction & Overview

    Here we begin with a brief look at the broad aspects and nature of the Arturia CZ V as well as a bit of history before digging further into this unique model of Casio's classic synthesizer line.

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    Background of Phase Distortion Synthesis

    Before we get to the specifics of the CZ V, it helps to understand its form of synthesis. Phase Distortion Synthesis is somewhat similar to FM synthesis and even subtractive synthesis in practice, but making the distinctions and having a firm grasp of what exactly is happening under the hood will help you as we start to make the CZ V produce some spectacular sounds.

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    Overview & The Front Panel

    In this video, we take a look at the main interface and general layout of the CZ V. Then on the front panel, we can see the basics of the instrument and a simplified hub of a lot of features that we can control with greater detail once we dive deeper.

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    The Synthesis Section Pt. 1

    Now we're ready to dive into the heart of sound generation in the CZ V, the Synthesis section. This is where sound design will start, and it's also where we will work directly with the CZ V's phase distortion synthesis.

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    The Synthesis Section Pt. 2

    Here we continue through the CZ V's Synthesis section and learn how we can implement the two Lines in conjunction with each other to get modulations or two sources of sound.

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    The Envelopes Tab

    Now take a look at the Envelopes tab, where we can create and edit the movement of many different aspects of sound synthesis over time.

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    The Modulation Tab

    In the Modulations Tab, discover how you can create connections between many parameters of the CZ V and plenty of modulation sources from keyboard commands to envelopes. The LFOs and Combine sources are also found in this tab which is covered in detail.

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    The Effects

    Here we get into the Effects tab, where we can add different touches and flavor to our sounds with many effects and routing patterns for them.

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    Preset Management & the Browser

    Now take a closer look through the CZ V's browser and its collection of awesome pre-made sounds. Then, learn how to add your own presets and get them organized for future use.

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    CZ V Sound Design: Phase Distortion Overview

    Before getting into our specific sound design examples, we get a wider look at how different configurations of settings for the Phase Distortion synthesis can yield different kinds of sonic results in the CZ V.

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    CZ V Sound Design: Bass

    See a few examples of sound design by making a bass sound with the phase distortion engine!

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    CZ V Sound Design: Lead

    In this video, we go through a few examples of sound design by making some awesome lead sounds!

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    CZ V Sound Design: Pad

    Now explore ways to make spacious pads that have evolving movement which can thicken a mix.

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    Conclusion & Review

    Now that you've seen and worked through every corner of the CZ V, we close things out with a few comments and a review before setting you off to make some amazing sounds with this amazing instrument!

Product Overview

Synth guru Tyler Coffin takes you back to the future with tutorials on Arturia's awesome recreation of the legendary Casio CZ-101/1000 synthesizers from the '80s! Learn all of its features and functions as well as how to make sounds with this truly unique virtual synth. These videos are designed for new CZ V users.

Tyler starts with a brief history of the CZ before digging into this unique model of Casio's classic synthesizer line. He then goes over how Phase Distortion Synthesis is somewhat similar to FM synthesis and even subtractive synthesis in practice, but covers the distinctions as well as what exactly is happening under the hood.

A detailed look at the front panel and all of its parameters is given, then it's on to the Synthesis section where you'll learn all about using the CZ V's phase distortion synthesis features. Envelopes and Modulation options are then revealed and you'll see exactly how to route them to make incredible sounds.

Tyler then moves onto the powerful Effects section and how you can use them to take the CZ V's sounds to the next level, by adding even more color and flavor. Moving on, you'll learn all about the CZ V's browser and its collection of awesome pre-made sounds, including how to add your own presets and get them organized for future use.

Wrapping it all up, Tyler shows you how to create three different sounds from scratch, including a fat Bass patch, sizzling Lead patch, and a warm Pad patch, that utilize all of the CZ V's features and options.

To see what these comprehensive Arturia CZ V tutorials show you, and how they'll get you going and beyond, see the individual CZ V video tutorial descriptions on this page. Learn the CZ V inside and out and start making killer tones for your next synth based tracks and productions... Watch “Arturia CZ V Explained®” today.

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Arturia CZ V Explained® is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 5 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good! Excellent tutorial, covered all I wanted to know about this synth, very insightful.
Date published: 2020-10-13
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very good but not excellent! It started great but the examples in the end are awful and not planned well (if ever!!). If instead the tutor analysed some factory presets, that would be much better. Anyway, in the end he gives a very good background. I suggest to read the manual after this tutorial and then start taming the beast ;)
Date published: 2020-07-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Helpful content So far, I've had a great experience with the tutorials and the books available here.
Date published: 2020-05-18
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great review of the CZ feature set It's been a long time since I programmed and played a Casio CZ synth. So long, in fact, that I had almost completely forgotten about the "Line" interface and how the phase distortion worked. This video set was like a couple hour re-learning experience.
Date published: 2020-01-03
Rated 2.0 out of 5 by from Another "video manual" course, marginally useful, doesn't really "explain" the CZ V I was really happy to see this course in today's email, because I got the CZ V a few weeks ago and it's just not really been clicking for me. Unfortunately this course is barely more than a video manual where he just tells you what the features are. There's a little bit of theory on phase distortion synthesis at the beginning, and there are 2 synth recipes at the end - although the bass video wasn't really that great IMO. But neither of the synth recipe vids seemed very organized - he was just fumbling around seeing what he could do, instead of making a badass and instructive patch in advance, and showing you how to get there, illuminating the unique and powerful features of the CZ V along the way. But more than all that, what I really wanted, and what wasn't really even addressed, was how to approach the oscillator design to really leverage how they are setup. He tells you how they work, but doesn't explain at all what configurations of them would be useful for what kinds of sounds, or how to think about using them. It's that sort of information that you don't usually find in manuals, and that's what IMO any "synthesizer explained" video should be doing.
Date published: 2019-12-20
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