Free Vst Arminator Synth Yamaha Cs80 Synthesizer Emulation

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Published on Nov 20, 2019 Synth & Sundry
  1. Yamaha Cs 80 Vst

'Grey day vibes from Arminator 2, a VST synth plugin that pays tribute to the iconic bucket list synthesizer that is the Yamaha CS80. Nearly all the electronic sounds (except for a background CS80 sample appearing in the segment between 2:55 - 4:00) come from this free plugin developed by Krakli (a one-man development team in the shape of Ian Webster) on SynthEdit.

The Arturia CS-80V is the reproduction of the legendary Yamaha(R) CS-80, which is considered by many as the 'ultimate polyphonic synthesizer'. More than 25 years after its release, the time has come to rediscover a sound that has extensively contributed to the history of music. In 1976, Yamaha introduced the CS-80. When it comes to analog polyphonic synths, The Yamaha CS-80 is a legend. Arturia did their best to recreate it, and the result was an incredibly authentic software emulation that allows the user to capture all CS-80 analog character in a convenient digital format.

  1. Krakli Plugs has released Arminator, free VST plugin that emulates the Yamaha CS-80. Here are audio demos, via Kujashi: Arminator is available as a free download from the Krakli Facebook Group as a 32-bit Windows VSTi.
  2. Arminator 2: Virtual Analog: We say that Arminator2 is designed as a homage to the Yamaha CS80, it can not be considered to be a faithful emulation of that fantastic instrument but rather it’s aim is to offer patches that hint at the original instruments power. Others say that Arminator is a stunning homage to the Yamaha CS-80.
  3. VST 4 FREE - Synthesizers Plug-ins Free VST downloads: 1984 (Analog synth by Pianovintage) - 44 S (Analog synth by GTG) - 80-vox (Yamaha CS-80 emulation by KBplugs) - Alice-1377 (Soviet synth emulation by SyncerSoft) - Alpha (Alpha Juno 1 emulation by EFM) - Arminator (Yamaha CS80 emulation. Virtual Studio Technology.

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You can download the VST plugin here:
Currently, the plugin is PC only and only available in 32-bit flavor which means that if you are using a 64-bit DAW or VST host you will need some sort of bridging solution so that it can work on your computer. This was composed on Ableton Live with a 32-bit VST bridge to host the plugin on a PC.
Ian is hoping to create 64-bit and Mac compatible versions of his plugins at some point in the future. He also runs his own YouTube channel where he demonstrates some of his other plugins:'

Explore all the original Yamaha CS-80 parameters in a user-friendly app that faithfully and digitally replicates the legendary synthesizer

What's new in CS-80 V3

  • New features:
  • New Browser
  • New Preset Library
  • New side panel with:
Read the full changelog

Built as a reproduction of the Yamaha CS-80 polyphonic analog synthesizer which was very popular back in the 70s, CS-80 V3 is a comprehensive software application that enables you to generate sound electronically.

It supports VST 2.4, VST 3 and AAX plugins, and bundles many helpful features, such as a sound map.

Quick setup and user-friendly GUI

The setup procedure is fast and simple job. The only notable aspect about it is that you can remove the VST 2.4, VST 3 and AAX plugins from the installation.

As far as the interface is concerned, CS-80 V3 adopts a large window with a lot of buttons that may seem cluttered to the untrained eye. The tool is certainly not dedicated to inexperienced users.

Explore all the original Yamaha CS-80 parameters

You can take your time to discover and tinker with the keyboard, modulators, arpeggiator, volume level, pitch, touch response, two oscillators, LFO sub oscillator, velocity, ring modulator, VCO, VCF, VCA, knob mode (linear, circular, relative circular), four filters (high pass, low pass), four envelopes, chorus, tremolo, delay, sound map, and others.

The modified configuration can be saved as a new profile. When it comes to app settings, you can select the audio device type and output mode.

Evaluation and conclusion

We haven't come across any stability issues in our tests, thanks to the fact that CS-80 V3 didn't hang, crash or prompt error dialogs. It has a good response time and a minimal impact on computer performance, using low CPU and RAM.

All in all, this software application comes loaded with many powerful options and configuration settings to faithfully and digitally replicate the legendary Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer.

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Yamaha Cs 80 Vst

Free Vst Arminator Synth Yamaha Cs80 Synthesizer Emulation was reviewed by Elena Opris
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