Synth Britannia - 1:30h video

Depeche Mode, OMD, Pet Shop Boys - Synth Pop generation documentary Watch

15 interesting synths

Virtual synths that somehow went under the radar Read article

NI Kontakt instruments

Free and affordable NI Kontakt libraries Read more

Sylenth EDM Soundset

165 modern presets, created by me, for Lennar Digital Sylenth synth. Visit

400 Modern presets for V-Station

Tons of presets that will bring a new life to the Novation V-Station synth Visit

Cakewalk Z3ta+ 2 presets

155 Synth / lead and bass presets inspired by many modern electronica genres. Visit

Free Organ synths / samples

Best, free organ synths / multisamples Read more

Soft Synths released in 2011

Interesting soft synths released in 2011 Read more

Free String Machine vsts

Freeware String Machine plugins Read more

Phase Distortion Synth - Kassiopeia! 2.0

Phase distortion synthesis is quite forgotten synthesis method, introduced in 1984 by Casio, in its CZ range of synths. It's similar to FM (frequency modulation) synthesis in the sense that both methods "dynamically change the harmonic content of a carrier waveform by application of another waveform (modulator) in the time domain".
While Casio introduced the term 'phase distortion', it's actually Yamaha who produced the first Phase distortion synthesizers in their DX series (which were promoted as FM synths).

Kassiopeia! 2.0 is free (and probably the best) Casio CZ Inspired Dual Line Phase Distortion virtual Synthesizer. Quite often I hear: "FM Synth ? Nah, that's not for me". How about PD Synth ? :) Kassiopeia is entertaining, easy to use and you don't need to be a master of Phase Distortion synthesis to create some interesting sounds. It offers 32 presets - not much, but very clean gui (I love it) almost invites to create new presets :) It's worth mentioning that Kassiopeia is very CPU friendly and included PDF manual has a commercial product quality :)

Speaking about commercial products. If you're looking for commercial Casio CZ like synth then released in 2003, ReFX PlastiCZ, reviewed at Phatso Brown seems pretty nice vst toy :)

Download: Sonic Assault Kassiopeia! 2.0
More info: Phase Distortion Synthesis described and FM / PD comparison


Anonymous said...

I think Kassiopeia! 2 is the best CZ emulation/inspired synth.
About commercial products, I prefer CZynthia.

Post a Comment