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Here’s how to get IK Multimedia’s Syntronik V-80 plugin, which gives you the sound of the Yamaha CS-80, for free

IK Multimedia Syntronik V-80
(Image credit: IK Multimedia)

There are some synths that every computer musician wants the sounds of, and the Yamaha CS-80 definitely falls into that category. So, we’re delighted to be able to tell you that you can currently have IK Multimedia’s Syntronik V-80, which promises to deliver those sounds, for free.

The V-80 contains more than 1.5GB of content, more than 2,000 samples and 102 instruments. As well as the CS-80 sounds, you also get a taste of the Yamaha GX-1, the huge, rare synth that served as a test bed for the CS-80 and was used by the likes of Keith Emerson, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and ABBA’s Benny Andersson.

The Yamaha CS-1 is represented, too - this is a single oscillator monophonic synth with a selectable waveshape and a 4-pole resonant filter. It also had an LFO and an envelope generator.

Syntronik V-80 runs on PC and Mac in VST/AU/AAX formats. You can download it for free right now via Audio Plugin Deals (opens in new tab), though only for the next 10 days. 

IK Multimedia Syntronik V-80

(Image credit: IK Multimedia)

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology. 

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