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VirtualCZbyPlugin Boutique
 VirtualCZ by Plugin Boutique is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
VirtualCZ VirtualCZ
Product VirtualCZ
Developer Plugin Boutique / Oli Larkin
Price (MSRP) £59.99
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
Download Released
 1.0.2  Downloads Released
System Requirements
Windows XP or newer (Standalone app currently only works on Windows7+)
32-bit or 64-bit Host
VST 2.4, VST 3 or AAX Host
ProTools 10.36+ or ProTools 11.02+ for AAX
Intel i5 or better CPU and 4GB RAM recommended
 1.0.2  Downloads Released
System Requirements
Snow Leopard (10.6) or higher
32-bit or 64-bit Host
VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX or Audio Unit Host
ProTools 10.36+ or ProTools 11.02+ for AAX
Intel i5 or better CPU and 4GB RAM recommended
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
Audio Demos
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionSerial Number

Plugin Boutique present VirtualCZ, inspired by an iconic series of digital synthesizers made in the 1980s.

Many people fondly remember the CZ synths and they have become retro-classics that are highly sought after, having been used on countless techno, house, rave and synth-pop records in the late 80s and early 90s.

Many artists still use the CZ today for its unique sounds, including great pads and synth strings, screaming leads, big basses, weird FX, metallic percussion and above all Rave Organs.

Like many timeless synths, it has a unique sonic quality and it will fill a hole in many people's synth arsenal.

For The First Time User: Faithful Emulation, Great New Sounds

If you are new to the CZ you'll find that VirtualCZ delivers the same sound quality as its hardware predecessor, along with new features that bring its sound up to date.

As with its hardware inspiration, VirtualCZ uses Phase Distortion, which is similar to FM Synthesis but easier to program:

  • Big stereo UNISON sounds (new feature) - great for modern synth stabs.
  • Familiar ADSR envelopes (or switch to 8 Stage MSEG for the purists).
  • 200 quality presets featuring both retro and modern sounds.

For The Experienced CZ User: Great New Features And A Modern Workflow

If you familiar with the CZ synths, we think you will find VirtualCZ faithfully emulates the sound of the hardware in both sound and feel, also offering some great new features:

  • VirtualCZ mirrors the synthesis architecture of the original.
  • All key synthesis functions are on the front panel, with graphic envelope displays - no more menus.
  • It can load and transmit CZ patches (it functions as a SysEx editor for the hardware).


  • Recreates the unique synthesis engine of the CZ synths.
  • Works as a SysEx editor/librarian for all CZ hardware as well as an emulation. (it models the flagship CZ-1, but is also compatible with the CZ-101, CZ-1000, CZ-3000 and CZ-5000).
  • 2 CZ-style Phase Distortion oscillators per voice (each has 8 wave shapes, which can be different for alternate cycles).
  • 6 loop-able envelope generators per voice (switchable between easy-to-use ADSR and powerful CZ-style 8-Stage MSEG modes).
  • Tempo sync-able LFO for vibrato, with 7 shapes.
  • Ring Modulation and Noise Modulation.
  • 32 voice polyphonic/mono/legato modes.
  • Unison and detuning effects.
  • Stereo panning effects.
  • Microtonal tuning support.
  • Vintage stereo chorus/ensemble effect (2 different algorithms).
  • Randomization of parameters.
  • Easy to use interface (all key synthesis functions accessible on the front panel).
  • Includes over 200 high quality presets plus ability to load thousands of CZ patches online.
  • Presets come in multiple formats: fxp/aupreset/vstpreset/tfx.
  • Import/export presets for all plugin formats.
  • Optional cross-format preset browser.
  • Available for Mac and PC in VST2, VST3, AU and AAX plug-in formats plus standalone app.

Preset Designers:

  • Oli Larkin.
  • Don Solaris.
  • Scott AbstractCats.

System Requirements


  • Snow Leopard (10.6) or higher.
  • 32-bit or 64-bit Host.
  • VST 2.4, VST 3, AAX or Audio Unit Host.
  • ProTools 10.36+ or ProTools 11.02+ for AAX.
  • Intel i5 or better CPU and 4GB RAM recommended.


  • Windows XP or newer (Standalone app currently only works on Windows7+).
  • 32-bit or 64-bit Host.
  • VST 2.4, VST 3 or AAX Host.
  • ProTools 10.36+ or ProTools 11.02+ for AAX.
  • Intel i5 or better CPU and 4GB RAM recommended.


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Discussion: Active


25 September 2014 at 5:54amstardustmedia

looking forward to test it against my real CZ1.

26 August 2016 at 2:43pmmindbeet

It's been a while now and there's also has been a few expansions that sound great but you REALLY NEED TO FIX THE browser now. It's a disaster. There are different kinds of sounds all over the place and I can't tag them. PLEASE.

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