MusicTech: GX-80 and the "Best Polysynth Plugins of 2024"

MusicTech has selected Cherry Audio's GX-80 synthesizer as "one of the best polyphonic software synthesizers" going into 2024. GX-80 is a transformative virtual synthesizer that combines the unparalleled sound and features of the fabled GX-1 “Dream Machine” and its renowned descendant the CS-80, to create a powerhouse hybrid.

There are loads of reasons to opt for a software synthesizer over a hardware one. Software can faithfully emulate and expand iconic models, offer brave new sounds, and even present fresh ways to synthesise audio – all at prices that are typically far lower than their physical counterparts. From legendary models to complex modular setups and newfangled instruments, there are countless software polys to choose from. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourites, all with their own quirks that will keep you busy for hours on end.

Cherry Audio GX-80: "Best way to get a CS-80 sound"

The 1977-launched Yamaha CS-80 is an iconic synth whose sound you’d recognise on Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtrack or on tracks by the likes of Kraftwerk and Jean Michel Jarre. That’s evidence enough to show you how powerful this instrument can be, and Cherry Audio’s respectful software emulation, the GX-80, gets you impressively close to that rich sound.