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Cherry Audio GX-80 v1.0.9.123-R2R screenshot
Team R2R | 24 Nov 2022 | 11.1MB
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. Featuring the carefully crafted and intensely circuit-modeled DSP designs of award-winning developer Mark Barton, Cherry Audio has replicated every subtlety of the classics to create the most authentic emulation of its kind.



More than a Replicant
GX-80 is not just another CS-80 emulation. GX-80 adeptly integrates the GX-1's distinctive feature set into the CS-80 architecture; most significantly, the massive dual-layer architecture that effectively made the GX-1 the equivalent of two CS-80s and then some. The GX-1's unique highpassed resonant pulse and bandpassed sawtooth waves, octave-up triangle wave, and filter envelope inversion are incorporated, opening up a new universe of sonic experimentation. Most notably, GX-80 includes an expert reproduction of the legendary GX-1 filter, delivering exquisite timbres that even the mighty CS-80 cannot produce.

GX-80 boasts an impressive, dual-layer voicing architecture outfitted with 16 polyphonic voices per layer. The instrument is capable of sounding two different CS-80 style sounds simultaneously, while panning each rank independently, to produce exquisitely rich stereo timbres and complex, layered sounds. For ultimate flexibility and expressive performance, GX-80 provides a split keyboard mode and a clever option to simulate polyphonic aftertouch with a monophonic aftertouch controller. What’s more, the GX-80 comes pre-loaded with over 1,000 expertly designed presets and equipped with studio-grade effects, meaning jaw-dropping sounds are no more than a few clicks away. 

GX-80 is more than a best-of-both-worlds interpretation of the past, and far more than a replicant. Cherry Audio's GX-80 is an unprecedented gateway to the sounds and music of an unrealized future.





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  Resident 2.02.2014 1 2357
+1309
According to previous build, this update is 2 builds more analogue, closer to hardware, less softwareish
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  Member 27.10.2021 75
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Take that claim with a grain of salt.
  Resident 2.02.2014 1 2357
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Changelog below
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  Member 14.09.2019 1 171
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Version history:
Build 123 (11/23/2022)
- Fixed sine wave slider tooltips to show their values in percent.
- Fixed phase relationship of sine wave to saw/pulse waves, to match hardware.
- Sine wave max volume adjusted slightly to perfectly match hardware.

1.0.9 Build 121 (11/22/2022)
- Initial Release
  Resident 1.07.2015 4 609
+579
Thanks R2R & lovely DECi! I'm not sure that it makes it "more analog" to slightly alter the osc, @molokos?
Thx to anybody posting Spitfire / OTB libs!
  Resident 12.01.2021 154
+102
Like day and night(mare).
  Resident 6.05.2019 130
+28
Did anyone else's presets just vanish after you opened it a second time? And does anyone know where the presets are located?
  Resident 12.01.2021 154
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quote by New Season ClothingDid anyone else's presets just vanish after you opened it a second time?

Neither with standalone, nor with DAW, nor in saved projects (for factory banks and user).

quote by New Season Clothing where the presets are located?

Users\[Name]\AppData\Roaming\CherryAudio\GX-80
Factory Presets contains all the presets, Presets contains dummy folders and User Presets.

Win7, Reaper
  Resident 6.05.2019 130
+28
Thank you no avenger.. they magically came back lol.. maybe a small glitch .. it was weird
  Resident 15.09.2016 1 359
+74
interface is very intimidating for create something.
  Resident 6.10.2011 1 522
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Yes, the hardware synth was just as intimidating. It's also one of the most impressive synths I'd programmed. Just spend a day just learning and tweaking. You'll have it no time. The beauty of the layout is it's all on deck, right in front of you, not in sub panels.
It won't take long to see this synth is a whole lot fun and pretty inspiring.
As far as the Cherry Audio's plugin version - I love their additions to the original hardware. The FX's, Limiter, GX Filters and additional polyphony.
I'm actually using the GX-80 demo on a Mac. I'm buying this baby, like the rest of their stuff I own. They make great stuff, at great prices.
  Member 28.12.2016 202
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It works perfectly. But CPU(R5700X) usage is ridiculous, seriously not worth it in my opinion. iI really dislike bouncing synth tracks to audio.
  Member 13.10.2022 39
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i just cannot get my head around why they seem to oversample the entire signal chain even for linear processes.

EDIT: Their plugins seem to work fine on some CPUs, and awful on others too regardless of clock speed etc.

FURTHER EDIT: In saying that, I have now overclocked to 4.7ghz and it runs fantastic now. However it is a good job I have a huge heatsink. I will say that until now I have never needed to overclock. Geeesh.
  Member 27.10.2021 75
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I haven't tested it yet but... ryzen 5700x? why are you complaining my dude? My 5600x runs everything, even 10 instances of hungry plugins like Diva/Repro (with mcore enabled of course). Is this plugin somehow insanely unoptimized? I will have to investigate. :)

Though 5600x does have superior single core performance over 5700x, and some plugins don't use all cores.

Also, sometimes DAW's CPU meters are misleading and makes you think you're running out of CPU when you're not. FL is a big culprit for this.

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Tested with pads with saturated polyphony:

1 instance: FL says 28-31% CPU. Task Manager says 4%
4 instances: FL says 37-41% CPU usage. Task Manager says 15%
4 with 2x oversampling: FL says 73%. Task Manager says 26%

So it's definitely a hungry boi, almost on par with Repro. But I'm not getting crackling/underruns at all. I think it's just really inefficiently coded. I'd say you're right, its not worth it. Doesn't even sound better than the freeware Arminator made in SynthEdit...
  Member 13.10.2022 39
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tried it with 4x oversampling? lmao. had to overclock my I7 8700K to do it.
  Member 14.04.2019 3 50
+95
Well, that was quick. 100 blessings, R2R!
  Resident 21.10.2014 10 647
+1015
How this compares with Arturia CS 80? For some reason I don't like Cherry plugins, CPU load is to high, soundwise don't like it again, but I see a lot of people are looking for this plugins? What is the matter with that?
AiR addict!
  Member 13.10.2022 39
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This plugin sounds good tbh. It has the GX-1 filter types in there too. But same old problem... CPU load is insane. Cannot run oversampling on a I7-8700K. no problem with other plugins from other developers.

EDIT: I finally got sick of it... overclocked to 4.7ghz, now i can oversample to 4x and no crackling. But... until now I have NEVER needed to overclock. Good job I have a huge heatsink.
  Member 27.10.2021 75
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Wow. I am immensely disappointed with this (though big thanks to R2R). Don't waste your money. They did not "nail" it, despite their claims that it's "circuit modelled".

This completely fails, falls flat on its face. All you should need to do is set the presets to BRASS 1 & 2, to get that lush blade runner sound, no painstaking programming or effects (besides reverb, which is a huge part of the sound).

Compared to various videos demonstrating how it should sound, it sounds like BOLLOCKS, utter bullshit. I am certain that even Arturia's plugin and Memorymoon ME80 are better, and use less CPU as well. There's no point in having a GX-1 if you can't get the CS-80 part right.

The presets that sound good, only do so because they're intricately programmed, with 4 layers, with lots of effects.

But turn off the effects, turn off dual mode, switch to Brass 1 & 2, and you will see that they have failed to model it properly. Many of the parameter names aren't even labelled right. This is a disgrace. This is only a pathetic pretender.
  Member 13.10.2022 39
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you might be being a bit harsh there. it sounds good. its just ott with the cpu usage. any recommendations for what i watch as a comparison? i am struggling to find any good comparison vids on YT.
  Member 27.10.2021 75
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Here is a real CS-80 showing how Brass 1 & 2 should sound. And here is a comparison of the three main VST versions, showing Brass 1 & 2.

GX-80 gets it completely wrong. They claim they used two real CS-80s but its baffling that the built-in presets are so OFF to the real thing. Even the "Funky 3 & 4" preset sounds like a dying cat instead of what it should be!

I'm sure you can get useful and characterful sounds out of any of these, but none of them are as close to their respective hardware as say, Softube Model-73, G-Force OB-E, or Roland Cloud's Juno-60/Jupiter-8.

Speaking of OB-E, there's a very impressive recreation of the Blade Runner End Theme using OB-E entirely, though it's an Oberheim EightVoice emulation, not a CS-80.
  Member 28.12.2016 202
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Utterly agree
  Member 13.10.2022 39
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Cheers, going to check the vids now. :).
  Member 25.03.2014 7 829
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  Member 25.03.2014 7 829
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Just saw the video and.... Ho man!!!! What's wrong with cherry audio here... Sounds a lot more softwarish than the others emu and way off of what a real brass from cs80 should be... Never played a real one but had seen a lot of videos and this is just to far away..... Don't get it... Love to ear what cherry whoud say about it... Still must say there is good sounds in it...Always wonder why no one made a cs80 kontakt , I know it's a rare synth but still, it looks hard to emu..Thanks for the share

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