The legendary waveshaping sound of Z3TA+ (zay'-ta) is back – and better than ever. New filters, modulatable waveshapers, flexible effects, expressive control and a gorgeous new interface make Z3TA+ 2 one seriously powerful synth.
User reviews: Positive (16 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 9, 2013
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Buy Music Creator 6 + Z3TA+2 Bundle

Includes 2 items: Music Creator 6 Touch, Z3TA+ 2

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Includes 5 items: Z3TA+ 2 - DSF Digital Keys Expansion Pack, Z3TA+ 2 - DSF Fashion Leads Expansion Pack, Z3TA+ 2 - DSF Ultraspheres Expansion Pack, Z3TA+ 2 - DSF Wave Scapes Expansion Pack, Z3TA+ 2 - DSF Xtreme Synth Bass Expansion Pack

 

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"Z3TA+ 2 is a great sounding, highly navigable synth plugin. The wavesculpting feature yield lots of interesting sounds that you're sure to enjoy. "
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August 22

Save up to 75% off DLC - Over 20 Sound Packs and high-quality loop content!

Now through Sunday, August 24th (10AM PDT), you can save up to 75% off DLC for Music Creator 6 Touch and SONAR X3. Over 20 sound packs available as DLC with prices under $8!

In addition, the Cakewalk Loop Manager has free loops from Loop Loft and Loopmasters. We are also selling additional Cakewalk Loop Manager DLC at up to 75% off, with prices under $8.

And if you haven't picked up Z3TA+ 2 yet, you can get it for 66% off.

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June 17

Cakewalk Loop Manager is now available on STEAM!

Cakewalk Loop Manager is the easiest way for STEAM users to install and utilize premium loop content inside of Cakewalk Music Creator 6 Touch, SONAR X3, or any Windows based Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) that supports REX/WAV/MIDI files. All content is conveniently delivered into STEAM's Cakewalk Content Library.

Cakewalk Loop Manager is free to play for all STEAM users and includes 150MB of royalty free demo content. - with more to come.

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About This Software

The legendary waveshaping sound of Z3TA+ (zay'-ta) is back – and better than ever. New filters, modulatable waveshapers, flexible effects, expressive control and a gorgeous new interface make Z3TA+ 2 one seriously powerful synth. It’s not often that a soft synth can be called a classic, but in the case of Z3TA+ it’s definitely appropriate. Used on countless tracks over the past decade, Z3TA+’s distinctive sound has been a staple of electronic artists the world over.

Z3TA+ 2 is the perfect add-on for any compatible digital audio workstation (including Music Creator 6 Touch which is also available on Steam).

Bigger and Badder

Z3TA+ 2 has a completely redesigned user interface that inspires performance and makes sound design clear and comfortable while preserving that signature sound that has made it a favorite of top producers and musicians around the world.

1000 New Sounds

Z3TA+ 2 has 1000 new patches, expertly crafted by a carefully selected design team – some of which designed the original Z3TA+ patches, which are also included.

The Sound of a Classic, Only Better

Z3TA+ 2 has a wealth of new sound design capabilities including new filter types, new waveshapers, new modulation destinations and a revamped effects section.

Expressive Playability

Z3TA+ 2’s new Performance Module, redesigned layout, and Adaptive Pitch Bend raises the level of expression and playability.

The new sounds alone are worth the price of Z3TA+ 2 but you also get much more:

  • A completely redesigned user interface
  • Quicker access to needed controls
  • More parameters and controls
  • 1,093 classic Z3TA+ patches
  • All new patch browser
  • New filter types
  • New waveshapers
  • New modulation destinations
  • Revamped FX section with drag and drop
  • New Performance Module
  • All updates and improvements from Z3TA+ 2.1
  • And more!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista 32-bit/64-bit (SP2), Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit (SP1), Windows 8 32-bit/64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or newer processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x800 minimum resolution, 32-bit
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires VST 2.4 compatible host software. ASIO compatible sound device and MIDI controller are required for the Z3TA+ 2 microhost to be used standalone
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Really great synth; I don't regret spending money on it!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Nice assortment of sounds and effects, good stuff!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
82.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
I've always been a fan of Cakewalk and Z3TA is an amazing addition to my DAW.
Only problem I have is constant change of Freq while trying to port sounds into other software.
Overall It's totally worth it and an amazing addition to synth arsenal
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
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4 of 34 people (12%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
No Mac compatability. Decent synth but dont buy it on steam.
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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
157.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2013
Z3ta+2 is amazing and you should buy it. I first used a version a million years ago and while it was very powerful, the ui was terrible. Now, the UI is gorgeous and so easy to use. The fx sounds amazing and are incredibly easy to use as well. If you need any kind of synth or sound design or electronic music instruments this is a great choice. It's easy to use and learn and there's so much depth to it. It's the best synth in my collection.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
48.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2013
A very interesting program for sound design. Lots of options and a really kick ♥♥♥ randomization feature that will 9 timees out of 10 produce something really cool. This is the type of program you can get lost in for hours due to the depth of the options and feature set.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
I will start off by saying that Z3TA+2 is incredible, and it seems quite underrated.

This program has so much versatility to it that enables you to make so many awesome sounds. The waveshaping function is simply incredible. There are up to 6 oscillators, each with different modes such as sync, normal, inverted, and multi. You can't go wrong with 6 envelopes, 6 LFOs, and 2 filters. The envelopes and LFOs can be mapped to whatever you want. The filters have many different types that are not always on other VSTs, including comb, formant, and reso. There is a cool sounding resonance seperation slider, reso boost, and limiter. There is so many different shapes for sounds by default (however if you want a pure wave you'll likely need to import it yourself). There are many effects built into the synth, however they can be quite basic. You can choose if you want to map the distortion to a filter. I won't go too in-depth about the rest, as there are quite a few effects, however it will probably be a good idea to supply your own VST effects.
Z3TA is an additive synthesizer. Now, because it's additive, it can be confusing at first. When I first loaded this up, I felt like I was looking at the controls of an alien spaceship. The matrix at the bottom can be slightly difficult to figure out at first, especially to one new at making electronic music, but once you get used to it, it is very powerful. You can use it to control knobs within Z3TA+2 with LFOs, envelopes, and other things. You can also use this to keytrack different values and map things to note velocityamong other things. It also supplies you with a curve option, which will exponentially or linearly increase the knob value depending on what you choose. The one thing that I do not like about it is that you cannot modulate specific options in the Envelope (such as attack, amount, decay, etc). You can still automate the knobs in your favorite DAW, so it's not the biggest deal.
All in all, this is some great software. I will certainly use it in many of my songs. I highly recommend this to any seasoned electronic music creater.
Disclaimer(sort of): I am not the greatest music producer, however my abilities are always growing. I learn something nearly every time i start FL. Also, Steam says I have only used this program for 5 minutes, and I will tell you that this is not true. I use Z3TA in FL Studio (as stated before), and to do that it cannot be ran from steam. I have used this program in at least 50 hours of making music from the point of writing this review, with many more spent simply experimenting.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
This Synth is awesome! To be honest i don't think the preview video does it much justice. The sounds you can craft on it are amazing, grinding leads, heavy fat basslines, atmospheric pads. The presets included are perfect to get ideas, you can totally get immersed in the tweaking. This VST is pretty much my go to synth these days.

I had previously used the first version of Z3TA until it was wiped off my hard drive, i decided to invest in this version. I was happy to see that all the patches from the first Z3TA are included in Z3TA 2, so any synth presets i had used in tracks could easily be replaced by Z3TA 2.

Currently running smoothly on PC as a VST plug in with Renoise DAW. Really hope Steam does more VST's in the future.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
This is a fantastically addictive application. I have song ideas in my head but find myself still messing with the sounds hours later.

There are tons of preset sounds and even a free pack of 8 bit game sounds as well that can be added. Prepare to lose your self in that alone checking out all the sounds.

The interface with Music Creator works great but I just recently upgraded that to Sonar and have yet to test this with that but will update when I do.

I highly recommend this.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
A must-have if you're into dark electro, EBM, industrial music.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2013
nice improvement of original z3ta

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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2013
amazing sounding synth ... you won't need anything else
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
awesome
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