Z3TA+2 is designed to suit any and all of your electronic productions. From pop to trap, energetic to atmospheric, you’ll have the sounds you need at your fingertips.
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Positive (30 reviews) - 93% of the 30 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Sep 9, 2013

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Buy Music Creator 7 and Z3TA+ 2 bundle

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Includes 5 items: Music Creator 7, Z3TA+ 2, Z3TA+ 2 - Cakewalk Mutant R3VOLUTION Pack, Z3TA+ 2 - Cakewalk Mutant Revenge Pack, Z3TA+ 2 - Cakewalk Mutant Rebellion Pack

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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

 

Reviews

“Oscillators create everything from smooth analogue tones to the weirdest, dirtiest noises imaginable.”
4.5/5 – MusicRadar

“This is an absolutely powerhouse synth, and at a very modest price.”
Keyboard Magazine

Audio Plugins

Z3TA+2 is an audio plugin. For more info on audio plugins please read our Audio Plugin FAQ.

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.

Waveshaping Synthesis for the PC

  • Ultimate waveshaping control with dozens of sonic tools
  • Intuitive and graphically responsive interface
  • 2,000+ professionally crafted presets
  • Built-in fully customizable studio quality FX.

New in Z3ta+2.2

We've recently updated Z3TA+ 2, introducing a wealth of new features and enhancements for Windows users.
  • AAX Support for Pro Tools users
  • Windows 10 Support
  • VST3 Support
  • 4 Stage Phaser
  • Arpeggiator Bypass
  • Improved Search Functionality
  • Load FX from another program
  • Mod Matrix Additions
  • Dozens of fixes and enhancements

Waveshaping Synthesis

  • Choose, tweak, and fine-tune your waveform
  • Free and adaptive pitch-bending analog style performance grid
  • 14 continuously variable dual-stage filter types
  • Envelopes to control any parameter
  • 6 Powerful LFOs for individual or universal control
  • Straightforward Mod Matrix and Arpeggio tools
  • Global control for a crushing brickwall limiter, level, tuning, and polyphony

Built-in Effects

  • 5 distortion types, plus routing options and continuously variable controls
  • Slow, Medium, and Fast compression with threshold, ratio, and makeup gain controls
  • Totally tweakable Room, Hall, and Plate reverbs
  • 7-band graphic eq with variable band settings and colorful Simulator Mode
  • 9 adjustable Chorus, Phaser, and Flanger effects
  • 4 Stereo Delay types with Sync and EQ controls
  • Drag-and-drop effects in any order

Supported in the following DAW Software

  • SONAR
  • Music Creator
  • Cubase
  • Protools
  • FL Studio
  • Studio One
  • Additional VST/AAX Compatible Hosts

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 (32/64-bit), Windows 8 (32/64-bit), Windows 10 (32/64-bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or newer processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x800 minimum resolution, 32-bit
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: VST 2.4/3 + AAX require compatible host software. ASIO compatible sound device required for Performance Microhost.
    • Additional Notes: MIDI controller required for the Performance Microhost to be used as a standalone instrument
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Overall:
Positive (30 reviews)
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Jady
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
i love music keyboard sounds!
and it is on steam.
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Nato
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
One of my favorite VST. Powerful tool, not for the kind hearted thought.
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Finngor
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
This a real professional synth, sometimes at an insanely low price on Steam.
It is very powerful but relatively easy to use. There are videos on Utube that can help you.
It is suitable for virtually any kind of music but is well known for bass and use in eletronic music.
There is a large and good collection of arpeggio patterns, but they are not directly editable, but you can make your own in midi.
The presets are varied but many of them, especially the basses are more of a showcases (that are good to study) than bread and butter. Thankfully it is easy to roll your own bass sound.

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ronhwak
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
I love this synth. Works within sony acid as a VST plug-in except when i try to edit arp sequences. Capable of producing a wide spectrum of rich sounds. High degree of articulation with modulations and waveshaping. Huge library of arp sequences. Effects include many advanced options. UI keeps me coming back. Get the preset packages to fully appreciate its capability.
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honeybone82
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2015
Awesome. and delicous
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Imba™
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2015
With a decent DAW like Sonar or Cubase or Ableton Live, Z3TA+2 is an excellent software synth. Great for EDM and just about any synth use. It isn't as advanced as the high software synth like Massive or Absynth or Reacktor from Native Instruments or as powerful as Zebra. But it is much better than most ofp the sub £100 software synths.

My only real moan is there are not many presets with the base package but enough to show you how to make certain sounds so you can then go mad and make your own.

A great deal when on offer.

8/10
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mstadtman
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
Very easy to use and is able to generate more different sounds than you ever need.
Had some minor performance issues with AMD FX-8350 while running several VSTi's but after switching to Intel i7 I haven't encountered problems at all. I've used this instrument for 100+ hours.
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Mithril
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2015
Great plugin. & great sounds.
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pango
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 29, 2015
This is the best plugin synth that I own. It's not a toy or a cut down version for casual people who want to "make a cool track". This is a hardcore, complex, fantastic-sounding synth with 6 oscillators and fantastic waveshaping capabilities. You can modulate 16 different waveshaping features in addition to pulse width modulation and other things and there is Frequency and Phase Modulation.

It's not perfect though. I would have liked a way to edit the arpeggios inside the plugin rather than by loading midi files, but it is overall the best synth I own. Add to that the fact that it is 75% off in Steam sales a couple of times a year and you have something which represents stunning value.
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jsdratm
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2015
I'm a noob so it took me a while to figure out how to get this thing to work! At first I started it on its own and couldn't figure out how to hear the sounds and spent about 30 minutes troubleshooting. Then I learned how to launch it from Music Creator and then finally heard the sounds! It really is a powerful synthesizer and I'm looking forward to all of the funky sounds I can create with it.
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
162.5 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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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
48.7 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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2014
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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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2014
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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 1, 2014
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 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2014
A must-have if you're into dark electro, EBM, industrial music.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
100.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2015
With a decent DAW like Sonar or Cubase or Ableton Live, Z3TA+2 is an excellent software synth. Great for EDM and just about any synth use. It isn't as advanced as the high software synth like Massive or Absynth or Reacktor from Native Instruments or as powerful as Zebra. But it is much better than most ofp the sub £100 software synths.

My only real moan is there are not many presets with the base package but enough to show you how to make certain sounds so you can then go mad and make your own.

A great deal when on offer.

8/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2015
Very easy to use and is able to generate more different sounds than you ever need.
Had some minor performance issues with AMD FX-8350 while running several VSTi's but after switching to Intel i7 I haven't encountered problems at all. I've used this instrument for 100+ hours.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2015
Awesome. and delicous
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