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Zero 1 Synth

Version: Kontakt 4.2.4 / NCW / V1.02

Mangled Tape CS01 Monosynth


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Product Overview

Zero-1 is in essence a single oscillator virtual analog synthesizer (VA) loosely based on the CS01 monosynth which was released in 1982 as an affordable entry into the world of analog synthesis… but with a twist!  Rather than simply sample the basic DCO oscillators from the original instrument I thought it might be more interesting to first pass them through a tube overdrive and Watkins Copicat tape delay. 

Mangling the raw oscillators in this manner injected a significant amount of character and movement to the original waveforms – even the splice in the tape loop adds something!  Five oscillators were multi-sampled in 24-bits in this manner: triangle, sawtooth, 50% square, 25% square and PWM.

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Switchable Filter Emulations

One unique feature of the Zero-1 is the ability to switch between a Mk I and Mk II CS01 filter emulation.  This selects either a 12dB/oct or 24dB/oct filter and changes the livery of the control panel to match the original variants – a flash of genius by Stephen Howell at Hollow Sun!


Download Contents:

– The Zero-1 Synth for Kontakt
– 50 24-bit tube & tape waveshaped oscillator samples
– 40 editable example instrument patches with ability to save
– 10 example layered multi patches
– User Guide

System Requirements:

– The Zero-1 Synth requires Kontakt version 4.2.4 or higher (Full version - Not Kontakt Player)
– Around 60Mb Free Hard Disk Space



5 Stars (30)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review

A Little Gem

How did I miss this one? I own many Hideaway products, but somehow this one passed me by!

This is a fantastic little synth - warm, rich, punchy sounds that have that certain magical 'something' that makes them very special!

It's based on the old Yamaha CS01, a synth that I owned and used a lot way back in the late 1980s! ZERO 1 goes way beyond the quality of sounds that the original could produce and this is all down to the post processing done by Dan at Hideaway...

That touch of tube warmth and subtle tape delay movement have produced a very capable synth right across the board...use it for leads, bass, pads etc...sounds that gel very well together in the mix.

A serious bargain!

Mark Taylor

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Bennie Smith

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review

Really... organic.

These are the kind of samples that fool people into thinking you're using hardware. They're not pristine, but in all the right ways!

A steal at the price!

Chris O'Brien

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review

Like All Hideaway Studio Products..

...this is stellar. It is actually hard to overstate how excellent these sample libraries are. They are clearly a labor of love. They convey the "analog" spirit, while also adding originality, musicality and taste to the mix. All of the presets are done with care, but they can be tweaked considerably as well. In my opinion these are some of the very best sample libraries available anywhere and possibly the best value of any you will find.

Stephen Barnard

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review

Nice Sounds

To be honest, I had to fiddle with some of the LFO knobs to see what they actually do. Should have been more clearly layed out in the UI or a more detailed help text could have been scripted. But anyways great sound, even started and saved some snapshots in the init patch. An absolute bargain.

Paul Lebküchner

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Verified Review

not exactly cutting-edge BUT....!

this is a very basic synth from a very un-basic software-company which has shown great care in what it puts out here. sounds sit nicely in a mix...what at first might sound somewhat dated and ordinary can quickly reveal a liveliness and richness underneath. this is not a pretty synth but it's usefulness more than makes up for it....indeed a bargain.

clay colgin

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Very happy

A really good, versatile synth for a small price

Anthony Lee

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review

What a bargain!

I will use this in dance tracks. I love the bass. I'm a fan f Hideaway Studio.

Paul Young

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Verified Review

Small Synth with a nice sound

This is a small but nice sounding Kontakt based synth. Can only recommend it!

Michael Wiedmer

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review

Another Hideaway Studio Triumph

This delivers just what it says on the box, a tape mangled CS-01. Listen to the demo for some beefy 80s sounds!

Colin Mansfield

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review


I love this synth. Inspiring, tweakable patches. Love the filters options. The price is cheap, but there's nothing cheap about the sounds.

Josh Vinci

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A good set of characterful sounds, one of the better synth libraries for Kontakt.

Cory Pelizzari

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review

Der Bass Synthesizer

fetter bass volle Empfehlung

Herbert Raab

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review


Great & quick sounds from this synth. Highly recommended!

Ronald Ordonez

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review

Excellent Synth with big possibilities for a tiny price

The title says it all really, I purchased this earlier today for £1.50 and straight away it got me inspired for a new album track. I've tweaked a few presets, saved them and then from that tweaking quickly got 3 new ideas down. It's simple to use but you can get some very big synth sounds out of it. Excellent product and well worth a purchase.

Mike Evans

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review

Zero-1 Synth v1.02: A cute lightweighted, 65Mb Kontakt 4 library

It\'s a lightweighted, 65Mb for Kontakt 4 library (and upwards). 42 instruments, 10 multis, 50 samples. Downloaded v1.02 from My account tab on Kontakt Hub. On a side note, no serial codes. You will recognize GUI Design and HS Example Patches from Mr Stephen Howell. We miss you. Never forgotten.


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Verified Review

Sounds Good!

Great sounding and affordable little synth. Try the Peggiating Bass :)

Vince Matthew

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review


Good classic old sound Monosynth

Maxime Ravaine

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Verified Review

Pretty good and especially at the sale price!

Yes on the whole nice sounds if you like the dark analog feel, which I love, and reasonable tweak ability on the front end. Im relatively new to using Kontakt so pretty sure many more things I would like to tweak are actually based in the Kontakt back end. Anyways my first review, and very happy to give this 4 stars. Hideaway are deffo on my radar now for their new releases, also going to check their back catalogue,.

Michael Morris

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review

Really Nice Instrument

I got this instrument for a couple of dollars and it’s a very nice vsti. It can make a wide variety of sounds that are usable in a variety of genres. Great job on this very fun instrument to use. Highly recommended!

Eric Sierka

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Great Synth, love it!

I love this synth! Easy to use and user friendly.

Tomas Videla

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Zero 1 synth

Great and easy to use.

dharmesh Kapadia

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review

Wonderful sounding no nonsense library

This one from Hideaway Studio I love especially:
Big sound, clean GUI, sound not drowned in reverb and too many other FX, very versatile, just a wonderful analog sounding weapon in my arsenal.
Fully recommended!

Martin Juenke

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review

Good little synth

This is a nice little synth at a great price. Nice vintage analog tone. Easy set up.

Steven Pagano

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review

Inspiring sounds

Instant analog sounds. Very easy GUI, fun to mess with.

Naufal Rabbani

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review

Love this!

This just a great bare bones synth, and its always fun to see how many different sounds you can come up.

andrew owsley

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Verified Review


This is one superb Synthesizer you can get your hands on. And for the price point, it's one hell of a deal. But yeah, you must get it not for the price or other such external considerations, but for the fact that it is itself so good. The GUI is clean and not too glitchy. The controls are all there. And there are loads of presets. For someone who loves to explore, this is an absolute treat. I will rate it 4 only because I rate all best stuff at 4 and 5 is only for something which is groundbreaking.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Verified Review

This Is A Great Little Synth

'Zero 1' is a Kontakt Instrument based on the Yamaha CS01 (the first Synth I ever owned.) Hideaway have sampled the instrument with excellent results. 'Zero 1' sounds as good, if not better than the real thing. Presets are inspiring and there's plenty of scope to edit.. or program new sounds. For £5 it's a 'no brainer.'

Alan Zipper

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Verified Review

The little synth that could

This is a very nice faithful recreation of the Yamaha CS-01 tones and functionality, with the added twist of a tape distortion filter.

It is a deceptively powerful synth for how simple it is and there are plenty of great presets to get you started. What I love is the ability to mess with the filter envelopes and get a lot of different flavours out of the combinations offered. The addition of chorus, delay and reverb settings is also a nice touch.

If there is one or two criticisms I have for this synth, it is quite limited for percussive sounds due to the lack of the noise waveform setting, and while it seems to have an arpeggiator, the interface for it seems to be missing, so you'd have to load up certain patches and then work from there, instead of just enabling and fiddling with it in the current patch.

Regardless, if you have enough patience you can still find a way to get a passable kick, snare and hi hat tone with this, which is a testament to the flexibility of this synth. Also the sounds are just pleasing to the ear.

Valerie Valens

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Verified Review

Nice synth

Great little product lots of nice features with interesting sounds well worth the money

Wayne Ovenden

Demo - Demo by Alacantec

Untweaked bunch of Hideaway Studio\'s Zero-1 Synth instruments. No FX but stock presets for the master track. Dubbed with a couple of radio fre samples thru the track.

Demo - Onward to the Future by Freya Manibrandr

No other synths or libraries used. Cakewalk and Waves plugins were used for mastering.

Demo - Grecian Inspiration

Here's a great demo using Zero 1.

All the music is from Zero 1 synth. I've modified most of the presets and done some automation on the envelope of the filter.

I've just used the reverbs and delays that the synth has on the presets too, except one instance of the GSi WatKat on one instrument.

The drums come from Wave Alchemy's Revolution

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