Friday, September 21, 2018

AKAI Pro VX600 Synthesizer

via this auction


via this auction

Matrixbrute/Mellow Jazz

Published on Sep 21, 2018 Kris Lennox

"Jazz on a monophonic synth. Certainly different! Three-part recording. Top video = melody, bottom L = bass, bottom R = chords (three-note paraphony). Jazz chords can be relatively complex: given the sparse availability of notes on the MB, creative solutions need to be found. For example, the F#m7b5: this is a four-note chord, and the MB can play three notes max. The solution (or rather, 'a' solution) is playing F# (i.e. the root) in the bass, and the rest of the chord (i.e. C-E-A) on the paraphonic patch. Sharing the chord voicing works well.

On a technical level: you'll probably notice when I'm playing the chords I'm quickly arpeggiating from low-high. It can't be heard on the recording as the arpeggiation is fast, but the function is to have consistent VCO assignation to each note. What I mean is: in paraphonic mode, the first note played is assigned to VCO1, the second to VCO2 etc. With this piece I was looking for consistency of tone; arpeggiating guarantees the lowest note will always be VCO1 etc.

When playing chords, what feels like all notes played simultaneously isn't so in reality.

I'm adding subtle vibrato on the melody line. I assigned the pitch wheel range as a semitone, and the vibrato is slight pitch wheel dives/returns. Very similar to using the tremolo arm on a guitar.

I'm curious if anyone knows the piece I'm playing? I'm keeping the arrangement very, very bare to illustrate the MB at its most exposed. I think it works well. Holding back in the recording was tricky! Resisting the temptation to showboat/add fills etc and only playing a tune at its most exposed is a good challenge in itself.

I have a list of works to record on MB ( grows by the day!). Some classical, some jazz, and some original. The jazz ones will be more involved than this recording (I'm thinking maybe some Coltrane solos). The MB would, I feel, work well as a solo instrument for a jazz gig. It is something I'd be interested in performing live i.e. jazz on the MB, with the MB playing the lead lines. Very different.

What I feel this video illustrates is the softer side of the MB. This synth - and its musical possibilities - is limited only by our imagination. What a machine.

Soundcloud link here -"

Synthchaser #111 - Dead Oberheim Xpander Repair

Published on Sep 21, 2018 Synth Chaser

"The Oberheim Xpander. 6 voice little brother of the mighty Matrix-12. One day his beloved Oberheim Xpander would not turn on. So he sent it to Synth Chaser to perform a little synth CPR. We'll have a little tour around the inside and then get this Xpander working again!

Parts for DIY repair and restoration of Oberheims are available at my website. I also repair and restore Oberheims and other vintage synths for customers around the world."

Poly orgone, just 1 patch

Published on Sep 21, 2018 neutron7

"A bit of fun, This is only one patch of the poly orgone,, using mix controls to hear different oscillators. There are tr8-s drums and a tiny bit of RE-303 added as well as uDervish on the poly orgone output. sorry for the noise, and being mono, its recorded on ipad."

Behringer's VC340 Vocoder String Synthesizer Goes Into Production Priced at $999 or Less

The two images to the left say quite a bit. While Roland is making mini boutique software based emulations of their classic synths, Behringer is making full blown analog clones, for cheap. That robot kind of reminds me of Behringer with a "don't kill me" smile (I don't think that image is from them BTW). is reporting that the upcoming Roland VP-330 clone from Behriger, the VC340, is going into production. You can find the post in German here.

Google translated from that post:

"Just talked to Pete Sadler and also received a written message from Uli personally 'We will do the thing'.

There is still no fixed release date, but yes, the thing goes into production. The poll numbers therefore looked very positive. Thus, the targeted VK somewhere somewhere between 700, - and 1,000, - USD would be. So we are curious."

Regarding the price, see this previous post.

Click here for video demos of the prototype Behringer VC340.

Novation PEAK / ARQ-96 demo: Creating 6 patches in six minutes & a short track with them

Published on Sep 21, 2018 Floyd Steinberg

"For this video, I tried to create patches in less than a minute and then use the results for a short track in the best possible way. No fast-forwarding in this video, I set up an alarm clock to prove it. Music begins at 8:36 Sequencing done with the ARQ-96."

Moog Prodigy + Linndrum

Published on Sep 21, 2018 synthartist69

"Hey guys, it's a Moog Prodigy. There is a debate as to whether it sounds better than a Moog Rogue. My answer is YES YES YES!! I borrowed a friends Rogue and it is not this phatt..... This is the next best thing to a Model D!!"

Neutron Alien Activity Patch

Published on Sep 21, 2018 Terrible Beat

"Behringer Neutron sounding all xenomorphical."

BoBeats: NOVATION invited me to London (+ FIRST LOOK @ TOUCHÉ SE and ARTURIA KEYLAB MK2)

Published on Sep 21, 2018 BoBeats

"In todays video we take a trip to LONDON. Also checking out TOUCHÉ SE and KEYLAB MK2 +beatmaking."

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