MATRIXSYNTH: Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Night Swimming by Mt Indigo

The Mt Indigo Institute Overview Published on Jul 19, 2015 Mt Indigo

A new release from MATRIXSYNTH Member, Mt Indigo:

"The Mt Indigo Institute opened its doors shortly after WWII, in 1947. It began its existence as a cooperative research and development venture between the United States government and private industry. Ever since, it has led the way in fields such as Solar Energy Research, Aerospace Technology & Communications, Subliminal Auditory Persuasion Techniques, ----------- ---------, Meteorological Manipulation, Interdimensional Exploration, Terraforming, Matter Displacement Methods, --------- --------, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and much more.

At the present time, some of our projects are still classified. However, the following film should give you some idea of what we do here at The Mt Indigo Institute and where you might fit in. Remember, we seek only the best and brightest. Should you qualify, upon completion of the rigorous twelve week examination and induction program, you will have the chance to utilize your unique talents at one of our several exciting global locations.

With such a wide array of operations, unparalleled facilities and technology, and locations around the globe, there is no shortage of rewarding career opportunities available at The Mt Indigo Institute. Join us today.

Following this film, you can begin your examination preparation immediately by downloading the Auditory Induction Program, Phase One - Mt Indigo, Night Swimming. For optimal results, listen to the program using headphones or a quality hi-fi playback system in a quiet environment. Remember, a relaxed mind is an absorbent mind. Good luck.

[All original film footage courtesy of the excellent resource,]"

Live Synth Jam: Moog Sub37 and Aira TR-8

Published on Aug 29, 2015 Ziad Sarrouh

"Having fun with the Moog Sub37 sequencer.

This is my first real encounter / jam with the Sub37 since I got it a few days ago.

The step sequencer is amazing and highly tweakable live ; and with the new firmware, it gracefully turns everything you throw at it into something musical.

Started with an init patch and took it from there.

Recorded straight into Ableton via the Scarlett 6i6 with just a touch of reverb.
Drums courtesy of the Aira TR-8.

Subscribe to my channel for more live jams!!!"

AIRA 019 SYSTEM-100 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer

Published on Aug 29, 2015 watajapan

Noisy Boxes - RaBe Live

Published on Aug 29, 2015 Zeropage

"Zeropage Live Performance at Radio RaBe, Bern, Switzerland, 28.08.2015"


Walk from tehn on Vimeo.

a short performance using the monome walk module, connected to teletype controlling two oscillators.

Analog Beats

Published on Aug 29, 2015 Old Beats

Moog Voyager - Fx
DSI Evolver - Fx
Novation Bass Station 2 - Seq.
DSI Prophet 08 - Gated Pad
Moog Little Phatty - S&H Synth
Roland Alpha Juno 2 - Chords
AKAI VX 90 - Synth
Roland TB3 - Bass
Roland P 330 - Piano
Novation Drum Station V2 - 909 Kit
Jomox AirBase 99 - Drum

Workflow Song

Published on Aug 29, 2015 chisel316

"I call this little tune 'Workflow Song' because I made it while trying to come up with a workflow using my new gear. I usually don't even save these test songs, but I liked the way it sounded so I made a quick arrangement in Ableton Live and recorded it."

Korg Electribe EA-1mk2

via this auction

Love the aesthetic of these. It's kind of interesting when you think about it. With boutique synths usually the single maker designs the look of a give synth. Who designs the look of a synth for something like this?  I kind of miss the new look of synths.  Vermona has it going with the upcoming Vermona '14.  What happened to that one anyway?  It's not even on their product page.

Korg Arp Odyssey Analog Synthesizer SN 000174

via this auction

"This is an almost brand new Korg Arp Odyssey. I purchased it to enter notes into Sibelius for writing music, but I have since gone to an 88-key Korg Kronos2 for the expanded keyboard width. It is basically unused - no more than five hours! It is ready to ship in original boxes. Comes with the manual and a hard case, which protects it very well for moving around..."

ROLAND JD-800 SYNTHESIZER SN ZC55406 with Brass Section Cards

via this auction

"This is a Roland JD-800 in nice, clean condition. Sounds fantastic & plays great. Perfect working order & no issues. Cosmetically: less than normal wear & light scratches on left end cheek, right front cheek, back edge, & bottom of synth. I consider it to be minimal & actually hard to find (please see photo's.) Included are Roland Brass Section data & waveform cards & the original AC cable."

Bleep Labs Pico Paso & Nebulophone Synth

via this auction

"A Nebulophone stylus synth and Pico Paso light controlled stepped tone synth, both are brand new and have never been used. Being sold as a pair. Full details of each below or at


The Nebulophone is an Arduino based synth with a stylus keyboard.
- Eight waveforms
- Light controlled analog low-pass filter with five adjustable LFO LED modes.
- Perfect tuning across six octaves.
- Adjustable temperament and key.
- Six arpeggio modes with adjustable rate.
- Programmable sequencer to easily make your own arpeggios right on the Nebulophone.
- Adjustable portamento.
- Infrared communications allows multiple Nebulophones to easily communicate. More about IR-sync.
- Open-source Arduino code and hardware

How do you listen to it?
The Nebulophone has a 1/4″ mono output designed to be plugged it into any mixer, amp, USB interface, etc. Headphones will work but are not recommended.

Are the keys touch sensitive?
The alligator clip must be used to trigger the keys. You can also wire the key pads to switches as some makers have done.

Pico Paso

The Pico Paso is an analog, light controlled, stepped tone noise synthesizer designed by Dr. Bleep.

It’s based on the concept of the Atari Punk synth, aka Forrest Mims’ stepped tone generator, but uses two triangle wave oscillators that can be combined or used separately. A wave shaper and square wave LFO are used to increase the aural ridiculousness.

How do you listen to it?
The Pico Paso has a 1/4″ mono output designed to be plugged it into any mixer, amp, USB interface, etc. Headphones will not work.

What are the SQU1 and 2 pads between the buttons for?
These are the square wave outputs of the main oscillators, allowing makers to use these signals along with the triangle waves. See the schematics for more info."

1972 ROLAND TR-77 & 1978 Waddingtons Compute-a-Tune

Published on Aug 29, 2015 lookapi

"1972 ROLAND TR-77 & 1978 Waddingtons Compute-a-Tune soundcheck by Noheadchicken Live @ Petit Rigolo Records 2015

ROLAND TR-77 with Korg A5 effects
Waddingtons Compute-a-Tune with Korg Ax 30g effects"

Doepfer A152 monopoly converter patch

Published on Aug 29, 2015 Ebotronix

"four channel shift register
4ms Peg, QCD² /Expander²,RCD
Analogue Systems RS 100², RS110²²
Arp Odyssey 2821 white noise
Doepfer R2m, A101-2², A118, A133, A134²², A143-9
A151²,A152,A156, A162, A175²²,A185-2, A138abc
flight of harmony choices
Make Noise Maths²,QMMG, RenĂ©
Malekko Anti Oscillator²²,Jag
Moog Taurus 2, MP201
SSL Modulation Orgy
Toppobrillo Quantimator(aeolian)
Logic masterclock to Kenton Pro 2000
FX : Boss VF-1, Lexicon MX 400
Line 6 Echopro, TC M3000
mackie the mixer²
vid # 1373"

Daft punk da funk eurorack modular

Published on Aug 29, 2015 corduroyfarmer

"Beatstep pro sequencing a m303, DPO and a dinky's taiko. BF22 filtering."

Barry Schrader CalArts Farewell Concert Set for Saturday, September 26

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream
Update: live stream from ROD Webcast added above. Interview with Barry here.

Barry Schrader, one of the founders of the early electronic music scene at CalArts School of Music is retiring after 45 years. Many of you will remember him from previous posts here on MATRIXSYNTH. Here he is with a Buchla 500 in CalArts' studio B-304, along with Morton Subotnick and John Payne. If you are in the area, you do not want to miss this event. This is a chance to see one of the founders of our scene perform live. For those not in the area, the concert will be available on the live ROD Webcast. I hope to have an extensive interview with Barry Schrader in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that as well.

"Active in the promotion of electro-acoustic music, Schrader is the founder and the first president of SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States). He has been involved with the inauguration and operation of several performance series such as SCREAM (Southern California Resource for Electro-Acoustic Music), the Currents concert series at Theatre Vanguard (the first ongoing series of electro-acoustic music concerts in the U.S.), and the CalArts Electro-Acoustic Music Marathon. He has written for several publications including The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Grolier’s Encyclopedia, Contemporary Music Review, and Journal SEAMUS, and is the author of the book Introduction to Electro-Acoustic Music."

via Barry Schrader:

"After what will have been 45 years on the faculty of the CalArts School of Music, I've decided to retire at the end of this academic year. Starting as a graduate student at CalArts in 1970, I was hired on the faculty by Mel Powell, then the Dean of the School of Music, in 1971. It’s been an incredible adventure to have experienced the evolution of the school from its beginnings at the temporary Burbank Villa Cabrini campus to its current incarnation as The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. Along the way I’ve been fortunate to have had superb composers and performers as colleagues and friends, a host of talented students, and also to have met and worked with many brilliant people in various areas of the arts throughout the world.

To mark my retirement from CalArts, I’ve decided to present a farewell concert containing a variety of works from a forty-year period. This program will be held on Saturday, September 26, at 8:00 pm in CalArts’ Roy O. Disney Hall. Admission is free, and there will be a reception following the concert. I’ll also be giving away a limited number of my CDs to those that attend the event.

The concert will feature Mark Menzies on violin playing Fallen Sparrow, and Vicki Ray on piano performing Ravel. Also on the concert will be the original quadraphonic version of Trinity, along with short sections of Monkey King and The Barnum Museum. Adam Beckett’s groundbreaking 1973 film Heavy-Light will be shown, along with Michael Scroggins’ early computer video, 1921>1989.

For those that wish to hear and view the concert online, it will be available live on the live ROD Webcast."

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Synthesizer with Plastic Overlay

via this auction

"Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 original vintage analog polyphonic synthesizer. This is a Revision 2 board that has been upgraded to Revision 3 specifications, including MIDI added and memory banks upgraded to the full 128 offered in later revisions.

Cosmetically it is in Excellent Condition. There is a protective plastic cover on the face which has kept the graphics perfect and helps keep dust from getting inside the board. Corners are all great as shown in photos.

Functionally it is great with the only issue being that a few of the keys 'stutter' sometimes when pressed. I'm told this is an indicator that the key bed or contact wires need cleaning. I've had this in my studio since I bought from the original owner about 3 years ago, but have not used it much for the past year so I can see that. No other known issues. But I am not an expert on these machines and I don't want to dig into it myself so I am selling it 'as is'. Like all these machines the tuning drifts when on for awhile and that is why the automatic TUNE button is right on front in this revision."

LEM - Elektron AnalogRytm (Some Patterns in Somatik Techno style)

Published on Aug 29, 2015 Nicholas Lem

"Only AnalogRitm. Some Patterns in Somatik Techno style. Easy way to play tracks in the mode of scenes and performance.
Only Elektron AnalogRytm with a sound package is used"

Synthrotek MST VCO Now Available!

You've seen the videos first here and here. The Synthrotek MST VCO based on George Mattson's Mattson Mini Modular VCO design is now available here. This completes the Synthrotek MST eurorack line of modules and offers a complete system. Previously a George Mattson system was only available in the proprietary Mattson Mini Modular format along with a few individual eurorack modules from Division-6.

The new MST VCO is available in complete, kit, and PCB/Panel form.

Here's what Synthrotek has to say about the release:

"The circle is complete!

We are super stoked to announce that we now have the first very complete Eurorack monophonic voice in both kit and complete form. The VCO was the last of the modules that are essential to this complete voice. Customers can now build or purchase complete this module to either make a very complete monophonic ‘east-coast’ style voice or add this 100% analog beautiful sounding oscillator to their current system. Like most of the other modules in the MST line, the VCO was designed by synth legend George Mattson."

Star Instruments Synare 3 PS-3 Analog Drum Synthesizer SN 4571

via this auction

"This Synare 3 Analog Drum Synthesizer was manufactured by Star Instruments sometime between 1977 - 1982."

Moog Sonic6 and Moog 1130 drum controller

Published on Aug 29, 2015 noddyspuncture

"Sonic 6 controlled by 1130 drum controller... pitch & filter CV with each hit and with a little knob tweaking as well..."

Korg MS20M first test

Published on Aug 29, 2015 Morgan Karlsson

"Tweaking ms20m for the first time. Using FM and sync."

First Mini Synth for the Apple Watch? The Micro-SqueezeBox Accordion

Published on Aug 28, 2015 Michael Eskin

What appears to be the first electronic instrument for the Apple Watch comes from Michael Eskin, the creator of currently 30 instruments for mobile devices including bagpipes & accordions.

"First tests of the Micro-SqueezeBox Accordion app for the Apple Watch.

Check out all my Accordion, Concertina, and Bagpipes iOS and Android apps!

Cheers and thanks,


Using Moog Werkstatt-01 with Arturia Beatstep Pro

Published on Aug 29, 2015 Metatron's Cube

"I have seen people using many different configurations to connect with their Werkstatt using the CV expander board. Here is an example(several combined) using the Beatstep Pro that I posted on Facebook in the Moog Werkstatt group. I thought maybe this would help by uploading it to YouTube as well. Description of hook-up below.
I have both keyboard and CV in tune and matched(according to a crappy phone app tuner). Here were my settings and CV hook-ups:
Pitch CV out-VCO EXP FM IN, Gate CV out-GATE OUT(acts as a gate in for no clicking), and Velocity out-EG OUT(acts as an input, but can be left out, but sounds better/right in). VCA mode switch to EG, Sustain switch off, VCO mod switch to LFO, dest to PWM, VCF mod source to EG.
There is no clicking this way making it far more usable for recording. All of the knobs still function this way too, the attack and decay can be adjusted as well as all the other fuctions. I've noticed when hooking the CV connections up differently it works far worse and gets rid of/breaks some of the functions on the Werkstatt. Thanks for watching/listening!"

Moog Werkstatts on eBay
Beatstep Pros on eBay

TTSH ARP 2600 Clone with Gate Booster Mod

Published on Aug 28, 2015

via this auction

"For sale is a hand built, perfect circuit clone of the infamous ARP2600. The synth was professionally built by an electronics technician, with 15 years of experience in synthesizer repair. This synth was built with all of the rare, originally used electronic parts. Additionally, built into the case is a new spring reverb, built with the same specs and by the same company that provided the original reverb units for the ARP2600. There are two modifications that have been added to improve on the original designs. There are 3 separate VCO sub-regulator boards which further regulate the power delivered to the VCO’s; this corrects an original design flaw in the ARP2600 by providing added pitch stabilization. Also added is a gate/trigger booster so it can be used with modern synths, such as Eurorack modular, Arturia Mini/Microbrutes, Arturia Beatstep, etc. The gate/trigger booster has been normalized to the traditional input jacks such that when unplugged it uses the traditional ARP +15v triggers, when plugged in it can accept any trigger from +3v and up; thus making it compatible with virtually anything that outputs gate/cv. The case was professionally built by a kitchen cabinet company and is solid maple, stained black.

This unit is 75% the size of the original, measuring 25”w x 16.5” h x 8” d and weighing 28 lbs..."

Roland Juno 106

via this auction

Kawai K5000S Advanced Additive Synthesizer

via this auction

Akai AX60

via this auction

miniAtmegatron Tutorial - Assembly

Published on Aug 29, 2015 Soulsby Synthesizers

"The tutorial shows you how to assemble your miniAtmegatron and upload the source code to the Arduino Uno (if needed).
It doesn't attempt to teach soldering or good soldering practices. There's plenty of videos on the Internet about that already!

I've aimed the video at all levels, so apologies to anyone who finds some of this a bit obvious!

If you need help, please use the forum:
The miniAtmegatron is available from the Soulsby Synths shop:

All music by DREAMTRAK and Soulsby Synths and created nearly entirely with the Atmegatron. Available here:"


Published on Aug 29, 2015 ux256


Published on Aug 29, 2015 Space Cat Audio Technologies

"Working on the new live Acid set for the Sept. Carry on Avin it party. Straight to camera mic."

S-CAT on eBay

Vilsandi Trance Live

Published on Aug 29, 2015 0ekkeekke0

"A live version of a track from my upcoming album. It's eurorack modualr and octatrack to soundcraft mixer and from there line outs to zoom recorder.Sadly there isn't much footage from my performance so I had to add some closeup shots from my modular and a nice boat ride to the island where the festival took place. It's the nicest festival I have ever been, big thanks for organisers :)
Info about the release:"


Published on Aug 28, 2015 MrSharps02

"nothing new, more arrangement practice at 135 bpm.

lead from modular w/ mutable instruments clouds for lovely lo fi granulated reverb, bass and pads from analog four, drums and mixing with the octatrack."

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