MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, September 14, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

How to Setup iConnectivity's iConnectAUDIO4+ with an iPad as a Looper

I recently picked up an iConnectivity iConnectAUDIO4+ as an all-in-one audio and MIDI interface for my iPad in the studio. It was initially a bit tricky setting it up for my specific needs, so I thought a post might help others looking to do the same or similar. I had four primary goals:

1. I wanted to be able to use the interface in stand-alone mode without the need to hook up an iPad or computer.

2. I wanted a good audio interface for the iPad in the studio for playing synths on it.

3. I wanted to use the iPad as a dedicated looper running Loopy HD (and the option to use the iPad as an effects processor for my external hardware synths).

4. I wanted a solid MIDI interface for the iPad so I could control and sync apps with external gear.

All of this was possible separately with my Line 6 Sonic Port and a MIDI USB cable, but I got tired of swapping things out and I decided to dedicate the Sonic Port for video capture only. I wanted an all-in-one solution that allowed me to configure things once, and just have it work for most scenarios I might need in the studio. Size was also a consideration. You can see my Moog Minitaur sitting on top of the iConnectAUDIO4+. It's a perfect fit!

The iConnectAUDIO4+ is an extremely flexible device, but with that flexibility comes a bit of complexity. The device is pre-configured out of the box to work with a DAW setup, and to even get audio out of the box you have to have a DAW or USB device like the iPad connected to route the audio out. You also need to adjust audio levels on the device itself which can be a little tricky. See the using the touch panel tutorial here.

Here's how I wanted things configured (you can find my adjusted template/s here but be sure to back yours up first!):

1. Main mixer AUX out to effects to iConnectAUDIO4+ then back into my main mixer AUX in.
2. iPad connected to iConnectAUDIO4+ via USB audio in the middle of the chain.
3. iPad connected to iConnectAUDIO4+ via USB MIDI to receive MIDI clock and notes via iConnectAUDIO4+ MIDI DIN In for internal apps.
4. iPad connected to iConnectAUDIO4+ via USB MIDI to send MIDI clock and notes via iConnectAUDIO4+ MIDI DIN Out for external gear.

Aside from watching out for MIDI loops, MIDI routing out of the box worked as expected. Audio, however, was a bit tricky.

If you look at the image to the left from iConnectivity's website you will see a row of input sections on the top (USB1, USB2, Analog, and Analog Mixer), each with their individual audio ins underneath. On the far right you will see a column of matching sections. These are your audio outs. The points you see are the patch points between the two. You can essentially configure any input to go to any output, but there is one caveat - you cannot have more than one input going to one output. You can, however, have an individual input in going into multiple outputs as you can see. Note that none of the analog ins are routed to the analog outs. Instead they are routed to USB outs only. What that means is you have to have a USB device connected and turned on to hear anything. Out of the box iConnectAUDIO4+ will not work in stand-alone mode.

To the left is a screenshot of how I configured the routing to meet my needs. You can see I patched iCA4 USB D1 (my iPad) into iCA4 Analog I/O Mixer channels 1 and 2. I then have my Analog inputs 3 and 4 (as pictured in the top image of this post) patched into both iCA4 USB D1 (iPad) channels 1 & 2 as well as iCA4 Analog I/O Mixer channels 3 and 4. I left all channels of iCA4 Analog I/O Mixer going to the analog outs. Simple, but believe me, along with setting the the audio mixer levels and forgetting to save to the device, it took a bit of trial and error.

For the mix levels be sure to watch the "Using iconfig Mix Buses" video here. Also, I found that double clicking the bottom level slider "cap" for each bus brought the level to 0 db which seemed to work fine for me. Just remember, you have to adjust the levels via the using the touch panel tutorial here as well. The tricky part is you can set the level for each line in, followed by each line out, followed by overall level in and overall level out. At first it seems overly complex but then when you realize the level of control you have you can appreciate it.

The most important thing to remember is that once you have everything set, you have to save your settings on the device itself or they will be lost the next time you turn it on! You'll want to save both via File / Save Preset and via Device / Save Current Settings. Again, you can find my templates here. Note there are two files, a 1.ica4 file and a 1.ica4.aux file. You load the 1.ica4 file from within iConnectivity iConfig, Open / File Preset. Remember to back up your settings first and remember to adjust the levels after.

Also, I found my iPad would sometimes not recognize the iConnectAUDIO4+. I'm not sure why that was, but unplugging and replugging the iConnectAUDIO4+ power cable seemed to solve the problem. I would disconnect the iPad first just to be safe. I don't want to risk blowing out my iPad with an inadvertent power surge. Regarding MIDI, I found certain apps seemed to sync better than others for whatever reason. Loopy HD synced like a champ and was my go to app for testing sync on the iPad.

Anyway, I hope this post helps others looking to do the same. Note my template is a minimal configuration specifically set for using the iPad as described in this post. There are patch points for USB D2 for the laptop or second iOS device as well, but they are there for future use. My template can be seen as a starting point. The levels are configured for my studio, so they might need adjustment in yours.

iConnectAUDIO4+s on eBay

Radio Music in the Clouds

Published on Sep 14, 2015 Modular Cult

"First experiment with the Mutable Instruments Clouds.

The Music Thing Radio Music is patched into the Clouds module via a CGS/Serge 1973 VCF. The Radio Music is patched almost exactly like my previous video, but I am also modulating the Station input. The output of the Clouds is set to 100% wet and I am modulating the Reverb amount via the Ian Fritz Chaos module.

The bass drops are an Electric Druid VCDO. The FM type sound is two Yusynth VCO's inter-modulating each other and feed into a MFOS EchoRockit."

KORG iELECTRIBE for iPhone - Demo Preview by koishistyle

Published on Sep 14, 2015 KORGINC

iTunes: KORG iELECTRIBE for iPhone - KORG INC.

"KORG iELECTRIBE for iPhone demo preview : Produced and performed by koishistyle.

(c)2015 KORG Inc.all right reserved
For more information about koishistyle visit"


Published on Sep 14, 2015 Zaws

"Music Easel, moog voyager and moogerfooger delay live take"

Yamaha TX802 - A few performance patches

Published on Sep 14, 2015 SynthMania

"Yamaha TX802 - Demos of performance patches.
(MIDI keyboard controller: Roland Alpha Juno-2)"

ElectroMusic 2015 Montage Video

Published on Sep 14, 2015 Pierre Fontaine

"The Electro Music Festival is a small festival of like-minded people who create experimental music and soundscapes using all sorts of electronic devices. Performances and workshops happen on each of the three days. I was only able to attend Saturday afternoon but was blown away by the incredible sounds coming from each room and the support for everyone who performed or gave a seminar."

Korg Volca Keys - "Paregoric Sump Pump" Ambient analog industrial-ish song

Published on Nov 1, 2014

One for the coulrophobiacs out there.

"All instrumentation, including the drum track, is the Korg Volca Keys. No effects have been added except for some additional delay on one of the white noise effects and with some additional panning automations. Drums are made with Unison Ring mode with the detune maxed. Drum decay is set by envelope amount on the Frequency Cutoff. LFO rate is miaxed with slight modulation to the Frequency Cutoff. Notes played on the lowest register (C0-C1)."

And one more from Junkbomb:

"Rancid Oppugnancy" Electribe EA-1 / Volca Keys, Beats, Sample, Monotron

Published on Sep 13, 2015 Junkbomb

"More industrial / EMB style stuff with the Korg Volca Beats, Keys, Sample and Electribe EA-1."

September Morning

Published on Sep 14, 2015 John L Rice

"I was playing around with the patch from the previous video and came up with this.

Instead of 4 separate voices panned, this is all 4 MOTM-300 VCOs mixed in mono and run through 2 Happy Nerding Fun VCFs in series. (IN 1 with LP out to IN 2 and then LP out to the IN 1 of the second VCF etc) For most of the piece you are hearing the output of the final stage of the VCFs through a BigSky reverb 100% wet and then near the end I add in some dry signal so you can hear the articulated steps from the Moon 569 sequencer etc. Roland Fantom XR provides the string voice.

Thanks for watching/listening, rating and commenting!"

Ambient Wave : Live Modular Synthesizer

Published on Sep 14, 2015 darksideothetune

Fairlight CMI-III /MFX Demostration

Published on Sep 13, 2015 DeftAudio

Note seeing this one currently listed: Fairlight CMIs on eBay

Aurora AR1 Analogue Synthesizer

Published on Sep 14, 2015 mikesmee

"Rough quick demo of my Aurora AR1 Analogue Synthesizer built in the UK by Synthrestore (SRS). This item is for sale on ebay."

Not seeing it listed at the time of this post: Aurora AR1s on eBay

See the Aurora channel for previous posts.

ARP 2600 Analog Synthesizer & Keyboard

via this auction

"This auction is for an ARP 2600 Synthesizer and keyboard in good working condition with original patch cables (3 used remaining still wire tied), power cable and cable to connect the synthesizer to the keyboard. Original Owners manual and patch book are included as well. The outer box has some slight wear from storage. It appears to be in good working order, powers on and makes various sounds when adjusting the knobs. All knobs are original."

Moog Memorymoog Plus Vintage Analog Synth SN 3211 with Original Box & Extras

via this auction

"Recently serviced, tested and fully functional! All keys, buttons & lights are in working order.
Unit is in great cosmetic shape overall but has some light wear on the control panel.
Includes an installed MIDI upgrade purchased from dBm Technical Services in New York."

Oberheim OB-Xa Eight 8 Voice Vintage Synth & DSX Sequencer

via this auction

Future Retro Revolution SN FREV0215

via this auction

Korg Prophecy Multi Oscillator Solo Synthesizer with Korg Gig Bag

via this auction

Modular Music Days 2015 - Tabakfabrik Linz - Pics by Synth Anatomy

Interaktion zwischen Mensch und Maschine

Some Modular Music Days 2015 in via @synthanatomy. Enjoy!

"Interaktion zwischen Mensch und Maschine"
"Interaction between man and machine"

Use the arrows on the left and right of each image to move through the set. If the arrows do not work click through the pic to get to the set.

The event was September 11 - September 12 in Austria. Participants included

+++ Schneiders Büro Berlin
+++ Doepfer A-100
+++ Bastl Instruments
+++ Ritornell (live performance)
+++ Patrick Pulsinger (live performance)
+++ Leoš Hort aka Hrtl (live performance)
+++ BR-Laser (live performance)
+++ Stefan Leberfinger (Hieber & Lindberg München)
+++ Wavemeister (Wien)
+++ Birdkids
+++ Andras Eichstaedt
+++ Raw Voltage – Vienna Modular Store

Update: and a video walkthrough from Moritz Scharf:

Modular Music Days Linz 12.9.2015 | Preparation Walkthrough

Published on Sep 12, 2015 Moritz Scharf

"A short walkthrough the setups, everybody is working concentrated."

::vtol:: silk - crypto currency tracking string music instrument

::vtol:: silk from ::vtol:: on Vimeo.

"The installation is tracking the real time changes in the market activities related to cryptocurrencies Bitcoin and Litecoin – independent and uncontrolled by any state peer-to-peer payment systems. Constantly changing currency rate of of Bitcoin against major world currencies is influencing the strain of strings in installation and the way the picks are hitting them. The robotic system of the artwork is directed by a computer algorithm: influenced by dynamic changes of data, the installation sounds like a complex sound instrument.

Technically, the installation consists of two poles of 2 meters height. Each stand sprouts 5 diagonal strings which correspond to 5 currencies (US dollar, Yuan, Euro, Canadian dollar and Russian ruble). These strings are pulled on special automatic tuners moved by stepper motors directed by computer algorithm. Each motor features high precision of movement, which allows very precise tuning of string even with quite insignificant changes of parameters.

more info -

the project is co-commissioned by Laboratoria Art&Science Space and Lykke AG

Moscow, 2015"

Modular Day Barcelona Set for September 26

MODULAR DAY BCN #2 from Knobs and buttons on Vimeo.

26 de setiembre en Hangar
Emilia Coranty, 8-16, 08018 Barcelona, Spain

2da Edición del Festival de Sintetizadores Modulares de Barcelona

En esta ocasión, el Festival está dedicado a LOS FABRICANTES del mundo Eurorack! por lo que más que una Feria (como en la 1era Edición), tenemos la suerte y la GRAN satisfacción de contar directamente con las mentes detrás de los diseños de módulos más interesantes del mercado.

Organizado por Knob Shop y Befaco


4MS (US)
KOMA Elektronik (DE)

más por confirmar !!!!

DOEPFER DARK ENERGY MK1 with Glide and wooden stand

via this auction

"fully working and in excellent condition"

via MATRIXSYNTH Member, Rosynth.

Access Virus XL Rack

via this auction

"Access Virus XL Rack synthesizer
latest OS 6.5
fully working and in excellent condition
very difficult to find for it's the one rack unit version of the Virus C with the identical engine
original manual included plus extensive soundbanks library"

via MATRIXSYNTH Member, Rosynth.

Folktek Bug Insectan

via this auction

"The Bug Series coming to life at the hands of Ben and Arius has been an extensive body of work. These instruments produce some of the strangest and most beautiful sounds. Very alien in nature and unlike anything else out there. Most of these instruments were made from mid 2005 to current with the exception of a handful coming out over the years prior. For the most part, the current bugs and insects are capable of everything any of the older works were - a solid schematic that we've also extended on quite a bit and brought (almost) to an apex with the design, making everything patchable."

VINTAGE TECHNICS SY-1010 analog synthesizer

via this auction

Oberheim Model TVS-1

via this auction

Korg Delta Vintage 80s Analog String Synth DL-50

via this auction

"These are cool little synths for a certain kind of sound, along the lines of a Moog Opus III, being a fully mixable 'synth' & 'string' section, fairly straightforward, but still characterful.

The synth is more like an organ with slider volumes for various footages, which can be put through the ADSR & analogue filter.

The strings have a balance, EQ & AR envelope knobs.

Tones are nice & strong as is, can be wonderful through a delay, reverb or phaser!

Soundwise, I think if you're a fan of the instrumental side of 'Low' (the album) you'll get the idea. Deltas were also used by Broadcast & The Human League (the reason I kept an eye out for one), so darn fine company, I'd say.

Condition, I'd say good for age, there are marks & scrapes but nothing too extreme, some of the lettering has worn away in places, but no cracks or dents.

There are 2 things that affect at least half of all the Deltas I've seen..

Sure enough, the joystick is snapped off at the top. It is still useable & fully working. If you wanted you could add a sleeve of metal tubing to extend it's length again, that could crimp on at the bottom. Another solution is simply to pop a biro lid on the top, fits a treat!

The other really common issue is a fault on the filter which causes the synth section to stop working. This one was no exception, but I replaced the offending capacitors (did a good job!) & it's been perfect ever since (about 2/3 years).

This particular synth is fully functional apart from one slider, which has never worked in those 2/3 years, but after 6 months of inactivity has suddenly burst back into life.. The noise slider in the synth section is (was) inactive, but now seems to be fully working. But I'd still look at this as 'Noise not working'. You can absolutely live without it, but it does sound nice for those filtered White Noise sweeps. I reckon this would have to be the slider or a solder joint in that section, can't think of any components that would die then come back to life again.

Worth pointing out that I always clean everything I get, so no gunk on the knobs, no dirty keys, all the switches, jacks & sliders were Servisol'd & the front panel was polished while I repaired the filter."

Mutable Instruments Tides Parasite Two bumps jam + Arturia Micro Brute

Published on Sep 14, 2015 DavidH

"check the end at 13:25 for more variation one tides parasites additive vco
drums : Mutable Instruments Grids + Peaks + TipTop Hats808"

Follow-up to this post.

Chilled Drum & Bass #4

Published on Sep 14, 2015 KlaatuNinja

7 Minutes with an Ipad Synth - TC Performer

Published on Sep 14, 2015 Synth Anatomy

"TC Performer is a free app with in-app purchase for full presets

Explore unreal synthesis with the most unique performance control on iOS! TC-Performer presents a multi-touch performance environment unlike any other synthesizer. Simply touch the screen; there are no buttons, keys, or sliders to hit. The sounds are generated entirely by your touch movements.

Each patch has a unique method of control. Pull, tap, drag, twist, and stretch your touches on the screen. There is no wrong way to play! Every instrument is a new landscape of sound creation. Pads, leads, effects, and indescribable oddities await."

zMors Modular Brings Massive Update in v1.3

iTunes: zMors Modular - mobile only

"What's New in Version 1.3
- add a new controller module with keyboard, XY pads and JavaScript support
- add a new ADSR module with retrigger and build in VCA
- add a new 8/1 multiplexer module
- add a one knob module with midi cc send option
- add a new console mixer module with pre routed macros and midi filter
- add midi cc input as alternative to cable connection on each module input port
- add midi out port on main module
- add midi merge programm to combiner module
- add cpu save option to VCA module
- add init phase parameter to OSC module
- add simple expressions on context menu parameters
- add alias free saw mode in MathDSP module
- add a audio input port to cv sequencer
- add bi polar option to matrix mixer
- add cv to midi cc option in midi filter module
- add 'Mix with other Apps‘ option to setting menu
- add a score editor in midi player/sequencer
- allow JS sample access to wave table module
- fix autostart in sampler
- fix a problem with recording function
- fix a problem with zoom modules
- fix a problem when cables not showing
- fix a problem when mix with other apps
- update module descriptions
- add factory defaults function for all presets
- target for this update ist iOS 8.4"

Korg Volca Keys Noodle "At the funeral of a computer"

Published on Sep 12, 2015

"Beatstep Pro driving a Nord Drum2 and a sequence on the Volca Keys using Tempo from the Beatstep.


Volca Keys : Set mostly to POLY with 5 different sequences and some automation. Then occasionally popped up to UNISON mode for a non poly sound. Audio signal from the Volca is passed through an Eventide H9 Pedal using the Dark Angels "Shimmer" preset.

Keyboard: Playing Ipad Mini FM synth called DXi FM synthesizer
By Takashi Mizuhiki. I am playing a bell sound called GlassBeadSA for the small filler sections on the M-Audio KeystationMini32. I crank up the effect Delay and Delay depth in the Dxi App itself.

Ipad out is via the Lightning cable using MusicIO to send midi from the keyboard into the Mac before then pulling the digital audio signal back. I have another video on the excellent MusicIO app which is perfect for pulling sound and sending midi to an Ipad.

Ableton is used for occasional triggered samples using the DJTechtools Midifighter 3D.

Korg Monotribe used for a short repeated background sequence. The Monotribe sound output is through an Electro-Harmonix and then through a Flashback by TC Electronic to create a nice reverb echo.

Recording is completed live (accept my pre-planned sequences are not live) into a GoPro Hero4 which is up above my workbench. Audio is sucked into my Mac via the ART USBPre two channel audio interface and mixed in the simple application Audio Hijack, basically making the Mono sounds from the Korg kit a central signal rather than in just one speaker. Then the sound is pumped back out of the Art USB pre and into a headphone monitor cable that climbs up into the USBMic jack directly on the GoPro Hero4. So no video and audio mixing is required because the sound is mixed and recorded live into the Gopro.

Mabel the pug is a great audience, she just snores in appreciation (Spot the Pug)"

via discchord

My first synthesizer - [Plant dude controlling a pinball modular?]

Published on Sep 14, 2015 nicksworldofsynthesizers

What the hell am I seeing?! Seaweed, moss, plant dude controlling a pinball modular? Tim Burton spirals? He would be proud.

In the following video the knobs remind me of pinball machines. Someone should come up with spring loaded knobs. You can pull them, then release with maximum spring for perfectly timed modulations.

nick horn synth

Live modular techno : they use to call me hardmakz

Published on Sep 14, 2015 Maxime F

"Heavy dark techno.
15 years when I was producing hardcore I would have killed for that kind of sound :)"

ROLI Seaboard RISE At BPM 2015

Published on Sep 14, 2015 sonicstate

"The new 25 key MPE (multi-dimensional polyphonic expression) keyboard controller was spotted at BPM - we spoke to product manager Manon about what it can do and why MPE will be showing up in more software soon."

Mutable Instruments Tides Parasite Firmware

Mutable Instruments Tides Parasite firmware Two bumps sequence

Published on Sep 14, 2015 DavidH

"A harmonic generator (also called an additive synthesis engine) produces its timbre by summing sinusoids of multiple frequencies (harmonics)."

Mutable Instruments Tides Parasite firmware Two bumps waves ocsilloscope

Also see: Mutable Instruments Clouds Parasite Firmware - Oliverb & Resenestor Modes

Taide'n Borg - You make me higher (FULL)

Published on Sep 14, 2015 Sun's May Flower (Official)

Cool video. The break out of what each synth is doing below gets the post. See the post guidelines for what goes up.


Roland JX 10 - Analog Bass
Roland Juno 60 - Analog Poly Brass
Korg Ms20 - Synth Lead
Roland JX 3P - Square Lead
Roland Jupiter 6 - Arpeggiator Synth
Emu Morpheus - Sweep Pad
Roland TR 707 - Drums
Akai S900 - Extra Percussion
Korg DVP 1 - Vocoder


Analog Delay - EEM 2000 ST
Stereo Phaser - Arion SPH2
Reverb - Fostex 3180 Spring Reverb Unit
Reverb - Lexicon LXP 15 II"

Dominion 1 - Track 2

Published on Sep 14, 2015 Sensenwerk

"This is my second track created with the Dominion 1.
Drums and reverb/delay in Cubase.

This a sound demo only. I just added these fractal renderings to avoid an even more boring black screen."

Video Killed the Radio Star Cover by iPad App: Alina String Ensemble

Published on Sep 14, 2015 ManetronM400S

Update: added some notes for the videos below.  Check out the link to the Selidor!

"Alina String Ensemble is a musical keyboard application for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch that simulates the Solina String Ensemble. The sound is generated in reference to Solina String Ensemble (Serial number "SERIES 22, No.0093158”) manufactured by N.V. EMINENT BODEGRAVEN HOLLAND in the 70’s."

Not seeing it on iTunes yet. See the previous video here.

And the originals for those that want a trip down memory lane. Solina & ARP QUADRA in the first video, LE/Logan in the second "live" video. Moog modular system with the SELIDOR iNCONSEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS system at 3:02 in the first.

Couldn't find an official official version so the above will do.

Buggles - Video killed the radio star 1979

Uploaded on Jan 16, 2008

FXpansion Strobe2

Published on Sep 14, 2015 FXpansion


Strobe2: A modern classic, reimagined.

Strobe2 is a software polysynth which puts diverse new sounds effortlessly within your reach. It builds on the original's realistic analogue modelling and deep but intuitive synthesis with a slew of enhancements and requested features. Highlights include a stunning effects section, revamped arpeggiator, deeper modulation processing, preset-morphing, randomizing and a scalable vector interface for retina and 4K displays.

Of course, Strobe2 retains the cult-classic original's signature character - a 'super-oscillator' with stacking, detuning and sync, a warm saturating VCA, the acclaimed TransMod modulation system and a powerful multimode filter with 22 responses for massive tonal variety.

Strobe2 comes with over 900 presets to get you started but its programming simplicity makes creating new sounds and learning about synthesis addictive and exciting. Capable of everything from raw vintage tones to futuristic sound design, Strobe2 is perfect for all kinds of music from classic to modern and beyond.

Pricing and Availability
Strobe2 is available as a download-only product from the FXpansion web shop! Pricing is $179.00, €165.00, £119.00 inc VAT
Upgrade offer for registered DCAM Synth Squad customers: $79.00, €72.00, £52.00 inc VAT (please log into your user account to show the upgrade offer price in the online shop)"

Waldorf Pulse Editor for Renoise

Published on Sep 14, 2015 midierror

"Short of a screen-grabbing program, here's a video showing basic functionality of my Waldorf Pulse editor for Renoise.

Using the guru tool, you can edit, load and save synth presets!"

My Romeo

Published on Sep 13, 2015 jdanielcramer

"Creating songs from generative modular patches"

Great breakdown of eurorack modules used to create a full track.

F5D - Roland JD-XA Take2

"Some sounds that I programmed with Roland JD-XA 4-voice analog synth engine. The last sound uses also the digital part for strings. Delay, reverb and compression / limiting were added later, now eq."

Roland JD-XAs on eBay

1 Minute @ Bastl Instruments Booth - Knobcon 2015 - MIDIVERSE MONDAYS #3

Published on Sep 14, 2015 MIDI-VERSE TV

"On this episode of MIDIVERSE - TV we're at Knobcon 2015 at the Bastl Instruments booth. Lots more videos and photos from Knobcon coming soon."

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