MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Mockups of the Upcoming Moog Mother32

A couple of images found online, after watching the section on the Mother32 in the Knobcon interview with Suit & Tie Guy posted here. In that video they pretty much confirm this is what it will look like.  The arrow button isn't a play button for the sequencer but rather there are two arrow buttons for octave switching.

Some other details from the previous post directly from Suit & Tie Guy: 14 knobs, 9 switches, 35 jacks including power, audio and midi. 10 pin eurorack connector on back. Built in sequencer with a form of ratchetting. The sequencer has some tricks.

EMS Synthi E ven in the odd 14/16

Published on Sep 18, 2015 Ebotronix

EMS Synthi E
Buchla System #1
FX: Boogie V Twin, Soldano SP 77 mk 2
Lexicon MPX 100, PCM 80 / 90, TC M one XL
Rane SM 26, Rocktron Rack Interface², Model 311
Maestro Ringmodulator
Make Noise Format Jumper
Moog CP 251
Sherman Filterbank 2
Yamaha MCS 2
Kenton Pro 2000
mackie the mixer²
odd time 14/16
vid # 1385

Suit & Tie Guy and Raul Pena Knobcon Recap - New Moog Mother32 Details

The SynthSummitShow episode 1: Suit & Tie guy and Raul Pena of Modular wild Knobcon recap

Streamed live on Sep 18, 2015 Flux302 of

Update: mockup of the Mother32 in the video posted here with one other.

Some info on the upcoming Moog Mother32 at 21:30 - 14 knobs, 9 switches, 35 jacks including power, audio and midi. 10 pin eurorack connector on back. Built in sequencer.

"This is a Live show dedicated to all things Synthesizer related.
Hosted By Flux of and and Bryce Dickerson (
Special Guests this week include Suit & Tie Guy
we recap KnobCon 2015 , and introduce this wonderful new show!"



Additional pics

"Hello, I’m selling my 5 year old Buchla 200e system + manual + custom roadcase + cables. This system also contains the firmware chips that came with the modules. It was purchased as a complete system, and kept solely in a smoke-free studio environment. Unit is mint condition, functionally and cosmetically. The roadcase has some wear since it was used to move some other gear around to shows. I have more pix, and can share high res versions upon request. Tons of pix at the link above.

Price is $15,000 USD. Shipping within the continental US is free. Shipping internationally will be an additional charge (likely very expensive) based on location/insurance and dealing with customs will be tricky, but doable. Item will ship boxed, inside its roadcase. We can use an escrow service to guarantee satisfaction for both parties.

Here are the modules in the system: 1 Model 201e, 18 Powered Cabinet1 Model 210e, Control and Signal Router1 Model 225e, Midi Decoder/Preset Manager1 Model 227e, System Interface (2 panel units)1 Model 250e, Arbitrary Func Gen (2 panel units)2 Model 261e, Complex Waveform Generator1 Model 259e, Twisted Waveform Generator1 Model 281e, Quad Function Generator1 Model 285e, Freq Shifter / Balanced Modulator1 Model 291e, Triple Morphing Filter1 Model 292e, Quad Dynamics Manager1 Model 297, Infinite Phase Shifter1 Model SC18, Shipping Case Includes a large selection of banana patch and audio cables, along with 2 custom-made banana-to-mini 8" female converter cable so you can connect to EuroRack modules.

PM me at Serious inquires only.

many thanks Kasson"

RED MARTIAN: RETRAILING (Featuring Ichabod) - Release Event in Seattle Tomorrow!

Published on Sep 18, 2015 Redmartian

Red Martian is having their album release event at the Seattle Living Computer Museum this Saturday. You might remember their recent performance there where they covered Kraftwerk. The track above was composed on Ichabod when Stephen Jones of Red Martian was helping George Mattson test Ichabod during its construction. Note Ichabod will not be at the event as it currently resides with Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, but you are sure to see a great live performance with synths.

Video Description:
"A new album of 13 electronic pieces. The first 100 will be given away as gifts at SRGE: Arcade Armageddon September 19th, 2015 at the Living Computer Museum. Red Martian performs at 8:30pm on the main stage.

Track listing:
[Tracks 09 and 10 were composed on Ichabod, 03 on the Syntar, 04 on the MMM, and 07 on the Solaris.]

01 cowboy and the vocoder [see this post - great track with a sad story]
02 nedan omloppsbana
03 närmar snöblandat regn
04 av död (delorean)
05 retrailing
06 flytta hav av is
07 känner mig så låg
08 風の谷のナウシカ
09 utan hjärta *
10 bedövande en översvämning *
11 ひょろり
12 se io m'accorgo
13 ett vykort

improvised live on the custom Mattson Mini Modular named Ichabod."

Patterning In Depth : Euclidean Mode

Published on Sep 18, 2015 Olympia Noise Co.

"Learn about Patterning's Euclidean Loop Mode."

iTunes: Patterning : Drum Machine - Olympia Noise Co.

Journey to Alien Worlds through the Gravity of Light

Published on Sep 18, 2015

"Music by Gianpiero De Filippo (Yamaha FS1R, Motif XS6, Quasimidi Polymorph) and Giampiero Occhiato (Bass, Guitar, Drums)."

A track by MATRIXSYNTH Member, Gianpiero De Filippo.

32 Voice Waldorf Q Rack Keyboard Expansion Board

via this auction

"100% Original Waldorf Q 32 Voice Expansion Card

This is NOT a cheaper, aftermarket part... it's the ORIGINAL Waldorf Q voice expansion board

Works with REV 2 (56362 DSP) boards on Q Rack and Q Keyboard synthesizers (Please verify your DSP version before bidding)

Includes ALL necessary mounting hardware"

New Blacet MIX3500 Module

via Blacet

"Five Input Mono/Stereo Mixer with Pan and Master Level.
Two optional stereo channels for inputting keyboard, CD player, computer, drum machine, etc.
Stereo or mono outs. Stereo earphone out.
Frac and/or Euro power connector!"

PS3100 Resonator

Published on Feb 17, 2015 ken mosley

"Built on Fonitronik's PCB with a Manhattan Analog panel. Three BPF resonators using vactrols. Independent outputs available for each resonators as well as a mixed output. The LFO can be inverted on a channel to create swirling stereo effects."

Toppobrillo Dual 281 (Grayscale panel w/mods)

Published on Nov 22, 2014 ken mosley

"Just finished building a few Toppobrillo dual 281s with some grayscale panels. The clip shows various functions as well as demoing the addition of a manual trigger envelopes and push starting the LFO (a known issue with the build). The addition of an illuminated pushbutton switch add to the overall module's 'playability'."

via this auction

"Dual 281 Function Generator w/LED trigger switch mod (Eurorack)

The Dual 281 is an ASR/AR/LFO generator with voltage controlled inputs for Attack and Decay. This essentially half of the original Buchla 281 but designed for Eurorack Format modular synths. Make Noise's Maths was designed to mimic the 281 and Serge's Dual Universal Slope Generator. Several of these were built for a non-paying customer and now just trying to recoup costs on this last one. These were built with grayscale panels using Toppobrillo PCBs and offered to the DIY community. Wima caps used throughout with the exception of the 1.8nF film caps (Kemet). NKK switches long life switches, long life and low ESR caps for power decoupling. Blue LED switches allow for playing the module in real time...The FG can be triggered by finger. Check the vids. These were only mounted in a lab case and burned in for extensive testing."

Senode Graphical Music Sequencer – MIDI Drum Trigger Demo

Published on Sep 17, 2015 Sebastian Arnold

" – Senode is a new Graphical Music Sequencer! You can create interactive compositions and perform your music live using MIDI or OSC controller messages.
Music and Performance: Sebastian Arnold (

Simply draw your notes, samples, chords effects or song structures as nodes and interconnect them. Senode will choose a path through your composition and play the events at your own tempo or synced to incoming clock. Be inspired – your are the musician, the graph is your score!

We plan to release Senode for Windows, OSX and Linux with and plan future support for iOS, Android, VST and AU. More infos coming soon.

Subscribe to our Mailing List at

Camera: Mirko Goletz
Thanks to: Tricone Studios, Funkhaus Berlin"

Also see:

Doepfer A-160-1/A-161 Clock Divider and Clock Sequencer Basics

Published on Sep 18, 2015 Raul's World of Synths

"A short overview of the features of the Doepfer A160-1 Clock Divider and the A161 Clock Sequencer. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

Modular Music Days 2015: Patrick Pulsinger Performance

Published on Sep 18, 2015 Synth Anatomy

"Modular Music Days 2015 was a modular Synthesizer event in Linz (Austria).

This is a part of the performance of Patrick Pulsinger. He used the Formant Modular Synthesizer and also the Nord Micro Modular"

X1L3 - circuit bent - synth mod - yamaha DD-10 drum machine with midi

X1L3 - Circuit bent Yamaha DD-10 - evolving percussion

Published on Jun 26, 2015 manufacturedZ3R0 .

"Improvised percussive set utilising the internal sounds and the additional oscillators that have been added. The oscillators can be set to drone or to follow the amp envelope of the output as shown here. A very simple drum pattern in order to show how much this can do on such a basic foundation."

X1L3 - Circuit bent Yamaha DD-10 - power electronics / noise wall

Published on Jun 26, 2015

"Improvised set of PE / noise wall and ambience generated with the embedded oscillators and fx in the DD-10.

Since the DD-10 is near 'unbendable' and seeing a modified one is a rarity i thought i'd give it a go and see what i could come up with."

via this auction

"Circuit bent - midi retrofit - yamaha DD-10 drum machine.

Modifications and embedded circuitry:

Analogue resonant filter with high pass and low pass bands
Gain, resonance, low pass/high pass toggle and cutoff
A nice warm filter based on the synthacon.
Lot's of resonance and a unique character of it's own.
Violent, squelchy and crunchy when overdriven in this machine.

Digital 'death industrial' delay
Rate, noise, feedback, off/on toggle
This delay variant is based on the formula applied and the output of circuit bent delay pedals which have been sold in the past.
A versatile and if desired aggressive set up that can drift between ambience, echo and all out harsh noise wall and power electronics.

Analogue distortion
Dual mode distortion with diode clipping, filter and gain.

PSU - DC hum suppression circuitry
A regulated psu is now built into the machine.
This gives a stable and quiet power supply to both the drum machine and additional circuitry as well as
providing a quiet output and excellent noise floor.
Input voltage is +12V tip positive running 2 amps.
Please be aware of the amp rating of your adapter. It MUST run 2 amps or above.
Suitable adapters are available at low cost on ebay.
If shipping within the Uk i will suppply and adapter free of charge.

Master pitch control
Gives a large global pitch range - demonstrated in the demo videos The pitch has a high and low setting and a coarse and fine control. The fine control gives you conventional pitching of the drums, the coarse will take them down to vicious noise, droning and glitching. The drum machine now serves not only as a percussive instrument but a generator of abstract sounds and textures.

2 X Drone oscillator section.

The oscillators can be set up as drones or as amp envelope followers. In the first instance they turn the machine into an interesting drone and noise synth, with the features of the FX chain at hand to liven things up. In the second mode they add a tone to the drum patterns which will follow the amplitude of the pattern envelope and add a low end growl to the pattern when the distortion is engaged. Both modes are demonstrated in the videos below.

External input and mixer section.

An external input has been added which has line level and pre amp selection. You could if you wanted to plug a guitar or microphone into it now and apply the effects to the incoming signal. You can also mix this external signal in with the drum sounds and oscillators via the mixer section. Everyhting can be faded in and out as desired.

Cnc machined aluminium panel work with black anodize and engraved text and graphics

The DD-10 comes with midi as standard. It has a good and varied range of sounds and although it can't glitch as with a lot of other old DD drum machines it's been reworked here with a number of additional features to give it a warped character which can hold it's own when put side by side with the machines which are open to rom glitching. It's quite unique in how it behave and sounds now. They're something of a rarity in modified form due to how difficult they are to modify. With some forethought and synth diy application it can now hold it's own amongst the most unruly and bizzare of circuit bent instruments.

Watch the demo videos below for some examples of what it can do.

The first video is a very simple percussive pattern. Intentionally simple in order to show what the machine can do with something very basic. The second video is an improvised noise set. Constantly shifting and evolving. Quite violent at times. It shows what the DD-10 can now do outside of the confines of it's original drum machine format. Harsh noise wall, ambience, fx and power electronics are all within it's grasp."

Sequential Circuits Pro One Synthesizer

via this auction

Anyone know who that is in the background?

Sequential Circuits Pro One SN 2056

via this auction

"It is a lower serial number with the better J-Wire keyboard

Everything works, sounds awesome, starting at a fair selling price...only one issue, you can see the plastic shielding is coming off a little bit on the power cable where it goes into it, not a big deal, I have seen pro one's with much bigger problems sell for this much."

Roland D-50 Linear Synthesizer

via this auction

Ritm 2 Rhythm Raw Rare Analog Soviet Synthesizer

via this auction

Vintage PAIA Strings N Things Analog Synth

via this auction

Spitfire Audio Introduces EVO GRID 004 WOODWINDS for their EMS VCS3 Inspired Virtual Instrument

Published on Sep 3, 2015 Spitfire Audio

"Spitfire Audio adds another ‘off-grid’ twist to evolving, EMS VCS3-inspired VIs for its Producer Portfolio

LONDON, UK: Spitfire Audio, purveyors of the finest virtual instruments from the finest musical samples in the world, is proud to announce availability of PP025 EVO GRID 004 WOODWINDS, the latest creative chapter in its evocatively-named, evolving EVO GRID series of ‘off-grid’ sample-based virtual instruments initially inspired by the trailblazing late-Sixties-vintage EMS VCS3 portable analogue monosynth and perfectly executed for the Native Instruments KONTAKT platform-compatible Producer Portfolio range — itself launched to satisfy repeated requests for drier-sounding, more manipulative samples for more non-orchestral material, as of September 18…

Following on from the success of Spitfire Audio’s prototypical PP017 EVO GRID 001 STRINGS and its phenomenal PP020 EVO GRID 002 STRINGS followup, as implied by name, PP025 EVO GRID 004 WOODWINDS takes the so-called ‘Evo’ concept from its inception in strings into the wonderful world of woodwinds. What is an Evo, exactly? Evos are hyper-long, sample-based articulations that evolve — sometimes subtly, sometimes severely — over time before looping. These are then organised on a grid so users can plot which evolution or ‘Evo’ sits on which key range, resulting in a GUI (Graphical User Interface) inspired by the breakthrough British EMS VCS3, which made musical history upon its introduction in 1969 by being the first commercially portable synthesiser available anywhere in the world, thanks to its innovative modular matrix-based patchboard dispensing with the telephone exchange-like cabling of other (much larger) modular systems in favour of making space-saving connections with (removable) coloured pins.

PP025 EVO GRID 004 WOODWINDS heads on a similarly flexible sonic bearing, but within the computer-hosted context of a truly 21st Century sample-based virtual instrument fit for ‘off-grid’ minimal musical explorations. Employing some of the UK’s finest, most progressive, and avant-garde woodwind players performing beautifully-orchestrated long notes that increase in intensity and expression, evolving into out-of-this world soundscapes, this eclectic collection of woodwind evolutions designed by Ben Foskett foster an exceptional edge to anyone’s musical endeavours. Returning to record at the ultra-dry, yet warm-sounding surroundings of Central London’s Air-Edel Recording Studios using the finest vintage microphones, Neve preamps, and the last Cadac studio console ever built, ‘Foskett & Co.’ set about creating a product that oozes originality and positively provides inspiration to all that use it. The result? 3,312 superlative samples — some 18.5GB of uncompressed .WAV files — that do just that by doing things with woodwinds that are totally unexpected, yet uniquely musical in execution.

At Air-Edel Recording Studios two subtly different performing lineups — Band A comprising FLUTE (3), ALTO FLUTE (1), BASS FLUTE (1), CONTRA BASS FLUTE (1), Bb CLARINET (3), and Bb BASS CLARINET (3); Band B comprising OBOE (3), COR ANGLAIS (2), Bb CLARINET (2), Bb BASS CLARINET (1), Bb BASS CLARINET (1), BARITONE SAX (1), and BASSOON (3) — led Spitfire Audio to ultimately provide PP025 EVO GRID 004 WOODWINDS users with a nuanced selection of sounds. Some are more reedy-sounding, others more flutey. This time the resultant Evo count stands at a healthy 48 spread across 12 pitch regions — including an additional five grids of wonderfully-warped, saturated, and totally transformed versions of each and every Evo — resulting in an almost infinite number of possibilities. Pressing the save button is important… all the more so given the many randomisation options that are also provided!

Fortunately for (potential) PP025 EVO GRID 004 WOODWINDS purchasers, Spitfire Audio has helpfully seen fit to carefully curate those extraordinary Evos into a number of spring-right-out-of-the-box-style patches — from seemingly-simple tutti-type affairs, featuring all Evos evenly spread across the keyboard, through to various diagonal patterns, as well as a handy feature for randomly creating pinned patterns from the near-infinite number of configuration possibilities — perfectly demonstrating not only the tense and extreme elements of the library but also the effortlessly-engaging ‘episodic’ Evos! Easily-accessible front panel-positioned FX controls (for Reverb, Delay, and Tape Sat.) help make this into a tool truly designed for producers — hence the Producer Portfolio range association, as well as composers, editors, and sound designers alike. Anyone needing a spellbinding solution from the moment they touch the keyboard, in other words! Like the self-explanatory SIMPLE TENSE SCARY subtitling of the PP017 EVO GRID 001 STRINGS and TRADITIONAL EPISODIC EXTREME subtitling of PP020 EVO GRID 002 STRINGS before it, PP025 EVO GRID 004 WOODWINDS can be as time-saving as the trailblazing EMS VCS3 was once space-saving.

Saying that, PP025 EVO GRID 004 WOODWINDS perfectly compliments that recently-released PP017 EVO GRID 001 STRINGS sample-based virtual instrument — an extraordinary collection of long, evolving chamber strings orchestrated by Ben Foskett before being given Spitfire Audio’s adventurous Evo treatment — and its PP020 EVO GRID 002 STRINGS sibling. Says Spitfire Audio Director Paul Thomson: “We’ve got a collection of incredible players here — very progressive, avant-garde wind players, playing beautifully-orchestrated long notes from Ben Foskett that evolve with increases in intensity and expression and different techniques to give you a really beautiful series of long, evolving tones that you can use to work with in a similar way to the STRINGS EVO GRID releases. The EVO GRID GUI is the same as before, so you’ll recognise all of the controls. There are lots and lots of possibilities — millions of possibilities, in fact, so it’s a really creative tool. We’re very proud of it. It’s very different from the strings evolutions that we’ve put out so far, but it’s very, very useful.”

Indeed it is. In this day and age of delivering more musical content against a backdrop of diminishing deadlines and budgetary constraints, composers are often asked to engage the listener by doing very little — least of all changing notes, all those EVO GRID releases represent Spitfire Audio’s masterplan for providing them with a solution to this taxing conundrum. Just ask award-winning composer — and fellow Spitfire Audio Director Christian Henson. Commissioned to write 13 hours of music for a sprawling, epic TV series, but with no budget for orchestra and only three months in which to do it, a quick string sampling session subsequently ensued, during which he fortuitously recorded a series of greatly differing long strings evolutions. Staggered by the resulting sample instrument, where the chaotic nature of different evolutions placed over different intervals made for exciting and unexpected results, he semi-seriously stated, “I could literally hit a big C minor chord, hold my sustain pedal down, reach for my sandwich, and the thing would still be writing itself a minute later while I was wiping mayo off my beard!” From the smallest seed… and all that jazz.

PP025 EVO GRID 004 WOODWINDS and its PP017 EVO GRID 001 STRINGS and PP020 EVO GRID 002 STRINGS sample-based virtual instrument siblings can be purchased and downloaded directly from Spitfire Audio for £179.00 GBP (subject to VAT within the EU) from here: (Note that Spitfire Audio’s free Download Manager application for Mac or PC allows you to buy now and download anytime while a full version of Native Instruments KONTAKT 5 is needed to run these Producer Portfolio products.)

For more in-depth info, including an ear-opening audio demo, please visit the PP025 EVO GRID 004 WOODWINDS webpage here:"

Moog Modular Build Time Lapse

Published on Sep 17, 2015 robotmakers

"The last steps in a long project to bring some 1990s vintage Moog modules back to life. Cabinets expertly built by EMWhite. Moon Modular modules for signal distribution. First recordings from the synth are heard."

Yamaha Reface CS Review - Virtual Analog

Published on Sep 18, 2015 sonicstate

"In our look at the second synth in the range from Yamaha, we take a look at the Reface CS an 8 voice virtual analog with the AN1x engine at its core, but it does it have a certain something?"
Reface on eBay

Yamaha Reface DX Review

Published on Sep 18, 2015 AskAudio Mag

"Review from Ask.Audio on the Yamaha Reface DX synthesizer."
Reface on eBay

Novation Teases Something New

Novation is running a Start Something Finish Something campaign. Currently there are four videos up and one will be going up daily until September 23.  If you click on the image and zoom in you'll see what looks like an EDP Wasp on the left.  I haven't had a chance to check out the videos.  If you do feel free to let us know what you think.

LektroiD - Chronometric Revolution

Published on Sep 17, 2015 LektroiD

"Dark ambient modular synthesizer soundtrack by LektroiD
More of Lektroid's music available at"

Du - Electronic Body Music

Published on Sep 18, 2015 Calle Nilsson

Live Set.25_PLACURNIO_ - Ant GM - Octatrack + Machinedrum

Published on Sep 18, 2015 Ant GM

Novation Mininova CLASSIC SYNTH Preset Demo

Published on Sep 18, 2015 thesoundtestroom

DreamsOfWires - Volca Keys in rain (work in progress)

Published on Sep 18, 2015 DreamsOfWires

"Listen with a good set of headphones if you can.

The beginnings of something I've been working on lately, just 3 notes, so I decided to record it as-is and share it for those who might be interested. In fact, I did expand on this recording afterwards with additional sounds, then decided it was crap, and stripped it back down again. I prefer the sound of it on it's own at this stage, but my plan is to have it sequenced with other gear. I recorded this into Auria, but exported it into Reaper and added some Pantheon reverb with the effects send automated.

And no, 'like Volca Keys in rain' isn't it's title, it was just a very weak pun involving the weather and a certain 80's sci-fi movie."

Sequencing: Self Control by Laura Branigan on a Linn 9000.

Published on Sep 17, 2015 javd007

"Sequencing Self Control by Laura Branigan on my Linn 9000. Synths are: Yamaha TX 816, Yamaha DX7, Roland TR-808, Roland Juno 106, Sequential Circuits Prophet 5. and Korg Polysix,"

Not A Performance

Published on Sep 17, 2015 A.DAPT

"something in the works

Tempest to mixer
enhanced with niio track thickener - stereo signal in
on board reverb
and thats that


Synthino XM Groovebox Tutorial How To MIDI Sequence a Groove

Published on Sep 17, 2015 GetLoFi

In this tutorial I demonstrate the use of the Groovebox Mode of the Synthino XM. Please feel free to pause the video at any time and follow along with your Synthino XM unit if you like."

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