MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Blue Lantern Re-Releases one of their First Modules, the Steiner 10Stage VCF

Blue Lantern is re-releasing one of their first modules, the Steiner 10Stage VCF, based on the Steiner Synthacon filter [see the update below for their first]. There are currently only eight listed for sale via this auction.

Details from the listing:

"Model: 10 stage diode based vcf. Influenced by N. Steiner's synthacon vcf. This is a re-release for me.

width: 6hp

depth: 1.5 inches, less than 2 inches clearance.

current: soon, tba.

Controls: Cutoff, Rez, bi-polar attenu-inverter FM knob, CV knob

What does this do?
This is an analog filter that uses a 10 stage diode core influenced by N. Steiner's synthacon vcf. You get Low pass, Band pass, and High pass inputs. All of them can be used at the same time to mix different vco's. The band pass section is what really makes this filter shine.

Some blue lantern improvements include dc removal on the rez circuit, jfet power coupling, and precision trimmers for cutoff and rez.

Through hole polyester film capacitors were used for the filter.

Does this filter make all the screechy warble like all the other Steiner VCF's out there?
It can if you like that, but I ship it out tamed and very musical. There is a 25 turn trimpot on the back where you can fine adjust exactly how far you want to push the feedback resonance. This design I have does not contain the common dirty pot troubleshoot most people complain about. The inputs also have a switch jack design to quiet any input jack not in use.

If you missed out on the first generation modules I released, here is your chance to see what all the fuss was about."

Update: I asked Blue Lantern what their first module was and they had the following to say:

"The first commercial module was the 6hp Diode VCF, and then the 6hp LM4250 VCF. I have to mention Shawn from Analog Haven for really pushing me to release at the commercial level.

These were released in 2009. So it has been about 6 years. The Diode VCF went through three generations: black, green, black again, and now matt black. Each previous generation was 200 size runs, and hand made-dam those days, no more ever again. These days I do 500 runs for each product. This recent version is the first to be made on the pick and place machines.

My first module ever made and sold was an arp 4075 vcf with a clear plexiglass frac rack format cover. That was made in 2003. Since starting I believe about 35,000 pcb's have passed my hands. Either duds, prototypes, or winners."

Arachnoid Attack! (Rhythm Wolf, Minibrute & The Weapon Pedal)

Published on Sep 23, 2015 HardtekStudios

"Download the Audio Track for FREE here-
Drums coming from Rhythm Wolf with a bit of 'Howl'. Bass coming from the Wolf and being distorted by the Digitech Dan Donegan Signature pedal; The Weapon (it has a Sitar simulator on it, I will jam with that soon). The arpeggiated synth line comes from a Arturia Minibrute recorded clean. Everything recorded into Logic in realtime with no audio editing and keeping the FX minimal; compression, EQ and a touch O' verb. Again, sorry for the rough edits. I am new to using one than one picture, but I will soon master it."

Spectral Transformation

Published on Sep 23, 2015 wellurban

"Using Clouds' Spectral Madness Mode to transform a simple sawtooth bassline into a range of timbres and textures: ethereal, harsh, spooky and organic.

This is derived from the same bassline patch that I used for my previous Clouds video, but slowed down, with the filter envelope multed (through attenuverter and offset) into the Density input of Clouds. This means that the time quantisation of each note varies throughout its length."

Dynacord Echocord Super 65 + Microbrute

Published on Sep 23, 2015 HoldernessMedia .

"I had a nice bit of luck in finding this Dynacord Echocord Super 65 a couple of weeks ago. A little bit of tinkering/cleaning and it's running pretty smooth. The new tape loops arrived today so I had to give it a quick whirl with a little sequence from the Microbrute. I'll try to record a proper demo of this unit at some point as there aren't many audio demos out there."

Note HoldernessMedia is the maker of a number of well received effects for iOS.

Lupine Systems First Vintage DIY Analog Synthesizer For Sale

via this auction

Here's an interesting bit of DIY synthesizer history. The only other post to mention Lupine Systems went up last October here. Below are the details from the auction including a link to an audio demo. Note there is a Lupine Systems website still online.

Details via the auction:

Hello DIY synthesizer fans! Way back in the 1970's I designed a number of synthesizer systems. Many of them were basic but for the time they were quite impressive.

I used to build small devices while in school to impress my friends. I often gave away copies of the diagrams, many of which I have seen online in one form or another -- many are very simple in nature and have survived the many years. This design is a hybrid -- the keyboard is digitally scanned but the audio is generated by analog circuits. This combo allows for the use of a matrixed keyboard. The heart of the system is the M50240 Top Octave Generator chip for which the output is divided down to lower frequencies and blended to form the sound to be processed by the filters.

Up for auction is a copy of one of my original synthesizers. The original was built using pad-per-hole and point-to-point wiring. I decided a while back to draft a set of printed circuits for this design "just for the heck of it". Up for auction are the results.

The PC board had a few drafting errors which have been professionally corrected with jumpers (a corrected version is now available but not yet up for auction).

All controls are fully functional and since the photos were taken I have added knobs to all of the rotating controls. I have also added a 1/4" phone jack for the audio output mounted on the rear (not shown).

PLEASE NOTE: THE AUCTION IS FOR THE SYNTHESIZER PC BOARD SET, NOT THE KEYBOARD SHOWN. The keyboard IS HOWEVER INCLUDED. The keyboard is CHEAP and is not of high quality so it is being TOSSED IN WITH THE AUCTION to get you started. Note in the photos that one key has been replaced and does not truly match the rest but plays OK. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED YOU REPLACE THE KEYBOARD WITH A DECENT ONE rather than rely on this toss-in.

Schematics are included with this auction.

If you would like to hear some of the sounds this keyboard makes you can Click Here for a wav file of the sounds."

Todd Barton's Ancient Krell patch

Published on Sep 23, 2015 Stephen Drake

"So I built a 208r, version 2. It's a clone of the original version of the Buchla Music Easel, the top sound producing part. After much troubleshooting it now seems to be fully working, except for some minor calibration things which I haven't gotten around to. And I don't have a proper enclosure for it yet. While I have a 218e controller for it, it's not used in this patch, so I moved it out of the way so I could get better camera angles.

This is the Ancient Krell patch from a group of Music Easel patches that Todd Barton posted recently. It probably sounds different on this easel than on Todd's because I don't have the high range mod on my Modulation Oscillator yet, and the Timbre range on the Complex Oscillator isn't folding enough (yet). Thanks for the patch Todd!

Other than a bit of reverb from an Eventide Space (the Blackhole preset), this is a straight recording direct from the Easel to my computer."

Roland Jupiter 6 SN 291008

via this auction

"Okay, it's not a jp8, but it's pretty darn close for a fraction of the price and with some features not available on the jp8, not the least of which is that it has MIDI. If you're contemplating acquiring one of these classics you've doubtless researched the feature sets of both synths and know what a remarkable piece of analog synth history this is. Built like a tank and noted for its durability and reliability. This one is in beautiful condition. (see condition description above). The patches loaded are not the factory presets but these can be downloaded from the net if preferred. Comes with the proper 2 pronged Roland power cord."

Emu Drumulator SN 7201 with MIDI Sync

Uploaded on Oct 24, 2007 rolandsh1000's channel

"This is a demo of some of the sounds of the Emu Drumulator and how it can be controlled via MIDI."

Update: Video added above. It turns out the MIDI actually lets you trigger each sound over MIDI.

via this auction

"For sale is a EMU Drumulator. Perfect working order, and recently serviced by professional techs. Cosmetics are a 7/10. Look at picks carefully. There are some scratches, chips etc, due too age but over all a great looking and performing machine... The midi is stock, it's only sync, no trigger of voices or anything."

ERD Brings Dirt (Literal Earth Soil) to Your Modular

"Unedited recording from the ERD/ERD (Earth Return Distortion) module released 23 September from micro_research. In this recording a sine from RS-95e is passed through earth and modulated in ERD/ERD by a triangle living VCO."

Also see the ERD/SIR further below. ERD is a new modular maker.

You can swap out the dirt with other compositions!

via ERD:

"ERD/ERD (Earth Return Distortion) is the first and most extreme expression of the ERD philosophy, seeking to literally put the earth back into circuit with technology. All world electricity travels through the earth and nearly all electronic circuitry and devices are extracted and refined from the earth. ERD/ERD puts a small block of forest earth into the Eurorack circuit, allowing control and audio signals to be distorted and amplified as they pass through the earth block. It can be viewed in conventional terms as an earth conditioned VCA (amplification factor by knob control or CV) and distortion. Local electrical and atmospheric signals can condition and distort the earth signal. Two jack connections are also included, optionally switching out the local earth block in favour of routing through local earth piles and forest sites. Discounts are available in return for earth samples (eg. Edgar Allen Poe earth from Baltimore, vampire earth from Transylvania or Whitby)."

"The ERD modular eurorack series, from the creator of the Black Death and Dark Interpreter noise synth devices,aims to infect and contaminate the world of Eurorack with a radical, new artistic sensibility.

ERD/ERD (Earth Return Distortion) and ERD/SIR (Susceptible, Infected, Recovered) are the first ERD releases of 2015. All ERD modules are supplied fully hand assembled and totally Eurorack compatible (+ and -12v supplies). Each series will be sold in a limited, strictly numbered edition of 40 modules each. Future modules planned for 2015 and early 2016 include: ERD/γ, a radioactive source and true random voltage generator, and ERD/WORM speech synthesizer and vocoder."

"ERD/SIR offers a fully fledged viral computation unit including a central plague unit [CPU] acting as interpreter for selected instruction sets which operate on the interior cells or sound-generating individuals (the simulation of a medieval village within the synth). Instruction sets include masque (of the red death, courtesy of E.A Poe), brainfuck, redcode, plain plague and SIR (susceptible, infected, recovered).

ERD/SIR is a digital/analogue module which can be used as a stochastic, chaotic pattern and waveform generator. The three knob controls and CV can be used to change the speed of simulation and output voltage, the selected plague and instruction set, and to actually input instructions, live coding style, into the simulated plague processors or CPUs."

Modular Wild Presents Knobcon 4 Synth Meet

Published on Sep 23, 2015 Modular Wild

"More footage from the Synth Meet at Knobcon 4. No narration this time. Itasca, Illinois, 2015. Sound and Video by Raul Pena."

All parts of Modular Wild coverage for the event:

equates to 303

Published on Sep 23, 2015 rezzy blips

"Roland jd-xi tb3 and tr8 in session with acid vibed theme bit of hyper motion cam work .Cut short this track as first half i was paranoid (artist trait) if anyone wants the full version up shout me"

Sequencing: Linn 9000. Demo Live Jamming: 1980s Synths 2.

Published on Sep 23, 2015 javd007

"Sequencing: How to create songs on the fly with a Linn 9000s powerful sequencer. Synths are: Yamaha TX 816, Yamaha DX7, and Roland Juno 106. Effects and mixing are a secret!"

WMD - Wave Compiler Colour CV for the Black Market Colour Palette

Published on Sep 23, 2015 William Mathewson

"A quick demo of how the Wave Compiler will affect a simple sine wave from the spectrum oscillator."

WMD - Variac Distortion Colour CV for the Black Market Colour Palette

Published on Sep 23, 2015

"A quick demo of how the Variac Distortion will affect a simple sine wave from the spectrum oscillator."

Spectral Multiband Resonator | Drone Music

Published on Sep 23, 2015 Iteration and Discord

"The 4ms spectral multiband resonator is being controlled by the Doepfer A-143-3 quad lfo then goes out to the make noise erbe verb. The erbe verb is being controlled by the envelopes of the spectral multiband resonator.
more information"

tELHARMONIC Noise Agorithm (N OUT)

Published on Sep 23, 2015 MAKEN0ISE

"The single voice Noise Algorithm, N-OUT, is inspired by the Music III patch that composer James Tenney wrote at
Bell Labs in 1961 for his rst computer music piece, “Analog 1: Noise Study”. It consists of two band-limited noise
sidebands, which surround the frequency set by TONIC and DEGREE. FLUX controls the width of the sidebands,
which can go from extremely narrow (for a uttering sinusoid) to full bandwidth. Using these two controls almost
any color of noise may be generated."

Pillars of Justice

Published on Sep 23, 2015 alternatingbitmusic

"ummmmmm... cool patch."

Oberheim OB-X, 8-voice with Encore MIDI on MATRIXSYNTH CLASSIFIEDS


"Up for sale is an 8-voice OB-X in great condition. It was totally serviced/overhauled in last year--new caps, pre-emptive PSU fixes added (this is usually the weak spot on the OB-X and has been addressed), new multi-turn trimmers for oscillators, tuned, Encore midi kit professionally installed. Keyboard was recently rebushed (some key contacts can double trigger, but improve rapidly with use). Synth works great an is ready to go!

Cosmetically it is in very good shape. There are some small surficial scrapes here and there on the top panel, and the underside doesn't look great, but that's it. Both the side panels are clean. AND, the buyer will get an extra OBX chassis carcass to use for spares (includes all panel hardware, no internal hardware); worth quite a lot on its own!

Looking primarily to sell, but am interested in a vintage SEM(s) or an OB-8 w/ page 2 graphics.

Loc: Washington, DC"

Sylvan Esso | H.S.K.T. | MOOG SOUND LAB

Published on Sep 23, 2015 Moog Music Inc

"Sylvan Esso return to the Moog Sound Lab to re-imagine 'H.S.K.T' from their self-titled 2014 release. Using Ableton Live to route MIDI messages to an array of analog synthesizers, Nick Sanborn controls his Minitaur for basslines as well as a tower of Minimoog Voyager Rack Mount Editions to produce H.S.K.T.'s percussive track. Ableton's master MIDI clock locks the arpeggiator tempo of a Moog Sub 37, which all ran through an MF-104M Analog Delay. Vocalist Amelia Meath played a Werkstatt running through the Minifooger Delay, and sang through another MF-104M Analog Delay. Nick then sequenced the whole thing with his Akai APC40. The only prerecorded sound was a loop of of Amelia singing "wanna get" from the original track.

Check out more from Sylvan Esso at

See more Moog Sound Lab Sessions at"

Hyve Touch Synthesizer performed by Skot Wiedmann

Published on Sep 23, 2015 Skot Wiedmann

"The Hyve Touch Synthesizer is a polyphonic analog instrument with 3 axis touch control. To stay updated on this project sign up at"

Novation Start Something Videos

Published on Sep 23, 2015 NovationTV

"Start something."

Follow-up to this post. The full set of videos are in.

#StartSomething // Video #1: Second Storey
#StartSomething // Video #2: FOXTROTT
#StartSomething // Video #3: Goldie
#StartSomething // Video #4: Nick Hook
‪#‎StartSomething‬ // Video #5: Mike Slott
‪#‎StartSomething‬ // Video #6: Gifted & Blessed
#‎StartSomething‬ // Video #7: Ron "Neff-U" Feemster
#‎StartSomething‬ // Video #8: Érica Alves
#‎StartSomething‬ // Video #9: Gorgon City
Novation // Start Something

BASS STATION 2, Elektron Analog Four, Octatrack, Elektron Analog Rytm

Published on Sep 23, 2015 Vladimir Aristarkhov

"Live record through Elektron overbridge and Ableton 9 - BASS STATION 2 - Elektron Analog Four, Elektron Analog Rytm. Octatrack passes through the sound card."

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Sonic Boom talks about Patchblocks

Published on Sep 23, 2015 Patchblocks

"The awesome Pete Kember (Spacemen 3 / E.A.R. / Sonic Boom) was up for a nice interview and demo session with Patchblocks. Special thanks to Peter and Gus for this cool piece of footage ;-)"

Side note: I remember when Sonic Boom was selling his Synton Syrinx and Delia Derbyshire's EMS VSC3. I was so tempted to pick them up at the time, but I couldn't afford either. They've gone up in price considerably since then.

Roland Super Jupiter MKS-80 [rev 4] Vintage Synthesizer SN 501500

via this auction

Oberheim OB-1 SN 0102

via this auction

"Own a piece of Oberheim history. It was the first programmable mono-synth [was it?] and is an example of Oberheim's high quality standards. This OB-1 sounds gorgeous and is a joy to play and program.

All functions are working except the pitch-up (lever down), which is probably an easy fix. The lever-up direction works. The oscillators and filter have been recently calibrated. All memory buttons are working. I even tested the CV in/out, gate in/out, loudness, VCF pedal and audio-in jacks at the back and they are all working. The fuse holder and base plate have been replaced."

CMS Upgraded ARP 2600 with 3620 keyboard

via this auction

"This is a very special unit. The keyboard has been rebuilt with all new bushings and feels and plays great. The main unit has been rebuilt and upgraded by Phil Cirocco of CMS and boasts a new robust power supply and a custom built new 4012-style Ladder filter. This filter mimics the original 4012, but is more stable and sounds more musical to my ear. All drifted components have been replaced. This unit also features CMS' Audio Path Upgrade which dramatically increases the fidelity of the unit. The lows are low, the highs are high and the noise is virtually non-existent. You can actually use the spring reverb when recording. It was calibrated in 2013, has not been moved and stays in my smoke-free personal studio. There is virtually NO warm-up time. Turn it on and play! Everything about this unit works great. This unit comes with a new power cord, plenty of patch cables, a reprint of the owner's manual, and a reprint of the ARP 2600 Patch book.."

Hanabi (Fireworks) : SunVox

Published on Sep 23, 2015 karenevil

"Experimental short movie and soundtrack with SunVox."

iTunes: SunVox - Alexander Zolotov

Waldorf Pulse 2 ipad editor

Published on Sep 23, 2015 tffshtt

"Free download, no login or registration required: To use this editor you have to have the TB MIDI stuff app [iTunes] on your iPad. Unlike other pulse editors, all parameters are accessible for live tweaking. In this video I am toggling notes on the arpeggiator, with the template on the left."

Buchla Music Easel - Sound Sketch #08

Published on Sep 23, 2015 ozashikiTECHNO

"Buchla Music Easel Synthesizer Demo
with REON driftbox S
Effector: Strymon El Capistan
Recorder: Fostex MR-8mkII"

Fyrd SQR Teaser

Published on Sep 23, 2015 Fyrd Instruments

"Analog & MIDI sequencer"

See the Fyrd channel below for more.

DSI Evolver Evoloving

Published on Sep 23, 2015 Fuzzo Frizzbeebot

2 Minutes @ The Koma Elektronik Booth - Knobcon 2015 - MIDIVERSE - TV

Published on Sep 23, 2015 MIDI-VERSE TV

"On this episode of MIDIVERSE - TV I'm at the Koma Elektronik Booth on the main floor of Knobcon 4. Let's take a quick look and a listen.."

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