MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday, October 09, 2015

Moog Mother 32 (x2) + Korg SQ-1 = Second Quick Test

Published on Oct 9, 2015 Genshi Media Group

"This is just another simple 'getting to know you' session with the Mother-32. I wanted to try out the sync capabilities, the "live ratching" as well as introduce the Korg SQ-1 sequencer into the mix. I have a lot of people on various forums asking me to test stuff out, so I will try to do a video each day to test these various things... until I finally get my 3-Tier rack, then the real music will begin! (sorry for the bad camera angle and lighting... this will be sorted out soon.)"

EKO Rhythm Box

via this auction

Las otras voces

Published on Oct 9, 2015 Ariel Raguet

"Las otras voces modular pseudo random jam

Pittsburgh Synthesizer Box
Make Noise STO and Pittsburgh Synthesizer Box with WMD Micro Hadron Collider (filter 1 used as VCF and filter 2 used as pseudo VCA)
Sputnik Modular Quad Function & Trigger Source and Make Noise Maths
Arturia Beatstep, Pittsburgh Sequencer
Boss RV-2 (general reverb)
Cubase for audio recording, Sony Vegas for video editing."

20 Electronics ECHT - Additional Details - Only 20 Black and 20 Silver to be Released

See the update in this post. Some prelim specs listed. Looks like it will be a Waldorf/Studiologic Sledge with Hartmann Neuron sampleset.

SunVox Modular - live synthesis exploration

Published on Oct 9, 2015 jph wacheski

"a Live jam of a modular patch in SunVox, working with LFOs at audio rates, creating complex OSCs, and using the new feedback modules to create WoggleBug type rhythmic modulations and digital synthesis of new waveforms,. ."

iTunes: SunVox - Alexander Zolotov

Sound Program on Roland JU 60

Published on Oct 9, 2015 AudioCentralMagazine

"Patch programming with and without portamento on JU-60"


Published on Oct 9, 2015 AnalogAudio1

"(c) 2015 by AnalogAudio1

Synthesizer demo of the OBERHEIM MATRIX-1000 (1988) and MATRIX-6/R (1986). What you actually hear in this demo is a Matrix-6R, but the Matrix-1000 has the same sound engine, it sounds the same.

In this movie I play my own sounds - on some sounds I used some reverb from a Lexicon MPX-500 or a delay effect from a Korg SDD-3000. Drums and sequencing by Akai MPC 1000.

The Oberheim Matrix-1000 and Matrix-6/R produce a a high quality sound and have a huge sound potential. 2 oscillators per voice, 24 dB lowpass filters, modulation of filters by oscillators (like on SCI Prophets, here called FM), osc. sync, 2 VCAs, 3 envelopes, 2 ramp generators, 2 LFOs - and the best of all - MATRIX MODULATION. A lot of parameters can be assigned to each other.

The Oberheim Matrix-1000 is a single rack version of the Matrix-6 and can be edited via MIDI sysex."

Social Entropy's Engine Sequencer Now Available

Social Entropy's Engine sequencer is now available. Their site appears to be down, so until it comes up checkout some previous posts here.

Update: the official press release:


Allen, TX USA - Social Entropy announces the immediate availability of ENGINE hardware sequencer. ENGINE can be ordered directly from http:// for $665 USD (plus shipping and any applicable local taxes and fees). ENGINE is available in two color schemes, red/white or blue/white.

ENGINE is a polyphonic hardware step sequencer for pattern based music composition and performance. ENGINE provides a dedicated interface for creating melodic and percussion patterns in a compact tabletop unit.

ENGINE can be used for sequencing MIDI based devices using standard MIDI or USB- MIDI, and with an optional 16 output CV expansion board, ENGINE can interface with modular synthesizers and other analog devices.

ENGINE can sequence eight simultaneous tracks. Timing for each track is independent, with only a shared master clock across patterns, allowing simultaneous patterns of varying lengths and meters. Each pattern can be up to 64 steps in length with eight timing scales, multiple levels of shuffle, directions and the ability to skip individual steps. Up to 16 patterns can be chained for extended length sequences.

ENGINE contains 512 patterns which can be either synth (melodic) type or drum type. Synth type patterns allow for polyphonic programming with dedicated accent, slide, delay, repeat and transposition and also include a built in arpeggiator. Drum type patterns allow for eight instrument polyphony, with dedicated accents, delay, per instrument repeats, instrument muting/soloing and a drum roll mode.

The sequencing engine supports simultaneous grid, realtime and step recording. Allowing realtime performances to be captured with the built in mini-keyboard or via MIDI controller. In addition, the arpeggiator, drum rolls, slides, accents and transposition can also be recorded directly into a sequence in realtime.

Functions like copy and paste, randomize, rotate and reverse can be applied to entire patterns or to individual drum instruments. All operations can be performed without stopping the sequencer. All settings are stored in non-volatile memory.

For constructing songs, snapshot and song modes allow the current state of all tracks to be captured and recalled with a single button press. 32 songs can be recorded in realtime or by step programming.
Six general purpose controller knobs can be mapped to any MIDI controller message and MIDI channel, or follow the selected track. This makes it possible to tweak devices directly from ENGINE. The knobs also control an interactive MIDI effects system that add ratcheting, delay, velocity and gate offsets per track.

The optional CV expansion board (available soon) adds sixteen analog outputs that can be used in multiple modes to provide pitch CV, gate, triggers, clocks and auxiliary voltages. A hardware slide circuit produces smooth CV output for programmed slide events. CV voltage range from -3V to +7V with +10V gates allows full range control over analog devices. The CV expansion also allows ENGINE to function as a standalone 8 channel MIDI to CV converter operating in either monophonic or polyphonic mode

Synchronization can be via internal clock, MIDI clock or DIN sync (master or slave). MIDI System Exclusive support allows pattern data to be dumped to external devices for backup or sharing.

USB connectivity via an isolated USB port eliminates grounding problems and is also used for easy operating system upgrades."

Animodule SOB Gets a Facelift

via Animodule

"The SOB got a facelift!
A little tuck here and a little trim there...
Maybe a little botox?
Nothing radical, but enough to leave you wondering 'what's her secret?' 'Did she get some work done?... I just can't tell' 'Gotta get the name of her doctor...' 'That Whore isn't fooling anyone!'"


via this auction

Bleep Labs Delaydelus Now Available

For those in the US, they are currently available from MATRIXSYNTH sponsors Perfect Circuit Audio & Control. (Disclaimer: I do not get a commission for these links. Just supporting those that support MATRIXSYNTH including Bleep Labs).

"After they are gone form the stores they are gone. There won’t be another run but Daedelus and I might have something new next year… Thanks to everyone who ordered for making the Delaydelus a success!"

variant:cascade 3D Touch App Now Available

See the update in this post.

20 Electronics ECHT - New Hardware Keyboard Synthesizer Design from Axel Hartmann

A couple of renders by Axel Hartmann, sent my way via Soviet Space Child.

You might remember the previous teaser pic here, which kind of mixed design cues from both Moog and Waldorf. That was no surprise as Axel Hartmann designed the "look" of Waldorf and Moog synths as well as numerous others.

Axel Hartmann's first self branded synth was the Hartmann Neuron.

The question is what will 20 Electronics produce? Is it a new design house similar to Design Box, or is it a new hardware manufacturer like Hartmann?

ECHT appears to translate into a number of meanings. As a noun it is marriage. (strike that. I accidentally grabbed the Dutch translation). In German it translates into "real", "authentic" like in "the real deal".

Update via Holger Steinbrink of Waldorf:

"Only 20 black and 20 silver will be made | Waldorf / Sledge Synthesizer Engine | SPL Supra Op-Amp audio technology | Wavetables | Hartmann Neuron Synthesizer Sampleset | Pure aluminium shell, milled from a massive block | Collapsable, milled ultra thin aluminium panel | Custom-built pure aluminium knobs and wheels | Custom-built acrylic-glass switches | Highest quality, custom-built, all black Fatar TP 8 Keybed"

Update via Soviet Space Child.

Solar Rise | Mother-32

Published on Oct 9, 2015 Moog Music Inc

"* Patch performed live * No overdubs *
In this short improvisation, Detroit-based electronic artist, Erika, composes a celestial passage using a pair of Mother-32 analog synthesizers. An external reverb unit is used to add an astral quality to the patch.



Moog Sub37 - Funky West Coast Talkbox Demo

Published on Jan 25, 2015 Dean Forrest

"Before i got the Moog Sub37 i couldn't really find any demo's using sounds that i'd actually use so i thought i'd give a little back and make this video. Admittedly i got a little carried away!

All sounds (except the drums which come courtesy of some 808 samples in Battery) are made entirely on the Sub37.

I recorded straight into Reaper via a Focusrite ISA One w/Digital card. The tracks were then processed as i would in any track, although to be fair i applied very little Eq/Comp to the tracks as they just sound so damn good straight out the synth!

The Talkbox used is a Rocktron Banshee recorded via a Rode K2 Mic."

Novation Launchpad Pro Review

Published on Oct 9, 2015 sonicstate

"We take a look at the latest in the Launchpad familly - Gaz Williams does the honours"

Dotcom System 110 Live Sequencing

Published on Oct 9, 2015 PaulLawlerMusic

"Shortened edit of a longer sequencing session on the Dotcom System 110.
Albums available from :"

Next Gen Sequencer: Fugue Machine App and Waldorf Blofeld

Published on Oct 9, 2015 Synth Anatomy

"Fugue Machine is the new IOS Sequencer developed by Alexandernaut. It's the first multi-playhead sequencer available for iPad. Alexander describe the app as: "Bach in the Box"

The Blofeld Synthesizer is connected via the Apple Camera Connection Kit to iPad. Fugue Machine transmit the Midi out to the Blofeld Synthesizer.

My impression: an stunning new sequencer app. New ways of sequencing and an absolute must have for Hardware, Software or IOS Synthesizer / Instruments owner"

M569, Control Yourself! Part 5

Published on Oct 9, 2015 John L Rice

"Yet another installment of my Moon Modular 569 Quad Sequential Step Sequencer self-wiggling demos!

This time I'm showing how to create repeatable non-linear sequences. The 569 has several default directions it can step: forwards, backwards, ping-pong and random. While the random mode isn't linear, it is also not repeatable. However, by using the 569ES Set Expander module, a selection of gates from one row of the 569 can force another row to step out of its normal order and create some interesting and very playable patterns.

I just realized that this was possible a few days ago so I'm only scratching the surface of the possibilities in this video but I hope it inspires you to try similar experiments. (I know I'm already thinking of new things I want to try! ;-)

Besides the M569 Set Sequencer and 569ES Set Expander the modules/effects used in this video are:
Synth Tech MOTM: 3 x 300 VCOs, 440 VCF, 2 x 800 EGs, 190 VCA, 380 LFO
Moon Modular: 525 attenuator
Strymon: BigSky reverb
Roland RSP-550 reverb
Samson SM10 mixer"

SiegfriedBrueckner ElectronicCircus2015

Published on Oct 9, 2015 Siegfried Br├╝ckner

That's one massive Formant modular. Note the Formant Modular Synthesizer keyboard controller and his Formant T-Shirt!

Sequential Circuits Pro One SN 4492

via this auction

Yamaha CS-40m Duophonic Vintage Analog Synth

via this auction

"Beautiful vintage Yamaha CS-40m in excellent functional and cosmetic condition. For a synth of it's age, this unit is in remarkable condition. The minor exceptions to perfection are: the tiny led indicator for memory slot 9 is missing but the memory still functions; The right rear corner of the wood trim is worn and there are a few small chips here and there on the edges of the wood finish. See photos. The CS-40m is a 2 voice version of the CS-20m. In unison mode you have 4 VCO's for a really massive sound. It also gives you 20 slots of patch memory. It's built large and solid so the shipping cost reflects it's 46 lb bulk. Comes with original owner's manual and power cord."

Waldorf Blofeld Tutorial: Recursive Modulation on the Filter

Published on Oct 8, 2015 Mark Pigott Mark Pigott

All parts here.


Dialogue from Eldancer on Vimeo.

This one is short. Best part comes at the end.

Native Instruments Reaktor 6, fish & a car.

Korg Minipops Junior + Roland RE 150 + Tascam RS 20B

Published on Oct 9, 2015 SubTokyoShop

"Korg Minipops Junior + Roland RE 150 + Tascam RS 20B

Korg Mini Pops Junior Drum Machine - 70's Keio Giken Vintage
+ Roland RE-150 Space Echo Vintage Tape Delay
+ Tascam RS-20B Vintage Spring Reverb"

subtokyoshop on eBay

God's Box Humpback meets Akemie

Published on Oct 9, 2015 vcoadsr

"Eurorack modular jam/experiment seeing how the 'Humpback' SEM-style filter by God's Box plays with a digital input oscillator, in this case the ALM Busy Circuits Akemie's Castle."

FlexyKick 2.0

Published on Oct 9, 2015 FlexyVoid

iTunes: FlexyKick - Yann Jubelin

"FlexyKick is an electronic kick synthesizer that also can be used for sub-bass sounds, it has a simple looper recording up to 10 seconds.

Audiobus and inter-app audio compatible.

It allows you to shape the sound using the touch and motion of the device and reacts in similar way to skinned percussions.

It has a special sliding mode for performing sustained sounds."

KiNK / Cyrillic project teaser / making clap with tape and vinyl

Published on Oct 9, 2015 kink303

"Just a little teaser for my Cyrillic set (check my other videos here for explanation) Also here you can see how to make a clap with a record, tape and a turntable :)"

That's one colorful TR-8!

Neon Opto-modulator and Full system demo

Published on Oct 9, 2015 karl welty

"Demo of my optical modulator for a neon lamp ring oscillator. Also a full system demo. Been building many neon synth modules lately but exposed board build with 200 volts is not a wise idea with a curious kitty. I built a see through lid for when I'm not near to discourage her. This represents the first time I've been able to run them indoors.

Video section one - The ring oscillator using four segments hard sync as a low pitched squarewave. As the light spins it changes pitch through the sync chain varying the pulsewidth. Subtle chorusing vibrato, the effect can also be applied to the solo voice if the ring is used as a modulator into it.

Video section two - Arbitrary demo of four elements, pretty much as the knobs happen to have been set. The ring oscillator as a low drone, the base five module being modulated by the LFO, the second squarewave oscillator being modulated by the random pattern generator, and the solo voice run from the keypad with modulation from osc 7 of the ring."

Drip Hop | Modular Beats Patch

Published on Oct 8, 2015 r beny

"Something a little different than my usual ambient/experimental stuff. Made this patch on my Eurorack system the other night and thought it was cool enough to document. I recently got a Beatstep Pro and have been loving the drum triggers.

Crude Patch Notes

Kick: Make Noise STO with envelope from Maths
Snare: Bastl Noise Squre digital out with envelope from Maths
Percussion 1: Mutable Instruments Elements with mallet and strike timbre being randomly modulated by Make Noise Wogglebug
Percussion 2: Make Noise Mysteron with type being randomly modulated by Wogglebug, going into Elements resonator-in.
Percussion 3: Mannequins Three Sisters self-oscillating. Mutable Instruments Tides Parasite in 2-Drunks mode is randomly modulating frequency. High, low and centre outputs are going into the Make Noise RXMX where the Beatstep Pro triggers the strike input.
Chord drone: Make Noise Telharmonic H out going to the Pittsburgh Modular In/Out and then an Old Blood Noise Endevours Black Fountain Delay pedal and a Digitech Polara Reverb pedal.
Melody: Mannequins Mangrove formant out to the In/Out and into the same pedals as above. Enevelope from Make Noise Function.

All sequencing handled by the Arturia Beatstep Pro. I fiddle around with the release time on the melody (the fall time on Function) and the formant and barrel on Mangrove."

Our Distant Home

Published on Oct 8, 2015 davidryle

"A pastiche blend of Berlin School and Blade Runner soundtrack vibe.

The bass line is sculpted with a pair of Arp 4072 style filters. The Yusynth Arp 4072 and the STG Soundlabs Post Lawsuit Low Pass Filter are tapping a pair of Q106 VCO's and run in parallel to a mixer. The Yusynth filter is routed through a Behringer Space-C CC300 Chorus pedal prior to the mix.

The sequencer for the bass line is the STG Soundlabs Voltage Mini Store. Timing for the bass line is from the STG Soundlabs Time Divider in dotted quarter notes.

Master clock time is within the modular from an SSL TapTempo LFO.

A mix of dotted eighth and sixteenth notes against some triplets and straight time notes round out the various sequencer clocks.

The manually played parts (E.Piano and Strings) are on a Casio Privia PX-5S and a Novation ReMOTE (flutey Mellotron) from a SampleTron vst in Cubase.

All recorded in real-time stereo track to Cubase. Video edited in Final Cut Pro.

If it isn't obvious, the inspiration for this track came from a (weak) combination of Redshift's "Aquamarine" off of "Fracture" and some more recognizable Tangerine Dream rips as well as the blatant Vangelis "Blade Runner" blues scale renderings. It's all in my head but rarely comes together in a way which can be presented (not that this is in any way "presentable"). Certainly an amateur-ish nod and wink, but regardless - my thanks to the various true artists for providing the great musical inspiration."

Oberheim OBSX Vintage 6-Voice Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Note the OB-SX is a preset synthesizer with limited real-time controls, however Midisoft makes a plug & play MIDI interface that connects to the computer port on back. The interface gives you access to extensive parameters. You'll find some demos of it previously posts here. There is no mention of the port in this listing however there was extensive work done to the unit per the description:

"This vintage Oberheim OBSX 6-Voice Synthesizer is seller refurbished and in excellent condition.

The full story of this classic keyboard can be found here: [PDF]

Watch this video to hear it for yourself!

The Oberheim OBSX is a RARE keyboard on eBay. It is even more rare to find one that is in such great condition as this one is. I know, because I refurbished this keyboard myself. It took me several months and over $500 in parts, but it was worth it.

Here is a summary of the repairs:

* All NEW wiring except for ribbon cables
* 94 NEW gold-plated Molex connectors (all new board-to-board connections)
* 49 NEW lubricated keboard bushings
* 62 NEW capacitors (mostly electrolytic power supply caps and sample and hold caps)
* 74 NEW ICs (mostly on the control/processor board - all voice card CEMs are original)
* 79 NEW miniature calibration pots
* 12 NEW matched resistors (four each on voice cards #1, #5 and #6)
* One NEW J-wire keyboard contact
* NEW Pitch Bend Pot
* NEW Auto-tune pushbutton and LED
* NEW 8-position DIP switch
* NEW finish hardware on end panels
* Cosmetic paint touch-ups
* Thoroughly cleaned, inside and out (including flux removal)
* Full Calibration

This keyboard is in great condition! Everything works and it sounds and plays like new.

The Oberheim OBSX uses the same Curtis CEM chipset (CEM3340, CEM3320 and CEM3310) used by Oberheim's OB-Xa and OB-8 Analog Synthesizers. These chips were also used in many of the finest analog synths from the 1980s. Their distinctive, fat, analog sound is classic!

This keyboard does not have MIDI capability, although third party MIDI adapters for the OBSX exist. The OBSX was originally designed for use with the Oberheim DSX Sequencer, which allows recording and playback of sequences. (not included in this listing)"

Arp 2600 + Keyboard Rare Vintage Analog Modular Synthesizer with Extras

via this auction

"For sale is an Arp 2600 with keyboard. It's in nice shape but it does show some wear so check out the detailed pictures to make sure you like it. Included are power cable, patch cables, original manual, patch sheets. It's working great but has a few minor issues. The keyboard connector cable is loose and needs either replacing or cleaning, if it doesn't sit just right the keyboard won't connect. It's still possible to play it fine as long as the cable doesn't move much. The reverb is not functioning and the sliders for that section crackle and cut the sound in and out. A few of the sliders are scratchy and overall the synth could use a little tune up and calibration. Otherwise everything appears to be working great. I've set the price low in consideration of these problems. I plan to refurbish it and relist at a higher price but thought I would offer it at lower price point for those looking to snag a 2600 at a more affordable price. Arp 2600s have been selling for $8k - $10k, so this could be a great deal for someone willing to give it a little TLC and refurbishing. Don't sleep on this one, already have a few interested buyers locally and I won't be leaving it up for too long before I send it in for repairs or it gets sold. Cheapest 2600 on the market right now, grab it today!"


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