MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, October 22, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Bob Moog Theremin Demo & Performance

Published on Oct 22, 2015 experimentalsynth

"Many years before going to work for Moog Music as marketing manager I was a printed circuit board designer. I met Bob Moog in Asheville and wound up doing the PCB design work on his Multi-Touch Keyboard project. Around this time, Bob hosted a presentation called 'New Vistas 91', a look at some then current happenings in avant garde electronic music.

Bob was gracious enough to let me record the presentation on my then new Video 8 camera. The tape was lost for decades, but recently found and digitized. Unfortunately the audio and video quality is not great, but I feel this is very interesting from a historical perspective, and I offer it as such.


Chris Stack"

Electronica Fest 2015 Set for Saturday, Nov 14 in Maryland

This year is set for November 14th at the National Electronics Museum in Maryland.

Full Details here, including pics from previous years' events.

"The National Electronics Museum's Electronica Fest 2015 will be held on Saturday, November 14, 11:30am to 9:30pm. Come out for a day of knob twisting, pitch bending, wiring mazes, sound shaping & visual explosion, with sixteen of the area's most exciting and innovated musical groups."

This one in via Dave Vosh.

Dave Smith Poly Evolver Synthesizer - Synth-Pop Demo, by al l bo

Published on Oct 22, 2015 Alexander Bobrov

"Dave Smith Poly Evolver Synthesizer - Synth-Pop Demo, by al l bo

Saxophone version: Arne Woutersax - Theme Of New York (album mix)

Created (C), (PH) by al l bo withDave Smith Poly Evolver Synthesizer (100% sounds, except drums and FXs), 2015.

Publisher: Clouds Testers The Legendaries (C) 2015

Follow me @ my soundcloud synthlab channel:

or @ my main soundcloud page:"

All tracks in the series here.

Inside Your Mother 32

via @MoogMusicInc

"Mother 32 Naked"

Bleep Labs Delaydelus

Cool pic of the Bleep Labs Delaydelus via Control Voltage on Instagram, available here.

Novation Circuit - Just a little Jam- -CALC-

Published on Oct 22, 2015 -CALC-

"The first 5 minutes of this track are just made from the drum sequencer alone.
I wanted to sit down and explore the Circuit's drum sequencer a bit more so this was a jam from scratch mainly working on that.
The available sounds coupled with the automation recording make them really workable, it's easy to find a groove."

Roland TB-303 Bassline Analog Synthesizer SN 253100

via this auction

Moog Sonic Six SN 1006

via this auction

"Vintage Moog Sonic Six synthesizer. It's a low serial MK1 version. The synthesizer is been serviced and in perfect working condition now. It sounds really awesome! Optical it's in nice condition for its age, but there are some scratches on it, wear and tear on the case, two knobs are not original and one knob is missing a small chip (see photo's). We deliver it with the original brochure, a special made cv / gate cable and the power cord with US plug. A converter to 220V is included in the sale if necessary. It's a 110V version and the serial number is: 1006."

MFB Dominion 1 Synthesizer

via this auction

Siel Cruise

Published on Oct 22, 2015 Pablo Vidal

Poor mans ElectroComp - the Eico 377

Published on Oct 22, 2015 karl welty

"Picked one of these up from a surplus shop today, cheap. Easily one of the most delightfully messed up sounding bit of test gear I own. Fully functional in the 20Hz to 20kHz range as both a sine or square, it exhibits some awesome hetrodyning in the 20kHz to 35kHz range. Increasing the output gain stabilizes it, but some of the true magic falls in a nonlinear range at lower putput. New to the box, here are two examples. Swept noise interspersed with a rhythmic motorboating oscillation. Zero circuit bending required, I just got lucky."

Setting A Roland Jupiter-6 On Fire

Published on Oct 22, 2015 gstormelectro

"All Video and Audio content by G-Storm Electro c.2015

The Roland Jupiter-6 Synthesizer is an absolute MONSTER. Pads, Bass, Arpeggio, Strings, Leads - it's all here. And the JP-6 is my favorite go-to synthesizer for SOUND EFFECTS. I have crammed a plethora of strangely beautiful effects and noise that demonstrates its versatility which is beyond comprehension.

Obviously no actual synthesizers were harmed in the making of this all Roland Jupiter-6 demonstration. The TR-8 provided rhythm backing, Big Sky and Timefactor for effects. All tracks were recorded direct to Cubase SX3 via E-mu 1616. NO additional production, eq, compressors, mastering, etc. was used whatsoever."

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet -6 Desktop Module Site Now Live

Published on Oct 22, 2015 Dave Smith Instruments

"Vintage Analog Sound — Small Enough to Fit in a Backpack. Poly chain any two Prophet-6's for 12 voice polyphony!"

Update: video added above, and the official press release added further below.

Follow-up to this post. The site is now live. Details and pics captured here for the archives. Note the image to the left is in via VINCENT ASCOLI and not on the DSI page from what I can see.

"Vintage Analog Sound — Small Enough to Fit in a Backpack
The Prophet-6 desktop module is every bit as powerful and easy to use as its counterpart, the Prophet-6 Keyboard. The module has all of the same controls as the keyboard version and provides the same immediacy and easy of use — with absolutely no menu diving. As with the Prophet-6 Keyboard, all parameters are at your fingertips, with full-sized knobs and switches and a comfortable, intuitive layout.

How does it sound? Awesome — just like the keyboard, because on the inside, it’s exactly the same. The same analog signal path with discrete VCOs and VCFs. The same high-quality digital effects. The same classic sound that has been earning raves from customers and reviewers alike.

We’ve also added a poly chain feature so that any two Prophet-6s can be paired for twelve-voice polyphony!

Vintage with a Modern Twist
Both the Prophet-6 desktop module and keyboard are Dave Smith’s tribute to the poly synth that started it all—the Sequential Prophet-5. But it’s not simply a reissue of a classic. Rather, as Dave puts it, “It’s the result of our effort to build the most awesome-sounding, modern analog poly synth possible.” The Prophet-6 takes the best qualities of the original Prophet-5—true voltage-controlled oscillators, filters, and amplifiers—and adds enhancements such as studio-quality effects, a polyphonic step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and more. The result is pure, unadulterated analog tone with the stability and reliability of a state-of-the-art modern synth.

Classic Tone, Classic Vibe
Central to the warm, punchy sound of the Prophet-6 are its two newly-designed, discrete voltage-controlled oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) per voice. Continuously variable waveshapes provide the tonal palette with triangle, sawtooth, and variable-width pulse waves. There are two discrete filters per voice—a four-pole, resonant, low-pass inspired by the original Prophet-5 filter, and a two-pole, resonant, high-pass filter. Voltage-controlled amplifiers complete the all-analog signal path.

Dual Effects
The dual effects section provides studio-quality reverbs, delays (standard and BBD), chorus and phase shifter. While the effects themselves are digital, with 24-bit, 48 kHz resolution, a true bypass maintains a full analog signal path. There’s also an independent stereo distortion effect, which is 100% analog.

Poly Mod and Poly Step Sequencing
Also present from its classic predecessor is a Poly Mod section, with enhancements. True to the original, modulation sources are filter envelope and oscillator 2 (both with bi-polar control). Destinations include oscillator 1 frequency, oscillator 1 shape, oscillator 1 pulse width, low-pass filter cutoff, and high-pass filter cutoff. Another welcome reprise is Unison mode, which features configurable voice count (1-6 voices) and key modes. The polyphonic step sequencer allows up to 64 steps and up to 6 notes per step. You can create sequences polyphonically, with rests, and sync to an external MIDI clock. The full-featured arpeggiator can be synced to external MIDI clock as well.

Easy to Program
The knob-per-function front panel offers instant access to virtually all Prophet-6 functions. Included are 500 permanent factory programs in 10 banks of 100 programs. In addition to these, you can create and save up to 500 user programs of your own. Toggling off the Preset button enables live panel mode, in which the sound of the Prophet-6 switches to the current settings of its knobs and switches. In this state, what you see is what you hear.

Easy to Play
All of this awe-inspiring sound is packed into a desktop module that’s small enough to fit in a backpack. It’s an ideal combination of portability and power for the project studio or the gigging musician."

And the press release:

"Legendary Designer to Ship Desktop Version of Acclaimed Analog Poly Synth in November

San Francisco, CA—October 22, 2015—Dave Smith Instruments today announced that they will begin shipping a desktop module version of their acclaimed Sequential Prophet-6 six-voice analog synthesizer at the end of November. Like the keyboard version, it features an all-analog signal path and discrete VCOs, VCAs, and filters. The knob-per-function front panel is free of menu-diving and offers immediate access to virtually all parameters.

As Dave Smith explained: “The Prophet-6 has been our most successful product launch ever. In the four months since its release, a huge number of artists have already added it to their setups.” Added Smith: “Apart from its awesome sound, we feel that a big part of its appeal is the immediacy of its user interface, so we made sure that the desktop version retained all of the same controls as the keyboard version.”

Smith continued:
'As a bonus, we’ve added a poly chain feature so that any two Prophet-6s can be paired for 12-voice polyphony. The biggest sound in modern analog poly synths just got bigger.'

Key to the vintage sound of the Prophet-6 is its two newly-designed, discrete voltage-controlled oscillators (plus sub-oscillator) and two discrete filters: a four-pole, resonant, low-pass inspired by the original Prophet-5 filter, and a two-pole, resonant, high-pass filter. Voltage-controlled amplifiers complete the all-analog signal path. Said Smith: 'The desktop module sounds every bit as good as the keyboard because, on the inside, it’s exactly the same — the same VCOs, VCFs, and VCAs and the same classic, punchy, analog poly sound that’s been earning raves from customers and reviewers.'

The module weighs approximately 13 lbs (5.9 kg) and measures 21.25” L x 7.43” W x 4.4” H (54.0 cm x 18.9 cm x 11.2 cm). 'It’s an ideal mix of portability and power,' Smith said.

The Prophet-6 desktop module will be available at the end of November with a projected MAP of $2,199.

Download high resolution photos of the Prophet-6 desktop module at

View a video of Dave Smith introducing the Prophet-6 desktop module at:

Price and specifications subject to change."

New Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 06 Desktop Spotted

Two pics spotted on Reddit in via Soviet Space Child.

Word is the product page was previously up at:

Update: the page is now live. Details and one additional pic, not on the DSI site, just posted here.

Driving Abyss (Roland JX-03,System 10,Reface DX,Streichfett,Keys,XR-20 )

Published on Oct 22, 2015

"A much more drummy take with the same set-up as last time(as this was recorded right afterward so...). Thanks for watching and listening!
Gears used:
Roland boutique JX-03
Yamaha Reface DX
Pittsburgh Modular System 10.1
Korg Volca Keys
Akai XR-20
Waldorf Streichfett
Arturia Beatstep Pro x2
Korg Kp2 mini x2
Korg Kp3
TC Electronics HoF Reverb"

Roland Boutique Factory Patch Demos

Roland Boutique synths on eBay

"Boutique Series JP-08 by Roland. Factory Patch Demos. Feel free to download a full resolution file for any demo to hear it in your own studio environment."

"Boutique Series JX-03 by Roland. Factory Patch Demos. Feel free to download a full resolution file for any demo to hear it in your own studio environment."

"Boutique Series JU-06 by Roland. Factory Patch Demos. Feel free to download a full resolution file for any demo to hear it in your own studio environment."

Notation Circuit Chilled Jam - Funky Keys!!

Published on Oct 22, 2015 KlaatuNinja

"Notation Circuit Chilled Jam - Funky Keys!!

First good jam on the Novation Circuit. Battery seems to last for ages. Used for about 8 hrs at 3/4 volume, only gone down one bar!!

Used one of the drum sounds to get a pitched chord sound on far right. If they give us sample upload for drums you could add some bass samples...extra synth track...

And it works with iPhone via camera connection cable :-)"

Arpeggio Overview - 9 Days Left for Funding on Kickstarter

Arpeggio Overview from Tangible Instruments on Vimeo.

Arpeggio on Kickstarter

Roland Boutique JU-06 noodle demo

Published on Oct 22, 2015 ollilaboratories

"Today i am meeting up with the Roland JU-06, modeled on possibly the most iconic sounding superstar synthesizers from the 1980's - the Juno-106, and damn the new Boutique really keeps that legacy intact.

Ok, so a couple of things.. the output is really HOT on this one too, i though i had it tuned in to sweetspot but man at some low notes I still managed to overdrive my mixer, it really packs a punch. Also, i dont really do demos, so this is technically just me noodling about on the JU06 with no planning.. just trying it out with different sounds. I remembered to use the chorus on the JU06, which i totally missed on the JX03, so for those of you out there interested how that sounds should get their kicks.

Also, the sliders are really good..possibly the best of the three to edit in terms of feel, i forgot how small foot print the synth had at times.. it is really not a big deal at all with the JU06. (do note i have massive fat fingers) :)

There are NO external FX in the beginning. Just the JU06 chorus. (not the delay) At the end of the session, after 20.40 i add some vanilla reverb and delay with the MS70 to finish with some more depth and air.

I really hope this video as the JX03 one is helpful and informational, even though i dont say anything... i always let the synths do the talking.


Moog Mother 32 and Korg MS20 Mini.

Published on Oct 22, 2015 opsysbug

"The big name Modular synths. They like each other."

Akai Tom Cat Analog Drum Machine The Clap

Published on Oct 22, 2015 darksideothetune

Follow-up to the Kick Drum here.

Oberheim OBX Track by MOS-LAB

Une courte démo d'un Oberheim OBX.
Basse, Nappes, Lead : OBX
Drums : Keynote

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

Polykobol II - Demo 3

video previously posted here

"RSF Polykobol 2 demo.
All tracks are made with the Polykobol, except drums.
Cubase Vst used for the record, and synchronised with Polykobol arpeggiator."

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

MOS-LAB SYSTEM 8A + arpegiateur RSF Polyclavier

"Test et impro avec l'arpégiateur du RSF polyclavier + un System 8A fraichement sorti des ateliers MOS-LAB !"

Mos-lab intro

"System 8A"

This one in via Soviet Space Child.


Mos-lab growl

This one in via Soviet Space Child.


Mos-lab Kobol Expander 3
RSF Polykobol 2 (strings pad)
Vlinn (bassdrum, snare, hithat)

Sebastian Moumon is the man behind MOS-LAB.

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

Polykobol Test Sur 4 Voix

"Impro for testing the Polykobol after the calibrating operation of the first four voices card."

Sebastian Moumon is the man behind MOS-LAB.

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

PPG Wave 2.3 arpeggiator test

Arpege : PPG Wave 2.3
Bass : RSF kobol KB
Lead :Synton Syrinx

Sebastian Moumon is the man behind MOS-LAB.

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

quick test of the Synton syrinx

First VCO
00:30:01 : + second VCO
00:44:17 : + sub oscillator
01:00:00 : + ring modulator
after, I play with VCF, bandpass filters, etc..

Sebastian Moumon is the man behind MOS-LAB.

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

Zaquencer 1.04 Update Adds MIDI Delay & Ratcheting & 2 Note Chords

Zaquencer 1.04 In depth look Published on Oct 22, 2015

"In depth explanation and tutorial of the new features of the Zaquencer update 1.04: Delays & Ratcheting.
Please also refer to the Zaquencer manual to reference the list of modes explained in this video."

"This update adds the following features:
- regular & inverse midi delay
- ratcheting with submodes glide up & glide down, mini arpeggiator
- 2-note-interval chords

If you already own the Zaquencer, you´ll find the download of the 1.04 full version in your account for free."

1980s Yamaha DX-9 Synthesizer Brochure

via this auction

"Travel back in time with this vintage synth brochure. From the 1980s, it's for the Yamaha DX-9. Full color. Six fold-out pages. 8-1/2" by 11". It's in good condition, but does have some minor wear on the corners and whatnot."

Sequential Circuits Pro One SN 8912

via this auction

Nonlinear Labs Emphase & Native Instruments Kontour


"You might have noticed the release of Kontour as one of the new instruments included in Native Instruments' Komplete 10 bundle. Kontour is the result of the first collaboration between Native Instruments and Nonlinear Labs. (Full disclosure: I am still a shareholder at NI.) Kontour's synthesis engine was developed by Nonlinear Labs. It is based on Phase 22, a synthesizer I have been working on for several years. Kontour is its adaptation as a highly refined software instrument.

The user interface was co-developed with NI (great work, André, Fabian, and Clément!). Experts at NI also managed the user documentation as well as the creation of the preset content, which involved excellent sound designers.

Kontour's concept consists of the following characteristics:
- an expressive, musical, and playable instrument
- a responsive sound engine with wide-ranging dynamics
- simple, puristic components combined with flexible signal routing to form complex and organic sounds
- a strong and unique character, not emulating existing instruments
- easy sound modification via macro controls
- user-recordable motions for the macro controls

Similarities and Differences
Kontour can be considered a sort of 'preview' to the first synthesis engine of our hardware synthesizer (working name "Emphase"). The audio processing structure of Emphase will be similar, but not identical (and therefore not preset-compatible) to that of Kontour.

So the question arises: just what are these differences? First of all, we are creating a hardware synthesizer. As we have the performing musician in mind, Emphase will be totally dedicated to human real-time control. Automatic control sources like Kontour’s motion recorders are replaced by the live input from the musician.

We have very high aims in terms of expressiveness and therefore we use our high-resolution TCD protocol. TCD gives us complete control over how the voices are assigned, how they are influenced by the pitch bender, ribbons, and pedals, as well as what is going on inside of each voice. In addition, morphing will play an important role for finding and modifying sounds.

You see the different intentions: Kontour integrates perfectly with the environment of software-based music production, while Emphase is optimized as a stand-alone hardware instrument." See the full post at Nonlinear Labs.

Emu Ultra Sampler - Demo - Chiptune

Published on Oct 22, 2015 St0neOfficialChannel

"All presets I made on Emu E4XT Ultra. After the recording was used lightweight compression. Please use 360p or higher for better sound quality."

Dark Sessions 002 - The trombone concert (that went wrong)

Published on Oct 22, 2015 DiscoverNoise

"We all have been there: you're at a nice little trombone concert on a thursday night, when suddenly the second trombonist starts to freak out and play that weird trombone medley. You don't? Me neither. But hey, it could happen. So this is it just made with a modular syntheziser.
The sequencers and thus the whole patch is triggered via the MakeNoise Wogglebug MK2. Put it the case for optic reasons (in reality its in the eurocase to the right).
The modulars output is running through Ableton Live 9 and getting some Reverb from there.

Like the track? Download it for free here:

Want to recreate the patch? Here is the Patchsheet (and a picture):"

Erbe-Verb: Longest, Smoothest Tails

Published on Oct 22, 2015 MAKEN0ISE

"How to achieve the longest, smoothest reverb tails with the Erbe-Verb."

'Quintet for Buchla Music Easels' by Paul Lawler

Published on Oct 22, 2015 PaulLawlerMusic

"A Quintet for Buchla Music Easels."

PPG Waveterm B CRT start up glow

Published on Oct 22, 2015 Analogue Solutions

"strictly for PPG nerds"

Trip. Here's something you definitely don't see every day.

SCI Prophet-600 with GliGli's firmware update

Published on Oct 22, 2015 Martin Ottesen

"This is a few sound examples from my Prophet-600 with GliGli's firmware update. With this update the synth is one incredible analog polysynth. For more info:"

Standing Stones Patch. Buchla Easel

Published on Oct 22, 2015 PaulLawlerMusic

"Self generating ambient patch for the Buchla Easel."

Roland AIRA Torcido processing Eurorack Bass

Published on Oct 22, 2015 ED電音頻道 E.D.Music Channel

"©E.D.Music Co.
Gears used: Roland AIRA Torcido, Arturia Beatstep Pro, Analogue Solutions VCO-Sub, Doepfer A102.
Special thanks: Tom Lee Music"

Krell Variation by bartonmusic aka Todd Barton

"revisiting my krell patch, this time with a Buchla 200 system. . ."

Analog Craftsman Polivoks Filter Demo

Published on Oct 21, 2015 davidryle

"Analog Craftsman's prototype of the Polivoks Filter.

Analog Craftsman sells these at

The filter is a classic design with tons of character. Unlike any other filter. If you don't think so, then just listen to this demo.

This is the prototype of the filter Analog Craftsman is now selling. There may be differences but this is still one mighty nice sounding filter."

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