MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thursday, November 05, 2015

1985 E&MM Casio CZ101 Review - Phase Distortion Synthesis Explained

via noyzelab where you'll find the rest including some audio demos.

Page 2 gives a great overview of Phase Distortion Synthesis. You may have heard it to be Casio's implementation of Yamaha's FM synthesis, but you will see it is actually a bit different. Instead of operator algorithms with various configurations of oscillators modifying each other, an initial sinewave is "distorted" by a "phase angle" that results in a new waveform, hence "Phase Distortion Synthesis".

BTW, if you have an iPad, you can explore the full blown CZ engine with some extras here:


Akai AX73 Vintage Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer

via this auction

Future Retro Revolution

via this auction

AniModule M1xXOR tease 2 (louder synth)

Published on Nov 5, 2015 JRock17991's channel

here's the new M1xXOR Module from Animodule.
To be released shortly!"

Tubbutec SH-1oh1 – Midi Retrofit and Reature Extension for the Roland SH-101

Tubbutec has a new extensive mod for the Roland SH-101.

"Main features

Midi in- and output. Can output key presses, arpeggiator and sequencer.
Additional Accent Envelope: Programmable accent for volume and filter with adjustable decay.
Additional filter LFO A triangular LFO with the high range of 0.2Hz — 8kHz can modulate the filter
Additional ADSR for filter: Completely independent envelope with adjustable parameters
Improved Sequencer:now has 32 sequences with 120 Steps each
Song mode: Sequences can be chained to create a “Song” and programmed live
More sequencer and arp modes: Forward, backward, random, ping-pong,..
A lot of midi controllable parameters, velocity can be mapped to 9 different targets including accents, filter and 2nd ADSR:
Midi filter, pitch bend, arp and s/h-lfo control
Clock dividers for internal arp clock and trigger including din-sync compatible divider
Settings via an internal configuration menu or external midi controller.
Extra features accessible using the existing SH-101 controls
Comes with sticker overlays and all necessary parts
Easy to install in any SH-101 and compatible with analogue mods
For a complete list of features please refer to the user manual."

Vintage JEN Synthetone SX1000 Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Roland JD-800 Synthesizer Keyboard

via this auction

Roland TB-303 Vintage Analog Bassline

via this auction

OBERHEIM SYMPHONY composed in Mc 500 MKII Roland

Published on Nov 5, 2015 Superfunk Synths

252e scrolling

Published on Nov 5, 2015 Todd Barton

"I quickly made some diverse presets (not taking the time to make them necessarily musical, more just functional) then saved them to the 206e preset manager and manually scrolled through them."

Sequentix Cirklon: Live Jam 12-2-13—Echo Return

Published on Dec 2, 2013 Echo Return

"Live jam on Sequentix Cirklon, 12-2-13.

Gear used:
Sequentix Cirklon
Roland TR-707 (Circuit bent)
Roland TR-727 (Circuit bent)
Ladyada x0xb0x
Yamaha AN-200
Yamaha DX-200
Alesis 3630 Compressor
Electrix Warp Factory vocoder
Novation A-Station
Yamaha MEP4
TC Electronic M-300 stereo delay
Line6 Filter Pro
PreSonus Studio One DAW

PreSonus Studio One is used for audio recording, compression, and reverb. No MIDI.

This is my first live jam on the Cirklon. All sequences created in Cirklon. MIDI sent to Ladyada x0xb0x is also sent to Yamaha MEP-4, which is sending three MIDI-delays of this sequence to the Novation A-Station, each on separate octaves.

AN-200 signal is fed through Alesis 3630, gate is triggered by rim shot sound from the Roland TR-707. The Yamaha AN-200 is then routed through Filter Pro and M-300. Setting the Cirklon's pattern to "Brownian" makes for some great, unpredictable-but-musically-relevant gating effects.

Yamaha DX-200 signal is fed through Electrix Warp Factory with no formant input, for creepy robot chanting sounds.

Pseudorandom drum 'improvisation' is created by a track on the Cirklon where toms and additional snares have a 30% chance of triggering per step."

Roland TR-8 Synced to Roland TR-77

Published on Aug 28, 2014 Echo Return

"The TR-77, Roland's first product, debuted in 1972. Pre-MIDI and pre- DINSync. But if you're clever, it can play well with others.

I routed the TR-8's handclap to an individual out, and ran it to the Footswitch stop/start of the TR-77. This allows the TR-77 to start and stop on command via an audio signal, so I placed the handclap on steps 1 and 14 of the sequencer and hand-adjusted the TR-77's tempo to match.

While limited, the old Roland has a surprising amount of expressive potential. Pressing multiple buttons at a time combines beats.

X0XB0X is run through the EHX Deluxe Memory Boy

All tracks recorded into PreSonus Studio One

Roland TR-8:

Roland TR-77 Service Manual:"

Novation Circuit - Spooky Bonfire Night Jam

Published on Nov 5, 2015 KlaatuNinja

"Novation Circuit November 5th Spooky Jam"

Giorgio Moroder Soundpack for MiniNova

via Novation Music:

"This year we announced a very special product - the limited edition MoroderNova - with a custom look and Moroder-approved synth patches from his greatest productions. The entire run sold-out very quickly and so we thought it'd be fun to share some of the pre-loaded patches included on the synth for all of our MiniNova owners to own and enjoy.

We've selected 30 of the 51 patches to be available - all you need to do is make sure your device is registered and then you'll have access to the download area.

For more information about MoroderNova go to:"

Roland boutique JP-08 & JU-06 first try by konxxxq

Published on Nov 5, 2015 konxxxq

"Roland Boutiqueシリーズ3機種のうちJP-08とJU-06を買いました。

Future Sound Systems P.O.C.A. VAC1 demonstration

Published on Nov 5, 2015 Future Sound Systems

"This video demonstrates the workings of the new FSS VAC1 Passive Optically-Controlled Attenuator module."

via Future Sound Systems

"The Passive Optically-Controlled Attenuator, or P.O.C.A., is designed to give a set of vactrol-based gates in a compact-but-usable module. Its four gates can be set to act as low-pass-gates, or normal optically-controlled attenuators (for a "VCA" type action) via jumpers on the rear of the module. CV is normalled in a downwards fashion, so that control signals input to the top gate can effect the gate at the bottom. This is also true of the audio, but with a gate's output normalled to the next gate's input. This allows for steeper filtering slopes and sharper control. It is recommended, however, that only two gates are used per chain as external buffers may struggle with high impedance inputs. To summarise, the features of the P.O.C.A. VAC1 are:

-Quad optically-controlled attenuator module
-Jumpable LPG or VCA modes
-Normalling provides easy control and signal patching
-2mm thick fibreglass panel
-Sturdy but compact design and construction
-Hand assembled and tested by Finlay Shakespeare at FSS HQ in Bristol

Price: £70 + shipping, calculated upon checkout"

Make Noise's First Skiff

A little bit of synth history via makenoisemusic:

"6 years ago we built the first Skiff for a #eurorack #modularsynth. At the time Doepfer made most cases and they were designed to be played in vertical orientation. We desired a more ergonomic orientation for playing the Rene & Pressure Points. This Skiff was designed to set in front of the Doepfer P6 and actually tapped its power from it as well."

Kilpatrick Audio CARBON Sequencer Crowdfunding Campaign

Published on Nov 5, 2015 KilpatrickAudio

"Learn about CARBON and our crowdfunding campaign to support the development of this exciting project!"

See the CARBON sneak peak video here.

Details for the archives because we all know they tend to disappear over time:

"Ever since the K4815 Pattern Generator module was released to great praise in 2010
we have been planning a follow-up product that would take the Pattern Generator concept to a whole new level.
After five years of planning and exploration we are proud to present: CARBON

CARBON offers several distinct and powerful functions that will change the way you compose and perform.

Sequencer, performance control system and USB interface.
Ever since the K4815 Pattern Generator module was released to great praise in 2010 we have been planning a follow-up product that would take the Pattern Generator concept to a whole new level. After five years of planning and exploration we are proud to present: CARBON

CARBON offers several distinct and powerful functions that will change the way you compose and perform.

CARBON is primarily designed as a pattern-based sequencer. It has six tracks which can each hold 64 steps. Steps can be generated randomly, edited interactively, or recorded from a MIDI keyboard one step at a time, or in realtime while the sequencer is running. Polyphony and CC recording is supported so each step can contain chords or other performance data.

The fun begins once you've got some notes playing back on a track. Choose a region to play back, say, the first 8 steps. The track will play those same 8 steps over and over. Now move to another track and record a new sequence. This sequence can be a different length, or play back at a different speed. It can even play backwards while the other sequence plays forwards.

Remix with Patterns and Scenes!
The real power of CARBON is how variations of sequences can be made. By simply turning the PATTERN control, different steps in the sequence can be enabled and disabled. The patterns will surprise and inspire you by creating new rhythms and motifs with a simple twist of a knob. These are all based on your original sequence and can be changed at any time.

Adding in the concept of scenes lets you quickly switch between different parts of a song or different variations. Scenes can store the range of steps to play, the pattern, track mute state and a number of other parameters. Switching back and forth between scenes offers endless performance potential without ever missing a beat.

The best part of the CARBON sequencer is that all the recording and editing can be done in real-time without ever stopping the sequencer.

Ninstrument & DSP Synthesizers Sp-12 Drumulator Euromodule Seeks Funding on Indiegogo

You might remember the Ninstrument & DSP Synthesizers Sp-12 Drumulator eurorack module featured here. It's now on Indiegogo.


"A Blast from the past

Do you long for those great 80's drumsounds?
Want to include them in your eurorack setup?

Wait no more.
We put the SP-12 Drumulator into a eurorack module.

This is a joint venture between DSP Synthesizers in Sweden and in the US to put the great 8-bit u-law companding sounds on the map again.

The SP-12 euromodule gives you 8 trig-able polyphonic drumsounds, 6 of them tune-able with CV input in a 10HP euromodule.

It also got a 6dB Accent input and a mix audio output.

The sounds can be tuned into disintegration for some really gritty sounds.
All in a retro style powder coated 10HP aluminum panel.

Also available as a DIY assembly kit.

Larger scale manufacturing

We have done these in smaller runs with great success and now want to manufacture it on a larger scale.

The funding will go to manufacturing of a first run of 50 units.
Also into R&D for our next unit, The Latin Percussion T727 module.

Manufacturing 50 units means sourcing alot of parts, design and ordering PCB's etc. A large venture.

But can be realized with your help.

So let's get down to making some modules."

Roland AIRA Eurorack Series Heavy Metal Example

Published on Nov 5, 2015 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"Analogue Zone presents: Roland AIRA Eurorack Series Heavy Metal Example

A bassline coming from the Roland System 1M (sequenced by Oberkorn MKIII from Analogue Solutions) is being processed by the new AIRA modules."

Grey Matter - Reaktor 6 - Experiment by Richard Devine

"GreyMatter - Big Kick Drum and created using the 'Machine Gun.ensemble' playing slow at 60 BPM, then layered with the 'Newscool.ens' for the clap in verb type sounds. Tiny snare and hi-hat made with the 'SineBeats2.ens'. The high spiral/phas'y noisy effects where all from two instances of the 'TG-8H' ensemble. The knocking wooden sounds in space are from Rick Scott's 'sampleThrasher_v1.ens'."

1974 Black and Gold ARP Odyssey MKI 2800 SN 282991

via this auction

"ARP Odyssey MKI 2800 1974 Black and Gold Analog Monphonic Synthesizer

This is an original Arp Odyssey MKI.

Everything works perfectly and it's in excellent condition.

If you want the sound of the original this is the one for you!

This one has CV, Gate and Trigger Inputs and Outputs.

It still has the MKI filter and CV!!"

Roland ProMars Compuphonic in Mint Condition w/ Case SN 991525

via this auction

"One of the legendary synthesizers from Roland. Being unique from its microprocessor control, it uses an Intel 808 processor to control all its analog functions such as the VCO, VCF and VCA.

This piece of unit has 10 presets and 10 programmable patches. It comes with great sounding presets such as the bass, organ, string, trumpet, sax and more.

The ProMars comes with two oscillators, unlike the Jupiter 4, giving you more flexibility and functions in designing the sounds. Also feature nice VCF and LFOs."

Roland RE-100 Space Echo

via this auction

Noise Music | Eurorack | 006

Published on Nov 5, 2015 Iteration and Discord

"the addac ultra wav is accessing four samples via the delptronics triggerman....erbe verb plays a big out of the ultra wav is sent in four different directions. (one) dual delay by modcan. (two) fuzz by the touellskouarn strakal brulu. (three) the 4ms spectral multiband resonator (four) is the direct sound of the ultra wav"

5U // Club of the Knobs - C921B - Part 1: Waveforms and Frequency

Published on Nov 5, 2015 DiscoverNoise

"DiscoverNoise 013-
5U 001-

Demo of the Club of the Knobs C921B oscillator. Part 1 gives you an overview of the frequency ranges and the waveforms.

No after processing. Just raw sound.

Stillwell Audio schOPE oscilloscope (test version / hence the few short audio drop outs):

Spectrum from Ableton Live"


DSC 0097 - POLIVOKS Demo

Published on Nov 5, 2015 kotomonstr

Electribe 2/Moog sub37...

Published on Nov 5, 2015 graal7

"sequence on electribe 2014"

Hands On: Plugin Boutique Virtual CZ - Phase Distortion Synthesizer

Published on Nov 5, 2015 Synth Anatomy

"Plugin Boutique Virtual CZ is a phase distortion Synthesizer based on the Casio CZ Hardware Synthesizer.

Virtual CZ recreates the unique synthesis engine of the CZ synths
(it models the flagship CZ-1 but does all the other ones too!). The plugin works as a SYSEX editor/librarian for all CZ hardware as well as an emulation. It has 2 Phase Distortion oscillators per voice
(each has 8 wave shapes, which can be different for alternate cycles) and 6 loopable envelope generators per voice
(switchable between easy-to-use ADSR and powerful 8-Stage MSEG mode). A Ring Modulation and Noise Modulation and
32 voice polyphonic/mono/legato modes. And a lot of more

This is the first video showing you the souding of this CZ Emulation and personally I must say, it's sounds great and coming very near to the real CZ Hardware Synthesizer.

More Information about Virtual CZ, you can find here: "

Live jam Electribe Sampler 2, Volca, Mopho, Microbrute, Nord Lead Techhouse "Iceland Part 2"

Published on Nov 5, 2015 Shimanski Beats

"'Iceland Part 2': Hardware techhouse live jam with Electribe Sampler 2, DSI Mopho, Korg Volca Bass, Arturia Microbrute and Clavia Nord Lead 2x.
In Summer I posted a synth/wave track called "Iceland Part 1" with footage from a trip to the countryside of Iceland The present hardware jam is the second part of this series, this time less wave, more techhouse, but lots of Iceland footage.

Electribe Sampler plays drums and serves as hardware sequencer for Mopho (bass), Microbrute (lead sequence) and Volca Bass (rhythm sequence with fifth). None of the internal sequencers used because the Electribe gives way more options and allows for longer patterns. The Nord Lead is played live with keyboard split (left side pad, right side FM-tremolo-lead)

External FX: Lexicon MX 200, Alesis Quadraverb 2 , Alesis Midiverb 3 and Line 6 Pod."

Nord Lead 2x, Nord Drum, Blofeld, TX81z: Iceland Part 1 Synth/Wave

Buchla Bhangra Blast

Published on Nov 5, 2015 PaulLawlerMusic

"Live improv on the Buchla Easel. Drums from Logic X"

Casper Electronics DIY synth building. Part 1: Oscillators

Published on Nov 5, 2015 casperelectronics synthesizers

"Learn how to make a variety of simple but flexible oscillators (tone generators) using a breadboard and just a few inexpensive parts. This video has been created with newbies in mind, but should still offer some useful info and novel tricks for more experienced builders.

Get more info, schematics and drawings here:"



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