MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

AIRA Modular Customizer & SCOOPER / TORCIDO / DEMORA / BITRAZER Videos by Dr. Richard Boulanger

Published on Nov 12, 2015 RolandChannel

"Dr. Richard Boulanger of Berklee College of Music hands-on with the AIRA Modular by Roland.

For more information about Modular products, please visit our AIRA Modular Page at"

Note the iPad connection is via the audio jack.


Evaton Technologies SDIY MDRONE Kits to Begin Shipping Next Week

The new Evaton Technologies SDIY MDRONE kits will be shipping to dealers next week. The SDIY MDRONE is a do-it-yourself kit with 3 oscillators, bandpass filter, and selectable filter overdrive. It's also well-suited to circuit bending experiments. Parts+PCB kit MSRP $70.

Follow-up to this post where you'll find a video demo of the MDRONE.

Prophets of Doom Ableton Live Pack Prophet 6

Published on Nov 12, 2015 AfroDJMac USA

"This Ableton Live Pack contains 25 instrument racks created with the Sequential Circuits Prophet 6 Analog Synthesizer. The Prophet 6 is one of the best synths I have ever played. The Ableton Live instruments in this Pack capture some of the warm classic sounds this instrument has to offer.

More info and Download:"

System-100 - The Comeback - 64 patches for Roland AIRA plug-out

"Part one (patches 1 to 32 ±)of the demo for The Comeback - 64 patches for Roland AIRA System-100 plug-out available on

The demo was recorded directly from the Roland System-1 (hardware synth) plug-out."

Roland JD-800 Keyboard/Synthesizer

via this auction

Vintage Korg Polysix SN 464228

via this auction

"Both UNISON and POLY modes, to create incredibly fat six-VCO soloing and bass sounds as well as versatile six voice polyphonic sounds. Built-in full featured ARPEGGIATOR, with 3 selectable patterns and ranges, and with automatic 'Latch' mode. CHORD MEMORY memorizes intervals and chords, to produce exciting parallel harmonies by depressing single keys. Memorized chords can be arpeggiated as well. HOLD sustains notes and chords indefinitely. Programmable Modulation and Chorus/Ensemble effects create rich, fat sounds."

MPC 1.9 Overview

Published on Nov 12, 2015 AkaiProVideo

"MPC 1.9 is a major software release introducing a number of new features you asked for including:

-Support for the MPC Touch
-Independent track lengths
-Drastically improved audio performance
-Continuous loop sample audition
-Project Notes
-Individual insert bypass
-Major improvements to master mixer section
-Slice to pad
-Enhanced program pad color assignment capabilities

Download and Learn More:"

Ensoniq EPS Classic Rack - Ambient Beats & Hip-Hop Synthetics

Published on Nov 12, 2015 TheDaydreamSound

"The Rack is pure class! The Ensoniq EPS Classic is such a stealthy sampler.

Visit: and pick up a copy of my albums, The Daydream Sound I, II, III & Apparel Sketches for Him & Her and the latest release Gold Revelation!"

Meet The Inventor of The Polivoks - 33rd Anniversary Campaign

Published on Nov 11, 2015 Андрей Старцев

"This is an official video for the Polivoks’ 33rd anniversary crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo.

Polivoks - Demo by its inventor Vladimir Kuzmin.

Published on Nov 11, 2015

"This is a demo of the famous Soviet synthesizer - Polivoks by its inventor, Vladimir Kuzmin. If you want to get an original CD, a t-shirt and a large poster signed by Vladimir Kuzmin and personalized with your name, contribute our champagne at Indiegogo."

"Thirty-three years ago in 1982, mass production began of Polivoks, the best Russian synthesizer ever. Today, Polivoks is very popular among musicians all over the world for its unique sound, reliability and great features. Many studios and great musicians use it for their work. Among them are Franz Ferdinand, Rammstein, Godfrap and many others.

Now we have started a crowdfunding campaign so we can release a CD celebrating Polivoks’ 33rd anniversary. It is a superb collection of unique tracks recorded by great musicians from many countries. Most of them were recorded especially for this CD. As a perk, you will get an original T-shirt and a large poster personally signed by Vladimir Kuzmin.

Some unknown facts about Polivoks:

Polivoks was manufactured at the “Vector” military plant from 1982 until 1991, a total of approximately 20,000 units.

The retail price was 600 rubels (around $850).

Polivoks was never exported from the USSR, and it achieved its popularity abroad only after the “Iron Curtain” came down.

One of colour variants of the synthesizer was supposed to be “khaki,” but it was never produced in this colour.

All the knobs on the front panel have dots marked with white paint.

The first batch of Polivoks have knobs occasionally marked with fluorescent white paint, which was used for military equipment.

They were not changed, so several Polivokses have knobs that glow in the dark."

Harmonic Tone Generator Exhibit Pics

Click here for some pics, in via Skot Wiedmann, of the debut of the Harmonic Tone Generator exhibit, at the Sousa Museum in Urbana-Champaign

Left: The original Harmonic Tone Generator.

via "The Sousa Archives acquired one of the earliest instruments that composed synthetic music, created by Professor Emeritus James Beauchamp in 1964.

Beauchamp's machine will be exhibited and preserved at the archives, accompanied by a recreated digital version created by ECE electronics services technician Mark Smart.

The instrument was used to compose some of the earliest compositions in electronic music, such as "Underworld" by Salvatore Martirano [embed below]. This type of music would evolve over the years into today's DJ scene."

You'll find articles about the exhibit at the following links:

Below: "Scott Schwartz, Mark Smart, and Jim Beauchamp with the original Harmonic Tone Generator at the Sousa Archives - University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign."

The Sal-Mar is pictured further below. You'll find previous posts including some video of it here.

"The SalMar Construction is displayed next to the Harmonic Tone Generator at the Sousa Archives - University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. What an exciting time in electronic music, with such cross disciplinary collaboration on these instruments and music."

Published on Nov 5, 2014 #SalvatoreMartirano

**Tangerine dream -Thief**

Published on Nov 12, 2015 graal7

Holland Synthesizer SM2014 Triple VCO Intro

Published on Nov 11, 2015 shirtgeek

"This is a quick intro to the Holland Synthesizer Model SM2014 Triple Voltage Controlled Oscillator."

This appears to be the first Holland Synthesizer post on the site. brings up an "Under Construction" site. I reached out to them and will report back with any info they'd like to share.  If you know anything about Holland Synthesizer, feel free to leave a comment or send it in. [Update2 2/4/16: The site is now live]

Update: some info in via Walter Holland aka shirtgeek: "The Holland Synth page is indeed under construction. Hopefully up in the next few months. Since all of our synths have been custom in the past, there was no need for a page. There is minimum info at engineer page."

Sevilla Soft MBC1 MIDI Breath Controller

Review del controlador de viento MBC1 de Sevilla Soft

Published on Nov 3, 2015 Hispasonic

MIDI breath controller by Sevilla Soft based in Spain. You'll find a write-up in Spanish on Hispasonic here (Googlish here).

The following is some info via Sevilla Soft translated into Googlish:

"MBC1 is a device designed for musicians who know the possibilities offered by today's technology, synths, DAWs, MIDI interface ... without sacrificing human contact with the instrument, a real expression, which ultimately gives meaning to the music . All those who play a wind instrument know we're talking about. Clearly, the best way to imitate the expression of a wind instrument in a virtual instrument is blowing, as if the real instrument in question.

MBC1 comes with all the necessary elements for integrated programming and operation, you will not need any additional software to configure your computer, or any driver for its operation, is recognized by any operating system.

Is made up of:
- 3-digit LED display.
- Indicator 10 LEDs 8 to monitor the air flow and the value of MIDI output. 2 Indicators: MIDI IN, MIDI OUT.
- Rotary knob with push light where everything on the menu is set.
- DIN MIDI input.
- DIN MIDI output.
- Port USB MIDI Class compliant.
- Sensor input. Here the tube supplying the air flow is connected."

Jarre's Oxygene Part 2 Sequenced on a Nord Lead A1

Published on Oct 30, 2015 Andy Ford

"Just a quick video to show how good the Nord Lead A1 sounds while playing Oxygene Part II. No external FX were used. Those that are used on each of the four parts use the A1's own on-board FX."

Rephazer Synth Covers & Sessions

Rephazer - Depeche Mode - Halo (To have and to change the landscape mix)
Rephazer - In my room (Live Yazoo/Yaz cover using Korg Volca Devices)
Rephazer - Too Pieces (Yazoo/Yaz Instrumental Cover) Featuring Korg Volca
Rephazer - Home Computer / Heimcomputer (Kraftwerk Cover Korg Volca)
Rephazer - Sounds Like A Melody (Bebot Nao Remix - Alphaville Cover) featuring Korg Volca Sample 2x
Rephazer - Dreams (Half-Life Remix featuring Korg Volca Sample X2, Keys, Bass)
Rephazer - SM Pro Audio V-Machine Sessions - Techno Set 1 (Reaktor 5, Samplelord, Silverbird Live)
Rephazer - SH-2T Happens + Aliens (Octatrack, Bass Station II, System-1, Sunvox, bs-16i)
Rephazer - Whispers from outer space (featuring Elektron Octatrack)

DiscoverClassics// Roland SH101 - Patchbook Part 1: 1 to 10

Published on Nov 12, 2015 DiscoverNoise

"DiscoverNoise 014-
DiscoverClassics 001-

First episode of the Roland SH101 patchbook presentation. Shown here are patches number 1 to 10. In total there are 4 videos.

Roland SH101 Patchbook:"

[gear demo] Koma Metasonix

Published on Nov 12, 2015 repeatle

Jomox XBase 999 Analog Drum Synthesizer

via this auction


via this auction

"VINTAGE, EXTREMELY RARE (IN FACT, ONE OF A KIND) MOOG TAURUS II RACK SYNTH. Carefully crafted/modded/racked by, with a beautifully crafted rack front panel, internal new power supply, internal MIDI input-to CV converter."

1984 Chroma Polaris Vintage Analog Synthesizer SN 300109

via this auction

"Here's a 1984 Chroma Polaris Vintage Analog Synthesizer. Synth is in excellent cosmetic condition for its age. Has brand new membrane panels so it's AS NEW. Only showing very light signs of use mostly on the wooden sides. It has been fully tested and inspected by a pro tech only a month ago and it's working flawlessly. Comes with original manual, sound tapes, 2 sustain pedals and power supply. Previous and original owner used it in his smoke-free studio. Never got out for a gig.

Great sounding analog machine in perfect condition. A rare find.

Serial number : 300109 Made in Japan"

Korg mono/poly keyboard synthesizer SN 471034

via this auction

Crumar Bit One SN BS / 00274

via this auction

Moog Source Analog Synthesizer SN 2903

via this auction

"Here is your opportunity to own a Moog Source monophonic analog synthesizer in very good condition. Unit looks nice and works great. Membrane switches look excellent and work perfectly. Dual VCO's with 24dB Moog filter produces earth shattering bass and searing leads at your fingertips. The Source is probably the closest sound you can get to a classic Minimoog D at a fraction of the cost of a Model D."

MOOG MINIMOOG MODEL D with Case & Mods SN 3925

via this auction

Note the ribbon controller on the side panel.

Recently tuned and calibrated in 2013 at The Analog Lab in NY. This is a late 70's Minimoog produced in either 1977 or 1978 based on serial #. This instrument is truly unique and features several modifications:

Tuning knobs for oscillators 2 & 3 have been replaced with military grade Vernier knobs which provide both coarse and fine tuning of the oscillators. Turning the knobs with no pressure provides fine tuning, while pushing in gently and turning will provide standard coarse tuning.

A dedicated LFO has been added for modulation purposes with selectable triangle and square waves! This LFO will oscillate at a maximum of 30 Hz for audio range modulation. Perhaps most importantly, the addition of this LFO frees up oscillator 3 for audio purposes.

A dedicated pot has been added to the mixer section for overdriving the filter.

A ribbon controller from a Polymoog has been added to the left side of the instrument to handle pitch bend. The pitch bend wheel itself is routed to filter cutoff. The idea behind this design was to allow the player to bend pitch, open and close the filter, and apply modulation simultaneously from the left hand control section.

On the back panel are CV ins on 3.5mm jacks. While these jacks look like they would be convenient for use in a eurorack modular system, please be aware that these accept +/- 15v signals!

Unit has a few minor nicks and dings in the wood casing, but is in overall excellent condition for an instrument that is nearly 40 years old. Of course, because this is a true analog instrument with discrete VCO's, it takes some time (at least 15-30 minutes) for it's tuning to stabilize . . . . but once it does, watch out! It's an absolute beast!

Includes hard shell flight case with padded interior. Serial Number 3925"

Sequential Circuits Prophet 10

via this auction

Rephazer - OP-1 REC #1 (Teenage Engineering OP-1)

Published on Nov 12, 2015 Rephazer

"Hi All,

So as I've already stated in my previous video (Battle for Harmony) I would upload some 'un-enhanced' OP-1 stuff and after jamming on my OP-1 yesterday evening I recorded these 2 tracks on the OP-1 'Recorder.'

Today I listened to the 2 tracks again and was thinking if I should give it the same 'treatment' as Battle for Harmony, but decided to leave the tracks as is.. so these are raw exported from the OP-1.

Maybe it's not the 'Rephazer Quality' you are expecting and it's a bit minimal, but I just like the lo-fi, noisy, 12-bit like, dark and cold tones out of this device.. It gives me the chills in a good way :)

I hope you'll also enjoy it !
I'll probably make more of these raw 'OP-1 Records' in the near future.

Thanks for listening/watching and please feel free to leave comments."

EMX Jungle DnB

Published on Nov 12, 2015 j j

"video maybe a tiny bit out of sync but its all there ..

Modulated Sine Oscillator

Published on Nov 12, 2015 Computing.Sound

"Expert Sleepers Disting in mode 4C, modulated via the FM Input (Y).

The various modulation sources go in to the A-152 Addressed Switch and the different steps are selected via the Korg SQ-1 (in random mode).

Spring reverb to sweeten it up a bit."

Spektro Audio Nucleation mk2 - Overview Video

Published on Nov 12, 2015 Spektro Audio

"Nucleation is a Max for Live device that combines wave-shaping and digital distortion. MK2 is a complete re-write and re-design which eliminates many friction points that existed in previous versions and includes many new features such as: on-the-fly waveform generation, advanced built-in editor, 2 new digital distortion algorithms, Drive (saturation), and 4X Oversampling mode.

Check out Nucleation MK2 at"

Kinetik Protean - 1st Test

Published on Nov 12, 2015 PaulLawlerMusic

"First few minutes with the Kinetik Laboratories Protean. All FX from Logic
You can purchase my Electronic Music albums from here :"

Make music anywhere with iMASCHINE 2

Published on Nov 12, 2015 Native Instruments

iTunes: iMaschine 2 - NATIVE INSTRUMENTS GmbH

"iMASCHINE 2 is the full-featured app for producing on the go with your iPhone or iPad. Watch LA-based producer TK Kayembe create an entire track in one day using iMASCHINE 2.

Create tracks on the go – whenever inspiration strikes. Fingerdrum your beats or lay them down quickly with the new Step Mode. Play always-in-key chords, melodies, and basslines with the Smart Play keyboard. Then, turn your loops and scenes into full tracks with the Arranger.

And you also get a vast, updated sound library, features for iPhones that support 3D Touch, and more.

Download iMASCHINE 2 from the App Store and start making music instantly – wherever you are"

iTunes: iMaschine 2 - NATIVE INSTRUMENTS GmbH

"***Get iMASCHINE 2 now for 50% off! Limited time introductory price. Ends December 1, 2015***

***Buy ULTIMATE COLLECTION now and get 36 iMASCHINE Expansions for the price of one. Limited time only. Ends December 1, 2015***


Produce tracks on the go with iMASCHINE 2 and share your creations with the world.


Create a beat on 16 pads with hundreds of professional sounds. Use the Smart Play keyboard to add melodies and basslines that are always in-key. Spice up your track with vocal and field recordings or sample directly from iTunes. Use Apple’s 3D Touch technology to optimize your workflow and get even more creative.

The Arranger in iMASCHINE 2 lets you turn your loops and scenes into full tracks with the swipe of a finger. Add parts quickly and easily. Change the color of your pads or groups to see your entire arrangement at a glance – rearranging and editing tracks on-the-go has never been quicker or easier.

Share your creations with the world by uploading them directly to Soundcloud. Or export your projects to the MASCHINE 2 software and continue working on them in the studio with your full MASCHINE hardware setup.


- Use 16 pads for real-time drum sequencing on your iOS device
- Quickly create beats without finger drumming using Step Mode
- Use the Arranger to structure your track by adding, moving, and deleting different patterns on the fly
- Play always-in-key melodies and basslines by combining Chord, Scale, and Arpeggiator features with the Smart Play keyboard
- Use Note Repeat in Keyboard and Drum Pad Modes to create rolls, fills, and fast note attacks with note ranges from 1/4 notes to 1/32 notes
- Better organize your sounds using multi-colored pads and groups
- Optimize your workflow using Quick Actions with Apple 3D Touch for app and pad shortcuts*
- Control the velocity or rate of note repeat depending on how hard you press the screen using 3D Touch*
- Capture vocals, field recordings, or any audio from the microphone on your iOS device
- Sample directly from your iTunes library
- Mix your sounds and choose from professional audio effects
- Open your existing iMASCHINE projects effortlessly in iMASCHINE 2
- Start building tracks immediately with the included extended iMASCHINE 2 library, featuring over 300 MB of content: 19 projects, 38 drum kits and over 750 samples
- Choose from a huge collection of additional drum kits, projects and instrument sounds from top sound designers and renowned artists with iMASCHINE Expansions – available at the In-App Expansions Store
- No matter which iOS device you use, iMASCHINE adapts to your screen size – a compact workflow for iPhone and an optimized iPad workflow for two-handed groove production
- Learn how to use the app and discover helpful tricks with the New Features Notification function
- Export your mix as an audio file or directly upload it to SoundCloud and share it with the world
- Export your project (including samples) to MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO. Projects exported to MASCHINE support multiple Scenes as well as Pad and Group colors.
- Universal App. Purchase the app and iMASCHINE Expansions once and use them on all iOS devices registered to that iTunes account

*iPhone 6s and 6s Plus only


Requires iOS 8.0 or higher.


iMASCHINE is based on MASCHINE – the renowned groove production system from Native Instruments, used by professional producers all around the world. MASCHINE is available in three different hardware versions: MASCHINE STUDIO, MASCHINE, and MASCHINE MIKRO. All come with the same cutting-edge software including professional sound library, drum synths and melodic synthesizers, and effects. The software also features a cutting-edge sampler, mixer, clip-based arranger, and visual browser."

Patchení s Nikol (Linear vs Exponential)

Published on Nov 12, 2015 Bastl Instruments

"V dnešní díle Nikol objasní rozdíl mezi lineárním a exponenciálním průběhem v moduláru.

ENG: In this episode Nikol will explain the difference between linear and exponential in modular."

Euterpe Synthesizers VERTICE Analog Filterbank - Sawtooth juice

Published on Nov 12, 2015 Euterpe Synthesizers

"Synthesis recipe: Perfect Sawtooth Juice."

Moog Minimoog vs. Formanta Polivoks Synthesizer - sound battle

Published on Nov 12, 2015 RetroSound

"(c) 2015 vintage synthesizer demo by RetroSound

the battle ;)
Moog Minimoog (USA 1978) vs. Formanta Polivoks (USSR 1982)

The Polivoks is no Minimoog copy!
The MM has three VCOs and the PV two of them. The PV has a lowpass and a bandpass filter, loop envelopes, auto trigger, a LFO with different waveforms and a lot more features.

This demo video only show the character of the two synths with near indentical sound programs.
I used not VCO3 in the Minimoog and not the bandpass filter in the Polivoks.

Both are fantastic synths with unique sound character."

Meng Qi interview 孟奇訪問 Beijing Modular Synth Specialist

Published on Nov 12, 2015 ED電音頻道 E.D.Music Channel

Hosts: Timmy Lok, Side Tam, Leaf Yip
©E.D.Music Co.
Special thanks: Meng Qi

Machinery of Dusk

Published on Nov 12, 2015 voltlife

"An ambient modular improvisation at twilight.

Main sequence: Turing Machine Voltages→ A156 → A143-4 square → A124 Wasp Filter BP → VCA with short Maths envelope → Demora (tempo synced, with width, hold and feedback modulated).

Ambient pads: Tri wave from same A143-4 VCO → uFold II → Clouds (with heavy reverb and panning, and density modulated).

Percussion: Kick drum (Function envelope → self-oscillating uVCF) and hi-hat-like noises (white noise → Pittsburgh Filter notch → Optomix) into Erbe Verb. Drums sequenced by Verbos Voltage Multistage, A160/161/166/Branches/Turing Machine Pulses.

Various other modulation and rhythmic variation courtesy of: A149-1, PEG, ViLFO, VCBEND, uLFO, Elby Slope Detector"


via this auction

Touch interface bubble dome case not included:










NOTE: Glass display in photo 2&3 was never included!

This is the first realisation of a device with Resonant Neuron Synthesis, called the "Resonator Neuronium".

The new paradigmas of the 21 century are called complexity, order from chaos, self organisation of complex systems, networking and cooperation. From a certain complexity onwards a system is not even the sum total of its parts but a greater whole which shows totally new attributes than its sub structures.

The Resonator Neuronium has 6 analog resonant neurons. The net parameters can be programmed by the lefthand structure in form of a hexagon by use of knobs, buttons and LEDs.

We have 6 neurons with 6x6 = 36 net connections for one parameter. In order that summation and FM is connected, we have 2x36 = 72 net connections with individual pots for each node.

Net Programming

The rotary knobs are touch-sensitive and allow the net links by a simple touch of the metal coated knobs. The intensities of "wi" or amounts are then displayed and edited by turning the respective knob of the receiving neuron. For better understanding, the routed net connection is displayed as a matrix-LED and displayed in the LCD as Tx (transmitter) -> Rx (receiver) value. If you have a summing net connection, LEDs light up green, with FM connections LEDs light up red.


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