MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

2004 Kurzweil VA1 Musikmesse Video Demos

Published on Nov 16, 2015 matrixsynth

A collection of short demos of the original Kurzweil VA1 hardware keyboard synthesizer at the 2004 Musikmesse. The synthesizer never made it into production. The engine instead made it into the PC3X.

See this post from 2005 for pics & details on the Kurzweil VA1. Scroll down when you get there.

Chill Live Acid TB-303

Published on Nov 16, 2015 Kevin Polzer

"16112015 Analog Diary"

MFB SYNTH LITE II SN 08545 with Mods

via this auction

"This unit has white noise on/off switch and noise balance knob MOD. If you turn off the white noise switch, the unit going to be original setting."

Macro Machines Omnimod Eurorack Module

Published on Nov 14, 2015 Macro Machines

via Macro Machines

"limited edition preorder ships early 2016
Macro Machines presents an incredibly versatile new addition in the world of eurorack modules. The Omnimod will make a powerful new ally in your adventures through the universe of sound. Omni means all, and mod stands for modulation of control voltage.

Create unique new combinations of envelopes, LFOs and step sequences quickly and easily with the simple and intuitive waveform design interface. Centered around a crisp, high contrast OLED screen, the Omnimod provides vivid visual feedback for precise editing, as well as a scope mode to aid in configuring the inputs. This allows for deep, yet intuitive control over complex modulation sequencing. Endless possibilities become child’s play.

Once you have sculpted the perfect waveforms, you can store them for later, and recall them at any time in the future. You can also use the Macro Machines Storage Strip to allow multiple modules on the same power bus line to store and recall their settings at the same time, creating something never before possible in eurorack, instantaneous system wide storage and recall of entirely different configurations.

The Omnimod features:

– 4 powerful channels of LFOs, Step Sequencing, Envelope Generation and Envelope Following, in limitless combinations.
– user friendly interface with intuitive visual feedback.
– an oscilloscope mode to visualize input signals: fine tune the extraction of triggers, select different modes, and smooth or scale envelope following.
– full storage and recall of all parameters automagically before power cycling,
– user definable waves for reusing complex individual channel settings.
– 64 storable, recallable, sequence-able, and randomize-able presets
– only 14HP wide, packs loads of useful possibilities in a small space.
Located atop the beautiful OLED screen, there are four (4) inputs and four (4) outputs using the highest quality 1/8th inch jacks and four (4) eye catching white LED buttons that continually fade to show the output of each of the 4 channels. Below the screen are two encoders, the left encoder is stepped for parameter and point selection and the right encoder allows smooth parameter editing. This simple and quick to grasp control scheme will have you mastering this module quickly, manipulating and sculpting your own unique waveforms.

Settings are automatically saved between power cycles to easily resume where you left off. If used on the same power bus board as a Macro Machines “Storage Strip” module, several banks of settings can be stored, recalled and sequenced to allow even more possibilities from studio to stage.

The Concept:

Macro Machines first product, the Storage Strip realizes an entirely new method for complete patch storage and recall using the standard eurorack power bus board. When used in tandem with their second product, the Dynamic Destiny dual 4 to 1 switch router, entirely different patch cable routings can be saved and sequenced. You can, for example, create one setting with a deep analogue sub oscillator routed through a lowpass filter, and instantly switch this to be a complex high pitch FM oscillator through a spring reverb. This gives owners a new possibility to refine and explore vastly different sounds and come back to them in an instant.

Adding the Macro Machines Omnimod to the Storage Strip and Dynamic Destiny, the user could design an entire group of different settings using any modules they currenty have, and come back to them, refine, record different takes, perform and jam with quickly accessible, reliable start points."

Yamaha DX1 SN 1176

via this auction

via the seller: "People will go on and on about how the engine of a DX1 is two DX7s. This does not ring true to me. There are so many components and circuit boards inside the DX1 compared to the bare bones set up of a DX7. They may say how a FS1R can do more. This maybe true and they are cool units but the output sounds buzzy and shrill comparatively, plus scrolling through menu after menu is not fun. There is something about the "Rolls Royce" quality of the DX1, plus the sound, plus the interface that makes it really special. This of course is all my opinion. I can say I have compared the sound of the Yamaha DX5 and Mk1 DX-7(sold one of each on ebay and received positive feedback for both) and while they both sound nice the DX1 blows them away in just the weight and warmth of the sound. Comparing a DX1 to other FM synths is like comparing a Fairlight CMI to an Akai sampler. The Akai wins on paper but you don't play paper. Again, all the machines I mentioned are great and have their place. I just think the DX1 is extra special.

They only made 140 of these. My guess is only 75-100 remain in good functioning condition. This one looks and functions excellently. As you can see from the pictures it looks sharp. It has NO smoky, musty, or unpleasant smell. It does have a few minor cosmetic flaws that I have shown in the photos keeping it from being "perfect". It has a few flaws in the wood that are not very noticeable because they blend in with the rustic grain and texture of the REAL Brazilian Rosewood, but they are there and you can see them if you look for them. Overall this is a well taken care of DX1 with a small amount of wear, it is in far better shape than many other DX1 instruments I have seen. It has always been stored in a climate controlled environment. You will not be disappointed..."

Audio Damage Odio and IOS Apps: Ep4 - Amazing Noises Reverb

Published on Nov 16, 2015 Synth Anatomy

"In this video, I connected my iPad with the Reverb - Feedback Delay Network App to the Audio Damage Odio Module. I want to show you how easy IOS Effects integrates into EuroRack Modular Synthesizers.

Odio is a 2-in 2-out USB audio interface that runs at modular audio levels, designed primarily for use with iOS devices such as the iPad and iPhone. Easily integrate iPad effects and instruments in to your modular rig for live performance or sketchpad recording, or use a Microsoft Surface Pro or netbook and a simple host to use VST plug-in effects as inserts in your modular."

PPG WAVE 2 (NOT 2.2 or 2.3!) digital-analog hybrid synthesizer vs Darth Digital

Published on Nov 16, 2015 NoiselabCH

"Here comes the first PPG WAVE on the market, the PPG Wave 2.

A fantastic digital-analog hybrid using wavetable synthesis for the OSC section and analog filters, envelopes and amps.

Only 8-OSCs instead of 16 in the 2.2 and 2.3. 8bit in the Wave 2 and 2.2, 12bit in the 2.3. 8-track sequencer onboard along with a arpegator. CEM 3320 VCFs for the 2 against SSM 2044 in the later ones.

This unit however has 2 issues:
- 2 faulty VCA's (I guess)
- a horrible keyboard nearly unplayable

This unit has no retrofit, so I'm using an arpeggio and mostly long release times to hide the distorted VCAs or try to use it as an effect.

So no deep exploring here - but this lovely synthesizer has something hypnotic and sounds rarely especially digital, more than that it's warm and organic.

Be the waveforce with you..."

Yamaha CS01 Mark II Analogue Synth SN 1272 with Original Box

via this auction

"A stunning example of the ultra-rare mark 2. Clean inside and out. No crackles, clean battery bay, no missing sliders or keys. Original box, polystyrene, manual. A genuine collectable."

Something's Coming

Something's Coming from Bright Sparks on Vimeo.

New synthesizer documentary? Some amazing synth spotting in this one.

Jomox ModBase 09

Published on Nov 16, 2015 MrRostislove

"Here I tried to squeeze all possible kicks from this really versatile module. Still I think though it lacks some hammer steel like punch and zappy kicks, even with external pitch modulation. Anyway if this is not what you are after, jomox is your ultimate kick machine :)
0-9 are root note D, 10-20 are A"

Electro Lobotomy SAL+ processing bass guitar 1

Published on Nov 16, 2015 electro lobotomy

Update: two new videos added below.

"Bass guitar into the frequency divider on the Sonic Architecture Lab +
The SAL+ will soon be listed in my etsy shop..."

Novation Launches Live in Berlin Contest

via Novation Music

"Perform Live in Berlin.

All Expenses Paid.

You In?

We’re giving one lucky person the electronic music experience of a lifetime.

Click here to answer a question, and it could be you.

An intensive week-long Ableton Live production and performance course with hello LIVE.
All the latest gear, expert trainers, unique workshops, Artist masterclasses and your own private apartment in the quirkiest district of Berlin.
Perform your own music live in a popular club in Berlin.


100 runners up will receive an online Ableton Live production course from Producertech.
Everybody who enters will receive a Loopmasters sample pack and an Ableton Live performance tutorial video.
For more information and full Terms and Conditions, please click here."

Black Cat Goes Modular With Monster K-Fuzz Eurorack Module

Published on Nov 13, 2015 BlackCatPedals

"Black Cat announces debut Eurorack synth product
Black Cat Pedals is pleased to announce its first product for the Eurorack modular synth market - the Monster K-Fuzz module.

The Black Cat Monster K-Fuzz Eurorack module processes audio signals through a modified vintage fuzz circuit to create an array of harmonically complex tones and textures.

The brainchild of vintage synth collector Tom Hughes, the Monster K-Fuzz module has been adapted and optimized specifically for use with modular synthesizers.

In this context, the Monster K-Fuzz functions as a cross between a VCF and a wave shaper. The upper octave fuzz circuitry creates distinct overtones that traditional filters are not capable of. And even when fully overdriven, the Monster K-Fuzz sounds organic and warm - just what you'd expect from a great vintage fuzz.

Monster K-Fuzz module features:

* Variable controls for Saturation and Frequency
* 3-position selector switches for Clipping and Voicing
* Two separate Voltage Control Inputs
* Durable metalphoto finish 6HP panel
* Premium quality through-hole components
* Hand-built in the USA

The new Black Cat Monster K-Fuzz Eurorack synth module retails for $150. Check out for further information about the company and their products."

1983 Roland Catalog

You'll find the rest at techsmechs.

-CALC- Novation Circuit performance through the Strymon Deco

Published on Nov 16, 2015 -CALC-

"A Circuit only performance run through the superb Strymon Deco.

This idea originally came from a piano riff, moved to a (borrowed) Roland JX3P, got recorded to cassette and then programmed onto the Circuit.
The Strymon Deco arrived today after continuously staying in my sights for a year or so and I'm not disappointed. It has a bit of a magical feel, especially on the switch-held Tape Flange effect.
It's also a great master effect for Circuit."

VOLTLIFE: Roland Aira patch automation

Published on Nov 15, 2015 voltlife

"Using a sample player module (Music Thing Modular's Radio Music) driven by a sequencer to automatically change the custom patches on Roland's Aira modules (Demora, in this case)."

VBrazil Systems - Some Disturbed Sound Experiences

Published on Mar 12, 2015 Vinicius Brazil

"Aether System One - Modular Synthesizer Composition

VBrazil Systems"

Giron -Giants causeway extract

Published on Nov 16, 2015 Giron

Gear: Vermona Perfourmer, Doepfer schaltwerk, SCI Sixtrak, Microbrute, Streichfett, Microsampler (mellotron libraries), Monotribe, small stone, reel echo.

"Adelanto del nuevo disco de Giron -Stones- que estara disponible el 23/11/2015, ya puedes reservar tu copia en
Preview of the new cd of Giron -Stones- it will be avaible on 23/11/2015, you can preorder it at"

Vermona Perfourmer MKii

via this auction

STARKEY Hearing Science SN 8109004

via this auction

Note this was listed back in 2013 here. The new listing comes in directly via the seller.

Vintage BUCHLA 200 Original Rogan Knob Set

via this auction

"BUCHLA 200 vintage original Rogan knobs

Used items and in near mint conditions, very very rare!

65 blue (various modules)

3 Red big model"

1978 KORG MS-20 with Patch Sheet Overlay SN 141317

via this auction

KORG SQ-10 Vintage Snalog Step Sequencer SN 152511

via this auction

"just recapped with a very useful double channel A-B-C voltage outputs."

MOOG Sonic Six 2-Voice 49-Key Analog Suitcase Synthesizer

via this auction

TECHNICS SY 1010 Vintage Japanese Analog Mono Synthesizer CA7J25A058

via this auction

"TECHNICS SY 1010 Vintage Japanese Analog Monosynth

In good working condition, all functions working well. All keys / sliders / knobs working well with no issues. In good cosmetic condition but does have yellowing of the keyboard and some marks and scratches here and there."

YAMAHA CS01 SN 28511 with Original Gig Bag

via this auction

Oberheim Xpander Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Twisted Electrons THERAPSID

via this auction

"In perfect shape with all the knobs buttons and jacks in the same shape as when I bought it new. Comes with upgraded Make Noise style knobs as the originals were slick. Best hands on Commodore 64 chip tune synth available. Comes with synth, power supply, upgraded and original knobs.

SID under full control

Named after a vicious dinosaur, its sound is no less aggressive.
TherapSid has evolved to create roaring noises that will cut through your mix like razor-sharp claws through a mammoth steak.
So why do you need another synth, since they already take 90% of the space in your room and your significant other keeps complaining about it?

Well, what sets TherapSid apart from other SID based synths is its focus on control. Instead of getting confused by lcds and damaging your eyesight trying to read tiny sub menu fonts, this instrument features no less than 35 knobs and 31 buttons to give you full power over your sound.

However, TherapSid also has it’s own iPad app allowing touchscreen control.

As with all our boutique instruments, TherapSid is lovingly handcrafted in the south of France and features a backlit front panel, walnut side-panels and comes with 100 presets to get you started. You can assign LFOs to knobs with one push of a button or sequence “snapshots” of knob positions using the flexible 16 step sequencer, enough to keep you busy until the next ice age.

TherapSid is available either with pre-installed and tested 6581 or without SID (if you already have your own)."

ROLAND TR-909 SN 392697

via this auction

Mini Roland System-100m

via this auction

module 110 110 140 and 190 rack

SNs 061257, 750366, & 760330?


"(c) vintage synthesizer demo track by RetroSound
all sounds: ARP ODYSSEY Analog Synthesizer (1978)
drums: LinnDrum (1982)
recording: multi-track without MIDI
sequencing: Doepfer Dark Time"

Polyphonic instrument revisit

Published on Nov 16, 2015 organfairy

"Some years ago I made this polyphonic one octave instrument. However, it annoyed me slightly that it was a sort of stand-alone unit instead of being a system.

But last summer I found some plastic cases the same size and design as the polyphonic instrument. So now I will make a system centered around the existing instrument.

First I will build a dedicated power supply and amplifier. I will also have to make a little change to the instrument itself in order to have it controlling the EG and VCF that I will build later - actually I have build it, I just need to put the video together.

The music is something I made on the Technics SX-C600 organ."


Published on Nov 16, 2015 Peter B

Audio starts on left channel only. Peter B is the man behind ciat-lonbarde. I created a new Tocante channel for these. Click through for previous posts.

"Demonstrating three new Tocante instruments: Bass Thyris, Bass Bistab, and Karper, which is parallel microchips doing string synthesis in the Tocante scale."

Some additional info via Tocante:

"Zenert is a simple name, deriving from the source of its noise, a zener diode, and the spectral flavoring applied by a simple resonant circuit, the twin-t. Its operation diverges from the previous Tocante pieces, where finger-touch simply connected oscillator outputs to an amplifier. In Zenert, finger-touch injects the zener noise into the inputs of the flavoring circuits. So instead of a number of discrete symbols at its rim, Zenert has a band of copper tracing, scripted to mimic the waveform of noise. The inner nodes, for circuit bending on Thyris, Bistab and Phashi, are now the injection points for each resonance. The resonators on Zenert share the same tuning-by-capacitor scheme, establishing continuity with the previous ones. Thus Tocante shares a two-faced nature with its nemesis, Ieaskul F. Mobenthey; looking backward to previous designs for the general framework and manifesto, but looking forward to new ways to break out of the mold.

The Tocante line of musical instruments is "about" and "touching" the materials of electronics. Each touchpad represents a pitch according to industry "preferred numbers," chosen by old wartime engineers for non-musical purposes. Here they form a unique and haunting musical scale, not unlike that of a gamelan or the neutral intervals of Persian music. Beyond these base pitches, three golden sandrodes flank each touchpad; touching these androgynous nodes yields intermodulation, pitch and timbral shifts, and emergent chaotic masses. The instruments come in three flavors: thyris the triangle, bistab the square, and phashi the circle. The oscillators sound like a bowed string, a most powerful clarinet, and a howling serene whistle, respectively. Each responds to touch differently. Solar panels charge the onboard batteries, that power the oscillators and a speaker. They are the perfect self-contained instrument for nightly music at the campground."

Mutable Instruments Warps, cryptic unboxing, random demo & rabbit fun

Published on Nov 16, 2015 DavidH

Audio demo comes in at 1:51.

"Just a quick stupid demo to reveal the potential.
What a module ! The big knob just fades between various cross modes of two signals, this could be a game changer, just because of that !
Will probably make an experienced demo later :)
get the noise @ 01:50 thanks
Not sure if Rosie was not a little bit overloaded, sorry."

music easel - transformer - strymon

Published on Nov 16, 2015 peff .com

"just a test. planning to mod the easel case with an internal DI transformer."

Sputnik Modular Dual Oscillator Review

Published on Nov 16, 2015 sonicstate

"The Sputnik Dual Oscillator is their take on a classic complex oscillator design pioneered by Don Buchla. It is best to think of a dual oscillator as one part modulator and one part carrier."

Modular Synth - And Float Downstream...

Published on Nov 16, 2015 isvisible / isinvisible

"Working on a new track.
Just got myself an Akemie's Castle from ALM Busy Circuits, and after the customary throw everything at it and get mad noises from it phase, I thought I'd just try out a simple patch in Chord mode with no modulation whatsoever and feed two cv sources from the Turing Machine to the v/oct inputs.
The result... lovely textures and tones. - melodic - less melodic"

#gearporn in studio ZWEI / @lsb_TV - liquid sky berlin w/ bastl instruments & error instruments

Published on Nov 16, 2015 lsb_TV

"just some gear from bastl instruments & error instruments & roland aira....
in studio ZWEI @ liquid sk berlin
music: dr walker"

See the bastl instruments & error instruments channels below for more.

Akai MPC 500, DSI Mopho keyboard, Moog Slim Phatty & Korg Electribe 2

Published on Nov 16, 2015 Marcus Padrini

"Using the MPC 500 as a MIDI sequencer for my synths. It works really nice!

Mopho Keyboard: lead (with Zoom MS70 CDR for delay, chorus and reverb)
Moog Slim Phatty: bass
Roland Gaia: synth pad
Korg Electribe 2: Drums

Usando o MPC 500 como sequenciador MIDI para os meus sintetizadores. Funciona muito bem!

Mopho Keyboard: lead (com o Zoom MS70 CDR para delay, chorus e reverb)
Moog Slim Phatty: baixo
Roland Gaia: synth pad
Korg Electribe 2: bateria"

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-12 PO-14 PO-16 Synchronization

Published on Nov 16, 2015 weltron2010

"Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-12 PO-14 PO-16 を同期させて即興演奏してみました。"

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