MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

RIP Dennis Colin, Co-Designer of the ARP 2600 & the Aries Modular

Some sad news in via Grant of Music Technologies Group. It has come to his attention that Dennis Colin of ARP and Aires fame has passed away. There is a GoFundMe page set up to help his daughter with the funeral and travel costs. Click through for details.

Dennis Colin not only designed the ARP 2600 with Alan R. Pearlman, he also built the Aries Modular (see this post and this post for reference), and he later ran Colin Electronics.

The image to the left is from an article in Guitar World from this year, back on February 9. The following is a short excerpt:

"The short story goes like this: Dennis spent several years at the ARP company, creating the 2600 and other strange instruments. Eventually the company changed hands and he moved on to other work away from music.

Years after retiring, Dennis now lives alone in a small house somewhere in New England. He recently lost his wife and has been having a rough time. A chance meeting between his daughter and my guitar-building buddy, Ben "C.B. Gitty" Baker, led to my eventual visit to his house. I stood on his doorstep feeling like Ralphie about to meet Santa Claus.

A frail man at 71, Dennis has sharp mind of a teenager. Although he left ARP Synthesizers many years ago, he never left music and he enthusiastically showed me his secret lab upstairs in the house. There were oscilloscopes, strange strobe lights, a homemade 500-watt amp (!) and model airplanes scattered about. The dude lights his cigarettes from a Tesla coil! When he talked about music, he referenced everything from da Vinci to string theory.

Forget Ralphie...I was in the inner-sanctum of the musical Willie Wonka!"

A great man behind some great synths. He will be remembered. Be sure to see the GoFundMe page.

Update: Memorial Service to Be Held at the MIT Chapel on Friday, December 18th at 1PM.


via this auction

"The Rogue Vintage Analog Synthesizer. Everything works the way it should, no issues whatsoever. The keyboard has beenprofessionaly servised, black foam removed and everything properly cleaned. All sliders has been taken a part, clean and assembled. Everything is a factory spects. Great clean synthesizer, ready to serve you for many years to come. Comes with power adapted, upgrated, because the original one known as a owerheating part."


via this auction

Always loved the waterfall keys on these.

via the seller:

"By far one of the toughest sounding bass synthesizers, with 2 VCOs and 1 massive sounding sub oscillator.
5 different wave forms, auto-bend, LFO with sine, square and sample hold.
Resonant filter, self-oscillation lowpass filter, mod by e.g, external audio in and some much more!
It has CV gate in and output.
The synth is in full working order and sounds amazing."

Hawkeye - Hardware Synthetic (live Alesis Andromeda vs E-MU ESI 4000)

Published on Nov 23, 2015 Maelstroem3

"A new synthpop voyage featuring...

* MBSEQ V4 for live sequencing
* Alesis Andromeda (retro bass)
* Yamaha FS1r (popcorn-style lead)
* Kawai K5000r (secondary lead)
* Moog Little Phatty through Polivoks VCF (deep bass)
* E-MU ESI 4000 (sequenced drums)

...directly recorded live from the bare metal - no DAW was abused! :-)

Hope you enjoyed it!
Many greets and thanks for watching and listening!
Hawkeye/Maelstroem Records"

GEETA DAYAL "Signal and Noise: A Brief History of Electronic Music" :: watsON? NOISE 2013

Published on Jan 31, 2014 The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry

Missed this one from 2014. Title of the post says it all. Fascinating bit of history that lead to our world of synthesizers. Enjoy.

You can find her website at

"Project Page ::

Geeta Dayal is an arts critic and journalist who has been covering the intersections between sound, culture, and technology for a decade. She has written hundreds of articles and reviews for major publications, including Wired, Frieze, Cabinet, The Wire, The Village Voice, Bookforum, The New York Times, Print, and many more. Her first book, Another Green World, on the musician Brian Eno, was published by Continuum in 2009. Her essays appear in several anthologies on music, including The New Grove Dictionary of Music (Oxford, 2013), Loops (Faber, 2009), The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson (Zer0, 2009), The Pitchfork 500 (Simon & Schuster, 2008) and Marooned (Da Capo, 2007). She is a recent recipient of a major grant from Creative Capital / The Andy Warhol Foundation in the Arts Writers Program. She holds two undergraduate degrees from MIT (2001) and a master's degree from Columbia (2003). She is currently based in San Francisco, and is at work on a new book, on sound and technology in the 1950s.

The watsON? NOISE Festival 2013 - Curated by Golan Levin and Spike Wolff
'Ancient life was all silence.... with the invention of the machine, Noise was born.' -- Luigi Russolo, 'L'Arte dei rumori'
Noise continually surrounds us, from white static to violent intensity. We are absorbed into, embraced by, and assaulted with sound. Vibrating through our bodies, we capitulate as it engulfs us and permeates our psyche. In the still of its quiet absence and the thrill of its deafening roar, the force of sound is a constant. wats:ON? 2013 explores the realm of noise through a variety of analog, digital, and apparatus enhanced sound-music performances. Noise asks you to surrender to the possibility of the rush of the sublime.

The Jill Watson Festival Across the Arts (wats:ON?) was created to honor the life of Jill Watson, whose interest in the arts inspired others through her work and her teaching. The festival celebrates Jill's commitment to an interdisciplinary philosophy as an artist and celebrates her accomplishments and reputation as an architect. Jill Watson was a Carnegie Mellon University alumna, adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture, and acclaimed Pittsburgh architect who died in the TWA Flight 800 plane crash on July 17, 1996.
The wats:ON? Festival is made possible by the generous support of the JILL WATSON FAMILY FOUNDATION.

This lecture is co-hosted by The wats:ON? Festival and CMU HCII Human Computer Interaction Institute, with support from :


Follow-up to this post. Red Martian's cover of The Cure's Charlotte Sometimes is now available as a free download on Bandcamp. Every synth sound you hear on the track is the Rev 1 Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 which featured SSM based filters vs. the CEM filters found in the later Rev 3. All drums are the Roland TR-626. For guitar and bass the track features a Rickenbacker bass and Fender Jazzmaster, which was Robert Smith's guitar of choice throughout his early career.

via @sdf_pubnix

"Red Martian - Charlotte Sometimes free download #indie #music #musicmonday"

gear used: Rickenbacker bass, Fender Jazzmaster, Prophet-5 rev 1 and TR-626.

New Harvestman Eurorack Sequencer in the Works

So that's what Scott had in his system. Click through for the video.

"The Harvestman shared this sneak preview of their upcoming sequencer module – relaxing at Sweeney’s Bar in Dublin."

via synthtopia

Fanfare: Yamaha DX7 II, Moog Sub 37 & Korg Gadget for iPad

Published on Nov 23, 2015 Marcus Padrini

"Analog, digital and virtual :) A synth jam with Yamaha DX7II, Moog Sub 37 and Korg Gadget for iPad [iTunes].

Fx: TC-Helicon Voice Live GTX (chorus and reverb for the DX7 II) and Zoom MS70 CDR (chorus, reverb and delay for the Sub 37)."

Funny, I don't think I ever thought the intro is reminiscent of Dr. Who until now. Was it on purpose or just coincidence?

And the original with the mighty Yamaha GX1 (the Dr. Who riff is less obvious with everything else going on but it's there):

ELP Fanfare For The Common Man - Emerson Lake and Palmer

Uploaded on Feb 7, 2010 Igorravasi

Doctor Who Themes (All of Them)

Uploaded on Aug 29, 2011 bhssinger3

"Here are all of the the themes from Doctor Who, from 1963-2010. That is every single official theme song for the series!"

Mutable Instruments - Warps

Published on Nov 23, 2015 DivKidMusic

"Put your feet up and grab a drink and join me for around 28 minutes of Warps from Mutable Instruments! It's a longer video than usual but I wanted to really dive into each mode and go through what's going on while also reverting back to the crossfader mode to show you the input signals and sequences used. There's also the internal oscillator, some through zero FM and a bit of a jam at the end with plenty of modulation. All the timings for the video sections are indexed below and will work as links so click them to go through and check out the bits you want ... AFTER watching the full thing of course! :)

00:04 Features
01:12 Crossfader
02:46 Crossfolder
05:32 Diode Ring Modulator
07:51 Digital Ring Modulator
09:56 Exclusive Or Modulation (XOR)
13:56 Comparison & Rectification
15:53 Feature Run Down (with modulation)
17:12 Vocoder
23:51 Internal Oscillator
25:01 Through Zero FM (of the internal oscillator)
25:47 Lightshow / Ambient Jam"

DX5 Playing Depeche Mode "Nothing" (new version)

Published on Nov 23, 2015 DX5

"Updated version. Gear used: Emu Emax (I and II), Kurzweil PC1x, Pad to Midi converter.
Backtrack recorded and sequenced on Pro Tools.
This is the first take, therefore some mistakes can be found :)

Composed by Martin L. Gore."

ARP ODYSSEY: Make Worlds.

Published on Nov 23, 2015 ARP

"Your next musical voyage starts here. The legendary ARP ODYSSEY is back in all of its analog glory. The new ARP ODYSSEY offers the same distinctive, versatile and lush sound from one of the most sought-after vintage analog instruments in this – or any other - world."

Studio Electronics SE-1 Monophonic Synthesizer

via this auction

Arp Odyssey Mk 1 2800

via this auction

"Completely refurbished 1973 Odyssey Mk 1 2800 with 4023 filter. Versatile built in NEA aftertouch module($1200 installed) added.Extensive reconditioning( 30 hrs) includes the following:
Keyboard bus bars replaced
Rubber key bushings replaced
Power supply replaced with new Power One linear PSU
Old power chord replaced
All sliders removed , cleaned, polished, rebuilt. All bad carbon traces replaced.
All polarized capacitors replaced
All op amps and CMOS 4011 ICs replaced
Both VCOs completely rebuilt
Decoupling capacitors added to eliminate bleed from VCOs and S&H mixer on oscillator boards
Unit tuned and calibrated
Aftertouch sensor added to keybed
Aftertouch electronics added to panel
Switch routing Aftertouch LFO to S&H clock installed
ADSR and LFO single/multi-trigger mod added.
External audio input to the filter

Aftertouch can be routed to VCO1, VCO2,VCF, and VCA using front panel controls. Aftertouch mod also has its own triangle and square LFO .The switch added to the left of the keyboard allows the sample and hold clock speed to be modulated by Aftertouch. There is also a single/ dual trigger switch installed above the noise generator for the ADSR envelope which disables the retriggerring of the LFO(LFO free run)."

MFB Dominion 1 - checking out presetlist sounds from 33 up to 64 (1080p)

Published on Nov 23, 2015 REWO_Channel

"These are the second set of 32 sounds of the 128 of the magnificent MFB Dominion 1 analogue synthesizer. Banks 05 to 08. Each bank has 8 sounds. While playing these sounds, I also turned some knobs :-)"

Added to part 1 here.

Deep Forest Ft. Oyme - Oyme's Song (EVO DEVO)

Published on Nov 23, 2015 Deep Forest

Buchla & eurorack modular, Waldorf Wave, Alesis Andromeda A6 & more synth spotting.

Update: you can pre-order the upcoming album alongside limited edition merchandise and special experiences by Deep Forest here.

The Thingamagoop 3000 - First Look

Published on Nov 22, 2015 Bleep Labs

"The Thingamagoop 3000 is a light controlled synthesizer, effect, and noise friend.
After years of development, the next Thingamgoop is here with all new sounds and effects modes."

Tech Will Save Us Salutes Kraftwerk

Published on Nov 21, 2015 Technology Will Save Us

"The Godfathers of Electronic Music, Kraftwerk + DIY Synth Kit + Awesome kids = Future Inventors

Inspire your future musicians this Christmas, whether they’re just dabblers or composers. Understand how to put your synth together and then create your next track with our DIY Synth Kit. Put together 3 Synths in one; Atari Punk, Dub Siren and Stutter!

All music created with the Tech Will Save Us DIY Synth Kit.

Technology Will Save Us make DIY Kits to spark creative imagination.

Useful Links:
Build your DIY Synth
Buy your DIY Synth Kit"

RedSound Darkstar Demos & Review by Ostraka (John Keston)

Great demos.  Check out the full review on Audio Cookbook.  According to the review the DarkStar was the "Internet's most reviled synth".  I don't recall this, but then I didn't spend too much time in the forums after launching MATRIXSYNTH.  I have an XP2 myself and love it, although the interface does take a little getting used to.  It appears John Keston is pro Darkstar as well:

"For me the DarkStar fulfills a spectrum of features that I’ve been looking for in a desktop poly. It has a low profile so I can use it along side a collection of other devices while performing. It has eight voice polyphony allowing me to produce dense harmonies. It has a bloody joystick to control the filter and resonance! The joystick can also be configured to control ring modulation and oscillator mix. Many knobs make sculpting the sound in realtime possible. The LFOs have ramp, triangle, square, sine, pulse, sample & hold, and “random” waveforms. What random does is pretty remarkable. Similar to slew on the Novation Bass Station II, it interpolates or slides between random values instead of jumping to them like sample & hold does. This is especially nice for panning and one of the things that distinguishes the DarkStar from other VAs of the time."

Roland System 500 Eurorack Modular Workshop LIVE @analoguezone 23.11.2015.

Streamed live on Nov 23, 2015 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

Update: presentation just added below.

"Roland had already mesmerised us with their SYSTEM-500 eurorack series, which will be a full analog series as opposed to AIRA modules released so far. These modules are based on the classic SYSTEM-700 and SYSTEM-100M modules - the classic Roland sound is finally back in eurorack.

The workshop will be held by Veijo Laine, product manager from Roland Europe Group."

Roland System 500 Eurorack Modular Presentation @analoguezone showroom 23-11-2015

Published on Nov 23, 2015

"The presentation held by Veijo Laine, product manager from Roland Europe Group during the Roland System 500 Eurorack Modular workshop 23-11-2015 at Analogue Zone Showroom / Budapest."

Update: impressions posted here.

Bana Hafar at Moog Modular On the Spot 11-02-2015

Uploaded on Nov 3, 2015 artistcalled6

Making the Moog Sub 37 Scream Like an Electric Guitar

Published on Nov 23, 2015 Amplitude Problem

"Making the Moog Sub 37 Scream Like an Electric Guitar: The EGuitar Patch by Amplitude Problem
Full text from video:

Moog Sub 37 grittiness plus the ability to play two notes simultaneously equals electric guitar power chords! Or at least some sort of approximation. Let's also see how close we can get to an electric guitar sound when playing this patch as a lead as opposed to power chords."

Taide'n Borg - A blurred highway to unknown destination

Published on Nov 23, 2015 Sun's May Flower (Official)


Bass,Polysynth,Pads,Square Lead Synth - Roland Jx 10
Solo Synth - Korg Monopoly
UFO and Bleeps - Roland Juno 60
Drums - Tr 626, Akai S900, Alesis HR 16 (Strellis ROM)


Reverb - Lexicon LXP 15II
Delay - Digitech Studio 400
Chorus - Boss CH 1 ( on Monopoly)
Chorus - Roland GP 8 (on Roland JX 10)"

When the future becomes the present, only the past improves

Published on Nov 22, 2015 MIDERA

"Radikal Technologies Spectralis 2 (Sequencing all gear and bass/blips)
Radikal Technologies Accelerator (Bell/pad sound at 2:01)
Access Virus TI Polar (transition pad sound)
Korg Radias (initial melody sounds)
Korg ESX (drums, sequenced by spectralis)
Eventide Space (reverb for Spectralis)"

DSI Poly Evolver Keyboard: Improvisation LVI

Published on Nov 22, 2015 Sacred Synthesis

"A gentle piece performed entirely on Evolvers, with a soft digital pad on one instrument and a violin-like analog patch on the other. One Poly Evolver Keyboard has eight voices and the other only four. The two together make a perfect compliment, with the four-voice instrument being reserved for melody, yet with the ability to add a few harmonies. With this arrangement - and especially with the bass being provided with the feet on the pedalboard - there is no sense of musical limitation. Anything but! It's all a matter of thinking correctly as you sit to play.

Music for a long reflective walk through the New England woods in late fall. The autumn colors have faded, the sweet scents of apple and grape are gone, and the ground awaits the first snow. life, death, growth, change, sadness, but always hope and trust in God.

DSI Poly Evolver Keyboard (2)
DSI Poly Evolver Rack
DSI Evolver Desktop
Hammond XPK 200L

Lexicon MX300

Performed live and recorded directly to CD

All music property of Sacred Synthesis"

Randy Rhoads LIVE: Mr Crowley 1981 - Enhanced 2014 - Best Quality HQ - After Hours TV show

Published on Sep 8, 2014 Lars Guitarist

Some synth spotting in via @tolfred in response to the Iron Man cover earlier today.

Moog Minimoog Model D & Roland RS-202 Strings.

The Analogue Dub-Synth from S-CAT/ORAM (Official Demonstration)

Published on Nov 23, 2015 Space Cat Audio Technologies

"Manual play or trigger control, the demo shows a Roland TR-606 triggering the Synth (Clave). We then overdubbed manually, or via an external drum pad. Designed and built by hand in the United Kingdom."

Sequential Circuits (SIEL) PRELUDE SN 264/229

via this auction

"PRELUDE Synthesizer Keyboard from Sequential Circuits Inc. Made in Italy. Used, in working order only 5 missing caps on levers as shown. Approx. 30.25" length/ 13" width/ 5.5" depth with pop-up legs"

Memory Moog Synthesizer 345A SN 2432

via this auction

"Very good condition. Powers up. Has been in storage. Will require servicing and adjustment. Includes power cord. Sold as is"


via this auction

Moog Micromoog Synthesizer (model 2090) SN 5408

via this auction

"Great working condition. Few of the keys are clicky - as expected on a 70s synth."

MFB Dominion 1 - checking out presetlist sounds 1 to 32 (1080p)

Published on Nov 23, 2015 REWO_Channel

"These are the first 32 sounds of the 128 of the magnificent MFB Dominion 1 analogue synthesizer. Banks 01 to 04. Each bank has 8 sounds. While playing these sounds, I also turned some knobs :-)"


Thonk Synth Ts On Sale & Free Shipping on Gear Next Weekend for the EU

See Thonk for details.

Xmas shipping dates and Free Shipping deal details here.

Studio Electronics Keys To The Proto Charcot

"Boomstar "Sensei Hybrid" featuring the "Charcot Circles" Sequencer.

No FX, a bit of gain normalization, but no maximizing, or limiting.

Analog: Class A, discrete, hand-matched transistor, DC coupled OSCILLATION modules—Premium Quality Analog Eurorack Magic!


RYO - Roll Your Own Eurorack Videos - New RYO Aperture LPG and Penta 5-step sequencer

Published on Nov 19, 2015 Roll Your Own

via Thonk. The RYO Aperture LPG and Penta 5-step sequencer are new. The kits are available at Thonk here.

1. RYO Aperture LPG and Penta 5-step sequencer

"A simple demonstration of the Aperture resonant vactrol VCF/VCA/LPG together with the upcoming Penta 5-step, 4hp sequencer. Showing the different modes of Aperture as well as the step switch on Penta. Using the Flame 4VOX VCO and OSC303mk2 VCO as sound sources. Triggers and envelope from Trig Xpander and Make Noise Maths. Roland Demora Delay added in some places."

2. RYO NAND/AND prototype logic as audio distortion

"Discrete transistor logic.
Sound source 1: Livewire AFG to SARA VCF to Airtenuator to IN1 on the N(AND).
Sound source 2: OSC303 to Livewire Frequensteiner to IN2 on the N(AND).
Listening to the NAND output.
Only using IN1 and NAND out makes it a NOT Gate."

3. RYO Airtenuator I - New satellite passive attenuator module

"Showing off a prototype of our new Airtenuator floating passive attenuator module. Here used to control envelope depth from a Steffensen Envelarp on SARA VCF filter cutoff."

4. RYO VC Sequencer Beats & Bass

"In this clip we're using VC Sequencer and its Trig Xpander in VC mode to generate pitch voltages for the bassline and triggers for the synth drums. The VC Sequencer is controlled by a stepped random waveform from FC Modulation Druid, this is in turn tempo-synced to the master clock lfo (Doepfer A-147) via an RCD. This is also used to provide extra gates and triggers mixed into and modulating the rhythm for more movement and swing. The jittery trigger action is due to a combined effect of the dirty output of the Modulation Druid as well as an opamp on the VC Sequencer not being up to spec to handle dirtiness very well, this has since been remedied with a better opamp for the job that solves the jitter in the VC Sequencers sent out to customers."

5. RYO VC Sequencer VC Mode

6. Roll Your Own general wiggling.

"One RYO (Roll Your Own) VC Sequencer controlling pitch on Livewire oscillators (AFG) and Frequensteiner filter. Notice how the pitch doesn't drop when the second oscillator is patched in via passive multing via stack cable 17 seconds in. A second RYO VC Sequencer controls decay legnth on a Maths envelope.

The second timbre (every 4 steps) is triggered with passive mixed trigs from the gate/trigger expander of the RYO VC Sequencer, set in trigger mode. It is a Livewire Dalek modulator making the sound and Doepfer Wasp filter slowly modulated by Vulcan modulator. Envelope is also Maths.

Both timbres use RYO Optodists as VCAs and distortion with LED limiters on. Clock is a Doepfer VC LFO."

Rack Rash #2 @ New Jörg (Vienna)

Rack Rash #2 @ New Jörg (Vienna) from LIN/LOG on Vimeo.

"October 30th 2015. Live performances by Bernhard Rasinger & Václav Peloušek, Mario Schönhofer & Tobias Weber, Robert Schwarz, Julia Bondar & Andreas Zhukovsky. Thanks to everyone involved and all supporters."

DIY Synthesizers by VladimirRadiomay

Tonoizer Y F S+ ( homemade synthesizer)

Published on Nov 22, 2015 VladimirRadiomay

"homemade synthesizer P-PP"

Вечерний Подшипник (Homemade synthesizer)

Published on Oct 27, 2015

"самодельный синтезатор с управлением звуком от фотоэлементов."

"homemade synthesizer sound control by photocells."

Hordijk Modular Sketchbook #16

Hordijk Modular Sketchbook #16 from Klonk on Vimeo.

"Just a little patch from tonight, a little bit 'disco'."

First Snow

First Snow from Peter Speer on Vimeo.

WMD / SSF Collaboration: MMF - MultiMode Filter

Published on Nov 23, 2015 William Mathewson

"A quick technical demo of the features and controls on the MMF, a Multi Mode Filter module by WMD and SSF."

(Korg) ARP Odyssey - a short exploration - Keep on turning these knobs (1080p)

Published on Nov 23, 2015 REWO_Channel

07 The Analogue Solutions Nyborg 12- VCA and Envelopes

Published on Nov 23, 2015 AutomaticGainsay

"Here is a demonstration of the Analogue Solutions Nyborg 12 VCA and Envelope functionality.

Please help support Automatic Gainsay at:
Thank you!"

All parts here.

DUB-SIREN and Prototype Analogue DUBSTA Delay

Published on Nov 23, 2015 Space Cat Audio Technologies

"Recorded straight to camera mic, sorry about the rattling. The delay is being driven quite hard again in this demo video. Mainly demonstrating the repeat capabilities here and towards the end you can hear the delay rate being manipulated. We are just about ready for board version 2"

CVGate to MIDI

Published on Nov 23, 2015 Misugi Yasunami

"久々にCV/Gate to MIDIってみました(笑)"

Integrating the iPad with a eurorack modular. The audio of the iPad running Waldorf's Nave goes into the modular for further processing. MIDI is connected via iRig MIDI.

iTunes: Nave - Waldorf Music

Babyman - Iron Man

Published on Feb 23, 2015 aufderlichtung

Spot the synths.

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