MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, December 3, 2015

Thursday, December 03, 2015

New Roland Boutique TR-808, TR-909, and TB-303 in the Works?

In case you missed it, see the last question in this recent interview with the developers of Roland's Boutique line of synthesizers.

In all-caps, in the answer?


Tojo:Yes, I think so too. I think we will be getting a lot of feedback after this release, so we'd like to listen to what our customers have to say and decide on what to do next."

So if you want them, let Roland know. :)

Maybe we'll see them at NAMM next year? It would be interesting considering the overlap with the TR-8 & TB-3 if the synth engines are the same, but would they be, and if not, what would that say about the TR-8 & TB-3? Aside from the engines, there is something to be said about the physical designs of the originals, albeit in Boutique format. It also makes you wonder if any of the Boutique engines will make it to the System-1/m and/or if any of the System-1m engines will make it into the physical Boutique hardware form.

And with our apathy, beauty dies...

Published on Dec 3, 2015 MIDERA

"Korg Radias (pads)
Radikal Technologies Accelerator (MIDI controller only)

Canon 60D
Canon 20-35mm F2.8L"

Assd. Acid

Published on Dec 3, 2015 MrSharps02

"a little acidic exploration between two bits of intellijel kit, flippin switches and twistin knobs. it's impressive what you can squeeze out of a saw wave. never tried house type stuff before so hopefully you like it c:"

Mystery Serge Tour - Sound Source Panel - Patch of The Week

Published on Dec 3, 2015 Doug Lynner

"This is the third installment in a panel by panel look at The Mystery Serge - the first commercial Serge Modular Music System made. It is highly upgraded and modified. Enjoy this in-depth tour of the Sound Source Panel.

To see the modules used in this Patch of The Week in detail see the Mystery Serge at

Doug offers modular synthesizer lessons and consultations. For information write

Doug's website is"

Datach'i - Grain de Folie

Datach'i - Grain de Folie from Joseph Fraioli on Vimeo.

"No external computers or hardware were used in this performance.

A patch built around the new 'Grain de Folie' ZDSP card by TipTop Audio.

The melody starting at :40 seconds is the TipTop Audio ZDSP running the "Grain de Folie" card which is processing Mutable Instruments Elements thats being sequenced by the Circadian Rhythms and z8000 with voltage quantization by the Intellijel µscale. The program used is #6 "Six Grains Stereo". Modulation to grain sizes 1 and 2 coming from the Modcan Quad LFO.

///// from the manual /////

Granular Synthesis uses small slices of sounds (‘grains’) to compose new sounds from existing material. By combining multiple grains of differing lengths, amplitude, pitch and speed creates very characteristic sounds of modern music.

Modular Jam 40: "Touch Me All Under"

Published on Dec 3, 2015 ngarjuna

iTunes: Patterning : Drum Machine - Olympia Noise Co.

"Various configurations of:
Medic Modules Cranial Saw
Sputnik Oscillator
Nonlinear Circuits Timbre
Make Noise Optomix
Make Noise Maths
Make Noise Wogglebug
Make Noise Rene
Audio Damage Sequencer One
Make Noise STO
Intellijel Rubicon
4ms Pingable Envelope Generator
Intellijel uVCA
Oakley Classic VCA
Division 6 Multiplicity XV
Intellijel Dual ADSR
STG Soundlabs .Mix
Pittsburgh Oscillator
SSF Quantum Rainbow
Expert Sleepers Silent Way
Olympia Noise Co. Patterning
Arturia Spark"

Elektron SidStation

via this auction

Cool high contrast color pics!

Sequential Circuits Prophet-600 Synthesizer SN 860 with Gligli Upgrade

via this auction

"The Prophet-600, introduced by Sequential Circuits in 1982, was the first synthesizer to use MIDI and was used in the first public demonstration of the MIDI protocol. It has recently seen new life after a fantastic processor replacement build was made public last year"

Cheetah MS6 with Individual Outs & Maad MIDI CC Firmware

via this auction

"The classic Cheetah MS6 polyphonic synthesizer. Customized with individual outs per voice! Excellent condition, built like a tank. Comes with firmware upgrade from which adds full midi CC control for all parameters plus new DCO waveforms."

Kilpatrick Audio Phenol // Patch 010 - Pads

Published on Dec 3, 2015 DiscoverNoise

"DiscoverNoise 017-
Kilpatrick Audio Phenol 011-

Some pad sounds out of the Phenol. The Phenol is being played by the Arturia Beatstep. No after processing. All sounds right out of the Phenol.


RIP Dr. John Eaton

Videos by The Snapshots Foundation

Dr. John Eaton passed away yesterday on Dec 2 at the age of 80. For those not familiar with him he was a composer who worked closely with Bob Moog in the 1960s, influencing the development of the first synthesizers as we have come to know them today. The first synthesizer to feature a keyboard, the Synket by Paul Ketoff, was made for John Eaton. Above is a collection of interviews by The Snapshots Foundation starting with the Synket [see the Synket channel for previous post including images].

Dr. John Eaton: Synket & Moog History
Dr. John Eaton Interview pt.1
Dr. John Eaton Interview pt.2
Bob Moog Remembered pt2.

On the Synket via Wikipedia: "A working group at Roman Electronic Music Center, composer Gino Marinuzzi, Jr., designer Giuliano Strini, MSEE, and sound engineer and technician Paolo Ketoff in Italy; their vacuum-tube modular 'FonoSynth' slightly predated (1957–58) Moog and Buchla's work. Later the group created a solid-state version, the 'Synket'. Both devices remained prototypes (except a model made for John Eaton who wrote a 'Concert Piece for Synket and Orchestra'), owned and used only by Marinuzzi, notably in the original soundtrack of Mario Bava's sci-fi film 'Terrore nello spazio"'(a.k.a. Planet of the Vampires, 1965), and a RAI-TV mini-series, "Jeckyll".[30][31][32]"

Image and quote from John Eaton via The Bob Moog Foundation.

"I think of all of the people that I've known in my life, Bob Moog was the most generous. He was the most interested in other people's ideas. He was just and extraordinary human being." -- John Eaton (March 30, 1935 - December 2, 2015)"

Roland JX-03

Published on Dec 3, 2015 tblv9300

"quick audio test. no external effects. Powering the unit from USB direct from an iMac. Midi sequence and audio are also using the USB cable.

In my opinion Roland have done a great job recreating the sound of the jx3p. the build quality is solid. The chorus is very similar to the original even down to the noise level while the chorus is engaged. Looking forward to a larger size ACB synth."

Eurorack Modular

Published on Dec 3, 2015 Davide Tonini

First Look: FabFilter One Synthesizer inside Auria Pro

Published on Dec 3, 2015 Synth Anatomy

"This is the first look at FabFilter One Synthesizer inside Auria Pro. With the paid upgrade of Auria Pro, you receive the FabFilter One and Twin2 as new instruments. If you check the video correctly, it's the first voiced video on youtube from Synth Anatomy ;)

Auria Pro is available here:"

GRP A4 Synthesizer

via this auction

"This auction comes complete with:

- A mint GRP A4 with power cable
- Original serial number confirmation document
- Original GRP A4 Synthesizer Safety Rules & Declaration of Conformity document
- Official documentation (in Italian) signed with blue ink
- Original invoice
- Original Operation Manual on CD
- 1 Mogami TS --> TS cable to get you immediately plugged in and started
- 1 MIDI cable"

Sequential Circuits Pro One SN 0144 with Extras

via this auction

"This is the J-Wire Keyboard version (#0144) and all 37 rubber key stops were replaced. If you trigger the Pro One from the keyboard itself there are some sticky keys however, I'm including a mint Kenton USB Solo which I've always used to trigger the Pro One without an issue whatsoever.

Wine Country documented that the sequencer and arpeggiator was operating to spec but I've never used it. I didn't care much about the sequencer since I was using my DAW but the arp may need service if you really want to use it. This was never an issue for me since I triggered the Pro One through the USB Solo and used Live's arpeggiator which has far more arp options than the Pro One's. In addition you can use the USB Solo's LFO that has a lot of waveform options & sync capabilities.

This is an honest overview of the synthesizer and sold as-is. I take excellent care of all of my gear and you can rest assured that you'll receive her shipped with extreme care.

You'll be walking away with more than any other eBay auction:

This sale comes complete with:
- A mint (wood sided) Pro One
- A mint Kenton USB Solo + all necessary cables
- Original Operation Manual
- Original Spec Sheet
- Original Patch Sheets from Sequential Circuits + some from the original owner + some blank ones
- Wine Country Receipt (over $700 in maintenance)
- 1 Mogami TS --> TS cable to get you immediately plugged in and started"


Published on Dec 3, 2015 firestARTer

Audio comes in at :35. Additional audio demos below. The NERDSYNTH was first posted here on MATRIXSYNTH back on March 16 of 2014. The engine then was based on the ATMegatron from Soulsby Synthesizers. There's no mention of it below, so I'm not sure if that has changed.

Prototype image to the left. Render below.

"The Nerdsynth is a hardware analogue and digital synthesizer, groovebox, sampler, tracker, visualizer, digitizer, music instrument and experimentizer in one machine.

This video shows the recent development stage around december 2015. The Nerdsynth has 6 polyphonic tracks which are connected to several soundchips/synthesizers. 1 Track to the internal Nerdsynth soundchip, 1 ( with 4 sub tracks ) is used as sampler. The 4 other tracks are connected to external sound cartridges which are inserted in the Nerdsynth. Those are the synthesizer cores and soundchips of the ATMegatron, Meeblip Anode, DSP-G1 and Soundgin. More cartridges are in development like a SID cartridge, YM/AY, OPL3 and several analogue and digital synthesizer designs.
The aim is to make the Nerdsynth a real product but there is still alot to do hard and softwarewise.

The Nerdsynth is a analogue and digital synthesizer, groovebox, sampler, tracker, visualizer, digitizer, music instrument and experimentizer in one machine.

tracker style sequencer (inspired by LittleSoundDJ / LittlePiggyTracker)
6 mono- and polyphonic audio tracks
several tracks free configurable with different sound cartridges (eg. SID, YM/AY, OPL3, online DIY synthesizer projects, digital and analogue)
multi track sampler
dedicated visual track for experimental visuals (video out)
easy workflow, parameters are realtime accessable through several knobs, rotary encoders and a X/Y touchscreen
internal mixer and effect unit
stereo line out, headphone out and dedicated track line outs per track
midi In/Out
portable (with internal accu) and studio use
They are many more features which make the Nerdsynth a perfect music production and experimentation tool not only for trackers but for every musician!"

AudioThing Hand Clapper

Published on Dec 3, 2015 audiothing

"Get this plugin here:

Hand Clapper is a drum synthesizer plugin (VST/AU/AAX) dedicated to claps sounds. The internal design is inspired by a famous Japanese percussion synthesiser from the '80. There are three internal noise sources that are used to recreate the classic sound of vintage analog drum machines. It's also possible to load external samples and sculpt them with the same circuit emulation."

EMS VCS3 Style Hardware Controller for iVCS3

IVCS3 CUSTOM CONTROLLER Published on Dec 2, 2015 Len Burge

"Custom controller for iPad mini app 'iVCS3' front panel-keyboard is a customized Arturia minilab. The 30 knobs on upper panel controlled by livid instruments brain V2. 3 ten-turn potentiometers. Joystick modular provided by Doepfer."

Update: a couple of pics of the custom controller.

Waldorf Q+

Published on Dec 3, 2015 MrFirechild

"Waldorf Q+ from the early 2000 is a rare hybrid synthesizer using virtual analog oscilators and wavetables along with real analog lowpass filters. This track is using sounds only from the Waldorf Q+."

synthCube Announces New and Improved Webstore

via synthCube

synthCube is pleased to announce the recent upgrades to our webstore, focused on making the experience with our site better and faster.

Improvements and enhancements include:
- Mobile device responsive- friendly with iOS, Android and other devices
- Improved support for multiple browsers
- Reworked top categories for simpler navigation
- Improved search and filtering functions
- New items highlighted on top page- see the latest right when you enter the site! New items added almost daily.
- New banners promoting our collaboration partners, suppliers and friends
- Regularly updated item discounts and promotions
- Improved product descriptions including documents, demos, pics etc

synthCube continues to focus on supporting modular synths, including SDIY panels, PCBS & kits, parts for synth DIY including pots, knobs, vactrols, ICs etc, as well as assembled modules – including access to our exclusive synthReLease Club -- rent synth modules for your system! We are proud to serve modular synth enthusiasts in most major formats- eurorack, frac, 4U, MOTM and dotcom/MU. In fact, synthCube has recently acquired the Bridechamber DIY store, greatly expanding the inventory and availability of 5U panels, PCBs, and parts for those formats in particular.

Come check it out!


Published on Dec 3, 2015 Ebotronix

"by Doepfer A149 and A 152 (six channels)
Ch 1 Taurus 2 Bass
Ch 2 Oberheim Sem VCO² - A160² - Grendel²
Ch 3 Uncle's
Ch 4 Freq's
Ch 5 Ringmodulator Anti, Uncle
Ch 6 Talking Synth Module SRV 350 Vocoder
R2m Solo Anti's

Didier Marouani - Temps X (1979 Music Video)

Published on Feb 12, 2014 Because Music

Spot the synths.

"Didier Marouani 'Temps X', from the Cosmic Machine compilation available to download here:

Cosmic Machine LP - 20 TRACKS
Deluxe replica CD edition including a 20 pages booklet with original tracks from François De Roubaix, Space, Universal Energy, Jean Michel Jarre, Space Art, Serge Gainsbourg, Cerrone, Alain Goraguer & many more
Available on iTunes including bonus track edits from Uncle O & Prins Thomas :
Available in deluxe replica double LP including bonus CD & booklet :"

moog sub37,analog four, mfb522

Published on Dec 3, 2015 tasuku0676

Dennis Colin Memorial Service to Be Held at the MIT Chapel on Friday, December 18th 1PM

An FYI for those in the area who would like to attend. It is open to the public. If you do not know who Dennis Colin is, see this post. A friend of his daughter set up a GoFundMe Page here to help her out. The funding goal was met, but I'm sure extra donations considering her situation would be appreciated. As always small donations can add up, so if you can help, please do.

Mellotron M4000D Rack

Published on Dec 3, 2015 John L Rice

"A quick random noodling through the default sounds of awesome Mellotron M4000D Rack from There are also two keyboard versions of this instrument and I purchased mine from

This is a digital sample playback unit designed to recreate the sound of the Chamberlin and Mellotron magnetic tape sample playing instruments that were originally invented by Harry Chamberlin in the USA during the late 1940's / early 1950's and later modified by the Bradly Brothers in the UK, (now Streetly Electronics) whose Mellotron version became greatly popularized by and an important part of many of the biggest rock bands of the 1970's like The Rolling Stones, Yes, David Bowie and Genesis to name a few.

Read more at the following links:"


via this auction

Two ad scans below. On a related note, be sure to check out Retro Synth Ads for great write-ups on various synth ads.

AVP Synth ADB-5 Analog Drum Box

via this auction

Official demo posted here.

"AVP Synth is a Russian brand manufacturing synthesizers and drum machines, as well as other audio related products.

ADB-5 - 100% analog desktop drum module which resembles the sound of the 70s drum machines (especially the Roland CR series).
It has 10 knobs and 4 switches, with which you can control the parameters of the sound.

Click here for the Manual!

- The method of synthesis – 100% analog synthesis
- Shapers (tones) of the sound: 5; bass drum, snare drum, tom drum, open hat, close hat
- The noise generator (Noise): 2 modes; for SD, OH and CH
- MIDI interface: MIDI In, 16 channels
- Audio output: mono 6.3mm jack
- Controls: 10 knobs, 4 switches
- Power supply: adapter 15V DC (included)
- Voltage: 220 V, voltage transformer is needed if you live in an area with 110 V standard!"

Black & Orange ARP 2600 Synthesizer with Keyboard - SN 36200853

via this auction

"ARP Keyboard model 3620 s/n 36200853

Known issues include the following:
-ADSR: Sometimes attack doesn't work, and in this case decay acts as attack.
-Needs tuned and scaled
-Sometimes connector between keyboard and main unit needs jiggled.
-Serial No.'s do not match between keyboard and main unit"

Martin Hannett's Arp Omni 2 Synth No 4

via this auction

A previous one was posted here.

"Forget all those other Omni 2s- that are cheaper- here is one of the ultimate ones - a great buy that is both working and is climbing in value owing to the Omni 2 collection it came from- here we have one of Martin Hannett's 1970s Arp Omni 2's from his actual cache /collection of synths, Hannett's Omni 2s along with his Transcendent's were the main models of synths he took from his collection to take in the studio with bands like Joy Division,( Omni 2s were used on Unknown Pleasures) Magazine, Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Nico, John Coooper Clarke, Pauline Murray and loads of other bands he produced and often overlayed synth tracks on.

This is one of the rarer of his Omni 2 collection as Hannett fitted it with wooden end cheeks. It has been fully serviced and is fully working and comes with a brand new heavy duty flight case- it is a 240 volt model

you will never really find synths with more history than Hannett's collection

will ship anywhere in the world"

Waldorf Microwave, Version 1

via this auction

Polyfusion 'sound-a-round' Quad Panner model QP-1 SN 77055

via this auction

"Up for sale is a (1) very rare Polyfusion Quad Panner, model QP-1. The unit can be used in two modes: auto and manual. In the auto mode you can control the panning by the depth and speed knobs. It has a build-in LFO which can be used in normal or reverse mode. In auto mode you can control the panning by the joystick. The depth and speed are CV controllable then. The unit is working fine. Optical it's in nice condition for its age, but there are some minor scratches and wear and tear on it (see photo's). One screw is missing at the bottom plate. It's an original 110V version with USA plug and the serial number is: 7705."

Synth Lab

Published on Dec 3, 2015 PaulLawlerMusic

"Random switch on of gear, and this is the noise it was all making."

Self Generative Modular

Self Generative Modular #2 from Kial on Vimeo.

"Late night, self-generative patch with some wiggling thrown in for good measure. Here, an LFO from the RS-80 is being quantized by the Disting, while also controlling some other parameters, like the Fold amount. An LFO from the EON is being used to control the RS-80s rate, there is a lot of feedback between the CVs on each module. Therefore, changing the rate of 1 LFO has a large effect on the system."

Self Generative Modular from Kial on Vimeo.

"Finally got some white noise in my Eurorack system, thanks to Qu-Bit's EON, and was able to make my first self generative patch.

This patch utilizes the white noise mode on Qu-Bit's EON, white noise is sent to ES Disting in 'Quantize' mode. Quantization is being gated by Animodule's TikTok (which also sends a slower pulse to the VCA you hear opening) The Disting out 'A' is sent to Dixie's 1v/oct in. Dixie's sine out--->uFold In. With EON random trigger being sent to Fold CV. uFold--->uVCA--->uJack--->Digitech's Polara--->MOTU 896HD.

The pulse you hear at the end is the 'zig-zag' out of the Dixie--->DSM01 Curtis Filter (filter CV modulated by Tiptop Audio Z4000)--->uVCA--->uJack"

EuroDrone - Testing out some Eurorack modules

Published on Dec 3, 2015 SB-SIX

"I just got into eurorack, and wanted to try out most of the modules I have by creating a drone that can be morphed almost endlessly. Yes this vid got a bit too long but just skip to the parts you like if any :)

The patch consists of the synth tech e350 morphing terrarium and mfb osc-03, fed to some filters and then into clouds. The envs and lfo's are provided by maths and quadra."

monocon - in the mood

Published on Dec 3, 2015 MONO CON
Re-Published on Nov 29, 2018

"Check out my new EP:

Evening Electronica Jam! Recorded and mixed in Cubase.

Gear used:

Dom 1 - Bass
AK - Lead, Drums
Preenfm2 - Lead
Microgranny - Water Sample
LXR - Drums Top Layer
Monomachine - Sequencer, Arp, Drums, White Noise

Thanks for listening...:)"

Elastic Drums - Bill Jobs - new presets preview II

Published on Dec 3, 2015 Oliver Greschke

"Bill Jobs aka Chris Niven is doing complete techno tracks, just purely in Elastic Drums !!! Here is a preview from one of his new presets, that will be in the next update.

Elastic Drums:

Also check out Chris own music apps:
76 Synthesizer:"

Schroeder and His Modular

via @backyardghost

Peanut's Schroeder goes modular.

Roland Interview with the Developers of the Original JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, and JX-3P

The interview is currently on Roland's site here. The text is captured below for the archives.


Takahashi:I'd heard about this product series rather early on thanks to my position at the company, and my honest feeling about it was that I was excited. I was truly excited at the prospect of a simulation being released of a product that I was involved with decades ago. Synthesizers from those days have a unique feel that you can only get on analog, so I was interested in seeing how much of that could be reproduced in the digital realm. I knew that the Roland Boutique series development team was working on this very seriously. More than being intrigued, I was truly very excited.

Matsui:I'm no longer with the company, so I hadn't heard about this until very recently when someone mentioned, "We're working on this project relating to the JX-3P." Honestly, I was very happy to hear that. I was very happy to hear that Roland will be releasing a product that I had a part in developing in the past in a new form. That's because the JX-3P was a very special product for me.


Matsui:That synth was developed at Roland's Matsumoto factory. I was working at Matsumoto at the time and was involved in guitar synth development. Guitar synths up to the GR-300 and GR-100 were based on converting pitch into a CV (Control Voltage) signal, which would then trigger an analog synth. But for the next generation of guitar synths, we decided to use a design where pitch would be converted to MIDI, which would then control the sound engine digitally (though the sound engine itself would still be analog). We studied how guitarists were using the GR-300 and GR-100 and realized that they didn't do much sound creation on their own. (Laughs.) So if that was the case, we decided to go with an easy-to-use synth with presets. And this was the start of the GR-700 project.

The [GR-700] would feature a built-in pitch-to-MIDI converter and a sound engine with presets. But even if this was to be a preset synth, it would still be too difficult to create sounds without any knob controls. So we made a programmer—solely for development purposes—with which we could adjust the tones. Sometime later in the development process, one of our superiors remarked, "You can attach a keyboard to that and make a polyphonic synth out of it, can't you?" [Laughs.] So that's how the JX-3P came about. The reason it's a six-voice polyphonic synth is because it started out as a sound engine for guitar synths, guitar being a six-string instrument. (Laughs.)

Roland Interview with the Developers of the Boutique Line of Synthesizers

The interview is currently on Roland's site here. The text is captured below for the archives.


Tojo:Our starting point was that we wanted to create a full-fledged synth in a compact form factor; something that might look like a gadget at first glance, but was capable of producing amazing sounds. We wanted to create a synth that people could casually enjoy, came with a built-in speaker, and could also run on batteries. Since we had the ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) modeling technology that was developed for AIRA and a mini keyboard that was first incorporated in the JD-Xi, we thought that we could make something interesting by combining these two. That was around the end of last year, and actual development began in around January this year.


Tojo:Yes, we were. We wanted to combine ACB and the mini keyboard to reproduce classics that everyone was familiar with. The JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 were candidates right from the start, since these synths are still very popular today. We wanted to add another synth to the lineup, so we decided to go with the JX-3P, which produces different types of sounds from either the JUPITER or JUNO. We reached the decision to go with these three synths rather quickly, without much debate.

BEMI: The Music Easel

Published on Dec 2, 2015 Buchla BEMI

"BEMI: The Music Easel


© 2015 Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments


Note Don Buchla filed a lawsuit against BEMI back in March. Not sure what the current status is.

Overpower Lines (Circuit & Bent SR-16)

Published on Dec 2, 2015 HardtekStudios

"Download the audio track for FREE here-

My newest Novation Circuit jam accompanied by my Circuit Bent Alesis SR-16 drum machine. SR-16 is midi slaved to Circuit. Routed into my Mackie Onyx mixer and recorded into Logic Pro where a bit of compression, EQ and reverb is used to sweeten the mix."


Published on Dec 2, 2015 PLUCKA,S SHED

"Live Tweaking just using the Modular R preset using the filters 1 and 2 also tweaking adsr and filter envelope on the run with a great variable of sound"

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