MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday, December 04, 2015

LinnStrument + Sample Modeling's "The Viola"

Published on Dec 4, 2015 Roger Linn

"Performance of 'Manhã de Carnaval' on Roger Linn Design's #LinnStrument using Sample Modeling's wonderful 'The Viola' as the sound source."

Untitled Project in Audulus

Published on Dec 4, 2015 Bimini Road

"This video demonstrates the live patching function in Audulus."

Little Wiggler

Published on Dec 4, 2015 Quincas Moreira

"Nina having fun with the modular :)"

The dsp-D8 drum & dsp-L8 latin percussion synthesizer chip demos

Published on Dec 4, 2015

"Testing a single chip drum synth from"

The dsp-L8 latin percussion synthesizer chip

New Synthi iVCS3 Controller Pics - New iOS Synth Support Coming

Len Burge sent in a couple of pics of his custom iVCS3 hardware controller. You'll find the second pic in the original post here. If haven't seen it be sure to check out the video!

Also, Len is working on creating layover prints for other iOS synths: "Right now it's controlling the iVCS3 iOS app and I'm currently working in PS creating layover prints for Animoog, Magellan, iSem, iMS-20, ipoly, imini etc."

AKAI AX-60 Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"Akai AX-60 Analog Synthesizer. The Synth is in good condition considering the 30+ years of age. All Knobs and sliders are operating as they should, no missing slider caps or knobs. Powerful "Dark" sounding synth with an extraordinary aggressive Filter. This is a VCO (Voltage Control Oscillator) Synth not a DCO (Digitally controlled) Some minor scratches here and there, especially on the underside. One side cheek has some marks (see pictures)

The Synth has a dedicated connector to the Akai S612 Sampler which can be used as a second oscillator of sorts. The connector cable can also be customized to route any other sound source through the filters of the AX-60. Very cool feature."


Published on Dec 3, 2012 distanceresearch

"Ok, not quite a Juno, or a Polysix. However it's a very unique analog machine, capable of FM sounding distortion and almost digital crispness- yet it is a VCO synth. What I can say is that a Juno cannot make these sounds. I like it for classic 80's leads and pads, and some edgy electro sounds. You can get some great sounds from this machine and if you love synths it's worth the money just for a few of the features. One thing to consider is that many of the synths it is compared to are better, but recognizable, the AX 60 is sort of sleeper, much like Danelectro guitars were in the 90's. A cool and good alternative for sure. A few of the sounds I enjoy on this machine including some arpeggios."


Published on Dec 18, 2012 distanceresearch

"Pretty rare instrument. From what I gather Raj Musicals is kind of the Yamaha/Casio of Indian instruments in modern times. In the 60's maybe 70's they produced the Saraang Deluxe analog tanpura. It runs on C batteries or power cord, has a built in speaker and 1/8" output. Produces some pretty pleasing drone sounds from its 6 note sequence. Pretty fun little analog machine, capable of pleasing detuning and tone manipulating."

Update via Loscha in the comments: "These are actually from the 90s, although they surely do look 60s.

I contacted Radel Saraang for information about these devices,and they no longer had the schematic, but, confirmed manufacturing time frame."

SCHROEDER ANALOG SCH-3R 2 Oscillator square wave synthesizer demonstration

Published on Aug 27, 2013 distanceresearch

"Fresh off the press analog square wave synthesizer by Schroeder Analog. This one really turned our nice, two adjustable oscillators and one frequency modifier triggered by a momentary button. Live audio with hardware reverb and a Multivox analog delay."

DISTANCE RESEARCH Studio Test Analog Bass Drum Synthesizer by Schroeder Analog

Published on Jul 22, 2013 distanceresearch

"Live analog studio test of Schroeder Analog DIY Bass Drum Synthesizer mixed with DSI Mopho, Korg MS 10, Modular Envelope Generator. Recorded to Teac A2340 Tape Machine"

Note this is the first post to feature Schroeder Machines aka Schroeder Analog on the site.


Published on Dec 19, 2012 distanceresearch

"1967 to I think 1974 Ace Tone analog drum machine. Ace Tone was pre Roland and made some pretty cool sounding drum machines. This unit has several presets that can be mixed and matched to create some usable patterns. Definitely has that vintage sound reminiscent of that early TG sound or Jarre- Oxygene, Mixed with some effects and cool, I suspect there is ways of aftermarket midi/dun sync-ability."


Published on Jan 5, 2014 distanceresearch

"Studio Combinations, mashing of machines- Muse Triadex, Korg MS-10, Roland Juno 106 and Pre Korg KEIO Donca Matic Mini Pops Drum Machine. Recorded to 1/4 tape then digitized, no plug ins, no digital filters."


Published on Jan 6, 2014 distanceresearch

"A quick demonstration of a rare and classic analog rhythm box, one of the first Mini Pops by Keio which then became Korg. A very distinct sound and mixes great!"

Some Patch 03

Published on Dec 4, 2015 Computing.Sound

- Modulated sine wave (from the Expert Sleepers Disting)
- Filtered noise
- Two ringmodulated, filtered A-100-1

Previously Unreleased Video of BBC Radiophonic Workshop Founder Daphne Oram

Sound Of The Future | The Archivist Presents # 22

Published on Dec 1, 2015 British Movietone

Great find via @AtomicShadow

"This week's Archivist Presents slot features a genius of electronic music, Daphne Oram.

This converted oast-house in Kent is really a kind of studio where Miss Daphne Oram is engaged in scientific research into electronic music. Thanks to a Gulbenkian Foundation grant, she's surrounded by very expensive equipment. With it, she can compose the sound and music of the future.

GV house. GV building (converted oast house). LAS top of house. MCU (sign) "Tower Folly". Zoom through one door out of another. MCU woman. CU ditto. MS woman at controls. MS tape recorder. MS controls. MS bell (2 shots) woman mends tape. MS tape recorder. CU woman. MS tape recorder. MCU woman. MS woman at controls. MS tape recorder. Pan to woman. MS trees. LAS top of house. MS tape recorder. CU woman. MS trees (at night). MS tape recorder. LAS top of house. MS trees.

You can license this story through AP Archive:
Find out more about AP Archive:"

Click here for all posts on Daphne Oram


"Experimenting with the Evaton SDIY MDRONE. I was trying for something fairly musical, as opposed to noisy, which this thing does rather well. I ran the MDRONE through a Pittsburgh filter in bandpass mode, through a VCA triggered by a steady clock to generate a pulsing rhythm. I tweaked the inboard filter during the take and wiggled a bit for some variation. In addition to the MDRONE, I triggered a rudimentary kick (low square wave) and a Piston Honda piped through a formant filter to flesh out the beat. The MDRONE and Piston Honda got some delay added."

Ninstrument Introduces the Rhythm TR-727 Eurorack Module

via Ninstrument

"Do you remember some of the cool unusual drum machines from the 80’s? The TR-727 was one of the unusual ones as it featured primarily Latin percussion sounds like Bongo’s and Maracas. Jan Ostman has made a recreation of those sounds and built them into a chip. More info here.

I designed a 10HP eurorack module that accepts his chips and tried to bring back a little aesthetic flair from the design of those early drum machines. We currently have a Indiegogo campaign that will be ending shortly. If you would like to receive one of these and support us to keep going down the vintage drum path please pledge here:

I will be making a video demo shortly for this, so expect an update soon."

Audulus 3 Release Date & More!

Audulus 3 Release Date & More! from Audulus LLC on Vimeo.

"Audulus 3 is coming Tues Dec 8!"

Sonic LAB: Novation Circuit

Published on Dec 4, 2015 sonicstate

"Gaz Williams takes a look at the new Novation Groovebox - its grid based and has two 6 - voice synth engines, and four drum voices plus FX"

Sync 'em all!

Published on Dec 2, 2015 Purple Tonal Central 3000

"recent modular jammin. something new is coming soon...

thanks 2 peter blasser, dave smith, meng qi"

Ciat Lonbarde Plumbutter, Meng Qi Voltage Memory & DSI Tempest jam

Blippoo Box Unattended

Published on Dec 4, 2015 Todd Barton

"for better audio:"

KOMA Elektronik Komplex Sequencer - MIDI Jam

Published on Dec 4, 2015 KOMA Elektronik

"In this video, we hook up the Roland TR8, Access Virus C and Korg Volca Bass for a downtempo electronic trip.

Sequencer A controls the Virus C, while Sequencer D controls the Volca Bass. The Komplex is slaved to the TR8's MIDI clock. The skip step mode is used on the Volca Bass to vary the bassline. Meanwhile, ratcheting repeats are added to the Virus C's pattern to create unique rhythms. The gate length and output range also change."

[自作楽器]Asian-African Jam Session "Ara Mitetanone" by Sanpin & Kabneo

Published on Dec 3, 2015 TorigoyaSound

"Handmade musical instruments (Ribbon Controller, Bamboo Balafon)
Darbuka Percussion, Bass Guitar
"アラ見てたのね Ara Mitetanone" by Sanpin & Kabneo

久田祐三(Yuzo Hisada):Darbuka Percussion
尾上祐一(Yuichi Onoue):Handmade Ribbon Controller
太田 ニョリ (Nyorinco Ota):Handmade Bamboo Balafon
ジョンいまえだ(John Imaeda):Bass

recorded on Aug 30th 2015"

First Look: FabFilter Twin2 Synthesizer inside Auria Pro

Published on Dec 4, 2015 Synth Anatomy

"This is the first look at FabFilter Twin2 Synthesizer inside Auria Pro. With the paid upgrade of Auria Pro, you receive the FabFilter One and Twin2 as new instruments.

Auria Pro is available here:"

Arturia advances iSEM synth app to work with Apple’s all-new Audio Unit Extensions

iTunes: iSEM Synthesizer - Arturia

As mentioned in this post, iSEM now supports the Audio Unit Extentions. Here's the official press release:

"GRENOBLE, FRANCE: music software and hardware developer Arturia is proud to advance its award- winning iSEM — an authentic-sounding software recreation of the trailblazing Seventies-vintage Oberheim Synthesizer Expander Module® (SEM) for Apple’s iPad — as one of the first fully-compatible apps for Apple’s all-new Audio Unit Extensions technology, as of November 19...

Apple’s Audio Unit Extensions is an all-new technology in its latest iOS 9 (mobile) and OS X El Capitan (Mac) operating systems that aims to bring the Audio Units (AU) system-level full plug-in architecture model that was previously only available to third-party developers like Arturia in OS X to both OS X and iOS! And Arturia is one of the first third-party developers to enthusiastically embrace its innovative musical advancement with the release of the latest iSEM update. This represents a much more user- friendly experience than the traditional way of interlinking apps using Inter-App Audio or Audiobus, which was the case with previous versions of this award-winning app.

According to iSEM development partner Rolf Wöhrmann, “The main difference is that you can now run iSEM from within an app like GarageBand for iPad in much the same way as you would work with standard Arturia plug-ins when running them in desktop- or laptop-based host applications — integrating the great synth sounds of iSEM into your GarageBand projects without leaving the GarageBand app, in other words. By using Audio Unit Extensions-compatible apps like iSEM, GarageBand users can extend its sonic capabilities above and beyond those of the built-in instruments into the wonderful world of Arturia. Indeed, it appears that we are one of the first — if not the first — to support this. That said, iSEM users can now easily record and multitrack their iSEM- based creations within GarageBand, adding drums, voice, guitar, and other sounds to make more complete musical arrangements, if they so wish. It’s also perfectly possible to have multiple instances of iSEM running in GarageBand — at least three or four when using latest-generation iPads, which was impossible with the previous ‘standalone’ version of iSEM.”

Truly trailblazing technology, then... in much the same way that the original Oberheim Synthesizer Expander Module® (SEM) was back in its day. How about a little history? Hatched by legendary synth designer Tom Oberheim back in 1974, the dual-oscillator SEM was originally conceived as a way of beefing up weaker-sounding compatible analogue monosynths of the time. It soon became a sought-after sound in its own right, so its Californian creator came up with a series of successive SEM-based instruments, first pairing up two SEMs with a 37-note keyboard and a simple analogue step sequencer to form the Two Voice, Oberheim’s first self-contained compact, duophonic synthesizer in 1975. Polyphonic programmability came courtesy of Oberheim’s breakthrough Polyphonic Synthesizer Programmer which — when hardwired into the fair-sized Four Voice (featuring four SEMs and a 49-note keyboard) in 1976 and enormous Eight Voice (eight SEMs set across two tiers) in 1977 — enabled the control voltages of many parameters for up to eight SEMs to be memorised for the first time. Though these instruments were undeniably groundbreaking, quickly finding favour with the likes of popular prog-rockers Rush and electronic music trailblazers Tangerine Dream, polyphony could only be achieved with multiple SEMs so each voice/module still had to be programmed independently, which was quite a daunting task — even by somewhat shaky Seventies standards!

Fast forward to today and the truly twenty-first century musical landscape has changed considerably. So has music technology itself. Indeed, most musicians take polyphony and programmability for granted — though not necessarily that still-sought-after Oberheim sound. Ingeniously, iSEM quite literally taps into all this and more as a cutting-edge iPad app, putting more musicality at anyone’s fingertips than its analogue namesake designer dared dream possible back in Oberheim’s Seventies salad days — all the more so since Arturia has had the foresight to adopt Apple’s Audio Unit Extensions technology so soon after its introduction, and all at a fraction of the cost of Oberheim’s original heavyweight hardware!

iPad 2 (or higher) owners can purchase and directly download the latest version of iSEM from the App Store for €9.99 EURO/$9.99 USD/£7.99 GBP here: [iTunes link]"

Chimera Synthesizer BC-16 SN *305Z6Y*

via this auction

Roland TB-303 Bassline Synthesizer SN 219100

via this auction

"Recent service, has many new caps and most IC chips including the ram are installed in sockets. Has a new set of replacement pots. Cosmetic condition is fair. One small chip out of the plastic on one corner and some discoloration of the plastic. Has a reproduction battery door. All buttons work great. The pcb boards inside are clean and have not been damaged by any battery leakage. The carry bag is in fair condition and is included. Great sounding unit, and lot's of fun to play."

Roland TR-606 Drumatix

via this auction

Korg M1 Synthesizer Demos

Published on May 29, 2015 Chris Bran

"This is my second presentation of my Korg M1, some of these sounds I made myself, the others factory ones have just been altered a little to sharpen them. No audio processors have been used! This is the power of the legendary Korg M1."

Yamaha V50 Synthesizer Demo

Published on May 9, 2015 Chris Bran

"This is a demo of my Yamaha V50. All these sounds were made by myself. I added some echo or reverb effects to make them less dry."

Kurzweil K2000 demos

Published on Jun 2, 2015 Chris Bran

"This the 1st part of my presentation of Kurzweil K2000. No additional effects have been used. My own K2000 has served me for some time and I created some sounds showing the power of VAST synthesis."

Kurzweil K2000 demo (part 2)

Kurzweil K2000 demo (part 3)

Clavia Nord Lead demo

Published on Apr 18, 2015 Chris Bran

"'Clavia Nord Lead Space Minimal morphing'
Some time ago I made this piece of space ambient music using a Nord Lead 1. I started an arpeggio and turned knobs to get the morphing FM effect. I added some tape echo. The bass is a long PWM sound also made on my NL 1. Have fun listening!"

Waldorf Blofeld Demos

Published on Jun 6, 2015 Chris Bran

"This is my simple demo song of my Waldorf Blofeld Keyboard."

Waldorf Blofeld Demo (part 2)

Yamaha SY77 synthesizer demos

Published on Dec 3, 2015 Chris Bran

"Hello, most of the FM sounds I tweaked myself on my favourite synth Yamaha SY77. Some of them were slightly altered factory sounds. Enjoy listening to the demo and put a comment if you wish."

Yamaha SY77 synthesizer demo 2

YAMAHA SY77 synthesizer demo 3

Sound Diary #6 - Medic Bass

Published on Dec 4, 2015 DivKidMusic

"The latest in the Sound Diary series/playlist which just aims to share some bits of audio with you all. Here's the Medic Modules Cranial Saw and Defibrillator (absolutely bonkers filter I love it!) creating the bassline for a track we were working on at the time. I felt like sharing something from some music for a change rather than random sample fodder (which is good too) so here it is."

CL Projects Alphasphere for Roland Alpha Juno 1, Alpha Juno 2 and MKS-50

Published on Dec 4, 2015 CL-Projects

"Alphasphere ​is a patch bank for the Roland Alpha Juno 1, Alpha Juno 2 and MKS-50 synthesizers. It contains 64 patches (8 banks of 8 patches) divided in a number of sound categories like bass, strings, pads, synths, leads and effects. It uses all the sound creating possibillities of the Alpha Juno. Most of the sounds are velocity sensitive and the the cutoff frequency of the sound is modulated depending on how hard the key is struck.


- For Alpha Juno 1, Alpha Juno 2 and MKS-50 synthesizers from Roland
- 64 patches (8 banks of 8 patches)
- In SysEx bank and SysEx patch format
- 10 sound categories
- Installation instructions included
- Included Patch List

Full info:"

Alex Martin - Future Medular

Published on Dec 4, 2015 Alex Martín

"Kind of tribute to the track called 'Future Modular' by Planetary Assault Systems @ Mote Evolver."


Teenage Engineering PO14 Bass Synthesizer Sound Demo

Published on Dec 3, 2015 D NIS

Teenage Engineering PO12 Drum Machine Pattern Demo

Delphic Karma - Swagger Fading Fast

Delphic Karma - Swagger Fading Fast from teezdalien on Vimeo.

"Remnants of another midnight modular synth patching session."

Modular + TTSH 2015.12.05

Modular + TTSH 2015.12.05 from bucketbd on Vimeo.

Octatrack experiment one

Published on Dec 4, 2015 kbroom

"First Jam with Octatrack, sequencing a shruthi-1, dark energy and triggering some samples."

SMD - more tests

Published on Dec 4, 2015 gugabox

"using only three tracks on the AR to test new bug fixes and performance"

MAH00006 - A little christmas tune played on the Seaboard Rise

Published on Dec 4, 2015 Axel Fischer

"A little christmas tune played on my Seaboard Rise"

DYNACORD DDL-12 extended // Vintage Digital Delay // KORG VOLCA BASS

Published on Dec 4, 2015 LESINDES

"This is number TWO now (actually number FOUR) in my DYNACORDIA: the vintage digital delay DYNACORD DDL-12 with memory extension that doubles the max. delay time. Endelsly repeating long delay + stunning feedback flanger FX thanks to built in LFO. It is one of the most underrated vintage DYNACORD FX."

Synth Collection December 2015

Published on Dec 4, 2015 Pi Synth

"A walkthrough of the demos provided on the Synth Collection evaluation SD card. Virtually no edits, so lots of delays. Grab a drink before you watch. I break out of each demo with control-C otherwise the video would be half an hour long.

All demos are running on a Pi Model B+ overclocked to 1GHz to match the performance of Raspberry Pi Zero. The worst-case load is during 'Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth' at the end of the sawtooth solo, where CPU usage (measured by top -H) peaked at around 58%.

Sound was captured directly out of the IQaudIO DAC+ into a Behringer UCA202, so it's a stereo image and representative quality of how this thing really sounds, and a bit of the iPod mic signal was left in there (which picked up the MiniRig, driven by the IQaudIO headphone out) - the sound of typing is so exciting, don't you think?!

So think about this for a second - a micro SD card, 8G, is £1.99 and a Raspberry Pi Zero is £4. For a hardware investment of 5.99 plus an old USB hub you have hanging around the place, you get 8 glorious synthesizers. The value proposition is pretty remarkable. And you don't even need a MIDI keyboard, you can author complete tracks within the sequencer and preview them, and drag them to the gig. Perfect if you intend doing a cover of Baba O'Riley or Won't Get Fooled Again at short notice!"


Published on Dec 4, 2015 SugoiGaijin

"(Best in HD)
Awesome composer Carlos Trujillo sent me this beautiful chord progression a few weeks ago, and this is what happened!!! I hope you like it Carlos!!
See you next week!!

(Mejor en HD)
El increíble compositor Carlos Trujillo me envió esta bonita secuencia de acordes hace unas semanas, y esto es lo que sucedió!! Espero que te guste Carlos!!
Hasta la semana que viene!!

Gear: Grand Piano, TR-8, KP3+, Novation SL MKII & Live 9."

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