MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, January 1, 2016

Friday, January 01, 2016

Synth Rorschach #45: JJ Abrams Synth Reference in Star Wars The Force Awakens

So did anyone else catch the synth reference in The Force Awakens? Hint: It has to do with that planet in the right of the image on the left. If so, leave a comment, and please do not reveal any other spoilers for those who haven't seen it yet, although anyone that hasn't might be due for some punishment. I've seen it twice already in 3D and 2D - a note on which was a better experience for me is below. That said, if you haven't seen the film yet do not look in the comments, but see my note directly below.

And for those that do not know, JJ Abrams is into synths.

A small tip for those that haven't seen the film yet: I saw it the first time in IMAX 3D and again today in IMAX 2D at the same theater. I'm not sure if it was the theater, but both the audio and video quality of the 3D version blew the 2D version away. The screen was sharper, brighter and the audio was significantly better in the IMAX 3D version. I almost think something was just wrong with the 2D theatre, the quality was that much worse. It was like going from stereo to mono.

Update: someone got the answer in the comments below, so don't look if you still want to guess.

Update2: related via skkatter in the comments: Cool Guys Don't Look At Explosions - JJ Abrams on Keys

Hordijk Modular Cross Mod Patch

Published on Jan 1, 2016 d4nnyp

"Video and sound is out of sync, apologies!!

Hordijk Modular System: Improv on a patch using some Cross Modulation between 2 OSC HRM, each oscillator is cross modding each others wave shape, both oscillators go into a twin peak filter which is also modulated by the oscillators. random CV and clock from the Rungler. TetraMAPS sequencer is clocked from the patch and is controlling the time on a strymon timeline via midi. Reverb is Strymon Big Sky."


Published on Jan 1, 2016 Ebotronix

4ms Peg, QCD² /Expander², RCD², VCA Matrix
Analogue Systems RS 100², RS110²², RS360²
Arp Odyssey 2821 white noise
Bananalogue Serge VCS

Custom Black Panel for Tiptop Audio Z-DSP & Card Holders from Ninstrument

via Ninstrument

"Seems more cards are getting released these days so I thought since they seem to be all black and I am seeing more demand for black panels that it would only make sense to make a dedicated black panel with a double card holder. I have the kits available now."

Modal Electronics Modulus 002 Factory Patches Demo (Part 2)

Published on Jan 1, 2016 perfectcircuitaudio

"This video demonstrates some factory patches of the Modal Electronics Modulus 002 hybrid synthesizer. These are only some of the included patches. Part 2."

Part 1 here.

Perfect Circuit Audio on eBay

Korg Volca Key Fat Sequence

Published on Jan 1, 2016 Todd Smith

"In this video I use the synth line we created in Korg Volca Keys poly mode tutorial ( LINK BELOW ) . I'll use this sequence in octave mode to show you how thick the Korg Volca Keys can be by itself and some added effects."

Poly mode tutorial video just posted below.

Korg Volca Tutorials & Tips by Todd Smith

Published on Dec 29, 2015 Todd Smith

Korg Volca Keys Flux Mode , 1/4 Tempo Tutorial ( Extended Sequences )
Record Korg Volca jams into Ableton a budget.
Korg Volca Midi Channels, Midi Sync and Control Commands .
Korg Volca Bass Midi Only Settings
Korg Volca Bass Tutorial : How to do multiple VCO sequences.
Korg Volca Sync & Arturia Microbrute Step Record
Korg Volca Beats Motion Control & Stutter Recording .
Korg Volca Beats Pattern Changes with Stutter
Korg Volca Keys How to use Poly Mode Sequencer Overdub.

KORG Volcas on eBay | KORG Volcas on Amazon

Modded Sequential Circuits PROPHET-5 Rev 2

via this auction

No mention of the switch mod on the upper right. If you know what it is feel free to comment.

Transistor Sound Labs Stepper Acid Eurorack Module

via this auction

Studio Electronics ATC-Xi Synthesizer - Quad Filter System in White

via this auction

Vintage Synsonics Model 5300 Electronic Drum Machine **w/ Original Pads

via this auction

"Rare vintage drum machine in excellent cosmetic condition. Controller literally looks brand new. Tested and has a slight hiss / crackle. Comes with original pads and all work great. One of them has a slight crack in the plastic housing on the bottom but does not affect performance. Pads are made of felt and there are no rips. There is an additional original kick drum pad that is missing as are the original stands. Samples produced are very unique and of the era. Haven't heard anything like it and with the blend feature you can make some really awesome sounds."

Acidlab Miami Analog Drum Machine | Roland TR-808 Clone

via this auction

DIY Mellotron

Published on Jan 1, 2016 otemrellik

"This is a small project I did over the last week or so. It uses a cassette tape player, a teensy 2.0 and an ios device."

BLUE LANTERN Lunar Modulation Center // the Basic Waveforms

Published on Jan 1, 2016 LESINDES

"Short introduction in the basisc waveforms of BLUE LANTERN LUNAR MODULATION CENTER
Sophisticated FM sounds of this module in the other clips."

BLUE LANTERN Lunar Modulation Center // experiencing FM 2

Published on Jan 1, 2016


Roland Boutique JU-06 ‘Sparkly Lead/Pad’ with Roland Aira System 1, Korg EMX2

Published on Jan 1, 2016 Micro Banshee

"Roland Boutique JU-06 – Pad Demo

A quick video demonstrating a tweaked pad/lead sound I’ve called ‘Sparkly Lead/Pad’ [there is a little delay on the JU-06 from the mixer]

There are lots of video’s showing some of the sounds of the JU-06 but many of them highlight the basses of which this machine was fondly remembered for – but I remember the pads in particular, they were always my favourite.

I used to have a Roland Juno 106 [1988-1992] and lost it to a seedy bunch who were employees of a music store in Newcastle Upon Tyne called ‘Rock City’ the store went bust while they were in possession of my Juno 106 and other synths, [a Roland SH101 being another] because the store was closing down [unkown to me] they thought it was ok to steal customers property, which they did.

Korg EMX2
Roland Lucina AX-09
Roland Boutique JU-06
Roland Aira System 1

As always, the track is recorded Live: audio/video recorded simultaneously [mistakes included!]


GoPro Hero / Behringer Xenyx 1622 USB mixer / Behringer 1002FX Mixer / Zoom H1 [internal Mic] Cool Edit Pro.

Music © all rights reserved. Micro Banshee – 2016"

Hordijk Strata

Published on Jan 1, 2016 Todd Barton

"exploring a very simple patch which unfolds into a kaleidoscopic spectrum of timbres. better audio here:"


via this auction



POLIV MIDI STROY Published on Dec 21, 2015 SergeyArmavir

via this auction

Commodore 64 Cynthcart Analog Synthesizer with Original Box

via this auction

"The Commodore has been modded to be a portable synthesizer. No monitor needed to create music but Cynthcart does produce visuals if you hook one up. Black and white keys are marked on the Commodore. Paddles have been hardwired for filter control, rendering the joystick ports inactive. Audio out for 1/4" jack. Everything works perfectly. Comes with original box, genuine Commodore power adapter, Cynthcart and Commodore 64. Box has some damage. More info on Cynthcart:"

TESTING ableton LINK on 12 iPads

Published on Jan 1, 2016 DigiEnsemble Berlin

"We used the following musical apps
* Patterning [iTunes]
* ElasticDrums [iTunes]
* MoDrums [iTunes]
* KORG iKaossilator [iTunes]
* Fugue Machine [iTunes]
and a WIFI-Device.

There are many more apps supporting LINK out now :-)

The new Ableton LINK works very stabile and on time.

This was just a TESTING for many more musical pieces in 2016! We are excited about this new possibilities for mobile music making.

THX Finn Dorian for the camera walk.
Music and Concept by Matthias Krebs and Marc Godau from the DigiEnsemble Berlin.


New Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Touch Sequencer & Synth

A video posted by Pittsburgh Modular (@pghmodular) on

Update: I was too busy looking at the sequencer, I almost missed what appears to be an all-in-one synth above it! You can see a second system to the left.

And a few more (be sure to click the more link if you are coming off the front page):

A video posted by Pittsburgh Modular (@pghmodular) on

#M4MLive - Happy New Year 2016 - Muzik 4 Machines

Published on Dec 31, 2015 Muzik 4 Machines

"some glitches and some cats on gear, so not all in one shot, but there is some really great stuff in there"


Theme from 2016 // Patch

Published on Jan 1, 2016 Auxar

"Happy new year everyone.
Modules used in this patch:
Make Noise: tELHARMONIC, Echophon, Erbe-Verb, Function, Richter Wogglebug, MMG, Brains, Moddemix, Rene, Rosie, DPO x2, Pressure points x2, Maths x2, Optomix x2, LxD
Doepfer: A-160-2, A-138, A-147,A-151
Expert Sleepers: Disting x2,Disting MK3

Recorded on Sonic-core VDAT."


Published on Jan 1, 2016 KilpatrickAudio

"Here's a little tune made with CARBON on NYE 2016! Experimenting with three different scenes, track mutes and live soloing. The instruments used are PHENOL, Juno-2, D-550 and Machinedrum. All MIDI is generated by CARBON.

Support our crowdfunding campaign now:"

Synthesizers.Com Modular Synth

via this auction

"Power Control with connecting cables.
MIDI interface and midi interface aid.
1 Q147 Distributor
8 Q106 oscillators, 2 with Q141 oscillator aid.
2 Q124 multiples
1 Q113 8 channel mixer
1 Q116 Ring Modulator
2 Q125 Signal Processor
6 Q109 Envelope Generators
4 Q108 Amplifiers
1 Q111 Pan/Fade
1 Q120 Connector Interface
1 Q150 Transistor Ladder Filter
1 Q107 State Variable Filter
1 Q127 Fixed Filter Bank
1 Q140 Fixed Filter Bank Aid
1 Q115 Reverb
1 Q119 Sequential Controller
1 Q960 Sequential Controller
1 Q962 Sequential Switch
1 Q963 Trigger Bus
1 Q961 Interface for sequencer
1 Q171 Quantizer Bank
1 Q172 Quantizer Aid
1 Q105 Slew Limiter
1 Q128 Switch
1 Q149 Signal Selector
1 Q110 Noise
1 Q130 Clipper/Rectifier
1 Q117 Sample and Hold
1 Q123 Standards

With room to grow.

Comes with box of patch cables from and all paperwork."

Roland System 100M Module 110 SN 051202 with Glow In The Dark Sliders & Mods

via this auction

"This auction is for a vintage Roland System 100M module 110 which contains a VCO, VCF and VCA. The module works great and the sliders and pots work are smooth. Used in a non-smoking private studio. Features glow in the dark slider caps (technology transplant) and has a completely reversible SYNC mod which was professionally installed. It uses the LOW audio output jack and converts it into an input to sync the VCO frequency. You can then use the VCO mod input to do sync sweeps."

DOEPFER MAQ 16/3 MIDI CV Step Sequencer SN 260312

via this auction

Roland TR-808 Restoration by GOLT !

Roland TR-808 Restoration (Part 1) - Switches, pots and other replacement parts.

Published on Jan 1, 2016 GOLT !

"The first video in my TR-808 Restoration series. Covers step switches, Start and Tap switches, switch caps, pots, knobs, screws and everything else that can be replaced using aftermarket parts."

TR-808 Restoration (Part 2) - Power supply and electrical tests

Published on Jan 3, 2016 GOLT !

"The second video in my TR-808 Restoration Series. This one covers the power supply, transformers, electrical saftey test, supply board voltages and related things."

New Order - Blue Monday (CMS iPad cover demo)

Published on Dec 31, 2015 Javier Alexander

"Original song by New Order from the album 'Power, Corruption & Lies (1983)'
Written by Bernard Summer

One of the best songs that I've ever heard and, I told me: why don't make a cover of this song on my iPad? Was really fun since these moment ^^

Apps used:
- Korg iPolysix (synthesizer bassline) [iTunes]
- FunkBox Drum Machine (original Oberheim DX drum machine sonds) [iTunes]
- GarageBand (guitars, keyboards, sampler, studio, edition) [iTunes]

All the sounds are apps, except the sample, recorder and mixed on the iPad. No computers or MIDI used during the recording and mixing of this.
Contains a sample from "Uranium" from the album Radioactivity (1975) by Kraftwerk

Video edited on iMovie, filmed on an iPad mini.

Happy New Year!! from CMS :D"

via discchord


Published on Jan 1, 2016

Update: now available here: CHAiOS SYNTH 2 - Per Loenicker

Spotted this one on disschord. A new synth coming to the iPad.

"The CHAiOS SYNTH 2 is a further development of the free and easy-to-use CHAiOS SYNTH for iPad, which was formerly developed at the University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf. The new version is beefed up by a number of new features and improvements. Now the CHAiOS SYNTH 2 has become a fully professional synthesizer while staying as intuitive and uncomplicated as its predecessor.

With support for Inter-App Audio and Audiobus the CHAiOS SYNTH 2 can be used together with other audio apps on iPad.

Main features:
- 16 Step melody generator with unique random algorithm
- Wavetable oscillator with three different waveforms
- VA lowpass filter with variable resonance and cutoff frequency
- Delay- and reverb-effects
- ADSR envelopes for controlling amp and filter frequency
- Support for Audiobus and Inter-App Audio

Improvements to CHAiOS Synth 1
- New bandlimited wavetable oscillator
- New „virtual analog“ 4-pole lowpass filter
- Additional ADSR-envelope for the filter frequency
- 3 modes for filter resonance
- 16 step /3 track drum-sequencer
- More parameters for reverb and delay
- Adjustable oscillator volume
- Improved, streamlined design

CHAiOS SYNTH 2 will be available soon. For more information visit:

The old, free version of CHAiOS SYNTH is still available at the App Store FOR FREE, but will not be developed or maintained any further. Check it out to get the idea of the CHAiOS Engine!"

#Tangerine dream -Horns of Doom

Published on Jan 1, 2016 graal7

#Tangerine dream -Horns of Doom
by graal7
korg electribe 2
motif xs8
moog sub37
clavia nordwave
yamaha cs 15 and cs01

American Soviets C.C.C.P. (cover on Korg Electribe EMX1, Roland System 1m, Microbrute)

Published on Jan 1, 2016 Earmonkey Music

"About 95% EMX1. A great little box. I added some additional live bass from the System 1m, and some messed up crap from the Microbrute (should've just stayed off But I wanted to look like I was doing something instead of just changing the pattern on the EMX. Anyway, I loved this song from C.C.C.P. back in the day when I used to actually go to dance clubs and I thought I'd redo it just for fun. Hope you enjoy."

"Rumble" with Akai MPX8 by ElektroNoiser

Published on Jan 1, 2016 ElektroNoiser

"I'm learning to cut sentences for this small sampler, there may be some stumbling on the track, but it is my fault, I should practice a little more.
The track is Rumble, originally created on a Roland RS5,
I keep a MP3 with working for this demo.

Thanks for watching!

all right reserved by ElektroNoiser"

Complex EG Sputnik Maths Wogglebug - Eurorack Modular Demo

Published on Jan 1, 2016 Ariel Raguet

"Complex EG generated by Sputnik QFTS influenced by Maths and Wogglebug

Make Noise Maths and Make Noise Wogglebug sending CV to the Sputnik QFTS Attack and Decay CV inputs.

The complex EG from the Sputnik goes to the Pittsburgh Synthesizer Box VCA CV IN and the Intellijel Hex VCA CV IN ch 1 for the AJH Synth Minimod VCO and ch 2 for the Make Noise STO VCO.

Make Noise Wogglebug also send random clock to the Pittsburgh Sequencer Hold input.

The Pittsburgh Synthesizer Box filter is in LPG mode and the WMD Micro Hadron Collider are in LP mode with fixed frecuency positions for the MINI MOD and the STO"

Roland AIRA TR8 and TB3 drum beat 2016

Published on Jan 1, 2016 Calle Nilsson

"The Roland AIRA TR8 and TB3 doing a drum beat kind of hip hop groove together."

Jacob Waters New Years Eve 2015-16 Live Performance

Published on Jan 1, 2016

"Live performance on for New Years Eve 2015-16."

Happy New Year From Big City Music - New Website, Larger Showroom and New Gear Coming

via @bigcitymusic

"HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 2016 will be great as we've launched a new website, opened a bigger showroom, and have lots of exciting new gear to show everyone in a few weeks 👏🎊 #keepmusiccreative #metasonix"

The image appears to be the Metasonix Wretch Machine.

If you are heading to NAMM this year, do not miss the Big City Music booth!

Amberlilly lovin the Moog Sub Phatty at 1 and a Half years old

Published on May 17, 2015 Ed Solo


Published on Dec 31, 2015 Clara Venice


Let's make 2016 the year of the weirdo!!

2015 was an amazing year for me and thank you all so much for your lovely comments and support. I've got a lot of exciting things planned for the upcoming year and I can't wait to share them with you!

I love you all very much, and I wish all the very best for you.

Stay weird, and see you soon!!

Clara XO

Happy New Year From MATRIXSYNTH! - A Look Back at 2015

Happy New Year everyone!  I want to thank you all for a great 2015 and I wish you all the best in 2016!

The following is my yearly round up for the year.  Feel free to dig into this post as much you like, or skip it and leave a comment at the bottom of the post. I'd be curious to hear what stood out for you in 2015. Do you like the direction the synthesizer world is headed in, or would you rather see more or less of any type of product?


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