MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday, January 08, 2016

E-Mu Going Eurorack Under Rossum Electro-Music

If you click the image and zoom in, to the left of the Tiptop Z3000 you should see what looks like a eurorack E-MU module. It has the classic E-Mu modular knobs as the original system in the background. The image was shared by Dave Rossum of E-Mu himself. Hopefully we will know more soon.

Update in via Soviet Space Child (Evolution filter module further below):

Update2: pics and details on additional modules added.

"The Evolution of EVOLUTION

The fundamental core of the Rossum Electro-Music EVOLUTION Variable Character Filter is Bob Moog’s famous “ladder” filter, which was described in US Patent 3,475,623. This circuit uses the variation of the Bipolar Junction Transistor’s emitter resistance with current as the voltage variable element in an RC filter. In the Moog implementation, four identical stages each implemented a single real lowpass pole. The Moog 904A module included a “Regeneration” control that created a negative feedback path around the four poles. Since each pole provided 45 degrees of phase shift at its -3dB point, increasing this feedback produced a resonant peak at cutoff. The musical utility of the Moog filter is, of course, famous.

In 1973, E-mu Systems introduced their 1100 submodule, which was the heart of their 2100 lowpass filter module. The 1100 used a Moog ladder as its core element, but I wanted to isolate the innate audio characteristics of the filter ladder from those colorations resulting from the input level-shifters and output amplifier used in the Moog 904A. I also envisioned a DC-coupled design with a cutoff frequency range well beyond 10 octaves, as well as eliminating variations of the height of the resonant peak or oscillation amplitude with frequency control voltage.

I level-shifted the exponential generator to allow the filter signal input to be directly applied to the ladder base. I then designed a completely new output stage for the ladder; this circuit has never (to our knowledge) been used outside my designs. The entire signal path was DC coupled and the resonant feedback path phase compensated. The 1100 was my favorite filter (I liked it more than the SSM2040 I later invented, and kept the 1100 as E-mu’s modular lowpass in preference to a cheaper 2040 design). The operational range of the cutoff frequency was from about 0.1Hz to 25kHz, with stable Q’s throughout.

In launching Rossum Electro-Music, I chose a new implementation of the 1100 filter as the first all-analog module for our Eurorack offering, based on its unique and outstanding audio characteristics. I re-engineered the basic 1100 core using modern available surface-mount components and then added a number of features to the original 1100 design:

Ladder filters self-oscillate, and can be used as VCOs. I was able to design the Rossum Electro EVOLUTION’s frequency control exponential generator to be extremely accurate and temperature stable, rivaling the specifications of the best analog VCOs. I also added a novel temperature compensation circuit for the ladder emitter resistance.

The resonance (“Q”) of the original 1100 was not voltage controlled. I implemented voltage controlled Q using one cell of an SSM2164 VCA (sadly, the original 2164 is no longer produced, so a replica source is needed). Since the SSM2164 is based on my 1979 design of the SSM2010, this is an apt choice. The phase compensation has been maintained, but we added a “Q Compensation” control. The negative feedback resonance path in the 1100, like the Moog 904A, caused the amplitude of signals in the passband to be attenuated as the Q increased, which some users found undesirable. If instead the signal is inserted into the Q VCA, this effect is eliminated. In EVOLUTION, the Q Compensation control allows insertion of the signal with an arbitrary mix into either of these inputs, allowing the ratio of direct to resonant amplitude to be arbitrarily selected.

There is no inherently desirable taper for Q control. In highly resonant, but oscillation-proof filters such as state variable designs, it makes sense to exponentially control Q. But in ladder filters, oscillation is expected, and high Q’s without oscillation are not practically achievable. The Rossum Electro EVOLUTION implements linear control of the Q VCA.

The ladder design, as I implemented it, has no inherent distortion for signals far below the cutoff frequency. The characteristic timbre of the filter comes primarily from distortions of frequencies near and above the cutoff frequency. The degree of distortion depends on the signal amplitude. Consequently, it is sonically interesting to modulate the signal amplitude going into the ladder, and modulate the output signal with the precise inverse gain. This is the function of the Species control. A high voltage into the Species input will cause the filter to distort more audibly.

Because ladder filters produce their resonance by feedback, the relationship of that feedback to the drive VCAs is critical. The Rossum Electro EVOLUTION places the Q feedback within the drive VCAs. This means that the filter’s resonance is unaffected by the Species setting, but that the amplitude of any self-oscillation will be inversely proportional to the Species level. When using the filter as an oscillator, the Species control can be used to amplitude modulate the output. If oscillation is combined with an input signal, the results become even more interesting. Like the Q circuit, SSM 2164 cells are used for the drive VCAs.

With these additions, the preliminary design of EVOLUTION looked pretty complete. Then Marco asked if it would be possible to add voltage controlled slope (those marketing guys are never satisfied). My first take was that this would not be practical, because varying the slope usually involves controlling complex pole pairs, and the ladder comprises only real poles.

Then I realized that I could steer the current around individual ladder stages in an analog manner, controlling the number of poles rather than the slope. A prototype proved this was both practical and audibly pleasing. Since the resonant frequency of a ladder filter is determined by the 180 degree phase shift point, it changes with the number of poles: 60 degrees for three poles, 45 for four, 36 for five, and 30 degrees for six poles. Modulating the number of poles produces a unique 'bubbly' sound.

Two more tweaks were needed to complete the circuit. Because the number of poles not only affects the phase shift for resonance, it also changes the amount of feedback required for oscillation, the pole control circuit needs to control the Q VCA in a manner such that the same Q control voltage produces oscillation for each pole setting. And since it’s useful but difficult to tune the initial pole setting to be in the center of the range (exactly steering the current to the desired ladder poles), I added analog controlled LEDs to indicate the activation of the poles."

The Evolution filter module appears to be the module in the image above.

"EVOLUTION is Dave’s updated take on his classic enhancement of Bob Moog’s iconic ladder filter.

At the core of EVOLUTION is Dave’s unique implementation of the Moog ladder filter from the original E-mu Systems 2100 LPF module (which, incidentally, Dave counts as his favorite of all of the analog filters he designed).

For EVOLUTION, Dave has designed new capabilities that not only allow users to dial in all of the outstanding qualities of the original 2100, but combine to let them create the sonic characteristics of a wide variety of other filter types. They include:

– A Genus control that allows continuous voltage control of the number of filter poles (from 3 to 6 poles), essentially allowing real-time variation of Evolution’s effective cutoff slope from 18dB/oct to 36dB/oct. LEDs give continuous indication of the current slope.

– A Species control that allows voltage control of the signal level into Evolution’s unique distortion circuitry.

– Voltage controlled resonance with a variable Q Level Compensation control that controls of the balance of the resonant signal and the frequencies below the cutoff frequency (which would otherwise be attenuated as the resonance is increased).

– An extremely accurate and temperature-stable frequency control exponential generator, rivaling the specifications of the best analog VCOs.Taken together, EVOLUTION gives everything from the platonic ideal of the classic ladder filter to an almost unlimited variety of alternative filter characteristics."

Details on the Control Forge & Morpheus Z-Plane Filter (from the E-Mu Morpheus rackmount synth):

Control Forge

Programmable Universal CV Generator

CONTROL FORGE is hard to describe briefly, as it’s unlike anything else available in Eurorack (or pretty much anywhere). The core functionality is drawn from the E-mu Morpheus’s insanely powerful (but hard to program on a two-line display) Function Generators. But now expanded into a supremely flexible modulation source encompassing elaborate one-shot contours, evolving cyclical patterns and sequences of arbitrary length and complexity.

– At its most basic, it’s an 8-stage function generator with variable time and target voltage level for each stage.

– Each stage’s level can be defined either absolutely or relative to the ending level of the previous stage and can optionally be quantized to the nearest 1/12 volt.

– Each stage’s level may have a user defined range of randomness of either linear or gaussian distribution.

– The time scale may be modulated under CV control or manually via the encoder during runtime.

– There are 191 different transition shapes between stages (indicated graphically on the display during selection), from linear and exponential shapes to various flavors of random, chaotic, and many more that don’t lend themselves to one-word descriptions, including the ability to pass CVs directly through to the output for individual stages.

– Also included are “DC” shapes that allow the module to be used as a sequencer with all of the module’s available programmability. When combined with the Preset Sequencer described below, sequences can be hundreds of steps long and modified in real time manually or by CVs.

– Each stage may optionally have a conditional jump mode that results in a jump to another selected stage if a particular condition is met. E.g., a CV being above or below the selected conditional value, the presence or lack of a gate or logic high at their respective inputs, rising or falling edges at the inputs, etc. So, in addition to one-shot shapes, extremely elaborate cyclical patterns can be programmed that evolve based on the various conditional inputs.

– Two independent triggers can be programmed to fire in response to a variety of events and can be used to affect either CONTROL FORGE itself or external modules.

– Hundreds of presets can be saved and recalled

– A preset sequencer allows stepping through user defined series of presets under trigger or clock control. This allows contours and sequences of almost unlimited length and complexity.

– All presets and sequences can be transferred to any number of CONTROL FORGE SATELLITES."

Morpheus Stereo Morphing Z-Plane Filter

With our MORPHEUS ​digital filter module, we’re finally able to unleash the full power of the 14-pole Z­-Plane Filters that Dave invented for the E-mu Morpheus synthesizer.

Due to processor limitations back in the day, the original Morpheus was capable of real-time morphing between filter configurations, but interpolation in the frequency and transform dimensions were set at note-on and remained static for the remainder of the note. But even with that limitation, Morpheus offered sonic capabilities that are unmatched to this day.

With our new MORPHEUS filter module, you get simultaneous real-time CV control of all three dimensions, for dynamic timbral effects unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.

MORPHEUS features include:

– Over 190 14-pole filter configurations

– Real-time manual and CV control of Frequency, Morphing and Transformation

– The ability to save hundreds of customized filter configurations

– A sequencer for stepping through filter configurations under trigger or clock control

– A large OLED display for programming and realtime display of morphing

Like all Rossum Electro-Music digital modules, all parameters are available for adjustment with a single button press. No menu diving."

"SATELLITE is a compact 12HP module that can be loaded with all of the presets and preset sequences from a Control Forge and then function as a completely stand-alone CV generator. Once the presets and preset sequences are transferred from the Control Forge (via a patch cord connection), SATELLITE no longer requires any connection to a Control Forge.

With one or more SATELLITES, Control Forge owners can take advantage of all of their presets and sequences in multiple cabinets or even different systems

Multiple SATELLITE can be programmed from the same Control Forge and synced together via their Gate inputs to create complex polyphonic sequences and modulation contours.

SATELLITE will be available this spring from Rossum Electro-Music dealers worldwide."

New KORG Minilogue Pic

You'll find a new image of the full synth, sent in via Soviet Space Child, added to the original post here.

Yamaha Reface Essential Guide, Strap Kit & Filter Discrepancy

You'll find a 32 page PDF of the Yamaha Reface Essential Guide here, originally via, here.

This one is in via Jared who had the following to say: "I stumbled upon this during a Google search for the Reface strap kit. The guide shows an image of it at the very end. Oddly enough, it doesn't show up as an accessory in the US website.

The guide dated June 2015, and mentions that the CS filter is 18dB. The current owners manual describes the LPF as having a 24dB roll off. (This jives with a similar correction in the sonic state review)."

Zeropage feat. DJ Janosch - Red Shift

Published on Jan 8, 2016 Zeropage

"Friday Acid Jam with DJ Janosch at the Zeropage Studio"

Allen & Heath AHB Inpulse One vintage ultra rare drum machine SN 1024

via this auction

You can find a video of one previously posted here, and a resource site posted here. Only one other was listed for sale back in 2007.

"Up for sale is a (1) Allen & Heath AHB Inpulse One drum machine, made in England around 1985. There are 140 units produced of this drum machine and most of them don't work properly. This one is been completely overhauled and in good working condition now (service report included in the sale). Notice that the gold plated contacts of the expansion connector are damaged, the connector is not longer usable unfortunately. Optical it's in good condition for its age, but there is some wear and tear on the housing, rusty spots on the back side and some scratches (see photo's). It's working on 220 - 240V and the serial number is: 1024."

The Ballad Of The AX80

Published on Jan 8, 2016 Eric Mauro

"(c) 2015. I challenged myself to write a song consisting only of patches created on my Akai AX80 (except drums). In my previous recordings, it has seen very limited use, so I figured it was time to get to know this instrument."

Roland Boutique JU-06 Factory Patches Demo

Published on Jan 8, 2016 perfectcircuitaudio

Perfect Circuit Audio on eBay

Great Northern Cave (Final Fantasy VII) cover by Steven Morris

Published on Jan 8, 2016 Steven Morris

"Great Northern Cave (北の大空洞)
Cover by Steven Morris (モリス・スティーブン)
Written by Nobuo Uematsu (植松伸夫)
From Final Fantasy VII (ファイナルファンタジーVII)

"Great Northern Cave" from FFVII!

For the full effect, listen with a pair of quality speakers or headphones.


Eurorack Modular Synthesizer
Fender Precision Bass
Rhodes Electric Piano

Modular Synthesizer Patches of Interest:

Arp 2600V self running S/H Patch.

Published on Jan 8, 2016 ms20user

"Parameters are automated in Ableton Live. Delay and Reverb is added."

let the goldfish perform - Steve Gay and Bob Williams of Analogue Systems

The fourth video with Steve Gay and Bob Williams of Analogue Systems is now up here.

Yamaha Soundmondo Social Sound-Sharing Site for Reface Synths

Yamaha has launched Soundmondo, a resource site for Reface synth owners to share their patches. The following is the official press release:

"Soundmondo Social Sound-Sharing Website Lets reface Users Inspire and be Inspired Any Place, Any Time

BUENA PARK, Calif. (January 8, 2016) — Yamaha has officially launched Soundmondo (, a groundbreaking social sound-sharing website for sharing reface Mobile Mini Keyboard sounds.

Soundmondo is one of the first sites to implement WebMIDI, a new W3C (API) pioneered by Google in Chrome (versions 43 and later) earlier this year. WebMIDI connects MIDI devices to the Internet allowing musical instruments to play online synthesizers, as well as save or share sounds with Soundmondo. Because WebMIDI is part of Chrome, Soundmondo works on Mac, PC and Android devices.

The Yamaha reface Mobile Mini Keyboards are the first instruments to work with Soundmondo. Featuring four models, each with a unique tone generator and control panel, reface empowers users with an easy way to store, recall, organize and share their sounds.

'Soundmondo is social sound-sharing for synthesizers,' said Nate Tschetter, marketing manager, Music Production, Yamaha Corporation of America. 'Back in the day, synthesizers had patch sheets where sound re-creation was a manual process of duplicating settings from a printed diagram. Soundmondo instantly sends the sound to your instrument and visually shows you how to re-create it. It’s like having your own personal synth programmer on call 24/7.'

Saving sounds on Soundmondo is easy. Once the user connects their instrument and sets up an account, they simply hit CREATE and give their sound a name, a description and tags. They can also add a YouTube video and SoundCloud audio to really show off their sound.

According to Tschetter, the real fun comes in checking out sounds created by other Soundmondo users. BROWSE shows all available sounds (currently over 1,200), and the user can refine their search using tags. Once the user finds a sound they might like, they simply click on it and hit SYNC. This will send the sound to their connected reface AND show them how to move the controls to recreate the sound.

For reface DX users, there’s an added bonus: a full editor showing all parameters with full navigation and editing using a computer keyboard.

Yamaha reface Mobile Mini Keyboards, introduced this past summer, feature built-in speakers and battery power along with interactive controls, incredible keyboard feel and great sound for a truly pro instrument that lets musicians create their sound any place, any time.

For more information, please visit"

Malekko Varigate 4 Eurorack Module Now Available - Quick Demo

via @malekkoheavyindustry "Varigate4 available today!! Here's a quick demo.."

Check with the dealers on the right of the site here on MATRIXSYNTH for availability.

Landscape HC-TT Human Controlled Tape Transport

Cool little tape device from Landscape. Click through for additional details and some demos.

"The HC-TT is a compact cassette manipulation device which allows you to play a cassette with your hands similarly to how you scratch a vinyl record. Sound will only be produced while your hand is turning the single black knob. By turning this knob you are rotating the cassette spindle moving the tape across the internal tape head. The knob plays a regular cassette in the forward direction and a homemade cassette loop in either direction. The blue switch is a momentary mute for both stereo channels. There is no motor in this device. It does not record, only outputs pre-recorded audio from a cassette."


Etched aluminum enclosure (4.7" x 3.7" x1.5")

Large "playback" knob (directly moves a regular cassette in the forward direction and a homemade cassette loop in either direction)

Cassette tape opening along front edge (lift playback knob, slide in tape, reseat knob shaft into cassette spindle)

Blue momentary mute switch with spring return

Stereo L/R volume knobs

1/4" outputs (Stereo L/R)

1/8" outputs (Stereo L/R)

9v power supply

Shipped with one randomly selected old cassette tape"

Moog Sub 37 Free Presets

Published on Jan 8, 2016 HelloSamples

"Here's our set of 35 presets for your Moog Sub 37!

Download them for free here:
Creating sounds with the Moog Sub 37 is something natural for me. From the first day I got this little monster in 2014, I could not resist experimenting with it and applying all my knowledge of sound design to it.

As a beta tester for Moog, I’ve been building these presets while testing their new OS and software editor.

The result is a collection of 35 presets containing Bass, Leads, Percussions, FX and other amazing sounds!. Some of these sounds have been created to be also played with the modulation wheel and aftertouch. If you’d like to experiment beyond and also learn the logic behind, these presets are a good starting point for it.

Check out the video to get a more accurate idea of how they sound like.

And please, feel free to leave your thoughts about them and suggest presets you would like me to do in the near future.

Borja Ruiz - Head of Product
This library contains:

35 Presets for Moog Sub 37 including:
- 7 Basses
- 1 Duo Sound
- 5 Evolving Sounds
- 12 Leads
- 4 Percussions
- 6 SFX

Moog Sub 37 Firmware 1.1.13 Updater

For more info visit our website:"

Maestro Phase Shifter Demo w/ A Synthesizer

Published on Jan 8, 2016 gstormelectro

"All audio and video by G-Storm Electro c.2016

Demo of the Maestro PS-1B Phase Shifter. This is the rarer version with the Variable Speed knob. The knob does exactly what the switches do, with the ability to set the speed anywhere in between. The knob only works when the slow phase switch is set. As the switches OR knob settings are changed you will notice a smooth and gradual transition in speed.

The synthesizer is the Korg reissue ARP Odyssey. If you're interested in the patches hopefully the footage shows the patch settings to some degree. I added a small amount of delay for stereo widening. During one section I use the Moroder delay trick to change simple 8th notes to stereo-panned 16-th notes, and then apply the phaser. I was recording levels pretty hot, sorry there is some clipping in parts of the audio.

Thanks for watching and if you haven't done so already just go ahead and subscribe."

Ed's Minimoog model D restoration (by synthpro)

Published on Jan 8, 2016 synthpro

"Hi Everyone,
Here at it again....another ninimoog restoration. This video is for Ed but for anyone else watching, this is a 10,000 range serial # mini making it a very late production somewhere around late 1978.

Thanks for watching and take care,

Peavey Muse Research MuseBox

via this auction

You can find a 2010 NAMM video on the MuseBox here.

"An effects processor, sound module, synthesizer, amp modeler, virtual piano and electronic drum kit all in one compact box!

MuseBox takes advantage of virtual instrument and effects software for cutting-edge sounds and unprecedented flexibility. Portable, compact, and completely self-contained - just plug in, and play!

Simple Sound-Finder based user interface lets you find that just right sound or effect FAST.

Tweak and program instruments and effects by simply connecting a mouse, monitor and keyboard directly to the MuseBox. Or edit and program remotely by connecting the MuseBox to your computer and running the exclusive Muse Remote software.

Two pro-grade mic/instrument inputs on the front panel allow you to connect your mic and guitar so you can handle any performance situation.

MIDI jack and line inputs on the back let you compliment your existing keyboard sounds with exciting new software-based instruments.


Intel Dual-Core Processor
2GB of DDR-2 RAM
8GB Flash IDE disc module
2 channels line level balanced inputs OR 2 channel mic/instrument inputs
2 channels line level unbalanced outputs
Passive mix mode for connecting external CD or MP3 player, drum machine, etc.
Front panel headphone output
Full Size MIDI input
Four USB ports
VGA video output for viewing / editing software interface of plug-ins
Phantom power
Dedicated mic/instrument input volume control and 3 segment LED meters
Ethernet port

New, two channel "DUO HOST" VST plug-in host environment running on Linux
SoundFinder preset structure for easy selection of presets, "Advanced mode" for using as a normal RECEPTOR
A variety of essential high quality keyboard sounds are included
Peavey ReValver HP guitar amplifier modeling software
Assortment of effects, including Reverb and Chorus
RECEPTOR Remote control for control from a computer
MuseControl software interface for controlling individual plug-in GUIs
Installed Software


MusePlayer - maker of the UVI engine that powers Spectrasonics and MOTU. over 4GB of premium sounds
AAS Player - Muse Research Edition with custom "premium" presets, killer EPs and Wurly
Alchemy - Muse Research Edition with custom "premium" presets, amazing PAD synths
Free Alpha 3 - Virtual Analog lead synth
U-he Triple Cheese - Karplus Strong algorithmic synth with some killer sounds
RECEPTOR Remote control for control from a computer
True Pianos Amber Lite Combo sampled / physically modelled piano, Muse Research Version"

Yamaha CS40M duophonic analog synthesizer

via this auction

Vintage Korg MS-20 SN 145976

via this auction

ARP Odyssey Keyboard Synthesizer SN 28348

via this auction

Electronic Ghost Waltz by Calvin Cardioid

Electronic Ghost Waltz from Alice Tiroille on Vimeo.

A great new track and video via MATRIXSYNTH Member Calvin Cardioid.

via Alice Tiroille: "Music video I directed for Calvin Cardioid's song, for the Label King Deluxe.

Clip musical que j'ai réalisé d'après un morceau de Calvin Cardioid, pour le label King Deluxe.

Music by Calvin Cardioid :

Animation by Alice Tiroille :

Listen to the EP :

Download the music:"

Octatrack vs. Analog Four - Spirit (live)

Published on Jan 8, 2016 MrGOFIOvideos

"Electronic track using the Octatrack sampler for the drum sounds and the Elektron Analog Four for pads, bass and arpeggios. No external effects added, just a little of compression applied after recording inside the sequencer."

QU-Bit Electronix Introduces New Octone Eurorack Module

via QU-Bit Electronix

"Octone is a sequencer designed with the creation of music in mind. Tonality, rhythm, and rests are all built into this powerful module.

The pitch output can be quantized to one of the pre-defined scales, or unquantized, allowing for the creation of microtonal melodies. Scales are easily selected via a button and will save between power cycles; no more menu diving or edit functions needed! Analog portamento can also be applied to the pitch output, providing a smooth glide between notes.

In addition to the extensive control of pitch, gate programming has never been easier. Each step of the sequencer has an associated gate out which can be used for effect throws or timbre modulations for each note in your melody. There is also a customizable global gate out, allowing for the inclusion of rests and repeats to your sequence.

With the combination of powerful pitch and gate controls, the Octone is the ideal sequencer for crafting tonal melodies with intricate rhythmic patterns.

- Quantized or unquantized pitch output

- 6 selectable scales

- Can be internally or externally clocked

- Gate out for each step

- Capable of ratcheting behavior

- Two Octones can be chained to provide 16 steps

- When chained, the secondary Octone's pitch out becomes a transposable harmony of the primary unit"

via Control @ctrl_mod

Electribe 006 Nvmx Pattern

Published on Jan 8, 2016 Computing.Sound

"Just a little thing I recorded with my cameras line-in."

New KORG Minilogue Four Voice Analog Synth Coming to NAMM?

Instagram video above minus audio from what I can tell. Some unnofficial details and a pic below. Thoughts?

"KORG Minilogue - is a fully programmable, 4-voice polyphonic synthesizer, is also equipped with built-in reverb and delay effects. KORG company offers the best way to get acquainted with a unique, stunning features of the analog synthesizer. Synthesizer has a unique analog engine, quick access to the 100 factory 100 user presets, 8 voice mode to create its configuration of 4 votes - unison, polyphony, and so on. The front panel 41 of the controller to configure and quick change function, the oscilloscope in real time gives a visual check of sound, 16-step sequencer with automation polyphonic up to 4 parameters synthesizer and more.

For switching visible plugs Sync In and Sync Out to work with synthesizers lines and Electribe Volca.

It should be noted that the presented model has a better price, and opportunities compared to competing models. Synthesizer fully programmable, has a high sound quality, control over harmonics waveform changes, the use of cross modulation, and more. The possibility of using a 16-step sequencer with recording automation options. Polyphonic Synthesizer KORG Minilogue will be an excellent acquisition and profitable investment for keyboard players, professional and amateur musicians."

Update: new image in via Soviet Space Child.

Update2: a new flyer in via Soviet Space Child below. $499.99 price tag.

Update3: image of the back added below.

I have to say, personally I find the Minilogue to be a pretty sharp looking little synth. A bit retro and a bit modern. Not a fan of mini keys, but three octaves in a compact size is a fair trade off. Hoping it will feature velocity and aftertouch for use as a mini iPad controller. I'm guessing that would likely be a stretch as this is meant to be a stand-alone analogue synth. I do wish manufacturers would make 5 voices the default though.

Update4: and the official announcement from KORG is live.

KorgUSA Special Presentation Coming to Control Voltage Portland

via @ControlVoltage_

"PORTLAND! Save the date: on January 27th @ 6pm we're hosting a @KorgUSA special presentation, details forthcoming..."

For those that can't make NAMM this could be a good opportunity to check out the new KORG Minilogue and anything else them might have.

Let's Play with Poseidon (Patch Design & Commentary)

Published on Jan 8, 2016 Tim Webb

"VirSyn's latest synth, Poseidon, combines wavetable synthesis with re-synthesis and a whole suite of built-in effects! Let's Play with it! If you enjoyed this please consider supporting this series by sponsoring them on Patreon:

Be sure to visit for the latest music app news!"

iTunes: Poseidon Synth - VirSyn

Akai to Release New Analog Poly Synth at NAMM

Akai posted the following along with the AX73 video below:

"It's easy to forgot how great the analog AX series synths sounded. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of its release, check out this sound demo video. Might be a great board for us to bring back..."

Uploaded on Jan 16, 2012 Uploaded on Jan 16, 2012

Now, that is some interesting news. Remember, Akai re-entered analog with the Rhythm Wolf, Timbre Wolf and Tom Cat. Thoughts?


via this auction

Moog Minimoog Voyager Select Series SN SS0718 with Official Road Case

via this auction

That's one roomy case.

"Minimoog Voyager Select Series Electric Red monophonic analog synth. Maple wood cabinet. SN#SS0718. Mint condition.

Buy it now or be kicking yourself that you slept as the Voyager is no longer in production. This synth is in like-new condition, never toured with, and only played in a smoke-free studio. It comes with the manual, a Moog hard synth case specially designed for the Voyager, and the golden cutoff knob sent out by Moog to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this synth (which I installed as the volume knob, but it's easily movable). It's in a beautiful light wood color and is has an adjustable red backlight to illuminate it. It has an H that I carved into the back's bottom left corner"


via this auction

ARP Odyssey Rev.1 with DM4

ARP Odyssey Rev.1 with DM4 from bucketbd on Vimeo.

Handmade Modular

Handmade Modular from bucketbd on Vimeo.

Short but sweet. Steiner filter in there. Not sure what the rest is. If you know feel free to comment.

Pithoprakta - Orgone Accumulator - Cyclebox - Elements

Published on Jan 8, 2016 simon

"Just playing around with the wonderful Iron Ether 'Pithoprakta' again.

It's triggering the Neutron Sound 'Orgone Accumulator' in percussive mode which is creating the bass drum and snare/rim sound.
It's retriggering the Doepfer A-147-2.
It's sync-ing the Cylonix 'Cyclebox' along with providing it with cv to the v/otc input.
It's triggering the gate and strength inputs on the Mutable Instruments 'Elements' and also triggering the grains in 'Clouds'

Altogether I think it sounds a bit like The Cure."

It does! Early Cure meets The Smashing Pumpkins.

Telharmonic Study 04

Published on Jan 8, 2016 Matthew Shaw

"Make Noise Telharmonic Shift Register Melody.

Telharmonic set to "Shift Register' mode, first instance of the harmonic out sent though Make Noise MMG, MMG filter modulated by 4MS QPLFO. Telharmonic's 'Degree' modulated by Wogglebug's Stepped CV out, 'D-Gate' modulated by Doepfer A160 Clock Divider. Telharmonic's 'Tonic' is transposed via Make Noise Rene. A second instance of the Telharmonic's 'Harmonic' out is sent through Mutable Instruments Clouds and faded in towards the end."

Elektron Analog Rytm - Hardcore Techno live jam (HD) 2016-01-08

Published on Jan 8, 2016 Calle Nilsson

"Hardcore techno jam with the Analog Rytm. No mastering."

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