MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016

An Introduction to the New KORG minilogue by Chief Engineer Tatsuya Takahashi

Introducing KORG minilogue

Published on Jan 14, 2016 Korg

"Chief engineer Tatsuya Takahashi introduces the unique synthesis about minilogue."

Added this one to the main KORG minilogue announcement post here as well. You'll find additional videos, images, and details that have gone up throughout the day there.

Update: Looks like the original video upload was set to private. New embed above.

KORG Introduces New Wireless Nano Series Controllers


Nano Series - Take Control Further Published on Jan 14, 2016 Korg

nanoKEY Studio and nanoKONTROL Studio

"Korg’s nanoKONTROL and nanoKEY are light-weight and compact mobile MIDI controller and keyboard, respectively, that let you create music more intuitively than ever. Both are easy to travel with, allowing ease of use! The nanoKONTROL Studio provides transport keys and a mixer section, giving you stress-free control of your DAW or DJ software. It is battery operated and can connect wirelessly with your iPhone/iPad or Mac/Windows. The nanoKEY Studio provides a keyboard, knobs, trigger pads, and touch pad that lets you instantly convert your inspiration into sound. It is battery operated and can connect wirelessly to iPhone/iPad or Mac/Windows."

"The nanoKEY Studio provides a keyboard, knobs, trigger pads, and touch pad that lets you instantly convert your inspiration into sound. It is battery operated and can connect wirelessly to iPhone/iPad or Mac/Windows. It’s a compact, mobile MIDI keyboard that is easy to travel with, allowing ease of use anytime, anywhere.

Step-record as easily as typing. A keyboard with 25 backlit keys that illuminate.

Even if you’re not the most skilled keyboardist, the 25 velocity-sensitive keys allows you to step-record easily. The Scale Guide function illuminates the keys to show recommended notes in the scale, making it easier to play. This is a smart keyboard with a variety of performance modes, such as the Easy Scale function, that lets you produce musical phrases using any keys.

More freedom to produce music, via USB or wirelessly.

The nanoKEY Studio can connect not only via USB but also wirelessly. It’s easy to connect to an iPad/iPhone music app such as KORG Gadget or Apple GarageBand, or to your Mac/Windows music production software. Liberated from annoying cables, you’ll be free to set up your system much easier than some other products. Thanks to careful tuning, you’ll enjoy low latency and high stability

Lightweight and compact design can be placed anywhere and easily transported.

Smaller than a sheet of letter-sized paper, you can put the nanoKEY Studio in your bag and take it anywhere. With a simple, refined, and stylish design, along with beautiful lighting with white LEDs, you won’t get tired of using it every day. With its modern design, the nanoKEY Studio is ideal for use with new devices such as your laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Create the ultimate mobile music production system with your iPad/iPhone and the nanoKEY Studio.

The combination of the nanoKEY Studio with KORG Gadget is the ultimate combination for mobile performance. With the nanoKEY Studio that supports wireless connection via Bluetooth MIDI, your iPhone can instantly transform into a music production tool. In your room, in a coffee shop, in transit, or outdoors, you can immerse yourself in music with minimal requirements of space and time."

"The nanoKONTROL Studio provides transport keys and a mixer section, giving you stress-free control of your DAW or DJ software. It is battery operated and can connect wirelessly with your iPhone/iPad or Mac/Windows. It’s a light-weight, compact mobile MIDI controller that lets you create music more intuitively than ever.

A compact physical MIDI controller that’s ideal for mobile or desktop uses.

Smaller than a letter-sized sheet of paper, the nanoKONTROL Studio is designed for thinness. It’s the perfect size to easily carry in a bag and use with your computer. In spite of its compact size, its controllers provide generous power and a solid feel, making it a convenient and versatile MIDI controller.

USB and wireless for more music production freedom.

The nanoKONTROL Studio can connect not only via USB but also wirelessly. It can easily connect to iPad/iPhone music apps such as KORG Gadget and Apple GarageBand, or to your Mac/Windows music production software. Freed from annoying cables, you can set up your equipment easily and efficiently. Due to careful tuning, you can enjoy low latency and high stability.

Refined and stylish design

The simple, refined, and stylish design features illumination with beautiful white LEDs. The design has been modernized to use alongside new devices such as your laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

A full array of controllers that cover everything from DAW control to DJ performance.

You have the all controllers you need to operate your DAW: sliders that feature generous spacing and stroke, plus a convenient jog wheel. Whether you’re controlling your DAW and plug-ins, or putting on a performance, the nanoKONTROL Studio provides everything you need in any situation.

Supported software
The nanoKONTROL is compatible with any software that supports MIDI input, including KORG Gadget, Logic, GarageBand, Live, Reason, Cubase, Studio One, FL Studio, Sonar, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, and Traktor."

Korg Poly-800 Soundsheet Demo (1984) - Don Muro


Published on Jan 14, 2016 jd wall

"recorded on a 16 track tape recorder (no MIDI sequencers yet) with an Oberheim DMX drum machine."

fingerdrumming/looping/tweaking - MPC + Octatrack


Published on Jan 14, 2016 j. tomes

"some live drums tapped out and sampled using the octatrack, and manipulated further with the octa's FX.

a little chunk of a new live show that's constantly evolving."

electribes + aira + more Synthsession - Open your mind


Published on Jan 14, 2016 marcus kautz

"Some darker vibes this time with some "friendly" elements. We need a little bit to get into the mood and as always a few mistakes included, problems with E2-Volume at 10:47 for example. Shame on me ;-) And i think a few sounds don't fit, but cause of the time there was only one try! Thanks for watching!
Samples:
https://freesound.org &
http://sampleswap.org
video at the beginning: http://www.videvo.net

Gear:
Electribe 2
electribe mx
electribe sx
waldorf blofeld
akai miniak
microkorg xl
novation mininova
roland JD-Xi
roland Juno di
roland system1
roland tb3
akai mpc 2500"

Roland TB-303 vs Korg Volca Bass


Published on Jan 14, 2016 SynthMania

"I know, I know... it's sort of a silly endeavor and also a bit unfair to compare a mega-classic that these days goes for $3K to a super-cute little $150 box... but I think both machines are great and each has their own unique character! I have to say, I am impressed by the whole Volca line (I recently got all four models and will be posting videos of the others soon). The filter resonance on the Volca Bass is incredible, by the way!"

Roland TB-303 Bassline Synthesizer


via this auction

Chroma Polaris


Published on Sep 14, 2015 centrevillage

"Chroma Polarisは元ARPの技術者が設計し、ARP倒産後にFenderからリリース­されたシンセサイザーらしいです。
不具合ありのものを手に入れたので、自分で修理して音を鳴らしてみました。
よい音してると思いますが、世の中がデジタルシンセに移行しつつある時期にリリースさ­れたことからあまり評価はされなかったようです。
なぜかそういう不憫なシンセに惹かれてしまうんですよね。"

Secret of Atlantis (Live) [modular synth][TR-606]


Published on Jan 4, 2016 centrevillage

"hardware electronic music live performance.

Instruments:

bass synth:
KORG X-911

rythm machine:
Roland TR-606

sampler:
Electro-Harmonix 45000

eurorack modulars:

Intellijel Atlantis
WMD PDO
Mutable Instruments Rings
Elektron Analog Four(Pad)
hexinverter batteryACID
hexinverter Nine-Oh-NIne"

inemuri [live] [4ms SMR] [TR-606]


Published on Nov 3, 2015 centrevillage

Secret of Atlantis (Live) [modular synth][TR-606]

TR-606 (Chaos Trigger Mod)


Published on Dec 29, 2014 centrevillage

blue button: all trigger kill
black button1: kick trigger
black button2: snare trigger
black button3: high tom trigger
black button4: closed hat trigger
switch1: Chaos Mode (1/8T, 1/16, 1/16T)
switch2: Chaos ON/OFF (1/16 on "OFF")
knob1: snare pitch
knob2: snare decay

KORG X911 Resonance Mod


Published on Dec 14, 2014 centrevillage

"KORG X911 にレゾナンスのコントロールを追加しました。
銀色のノブがレゾナンスです。

動画では改造済みTR-606とElektronのAnalog FourをAira Sync Boxを使って同期させ、Analog Fourから出力したCVをX911のCV INに入力しています。
最後だけAnalog Four内蔵のエフェクトを使っていますが、それ以外はエフェクトなしです。"

Twisted-Electrons AY3 and KORG volca


Published on Apr 29, 2015 centrevillage

"I got an AY3 chip-tune machine made by Twisted-Electrons.
First jam with volca keys(as AY3's midi controller) and volca sample."

locrian wings'


Published on Jan 14, 2016 Ebotronix

locrian wings²

Published on Jan 14, 2016

4ms Peg, QCD² /Expander², RCD², VCA Matrix
Analogue Systems RS 100², RS110²², RS360²,RS 500e²
Bananalogue Serge VCS
Cyndustiers Zeroscillator
Doepfer R2M, A118, A133, A134²², A143 - 1 - 2 - 9,A149
A151², A152, A156², A162, A175²²,A185-2''³,A138abc
Flame 4 Vox, Arpeggiator, FX 16, TSM, Tame Machine

***-Song Creation Tutorial with the Linn 9000: Electric-City***


Published on Jan 14, 2016 80's Electronic Music Production

Korg Volca Bass - Modded for Bucha Easel


Published on Jan 14, 2016 DJjondent

"This vid is a unedited take. The sounds are just from the hacked Volca.
I'ts not a TB303 but it's not too shabby either,,... esp considering its price.

The 208 is syncing the volca, and also provides its power.
I'm not finished modding this .. the box is too small so I will prob end up putting this into a bigger case.

Here is more information on the volca bass hack:
http://djjondent.blogspot.com.au/2016..."

Also see JonDent's Easeltron - Buchla Easel & Korg Monotron.
FYI, I created a new JonDent label for projects by JonDent moving forward.

An Introduction to KORG Gadget by Ryan Hemeon of iOS Mars


Published on Jan 14, 2016 RyanHemeon

"In this video I review and get you started with Gadget by KORG. This is a great app that I am really enjoying, big thanks to KORG for sending this to me. In the video I show you how to get started making a song from scratch. I talk about all the really great features the app has, only downsides seem to be the lack of audio recording, no effects in the mixer, and that you can't use IAA within the app. all in all it's a really good app that any type of musician can get use out of. Highly recommend picking it up if you haven't already."

iTunes: KORG Gadget for iPad - KORG INC.

http://www.iosmars.com

Cyclone Bass Bot TT-303 - Just twisting the knobs


Published on Jan 14, 2016 Calle Nilsson

"Enjoying the 303 sound. I never get tired of the sound."

KORG Minilogue demo by Olivier Briand


You'll find a fifth video by Olivier Briand added to the main post on the KORG Minilogue here. This one if a full on audio demo of it's capabilities. Do not miss it!

Update: a second video from PlugInGuru was added directly below Olivier's.

Soundtronics to Partner with MFOS on Bringing Synth DIY to the Masses & Other Formats


Sountronics is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo to bring MFOS based completed modules in various formats including 5U, as well as introducing simple DIY kits for those not experienced with DIY. As many of you know, Ray Wilson has cancer. Ray is still behind this campaign. You'll find some notes on that below. Soundtronics does plan to ensure that the MFOS range of synth DIY remains available. Note this is the first Soundtronics post on MATRIXYSNTH.

The following is what they have to say:

"Off-the-shelf modular synthesisers can cost upwards of £2,000, an expensive investment for today’s musician or enthusiast. Soundtronics has partnered with MFOS (Music From Outer Space) to bring you an extensive range of affordable, customisable, and quality DIY synth modules, suitable for beginners and professionals alike. We’re sure you’ll love them as much as we do!

Soundtronics’ DIY Synth modules, Lo-Fi Noise Boxes, and Single Board Analogue Synths are available in varying levels of kit form. This allows enthusiasts like you, with a budget big or small, to collect units until you have the final setup you require. Plus there's the added satisfaction of knowing that they were hand built by yourself! If the idea of some soldering doesn't excite you too much, our team of technicians can expertly assemble the units and deliver them to your door in full working condition.

Soundtronics’ modules are designed to be combined in any desired panel setup and are currently compatible with 5U (MOTM format).

With your support, we will redesign these modules and make them available in formats such as Euro Rack, Moog, Dotcom, and Frackrack. For a more customised feel, the module front panels are also available in a number of colour combinations to suit the interior of any home office or recording studio!"

"Formed in late 2013, Soundtronics is a relatively new division of the Technobots Online Group, passionate about making quality analogue synths more widely available and affordable. Technobots Online is well established, having supplied mechanical and electronic components to hobbyists, education, and trade since 2001. This means that ideal component suppliers, manufacturing equipment, and delivery services are already in place for the modular synths.

Located in Warwickshire, the Technobots Online team consists of technology enthusiasts, each with their own particular passions. Soundtronics, and the DIY MFOS Synth module project, have the benefit of being personally (and enthusiastically) managed by our director Paul Cooper."

"Music From Outer Space is run by another synthesiser enthusiast, Ray Wilson, in the USA. Back in 2003, Ray began publishing synth designs that have continued to evolve and gain credibility over the years. If you are not familiar with Ray’s superb designs, we cannot stress enough how essential it is that you visit his website musicfromouterspace.com, where you will find a complete library of information on each and every module we are offering here.

We will also mention that you can purchase PCBs direct from Ray, along with some front panels and other hard to find parts.

Important Update

Last November, just around the time we were going to launch this campaign, we learnt of the sad news that Ray had been diagnosed with cancer. In order for Ray and his family to fully concentrate on beating this, he stopped taking retail orders through the MFOS website. We are deeply appreciative of Ray finding the energy during these difficult times to keep us stocked with PCBs, so that we in turn keep them available online to MFOS builders around the world.

Since postponing this campaign, we have had the opportunity to discuss the essential role of MFOS in this Soundtronics' campaign, and Ray has encouraged us to move forward. We shall therefore be working with Ray over the coming months to not only ensure the availability of the MFOS product range, but make it the most complete DIY synth range on the market.

Many of us have been directly or indirectly affected by cancer, so we would like to take this opportunity to ask that you consider visiting Ray's crowd funding site where you can directly contribute to Ray's medical expenses."

EMW WCS-1 as a bassline


Published on Dec 28, 2015 Fred Conte

"Works fine as a bass instrument as well :)"

http://www.electronicmusicworks.com/

EMW WCS-1 Wave Composition Synthesizer

Published on Dec 11, 2013 Fred Conte

"This is only a quick test of my WCS-1. The midi sequence was created in Ableton Live, where I used Native Instruments RC24 as Reverb and Ableton native Chorus effect on it. This synth is a little beast!!!"

Selon Lumière


Published on Jan 14, 2016 RADIOKLOW

"Selon Lumière, (According to Light) is a piece composed for Virus TI. It celebrates the infinite journey of light in metamorphosis in universe, from the core of darkness to endless absolute.
In the realm of infinite distance, even the highest speed becomes a variation of slowness. Sometimes a sudden event of chromatic blossom happens, whereas light goes on gliding along its vector as an arrow of enigma, or a traveller creating his path according to his steps.
Music, and film by Marc-Henri Arfeux."

Patch Lab E09 Roland System 500 with Veijo Laine


Published on Jan 13, 2016 Soundria.At

"In this episode we were lucky enough to have Veijo Laine with us, who gave an outstanding presentation of the entire Roland Modular And AIRA Lineup, including the fabulous System 500 analog eurorack modules [made by Malekko]. All sounds in the presentation are recorded through a line connection with a proper soundcard. Enjoy!"

cocktail party effect - Eurorack Jam (Folktek, make noise, mutable instruments)


Published on Jan 14, 2016 Cocktail Party Effect

"A jam using Folktek's 'matter',

https://soundcloud.com/cocktailpartye..."

MakeNoise Tempi-Samurai Beats


MakeNoise Tempi-Samurai Beats from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

"Sneak peak first patch with the TEMPI module by MakeNoise. TEMPI is a 6 channel, polyphonic, time-shifting module. It provides an intuitive method for the creation and recalling of complex clocking arrangements within a modular synthesizer system.

The primary user interface and programming elements for the module are six large, illuminated buttons:

BUTTON-1 through BUTTON-6, and two smaller illuminated buttons:PGM_A and PGM_B. The module is able to store up to sixty-four clock/timing scenarios called "STATES", arranged in four BANKS of sixteen. An LED is used to indicate the current BANK by <COLOR> and changes in STATE indicated by <FLASHING>. There are INputs for External TEMPO, a Gate INput for MOD, and STATE Selection via a CV INput (with Combo pot for attenuation) and / or GATE INput.

The primary goal of this module is to have the maximum amount of artist-controlled musical variation with a minimum amount of data inputs.

Specific notes about the patch:

All the beats are being sequenced by the Tempi module. There are several stackable cables going out to two Addac Wave players, each playing 72 samples each, and the main drums are coming from the Nord Drum 2, which is then split into two signals one being processed by a Mungo g0 dual delay/storage strip clocking through different delay feedback presets. Then the outputs from one of my ADDAC 101 waveplayer's was then being processed by a Qu-Bit RT-60, and another RT-60 was processing the output of the other ADDAC 101 waveplayer. Running both at the same time and then using one of the Gate outputs 5, and 6 from Tempi to switch through different effects on the RT-60's and at the same time triggering different samples. This is what was creating the different effects processing happening at specific time intervals. Snare noise sound coming from the Hex Inverter new Snare module. Other modulation coming from the OmniMod module from Macro Machines, going out to the Folktek Matter module adding in some of the extra tiny glitches and textures. The drone chords come from the ALM's ALM011 / Akemie's Castle running into the TipTop Z-DSP halls of Valhalla card using program 8. The bassline is from a Modcan FMVDO running into a MakeNoise Optomix. The high harmonic notes played via a Mutable Instruments Ring Module, sending out a clock from channel two from Tempi into X clock input on Rene. Everything was recorded in one take."

Useless Patch N° 14253672651425142638998262572


Useless Patch N° 14253672651425142638998262572 from Eldancer on Vimeo.

New Korg minilogue Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer Video


You'll find a fourth video added to the main KORG Minilogue announcement post here. It's a great overview so do check it out. For those concerned about the feel of the mini keys, according to that video they are better than previous incarnations.

Mode Machines F106 Juno 106 Filter Demos


Published on Mar 9, 2014 Paul Germain

"The Mode Machines F-106 Juno Filter is an analog filter that is based on the Roland Juno-106 filter circuit. It features switchable filter quality, dis-connectable self oscillation & 3 CV inputs for cutoff, resonance and VCA."

MODE MACHINES F-106 Juno Filter DEMO

Published on Jan 5, 2013 MOGUSOBA

Mode Machines F-106 Juno Filter


via this auction

"The Mode Machines F-106 Juno Filter is an analog device that can be used to modulate audio signals. You can also connect external devices using the CV inputs to control the functions of the unit.

Switchable filter quality (12 or 24 dB / oct.)
Disconnectable self-oscillation
Front-side power switch with power LED
Three CV inputs for cutoff, resonance, and VCA
Desk-compact steel case with wooden side plates (Micro Fashion Series)

Knobs Cutoff: Adjusts the cutoff of the low-pass filter
Resonance: Adjusts the resonance (feedback) of the filter
VCA: Adjusts the audio output level
Switches 24 dB / 12 dB: Selects the filter type, 24 or 12 dB / oct
Self Oscillator: Enables self-oscillation
Power: Turns the unit On/Off
Connections Audio Output: 1/4"( 6.35 mm) mono jack
Audio Input: 1/4" (6.35 mm) mono jack
Frequency-CV Input for Cutoff (0 to 5 V): 1/8" (3.5 mm) mono jack
Resonance-CV Input for Resonance (0 to 5 V): 1/8" (3.5 mm) mono jack
VCA-CV Input for VCA (0 to 5 V): 1/8" (3.5 mm) mono jack
12 to 20 VDC Power Input: + on center pin
Power Consumption <100 mA at 12 VDC Audio Approximately 30 Hz to >15 KHz"

Mode Machines MW-01 WASP Filter


via this auction

"The Mode Machines MW-01 Wasp Filter is a distortion filter device. It uses the same VCF model as from the EDP Wasp Synth, but adds tweaks and modifications to bring out the noise. Built into a robust, folded, aluminum case with a chunky layout, an intuitive design, and an LED indicator, this filter is well-suited for live performance as well as experimentation in the studio. The MW-01 Wasp Filter is capable of adding grit and punch to drums, ambient sweeps, filter wobble, and plain crazy noise.

Select between Low, Band, and High filter types
Control the LFO speed and levels via a dedicated knob for each
Select between a Self Oscillator mode via the switch
Control drive, cutoff, and resonance via the dedicated knobs for each
Audio in/ audio out"

Original ARP Odyssey 2800 SN 282921A


via this auction

"This one has been serviced with new sliders installed in all locations so it performs as accurate as Arp originally intended. It also has replaced key bushings, capacitors were updated and it was calibrated so the tuning and power supply are accurate. When you tune to C all vco sliders are dead center. All work was done within the past year and It's kept covered in a clean studio when not in use to preserve the fresh sliders."

5U // Synthesizers.com - Q109 Envelope Generator


Published on Jan 14, 2016 DiscoverNoise

"DiscoverNoise 023-
5U 004-

Demonstrating the Synthesizers.com Q109 Envelope Generator.
No after processing done. Just the raw sound.

Synthesizers.com Q109 Envelope Generator: http://www.synthesizers.com/q109.html

Patchsheet: https://cloud.1und1.de/ngcloud/extern..."

Moog Mother 32 Review


Published on Jan 14, 2016 sonicstate

"We finally get our hands on the Mother 32 - see what we made of Moog first Eurorack synth"

ROLAND JD-XA // OWN SOUND CREATIONS // part 1


Published on Jan 14, 2016 LESINDES

"Testing the ROLAND JD-XA. Own sound creations.
Using arpeggios and sequences. Tweaking occasionally. JD-XA does not contain any drum kits as its smaller and cheaper sibling is providing. If there are any drums to be heard they're mostly programmed from scratch with the internal sound engines -- both digital and analog.
More thoughts about the synth:
Many options. But it is a little bit the JD800 problem: the basic sound is quickly edited but the fine tuning takes hours because you have to step thru hundreds of parameters in a 2-line-display (without dial!!!).
No computer editor!
The sequencer is almost the same as in JD-Xi with the same flaws. It crashes frequently and it DOES NOT TRANSPOSE! I hope Roland will fix and implement this with the next update.
About the integration of digital and analog section: The routing is a bit confusing to me but once you managed to lea a digital sound through the analog section it sounds very nice. The digital waves are also well chosen and sounding. For understanding the concept: There are two synths -- one digital, one analog -- that only share the housing and the FX. As a consequence you cannot choose a digital waveform in your analog synth you can only lead a complete sound of the digital machine through the analog section for sound enhancement.
But all in all it is a versatile well sounding synth!"

ROLAND JD-XA // OWN SOUND CREATIONS // part 2

Published on Jan 20, 2016 LESINDES

ROLAND JD-XA // OWN SOUND CREATIONS // part 3

Published on Jan 23, 2016 LESINDES

"Testing the ROLAND JD-XA. Own sound creations.
Using arpeggios and sequences. Tweaking occasionally. JD-XA does not contain any drum kits as its smaller and cheaper sibling is providing. If there are any drums to be heard they're mostly programmed from scratch with the internal sound engines -- both digital and analog.
More thoughts about the synth:
Many options. But it is a little bit the JD800 problem: the basic sound is quickly edited but the fine tuning takes hours because you have to step thru hundreds of parameters in a 2-line-display (without dial!!!).
No computer editor!
The sequencer is almost the same as in JD-Xi with the same flaws. It crashes frequently and it DOES NOT TRANSPOSE! I hope Roland will fix and implement this with the next update.
About the integration of digital and analog section: The routing is a bit confusing to me but once you managed to lea a digital sound through the analog section it sounds very nice. The digital waves are also well chosen and sounding. For understanding the concept: There are two synths -- one digital, one analog -- that only share the housing and the FX. As a consequence you cannot choose a digital waveform in your analog synth you can only lead a complete sound of the digital machine through the analog section for sound enhancement.
But all in all it is a versatile well sounding synth!"

New KORG Minilogue Video Featuring Creator Tatsuya Takahashi


Just added a new video to the main KORG Minilogue announcement post here. It's the third video from the top in the post.

Inside the New KORG Minilogue


If you are curious what the internal circuit boards on the new Minilogue from KORG, see the new pic currently at the bottom of the main KORG Minilogue announcement post here. Modern day analog.

Hillwood Footsystem Analog Synth Bass Foot Pedals SN 27713


via this auction

"Vintage synth foot pedals from 1977. Similar to moog Taurus, all analog. Everything in working condition. Sounds great. Very rare."

Korg Mono/Poly Vintage Analog Synthesizer SN 375547


via this auction

"Video https:youtu.be/9tsgrAWplEs

Selling my beloved Korg Mono/Poly Serial # 375547. Incredible, pure, old-school VCO sound. No digital or batteries anywhere near this thing. Super lush and super crazy with the arpeggiator cycling thru each of the voices, add in some sync and cross and you're in outer space. I'm super careful with my gear so this beast has been under a cover in a smoke and dust free environment since I bought it about 10 years ago(at which point I had it professionally calibrated and key contacts cleaned). It has never had an issue and always sounds great. All knobs and functions operate as new. Minor corner damage as to be expected with a item of its age. The unit will be expertly packed when shipped. Buy with confidence."

Sequential Circuits DrumTraks with Original Box & Extras


via this auction

"Vintage 80's Sequential Circuits DrumTraks 400 PC 400-2 Drum Machine
The unit has been tested with no problems. The unit is in excellent, well-taken care of condition..

Includes original box, manual & 23 additional sound chips."

Sequential Circuits Prophet Remote Keyboard for Prophet 5


via this auction

"Comes with the original cable. According to the original owner these were notorious for developing grounding issues so to prevent that he installed an external ground, the best known fix, as you can see in the pics. Also has original box though that is showing it's age."

Sequential circuits Prophet 5 Owner's and technical manuals (schematics), RARE !


via this auction

Just the one pic, but I thought it worth a post. Not sure if I've ever posted an image of the technical manual cover before. You'll find a link to digital copies here.

Moog Modular vintage analog synthesizer original owner's manual from 1981


via this auction

"Up for sale is an (1) original owner's manual of the famous Moog Modular synthesizer in English. The manual, 190 pages, is in good condition for its age."

ARP 2500 vintage modular synthesizer original brochure from 1974


via this auction

"Up for sale is a (1) rare original brochure in English of the famous ARP 2500 modular synthesizer system. The brochure, 4 pages, is in good condition for its age, but someone wrote on the front page and there are holes in one side of it (see photo's)."

EMS 2000 vintage vocoder owner's manual


via this auction

Buchla 200 and Easel Dream Machine


Published on Jan 14, 2016 Todd Barton

"continuing on with my obsession of Allen Strange's Dream Machine patch, here are two real-time versions running simultaneously: Buchla 200 and Buchla Music Easel. Enjoy! Audio of similar patch here:
https://soundcloud.com/user7621213/bu..."

Pollard Syndrum 178 demonstration, electronic drum, analog synth


Published on Jan 12, 2016 Carl Wiedemann

"A demonstration of some of the sound capabilities of the Pollard Syndrum 178 electronic drum module, analog synthesizer. This also presents some of the slider and switch issues with this particular unit. The full array of sounds are accessible, but some of the sliders and switches are a bit glitchy. These were manufactured by Pollard in the late '70s. I'm selling this particular unit on Ebay (January 2016). These units were used by many pop/rock musicians in the early '80s. The Cars drummer David Robinson had two Syndrum Quads and eight Syndrum pads can be seen (along with the self-contained Synare pads) in his drum array in videos of live performances."

Classic Pac-Man at 4:18.


via this auction

"Vintage Pollard Syndrum (circa 1978) analog synthesizer, electronic drum module with original pad and (non-original) 22 volt power supply. The unit is generating the full array of sounds (as compared to the two others that I have). The switch for the snare (noise generator) is a bit ornery and it sometimes takes several tries to turn it on or off. The sustain slider for the noise generator is not adjustable (it generates one short burst). This seems to be an issue with these units (I have another Syndrum with the same slider issue and another that won’t generate sound in the #1 position). The sustain slider seems a bit ornery in the low position and it’s difficult to adjust shorter duration sounds. Also: the tune switch audibly crackles when positions are changed. That being said: it is generating the full array of expected sounds. Given the slider issues it may be best used for sampling and recording rather than live performance. The module can be triggered with most drum pads or other external sound device via a quarter inch audio cable. There is quite a bit of cosmetic distress on the exterior of the module, including spots of rust. Most of the slider caps are missing. I’ve posted a video on YouTube which demonstrates the great array of sounds this unit can generate as well as presenting some of the slider and switch issues."

Star Instruments Synare S3X demonstration, drum module, analog synthesizer


Published on Jan 13, 2016 Carl Wiedemann

"A demonstration of some of the sound capabilities of the Star Instruments Synare S3X drum module, analog synthesizer. Issued from 1977 to 1982. This unit has five presets, which are moderately adjustable. I assume this was to make it more practical for live performance use. The “0” setting allows full adjustability for making one’s own sounds, although the range is less expansive than the standard Synare 3, which had the drawback of having no presets. The S3X has two AC power inputs to supply 18 volts. However it does work with one twelve volt input (positive tip plug). I'm selling this particular unit on Ebay (January 2016)."


via this auction

"Star Instruments Synare S3X drum module, analog synthesizer, with clamp mount hardware. Issued from 1977 to 1982. All the controls (knobs and switches) seem to be operating properly. This unit has five presets, which are moderately adjustable. I assume this was to make it more practical for live performance use. The “0” setting allows full adjustability for making one’s own sounds, although the range is less expansive than the standard Synare 3, which had the drawback of having no presets. I have posted a video on YouTube to demonstrate that this unit in functioning properly. The S3X has two AC power inputs to supply 18 volts. However it does work with one twelve volt input (positive tip plug), which is included in this auction. I’ve posted a video on YouTube which demonstrates the array of sounds this unit can generate."

Chocolate Synthesizer at Pulp


Published on Jan 14, 2016

Per below: "Sound: YPY(Using only JMT synth!!!)"

"JMT SYNTH × birdFriend × Pulp presents
「Chocolate Synthesizer」
http://birdfriendtapes.tumblr.com/pos...

2016/2/12(fri) - 2/14(sun)
13:00-20:00

at Pulp(Osaka, Japan)
〒550-0015 大阪府大阪市西区南堀江1-14-14-103

Sound: YPY(Using only JMT synth!!!)
Visual: Naoki Takubo(Pulp)

On The inside of Nowhere


Published on Jan 14, 2016 Sounds & Things

"Korg MS-20 - Doepfer Dark Energy - LEAK Oscillator ."

I believe this is the first post to feature the LEAK Oscillator. I'm guessing it's a bit of vintage test equipment. If you know otherwise, feel free to comment.

Update: I asked Sound & Things if he had any more info on the LEAK. He picked it up at a garage type sale. The seller didn't have any additional info on it. Here's what he had to say:

"+matrixsynth Sorry i don't have any more information on the LEAK Oscillator. It was bought at a sort of garage sale and the person who sold it didn't even know what it was. It's definitely old, the oscillator needs to warm up for a while otherwise it goes really mental and it cracks a little when you switch waveforms I think it's DIY test equipment from what I've seen of the inside and because the case looks like a LEAK varislope 2 stereo amplifier...Whatever it was made for or by who, it has a sound that can cut trough solid rock!"

KORG WAVESTATION | The Most Fascinating Soundscapes | HD DEMO


Published on Jan 14, 2016 AnalogAudio1

"(c) 2016 by AnalogAudio1

Demo of the KORG WAVESTATION digital synthesizer from 1990 - The Most Fascinating Soundscapes.

All sounds (including the drums) come from 1 original hardware Korg Wavestation played live, without multitrack recording, without additional effects - right from the stereo outputs of one Wavestation.

The sounds are from the following sources:

0:00 - 3:26 "Film & Textures" (Korg ROM Card)
3:26 - 4:50 "Synth & Time Slice" (Korg Card Set)
4:50 - 5:59 "Vector Athmospheres" (Sound Source ROM Card)
5:59 - 7:00 "Hybrid Synthesis Vol.1" (Sound Source ROM Card)
7:00 - end: Factory Sounds from Korg Wavestation SR

Soundwise, it is a very interesting, inspiring (preset) synth. The sounds can be very complex. Sometimes, there is too much going on in one single sound. Sometimes, you just need to press and hold one key - it already sounds great. You can almost say - the sound programmers are the actual artists, not the synth player...
To create sounds from scratch on the Wavestation, you must go through hell though.

The perfect sound source for you, if you want to make a complete horror movie soundtrack in one day :-) It also sounds very ninetees...

It was used by Jan Hammer in the movie soundtrack from "Knight Rider 2000" - a movie from 1991."

Derailed Spaceship


Published on Jan 14, 2016 AcousmatiK

Mutable Instrument's Grids running on a Raspberry Pi 2

Raspberry Pi 2 + Push 2 + Grids

Published on Jan 14, 2016 Marc Nostromo

"A standalone mutation of Mutable Instrument's Grids running on a Raspberry Pi 2 and fully controlled on Push 2. The Push 2 display is driven using JUCE with a self-made bridge to the Push 2 display protocol.

All drum sounds come from the Nord Drums 2"

Thought this was interesting. Mutable Instruments running on non-Mutable Instruments gear. The code is open source and available on the Mutable Instruments website here.

Arturia Beatstep Pro midi sync controlling TR-8 TB-3 MB33 Retro Microbrute


Published on Jan 14, 2016 kvfive .

"Had a rewire a few days ago, the Beatstep pro is now the master clock for the TR-8 & the TB-3 - live performance using this method :)

The Beatstep Pro's melodic sequencers hitting the Microbrute & the MAM MB33 Retro."

Snow Drift (Korg Volca Keys, TC Electronics T2 + Transition)


Published on Jan 13, 2016 Metatron's Cube

"Bundled in blankets, watching the snow drift past windows. Something for those in cold places. Keys time with some delay(TCE "the reel thing" tone print) and reverb(TCE 'Interstellar' tone print). The stereo pedals that keep giving."

Maâ


Published on Jan 14, 2016 Kelyan Horth

"Maâ standing as Mother of Everything and life provider.

This is a mix between West indies music and new technologies such as Prophet 08 (from DSi), Moog Sub 37 and Acces Music Virus TI.

We just wanna share this joint with you all."

Arcadia


Published on Dec 24, 2015 Kelyan Horth

"Hi folks, hope y'all like this song I made with 'Noise', Roli new incredible app for iPhone.
I’ve been helped by my Moog Sub 37 & some babies of Korg family.
Stay safe, enjoy your holidays and merry christmas everyone !

Macbook Pro 15 Late 2011
MicroKorg
Moog Sub37
Roli Noise running on an iPhone 6s
Korg MicroKontrol 37"

SunVox Updated to v1.9.1 with New Module, Advanced Interpolator, New Functions and More


SunVox: Interpolation (pattern editor) - Note there is audio in this video.


iTunes: SunVox - Alexander Zolotov

"What's New in Version 1.9.1
* new module - Glide; it is similar to the MultiSynth, but it also adds the commands of smooth transition between the notes; see the glide.sunvox example;
* advanced Interpolator has been added to the Pattern Editor: with this tool you can make a smooth transition of the values of any pattern columns, with various parameters (like the curve type, noise, etc.);
* new function in the Module View (Routing) - Replace; use it if you want to replace the selected module by some other module without loss of connections;
* MIDI buttons (with notes) linked to some SunVox actions (shortcuts) are now ignored by the synths;
* Sampler (sample editor): now the Copy and Paste functions work through the file;
* Sampler (sample editor): new effects (Invert and Center) has been added;
* LFO: new controller "Duty cycle" (only for the square waveform);
* CUT operation has been added to the Module View (Routing) and the Timeline;
* new instrument from Cube48: DrumSynth48;
* new simple song examples: glide;
* new song examples: snowfall, SunVox Compo 2015.10 Winners (KnyazIvan - fatal precession, OceanicDegree - Dreaming, echo2 - unreal love 3);
* bugs fixed."

VERMONA and SchneidersBüro Coming to NAMM

via Vermona:

"Next week, from January 21–24, the NAMM Show in Anaheim, LA will open its doors. You will find us there on a shared booth no. 5014 in Hall B, organized by SchneidersBüro. Together with friends of the synthesizer- and modular scene, we will present our latest products as well as long-term classics.

Again we will show the ’14 Analogsynthesizer. Unfortunately we couldn’t fulfill our plan to release it in 2015 but this year we will! The first synthesizers will leave our Elektroakustische Manufaktur after SuperBooth2016 in Berlin.

Of course, we will also present the most classic VERMONA instrument: the DRM1 MKIII. You can play it on our booth in combination with the Action Filter 4 - analog stereo filter and convince yourself of the power and flexibility of analog circuits.

Our Modular Case 104 will be filled with VERMONA modules: Among others you can check out the VCDrive - distortion module - this time as final product, the latest version of the twinCussion prototype as well as a first impression of a multimode filter module.

We are looking forward to see new and familiar faces and having interesting conversations.

Your VERMONA crew of the
Elektroakustische Manufaktur, Erlbach"

Pittsburg Modular Officially Introduces Lifeforms Eurorack Systems





"Introducing Lifeforms Eurorack Systems
Our best sounding synthesizer yet, Lifeforms systems are available in three configurations. System 101, System 201, and System 301 are the perfect gateway to the eurorack modular synthesizer world.

Interactive inspiration machines. The next generation of our System line of eurorack synthesizers harnesses the power of the new Lifeforms modules and Structure enclosures. Designed around the Lifeforms SV-1 modular analog synthesizer voice and anchored by the classic Pittsburgh Modular filter and two full range analog oscillators packed with harmonically rich waveforms, the Lifeforms Systems offer a rich sound palette with the flexibility of an open, fully patchable analog voice architecture.

The System 201 and System 301 also include the Lifeforms KB-1 pressure sensitive keyboard controller. The pressure sensitive keyboard maximizes the creative process with arpeggios, sequences, triggers, voltage memory, and more. More information on the entire Lifeforms line is available at lifeformsmodular.com.

Evolution of the Synthesizer Voice
The Lifeforms SV-1 is a fully patchable synthesizer module, destined to be the heart and soul of any eurorack modular system. It features two independent, full-range analog oscillators, and the unmistakeable sound of the Pittsburgh Modular filter paired with a highly curated set of modular tools designed to fuel the creative fire. More information on the Lifeforms SV-1 is available at lifeformsmodular.com/sv-1.

Control At Your Fingertips
Shape music like never before with the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms KB-1 pressure sensitive controller. The Lifeforms KB-1 eurorack module provides a multi-function, expressive, capacitive touch keyboard designed for performance. It contains a powerful one octave pressure sensitive keyboard complete with arpeggiator, step sequencer, preset voltage memory array, and a pair of multi-mode trigger pads. Eleven patchable outputs and a deep feature set enable an unprecedented level of control over any eurorack system. More information on the Lifeforms KB-1 is available a lifeformsmodular.com/kb-1."

Lifeforms SV-1
Analog Modular Synthesizer
Suggested Retail Price $699

"The Heart and Soul of Modular Synthesis
The Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers Lifeforms SV-1 is a complete dual oscillator synthesizer, designed to be the core of your eurorack modular system. Building on the sound and legacy of our celebrated Waveforms oscillator, the SV-1 module features two full-range independent analog oscillators; sound sources that are perfect for dynamic and inspired performances. In addition to these two high-performance oscillators, we stuffed the SV-1 with a perfectly curated set of modular synthesis tools including dual, chained mixers, a plucky, four stage envelope generator, and of course, our legendary analog state-variable filter.

The Lifeforms SV-1 is a synthesizer powerhouse, providing absolutely everything you need to create gigantic and iconic synth sounds: roaring bass, shimmering leads, lush pads and warm drones are only a few knob turns away. Instantly, out of the box, a rich feature set with a fluid, easy to understand interface empowers you to create vibrant, thick tones. Modulation and Tools sections fill out the analog SV-1 modulation capabilities with a triangle and square LFO, two sub-octave oscillators chained to the main oscillator, and noise with sample & hold.

Your Sound, Your Way
Pre-patched under the hood, patch cables are not necessary to get started. But as soon as you begin patching, you will feel the power provided by the 53 patch points and 21 knobs. By breaking each feature of the synthesizer out with patch cables, a tremendous amount of flexibility and control emerges to patch up any sound your imagination can dream up. All the tried and true analog classics are there at your disposal: sine, sawtooth, triangle and square. In addition, our exclusive and powerful blade wave on Oscillator 1 adds a unique weapon to your sonic arsenal. Deep modulation options award you complex control of nearly every function of the SV-1.

A Team Player
We’ve designed the Lifeforms SV-1 to be the perfect centerpiece of any eurorack synthesizer regardless of size. In a smaller system, the SV-1 provides a wide variety of synthesis options through a hefty set of synthesis tools. Combined with a larger collection of modules, you can unlock never-before-heard expressiveness and unparalleled control over the rich feature set of the SV-1. The ability to patch and integrate the SV-1 with other existing eurorack compatible gear gives you truly infinite modulation and expansion options.

Integrated Synthesizer Components

MIDI
We started with the core of our rock solid MIDI 3 module then modified the source code to create a feature set specifically designed for the SV-1. This MIDI to CV converter enables you to connect all your MIDI-compatible gear and convert it to control voltage right inside the SV-1. Volt per octave and gate outputs allow you to connect to your MIDI keyboard or DAW and take control of the SV-1 your way.

Extensive patch options give you access to glide, CC, and velocity. A digital clock-syncable LFO with triangle and quantized random voltage waveforms provides even more modulation options. A clock input allows you to override the internal or MIDI clock and sync to external CV and gate clock signals. A built-in arpeggiator provides all of the deep arpeggio responses from the MIDI 3, including as played, double triggered, random, and random with random gate. This unlocks another level of playability and the capacity to create complex and fresh musical patterns out of just a few notes.

Oscillator 1 and Oscillator 2
Our next-generation dual analog oscillator provides the sonic framework for massive synth sounds or deep exploration of west coast style frequency modulation. Sine, triangle, saw, and square waves are at your control, all available to modulate via FM and hard sync. As a bonus, Oscillator 1 also contains our unique blade wave. The shape of the blade wave can be controlled using the width CV input, creating a sweeping or chorusing effect. Oscillator 2 is normalled to the FM of Oscillator 1, providing jaw-dropping analog FM bass, deep percussive hits, searing leads, and thick, warm analog pads which all come to life from these two modern, organic sounding oscillators. Both analog oscillators dip well below audio rate, allowing them to function as voltage controllable LFOs.

Modulation and Tools
A wide-range utility LFO with triangle and square wave outputs is ideal for VCA or Filter frequency sweeps. Or, turn it up and release the dynamic FM capabilities of either oscillator. A Tools section provides access to two sub-octave oscillators, derived from Oscillator 1’s core frequency. Analog noise and sample & hold finish out the Tools section — the hold function is initially pre-wired to MIDI clock, and equips you to create perfectly timed, random voltage steps.

Mixer
This versatile four channel mixer comes pre-wired for fast access to Oscillator 1’s sine, saw, pulse and sub. However, you are just a patch cable away from instantly making your own unique blend of waveforms from the SV-1. The mixer can be split into two independent two channel mixers simply by patching into the top output.

State Variable Filter
Rich and thick, the sound of the revered Pittsburgh Modular Filter is unmistakable. Absolutely stunning harmonic character with voltage control over the entire frequency range. A provided attenuverter lets you dial in exactly how much CV to feed the frequency input, even inverting the input for dramatic changes in modulation. Separate highpass, lowpass, and bandpass outputs are provided as breakout options, each with their own powerful sonic timbres. Turn up the resonance for an added growl, giving your tones an aggressive edge that no softsynth can match.

Four Stage Envelope Generator
Designed specifically for the Lifeforms SV-1 with a plucky, organic feel, our four-stage analog ADSR allows you to generate envelopes with remarkable, precise control over each stage. Pre-patched to receive gate signals directly from MIDI, the gate input may be overridden by any available clock, trigger, or square wave source.

Voltage Controlled Amplifier
The amplifier section not only controls the overall level of the output, but is voltage controllable. A clean, responsive VCA, capable of everything from transparent control to mild overdrive contours audio or CV signals. The ADSR is pre-patched to the level CV providing shape to the synthesizer audio.

Splitters
Two unbuffered audio or CV splitter sections allow you duplicate your signal in creative ways, routing a single audio or CV source to multiple destinations.

Line Level and Headphone Outputs
High quality stereo headphone amplifier and monophonic line level outputs controlled by a master volume knob.

User Manual
Coming soon...

Module Specifications
Panel size 48hp | Depth 35mm | Power consumption 230mA with reversed power polarity protection"

Lifeforms KB-1
Pressure Sensitive Keyboard Controller
Suggested Retail Price $499

"Take Control
Shape your music like never before with the new Lifeforms KB-1; a unique and intuitive set of tools designed for controlling your eurorack modular system. The Lifeforms KB-1 provides a multi-function, expressive, capacitive touch keyboard designed for performance. The KB-1 contains a powerful one octave adjustable, pressure sensitive keyboard complete with arpeggiator, step sequencer, four voltage memory pads and two trigger pads. Eleven outputs and a deep feature set enable you to explore new sonic territory with an unprecedented level of control.

Monophonic and Duophonic response modes with user-selectable note priority and retrigger options let you customize the KB-1 specifically to your needs. Octave buttons provide quick selection of one of seven available octaves for a wide sonic range. Monophonic mode allows you to perform soaring leads, buttery basslines with legato, or classic arpeggios. Or, take control of two separate oscillators in Duophonic mode to create rich soundscapes, complex drones and arps, lush pads, and thundering bass.

Easily program melodic sequences with maximum flexibility. Along with immersive keyboard features, there is also a powerful ten note arpeggiator and sixty-four note sequencer, each focused around playability, empowering you to craft inspiring melodies, or utilize the stepped voltage as control for other parameters, such as filter frequency or VCA control.

The Next Step
The Lifeforms KB-1 features a playable, ten note arpeggiator. This robust arpeggiator can cycle through one to three octaves. The arpeggiator in the Lifeforms KB-1 contains three different arpeggiator modes, including single or double note trigger, and random monophonic or duophonic note cycling with random gates . Probability gate burst mode can trigger additional random gates to add complexity to arpeggios. This feature, unique to the Lifeforms KB-1, enables you to have rolling pulses divided by the clock source, allowing for dramatic rhythmic variations of your sequence.

A feature-packed sixty-four step sequencer with multiple play modes gives you precise control over the cycling of your sequence. Sequences can be played forward, reverse, or random. Sequences are quickly created by step programming and each step can have one of six step modifiers: pitch bend, tie, single trigger, double trigger, quad trigger, and whole note. Once the sequence is complete, the first note of a sequence can be shifted back or forward, resulting in generating new sequences out of your initial performance. Probability gate burst mode is also available to sequences adding realtime complexity to a performance.

Express Yourself
The two assignable trigger buttons enable you to unleash your creative potential in new ways. Trigger 1 and trigger 2 can be independently assigned to one of six different trigger button modes including pressure sensitive pitch bend, gate, latch enable/disable, trigger, pressure sensitive trigger burst generator, and a pressure sensitive clock divider.

Preset Voltage Memories
The programmable voltage memory section can function as a four channel sequencer, cycling forward, reverse, or randomly; or the active channel can be selected manually allowing the section to function as a 4 channel voltage memory. Voltages are unquantized analog voltages between 0 and 5 volts. Multiple clocking options are available to drive the preset voltage memory sequencer.

On the Beat
The Lifeforms KB-1 can be clocked internally via tap tempo or from an external clock source such as a sequencer, square wave, trigger, or clock divider. This allows you to either play on your own, or perform locked in time with external devices.

User Manual
Coming soon...

Module Specifications
Panel size 42hp | Depth 38mm | Power consumption 160mA with reversed power polarity protection"

Korg Officially Announces minilogue; Four-Voice Polyphonic Analog Synth

Korg Minilog: PlugInGuru Quick-e Tour

Published on Jan 14, 2016 PlugInGuru

The details are in. You'll find Korg's Press release with hi-res pics and specs below, but let's start with a few videos. Click here for new posts that have gone up in order.

"Under 2 min and you’re going to want to own one of this amazing synth. The RAW POWER and the WARM analog tone is incredible. Makes every software synth jealous as well. :D"

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