MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Rossum Electro-Music CONTROL FORGE, MORPHEUS, & SATELLITE Pics & Details

You'll find images of each along with details in the main post here. These are some nice looking modules. Note the SATELLITE is new to the post.

First Look at NAMM Modular Booth 5014

And so it begins.

The setup.

via Vermona

"First look at our booth at #NAMM2016 … still in progress. Our friend’s #Doepfer banner is already installed"

And for reference, via NAMM:

"Booth 5014
Doepfer Musikelektronik GmbH
Haken Audio
Schneiders Buero
Tegeler Audio Manufaktur

'SPACE' Ep.13 microBRUTE - SUDDEN STORM - Korg EMX-1, MS-20 mini, Volca Bass, Poly 800

Published on Jan 19, 2016 Arrayzable

"As always live play with synths and sequencers.

Used in this track:

Arturia microBRUTE
Korg MS-20 mini
Korg Electribe EMX-1
Korg Volca Bass
Korg Poly 800"

Analog Systems 8 16 Sequencer MOOG Minitaur PHENOL & Benjolin

Published on Jan 19, 2016 Ritchie DeCarlo

"Experimenting with the 8-16 sequencer into 3 synths at once"

THE KIT Vintage 1982 Analog Synthesizer/Drum Machine by M.P.C./MXR w/ orig box SN 002388

via this auction

Pic of the inside & original trimpot adjustment tool below.

"Made in England by M.P.C., distributed in America by guitar effects company MXR Innovations. GOOD+++ Condition, as you can see it's been well used and very well cared-for, check all the detail pictures closely to see the odd places of wear here-and-there. It even comes in its RARELY SEEN original box – I seriously doubt you'll find another!

Its right-hand Cymbal piezo is pretty sketchy, the first time I tried it I got a rapid-fire stutter as it was hit or depressed; then as I monkeyed around with it a little, it managed to sound off properly for about a dozen crashes, and now it seems to be nearly dead; sometimes it does nothing, sometimes you can hear it very faintly, and once in awhile it burps-out its proper tone. I dunno if there is any available replacement, I'm thinking the piezo element is bad, but then again as I inspect the innards, perhaps it could be a cold solder joint, or who-knows-what? Check my detail collage of this cymbal trigger unit, apologies for my amateurish blurry photog attempts. I reckon it would be prudent to consider this one cymbal part dead, although the rest of the unit appears to function 100% normally, and I suppose the remaining Hi-Hat Cymbal would still serve as an acceptible substitute, I did not discern any difference between its sound compared to the other. As a valuable consolation, this machine DOES HAVE all its heavy cast gold metal cymbal “knobs”, which were missing-in-action from all the ones I saw in past auctions; these knobs' surface are somewhat scratched and pitted - again, please refer to the detail pics. Its drum pads have a rather dirty appearance, and a couple of them are loose and “flop out” of their cavities if the unit is inverted; they're attached with small bits of double-sided sticky stuff which apparently has lost its grip over the years. Inside its styrofoam protector, you'll see its original factory tool for adjusting its trim-pots through the tiny access holes in the back, I left these adjustments alone, I cannot say whether they do what they're supposed to. I did give all the main control pots a quick shot of cleaner while I was in there; a couple may be a little scratchy still, there was no apparent audible effect of the cleaner, but they do turn a little more smoothly/freely now. I did not plug anything to any of its jacks, therefor I cannot report on their functionality (its main output jack was working fine).

I ran it through as many of its paces as I could, I tested all the control knobs and everything appears to be working well at this time. The piezo striking elements are designed to respond to varying degrees of force, and although its tones are fairly nondescript it does get a little louder or softer according to how hard you hit the pads and buttons. I have no manual, but I did manage to find a good PDF copy online, so there does exist a fully available factory description of its operation “on the cloud”.

A somewhat obscure analog synthesizer, this vintage drum machine has those junky-funky lo-fi tones that are all the rage in these times of debase electronic “musical” creation and appreciation. This would be a nice addition to any studio's secret weapon stash, you oughtta get some oddball/jaw-drop appeal here, I'll bet no one you know will have ever seen or heard one of these."

MOOG ROGUE Vintage ANALOG Synthesizer Original Box SN 7811

via this auction

"Here is a vintage Moog Rogue Synth. Excellent condition! Original BOX. Recently serviced, works and sounds awesome. A few of the bottom keys have some red markings on them. I can swap them out with reissue keys if desired."

Casio FZ-1 I Vintage 16bit Sampler with full Additive Synth Engine

via this auction

"OK - so this synth is a beast! It has a very unique sound and the 16bit sampler is amazing and clean and lovely, but the real star of the show here is a full Additive Synth Engine that will let you color and play with and change the samples a ton. True additive synths are tough too come by and this one has 48 harmonic steps to play with. PLUS! it has amazing 8 stage filters and envelopes that can add a ton of warmth. This was a totally overlooked machine in its day (1987) as it was trounced handily by the Emulator which was only a 12bit machine. The FZ-1 also has 8 Voice Polyphony and 8 audio outs! And way ahead of its time, it also had graphic wave drawing and editing that was really only available on $10,000 Synclaviers and Fairlights.

I am not gonna lie, this synth/sampler takes some work because there are so many options and parameters at your disposal, but once you get a handle on it you can get so much out of this. The LED screen and menus are a bit of a pain, but nothing like the DX7. Casio has them laid out easily and intuitively, and I never really felt like I was menu diving and going nuts."

Yamaha Reface CS Synthesizer

via this auction

Some nice shots in this set.

Exploring the Yamaha SK30 Mono Bass Voice

Published on Jan 19, 2016 Mike Kiraly

"Playing around with the Mono/Bass Voice of the Yamaha SK30 via CV. There is a separate fully polyphonic synth section, as well as a string synth and organ, all of which can be mixed together or routed individually. I hadn't really heard of the SK series before, but I'm glad I found this one - it's really a beautiful sounding synth and they go for reasonable prices in the secondhand market."

BOSS Introduces Vocoder VO-1 Guitar Pedal

BOSS VO-1 Vocoder featuring Kai Smith

Published on Jan 19, 2016 BOSSchannel

"When you plug into the VO-1, you can literally talk, sing, and cry with your axe, taking your playing to places you never dreamed of before."

"The VO-1 Vocoder is a unique and innovative stompbox that puts the massive expressive range of the human voice in the hands of every guitarist and bassist. By vocalizing into a connected mic as you play, it’s easy to transform your tone with electronic voices, classic talk box sounds, and tons of all-new colors that are perfect for modern music styles. It’s even possible to create impressive ensemble vocal sounds without the need to connect an external mic. When you plug into the VO-1, you can literally talk, sing, and cry with your axe, taking your playing to places you never dreamed of before.

- Innovative, easy-to-use vocoder pedal powered by BOSS’ famous guitar synth technology
- Use your voice to dramatically extend the expressive range of your instrument in countless ways
- Vintage mode for classic electronic synth-voice sounds and Advanced mode for all-new vocoder tones with enhanced clarity
- Talk Box mode enables “talking lead guitar” tones without the hassles of a traditional talk box setup
- Choir mode for achieving rich vocal sounds with no mic connected
- Effect loop for sound enhancement and easy integration with existing pedals
- Works with guitar, bass, or any instrument with a 1/4-inch output
- BOSS five-year warranty

Powerful Vocal Expression for Guitar and Bass

Without a doubt, the human voice is the most expressive instrument there is, capable of producing a massive range of sounds. Vocoder technology lets you harness this power and control the tone of your instrument in endless ways via real-time vocal manipulation, achieving speech-like sounds, infinitely controllable wah, and much more. For decades, keyboardists have used vocoders to create electronic vocal tones and other voice-like textures with synthesizers. Now, the VO-1 makes it simple for guitarists and bassists to use this inspiring creative tool with their music.

Cutting-Edge Vocoder Technology in a Compact Stompbox

Driven by BOSS’ famous guitar synth technology, the VO-1 delivers power and versatility that goes well beyond other vocoders. Vintage mode produces the familiar synthesized voice sounds heard on numerous pop and electronic music records through the years, while Advanced mode utilizes new BOSS tech to translate speech and other vocalizations to your axe with unprecedented definition and clarity. Talk Box mode recreates classic 'talking lead guitar' tones without having to use a traditional talk box rig and mouth tube, making these cool sounds much more accessible and convenient. Finally, Choir mode produces rich, impressive vocal textures from a direct input, with no mic needed.

Infinite Possibilities Made Easy

With the VO-1, BOSS has made the vocoder straightforward and incredibly simple to use. First off, it connects to your rig like any other pedal. The only additional connection needed is a microphone, which you’ll use to drive the VO-1’s vocoder engine when using the first three modes. After that, just turn on the effect, tweak the knobs, and vocalize into the mic as you play. Don’t worry—you don’t even need to be able to sing in tune. You handle all the pitch control with your hands as normal, while the VO-1 applies the complex formant characteristics of your voice to the tone in real time. The VO-1 also features an effect loop for patching in external effects, plus a Blend knob for mixing vocoder and straight tones together."

New Roland SYSTEM-500 Series Eurorack Module Videos - Inspired by SYSTEM-700 and SYSTEM-100M

Published on Jan 19, 2016 RolandChannel

"SYSTEM-500 is a range of fully analog modules inspired by Roland’s legendary SYSTEM-700 and SYSTEM-100M, two of the most revered electronic instruments of all time. Made for the Eurorack format, the range comprises VCO, VCF, VCA, ENV / LFO and PHASE modules. These videos look at each module in detail, showing how they sound and the effect they have on the sound creation process."


1. Roland Intro Videos for the SYSTEM-500 Series Modules - "Watch Josh Holley, President of Malekko, along with Sven Miracolo and Enrico Cosimi assess the impact of the original SYSTEM-700 and SYSTEM-100M synths from Roland, and discover how the new all-analog SYSTEM-500 was born after a chance encounter at the Tokyo Festival of Modular."
2. Using the Roland SYSTEM-500 modular series (ENV/LFO)
3. Using the Roland SYSTEM-500 modular series (PHASE)
4. Using the Roland SYSTEM-500 modular series (VCA)
5. Using the Roland SYSTEM-500 modular series (VCF)
6. Using the Roland SYSTEM-500 modular series (VCO)

Roland Introduces Mini Boutique Style A-01 Keyboard Controller & 8-bit Mono Synth

Published on Jan 19, 2016 RolandChannel

"Take control of your musical setup with the A-01 Controller and Generator. Connect your gear using standard MIDI, hook up to your computer-based DAW with USB MIDI or play music apps on tablets and smartphones via Bluetooth. You can also drive vintage synthesizers and modular synths via the CV/Gate outputs and step-sequencer. Along with the knob and ribbon controllers, the A-01 also includes an 8-bit monophonic synth engine for creating distinctive synth tones."

Note this does not have the Boutique name, but it definitely has the Boutique styling with the optional detachable keyboard. Details:

"A controller is a vital part of any music production setup, but choosing the right one can be a dilemma. You want a unit with the flexibility to drive all your MIDI and CV/GATE-equipped analog gear. You need to connect to the huge range of music-making apps for tablets and smartphones. And as a modern musician moving from gig to gig, you need to be able to work on projects whenever inspiration strikes. The Roland A-01 ticks all of your boxes—whether you want to warm up backstage, control every element of an elaborate home studio setup, or create original music from scratch, this flexible controller and sound generator is your one-stop solution.


Controller Mode: 16 patches (4 patches x 4 banks)
Synth Mode: 16 tones (8 tones x 2 banks)
Seq Mode: 16 patterns (8 patterns x 2banks)

PHONES jack: Stereo miniature phone type
CV OUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type
GATE OUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
USB port: MicroB type (MIDI)

Bluetooth LE

Power Supply
Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4
Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
USB bus power

Current Draw
500 mA (USB bus power)
Expected battery life under continuous use:Rechargeable Ni-MH battery: Approx. 12 hours
* This can vary depending on the specifications of the batteries, capacity of the batteries, and the conditions of use.

Owner's Manual
Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4

Options (sold separately)
Keyboard unit: K-25m

Width300 mm
11-13/16 inchesDepth128 mm
5-1/16 inchesHeight46 mm
1-13/16 inchesWeight950 g
2 lbs 2 oz"

Roland AIRA Effects Modular Customizer Software

Published on Jan 19, 2016 RolandChannel

"Discover the power and flexibility of AIRA modular effectors with the Modular Customizer software for iOS, Android, Mac OSX and Windows. Reconfigure, reprogram and repatch an array of virtual sub-modules including LFO, ADSR, FILTER, SAMPLE AND HOLD, TONE and many more. Just drag the modules, patch the cables and enter a new world of radical sonic exploration."

András Eichstaedt Live @ HEKTIK Vienna 2016

András Eichstaedt Live @ HEKTIK Vienna 2016 from Andras Eichstaedt on Vimeo.

"In this cut i use the new firmware of the BASTL instruments GrandPa, wich can change the samples via CV, and the Roland Scooper to get a beat out of the mostly random patch running in my Modular. The overdriven warps come from Mutable instruments Peaks, and a Dopefer A-120 Low Pass Filter, that is slightly below self oscillation. Peaks is sequenced by a Beatstep pro, wich also clocks and resets a Doepfer Quad Sequential Switch, that switches between Peaks and GrandPa. A Second grandPa is used to play different atmospheric samples as a background.The performance was recorded at FLUC Vienna with line audio plugged in a soundcard, and is not processed."

Novation Supernova 20-Voice Polyphonic Multitimbral Rack VA Synthesizer SN 006047

via this auction

Dreadbox EREBUS Semi-Modular Analog Paraphonic Synth + Korg SQ-1

via this auction

Snowfall Warning (Streichfett, Volca Keys, Monotribe, Microbrute, TR-8)

Published on Jan 19, 2016 Corpse Callosum

"Live minimal jam on a winter afternoon. I experimented with recording a vocal sample on my Kaleidoloop and then playing it back though the audio input of the Microbrute and an analog delay pedal for interesting results. Zaquencer is sequencing the Streichfett on two different channels (not shown).

Gear and FX used:

Roland TR-8
Korg Monotribe (with TC Flashback delay)
Korg Volca Keys (Eventide Space)
Arturia Microbrute (with Eno Analog Delay, Eventide Space)
Waldorf Streichfett (with Eventide Space)
Critter and Guitari Kaleidoloop (through Microbrute HPF and delay)"

Winter Meditation

Published on Jan 19, 2016 Sacred Synthesis

"A simple reflective melodic piece for mid winter. The Prophet '08 plays the melodies, while a second Prophet 08 supplies the first accompaniment and a Poly Evolver the second.

DSI Prophet '08 Keyboard (2)
DSI Prophet '08 Module
DSI Poly Evolver Keyboard
DSI Poly Evolver Rack
DSI Evolver Desktop
Hammond XPK 200L Pedalboard

Reverb from Lexicon MX 300
Delay from Alesis Nanoverb 2

All music performed live and recorded directly to CD; no sequencers or arpeggiators were used.

All music property of Sacred Synthesis"

Audulus 2 Minute Tip - 4 - How to Make a Sub Synth with Modules

Published on Jan 19, 2016 Bimini Road

Audulus for iOS | Audulus for Mac

"This tutorial shows you how to set up a subtractive synthesizer in Audulus using the module library while navigating with the tag system. Subtractive synthesis begins with a harmonic-rich waveform (Square, Saw, or Triangle) and subtracts harmonics using a filter.

There are many ways to make a subtractive synth - adding more oscillators and detuning them slightly will give you a fatter sound. You can use Sine waves, but they don't respond as well to this method. Sine waves are best used in subtractive synthesis to bolster the low end, usually known as a sub oscillator. This sub oscillator will deepen the sound and make it more robust. However, for this tutorial, I just wanted to keep it as simple as possible. Towards the end, I added some LFOs to control the values of the steps of the step sequencer to make for a more interesting, semi-random sequence.

The 2 Minute Tip series breaks apart topics on Audulus into bite-sized chunks. I don't talk during the tutorials (though there are a few notes that pop up), and this is so that international viewers who don't understand English well don't feel left out. Familiarize yourself with the node menu and my navigation won't be so mystifying. In the future, we'll develop a finger press indicator so you can see where I'm tapping."

soundmachines Random Beats with SD1 simpledrum module

A video posted by @soundmachines on

A video posted by @soundmachines on

Two quick videos and an image.

Multivox MX8100 - Analog Synth Controller/Sequencer - 1979

via this auction

"Multivox MX-8100, branded as a "Computer Basic System Music Sequencer." This unit was produced in the late 1970s and is in exceptionally nice condition for such a vintage piece. Purchased from the original owner who bought it in the early eighties. Unit is two missing plastic feet which were removed by the original owner to fit into keyboard stand. Some very light cosmetic wear (one rub mark on back and some very minor wear on edges). See pics for details.

Original owner purchased this at the same time as a SPV-355 Analog Roland Synth, and noted that the control voltage works perfectly with old Roland and Korg Analog Synths. Original owner provided homemade adapter he built for use with a Minimoog which will be included."

Dreadbox Modular G System first try out

Published on Jan 19, 2016 Raw Voltage - Vienna Modular Store

"Just a first 'tweaking around' on the all new Dreadbox G-System. No plan behind it at all, just a simple sequence and playing around with the envelopes, filter modes and delay. VCO B synced to VCO A. Thanks to my friend Tom from Synth Anatomy for filming. We will have a closer look at the specific modules and functions in a more detailed way a little later."

Buchla Easel and Noise

Buchla Easel and Noise part 1

Published on Jan 19, 2016 Todd Barton

"I've always wanted a noise source for the Easel. Here are just a few simple explorations. This one with noise going to the LPG 2 and exploring VCA/Combo/LP modes etc."

Buchla Easel and Noise part 2

Published on Jan 19, 2016

"I've always wanted a noise source for the Easel. Here are just a few simple explorations. This one with noise going to pitch of the Complex Oscillator."

The Replicator Chronicles Part 2 - (Not so) Dreamy Easel

Published on Jan 19, 2016 Wein Glas

"An almost self playing patch from the BEMI Music Easel with tape delay treatment of the T-Rex Replicator."

Complex Sequences With Maths

Published on Jan 19, 2016 Voltage Control Lab

"Be sure to check out our Maths course at Voltage Control Lab!!

By adding a bit of modulation, a simple Attack Decay envelope in Make Noise Maths can be used to generate ghost notes, accents and rests, adding life to stagnant patterns and sequences."

Roland Boutique Demo (The Long Ride Home) By PolyEvolver

"Hi Folks, I made this exclusively on the Roland JP-08, JX-03 and JU-06 Boutique synthesizers. I mixed and used drummer from Logic Pro X. This track highlights their strengths together. Please feel free to ask questions, yes I know it sounds retro, it intended ;)


Roland Boutique on eBay | Roland Boutique on Amazon

Playing with the - Roland SH 101

Published on Jan 19, 2016 DivKidVideo

"So I managed to borrow a Roland SH-101 for a few days and I thought what better first thing to do with it then set the arp going, clock it to a drum machine and run an FX send with the Boss DM-100 BBD analogue delay."

Teenage Engineering OP1 - demo song by Alba Ecstasy

Published on Jan 19, 2016 Alba Ecstasy

"This demo song is containing 7 different OP-1 tracks, recorded one by one in Logic Pro X. The sounds your hear are factory presets, twisted for my taste and I only added delay and reverb from Logic.
If you think (as I did before putting my hands on a OP-1) that this is an expensive toy, you're write only about the price! Because OP-1 is nothing but a monster synth inside of a small case. I did not used the tape mode because I'm still learning the OP-1 (24 hours since I have it!). Video was recorded every time I played an audio track.
Many thanks to my friend Andu for making this happened!
More music & patches on"

Teenage Engineering on eBay | Teenage Engineering on Amazon


Published on Jan 19, 2016 zack dagoba

"Following the cables on a live track on the modulars. See http://myblogitsfullofstars.blogspot.... for more"

Formant, E-Mu, Serge, and Polyfusion modulars. Sneak peak of an ARP 2500 in the background.

TubeOhm Shruthi/Phoenix Stereo filter

Published on Jan 19, 2016 Andre' Laska

"Here is the new stereo filter for Shruthi and Phoenix,
This video shows you some sound examples and how to calibrate the filter board . Available on next in a few days."

Soulsby Synthesizers in LA

via Soulsby Synthesizers

"Good morning from LA!"

Waldorf Product News 2016 - New KB37 Eurorack Keyboard Case & Modules

Published on Jan 19, 2016 WaldorfMusicChannel

"Brand-new products:
1) kb37 Controller Keybboard for Eurorack modules
2) dvca1 Dual VCA module for Eurorack systems
3) mod1 Modulator module for Eurorack systems
4) cmp1 Compressor module for Eurorack systems"

Details on the modules previously posted here. Official press release along with some pics of the case follow. Gorgeous!

"Waldorf waves hello to the ‘Eurorack Pack’ at The NAMM Show 2016

'Hardware is a beautiful thing. Using my fingers, I can touch the sound and move it around, conducting it from here to there and back again. With the gear I can lay my hands on today, I really feel the democratisation of art in action. Anyone can make cool- sounding music with their own personal signature and stylistic edge!'

- Waldorf Music Managing Director Joachim Flor, 2016

REMAGEN, GERMANY: high-quality synthesizer developer Waldorf Music is proud to introduce its so-called ‘Eurorack Pack’ — a stylish, state-of-the-art, self-contained modular synth system, comprising the kb37 CONTROLLER KEYBOARD and three colourful new modules for the ever-present Eurorack format to accompany the already-available nw1 WAVETABLE MODULE launched last year — at The NAMM Show 2016, January 21-24 in Anaheim, California, USA...

More and more synthesizer enthusiasts are acknowledging the ever-present Eurorack small-format modular system that is increasingly popularised (and heavily populated) by an ever-growing band of merry manufacturers — both ‘boutique’ or otherwise — now numbering hundreds worldwide. Waldorf Music made its grand Eurorack entrance last year when introducing its innovative nw1 WAVETABLE MODULE — providing the worshipped wavetable set from the company’s classic (discontinued) Microwave and Wave synthesizers, speech synthesis, user wavetable creation, and much more besides — to widespread critical acclaim. And having done that, what would you do next?

Now that collecting Eurorack modules is an ‘addiction’ — albeit one filled with much musical merriment, where discerning musicians can creatively customise their modular synth setup as and when the need (and money) arises — albeit without spending a huge amount of money all at once, why not raise an entire family of stylish, state-of-the-art Eurorack modules? Meet the all-new Waldorf Music members...

Three different modulation sources in one module make the mod1 MODULATOR MODULE the control centre of any ‘Eurorack Pack’ patch. From simple envelopes and LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators) to complex looped multistage curves, the mod1 MODULATOR MODULE delivers rich and endless modulation options — and all based on pure analogue circuitry for everything from super-smooth curves to razor-sharp edges that still sound far from ‘digital’. From gently undulating LFOs to ultra-precise hard cuts, here it is innovative analogue circuitry all the way for a truly musical touch!

The dvca1 DUAL VCA MODULE is built around two VCAs (Voltage-Controlled Amplifiers) with a wide range of options, including the most important one of all: an ability to musically colour the signal. Starting in dry mode results in high-precision analogue amplification, and turning the Colour knob adds a warmer and more colourful timbre to the signal based on a finely-crafted state variable filtering circuit. But beyond that, simultaneous Linear and Exp (exponential) control as well as specialised AC (Alternating Current) and DC (Direct Current) coupled inputs are also provided. Positive Gain control makes the dvca1 DUAL VCA MODULE a true ‘amplifier’ and flexible Linked modes make modulated panning perfectly possible.

The cmp1 COMPRESSOR MODULE is a true high-end analogue compressor that not only adds punch to the signal path, but can also be modulated in intriguing and unconventional ways! Side-chaining with an adjustable Balance control opens up a huge set of modular possibilities. Put it this way: the cmp1 COMPRESSOR MODULE has all the features expected from a modern compressor, including Attack and Release controls, Auto (automatic) and Man (manual) modes, Hard and Soft knee, as well as output Gain and Bleed amount of the original signal.

Saying that, the developers went one stage further with the kb37 CONTROLLER KEYBOARD, comfortably accommodating (and providing power for) all four of those Waldorf Music modules. It can helpfully house up to 100 HP of Eurorack modules in its conveniently-angled panel sitting atop a 37-note, full-sized Fatar TP9 keyboard, featuring a super-high-quality key-bed that transmits velocity and aftertouch. As such, the kb37 CONTROLLER KEYBOARD provides extremely flexible control for any mounted modules, thanks to its high-resolution, temperature-stable 16-bit CV (Control Voltage) interface. Moreover, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) channel is programmable, positioning the kb37 CONTROLLER KEYBOARD as the perfect partner for studio and stage usage alike. As well as providing perfect connectivity, capably serving performing players and sound designers’ desires with an array of realtime control elements such as PITCH and MODULATION wheels, the kb37 CONTROLLER KEYBOARD is compact and easy to transport — just like a conventional synthesizer keyboard, bringing both style and reliability to any performance setup.

So, Meine Damen und Herren, Ladies and Gentleman, please put your hands together to welcome Waldorf Music’s ‘Eurorack Pack’ to the production and performance table. Fill it at your leisure for your musical pleasure — preferably with Waldorf Music modules... oscillate (with the critically- acclaimed nw1 WAVETABLE MODULE), modulate (using the new mod1 MODULATOR MODULE), amplify (dvca1 DUAL VCA MODULE), and compress (cmp1 COMPRESSOR MODULE)!

The ‘Eurorack Pack’ will be being showcased on Waldorf Music’s booth (#6009) in Hall A at The NAMM Show 2016, January 21-24 in Anaheim, California. Come check it out!

The nw1 WAVETABLE MODULE is already available to purchase through Waldorf Music’s global network of dealers and retailers at an SRP (Suggested Reseller Price) of €345.00 EUR (including tax). The newly-announced ‘Eurorack Pack’ products — kb37 CONTROLLER KEYBOARD, mod1 MODULATOR MODULE, dvca1 DUAL VCA MODULE, and cmp1 COMPRESSOR MODULE — are expected to ship during the third quarter of 2016."

See the modules previously posted here

New Moon Modular VC Multi Mode Filter M505 & Sequencer Companion Modules Coming to NAMM

Published on Jan 19, 2016 moonmodular

"Visit us @ Winter NAMM 2016 - Hall C - Booth 4906
Be excited of the JLR demo movie, coming soon."

"The 569ESB (left) does allow to set any of the 4 rows to a desired position immediately. And this both manually and/or by using an external trigger.

The 569EGB (right) does allow to select a gate output of any of the 4 rows. A trigger button will add a manual trigger at any time.

Multiple 569EGB can be connected to the 569.

They will work with all 569's out there, no software upgrade or the like is required."

4 New Modules by Bastl Instruments ­Coming to NAMM

via Bastl Instruments:

"We are happy to announce 4 new modules and 2 expanders by Bastl Instruments. Come to see us at NAMM 2016 at Booth #5000 ­ Hall C!

The biggest highlight is the POPCORN non­linear CV/GATE Sequencer which performs original sequencing in tonal landscape. There is an entire universe of very musical ways how you can browse thru the 8 steps. This is all determined by a combination of triggers and CV signals you feed into the sequencer. 2 trigger inputs A and B advance the sequencer by the number of steps that you set with the knob (­4,­3,­2,­1,+1,+2,+3,+4). Reset sets the sequencer to step 1, OR, you can use the assignable CV Input to make it go to the step determined by CV. The CV input can also select the step directly or transpose the signal or do many other things! There is also a built in quantizer, selectable output range, gate and slide active per step with adjustable gate and slide times.

POPCORN has two EXPANDERS: one with jump button and individual GATE outputs for each step and another one that adds 5 more CV INPUTs to control the sequencer.

Foot control is a great way to enhance how modular synthesizer can be played as an instruments and this is exactly what modules CLUTCH and DUPDUP are for! CLUTCH can be used as a simple quad passive attenuator in modular setup but when you connect a stereo cable to the input and connect an expression or a volume pedal into it, it turns into continuous voltage source for your feet! And you can connect 4 pedals! DUPDUP on the other side implements 2 foot switches that can re­route your modular, bypass a signal processors, select between trigger sequences, mute signals or just send gates.

The last but not least is CIAO! 4 line outputs and headphone amp in just 5 HP is ideal for recording or live performance. Switches on the module enable you to make a patch just for your headphones and then mix it into the main output!

Modules are now available for pre­order at Noise Kitchen shipping in March 2016. Modules will be available from local dealers in Spring 2016.

Prices exclude tax.
POPCORN ­ 10HP non­linear CV/GATE sequencer ­ 210 EUR
POPCORN CV EXPANDER ­ 2HP ­ adds more CV inputs ­ 49 eur
POPCORN GATE EXPANDER ­ 2HP ­ adds individual gate outputs + jump ­ 49 eur
CLUTCH ­ 5HP ­ quad attenuator and volume pedal to CV interface ­ 75 EUR
DUPDUP ­ 5HP dual VC footswitch ­ 90 EUR
CIAO ! ­ 5HP ­ quad line out + headphone amp 109 EUR"

TIPTOP AUDIO RECORDS VARIOUS ARTISTS 0002 Double Vinyl and Digital Issue

Tiptop Audio Records - Various Artists 002 - Official Teaser from Tiptop Film on Vimeo.

ANGLE VS. JOAO CESER - Axolotl (Soundtrack free download)

"Tiptop Audio was founded in 2009 when Gur Milstein started building his first electronic musical instruments in his laboratory in Hollywood, California.

His creations became popular immediately and the demand for the modular synthesizers produced by Tiptop Audio grew rapidly.

Today, in just over six years, many members of the international community of composers and electronic musicians create their own sounds and shape their own work by using Tiptop Audio’s equipment. In 2015, Tiptop Audio took a further step in its influential presence with the birth of Tiptop Audio Records. The label produces analog music manufactured from modular synthesizers with a dance-oriented vocation.

Tiptop Audio Records
The creation of the label consolidates a path that connects its instruments with the best electronic music composers of the moment. All projects that fit within the label are the result of direct experimentation of modules. The connection between the components creates sounds that are unique and unrepeatable.

'The modular synthesizer represents the possibility to build your own sound from a basic wave, up to the most complex chain of elements. The sound is alive. The sequence of loops are never identical as the approach to the machine is physical. Connections are visible and not obscured by a display. The user is preset free and is able to construct an original patch everytime.' Piero Fragola A&R Tiptop Audio Records

TTAR V.A. 002 (2016)
With: Matt Lange, Angle, Joao Ceser, Markus Fix, Black Shape, Drumcell & Luis Flores, Hubot, Florian Meindl, John Tejada, Scanner, M.O.T., Riemann.

The second issue of Tiptop Audio Records attests to the label’s attitude towards developing a nuanced sound set to become a standard for production. The line-up for Tiptop Records includes big names of a scene now described as ‘Modular Techno’, which consists of a fast growing group of artists interested in expanding their compositional techniques through modular synthesizer systems.

The vinyl format is a testimony to the label’s dedication to produce music in a physical form. The result is a four side, double LP packaged in original artwork (including a special poster) by Italian artist Matteo Giampaglia, with handmade lettering by Caterina Scardillo. It is an invitation to a territory of oscillations, and a trip of 10 (+ 2 extra digital) tracks that reconsiders the concept of sound design applied to electronic club music.

The teaser video samples the vibes of the new issue's inherent contagion. Videos for the individual tracks are set to follow by a fresh roster of new talent.


A side: Matt Lange - Qvcamx/ Angle - Time portraits
The first groove introduces Matt Lange’s track, an American producer who has joined up with DeadMau5 on Mau5trap. This intense 8 minute track is sustained by an immersion of rhythm full of atmosphere.
The Angle project is known for the development of audio-video combinations in their performance. They produced a club track rich in melodic sequences, perfectly balanced in a nonlinear fashion.

B side: Joao Ceser - System Failure/ Markus Fix - Texter
Joao Ceser is presently one of the leading figures in Italy of modular techno. His track, System Failure, builds an inevitable dance floor trap from which you can not escape.
The following track is Texter by Markus Fix of Sven Vath’s Cocoon. It takes us into a nocturnal atmosphere, reminiscent of ‘Blade Runner’.

C side: Black Shape - Doom Room/ Drumcell & Luis Flores - Submission of Thought/ Hubot - Riz 7
Black Shape makes its debut on Tiptop Audio Records with a track with an acid bass line featuring the dobro guitar played by Fabrizio Canale and vocals by Piero Fragola. The track exemplifies the theme and intentions of this project.

Drumcell (of Chris Liebing’s CLR) and Luis Flores pump out a distorted sound with an industrial flavour that drastically changes the atmosphere to a state of ecstatic proportions. Hubot takes us back to a club vibe with a groovy yet dark sound driven by a relentless sequence of beats.

D side: Florian Meindl - Operating Temperature/ John Tejada - Fourier Tranform/ Scanner - Valbor
Florian Meindl opens the last side of the release with a fast-paced rhythm and a syncopated sound texture defined by harmonic sequences.

John Tejada (artist of Germany’s Kompakt Records) turns the table with a melodic mind trip, keeping in focus the weaving of sounds and the bass line.
Lastly, Scanner closes the compilation with an avant-garde orchestration, endorsing the ambition of the label to seek new sonic territory.

The issue also includes 2 extra digital tracks:
M.O.T - Look inside/ Riemann - Riemann LIVE -1"

Qu-Bit Electronix Coming to NAMM

"Come see us at #NAMM2016! Hall B Booth 5000. #eurorack #modularsynth"

You'll notice a number of eurorack makers in booth 5000.  The booth is hosted by WMD and will be one of three modular superbooths to check out at NAMM if you are attending.  The other two are Big City music in 6735 and Schneiders Beuro in 5014. I believe this is Schneiders first booth at NAMM.

BT's Custom Kiwi 106 & Kiwi-3P

BT's Kiwi 106: Completed!

Published on Jan 19, 2016 Syntegrator

"The long awaited completion of the BT's Juno-106 Saga. She's finally ready to go home with her new little sister, the Titanium class Kiwi-3P."

BT's Kiwi-3P: Completed!

Published on Jan 19, 2016

"Shortly after BT sent me his prized Juno-106 for rebuilding and Kiwi upgrading, he sent me a fairly beat up JX-3P that he'd bought online from a seller in Japan. "Can you do something with this, man?" was the question... Now witness the results, after many months of bespoke engineering... ;-)"

Both absolutely gorgeous!

If: music for piano, cello and a Moog

Published on Jan 17, 2016 Miguel d'Oliveira

"New track for a project made with: a piano, a cello, noises (for percussion) and a Moog.
Reverb from a Strymon Blue Sky
recorded and produced in Ableton Live

videos filmed with a iphone on the Docklands Light Railway"

UVI PX Apollo - New Soft Synth Based on the Prototype Polymoog

Published on Jan 19, 2016 UVI

"PX Apollo is based on a rare synthesizer prototype from the early ‘70s of which only 2 are known to exist. [you'll find one here, here, and video here] Part of a larger project that was eventually abandoned, this instrument was the precursor to one of the world’s first and most prolific polyphonic analog synthesizers. With a sound that can be described as rich, warm and surreal, this instrument was extraordinarily playable for the time, sporting velocity sensitivity and a performance interface, while its polyphonic 71-voice architecture signaled the coming paradigm shift in synthesizer design that would soar during the following decade.

The PX Apollo project represents an enormous effort and commitment to quality on many levels. Due to the components available at the time of their design, early polyphonic synthesizers were and remain particularly susceptible to failure and require continued maintenance. The unit used for PX Apollo was no exception, initially inoperable it required a tremendous restoration effort and no expense was spared to ensure complete authenticity and original functionality.

With the restoration complete we set about to document this historic instrument as accurately as possible. We created a huge master sample catalogue with the best hardware available. Each key was sampled in a multitude of configurations and for each 4 round-robins were created per note. The resulting PX Apollo sound bank consists of over 4,000 samples. From this library over 150 patches were made by our sound design team, delivering a fantastic collection of ready-to-play patches.

The UI for PX Apollo was inspired by the aesthetics of the original hardware, while the layout and control schema were designed to provide intuitive and efficient use while maximizing flexibility, allowing for both quick edits to preset sounds and deep customization by way of a full compliment of synthesis tools and effects including 3 oscillators, envelope generators, high-quality filters, pitch and stereo controls and per-oscillator modulation and arpeggiation.

PX Apollo provides a glimpse into a key moment of synthesizer history at one of the industries most important turning points, delivering a rich and detailed sound with a warm and pronounced character."

AKAI AX60 - Beautiful Ambient Space Music 【SYNTH DEMO】

Published on Jan 19, 2016 synth4ever

"AKAI AX60 analog synth demo. Playing relaxing ambient space music on AKAI AX60 analog synthesizer. Reverb effects from Strymon Big Sky, delay effects from Eventide Timefactor pedals."

Cool New York School of Synthesis T-Shirt!

Kawai K5000S Additive Synthesizer SN 592920

via this auction

Linndrum LM2 vintage electronic Roger Linn drum machine

via this auction

E-MU SP1200 Drum Machine Sampler SN 039503310

via this auction

"Emu SP1200. Black Reissue. Model 7030. Super minty fresh. This sampler has seen very little use and has been carefully stored in a clean environment. LCD is bright and original (which means this unit has very low hours of actual use). Pads are CLEAN. Pots are TIGHT and SMOOTH. Comes with a few OS disks, original manual and cables."

Fully Upgraded E-mu Emulator II+ Analog Sampler

via this auction

Digital sampling with analog filters. Pics of the inside below.

"This Emulator was disassembled and systematically upgraded. Everything was removed, cleaned, and either refurbished, replaced or upgraded. The only parts that were not removed from the chassis are the main and output boards. They were chemically cleaned (with PCB component Safety II wash) whilst remaining in place.

Crumar Bit 99 SN 00831 with Original Box, Manual & Cassette

via this auction

"1980's classic Synth.
61 key, MIDI,6 voice, touch sensitive, after touch, split/layered keyboard etc when such things were new.
All the benefits of a classic analogue, but with MIDI.

Never gigged - used at (pet free and smoke free) home and in studio.
Not a mark on it - mint.

Newly serviced this month, including new internal battery.
Original factory sounds restored.
Comes with Owners Manual and original cassette voice data tape.
In original box."

Tijuanalogue ·first test·

Tijuanalogue ·first test· from Hard-Mod on Vimeo.

"Single patch from the semi modular I just tested a SV filter, pair of VCO, VCLFO´s, joysticks and stereo mixer."

Pin matrix synth by Hard Mod. You can see another video of one previously posted here.

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