MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

Modal Electronics Introduces Modal 008 in a Rack & New IO Board

NAMM 2016 - Modal 008R Analog Poly in a Rack

Published on Jan 25, 2016 sonicstate

"Modal Electronics 008R and the DSP IO board for the 002"

You might have been familiar with the Modal 002 in a rack, but NAMM was the first time we got a look at the all analog Modal 008 in a rack. Check out the Union Jack on its back! Some details and images from Modal Electronics

008R provides eight discrete voices of polyphony with an uncompromising analogue architecture utilising the highest grade components throughout

Two 100% analogue VCO’s per voice with two sub oscillators, providing sawtooth, triangle, square with PWM and noise.

Each of the waveforms can be blended together to provide completely new complex wave shapes

Innovative and extremely flexible 15 multi-mode filter, consisting of traditional modes such as low-pass, band-pass and high-pass as well as more unusual notch, phase and combination modes.

Filter overdrive enables the sound to be driven to sonic extremes

A range of classic analogue polysynth features such as oscillator and filter FM bringing amazing sonic power

Two LFO’s, both capable of reaching audio rates with multiple wave shapes and midi sync

11 modulation sources with unlimited destinations. Each destination can be set its own unique depth, a super smooth sample rate of 10kHz

008R features a range of sequencing options – a built in 2 Track, 12 row, 32 step sequencer with 16 dedicated step time editing knobs on the front panel and MIDI sync capabilities. Sequences can also be transposed dynamically while running

A very highly featured arpeggiator with a wide range of different modes, including ‘hold’ mode, enabling arpeggiator-based sequences to be created

The Modal Electronics Animator, which enables any control parameter on the 008R to be sequenced, enabling very complex filter transisitions, wave form changes and modulation matrix changes to be sequenced

nonlinearcircuits 329 phase flange 1

Published on Jan 25, 2016 cirtcele

"module based on the Aries 329 Phase/Flange. ummmm this thing is fkn great, does so much more than a stand-alone phaser.
Starts with 2 inputs from a Sloth chaos, then it gets some audio rate tri-wave on the 1V/oct input."

follow-up to this post.

Vintage 1960s CHAMBERLIN RHYTHMATE Tape Loop Tube Amp Drum Machine SN 1293

via this auction

"Vintage 1960s CHAMBERLIN RHYTHMATE Tape Loop Tube Amp Drum Machine. This is something I hate to part with- I will do so only if I can get a strong price for it. If you're looking at this auction, you probably know what this is. It has 14 different tape loops, each of which have 3 different drum patterns. You move the tape head to the desired loop with a lever, and a sub-lever selects between the three different loops on each tape. All 14 tapes are original to the unit, and all are in good playing condition. Below is a video I shot years ago demonstrating this very machine. Please note that it currently does not work quite as well as it did when I made that video. Specifically, the playback speed is rather slow and sluggish. This is due either to a worn rubber wheel or a loose motor shaft, or a combination of both. This is purely a mechanical issue (the speed runs fine when I apply a bit of pressure to the side of the motor shaft), and should be an easy fix for a qualified tech. Also, the reverb knob currently only introduces a buzzing sound. I've never been quite sure if the spring reverb tank was supposed to apply reverb to the drums, or only to the external input on the amp, but I don't recall ever getting it to work properly either way. Again, though, this ought to be an easy enough issue to resolve for a qualified tech. The tape head itself can be a little finicky in terms of getting it to line up perfectly with the desired track while avoiding minor crosstalk with the other tracks, but I suspect this is an issue that's typical for these units. The unit has the typical minor wear and dust for something of its age. If shipped, this item will be double-boxed to ensure safe delivery."

Roland JD-800 Programmable Synthesizer SN ZC68034

via this auction

Sequential Circuits Prophet-600 Synthesizer w/ Gligli OS SN 015

via this auction

"Keyboard has the gligli OS mod installed which basically modernizes the operating system and upgrades the processor to fix the flaws that have plagued the P600 since it was released. Key improvements are faster envelopes (with adjustable envelope curves) as well as fast knob resolution to eliminate zippering..."

Roland SH-101 Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"Good working condition Roland SH-101 with a Roland "lump in line" power supply (my favorite!)"

"Lump in line" meaning the power supply sits between the plug you connect to the synth and the plug you connect to the wall as opposed to a wall wart power supply which takes up more space on your power strip or wall socket.

Roland SH-101 Analog Synthesizer Keyboard SN 296493

via this auction

Vintage Electro Harmonix Mini Synthesizer

via this auction

Maplins Voice Vandal clone - prototype PCB 2

Published on Jan 25, 2016

"The second prototype PCB for a Maplins Voice Vandal clone.
DIY PCB's should be available soon from"

"It was a kit from Maplin, probably in the early 90's if i recall correctly. Its got a grungy digital delay and a 4 stage high speed signal gating circuit, with a knob to set the gating speed. Gate the signal fast enough and you get cross modulation style effects."

DreamsOfWires - Volca Keys & Loopy HD

Published on Jan 25, 2016 DreamsOfWires

"If I need to think about something I'll go somewhere, often the beach. If I don't want to think about something I'll play video games. I'm not sure where making music lies between those two. Somewhere I guess.

Recording: It's just a bunch of sustained notes recorded into Loopy, using a midi fader app to control loop volumes (in this case the free version of Midi Designer), then a Volca sequence was added. The output of Loopy was recorded into Virsyn's AudioReverb."

iTunes: Loopy HD - A Tasty Pixel

VERBOS Amplitude & Tone Controller // DEMO // First Touch

Published on Jan 25, 2016 LESINDES

Lo Pass Gate Vactrol Fiilter and Amplifier"

NAMM 2016: Soulsby Synthesizers Odytron Limited Edition

Published on Jan 25, 2016 sonicstate

"Limited to 100"

Namm 2016 Hex inverter mutant eurorack Modular

Published on Jan 25, 2016 Flux302 of

Synthesis Technology MOTM 5U Modular Synthesizer

via this auction

"Includes the following modules:

(1) Synthesis Technology MOTM 300 Ultra Voltage-Controlled Oscillator
(2) Synthesis Technology MOTM 310 Micro Voltage-Controlled Oscillator
(1) Synthesis Technology MOTM 890 µMixer
(1) Synthesis Technology MOTM 440 LPF
(2) Synthesis Technology MOTM 800 ADSR Envelope Generator
(1) Synthesis Technology MOTM 190 µVCA
(1) Synthesis Technology MOTM 650 MIDI-CV
(1) Synthesis Technology MOTM 910 Mult
(1) Synthesis Technology MOTM 820 Lag
(1) Synthesis Technology MOTM 101 Noise/S&H
(1) Synthesis Technology MOTM 120 Sub-Octave
(1) Synthesis Technology MOTM 390 µLFO
(1) Synthesis Technology MOTM 990 Power Distribution Board
(1) Power supply with switch on 5U back panel
(1) Vented 5U back panel
(2) Pairs rack rails
(2) Pairs rack end cap panels
(1) 10u road case
(12) long patch cables
(10) short patch cables"

Future Retro 777

via this auction

Mini-Korg 700 Synthesizer - Univox K-2

via this auction

Crumar/Chase Bit One - vintage 6 voice analogue synth with MIDI

via this auction

"Crumar/Chase Bit One - vintage 6 voice analogue synth with MIDI

Quirky 80s DCO analogue from the same designer as the superlative Elka Synthex.

Has dedicated detune and noise sliders, with keyboard aftertouch, split and unison modes (very fat!!).
Features MIDI In/Out and an analogue trigger input!

All fully working. Built like a tank, but with some blemishes on the case.
Some slightly worn legending. Value buttons occasionally require a harder press, but all working."

modstep and Elastic Drums synced via Ableton Link

Published on Jan 25, 2016 MODSTEP

"modstep and Elastic Drums synced via Ableton Link, modstep playing the Korg Volca through the iConnectMIDI 2+."

DRM1 MKIII paper cut intro

Published on Jan 25, 2016 vermonagear

"We were looking for a nice way to picture our DRM1 MKIII analogue drum synthesizer used as a percussive sound bank, rather then a drum machine played using a 16 step sequencer. We felt it was to boring to show how someone selects sounds, records them and creates rythmical/musical patterns thereof. Then we fell over the good old paper cut. This video is only the result of our studies with this technic. The first serious clip will be released soon."

AM and FM modulation - dotcom analog modular synthesizer

Published on Jan 25, 2016 Stephen Mendes

"Tutorial on Amplitude and Frequency Modulation using a (dotcom) modular analog synthesizer."

Awake to acd

Published on Jan 25, 2016 rezzy blips


2016 Collection for zMors Modular iPad synthesizer

Published on Jan 25, 2016 sven braun

"Here is a snapshot of over 50 patches and tweaks that we have spent the last year working on for the zMors Modular iPad Synth
All Patches can be downloaded from for free.

Just copy JSON files via iTunes File to iPad App.

App Link:"

Why can I never have enough VCAs? Part 1 - Types and basic usage.

Published on Jan 25, 2016 Frank Murder

"This is the first part of this video tutorial series. In the series we explore the VCAs many uses and the many different types of VCAs you can find.

In this first episode we look at the Intellijel uVCA and talk about BIAS settings, linear vs exponential VCAs and explore a few basic uses for the VCA."

All parts here.

Namm 2016 Studio Electronics Boomstar eurorack Modular

Published on Jan 25, 2016 Flux302 of

TWO TITANS: Dave Smith And Gary Numan on the Prophet-6 @ NAMM

This one in via Ram Borcar / Semprini Records

Key Contacts for Korg, Oberheim, Moog, Sequential, Akai, and Others

via LA Synth Co:

"NEW Replacement key contacts for Matsushita type keybeds with rubber membrane-style key contacts.

If your keys are hard to trigger or are double-triggering or are just dead, this might be what you need .

Keys feel quick and strident again. You've never felt the keys feel this responsive!

Compatible with
Korg Polysix, Monopoly, Poly 61, Poly 800
Moog Memory Moog
Oberheim OB-8 (later non-Pratt Read)
Sequential Prophet 600, Six Trak (and some others TBD)

No need for messy paint that is inconsistent and VERY time consuming and frustrating to install. With our new contacts, old ones come out, new ones go in and you're ready to go!"

2016 NAMM Show - Korg Volca FM

Published on Jan 25, 2016 Synthtopia

"Here's a sneak preview of the unreleased Korg Volca FM synthesizer."

Audulus 2 Minute Tip - 10: How to Make an Autopanner Effect

Published on Jan 25, 2016 Bimini Road

Get Audulus for: iOS | Mac | Windows/Linux

"An autopanner is like an invisible hand turning the pan pot. Whether you like 'em fast or slow, this is the easiest, lowest-resource way to do it. The 1 value represents your sound source, and the two meters are the Left and Right stereo channels. Apply whatever type of LFO or other control signal you'd like (you can even use feedback!).

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."

All parts here.

Synthrotek Namm 2016 Eurorack Modular systems New

Published on Jan 25, 2016 Flux302 of


"Steve of Synthrotek shows us the new MST Modules and systems for 2016"

NAMM 2016: Expressive E Touché MIDI Controller

Published on Jan 25, 2016 AskAudio Mag

"Probably the most unique MIDI expression controller we've ever seen, the Touché by Expressive E - demo and explanation"

nonlinearcircuits Introduces 1050 MixSeq Based on the ARP 2500 1050

Published on Jan 25, 2016 cirtcele

"This module is a mixer, 8 stage sequencer, two 4 stage sequencers and a sequential switch.
Functionally based on the core of the ARP2500 1050 mixer sequencer."

via nonlinear circuits:

"This module is based on the Arp 1050 mix sequencer. Although this version drops the VCO and push button functions. Using the switches, it is an 8 step sequencer, two 4 step sequencers, an 8 input mixer, 8 stage sequential switch, two 4 stage sequential switches and there is also a difference rectifier giving the +ve and -ve difference between stages 1-4 and 5-8.

The assembled PCB shown was a proto-type but the sockets should all be on the same side and the LEDs are actually thru-hole. I just used smd LEDs as they are easy to remove.

It is pretty much all SOIC and 0805 components, but a pretty easy build.

PCB - US$22, 16HP panel US$30, assembled - US$220"

Namm 2016 Synth Update in 4K (MatrixBrute OB-6 Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms SV-1) Cory Henry Jam

Published on Jan 25, 2016 Noir Et Blanc Vie

"Synth News from NAMM 2016"

Kilpatrick Audio Spotlight: Carl Didur and Andrew Dordevic

Published on Jan 25, 2016 KilpatrickAudio

"Step into the world of experimental music with Carl and Andrew, two Toronto musicians that love using interesting devices to make music. They had a few weeks to explore PHENOL before we went to meet them and find out their thoughts and hear what they made with it.

You can you find Carl Didur online at:"

Minilogue Day 3 - PADS! and a Mother 32

Published on Jan 25, 2016 Earmonkey Music

"Started with a simple pad I programmed the other day, and just tweaked it as I went. Bass throbbing from the Moog Mother 32. Enjoy."

minilogues on eBay | Korg minilogues on Amazon

Phil Clendeninn on NPR Discussing the Yamaha VL1 Synthesizer - 1994

Published on Jan 24, 2016 Patchman Music

"Phil Clendeninn from Yamaha interviewed on NPR in April 1994 about the brand new Yamaha VL1 physical modeling technology. Sorry, but the beginning of this interview was cut off on my original recording. If anyone has the complete recording please contact me. To learn more about VL Physical Modeling synthesis, be sure to check out the Wind Controller FAQ here..."

EMS SYNTHI AKS with SYNTHI Users Book of Sound by David Stevens & Playing the SYNTHI

via this auction

"Background: This Synthi was inherited after a death in the family and has been taking up storage space untouched for decades. I am looking for someone to take it off my hands and it would be a good find for a collector or studio looking for a classic and historic synthesiser (The EMS synth used by Eno on "Low" and "Heroes" was a Synthi AKS, the same model as used by Pink Floyd ("On The Run" etc.) and Alan Parsons Project ("I Robot")). I am not a musician so my knowledge of specifics and technical details is very limited outside of what I have been told by assessing experts but I am more than happy to respond to any questions or queries as best I can!

Rundown of condition:
In working condition (assessed by experts) All original parts and cords – no modifications or tampering.
The electronics are all working.
Top side of case housing keyboard is missing - was missing when originally imported from England in the 970's.
Original manual and assorted documents (Playing guides and tabs/patches).
Original pins (count: 2 Red, 3 Green and 14 White).
Keyboard seems to currently not be in working condition (I couldn’t get it going but my knowledge is limited) but is in very restorable condition (eg: [link])."

The CAT model 1853 SN A 1141 Vintage Analog Synth 1978

via this auction

"the Cat by Octave Electronics
Model 1853
Made in U.S.A.
32-73 Steinway St.
Long Island City, NY 11101
SN A 1141
Keyboard slightly uneven on three keys as pictured.
Powerful sounding synth with 2 VCOs and duo phonic capability. Each VCO has a waveform mixer each including its own sub oscillator creating some extremely fat sounds."

Korg DELTA DL-50 Vintage Analog Synthesizer w/ Original Case

via this auction

2016.01.24 GrandPA + SPA

2016.01.24 GrandPA + SPA from bucketbd on Vimeo.

2016 NAMM Show - Strymon Generalissimo

Published on Jan 25, 2016 Synthtopia

"At the 2016 NAMM Show, Strymon was previewing the Generalissimo – a voltage-controller Eurorack Four Head dTape Echo machine, with extensive control over tape characteristics and machine health."

NAMM2016: Birdkids Modular Synths

Published on Jan 25, 2016 sonicstate

"Austrian newcomers show off their system."

Ambient Synth Pads with the Roland RS5

Published on Jan 25, 2016 JediSid

"Going digital for this one. The RS5 is my coldest, digitalist of synths, but can it pad beautifully? Let's see."

Buchla 222e, 261e & 158 Explorations

Buchla 222e, 261e & 158 - Jan. 23 2016 - Pt. 1

Published on Jan 25, 2016 tastysoilrecords

"261e & 158 oscillators. 281e controlled by the R & S pads on the 222e. Both oscillators feeding back onto themselves.

Further explorations of a similar patch here:"

Buchla 222e, 261e & 158 - Jan. 24 2016 - Further Explorations...

Published on Jan 25, 2016

"More explorations with the same patch as the previous video. 261e and 158 oscillators."

Erica Synths Black Classic System sound demo

Published on Jan 25, 2016 Erica Synths

"Integrated modular system with functionality of classical two oscillator synthesizer and tons of cool features to address contemporary needs of modular users in Erica Synths skiff case."

Flame 4 Vox, Minilogue and the JP08

Published on Jan 25, 2016 Upright Music

"made with Flame 4 Vox and the Korg Minilogue"

Additional Details on Anyware Instruments MOODULATOR Desktop Synthesizer

You might remember Anyware Instruments MOODULATOR from this previous video back in June of last year at the Happy Knobbing Modular Synth Meet.

New details are in via Anyware Instruments:

"The MOODULATOR is an analog monophonic desktop synth with a midi interface and a lot of modulation options.
The Oscillators, Audioway and Filter are 100% analog circuits.
Only the midi interface and the Envelopes includes digital parts.

- 2 Oscillators (Saw, Square & Pulse)
- with 2 Suboscillators
- booster circuit for original vintage analog sound
- sync, ringmod, Osc. FM and PWM
- White & Pink Noise generators
- 1 Low-Pass -24dB Filter, Resonance up to self-oscillation
- 1 LFO with Tri, Square and Sample & Hold
- 1 AD Modulation Envelope with one-shot, loop & LFO mode
- 1 Amplifier Envelope with one-shot, loop & LFO mode
- 1 Filter Envelope with one-shot, loop & LFO mode
- 2 internal Modulation VCA´s
- Mod-Wheel and Velocity can modulate a lot of parameters
- CV inputs for Pitch, Gate and Filter Cutoff
- CV outputs for MIDI Note, Gate, Mod Wheel & Velocity
- works as a external 12 Bit MIDI to CV converter

A Snip From Moon Modular @NAMM16

Published on Jan 24, 2016 moonmodular

"Thanks to JLR and Mark W. Roberts for the support."

Automata - reFX Nexus 2 - Hollywood Synth Edition 2

Published on Jan 24, 2016 Alpicat

"'Automata' by Alpicat
Song written by Jesús Santaeularia on Refx Nexus2 VST with Hollywood Synth Edition 2 expansion pack, using Ableton Live 9 and the Alesis Q61 keyboard."

All sounds are from the Nexus 2 including percussion.

Chill Music Ideas with Roland Jupiter 6 through Boss TE-2 Tera Echo Pedal

Published on Jan 24, 2016 zibbybone

"First we have a new music idea using a triangle waveform "bell-pad" sound from the Jupiter 6 running through the new Boss TE-2 Tera Echo pedal with Elektron SPS-1 UW Machine Drum providing the rhythm. After that is a smooth jazz chord progression I came up with in the late 90s while I adjust the speed of the LFO that modulates the VCA and PWM. Bass provided by Moog Taurus 3 synthesizer pedals."


Published on Jan 24, 2016 boogie-boutique


Oneiric Clementine Jan 2016

Published on Jan 24, 2016 SynthMania

", AKAI S1000
FX: Eventide H3000-D/SE, Alesis MidiVerb II"


Published on Jan 24, 2016

"Always looking for the groove."

Voyetra 8 Polyphonic Synthesizer SN KY4812 with Extras

via this auction

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Custom Dust Cover

via this auction

Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 Synthesizer Rev 3.3

via this auction

Sequential Circuits Pro One

via this auction

Moog Prodigy Analog Synthesizer with Extras SN 2971

via this auction


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