MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NAMM 2016: Moog Mother-32

Published on Jan 25, 2016 session

Great intro to this one.

Korg Minilogue thoughts from Flux post NAMM 2016 review

Published on Jan 28, 2016 Flux302 of

"Korg Minilogue is in the lab and under the hands of freckled and speckled Flux... yeah I'm giving it a good tweak and I am quite pleased. check it out."

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NAMM 2016: Oberheim Dave Smith OB 6 analog synthesizer Sound Demo

Published on Jan 22, 2016 Bonedo

NAMM 2016: Interview Dave Smith & Tom Oberheim über OB-6

Published on Jan 25, 2016 session

NAMM 2016: Yamaha Montage 6

Published on Jan 25, 2016 session

NAMM 2016: Arturia Matrix Brute

Published on Jan 27, 2016 session

Curtains (A Remix Jam)

Published on Jan 28, 2016 Jeremy Leaird-Koch

"Ableton (clock, vocals, additional loops, effects)
BCR2000 : sequencing (as Zaquencer)
Sonic Potions LXR : drums
OP-1 : loops and additional drums, live pads
Access Virus A : top melodic line
Meeblip 1 : bass
Meeblip 2: arpeggio
Behringer pedals : reverb and delay

Mixed and mastered in Ableton with Izotope Ozone.
Shot with Canon 60d, 5d mkii, phone.

Contains samples from Peter Gabriel's 'Curtains'."

Korg Minilogue - Factory Presets

Published on Jan 28, 2016 mattoverse

"The first in a series of brief 30 second demos of each of the factory presets on the new Korg Minilogue Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer
This video features factory presets 010-020"

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Elysium - Bruce Cassidy

Published on Nov 26, 2012 Bruce Cassidy

"From Jazz RSA series, Cape Town, South Africa 1982
Composer and Yamaha CS01 Synth - Bruce Cassidy
Piano - Mike Perry
Bass - Trevor Cranfield
Drums - Richard Pickett
presenter - Don Albert"

Demo of the breath control input for the Yamaha CS01.

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12 Synthesizer

via this auction

Sequential Circuits Six Track SN 1120 J

via this auction

Quasimidi Sirius Synthesizer

via this auction

"There was only one proper commercial bank of additional presets released for it, and they are also installed. It has the last EPROM chip in it that was made - v2.05. (note the chip was made for USA market, but this synth is built in Germany - see the serial number tag) Serial 51564."

Social Entropy Engine Multitrack Sequencer

Published on Jan 28, 2016 Synthtopia

"At the 2016 NAMM Show, we talked with designer John Kimble about his Social Entropy Engine Multitrack Sequencer."

Avalon Bassline Synthesizer

Published on Jan 28, 2016 Synthtopia

"Here's an overview and demo of the Avalon Baseline Synthesizer, an evolution of the Roland TB-303."

Endangered Audio Research AD4096 + Funk Box

Published on Jan 28, 2016 Bimini Road

Endangered Audio Research AD4096 + Funk Box TR77 Drum Machine
Endangered Audio Research AD4096 + Funkbox TR-808 Drum Machine
Endangered Audio Research AD4096 + Funkbox TR-909 Drum Machine
Endangered Audio Research AD4096 + Funkbox Rhythm Ace Drum Machine
Endangered Audio Research AD4096 + Korg iMS20

"This is a demo of the now legendary, long-out-of-circulation Endangered Audio Research AD4096, with the Funk Box TR77 running through it. Very few videos show what the AD4096's Infinity Mode is useful for, which is crazy to me, because I feel like that's the best, most unique part of this pedal. Infinity Mode can be tuned to creep on the edge of self-oscillation in a really organic way. New signal pushes old signal out - and in that way it's almost like a looper, or even a tape bleed emulator.

Although a guitar pedal, mixing artists contact us all the time to tell us how they use the AD4096 on drum busses - especially for dub music! I think the AD4096 is killer on drums. You can get a really loose spring-reverb-like tone from short delays.

The Momentary Expand switch shorts the Depth pot and sends it into self-oscillation - the faster the clock speed (the Time knob turned to the right - "backwards" of how most pedals work), the faster it will run wildly into speaker-blasting range. However, with Infinity Mode engaged, you don't get the ever-louder-and-louder signal - it's "limited" because the new incoming signal pushes out the old. Also, if the Depth is turned all the way down, it becomes a momentary off switch.

The Delay line is a more traditional dark, fat analog delay sound, whereas the Echo line has a elevated, rarefied glittery tone. It's almost like an LPF and an HPF line. It also arrives just barely later than the Delay line. It overdrives beautifully, and thanks to its FET transistors, it has an almost tube-like breakup. The combination of these characteristics, along with the totally unique Infinity Mode, makes this the most tonally flexible and musically useful analog delay pedal ever made.

We get almost daily emails about these pedals at Endangered Audio Research. This unit is going to be donated to Oberlin College's TIMARA program when I'm done making demo videos for it, so don't bother trying to buy it from me. We are going to add more delay time with an aftermarket mod that will be available to the public, but first, I'm making a bunch of videos with different sound sources to show what the original sounds like.

EAR is also making a new, updated version of this later this year with expanded functionality, but gotta love the original unit - named one of the best 30 guitar effects in the world by Premier Guitar Magazine.

I don't deal in unprocessed, "clean" demos, because I don't believe it shows you more about the effect you're using. Nothing exists in a vacuum, especially music.

Signal Chain:
iPad - AD4096 - Universal Audio Apollo 8 Duo - Neve 1073 Unison Preamp - Studer A800 - Ampex ATR-102 - A.O.M. Invisible Limiter

Contact me at to reserve a new version of the AD4096, or to inquire about the aftermarket added delay time modification.

By the way, if you're a hater who thinks $375 is too much for 300ms of delay, you should get a digital delay and run it through a LPF. This pedal is not about time - it's all tone, baby.

Here's a link to Funk Box - a total must-have iOS drum machine. It's a fully featured drum machine with a bunch of different sounds from all sorts of classic analog and digital drum machines. It's only $5, and you are fooling yourself if you think the "real thing" sounds better."

Akai AX80 Vintage Analog Synth

via this auction

E-mu Morpheus rare zplane synth

via this auction

VERBOS Amplitude & Tone Controller // MAKENOISE René // HARD & SOFT

Published on Jan 28, 2016 LESINDES


Korg Minilogue - Synthesizer Review - MIDIVERSE - TV

Published on Jan 28, 2016 MIDI-VERSE TV

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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS - Album Teaser

Published on Jan 26, 2016 Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

"Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith will release EARS, her newest album of vibrant synthesizer explorations mixed with orchestral instruments and vocals, April 1st on Western Vinyl.

'In recording Ears, my intention is to take listeners on a sonic motion ride through a futuristic jungle. I am inspired by the works of Moebius and Miyazaki - in particular the film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – and I wanted to play with visceral sounds that pull one between feelings of beauty and dissonance, chaos and order. My hope is that, on a straight through listen, in a darkened room, on a loud stereo, Ears will inspire a rich visual narrative in listeners' minds.'

Pre - Order:
on iTunes
Western Vinyl

Video by : Eran Hilleli"

You might remember Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith from previous posts here on MATRIXSYNTH. According to Kaitlyn, "My primary instrument is the buchla music easel, I also used on that track - an arp 2600, synthi, OSCar."

NAMM 2016 Roundup from CatSynth

CatSynth's final roundup of NAMM 2016 has gone up. You'll find it along with the rest on CatSynth here.

Pictured to the left is Make Noise's new little desktop synth. I had a chance to check it out myself at NAMM. It felt solid and as expected was making all sorts of sonic mayhem. Definitely one of the top tempting little boxes at NAMM.

It as well as other eurorack products at NAMM made me think of how overwhelming the modular world can be. Smaller systems like this are a fun way to hone in and focus on just what a cool little configuration can do. You can block everything else out and just get lost in the magic of that one little device, and when ready you can of course integrate it with a larger system through all the patch points.

Looking back at all the synth related gear, we are truly in a golden age of synthesis. It's pretty amazing.

Studio Electronics SE-1 Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"This is a fully analog monophonic synth that uses VCOs (much fatter sounding compared to DCOs or modeling and is what the real MiniMoog uses) it has three oscillators and features a Moog style 24db filter for those thick and creamy basses and leads. It also has a 12db filter for Oberheim SEM sounds."

OBERHEIM OB-XA Custom Patches 2016 part 1

Published on Jan 28, 2016 Superfunk Synths

"OBERHEIM OB-XA Custom Patches 2016 part 1

order here :"


OBERHEIM OB XA Custom Patches 2016 part 2

Published on Jan 28, 2016

Intellijel Cylonix Rainmaker in full random mode

Published on Jan 28, 2016 intellijel

"A constant sinewave is fed to the Rainmaker from an Atlantis module and then the wet/dry is turned up to full wet. I then trigger via the red button and by the external jack (using the mod vco on the Atlantis) to start randomizing all the parameter values on the Rainmaker. Later I change the randomize destination to different subsets.

There is a whole universe of sound to discover this way!! Be warned that you could get sucked into a time vortex."

Syntablism - Stingray Skratching with a Eurorack Modular Synthesizer

Published on Jan 27, 2016 Stingray

"I am using the tone from a Serato Scratch Live control record and sending it to a Analogue Systems RS-35 as a pitch tracker and envelope follower to control various things on the synthesizer."

Hordijk Ambiences

Published on Jan 28, 2016 Todd Barton

"two minimal drone pieces created on a Rob Hordijk analog modular system. better audio here: Headphones or studio monitors recommended."

Audulus 2 Minute Tip - 13: How make LFOs with the Phasor Node

Published on Jan 28, 2016 Bimini Road

Get Audulus for: iOS | Mac | Windows/Linux

"This video shows you how to harness the Phasor node and turn it into several different waveshapes. The Phasor runs from 0 to 2pi - without any math, it makes a Saw LFO that goes from 0 to about 6 - these equations tame it, however, and turn it into other shapes. I did not come up with these formulas myself - some came from Taylor and others from the forum.

These equations create DS LFOs between 0 and 1 (DS = direct signal, like DC or direct current). In general DS LFOs are more useful for manipulating knobs - if you keep all your knobs and modulation inputs accepting a range of 0-1 and then translate with math on the inside of the module when necessary, everything talks to everything else much more easily.

As for why the Phasor runs from 0 to 2pi (instead of just pi), refer to this enlightening Wikipedia article:

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.

Un vistazo a Nord Piano 3

Published on Jan 28, 2016 Hispasonic

"Matt Cossey nos muestra las características principales del nuevo Nord Piano 3 y hace una pequeño demo de su sonido."

Roland PH-830 - Stereo rackmount phaser w/ CV/trig

via this auction

"This is a beautifully smooth sounding phase shifter with great stereo depth. Selling because of a studio downsize.

Cosmetically the unit is in great shape for it's age, aside from a bit of rack rash and a few light scratches (see photos). These units appeared for a short time from 1978, and although I don't know the exact age of this unit, it will be from there or thereabouts.

Where things can get very exciting is when the phaser is connected with cv/gate compatible instruments or sequencers. It has a semi-modular approach and allows triggering of the phase shift and control voltage frequency modulation.

The unit has just been serviced and all knobs and switches have been cleaned.

More information and audio clips over at Mode Zero"

Electrix Filter Queen

via this auction

"Electrix Filter Queen Vintage Stereo Analog Synth Filter Processor (similar to the Filter Factory)"

Waldorf Introduces The Kompaktklavier - a Zarenbourg in Desktop Format

This one in via Soviet Space Child, spotted on Future Music. Something I didn't realize, or never really thought about until now, is that engine features a 6-OP FM synthesizer. There is a software editor for it as well (image below). "The software editor (Mac & PC compatible, available summer 2014) affords direct access to all generators’ fundamental sound-shaping parameters, as well as to the Zarenbourg’s menus of internal sounds and layers." Unfortunately, no iPad editor for a more immediate interface into the synth engine.

From Future Music:

"The Zarenbourg Module offers the sound engine of the Zarenbourg Piano in a stylishly compact full-metal enclosure. And like its larger cousin, three different sound generators deliver Waldorf quality: Physical modeling recreates the glory of classic E-Piano sounds with authenticity. The direct streaming sample playback engine with 4 GB of sample memory provides a selection of fantastic grand, upright and electric pianos. The third sound generation system is a 6-operator FM synthesizer, perfect for classic DX pianos and a variety of other trademark FM sounds. The effects section provides a huge selection of high-quality effects, such as Reverb, Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Echo, Auto Wah, Equalizer and Overdrive, as well as many effect combinations. Each sound can be freely combined with an effect(s) combination and stored in the internal memory. New sounds and effects can be added via the integrated SD Card slot. Connect the module to your Mac or PC to work on sounds, setups and effects via the included software editor. And like its cousin, Zarenbourg module awakes right in the moment you turn it on."

Sonic TALK Special - Eric Persing Spectrasonics

Published on Jan 28, 2016 sonicstate

"We talk to Spectrasonics founder and CEO Eric Persing about. Roland, samples, studio sessions and meeting Michael Jackson"

John Bowen Solaris

via this auction

"The Solaris is the ultimate digital virtual analog synthesizer, with a massive array of controls and more dedicated displays than any other instrument on the market. It can mimic the entire history of analog synths, and does it with an amazingly high level of quality from the build through the actual sound. Nothing else is much like it. Just visit the John Bowen website for owner opinions and discussion. These are produced in very limited production runs with long waiting times. Save time and money with this totally pristine Solaris..."

Ensoniq Sq80 Synthesizer Sequencer

via this auction

Essentially the Ensoniq ESQ-1 with additional waveforms and polyphonic aftertouch.  Both the ESQ-1 and SQ-80 feature digital waveforms with analog filters. Not the best pics but this one is going for a good price.

Arturia MicroBrute Review (Analog Synthesizer)

Published on Jan 28, 2016 Bedroom Producers Blog

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5U // Oakley - Dual VCA

Published on Jan 28, 2016 DiscoverNoise

"DiscoverNoise 025-
5U 005-

Demonstrating the Oakley Dual VCA build by Krisp1. For more information about the module, follow the link below.


Oakley Dual VCA on the Krisp1 Store:"

Waldorf Goes Eurorack At NAMM 2016

Published on Jan 28, 2016 Synthtopia

"At the 2016 NAMM Show, we caught up with Rolf Wöhrmann of Waldorf, who gave us an demo of their new Eurorack keyboard and modules."

NAMM 2016 Studio Electronics Tonestar and Charcot Circles

Published on Jan 28, 2016 sonicstate

NAMM 2016: Expert Sleepers Updates

Published on Jan 28, 2016 sonicstate

"Expert Sleepers Disting is a multi-function 4hp module which provides an astonishing number of functions from signal generators, to modulators, quantization and time and delay functions.

Oz is the mastermind behind Expert Sleepers, and he takes us through some of the new functions hes been working on with the Disting MK3. MK3 ads an SD card reader, making firmware updates simple.

It really is a massive selection of features in a very small module.

We also get a look at the FH-1 - a MIDI host with CV connectivity - and you can expand the outputs with multiple expansion outputs."

NAMM 2016 - AQA Elektrix Modules

Published on Jan 28, 2016 sonicstate

"Dual SVF, QLFO, M/S encoder, triple envelope all in Eurorack format from Berlin based AQA Elektrix"

NAMM 2016 Toppo Brillo Eurorack Mixer

Published on Jan 28, 2016 sonicstate

"ToppoBrillo's new Eurorack mixer gives you flexible stereo mixing for your Eurorack setup."

Hawkeye - Mnemonic Mantra (C64 SID vs Ensoniq ESQ-1)

Published on Jan 28, 2016 Maelstroem3

"A late night live session with a pair of C64 SIDs (8580) and their spiritual successor, the Ensoniq ESQ-1/ESQ-m. Both synthesis engines feature three oscillators per voice, the ESQ-1 offers more waveforms, improved envelopes and modulation possibilities and an increased audio quality.

Bob Yannes (the creator of the SID and founder of Ensoniq) once stated, that he (given he would have had the time and resources) would have liked to put the ESQ1 architecture instead of the SID sound architecture into the C64. In a parallel universe, this has probably happened, hehe :-).

Used tech:
* MB6582 - DIY SID synthesizer by with 8 SID chips, fully MIDI controlled for the chip arpeggios
* Ensoniq ESQ-m - rack mounted ESQ-1 for the lead
* Moog Little Phatty for the bassline
* Alesis Andromeda for the poly synth pad
* EMU E-SI 2000/4000 for the drums
* MBSEQ V4 - DIY MIDI sequencer for live sequencing this track. Pattern changes, filter sweeps and evelope adjustments are performed in realtime :-)
* no DAW was used or abused, directly recorded to a Tascam WAV recorder, only slight compression added afterwards :)

Thanks for watching and listening, hope you enjoyed it! :-)
Many greets,
Hawkeye/Maelstroem Records"

Roland Promars Plug-In/Out Synthesizer

Published on Jan 27, 2016 Synth Anatomy

"This is my sound overview of Roland Promars Plug-In/Out Synthesizer."

Takete - Audio Channel Structures

Published on Jan 27, 2016 RefinedStochastic

"A brief example of how to build on-the-fly audio channel structures using Takete for iPad."

iTunes: Takete - Refined Stochastic Technology

Oberheim OB-X "Somber Place"

"(c) 2016 vintage synthesizer demo track by RetroSound
all sounds: Oberheim OB-X Analog Synthesizer from 1979
recording: multi-track
fx: delay & reverb"

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