MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday, February 08, 2016

Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 Sound Demo By Synthetic Things

Published on Feb 8, 2016 SyntheticThings

"Synthetic Things sound demonstration of the Dave Smith Instruments/ Tom Oberheim OB-6 Synthesizer. All patches used in this demo are part of Synthetic Things submission to DSI for potential inclusion in the factory sound set. Check out out for patch libraries at"

Sequential Prophet 6 Sound Demo

Published on May 17, 2015 SyntheticThings

"Synthetic Things submitted patches that are being included with the Sequential Prophet 6 Factory Sound Set, from Dave Smith Instruments. These are demos of those sounds. (All sounds are from the Prophet 6). Follow this link to the SysEx for these patches files."

Classical Tune : KORG minilogue / BOSS RC-505

Published on Feb 8, 2016 karenevil

"Just like chamber orchestra tune :D"

KORG minilogues on eBay | Korg minilogues on Amazon

Korg 770


Modal Electronics 001 duophonic digital/analog synth


PockeMix 8, 6, and 4 Channel Stereo Passive Mixer/Splitters by darenager

8 channel via this auction

6 channel via this auction

4 channel via this auction

The following is the description for the 8 channel mixer:

"A very compact 8 channel passive stereo mixer, ideal for small synths and drum machines such as Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators or OP-1, Korg Monotribe or Volca series, Roland Boutique JX-03, JU06 or JP-08, iOS synths or any line level gear equipped with 3.5mm sockets.

It has 8x 3.5mm TRS inputs and 2 sets of outputs, one of the outputs carries the stereo signal (TRS) or if the switch is set to mono the left signal (TS), the other output carries the right signal (TS), so all in all quite a flexible setup, by using input splitters it can actually be used as 2 independent 8 channel mono mixers when the switch is set to mono.

It has no level controls because you set the desired level on the volume control of the devices connected, built by hand using good quality parts this minimal and clean sounding mixer will find many uses, from tabletop jam sessions to expanding a main mixer in the studio.

Like any passive mixer you use the pre-amp in the device you are connecting to make up the gain, so a powered speaker, powered main mixer, field recorder or soundcard input, kaoss pad or similar will do this, if you want to use headphones then a headphone pre-amp will do it.

Although this is a new design my other mixers have been used by many satisfied customers all over the world, see my other items for those and other interesting and handy stuff.

Please note - this is nothing like a Belkin Rockstar headphone splitter which does not mix line level signals, despite what some people on the internet say, when you change the level on one of the connected devices using the Belkin you will notice that the level of the other devices change also, not to mention you will be connecting all the outputs of your gear together (just like splicing a bunch of cables together) not a very smart thing to do! So save that for it's intended use and use a proper mixer."

Vintage Moog Multimoog Synthesizer

via this auction

via the seller: "This model was the last one Bob Moog had a direct hand in designing and building with the original Moog Music company. Only 1000 of these were made. Many are gone now. This is by far the cleanest Multimoog I have seen over 35 years of playing and owning vintage synths. I had three at one time and one was really beat up and worked while the other was dead. I got it running again and sold those two. This is my 3rd and it is in amazing condition. There's barely any marks on it showing usage. There is some ball point pen on the modulation wheel. I assume the previous owner had that so he could get the right amount of mod needed for a particular effect/song."

Demystifying Synths: LFOs and Modulation on Soundfly

Soundfly has a new course on LFOs and Modulation here. Click through for details.

Roland JD-800 with String Ensemble Expansion Cards

via this auction

"Roland JD-800 Virtual Analog Synthesizer with Hard-to-Find String Ensemble Card and Soft Case

Includes power cord

This is a very special JD-800 that has been completely refurbished with a new Roland keyboard and keyboard controller because of the dreaded "Red Glue" problem that all JD-800s suffer from. The keyboard is brand new and plays like a dream - better than any other keyboard in my studio - and the aftertouch works perfectly. No more Red Glue problem. Everything works and there are no missing buttons, knobs or sliders. I spent more to buy and refurb this keyboard than I am selling it for, but I need the money and my loss is your gain. This is one of Roland's classic top-of-the-line synthesizers and is incredibly fun to play with all of the sliders and other controls accessible on the front panel.

I am including the rare String Ensemble ROM and Data cards with the auction. These cards add more PCM string samples and presets that are considered some of the best string pads of any synthesizer. They truly sound great."

DSI/Sequential Oberheim OB-6 Programs

"patches for consideration into the Oberheim OB-6 Factory Programs"

And a few more from on Instagram:

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

Talko VCO1

"Testing a new VCO mode for the Talko #arduino based #modular #eurorack #speechsynth"


You might remember the Talko by Deladriere in this previous Ninstrument post.

Vocoders Comparison

"A comparison of the four vocoder-equipped MIDI synths I own. I haven't spent a lot of time fiddling with the settings on each synth, so these are by no means the only vocoder sounds they can produce. However, it is possible to tell that each has its own distinct character.

The Redsound Vocoda has a nice grunge to it, but has the disadvantage of only being monophonic, when using its own oscillator.

The Nova's 40-band vocoder is the smoothest, unsurprisingly, but as a result doesn't really have that robotic sound I like in a vocoder.

The Nord Modular, being a virtual modular is by far the most flexible, so the example only hints at the range of vocoder-type sounds possible with this synth.

The DVP-1 is a surprise. It sounds pretty bad in this example. I suspect it will need a bit more pre/post-processing work to get the best out it. Though all these vocoders are digitally modelled, I have a feeling the DVP-1 is less closely based on the traditional analogue vocoder setup than the others, which could explain the lack of the kind of controls you'd expect from an analogue vocoder on this unit.

I've added an example of the DVD-1s Harmonise mode at the end, just for fun.

With apologies to Leftfield and Africa Bambaataa"

Redsound DarkStar Synth with Vocoda Chip

via this auction

"Really nice, quirky synth/FX box. Has Vocoda chip installed, so run a mic into it for for great robotic vocal effects. The basic 11-band vocoder with internal oscillator, to me ears, sounds great, with a lovely grittiness to it. There 4 other modes, providing more options than any other vocoder that I know of, software or hardware! If you love Kraftwerk, and early Electro tunes, you'll love this!

Here are a couple of quick examples of the kind of sounds it can make:

Vocoder mode, compared to some other vocoders.
And the unique Sequence-Coder mode, that allows you to program your own sequence of preset vowel/consonant sounds. Excellent when tweaking that joystick.

Of course, if you tire of manic android effects and formant effects (it's also capable of some pretty cool synth sounds in Vocoda mode), you can always swap Vocoda chip for the original 5-part-multitimbral virtual-analogue synth chip. Don't be fooled by the RCA sockets on the back (legacy of Redsound's roots in the DJ equipment market), this thing can hold it's own against many synths from more well-known manufacturers. It's capable of producing some great analogue-type sounds, and editing is a breeze, as it's almost one-knob-per-function.

This desktop box style is coming back into favour in a big way, too. The DarkStar comes in a very convenient package. It doesn't take up too much desktop real-estate, but the controls are nicely laid-out, with enough space to feel your way around easily."

Roland SH-101

via this auction

Moog sub 37+jupiter 8 sound (JSR 'unknow song ??)

Published on Feb 8, 2016 graal7

"original song created in 1980 year's by jsr
played on jupiter 8."

Teenage Engineering "Pocket Mixer"... Say What?!

Published on Feb 7, 2016 djthomaswhite

"The demo explains everything really, but to make it quick I made a mixer and sync distribution device to use all 6 currently available Pocket Operators at the same time with an audio mixer and 1/4" out jack. Fun! If you like what you see let me know in the comments. With enough demand I may make these with powder coated case, silk screen and color coded knobs.

For the curious - Technically this is a passive summing mixer with 100K Pots and 10K summing resistors. The sync is simply split from the input jack to the output jacks with one single copper wire. Easy peasy. I will use Log (audio taper) pots in the final design. Pan and stereo outs would be hard without adding active circuitry.

Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty. You can do it! Thanks for stopping by to check out another one of my projects captured on video."

Red Roland SH-101

via this auction

Oberheim OB-X Vintage Analog Synthesizer with MIDI

via this auction

"Ultra-rare Oberheim OB-X Vintage Analog Synthesizer for sale. This is the 4-voice model and in beautiful cosmetic condition with only a few minor scratches. The area around the pitch and mod levers are a little worn. This OB-X sounds incredibly fat, organic and beautiful unlike any other synth. Only 800 of these were produced back in 1978 and it is estimated that only about 200-300 are 'alive' today.

This OB-X is fully functional and rock-solid reliable. It was serviced about 1.5 years ago by a former Oberheim employee. Service included the addition of new OS-Eproms, rebuilding/recapping of the power supply, new ribbon cables, adding new key bushings, as well as adding a MIDI-Kit."

Ensoniq Fizmo Realtime Transwave Synth

via this auction

Arturia Dark Force Rising with BeatStep and MiniLab Black Edition

"The Dark Force is rising again at Arturia with two new Black Editions of BeatStep and MiniLab!!!

With its new design the BeatStep Black Edition comes charged with Oberheim SEM V, Analog Lab and Ableton Live 9 Lite. It also comes with the latest 1.2 firmware update.

MiniLab Black Edition is not left behind, we have packed it with Oberheim SEM V, Analog Lab, Ableton Live 9 Lite, and UVI Grand Piano Model D."

And the press release:

"Arturia announces availability of software-bundled black BeatStep and MiniLab controllers

GRENOBLE, FRANCE: music software and hardware developer Arturia revolutionised the concept of what a priced-to-go compact controller can be with both its award-winning BeatStep Controller & Sequencer and MiniLab Universal MIDI Controller truly turning heads at past NAMM shows; today, within weeks of stealing the show at The NAMM Show 2016, January 21-24 in Anaheim, California, USA with more major product launches, itis proud to announce availability of limited-edition black versions of both the BeatStep and MiniLab that represent better value than before bybundling them with award-winning Arturia and third-party software...

Like its original white namesake sibling launched at The NAMM Show 2014, the BeatStep Black Edition is a chameleon-like controller and sequencer that matches many musical environments effortlessly. Compact and rugged, it is the perfect companion on the road or in the studio, offering a degree of functionality and performance hitherto unheard of in a portable pad controller — certainly at its tempting ‘takeaway’ €99.00 EUR/$129.00 USD asking price!

Speaking of which, the BeatStep Black Edition is bundled with Oberheim SEM V— Arturia’s award-winning authentic software recreation of the original Oberheim Synthesizer Expander Module® (SEM), which was itself conceived back in the Seventies as a way of beefing up weaker-sounding compatible analogue monosynths of the time, thanks to its rich two-oscillator driven sound, soon after forming the muscular musical backbone of several subsequent trailblazing Oberheim polysynths — alongside Arturia’s Analog Lab, a n a b u n d a n t l y -powerful software synthesizer solution with 6,000-plus presets by internationally-renowned sound designers derived from Arturia’s award-winning Analog Classics, a range of authentic-sounding software recreations of classic analogue instruments. Included third-party software comes courtesy of Ableton Live 9 Lite, a customised version of the Ableton Live music-making software, featuring selected instruments and effects plus all the essential workflows to write music, record audio, and songs intuitively in an innovative way — thanks to BeatStep Black Edition, triggering clips in Live 9 Lite areas easy as exercising your trigger finger! — and Grand Piano Model D from fellow French developer UVI, a sample-based virtual instrument delivering the sought-after sound of the superlative Steinway Model D concert grand piano with all the warmth, expressiveness, and detail of the real thing.

To sweeten the deal further still, BeatStep Controller & Sequencer and its younger brother, BeatStep Black Edition, both benefit from a firmware update (to Version 1.2) with neat new features such as resetting factory presets — either everything or everything except pad calibration — particularly proving to be well worth the wait.

When launched in dazzling white at The NAMM Show 2013, the diminutive yet feature-rich MiniLab Universal MIDI Controller proved an irresistible draw as one of the most feature-packed, compact control systems on the market, marrying sought-after hands-on control with portability par excellence. Engineered for the musician on the go or the performer with limited space, it offers a comprehensive set of features in a portable package that is as sturdy as it is easy on the eye. Discover new melodies with 25-mini keys plus pitch and modulation touch-strip controls. Drum out incredible rhythms with two banks of velocity-sensitive backlit performance pads, and tweak software to your musical heart’s content with 16 full-size rotary encoders. When combined with the included Analog Lab it becomes a real hybrid synthesizer.

Still one of the most feature-packed, compact control systems on the market today, it too benefits from the triumphant back in black treatment to remerge refreshed and reinvigorated as the MiniLab Black Edition — even better value than before, thanks to also being bundled with additional software from Arturia (Oberheim SEM V), UVI (Grand Piano Model D), and Ableton (Live Lite).

Black or white, then, the choice is out there... but beyond the plain to see colour change there is so much more to the BeatStep Black Edition andthe MiniLab Black Edition than meets the eye. Even though they still respectively represent a compact control powerhouse and the world’s premier mobile keyboard solution, they are all the better for being bundled with that additional software. Now they represent really remarkable bang for the buck. Best be quick, though... they are limited-edition bundles, after all!"

Ming Micro - Portable 8-bit Video Synthesizer on Kickstarter

Published on Feb 8, 2016 Jordan Bartee

Some details via

"Ming Micro is a USB-equipped portable video synthesizer that generates retro computer graphics in realtime. Drawing inspiration from the 8-bit era of personal computers and videogame consoles, it puts a fully featured chip-graphics engine at your fingertips. Every engine parameter is controllable via standard MIDI CC and Pitch Bend messages, from large-scale object properties all they way down to individual pixel placements.

Four main elements make up Ming Micro's graphics engine:

Sprites — small moveable objects that can be freely positioned anywhere on the display
Tiles — graphical blocks that are positioned on a 10 x 12 grid to compose scenes
Tile Maps — diagrams that specify which Tiles get drawn in which grid locations
Palettes — color definitions used to render the Tiles and Sprites
Each element contains parameters for shaping its presentation in the final scene. For instance, each Sprite contains an X and Y location, as well as a bitmap index to control its graphical content and animation. All four systems and their corresponding parameters combine to create the final video stream.

For maximum authenticity, Ming Micro outputs NTSC composite video at 240p / 60 fps, the same format and resolution used by classic videogame consoles such as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Sega Master System (SMS). Compared to computer-emulated pixel art, Ming Micro's output has a natural softness and a variety of subtle analog artifacts native to the format.

In addition to its primary video capabilities, Ming Micro also contains a simple digital audio synthesizer, providing two square wave generators and a dual-mode noise generator. The audio synthesizer can be used in conjunction with the graphics engine to create audio-visual patches, or in isolation as a standalone sound generator."

You'll find additional details including how to fund this project on their Kickstarter page here.

Analog Four + moog minitaur

Published on Feb 8, 2016 tasuku0676

Street Fighter II - Novation Circuit (Select Theme)

Published on Feb 7, 2016 Benoit Adam

"Street Fighter II Select Theme on Novation Circuit
Hope you like it !"
Novation Circuits on eBay | Novation Circuits on Amazon

Roland u220 demo

Published on Feb 8, 2016 Magnetic tape

Opublikowany 18.08.2015

Music & video by Adam Kolodziejczyk
All sounds are from the Roland u220

Roland D-50 Factory Patches & PN-D50-01 Expansion Demos

Published on Jul 2, 2014 Python Blue

"Finally working on remaking my Roland D50 demos, this time, with an actual D550 and all of the sounds. This video covers the first 32 patches of the PN-D50-00 memory card, also known as the factory patches. Will hopefully have time to finish up later."

Roland D-50 Factory Patches (Part 2)

Published on Jul 16, 2014

"The second half of my Roland D-50 demo remake, this time, with all of the last 32 patches from the PN-D50-00/factory card. Also tried making each sound a bit longer so as to help listeners get a better idea of how each patch sounds.

All live playing, for a change."

Roland PN-D50-01 Previews

Published on Jul 30, 2014

"Got around to making another synth video already. This video covers all of the patches from the first of four expansion cards Roland made for their famous D-50. While nowhere near as known as the factory presets, I do feel that many of these sounds are good alternatives to D50 factory sounds."

Roland D-50 Spacious Sweep & Cathedral Organ

Published on Feb 8, 2016 Andrew Piatek

Roland D-50 Cathedral Organ

Roland TR808 - R8 MKII - Korg ESX1 - Volca Beats

Published on Feb 8, 2016 Default Corporation

"how this 4 drum machines sounds in a similar pattern. I've tryed to do my best tweeking on parameters to do something similar.
The TR-808 still remains inimitable but other ones do a lot more fun and inspiration. The Volca Beat is a ceap funny instrument."

Yamaha CS-30L SN 1010

via this auction

Yamaha CS-30 SN 3009

via this auction

"Unit is fully tested and in perfect working order."

Roland RS505 Paraphonic Analogue Synthesizer SN 022478

via this auction

YAMAHA VL1-m physical modeling synthesizer

via this auction

Nord Lead A1R Virtual Analog Synthesizer SN NL10102

via this auction

Red Roland Sh-101 with Mod Grip

via this auction

Waldorf Q Keyboard Synthesizer with Newer Style Red Knobs

via this auction

Roland MC-202 Chill Jam

Published on Feb 8, 2016 Kevin Polzer

New Barton Musical Circuits BMC40 Dual Logic Demo

Published on Feb 8, 2016 boogdish

"This is a demo video for a DIY synthesizer module. If you're interested in building this, I have PCBs and microcontrollers available for it on my site:"

"This is a Boolean logic module. It has two channels each with two inputs and gate outputs. The logic function of each channel is selected by the position of the potentiometer. The logical operations available are AND, NAND, OR, NOR, XOR, XNOR."

New Barton Musical Circuits BMC39 Step Rhythm Demo

Published on Feb 8, 2016 boogdish

"This is a demo for a new DIY synthesizer module design. If you're interested in building it for yourself, there are PCBs and PICs available at"

"This is a step sequencer module. It has an internal clock with it's own output as well as two programmable output channels. It has EEPROM save/load function (saves patterns after powering down), and a range of 2 to 32 steps. LEDs, Pots, and Switches are all mounted to the PCB to minimize wiring while allowing for 1/4" and 1/8" jacks to be used with the same PCB."

Eowave Zone B.F. LFO

Published on Feb 8, 2016 eowave

"An overview of the Zone B.F. 2 channel LFO for eurorack modular"

Fast Struggle-A Eurorack Modular Synthesiser Patch

Published on Feb 8, 2016 Luke Killen

"A quick minute or two of a patch from last night."

Korg Electribe 2 + Ms20 Mini Jam - Toxic

Published on Feb 8, 2016 JediSid

Trent Reznor Inspired Moog Voyager Experiment

Published on Feb 8, 2016 farmyfarm

"Experimenting on my Moog Voyager with MTC sync to LFO and Panning the Low-Pass and High-pass filters left and right with the shaping knob...Loving this Moog!"


Published on Feb 8, 2016 voltlife

"An ambient piece that drifts through darkness and light with minimal human intervention. The tones are mostly conventional, but the interesting part is the way that structure can be given to what could be an endlessly self-running generative patch.

The main drone is a Verbos Harmonic Oscillator through Doepfer A189-1 (in short delay mode) and uVCF (slightly resonant LP). Slow modulations affect the width and centre inputs of the HO, the BC input of the A189-1 and the filter cutoff: interactions between the harmonic movements from the oscillator, A189-1 delay time and filter cutoff produce ever-changing textures ranging from slow swells to softened digital glitches.

The quasi-melodic part is Braids in PLUK mode, with the semi-random melody coming from an A149-1, quantised to a pentatonic scale by Braids, while Klasmata generates Euclidean triggers to drive the plucks. I usually find the pluck mode a bit harsh on Braids, so I used an R52 to warm it up and a Serge Resonant EQ to roll off the lows and vaguely emulate a resonant body from an acoustic instrument. Both drone and plucks go into Erbe Verb set to massive, spacious, on-the-edge-of-oscillation mode.

There's also a couple of plonky tuned percussion parts that come in during the middle section. These start with two individual harmonics from the HO, so they'll always be in tune with the drone. These go through two channels of Optomix (though one is first ring-modded against itself to double its pitch), into Wow and Flutter for some quick warbly delays, then into a Vox Delay Lab for a longer stereo delay with reverse effects.

The structure is all driven by a Verbos Voltage Multistage, which is clocked by a uLFO to get longer step lengths than the VM can do with its internal clock. CVa controls the density of Klasmata's rhythms, from one pluck per bar through to livelier patterns in the middle. CVb controls Erbe Verb's mod depth, pushing it up into shimmer mode at various stages to create a choir-like backing. Two VM gate outs drive a sequential switch to turn the Optomix percussion on for a few stages then off again. The uLFO's sine out controls the uVCF cutoff, subtly reinforcing the stage movements with filter swells.

Within that structure, the generative elements come from the A149-1 and a Turing Machine, combined with switches and logic. The Turing's Pulse 1 out clocks the A149-1, thus controlling when new notes are generated. Its Voltage out controls pluck length while the main output controls the R52 cutoff to further mute the shorter plucks. The timing of the percussion also comes from a combination of the Turing's Pulse outs with logic and clock division. Given the shift-register-based quasi-randomness of both the A149-1 and the Turing, combined with the Klasmata rhythms, this gives subtle structure to the melodic patterns."

Macbeth Elements Jam

Published on Feb 7, 2016 kpsiegel

"I decided to make a video of me playing with my Macbeth Elements synth. This was for my fun. I didn't use the internal reverb or delay. The reverb/delay combo was from my Eventide H3000 D/SE and I put the Elements through my Overstayer Instrument Driver to give it some additional love. I popped a drum loop in there just to put a beat down for some fun.

I had the ultrabender set to mod only VCO3 and I had VCO3 in the audio path. It also was being used to do filter mods. At one point I crank up some pink noise also. You can also here a sawtooth LFO coming in at one point to modify the filter cutoff also.

I switched back and forth between the A and B filter types. They are both awesome. The A filter is definitely the acid monster. The B filter is just chewy goodness. I had it set up to play via midi with my Axiom 61 controller.

All hail Ken Macbeth for this fine synth! Well done sir."

Patch n Tweak

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