MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tiracon 6V Analog Synthesizer (1987) - single sounds

Published on Feb 18, 2016 RetroSound

"(c) 2016 vintage synthesizer demo track by RetroSound

The demo video shows some self-made and some factory sounds from the rare Tiracon 6V analog synthesizer from the year 1987.

The Tiracon 6V is made in GDR. I saw this synthesizer first at the Leipziger autumn fair in 1987. It was the second synth made in GDR after the Vermona Synthesizer from 1982.

Made by VEB Automatisierungsanlagen Cottbus
8-bit prozessor U880 (Zilog Z80)
VCO: saw & square , combinied
VCF: 24 dB low-pass with resonance
3 LFO: VCO, VCF and pulsewidth
2 track sequencer

more info:"

Vintage Moog Memorymoog Plus Analog Synthesizer SN 3311

via this auction

"Really nice well taken care of Memorymoog plus #3311 that has recently been completely serviced/restored, tuned and calibrated. It works exactly as it should. There are no dents or major cosmetic issues. Just a few minor signs of use. What you are buying is a really pretty Moog that I'm positive you will be happy you purchased. The wood is in excellent condition and it feels and plays fantastic.

In addition to being a good looking Moog with only minor signs of use (a few light scratches etc) no expense has been spared making sure this Moog functions like new. The following was recently done by a Moog expert with 30 years of experience working on these:

Cleaned chassis and fan
Cleaned and re-seated all internal connectors
Cleaned and burnished all pushbutton switches
Cleaned all controls
Cleaned all jacks
Cleaned all PC boards
Cleaned and burnished all keyboard key contacts and pads
Replaced memory backup battery
Calibrated power supply
Tested and touched up all six voice tuning and tracking calibrations
Tested all functions and calibrations
Replaced several chips that are known to fail over time with NOS chips
Now all the knobs move silky smooth and it sounds massive/fantastic. A complete service really makes a difference. I know a lot people "upgrade" the fans on these but that involves drilling holes in your precious Moog so I passed on that idea. Other than that I spared no expense on making this function as good as it could.

There are only about 10 guys in the states who are qualified to work on Memorymoogs in my opinion and half of them will take two years to service them and charge over 100 dollars an hour. I think having a 100 percent serviced Memorymoog that has been taken care of is a bargain compared to an "as is" Memorymoog that can turn into a money pit. I think whoever buys this will be really happy. It will be ready for the stage or studio right out of the box!"

Technics SY-1010 Synthesizer

via this auction

Akai VX600 Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Moog Prodigy SN 1504

via this auction

Creative Cribs - Charlie Clouser of Nine Inch Nails

Published on Jan 25, 2016 Spitfire Audio

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

A studio tour with Charlie Clouser of NIN. Note the Shadow XTk. There are only two in existence and that is one of them. You can find Charlie Clouser's film compositions listed on IMDB here.

Synth spotting: Sequential Circuits Prophet VS, Oberheim Xpander, Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2, eurorack modular with racked Roland JP-8080, Moog & Parker guitars with Roland VG99 hex hookup, one off custom Black/Grey Waldorf Microwave XTk, Haken Continuum, Roland MKS-80, SVC-350 vocoder, VSynth XT, EMS Frequency Shifter, Clavia Nord Lead Rack, and Korg MS20 Mini.

Creative Cribs - Ty Unwin

Published on Dec 8, 2015 Spitfire Audio

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

A studio tour with composter Ty Unwin. See his IMDB page here for some of his work.

Synth spotting: Moog Voyager XL, KORG OASYS, KORG Wavedrum, Yamaha VL70m, Emu Proteus 2500, Wavestation AD, KORG DS1M, Technics WSA-1R, The Schmidt, Roland VSynth XT, Yamaha FS1R, Waldorf XT, Jazz Mutant Lemur, Teenage Engineering OP-1, Korg KAOSS Pad, Volca Keys, Casio MT, Strymon Pedals, Moog Moogerfoogers, Moog System 55, ROLI Seaboard, Roland Tegra 7, DSI Polyevolver, DSI Prophet 12, Access Virus Ti, Hartmann Neuron, Roland VS GT, Kawai K5000S, Arturia Minibrute, Elektron Machinedrum, DSI Tempest, Studio Electronics Boomstars, Yamaha Tenori-On, KORG SQ1, Moog Voyager RME, Soulsby Atmegatron, Yamaha AN1X, DSI Prophet-6, John Bowen Solaris, Roland JD-800, Roland V Piano, Natvie Instruments MACHINE, Live Push, KORG MS20M, and the Arturia Origin.

Don't miss the Schmidt light show just after 37:20.

Adventures in Synthesis: Modular techno patch 2/18/16

Published on Feb 18, 2016 Chris Beckstrom

"More about this project:­ular-synthesizer/

The modular makes beeps and bloops very easily, but creating rhythmic sequences is a lot more challenging. It's also a nice contrast! That's the amazing thing about this kind of musical instrument: it's capable of so many different sounds and responds to so many different approaches. I built the thing and still barely know what it can do.

Patch notes:
Although I have one "drum" module- a twin-T bass drum (and bandpass filter) circuit- it decided to stop working. This patch uses other sound sources for the sounds, specifically noise (from the delay module with feedback turned up, nothing on the input), saw wave through a comparator (which turns out to be a pulse-width-modulated pulse wave), and a low sine wave from the Arduino providing a "kick."

The patch makes use of the 10 step sequencer set to 8 steps, the CV modulating the frequency of the saw/pulse wave and a few gates opening a VCA with the kick. The "hihat" sound is clocked by the master clock and manipulated by hand because I couldn't get voltage control to work in my circuit. Everything comes out mono, goes through an outboard mixer and some spring reverb, recorded into Bitwig on Linux."

New Discs for the Vintage Optigan: GLITCHEDELICA, GUITARSCAPE & Back Catalog

New 2016 Optigan Disc - GLITCHEDELICA

Published on Feb 18, 2016 optigandotcom

"Now available for pre-order!

GLITCHEDELICA is an experimental rhythmic pattern generator. Forgoing the usual drums/chords/keys convention entirely, each button and key features a different loop, drawn from Pea Hicks' personal archive of oddball instruments, electronics, and other sound sources. These can be combined and recombined in an infinite number of ways to produce a wide variety of disturbingly funky effects.

SFX Rockers: Glitchedelics
Chord Buttons: Glitchedelics
Keys: Glitchedelics

Arranged, produced, and/or mangled by Pea Hicks
Some drum loops come from the Optigan Master Tapes"

New 2016 Optigan Disc - GUITARSCAPE

Published on Feb 18, 2016

"Now available for pre-order!

GUITARSCAPE is the first Optigan disc in an asymmetrical meter- in this case, 5/4. The chord buttons feature bass guitar riffs, with drums on the SFX rockers. The keyboard scale features clean guitar tones, and like the other discs in our "scape" series, the notes are rhythmically articulated in a variety of syncopated patterns. This makes the scale generally more suited to chords than melodic playing, but both approaches produce nice effects, either forward or in reverse. The bass patterns have been specifically written to allow for a maximum of complimentary chord button combinations, such that pressing certain buttons at the same time produces composite, complex bass patterns. And if 5/4 is a bit too odd for your needs, you can always change chords on, say, every 4th beat, and you'll get even more complex pattern cycles. All of these effects are demonstrated in this demo video.

SFX Rockers: drums
Chord Buttons: Bass
Keys: Guitar

Arranged and produced by Pea Hicks
Guitar & Bass played & recorded by Kenseth Thibideau
Drums come from the Optigan Master Tapes
Photographic imagery by Kenseth Thibideau

"Also, for a very limited two-week time period only, from now until March 3rd 2016, we’re offering an opportunity to buy discs from our back-catalog. Normally we’re not able to keep these titles in stock, because historically the vendor that makes the raw discs has required a minimum order of 25 copies of any given title. Since our cost for these copies is quite high, and the demand is quite low (the Optigan has a very devoted, yet very small following mostly limited to owners of the vintage hardware), we can’t afford to buy them in such large quantities and remain thousands of dollars in the red while the orders slowly trickle in. BUT, we've established a once-a-year arrangement where the vendor is willing to take a bulk order of titles from our back catalog without requiring the usual minimum number of copies for each title. This all has to happen in one fell swoop, so we’re limiting the time frame in which folks can place their orders. Once the deadline passes, we’ll order only as many copies as we have actual orders for. It will then take a month or two to get all those copies fabricated and sent out. Your patience is appreciated! Unfortunately, we cannot offer any sort of bulk discounts or other types of custom orders beyond what is offered in our store. In the past we’ve experimented with different bundle pricing schemes, etc, so the prices set for those bundles will remain in effect. All discs will ship with the printed jackets exactly as pictured on the product page for each item."


Published on Feb 18, 2016 Ebotronix

"4ms Peg, QCD/Expander, QPLFO, RCD², VCA Matrix
Analogue Systems RS 100², RS110²², RS360², RS500e²
Arp Odyssey 2821 white noise
Bananalogue Serge VCS
Cydustries Zeroscillator
Doepfer R2m², A114², A133, A134²², A143 - 1 - 2 - 9,A149
A151², A152, A156², A162, A175²²,A185-2''³,A138abc
Flame 4 Vox, Arpeggiator (melodic min scale chords)
FX 16, Talking Synth Module, Tame Machine (melodic min)
Flight of harmony choices to JAG & A 143-9, A 175
Korg SQ 10 (Flame chords & wavetables)
Make Noise Maths², mdm²² ,Optomix, QMMG, René,Wogglebug²
Malekko Anti ²², Unkle²²,Jag
Moog Freqbox²², Taurus 2, MP201
Oberheim Sem (low drone)
Roland SVC 350 Vocoder, System 104 Sequencer
SSL Modulation Orgy
Tiptop Audio Z 8000
Toppobrillo Quantimator² (melodic min), Sportmodulator, TWF²
Logic masterclock to Kenton Pro 2000
FX : Boss VF-1, Lexicon MX 400, Line 6 Echopro,TC M 3000
mackie the mixer²
morse key ~ Modulation
rim snare Ultrabeat
kick Moog Taurus 2
vid # 1458"

Sequential Circuits Pro One with Velocity Sensitivity MIDI

via this auction

"Very very clean with hardly a scratch, this Pro One is 100% functional & is equipped with MIDI interface made by KENTON electronics giving it the ability to be played & controlled by another keyboard or sequencer/program. (A Pro One with *velocity sensitivity* is a beautiful thing to behold!!) This MIDI controlls keyboard, pitch bend wheel and all (many, many) mod wheel destinations. Note pictures of back panel MIDI interface, and velocity sensitivity control knob on upper RH front panel. Brand new keyboard grommets installed, even a few spares. Included are Pro One schematics and Kenton-MIDI documentation. Keyboard is J-wire."

Novation K Station Virtual Analog Modeling Synthesizer

via this auction

DS Curve 1 Autophaser (w/ Afta8's Filter Bank)

Published on Feb 18, 2016 Bimini Road

Get Audulus for: iOS | Mac | Windows/Linux

This demo uses a guitar as the input signal, but we all know what Audulus is, and it's a good example of how you can not only build synths with Audulus, but effects, to process external gear.

"This is an Autophaser I made in Audulus with Afta8's Filter Bank. It is a cross between an autowah and a phaser. It does not need to use delay lines to accomplish the phasing effect, because the filtering that the phase delay causes is similar to what's happening in this patch.

The DS Curves 1 package crams in 8 different curves each with 4 pressure gradients. DS Curves can be used in really any effect - compressors, expanders, gates, filter frequency responses, tube distortion modelling, tremolos - really anything where just a boring old linear response ain't doin' it for ya.

Non-linear response is at the heart of why people say they prefer analog effects - now, with the DS Curve 1 package, you can truly begin your journey of modelling analog effects in Audulus.

The curves in this effect are metaphorically simulating the response of the optocoupler found in Autowahs/Phasers."

Sequential Circuits Prophet VS Synthesizer SN 0270

via this auction

Cats Within Cats

Published on Feb 17, 2016 Captain Credible

"The spheres of the spirit-realm return to absolve the universe. But Micheal the pussycat has more pressing issues. Somebody has enchanted his magnificent golden legs! And now he cant walk properly. or can he?

From the EP "Dead Cats" by [sic] renowned scientist and bestselling author Captain Credible (PhD)"

A new video by MATRIXSYNTH Member, Captain Credible featuring diy electronic instruments, and some cats.

And on SoundCloud:

You might remember Captain Credible from previous posts here [scroll down when you get there].

Modular Jam 45

Published on Feb 18, 2016 ngarjuna

"Some patch notes…

West Coast Bass Patch
Driven by Audio Damage Sequencer 1 pushing pitch to the 2 Sputnik VCOs and Wogglebug
Triggers to Maths 1 and accents to Maths 4
Sputnik 1 Tri (-2 Oct) to Opto 1
Sputnik 2 Sine gently FM'd by Wogglebug Woggle CV to Timbre to Opto 2
Maths Sum to Opto 1 and 2 (accented envelopes)
PEG modulating Opto damp 2 (faster) and Timbre (slower)

East Coast Sync Patch
Rene driving the pitch and gates
Sync'd Cranial Saw square modulated by Dual ADSR into Post Lawsuit Filter
SSF Quantum Rainbow Pink Noise attenuated into Post Lawsuit Filter
Pittsburgh Oscillator at audio rate modulating Post Lawsuit Filter
PEG modulating scaled CV input of Post Lawsuit Filter
Audio into Oakley Classic VCA modulated by Dual ADSR

Grunty Vocalized Riff at the beginning etc. is just the Sync Patch tweaked like crazy by the new Sinevibes Array VST. Still just getting to know it but obviously can do some cool stuff.

Robot Bukkake Patch
Rene feeding pitch to Rubicon (at 0 symmetry) and Wogglebug
Rubicon angered (Maths controlled FM) by Wogglebug Ring Mod!
Sputnik 1 modulating Wogglebug clock
Something Maths something Optomix

Bloops and Zaps in Madrona Labs Aalto wiggling some TZFM

Drums in Spark and Jamstix filtered by AJH Minimod VCF modulated by Minimod DEG and AD Sequencer 1
Acid cooked by the Angel Lofte Source Plus and sometimes delayed by the Synthrotek Eko
Mult-ing courtesy of the Division 6 Multiplicity XV"

Moogfest Dial-Tones .: Improvisation

Published on Feb 18, 2016 Moogfest

"Dial-Tones is a series of Moogfest-curated events celebrating the form and frequencies surrounding the art of synthesis, circuitry, drone, and microtonal compositions. Dial-Tones events feature synth-building workshops led by Moog Music engineers and a performance by a Moogfest performing artist. Events leading up to Moogfest 2016 are taking place in Los Angeles, Durham, New York and San Francisco.

Music by: Made of Oak (Nick Sanborn) live from Dial-Tones .: Durham"

Euro G1 Chords and Sweeps

Published on Feb 18, 2016 THX2112

"Exploring chords and filter sweeps of the DSP-G1 and Euro-G1"

AniModule Modular Synth as 5 realtime percussion voices with MPC1000

Published on Feb 18, 2016 JRock17991's channel

"AniModule and MPC1000 with the MIDI-CV hooked up as a Pad-Gate trigger. Live Modular Synth Percussion over Miniak Bassline + sprinkle a little sampled drums on top. A powerful way to integrate your Modular with your realtime Midi Rig instead of sampling and chopping a piece here and there. Realtime interfacing and interacting. Best thing was it was easy to set this patch up. Set it up in 20 minutes this afternoon.
Lot's of M1xXOR, XXX_OR, SOB, Lil' Monster and ShNoiZe in this patch."

Selfmade Synthesizer by Kurt Diedrich (english version)

Published on Feb 18, 2016 Kris Deux

"Selfmade Synthesizer planned, built and played by Kurt Diedrich

For more details go on the homepage of Kurt: [Googlish here]

and use the contact function."

German video here.

Power supply (500 mA)
Combined LFO and sample-and-hold unit
Dual Exponentialkonverter for VCOs
Combined VCF VCA Unit

Circuits - PHENOL Demo

Published on Feb 18, 2016 KilpatrickAudio

"Kilpatrick Audio is pleased to present: "Circuits" by David Waldman, an sound and visual adventure into the depths of the city. The soundtrack was created entirely with the PHENOL patchable analog synthesizer from Kilpatrick Audio."

Ableton Push 2, Roland TR-8, TAL Bassline and Reaktor Juno-6 demo by Jordan Passmore.

Published on Feb 18, 2016 Jordan Passmore

"This demo is of the Ableton Push 2 and Roland TR-8 hardware units, as well the Ableton Live DAW, hosting the following VSTs:

TAL-BassLine - A VST softsynth that is doing the bassline.
Native Instruments Reaktor 5 w/ Juno-6 Ensemble - A modular VST softsynth that is loaded with a Roland Juno-6 ensemble that is doing the melody sequence.
Valhalla DSP UberMod - A delay effect VST that the melody is being ran through.

Ableton Live is sequencing the two VST synths and sending MIDI clock (via USB) to the Roland TR-8. The TR-8 is sequenced via it's own built-in step sequencer. All of the instruments are being ran through my Ace Tone MP-40 mixer and then recorded via my audio interface.

The TR-8 is using the TR-808 kit and all of the drums are of the 808 variety (909 demo will be coming up soon). The kick drum is hitting the mixer hard, creating a subtle distortion that I find quite nice; getting something smooth or subtle is very possible when not overloading the mixer."

ROLAND JUPITER 4 Synthesizer SN 983293

via this auction

"The unit was the first Jupiter 4, being one of the first polyphonic synthesizer. The piece has very unique, warm analogue sounds. This beautiful classic synth comes with great useful features such as the pitch wheel, which can be assigned to parameters such as the VCA, VCO and VCF. It also comes with a great LFO, which can be set to very slow speed, allowing you to make various FX and sweeps. The arp function is also very cool, with easy and flexible control...

This unit is in great condition for its age. It was refurbished by a vintage expert and has been tested before listing."

Yamaha CS-01 Mono Analog Synth SN 37397

via this auction

via the seller: "Got this as a present on my 30th birthday.....30 years ago... Used it on stage with an FM transmitter ..:-) All controls work, scratches from regular use(only used it for a year or 2 before it was stored away). I also have the BC-1 breathcontroller, including the pouch in silver fabric for wearing in your belt... I guess the buyer would want this too, so buyer will choose before it gets in a separate listing(aprx USD 180,- or give me an offer). All sliders are working, and it sounds exactly like it did in 1984 !"

Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 SN 1705

via this auction

"Excellent electronic and collector quality cosmetic condition. The cpu & audio electronics were calibrated to factory specifications, the tantalum caps & back-up battery were replaced. Its 61-note keyboard feels very much like when it was new. It was professionally serviced by wine country productions. 2.3 MIDI. Hard to find in such good shape for it's age."

Sequential Circuits Inc. Drumtraks

via this auction


Published on Feb 18, 2016 Alba Ecstasy

"Deeply in love with my Warps. And with my Clouds. And with my Ripples! Drums from Radias.
Run for Fun!"


Published on Feb 18, 2016 ANALOG SYNTHESIZER DEMOS


DiscoverSoftware // Native Instruments Blocks Wired // XY Presets Part 2 (Free Running Patches)

Published on Feb 18, 2016 DiscoverNoise

Part 1 here.

"DiscoverNoise 028-
DiscoverSoftware 004-

This video takes a look at the presets of the Native Instruments Blocks Wired XY free running patches. It's Part 2 of 2.
Blocks Wired was a free christmas giveaway together with the Reaktor 6 Player in 2015.

Prior to this video we're shown the Blocks Wired Presets:
- Lumikko
- Submotion
- XY Part 1"

Arturia Introduces iSpark for iPad

Published on Feb 18, 2016 ARTURIA

iTunes: Arturia iSpark - Arturia

And a set of Tutorials, including some by SYNTH ANATOMY.

iTunes: Arturia iSpark - Arturia

"iSpark is an all-inclusive beat-making solution allowing to create rich tracks from A to Z while experiencing an unequaled workflow. It includes a large variety of drum kits and individual instruments based on the most renowned drum machines and top-notch sound design.
It is the result of a simple recipe, care for rhythm, innovation and uncompromising ergonomics combined with the personality of the greatest drum machines.

What you can do with iSpark:
iSpark allows you to play drum patterns in-real time and to tweak your sound on-the-fly. Its optimized and performance-oriented layout gives you a direct access to an extended range of sonic parameters.
It also integrates a powerful and flexible 64-step sequencer enhancing your creative freedom and effectiveness.

iSpark unites our multi-rewarded TAE® technology coupled with a modular engine and crystal-clear multi-layered samples. Beyond drum and percussive sounds, iSpark blasts the frontiers of beat-making through a range of singular sonic effects, warm analog synth textures and melodic elements.

Main screen
The main screen is all about performance. Its layout, inspired by our SparkLE controller, gives you immediate access to a comprehensive set of fundamental controls and parameters. Its lower part allows you to play and record your drum patterns in real-time, step by step, to jump between your patterns and to set their length.

In the mixer, you can adjust the volume and panorama of your instruments, set two individual effects for each of them, and modify the sending levels to the return effects. The VU meters help you to balance effectively your instruments.

The Studio is the iSpark laboratory of sound. This is where you will customize your kits and all the instruments that compose it. For each instrument, you can choose the samples that are used and adjust a comprehensive list of parameters.

In the sequencer screen, all the steps of your different instruments are right in front of you. You can thus create your sequences in a flash. Besides, the automation tool allows you drawing modulation curves with a simple glide of your fingertip.

The Song mode gives you the possibility to chain your pattern in order to create a whole performance. Organizing your song is as easy as a drag-and-drop. Switch to “Perform” and discover two large XY modulation touchpads that will bring your songs to life.

iSpark offers a total and seamless compatibility with the existing Spark environment. Maintain continuously your creative flow by transferring in a heartbeat your projects, patterns, your kits and individual instruments between Spark 2 and iSpark.
Connect the dedicated SparkLE controller to iSpark and associate the flexibility of an app-based instrument to the effectiveness and comfort of hardware.
The compatibility with AudioBus and Inter-App Audio offers a smooth integration of iSpark in you iPad-based setup.
With iSpark, your mobile setup found its beat-making solution.

Main features:
Pristine quality sound engines including: TAE® analog synthesis, physical modeling, and multi-layered samples provided by our top-tier development partners
· 640 Instruments / 40 kits
- Classic drum machines
- Electronic kits
- Acoustic kits
· Shuffle and shift modes to humanize grooves
· Choke groups to mute instruments naturally
· Song mode with 16 segments
· Song segment triggering from hardware
· Performance master effects: repeat, tape, reverse, strobe, pan, mix, bit crusher, 8-mode filter and Roller
· 16-track mixer with high-quality effects: multiband compressor, bit crusher, multiband EQ, chorus, delay, reverb, distortion, phaser, plate reverb, destroyer, flanger, space pan, limiter, sub generator
· Real-time automation on all parameters
· Compatible with SparkLE controller
· Ableton Link integration
· Possibility to share projects, kits and instruments between iSpark and the desktop version of Spark 2."

Modular Monthly: An intro to DIY Eurorack & the Radio Music

Published on Feb 18, 2016 Future Music Magazine

"We take a look at Music Thing Modular's Radio Music module, and use it as an entry point into the world of Eurorack DIY."


Elektron Movement Sound pack by James Orvis

Published on Feb 18, 2016 Elektron

"Discover a multitude of warm, beautiful and highly playable sounds for your favorite analog synthesizers. All 128 sounds expertly crafted by James Orvis.
Listen to more examples at:"


Published on Feb 18, 2016 LESINDES


KORG DS-10 Plus - Robot Rock

Published on Feb 18, 2016 Masami Hashimoto

"Daft Punk の Robot Rock を DS-10 で試みる。

Tom Cat Tweakin

Published on Feb 17, 2016 HardtekStudios

"Now for the Tom Cat video everyone has been waiting for! It's time to demonstrate the dynamic range & tweakability of the Tom Cats drum synth parameters. Nothing but Tom Cat and absolutely no external processing so what you hear is what you would get!"

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