MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Semi Modular Patch Tweakin (Microbrute, Freqbox & MF Drive)

Published on Mar 2, 2016 HardtekStudios

"A basic, but powerful synth patch utilizing the Arturia Microbrute, and the Moog Freqbox and MF Drive. The audio output of the Microbrute (MB), is routed into the audio in of the Freqbox (FB) then out of the audio out of the FB and then into the audio input of the MF Drive (MFD). That signal is outputted into the Mackie Onyx mixer then into Logic for recording. The envelope out of the MB is going into the CV filter in of the MFD. The waveform CV out of the FB is being plugged in & out of the MB pitch in for FM effects. The MB mod wheel is controlling a square wave LFO routed to pitch for melody variation. I think thats it!"

Hello darkness, my old friend.

Great shot via @moogmusic, from the Moog Music Factory, captioned:

"Hello darkness, my old friend."

Those are Moog CP3A mixers with lit switches along the bottom.

ring ~ string ~ theory

Published on Mar 2, 2016 Ebotronix

4ms Peg, QCD/Expander, RCD²
Analogue Systems RS 100², RS110²²
Bananalogue Serge VCS
Cyndustries Zeroscillator
Doepfer R2m, A114² , A119, A133², A134²², A141, A143 - 2,9 A149, A151², A156², A175²²,A185-2''³,A138abc
Flame Arpeggiator, Chord Machine², Q Slide² (A141 - Sem)
Tame Machine (aeolian)
Flight of harmony choices

Do Modular Synthesizer Dream of Patch Cables?

Published on Mar 2, 2016 RaveAngst

"Patch Description:

Kick Drum: Alm Dinky's Taiko triggered from Octatrack/ Mutable Instruments Yarns.

Snare Drums: Mutable instruments Peaks with Dead Mans Catch Firmware in FM Drum Mode. One Channel for the Main Snare with Lexicon PCM91 for Reverb, the other Channel for the Noise Snare, both triggered from Orthogonal Devices ER-101.

Wooden Percussion: Mutable Instruments Rings with a little Modulation from SSF URA triggered from one Channel from Noise Engineerings Zularic Repetitor with a fx Send patch into my mixing desk with Eventide Time Factor modulated from Octatrack and into Make Noise Erbe-verb with a little Modulation from Make Noise Wogglebug MK2.

Metallic Stabs: Noise Engineering Basimilus Iterates Trigger and Pitch from Octatrack/ Mutable Instruments Yarns into WMD/SSF MMF LP out with Eventide Space for Reverb.
HP out from the MMF into Make Noise FXDF and then into Clouds in Granular Mode for the strange pitched FX sounds.
FM from the MMF and Clouds Pitch/Size are modulated with the Verhulst's Logistic Map from the Xaoc Devices Batumis latest Expert Firmware.

Yamaha SK50D double decker analogue synth SN

via this auction

"Extremely rare Yamaha SK50D double decker analogue synth for sale. Comes with factory hard case legs and volume pedal. Everything works just as it should no issues electronically or cosmetically. Ready to use right away."

Roland TB303 with Extras

via this auction

"Great Condition Roland TB303 with original bag & tons of extra parts. Was serviced recently new buttons, new led's and re-enforced the dsync input. Parts included kit from and leds, capacitors, much more!"

Sequential Circuits Prophet VS Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

Red Roland SH-101 SN 362024

via this auction

Mode Machines OMF-1 analog rack filter

Published on Mar 2, 2016 Flux302 of

"Mode Machines Analog filter the OMF 1 is a transistor ladder filter with some slick tricks."

Untitled (Circuit Jam 4)

Published on Mar 2, 2016 Ruslan Jabrayilov

"Trying to make some trance/techno on Circuit :)"
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Drift Sounds Reface CS

Published on Mar 2, 2016 Manuele Montesanti

"Hi Guys! in this shot video there are 4 new sounds available and free download in "soundmondo" for the Reface CS! If you like it! ;)...Enjoy..;)! "
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eowave Ribbon 2

Published on Mar 2, 2016 eowave

"The Ribbon 2 is a 12-bit synthesiser, CV/Gate controller and USB controller. This video takes a look at a few of those functions. Pre-orders available from Modularsquare in Europe, delivery soon to dealers worldwide"

Used with a Moog Sub Phatty & small eurorack system.

Hordijk Phantasma iii

Published on Mar 2, 2016 Todd Barton

"Continued compositional explorations with the Hordijk modular system. For better audio:"


via this auction
Update: new link

"Up for sale is very rare soviet analog vocoder synthesizer that was manufactured in early
90`s in the USSR. One of the two vocoder models ever produced in the USSR, Elektronika EM-26 portable vocoder is intended for synthesis the voice or external signals, has internal strings ton-generator, analyzer-synthesizer, modulations and vocoder effects. Device due to it`s architecture and parts has unique sound and can produce variety of analog vocoder effects! The synth is in excellent working condition, fully tested and works as it should.

Control panel include 4 sections: VIBRATO, VOCODER, STRINGS and LEVEL,
also it has a panel real time transpose and other controls.
VIBRATO section has sliders - accent, depth and rate
VOCODER - chorus knobs (on, mode), mic/vocoder level
STRINGS - on/off, level, violin/cello, sustain
LEVEL - mic, line A, line C
Keyboard PANEL: main level, pitch, interval, octave, pitch bend
CONNECTION (TRS 1/4 "jacks"): mic in (preamplified), line A (not amplified), line C (carrier input), phones, output, pedal."

New Befaco Rampage Eurorack Module

Befaco Rampage Features Published on Mar 2, 2016 Befacosynth

"Some patching ideas taken from our User Manual. Grab it here for further details:

Video by Kostnik
Module info:"

"The Rampage is Befaco’s approach to an old invention: the Serge/Buchla ramp generator.

We took the idea of a “patch programmable” function generator/processor, put two units in the same module and tried to expand them with new funky functions and ways to combine them: Slope detectors, analogue logic functions and a few extra outputs to add some more complex features.

The module is built around two voltage controlled integrators. Integrators (also known as Lag Processors or Slew limiters) allow you to process your voltages, converting sharp square waves in ramp-like waveforms."

New ADDAC ADDAC705 VC Stinggy Filter Eurorack Module

Published on Mar 2, 2016 ADDAC System

ADDAC705 VC Stinggy Filter - Part 2

"Here's our new filter inspired by the original WASP Filter.

This module features:
.Four diferent filter types: Low-Pass, Band-Pass, Notch-Pass and High-Pass with independent audio outputs.
.Cutoff features a voltage-controlled cv input with a dedicated cv attenuator pot.
.Two switches selects different Resonance clipping paths: no clipping / diodes and Resonance depth: high / low.
.The Main output filter type can be selected through a 4 position switch.
.The Main output circuit features a Distortion/Fuzz circuit that adds extra harmonics to the filtered audio.
.Phase switch selects the Main output phase polarity.
.One Led monitors the audio signal of the main output.

More about it here:"

New ADDAC200PI Pedal Integrator Eurorack Module

Published on Mar 2, 2016 ADDAC System

"This small utility is the pedal's lover best friend, it allows 2 diferent chains of pedals to be independentelly connected to your synth.

The Send channels attenuate the synth level to instrument level.

The Return channels amplify the signal from instrument to synth level.

All about it here:"

JUPITER 16 (Electribe ER1, microBrute, volcas, TB3)

Published on Mar 2, 2016 Chocolate Pulp

Korg Electribe ER1
Arturia MicroBrute
Korg Volca Bass
Korg Volca Keys
Roland Aira TB3
Korg minikaosspad 2
TC Electronic Hall of Fame
TC Electronic Flashback
Electro Harmonix Cathedral

Roland JD-800 Programmable Synthesizer

via this auction

Vintage Sequential Circuits PRO ONE SN 9303

via this auction

Moog Prodigy Synthesizer

via this auction

1975 ARP Omni Mark I Model 2483 String Synthesizer

via this auction

"It was recently rebuilt by The Analog Lab in New York City. New power supply, all switches cleaned and lubricated. Upgraded 4075 Synth Filter. Wood has some lite wear and the painted metal case is in overall good condition with just a few scratches. Presents well for any collector or vintage studio or for on stage use. Includes Arp Omni literature and Promotional Advertising Vinyl Record. No Case.

Note: Look at the photograph with the tape / glue mark on the back panel near the Synthesizer Output / Low Output jacks. (Pictures 3 and 4). That has been cleaned off without any damage to the painted case of the instrument."

Arp Solus

via this auction

"Specs: The Solus is a 2 VCO, monophonic analog synthesizer with a 3-octave, 37-note (C-C) keyboard. It, like most ARP synths, features mostly sliders instead of knobs. It was built into a flight-case, with all of its inputs and outputs on the inside of the case lid.

Both VCO's feature a slider selecting variable waveforms from sawtooth to pulse, as well as a slider controlling pulse-width and the amount of pulse-width modulation. VCO2 is syncable to VCO1 and can be detuned. The pulse-width can be modulated by the LFO or the ADSR. The VCF (four-pole, lowpass filter) has controls for frequency, resonance, as well as three sliders controlling modulation amount from the keyboard, the LFO, and the ADSR. It also features a digital ring-modulator and a pitch-bend knob. The back panel features interfaces (in and out) for CV, Gate, and Trig. Also in the top panel is a footpedal input and External Audio input, as well as high and low outputs."

Arp 2600 - Phil C Upgrade/Service SN 0801

via this auction

"Rare Arp 2600 - Fully restored internals - Upgraded to better than new!

If you are looking at this listing you already know what makes the Arp 2600 classic,so I'll just tell you about what makes this Arp different from the rest!

Service/Refurb/Upgrades comprising of the following work...

Power supply upgrade
Reverb tank upgraded with 17" tank
APU upgrade
VCA upgrade
4072 filter 4012CX ARP ladder filter upgrade
All sliders chemical bath and lube
1 reverb cable microphonic replaced
84 rusty 1/8th jack washers replaced
84 rusty 1/8th jack nuts replaced
VCO3 slider in vcf mixer rebuilt
Front panel, boards, inside, and lid cleaned
Full calibration

Oxidized connector clean and burnish * $35.00
Stiff sliders recondition
CV output erratic clean and burnish key contacts
Rusty jack washers and nuts replace
Rusty black hardware replace
Dirty panel, keys, inside, lid clean

All of this work was carried out by Phil Cirocco in 2013 [CMS], since then the synthesizer has seen relatively little use and has spent it's time in a smoke free home studio. So functionally it's better than new."

Paia 9700 test

Published on Mar 2, 2016 RELOAD

"Only Paia Sound and a kick...."

Why can I never have enough VCAs? Part 3 - Wrapping up modulation and a few other pointers.

Published on Mar 2, 2016 Frank Murder

"Why can I never have enough VCAs? Part 3 - Wrapping up modulation and a few other pointers.

We look at the Intellijel MicroMod2 or uMod II."

All parts here.

Adventures in Synthesis: Pure Data drum machine + DIY modular

Published on Mar 2, 2016 Chris Beckstrom

"More about this project:

Get the drum machine code here:

I've been building a Pure Data - based drum machine / sequencer that runs on iOS using the fantastic MobMuPlat iOS app. Basically it lets you run Pure Data on your device and allows you to build a GUI for it. This is the first patch that uses my new drum machine. It's still a work in progress, but many of the features work.

Why build my own drum machine when there are so many great-sounding iOS apps and other software synths available? Because why not! None of the apps I've tried have the exact features I want, so I'm building my own. In my Pure Data programming I'm keeping to my DIY modular aesthetic: simple modules, analog-style sound, and basic waveforms that can be manipulated and combined.

Here's an early morning jam featuring the CB-100 Sound Sequencer (tentative name) combined with my DIY modular synth.

Patch notes:
The left channel of the iPad audio output is the master output from the drum machine, and the right channel is a very short pulse on every 16th note. This pulse is patched into an amp in the modular and then used to clock the sequencer, clock divider, and various envelopes.

The drum machine goes into a preamp to get it up to modular level, then into a mixer. I'm always amazed at how nice and warm things sound when you run them through even a single analog gain stage! Straight out of the iPad the drum machine sounds pretty digital and cold, but that preamp warms it right up and adds some crunch when turned to 11.

The sequencer is set to open a VCA every 8 16th notes (on 2 and 4); the input of the VCA is the drum machine and the output is patched to the delay. Basically that means the delay only gets signal on 2 and 4, which I think sounds cool. (It's not exactly JUST on 2 and 4, because the VCA is a double vactrol VCA, and when one LED is turned on it has a tendency to bleed through the loads of electrical tape and influence the other VCA. Ah, such is the DIY experience!).

The sequencer modulates the frequency of a single saw oscillator, which goes into the low pass gate before joining the other sounds in the mixer.

The drum machine clock goes into a clock divider, and four of those outputs go into an R/2R ladder to generate CV to modulate the frequency of a square oscillator. That oscillator goes into another VCA, then into the mixer to join the other signals.

I have a few square waves going into a diode-based pseudo-ring modulator which then goes into yet another VCA (you can never have too many VCAs!!). This VCA is opened by me pressing a button on the far left of the modular, which sends 9V to the VCA and lights the vactrol LED. The button also sends a trigger to an A/D envelope generator which controls the pitch of one of the oscillators, which adds some nice pitch variation like some sort of weird drum.

Finally, the output of the whole modular gets split into two paths: one directly into the mixer, and another into an Alesis Microverb II digital reverb unit spitting out 2 channels of delicious lofi digital reverb. These three channels (reverb + modular) are mixed together and head into the computer onto a single stereo track in Bitwig Studio."

Author & Punisher @ Elektron Studios

Published on Mar 2, 2016 Elektron

"Tristan Shone aka Author & Punisher stopped by Elektron Studios for a performance and a quick chat."

Korg Minilogue Sonic LAB Review - Envelop Re-trigger Fix?

Published on Mar 2, 2016 sonicstate

"We review the affordable analogue four voice poly synth from Korg. And show you how to fix the envelope retrigger issue [At 4:05]" See this post for reference.

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