MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wednesday, March 09, 2016


Published on Mar 9, 2016

We saw it at NAMM 2016. We now have official details and demos from KORG.

"A polyphonic digital synthesizer that completely reproduces a classic FM sound engine.

The volca fm is a three-voice digital FM synthesizer that completely reproduces the sound engine of a classic FM synthesizer, and provides compatibility with it as well. The unique volca interface makes it easy to manipulate distinctive FM sounds even if you're not familiar with the complexities of FM synthesis. The 16-step sequencer that's one of volca's features provides new functions such as WARP ACTIVE STEP and PATTERN CHAIN that let you make even more powerful rhythm patterns."

via KORG

"A polyphonic digital synthesizer that completely reproduces a classic FM sound engine
The volca series has shed new light on classic technologies by linking classic sound engines such as the groove machines and early samplers of the past with the dance music of today. Now it's time for the series to gain an FM sound engine.

The volca fm is a three-voice digital FM synthesizer that completely reproduces the sound engine of a classic FM synthesizer, and provides compatibility with it as well. The unique volca interface makes it easy to manipulate distinctive FM sounds even if you're not familiar with the complexities of FM synthesis. The 16-step sequencer that's one of volca's features provides new functions such as WARP ACTIVE STEP and PATTERN CHAIN that let you make even more powerful rhythm patterns."

The FM engine has 6 operators, with 32 algorithms like the original Yamaha DX-7. The vocla fm is able to convert and load SYS-EX/SYX files created on the Yamaha DX7.

Deconstructing a Sound Design Beat (Circuit, ModFX Bitrman, KP3, Retroverb & Grunge)

Published on Mar 9, 2016 HardtekStudios

Routing starts with the Novation Circuit stereo outs going into the Alesis Bitrman and the Circuit's headphone out going into the Digitech Grunge pedal. The outs of the Bitrman are routed into the stereo ins of the Korg KP3 and the output of the Grunge going into the Mic in of the KP3. From there the KP3 goes into the Vermona Retroverb and then into the mixer for recording. No additional EQ, compression or the like was used."
Novation Circuits on eBay | Novation Circuits on Amazon

OP-1 and Pocket Operators Get Together

Published on Mar 8, 2016 Heatseekerrr

"This video features the Teenage Engineering OP-1, PO-12 Rhythm, PO-14 Sub, PO-28 Robot, and a tasty beverage."

Teenage Engineering on eBay | Teenage Engineering on Amazon

And two additional OP-1 tracks from Heatseekerrr:

OP-1 Leap Year Jam

Published on Feb 29, 2016

"All sounds made within OP-1 with additional efx and mixing in Ableton."

how to relax with op-1

Published on Feb 25, 2016

"created 2/25/2016
all sounds synthesized within teenage engineering op-1"

Buchla Beat²

Published on Mar 9, 2016 Ebotronix

Arturia Beat Step Pro minor scale to 225e
Buchla System # 1 BSP (Midi) seq 1 to 261e & 281e ~ 292e
Oberheim Sem BSP (CV) seq 2 to 281e ~ 292e
Sherman Filterbank 2 (261e) BSP drum /ratch to 281e ~ 292e
Knas Ekdahl "The Moisturizer" to Ringmod ext carrier in
Maestro Ringmodulator (input Sem, out 292e)
Moog CP 251(Sherman FM in & Sem Filter cv in)
Alesis 3630
Aphex Model 104
Lexicon PCM 80 / 90, TC M one XL
Yamaha MCS 2 to 225e Midi CC (281e decay control )
kick Buchla
snare & hat by CP251 noise to Buchla
vid #1477


Published on Mar 9, 2016 Dmitri SFC

DIY Serge format modular by COA-Modular's Dmitri SFC.

Vintage Oberheim Mini Sequencer SN 0147

via this auction

"An original oberheim mini sequencer. Designed for the SEM modules, but also works with Moog and ARP. With a mod on the front for switching between the two sequences."

Vintage'70s Moog Minimoog Model D

via this auction

"Vintage Minimoog model D with serial number beginning 52XX. This synthesizer is in immaculate physical condition."

Bela: an embedded platform for audio and sensor processing

Published on Mar 7, 2016 Bela Platform

"An introduction to Bela. This video accompanies our Kickstarter campaign which will be on until April 1st 2016."

This one is in via MATRIXSYNTH reader Giulio who is on the Bela team.

"The most important unique feature of Bela is that it has extremely low latency of less than 1 millisecond from action to sound. This is much lower than can be achieved on any laptop or embedded computer on the market. Low latency is critically important for making intuitive and responsive musical instruments.

Other notable features include 16-bit analog inputs and outputs (8 each), onboard speaker amplifiers and a browser-based IDE (complete with oscilloscope). The project is open source hardware and software. This is basically the platform we've always wanted for building interactive audio systems, and we're excited to share it with a broader community of musicians, engineers and makers!

Bela is currently on Kickstarter where we greatly exceeded our initial goal, so much that we added new features to the board. Extended blog posts, tech specs, faqs and more examples at our website"

Spotlight: Kat Burns (Kashka)

Published on Mar 9, 2016 KilpatrickAudio

"Learn about Kat Burns and how she incorporated PHENOL into her sound."

Live Eurorack Drum logic with Animodule XXXor Modular Drums

Published on Mar 9, 2016 Flux302 of

"here I use the XXX_Or to handle both open and closed hi hat signals on one Audio damage neuron from individual pads of the beat step pro."

Make Noise Tempi Rotating Hi Hats (annotations) [quick tutorial]

Published on Mar 4, 2016 Stingray

"Short tutorial of Tempi eurorack module self rotating different multiplications in a common rhythmic/musical fashion.

Tempi CH1 output triggers the MOD.

Tempi channels 3,4,5 and 6 have different timing and have been activated to 'MOD' via single push PGM B and the CH buttons are set to to PURPLE.

MOD is set to rotate clockwise [default]. To change direction double tap PGM B and push CH4 [Red=CW, Blue= CCW, Purple = Random].

Sending the output of Tempi channel 6 to the second Mutable Instruments Peaks input on the drum setting, set to hi hat, output of hi hat goes into Intellijel Mutamix mixer and out through a dry Mutable Instruments Clouds (because of stereo output for the video is easier)."

XY Pad and the Delta Change Detector Module

Published on Mar 9, 2016 Bimini Road

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"This patch is driven by feedbacking Flipflop sequencers that are triggered by changes detected in the coordinates of the XY module. The whole patch is kept in time by one saw LFO. Several K!SS Drum modules provide the voice of the patch. Control Signal loopers and a triangle LFO animate the patch further. The Spline Envelope module adds a percussive attack. Each drum is hooked into delays, which fill out the sonic field and add a further layer of polyrhythm."

Rare Evenfall Mini Modular designed by Grant Richter of Wiard SN MMA039

via this auction

" Up for sale is a very rare factory-assembled Evenfall Mini Modular semi-modular synthesizer in excellent cosmetic and functional condition. Item will ship with original power supply and owner's manual. It's in great shape and works perfectly. It is one of the biggest sounding monosynths I've heard, vintage or otherwise.

This synth was designed by Grant Richter of Wiard synthesizers and there were roughly 60 sold, 30 in kit form and 30 assembled. This is a factory-assembled unit.

Grant wrote this on the old Wiard Yahoo list:
"That is a great little instrument.

It was originally slated to be the Wiard Model 3600, but I decided to pass on it because we could not find knobs to fit the little nubby pot shafts. They are just like TR-808 tuning pots. I feared the lack of knobs would limits sales too much.

Electronic Musician magazine gave it and outstanding review, citing it as one of the best engineered and most musician friendly instruments of its type, in spite of the lack of traditional knobs.... The Mini-Modular is an ARP Oddyssey in a more compact package with MIDI and extra features. The filter is a state variable instead of a 4 pole. The whole instrument is built out of 1% metal film resistors for stability and low noise. "

Chris MacDonald was the other part of Evenfall, and he had this to say about the production:
"There are only around 60 Mini Modulars in existence, so they are quite rare. Initially they were sold as kits via the synth-DIY mailing list with around 25-30 sold and then I did one production run of around 30. As I recall, the kit serial numbers start with MMK and the assembled models start with MMA. "

And here's an old marketing blurb I found describing it:
"The Evenfall Mini Modular Synthesizer is a rack mountable semi-modular analog synthesizer featuring the warm, organic sound of real analog circuitry and the flexibility of individual control knobs and a patch cord interface.
The Mini Modular also features internally "pre patched" or "normalized" connections among the modules. These connections make the Mini Modular a capable synthesizer even without inserting patch cords. These internal connections can be overridden by inserting 3.5mm patch cables as desired.
The Mini Modular can be patched to make sound by itself or in conjunction with another voltage-controlled synthesizer. It can also be controlled from a MIDI controller via the built-in MIDI to CV interface which provides pitch, velocity, gate, pitch bend, portamento on/off, and modulation output voltages."


3 Channel MIDI/CV Converter (plus Gate and Portamento On/Off)

2 Saw/Pulse VCOs

Lowpass/Bandpass VCF

2 VCAs

Dual LFOs

Sample and Hold

ADSR and AR Envelope Generators

Noise Source


Lag Processor (Portamento)

Dual Multiple Active Attenuator Power supply included Printed manual and patch cords included"

Atheus Analog Rytm

Published on Mar 9, 2016 darkpoem9

Music Machine Mayhem!

Published on Mar 9, 2016 Joel Braverman

"Unleashing my new setup of raging analog and digital synthesizers on the universe!

Analog Percussion Synthesizers: modded dr-110, modded Korg KPR77, Pearl Drum-X drum synthesizer. Analog Synths: Wildberry X0XB0X, Anyware TinySizer. Digital Percussion: Korg ER-1, Waldorf MicroQ Synthesizer (drums, a little bass), Waldorf Rack-Attack Drum Synthesizer. Digital Synths: Korg EA-1, Korg Microkorg"

Akai AX60 Restoration (Part 2) - Installing LED Sliders, Panel Cleaning, Switch Replacement

Published on Mar 9, 2016 GOLT !

"How to install LED sliders in the Akai AX60. I also show how to clean the panel and replace the switches."

Part 1 here.

Rare Black Doepfer Drehbank SN 981274

via this auction

"Rare Doepfer Drehbank MIDI controller. This is one of the only units ever made that gives you 64 real time rotary pots for MIDI control"

Roland MC202 with Padded Doskocil Hard Case

via this auction

SIEL OPERA 6 // playing some sounds for friend // SOUND of SSM

Published on Mar 9, 2016 LESINDES

"Fabulous SSM chips. So rare to find in synths. Here is an example of simplicity of beauty of SSM!!"

SUPERBOOTH16 in Funkhaus Berlin
 Set for March 31 - April 2

Many of you will be familiar with previous Superbooths hosted at the Musikmesse. All of were the brainchild of Andreas Schneider of Schneiders Buero, Schneiders Laden, Stromkult, and Alex4. This year he is hosting the Superbooth at its own event and it looks like it will be massive. For a list of exhibitors see this page. The event runs March 31st – April 2nd
 in Berlin. The following is the official press release:

"The first annual SUPERBOOTH16, music and culture fair will be taking place from March 31st - April 2nd in Berlin. What started as a small stand on the Musikmesse in Frankfurt, will now be presented in Berlin as a broadly programmed Culture festival organized by SchneidersBuero in Berlin. The exhibition will take place at the historic Funkhaus, which is a former German radio station that will provide an uncompromised acoustic and architectural setting.

Over the last 15 years, SchneidersLaden has grown to become a leader in the distribution and marketing of innovative musical and sound instruments in Berlin and throughout Europe. The founder and CEO, Andreas Schneider, can be attributed as one of the main worldwide drivers behind the present modular synthesizer HYPE. One might consider the worldwide distribution and purchase of electronic instruments is the basic reason for electronic music.

The present momentum is so strong, that even the larger well known manufacturers have invested in developing new concepts to compete with the small manufacturers.

SUPERBOOTH16: Idea and Beginnings

Although Berlin is one of the most modern electronic music centers on the globe, it has never had an adequate music fair to support the scene. With SUPERBOOTH16, this will change the landscape. SUPERBOOTH16 will be the large format presentation of the stand which has been seen at the Frankfurter Musikmesse over the last 15 years. The stand magnetized the visitors to see directly what one can do with these instruments. Many of which are hand made and only available in limited runs.

Over 100 exhibitors are registered for SUPERBOOTH16 with the larger synthesizer names like Yamaha and Roland, classic specialists like Dieter Doepfer (Original Kraftwerk Synthesizer maker) through many self-made and smaller exhibitors like Make Noise and others. Also, classic manufacturers of keyboard instruments like Dave Smith and leading software companies like Ableton or Native Instruments will also be present to show and demonstrate their latest developments.
SUPERBOOTH16: The Fair as Culture Festival.

To promote and support the living and evolving Berliner Music scene, SUPERBOOTH16 provides a base concept of an instrument fair and cultural program. It is a living come-together for manufacturers, dealers, musicians, tinkerers, new-comers and the scene.

Aside from the mixture of interesting instruments, over the course of three days, there will be daily presentations, demonstrations, discussions and DIY workshops. Each evening there will be a night program that will be presented with well-known artists involved.

On the weekend nights, April 1st and 2nd, SUPERBOOTH16 will hold a large concerts and party in the special Funkhaus Culture Hall where notable artists will be performing.

SUPERBOOTH16: The Berliner Funkhaus as Special Location

The selection of the Funkhaus as a fair location is an architectural and integration win. The design of the fair not only presents the incoming exhibitors a rare ambient, but integrates the presently running or in operation recording studios and function halls. This special integration will allow for a very high level of acoustics for the presentation of instruments, which is quite rare for a musical fair.

Schneider also has made travelling to and from the Funkhaus a special experience. A free boat shuttle is being provided from Mitte near the Jannowitzbrücke and Chinese Embassy which will take visitors and exhibitors through a small tour of the Berliner Spree and land directly at the Funkhaus.

Further information to the concept, the exhibitors and program can be found at

SchneidersLaden Presents: SUPERBOOTH16
Fair und Festival for electronic Soundculture

March 31st – April 2nd

Funkhaus Berlin

Nalepastraße 18, 12459 Berlin
Opening Times:
Trade Visitors: 10:00am – 22:00pm
Public: 14:00pm – 22:00pm
Day ticket: 35 EUR, Weekend-Ticket: 85 EUR
Free Boat Shuttle
Daily From 9:00am through 10:30pm (Jannowitzbrücke – Funkhaus)"
Press contact: 
Nicole Creutzburg
+49 (0) 176 647 577 65

Rabidly Enthused

Published on Mar 9, 2016 Bimini Road

Get Audulus for: iOS | Mac | Windows/Linux

"An Audulus 3 patch using Flipflop, DS, and DGS sequencers to create feedbacking glittery harmonies, all controlled by a 64-point XY controller. Percussion provided via the K!SS Drum Module."

Launchpad for iPad // Flanger FX Update

Published on Mar 9, 2016 Launchpad for iOS

"Flanger FX for iPad - Add news Depths to your Sounds
Get Launchpad for iOS here:

Harnessing the sonic character of the classic flangers, Launchpads latest FX lets you add serious depth to your sounds. A brand new thick, stereo flanging effect delivers serious punch to your performances. The Flanger operates with two key performance areas. A variable feedback effect is linked with Delay to create the core “swirl” characteristic. An individual LFO control, sets the rate at which the Flanger is modulated.

Then a Phase and amount control set the scale of Width of flanging for enhanced depth in the stereo spectrum, where headphones are highly recommended.

Performance FX at a glance:

- New Flanger FX includes two free presets
- Adds to existing Delay, Gater, Stopper, Autofilter, Stutter FX.
- FX Pads have mini- animated graphics to help during performance.
- A Edit FX screen lets you tweak and perform your FX in real-time.
- Track FX routing lets you target fx to specific tracks such as vocals, or drums
- Fully tweakable FX parameters for deep customisation.

In Additional all FX have :
Track routing buttons for assigning the FX to specific tracks
Fully tweakable FX parameters for deeper customisation"

Roland ProMars Compuphonic MRS-2 SN 840669

via this auction

"Everything is tested and in perfect working order. The memory save works great. All sliders and knobs are functioning and noise free. This is an amazing monosynth. It's capable of getting the low end density of a Mini Moog but the sounds can get a little more out there. Easily the best LFO I've ever heard on a synth. It could stand to be calibrated but the oscillators hold perfectly and are perfectly ok to record with."


via this auction

"This one is intact, has one slider stem broken, (bass decay) It needs full calibration. All the membranes are functioning. When lifting the top to service the bass 4ft and the hollow wave goes blank. Every other membrane is 100 percent"

Microkorg Sounds 4

Published on Mar 9, 2016 Jacques Mongrel

"Another bank of Microkorg Sounds showing the range of this venerable synthesizer."

microKORGs on eBay | microKORGs on Amazon

Arabian Mystery - Buchla 200e System 7

Published on Mar 9, 2016 PaulLawlerMusic

"First patch with the Buchla System-7. Getting to know a few of the modules at a time.
The audio is a little out of sync. The Arabian melody should match the light patterns from the 250e."

stg voltage controlled switch

Published on Mar 9, 2016 caleb condit

"The talking stops at 4 min so skip forward if you just want to listen to the track. I'm demonstrating how voltage controlled switching and morphing can really bring a ton of movement to a patch. The STG voltage controlled switch I'm using is the prototype rev2 and rev3 is apparently being built right now and hopefully thats the last round and they'll start shipping soon. This product has been years in the making"

Live Jam #25 - Slow evolving drone / Ambient - Self playing patch on Eurorack modular synthesizer

Published on Mar 9, 2016 TRM

"Not so much a jam. I recorded a self playing patch on a rainy Sunday morning. The recording lasts as long as one cycle of the slowest running LFO in the patch. Audio is recorded in one take, on one track as always, but my camera decided to stop recording after a few minutes. All shots with the same angle as the first and last synth shot are realtime, all others are not. I mixed in some views from my studio, and kept the ambient sound recordings. Some of the bird sounds are made by actual birds.

Patch description:
Main drone is a sine from the Dixie II through the uFold an MMG. Three slow running lfo's from the a143-4 and the triangle mix out are modulating folds, symmetry, frequency cutoff and resonance. Square from the same Dixie is running through the wasp filter, modulated with slow random voltages from Peaks.
Random out from the a118 is advancing the clock divider. Several divisions are triggering AD envelopes on the Quadra. One is hitting the strike input of the Lxd, with noise passing through. That output is send to the echo, which is modulated by a tri LFO from the MFB.
Other envelopes from the Quadra are send to 3 VCA's, allowing different modulation to go to the Dixie II's 1v/oct and FM input. And a ramp shape to a second Lpg on the Lxd with noise.

Stuff used:

An Interview with Barry Schrader - Question 6B: "Atlantis" Featuring the Buchla 204 Quad Spatial Director

Click here for the next installment of my interview with Barry Schrader. This one covers his Lost Atlantis composed in 1977 on a large Buchla 200 system featuring the 204 Quad Spatial Director, and the Fortune modules featured earlier in the interview.

Google Celebrates Clara Rockmore's Birthday on Their Home Page

Check it out. Clara Rockmore with a theremin.

Today is Clara Rockmore's birthday. Via wikipedia:

"Born as Clara Reisenberg in Vilnius, Vilna Governorate (now Lithuania), Rockmore was a child prodigy on the violin and entered the Saint Petersburg Conservatory at the age of five. She remains to this day the youngest student ever to be admitted to the institution. She studied violin under the virtuoso Leopold Auer. Unfortunately, bone problems due to childhood malnutrition forced her to abandon violin performance past her teen years. That, however, led her to discover the newborn electronic instrument the theremin, and become perhaps its most renowned player."

This one in via Alex Timchak.

The DS and DGS Sequencers in Audulus

Published on Mar 8, 2016 Bimini Road

Get Audulus for: iOS | Mac | Windows/Linux

"New with Audulus 3.1: The melody and rhythm of this self-generated music patch is a product of the interrelationship of the DS and DGS modules. The DS modules are determining the pitches and modulating parameters while the DGS modules are triggering the envelopes. The DGS module is also feeding back into the DS module. The tempo and feel is largely a product of the way the DS and DGS modules are driven - in this case by 3 different self-modulating LFOs.

Download these sequencers at the Audulus forum:"

Sound Design:Chaka Khan Ain't Nobody Moog Mother 32

Published on Mar 8, 2016 Rishabh Rajan

"In this tutorial video I show how to create the intro sequence from Chaka Khan's Ain't Nobody. Its a bit tricky to recreate this on the Mother 32 due to its limitations but I think I got it close enough.

Please check out my Patreon page if you would like to support me and get a say in future video tutorials:"
Moog Mother 32s on eBay | Moog Mother 32s on Amazon

ORGANELLE BY CRITTER AND GUITARI Sound Test Synth Sample sequencer drum machin and more

Published on Mar 8, 2016 Ulises Lozano

"Sound Test
download the Sound test for sampling

Download link
Open Source

As you create patches or tweak existing ones you can share them with others! The Organelle is built with community interaction in mind. The entire system runs open source software and may be customized at every level.
Audio: 1x ¼" Stereo Sound Input Jack 2x ¼" Mono Sound Output Jacks (L and R channels) Input & Output Sampling Rate: 44.1 kHz; 16-bit ⅛" Stereo Headphone output Jack ¼" Footswitch Jack

Interface: High-Contrast OLED Display Screen 4x Parameter Knobs Rotary Selection knob with Push Button Select Volume Knob 25x Maple Key 1x RGB LED

Processor Specifications: 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 512 MB RAM

Operating System: Linux

Boot time: ~12 seconds
Storage: Ships with 4GB USB Drive Patches and any required files (audio samples, etc.) stored here

Additional Connections: 2x USB port USB Host for: MIDI over USB & Serial over USB USB 2.0 standard-A type connector HDMI output port

Power: 9VDC, 1.0 Amp (Power Supply included)
Physical Characteristics: Size: 10.5" x 3.25" x 2.125" Enclosure: Anodized Aluminum top, ABS Plastic bottom, rubber foot pads"

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