MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday, March 11, 2016


Exclusive mix on SoundCloud:

And a track from the release on Bandcamp:


2. ISR_16x16_WCM
3. CSN [excerpt 2 mono]
4. SWI_r170_16x32x32_B
5. SWI_FM1#16
6. NYZ-1_1#08_A [finite downsized]
7.CSN1 [excerpt 1 mono]

Be sure to see the MATRIXSYNTH exclusive further below!


This is the first release by NYZ and is a superb musical collection of research areas classified to internal Noyzelab operations. Not even .MEDS label were informed of the secret processes underlying its creation, excepting that we know it involved Frequency Modulation (FM) synthesis! We have not been given any information regarding when this work was recorded, but we suspect the material spans at least a decade of David's FM algorithm research on numerous synthesizers, as well his own custom built ear deceiving gear...

According to one reviewer of David's previous musical output he "gleefully disrupts just about every standard convention of musical form you could think of, including those of so-called experimental musics."

Other reviewers have written that :
"His music is a bizarre, yet compelling journey investigating the outer realms of music generated on ancient & contemporary machines." "It's strikingly original audio that doesn't really sound like anything else I can think of." "Utterly sublime. So there you go, a life-affirming slab of mind-altering sound to reawaken you to the terrifying possibilities of creation."

"absolutely wreaks havoc" wrote Keith Fullerton Whitman on reviewing David's last release T. H. Cycle cassette on Important Records/Cassauna .

Cassette releases April 1, 2016

All Audio by David Burraston
Design Tom Knapp


MATRIXSYNTH recently asked NYZ why he put together this new album of FM synthesis based explorations, and whether he would discuss some of the process behind it. The declassified information below has been put together by NYZ especially for a MATRIXSYNTH exclusive.



The main reasons for making this album were an interest in FM synthesis in both analogue modular and MIDI/digital mediums. I had worked with digital FM synthesis since getting a Yamaha TX81Z when they came out back in 1987 (which I still have, along with another backup machine with a very hummy mains transformer which bleeds onto the outs). How me and another synth friend used to cry with drunken laughter at preset D11 Hole in 1... :) But after initially wondering whether I had just wasted about 350 UK pounds on an utter piece of shit... I quickly warmed to its better presets, and its very different approach to synthesis yielded enough interesting results early on for it not to get outed.

oneUP! Atari TIA Custom Chiptune Midi Synt

Published on Jan 4, 2016 manosmodularsystems

"This video is just an audio demo of oneUP!, which is an Atari TIA midi synth. This is a single track, from a single oneUP!, recorded in a single take, with just a bit of reverb. OneUP! is a midi-controlled Atari TIA IC (CO10444D, this time). This demo is very limited; the device is capable of much more. The device is based off of Brian Peter's chip synth under the MIT license."

Update via Chocolatchips in the comments: "These are still available at , in the Etsy shop. The boards are redesigned and they're in a new enclosure style. Other midi boxes are available there, too."

via this auction

Cool retro style case.

Note this is not an Atari Punk Console (APC).

"This is a midi-controlled TIA audio IC from an Atari 2600 and various classic arcades of the late 70’s and early 80’s. It's housed in a road-worthy extruded aluminum enclosure; you could probably jump up and down on this device and it would continue working just fine (but please don't do that). This is the sixth unit made in a short run. Unit #5 sold on Etsy for $125. The TIA IC installed in this unit is new-old stock, meaning that it wasn’t pulled from a used game system; it was warehoused and the first time it made sound was when I tested it here. The video linked on this page contains a short audio demo. This instrument can do allot more, but the demo should whet your appetite. The oneUP! midi synth connects to your usb-capable midi controller or DAW by a common mini USB to USB A cable. The audio out is by eighth inch jack.

When connected to my Windows PC, my DAW recognizes oneUP! immediately. The device is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand or your pocket. This is only the sixth one built and so the work was very much ‘by hand’. This unit features a newer PCB revision and tighter design than the first. The build is solid and durable. The audio output is nice, loud and clear.

The design is based off of Brian Peter’s TIA chip synth under the MIT license. Besides the provided demo, it’s capable of everything in Brian’s demo, too. This unit includes a CO10444D “Atari TIA” audio IC. This unit features a socketed Atari TIA IC, that can be removed and replaced if needed. After the first twenty units, I will most likely be out of TIAs."

Roland CMU-800 with Original Box

via this auction

This is the unit featured in the video posted here.

Rossum Electro Music Evolution Demo

Published on Mar 10, 2016 neilbradley

"Dopefer Dark time driving a MakeNoise DPO (sawtooth), run through the excellent Rossum Electro-Music Evolution ladder filter. Output stage is all run through an Audio Damage ADM11 Dimensions stereo chorus."

Unique Hand Built Synth is an Eminent T280

See the update in this post.

Keith Emerson Has Passed Away

It has come to my attention that Keith Emerson passed away yesterday in Santa Monica, CA. We all know who he is and his influence in the world of synthesizers. Below are just a handful of videos including Bob Moog introducing Keith Emerson and his mighty Moog modular, Keith going over the system back in 1993, the introduction of Keith's 50th Anniversary Moog Modular reissued by Moog Music, Fanfare for the Common Man featuring the mighty Yamaha GX1, and finally the classic Lucky Man.

Few musicians will have the impact Keith Emerson has in our world of synthesizers. He will be sorely missed.

Pictured left: Emerson performing in Saint Petersburg, Russia, September 2008 (via Wikipedia).

Update: tributes from Moog Music and The Bob Moog Foundation:

Moog Music Pays Tribute to Keith Emerson

A Tribute to Keith Emerson from The Bob Moog Foundation

Keith Emerson at Moogfest in NYC Uploaded on Aug 21, 2007 highbiashiphop

Keith Emerson xplains his Moog Modular and synths rig in ELP 1993 tour.

Uploaded on Apr 19, 2010

"Keith Emerson talks about his giant Moog Modular synth and keyboards rig during the Emerson, Lake & Palmer worldwide 1993/94 tour, here in NYC."

50th Anniversary of the Moog Modular Synthesizer

Published on Oct 11, 2014 Moog Music Inc

Fanfare for the Common Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Olympic Stadium Montreal)

Uploaded on Jan 29, 2012

"IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The music, video and images remain copyright of their respective owners and are strictly used here on YouTube for educational reasons as well as for the artists' promotional purposes only!"

Uploaded on Dec 18, 2007 ProgRockSongs

"Artist: Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Song: Lucky man
Album: Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970)

Keyboards: Keith Emerson
Bass: Greg Lake
Drums: Carl Palmer"

Crumar Bit One

via this auction

ROLAND JD-XA Synthesizer - custom sounds and some presets by jdxa-knight

"CAREFUL - can be L O U D !

- There are people who say, the JD-XA sounds like a Virus or like a plugin. Let me tell you this: It can do really crazy stuff, but be sure it sounds very (!) warm and analog, in fact i would say it has a completely unique sound (ANALOG-DIGITAL HYBRID ARCHITECTURE!) that reminds me a lot of old Roland SH synthesizers ( and i had a few synths in my life...)
- I am not the best synth programmer in the world and only had the JD-XA for some weeks
- Mostly done with the analog voices but of course i also used the great FX and some digital parts
- My patches are more on the experimental side, be sure that the JD-XA can do so much more, like Juno or Jupiter Sounds
- It is fantastic to layer with an Ambika or Matrix 1000 or other good (poly)synths
- What i like - besides other great features - so much about the JD-XA is its ability to sound very vintage or very modern, like 70s Black Sabbath or "Plop" Bass like Beatles, or that its UNISON switch introduces some phasing which lets you do fantastic Mellotron-like sounds etc etc etc it's possibnlities are endless ;)
- Depending on extreme settings, it may get noisy or hissy... i don't care. for me it is VERY alive.
- In the SonicState Review, Nick is speaking about the weird behavior of analog filter 3. Yes it can go like that. But you also have to watch your levels. All the filters on the JD-XA are very very good. Believe me.
- The JD-XA is super fast to program (ok, some of my patches i will refine a little bid with time ;)
- this might well be the first synth demo, that features a guitar riff of the legendary german Punk band SLIME ;)"

Roland JD-XAs on eBay | Roland JD-XAs on Amazon

Live Korg Volca Jam 024, Roland Boutique, Microbrute, Microkorg,Alesis QX49.

Published on Mar 11, 2016 Todd Smith

"Jam 24, I'm really starting to get full fledged tracks out of this live setup. The more I play, the more things I can do live. The Korg Volca Bass, Korg Volca Keys, Korg Volca Beats, Microkorg, Roland Boutique JU-06, Arturia Microbrute are all on sequencer duty. The Microkorg is used for lead/pad and is played live from the Alesis QX49

: Gear Used :

Roland JU-06
Korg MicroKorg
Korg Volca Bass
Korg Volca Keys
Korg Volca Beats
Arturia Microrbute
Alesis QX49
Midi Solutions Quarda Thru
Behringer Micromix MX400
Tascam US-144mkII Audio Interface
Waves Supertap, TrueVerb & Metaflanger
Ableton Live 8 ( Used as digital mixer / multi track )

Braids - first hands on + Warp & OP-1 & Clouds

Published on Mar 11, 2016 Alba Ecstasy

"You can always see how user friendly it is a gear from the firt test you made. Braids - I saw a few top quality demos (DivKid) that made me buy it (friends says I'm a MI fanboy - very possible!) - but how does it sounds in reality beats any demo. In this video I just passed through almost all waveforms (video is ending at Noise - my camera stopped so I had to cut the audio) and added Warps as the 2nd sequenced oscillator and OP-1 kick for more flavour. Clouds comes with the reverb. Beatstep Pro is sequencing also Braids and Warps. I'll be back next days with a better camera angle and a more elaborate integration, of my dearest Braids, in my Eurorack. Ripples is in action too and A-148 S&H + A-118 Noise -Random Control, brings flowers to the mix!

PS: please try to ignore the glitches from beginning, it's such a mess these days with my cables..."


Braids - Ripples - Clouds

Published on Mar 13, 2016 Alba Ecstasy

"This is a continuation of the "Braids - first hands on" video. A better video angle, I also changed the position of the Beatstep Pro and it seems that the power source of the Eurorack is influencing it, making BSP unstable. Only one thing, I saw too late that I should cut a little bit the IN GAIN of Clouds - sorry for the "red" level on it.
My opinion on Braids: even it is digital and I heard so many opinions like "I'm out of here when I see digital modules in a modular synth", well, they're wrong. It is important what you do with a sound source, how you use it in your music, not what is it. Oliver of Mutable Instruments it's a pure genius. And I'm not the only one who say it. All his modules are great, no matter are analog or digital.
Braids it's amazing. Exactly what just I need it for my Berlin School sequences or for drones. Or for leads! Or monotimbral pads! Here it for yourself. Braids it's the star here, but you cannot exclude Ripples and Clouds.

Roland SH101 w/ Tubbutec MIDI Mod, Original Boxes & Mod Grip MG1

via this auction

"Here we a have a professionally modified SH101 from Roland. It has been modified with the Tubbutec MIDI and OS mod giving so much functionality.

Unit is in fantastic condition having also been given a service by Flinn Tone when the mod was installed.

For full features of the Tubbutec mod please see

Main features include

Midi in- and output. Can output key presses, arpeggiator and sequencer.
Additional Accent Envelope: Programmable accent for volume and filter with adjustable decay.
Additional filter LFO A triangular LFO with the high range of 0.2Hz — 8kHz can modulate the filter
Additional ADSR for filter: Completely independent envelope with adjustable parameters
Improved Sequencer:now has 32 sequences with 120 Steps each
Song mode: Sequences can be chained to create a “Song” and programmed live
More sequencer and arp modes: Forward, backward, random, ping-pong,..
A lot of midi controllable parameters, velocity can be mapped to 9 different targets including accents, filter and 2nd ADSR:
Midi filter, pitch bend, arp and s/h-lfo control
Clock dividers for internal arp clock and trigger including din-sync compatible divider
Settings via an internal configuration menu or external midi controller.
Extra features accessible using the existing SH-101 controls

The SH101 also comes with the original packingmfor both the synth and the mod grip. Mod grip has a tear that has been taped together but SH101 box is in great condition. It also has the original Styrofoam inserts."

Unique Hand Built Synthesizer

Update via swissdoc in the comments: "This is by no means a 'Totally unique one off hand built Analog Synthesizer'. It is a dutch organ in a custom housing. The organ is an Eminent T280:"

Update2 via Anonymous in the comments: "Organ was actually a T255"

via this auction

"Totally unique one off hand built Analog Synthesizer.

Huge and heavy instrument, lovely thick walnut end panels, carbon fibre effect switch panels.
Two 44 key keyboards upper and lower.
In excellent condition.

Lovely string sounds, organ sounds and synth sounds.
Sounds can be layered together to produce some really rich sounds.

Built in bass keyboard on the top panel, also rhythm machine on top panel.

Has built in amplifier.

Comes with large monitor speaker (3 drivers) that connects to the keyboard via speakon cable attached to monitor.

Back panel has IEC mains socket (cable included) also has main output , headphone socket and aux input (all tested working). Could connect ipod and play it through monitor as backing."


Published on Mar 11, 2016 Chris White

"Further exploration of the Prophet 12 Desktop from Dave Smith Instruments, a 12-voice hybrid digital/analog synthesiser module."

Part 1 here.

Metropolis vs Pro2

Published on Mar 11, 2016 thisisprisma

"Metropolis cv sequencing Pro 2:

Pro2 setup:

Misc Params:
Gate Source/cv1 (Metropolis Gate)
Mod Matrix:
Source: CV Input 2 (Metropolis Pitch)
Destination: Osc All Freq
I just used CV in 1/2 but you can use any of the 4 available .

Simple and fun.

Try it out."


Published on Mar 11, 2016 EXPLORING AUDIO

"The Roland Juno 106 was released in February of 1984 and has become a legendary instrument in the history of synthesizers. However, it’s also well known for being somewhat tempermental.

The most common problem with Juno 106’s is the voice chips suddenly dying. The chips were just not meant to be used for 30+ years. Apparently, the coating that Roland used on these chips will begin to conduct electricity and this causes issues the voice chips. Removing this coating will fix this issue and extend the lifespan of the chips! This doesn’t work in all cases and I strongly recommend doing outside research before opening your Juno up but it does seem to fix the issue the majority of the time.

I strongly recommend watching Syntegrator’s Juno 106 videos [posted here]. Most of this video is heavily based on the information he presents there and before you ever open a Juno, check out his stuff first!"

Modular Analog Synthesizer Project 08: More Sense

Published on Mar 10, 2016 rakershine

"The RakerShine production of "Love Makes More Sense if You Don't Get it". A very high paced music creation overview video of this Rockin' "Love" song featuring analog synthesizer, MIDI sequenced EZdrums and a whole lot of grueling mixing on Logic Pro. Prototyped on Arturia System V, some Blender based animation effects, a bit of video editing in FCPX and a pinch of skeeeelz. All final synth sounds were created on Steve Averill's 64 module, 2 keyboard DotCom power rig. Number one muse-ologist, Louise Hernstedt provided excellent camera-scaping and a taste of angry woman vocals. (ya ya ya ya)."

KORG VC 10 analog vocoder/ synth

via this auction

"Has some interesting features, notably you can add pitch modulations according to the attack of the input, a simple feature that gets really funky results. Vocoding with the built in tone generator is the standard sound of the VC 10 but you can open it up alot by running an external carrier input.. anything with rich harmonics like a prophet or juno saw waves, a string machine ect, then overdrive the input just a bit and you can get a really rich classic vocoding sound."


via this auction

"This Emulator ii has featured on many recordings and has featured on an international artists record that has sold over 1 million copies...

This Emulator was completely overhauled in 2011. There was nothing wrong with it it was just fully cleaned and serviced by SynthProf.

It was also given a service this year by FlinnTone

What is included;

1. Emu Emulator ii in fantastic condition. Fully working with HXC floppy drive SD Card emulator and original floppy drive

2. SD Card with hundreds of sounds. These include the rare Universe of Sound CDs 1 and 2 (I have the original CDs somewhere just have to find them). Sounds from the great JMP Emulator sound designer (I paid for these!) Pretty much every Emulator Sound that can be had

3. Foot Pedal. I have never seen one apart from mine and it came with the machine. In great working condition. Rare as can be

4. CDROM drive again as rare as can be. Unit powers on, reads please insert disc on display and tray comes out. A cable was made up for me by a tech. As I recall the CD just was not read. My tech tells me that it is an easy fix as there are only 2 things that can go wrong with a CDROM. Again absolutely rare as can be

Heres a link to one sold previous

5. Tray of 5 1/4 inch floppies. I believe most of these have been transferred onto the SD Card. 31 disks in total with titles such as ARP Synth Basses,E2 Fairlight etc

6. Flight case. I have never used this as my Emulator site in the studio and has never been moved. It will need a reform refit to fit the synth.

7. Instruction manual. A few pages have come off the binder but pretty much all there."

Sequential Circuits Pro One Synthesizer SN 5011 with MIDI

via this auction

"Very very clean with NO SCRATCHES except for bottom surface. 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, also see velocity sensitivity control knob on upper RH front panel. All brand new keyboard grommets installed, even a few spares. Serial number is 5011. Included are Pro One schematics and Kenton-MIDI documentation. Keyboard is J-wire."

DRC - Polyphonic Synthesizer

Published on Mar 10, 2016 Imaginando

Currently free on iTunes: DRC - Polyphonic Synthesizer - Imaginando, Sociedade Unipessoal Lda

"DRC is powerful virtual analog polyphonic synthesizer that recreates the characteristic sound of an analog synthesizer.

DRC aims to reproduce the special characteristic of the most cherished analog synthesizers by proving a minimal but powerful set of parameters, for limited but incredible sonic capabilities.

Designed with portability in mind, it’s sound engine is common to all platforms sounding exactly the same whether you use it on VST, iOS or Android.

With the cloud preset sync technology, DRC enables you to sync patches across devices effortlessly. With this powerful feature, you to start the creative process on one device and continue on another, seamlessly.


- Up to 8 voices
- Two main oscillators, one sub-oscillator and one noise source
- Detune, sync and ring modulation
- 4 pole self resonant low pass Ladder Filter
- 2 pole multi-mode filter (LP, HP, BD, NOTCH)
- 2 LFO's and 2 analog modeled envelope generators
- Stereo Tape Delay with time modulation
- Lush Stereo Reverb with modulation and self growing decay
- True stereo, analog modeled multi mode chorus
- Arpeggiator with 4 modes, tempo sync and hold function
- MIDI compatible (in/out/ext sync/clock out)
- Audiobus and Ableton Link ready (iOS only)"

Synths in a Church

Yamaha reface CS and Strymon Bigsky in a church

Published on Mar 11, 2016 Robert T

"Just a test of the Strymon/Reface duo , with a short verb and then maxed out to 50 seconds"

Elektron Machinedrum in a church!

Published on Mar 11, 2016

"Preview of a drum rhythm I'm using in a future track , I spent about 90 minutes crafting a nice 12 bit drum kit using EQ/FX and settings to emulate the classic SP1200, turned out nicely!"

Archive: Top 20 Greatest Synths Episode 2

Episode 2 has been added to the main post here.

Walker Sound Pack for Analog Keys / Four

Published on Mar 11, 2016 Elektron

"The expert soundsmiths at Loopmasters made this collection of sounds exclusively for the Analog Keys/Four. Listen to more example at:"

LukHash - Space (Live Jam Session with Gameboy, ZX Spectrum, C64 & Pocket Operator PO-20 & PO-28)

Published on Mar 11, 2016 lukhashdotcom

"Live Jam Session - Instruments used:
- DMG Gameboy (Ikinari-Boper)
- Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator 'Arcade' PO-20
- Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator 'Robot' PO-28
- ZX Spectrum (Currah Speech)
- Commodore 64 (LukHash Essentials Cart)

For more music visit:"

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