MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dave Smith and Pioneer DJ to Announce Something New at the Musikmesse

This one in via Soviet Space Child, spotted on DJWORX. I bet you didn't see this one coming. If you look at the Pioneer DJ website you will see a number of DJ products featuring multi-colored pads as seen in the graphic although in much more limited layouts. This is DJ product so a good guess would be DSI's filter and/or effects integrated into one or more of their products. As for the number of pads in the graphic? We'll find out soon enough. If you have any guesses feel free to leave a comment. Note Dave Smith will be at the Pioneer booth daily noon to 5PM Thursday April 7 - Saturday April 9.

Update: details are here.

Electribe 2, Bass Station II, Monotribe - live hardware drum & bass

Published on Mar 30, 2016 Matt Greer

"Live hardware Drum and Bass - korg electribe, monotribe & novation bass station 2


So, I've been contemplating selling my Electribe 2. I've been a little unsure about this so I decided to give it a little more use before I made my decision. I arrived at this.

Ah, yes, Drum & Bass. My oldest, deep passion in electronic music. Actually, for me, it started with Breakbeat Hardcore then Jungle then DnB. Basically, I've watched it grow through many transformations over the years. Always loved it. Funny to me that the basic style has been around for 20+ years yet it still holds surprises.

As such, my own DnB tends to be a bit of a fusion. It's always a tad slower (166 BPM here) than the new stuff (old school jungle was a bit slower) and I tend to mash different styles together. Incidentally, I'm also working on an alternate mix of this track with Ragga style vocals.

So.. here we are. I made a jungle-ish, jazz step-ish, smooth-ish, ragga-ish, atmospheric-ish Drum and Bass kind of thing. Hope everyone likes it, even the NON-old school-jungle-heads. ;)"

Spring in Blue | Eurorack Modular Ambient

Published on Mar 30, 2016 r beny

"Taking a break from recording to...record. Got a new, better tripod and I wanted to try it out.

This one is inspired by lingering feelings from winter.

Eurorack and Audiothingies P6."

Prelude to War (Circuit, Rhythm Wolf, Tom Cat, Freq Box & MF Drive)

Published on Mar 30, 2016 HardtekStudios

"Download the audio track for FREE here-
The main bass line is the same setup as last weeks, with the tom Cat tom going into the Freq box then the MF Drive. The Rhythm Wolf is providing some extra percussion & bass and the Circuit is taking care of the main drums and backing synths. Hmmm, does the baseline remind you of something? Maybe a nearly 20 year old "Beast" of a theme?"

The Dark

Published on Mar 30, 2016 Dimitrios Sismanis

"Second attempt at self generating patch. Starts with Cyclebox into Korgasmatron, Phonogene, then Echophon. Vampire into Clouds. Piston Honda into Polivoks and then Streams, followed by Wow and Flutter. Elements into Strymon Mobius, Timeline and Big Sky.

Based around Maths Channel 1 cycling, attack and delay modulated by Quadra Channels 1 and 2 also cycling. End of Rise from Maths clocking Wogglebug, QCD and several sequencers."

Fender / Rhodes CHROMA POLARIS - Ambient chillout music【SYNTH DEMO】

Published on Mar 30, 2016 synth4ever

"Fender / Rhodes CHROMA POLARIS analog synth demo. Playing ambient chillout music on vintage CHROMA POLARIS analog synthesizer by Fender / Rhodes in 1980s. Effects: MXR stereo chorus & Strymon Big Sky reverb pedal."

Native Flute or Ocarina Modular Synthesis Style

Published on Mar 30, 2016 Live Electronic

"Used my band new Intellijel Polaris to create a native flute lead. Signal Chain is Intellijel Polaris, Audio Damage Dub Jr Mk2 a (Mannequins 3 Sisters Filter on the feedback loop), Mutable Instruments Clouds. Vibrato LFO is from Make Noise DPO. Envelope is Make Noise Maths. VCA is Make Noise Optomix. Noise Source is Mutable Instruments Braids."

Further Explorations of Mutable Instruments Modules (in five parts)

Published on Mar 30, 2016 Genshi Media Group

"Further Explorations of Mutable Instruments PEAKS + BRAIDS + WARPS + ELEMENTS + RINGS + CLOUDS with the Music Thing Modular Radio Music (custom mirror-polished version from Magpie Modular) and the Make Noise Richter Wogglebug. The Eventide H9 is processing Rings. All patched and perform live in one take with no additional overdubs or processing."

Watch Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith bring her modular orchestra to life

Published on Mar 30, 2016 FACTmagazine

See this post for Kaitlyn's upcoming release on April 1st. Click here and scroll down for more posts featuring Kaitlyn's work.

"The electronic composer invites us to her LA home for an intimate performance.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has become one of the most fascinating champions of modular synthesis in recent memory — but she didn’t start out that way.

Raised on Orcas Island in northwest Washington state and classically trained in guitar and piano, Smith spent a curiosity-fueled year teaching herself synthesis after a serendipitous encounter with the Buchla Music Easel, an instrument that’s come to define her as much as she has defined it.

Her explorations in synthesis reach an apex on her stunning new album EARS, out April 1 on Western Vinyl, blending woodwind and her own vocals with the primordial sounds of the Buchla to make her most definitive statement yet.

After recently relocating to Los Angeles, Smith invited FACT to her home studio where she showed us the different synthesizer voices used to create her modular symphonies before churning them together in a spontaneous improvisation.

The intimate home performance serves as a taster for her show on April 1 at Rewire Festival in the Hague, Netherlands, where she’ll play the city’s Lutheran Church with Chris Watson and Kara-Lis Coverdale + MFO."


drumms from Sleepwalk on Vimeo.

Eurorack drums...


Published on Mar 30, 2016 LESINDES

"PART 3.
Playing and tweaking and sequencing all 100 FACTORY PRESETS of

KORG minilogues on eBay | Korg minilogues on Amazon

All parts here.

Mutable Instruments Elements vs contact microphone

Published on Mar 30, 2016 vinnui

"M.I. Elements excited by a piezo contact microphone, via mic preamp and M.I. Shelves.
External effects: Strymon Bigsky.
Controllers: Sound Machines LS1 and LP1, QuNexus."

Ant GM Live Set.31 - RESTBORG - (Tinysizer + Blofeld + Octatrack)

Published on Mar 30, 2016 Ant GM

"New LiveSet!"

fractal chords²

Published on Mar 30, 2016 Ebotronix

Flame ~ Chord Machine² new OS test V1.03
Chord Machine #1 Arpeggio to Trans cv in Chord Machine # 2
Q Slider ~ CM² chord cv in
+ ~ -

Bass Bot TT-303

via this auction

Nava v1.0 - New Roland TR-909 Clone by e-licktronic

Nava v1.0 the Roland TR-909 clone by e-licktronic

Published on Mar 30, 2016 movielicktronic

From the maker of the Yocto Roland TR-808 clone, e-licktronic, we have a new clone based on the TR-909. More info to come...

"Nava v1.0 is a 1:1 clone of the analog section of the Roland TR-909.
Available as a DIY kit with all rare transistors and ICs, potentiometers, switches and preBurned µC.
more information at"


Characteristic of Nava v1.0:
128 Rhythm patterns from 1 to 16 steps
16 tracks of 999 measures
1 external instrument track by pattern that can store 99 notes like SH101 sequencer style.
A Midi keyboard mode allow you to play external Midi device
Multi out for each instruments
Individual accent for BD, SD, LT, MT, HT, RS, HC and CH
A total accent track
Master out (L/R Mono) 6Vp-p 1Kohm
tempo 30 - 250 Bpm
7 shuffle levels
4 scales (1/8t, 1/16, 1/16t and 1/32)
4 sequencer directions (forward, backward, ping-pong and random)
Easy copy and paste pattern function
Shift left or right the entire pattern or individual instrument
In/Out/Thru Midi
DinSync 24ppqn Out
Trig Out 2ms +5V
And More...

New Twisted Electrons Cells Module Overview

Published on Mar 30, 2016 Twisted Electrons

via Twisted Electrons

"Cells is a dual unipolar control voltage generator. Each of the 16 touch sensitive pads can be “fed” two 12bit values (semi-tone quantized or free scale), ranging from 0V to 5V

Although intended to be used as a duo-phonic instrument/sequencer, Cells can also be used to modulate filters, amps, anything with a cv input!

Operation Overview:
Feed It:
-Tap a pad to select it

-Hold a tune button to engage the “feeding process” (left button for channel 1, right for channel 2).

-Adjust a knob to the desired pitch (left knob for channel 1, right for channel 2).

So long as a tune button is held, the output is automatically changed as you move the knob

-Release the button, pitch information is stored to Eeprom

You can toggle between free scaling and semi-tone increment modes by pressing both tune buttons simultaneously.

Play it:
Press a pad to trigger both gate and cv outputs

Hold 2 or more pads and Cells will arpeggiate, the rate can now be changed with the left knob. The right knob changes the octave range.

Sequence it:
Sequence the cells using the 2 trigger inputs. The left input shifts up a row and the right input shifts right by one column

The gate outputs mirror the trigger inputs.

Cells requires +5V DC power to operate, as well as +/- 12V . On-board 12V to 5V conversion is provided if 5V isn’t available in your system. This is configured via a jumper on the rear of the module"

Full Details on the New soundmachines MODULÖR114

See the update in this post for full details on the upcoming MODULÖR114 from soundmachines.

DSI Pro 2: some paraphonic patches

Published on Mar 30, 2016 Hermisphere

"It seems there are not so many videos demonstrating the Pro 2's paraphonic mode in practice, so I dialed up a few paraphonic patches which I've programmed for use in my productions for the past few months.

The Pro 2 has unexpectedly become the centerpiece of my studio, and yet it seems to be such an underrated and misunderstood synthesizer. I will surely post more videos of it soon.

All the sounds in this video were recorded straight from the Pro 2 via an RME UFX into Reaper and no further processing or external effects."

Pro 2 sliders controlling Eurorack

Published on Mar 30, 2016 thisisprisma

"DSI Pro 2 pressure+position of both sliders sending cv to multiple parameters to an eurorack case.

Modules used:

Shapeshifter through Atlantis sequenced by Metropolis, reverb by Erbe Verb

Parameters being affected:

ufff.. on Shapeshifter: fold amount, fm amount, shape 1, shape 2…on Atlantis just the cutoff and on Metropolis the gate length."

Polymoog Resonator Dotcom module build (by Synthpro)

Published on Mar 30, 2016 synthpro

"This is an idea I have had for a while but finally had a drive to try it. I had a very sick polymoog board and turned it into a dotcom rack module for a friend.

Still working the bugs out of the circuit but believe it is going to work very well once complete."

Polymoog Resonator Dotcom module build part 2 (by Synthpro)

Published on Apr 1, 2016 synthpro

"This is another demo of the Polymoog resonator dotcom module I have built."

Modular Minutes: Kasleder Effects - Acid Fuzz In Context

Published on Mar 30, 2016 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"In this episode of the Modular Minutes series, we took a look at how fuzz can spice up a drum machine + chord sequence while being modulated with audio gain-based signals via a simple envelope follower. The drums come from a Vermona DRM-1 MKIII, while the chords are a blend of a Quantum Rainbow by SSF and a Russian string synth (Elektronika EM-25). Fuzz out is being 50% dry/wet mixed on an outboard mixer (adding some reverb here and there) and also is filtered by Doepfer's finest filters (all the filter and fuzz parameters are controlled simultaneously via an LS1 Lightstrip!). As you see, the Kasleder Acid Fuzz can be decently integrated into a musical context, and can be soft, shredding and everything in between! Signals can be tamed with the Feedback switch and knob as well.

Modules used in the patch:

Modular Minutes is a weekly short video series from the Analogue Zone Showroom!"

Madrona Labs Virta - First try

Published on Mar 29, 2016 Synth Anatomy

"Please support me on Patreon if you enjoy my content.

This is a very play around with Virta, the new Synthesizer by Madrona Labs. Virta is a patchable toolbox for turning your voice or other instrument into wild new synth sounds."

248r MARF Calibration 01

Published on Mar 29, 2016 djangosfire

"Using external CV to calibrate the 248r MARF."

Couch Potato house jam session

Published on Mar 29, 2016 Ivan Piva

"Saturday morning jam with:

Arturia Beatstep Pro
___ Teenage engineering PO12 & PO14
iConnectivity 2+
______ Roland TR8
___ Roland Boutique JU-06
___ Roland TB3
___ Waldorf Rocket
______ Elektron MachineDrum SPS-1
___ Vermona Mono Lancet
___ Roland Boutique JX-03
___ MFB 522


Electro Harmonix Graphic Fuzz
MXR Distortion +
Moeer Shimverb
Zoom MS-50G
WMD Acoustic Trauma"

Sequential Circuits Pro one+SQ1+Volca Beats

Published on Mar 30, 2016 SYNTH GURU

"The amazing Pro-One sequenced by SQ1,synced with Volca Beats"

Oberheim OB-8 polyphonic synthesizer MIDI converted SN C42801

via this auction

"Excellent working condition & cosmetically sound. It hasn't really been used over the few years & may need as minor service, but all seems to be working great, all sound boards are in 100% working order,.."

Roland System 104 vintage analog sequencer + original instruction manual SN 560936

via this auction

Roland Keyboards Vol.1 vintage brochure from 1982

via this auction

"Up for sale is an (1) original ´Roland Keyboards Vol.1´ brochure with loads of famous Roland models described like: Jupiter 4/8, Promars, Juno 6, VP-330, SH-2, System 100M, TR-606 / 808, TB-303, CR-series, RE-series, rack effect series, and so on . The brochure, 29 pages in English, is in good condition for its age (see photo's)."

Moog Taurus mk1 vintage bass pedal synthesizer SN 2271

via this auction

Korg Polysix w/Kiwisix Upgrade

via this auction

KORG volca fm Demo & Review

Published on Mar 30, 2016 musictrackjp

"KORG volca fm

DEMO by Katsunori UJIIE."

KORG Volcas on eBay | KORG Volcas on Amazon

maasijam session #15 - Behind the moon in 7/4 - Volca Keys / Bass and Bass Station 2

Published on Mar 30, 2016 maasijam

"Jam session number fifteen. Polyrhythm track - 7/4 against 4/4. Live recording in one take.
Sounds: Bass Station 2 (Solo / Arpeggiator), Volca Bass / Keys, NI Massive, Razor and The Gentleman (Piano)

Bass Station 2
Korg Volca Keys
Korg Volca Bass
Korg NanoKontrol2
Akai MPK Mini
NI Massive
NI Razor
ValhallaRoom (I love it)
Valhalla Ubermod
NI Replika Delay
Launchpad mini
Miditemp 8x8 Midi Merger
Ableton Live

Recorded directly on a Tascam DR07 MK2."

Bastl POPCORN Preview (Superbooth 2016) ! #TTNM

Published on Mar 30, 2016 The Tuesday Night Machines

"Here's a preview of the upcoming Bastl Instruments Popcorn Eurorack sequencer, first introduced at NAMM 2016!
The Popcorn sequencer is an 8-step CV&Gate sequencer, that offers lots of playback flexibility, using its many CV control modes.

From the Bastl Instruments website::
Compact, but incredibly musical sequencer / quantizer / arpeggiator – you name it! Popcorn sequencer embraces the idea of making selection of 8 notes that can be browsed in many different ways. It all just depends on the signals you feed it with. It is incredibly musical when used with rhythm sequencer such as Knit Rider because it has two triggers A and B which will go 1,2,3, or 4 steps forward or backward depending on the settings of the dedicated knobs. You can also address the steps with CV or 3 binary gates. You can use CV to transpose the pitch or transpose it in a quantized way or change minor major settings of the quantizer with gate.

Superbooth Berlin website:"

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