MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

KNIFONIUM SteampunkSpaceSpies - 25 Tube Monophonic Synthesizer

Published on Apr 5, 2016 darkenergymedia

"25 tube monophonic synthesizer.

This piece of music is done entirely (including percussion and sound effects) with the Knifonium Tube synthesizer, made by Jonte Knif. For purchase information contact Geoff Farr at GSF Agency (


This was recorded and edited using MOTU's Digital Performer. I started working on this back in November, capturing some wild performances, effects, and percussion sounds.
Native Instruments Kontakt was used for building up and temping the tracks, then many were augmented or replaced by doing repeated multitrack passes directly from the Knifonium.
A pair of Lexicon MPX500s were used for pingpong delays during tracking on a few parts, but all other FX were within Digital Performer.
Final mix was captured to an Apogee Ensemble.

I felt that there were plenty of demos of the instrument in its raw state (not multi tracked) so I had to see how far I could take this. The tune had been hanging in my brain for about 3 weeks, and the Knifonium seemed like a very Steampunk Sci-Fi instrument, so this is what I had to do...

Drew Neumann

Knifonium SteampunkSpaceSpies Copyright 2016 Drew Neumann, Droomusic (ASCAP)


directed by chris morgan | darkenergymedia

produced by GSF Agency"

See the Knifonium channel below for more.

Lancelot & Guinevere

Published on Apr 5, 2016 Quincas Moreira

"Live modular improvisation, featuring the Arturia Beatstep Pro and iSpark drum machine app, with the Hohner Pianet T, MFOS Soundlab MKii+QuNexus, Roland MKS50, and my DiY modular synthesizer. Audio recorded in stereo directly from the mixer. Video by Lili Rabit."

Roland SH-09 Vintage Analog Synthesizer with Custom Colored Slider Caps

via this auction

Sound Design:Scale Quantize Envelopes w/ Phenol

Published on Apr 5, 2016 Rishabh Rajan

"Kilpatrick Audio's Phenol Patchable Synthesizer has some pretty interesting modes for its envelopes. In this video I demonstrate how the envelope can be used to modulate the pitch of the oscillator to create musical arpeggios and scales."

Flame Chor(d) Machine²s Castor V 103

Published on Apr 5, 2016 Ebotronix

"Flame Chord Machine² (CM 1 Arpeggio to CM 2), Q Slider²
Roland SVC 350 Vocoder / Shure SM58
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Buchla Video Tutorials by Todd Barton

00 Buchla Mind Introduction from todd barton on Vimeo.

You can find the full set of 26 videos in this series on Vimeo here.  Per Todd Barton:

"These instructional videos were created for a course I co-taught with Prof. Robert Coburn this past autumn (2015) at the University of the Pacific. The focus is on the main Buchla 200 series modules in their system housed at the new Analog/Digital Studio.

Though the focus is on the older Buchla 200 modules almost all of the information, tips & tricks are applicable to the newer 200e series. I will be adding more 200e tutorials to this collection in the coming months.

My deep thanks to Prof. Coburn and the enthusiastic and talented students of this first class:

Also a big thank you to my friend and colleague, Bruce Bayard, who patiently taped and editied this entire video series.

For more information and discussion of things Buchla please visit my blog:

'The videos have been great! I've gone through them all and will continue to review them for quite a while I am sure.'
-- Mark Isham, film composer"

Buchla MARF Test One

Published on Apr 5, 2016 Todd Barton

"This is a super basic, first try an using the Buchla MARFr by Roman Filippov. It is so much deeper and beyond a step sequencer. It can be a 16 stage envelope generator, nested asynchronus clusters, etc... more to come. Please download this for better audio:"

Moog Voyager Arp Odyssey Electronica

Published on Apr 5, 2016 farmyfarm

"A freestyle demo utilizing what I've learned of the amazing ways the Moog Voyager can be integrated into a vintage set-up with some modern twists. Applying a 16 step stuttering bassline compliments of my trusty Roland TR-707 via the trigger out to the Moog Voyager Envelope/Gate In. Then, using the T.C. Flashback X4 Midi synced to the Moog for the depth of delay needed to compliment the bassline. The TR-707 is also sending MTC to the Voyager's LFO which, when the mod wheel is applied adds modulation with Sample and Hold and wave modulation to OCS-3 for a gritty FM undertone. The TR-8, TR-707, Volca Beats, SP-404-SX are alternating various percussive elements while the Behringer Tweakalizer (An inexpensive gem) adds some nice variation with HP and LP filtering LFO and EQ cut switches.) The Odyssey again pulls lead line duties with judicious filtering and reverb with the Eventide Space. It's very on-the-fly and has my usual brain farts. Recorded again with the ZOOM Q4 with direct HD Audio. Use your quality ear monitors for the best audio experience!!"

Moog Mother 32 and Maths by Make Noise

Published on Apr 5, 2016 iscariah71

"Here is the first video about this fantastic wedding, these are very basic but powerful patches, in the next two videos, we ll go deeper.
Tanx for watching, have fun"

CWEJMAN QMMF-4 // CONGO-BONGO // IBANEZ AD-202 // Arturia BeatStep Pro

Published on Apr 5, 2016 LESINDES

"Some CONGO-BONGO sounds of the CWEJMAN QMMF-4 triggered with ARTURIA BEATSTEP PRO."

Yamaha SK30

Published on Apr 5, 201 Synth4you

Korg Minilogue Bass Jam

Published on Apr 5, 2016 Calle Nilsson

"Tweaking a bass sound on the Korg Minilogue. Enjoy!"

KORG minilogues on eBay | Korg minilogues on Amazon

SuperBooth 2016: Roger Linn - LinnStrument

Published on Apr 5, 2016 Synth Anatomy

"I was on SuperBooth this year for creating video content. More gear news will coming soon. Please support me on Patreon if you enjoy my content.

I was on the booth of Roger Linn where Geert shows me the concept of the LinnStrument and the connection to the iPad.
LinnStrument is an interesting controller for all people who want to play key but can't play a piano. The controller is great for guitar and bass players."

Braids Meta Sequencer With Bees In The Trees

Published on Apr 5, 2016 Voltage Control Lab

"We examine the 8 Step Meta Sequencer in the Bees In The Trees alt firmware for Mutable Instruments Braids, with wave shape, pitch, repeat and assignable parameter values for each step."

Burnt Dot Quartet: Improvised Music for Trumpets & Synthesizers Pt. 1

Published on Apr 2, 2016 Burnt Dot

"First video excerpt from Burnt Dot Quartet's February 2016 concert at the Wild Beast Pavilion, Valencia CA. A concert of improvised music for trumpets and synthesizers.

Featuring Sarah Reid and Kris Tiner on trumpets, Ryan Gaston on Euro, Frac, and Serge, and Todd Barton on Buchla, Hordijk, Euro, and waterphone. Todd performed telematically from his studio in Oregon.

Special shout out to Sahir Khan and Andrea Yasko for motion graphics and David Howe for videography.

See for more."

This one in via MATRIXSYNTH Member, Ryan Gaston.

Roland TR-808 rhythm composer drum machine teardown MF#73

Published on Apr 5, 2016 markusfuller

"Just a quick look inside the Roland TR-808 rhythm composer drum machine. no fix and no important info just a quick look around. schematics can be found on my google+ page"


Published on Apr 5, 2016 Dmitri SFC

Dmitri SFC is the man behind COA-Modular, makers of the "paper-face" style Serge systems you see in this video. An Elektron Octatrack and Arturia Beatstep Pro help drive things.

Yew Tree Magic's Steampunk Shruthi Sound Designer Edition

This one in via Martin Walker of Sound on Sound and Yew Tree Magic. In addition to the Steampunk style case, there are a number of mods available. If you already own a Shruthi SMR4-mkII, step-by-step guides for the mods are also available on site.

"Housed in a polished wood and brass steampunk-styled casing, the SDE (Sound Designer Edition) is an extensive mod by Martin Walker, giving a host of extra features to the Shruthi-1 with the SMR-4 MkII analogue filter, including:

SHAPES: six filter shapes (LP2, LP4, BP2, BP4, HP2 and Notch).

FLAVOUR: six resonant types from extra IR3109 acid squelch, soft resonance, germanium limiting, to evil half-wave rectification.

FMOD: allows the audio signal to directly modulate the filter cutoff frequency - cue rubbery, wobbly sounds and FM mayhem!

DRIVE: for adding overdrive and distortion effects.

FEED: variable filter feedback for extra tonal changes and circuit-bent mayhem.

RESCMP: three different resonance compensation treatments mimicking Roland, Moog and Korg filter types.

Extensive audio demos and step-by-step circuit mod guides are provided at, so you can add any or all of the mods to your own Shruthi SMR4-mkII synth."

02-The DSI/Oberheim OB-6: Prophet 6 Comparison- Oscillators

Published on Apr 5, 2016 AutomaticGainsay

"Here is the first of four comparisons of the differences that exist between the DSI Prophet 6 and the DSI/Oberheim OB-6.

Do you enjoy these demos? Well, you can help make them!"

All parts here.

SuperBooth 2016: Dave Smith OB-6 Audio Demo

Published on Apr 5, 2016 Synth Anatomy

"I was on SuperBooth this year for creating video content. More gear news will coming soon. Please support me on Patreon if you enjoy my content.

On the booth of Dave Smith Instruments, I make some audio demos of the new Hardware Synthesizer OB-6. OB-6 is an absolute stunning polyphonic Synthesizer."

Tubbutec Introduces UniPulse Universal MIDI Interface for Vintage Drum Machines

Rhythm Ace FR-3 midi (Tubbutec UniPulse demo)

Published on Apr 5, 2016 tubbutec

"Ace Tone Rhythm Ace FR-3 midi triggered with full velocity control via Tubbutec UniPulse. UniPulse is an universal midi interface for drum machines."

"uniPulse – universal drum machine midi interface

Main features

Highly customizable, compatible to almost any drum machine
16 pulse outputs
Full velocity sensitivity
5 different pulse shapes
Outputs positive and/or negative pulses up to 12V/-12V
Voltage and length can be mapped to velocity, controller or CV-input
4 Digital outputs for gates and clocks
Up to 21 simultaneous clock outputs with different midi dividers
Analog output with various functions
Potentiometer / CV input to control length or voltage of pulses
Internal clock multiplier for DIN sync
Easy to use configuration app with preset database for common drum machines
Very small, fits in most drum machines
Various midi socket configurations
Runs off a single supply voltage between +15 and +25V, generates negative voltage internally

Some features in more detail

Various pulse shapes can be selected for each output: Rectangular, Triangular, Decay, Gaussian and Open Rect. The latter is similar to the rectangular pulse, with the exception, that instead of returning to zero volts, it goes into a high impedance state. This allows it to make use of the characteristics of an existing pulse shaping network, such as an RC network built into the drum machine.
The pulse shapes have different sonic characteristics, experimenting which suits best is recommended. The Gaussian pulse for example contains less higher harmonics and can be used to simulate drums hit by a felt headed mallet.pulseshapes

The analogue output and the four digital outputs can be configured to act as sync clocks and gates. This allows it to sync the drum machine to the midi clock. Clock dividers and polarity are adjustable in order to achieve compatibility with all drum machines. Clocks speeds between 48PPQN (din-sync 48) and 1PPQN (one pulse per quarter note) are possible.
By using the 16 pulse outputs, the uniPulse can output up to 21 different clocks simultaneously.tempo-small

The uniPulse configuration program, available for windows and OSX, uses midi sysex to configure the uniPulse. We are constantly working on expanding a database of presets for common drum machines.
For each channel, you can select pulse shapes, polarity, length, midi channels, note numbers and mappings. For sync outputs clock dividers can be chosen.

A velocity sensitive test button an be used to instantly listen and refine your configuration, and thus choose what sounds best for your particular drum machine and taste."

You'll find additional details at

XILS-lab Launches StiX by Xils V1.0 Virtual Analogue Multi-Synthesis-Driven Drum Machine Plug-In

StiX by Xils Overview

Published on Mar 19, 2016 xilslab

"GRENOBLE, FRANCE: after almost a year of diligent development, music software specialist XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of V1.0 of StiX by Xils — a virtual analogue and multi-synthesis-driven drum machine with sophisticated sequencer plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.5 and later) and PC (Windows XP, Vista, and 7/8), inspired by a whole host of trailblazing drum machines that have helped make music technology what it is today, all adapted to the modern-day digital paradigm and fast-footed user workflow with ease — as of April 5…

35 years is a veritable lifetime when it comes to music technology. Today’s computer-based music-makers bombarded by staggering software developments on an almost daily basis may mock at the idea of hefty hardware blazing the trail back in the 1980s. But breakthroughs came throughout that genre-defining decade — often at a prohibitive price. Take the wonderful world of drum machines, for instance. Innovative American designer Roger Linn’s revolutionary Linn LM-1 Drum Computer was first to use digital samples of acoustic drums — albeit at 8-bit/28kHz — and also one of the first fully-programmable drum machines to boot. But back in 1981 most musicians could only dream about accessing a $5,000 USD digital drum machine, revolutionary or otherwise!

Only programmability in itself would be a dream come true for many musicians of the time, tied to realistically restrictive constraints when it came to auto-accompaniment budgets. But the technological tide turned in their favour that same year with the timely arrival of the STIX PROGRAMMA ST-305 from (now-long-lost) Italian manufacturer SoundMaster as one of the first affordable analogue drum machines to feature programmable patterns rather than just presets. Proactively, perhaps, the STIX PROGRAMMA ST-305 included individual outputs for several sounds — unlike its main competitor, the breakthrough Boss DR-55, though, similarly, ‘programmability’ was restricted to basic bar-based patterns, which would soon become its downfall. Within a year, Roland’s radical TR-606 Drumatix was a better buy as an affordable analogue drum machine offering a higher number of fully-programmable patterns and, crucially, an ability to chain them together into songs, such was the speed of technological change… before long, the advent of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and affordable digital drum machines changed everything. Endgame? Paradoxically, an ‘analogue renaissance’ is still being felt (and heard) today — a fact far from lost on XILS-lab CEO Xavier Oudin.

Obviously, times change as, of course, does technology — music and otherwise. Today, then, StiX by Xils takes the best ideas (and subtly-different, yet strangely contemporary-sounding sounds) from the likes of the STIX PROGRAMMA ST-305 and Roland TR-606 Drumatix — and many more notable drum machines besides — and successfully transports them to a virtual analogue and multi-synthesis drum machine plug-in for Mac and PC, pumped up for a truly 21st Century computer-based music-making experience that is second to none.

Central to the StiX by Xils workflow with fast-footed users in mind — and centrally positioned in a GUI that’s as easy on the eye as it is to understand — is its engagingly-expressive XoX Sequencer, boasting a multitude of fanciful features, including a multilane editor with customisable steps per beat; per step division trigger (for fills and stutters); customisable beats per bar; and global swing, as well as a single line editor (for in-depth editing of individual sequencer lines), plus pattern and song modes (for speedy song building).

Building upon traditional analogue drum machine design, several sounds — BD (bass drum), SNARE, HH CL (hi-hat closed), HH OP (hi-hat open), TOM L (tom low), TOM H (tom high), and CRASH — are always accessible — alongside additional user-definable PERC 1 (percussion 1), PERC 2 (percussion 2), and MISC (miscellaneous) ones — via the drum pads bar at the top of that intuitive GUI. There the similarity ends, though, as StiX by Xils takes things to another level entirely as an inspired piece of contemporary software design that leaves the historic hardware from which it took its initial inspiration standing (way back in the early-Eighties)! Fit for today, StiX by Xils comes complete with 10 full-featured synthesisers — one for each sound being hosted by those 10 drum pads, each of which can call upon several sound engines, including virtual analogue (with components closely modelled upon a selection of prestigious and rare analogue synthesisers for percussion and drum sounds with unmatched analogue authenticity) and FM sine oscillators (with wave shaping and a third oscillator that can load samples), as well as easy and advanced synthesis pages. Put it this way: yesteryear’s hardware drum machine users couldn’t have imagined such heightened levels of control in their wildest dreams!

Desirable StiX by Xils features well worth noting in that regard include MIDI output (for controlling virtual instruments or recording MIDI data within a DAW); MIDI learn (with full automation of all synthesis parameters of each drum pad and associated mixer, etc); multi-criteria database (for finding the right preset efficiently as well as creating custom tags); randomise (drum kits, sequences, and full patterns); live control (for chaining patterns, plus muting/un-muting tracks on the fly); multi outputs (with volume, groups, and pan preservation); high-quality effects (including natural-sounding reverb, analogue delay, and analogue phaser, plus per drum crusher and distortion); sample-accurate synchronisation and audio engine (to create the tightest beats imaginable); hundreds of simultaneous modulation targets; and gang mode (to edit sequencer lanes, mixer, and effects sends).

Stacked with 390 exclusive samples — including 15 drum kits sourced by production partner Wave Alchemy from classic drum machines of the past (including Roland’s revered TR- series as well as trailblazing digital dream machines such as the E-mu SP-12 and LinnDrum); 2,000 presets; 120-plus global presets; 720-plus patterns; 700 drum pads; and 60 drum kits, StiX by Xils means more sounds and styles are available to the modern-day discerning (virtual) drum machine user than ever… roll on some truly 21st Century computer-based music-making!

StiX by Xils is available to purchase as a USB eLicenser or iLok (soft or USB iLok dongle) protected plug-in for an introductory (30% discounted) price of €125.00 EUR until April 30, 2016 — rising to €179.00 EUR thereafter — from the XILS-lab web store here:

StiX by Xils can be directly downloaded as a multi-format (AAX, AU, RTAS, VST), 32- and 64-bit-compatible virtual drum machine plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.5 and later) and Windows (XP, Vista, and 7/8) from here:"

04.04.2016 Moog Mother 32 and Korg Volca FM

"this is a sketch i created by using the cv gate i/o on the korg volca fm and the moog mother 32 wherein both synthesizers are running sequences, creating cross-talk of sorts between each device. my intention with this piece being so minimal was to put a number functions on display by iterating slowly through different parameters on each synth. the effects used were a line 6 echo pro into an alesis midiverb ii. recorded live and without overdubs coupled with some rough mastering on april 4, 2016.

headphones or stereo setup recommended to hear entire spectrum of sound"

AKAI AX60 Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"The AKAI AX60 is a 6-voice polyphonic programmable analog synthesizer with a 5-octave, 61-note (C-C) keyboard. It's in an excellent shape for its age, all knobs and sliders are operating as they should, no missing slider caps or knobs. Powerful "Dark" sounding synth with an extraordinary aggressive Filter. This is a VCO (Voltage Control Oscillator) Synth not a DCO (Digitally controlled)

One of the nice features about this synthesizer is that it has a 13-pin input that allows you to hook it up to an AKAI sampler (S612/700, X7000) and input the samples to be processed with the AX60's internal synth engine (VCF's, VCA's, effects, etc...). Combined with the keyboard splitting capabilities, this allows you to play the sampler via one of the split sides. The sampler/AX60 combination is unique in that it is one of the few ways that samples can be treated with real analog filters."


via this auction

ROLAND RS-505 Paraphonic Strings SN 821316

via this auction


via this auction

Modal Electronics 002 Polyphonic Multi Timbral Synthesizer SN 002-0131

via this auction

Korg Maxi-Korg 800dv SN 0423

via this auction

"Univox maxi korgs are identical to korg 800dv sold in USA under license
A very powerful vintage duo-phonic synthesiser with a highly playable keyboard similar to the mini korg 700 But with two voices and extra functions
Very compelling vocal sounds and unearthly strings and drones
Can be retrofitted with cv/gate filter socket for computer control
If required I can also supply blank pcbs to modify the synthesiser. For cv gate controls lap hz to volts /octave convertor boards
As used by kitaro vangelis astronaut travel service
working 100%"

MusikAppManufaktur jam @Superbooth16

Published on Apr 1, 2016 Oliver Greschke

"Revere the sun jam by zMors Modular, TriqTraq, Modstep, and Elastic Drums all playing in sync via Ableton Link. zMors Modular is connected with additional modular gear."

Easy synthing: Yamaha CS 30 L

Published on Apr 5, 2016 se7ense7

"I recently aquired this mint 1979's Yamaha CS30 L monophonic synth. It has 2 multimode filters and a VCA for every filter, with simple am and fm. It also has 3 seperate envelopes, 2 of them can also be inverted. No midi (wasn't invented yet) but external trigger and cv control. The video was actually pretty hi-res, but Ableton insists on rendering it to pieces. If anyone knows better settings for rendering movie in Ableton let me know, 'cuz it's a shame. Luckily the audio is still on point."

Korg Volca FM and Minilogue Mayhem

Published on Apr 5, 2016 darksideothetune

"VolCa Fm Into Moog Moogerfooger Cluster Flux-stereo out.
Korg Minillogue through UAD 610 Pre
Light Reverb auxed from both."

KORG Volcas on eBay | KORG Volcas on Amazon

Something Sinister On The West Coast

Published on Apr 5, 2016 PaulLawlerMusic

"West Coast styled patch featuring:
Verbos, Sputnik, ZDSP-Shimmer Card, Variatic Erumption, Wogglebig, Octocontroller."

Buchla - April 2nd 2016, 258r oscillator w/ 222e

Published on Apr 5, 2016 tastysoilrecords

"Spent some time this weekend exploring some of the sounds I could coax out of the 258r oscillator (off camera in a 2nd boat) along with the 222e/223e."

Audio Damage Demo at Superbooth16

Published on Apr 5, 2016 Ask.Audio

"Watch Audio Damage go crazy with their modular synth system at Superbooth16."

DinSync Intros New 'Wildcard' Module, DIY Kits At Superbooth

Published on Apr 5, 2016 Synthtopia

"At Superbooth 16, DinSync introduced a new 'Wildcard' Eurorack module and three new DIY kits.

We talked with DinSync founder Paul Barker, who gave us an overview of the new modules and demonstrated them with a little acid-style jamming."

Jommox T Rackonizer at Superbooth16

Published on Apr 5, 2016 Ask.Audio

"Commix show their new T Rackonizer eurorack synth module at Superbooth16"

Endorphines at Superbooth16

Published on Apr 5, 2016 Ask.Audio

Superbooth 2016: Polyend Perc MIDI TO Physical Drum Strike

Published on Apr 5, 2016 sonicstate

"Superbooth 2016: Polyend Perc MIDI TO Physical Drum Strike MIDI up your drums with these aluminium balls"

Testing The New Too

Published on Apr 5, 2016 John L Rice

"Listening to the patch you still have up from the day before is usually a really bad way to get something new done! ;-)"

Superbooth 2016: Rebel Technologies Prizm Multi-Functional OLED Screen

Published on Apr 5, 2016 sonicstate

"Superbooth 2016: Rebel Technologies Prizm Multi-Functional OLED Screen Martin shows of the new wares from Rebel Tech"

Erica Synths Black Hole DSP // SUPERBOOTH 2016 // delamar

Published on Apr 5, 2016 delamartv

Teenage Engineering OP - 1 (Tonwerfer at Work)

Published on Apr 5, 2016 Theodor Tonwerfer

"working with the op -1"

Elektrons + Microgranny = Deserve

Published on Apr 5, 2016 MrDataline

Superbooth 2016: Birdkids 42Hp System

Published on Apr 5, 2016 sonicstate

"Superbooth 2016: Birdkids 42Hp System A small entry system based around the Bateleur Oscillator"

Superbooth 2016: L.E.P Range of Unique Instruments

Published on Apr 5, 2016 sonicstate

"Superbooth 2016: L.E.P Range of Unique Instruments Tony takes us through the range of instruments"

Bugbrand 1Framer - Groovin' Sync Drone

Published on Apr 5, 2016 7numan7

"This is what my first patch with the new Bugbrand 1-Franne Synthesis Voice (a.k.a. the 1Framer), which arrived this past weekend, wound up becoming after several iterations,

It actually began as some marvelous drum and percussion sounds that later turned into a bunch of shrieking and howling kind of stuff until i decided to try patching the 2nd VCF, configured as high-pass, output into the 2nd and 3rd VCO sync inputs, much of which is captured in a so-called unboxing-video which i haven't yet finished editing).

Anyways, it is a drone-piece,... and the 1Framer is definitely becoming an instant favorite-among-favorites in my personal arsenal of experimental electronic sound-making machinery... Enjoy!"

STG Soundlabs / Archangel modular jam

"Just a simple one-track live jam. A decent amount of sound considering it's a single mono track with only two oscillators.

Patch info: FutureRetro XS VCOs 1 & 2 into STG mixer; VCO1 also sent to STG Pulse Matrix which is producing an additional PWM waveform and sub-octave into the mixer. Remaining mixer channel is a feedback loop from the FR XS (creates resonant stabs when turned up). The mixer output goes through an STG Post-Lawsuit Lowpass filter, and then back into the FR XS external input, where the mixed signal is acted on by the XS filter (resonant highpass) / VCA / envelopes.
The Post-Lawsuit filter is being modulated by one row of the Archangel sequencer/touch keyboard, and by the XS filter envelope... another row of the Archangel sequencer is creating the melody on XS VCO2, while the touch keyboard is transposing everything between two keys (which I am playing live and intermittently forget to change keys). Gate pattern is provided by STG Soundlabs Trigger Sequencer. Delay & verb are plug-ins; Bitwig native delay and TSAR-1 reverb.
Drum loop is Roland TR-8, which I was ignoring in the background... it's recorded separately so the take isn't ruined. ;)"

Pioneer DJ Debuts TORAIZ SP-16 Sampler/Sequencer with Dave Smith Filters

Pioneer DJ TORAIZ SP-16 Official Introduction

Published on Apr 5, 2016 Pioneer DJ

Dave Smith : The Interview

We now know what this was. The following is the official press release followed by key features. Be sure to click on the images to the left for the full size shots.

"New DJ Live-Performance Instrument Features Filters Adapted from Prophet-6 Synth

San Francisco, CA—April 5, 2016—Dave Smith Instruments today announced that it has collaborated with Pioneer DJ, the market leader in DJ equipment and software, to provide analog filters for the company’s TORAIZ SP-16 sampler/sequencer. Boasting a 16-step sequencer, 16-voice polyphony, and 2GB of pre-loaded samples and loops, the new instrument allows DJs to trigger loops, one-shots, and electronic percussion live with its 16 multi-colored performance pads and other real-time controls.

Said Dave Smith: 'When Pioneer DJ approached us about collaborating on one of their products, we were very excited. Given their expertise and deep knowledge of the DJ market, we knew that it was bound to be interesting.' Added Smith: 'And when they asked us to adapt our filters from the Prophet-6, we immediately saw that it was going to be a great fit.'

The TORAIZ SP-16 features two discrete voltage-controlled filters developed by Dave Smith Instruments: a four-pole, resonant, low-pass inspired by the original 1970’s-era Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 filter, and a two-pole high-pass filter. 'The Prophet filters add real analog warmth to the TORAIZ SP-16. They also allow a lot of creative sound manipulation when you use the live-performance controls of the instrument,' explained Smith. 'DJs will put them to good use, I’m sure.'

The TORAIZ SP-16 features a 7-inch color touch screen for accessing its factory sound library and viewing sound and performance parameters. The 16-step sequencer can store up to 256 patterns. Sixteen sequence step buttons allow color coding of sounds. Patterns can be saved as “scenes” for instant recall in the studio or on stage. When the instrument is connected to a Pioneer DJ CDJ or XDJ DJ Deck using Pioneer DJ’s Pro DJ Link, the system synchronizes its loops and one-shots to the beat of a master deck. (Users will need to update the TORAIZ SP-16 to the latest firmware to use this feature.) MIDI clock support allows users to connect and synchronize other devices.

The TORAIZ SP-16 is manufactured and sold by Pioneer DJ Corporation. It will be available in summer of 2016. Price and specifications subject to change.

About Dave Smith Instruments LLC
Launched in 2002, Dave Smith Instruments LLC is helmed by legendary musical instrument designer and Grammy® award winner Dave Smith. Dave’s many accomplishments include the creation of the Prophet-5—the world’s first fully programmable polyphonic synthesizer—and his legacy as the primary driving force behind MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). Dave Smith Instruments’ products are used by an ever-growing roster of well-known musicians and are available from music retailers worldwide. Instruments include the Prophet-6, Pro 2, Prophet 12, Prophet ‘08, Mopho x4, and the Tempest analog drum machine. Dave Smith Instruments is based in San Francisco, where the instruments are also manufactured. For more information, visit

About Pioneer DJ
Pioneer DJ Corporation is a privately held company headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. Pioneer DJ Europe Ltd. and Pioneer DJ Americas, Inc. are subsidiaries responsible for sales and marketing in EMEA, the United States, Canada, and Latin America. For more than 20 years, Pioneer DJ has been a market leader in the design and production of innovative DJ equipment and software. The company works closely with DJs and clubs to deliver next generation products that inspire and shape the global dance music community. Its portfolio includes brands such as Pioneer Professional Audio and Pioneer DJ Radio as well as social platforms KUVO and DJsounds."


1. Create up to 256 patterns using the 16-step sequencer

Drop sounds into the sequencer to create your own 16-step loops and use the six dials to modulate the sounds. The multicoloured buttons reflect the colours you’ve assigned each sound: for example, kick drums in red. You can save your patterns then play them back instantly in the booth or on stage.

2. 7-inch full-colour touch screen with detailed sample information

The large touch screen puts all the information you need in your line of sight. Quickly browse and load samples, and allocate colours to them for a visual guide. Or see real-time waveforms and full details of the sample’s characteristics, and use the dials underneath to manipulate a variety of parameters.

3. Multicoloured Performance Pads with Velocity Mode

The Performance Pads are taken from our DJ controllers to give you a truly tactile experience. Load up to 16 samples to the pads, then finger drum freely to layer sounds on-the-fly. The lights reflect the colours you’ve assigned to each sound, while Velocity Mode lets you control the volume of the sample with how hard you hit the pad.

4. 8GB of flash memory and real-time processing for non-stop music production

The TORAIZ SP-16 delivers 16-voice polyphony so you can play all 16 samples at once – even when you’re using time stretch or editing the sound using the touch screen amp envelope. The 8GB of flash memory means you’ve got plenty of space – and you can use it as a stand-alone unit, with no need for a laptop.

5. Analogue filters from Dave Smith Instruments' Prophet-6 synthesiser

We've collaborated with Dave Smith to add the analogue filters from his iconic Prophet-6 synthesiser to the TORAIZ SP-16. Use the dials to sculpt your sound – manipulating Drive, Cut Off and Resonance – and add true analogue warmth and presence.

6. Pro DJ Link and MIDI clock mean you’ll never miss a beat

Add the TORAIZ SP-16 to your CDJ or XDJ set-up using Pro DJ Link and the sampler will snap your one-shots and loops to the beat of the master deck. So you can layer multiple sounds over your tracks and they’ll always be in sync. It also has a MIDI clock so you can connect other devices via USB and stay in sync, and we’ll be adding connectivity with DAWs and synths at a later date.

7. Other features:

Use the touch strip to control various parameters

Comes with Loopmasters samples already on board

Input ports Phone x 2
Output ports Phone x 8, Headphones
Other ports USB, LAN, MIDI
Max external dimension 436.5 x 261.2 x 74.3 mm (W x D x H)
Weight 3.2 kg

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