MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

"Just A Minute!"

Published on Apr 21, 2016 John L Rice

Moon Modular - 501D, 501M, 506, 511D, 526
Club Of The Knobs - C946
Modcan - 72B

TC Electronic - Hall Of Fame, Flashback, HOF mini
Dunlop/MXR - Octave Fuzz
Electro Harmonix - Ravish Sitar
Strymon - BigSky

Mackie - 802-VLZ3
Samson - SM-10

Circuit Classics - Bringing Forrest Mims Vintage Designs to Life

Circuit Classics from Crowd Supply on Vimeo.

Circuit Classics is a project currently seeking funding on Crowd Supply.  The goal is to bring a number of Forrest Mims' early DIY projects to life as prefabbed circuit boards.  What's particularly interesting is that the original descriptions and illustrations will be etched onto the circuit boards.  They will also come with stands as you can see in the video above, effectively making them pieces of art in tribute to the original designs.  And of course, they will also be a great introduction to DIY.

Exquisite printed circuit boards that bring to life Forrest Mims' vintage designs from "Getting Started in Electronics.

Forrest M. Mims III is a trusted name in the electronics world for good reason: his charming and engaging texts have drawn millions of people into the world of electronics for the first time. I am bringing some of those hand-drawn circuits projects to life by creating an exquisitely designed series of finely crafted and highly detailed boards. These are the Circuit Classics. They make a great gift for a first-time learner, an expert tinkerer, or even just as a fun conversation piece for your desk.

This initial release includes three of Forrest’s circuit designs in kit form: the Dual-LED Flasher, the Stepped Tone Generator, and the Bargraph Voltage Indicator. Each kit includes:

Printed Circuit Board (PCB): Includes the circuit itself, the circuit’s schematic, and a description of the circuit, all in Forrest’s iconic hand-drawn style, traced directly from his books. (Prototypes are OSHPark purple, but the final production run will be blue.)
Through-hole Components: All the components you need to build a working circuit. Easy to place and solder on the PCB thanks to clear footprints and large, friendly solder pads.
Display Stand: made of high-quality blond ash wood, each stand is crafted to let you proudly display your work."

On the Stepped Tone Generator:

"This circuit gained a life of its own, jumping from the pages of the 555 Timer IC Circuits Engineer’s Mini-Notebook and out into the world as the storied Atari Punk Console. Well-known for enabling the creation of sounds just like classic Atari console games from the 1980s, it provides a fun audio-centric project, as well as an interesting introduction to digital circuitry, feedback, and oscillators."

VOLTLIFE: feedback tamed; feedback mutated

Published on Apr 21, 2016 voltlife

"Patching a compressor to prevent clipping in Tyme Sefari II's feedback loop, then using it to bring in different sorts of wildness."


via this auction

"For sale is this early 1980s Sequential Circuits T8 synthesizer. This example, serial number 230, is in fully serviced studio ready condition. It works perfectly, and sounds fantastic. It's in very excellent cosmetic shape though it does display wear and several imperfections (photographed below). A similar example just sold for $6000 + shipping, so bid now and get a great deal!

The T8 has a very fat Prophet-5-like tone. This synth adds many illustrious new features (for its time) such as full MIDI implementation, 76 full size weighted keys with velocity and aftertouch, split/layer double/unison keyboard modes, and a simple but useful real-time sequencer. The new keyboard features many dynamics enhancements, ie: aftertouch can affect pitch, level, filter or the LFO. It was Sequential's finest analog synthesizer. Digital control of analog sound with an extremely flexible, intuitive and beautiful design - right down to the wood panels!"

Minimoog Model D 1973 , synthesizer legendary

Published on Apr 21, 2016 CLASSIC VINTAGE

Tymkrs Protosynth Midi Released

Some of you might remember the Tymkrs Protosynth breadboard videos posted back in 2012 here and here. The final version has just been released with MIDI.

via Tindie (via the comments of this post and via @JohnS_AZ):

"This is a powerful MIDI prototyping platform that converts incoming MIDI events into electrical signals that make experimentation easy!

A few years ago we built a synthesizer prototyping tool called Protosynth. The project was such a big hit that people requested the ability to buy their own, so we designed a powerful MIDI controlled version!

Over the last few years, we have refined Protosynth Midi to be powerful, flexible, and easy to use.
Protosynth Midi are built in limited quantities by hand here at the Tymkrs Wrkshp. Every unit is assembled, tested, and given a unique serial number. The beautiful handmade hardwood cases with traditional joinery hold your circuit at an angle so you can tinker in comfort and style!

Protosynth Midi allows you to quickly prototype whatever you dream up on built-in breadboards, then play your creation from any MIDI controller. Protosynth Midi enables you to experiment at your desk without the epic mess.

Protosynth MIDI is far more than only a MIDI to CV unit. For each of the two MIDI channels (you can pick which channels) it includes a Note Port and a Control Port. The Note Ports allow you to chain modules out to 128 notes worth of outputs. The Control Ports allow you to chain modules out to 128 control change values (each one 0-127 and with Analog Shift modules you can turn all of those control change values into analog voltages). What could you do with 256 digital outputs, 256 analog voltages, 2 control voltages, 2 gates, and 2 triggers? Would you control them from a DAW, from a MIDI controller?

To make getting started easier, we have developed a collection of compatible modules for many common tasks. 555VCO, AND8, MIX8, Analog Shift, Shift Me, Amplify Me, VU Meter, Hear Me, NPN8, TTL8, Under Me, and Over Me. With a selection of these, you can get started with modular synthesis without ever turning on your soldering iron.

And when you are ready to go from the breadboard to something finished, we have the Protosynth Midi Lite. Protosynth Midi Lite packs all of the power of Protosynth Midi into a small PCB perfect for building into your own project.

Protosynth Midi effortlessly handles the complicated aspects of MIDI control, silently monitoring incoming MIDI, translating it into voltages and pulses that simple circuits can understand. It also allows you to route analog signals simply in and out of the back of the unit through four high quality standard TRS ¼” jacks.

Protosynth Midi is not limited to audio, however! You can use it to control all kinds of circuits. Here at Tymkrs we’ve used a Protosynth Midi to control servos, lights, camera shutters, circuit bent electronic toys, electromechanical chimes, even an old NTSC test pattern generator. Protosynth Midi takes care of the boring stuff, and frees you up to focus on being creative.

If you are building a synthesizer, animating robots from your digital audio workstation timeline, hacking an old Casio or Furby, or designing your own MIDI controlled guitar effects pedal … we hope you will find Protosynth Midi as fun and as useful as we do.


Power supply
5 Pin DIN MIDI Input
4 ¼” Audio Input or Output TRS Jacks
Monitors two MIDI Channels
5 standard solderless breadboards
3.3vdc, 5vdc, and Ground connections for breadboard
For each channel:

Control Voltage
Note Port
Control Port
Please check out for more information. Be sure to read the datasheet, all of the more advanced features are covered in detail there.

Kit Parts

Protosynth MIDI in a custom case
7.5V @ 1A wall wart power supply"


Is that a Casio VL-tone? - music by ThePollyRhythmz!

Uploaded on Mar 8, 2010 The PollyRhythmz!

"Is that a Casio VL-tone? - music by ThePollyRhythmz!"

SN 8225953 via this auction

Some one grab this one before I do. I was tempted but I already have a Casio VL-Tone. This is the Realistic branded version.

Note the video above is from 2010 and not the one listed for sale.

The Physics of the Weird and Wonderful Theremin

Published on Apr 21, 2016 SciShow

Cool to see the theremin on SciShow!

"Electronic music is older than you may think. Enter the theremin - a device that turns your body into part of a capacitor, and allows you to play music without even touching an instrument!

Special thanks to Jay Bruns of for lending us his theremin, and Mike Emmons for setting up our meeting.

Hosted by: Hank Green"

Club of the Knobs Model 15 Moog Clone

via this auction

"This a clone of the original Moog Model 15 and has been painstakingly made by COTK to look and sound like the original. COTK only made 50 of these, so they are pretty rare. The C907a Fixed Filter Bank was modified by COTK with inductors making it more true to the original model 15(modification was an extra cost.) Comes with the US power cord and 12 patch cables in various lengths to get you patching quickly on arrival." Dotcom ME8s Portable Sequencer Q960

via this auction

" Dotcom ME8s Portable Sequencer - Q960 in powered portable case that matches the style of the Moog Model 15. The Q960 is clone of the original Moog 960. Comes with 6 patch cables in various lengths, the US power supply, a 1/4" to S-trig cable and some manuals and pamphlets."

Oberheim Xpander Vintage Analog Synthesizer SN G43527

via this auction

Cocktail party effect - sleep walking (eurorack jam)

Published on Apr 21, 2016 Cocktail Party Effect

"using RIngs + elements"

Sur le stand avec Commuter - SynthFest 2016 - NR Synth

Published on Apr 21, 2016 Nr Synth

"Sur le stand de NR Synth au SynthFest 2016 avec 'Commuter', producteur de musique électro, autour d'un Caïman type Moog.

The electro music producer 'Commuter' discovering a Moog type Caïman, at the SynthFest 2016 NR Synth's booth."

Nick Demopoulos - The story of SMOMID

Nick Demopoulos - The story of SMOMID from Al Covelli on Vimeo.

"'This instrument was created out of necessity' - Nick Demopoulos.

Nick Demopoulos is a guitarist, sound designer and performer. Smomid™ is a musical instrument that was created and designed by Nick – the name is an acronym for String Modeling MIdi Device. Smomid™ is also a solo performance project by Nick. This story follows Nick as he begins working on his new invention. You can find more information on his website:

Al Covelli - Filmmaker"

Be sure to see the SMOMID label below for previous posts.

Prophet 6 Ediperiments

Published on Apr 21, 2016 DJRexParis

"Prophet 6 Ediperiments
Only DSI Prophet 6 Desktop, no external FX"

More Prophet 6 Ediperiments

Launchpad for iOS // Grime Revival Soundpack & Balkan Beatbox

Published on Apr 21, 2016 Launchpad for iOS

iTunes: Novation Launchpad - Make & Remix Music - Novation

Launchpad for iOS // Launchpad Pro x Balkan Beatbox

Published on Apr 21, 2016

"Get Launchpad for iOS here free:
learn more here:

Launch up to eight loops at a time using a special 8x6 version of the famous Launchpad grid. Experiment with ready-to-perform sessions from a variety of genres, download the hottest new Soundpacks to expand your collection, or make custom sessions with your own sounds on iPad.

Built-in time stretching and synchronisation keep your loops locked in time, whilst you use volume sliders and filters to control your mix on iPad, and dynamic filter, gater, stutter and delay FX on iPhone. Making and remixing music has never been so much fun."

Launchpad for iOS // How-to Tutorials for iPad and iPhone

Published on Mar 5, 2015 Launchpad for iOS

"Launchpad Performance FX for iPad - Make every tune unique
Get the app here:

Enhance your performances in Launchpad for iOS with a range of powerful fx, available as In-App Purchase.

Launchpad is an easy-to-use music making and remixing app for iOS. The app has ready-to-perform sessions spanning a range of different musical genres, and now it’s possible to add powerful performance fx to make your tunes truly unique. Stutter and Gater FX repeat and chop up the sound creating builds and fills. An enhanced Autofilter brings powerful filtering to FX pads for breakdowns. The new Delay FX, adds a hint of vintage dub character to hits and breakdowns.

Performance FX at a glance:

- New Delay FX and Gater FX, create stunning fills and breakdowns
- Enhanced Stutter FX and Autofilter FX, add movement and dynamics to your music
- FX Pads have new animated graphics, focusing you on your performance
- A new Edit FX screen lets you tweak and perform your FX
- Track FX routing lets you target fx to specific tracks such as vocals, or drums
- Fully tweakable FX parameters for deep customisation"

Synth X-Rays - Ableton Push & Microbrute

Two cool pics by Wish-01 on Imgur. Spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child.

Oberheim OB6 Wigglethon

Published on Apr 20, 2016 Dudadius

"Twisting about on the OB6. (The other parts that come and go are soft synths in Live.)"

Sounds in the works. Buchla 200 series, model 151

Published on Apr 20, 2016 Alessandro Cortini

"One take,one instrument, one obtuse way of working."

Roland SYSTEM-500 Sound Patch Examples

Published on Apr 20, 2016 RolandChannel

"'SYSTEM-500 Sound Patch Examples'
You can download Patch Examples file from here."

Music Thing Modular - Superbooth16

Published on Apr 21, 2016 DivKidVideo

"Here Tom Whitwell takes us through the new Music Thing Modular modules available at (now 'The Turing Machine' or coming soon)."

See this post for the Axoloti controller.

4 oscillator patchable drone device

Published on Apr 21, 2016 electro lobotomy

"4 oscillators, 2 x XOR, 3 ch active mixer, power starve and choke.
Dirty drone / crackle box now listed in my etsy shop:"

MODSTEP 1.1 Update Released

iTunes: modstep - AppBC

"Modstep will be on sale until Monday the 25th for $14.99!"

"New Features:

Audio Unit support: use AU instruments and effects in modstep
new Plugin-Browser: Drag and drop internal Instruments, AUs or IAAs to any of the Tracks.
new Plugin-Chain per Track:: combine Internal Instruments, Audio Units and IAAs and add unlimited Insert FX per Track
new MIDI - IO-Section per Track allows quick & easy setup of MIDI Port & Channel routings for each track.
added Master FX Chain
new Settings-Popups for Clips, Scenes & Tracks - available via Long-Tap.
Global Scale: use one Scale throughout all Tracks in your Session (optional per track)
Clips now show a preview of the notes inside their current Pattern.
Patterns now show a preview of their notes.
when deleting a Clip you will now have to confirm the deletion by tapping twice.
added optional ‘Enter Clip Shortcut’ - if activated, all clips will show a button that allows to quickly open the clip in its related sequencer page.
added variable grid-size in Piano Roll (1/48 - 1bar)
studiomux is now able to send audio data to modstep (e.G. to mix or process through FX)
modstep can now receive audio via Audiobus (to mix / process)
Added Arrangement options:

Scene follow: Automatically starts the next scene after the current one finishes.
Scene Loops: set the Scene to loop X times (or unlimited) before the next one starts
Clip Loops: set the Clip to loop X times (or unlimited)
Scale per Scene: Change the Global Scale per Scene
Tempo per Scene: Change the tempo for each Scene
MIDI file import & export

new MIDI file browser in the main file-menu.
added MIDI indicators
AudioShare import for the Sampler
new global Keyboard with Pads and velocity to easily play all of your tracks onscreen.
Audiobus destination support
over 20 new MIDI Templates
added metronome
you may now decide which of the tracks should record audio.

Notes entered in Drum and Melody mode are not shared anymore (when switching modes, the other modes notes will not play or be shown anymore)
Drum / Melody mode do not change the Piano Rolls touch-behaviour anymore.
added Draw-mode toggle to change the Piano Rolls touch-behaviour in either mode.
Bugfixes & improvements:

fixed occasional note drop-outs
improved timing of internal Sampler & Synth to be sample accurate
improved audio-recordings to be seamless loops
Export and Import of CCs, Chords and Pads works now
fixed panning bug in the Sampler.
Velocity in Piano Roll and Step Sequencer was fixed
CCs were blocked by selected CCs
several smaller bug- and crash-fixes as well as small usability enhancements."

Korg Mono/Poly Synthesizer Keyboard SN 374772

via this auction

Sequential Circuits Six-Trak Analog Synthesizer SN 0151

via this auction

"This unit was featured on the Ambient Chill Zen New Age CD
"Digital Heart, Analog Soul Vol.2" by Rik Marston
Due out JUNE/JULY 2016! :)"

Roland JX-3P Synthesizer and PG200 programmer in Original Hardcase SN 260234

via this auction

1986 Roland SynthPlus 10 Alpha Juno 1 Synthesizer SN 863038

via this auction


via this auction

Anyone recognize the PCB? PAiA?

Details via the listing: "Home made synthesizer based on the SN76477 chip. Has a look from the 60's because of the salvaged parts but is no earlier than 1978. Smartly built into the cover of an old RCA *STEREO* record player with all sorts of flying part connections inside. Kind of an adult busy box but it really has stereo output with tone control.

Looks to be a variant of the turbo-encabulator without the dingle arms but certainly still crudely conceived. Jam pins are present but were never part of the original design. A shaded pole motor is wired in without the armature and I have no clue why this is. I bet you could still wire in the Selenium rectifier to create a rotten egg smell if you pleased.

Remember the black vinyl label makers? Must have been a lot of super duper fun-fun. Tons of them on this baby! Has mounting bolts on each side near the top so you could put a strap on this and wear it like Harold from the Red Green show. Could this really have been that far ahead of its time?

Judging by the amply judicious use of telephone wire this may explain your dial up BBS modem interruptions back in the late 1980's.

Sold as-is and non-working. Please see my other listing for a bit more well made Theremins and Harmonic Percolators!"

Nonlinear Labs C15, un capricho contracorriente

Published on Apr 21, 2016 Hispasonic

"Con su carcasa de madera, un panel con muchos botones pero un único potenciómetro, y un motor de sonido enteramente digital, el C15 es un sinte muy suyo, casi un capricho de Stephan Schmitt."

Kilpatrick Audio Phenol // Patch 014 - Envelope driven

Published on Apr 21, 2016 DiscoverNoise

"DiscoverNoise 037-
Kilpatrick Audio Phenol 015-

Some sounds triggerd only by Phenols envelopes running in OSC mode.


NR Synth Alligator Demos

Published on Apr 21, 2016 Pulsophonic

"Demo of NR Synth Alligator, Strymon BigSky and Strymon Timeline."

Vatanator Drum Machine for iOS

Published on Apr 21, 2016 pantsofdeath

"Vatanator is a unique drum machine with advanced MIDI functionality. It features 140 built-in presets emulating every classic vintage hardware.
It is aimed for simplicity and instant rhythm creation.

iTunes: Vatanator - Georgi Georgiev

Vatanator 1.0.0 features:

– iOS 7.1 and up compatible, iPad retina graphics
– Record patterns in real-time with quantization, MIDI assignable
– 16/32 steps sequencer with advanced MIDI options
– Fast loading of presets on the fly
– Full MIDI implementation
– Background audio
– Audiobus, Audiobus Remote, Inter-App Audio and Ableton Link support
– Ability to import samples via AudioCopy, Dropbox or iTunes Share
– Real-time effects with envelope follower, MIDI assignable
– Song arranger, ability to store a sequence of patterns and play them in order
– 8 channel mixer with volume control and mute/solo for any individual instrument"

Roland Boutique JP-08 and Jupiter Clone

Published on Apr 21, 2016 tiergrinder

"Fiddling with Roland Boutique JP08 and Jupiter Clone.
I tested my clone against a real JP8 once and know it sounds pretty much like the real deal, so I wanted to test how the new boutique sounds against a real analog.

I have to say, I simply love the new Boutique 'Jupiter'. It certainly has that jupiter sound and it also has that analog magic to it.

This was a quick test trying to match some basic stuff from both synths like VCOs, filter, envelopes and such. More to come.

Juno 106 used just as a master keyboard to the JP08."

Roland Boutique on eBay | Roland Boutique on Amazon

Club Of The Knobs C1621WF Morphable Wavefront Oscillators - A

Published on Apr 20, 2016 AudioCentralMagazine

"The COTK C1621WF Morphable Wavefront Oscillators module is a powerful circuit with a couple of analog VCOS and some pretty clever digital functions. Video by Alessandro Buggio."

Club Of The Knobs C1621WF Morphable Wavefront Oscillators - B

Deep Editing on the Korg Volca FM

Published on Apr 20, 2016 HardtekStudios

"Actual menus diving starts at the 1:50 mark. In this video, I wanted to start a patch & pattern from scratch and tweak on it for a bit to see where it could go. It was quite the sonic adventure!"

KORG Volcas on eBay | KORG Volcas on Amazon

VGM #73: Home (Miitomo) Ft. Josiah McDaniel

Published on Apr 20, 2016 Ace Waters

"Dark Souls pushed this video back a week. Hopefully people are still playing nintendo's new casual phone game/social network, Miitomo! Feat. my wonderful friend Josiah McDaniel on the doodoos."

KORG Wavestation Vector Synthesizer (1990)

Published on Apr 20, 2016 RetroSound

"(c) 2016 vintage synthesizer demo by RetroSound

KORG Wavestation Digital Vector Synthesizer from the year 1990
-vector synthesis like the SCI Prophet VS
-wave sequencing

The demo shows different typical sounds with vector synthesis and wave sequencing."


Published on Apr 20, 2016 xenmaster0

"Yamaha VL-7 physical modeling synthesizer. The most expressive synthesizer ever made."


Published on Apr 20, 2016 Dimitrios Sismanis

"Patch Description:

Rings into Clouds.
Verbos Harmonic VCO into Ripples.
Subcon Vampire into Voicetail,.
2 Dixies into Korgasmatron and then processed by Strymon Mobius, Timeline and Big Sky.
Kick and snare from Peaks.
Hats from noise into Polivoks.

Sequences from Turing Machine, Wogglebug, Rene, MFB Urzwerg Pro.
Clocks from Expert Sleepers/Silent Way, 4MS QCD. Modulated by Bastl Little Nerd and SSF Propagate.
Modulation from Expert Sleepers/Silent Way and Wogglebug.
Envelopes from Intellijel Dual ADSR, Quadra, Peaks.
Quantizing by ADDAC207.

Turing Machine sequences most of the instruments, or at least has some influence on the sequences. It’s fed a clock from 4MS QCD, which is modulated by a slow LFO, causing sporadic notes clustered together."

Matter - Modular Performance

Published on Apr 20, 2016 anthony burchell

"Been sick all day so I revisited yesterdays patch. This is the Mutable Rings being sequenced by the Antimatter Brain Seed which is being clocked by the metropolis that is controlling the z3000 bass. The elements is getting a copy of the pitch cv from the metropolis and its fm is being modulated by the pressure points going through the Intellijel µscale quantizer. The pressure points is controlling the elements dampening knob, the Rings structure, and the rings dampening knob."

Intellijel Metropolis First Test (two variations)

Published on Apr 20, 2016 Genshi Media Group

Koto's "Jabdah'" bass line

Published on Apr 20, 2016 SynthMania

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