MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Pics and Build Notes on the Knob Laden noystoise YAMAHA PS3 V2

You might remember the knob laden Yamaha PS3 V2 video posted here. For those interested on how it was done, noystoise just posted some pics and build notes here. Beautiful work. It's hard to believe there is a Yamaha PS3 under there. It looks like a Roland JD-Xi on steroids.

Neuronics Sneak Preview Video

Coming soon from Neuronics...

Published on Jan 19, 2016 Neuronics

"A public message from a freshly hatched circuit."

Our first sneak peak of what's coming from Neuronics, the new company from Leon Dewan of Dwanatron and producer Josh Humphrey. You'll find their new website here:

This on in via the comments of this post. Thank you Anonymous person!

BSEM - The Boston School of Electronic Music Website

This one in via an anonymous comment:

"Everyone should check out this link for info about Boston School Of Electronic Music, founded by Jim Michmerhuizen, who also wrote the original Manual for the ARP 2600. Somewhere at the site is a pdf with a graet patch for the 2600 by Jim in 1972. A SAMPLE/HOLD PATCH THAT SWINGS."

via the website:

"The Boston School of Electronic Music was "founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in May of 1972 by Jim Michmerhuizen, BSEM was the first independent school of electronic music in the United States.

Closing in 1978 as the result of a catastrophic fire, BSEM was a focal point for those interested in electronic music synthesis. This site is an attempt to preserve some of the history and culture, and to document that unique moment in the late 20th century..."

An interesting side note according to this post, "a former ARP engineer told me that this was a side project of a ARP/Aries engineer for the Boston School of Electronic Music."

I'm curious if this was Jim Michmerhuizen's or Dennis Colin's, the engineer behind the ARP 2600 and Aries modular. If anyone knows, feel free to leave a comment below. A search for Jim Michmerhuizen on the site brings up a couple of previous posts but no mention of Aries.

Updates via the comments:

Fletcher Ingram:
"The person in question is Ron Rivera. I can't find where I saw that he was evolved in the ARP techy stuff department, but the following link: "" indicates his having done work for Aries Music and that he did fix, clean, restore all things synthesizers. In his dining room was either a Moog 55 or 35 continuously being worked on, or it was the dining room table. You also had to be aware of the rabbit droppings throughout his apartment. He help with the Aries analog Sequencer & Sequential Switch. He offered modified ARP2600 & Minimoogs, adding Sync and other enhancements. I work with him several times doing menial work. I attended & resided at BSEM for several years before it closed as a student, house keeper, office boy, and Lab assistant. I may have embellished a few things here, but I was indeed involved with most things going on at BSEM in the middle to late 1970s. BSEM was a hell of an experience that I will remember till I go to be with Lord. If further info and corrections are needed:
Fletcher Ingram

Michael Wm. Gilbert
"According to Jim M. this synth predated Aries. Per Jim:
'This is a picture of the big synthesizer BSEM built for Wesleyan University around 1974. This was basically Bob Snowdale's initiative; he came to us from W.U. having studied with Alvin Lucier there. Later, of course, Snowdale went on to found Aries.'

Somewhere there was also a big customized Moog synthesizer that we (BSEM) installed at UMass Boston in the mid 70's. Bob Moog himself came, and after it was set I enjoyed driving him back to the airport and hanging out with him while waiting for his flight.

For Fletcher - Ron Rivera's bunny was named Pummel :)"

nonlinearcircuits squid axon 2

Published on Apr 28, 2016 cirtcele

"The squid Axon is fed a fast clock from a VCO and samples a tri-wave from an LFO, 2 CV outputs are to VCOs and 2 outputs to a 'scope in X-Y mode. It makes a nice lightshow."

Sometimes the Feels

Published on Apr 28, 2016 Dudadius

"Ambient Eurorack Modular improv."


via this auction

"This example, serial number 551, has been serviced and works perfectly..."

MOOG ROGUE SN 9022 with Original Box

via this auction

"For sale is this vintage Moog Rogue in like new condition with the original shipping carton (and foam inserts), the original manual, and the original power supply. This synth sat in a music store for decades until discovered just weeks ago. This model has a notorious issue with the degradation of the foam padding inside the keyboard, however, it has since been professionally removed, completely serviced, and perfectly calibrated. So, not only does it look as good as new, it works and sounds just as good as well!"

Korg 770 Synthesizer Troubleshooting Intermittent Pitch Problems

Published on Apr 28, 2016 gstormelectro

The filter comparison video with the Korg Volca Bass that he refers to is posted here.

"This is a concise, technical, and hopefully well-presented account of how to resolve an intermittent problem on a vintage synthesizer. I learned a lot, and hopefully others could as well. As with all electronics projects take the necessary precautions to prevent electrocution, injury and death.

This old Korg 770 synthesizer was having intermittent pitch problems.
Intermittent problems are the mother-of-all problems to resolve.
Like finding a needle in a haystack...
if your needle is made of glass...
and the haystack takes half a city block.

The keys to the game are four D's:
- Dumping vast amounts of time into the project
- Drawing a map (schematics, diagrams), and marking the places you have already explored.
- Discipline and persistence.
- Deploying the right tools: Voltmeter, Oscilloscope, Iron, and a good rework gun like the Hakko 808.

Other things not covered in this video I dealt with during this restoration were:
- Replaced 3 broken keys
- Re-aligned a bent keybed frame
- Replaced a broken pot and broken switch
- replaced DOZENS tiny pot metal screws that were stripping out.
- Installed a 3-prong AC Power Entry module
- Added an Earth Ground to the chassis

I would like to send special thanks to for taking to time to provide graphically enhanced schematics available. Without this I may have not been able to resolve this extremely difficult situation."

OP-1 | Ambient

Published on Apr 28, 2016 r beny

"First ambient track with the Teenage Engineering OP-1. Spent some time recording a track to the tape and played with some of the EQ/effects live.

All sounds/effects from the OP-1."

Teenage Engineering on eBay | Teenage Engineering on Amazon

Makeup and Vanity Set + Meris

Published on Apr 27, 2016 Meris

"Makeup and Vanity Set releases an exclusive track in collaboration with Meris. He uses the 440 Mic Pre, Mercury7 Reverb and Ottobit Bitcrusher. Directed by: Joey Ciccoline

Learn more here:
Manufactured and Designed in Los Angeles, CA USA.

Music by Makeup and Vanity Set -
Directed by -

Uniting Art + Engineering. Join Us.

Official Meris Site:"

Synth spotting: Elektron Analog Rytm, Moog Mother-32 & Little Phatty.

Meris is a supporting Member of MATRIXSYNTH.

gugabox SMD-MKII - new firmware

Published on Apr 28, 2016 gugabox

"the firmware running on version 2 :)
one extra switch has been added, together with an on-board external memory and the possibility to upgrade the firmware"

Novation Circuit - Some Grooves

Published on Apr 28, 2016 bananepoep

"just testing out some grooves with my novation circuit and some visuals
more longer acid/techno stuff to come soon together with the volca sample!"

Novation Circuit Review & iPad Editor
Novation Circuits on eBay | Novation Circuits on Amazon


Published on Apr 28, 2016 Dimitrios Sismanis

"Kay Acoustic guitar through Mesa Rectifier Recording preamp, routed through UAD Apollo into modular: Streams, then Rings, then Clouds. ADDAC Floor Control allows for momentary switch to control Freeze of Clouds, and expression pedal to control Size and Position of Clouds."

Korg mini 700 monophonic synth/keyboard SN 3342

via this auction

Resonator Dreams - 50 Presets for IOS Laplace Synthesizer

Published on Apr 22, 2016 Synth Anatomy

iTunes: Laplace - Resonator Synthesizer - iceWorks, Inc.

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

Resonator Dreams is the final version of my IOS Laplace Synthesizer Preset Library. Before some month, I released a 35 preset bank for it but this is now the final version. If you have bought it already, please contact me, you will receive a free upgrade to the final.

If you want to purchase it, please visit this SynthPatcher Website."

Cymru Beats & Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals on Eurorack & DSI Prophet-6

This one in via MATRIXSYNTH sponsor, Cymru Beats. They recently worked with Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys on his new track "I Love EU" which features the DSI Prophet-6 and eurorack. The EU in the title refers to the EU referendum. You can find a post on the collaboration at Cymru Beats here. They discuss some of the modules used including an Intellijel Atlantis, Bastl Knit rider trigger sequencer, and more. You'll find the track at the bottom of the post.

NOIZ - First Chilled Jam

Published on Apr 28, 2016 KlaatuNinja

iTunes: NOIZ - Remix & Mashup Music - Studio Amplify

Novation // My Panda Shall Fly Circuit Performance

Published on Apr 28, 2016 NovationTV

"We paid Suren a visit at his South Kensington studio in London for an exclusive performance of ‘CCC’: a track created entirely using Circuit.
Read the full article:

Find more Circuit:"

Novation Circuit Review & iPad Editor
Novation Circuits on eBay | Novation Circuits on Amazon


Published on Apr 28, 2016 Dimitrios Sismanis


Braids into Rings into Clouds. Braids in particle mode. Both Braids and Rings receiving same CV for pitch and same triggers.
2 Dixies into Korgasmatron, processed by Strymon Mobius, Timeline and Big Sky.
Piston Honda into MMG and then Clouds 2.
Verbos Harmonic Oscillator into Ripples.
Kick and snare from Peaks, snare into Malgorithm.
Hats from noise into uVCF.
Bastl Grandpa used for additional percussive sounds.
Turing Machine sequencing Brains/Rings, Dixies and Piston Honda; quantized by ADDAC 207.
Rene sequences Harmonic Oscillator.
Bastl Knit Rider sequences kick, snare, hat and envelope to open hat, Grandpa.
Lots of modulation from Wogglebug, Expert Sleepers/Silent Way.
Envelopes from Intellijel Dual ADSR, Quadra and Peaks.

Gentle compression, as well as some reverb and delay ITB."

New OS Update Coming to the DSI/Roger Linn Design Tempest

Good news for Tempest owners. You might remember the owners petition posted back in March. It looks like there will be an OS update to address some of the requests. The following came in from Roger Linn in response to Sonic State:

"To be honest, a big part of the problem is that I've been so busy with LinnStrument for the past couple of years that I haven't been giving Tempest the attention I should have as designer, and I think that is reflected in problems in the last Tempest update. So I owe Tempest owners an apology. Dave and his guys were already working on a new update, but with the kind assistance of one of the writers of the petition, I've stepped back in to help insure that the next update does what it needs to. I'd love to give you a release date for this update but there are still too many unanswered questions. So the best I can say now is that we're working hard on it and this is very important to me personally.

- Roger"

I confirmed with DSI, and an update will be coming.

Odyssey MKIII Covers Now Available From Stardust Covers

New DSP Synthesizers Eurorack Module - dsp-Host - a 4HP eurorack ATtiny85 module

via DSP Synthesizers:

"The 4HP eurorack module has a 8-pin DIP socket on the outside like the old Simmons EPROM drums that host an ATtiny85 MCU.

Like an Ardcore or Euroduino it can host whatever you program yourself into an ATtiny85.

Anything from simple VCO’s, LFO’s and other oscillators to complete drum sounds and complex FM voices.

2 analog/CV inputs with attenuators and 1 cv analog/digital input jack.
1 audio output jack.

It is supplied with the necessary library/core interface for writing any DSP application you want with the Arduino IDE and playing it in your eurorack synthesizer.

The dsp-Host is shipping now for $60 and is supplied with a preprogrammed chip for instant playing."

Music Theory For Bedroom Producers, Parts I & II - NEW Free Course on Soundfly

This one in via Soundfly, a supporting member of MATRIXSYNTH!:

"We made this course because we think that how theory is currently taught is dry, academic, and difficult to apply to the way producers are making tracks in the year 2016. Yet the same rules apply, and can be used in electronic music to create fantastic new possibilities!"

It's a two part course available online:

Theory For Bedroom Producers I : The Black Keys
Exploring the Pentatonic Scale's impact on electronic music and production.

Theory for Bedroom Producers II : The White Keys
Exploring Mixolydian, Lydian and Major Scale grooves for applications in MIDI and beyond!


"This course series was developed in partnership with New York University's Music Experience Design Lab (MusEDLab). It incorporates years of user research about what makes learning engaging and effective. One key innovation is a new in-browser tool called the aQWERTYon that turns an ordinary computer keyboard into an intuitive musical instrument, enabling students to play examples for themselves right in the course tab. The course is taught primarily by Ethan Hein, research fellow at the MusEDLab and adjunct professor at New York University, and created in collaboration with online music school Soundfly.

These resources are accessible to anyone curious about how music works, but we've targeted them specifically to producers of electronic music. We present examples in the MIDI piano roll familiar to users of Ableton Live or Logic, so no music reading is required. We also offer downloadable MIDI files that can be used in those programs, or any other digital audio workstation. Users go at their own pace, watching videos, taking on activities, playing with the MusEDLab's online keyboard, and learning whenever they want. Students can also share their work using the hashtag #theoryforproducers."

New Advanced Patch Editor & Librarian for the Yamaha VL70m Module and PLGVL Cards

Published on Apr 10, 2016 VL70m

Update: Use this code VLWIZAPRIL for a 15% discount through Sunday May 1! Just for MATRIXSYNTH readers! :)

This one in via The VL-Wizard. A new and I must say, super nice editor, for the Yamaha VL70m and PLGVL cards. It's great to see something like this made available for our older gear.

"General overview on the VL70m-Editor aka VL-Wizard. Interested in trying out this software? Please visit

More will come on setup, voice design etc...
The VL-Wizard"

Also see:
VL70-Wizard: a new programming interface (part 1 of 2)
VL70-Wizard: a new programming interface (part 2 of 2)

"Let me guess, you own a VL70m or PLGVL and you know it is a unique and expressive piece of synth technology. You feel limited and would love to unlock the full potential of it. Well, I have good news for you, as of now you can bring your VL70m and/or PLGVL cards back alive using the VL-Wizard.

This newly developed software is specially made for these Yamaha wonderful synths. You do not need to be an expert to use this software. You can start with the basic features and gradually dive into the secrets of this expressive VL technology. You can download a DEMO version for free, try it out and ask me any question you have.

What is possible with the VL-Wizard?
As a VL-patch editor it allows you to Load, Store, Modify, Improve, Organise, Copy, Create, Organise, Compare, Share, Dumpout, Study VL-voices. It contains well organised editing screens for the VL-Element (the actual VL-voice), detailed Tuning, Common & Controllers parameters, VL70m effects. These editor screens allow you improve, tweaking VL-patches in real-time and hear immediately the changes you make.

The VL-Wizard allows to control up to 8 VL-units. With a bit of effort you can also take full control over the PLGVL cards in your MOTIF ES, S30--S90, EX5r, MU128, MU1000, MU2000 etc. With a bit of effort you can setup a poly VL configuration or layer multiple VL units resulting in more expression and realism..."

See for further details.

Korg Volca FM Edited by Patch Base for iPad

Published on Apr 27, 2016 Coffeeshopped

iTunes: Patch Base - Coffeeshopped LLC
Note Coffeeshopped LLC also makes an extensive MIDI Sysex file manager: Sysex Base - Coffeeshopped LLC

"A demo of Patch Base on iPad being used to design sounds for the Korg Volca FM. All sound is being created by the Volca FM, and controlled with Patch Base."

Note the Volca FM does not yet support realtime editing so what you are seeing are the edits being sent as patch dumps, hence the pause you hear after every edit. Note this is a limitation of the Volca FM and not the editor.

Spotted this one on the excellent discchord mobile music site.

MINIMOM - Mini Hardware Sample Loop Player

MINIMOM from Superbe on Vimeo.

This one is actually from six years ago. Not sure if they are still being made but their website is live. Scott Wiedmann of the Hyve Touch Synthesizer found them and sent them in.

The following is the description for the video and an image from their site:

"DIY electronic box. A one sound 8 bits recording, played normal, reverse and slower to make random rythms.

Video by Germain Ozer et Jordan Froidmont

Music by MINIMOMS"

Haken Continuum EaganMatrix Programming Tutorials

Published on Apr 24, 2016 EaganMatrix Programming

1. Haken Continuum EaganMatrix Programming Session 1 - Predefined Formulas
2. Haken Continuum EaganMatrix Programming Session 2 - Simple Formulas
3. Haken Continuum EaganMatrix Programming Session 3 - Barrels
4. Haken Continuum EaganMatrix Programming - Session 4
5. Haken Continuum EaganMatrix Programming - Session 5 - Shape Generators
6. Haken Continuum EaganMatrix Programming - Session #6 - Using the CVC
7. Haken Continuum EaganMatrix Programming Session 7 - Pedals
8. Haken Continuum EaganMatrix Programming Session8 - TEC Breath Controller
9. Haken Continuum EaganMatrix Programming - Session 9 - Simple Filters and Noise
10. Haken Continuum EaganMatrix Programming Session10 - Continuum as Audio DSP
11. Haken Continuum EaganMatrix Programming Session11 - Creating a Simple Organ
12. Initial Reactions Building Peter Pringle's Keyboard Extension for the Haken Continuum


Published on Apr 28, 2016 GeisterFahrei

"Brandnew Geisterfahrer track.
All music was made with three MS-20,,,

Video and sounds by Matthias Schuster"

A Conversation with Make Noise - Superbooth16

Published on Apr 28, 2016 DivKidVideo

"It was great to get a chance to sit down with Tony Rolando from Make Noise musically and casually chat through some ideas. Set against the gorgeous backdrop that was the river Spree outside the Funkhaus in Berlin at Superbooth16 we chat through some ideas about integrated analogue and digital within the modular, make noise modules (obviously), ideas about storing 'states' and loads more."

SuperBooth 2016: Rebel Technology

Published on Apr 28, 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:

Martin from Rebel Technology demonstrated me their range of modules. My highlight here was the OWL module which include some much power and people can programming their own modules in this one module. From Oscillators, reverbs to other crazy things, all is possible here"

Sound Effect: North Dakota Plains

Published on Apr 28, 2016 SGE

"My attempt at a sound effect scene: The sounds a person might hear while sitting on a porch in North Dakota during wind-swept conditions. The 'wind' is 2 noise voices from the PerFourmer, panned left and right so they sweep around. The 'wind chimes' are a PerFourmer square wave sequenced by the Doepfer MAQ, running through a Modcan Dual Frequency Shifter (which gives it the windchime tube sound) then through a clocked delay from the Disting euro module.

Every now and then there is a 'hawk' screeching in the distance. This 'hawk' is a square wave FM'd by a fast S/H LFO. It also goes through an Echorec pedal delay.

All the sounds go through an Eventide Space for some ambience."

Original Vintage Moog Minimoog Walnut Cabinet

via this auction

"For sale is this 100% all original vintage Moog Minimoog cabinet. This listing is for the wood case only, and includes; the original Walnut cabinet, the black particle board base, the small wood keyboard insert. There are no cracks, no breaks, and no repairs to the cabinet. It is all original and intact. It is in average condition, with evidence of normal use."

Sequential Circuits TOM Drum Machine

via this auction

Aelita Famous Soviet Analog Synthesizer Serviced And Modded SN 400748

via this auction

"Here is for sale soviet analog synth Aelita from 80s. Synth was designed and has been made at the Murom military plant (RIP). This is unique sounding synth. It has 3 OSCs (which is very rare for such a vintage synth) and modulation possibilities similar to the Minimoog. Unit is in a good cosmetic condition (has some minor scratches and a bit dusty on photos) and it works perfectly fine which is also rarity these days.

Synth has been fully serviced and modded. (Added modulation speed LED and noise generator)."

Hard-Mod Vacumm Tube Signal Processor

vacumm tube signal processor from Hard-Mod on Vimeo.

5U // CGS - 202 Resonant EQ

Published on Apr 28, 2016 DiscoverNoise

"DiscoverNoise 038-
5U 009-

Here is the demo of the CGS (Cat Girl Synth) 202 Resonant EQ modelled after the Serge Resonant Equalizer. For detailed infos about this module and its features visit its official website:

The important info from the link below:
"The RESONANT EQUALIZER (EQ) is a unique ten-band filter designed specifically for electronic sound synthesis and processing. Except for the top and bottom frequency bands, all other bands are spaced at an interval of a major seventh. This non-standard spacing avoids the very common effect of an accentuated resonance in one key, as will be the effect from graphic equalizers with octave or third-octave spacing between bands. Spacing by octaves will reinforce a regular overtone structure for one musical key, thereby producing regularly spaced formants accenting a particular tonality. The Resonant Equalizer's band spacing are much more interesting, producing formant peaks and valleys that are similar to those in acoustic instument sounds.

There are three equalized outputs, two which mix the alternate filter bands, and one which is a mix of all filter bands. The upper (up arrow COMB) lets pass the outputs of frequency bands at 61 Hz, 218 Hz, 777 Hz, 2.8 kHz, and 11 kHz. The lower (down arrow COMB) mixes the other bands (29 Hz, 115 Hz, 411 Hz, 1.5 kHz, 5.2 kHz). This equalizer is different from other equalizers in that the bands can be set to be resonant. When the knobs are in the middle position, the response at the main EQ Output is flat. When the knobs are positioned between the 9 and 3 o'clock position, up to 12 db of boost or cut is set at the band. If the knob is set beyond the 3 o'clock position, the band will become resonant, simulating the natural resonance of acoustic instrument formant structures. Below the 9 o'clock position, increased band rejection is achieved."


Homemade Cajon, Bansuri and Synthesizers(Akai 4000DS Sound on Sound)- Homemade Instruments

Published on Apr 28, 2016 Mori Kanda

"Homemade Instruments Blog http://www.homemadeinstruments.kandam...
Instruments List,
Homemade Ocean Drum Cajon,
Mini Bansuri(Bamboo Flute),
Korg Mono/Poly,
Roland Jupiter-6,
Akai 4000DS MK2 Reel To Reel Deck(Sound on Sound),
Mackie 1402-VLZ,
Fostex Model-3180 Spring Reverb,

Day 4: 140BPM Sweetness - Eurorack Jamsession

Published on Apr 28, 2016 Colin Benders

"Scroll to 11:30 if you just want to hear the 'song'. start from the top if you want to follow the process.
Note to self: spend more time soundchecking the stream. luckily the crackle somewhat stops later on.
Decided to hook up the Minibrute for this one. I dont ever use it as a soundsource, its the ideal CV keyboard.
The Arpegiator is brilliant for transposing sequences at arpeggio speeds.
Once again the ER-101 shines at providing harmonic content."

Day 5 - Pitch tracking

Analog Rytm OS 1.30 Update

Published on Apr 28, 2016 Elektron

"Analog Rytm OS 1.30 introduces no less than 12 new machines!

Music examples: 7:30

Ride Cymbal 0:16
Metallic engines 1:13
Basic Hi Hat 1:54
BD Plastic 2:18
BD Sharp 3:16
BD Silky 4:16
SD Natural 5:10

Impulse 6:01 [triggers BugBrand drum module in the middle]
Noise 6:54

New Blood Sound Pack demonstrates the machines:

More audio examples:"

Rephazer - Rytm of the Night (Elektron Analog Rytm - Live Set #1)

Published on Apr 28, 2016 Rephazer

"Hi all, Just got the Analog Rytm to complete the Elektron 'Dark Trinity' here and after uploading a couple of samples and updating it to the latest firmware I started messing around with it.

The combination of analog synthesis and samples + analog filters sounds real nice in this machine I think :)

Anyway here are my first 3 patterns I've made on it just fooling around with some of the possibilities.
I hope to find some time to use the 3 Elektrons together soon and the Rytm will obviously do some nice 'Beats' there.

Thanks for watching/listening! Feel free to leave comments and subscribe if you like my stuff.


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