MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

DSI OB-6 (2016) vs. Oberheim OB-Xa (1981) Analog Synthesizer Battle

Published on May 20, 2016 RetroSound

"(c) 2016 vintage synthesizer demo by RetroSound

DSI OB-6 (2016) vs. Oberheim OB-Xa (1981) Analog Synthesizer

I have programmed a few of my favorite OB-Xa sounds on the OB-6 for a comparision video. I used only settings that you can find on both synths.

The OB-6 fx routing is on bypass.

no external fx or compression. You can hear only the raw sound from both synths."

Schrödinger's Map

Published on May 20, 2016 Data Broth

"drums and bass on volca sample, glitched noises on volca keys, no other gear or effects used, dry signals"

KORG Volcas on eBay | KORG Volcas on Amazon

Moog Taurus 2 Feedback Loop

Published on May 20, 2016 Ebotronix

4ms Peg, QCD/Expander, RCD², VCA Matrix
Analogue Systems RS 100²
Doepfer R 2m², A101-2², A133², A143-2
A156, A175, A185-2 ,A138a²²b²²c²²²
Flame Q Slider²
foh choices
Make Noise Optomix, René
Malekko Jag
Moog Taurus 2
Toppobrillo Quantimator² (mixolydian), TWF²
Logic masterclock to Kenton Pro 2000
FX : Boss VF-1, TC M 3000
mackie the mixer²
drums Ultrabeat
vid #1517


Published on May 20, 2016 Colin Benders

"Felt like doing some uptempo stuff while everyone was gone for smokes & beers. started mellow, cut the stream where the gabber kicks started ;-) enjoy!"

TTSH Synthesizer Arp 2600 Clone

via this auction

"The unit works perfectly and sounds great. The reverb sounds haunting and the synth delivers a great tone. The case was purchased from synthcube and features a clear satin finish with rubber feet.

The sliders have the lights disabled and enameled white as a custom modification. This also means that the synth only draws around 200ma, making it able to run on very low power and still delivering a full, rich (and loud) tone."

Roland MC-202

via this auction

Moog Mother 32 + Crystalline app minimal jam

Published on May 20, 2016 HoldernessMedia .

"Fun little improv with the Mother-32 running through Crystalline app and Volca Beats running through Echo Pad app. Live stereo mix recorded direct from mixer into Apollo Twin, no post processing aside from normalization of the stereo file. Mother-32 connected to iPad and Volca connected to iPhone using 2 Apogee Jam interfaces."

iTunes: Crystalline - Shimmer Reverb Effects Processor - Holderness Media

Irregular Clocks In Eurorack

Published on May 20, 2016 Voltage Control Lab

"Exploring the use of irregular clocks and uneven time divisions as a means to creating strange and interesting patterns with Eurorack sequencers and other modules."

birdkids - Bateleur & Expanders

Published on May 20, 2016 DivKidVideo
Update: Re-Published on May 21, 2016 due to audio error.

"Here's the awesome Bateleur (yes revel in laughter as I pronounce it wrong!) VCO and VCF (with expanders) from birdkids. It's a great analogue voice with plenty of character that just feels really musical and fun every time I use it."

Korg Minilogue analog sounds by Harlem Nights

Published on May 20, 2016 harlemnightsmusic

"Just got this very nice synth! Some additional stereo delay from my Roland SRE-555, and some master compression.

Some little ideas based on classic 80s tracks of My Mine, Gary Numan, Patrick Cowley and Bobby O. The last melody is the intro of a very old track of me called "Pet Symphony", I composed that on a Casio SK1 sampler.

Affectionately, I think the Minilogue often sounds like a sometimes noisy 80s radio cassette tape recording of a vintage analog synth. Its ease of use and portability may make you sound even better."

KORG minilogues on eBay | Korg minilogues on Amazon

Moogfest 2016 Live Feed for the Day - 5/20

Started streaming less than 1 hour ago

Also added to the main Moogfest live feeds post for the archives.

"Analog Synth, Improv 82, Prophet 6, Ambient"

Published on May 20, 2016 Bob I. Gomez

Synclavier V Demo by Paul Schilling

"Proud to have been part of the sound design team for the amazing Synclavier V.

All tracks are 100% Synclavier V (FM / additive synthesis)."

Synclavier V Demos by Paul Schilling.

CLASSIXX - All You're Waiting For (Live on KEXP)

Published on Jan 19, 2014 KEXP

I think they like Dave Smith Instruments. :)

"http://KEXP.ORG presents CLASSIXX performing "All You're Waiting For" live in the KEXP studio. Recorded July 29, 2013.

Host: Cheryl Waters
Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs
Cameras: Andrew Franks, Luke Knecht & Justin Wilmore
Editor: Justin Wilmore"

Arturia Synclavier V, The BIG Soundtest, Incredible Synth

Published on May 20, 2016 thesoundtestroom

See the announcement post here for details on the Synclavier V.

17-The DSI/Oberheim OB-6: Part 17- Sequencer/Arpeggiator Part 1

Published on May 20, 2016 AutomaticGainsay

"Here is a two-part video demonstrating the functionality of the clock, arpeggiator, and sequencer, as well as how the effects can sync to them.

Thank you for supporting Automatic Gainsay at:"

All parts here.

DSI PROPHET 12 // the PADs

Published on May 20, 2016 LESINDES

"DAVE SMITH INSTRUMENTS PROPHET 12 is a stunning PAD machine. So many modulations. 4 oscillators, 4 LFOs, 4 envelopes....
Sorry I quoted the wrong camera: footage was taken this time with NIKON D-750 ;-)"


Published on May 20, 2016 Chris White

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

All parts here.

Modular Minutes: Propagating the Tri-ger

Published on May 20, 2016 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"Modular Minutes: Propagating the Tri-ger

This time we made some beats with the Qu-Bit Electronix - Tri-Ger hitting some Mutant Drums from Hexinverter and the Tiptop Audio - CYMBL909. The triggers were delayed with the Steady State Fate - Propagate. We added some (tube) warmth to the audio signal path with the Erica Synths - Fusion Mixer V2, which we attenuated a bit befor sending it to our current favourite DSP module, the Erica Synths - Black Hole DSP.

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

Sines & Squares 2016 Edition


"'Sines & Squares' is one of UK's first festivals and concert series celebrating the recent resurgence of analogue and modular synthesizers. In its first edition (Sines & Squares 2014), it featured some of the most renown UK and international performers, composers, lecturers and designers working with Buchla, Serge, Eurorack, Hordijk and EMS modular systems. It also includes theoretical 'Patchbay Sessions' with papers and presentations focused on modular synthesis, a Modular Lounge (system demos) and many more things.

Sines & Squares 2016 Edition
We are delighted to announce the second edition of the Sines & Squares Festival (due to popular demand!).

The Festival will include:

Concerts including live performances and fixed media works on the theme featuring the MANTIS System (large-scale sound diffusion system)
“Patchbay Sessions” with musical interludes (paper presentations and discussion proposals which are interpolated with short etude pieces.
Workshop/s to build Modular Electronics
Keynote speaker/s masterclass
Demonstrations on systems ; e.g. Buchla, Serge, Eurorack, Hordijk and EMS
Modular Raffle (including modular hardware and music donated by sponsors and participants)"

See the Sines & Squares label below for posts from pervious years' events.


Published on May 20, 2016 LESINDES

"TWEAKING & EXPLORING the SINGLE SOUNDS of MFB TANZBÄR LITE -- once I had learnt it ;-)"

New FERTAS squisher

Published on May 20, 2016 paul tas

"The new FERTAS squisher
is an organic noise drone with complex echo
severals touch points with your hand.
Hot organic sound.
but also a lot of possibilities patch
also 4 CV for use in rack euro
really fun to make complex noise or drumsweeps
the delay filter can be used with other gear
and can also generate self self oscillator
for glitch sounds
it comes with hanger on the wall
3 patch Bannan 4mm /
battery clip for 9V

Deadmau5 -Strobe Cover (w/ MI Ambika)

Published on May 7, 2016 Jade Guitarmaker

"Here is a jam I performed of Strobe, which is one of my favorite dance anthems. All of the synth sounds are coming from my DIY Mutable Instruments Ambika. The synth and drums are sequenced by Maschine. The effects are being made by feedback delay on my guitar, which I am controlling with Maschine."

Public Library Modular Synthesizer Jam

Published on May 20, 2016 Jade Guitarmaker

"I made this patch using the Lawrence Public Library modular synthesizer. I love my library."


Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms KB-1 & SV-1 Tutorials

Published on May 20, 2016 Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers

"Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms KB-1 pressure sensitive controller. The Lifeforms KB-1 eurorack module provides a multi-function, expressive, capacitive touch keyboard designed for performance. It contains a powerful one octave pressure sensitive keyboard complete with arpeggiator, step sequencer, preset voltage memory array, and a pair of multi-mode trigger pads. Eleven patchable outputs and a deep feature set enable an unprecedented level of control over any eurorack system. More information on the Lifeforms KB-1 is available at"

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms SV-1 Tuturial

Published on May 20, 2016

"The Lifeforms SV-1 is a fully patchable synthesizer module, destined to be the heart and soul of any eurorack modular system. It features two independent, full-range analog oscillators, and the unmistakeable sound of the Pittsburgh Modular filter paired with a highly curated set of modular tools designed to fuel the creative fire. More information on the Lifeforms SV-1 is available at"

1972 ARP Pro Soloist Vintage Analog Synthesizer w/ World (1/4) Tone Mod SN 273891

via this auction

"This is probably one of most super funk, soulful & expressive synths I have ever owned. I purchased it in Chicago from the keyboard player of an Iraqi world music band who bought it new & had it equipped with this amazing quarter-tone mod. Man that guy could shred..."

Roland SH-101 SN 597162

via this auction

Roland MC-202 MicroComposer SN 350700

via this auction


via this auction


John Bowen Solaris Synthersizer

via this auction

Roland Juno-106 w/ KIWI MOD

via this auction

The Roland Juno-106 Kiwi Mod was released back in 2013. You can find details on it here.

Clawtar - Adaptive MIDI Controller for the iPad & ChordUp for iPhone & iPad

Published on May 15, 2016 Dmitry Klochkov

Spotted this one on discchord. The above goes through a number of quick demo videos of the Clawtar followed by ChordUp. Don't miss the Game of Thrones demo in video 8. The following is the info on both apps via iTunes.

iTunes: Clawtar - Adaptive MIDI Controller - Dmitry Klochkov

"Clawtar is a musical instrument and MIDI controller with adaptive interface.

The biggest problem with all virtual musical instruments is the almost complete lack of tactile reference.
You have to constantly control your performance with your eyes to make sure your fingers go to the right places.

This aproach is not very good for two reasons. Firstly, vision is much slower than audio and tactile perceptions.

Secondly, the process of continuous analysing of visual information is very resource intensive for your brain.

As a result, it is very hard to feel relaxed and concentrate on the music during a performance.

So how can we solve this problem?

Instead of trying to adapt to an instrument we can make the instrument to adapt to the player!

Clawtar's adaptive interface allows you to position your hands and fingers in the most natural and comfortable way.
After choosing your position, you can play by moving only your fingers, with your hands completely relaxed.
This approach minimizes the need of visual control, allows you to leverage your muscle memory, and gives your brain more time to think about the music you are playing.


• Adaptive interface
• Chromatic scale
• 4+ octaves range (8+ with octave shift buttons)
• Pitch-bend control
• Modulation control
• Volume control
• Repeat button (allows to play same note multiple times faster)
• Transposition (allows to change root note)
• 9 built-in sounds.
• Virtual MIDI and Wi-Fi MIDI output."

iTunes: ChordUp - Dmitry Klochkov

"ChordUp is a chord musical instrument and MIDI controller for live performance.

With more than 100 available chords you can play almost any song spontaneously without any pre-configuration.

Play easily any chord pattern: full chords, bass and chord, strumming, arpeggios, power chords, etc.

Control your favorite synthesizer or sampler though MIDI.

Click 'Developer Website' link to see demo videos.

For a detailed review visit


• 108 available chords (9 chord types for each of the 12 notes).
• 10 embedded instruments: Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, Guitar, Organ, Accordion, Vibraphone, Strings, 3 synth sounds.
• 12 pads surface (for long arpeggios, bass, bass and chord patterns)
• 6 strings surface (for guitar strumming, power chords and arpeggios)
• Expression pad surface (allows to play full chord and control an expression parameter at the same time)
• Smart sustain. With the sustain enabled, when you switch chords, only the notes of the current chord that don't belong to the next chord are muted.
• Octave shifting.
• Chord locking. You can lock one chord type for a chord button.
• Buttons size adjustment on iPad.
• Virtual MIDI and Wi-Fi MIDI support."

FieldScaper v1.6 Update & Demo with Polivoks

Polivoks synth and FieldScaper app sound and noodling demo

Published on May 20, 2016 Igor Vasiliev

"Polivoks synth original sound and processed by FieldScaper app with default presets."

iTunes: FieldScaper - Sound warp field recorder and scape constructor - iMusicAlbum

"What's New in Version 1.6
● Added several new presets.
● Added band stop filter option in filter section.
● Anti-aliasing filter in clock control section.
● Turning off ring modulator in distortion section.
● Small improvements of audio engine.
● New color schemes for user interface.
● Built-in description updated.
● Minor bug fixes."

Modular Synth - Patch in Progress 32

Published on May 20, 2016 isvisible / isinvisible

"Working out a new track featuring:
Music Thing - Radio Music.
Lots of Doepfer modules.
Livewire - Vulcan Modulator.
Folktek - Materia and Mentalis.
A few other modules plus some delays and reverbs.


KOMA Elektronik Komplex Sequencer: CV Recorder Tutorial (New Firmware)

Published on May 20, 2016 KOMA Elektronik

"A tutorial video on the Komplex Sequencer for using the CV Recorder and its many functionalities. First, the CV Recorder must be updated as illustrated in the beginning of the video. Updates include solid operation and the ability to save the banks on power down."

Update: the mini press release on the update:

"CV Recorder Firmware Update for the KOMA Komplex Sequencer
New hands-on tutorial video explaining the updating process and all the features in depth

BERLIN, MAY 20TH 2016 - Two weeks after the release of firmware update V1.3 Flower Power, KOMA Elektronik is happy to announce a new update for the Komplex Sequencer, this time for the CV Recorder!

The new individual update will streamline the inner workings of the Komplex Sequencer’s CV Recorder Section offering better workflow and more visual feedback for the user. In this new tutorial video we explain the updating process, workflow changes and show how to record and save a sequence in the CV Recorder!"

Archive: Top Twenty Greatest Synths Part 9 - Extras

The last video in the series has been added to the main post.

Midi interface morning training

Published on May 19, 2016 bitleyTM

"It was time fetching up the larger rack from the basement once again. Of course a good opportunity to shoot a training video for y'all, enjoy."

A little synth humor to start the day. The weekend is almost here!

Patch n Tweak

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