MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

Hyve Touch Synthesizer Petting Zoo Coming to Institute4Creativty Friday July 1

7PM, Friday, July 1 at Institute4Creativty 111 S. Walnut St. Champaign, IL, USA, Earth, Milky Way, Universe.

Expressions is a recurring event showcasing multi-media art created by local underground talent with a shared theme of experimental and psychedelic expression.

Erica Synths Pico Demo

via Perfect Circuit Audio

"Erica Synths Pico series is a collection of eurorack modules in an incredibly small 3HP per module width. Put them all together and you have yourself the smallest eurorack modular synth system available. So small in fact, you can build an entire Pico modular synth system that fits in a space smaller than an Intellijel Atlantis. Don't let the compact size and low cost per module fool you; while these modules are tiny and relatively inexpensive, the sound, functionality, and build quality are impressive. It's no surprise the Pico modules are showing up in so many racks on Modular Grid already."

ContinuuCon :: 2016

Published on Jun 18, 2016 ContinuuCon

This is a playlist of ContinuuCon 2016 videos starting with the teaser video. The full playlist follows the description below. Note Tony Rolando of Make Noise's video went up previously here. You can skip any video using the video controls at the bottom of the player.

"ContinuuCon, the First Continuum Fingerboard Conference took place June 9–11, 2016, at the Altamont Theatre in Asheville, NC.

Performers, sound designers, composers and electronic music enthusiasts who attended ContinuuCon explored this uniquely expressive instrument through concerts, workshops, lectures and more. Dr. Lippold Haken, inventor of the Continuum, and Edmund Eagan, developer of the Continuum’s synthesis engine EaganMatrix, were among those sharing their knowledge and musical talents.

With sponsors including the Bob Moog Foundation and modular synthesizer manufacturer Make Noise, the event opened with a reception at the Make Noise factory and included an evening concert, and a dinner (with multiple jam sessions) at Streamside.

Cameras: Geary Yelton, Chris Stack, John Schwenk
Editing: Chris Stack
ContinuuConcert Visuals: Greg Waltzer

Special thanks to: The Bob Moog Foundation, Make Noise, Hong Waltzer, Lora Tannenholz, The Altamont Theater and all the ContinuuCon attendees and guests.

Learn more at and"


1. ContinuuCon Teaser Video

2. ContinuuCon :: 2016

3. ContinuuCon Quick Take :: Pallav Pandya

4. ContinuuCon :: Continuum History with Lippold Haken - "History and Deconstruction - Dr. Lippold Haken :: A chronological look at the development of the Continuum, from the first design goals to the current state of the art. Including design philosophies and the evolution that has occurred due to exposure to performers and new synthesis techniques."

5. ContinuuCon :: Continuous Pitch-Space Instruments with Dr. Tom Rhea - "A journey through time with the Hellertion, theremin, ondes Martenot, Trautonium, Moog Ribbon, Moog Trazor, and of course now, the Haken Continuum.

Dr. Tom Rhea pioneered introduction of synthesizers internationally as a Moog synthesizer clinician, functional design consultant, artist relations specialist, documentation writer, and marketing executive. Publications include articles and reviews in Computer Music Journal and many owner's manuals, e.g. the Minimoog Owner's Manual.

A noted lecturer on the history of electronic musical instruments, his Ph.D. dissertation on the topic is cited in The New Harvard Dictionary of Music, and in multiple entries in The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, and now The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, Second Edition.

Conceived and oversaw development of, and wrote the first music for OxyLights, the world's largest permanent music and light installation, as recognized in The Guinness Book of World Records. Artist in Residence at the IEA (Institute for Electronic Arts) 2000-2001 at Alfred University, NY to explore use of DVD technology for presentation of film clips with focus on electronics in the soundtrack.

Cameras: Geary Yelton, Chris Stack
Editing: Chris Stack
Audio: John Schwenk"

6. ContinuuCon :: EaganMatrix pt1 with Ed Eagan - "Design philosophy, the reason for it’s existence, inspirations, why a matrix, what is a matrix, module by module descriptions, simple and complex patching examples, the reasons behind the percular formula construction, integration with MIDI and Max MSP."

7. ContinuuCon :: Tony Rolando on East Coast/West Coast Synthesis - "Make Noise founder Tony Rolando fills us in on the historical differences and similarities in the development of synthesis and electronic music on the East and West coasts. He also includes a demo of Make Noise's new 0-Coast synthesizer module."

8. ContunuuCon :: Continuum Playing Techniques pt1 - "Ed Eagan, Sally Sparks and Rob Schwimmer in a panel discussion and open forum about Continuum playing techniques, and how each has developed their own personal style. Learn more at"

Moog Voyager Expander VX-351 with Extras

via this auction

"This sale includes the Moog Voyager Expander, it's attachment cable, patch cables, and two expression cables."

Yamaha TX416 Synthesizer ( 4 DX7s in a rack )

via this auction

TX81Z Tune

Published on Jun 24, 2016 Eddie Craig

"All sound comes from the TX unit, including percussion.
Midi and effects from Ableton 9"

Reaktor 6 + Eurorack Modular Experiment 01

Published on Jun 24, 2016 VoltageCtrlRtv

"This analog/digital modular experiment is made with a combo of Reaktor 6 Blocks: Clock, Clock Divider, Probability, Random gates, West Coast CFG 4x LPG's, Envelope, LFO, 2 x Quad LFO, Quad Delay, Fold OSC, AE35, Mixer.

The Reaktor 6 Blocks patch is sequencing my Eurorack Modular case and supplying pitch to my analog oscillators.

I'm going to be releasing a Reaktor 6 Sketchbook with a 6 song Ep with all the included Reaktor Blocks patches for you to tweak and explore with Reaktor 6 as a stand alone synth or you can plug the patch into your modular or any other analog gear that accepts pitch and gate via control voltage.

Stay tuned for more sonic experiments.


Moog Music Pays Tribute to Bernie Worrell

via Moog Music

"Today we say a very sad and hard goodbye to beloved Moog family member, Bernie Worrell.

As the founding keyboardist and musical director for Parliament Funkadelic, Bernie's pioneering use of the Minimoog laid the foundation for P-Funk's futuristic sound. Despite his many musical accomplishments, it’s his joyful soul and gentle heart that touched everyone at Moog most. He is the father of Moog bass and the auteur of the funkiest basslines in history - “so wide you can’t get around them, so low you can’t get under them”. Worrell’s bass never reaches the bottom, it wobbles your inner being and oscillates your soul. His grooves were three-dimensional, and they have the timeless power to unite people under the power of their groove.

Bernie Worrell lived a lifetime of music. A child prodigy, Bernie began piano lessons at age 3, gave his first classical concert at 4 and had composed his first concerto by age 8. His gift of perfect pitch guided him through Juilliard and the New England Conservatory of Music, where he developed an affinity for ELP records and Keith Emerson’s use of the Moog synthesizer, inspiring him to acquire one of the new Moog instruments for himself. Like Emerson before him, Bernie Worrell’s command of the synthesizer would shape a new sound for the future. Bernie’s analog basslines for Parliament Funkadelic were the substructure for the band’s inter-dimensional operas and remain foundational to this day; as one of history’s most sampled artists, Bernie’s sonic vocabulary is heard prominently in the works of hip-hop’s most impactful producers- a lasting testament to his unique ability to move the masses. Bernie’s contributions to modern music cannot be understated, without him, there would be no funk.

Our fondest memories are of Bernie joining us for many Moogfest’s to celebrate the spirit of his friend, Bob Moog. Bernie received the Bob Moog Legacy Award in 2008 for his groundbreaking use of the synthesizer and celebrated his 70th birthday at Moogfest 2014. Just last month at Moogfest 2016, Bernie surprised his fans with an intimate impromptu performance with one of the first new Minimoogs produced in over 40 years. Bernie was a beacon of kindness and warmth, we gravitated to the pull of his heart whenever we were blessed with his presence.

Thank you for blessing us with the funk of life and the deep magic of the groove, Bernie. The Moog family is forever grateful to you for opening the door to new dimensions. You are a true wizard.

Love, your friends at Moog"

Bernie Worrell Has Passed Away

Just saw the sad news via @Dr_Blankenstein.

Those that follow the site regularly, know Bernie had lung cancer.

Wikipedia currently has the following up: "George Bernard 'Bernie' Worrell, Jr. (April 19, 1944–June 24, 2016[1]) was an American keyboardist and composer best known as a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and for his work with Talking Heads. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic. Worrell battled stage-four lung cancer and his wife issued a statement on June 16, 2016, that he was near death. He died 8 days later."

Bernie continued to perform live throughout his life and although he was recently ill, he made his way to Moogfest. The video below is from May 20. Think about that for a bit. Less than a month before his passing, he went out and jammed on a new Minimoog Model D, in public. The man never gave up. That my friends is inspiration beyond inspiration. Never give up. Live life as much as you can while you can, no matter what. Bernie is one of our heroes.

Sincere condolences to his close friends and family.

IMG_6354.MOV from Dan Nigrin on Vimeo.

"Bernie Worrell doing impromptu Flashlight riffs at Moogfest 2016 in the Pop Up Moog Factory. May 20, 2016"

Bernie Worrell Playing His Heart Out

Uploaded on Mar 4, 2011

This one is a bit distorted, but it's great to see him play.

"Bernie up close and personal!!! Unbelievable version of Flashlight with Soulive at Brooklyn Bowl II"

Flashlight - Bernie Worrell tribute - Webster hall

And back in the day:

Parliament-Funkadelic - Flash Light - 11/6/1978 - Capitol Theatre (Official)

DO NOT MISS THIS VIDEO. Bernie gets a shout out for his solo at 19:42, but that's not him with the hoody on the CS80. The bassline in the background is actually Bernie on the Minimoog and he comes in visually at 20:35.

Update: Moog Music pays tribute to Bernie Worrell.

Quiet Saturdays - Episode 33

Published on Jun 24, 2016 Alba Ecstasy

"This Episode 33 was born from my newest Mutable Instrument Eurorack module, Tides. The drone-sequence is made with it, modulating the Ripples (cutoff) and the Braids (Timbre and Color) and the SEM filter for Z3000mkii. Clouds is coming over with the Oliverb (Parasite mode). Beatstep Pro is pitching and gating. But, the episode actually starts with a pad from Radias and a lead from OP-1. Volca FM adds the bass, microKorg - the wind of sorrow and the Circuit adds some rhythm.
Ganesh the Cat and I, wish you a relaxing weekend!


PS: the last minute of the video is a rewinded minute before the camera to stop..."

Soundtrack SciFi style ambient - MOOG MicroMoog & Yamaha Reface CS

Published on Jun 24, 2016 Matt Greer

"Soundtrack SciFi epic style ambient made with a MOOG MicroMoog, Yamaha Reface CS, Eventide Space, Behringer Space C Chorus and a TC Electronics Flashback x4

"Cold" by Robots Against Children

Hi gang,

So I cheated a little this time. This is not really a live jam. I multitracked into the DAW but I wanted to share something so I set up a couple cameras to record myself when I tracked the lead so I could share something on my channel. There's only 3 tracks and each represents a single take. I tried to keep it simple.

The big fat stabbing bass comes from the MicroMoog. This instrument is old and has no midi or sync or anything like that bit it will self-modulate and drone so I set the modulation as slow as it would go and just let it pulse on its own while I changed the root note. It's playing through the Behringer Space C Chorus pedal, the Eventide Space and the Flashback x4 for delay, which also builds the rhythm of the track.

I then did a single take to track some subtle background pads on the Reface CS and then finally I recorded a simple lead on the MicroMoog as well. Great sounding instrument. I think I'll use it more often. I sold my Ultranova lately and moved the Moog onto the stand. That was a good idea."

MFB TANZMAUS // First Touch // Factory Presets

Published on Jun 24, 2016 LESINDES

"UNPACKING, FIRST TOUCH 6 tweaking the 16 FACTORY PRESETS of MFB TANZMAUS, hybrid sibling of the fully analog TANZBÄR and TANZBÄR LITE."

Summer NAMM 2016 - Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 Desktop Module

Published on Jun 24, 2016 Kraft Music

"The Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 six-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer is the result of a collaboration between two of the most influential designers in poly synth history, Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim. The OB-6 sound engine is rooted in the classic, bold character of Tom Oberheim's original SEM, with added modern enhancements like studio-quality effects, a polyphonic step sequencer, an arpeggiator, and more. A poly chain feature allows the pairing of any two OB-6s for 12-voice polyphony.

The OB-6 Keyboard features a four-octave, semi-weighted keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch, while the OB-6 Desktop offers the same circuit and controls in a compact module.

Get more for your money with an exclusive Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 polyphonic analog synthesizer BUNDLE from Kraft Music. These package deals include the accessories you'll need to get the most out of your new synth - at home, on stage, or in the studio. If you have any questions, please give us a call. Our knowledgeable sales advisors will be happy to assist in choosing the BUNDLE that's right for you!"

Dave Smith Instruments OB-6 Module - Summer NAMM 2016 - Midiverse - TV

Published on Jun 24, 2016 MIDI-VERSE TV

"What's up everybody? Welcome to Midiverse - TV, today we're at the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN. Here we are at the Dave Smith Instruments booth checking out the new OB-6 Desktop Module and also playing a few different patches on the keyboard version.

Thanks to Dave Smith Instruments and NAMM."

John Carpenter - The Fog (Snippet) Performed live on the Kronos

Published on Jun 24, 2016 Korg

"We stop by the Hollywood home studio of American film director, screenwriter, producer, editor and composer John Carpenter. The legendary director talks of scoring low budget student films, composing influences and his new album of entitled 'Lost Themes'."

See the interview from Korg with John Carpenter here.

Introducing Vox Unit for iPad

Published on Jun 24, 2016 Hervé Noury

"Vox Unit is a vocoder for iPad, optimized to create choir effects, and other soloist or strange vocal effects."

iTunes: Vox Unit - Herve Noury

"Vox Unit is a vocoder. You speak in the microphone, you play on the keyboard, and choir and vocal effects are produced.

Vox Unit was optimized to create realistic choir effects. You can also produce soloist voices or strange vocal effects with, that you'll love to mix in you next musical production.

Listen to the short demo in the App Store, or to the longer version on our website to have an opinion on how Vox Unit sounds : all vocals were produced with Vox Unit, and only a global reverberation was added during the mix.

Several synthesis technologies were combinated to obtain this result, you'll get a very original vocoder downloading this musical instrument. Many presets are included to simulate your musical inspiration.

Use a headphone when you play Vox Unit : be carefull about the feedback noises elsewhere.

Vox Unit includes MIDI and Inter App Audio protocols : the demo was recorded with Garage Band iOS for example."


via this auction

"Up for auction is a lot of ARP 2600 equipment, parts, keyboards,manuals. The main unit and the 3602-P keyboard have matching serial numbers and when I plugged it in, I had to wiggle the plug at the keyboard to get the unit to work. I noticed the speaker on the left was not working. I was able to get sounds from the unit, but I don't know how this unit works. I did not connect the two 3620 keyboards. All 4 pieces have their covers and there are 3 owners manuals, 2 quick start manuals, a patch book and a service manual. There are also new sliders and 4 1/8"jacks, a new power cord with the male end included, and a new carry handle. Also about 43 slider caps. This unit came from Michigan Technical University. Looks like they were cleaning house."

Waldorf Microwave XT Rev.3 - Wavetable Synthesizer

via this auction

"Waldorf XT/II Rack Synthesizer - Final version (Rev.3)
Mint condition.
Looks and works great! Sounds like no other synth I've ever used.
It's a beautiful, orange beast... The paint job is second to none.
All knobs work perfect. Screen is bright & crisp.
OS 2.33 installed."

Roland SH-2 Vintage Analog Synthesizer SN 044573 with Original Case

via this auction

This SH-2 is in perfect working condition and in very good condition!!
This unit was overhauled by Roland professional technician.
come with Original Case and paper work(copy)."

Serviced Roland Juno-106 with Wood Side Panels

via this auction

"Here is what was done:
* All 6 Voice Chips were restored.
* a full calibration was done.
* Keypad was disassembled - Board and all keys were cleaned.
* Side panels were replaced by Wood panels.

The keyboard is in an amazing condition.
The only thing that i should mention is that program button 3 needs a lightly stronger press that all other program buttons. It's very minor but i have to mention it."

Yamaha CS15 Synthesizer with Mods

via this auction

"It was originally purchased from Modeless Factory (Japan) with the following mods:

VCF Serial Routing Switch
Ring Modulation Knob
VCO Frequency Modulation Knob

All keys and functions are working as expected."

sismo neon

sismo neon from sismo on Vimeo.

"Sismo Neon is a sound effect machine. We use the shape of our QADROX but this time in sequenced effects.

The Neon circuit generate square and noise waves. That could be sequenced by 8 step cv and modulated by 2 LFO, envelope and portamento.

You can create all manners of bleeps, buzzes, birds and alarms.

- Attack and portamento
- 8 step sequencer
- 2 lfo
- Manual gate
- Syncable by clock, lead the tempo"

InsWorks VCO-SF01 Demo

Published on Jun 24, 2016 Carlos Alberto Gutiérrez Vera

Seq 001 - Alesis ION Yamaha DX7 IIFD E!, sr-16,

Published on Jun 18, 2016 qui mo

Spotted this one on discchord and thought it was pretty nice.

"Synths used:
Yamaha DX7IIFD E! grey matter
Alesis Ion
Alesis SR-16 drum machine

Master FX

Behringer uca-222

Macbook pro:

SoundScaper Updates

via Motion Soundscape, the makers of SoundScaper.

"In the next several updates of SoundScaper will be improved user interface (not a totally changed but will prepared for new functions), added new MIDI options, supported Dropbox, extended built-in sound library, added new control options for oscillators, new morphing features and new automation.

And then after those updates will be added a completely new control tool that opens for SoundScaper new dimension of composing and performing. But more about this feature a bit later :)"

iTunes: SoundScaper - An experimental sound mini lab - iMusicAlbum

Roland SH-3A Vintage Synthesizer "mellow & creamy"

Published on Jun 23, 2016 xpjv

"Another playing technique of the possibility of this instrument."

1st demo here.

Martin Stürtzer - Gamma Shape (ambient dub techno ep)

Published on Jun 24, 2016 Martin Stürtzer

"Third track of my new 'Quadrashape' EP.

All sounds: NI Reaktor 6, Elektron Analog Rytm.

VST Host / master clock: Ableton Live

Recorded in live session without overdubs."

CFM - Superbooth16

Published on Jun 24, 2016 DivKidVideo

"The final interview Superbooth video here with CFM. Unfortunately it was dark right where Alex was so the footage isn't amazing. However the scope shots show the audio and there's direct audio solo and full volume at the end."

Modular Monthly: Sequencing with HackMe Vectr

Published on Jun 24, 2016 Future Music Magazine

"We show you how to get the most out of HackMe's impressive sequencing device, Vectr."

FutureRetro 512 Touch Response Adjustments & Interface Cables for Moog, EMS, & Buchla

Making 512 touch response adjustments. Future Retro

Published on Jun 24, 2016 FutureRetroSynths

"All 512 owners should watch this video, as I describe 3 hidden adjustments you can make to the touch response for aftertouch, mod wheel, and pitch bend… that is not explained in the owner's manual.

The 512 provides more personalization parameters than any other touch keyboard we know of. With it's Velocity and Aftertouch Curves and Ranges, Pitch Bend and Mod Wheel response rate, and now touch response sensitivity adjustments for Aftertouch, Mod Wheel, and Pitch Bend."

Interface cables for Moog, EMS, Buchla with Future Retro 512

Published on Jun 24, 2016

"In this video we take a look at the V-trig to S-trig cable for Moog synths, the Keyboard cable for EMS, and talk about 1/8" to banana cables for Buchla and trimming the V/Oct output."

Wave Alchemy Spectrum Overview

Published on Jun 24, 2016 Wave Alchemy

"14 iconic vintage synthesizers, 10,000 samples and 175 unique patches; each expertly programmed and creatively combined into a single unified, incredibly powerful virtual instrument... Spectrum - coming soon to"

"Over 18 months in development, our goal with Spectrum was to bring together under one roof the iconic sounds of the most sought-after analogue and digital synths in existence, with the ability to layer, blend and creatively transform patches, tones and timbres into fresh, organic, evolving sounds… Revolutionize the timeless sounds of yesteryear!

At the heart of Spectrum lies a beautiful, versatile collection of synth patches; each lovingly designed from the ground up using an impressive collection of iconic analogue and digital synthesizers:

Moog Minimoog Model D, Roland Juno-60, Roland Juno-106, Arp Odyssey, Korg MS-20, Roland JX8P, Moog Source, Roland Saturn 09, Roland SH-09, Moog MG-01, Korg Minikorg, Korg Poly-800, Future Retro XS and Yamaha DX5.

4 powerful oscillators are loaded with 175 characterful multi-sampled ‘waveforms’, which can be layered simultaneously and transformed into oblivion with Spectrum’s ground-breaking editing and processing parameters!

ZenSound REALISM Chromaphone 2 Soundset

Published on Jun 24, 2016 ZenSound

"Available at ZenSound!

Realism is a new soundset with 128 patches for Chromaphone 2.
This soundset is specially designed for cinematic electronica with a modern edge and avant garde feel.
Realism has been made with extensive use of Chromaphone's arpeggiator making quite fun and inspiring to play sounds with the keyboard."

Roland MKS 70 Super JX Display Replacement and OS Upgrade

Published on Jun 24, 2016 SSM Curtis

Live Jam 03 at Modular Synthesizer Meeting "Happy Knobbing" 2016

Published on Jun 24, 2016 Ralph Baumgartl VLog

"This is the final part of the high energy and mesmerizing Modular Synthesizer Jam Session that was taking place during the “Happy Knobbing” 2016 festival. This is an annual event where electronic musicians come together to exchange ideas and to display their collection of massive modular synthesizers and other electronic music making gear. Various artists are performing in this video. Enjoy!"

All parts here.

Batchas presents: la minute de Serge Paperface [S01E04]

Published on Jun 23, 2016 batchas

"Original Serge Paperface Modular System from 1978.

One take, direct outs. Only reverb/delay might have been added afterwards."

All parts including episode 5 here.

Patch n Tweak

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