MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

New Handheld ZONT Synthesizer in the Works?

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

It looks a like a Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator and iPhone morphed together. Release is scheduled for Fall of next year.

The initial details:

sound design in your pocket
A ground-breaking pocket-sized digital synthesizer designed for infinite customization and versatility.

Beautifully engineered for the modern producer

— Interchangeable sound cartridges
— Unibody front-plate design
— Durable and soft-to-touch materials
— LED-backlit buttons
— Universal input interface for both rhythm/sequencer and melody composition

ZONT modules change the game!

ZONT digital sound engines come in cartridge form, just like your favorite game, with four engines in your hands right out the box ready to feed the appetites of the modern producer.

Our sound engineers team up with prestigious electronic music producers and DJs to design custom sound engines for limited edition cartridges.

With RCA, MIDI, USB-C and 3.5mm jack outputs, the Studio Dock turns ZONT into a full member of your studio setup. Integrated Wi-Fi for cloud-based collaboration and production.

German WaveFrame Corporation AudioFrame Flyer

Another fascinating bit of synth history. Don't miss the UVI demos below. This is the first time the WaveFrame AudioFrame has been featured on the site.  There was a controller for one featured here, and it was used by Barry Schrader and mentioned in my interview with him here and one previous post here.

This one was sent my way via swissdoc: "I just scanned my mega-sized German flyer from 1988/1989 of the WaveFrame Corporation AudioFrame. It is 600x600 dpi an weights in as about 32 megs. You can find it here [or check out the images of the complete pdf in this post - click each to zoom in].

It is similar to Fairlight or Synclavier and was kind of the first DAW. The system is still supported by

UVI has an instrument based on it.

Features you could install into the slots:

-Sampler (44.1 kHz Samplerate, stereo, 2 - 30MB Ram, grafische Samplebearbeitung, 16 Stimmen pro Karte)
-Mischpult mit 16 Eingängen + Reverb & Delay
-AD und / oder DA Wandler

And via UVI:

"Back in the 80's the WaveFrame Audioframe was the second generation of mega samplers, in line with the NED Synclavier and Fairlight CMI. A complete 48-voice system would sell for over $100,000, and at the time the feature set was worth it! The Audioframe was used by renowned artists like Peter Gabriel and Stevie Wonder and by leading sound designers and foley artists.

The UVI WaveFrame Sound Collection isn't a massive library dredged with tens of gigabytes of super high resolution wave files - conversely, it's a lean and mean library expertly crafted after the original, weighing in at just over 350 MB.

As you can hear in the demos, size isn't a factor for this library. The collection contains a multitude of very useful and organic sounds such as keyboards, guitars, basses, solo strings, string sections, upper brass, lower brass, brass sections, woodwinds, synths, pacific rim, percussion, drums, effects and test tones.

WaveFrame Sound Collection brings you an excellent library of bread and butter sounds that preserve the character and history of this milestone in music tech history."

Practical Electronics Rhythm Generator For the Musician from Jan 1978

via @noyzelab

12 Switch Selected Rhythms

8 Percussion Voices

Curious what this sounded like. I've never seen one before. This is only the 20th Practical Electronics post on MATRIXSYNTH. That's out of over 140,000 posts.  Th others include the Minisonic and Minisonic 2, the PE Sound Synthesizer, and the the String Ensemble.  You'll find a few posts from Ken MacBeth and AM Synths AM8071 SnowFall Filter, which was "a traditional diode ladder low pass filter, similar to that in the EMS VCS3, Roland SH-3, System 100 and Practical Elctronics Minisonic 2."

Red Roland SH-101

Published on Jul 11, 2016 paul garrone

via this auction

Quadnnic Deep

"Trying out the new Studio Electronics Quadnic. It's the only sound source used here. I run it thru a lowpass filter (e440) and then a hipass (polaris), then into clouds for the delay/reverb."

Bernie Worrell plays Pigtronix Envelope Phaser with Minimoog Analog Synth and Hohner Clavinet

Published on Aug 30, 2012 Pigtronix

"This is the official demo video for the Pigtronix Bernie Worrell Signature Envelope Phaser Pedal. In this video, Bernie uses two Envelope Phasers simultaneously, one on Clav and one on Minimoog. Recorded at Highfields studio in NJ with Bernie Worrell and Members of the Bernie Worrell Orchestra."

Somehow missed this one. We miss you Bernie.


Published on Jul 14, 2016 SynthgodXXX

Update: part 2 added below.

The first patch sounds similar to Prophetic Steps on the KORG Prophecy. Same engine but slightly different some say. I always thought the Z1 was a Polyphonic Prophecy, but the parameter editing does not actually match up 1 to 1. I once tried creating Prophetic Steps on the Z1 to see what a polyphonic version would sound like and ultimately gave up. On the other hand the Yamaha UK once released a Roland JP-8000 soundset for the Yamaha AN1X that was quite spot on. I A/B'ed them and was blown away at how exact they got it in some cases. I always wondered if they ported the patches through software of if an individual meticulously recreated them.

Video description:

by Rik Marston
***Watch In HD*** 100% NO TALKING!
Please Watch Your VOLUME LEVELS!!!

This is a 2 part demonstration of the sounds &
the power of the optional EXB-MOSS (KORG Z1
synthesizer engine in an expansion board) for the
KORG TRITON & KARMA series keyboard music workstations.
It's the heart & soul of the powerful Virtual Analog /
Physical Modeling MONSTER synthesizer: The KORG Z1.
I love the KORG Z1, so having it INSIDE the KORG TRITON EXTREME 61 key is GREAT!!!
And it is also EXCELLENT in the KORG KARMA!
Now that ROCKS!!!!!

The first 7 sounds are from the FANTASTIC Professional
sound designers: PRO-REC
The bank (on sale at is called
"MOSS Film 3-D" + it's worth every penny!!
Waaay trippy sounds that will take you into OBLIVION!
Great use with the EFFECTS!!!
The last 4 sounds are from the FACTORY F Bank
PCG's or Programs.
They show off a great variety of soundscapes & the true power
of the fantastic EXB-MOSS expansion!! 6 voices of AWESOME!!!!

Here are the sound names, program numbers & time in video:

1. Planet X F079 from PRO-REC "MOSS Film 3-D" @ 00:08
2. Evolution F084 from PRO-REC "MOSS Film 3-D" @ 00:59
3. Alien Vector F061 from PRO-REC "MOSS Film 3-D" @ 01:44
4. Reactor Engine F042 from PRO-REC "MOSS Film 3-D" @ 02:25
5. Spectacles F050 from PRO-REC "MOSS Film 3-D" @ 03:30
6. Xanthers F078 from PRO-REC "MOSS Film 3-D" @ 04:46
7. Slip Sipper F058 from PRO-REC "MOSS Film 3-D" @ 07:18
8. BPF Sweep F041 from the FACTORY F Bank @ 08:36
9. Sub Lead F026 from the FACTORY F Bank @ 11:04
10. Square Hollow F009 from the FACTORY F Bank @ 12:48
11. Morph 3003 Dist F067 from the FACTORY F Bank @ 13:30

Thank You For Watching!
More Synth Demos & Ambient Chill Zen Music
Coming Soon!


Here are the sound names, program numbers & time in video:

1. Water Bell F092 from the FACTORY F Bank @ 00:05
2. Antique Strings F062 from the FACTORY F Bank @ 01:51
3. Dream Strings F038 from the FACTORY F Bank @ 03:29
4. Night Lights F017 from the FACTORY F Bank @ 05:50
5. Forest F015 from the FACTORY Bank @ 08:00
6. Vowel Phase Pad F023 from the FACTORY F Bank @ 09:37
7. Mad Scientist F0111 from the FACTORY F Bank @ 11:00
8. Ground Synth F0123 from the FACTORY F Bank @ 12:23
9. Giant REZ Sweep F048 from the FACTORY F Bank @ 13:43

Dark Side of the Tune Live at Volt Divers

Published on Jul 14, 2016 darksideothetune

"Dark Side of the Tune Live in Portland, Oregon. Volt Divers night at Lovecraft bar. Live Modular Synthesis meets Akai MPC."

Hellcore - Studio Live Jam 140716 - Elektron Monomachine / Analog Four / DSI Tetra

Published on Jul 14, 2016 Hellcore

"Quick play with the Monomachine MIDI sequencing the Tetra. Had some issues with recording, hence the odd glitch and fade out. All sequencing from the synths, recorded via USB out of the A4 using Overbridge."

Watch the blinky lights for what each synth is playing.

ARP 2600 synthesiser fader repair MF#83

Published on Jul 14, 2016 markusfuller

"replacing a broken fader on the Arp-2600 Synthesiser.
the background arp-2600 music used in this video is by -CALC-
My patreon page is"

modular jam w / cirklon, elektron

Published on Jul 14, 2016 josker

"Basically the first idea with modular that developed into a songish form.

I'm driving my trusty Roland XV -5050 rompler and Braids into Clouds, which is pitch-modulated. drums Rytm, bass and small trinkets A4. Cirklon controls (and rules) all."

Live Ambient 1

Published on Jul 14, 2016 miip999

"Live Ambient/noise recorded live in studio with Makenoise modular system"

Novation UltraNova Unboxing Shots & Upcoming Reviews

Just a few quick shots of my new Novation UltraNova! I will be reviewing the synth along with providing my thoughts back to Novation. If anyone has any questions, or anything they'd like me to cover and/or pass along to them, let me know. You can leave a comment at the bottom of this post or send me an email (you can find my email address at the bottom right of the site via the little email icon - either click on it, or right click and copy the address).

I'm looking forward to giving this synth a run-through. I actually own a Novation Nova desktop synth, a K-Station, and of course, the recent Novation Circuit which I wrote a review for along with an iPad editor. I'm curious how the two will integrate, including how the UltraNova might act as an editor and controller for the Circuit. The addition of wavetables and extended functionality of the UltraNova over the Nova and K-Station are of particular interest to me as well. I'm curious how far the Nova line has come, and what if any of the codebase it shares with the originals. The Supernova II was the flagship and retailed for roughly $2,999. The UltraNova retails for only $599. How do they compare?

Side note: check out the bottom two pics below. Funny how the keyboard in the top one runs into the image on the box in the bottom one. That was not intentional, but pretty cool nonetheless. :) The bottom shot is w/o the included mic plugged in.

Note I have "Reviews" in the title. Just going over the UltraNova for a day I can see it is a relatively deep synth. I will likely break out my review in sections over time, to both make it easier for me to compose and for you to consume.

Novation // Loopmasters & Sergehaus

Published on Jul 14, 2016 NovationTV

"This track was made using nothing more than the free samples and software that comes included with every Novation instrument.

With the Loopmasters sample library included for free, Novation’s Launch, SL, Impulse, Nova and Circuit series of MIDI controllers, keyboards and synths give you everything you need to get started making music right away.
Learn more:

Equipment used:

Novation Launchkey -

Novation Launchpad Pro -"

Novation // Loopmasters & Sergehaus - Dance
Novation // Loopmasters & Sergehaus - Hip-hop
Novation // Loopmasters & Sergehaus - Jazz
Novation // Loopmasters & Sergehaus - Blues

via Novation

"For the last few years, all Novation products have shipped with a versatile 1GB collection of Loopmasters samples, giving music production novices a great audio resource with which to get started, and more experienced users a very useful addition to their established soundware library.

However, while the quality of the sounds themselves is every bit as high as you’d expect from the world’s leading sampling production house, we’ve decided 1GB just isn’t enough and increased the package from that already-sizeable amount to a whopping 4GB. And, yes, that’s for existing customers as well as new ones!

Packed with professional quality, royalty-free loops and one-shots, the newly expanded Loopmasters library takes in the gamut of contemporary genres – blues, funk, hip-hop, techno, DnB, house and many more – and a wide range of electronic and acoustic instrumentation. With this many samples at your fingertips, you’ll never be stuck for sonic inspiration, whether you’re looking for a starter sound for a new track or that certain ‘something’ that’s missing from your current work in progress.

Not only that, but owners of any Novation Launchkey, SL or Impulse keyboard also gain access to three amazing Simpler-based multisampled instruments for Ableton Live 9: Piano, Rhodes and Hammond Organ.

With the Loopmasters sample library included for free, Novation’s Launch, SL, Impulse, Nova and Circuit series of MIDI controllers, keyboards and synths give you everything you need to get started making music right away, from beats and basslines to melodics, vocals and FX."

Note: the Ultranova is pictured as a controller for the sample pack - it does not support sample loading itself.

Novation Circuit - Atlanta

Published on Jul 14, 2016 Krog360

"First off, apologies for the terrible in-out focus video. I guess my camcorders auto focus does not play well in the low light conditions that this was shot in.

Other than that, a short down-tempo tune which is kinda' relaxing-ish !"

Remidi - Wearable Musical Instrument - Glove & Wrist Controller


"We created a new wearable midi instrument called the Remidi T8, which is composed of a sensor-loaded glove and a MIDI wrist controller that allows you to use your hand as a musical device by combining sounds with your fingertips,palm and hand motions. The T8 has eight sensors embedded into the glove, three in the palm and one in each fingertip, which give you the ultimate range of motion and customized settings. You can individually program each sensor to create new sounds or remix existing ones.

Here’s some articles about us :"

via the Remidi website:

"The Remidi T8 turns the whole human hand into music by playing infinite combinations of notes and sounds


The T8 gives complete motion freedom, works on every surface and allows to combine motion with music, in order to perform and approach with music in a whole new way and free the art of sound.


The wristband hosts the control center, while the glove hosts 8 pressure sensitive spots to trigger notes.
They plug to each other through
the magnetic connector on the back of the hand.

The motion sensors opens to a wider expression of music: players can still alter the sound while a notes already started, simply by moving their hand or twisting their wrist.


The encoder on the bracelet has the main function to browse through users' note sets. Players just turn it to switch from a note set to another, from a C scale to a F scale, from a famous song riff to a set of samples in just one touch!"

The New and Improved Spectra Mirror From Mystic Circuits

Published on Jul 14, 2016 Mystic Circuits

"Here is a demo of the final version of the Spectra Mirror which will be available in a couple of weeks. Keep your eye on to see when it will be available."

"The SPECTRA MIRROR is a resonant down-sampler tailored for use as a low pass gate. Incoming audio can be completely attenuated or passed through unaffected by modulating the sampling frequency, width of the sampling clock or the on board through-zero VCA. Each control voltage input can be attenuverted, allowing the user to sculpt response to CV. The SPECTRA MIRROR is also capable of an effect called "high-pass sampling," which attenuates signals below the sampling frequency."

Nathan Moody Live at Red Rock Coffee 2016.07.09

Live at Red Rock Coffee 2016.07.09 from Noise Jockey on Vimeo.

"Live performance with a Eurorack modular synthesizer, Teenage Engineering OP-1, and iPad running Samplr.

Special thanks to Red Rock Coffee, Brian (sound engineer), and that night's headliners, r beny and Paperbark."

B-System XL Buchla 200e Sample Set From Pure Magnetik

via Pure Magnetik

"The Essential 200e Library.

B-System XL is the most comprehensive Buchla 200e sound library available today. Bundling together 3 of Puremagnetik’s all time best selling Micropaks, B-System XL captures this modern classic in an elaborately programmed library of Percussives, Basses, Leads and Atmospheres. With 47 finely tailored instrument presets and over 1GB of pristinely sampled recordings, B-System XL injects a $30k Buchla system directly into your music production environment.

B-System XL is compatible with Ableton Live 8 and higher, Kontakt 3.5 and higher, Logic 9 and higher.

This week only, get B-System XL for $9"

via @fabmass

Quasimidi Rave-o-Lution 309 SN 43960

via this auction

Roland SH-101 Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

ADDAC 503 Marble Physics Test

Published on Jul 14, 2016 PaulLawlerMusic

"The ADDAC 503 is controlling the DPOs pitch, and panning via the Dubmix. The 503 is also controlling the gate of the ADSR.

I'm using LFOs from the Octocontroller to modulate the 503.

There is an additional noise source from the Telharmonic to add some spacey ambience, and all FX are from the Black Hole DSP."


Published on Jan 12, 2016 # INSTANTBONER




Published on Jul 14, 2016 # INSTANTBONER

"Patchnotes: The sound you experience is actually the simple patch you see in the video. Only the Hexinverter Mutant Bassdrum is not visible but is triggered by the very first cable plugged into Pamelas Workout. The hihat is a noise from the FMVDO with MakeNoise Maths envelope 2, the bassline is played by the Doepfer Dark Time into Verbos Complex Oscillator and Manhattan Analog SVVCF with the TipTop Z4000 Envelope. The Pad is the mighty OP-1 shaped by Maths envelope 1. Modulation of bassline and hihat are coming from the QuadLFO. The Reverb is Z-DSP with the Valhalla-Card and is also modulated by the QuadLFO. And finally the Mixer/VCA is the ADDAC Quintet Mixing Console.

Directed: Johannes Steyer, Matthias Millhoff
Sound Design: Holger Marseille
Camera: Bruce Thomson
Light: Nico Nitsche
Edit: Christian Meyerholz"

Great stop motion video of a eurorack modular assembling itself.

Roland SH-5 Samples from Sample From Mars

"The top line of the revolutionary Roland SH series is rarely talked about, yet it includes some of the most powerful synthesizers of all time. There's the SH-101, SH1, SH-3A, SH-7... the list goes on. And while these synths are all excellent sounding in their own right, the SH-5 is undoubtedly the King, with its huge oscillators, multimode filters, extensive modulation possibilities and a brilliant mixer at the heart of it all. In our opinion, the SH-5 is one of Roland's greatest mono synths of all time."

"Close to me" by the Cure on Pocket operators

Published on Jul 14, 2016 Norla

"Using PO-12/14/16"

Spotted this one on discchord.

Buchla 200e Modular Synthesizer - 111108 by Alessandro Cortini

Uploaded on Nov 11, 2008 Alessandro Cortini

Update: this is 111108 by Alessandro Cortini back in 2008 and previously posted here. I thought it looked familiar. Also check out Alessandro's performance 111108 of at the Knitting Factory in 2009 here.

ghostradioshow [Playing with my Octatrack Pt.2]

Published on Jul 14, 2016 ghostradioshow

"Made with a sample file(taken from korg volca keys).
Real-time layering & tweaking. Enjoy:)"

Part 1 here.

DiscoverSoftware // Madrona Labs - Aalto (CM Edition) // TOP 10 Presets

Published on Jul 14, 2016 DiscoverNoise

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"These are IN MY OPINION the 10 best build-in presets made by the famous preset makers like Cortini or Devine.
There are a lot of other great presets that come with this VSTi but those are just my favorites.

The version used for this video is the Computer Music Special Edition which comes with just one voice (the full version has 4). If you like what you here buy the VSTi from Madrona Labs or buy the Computer Music Magazine (which is great). Or just buy both :D

Madrona Labs Aalto:"

Antugn'Art 2

Published on Jul 14, 2016 RELOAD

Modular improvisation in Antugn'Art Water Exposition"

Roland JD-XA Videos by Mike Pensini

Published on Jul 8, 2016 Mike Pensini

"Just took delivery of the gorgeous new Roland JD-XA Analog/Digital crossover synth. Loving the fatness and expressiveness of this instrument and the layering capabilities to create fresh sounds with a classic vintage edge. Here's a little something I put together straight out of the box..."

Roland JD-XA - The Drive - (Part 1)
JD-XA Part 2: "The Drop" - Mike Pensini on Roland JD-XA Synth

02-The Korg Volca FM- Part 2- The Panel Controls Part 2

Published on Jul 14, 2016 AutomaticGainsay

"Here is part two of a demonstration of the panel controls of the Korg Volca FM.

Support Automatic Gainsay at:

The theme instrumentation is comprised entirely of Volca FM presets (except drums)."

All parts here.

Korg Monotribe modified - Very rough jam, small taste of sounds.

Published on Jul 14, 2016 Synthbug

"Very rough jamming. Selling some Korg Monotribes, just showing some stuff it can do, mostly the filter and lfo modulation with different speeds. This one is modified to have a midi connection.
Octatrack used as a drum machine and the Monotribe sequencer is active."

Using Machines To Make Music - Aftermovie

Published on Jul 14, 2016 Human Interface

"Making Things Do Stuff had its first ever event called "Using Machines To Make Music" and this is a little peek of what went down!

Guests presented ideas in the seminars, participated in a panel discussion, and then opened up booths in different studios for people to try different things. After that there was a big open jam session and then the party got started!"

Watch the entire seminar/ panel discussion:

Using Machines To Make Music: Seminar/ Panel Talk

Watch the jam session:

Using Machines To Make Music - Jam Session

New Error Instruments ATOM DELAY Eurorack Module

ATOM DELAY EURORACK best in NOIse and dub

Published on Jul 14, 2016 paul tas

"This delay is attention not only is the echo.
but also the feedback. .the feedback self oscillate.
that is verifiable with CV as noise or other.
for use in DUB / experimental ./noise / drums
He called Atom delay .because if you press the red button
the feedback noise as intens.of a bomb explodes.
This delay is also used in the fertas noise synth.
After much demand we .have the Atom made in euros rack modules"

via Error Instruments

PreenFm2 Synthesizer - Operator Algorithms Walkthrough I

Published on Jul 14, 2016 Synth Anatomy

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

This is the first video from my new series of videos from the DIY Synthesizer PreenFm2. This Synthesizer is a clone of a DX7 FM Synthesizer but offers more features like the vintage one. In this video I show you with a simple arpeggio the different operator algorithms available in PreenFm2.

More informations here:"

Gabriel Fauré "Après un rêve" with theremin | Carolina Eyck

Published on Jul 13, 2016 Carolina Eyck

"Live at the Grand Finale Concert of the german theremin festival »Without Touch 2.0«:
Piano: Ewa Dworatzek
September 13th 2008 Lippstadt, Germany

The theremin is one of the oldest electronic musical instruments, controlled without physical contact by the performer. It was invented by Léon Theremin in 1920.


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