MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, August 1, 2016

Monday, August 01, 2016

DIY Guitar Effects in Eurorack - Filter Delay

Published on Aug 1, 2016 Endangered Audio Research Video

"This series shows you how to use the principles of modular synthesis to create new and unique effects for guitar."

Follow-up to DIY Guitar Effects in Eurorack - Tube Tremolo.

Verbos Harmonic Oscillator

via this auction

"From Verbos Site:

For the first time in Eurorack, this oscillator module provides outputs for the first 8 harmonics as sine waves. Also included are triangle, saw, square waves. A voltage controlled mixer with various methods of address allows the user to scan, tilt and mix the harmonics from both panel and external voltage control.

It is built on a discrete, all analog triangle core with an old school discrete transistor exponential converter. It has inputs for linear and exponential FM, the exponential with a reversing attenuator. Of course there's a 1 volt/octave trimmed CV input as well."

Ninstrument TRISPECTRUM Prototype Eurorack Module Based on Three WMD/SSF Spectrum OSCs

via Ninstrument where you'll find additional pics and details.

"I mentioned the TRISPECTRUM in the last video I published below. The start of that voyage was getting and using just one Spectrum OSC from WMD & SSF. Once I had a chance to really put that OSC thru its paces, I have to admit I really fell in love with it. Those guys nailed it as far as I was concerned. The more I used it, I thought, “this would be even better if I could stack three of them together”. Having the ability to sync all three and individually pull each one in and out of sync would be cool. Waveform switching like on the Mini Moog and mutes and attenuators made sense from a performance aspect as well.

The Ideas came hard and fast. Before you knew it I had my first prototype. Pictured here."

Moog MiniMoog Model D

via this auction

Some shots of the inside below, including a pretty cool shot of one of the circuit boards with some light passing through.

Auction description: "One word best describes this MiniMoog: Minty! Not as in peppermint, but as in mint condition. This Mini has lived comfortably in an air-conditioned living room beside my beloved Steinway Model B for the last 30 years and played only by me, the owner. Never on the road. The circuitry is 100% pure, unadulterated analog factory original stuff, no MIDI modifications or added junk.

This is the real deal, the one you’ve been waiting for. Beautiful wood, no significant dents or dings, no gashes. Knobs, wheels and switches are all original and mint with glistening aluminum inserts, panel is perfect, clean, lovely. Pots are perfect, no noise, no static, no hum. Includes the revered buffer board. Fine, solid white Modulation Wheels with all stops, not the cheesy ribbed plastic. All 3 oscillators are perfect, stable, pure. Even the 440 oscillator is on pitch. Keyboard needs new bushings, and the red power light needs to be replaced, but all else is pure unadulterated awesomeness. Once used in concert here in Atlanta by Rick Wakeman when his own Model D was down for the count.

This is no fake remake; this is the real McCoy. Own it. Play it. Love it. Make Bob Moog proud. Included is the vintage, original Tom Rhea MiniMoog Sound Charts book, which shows exactly how to recreate ELP/Keith Emerson’s Aquatarkus, Rick Wakeman’s Catherine of Aragon, steel drums, jet engines, earthquakes – 51 sounds in all! Maxwell House percolator tune? MiniMoog Model D is on it. This unit does it all! Serial number in the Golden 5,000’s when the bugs were worked out, but the glitches of tawdry modernization and volume production had not set in. As you can see from the pics, this baby is built by hand. Not only is it the best-looking Mini you’ve ever laid eyes on, it’s the best-sounding Mini you’ve ever laid ears on!"

Roland Jupiter 4 SN 750232

via this auction

"Estate Sale Find

In working condition except for keys E
through B above middle C. 8 keys total.
Obviously used well and needs a little TLC.

Returns accepted within 14 days. Buyer assumes shipping."

Vintage Baldwin Discoverer DS-50 SN BC2801788

via this auction

"It came out in mid/late 70s (pre-MIDI) and features some control over the synth sounds plus a built in drum machine. It is missing one of the knobs. The auto-accompany can be turned on or off and split at the keyboard (rhythm vs melody). There's a built in speaker but it can be bypassed using the audio outs. This makes it easy to implement in your home studio. They really built instruments to last in the 70s. The DS-50 is made of metal and really well constructed. Original power cord is included."

You can find a demo of one posted here.

Roland JX-3P Analog Synth

via this auction

Wav Trigger Eurorack Module with 16 sockets , triggered by Game System , Modular Sampler

Published on Aug 1, 2016 HOX808

"The famous Korg Minipops 7 sounds loaded onto the SD card. controlled by various sequencers."

Info on Wav Trigger board used in this module by HOX808, via sparkfun:

"Description: The WAV Trigger is a unique high-fidelity polyphonic audio player with surprising capabilities. Supporting up to 2048 uncompressed 16-bit, 44.1kHz wav files – the same quality as an audio CD – the WAV Trigger can play and mix up to 14 stereo tracks simultaneously and independently, with very low latency. Tracks can be controlled via 16 programmable trigger inputs, or by using a native serial control protocol or even MIDI.

Trigger inputs can be connected directly to switches and buttons, or to digital outputs from sensors or another microcontroller. Alternate functions can be specified using a free cross-platform GUI application, and allow triggers to play sequential or random tracks, pause and resume groups of tracks and even control volume. An Arduino library allows for complex serial control like real-time mixing, starting multiple tracks in sample-sync and smooth cross-fading between tracks.

On-board sample rate conversion allows for smoothly changing playback speed/pitch from 0.5x to 2x. in real-time.

MIDI allows you to use the WAV Trigger as a polyphonic sampling synthesizer to play your own sounds from any MIDI keyboard controller. MIDI Channels and Note numbers are mapped to track numbers, and MIDI Controllers adjust volume as well as attack and release times. MIDI Program Change is supported to switch between up to 16 banks of 128 sounds. The WAV Trigger audio engine even implements, pitch bending, voice stealing (oldest playing voices are used for new MIDI Notes when all 14 voices are being used), note attack (fade-in), note release (fade-out) and latency averages 8 ms.

The WAV Trigger supports both SDSC (up to 2GB) and SDHC (up to 32GB) type microSD cards.

Check the link in the documents below to keep up with the latest Firmware updates!

Note: This product is a collaboration with Robertsonics. A portion of each sales goes back to them for product support and continued development."

Thank you Mr. Edgar Froese

Published on Aug 1, 2016 Harry M
Update: Re-Published on Aug 8, 2016

"Thank You Edgar for your Music. The first record i listened was Alpha Centauri but Rubycon was the start for me to be a full TD fan. R.I.P."

Edgar Froese passed away at the age of 70 on January 20, 2015.

Hordijk Krell Project

Published on Aug 1, 2016 Salz-Peter Zucker

"Randomly self-playing sounds from the Hordijk Modular System with a Strymon El Capistan as the only effect used."

Radionics Radio - An Album of Musical Radionic Thought Frequencies - Delawarr Multi-Oscillator (c.1962)

Published on Aug 1, 2016 ashford daisyak

This one in via Daniel Wilson: the album "draws attention to one of the strangest sound-making devices ever made - the under-researched Delawarr Multi-Oscillator (c.1962), which was designed to convert thoughts into clusters of frequencies. My research into this oddity has culminated in this release."

Video Description:
"Advert for the new release: Radionics Radio - 'An Album of Musical Radionic Thought Frequencies' on Sub Rosa (due August 5th 2016).

Radionics Radio is an electroacoustic and musical exposition of alternative tuning systems derived from frequencies submitted via the Radionics Radio app. All the sounds strictly originate from respective thought-frequency submissions and octaves thereof.

Further background info on this research-based project can be viewed here: [embedded below]

From press release:
'Daniel Wilson's Radionics Radio draws upon the fringe-science of radionics, with its invisible forces and psychic resonances, to spawn electroacoustic and electronic compositions employing very alternative tuning systems. Radionics' idea that thoughts can be represented as frequencies is vigorously explored on this new release through microtonal compositions which range from mutating drones to electronic sambas, with nods to Raymond Scott and Daphne Oram along the way.'

Radionics Radio was made possible through Sound and Music's Embedded programme and Resonance 104.4FM.

Sub Rosa CD SR423 digipack + 20 page booklet
File under: Electroacoustic Experimentation
Release date: Aug 5th 2016"

Radionics Radio - Radionics in Relation to Sound (Part One)

Radionics Radio - Radionics in Relation to Sound (Part One) from Sound and Music on Vimeo.

"Radionics Radio is a project by Resonance FM's Sound and Music Embedded Composer in Residence Daniel Wilson. It draws on the radionic idea that thoughts can be intuitively linked to clusters of frequencies. From this, it is possible to explore unusual alternative tuning systems supposedly embodying certain thoughts. The Radionics Radio EP will be released by Sub Rosa in the summer of 2016."

Monolake Interview

Published on Aug 1, 2016 AudioCentralMagazine

"The first part of the interview with Robert Henke-Monolake taken at Acusmatiq XI in Ancona, Italy, on 30th of July 2016. Some disturbs on audio for a lot of background noises, winds and other gremlins inside the Mole Vanvitelliana."

Monolake, aka Robert Henke, is the man behind Ableton's Operator, Sampler, Max4Live devices, and other projects. He is also the man behind the Monodeck. If you are not familiar with him, check out some previous posts here on MATRIXSYNTH dating all the way back to 2006.

FM Spasmoharmodium

Uploaded on Feb 15, 2007 ashford daisyak

"A late night mini-spazz on the spasmoharmodium around the harmonic series.

It is beneficial to one's harmonic awareness to observe the harmonic series at least once a week, but problematically, this magic series of notes is rarely seen or paid any heed.

The device is a homemade MIDI cracklebox which interfaces with a MaxMSP patch which creates FM tones in harmonicity's thrall. Well... I hope the colours improve things."

Reminder: Audio Damage Event at Control Voltage Portland This Saturday

via chris.randall

"Putting the demo rack together for our event on Saturday at @controlvoltage. #eurorack #audiodamage"

DSP Synthesizers Nanodrum 4HP R606 Demo II

Published on Aug 1, 2016 Jan Ostman

"This is another demo of the 4HP Nanodrum R606.

This one has some reverb added."

Follow-up to this post.

MST 4-Channel Audio/CV Mixer - MVM #41

Published on Aug 1, 2016 MIDI-VERSE TV

"What's up everybody, Welcome to Midiverse - TV. Today we're going to be checking out a eurorack synthesizer module from the MST (Mattson/Synthrotek) series. This is a four channel mixer, which is suitable for mixing audio signals or control voltage signals. Each channel has an on/off switch which makes it great for live performance.

Pick one up over at -"

Interactive Art student projects at the University of Illinois

Published on Aug 1, 2016 Skot Wiedmann

"I taught Interactivity II (ARTS444) in Spring 2016. This was the first time many of the students worked with circuits. Check out what they made, I'm so proud of these awesome students!"

Skot Wiedmann is the man behind Motus Mavis and the Hyve Touch Synthesizer.

Buchla Precs

Published on Aug 1, 2016 Todd Barton

"a little Buchla "drum" solo :-) better audio here:"

For a little extra fun, trying playing the video and SoundCloud at the same time.

Buchla modular chatter

Published on Aug 1, 2016 Cray

"My beloved Buchla Modular having a chat"

De lune

Published on Jul 31, 2016 Benjamin Kinsman

"lil' jam on the OP-1 & Modular, one take no edits cos YOLO.
any questions fire away.."

Synthwave Improvs

Published on Jul 26, 2016 Zodiac Gallery

2 sequences
2 directions

Moog Mother-32

Synthwave performance #2

Published on Jul 27, 2016 Zodiac Gallery

First Moog Mother 32 sequence loop and jam with Sub 37 and Eventide Space with EHX 45000

Published on Jun 16, 2016 Zodiac Gallery

Moog Mother 32 2nd Jam - Last walk under the stars before expiration

Published on Jun 16, 2016 Zodiac Gallery

Synthesizer in 60 Seconds - Pilot - Moog Sub 37

Published on Jul 3, 2016 Zodiac Gallery

ITVL v1.4 - New features

Published on Jul 31, 2016 Klysoft Music

"A quick overview of ITVL v.1.4 new features."

Follow-up to this post.

Bishop's Miscellany — Firmware v2 0

Published on Aug 1, 2016 Shakmat Modular

"A quick tour of the new v2.0 firmware features for the Bishop's Miscellany."

SC Pro FX vid

Published on Aug 1, 2016 superfroe's channel

Vintage Sequential Circuits Pro FX.

Sequentonal LS#003 / Roland JD-Xi Arpeggiator Improvisation

Streamed live 2 hours ago Sequentonal

There's some clipping on the left audio channel now and then, so watch your volume levels.

"No Idea where this is going
The Roland is playing the Arpeggiator Synth 1
I use the PW-SAW Wave on part one for the bass and part 3 for the strings.
Part 2 uses the Hollow Wave2+ PCM sound

S&H Filter and Pan Modulation via LFO and MOD wheel is applied to Part 1&2
Part 3 has a slow Sine Filter Modulation, very long attack and sus/decay"


via this auction

Does anyone know if the filters step on these with high resonance? I forget.

"Seen where the sound of success was heard, the SE-1 recreated the power of the classic Moog tone and far more. The distinctive Oberheim filter and numerous additional features helped to make this Hiphop and R&B legend the serious professional's source for the boominest basses and smoothest, wormiest leads on the planet. The SE-1X continues in this tradition, remaining true to its roots, while stepping up its functionality and form, wide open to future expansion and exploration via its Flash-ROM operating system and dedicated creativity of its supernal sound designers."

Minimoog Model D Keyboard Synthesizer (73) SN 4376

via this auction

"1973 Model D S/N 4376
Has been in storage since 1987. Needs work. Outputs sound and seems all oscillators work but not tuned. Needs cleaning. Missing chrome center piece on two knobs. Nothing else missing. Wood needs finishing."

Someone save this mini!


via this auction

"Mint condition, fully refurbished Moog Rogue monophonic 100% analog synthesizer manufactured in the 1980's by Moog while they were headquartered in New York before the first bankrupcy - not Asheville, NC as they are now. This Moog has a bit of history with it. Comes with the original box (of course matching serials #911), packaging materials and the original Moog Rogue manual in good condition. It's as if you were receiving it in 1984. This is a total collectors piece, immaculate condition. Check photos to experience how clean this unit is.

The power adapter was completely rebuilt and replaced so the synth now stays in tune perfectly for an all analog VCO. All parameters work perfectly, you'd be hard pressed to find such a perfect specimen nowadays of this 30+ year old synthesizer."

Moog Prodigy SN 4195 with Owners Manual

via this auction

Pucktronix - The Oracle Eurorack Module - Training Demos

Published on Aug 1, 2016 Greg Surges

"This video demonstrates the training process for The Oracle, a machine learning sequencer Eurorack synthesis module."

Pucktronix - The Oracle Eurorack Module - Auto Rhythm Mode Demo

Published on Aug 1, 2016 Greg Surges

"This video demonstrates the Auto rhythm mode for The Oracle, a machine learning sequencer Eurorack synthesis module."

Details on the module posted here.

LexX - Synthesizer Studio Tour (August 2016)

Published on Aug 1, 2016 LexX

"Device by device synthesizer studio tour of the actual LexX setup i use to produce tracks and live synthesizer performances. If you have any questions regarding the setup or cabling feel free to ask in the comments. I will answer every question as good as i can. I hope you enjoy the tour."

Details on Nonlinearcircuits BadumTisss

See the update in this post.


Published on Jul 31, 2016 stuff-dude

"Знакомство с синтезатором ЮНОСТЬ-21. К сожалению играть и пользоваться синтезатором не умею. Заранее простите )."


"Meet the synthesizer YOUTH-21. Unfortunately, to play and enjoy the synthesizer can not. I'm sorry in advance)."

STRANGER THINGS Theme ( Modular / Hybrid SYNTHESIZER cover )

Published on Jul 31, 2016 Zodiac Gallery

Braids + 5089 + quadra + chronoblob + clouds = arp
Mother 32 = sequence
Thor + Sunrizer = polyphonic choir chords
Patterning = bass drum

Koma Komplex 80s Action Sequence

Published on Aug 1, 2016 PaulLawlerMusic

"Sequencing the Arp 2600 with bassline from Roland System 1-m"

Gingoko Grains-With RZ-1 Drums Firmware

Published on Aug 1, 2016 Ben Francis

"Just Uploaded The RZ-1 drums-(Firmware) V2.2 PCB v2 (updated user code by JGB; input 3 is trigger input. I could not find anything online to hear it here it is ."

Grains is a DIY kit from Ginko Synthese. The RZ-1 is of course the Casio RZ-1.

via Ginko Synthese:

Interesting codes to upload in your Grains:

Grains V1 PCB v1 (basic code for PCB v1)
Grains V2 PCB v2 (basic code for PCB v2)
Fresh PCB v1 (user code By Rob Bothof)
KALLE STRAM PCB v1 (user code by Kalle Govertz H. Christensen)
Patternrain V1 PCB v1 (user code by JGB; input 3 needs a clock input to work)
Patternrain V2 PCB v2 (user code by JGB; input 3 needs a clock input to work)
Grainsring V1 PCB v1 (user code by JGB; input 3 needs a clock input to work)
Grainsring V2 PCB v2 (user code by JGB; input 3 needs a clock input to work)
RZ-1 drums V1 PCB v1 (user code by JGB; input 2 is trigger input)
RZ-1 drums V2 PCB v2 (user code by JGB; input 3 is trigger input)
RZ-1 drums V2.2 PCB v2 (updated user code by JGB; input 3 is trigger input)
Wave V1 PCB v1 (user code by JGB)
Wave V2 PCB v2 (user code by JGB)
Cereals V1 PCB v1 (user code by HRTL)
Cereals V2 PCB v2 (user code by HRTL)
falafel-raps-changed-v2 PCB v2 (user code by Falafular)
Resonance-like feedback (coming soon)
Short-wave radio-like warbles and whistles (coming soon)

"The sound is a PWM output routed via an (optional) low-pass filter and a 100uF capacitor – so no external DAC is required. The low-pass filter on the PCB can be bypassed if you want. Bypassing the filter provides more clarity and a slightly louder output but more artifacts in the sound.

Not bored yet?
Here comes more information about the synthesis technique on the basic code and you will understand why I called this module “Grains”.
The “Grains” code provided on your module is based on FOF synthesis or formant synthesis. FOF synthesis is closely related to synchronous granular synthesis. It uses two simple triangle-shaped grains. The grains are separated by the same amount of time. With granular synthesis, the spacing within the grains radically change the texture that is created. The FOF grains have very little parameters: pitch and decay. In the basic “Grains” code the 2 decay values are fixed to most musical sounding and can not be altered via potentiometers. So only the pitch of the two grains can be altered via pots (or the cv inputs) and the overall grains repetition which provides the pitch of the output."

Tribal Dub Electronica | Roland JD-Xi, Korg Volca Keys, Elektron Monomachine, Doepfer Modular Synth

Published on Aug 1, 2016 Ralph Baumgartl VLog

"A spontaneous Live Jam from Feldrauschen and Ralph Baumgartl. The experimental 'Tribal Dub Electronica' style blend just happened; we did not really plan for it ;-)

Feldrauschen plays: DIY Doepfer Modular Synthesizer with Theremin controller and 2 bitcrusher, 2 delays, 6 VCO’s, Elektron Monomachine & Machinedrum

Ralph Baumgartl plays: Roland JD-Xi, Korg Volca Keys, Korg Electribe 2, Strymon BigSky, Zoom MS-70CDR
Cameras: Panasonic Lumix GH2, Canon Legria Mini X, GoPro Hero 3 Black (Camera operation and video edit by Ralph Baumgartl)"

Megapresets EpicPads for Kurzweil Forte

Published on Aug 1, 2016 Mega Preset

DreamsOfWires - Arturia Keystep & iSem (iPad)

Published on Aug 1, 2016 DreamsOfWires

"I've just taken delivery of an Arturia Keystep, which I bought to replace a Beatstep and a Qunexus, which I recently sold. This is a simple composition using the polyphonic step sequencer with the keyboard in 'Play' mode, so that notes can be played over the sequenced chords. It was recorded entirely on the iPad using iSem, Altispace reverb and Audioshare.

The footage is from a trip to Duxford Imperial War Museum last week, apart from the planes landing at the end, which was from a visit there last year."

iTunes: iSEM Synthesizer - Arturia

E-mu Emulator 3 filter demo.

Published on Aug 1, 2016 Chris Montanaro

"The amazing Emulator 3 has analog filters that are out of this world."

Casio Superdrums Keyboard Review MT-500 MT-520/205

Published on Aug 1, 2016 8-Bit Keys

Don't miss the vintage Casio commercial that comes in just after 2:59.

"Support this channel on Patreon:

In this episode I take an in depth review of 3 of the 'superdrums' keyboards from Casio: The MT-500, MT-520, and MT205. I also have a look at the electronic drum sticks and the DP-1 drum pads."

Ambient 16072016 Part III // TimedSliding

Published on Aug 1, 2016 Computing.Sound

"Ambient in a weird kind of retro sci-fi sense..

Created with a Korg Monotribe processed by a Zoom Multistomp MS-70CDR guitar multi-fx pedal, using the Church reverb.
Recorded using a Zoom H5 recorder and a Samsung S6.

If you want to listen to the .wav-file you can download it from Bandcamp."

Sounds a bit like Forbidden Planet. Musique concrete with a Monotribe.

Patch n Tweak

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