MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Roland System-8 Plug-out Synthesizer Demo - Jupiter-8 Model Included

Published on Sep 8, 2016 SweetwaterSound

Update: the video is back online.

"At the core of this awesome synthesizer is Roland's Analog Circuit Behavior engine, fueling three oscillators across eight voices, all loaded with filters, effects, and a massive array of modulation options. In addition to its amazing internal sound engine, Plug-out technology lets you load up completely different synth engines - JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106 Plug-outs included - and you can switch between three models on the fly. Top it off with an interface that's both classic and futuristic, split and layered synths, an integrated vocoder, and much more, and the System-8 offers everything a keyboard player could ask for."

New Roland DJ-808 with Built-In TR Drum Machine

"The DJ-808 is a state-of-the-art DJ controller with a 4-channel mixer, built-in drum sequencing, vocal processing, and the deepest Serato DJ integration available. Going way beyond a typical DJ controller, the DJ-808 is an instrument, with a Roland 'TR-S' drum machine that contains the world’s most iconic drum sounds and can even control the Serato Sampler within Serato DJ. The VT Voice Transformer can pitch your voice to match the key of your Serato DJ tracks, while two AIRA Link ports let you connect compatible synths and electronic gadgets, and produce a live remix, with just a simple USB cable. Sound quality is high-end and the hardware is built tough yet easy to carry—ready for inspired sets that push the boundaries of what it means to DJ."

Drawing and description above from Roland. Images below that via

Lektroid's Retro Synthesizer Review Introduction

Published on Sep 8, 2016 LektroiD

"A few words to introduce some videos which I will be making over the next few months, with reviews and programming methods of various synthesizers I own."

Looking forward to these. I'll post them as they go up.

Roland TB-303

via this auction

Radikal Technologies Accelerator Advanced Subtractive Synthesizer

via this auction

Roland TR-909 Factory Song

Published on Sep 8, 2016 zibbybone

"If you hold 'Track 1' and 'Pattern 1' buttons while switching on the TR-909, the factory patterns and song will load into the drum machine. Be sure to back up your own patterns and songs before this process since it will clear the memory."

Nava 909 - Roland TR-909 DIY Clone Demo

Published on Sep 8, 2016

"Nava 909 clone diy - Sound demo"

Note this is not the first Nava 909 post. You can find specs and another preview video here. The Nava 909 is by e-licktronic, maker of the Yocto 808.

Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 Rev 3.2 w/Midi, Model 1000 SN 6210

via this auction

"Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 Rev 3.2 w/Midi, Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer Model 1000, SN 6210

Just been checked out by pro keyboard repair company in southern California and loaded with factory presets. I believe that this is version 3.2 because it holds 58 presets. That is the only way I can determine the version.

Very good condition. It has some signs of wear and use but nothing major. Missing a couple screws that hold the bottom plate.

Includes IEC cable and manual."

Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 Analogue Synthesizer Rev 3.3 SN 4866

via this auction

“Fully tested and working perfectly. Keyboard has been serviced, and keys have new bushings, and are well dampened and well regulated. Pots are clean and silent, and all switches and functions work perfectly.This was housed in a non-smoking studio for many years, and has been seldom used. stored in an anvil case that is available separately. Very nicely kept unit. Some very minor marks on wood cabinet, and a few incidental scratches on the black finish.”


Published on Sep 8, 2016 LESINDES

"First touch with the TURING MACHINE MK.II and its two expansions VOLTS and GATES. Unusual module it is. This time without any note quantizers and s/h module, just the pure machine with some refining filtering and company of a kick drum created by CWEJMAN QMMF-4."

Maree | Eurorack Ambient

Published on Sep 8, 2016 r beny

"Attempt at making a full piece using just one sound source, processed in multiple ways at once.

Patch notes:

_ Main Voice _
Mutable Instruments Rings (easter egg string synth mode, 4-voice polyphony, chorus effect)

_ Sequence _
Korg Electribe 2 to Mutable Instruments Yarns to v/O and strum of Rings

_ Processing/Audio Signal Chain _
Rings odd out into Mutable Instruments Clouds 1 (time-stretching mode, 8-bit stereo quality setting) and Doepfer A-189-1 (mode 1)

Clouds 1 stereo out multed to outboard mixer, Clouds 2 (time-stretching mode, 16-bit stereo quality setting, pitch set to one octave below) and Intellijel Rainmaker (custom preset that uses interal audio-rate modulation to produce textured noise)

Clouds 2 stereo out to outboard mixer. Rainmaker stereo out to outboard mixer

Doepfer A-189-1 out into Mannequins Three Sisters all in (formant mode)

Three Sisters into outboard mixer

_ Modulation _
Qu-Bit Nano Rand 1 (stepped random out to Clouds 1 blend - reverb, sample and hold out to Three Sisters span)

Nano Rand 2 (stepped random out to Clouds 1 size, sample and hold out to Clouds 2 size, noise out to Nano Rand 1 sample and hold in)

Make Noise Maths (channels 1 and 4 in cycle mode, channel 1 unity signal out to Rings brightness, channel 1 variable out to Clouds 1 position, channel 4 variable out to Three Sisters quality, sum out to Three Sisters frequency)

Korg Electribe 2 to Ladik M-211 MIDI to Gate to Clouds 1 freeze"

DL - Techno Live Set 2016 #26 (OT, A4, TR8, TB3)

Published on Sep 8, 2016 DL Live

"Techno Live Set using Elektron Octatrack, Analog Four, Roland TR-8, TB-3 and TM-2."

Dave Smith Instruments "In The Spotlight with the Pro 2" with James Terris

The fourth in Dave Smith Instruments' "In The Spotlight with the PRO 2" series is currently up with James Terris here.

"Growing up in a small Northern California town where most bands played Reggae, Country, or College Rock was challenging for synth player and electronic musician James Terris. His very first synth was a Sequential Circuits Six-Trak sequenced from a Commodore 64, which he used to hone his skills as a composer, synthesist, and sound designer. In 1994 an unexpected turn of events led him to join and help develop the successful tribute act, Super Diamond. While not exactly a foreseen career, it proved to be an enjoyable and lucrative project that tours nationally to this day. James has kept his love of electronic music alive through musical side projects, working as a sound designer, and by occasionally supporting classic 80’s artists such as Howard Jones, Curt Smith (Tears For Fears), Dave Wakeling, Naked Eyes, and more. He has contributed sounds for many of DSI’s products, including the Pro 2."

You can find previous posts featuring DSI's Spotlight series here.

Node - Pliers (1996)

Published on Sep 8, 2016 baward

"A rare track from Node, which only seems to have been released as part of a cover-mount CD that came free with Future Music magazine, back in January 1996."

Based on this Sound on Sound article (via The Synthesizer Book), some of what you are seeing is the following "Going around the room, then, Flood's setup consists of an ARP 1613 sequencer, a Roland System 700 and a Moog 3C. 'Whereas Ed will have one common clock and then he'll have maybe half a dozen sequences all running in different time signatures,' he says, 'I'll tend to work on one sequencer as being the core and then others maybe I'll bring in. Ed will tend to be much more multi-sequence-driven, and then it's just how we listen to each other. A lot of the times I'll set a sequence going and then I'll be off noodling with some other thing somewhere which generally involves the Putney [EMS VCS3].'"

Yamaha DX 7 & DX9 1983 US Demo Flexidisc

Published on Aug 19, 2016 baward

"A soundsheet attached to 'Keyboard' magazine.

"1: DX7 & DX9 performances, by Gary Leuenberger and Don Lewis.

2: L'Dady (David Paich); The One (Steve Porcaro), performed by David Paich, Steve Porcaro and James Newton Howard.

All sounds except programmed rhythms were performed on the DX7 and DX9 FM Synthesizers."

Interesting to note that key members of the rock band Toto were writers and performers on this recording."

Korg Mono/Poly w/ Anvil Case SN 372319

via this auction

"This synth is in great condition. Everything works great and sounds amazing, the only issue i just noticed is the headphone jack is not working. All other aspects of the synth operate beautifully. It's all analog so it takes a few minutes for all four oscillators to warm up and then you can expect stable tuning from there on out. With 4 oscillators it's a monster!"

Not all oscillators have the same punch on vintage analog synths though. The Minimoog with 3 has much more oomph than the Mono/Poly for example. The ARP Odyssey and Sequential Circuits Pro-One, both with only two oscillators, also have a bolder, rawer sound. That said, the Mono/Poly does sound nice!

Klazmath - Live Studio Jam (TR808, TR707, SH101, Mother32, Juno106)

Published on Sep 8, 2016 Peter Maas

"Making some techno in the studio. Juno106 is sequenced from ableton, rest is sequenced on the respective machines."

Weird Carnival

Published on Sep 8, 2016 PaulLawlerMusic

"Patch featuring the QU-Bit Chord Module, sequenced by the Kilpatrick K4815. The same sequence is also going out to the Verbos Harmonic Osc, and Rings. Telharmonic provides the wobbling drone, with the low drone coming from the Mother 32."

The Deluge by Synthstrom Audible - New Hardware Synth, Sampler and Sequencer

It looks like we have a new maker and a new synth coming to town.

via Synthstrom Audible

"Synthstrom Audible is a boutique electronics manufacturer from Wellington, New Zealand.

We'll be taking pre-orders for our first device, Deluge, from Oct 25th!

Photo coming September 20th, video and pricing in October, specs below.

Deluge by Synthstrom Audible.
Piano-roll-style sequencing on 128 full RGB pads (16x8) with scrolling and zooming.
Full-featured Internal synthesizer engine (subtractive and FM).
Plays samples from SD card (up to 32GB SDHC).
Sequencing limited only by device RAM (many thousands of notes).
Polyphony limited only by CPU. Typically around 48 synth voices or 64 unaffected sample voices may play.
64MB of sample ram - work with up to 12 minutes (if mono) of CD-quality samples at once.
Live adjustment of synth and effect parameters with two endless-turn encoders with LED level-meters. Easy buttons to select the functions these control.
Advanced syncing capabilities. Weird time signatures supported. Adjustable swing.
Dedicated volume and tempo knobs.
LFOs and envelopes on each synth / sample. Highly customizable patching matrix.
Synthesizer engine features LPF / HPF, arpeggiator, portamento, oscillator sync, ring modulation, unison detune, and more. Four basic waveforms, or select any WAV file from the SD card.
FX including delay, reverb, chorus, flanger, phaser, bitcrushing, sidechain effect, live stutter, and more.
Keyboard mode, where the pads become a live instrument on a 2d grid.
Internal speaker, rechargeable Li-ion battery, and microphone.
Mic and line inputs.
Two ¼” line outputs, and 3.5mm headphone output.
2x CV outputs. 0 - 10V, individually configurable to 1, 1.2, 0.26 or 0.32 volts per octave, or to hertz per volt.
4x gate / trigger outputs individually configurable to v-trig or s-trig, with shared voltage switchable between 5V and 12V. Trigger clock output configurable, up to 192 PPQN.
Trigger clock input, also with adjustable PPQN.
MIDI input and output via hardware connectors or USB.
Powered via USB or 9 - 12V centre-negative (pedal-style) power supply (500mA) (not included).
User-upgradeable firmware - expect updates from Synthstrom Audible.
Dimensions: 305mm x 208mm x 46mm (12 x 8.2 x 1.8 inches).
And much more."

Chordion App: Triggering Roland JP-8080

Published on Sep 8, 2016 APP SOUND

"Quick check of the great and timeless App 'Chordion' by Olympic Noise Co: The well-known Performance P11 'Chariots' of the Roland JP-8080 is played via MIDI."

iTunes: Chordion : Musical Instrument, Arpeggiator, Drum Machine, and MIDI Controller - Olympia Noise Co.

Hyve Synth Workshop Sep 24 at Lost Arts in Chicago

via Eventbrite where you'll find details on how to attend.

"Skot Weidmann designed the Hyve Synthesizer to be a beautiful, build-it-yourself musical instrument. Heralded by pros and beginners alike for its great design and playability, this synth is a fun, expressive device that responds to subtle movements of your fingers. And on Saturday, September 24th you can make one of your own at Lost Arts. Join Skot for a workshop where you’ll tinker, tune, and take home a handmade synthesizer."

We know know the Lost Arts connection in this previous post. :)

8 Modular Artists Featured on Soundfly

You'll find the full feature on Soundfly here.

"Today, we’re going to take a look at modular synthesis as it’s used in the modern electronic landscape, and highlight its flexibility in studying the way that a wide variety of artists use it in an equally wide variety of genres. While this isn’t really a piece to encourage you to buy a modular… be warned: By the end, you may have accidentally caught the synth bug!"

Alessandro Cortini
Floating Points
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
John Chantler
Lichens (pictured left)
Richard Devine

Photo credit: Rodent

Roland JD-XA - Installing the new official overlay

Published on Sep 8, 2016 NOISECOLLECTIVE

"Short video tutorial to show how to install the new JD-XA's official overlay by Roland.

Step 1 - Prepare the JD-XA
Clean the JD-XA surface with a microfiber cloth and/or a soft brush

Step 2 - Prepare the overlay
The overlay is composed of five separate screen-printed panels

Step 3 - Remove the slider caps
With the help of a small lever, gently remove all the slider caps

Step 4 - Apply the overlay
Each part has four small stickers at the corners.
Remove the sticker protections, then place the part on the JD-XA panel. Repeat this step for the other 4 parts.

Step 5 - Put back the slider caps


A production by and

Footage: Francesco Lurgo
Hands: Francesco Mulassano
Music: Intercept by Space Aliens From Outer Space"

Summer -The Dave Smith MoPho Version Feat Tara Busch

Published on Sep 8, 2016 The Circuit Symphony

"All produced only using the Dave Smith MoPho synthesizer using custom TCS Sounds"

5 Days of Circuit - Part 4

Published on Sep 8, 2016 Jeremy Leaird-Koch

All parts here.

Introducing The Spirit of Trumansburg M2 by SYNTH-WERK


"we are very happy to introduce a new system from SYNTH-WERK ...

...the spirit of trumansburg M2

Price: 5.300 Euro +19% VAT inside EU
5.300 Euro export price outside EU (excl. VAT/customs duty)

Delivery: Approx. 8 weeks

Status: Available

Depth: 220 mm

Including: Moon Modular 551 Midi/CV Interface
SW 901AB (2x)
SW CP3 (2x)
SW 911A
SW 904A
SW 911 (2x)
SW 902 (2x)
SW 903A
SW 995
Power supply
Wooden case

We offer individual upgrades from M1 to M2"

Erica Synths Fusion Delay + Black Wavetable VCO //Lab Patch #01//

Published on Sep 8, 2016 Erica Synths

"Simple patch where S&H from Black LFO is controlling Fusion Delay time and surfing waves on Black Wavetable VCO.

Fusion Delay is a analog BBD chip & tube based stereo multi effects processor, delivering everything from subtle flangers to extreme tube distortion.


Sequential Circuits Pro One Synthesizer Model 100 SN 9316

via this auction

Roland SH-101 Vintage Monophonic Analog Synth w/ Original Box SN 575091

via this auction

ARP Odyssey 2810 1972 Black & Gold with Patch Book

via this auction

Waldorf Blofeld With Don Solaris Analog Voltage

via this auction

"Comes with power adapter, manual, CD and USB cable. Also installed is the Don Solaris Analog Voltage. A classic sound set that is amazingly programmed. Beats the factory presets by a mile."

Kawai K5000S Additive Synthesizer

via this auction

Monomachine sings happy birthday for MrDataline

Published on Sep 1, 2016 Analog Monoxide

"Happy birthday Cenk, you got me hooked on these awesome machines :D"

MrDataline, as you know, has been featured here on MATRIXSYNTH over the years.

RTFM Rocker - Live Jam on Elektron Analog Keys, Analog Rytm and Monomachine

Published on Sep 7, 2016 Analog Monoxide

"I been programming synths, and RTFM for 14 hours, except for a few breaks and a trip to the store.
So rounding off with just jamming out a bit on the machines for today.

It's a jam so it is a bit long, the finalized version will be shorter.
Normally the Octatrack would be in the center of the setup, and I'd use it to tie things together into longer sets that transition, but it's been having a short vacation in Sweden, and will be back tomorrow.
So this is just jamming out a new tune with the other boxes :)
Hope you enjoy!"

"SUSHI - anago" vocoder for Eurorack synth

Published on Sep 8, 2016 tatsuya shinyagaito

vocoder 'anago' in development
Vocoder module for Eurorack synth

Modular RyuX SSM2044 VCF / VCA and ADSRx in Action

Published on Sep 8, 2016 RyuX

"My Portable Eurorack Case with the RyuX Modules some tweaking of the knobs :)"

Behringer DeepMind 12 Launch - Leeds

Published on Sep 8, 2016 BEHRINGER

"Launch of the Behringer DeepMind 12 Synthesizer at the Leeds Modular Meet, UK.
Vile Electrodes perform live with the synth and we invite all to play, comment and explore!"

Sound Experiment: Pure Data Modular Synthesis

Published on Sep 8, 2016 Chris Beckstrom

"I've been building a modular synth inside Pure Data.

Why do this when I also have a DIY mostly-analog synth sitting a few feet away from my computer? New sounds of course!

Here's a patch from this morning, featuring a variety of custom "modules" along with an in-progress delay module. I'm especially excited about a sequencer where the step can be controlled with CV - I haven't been able to figure out how to do this on my physical modular, but it's pretty easy in PD."

Native Instruments Introduces MASCHINE JAM

Published on Sep 8, 2016 Native Instruments

"Berlin, September 8, 2016 – Native Instruments today announced MASCHINE JAM – the modern production and performance system created for fluid, intuitive track sketching and the latest member of the MASCHINE family. MASCHINE JAM offers versatile workflow designed to swiftly capture and develop creative ideas using tactile step sequencing and touch-sensitive performance controls for the latest MASCHINE 2 software. Advancing the same seamless hardware-software integration found throughout the world of MASCHINE, MASCHINE JAM not only enhances music production with existing MASCHINE hardware, but also with DAWs, NKS-ready plug-ins, and the KOMPLETE range of software and hardware. MASCHINE JAM will be available at the NI Online Shop and at retailers worldwide starting September 29, 2016.

“Inspiration has always been the most energizing, yet transient moment in the creative process,” says Mate Galic, CTO of Native Instruments. “MASCHINE JAM narrows the gap between idea and execution and introduces an innovative piece of hardware that draws from the power of software in a deeply integrated way. It will stimulate more creative experimentation, drive quick results and deliver the flow of a truly tactile digital instrument for advanced track building and performance”.

MASCHINE JAM offers a unique set of hardware features that reinforces the creative process. Its workflow centers on an 8x8 multicolor click-pad matrix where producers and performers can experiment with arrangement possibilities using patterns and scenes. In Step Mode, the matrix becomes a powerful multi-track step-sequencer for one, four, or eight sounds simultaneously. In Pad Mode, sounds are entered in real time, while Piano Roll Mode makes step-sequencing melodies in a wide variety of available scales possible. When the Variation Engine is enabled, inspirational beats and melodies are randomly generated based on customizable values and then modified on the matrix. A built-in humanizer adds natural rhythmic fluctuations to programmed sequences.

MASCHINE JAM’s eight dual-touch Smart Strips feature an impressive set of functions unlocked with the free MASCHINE 2.5 software update. All-new Perform FX map one of several effects to JAM’s touch strips. Each strip responds to simultaneous finger gestures to alter the motion, space, and dynamics of sounds in real time. The Smart Strips each feature multi-color LED meters to monitor the level of the assigned function, and can be used to alter macros, key instrument parameters, and even play melodies and chords with the unique Notes function. A powerful Lock function stores parameter snapshots that can revert back to their original settings or morph between multiple lock states.

MASCHINE JAM includes a substantial repertoire of sound from MASCHINE 2 software and the KOMPLETE 11 SELECT* instruments and effects bundle - including NI's legendary synths MASSIVE and MONARK - so producers can start creating right out of the box. Along with the powerful MASCHINE Drum Synth modules, version 2.5 of the acclaimed MASCHINE software features a revised 9 GB library updated with all-new sounds and macro controls.

MASCHINE JAM not only boasts united workflow across included sounds and instruments, but also creates a workflow complementary to existing MASCHINE hardware. In addition to seamless browsing through the advanced tag-based MASCHINE and KOMPLETE sound libraries, full support for NKS-ready plug-ins makes native in-app browsing for third party software possible. MASCHINE JAM integrates seamlessly within any DAWs as a plug-in, and provides extensive DAW control as a dedicated controller in MIDI mode. A template for Ableton Live is included. It can also be custom-mapped to control any other MIDI capable software.

To mark the release of MASCHINE JAM, Native Instruments is offering MASCHINE 2 software owners the choice of two MASCHINE Expansions from an eligible 20** – free with registration of MASCHINE JAM. The introductory offer runs until December 31, 2016.

MASCHINE JAM will be available for $399 / 399 € / ¥ 49,800 / £319 / AU$ 549 at the NI Online Shop and at local retailers on September 29, 2016.
Preorder is also available.

The free MASCHINE Expansions introductory offer is only available at the NI Online Shop until December 31, 2016 for existing MASCHINE 2 software owners after registration of MASCHINE JAM hardware.

Additional information on MASCHINE JAM is available at:"

And a jame from

NI Maschine JAM First Look

Published on Sep 8, 2016 Ask.Audio

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