MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

Toronto Sound Festival This Weekend November 19-20 2016

Details here

Randy Piscione will be there with a 18U by 126HP setup.

Update: Wendy Carlos will not be there. It will be a presentation interview only.

Melbourne-Dash - a quick patch before I jump on a plane to Melbourne

Published on Nov 18, 2016 Luke Killen

"Today's patch is about contrasting textures. Lumpy sub blobs, grinding wind, metalic ticks and melodic sequences all sit somewhat compartmentalised in the mix both temporally and sonically."

Make Noise Erbe-Verb Demo

Published on Nov 18, 2016 Perfect Circuit Audio

VC8 Production Model Eurorack VCA

Published on Nov 18, 2016

"Quick test of the production model VC8 shipping out next week. Also some prototype V1 RADAR being used for envelopes."

Remember to check the labels in posts for the makers.

Korg Minilogue

Published on Nov 18, 2016 3rdStoreyChemist

"Messing around with a Minilogue synthesiser. Exploring the front panel controls.

Synth was recorded direct with no further processing except for normalisation."

New York School of Synthesis Coffee Mugs & T-Shirts

You can find them here.

If you are not familiar with the New York School of Synthesis, see this post.

via Dean Friedman on the coffee mugs:

"Just in time for the upcoming holidays, I'm pleased to announce the official New York School of Synthesis Coffee Mug!

That's right! Ponder the elements of sound with a warm cup of java sipped from an official New York School of Synthesis - Coffee Mug, guaranteed to keep you wired all day and all night in the studio!"

Scoped Control Forge

Published on Nov 8, 2016 Worwell

Rossum Electro-Music Control Forge eurorack module through Scope. "Synthesist Worwell has created a fascinating video featuring a real-time scope display of his Control Forge’s CV contours along with the resulting audio"

Like New Roland SVC-350 Vocoder

via this auction

"For sale is a very very rare fully functional Roland SVC-350 in excellent condition. The SVC-350 is essentially the same the vocoder section in the VP-330, just in a smaller rack form. Yet unlike the VP-330, the SVC-350 has graphic EQ section that allows you to shape the tone with more control than a VP-330 does.

This unit is basically brand new (Yes NEW!) and has never been mounted in a rack. All buttons, knobs and connections work as they should with no issues.

You will never find one in this condition. Comes with Owner's Manual and Output Connection sticker."

MFB Tanzbar Lite

Published on Nov 18, 2016 3rdStoreyChemist

"Messing around with a Tanzbar Lite drum machine.

No further processing used except for normalisation."

Impro Modulaire en Fa min

Published on Nov 18, 2016 therudyrude

"Mon labo chez Dazmo"

KORG Minilogue and ARP Odyssey Jams!

Streamed live 3 hours ago mootbooxle

"Once again I find myself with so many ideas, and no time to implement them! So here's some live jamming on two great synths!"

Sonic LAB OB-6 Desktop Poly Synth Review

Published on Nov 18, 2016 sonicstate

"We take a look at the new OB-6 Desktop from Dave Smith Instruments and Tom Oberheim. 2 VCOs per voice and the classic SEM filter, plus DSP effects and arpeggiator and poly sequencer."

Buchla Phase²

Published on Nov 18, 2016 Ebotronix

Buchla System #1 (two tracks, 12 notes shift, L~ R panning)
Clavia D Drum 4se
Simmons Clap Trap ( two tracks)
Akai MFC 42 (L~ R panning)
Lexicon PCM 80 / 90
Yamaha MCS 2
Mackie the mixer²
Logic Sequencer
vid # 1634

New Generation of MIDI Controllers: OTO

Reminds me of Percussa's Audio Cubes. You can find the campaign for the OTO on kickstarter here.


"Touch the shape of sound (Berlin, November 5th 2016) -

Sonic Geometry is proud to introduce its first product, OTO: a geometrically intuitive audiovisual controller, available now on Kickstarter. OTO is a polyhedric, gesture based MIDI controller that lets users 'touch the shape of sound'. Each OTO controller houses an IMU that communicates with a host computer via Bluetooth. The host computer translates the raw physical data into the musicalized output that users experience. MIDI notes, CC data, frequency bands and filter-sweeps: with a system of OTO controllers, anything is possible. With OTO users can play synths, DJ, perform live electronic music, and even control their favorite Digital Audio Workstations such as Ableton and Traktor. Each set of OTO controllers will ship with a suite of both standalone and DAW-control software, so whether you’re an experienced artist or just an enthusiast, a live musician, a producer, or a DJ, you can use OTO exactly how you want.With OTO, or a system of networked OTO controllers, users can send Midi and OSC, trigger and modulate audiovisual data, control virtual reality, CAD environments... The possibilities are endless. The current suite of software patches is only the beginning. We want to build vast, interactive, generative musical topographies, powered by devices that are both invitingly simple, and surprisingly powerful.

OTO was born as a Masters’ Thesis Project at Berklee College of Music in 2015, and has been evolving continuously. At last, after extensive prototyping, we are proud to announce that OTO is ready for launch. OTO has been featured at Maker Faire Rome 2016 and Sonar + D Festival 2016.Cost has been a major factor in OTO’s creation, as throughout the creative process we have sought to make instruments that are widely accessible, while maintaining quality. After months of analysis and research, Sonic Geometry is thrilled to be able to offer OTO at an affordable price point, without compromising the scope of its function. OTO’s Kickstarter campaigned launched yesterday and was almost instantly selected by the crowdfunding website as 'Project we love' and featured on the homepage. In less than 24 hours OTO was able to raise 10% of its goal."

DJ Hombre on the Dam Drum v3

Published on Nov 18, 2016 djhombre

"A brief but funky play with my old Dam Drum from Bleep Labs / Stones Throw / Dam Funk."


via this auction


via this auction

Custom Red Roland Juno-106

via this auction

"analog synthesizer customized by SynthSpa, only the color customization is already worth more than 600 dollars."

The Modal Electronics Modal CRAFTsynth

It looks like Modal Electronics, makers of the Modal 002 and 008 line of flagship synth, is coming out with a new compact mini desktop synth. This comes as no surprise as one of the men behind Modal Electronics is Paul Maddox of Vaco Loco. I'm not seeing anything on their site yet.

Here are some details via Synth Anatomy:

"Easy Self-Assembly

The Modal CRAFTsynth Monophonic Synthesizer Kit allows you to build up the synthesizer from 5 separate boards, with its simple yet effective design making it easy to assemble. The assembly process requires no soldering, tools or specialist knowledge, everything you need comes straight out of the box and allows you to slot the pieces together with ease. You can assemble the synthesizer within 10 minutes, giving you a hands-on experience when it comes to building your synth.
Powerful Monophonic Performance

The CRAFTsynth features 2 oscillators per voice with a range of controls for in-depth manipulation such as detune and fine detune for OSC 2 as well as a selection of different waveforms including: Sine, Tri, Saw PWM, Noise and FM (OSC2 modulates pitch of OSC1). This versatile range of controls allows you to sculpt your own synth sounds with ease. The LFO features six destinations in total including: VCA amplitude, filter cutoff, FM amount, OSC mix, PWM amount and pitch/frequency. This wide range of parameters allows you to create your own sounds with extreme precision, giving you in-depth control over every part of the sound. There is also a mixer stage of OSC levels, allowing you to further edit your sound for added depth and clarity. The Unison/Spread mode splits the oscillators into four separate sub oscillators per oscillator, virtually expanding your synth to a total of eight oscillators which are also de-tunable for a massive sound. The Modal CRAFTsynth is also fully class compliant, meaning it can be controlled by a wide range of popular DAWs, offering seamless integration for your favourite programs and applications.
LFOs and Presets

The Modal CRAFTsynth features four LFO wave forms in total, with each LFO being invertible for added versatility. The LFO wave forms are as follows; Sine, Tri, Saw, Square. This standard range of LFOs allows you to create everything from atmospheric pads to in-your-face leads and more. The resonant low pass filter can become state variable when using the CRAFTapp (available end of 2016). The CRAFTapp that comes included with the synthesizer allows you to get in-depth with your synthesis, giving you the ability to control custom enveloped, low pass filters and more.
Intuitive Layout

The highly intuitive layout of the Modal CRAFTsynth places everything you need right at your fingertips. The eight front panel potentiometers offer unparalleled editing control with two pages of editing functionality, allowing you to control parameters with precision. The CRAFTsynth also features 16 path storage locations (expandable through CRAFTapp) as well as 16 recallable EG presets for ease of use (full editing control with CRAFTapp). The playable touch panel interface features five note keys plus controls for scale and glide time. The touch panel interface’s keys are clearly labelled with its primary function giving you the ability to change between scales and more. Delay and distortion effects are also included for adding harmonics and texture to your sound. A Headphone and Line output are included for direct monitoring as well as outputting the CRAFTsynth to speakers and other audio devices. The synthesizer itself is powered via a USB cable or an optional AA battery pack.

Modal CRAFTsynth specification:

Monophonic DSP based self assembly synthesiser, requires no soldering or electronics skills, tools or knowledge
Eight front panel potentiometers for editing control, with two pages of editing functionality
2 oscillators per voice (sine, tri, saw, pwm, noise plus FM (OSC2 modulates pitch of OSC1) - detune and fine detune for OSC2
Mixer stage for OSC levels
Unison / spread mode that splits the oscillators into four separate sub oscillators per oscillator
giving a total of eight oscillators, de-tunable for a HUGE sound
LFO with six destinations (VCA amplitude, filter cutoff, FM amount, OSC mix, PWM amount, pitch / frequency,
Four LFO wave forms, each invertibleSine, tri, saw, square
LFO auto syncs to MIDI clock if present
Resonant low pass filter
16 recallable EG presets for ease of use
Soon to be released, CRAFTapp will provide full editing control of EG’s for custom envelopes which can be stored within a patch
16 patch storage locations (manageable through Modal CRAFTapp)
Playable touch panel interface with five note keys plus controls for scale and glide time
Scale changes between major, minor, diatonic and blues
Delay and distortion (waveshaping overdrive, not bit crushing) effects
Headphone and line output
Class Compliant MIDI provided over USB connection to host computer or tablet
Powered by USB or optional AA battery pack
Modal CRAFTapp for iOS*, Macintosh and PC coming end of 2016 (subject to Apple AppStore conditions), Android support planned for Q1 2017.

Due to ship mid-December 2016, MSRP UK £79.99 including VAT, projected US and Euro pricing TBA. Pre-Order here:" BTW, I included the Gear4Music pre-order link for you, but please do check with the shops on the right. They make this site possible. At the time of this post, Gear4Music does not.

Couple more pics:

Modular Minutes: Qu-Bit Electronix Rhythm Example

Published on Nov 18, 2016 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"We thought it would work well, and it does! The Qu-Bit Electronix - Rhythm is a pattern generator that will put your mind at ease with its plenty of pattern banks and rhythmic variations on all 4 channels. A pretty neat thing to use live! Setting up our favourite durm voices from Tiptop Audio and Hexinverter Électronique, including the new BD9 - all sent to the Hexinverter Mutant Hot Glue for some pretty cool built-in compression! Yes, one percussion sound was actually generated by the really beautiful Evolution filter from Rossum Electro Music! If you have one filter, you already have a percussion module..."

Let's Play with ARP Odyssei by KORG

Published on Nov 18, 2016 Tim Webb

"Korg brings us an app remake, of their hardware remake, of the classic ARP Odyssey synthesizer. And it is awesome! You can use it inside of Korg's Gadget app, and I do exactly that in this Let's Play! If you enjoyed this please consider supporting this series by sponsoring them on Patreon: If you'd prefer to help on a monthly basis, instead of per video, there is a new monthly Patreon campaign:

Be sure to visit for the latest music app news!"


VICMOD - Workshop - MMW 2016

Published on Nov 17, 2016 11brassmonkey11

See this post for additional details, pics and video.

Against the Clock with Novation Circuit

Published on Nov 18, 2016 BoBeats

"Making a beat in 10 minutes with Novation Circuit!"

1976 EMS Vocoder 2000 SN 12070

via this auction

"Perfect condition holy grail vocoder by EMS, who made the infamous Synthi AKS / VCS3. Just been serviced by Analog Lab in Brooklyn. Cleaned, recapped and calibrated. Comes in a nice wood rack."

ARP 2600 analog synth (with 4012 filter) and 3604 Keyboard SN 261202

via this auction

"For auction is an ARP 2600 v3 analog synthesizer with case cover and the coveted copper-cased 4012 Moog-ladder-filter-type filter as well as an original 3604 keyboard with case cover, featuring tuning, scaling, and portamento controls. The auction includes the connector cable that connects the synthesizer to the keyboard, the original power cable, seven 1/8th inch patch cables, and a plug for the filter section to defeat keyboard scaling of the filter cutoff, if desired.

This synthesizer is fully-functional. It was just serviced and cleaned by a very competent tech, and the keyboard was re-bushed.

The jacks have seen a lot of use, and are, in high-traffic patch areas, somewhat loose. Repositioning the cable (of the type included) is often required when patching in the CV region of the filter. The cable that connects the synth to the keyboard is fully functional, but is loose enough in general that you might not want to do an Edgar Winters (although there are guitar strap pegs on the edges of the keyboard!). These issues are very minor, but I wanted to be clear about them..."

Oberheim OB-12 Z-Domain Synthesizer NIB

via this auction

"The OB-12 is a 12 voice polyphonic, 4-part multi-timbral virtual analog synthesizer. Besides polyphonic playing, Mono (normal or Legato) mode can be chosen, as well as a 3 note Unison mode with 4 note polyphony. Patches can be stored in 512 memory locations consisting of 256 are Timbres (single sounds) and 256 are Programs (multi sounds).

This synth is really neat looking and is in perfect shape, featuring a bold blue color with large LCD display screen and lots knobs and sliders for real time control during performing or sound design."

Oberheim CPS1 Synthesizer Expander Module SN 0172 with CV Mods

via this auction

"This Oberheim CPS-1 Synthesizer Expander Module in perfect working condition. All internal and external parts are 100% original. It has a manufacture date of June 27, 1977. Cosmetically speaking, only the most minor scuffing is observable on the vertical front panel, and the sticker which read 'VCA CTRL' is faded ."

We always think of these as the SEM for Synthesizer Expander Module on the front, but the actual model number is CPS-1. Anyone know what the CPS stands for and if there was ever a CPS-2, 3, etc.? If I ever knew or posted it before, I forget. That does happen now and then. :)

CAT by Octave

via this auction

The CAT by Octave


via this auction

Yamaha CS01 Synthesiser - Stunning Condition in Original Packaging with Manuals

via this auction

"An incredibly rare find! A vintage 1982-1984 Yamaha CS-01 Analog Synthesiser in its original packaging (including polystyrene), with the original Yamaha Owners manual and a copy of Synthesisers Made Easy by Dave Bristow.

The unit is in fantastic condition - it's pretty much perfect on the keyboard face. There are only a couple of scuffs/scratches on the base, which I've done my best to photograph. I've tested the Synth on batteries and through an AC adapter, and it functions perfectly. Please note that batteries and an AC adapter will not be included - I had to use a variable power supply for testing, as the AC adapter was always sold as an optional extra. I've also tested it through the line-out, and the output is clean and crackle-free."

Ondes Martenot & Piano Rehearsal / Snippet #2 / Gymnopédies No. 1

Published on Nov 18, 2016 Josh Semans

"We recently started working on an arrangement of the first of Satie's three Gymnopédies, adapted for ondes Martenot and Piano. This is audio from a recent rehearsal of our arrangement, accompanied by some assorted video clips from the same rehearsal.

It's not a 'live' video, so to speak. The audio and visuals are largely asynchronous.

Ondes Martenot (Ondomo) & Piano by Josh & Joshua, Video captured and graded by Mark.

Ondomo by Asaden. Legacy of Love."

Snippet #1 here.

Wild new music device!

Published on Nov 17, 2016 ANDREW HUANG

Roli BLOCKS performance spotted on discchord.

For those interested, the track is available through

Metropolis (intro)

Published on Nov 18, 2016 Andrew Scheidler

"Working on another Kraftwerk cover. This is the Ambika (3 voices) and the modular ('plonk') sequenced by the MIDIBOX."

Happy Nerding - ADSR

Published on Nov 18, 2016 DivKidVideo

"Cheap and cheerful little ADSR from Happy Nerding. 6hp, tight envelope that also goes long. Nice knobs and good to get your fingers in and jam with."

Do You Know?

Published on Nov 18, 2016 MONO CON
Re-Published on Nov 29, 2018

MFB Dominion 1, DSI Tempest & Elektron gear.

Tutorial 37 Howard Jones, New Song

Published on Nov 18, 2016 David Clements

"George Hall recreates the sounds used on the Howard Jones classic track New Song on a Studiologic Sledge synthesiser. Learn synth programming with George Hall."

You can find all parts in the series here.

Domino - eurorack module from eowave

Published on Nov 18, 2016 eowave

"The Domino is the eurorack modular version of it's desktop bigger brother. An all-in-one synth voice with saw/square wave oscillator, ladder type low pass filter, envelope and VCA - it is designed for pure beefiness and grunt in the low end department. It excels at basslines, acid, kicks and low throbbing drones"

You might remember the prototype video posted here.

via eowave

Tech Specs
- Complete synth voice
- Oscillator with square/saw waves
- Ladder type low pass filter
- Decay envelope
- 10HP

The Domino is the eurorack modular version of it's desktop bigger brother. An all-in-one synth voice with saw/square wave oscillator, ladder type low pass filter, envelope and VCA - it is designed for pure beefiness and grunt in the low end department. It excels at basslines, acid, kicks and low throbbing drones

- Cutoff - filter frequency
- Res - filter resonance
- Switch - switches between gate>VCA to envelope>VCA
- Pitch - pitch tuning
- Mix - blend saw and square waves
- P Mod - pitch modulation attenuator
- Decay - envelope decay
- Filter Envelope - modulation amount, pre-patched from envelope to filter
- F Mod - filter cutoff modulation attenuator

- CV
- PWM (square wave)
- Mix 1 in - input for external oscillator/sound source to replace saw wave
- Gate - gate in
- P Mod - pitch modulation, pre-patched to envelope
- F Mod - frequency modulation for filter cutoff, pre-patched to CV in
- Mix 2 in - input for external oscillator/sound source to replace square wave

- Saw
- Square
- Env - envelope output
- Out - out from VCA"

Error Instruments Sonic Lullaby - a Mechanical Music Box for Your Eurorack Modular

Published on Nov 18, 2016 paul tas

via Error Instruments

real warm acoestic.
euro rack

with in for pre-amp
contakt mic or other

turn for melody

in severals music songs

the choices of the song. do not have much

influence. on the instrument.

it is the sound that the maakt.nice

and warm

also super good at delays rev. filters etc.

Jasper Wasp Clone, 1st sounds (Work in progress)

Published on Nov 18, 2016 fonitronik

"It lives! I just finished the basic build of the Jasper Wasp clone. A wooden cabinet with speaker, battery holder and built in transformer is still to come."

xilslab PolyKB II V2 Tutorial Videos

Published on Nov 18, 2016 xilslab

PolyKB II V2 5 SpaceXY Tutorial
PolyKB II v2 5 VoiceXY Tutorial
PolyKB II 2 5 Sequencer Tutorial

Arturia MiniLab MKII Introductory Tutorial

Video added to the original announcement post here.

Patch n Tweak

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