MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Yamaha DX100 & Korg SQ-1

Published on Nov 21, 2016 marsupialmicron

"The Korg SQ-1 sequencer is a great tool to perform live. Here I use Channel B to play the ostinato, the melody line is played on the keyboard. I use the key shift of the DX100 to make a part B, then the Channel A plays the final. Korg mini kaosspad 2s for effects. Played live."

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Arturia Drumbrute Demo

Published on Nov 21, 2016 Perfect Circuit Audio

"Introducing the next step in analog drum machines: the Arturia DrumBrute. The DrumBrute is professional quality, fully analog drum machine. It has seventeen different drum sounds, all made from purely analog circuits. Along with that are some unique performance effects, and a modern step sequencer. The DrumBrute also has the connectivity one would expect from Arturia. There are individual outputs for each drum sound, as well as a mix out. An analog Clock input and output are present for using the DrumBrute as a Master or Slave clock. The drum sequencer also has a few tricks up its sleeve. Unlike most drum machines, which have synchronized loop patterns, the DrumBrute can have individual pattern loops per drum sound. This means complex cross-rhythms can be produced, with their rhythmic cycles lining up at larger Least Common Multiples. On top of that, randomness can be introduced to make even more complex drum patterns.

The overall sound quality of the DrumBrute is based on the best of vintage drum machines, taking inspiration from the past but pushing the designs to the future, giving the DrumBrute its own signature sound. Every control is hands on and intuitive, making it a blast in performance. It includes things such Step Repeat, Pattern Looper, Mute/Solo groups, song mode, Randomness and Swing functions, all per individual track. With all these tools, one can essentially perform a complete drum track, with no overdubbing or editing necessary."


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Peter Hook at the Moog Factory

via @peterhook

"Had a great time today at the @moogmusicinc factory in Asheville ahead of tonight's show @ThePeel, thanks everyone!"

Peter Hook with a Moog Voyager XL.

Peter Hook, of course, was the bass player and a founding member of Joy Division and New Order. He now tours as Peter Hook and the Light.

Electronic Dream Plant EDP Wasp Synth

via this auction

"Legendary EDP Wasp by Chris Huggett, quirky looking toylike synth but a serious piece of kit, capable of rip roaring synth lines, fat bass...just straight up dirty with so much character. Great for all types of Electronic music, I'm sad to see it go but needs a must.

Overall condition is excellent, with minimal signs of wear and tear. Unlike most Wasps this one doesn't have the cracked corners on the casing, however there is a slight scratch on the keybed which can be seen but not obvious, this does not affect its use. (please see pictures)."


via this auction

"1982 Oberheim OB-Xa (serial #821201)

This analog beauty was in housed in an Anvil case in climate controlled storage for some time
I used a Variac to slowly recharge the filter capacitors for a few days for safety
It fired right up and the oscillators tuned perfectly after a few minutes so had a tech go through it for piece of mind
He sprayed out all the pots, jacks and switches with DeOxit and compressed air and it sounds great
I have no way to test out the Cassette Tape memory so I can't vouch for that but I'm certain that's not too much of a problem in 2016
I have more photos than ebay would allow me to post but feel free to message me and I'll be glad to email them to you
All 12 or 24db/oct Curtis Filter Chips are intact as as best I and the tech can tell, this has never been modified
Original Sprague Orange Drops are plentiful for that vintage punch - this thing's low end is devastating
The Ob-Xa weighs easily 45lbs so shipping will be a flat $200 unless you want to pick it up in Los Angeles"

Roland Alpha Juno 1 Programmable Polyphonic Synthesizer w/ Hard Case

via this auction


You will not find a nicer, cleaner, or more pristine example of this VINTAGE Roland synthesizer. This one should be in a museum!

I really hate to let this one go. It looks like it was just unboxed for the very first time - Like it was put into its hard case in 1986 and hasn't seen daylight since. It's THAT nice!

Everything works perfectly, every sound works 100%, every key and button is 100%. This is a completely original synthesizer. Nothing has been rebuilt or repaired - it is in like new condition and has had just one owner since new. There isn't even any scuffing on the bottom from keyboard stands. The rubber feet look like they have never been touched. It will arrive in its original hard case (also in amazing condition). It comes with its original hard to find power cord. It is a separate cord that plugs into and detaches from the keyboard, not modified. It also comes with its sheet music stand that is designed specifically for the Alpha."

Korg Minilogue & Boss RV6 Reverb

Published on Nov 21, 2016 3rdStoreyChemist

"Minilogue - RV6 (Mono in, Stereo out)

No further processing used except for normalisation."

Dave Smith Instruments "In the Spotlight with the Tempest" with Bear’s Den

The 3rd in the Dave Smith Instruments' "In The Spotlight with the Tempest" series is currently up with BEAR’S DEN here.

"Inspired by, among other things, the paintings of Edward Hopper, the short stories of Raymond Carver, and film director Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, Bear’s Den is both erudite and intensely personal, defying trends and easy labelling. Musically, it also sees a startling progression. Following the amicable departure of guitarist Joey Haynes they are now a six piece touring unit built around a nucleus of Andrew Davie and multi-instrumentalist Kev Jones. While the band’s folk roots are still evident, they now come cloaked in the lush alchemy of ‘70’s and ‘80’s FM rock: Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, and in particular, the nocturnal ambience of Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge Of Town, alongside more contemporary artists such as The National, and Sufjan Stevens."

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

Improvisation LXXIII for DSI Prophet '08 and Poly Evolver

Published on Nov 21, 2016 Sacred Synthesis

"This improvisation makes use of a soft metallic digital pad on the Poly Evolver, a string pad on one Prophet '08, and a flute-like solo patch on another Prophet '08.

The digital pad is either mellow or shrill, based on the position of the filter cut off frequency, which is controlled by the modulation wheel. Its extreme upper range has much aliasing.

The Prophet '08 string pad uses a 2-pole filter setting with a high resonance level,, and its filter is similarly controlled by the modulation wheel. This creates a somewhat tinny sound when the filter is opened wide. That's okay; these pieces are only musical experiments. Live and learn! Also, as always, the filter is very slowly modulated by an LFO. This creates a slight crescendo whenever a note or chord is sustained and gives the pad a slight heaving/breathing quality.

The flute sound seems simple enough, but it is deceptively elaborate. It consists of a narrow pulse and a square. The pulse width of each wave form is very slightly and slowly modulated. In addition, an LFO slowly modulates between one oscillator and the other. This means there is a subtle chorus effect from the PWM, a changing of timbre as the narrow pulse changes to a square and then back again, a faint beating of oscillators when the two briefly meet in the middle, plus a delayed vibrato which is either maintained by a smooth connected playing technique or retriggered (and thus, delayed) by a broken disconnected playing technique. its filter, too, is controlled by the modulation wheel. Of course, these effects are detectible only when a long note is heard, and that's fine, because they're meant to be musical nuances that don't overly attract attention to themselves.

Last but not least, the bass patch is changed according to the dynamics of the music. This is not always so easy to achieve, since it requires a free hand during a section that is also not using the pedalboard.

One further note. Since I'm playing with both hands and feet, I rarely have a limb free for making dynamic changes with a pedal. As a result, I program dynamic changes into the sounds themselves. One only has to sustain a note or chord in order to open up the volume and timbre. In this piece, I often do this after holding a note on the upper Prophet '08, which has the flute-like patch. This is always at the end of a phrase and in preparation for a change of keyboards. As I sustain the note with one finger, I simultaneously reach down with my thumb and press a note on the lower Prophet '08. The effect is that the flute sound slowly merges with the string sound, which then slowly opens up by means of its LFO, completely overtaking the flute sound. It sounds like I've got a tasteful sound engineer, or have done some carefully mixing after the recording. Nope! It's all automatic.

DSI Prophet '08 Keyboard (2)
DSI Prophet '08 Module
DSI Poly Evolver Keyboard
DSI Poly Evolver Rack
DSI Evolver Desktop
Hammond XPK 200L Pedalboard

Lexicon MX300 for reverb
Alesis Nanoverb 2 for delay

Performed and recorded live and directly to CD


Roland RS-505 Paraphonic SN 730150

via this auction

Vintage Moog 1130 Percussion/Drum Controller

via this auction

"The Moog 1130 Drum Controller from the 1970's. Was an analog drum pad controller marketed as an accessory for Moog synthesizers, including the Mini Moog and Sonic Six, according to the original ad, the 1130 'actuates unique musical tones with drumsticks'."

Synth Brochures for the Roland JP-8000, Yamaha AN1x, MU90R and Kawai K3m

via this auction

• Roland JP-8000: 6-page fold out
• Yamaha AN1X: 4-page fold-out
• Yamaha MU90R: 4-page fold-out
• Kawai K3m: 4-page fold-out

Kind of cool to see what these looked like.

Erica Synths Pico Drums & Pico DSP Sound Demo

Published on Nov 21, 2016 Erica Synths
Update: new video title, previously titled Dimitrios Sismanis.

"All sounds are generated just by the Pico Drum and Pico DSP modules.
When the red wire is plugged into the Pico DSP module first parameter of selected effect is being modulated by the Black LFO.

Sample packs on Pico Drum by:
Nero Bellum
Otto Von Schirach"


Published on Nov 21, 2016 Dimitrios Sismanis


Intro voice: Spectrum 1 into Optomix and then Rainmaker. Sequenced by two channels from Temps Utile, one modulated by Octocontroller, both into Plog. Pitch from Wogglebug quantized by ADDAC 207.

Bass: Spectrum 2 into Polaris and Veils. Sequenced by Rene clocked by Knit Rider. Envelope from Dual ADSR.

Clicks, pops, drones: Piston Honda into MMG and then DLD followed by Clouds , sequenced by Turing Machine, quantizing by ADDAC207, modulated by ADDAC501 into WMD SSM.

Kick: Basimilus Iteritas Alter sequenced by Knit Rider.

Snare: Grandpa into Chronoblob, sequenced by Knit Rider, modulated by Bastl CV Trinity.

Hats: Noise from Turing Machine into Polivoks VCF, modulated by Octocontroler.

Clocks from Temps Utile and Pamela's Workout. Modulation by Octocontroller, Wogglebug, ADDAC 501 int"

Murmux2 Oscillator Study - Ned Bouhalassa

Published on Nov 21, 2016 NedOnAnalog

"I'm so happy to have this wonderful synth! Thank you, Greek masters! Here is the first of a series of studies of this analog wonder, starting with the oscillators."

All tubes by Weinglas

"'All Tubes' is the latest release from European noisemaker Weinglas. All tracks from this strange ride into darkness were created with the help of modular synthesizers and sound machines made with tubes. Thanks to Brian from Zerosum Inertia, Eric from Metasonix and W.T. from Trogotronic, who designed and produced these strange machines, Weinglas could turn the warmth and rawness of these old fashioned elements into never-before-heard walls of noise, sounding modern and vintage at the same time."

The following is a video for Tubemaster 2, the 10th track on the release on Vicmod Records.

Published on Nov 19, 2016 Wein Glas

"A Strange Electronic Sequence from a Buchla 200e Skylab with a Zerosum Inertia ZIMM03 Tube Module installed.

This is another track from my release "All Tubes" on vicmod records:"

GENESI - Festival (Official Teaser)

GENESI - Festival (Official Teaser) from Angle on Vimeo.

GENESI - Festival


Bologna Fiere

Shot and Edited by ANDROMEDA

(Piero Fragola, Jacopo Cosmelli, Luca Ruggeri)

Music by ANGLE (Tiptop Audio Records)

Concept video-teaser for GENESI festival, by exploring a vision on the world's origin.

The Bereshit aleph, the first chapter of the biblical Genesis, was written on the surface of an egg, symbol of the principle of life, to tell how the Bereshit Elohim, principle transcending the divinity, created the sky and the earth, the life breath and the chaos.

We have written through images our idea of life birth, discovering a complex identity, between nature and power of the mind.


And some info on the event, inspiration for the video, and the line-up via Piero Fragola of TipTop Audio Records:

"This is a music festival for new year's eve

There are 5 areas from techno to pop music, but the main stage is techno.

They asked me for a concept video-teaser and I have worked on the idea of the genesis as a moment before the human creation.


SENSORIA (live set)


LA MAQUINA PARLANTE (music performance)

we love 2000"

A Quick Primer for the Novation Bass Station II

via Novation

"Bass Station II Thing Explainer

You might have heard about Novation’s Making Things Easy Day, where staff from all departments at the company HQ — from accounts to R&D — come together to make or improve things, with the focus on making them ‘easy’. Twice a year, we spend a day thinking outside the box, throwing convention out the window, and most importantly, recording our results so we can share our successes and failures at a later recap session. One participant of October 2016’s M.T.E.D was Jerome Meunier, who decided to jump headfirst into the easy pool with one of our synths, and create what he’s called the Bass Station II Thing Explainer..."

Click here for the full post.

Ensoniq ESQ-1 w/ Voice & Sequencer Expanders

via this auction

"Fully functioning Ensoniq ESQ-1 with Voice Crystal (cartridge for 80 additional patches) and SQX-10 sequencer expander (expands sequencer to 10,000 notes). Incredibly unique U.S.-made hybrid synthesizer workstation featuring digital waves and analog filter. 8-part multitimbral; excellent mod matrix; great sounds from cold digital pads to warm leads to highly evolving experimental soundscapes. Beautiful blue LED screen, with "soft keys" above and below = no menu diving at all. Some say the editing is the easiest of any digital synth. Has one assignable CV/expression-pedal in jack, for modular modulation."

Dave Smith Instruments & Tom Oberheim OB-6 6 Voice Analog Synth SN 00073

via this auction

Waldorf NW-1 Eurorack Wavetable Synthesizer Module

via this auction

21st century advanced wavetable engine
Cyclic wavetable scanning with modulatable position and travel speed
Control of spectral envelope independent of pitch
Adjustable periodicity up to noisy reproduction
Classic Waldorf wavetables included
Integrated speech synthesizer for wavetables
User-recordable wavetables

Gate input for triggering wavetable travel and recording
Main 1V/Oct CV input with trim for pitch control
3 additional CV inputs for modulation and realtime wavetable recording
Audio output
USB port with galvanic isolation for wavetable transfer and text input
Eurorack power connector

Spectra Mirror External Clock

Published on Nov 21, 2016 Mystic Circuits

"Here is a demonstration of the kinds of sounds that can be achieved by using an external clock with the Spectra Mirror. Wavetable oscillators and other oscillators which have CV control over their timbre make especially good external clocks as they create complex clock signals for the track and hold.

Modules used in this demo:

Mystic Circuits Spectra Mirror

Mutable Instruments Sheep Wavetable Oscillator (with Magpie Modular panel)

Whimsical Raps Mangrove Formant Oscillator"

Soundfly Offers 20% Discount off Courses for Supporting Members of MATRIXSYNTH

I am happy to announce Soundfly is offering a 20% discount on courses for supporting members of MATRIXSYNTH! If you are a member of the site and are interested, send me an email I will forward you the discount code. Be sure to check out Soundfly even if you are not a member of the site as many of their courses are currently free, including all of their synth courses.

Moog Sonic Six Vintage Duophonic Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

MFB Dominion 1 Analog Synth SN 15186

via this auction

Phoenix Synth Meet 2016 Video by Bent-Tronics

Published on Nov 21, 2016 Bent-Tronics

"The demo floor was dominated by Modular Synthesizers. Audio Damage, and Blue Lantern Modules were on hand to show off their modules to an enthusiastic crowd."

New Blue Lantern Assist eurorack module gets a sneak peek.

See the write-up on Bent-Tronics here.

Synth song #9

Published on Nov 21, 2016 organfairy

"The rhythm of this melody is a little unusual: It is made by running a simple low frequency square wave through a homemade spring reverb. I have never tried that before.

Another first for me is to connect an envelope generator to the pitch control so that each notes starts by the tone generator ramping up the frequency from zero and ramping down again when the note is released.

Finally I am using the little "cigar box synth" for the solo in the middle."

Soundfly Launches New Free Course on Ableton Live with Andrew Huang

via Soundfly:

"Soundfly launches new free course with YouTube star Andrew Huang on making music with found sounds in Ableton Live

Andrew Huang has gotten millions of views on YouTube for making creative songs using only balloons, glasses of water, dental equipment, pairs of jeans, and much more. Soundfly's brand new series Any Sound Will Do, launching today, will pull back the curtain on how he does it — and teach you how to turn everyday objects into musical instruments using a microphone and Ableton Live.

Pretty much anything can be a musical instrument, with the right knowledge and a copy of Ableton Live. In this series, some of the world's best at using found sounds in their music take you through their approaches to capturing, manipulating, and shaping everyday items to make more interesting music. The free series includes two micro-courses: "Capturing and Warping Samples in Ableton Live" with Ableton Certified Trainer, Brian Jackson, and "Making Music From Everyday Items" with YouTube star Andrew Huang. Both courses are completely free and take only an hour of your time!"

Bottom pic: Ableton Certified Trainer Brian Jackson

Deluge by Synthstrom Audible

Published on Nov 21, 2016 Synthstrom Audible

"Deluge by Synthstrom Audible. Portable sequencer, sampler and synthesiser.
Pre-orders close midnight Nov 25th (US ET)
For more info:"

NOISE & BLOCKS: Groove Kits

Published on Nov 21, 2016 ROLI

"You barely need to lift a finger to make catchy, rhythmic grooves with a NOISE Groove Kit. When you press the Lightpad Block surface, you trigger drum patterns that evolve and interact as you use your fingers to slide and glide.

Every movement takes your groove in a new direction, and subtle changes in pressure vary the rhythm and timbre of each drum pattern."


Published on Nov 21, 2016 UncertainMusicCorps

"Short excerpt of a self-playing system that has been evolving here over several days. Chordal structures from OSC-02+ Quantimator, side processed through Elements. Other random elements also appear from time to time thanks to some very fuzzy logic processing. Audio taken direct to camera with no overdubs or post-processing."

DreamsOfWires - Intellijel Atlantis & iPulsaret (iPad)

Published on Nov 21, 2016 DreamsOfWires

"Here's one I prepared earlier...

Ingredients: 1 sound of your choice, recorded into iPulsaret (any onboard mic will suffice). Mix and fold into a rough dough using iPulsaret's many parameters. Set to one side to cool. Then introduce some noodlings of filter resonance from the Atlantis, followed by a simple sequence of notes, into which you blend various waveforms until it starts to get boring.

Fortunately for me at least, such things don't seem to get old.

Recorded into Cubasis on an iPad with Virsyn's Audio Reverb. This composition started life as an iPulsaret recording, but in this version the Atlantis part was actually recorded first, then the iPulsaret overdubbed afterwards (thus making timing easier). Just a few recent, contextual video clips this time. It never seems to stop raining.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support, it means a lot."

iTunes: iPulsaret - apeSoft

Roland TR-8, TB-3, Ju-06, VP-03 + Novation Circuit + Korg Volca FM Acid House Jam

Published on Nov 21, 2016 anode8

"Here's another hardware live acid house session featuring the Roland TR-8, TB-3, JU-06, VP-03, Novation Circuit, Korg Volca FM, and Suzuki RPM-40. This is just one or two elements from each machine, blended together to make the groove.

Roland TR-8: Kick, hats, ride, clap, snare
Roland TB-3: acid bassline
Roland JU-06: LFO pad
Roland VP-03: string layer over pad
Novation Circuit: kick, clap, bleep, & midi trigger for JU-06 & VP-03
Suzuki RPM-40: preset disco rhythms
Korg Volca FM: melodic beeps"

Tangle VSTi - Modular FM plugin for VST/AU

Published on Nov 21, 2016 Computing.Sound

Patch 20112016 A // A Bunch of Waves, Tangle VSTi (Beta)
Patch 20112016 B // Synth Kalimba, Tangle VSTi (Beta)

"Just a little patch I did using the Tangle VSTi by Sound Guru.

Needs some further exploration."


Modular FM plugin for VST/AU

You don't usually see the words 'simple' and 'modular synth' in the same sentence. But that's what Tangle aims to be. Just 12 components, and a canvas to put them on. Hook them up to explore with new combinations and cross-pollinations of FM, AM, subtractive, and comb delay synthesis.

Tangle is in early access beta, and has a reduced price. Beta buyers will receive free updates including all 1.x releases. Contribute to development and influence new feature

Meet the team...

Screenshot of waveform browser.

On the canvas, minature components represent elements in your sound. They show information about the object's settings, and quick controls for important parameters. Selecting one or more objects brings up a detailed panel for each object, which exposes the full controls.

Components are built for simplicity and flexibility. For example, each oscillator has an internal ADSR envelope to reduce clutter on the graph. But if you want, you can turn it off and plug in a multi-stage envelope instead. Another example is a delay component which can be used both in a regular way and as comb filter for Karplus string synthesis.

Oscillator blend between several waveforms, use as audio or LFO
Filter choose from zero-delay, warm 24db, or 12db SVF types.
Noise includes unusual types like crackle, hiss & pink.
Envelope infinite curve and step stages, loops, modulatable times.
Sequencer modulatable 'Cartesian' style inspired by MakeNoise.
Macro knob and XY Pad for control and DAW automation.
Quantise for restricting control signal values
MixPan with several algorithm for unusual mix & pan modulations
Delay in seconds, beats or hertz, with modulatable time & cutoff
Expression capture velocity, aftertouch etc.
Scope view signal from any component on the canvas.


The Tangle's oscillator functions both at audio rates and as an LFO. All the standard waveshapes are here... plus about 5,000 more from Adventure Kid. You can easily add your own to the waveform folder too.

The handy waveform browser loads, displays, scrolls and searches thousands of waves as smooth as butter. Each oscillator can load and blend dynamically between 4 waveforms.

In addition, the oscillator includes optional extras to reduce the number of components on your canvas: a simple ADSR envelope, stereo outputs, and 'slop' controls for unstable frequency and envelope times.

Screenshot of the synthesiser in action.
Polyphony & live patching

The Tangle is programmed in efficient native C++ and most patches can be played polyphonically with little CPU usage. To make things even more fun, there are several polyphonic glide algorithms and temperament selector allowing you to experiment with just intonation and other tunings.

If you want to get lost in some modular-style live patching, hit the 'start' toggle at the top of the screen and The Tangle begins droning a note. Add components and connect them on the fly – it'll be midnight before you know it! When you've added enough connections you'll understand why it's called Tangle...

Graph interactions

Several well-known music applications use the 'boxes and cables' approach. It allows the user a huge amount of freedom and creativity in exploring ideas, in a similar way to hardware modules. But in many cases the interaction in these programs is complex and slow.

The Tangle aims to simplify, streamline and beautify. Many small details add up to a smooth workflow.

Connect multiple objects to a single input. There's little need for mixer objects.
Blend signals by changing each input's strength and range, then adding or multiplying with other signals.
Oscilliscopes everywhere! Easily inspect the signal at different points.
Zoomable components with no loss in quality. Everything is drawn in vectors, so it looks gorgeous on today's high resolution screens.
Helpful tooltips give additional information on almost every control."

21 November 2016

Published on Nov 21, 2016 Kuznecov Victor

"Spectralis + side chain on Drawmer M500"

Session Eight {8} - Modular grid and vintage gear

Published on Nov 20, 2016 E I S E N T A N Z

"First self running patch with my modular."

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