MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Introducing KORG monologue [with CC]

Published on Dec 6, 2016 Korg

"Chief engineer Tatsuya Takahashi introduces the monlogue."

Interesting note on alternate scaling with the help of Richard D. James of Aphex Twin.

Macbeth X-Series Dual SV Filter PROTOTYPE

via this auction

"This module does not have the metal faceplate from the production version. The faceplate is some kind of fibre board or blank PCB, with a printed sticky plastic (or paper) cover. (Please see photos)

My guess is it probably differs very slightly from the production version in terms of the circuit/sound too, but I cannot confirm that as I don't have a production version to compare. CONFIRMED see below.

Sound is okay, quite flexible, but not exactly what I'm looking for.

Made in Scotland.

UPDATE 07/11/2016: Ken Macbeth says this is a prototype, home-made board, and the factory unit circuits are different compared to this one.

IMPORTANT: Ken DOES NOT support this module if it fails to function!!

Ken Macbeth's original product blurb: 'I was asked to design a filter with a difference to compliment the X-Series 'Backend' Filter (42hp) but in a smaller space of the same dimensions as the 21hp X-Series Single Oscillator which was a good challenge! Well this is what I've produced- a dual State Variable Filter with a remarkable 'organic' sound and great functionality. The X-series Dual SV Filter is a stereo 12dB/Octave design featuring Low Pass, Band Pass and High Pass responses.

Both sections are manually controlled by a master frequency control- but they can also be controlled together or independently by one 1V/Octave input socket. The 'left' side CV input is normalized to the 'right' side CV input jack socket. Should two different control voltages be applied to the two CV inputs for either side- each filter will react completely separately from each other- and that's where the stereo fun begins!'"

VOLTLIFE: Kamieniec quick patch

Published on Dec 6, 2016 voltlife

"My first exploration with Xaoc Devices' Kamieniec phaser. Sorry for the shaky camerawork, but it sounded so good I just wanted to get it out there!

The input is some chords from Braids in WTx4 mode, sequenced by a Verbos Multistage, with occasional changes to the chord timbre. The 4 and 6 stage outputs of Kamieniec are used as a stereo pair, with some delay added externally.

Modulation is mostly simple, but in the last part I run the Kamieniec's LFO output through a Doepfer A189-1, mostly in XOR mode. This creates interesting quasi-fractal stairstep patterns, which is added to the internal triangle LFO to produce a mix of typical phaser swoops and almost chiptune-like chirps."

Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 Keyboard Synthesizer rev. 3.2 w/MIDI

via this auction

Session AEM Five

Published on Dec 6, 2016 Alba Ecstasy

"Volca FM and Roland Demora - combi killer! Filling gaps with Braids - Tides - Clouds - voice lead, Roland Gaia - FX pad and Virus Ti2 for pad. Drums: Novation Circuit."

Ambient Sounds # 1 - Mutable Instruments Rings.

Published on Dec 6, 2016 Alasdair Skivington

"Exploring some of the vast sonic possibilities of Rings. In this patch I am controlling Rings with the Sub 37 MIDI out. The 'odd' and 'even' outputs of Rings are going into two separate filters, and I am modulating Rings using an envelope and an LFO."

Yamaha CS-80 SN 1318

via this auction

"This vintage Yamaha CS-80, considered one of the most famous synthesizers ever built, is a polyphonic analog synthesizer released in 1976. This unit is in pristine conditions, esthetically, mechanically and electronically. The road case shows normal wear and tear (see pictures)"

Note the seller has 0 feedback. It could be a first time seller or it might not. Always go through eBay for buyer protection. I did a question search for the serial number here on the site and it did not come up, so up it goes. We now have a record of this particular unit for future reference.

Jomox SunSyn version 2.02 Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"Perfect working condition. The latest and best version 2.02

From the Jomox website:

'Jomox introduces their first major analog real-time synthesizer. It's a true analog with 8 voices housed in a classic looking desktop-style case with wood end-cheeks, 40 knobs, 42 buttons and 85 LED's! It's also rack-mountable if you prefer.

The SunSyn features 2 analog oscillators (VCO's) per voice. The waveforms include sawtooth, square and pulse with pulsewidth-modulation. But in addition to these are the new Ramp Controlled Oscillators (RCO's). The RCOs follow the VCO characteristics like modulation, sync, tuning and frequency alterations. The RCO's use digital sounds which come from 4 wavesets, each with 256 waveforms each. In effect, these digital sounds get an analog treatment for nicer, warmer and fatter tones.
There are 4 RCO's per voice and wavesets can be added via PCMCIA-card.

The filter section is also a true analog design but with very modern features. It is a 4-pole filter but fully configurable with independent high pass and low pass features available. Create filters that range from the sounds of a Minimoog, to the squelchy 303. Filter settings can be stored in one of two scene memories and real-time Morphing between scenes can be accomplished.

As for modulation, JoMoX has devised a clever Routing System for the SunSyn, turning it into an 8-voice modular! It is used to virtually patch between various modules or parameters. There are up to 4 Routing Elements per voice with 4,096 possible combinations per Routing Element. Modulation paths are configured using the front panel display screens. This modular approach to signal routing is a feature usually found only on the huge, expensive classic Modular synths by ARP, E-mu, Moog and Buchla. Unlike those, however, the SunSyn features complete patch memory (350 patches and 150 multi-patches) and multitimbral MIDI implementation. Most parameters can be controlled by MIDI, and controller/editor templates for most sequencers will be, or already are available. As for output, there are stereo outs, 8 freely routable individual outs and a stereo input to run external audio through the Routing system.'"

Controlling Eurorack With Silent Way

Published on Dec 6, 2016 Voltage Control Lab

"We've looked at a number of ways to communicate between your computer and a Eurorack modular synthesizer. This time we're exploring the Silent Way suite of VST plugins from Expert Sleepers."

Mannequins Mangrove demo

Published on Dec 6, 2016 Perfect Circuit Audio

"The Mangrove Formant Oscillator is an interesting take on the classic VCO. Its design is based on acoustic reed instruments and their natural resonators. Air, Formant and Barrel controls all warp the waveshapes in one way or another, with their interaction leading to new effects. With certain controls, the Mangrove locks to subharmonics, providing suboctaves and subfifths, depending on the controls."


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Jr. High Sequential Circuits Pro One Keyboard Synthesizer SN 9534

via this auction

"Background on the product: It was purchased new by a Jr. High school in the 90's for use as a bass unit for the band. It came to our tech shop shortly after with a damaged membrane keyboard and split wood sides due to a basketball landing on the keyboard. Parts were too costly at the time so the unit was scrapped and sat on a shelf for the last 20 years. I recently decided to bring it to life so here is what has been done:

A retro fitted J-wire keyboard taken from a sound chaser 90's music system (pratt and reed J wire) with all new bushings and an original PCB from a pro one hand wired and soldered into place to maintain DIP socket connectivity from a ribbon cable. New plastic bushing and repair on AC cord. New fuse system. New Black Walnut Wood sides with 4 coats of urethane. New noise generator (hand picked from a bucket of them for the noisiest one). New Logo badges. lightly sanded and re painted bottom, and VCO calibration. It cosmetically looks awesome.

What does not work is the arpeggiator/sequencer which uses an 8021 obsolete chip. I have not confirmed the chip is bad however. If that is important, a retrofit (and superior) sequencer with MIDI is available on eBay. Some pots are scratchy from the long years of sit, but it was always stored inside. Action on the keyboard is GREAT! Welcome back Pro-One for use once again!"

Rheyne - Sequenced Jam #9 (Mother-32, 0-Coast, BigSky, HoF, Demora)

Published on Dec 6, 2016 Rheyne

"Tiggering a Make Noise 0-Coast and 3x Moog Mother-32 synths with the Mother-32 sequencers. Effects are from a Strymon BigSky, TC Hall of Fame, and a Roland Demora. Audio is straight from the mixer."

Zynaptiq Adaptiverb Session #1 - u-he ACE Synthesizer

Published on Dec 6, 2016 Synth Anatomy

Alesis Andromeda Unleashes Enormous Pad Soundscapes Demo #4

Published on Dec 6, 2016 gstormelectro

"Audio and Video by G-Storm Electro c.2016

The Alesis Andromeda synthesizer unleashes huge pad soundscapes. These pads range from OMG to WTF, and cut a swath right through the mix. So hide your daughters and cherished pets. I was going to do a Matrix-12 demo but that synth bricked this past weekend. Hence the sarcasm and sad face :( These are not your factory sounds. Audio recorded direct to Tascam DR-05 through a Mackie mixer. Click the LIKE button right now. No, really. Thanks for watching."

Previous videos.

Modular Synth - Patch in Progress 43

Published on Dec 6, 2016 isvisible / isinvisible

"Bollocks... I accidentally deleted the first version of this video, so here it is uploaded again.

Several cv sequencers and trigger sequencers are controlling this one. A lot of the trigger sequences are being routed through various switches and then the WMD 'Sequential Switch Matrix' (SSM)
Sound sources are:
Livewire - Audio Frequency Generator (AFG)
Cylonix / Intellijel - Cyclebox II
Mutable Instruments - Rings
Mutable Instruments - Braids
Drums are:
Syncussion - DRM1
Neutron Sound - Orgone Accumulator
Audio processing by:
SDS Digital - Reflex Liveloop (in G-Move mode)
Doepfer - A-106-6 Filter
Doepfer - A-101-1 Filter
Doepfer - A-101-3 Phaser
Doepfer - A-188-2 Tapped Delay
Modcan - Dual Delay
Intellijel - Springray Reverb
Tiptop - DSP with Halls of Valhalla installed

For (mainly finished) music head on over to:


Philips Philicorda

via this auction

"An exceptionally-clean example and unusually for sale complete with original stand, pedal, music stand and manual in its folder. Working very well indeed - just back from a complete service.

The condition is very good overall - there are some scuffs to finish, mostly on the edges of the woodwork, and one ding to the top left rear corner, but overall this is in exceptional and complete condition. Click on the photos to zoom in and see more shots.

Model number on the bottom is Type 13GM751 15T. it's a sold state (transistorized) unit.


Access Virus TI2 Polar Total Integration 37-key Synthesizer

via this auction

Korg MS-20 SN 147324 with Unknown Port Mod & Original Case

via this auction

"Note this unit appears to have some sort of modification done with an external socket visible on the back as pictured, but I have no idea what this is for and so I have not tested its function."

Anyone familiar with the mod?

KORG FK-1 VCF Analog Filter

via this auction

MINT CONDITION , HARD TO FIND!! Made in Japan , it runs on 110 volt AC."

Arp Sequencer Model 1615 SN 0005

via this auction

"Recently serviced by Luke Walker at Melbourne Synth Repair, this is a one owner Arp Sequencer, bought from Dynasound in Melbourne in 1980. It has been used occasionally in sessions and in a home studio with an original Arp Odyssey. There are some cosmetic blemishes on the front edge of the unit, (see photograph), due to cables rubbing against it mostly, but this unit is electronically perfect and the control panel face is fine. Sliders / pots are clean and run freely. The model number is 1615 and the serial number is #0005. This is the black/gold color scheme."

Roland VP330 Mk1

via this auction

"For sale is Roland VP330 Vocoder-Plus vintage synthesizer. This is a rare synth that sounds absolutely amazing. Super classic haunting string / pad tone, and when you combine the smooth warm vocoder sound with the human voice / string section it can get a huge epic sound, especially great for soundtrack / film work. Gives you that instant Vangelis / Tangerine Dream / Kitaro / Pink Floyd feeling. This particular unit is in nice shape but it does show some wear as expected for such an old synth. Be sure to check out the pictures to make sure you like it. Functionally it does need some minor touch-ups, particularly the sliders are slightly bent (but still functional), there is wear on the power cord at its base (also still functional as it) and some scratchy sliders/pots. These are all minor complaints. Otherwise all the features work as they should and you can still get awesome classic sound without needing any actual servicing."

Emu SP-1200 Sampling Drum Machine SN 109604285

via this auction

"Everything works perfectly. It comes with a power cord, a disc that includes the OS and samples."


via this auction

System-1m + AiraFx + Electribe2 test jam

Published on Dec 6, 2016 millolab

"Headphones highly recomended."

Erik's Melody: Creating Evolving Patterns with the Squarp Pyramid

Published on Dec 6, 2016 Olivier Ozoux

"This is a short tutorial explaining how I'm using the Chance and Arpeggiator Midi FX in the Squarp Pyramid to create an evolving musical phrase."

Destiny Clock Demonstration

Published on Dec 6, 2016 Brendan Byrne

"Destiny Clock is a modular instrument for MIDI composition. The system uses a combination of 1-bit signals rather than waveforms to generate MIDI Note On/Off messages. Destiny Clock is not a synthesizer. It must be connected to a VST instrument or synthesizer with a MIDI Input."

Ink Jet – Amber

Published on Dec 6, 2016 Ink Jet

"filter house tune on a new OP-1"

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