MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday, December 30, 2016

Led Zeppelin's The Crunge

Led Zeppelin - The Crunge (2014 Remaster) Published on Nov 10, 2014 Raisy Didley

Why would this go up on MATRIXSYNTH considering the site's guidelines? Listen to the full track and then scroll down.


Did you hear it? If not, listen to the brass parts closely. Note this song was released in 1973, on Houses of the Holy. I was just listening to the album minutes ago, in the background tonight with my wife. She asked me what the synth was. I asked her what synth? She said the brassy parts. I told her I didn't think it was a synth considering the year, and that it must just be muted or processed trumpets. She said it was not trumpets and had to be a synth, or some organ or something. Well, it turns out she was not only right, but it's something I never would have guessed in a million years. I still can't believe it to be honest with you - it's like it's from the bizarro, alternate world of synths. If you don't know, listen closely and see if you can guess it for yourself one more time. Hint: It's not Moog. What is it? You'll find the answer below, and if you were somehow able to identify it based on the character of the synth, you are the Kwisatz Haderach of synth gurus.

And the answer is....

Arturia MiniBrute Female Choir Patch (Vox Humana)

Published on Dec 30, 2016 stuthomson

"My female choir patch on the MiniBrute. Added some chorus and reverb. Using a fast chorus speed. In this case I am using an Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress chorus pedal through an Alesis MicroVerb. Also note the sub-oscillator waveform is set to square wave. Don't forget a light touch of vibrato!"

Korg Delta Analog Strings & Synthesizer

via this auction

Roland Vocoder 330 Mk 1 SN 951372

via this auction

What's wrong with this first pic?

"Roland Vocoder 330 mk 1. A rare classic in excellent condition. Been professionally checked and tested throughout and given the thumbs up. Pink Floyd's choice of synth along with many other great artists. I have not seen another in this good a condition and doubt that i will. A chance to own a piece of music history."

Moog Minimoog Model D Keytar

via this auction

"Up for bid is a good working Model D Minimoog. Keyboard is detached and has guitar strap to play over your shoulder. Will be mailed in 2 boxes. Satisfaction guaranteed."

Oberheim OB8 Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"Special note: the OB8 was serviced in December 2016 by Mike Jay at ProAudio Electronics in Tampa Florida. (Mike was manager of Thoroughbred Music's factory authorized Oberheim service center in the 80's.) The work he performed on this keyboard (admittedly there wasn't much) will be warranted for one year from date of service. Warranty is transferable to the new owner, but does not cover shipping and handling costs to the service center in Tampa."

Yamaha CS80 Vintage Synthesiser

via this auction

"Hi there i'm selling this on behalf of my parents who are selling up their studio. They've owned the synth for the last 35 years. It's in full working order and the keyboard itself is in good condition has the odd mark and the case has a few scratches on it. We will consider sensible offers but this is a piece of musical history."

Dalek Arduino Synthesizer 2016

Published on Dec 30, 2016 Martin Orman
Update: Re-Published on Jan 5, 2017

"I picked up this Dalek from a car boot sale so it's a bit battered. I installed a synthesizer written onto an ATMEGA 328P chip (Arduino Uno clone that I built) inside. It runs on battery or 9v DC mains adapter in. There are two mono outputs i.e. 3.5mm and 1/4". It's possible to run both outputs together in order to set up two audio channels in your DAW that will create a stereo output. This is recorded into Ableton 9 through a Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 with standard reverb, compression and Reaktor Molekular 'Plagiarism' added to give some additional harmonics."

Note: if you are interested in one or the instructions you can ping Martin Orman over on YouTube for details.

New description from Jan 5, 2017 upload:

"I converted this Dalek into a granular synthesizer. Inside is an ATMEGA 328P clone of an Arduino Uno that I built. It has two line level outputs and runs on 5v to 9v D.C. from battery or mains adapater."

Dorian Grey'

Published on Dec 30, 2016 Ebotronix

4ms Peg, QCD/Expander² , QPLFO, VCA Matrix
Analogue Systems RS 100², RS 110²², RS 360
Bananalogue Serge VCS
Cyndustries Zeroscillator

Minibrute + Little Big Muff Pi + Quadravox

Published on Dec 30, 2016 johnsquibb

"A simple sequence running out of Ableton Live 9 via USB to the Minibrute with EHX Little Big Muff Pi.

Double-tracked in Ableton arrangement, with Pi distortion, Eventide Quadravox and Nomad Factory BT Analog Chorus (CH-2S) VST's on first track, clean Minibrute with Autopan effect on second track.

The Minibrute has been converted to a 'Skinibrute' using a woodworks kit available over at"

The Trap (Roland Boutique AIRA Arturia Korg Novation Cyclone)

Published on Dec 30, 2016 Calle Nilsson

Arturia DrumBrute, Drums Kick drum
TR-8, Percussion
TR-09, add on drums + Snare
TB-03, Bass 1
TT-303, Bass 2
Bass Station 2, Arpeggio
Korg Minilogue, Chords

Joué - Focus on AREA module

Published on Dec 30, 2016 Joué SAS

"Joué, the most expressive and modular MIDI controller is available now on Kickstarter:
It is an innovative and evolving instrument simplifying digital music playing. It offers beginners and professional artists a unique level of expressivity and spontaneity.
It comes with 8 modules as first. Here is an introduction to the AREA module."

See the Joué label below for more.


Published on Dec 30, 2016 cane creek

"Chill out set and forget patch."

Access Virus Polar TI2

via this auction

Interesting note regarding the screen. You wouldn't think it tied to the OS like this:

"Only 'issue' is that the LCD screen currently has 2 lines of pixels missing. Access told me to re-load the OS, and once I did that, it restored the screen. But then it went back. So, there is no impact on anything, everything works as it should, and the screen is totally readable. If you want, you can hassle with reloading the software, maybe you'll have better luck than I did."

Overcast Minilogue Ambience (with Clouds)

Published on Dec 30, 2016 Nick Jackson

"Today I figured it was time for my Minilogue and Mutable modules to mingle once again.

The Minilogue is being sequenced by it's own internal sequencer - just a simple repeating chord pattern. I've found that the Mini's sequencer is very flawed and quirky, but sometimes that can lead to some very nice results. It seems to mess up the chords that I program into it, sometimes removing notes or even adding extra notes an octave up. It's almost like it gets confused as to what octave to play when it has to think fast. So that's what happened here, and I really liked to way it ended up sounding.

Mini then goes out to Mutable Instruments Ripples and then into Clouds, which is having its' Freeze, Density, Size, and Texture modulated by a Uoki Toki 4LFO. The slow modulations add subtle changing characteristics to the sound and keeps things interesting. I think I need some more LFO's..

The mix comes out of Clouds and into a Strymon BlueSky for some shimmer reverb. I like to use the BlueSky with the reverb time almost all the way up, which really adds this lush ambient wash underneath everything, almost like a droning pad.

It sounded so nice I decided to just leave it alone for a bit, but around the 4-minute mark I begin to tweak the patch a bit. I started playing with the Mini's built in delay feedback, and tweaking the Density of Clouds a bit. I quickly realized that this could get out of hand fast so instead I moved over to the BlueSky and began very slowly cranking up the reverb mix. I really like doing this, as it almost 'disintegrates' the piece into this big washy reverby mess. I like big washy reverby messes.

Around the 12 minute mark my camera stopped recording like it pretty much always does, but I decided to keep the audio rolling like I pretty much always do. One day I'll upload a real nice professional quality video with no technical difficulties, but today is just simply not that day.

As always, I hope you can sit and enjoy these sounds for a little bit. Thank you very much for taking the time to listen."


Overcast Minilogue Ambience #2

Published on Dec 30, 2016

"Another riff I stumbled upon while playing with the Minilogue today.

This is the same exact setup as my video from earlier today..Minilogue, sequenced by it's own sequencer, into Ripples, into Clouds, with a Uoki Toki 4LFO modulating the Freeze, Density, Texture, and Size of Clouds, then into a Strymon BlueSky for some shimmer reverb.

As always, thanks for watching, hope you enjoy!"

Dave Smith Instruments "In The Spotlight with the Prophet-6" with Fred Everything

The next interview in the Dave Smith Instruments' "In The Spotlight with the Prophet-6" series is currently up with Fred Everything here.

"French Canadian Producer/DJ Fred Everything has been a staple in the House Music world for over 2 decades. With over 200 releases to his discography, he’s released on some of the best labels around, including: Defected, 20:20 Vision, Freerange, Drumpoet Community, Om Records, and his own Lazy Days Recordings, which he has been running for over 10 years. Based in Montreal, Fred recently spent 8 years living in San Francisco, and is constantly touring the world as an in-demand DJ. On top of his original work, he was also asked to remix artists such as Curtis Mayfield, Corrine Bailey Rae, Atjazz, Miguel Migs, Dennis Ferrer, and many more.He was recently awarded Best Deep House Artist of 2016 by Traxsource and is currently working on new original material for 2017."

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


Published on Dec 30, 2016 once upon a synth

"Let's try to synthesize bell sounds on the DSI Pro 2 synthesizer. Synthesizing a bell sound involves simulating the response of a metallic object. The best way to achieve this by utilizing frequency modulation. In this patch we get both large church bells as wells as little bells like a glockenspiel.

00:41 - Theory
01:04 - Synthesis"

All parts here.

Happy New Year...! from noddyspuncture

Published on Dec 30, 2016 noddyspuncture

"Here is my 'Should Old Acquaintance...' on Korg Delta & Moog Opus3 Hope you like and let's hope next year will be better than the last, eh...?"

Arp Avatar

Published on Dec 30, 2016 Jeff Purgason

"Triggering the Arp Avatar with the Korg SQ-1 , first jam session with it...."

Live from the Redwoods! Euclidean Teletype Workout with O-Coast and Moog Mother-32

Published on Dec 30, 2016 Dudadius

"Exploring the Euclidean Rhythm command on Monome Teletype.

This is my holiday travel rig, with Moog Mother-32 and Makenoise O-Coast. Synth Tech E330 Multimode VCO and Dsting round out this focused little system.

O-Coast is playing the initial pattern, driven by euclidean rhythm 1. There is a second euclidean rhythm hitting the trigger in on the slope generator, creating a poly-rhythm of sorts in that one voice.

The notes are defined in tracker 1, but tracker 2 contains some additional notes that are inserted into the pattern at pseudo-random intervals. Sounds like it’s happening at a set rhythm though…hmmm.

The second voice to come in is the same melodic pattern, but offset by a few steps. The is playing the Synthtech VCO that is routed through the Moog. The Moog VCA is hit by yet another Euclidean Rhythm, then it goes back into the O-Coast and is modulated by that original rhythm as well…so another interlocking rhythm. Dsting is in clocakble delay mode on that voice.

Lastly, the Moog comes in on a slower moving bass voice..playing the same notes at a slower rate.

Once the bass comes up, I shift the O-Coast melody up a couple of octaves."

VICMOD ENSemble - End of Year Weekend Away (2016)

Published on Dec 30, 2016 11brassmonkey11

"A short clip of a weekend getaway with the VICMOD crew in the Macedon Ranges.

It was a really fun weekend, plenty of laughs, lots of nice setups to check out, sharing of synth tips and whatnot.

The audio overdubbed is some of the live sound art noodlings of the group from the weekend. If interested you can check it out in full here (thanks Grant!) -"

Roland Super Jupiter MKS-80 Rev 4 and MPG80 Programmer

via this auction

"The Classic MKS80 Rev 4/ Very rare and sought after. Better then Rev 5.

Includes the Programmer that turns this to a whole different beast...

This synth is the pinnacle of Analog Roland sound in Multi voice on one hand and a very intricate midi programmability of all parameters on the other hand.
No other synth by Roland incorporates such a Marriage..

Great condition."

Kawai K5000W Synthesizer w/ Rare MCB Knob Box & Upgraded Display

via this auction

"Here we have a Kawai K5000W with Knob original Kawai MCB knob box. These are extremely fun and roundly well regarded with good reason. The Kawai K5000 has amazing sounds on board, and editing options are very deep. There also exists a K5000S, which includes the knobs on the machine itself. The K5000W, geared more towards composers, adds an onboard sequencer with 40,000 note capacity and 40 tracks, which is extremely intuitive and useful, as well as a rear panel "MIDI B" section (second in/out/thru), though sacrifices the knobs. This, of course, meant that consumers had to decide whether to forego the knobs or the sequencer, which is a difficult decision. So Kawai took pity on us and manufactured the MCB Macro Control Box, which allows us to have a K5000W without giving up the knobs on the K5000S. These are extremely difficult to find at this point, and this one has been maintained in near mint condition. There is some evidence of use around the knobs themselves in the right light.

The synth has been upgraded to OS 3.01. This is the most stable OS available, according to my contact at Kawai. This may seem like a small deal given that updates are still available online from Kawai, though unless you have a spare computer sitting around running Windows from the 90's, it is by no means a given that the update will work properly. This is why I have a "contact at Kawai."

I have upgraded the display. The original display was working, but had begun to dim a bit, and the new one looks fantastic."

Novation Circuit Review by BBoy Tech Report

Published on Dec 29, 2016 BBoy Tech Report

"Novation Circuit is Novation's stand alone synth groove box. Novation Circuit is comprised of 2 six-voice Nova heritage synths and a 4 voice drum machines. There are 64 presets for each synth and 64 drum sound presets for the drum machine. It's a great little groovebox and when all is said and done, its down right fun!"

Deepmind 12 - Menu Diving?

Published on Dec 30, 2016 BBoy Tech Report

"I've heard a lot of concerns about the Deepmind 12's menu system and UI with regards to menu diving. There is some menu diving in the global section but otherwise the menu system is pretty shallow. I'll get more into this on the review but i figured a quick video on this would answer some questions in the meantime."

Sequencers & Synths with Ableton Operator and Analog

Published on Dec 30, 2016 mark williamson

"When getting to know a synth I find the best trick is to make a whole track with it. Didn't quite work for Operator since I wanted some analog sounds in this track too - so two synths for the price of one!

The only non-Ableton element is EchoBoy"

SONFISH - Bell (Modular Synth Version)

Published on Dec 30, 2016 Zodiac Gallery

DSP Synthesizers Tiny-TS Funded & Shipping in January

via DSP Synthesizers

"The Tiny-TS Touch Synthesizer was 162% successfully funded on Indiegogo.

They will now start shipping from January 2017.

Still a week remaining on the Kickstarter."

Kawai K5000W Additive Synth

via this auction

The K50000W lacks the knobs on the K5000S, but adds workstation capabilities. Kawai did realease a separate knob box for the K5000W.

Update: lo and behold, one with the knob box just posted here.

"Kawai K5000W Synthesizer - Massively deep additive synthesis workstation.

Perfect working condition.
Powerful synth for ambient, capable of complex evolving pads, as well as excellent for percussive sounds, metallic fx, bells, with the formant filter.

Comes with 5 disks.
- Kawai system disk, V 4.03
-DX7 wavs
-Kawai supplement disk
-Kawai APG Data converter
-Kawai Sound Diver
-Kawai 3.1 system disk

All buttons and sliders and LCD excellent. Perfectly clean sound. No crackles or hiss.
Keys a bit yellowed but rest of the synth excellent cosmetic condition."

Eurorack fun

Published on Dec 30, 2016 TubeSamsa

"Just a patch"

Great space.

Waldorf Q+ Nicht Wirklich 'Cafe Atlantik'

Published on Apr 7, 2015 Amazing Synth

"Waldorf Q+ factory demo song: Nicht wirklich 'Cafe Atlantik'"

Roland TB03 Bass Line & MXR Distortion+ CSP104

Published on Dec 30, 2016 3rdStoreyChemist

"TB03 - Distortion+

No further processing used except for normalisation."

Syndrome - Korg iMS 20 with Ipad

Published on Dec 30, 2016 DJ Galactic

"Syndrome Electronic Music live beat making session on Apple iPad with Korg iMS-20 - DJ Galactic 2017 (House / Electro). It takes time to understand the true potential of this app but worth it for anyone that like electronic music..."

Metroid - Escape & Ending Analog Synth Remakes with the KORG MS20

Metroid - Escape (Analog Synth remake)

Published on Dec 30, 2016 Luminist

"I wanted to find out what the original NES Metroid soundtrack would be like if it was remade with REAL synths, 70s/80s style. Here's the Escape!

-Now available for download on Loudr!

All sounds were generated with a Korg MS20 Mini, then processed with some juicy studio effects to make things more atmospheric. Some of the footage is looped because I beat the jumping section faster than the music ended.

Original composition by Hirokazu 'Hip' Tanaka - any credit goes to him for writing such an immersive soundtrack in the first place. Happy 30 years of Metroid!!"

Metroid - Ending (Analog Synth Remake)

Marta SmiLga // Live @ Erica Synths Garage

Published on Dec 29, 2016 Erica Synths

"Erica Synths Garage is a place at our office where time by time we do parties with jam sessions and live performances. This is the first video from the December sesh with Marta SmiLga jamming on the Pico System and KORG mini gadgets. Enjoy!




If you missed the raindrops video posted earlier here, it's back up now. I realized the lead line reminded me of another piece as well.

Patch n Tweak

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