MATRIXSYNTH: Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Yamaha CS-60 Restoration (Part 1) - Full Guide, Overveiw, Power Supply, Recapping

Published on Jan 8, 2017 GOLT !

"Full service guide for the Yamaha CS-60. How to calibrate the power supply and replace all electrolytic capacitors."

Some gems in this one. For example, I didn't realize the CS60 and CS80 had independent keyboard tracking settings for each half of the keyboard. Also a good warning regarding the risk of static damage to CMOS chips due to the lack of grounding on the CS60 because of its wooden case. Never knew the mod section case was made of wood for that matter. This is a wonderful video for synth enthusiasts curious about the inner workings of our little treasures. Huge thanks to GOLT ! for making these.


New Dubreq Stylophone Gen X-1 Demo Video

You can find a demo video and some details added to the previous post here.

KISS2016: A New Level of Interaction, Joel Chadabe

KISS2016: A New Level of Interaction, Joel Chadabe from Symbolic Sound on Vimeo.

"Kyma’s ability to play complex algorithms in real time creates new musical opportunities for realtime decision-making in improvisational processes, all of which results in the emergence of new musical formats."

Be sure to check out previous posts with Joel Chadabe, including a rare interview with Astronauta Pinguim.

Yamaha CS-80 Vintage Polyphonic Synthesizer SN 1380

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 great working conditions, esthetically, mechanically and electronically. The road case shows normal wear and tear (see pictures).

The CS-80 supports true 8-voice polyphony (with two independent synthesizer layers per voice) as well as a primitive (sound) settings memory based on a bank of micro-potentiometers (rather than the digital programmable presets the Prophet-5 would sport soon after - I have one of those for sale too!!), and exceptionally complete performer expression features, such as a layered keyboard that was both velocity-sensitive (like a piano's) and pressure-sensitive ("after-touch") but unlike most modern keyboards the aftertouch could be applied to individual voices rather than in common, and a ribbon controller allowing for polyphonic pitch-bends and glissandos. This is the synth that can surpass Moog`s original Taurus bass pedal, with its prodigious bass end. And its polyphonic as well, with the same electronics as two complete CS-60`s, coupled to a weighted 61 note keyboard with polyphonic aftertouch, and separate velocity plus aftertouch settings for each of its two channels. It has a Ring modulator which is really an Amplitude modulator, because it`s equipt with an lfo and a depth control, so that you can also create tremolo effects. The ring modulator has the unique possibility that an EG can vary the LFO speed. This can be heard on the Blade Runner soundtrack by Vangelis, in which CS-80 is featured prominently; the 1980 theme tune to BBC sci-fi show Doctor Who; as well as the composer's soundtrack for the film Chariots of Fire..."

KORG MS-10 SN 130657

via this auction

Roland Demora Delay synced with CV Clock feat. Moog Mother 32

Published on Jan 8, 2017 zacharyradford

"This is a small improvement on the existing virtual module set-up in the Aira Customizer App. It adds the ability to control which note division the delay will use.

If anyone is interested I can post a screenshot of the virtual module setup, or upload the audio file to send this setup to your Demora.

Also feat. Plate Delay from Zoom MS70CDR.

I still haven't been able to figure out how to use ratcheting on the Mother 32 while syncing. Even while using the ASSIGN out, it still messes with the timing. If you've figured it out please let me know."

New Dubreq Stylophone Gen X-1 Coming to NAMM?

Stylophone GenX-1 Published on Jan 8, 2017 Stylophone

"The Stylophone GEN X-1 is the latest portable analogue synthesizer by Dubreq."

Update: It's real. Video above and some details via the Dubreq website:

"The Stylophone GEN X-1 is the latest portable analogue synthesizer by Dubreq.

Estimated retail launch date is May 2017 with an anticipated RRP of (no more than) £59.99.

Register your interest now by simply completing the form below and Dubreq will give you:

20% off the purchase price

the first units off the production line

when the the GEN X-1 hits the market.

(Don’t worry there’s no commitment to buy but just a thank you for being interested before the general public! We’ll email you when it is ready to purchase)"

This one appears to be making the rounds. A new classic Stylophone with knobs. Note the design is more of of a throwback to the original compared to the more sleek and modern design of the Stylophone S2.

No details yet, but if you you can clearly see controls for the following:

Envelope Attack, Amount, and Decay.
LFO Wave (square & triangle), rate, and depth.
Delay Time, Feedback, and Level
Filter Cutoff and Resonance

Thoughts considering the S2?

ADDAC 221:222 Meet Prophet 12

Published on Jan 8, 2017 Dimitrios Sismanis

"DSI Prophet 12 sequenced and modulated by eurorack using ADDAC 221/222 modules. Reverb added ITB, all other sounds from Prophet 12. Unfortunately, the software editor for the 221 isn't working on my computer currently, so I could only work with the presets."

Eurorack sequence

Published on Jan 8, 2017 TubeSamsa

Perty lights!

New Radikal Technologies EFFEXX RT1701 Multi FX Processor Eurorack Module

EFFEXX RT1701 Multi FX Processor Demo 1

Published on Jan 6, 2017

"That is the first demo of our new Multi FX Processor for the Eurorack Modularsynth world - the EFFEXX RT1701"

New details via Radikal Technologies:

"Radikal Technologies showcases the brand new RT-1701 EFFEXX Multi FX-Module for the eurorack world. This new FX unit combines multiple FX processors with Radikal's powerful snapshot animation feature. Create the most astonishing FX morphing sounds and control them with external control voltages from envelope generators, step sequencers or LFOs. For the first time, we are also presenting the Release version of the Swarm Oscillator RT-311 that recently hit the US market. We are at in Hall C, boothnumber 4803.

The RT-1701 features a gain stage with saturation, a very flexible EQ/Filter section and 2 selectable DSP effects for the modern electronic musician. The following effects are available: Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Tremolo, Vibrato, Filter. Effect combinations and settings can be memorized in up to 8 snapshots for every program. The snapshot blender allows for creating smooth transitions between the different snapshots. The blender can be controlled by an internal LFO or with external control voltages. By blending from one snapshot to the next, the module produces a mix between the two FX snapshots."


Published on Jan 8, 2017 LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

"Solar Panels don't just have to be used to generate electricity. they can be used as an instrument by themselves.

If you have a sound source give it a go! (even if you don't have a sound source check at the bottom of the description).

all you need is a solar panel and a way of connecting it to whatever you have. in the video i use a broken guitar cable. but you can go proper like at the end of the video with the 5 solar panels on a big panel with jack sockets.

you can plug it up to readily available synths too like the ARTURIA mini brute in the video."

Bastl Kastle and Pocket Operators playing together nicely

Published on Jan 8, 2017 Aidan Burns-Fulkerson

"How to set up the Kastle and Pocket Operators to sync and play together smoothly. If you have any burning questions, comment below and I'll answer them to the best of my ability."

What's that noise?

Published on Jan 8, 2017 murderousmaths

"A beginner's guide to white noise, random voltages and howling wind effects using the Moog Filter, the CP-251 and the Queen of Clubs."

Acid Reign - Live Acid Trance [TR-8, System-1, Bass Bot TT-303, Social Entropy Engine]

Published on Jan 8, 2017 Acid Alex

"My new track recorded live called 'Acid Reign'

I hope you like it :-)

Gear used...

Social Entropy Engine MIDI Sequencer
Novation Circuit
Roland AIRA TR-8 (TR-909 kit)
Roland AIRA System-1 (SH-2 Plugout)
Roland AIRA MX-1
Cyclone Analogic Bass Bot TT-303
Zoom MS-100BT MultiStomp Pedal (Distortion, Reverb)


"Machine Chords" Korg SQ1, Dreadbox Erebus & Rhythm Wolf jam

Published on Jan 8, 2017 Ludwig Kopp

- Analog sequence jam
- Raw unprocessed audio (erebus built-in delay only)
- Wolf cv-gate controlling sq1 and erebus LFO
- No computers here.


Cool one shot sequences on the SQ-1. Be sure to wait for them.

'Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain' - ngarjuna

Published on Jan 8, 2017 ngarjuna

"Modular Jam 65 - 'Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain'
Produced by ngarjuna
© 2017 Acid Coast

Patch Notes:
Acid Voices
Abstrakt Instruments Avalon Saw baseline features
LFO is my finger
Oft burnt by Proco Rat

Avalon Square mostly baseline features with some tracking

Arturia iSpark

Plucky West Coast Melody
Rene driving STO and Sputnik2
Sputnik2 FM'ing STO (lin) being SHAPE modulated by Woggle SMOOTH
VARI out to Optomix struck by GATE from Rene and enveloped by Maths
Stereo width bits are the same voice playing variant snake patterns panned hard right/left (some of those variant patterns are also just part of the 'main line' panned center)
Breakdowns using Audio Damage Replicant
Wacky delay hash via Audio Damage Dub Station and Cockos ReaDelay

"All Analog 9" Rhythm Wolf Tom Cat EHX Crash Pad Volca

Published on Jan 8, 2017 Yence505

"'All analog 1-7' download at:

My first track with the EHX Crash Pad, sequenced by the beatstep.
Similar setup to All analog 8 as I really enjoy working with this setup. I hope you enjoy it as well."

Rheyne - Sequenced Jam #10

Published on Jan 8, 2017 Rheyne

"A 'sequenced jam' using only Moog and Make Noise synthesizers. Reverb is from a Strymon BigSky and TC Hall of Fame. Audio is straight from the mixer, and sync'd to the video."

DbMinor | Eurorack Ambient

Published on Jan 8, 2017 Björn Bommersheim

"The patch is based around the idea to go for chords and the use of the music thing radio (in my 'case' the klangbauköln version) as a yet simple sample/chord player. So i rendered four different 10min DbMinor chords (basically the chord plus three inversions) with ni absynth. For changing the samples/chords i used make noise pressure points which is quite fun and an useful approach.

The interesting stereo filter effect by the middle of the recording is the Mutable Instruments Rings into the Uoki Toki Dual Polivocs filter which somehow blew me away ...

Feel free to leave your thoughts or comments.

Here are some patch notes / modules i used:

Yamaha CS-60: "The Beast Must Die" by Raymond Castile

Published on Jan 8, 2017 raycastile

"An eerie John Carpenter-inspired piece. The CS-60 is not the star this time. It plays a supporting role backing up the Yamaha Reface CP on the main melody. A more flamboyant use of the CS-60 are the jarring stingers that punctuate the piece. I haven't experimented much with the CS-60's noise generator, but it is capable of some powerful effects.

This piece has nothing to do with the Peter Cushing movie, 'The Beast Must Die.' I just thought it made a good title. I imagined something supernatural going on, probably in the woods, maybe witches meeting for a sabbath. But that seemed too passive. I thought the music sounded more urgent and dire, like a hunt, maybe the hunter becoming the hunted, tracking down some creature, maybe a werewolf. Maybe the stingers indicate the werewolf is picking off members of the hunting party. Maybe witches are involved somehow. Who knows.

The piece also has nothing to do with 'Pickman's Model,' even though I used the Night Gallery painting from that episode. I just thought it captured the mood of the piece."

Analog Rytm + Eurorack relaxed Jam

Published on Jan 8, 2017 TheKraist

"This time something more relaxing!"

How to play the synth parts to Rush "The Camera Eye"

Published on Jan 7, 2017 Michael E Caloroso

"The song is easy to play, but the sounds are a challenge! I know that one part is a GUITAR but I played it anyway. When Rush recorded the song, Geddy Lee had the Oberheim OBX, his Oberheim eight voice SEM, Minimoog, and Moog Taurus pedals.

After much experimentation I nailed the sounds with OBX, Taurus pedals, and OBSX (which they didn't use but is a worthy contender for the sounds of the era). The Oberheims have a HOLD feature - as you play the notes in the intro, I'm pressing the HOLD button and they sustain without the hands. That leaves one hand free to play the S&H part.

I'm just playing through a tiny Barbetta amp and the iPod camera mic picked up the Taurus bass timbres better than I expected...!"

Radikal Technologies Accelerator demo: Cinematic pads

Published on Jan 7, 2017 MIDERA

"Just trying to dig deeper into the sound engine of the Radikal Technologies Accelerator. There's far more underneath the hood of this thing than it seems. No other effects (aside from EQ and some volume adjustments) were used. Reverb/Delays are from the Accelerator."

Moog Source SN 3243 w/ Spare Panel Membrane

via this auction

"Moog Source analog mono synth
recently serviced by professional
everything works!
Comes with spare membrane for the future!"

Note this one was previously listed back in 2013. It had the little blemish under OSC 1 back then as well.

Emu Emax 1 SE Rack Sampler w/SCSI2SD OLED Display SN 0680192

via this auction

"Emax 1 SE rack mount analog sampler
SCSI2SD installed - 4 "drives" on one SD card with 35 banks.
Loads entire banks in around 2 seconds
Blue OLED display installed. Pads had been lifted from a previous attempt so the display has been wired in. Works perfect, just full disclosure. Was done professionally
Missing one slider cap, and power button cap
Sometimes there is a faint clicking from inside, it has been traced down to the power connector, which is a press fit style of wiring. If I press the wires back in with a small screwdriver the clicking goes away - it could easily be replaced with a new soldered connector easily enough.
The SCSI2SD is installed internally, but routed to the front with a thin ribbon cable to a full size SD reader, it's on the front with a 3M command strip which could easily be removed without damage to the front panel.
I will include a 3D printed case for the SCSI2SD in case you wanted to install it internally with a slim floppy drive. I like this system, easy to use full size SD cards.
SOUNDS GREAT! 8 Analog SEM filters. Full control through sysex and CC.
external SCSI connector installed but not hooked up internally.
Some small marks on the front panel, see photos.
Some screws are not firm, par for the course for something this old and easy enough to rectify with new screws."

1980's Crumar DP-80 Dynamic Piano w/ Filter Section

Crumar DP-80 (Circa 1983) Published on Sep 17, 2012 JESIΛH

"Just demoing my new keyboard. Its a very rare Crumar DP-80 suitcase keyboard. Circa 1983."

Update: demo of one above in via Steve Hofer.

via this auction

"This particularly rare Crumar is a 73 key Italian-made synth produced in very small quantities from 1983-86 with a warm and nuanced tone. The keyboard features built-in tremolo, as well as a "Free Filter" section and six preset buttons. All functions work as they should, and this keyboard comes complete with the original music stand and expression pedal."

ARP 2600 Complete System Mk1

via this auction

"Arp 2600 Mk1, the famous 2600P version grey/black with Moog filter
It's the release most wanted about its awesome filter and feauteres.
It has its native keyboard, transport cover lids, original manual and original patch cables
For sure the best Arp I have seen, Near Mint, NOT modified, really genuine and valuable along the time."

Yamaha FS1R SN PIO1290

via this auction

"For sale is a Yamaha FS1R rackmount FM/Formant synthesizer. This is a beast of a hardware synth, with formant capabilities that aren't found in any other rack synth of its type. It also has an excellent digital effects processing engine and a really cool filter as well..."


via this auction

You don't see these often. In fact, I believe the Casio FK-1 has only been mentioned here on MATRIXSYNTH once back in April of 2008 in this post on the Casio Symphonytron 8000.

Curious what these sounded like. I did a quick search on YouTube but couldn't find any demos. If anyone out there knows, feel free to share.

Moog Modular 15 Clone, MOS LAB SYSTEM 8A

via this auction

"System consists of the following.

1 x Case & Power Supply

1 x 921 Module is a control voltage processor wich runs associated 921-B oscillators through internally wired connections.
Two voltages are generated : One for frequency control (3 Inputs) One for rectangular wave duty cycle control (2 Inputs)

2 x 921-B module provides 4 waveshapes : Saw / Triangle / Pulse / Sine
Frequency : semi-fine tune over 2 octaves. Picth selection over 5 octaves + LOW position
2 linear modulation input : A.C Modulate / D.C Modulate. 1 Synchro input

2 x 911 Envelope Generator
This module produces a single voltage contour whose time/voltage variation is determined by pot T1, T2, T3 and a time constant sustaining level pot (Esus).
​T1 : Rise time 2ms to 10sec
T2 : Initial Decay Time 2ms to 10sec
T3 : Final Decay Time 2 ms à 10sec
Esus : sustain 0 to 5.5V

1 x LP Filter
Fixed control voltage, Frequency Range (about):
1- 1Hz to 5kHz
2- 4Hz to 20kHz
3- 16Hz to 80kHz
Regeneration : Resonant peak will break into oscillation at clockwise settings of the regeneration pot 3 modulation Inputs.

1 x VCA
902 VCA module is a differential Input / Output circuit which a gain of 2 (6dB)
​Switch for select between Linear mod or Exponential mod
3 modulation inputs"

Roland VP 330 Mk II Vocoder

via this auction

Yamaha CS-10 Vintage Analog Synthesiser SN 5348 with Original Case

via this auction

Roland CR-5000 SN 122069

via this auction

"Classic roland cr-5000 compurhythm drum machine in perfect working order. No scratchy pots tested with no issues."

Studio Electronics SE-1X with Step Poly Arp (Line Recorded)

Published on Dec 26, 2016 Bon Lucas

"There's not enough demos of this synth line recorded! Me tweaking presets on the SE-1X with Presets from Step Poly Arp Sequencer iPad app. Ran through an Ensoniq DP-Pro Effects Processor."

ASR 10 Art of Transwaves

Published on Jan 19, 2014 zorglub667

"Some Demos from the Art of Transwaves CD for the ASR 10. No Processing applied, all synthesis is pure ASR 10 transwave glory. Even though it had no knobs for realtime control and you had to use more "regular" modulators like the 2 wheels, poly aftertouch, envelopes, LFOs etc, it remains the most powerful transwave synth Ensoniq ever made. Plus the ability to turn any sample into a transwave. Good stuff :-)"

Ensoniq Fizmo's Vocoder

Published on Apr 2, 2016 Bon Lucas

"This is just a brief demonstration of the Vocoder on the Ensoniq Fizmo Synthesizer.

I decided to do this because I was mad at the lack of "anything" showing off this machines vocoder. I recently got this one a few days ago, at the time of filming. So yeah, the first thing I learned was the vocoder. This is such a fun machine and it doesn't deserve the negativity It gets."

Some More Ensoniq Fizmo

Published on Jun 30, 2016 Bon Lucas

"Another video of me and my Fizmo. This time just messing around with ambient pads, some scratchy industrial stuff and the on board drum kit with the arpeggiator. I plan on doing some more Fizmo videos."

Ensoniq Fizmo Demo by Ring Galaxy Music

Published on Jun 19, 2013 Ring Galaxy Music

"Demo of a user created patch on the Ensoniq Fizmo

Ignore my poor playing skills - just pay attention to the sounds :)'



Published on Mar 23, 2015 James Reeno

"Here is a demo I composed/recorded featuring sounds exclusively from ENSONIQ'S Obscure wavetable synth, the "Fizmo"--Produced in the late 90's, this synth was misunderstood by nearly everyone that touched it when it was first released.
Over the years, it's become sort of a "cult" synth due to it's unique sonics and quirkiness. (and rarity)

My composition, 'Fizzmosis' features a mixture of both Fizmo presets, and custom sounds designed by myself.

The effects applied are a combination of the Fizmo's built in effects, along with some from Logic applied during mixdown. Some moderate EQ was also used.

Note: No compression or brick walling was used during mastering, in order to preserve the full dynamics of the mix.

Free HQ download here:"

Ensoniq Fizmo rocks

Published on Jan 18, 2014 zorglub667

"A demo track i made for ensoniq back in the days to showcase that the Fizmo can do more than just ambient pad stuff. You hear a Fizmo and an Ensoniq ASR 10 playing the Drums. At times, the Fizmo is sampled for fast patch changes or layering, but no additional processing at all (also not needed, considering the Monster of an FX chip the fizmo had).

Still love this quirky weird machine :-)"

Fist In My Pocket by mudlogger

Fist In My Pocket by mudlogger from mudlogger on Vimeo.

Modular Glitch improvisation using ER301 sampler module

Check out that display.

#Jamuary2017 06 Elektron Analog Rytm

Published on Jan 6, 2017 Lingk

"#jamuary2017 Number 6. Everything is being played back on the Elektron Analog RYTM. Kick, clap, high hats are from the RYTM. Bass and stabs / Pads are samples I created.'

Days of Delay at Golden Pudel Club

Published on Nov 9, 2015 Cyrus Ashrafi

Interesting seeing the Moog Theremin used to trigger notes.

"Days of Delay live at the Golden Pudel Club in Hamburg, July 2015.
The stage was very narrow and therefore the equipment radically reduced: Moog Theremin (also as a controller to trigger other synths), QuNexus Keyboard, Korg MS20 mini, Ableton Live, Arturia Beatstep, Korg PadKontrol, iPad Air with Lemur and Borderlands.
Enlighted by Boris Frentzel-Beyme ( and filmed by Juergen Martin Hermann."

Peter Vogel CMI Pro Updated to v2.3

iTunes: Peter Vogel CMI Pro - Peter Vogel Instruments Pty Ltd

"NOTE: Do not buy this if you have already bought the Vogel CMI App. Save money by using its in-App upgrade. If you are not sure you want the Pro features, buy the Vogel CMI App."

What's New in Version 2.3
CMI release notes, 2.3


• A new MIDI engine allows connection via the most common Virtual MIDI protocol - OMAC/MidiBus

• Tapping the on-screen keyboard's MIDI display brings up a MIDI control panel that allows you to turn on and off all the physical and virtual MIDI inputs, and allows you to connect to Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE MIDI) devices.

Free Max4Live Mono Synth from

Published on Jan 4, 2017 sonicstate

"We're giving away a FREE Max For Live Mono Synth - Mono Junction is a collaboration between Meta Function and Sonicstate. Multi-wave oscillator with PWM (of course!), multi-mode filter, 3x LFO and 3x ENV.
Get yours:
Requires: Ableton Live 9.6.2 and Max For Live 2.7.3"

Clavia Nord Modular G2 Synthesizer

via this auction

"Excellent condition Nord Modular G2. A few minor scuffs, but basically mint condition. This synth is really one of a kind. Build your own unique sounds, patches and performances from scratch or tweak existing creations!"

More like build your own synths.


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