MATRIXSYNTH: Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Rheyne - Sequenced Jam #15

Published on Jan 15, 2017 Rheyne

"Some 'modular free jazz' recorded using only Moog and Make Noise synths. No DAW or outside MIDI sources were used, all notes and modulations are from the synths."


Rheyne - Sequenced Jam #15 Part 2 (Moog and Make Noise Eurorack, no MIDI / DAW)

Published on Jan 15, 2017

"All notes and modulations are from the Moog and Make Noise synths. No DAW or outside MIDI sources are being used. This is a longer-running version of the previous patch, but with different notes programmed into the sequencers, and slightly more animated. Equipment used: Moog Mother-32 (x3), Make Noise 0-Coast, Make Noise modules (DPO, Maths, Moddemix, Optomix, Wogglebug, Rosie). Reverb is from a Strymon BigSky and TC Hall of Fame."

MEFF (Modular Synthesizer Exhibition - Fair in Florence, Italy) Featuring Tiptop Audio

MEFF (official teaser) from Tiptop Audio on Vimeo.

MEFF (Modular Synthesizer Exhibition Fair in Florence, Italy)

April 24th/25th - 2017

Tiptop Audio and Lattex Plus are joining together to host a modular synthesizer event in the heart of Italy, featuring the artistically vibrant city of Florence. This event is open to all manufactures of Modular Synthesizers and electronic music technology entrepreneurs.

This is a two-day event at April 24-25 2017 which will take place at the prestigious IED - European Design Institute known for its programs in design, fashion, and visual communication.

IED’s new campus, covering over 2.400 sqm comprised of 14 lecture halls, will host the event. Located in the historic building of the foundation Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, in the center of Florence, it is very close to the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore; an outstanding exhibition area to demo your synths and meet with artists.

Vintage Strider Systems Price List

This one is in via Randy Piscione

"Just saw the post on the Strider sequencer [here], thought you might like this. I traded letters with someone from Strider back in the 70s, and one of the documents he sent me was this."

Note this price list is slightly different than the one posted here.

Synthing Over SF

Started streaming 1 hour ago Oren Levy

Mr. Touchy - Teensy Poly Touch Synth + Drum Machine

Published on Jan 15, 2017 otemrellik

"Wanted to share my latest Teensy synth. Uses Nintendo DS touch screens, Teensy 3.2, Teensy Audio Adapter and some Neopixels.

Learn about Teensy audio library:


3D Model:"

Hartmann Neuron Synthesizer

Published on Jan 15, 2017 Tank J

"my lovely synth always!"

Vintage Akai AX60 Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

PPG Wave 2.2

via this auction

"This Synth is in original/ excellent condition externally and is in the final stages of a complete internal overhaul by leading Synth engineer James Walker, making it as robust as a PPG Wave 2.2 can be. It comes with factory MIDI and features separate voice outputs in addition to the left/ right and headphone outputs. It also has the latest software... It is one of only 200 made between 1982 - 1984. As you might expect, with it being 35 years old it is not in absolutely perfect condition but a synth dealer was in the work shop and he said he thought it was really nice and in this condition the price was realistic. Whilst the 2.3 has a 2.2 mode I feel it is worth pointing out that it doesn't actually sound the same. There are a number of reasons for this but the main one the 2.2 is 8bit and the 2.3 is 12bit making them quite different in character. A shared common view is that the 2.3 is more clinical and accurate whereas the 2.2 is edgey and warmer sounding (sonically more fulfilling). This unit has an ivory keybed and it looks really nice."

Roland TB-303 Bassline Analogue Synth SN 296500

via this auction

EMS Synthi Auction May be a Scam

See the updates in this post.

Yamaha AN1X synthesizer, modeling synths , ob-xa , model D, JP8 ...

Published on Jan 15, 2017 CLASSIC VINTAGE

"Yamaha AN1X (1997) Synthesizer 10 digital voices based on analog physical modeling synthesis ..."

Arturia Origin , Yamaha Cs50 , Ambient Industrial Music Eletronic

Published on Jan 15, 2017 CLASSIC VINTAGE

"Arturia Origin , Arpeggiator sounds Moog , Prophet 12 step sequencer , sine resonance , pad . yamaha CS50 ring modulator speed lfo , pitch bend wheel ... low pass filter ...."

Mid-Winter Meditation II

Published on Jan 15, 2017 Sacred Synthesis

"I've been working on this piece for a while, and it's still a work in progress, but I wanted to post it here so that I could move on to other musical projects as well. It was possibly the most difficult piece I've ever recorded and took a total of four hours. And still there are some mistakes! Not that the piece that much skill. Rather, it's the production that was so difficult. It requires many changes while playing - a sound engineer's worth. Every bit of movement throws off my position at the organ bench, which then throws off my playing. What a grueling bunch of sessions went in to this one. I hope after it all some one enjoys the music!

The Prophet '08's provide all the solos sounds (oboe, PWM reed, and string) as well as the carillon patch. The latter is a challenge to play because the envelope is very sensitive, and since the sound is already so dissonant, the slightest mistake is doubly noticeable because of its harshness. However, I've been interested in composing music just for it, and so this piece has two little carillon sections.

The Poly Evolver Keyboard provides a staple sound for me - a PWM piano patch. I use this at two different filter settings, adjusted by the modulation wheel. This sound is eminently useful for accompanying melodies with left-handed arpeggios, but it's quite nice for solos as well.

Incidentally, all the arpeggios in this piece are played by hand. The whole thing can easily be played on piano, and that's just the way I intended it to be."

Hartmann Neuron VS with the Twirl iPad App

Published on Jan 15, 2017 Bon Lucas

"Demonstration of the Hartmann Neuron VS Plugin with the Twirl iPad App. This App was still available in the Apple App Store at the time of Uploading this. Check out Michael Aldridge's video below, as his description goes into more of the 'Hardcore' details.

Download the Neuron VS (OS X Only):
Twirl App:
Michael Aldridge's 'Twirl' Video: [here]

Video Recorded with a Nikon D5100/AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm & CamStudio Screen Capture.
Audio Recorded through a MOTU 2408 mk3 with Presonus Studio One."

MusicPostBot909303 - Wavenet "deepdreamed" IDM

This one was spotted and sent my way via Altemark. In short, these are compositions generated by a neural network cloud bot.

The SoundCloud description states the following:

"Bot automatically uploading experimental electronic music created using deep neural network. As of this moment, the network is at very early stages of training, and is more of a synthesizer than a fully fledged music producer. In order to expand on its abilities, I need your help to fund training.

2x 8-core 64-bit
Training rate: ~60 sec/step
Receptive Field: ~125 mSec
Sample Rate: 32 kHz

Help me learn faster:
BTC: 18cDZhzvihYy6Kd9UZipwi4wtEah7AA57X

All donations go towards buying more training power!"

The following is some additional info posted by the creator, Veqtor, on Muff's:

"This is project I've been working on, running on two 8-core machines in the cloud. One trains a deep neural network, called a wavenet, on experimental electronic music, the other downloads the latest model generated by the trainer, generates 20 secs of audio, creates a name, uploads to SC and then goes on to do the same with the newest model.
I finally got it up and running tonight, generating 20 secs takes about 5 hours. Dead Banana
Training has been running around the clock for about three months now.

If I had the resources I'd upgrade to running a Nvidia Titan at home, which would speed up training from ~60 sec per step to ~0.5 sec per step. Hoping it'll go viral somehow and I get bitcoin donations to fund cloud training on Amazon Web Services.

I have a long roadmap of improvements but it's hard to work for free doing weird AI stuff"


"maltemark wrote:
What data set of IDM are you using for food to do this? Sounds fucking awesome. Trying to help the viralizing get into motion.

Initially it was my own my music but since around 20k steps ago or so (about 30% of current training) it's been running on a larger dataset also including all the usual suspects like autechre, afx, squarepusher, amnesia scanner, M.E.S.H., etc

maltemark wrote:
EDIT: we need much more powerful processors in eurorack so we can get this as a module paired up with ER-301:s and the likes.

Yes, actually, tensorflow models can be quantized to run simple classification tasks at low rates (think 10 hz / triggered / sequenced) for stuff like generative CV and similar. This could mean that we could possible run a rather simple model for generative music on something like a raspberry pi zero"


"akrylik wrote:
Are the soundcloud posts in order of training duration? If so, doesn't it seem like the results are getting closer and closer to white noise as training progresses?

Very cool idea by the way. love

It might seem that way, but what is really happening is that it "oscillates" between signal and noise as a part of the gradient descent optimizer. This is normal, I hope to put an algorithm into the generation phase that gives up if the current step is generating too much noise (some sort of FFT-based spectral width mean something). Another thing that might be causing the noise is that it could have reached a step that is overfitting a bit, what this means in practice is that, because the network is essentially a super complex filter, seeding it with a very bright and noisy seed will also cause it to produce output similar to that seed."

Exploring Moog Sub 37

Published on Jan 15, 2017 BoBeats

"Today I am exploring the Moog Sub 37 and its LFOs. It has 2x LFOs and many ways to modulate parameters. It is perhaps not as deep as say my Analog Keys but you can create some really cool stuff on it. This is me playing two notes having the LFOs do the movement of the sound."


Furby Organ Diary Pt1, How to sync a circuit bent furby to a synth

Published on Jan 15, 2017 LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

Those eyes!!!

"So I'm planning on building quite a large project involving 50 furbies from a concept idea notebook from 2011. it involves each furry being tuned and hooked up to a separate key.

but it didn't go smoothly to start with so i started to build something else. which was a furby with 2 simple bends, but the major difference between this and other circuit bent furbies is its able to be synced to a synthesiser.

The schematic is at the end of the video! screenshot it, I've omitted any extra components to make it super simple!

it uses just 2 5v relays. i used EDRZ01A500 if you type that in on the electronics shop of your choice, or eBay! you'll find it. also you can find the pinout on the data sheet.

the relays basically just turn on the circuit bends on the furby when there is enough voltage to do so!

the 2 bends i used are very common and can be found on this site for more info :-"

Rhythm Machines: The rise and fall of the presets by Alex Graham

Update: An updated Rhythm Machines III is now available.

via Amazon:

"At last… an A to Z of drum machines. RHYTHM MACHINES documents the rise and fall of the preset drum machines that emerged in the late 1960s, and were manufactured in large numbers until the emergence of the programmable drum machines in the early 1980s. Nearly three hundred units are detailed here, with two hundred pages packed with colour and monochrome photographs of these highly collectable rhythm units. From Ace Tone to Korg, Roland to Yamaha – the book has detailed information on all units released by both the well-known and obscure instrument manufacturers. RHYTHM MACHINES is an essential guide for instrument collectors, drum machine enthusiasts and recording artists."

"Alex Graham is a musical instrument collector and drum machine enthusiast."


via this auction

Here's something you rarely see. This is actually the first image of one to be featured here on MATRIXSYNTH. RetroSynth Ads has a write-up on the brochure for one posted here. You can find additional posts on Strider via their label here on MATRIXSYNTH.

Update: according to this price list, these went for $569 when released.

Update2: I didn't notice at first, but the tree logo appears to represent roots to trace nodes. How cool is that? Thanks to @RetroSynthAds for calling out the cool logo.

EMS Synthi AKS Synthesizer

"Vintage Original EMS Synthi AKS synthesizer in NEAR MINT condition.My father purchased a EMS Synthi AKS synthesizer in ruff condition.For many years he kept this Synthi in its original box and never put a hand on it.The unit is currently in working order and has been basically untouched and un-used."

Good price as well considering.

Update: I have a couple of reports in that this one might be a scam. Priced at 5,271.81 it may be too good to be true. As always be careful!

Update2: here it is from 2012.

MOOG MINIMOOG MODEL D with Premium Stardust Dust Cover & Extras

via this auction


Vermona Synthesizer w. modified Moog ladder filter

Published on Jan 15, 2017 RadekTymecki1984

VIRUS TI REVIEW The best Synthesizer out there?

Published on Jan 15, 2017 Instinct-learning

"This is my little spontaneous review of the Access Virus TI II

I Really Love the Synth and used it a shitton during the last ten years."

A look at the total integration software.

Make Noise 0-Coast + Korg SQ-1 + Doepfer Wasp Jam

Published on Jan 11, 2017 Ronnie Tone

"Jamming with 0-coast and SQ-1. Inspired by Modular on The Roof episode:" [1st video here]

Aria - Buchla Music Easel

Published on Jan 15, 2017 Pianosa

"Live jam with easel, mc202 and rytm"

Akai Synthstation 25 + Nano Studio - Trance Demo by Vanderson

Published on Jan 15, 2017 Electronic Music by Vanderson

"it's simply trance demo recorded on the Nano Studio app for iPhone."

iTunes: NanoStudio - Blip Interactive Ltd

Gerudo Valley Theme - 8-Bit Cover on a Korg MS-20

Published on Jan 15, 2017 NickBarraMusic

"Back again with another 8-Bit track on my Korg synth! This one is an adaptation of the Gerudo Valley theme from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

I went for the traditional NES sounds on this one (triangle, square, pulse waves + white noise); however there are several more tracks than would have been possible on an NES.

Hope you enjoy!"

Carl Mikael's Cabinet of Curiosities Intro to Modular

Published on Jan 15, 2017 Carl Mikael's Cabinet of Curiosities

"This is a video adaptation of a live lecture I did during Eter Festival. There the subject was ”Introduction to Subtractive Synthesis”, but I felt I strayed into modular territories. So for this tutorial I’ve decided to split the content into two parts:

Intro to Modular - Part 1 Subtractive Synthesis (how to make bass, kick, hats and snare)
Intro to Modular - Part 2 Pulsewidth, Sync and FM (examples of lead and pad)

The examples take part on the Nord Modular. A superior environment for learning synthesis.

How to get Wine and the Nord Modular editor up and running under OSX:
About the Nord Modular:
More about Eter Festival:"

Altered | Modular Techno Patch

Published on Jan 15, 2017 Björn Bommersheim

"This is more or less a recorded test session of the Qu Bit Chord module. It lead me into this kind of eurorack dream techno patch."

Roland TR09 Rhythm Composer & Korg MS20

Published on Jan 15, 2017 3rdStoreyChemist

"Jamming with the TR09 drum machine and a MS20 synthesiser synced together (TR09 Trigger Out to MS20 ESP Audio In, ESP Trigger Out to Trigger In).

No further processing except for normalisation."

Kick.S Live / X1042~X1046 (Goa psychedelic trance)

Published on Jan 15, 2017 Kick.S

/// Equipment ////
Korg electribe EX
EHX Cathedral
EHX Memory boy
Mackie VLZ3


Published on Jan 15, 2017 ux256


Pitman's Grave (Drumbrute, Microbrute, Electribe, Kaossilator)

Published on Jan 14, 2017 Jan Zatloukal

Arturia Drumbrute
Arturia Microbrute
Korg Electribe Sampler
Korg Kaossilator Pro
Mackie Mix12FX

Recorded live with Zoom H1. Edited in Reaper.

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