MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Moon Modular 569LE Quad Lag Expander

Published on Jan 18, 2017 John L Rice

"A quick overview of the new M569LE expander module. (and after the over view some random noodling) I'm quite pleased and proud of this module since I was very involved with the initial design concept (feature set and panel layout) but Gert and his team at The Lunar Experience did all the "heavy lifting" with the actual circuit design and nice panel graphics etc. :-)

Additionally here's a little audio test peice of music I did using the 569 in 4x8 mode and all 4 channels of the 569LE engaged:"

NAMM 2017: Percussa Synthor System 8 Modular Synthesizer

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Synth Anatomy

Remember to see the Perucussa label below for more.

The SYNTHFARM Companion Synthesizer - Official Operation Demo

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Aaron B
Re-Published on Feb 17, 2017 SYNTHFARM

"Features and Operations of the Companion Synthesizer from SYNTHFARM. Available now on Etsy:"

We have a new maker in town.

"a fresh way to synthesize

*New Super Slim Design*

Take it with you to write melodies, experiment with unusual chords and tunings , interact with its unique built-in polyphonic sequencer

The Companion has 2 modes:

== melody mode ==

- 6 wooden touch bars become a 6-voice polyphonic synth/organ instrument
- each of the 6 touch bars are independently tunable.

- the 2 remaining wooden touch bars (to the left) become |pitch--| and |pitch++| for any/all
bars (voices) that are pressed

== /corinthian/ sequencer mode ==

- 6 wooden touch bars become 6 timing controls for 6 independent, 1-step sequencers
- |pitch+-| control for bars (voices) remains the same as in melody mode

- 2 remaining wooden touch bars (to the left) become |shift_1| and |shift_2| for other synth settings
including wave_form selection and decay time.


- 4 wave_forms
- 3 decay_settings
- Save pitches (hertz / frequencies) of all 6 bars (voices) to internal memory. these tunings will be loaded next time you power on.

-Powered by 3 AA batteries- -Battery Life = 8 Hours+

-3.5mm "HeadPhone" Jack Output-

The Companion Is also Guaranteed for Life!


a patch

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Oren Levy

"Akemie's Castle, Elements, and FM Ogre controlled by Batumi and friends."

Dervish D Vangelis Tribute by Paul Schilling

"A tribute to one of my musical Gods, Vangelis. His original comment for this track:

'inspired by the Dervish dancer who by his whirling realises the spiralling of the universe'"

The main synth sounds were created with Arturia Origin and CS-80V3 - mainly all Arturia Origin CS-80 modules, except for the Vangelis harmonica and lead sound, which is the Arturia CS-80V3. The percussion and pad towards the end are the DSI Prophet-6.

Roland MV-8000 MEGADRONE by LavLab

Published on Jan 18, 2017 HostileSlothRecords

"LavLab experimenting with the Roland MV-8000 Analog Modeling Bass Synth. All sound coming from one note on the Bass Synth with internal effects."

I forgot the MV-8000 had analog modeling bass synth built in. Curious if the model is unique to the MV-8000 or ported from one of their other synths.

Via Roland's site on the MV-8000:

"Built-in Bass Synth

A bonus feature unique to the MV-8000 is its new internal analog-modeled bass synthesizer, which can be played from the MV’s own trigger pads or via MIDI. With its two fat oscillators, multimode resonant filter, LFO, envelope follower, ring and cross modulation, delay, chorus, portamento, and more, this synth can inject serious style and spice into your productions."


"NEW Version 3 Software

Roland continues its expansion of the MV-8000 platform with the release of Version 3 software. With linear-based recording already established on the MV, now come the additions of Pattern and Drum Grid composing modes — giving you the best of both worlds. Also new is a built-in analog modeling synth-bass and Pix Jam, an innovative new feature that lets you load and trigger your own custom graphics. The MV-8000 also sports ultra-intuitive operation via external VGA and mouse, with an enhanced piano roll editor and visual editing of waveforms in the audio tracks."

executive producer larry david

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Vlazhnye Fission

"quick feedback patch with the diy modular

Elkatwin 61 (demo Techno Song)

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Vintage Sounds

"All sounds (bass, strings, pluck, clavi...) made with Elkatwin, the drums and percusive phaser with Reason!!"

EMS Synthi A Rare Vintage Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"Legendary EMS Synthi A.

It's 100% fully functional and in excellent shape.

Cosmetically it does show a some wear, mainly some of the lettering in the font panel graphics are worn out, but overall very nice shape with minimal signs of dings or scratches. Check out the pictures to make sure you like it. No funky odd smells or overly bad rusting, this one has been well kept over the years. I believe this unit is a MkII due to the presto patch in the patch pin section. Supposedly MkII's are more reliable due to better power supplies.

The EMS Synthi A is one of the most classic legendary mono synths, and it really is worth every penny, it has such unique huge analog sound and can get a range of tones like no other synth. A must have for any serious collector or musician's studio. This is a great chance to own a legendary synth. Don't miss out!"

Red Roland SH-101 with Mod Grip

via this auction

Tips for NAMM Posts on MATRIXSYNTH

It's that time of year again! As always things get a bit hectic here on MATRIXSYNTH.

The following are some tips to keep track of your favorite gear.

1. Everything NAMM for 2017 will be labeled NAMM2017 at the bottom of each NAMM post. You can find the label on the right of the site under the "Check Out:" section as well. Clicking on the label will bring up all NAMM posts sorted by newest post on top.

2. To find all posts for a featured item, click on the company or brand label for the item at the bottom of the post, and previous posts will come up, again sorted by newest on top. Note non NAMM posts might be mixed in, so just scroll down to get to what you want. Creating a NAMM label for each brand to remedy this would be overkill. the train does not stop for NAMM, NAMM just gets thrown into the mix.

3. The New Gear in 2017 label applies to both NAMM and non NAMM new gear announcements, so be sure to keep an eye on that label as well if you are interested in new gear. In most cases, only the first post for the new item will come up, so you need not worry about weeding through multiple posts for the same item. Remember, you can always drill down by the manufacturer label for follow-up posts. You can find the New Gear label on the top right, under the "Check Out:" section, throughout the year.

4. Remember to click on the "Older Posts" link on the bottom of each page on the site for more.

5. Have fun!

NAMM is a crazy time of year on the site.

NAMM2017: Introducing The Qu-Bit Electronix New Eurorack Modules

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"Introducing The Qu-Bit Electronix New Eurorack Modules"

NAMM2017: Introducing Endorphines Shuttle

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"Introducing Endorphines Shuttle"

NAMM2017: Introducing 4ms Company Stereo Triggered Sampler and Tapgraphic Delay

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"Introducing 4ms Company Stereo Triggered Sampler and Tapgraphic Delay"

NAMM2017: Introducing Pittsburgh Modular New Lifeforsm Eurorack Modules

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"Introducing Pittsburgh Modular New Lifeforms Eurorack Modules

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms - Double Helix Oscillator
Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms - Binary Filter
Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms - Dynamic Impulse Filter
Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms - Mod Tools
Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms - System Interface"

Live From NAMM 17 Wednesday Night

Published on Jan 18, 2017 sonicstate

"Live stream on NAMM setup day - a quick look behind the scenes"

NAMM 2017: New Modules From Qu-bit Electronix

Published on Jan 18, 2017 sonicstate

The list:

The Tone - quad voltage controlled filter for @299 available in March.
The Chance - random voltage generator price TBD, available in April.
The Contour - quad envelope generator $270, available next week.
The Mixology - four channel mixer with stereo outputs, price TBD, available next February

NAMM2017: Introducing WMD New Eurorack Modules

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"Introducing WMD New Eurorack Modules

WMD - Modbox
WMD - Arpitecht
WMD - Triad
WMD - Overseer
WMD - Advanced Trigger Sequencer (prototype)"

Expressive E Announces Lié & UVI Partnership

Uploaded on Jan 7, 2017 Expressive E

You might remember Expressive E's innovative Touché controller introduced last year at NAMM. The last post I had on them was actually back on January 25 of 2016. You might have wondered why they went dark for a bit. Well it appears they were busy making improvements as well as working with UVI.

"At the last NAMM Expressive E announced Touché, a unique instrument with a sensitive and tactile approach of synthesizers. Expressive E took time to refine their offer, and they have several things to announce:

- Lié, a powerful software
- An exiting partnership with UVI
- A brand new website
- Engaging video content

Touché gives you a unique tactile approach of both software and hardware synthesizers, shaping and controlling their sound with a simple pressure of your hands. It feels natural and gives you a powerful connection with music.
Touché controls your synthesizers with four independant shi ings : Two vertical and two lateral shi ings. The four shi ings are extremely precise, reactive and sensitive. This opens up a wide variety of genuine instrumental gestures : progressive slides, subtle vibratos, percussive taps, hand-made LFOs... Each of the four shi ings can be independently mapped to one or several parameters of your synthesisers. To help you with this, Touché ships with Lié, its companion software.

Lié is a powerful software with a simple design. You can launch it inside DAWs supporting VST or AU plug-in formats. When you launch Lié, you can immediately start playing with the factory presets, or build your own sound from scratch.

The Browser shows you the list of the factory presets, as well as those you’ve saved yourself.

The Slot Center is an easy to use slot- based interface, with 8 assignable slots.

Each of the 8 slots allows you to map a parameter from your synthesizer to one of the four shi ings of Touché.

You can then adjust your sensitivity with min/max values and sensitivity curves.

The scope displays the pressure you’re applying on Touché.

You will find these three parts in either software or hardware connection scenarios, with slight

differences :

Playing with software

To control software synthesisers, Lié works as a host of virtual instruments with VST or AU format. Once hosted, you can access the virtual instrument’s interface directly from Lié, and quickly map parameters with Lié’s Speed Mapping features.

You can then save your configuration in a software preset that will appear in the browser.

Playing with hardware
Hardware synthesisers are controlled with Touché’s built-in CV and MIDI ports. Lié lets you configure what Touché sends through its CV and MIDI ports.

When working with MIDI, you can select the CC numbers of your synthesisers that you want to control, and assign them to one of the four shi ings of Touché. To make this workflow even easier, Lié ships with INIT presets for a selection of hardware synthesizers, replacing the CC numbers with the actual names of the parameters instead.
When working with CV, Lié lets you choose the voltages that Touché sends for each CV port individually, on a -10/+10 Volts range.

Hardware configurations can then be saved in a hardware preset that will appear in the browser. You can even flash these presets into Touché’s internal memory, and play with your hardware synth without any computer.

To fully exploit the instrumental potential of Touché, Expressive E made a partnership with UVI.

UVI was awarded multiple times for their industry-leading instruments, effects and sound libraries. Their flagship instrument, Falcon, is highly respected by some of the world's leading composers, sound designers, musicians and producers.

Expressive E used the powerful sound engine from Falcon to design over 100 exceptional presets. They offer a wide array of sounds, from agressive leads to soft pads, and a rich variety of playstyles.

These sounds will ship standard with every Touché, ready to be used within UVI’s player UVI Workstation.

Here’s a video showing Touché in action with some of the presets they have made:

Uploaded on Jan 18, 2017 Expressive E

Pre-sales for Touché will open the 01/19/2017 at 10:00 am (PST) on Expressive E’s upcoming new website at a price of $399 US."

NAMM2017: Introducing 2HP New Eurorack Modules

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

The list of new modules:
The Clock
The Burst
The Route
The Dual Sample & Hold
The TM - Touring Machine Radomn Sequencer
The EG
The 2 Channel VCA

NAMM2017: Introducing Pittsburgh Modular Structure EP-270 and EP-420 Eurorack Cases

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

"Introducing Pittsburgh Modular Structure EP-270 and EP-420 Eurorack Cases"

VBrazil Overfolder Module Demo

Published on Jan 18, 2017 VBrazil Modular

"Demo of our voltage controlled wave folder module for Eurorack
Module design - Vinicius Brazil
Video by Quincas Moreira"

You might recall the prototype posted here.

NAMM 2017: Percussa Synthor System 8

Published on Jan 18, 2017 sonicstate

"Percussa, creators of the AudioCube controllers launch a powerful new Digital modular synth and integrated wireless controller."

Details on the new Synthor System 8 posted here.

Ieaskul F. Mobenthey Mr. Grassi Module


"Some of us are at @NAMM some of us stayed in NYC to bring u Mr. Grassi via #ieaskulfmobenthy"


"Grassi, a touch-module, contains twelve square waves, used as the clock and data for shift registers, each followed by primitive resistor DAC. The DACs modulate clock and counter-clock wise, yielding closed loops of perpetual modulation, triggered by touch. Each of the six outputs are a single, four-bit DAC. Listening to them raw, they generate modem sounds to pure noise on touch. On release of touch, each DAC holds the contingent position of its DATA. Thus the DATA can be used as CV for up to six other operators, scrambled on touch. Touch->Scramble->Listen; Untouch->Hold->Feed.

Grassi, an ultra-raftable module, features all circuitry and the front panel on one circuit board. The final module thickness is only as deep as the 3.5mm jacks- not more than about a centimeter, so it can fit in a thin wooden case.

Grassi is a 12HP Eurorack module that runs on +12 and -12 volts. Actually it completely shuns the negative twelve volts, and thus it can run from a unipolar, plus twelve supply. This helps make it raftable, as it only requires a branch power line from the increasingly common 12V trunk. Thus, when ordered with a wooden case, it has a 2.1mm, tip positive, 12 V jack to power it. For mounting in a traditional Eurorack case, it comes
with a power connector traditional to that format.

Grassi features a triangular hexagon, used for square-wave outputs (outer rim) and DAC triggers (inner core). Thus, a triggering touch should connect an outer station to an inner station, to begin the rungling process.

Rungling, a coin of Rob Hordijk, is exactly what Mister Grassi does. He takes two oscillators and mixes them in the shift register chip, treating one as data and the other as clock. The result, a memory heterodyne, feeds back into the oscillators. This circular process traverses both analog and digital, soft tones and square drones.

Width: 12HP"

MUTANT RIMSHOT - NAMM2017 first look - Hexinverter Électronique

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Hexinverter Électronique

"First video look at the upcoming Mutant Rimshot eurorack module from Hexinverter Électronique. Come see it at NAMM2017!

The Rimshot is an analog rimshot and clave percussion synthesis module inspired by analog drum machines of the past. Like the other Mutant Drums, the Rimshot is capable of going above and beyond vanilla sounds. Expressive CV options, an external input and a multi-mode analog filter let you create unique percussion sounds in your modular synthesizer.

Available at modular retailers Feb/March 2017!"

via Hexinverter:

"The Mutant Rimshot is an analog rimshot and clave percussion synthesis module inspired by analog drum machines of the past. Like the other Mutant Drums, the Rimshot is capable of going above and beyond vanilla sounds. Expressive CV options, an external input and a multi-mode analog filter let you create unique percussion sounds in your modular synthesizer.

Rimshot or clave - take your pick.

Triple-oscillator analog rimshot core inspired by the legendary 909
- Three modes of percussion synthesis: rimshot HI (classic), rimshot LO and clave (CLV)
- Voltage control of one of the oscillators' pitch
- External input to the filter lets you blend in other signal sources - wavetables and noise make for interesting percussion!
- Rimshot DRIVE control acts as a volume and overdrive control for the rimshot generator

Coupled to an analog multi-mode filter
- Bandpass, highpass and lowpass modes
- Self-oscillation of the filter plays nicely when mixed in with the rimshot generator
- Resonance clipping enabled by default. Feature can be disabled with a switch on the back of the module
- Voltage controlled cutoff
- Adjustable resonance

Modulation options sculpt the shape of your percussion
- Eurorack-compatible control voltage inputs (0 to 5V for full modulation) with bipolar attenuverters
- A practical analog trigger circuit allows activation of the Rimshot from many signal sources (anything with a positive-going edge lasting 2ms or longer). Most electronic drum pads can also directly trigger the Mutant Rimshot.
- An accent input accepts analog voltage control (0 to 5V will fully modulate the volume from low to high)"

Arturia Matrix Brute Demo

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Perfect Circuit Audio

"Playing some of the preset patches on the Arturia Matrix Brute.

Available here:"

MATRIXSYNTH members get a %10 discount at Perfect Circuit Audio! See the membership page for details.

Korg Maxikorg Vintage Analog Duophonic Synth w/ CV & Gate Mod

via this auction

"the synth is fully functional and sounds like a beast. one key (highest octave one) cracked, it still works with some effort and is sticking out a bit (pls see pics). the synth had a cv/gate mode installed by a local pro. so you can use a sequencer, like a korg sq1 witch will be included, to control both voices of the synth.

cosmetically, it's a bit of a mess: missing caps, non original caps, wooden side panels are included but not attached."

Moog Multimoog Analog Synthesizer

via this auction, and on Reverb

NAMM 2017: Dubreq Stylophone Gen X-1

Published on Jan 18, 2017 sonicstate

$70/€70/£60 available in May.

First revealed here on MATRIXSYNTH.

Behringer Deepmind 12 Factory presets Bank A 31-60

New video added here.


Behringer Deepmind 12 Factory presets Bank A 61-90 added as well.

RIP William Onyeabor - Nigerian Electronic Funk Pioneer as well as Nigeria's 1st Moog Dealer

'Fantastic Man' (Full Length) - A Film About William Onyeabor

Published on Feb 25, 2014 Noisey

Video description: "'You Need To Hear This' is proud to present 'Fantastic Man' a documentary investigating Nigerian musician William Onyeabor, a man shrouded in mystery and myth. Directed by Jake Sumner (Alldayeveryday) the film tells the story of a label's attempt to track William down, speaking to fans such as Damon Albarn, Caribou and Femi Kuti and travelling to Nigeria to meet those who've worked with him in a bid to uncover the truth about his story."

William Onyeabor was Nigeria's First Moog Dealer & Electronic Musician. He passed away this Monday, January 16, at the age of 70. Be sure to see the video further below for a taste of his music. To the left you can see him with an Octave Cat, Elka Rhapsody 610, and Moog Polymoog.  MiniKorg 700s in back.

via Boing Boing, via Luaka Bop:

"It is with incredibly heavy hearts that we have to announce that the great Nigerian business leader and mythic music pioneer William Onyeabor has passed away at the age of 70. He died peacefully in his sleep following a brief illness, at his home in Enugu, Nigeria. An extraordinary artist, businessman and visionary, Mr. Onyeabor composed and self-released 9 brilliant albums of groundbreaking electronic-funk from 1977-1985, which he recorded, pressed and printed at Wilfilms Limited—his personal pressing plant in southeast Nigeria.

For people in his hometown of Enugu, Nigeria, Mr. Onyeabor was simply referred to as "The Chief”. He was known for having created many opportunities for the people in his community. In his early 30s, he traveled the world to study record manufacturing, so that he could build, "the greatest record manufacturing business in all of West Africa." After those successful years as an artist and record label President in the 1980's, he opened a flour mill and food processing business. In 1987 these new business ventures saw him awarded West African Industrialist of the Year—just two years after the release of his most successful song "When The Going is Smooth and Good", and what should have been the height of his musical career. He was given the honorary title "Justice of the Peace"—a local judicial position elected by the community to provide independent legal ruling. In the early 1990's, he became the President of Enugu's Musician's Union and Chairman of the city's local football team, The Enugu Rangers. Despite all of these extraordinary achievements, his biography was always shrouded in mystery—some claimed he had studied filmmaking in the Soviet Union, while others placed him in France or Great Britain. To his great amusement (and ours too for that matter), this mythic image was at times so deeply ingrained, that we often encountered people who were convinced that he didn't actually exist. Whenever we shared this with him, or would ask him a question about his past, he would just smile and say, "I only want to speak about God."

After five long years of painstaking waiting, negotiating and intense research, we were finally able to release “Who is William Onyeabor?” in 2013 and his music and story took the world by storm. The release was featured in major newspapers, radio and television stations around the world. Time Magazine listed him as number 4 on a shortlist of that year’s best albums. In 2014, the film documentary “Fantastic Man” followed, as well as the “Atomic Bomb! Who is William Onyeabor?” live shows, which travelled to the most regarded festivals and music venues worldwide-starring over 50 special guests from many diverse generations, genres and backgrounds.

Still, William Onyeabor would never speak about himself and for a long time refused any of the many interview requests that came his way. For an artist that had never performed live in his entire life, he repeatedly, and very sadly, would always decline our invitations to take part in any of the joyous celebrations that were created in his honor. Having become Born Again in the latter part of life, he had turned his back on the music from the earlier part of his life.

As one of the absolutely smartest people we ever encountered—William Onyeabor was always in charge, whatever the situation may be (and even though he was living in a fairly isolated part of rural West Africa). As can be heard in many of his songs, he looked at the world from a bird's eye view. He would watch American, Chinese and European news simultaneously, so he could learn about the different points of view from around the world. In his later years, he was still conducting business as usual. Whenever we visited him in Nigeria, he welcomed us warmly into his home. Whether it be at his palace outside of Enugu or via crackly phone lines to America, he always made us laugh. As is also very evident in his songwriting—another example of his true intellect and originality—he had the greatest sense of humor. His life and accomplishments will never cease to astonish us. More than anything, and still to this very day, his music continues to live on—nearly 40 years after it was originally released.

Chief William Ezechukwu Onyeabor is survived by his wife, children, and four grandchildren. We would like to send our deepest condolences to his family and thank each and every one of you who has helped share the love for his music around the world.

In the short and wonderfully intense nine years that we came to know him, he changed our lives in many ways. If he hasn't yet, we hope he will affect you too, one day."

William Onyeabor - Good Name (Official)

Published on Dec 12, 2013 Luaka Bop

William Onyeabor Boxset available digitally at Mr. Onyeabor on iTunes and Amazon.

NAMM 2017: New Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Range - First Look

Published on Jan 18, 2017 sonicstate

New Lifeforms Foundation Evo eurorack system. Flagship of Pittsburgh Modular.

Love the classic video game cabinet.

New Double Helix Oscillator (available in six weeks for $449)
Lowpass Gate
Binary Filter
2 + 2 mixer
Mod Tools
System Interface

New Waldorf vcf1 Eurorack Filter Spotted at NAMM

via @sonicstate

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

NAMM MPC X - First Quick Look & Demo

Published on Jan 18, 2017 BBoy Tech Report

Last Call for MATRIXSYNTH & Novation UltraNova Giveaway!

via @WeAreNovation

"Time's almost up: The @matrixsynth competition to win an UltraNova Synthesizer & Gig Bag, ends tomorrow - Enter now."

This ends tomorrow, but don't take a chance. Enter today to ensure your chance of winning!

Roland Juno-106 with Flight Case & Dust Cover

via this auction

"This Juno-106 is in great condition. It has been tested and works well, but the sounds have all been cleared and only the first 3 banks have patches programmed in. There it a scratch above the keybed on the right side of the face panel. The rest of the synth is in great condition. Clean and kept in a smoke-free environment. Includes a nice road case, dust cover, and power cable."

2-Tier Moog Mother-32 System (2 Mother-32s)

via this auction

"2-Tier rack included!
Comes with patch cables and power adaptors.
Includes all original power adaptors, boxes, and documentation.

A fantastic system for the modular noob or expert alike. Both units are in fantastic condition and match extremely well, even down to the grain in the wood sides. Plus, they have that amazing Moog sound."

Oberheim OBmx 4 Voice SN MX001076

via this auction

"Here is a vintage Oberheim OBMX synth module. 4 voice cards installed. Powers up, makes sound, appears to be in working order. This is a vintage piece of equipment, so being sold as not working for parts: thus, NO returns. Please do not consider this item if you are not ready to invest in potential maintenance repair of a vintage(OLD) piece of equipment."

#Jamuary2017 Fet. Anja Lauvdal - Analog Keys x 2

Published on Jan 18, 2017 cuckoomusic

"Today I got the chance to jam with super talented Anja Lauvdal. We brought our two Analog Keys and just jammed for like 2-3 hours straight. Here's one particularily nice snippet.

Everytime Anja and I jam, I feel like we have been playing together for ages. (We haven't) More!"

Unboxing/assembling Make Noise Modular Synth Skiff Bill T Miller Orgy Of Noise

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Bill T Miller

"Unboxing/assembling of Bill T Miller / Orgy Of Noise modular synth skiff rig featuring Make Noise Music eurorack style modules: WOGGLEBUG & STO & MATHS & BRAINS & PRESSURE POINTS & ROSIE with two custom BTM TELEGRAPHO controller modules and eventually adding Mutable Music Things EARS & Bastl Instruments TROMSO & Synthrotek DLY & Pittsburgh Modular MULT. see:

BTM MODULAR SKIFF RIG was incorporated into the existing two road case BTM SYNTH MOUNTAIN RIGS with Make Noise 0-Coast & Keith McMillen QuNexus CV Keyboard & Korg SQ-1 Sequencer & Teenage Engineering rhythm pocket operator & Mini-Kaos Pad into Nady Mixer and the other case with MOOG Mother-32 & Moog Werkstatt & another custom BTM TELEGRAPHO controller & iPad (with Model 15 & AniMoog & etc apps) & Arturia Beatstep Sequencer & Waterhed Circuit Bent Voice Changer & custom BTM Thumb Piano / Spring-O Cigar Box instrument & another Mini-Kaos pad all into Realistic Mixer. PLUS, bonus Moog Taurus & Moog Theremini and ultra bonus vintage ARP ODYSSEY white faced synth.


Time Lapse Video & Soundtrack by Bill T Miller
Headroom Kitchen Studios Boston December 2016


KordBot: January 2017 Progress Update

Published on Jan 18, 2017 ISLA Instruments

"Here's the latest update from Isla Instruments HQ.

Skip to around 9:20 for the demonstration of new features.."

Colorful Jam #13

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Цыхра Цыхра

"Gear used — Nord Lead 4, Moog Sub 37 , Korg Volca FM, Strymon Big Sky, Boss DD-500 Moogerfooger RingMod Chris Custom Scream and Arturia Beatstep Pro for clock."

Meditation No. 3 - Behringer Deepmind 12, MFB Tanzmaus

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Cave Way


Recently picked up the Deepmind, and I thought I'd layer it up over a piano riff that makes me think of snow. First impressions on the Deepmind its awesome at pads, sound FX, and brass. For the pads you literally just need to hit 1 key and the synth blasts off into outer space. I will dive into more sounds shortly. More videos to come....

And how about that Tanzmaus? It kicks!"

NAMM Teaser from Dave Smith Instruments

Left is via DSI.

Bottom is a supposed leak of the box that has been making the rounds, in via Soviet Space Child.

We'll know soon enough. Any guesses?

New 4ms Stereo Triggered Sampler at NAMM

"4ms Stereo Triggered Sampler. Come see it @NAMMShow booth 5000! #4ms #4msSTS #eurorack #modular #synth #synthesizer #NAMM #NAMM2017"

New Keyboard Synth Teaser from Soulsby Synthesizers

And what do we have hear? A new keyboard synth from Soulsby Synthesizers? It appears they saved their biggest NAMM announcement for last. Details are slim at this point with only the following:

"#NAMM2017 announcement 3/3: come to booth 5000 and see!"

If you missed them, you can find announcement 1 here and 2 here.

DreamBlaster X2 General MIDI Wavetable Synthesizer Board

Published on Jan 9, 2017 PhilsComputerLab

"This is a video review of the DreamBlaster X2, a brand new wavetable General MIDI synthesizer board for classic sound cards like the Sound Blaster, ESS Audio Drive and many others.

This device has lots of features, the USB interface allows software customisation, uploading of sound fonts and doubles as a USB MIDI interface, turning the X2 into an stand-alone MIDI module.

We will check out the product, I walk you through the supplied software, the preset editor, the upload tool and how to use everything.

At the end of the video are some sound recordings of classic DOS games:

12:27 Duke Nukem 3D
13:28 Settlers II
14:40 Doom II
18:27 Descent
20:58 System Shock
23:06 Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate
24:12 Wing Commander: Privateer"


"DreamBlaster X2 Advanced WaveBlaster + USB Synth

Have a look at the user manual

- Small formfactor midi PCB : 65mm x 38mm size
- Black color PCB
- Dream 5000 series synth chip with 81 voices polyphony, high quality effects engine
- Waveblaster compatible connector for use on soundcards (such as Soundblaster 16, Audician 32, ESS AudioDrive, Aureal Vortex 2 and many others...) and DIY projects.
- Super low latency <1ms - 64mbyte flash for soundbank data - USB MIDI in (Class compliant midi device, works on windows XP without drivers) - stereo line out using a high quality 24 bit DAC - Preloaded with a high quality 16 megabyte Dream General MIDI soundbank ( - DreamBlaster Preset editor / USB uploader tool for advanced customization/tweaking. Downloads available at"

Low Gain Electronics Shortbus V.2 Eurorack Module

via this auction

"The Short Bus is a seven input OR combiner. Aside from its new facelift (.060" powder coated steel panel) it has newly upgraded toggle switches which allow you to easily select one of three options, two dedicated bus outputs (labeled A and B) or you can select the 'Off' position. The Short Bus allows for easy mixing of gate, trigger, and clock signals. You can 'mix' CV with the Short Bus, however all negative voltages will be ignored. High voltage at the inputs takes priority and voltages are not 'Summed'. The OR combiner diodes have been upgraded to allow for lower voltage drops. Forward voltage drop average is now around .18V instead of .7V."

Snazzy FX Tidal Wave Eurorack Module

via this auction

"The Tidal Wave is in first line a sound processor with waveshaper, filter and VCA but on the other hand a synth voice. A flexible VC-Mix/crossfader section with is used to create comb filter effects. A VC-LFO and an autotrigger envelope plus an internal modulation buss are used for CV routing with interesting opposite going modulations. All sections of the module can be used individually."

TV Station E-MU Emulator EIII Demo

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Eric Sabatino

"Demo of E-MU Emulator 3 EIII Sequencer track from news channel"

Worth the wait.

via this auction

"We are selling our E-MU Emulator. It works, and appears to have been owned by a television station in its past. The sequencer has music from news segments and olympic coverage programmed. It has quite a few classic E-MU sounds saved in its banks including some nice strings, drums, electric guitars, and entire bank of dogs barking and panting.

It turns on, boots up, and plays. I have not tried to use the floppy drive, but it makes noise and the light flashes. The contrast knob is missing, but can be easily turned without the knob attached. There is some faint digital noise when it is on at higher volumes. It has not been restored, but it has been well cared for."

Arp Axxe SN 040

via this auction

"Own a piece of synthesizer history!! For sale is a clean condition Arp Axxe synth! Great analog mono synth with one oscillator and very similar to the Arp Odyssey.

It is a very clean board with very few marks on the body. Wood side panels in great condition for its age and corner shown in picture shows the general light wear on all 8 corners and may be able to be cleaned up with a wood conditioner of some sort. Very close to collector's condition cosmetically. Half of the keys are yellowed due to the age of the board.

All notes play, and most of the controls work but the ADSR circuit will need repair. However, great refurb kits are available here on eBay and I don't want to do the repair myself. I'm positive the refurb kits will restore this synth to factory values to produce even better sounds than it does now as well as more precise control over the filtering and tonal sections.

Price reflects the condition of this board, and any experienced tech will be able to bring this board back to studio quality in no time!"

bitrman cv mod demo

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Brian Comnes

"Add CV to Alesis ModFX Bitrman. BEcause internal voltages are 0-3VDC, I had to add a simple voltage divider to reduce the sent voltage not to exceed 3 volts. Very simple with a 10K resistor on the + pole jooined by a 15K resistor from the negative pole. Then detach the center pins of the two pots for Bitr and Phasor and rout in the external voltage. Quite simple actually. Enjoy!! Sorry for low volume audio."

MPC Lounge: Drum Programming on the New Akai MPC Live

Published on Jan 18, 2017 AkaiProVideo

"In this episode of MPC Lounge, we look at drum programming and editing inside MPC Live. We also show you how to quickly navigate the Browser to find the right kits and samples for your project."

Akai Introduces MPCX and MPCLIVE Standalone Music Production Centers & MPC Software v2.0

Erica Synths Introduces New Polivoks Inspired DIY Eurorack System

via Erica Synths

"Erica Synths began with DIY kits, which have now been fully redesigned, are skiff friendly, and have been adapted even more for modular functionality.  This provides you with a great-sounding 84HP two-VCO modular system with 53 patch points that go well beyond classical monosynths.

This is not just a Polivoks clone.  We have introduced numerous innovative solutions in each module to make it more versatle and to expand the functionality of the entire system.  Each module is available as a PCB+ panel or a full kit, and it includes unique components and manufactured-in-Latvia ICs.  Front panel design by  All kits will be available in March 2017 at

New Eurorack Modules from Erica Synths at NAMM

Along with the new Pico System announced late last year, Erica Synths will be showing the following eurorack modules. You can find a couple of demos of the new OCTASOURCE here and here.


Click the pics for details on each.

Erica Synths Black Octasource demo

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Erica Synths

"Black Octasource is an Octature LFO with morphing waveforms."


Published on Jan 18, 2017 once upon a synth

"In this episode I pair the Roland TR-8 drum machine with the modern Elektron Analog Drive distortion guitar pedal. The TR-8 is a digital emulation of an 808, 909 and 707. This video is split into two parts featuring two different grooves. The second part features some slower beats as well as changing of drum kits.

00:17 - Part one
10:40 - Part two"

Meet the 9 Year Old Behind the New Teenage Engineering PO-32 Graphics

See the update in this post.

Roland Promars Analogue Synthesizer w/ Original Case

via this auction

SSF Entity Bass Drum Synth - Filter (F-MIX) Demo

Published on Jan 18, 2017 SteadyStateFate

"Example of the Steady State Fate Entity Bass Drum Synthesizer utilizing the filter input (F-MIX). A pitch sequenced Sawtooth wave is patched into the F-MIX input. Another Entity BDS is making a kick drum sound and we are also using the 2nd Entity DUCK output to duck the amplitude of the first Entity whenever the kick is triggered.
Clocking and gate patterns are controlled via GateStorm."

Details: New SSF Entity Bass Drum Synth Eurorack Module

Behringer DeepMind 12 - More Custom Patches (No talking)

Published on Jan 18, 2017 GEOSynths

"So, I've been making many more Patches for the Behringer DeepMind 12 and while I did a fair few Pads in my previous video, this time I have Leads, Bass, Arps, Strings...and of course...more Pads (Can't help it). Am really having a blast with this Synth and digging deeper into its capabilities.

It's about 40 Minutes long, but it's not stop Patches (about 50 of them) without talking. Let me know what you think...or any requests."

1975 Minimoog Vs iPad Minimoog App!

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Johan Segeborn

"Original Moog Minimoog Vs Arturia iMini. Audio interface Apogee Duet, recorded to Cubasis iPad."

iTunes: iMini Synthesizer - Arturia

Roland S-50 - Gear of the Week (Junkie XL)

Published on Jan 18, 2017 junkiexlofficial

"A great synthesizer from the mid 80s that I modified slightly - known for making great character in the low end."

The Korg Monologue- Part 1- Oscillators 1

Published on Jan 18, 2017 AutomaticGainsay

"Here is part one of a two-part demonstration of the sound and functionality of the oscillators present on the Korg Monologue analog synthesizer."

All parts here.

Soulsby Synths - Oscitron *FIRST PATCH*

Published on Jan 18, 2017 DivKidVideo

"Here's a recording of my 'first patch' with the Oscitron. As usual just wanted to show some sounds and in this instance playing around with a basic sequence moving through waveforms and features."

VGM #98: Clark (Minecraft) Ambient Synth Cover

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Ace Waters

"Recently Mark and I started playing minecraft in a survival world on computers. This experience brought with it all the feelings and emotions I had playing this game years ago. No matter how popular or memetic this game has gotten over the years, these songs will still resonate in me as I collect the blocks I need to build a new home in Minecraft."

PPG wave 2.2 Synthesizer (1982) - RetroSound soundscapes - sound demo

Published on Jan 18, 2017 RetroSound

"(c) 2017 vintage synthesizer demo by RetroSound

PPG wave 2.2 Synthesizer from the year 1982
some self programmed retro sounds

The PPG Wave 2.2 is the direct successor of the Wave 2 but with 2 oscillators. Only 500 Wave 2.2 were manufactured.

The sound character is different to the later Waldorf Microwave synths and different to the Wave 2.3.

- 8 Voices
- 2 to 16 Oscillators per voice
- 30 Wavetables with 64 waves per table
- analog 24 dB/oct lowpass SSM 2044 VCF
- Curtis CEM 3360 VCAs
- micro processor (6809)
- 8Bit DACs

Used by: Trevor Horn (Propaganda, Art Of Noise, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones), Ultravox, Depeche Mode, Robert Palmer, Talk Talk, Tears For Fears, Thomas Dolby, The Fixx, Thompson Twins, Tangerine Dream, Gary Numan and much more"

Roland D50 | Creek #7nightsindubai

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Woody Piano Shack

"The Roland D50 synthesizer provides the soundtrack to footage shot during a visit to Dubai Creek and Dubai Old City during Jan 2017. Original track composed and performed entirely on the D-50 featuring the 'Soundtrack' preset. Roland D50 sounds, Roland D50 demo."

TTSH & Karp Odyssey V2

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Morgan Karlsson

"Session with TTSH, Karp Odyssey and 2x Korg SQ1."

Roland TR09, Korg MS20 & Korg Volca Sample

Published on Jan 18, 2017 3rdStoreyChemist

"Jamming with the TR09 drum machine, MS20 and Volca Sample synthesisers synced together.
TR09 Trigger Out to MS20 ESP Audio In, ESP Trigger Out to Trigger In
TR09 MIDI Out to Volca Sample MIDI In"

Prelude No.1 by Bach performed as a chordal improvisation on a Waldorf kb37

Published on Jan 18, 2017 Phoenix-Flare

"Instead of playing the exact notes from the original piece I thought it would be interestion to write out the chordal structure, then hold these on a modular synth keyboard with an arpeggiator set to 2 octaves, up and down. Modulation wheel is set to cut off, and various LFO's are sweeping cut off and phaser shift"

Modular Synth - Patch in Progress 46

Published on Jan 18, 2017 isvisible / isinvisible

"Another boring melodic modular synth patch.

Ladik D-010 - Twin T Drums
Folktek - Matter
Touched by Sound - Syncussion DRM1

Bass: Mutable Instruments - Elements

Fuzz Guitar: Mutable Instruments - Rings

Plinky Plonks:
Cylonix / Intellijel - Cyclebox II"

Virsyn Introduces ReSlice - Audio Slice Machine for iPad/iPhone

Published on Jan 17, 2017 virsyn

"Slice your audio samples with ReSlice and create flexible musical atoms which can be triggered by MIDI notes or the touch of your fingers.

The polyrhythm Arpeggiator redefines the art of creating new loops from the extracted slices.

Record live or import audio from clipboard or AudioShare to break it up into its rhythmic components.

Apply the intelligent slice parameter and Arpeggio randomizer for instant creation of the unheard."

iTunes: ReSlice - VirSyn

"Slice your audio samples with ReSlice and create flexible musical atoms which can be triggered by MIDI notes or the touch of your fingers.

The polyrhythm Arpeggiator redefines the art of creating new loops from the extracted slices.

Record live or import audio from clipboard or AudioShare to break it up into its rhythmic components.

Apply the intelligent slice parameter and Arpeggio randomizer for instant creation of the unheard.

### introductory offer for a limited time ###


Audio Slicer

• Automatic break up of sample/drum loop into up to 32 slices
• Edit slice positions.
• Edit level, pan, pitch and envelope for each slice
• Import audio from clipboard or AudioShare
• Record audio for instant slicing and reusing in realtime

Effect section

• Seven studio standard effects concurrently usable:
• Oversampled distortion with four different algorithms for antialiased sound.
• Lowpass / Highpass / Bandpass parametric equalizer
• 8 pole analog Phaser
• Flanger
• Four line chorus
• Stereo/Ping-Pong delay with glitch free delay time change.
• Hi end reverberation unit.

Four part Polyrhythm Arpeggiator

• Uses programmable sequences with up to 32 steps.
• Trigger slices using 4 arpeggio parts with different settings
• Unique randomizer generates Arpeggios with 100% usability.
• Factory arpeggios included, unlimited user arpeggios possible.


• AUv3 AudioUnit
• Inter App Audio
• Audiobus 2 support with state saving.
• Play slices live with the onscreen keyboard.
• Can use CoreMIDI compatible MIDI Keyboard.
• Audio recorder with share function.
• Share user presets.
• Support for virtual MIDI input connections.
• Multichannel MIDI Learn for external MIDI controllers.
• MIDI Tempo sync. Start/Stop Arpeggio.
• Ableton Link compatible."

Teenage Engineering Introduces PO-32 Tonic Pocket Operator

Uploaded on Jan 11, 2017 teenageengineering

"introducing pocket operator PO-32 tonic teenage engineering."

"We are extremely happy to announce PO-32 tonic – the next level pocket operator with built-in microphone and import / export functionality. PO-32 tonic is a powerful drum- and percussion synthesizer a result of a fruitful collaboration with magnus lidström of sonic charge, creator of award-winning audio plugins and the man behind the CWO effect in OP-1.unique to PO-32 tonic is its wide range of sonic capabilities, a fresh selection of new punch-in fx, a built-in microphone allowing direct transfer of sounds and pattern data between units, as well as the ability to allow users of the standard desktop version of microtonic to shape sounds, generate new patches and pattern data, and transfer this wirelessly back to the PO-32 tonic. for the first time pocket operator users can easily import, export and share their music with the world, opening up for unlimited potential.

Price and Availability

PO-32 tonic + microtonic vst/au bundle
$139, limited edition, only at
PO-32 tonic, single unit
$89, estimated worldwide release first week of april 2017


mic for transferring sounds
16 fully customizable sounds
16 punch-in effects
16 step sequencer
parameter locks • built-in speaker
3.5 mm audio I/O • jam sync
LCD display
folding stand
watch + alarm clock
battery powered (2 x AAA)
1 month battery life
pattern chaining, up to 64 patterns
compatible with microtonic vst/au
For the first time pocket operator users can easily import, export and share their music with the world, opening up for unlimited potential. we visited magnus lidström at the sonic charge hq in stockholm. See the video above."

via Ask.Audio


And the UI was created by her. :)

According to CDM:

"In place of drab text menus or something like that, the new Teenage Engineering PO-32 Tonic is … a little different. There are adorable characters with wide eyes and huge noses, quaffing cocktails. There’s a ringing telephone … with a mouse perhaps gnawing away at its end. There are spiders – various spiders.

No, I don’t mean the UI on the PO-32 display seems like it was drawn by a 9-year-old girl. It actually was.

Her name is Ivana, she really is nine years old, and she’s the daughter of Teenage Engineering CEO and founder (and whiz designer himself) Jesper Kouthoofd. And in pictures provided exclusively to CDM, we have proof that she designed the display. Talk about landing your dream job in the musical instruments industry early.

I think her creation is genius. And she probably sets some kind of record here."


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