MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sound Nicer Eurorack Module Prototype

Published on Jan 24, 2017 Oren Levy

"Kind of like a Sonic Maximizer / Aural Exciter"

New module coming from Oren Levy, the man behind Auxren, and The Quill by Tabor.


via this auction

Dub Down Tempo Synth Jam - Monomachine, Circuit, Bass Station 2

Published on Jan 24, 2017 Matt Greer

"Dubby, bassy, down tempo jam made with Novation Bass Station 2, Novation Circuit and the Elektron Monomachine

Hello folks,

Sharing a live recording of my newest hardware synth jam. Some of you may recognise the base elements here from the Circuit 4 Bar Challenge I did a while back. As I'm trying to quickly create new content for my Feb 11th gig, I decided it may be prudent to not re-invent the wheel for every tune so I started to reuse some under developed patterns. Hope this fresh take is enjoyed."

AKAI AX60 + Eventide SPACE = Ambient Chillout Space Music 【SYNTH DEMO】

Published on Jan 24, 2017 synth4ever

"AKAI AX60 ambient chillout music & analog synth demo, and video for the song titled 'Solar Flares'.

Playing ambient space music on AKAI AX60 analog synthesizer. Effects from Eventide SPACE reverb guitar pedal.

Video footage courtesy of NASA/SDO and AIA, EVE, and HMI science teams.

Ambient Meditation for Guitar and Synthesizer - Fender Jaguar and Korg EX-800

Published on Jan 24, 2017 Stephen Hummel

"Volume 7 of the 'Circuits and Strings' series from subtractiveLAD aka: Stephen Hummel.

This jam pairs my Jaguar with my EX-800, all played live with no looping. The guitar part heavily features the 'reverse' delay setting on the Strymon TimeLine (custom patch). The EX-800 is being played via MIDI on my trusty old Kurzweil K2000.

Signal flows:

Fender Jaguar
Keeley 4 Knob Compressor
Ibanez Turbo Tube Screamer TS9DX
MXR Custom Badass '78 Distortion
TC Electronic Shaker Mini Vibrato
MXR Phase 90 Phaser
Strymon TimeLine Delay
Walrus Audio Descent Reverb
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe Amp
Shure SM57 Mic

Korg EX-800 (with Moog Slayer filter mod)
Boss RE-20 Space Echo
Line 6 Verbzilla

Recorded and mixed in Reaper"

Eurorack Drum Sequencing with Grids and Numeric Repetitor

Published on Jan 24, 2017 Perfect Circuit Audio

"Quick jam with a eurorack drum machine in a Trogotronic M168 case with Mutable Instruments Grids and Noise Engineering Numeric Repetitor sequencing the Audio Damage Boomtschak, Mutable Instruments Peaks and TipTop Hats909. Everything is mixed together with the Hexinverter Mutant Hot Glue."

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Synthrotek AVR Programming Interface Now Available

For DIYer's out there, Synthrotek's AVR programming interface is now available.

"The Synthrotek AVR Programming Interface was designed with the DIY-er in mind. With both a 10 pin and 6 pin ISP header on board, you can either program your AVR chips in the ZIF sockets onboard, or use a 6 pin ISP cable to program them in circuit! With an on-board crystal, you don’t need to worry about the order in which you set fuses or burn your hex file. It comes default with a 20mHz crystal, but can accept any frequency crystal that has the same foot print. (we recommend socketing it so you can change it for different projects!)

The AVR Programming Interface is capable of programming the following microcontrollers:

ATiny25, ATtiny45, ATiny85*
ATiny24, ATiney44, ATiny84
ATmega48, ATmega88, ATmega168, ATmega328
ATmega16, ATmega32 (“cockroach” style microcontrollers)

The AVR Programming Interface can be used with any ISP AVR programmer that uses either the standard 10 pin or 6 pin connection, including:

Pocket AVR Programmer
WaveShare ATmel AVR Programmer
A SET AVR Programmer
* When using the ZIF socket for the ATiny 25/45/85, insert the microcontroller with the half-moon notch facing up, and with the chip taking up the TOPMOST section of the socket."

LIVESTREAM Talk by Tony Rolando, William Matthewson, Dan Green and Richard Devine Pt2

Part 2 added to this post.

NAMM 2017: Suit & Tie Guy Shows Us an Interesting Patch On His Moog Format Modular

Published on Jan 24, 2017 sonicstate

NAMM 2017: Moon Modular - Is 5u As Addictive As Eurorack?

Published on Jan 24, 2017 sonicstate

Plant Music #1 (Knas + MIDI Sprout)

Published on Jan 24, 2017 Smokey Quartz

"In this video I try out the MIDI Sprout for the first time, connecting a Flamingo Flower (Anthurium andraeanum) to the Knas Ekdahl Polygamist synthesizer. The MIDI Sprout is a “Biodata Sonification Device” that allows plants to play synthesizers! Everyone and everything should be allowed to play synthesizers! Listen to how the sounds change as I touch the plant leaves and flowers."

Future Drums - Selonoid Grooves

Published on Jan 24, 2017 Izhar Ashdot

Side note: The bass is a Roland SH09, running from a Turing Machine clocked by the Beatstep Pro.

"A sequence of drum grooves, played by three DIY selonoids, driven by the Bastl Selonoid Eurorack module, programmed on the Arturia Beatstep Pro and Bastl Little Nerd.

Design and Programming: Izhar Ashdot, Assembly: Dudu Levi, Recording: Gal Cohen.

In Memory of Jaki Liebezeit"

1979 Technics SY-1010 Vintage Analog Synth

via this auction

"Vintage Japanese monophonic analog synth from 1979.
Has a single VCO, LFO, VCF, ADSR, VCA.
Excellent noise filter with great routing.
The synth is in great condition with minor signs of wear."

Vintage 1978 Crumar DS 2 SN 47

via this auction

"1978 Crumar DS 2 synthesizer - Number 47 of under 700 made in Italy. Rare. Seems to work fine but I am not familiar with this instrument. Missing one slider knob. As is.
The DS-2 is basically a monosynth with an added 44-voice polyphonic strings section. The DS-2 was one of the first synthesizers to use DCOs (digitally controlled osc.) making it stable in tune but maybe not as fat as VCO synthesizers. That isn't to say it can't sound can. Especially if you use the polyphonic string section and apply some slow LFO modulation to the pitch. This is a very big and good looking synth with a lot of knobs for instant hands-on control. And you don't need a hardcase, it's built into one. Just lift the cover and there it is (smart!)."

Ensoniq ESQ-1 w/ SQX-10 (B) Sequencer Expander & Extras

via this auction

Good price on this one.

"Item is in great condition for its age. Was opened up and thoroughly cleaned. All functions work perfectly, Filters are all in tune with each other, oscillators in tune. LED screen is bright and clear, and has no dead pixels. Has the latest OS 3.5 which allows access to the hidden waves (via sysx patches or the free sq8l vst which also acts as a patch librarian (highly recommended).

Comes with the Original manual which is in good condition as well.

There is also a cassette of patches from a Music store in Ferndale, Mi. This is untested.

Also includes the somewhat rare SQX-10 (B) Sequencer Expander cartridge pre-installed. This greatly increases the amount of sequences that can be stored.

It is the later plastic body version, which is preferable over the much less reliable metal case versions.

It was also modded to run on AA batteries, so if the internal battery ever gets low, you will only need to pop in 2 new AAs."

Batteries for patch storage of course. Anyone confirm the comment on metal case versions?

Note some of the patch names on the left reference other synths.

Jamuary 2017 #24 Roland Boutique JU-06, Novation Circuit, Elektron Machinedrum

Published on Jan 24, 2017 bitnotbyte

"#jamuary2017 // day 24 // Today´s jam:
A long time I didn’t´t touched the Roland Ju-06 Boutique. So welcome back. Some additional melody from the Novation Circuit (My Panda Shall Fly Patch)."

NAMM 2017: Radikal Technologies New Stereo Eurorack FX and More

Published on Jan 24, 2017 sonicstate

EMW Alias DVCO Demo

Published on Jan 23, 2017 FatSynthDude

"Started out as a 'demo' and then went overboard with it. I tried to get every EMW module I own into the shuffle, but I missed the Multiwave Digital Oscillator. :-(

The lead sound that starts at the beginning is the DVCO in action being sent through a Boozy VCF. I tried to keep the composition sparse so that all the little changes done to that chain are always audible.

So how's the module? You know how sometimes you miss the sound of those crappy early digital synths like the Novation X-Station or the Red Sound Dark Star? Oh, that's just a few of us weirdos? Dang it. Well my favorite part of the X-Station when I had one was playing parts at the very upper range of its playability where the aliasing started coming through. I always thought those little digital artifacts were musical. The DVCO nails it, I think. So much so, that I'm really having to stop myself from buying a second one right now. Sent through the filter section of the Bitrazer, it just screams early 90's VA synths. And it's only $109!"

Sonicsmith SQUAVER P1 & CONVERTOR Patchable Analog Desktop/Pedal Synthesizers

namm17 kazoosynth Published on Jan 24, 2017 sonicstate

Note the ACO rather than VCO. ACO stands for Audio Controlled Oscillator. Square and Sawtooth waves that play in unison with input frequency provided. Includes a VCA and VCF, all analog.

Some details via Sonicsmith

"Semi-modular, audio controlled analog synthesizer.

Using our proprietary chip the Audio Controlled Oscillator already grants you many benefits, but when you add PWM, VCF, expression pedal input and foot-switches this analog synth turns into a performance craze.

suzanne ciani - buchla concert - Sugarmountain 2017

Published on Jan 24, 2017 DJjondent

Animoog as well.

"suzanne ciani
buchla concert - Melbourne, Australia, 21st Jan 2017
Sat. SugarMountain Music Festival.

I'll upload more info to my blog soon.

Sorry for the shaky camera. This was recorded on a Samsung Galaxy Note5."

Alessandro Cortini Live @lot613

Published on Jan 24, 2017 A.DAPT

"Performing SPIE on the shared system"

Siglent Sds1202X oscilloscope review for Audio synthesizers

Published on Jan 23, 2017 Flux302 of

Vangelis & Lionel

Published on Jan 24, 2017 Lionel Habert

And an intermission to our regular synth programming. Those little boxes are Vangelis' preset managers. Anyone ID the other gear?

"Just for fun, Georgia on My Mind by Vangelis Papathanassiou & Lionel Habert (Paris 2012)"

Gotharman's deFormer X - 8 note polyphonic

Published on Jan 24, 2017 gotharman

Oberheim OB-8 Vintage 1984 Analog Synth w/ Factory MIDI

via this auction


via this auction

I'm surprised at how underpriced these still are. They are not only virtual analog, but offer physical modeling, not available on other VAs. They were well respected when first released, but have somehow become underrated over time. Some argue the physical modeling on them do not stack up to the Yamaha VL synths. While that may be true regarding what they are meant to emulate, they still offer tonal textures and character not available on other VAs. That said, perhaps they should be compared to other VAs and not the Yamaha's VL series. They are monophonic though. The Z1 was said to be a polyphonic Prophecy. Although they share a similar synthesis engine, they actually are different - different parameters and slightly different presence if that make sense. It's too bad though, as a true poly Prophecy would have been pretty nice. I always wanted to hear a polyphonic version of the Prophetic Steps preset. You can find a demo of the patch and the Prophecy in general in this previous post.

Roland GR-500 SN 610148

via this auction

Vintage EMS Soundbeam - Distance to Voltage & MIDI Converter

via this auction

"This is the very rare EMS Soundbeam 1. The original, from 1989. This one has a beam built in as well as an external beam which is also original."

Roland SH-3 - Vintage Synthesizer Demo

Published on Jan 23, 2017 North Orca Studio

"Sound experimentations with the SH-3 circa 1973. No overdubbing, done in one-pass improvisation. Added some reverb and delay."


Published on Jan 24, 2017 Adrian Budritan

"Arp Solina simulation and Eminent Delay/Phaser, using Moog Mother through Nord Modular G2 FX patch."

Linnstrument & Synthmaster VST Demo - Game of Thrones Theme

Published on Jan 24, 2017 cube48

"Game of Thrones Theme played on Linnstrument, sound generated by Synthmaster VST plug-in, using my own expressive synthetic cello patch. No samples of string instruments, just a bit of carefully mixed wavetable and FM synthesis, going through two parallel filters and a drop of Synthmasters inbuilt effects. Master multi-band compression by Reaktor's FlatMaster ensemble."

Patch n Tweak

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