MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

DSI Poly Evolver Keyboard: Improvisation LXXVI

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Sacred Synthesis

"A lightsome and carefree improvisation for keyboard synthesizer. This is actually a re-post.

The Poly Evolver Keyboard offers some wonderful digital wave shapes that respond in fascinating ways to filter alterations achieved through keyboard technique. In this patch, the envelope subtly affects the cut off frequency, based on the manner in which one strikes each note, for a sound that crosses between a plucking and a bowing of a string. The patch is rather sensitive and difficult to play without having an occasional "trip" that creates an unwanted "pop," due in part to voice re-assignment.

DSI Poly Evolver Keyboard
DSI Poly Evolver Rack

Reverb from Lexicon MX300

Recorded live and directly to CD



via this auction

Here's one we don't see often. Funkiest looking synth ever? You tell me. Note the serrated ends. The following are some details from the listing:

"In GREAT Condition EXCEPT: The first three keys are broken (see photos)

Everything else JUST FINE

EXCEPTIONALLY CLEAN SOUNDING Fourth Generation 16-Bit, 8-Part Multitimbral, Programmable Multi-Waveform 4-Operator FM Synthesis with Onboard EFFECTS and Data Card Storage. The sound engine is essentially identical to the TQ5 Synth Module minus the sequencer, and the next generation from the rack-mounted 4-Op TX81Z.

Because of this synth's unusual styling, it has become very collectible apart from its ability to create just about classic 80s FM sound you'll ever need. Especially those icy DX Strings and that DEEP, snappy LATELY BASS." Q179 Envelope++ Quantizer, Done Output, and Random Tutorial Videos

You can find three new tutorial videos for the Q179 Envelope++ here.

KOMA Elektronik In-Store Event Presentation

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Perfect Circuit Audio

"KOMA Elektronik's team showcases their newest products at the Perfect Circuit Audio store in Burbank, CA.

Browse KOMA Elektronik products:"

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

LinnStrument's Light Touch

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Roger Linn

"A brief demonstration of how sensitive LinnStrument's playing surface is to very light touches."

Aalto Original Patch MM Micro Drones 2 Surface Pro 4

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Mark Mosher

"Experimenting with using a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for real-time patching and synthesis with a pen. In this video I'm tweaking an original patch called "MM Micro Drones 2" using the wonderful Aalto synthesizer by Medrona labs."

Roland SH-7 classic analog synthesiser

via this auction

Arp Solus

via this auction

"Synth is in excellent working order. It was recently professionally serviced in Chicago. The outside case has scratches and tears and one latch doesn't work. The physical synth itself is in superb condition."

Future Retro 777 Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"Future Retro 777 Monophonic Analog Synthesizer. Rare. Early model with more aggressive overdrive. Outstanding condition, near flawless.

Recently fully serviced/cleaned/upgraded by Jered at Future Retro. Temp Comp Mod installed for better pitch tracking and stability."

Bark Filter and Moog MF104m - (2)

Published on Feb 1, 2017 RELOAD

"Simple patch with Verbos Complex Oscillator master out to Bark Filter, to Moog MF104m delay and Strymon BigSky reverb
Sequence Selector cv out to Complex Osc modulation cv in and to Batumi
Random Source to Bark Filter center, Batumi sine out to Bark Filter width cv in"

Rhythm kicks in after two minute mark.

Part 1 here.

NAMM 2017: E-RM multiclock sync jam inspired by Dr. Dre

Published on Feb 1, 2017 E-RM Erfindungsbüro

"multiclock sync jam at the NAMM show 2017 in Anaheim, CA inspired by Dr. Dre with Verbos Electronics modular system, MFB Tanzbaer Lite and Ableton Live."

Rossum Morpheus Z-Plane Filter Demo

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Perfect Circuit Audio

"Demo of the Morpheus Z-Plane filter using various 'cubes' and modulation."

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

Sequential Circuits Prophet-600

via this auction

"Prophet 600 analog synthesiser just serviced and in perfect working condition. Only sign of wear on the top corner of the left wood side panel (see picture 6). Comes with switch pedal.

The P600 has two oscillators per voice with sawtooth, triangle and variable pulse waveforms. The oscillators can be individually tuned or synced together. Similar quality VCF and VCA sections from the Prophet 5 can be found here too! The P5's Poly-Mod section has also been passed onto the P600.

The P600 is extremely versatile and easy to use! Its best functions include the onboard arpeggiator, 2-track sequencer and poly-modulation. The P600 is great for creating analog effects, swells and drones. It has a cool glide effect and has very flexible modulation possibilities."

Lets try Betahistine

Published on Feb 1, 2017 snipz

"I don't really do drone. I think there are others out there who do it far better but I thought I'd give it a go.
Most interesting thing going on here is a Doepfer wavefolder processing Rings with Vulcan modulating the folding, and a Sport Modulator lfo going through a Flame Tame Machine with a custom scaling.
Oh, and I've still been very wobbly on my feet, hence the time to do another track and the name of it..."

Silicon Dance

Published on Mar 27, 2013 Ruud Wiener

"Ruud Wiener plays Simmons Silicon Mallet
Concert Amsterdam Percussionists
Loano, Italy 18-7-1990"

via Ruud in the comments of this post, who had the following to say:

"I own two of these instruments and both are in good shape. I made some live recordings in 1990 and recorded a CD (Inner Voice) [video above]. I learned to know about the Silicon Mallet when I worked together with Bill Bruford while he was using the Simmons Drums."

Casio SK-1 vs. Korg Monotron Delay

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them

"The Casio SK-1 is a sampling keyboard from 1984 with built-in mic and great envelope options. I paired it with the Korg Monotron Delay for some spacey 5 dollar jams"

Nozoïd OCS-2 Semi-Modular Now Available

You might remember the OCS-2 Digital, Semi-Modular, Analog Style Hardware Synthesizer by Nozoïd.

Nozoïd wrote in to let us know it is now available:

"I'm glad to announce that the OCS-2 synthesizer is finally ready for delivery!
Find more infos (order/documentation) on our dedicated website:

Steady State Fate Entity

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Perfect Circuit Audio

"The Entity, from SSF, is a module designed for low frequencies. It can function either as a bass synthesizer, or be morphed to work as a kick drum voice. It contains all the components for a full synthesizer voice, with controls to morph it from harmonic lines to epic thuds. There are CV inputs for every parameter, which includes a filter, envelope, saturation, ring amount, and frequency modulation."

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

Electro Harmonix Superego

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Perfect Circuit Audio
Update: video is back.

"A synth engine that performs fluid glissandos, and creates oscillator like synthesizer effects.

The Electro-Harmonix Superego Synth Engine effects pedal is a new and unique product that combines elements of sampling, synthesis and infinite sustain. The Superego allows you to freeze sound, gliss between frozen tones, layer sounds and place an external effects loop on only the effect. In addition, the Superego can detect new notes or chords and sustain them automatically without requiring you to step on the footswitch. It even lets you tweak attack and decay, or use its effects loop to invent novel synth patches.

The Superego has three modes: Latch, Momentary and Auto. A toggle switch at the center of the Superego chooses between the three. Momentary mode is not labeled in the artwork; it is the center (or eye) position of the 3-position toggle switch."

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

Roland JD-800 Synthesizer (1991) Dark Wave by RetroSound

Published on Feb 1, 2017 RetroSound

"(c) 2017 vintage synthesizer demo track by RetroSound

all sounds: Roland JD-800 Digital Synthesizer (1991)
all sounds self-programmed.
recording: multi-track

For me is the JD-800 one of best digital synthsizers ever. Unique sound character and easy to use. A real classic."

The Modular Patchcast #004 Reverselandfill Noise

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Jurgen SONICrider

That be some noise. Note this is the first post to feature Reverselandfill!

Track: The Modular Patchcast #004 Reverselandfill Noise
Module in focus: Reverselandfill Noise Stand Alone

Recorded: January 2017
Relaesed (SoundCloud): February 1 2017
Playtime track: 12M16S
Released (YouTube): February 1 2017
Playtime video: 12M15S

Patch info: Reverselandfill Noise Stand Alone output splitted into 3 signal flows / 1: direct out / 2: reverb fully wet / 3: wave shaper fully wet. 3 signals mixed & recorded with no other gear.

Module in focus links. (Eurorack module with additional CV controls also available)"

Arp Odyssey vs Korg Odyssei app on iPad Pro

Published on Jan 26, 2017 Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them

"Dialing in and comparing some patches on the Arp Odyssey and the newly released Korg Odyssei app available on the App Store. They both sound great, but as you might expect there is something of raw living sound to the true analog nature of the Odyssey, but I am so impressed by the expanded feature set on the app!"


Introducing the Nick Semrad Banks for Nord Stage 2/2 EX and Nord Lead A1

Published on Feb 1, 2017 NordKeyboards
Update: audio fixed Feb 2, 2017

"US keyboardist/producer and sound designer Nick Semrad (Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Miss Lauryn Hill, Bilal, Gabriel Garzon-Montano) has created a bunch of amazing signature patches for the Nord Lead A1 and the Nord Stage 2 / 2 EX. All available for free download at

Musicians: Nick Semrad (keys), Grace Weber (vox), Taron Lockett(drums), Joe Cleveland (bass).
Song: Crush - Jennifer Paige"

The Korg Monologue- Part 4- Envelope Generator part 1

Published on Feb 1, 2017 AutomaticGainsay

"Here is part one of a two-part demonstration of the sound and functionality of the envelope generator of the Korg Monologue."

All parts here.

Explore 200 new 5D sounds – the Seaboard with STROBE2

Published on Feb 1, 2017 ROLI

"Starting today STROBE2, the award-winning $179 software polysynth from FXpansion, will be available to all Seaboard RISE and Seaboard GRAND creators — along with Equator. Get your hands on the Seaboard now in our store:

With a sophisticated analogue modelling engine, a superb effects section, an easy-to-use preset library browser and compatibility with Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE) instruments, STROBE2 is a must-have for music producers. It recently became an even more powerful tool for expression after adding over 200 new preset sounds designed for 5D Touch on the Seaboard. Listen to some of them in this video."

BEHRINGER DEEPMIND 12 + ROLAND TR-8 ~ Will They Pair? Ep.07

Published on Feb 1, 2017 once upon a synth

"Pairing the Behringer Deepmind 12 synthesizer with the Roland TR-8 drum machine. The TR-8 is a digital emulation of an 808, 909 and 707. I synced the tempo of the TR-8 to the Deepmind via MIDI. There's a combination of arpeggiator and freestyle playing in the video."

New In Box Vintage Roland MGS-1 Modulation Grip for SH-101

via this auction

"Brand New in Box -- this is a modulation grip for the SH-101 Roland synthesizer -- complete -- strap, modulation handle and hardware to install on your SH-101 synthesizer!

Make your SH-101 a mobile synthesizer for the stage!"

Oberheim OB-XA w/ 8 voice cards

via this auction

"If your looking at this then you know what it is and how amazing of a piece it is. It is a monster and sounds absolutely huge. The PSU and entire keyboard has been recapped and serviced. All voice cards have had caps replaced and bad trim pots replaced. The keybed bushing have been replaced and adjusted. I just had the entire keyboard calibrated and overhauled by a very experience Tech name Bryan . Everything works and holds tuning but I can not guarantee a minor tweaker will not be require after shipping."

ARP Odyssey MKIII- Vintage

via this auction

"Sliders have been replaced. Key bushings have been replaced. New slider caps have been installed and it has been serviced and functions very well. Few scratches here and there and the wood sides have dulled over the years."

I believe sides on the MKIII were actually a pressed leather. Curious what they are on this one and if wood, whether they are original. Did the MKIII come with wood side panels at any point?

1978 Yamaha SK30

via this auction

"vintage Yamaha SK 30 analog poly synthesizer, strings , organ as well as a mono synth in very good shape."

Vintage Yamaha CS-30 Keyboard Synthesizer w/Hard Case SN 1511

via this auction, also on Reverb.

Roland SH-101 with Extras

via this auction

"Comes with power cord, vintage soft case, grip, and strap. Works perfectly and has no major cosmetic damage that I can see. The strap has some stains on it. Will also throw in a Monster Cable..."

BLUE ROLAND SH-101 SN 310213

via this auction

See the seller's other items for more.

Oberheim OB-12 Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

"Mint....Still has the protective film on the screen. Comes with power cord and original manual."

AKAI EWI3000m Analog Synthesizer Sound Module

via this auction

Surprisingly, these do not come up often. They are meant to be played with the Akai EWI - saxaphone like wind instrument. See this post for the full system and a video.

Korg PolySix Analog Synthesizer with KiwiSix Upgrade & Oak Case SN 382297

via this auction

"Not sure you can get a better PolySix than this.

KiwiTechnics 'KiwiSix' CPU Upgrade
KiwiTechnics brand new PSU
Custom power socket and midi connection panel.
Custom handcrafted solid oak case

The solid oak case is brand new, as is the cpu and psu upgrade. Aside from carrying out the upgrades I have fully serviced and calibrated the beast and she is ready to rock.

The KiwiSix CPU mod takes this synth into another dimension, it adds many, many new functions but most importantly gives the PolySix MIDI, and full MIDI CC implementation for complete external control, 4096 steps to each control also.."

Roland TB-303 Vintage Analog Bass Synth

via this auction, also on Reverb.

Roland RS-505 Paraphonic String Synthesiser w/ Original Box

via this auction

Roland System 100

via this auction

"included components are 101/102/103/104

also comes with original brace to attach 101 and 102 together,

physical condition of 101/102/104 is incredible
103 mixer has some pitting and spots of rust."

ARP 2600 synthesizer Tonus model + 3604 kbd

via this auction

"fully restored ARP 2600 'Tonus' model and 3604 music keyboard

all sub - modules are original,

VCO's are based on the 4027-1 sub modules

filter section is based on the 4012 'Moog' sub module'

"DEMORA-LISED" Korg Arp Odyssey, Make Noise 0-Coast and Roland Demora EFX Module

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Lost For Words

"Headphones on! More ambient glitchiness to daydream to. Introducing my new toys: Korg Arp Odyssey and Roland Demora.

The O-Coast is controlling (with randomness) the Hold button and Width knob on the Demora which creates some nice long glitchy delays. The sonar-esque sounds are a little synth I created inside the Demora (see Customizer app image towards end of video) and fed it into the Demora delay itself. Arp Odyssey's LFO slider is controlled finger!"

The Experimental Minute: #2 Outer Space

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Synth Anatomy

Gear used:
►Ableton Live 9:
►Madrona Labs Aalto Synthesizer:
►Madrona Labs: Virta Vocoder:

Live Jam #71 - Electro / Melodic / Postrock - Microbrute, Ableton, Korg Er-1 and Euroroack modular

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Monotrail

"Another jam with some melodic analog sequences and drums from Ableton Live. The microbrute takes care of the baseline.


Stuff used:
Arturia Microbrute and Beaststep Pro. Korg Er-1, Akai APC key25, Use audio Plugiator and Euroroack modular system with:

Doepfer: a-118, a-119, a-124, a-143-4, a-148, a-156, a-160-2, a171-2
Intellijel: Dixie II, uFold, Quadra, 2xTriat , Linux, mult
Make noise: MMG, Lxd
Mutable instruments: Clouds, Peaks
Synthrotek: Echo, Deluxe power
Diy: Quad attenuator

Audio via the Mackie 1202vlz4 mixer to a Moto Ultralite MK3 hybrid.
External effects: T.C electronics M350 for reverb"

tetrax drum

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Meng Qi

"gestural patching"
based on Peter's tetrax
nb : bg hiss from camara

You can find previous posts featuring the tetrax in it's original ciat-lonbarde design here.

Teenage Engineering OP-1 - "Burnin' soul" by gattobus

Published on Feb 1, 2017 gattobus

"Headphones recommended.

This song was entirely composed and performed using Teenage Engineering OP-1.

The main track was played in real time, the other 3 were recorded on the OP-1 internal tape recorder using internal sounds only.

Eventide Space and Korg SDD-3000 as master FX. A little bit of EQ and compression through Ableton live.

It's been 6 years since I got this wonderful little toy and I'm still in love with it. One of the most creative and inspiring instruments I've ever owned.


Atmegatron odytron fev waveforms

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Dziam Bass

New nonlinearcircuits nullA2

nullA2 taster Published on Feb 1, 2017 cirtcele

"1st play with the NULL-A. It has 2 VCOs, state variable VCF, ladder VCF, S&H, 2 LFOs, frequency divider, 3 VCAs, Sloth chaos, ADSR, 4 stage sequencer with direction control, mixer, VC Delay and a headphone amp"

ALM Akemie's Castle FM Synth Eurorack Module Demo

Published on Feb 1, 2017 mylarmelodies

"Being a demo of the knobby FM synth holy-grail that is the ALM Busycircuits Akemie's Castle Eurorack module. LINKS + MORE INFO BELOW. If you like this vid, please consider supporting on Patreon:"

Korg MS20 & Zvex Fuzz Probe

Published on Feb 1, 2017 3rdStoreyChemist

"Original mk1 MS20 - Fuzz Probe

No further processing used except for normalisation."

What's new in Caustic 3.2

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Caustic App

What's new in Caustic 3.2
Scales and time signature in Caustic 3.2
Merge rack to instrument in Caustic 3.2
SawSynth Tutorial
New insert effects in Caustic 3.2
Wave editor improvements in Caustic 3.2

iTunes: Caustic - Rejean Poirier

What's New in Version 3.2.0
New machine: SawSynth (Polyphonic supersaw-type synth)

New "melody helper" to lock keyboards to scales
Support for more time signatures (3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 7/4) from the song page and in pattern editors
Tool to create new PCMSynth instruments by merging your rack.
Keyable BPM

New effects:
- Octaver
- Vibrato
- Tremolo
- AutoPan

Machine improvements:
PCMSynth: Stereo sample support
Modular: Added stereo out to machine input component
Bassline: Custom waveform support
8BitSynth: Random equation generator

Patterns show preview of notes
Quick jump table replaces machine list
Create machine by double tapping empty slot
Automation editor workflow visual crosshairs

Wave editor enhancements:
- Stereo support
- Effect support
- Timestretch/pitchshift
- BPM detection
- Insert silence
- Time ruler w/snap

Added mixer + transport MIDI mappings
Added support for using MIDI notes as CC triggers

Effect bypass is now keyable

Improved typing keyboard with uppercase/lowercase support

New loop and stem export options

More keyboard key width options for large screens"

#JAMuary08: a live jam with Blofeld and MicroGranny

Published on Jan 31, 2017 Olivier Ozoux

"Only 8 tracks for JAMuary which is far from once a day, but still is at least twice as many as I've done in any month last year.

- Squarp Pyramid (sequencer)
- Bastl MicroGranny (voice samples)
- Korg Electribe (drums and percussions)
- PreenFM2 ( bassline, and woodie sound)
- MakeNoise 0-Coast ( arpeggio )
- AudioThingies MicroMonsta ( main pads )
- Waldorf Blofeld ( everything else )"

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