MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thursday, February 02, 2017

New Images of the Performance Music Systems S.W.A.N.

A few new images of the one and only Performance Music Systems S.W.A.N., aka Syntar Without A Neck! If you are not familiar with this synth, see here. You can find additional posts on Performance Music Systems here, including an interview with the creator of the S.W.A.N, George Mattson. Mattson of course, is the man behind Mattson Mini Modular and the M in Synthrotek's MST line of eurorack modules. The S.W.A.N was his second synth, after the Syntar, the world's first stand-alone synthesizer keytar.

Note this is the one and only S.W.A.N. in existence.

The bottom image further below was taken in celebration of the Syntar's 38th birthday on October 4th of last year!

Soundbrenner ♥︎ E-RM multiclock sync box: Hidden Feature!

Published on Jan 21, 2017 Soundbrenner

"To celebrate the new connectivity of music production software, Soundbrenner announces a hidden feature to sync up with the awesome E-RM multiclock at the NAMM Show 2017!

Finally, you can use the power of a professional multi-format synchronisation hub to sync all your analogue gear to music production software and the Soundbrenner Pulse smart vibrating metronome via The Metronome by Soundbrenner iOS app.

Watch Rhythm Man try out this new feature!"

"To celebrate the new connectivity of music production software, Soundbrenner announces a hidden feature to sync up with the awesome E-RM multiclock at the NAMM Show 2017!

Finally, you can use the power of a professional multi-format synchronisation hub to sync all your analogue gear to music production software and the Soundbrenner Pulse smart vibrating metronome via The Metronome by Soundbrenner iOS app.

The multiclock is used in the studio and on stage to seamlessly provide different clock signals for electronic instruments like drum machines, analogue synthesizers or effects via MIDI, Din Sync, LFO or Analogue Clock.

Connect the multiclock via the headphone jack of the phone and enable the multiclock sync signal with a hidden touch interaction. By long-pressing the “Sounds” menu item in the App Settings of The Metronome by Soundbrenner for 4 seconds, the menu changes and displays “Multiclock”.

With the ability to connect the E-RM multiclock to The Metronome by Soundbrenner, we created a reliable bridge for electronic music gear lovers and musicians playing classical instruments to perform on the same track. When connecting a Soundbrenner Pulse smart vibrating metronome to the app, it is easy for analogue musicians stay in perfect sync with the digital world.

As The Metronome by Soundbrenner is compatible with Ableton Link, you can now synchronise the multiclock wirelessly with a plethora of music production apps on iPhone, iPad, Mac OS or Windows. Just enable Ableton Link inside the metronome app when on the same WiFi network with other Ableton Link enabled apps."

Spectravibe Pre-Order Update - Clockable Tap Tempo LFO

Published on Feb 2, 2017 Endangered Audio Research Video

"This is an overview of the custom-made clockable LFO that's making its way into the new Endangered Audio Research Spectravibe analog multi-effects pedal. More sound samples coming soon!

Pre-order yours now at Century Sound Labs with an AD4096 mk2 analog delay and save $50."

"The Endangered Audio Research Spectravibe is an all-analog multi-effect pedal that is about to become your pedalboard's new secret weapon. Based off the retired Gristleizer stompbox, the Spectravibe is a new evolution in modulation and distortion that is destined to become the pulsating heart of your rig."

Initial details and demo video captured in this previous post.

Ribbon Controller & Riq Percussion "Floating Clouds" by Sanpin - DIY Instruments

Published on Jan 27, 2017 TorigoyaSound

"'Floating Clouds(浮雲)' performed by Sanpin(サンピン)
written by Yuichi Onoue
Yuichi Onoue(尾上祐一) - Handmade Ribbon Controller
Yuzo Hisada(久田祐三) - Handmade Riq Percussion

Sanpin - Electric&Acoustic self made instruments duo - plays their original song "Floating Clouds". This song has somewhat Japanese style melody, but it is also used all 12 notes and microtones with somewhat psychedelic spacey mood.
Live at Asagaya Ten(阿佐ヶ谷 天), Tokyo on Sep 27th 2015."

Buchla Drone for Datacide

Published on Feb 2, 2017 DrOctave1

"Drone with Buchla 259e, 261e, 258r, 289r,297, 266e, 256e,252e, 296e"

Mattoverse Rhythm Division Drone Synth into the Swell Delay

Published on Feb 2, 2017 mattoverse

Volca Circuit Sunrizer Poison 202 Modstep Deep Session 7

Published on Feb 2, 2017 014london70

"Circuit sequencing Sunrizer and Poison 202 Synths with Modstep firing off the Vocal samples. Recorded to iPhone via a Behringer Xenyx mixer and mastered in Final Touch."

Soundfly's Chip It Challenge - Win a Modded Game Boy & Flash Cart!

Published on Jan 19, 2017 Soundfly

"This contest will be judged by none other than glomag, Chipocrite and Bias ONE (fka minus baby). So, what is the challenge? To create and submit the best version of Devo's classic 'Whip It' using LSDJ or any other Chiptune/8-bit hacked software to create it."

Full details:

"The Chip It Challenge: Join the Chip It Challenge! Sign up to find more information on the competition and download a starting track at

What's the Prize?
Grand Prize: Modded Game Boy and flash cartridge, and personal feedback from Chipocrite on your track!
2nd place: Flash cartridge and personal feedback from Chipocrite on your track
3rd place: Flash cartridge

What are the judging criteria?
The overall originality of your version of 'Whip It,' while still being recognizable as "Whip It," as decided by our esteemed panel of judges
Make this YOUR version of "Whip It!"

Who are the judges?
Chipocrite, our fearless host, instructor and humble

Glomag emerged from the NYC chip music scene around the dawn of the 21st century, writing music on Game Boys and performing local shows. His has two releases on 8bitpeoples, DaMaGe and Roland and The Lamprey, and with the 8 Bit Operators on Astralwerks Records as well as on various compilations. He has performed in and around the U.S. and Europe.

BIAS ONE (formerly known as minusbaby), Richard Alexander Caraballo began his minusbaby project in 1999 to explore the diversity of a lo-fi, compositional aesthetic and has since progressed experimentally in its scope to include elements guided by those roots and a sonic language representative of his influences, namely, the art of bass and how it moves butts. Also, he has covered "Whip It.

How is it going to work?
In short, make your own version of "Chip It." You can use Chipocrite's version as a guide, and we have even provided you with a .sav file of Chipocrite's verison. So, get into the nitty-gritty of Chipocrite's decisions, understand his choices, and then create your own piece! (Or skip the .sav file and create your own version from scratch.)

Your piece should have the same structure as Chipocrite's. It should include the intro (the first 12 bars of the song, or the first 18 seconds of Chipocrite's version), the verse (bars 13-29, or from :19 to :41 of Chipocrite's version) and a chorus (bars 30-46, or :42 to :57 of Chipocrite's version)

When are submissions due?
February 15th, so get moving!

What can’t you do?
You can’t just re-submit the .sav file we give to you with little tweaks. Make it your own!

You shouldn't use just a sprinkling of LSDJ (or chip-based sounds) and then beef the track up with a whole bunch of other synths and drum machines and stuff. Keep it chip. All submissions will be accepted and reviewed, but you probably won't get too far if you don't keep it chip!

How to Submit?
Join the free course "Chip It: The Chiptune Challenge" and post your track in the course comments.

Additionally, if you post your track on Soundcloud, Facebook, or Twitter and tag @learntosoundfly and use the hashtag #chipit, we'll share your work with all our followers.

Fine Print: Find the full competition terms and conditions here"

Q179 Envelope++ Gate Divider & Bar Counter Tutorial Videos

Published on Feb 2, 2017 synthesizersdotcom

"Gate divider function on the Q179 Envelope++ module.

For more information visit

Hosted by Roger Arrick of"

Q179 Envelope++ Bar Counter

All parts here.

New SYINSI Clock Tile Modules


"Four clock utility modules for Eurorack 1u tiles.

Clock Generator: Generates 24 PPQN or 4 PPQN clocks. Clock rate can be CV controlled. Has Start/Stop and tap-tempo.

Clock Divider: Divides clock down by odd or even multiples (selectable). Middle jack can be configured as a CV input or Reset.

Clock Multiplier: Creates higher rate clock signal based on input clock. Middle jack can be configured as CV input or Ratchet gate.

MIDI Clock: Converts MIDI clock to 24 PPQN clock and Start/Stop."

New Philip Glass 80 Buddha Machines

via @controlvoltage

Evolving Ambient Patch with Mutable Instruments Clouds & Make Noise Wogglebug

Published on Feb 2, 2017 Delta Aquari

"I processed some field recordings with Mutable Instruments Clouds which is getting modulated randomly by the Make Noise Wogglebug, Make Noise Function and Mutable Instruments Peaks, creating a constantly evolving ambient patch. Perfect for meditation !"

'The Walking Dead' Theme - Played 'live' - JP-08, EMX-2, Volca FM's, Circuit, keystep

Published on Feb 2, 2017 Micro Banshee

"The Walking Dead is back on our screens shortly after the Christmas Break, here's my tribute to theme tune.

Played in a 'Stranger Things' style.

I hope you enjoy the track, if not, no worries.

As always, the track is played 'live' in one take - with no DAW, editing, or post production.

Roland JP-08 boutique plays the main intro via the Arturia Keystep, also used are my Korg Volcas, EMX-2 and Novation Circuit.

Recorded: 02/02/2017


Arturia Keystep
Korg EMX-2
Korg KP3+
Korg Volca FM [X2]
Korg Volca Sample
Korg Quad Pad
Novation Circuit
Roland Boutique JP-08

Zoom Q4"

First improvisation with Volca Kick

Published on Feb 2, 2017

"First play with Korg's excellent new Volca Kick, mere minutes after unboxing. No additional processing.

This is a more diverse instrument than I first expected—I initially purchased it just to add some extra thump to my nanoloop mono sessions (video to come), but it is capable of a lot more than just kicks.

Video starts to pick up about halfway through, where I realise how to actually record motion sequences. I've left it un-edited though, just to show how quickly it can be picked up without reading the manual."

Octave-Plateau Cat synthesizer

via this auction

"Early version octave cat: Entire signal path is purely discreet, no chips whatsoever, not the 2040, not the 2044.

Recently fully refurbished by Laurentide Synthworks, he will verify if asked.

Excellent condition, super clean, fully functional, gorgeous example.

Smooth sliders, Pots, and switches, original moog-like knobs..."

Roland TB-303 Bass Line with Social Entropy 303 Quicksilver Mod

via this auction

"This 303 has the Social Entropy 303 Quicksilver mod installed which adds a lot of extra functionality and full MIDI via the mini USB jack. See the Social Entropy 303 Quicksilver website for more info and the manual. This 303 has the latest firmware/OS installed for the Quicksilver mod."

Roland Juno 60 "That 80's sound" Extended!!!

Published on Feb 2, 2017 synthartist69

"Here is a cool reso synth patch that I created on the Juno 60 for my semi-famous song 'That 80's sound'"


Published on Feb 2, 2017 Ariel Raguet

All in real time
Korg nanoKontrol2
Marshall Echohead Delay
dbx 166A"

some subatomic. no computer, just a bit of an idea...

Published on Feb 1, 2017

"I am the DAW. just gear.

Electribe 2 Sampler sequencing
Elektron Analog Four
Waldorf Blofeld
Korg Monologue
Kurzweil K2600
Tr-8 / MX-1
Novation Circuit"

Electro Locomotive Force

Published on Feb 2, 2017

"Live improvised composition using synthesizers and drum machines.
Starts off slow like a loco but soon gets up to speed...
'I'm playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order'"

No synth list, but some cool synth spotting in this one.

A Minty Fresh Assblaster

via this auction

"One used Metasonix KV-100 Assblaster serial number 13 - a rare item, out of production and from a limited run. Barely used maybe 20 hours, virtually mint with power supply."

This one in via Brian Comnes:

"Reluctantly I am selling my Metasonix Assblaster. It's just not being used and I can use the bucks for some other items. Gotta like those graphics however. 8-)

So if you had achoice between adding an Eventide H9 pedal or getting asmall Linnstrument keyboard what would you choose.

When Buchla raised the price of the Easel AUX expander from $499 to $799 I dropped interest in that, sheesh you can get a lot of good synth stuff for $800."

You can find a demo video of the Metasonix KV-100 Assblaster here.


Published on Feb 2, 2017 Dave 33543


New Error Instruments BLANKA Drum Eurorack Module

BLANKA drum? SH balnka. drum / secret handshake drum analog

Published on Feb 2, 2017 paul tas

via Error Instruments

"SH balnka. drum / secret handshake drum

is a glitch short sound module
which is nice to combine with the standard 808 drums

with Vactrol controler. for leaking capacitor.

a specific sound.

also to use it as usual noise module.
or drone, s

real analog glitch"

Zanov Live - Remote Impact

Published on Sep 6, 2016 Zanov

"Performed in one take on Arturia Origin & Virus TI. No overdub, no computer, no sampler.
Studio version on 'Open Worlds' album."

Details on the KiwiTechnics Kiwi-8P Upgrade for the Roland JX-8P

We saw the update first revealed here. We now have the details. Thanks goes to Jordan Htzlx for sending them my way.

via KiwiTechnics:

"The Kiwi-8P Upgrade features:

512 Tones can be stored and edited. It is also possible to temporarily edit any Tone

Tones are stored in Flash memory so no battery is required.

MidiCC & Sysex support for all parameters and Midi Sysex support for Tone Dump & Load

PG-800 Support for Control of Parameters

Patch Editor support

Key Assign Modes are Poly Single, Poly Dual, Poly Triple, Unison & Solo

Each Key Assign mode can have Rotate/Reassign, Staccato/Legato, Steal/No Steal with five steal modes (Highest, Lowest, Oldest, Newest, Quietest)

Portamento in all modes

DCO Key Assign Detune available in all key modes except Solo.

In addition there is a 'Analog Feel' parameter that add an adjustable small random frequency to each note. Detune is best used with Poly Dual, Poly Triple or Unison keying modes for greatest effect

Three independent envelope generators. These are traditional ADSR type and are modeled on the Original JX-8P. Each ENV Mod can select from ENV 1 - 3 and has an Inverted or Normal modes. These are faster than the traditional JX-8P envelopes

TH-0 : Luc bigé - afterwork

Published on Nov 19, 2016 Tristan Musikgear

"Speech from Luc Bigé. Odd tones from the system including, Hyve synth, Folktek Matter, Mr Grassi from Ciat Lonbarde and MengQi Seashore."

Soviet Dx2500 Electronic Drums with SIMMONS Badge?

Here's an interesting item sent my way via Sergey Gerasimuk. It is featured on his site here. You'll find a few more pics there. It might have a SIMMONS badge on it, but it appears to be from the Ukraine? It's also featured on here. If you know anything about this unit, please share.

Eurorack ( Video out of sync)

Published on Jan 16, 2017 Dave 33543

Abstrakt Instruments Avalon Bassline Synth

Published on Feb 2, 2017 Perfect Circuit Audio

"The Avalon bassline synthesizer, from Abstrakt Instruments, is a high quality analog synth with a built in sequencer. The circuit is based off of the revered TB-303 bassline synthesizer, but with updated and improved digital control for extreme precision. For a quick timbre shift, the Avalon has an innovative filter cartridge mechanism that allows one to swap filter styles with just a circuit card. As accessories, there are SEM, Ladder, JP, Wasp, and 4075 style filters."

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

ARP Synthesizers - Odyssey (Korg) and Little Brother (ARP)

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Mark Campbell

"The first "test drive" of my 2 ARP synthesizers synced together. The Odyssey (2 oscillators) and the Little Brother (single oscillator) provide me with a 3 oscillator ARP - not too shabby!"


Published on Feb 2, 2017 LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

"This is PART 1 of EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY, which is gunna work from the ground up. really attempting to demystify things that people ask."

Moog 900 Synthesizer Demonstration Record

via this auction

"Moog 900 Synthesizer Demonstration Record

Vinyl: NM Possibly Unplayed

Cover: Plain White Sleeve"

Technosaurus Microcon II

via this auction

"Super rare, incredible synth. Very flexible, very fat sounds. Tiny package - it's the size of a VHS tape. Really incredible oscillator and filter."

Twisted Electrons AY3

via this auction

"Twisted Electrons' AY3 is an excellent 8-bit synthesizer based on two AY-3-8500 soundchips. It comes in a tiny package, but boasts a large number of features.

-64 presets
-16 step sequencer
-4 LFO modes
-4 arpeggiator modes
-6 voice unison mode with detune
-6 chord modes
-6 voice polyphonic mode
- controllable via MIDI CC"

Roland MKS-70 - Vintage Synthesizer

via this auction

"This is the last of Roland's fully analogue synths. Very fat sound, wide palette of sounds can be created, it has the power of two JX-8P at your finger tips. Also, the MKS-70 has a unique "chase-play" function which allows programmable delayed repeats of voices from either of its tone modules. See my other auction for the optional PG-800 programmer. The MKS-70 has a fairly complete MIDI implementation allowing you to save an load patches from your computer etc., this is not the case with the JX-10. Nice unit and fully functional. Includes rack brackets (not shown)."

Roland Jupiter-4 JP-4 COMPUPHONIC poly synthesizer SN 115149

via this auction

Roland TB-3, TR-08 - Ambient Slicer

Published on Feb 2, 2017 Pure Ambient Drone

Roland TB-3 with TR-08 Drums
'Ambient Slicer'
Gear Used:
Roland Aira TB-3 Bass Synthesizer
Roland JD-XI Synthesizer
Roland Aira TR-08 Analog Modeling Drum Machine

Acidhouse Disco Oriental crossover with Electribe, Volca FM, 303, MB33, Mopho etc

Published on Feb 2, 2017 Shimanski Beats

"After experimenting with a few sounds I made for the Volca FM I ended up with a dulcimer patch and some oriental tune which I combined with two 303-acidlines and some disco-foundations, and hence got to an Acidhouse-Disco-Oriental crossover. Hope you like it!

Gear in this track:
Cyclone Bassbot TT 303: acid line 1
MAM MB33 retro: acid line 2
DSI Mopho: Bass
Volca FM: oriental dulcimer-like sound (at times: played live with Electribe pads)
Waldorf Streichfett: strings (played live with Electribe pads)
Waldorf Blofeld: additional sequence sound
Korg Electribe Sampler 2: Drums, percussion, wah guitar; sequencing the other synths

Effects: Lexicon MX 200 (delay on aux send); TC Electronic M-One XL: reverb on aux send; TC Electronic M-350 (delay+reverb on aux send), TC- Alter Ego X4 Vintage Echo & TC Dark Matter distortion on TT 303)"

Taide'n Borg - Long journey to Cygnet XIV

Published on Feb 2, 2017 Sun's May Flower (Official)
Update: new HQ version uploaded.


Bass: Roland JX-10
Polysynth: Roland JX-10
Synth Solo: Korg Monopoly
Strings: ARP Solina String Ensemble
LFO - Ufo: Roland Juno 60
Drum: Alesis HR 16 (Strellis Eprom)
Drum: Akai S900


Chorus (Synth) - Boss CH1
Panner - T.C. Electronic M*One

Reverb: Lexicon LXP15
Reverb: Roland SRV-2000

Delay: Analog Delay - EEM 2000 ST
Delay: Digitech Studio 400

5U // Corsynth - C104 Odyssey of Sound VCO - Part2 - Function overview

Published on Feb 2, 2017 DiscoverNoise

Part 1 here.

0-Coast Patch of the Week #6: Arcade Trills

Published on Feb 2, 2017 MAKEN0ISE

"From the 0-Coast manual:"

All parts in the series here.

MC-202 play jam!

Published on Feb 2, 2017 VC FOX

"Today is 202.
Have a fun!"

Chris-Cook - First Recording in New Studio w/ an ARP Quadra, Odyssey, Axxe & OMNI 2

Published on Feb 2, 2017 Chris-Cook

Can you recognize the track?

All ARP synths & Roland CR-78 for drums. Check out the custom white OMNI 2 at the end. KORG Micro Preset in there as well.

ToyTone Synthesizer Demo - Free IOS Toy Synthesizer

Published on Feb 2, 2017 Synth Anatomy

iTunes: ToyTone - Itoh Tomoaki

"ToyTone is simple synthesizer!


- Select waveform, and move the slider.
- Tap the pad at bottom, you can play.

iPhone/iPodTouch only (In iPad, please use +/- buttons.)
- When you tap the label to the left of slider, the value is reduced by one.
- When you tap the label to the right of slider, the value is increased one.

New features
- Support recording with Inter-App Audio host app.


A lost Italo Disco Project

Published on Feb 1, 2017 SynthMania

"Recreating an old Italo Disco demo that I recorded years ago with Bit 99 and LinnDrum"

diminishred ~ knatterton

Published on Feb 1, 2017 Ebotronix

4ms Peg, QCD/Expander², QPLFO, RCD², VCA Matrix
Analogue Systems RS 100², RS 110²², RS 360²
Bananalogue Serge VCS
Cyndusries Zeroscillator
Doepfer R2 m² , A101-2², A118, A131², A133², A134²², A141,
A143-1,2,9, A148, A149, A151²², A152, A156²,A166, A171,
A175²²², A185-2(14x), A138m,a²²b²²c²²²
Flame 4 Vox, Chord Machine, Q Slider², Tame Machine
foh choices
Grendel Formant Filter²
Make Noise Brains ,PP², Maths², Moddemix²²,
Optomix, QMMG, René, Wogglebug²
Malekko Anti ²², Unkle²², Jag
Moog Taurus 2, Freqbox²², MP 201
Oberheim Sem
Roland SVC 350 Vocoder / Shure SM 58
SSL Modulation Orgy
Tiptop Audio Z 8000
Toppobrillo Quantimator² (diminishred),Sportmodulator
Kenton Pro 2000
FX:Alesis Philtre, Boss Ef 303, RV 5, VF-1, BSS DPR 402,
Lexicon MPX 100² , MX 400, PCM 80/90, Line 6 Echopro
mackie the mixer³
drums Clavia D Drum4 se
vid #1675

GumpherDM3 Arduino Based DIY Hardware Chiptune Synth

Uploaded on Jan 19, 2017 GumpherDM3

"This is a MIDI capable Arduino controlled monophonic semi-modular analog synthesizer. It has 4 VCOs (2 Audio, one Sub-audio and one hybrid that switches between either), a 4-pole low pass filter, a Voltage Controlled Amplifier (VCA) and two envelope generators (AR1 and AR2). It also has an arpeggiator built in to add some videogame-esque sounds. My awesome wife printed out the decals using the Silhouette Cameo and transferred them onto the wooden control panel with a layer of Modpodge to make it scratch resistant. I never really sat down to figure out how many octaves it can work with before the tuning goes bonkers, but it appears to handle six octaves pretty well.

I hope you enjoy the video. I had a really great time learning about this stuff and actually getting to build a working synth.

Tech Stuff: The VCOs, LPF and VCA cores are all built around the LM13700 OTA using mostly datasheet schematics with component values adjusted to work on +-9V supply. Also, since the synth uses the LM13700 for all VCOs and VCF, all exponential current sources use PNP transistors. I added in my own design for input CV signal mixing to the modules and output signal normalizers (to produce both CV and audio signals). I attempted to design my own CV generator using the Arduino and while it works more-or-less, I learned first hand about the challenges with using the PWM analog signals produced by the micro-controller as CV signals for the synth modules. I don't think I would do anything differently in this project, but next time I'll use a 16-bit DAC for analog CV signal generation rather than the Arduino."

Spotted this one over on Ask.Audio where you'll find some additional words from creator Guenther.


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