MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Edgar's Dilemma

"Perplexed by an increasingly impatient audience, Edgar began to cogitate about the future of his 'Modular Madness Symphony Unplugged' tour."

Fun (and funny) bit of synth art from New Man Studios' Artist Shop. These are for sale. You can find the mug here, print here, phone case here, and finally the t-shirt here.


P.S. You can also find New Man Studios on BandCamp here.

A 60's Moog Dream (breath Controlled)

"So here is another quick demo of using just my Moog Mother 32 with 1 addition which is a Manhattan MA32 Filter...otherwise this is pure Moog Mom 32 AND most of this is being breath controlled by a Pulplogic breath controller tile (still prototyped). I could not do this without Pulplogic's wonderful work on this breath controller tile...for all you Eurorack people."

Also check out jcn7 aka James Newman as New Man Studios on Bandcamp here.

State of the Union: EMS Synthi Processing External Noise Source

Published on Feb 28, 2017 blwvideo

"Quick example of an EMS Synthi A processing, shall we say, the ultimate noise generator."

Rheyne - Live Jam #165 (live looping with Ableton Live)

Published on Feb 28, 2017 Rheyne

"Live looping with Ableton Live. Recorded in one take with no pre-recorded loops or sequences."

A Review on the Electronic Music Works WCS-1x Synthesizer

You can find the full review on Creative Tech Nerds here.

"If a Moog Modular had babies, they might look and sound like the EMW WCS-1x. If you're looking for a truly distinctive synth with a beefy "Moog-like" sonic signature, you need to give the WCS-1x a serious look. At a street price of just under $300.00 ( U.S. dollars ), the WCS-1x also happens to be an incredible bargain. Tip to the wise: Snag a couple of these mini- monsters while they're still being made!"

Generative Eurorack Drums with Varigate 8+

Published on Feb 28, 2017 Voltage Control Lab

"The Varigate 8+ is a formidable eurorack sequencer module, with the ability to generate randomized rhythm sequences, or morph existing sequences on your eurorack drums by limiting random probability."

DX5 playing Depeche Mode "Any Second Now" (Instrumental)

Published on Feb 28, 2017 DX5

"Backtrack recorded on Pro Tools. Most of the sounds are from the Roland Promars, including the first noise snare (the original song was recorded at the time Vince Clarke used his Jupiter 4 with same filter and VCO as the one in the Promars).

Upper: Roland Promars MRS-2
Mid: Roland JP-8000

Backtrack played on a Revox B77 MkII with BASF tape.
Original track composed by Vince Clarke.
Performed here by DX5 Jose Maria Bara
* There is a "flutter" effect, noticeable at the beginning, due to Revox mechanical limitations (I tried to dump the backtrack on two different units with the same results)"

Roland Juno-60 with JSQ-60 and Kenton PRO-DCB

via this auction

Oberheim Xpander

via this auction

"It is in excellent condition with all of the pots, buttons and LCD functioning properly. There is very slight cosmetic wear - the kind that would come with a unit of this age that has been well looked after and used exclusively in a smoke-free studio.

In 2016, it was upgraded by Jay Lemak of Synths When (Toronto) with a triordial power supply. This alleviated a slight but noticeable mechanical noise and provides all of the assurance that a reliable, modern power supply has to offer."

Moog Sonic Six 6 c 1975

via this auction

"This moog is in perfect functional condition, with no issues of any kind. She sounds absolutely amazing and is super-duper stable. All knobs, switches, mod wheels and functions are in perfect working order. She's just come back from the tech for a full service & modern power cord with a clean bill of health, and she is easily the nicest I've had the pleasure of playing..."

Akai AX80 Analog Synthesizer Keyboard

via this auction

"Perfect working Akai AX80 analog keyboard synthesizer with built in MIDI and a massive 8 voices! This uses the same CEM3372 filter chips as the Oberheim Matrix 12 and Xpander. All of the switches are responsive and MIDI has been fully tested. Keep in mind the MIDI spec is over 30 years old on this synth so it is limited compared to modern synths."

Technosaurus Microcon, Rare Swiss Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Future Retro Revolution - Analog Monophonic Synthesizer

via this auction

ALESIS HR-16 Vintage Drum Machine 1988 | HD DEMO

Published on Feb 28, 2017 AnalogAudio1

"(c) 2017 by AnalogAudio1

Demo of the Alesis HR-16. This is a budget digital drum machine made in USA. What you hear are the stock sounds and some of my own grooves. No effects used."

Modular Test #1 Make noise DPO and Verbos complex oscillator final output comparison

Published on Feb 28, 2017 ModularStuff

"A quick test between the final output of Make noise DPO and the one on Verbos complex oscillator

Nothing musical, just tweaking parameters"

How to translate the feeling into sound | Claudio | TEDxPerth

Published on Feb 9, 2017

The performance comes in at just after 7:11, but don't miss the talk if you have the time. A Moog Sub Phatty, DSI Prophet 12, Nord Stage 2, and Ableton Push are featured in the performance.

"How can a song - written by a perfect stranger - feel as if it were written about you? Composer/artist/producer Claudio explains her art, purpose and technique, and finishes with an exclusive unveiling of her new track: "I was a Rockstar".

In her solo live performances, Claudio creates and orchestrates songs with complex layering in real-time using music technology. To her, the art is in making sure both the technology and technique are driven by the heart - and achieve a delicate balance between control and instinct.

Rachel Claudio is a Perth-born/European-based artist/composer/singer/producer and university lecturer. She works with major labels and composes scores for film and TV. Her live video performances have captured the hearts and minds of millions of viewers.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at"

sad song today

Published on Feb 28, 2017 zack dagoba

Vintage Buchla.

Vintage Analog Synthesizer RMIF Opus: Sound Demo

Published on Feb 28, 2017 Najvrtson

Here's something most have likely never seen before, a vintage soviet RMIF Opus. I believe this is the first one to be featured here.

"The tune (russian folk song Polyushka Polye - despite the fact, that the instrument was made in Riga, Latvia) was entirely recorded on RMIF Opus, except of drums (JVC KB-700) and some reverb and delay effects. Opus was made cca in 1988, but technically wise it was obsolete at the time. It is based on divide-down technology, but has very nice filter (LPF, BPF and HPF with resonance), excellent chorus unit, ring modulator and some other fine features. Enjoy its sound!"

Uli Behringer on Next Steps - New Affordable Clones of Classic Vintage Synths & More

This one in via Soviet Space Child.  Further below you will find a post from Uli Behringer on what he plans next.  It is pretty much in line with what he said in his recent interview posted here on the 23rd. Note he mentions bringing old classics back along with new creations. An interesting side note, is it appears Music Group IP, which Behringer falls under, made logo and trademark grabs for Oberheim. Via dluther:

"The Oberheim logo and trademarks seem to have been filed by Music Group after Gibson turned it over to Wells Fargo, and it expired:

USPTO Assignments on the Web

Then Music Group IP made a claim on it on Dec 8 of last year (awaiting examination

Trademark Status & Document Retrieval

And Gibson must have caught wind of what's going on and is now trying to retrieve it on behalf of Bank of America as a "Security Interest:"

USPTO Assignments on the Web

It's interesting to note they filed these trademarks under the Music Group IP Inc. name instead of some shell organization. Given the specificity of the Oberheim marks reserved, I'd venture their next big synth will be an 'homage' to the OB-Xa, and possibly an OSCar. Given their treatment of the Juno-106, it might be something special..."

And here is what Uli Behringer had to say regarding what's coming:

"Hello everyone, please allow me to chime in.

Since the introduction of our first synth, the DeepMind12, it has now become the best selling synthesizer at the world's largest retailers Thomann and Sweetwater. Our team is so excited that we have decided to go "all in".

What does that mean?

We have since hired 20 incredibly talented engineers and synth experts, and we're hiring many more. In fact we're looking for passionate software and hardware engineers for our Innovation Center in Manchester, UK. Please feel free to drop me a note and CV if you're interested...

Our dream is to cover every musical and technological angle, which includes analog and digital synths, samplers, romplers, drum machines - you name it.

We have also taken on the challenge to see if we can make a really cool analog synth for US$ 49 retail. That's not easy, but we'll give it a try! We like to make analog synths available especially for kids so they can learn to play an electronic instrument.

We'll be reviving both legacy synths based on authentic designs and original components but we're also heavily investing in research in the areas of cutting-edge granular and waveform synthesis, etc. in order to innovate and create something completely new.

Many people have asked us to revive synth jewels from the past and make them affordable so everyone can own one. This very much resonates with me because when I was a kid, I spent hours in stores playing and admiring those synths - however I couldn't afford them which was tremendously frustrating.

Frankly, I never understood why someone would charge you US$ 4,000 for a MiniMoog, when the components just cost around US $200.

We at Midas and Behringer believe in bringing these instruments back and making them affordable so everyone can play and enjoy them.

In order to introduce young people to the world of synthesizers, we have also hired lots of university fresh grads for our engineering departments - great guys that have discovered and now love building synths.
I can honestly say that this the best vibe we have ever had in our company and I am tremendously proud of these guys who put incredible effort and time in designing those synths.

As always we love to hear from you, learn what your thoughts are and what you want us to make. Building great things for customers is what we love and the purpose why we exist.

Thank you for all the fantastic support!


Update: New OSCar and ARP 2600 on Behringer's Radar - this explains the OSCar logo above.

DSP Synthesizers Micro-TS - Keyfob Touch Synthesizer - The Tiny-TS Goes Micro

Published on Feb 28, 2017 Jan Ostman

via DSP Synthesizers

"Being only keyfob size, 61x41mm, the Micro-TS IS the smallest playable analog synthesizer in the world.

The Micro-TS – Keyfob Touch Synthesizer

If you think the Tiny-TS is small then think again.

The Micro-TS is keyfob sized, 61x41mm but still features the same specs as the Tiny-TS.

It runs on 3V so a CR2016 button cell works just fine.

The analog knobs have a trim potentiometer footprint.

Output is a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack.

It still has CV/Gate outputs but they are just pads on the PCB edge.

Available from 1st of March.

Only 50 available in the first batch."

Buchla Easel Three Oscillators

Published on Feb 28, 2017 Todd Barton

Buchla Easel Reverb Thoughts

Published on Feb 28, 2017 Todd Barton

"better audio here:"

Nr Synth Project Cobra - Minimoog Model D Clone

Published on Feb 28, 2017 Nr Synth

"Premiers tests audios du prochain synthé NRsynth: un clonage maison du Minimoog Model D !

Aucune compression, ni EQ, juste un peu de reverb et delay de ma petite Xenyx.

Certains points restent à améliorer mais tout est en bonne voie..."

"First audio tests of the next NRsynth synth: a homemade cloning of the Minimoog Model D!

No compression, nor EQ, just a little reverb and delay of my little Xenyx.

Some points still need improvement but everything is on track ..."


Published on Feb 28, 2017 eowave

"Demo of the first protoype of the MICRO_DRONES. The next version will have some memory and feature a USB socket rather than battery clip"

TT-606 Replicant Sample Pack

Published on Feb 22, 2017 Adam Jay

"$7.99 intro price! - - - All 9 Cyclone Analogic TT-606 instruments recorded at various tune / tone / decay / snappy / timbre settings, and all at 3 to 4 different accent settings. 1900 samples total! Recorded with Universal Audio Apollo 8 with subtle Neve 88RS processing.

24 bit, 96khz .wav !

Bass Drum: 48 samples
Snare Drum: 48 samples
Low Tom: 48 samples
High Tom: 48 samples
Rim Shot: 48 samples
Hand Clap: 48 samples
Cymbal: 480 samples (yea, you read that right!)
Open High Hat: 844 samples (those 6 OH timbres really add up!)
Closed High Hat: 288 samples samples

Also includes:

Ratcheting Sequence by VCO

Published on Feb 28, 2017 seho chang

Oscillator: SW 901
Oscillator Mixer: SW CP3
Filter: SW 904A
VCA: SW 902
EGs: SW 911
Filter EG Attenuator: SW 995
Portamento: Krisp1 VRG

Sequencer: Moon 569
Clock: ALM Pamela’s Workout

Ratcheting Control VCO: Krisp1 SVCO

Limited Edition Green Doepfer MS-404 SN 971579

via this auction

Limited edition MS-404 analog Acid synth w. full MIDI control. The Doepfer MS-404 is basically a TB-303 emulator... This is a limited edition in green. Very rare and I think some of the last ones. No scratches anywere (just a hint around the mount holes but that covers up). All functions are working as they should. There's no battery inside (i think it uses flash ram). Very easy to use. Everything is straigt forward." System with Racked Moog Voyager RME

via this auction

Note the Voyage RME is not included in the listing, but available. Kind of cool looking; you would definitely want the CV expander with it.

"For your consideration, A modular system. Housed in a custom built cabinet (at least for display purposes), 3 tiers x 16 spaces each tier. Top tier is half filled with modules. The module inventory is as follows:

Q104 MIDI/CV Interface
Q105 Slew Limiter
Q106 Oscillators (x 5)
Q107 State Variable Filter (Oberheim style)
Q108 VCAs (x 4)
Q109 Envelope Generators (x 4)
Q110 Noise (x 2)
Q112 4-Channel Mixer (x 2; one very early production {collectible?} with 2 knobs, one with 3 knobs)
Q113 8-Channel Mixer
Q116 Ring Modulator
Q117 Sample and Hold
Q118 Instrument Interface
Q124 Multiples (x 2; one has been modified providing 4 trunk lines out)
Q125 Signal Processor
Q127 Fixed Filter Bank
Q137 Power Control and Interface
Q150 Transistor Ladder Filter (Moog style)
QPS1 Power Supply
QDH40 Wiring Harness (power to 40 modules)

The pictures show a Moog Voyager RME integrated into the top left of the cabinet. This piece is NOT included with the system, but is available."

Kawai K1r Vector Control

Published on Feb 27, 2017 The KlangCollage

"Vector Pad for the Kawai K1r, made with MIDI Designer on the iPad."

You can find the template here, but you will need the app first of course:

iTunes: MIDI Designer Pro 2 - Confusion Studios LLC

Spotted this one on

Drone synthesizer Muscarin "421 black" by kNoBtech demonstration and tutorial

Published on Feb 27, 2017 kNoB Technology

"New revison of Muscarin analog Synth -
4 voice
2 dual form lfo
1 3 mode lpf\fix bp

Voice record on camera, synth signal record clear in line out 2i2"

And previously:

Drone noise synth Muscarin demonstrations

Published on Nov 11, 2016 kNoB Technology

"Best low price (100$) analog noise synth for ambient drone noise music productions from kNoB technology (Russan) 4 hybrid vco ,12db\oct analog lpf,passive hpf ,Lfo,bias voltage, and extensive freg modulation capabilities. Buy here or send
Sorry in video show first revision synth with no analog LPF.
Now each synth has a new sweet analog filter.
Audio test listen here
Use English subtitles"

MIDIRAUSCH - Exercise: Modular Glitch No. 2

Published on Feb 28, 2017 midirausch

"Broken beats created and "sequenced" completely within the Modular.
Ladik Burst Generator on Hihats and modulated 1010music fxbox contribute a lot to the glitch feeling"

Part 1 here.

Volca Circuit Sunrizer Poison 202 Deep Tech House Session 6

Published on Feb 28, 2017 014london70

"Circuit is sequencing Sunrizer and Poison 202. Volcas playing their own patterns. Modstep playing the vocal sample. Recorded into iPhone via a Behringer Xenyx mixer and mastered in Final Touch. M"

Linnstrument Ableton Lightshow - Massive Attack's Teardrop (with hints of Aurora's cover)

Published on Feb 28, 2017 loopop

"Linnstrument Ableton Lightshow - Massive Attack's Teardrop (with hints of Aurora's cover) shot at Plaza de España (Barcelona)"

Meet The Makers: Tatsuya "Tats" Takahashi

Published on Feb 28, 2017 sonicstate

"If you're into synths on anything more than a casual basis, chances are you've heard of Tatsuya 'Tats' Takahashi. His involvement with the rise of the affordable analog cannot be underestimated. During his time at Korg, he has been instrumental in the new wave of affordable mass produced analog synthesizers that we've come to expect."

The Analogue Solutions Megacity Sequencer Examples

Published on Feb 28, 2017 AutomaticGainsay

"Here is a musical demonstration of the Analogue Solutions 64-step/dual channel analog 'tear drop' step sequencer. All tones in the song were created through the Megacity controlling two Analogue Solutions Nyborg 12 synthesizers. The drums were programmed later using Korg Gadget.

Please support Automatic Gainsay!"

MFB Tanzmaus / TB-303 / Analog Heat / monotron DELAY : Acid House

Published on Feb 28, 2017 Masaki Takada

" :) "

MFB Tanzmaus : Tweaking impulse parameter

Published on Feb 28, 2017 Masaki Takada

"I tried a change due to a parameter for adjusting the attack feeling of the analog sound part called 'Impulse' which is installed in Tanzmaus of MFB."

MicroMonsta + Pulse 2 + Spark LE + icon

Published on Feb 28, 2017 Emmanuel Celestin

Modular Synth - WMD PDO and Synchrodyne + Mutable Elements

Published on Feb 28, 2017 isvisible / isinvisible

"Working on a track featuring just 3 sound sources:

Bass - WMD 'Phase Displacement Oscillator' (PDO)
Guitar - WMD 'Synchrodyne' (plus 'Expand')
Orchestra - Mutable Instruments 'Elements'

And the drums are provided by a Touched by Sound 'Syncussion DRM1'

PDO - Nothing
Synchrodyne - ZVEX 'Instant Lo-Fi Junky' into Gieskes 'Dep2b' into Intellijel 'Springray'
Elements - Doepfer 'A-101-3 12 Stage Vactrol Phaser'"

modular shades #01

Published on Feb 28, 2017 Elinch

Voices: 4ms DLD / ZVEX Instant Lo-Fi Junky
Bass: Make Noise STO / Make Noise Optomix
Sequences: Dreadbox Omikron / Dreadbox Lamda
Percussion: Mutable Instruments Rings
Drone: Mutable Instruments Clouds
Strings: Dreadbox Omikron / Make Noise Optomix / Dreadbox Delta Delay
Effect sound: Dreadbox Gamma modulated by Dreadbox Alpha
Effects: TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay
Sequencer: Arturia Beatstep Pro / Mutable Instruments Yarns

One Take directly recorded into the Tascam DR 100.
For the best listening experience listen to the video with headphones or good speakers.


Published on Feb 28, 2017 Telekom Electronic Beats

"Get Inside of U-He software instruments and effects on Telekom Electronic Beats TV. This award winning company has been producing their renowned products, most notably the Zebra and Diva synths, since 2001, and we hear from founder Urs Heckmann about the philosophy of his labour of love, their current range and direction for the future."

u-he Traveller - Preset Walkthrough (Soundset for Zebra2)

Published on Feb 28, 2017 uheplugins

"A walkthrough of the presets found in the Zebra2 soundset Traveller.

For more info on Traveller and demos songs visit:

For more information and download the Zebra2 demo (VST, AU, AAX) visit:

Traveller invites sonic exploration with this collection of rich, imaginatively designed sounds. Move between experimental and organic, ambient and sci-fi, abstract and rhythmic. Traveller forges a path between early electronica/ambient and Bereczky’s personal background in orchestral soundtrack.

An eclectic range of versatile and useful sounds: basses, arpeggios, pads, drones, keys, brass and more.

Traveller comes with 122 presets. Created by Samuel Bereczky."

Technostalgia: a live jam with MicroMonsta and Electribe

Published on Feb 27, 2017 Olivier Ozoux

"Thanks to the Squarp team for sending me a quick patch to save this project from a misbehaving PyraOS v1.5 beta that attempted to eat this own....

- Squarp Pyramid (sequencer)
- Audiothingies MicroMonsta ( bassline )
- Korg Electribe 2s ( drums and percussions )
- PreenFM2(clean bass and percussive arp)
- Waldorf Blofeld (pads)
- MakeNoise 0-Coast (generative melogy)"

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