MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday, April 03, 2017

Announcing Cocteau, a Mod PCB for the YOCTO 808 Clone

Published on Apr 3, 2017 effegee7

Update: you can sign up for the kit here. You can reach Autonomik Circuits at

Taking the 808 to a whole new level in tweakability. Full details further below. First the playlist for the videos above:

1. Cocteau demo (groove + mods)

"Cocteau (by Autonomik Circuits)-- overlay mod PCB for YOCTO v1.0 analog drum machine

Cocteau PCB fits over the top of the YOCto main PCB, adding 34 pots and 24 switches to the front panel to modify the original 808 sounds, plus it adds a second RS-CL and MA circuit hardwired to the YOCTO's Trig-1 and Trig-2.

This video demos the following:

- CH Decay (short)
- BD Tune (low)
- CP Filter is turned high and clap density increased to mostly eliminate the Clap sound, leaving just the Reverb
- CB Long Decay, OSC's tuned
- LT Reverb Off & On
- CL-2 2nd switch (the RS-CL DPDT switch split into two SPDT's) activated to create a CR-78-type RS sound

Front panel is laser-cut resin prototype of enclosure to be made by Kacper Pawluk"

2. Cocteau- RS-CL 2 + CP mods

"This video demos the additional RS-CL 2 voice on the Cocteau PCB, as well as some of the CP mods

The DPDT slide switch between the RS and CL sounds of the Cocteau's RS-CL 2 circuit has been split into individual SPDT switches to allow for variation of the CL sound as follows:

Both switches down = RS sound
Both switches up = CL sound
Left up, right down = CL sound altered s\to sound more like striking a glass bottle, not a wood block
Left down, right up = CL sound reminiscent of the CR-78 RS sound(?)"

3. RS-CL 2 & MA-2

"This video demos the additional RS-CL 2 and MA-2 voices on the Cocteau PCB, allowing for simultaneous sequencing of RS & CL and CP & MA sounds.

The DPDT slide switch between the RS and CL sounds of the Cocteau's RS-CL 2 circuit has been split into individual SPDT switches to allow for variation of the CL sound as follows:

Both switches down = RS sound
Both switches up = CL sound
Left up, right down = CL sound altered s\to sound more like striking a glass bottle, not a wood block
Left down, right up = CL sound reminiscent of the CR-78 RS sound(?)"

4. Cocteau Roll Call

SoundCloud demos:

Full details via effegee:

"Cocteau is placed over the YOCTO's front panel PCB to add 34 pots and 24 slide switches for modification of the YOCTO drum voices. Cocteau also adds duplicate RS-CL and MA circuits (RS-CL 2 & MA-2) hardwired to YOCTO's Trig-1 and Trig-2 switched jacks, allowing simultaneous sequencing of RS & CL and CP & MA (so you don't have to choose one sound at the expense of the other).

Cocteau ships as a DIY kit with PCB and hard-to-find/special-order parts (slide switches, 2M(B) pots, etc.), with a Tayda BOM for the Alpha pots and a Mouser BOM for all other parts. Build instructions will be provided.

Installation requires desoldering of some components (mostly resistors) and cutting of a few traces.

Cocteau is designed to allow the user to modify the existing circuits while allowing easy, realtime return to the original 808 sound. For example, the BD Tune pot functions only when the adjacent switch is activated; when deactivated, BD Tune returns to the original value.

Cocteau is also designed to fit within the existing panel clearance using low-profile pots, switches and connectors. A metal enclosure for the YOCTO + Cocteau will be available from Kacper Pawluk, who has already designed the front panel. A laser-cut resin panel, fabricated from his design, has been tested and fits perfectly.

Finally, there will be an expansion port on the back panel of the enclosure, connected to Trig-3 of the YOCTO sequencer, for installation of swappable drum modules available for future purchase.

Cocteau list of mods:

1987 Soviet New Wave with a Korg Poly-800

"Grey Pigeon" by Petr Manomov & Zvuki Mu band. 1987

Published on Mar 29, 2017 Kjell Kamsvåg

"'Grey Pigeon' by Petr Manomov & Zvuki Mu band. 1987"

The look reminds me of Sparks.

30 Instruments and Innovations of Roland's Ikutaro Kakehashi on has a post up here featuring the top 30 instruments and innovations of Ikutaro Kakehashi.

"With the passing of Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi, the synthesizer world lost one of its greatest visionaries.

In celebration of Kakehashi and his lifetime of defining, and redefining, the term 'musical instrument,' we have assembled a list of his most influential products and technologies—items that have had the greatest impact on popular music over the last 50 years— from his early days as the leader of Ace Tone to his legacy as the founder of Roland.

1. Ace Tone Canary S-2 (1962) [pictured] One of Ace Tone’s earliest successes was the Canary S-2 Clavioline. Based on the original Clavioline designed by Constant Martin in 1947, its tube-based architecture was later replaced by transistors in the S-3 model (pictured above). An example of the Clavioline sound can be found in the solo from Del Shannon’s “Runaway” (which for hair-splitters was actually a heavily modified early-model Clavioline unit redubbed the Musitron)."

Click through above for the full list.

Buchla 25S vs 259r

Published on Apr 3, 2017 Todd Barton

"DIY version can be purchased here:"

Control Forge/Morpheus Drone

Published on Jan 4, 2017 Worwell

"Piston Honda into Morpheus, both modulated by Control Forge"

Steve Wonder's 1973 Vintage Moog Minimoog D w/ Midi For Sale ?

SN 4701 via this auction

"This is a wonderful keyboard. I purchased it from Stevie Wonder's tech and it was one of Stevie Wonder's Moogs. It has the midi mod. It also has wrap still on the faceplate that was not taken off. It has been used recently in my home studio in West Hollywood, CA."

1975 Moog Polymoog Keyboard Synthesizer Model 203A w/Orig 285A Foot Controller

SN 1497 via this auction

Vintage KORG Univox SR-120 Analog Drum Machine

via this auction

1987 Ensoniq ESQ1 Digital Wave Synth SN ESQ-28817-D

via this auction

"This a great working vintage keyboard/synth/sequencer package. (note one of the photos shows the low battery in the display), the battery was just changed out with a fresh alkaline pack at the time of the listing, that should last for years. sounds great, and is in VERY nice clean condition. no damage, great for the stage, recording, etc."

Glo Phase - Analog Rytm Sets

Published on Mar 23, 2017 Glo Phase

Glo Phase - Analog Rytm Set (secret statues)
Glo Phase - Analog Rytm Set (neon static)
Glo Phase - Analog Rytm Set (tiny fragmentation)
Glo Phase - Analog Rytm Set (moh)
Glo Phase - Analog Rytm Set (lobh)
Glo Phase - Analog Rytm Set (krodh)
Glo Phase - Analog Rytm Set (kaam)
Glo Phase - Analog Rytm Set (ahankar)

Glo Phase - Tanzmaus Haus

Published on Mar 24, 2017 Glo Phase

"A short MFB tanzmaus set with freshly uploaded custom samples. Recorded mono through a focusrite preamp. No external processing aside from some light limiting.

Free DL:"

ADDAC 222 controlling Modal 008

Published on Apr 3, 2017 Dimitrios Sismanis

"Title says it all. Modal 008 sequenced by ADDAC 222 receiving CV and gates from Noise Engineering triad and Ornaments and Crimes. Audio processed by Intellijel Rainmaker and Mutable Instruments Clouds."

DL - Minimal Techno #170403 - Analog Four session

Published on Apr 3, 2017 DL Live

"Short Minimal Techno session with Elektron and Roland machines:
2x Elektron Octatrack, Analog Four, Roland TR-8, TB-3."

Korg Minilogue - Demo

Published on Apr 3, 2017 TheTrackdriver

"All sounds from the Korg Minilogue and drums from the Elektron Machinedrum UW. Only the built-in effects are used.

I forgot that the Minilogue is equipped with an arpeggiator so I used Ableton Live for the bass. You can see that I'm programming a short sequence on the Minilogue later in the video. For some reason it starts halfway through the pattern but as it's synced to Ableton Live it works anyway."

"All Analog 12" Vermona Mono Lancet Akai Tom Cat Volca EHX

Published on Apr 3, 2017 Yence505

"Yence505 - 'All Analog 12'
After a coupe of weeks of having no new ideas or inspiration, this was the only thing worth recording so far. Pretty sad melody, not intentional, just happened. Very rough version. Arranged and sequenced in Ableton, but only sending midi to all the analog gear. Recorded in one go, no multitracking, plugins, etc...

Akai Tom Cat + Rhythm Wolf: Drums
EHX Crash Pad: open hihat, ehx pulsar does autopan on it
Korg Volca Keys: brass melody (has ehx memory toy and spring reverb on it.
Korg volca Bass: Bassline, waldorf 2-pole is providing the stutter effect on it.
Arturia Microbrute: pulse/flute-ish melody
Vermona Mono Lancet: arp"

IKUTARO KAKEHASHI (The legend maker) - Tribute from A Guy Called Gerald

Published on Apr 3, 2017 A GUY CALLED GERALD

"Tribute to the late great Ikutaro Kakehashi"

A fitting tribute from someone at the birth of the resurrection of early Roland analog. I added this to the main post here.

For anyone not familiar with A Guy Called Gerald, via Wikipedia:

"Gerald Simpson (born 16 February 1967), better known as A Guy Called Gerald, is a British DJ, record producer and musician. He was an early member of 808 State, and later achieved success as a solo artist. He is best known for his early work in the Manchester acid house scene in the late 1980s[1] and the track 'Voodoo Ray'. His style developed during the early 1990s, and his 1995 album Black Secret Technology would become a "much-touted candidate for 'best jungle album ever.'"[2]"

Modal 008 4

Published on Apr 3, 2017 Dimitrios Sismanis

"Some new patches for the Modal 008. Light reverb added ITB."

Modular Field Trip Ep. 1 - Tidal Ambience with Mutable Instruments Rings, & Moog Mother 32

Published on Apr 3, 2017 ann annie

"Everything you are hearing and seeing was recorded in real time!
Took my station wagon Wilma (Wilma Wagon) out to the beach today for some nice ambient patching. This will be the start of a new series, each episode with a new natural wonder, each with a new patch and each episode featuring Wilma. Enjoy!

This Patch’s Secrets:
***Power was graciously received from Wilma Wagon’s battery and a power inverter. Audio was recorded with a Scarlett 2i2, and some DI boxes.
// Key Pings: Moog Mother 32
LFO Rate is randomly controlled by its own assignable output
Sequencer is randomly reset at random intervals also from its assignable output.

// Drone: Rings
Rings is receiving Mother 32’s KB output for the v/o
Intellijel Dixie II in LFO mode is controlling Ring’s Structure CV using the sine wave output
Ring’s is being strummed by Mother 32’s LFO Square Wave
Brightness is controlled by Mother 32’s VCO Pulse Wave
The triangle wave output from Dixie ii attenuated by Triatt is controlling the Position CV.
Mother 32’s triangle wave is attenuated then sent into Rings frequency CV for a very small amount of vibrato.

// Effects
The Mother 32’s output is being fed into a Boss ME-50 which supplies heavy amounts of reverb and delay. It is also run through the JHS Alpine and then into a second delay, the MXR Carbon Copy.

Rings output is being sent though into Ocean Verb set in Shimmer mode. The mix is 75% Wet output.

Faintly in the background is the natural audio captured by the camera’s mic. This is unaffected."

DSI PRO 2 CV INPUT TUTORIAL ~ Featuring the Korg SQ-1 sequencer

Published on Apr 3, 2017 once upon a synth

"This is a tutorial demonstrating how to use the control voltage (CV) inputs on the back of the Dave Smith Instruments Pro 2 synthesizer. These inputs allow you to modulate Pro 2 parameters using external gear. In this case I'm using the Korg SQ-1 which is a small sequencer that can output CV signals. On the Pro 2 you simply pick the corresponding CV input in the modulation matrix as the source. You have 4 CV inputs available on the back and they use 1/8" jacks so it's nicely compatible with eurorack modulars for example."

Synthrotek VERB Now Available for Pre-Order

via Synthrotek

"This is a pre-order! All orders will ship this friday, April 7th!

The Synthrotek Verb is a reveb module like no other. This three PT2399 16 bit unit offers a warm tape saturated spring reverb like sound but with the added flair of the subtle modulation which truly makes it shine. The input gain knob adds the the functionality by dropping back the input amount to give cathedral like sounds when the mix is high. The modulation knob can be turned manually for pitch bends, but give it a slow LFO or envelope CV to emulate pitch bends that sound like a tape echo with a broken capstan. The mix knob is a very fast responding cross fader circuit which allows audio rate inputs for further FM like modulation. Add a subtle amount of reverb or crank the mix past 3 o’clock to knock the reverb signal into the rails.


CV in over MOD and MIX
Buffered Input and Output
CV In for the MIX is additive to the knob.
Very low signal DC offset at -0.073V
Trimmer to adjust input gain.

Video posted here.

Animoog for iPhone and iPad Updates

iTunes: Animoog for iPad

What's New in Version 2.4.5
* Integrated Audiobus 3 with full support for MIDI routing
* Improvements to pressure modulation behavior when playing over MIDI
* Updated AudioCopy SDK to v3.4
* Improvements to mod and pitch wheel rendering
* Fixed media import for clips in the 4-track on iOS 10
* Improved background audio compatibility with other apps

iTunes: Animoog for iPhone

What's New in Version 1.3.1
* Integrated Audiobus 3 with full support for MIDI routing
* Improvements to pressure modulation behavior when playing over MIDI
* Updated AudioCopy SDK to v3.4
* Improvements to mod and pitch wheel rendering
* Improved background audio compatibility with other apps
* Animoog for iPhone keyboard now sends polypressure when the MIDI Expansion Pack is purchased

Future Sound of London DIGITANA SX-1 Flyer & "Ignition of the Sun" EMS SYNTHI A Release

You might recall FSOL is working with Digitana on the HALia, and the FSOL - DIGITANA SX-1. Here are a couple of flyers including some synth art via the FSOLdigital website.  The image below is the cover for "Ignition of the Sun", a release featuring the original EMS SYNTHI A.  Details on that release follow.

"Available on Compact Disc, MP3 (320kbps) and FLAC

Coming from the home of Future Sound of London and credited to their ‘producer’ Yage, Ignition of the sun is a deep and evolving journey through liquid spewing analogue sequences, warm saturated swampy sine waves. It calls back to a time from the early 70s with bands such as Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze.

All sounds were created and sequenced entirely on the EMS Synthi AKS, multitracked and mixed to 15ips 1/4 Revox tape. The EMS Synthi AKS was first introduced in 1971, one of the earliest Synthesisers available and as used by Radiophonic Workshop, Pink Floyd, Brian Eno.


01 – Ignition of the Sun
02 – Garden of Syn
03 – Pathway to I
04 – Rutt Etra
05 – Subterranean Hattusa
06 – Oblique Towers
07 – Disparity in Oscillations Ab
08 – Bridge Between Tal
09 – Rivers of Occasion
10 – Opalis Amar Xam
11 – Moons in Dissidence
12 – Liquid Light Voids
13 – Return Beyond the Inner Voice"


Published on Apr 3, 2017 moonmodular

"Meet us at our booth H351 and enjoy the live experience at the theater on Friday 21 April · 5pm"

Moog Circuit Bending Challenge 2017 - Vola the Tape Four

Published on Apr 1, 2017 Vola Noisy Stuff

"This is the first part of my video for the Moog Circuit Bending Challenge 2017. This video is explains what the Tape Four is and shows what it can do.

The second part will focus on the concept and build and it will have the schematics and bill of material at the end of the video.

The Tape Four is inspired by the Beatles track Tomorrow Never Knows and the way it uses tape loops. The design takes inspiration from the old mixing consoles that the Beatles used at Abbey Road studios."

Moog Circuit Bending Challenge 2017 - Vola the Tape Four Part 2

Published on Apr 1, 2017

"This is the Second part of my video for the Moog Circuit Bending Challenge 2017. This video will focus on the concept and build and it will have the schematics and bill of material at the end of the video."

Moog Circuit Bending Challenge 2017 - Mike Sisk

Published on Apr 3, 2017

"This is my entry to the 'Moog Circuit Bending Challenge 2017.' In this video I will show the steps I took to circuit bend and modify my Casio casiotone MT-100.

I call my modified version the AccompuTone."

The Galaxy Electric: Live Analog Synth Jam w/ Buchla Music Easel, Korg Delta, & Vocals: On the water

Published on Apr 2, 2017 The Galaxy Electric

"The Galaxy Electric: Live Analog Synth Jam w/ Buchla Music Easel, Korg Delta, & Vocals: On the water

We hope you enjoy this live improvised analog synth jam we created while staying on the Eastern Shore of MD. The wildlife moved us to sing them a song while the sun set on the water. We hope it relaxes and inspires you.

More Music Here:"

The Hyve Adds Stretch Goal: Double Hyve Hacker

via The Hyve Kickstarter:

"All Hyve Hacker rewards will come with Two Hyve Hacker bare circuit boards when we reach 100 Hyve Hacker backers.

Build one and hack the other
One for you and one for a friend
Make a double wide Hyve by chaining them together
There is a chain area on the circuit board which allows you to connect two together to create one larger instrument. Four wires connect them, which joins power and audio, so you have one power input and one headphone output for both."

Pittsburgh Modular Structure EP-208 w/Threaded Inserts

via this auction

"Pittsburgh Modular Structure EP-208 w/THREADED INSERTS TO REPLACE SLIDING NUTS--84HP per row, sliding nuts fill out remaining 20HP per row. This has been an END to the headaches of working with sliding nuts, and will do this with any case that has them from now on!

Case in great shape, no issues. Non-smoking home. Never gigged. Never left house.

Looks cool.

Smells good.

Solid, tight, ̶n̶o̶ ̶s̶c̶r̶a̶t̶c̶h̶e̶s̶ one scratch, hardware sturdy. Never dropped, never abused--road ready without the road!"

Roland Juno 106 Vintage Polyphonic Analogue Synthesiser

via this auction

2016 Moog Model 15 With Keyboard

via this auction

"This sale includes the model 15, the keyboard, and a bunch of quarter inch cables and S – gate to quarter inch cables. sequencer is in another listing."

Vintage Siel DK600 Programmable Analog Synthesizer

via this auction, also on Reverb.


Published on Apr 3, 2017 Joe Miller

"A studio recording of a patch I performed at Charlotte Synth Meet 001. The patch really focuses on both the DPO and Erbverb.

Maths Ch4 clocks Tempi via EOC, which drives Brains/PressurePoints to play the melodic line from DPO VCOA. VCOB provides the gritty ostinato which becomes rhythmic pulses from Maths Sum.

Wogglebug and Rene add some CV to the patch for tone shaping to various parameters, and then the rest is played by hand.

Erbverb is set to be 'played' as a controlled feedback source (happens at beginning and ending). All of it passes through an Eventide Space for some final shine and long tails."

Roland SH-1 Monophonic Synthesizer + Boss VT-1 Voice Transformer + Yamaha FX500

Published on Apr 3, 2017 SubTokyoShop

"Roland SH-1 Analog Monophonic Synthesizer
+ Boss VT-1 Voice Transformer
+ Yamaha FX500 Simul Effect Processor

sequence controlled by Korg SQ-1"

subtokyoshop on eBay

Cheap monday: Microacid 303

Published on Apr 3, 2017 se7ense7

"The 303 line is a basic pulse from the Microkorg with some filter-tweakage.

All notes from Ableton. Track was arranged pre-recording."

Intellijel µMIDI Tutorial 5 - Clock & Metropolis

Published on Apr 3, 2017 intellijel

"In this video we will learn how to connect the µMIDI to the Metropolis sequencer and configure it for use with Ableton Live."

All parts here.

Pocket Operator Smol Session

Published on Apr 3, 2017 Red Means Recording

"A small session on the Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators from a rainy day back in January of 2017. Starting from scratch and adding Pocket Operators on the fly."

ARP ODYSSEY FS Rev1 first look

Published on Apr 3, 2017 Hitoshi Koizumi

"my new ARP ODYSSEY FS Rev1 has just arrived yesterday !"

Vinyl acapella + Korg Volca, 303 + TR8 live remix

Published on Apr 3, 2017 Tony Horgan

"A live remix using a vocal acapella on vinyl with beats from a Korg Volca Kick and Roland TR8, chords from a Volca Bass, melodies from Volca Keys and Volca FM and bassline from Cyclone Analogic TT-303 Bass Bot. No DAW :-)"

MFB Tanzbar & Alesis Microverb 3

Published on Apr 3, 2017 3rdStoreyChemist

"Tanzbar drum machine through the Microverb. The Microverb has been placed on an aux send.

No further processing except normalisation."

Roland System-500 Complete Set Sound Demo (no talking)

Published on Apr 3, 2017 Bonedo

"Roland System-500 Complete Set Sound Demo. Sequenced via Korg SQ-1."

Eurorack delay exploration - Sputnik and Intellijel

Published on Apr 3, 2017 NONsynth

"For the Frequency Freaks #3modulechallenge, running the Intellijel/Cylonix Shapeshifter from the Sputnik 5-step, feeding audio into the Sputnik four-tap for some stereo delay."

Audiobus 3 Released

Published on Apr 3, 2017 AudiobusApp

Audiobus 3 MIDI

Audiobus 3 - Audiobus Pty Ltd

"Open up new worlds of creative music making possibilies with Audiobus, the app that lets you use your music apps together, just like virtual cables.

Send live audio or MIDI from one Audiobus-compatible app to another: add effects on top of your favourite synth, use your favourite step sequencer to drive the whole lot, and record it all in your favourite DAW, sampler or looper. Plug in a MIDI keyboard, run it through an arpeggiator or a key quantizer, and record the result in your DAW, or drive several different sound generators with a keyboard splitter. The possibilities are endless.

Then save your setup in a preset to be restored with one touch later on.

With a completely new MIDI routing system, support for Apple's new Audio Unit Extensions standard, a new built-in mixer, and huge new workflow improvements, Audiobus 3 represents a big step forward for mobile music making.

Audiobus has a rich community of over 900 great compatible apps, including:

- Korg Gadget
- GarageBand
- Launchpad
- Animoog
- Loopy HD
- Cubasis
- Amplitube

and many more. See the full list at

Audiobus: Your music apps. Connected."

Patch n Tweak

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