MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Singapore Synth Meet Set for 13 May, 2017

There will be a synth meet in Singapore on May 13! See the bottom of this post for some videos from last year's event.

3PM 13 May 2017
library at espanade

What’s On:

Come join the electronic music and sound community in a festival of synthesizers! Vintage analog, modular, modern digital and more will be showcased in an event featuring conversations, demonstrations, and performances.

Free Admission

Metzger Technologies Archimedes Eurorack Module Waveshaping Demo

Published on Apr 12, 2017 synthrotek

"Steve Harmon from Synthrotek takes a stab at this deep and very useful module.

Archimedes is a Bipolar Dynamic Signal Manipulator that is designed for the Eurorack Modular Synthesizer format.

The module is 10hp wide, 38mm deep, and the current draw is: 90mA on +12 90mA on -12.

Archimedes takes in a +5 -5 volt signal Oscillator, LFO, Noise, Random and processes the positive and negative sections separately with CV control over everything, and is AC DC capable as there is no filtering on all of the inputs and outputs.

It is comprised of 3 linear sections: 2 Bipolar Rectifiers Offset 2 Bipolar Limiting Rails"

DSI Sequential Prophet 6 SN 03896

via this auction

Korg Kronos 2 - 73 Key Synthesizer

via this auction

"This is the most powerful synth ever made. It’s got the best VA engines, the best clonewheel organ, and the best acoustic emulations available anywhere, the best acoustic piano sounds of any workstation ever made, and the most advanced FM and physical modelling engines in any hardware synth. And since they’re all in the same synth, you can patch your own samples on its solid-state hard drive through any of that under the control of multiple step-sequencers, vector envelopes, Karma algorithms…the possibilities are just about endless. Plus it’s the most advanced audio and midi sequencing workstation ever made, and it costs less than the inferior offerings from Yamaha and Roland... Included in the auction is the Karo ESx60 Electric Grand (Yamaha CP80, $99 value)."

MFB Dominion 1 Analog Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

Duophonic Paraphonic Semi-Modular
With 3 octave Fatar keyboard
Velocity & Aftertouch
Memory storage
3 VCOs with Waveshaping and analog & thomann digital ring modulators
Dual sync and dynamic dual FM
Noise generator
12-Fold discretely built SED multi-mode filter
Memory space for 128 patches and sequences
Patchfield for integration into the module world and CV / Gate control
Velocity routing matrix with 11 destinations
3x LFOs
2 With One-Shot-Function and Reset
3 Envelopes with long faders
Analog operation and high-quality thomann hardware
Internal power supply
Midi Dump, In, Out, Thru"

Yamaha CS-60 Restoration (Part 2 of 3) - Cleaning Guide, Calibration, Velocity-Aftertouch

Published on Apr 12, 2017 GOLT !

"How the velocity/aftertouch works in a Yamaha CS-60 and how to clean and calibrate the synthesizer."

Part 1 here.

227r System Interface Buchla Mixer

Published on Apr 12, 2017 djangosfire

227r V2 Test Patch 01 2017
More 227r System Interface Buchla Mixer

"Getting to know this 227r V2 'System interface'.

I'm using the internal spring reverb effects loop in conjunction with an external delay patched back into the mixer.

Other modules that I used in this patch:

- 258e prototype
- 281e
- 292e
- 266e
- 277r delay
- 256r dual voltage processor

Thank you,
- Djangosfire"

Upgraded Roland SH-1000 Synthesizer with midi + Roland R8 + Wersi WM 24b

Published on Apr 12, 2017 lookapi

"Upgraded Roland SH-1000 Synthesizer with midi set-up via Arturia Beatstep + Roland R8 + upgraded Wersi WM 24b clock sync via Beatstep CV gate out Soundcheck @ Petit Rigolo Records 2017

Wersi makes the deepest walking bass and the funny toy accompaniment -- sh-1000 makes fx,leads and some bass with korg ax 300g effects"

Diving Station

Published on Apr 12, 2017 soundxplorer

"Outdoor ambient recording plus white noise, ran through a Moogerfooger Ring Mod."

Mutable Instruments Braids + Rings Ambient Beats

Published on Apr 12, 2017 Alasdair Skivington

"A quick jam on the modular with my new acquisition Braids. BSP is triggering a drum rack on Ableton and I'm playing a VST out of shot."

Roland TB-303 (Box+Cover+Batteries)

via this auction

Cool shots of the inside.

"The original box is included as well as the original batteries. Do not fret, they have not been in the unit for a very long time!

No battery damage. No double triggers (Ever, I mean it) No weird explosions of any kind. Hopefully the picture of the battery compartment label convinces you of this. I even took the 303 apart in an attempt to get into all of the nooks and crannies.

This unit sounds great as you can imagine. I hardly used this unit. All of the knobs are still new and stiff feeling. Even the cutoff knob. You are going to have to play this one a while to loosen the pots.

The only real blemish is on the narrow back side where the silver paint wore off a bit from keeping it in the case. Oh the irony!"

Vintage Roland Juno 106 Synth with original Roland case

via this auction

Liquid Clear | Ambient Eurorack Composition

Published on Apr 12, 2017 Chris Otchy

"An avalanche of tones - keyed up, trigged by j.friends, smeared and juxtaposed with clouds.

Listen to more:"

A closer look at the minijam tek.waves prototype

Published on Apr 12, 2017 Patchblocks

See this post for details on the minijam studio from Patchblocks.

Animoog and Filtatron for iOS Updates

Animoog for iPad
Animoog for iPhone

Two updates for each:

Updated to latest Audiobus 3.0 SDK.

Allow for Apple Music to continue playing when Animoog is in the foreground.

And Filtatron:

Updated to latest Audiobus 3.0 SDK.

New Modules from Doepfer Coming to SUPERBOOTH17

via Doepfer

"On the occasion of Superbooth in Berlin, April 20-22, 2017 we will be showing our new gear at booth 0210. We also celebrate our 25th company anniversary in Berlin.

Some of the new products were already presented as prototypes at NAMM and are now available (e.g. the voltage controller performance mixer series A-135-4). But we also show some new gear in Berlin (e.g. the quad VCO A-111-4, the micro keyboard A-173-1/2, the miniature stereo mixer A-138s and the low cost versions of the monster cases)."

The Sound of Tubes - Thanks to Eric Barbour and Alessandro Cortini

Published on Apr 12, 2017 Wein Glas

"Weinglas live at Xerox Exotique,
Frankfurt/Germany, INM,
April 8th, 2017

All sounds are made with tubes. The only instruments I used here are a Metasonix S-2000 Tube Synthesizer and a Metasonix D-2000 Drum Machine. No overdubs, no edits, just a bit of reverb from a Keith McMillen K-Mix.

Thanks to Eric Barbour ( ) for designing these beasts and to Alessandro Cortini for the inspiration here: [posted here]

And of course thanks to the wonderful guys at Xerox Exotique for having me:"

Moogfest Announces MODULAR MARKETPLACE 2017

"The Modular Marketplace is a free interactive pop-up featuring boutique electronics, experimental effects, and eurorack synthesizers. From instruments that can make any musical sound imaginable to the latest DIY modular synthesizers, the marketplace showcases the future of electronic music and gives attendees the opportunity to meet instrument designers and play, test-drive, and take home the next generation of musical devices.

This year’s instrument manufacturers participants, selected for their cult status or game-changing ambition, will showcase their instruments and offer daily demonstrations, sound experiments, exclusive discounts, and other specials. Many of the entrepreneurs and designers behind these products will be in attendance, and almost all items will be available for purchase.

The Modular Marketplace will take place from 10am - 6pm from May 18-21.

Full list of participants:
EarthQuaker Devices
Universal Audio
Critter and Guitari
Keith McMillen Instruments
Modal Electronics
Voltage & Company
Make Noise
Erogenous Tones
Landscape Tapes
Copper Traces
Control Voltage
STG Soundlabs
Thinking Hz
Bastl Instruments
Steady State Fate
Moon Modular

Memorymoog, PPG Wave 2.2, The Schmidt, TTSH, Modulars

Published on Apr 11, 2017 MrFirechild

"A track called Haunted using Analog and Hybrid Synthesizers including the Memorymoog,PPG Wave 2.2, The Schmid and more. Composed and produced by"

DSP Synthesizers mini-TS PCB Now Available

Available at DSP Synthesizers here.

Moog Model 15 for iOS Update 1.1.1

iTunes: Model 15 - Moog Music Inc.

What's New in Version 1.1.1
• Integrated Audiobus 3 with full support for MIDI routing
• Added three new expansion packs to the store: Alien Systems, Mercurial Strategies and Sinfonietta Sintesi
• Added support for Allihoopa to the Recorder export feature (select through the SETTINGS -> SHARE panel)
• Added support for sending MIDI pitchbend and mod wheel with the appropriate controller wheels
• Fix for user preferences not being restored correctly when launched through Audiobus
• Added Restore Purchases functionality to the store
• Properly disable metal rendering of controllers when app goes to background
• Improved background audio compatibility with other apps
• Improvements to the recorder
• Updated AudioCopy SDK to v3.4

Details on the SEQ MIDI Step Sequencer by Polyend

Published on Apr 12, 2017 Polyend

"Equipped with a wide array of Ins and Outs, allowing you to communicate freely with other devices of every era and genre. You can also feed tracks with MIDI notes using your favorite MIDI controller."

We saw it at NAMM, here are the details and price.

SEQ Polyphonic step sequencer

A journey of a thousand tunes begins with a single step.
The idea behind SEQ was to craft the ultimate hardware step sequencer. 32 steps, 8 polyphonic tracks, 256 pattern storage - all enclosed within the highest quality aluminum and wooden housing.
Most of the functions are available directly from the front panel and all its features give the quickest and most natural way to bring ideas to light. And, when user got them together, rest assured they wonʼt get lost thanks to the autosave function.
Main features
• 8 tracks with 32 steps each
• 256 pattern memory
• Live sequence recording with external device via MIDI
• Step parameters: Note, Velocity, Length, Modulation, Roll
• Independent track play modes: Normal, Reversed, Pingpong, Random, Polymetric, Polyrhythmic • Track parameters: Length, Velocity, Scale, MIDI Channel, MIDI Out
• All parameter changes are automatically saved

• MIDI In to either sync clock or input MIDI notes • MIDI Thru
• 2 independent MIDI Outs
• USB for bidirectional MIDI communication
• Footswitch input to control Start, Stop, and Record

Most of the parameters and values can be read from the SEQ interface at a glance. For the rest of them, we provide a bright and sharp screen. Minimalistic, stripped down from any distractions, it brings all the information user needs in any performing conditions meet.

Length: Width: Height: Weight:
23.6 in (60 cm) 5.7 in (14.5 cm) 1.7 in (4.3 cm) 4.6 lbs (2.1 kg)

Whatʼs in the box
• Universal Power Supply • USB Cable

SEQ is available for pre-order. First batch will be shipped in March/April 2017. Price: 999 USD

POLY Polyphonic MIDI to CV converter

We wanted to incorporate direct and seamless connections between SEQ and voltage control universes, which we are quite fond of. POLY is an Eurorack module with implemented configuration reflecting SEQʼs eight channels. It converts the MIDI signal to voltage values managing the Gate, Pitch, Velocity, and Modulation parameters of each step. Through CV outputs, any Eurorack array can be fed with all the musical content you just created using SEQ.
POLY is also available for pre-order.

First batch will be shipped in March/April 2017.

Price: 399 USD

Polyend website / pre-order

Original Waldorf Q Keyboard - Nextel Blue

via this auction

Sequential Circuits Pro One

via this auction

"This is as close to a cosmetically mint Pro One that I have seen. I have owned this synth for 7 years. It came with the J-wire board which is great."

Make Noise Morphagene pt. 2. Recording, Resampling, Splice Manipulation

Published on Apr 12, 2017 MAKEN0ISE

"This video covers recording into new Splices, creating and removing Splice markers and audio.

Logo animation by Sean Curtis Patrick with sound by Walker Farrell."

All parts here.


Published on Apr 12, 2017 once upon a synth

"I'm starting a eurorack modular system! My focus is on create a synth based around samplers and analog filters. In this video I briefly explain my plans, unbox the modules, assemble them into the case and do a very quick audio demo."

Oberheim OB-X (1979 ) + Roland VP-330 (1979) Analog Synthesizer - space music Vangelis

Published on Apr 12, 2017 RetroSound

"(c) 2017 vintage synthesizer demo by RetroSound

all synthesizer sounds: Oberheim OB-X Analog synthesizer (1979)
analog strings and choir sounds: Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus (1979)
recording: multi-tracking without midi
fx: reverb and delay"

Polytimbral. Two Moog Sub 37s and a MOS-LAB Model 15 in concert.

Published on Apr 12, 2017 Resonant Anvil

"The lower Sub 37 is running a 64-step, two-note sequence (and driving the Model 15 through a MIDI-CV converter) - the audio output from this Sub 37 is sent to the reverb box.The upper Sub 37 is following on Midi Thru from the converter. Its audio output is sent to the Model 15 mixer and the total output from the Model 15 sent to the other port of the reverb box. The Model 15 provides the accordion-like sound. That accordion effect was helped by lightly detuning Oscillator 2."

Voyager Meets The Big Trees

Published on Apr 12, 2017 Eric Beam

"The @AudioKitchen TBT just arrived, time to see what it can do with the Voyager. So of course, that means an impromptu nonsensical floating hands video!"

Moog Voyager + Analog Heat

Published on Apr 12, 2017 Eric Beam

"More synth/processing demo wankery"

Moog Sub Phatty & Strymon Big Sky

Published on Apr 12, 2017 3rdStoreyChemist

"Sub Phatty synthesiser through the Big Sky reverb. The Big Sky has been placed on an aux send.

No further processing except normalisation."

Nord Lead A1R Performance Synthesizer Rack

via this auction

Roland System 8 Track Demo - Custom Patches.

Published on Apr 12, 2017 JMPSynth

"Quick track demo of some custom patches from the System 8 engine."


Published on Apr 12, 2017 LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

"Number 1 of the minute sessions. using an ARTURIA BEATSTEP PRO, and an ELECTRO HARMONIX 45000. and DIY modular synth."


Published on Apr 12, 2017 Ebotronix



Published on Apr 12, 2017 Lone Runner

On a Roland JX-3P.

Hi-Pi TBX-1 Tuning Box - Microtonal Keyboard Converter

via this auction

"This allows you to convert a keyboard/synth's scale to anything that you like. You can create your own scales/tunings or choose from thousands of Scala files online. You can play, for example, ancient Greek scales on your synth or experimental tunings like those used by Harry Partch."

I believe this is the first post to feature the TBX-1. Hi-Pi is known for their Tonal Plexus microtonal keyboards. See the Hi-Pi label below for more.

BIAS BS-1 Drum Percussion Vintage Synthesizer

via this auction

"It is a model about 30 years ago.
When attached to the rim of Snare · Tam etc., it will sound by the internal vibration sensor.
It drives with 9V battery."

Kurzweil KMS 250 SN 33101330

via this auction

"Vintage Kurzweil model KMS 250 C Keyboard / Synthesizer System / Electric Piano. Per the serial number I believe this unit is from 1988. These keyboards were developed with input from Stevie Wonder. Not pictured (yet) is the original foot pedal. All works great save for few keys on the far right side of the keyboard."

Roland Juno 106S

via this auction

"The classic Roland Juno 106 analogue synth, but in its 106S form. Everything you expect of a 106, one of the most famous and sought after 1980’s analogue synths, with the added benefit of built in monitor speakers. In clean and tidy condition, it has just undergone a refurbishment and service."

Critter and Guitari Septavox w/ Custom Paint Job

via this auction

"Brilliant synth organ unit, it was yellow when I got it so I have roughed it/punked it up a bit, also labelled some of the functions of the unit, so it is definitely unique! Sounds great come boxed without power but easy to get a hold of one"

Waldorf NW1 Wavetable

via this auction

Excellent Synthesizer Roland U-220 Inside View and Sound Example

Published on Apr 11, 2017 soundadapter

Roland U-220 RS-PCM multi-timbral sound module
Music: Frank Michael Lischka
Camera: Panasonic HC-X929

PATCHPOINT Everything (Live Studioversion)

PATCHPOINT Everything (Live Studioversion) from Bernhard Schweitzer on Vimeo.

"Ein typischer Berliner Schule Track gesteuert durch Sequenzer und Midifiles die aus der DAW kommen, Live editiert und arrangiert."

Univox U3R Spring Verb

Published on Apr 12, 2017 Eric Beam

via this auction

"Univox U3R Spring Reverb. Great spring sound. Two inputs with level control."

Prophet 600 & Clavia Nord Wave

Published on Apr 12, 2017 Vintage Sounds

"All sounds made with Prophet 600, the pad phasing strings with Clavia Nord Wave"

This one went up briefly yesterday but was pulled due to some audio glitches.

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