MATRIXSYNTH: Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunday, June 04, 2017

SYNTH EVOLUTION - Illustrations of Classic Synthesizers

"SYNTH EVOLUTION is a new business specialising in illustrations of classic synthesizers, from the earliest Moog and Buchla systems of the early 1960s, right up to the introduction of the first analogue modelling synths of the early 1990s.

Every synth manufactured during that time has been covered - from the big names of Moog, Roland and Yamaha to the more esoteric products from RMI, Wersi and Powertran. Between them, all these synthesizers - and more importantly, the musicians who use them, have transformed music of the last 50 years bringing previously undreamt of sounds and styles to musical culture.

The first range of products from SYNTH EVOLUTION are stylish white ceramic mugs emblazoned with illustrations of these mighty instruments. There is a selection to browse from on the website, but any synth from a list of over 270 can be requested!

Note that currently only synthesizers are available - drum machines, samplers and more recent instruments are in the pipeline, as are other products.

Delivery worldwide.


Moog Modular 3C (1967)

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The Moog Modular Synthesizer 3C (1967) was one of Robert Moog's earliest instruments and formed the basis of what was to become the world's largest modular synthesizer 'TONTO'. Created by Malcolm Cecil, 'The Original New Timbral Orchestra’ eventually comprised two Moog Modular 3C's as well as many other modules from other manufacturers.

Arp 2600 (1971)

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The Arp 2600 was created in 1971 by Alan R. Pearlman and has been a classic ever since. Notable users are too numerous to list in full, but include Stevie Wonder, Jean-Michel Jarre, Orbital, Rick Wakeman and Nine Inch Nails. It was also used to create R2D2's bleeps and bloops in Star Wars.

Yamaha CS-80 (1977)

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The polyphonic Yamaha CS-80 is synonymous with the lush chord sound of Vangelos - such as the opening sequence of Bladerunner.

Released in 1977, it's eight note polyphony was a revelation, but it's 90kg weight meant some serious weight training was required to own one.

Con Brio ADS 200 (1980)

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The Con Brio Advanced Digital Synthesizer (ADS) 200 was an extraordinary synthesizer released in 1980 costing over $20,000. Based on additive synthesis, FM, phase modulation and some other esoteric sound generation methods it had 64 note polyphony and 16 oscillators per note.

Quite a beast, and a splendid looking one too - perfect for a retro-futuristic mug of tea!

SYNTH EVOLUTION is the brainchild of Oli Freke, a composer and musician who’s had a lifelong passion for the synthesizer. He has previously supported the Human League on tour, run a dance music label, performed live house and techno in clubs and festivals, performed Brazilian drumming at the world famous Glastonbury festival and composed music for television. Find out more at"

Falling (Drone Techno with Modular, MS-20, MachineDrum)

Published on Jun 4, 2017 Tape Ghost

"Saw Gunnar Haslam destroy the club last night with a blistering live set on his modular and an 808 + SH-101. Felt inspired to sit down today and work through some new ideas on my modular and try to create a drone techno track.

Modules used:
Piston Honda for the drone voice
Loquelic Iteritas for the sonar ping
Mutable instruments Ripples on the Loquelic
WMD SSF Multi mode filter on the drone voice
Intellijel Quadra + Sputnik VCF/VCA LPG for the envelops

MS-20 for the drone voice at the beginning

Elektron Machinedrum for all the drum sounds

Mixer is off screen which is why I keep going off screen. Eventide H9 as a reverb send, Electro-Harmonix Flanger Hoax on send 2 as a distortion."

Synth Jam 51: Microkorg BK, Radias, Nord, Moog Sub 37 and Virus

Published on Jun 4, 2017 Marcus Padrini

"Another synh jam with different synths. Recorded live with Electribe ER-1, Microkorg BK, Korg Radias, Nord Stage 2, Moog Sub 37 and Virus Indigo."

leftover table

Published on Jun 4, 2017 justin3am

"Synth improv. 2 Eurorack modulars and a Make Noise 0-Coast. No human interaction."

Some great timbres in this one. Makes me feel like I'm in an electronic bayou.

Digitakt 001

Published on Jun 4, 2017 verstaerker

"a first test with the Digitakt to build something like a track... using the a MIDI-track to control the AHs Filter and LFO-Speed"

Modular Ambient Performance: "One Last Thing" : Tides, Rings, Elements, Peaks, Veils, ONE

Published on Jun 4, 2017 Mike Thomas

"One Last Thing: Patch Notes
Yet more patching with my smaller, Mutable Instruments-focused case. Wanted to practice a more ambient, simplistic melody approach, but with "movements" or different sections as variations on a theme.

Involved modules
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Kick.S / X1176 (320)

Published on Jun 4, 2017 Kick.S

/// Equipment ////
SE 70
TR Rack
planet earth
Strymon BigSky
Strymon TimeLine

Vintage Roland Jupiter-8 Synthesizer

via this auction

Roland Jupiter 6 - Plucky chords

Published on Jun 4, 2017 Tor Egil Braseth

Xils PolyM Demos

Published on Jun 4, 2017 EmptyVessel

"Some of my factory presets from the Xils PolyM Polymoog emulation"

ContinuuCon Coming to Asheville NC This Week, Starting June 8

You might recall ContinuuCon, the event focused on the Haken Continuum fingerboard and MPE or Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression devices was announced here on MATRIXSYNTH back in October of last year, and again in May of this year. The event begins this Thursday, June 8. Russell Hoffman of Evaton Technologies who will be presenting at this year's event, sent in the schedule which follows. P.S. If you are new to ContinuuCon you can check out posts from previous year's events via the ContinuuCon channel label here.

via Russell Hoffman of Evaton Technologies on this year's ContinuuCon:

"There are lectures and workshops on all things Continuum, and the culminating event is the ContinuuConcert (free to the public).

Located at the UNC Asheville campus in Asheville NC.


All talks and workshops take place in UNCA, Lipinsky Hall, room LH044

Thursday – June 8

5:00-7:00pm – Check-In and Reception at UNCA, Lipinsky Hall (in lobby) – Music by Mark Smart

Friday – June 9

9:30-9:40am – Welcome by ContinuuCon Hosts
9:40-10:30am – Lippold Haken – History of the Continuum and its Forerunners
10:40am-12:00pm – Ed Eagan – EaganMatrix Introduction and Programming

12:00-2:00pm – Lunch Break (see restaurant suggestions below)

2:00-2:30pm – Russell Hoffman – CV Eurorack Interface – Product Introduction and Demo
2:30-3:00pm – Christophe Duquesne – EaganMatrix Effects Design
3:10-4:15pm – Ed Eagan – EaganMatrix Version 8 and Beyond

6:00pm – Dinner and Jams at Sally’s – (Non-ticketed guests $25)

Saturday – June 10

9:30-10:20am – Lippold Haken – Spreading The Word
10:30-11:30am -Ed, Rob, Sally, Benedict – Playing Techniques – (used in the ContinuuConcert)
11:40am-12:00pm – Benedict Slotte – Pitch Shifting Preset

12:00-2:00pm – Lunch Break (see restaurant suggestions below)

2:00-2:50pm – Jesse Chappell – iOS and the Continuum + Controllers and Visualization Prototypes
3:00-3:30pm – Christophe Duquesne – State Space Based Physical Modeling Algorithm
3:40-4:30pm – Closing session – Eagan Matrix, Performing, The Future
4:30-5pm Q&A and discussion

8:00pm ContinuuConcert – UNCA, Lipinsky Hall"

Illusions --- Poly Evolver 8-Voices

Published on Jun 4, 2017 Hitoshi Koizumi

"DSI Poly Evolver Keyboard + Poly Evolver Rack = Evolver 8-Voices
fx: Strymon BigSky, TimeLine"

Kupo - 'Zodiac' // Novation Peak

Published on Jun 4, 2017 Thomas Pottage

"My first time making a full track with the Novation Peak; what a treat! Everything you are hearing, you are seeing. There are 3 tracks of the peak, the 'piano', bass, and lead, with Circuit providing drums. All FX come from the Peak (or Circuit) with a tiny splash of compression in the mixing stage in Logic (gotta love that reverb!).

The title comes from the built in preset 'Zodiac' which is used for the intro/piano sound.

The modulation options on the Peak are amazing, but I like to keep it simple."

Voyager Overload - Fat Moog sound

Published on Jun 4, 2017 Old Beats

Moog: Voyager - Little Phatty - Mother 32
DSI: Evolver - Prophet 08 w/ Boss CE20
Korg Arp Odyssey Module - Yamaha TX81z
Roland: P-330 - Alpha Juno 2 w/ Boss OS2 & Digidelay
Novation Bass Station 2 - Akai VX 90
Drums: Jomox AirBase 99 - Novation Drum Station
FX TC Electronic M350 - Flashback - Lexicon MX 300
Alesis Ampliton & Philtre
Audio directly from Allen & Heath Zed 428 mixer
Sequenced and Synced with Ableton Live
AKAI LPD 8 triggering the midi patterns on Live

Möbius - Mad Max (Goa Jam with Sonic Potions LXR)

Published on Jun 4, 2017 Möbius

"Live Goa Jam with Sonic Potions LXR testing the macro knobs of Brendan Clarke's alternative firmware for live tweaking.
External FX from Lexicon MX200.
Thanks for watching!"

Note the LXR is making the synth sounds as well.  It might be labelled Digital Drum Synth but it does much more.

Eurorack, Roli Rise/Equator, Diva - Accomplice to the Dark

Published on Jun 3, 2017 mark williamson

"Driving the eurorack via Numerology and the FH-1, both of the traditional keyboards are playing instances of Diva"

Hartmann Neuron Synthesizer SN 0420 0294 0601 Unboxing Shots

Some pics in via MATRIXSYNTH reader Dirk who is currently selling it here. This is a brand new Hartmann Neuron.

"The German made Hartmann Neuron was a polyphonic synthesizer that attempted to break new ground using a new form of synthesis and sound-modeling they say was based on technology found in neural networks. What the Neuron actually does is it analyzes audio files (samples) and creates digital computer models of these sounds which can then be re-synthesized and processed using the extensive amount of on-board data-wheels and joysticks with control of more 'musical' sonic aspects such as instrument shape, size and acoustic behavior. The joysticks allow for real-time tweaking of up to three parameters at once - 3D modeling in a true 5.1 surround sound environment.

The Neuron shipped with 200 modeled sounds already in its memory, but using their proprietary software application, ModelMaker (Mac/Win) a user can add their own sampled sounds to be modeled by the Neuron's neural network, and these can be stored in the user memory banks (sounds could be brought into the Neuron via analog, S/PDIF or USB connections). Instead of oscillators, the Neuron uses Resynators, of which it has two. Each resynator holds a single model (you can freely assign any models in memory to each resynator to build your sound). Each resynator has a joystick that lets you adjust the 'scape' and the 'sphere' of the sound. 'Scape' refers to the generation properties of a sound (such as the excitation source in a real instrument), 'sphere' would contain all parameters referring to the properties of the resonating 'instrument' body. The Neuron's Blender function lets you mix the results of the two resynators in a variety of ways, including morphing and crossfading. It even lets you manipulate one resynator using another.

Pantala Labs - Color Control Voltage 2 - first path in Nebula [Vinyl Controlled CV]

Published on Jun 4, 2017 Gibran Curtiss

Update: new video here.

Just finished the prototype , turned it on, made some tests and plugged into synth.
I didnt even got a little practice to get used to its behaviour.
Soon, a bigger video explaining wow it works inside and more paths."

Orkidea - Unity (Roland SH-01 Gaia demo)

Published on Jun 4, 2017 tiergrinder

"All synth sounds from Roland SH-01 Gaia.
Parts recorded live and mostly dry wihout any Gaia's internal FX.
Effects added in Ableton Live. I didn't do much EQ'ing so the recorded parts. From sine wave melodies and sub basses I shaved some of the low end off."

Fire/Mahogany Moog Voyager Select Series Keyboard Synthesizer SN SS0148

via this auction

That is one beautiful looking synth.

Korg MS-20 MKI (IC35 filter) Vintage 1978 Analog Synth

via this auction

"Very good condition for it's age. Some minor chipping of finish under keybed and other small blemishes here and there. Sounds amazing as you can imagine. This is a MKI (indiciated by the lack of a screw in the VCA silkscreen graphics sectiion) which means it has the venerable IC35 filter known for being more aggressive than the later MKII filter (which is more liquidy). As it is 40 years old and hasn't been serviced in over 20, it is sold 100% functional but 'as-is'. I would recommend a recap and calibration at some point in the near-future to ensure another 20 years of trouble free use. The new mini is dope, but the build quality is flimsy by comparison."

Moog Opus 3 Strings, Organ, Brass Synthesizer SN 2503

via this auction

"Moog Opus 3 Analog Synthesizer in excellent working condition. Just serviced and ready to play. Has some scuffs on the wood cabinet as shown in pictures, otherwise very nice."

Arturia Origin Desktop Synthesizer 08351000173

via this auction

Yamaha FS1R FM Formant Synthesizer SN PJ01005

via this auction

"It is almost impossible to describe the sound, flexibility and power of this machine without playing and hearing it. The FS1R is capable of any sound you can imagine.

The FS1R would be not for everyone, but a gem for the one who is seeking something special."

For those with an iPad, I created an 80 page iPad editor covering over 1000 parameters for the FS1R here. Even if you don't own an FS1R it's a good way to see what the synth is capable of.

Roland TB-303 The beast Serial #003 - TB SN 372200

via this auction

Roland JX8P w/ Red Outline Stripes

via this auction

"This is a very gently used keyboard. Everything works. It has touch sensitive keys, a pitch bender, and is programmable! 5 octaves, comes with the stand you see in the photo."

Roland JX-8P Polyphonic Analogue Synth with PG-800

via this auction

"Chasing Wasps" — Eurorack Modular Jam

Published on Jun 4, 2017 Mattias Häggström Gerdt

"Recorded live and one-handed in one take.
No editing, no mixing, light mastering.

I'm too lazy to list modules and stuff today. The rack got pretty messy. :)"

Timepiece : KORG DSN-12

Published on Jun 4, 2017 karenevil

"Experimental video and soundtrack.
Soundtrack was made with KORG DSN-12, directly recorded form Nintendo 3DSLL to ZOOM Q4.
Microscopic video was shot by ZOOM Q3HD with NIKON stereo microscope and DIY camera adapter ( see 7:03 ~ )"

Circuit bent Yamaha

Streamed live 3 hours ago Tristan Musikgear

BIM 12-BIT Delay as well.

improvisation 6

Published on Jun 4, 2017 GIANNIS ARK

"Giannis ARK - ARK Home Studio Cy
Novation Ultranova - Clavia nord lead A1 - Studiologic SLEDGE 2 - Roland GAIA SH-01"

Rephazer Ft. Walter Brown - Mississippi Moan (Quick Akai MPC Live Jam)

Published on Jun 4, 2017 Rephazer

"Hi folks, I just received the Akai MPC Live so had to give it a little spin.. A little jam, couple of usual mistakes and the great Walter Brown on vocals singing his song 'Mississippi Moan' loudly ;)

I am just trying out some general stuff here like muting/unmuting audio/sample sequences, midi sequencing the System-1 and Analog Four , imported some of my Soundfonts (Piano) which I converted in Akai format first, some OP-1 samples and other simple things...

For the little time I had with it up to now I think it's a very potential machine though it could use some updates.. Some things are a bit messy/missing or not working so you can see and feel it's still early days for the Mpc Live.

I do love the midi sequencer side of things which is the main reason I got the Mpc.. It's very nice to have a visual representation of what you play/record and it's tight! I really hope that there will be usb midi out support in the future and think it's strange it's not implemented by default.. The amount of (insert) effects that you can use on audio tracks/samples is insane.. though the quality of the effects is not my cup of tea.. The delay is okay.

I hope to find some more time the next couple of weeks to explore the machine some more and will post another video if so.. Cheers!"

Nord Lead A1 demo sounds | there might be 80s...

Published on Jun 4, 2017 Woody Piano Shack

"Demo of some of highlight sounds from the first bank of performance presets on the Clavia Nord Lead A1 synthesizer. We'll listen to some pads, basses, effects and other killers sounds. Inevitably some 80s references creep into the demos, I just can't stop myself!"

Sunburst: MOS-LAB Model 15 and Strymon Big Sky.

Published on Jun 4, 2017 Resonant Anvil

"Uses the 914 Fixed Filter Bank to fade higher tones in and out manually. 48-step sequence. Some filter control from LFO output of MF-103 Moogerfooger Phaser. All audio from the Model 15. I took the photograph."

Modular Stuff #1 - Xaoc Devices Drezno testing

Published on Jun 4, 2017 ModularStuff

"Testing the brand new Xaoc devices ' Drezno ' with this simple patch. DREZNO is acting as main groove generator, its ADC input is feeded with DPO's final out which also is main bass sound, DAC output is taking care of BASIMILUS morph cv. DREZNO bits out are firing stike inputs, drums sounds and envelopes which are shaping basically the whole sounds, BATUMI provides all the free running LFOs and RENE' gives pitch cv where needed. VERBOS CO square out is the main clock for DREZNO's ADC clock input."

Pssing Acid - Lofi 2-Op FM Acid House on the Yamaha PSS-580 cheap 80's keyboard

Published on Jun 4, 2017 ChrisLody

"Well I've had this idea in my head for a hell of a long time and never got round to having a go at it, make acid on a bit of gear that is in no way designed to do so with no external equipment, the Yamaha PSS-580.

The Yamaha PSS-580 as I've mentioned a few times already in my videos is a bit of a wolf in sheeps clothing. Designed as a home keyboard and looking very toy like this keyboard could be easily overlooked but the facade hides quite a powerful synthesizer.

I had to employ a few tricks using the sequencer and programmable voice banks to get this to work that i might share in a tutorial if anyone is interested and I can find time to do a video where I talk to camera."

Yamaha RX21 Circuit bent HQ Audio

Published on Jun 4, 2017 Audio Tronics

"Yamaha RX21 with a few circuit bend mods,

4 buttons under lcd:
1) mute button for hats, cymbal, and toms
2) mute button for kick, clap and snare
3) glitchy effect button (when self oscillate is engaged only)
4) glitchy effect button

Switch 1 on side = self oscillate/feedback type effect, can be modified with the bass boost/overdrive knob

Switch 2 on side = Distortion on/off

Knob on side = bass boost/overdrive, also modulates the self osc effect"

MFB Tanzbar, Korg MS20 & Alesis Microverb 3

Published on Jun 4, 2017 3rdStoreyChemist

"Jamming with the Tanzbar drum machine and a MS20 synthesiser synced together.
Tanzbar CL/CB Output to MS20 ESP Audio In, ESP Trigger Out to Trigger In.
Microverb has been placed on an aux send.

A small amount of reverb has been used, no further processing except for normalisation."

severence // harmonic clouds patch III (reprise)

Published on Jun 4, 2017 severence

"extended audio recording from the original patch: [here]

// early experiments with the verbos electronics harmonic oscillator and mutable instruments clouds

// patch notes

First person synth jams! EP3: MC-505, Soviet drums, a circuit bender, and an S-1000

Published on Jun 4, 2017 synthead

"Music starts at 8:08!
Download the song here!"

Digitakt – Making a dark beat with choir samples

Published on Jun 4, 2017 BoBeats

"A viewer suggested I should make something with a choir sample. So I made this using one choir sample (+ drums and bass)"

SoundPrism controlling Eurorack modular 3 voice synth using cv.ocd

Published on Jun 4, 2017 chisel316

"Just a short video testing out my new cv.ocd MIDI to CV converter. I created a custom configuration for it that outputs three channels of pitch and gates to the Eurorack modular for using SoundPrism to control the synth. All the sounds you here are coming from the hardware modules. The SoundPrism app is only used as a MIDI controller.

Hope you enjoy it!

Peace \/

1 TONIC A DAY - - - 7 - - - (Teenage Engineering PO-32 Tonic + iPhone Jam)

Published on Jun 4, 2017 Perplex On

"I couldn't help to bring in some ambient stuff today! PO-32 + Poly App + QuantumVJ for glitchy visuals. Enjoy!"

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