MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trident mkII chill

Published on Jun 22, 2017 SynthMania

"Korg Trident mkII chill housey tune."

State Variable Spring Reverb Demo

Published on Jun 22, 2017 djthomaswhite

"This is a demo of my SVR-101 State Variable Spring Reverb. It is a combination of the Paia Hot Springs Reverb, Crag Anderton (EPFM) Super Tone Control analog filter and a simple DC Mixer from Catgirl Synth (CGS). It is a mono effects device that can be used as:

- Spring Reverb alone
- State Variable Filter alone
- Or combinations of both with the filter being switchable to the main output or the reverb output only, allowing you to EQ and shape the tone of the reverb that is mixed with the dry signal at the output.

I've had these projects since the late 90's but never really used them. I decided to take my knowledge of building DIY projects from the last 20 years to remix the boards into something I would use today. I hope you enjoy the concept and maybe some of the sounds. I am really pleased with the outcome of this enDIYvor."

Overview of the Roland SE-02 Analog Synthesizer

Published on Jun 22, 2017 RolandChannel

"This video is an overview of the Roland SE-02 Analog Synthesizer - designed in collaboration with Studio Electronics - as part of the Roland Boutique Designer Series.

The SE-02 Analog Synthesizer features three types of cross modulation (XMOD), a ripping filter feedback loop, a tempo-syncing LFO with nine waveforms, envelope sweeping and inverting, oscillator sync, a noise generator, and a tempo-syncing delay.

The SE-02 comes with a performance sequencer and 500+ expertly crafted preset patches so you can start making inspiring music now.

We recommend the use of high-quality headphones or studio monitors for the best listening experience."

Sequential Circuits Split-Eight

via this auction

This appears to be Rik Marston's Split-Eight featured in the recent videos here.

Movie on 23 06 2017 at 01 35

Published on Jun 22, 2017 wouter van dam

Digitakts Amazon, Reverb, eBay.

Analog Sympathizer (As opposed to terrorist synthesizer!)

Published on Jun 22, 2017 Lee Perry

"Reasons to love Analog...part 3.

Just a nice little improv session in the studio to blow away the cobwebs!"

Moog Sub 37, Roland SH-7, x0xb0x.

Rare Notron Midi Step Sequencer Mark 2

via this auction

Note that's a reflection and not discoloration. You can see the shadow of the person taking the picture.

If you are not familiar with these. Check out the Notron label below.

Access Virus C Indigo 2 - 37 Key Synthesizer Keyboard with Custom Flight Case

via this auction

"Access Indigo II, this is the same engine as the Access Virus C in a 37 key roadster format. Its in great condition, just a few marks in the paint. Comes with a really great heavy duty hard shell custom flight case, and the power cable. 16 parts multi-timbral means you can have this one synth play 16 different parts, its amazing in the studio.

These Indigo 2's have aftertouch, and great semi-weighted Fatar keybed. Its been updated to the newest firmware, and has the expanded memory for 1024 preset banks."

Quasimidi Rave-O-Lution 309 Synthesizer Drum Machine Sequencer SN 44485

via this auction

Original Atomosynth Mochika

Published on Jun 22, 2017 chameleoned

"A short demo showing sound capabilities of the original Mochika synth/sequencer."

via this auction

"The original Atomosynth Mochika. I bought it 10 years ago, maybe longer. Can be used as a single drone generator (leave switch on step 1 triggerd up and use "stop" ) or use as a 8 step sequencer that can also sync to midi. Please note this has great sound design potential, but will not respond to midi keyboards - only tempo comands from midi clock. Single VCO, 2 wave forms, 1 LPF, 1 LFO with 2 wave forms, noise generator and Tune. Very beefy and analog sounding. I replaced a toggle switch on one of the steps a few years ago, but otherwise have had no problems with it..."

Doepfer Dark Energy Mk1 Analog Synth and Dark Time Sequencer w/ Custom Ends

via this auction

"Doepfer Dark Energy Mk1 semi modular synthesizer and joint Doepfer Dark Time Sequencer with custom ends.

Condition is immaculate. Only ever used in smoke free home studio. Selling due to lack of use.

Sale includes:

- Doepfer Dark Energy Mk1 Synthesizer
- Doepfer Dark Time Sequencer (Red)
- Custom ends (+original ends)
- Power supply cables x 2
- Assorted patch cables"

Ants! synthesizer from Plankton Electronics -- initial noodlings

Published on Jun 22, 2017 Nice and Synths

"This is Ants! the new (at the time I type this - 2017.06.22) synthesizer from Plankton Electronics."

Continuum, CVC, Dark Energy and Z-DSP

Published on Jun 18, 2017 Christophe Duquesne

"Coming back from the Continuucon with a CVC, I plugged it to my Dark Energy (Doepfer) and Z-DSP (Tiptop audio with Valhalla DSP Cartridge). The Continuum is controlling 6 CV from the CVC to drive them. The Continuum is really bringing the Dark Energy to life !"

Audio Damage Releases Grind Distortion for iOS

iTunes: Grind Distortion - Audio Damage, Inc.

"A true powerhouse of audio warfare, Grind puts the "damage" in Audio Damage. From subtle tube-style saturation to full-on mangled wavetable distortion, Grind is a Swiss Army Knife of sound design. This effect consists of three main blocks: wavetable lookup, in to algorithmic saturation/distortion/, and finally to a multi-mode filter with eleven different topologies, from your favorite four-pole lowpass ladder filter, to the 18dB screaming acid, to more subtle toolbox filters like notch. Driving it all is a tempo-synced LFO for rhythmic filtering and grinding.

Grind is code-identical to our VST/AU/AAX version, and can even load its presets. Take your favorite destruction plug on the road with you in this AudioUnits v3 version. Also includes a stand-alone app.


> Input gain and gate

> Wavetable lookup distortion module with LFO modulation over 15 wavetables, and control over window size and phase. This replaces the input sample with one chosen from the selected wavetable based on input level.

> Algorithmic distortion module. Apply one of eleven different distortion/saturation algorithms to the signal, for everything from subtle tube-style harmonic saturation to full sine driver craziness.

> Multi-mode filter with eleven different topologies, from popular vintage synth filters to studio carving tools. The filter frequency is an LFO modulation target, making this worth the price of admission for the filter alone.

> Tempo-synced LFO. In an AUv3 host, Grind's LFO automatically syncs to your host, and can provide rhythmic interest to virtually any track. Mod the filter, for timbral interest, or mod the wavetable, for the full Grind destructo-effect!

> A mix control rounds out this easy-to-use, yet deceptively intense effect. Add a little or add it all, Grind is a multi-effect that will bring any sound to life."

Martin Dubka Rig at Cymru Beats 17

Published on Jun 22, 2017 sonicstate

"Martin Dubka is a talented producer and modular artist. just after the soundcheck at Cymru Beats, we talked to him about his small but functional rig. His approach is to improvise using the MFB sequencer and the newly purchased Arturia Keystep."


Martin Dubka Live From Cymru Beats

Published on Jun 26, 2017 sonicstate

"Martin Dubka live from Cymru beats 16 - minimal electronic beats.
Sorry about the bass shake - it was loud!"

Yamaha CS80 - electric piano & clavi-chord 2 - #1

Published on Jun 22, 2017 noddyspuncture

"Using the Electric Piano & Clavi-Chord 2 presets here. A tune I came up with loosely based around some 'Gospel' type chord progression..."


Sequential Circuits Pro One + Kenton MIDI

via this auction

Vintage Yamaha CS-50 Synthesizer Keyboard Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Good price on this one if you can fix the keys, and assuming nothing else is wrong with it. Via the seller: "I had this synth for many years. It's been sitting for the past 15 years. It was working fine then but now for some reason, none of the "E" keys are working. I have no idea why. The sounds are working. The levers are working. There are no missing knobs or broken keys. I have the top cover and the music holder. I do not have the legs. I'm really going to miss this synth. It's one of my many children. I just have too many bills to pay and I can't keep everything."

1980 Vintage Roland Jupiter 4 Analog Synthesizer SN 993469 w/ Hard Case

via this auction

"1980 Vintage Roland Jupiter 4 Analog Synthesizer JP-4 MINT CONDITION BEST w/case

Up for sale is a gem of gems....the finest Jupiter 4 I've ever seen, and probably the nicest to hit eBay for sale yet. Its in basically mint condition (a barely visible in pics 1 mm scuff on back metal side)....absolutely stunning, and in perfect working order with the original manual and hard case. A tremendous find, one of THE major classic synths.

Original sale price was $2895 in 1980, adjusted for inflation today gets us to $8432 USD, so believe it or not, but you're actually getting a discount on a 37 year old classic synth (inflation adjusted) and its in mint shape with the extras."

Limaflo Chicago Bass mk1

via this auction

"Chicago Mk1 - Limited Edition (only 30 made - SN 16/30).

Deep Lounge sinewaves, classic House bass, through to dirty Techno riffs. The Chicago Boutique RIFF & BASS Analogue Synthesizer is designed with basic or limited features, yet a useful sound portfolio, made possible by the 5 OSCs (four variable phase and width pulse oscillators, in addition to the Sub), Square and Saw oscillators, all shaped by a wide bandwidth 4 pole Sallen & Key low-pass analogue filter.

The Limited Edition Chicago Boutique Monophonic RIFF & BASS Analogue Synthesizer began with a new approach to the filter and oscillator design, resulting in sounds that work perfectly 'in the mix', with deep solid lows and rich percussive highs (when you need it). Pulse nuance controls allows you to get the sound just right through very subtle harmonic variations. It is not for nothing called Chicago Bass as it does that classic sound very well indeed.


5 Oscillators:
4 x independent Pulse waves with variable phase (automatic or manual) and pulse-width control.
1 x Square or Saw and Sub oscillator - all with accurate stable tuning (at any temperature). The Saw oscillator circuit uses discrete components for a perfect and pure Saw waveform.
Analogue signal path from the oscillators to the output.
​6 Chanel mixer with 2 x pulse inverting controls.
Voltage/digital controlled ADSR amplifier.
Sallen & Key 24dB/Octave Low pass filter with variable Q control.
Voltage/digital controlled APDS filter envelope with selectable decay character. (Attack, Peak, Decay and Sustain).
'Drop to Sine' filter switch.
Control: MIDI IN and MIDI THRU (5-pin DIN). MIDI Channel selection 1 to 16.
Tune (positive) to 60 cents, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th or Perfect 5th.
Keyboard mode - filter trigger on every note or no filter trigger on overlapped notes (emulates classic analogue mono-synths).
1 Watt power consumption.
9 VDC Supply (power supply not included). Any polarity. Connector Size 2.1mm x 5.5 mm barrel plug. Typical model for universal use: Farnell/Element 14 Part Number: 2524429
19" (483 mm) x 3U (132 mm) x 40 mm depth.​
Metal construction.
6 mm mono audio out jack.
Made in the UK.

Manual: [pdf link]
Please note that the power supply is not included."

Roland D-50 w/ Original Box

via this auction

Roland JD-800 Digital Synthesizer "90s Flashback"

Published on Jun 22, 2017 RetroSound

"(c) 2017 vintage synthesizer demo track by RetroSound

synthesizer sounds: Roland JD-800 Digital Synthesizer from the year 1991, arpeggiated with the Korg microX
drums: KORG microX"

Equator Player: Bring your BLOCKS into your studio

Published on Jun 22, 2017 ROLI

"Bring BLOCKS into your studio — or anywhere you make music with a desktop or laptop computer. Equator Player is a desktop sound player with over 200 sounds and select macro controls. Richly textured, high-resolution sounds come straight from Equator, ROLI’s synthesis and sound engine."

Seaboard Block on Amazon, Reverb, eBay.

Kilpatrick Audio Phenol // Patch 034 - Broken Dreams

Published on Jun 22, 2017 DiscoverNoise

"DiscoverNoise 098-
Kilpatrick Audio Phenol 035-

This patch and sequence is made trying to recreate the TTSH 002 patch. Did the videos back to back and thought it would be fun to try to get the same patch running on the Phenol. Well it more is less worked :D Was fun though.


Roland Releases the D-50 Linear Synthesizer on Roland Cloud

Roland Cloud is a subscription based service. For $19.95 a month you get access to their online catalog.

via Roland:

"Released thirty years ago in 1987, the Roland D-50 Linear Arithmetic (LA) Synthesizer is easily one of the most influential keyboards ever made. The D-50 helped to define the sound of the late 80’s with its instantly recognizable mix of sampled attacks and synthesized sustaining waveforms (that’s LA!) plus chorus, reverb, and EQ. It’s the basis of classic tracks in a wide range of genres including Synth Pop, New Wave, New Jack and R&B, plus countless film scores.

With the new Roland D-50 DCB Software Synthesizer, Roland Cloud subscribers can have the iconic sound of LA in a powerful plugin, which perfectly recreates this legendary synth down to the subtlest of nuances!

Perfect recreation of D-50 from the company that made the original
Digital Circuit Behavior (DCB) faithfully captures every detail
Authentic user interface with all original controls and parameters (including those found on the sought-after Roland PG-1000 hardware programmer!)
All the original presets plus fresh new sounds
32-bit and 64-bit VST2, VST3 and AU support
Simple installation and updates via Roland Cloud Manager

Vintage Digital

When most people think of vintage synthesizers, they think of analog beasts with lots of knobs and sliders. The 80’s ushered in something new: sleek keyboards with digital engines that brought musicians and producers a totally new palette of sounds not previously possible with analog.

As Roland’s first all-digital performance synthesizer keyboard, the D-50 took the world by storm with its unique mix of sampled attack transients and synthesized waveforms combined with built-in digital effects and… a joystick!

Name a famous track from the late 80s to early 90s and there’s a good chance it was built around one or more Roland D-50 sounds. Unabashedly digital, the D-50 has taken its rightful place in the hallowed halls of classic vintage synthesizers. Its sound is unique and beautiful, and it brings a certain “something” to your tracks that you just can’t get anywhere else.

Samples Meet Synthesis

So, what exactly made this synth so attention-grabbing? The Roland D-50 used an innovative mixture of short, sampled “attack transient” waveforms blended with digitally-synthesized sustaining sounds. This technique, which Roland dubbed “LA Synthesis” offered the realism of expensive (at that time) digital samplers, the expressiveness of a synth, and the polish of a high-end studio thanks to onboard digital effects – it's no wonder the D-50 became one of the best-selling professional keyboards in history!

New Wave. New Jack. New Age. And so on…

The 80s were a dynamic period for pop music. Producers were trying new things, looking for new sounds, and new genres were being forged at a furious pace. From 1987 on, the Roland D-50 was massively influential and appeared in studios and on stages around the world. Some of the most influential recording artists in history have used the beautifully crafted presets, unaltered, as the cornerstone of huge international hits. There’s just something about the quality of its sound that grabs you. And with the Roland D-50 in this new DCB software synthesizer format, Roland Cloud subscribers can travel back to the future; back to LA!"

Animator Synth - Free Yamaha CS80 Soft Synth

Free VST - Arminator Synth (Yamaha CS80 synthesizer-emulation)

Published on Jun 12, 2017 vstplanet

via VST Planet

"Krakli Plugs has released Arminator, free VST plugin Yamaha CS80 synthesizer-emulation."

"Demo of my soundbank for a perfect Yamaha CS80 synthesizer-emulation by Ian Webster, called the "Arminator". He created this synth in honour of me and I put all my efforts intothe making of a remarkable soundbank - as a tribute to VANGELIS, the famous electronic pioneer, who used the CS80 as his main synth."

A Kraftwerkian Wedding, Complete with Synth Cake

via the Tampa Bay Times where you'll find more pics and the write-up. No mention of the synth case or synths though.

"David Sanborn reads his vows to Jennifer Huber during their Kraftwerk themed wedding on Wednesday January 4, 2016 at Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe in Seminole Heights. Kraftwerk is a German electronic music band that was formed in 1970 in Dusseldorf. MONICA HERNDON | Times"

How cool is that?!

As you can see below, the synth cake was a white ARP Oddyssey.

P.S., there have only been two previous synth related wedding posts. Unfortunately the video for one is missing.

Flailing Wildly On a Table Full of Synthesizer (Part 2)

Published on Jun 22, 2017 Red Means Recording

"Someone wise once told me all you would need to play a live set was a DrumBrute and a distortion unit. I thought I would put that to the test.
Live jam on 2 Meeblips and an Arturia DrumBute.
Novation Launchpad used for triggers clips and effects.
OP-1 used as MIDI controller for the Meeblips.
Ableton for recording and FX."

Part 1 here.

Impressions from Happy Knobbing 2017 with a new Darshonaut track

Published on Jun 22, 2017 darshonaut

"I recorded a little improvised track on Friday evening at this year's Happy Knobbing and added some video footage to it.
Greetings to all other attendees !"

Korg Radias - 28 free custom patches

Published on Jun 22, 2017 Marcus Padrini

"Some of my favorite patches created with the Korg Radias synthesizer. Some recreating famous sounds, some original ones. Including leads, bass, pads, strings and sequences.

Download the bank for free:

Upload the sounds to your Radias using the free editor:"

Watch Tinami's customizable MIDI controllers in action at Sónar 2017 - Gear Guide

Published on Jun 22, 2017 FACTmagazine

"Build your own MIDI controller.

Sónar’s 24th Barcelona festival took place last weekend, and on top of a stellar line-up of artists that included Princess Nokia, Anderson .Paak, The Black Madonna and many more, there was lots of exciting music gear on show in its Sónar+D area.

One of our favorite devices came from Tinami, a startup that specializes in building customizable MIDI controllers. These can be individually tailored via its website and be used for controlling synths, effects and more."

Today's Google Doodle Is a Step Sequencer!

This one in via Joel B.

Check it out:

Click the play button when you get there.

Some pics saved here for the archives.  Pretty cool nod to the visual as well:

"Music is not limited to the world of sound.  There exists a music of the visual world."

-Oskar Fischinger, 1951


Published on Jun 22, 2017 LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

"This bike was built for Science Gallery Dublin, where you can actually ride it right now till september!

Its primary goal was to be useable by anyone. The last synth bike was very cryptic, it had more functions but was hard to understand! This is a synth bike for everyone.

Its an analog synth, and a drum machine all built into a groove box on handlebars. It consists of 12 arduinos! The synth is An oscillator going into a frequency central VCF VCA, and also being quantized and octaved by a Frequency central TRANS EUROPA. there is a wav trigger holding all of the drums! and the power supplies are FREQUENCY CENTRAL also. its a proper spaghetti junction!

more info at"

Exploring the Yamaha CS-60

Published on Jun 22, 2017 raycastile

"A walk-through of the Yamaha CS-60, with a lot of improvised noodling along the way. This is my first 'walk-through' video, and probably my last. It's pretty rough and clumsy, but I think the beauty of the synth comes through."

Eurorack Envelope Follower for Ducking and Filter Control

Published on Jun 22, 2017 Carl Mikael's Cabinet of Curiosities

"By using an envelope follower (Mutable Music Things Ears) I'm constructing a organic eurorack patch that plays along with my slide guitar. Ducking, frequency control and filter sweeps in dynamic symbiosis."

Waldorf Pulse Plus (1996) Part 1

Published on Jun 21, 2017 Nacho Marty Meyer

"all sounds were created with Waldorf Pulse Plus, no extra effects or processes were used"

Tom the Decimator

Published on Jun 21, 2017 HardtekStudios

"A simple and fun jam of the Akai Tom Cat thru the Alesis Bitrman for some analog decimated beats!"

Of sculptured ivy

Published on Jun 21, 2017 MIDERA

"Spectralis 2 and Access virus track

Eventide Space and Source Audio Nemesis (helix, low intensity)"

Patch n Tweak

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