MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

An Interview with Barry Schrader Questions 6F: The Barnum Museum & 7 Current State of Synths

The final two questions in my interview with Barry Schrader are now live. Barry discusses what may be his magnum opus, The Barnum Museum, followed by his take on the current state of synthesizers. There are some tie ins to his previous work on Atlantis as well as Louis and Bebe Barron.

"If someone were to ask me what I considered to be my best work, there’s no question in my mind that I would respond that it’s The Barnum Museum. Taken as a whole, this is my longest and most ambitious composition, and one that took me four years to compose. At this time, it remains my last completed work.

The idea for The Barnum Museum came from a short story by one of my favorite living authors, Steven Millhauser. Millhauser is a unique writer, and, so, difficult to classify. He’s been compared to such authors as Calvino and Borges, as well as other writers classified as “magical realists,” but I think he’s in a class by himself. The Barnum Museum is a short story in a collection with the same title. I was fortunate to get permission from Millhauser and his agents to base the work on his story. I was especially lucky that Millhauser agreed to a years-long email correspondence about the work: I would send each movement to him as I finished it and he would comment on the work and my ideas behind it. This was invaluable help in my completing the piece.

P. T. Barnum established two museums in New York City in the nineteenth century. Barnum's American Museum was on the corner of Broadway and Ann Street from January 1, 1842 to July 13, 1865 when it burned to the ground. Barnum built a second museum soon after, but it was also destroyed by fire in 1868. The attractions made the venue a combination of a zoo, museum, lecture hall, wax museum, theatre, and freak show. At its peak, the museum was open fifteen hours a day and had as many as fifteen thousand visitors daily."

Don't miss the full interview question here. You can also go back to the beginning of my interview with Barry Schrader here.

And don't forget, Barry Schrader's Soundtrack to Galaxy of Terror is currently available for Pre-Order.

Rare Working Vintage EML Syn-Key 1500 Analog Synthesizer

Published on Mar 1, 2017 Hailstone Entertainment

This is about as rare as it gets. I believe this is the first Syn-Key 1500 out of well over 155,000 posts on the site. You might remember the Synkey 2001 with punch card reader and blue accents from previous posts. This is the little brother version minus the punchcard reader. To come across one, let alone working, is a rare treat.

via this auction

"Up for auction we have a very rare EML Syn-Key 1500 analog synthesizer. They did no make many of these! The 1500 is the little brother of the 2000 and does not use memory cards. It has some unique features and sounds great. This unit is in working condition, although there is the odd scratchy potentiometer, so it may need a light servicing if you want it to be 100%."

Amstrad CPC - Vocal synthesizer by Techni Musique (1986)

Published on Jul 20, 2017 Stephane Sikora

0:20: "Horloge Parlante"
0:38: Demo + song ("Au Clair de la Lune")
1:38: Phonemes list (saying 'Bonjour' and 'Internet')
1:46: BASIC program showing how to use |speak instruction, numbers are said in french using increasing pitches.

Korg Monologue Moog Freqbox & Moog Delay

Published on Jul 20, 2017 Fuzzo Frizzbeebot

"Nasty Freqbox and Korg Monologue set on nasty stun and then fed into a totally horrified, setting the standard of superior smoothness example, Moog 104M delay = General nasty synth shred head MF 104M disrespect."

Modal Electronics 008 8-Voice Analog Synthesizer with Digital IO Card

via this auction

"Gently used Modal 008 with Digital IO board installed. Original batch with leather end cheeks."

Circuit Mono Station Unboxing & Demo

Published on Jul 20, 2017 HardtekStudios

"The Novation Circuit Mono Station has arrived and I give my first impressions of it and a good demo after a live unboxing!"

MATRIXSYNTH Turned 12 Today!

Yep, we are almost a teenager. I'm going to keep this post super short compared to previous years, where I went into a long diatribe about what this site is about. I'm guessing if you are here, you already know. If not, be sure to come back often, and stick around for a bit. :)

I do want to thank ALL of you, the readers and contributors of the site. It's an incredibly flattering and humbling experience to realize how many people take time out of their busy schedules to both visit, and contribute to the site on a daily basis. I hope this site, and what goes up, makes your day just a little bit better. I want to thank the people that create the content that gets featured on the site - all the makers and users of the gear we love. We sometimes take things for granted, but honestly, it's only been 12 years since we have been able to see and share so much in our world of synths. This site started at the birth of media sharing sites like YouTube, and before SoundCloud. The purpose of this site is to showcase our world. Be sure to support others when you can. I hope this site does.

Finally, I want to thank all of the sponsors you see on the site, and of course all of the supporting members of MATRIXSYNTH. Without your support this site simply would not be possible. Thank you so much!

P.S. We are at well over 150,000 posts and counting! :)

Indigo spirit (deep ambient with Digitakt + Virus indigo)

Published on Jul 20, 2017 dakitanmonkey

"My virus is just used as a master keyboard"


Published on Jul 14, 2017 Greg Goebel

Greg Goebel, keyboards, production, composition
Damian Erskine, bass
Reinhardt Melz, drums

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet REV2, MoPho, & Nord Piano

Audulus Tutorial Livestream - Modular Synthesis 101 pt 1

Started streaming 51 minutes ago

"This livestream will be about the fundamentals of modular synthesis. It will be a great place to learn for total beginners, but also a good resource for those who are new to Audulus or want to understand more about how it works."

Audulus for: iOS | Mac | Windows/Linux

8 SLOO Presets

Published on Jul 20, 2017 Tim Exile

"Create mesmerising sounds with SLOO - Shed Loads Of Oscillators - softsynth developed by Tim Exile"

See this post for details on SLOO.

Spectral Audio ProTone Rack Synth SN 960400 w/ Original Box

via this auction

PolyFusion 2046 Envelope Generator Vintage Synthesizer Module SN 7612

via this auction

v1.3.1 OS Update for The John Bowen Synth Design Solaris Synthesizer

via John Bowen Synth Design

"I am really excited to announce our first major OS "feature upgrade" for the Solaris synthesizer in quite a while - v1.3.1!

There's a number of new features and changes added with v1.3.1 OS:

1) Joystick position is now stored in the preset.
2) Assign buttons and Unison Chord stack now stored with the Preset.
3) A Random Tune parameter both in a preset and at the global level. This works per voice, and only affects the whole voice’s tuning.
4) Preset names and categories of the current bank are now loaded into a memory cache, making selection and viewing of them faster.
5) New MIDI Realtime on/off in the global MIDI page to send/receive Start/Stop commands.
6) Ribbon now outputs MIDI controller on CC18 & CC19.
7) Solaris remembers the last presets selected when you turn it off, so it will resume where you were.
8) Global override parameters added for Sustain and Expression Pedals.
9) Changed the Mod Source listing of Ped1 and Ped2 to "ExpPed and "SusPed" to make it more clear.
10) The ribbon Offset parameter now works differently. It adjusts the "neutral" point from the left end to the right end of the ribbon.
11) FX Bypass now does not alter the on/off state of the Preset’s effects parameters, but truly bypasses the FX bus, and stays bypassed when selecting through presets or using the Compare feature.
12) All remaining system bugs fixed. These include numerous display-related issues (parameters not being refreshed, wrong pages appearing where they shouldn’t, etc..)

This new OS works with both detented and non-detented encoder front panels. If you are a Solaris owner, this is a 'must have' update! You can download v1.3.1 from the Data Files section of the Solaris Forum (for Owners only).

More general information available at If you have not yet registered your Solaris in the Forum, please send a request to"

Moog Emerson Modular Synthesizer System Review

Published on Jul 20, 2017 SweetwaterSound

"Daniel Fisher, Sweetwater’s maven of modular madness, gives a quick run-through of the Emerson Moog Modular synthesizer. Sweetwater is proud to be chosen to sell the final unit (third of three) that Moog Music will build of this historic synthesizer.

Because it was built using only ’60s-era technology and techniques, the Emerson Moog Modular doesn’t ring out with crystal-clear digital perfection. Subtle distortions and noise of every kind assault every note, and that is the secret of the clone’s success."

Novation // Lejon X Circuit - Eyes Wide Shut

Published on Jul 20, 2017 NovationTV

"In this video, Lejon use Circuit amongst other hardware to programme bass lines and midi sync to control a Korg EX-800.

Lejon - Eyes Wide Shut
Listen or download:"

Novation // Lejon X Circuit - Performance

Published on Jul 20, 2017 NovationTV

"In this performance video, Lejon use Circuit with their own sample content via Components.

For more information on Lejon, listen or download:"

Novation PEAK - Custom Patches 26 to 50 -

Published on Jul 20, 2017 GEOSynths

"Some further patches from me, digging a little deeper...might not be as musical, but interesting tones."

Patches 1-25 here.

DSP Synthesizers CZ1 Phase Distortion Oscillator & 808 Drums Now Open Source

Full details at DSP Synthesizers.

"The 3HP Paperface Euro Modules

If anyone remembers my dsp-Host with a 8-pin DIP socket on the panel the Paperface DSP works in the same way. You make your own modules.

It is built on the ATtiny85 but uses the TinyAudioBootloader.

The name 'Paperface' comes from the classic Serge look with white panels.

The TinyAudioBootloader makes it possible to upload new firmware through the audio out port without a programmer just replaying a wavefile at startup.

The module has 3 Analog CV jacks, 2 with attenuators and an audio out jack."

Loop | Suzanne Ciani live

Published on Jul 20, 2017 Ableton

"A veteran master of the synthesizer puts her Buchla system through its paces in front of a live Loop summit audience.

Register for Loop 2017 tickets here:

See more from Loop:"

On the event:

"Who is Loop for?

Loop is for music makers: artists, technologists, educators, and creative thinkers of all kinds. It is a gathering of individuals interested in not just observing, but also in participating and joining the conversation around music, technology and creativity.

We believe a healthy music making community is one with a diversity of voices and perspectives. We embrace diversity of gender, genre, age and cultural identity.

We want everyone at Loop to feel safe and welcome at all times. You can read our Code of Conduct, but the short version is: treat everyone with respect."

HYDRA: 6 Bandpass Delays

HYDRA: 6 Bandpass Delays from Station 252 on Vimeo.

"Testing the new HYDRA card for Tiptop Audio Z-DSP. Playing with the second algorithm: 6 Bandpass Delays.

Synth Voice: ONE playing DOTS sound > Z2040 (AM by Z4000, FM by a second Z4000)

Sending ONE into 6 Bandpass Delays on Z-DSP via aux sends on the Mackie mixer.

Kick Drum: TTA BD808

BD signal is sent (via aux send on the Mackie mixer) to Chronoblob (TTA Z2040 in the feedback loop, WMD HiPass filter on the output). Chronoblob is sent (via aux send on the Mackie mixer) to a second Z-DSP running Halls Of Valhalla Asgard.

Hats: a mix of TTA HH808 and a DOTS sound fom TTA ONE run through Roland Demora, mix modulated by TTA Trigger Riot

Sequenced with Tiptop Audio Circadian Rhythms, Trigger Riot and Z8000"

modular shades #11 | feat. cotk model 15 & orthogonal devices er-301

Published on Jul 20, 2017 Elinch

"cotk model 15 (main sequence) / oto bam
orthogonal devices er-301 (4 sample player (drums) / 2 grain units (background sounds))
intellijel dixie 2+ (second sequence)/ intellijel quadra / vcl vcf 74 / make noise optomix / zvex instant lo-fi junky / 4md dld
dreadbox theta noise (hihats) / dreadbox lamda / intellijel quadra / intellijel uvca / schulte cpmpct phasing a / 4md dld
dreadbox omikron (effects)/ controled by disting mk4 (ring modulator) / dreadbox lamda / intellijel uvca / 4md dld
dreadbox gamma (pad) / 4md dld

sequenced by arturia beat step pro / yarns. recorded live with tascam dr 100 (The internal limiter intervenes a bit ,-). for the best listening experience listen to the video with headphones or good speakers."

Mystic Circuits - Introducing 0HP Modular

Published on Jul 18, 2017

"More details coming in a few days. Go to and sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know.

Thank you to Ben Boncan for the epic sound effect"

0HP Logic Infomercial

Published on Jul 20, 2017 Mystic Circuits

"Mystic Circuits is proud to present 0HP modular, a new line of passive, DIY friendly modules. Our first two offerings are logic gates that can also be used to process CV. Go to our website for more details.


Carlurs: For helping me make this video and for being a high quality human bean.

Gayle: for letting us use your bathroom, this video wouldn't be possible without you.

Gabe: For giving me this awesome idea

Baseck: for being a soldering machine and also very pleasant to work with."

KORG TRITON EXTREME + Roland Jupiter-8 JP6 MKS80 106 Samples Reverb SYNC Rik Marston

Published on Jul 20, 2017 SynthgodXXX

"KORG TRITON EXTREME + Roland Jupiter-8 JP6 MKS80 106
Samples from "Reverb SYNC Roland Synth Collection Sample Pack"
Synthesizer / Sampler Demo by Rik Marston **100% No Talking!!**
**Watch in HD!!** **Turn it UP!!**

All samples demoed here are available NOW at:

Here is the budget-friendly Reverb SYNC Roland Synth
Collection Sample Pack IN ACTION! Roland JUPITER-8,
JUPITER-6, MKS-80 & JUNO-106 samples were loaded
They were then converted into
CUSTOM PROGRAMS (PCGs) for performance & for pleasure!!
So easy to do!
These all are STRINGS, PADS & SWEEPS. My favorite to demo!!
So fun & SO THICK sounding on the TRITON EXTREME!!
Remember these sample .WAV's can be LOADED INTO ANY DEVICE
that can READ .WAV files!! (DAWs, Samplers,
Grooveboxes, Synths, Drum Machines, Music Workstations, Apps...)
And it's CHEAP!!!!! Save money & SOUND GREAT!!!!
All Samples demoed here are MONO. After converting these samples
into a PROGRAM, only Stereo Compressor & Reverb Hall were used.
Some Layered PROGRAMS have other multi effects added for more dimension.
I will do a separate video on how to make a GREAT MULTISAMPLE & PCG later
on if you guys are interested!!
That would be fun to do!! Let me know!!!

BTW I designed these collections with 30+ years experience.
You will dig these collections for sure!!! :)

Thank you for watching!!!"

Syntronik™ - the legendary synth powerhouse for Mac/PC is now shipping

Announced back in May, Syntronik™ is now available.

The official press release follows:

"Syntronik™ - the legendary synth powerhouse for Mac/PC is now shipping

Cutting-edge virtual instrument delivers iconic synthesizers and string machines with unique synthesis engine and stunning sound quality, available as a collection or separate instruments

July 20, 2017 - IK Multimedia is proud to announce that Syntronik™, the legendary synth powerhouse for Mac® and PC, is now shipping worldwide.

Syntronik offers the definitive and best-sounding collection of vintage synthesizers in a virtual instrument to date. It provides unsurpassed quality and flexibility thanks to an entirely new combination of the most advanced sampling techniques with a unique hybrid sample and modeling synthesis engine, a large assortment of high-quality modeled effects and innovative instrument features.

Syntronik - a dream collection of synths
Syntronik includes a collection of 17 amazing instruments with over 2,000 soundscovering a wide selection from 38 of the most iconic to ultra-rare vintage synthesizers of all time:

Waldorf Eurorack Modules

Nice, clean shots. Click on them for larger, crisper versions.

MOD1 Modulator Eurorack Module via this auction

CMP1 Compression Eurorack Module via this auction

DVCA1 Dual VCA Eurorack Module via this auction

See the seller's other items for more.

Sequential Circuits Prophet VS SN 0402

via this auction

"Sequential Circuits Prophet VS Vector Synthesizer. 8 Voices, 4 Oscillators per voice, 96 preset waveforms + 32 user waveforms, analog 24 dB/oct lowpass Curtis CEM3389 VCF, analog VCA CEM 3360 & Arpeggiator"

Sequential Circuits Pro One Analog Synthesizer SN 1802

via this auction

"A nice Pro One, the unit was overhauled and serviced by the KSR synth guru. The J-Wire keyboard was rebuilt and re-bushed, There are new wooden cheeks and no damage to any of the knobs. At some point a Kenton Midi kit has been fitted, this is one feature I have not tried out."

Vintage Korg MP-4 Mono/Poly Analog Synthesizer SN 370868 w/ Original Green Gig Bag

via this auction

"Unit powers up, and makes sound on all keys (but two), however beyond frequency and cut off, the other knobs aren't responsive. As is."

ROLAND SH-7 SN 740850

via this auction

Quasimidi Sirius Virtual Analog Synthesizer Vocoder SN 51 776 w/ Prophet Style Knobs

via this auction

The Complete Synthesizer by David Crombie

via this auction

DiscoverSoftware // Arturia - SEM V2

Published on Jul 20, 2017 DiscoverNoise

DiscoverNoise 102-
DiscoverSoftware 022-

Demo of some Arturia SEM V2 presets.

Raspberry Pi FM Touch Synth

Published on Jul 20, 2017 otemrellik

"Just wanted to share my latest pi project."

TiNRS - Tuesday *First Patch* - This is Not Rocket Science

Published on Jul 20, 2017 DivKidVideo

"To win the GOLDEN PROTOTYPE of 'Tuesday' you have to be supporting me on Patreon. But the first giveaway is the Erica Synths Black VC EG and Expander which is ace! Full giveaway info here - - Erica VC EG video here - [posted here] My Patreon supporters will also get an extra bonus video that is a full patch run down. Tutorial/educational style going through sound sources, modulation, patching, mixing and FX. So go support on PATREON! ;-)

Onto this video ... I've literally just put in the two Tuesday modules, ZVEX modules and Pamela's New Workout from ALM and wanted to jam around before filming for some other work. But jamming around I couldn't help myself. So here's a first patch."

Yonac Software's KASPAR Now Available

KASPAR Supersynth - Intro to Morphology

Published on Jul 20, 2017 YonacSoftware

"A quick tutorial showing the basics of morphing and automorphing in KASPAR: Multi-Engine Automorphing Supersynthesizer.

KASPAR is available now for iPad on the iTunes store:

This tutorial will teach you how to:
- Use 4 different synth layers in one preset sound
- Assign synths to the morph groups
- Turn morphing on
- Use automorphing, including different modes, loops, and speeds
- Write & erase an automorphing path
- Add modulation to the path
- Get creative creative with Morphology!"

And a couple of videos from SYNTH ANATOMY, followed by pics and details from iTunes:

Lift - a dawless song - exploring all the elements

Published on Jul 20, 2017 millolab

"Headphones recommended. Song starts @2:46
Exploring the song parts, sound samples and FXs.
Hope you enjoy this.

Gear used: MakeNoise 0coast, Roland System 1m, Aira Torcido and Demora, Elektron Octatrack and machinedurm, Waldorf Blofeld, Akai MPC500, Eventide H9, Boss RE-20, Arturia Keystp
Thanks for watching."

░▒▓ ✞C̴̭̊ḧ̴̢̼u̸̦̾r̴͎̊č̴̞̅h̴̙̆́ ㋡f B̸͒͂ͅą̷͂͆ͅs̷̙̭̒̇s̸̠̼͛♆ ▓▒░ // Novation Circuit jam

Published on Jul 20, 2017 Adam Banaszek

"I was doing some techno sketching and saying random things to mic when I came out with some cool thing, so I decided to record. Kinda like my version of mr.Oizo - the church :P

Sorry if you can't understand what I'm saying. The vocals are more to add some ambience and my english is bad. Maybe one day I will record better version in DAW."

MFB Tanzmaus, Moog Minitaur & EHX Big Muff

Published on Jul 20, 2017 3rdStoreyChemist

"Jamming with the Tanzmaus drum machine & a Minitaur synthesiser synced together.
Clock and sequence from an Electron Octatrack, with a Kenton Thru-5. The Big Muff has been placed on an aux send."

Digitakt Improv 2 “The Glitch”

Published on Jul 20, 2017 Nostalgic Ruckus

"Second improv. Heavy use of delay feedback towards the end. Digitakt is going through the Analog Heat while active and inactive scorching the track at times."


Published on Jul 20, 2017 Space Cat Audio Technologies

"Hardware noodling"

S-CAT on eBay

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