MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday, August 07, 2017

Reminder: Knobcon is One Month Away!

Just a reminder, this year's Knobcon is just one month away!

"What is Knobcon?
Knobcon is a one-of-a-kind synthesizer convention now in it's sixth year. Complete with performances, workshops and vendors, Knobcon allows for a fully immersive experience. Attendees can get their hands on an incredible amount of equipment and talk directly with designers of some of today's most innovative synthesizer products.

Held just outside Chicago, Ill., at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, the entire event takes place under one roof. Enthusiasts travel from all parts of the world to attend this yearly event. Direct access to all major forms of transportation make this an easy destination for those traveling.

Who should attend?
If you are interested in electronic-based or experimental music and the tools used to create it, this is the place for you. The diversity and passion of those at knobcon make it enjoyable for all experience levels."

the analog therapy: neural networks (pure modular tekno)

analog therapy TV pirate
Published on Aug 7, 2017

"To finally celebrate the arrival of my HD webcam, I decided to offer you this modular tekno improvisation what I do best at the origin (and yes actually I am from the tekno movement I spent more than 15 Years on the road all over Europe) Now that I have a decent webcam, If you like this kind of sound, please like my video, leave a comment or suscribe and I would do more improvisation of this kind as well as other styles of course ! ;) enjoy ! cheers from france !"

Digitakt Glitch DnB

Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Getting to know this thing a bit better"

Modular Ambient/Drone : A Certain Place and Time

Mike Thomas
Published on Aug 7, 2017

"An evocative ambient/drone patch.
Patch notes to come. Yeesh."

"6000 SUX" Digitakt/monologue/minilogue/volca bass demo

Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Live take of the Elektron Digitakt + Korg Monologue + Minilogue + Korg Volca Bass into a Roland VS 880 multi track recorder to a Yamaha MG 10xu mixer to a Canon 6D + 50mm 1.4"

Rheyne - Sequenced Jam #49 (Rhodes into Make Noise Morphagene, Erica Synths Octasource)

Published on Aug 7, 2017

"A sample of my Fender Rhodes recorded into a Make Noise Morphagene, modulated by an Erica Synths Black Octasource. The pad is from a Moog Mother-32 running through an Erica Synths Black Hole DSP. The synth plucks are a Make Noise DPO through an Erica Synths Quad VCA and VC EG, triggered by a 2nd Mother-32. Additional reverb is from a Strymon BigSky. No outside MIDI or DAW was used, all notes and sounds are from the Morphagene, a single Mother-32. and the DPO."

MFB Urzwerg Pro MKII Analog Step Sequencer SN 14405

via this auction

The seller also has an MFB Synth II listed here.

2 Run-modes offering 2 x 16 or 4 x 8 steps
32 skip-switches
32 LEDs
Polyphonic and monophonic MIDI-output
4 Available note quantize modes
4 x CV/Gate-outputs

Roland MC-202 Analog Synthesizer SN 350700 w/ Silver Gig Bag

via this auction

Live Syntesizers Session in IZOTOPE Studio 15.07.18

Izotope Studio
Published on Aug 2, 2017

Живое исполнение без подтасовок.

True "on the air" playing.


Roland 8080
Novation Superbasstation
DSI Polyevolver
Clavia NordRack2
Korg Polysix
Roland SH01
Korg Wavestation
Roland JV2080
Jomox Airbase09

And some hardware FX's. Its a truly analog mix without multitrack recording or sampling. Just master track from main out of mixer.

Malfunkn - Elektron Octatrack. Analog RYTM, Analog Four Live Jam

Houston Guy
Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Live Experiment 1.2a
Malfunkn jams live in Blue Line Studios.
Analog RYTM
Analog Four

Using the Openframeworks Kinect Example
Performed and streamed live 2017"

Roland TB-303 + SH-101 + TR-606 + SPH-323 Demo at VSM #2

Vintage Synthesizer Museum
Published on Aug 5, 2017

"Roland TB-303, SH-101, TR-606, and SPH-323 being played at the Vintage Synthesizer Museum"

Part 1 here.

Sequential Circuits Pro One Synthesizer with Kenton MIDI to CV Interface SN 2135

via this auction

"Sequential Circuits Pro One. It's in excellent condition and sounds unbelievable. This is the model with the J-Wire keyboard which has recently been serviced and works perfectly..."

Quasimidi Sirius Synthesizer

via this auction

Korg Gadget : Workflow

Todd Smith Music
Published on Aug 7, 2017

"This video will show my basic workflow in Korg Gadget, starting a track from scratch."

iTunes: KORG Gadget - KORG INC.

Novation Mono Station Filter shaping

Fuzzo Frizzbeebot
Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Just some Idea of the sound of the filter, with drive and overdrive"

Dave Smith Instruments (DSI) - Prophet 12 / OB-6 / Prophet 6 【SYNTH DEMO】

Published on Aug 7, 2017

Demos start after the introduction, at 2:23. See this previous post for synth4ever's full tour at DSI.


0:00 - DSI showroom tour
2:25 - Prophet 12
7:52 - OB-6
12:16 - Prophet 6

"Dave Smith Instruments quick showroom tour + synth demos of DSI Prophet 12, OB-6 and Prophet 6 synthesizers.

While on a tour of Dave Smith Instruments in San Francisco, California I had the chance to try out the DSI Prophet 12, OB6 and Prophet 6 analog synthesizers in the DSI showroom. These Dave Smith Instruments synth demos features a variety of patches and sounds from the P12, OB 6 and P6. Note: audio is from camera microphone, not line-in."

Upcoming Event: Cables of Love - A Live Modular Party

This is in via Todd Barton.

Full details via

"This is a 100% modular synthesizer party.
All live sets.

Cables of Love

From subtle minimal and classic Techno, House & Acid, roaring noise and gently massaging subs to laser light shows & live visual projections of sound, Cables Of Love with the Humboldthain bring together a diverse range of local, pan-European and international talent for an extravaganza of ear-pleasing and booty shaking pleasure.

2 Stagess: 1 for Techno / House / Acid Party Dancing, 1 for Experimental, lots of live acts with their various Modular and DIY Synths.

Further additions to the Line Up TBA in due time but for now, here's some of the acts and their bios can be found below:

Laser Bros (AT/CZ)
Laser Bros creates a synesthetic experience of beauty by connecting 2D-laser projections and body shaking electric sound waves generated in real time by an analog modular synthesizer. Changing the visual will modify the audible and vice versa.
Laser Bros is a collaboration of Bernhard Rasinger (a.k.a. BR Laser) and Václav Peloušek (a synthesizer inventor at Bastl Instruments).

1 Minute Patch Tutorials by Todd Barton

Todd Barton
Published on Aug 7, 2017

Buchla 1 Minute Patch Tutorial
Buchla 1 Minute Patch Tutorial vari 1
A Hordijk Minute i
A Hordijk Minute ii
A Hordijk Minute iii
A Hordijk Minute iv
A Hordijk Minute v
A Hordijk Minute vi
A Hordijk Minute vii

Division 6 Dual Mini Sequencer In the Flesh

Spotted this on on Synthrotek here.

Nice to see it in the flesh. Previously we only had the render with details posted here.

You can see what appears to be two Dual Mini Sequencers merged into one larger panel at 3:12 in this video.

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Dual VCA Amplitude Modulation

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers
Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Audio-rate Amplitude Modulation is an important part of the timbre toolbox.

-Patch Notes: Keyboard Midi to v/o in on Double Helix Osc 1+2. Osc1 Blade to cv in on Dual VCA 1. Osc2 Square to Dual VCA in. Dual Vca out to Binary Filter in. Midi Gate to adsr, to Binary Filter FM."

Ministry of Synthesis Video Game

This one spotted and sent in via Brendan. It's a video game focused on synthesis.

How cool is that?!

Wish it was on iOS though.

"A Wave Synthesis Puzzle Game made for Ludum Dare 39

I recommend the post-compo version as it allows you to adjust the volume.

Connect components to match the waveform to the gate to open it. Use your oscilloscope to view the power waves and see how they differ from how they should look, you’ll need to reroute power through the correct modules in order to open the protected gates and continue.

Mac version is in the works and possibly a web port, although some of the audio techniques used might make it difficult.

DigiLog "Enterprise" Portable Touchkey Synthesizer (BETA)

Published on Aug 7, 2017

No details are up yet, aside from "Enterprise *UNDER DEVELOPMENT*" on the DigiLog site, however, you can see the the following parameters on the front panel:

Oscillator Tune
Oscillator Waveshape - Triangle, Saw, Square with Pulsewidth
Filter Cutoff
Detune & Sync which implies two oscillators - it's not clear if you have control over the second oscillator's settings.
Time and Mix - I'm guessing a built in delay


This is pretty cool.

You can play with it here. Try loading some of the different patches. I noticed I had to turn up the volume a bit to hear the first two patches. Be careful of course. I'm not sure if any of the patches get considerably louder.

You can find the source code on github here.

Details captured for the archives:

"SYNTHI-JS is an emulator of the legendary EMS Synthi A modular synthesizer, built in JavaScript on top of the Flocking library.


3 oscillators
noise generator
low-pass filter
ring modulator
analog-style reverberator
self-triggering envelope generator
16x16 control patchboard
Bidirectional joystick controller
Scope module displaying "voltage" over time
100 patch memory banks with import/export functionality and (new in v1.1!) 5 built-in presets
(new in v1.2!) File upload functionality for input sources via S3
(new in v1.2!) Customizable knob behavior
(new in v1.3!) Emulation of the EMS DK2 keyboard
Getting Started

First, open up SYNTHI-JS and take a look around.

SYNTHI-JS can look daunting at first, but creating patches with it is actually quite straightforward. The patchboard functions as a routing mechanism: device outputs on the left side of the patchboard get routed to device inputs on the top side of the patchboard.

Let's make our first patch! Click on the button at B1 at the patchboard to connect the sine-wave output of Oscillator 1 to Output Channel 1. You should hear a 440 Hz sine wave coming out of your left speaker – congratulations!

Custom Orange Roland RS-505 SN 841454

via this auction

"Roland RS-505 that is in perfect technical condition (see pics). A few weeks ago the RS-505 was completely checked by an experienced technician.

Looking at the pics you undoubtedly notice that this RS-505 has got a custom paint job that was done by a previous owner. Some might say that the choice of the used colours is kind of "crazy" others might find it a "piece of art". The print job itself is certainly not perfect (means collector´s item) but really well done."

YAMAHA FS1R formant shaping fm synthesizer

via this auction

Syntronik & Yamaha DX7 - Sound Comparison Minimoog, OB-Xa, CS-80, Jupiter-8, JX-8P To SY99 & DX7

Power DX7
Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Syntronik is a sampled waveform based VST that emulates legendary synths such as Minimoog, Oberheim OB-Xa, Yamaha CS-80, Roland Jupiter-8, Roland JX-8P and Yamaha SY99.

As I can never afford (nor I have space to keep) all of those legendary synths, I bought Syntronik so that I get to play and learn more about those legendary synths.

As I’ve been making analog/subtractive synth-like patches on my DX7, I decided to put my DX7 MK1 against Syntronik with mighty legendary synths like Minimoog, OB-Xa, CS-80, Jupiter-8, JX-8P and SY99.

In this demo and comparison video, you will watch and hear sounds of the DX7 MK1 compared side by side to Syntronik legendary synths. Some sounds are close and others are different in many ways.

Although the DX7 can’t do everything that analog synths with a resonant filter can do, the DX7 can stand its own with unique sounds that analog synths may find very difficult to emulate.

I will take you thorough from very easy installation and set-up steps. I will give you a quick tour of Syntronik interface and legendary synths.

Yamaha CS-80 with a synth brass for UK Alaska Vs Power DX7 signature patch, Alaska with a natural flanging effect

Yamaha SY99 with bell and electoric piano Vs Power DX7 signature patches, Bell X2 and E.Piano (beefed up version)

Minimoog with Resonant stab bass & Resonant Sequencing Vs Power DX7 signature patches, Resonant Stab Bass and Resonant Sequencing. As the DX7 doesn’t have a resonant filter, it needs to generate all harmonics using its FM synthesis. This produces a resonant filter-like, yet very distinctive tone with a ‘Sticky’ feel.

Roland Jupiter-8 with Resonant Unison Lead (16 Oscillators stack) vs Power DX7 signature Resonant Lead with ear piecing mid range (no unison for the DX7)!

Roland JX-8P/ JX-10 with Saw Pad Vs Power DX7 Signature Saw Pad
Oberheim OB-Xa with Rush Subdivisions and Van Halen Jump Synth Brasses Vs Power DX7 Signature Rush Subdivisions and Van Halen Jump Synth Brasses

Oberheim OB-Xa with a warm pad Vs Power DX7, Earth 1, the mother of all pads!

To finish this demo, I include a brand new DX7 song called ‘Resonance Beat’ by combining various Power DX7 signature patches, including Bell X2, Resonant Stab Bass, Resonant Sequencing, Earth 1 Pad. Also it includes a new Bell (like a small bell rolling around inside of a glass bottle), a Resonant Filter Sweep sounds and another Resonant Sequencing sound with a formant type tone when played soft (yes, you can have two different tones in a single patch for the DX7!).


Modular #5 / Oscillator II sequence

Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Malekko Richter Oscillator II phase modulated Tri2 sequence (+ Eventide Space and a bit of EHX Memory Toy)."

Roland Juno 106 keyboard / synth SN 543874

via this auction

Roland SH-101

via this auction

Quasimidi Rave-O-Lution 309 Synthesizer Drum Machine Sequencer SN 41939

via this auction


via this auction

Roland Juno 60 / four patches

Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Square wave LFO (filter) comes from the MS20.

You use the CV control input on the back. You can also plug a footpedal in there, I have even tried it with audio once and it worked (only very low frequencies and you need a soundcard that doesn't block DC offset). Be careful."

Metasonix D-1000 Vacuum Tube Drum Machine Jam

Sound Provider
Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Recording the lovely Metasonix D-1000 Drum Machine for
I'm in Love with its kind of primitive sound, Don't use it if you are afraid of background noise or uncontrolled sub :)

Info from schneiders laden Site:
The D-1000 Vacuum-Tube Drum Machine is the first drum machine made with vacuum tubes since the Wurlitzer Sideman of 1959. Even though it has only four drum sounds -- two tunable drums, a tunable hard "snare" drum, and a cymbal -- control voltage inputs give great flexibility.


Future Retro Transient Demo Ambient Beats

Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Using two Transient modules with the Echophon, Morphagene, and Clouds for some nice ambient beats."

Early August Noodle (Modular Synth Performance)

Urs Heckmann
Published on Aug 7, 2017

Urs Heckmann is the man behind u-he.

"Here's last weekend's patch on a small system. All sound is recorded straight out of this synth. Goes to show that two oscillators, one filter plus Rings and Clouds make for a nicely dense patch. Base drum (way too loud, sorry for that) stems from Peaks. I'm using Batumi + 2 x Tirana and the Sequenced Switch to create all sorts of triggers, random offsets and rhythmic context.

Most of the performance is setting the levels of each component, plus a few tweaks on Maths. I could have done more, but...

... the general problem with recording a video like that is, I could do much more to make it interesting, but it might be difficult to come back to the original setting. Hence some knobs are better left untouched if there's the slightest chance one needs to reshoot. Then, after five or six attempts one is just fine with the bad light, noisy looks and some mixing errors. I need more experience with this :-)

Patch Notes:

Muscarin 411N Drone Synthesizer by kNoB tech

Muscarin 411N first contact

Muscarin 411N Drone synthesizer by kNoB tech Demonstration

kNoB Technology
Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Muscarin 411N - textural synthesizer, drone machine, noise synthesizer.
4 x VCO (Saw wave(ramp down)СV control)
4 x Touchpads (Touchpad generators control)
1 x LFO ((Square & Triangle wave) both waves can be used at the same time)
1x VCF (clean lpf\distorted lpf\fixbp mod,CV control)
1x Bias Control
1 x Red button ^__*
1 x Out
1 x Hybrid In\Out
1 x Power input, 9V direct current (100ma Max)
Body frame - organic glass, sides - wood, paint, varnish.
Price 220$ + shipping
Production time: 2 weeks
To order synth or if you need more info:"

Arturia Drumbrute & Strymon Timeline

Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Drumbrute drum machine through the Timeline delay. The Timeline has been placed on an aux send.

No further processing except normalisation."

Arturia Minibrute & EHX Memory Boy

Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Minibrute synthesiser through the Memory Boy.

No further processing except normalisation."

Befaco Rampage - Building it. BEFACO PART 2 #Howto

Published on Aug 7, 2017

"BEFACO RAMPAGE. building a rampage. In the last Part we built a befaco jumpskiff. now time to fill it.

more info on the workshops and the Rampage along with other Befaco Related things right here! :-

Check out for workshops! just search up befaco workshops. there might be one near you very soon."

Part 1 here.

Limaflo - Motomouth *Formant Explorations*

Published on Aug 7, 2017

"THIS JUST IN ... formants have taken over my case :S
Well not really, but the Motomouth from Limaflo is great! I'm not planning to do a full overview video with this one as it's not available after the initial Kickstarter (unless enough interest comes about to warrant a run) but I did want to share this patch.
This is just a general patch drone thing I had going but I have got a full patch breakdown exclusively available (very shortly) to patreon supporters. So watch out for that coming soon."

'PATHS Make Noise B&G Shared System

Caspar Hesselager
Published on Aug 7, 2017

No post-processing or editing.
Audio-only versions of all patches at

Analog Four - 5 Year Review: why all the early reviews are wrong , and an MKII comparison

Published on Aug 7, 2017

"The MKII Analog Four was just announced and the price drop in the second hand market prompted me to check out what this was all about. After a deep dive into the feature set, and a retrospective look at the early reviews of the A4, Elektron has added so much to the machine via firmware updates, that what it is now is very different from what it was when it launched"

"Crazy" - on Yamaha SY-1

Published on Aug 7, 2017

"'Crazy' was a big hit for Gnarls Barkley back in 2006. Here I play it on Yamaha SY-1 synthesizer and Elka EP-8 organ. The rhythm comes from a Rhythm Ace FR-8L."

DreamsOfWires - Korg Arp Odyssey minimal/drone/whatever...

Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Listen with headphones for best results.
This is a re-recording of a track I originally recorded in 2009 called 'The existing parts 1 and 2' (available on my Bandcamp page), only there's not much left of 'part 2' at this stage. It's a particularly cold, bleak little ditty, less melodic in the conventional sense than most of my efforts, but I was in the mood for re-visiting it. The first three minutes are borrowed from an earlier SH-1 composition I uploaded - [posted here]
The original of 'Existing' was recorded with the Oddity VST, although I can't remember what I used for the closing melody, or the percussive sounds. This version is stripped down to two live recordings - the final part is the Odyssey and a piano app (which will remain nameless) triggered simultaneously from the Arturia Keystep, which I subsequently crossfaded between in the final mixdown.
Recorded in AUM via an iConnectAUDIO4+, using Virsyn's AudoReverb on an iPad Air 2.
The video footage was all filmed by me, mostly using a Lumix GX7"

Xils Labs Poly Sounds Demo - Sonic LAB

Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Xils Lab PolyM based on the legendary Polymoog, Divkid takes us through some selected sounds.
Available in AU/VST, RTAS+ AAX formats. Uses iLok authorisation (dongle or software)

Check our Awesome MAX4Live Synth:"

Strymon BigSky vs. Coffee Machine (Preview)

Alex S.
Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Because why not? Anything sounds great when routed through the BigSky.
Will upload a complete track later this month."

Eurorack Modular: SMR creating ambient chords with Clouds

Joseph Karmazyn
Published on Aug 7, 2017

"Please pardon the messy Eurorack. A cool patch I just made, the Mother 32 and O-Coast have the same part, due to the KB out of the Mother into the 1VperOct in of the Coast. All of which are heavily processed by Clouds, which is heavily modulated by various LFOs throughout my system."

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