MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

VGM #113: Green Hill Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog) Chill Synth Cover

Published on Sep 5, 2017 Ace Waters

"Chill out with this slower, more relaxed cover of the iconic Green Hill Zone from pretty much every Sonic game."

EQD (short version)

Published on Sep 5, 2017 Richard Galbraith

"This is the second half of a video I posted a while back but then took down. I always liked the second part much more than the first part, so I decided to cut out the first 5+ minutes. Sorry for the abrupt beginning, but oh well. Here's the original description:

This was recorded in two overdubbed takes. The first take is a bed of deep synth tones, provided by my MU modular, with added Arturia Microbrute and Mutable Instruments Rings in Easter Egg mode.

The second take is a Sela cajon which I mic'd with two mics: one for cajon audio and the other plugged into the instrument interface in order to trigger Rings. Thus, in this take you can hear the strumming sound of Rings with every cajon hit.

Key modules include's oscillators, Q150 low pass filter, and quantizer bank; Megaohm Audio Delta low pass filter; SSL/Fritz Doubledeka oscillator; FSFX/Fritz Teezer oscillator, and the MOTM 480 band pass filter.

Reverb and effects by Valhalla DSP."

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 3 Analog Synthesizer SN 1827 w/ Anvil Case

via this auction

"Sequential Circuits (SCI) Prophet 5, Rev 3.0 Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer. This unit was stored in an anvil case for about 20 years and is near museum quality

Recently serviced, tuned up, calibrated by Analog Synth Service in Berkeley. .

> Replaced bypass caps, battery; cleaned pots, switches, key contacts; replaced ICs 204, 205, 209, 210, CA3082; ROM & power board upgrade; RAM upgrade; tuned & scaled.

It is in near-mint condition except for two things:

The ink on the front badge has worn off from years of being in a case. I am including a brand new reproduction badge from Perfect Circuit Audio. You can choose to put it on, or not. See fourth photo above for evidence of the reproduction badge
There are two small 2" scratches (cosmetic, not deep) on the bottom paint.
If you know vintage SCI gear the knobs often get flaking paint and damage from use. This has none of that. It looks like nobody's ever turned a knob. Internally, the J-wires look like the unit has never even played. It is simply in amazing condition.

Includes Anvil case with brand new foam, foot switch, replacement "Prophet 5" badge, and original owners' manual."

Roland Jupiter-6 P-6 Analog Synth

via this auction

Synthposium: Alex Pleninger

Published on Sep 5, 2017 INRUSSIA

"Alexander Pleninger is an academically trained composer and self-taught engineer currently working in Moscow. His fascination with electronics and computers prompted him to acquire a Buchla synthesizer.

camera: Sergey Kostromin
edit: Rostislav Smirnyagin
sound: Ivan Merkulov
interview: Sergey Shpilevoy
producer: Yana Krylova"

The 1953 Charlie Douglass "Laff Box"

Published on Aug 31, 2012 MrAudioSoundImages

Here is an interesting bit of history sent in via MATRIXSYNTH reader, monsta poly, Charlie Douglass' "Laff Box" from 1953. It's the original device used to create laugh tracks used for TV shows. As you can see, it looks a bit like a typewriter mixed with the tape mechanism of the Mellotron. It's worth noting the Mellotron would not be released until 1954, however, the predecessor of the Melltotron, The Chamberlain was produced from 1949 to 1956, which means the "Laff Box" wasn't quite the first instrument to employ the technique. Regardless, it is a fascinating piece of gear and technology from roughly the same time period. monsta poly, sent in a couple of links on the "Laff Box" including Charles Douglass on Wikipedia, an Indiewire article on the history of the laugh track, and the following video.

The Laff Box,Laugh Box,Audience Reaction Reproducer,Laugh Track,Charlie Douglass,Canned,Fake...
Published on Dec 18, 2013 BEWARE OF SHYSTERS.COM

"The Original Historic Laff Box,Laugh Box,Recorded Studio Laughter,The Audience Response Duplicator,Sweetened,Laughter Machine..."

Note the circuit board on top appears to be an addition. Curious what it does. If anyone knows, feel free to comment.

You can also find a great video on PBS featuring the "Laff Box" being auctioned on Antiques Road show here. I was going to have it be the top video in this post, however the embed appears to give an error, so linking it here instead.

Update: here's a picture of the add-on board.

Beat707 NXT Overview

Published on Sep 5, 2017 William Kalfelz

MacBeth Studio Systems Micromac D Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"'The highest priority was to design a synthesizer that would have not one oscillator, or even two- but three voltage controlled oscillators. key was to have more than the standard sawtooth and square waveforms available- but also to employ triangle waveforms and sine waveforms. it was also also deemed very important that the oscillators would have their own voltage control inputs and separate audio outputs to integrate with other modular synthesizers. another very important audio component was the inclusion of a noise generator. any full-scale synthesizer must have dual envelope generators. the first eg is key to sweeping the filter- but a separate eg is also very important to shape the final output or voltage controlled amplifier section.

oscillators as sound generators are very important for audio but they are extremely important for control and modulation effects- and this is why the third oscillator can double as an audio frequency modulator as well as a low frequency oscillator.

looking at many previous designs of voltage controlled filters from the past, macbeth designed a filter that uses the very same parts as used on vintage equipment. the result is a bold, resonant filter capable of a very deep bass end a fantastic for lead solo work.

from experience, parts selection is also key to the overall sound of a synth- many now work with surface mount technology- not the micromacs- they use the same kinde of through hole part technology associated with the powerful synths of old! if the micromac sounds like old school gear- you know why!' - Ken Macbeth"

Roland JD-800 Synthesizer

via this auction

Behringer DeepMind 12D Synthesizer Review and Demo by Sean Divine

Published on Sep 5, 2017 Sean Divine

"Hey everyone! I've been working with the DeepMind 12D and wanted to share a review and let you hear some of it's potential. After owning MANY different digital rack synths over the years (with much dissapointment), I was excited to try out something analog."

Yamaha Cs30 Demo

Published on Sep 5, 2017 Alphacode

House Music on the Sequential Prophet 6 & Boss RC-505 Looper

Published on Sep 5, 2017 Luke Neptune

"Luke Neptune's House, Disco & Funk soundset OUT NOW"

New NI Massive Biomorph Soundset Focused on Extreme Morphing

NI Massive Biomorph Tutorial | Synhtmorph Published on Sep 3, 2017

"Massive Biomorph is not 'just another Massive soundset', but the result of a new sound design approach, focusing on the extreme morphing capabilities of Native Instrument Massive.

Two parts of the video:
00:00 Massive Biomorph - overview
10:53 Synthmorph sequences - demo

These Massive presets are great for hybrid electronic scoring, game music, commericals or smooth stratospheric electronica. A must have for the modern film, game and broadcast composers or any musician who want previously unheard, smooth and expressive morphing sound easily out of Massive.

Massive Biomorph is available at"

Roland SE-02 Review - Sonic LAB

Published on Sep 5, 2017 sonicstate

"The Roland Boutique Designer Series SE-02 analog mono synth
made in conjunction with Studio Electronics - a three oscillator monosynth with 24dB ladder filter, delay, sequencer and USB audio."

You can find the preview video here, and a demo with the Expressive E Touche here.

SoundBank 3 Demo - HyperSynth Xenophone

Published on Sep 5, 2017 Hypersynthetic

64 Presets (Designed By ''Frank Neumann")
64 Presets (Factory)
PC Free (No External Processing)
OS v2.2

Pmfoundations 2Q12 VCF Demos

Published on Sep 5, 2017 Randy Piscione

1. PMF Filter Demo
2. PMF Filter Quick Improv
3. PMF Filter Minimoog Filter Compare

iDensity 3.1 features

Published on Sep 5, 2017 Alessandro Petrolati

iTunes: iDensity - apeSoft

iDensity 3.1
(09.2017) apeSoft ©
+ Audiobus 3 SDK updated
+ Audiobus New MIDI Receiver Port
+ New Audio Patchbay Matrix
+ New Stereo Delay Sync BPM
+ New Sampling Rate Setting (up to 96 kHz)
+ New Quick View for the Presets Manager, simplify the Presets navigation while playing the Keyboard
+ New AUv3/App Presets sharing
+ AUv3: Fixed Sporadic Crash when deleting some instances
+ Live/Restore Last Sample Fixed
+ Added Inter-App Audio Transport
+ Live Button Long Tap Gesture to show Actions Menù
+ New Direct Gain for Matrix Passthrough Audio

Technics SY-1010 Analogue Synth

via this auction

Mint Oberheim Xpander SN Y63006

via this auction


via this auction

Note the listing appears to be for the 101 keyboard only. There is no mention of the 102 expander.

Cheetah MS-6 Polyphonic Vintage Analog Rack Synthesizer SN B1022713

via this auction

Check out that manual.

Roland TB-303 Bassline Analog Synthesizer SN 185800 w/ Gig Bag

via this auction

Crumar Trilogy Vintage Polyphonic Synth

via this auction

Sequential Circuits Drumtraks Drum Machine SN 4741

via this auction

Pic of the inside below.

Oberheim DX Digital Drum Machine w/ MIDI SN Q63001

via this auction

Pic of the inside below.

Metasonix R-53 Vacuum-Tube Waveshaper Ringmod

via this auction

"out of production module, hard to find.
Metasonix R-53 Vacuum-Tube Waveshaper - Ringmod
this module uses a good amount of power, make sure you can run it.
200 mA +12V
200 mA -12V
0 mA 5V
25 mm deep

this module can do many different things from a slight tube sound to distortion and some waveshaping.
here's the description from modulargird. -

'The R-53 is directly derived from our legendary TM-1 device.

It uses a 12AF6/BD6 remote-cutoff pentode and a 12AV7 dual triode. Waveshaping is provided by a vacuum-tube "pulser" circuit that spits irregular pulses onto the input waveform. They synchronize erratically with the input pitch (if a waveform with sharp transitions is used). Combined with true vacuum-tube circuit distortion, this can provide a vast range of complex, aggressive distortion effects, utterly unique in the world.

A basic ring-modulation function is also available in the unit--applying a carrier pitch from an external oscillator to the screen grid of the pentode, this allows making inharmonic sum-and-difference pitch sound effects, with a unique vacuum tube pentode sound.'"

Elektronika - FL 01 Soviet guitrae effect Flanger

Published on Sep 5, 2017 Cyril Saar

testing vintage flanger
synth - Ritm-2

Introducing GeoShred 2.5!

Published on Sep 5, 2017 moForte

iTunes: GeoShred - Wizdom Music LLC

"Wizdom Music & moForte announce the release of GeoShred Version 2.5, an exciting update to the award-winning GeoShred musical instrument and MIDI controller.

GeoShred, Winner of 2017 Electronic Musician Editor's Choice Award as "one of the most innovative, groundbreaking products to emerge in the past twelve months", has been upgraded with support for 3D touch control including MIDI/MPE Out, World Scales/Temperaments including Indian Ragas, and Backing Tracks.

This latest release adds:

• 3D Touch to control any of GeoShred’s expressive parameters. As a MIDI controller, GeoShred coupled with 3D touch, is a full featured MIDI/MPE Controller.

• Support for World Scales and Temperaments including Indian Ragas. There is a new sympathetic string resonator modeled after what is found in many Indian musical instruments.

• Backing tracks can now be played from the iTunes library so that you can do a full blow-away solo performance.

GeoShred is highly expressive when controlling, and being controlled by, instruments that use the upcoming “MPE” MIDI specification (MIDI Polyphonic Expression). It’s both a powerful modeled synth and a formidable iPad AND iPhone based MIDI/MPE controller

About GeoShred

GeoShred is an expressive musical instrument with a multi-touch performance surface, coupled with an advanced physical model of a guitar. A fusion of Wizdom Music’s Geo Synthesizer user interface (Jordan Rudess), and moForte’s powerful, modeled guitar and effects chain based on the next generation Physical Modeling research of Dr. Julius O. Smith III of Stanford/CCRMA.

With GeoShred’s physical modeling synthesis, you can achieve realistic guitar sounds that bend, stretch and manipulate the sound into endless possibilities. You can explore, edit and control the physics of a guitar model – including solid or hollow body, nylon or metal strings, pick position, harmonics and more.

GeoShred is NOT just another app. GeoShred is a powerful, musical instrument that offers a performance environment on a multi-touch surface unlike anything you’ve ever experienced."

A Triadex Muse in Javascript

You can find it at here.

"This is a web implementation of the 1971 Triadex Muse digital algorithmic music composer."

If you are not familiar with the Triadex Muse, see the label at the bottom of this post for more posts.


Published on Sep 5, 2017 ljs8888

#3modulechallenge Kev Holmes // Modular Meets Leeds 2017

Published on Sep 5, 2017 DivKidVideo

"Here is Kev Holmes live #3modulechallenge jam from Modular Meets Leeds 2017 at Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen. Making use of Mutable Instruments Braids as a sound source, a 4ms DLD (dual looping delay) as a sound on sound looper to build up layers of beats and the Make Noise Erbe Verb for a wash of delay (tempo locked pre delay) and reverb over the whole lot."

New Error Instruments Evil Drum Oscillator Eurorack Module

Published on Sep 5, 2017 paul tas

"New short sound sound eurorack model"

via Error Instruments

"pre sale . 189€ / now 149€ send 20/9/2017 only 10 temporary price

its the most evil oscillator or DRUM? It is a vactrol controlled
short audio modules. You can also mix between the drum or oscillator for beautiful glitch, laser drums. or sparkle. Most bizarre sweeps.
Through the matrix mixer there are many different sounds
This technique was made in vintage sci fi movies

what makes it special. the rolling of the relays flow into the capasitors. gives and unice release. voltage control dead bleeding from the oscillator

100% analog cmos old / new?

10 HP

mix the sound with your standard 808 sound
make and great texture of your music"

Moog Sub Phatty & EHX Big Muff (Russian)

Published on Sep 5, 2017 3rdStoreyChemist

"Sub Phatty synthesiser through a Big Muff fuzz. The Big Muff has been placed on an aux send.

No further processing except normalisation."

Korg Monologue & EHX Memory Boy

Published on Sep 5, 2017 3rdStoreyChemist

"Monologue synthesiser through the Memory Boy delay.

No further processing except normalisation."

Dead Sea

Published on Sep 5, 2017 fonitronik

"4U Serge System by Random*Source.
NTO sine into Wavemultipliers into Varable Q VCF, and various modulations."

Techno liveset with Analog Rytm / Eurorack

Published on Sep 5, 2017 Martin Stürtzer

"This liveset was recorded to promote a liveshow that I played at a fine technoclub in my hometown Wuppertal. All sounds: Elektron Analog Rytm, Mutable Instruments Braids triggered with Intellijel Metropolis & Makenoise Maths. Mixing and looping with Ableton Push 2."

New Korg Kross in Marble Red

via KorgUK

"Check out our 1st sample of the gorgeous #kross in marble red"

Minuet in G - ARP Odyssey & ARP Omni synthesizers - Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook

Published on Sep 4, 2017 Tom Loncaric

"Minuet in G major, BWV Anh. 114. Usually attributed to Christian Petzold.

ARP Odyssey Mk II (1976), ARP Omni I (1977), Moog delay."

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