MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Van speeldoos tot muziekcomputer (1976)

Published on Jul 26, 2010 Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid

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The following is the video description by some additional info I found on Wikipedia.

"Tentoonstelling 'Van speeldoos tot muziekcomputer' in het Van Goghmuseum in Amsterdam. Beelden van een cilinderspeeldoos uit 19e eeuw, een draaiorgel met orgelboek, een apparaat met papieren muziekrol laat piano en violen spelen, een grote muziekcomputer met veel draden van de Belg Leo Küpper die een demonstratie geeft voor het publiek. Diverse shots van het interieur van het Van Goghmuseum.
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"Exhibition 'from playbox to music computer' in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. Figures of a 19th century cinderella box, a revolving organ with organ book, a piece of paper musical instrument play a piano and violins, a large music machine with many threads of the Belgian Leo Küpper which gives a demonstration to the public. Various shots of the interior of the Van Gogh museum.
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If anyone knows more about this system feel free to comment. I did a quick search on Leo Küpper and found the following on a Wikipedia article for Miguel Bonachea:

"Bonachea is an enthusiast advocate of contemporary music and has devoted part of his professional career to its advancement. In the 1980s, he was a co-founder of the National Laboratory of Electro-acoustic Music in Havana, led by composer Juan Blanco, a pioneer of electro-acoustic music in Latin America. Bonachea has been invited as a guest performer in residence at the “Laboratory for Researches on Electro-acoustics of Brussels”, Belgium, to participate in the creation of a composition titled “Guitarra Cubana” by Belgian composer Leo Küpper.[5] Since the beginning of his career, Bonachea has included in his repertoire contemporary works from contemporary composers such as Leo Brouwer, Carlos Fariñas, Hector Angulo, Bernardo Cardona, Efraín Amador, Jose A. Pérez Puentes and Armando Rodriguez Ruidiaz, among others. Renowned composers Leo Küpper (Belgium), Moisés Bertrán (Spain), Andrés Posada (Colombia), and Yalil Guerra (Cuba-USA) have dedicated original pieces to Miguel Bonachea.[4]"

Atari Synth Synthesizer Synthcart

via this auction

Heaven's Twilight

Published on Sep 25, 2017 Sean Christopher - Music Composer

"Another Modal Electronics demo using the 002 Synthesizer. Heaven's Twilight is a track from my last album, Transcendence. I thought it would be a good song to remake on the Modal 002. I hope you enjoy it. :)"

This one has also been added to the playlist that went up earlier today here.

Erica Synths DIY Bundle II Part 1 : The VCO

Published on Sep 25, 2017 Synth Diy Guy

"Part 1 of my series on the Polivoks Inspired complete 84hp DIY Eurorack System by Erica Synths. This is an introduction to the whole project as well as an in depth look at the VCO specifically."


µMicrolooper & µGrainstorm for monome arc, grid and Ableton Live

Published on Sep 25, 2017 stretta

"Demo of µMicrolooper for monome arc, grid and Ableton Live"

Published on Sep 25, 2017 stretta

"Demo of µGrainstorm for monome arc, grid and Ableton Live"


170925 from nuun on Vimeo.

Yamaha AN1x Synthesizer

via this auction

KORG EX-800 Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer Module SN 007109

via this auction

Live Studio Jam, 9-25-17 : Korg Minilogue, Korg Microkorg and Teenage Engineering PO-12

Published on Sep 25, 2017 Todd Smith Music


"This studio jam uses sounds from my Korg Minilogue and Microkorg custom sound packs. I used the Teenage Engineering Po-12 for drums and syned it with the Korg Minilogue. I'm building a 4th album, A Distant Love for Life. Check out Bandcamp for my previous albums, thanks ahead of time for any support.

You can get the Minilogue sound/seq now on patreon. 100% free. Microkorg patches coming soon ! Unlock all my custom patches and support my art for only 1$ a month Patreon. I release custom patches for various hardware and iOS synethizers weekly.

Subscribe today and stay up to date with all my latest videos."

Ringing Clouds

Published on Sep 25, 2017 Shay Shezifi

"First run of my recent DIY builds, Rings and Clouds."

Zvuk Machines Seeks Funding on Indiegogo for New Zvuk9 Expressive MIDI Controller

Published on Sep 25, 2017 Zvuk Machines

via Indiegogo

"As a creative individual, you know how important it is to try new approaches. We let our minds go and ended up creating a new concept, a new way to interact with sound generators. We invite you to check it out.

Zvuk9 Feature List
9 pressure and position sensitive pads
Velocity sensitive (3 levels of sensitivity and 3 velocity response curves)
X and Y MIDI assignable to CC. CCs can be the same for all pads or unique per pad
X or Y can be set to send pitch bend instead of CC
Aftertouch (channel or polyphonic)
15 programs for storing settings (scale, tonic, split status, X & Y controls, on/off status for notes, aftertouch, and X and Y)
7 predefined scales available: natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor, major, harmonic major, pentatonic minor, and pentatonic major
10 user scales available so you can set which pad will play which note or notes
Chords can be assigned through user scales, a maximum of 7 notes can be assigned to a pad
Tonic can be set with Notes buttons
Notes buttons are illuminated, showing which notes are currently available and which note is currently playing
By default, tonic goes on Pad1; by using Notes up/down function, all notes can be moved
Encoder controls for X & Y: CC, min, max, curve
Total of 13 response curves available for X and Y
4 on/off buttons: notes, X, Y, and aftertouch
In Split mode, all controls for X and Y, state of 4 on/off buttons, and MIDI channel are unique per pad
Transport controls: play, stop, and record can be set to MCC, CC, or MCC+CC
Note off type choice (off channel, on channel/0 velocity)
All settings saved during reboot
MIDI over USB and MIDI through 3.5mm mini jack out (cable mini jack to MIDI DIN included)"

Modal Electronics 002 & 008 Demos by Sean Christopher

Published on Sep 25, 2017 Sean Christopher - Music Composer

This one in via Soviet Space Child.


1. On the Nature Of Daylight featuring the Modal Electronics 002
"This cover of Max Richter's incredible 'On the Nature Of Daylight' features sounds 100% from the Modal Electronics 002 synthesizer. I sequenced it using Cubase 9 by Steinberg. I hope you enjoy it. :)"

2. Modal Electronics 008 Flash Gordon Into the Space Capsule demo
"I did this demo with the Modal Electronics 008.....and a little help with some sample from the movie. :)"

3. Tron 1982 Ending Titles part 1 using Modal Electronics 002 & 008
"My cover of Tron 1982's 'Ending Titles part 1' uses both the Modal Electronics 002 & 008, and was sequenced with Cubase 9 by Steinberg."

4. Heaven's Twilight
"Another Modal Electronics demo using the 002 Synthesizer. Heaven's Twilight is a track from my last album, Transcendence. I thought it would be a good song to remake on the Modal 002. I hope you enjoy it. :)

Modded EMS Synthi A w/ Synthi Matrix Interface by Digitana Electronics

via this auction

"Includes very rare Synthi Matrix Interface by Digitana Electronics which connects to the Synthi via the Presto Patch connection.
Includes power cable, all patch pins plus a couple extra cables for modulation.

There were 3 mods done (one on each oscillator) which are factory mods and allow the user to modulate the "shape" of each oscillator. Apparently a tech who specializes in Synthis mentioned this Synthi is a "MKIII" with a reverb driver based on 741 + germanium transistors (great sounding), a 5-pole filter and a MC1496 ringmod.

The EMS Synthi A is one of the most classic legendary mono synths, and it really is worth every penny, it has such unique huge analog sound and can get a range of tones like no other synth. A must have for any serious collector or musician's studio. If you have been waiting for just the right Synthi, this is the one! Don't pass this legendary synth up!"

"Elephants" - DIY Mutable Instruments Elements Module w/ Translucent Green Panel

via this auction

"This is a build of Elements using a translucent green front panel and nice big knobs. It looks really snazzy! It is called 'Elephants'."

Mellow 64 step Digitakt glitch

Published on Sep 25, 2017 Introvertmusic

"64 step sequence on my Elektron Digitakt recorded mono directly into my iPhone 6S using a Apogee Jam 96K -

Uploading my back log of longer recordings of my Instagram clips"

Best Ambient Synth Shootout #39: Yamaha VL7 - Song 1

Published on Sep 25, 2017 Christian's Sonic Spaces

"This is the first song with the Yamaha VL7 Version 2. It's a monophonic synthesizer based on physical modelling algorithms.

I used only the internal effects for the recording except for the melody line that used the following FX chain:
VL7 - TC Electronic Mimiq - DigiTech Obscura- DigiTech Polara.

The signal goes via a small Behringer mixer straight into the pc.

To create the complete song I recorded consecutively several stereo tracks. The final song was then mastered with just a bit EQ and compression on some tracks and some limiting on the master track.

Well, I decided to go back to the basics, but at the same time make something useful for the synth community and do a kind of competition (I like competitions;-). What's my best synth for ambient music :-)"

Korg - Poly-800 - Midiverse - TV - MVM #89

Published on Sep 25, 2017 Midiverse - TV

"What's up everybody? Welcome to Midiverse -TV, on this episode of Midiverse Mondays we're going to be checking out a Korg Poly-800. This is a polyphonic synthesizer that Korg released back in 1983. Let's have a look and a listen.."

Two Kicks Eurorack jam - Hexinverter Mutant Bassdrum .v. Dijkstar RiDrum Tk-01 - Acid Techno Jam

Published on Sep 25, 2017 While We Were Sleeping

"A dub Acid techno jam starting my two eurorack kick drums:
* Hexinverter Mutant Bassdrum - A 808 kick with extended range and functionality
* Dijkstar RiDrum Tk-01 - an 808 and 909 highbred kick

!! Warning - This video contains flashing images !!

This is not a comparison or feature review but a fun jam. The Malekko VARIGATE 8+ is used to sequence the two kicks.
* The RiDrum Tk-01 is playing a traditional 1/16 steps (1 bar)
* The Mutant Bassdrum is playing 1/2 steps (8 bars) with random repeats on each step.
The Malekko VARIGATE 8+ is also used to control all the other drums + the 303 bass line and the FM sound.

The complete list of eurorack modules:
Malekko Heavy Industry VARIGATE 8+
Hexinverter Mutant Bassdrum (808 style kick)
Dijkstar RiDrum Tk-01 (808/909 style kick)
Hexinverter Mutant snare (808 style mutant)
Audio Damage ADM07 Mad Hatter + Bastl Instruments Skis = 606 Mutant HH
Din Sync OSC303 mkii (TB303 oscillator)
Fonitronik TH 555-VCO (frequency modulated by the OSC303)
mCop eurorack mixer

Other non eurorack geer:
DigiTech TimeBender delay
Mmackie mixer"

Gothic Instruments Dronar Dark Synthesis

Published on Sep 25, 2017 rekkerd

"A quick go with one of the menu presets of Dronar Dark Synthesis: Argento Drones by Vinko Borcic. Review at"

Also see this post.

ROLAND SE-02 Studio Electronics // TWEAKING 1 // PRESETS

Published on Sep 25, 2017 LESINDES

"First impression of the new ROLAND Boutique Synthesizer SE-02, fully analog in Minimoog ddesign made by STUDIO ELECTRONICS. The synth in action now!"

ROLAND SE-02 Studio Electronics // TWEAKING 1 // PRESETS 1-16
ROLAND SE-02 Studio Electronics // PART 2 // PLAYING PATCHES 17-35
ROLAND SE-02 Studio Electronics // PART 3 // PLAYING PATCHES 36-50

Roland SE-02s on eBay

Fidget Spinner Stylophone

Published on Sep 25, 2017 Simon The Magpie

The spinning comes in after 1:40.

Dave Smith Instruments In The Spotlight with M83's Joe Berry and the OB-6

Click here for the full interview.

"Joe Berry is a member of M83 and joined them for their 2016 World Tour, playing piano, synth, ewi, and saxophone. In the off season, Joe is a freelance musician, composer, and educator, currently based in Los Angeles. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies with emphasis in both Saxophone Performance and Composition from Sacramento State University, and completed his Masters degree in Jazz and Improvisational Music at the University of Nevada, Reno in the Spring of 2012..."

You can find previous posts featuring DSI's Spotlight series here.

noyzelab Regional Arts Fellowship - Moog Sound Lab UK Residency

via noyzelab, where you'll find the full post.

"On Jan 23 - 29 I held an Artist Residency at Moog Sound Lab UK which is currently located at the Institute of Sound Recording, University of Surrey. This was a great week, I got to check out and record with a whole bunch of Moog gear, and a few other choice pieces as well!"

New Dubreq Stylophone GEN X-1 Now Available

£59.99 at

"The Stylophone GEN X-1 is the latest portable analogue synthesizer by Dubreq.

From quirky beats to haunting melodies, you can twist and warp every note in the palm of your hand. Packed with features, you’ll be amazed at what the Gen X-1 can do.

A stylus keyboard and separate sound strip
LFO square and triangle wave
Low pass filter cutoff/resonance
Sub octaves -1 & -2
Envelope attack/decay
Delay time/feedback
X button pulse width modulation
Mini-jack in/out
Built-in speaker
Battery operated
What are you waiting for?

UK and Worldwide shipping available.

ALL orders are sent via courier service. Approx delivery times to the UK 2-3 days, the world 5 – 7 days – we will get it to you as quick as possible!"

Thonk Coming To SYNTHFEST UK, Saturday October 7th

via @thonk_synth

"Come visit the Thonk stand at Synth Fest UK in Sheffield in 2 weeks. We'll be demoing the latest Music Thing stuff and more."

Scanner Performance // Modular Meets Leeds 2017

Published on Sep 25, 2017 DivKidVideo

"Here's another mesmerising improvised modular synth performance from Scanner. Scanner closed the Saturday of Modular Meets Leeds 2017 with only 6U of modular and the Eventide H9 FX Scanner takes us through tube distorted beats, ambient textures, speech samples and a whole arrangement of smoothly gliding arpeggios and feel changes."

Scanner Rig Rundown // Modular Meets Leeds 2017

Published on Sep 25, 2017

"In this rig rundown video Scanner takes us through his set up from his performance at Modular Meets Leeds 2017. With only 6U of modular and an eventide H9 Scanner takes us on a sonic journey moving through textural ambience, distorted beats and plenty more.

There's modules from Sputnik Modular, TipTop Audio, Make Noise, Qu-Bit Electronix, XAOC Devices, NoBots, Mannequins / Whimsical Raps and Expert Sleepers."

ROLAND PG-800 programmer for MKS70 JX 10 JX 8P

via this auction

Oberheim OB-8 Analog 8 Voice 61 Note Synthesizer w/ MIDI SN C43315

via this auction

Modal Electronics 002 12-voice Hybrid Poly-synth with Digital I/O and FX SN 0012

via this auction

"Fantastic 12-voice hybrid digital/analogue polysynth with retrofitted digital output board providing multichannel USB sound and on-board effects.

This is a rare first production run unit, serial 0012. Comes with original packaging, and is in very good condition having only had home studio use."

Roland TB 303 Bassline Analogue Synthesiser w/ Original Box & Extras

via this auction

"Comes with the correct Boss/Roland power pack, low interference and noise, which are in them selfs getting hard to come by, and Kenton din sync.

As I now have a young family it only gets sat high out the way with little love and use, I am almost scared to set the 303 out and use it with the kids about, through fear of them getting hold of it."

Gotharman's PolySpaze proto - FilterTweak

Published on Sep 25, 2017 gotharman

"Programming a sequence and tweaking the filters on the dusty PolySpaze prototype..."

The Analogue Solutions Fusebox Part 9: Envelopes

Published on Sep 25, 2017 AutomaticGainsay

"Here is a demonstration of the envelope functionality of the Analogue Solutions Fusebox."

All parts here.

Random Source Haible Tau Phaser Eurorack Module

Published on Sep 25, 2017 rupertlally

"Brief demo of the eurorack version Random Source Haible Tau Phaser."

via Random Source

"Jürgen Haible's WASP Filter is now available for eurorack in a dual version with some modifications and addons - including a MODE section that acts as a dynamic link between both filters. It allows to combine the filters in series or parallel or anything in between - even voltage controlled(!). Also, each side can blend from lowpass to highpass or bandpass (yes, the notch is in there, too!) creating infinite filterbank combinations. A Sync switch has been added to be able to control both side’s cutoff frequency with from the left side. The unique distortion can be configured to PRE or POST for each side. This is a (mostly) through-hole version containing very few optional SMT parts (not included).

2 Identical Haible WASP filters including distortion
Blend from Lowpass to Highpass or Bandpass
Distortion can be configured to be PRE or POST
MODE blends from serial to parallel setup - even CV controlled.
SYNC: control Cutoff of both filters at the same time
Infinite options from 4-pole VCF to Stereo filter
Massive drone machine
Complex oscillator when patched to self-oscillate
No wiring needed
Random*Source has acquired Jürgen Haible's legacy and is the only authorized source of Haible designs."

Expressive E Touche - Sonic Lab Presentation

Published on Sep 25, 2017 sonicstate

"We had a visit from Expressive E - they showed us their Touche controller, which allows you to transform physical expression into MIDI CC and four channels of CV control."

ROLAND SH-101 + KNAS EKDAHL MOISTURIZER (Spring Reverb) ~ Will They Pair? Ep.34

Published on Sep 25, 2017

"I run the Roland SH-101 through the Ekdahl Moisturizer spring reverb. The SH-101 is a classic analog monophonic synth from the 80s made famous for its use in acid techno. The Moisturizer is a combo spring reverb and analog filter. What's unique about this reverb is that the springs are exposed at the top so you can tap them and play them with your hands. You can also replace the spring tank if you want. It also comes with a multi-mode filter which can be smoothly switched from low pass, bandpass and highpass. There's also an onboard LFO which you can modulate the filter with. Finally, it has various different CV jacks on the back for interfacing with external analog gear.

This video is part information part demo. I go over all the different knobs on the Moisturizer and experiment with different sounds along the way."

MFB Tanzmaus & Moog Sub Phatty

Published on Sep 25, 2017 3rdStoreyChemist

"Jamming with the Tanzmaus drum machine & a Sub Phatty synthesiser synced together.
Clock and sequence from an Elektron Octatrack, with a Kenton Thru-5."

Three Synth Sequence (2). Two Moog Sub 37s and Model 15 Modular.

Published on Sep 25, 2017 Resonant Anvil

"64 step - two notes per step - sequence running on synced Moog Sub 37s. One note-line of the sequence is fed to the MOS-LAB Model 15. Sources from the Model 15 are sine (Osc 1) triangle (Osc 2) and triangle (Osc 3) with different Octave Range settings on each Osc. Changes to octave range made on Model 15 throughout."

Beat707 NXT MIDI Echo Feature

Published on Sep 25, 2017 William Kalfelz

"Here's the new feature on the Beat707 NXT. A MIDI Echo option. You can have 6 echos in total (maybe more, depending on how much RAM we have left once everything is done). Echo option with the following options: track selector, number of 96 PPQ ticks, space in 96 PPQ ticks, Attach or Decay Velocity and the option to select when the echo happens: on all notes, max or lower forced velocity notes.

Edit: just added Mute Solo Mode
This is a new great feature for live performance."

A Halottak Harangja

Published on Sep 25, 2017 davidryle

"A little early for the haunting season of October, but this project started with a drone from a STG Soundlabs wavefolder and progressed to a new low of morbidity.
The computer reading of excerpts from Edgar Allen Poe's 'A Premature Burial' seemed to fit the theme well."

Novation Bass Station 2 & Boss RV6 Reverb

Published on Sep 25, 2017 3rdStoreyChemist

"Bass Station 2 synthesiser through the RV6 Reverb.

No further processing except normalisation."

Moog Minitaur, EHX Small Stone & Strymon Timeline

Published on Sep 25, 2017 3rdStoreyChemist

"Minitaur synthesiser through a vintage Small Stone phaser and Timeline delay. Minitaur is sequenced from an Electron Octatrack.

No further processing except normalisation."

ANTS! patch: I love chaos

Published on Sep 25, 2017 Plankton Elec

"Anti Depressiva" autumnal jam with Vitamin Erebus, Akai Rhythm Wolf & Beatstep

Published on Sep 25, 2017 Ludwig Kopp

"Contains Vitamin:
A Kai Rhythm Wolf
B eatstep
D readbox Erebus

Unprocessed crude analogue.
Thanks for checking."

Tasty Chips GR-1 as an FX unit - Live sampling and playback

Published on Sep 25, 2017 Tasty Chips

"Quick video that demonstrates the GR-1's new live sampling capabilities. Input sound is streamed from a laptop and input via a USB soundcard (the small black on the back). All granular synthesis options are in effect, and allow stuff like scratching, time stretch, comb filtering, harmonizing (using the play buttons and sliders).

Music by Holon (Mark Rydyger) Track "Awake To A New Reality". Many thanks!

Sorry about the low recording quality. This was all just grabbed quickly from the ipad mic. Nothing better at hand right now!"

Patch n Tweak

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