MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

VGM #117: Sonic Heroes (Electro-Pop Cover) Ft. Good Blood

Published on Oct 10, 2017 Ace Waters

"I got two more vocal covers coming for the Sonic album. I got the idea to create a 'Kanye/Bon Iver' crooning pop track out of this song, and I knew the perfect bearded boy to help me make that a reality. Javed, from Good Blood and The Punch Kids KILLED IT on the vocals. Hope you enjoy!"

DSI Sequential Prophet-6, Arturia Drumbrute, Yamaha Reface DX, & Moog Voyager XL.

Yamaha CS-60: "For Nothing" by Raymond Castile

Published on Oct 10, 2017 raycastile

"I've been kicking around this melody for a few months. Finally I decided to do something with it.

The two main instruments are the Yamaha CS-60 and Reface CP, as you see in the video. The strings are a combination of the Elka Rhapsody 490 and the Ensoniq ESQ-1. The Roland Juno 60 is making some of the effects sounds, along with the CS-60. There's a bit of Roland D-50 and XP-30 at the beginning, plus some VST digital effects throughout." Manual Oscillator Harmonies - 10/10/2017

Published on Oct 10, 2017 SynthMania

"(The full performance starts at 1:10)

You want more hypnotic stuff? Here's more hypnotic stuff. Again... look, ma, no keyboard.

Gear used: modular:
3xQ106 oscillators for the bass, mid bass and melody
1xQ106 oscillator in low mode modulating the melody osc frequency
2xQ106 oscillators for the sequence
1xQ119 sequencer triggering the two Q160 oscillators
1xQ107 filter (bass, mid bass, and melody)
1xQ106 oscillator in LFO mode modulating the Q107's frequency level
1xQ150 filter (sequence)
Delay: Sonitus fx: Delay
Reverb: Overloud Breverb2"

Elektron Octatrack MKII - Unboxing

Published on Oct 10, 2017 Synthpedia

"Here we are unboxing the brand new Elektron Octatrack MKII! The track is made with samples that are provided with the OT MKII. The new screen, knobs, buttons and fader make a huge difference in how it feels to use the machine! What a beauty!"

Octatrack MKIIs on eBay | Octatrack MKIIs on Amazon

MOOG Prodigy Monophonic Analog Synth Synthesizer SN 6420

via this auction

Understanding Sound Design on the Volca FM - Episode 1.5: The Edit Menu

Published on Oct 10, 2017 Oscillator Sink

"Welcome back to a mini-episode of my series digging into sound design and patch creation on the Korg Volca FM. Before we get too stuck in to the sounds, let's take a brief moment to examine how the Edit menu operates."

Part 1 here.

HANSY1010 Demo

Published on Oct 10, 2017 gilleslacaud

Fragment Synthesizer - Granular + Additive synthesis + Visuals

Published on Oct 6, 2017 Fragment Synthesizer

"Fragment is an online collaborative additive / spectral and soon granular live-coding web. platform, the spectrum is created by a live GPU script, the generated visual is then converted to audio by an additive process (re-synthesis).

Fragment is able to produce high-quality fast additive and granular synthesis simultaneously with re-synthesis support, it has many features making it a bliss to produce any kind of sounds or visuals and is aimed at artists seeking a creative environment with few limitations to experiment with, a programmable noise-of-all-kinds monster.

This is a video of one hour jam on ambient soundscapes made of (simple) granular and additive synthesis patches with live compositing visuals produced from two videos.

This demonstrate granular synthesis features, videos looping/compositing and mixing sound synthesis methods, some new features of the just released one year massive anniversary update.

On this video, i also use the new distributed sound synthesis tool which is able to split sound synthesis computation over multiple machines on the network or cores, 4 Fragment Audio servers were running over multiple core on a i7 CPU to provide polyphonic and multitimbral (4 timbres) additive + granular synthesis with over 150+ grains at the same time.

The code used to produce the granular soundscape and the additive synthesis partials is quite simple this time, this just use envelope, exponential decay of harmonics and pKey."

You can try the Fragment synthesizer now at :

The End of World Will Come on a Thursday

Published on Oct 10, 2017 Alba Ecstasy

Mellow Lead - Arp Odyssey,
Pad Drone - Roland JX-03,
Bass Line - microKorg,
Drums - Roland JD-Xi,
Reverb - Clouds,
Phaser - Warps,
Tape Delay - Strymon El Capistan,
Delay - Roland Demora,

Roland JP08 - 128 Synth Sounds / Patches

Published on Oct 10, 2017

"Available here

Remember to listen in 1080p

Only the JP-08 on-board effects are used."

Roland JP-08s on eBay

Dwarfcraft Grazer + Drum Machine

Published on Oct 10, 2017 theonetrueaen

"The people asked, and so shall they receive.
The Grazer (and some other Dwarfcraft pals) making life difficult for the Korg Electribe Sampler 2.

1975 PAIA Catalog - "Gnome Micro-Synthesizer"

via this auction

"Cool vintage catalog which was requested in 1975. Looks like it may have been stored untouched since from around that period. Very nice!"

Original Moog Taurus Pedals SN 2052

via this auction

"One owner, Moog Taurus 1 pedals in excellent condition (still has original rubber feet from 1978!!), I had midi added on so you can control external sound engines for an unbelievable combination of sounds. Pedals are in 9 out of 10 condition, all functions well , always kept in climate controlled environment."

Modor NF-1 Digital Synthesizer

via this auction

Rob Hordijk Rungler Demo // Modular Meets Leeds 2017

Third video added to the main post here.

Prophet '08 Soft Strings

Published on Oct 9, 2017 Sacred Synthesis

"I've been focusing on the Poly Evolvers for a full nine months now. I deliberately did so while the Prophet Rev2 fervor was at its height, and now that it's slowly passing, I thought I'd return to the Prophet '08.

Somewhat in imitation of the 'Soft Strings' piece I did on the Prophet 12, I thought I'd begin with the Prophet '08's version of the same patch. This sound uses the usual Keyboard-Module pairing and panning at the mixer for stereo breadth and depth. Only one keyboard was used, and every note is Prophet '08 except the bass, which is, as usual, the Evolver Desktop controlled by the Hammond Pedalboard.

By the way, the photographs used throughout this channel were all taken by my wife. These are the glorious local places that we weekly walk or hike in western Massachusetts. The present picture was taken just this afternoon, on a humid drizzly Columbus Day, as the remnants of the hurricane "Nate" passed through the area.

DSI Prophet '08 Keyboard
DSI Prophet '08 Module

DSI Evolver Desktop
Hammond XPK 200L Pedalboard

External Effects:
Lexicon MX300 for reverb

Performed and mixed live and recorded directly to a Tascam CD-RW900 Mk II.


"Soul Synth"

Published on Oct 10, 2017 Bob I. Gomez

With the DSI Sequential Prophet-6.

Pulses | Qu-Bit Pulsar, Chord, Chance

Published on Oct 10, 2017 White Noises

"Focusing on three modules from Qu-Bit Electronix -- the Pulsar, Chord, and Chance.

A detailed patch walkthrough was featured on Qu-Bit's Instagram Story -- follow @qubitelectronix and @gregwht for more.

Patch Notes

∿Swirling Pad∿
Chord mix out going into Clouds Input R. Since I'm only taking the Output L from Clouds, the Chord mix is only heard when the blend knob is turned clockwise and the signal becomes wet -- otherwise, only the Plucky Melodies can be heard. Chance's Discrete output is controlling the Chord Inversion, while the Blend output is controlling the Waveform. A gate from Pamela's New Workout toggles the Chord's voicing between Close and Spread. Chance's waveform output is controlling Clouds' Size parameter.

∿Plucky Melodies~
Chord's Root, 3rd, 5th, and 7th outputs. Root and 7th going to LxD's 6dB and 12dB filters respectively before being sent to Tangle Quartet, whereas the 3rd and 5th go straight to Tangle Quartet. All are plucked/struck by Pulsar outputs 1-4, with each channel in Euclidean rhythms mode. The Smooth output from Chance is going into Pulsar's Mode input, rotating the rhythms. The mix from Tangle Quartet is going into Clouds Input L, to be mixed with Swirling Pad.

∿Morphing Bass / Kick∿
STO variable-shape wave straight to uJack. Pitch is controlled by Ornament + Crime, and Shape by the multed Blend output from Chance. A gate is being sent to the Lin input, so turning the corresponding knob clockwise morphs the STO between a static bass sound and a pulsing kick drum.

Modules used
∿ Pulsar, Chord, and Chance by Qu-Bit Electronix
∿ Clouds by Mutable Instruments
∿ LxD and STO by Make Noise
∿ Ornament + Crime by mxmxmx
∿ Pamela's New Workout and Tangle Quartet by ALM Busy Circuits
∿ uJack by Intellijel.
∿ Performer Series case by MDLRcase

∿ Listen to my music on Bandcamp:"

Manual oscillator harmonies - 10/9/2017

Published on Oct 9, 2017 SynthMania

"(The performance starts at 1:06) Here's some hypnotic stuff: three oscillators 'played' manually on a modular to form different chordal harmonies.
FX: Overloud Breverb2"

Roland VP-330 & Oberheim OB-X Analog Synthesizer - Blade Runner soundtrack inspired

Published on Oct 10, 2017 RetroSound

"(c) 2017 vintage synthesizer demo track by RetroSound

all synthesizer sounds: Oberheim OB-X Analog Synthesizer (1979)
strings and choir: Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus (1979)
recording: multi-tracking without midi
fx: reverb and delay"

Moog SP - Mopho Desktop - Waldorf Blofeld - Bass Station II Jam (Oct 9 2017)

Published on Oct 10, 2017 stereofect

"Downsized the studio during the summer and added a Moog Slim Phatty to the kit. The result is this nice relaxing ambient synth jam.

The video and audio were recorded on an iPhone 6 simultaneously using FiLMiC Pro app and a Behringer Line 2 USB Interface Cable. Hope you like it.


Audio Damage Ports Axon 2 Drum Synth with AI Tech to iPad

Axon 2 - Audio Damage, Inc.

You can find demos of the Windows and Mac versions here.

Details iPad:

"Axon 2 is a drum synth driven by artificial intelligence. (Well, "intelligence" might be a strong word. Artificial something-or-other.) An experimental instrument, Axon uses a modified artificial neural network as a sequencer, and features seven FM-based percussion voices, that are really a single 18-operator FM voice.

If that sounds weird, you ain't seen nothing yet. It is surprisingly intuitive once you get the knack of it, and is capable of all-new, complex rhythms that repeat in surprising ways. It often gets referenced as a "random sequence generator," but there is nothing random in Axon; it is entirely determinative.

The sequencer features seven "neurons" that trigger a voice and send a pulse when they have received a predetermined number of pulses. You can wire the output of any neuron to the input of any other (with built-in loop detection to prevent runaway feedback), and in this manner pre-program the artificial neural network without having to go through a "learning" phase.

The seven individual drum voices, each triggered by its attendant neuron, are 2-operator FM voices in a configuration to best make percussion sounds, with additional FM and AM busses that all voices send to and receive from. Each voice has a HPF, distortion circuit, and white noise generator to provide a full range of percussion-oriented voicing individually, while interacting with each other in new and unique ways.


• Artificial Neural Network sequencer features seven neurons, and is easily programmed to create strange new repeating rhythms.

• Seven FM percussion voices that also buss together to create a single monolithic complex percussion synthesizer.

• Full mixer with pan, level, mute, and solo on each voice.

• Built-in stereo delay with X/Y pad control over feedback and filter frequency, for live playability.

• MIDI input, including Bluetooth MIDI, for driving Axon from DAW and hardware sequencers, and Virtual MIDI Output (standalone only) for driving other software with the Axon sequencer.

• Inter-App Audio, including transport synchronization, in standalone mode.

• Internal transport for non-synchronized playback.

• Resizable vector-based user interface.

• Drawn reciprocation dingle arm to reduce sinusoidal depleneration.

• XML-based cross-platform, human-readable preset system, with copy/paste, for easy transferring of your own presets and third-party offerings.

Please Note: This application will work fine on an iPad Mini, but the user interface may be difficult to use due to the size."

Alesis A6 Andromeda Keyboard Synthesizer SN (21)A60500390

via this auction

Fender Chroma Polaris Synthesizer

via this auction

Some details from the listing following. Interesting bit regarding the DC shift kill circuit. Maybe this will help some experiencing the same problem.

"This is a Chroma Polaris, a highly underrated analog monster. When I got it, it was missing all the slider knobs and a few sliders were broken off. The previous owner thought it looked better without end caps and lost them. The membrane was in bad shape.

Now, it's much better. I replaced all of the slider potentiometers with new ones. They have a shorter shaft to accommodate the plastic slider knobs I got for it. I replaced the membrane with a brand new one. I recapped the power supply with high quality capacitors. I put some batteries in, loaded factory patches and it sounds amazing. All the keys work perfectly, the MIDI works, sequencer and all the functions are 100% working. It's a punchy full sounding monster synthesizer.

The bad part, aside from the missing end caps, is that when it's stored on it's side, sometimes when you go to power up, it doesn't work. It happens because of a built in DC shift kill circuit. If the DC shifts a tiny bit, it won't power up. The field work around is to turn the potentiometer inside counter clockwise then clockwise till the LED inside lights. That puts DC back where it should be, then it works again. I've considered having it looked at because it's got to be something small that adjusts when it's on it's side. When I leave it on my keyboard stand, it's fine and turns on every time. It seems to only happen sometimes when it's stored on it's side for any length of time. It's something that could be looked into, though, it didn't bug me so I didn't bother with it. Also, the metal screws that line the back were removed for ease of opening, I will see if I can find them. The top latches down securely with two giant screws on the bottom so they aren't absolutely necessary.

I took a picture of the power supply board inside to show the potentiometers and LED. I will need to check but I think it's either R17, maybe R5 that you adjust. Before I ship, I will confirm this and adjust it fresh for the journey."

ARP Avatar Guitar Synthesizer with Accessories

via this auction

"I purchased the item around 2010. Initially, I used it as intended, as a guitar synthesizer, and I fitted the hex pickup to a Les Paul since it's designed for a Les Paul, not a Fender like some of the hex pickups.

The tracking circuit to change the string tone to a synth tone is unreliable. The hex pickup works fine for both clean and fuzz, but the pickup to synth tracking is sporadic. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't, but usually it doesn't work properly. It seems like this is a common problem with Avatars.

I have used this occasionally as a normal synth since then and it has worked nicely for me. I have recorded with it for two albums using it as a normal synth.

I had the pin connectors cleaned and resoldered, the power supply recapped, calibrated and all of the controls cleaned. Currently there is sometimes some slight crackling when a few of the sliders are moved. The synth has some of the slider caps missing.

There are a few scratches on the side of the synth. It has been treated with care over the years. The synth powers on normally; main power switch and main output button light normally. Sliders are moveable with no stuck ones. The guitar interconnect cable is completely functional.

This comes with the original owners manual, patchbook, instructional cassette tape, hexaphonic guitar pickup (without the original box), and a guitar to synth cable.

The guitar-to-synth aspects of it are really cool and fun and I'm sure that there's someone out there who could get the tracking circuit repaired. As a synth only, it works great..."


via this auction

"The Akai AX-80 is an 8 voice polyphonic analog synth with a 61-note keyboard, midi impementation, 96 memory banks, and 2 Oscillator+1 Sub Oscillator per voice. Programming is accomplished by selecting the parameter and adjusting it with a single large knob. Although there are no dedicated sliders, there is a really cool, Knight Rider style, LED interface with bar graph displays for each parameter."

Corsynth C106 - The Krell Patch

Published on Oct 10, 2017 Corsynth

"A Krell patch using the C106 Dual Loopable VC AD Envelope.The Krell patch is an auto generative patch, that evolves over time without touching the the modular."

Corsynth C106



Published on Oct 10, 2017 COLOR MY SOUND

"This is a review of BANG digital wavetable oscillator manufactured by LIVESTOCK ELECTRONICS. The review also appears in October (2017) issue of "Estrada i Studio" - biggest Polish monthly magazine devoted to music production and studio equipment."

via Livestock Electronics

"Bang is a lo-fi digital wavetable oscillator inspired by old game consoles. However it takes a totally new approach to wavetables synthesis: within a cycle it switches between so called chunks that are indexed as odd or even numbers. Waves can be assigned to these odd or even chunks, which allows for complex waveforms. The result is aliased, aggressive and absolute fun!

The module comes with six libraries containing 12 waves each. It is even possible to create own wave libraries using the supporting application for Mac and Windows."

Patch Exploration

Published on Oct 10, 2017 soundunitz

"Due to a power issue I had to slim my system down a bit. Took a few days of trading out certain modules for other ones, looking for the right combination. This was what I ended up using along with my friends HEK.

I tried to center things around the Pressure Points. Multed out to Clouds or Telharmonic, I could have those modules play in "Stages" with each change on the Pressure Points. The 2Hp Freez is there for that little extra something it does so well. There are two Korg SQ-1s going that are mostly off camera."


Published on Oct 10, 2017 mishpult

"A Korg Electribe 2 composition performed in one take. Other equipment used: Korg Volca Sample (vocal sample and under-beat), Bastl Instruments Microgranny 2.5 (drone), TCE Hall of Fame (reverb) and Korg KP2Mini (delay) Enjoy and thanks for watching!"

Ambient - Wiard eurorack modular synth

Published on Oct 10, 2017 DavidH

ANTS! patch: Outerspace

Published on Oct 10, 2017 Plankton Elec

Roland Sh01-a Boutique

Published on Oct 10, 2017 Buchla info

"tweaking Roland SH01-a
Internal sequence,
external delay added by onboard mixer,
bass by Korg Prophecy"

Korg M1 Synthesizer: Famous Sounds

Published on Oct 10, 2017 Doctor Mix

"This time we show the venerable Korg M1 Synthesizer and play some of its most famous presets. We can play this and many other synths on your music.

List of the sounds shown on this video:

00:33 00 Universe
00:58 01 Piano16'
01:21 Brass1
01:38 03 Ooh-Ahh
01:56 04 Guitar1
02:17 Bottle Bell

Number Money (Avon, Stringer, Omar)

Published on Oct 10, 2017 Aidan Burns-Fulkerson

"Money. It’s value is made up, but the things people do for it are all too real. Some work diligently to better the world, while others are compensated immensely to do harm to the earth, animals, people. Humans increasingly live under systems of government that push the benefits to the rich and scapegoat the poor and powerless.

Please do what you can to resist, to protest, to better this place.

Dedicated to Frédéric Munsch on this day of protest."

Urban Spaceman @ The Workshop

Published on Oct 10, 2017 brassmonkey

"Urban Spaceman live at The Workshop (Melbourne, Australia)"

Variable star wave tables for the SynthTech E352

Published on Oct 9, 2017 Steve Bryson

"Demonstration of a wave table for the Synthesis Technology E352 based on observations of the variable star RR Lyrae by the Kepler space telescope.

NOTE: there are rather terrible compression artifacts in the audio, particularly in the first section. Listen to the uncompressed audio file here:

RR Lyrae ( varies in brightness by over a factor of 2 every 13.5 hours or so, with a characteristic pattern of variation. This particular star is good for musical sounds because the oscillations don't exactly repeat. Using observations from different times together, like in the video, creates a rich variation in phase and texture.

Details of these observations can be found at, and

Each wave table breaks up three months of observation into 64 waves, with each wave having about two periods of oscillation. Each three-month period is called a "quarter", and the waves shown in the video are for quarter 5 (Q5) and quarter 6 (Q6) of Kepler's observations.

My thanks to Jon Jenkins for the code that I modified to make these wave tables."

Patch n Tweak

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