MATRIXSYNTH: Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Soldering 0805 Caps for Deckard's Dream part 2 - Iron or Hot Air

Published on Oct 15, 2017 TjimmyChonga - Deckard's Dream is now available in both kit and pre-built form as announced here.

"Aside from 4000 through-hole components, the Deckard's Dream DIY synth requires soldering almost 700 very small surface mount capacitors.
Should you do that with a soldering iron or a smd hot air rework station? You decide!"

Part 1 here.

Deerman - live (with EMS VCS3)

Published on Oct 15, 2017 brassmonkey

"A beautifully sonic rich performance by deerman (aka Steve Williams) at Long Play in Melbourne, Australia - October 2017.

Live visuals performed by Ben Willis. Clip recorded and edited by Ben Willis."

GRP A2 & A4

Published on Aug 9, 2017 Thomas Neyens

"A simple jam I made when exploring the GRP A2 for the first time. I used both GRP's internal sequencers and the Cirklon to sequence the other synths. Except for the BigSky and Chorus Echo, there are no effects and I didn't do any post-editing of sounds.

Apologies for the bad IMovie skillzzzz. I just wanted to show how intuitive the GRP's are.

Synths used:
GRP A2 (+ Strymon BigSky)
GRP A4 (+ Strymon BigSky)
Roland TR-808 (+ Roland RE-501)
Roland MKS-80 (+ Strymon BigSky)"

This one in via John L Rice.

Barton's Aleph versus Husted's SP-4DP

Published on Oct 15, 2017 jdanielcramer

"Todd Barton's latest bit of patching genius in a grudge match with James Husted of Synthwerks fame's ultimate fader controller. Oh the humanity!"

Reminder: Todd Barton is currently on tour. You can find a list of shows here.

Buchla music easel solo with EHX Canyon Delay on cassette

Published on Oct 15, 2017 Ritchie DeCarlo

"Working on some songs for my Cassette release"


Published on Oct 13, 2017 Rob Welt

"a very quick demo of my WALDORF PULSE 1, a German 3 0SC analog Synth from the mid 90ies. With great matrix for quick programming. Very versatile, very fat, hard & loud!"

SN 740222209

via this auction

Waldorf Microwave XT 30 Voice Synthesizer SN 010730175

via this auction

Mutable Instruments Ambika 4P Filter Synthesizer

via this auction

You can see the individual voice boards in the images below.

"This is a fresh built Mutable Instruments Ambika, Fully Loaded with 6x 4P Filter Voice Boards. Custom enclosure with white infilled Raster Etched top legend and a Power Switch built into the AC Jack.

-Light Smoke Custom Acrylic Enclosure.
-Green Backlight LCD Display.
-Tight & Wobble Free Metal Shaft Pots & Encoder.
-AC Jack w/ Power Switch.
-AC Power Adapter Included.
-Efficient Switching Regulator on the 5v Rail.
-2GB SD Card Included!"

Vintage 80s Yamaha DX1 FM Synthesizer SN 1199

via this auction

Some notes from the listing on the sound of the DX1 compared to other Yamaha DX synths:

"There will always be people that say that the DX1 is just two DX7s under one roof but having owned four DX1s in my lifetime, (I'm old) multiple DX5s, and DX7s this does not ring true to me. The DX1 has 5 microprocessors and 13 circuit boards inside it's heavy gauge steel body. It was built out of the highest quality components available. It just sounds better in my opinion. I am sure it is in the components used. This entire package is wrapped up in a Brazilian rosewood and heavy gauge steel housing.

I like the first generation of FM synths and how they have a darker more organic sound. If you can't afford a DX1 then get a brown MKI DX7 or a DX5. They all sound fantastic but the DX1 sounds the best to my ears.

I was comparing the sound of the DX5 and DX1 side by side today and the difference in sound is shocking (not just through the headphone amp). When you switch from the DX5 to the DX1 it sounds like someone took a wet blanket off your studio monitors. Also, Being able to program so quickly and use the velocity and after touch as a performance tool makes it special to me and dear to my heart. I have always had a thing for the DX1. I am only selling this because I am moving and have another. It sounds "better" than other FM synths in the same way a guitar or recording console sounds 'better' than another. It is hard to quantify.

Everything on this instrument functions like it should and it looks sharp. It has always been kept in a climate controlled environment. It has two very small cosmetic flaws that are not immediately noticeable but I wanted to mention them. It has a light one inch scratch below the Yamaha logo closest to the keys and a small cosmetic imperfection about the size of a pencil eraser or cigarette butt end on the left hand side. (to the right of the data entry buttons above key #15 on the face of the instrument) Other than those two cosmetic imperfections it looks incredible and would belong in a museum. The inside of the instrument is also extremely clean. It has never been abused or abandoned. Everything on this instrument works perfectly, there are no noisy pots or problem of any kind and I know these machines very well. If you are crazy enough to take this on a tour, every performance would go off without a hitch. It's a very nice machine.

They only made 140 of these. My guess is only 75-100 remain in good functioning condition. It's hard to find a DX1 for sale period, I would say it's even harder to find one in this condition that wasn't set aside to get dusty in some garage somewhere, when all the cheaper and lighter rompler keyboards came around in the early 90s."

"Unholy Blends" - Novation Peak, Digitakt, Analog Rytm, A4, Monomachine, Op-1, Monologue, Mother 32

Published on Oct 15, 2017 lostsystems1

Synth Runner 2019

Published on Oct 15, 2017 JediSid

"As you can probably guess, this is influenced by Master Composer Vangelis.
After recently rewatching Blade Runner and watching the new Blade Runner 2049 I decided to revisit the sounds that got me into Synths in the first place."

MOOG MOTHER32 try out cutoff & decay

Published on Oct 15, 2017 peter synthbrothers

"short improvisation using the cutoff & decay from the mother32
playing analogue synth is so nice to do.
Back to basics"


Published on Oct 15, 2017 peter synthbrothers

2x moog mother32
ROLAND S50 (JP8strings)
FX: eventide space & BOSS RE20

Casio XW-P1 : noodling with a "lo-fi" sound

Published on Oct 14, 2017 Nice and Synths

"This video contains some noise from a Casio XW-P1. It was recorded to PC via a Focusrite Scarlett 18i6. No processing was done to the audio, this is just direct sound from the synthesizer.

The sound is just a hex layer pad type sound, using the XW-P1's "Lo-Fi" DSP effect. Part of this effect is a crude bit-crushing type...thing. I am using that to get all the grungy background noise.

As always, this video doesn't represent what competent music sounds like, or all the possibilities of the synthesizer presented. It is just around 5 minutes of meandering noodlery.

And finally, one day I will get some better lighting so the video doesn't look completely horrible. :)"

Selmer MR-101 Auto Rhythm 1972 Demo

Published on Oct 15, 2017 RR

via this auction

"Selmer SM-101 Auto Rhythm drum machine from the 70's.

Working well.

Small things better to mention:

-The light is not flashing.

-The snares / hihats are maybe getting noisy when turning the balance from soft to clear
(but I'm not sure it's an issue, maybe it's sounds like this originally).

- the wood box is a bit weary.

Voltage is 220, plug is european type."

Simmons SDS9 Electric Drum Set with Module, Cables, Manual (All Original)

via this auction

"Simmons SDS9 electric drum full drum set with module, cables, manual.

Overall good condition and perfect working but has small issues:
- Some pots (4) of the module are not original but perfect. (see photos)
- The snare pad is broken a bit, but its working and easy to stick. (photo 7.)

Otherwise good overall condition.
All function of the module and all pads are working.
Stand is original Simmons, just like the cables and the manual."

Quasimidi Rave-O-Lution 309 SN 40678

via this auction

Vintage Hammond Organ Auto-Vari 64 Drum Machine SN 1068193

"via this auction

"Vintage Hammond Organ Auto-Vari 64 Analog Synth Organ Drum Machine

works great. a little dusty."

Roland JX10

via this auction

Vintage Classic Roland CR-78 CompuRhythm SN 935473

via this auction

Roland TR-808 SN 300707 w/ Mods

via this auction

Elektron Digitakt, Moog Slim Phatty - Transistor - Alain Kalender

Published on Oct 15, 2017 Alain Kalender

"Trying out my new Digitakt, works great with my other machines in this techno madness!"

Blokas Pisound with Sonic Pi

Published on Oct 15, 2017 The Mad Music Machine

"We have had the Pisound for a while but hadn't got around to testing it until prompted to do so my a discussion on

Here we try it with the Code Club 'Musical Round' Frere Jacques project, firstly with just Sonic Pi audio, followed by MIDI sequencing our Mother-32, System-1m and Mutant Drums."

Pisound / Sonic Pi at 200 BPM

Published on Oct 15, 2017 The Mad Music Machine

"Just leaving this running as part of a performance test of Sonic Pi with the Pisound."

Prodigy vs. Sub37 oscillator challange part 2

Published on Oct 15, 2017 Joakim Floke

"This time I used the frequency analyzer and the oscilloscope from cubase to show the differences between the old one and the new one. I've also found the problem with the Prodigy and fixed it, it was a badly soldered ground connection."

Part 1 here.

X1L3 - circuit bent - PT87 - harsh noise and power electronix redux

Published on Oct 15, 2017 manufacturedZ3R0

"Revisiting the PT87 for what is probably the last time with 32 minutes of post optimism improvised power electronics.


Cleared out the hoard of these in the circuit bending stash recently and modified them all. They're becoming harder and harder to get these days and this is most likely the last run of them from this camp. It seemed fitting to throw out the constraints of percieved attention span and adherence to a time limit and just let the camera roll. If you're here it's either by accident or you know what you're looking for. And if this is what you're looking for then turn it up, sit back, have a beer, take a trip through the shatter zone and let the machine do the talking. This is the modified board at work, with no additional fx. Shifting from scene to scen within the noise through the set. A great variety of dark and harsh PE orientated textures.

If you visit the shop, there are at the time of writing this PT87 and 82's available. Other than the colour they're identical in performance. Once they're gone they're more than likely gone for good this time.

Olegtron Mechatronics 「Olegtron* 4060」 demo patching

Published on Oct 15, 2017 K0MABA

"Olegtron Mechatronics 「Olegtron* 4060」 demo patching by FALCON-106."

Soulsby Synths Presentation // Modular Meets Leeds 2017

Published on Oct 15, 2017 DivKidVideo

"Paul from Soulsby Synths takes us through a presentation of his eurorack modules with Oscitron, it's alternative drum firmware and Odytron firmware. We loved those crunchy drums and are already big fans of the Oscitron [video here]. It's great to have Paul up at Modular Meets Leeds 2017 after his previous support at other events too."

Moog Minitaur & MXR Distortion+ CSP104

Published on Oct 15, 2017 3rdStoreyChemist

"Minitaur synthesiser through the Distortion+. Minitaur is sequenced from an Elektron Octatrack.

No further processing except normalisation."

Synth Art Vol 1 Synth Book by Ste Holmes on Kickstarter

via Kickstarter:

"I created a series of 36 illustrations of synthesisers over the course of the summer. I thoroughly enjoy doing them. They were released on social media and quickly gained popularity with both synth lovers and manufacturers alike. People wanted to know where they could get a hold of them hence this illustrated book project.

Most designs end up on tees or travel mugs these days but i wanted something different for Synth Art. I really wanted to see these designs in a coffee table book and thought it would be a nice addition to any studio.

To accompany the book campaign are packs of 5 postcards. I already have these printed and all digital content is ready to ship too. The only outstanding work to be done is the printing of the book itself.

The Book

This is a quality hardback photo book. I have chosen a local printer so that I can more easily oversee the production of the book ensuring its quality before distribution.

I will sign each book before sending. This will be a first run and totally unique. All backers of the printed book will be listed in the back as a thank you for your support.

Here are all of the images (in no particular order). There are two reserved pages for Synth Guru backers. If any of these are not taken then I will fill their space with illustrations I have in reserve."

Analog Four Mk2 Sound Demo – A Beautiful Sounding Synth

Published on Oct 15, 2017 BoBeats

"A sound demo of the Analog Four MK2 from Elektron. The patches are all made by me and will be available to Patrons in the coming week. Works on A4 Mk1, Mk2 & AK.

Like the intro video? Check out this Kickstarter campaign I think is worth supporting:"

Patch n Tweak

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