MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017

Todd Barton Performance at Wayward Music 10/28/2017

Published on Oct 30, 2017 matrixsynth

You should all be familiar with Todd Barton over the years here on MATRIXSYNTH.

[Note: Todd has an upcoming performance coming up on Monday, November 13 at the Conservatory of Music at UOP, Stockton, California. That event will feature electronic instruments designed and built by Rob Hordijk. If you are in the area, you do not want to miss it.]

The above is the full performance by Todd Barton on the BEMI Buchla Music Easel at Wayward Music, announced here. Note the performance was in quad (four channels of spatial audio around the room), however, I was only able to capture it on my iPhone 6s, so unfortunately the quality is limited here. This video is meant more for historical purposes, but do enjoy it. It was an amazing performance.

You can find Todd Barton's website at

The following bio is from the Wayward Music event page

"Todd Barton is a composer, sound designer, multimedia performer, and analog synthesist specializing in Buchla, Serge and Hordijk modular systems. After four decades of exploration Barton is still delving deeply into the ever-expanding frontiers of musical expression: from his DNA derived Genome Music to his innovative scores for plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; from performances of Zen shakuhachi meditation music to avant-garde music for electronic synthesizers and computers; from performing with luminaries of jazz and poetry to lecturing on music and composition from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century. He gives Skype lessons and consultations in analog synthesis worldwide and is currently a trainer for Todd is fascinated and obsessed with exploring sound and its infinite manifestations. This performance will be a live improvisation which “Follows the Sound” of a Buchla Music Easel.

Presented by Nonsequitur."

Jason E Anderson Performance at Wayward Music 10/28/2017

Published on Oct 30, 2017 matrixsynth

First 16:33 of Jason E Anderson's performance on a 5U modular at Wayward Music, Seattle, WA 10/28/2017. The system featured a rare 5U Cynthia Zeroscillator and modules from I was a member of the audience and decided to capture the performance with my iPhone 6s, so unfortunately the quality is limited. This video is meant more for historical purposes, but do enjoy it. It was a great performance.

You can find Jason's website at:

The following bio is from the Wayward Music event page

"Jason E Anderson is an artist from Seattle whose work includes performance, recorded works, video, installation, and music for dance. He creates sound using synthesis, acoustic recordings, programming and text. His work emerges from the traditions of experimental music and sound art. Anderson performs and records music under his own name, as Spare Death Icon, as LIMITS with Corrie Befort, and as a member of network computer music collective Mesh Collaborative . He is an active performer, and organizer/producer of performance events in the Pacific Northwest, and he publishes the recorded work of his contemporaries on his experimental music record labels Gift Tapes and DRAFT. Jason’s performance will employ the use of a computer running supercollider to generate events and sequences as control voltages that are sent to an analog synthesizer.

Presented by Nonsequitur."

Quick demo of 2x PreenFM & 1x Ambika with 6 SMR4 voice cards. HQ Sound

Published on Oct 30, 2017 Todd Murray

"This is a nothing planned, adhoc session just to demonstrate the sound quality of these two DIY synth projects. Both synths are open source code, and open hardware. You can still obtain prebuilt PreenFMs or you can DIY and build the entire synth from scratch.

The Ambika is not longer made by Mutable Instruments. It too is Open source and open hardware, and there are some sources who still build them or you can DIY

In both cases you can build these synths yourself by downloading all of the CAD files for the circuit boards and case, sourcing their build, then source the components and assemble the circuits.... then download the software and install it.

If you want to build these yourself, and have experience you should have little issues as both are fairly straight forward and the build doc quite clear. The PreenFM may be a particular challenge if you choose to DIY the MCU board. Soldering a STM32F405 takes practice and a steady hand. In both cases you will also need to upload the firmware to the processors.

You can learn more about the Ambika

and the PreenFM here:"

SH101 Business

"This is my homage to the SH101 synth.

Each track is based around a specific VCO Range as per the track title.

released December 16, 2014

mastered by Sense"

Early Robin Whittle modded TR808 on drums.

Yamaha AN-200, Polyphonic Synthesizer Module

via this auction

"Polyphony - 5 voices (synth); 32 voices (AWM2)

Oscillators - Analog Modeling - Tone Generator: 2 VCO (sawtooth, variable pulse, mix, multi-saw, OSC Sync, FM); White Noise; Sub Synthesizer: AWM2 (120 Drum and Rhythm Sounds)

LFO - 1 LFO modulates Pitch or Filter with up to 21 waveforms (5 sine, 5 triangle, 3 square, 4 saw, 4 sample-and-hold)

Filter - FEG - Resonant multimode filter for synth (12-, 18-, 24dB/oct lowpass, 12dB/oct highpass, bandpass, band-reject), 1 resonant lowpass filter for each AWM2.

VCA - AEG - 2 ADSR amp envelopes; PEG - 1 AD pitch envelope

Keyboard - 16 rubber pads (not velocity sensitive)

Effects - 13 types (delay, flanger, phaser, overdrive/amp simulator, distortion, EQ), Ring Mod, Portamento

Sequencer - 16 steps x 4 parts per pattern; 1 track for Synth, 3 tracks for AWM2 drum sounds; 10 songs capacity

Memory - 256 Preset Patterns, 128 User Patterns; 10 Songs; 2 Scene Memories per Pattern

Control - MIDI IN/OUT(Int/Ext Clock)

Date Produced - 2001"

Studio Electronics Tonestar 8106 Eurorack Module Juno w/ 106 Synth Filter

via this auction

Dots & Lines | Eurorack Ambient & Quick afternoon acid patch :)

Published on Oct 29, 2017 ANDREW HUANG 2

"Just something simple I put together to chill out. :)"

Quick afternoon acid patch :)

Published on Oct 24, 2017 ANDREW HUANG 2

"Just a fun little jam!"


The instrument I've secretly worked on for 13 years

Published on Oct 26, 2017 ANDREW HUANG

"Check out this collab I did with White Noises: [posted here]

More modular videos on my second channel:


Enjoy their beautiful videos and tell them I sent you!

Ann Annie
Emily Sprague
James Cigler
Jogging House
Kenny Peagler / Pittsburgh Modular
Learning Modular
Mylar Melodies
r beny
Richard Devine
The Tuesday Night Machines

Also not a synth friend YET BUT ONE DAY SOON: Rob Scallon"

Rheyne - Live Jam #184

Published on Oct 30, 2017 Rheyne

"Live looping with analog synths, a Fender Rhodes, and Ableton Live. Recorded in one take with no pre-recorded loops or samples.

Sound sources:
3x Moog Mother-32
Make Noise DPO
Make Noise 0-Coast
Fender Rhodes"

Soulsby Atmegatron v2.5 Update Adds MIDI CC Supprot and More

via the Soulsby Forum:

"V2.5 is released! It's available here:

new features are:

* Global settings reorganised. Function dial still does MIDI channel. Value dial does multiple on/off parameters. These currently are:
0 = Enable MIDI thru
1 = Enable MIDI program change
Red knob = parameter on
Yellow knob = parameter off

To access the global settings, power the Atmegatron on while holding down the function knob. Cycle power to leave global settings

* The test button works again with Arpeggiator patches

* Fixed a couple of warnings when compiling in the Arduino IDE

* Add MIDI CCs for all parameters. These are:
1 Pitch LFO (small range)
5 Portamento
16 Filter env amount
17 Distortion amount
18 Arpeggio type
19 Arpeggio clock div
20 Wave crush preset
32 Waveform
33 Filter Type
37 Filter normalise mode
38 Filter envelope invert
39 LFO invert
40 Arpeggiator PingPong
41 Proportional Portamento
42 Wavecrush pre-filter
71 Filter resonance
72 Amp envelope release
73 Amp envelope attack
74 Filter cutoff
75 Amp envelope decay
77 Pitch LFO (full range)
78 LFO shape
79 LFO clock div
80 Amp envelope sustain
81 Filter envelope attack
82 Filter envelope decay/release
83 Filter envelope sustain
91 PWM amount
92 Amplitude LFO
93 Filter LFO
94 Pitch envelope
95 Phaser amount
123 All notes off"

Dave Smith Instruments In the Spotlight with the Prophet Rev2 and Jedidiah Lachmann

You can find the latest interview in Dave Smith Instruments In the Spotlight series here.

"Originally from Indiana, Jedidiah Lachmann has lived in California, New York, and Auckland, New Zealand before settling in Nashville. He’s a multi-instrumentalist with experience playing a variety of genres. Over the years he’s played with many different artists including Eisley, Halfnoise, Leeland, Abandon, Seabird, Cole Taylor, Lainey Wilson, Brady Toops, and others. Jedidiah was a part of a band called The Ember Days for six years and recorded two albums and two EPs as part of that group. Currently he splits his time between producing in Nashville and touring with several different artists.

We chatted with him about how he’s using the Prophet Rev2."

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

Prophet 12 Patches 2 by BoB SwanS

Published on Oct 30, 2017 BoBSwanS

"This is a demo of my most recent bank of 100 patches for the Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12
The first section of the demo from the beginning up to 7mins 18 seconds is a demo of patches
using a keyboard with Polyphonic Aftertouch to modulate various parameters per voice.

All sounds are direct from the Prophet 12 with no additional processing
The patches are available to buy here

I have 2 packs available with 100 presets per pack at 16 Euro each or 28 Euro for the bundle"

Fun With The Koma Elektronik Field Kit

Published on Oct 30, 2017 Perfect Circuit Audio

"This video shows the Koma Field Kit with the expansion pack which includes contact mics, actuators, a speaker and electromagnetic pickups. The Field Kit has circuitry designed to be used with electro-acoustic devices as well as a voltage controlled radio.

Available here:"

Supporting MATRIXSYNTH Members get %10 off at Perfect Circuit Audio!

Korg Gadget Coming to Nintendo Switch Next Year

via Nintendo Everything

"We don’t have a whole lot of information at present, but KORG Gadget is coming to Switch. It’s being advertised at the M3 event in Japan this weekend. Material at the show reveals the Switch title, along with a Spring 2018 launch window."

This isn't too much of a surprise considering KORG has ported their other synths apps to the Nintendo DS line of gaming devices. Still cool to see though.

Lapsos Episodio 3 - Cosaquitos en Globo

Published on Oct 24, 2017 Lapsos Tv

Featuring Sebo DIY modules in 5U.

"Para el tercer capítulo de LapsosTv, visitamos el estudio de Cosaquitos en Globo, banda de electrorock y synth pop, caracterizada por el uso de sintetizadores modulares DIY (Do It Yourself)"

"For the third chapter of LapsosTv, we visited the studio of Cosaquitos en Globo, electroorock band and synth pop, characterized by the use of DIY modular synthesizers (Do It Yourself)"

A New World - Firechild

Published on Oct 30, 2017 MrFirechild

"The lead sound in this track is heavily inspired by Kitaro´s signature lead coming from the Minikorg 700s. This time it is made with two Oakley Journeyman filters in series and a Corsynth VCO. Yamaha CS-80, Prophet-10, OB-X and Club Of The Knobs modular can also be heard in this Epic track. Composed and Produced by"

Omsonic - Pixel Dust

Published on Oct 30, 2017 DivKidVideo

"Timing links and index below but this isn't that long ;) ... Here's the Roland TR-606 based hi hat module called Pixel Dust from UK based Omsonic. I've always loved the punch of a 606 so I dived at the chance to check this one out and it delivers the goods! :) Copied below is what Omsonic have to say about the module.


00:28 Introduction, features, overview
03:26 Techno style beat
07:07 Wonky style hip hop beat"

via Omsonic

"Inspired by the Hi-hats section of the famous Roland TR-606 Drum machine.

The sweep knob lets you adjust the graininess as well as the filtering of the over all sound.

Sweep can also be controlled via the 0 to 5V CV input.

Control over the velocity of the closed hat can be achieved via the 0 to 5V (CH Vel) input.

Lots of harsh Hi-hat goodness in one small 6HP module.

Trigger indicator LEDs for both the open and closed hats.

Controls for the decay time of the open and closed hats.

8V Peak to average output level.

Built in the UK with quality parts.

And yes the om sign lights up.'"

A SynthiMuse Tour. Mostly talk.

Published on Oct 30, 2017 The SynthiMuse

"Just talking through most of the functions of The SynthiMuse."

See the SynthiMuse label below for more.


via this auction

Korg Z1 Multi Oscillator Synthesizer

via this auction

Doepfer Regelwerk

via this auction

Future Retro Revolution

via this auction

Anyware Instruments Tinysizer SN 124

via this auction

"+++ Very rare Synthesizer. Only 450 units were produced +++

- used in a nonsmoking studio.
- in technical and cosmetic top condition.
- some single scratches from moving in the studio (see picture)
- serialnumber 124
- incl. stand and patchcables
- 350 patch sockets, complete modular system.
- ultra compact, fits to every notebook bag
- socket for flexible 12 volt Goosenecklamp
- full modular plus Midi
- mic preamp, audio gate, new and modular FX
- reverb and delay (digital)
- new patchmatrix design
- special power management improves the sound and dynamics of filters and oscillators
- case material: metal
- including patch cables, a tiny 12 volt powersupply and a flexible Touchscreenstand
- compatible with all 1 volt / oct., 5 volt gate synthesizers and modular systems
- high= 9,6 inch,(25 cm) width= 12,6 inch,(32cm) depth= 1,6 inch,(4cm)


Digitakt and Elektron Analog Keys Dub Techno Session

Published on Oct 30, 2017 Alain Kalender

"Digitakt is life!"

Model 15: Speaker-Ripper.

Published on Oct 30, 2017 Resonant Anvil

"Model 15 by MOS-LAB. Some reverb from Strymon Big Sky. No other units involved. VCF and Fixed Filter Bank Modulation. Also changes to PWM, All goes reasonably peacefully until 3.18. Then in comes the Auxiliary Output and its waveform selector - patched to VCF control input and and AC Modulation of Osc 1. Some cross modulation of Osc 3 and Osc 1 to Osc 2."

The Synthimuse - Audio Triggering from 'Closer'

Published on Oct 30, 2017 The SynthiMuse

"The audio from a well known track is used to trigger the SynthiMuse.
Apologies for any focus issues."

See this post for details.

"snowfall" // roland e-20, mutable instruments rings, elements, clouds,

Published on Oct 30, 2017 ann annie

"a thoughtful breath of air, under changing atmospheres. sound and color, while time moves still.
Patch notes below..


Bass //
- Rings processed by clouds, pitched by Voltage Block

Clicks and blips //
- Elements processed by Three Sisters, pitched and gated by Voltage Block.

Voltage Block Clocked by Dixie II

Roland E-20 processed by Zvex Lo-Fi Junky"

Buchla Touché - Digital Analog Hybrid Synthesizer Keyboard Demo

"Day 1 - Buchla Touché live manipulation. Oct 2017"

The Buchla Touché has only been referenced twice before here on the site. This is the first post to feature a demo of one. Only a few Buchla Touché exist. Four are confirmed to be out there, and I believe this is the only fully functional one. The Touché is a digital synth with analog gates and outputs, released in 1979.

Analog Four - Sound From Scratch

Published on Oct 25, 2017 Synth & Sundry

"Making a sound completely from scratch on the Elektron Analog Four. I look at oscillator, envelope, filter, LFO and FX parameters as well as how to add expression using Aftertouch"

Further at the Portico Gallery, London Saturday 18th November

Published on Oct 30, 2017 the simonsound

"On the 18th November I'll be performing live at Further, an event dreamed up by DJ Food and Pete Williams. Every surface of the venue (Portico Gallery, London) will be covered in visuals as Sculpture (live tape loops and Zeotrope visuals) myself (live Buchla & Ciat Lombarde Cocoquantus) and DJ Food and Pete Williams conjure up strange textures, melodies and sound designs.

I'm sharing some footage of my preparation for the show and this is a little clip of one patch I'm working on. I don't do a lot of videos so please forgive the fact that most of the action takes place out of shot! What you can't see is the Ciat Lombarde Cocoquantus Looper/magic box, which I'm feeding from a Korg Monotron. The Buchla is providing the constantly shifting rhythmic elements.

Date : Saturday 18th November

Time: 7:30pm- midnight

Tickets – £7 (early bird price) £9 (Full price) Click the link below

DJ Food & Pete Williams present the second of their irregular evenings at the Portico Gallery by creating a temporary audio visual space to enjoy. Films, slides, oil projections, food, drink and plenty of seating form the environment to soak up the sights and sounds of Further.


7.30 – 8.30: Doors open, there will be a record stall with stock picked to compliment the evening by Micheal Johnson from the nearby Book & Record Bar and delicious food served alongside the fully licensed Portico bar stocked with local beers and ales.

8.30 – 9.15: Simon James – former Simonsound and Black Channels member and one of the foremost exponents in today’s modular electronics scene – plays a rare live set with his Buchla easel system.

10.00 – 10.45: Sculpture bring their incredible live show to West Norwood via Dan Hayhurst’s tape loops and electronics and Rueben Sutherlnd’s zoetrope turntable visuals

10.45 – 12.00: DJ Food & Pete Williams (Further) will open and close the evening with their multi-projection Light & Sound Designs."

Mutant Modular MM004 - Pheek

Published on Oct 30, 2017 Hexinverter Électronique

"Mutant Modular #4 is from long-time Montreal techno luminary Jean-Patrice Remillard, AKA Pheek. Jean-Patrice has been exploring electronic music since the early 1990s and has been a key player in Montreal’s minimal scene from its very inception. From his early work with Mateo Murphy (Mutant Modular mm002) on Montreal-based label Hautec recordings, to releases on Richie Hawtin's M_nus imprint, France's Telegraph, Denmark's Tic Tac Toe and Germany's Contexterrior, Pheek has developed an unmistakable sound – textural and spatial with a cerebral, experimental soul, and at least one foot always on the dance floor."

Previous posts.

Smokey Quartz - Wretch Jam #10

Published on Oct 30, 2017 Smokey Quartz

"I haven't posted a 100% Metasonix Wretch Jam in over 3 years so I decided to fire up that cantankerous monster for some improvised noise. Pulse wave and gate signals are being fed to the Wretch from the Knas Ekdahl Polygamist Synthesizer. The Polygamist is just out of frame and can't be heard but is acting as a dominatrix to the submissive Wretch, telling it what to do and running the show. Also, vacuum tube spring reverb is coming from the Metasonix R-56 module."

Electronic Exploration 009 - Benjolin and Elements

Published on Oct 30, 2017 Fading Canvas

"Short jam with my modular synth. Benjolin feeding and controlling the Mutable Instruments Elements. Erbe Verb and Rainmaker doing the FX. Live recorded with Ableton Live using 2 tracks; left and right channel."

BURG - severance (digitakt, analog four, modular, KORG ms-20, volca, blofeld)

Published on Oct 30, 2017 ollilaboratories

"If you like my stuff please support me on and

This is my first proper recorded jam using the Elektron digitakt. It is handling kickdrum, snare, reverse hh and the LOW bass + also sequencing the waldorf blofeld over MIDI.

Also introducing the Noise Engineering BIA, doing some percussion sequenced by the BSP.

This track was a bit of a struggle, trying to get so many new elements into place.. especially the digitakt, so I decided to take it slow and just do some minor things, and it feels like it went well.

The modular has a pretty complex patch, braids does the intro melody (FOLD), rings does some heavily modulated melodies, BIA does percussion and the morphagene does an extremely chopped up vocal sample + string pattern (layered) as a percussive thingy.... patched it through VCA, + maths controlling CV, and sequenced by the BSP .. good fun. :)

ms-20 does a one VCO lead sound + the el capistan delay, analog four adds some percussive sequencing, stabs + that it sequences the 0 coast over CV.

nord lead A1, stacked strings using the swell pedal to pull in some subtle fifths strings, VCF modulated by internal LFO's for some movements.

volca bass and keys, well, they do their stuff :)

Gear used: ms-20 mini, volca bass, keys, elektron digitakt, analog four, roland tr-8, yamaha reface CP, nord lead A1, waldorf blofeld, makenoise 0-coast

Modular rack:

FX, ms-70 CDR on volca keys and bass, el capistan on ms-20, bluesky, particle and CSIDMAN on reface, timeline and eventide on blofeld, EQD transmisser, space spiral, keeley caverns, RE_20 on modular.

hope you will enjoy it!

BooOooM !"

Charon ME @ A4 live 23 Oct 2017

Published on Oct 23, 2017 Charon ME

event web:
better quality audio:
rack used:

A Halloween Drone.

Published on Oct 30, 2017 BluffMunkey

"Something that I threw together based on a little Halloween drone I created last year.

Created withe a combination of Omnisphere, and Kontakt instruments.

All video clips are sourced from Pixabay."

YAMAHA CS15 monophonic synthesizer

via this auction

Access Virus Classic Virtual Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"Two of the caps for the knobs in the upper right corner of the synth are mssing. This is an easy fix and doesn't affect playing. The caps slide onto the knob itself without the need for tools. Auction includes manual."

Korg MS-20M Monophonic Analog Synthesizer Desktop Module

via this auction

"This is a built kit of the Korg MS-20M monophonic synthesizer module. It is in virtually perfect playing and physical condition and includes the original patch cables, manuals and box. Does NOT include a SQ-10 sequencer.

This version is a module-only version of the original keyboard synthesizer made from 1978 to 1983. It is the same circuitry as the original with several important improvements.
- SYNC ON/OFF switch allows oscillator sync
- FM ON/OFF switch allows frequency modulation
- FILTER TYPE switch selects two filter types
- PWM IN jack allows pulse width modulation
- EG2 NORMAL OUT expands your sonic possibilities
- TRIG SW button is a convenient way to audition the sound
- Supports all CV/GATE specifications: Hz/V and V/Oct, S-Trig and V-Trig
- Three JUNCTION jacks
- MIDI IN connector and USB MIDI connector

The original MS-20 used two different VCF circuits depending on the date of production, and now you can choose either of these with a single switch. The earlier model (REV.1) has an aggressive character with distinctive distortion and self-oscillation, while the later model (REV.2) has minimal noise and a sweet, mellow sound."

Korg MS10 Classic Vintage Analog Synth

via this auction

Korg Arp Odyssey vs. Korg Arp Odyssei for iPad

Published on Oct 30, 2017 Marcus Padrini

"The Korg Arp Odyssey is the re-creation of a classic analog synthesizer. The Korg Arp Odyssei app is its version for the iPad. Can they sound similar? I did 3 quick tests for a comparison."


Dark, Lonely, and Determined. Ambient electronic synth analog Circuit Monostation

Published on Oct 30, 2017 neveroddoreven

Halloween Theme on OP 1

Published on Oct 30, 2017 Tribrix

"A version of the Halloween theme done using sounds and effects native to the OP-1. No user samples or external post processing what-so-ever. The stereo mix-down was dragged right from the OP-1 into Final Cut to make the video. This is a little one night ditty. Believe it or not the part of the song I was most stressed about getting right is the "click" that runs throughout, hence it was the thing I tackled first (turned out to be pretty easy with Hortax rim shot and the finger sequencer). Everything else is pretty self explanatory in the video. Enjoy, and Happy Halloween!"

GR-1 demo: Granular parameters

Published on Oct 30, 2017 Tasty Chips

"This is a short demo of all granular parameters on the GR-1 granular synthesizer.

For more info or pre-orders visit"

03-The Dubreq Stylophone Gen X-1- Filter

Published on Oct 30, 2017 AutomaticGainsay

"Here is a demonstration of the sound and functionality of the Dubreq Stylophone Gen X-1 filter."

All parts here.

HN VCF all modes sweeps.

Published on Oct 30, 2017 Happy Nerding

"Static oscillator filter sweeps."

Details on the HN VCF captured here.

Mini Live Jam #35: Korg Volca/ Beatstep/ Boom808/ PO-12/ TC Performer/ Waldorf Rocket + Streichfett

Published on Oct 30, 2017 Kalkartronic

"Walls", Mini live Synth Jam by Kalkartronic.
Gear set-up: The Waldorfs, the Volca and Boom808 (ipad) are driven by Arturia Beatstep via Kenton Midi Thru 5. Teenage Engineering PO-12 gets the sync signal from the Volca.
Mixer: Phonic MU1202X
Recorder: Apple Mac Mini
Mastering: TRackS 3
Cameras: Ricoh WG-M1, Samsung S5neo
Fading footage inbetween: modified snippets from Orwells "1984" (original movie from 1956)

Patch n Tweak

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