MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Toa Mata Band - Episode#6 [Orkestrionicle]

Published on Nov 11, 2017 Opificio Sonico

The latest video featuring the Tao Mata Band. Click here to bring up all posts in the series.

"The musical instruments and robot devices used in this episode are:
Rakit Drum synth (Tone Drumsynth), Boss HC-2 (Clap), Arturia BeatStep pro, Coron Rockaku-kun Drum synth (BD+Noise), DIY Glockenspiel, Sabian cymbals, Electro Harmonix Mini-Synthesizer (Bass Synth), Alesis Mod-Fx, TC-Electronics Hall of Fame, Korg mini Kaosspad, Mackie 1402 VLZ, Arduino UNO, Novation Launchpad, Adafruit motor shield."

"Time for a new episode of Toa Mata Band, this one is called 'Orkestrionicle'.

The Orchestrions were mechanic musical instruments that were developed in Germany in the early XIX century that would automatically play music and were designed to sound like an orchestra.

These music machineries were made of a complex system of gears, pulley and levers which were operated by a large pinned cylinder or by a piano roll*.

Their sound was usually produced by pipes, percussion instruments, but many orchestrions contained a piano player as well.

The 6th episode of Toa Mata Band is inspired by these amazing retro music machines, by adding to the LEGO® Bionicle robotic orchestra some acoustic percussions and a vintage mono synthesizer which creates (with help of a bunch of solenoids, robot arm and a MIDI step sequencer) a fully analogue electroacoustic ensemble.
This piece is the results of a live-robotics set recording, mastered in post production.

Giuseppe Acito (Opificio sonico)

:: Credits:
Making and Music: Giuseppe Acito
Camera: Maryanica
Performed: Toa Mata Band
The performance was recorded in October 2017.

:: Contact:

*The PIANO ROLL is a punched paper roll that contains the note sequence arranged in length, height and time along the duration of the song.
It can be replaced and swapped for another roll with a different song."

Rakit Drum Synth

Published on May 11, 2017 Rakit

"Rakit Drum Synth Kit based on the Amdek PCK-100 & Boss PC-2.

A DIY drum synth that is made almost entirely from PCBs and has only 2 wires making for a tidy build. Nicely interfaces with sequencers and other trigger/CV sources."


"Available as a kit or a fully made unit, the Rakit Drum Synth is based on the (now rare) Boss PC-2/AMDEK PCK-100 percussion synthesizer. The sounds produced by the synth are not limited to what you would expect to associate with drum sounds and can vary from big bass drums to tapping on glass to UFO space drum-wobbly things! Not only does this Drum Synth do sonic justice to the original but we have also put our own spin on it with extra modifications including:

* Attack on/off
* VCO & LFO wave shape selection
* Pitch CV input

Rakit Disintigrated Cracklebox

Published on Nov 2, 2017 Rakit

"A fun little noisemaker kit based on the famous cracklebox synth."

via Rakit

"Our disintegrated cracklebox kit is inspired by Michel Waisvisz’s Cracklebox and his use (and abuse) of one of the earliest examples of an integrated operational amplifier. The original used the LM709, an old (and obsolete) chip by today’s standards. So in our kit we have effectively taken the integrated circuit of the operational amplifier and dis-integrated it, allowing it to live on forever in kit form.

What Is A Cracklebox?

The disintegrated cracklebox is a noise maker type instrument where the player becomes part of the circuit by interacting with the touchpads. Experimentation really is key to getting the most out of it, using fingers spread over multiple touchpads to get new, interesting sounds."

MFB Dominion X Desktop Analog Synthesize

via this auction

Waldorf Microwave XT - Sounds 3

Published on Nov 13, 2017 waterdropmusic

"It's actually one bass sound that I play around with and another bass sound at the end. First bass sound has effects over it but even without effects it sounds very thick.This synth is lots of fun !!"

All parts here.

KORG Volcas & Novation Circuit Electronica Session 3

Published on Nov 13, 2017 014london70

"Volca Bass playing the chords being sequenced by Circuit. Volca Dample and Keys complete the set up. Recorded in AudioShare via a Behringer Xenyx mixer and mastered in Final Touch."

Dave Smith Instruments In the Spotlight With the Prophet-6 and Tom Darom

You can find the full interview with Tom Darom here.

"Tom Darom is an Israeli producer, composer and keyboardist based in Tel Aviv, Israel. She tours and records with the Balkan Beat Box as keyboardist and programmer, is A&R/creative director for APE Records, and is also a composer for TV, film, and media. Her recent work, Shadow of Truth, is a 4-part documentary on Netflix. She received the DocAviv Best Original Music award in 2016 for the documentary Death in the Terminal. The movie also won the Best Israeli Film award.

“I live in an environment that is a melting pot of cultures, rhythms, religions, languages, and conflict. This obviously filters into the art that’s produced here. Many of my scores cover these issues. Much of the music I produce, and artists I work with are an intricate weave of eastern and western influences. Our generation is fortunate to be able to search for what defines our complex identity. From this a new, hybrid middle-eastern sound has been born.

We chatted with Tom about how she’s using the Prophet-6."

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

Dave Smith OB-6 Tarekith Review

Published on Nov 13, 2017 tarekith

"Brief overview of the synth's functionality and my thoughts on it after a few weeks of heavy use."

Music Thing Modular’s Spring Reverb MK2 and Some Reverb History

As you know, Music Thing introduced the Mk2 version of their Spring Reverb module and DIY kit, currently available at Thonk.

Music Thing has a great post up featuring some history on the spring reverb and what went into theirs.

"Spring reverb is a strange, unpredictable thing. It’s a real electromechanical effect; boingy metal springs being jiggled by a little coil, with the jiggling captured by another coil at the far end. Compared with smooth, reliable software, it can sometimes be frustrating and fiddly to use, but nothing else sounds the same.

In 1935, Laurens Hammond was developing and selling his Hammond Organ. He’d brought the church organ into the living room, but found they sounded a bit underwhelming without the reverberation of the hall. He discovered that Bell Labs had created an artificial delay device to simulate long-distance calls, using wire and springs. He re-purposed and tweaked the technology to create the first artificial reverberation unit. At first, they were huge."

Read the full post here.

Gibran Curtiss routine3

Published on Nov 13, 2017 Gibran Curtiss

"messing around"


via this auction

Note the listing title states it's polyphonic, but of course it's not. The MG-1 as you know is a monophonic analog synth.

Update via Z in the comments: "The MG-1 does have a polyphonic 'organ' that can be mixed with the monosynth."

Access Virus TI Polar Synthesizer w/ Plastic Display Cover Removed

via this auction

"Took off the display plastic piece over the screen as it got a scratched. If you would like to put it back on it’s super easy. Easy to do so but I think it looks better without."

Octave-Plateau Cat SRM-I Synthesizer - 1976 - Serviced & Restored

via this auction

"Octave-Plateau Cat SRM-I Synthesizer - 1976 - Serviced & Restored Early version Octave Cat. The entire signal path is purely discreet! Uses CA3080 Filter. Recently serviced by Duane R. Balvage of Synth Apothecary. Near mint condition. Clean. Fully functional. Smooth sliders, pots and switches. Original Moog like knobs."


via this auction

"original owner instrument. purchased around 1980 from Sam Ash Music Store in New York.

this is the SRM model which is capable of duophonic play (2 notes played simultaneously). duophonic play capability was an improvement over the original pre-SRM model.

instrument comes with a hard carrying case which was custom made for this instrument.

problems I am aware of: all keys on the keyboard result in the same tone. the tone can however be manipulated and changed with the knobs and sliders. oscillator 1 appears to not be working. these problems may or may not be resolved with a calibration of the unit, or they may require more to fix."

Hopefully someone will get this one back to full functionality.

Primal Alien live @ Neural with Elektron Analog 4 and Strymon Bigsky

Published on Nov 13, 2017 Robert T

"On November 10th 2017 I had the privilege to play at 'Neural a night of Music and Film ' this is the video that was created by Raven Blue to accompany my live music set.

I ended up playing my music to match the excellent video , so this is the soundboard recording synched to the video that was behind me on a 16 foot by 9 foot projection screen

I hope you enjoy watching and listening to this as much as I did playing it

thanks to raven Blue for the video , and Dakota Quinn for the soundwork

gear used:
Elektron analog 4
Clavia Nord Micromodular
Strymon Bigsky

Get this recording and more live sets/releases at"

Mini Jam with Vessek prototype (II) for VCV Rack

Published on Nov 13, 2017 Leonardo Laguna Ruiz

"This is a short jam I recorded when testing Vessek (the yet unreleased Vult oscillator). Vessek is blurred because still looks crappy and is unfinished."

Valpower Arp-Sync

Published on Nov 13, 2017 snolan1990

"A quick demonstration of the features and functionality of the Valpower Arp-Sync."

via Valpower on Tindie:

"module to perform the oldschool Rimshot trigger trick on Analog Synth

What is it?

This module its based in the old trick of hooking the Roland TR-808/909 rimshot to sync the ARP.

This time , you need no expensive material , only your DAW and usb connector.

It allows synchronize the ROLAND Juno 60 Arpegiator with Ableton (or any other DAW) via USB/midi.

Is fully assembled and ready to use, just plug to your synth and ready to go.

Tested under windows 7 64 bits and Mac and Roland juno 60 , needs no driver.

petrichor daze

Published on Nov 13, 2017 rustyjaw

"rainy day ambient"

Jack Antonoff | All My Heroes | Moog Sound Lab

Published on Nov 13, 2017 Moog Music Inc

"Prolific pop producer Jack Antonoff is a wellspring of creative output. When he’s not penning hits for Lorde, Taylor Swift or Carly Rae Jepsen, he can be found fronting his band Bleachers or as the lead guitarist for the Grammy-award-winning band Fun.

In this video, Jack Antonoff steps into the Moog Sound Lab to perform a stripped-down and switched-on version of the song “All of My Heroes” from Bleachers’ 2017 album 'Gone Now'."

More performances from the Moog Sound Lab:


via Club Of The Knobs

"Herewith we would like to inform you that the CLUB OF THE KNOBS SYNHESIZER range is completed:

we are introducing our SYSTEM IIIC+



From the past to the future back to the present!

We would be glad if you’d publish the news on your prestigious website.

Thank you for your work and enthusiasm,

warm regards

from R. Kanopi, Kazike & the CLUB OF THE KNOBS team"

Ambient Ballet - Mother 32 & Pads

Published on Nov 13, 2017 RemixSample

"Nothing major just some Mother 32 Freestyle over a pad patch from Omnisphere called "Across the sky". I use the internal sequencer and play a couple of notes on the M32 keyboard.

Used in this video:
Moog Mother 32
Valhalla Shimmer Reverb
Soundtoys Crystalizer (hear it @ 03:07)
I modulate the pitch with the midi keyboard under my desk. :D" Shuttle Control MPE support with ROLI Seaboard Rise

Published on Nov 13, 2017 TheEndorphines

"With firmware update v.3.8 (R1) Shuttle Control supports Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression – or MPE.

Such amount of outputs is beneficiary to send an immense amount of controls from Roli Seaboard Rise 25, which we explain in the video (so you can see all outputs in action).


The general idea behind the MPE is an updated MIDI protocol in which every voice has its own MIDI channel with the multi-dimensional controls.

There is a lot of control from various kinaesthetic actions which we daisy chained to two Shuttle Controls to increase the overall amount of CV outputs up to 32. Every column of 8 jacks logically correspond to each voice, and modules correspond to the same voices in an allocation grid: first one, second, third and fourth. So far, each Shuttle handles two voices.

Every pressed key on Seaboard is a voice that generates the following MIDI data:
- Note translated into 1 volt per octave Pitch CV on the separate MIDI channel.
- Horizontal movement of the finger on the key or wave surface defines a pitch bender: X-axis control
- Z-axis (or depth) corresponds to channel aftertouch - how much finger pressure is applied to the key.
- Third dimensional Y–axis is vertical position of the finger on each key. By default it is assigned on CC number 74 and is called “timbre”.
- Note on/off and velocity as on a usual MIDI keyboard

Every one of the actions takes is 4 times, since we have four voices.

MOOG Memorymoog Plus MIDI Sequencer Synthesizer

via this auction

"Original Memorymoog+ with a Super Flight ATA Road Case that the synth will be shipped in.
Second Owner, purchased from a church in the early 90's. This has been in climate-controlled storage since about 2001."

YAMAHA CS01 Mobile Analog Synthesizer SN 15546

via this auction

1979 MULTIVOX MX-880 Duo

via this auction

"This synth is like a deluxe Roland SH-2000 preset, mono synth.

Works great.

The scan of the ad is from March 1979 Contemporary Keyboard magazine. So, even though the original Roland SH-2000 is from the mid-1970's. The Multivox MX-880 was sold beginning in 1979.

The Multivox MX-880 is almost exactly the same as the Roland SH-2000. But, the extra oscillator is what makes this synth better than the SH-2000. You can choose any frequency within the range (3rd, 5th, 6th, octave or any frequency in between) or select Unison for a thicker/phased sound.

Voices: Tuba, Trombone, French Horn, Trumpet, Saxophone, Clarinet, Accordion, Bassoon, Oboe, Flute, Song Whistle, Singing Voice, Cello, Violin, Bass Guitar, Hawaiian Guitar, Banjo, Fuzz Guitar 1, Fuzz Guitar 2, Harpsichord, Piano, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Percolate (called Pop Corn on Roland SH-2000), Space Reed, Outer Space (called Planet on Roland SH-2000), Frogman, Alley Cat (called Funny Cat on Roland SH-2000), Ring Modulator (may be the same as Growl Wow on Roland SH-2000), Wind.

The MX-2000 name is covered with an MX-880 sticker on the front. This was probably due to a complaint from Roland because it looks too similar."

Novation Bass Station Analog Synthesizer Keyboard SN 0008156

via this auction

Control Synthesis Deep Bass Nine Analog Synth CV Gate MIDI TB-303 Emulator

via this auction

"TB-303 emulation, excellent bass, midi or CV/gate control plus midi to CV conversion."


via this auction

Short Techno Session With Elektron Analog Keys and Digitakt

Published on Nov 13, 2017 Alain Kalender

Top 3 iOS Synthesizers ( Best of 2017 ) ?

Published on Nov 13, 2017 Todd Smith Music

"These are my favorite sounding iOS synthesizers in the year of 2017. I exclude Korg Gadget synths, Gadget was included in my previous “Best 5 iOS apps” video.

Feel free to share your favorite iOS synth, I always love hearing other peopels opinions."

Model 15 - Moog Music Inc.
LayR-Multi Timbral Synthesizer - Living Memory Software
Zeeon synth - BeepStreet

Riamiwo - Impulsreihe / Studio Livesession (Riamiwo StudioVlog 65)

Published on Nov 13, 2017 riamiwovideos

"Release Day of my new EP Impulsreihe:) Here's a live-session of the first track which is also called Impulsreihe.
EP contains also awesome remixes by Di Rugerio, Tom Hutt and Beatamines.

Get your copy here:

Roland Boutiques on Amazon | Roland Boutiques on eBay

FH-1 firmware v2 - USB Hub and trackball demo

Published on Nov 13, 2017 Expert Sleepers

"Demo of two new features in FH-1 firmware v2 - support for USB hubs and USB HID (human interface devices), in this case a Logitech trackball.

The Korg nanoKEY2 and the trackball are plugged into a hub, which is plugged directly into the FH-1. The FH-1 is generating pitch CV & gate from the nanoKEY2. From the trackball:
- X is controlling the VCO PWM.
- Y is controlling the filter cutoff.
- left button is applying a vibrato.
- right button is changing the delay time on an analogue delay module."

Kick.S / X1238 (Ambient sequence)

Published on Nov 13, 2017 Kick.S

/// Equipment ////
Reface DX
Digitakt (custom painted)

Run On | Eurorack Modular Synthesizer, Roland TR606, Warped Vinyl

Published on Nov 12, 2017 HAINBACH

"Second mutation of last weeks modular patch. A N A L O G glory.

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