MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Eternal Function @ Synths in the Catskills August 26, 2017

Published on Oct 26, 2017 egnekn

"Gen Ken Montgomery & David B. Greenberg

Thank you Bryan Doll"

See all performances @ Synths in the Catskills here.

Crumar Composer Demo & New VSMI (Vintage Synthesizers Made in Italy) Site

Published on Oct 8, 2017 VSMI

Rather a new old site resurrected! :) The VSMI site is back and under construction. The above is the first video to be featured.

The video description follows:

"Available at:
VSMI is a project born in the 1996 dedicated to the Vintage Synthesizers Made in Italy only. All tracks are in live multitracks recording with a Zoom R8 in flat, same for Cubase LE5 for mixing! Just played italian sound only:
Crumar Composer - the synthesizer
Montarbo DREV 128 - the direct effects
Gem Drum 15 - waves samples"

Moog Prodigy Analog Synthesizer (1979) Retro Sounds

Published on Nov 15, 2017 RetroSound

"(c) 2017 vintage synthesizer demo by RetroSound

Moog Prodigy monophonic analog synthesizer from the year 1979

My first Moog and one of fav synths ever. I like the little beast more as my old Minimoog.

2 VCOs, Osc, Sync, 1 VCF, 2 Envelopes, LFO
simple but fantastic sound

The demo shows a few sounds.
Delay: EHX Memory Man Deluxe

Used by Depeche Mode, The Prodigy, Massive Attack, Howard Jones, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein and more"

Synthchaser #085 - Four ARP 2600 Repairs

Published on Nov 15, 2017 Synth Chaser

"No, not repairing 4 ARP 2600s, making 4 repairs to the same ARP 2600...

In this video we bring life back to an ARP 2600 with 2 dead oscillators, dead sample and hold, and dead left speaker.

Parts used in this video are available at my website. I also repair and restore ARPs and other vintage synths for customers around the world."

Rheyne - Sequenced Jam #61

Published on Nov 15, 2017 Rheyne

"Recorded on top of a coffee table. Bass is from a Moog DFAM, the kick is from a Noise Engineering LIP, the pad is from a Make Noise Morphagene through an Erica Synths Black Hole DSP, and the slow arpeggios are from both VCOs of a DPO. Reverb on the overall mix is from a Strymon BigSky."

MFB Dominion 1 Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Novation Supernova 44-voice Analog Synthesizer+Expansion Card SN 005339

via this auction

"Novation Supernova 1 that has an expansion sound card inside. Now it's 44-voices. It's fully loaded. It is very stunning and amazing. Everything is double checked. It’s 100% in working order. It also comes with a power cord. Cosmetically it is in very good to excellent condition. The only fault is the rack ear on the upper left corner is slightly bent. You know the expansion card is very hard to find. Yes, the card is inside the synth." Pic below.

Ensoniq SQ-80 Cross Wave Synth w/ Extras

via this auction

Interesting note about John Carpenter using the SQ-80, however the SQ-80 was released in 1988: "I grew up being a huge fan of John Carpenter films (Assault on District 13, The Thing, and Escape From New York probably being my favorites) and always loved the music in them. I read in a magazine interview that he did the music himself with an SQ-80 and I immediately looked to see how I could get one. After realizing that it was way out of my price range as a young kid, I made tapes of the music instead and had to wait until over a decade later to realize my dream of owning this classic synthesizer.

This SQ-80 is in perfect working order and it comes with a rugged road case (this synth has played a few gigs), original instruction manual, MIDI cables and power cable, 3 sound cartridges, and the original sustain pedal."

Custom Korg MINI KP Eurorack Module From Million Machine March

via Million Machine March

"One of my favorite types of emails are from people who love their non-eurorack gear so much that they want to find out, ‘if’ it is possible to convert over to eurorack, and what would be involved in doing so. At first I was not sure if conversion of the Korg MINI KP would even be possible. I usually have to go back and forth with the inquirer and see if they can ‘carefully’ open the ‘back panel’ and look inside and see what we would be facing. I ask for a couple of pics and some measurements. Basically the main hurdle in euro conversion is the physical size of the PCB’s that are inside the synth/pedal/effect box you are trying to convert over. Yes, current use, digital functionality, midi conversion, voltage needs, among other concerns need to be addressed, but the size of the PCB’s is the most critical ‘show stopper’ that has to be addressed first!

I asked Ali a few questions about his MINI KP and the journey with it so far."

Read the full interview at Million Machine March here.

Complex Rhythms with the Quad Gate Delay from Malekko

Published on Nov 15, 2017 Voltage Control Lab

"Malekko has been churning out great Eurorack modules recently, thanks in part to Ben Davis, whose newest Quad Gate Delay is a utility for introducing funky time shifting to gate patterns and rhythms."

Gleetchlab 4 Demo 1

Gleetchlab 4 Demo 1 from Giorgio Sancristoforo on Vimeo.

"First official video of Gleetchlab 4 in action.

v4.0.4 is for sale now on the website (

Original acoustical samples by

Jacopo Bianchi

Federico Conti

Matthias Girardi

Giulia Guerra

Ciro Martignetti

Yuri Padashifard"

Moog Source 341A with ENCORE MIDI v4.11 SN 3751

via this auction

Custom Yellow and Blue Synthspa Roland Juno-106

via this auction

"Recently restored, works and sounds great. I'm just doing a significant downsizing of my setup

Vermona Perfourmer MKII Quad Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

New Korg Gadget Vancouver, using your own samples, plus first look on Apple iOS

Published on Nov 15, 2017 Expanding Sound

iTunes: KORG Gadget - KORG INC.

"get your free vibratone samples as well as more content here

I am a big fan of Korg Gadget. I've made countless songs with it, as well as quite a few videos! It is an excellent app that continuously adds to its worth via updates and new gadgets. When I saw they were adding a multi layer sample player, I had to get it!

I am sure the sounds that come with it are useful, but when it comes to sample players I always wanna bring my own samples to the party. So this video simply shows the process of adding your own samples and playing around with the adjustments that are available. It's a first look, but after this, I can't wait to dive in!"

Tiptop Audio TG ONE Special Edition: Throbbing Gristle Commemorate Eurorack Module

via Tiptop Audio

"TG ONE is a special edition of the Tiptop Audio ONE module designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Throbbing Gristle’s groundbreaking ‘Second Annual Report’. Few bands have staked out such on original space in music that proved not only immediately provocative and illuminating, but filtered into almost every corner of electronic and popular music in the succeeding decades.

Collaborating with the band and MUTE records, the Tiptop Audio team tailored the features of the popular ONE to the sound and aesthetic of Throbbing Gristle.

Decked out in a TG color scheme of red and white on black, the design incorporates the iconic TG ‘flash’. Even the packaging sports classic cover art from ’20 Jazz Funk Greats’.

Working with long time beta-tester Chris Carter, the Tiptop R&D tweaked the ONE firmware creating two new modes: the first a random file selection on each trigger input; and the second, looping playback that randomly seeks in a sound file with each trigger. Both of these functions take TG ONE into new sonic territory.

TG ONE includes two exclusive cards of Throbbing Gristle samples curated by Chris Carter from his archive of the original Throbbing Gristle recording sessions. The files have been further reworked and revised, modified and mangled by Carter to give the user a unique Throbbing Gristle sonic palette to work wonders with while retaining the spirit of the original sources. Card one consists of 128 percussive sounds and audio snippets with the second card featuring 128 longer samples, pads and loops.
Tightly coupled with the firmware these cards are only available with the TG module.

Tiptop Audio would like to thank Paul Taylor, Daniel Miller and all at Mute for their support; and Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and the late Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson for their inspiration."

Live Jam #112 - Calm / Ambient / Pads - Dave Smith Mopho x4, Arturia Microbrute

Published on Nov 15, 2017 Monotrail

"I couldn't resist a good deal on a used Mopho x4. I have been looking for a compact analog poly for a while, and prefer this one's deep architecture and textured pads. Lot's to learn. More sounds to come!"

PULScar - Waldorf Pulse + OSCar DIY Hybrid by Stereoping

CBD Computer Drums - ft. SDS8,TQ-5,JX-03,K4,PULScar

Published on Nov 15, 2017 Stereoping

Note the focus of this video from Stereoping is on his midified CRB Computer Drums. What caught my attention though was his PULScar mentioned in the second paragraph below.

"Rough testsong for a midified CRB Computer Drums. The digital part or this rare drumcomputer was completely broken and ripped off to implant a midi trigger interface bringing the analogue drumvoices back into studio life. I also added a DR-110 handclap unit as there were some trigger channels of the midi-interface left over. There's also a little article about this project on my site.

The CRB gets some backing from a Simmons SDS8. Everything sequenced by the MPC1000 with realtime mutes from a DIY midicontroller called 'MPC Muterscener' (... of course). Further gear: Yamaha TQ-5, Kawai K4, Roland JX-03 and a PULScar prototype with a dedicated Programmer. The PULScar is a hybrid of a Waldorf Pulse1 with a (still) breadboarded OSCar VCF replacing just the Pulse's ladder VCF and keeping all remaining other Pulse elements (DCOs, ENVs, LFOs, VCA, MODs). More on the PULScar soon.

Ego view camera! Despite the shaking I think it's more interesting than a fixed cam as it captures the currently important viewpoints. Hope you like it :-)"

Dillon Bastan - Ecosystem MaxforLive Modular Synthesiser

Dillon Bastan - Ecosystem MaxforLive Modular Synthesiser - Demonstration from Isotonik Studios on Vimeo.

"Ecosystem is both a Max for Live Instrument and Audio Effect (2 devices). Ecosystem provides you with 3 different types of modules: Sound generators, basic audio effects, and controllers. Modules can connect together, sending audio or control signals to each other. Within its environment you can create soundscapes, textures, experimental synthesizers/effects and looping. It is a semi-modular device, and may be used however you imagine!"

"The three categories of modules/organisms are:

Sound Generator: a collection of basic waveform oscillators and a looper

Sine, Tri, Saw, Rect, Noise, Buffer/Looper
Sound FX: a collection of signal processing effects (ie filter, delay, vocoder, etc)

Plus, Multiply, Filter, Drive, Delay, Vocoder, Envelope Follower, SaH, Monitor
Controllers: a collection of modules used strictly for control values (ie sequencer, envelope, etc)

Knob, Sequencer, MIDI Note, Envelope, Automation
Other Features

Connections (<= 10 per module) to various parameters per module mode Macro mapping for visibility in Live (for MIDI mapping, automations, Max for Live, etc) LCD interface for semi modular connections"

Time Travel Simulation with Morphagene

Published on Nov 15, 2017 MAKEN0ISE

"With some meticulous and careful patching we can use the Morphagene to make the echoes from Echophon or Erbe-Verb come before the sound that creates them."

Crumar TRILOGY Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Vintage Crumar Spirit - Analog Synthesizer - Bob Moog Design SN 00185

via this auction


via this auction

"Made in Williamsville NYC USA.

We assume that it's early model by Serial number (3167), Modulation Wheel and trim pot on the back.

Missing rubber parts (like legs) on the bottom.

There may be a few cosmetic damages like scratches, marks/dents and rusts on the metal parts."

Roland Juno-106 SN 453903 w/ Custom Hardwood End Panels

via this auction

Roland System-100m

via this auction

Roland SH-1 Monophonic Synthesizer

via this auction

Roland SH-2 Vintage Analog Synth w/ Orig Case SN 891358

via this auction

Roland JUPITER-4 Vintage Analog Synthesizer SN 780564

via this auction

Elektron Monomachine MKII Synthesizer and Groovebox

via this auction

Buchla LEM 218 Touch Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

"Just so you know who you are buying from. Max Neutra here. Long time collector of weird and rare sound toys and synths. Some of my pieces have been added to the quintessential Mini Organ collection ( I've made music and art for 20 years. Google me if you are curious.

OK so why am I selling this? A while back I invested in a Buchla Music Easel. Love it! But when it arrived, I noticed the keyboard had some discoloration. Given how much the thing cost, I was hoping for a more pristine specimen. So I called Buchla, and by some kinda miracle, they sent me a replacement keyboard. Switched them out, no prob.

I've been holding onto this first one for a while now. Was thinking I might eventually sell it as an extra bonus along with the music easel (if and when I do), but now I'm thinking it would be better off being used by someone rather than taking up space in my closet.

Score for you! A brand new and complete one of these is $1600! Now let's be clear, this IS NOT COMPLETE. It does not have the box/case, nor the power supply, or the knobs. Only what you see in the pics. It's more like getting the 218 clone kit, but preassembled. If you already have a Buchla Music Easel and want a replacement keyboard, this is perfect. If you want to build or acquire a case and power supply, you could turn this beauty into a stand alone keyboard.

What's wrong with it? Nothing! OK ok the one thing about it is that some of the keys have this spot where there is slight discoloration (see pics), but this does not effect the functionality at all. Strictly cosmetic. Funny thing is, if you play on these touch keyboards they will start to look worn after a while anyways, so no biggie."

Arturia Origin Desktop Synthesizer Module

via this auction

Gakken SX-150 Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Make Your Synth More Expressive! TOUCHÉ FIRST LOOK

Published on Nov 15, 2017 BoBeats

"In this video I take a first look at the Expressive-E Touché Pedal. It is a '4D' touch sensitive pedal that you can hook up to pretty much whatever synthesizer you want, wether digital, analog or VST."

Multisynth Live: Sub 37, Model 15, and Vermona PERfourMER Mk II

Published on Nov 15, 2017 Resonant Anvil

"64-step sequence, two notes per step, from the Sub 37. Audio from Sub 37 and Model 15 by MOS-LAB is joined by the Vermona, which plays through Moogerfooger MuRF. All go through Strymon Big Sky. No presets. No other audio input."

Riamiwo - Wellenoperator / Studio Livesession with Dreadbox MakeNoise Roland (Riamiwo StudioVlog 66)

Published on Nov 15, 2017 riamiwovideos

"Impulsreihe climbed to #81 at the beatport techno album charts:) Here's another livesession of the EP with the track Wellenoperator.
The EP contains also awesome remixes by Di Rugerio, Tom Hutt and Beatamines.

Get your copy here:

Follow me:

Roland SH-01a
Roland TR-08
Roland TR-09
Roland JP-08
Roland JX-03
Dreadbox NYX
Dreadbox Erebus
MakeNoise 0-coast
Vermona RetroVerbLancet

Filmed with:
Sony a6300
Sony Nex 5t
Sony Nex 3"

"Asymmetry" [E-Licktronic NAVA / TB-303 / analog FOUR / Digitakt / DP/4]

Published on Nov 15, 2017 Masaki Takada

"My new EP now on sale :)

Used Equipments:
E-Licktronic NAVA
Roland TB-303
Elektron analog FOUR
Elektron Digitakt
dbx 166XL
FMR Audio RNC1773
FMR Audio RNLA7239"

PPG Infinite Overview

Published on Nov 15, 2017 pantsofdeath

iTunes: PPG Infinite - Wolfgang Palm

Kauldron: Smart Analog Modeling Synth for iPad and iPhone

Published on Nov 15, 2017 YonacSoftware

iTunes: Kauldron - Yonac Inc.

"Kauldron is our warmest sounding, punchiest synth yet! A completely new modeling technology, combined with carefully designed features help you create aggressive synth sounds full of rich analog textures with the fewest knob tweaks. The result is a pure, head-on tone that requires little or no FX or post-production to sound big.

Kauldron pushes every available iOS technology to the max: it is not only fully universal (you can run it natively on your iPad and iPhone), but also an Audio Unit plugin. In fact, it is one of the first fullscreen AUv3 plugins for iOS: with iOS 11 and a compatible DAW, you can enjoy all the great Kauldron features on a nice, big spread.

Kauldron debuts the next generation of our Artificial Intelligence preset creation system, SPAWN². Completely reimagining the groundbreaking SPAWN algorithms in our hugely popular Magellan, the new SPAWN² gives you unprecedented control over generating presets. In the expert mode, you can accomplish anything from subtle ‘variations on a theme’ to bold new sounds. In the basic mode, where Kauldron does all the thinking, you get preset after usable preset with just a touch. This is not simple randomization: it is the power of machine learning put to benevolent use!

Kauldron is designed with modulation and fine dynamic control in mind. The two fully-featured LFOs and the mod envelope combine with a wide variety of MIDI learnable controls to manipulate multiple parameters. Everything is easily set up in a clearly laid out ‘mod matrix.’ The dual XY-pads can be used for controlling modulation or a wide range of synth parameters. MIDI aftertouch can be routed via the matrix for even greater control over expression and tonality.

Powerful arp with both live & program modes; comprehensive MIDI features with effortless MIDI learn; over 900 presets; recording, sharing, IAA, Audiobus 3, Ableton Link — these are just some of the features brewing inside Yonac’s Kauldron.

Selected Specs

• 3 analog modeling oscillators w/ multiple waveforms & true PWM
• FM via Osc 2
• Maximizer module with drift, spread & voice count for huge, stereophonic all-synth sounds
• New vAnalog filter design w/ ‘dirt’ overload for even warmer, harmonically complex tones
• Dedicated filter ADSR envelope
• Filter tracking, contour & more
• Pink/white noise generator
• Osc. phase reset & sync
• Retro & modern glide algorithms
• Virtual VCA envelope with 2 attack types
• Poly/mono operation
• Legato mode for buttery smooth passages
• Extensive modulation options via the ‘mod matrix’
• 2 LFOs w/ BPM sync, keytracking, trigger mode & more
• Assignable mod envelope
• 23 mod targets
• 11 mod controllers, including aftertouch, velocity & keytracking
• 2 XY-Pads for controlling mod targets or synth parameters
• Arpeggiator with live & program modes, 11 algorithms, gate, swing, note value, octaving & more
• Stereo mod effect with chorus & flanger modes
• BPM-syncable stereo delay
• Studio quality reverb w/ 7 room types, damping, time & mix
• 900+ presets in a wide variety of styles & sounds

• Automatic preset generation via artificial intelligence
• Generate infinite new, usable presets at the touch of a button
• Expert mode lets specify Variation & Autonomy for each major synth module
• 3 unique A.I. algorithms
• Auto arp programming in any listed scale

• AUv3 - use as Audio Unit plugin on iPad & iPhone
• Fullscreen AU mode in compatible DAWs & iOS versions
• Extensive MIDI: MIDI learn, aftertouch, MIDI CC map save/share, KB mapping, program changes & more
• Inter-App Audio
• Audiobus 3
• Ableton Link

• Universal
• Powerful YPAT2 preset management system
• Classic or ribbon key controller
• Ribbon controller: Poly aftertouch into Kauldron
• Ribbon controller: Settable musical key & scale
• Classic KB: Velocity w/ sensitivity setting
• Tapedeck: Record, loop & share
• Metronome
• Tap BPM

Supported Systems
• iOS 10.3 & newer
• iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPhone 6, 6 Plus, & newer"

Ableton Push 2 & Nord Lead A1 - Live looping

Published on Nov 15, 2017 Thoj

"Hi, I've tried a little House song with Ableton Push 2 & my new Nord Lead A1 to make a beat from scratch :)
As always, nothing pre-recorded. Hope you'll enjoy it !"

Casiotone 405 + Strymon Big Sky Chorale

Published on Nov 15, 2017 sternrekorder

Reactable Introduces SNAP Drum Machine for iOS and Android

Published on Nov 15, 2017 Reactable Systems

Snap for Android
SNAP for iOS

"From music producers to casual users, SNAP will help you create great drum patterns in any musical style, on the fly, with your fingertips.

SNAP can also help you in the studio, by providing seamless variations of your patterns, under your complete interactive control. Program or load drum patterns, store your favorite variations, and export them to your DAW, all on a continuous and free-flowing loop/fashion.

SNAP is also a powerful tool for your live sessions, providing you with subtle or radical changes, from sudden drops to ecstatic crescendos, all fully and instantaneously controllable under your fingertips.

SNAP can communicate with your music apps, drum machines, DAWs and other musical equipment via MIDI OUT and Ableton Link. SNAP’s full integration with Native Instrument’s Maschine Jam, allows it to communicate bidirectionally to become its “drumming brain”. Compatibility with other control devices will be rolled-out progressively.

SNAP provides:
- 8 drum voices, each one with its own continuous density controller.
- 4 different intelligent syncopation/reinforcement algorithms, independently selectable for each drum voice.
- MIDI IN and OUT integration (Available as an In-App purchase).
- Ableton Link synchronization support.
- 8 snapshot slots for storing, recalling and updating drum patterns on the fly.
-16 specially designed drum kits
- Sessions and patterns covering different styles to get you started right away."

Announcing KORG Gadget for Mac 1.5 | for iOS 3.5

Published on Nov 14, 2017 Korg

"Major update for KORG Gadget for Mac / iOS. The new version includes three new gadgets and the long awaited NKS support! More about KORG Gadget at:

A major update is coming to ”KORG Gadget”, the powerful music production software that also provides more than 30 small synthesizers and drum machines. Three new gadgets are included: Lisbon, Vancouver, and DeeMax. Furthermore, KORG Gadget for Mac now supports the increasingly popular NKS format. Enjoy creating music in an inspiring multi-platform environment, including Mac, iOS and a collection of plugins that support AU, VST, AAX and NKS."

iTunes: KORG Gadget - KORG INC.

What's New in Version 3.5.0
• Lisbon : A polyphonic synthesizer gadget to create the sound of the future.
• Vancouver : A simple sampler gadget that allows you to play preloaded sounds using the keyboard.
• DeeMax : Loudness Maximizer “DOTEC-AUDIO DeeMax” is now a gadget.
• Supported iPhone X.
• Project uploading and browsing for Allihoopa.
• Added import and export of user programs.
• Fixed the problem of the IFX knob being difficult to use.
• Other enhancements to make Gadget easier to use.

Polyphonic Sci-Fi Synthesizer

A polyphonic synthesizer gadget that produces a thick, glossy, futuristic sound, indispensable for electronic music. With KORG's electronic circuit modelling technology and a powerful synthesizer engine with five different effects, you can instantly create a great sound regardless of music genre and style.

Layering Melody Sampler

You can create an infinite number of sounds with this simple sampler gadget, which allows you to play preloaded sounds with ease using the keyboard. With a retro look and more than 90 unique sounds including acoustic instruments, synthesizers, voice and sound effects. In addition to the preset timbres you can also import your own sounds to two sample oscillators.

Loudness Maximizer

KORG commences a new collaboration with DOTEC-AUDIO, renowned for its simple to use yet powerful effects! “DOTEC-AUDIO DeeMax”, the well known loudness maximizer that allows you to increase the volume of your audio while preserving its quality with just a simple slider, has been added as a gadget. It features a TURBO switch for the strongest punch, and a SAFE switch to prevent excessive saturation. Used as a master effect after finishing your song, it helps create a powerful, intense sound.

Music In The Making

”Allihoopa”, which allows you to share your music and collaborate with other users throughout the world, just got a major boost.You can now share KORG Gadget projects. The in-app browser also helps facilitate communication between users.

Native Kontrol Standard

Gadget Plug-in Collection now supports Native Instruments’ plugin format NKS. Thanks to Automated mapping, shared tag based browsing, easy sound playback and seamless connection with KOMPLETE KONTROL and MASCHINE, your workflow will be as smooth and efficient as ever.

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