MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

Waldorf Demos with Saga's Jim Gilmour at the Frankfurt Musikmesse in 1992

Saga - Jim Gilmour Demo - Musikmesse Frankfurt 1993 1992 Published on May 12, 2013 MadSevenFilms

"Jim Gilmour ( Saga keyboardist) in a demo at the Waldorf stand during the musikmesse in Germany.
Humble Stance, Wind Him up, Don't be late, Careful where you step, On the loose,etc ...."

Update: according the swissdoc, these videos are actually from 1992. That would make the appearance of the prototype Wave in 1992, not 1993. This post has been updated to reflect that. Note swissdoc's write-ups are from 1993 as you can see in the datestamps for the links, and I believe the production model Wave was indeed released in 1993.

Here's a blast from the past featuring a bit of Waldorf history in via swissdoc. This may very well be the only Waldorf footage from the event. Check out the non-working prototype of the Waldorf Wave in the background. 1992 was the year it made its first appearance to be released in 1993. Note the Microwave rack was released earlier in 1989. Further below you will find some notes on Musikmesse 1993 (the following year after these videos) from swissdoc, followed by a transcription of the Wave flyer. This is a fascinating look back on synth history. But first, one more video from the 1992 Musikmesse.

Update2 via swissdoc: "In addition, for those who can read and understand German, there is a big series of three articles available for download (email has to be provided) from the German Keyboards magazine. Inside Wave. Amazing level of detail plus in part three an interview with developers and users plus additional interviews with the people behind the Wave."

Update3: The following scans have been added to the bottom of this post:

Saga - Jim Gilmour Scratching the surface - Musikmesse Frankfurt 1993 1992

Published on May 13, 2013 MadSevenFilms

"Jim Gilmour ( Saga keyboardist) in a demo at the Waldorf stand during the musikmesse in Germany.
Scratching the surface"


The following is a Musikmesse 1993 recap via swissdoc aka George Mueller, who attended, from way back in 1993 (you'll find a transcript of the Waldorf Wave flyer text further below). P.S. for a quick look at the gear released at the 1993 Musikmesse see here and here, both from swissdoc.

"Before I go into this Wave stuff, I'd like to tell you a little about the Frankfurt Musik Messe. Those restless gear junkies, skip the next 24 lines.

The Frankfurt International Music Fair was held for the 14th time and was attended by a record number of exhibitors: 1194 from 40 contries. So it's the leading event for the music business.

The Messe Frankfurt has 10 halls of different sizes, three of them are used by the Musik Messe. Hall 9.0 is the most interesting, it's for electronic instruments, 9.1 is for guitars and amps, 9.2 is for stage light, sound and mixers. These halls are middle in size, rows range from A to F, with booth numbers up to 90 each. Hall 8 is for acoustic instruments and publishers; it's funny, all that noise from test-playing violins, flutes and so on. This is the biggest hall, rows from A to P. The monster booth of Yamaha is in the back of this hall with all their synths, FXs and personal keyboards. So it's a long walk to Yamaha. It's a bit risky in this hall, if you enter one booth, browse thru the pages of some book, after talking to the salesman you probably lost your orientation. Hall 10.1 is reserved for grand pianos and uprights. No elctricity allowed there.

It's funny, when you change from 9.0 to 9.1, all those long haired heavy metal guys. One amp or guitar company has a Hard Rock Cafe at their booth, evertime overcrowded with guys drinking cocktails or beer.

So, here we are, the promised report on the TSI shows WAVE MUSIC DEMO and INSIDE THE WAVE.

Hologram Electronics Infinite Jets

Published on Nov 20, 2017 Perfect Circuit Audio

"Building on its literary namesake, Infinite Jets is an unconventional pedal that follows a player's dynamics and subsequently samples notes and chords before conforming them to entirely new sounds. In addition to two separate channels with infinite sustain, Infinite Jets features four sampling effects: Blur, Synth, Glitch, and Swell. Using these effects, users can transpose Jests into Jets through the generation of sustained ambient compositions with chords that seamlessly blend into one another, granular passages, beautiful fuzz and swells, delays, vibrato, and much more.

Available here:"

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

Kawai K3m Digital/Analog Hybrid Polyphonic Synth Module

via this auction

"The K3m is a 2 oscillator 6 voice digital/analog hybrid polysynth. The oscillators feature 33 selectable digital waveforms. The filters are the classic SSM 2044 4 pole that can be found in various other synths of that era- Korg Polysix, Mono/Poly, PPG Wave, etc."

Analogue Systems Sequential Controller Demo

Published on Nov 20, 2017 Fluffy Momo

Bit Beat Bot - 1 line code synth

Published on Nov 20, 2017 TheJesterN

Note this is the first product from JesterN. Previous posts featured various performances from JesterN.

via Etsy

"Bit Beat Bot is a Expressive, Portable and Inexpensive sound engine.

It uses one line code formula to generate music/sounds that encompass: drone, noise, ever changing melodic patterns, rhythms, sweeps, video game scenarios etc.. All with the distinctive digital distortion sound. Game-boy like.

It has a power inlet, that can be powered via mini-usb cables (computer or phone charger).

And has 5 pots to control the sound generation:
-the code formula
-the pitch/speed
-parameter 1 of the formula (if included in the formula)
-parameter 2 of the formula (if included in the formula)
-parameter 3 of the formula (if included in the formula)

It is open software so you can put your favourites code formulas or experiment and customize your Bit Beat Bo with new code.

Ships as is, without cables or chargers."

VINTAGE MOOG 203a POLYMOOG Synthesizer Stand & 285a Pedal

via this auction

"This rare working Polymoog was a recent purchase and it's by far the cleanest one you've likely to find. Comes with Poly pedal 285a and the (6-pc support legs). Also includes a binder with printed copies of Owners Manual and schematics sheets. I've been advised to have it "gone over" thoroughly by a technician. But I'm not investing nearly $1k on an item I'm not keeping."

MOOG POLYMOOG 280A Synthesizer With 285A POLYMOOG Expansion Pedal SN 1386 & 1328

via this auction



ALL ORIGINAL – Non restored.

This is a very rare Moog synth that includes the hard to find poly pedal. Unit powers up and all voices, buttons, pitch ribbon and slider controls function. Only defects on this unit is some a slider pots are scratchy sounding on the voices when moved. That should fixable with some contact cleaner sprayed on them though. 3 of the piano keys tend to trigger a voice and will not stop playing that note on certain voice settings. All of the other keys trigger properly."

Dave Smith Instruments In The Spotlight With the OB-6 and Kat Day

Read the full interview with Kat Day on Dave Smith Instruments here.

"Kat Day is one half of the British Berlin-based audio visual duo, The KVB. Originally formed in London in 2010, the pair is known for their prolific output, and has released 5 albums and a number of EPs. In the past year alone they have toured Asia, Latin America, and Europe, along with festival shows in South Africa and San Francisco. They are currently working on their follow up to 2016’s Of Desire which was recorded at Geoff Barrow’s (Portishead, Beak) studio in Bristol and released on Barrow’s label, Invada Records.

We chatted with Kat about how she’s using the OB-6."

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

New York School of Synthesis T-Shirt Now in Black

Now available here. They also have the original white Ts as well. If you are not familiar with the New York School of Synthesis, see this post.

Heavy Water Layer dislocation - Tape Distortion Atmospheres

Published on Nov 20, 2017 A Box In The Sea

"Some atmospherics I recorded to a cassette player of which I've modified the motor for variable control. Then resampled parts live via my Ultra Variable Temporal Particle Generator (WTPA2) and run through the El Capistan and Big Sky.

Then I move to the Maschine MK3 and Jam to coordinate the percussion/atmospherics and piano. I am also using the Octatrack to play a few other samples and as an FX processor."

Orange & Black ARP 2600 Modular Synth + 3620 Keyboard

via this auction

Roland MC-202 MicroComposer Analog Synthesizer w/ Carrying Case SN 316000

via this auction

Delia Derbyshire Honored with Posthumous PhD

via theguardian

"The under-appreciated electronic music pioneer behind the Doctor Who theme is to be honoured posthumously with a doctorate from her hometown university as the programme gears up for the debut of its first female lead.

Largely ignored in life and barred from working in studios because she was a woman, Delia Derbyshire, will be awarded an honorary PhD from Coventry University on Monday."


This one was sent in via MATRIXSYNTH Reader Gareth.

An interesting side note is that I once almost picked up Delia Derbyshire's EMS VCS3/Putney. Peter Kember, aka Sonic Boom of Spectrum and Spacemen 3 fame, was selling it along with a Synton Syrinx years ago, before I started this format of MATRIXSYNTH. I seem to remember he wanted around $7k or so for it at the time, but I might wrong. I didn't have the funds so I passed. Also, a little unknown bit of synth history is that EMS sent the BBC an EMS SYNTHI 100 during the time Delia Derbyshire was there, and she actually did not take to it. It is my understanding that she preferred to work with tape. Curious what she might have thought of a Buchla, as the focus of Buchla was to compliment electronic music composition on tape.

Novation Peak Song Demo

Published on Nov 20, 2017 Uriel Ortega

"I recently got my hands on the new Novation Poly synth. I have been completely blown away by the versatility of this instrument. It is such a warm but aggresive sounding Synth, capable of making so many modern and vintage sounds. Enjoy this song Demo, I had so much fun making it. I did not use any external effects, only the stock effects from the Peak, which are wonderful."

1970s Moog "Micromoog" Synthesizer SN 4943

via this auction

"The elderly lady that I got it from used to use it to just to play country bass lines in a band with her sister in the early 1980s. Then, for many years, she just kept it stored in her house. Last week, she got it back out and sold it to me. I've been playing it all afternoon and am duly impressed. After wanting any kind of Moog for a long time, it's my first Moog anything..."

Love the stories you find on eBay.

Red on White Washed Moog Minimoog Voyager Performer Edition #17 of 24

via this auction

"You know the deal! #17 of #24 white wash performance edition- played once or twice- very clean. All original boxes no dust - Clean collectors edition- comes with soft Moog case original papers and boxes. 2 expression pedals brand new all brand New!"

Anyone recognize the signatures on back?

Fully Restored Lyricon Wind Synthesizer

via this auction

""The Lyricon is the first electronic instrument to combine a synthesizer with a wind instrument that plays with the same feel and sensitivity as an acoustical woodwind. The Lyricon responds instantly to changes in reed and wind action, giving the player extensive control over loudness, pitch, attack, timbre, decay and other expressive elements of phrasing over a full six-octave range. With the Lyricon, a player's own expression is as important as the synthesizer settings in controlling sound output. And using both, the Lyricon player can produce sounds unobtainable on other synthesizers -- from the imitative tones of conventional woodwinds, brasses and strings, to any number of electronic effects." -from the original brochure.

This instrument is a fully restored Computone Lyricon Wind Synthesizer from the inventor Bill Bernardi's personal collection. It is in 100% playing condition. The instrument body is in beautiful condition, with only a few tiny flaws in the plating (see pictures). The console panel shows no wear, with the protective clear plastic on the knob skirts still intact. There is a small tear in the tolex on the top upper edge of the console cover (see pictures.) The handle has been replaced. Included with the instrument is the original owner's manual, power cord, advertising flyer, reed, mouthpiece and mouthpiece cover.

Yamaha CS01 Synthesizer w/ Extras

via this auction

"Yamaha CS01 synthesizer w/ bc-1 breathe controller owners manual & shoulder bag"

ROLAND TB-303 BASS LINE w/ MIDI & CV Mods SN 264300

via this auction

"ROLAND TB-303 Bass Line MIDI
Kenton 5 Socket Upgrade + Kenton Pro Solo MKII

Excellent Condition"

SHERMAN FILTERBANK 2 // KORG VOLCA FM // the (Mostly) Clean Approach 2

Published on Nov 20, 2017 LESINDES

"SHERMAN FILTERBANK 2 is meant to be a more or less drastically spicing up boring or stiff sounding material with loads of distorsion before before its sophisticated filter section. Here I was trying to tame the beast a bit wehn I was feeding the digital sounds of KORG VOLCA FM in the unit. But you must not be afraid: It is still far away from being HiFi!!
Unlike other competitors SF 2 is also very capable in stereo-izing mono sound sources."

Minijam Studio by Roman Groschen

Published on Nov 12, 2017 Roman Groschen

"Patchblocks Minijam Studio
Sunday afternoon Jam"

Chromeo’s Californian Studio is a Synth Wonderland

Published on Nov 20, 2017 FACTmagazine

"Masters of funk.

Montreal duo Chromeo are electro funk legends, with a career that stretches back to 2002 and classics like 'Fancy Footwork' to their name. With a new single out and a fifth album on the way, we decided to pay a visit to their studio in Burbank, CA where they've been recording for the past year.

Here the duo walked us through the vintage synths that have shaped their sound, from the Juno-106 to the Elka Synthex. They also told us how Steely Dan inspired their studio location, gave us some insider tips on starting a synth collection and even recorded a FACT jingle. Watch it above."

Moog Music Black Friday Sale

via Moog Music

Now through December 3rd

Up to 30% off the following select Moog instruments: Minimoog Model D, Minimoog Voyager XL, Sub Phatty, Minitaur, Mother-32, Werkstatt-01, Etherwave Theremins, Theremini, Moogerfoogers & Minifoogers.
Discount available only at participating U.S. Moog Dealers

Receive 20% off all Moog apparel and merch using the promo code TURKEYMOOG at checkout.
Discount available on to U.S. Residents only.

The Black Friday Sale ends Midnight EST on Sunday, Dec. 3rd. 20% off online discount code good for U.S. Residents only."

See the dealers on the right here on MATRIXSYNTH!

Akai Announces MPC 2.0 Software Update

via Akai


Next generation of acclaimed flagship beat-production software introduces a number of powerful new composition and performance features to the Music Production Center experience

Cumberland, RI USA (November 20, 2017) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the official release of MPC 2.0. Released after an extensive beta testing period, MPC 2.0 is compatible with Mac and PC, works either alone as your main DAW or integrates seamlessly into your DAW of choice as a VST, AU, AAX plug-in. Sporting a redesigned, easy-to-use interface, MPC 2.0 represents a huge leap forward in the beat-production software category by adding a formidable set of new features including:

• Audio track recording
• Real-time time-stretching and pitch-shifting
• Audio and MIDI drag-and-drop
• Redesigned user interface
• Ableton Link support
• 64-bit audio
• Bluetooth 4.0 MIDI support
• Advanced signal routing capability – submixes FX returns, multi-output support
• Reimagined mixer layout
• Enhanced Q-Link control

Bastl SoftPop Synth Demo


Published on Nov 20, 2017 Worwell

"Eurorack patch with Verbos Harmonic Oscillator, Rings, DLD and Big Sky."

Arcology | Ambient Eurorack Modular Synthesizer

Published on Nov 20, 2017 Lightbath


October 31, 2017
Arcosanti, AZ

I had the fortune of visiting Arcosanti for a few days and meeting some wonderful souls while learning about architect Paolo Soleri's vision of the city as an organism for the transformation of the individual and evolution of the species. It's an inspiring place, and while there, I took the opportunity to create a mandala piece ( and this modular piece shot on top of The Vaults at sunset.

Learn more about Arcosanti →


Live performance multitracked on Zoom F8 and mixed in Logic with compression, eq, and effects.

This patch is my current performance patch, sans effects. After completing the mandala piece I had less than an hour before sunset and the light was already fading. So I packed up, grabbed my synth and camera gear and headed to the highest point at Arcosanti—the roof of The Vaults. To save time I decided to go Eurorack-only, no external effects. Compositionally, I had zero prep. I just turned the system on, quickly tuned, and went for it.


1. STOs → Opto → Belgrad → Rainmaker → F8 Ch 1-2
2. Rings → T-Wrex → Sisters → Clouds → Morphagene → F8 Ch 3-4"

Korg Volca FM Ambient Jam with Poly app & MS-70CDR

Published on Nov 20, 2017 Slenterende Beer

"I got inspired by other people using the Poly iOS app in their improvisations, so I decided to try it myself.

The Poly app generates notes in a defined range, resulting in polyrhythmic patterns. These notes are sent via MIDI to the Volca FM, which itself plays a loop of a few notes. I decided to with the Xylophone FM patch, without extra edits, just knob tweaking. The FM is connected to the Zoom MS-70CDR, which adds the delay and reverb. The output of the Zoom is sent to the Behringer UCA202 USB sound card, which is in turn connected to the iPhone 7 that is used for recording the video and audio."

iTunes: Poly - MVStudio - Free!


Published on Nov 20, 2017 nnoiz Papp

"controlling Cwejman QMMF-4, VCO-2RM, ADSR-VC2, Verbos Scan&Pan with ipad and Midi Touch. MUC800 midi interface"

Synth jam: POMPERS #1 [ARP Odyssey, KORG Volca FM, MS-20, ROLAND Juno-106]

Published on Nov 20, 2017 Synthezaur

"Just some little thing I made yesterday. Multitrack recording to Ableton Live, with a little warmth from my Akai multitrack.

Arp Odyssey Rev. 2, Korg Volca FM, Korg MS-20 mini, Roland Juno 106s, Dave Smith Instruments Prophet '08, Elektronika EM-25

Soundtoys Little Plate, Soundtoys Primal Tap, Arturia MiniFilter V and some EQ from Ableton

Recording devices:
Akai X201D, Focusrite Saffire Pro 40

Sorry for bad light."


via this auction

Alesis Ion Analog Modeling Synthesizer Keyboard

via this auction

E-MU Proteus 2500

via this auction

"E-MU Proteus 2500 Vintage Synthesizer / Drum Sound Module W/4 ROMS. This module has been well cared for in a smoke free studio since originally purchased several years back. It comes complete with sound module and power supply. The 4 ROMS Installed inside are (2500, XL-7, PHATT and orchestral 1). It is fully functional with normal wear to the outer shell from normal day to day use and for the synths age. The left most rack ear is slightly bent due to being racked and does not effect the devices performance but should be noted."

Novation Bass Station Rack Analogue Synth

via this auction

Some Wes Anderson style shots of a BassStation for you.

"Super fun synth module. Fully working. LFO speed knob is a bit wobbly but fully functional."

Moog Prodigy 336A

via this auction

MOOG The Rogue Synthesizer SN 6810x

via this auction

Lily Pita - Fly as you wish (Riamiwo Remix) Livesession with Moog Sub37 (Riamiwo StudioVlog 68)

Published on Nov 20, 2017 riamiwovideos

"Release day of my remix of Lily Pita - Fly as you wish :) Release on Strange Town Recordings. Here's a livesession of my remix - I played my parts with the Moog Sub37 and the Roland Boutiques TR-08, TR-09, SH-01A and JP-08. Get your copy on Beatport:"

Gotharman's Eurorack FilterBoard Proto -EuroBoard

Published on Nov 20, 2017 gotharman

"Tweaking the EuroBoard prototype, with VCF3, Trippple VCF, inside. Should this be put into production? That's up to you! Pre-order at:"

"At least 20 pre-orders are needed for this to go into production.

A few days after 20 pre-orders has been reached, the pre-order offer will end, and production will be started.
First modules are expected to ship out around 1 month after production start-up.

If 20 pre-orders has not been reached before 1/3-2018, this product idea will be dropped, and everybody that pre-ordered, will get a full refund.

Size: 22hp. Current draw: Up to 100mA, depending on filterboard.

Pre-order offer
EUR 169,-

Analogue Solutions synthBlock Mr Hyde - analogue VCF box Digitakt demo 1

Published on Nov 20, 2017 Analogue Solutions

"Analogue Solutions synthBlock Mr Hyde - analogue filter effects box.
Digitakt demo 1"

Korg Minilogue Sequencer Demo

Published on Nov 19, 2017 Joey

"Quick video just messing around with the sequencer on the Korg Minilogue."

72 knobs, 12 buttons, 30 setups and snapshots: Faderfox's innovative PC12 MIDI controller

Published on Nov 20, 2017 loopop

"Faderfox have released their "New Module" series, with the PC12, a smart, programmable MIDI controller with plenty of power and control.

Faderfox can be found here:

Also shown in this clip are the Novation Circuit, Microsoft Surface Pro 4, and stands by Cremacaffe Design."

"PC12 as successor of the PC44 is a universal controller for all kinds of Midi controllable hard- and software.

You can combine two or more NEW MODULE devices to create a large system. The connections are on the right side to allow a back to back placing of two or more devices. Connect two NEW MODULES by a special extension port.

Furthermore there are 4 Midi-ports and one USB-port with various routing possibilities.

It is packed in a alu case with the same dimensions like the famous ELEKTRON devices so it’s a great extension for these devices. But you can use the pot controller also with your DAW like a classical 12-track-mixer.

The device has 72 standard pots and 12 buttons in a 12-track-layout, Various kinds of midi commands like control change, note on/off, pitchbend, aftertouch and program change are possible. You can program every Midi command for every separate control on the device very fast and easily.

Of course you can assign the pots and keys to any of these commands by learning incoming Midi commands, which is the same procedure you know from your software / DAW. The pots work with standard resolution of 7 bit to have full compatibility to any software and hardware instrument, effect and DAW. Use the internal 30 setups to save your individual settings. Backup and restore of all settings by sysex dumps is possible too.

The factory settings are perfect to control music and video software products out of the box if they are freely assignable. So any additional device programming isn’t necessary for many applications.

Some special setups are preconfigured for use with ELEKTRON RYTM and ABLETON LIVE.

Check out this amazing power box and you will get a reliable mate..."


475 Euro (incl. VAT)
399 Euro (excl. VAT)

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Show Floor Walkthrough Tokyo Festival of Modular 2017

Published on Nov 20, 2017 cuckoomusic

Aries & ETI Maplin Re-boot Announced at Tokyo Festival of Modular & Australian Modular Scene

A peek into the Australian Modular scene @ Tokyo Festival of Modular 2017

Published on Nov 20, 2017 cuckoomusic

"Having a chat with with the lovely chaps from Australian Modular, about the Australian scene, about how they feel about their geographical location and also getting a brief overview of some of the modules coming out of Australia."

Metro Modular at 9:45 states they are going to reissue the Aries modular system and the ETI Maplin.

4MS company Modules @Tokyo Festival of Modular 2017

Published on Nov 20, 2017 cuckoomusic

"4MS Company showed me some of their beautiful modules during Tokyo Festival of Modular. A great sampler, tap delay and an extraordinarily beautiful resonator, all in stereo."

Modular Performance - Before You Go

Published on Nov 19, 2017 Mike Thomas

"A 'poppier' tune than I normally do. Rings and Elements providing interwoven rhythm/melody lines, with Ripples providing bass, and Tides eventually weaving in with Rings and Elements."

Buchla .Look mom, no bongos!

Published on Nov 19, 2017 therudyrude

"Buchla Performance with Q-bit Nebulae and Big Sky plus H9
MakeNoise Pressure Points going to the CVGT1 Synovatron"

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