MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Waldorf Wave & TSi Musikmesse Flyers From 1992 &1993

Scans for the following, in via swissdoc, have been added to yesterday's post on Waldorf at at the 1992 and 1993 Musikmesses.


I believe this is the first time some, if not all, have appeared online. They include a flyer for the Waldorf Wave, a Preliminary Wave info sheet, and TSI Musikmesse flyers. TSi GmbH were the distributors for Waldorf. They later distributed Access Music and Novation as well. Wolfgang Düren, the chairman of Waldorf, was the man behind TSi. He partnered with PPG before Waldorf. See this post for some additional details on him.

You can find a handful of posts featuring TSi here.


via this auction

Haven't seen one of these in a while. Curious how many plug-ins are installed. If you are not familiar with the Plugiator, see the Use Audio label at the bottom of this post.

Volcas & Circuit Detroit Techno Session 1

Published on Nov 21, 2017 014london70

Anodising Aluminium Synthesizer Panels at Home

Published on Nov 21, 2017 markusfuller

Interesting video from Markus Fuller on getting that black surface paint to stick on DIY panels - 5U in this case.

"I gave it my best shot to anodise aluminium panels for the synth extension. and they turned out almost ok.
maybe next time I will try a different way, there was a few things i'm sure I did wrong like not have hot dye or maybe the dye was the wrong type ?. still they kinda look ok for my home project."

Introducing VARIGATE 4+ by Malekko Heavy Industry

Published on Nov 21, 2017

via Malekko

"The Varigate 4+ is a 4-channel, 8-step sequencer that includes the features of the original Varigate 4, PLUS the new option to output both CV (quantized or unquantized) and gates simultaneously. Other new features include a Play/Stop function, Preset Banks (4x4), Glide Per Step, Scales and can also be configured as master for the Malekko Voltage Block as well as a slave to the Varigate 8+ if you're looking to expand your total channels and presets (up to 14 channels and 100 presets with V8+).

Each Channel (or Track) correlates with it's own sequencer (so 4 independent sequencers). The addition of the Gate/CV Switch allows for switching between 4 channels of CV, 2/2 for 2 channels of CV and 2 channels of gates, or all 4 channels to output only gates. Additionally, each step of a sequencer can be programmed with Probability for gates, Repeats, Glide and Notes (when in a CV mode). There is a also a Randomization feature for Repeats, Notes and Glide. Channel parameters for Scales, Sequence Direction (Forward, Reverse, Pendulum and Random), Sequence Length, Division, Multiplication and Pulsewidth are all easily accessible using Track Mode.

G-Storm Electro DIY VCF Module

Classic Synthesizer Filter Breadboard

Published on Nov 9, 2017 gstormelectro

Watch the above video if you want to guess what the filter is modelled after. The answer is in the video below, so don't look if you want to guess.

"Audio + Video by G-Storm Electro c.2017

My first video in HD 1080p! Today I am demonstrating a classic lowpass filter circuit study on a breadboard. Shrill audio alert! - Self-oscillation audio tests are performed here. All I can say at this time this circuit is not exactly Moog per se, and the self-oscillation droid sounds are another BIG clue. I run a pulse from my Pittsburgh Synth Box, sweep the frequency cutoff, then use CV modulations with an LFO and then sample/hold. I am planning a glorious eurorack module of this circuit so stay tuned."

Korg Electribe EA-1 Analog Modeling Synth

via this auction


Published on Nov 21, 2017 djwidow420

RC is Resonance Circuits.

via this auction

"The Covenant:

A bespoke sound generator combining electro acoustic elements and custom delay.

Capable of producing haunting soundscapes, metallic textures, eerie atmospherics and spine chilling echoes.

Manipulate soundscapes by plucking, tapping and strumming, inject modulating feedback swells and process external audio sources.

Conjure new evolutions of harrowing sounds and complex waves of feedback modulation.


on/off power switch

'on' indicator lamp

delay rate control

depth control - number of repeats

freeze feedback control - higher frequency 'loop lock' feedback fades

space feedback control - classic cascades and low end feedback

feedback body contacts - touch the two contacts to introduce feedback swells

internal pickup level control

mix control - sets the ratio between internal pickup/external sound source

master output level control

1/4" jack input - process external audio - guitars/microphones or line level sources

1/4" jack output

powered by 9v DC input (negative centre polarity): any standard, universal AC/DC multi-adapter will be suitable

or via 1 x 9v battery (battery adapter supplied)

Supplied with control layout document and percussion stick.

The kalimba keys are easily removable and simply screw into place.

Oak stained wood casing with black lacquered control panel and brass accents.

Case dimensions when closed: 6(H) X 23.5(W) X 11.5(D)cm"


Published on Nov 21, 2017 Ariel Raguet

"The incredible Make Noise Maths used to generate notes and gate into an another incredible thing: the =0-Coast.
The 0-Coast is setted very plain, there is no Multiply or Overtone or Line FM or random, just a Little decay in the Contour and a little reverb from a Zoom MS-70CDR."

Hexmix System Features -

Published on Nov 21, 2017 Befacosynth

"This video outlines the features of our Hexmix system. A set of two modules that offers a complete performance mixer in eurorack format.

Six channels with clickless mutes and EQ per channel as well as a softer EQ in master section.

Hexpander offfers three ausxiliar sends with stereo returns, PFL system, individual outputs per channel and a balanced output."

See this post for additional details on the Hex Mix VCA.

After Work - Live Session by Jens Aderholz (Elektron Octatrack/Digitakt/RYTM & Novation PEAK)

Published on Nov 21, 2017 Jens Aderholz

"After Work Live Session by Jens Aderholz

Elektron Octatrack
Elektron Digitakt
Elektron Analog Rytm
Novation Peak"

Ambient Exploration 012 - Furthrrrr ambient drone

Published on Nov 21, 2017 Fading Canvas

"Furthrrrr Generator providing the sound, pitch done manually through quantized Rene. Carrier VCO frequency modulated by modulator VCO in clocked sample & hold mode. Maths clocked by Octocontroller and 4MS RCD doing slow envelopes to RYO 3xVCA. Sound going through Rainmaker and Erbe-Verb, slowly lifting it into space. A bunch of LFO's subtle touching Rainmaker, Erbe, and the Generator in various ways. Little compression done in Ableton Live."

Vintage Yamaha CS-50 Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

Understanding Sound Design on the Volca FM - Episode 6: Velocity Sensitivity

Published on Nov 21, 2017 Oscillator Sink

"Here's the sixth episode in the series where we explore sound design and patch creation on the Korg Volca FM. In this episode we talk about how to apply velocity sensitivity to add an extra dimension to your patches"

All parts here.

GMSN! Synth Voice & Campstove DIY! // Synthfest 2017

Published on Nov 21, 2017 DivKidVideo

"Rob from Glasgow Make Some Noise (GMSN!) takes us through his synth voice, tiny thin skiffs, new cases (12U slipper - lovely stuff!) and cooking up SMD/SMT DIY breaking bad style on a camping stove. All from Sound on Sound magazines Synthfest 2017"

"Spaceship Mars"

Published on Nov 21, 2017 Bob I. Gomez

"Synthesizer, Prophet 6, Music"

Blinksonic° Releases Free PROCESSORZ° v2 - FX Periodic Table for Reaktor 6

Published on Nov 17, 2017 BLINKSONIC°

Get it here.

"Smash n’ remix anything in your Blocks with PROCESSORZ° 2, the FX Periodic Table !

After months of collaboration, 50 exchanged mails, lots of experimentations, Sandy Small and I, are really proud to present this new contribution to the Reaktor User Library.

PROCESSORZ° is a cool combination of 25 colorful effects which can be played in real time as an instruments via a Midi keyboard.

Remix, smash and twist your tracks in real time. Add glitch movements and make your mix scream.

All effects can be launch instantly or in locked position.

Originally taken from Blinksonic° SUBSTANZ° Groovebox, PROCESSORZ° is a classic remix concept transposed here in the Blocks framework.

This new version brings compatibility for triggering the effects via incoming CV/Gate inside a Block patch.
All the structure and effects have been rebuild in Core by Sandy which brings a complete optimisation with the Block framework. The GUI have also been reshaped.

Each effects have 2 basics calibrated parameters which can be controled via the A/B modulations from any devices or sources available inside your block.

To get a bonus of expressivity, this modulation events can be turned on and off via MIDI, the same way you press on effects buttons. Instant twickling !!

A switch is available if you want to use the Pitchbend and the Modwheel of your keyboard to control the modulation of each effect parameters.

PROCESSORZ° can be plugged to 4 different stereo sources inside your block.

The effect dose of each tracks can be set with the 4 sends control knobs.

These knobs can also receive A/B modulations.

Also a new feature in this version, we made the choice to choose from 3 different routings of the signal path :
- Parallel,
- Serial,
- an experimental one which is both Parallel/Serial for creating highly exaggerated processed signal.

PROCESSORS also works pretty well as a plugin effect inside your DAW (Ableton Live, Maschine, Logic).

We want it hybrid, means, compatible with Blocks but playable as an external VST or AudioUnit.

A special ensemble version comes in the package with a pre-mounted block with 2 LFO blocks (from ROUNDS) and PROCESSORZ wired to 8 inputs and the main output.

You can choose between 3 panel sets :
- « Default » with only the block Processorz visible,
- « Edit Modulation » that shows the PROCESSORZ and the 2 LFO Blocks,
- « Small View » with a minimal view of the block.

I also add some features for the lucky owners of NKS controllers. Mainly all the parameters are mapped and light guide is set following the effect colors on Komplete Kontrol keyboards. Basically, it’s fully NKS ready.

PROCESSORZ° is as minimalist as powerful for adding some vibrant audio events and changing dimension of any sounds. Many combinations are possible with this kind of FX periodic table.

The ice on the cake, PROCESSORZ° comes with 117 snapshots created by renown sound designer as Richard Devine, Alex Retsis, Paul Peanuts, Matt Subjex and Sylvain Stoppani.

We hope you will express all your sonic creativity with this tool.
Special mention to Sandy Small that really push the original concept to a high level of quality.
PROCESSORZ is a free contribution, but if you want to reward the works Sandy did, you can donate via paypal :

If it’s not already the case, there’s still plenty of premium ensembles to get on the website :"

MIDI Sprout for iOS Released

Note this app requires MIDI Sprout hardware.

via iTunes: MIDI Sprout - Data Garden

"Use this app with your MIDI Sprout to listen to your plants!

Plug your MIDI Sprout into the Lightning port using an iConnectMIDI1 cable. Turn on your MIDI Sprout and listen to your plants play harmonious sounds designed by our team of artists. Experience the way patterns and melodies change in relationship to fluctuations in your environment."

And the press release:

"Data Garden announces release of MIDI Sprout for iOS, a device that lets plants play music through an iPhone.

In 2014 Data Garden Kickstarted MIDI Sprout, a device to connect plants to synthesizers, allowing them to produce generative music in real time. After years of presenting this work in installations and refining the technology itself they are announcing its integration into the iOS platform. “We are very excited to release this new app into the world,” says Joe Patitucci, Founder and Co-Director of Data Garden. “The original MIDI Sprout helped our fans recreate the experience of our live installations at home, but there was a learning curve as a MIDI Sprout only worked alongside synthesizers or computer programs that required sound design experience. That all changes now. Our team was able to produce an app with built-in instruments designed especially for plants to play. With our new app, listening to plants is as easy as plugging MIDI Sprout into your iPhone.”

MIDI Sprout for iOS consists of the original MIDI Sprout with a MIDI to Lightning cable that allows users to plug the device into their iPhone. The package also comes with two sensors that stick onto the plant and are connected to the MIDI Sprout device. The sensors detect very small electrical fluctuations that occur over the surface of the plant’s leaves. The MIDI Sprout converts these signals into MIDI information that is sent to the phone where it is processed into sound, thereby allowing the plant’s biorhythms to control digital instruments in real time.

'This is just the beginning,” muses Jon Shapiro, Co-Director of Data Garden. “Not only will this easy-to-use version allow us to bring plant music to more people, but it serves as a platform for us to start building really interesting networking features. It’s a platform for other forms of biodata sonification as well. We’re looking forward to working with our community to develop features so that listening to their plants can be as magical at home as it is in their imagination' Shapiro added."

Korg Univox Poly Ensemble S K-5 Keyboard Synthesizer SN 770064

via this auction

Tokyo Festival Of Modular 2017: Deckard's Dream SYNTHESIZER Sound Demo

Published on Nov 21, 2017

"Roman Filippov presented at this years Tokyo Festival Of Modular the upcoming Deckard's Dream Synthesizer, a modern interpretation of the legendary Yamaha CS-80. Same as the original, the Deckard's Dream is fully analogue and features modern features. Here is a sound demo of it. Thanks to Stefan from ACL to play the Synth during the video shoot.

More information here:"

Eowave at Tokyo Festival Of Modular 2017

Tokyo Festival Of Modular 2017: Eowave Quadrantid Swarm Synthesizer (2nd Prototype)

Published on Nov 20, 2017 SYNTH ANATOMY

"Eowave presented on the TFM2017 the second prototype of their experimental Synthesizer Quandrantid Swarm. Marc gives you a nice overview of the new features compared to the SuperBooth version."

Tokyo Festival Of Modular 2017: Eowave Capsule Titan MKII Eurorack Synthesizer

Published on Nov 20, 2017 SYNTH ANATOMY

"Eowave presented on the TFM2017 the new Capsule Titan MKII Synthesizer, a new version of their compact analog Synthesizer. New features are per example: second envelope, a drive on the VCA, second VCA, Noise and more"

MIKE303 ' Daft Punk Test' (Vocoder Roland Vp330)

Published on Nov 21, 2017 AnalogSynthMuseum

"MIKE303 ' Daft Punk Test' (Vocoder Roland Vp330)"

VFE Pedals Klein Bottle multipath + multiband looper/mixer on Kickstarter

Published on Nov 21, 2017 Knobs

via Kickstarter where you'll find additional details.

"The Klein Bottle was designed for the noise makers, soundscape artists, endless tinkerers and tone wizards. This epic pedal starts by splitting the input signal into three FX loops. Each FX loop has dedicated controls for pre-gain, HPF/LPF (bandwidth filters), and main mix level. This allows you to send different parts of the signal to different effects, and blend them all back together to create new tones out of your existing pedals.

But wait, there's more! The magic happens when you use the independent feedback controls to send the signal from one FX loop into another...and then back again! Keep your existing tone intact with the DRY knob, while layering a cornucopia of sonic goodness on top."

Midweek Melodies 4 - Jazz Rhodes Synth Improv Jam (Korg Monologue, Korg SV-1, Moog Mother-32)

Published on Nov 21, 2017 Noir Et Blanc Vie

"The fourth in a new series entitled Midweek Melodies.
Just messing around with some sounds on the Korg Monologue, a 'synth jam' will you. Played some SV-1 for keys and a little sequence on the Moog Mother-32. Chill jazzie vibes lol"

Module of the Week Ep. 5 - STG Post Lawsuit VCF V2 Demo & Overview

Published on Nov 21, 2017 Synthesizer Reviews

All parts here.

Chord Kitten

Just a random synth cat pic via @quebitelectronix.

"Chord kitten from @catsonsynthesizersinspace 💙🐱"

Makes you wonder what it was hearing. Or maybe it was reading MATRIXSYNTH.

Making some more beats on Eurorack percussion modules and electroluminescent cables

Published on Nov 21, 2017 Reckless Experimentation Audio LLC

"Today we are going to make some more beats using Reckless Experimentation Audio percussion modules and a sequencer.

Modules used are: Bass drum kick drum, hi tom low tom, and clap snare, along with the light up cable sequencer. Using a Q-neo to control the sequencer."

Arturia Keystep midi cv gate keyboard sequencer

via this auction

Erica Synths Limited Edition Acid Simona VCF

via Erica Synths

"Acid Simona VCF is limited edition of Erica Synths Black Polivoks VCF celebrating collaboration between Erica Synths and techno opera Spazio Bar.

All money raised from the sales of Acid Simona VCF modules will be donated to Spazio Bar production team.

The project Spazio Bar brings together composer of academic contemporary music Platon Buravicky and author of the electronic soundscapes Leo Līcis, for an unprecedented performance joining together seemingly distant though not incompatible fields of music. 2 violins, a viola, 2 flutes and a bassoon together with live electronics will create a stimulating environment for one’s imagination to immerse the storyline of the techno opera Spazio Bar. For this special occasion Erica Synths Black Polivoks VCF obtains a fresh look and preserves its treasured sound as a limited-edition Acid Simona VCF module.

On 26th of November 6 PM CET Erica Synths Garage will create the opportunity to virtually witness the show of Spazio Bar through live broadcast.

Acid Simona VCF (Black Polivoks VCF) is one of the most authentic sounding emulations of the famous Russian synth - the Formanta Radio Factory Polivoks. The original Russian ICs K140UD12 are used in the sound circuit. Several updates were made to adapt the VCF for contemporary modular synth demands. Independently buffered inputs, extended Cutoff knob, eliminated clicks when switching filter modes and output stage added to eliminate signal inversion. As a result much punchier bass sound and very smooth controls are achieved.

Price: 165 EUR
+ 21% VAT for individual customers in EU without EU VAT registration number + shipping"

Roland Alpha Juno-2

via this auction

via the seller: "This was the first synth I ever bought... back in like, 1991!!! I held on to it for so many years probably for nostalgic purposes but I pretty much never pull it it out and use it anymore so it needs to go to someone who WILL use it. It still sounds good (just tested it) except there are 3 keys in the keybed that do not trigger sound. The contacts are probably dirty and need to be cleaned/deoxidized. Other than that it's in pretty good shape. Comes with a soft case."

Novation K-Station

via this auction

Note the back of it. Via the seller: "I bought this used on ebay about 10 years ago and it was rusty then and it's still rusty now. It has always worked perfectly and even the display is still nice and bright. I don't know how it got rusty in the first place but it doesn't seem to effect the performance of the synth. It's a great little synth with a lot of cool sounds in it. I just haven't been using it much in the last several years."

E-mu Emax II

via this auction

"Nice gritty sampler from the late eighties/early nineties. It has an internal scsi hard drive installed so you don't have to mess around with floppy disks. Also includes a sturdy case that fits the sampler perfectly. All the function numbers are listed on the sampler itself so you won't even really need a manual if you have a decent grasp of hardware samplers and how they work. Pretty straight-forward work flow."

Access Virus kb

via this auction

ROLAND JU-06 + K-25M Boutique Series

via this auction

Roland PG-800 Synthesizer Programmer w/ Original Box & Case SN 490900

via this auction

Sequential Circuits Pro One

via this auction

Zeppelin Design Labs ALTURA Theremin MIDI Controller

Check out the cool packaging below. There is a green version of the ALTURA as well. Zeppelin previously released the stylophone style Macchiato Mini Synth.

via Zeppelin Design

"The Altura is a MIDI controller that emulates the Theremin, the classic early electronic musical instrument. As you move your hands in the air, the Altura transmits MIDI data to your synthesizer to control pitch, volume, velocity, bend, modulation, portamento, and more! Use it to control any MIDI synthesizer, such as the Macchiato Mini Synth. Ready-to-play or build it yourself from a fun and easy DIY kit! Get a sleek black acrylic cabinet — kit or ready-to-use — or make your own cardstock cabinet using the provided template.

Requires 9V DC power. Use a battery (not included) or pick up a plug-in power supply.

If you are an Arduino enthusiast, you can hack the open-source software that runs the Altura, or download updates and flash them to your controller.

Connect with your music: build your own gear!"

Naomi Mitchell of Omiindustriies jams with the DDSR and NE

Published on Nov 21, 2017 Noise Engineering

"Founder of Omiindustries Naomi Mitchell dropped by NE to chat about her new module, the DDSR, a shift register, and how it works with other modules. Here is a jam she threw together. FMI see the accompanying blog post at"

Sbranvlztronics VCOs PART 2 - Matrix II Homemade Analog Synthesizer

Published on Nov 21, 2017 Sbranvlztronics

"Something about the VCO, Voltage Controlled Oscillator, in the "Matrix" II Homemade Analog Synthesizer. This synth has 3 identical VCOs, based on the Electronotes / ASM VCO, with minor modifications to allow for some electronic components substitutions. In this video the available front panel connections are shown, also a patch using the sync feature.

Other modules will be shown in next videos (3 VCOs, 4 dual VCAs, 2 moog ladder VCFs, 2 LFOs, 3 ADSRs, VC Phaser, VC Delay, Divider, Sample & Hold, CV Lag, 2 Inverters, 4 channel mixer, Ring Modulator, Noise generator)."

See the Sbranvlztronics label below for more.

TR-08 The 808 Classic Beats

Published on Nov 20, 2017 offworld network

"Short series of videos demonstrating TR-08 approximations of classic TR-808 beats. Part 1 is "In The Bottle" by COD. a cover of the Gil Scott- Heron classic "The Bottle". The COD version was brought to us by the second (first ?) Electro superstar team of Man Parrish, Raul A Rodriguez and Mark Berry."

"Part 2 in the series of reconstructions of TR-808 Classics. in this video we have Hashims, Al - Naafiysh & Shannons Let The Music Play."

Roland TR-08s on eBay

Waldorf Q Phoenix Edition Demo

Published on Nov 21, 2017 Synth Love

Yamaha VL1 Demo

Published on Nov 21, 2017 Synth Love

Alesis Andromeda A6 Custom Soundset Demo

Published on Nov 21, 2017 Synth Love

Custom soundset demo by Synth Love. No details on whether it will be made available.

MFB Tanzmaus, Korg Monologue & Behringer VD400 Vintage Delay

Published on Nov 21, 2017 3rdStoreyChemist

"Jamming with the Tanzmaus drum machine & a Monologue synthesiser synced together. The VD400 has been placed on an aux send."

Native Instruments Maschine mk3 - hands-on

Published on Nov 21, 2017 Future Music Magazine

"Si Truss and Simon Arblaster get to grips with the latest Maschine from the NI stable.

The hotly anticipated Maschine mkIII is here and we have been loving its refreshed angular design, improved workflow and layout.

With a few things borrowed from Maschine Studio and its younger sibling, Maschine Jam, the mkIII feels like a more complete system. Much of this is down to the addition of an audio interface - definitely a welcome move in a world of ever-decreasing ports."

Endorphines - Life is a trip ✈ SHUTTLE tour

Published on Nov 21, 2017 TheEndorphines

"We are launching the ‘Life is a trip’ contest and sending one SHUTTLE System out to be on a worldwide tour.
🡳 🡳 🡳 🡳

Artists who have always been interested in trying out our SHUTTLE System, can apply and may get selected for one of the 5 one month slots of pure SHUTTLEness.
Starting from now until 6th of December 2017 you can apply to be part of this experience.
Simply send one demo track (electronic link please) and a short artist profile to the following email address for a chance to become a SHUTTLE EXPLORER.
We'll then announce the 5 chosen artists from all over the world.
They will receive the SHUTTLE SYSTEM for 1 month to compose a track with it, and then pass it along to the next artist and so on.
We will keep you updated about the progress of the project the whole way.
After all five tracks of all SHUTTLE EXPLORERS are finished and have been delivered to us, we’ll put them up to the social media audience for them to vote for the best track.

The best vote wins a SHUTTLE System!

We're looking forward to your applications.

Please read the schedule and conditions of the campaign below.

Life is a trip! ✈


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