MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday, January 08, 2018

Silly Serge with Modifications

Published on Jan 8, 2018 Oren Levy

"A noisy and chaotic demo of the modifications I made to my Silly Serge. The Silly Serge consists of the 2 DIY panels by

The following modifications were inspired by Doug Lynner's Mystery Serge:

Each Negative Slew, Positive Slew, and Envelope Generator has an added cycle switch (blue switches) that makes the module cycle.

One Positive Slew and one Negative Slew along with all the Envelope Generators have a switch (orange) to connect the output to a VC input pre-attenuator for adjustable feedback.

The yellow jack puts out a 6V pulse when the red momentary switch is engaged.

The white switch is my own idea and might not be for everyone. When it is engaged, the output of the reverb module is connected to the top 1/8" jack that goes to the mixer."

Electribe emx2 Volca Keys & FM Deep Tech House Session 2

Published on Jan 8, 2018 014london70

"Both the Keys and FM are routed to the audio in of the electribe via a belkin splitter.
Recorded in AudioShare via a Behringer uca222 and mastered in Final Touch."

A Look Back at the Rare Synth Posts of 2017

I realized I missed mentioning the rare synth posts of 2017 in my New Years post! There were a total of 62 last year. If you are interested, you can find them all here. These are the posts featuring items you likely never knew existed, or items that are considered the rarest of the rare in the synth world. When they come up I give them an exclusive label dedicated only to them. Do take a look. You will find some interesting items. If you want to dig deeper into previous years' picks, you can click on the "exclusive" minus the year at the bottom of any of the the posts and then page through the archives.

Polivoks Soviet Synth Designer Vladimir Kuzmin Gives an Overview of His Synths

Published on Jan 8, 2018 vladimir kuzmin

"Overview of all instruments designed by Vladimir and Olimpiada Kuzmin."

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

In the following video Vladimir Kuzmin goes over the Polivoks based modules by Industrial Music Electronics (formerly the Harvestman). It's in Russian, however you can enabled CC for your language via the player controls for the video.

DIY polyphonic Tokarev Protosynth V1LP synthesizer

Published on Jan 8, 2018 Konstantin T

"Testing the windows application controller software that I wrote for controlling the Tokarev Protosynth V1LP synthesizer. MIDI note data coming from FL Studio. Software coded in Visual C. Synthesizer is running on an STM32F407 microcontroller programmed in C."

NOSAJ THING - Live Session with Meris (4K, Stereo)

Published on Jan 8, 2018 Meris

"L.A. Electronic Producer NOSAJ THING performs with Meris pedals (Polymoon, Ottobit Jr. and Mercury7). Alongside Meris pedals, he uses Ableton Live, Soma Lyra-8 Synth, and Maschine Mikro (NI). Video was shot at the Pasadena Masonic Temple in Southern California.

(Nosaj Thing is an L.A. based American record producer/artist. He has produced tracks for Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi and Chance the Rapper.)"

Voltage Modular - Prepare To Be Shocked - New Software Based Modular in the Works

Published on Jan 8, 2018 Voltage Modular

"Find out what the buzz is about at NAMM 2018, Booth 19212 (Level 2), North Hall Building.

Learn more at"

A new software based virtual modular system. Mitchell Sigman, who's been featured here on MATRIXSYNTH, worked on the design of the modules with a talented group of developers.

An Update on the Shear Electronics Relic - Oberheim OB-X Inspired Analog Synth

You might remember the Shear Electronics Relic, OB-X based analog hardware synth from last year's NAMM. If you were wondering what happened to it, the following is an update from Shear sent our way via swissdoc.

"Happy New Year from both of us at Shear Electronics!

2017 was an exciting year for us, and I hope you all had a wonderful year as well. With all the speculation about our radio silence since February, we figured it was about time for an update.

Most of you probably heard about our demo at NAMM 2017. Here’s how it played out for me:
I bolted together our first prototype at 2 AM on Tuesday morning. At 8 AM, I flew back to Los Angeles (I had classes all week). Wednesday at 6 PM, I was testing broken cables in our booth at the Anaheim convention center. Sunday morning, camera crews found their way to our booth. Monday morning, I was watching myself on YouTube. I felt a little behind the times... 11,000 people saw the Sonicstate interview before I did! We were getting a hundred emails a day. On YouTube, a thousand likes before our first dislike.

So I was sitting in my dorm room, and I thought this was some pretty phenomenal demand for a garage prototype. For two weeks, I read every single thing anyone said about the synthesizer. I would like to issue my deepest and most heartfelt thanks for your epic worldwide focus group.

After a few months went by, many of you began to speculate that we gave up or sold out. I understand your skepticism. But there’s a reason I’ve kept quiet. For one thing, I’ve never been the type to dwell on public relations. I spent three years on this project before announcing anything.

More importantly, I’ve been hard at work. The reality is that our design is among the most complicated and extravagant systems ever proposed in the history of analog synthesizers. We are going to succeed in this market for one reason—we put everything we’ve got into the product.

If you thought that the “essential components of great-sounding synths aren’t available anymore,” you might be right. But the “missing link” to the golden age of synthesis isn’t some elusive old- stock field-effect transistor. It’s the essence of old-school design philosophy. In today’s world, the pursuit of perfection loses to the bottom line. 2,584 components on our voice cards. 97 suppliers on speed dial. And all this in a culture that scoffs at the price of monophonic synthesizers?

We doubled down and committed to delivering a machine worthy of your love. Yes, we’re still building a discrete analog polyphonic synthesizer. And yes, we’re still building the exact same audio path as the legendary OB-X. But thanks to your input, it’s going to be a lot better than the first prototype.

Every detail was given a closer inspection. It starts with a hard anodized aircraft-grade aluminum top panel. The indicators shine through panes of chemically strengthened anti-reflective glass. We miniaturized the light bar technology to allow individual bars for every encoder. Top-shelf optical encoders will prevent mechanical wear and tear. The figured hardwood side panels are matte- finished in tiger rose black. Software upgrades can be done at home with a MIDI cable.

Sorry for the six-month silence. We haven’t focused enough on public relations or business decisions, we’ve been focused on the product. But from now on, we’re committing to regular updates.

The new Relic is amazing, but it isn’t quite ready for production. We won’t have a booth at NAMM 2018, but we will be at the Anaheim Convention Center anyway. If you’ve got any questions, or just want to say hi, come find me at the Synth Section anytime Saturday afternoon. If you want to talk, feel free to send me an email. I’d love to meet you!

Finally, I’d like to thank every single one of you for the overwhelming wave of support for the Relic.

Jacob Brashears CTO, Shear Electronics
Cheryl Brashears CEO, Shear Electronics"

Dave Smith Instruments In The Spotlight With the Rev2 and Alex Kopp of Third Eye Blind

You'll find the full interview here.

"Alex Kopp is a producer, composer, and musician who originally hails from Canton, Ohio, and is keyboardist for the band Third Eye Blind. He’s also working on various projects for TV and film, and is producing a variety of other artists.

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

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

OB-Sizzle // OB-6, Sub37, TR8

Published on Jan 8, 2018 MR TUNA Music

"A burning riff on the OB, twisting up that SEM filter then it’s a weird, unmanageable custom patch on the Sub with the 909 slams and flams of the TR8
Eventually it just all falls apart like it tends to do."

How ideas form of course.

TG-ONE: Techno Scetch #1

TG-ONE: Techno Scetch #1 from Station 252 on Vimeo.

"Throbbing Gristle samples played by two regular Tiptop ONE modules


Tiptop BD909, SD909, HATS909, CP909, TOMS909

FX: Z-DSP: Hydra, Z-DSP: Halls Of Valhalla, Erica Synths Fusion Delay/Flanger/Vintage Ensemble, Alright Devices Chronoblob + WMD high pass and Tiptop Z2040 low pass filters

a bunch of stuff is also going through Toppobrillo Multifilter (hi pass) and Tiptop Z2040.

Sequenced with Tiptop Circadian Rhythms, Trigger Riot, Shakmat Modular Knight's Gallop and Antimatter Audio Launch Codes."

Gridlab Strum Demo

Published on Jan 8, 2018 stretta


Lightfinger Evolution Pack for Novation Circuit

Published on Jan 8, 2018 Lightfinger

"Lightfinger’s Evolution Pack for Novation Circuit consists of 64 Patches, 16 Sessions, the Evolution Sample Set and the Distructo Sample Set. Also included are Patch, Sample Set & Sessions Save Sheets to help keep your Circuit organized.

EVOLUTION SAMPLE SET: Classic and electronic percussion, hi-tech hits, FX stabs, and tonal elements.

DISTRUCTO SAMPLE SET: Get hard with this aggressive kit featuring a ‘stereo’ sample on Pads 63 (Left) & 64 (Right).

64 PATCHES: With moving pads, dirty basses and powerful leads, there are a wide range of Patches that are suitable for many genres of music. All of the Macro Knobs have been assigned dynamic, useful functions with the following helpful standardization:

Critter & Guitari - Jeraphy With Sampled Guitar

Published on Jan 8, 2018 Critter & Guitari

"Jeraphy is a loop player! Record your own sounds and add them to Jeraphy for a unique experience. We added guitar samples and the Organelle turned into a puzzle of a post-rock machine! Catch a glimpse of our neighborhood in the background, mixed with the ETC (red box)!"

Jasper EDP WASP Clone

via this auction

See this post for a video demo of one.

Chimera Instruments BC8 PAIR 2011

via this auction

"A PAIR of Chimera Instruments BC 8 mini synths. VERY RARE. No longer in production.
Very cool. Programmable and waveform changes by knobs and button.

NOTE: Both powered up on test. One works great other works fine but only when volume is turned to max."

Hexinverter - Red Dragon Filter - VCF for Eurorack Modular Synthesizer

via this auction

Cool packaging.

"Hexinverter Red Dragon in near mint condition. Awesome Polivoks inspired filter with unique morphing and resonance clipping controls. Comes complete with original box, insert, ribbon cable, and screws. No rack rash, but the knobs do show light signs of use. Smoke free home studio use only."

Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 Analog Synthesizer SN 471

via this auction

"NOT WORKING! Will not turn on. I have owned this synth since it was new for my home studio. See pics for superb cosmetic condition. Never gigged, never left it's climate-controlled, smoke free environment. I do not know what the issue is, but before it went into storage I tested it and found several keys did not play. This was always played thru MIDI from my DX7, so I didn't notice this before that. Hopefully someone familiar with these can bring it back to life-these instruments have a wonderfully rich sound and deserve to be played."

Sequential Circuits Split Eight Analog Synthesizer w/ Wood Side Panels

via this auction

"Has woodgrain end cheeks instead of the black painted ones. Volume pots are a little scratchy but all functional. There were note stickers on the keys that were removed. Some keys have minor damage, but nothing to hinder performance."

SH 7 Flutey

Published on Jan 8, 2018 Fuzzo Frizzbeebot

"Just a little demo of a flutey synth patch I worked up. The Roland SH 7 doe's flutey really well better than the Voyager anyway"

Møffenzeef Mødular DIAL-UP DEMØ

Published on Jan 8, 2018 Møffenzeef Mødular

Modor Formant Filter In Eurorack Format

Published on Jan 8, 2018 Perfect Circuit Audio

"This video shows the Modor Formant Filter eurorack synthesizer module which is based on the Formant Filter from the Modor NF-1 standalone synthesizer. Formant Filters create sounds similar to human vocal sounds. The Modor version allows you to use preset formants or to tune in your own and then save them.

Available here:"

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Macroscopic Quark

Published on Jan 8, 2018 Miles Briand

Macbeth's Elements Synth and 0 Coast Mutual S&H via Moog CP 251

Published on Jan 8, 2018 martinjazz78

"There are nights, when you just want to be a naughty boy."

E352, Mother-32, Roland System-1m and MATHS

Published on Jan 8, 2018 The Mad Music Machine

"We left the Mad Music Machine turned on over night (with the master volume turned down) - we were pleasantly surprised by the new sounds we heard when we turned it back on!

Here Caitlin plays a short intro but does not touch any controls once the simple 16 note sequence starts - it just Maths working it's magic with our oscillators (mainly the E352)"

No. 11 || Moog Mother 32 Ambient

Published on Jan 8, 2018 Xo Xinh

Roland SE-02 Midi Editor / Controller - VST / Standalone

Published on Jan 8, 2018 mller30161

"You can buy it on my homepage:
Price: 5,90€

The "SE-02 Midi Controller / Editor". The controller for the Roland Boutique Synth SE-02.

It is possible as VST and Standalone for PC 32/64 Bit and Mac as VST, AU and Standalone.
The „SE-02“ parameters can be automated, they can be stored in your Project.
You can safe your sound on the SE-02 Synth or as VST Presets (..fxp) in the DAW.
The editor gives you access to the controller on the SE-02 interface, and also direct access to hidden parameters.

With the X-Y-Pad any controller can be selected and controlled."

Moon Rise On Olympus Mons

Published on Jan 8, 2018 GNeuman

"Ambient track created with my recently arrived LYRA-8 and Prodyssey ASB.

The LYRA-8 really is an awesome drone machine, it sounds different every time I play it..."

04-The Moog Rogue-Part 4-Filter Part 1

Published on Jan 8, 2018 AutomaticGainsay

"Here is part one of a demonstration of the sound and functionality of the Moog Rogue filter."

All parts here.

Roland Jupiter 6 (Serviced / Upgraded / Warranty)

via this auction

Dinsync RE-303

via this auction

"As Dinsync states, 'it's not a clone, it's a replica' (hence the RE in RE-303).

It's a 1:1 reproduction of the original TB-303 pcbs, all the components are the same as the exception of:

- the BA662 OTA, used in the amplifier section of the synth. It has been replaced by a clone that has no notable sound difference, you can however get rid of the clicky enveloppe some 303s has with a trimmer, or leave it like this.

- the microcontroller and firmware that goes with it. It's not possible to directly "copy" the original firmware, so Sonic Potions (also known for the LXR, a DIY digital drummachine) reversed engineered the original uC to make a new one and add some more features like:

- Full MIDI IO
- Live recording over the internal keyboard and MIDI up to 8 bars
- Realtime tweaking of accent, slide and transpose
- Random pattern generator (that can be scaled to minor/major)
- Chaselight
- All functions available while the sequencer is running
- Data storage on a modern FRAM memory

This unit has been built, calibrated and tested in July 2017 and has been waiting in a box for it's customer who finally never bought it, so it only has been used for test actually. I've upgraded the microcontroller with the latest firmware (v0.92a), it can easily be done by using MIDI sysex.

The synth is housed in an aluminium case made by Substyler. It comes with a BOSS PSA230S power supply as recommanded by DinSync, so it's a 220V euro plug. If you need a 110V PSU let me know, I'll take this one off the total price and will link you to a 110V equivalent (PSA120S should work). The power supply is really important and needs to be well regulated."

Mutable Instruments Ambika

via this auction

"It has a blue LC-display, fitting to the blue casing, a power switch and a connection for Kensington lock.
The casing has 2 different materials: The main is translucent blue, the sideparts and the display protection are light blue transparent.

There is installed the YAM firmware which includes better sound and more possibilities for sound designing."

Korg Polysix w/ KIWISIX SN 002267

via this auction

"The kiwisix upgrade includes MIDI IN/OUT, REPLACEMENT BOARD (no battery leak), AND REPLACEMENT POWER SUPPLY. Also includes a lot of modern day synth features (check kiwi six manual)."

MFB Dominion 1

via this auction

Dave Smith OB-6 49-Key Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Nice pics!

Dave Smith Mopho Desktop analog monophonic synthesizer

via this auction

Nice pics.


via this auction

Technosaurus Microcon II Analog Synthesizer Module w/ Original Box

via this auction

"The Microcon is a modern-day little analog monophonic synthesizer module emulating the simple design and sound of classic Roland TB-303 and SH-101 synths. They are made by Technosaurus, a Swiss company best known for their high-end Selector modular synths. It is handmade using the same discrete circuits found in its bigger brothers.

The Microcon is a totally analog table-top synth module that's slightly smaller than the original TB-303. It has one main oscillator capable of either sawtooth or square waveforms, just like the TB-303. The addition of a sub-oscillator is more like SH-101, which can help beef up your bass sounds. The analog lowpass filter is switchable as either 2-pole (12dB/oct) or 4-pole (24dB/oct), which is better than the TB-303 or SH-101 offered. The LFO can modulate the filter cutoff frequency with either triangle or square wave and the VCO can be modulated by square or triangle waves. Simple attack and decay envelope controls and a Glide effect round out this fairly simple to use and highly affordable 303 clone. The Microcon only uses CV and Gate for being controlled externally.

The Microcon II adds MIDI, making this cool little mono-synth available to the masses! The Microcon II has all of the features of the original, but adds MIDI IN for performance and control of parameters such as accent, cutoff frequency and glide. Also new are a filter input to process external signal sources, CV/Gate outputs added, and the Microcon II can be used as a midi to CV converter for other CV/GATE gear."


via this auction

"This keyboard was made in England in 2001 and performs great! It features all the bells and whistles expected of a professional programmable synth and goes a step further by adding unique features and over 50 effects like Chorus, etc."

Korg DW-8000 SN 004972

via this auction


via this auction


via this auction

Marsh UDS Soviet Analog Drum Module / Марш УДС Demo

Published on Jan 8, 2018 Cyril Metodej

GR16! iOS Groovebox App Review Part A - First Look Z18

Published on Jan 8, 2018 VJ FRANZ K

"New music app! Do you want this? Have a look, and a listen to the Groove Rider 16 software 'groovebox', which is similar to the Electribes you'll often see me play on this channel. ( Please like, and subscribe? )
[ Sorry, the audio is slightly overloaded. I'm using a new mixer and camera! ]"

iTunes: Groove Rider GR-16 - Dmitrij Pavlov

"Groove Rider GR-16 is a professional step-sequenced groove box, inspired by professional hardware drum machines and rhythm boxes. It has a powerful Poison-202 based two oscillator synthesizer engine, plus a big variety of included PCM drum samples, insert/send/master effects, arpeggiator, automation recording, modulator, ADSR and filter block, and more! Built-in factory pattern library includes patterns in different music styles, which will inspire you (the list will be appended with the regular updates). Check out the patterns demo video: [posted here]

One remarkable feature of GR-16 is that all the controls are arranged on one screen, just like on a real groove box device! It lets you access almost all useful parameters from the one screen. Forget about numerous sub-windows and dialogs, which ruined your inspiration in another musical apps! Groove Rider is the fastest path from your imagination to reality!

You can use GR-16 as a ready-to-go realtime musical instrument (groove box) in your jam sessions together with Ableton Link feature to synchronize it with your other music gear. Groove Rider is also very handy for quickly sketching your musical ideas, allowing you to instantly record them directly by using the Record function. Making music becomes easy and fun, in contrast with boring note drawing process and dealing with tons of files and expensive plugins in the DAW's! Don't loose your inspiration, boost it up with Groove Rider!

Mode Machines OMF1 (Oakley Moog Filter) & Arturia DX7 V

Published on Jan 8, 2018 Dziam Bass

Mode Machines OMF-1

New Behringer Vocoder VC340 (Roland VP-330 Vocoder Clone) Pics - Assembled Front & Back

Two new pics and the official name - the Vocoder VC340.

Follow-up to this post.

iMPC Pro 2 Update Adds 32-bit Support Back & More

iTunes: iMPC Pro 2 - Akai Professional

"What's New in Version 2.0.4
New fixes!
- 32-bit support is back! (iPad 2, 3, older minis)
- Tapping a blank part of your audio track and AudioPasting now pastes into the correct space and won't crash
- iMPCPro 2 now works inside of an InterApp Audio host. You also no longer have to start the iMPCPro 2 session first before connecting to it with your IAA host.
- Improved Fly/Element support: Undo menu now closes from an MPC command. Bug fixed with Soloing tracks from the MPC.
- AudioUnits list cleaned up
- Fixed AudioUnit tracks and timeline display when recording notes, drum pads lighting up for AUs on other tracks
- Accepts more e-mail addresses in the iMPC University registration form

As well as all of the fixes in 2.0.2 (which you might've missed :) ):
- No longer crashes when saving and closing a session with InterApp Audio on the Audio track
- Fixed crash when creating over 64 tracks
- Audio tracks now properly duplicated when duplicating a sequence
- Fixed AudioCopy sequence feature
- Fix hang when dragging audio clip handle off of screen
- Audio tracks now save correctly with "Save as Duplicate"
- Mod wheel no longer cut off by one pixel

If you are happy with this update, please leave your review in the App Store. If there is something not working properly or you have additional feedback, please email us at We value your feedback. :)"

How Low Can It Go // Elektron Analog 4 MKII

Published on Jan 8, 2018 Nostalgic Ruckus

"Testing the tones of the Analog Four MKII. All sounds coming from the A4 including effects."

Hainbach - Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen | tape loop ambient

Published on Jan 7, 2018 HAINBACH

"For a play I am scoring I recorded the first few bars of the vocal melody from Gustav Mahler's Song "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen" on a tape loop and went up to an old chapel in the Black Forest. Winds shook the camera, but it was a fitting atmosphere to perform and record this piece.
Find my music here:"

ER-301 Demos by Sequenox

Published on Jan 7, 2018 Sequenox


1. ER-301 Looper Sample Player processing oscillator
Using Noise Engineering Loquelic Iteritas as the only sound source. CV used to trigger reset and loop start point.

2. ER-301 Manual Grains Manipulation
Experimenting with CV modulation of grain parameters!

3. ER-301 Looper Processing Loquelic Iteritas oscillator
The many tones of the Noise Engineering Loquelic Iteritas oscillator being layered and manipulated by the ER-301 Sound Computer...

Mid-'80s Synth Pop / Italo Disco with DrumTraks & DW-8000

Published on Jan 7, 2018 SynthMania

"[The full music mix starts at 2:40] Sooo many people ask me to do '80s Synth Pop / Italo Disco, so here's a little ditty in that vein. I used only one Sequential Circuits DrumTraks drum machine (1983), and one Korg DW-8000 synth (1985). Most of the effects come from the DW-8000's on-board DDL FX, and I added some slight reverb in the DAW. Enjoy and thank you for watching"

Make Noise LxD Resonance Demonstration

Published on Jan 7, 2018

"This is a response to the first half of 'Advanced Patching with LxD' video from Make Noise. [posted here]

Patch Notes:

Intelijel Dixie II+ Oscillator waveform out into Maths channel #2 set to +10V.

Sum out of Maths into LxD 12db Signal Input.

Output of LxD 12db section into a Buffered Multiple.

One multiple going to Channel #3 of Maths which applies the amount of inverted feedback ( -0.1V to -5V).

One Multiple going to Manhatten Analog DTM Mixer.

Mixer output goes to Mordax Data's Oscilliscope (Green Trace).

Mordax output to Make Noise Optomix as a final out.

Korg SQ-1 pitch CV is feeding 1V/O of the Dixie II+ Oscillator.

SQ-1 is also sending Gate CV to Make Noise 0-Coast's Contour Section (Gate Input).

Contour's output is input to LxD's 12db section's CV in (Vactrol Gate).

Contour output is split and fed into Mordax Data's Scope (Blue Trace).

Second Gate output from SQ-1 shows Gate and Gate Length in Mordax Data's scope (Red Trace).

Contour's Sustain level knob is controlling the LxD's Vactrol Gate frequency response acting as a "filter cutoff"... (not sure if that is technically correct...It's cool though..)

Playing with the Gate Length on the SQ-1 is really fun here. Especially when the gate length is at a maximum level (Gate High) and you sweep the Sustain level knob on the Contour section.

Increasing the Inverted signal of Maths Channel #3 will introduce some extreme resonance. Dialing in the amount of inverted signal can show a great range of sonic character. Thank You Make Noise Music!!"

Roland Boutique SH-01A with Wood Side Panels in Latest Roland R-07 Video

Published on Jan 7, 2018 RolandChannel

You can see it 18 seconds in. There was rumor this might be a new synth coming from Roland. It's clearly an SH-01 and K-25m keyboard with wood side panels. What's interesting is I don't think Roland released a version with wood side panels. There are custom ones out there.

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

Behringer Announces the UB-Xa - Oberheim OB-Xa Desktop Clone

Note this is likely more than a year out.

Per Uli Behringer:

"As many of you know, synths have been my passion for the past 40 years. Sometime ago I have set the goal for Behringer to bring back some of the loved analog synth jewels from the past.

Please allow me to share some thoughts with you and apologies if this is a longer thread.

Does this make any commercial sense?

Every company has to earn money in order to survive, and so do we. However, since we are privately owned, we don’t really care about the next quarter’s result or 'shareholder value' since it is our philosophy to reinvest everything we earn.

This gives us the tremendous freedom to work on projects that can only be described as 'labor of love' as they might not yield any financial gains. This is why we embark on these synth projects; some of them might not sell in high quantities and frankly to us it doesn’t really matter.

Many of our competitors spend all of their effort on marketing to make you believe in analog synth emulation simply because it’s much easier and cheaper to assemble a DSP chip on a PCB board rather than building products with thousands of analog components and deal with the manufacturing complexity plus expensive manual calibration processes.

However we at Behringer and Midas believe in the passion to revive these analog jewels and the fun these projects create for our team - which to us is worth everything.

Why we believe in analog?

We at Behringer do not believe in 'virtual analog', VST’s or other creative names for digital sound emulations as we are of the firm opinion that you cannot replicate true analog sound through digital technology, and there are many technical reasons for this. To be very clear, this doesn’t mean digital synths or VST’s can't sound great, but it is just something we don’t believe in.

Our passion and emotions are with true analog synths and our goal is to bring back the authentic sound of original designs from the period of the 60’s to the 80’s. In order to achieve the exact same sound, we will use the same circuitry and where possible the same components, however we will apply modern manufacturing technologies to make these instruments affordable, mass producible and reliable for the long-term use.

In many cases we will also remanufacture obsolete components if we feel they are relevant to the sound. In short we will not spare any effort in order to capture the spirit of these synths as it is all about authenticity.

Why do we make this announcement?

For the first time in our 30 year history, we have decided to completely open up our company and share every step of the development process with you so you can ask questions while we will be seeking your opinions.

In fact we want you to participate in this end-to-end process so we can learn from you, but also for you to fully understand how such a synth is developed and manufactured.

What is the UB-Xa synthesizer?

Over the past years we have done a lot of research both on forums but also through interviews with professional musicians in order to understand what the most sought after synths and drum machines are, but also what people feel the sound signatures of these synths are and why people feel so strongly about them.

When it comes to poly-synths the overwhelming request is a rebirth of the Oberheim OB-Xa.

Today I officially announce that we have decided that we will develop and produce an authentic OB-Xa clone which we call the UB-Xa. As you can imagine, this is a very complex and time-consuming project and at this stage we won’t be able to tell you when the instrument will be available in the market or what it will cost.

Since this is more a labor of love than a commercially viable project, our engineers can’t work fulltime on this synth and will use some of their free time, hence the project will likely take more than 12 months.

Most importantly, our goal is to make it an absolute authentic sounding instrument and offer it at a truly affordable price - but you know this already.

Because of its high complexity, we have assigned this project to our most experienced team which is the Midas team in Manchester, UK. These synth nuts and super-smart engineers - under the leadership of Pete and Rob - were also the ones who developed the successful DeepMind12.

So what’s next?

In around one week from now, Pete and Rob will post our first video and share some thoughts with you. Our intention is to not only post videos on a regular basis but also write articles and publish them on our social media pages so you can follow this project.

Now that we have decided on the project, next is the discussion around the basic concept, the feature set and also the building blocks including potential component choices. In the near future we will be able to show you the first 'bread boards' of the sound engine and hopefully let you hear some sound samples.

Next will be PCB and mechanical designs, followed by hand- and tool made samples. And then of course we will be sharing the exciting mass production where we will be showing the production setup and testing plus quality control processes. And if you’re not yet bored by then, we can also show you the packaging and shipping process.

The team in Manchester and I are very excited about this project and we hope that many of you will chime in and participate.

And one more thing - once we’re nearing shipping, we will be raffling off some free units among you as a token of appreciation.

May the fun begin☺


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