MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

KORG Officially Introduces the prologue: a New Generation of Customizable (SDK) Analog Synthesizers

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Korg
Update: this was originally posted at 10:07 PM Pacific. Moving it up as new videos from Kraft Music and Reverb have been added below.

The prologue-16 comes in at $1,999.99, and the prologue-8 comes in at $1,499.99.

The big surprise: "The prologue offers an SDK (Software Development Kit) that allows developers to program, customize and extend the capabilities of the multi-engine and digital effects and is expected to be available for download in the spring of 2018. The prologue provides 16 user oscillator slots and 16 user effect slots, and users can use the prologue Librarian software (also expected to be available for download in the spring of 2018) to load into their prologue new oscillators and effect programs created by developers with the prologue SDK (Software Development Kit)."

General description: "The ultimate multi-voice, multi-timbre and multi-engine is here. prologue is a fully-programmable, full-featured, professional synthesizer, preceded by the four-voice polyphonic minilogue and the monophonic monologue. Equipped with a full-sized keyboard and powerful analog circuits that are descended directly from the earlier models of the series, prologue expands the variety of sounds and the possibilities for user customization. The lineup is comprised of two models that cover musicians’ needs for not only stage use, but also studio, home, or touring use: 16-voice 61-key prologue-16, and the eight-voice 49-key prologue-8. These instruments are capable of sounds that go beyond existing analog synthesizers."

KORG prologue | A new-generation of flagship analog synthesizer (Teaser Trailer)

Two videos from one of our longtime sponsors, KRAFT Music:

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Kraft Music

"Nick Kwas performs on the Korg Prologue Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer at Kraft Music. Find exclusive Korg Prologue Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer BUNDLES at Kraft Music."

And one from our new sponsor, Reverb (this overview is different than the above):

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Reverb

"Introducing the Korg Prologue Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer. Fully programmable, equipped with either a 49-key (for the 8-voice) or 61-key (for the 16-voice) keyboard, the Prologue is an ambitious instrument that builds off of the precedent set by the Minilogue. Join us as we explore the sonic functionality of the Prologue today.

Buy the Prologue 8:

Buy the Prologue 16:

Read More on Reverb:"

KORG's SoundCloud Playlist for the prologue:

And the full details and pics via KORG:

"16/8-voice analog sound

The prologue is a polyphonic analog synthesizer with 8 or 16 multitimbral voices. KORG’s analog synthesizer development in recent years has culminated in the prologue, which was designed using 11,000 discrete electronic components. Although the prologue is a flagship instrument, it still retains the inviting feel and accessibility of its predecessors. It features a pure analog path, impeccable sound quality, stunning presence unlike any other poly synth, and the same intuitive interface as the minilogue and monologue, granting you intuitive access to a vast world of analog synthesis.

The prologue uses a structure of 2VCO + MULTI ENGINE, 1VCF, 2EG, 1VCA, and 1LFO. In addition to distinctive, original circuitry, such as wave shaping to shape the oscillator’s overtones and a sync/ring switch, prologue also features a two-pole low pass filter with enhanced sharpness, drive that adds powerful distortion, and a low cut (high pass) switch. Every detail has been improved on from minilogue and monologue. Its sound covers every sonic possibility: fat basses, powerful leads, and the beautiful pads that you expect from a polyphonic synthesizer.

Newly developed multi-engine

The ingenuity of prologue goes beyond its analog design. The newly developed multi engine is provided as VCO3, adding digital waveforms and FM. This multi engine, which is equipped with three different sound engines, can be combined with the analog VCOs to expand prologue’s sonic potential far beyond that of a traditional analog synthesizer.
Noise generator

There are four types of noise generator, indispensable for percussive sounds or sound effects. Experience how digital filtering can produce direct changes in the color of the noise.
VPM oscillator

The VPM (Variable Phase Modulation) / FM oscillator was newly developed for prologue. Its metallic and sharp sounds with their complex overtones could never be obtained by analog means. With 16 types of oscillator and the SHAPE knob, you’ll be intuitively guided through complex sound design. Combine these wave shapes with prologue’s gorgeous analog filters, and prepare for sounds you never thought possible.
User oscillator

The user oscillator section lets you load oscillator programs of your own creation. Sixteen slots are provided, and one type of morphing wavetable oscillator is built-in as a preset.

Digital effects

The high-quality digital effects feature pristine 32-bit floating-point processing, and add a further polish to the sound of the prologue. With two effect units provided (a modulation effect and delay/reverb), you can choose from a wide variety such as chorus or ensemble, warm tape delay, or diverse reverbs. The user effect slots let you load effect programs of your own creation.


The prologue offers an SDK (Software Development Kit) that allows developers to program, customize and extend the capabilities of the multi-engine and digital effects and is expected to be available for download in the spring of 2018. The prologue provides 16 user oscillator slots and 16 user effect slots, and users can use the prologue Librarian software (also expected to be available for download in the spring of 2018) to load into their prologue new oscillators and effect programs created by developers with the prologue SDK (Software Development Kit).

What types of sound will you create by combining the expanded digital oscillators with analog synthesis? You can create original programs and share code to participate in the user community. Start with sample code provided by KORG. The prologue belongs to you."

Analog comp/booster

The exclusive VU meter is available only on the prologue-16, and indicates the newly developed master effect L.F. COMP. It’s a low end booster/compressor using an analog circuit, delivering a solid sense of presence that cannot be obtained from a simple EQ. You’ll particularly notice the difference in high-volume stage performances where maximum dynamics can be utilized."

KORG Introduces the ARP ODYSSEY FSQ - Full Size Odyssey Bundled with Orange & Black SQ-1

Note these are the full size KORG ARP Odysseys announced last year. There are only a limited number left and they will be bundled with a custom black & orange themed SQ-1 - no custom white or black & gold SQ-1s. Details follow.

"A limited-edition bundle that includes a full-size ARP ODYSSEY and a KORG SQ-1.

The ARP ODYSSEY FS went on sale in 2017 as a reissue of the original ARP Odyssey. With perfectly replicated analog circuits and sound, and a full-size chassis to match the original, this is a limited-production product that is being reproduced and assembled using parts that are now dead stock. Rev1, Rev2, and Rev3 are each assembled in Japan, and are now available in small quantities as limited-edition models.

Just for this occasion, the KORG SQ-1 step sequencer is also specially included in the package. A limited-edition ARP color version with orange silk-screening on a black panel has been added. Two mini-patch cables are also included so that you can start sequencing your ARP ODYSSEY FS right out of the box. By connecting via CV/GATE, synthesizer fans who prefer analog sequencing can enjoy the infinite possibilities of ARP’s legendary synthesis on a full-size unit.

Reproduction model assembled in Japan from an extremely limited number of stock components.

Available in all three generation color variants: Rev1, Rev2, and Rev3.

All three generation color variants contain all three original analog filter circuit revisions

Packaged together with a limited-edition ARP color version of the KORG SQ-1 step sequencer.

*With the exception of the location of assembly, the specifications of the ARP ODYSSEY FS are identical to those of the previously released ARP ODYSSEY FS (ASSEMBLED IN NEW YORK).

*With the exception of the design and the inclusion of the patch cables, the specifications of the KORG SQ-1 ARP color version are identical to those of the usual KORG SQ-1.

*Regardless of whether the ARP ODYSSEY FS is a Rev1, Rev2, or Rev3 model, all KORG SQ-1 ARP color version units have the same design with a black panel and orange silk-screening."

KORG Officially Introduces the KR-55 Pro: a Comprehensive Rhythm and Drum Machine

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Korg

"The new KR-55 Pro is a simple, multi-function rhythm machine with real recorded drum grooves and mixer/recorder functionality. Equipped with Korg’s “Real Groove Technology”, which uses actual data recorded from professional drummers at various tempos, the KR-55 Pro contains technology never seen before in a conventional drum machine. Packed with 24 high-quality rhythm styles, each fine-tuned to accurately reproduce the sound and experience of playing with a percussionist, this rhythm machine can provide simple, straight-forward drum tracking for musicians of any genre. Each style includes multiple patterns, providing accompaniment for endless recording, thanks to the sophisticated chain function.

Experience the same musical support as if a pro drummer were sitting in on your session. The KR-55 Pro gives you an easy way to enjoy jam sessions with the backing of real drum/percussion sounds. It provides a rich variety of input jacks, mixer functionality, effects, and equalizer, as well as a versatile recorder that can record to an SD card. The intuitive interface means that there’s no need for complex programming. Battery-powered operation allows complete mobility from desktop to street performances, or use in a variety of situations including live events in small spaces.

24 built-in drum/percussion styles that were recorded live using KORG’s proprietary “Real Groove Technology.”

Each rhythm style includes a rich variety of patterns: two variations, basic, fill-in 1, fill-in 2, and ending.

Use the chain function to create a rhythm structure for an entire song, and play it automatically.

A rich array of input jacks includes one XLR mic input, two guitar/bass inputs, and a stereo AUX input, allowing multi-channel mixing.

A high-quality reverb effect and equalizer are provided, giving you the freedom to shape your sound.

You can perform along with a rhythm style, and record the combined result as an audio file on an SD card.

Multi-track recording is supported, allowing you to produce more sophisticated tracks.

The tuner function features a large meter for good visibility. You can also tune while hearing a guide tone.

Acoustage technology delivers a spacious sound.

The unit can be powered on six AA batteries, allowing up to seven hours of use.

A separately sold foot switch lets you control the unit with your foot.

Drum/percussion sound that overturns your concept of a rhythm machine

The KR-55 Pro features “Real Groove Technology” which uses data recorded from actual professional musicians performing at various tempi, and is a completely different technology than conventional rhythm machines. There are a total of 24 high-quality rhythm styles, each fine tuned to provide the best possible feel, to accurately reproduce the experience of playing with a percussionist. The sounds, grooves, and phrases will play back at pristine quality even if you change the tempo, so you can enjoy playing serious jam sessions at your own pace.

Use the chain function to easily create sophisticated rhythm tracks

KORG Officially Introduces the volca mix - ANALOGUE PERFORMANCE MIXER

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Korg

"An analogue performance mixer that completes your volca setup."

And a video from our new sponsor, Reverb.

Korg Volca Mix Analogue Performance Mixer | Reverb Demo Video

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Reverb

"Wondering how to flex your Korg muscles? Along with the release of its new Prologue polyphonic synthesizer, the company has announced the release of the Volca Mix, an “analogue performance mixer” that allows musicians to easily combine Volcas and other Korg instruments in live performance.

Buy on Reverb:

Read more on Reverb:"

"volca mix is the long-awaited mixer for the volca series. The volca mix is a four-channel analogue performance mixer that lets you construct a live setup combining multiple volca units.

Volume faders are easy to control, plus crisp-sounding LO/HI CUT filters, and a master chain that radically transforms the sound. In addition to the sync function found on all volcas, there are also DC output connectors that can supply power for up to three volca units. Numerous functions to facilitate your on-stage volca performances have been packed into a high-quality aluminum-paneled body, reminiscent of a high-end DJ mixer.

The volca mix will unlock the maximum potential of the volca series.

An analog mixer for performance.

The volca mix is a four-channel analog mixer with an intuitive interface and plenty of connectivity. It provides two mono inputs and one stereo input, perfect for connecting three volca units. The jacks are mini-jacks, allowing you to make connections with just one stereo mini-cable from the headphone out of each volca unit. The channel volumes use vertical faders that allow precise control. The gain can be boosted to adjust the mix balance, and mute buttons are also provided. Each channel is also equipped with a LO/HI CUT filter that lets you control the low and high frequency ranges with a single knob. The pristine, natural-sounding filters that you expect from analog gear give you complete control over the character of your sound.
Output and monitor capabilities for use on stage, plus stereo speakers for maximum portability.

The output section provides RCA stereo line outputs to ensure stable connection. There’s a master volume with LED VU meter for adjusting the output level, as well as a headphone output that can be used simultaneously with the line output, providing a reliable monitoring environment on stage. Speakers are also built-in for excellent portability. The stereo speakers are placed at both sides of the front, and while compact, deliver SPL levels that are even greater than the built-in speakers on previous volca units.

Powerful effects and control.

Powerful master chain.

The volca mix is equipped with master effects powered by all-analog circuitry. In addition to an expander that broadens a mono source into a stereo sound image, there’s a dynamic range compressor that compresses the high-frequency range according to level changes of the low-frequency region, as well as a side chain effect that’s indispensable for dance music. Use these to dynamically vary the mix, adding a professional feel to live performances with the volca.
Connect an external effect unit for further variety.

The volca mix provides a stereo mini-jack send out and AUX in jack, and send level knobs for each channel. This allows you to use it with an external effect unit in a send/return connection. When used in conjunction with a unit such as the mini kaoss pad 2S, you can also enhance your live performances using standard effects such as reverb, delay, filter, and break. The AUX in jack can also be used as a stereo input channel for a fourth volca unit, an iOS app, or any other gadget, instrument, or device.
As the master of your volca live setup.

The volca mix features an analog sync out jack that can easily be connected to many pieces of KORG gear for tempo sync, and also a play button and tempo knob to control that sync signal. By using the volca mix as the sync master device of your live setup, you can easily enhance your live performance, such as simultaneously playing sequences from multiple synced units, and combining mute and volume control to create performances that use your volca units in even more ingenious ways.

DC out lets you use three volca units simultaneously.

Three VOLCA DC OUT jacks are provided, and by connecting the included DC-DC cables you can supply power for up to three volca units. Even when using multiple volca units on stage, you won’t need to bother with adapters or bring another power strip; just concentrate on your performance with a streamlined setup and breakdown.

A rich variety of included accessories.

The volca mix comes with AC adapter, DC-DC cables, and audio cables included. Right out of the box, you’ll be ready to put together a complete volca live setup."

SONICWARE Introduces the ELZ_1 Multiple Engine Hardware Synth

"SONICWARE announces the ELZ_1
Reinventing the synthesizer

The ELZ_1 synthesizer can be seen and heard at the 2018 NAMM Show.
Find us at booth 1456 in Hall E.

Become a sound adventurer with the ELZ_1
The ELZ_1 synthesizer engines, which were all developed from the ground up, include the FM SYNTH, the 8BIT WAVE MEMORY SYNTH that allows editing and morphing, the DNA Explorer that can work with waveforms from captured audio, and the SiGRINDER granular synthesizer.

Synthesizer engines
FM SYNTH (4 operators with 31 algorithms, feedback and detuning)
8BIT WAVE MEMORY SYNTH (waveform editing and morphing with FM mode)
DNA EXPLORER (extract and generate waveforms from audio)
SiGRINDER (granular synthesizer engine)
STANDARD OSC (sign, square, triangle and saw waves)
LOW-BIT OSC (sign, square, triangle and saw waves)

Additional features
Envelopes: ADSR
Filters & EQ: LPF, HPF, BPF, Peaking EQ, LO EQ, HI EQ, Graphic EQ
Effects: Overdrive, Distortion, Fuzz, Chorus, Vibrato, Phaser, Tremolo, Auto-pan, Delay, Tape Echo, Room, Hall, Arena, Spring, Plate
Arpeggiators: Up, Down, UpDown, DownUp, Up&Down, Down&Up, Random
USB functions: Firmware updates, USB MIDI
Power: 4 AA batteries, 5V DC (center positive, 5.5mm (outer), 2.1mm (inner) jack)
Outputs: stereo line outputs (standard jacks), headphone output (stereo mini jack)
AUX IN (stereo mini jack)
Compact: 399×130×47 mm (15.7″×05.2″×1.8″), about 1 kg (2.2 lbs.)

Our goal for the ELZ_1 was to create a synthesizer capable of producing unique sounds, so we developed synthesis engines, including FM, 8-bit wave memory and granular, from the ground up with the SONICWARE mindset. We hope you will make the most of this variety of original synth engines to create new sounds, new performances and new music.

Whether playing live or recording, the ELZ_1 will back up your performances with unique sounds when you need them. Use battery power and the built-in speaker to play the ELZ_1 anywhere.

Expand possibilities and experience new sounds with USB. Connect the ELZ_1 to a PC or Mac to use it as a sound source.

The ELZ_1 synthesizer engines are evolving daily. Enhancements and other functions are planned through firmware updates.

Release date and price are still being finalized.

Who We Are
The SONICWARE mission is to contribute to the creation of new musical compositions and culture by constantly inventing and advancing new instruments. We believe in making distinctive instruments that delight their users and allow them to create previously unknown sounds and expressions."

Enhancia: The Connected Ring for Musicians

Published on Jan 11, 2018 Enhancia

If your keyboard lacks aftertouch, or if you ever wanted an additional expression control without having to interrupt your playing, this just might be for you. Don't miss Stevie Wonder with one below!

"Enhancia has developed a connected ring which allows you to control sound effects through simple hand gestures. It is here to complete your experience and express your creativity with your own favorite digital keyboard.

We will be exhibiting at the NAMM show from January 25th to 28th. We will also be at the NAMM preview day on January 24th. Our booth number is 12127 - stop by and see our product!"

“How a connected ring enhances musical expression and creativity”

The project was born in France three years ago from a freshly graduated young team of passionate musicians. At the beginning, a musical glove was developed in collaboration with a Music Conservatory in France with a purpose of helping disabled children interact with music. With this glove, one was able to explore a new dimension of control, for instance, playing drums by banging in the air. It was the beginning of our development, then we asked ourselves: how can we make this technology available for musicians and add value in the process of making music? So, we started to work with the idea that we could provide a device that would help musicians exceed the technical limits of their instruments: offering them the opportunity to push their creativity beyond limits.

The connected ring is capable of controlling musical effects through predefined movements of the hand. Thus, while using a keyboard, the musician can freely add different variations to the notes played by a simple movement of the hand. For instance, keyboardist can add a vibrato by wavering the hand. Finally, musicians will enjoy more freedom and more possibilities in their composition.

Thanks to nine integrated sensors and real-time gesture recognition algorithm, a motion library especially design to complete keyboards was developed. We work closely with our community of diverse musicians which helps us to understand their need and design a product adaptable to all playing styles.  

The ring comes with a hub which could be connected to a computer or directly to a keyboard. The signal recorded by the sensors is sent to the hub through a proprietary wireless protocol optimized for low latency. The overall system is a patented technology.

The first generation of the ring will be launched through a Kickstarter campaign in March 2018. The pricing of the ring is not defined yet. The goal is to deliver the product by the end of 2018. The product will be officially introduced during the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) which will take place in Las Vegas in January 2018. We are honored to have received a CES innovation award in the “Wearable Technologies” category. The company will also exhibit at the National Association of Music Merchants Show (NAMM) by the end of January in Anaheim."

A Few Artist Videos

Some Prototype Development Videos

Trust In This Line

Published on Jan 17, 2018 mmurmoons

"For Three Synthesizers (excerpt from a larger piece):

Make Noise Shared System (with added Telharmonic), 0Coast and Korg Volca Keys (just at the end)
Ableton providing drum gates and clock"

Delta CEP A - EG release time meets oscillator pitch quantizer

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Jörg Schaaf

"The LFO triggers the Envelope Generator and the Output of the Envelope Generator controls the tuning of the Oscillator. However - I activated the pitch quantizer function and set it to a pentatonic scale. Later I switch the scale from minor to major."

Noodles with JX-8P, DR-110, Juno-60

Published on Jan 17, 2018 SynthMania

"Three quick jams, noodling on Roland JX-8P, BOSS DR-110, Roland Juno-60.
0:10 A Sad Noodle
2:24 Funky Noodle
4:34 Movie Noodle
Reverb = OverLoud Breverb2
The first dufus boy to make the comment "Noodle 1 sounds like Safety Dance" (you know there will be at least one) will be virtually covered in tar & feathers, and shall be mercilessly commented on as "Shut up, dufus boy" in the comments."

4ms Stereo Triggered Sampler (STS) - Module Demo

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Frequency Fodder

"STS Module Demo coming by request...

This video will at least scratch the surface demonstrating possible functionality of the 4ms Stereo Triggered Sampler:

Order from Control Voltage:

Used in this video:

MatrixBrute controlled by the Yamaha EZ- EG Midi Guitar

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Ziad Sarrouh

"Having fun with the MatrixBrute controlled by the Yamaha EX EG midi guitar. I specially love the Duo Split mode where pressing on the guitar's frets changes the Brute's lower split arp's chords while picking the strings controls the pitch of the upper split.
Interesting fat sounding riffs can also be achieved in paraphonic mode."

Manis Iteritas with WMD Geiger Counter

Published on Jan 17, 2018 quelltll

"Korg SQ1 - Manis Iteritas - Geiger Counter - Intellijel Line Out - SONY a7RII"

Head in the Clouds

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Quincas Moreira

"Ambient modular improvisation"

Roland MSQ-700 SN 453753

via this auction

"It is called a digital keyboard recorder as it records MIDI information and plays back that information. MIDI, SYNC, and DCB capable. A great piece of kit for any Roland collector or synth guru wanting to do things the old fashioned way. Interact with all your vintage midi gear, record at slower tempos and playback at faster! some rust on screws but it is in good cosmetic shape otherwise."

See this post for a great video of the Roland MSQ-700, Bit 99 and TR-505 by Synthmania.

Korg Mono/Poly

via this auction

Akai AX60

via this auction


via this auction

Quasimidi Technox Synthesizer Rack

via this auction

""Think 90's electronica Berlin"

All knobs, encoders, and switches work great. The encoders turn with positive increments and no skipping

Following the success of their Quasar synth last year, Quasimidi have launched the new Technox, aimed firmly at the production of electronic music.

Quasimidi's Technox is the second offering from this relatively new German manufacturer. Their first synth, the Quasar, was reviewed by yours truly in the August 1994 issue of Sound On Sound and I stated there that I was well impressed. The Technox is aimed at the dance end of the synth-buyers' market.The Technox sports a daring silver front panel and is very sparing in its controls. To the right of the power switch is the back-lit 2x16 LCD that allows the Technox to communicate with you in a meaningful way. Further to the right, there are the parameter and value knobs for you to reply to the Technox. Two buttons are designated as 'Enter/OK' and 'Exit' for editing purposes. A further two buttons provide switching across ROM/RAM banks, and also double up to scroll across the 16 'Parts' when the Technox is in multitimbral mode. The front panel is completed by a volume control and headphone output, which I find is always a welcome sight on any synth.To the rear are the main left/right standard jack outputs, the obligatory MIDI In/Out/Thru connectors, a footswitch connector and a 3 prong A/C outlet. Quasimidi make no bones about the fact that they are aiming this machine squarely at the electronic market. The onboard ROMs feature sounds collated from the very core of EDM production, such as the MiniMoog, the Roland TB303 Bassline and the ubiquitous Roland TR606/808/909 drum machines. The Technox uses the same method of sound creation pioneered by the Quasar. This method goes under the acronym of MASS, which is short for 'Multi Algorithm Sound Synthesis'. This essentially means that the Technox uses more than one type of synthesis to produce its sounds -- namely PCM, FM and additive synthesis."

Roland D-50 Vintage Synthesizer Keyboard

via this auction


via this auction

WALDORF NW1 Wavetable Eurorack Module

via this auction

Filter sequencer demo on the Tokarev Protosynth V1LP

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Konstantin T

"Demoing the first implementation of a filter sequencer on the Tokarev Protosynth V1LP handbuilt 8 voice polyphonic synthesizer, controlled from the windows MIDI remote control application."

Vintage Synth Lab : D-ENV Demo 2 : Delayed Envelope Generator

2nd video added to this post.

First Look at Nintendo Labo

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Nintendo

Just watch. I don't want to ruin the surprise. :) The other projects are pretty cool too.

"Get ready to Make, Play and Discover with Nintendo Labo! Nintendo Labo is a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences that combine DIY creations with the magic of Nintendo Switch. Available on April 20, 2018!"

New Korg KR-55 Pro Rhythm Coming to NAMM?

via @synthjam

Update: official details are now up here.

New Korg Volca Mix Analogue Performance Mixer to be Shown at NAMM?

via @synthjam

Update: official details are now up here.

Win Arturia's New V Collection 6 on

Reverb is having a contest for Arturia's new V Collection 6. Details on how to enter here.

"In one swoop, V Collection 6 brings the keyboard mainstays that shaped music with the flexibility and versatility of a digital environment. V Collection 6 is the ultimate collection of vintage keyboards. Compiling all 21 of Arturia’s award-winning software emulations of classic keyboards and synths into one software package, there has never been such an essential tool for your studio. Enter before 3/31/2018. Winner announced 4/2/2018"

Published on Dec 5, 2017 Reverb

"Adam Pickrell, music director for Nelly Furtado (he has also played with St. Vincent, John Congleton, and many more) takes us through more than half a century of music featuring just some of the sounds from Arturia’s V Collection 6."

New Korg Prologue Digital Analogue Polyphonic Hybrid Synth Coming to NAMM?

Update3: Full details including video are now up here.

Update: and we have an image via John in the comments. Also via Patrick in the comments: "'Digital engine' is a better translation. It looks like it offers a complete polyphonic analog voice plus a user-editable digital synthesis engine under the hood. Exciting stuff from Korg, even with the inevitable "single LFO, single VCF, no on-board sequencer" complaints."

Update2: more pics in via @synthjam via John in the comments.


This one spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child.

Note it is auto translated from French, so read between the lines. Original French below. This is all speculation of course. We will find out soon enough. NAMM is next week.

"A 49-key, polyphonic analog polyphonic synthesizer and the 61-key, 16-channel version, which can be described as a "hybrid" synth by integrating a digital motor into the center of its fully analog circuit.

Close cousin of KORG's already famous Minilogue and Monologue, the prologue is a complete and fully programmable polyphonic analog synthesizer. Hormone boosted version, it is distinguished from these predecessors by a keyboard with large keys, a polyphony of 8 or 16 channels (depending on the model) and a new engine
digital sound (the multi-engine) greatly expanding the sound and customization possibilities. As you will understand, the prologue range includes two models: the 8-channel version of 49 keys and the 16-channel version of 61 keys. Let's find out more in detail what lies beneath this beast ...

Analog power

The prologue takes again the powerful analogical circuits which made the strength of its predecessors (Minilogue and Monologue), and thus proposes an incomparable quality of sound as well as an astonishing presence. More than 11000 electronic components have been used for its manufacture! The prologue is composed of 2VCO, 1VCF, 2EG, 1VCA and 1LFO. It also features the famous built-in oscillator allowing you to create unique waveforms to refine your harmonies and create breathtaking sounds. Add to that a bipolar low-pass filter and powerful distortion and you have a powerful analog palette to create deep bass, powerful leads, and the beautiful pads that are expected of a polyphonic synthesizer. Also note that the prologue is bi-timbral, and allows you to play two different programs simultaneously.

Despite its analog power, the prologue retains its ease of use and intuitive interface worthy of the latest KORG synthesizers. You will find on the panel the easy selection of channel modes (POLY, MONO, UNISSON, CHORD ...), the powerful arpeggiator, or the simplified selection (and sortable) of the 500 programs.

The freedom of digital

The ingenuity of the prologue goes beyond its analog design. Indeed, by adding to the original 2 VCOs a third MULTI ENGINE digital oscillator, KORG is exploring new experimental sites. This new engine, adding digital and FM waveforms, can be combined with analog VCOs to extend the sound potential of the prologue far beyond that of a traditional analog synthesizer. The noise generator, the VPM oscillator and the high-quality digital effects (modulation and delay / reverb) bring you complex metallic sounds and harmonics that you never thought possible.

Another novelty, and not least, this new engine MULTI ENGINE offers a USER mode that allows you to load oscillator programs of your own creation (and yes!) You can develop on the dedicated software (available in early spring 2018 ). There are sixteen slots for this parameter.

KORG manufacturing quality

Many waited for a Minilogue with big keys. In the end KORG did better, but still listened to users' comments. On the prologue, you'll find Japanese keyboards of 49 and 61 notes, with big keys, that offer the same feel and expression as the high end KORG keyboards.
Beyond the keyboard, KORG has really paid attention to the details of the overall design. The body of the prologue synthesizer offers a black aluminum panel, wooden side panels and metal potentiometers highlighting the beauty of the instrument that will be as comfortable on stage as in the studio.

The first copies of this powerful synthesizer should arrive in France in March. The price of the 8-way model should run around 1500 € and we are talking about 2000 € for the 16-channel version."

Original French:

"Prologue, le nouveau synthé analo hybride de KORG

Synthétiseur analogique polyphonique 8 voies de 49 touches et la version 16 voies de 61 touches, que l'on peut qualifier de synthé «hybride» de par l'intégration d'un moteur numérique au centre de son circuit entièrement analogique.

Proche cousin des déjà célèbres minilogue et monologue de KORG, le prologue est un synthétiseur analogique polyphonique complet et entièrement programmable. Version boostée aux hormones, il se distingue notamment de ces prédécesseurs par un clavier à grandes touches, une polyphonie de 8 ou 16 voies (en fonction du modèle) et un nouveau moteur
sonore numérique (le multi-engine) élargissant considérablement les possibilités sonores et de personnalisation. Comme vous l'aurez compris, la gamme prologue comprend deux modèles : la version 8 voies de 49 touches et la version 16 voies de 61 touches. Découvrons plus en détails ce qui se cache sous cette bête...

La puissance analogique

Le prologue reprend les circuits analogiques puissants qui ont fait la force des ses prédécesseurs (minilogue et monologue), et propose donc une qualité de son incomparable ainsi qu'une présence étonnante. Plus de 11000 composants électroniques ont été utilisés pour sa fabrication ! Le prologue est composé de 2VCO, 1VCF, 2EG, 1VCA et 1LFO. Il dispose également du fameux oscillateur intégré vous permettant de créer des formes d’ondes uniques afin d’affiner vos harmonies et de créer des sons époustouflants. Ajouter à cela un filtre passe-bas bipolaire et une distorsion puissante et vous disposez d'un palette analogique puissante pour créer des basses profondes, des leads puissants, ainsi que les magnifiques pads que l'on attend d'un synthétiseur polyphonique. A noter aussi que le prologue est bi-timbral, et vous permet de jouer simultanément deux programmes différents.

Malgré sa puissance analogique, le prologue conserve sa facilité d’utilisation et l'interface intuitive digne des derniers synthétiseurs KORG. Vous retrouvez ainsi sur le panneau la sélection facile des modes de voies (POLY, MONO, UNISSON, CHORD...), le puissant arpégiateur, ou encore la sélection simplifié (et triable) des 500 programmes.

La liberté du numérique

L'ingéniosité du prologue va au-delà de son design analogique. En effet, en ajoutant aux 2 VCO originaux un troisième oscillateur numérique MULTI ENGINE, KORG explore de nouveaux terrains d’expérimentation. Ce nouveau moteur, ajoutant des formes d'ondes numériques et FM, peut être combiné avec les VCO analogiques pour étendre le potentiel sonore du prologue bien au-delà de celui d'un synthétiseur analogique traditionnel. Le générateur de bruit, l'oscillateur VPM et les effets numériques de haute qualité (modulation et delay/reverb) vous apportent ainsi des sons métalliques et des harmoniques complexes que vous n'auriez jamais cru possibles.

Autre nouveauté, et pas des moindres, ce nouveau moteur MULTI ENGINE propose un mode USER vous permettant de charger les programmes d'oscillateur de votre propre création (et oui !) que vous pourrez développer sur le logiciel dédié (disponible au début du printemps 2018). Seize emplacements sont prévus pour ce paramètre.

La qualité de fabrication KORG

Beaucoup attendait un minilogue avec grandes touches. Au final KORG a fait mieux, mais à quand même écouté les remarques des utilisateurs. Vous retrouvez sur le prologue des claviers japonais de 49 et 61 notes, à grandes touches, qui offrent la même sensation et expression que les claviers haut de gamme KORG.
Au delà du clavier, KORG a véritablement porté attention aux détails sur le design global. Le corps du synthétiseur prologue offre donc un panneau en aluminium noir, des panneaux latéraux en bois et des potentiomètres en métal soulignant toute la beauté de l'instrument qui sera aussi bien à l'aise sur scène qu'en studio.

Les premiers exemplaires de ce puissant synthétiseur devraient arriver en France courant mars. Le prix du modèle 8 voies devrait tourner aux alentours de 1500€ et l'on parle de 2000€ pour la version 16 voies."

Left: mock image of a Polytron that originally went up with the post before the Prologue image came in.

Elektron Analog RYTM MKII

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Perfect Circuit Audio

"The Mark 2 version of the Elektron Analog RYTM is here and this video shows how it can be used as a liver performance tool. The RYTM MKII has 8 analog drum voices with multiple different algorithms for each one and 12 sequencer tracks. The RYTM MKII also has sampling capability and built in effects.

Available here:"

Supporting members of MATRIXSYNTH get %10 off at Perfect Circuit Audio!









$120.000 biblical synthesizer & drum-machine unboxing !!!

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Nico Sauer

"in my first unboxing video i show the biblical synthesizer & drum-machine. an incredible machine that will make your track pump like shit!

check out the link below for product page:"

Elka Synthex (Fully Serviced / Warranty / MIDI-interface / Flightcase) SN 1050

via this auction

Ciat Lonbarde Plumbutter 2

via this auction

"Beautiful Plumbutter 2, handmade by Peter Blasser of Ciat Lonbarde. Requires banana cables to play. Comes with a North American power supply."

Teisco SYNTHESIZER 60F S-60F Vintage Analog Mono Synth SN 2315

via this auction

"Teisco Synthesizer 60F / S-60F Vintage Analog Monophonic Synthesizer, which were manufactured in the early '80s under license from Arp Instruments."

Kawai K3 + Cartridge + Vintage Wood Case SN 102532

via this auction

"The backup battery has been replaced and the synth comes with the original (boxed) memory cartridge. This contains 50 additional patch presets / 50 additional user memory locations. If you want to save some money, the beautiful vintage wood case can be excluded."

Roland System 100 102

via this auction

Novation Bass Station II Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

techno jam "FM126" with Synthstrom Audible Deluge Moog Sub Phatty, MB33 and Volca FM

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Shimanski Beats

"A new dawless techno jam using with my recently acquired Deluge and a limited setup of external gear. I'm getting to like the sequencer more and more, particularly the opportunity of combining patterns with different amounts of steps. The internal sound engine is also nice to create and modulated techno FM sounds.

All recorded in one go, no over-dub.

Deluge: drums, first FM sequence, FM drone and hardware sequencer
Volca FM: second FM sequence
MB 33 retro: analog bass
Sub Phatty: analog sequence

external FX: Lexicon MX 200, TC Electronic M-One XL & M-350"

SIGNAL: With Special Guest 'RITCHIE RUFTONE' (2 X Elektron Analog Four MKII)

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Signal Edinburgh

"We're very pleased to welcome back Ritchie Ruftone once again to SIGNAL. This time Krowne & Ritchie built a beat using 2 Analog Four's. Using one for the drums and the second for the synths.
Enjoy the new jam and some extra fine cutz from Ritchie Ruftone!"

Ratcheting Sequences with Black & Gold Shared System Plus

Published on Jan 17, 2018 MAKEN0ISE

"'Ratcheting' is a sequence technique popularized by Tangerine Dream in the 1970s. With the René, TEMPI and Wogglebug we can patch repeatable or probability-based ratcheting in the Shared System."

DIRTY MIRROR Demo (free Snazzy FX Ardcore Sketch) #TTNM

Published on Jan 17, 2018 The Tuesday Night Machines

"I wrote my first Ardcore Sketch! It's a fun waveform folder/combiner/mixer/multiplier Sketch for the Ardcore, which can be clocked and which also outputs two trigger sequences. MORE INFORMATION BELOW!

PixelNoises Synth T-Shirts by The Tuesday Night Machines:


- Knob A0: Threshold above which Wave 1 will be output, below will be the inverted Wave 2
- Knob A1: Clock divier value (higher = higher division, i.e. slower clock)
- Knob A2: Attenuator for Wave 1 input
- Analog In 2: Input for Wave 1 (unipolar, scaled to 0-5V, input above 5V will fold over)
- Knob A3: Attenuator for Wave 2 input
- Analog In 3: Input for Wave 2 (unipolar, scaled to 0-5V, input above 5V will fold over)
- Digital Out D0: Trigger on Wave 1 input above Threshold, divided Clock Divider
- Digital Out D1: Trigger on Wave 2 input above Threshold, divided Clock Divider
- Clock In: Cycle through modes: combiner (A2 above threshold, inverted A3 below), mixer (A2-A3), multiplier (A2*A3) and silence (patch D0 to Clock In for rhythmic fun)
- Analog Out: Waveform output (unipolar, 0-5V)

Download this Sketch and other on my Github:"

Synthesis Technology - E370 *FIRST PATCH* Chords & Awesomeness

Published on Jan 17, 2018 DivKidVideo

"If you're a Patreon supporter I have an exclusive video for you breaking down the whole patch with sound generation, mixing, EQ, FX, sequencing, "live playability" and clocking/rhythm generation etc. If not I hope you still enjoy this video anyway which is my first patch with the E370 from Synthesis Technology. The E352 is fantastic (see below) so I knew this would be great. Using a quad quantising/chord generator I'm making chord sounds and splitting this into a slowly generative polyphonic patch with FX and soft drums in the background."

RackBrute review: Link system explained on the new Arturia Rack Brute

New video added to the announcement post here.

JX-03 + RK-002 with /DUY Sketch to Transpose Sequences

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Retrokits

"Apart from the existing RK-002 firmwares for the Volca sample, FM, Kaossilator, Digitakt,... The 'DUY' is a new RK002 firmware which is able to run Arduino sketches.

We have shown some small examples on various channels, Euclidean generators, CC-to-Sysex converters,... and this is a more simple example of a MIDI hack: converting note-numbers to pitch-bend data. Turns out pretty nice on the JX-03!"

Turn an old TV into an Oscillograph For Oscillographics!

Published on Jan 17, 2018 LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER


A full length video of the end pattern making is on my patreon now:-

If you choose to do this! be smart and careful, im in no way responsible for you being a dumbass and frieing your insides, ive made it pretty obvious its LETHAL :)

A list of modules used!

both channels went into the ALM O/A/X2 useful, because you could offset and invert the signals. for both channels!

for one channel (X AXIS) i used :-
Instruo troica (a great bank of 3 oscillators, i just fm’d them together to make different sorts of odd)
ALM Pamelas new workout for some more stuff ontop of those 3 oscillators talking to each other

for the other channel (Y AXIS) i used :-
Befaco VCO.. good to use the large range of octaves available on the octave switch
Happy Nerding FMAID this was really cool to make the waveform make more patterns!

Also at the end the weird 3d shape was a MOFFENZEEF MODULAR MUSKRAT, going into both channels!
the 3d look was me just adjusting the parameters on the muskrat!

Andrew duff suggested to look at the FONITRONIK CASCADE at thonk:-

along with a complex oscillator like the make noise DPO.

His links are here :-



Radikal Technologies NAMM 2018 teaser!

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Jörg Schaaf

"Please join us at booth 10508 in the Anaheim Convention Centre!

The latest album "Indiscreet" with this song is available at my bandcamp page:"

Check out Radikal Technologies new Delta CEP A - Paraphonic Semi-modular Synthesizer Eurorack Module here.

Arturia Announces the RACKBRUTE 3U and 6U Eurorack Cases

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Arturia
Music: Stéphane Schott (

"Making Eurorack modular more accessible and intuitive than ever, RackBrute can connect to the MiniBrute 2 or MiniBrute 2S to create the ultimate modular synth ecosystem. Keeping all your modules safe, powered, and within easy reach. Combining your choice of modules with the enormous synth potential of the next-gen MiniBrutes. A patent-free Link system so that other companies can join in the fun. This is MiniBrute 2. This is MiniBrute 2S. This is RackBrute. This is only the beginning."

Update: RackBrute review: Link system explained on the new Arturia Rack Brute

Published on Jan 17, 2018 loopop

Note there are no modules, just the cases. The bottom of the stands attacked to the new MiniBrute 2 and 2S.  Curious if Arturia will be producing eurorack modules over time.

The press release:

"Grenoble-based hardware and software synth specialists Arturia are proud to announce the imminent release of RackBrute, a Eurorack modular storage, power, and transport system.
Following the announcement of the new MiniBrute 2 and MiniBrute 2S synthesizers, RackBrute is the third and final product of the series, and will be available at stores worldwide from March 2018. RackBrute is a dedicated Eurorack case crafted from sturdy steel and aluminium, with many innovative enhancements. Each unit features a dedicated power module to keep your precious gear supplied with +12V / -12V / +5V power, the handle can be calibrated to act as a multi-position stand, letting you use your Eurorack modules in whatever position you find most comfortable.

RackBrute comes in two sizes: a smaller 3U, 88HP version, and a larger 6U, 176HP version. Whatever size your collection, your modules will be housed in the most economic, efficient way possible.

RackBrute completes a versatile, customizable, creative EcoSystem bridging the gap between traditional synthesizers and the world of modular thanks to the new Arturia Link system found on both the MiniBrute 2 and MiniBrute 2S to lock in place. When using RackBrute in combination with MiniBrute or MiniBrute 2S, everything is laid out before you, breaking down all barriers for your experimentation and inspiration.

When you need to pack away for storage, or to transport your whole setup for a gig, RackBrute can pack down into a handy transport mode, with a sturdy carry handle and spacers to prevent any collision between the RackBrute and the other attached hardware. A stylish RackBrute Travel Bag is also available to keep your precious cargo scratch, splash, and dust free.

If you’d like to get hands on MiniBrute 2, MiniBrute 2S and RackBrute, find Arturia at NAMM 2018. We’ll be at booth #11910. We can’t wait to see you."


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