MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

System80 850, a Multi-function Modulation Source Eurorack Module

Published on Jan 23, 2018 System80

"Overview of the System80 850 Eurorack utility module with a little preview of our upcoming drum machine."

The 850 was first posted here. The following are some details from System80.

"The 850 is a fully analog utility module that combines a voltage controlled LFO, Sample & Hold, Noise source, and a Slew Limiter. The S&H section is normalized to Pink Noise (random) or any of the outputs of the LFO without patching. The output of the S&H circuit is normalized to the Slew Limiter input, allowing slew to be added to the S&H signal. The internal clock driving the S&H doubles as an auxiliary triangle shape LFO. The main voltage controlled LFO features an adjustable delay circuit triggered by an external rising pulse, allowing a gradual increase in LFO amplitude after a reset pulse.


Voltage controlled LFO with selectable sine, triangle, ramp and square output
LFO gate/reset input and adjustable rise time after reset
S&H with internal clock, external clock, and external sample input
Auxiliary triangle LFO output from S&H clock
White and Pink noise sources
Slew Limiter with input normalization to S&H output or S&H clock pulse
Open Source

850 is open source hardware. The design files are available on Github"

Elektron Registered Digitone Trademark - New Product in the Works?

This one spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child.

via the USPTO:

Goods and Services IC 015. US 002 021 036. G & S: Musical instruments
Standard Characters Claimed
Serial Number 79224102
Filing Date November 24, 2017
Current Basis 66A
Original Filing Basis 66A
International Registration Number 1382539
Owner (APPLICANT) Elektron Music Machines MAV AB JOINT STOCK COMPANY SWEDEN Sockerbruket 9 SE-414 51 Göteborg SWEDEN
Priority Date November 7, 2017
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

Moog DFAM Analog Drum Synth Demo

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Perfect Circuit Audio

"We went to the Moog House Of Electornicus where we were able to try out the new DFAM (Drummer From Another Mother) and make this video. The first half of the video shows the DFAM being CV controlled and Triggered by a Malekko Voltage Block and Varigate 8+, in the second part we used the built in 8 step sequencer to sequence the DFAM. The sound from both videos is coming from only one DFAM.

Available here:"

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

Details on the Waldorf STVC

You can find previous posts including demos here.

"String synthesizer with a vocoder.

The string section starts with an oscillator bank using octave dividers, followed by a complex mixer, an equalizer and the ensemble effect, just like string machines from the 70's. A single registration knob sweeps through mixer and EQ settings for Violin, Viola, Cello, Brass, Organ, Choir and more for creating rich and creamy sonic textures.

The Solo section is a 16-voice synthesizer that complements the string sounds. A single Tone knob sweeps through many useful settings. Solo is the sidekick to the strings, but it is powerful enough to be the lead character every now and then.

The Vocoder replaces the equalizer in the string section with the filter bank that models the vocal tract from the speech input. This can produce quite intelligible speech or singing using the fully polyphonic oscillator bank. Formants can be modified, which can result in a perceived change of gender. Adjustable jitter of the string oscillators renders the voice hoarse, creaky or a complete whisper. Solo can pass through the Vocoder or play in parallel.

The Freeze button lets you freeze a short speech fragment, which is then repeated by the Vocoder whenever a key is pressed. Change of playback speed, like faster, backwards or a complete stop are possible and fun, as well as formant change.

A novel Tweak function allows for modification or modulation of details, like e.g. the solo cutoff frequency or the Chorus LFO rate. It is similar to a modulation matrix, but it also allows to alter implicit settings with a fixed value or an offset.

Three Effects operate simultaneously - Animate is in fact a modulation of the string or vocoder registration, while a Phaser ist a must for any decent string machine. A high quality Reverb with adjustable size can be mixed to the output.

STVC comes with a high quality gooseneck microphone that plugs right into the front panel where it belongs.



Full metal case
Keyboard with 49 keys, aftertouch and velocity
Keyboard transpose +/- 24 semitones via dedicated switch
Pitch bend and Modulation Wheel
128x64 pixel OLED
10 potentiometers, 1 encoder, 9 backlit buttons, 5 switches
44 cm gooseneck microphone with indicator LED


MIDI in/out
6.3 mm Sustain Pedal input
6.3 mm Expression/Ext. signal
3.5 mm Headphone out
6.3 mm Line out Left/Stereo
6.3 mm Line out Right/Mono
XLR Microphone jack on front panel

Sound engine:

Fully polyphonic String section
Continuous morphing of String Registration
16 Voice polyphonic Solo section
Continuous morphing of Solo sounds
Tremolo for Solo
126 programmable patches in three banks
Tweak for modulation and specific adjustments

STVC UIVocoder:

250 Filter bands
Excellent intelligibility
Formant modification
Freeze mode
Fully polyphonic carrier
Optional jitter for string carrier
Continuous morphing of Registration


Animate Effect for modulation of Registration
Ensemble/Chorus Effect for Strings and Vocoder
Phaser Effect for Strings and Vocoder
Reverb Effect
All Effects available simultaneously

All information are subject to change"

The Dark Island: Two Moog Sub 37s

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Resonant Anvil

"Electric bagpipes, or, 'Switched-On Bags'. (Apologies to Wendy Carlos). No presets."

JoMoX Alpha Base - 10 minutes from scratch

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Geek Gear

"Jamuary - a small challange to myself. How far can I get with the Alpha Base within 10 minutes beginning with the initial kit.

Factory samples only and recorded out of the box. No EQ, compression or normalization."

Solista One by Antonelli - Electronic Organ from 1980

via this auction

Rare Italian preset synth with rhythm section.

Rhythm section has: Waltz, Swing, Rock, Accomp.  Not sure what's before Rock.  Tempo and Volume knobs.  Accomp is white so I'm guessing it's the on/off toggle.

Instrument sectio has: Flute, Reed, Strings, Brill, Vibrato.  Brill is likely a brilliance effect.  Volume knob and On/Off switch.

Waldorf Q+ Phoenix Edition Analog Digital Synth

via this auction

"16 analog filters makes the Q+ a beast! Up to 100 voices when using the digital filters. Comes with US power cord and Q RAM card."

Atomosynth Mochika X2 Analog Synthesizer Sequencer

via this auction

Yamaha AN1x Demo Songs - Specifications - Home Music Studio

Published on Jan 23, 2018 DKDiveDude

"The Yamaha AN1x Control Synthesizer - Analog Modeling!

This video is of the 10 included factory demo "songs". They play back with the built-in playback only sequencer. A little bit of everything that shows some of this great synth's capabilities, but not all!

Alongside the "songs" I annotate with in my opinion the most interesting specifications and capabilities of the AN1x. Finally at the end via still photos I show you my current home music studio.

Please subscribe if you are interested future videos of demo's, sound creation, and music on in any of my equipment.

Check my uploads for over 100 original synthesizer compositions.

As listed in the video at the end, my current synths, groove boxes, drum machines, and gear are;
Alesis Ion, E-Mu TurboPhatt, Kawai K5000S, Korg Electribe MX, Korg M1R-EX (M1ex Rack version), Korg Karma, Korg Minilogue, Korg Radias, Kurzweil K2000, Roland D-550 (D-50 Rack version), Roland Gaia SH-01, Roland Super JD-990 (JD-800 Rack version), Roland JX-3P, Roland SH-32, Roland TR-707, Yamaha AN-200, Yamaha AN1x, Yamaha CS6x, Yamaha EX5, Yamaha TX802 (Basically a DX7II in a Rack).

Boss RCE-10 Chorus, Boss VF-1 Effects, Roland VT-3 Voice Transformer but also used for instrument effects

Behringer Xenyx 2442FX, Fostex 2016, Samson PL2404.

Besides collecting, having fun and composing with synthesizers, I also sell Movie, TV, Game, and Anime inspired jewelry (Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets, and Rings). Goto my website for links to where to check it out!"

AJH Synth Mega Phase 12 Demo Modular Synth Jam Just Out Of The Box!

Published on Jan 23, 2018 SonicVoltage

"AJH Synth Mega Phase 12 is AJH Synth's latest Eurorack Module. I took it for a spin and recorded a live modular jam for a first hands-on check.

I simply plugged the AJH Synth Mega Phase 12 in my small test eurorack case with a few more modules and started messing around with it. After putting a few notes together on the Eloquencer I hit the Record button and recorded the live modular jam... rough but fun.

The patch is pretty simple.
The Winter Modular Eloquencer drives the beat with
Kick & Snare: Mutable Instruments Peaks
Hats: Analogue Solutions HH8

Sequenced Synth Source Sound: Erica Synth Pico Voice (just Gate and Pitch. Nothing plugged into the CV Parameter Input)

The single synth sound from the Pico Voice goes straight into Input 1 on the AJH Synth Mega Phase 12. Just one synth line for all the synth sounds you here processed by the Mega Phase

From the Mega Phase 2, the Wet Out goes into the Mutable Instruments Rings and back into the Mega Phase Input 2 for some noise feedback effects

I use an LFO from the Xaoc Devices Batumi to take over the Mega Phase 12 internal LFO (only when the Batumi is plugged into the FCV1 Input on the Mega Phase)"

Demo Arp Omni

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Quedeville Tony

"Synthétiseur analogique"

First look: Korg Prologue

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Future Music Magazine

"Korg's Prologue will almost certainly be one of the stars of this year's NAMM Show, but you don't have to wait until then to find out what makes this analogue and digital polysynth tick.

We caught up with Korg UK's Luke Edwards, who ran us through the Prologue's key features and sounds."

Funny side note: I'm listening to John Carpenter's Lost Themes in the background. The opening piece he plays woudl fall right in. Curious if it is a known piece. If you know feel free to comment.

George Mattson Announces His Retirement and the Division 6 SWAN II Eurorack System

This one is in via George Mattson of Mattson Mini Modular. Back on September 15, 2007, I posted a little teaser that would eventually launch Mattson back into the synth manufacturing world. He is the man behind the Syntar - the original keytar synthesizer, and the SWAN (Syntar Without A Neck) was the follow-up non-keytar version. It's fitting and an honor that George Mattson is announcing his retirement and a new SWAN here on MATRIXSYNTH.

"Hello to all of my dear synth friends, customers, and associates.

After 45 years of involvement in the synthesizer community, it is time for me to retire.

The community is on the right track with some extremely talented, enthusiastic people that can carry on the vision while I step back and focus on actually learning to play the gear I have acquired throughout the years. What a concept…

I thank all of you for the support and friendship that you have provided to me throughout the years. It has been very humbling and I bow to all of you.

I am currently working on my last system design along with my little brother Scott Rise of Division 6. He will be the “manufacturer” and sales point for the S.W.A.N. II.

It’s basically a 60HP 3U complete system. It has 3 VCOs and two separate voice chains. It contains a sequencer, arpeggiator, and the VCOs can be split to upper/lower priority for duophonic operations.

The main 60HP unit has Basic I/O.

For patching ability, there will be a 24HP expander that provides access to more I/O. It will also have sequencer program save/recall functions and the ability to set MIDI channels via the control panel. The two VCF notch outputs will also be accessible.

The main system VCOs will have continuously variable waveform mixing between triangle, square, and saw outputs similar to the EML 101 style of mixing. Both VCFs will also have continuously variable mode mixing between LP, BP, and HP, also like the EML 101.

There will be a 20HP expander panel that will allow for VC control of the VCO waveform mixing and the VCF mode mixing, along with a couple of cascaded buffered multiples and a couple of cascaded clock dividers/square wave sub generators.

That’s it in a nutshell. I’ve been working on this since May of last year and have been trying to balance my time between this design and getting ready to retire.

Price point? Not enough info yet to determine. Probably under $1K for the main unit.
Release date? June/July? As soon as we can. We may crowdfund manufacturing, but we need to accumulate more data first.

Once I have retired, I will still be doing custom system builds. I can’t totally pull away from this art.

Again, thank all of you for your support, and I’ll see you at Knobcon.

George Mattson"

Hands-on: Arturia MiniBrute 2 and MiniBrute 2S

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Future Music Magazine

"Arturia has relaunched its first analogue monosynth, and this time, the MiniBrute has gone all semi-modular. What's more, it's spawned a new sibling, the sequencer-orientated MiniBrute 2S.

Both models feature beefed-up synth engines, with a proper second oscillator and a whole ton of patching options to fully integrate with your modular setup."

SSSR Labs - SM630 AWS / Alisa 1377 Waveshaper

Published on Jan 23, 2018 DivKidVideo

"Here's the rather awesome SM630 AWS from SSSR Labs. AWS stands for Alisa Waveshaper, which is based on the soviet synthesiser the Alisa 1377. It builds on the design of the 'harmonics' wave shaper on the soviet synths and expands the features and sound with added voltage control and a dry wet blend. The module works beautifully with the Kotelnikov which I suggest you watch my video for below ;) . It's a great wave-folding VCA based design with added feedback and filter to switch between 3 different colours of saturation."

Things that are recognizable slowly fade

Published on Jan 23, 2018 C Nich0lls

"a figure slowly dissolves into mist

figure played back by keystep pro, melody from makenoise 0 coast, red panda particle for disintegration, additional reverb and delay from audio damage and eventide in ableton live

leave a like if you enjoy"

Todd Barton performing with SHUTTLE System

Published on Jan 23, 2018 TheEndorphines

"From the very beginning, modules starting from Furthrrrr Generator had very west-coast influence in design philosophy and sound. Over the years, SHUTTLE system developed into the powerful and versatile instrument which can be used in different music genres.

And going back to its roots - we are proud to have Todd Barton on board - the legend of the avant-garde music - as the independent expert in our SHUTTLE - Life is a trip ✈ tour. Todd attentively follows all the participating artists and then we together resume the campaign by the end of spring and the audience will define the winner.

Meet the maestro!"

And a quick description from Todd Barton's posting of the video - Endorphines' video above came in first so up it went. ;)

"I've been exploring the Endorphines' Shuttle recently bringing my wacky experimental/expressionistic live performance approach to this instrument. Here's the caption and more information from Endorphines: From the very beginning, modules starting from Furthrrrr Generator had very west-coast influence in design philosophy and sound. Over the years, SHUTTLE system developed into the powerful and versatile instrument which can be used in different music genres.

And going back to its roots - we are proud to have Todd Barton (@synthtodd ) on board - the legend of the avant-garde music - as the independent expert in our SHUTTLE - Life is a trip ✈ tour. Todd attentively follows all the participating artists and then we together resume the campaign by the end of spring and the audience will define the winner."

Moog Little Phatty- Vintage/Classic Soundset by Luke Neptune

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Luke Neptune

"A soundset inspired by the Moog's of yesteryear, featuring signature sounds from classic tracks.
To purchase this soundset follow this link"

Introducing the Nord Electro 6

Published on Jan 23, 2018 NordKeyboards

"The Nord Electro 6 combines our award-winning emulations of vintage electro mechanical and acoustic instruments in an ultra-portable package.

With 3 independent sound sections, a new streamlined user interface and the addition of Seamless Transitions, we're proud to present the most powerful and flexible Electro ever - a refined modern classic."

The Nord Electro 6 combines our award-winning emulations of vintage electro mechanical and acoustic instruments in an ultra-portable package.

With 3 independent sound sections, a new streamlined user interface and the addition of Seamless Transitions, we're proud to present the most powerful and flexible Electro ever - a refined modern classic.

Seamless transitions
The Nord Electro 6 features seamless transitions when changing sounds or programs while playing.

Layer and advanced Split functionality
The panel has three independent sound sections; Organ, Piano and Sample Synth that can be used simultaneously as a layer or a split. It features 6 Split Points and the new Split Point Crossfade functionality introduced in the Stage 3 for smooth transitions between the two split zones. Choose from 3 different crossfade widths (Small, Large or Off) as indicated by different LED colors.

Refined Program Section
The new streamlined Program section features a handy Organize mode including Copy/Paste and Move functionality for quickly arranging your Programs to your desired order. A new Page View lets you easily sort and organize pages as a song list.

Performance Highlights
3 part multi-timbral NEW
Seamless Transitions for smooth program changes NEW
Simplified, streamlined user interface NEW
Split and Layer all 3 sections NEW
6 Split Points with optional Split Point crossfades NEW
Organize Mode for quickly arranging programs, sounds and pages NEW
OLED display for Program section

The Nord Electro 6 features our award-winning Nord C2D Organ simulations of B3 Tonewheel and Vintage Transistor Organs plus two Pipe Organ models. The Organ section also includes our latest vintage 122 Rotary Speaker simulation.

2 Pipe Organ models
The Organ section now contains two different Pipe Organ models. The new Pipe 1 is a pure Organ with few harmonics. The Pipe 2, introduced with the Electro 5, is a recreation of metal pipes that commonly make up the backbone of a pipe or church organ, and now includes a special new detune mode when enabling Vibrato/Chorus.

Dual Organ Mode
The new Dual Organ mode provides quick access to dual manual setups and offers great overview and control of the drawbar settings for both the Lower and Upper manual.

Physical Drawbars for Electro 6D 61/73
The Electro 6D 61 and 73 feature Physical Drawbars offering ultimate hands-on experience for the dedicated organ players. These models also support the Nord Half-moon Switch (optional accessory).

Organ Highlights
B3, B3 bass and Vox/Farfisa simulations from Nord C2D
2 Pipe Organ models NEW
Dual Organ Mode NEW
Vintage 122 Rotary Speaker simulation
Physical Drawbars for 6D 61/73 models

The Piano section has a wide selection of acoustic, electric and digital pianos from the exclusive Nord Piano Library, expanded voice polyphony and creative new Piano Filters.

Factory Bank
The Nord Electro 6 factory bank contains an extensive selection of our latest Grands, Uprights, Electric Pianos and Digital Pianos from the exclusive Nord Piano Library - all handpicked for their unique characters! The Piano section also features our new “Layer” category with rich dynamic layered patches.

The Nord Piano Experience
Nord’s state-of-the-art sampling techniques capture the extraordinary nuances and real character of the source instruments and unique ‘Advanced String Resonance’ delivers breathtaking realism and an unsurpassed level of expressiveness.

Replaceable sounds
The Factory Bank features an extensive selection from the Nord Piano Library but you can easily add or replace any of these sounds using the Nord Sound Manager. Our exclusive Nord Piano Library is constantly updated with new unique sounds, and always free of charge.

Piano Filters
Providing an additional level of sonic control, the Piano Section now features dedicated piano filters for accentuating softness, mid or brilliance.

Piano Section Highlights
1 GB Memory
Expanded polyphony NEW
Creative Piano Filters NEW
Advanced String Resonance
4 Dynamic Curves

The enhanced Sample Synth Section features expanded memory for the Nord Sample Library 3.0 and extended polyphony.

The Sample Synth Section contains a broad selection of high quality sounds from the Nord Sample Library 3.0 including the exclusively licensed sounds of the legendary Mellotron and Chamberlin.

The Sample Synth is equipped with essential controls for attack, decay/release and dynamics (filter/velocity). A unique Nord feature allows you to create your own samples using the free Nord Sample Editor software for WIndows and Mac.

Sample Section Highlights
512 MB Memory (doubled from Electro 5) NEW
Expanded Polyphony NEW
Attack and Decay/Release controls
Dynamic control (filter/velocity)

The powerful Effect section features a wide range of instantly tweakable high quality effects modelled after classic stomp boxes. All effects are stereo and can be assigned freely to the Organ, Piano or Synth sections.

The Nord Electro 6 Effect section includes Tremolo, Phaser, Chorus, Pan, Wah, RM, Flanger, Vibe and Reverb with a new Bright Mode.

The Nord Electro 6 comes in three models:

Nord Electro 6D 61 features a 61-note Semi Weighted Waterfall keybed (C-C) with Physical Drawbars
Nord Electro 6D 73 features a 73-note Semi Weighted Waterfall keybed (E-E) with Physical Drawbars
Nord Electro 6 HP features a 73-note Hammer Action Portable keybed (E-E) with LED Drawbars

The Nord Electro 6 is scheduled for shipping in Spring 2018 with pricing to be announced. Nord Electro 6 is handmade in Sweden by Clavia DMI AB.

All specifications are subject to change without further notice"

Dead Man's Slick Mountain Cliff Road// VolcaFM, OB6, System8

Published on Jan 22, 2018 MR TUNA Music

"You're driving at night, and it's pouring rain."

Poly Evolver Keyboard acid sequences

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Hitoshi Koizumi

"DSI/Poly Evolver Keyboard step sequencer
Strymon Bigsky/Timeline"

Inside: Vermona - Elektroakustische Manufaktur

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Telekom Electronic Beats

"Visit the Vermona Instruments HQ for a closer look at its famous synthesizers, drum machines and Eurorack modules, in the latest instalment of INSIDE on Telekom Electronic Beats TV. A true German classic with a fascinating heritage dating back to Soviet-era 1950s, Vermona is most well-known for its DRM-1 drum machine, while studio connoisseurs like Stimming have a fondness for its PERfourMER units."

Sequential Pro-One, ARP Quadra, PPG wave - new wave / synth pop live jam - Berlin Metro

Published on Jan 23, 2018 RetroSound

"(c) 2018 vintage synthesizer demo by RetroSound

bass synth: Sequential Circuits Pro-One Analog Synthesizer (1981)
organ synth sound : PPG wave 2.2 Wavetable Synthesizer (1982)
string sound synth: ARP QUADRA Analog Synthesizer (1978)
drums: Roland TR-707 (1985)

It`s a cover version of one of my favorite new wave tracks - Berlin "Metro"
all played live by hand without MIDI"

Lets make a track 2 - Tiptop Audio

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Tiptop .Audio

"Two Circadian Rhythms synced via SyncBus, makes a 16 channel sequencer."

005//Bittersweet Memories [Melodic Ambient] - 2x Mother 32 Modular, Eventide Space and Timefactor

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Alastair Wilson

"A pensive, melodic, semi-self-generating modular patch using a small Eurorack setup sent through an Eventide Timefactor on band delay setting and an Eventide Space black hole reverb. No other processing has been applied.

The patch is semi-random; the lower Mother 32 supplies an invisible sequence with the Assign output set to random stepped voltage. This random voltage is patched to the Run/Stop input of the higher Mother 32, randomly starting and stopping its sequence, which is how the sequence moves so slowly. The lower Mother 32 supplies the bass drone, with Maths changing its pitch occasionally. The Minimod OSC supplies a higher pitch, and a Mother 32 Noise output supplies the 'wind'. The wind's 'swooshing' comes from the Timefactor; the delays are band-pass filtered with the cutoff frequency modulated by an internal LFO, creating the lovely resonant delays.:

Error Instruments Grains standalone or eurorack module

Published on Jan 23, 2018 paul tas

Cool Ginko Synthese side panels. Looks like it's powered by a 9V battery.

Bastl Bitranger + Kastle w/ Manuals

via this auction

"The Bitranger is one of the most interesting and unique synths I’ve ever come across and has a very playful spirit. The Kastle is an excellent complement to it and brings a darker, more lo-fi characteristic to the table. Included with the synths is a big ol’ bag of patch cables and a mini breadboard which can act as a multiplier for any given input or output. It’s a great tool for expanding the patching capabilities of these synths."

Roland MKS-50 Rack Synthesizer with Midi Club JUNO CRTL Programmer

via this auction

Roland MKS-50 demo video in the listing previously posted here.

Yamaha DX-5 w/DX Turbo Memory Expander

via this auction

"Perfect working, nice and clean Yamaha DX-5. It comes with the super rare DX memory expansion which stores 20 patch or performance banks, 20 cartridges in one! The very nice condition expander has a fresh set of batteries and is filled with sysex dumps including tons of string patches and more. The synth operates flawlessly and is a pleasure to play. The end caps are a little rough around the corners but not too terribly ugly like you would normally see. The most significant blemish is a small ding in the bottom front rail under the keys which is hard to notice when sitting in the studio (pictued in the second to last photo). I'll include a printed copy of the manual in a binder and the power cord."

Creamware Minimax ASB 12 Voice Polyphonic Minimoog SN R89RH000R w/ Original Box

via this auction

Roland GR-700 Guitar Synth With Case

via this auction

New Strymon Magneto Demos

New demos added to the playlist here.

Tapographic Delay (TAPO) from 4ms Company and Matthias Puech -- A Drone Forest

Published on Jan 23, 2018 4mspedals

Previous posts.

Fragment - Granular noisescapes

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Fragment Synthesizer

"Fragment is an online collaborative additive / spectral / granular / subtractive / PM live-coding web. platform, the spectrum is created by a live GPU script, the generated visual is then converted to audio by an additive/granular/spectral/subtractive/PM process.

Fragment is a programmable noise-of-all-kinds software.

This video is full of granular noises coming from 21 samples forming some granular noisescapes, some videos are played and mixed with some effects, the visual interact with the audio through pixels brightness, Renoise is used to sequence and send MIDI events to the synthesizer."

You can try the Fragment synthesizer now at :

GarageBand for iOS 10: "Video Killed the Radio Star" cover

Published on Jan 22, 2018

"Here's my take on the Buggles' 1979 hit, 'Video Killed the Radio Star', using NOTHING but the fantastic on-board sounds of GarageBand for iOS10: so unbelievably powerful...

All vocal parts recorded using the internal mic, with lead vocal processed through the internal guitar amp simulator: the original 1979 vocal was played back through a VOX AC30 guitar amp to get that sound.

Everything here mixed on the iPad as well, with lots of effects not fazing it in the slightest.

'Alchemy' is an expensive sounding synth, also used on Logic Pro X, and the bass sound actually sounds like a Fender Precision."

Spotted this one on discchord.

Moog Mother 32: One Mother=Drums+Bass+Lead

Published on Jan 23, 2018 JAkoGreyshire

"This is a video response to a Moog Music Inc. video that shows how the Mother-32 can make a three part groove with some clever patching.

Moogs' video is here: [5th video in Moog's playlist here]

Half way through this video I have a Drone sound made by the Make Noise Mysteron."

Wave Forms

Published on Jan 23, 2018 0ekkeekke0

"Buchla Drone 20180123 EMS. Second day on my residency in EMS. I'm working with a large Buchla system and today I tried to record some drones."

See this post for the system.

Buchla Music Easel - Just a quickie...

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Genshi Media Group

"I got this little tune going on the Buchla Music Easel, so I thought I'd capture a quick video of it. The Easel is running through the TC Electronic Mimiq Doubler for stereo width and the Empress Effect Echosystem Dual Engine Delay."

Noodling with the Erica Synths Black VCO

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Molten Music Technology

"An improvised, live and unedited noodle using just the Erica Synths Black VCO as the sound source. The sequence is random and coming from the Turing Machine. Give it time for me to develop some noises! And it all comes from the monophonic Black VCO - what a great module."

More noodling with the Erica Synths Black VCO

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Molten Music Technology

"Sometimes the simplest patches are the most rewarding. This has the sine output through a Demora delay and the Sub-Mix output through the Black Polivoks VCF. Turing Machine provides the tune - I could listen to this all day without doing a thing."

Zoom: MS-70CDR - "Galactic Spaces" - 50 custom presets

Published on Jan 23, 2018 chronosproject

"50 custom presets made for wonderfull pedal Zoom MS-70 CDR
by Nick Klimenko, Team.

Using algorhytms like:

Pith Shifters
Black Hole
Different Types of Reverberation
& Chorusing

You can dive your instrumet (synth or guitar) into cosmic abyss
to create deep ambient landscapes or play live.

All the presets can be easily loaded via usb inside the pedal
using this wondefull resource:

For this demo we used Korg Monologue synth with its dry initial sound.
So all the fx you hear - are going from Zoom MS-70 CDR, tempo synced.

Coast: 10 $"

MS-70CDRs on Reverb | MS-70CDRs on eBay

Interactive 'harmonic trendline' audition application

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Pi Synth

"Here is my interactive organ pipe auditioner, based on the 'trendline' harmonic fingerprint system described here -

The usual waveform display, but I have hijacked the metronome to use it to display log/log harmonics.

The idea is that a very small number of parameters can accurately describe the harmonic fingerprint of the sustain phase of a note generated by an organ pipe. This thing - running on the Mac but again, the Pi Synth codebase so it will run trivially on a Pi Zero - lets me twiddle knobs and instantly explore the entire parametric space.

The methodology desribed by Pykett requires 4 floats to describe a pipe. I have modified this to add 2 more parameters that allow an individual harmonic in the fingerprint to be boosted or cut, which lets a single non-trendline outlier harmonic be correctly modelled. Also I have allowed the 'even harmonic cut' to be an 'even harmonic cut/boost'.

The six parameters are mapped to 6 MIDI CCs, and I can sit sit and twiddle. Tunelessly. But allowing A/B listening against a field recording to rapidly converge to an accurate setting for a given rank at a given note. Nice."

Joe Hertz - Access Virus TI2 Synth - Gear Guide

Published on Jan 23, 2018 FACTmagazine

"A must-have synth according to the Brixton producer.

Late last year, electronic R&B rising star Joe Hertz treated us to an excellent Against The Clock at his South London studio. But, we wondered at the time, what's the deal with the Virus TI2 bit of hardware by Access he used during that session?

We asked Joe to give us rundown of that most treasured instrument, explaining to us why the Virus TI2 is one of the most unique synths on the market.

In the video, Joe breaks down its key features and demonstrates how easy, versatile and user-friendly it is. One word: want."

DJ Galactic - "Kingu" live on Roland TR-909

Published on Jan 23, 2018 DJ Galactic

"DJ Galactic - 'Kingu' live Beat Making on Roland TR-909 made in the basement. Project started in 2014 and finally is released under 'Kingu' (Techno / Underground House) with a 9.38 min track."

Emperor DecaDance (JV-1080, JX-03, Analog Keys, ARP Odyssey)

Published on Jan 23, 2018 Alba Ecstasy

"For the last 24 hours this theme was bugging my mind. I looked for the appropriate arrangement, and it came out as you can see.
Using: Roland JV-1080 for Symphonique drums and strings/horns, Roland JX-03 for lead, ARP Odyssey for bass and Analog Keys for drums and sequences. Also, using Zoom MS70CDR and Neunaber Slate for effects. Oh, yes: and Arturia Keystep is sequencing the JV-1080.

MoogDFAM! Drummer from another Mother: Audio Rate Clock

Published on Jan 23, 2018 JAkoGreyshire

"Moog DFAMs' sequencer has quite a large range to it. Here is a small example of what the DFAM can do when the sequencer is running at audio rates..
Pitch CV is coming from the Korg SQ-1.
LFO Modulation from the Intellijel Dixie II+, and the Erica PICO RND (LFO and S&H)."

Buchla Flute Feedback Patch clip

Published on Jan 22, 2018 djangosfire

"Late night weirdo patch on the Buchla - featuring the 218e + Grayscale DAO + 230r + 281e + 292e + 206e .... into reverb.

I might experiment and develop this patch, for now though... just a quick clip to help me recall these tones.

218e is massively fun and a deep expressive interface, and so fast to patch!

Thank you for checking out my noise :)
Cheers, - Djangosfire"

Lyra-8 vs 5U Modular Synth Drone Story

Published on Jan 22, 2018 Sequenox

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