MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

NAMM 2018 Malekko Manther Grow and Rampage Sound Demo (no talk)

Published on Jan 24, 2018 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

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NAMM 2018 Pittsburgh Modular Microvolt 3900 Sound Demo and Walkthrough

Published on Jan 24, 2018 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

New desktop synth from Pittsburgh Modular.

Available in April $629

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NAMM 2018 Catalyst Audio System 100 Walkthrough and Sound Demo

Published on Jan 24, 2018 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

Buchla clones in eurorack.

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NAMM 2018 Qu Bit Electronix Synapse Crossfading Switch Walkthrough

Published on Jan 24, 2018 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

Available in June $339

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NAMM 2018 Qu Bit Electronix Scanned Organic Wavetable VCO Walkthrough

Published on Jan 24, 2018 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

Available in May $349

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NAMM 2018 Qu Bit Electronix Nebulae V2 Walkthrough

Published on Jan 24, 2018 Analogue Zone Showroom / Synths and Studio

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Silk To Dry The Tears - Benefit Album for Oakland Warehouse Fire

An anonymous reader wrote in to let us know Silk To Dry The Tears, a benefit album for the Oakland warehouse fire in 2016, will be released this February 9th.

via Silk To Dry The Tears on BandCamp:

"Sorrow’s only silver lining is the selflessness it inspires in others. The nightmare of last year’s fire in Oakland left so many of us shredded, shattered, and speechless. But a communal compassion surged up in response, with artists, allies, and acquaintances from all over the globe re-connecting and re-committing to the power and potential of independent music as a healing, unifying force. So many SILK friends and family reached out expressing the desire to contribute creatively to a relief effort it was clear the emotion deserved an outlet. Silk To Dry The Tears collects 31 such songs from a spectrum of 100% Silk alumni and affiliates, threaded across four sides of fogged house, fantasy acid, nocturnal electronics, sleepwalker pop, and rhythmic reveries of varied internal states. Totaling nearly 170 minutes, it’s a sprawl and a statement, shared in the spirit of inclusion, endurance, and empathy. Music brought us together; music will keep us together.

50% the profits will be donated to Safer DIY Spaces, an Oakland-based coalition offering guidance, financial assistance, and labor to non-traditional creative community spaces:"

Percussa Super Signal Processor Eurorack Module Update

via the Percussa SSP kickstarter:

"Front panel finishes, switch caps colours, menu system updates, demo case and more

Hi all!

It’s time for another update! This week the NAMM show is happening in Anaheim, CA, one of the main tradeshows for musical instruments and music technology. We are not exhibiting or going as we decided to focus on the development of the SSP. A lot has happend over the past 10 days, below is a summary of what’s new including lots of nice photos :-)

1) Ordering more parts for the upcoming production

We already bought most components with long lead times for the SSP right when the kickstarter finished (such as the CPU modules), and now we continue buying the rest of the parts, such as switches, switch caps, ADCs and DACs, etc. Our commodity components will be bought further down the line as we get closer to production. We already got our programmable logic ICs which we received last week from our parts supplier, which is one of the few lead time sensitive parts specific to our design that we wanted to have early on so we don’t have to delay the assembly and shipping later on. So planning wise everything looks good, we got our PCBs, front panels and most of our lead time sensitive components. We’ll continue buying over the coming weeks and keep you updated about the production of the SSP.

2) Further experiments with front panel customizations

Our initial idea for front panel customization was to do laser engraving, but we wanted to see what it would look like if we machined our logo (and potentially any customizations) into the front panel before anodization instead of doing laser engraving. Laser engraving looks like gray text on a black background while with machining you can have more subtle customizations. I did the machining for the prototype below on our own CNC router. We’ll make a decision about what process to use over the coming weeks.

Besides that we are thinking about cosmetic hardware features ways to make navigation as easy as possible in our software user interface, such as different colours of switch caps. Although originally we planned to use only black switch caps, we might group certain buttons together using a colour, for example red for the cursor keys and grey for the menu keys, while the function soft keys would remain black. Below you can see an example grouping. This might still change as we continue working on the software and see the need to group certain buttons together.

Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES with Her Moog Mug

via @laurenevemay, via @moogmusicinc

"Back in my natural habitat #MoogMug @moogmusicinc"

You find the Minimug on Moog's Merch Store here.

Rossum Electro-Music ASSIMIL8OR Packaging

First image of the packaging the new Rossum Electro-Music ASSIMIL8OR eurorack module will come in. We tend to mainly focus on the sound and capability of our gear, but it's also interesting to see what makers come up with for packaging and graphic design.

beats & synths - Digitakt, Repro 1 & 2 , Morphagene

Published on Jan 24, 2018 junklight

"Not my usual stuff - I wanted to make something a little more straightforward - been thinking about 'pop music' recently.

The morphagene sample is from a youtube video featuring a rag and bone man in Nottingham - hence the title of the track"

ELK Music Operating System (aka "the Android of Musical Instruments") Coming to NAMM

Some news that might be interesting to the makers out there.


The Music Operating System, named ELK, allows musicians to add unlimited sounds and features to their musical instruments and seamlessly share their performances online. It also allows manufacturers and developers to move away from system-specific chips and software.

January 24 – Anaheim, California

MIND Music Labs is presenting its ultra-low latency Music Operating System at NAMM 2018. ELK - this is the name of the technology - is an operating system for musical instruments, designed for optimal audio performance and seamless connectivity.

Musical Instruments Powered by ELK allow musicians to:

• Add new sounds and features to their instruments via online upgrades
• Easily connect their instruments to mobiles, computers and to the broader Internet
• Instantly share their performances online

ELK allows manufacturers to move away from dedicated chips and use standard off-the-shelf CPUs, with significant improvements in terms of user experience, performance and scalability - combined with unprecedented time-to-market advantages and potential new post-sales revenues from software, content and services for their devices.

ELK also allows software developers to easily release software, sounds and effects originally developed for computer environments on Powered by ELK musical instruments.

Key technical features:

• Ultra-low latency (1ms round-trip)
• Linux-based, using single Intel & ARM CPUs
• Support for JUCE and VsT 2.x and 3.x plugins
• Natively connected (USB, WiFi, BT, 4G)
• Full MIDI support

"ELK is the evolution musical instruments have been waiting for a long time, and is ready to disrupt the musical instruments world in the same way Android disrupted the mobile world ten years ago." is how Michele Benincaso, CEO of MIND Music Labs, announces ELK's release.

ELK’s capabilities will be demoed LIVE at NAMM in collaboration with industry leaders DVMark, MarkBass and Overloud (TH-U), the first brands that will support ELK in their new products.

About MIND Music Labs:
MIND Music Labs ( develops music technologies that change the way musicians create, record and share music. Founded in 2014, MIND has raised more than 1.000.000 Euros in investments from industry leaders in the music tech world. Among the people who believed in MIND Music Labs are Jacob Key - former VP at Warner Music - Ludvig Linge - co-founder of The Astonishing Tribe, bought byBlackberry in 2010 - and Jordan Rudess - Dream Theater keyboardist and music tech entrepreneur. MIND has been awarded as one of the most innovative music startups atMidem, Sónar Barcelona and San Francisco MusicTech Summit."

Mellotron Festival Planned for Memphis

DUETS FOR MELLOTRON from Crosstown Arts on Vimeo.

The above features Robby Grant and Jonathan Kirkscey performing Duets for Mellotron at a previous Crosstown Arts event.

The new event is set to begin Tuesday, April 17 at Crosstown Arts in Crosstown Concourse.

"Crosstown Arts to Host Mellotron Variations Series

Multidisciplinary event to feature dance, film, performances, and more

Crosstown Arts is pleased to present Mellotron Variations, a series of original musical compositions for the Mellotron that will be performed live alongside newly created multidisciplinary installations.

The free and open-to-the-public, multi-day festival kicks off on Tuesday, April 17 with a series of collaborative performances at Crosstown Arts in Crosstown Concourse. The main event — a Mellotron performance featuring Pat Sansone of Wilco and John Medeski from Medeski, Martin, & Wood alongside Memphis-based musicians Robby Grant and Jonathan Kirkscey — is scheduled for Saturday, April 21 with a reprise brunch planned for Sunday, April 22, both events held at Crosstown Arts.

Mellotron Variations was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which Crosstown Arts was awarded earlier this year. The grant was one of 1,029 Art Works grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 awarded to fund local arts projects across the country.

The kick-off event on April 17 will feature a dance performance by New Ballet Ensemble with Lucero keyboardist Rick Steff on the Mellotron. Memphis Symphony Orchestra (MSO) horn player Robert Patterson will then debut new compositions which focus on the Mellotron in collaboration with MSO musicians. The evening will close with a premiere of a documentary featuring Memphis-based keyboardist Audie Smith.

On Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m., Sansone and Medeski will join Kirkscey and Grant in a performance of original works for the Mellotron. Guests will have a chance to discuss the performance on Sunday, April 22 at noon at a reprise brunch that will include open discussion, a Q&A session with the performers, and encore presentations of the preview event.

This event aims to highlight the Mellotron’s role as a unique pillar in music sampling technology. The Mellotron was the world’s first pre-digital sampling keyboard, dating back to the 1960s. Each key plays a ribbon tape of pre-recorded instrument sounds. It was the precursor to the widespread use of digital sampling used in hip-hop, rap, and other contemporary music.

In April 2016, Crosstown Arts hosted a hugely popular live Mellotron performance featuring Kirkscey and Grant. That performance was recorded and made available via a limited-edition, pressed vinyl record titled Duets for Mellotron.

“We didn’t have any lofty goals for the shows in 2016, just to present a concert that we would like to see,” Mellotron Variations’ organizer Grant said. “For these upcoming performances, we want to push ourselves further by expanding the scope of our section with bigger visuals and new collaborators while also opening it up to other musicians and artists to see what they will do. Working with Crosstown Arts and getting the NEA grant has allowed us to do that.”

Biographical information:
Robby Grant is a songwriter, performer, and producer who has recorded and released records over the past 15 years under both his name and the moniker Vending Machine. He spent the 1990s co-fronting and touring the country with Big Ass Truck and currently plays with the garage pop group Mouserocket.

Jonathan Kirkscey is a composer, cellist, and producer who performs regularly with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Mouserocket, and is a co-founder of Blueshift Ensemble, a contemporary classical chamber ensemble. As a film composer, Jonathan has scored several award-winning documentaries including Best of Enemies, directed by Morgan Neville, and Won't You Be My Neighbor, a film about Fred Rogers which premieres in January 2018 at the Sundance film festival.

Winston Eggleston is a woodworker and avid collector of Mellotrons (he recently built one from scratch).

John Markham is a videographer and collaborates with the experimental group >mancontrol<. Together they created the oil-based light show that accompanied 2015's Duets for Mellotron performance.

Pat Sansone is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, keyboard, percussion, harpsichord) from the bands Wilco and The Autumn Defense.

John Medeski is an American jazz keyboard player and composer. Medeski is a veteran of New York's 1990s avant-garde jazz scene and is known popularly as a member of Medeski Martin & Wood.

Robert G. Patterson is a resident composer with the Luna Nova Ensemble. Recent accomplishments include commissions from Opera Memphis, the One Coin Concert series in Osaka, Japan, and First Prize in the NATS Art Song Composition Award. In addition to his musical activities, Patterson also has been a professional software developer, and his interest in
computers led him to become an expert in musical engraving using a computer.

New Ballet Ensemble and School is a thriving after school dance program in the heart of Midtown Memphis, founded in 2001. Dancers from all over the Mid-South fill their studios six days a week, training and exploring cultural forms of dance alongside a strong classical ballet curriculum. New Ballet Ensemble was awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2014, recognizing the country’s best creative youth development programs for using engagement in the arts and the humanities to increase self-direction, academic achievement, graduation rates, and college enrollment."

Malekko in Black Coming to NAMM

via @malekkoheavyindustry

"The modules dressed in black are new and will be showing in our #namm2018 booth 10604!"

Steady State Fate's Setup at NAMM

Folktek Mescaline

via this auction

"Let's start by saying that Mescaline is one of the finest times you'll have. It might seem intimidating at first but ultimately once you dive in, you realize there was nothing to fear and it's only here to help open you to extreme possibilities. It's capable of creating entire compositions and the possibilities are vast.

Each of these boards are eurorack compatible and can be installed in a eurorack system individually or all together. Each has its own eurorack power plug on the back. Each module is 44HP
Each of these boards is capable of being powered on a standard 12v adapter. Each has a 2.1mm jack on the back.
When used together, all power can be jumped to power all three boards off the same 12v power source or eurorack power source."

Isla Instruments Kordbot

via this auction

"KordBot is described as a ‘music production assistant that combines a chord generator, arpeggiator and step sequencer In one unit.’ It has 32 built-in chord types including inversions for each, with another eight user-banks for storing custom chord types."

See the ISLA Instruments label below for more, including demos.

Korg Poly-61M programmable polyphonic synthesizer SN 003188

via this auction

"Korg Poly 61M with a new battery (a genuine made-in-Germany Varta NiMh). It is fully functional, all keys working, all switches responding, midi, tape interface working and factory programs loaded."

Tangible Waves AE Modular # Patch 9

Published on Jan 24, 2018 Dziam Bass

New Free State FX 5U Format FSFX 114: Digital Delay Line

via Free State FX

"Free State FX is proud to announce our new module the Digital Delay Line. The module starts it's life as an Eventide euroDDL, then your friends at Free State FX convert it to our beloved 5u format.

The euroDDL is currently backordered from Eventide, but we expect to get our first batch of modules by the end of February. It will take us 1-2 weeks to perform the conversions after the euroDDL's arrive. We expect to have the 114's ready to ship by early March."

Audulus LLC Announces Audulus 3.5: New UI & iOS 11 Files Integration

iTunes: Audulus 3 - Audulus LLC

"Audulus LLC is proud to announce the latest and most significant update to Audulus 3 yet. Audulus 3.5 integrates the fast and convenient file management provided by iOS 11’s new file browser.

With a new streamlined patch browser, you can sort patches into folders, mark your favorites, and more easily share your creations with the world.

The Module Library now arranges modules in a folder hierarchy, which makes finding modules much faster. Furthermore, you can search for modules and nodes by name, as well as drag and drop patches from iCloud storage.

On iPad, the Module Library remains open as you patch. This saves time, especially when building large patches.

Automatic highlighting, new to Audulus 3.5, simplifies understanding patches. Just select a node or group of modules, and their output wires highlight while all others dim.

Audulus 3.5 comes with an expanded library of examples accessible from the create document menu. The new examples include previews of an upcoming module library redesign. This massive expansion uses graphical symbols instead of text abbreviations for control labeling.

Audulus 3.5 has been redesigned to make it easier to release smaller updates such as adding new patches, tutorials, and modules.

And finally, Audulus now runs in portrait mode on iPhone!

A big update for 2018! Happy New Year!

- Audulus now requires iOS 11.
- We are using iOS 11's new document browser. So you can now organize your patches into folders, search, easily move patches to iCloud, etc.
- The Module Library is now organized in a hierarchy. You can search too!
- Patch metadata (tags, author, description) has been removed.
- You can drag & drop patches from the Files app.
- Select a node to highlight its connections.
- Instead of installing examples to your documents folder, you can now browse for examples when creating a new document.
- Larger example library. Including a preview of the new uModules, currently under development.
- Audulus now runs in portrait orientation on iPhone."

New MiniMon Synth Added to Novation's Groovebox for iOS

iTunes: Groovebox - Novation

"Today there’s a new member of the Groovebox synth family. MiniMon is a contemporary, cutting-edge synth for punchy bass riffs and rich detailed leads. MiniMon's powerful wavetable modulations generate a broad spectrum of inspiring sounds. The free MiniMon Essentials 1 soundpack includes 20 presets and over 100 patterns.

This version also includes the 'Pro Features Collection’ — all four Groovebox instruments in one easy-to-get bundle.

We really appreciate your feedback. If you have comments, questions or feature requests, let us know at or If you like Groovebox and have a minute to spare, please review it in the app store. You can also review the app on iPhone from within the in-app menu."

MOOG Piano Bar (Kingdom Edition 2005) sales film with David VanKoevering

Published on Jan 24, 2018 OFR

"The MOOG Piano Bar was an adaptation of a design from creator Don Buchla, who produced very few of his design before selling it to Moog for re-packaging and widespread release. The product did not sell well initially, but the Kingdom Edition was geared toward the church market and did fairly well in comparison. Here is legendary Moog salesman, Dave VanKoevering, in a promotional film made for the Kingdom distribution network."


Published on Jan 24, 2018 Møffenzeef Mødular

Start making ambient music on the microKORG

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Daniel Kastner

"In this video tutorial, I will show you how to make ambient and noise soundscapes with the Korg microKORG. These textures, drones, and noise walls can hold their own for recording or add to your overall composition."

ROLAND V-SYNTH - Ambient drone music soundscape 【SYNTH DEMO】

Published on Jan 24, 2018 synth4ever

"This Roland V-Synth ambient drone / new age / space music created via V-Synth's time stretching modulations, reverb, filter and envelope adjustments."

Steelphon S900 (Version2)- Rare Analog Synth

via this auction

Korg 770 Analog Synthesizer SN 770296

via this auction

Roland SH-01A Blue

via this auction

Roland MC-202

via this auction

MFB Dominion

via this auction

1970's Moog Minimoog Model D

via this auction, also on Reverb.

"This is the legendary Moog model D, one of the most popular analog synthesizers from the 1970's. This model D is in very good condition and overall a clean unit for its age. The only issue with this synthesizer is the third D key not working and at some point the serial number has been rub off."

Likely stolen at some point. Almost didn't post this considering, but figured it might be useful for someone out there. This crap is out there.

Access Virus TI2 Desktop

via this auction

Waldorf Q+ (Q Plus) Ruby Red Hybridsynthesizer w/ QCard

via this auction

ALESIS A6 Andromeda

via this auction

Abstrakt Avalon Synthesizer (303 clone)

via this auction

Transcendent 2000 analogue mono synth

via this auction

"Great condition both electronically and cosmetically Transcendent 2000 analogue mono synth. The build quality on this one is exceptionally high and it all works as it should and sounds glorious. Has gate and cv inputs so you can connect a MIDI to cv converter to it and play it via MIDI if you wish."

Vermona Prototype Coming to NAMM


Published on Jan 24, 2018 LESINDES

"Going deeper into the synth parameters of ANYWARE INSTRUMENTS MOODULATOR analog synthesizer. Some very strong and powerful sounds here."

The PULSCar files - #1

Published on Jan 24, 2018 Stereoping

"First track in a remix series of some songs i made in the 90ies when i still had an OSCar synthesizer. As the OSCars are as expensive as rare nowadays, i am currently trying to build a sustitude by transplanting a DIY OSCar VCF into a Waldorf Pulse, replacing it's ladder filter and interfacing the Pulse's internal control voltages. Being half PULSE, half OSCar, the project is called PULSCar. It's not yet finished but good enough to make the first video i think. Also part of the PULSCar is a derived 'Synth Programmer' in OSCar design. I hope you enjoy the song :-)"

Behringer Model D Demos by DivKidVideo

Published on Jan 24, 2018 DivKidVideo

Behringer Model D #06 - Filter
Behringer Model D #05 - Mixer, Feedback, Noise Generator & LFO Outputs
Behringer Model D #04 - Oscillator Bank
Behringer Model D #03 - Eurorack Patching Sequence & Modulation
Behringer Model D #02 - Eurorack Case Installation
Behringer Model D Jam #08 - CV Over LFO Rate & High Pass Filter
Behringer Model D Jam #07 - Chords & 3 Way Filter Modulation
Behringer Model D Jam #06 - Bassline & Drive
Behringer Model D Jam #05 - FM & Mixer Feedback
Behringer Model D Jam #04 - Filter Oscillation, Percussion and FM
Behringer Model D Jam #03 - Arpeggio Exploration
Behringer Model D Jam #02 - Bass & Acid
Behringer Model D Jam #01 - Feature Wiggle & Eurorack Modulation
Behringer Model D #01 - Features Sounds & Patches

Crackle-canvas v12.0 (2017)

Published on Jan 24, 2018 tovett

Crackle-canvas v12.0 (2017)
Tom Verbruggen

Tangerine Dream Modular Synthesizer

Published on Jan 24, 2018 Todd Murray

Based on circuit designs from Ray Wilson, Thomas Henry, Michael Barton, YuSynth, Saint Gillis, Roman Sowa &

"A small tour of the DIY Modular showing the various modules and where they are relatively located. This is used as a demonstration for the main article. Please visit
for all the details on this synthesizer and others.

This modular synthesizer has:

5 – VCOs, trackable over 7 octaves
1 – LFO
6 – VCAs
3 – VCFs
3 – Envelope Generators
1 – Ring Modulator
1 – Delayed Modulation
1 – Phase Shifter Module
1 – Wave Modification (Freaker)
1 – Sample & Hold Module
1 – Noise Module
1 – Wah Module
4 Channel Mixer, with effects routing
1 – Voltage Controlled Echo Module
2 – MIDI to CV programmable converters
1- CV & Gate Signal Expansion Module
1- Voltage Quantizer Module
1- Multi-Function Expanded Arpeggiator
2 – Variable DC power supplies."

SoundScaper V.1.9 Released

iTunes: SoundScaper - iMusicAlbum

What's New

● Added new samples.
● Added new oscillators presets.
● Added support of Audiobus 3.
● Added support of Audiobus MIDI.
● Some improvements of user interface.
● Displaying value hint when use knobs and faders.
● Faders and knobs panels closes by tap outside.
● Oscillators presets list divided by groups.
● iOS 11 optimization.
● Fixed Dropbox access.
● Fixed problem with reverb on / off option.
● Fixed problem with start on minimal output level of oscillators.
● Fixed problem with copy / paste oscillator parameters.
● Several others minor bugs have been fixed.

SoundScaper is an experimental sound mini lab for creating unusual soundscapes, atmospheric textures, drones, glitches and noises based on circuit bending principles.

With this application you can easily experiment with creating new and unusual sounds from ordinary samples. For sound designers and those interested in creating ambient or experimental electronic music, with filtering and mixing of up to three oscillators, you can create excellent soundscapes, textures and drones for your music or for movie soundtrack or entertainment apps and games. With complete MIDI control this application is very comfortable and powerful instrument to use for real-time sound creation and live improvisation.

The oscillators, based on simulating schematics of actual 8 bit lofi sound playback chips, have circuit bending like controls that are ideal for making glitches, noises, crackles and granular sounds. Combined with the filtering and spatial mixing options, you can expand these sounds to deep and atmospheric textures. Finally you can add motion and continuous changes to your sounds via low frequency oscillators which can control the filter and mixer parameters.

The "Morphing scene" option gives you ability of smooth switching between scenes, applying multifunctional filters and changing oscillators parameters during morphing process. Using these features you can add a new dimension to the existing scenes varying them in the real time.

Elektron Digitakt jam - Predate

Published on Jan 24, 2018 Play Nice

"A simple down-tempo Digitakt jam. Jamuary2018"

iOS Downbeat on a LA walkabout

Published on Jan 24, 2018 Alex Wray

"Shots: Sections of The Berlin Wall, LACMA, Urban light. Wrote and performed the song in La Brea Tar Pits. iOS Music, Korg Gadget, Patterning, Audio Bus 3 and Audio bus remote."

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