MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

No, That's My Fern. - OB-6 and Circuit Jam

Published on Feb 13, 2018 tarekith

"Quick improv with the lovely Dave Smith OB-6, and the ever functional Novation Circuit."

Live performance with VOLCA-MIX and Tony Horgan - The VOLCA-Expert!

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Korg

"Tony puts VOLCA-MIX through its paces in a live performance with VOLCA-SAMPLE, KICK and KEYS. KAOSSPADQUAD providing delay through the VOLA-MIX’s aux. Apart from the patterns made by Tony, the entire video was performed live with no overdubs or multi-tracking."

Microvolt 3900 Introduction Video & Official Press Release

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers

"A brief tour of the Microvolt 3900. A modern, semi-modular synthesizer inspired by the instruments designed by our heroes. The Pittsburgh Modular Microvolt 3900 takes a new approach to building a raw, analog monosynth with a host of unconventional and inspirational features. Patch cables optional."

Update: And the official press release:

"Pittsburgh pens love letter to the analogue monosynth with Microvolt 3900 desktop delight

PITTSBURGH, PA, USA: having turned heads and opened ears at The 2018 NAMM Show last month in Anaheim, CA, electronic instruments-maker Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers is proud to announce that it is taking preorders on its Microvolt 3900 — duly destined to delight desktop synthesizer supporters anywhere as a modern, semi-modular synthesizer inspired by the instruments designed by the company’s heroes, though taking a new approach to building a contemporary analogue monosynth with a host of innovative and unconventional features that makes it stand out from the sound of the crowd — as of February 14…

Thanks to Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers’ new temperature-stabilised, dual-VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier) oscillator core, the analogue audio engine of the Microvolt 3900 feeds a set of timbral wave-shapers carefully crafted for deep harmonic shaping, allowing a layer of additive synthesis alongside the classic synthesis waveforms. Waveforms are fed into the binary filter, a custom state-variable filter architecture allowing for near-infinite resonance — with or without self- oscillation. Sonically speaking, this creates a juicy, fluid filter, adding depth and energy to the oscillator that can capably scream on demand!

AudioKit Pro FM Player | 80s Hybrid Sound patch (iPad iOS synthesizer app)

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Whentherushcomes

"Playing the AudioKit Pro FM Player '80s Hybrid Sound' patch, using the Yamaha Reface CS as a midi controller.

More info on this great free app:

iOS App Store link:"

Plexis - Colors (Moog Sub 37 & Volca Bass & PO-12)

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Plexis

"Long time no see, but I'm back with another little jam :)
Next month I will buy the Novation Peak, can't wait to play with this little beast!"

Rheyne - Sequenced Jam #69 (Live Modular Synth Performance)

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Rheyne

"Recorded in one take with sounds from a Make Noise Morphagene (playing a reel of Fender Rhodes sounds), Noise Engineering LIP, Moog DFAM, and a Make Noise DPO. Sequenced with a Winter Modular Eloquencer. Reverb is from a Strymon BigSky."

Clavia Nord Rack 2X Synthesizer

via this auction


Harmonized from Jochen Bohnes on Vimeo.

"Finally, I've reached the 70s (again!).

5 oscillators, 2 as an octave for "melody", in between 3 harmonic tones. I've written a 5 octave harmonization of 12 tones, every octave different - done with Max/MSP.

For a slight detune I used a wrong calibration curve with one of the two melody oscillators."

Zero Gravity

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Miguel d'Oliveira

1 patch improv on an OB-6
reverb from a Lexicon model 200
No other FX used - OB6 has its own CHORUS [on] throughout and I switch the native Ring Modulator [on] around 3:15

includes footage of a gasometer that I shot in south east London

Zoom MS-70CDR - 50 Synth Presets

Published on Feb 13, 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."

NAMM 2018: Delptronics, Pittsburgh Modular, Catalyst Audio, Malekko, KOMA, 2hp [Episode 39]

Published on Feb 13, 2018 CatSynth TV

"Odds and ends from the synthesizer corner of NAMM 2018 😺

Delptronics ThereMorph

Pittsburgh Modular Microvolt 3900

Catalyst Audio "Buchla 100" series

Malekko Heavy Industry MANTHER

KOMA Elektronik (including Field Kit)

2hp Modules"

Sequential Circuits Six-Trak SN 004804

via this auction

Analogue Solutions Oberkorn

via this auction

Kilpatrick Audio Carbon

via this auction

Korg MONOTRON-DELAY Analog Ribbon Synth

via this auction

The pouch threw me off for a sec. :) Don't know if I've seen one before. Did they come with them new or is it an aftermarket thing? It also made me realize something: we need synth wallets! Wallets with synth prints on them.

Kiwi8p vs MKS 50

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Joakim Floke

"Short video demoing the MKS-50 and a Kiwi modded JX8P. Main thing was to show the snappier envelopes of the Kiwi8P and also to show how the bas frequencies are compared too each other. The video ends with a short multitrack homage to show that these are able to do classic analog sounds.."

Behringer DeepMind - Let's Build a... Bass!

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Oscillator Sink

"Here's the second episode in our series exploring patch creation on the mighty Behringer DeepMind. Today we take a look at a bass patch, discuss how important pulse-width is when layering square-waves and discover that basses often sound great as arpeggios in the upper registers!"

New Synth Evolution T-Shirts, Hoodies, Posters & Mugs

Check them out at Synth Evolution. There are a few different styles including black, white, and grey, and sizes for both male and female. You might remember the synth graphic from the poster posted back in November. Since then, a few more esoteric synths have been added, including the JWM Thunderchild, the Jeremy Lord Skywave, and a few Multivox machines. The poster is still available as well.

CONTROL Demystifying Maths 101 Set for February 23 in New York


"Control is pleased to present "Demystifying Maths 101," an introductory intensive on the Make Noise Maths lead by Martin Doudoroff.Are you baffled by or afraid of Maths? Is Maths just sitting in your rack, neglected? Or are you just curious what the fuss is about? We’ll straighten all that out for you in this introductory workshop on one of the most versatile tools in Eurorack. Choose Session A (5-6:30pm) or Session B (6:30-8pm). Feel free to B.Y.O. Maths, but it is not required. The class will look at the basic topology and functionality of Maths with a focus on: simply understanding/demystifying the discrete components of Maths; bread-and-butter usage (envelopes, slew, mixing/attenuation/offset); and if time allows, getting into some Serge-style patch programming.The class will take place on Friday, February 23rd at Control, Brooklyn, NY. Please choose one of the two sessions A or B. Due to the desire to keep this workshop seminar-like in nature, seating is limited. For this reason, you will be asked to pay a refundable $5 deposit in order to reserve a seat. The charge will be refunded upon arrival. No refunds will be issued for no-shows."

"Symptoms" Synth-tones analogue sequence jam

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Ludwig Kopp

"Dreadbox Erebus goes into the next round with Arturia Beatstep and Akai Rhythm Wolf in an all analogue sequencing.
Thanks or watching!"

Trip seeing the Erebus in orange. Camera trickery of course.

Elektron Digitone FM Synth & Sequencer

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Perfect Circuit Audio

"The Elektron Digitone is an 8 voice FM synthesizer which also includes wave shaping and multimode filters. It has 4 powerful sequencer tracks and 4 more midi sequencing tracks for controlling external synths. In this video all of the sounds come for the Digitone.

Available here:"


Supporters of MATRIXSYNTH get %10 off at Perfect Circuit Audio!

♫ The Beatles play with the Moog Synthesizer, 1969

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Elena the Beatles photos

"📷 The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr) play with the Moog Synthesizer, 1969
8th August 1969 | Playing with the Moog synthesizer during the recording of Abbey Road at the EMI Studios. Bought & brought by George Harrison to the sessions, it was set up by Mike Vickers & used on four songs of the album: Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, I Want You (She’s So Heavy), Here Comes The Sun and Because.
0:23 Here are the Beatles and supporting cast working with the Moog Synthesizer that George acquired recently. Left tu right: Paul, looking thoughtiful, Phil, Geoffrey Emerick, Ringo, George Martin, Micke Vickers, George Harrison and behind him, two other recording engineers from George Martin's company, AIR.
1:30 George Harrison, John Lennon and Mal Evans in the recording studio during session for their Abbey Road LP"

Korg MS20 | Science Fiction

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Alex Ball

You need to be careful triggering that secret patch setting at :22 in.

"I've been after a classic 70s synth for a while and kept returning to the sound of the Korg MS20. This synth has been through various versions and reissues, but this is the original from 1978 (with the type 35 filter for the nerds). I couldn't believe my luck when one came up for sale two miles away.

It's a completely different sound to my 80s synths (the reason I picked one up). You can overdrive the filters incredibly easily and it has a very fuzzy sound. It's probably most famous for the main riff in Daft Punks "Da Punk".

It's also semi-modular and there's loads and loads of patching possibilities. If that wasn't enough, you can also run instruments or vocals through it and process them, although I'll get into that in another video probably, once I've learned how to harness it!

For now, here's a spot of Tangerine Dream meets Rush meets Genesis using the raw sound of th MS20. This is the first thing that came out when I started jamming with it!

Korg MS20 sequenced with SQ-1
Roland JX-3P (not seen in the video) doubling the sequence in stereo in the background.

Electric Guitars: Ibanez JEM 7DBK, Squier Jagmaster, Ibanez Tubescreamer, Boss CE-2 Chorus, Fender Blues Junior II, Mic'd with an SM57
Acoustic: Alvarez Baritone, mic'd with an AKG C414 (as seen)
Bass: (not seen in the video, but it's there) Fender Jazz Bass, Orange OB1-300, DXX 266Xl Compressor

GForce Software MTron Pro
Past to future drums (two kits, one take panned left, the other right - 70s style!)
Sound Dust Hammr Growler

Plug-ins: Goodhertz Vulf Compressor, various Waves and Izotope plugins, Past to future reverb impulses"

New Behringer Neutron Testing Video

Third video added to the playlist here.

Roland Keyboards Vol.6 vintage brochure from 1985 feat. JX, Jupiter, Juno etc

via this auction

"This is an original "Roland Keyboards Vol.6" brochure from 1985 with many famous models of the time described in detail with full colour photos including the JX-8P, JX-3P, Jupiter 8, Jupiter 6, Juno 106, SH-101, MC-202, MC-4 and System 100M. 16 A4 pages printed in Japan and in excellent condition as you can see in the photos."

Samplebot 1.1 Released

Published on Feb 12, 2018 ATastyPixel

"Samplebot is a sampler, clip launcher and sequencer app all rolled into one. Version 1.1 introduces sophisticated media management, speed and pitch controls, and support for Ableton Link synchronisation."

iTunes: Samplebot - A Tasty Pixel

What's New

Feb 12, 2018 Version 1.1
1. Now you can import audio from iCloud, Dropbox and other cloud services, from the Clipboard, or from your music library - and you can manage your sounds from right within Samplebot.
2. Adjust the playback speed and pitch of your tracks from the track editor, and export your track audio for use elsewhere.
3. Sync with other apps using Ableton Link. Great for use with Audiobus!

Have fun!


Published on Feb 11, 2018 LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

"THE #FURBY ORGAN! tooooo many hours were spent on this project haa"

Furby Organ Vlog #2 - Building It

This one in via AHC.

Also see How to sync a circuit bent furby to a synth.

NAMM NUGGETS - Malekko w/ Baseck (NAMM 2018)

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Noir Et Blanc Vie

"Just a short little sample I shot with Baseck performing on a bunch of new Malekko modules at NAMM 2018. He is a dope dude, plus I can hang with him at Perfect Circuit, he cool lol"

Halitosis Disc

Published on Feb 12, 2018 Miles Briand

Serge Modular Synth Chaotic Ping Feedback #TTNM

Published on Feb 12, 2018 The Tuesday Night Machines

"This is a chaotic filter ping patch, based around the Infinite Melody module, which modulates everything and receives the whole system's audio output to create an unstable feedback loop. MORE INFO BELOW :)


PixelNoises Synth T-Shirts by The Tuesday Night Machines:


Audio gear used:
Best of CGS Serge BOG + MARSH
... and some Final Cut Pro X Reverb

Patch Notes:
Phew ... well ... okay, let's try to write that down. The DUSGs and one NCO ping the filter, one Utility LFO plays a constant drone through a modulated Wave Folder. Everything is mixed and sent to the VCF. The LPF output is recorded and the BPF output is acting as noise source for the Infinite Melody, which modulates pretty much everything, including the NCOs pitch. The NCOs act as Clock and Advance trigger sources for the IM. Because the Infinity Melody shit registers need to be constantly filled sequentially using the Advance triggers, weird rhythms can happen when you play with the Clock and Advance speeds (here my NCO square outputs). The Feedback from the BPF output into the Infinite Melody's Noise input then creates chaotic patterns that can be somewhat stable but then break out at the tiniest nudge of a knob."

Man Teaches His Grandma How To Play Synthesizer

Published on Feb 13, 2018 DistractifyYT

"A great video has emerged from Australia of a grandma experiencing the thrill of playing a synthesizer for the first time.

The video, captured by a Queensland resident on Monday, shows the woman’s amazement as her grandson teachers her to create a wide range of audio effects on the instrument.

Starting off tentatively, she becomes progressively more engaged with the device, switching between the different modulation effects to create a modern techno sound."

With a Novation Bass Station II.

Synthchaser #094 - Roland MC-8 MicroComposer Vintage Sequencer Repair

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Synth Chaser

"I couldn't pass up the opportunity to repair this rare and interesting early sequencer made by Roland. Very few of them were made and even fewer still exist today. But there's no service manual or schematics!

So we have a look around inside and see what makes it tick, and I show you an approach I use for tracking down problems I don't know I'm looking for. And after it's fixed we take a peek at it in action. It's hugely different from other sequencers of its time.

Parts, service and synthesizers available on my website."

Tones of The Behrigner model D (by synthpro)

Published on Feb 13, 2018 synthpro


via this auction

"LELL UDS is a compact analog electronic drums\percussion synth module like SIMMONS, FORMANTA UDS (ROKTON), ELSITA or similar. It can be used as a supplement to the standard drum module to get synthesized sounds with the possibility to change sound parameters on fly. Good for use in any kinds of music & modern/experimental percussions. Except for the pads the module can also be triggered by any other audio signal - synthesizer, CV gate, drum machine or virtual instrument, analog output e.t.c.

It has 2 independent channels with powerfull parameters of synthesis (24 knobs) such as - GAIN, TONE PITCH, TONE ATTACK,TONE RELEASE, ENVELOPE SPACE, NOISE FILTER, NOISE ATTACK, NOISE RELEASE, NOISE TONE, ACCENT (CLICK), MIX TONE-NOISE, LEVEL etc. There is also a sensitivity level, a ballance between noise & tone, a master level."


via this auction

""MARSH UDS". It is a powerfull 6 channel analog drum synthesizer, produced in the USSR in 1980s. It has 6 identical channels (which can be used & edited freely). On every channel you can change: trigger signal sensitivity, base tone pitch, HF or LF, glissando, noise/tone ballance, noise decay, resonance, channel's volume. Each channel has trigger Input on a standart 1/4 mono Jack for 6 pads. It can be triggered from any drum pads like classic Simmons or modern Roland\Yamaha or any audio source - line outs of the drum machine or soundcard or CV Gate etc. The module has two stereo Outputs (1/4 Jack) ballanced & unballanced and one mono Headphone Output (1/4 Jack). This is an armoured antitank piece of gear and the sound it produces is very unique! Can synthesize huge pallete of sounds - from modern punchy BD & SD to classic 808 or 909 subs or claps e.t.c.."


via this auction

"FORMANTA EMS-01 is an electronical music instrument combining a polyphonic organ and a monophonic synthesizer. It was produced by Katchkanar radio equipment factory "Formanta", which is the manufacturer of such well-known makes of synthesizers as Polivoks, Formanta, Maestro etc. It bears the same logo on the package and retains some of its most impressive capabilities. It is designed to perform music of all genres and to create various sound effects while recording soundtracks for movies and plays, or studio recording. The organ has a 5-octave keyboard, 6 preset sound timbres, frequency vibrato with adjustable vibrato delay, decay adjustment and a stereophaser (both for organ and synthesizer). The "vibrato delay" scheme is activated again only after all the previously pressed keys are released. In the "legato" mode the "vibrato delay" scheme is not activated.

Synthesizer has:
- 3-octave keyboard;
- modulator, modulation voltage from which is applied to frequency modulator, width modulator, filter, and amplifier;
- broad band oscillators 1 and 2 (with various waveforms);
- mixer, designed for summation of signals from oscillators 1 and 2, noise generator, external source, and ring modulator;
- filter, designed for dynamic and static changing of the spectrum of summarized signal from mixer output;
- amplifier, designed for making the sound corresponding to various parameters of the envelope;

Organ has:
- 5-octave keyboard;
- 6 Waveforms;
- Freq vibrato with- Rate, Depth and Delay
- Stereo Phaser (For both organ and synth) with rez level
- Sustain level"

Original Nord Lead Virtual Analog Synthesizer SN 512981

via this auction

"If you are wanting an awesome synth that sounds warm, bassy, brassy, shrill, chilly, searing, cutting, rhythmic, atmospheric, or really anything. This baby can do it all. Its sounds super fat, but is super light so its perfect for gigging as well as a mainstay in your studio."

An interesting side note is that these came with the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 presets as part of it's factory patch banks. It's not as organic or warm sounding, but then a Prophet-5 can't really cover everything a Nord Lead can. Both are great synths. The Nord Lead has a ton of character. I will never sell mine.

MODE MACHINES SID 2014 Beige 8-Bit Desktop Synthesizer SN 308204-142

via this auction

Braintec Transistorbass 3 TB-303 Clone & More

via this auction

- one of the best TB-303 Clones ever built
- designed by genius Stefan Schmidt of Schmidt Synthesizer
- only 400 unit were built
- handmade in Germany
- works perfectly
- manual included
- power supply included
- one year warranty
- worldwide shipping

social entropy engine sequencer with CV expansion

via this auction

TEM mini Sound Patches & TEM mini vs DSI Mopho & Arturia MicroBrute

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Jan Zatloukal

Follow-up to this post.

TEM mini is 100% analog synth with two oscillators and 24dB low-pass filter inspired by MiniMOOG. There are lot of settings posibilities. Made by experienced synth maker in Czech Republic. There are some sound patches. Parameters and price are below patches list.


0:06 - Bass Plug
0:31 - Acid Bass
0:56 - Bass Taurus


1:21 - Japan Flute
1:46 - Brassinski
2:11 - Question Lead
2:36 - Pulsar
3:01 - Arcade Gamer


3:26 - Kick (with Compression & EQ)
3:51 - Snare (with Compression & EQ)

TEM mini vs DSI Mopho & Arturia MicroBrute

Published on Feb 13, 2018

0:08 - Mopho
0:40 - TEM mini
1:12 - MicroBrute

1:42 - Mopho
2:17 - TEM mini
2:39 - MicroBrute

3:02 - Mopho
3:36 - TEM mini
4:01 - MicroBrute

4:35 - Mopho
5:08 - TEM mini
5:39 - MicroBrute

Mode Machines OMF-1 (Oakley Moog Filter ) Bass & Lead demo (no talking)

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Dziam Bass

"Mode Machines OMF-1 (Oakley Moog Filter ) Bass & Lead demo.
this video shows how OMF-1 filters the plug-out on sound Bass and Lead.
OMF-1 is an analog filter inspired by the sound from the 60s developed by Dr.Moog
Mode Machines reverberated this sound and put it in its analog 1U rack."

Peter Van Hoesen reviews the Behringer Model D (EB.TV Review)

Published on Feb 13, 2018 Telekom Electronic Beats

"Techno stalwart Peter Van Hoesen puts the new Behringer Model D Analog Synthesizer through its paces for Telekom Electronic Beats TV and It’s one of the most talked about synths to arrive in recent months, but can it live up to its reputation as an affordable alternative to the legendary Minimoog synthesizer? Van Hoesen gives us the lowdown."

Byron The Aquarius shows how to get more funk out of your synth

Published on Feb 13, 2018 FACTmagazine

"Funkadelic keys in a flash.

Byron The Aquarius is a master of Roland’s classic Juno-106 synth, as he proved on his recent Against The Clock episode. After he finished the challenge, we asked him for his tips on using the instrument – specifically how he gets his keys sounding so funky.

The solution to getting Funkadelic-style sounds with any synth – not just the Juno-106 – as Byron explains, is a lot easier than you might think. See how he does it above and revisit his Against the Clock here."

Swinging open an Oberheim OB-X voice tray

Published on Feb 12, 2018 Synthead

Note you have to be careful the hinges are aligned properly. They are screwed in and can be misaligned resulting in damage to them when you to lift the panel.

Patch n Tweak

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