MATRIXSYNTH: Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Eml-200 in stereo

Published on Mar 11, 2018 thisoldhouz

1. "Self patched using its S+H for ‘melody’ and recorded in stereo to demonstrate the eml’s cool dual 3 channel mixers, one panned hard left and one hard right"

2. "Mosquitos in a haunted swamp"

Synth City - Patches 04 - Mutable Instruments Plaits

Published on Mar 10, 2018 Synth City

"Join your friend Patchee Z for this week's patches video.

Today we connect a vintage MalletKAT MIDI controller to 4 of the new Mutable Instruments Plaits modules. Tons of sounds are possible with the Plaits and here we only just scratch the surface!

Stop into Synth City / Rock N Roll Vintage in Chicago, IL and check it out for yourself."

Vintage Roland Revo30 SN 442830

via this auction

Just when you thought you've seen everything... This is the first Roland REVO-30 to be featured on the site. It appears to be a leslie rotary speaker effect.

From the listing:


reportedly makes speakers sound like Leslie Brand rotating speakers


P.S. To check out "new old gear" discoveries, see the corresponding label at the bottom of this post.

Nord Lead 3 Performance Synthesizer

via this auction

"The Nord Lead 3 is a incredible synthesizer. It is getting hard to find, especially in mint condition. It has perhaps the best interface of any subtractive synthesizer ever made. Each knob is surrounded by a lit rotary led collar letting you know your precise settings everywhere on the panel. Amazing sound with a five voice unison effect that does not take anything from the polyphony which has been upgraded to 24 voices. It is a joy to edit and program."

Roland TB-303 w/ Original Box & Black Gig Box

via this auction

Making a Eurorack Module Part Three: Manufacture and Assembly

Part three added here.

ARC Serge DIY Eurorack Build Guides

Published on Mar 11, 2018 ARC

Serge Audio Mixer eurorack kit build guide
Serge Dual Processor eurorack kit build guide

Abbey Road Institute: The Moog session - The synth that shaped musical history

Streamed live on Dec 1, 2017 Abbey Road Institute

"On the 1st of December we are featuring another historic instrument that shaped musical history: The MiniMoog!

How did it become such an icon?
What makes it so special?
And why does it sound so massive?!

We got you covered. Tune in on the 1st of December.

Shaping musical history:
The Minimoog was designed in response to the use of synthesizers in rock/pop music.
Jazz composer Sun Ra was the first to use a prototype of the Minimoog in his music and Keith Emerson (musician and composer) was the first musician touring with a Minimoog, demonstrating some amazing pitch-bending techniques for the first time with many keyboard players following his example afterwards. Just like the Hammond organ (as shown in our previous event) the Moog became a serious competitor to the electric guitar, making guitarist looking for eleven on their volume control as the only way to compete. Because of its fantastic and cosmic sound, it soon was embraced by the gods of the new progressive rock with bands like Yes and Emerson Lake & Palmer.

As keyboardist of Yes, Rick Wakeman said the instrument 'absolutely changed the face of music.'

Besides progressive rock, Jazz legends like Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock added the Minimoog to their arsenal, delivering devastating jazz solos and Bob Marley introduced the Minimoog when the band first played in the UK on the BBC.

After taking the progressive rock and jazz world by storm, it made its way back towards the synthesizer’s roots, in electronic pop and experimental music. One of the most well-know band using the Minimoog for this purpose was Kraftwerk on their albums Autobahn and The Man-Machine. Shortly after that, the characteristic sound of the Minimoog became an important part of the synth-pop era and inspired an entire generation of electronic musicians like Brian Eno and Ultravox.

Since then the Minimoog transformed the music landscape of every musical genre, from the R&B/Soul of Earth Wind & Fire and the most successful recorded album of all time, Thriller from Michael Jackson, till the West-Coast sound of Dr. Dré and the industrial music of Trent Reznor.

But a major transition occurred when electronic music was slightly forced back into the underground and analog synthesizer started shaping the sound of House Music, Techno and all other genres of electronic music. This is where the Minimoog found a new homebase in the hands of producers and bands like Carl Craig, 808-state, Portishead and many more leading to the iconic sound in today’s electronic music and the production of new Moog synthesizers and soundalikes.

The original Minimoog is a true classic. But what makes the sound so special?
On the 1st of December, MarcoAntonio Spaventi (music producers, mastering engineer, analog synth evangelist and Abbey Road Institute lecturer) will give a Masterclass about the Minimoog and it’s unique sound at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam. In order to share his love for the Moog, this masterclass will be live streamed through Facebook Live.

MarcoAntonio will talk about the differences between the original Minimoog Model D and the Minimoog Voyager, the unique features of both instruments and the technical aspects that makes it sound so special. But most important, you can hear them live including a jam with an hardware sequencer at the end of the session!

Next to the above mentioned synths, we will have a variety of other Moogs to explore the different sounds and flavours of Robert Moog’s legacy. With one very special model…

The Memorymoog!
Many say the Memorymoog is like having 6 Minimoogs stacked in one machine! While thats not entirely true it does sound like no other poly synth with a very specific and massive character. Just like the Minimoog, the Memorymoog gets his monumental sound due to certain imperfections of the instrument. A perfect example of finding perfection in imperfection! MarcoAntonio will explain you all about the different features that makes this synth so unique."

MTBLSM Introduces The MECHANISM Eurorack Case


"The case is aimed at musicians willing to have a compact eurorack setup they can use as an expressive instrument.

The analog tool provides the perfect set of compact utilities modules allowing you to compress your setup without sacrificing usability and complexity. It is also perfect for people entering the modular world without having to spend big bucks on the equivalent modules. The analog tool arrays includes :

2 joysticks with attenuverters on each output
3 Voltage controlled wide range LFO's (full stop to entire audio range, 1V/Oct)
1 Sample & Hold with noise output and Voltage controllable clock
2 CV Processors with attenuverters, slew limiter and offset generator and buffered dual output (CV processor 2 has two inputs)
2 VCA with logarithmic response curve and level control"

Update: see the MTBLSM below for video demos and new pics.

Key Control - MIDI Mapping for Key and Scale by Artificial Noise

Published on Mar 11, 2018 Artificial Noise

Artificial Noise are the people behind the LAB:1 Synthesizer and Cimmerian Caves.

"Artificial Noise is excited to announce, Key Control a MIDI device that maps your keyboard controller or synthesizer to a chosen Key and Scale. The white keys will play all the notes in the desired Key & Scale (removing all unused notes), while the black keys will play chords within the Key & Scale. Choose between 11 scales and all 12 keys.

Simply hook up the Key Control between your keyboard controller and your desired MIDI destination (computer, synthesizer, sequencer, etc) via standard 5-Pin MIDI DIN cables. Or put your synthesizer in "Local OFF" mode and send the MIDI out from your synth through the Key Control and back into the synth, to always play 'in key.'

With a fast and easy 2 knob interface, you can quickly dial in one of a possible 132 possible key and scale combinations and get down to making music fast and with no fuss.

In “Chromatic” mode, 127 MIDI notes are passed through unchanged, while the “Key” knob will transpose the incoming MIDI notes up to 11 semi-tones.

MIDI notes are changed depending on the Key & Scale chosen, but all other MIDI data passes through unchanged, with low latency and fast operation.

Great for musicians just starting out or for bands & songwriters who would like to add some keys to their songs.

Compact but tough aluminum case. Ships with 9v power supply.

For more information and how to order see:"

Endorphines Shuttle Cameos

Published on Mar 11, 2018 Todd Barton

"4 different short explorations with the Endorphines Shuttle System"

Macbeth Elements Videos by VGU39

VENUS from VGU39 on Vimeo.

Improvisation with Macbeth "Elements" synthetizer - reverb and delay: Eventide "H9"

BLOW from VGU39 on Vimeo.

Improvisation with Macbeth "Elements"

© 2018 VGU39

VENUS from VGU39 on Vimeo.

Improvisation with Macbeth "Elements" synthetizer - reverb and delay: Eventide "H9"

Classic 808 Tracks Using TR-08 - Cybotron - Clear

Published on Mar 11, 2018 chisel316

Love that he pointed out what we are hearing at the start. Some Kraftwerk in there.

"In the 4th video of my Classic 808 Tracks series, I cover another classic - Cybotron's Clear. Hope you enjoy it!

Gear used:

Roland Boutiques
TR-08 - Drums
JU-06 - Sub Bass
SE-02 - Res Bass
JP-08 - Pad
JX-03 - Arp

Yamaha Reface DX - Synth Strings
MFB Kraftzwerg - Sweep
Intellijel Korgasmatron - Final Sweep

Social Entropy Engine - MIDI Controller
Korg MicroKEY Air - MIDI Keyboard Controller
Novation Launch Control XL x2 - MIDI Mixer Controller

iPad Mini 4
Kymatica AUM - Mixer
Audio Damage Dubstation - Slapback Delay
AltiSpace - Convolution Reverb

Recorded directly using Zoom Q2n"

Oberheim TVS Pro Patched w/ Cables

via this auction

Thought this was a cool shot as you rarely see them patched.

Unique Lego Cased Midibox MB-6582 SID Synthesizer w/ R2-D2s

via this auction

"This is a rare chance to get a MB6582 SID chip Synthesizer.

The MB6582 is an extraordinary DIY synthesizer based on SID chips known from the famous C64. More infos here:

The synth was assembled by me, works perfectly and is in a very good condition! It is a very unique *Lego Edition* - only one of it's kind!

Case and potentiometer knobs are made of Lego (suitable for SIDchip sound)
The display is in 'rusty-orange' and matches the orange flat-top LEDs.
This MB6582 is also expanded with a custom active mixer circuit (+/-12V supply). It has a main L/R out, volume-pot for each engine and a Stereo/Mono switch for each engine.
Single outputs are switched, i. e. if a single output is connected to a jack, the signal is not routed to the mixer (can be changed internally)
Following chips are built in at the moment:

4 SID 6582 (1x stereo engine and 2x mono engine at the moment)
3 cores (4th core included)
The MB6582 can be expanded to 4 stereo engines by adding another 4 SID chips (SID 6581 / 6582 / 8580 - beware 6581 needs different voltage set by jumpers internally). In stereo mode 2 SID chips are used for L/R channels seperately to generate more space! i.e. by controlling filter cutoff seperately for L/R channels.
This MB6582 requires a power supply which supplies +12v/+5V/-12V/GND. I built my own specific power supply around a MeanWell RPT-60/100kHz, it can operate from 90-264VAC.

Since I am not an electrician I have to ship my power supply dissassembled and buyer must reassemble it at his own risk! (it's a very easy process!)"

Vermona Performer mk1 2011 Silver

via this auction

"Classic perfourmer midi version, great synth. Very good condition. Vermona wooden sides included."

ARP Odyssey 2800 Vintage 1975

via this auction

Custom Maple Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 Keyboard Synth

via this auction

"This is a gorgeous example of a vintage Sequential Circuits Prophet 5. This unit has been upgraded in beautiful maple wood all around, has had a spring loaded pitch wheel with LED backlit/colored mod/pitch controls (user definable). Originally a ver 3.2 manufactured between September 15 and 23 of 1982, this keyboard was upgraded with Sequential factory MIDI and had it’s memory upgraded to 120 programs, effectively making this a rev 3.3. The Midi jacks are located where the digital/analog DINs are on the back panel, so as not to damage the unit.

On the technical side, this keyboard has had it’s power supply recapped, has been fully calibrated, has had it’s tantalums replaced, the keyboard bushings replaced (it plays like a brand new keyboard -better even than many...), and has been thoroughly gone over ever inch to assure it is in tip-top shape. Currently, it plays perfectly..."

BIAS EXD Rockaku-kun Vintage Analog Drum Synth

via this auction

"BIAS EXD Rockaku-kun (means "Mr.Hexagon" in japanese)
made by BIAS (Ishibashi music store) in '80s Japan
very rare Japanese Simmons Clone Analog Drum Synthesizer Module
i'ts very hard to find even in Japan nowadays
very fat and wild analog synth sound!

EXD has 5 sound slots, so you can use 5 different sounds in same time
play with trigger drum pad or trigger signal from drum machine or modular synthesizer
all 5 slot has each own trigger input & audio output for individual mix and effect use

EXD has stereo output for internal stereo mix( and also has individual output)

EXD's sound is very fat and wild! I recommends it for EDM,techno,noise,experimental music etc.."

Oberheim Two Voice TVS Pro

via this auction

"Absolutely as new. With both boxes, manual, etc.

Legendary SEM tones, twin sequencers with song mode, patch panel for extra modulation routing and hooking up to your modular setup. Keyboard with MIDI In/Out, velocity and aftertouch."


via this auction

"Legendary EDP Wasp by Chris Huggett, quirky looking toy like synth but a serious piece of kit, capable of rip roaring synth lines, fat bass...just straight up dirty with so much character. Great for all types of Electronic music."

The World's Second Most Dangerous Synth - #1

Published on Mar 11, 2018 noddyspuncture

"The World's Second Most Dangerous Synth - with Q960 sequencer..."

Ensoniq ESQ-M : The first day

Published on Mar 11, 2018 Masaki Takada

"There is no effect for the first minute, after that Chorus (D16 Syntorus), Phaser (D16 Fazortan), Reverb (Eventide Blackhole) are added.
Have fun :)"

AMSynths AM8400 Jupiter-4 VCO Clone Waveforms

AM8400DemoMovie Published on Mar 11, 2018 AMSynths

"Quick demo of the various wave shapes from my Jupiter VCO clone, note the sawtooth waveform, is composed of curved steps."

via AMSynths:

"This is replica of the VCO in the Roland Jupiter 4, their first polyphonic synthesizer introduced in 1978. The original VCO is a unique design based around a 555 timer and a CMOS divider chip, which was not seen in any other synthesizer. The Jupiter 4 is famous for its powerful sounds and efficient controls. The constraints of microprocessors in 1978 mean there were only 16 sliders that could be memorised, which limited the functionality of the VCO to 4 octave range and 3 waveforms.

This VCO is the sound of early Human League and Depeche Mode albums.

Detailed Description

The AMSynths circuit is very close to the original except for a new Tempco based matched transistor pair rather than the obsolete heated uA726 chip, as the exponential generator and variable slider controlled Pulse Width rather than a 4-way switch.

The waveform shapes are created from the 555 timer which generates square waves that are divided down for the lower ranges. These square waves are used for the square wave output and are perfect and stable 50/50%. They are also approximated into a sawtooth which has as many steps as the range (16′ has 16 steps, 2′ has just 2 steps). The sawtooth wave is therefore not perfect and is made up of steps, this creates a different sonic shape as you change octave. The pulse width wave is created from the sawtooth rather than the square wave, and therefore has some variability in width, rather than being totally stable. Adjusting pulse width is effectively quantised by the sawtooth steps and jumps from one setting to the next rather than being smooth.

Guests - Digitakt Ambient recorded to cassette

Published on Mar 11, 2018 Jogging House

"Check out my new album 'From':

Here is a loose & loopy ambient jam, made with the Elektron Digitakt and recorded straight to cassette.

Samples used are simple drone and pluck sounds from the Mangrove and Rings Eurorack modules and a Korg Wavestation. Shaped, sequenced and resampled within the Digitakt.

The video goes in and out of sync due to tape warble, nothing I can do about that. Hope you still enjoy it."

Best Sequencer and Sampler? LIVE vs OCTATRACK vs RYTM

Published on Mar 11, 2018 Carl Mikael's Cabinet of Curiosities

"The eternal long standing question on what tool is best, most fun and efficient for making music with samples. Is it: the Elektron Octatrack, Ableton Live or Elektron Rytm?

This video concludes my research and leaves some empiricism and data for you to draw your own conclusions.

The method has been to travel to a tropical island to gather found sounds and samples using a Zoom H6. These sounds have been objectively prepared to fit for the three given tools. A common score of 16 bars has been written to be followed when composing for the different instruments. By analyzing the different workflows using the three tools, conclusions has been made for where each one shines.

T-shirts and stuff:
All Patreon rewards:"

New Order on the Volca Sample

Published on Mar 11, 2018 Retrokits

"This video uses Seq24 and RK-002 to play New Orders' Blue Monday on a Korg Volca Sample.

This ultimately weird looking RaspberryPi 3 is running Seq24 to send out MIDI via our serial port driver to the connected RK-004.

More info on the RPi serial MIDI driver can be found here:

The RK-002 does real-time MIDI processing so you can use note velocity, chromatically play multiple channels on the Volca Sample and still keep a few sample channels available for drum triggering.

The RK-002 Play modes on the Volca Sample firmware (v58+) can be found here:"

Modular Ambient ~::~ Outside the Village, Near the River

Published on Mar 11, 2018 Mike Thomas

"Putting all my cases to use at once. It was ironically hard to get started since everything together was a bit overwhelming.

Production Notes
Recorded direct from Sputnik 6 channel mixer to Sony PCMD50.
Camera #1: Sony A7II mounting adapted Zeiss C Sonnar f/1.5
Camera #2: Sony A6000 mounting Sony/Zeiss 55mm f/1.8"


Video Patch Notes ~::~ Outside the Village, Near the River

Published on Mar 13, 2018 Mike Thomas

"Bill in the Woods" Synth sequence jam

Published on Mar 11, 2018 Ludwig Kopp

"'Bill is in the woods and got lost in a repetitive sequence. Will he ever find back out?'

Little analog synth jam with:
- Dreadbox Erebus
- Arturia Beatstep
- Akai Rhythm Wolf

Thanks for checking this out.
if you like it, Feel free to like and subscribe
if you don't.... don't tell anyone."

The nuclear option - System 55, Peak, Digitakt, Digitone, Analog Four MKII

Published on Mar 11, 2018 Ehsan Gelsi


How To Make Your Own Drum Sequencer DIY The BIG BUTTON

Published on Mar 11, 2018 LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

"How to make a BIG BUTTON DIY Arduino based drum trigger sequencer. Layout, Code and the list of components is available :-"

Check out the Furby organ synth here, and check out the synth bike via the synth bikes label directly below.

If you want this big button i'm giving it away on my Patreon :-
Patreon :-"

impOSCar2 ARP

Published on Mar 11, 2018 PXE02321

Access Virus TI Demo 2

Published on Mar 10, 2018 MIDERA

"Access Virus TI Polar sound demo #2"

Demo 1 here.

Patch n Tweak

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