MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

E-mu Emulator Sampling

Published on Mar 12, 2018 SynthMania

"Sampling the old school way"

New Order's Blue Monday

Behind the Scenes on Steinberg's HALion - An Interview with Head Developer Michael Ruf

Supporting MATRIXSYNTH member, Synthmorph, wrote in to let us know they have an interview up with Michael Ruf, the head developer of HALion. You can find the full interview here.

A short excerpt on the beginning of HALion:

"Since I joined Steinberg only in 2007, I cannot really tell you much about the development before that time, but when we set up the new HALion team in 2007, we were completely aware that the existing code basis had evolved over quite a long time and had come to a point where it was rather difficult to keep up with new technologies like the transition to 64-bit computing. So, the decision was made to develop the whole HALion engine from the ground up, allowing us to create a really modern, modular and flexible engine as the foundation for our future instrument line."

AI Synthesis Releases AI004 OTA Filter MS-20 Clone

See the video posted here.

"Portland, OR, USA March 12, 2018 – AI Synthesis has released its fourth module, the AI004 OTA Filter, a loving tribute to the late MS-20 filter design. Following the tradition of the first three eurorack modules, the AI001 Multiple,AI002 Mixer, and AI003 Looping ADSR, the module has a full how-to build guide, and is available as a fully built module, full kit, as a PCB and Panel set, and as PCB only. Unlike some DIY companies that focus solely on providing kits, AI Synthesis has an educational mission and our kits and documentation are aimed at those who have never held a soldering iron. PCBS are professionally manufactured, and all panels are aluminum and designed by Grayscale.

'In the year 2000, I was in college and obsessed with modular synths, but could barely afford to eat. I knew it was possible to build your own synth, but there wasn’t anyone, or anywhere to turn to for advice. In the past decade, much more information has been published online, and in 2013 I started down my path to DIY modular. Even with all of the information online, there still lacked a single, simple, comprehensive guide for those looking to build their own synthesizer. I want AI Synthesis to be that guide. Prior to building my own synth, I was a dreamer, after building my modular, I felt I had awoken. I want to help others do the same.'
-Abraham Ingle
Founder, AI Synthesis

In addition to providing step by step build instructions, schematics, and circuit explanations, the site also includes a guide for getting started in modular synthesis, and a series of DIY Guides, with information regarding how Resistors actually work, and how to integrate a $26 scope into your Eurorack system.

Upcoming kits include filters, oscillators, and VCAs, all with the same painstaking quality, support, and resources. Users can purchase modules and kits at,,,, and, with more retailers soon to come."


LELL Clapper | Hand Clapper pedal |Demo by Factorysounds

via this auction


The knobs: Timbre, Hall (Sustain), Sensitivity

Output: TRS 1\4 "jack" connector

Power source: 9v Power adapter or 9v bar battery

Dimensions: 12x8.5x6 cm (4.7x3.3x2.4 in)"

Roland Jupiter 6 w/ Europa Upgrade

via this auction

Drax Response Jam Clips

Published on Mar 12, 2018

"Jamming at Thomas Heckmann’s studio for our Drax Response release"


Some major synth spotting in these. Check out the wall of Roland System 100m.

DAF-style crossover acid with Deluge, Moog Sub Phatty, MBase 11, 303 etc

Published on Mar 12, 2018 Shimanski Beats

"Trying out the new 1.4 firmware of the Deluge with the new note probability & iteration dependence functions which I consider a real blessing! This song consists of only one 1-bar-pattern but several tracks contain some conditional notes and notes with 1/x iterations which make the whole thing sound like longer patterns or complex pattern chains.

Furthermore, this is the first time I use my recently acquired Jomox MBase 11 in a live jam. Damn this thing has analog power.

Instruments used:
Jomox MBase 11: Bass drum
Synthstrom Audible Deluge (additional drums; hardware sequencer)
Moog Subphatty: Lead bassline
Cyclone Analogic Bassbot TT-303: acid line 1 (through TC Dark Matter and TC Vintage Delay X4)
MAM MB33 Retro: acid line 2
Waldorf Streichfett: strings

external effects: Lexicon MX200 (chorus & delay), TC M350 (delay), TC M-One XL (reverb)

If you like this music, please give a thumbs up, leave or comment and/or subscribe.


(c) Shimanski Beats 2018"

The Digitone Experience

Published on Mar 12, 2018 MrDataline

"Download the 4-track EP and Sysex file used in this session for your own Digitone.
16 Patterns (4 of them from the EP) and 32 Sounds.
The download comes with a set of instructions on how to transfer the Sysex data on to your Digitone."

Dave Smith Instruments In The Spotlight With the REV2 and Cypriot Pianist Nicolas Melis

You can find the full interview on DSI's website here.

"Cypriot Pianist Nicolas Melis enjoys an international career performing as a concert soloist as well as a keyboardist. At a young age, he represented Cyprus at the international music festival Steinway for Young Pianists in Hamburg, Germany. A graduate of the University of Music and Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy,” Melis, who has studied Piano Performance in Classical music and Contemporary Improvisation, has won numerous competition awards both at a national and international level including the 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition for young musicians of H.O.N in Athens, Greece and a special prize at the 1st international piano competition of E.P.T.A. in Zagreb, Croatia amongst others.

He is a founding member of Cyprus’ leading blues band, The Zilla Project, who released their first album This One’s for the President in 2014. The band has successfully collaborated with a number of international artists including Adam Levy (USA), Bex Marhsall (UK), Gil Edwards (N0R), The Blues Wire (GR), and Panos Mouzourakis (GR). After having toured Greece in 2016 they perfomed at the Palais Des Natios in Geneva, Switzerland and enthused their audience with three more performances in the city. The band has also performed in London and headlined the August Full Moon festival in Crete.

Recently Melis collaborated and recorded keys for Loizos Pafitis’album The Underdog, and is slated to record for alternative rock band Belua’s second album. The Zilla Project’s next album is expected to be released in 2019.

We chatted with him about how he’s using the Prophet Rev2."

You can find previous posts featuring DSI's Spotlight series here.

Strymon Magneto Eurorack 4 Head Tape Delay & Spring Reverb

Published on Mar 12, 2018 Perfect Circuit Audio

"This video shows a few of the sounds you can get with the Strymon Magneto which is Strymon's first eurorack module, an emulation of a four head tape delay with spring reverb. The Magneto can go from clean delays to saturated old crinkly tape in a broken warbly tape machine. The Magneto also has looping and sampling modes where the tape transport can be controlled with buttons or cv gates.

Magneto ordering information here:"

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

MTBLSM MECHANISM Demo Videos & New Pics

Published on Sep 19, 2017

"Please visit for more info"

This is a follow-up to the announcement post yesterday. P.S. Some of you might have noticed the link to MTBLSM re-directed back here. I missed the "http://" in the link and Blogger doesn't handle it when you do. Apologies for that. The link is fixed. Thanks goes to John L Rice for catching it.

The following are few new pics captured from the MTBLSM website. It's cool to see some of the people behind the project!

New Loops Announces Release of Trap Construction Kits

"New Loops has announced the release of Trap Construction Kits.

Included is over 400 Trap samples (including multi-samples) and more than 150 Trap loops as well as over 80 sampler patches. You’ll find huge Trap kicks, rolling hi hats, punchy snares, melodic plucks, epic sound effects, vocals, basses and loads more.

New Loops Trap Kits is available in 2 separate formats - Wav Pack, and Reason ReFill (sold separately).

Price: £20. More info and free demo pack available from New Loops."

Mutable instruments Rings vs Yamaha Reface CP

Published on Mar 12, 2018 ollilaboratories

"If you like my stuff please support me on and

A thought hit me, one of the modes in the MI rings has a striking resemblance to a wurly sometimes when played in a special way.. so, i thought, what the heck, lets pair it up with the reface CP and see what happens. :)

The reface CP goes into the modular, it gets processed with a Sound on Sound delay reel in the morphagene in reverse. The reface also controls the Mi Rings via the uMIDI interface. Now since the rings technically is monophonic (eg just one note per note pressed) but when in poly mode four notes will overlap creating this weird flow when i play it like a piano. Also if i do trills legato style the character becomes flutelike when the transients cannot be heard. So cool!

MI Rings is getting a slight bit of modulation on brightness, position and damping.. but only when is start the sequence with PAM, this to help change the reaction of the sound compared with the intro.

MI Braids has a saw/square setting, where i morph between the waveforms using an LFO. Filter is uVCF, 2 oclock on resonance. Sequenced by octone, a 5-step sequence (of course).

Expert sleeper disting, does the bass note, randomly triggered by the 2hp TM. Ripples filter, and a bit of overdrive into the uVCA.

Two channels come out from the modular, Reface CP + RIngs into the keeley caverns for some modulated reverb plus delay. MI braids and ES disting into the RE-20 for a fast TD style berlin school delay.

This setup is super creative, and really begs to play ambient noodles for ages and ages.. but i had to stop at some time to not bore you guys. :)

Gear used:
* Reface CP
* modular -

FX used:
RE-20 space echo
Keeley electronics caverns


Moog DFAM Review

Published on Mar 12, 2018 Ask.Audio

"The Moog Drummer From Another Mother (DFAM) is here. Another semi-modular synthesizer following the same form factor as the Moog Mother 32. Aside from the onboard surface controls you get a 24 point patchbay for interconnectivity with other modular devices. Just like the Mother 32 this is a stand alone synthesizer but you can also use it as a Eurorack module."

Haz Mat's Arsenal of Synths, Drum Machines, Controllers, and Sequencers | The Process Episode 2

Published on Mar 12, 2018 Reverb

"Haz Mat dropped by to show us how to 'tame the beast' in the latest installment of our new series, "The Process." The live techno wizard from Detroit unleashed his magic in our studio, building beats and crafting textures on his impressive collection of sequencers, samplers, MPC, and invited us to watch him while he works.

Read more on Reverb:

View Hazmat's albums on Reverb LP:

Haz Mat's Set Up:

1:50 - Roland JD-Xi
2:05 - Pioneer Toraiz SP-16
2:25 - Roland TR-8
2:38 - Akai MPC Live
3:12 - Arturia Beatstep Pro, Moog Minitaur
3:30 - Roland MC-505 Groovebox
4:27 - Korg Mono/Poly
5:46 - Yamaha Motif
7:26 - Talkbox"

Moog System 55 Covers by SynthAL

Published on Mar 12, 2018 SynthAL

1. "Lucky Man" Synthesizer part - by ELP
2. Keith OldCastle Synthesizer solo - ELP
3. Tank synthesizer parts - ELP
4. Aquatarkus by ELP - My version with System 55 and 2 Minimoog D!
5. Aquatarkus by ELP - My version with System 55 and 2 Minimoog D! (long version with synths setup)
6. "Tarkus" on Modular Synthesizer
7. "La Luna Nuova" version on Modular Synth

Oberheim FVS-1 Videos by SynthAL

Published on Mar 11, 2018 SynthAL


1. Oberheim FVS-1 filter testing - 12dB/oct Filter test (mono, only one SEM)
2. Oberheim FVS-1 memory patch creating
3. MONOTONO - Oberheim FVS-1 and Minimoog D... disordered trial! A disordered trial with two GREAT Synthesizers, in some parts Minimoog D imitate a Theremin!


DUAL CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS IV from Station 252 on Vimeo.

"this is the final version of my big live patch. before going into the patch details I just wanted to say that this patch turned out to be an overkill for live use but ironically was great to play in the studio. Its just way too complex for being playable live, so I'm going to slim it down, patch research will follow in the form of short patch videos, meanwhile...

EML-200 Stereo Patch 2

2nd video added to the playlist here.

Roland JX 3P analog synthesizer synth sound demo

Published on Mar 12, 2018 synth4ever

"Roland JX-3P analog synthesizer demo - playing sounds and patches on vintage JX3P analog synth and PG-200 controller from Roland -- including sample and hold sounds, sequencer patterns and improvisational playing.

The Roland JX-3P is a classic analog synth related to the famous Roland JUNO family. The Roland JX3P features 2 DCOs, filter and envelope controls plus an onbard sequencer. The ROland PG-200 controller provides hands on control."

MFOS Soundlab Ultimate DIY synthesizer testing

Published on Mar 11, 2018 Lysidium

"First time powering up and testing a recently built MFOS Soundlab Ultimate synthesizer"

Lil' Dreadbox White Line System Jam

Published on Mar 12, 2018 Dreadbox

"A small Jam in the park with a lil'White Line Modular System.
The Modular System includes
Dual VCA

It is sequenced by Korg SQ1"

Korg Mono/Poly SN 375108 w/ MIDI

via this auction

Groove electronics M2CV Midi Converter w/ S-Trig

via this auction

"I won’t lie, it’s a pest to set up, but is a dirt cheap Midi to CV converter which can do 2 synths at once. One of these synths can be S Trig, so you can sync your old Moog gear. Once it’s set up it works perfectly."

Quasimidi Rave-O-Lution 309 Synthesizer Drum Machine Sequencer

via this auction

Yamaha FS1R Formant FM Synthesizer Rack Module

via this auction

Original 1975 Black and Gold ARP Odyssey MKII 2813 SN 0359

via this auction

"Fully functioning, to the best of my knowledge, and recently serviced with a clean bill of health from Chris Hewitt at"

This one was listed back in 2012.

Access Virus TI2 Desktop Whiteout Limited Edition SN 017/100

via this auction

"This is a near-mint condition, limited edition (#17 of only 100) Virus TI2 desktops that were produced in their polar white color."

Chimera Synthesis BC16 Battery Driven Modular

via this auction

The BC16 was phased out on September 7th, 2008.

"Super Rare, very limited production run from the now defunct Chimera Synthesis. This unit was bought new and has only had one owner. Included are the Inverter, half a dozen patch cables with micro banana jacks, a homemade audio out cable and a cable to alligator clip and a tiny hex wrench for removing the batter cover. This unit is tiny but it has a lot of features and the matchability makes it quite flexible. All in a tiny cute round package. Runs on 6 Double As (not included."

Quasimidi SIRIUS w/ Custom Side Wood Panels

via this auction

"Original sides included, Vocoder mic, gig bag, AC adapters for EUROPE and US, Original manuals
no cosmetic signs, works properly."

Tom Oberheim SEM Pro SN 0534

via this auction

Ambient Apple Keyboard Jam

Published on Mar 12, 2018 RemixSample

"This is a VSTi software only jam. In FL Studio you can turn on different scale modes (aka Easy Mode) and play them with your computer keyboard. This is Minor Natural mode. Here is a list of VST instruments and patches used:

LD Moog Lead - Forever 80's Zebra 2 soundset (00:27)
PD Lo-Fi Choir Pad - Forever 80's Zebra 2 soundset (00:14)
Felt Piano - Spitfire Laboratories (Kontakt) (00:20)
Music Boxes - Spitfire Laboratories (Kontakt) (01:01)
Adagio Expressivo - Omnisphere (00:54)

FX: Valhalla Shimmer & Soundtoys Crystallizer

7:11 this is what the backing track I played over sounded like before I processed it with Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch app.

Audio Download:"

Modular Monday #29 - "It's a miracle"

Published on Mar 12, 2018 Frequency Fodder

Krakow | Ciat-Lonbarde Plumbutter 2, Tape Loop

Published on Mar 12, 2018 HAINBACH

"Support what I do by buying my music:
This is the second session I spent with Bowie, the first Berlin-assembled Ciat-Lonbarde Plumbutter. Its a drum and drama machine, capable of beautiful tones and lovely clicks. And noise of course. Running a tape loop into it and playing all the knobs and switches I have learned so far."

“Final Word” w/ Elektron Digitone

Published on Mar 12, 2018 Nostalgic Ruckus

"FM is not just for cheesy trumpet sounds. Heavy use of custom drones and textures. Everything you hear is coming from the Digitone using FM synthesis. Tweaking the X/Y blend along with the feedback parameter can go a long way."

Patch n Tweak

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