MATRIXSYNTH: Saturday, March 24, 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Arturia MiniBrute 2 VCO close up by Olivier Briand 2018

Published on Mar 24, 2018 Olivier Briand

"A tweak about the VCO of the Minibrute 2 wich are pretty the same of the matrix brute..."

Notes on the Waldorf Quantum vs the Q and Microwave/XT Series

The following is via Soviet Space Child who has a Q+, an XTk, and a Quantum coming. He spent some time with the manual and found that the structure of how sounds are built on the Quantum differs from the cohesive synth engines of the Q and Microwave series. Yes there are new synth engines on the Quantum, but is it a replacement for Waldorf's classic synths? Perhaps not. Note, I have not had time to check out the manual myself, so this is solely Soviet Space Child's take. Also, he is still excited about the Quantum as you can see further below. If you have an opinion, feel free to leave a comment. You can find the manual on Waldorf's website here.

"Just sharing a few initial impressions as someone who has been using Waldorf synths for over 15 years now...

Judging by the manual, there's a great deal that the Quantum can do which previous Waldorf synths cannot. The reverse is also true, in that there are features in older Waldorf synths, specifically the Pulse, XT, Q, and Blofeld, which do not exist in the Quantum. This new synth really makes it feel like theres been a generational leap akin to when PPG's legacy shifted to Waldorf, i.e. the difference of going from the PPG Wave to the Waldorf Wave, and then MicroWave II/XT. Where as Wolfgang Palm was no longer involved in the new series of Wave synths, similarly the Stefan Stenzel era has given way to Rolf Wohrman. That's not a bad thing, but it really feels like this new synth was developed by a new company.

In terms of specifics where the older Waldorf synths offer more robust features, the Quantum lacks modulation modifiers, whereby two modulation sources can have operations such as '+', '-', '*', 'min', 'max', 'and', 'or', and 'xor' performed on them. The Quantum's 'komplex' modulation source partially alleviates this, though. The Quantum also lacks a random patch generator. While this is seemingly a minor features, the random patch generator on the XTk and Q is a source of great fun. It's easy to get lost in those synths for hours at a time just due to that one feature. There's also the lack of stereo capabilities on the analog filters, which was available for the analog filters on the Q+.

The biggest area where the older synths might seem to shine more than the Quantum, though, is the lack of modulation capabilities between the oscillators and the filters. That is to say, there are currently no FM or sync capabilities between the three 'oscillator' sections, and there are no FM capabilities on the digital formers. Where the Q and XT each felt like one large complex timbre, with the option to layer simpler timbres per voice, the Quantum feels like each voice is up to three simple timbres layered on top of one another.

Stereo analog filters aside, most of these things can be added later via OS updates, and here's hoping that the Quantum has a long life ahead of it in terms of customer support is concerned. Anyone who sells a Q and/or XT with the intent of replacing either with the Quantum might be left disappointed though, at least until the Quantum OS is given some time to mature, and even then the core sound of the synthesizer might be different, especially considering how characterful the Q and XT are.

With all that said, my XTk's and Q+ are not going anywhere, and I'm very much looking forward to having them in the studio with my Quantum."

KORG Z1 Synthesizer Keyboard MOSS Physical Modeling SN 002506

via this auction

"Legendary physical modeling synthesizer by Korg (1997). Great for a huge variety of acoustic modeling and analog modeling possibilities. Renowned for its top tier arpeggiator, abundance of realtime controls, high quality keybed, and very deep sound editing & construction."

New Aoide Eurorack Module Based on the Triadex Muse

See the update in this post.

Sound Editing on the JD-800

Published on Mar 24, 2018 100 Things I Do

"Every time I prepare the JD-800 to be sold I decide to give it one last try. The synth is massive and the built in tones can be very nice. I get the feeling the JD-800 was never intended to be edited live (which I like to do with synths) as it can digitally clip in the filter, and the oscillator tones are organised in a slightly haphazard way. In the early 1990's when the JD-800 came out, real time controls (or almost any controls) were a thing of the past. In my mind the JD800 was leading the way to a return of easy to use control surfaces on synths with a strong nod to early Analog.

So am I selling the JD-800 ? I still am not sure.. :D

Lexicon MPX-550 reverb was used in conjunction with inbuilt effects!"

I almost sold mine. I picked up a D-05 thinking the D-50 engine might be better, but I found it lacking up front. I still need to dig in, but the JD-800 will stay. Not sure about the D-05.

SundaySynth #3 : Hot Casiotone on Digitakt Action

Published on Mar 24, 2018 Khoral Central

"Digitakt and Casiotone fed into Strymon Timeline delay, some Novation Peak part and a little Roland SH-01A one note sequence."

Moon Modular Quad 569: Sequence Variations.

Published on Mar 24, 2018 Resonant Anvil

"Adjustments throughout to sequence selector, voltage, and mos-lab oscillator octave controls."

A brief look at the basics of the beautiful Strymon Magneto

Published on Mar 24, 2018 Sunshine Jones

Here's a series of clips going over some of the basics of the beautiful Strymon Magneto - 4 Head Tape Delay Module:

The reverb by itself

Each delay by itself, feedback on head 4, and then head 1 and 4 together.

Listening to how the heads create melodic accompaniment in shift mode. This mode is a simple switch on the left. Not a press and hold alternate mode. So it's immediately accessible mid performance. Nice touch.

Here an arpeggio is created with heads 2, 3 and 4 in hold quantize mode, and then the tape speed is turned down, then up to hear pretty far out pitch changes.
This can be played via CV at 1V/Oct.

The delay is established , and then looped with the transport, reversed, and then paused and resumed.

I've been done a lovely favor and this module has been left in my care for the next two weeks. I haven't been able to find one of these for myself and have been seriously interested in what it's capable of.
Right out of the box I was not immediately delighted. But with a little study and some acknowledgement of how the device works I've come to see it as completely inspirational.

Things to explore:
- Playing it as an instrument via cv
- Creating feedback loops with the send and return
- Overdubs
- Cutting samples and using it as a looper

I haven't done these things yet, but as a delay, reverb (which you can set the dip switches and convert magneto into two independent effects of you like - but the stereo output --which I'm not positive you will be able to hear here-- is so beautiful that as cool as that is, you're gonna want stereo) are peaceful, authentic, warm, and so deeply textured that once you understand the way the delay times are distributed it becomes immediately absorbing and just superb.
I love this thing.

It's only day one and I'm already very sad that I'm going to have to give it back.

I hope this morning exploration illustrates this module clearly for you, and helps you see what it does, how it sounds, and inspires and informs you.


DIY analog synth project Steiner parker type VCF circuit (A new level of FATNESS !!)

Published on Mar 24, 2018 Adamski A.

"Hey guys , since the last Steiner parker filter video [posted here] , I still wasn't quite satisfied..... So I have yet again given the circuit an upgrade to achieve an even steeper cutoff slope and deeper low end response. I aimed for somewhere between 18-24db per oct and at the same time retaining the very controlled resonance response.
More sound demos to come very soon !!"

DSI PRO 2 Ambient Big Sky & REV 2

Published on Mar 23, 2018 Tarek Mansur

"I just got The Pro 2 and it's an amazing machine. Hybrid - Digital VS Analog. I used 3 oscillators for the Bass Drone.
The Big Sky does the reverb. I love it!!
The melodies are from The Prophet REV 2. I will do a video with only the Pro 2,

P.S - This was recorded on FHD 60 fps...
Looks like shit but now I know!

Enjoy!! :)"


Published on Mar 24, 2018 Moognificat


1. Bach WTC Book 1, Fugue 2 on Moog Synthesizer
A performance of Fugue No. 2 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, book 1 by J. S. Bach. All sounds are created with a Moog Sub 37 analog synthesizer and Reaper.
2. Bach, "Mein Jesu" on Moog Synthesizer
This performance of J. S. Bach's Aria, "Mein Jesu," was created with only a Moog Sub 37 analog synthesizer and the Reaper DAW. The arrangement is based on the string orchestra setting by Leopold Stowkowski.

Commonly performed during Lent, the lyrics describe the anguish of Jesus Christ in the garden of Gethsemane on the night before his crucifixion. Bach masterfully captures the scene with rich harmonies and a mournful melodic line.

Mein Jesu! Was für Seelenweh befällt dich in Gethsemane
3. Bach WTC Book 1, Prelude 6 - featuring Moog synth EDM
Bach meets EDM. This performance of the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, Prelude 6 features a Moog Sub 37 analog synthesizer accompanied by Kontakt 5. Everything was recorded and mixed in Reaper.
4. Purcell, Rondeau from Abdelazer, 8-bit version on Moog Synthesizer
The famous Rondo from Henry Purcell's incidental music to Abdelazer, realized in the style of 8-bit computer game music. Square waves and white noise provided entirely by a Moog Sub 37 analog synthesizer. This is the same rondo that Benjamin Britten used as the source material for his Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.

The sound of this almost makes you wish that Abdelazer was a real RPG...
5. A Musical Guide to the Synthesizer (Moog Sub 37)
A short demonstration of common synthesizer waveforms and basic filter/LFO effects. Tutti passages bookend short examples of square waves, sawtooth waves, and triangle waves. 100% of the sounds you hear were produced on a single Moog Sub 37 analog synthesizer and mixed in the Reaper DAW.

This video features an arrangement of Purcell's famous Rondeau from the incidental music to Abdelazer. This was also the source material for Benjamin Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. Britten's work is copyright protected, so the form of this arrangement is based on Purcell's original design. I'm sure knowledgeable listeners will still appreciate the homage.

Royalty-free images downloaded from

Spirits Of The Temple Electric - Intruder At The Gates

Published on Mar 24, 2018 John L Rice

"Yet another installment of my 'Secrets Of The Temple Electric' series. More drones and noodlings for you! ;-)

Equipment Used:
Synth Tech MOTM-300 VCO x 4
Happy Nerding FM AID x 4
Moon Modular 517 VCF x 2
Moon Modular 526 Mixer x 2
Moon Modular 569 sequencer

Sinometer oscilloscope

Strymon BigSky and Timeline pedals
Roland RSP-550
Allen & Heath MixWizard"

The Moog Song Producer Advert Scan

via @RetroSynthAds

"Moog goodness - 1972,1985."

You can find some info on The Moog Song Producer in the archives. Remember to hit "Next" at the bottom of the page to get to more posts.

Converting a Wah Wah Pedal to Eurorack

A Pedal split in two: Converting a Wah Wah pedal to an Expression pedal and a Eurorack module

Published on Mar 24, 2018 יזהר אשדות Izhar Ashdot

"I gutted a Vox V847 Wah Wah pedal to use the chassis as an Expression pedal and modded the electronics to form a separate Eurorack Wah module."

New Aoide Muse Eurorack Sequencer Based on the Triadex Muse from otherunicorn

Discordant Initial Test Published on Mar 24, 2018 otherunicorn

"First ever test of the Aoide muse. Sound is coming from a Roland System 100M. All pitch and gate signals are generated by the Aoide"


Aoide melodic test

Published on Mar 24, 2018 otherunicorn

"Melodic test of my version of the Triadex Muse, the Aoide muse. Sound is coming from a Roland System 100M. All pitch and gate signals are generated by the Aoide.
The camera is hanging around my neck!"

Buchla Music Easel

via this auction

"2016-era BEMI Music Easel for sale. In great condition, never gigged. Recently replaced sequencer card with a new part from Buchla. Ships in the original box with all accessories plus a bunch of extra Pomona cables and short bars."

Kawai K5000S Additive Synthesizer w/ Floppy Drive Emulator

via this auction

Analogue Solutions Telemark-K Synthesizer Keyboard

via this auction

Moog Sub Phatty Keyboard Synthesizer with Moog Wood End Panels

via this auction

"Brand new never used from moog only opened to photograph the wood panels. regular panels are included as well. power chord in the box. software is downloaded from the moog website."

Korg X50 CF Camouflage Limited Color Synthesizer w/ Original Gig Bag

via this auction

Sequential Circuits Prophet VS Contrabass & Violins

Published on Mar 24, 2018 synths colors

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Electro Harmonix B 9 and Modular Synthesizer

Published on Mar 24, 2018 Ebotronix

"EHX B 9 input by 4x Malekko Oscillator, Chords By Flame CM2
+ ~ -
4ms Peg, QCD/Expander²
Analogue Systems RS 110²
Bananalogue Serge VCS
Doepfer A101-2², A131², A134²², A138a,c
A 141, A143-9 , A 147, A151²², A156
A175²²², A185-2), A138m,a²²b²²c²²²
Flame Chord Machine 2,Q Slider²
Make Noise Brains ,PP², Maths², QMMG
Malekko Unkle²², Jag
Mutable Instruments Plaits² (Drums)
Sputnik Oscillator (Bass)
Kenton Pro 2000
FX: Merris Mecury 7, TC M 3000
mackie the mixer³
vid # 1759"

Experimental DFAM

Published on Mar 24, 2018 PaulLawlerMusic

"West Coast styled random patch on the Moog DFAM."

Deckard's Dream Synthesizer

Published on Mar 24, 2018 Ambient Dreaming

"Just having fun with my Deckard's Dream synth. I just have one ROLI Seabord Block at the moment, getting two more so that I can play this whole "theme song" and get the best use out of this amazing synth.

Guess that intro??

Effects: Roland DEP-5 Chorus + Reverb and Korg SDD-3000 delay, Kosmic mode."

X1L3 - SHARD - power electronics and harsh noise eurorack module

Published on Mar 24, 2018 manufacturedZ3R0

"A skim through the components of the eurorack version of shard.

Designed initially as a boxed unit for power electronics, hnw and the generation of glitch artefacts. Ported to eurorack for easy integration into the vast array of manipulation and processing in the format. The stand alone version is under way and should be out there in the coming months......

3 x oscillators with cv over pitch and gating over frag / shard / null
3 x osc intensity with cv
External audio in with manual gain
3 x fragment / null / shard selectors
Body contact touch interface for osc disruption

Presented here in a selection of short clips. Each highlighting an aspect of the module and the results at the output. And the effect it has on sources at the input. A wreckage and persuadatron module are included here. One is a simple constant harsh drone generator and the other an fm radio. Both yield intense results when fed into the audio input of shard and both will also be live in the shop in coming weeks/months. Real world/life permitting.

Clean through the run with no fx other than the intro section and fade out. Two layers were used on these. The first layer with resonant filter and a clouds module providing reverb. The second clean - generating an artefacts and glitch layer.

If you recognise the end you're either old or have good taste in movies :)"

MFB Tanzbar, Moog Mother 32 & Yamaha Reface DX

Published on Mar 24, 2018 3rdStoreyChemist

"Tanzbar drum machine, Reface DX and Mother 32 synthesisers synced together. DX is sequenced by an Octatrack.

No further processing except for normalisation."

Phenols (JU-06, JP-08, SE-02, Ti2, Analog Keys)

Published on Mar 24, 2018 Alba Ecstasy

"A few sequencers squeezed into a track:
- MSQ-100 plays some chords on Roland JU-06
- Virus Ti2 - bass line
- Roland JP-08 sequenced by Keystep
- Roland SE-02 sequenced by Keystep
- Analog Keys on its own sequencers.
Effects: Clouds, Demora, Zoom MS70cdr, Boss RV-3

Support me on Patreon!

Alba Ecstasy:"

Jamming with Volca Bass / Keys and Arturia Keystep Arpeggiator

Published on Mar 24, 2018 maasijam

"Jamming with my favourite volcas. Volca Bass is sequenced by Keystep arpeggiator and volca keys is playing an internal sequence with recorded motion control. Ableton Live is sending midi clock for syncing the three devices.

Ableton Live 9
Korg Volca Keys
Korg Volca Bass
Arturia Keystep
Korg Nanokontrol
Akai LPD8
Eventide Blackhole
NI Replika (Delay)
MIDI Merger Miditemp PMM-88
Steinberg UR-44

Recorded directly on a Tascam DR07 MK2."

Distco - Remnants (Modular Improvisation)

Published on Mar 24, 2018 Distortion Productions

"A slow progression of unique sounds from the Cwejman VCO6 and BLD, Intellijel Plonk and SSF Entity Percussion Synth. Sequenced with Make Noise Pressure Points + Brains. Available for viewing in UHD 4K."

The Exit - A dark 88BPM hip-hop beat for eurorack synthesizer

Published on Mar 24, 2018 Luke Killen

"Today's patch is a dark beat made exclusively for the eurorack modular synthesizer."

Avalon Bassline Software Fault?

Published on Mar 23, 2018 splitradix

"The creator of the Avalon Bassline replied on a mailing list saying this is due to a software limit he imposed on the Avalon for tuning reasons. However as you can hear the tuning is pretty much fine on the TB303 and TT303, and also on the Avalon when its sequencer is bypassed with the CV in from the TB303."

Superbooth 2018 Promo Video from Radikal Technologies

Published on Mar 23, 2018 Jörg Schaaf

"The waiting time is almost over. 03.05.2018 - 05.05.2018 Superbooth in Berlin. I am looking forward to see you there!
Bald ist es endlich wieder soweit. Vom 03.05. - 05.05.2018 Superbooth in Berlin! Radikal ist natürlich dabei!"

Kick.S / X1287 (Acid)

Published on Mar 23, 2018 Kick.S

/// Equipment ////
Electribe SX
Flashback Triple
FMR Audio RNC1773 (E)

xOxbOx xOxHaert-mod
xOxbOx 2VCO

Vintage Oberheim 2 Voice 2VS Analog Synthesizer @ RetroLinear

Published on Mar 23, 2018 RetroLinear

"This was fully restored here @ RetroLinear, complete electronic overhaul, calibration - new tolex and hardware. Rare bird! Sounds great!"

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