MATRIXSYNTH: Saturday, April 14, 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Avril 14

Published on Apr 14, 2018 Tenkai Kariya

"In honor of April 14th (incidentally my fathers birthday, as well as my late pet bird Mango's birthday) I am demoing FLXS1 song mode with a three voice rendition of Aphex Twin's Avril 14. Main voice is the Macbeth Micromac, bassline is an Acidlab M303, and accents are the Intellijel Atlantis. All sequenced with Zetaohm FLXS1, in one take, with 7 separate patterns sequenced with song mode.

The new firmware will be released very soon, with a full manual update as well as a complete demo video. Stay tuned!



Irregular Heart Beat: Cello + Waldorf Microwave

Published on Apr 14, 2018 Miguel d'Oliveira

"Was playing around with this old Waldorf Microwave XT (2nd hand 'bargain' I got yesterday) and thought it'd be interesting to add a couple of lines on a cello (yes, I use bits of tape to navigate the fingerboard)
Recorded with a DPA piano mic stuck to the tailpiece with blu tack."

Synth Rorschach #52: Oh, where the hell is that filter cutoff knob?

via @Earthnik

"Oh, where the hell is that filter cutoff knob?"

5U, euro, or frac? Euro on the right. 5U or Frac she's working on in the middle. Mults on the left? Bass Station Rack, Drum Station, and rack synths to her right? Definitely DIY... What is that falling off on the right?

Quantum Type Sounds ... On a Blofeld?

Published on Apr 14, 2018 100 Things I Do

"Like many I can't wait to get my hands on a Waldorf Quantum. Its got a hefty price tag but from the latest demos that have been released it seems to have some amazing possibilities!

Between now and 2019 when I might be able to afford one if i'm lucky I will try and make my Blofeld work as hard as it can. So it occurred to me after watching the excellent example from Sonic State this week that I have never used the Sample side of the Blofeld ... can it make it a little granular sounding ? Here's what I came up with and how I did it.There is a Noodle at the end :D"

AniModule Gate_Mod : Differences between the Interrupt and Division Functions

Published on Apr 14, 2018 JRock17991

"Check Out Our Modules at :
Here's a little video describing the practical differences between the Interrupt and the Division functions on the AniModule Gate_Mod"

Musikmesse 2018: CHRT Synthesizer

Published on Apr 14, 2018 KEYBOARDS

"Ein Highlight von der Musikmesse 2018: der CHRT Synthesizer Stand direkt neben der Sound&Recording Studioszene."

See the CHRT label below for more.

020//Bleed For Me - Mother 32 using Maths as a waveshaper

Published on Apr 14, 2018 Alastair Wilson

"A semi-self-generating modular patch using a Moog Mother 32 and a Maths module, sent through an Eventide Space shimmer reverb and an Eventide Timefactor on reverse delay setting. No other processing has been applied.

Maths can act as a slew limiter for CV, to smooth out stepped voltages. However, if you patch a saw wave into the input of channel 1 or 4, you can use Maths as a very crude filter, smoothing out the sharp corners of the saw wave - this is what's happening in the patch. All changes in timbre of the plucks is Maths being modulated while slew limiting the saw wave. It sometimes sounds filtered, sometimes like a guitar string, sometimes like a hard sync effect, and sometimes like a phaser... But nothing is actually modulating the Mother 32's filter cutoff except for the pluck envelope!

I made this video because Maths is a great choice for a first module to accompany the Mother 32, and I often underuse it. It's so good that despite my fairly small setup, I have a second Maths in another case!

If you want to recreate this patch, you can find it here:"

::vtol:: msm mk2

::vtol:: msm mk2 from ::vtol:: on Vimeo.

2nd version of my Metaphase sound machine.

more info -


"The Metaphase Sound Machine is a kind of homage to the ideas of the American physicist Nick Herbert who in the 1970s has created both Metaphase Typewriter (Fig. 1) and Quantum Metaphone (a speech synthesizer). These were some of the first attempts to put the phenomenon of quantum entanglement in practice and one of the first steps towards the creation of a quantum computer. The experimental devices, however, had not confirmed theoretical research, and Herbert’s obsession with metaphysics resulted in the publication of several of his works on the metaphysical in quantum physics, that have led to a serious loss of interest to the ideas of quantum communication. One day, in a course of his experiments, Herbert has hacked into an university computer trying to establish a contact with the spirit of illusionist Harry Houdini at the day of the centenary of his birth.

In his device Herbert in order to achieve a quantum entangled state used as a source radioactive thallium, which was controlled by the Geiger radiation counter. The time interval between pulses was chosen as conversion code. Several psychics had participated in the experiments. They tried to influence the endless stream of random anagrams arising from a typewriter or cause "the ghost voice" to be heard out of metaphone. Scientists also have conducted sessions to bring about the "spirit" of a colleague who had recently died, and who knew about this typewriter. In 1985 Herbert wrote a book about metaphysical in physics. In general, his invention and articles quite severely compromised the ideas of quantum communication in the eyes of potential researchers and by the end of the XX century no any substantial progress in this direction was observed."


Sequent from Giorgio Alverà on Vimeo.

More of my modular synth music at

Retro Mechanical Labs RML Electron Custom Fuzz eurorack module.

Behringer Invites Designers and Engineers to Participate in Design of New Eurorack Modules

Update: First renders added. Clones of the Roland System 100m modules. You can find pics of the original Roland System 100m modules for comparison in the archives.

140 Dual ADSR + 1 LFO x2
182 Sequencer

This one was spotted by Soviet Space Child on Gearslutz where people are already chiming in.

"Hello everyone,

as you are aware, many of our synthesizers such as Model D, Neutron, Pro-1 etc. have been designed to be used as standalone instruments but also to fit the hugely popular Eurorack format.

Many of you have now requested for us to build individual Eurorack modules, powered Eurorack cases and especially bring back some of the legacy modular systems.

At the same time we also thought about inviting all designers and engineers among you to participate in this initiative.

The goal would be to build a wide range of modules and - as usual - at very affordable prices (target prices US$ 49-99) which would allow us to open this market and get as many people as possible into synths and making music.

Our synth teams are very excited about this potential direction and would love to hear your opinion.

Are you interested in Eurorack systems?
What modules would you like us to make?
What legacy modular systems would you like us to make?
What accessories do you require?

Thank you :-)


Blacet SBM3200 Kit Spring Sale

via the Blacet mailing list:

"Save $20 on our great SBM3200 Kit. Normally $119, now $99 with Instant Rebate!

Three way active mixer with B channel attenuverter, which doubles as 0 to +/-5V source.

Three way active splitter with B channel attenuverter.

Four way active buffer.

Precision op amps throughout--great for critical VCO applications.

Audio or cvs. 2.5" deep module.

Order Today!
Expires 4-23. Subject to stock on hand. Rebate active when module ships."

Squarp Instruments Hermod Eurorack Module Videos by Sunshine Jones

Published on Apr 14, 2018 Sunshine Jones

Playlist (descriptions for each below):


Minimoog D, wich sounds better?

Published on Apr 14, 2018 SynthAL

"Test the same sound on two Minimoog D, wich sounds better?"

Moog synthesizer sounds

Published on Apr 14, 2018 SynthAL

Countryman Associates TYPE 968A Phase Shifter

via this auction

This is the first post to properly feature Countryman Associates (they were previously mentioned in the BBC video linked below). Check out the EMS SYNTHI in the background. I can't quite place what's on the upper left. Thought it might be the EMS SYNTHI Logik, but it's not. If anyone knows, feel free to leave a comment.

"Countryman released the first commercial phase shifting devices beginning with the Type 967 Phase Shifter around 1967; The 968A is the last model in this series, released around '71. Like the 967 and 968, the 968A uses an internal Envelope Follower rather than a cyclic LFO for phase modulation. There is also a CV input on the front panel, along with the audio input and output.

Besides being one of the very first of its kind, and having a very unique sound, the 968A is designed in a way that makes it particularly suited to experimental audio processes and special audio effects (as opposed to and different from your average stomp box phaser). There's not a lot of information online about this rare device, but what is available is mostly concerning it's experimental applications.

The 968A was used in a number of early electronic music studios including the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. It's featured in this BBC TV 70's documentary film." [posted here]


via this auction

Korg Sigma 1979 Synthesizer

via this auction

"One of the rarest in design, fastest in sound changes (no memory) great and interesting sounding synths. One of Jean Michel Jarre's favorites. Everything works. You can use a modern Korg SQ1 to control it via midi (the SQ1 works as a usb to cv converter for Korg-style cv). I used it this way. Fat basses, crazy ring modulator sounds. This synth has minor scratches and chips in the wood that I usually covered with a paint pen. After a thorough cleaning this will come away and it is your choice to cover the minor scratches again. The joysticks are the original but the top plastic part which was added. I bought it with both tops of the joysticks broken and had two plastic sticks which fit perfectly put in its place. The wood in the bottom has wear and chips. When I bought it it had one rubber foot missing and replaced all with these transparent feet. I will include the three original rubber feet in case you want to search for a fourth original."

ARP Axxe 2313 Monophonic Synthesizer

via this auction

Sounds of the Microkorg : Blockchain Music

Published on Apr 14, 2018 Blockchain Music

"No talking in this video, we only explore the deep depths of the Microkorg. Exploring retro arps and lush pads.

This video will explore the Microkorg and all it's synthesizer glory !"

Musikmesse 2018: Exodus Digital Valkyrie Synth

Published on Apr 14, 2018 KEYBOARDS

"Die britische Firma Exodus Digital präsentiert auf der Musikmesse 2018 einen neuen Hardware Synthesizer namens Valkyrie.

Der Synthexpander arbeitet mit einer virtuell-analogen Klangerzeugung und will dem Access Virus Konkurrenz machen. Valkyrie bietet 128 Stimmen, zehn Oszillatoren pro Stimme, zwei Wavetable-Oszillatoren mit 4.096 Wellenformen, 8 unabhängigen Parts mit jeweils neun Modulen, einer 32-fachen Oversampling-Rate, einen Effekt-Sektion und vieles mehr. Ein Preis steht noch nicht fest.

Weitere Features des Synths:

Arpeggiator with 128 preset patterns, chord mode, MIDI clock.
Patch storage: 3,328 in total all of which are user programmable.
Free Editor/Librarian app for Windows and Mac
Processing: 32x oversampled 32-bit hardware sound generation. 96kHz floating point sound processing.
Analogue outputs: 4 balanced stereo pairs using 32 bit DAC at 96kHz sample rate.
USB audio: USB Audio Class 2.0 – 8 stereo 24-bit streams at 96kHz with 48kHz down-sample mode available.
USB 2.0 and legacy (5-pin DIN connector) MIDI
Display: High resolution 256×64 pixel graphic OLED
Full keyboard microtuning capability with MIDI Tuning Standard (MTS) support."

See the Exodus Digital label below for more.

Espen Kraft hardware vs software SYNTH SHOWDOWN!

Published on Apr 14, 2018 Woody Piano Shack

Comparison starts at 5:49. Look at the level meters on the right to see which is playing.

"Here's the result of the hardware versus software synthesizer showdown! in this video I'll share the track created using just free software VST plugins and Reaper DAW.

To recap, Espen Kraft composed and created a track on his vintage hardware synthesizers and drum machines .The challenge was for me to re-create it using just software."

Follow-up to this post where you'll find Espen Kraft's original video with hardware.

ft. Joe Savage - Bad Luck (Elektron Digitone + SM Pro Audio V-Machine)

Published on Apr 14, 2018 Rephazer

"Little Jam using the Elektron Digitone and SM Pro Audio V-machine featuring Joe Savage and his copyrighted song Bad Luck. :)

In this jam I've used the 4 midi channels of the Digitone to sequence the V-Machine which I've loaded with some melodic and drum samples of my OP-1 sample collection and the V-Machine is also used for processing all the audio with all kinds of lo-fi wobble/wow and flutter effects.

All rights regarding the original vocal and video belong to their respective owners. Credits to Joe Savage and the Alan Lomax Archive."


Published on Apr 14, 2018 Caspar Hesselager

"Step-by-step patching towards creating a simple short piece of music with no preparation."

Modular Monthly: Tube-powered Eurorack with Metasonix RK-2 VCA & RK-3 Ringer/Shaper

Published on Apr 14, 2018 Future Music Magazine

"Metasonix have made tube-based designs since 1998, so it’s about time we finally checked them out. These modules can go from subtle to brain-melting, so let’s explore how they’re used in various patches."

Where Are The Quiet Saturdays? (2)

Published on Apr 14, 2018 Alba Ecstasy

"Coming back after a short holiday with the second part of a reminiscence of the Quiet Saturdays.
Synthesizers: Arp Odyssey, Roland JU-06, Roland JP-08 and Analog Keys.
Effects: Boss RV-3, Slate Neunaber, Roland Demora, Clouds."

Where Are The Quiet Saturdays?

Moog Circuit Bending Challenge 2018

Published on Apr 14, 2018 Mike Sisk

"This is my entry to the 2018 Moog Circuit Bending Challenge. I circuit bent a Barbie Karaoke by adding multiple feedback distortions, pitch adjustments, and delay length. I also added an "Atari Punk Console" built with a 556 IC as a sound source and a low pass filter that is controlled by a small joystick from an old Playstation controller. Also added an old telephone handset as a microphone input.

I call this device the "Atari Punk Barbie."

Build pictures can be found at the following link.

This is the link to the LPF that I built for this project.

Link to the APC PCB on synthrotek

I built this for a total of $65.28"

Roland Super JX10 Synth - Jamming by Alex Di Donna ( Synthcloud )

Published on Apr 14, 2018 Synth Cloud

"Roland Super JX Jx-10 Synth - Jamming part 1 by Alex Di Donna"

4-Minute Improvised Volca Jam #4 (2018-03-29)

Published on Apr 14, 2018 Slenterende Beer

"Our fourth attempt at a short improvised jam for the #VOLCAJAMII contest on the "Korg Volca Series" Facebook group. We picked this one as our entry to the contest. What we liked most about this one is how, through improvisation, the melodies and bass line come together really well.

Korg Volca Sample + Waldorf 2-Pole Analog Filter
Korg Volca Bass + Zoom MS-50G
Korg Volca FM + Zoom MS-70CDR
Korg Volca Keys + GFI System Specular Reverb V2
Behringer XENYX QX1002USB

Recorded with iPhone 7 and Behringer UCA202.
The little black boxes connected to the Volcas are ground loop isolators, to reduce background noise."

All parts in the series:

Volca House & Techno Jam (2018-03-29 Part I)
4-Minute Improvised Volca Jam #1 (2018-03-29)
4-Minute Improvised Volca Jam #2 (2018-03-29)
4-Minute Improvised Volca Jam #3 (2018-03-29)
4-Minute Improvised Volca Jam #4 (2018-03-29)

Studio Electronics Boomstar SEM MKII - 4 Layer demo

Published on Apr 14, 2018 trigg015

"A little jam with my newly arrived Boomstar SEM MKII using 4 layers of boomstar sounds..

Just a bit of freakin' & tweakin' yo give you (and myself) an impression what this unit is capable of."

Mutable Instruments Plaits, Marbles & Stages Self-Patched Modular Beta Testing Beats

Published on Apr 14, 2018 mylarmelodies

"This is a little weird sound experiment (light on melodies, high on mylar - skip to 6:10 for more melodicness) I recorded while beta-testing the new Mutable Instruments Plaits, Marbles and Stages, which I received all at once. When I put them all together in the case, I was struck by something: These three new modules, perhaps with the addition of a Clouds for effects and some utilities/VCAs like Blinds and Veils, are in effect like having a complete little Mutable 'Music Easel', in just three core modules.

This is especially because of the way that Plaits makes it so easy to switch modes, so that on a per-step basis it'll make a different sound - it can fill out the sound spectrum far more than it seems it has any right to. The ensemble is incredibly capable and flexible, and an amazing thing to have if you're interested in the whole 'generative' thing.

I was very struck by the elegance of what Olivier has achieved, especially with Stages, and look forward to getting to know these better. I'm going to be using them in my live system, but I wish in a way I had another set I could just put in a small system, something self-contained and fixed, to focus on and explore.

For more, I recommend Lightbath's Loom series which explores these (and the idea of building a system out of them!)"

Mutable Instruments Loom

Loom 3 (ft. Stages) | All Mutable Instruments Eurorack Modular Synthesizer
Loom 2 (ft. Marbles) | All Mutable Instruments Eurorack Modular Synthesizer
Loom 1 (ft. Plaits) | All Mutable Instruments Eurorack Modular Synthesizer

Fragment - Abstract ambient JAM - Subtractive / Karplus / PM / Additive / Granular

Published on Apr 14, 2018 Fragment Synthesizer

You can find additional posts featuring examples of Fragment here.

"Fragment is an online collaborative additive / spectral / granular / subtractive / PM synthesizer and live-coding web. platform, the spectrum is created by a live GPU script, the generated visual is then converted to audio by an additive/granular/spectral/subtractive/PM process, Fragment is basically a programmable noise-of-all-kinds software.

This is a video of a live jam session featuring all types of synthesis (in order : subtractive / physical modelling / additive-fm / granular) supported by Fragment and the improved subtractive synthesis algorithm (Poly BLEP) which allow fast and anti-aliased subtractive synthesis, this is still WIP (problems with filter resonance) but quite usable as demonstrated with several acid-like patterns!

Renoise DAW is used in the background to output audio + MIDI out and add reverb / delay (Fragment is also used for delay effects).

4 instances of the sound server are used on an Intel i7 7700, 14Gb of RAM and a gtx 970 GPU.

Videos used in this session :


The butterfly effect - Andromeda Software Development (ASD) :

Shader used & modified :

You can try the Fragment synthesizer now at :


Forum :"

Jomox Alpha Base - 50 factory kit demo

Published on Apr 14, 2018 Charles Whiley

"Again, title says it all. This is a step through of all 50 of the factory kits inside the Jomox Alpha Base straight out of the box. No external effects (raw audio output) but the unit does provide internal reverb and delay which seems to be applied in some kits"

Patch n Tweak

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