MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Jean Michel-Jarre - Oxygene Pt. 8 Live in San Jose

Published on Apr 16, 2018 Distortion Productions

"One of the pioneers of electronic music with a historic performance on April 15th, 2018 at the City National Civic in downtown San Jose."

Some synth spotting on the background screen including Roland gear, EMS SYNTHI, MacBeth Elements, and GRP system.

Be sure to see the following for more of the gear used on the current JMJ tour:

Roland Keyboard Rigs - On-stage with Stephane Gervais (Jean-Michel Jarre)
Roland Keyboard Rigs Jean Michel Jarre


Jean Michel-Jarre - Oxygene Pt. 8 Live in San Jose

Published on Apr 16, 2018 Distortion Productions

"One of the pioneers of electronic music with a historic performance on April 15th, 2018 at the City National Civic in downtown San Jose."

Earth Wind and Fire's Oberheim OB-8 Analog Synth?

via this auction

via the seller: "This sale is for a vintage Oberheim Ob8 8 voice polyphonic analog synthesizer with factory midi. It’s in excellent cosmetic and working condition. It’s been cared for lovingly in a smoke free studio.

This particular OB8 was previously owned by Earth Wind and Fire, one of several they owned. After Maurice White passed, one of their techs was tasked with selling their extra gear; this was part of that sale."

Alesis A6 Andromeda Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

Korg Polysix Vintage Analog Synthesizer w/ MIDI SN 385503

via this auction

"It is in superb shape for it's age and has none of the issues commonly found on ailing/unkempt P6s; the CPU board has a replacement coin battery holder with no leak prior battery leak damage. All the voices sound vibrant and full. This synth also has a CHD MIDI kit installed for playing the Polysix from an outside MIDI source (Ableton, external sequencer, etc). All of the keys trigger fine."

Synth Stuff Ep. 38 - Casio CZ-3000

Published on Apr 16, 2018 tritonrecordings

"A Casio that isn't a toy! These use a very similar sound engine to the Yamaha DX7. It's a bit easier to figure out than the DX7, and the built-in chorus really helps the sound come to life. I always run my DX7 through chorus, I always wondered why Yamaha didn't build one in. I wouldn't say this replaces a DX7 but try one out if you come across one in a shop - some people have really pushed these things to make incredible sounds."

YM3812 Stand Alone Frimware Update

Published on Apr 16, 2018 Reckless Experimentation Audio LLC

"So here we have the YM3812 stand alone MIDI module

For those unfamiliar this module is similar in function to the Yamaha PSS-570 keyboard it lets you control all the sound making

parameters individually. With 22 saves available for sound profiles.

I have added a few new features to the firmware, so its time for an update video. First new feature, pitch bend wheel. Second new feature, sustain function, works with the pedal input on your keyboard. Third, saved configurations can be loaded with a Control change command. finally, velocity control, which can be enabled and disabled on the unit, or with control change sixty nine.This allows for playing notes soft or loud."

Future Moog Synth to be the GRANDMOTHER of Them All - Update: and a Moog One

This one is in via an anonymous reader. Moog Music has trademarked "GRANDMOTHER". The name is in line with the Mother-32, BFAM or Brother from Another Mother, and DFAM, Drummer from Another Mother. Moog is set to introduce the Sub-Harmonicon at this year's Moogfest.

Update: Moog One was registered as well.

Curious if either will feature what was discussed here.


"GRANDMOTHER - Trademark Details

Status: 630 - New Application - Record Initialized Not Assigned To Examiner
Image for trademark with serial number 87800341
Serial Number87800341
Status630 - New Application - Record Initialized Not Assigned To Examiner
Status Date2018-02-24
Filing Date2018-02-16
Mark Drawing4000 - Standard character mark Typeset
Attorney NameChristopher M. Thomas
Goods and ServicesElectronic musical keyboards; Music synthesizers
Classification Information
International Class015 - Musical instruments. - Musical instruments.
US Class Codes002, 021, 036
Class Status Code6 - Active
Class Status Date2018-02-24
Primary Code015
Current Trademark Owners
Party NameMoog Music, Inc.
Party Type10 - Original Applicant
Legal Entity Type03 - Corporation


Trademark Events
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Synth Werk Superbooth 2018 Promo Video

Published on Apr 16, 2018 Klanglabor Weltklang Orion Electronic Music

Acidlab Bassline 303 Synth Sequencer

via this auction

Oberheim DX Drum Machine SN D42924

via this auction

"Vintage Original Oberheim DX Drum Machine/Sequencer in excellent condition. Sliders and buttons work perfectly."

Pics of the inside below.


via this auction

I thought these were white.

2250 South Barrington Ave, 90064, now the Pooch Hotel.

Orthogonal Devices ER-101 ER-102 REVIEW Demo Tutorial (Part2) Eurorack Eurorack Modular Sequencer

Part 2 added here.

WMD FRACTURE - Sound Examples

Published on Apr 16, 2018 WMDevices

"WMD Fracture is our second Eurorack Module aimed at creating percussion and drum sounds. Claps, snaps, ticks, bings, bongs, and skrtz are all available with the turn of just a few knobs.

In this video, we demonstrate the range of sounds using a bunch of sequencing from the Malleko Voltage Block and CV processing via the WMD Sequential Switch Matrix."

Find previous posts featuring WMD's new Fracture eurorack module here.

Pittsburgh Modular Electronic Sequence Designer @ Superbooth 2018 Promo Video

Published on Apr 16, 2018 Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers

"Pittsburgh Modular will be debuting the Electronic Sequence Designer 128 eurorack format sequencer at Superbooth 2018."

Modal Electronics CRAFTRhythm Assembly And Sounds

Published on Apr 16, 2018 Perfect Circuit Audio

"The Modal CRAFTRhythm is a great sounding and easy to put together drum sampler and sequencer. We put a little stop motion sequence of us unboxing and putting the CRAFTRhythm together at the beginning of the video, it is easy to build without any soldering.

Available here:"

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

Dave Smith Instruments In The Spotlight With the Tempest and Martin Steer – Bad Stream

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

"Having grown up with and on the internet, Berlin native Martin Steer has transformed its pull into a concept album that is just as immediate and intangible as the digital world. Bad Stream is guitars and machines vanishing in the spaces between Radiohead, Moderat and Nine Inch Nails only to reemerge as Techno, Noise, and Drone. Bad Stream, then, is his modus operandi, a soundtrack to the feelings of resignation, isolation, and cynicism within neoliberal cyberspace and to that strangely numbing comfort of bodies transmuting into zeros and ones in real time. The album is available on Martin’s own ANTIME Records.

We chatted with Martin about how he’s using the Tempest."

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

Prophet 12 & Touchè

Published on Apr 16, 2018 Default Corporation

"a short video using my Prophet 12 and (sound comes only pressing the pad controller) a preset inside ExpressiveE Touchè. The preset is processed by a extra long software reverb."

Phaser Motion

Published on Apr 16, 2018 MoonSatellite Lone Wolf

Session 16/04/2018
Prophet 6 / OB6 / Andromeda A6 / Taurus 3 / Minimoog Voyager

New Audulus Tutorial Livestream

Started streaming 43 minutes ago audulus

This is currently live at the time this post went up. You can use the controls in the bottom of the player to get back to the beginning if you'd like.

Death By 8:08 Drum Sample Pack OUTSIDER SOUND DESIGN

Published on Apr 16, 2018 Outsider Sound Design

"Promo video for the DEATH BY 8:08 drum sample pack.

Death By 8:08 is the Outsider version of the classic 808 drum sounds. This one-shot sample pack includes all original, newly created samples from scratch using all hardware analog oscillators and noise sources-No drum machines. In addition, hardware 8-bit converters, digital processing, analog resonant filters, and analog distortion devices were used to create variation.

Death By 8:08 includes:

110 Bass Drums
100 Bass Tones
100 Snare Drums
30 Claps
35 Hi-Hats
10 Rim Shots
15 Toms
10 Trash Cymbals
25 Other Percussion Sounds

435 sounds in total. 96k sample rate, 24 bit wav files.

Available at"

Rainy Day Instruments Nimbus: Digital Polyphonic Synthesizer

Published on Apr 16, 2018 otemrellik

Overview comes in at 3:57. 4-Voice poly Teensy based synth for $300.

"My first thing for sale! This handcrafted digital poly synth that sounds pretty neat. Only 4 made."

via Rainy Day Instruments

"Nimbus is a homemade digital 4 voice polyphonic synthesizer.

Nimbus Features:

3 Oscillators With Shape (Sawtooth/Square/Triangle)
2 LFOs (Pitch/Filter)
Amp and Filter Envelopes
Low-Pass Filter(Cutoff/Resonance controls)
Octave Control
8 Scales (8 Notes Per Scale A min - G min + Chromatic)
32 Step Sequencer (2 Note Polyphony Per Step)
Store / Load 8 Presets
MIDI Input for Notes and Controls

Note the four made have names.

Eurorack granular synthesizer & Eurorack 4 channel USB sampler by John Crombie

Published on Apr 16, 2018 John Crombie

Published on Feb 16, 2018 John Crombie

"It’s coming out in Euro pretty soon I hope. I was going to add a clock input.
Clock output potentially, you mean linked to loop speed or BPM?"

John Crombie also worked on a prototype synthesizer named Pulse Synthesizers 4 to 5 years ago. The following is a playlist in reverse order featuring videos on the prototyping.

1. Pulse Synthesizers Case
Prototype case made from 3mm acrylic dark grey acrylic.
2. Pulse Synthesizers acid riff
Some acid sounding lines using the Pulse prototype. You can see me changing the filter envelope amount and resonance which has the most effect. Filters are all digital.
3. Pulse Synthesizers arpeggiator
Demo of the arp function in development. Height of vertical bars indicates pitch. Currently its connected via the USART to the synth DSP board.
4. Pulse Synthesizers, patch list selection
Patch list screen using rotary encoder with push button for selection.
5. Pulse Synthesizers oscillator wave selection
Oscillator wave selection shows a single period plot of the wave. Waves are selected using a rotary encoder.
6. Pulse Synthesizers filter development
Pulse Synthesizers prototype development.
I've added a second filter which can be in parallel, series or split between the two oscillators. Envelope amount and key follow are also added.
7. Pulse Synthesizers Prototype
Wavetable synthesizer prototype built on an STM32F4 microcontroller. MIDI notes are being triggered from Cubase software.
2 x Wavetable oscillators with wavetable scanning knobs
Mixer for oscillators, noise and ring modulation
Envelope generator - ADSR controls
2 x Low Frequency Oscillators with frequency, depth and rotary encoders for selecting wave type and modulation destination
Delay effect with time and feedback controls
Reverb effect
11 x Filter types including LPF, HPF, BPF, Notch
MIDI 5 pin DIN interface
Graphic LCD 320 x 240 - only basic information currently shown however this will be expanded to cover a number of different menus.

Future work:
Sound patches
Non volatile memory for user patch storage
More filters
More wavetables
Acrylic case
External 16bit DAC interface (currently using inbuilt STM32F4 DAC)

onlyone - Eurorack and VCV Ambient 1

Published on Apr 15, 2018 Joe Kowalski

"Sunday, April 15, ambient music.

VCV Rack running on Mac Mini
Make Music 0-Coast semi-modular synth
Roland System 1m semi-modular synth"

Analogue Solutions Leipzig-sk // MODULATION

Published on Apr 16, 2018 se7ense7

"Uninterrupted knob-turning"

1980s Moog Source Vintage Analog Synthesizer SN 3401 w/ Extras

via this auction

"Up for sale, a 1980's Moog Source vintage analog synthesizer in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Complete with a brand new secondary membrane control panel, LeCover dust cover, additional padded cover, and original manual, this vintage synth is a well-kept example of Moog's first programmable model. With additional MIDI upgrades, the flexibility of this keyboard is greatly increased, and the two classic MiniMoog analog oscillators and 24 dB filter sound incredibly fat and rich.

Moog's Source was their first to offer patch memory storage, with 16 memory locations to instantly recall your synth patches. A cassette-tape jack was also implemented to transfer your patches to and from an external tape and free up the on-board memory for additional new patches. Unlike previous Moog models, all parameters are controlled by a single data wheel. Just select your desired patch or parameter on the membrane pad and use the wheel to assign a value from 1-100. Straightforward and easy to use, the Source allows for a variety of distinct Moog sounds to be selected on the fly and additional tweaking can be done in real time too."

Roland SH-101 Vintage Analog Synth RARE BLUE w/ MGS-1 & Orig Case SN 310407

via this auction

Roland "We Design the Future" Vol.3 Catalog Brochure From 1980

via this auction

"This auction contains the early version of the Roland Catalog Volume 3 (46 pages).

This Roland Catalog contain some of the best vintage synthesizers Roland ever made.

This Roland Catalog contains information and picture’s of the Roland System 700/ System 100/ System 100M/ SH-2/Jupiter-4/Promars and much more.

This is a must-have for any vintage synthesizer/Roland collector as these are getting very hard/impossible to find these days.

The early catalog Volume 3 has no writing,highlighting,underlining or any stamps in it.This catalog is in very good condition, see the picture's for more detail."

Side note: be sure to check out Retro Synth Ads for more scans of vintage synth brochures, catalogs and adverts.

Roland Electronic Instruments Vol.2 Catalog Brochure From 1977

via this auction

"This auction contains the early version of the Roland Catalog Volume 2 (42 pages). This Roland Catalog contain some of the best vintage synthesizers Roland ever made.

This Roland Catalog contains information and picture’s of the Roland System 700/ System 100/ System 100M/ SH-5/SH-7/Jupiter-4 and much more.

This is a must-have for any vintage synthesizer/Roland collector as these are getting very hard/impossible to find these days.

The early catalog Volume 2 has no writing,highlighting,underlining or any stamps in it. This catalog has 3 holes punched into it.This catalog is in good condition, see the picture's for more detail."

Side note: be sure to check out Retro Synth Ads for more scans of vintage synth brochures, catalogs and adverts.

Vintage Original 80's Fairlight CMI Brochure 8"x11"

via this auction

"8"x11" Fairlight CMI brochure (when folded closed) The interior (not shown) is packed full of information and photos and is very clean. the outside has quite a bit of shelf wear but still looks very nice. It is really exciting to see the Fairlight and read all about its capabilities even to this day."

Side note: be sure to check out Retro Synth Ads for more scans of vintage synth brochures, catalogs and adverts.

1980 NED Synclavier II Catalog / Brochure

via this auction

You can find some higher resolution scans in this previous post.

Side note: be sure to check out Retro Synth Ads for more scans of vintage synth brochures, catalogs and adverts.

Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 and Prophet-10 Catalogs / Brochures

Prophet-5 via this auction

Prophet-10 via this auction

Side note: be sure to check out Retro Synth Ads for more scans of vintage synth brochures, catalogs and adverts.

Roland Juno-60 Brochure From 1982

via this auction

MC-4 Microcomposer, TR-606 Dramatic, and TB-303 Bass Line featured on the back.

Side note: be sure to check out Retro Synth Ads for more scans of vintage synth brochures, catalogs and adverts.

The Viking, VK-1 Synthesizer - Virtual RME Voyager Based Soft Synth

Published on Dec 10, 2017 Blamsoft

Clearly based on the Moog Voyager RME. The following are a few user videos from Zombie Fights Shark. Details below.

Published on Apr 16, 2018 Zombie Fights Shark

"In episode 2 of Too Many Plug-Ins we explore the Viking VK-1 Synthesizer from Blamsoft. The monophonic VK-1 is modeled after an actual synth and is offered as a Pay What You Want (PWYW) product on Blamsoft's site (

In part 1 we listen an example piece of music created using only the VK-1 and then learn how to make a simple drum kit (kick, snare, hi hats). In part 2 we see how to make chords using this monophonic instrument (without adding extra instances). In part 3 we explore the remainder of the knobs and switches to get a more thorough understanding of how the Viking works.

You can download a free supplemental bundle of presets for the Viking VK-1 via or directly from Gumroad (

Zombie Fights Shark creates original instruments and sound libraries for Propellerheads Reason, Ableton Live, Native Instruments Kontakt, and wave and loop files. Hear and see more at"

"VK-1 Viking Synthesizer is an authentic emulation of a classic monophonic analog synthesizer. It has three continuously variable wave oscillators, two ladder filters with a Dual Lowpass or Highpass/Lowpass configuration, a multi-wave LFO, and two modulation busses. VK-1 uses state of the art DSP technology to accurately reproduce the sound of the hardware.

VK-1 comes with 228 presets in the categories Bass, Bright Lead, Electro Bass, FX, Percussive Lead, Soft Lead, and Synthwave. The 50 Electro Bass and 50 Synthwave presets were created by experienced sound designer eXode. The synth excels at thick bass and rich lead sounds.

At the heart of VK-1 are three adjustable wave oscillators. The continuously variable waveform knob gives the oscillators a unique sound that can’t be achieved with the fixed waveforms found in most synths. A noise oscillator provides three types of noise.

Two modulation busses and an LFO provide flexible modulation capabilities.

The filter is a classic transistor ladder filter modeled meticulously. Different drive modes are available for adding grit. The number of poles is adjustable for a wider range of filter sounds.

Modular Synthesizers with Andrew Scheps

Published on Apr 16, 2018 pureMix

Eurorack keeps on growing... It's now mainstream. I would say a tipping point was back in 2014 when Sweetwater started carrying Pittsburgh modular, and then in 2015 when Roland introduced their Aira eurorack modules followed by the System 500, and SYR-E84 eurorack case.

"Dive into the world of Modular Synthesis with Andrew Scheps.

Modular Synthesizers are not only a sight to behold but fascinating instruments capable of producing unique sounds that people have never heard before.

In this tutorial, Andrew demonstrates how to:

Build a simple synthesizer
Use control voltages and audio to shape patches
Use an oscillator as a clock
Build a theremin
Create a droning patch"

MOOG DEVOTION 02 (Mother 32 + DFAM)

Published on Apr 16, 2018 Emiliano Melis

Subtractive Analog Experience

Sound Installation performed entirely with Moog instruments.

Moog Mother 32
Moogerfooger MF 104M Analog Delay
Minifooger MF Trem

oØmiak - Irusu (Riamiwo Remix) - Session with Moog Dreadbox RolandAira (Riamiwo StudioVlog 85)

Published on Apr 16, 2018 riamiwovideos

"Here's my live studio session (with the Moog Sub37, Dreadbox NYX, RolandAira Tr-09, Tr-08, Sh-01a and Jp-08) of the Irusu - Remix I made for oØmiak - released today on the new label DYNAMICA.

Get your copy on Beatport:"

Once Upon a Synth: Why I got a Blofeld in 2018

Published on Apr 16, 2018 once upon a synth

"I talk about why I got a Waldorf Blofeld synth in 2018 and give you a basic overview of what the synth is capable of. This synth has a really nice keyboard with aftertouch. It can also handle lots of synthesis types including wavetables, subtractive, FM, physical modeling and sampling. It's definitely a digital-sounding synth (and that's a good thing in this case)."

10 creative ways to use LFOs (Synth tips and tricks)

Published on Apr 16, 2018 loopop

"I recently received for review the VariFO, a new and relatively cheap quad LFO module from VoicAs ( - a new eurorack company. With so many LFOs on tap, it inspired me to put together a clip with beginner as well as more advanced and creative LFO uses.

In this clip I explain what an LFO is, demonstrate how its basic parameters work (depth, rate, shape), and show ten different things you can do with LFOs:

1. Tremolo
2. Vibrato
3. FM synthesis
4. A Wobble effect with two LFOs
5. How an LFO can also be used as a clock or trigger in a modular setup
6. Using an LFO to sequence beats
7. Random sequencing with LFOs
8. How to use an LFO as an arpeggiator
9. How to create new LFO shapes
10. How to use an LFO as a sequence-synced timed VCA gate.

Used in this clip alongside VariFO are the Arturia Minibrute 2S, Disting MK4 from Expert Sleepers, and Plaits from Mutable Instruments"

Xfer Serum - Future Soundset by LFO Team

Published on Apr 16, 2018 chronosproject

"LFO team in ith process of making big project for Serum,over 200 presets with deep soul."

Jomox Alpha Base - Kick Drum voice

Published on Apr 16, 2018 Charles Whiley

"In this I present a detailed analysis of every parameter available for the Alpha Base kick drum as well as provide a demo of the various factory kick drum sounds."

Jomox Alpha Base Videos by Charles Whiley

Boss DR-202 "Simmons" Toms in Synthwave

Published on Apr 16, 2018 tiergrinder

"Here is a small quick demo that I made using a DR-202 for the electronic tom sounds for a synthwave track.

This is a response to a question that I got on my Enter The Fury video, where I was asked does the DR-202 really do the toms?
On that track the 202 does the sequencing for the intro synth line, but I replied that DR-202 is capable for nice "Simmons" tom sounds too and promised to make a quick demo.

I programmed the same tom patterns in the DR-202's internal sequencer and tuned the preset toms to match the tuning that I have on my "go to" Simmons samples. I wanted DR-202 to do all the drums so I programmed simple kick, snare, hihat and ride patterns to drive the track. Nothing too spectacular because the toms were the main point.

I recorded DR-202 dry without any external FX or EQ. When I recorded the drums, only instrument that was playing was the 202. I counted the bars and made the simple variations and break for the "track". Other parts were later added around this dry drum track.
For that reason the break is bit odd because I left the snare un muted and it pounds away through the break :D
That is also the reason why the drum sound volumes are bit all over the place.

Normally I would multitrack record every part on their own track, but here I just recorded all the drums from main outs as a mono mix to keep things honest, so there is no going back for level adjusting.

Sorry that I got carried away with the flanger, but you know.. It's so easy to end up over tweaking and forget what you were actually doing :D"

Making music live on DIY synths

Published on Apr 15, 2018 Konstantin T

"Making music on the DIY synths, two Tokarev Protosynth V1LPs running the pads and a Protosynth V2 prototype grooving with the bassline. Running loop in the FL Studio, sending MIDI notes to the synths. Audio output from synths gets processed by some dynamics and effects vst processors on the computer."

Patch n Tweak

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