MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

New Audio Damage Quanta - Granular Soft Synth for AAX, AU, VST, VST3, and iOS

via Audio Damage

"We are very pleased to announce Quanta, our new synthesizer for AAX, AU, VST, VST3, and iOS. Quanta is a 10-voice granular synthesizer built around an incredibly easy-to-use and capable granular engine, with a 'sidecar' oscillator that can be used in addition to the granular source, or mixed in with it, or instead of it. Quanta has two multi-mode filters and a cross-platform preset mechanism, and can load AIFF, WAV, Ogg, FLAC, and MP3 format samples.

Modulation sources? Quanta's got 'em. Quanta features our new Flexible Envelope Generator (FEG), which is an arbitrary-length breakpoint generator with optional host tempo sync. Easily add and remove breakpoints, and set loop points and curves. These comically powerful envelope generators are essentially sequencers in their own right, and Quanta has four of them.

Quanta also has a pair of our new Flexible LFO, which made its first appearance in Discord4. The FLFO has, for all intents and purposes, an unlimited series of waveforms that are easily accessed via the SHAPE, SKEW, and WARP knobs.

Mod routing #easymode. Quanta has a full modulation matrix page; touch a knob and it instantly scrolls to that row, allowing you to easily and quickly direct modulation sources throughout the synth; virtually every control in the synth engine can be modded.

In addition, Quanta is fully MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) capable, and owners of MPE controllers such as the Linnstrument, Haken Continuum, Roli Seaboard and Rise, and Madrona Labs Soundplane can utilize their full expression range.

Quanta for iOS is functionally identical to the desktop versions, and will be available as standalone and AUv3 (iPad only); presets created on the desktop can be used in the mobile version and vice-versa.

Setting aside the marketing-speak and bullet points for a moment, we'd just like to say that we're very proud of this instrument, which is the result of many months of research and development in both DSP and user interface methods, and the first product of this new chapter in the history of Audio Damage. Our goal was to try to make granular synthesis as easy to understand and use as subtractive, and to make it as musical and playable as possible. Whether we've succeeded or not is up to you folks to decide, of course, but we are really pleased with what we've come up with here, and are excited to show it to you.

Today (May 3rd, 2018) is the first day of Superbooth 18, and we'll have beta versions of both desktop and iOS Quanta on display for use, as well as a Roli Seaboard Rise and Linnstrument on hand to demonstrate the MPE capabilities. If you're in Berlin, please stop by and have a play. We do not have a final price or release date at this time; there are still some things we need to tighten up, and we won't be shipping Quanta until it is solid as a rock. With that said, it won't be long; more than a couple weeks, but less than a couple months, is our best guess."

New Roland SYSTEM 500 modules Electro Jam with TR-08 and Rainmaker

Published on May 2, 2018 Honeysmack

"Featured modules include:
New Roland SYSTEM 500 modules: 505, 531, 555, 510.
Intellijel: Rainmaker, Metropolis, Plonk.
Noise Engineering: Basimilus Iteritas Alter
WMD: Chimera.
Mutable Instruments: Peaks
Drums: TR-08"

Inside KOMA Elektronik HQ at Common Ground

Published on May 2, 2018 DivKidVideo

"To kick off the Modular Podcast footage at the 2018 Superbooth we went to KOMA Elektronik at their headquarters in Common Ground. Common Ground is a community, DIY build space, DIY kit shop, vintage synth collection and lots more. Woutr takes us on a tour around the public and private spaces involved with both the Common Ground shop front and the working spaces and staff at KOMA. The space is peppered with great books, modular systems, DIY projects, soviet era synths, broken synths users can buy and fix themselves and loads more.

We're proud to have our Superbooth 2018 content sponsored by"

Building a CV QUANTIZER with Arduino - 01

Published on May 2, 2018 Sbranvlztronics

"A CV quantizer with Arduino UNO (ATmega328) in its earlier stage of development. In this video the quantizer is doing its thing on two LFO waveforms. There is two independent CV inputs to be quantized, other parameters are voltage controlled also: scale choice, clock, tessitura (low and high note range for each CV input channel). Yet to be implemented are: synchronization with external clocks, MIDI output, if memory won't run out...



Dave Smith Instruments Prophet X Demos by Rozzer

"This is a compilation of parts from recordings I made when creating patches for the Prophet X synthesizer. I recorded much more, but edited down to the the best bits. There are no additional effects or processing. All effects are from the synth itself.

DISCLAIMER: There is no particular musicianship in these demos. They were recorded whilst patching mostly with one hand on the keyboard and the other hand tweaking knobs. The purpose of uploading is to give an idea of the tone, sound and character of the Prophet X as explored by one sound designer."

This one was spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child.

Official Stand Alone Software Editor for the Roland SE-02 Now Available

via Studio Electronics:

"The official Roland approved, Studio Electronics standalone editor for the SE-02 is once again the handiwork of SE Sound Designer and Coder, Emmanuel Santoul, developer of the software editors for the ATC, SE-1, and Omega Series synths. This inspiring cross-platform product affords full, real-time control, providing not only an intuitive GUI, enabling immediate access to all synth parameters, but also: full library management and auditioning, "Patch Blending," "Random Patch Generation," and edit and compare customization. Expressive features not standard on your synthesizer can now be explored, integrated, and perhaps most importantly, visualized—to simplify, and yet amplify your most detailed '02 sound designs and creative expressions. Translation: Music could happen.

In general, one can interact with the software in the same way you would with the front panel controls of this Boutique, but the seamless integration and coordination of the two closely interacting systems, real and virtual, massively increase the programmer’s grasp of the total signal, timbre, and control flow.

Switch programs, tweak sound parameters, or move to another bank: editor and hardware and editor settings will correspond; a contextual menu, with all features available, will be displayed by right-clicking the display. Copying and pasting, and rearranging your patches—a bear with just the box and your DAW in front of you—is now gentle on the mind, perhaps even enjoyable. Better still: saving and reloading banks (all within a few minutes) without disconnecting, power recycling, and reconnecting, as well as transcending and expanding the single User bank limitations is reason enough to get on board.

VSTi and Audio Unit scheduled later on in 2018. We are prioritizing the standalone app as we think this is better in line with the spirit of the SE-02, which is a table-top synth. Most of you Boutique-ers are now working this way—without DAWs; we see you.

Note: The app does not generate sound; it only address MIDI and SysEx data.

New Twisted Electrons hapiNES & uAcid8 Mini Synths

"hapiNes is a multitrack chiptune synthesizer inspired by the RP2A07 sound chip found in the NES games console.

The 4 voices allow you to create authentic sounding tunes in real time!

More details and demos coming soon,
first batch expected to ship around August

authentic triangle bass
2 squares with variable pulsewidth
36 synthesized drum sounds (no samples)
16 arpeggiator modes with variable speed
18 Buttons
32 Leds
6 high quality potentiometers
16 pattern memory
Arp Fx with variable depth and decay time
Filter Wobble with variable speed and depth
Crush Fx with variable depth
Audio and Sync input and output chaining (compatible with PO sync modes)
Runs on 2x AAA batteries (auto shutdown for power saving)"


Acid8 on the go!

µAcid8 is a portable 8Bit bass-line synthesizer borrowing the characterful wavetable engine from acid8 and the essential elements of its highly praised step sequencer.

µAcid8 features some new tricks including transposition automation, filter wobbler, stutter and vinyl spin-down effects.

µAcid8 requires only two AAA batteries and can be synced to external instruments and pocket operators.

More details and demos coming soon,
first batch expected to ship around August

18 Buttons
32 Leds
6 high quality potentiometers
Arp Fx with variable depth and decay time
Filter Wobble with variable speed and depth
Crush Fx with variable depth
Audio and Sync input and output chaining (compatible with PO sync modes)
Runs on 2x AAA batteries (auto shutdown for power saving)"

Pre-Orders on

This one in via Liquid Sky Berlin on Gearporn.Berlin.

Noistation - By Love Hulten

Published on May 2, 2018 Love Hultén

"Synthesizer built around the Axoloti Core"


"Noistation is a synthesizer based on Axoloti core, the open source hardware synth created by Johannes Taelman. Combined with Axoloti Patcher software - a user friendly and very graphic modular environment. Create your own effects and sounds using oscillators (from subtractive to FM), filters, modulation, and much more. Simply connect the Noistation to your computer via USB and start making objects. Build your own personal patch bank and store it on the built-in SD card.

The casing is handmade from mahogany the controls are designed around tactility - 37 semi weighted full-size keys, a pitch-wheel, six buttons(octave, transpose and patch shifting) and 16 faders for EQ, filters, effects and much more.

​For output, there's stereo output on the back and an optional built-in full-range 40W speaker. Dimensions: 70x80x18cm"

Analog Solutions Vostok Matrix Synth - White

via this auction


Published on May 2, 2018 hicut cake

Hicut Cake proudly presents:

Recipe #050

– Elektron Digitakt
– Korg MS-20M
– Roland D-05

2 05 18 Serge Modular System Videos by batchas

Published on May 2, 2018 batchas

"Heavy use of my Scrotum Lab panels (Panel Nr 1 + SWAMP).
RingMod, ResEQ give the sound this character, but mostly also the RLPG.
VCO used = variable output of NTO + variable output of Buchla 258 (present on Panel Nr 1).
I use from time to time the LOOP function on the SWAMP."

2 05 18 Serge Modular System [01]
2 05 18 Serge Modular System [02]
2 05 18 Serge Modular System [03]
2 05 18 Serge Modular System [04]

Retro Mechanical Labs // Electron Fuzz Custom (Full Walkthrough Demo)

Published on May 2, 2018 Genshi Media Group

"This is a walkthrough demo of the Electron Fuzz Custom Eurorack module from Retro Mechanical Labs. I cover the various functions of the knobs and inputs/outputs while putting a variety of different sound sources through it, including Analog Style waveforms from Mutable Instruments Plaits, Drum sounds from Erica Synths Pico Drums, Guitar from a Gibson Les Paul Studio, and Wavetables from the Synthesis Technology E352 Cloud Terrarium. Here is an index of each part:

0:06 - Introduction
3:09 - Demo with Classic Waveforms
8:16 - Demo with Modulation
12:41 - Demo with Drums
19:59 - Demo with Guitar
22:07 - Demo with Droning Wavetables"

You can find previous posts featuring the Electron Fuzz Custom here.

New Dave Smith Instruments Sequential Prophet X to Have New Dave Rossum (E-Mu) SSI-2044 Filters

Back in April of 2017, Sound Semiconductor announced the production of the SSI-2044 Four Pole Voltage Controlled Filter, "an improved re-issue of the SSM2044 that many believe to be the best sounding synthesizer filter chip ever produced. Developed by original SSM2044 designer Dave Rossum - known for his many electronic music contributions - the SSI2144 utilizes modern process technology for high reliability and low cost. Improvements include lower noise and control feedthrough, better performance of the resonance control circuit, and pin connections optimized for PCB layout. Preservation of the SSM2044's coveted sonic characteristics - a key project requirement - were achieved."

Although the new chip has been featured in DIY designs posted here and here, I believe the new DSI Sequential Prophet X is the first full-blown production synthesizer to use the new chip.
via Kraft Music: "SSI-2044 just became available last year, likely around when initial designs for Sequential Prophet X were being drawn up, and thus to our knowledge hasn't been used in any other mass-produced modern instruments, but given its progenitor's legacy it seems likely that Prophet X will have no shortage of the coveted, filter-derived character found in the vintage SCI samplers as well as the products that used SSM2044."

This one was spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child.

Sequential/Dave Smith Prophet X Sound Design Demo by INHALT

Published on May 2, 2018 INHALTVIDEO

"Well, there's too much possible to say about this one so I'll say this much: stereo field, stereo everything, lfo's to sample start, sample loop length ... this is a massive instrument and quiet honestly, on first glance, was quiet the grand undertaking from a sound design standpoint. Presented here are some of the patches we completed for the Factory Bank that will ship with the Prophet X synthesizer. No additional post processing, no additional fx, no external sequencing. Pure Prophet X."


Published on May 2, 2018 Deckard's Dream


music: Mathew Jonson"

Awesome promo video.

Pre-orders details:


This is a preorder deposit for a fully built KIJIMI synthesizer.

The total price is $3749 with free worldwide shipping, the remaining balance of $2550 is to be paid when the product is ready for shipping.

Pre-order will run until these units have sold out. Please allow 3 months build time, shipping should be in August 2018.

We offer free worldwide shipping with Japan Post International Priority. Courier delivery (UPS, DHL, FedEx etc) is available but will be charged at an additional cost."

You can find previous posts featuring KIJIMI here.

Note: Kijimi is actually based on the RSF Kobol mono synth. via the creator himself, Roman Filippov: "It’s a polyphonic kobol more than polykobol, since it uses ssm2040-like filters, not ssm2044"

Six Mutable Instruments Stages Chained Together

Published on May 2, 2018 Perfect Circuit Audio

"We heard that you could connect up to six Stages modules from Mutable Instruments, so we had to try it since we just got them in stock. We discovered that the sixth Stages becomes a five note chord oscillator when you do chain six together. We made a few different patches for this video using the stages for oscillators, sequencers, envelopes, lfos and more. The Stages is a versatile module that can do many things, while still being easy to use, since it just has 3 modes and no menus.

Available here:"

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

IK Multimedia UNO Sound Demo (no talking)

Published on May 2, 2018 Bonedo Synthesizers

Prurient Interest by ngarjuna

Published on Apr 20, 2018 ngarjuna

A new release from MATRIXSYNTH supporter, ngarjuna.

"Includes high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Paying supporters also get unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app. 8 tracks plus pdf booklet"

You can find previous posts featuring ngarjuna here.


Published on May 1, 2018 UncertainMusicCorps

"Exploring ways to create slow evolving melodic patterns. Using a comparator to thin out rhythmic clocks into something more hesitant. to drive a Turing Machine style shift register. Also exploiting the newly arrived Stages to get more interesting envelope shapes. Main melodic voices are from Shapeshifter and Plonk. Drone from DC and Warps in tape delay mode (Parasites firmware)

This one really does need headphones."

Urs Heckmann (U-he) Superbooth 18 Rehearsal (Live Modular Performance)

Published on May 2, 2018 Urs Heckmann

"Reahearsal session of my CVilization showcase on Friday. The goal is to get a lot of mileage out of an 8-step sequencer (Xaoc Moskwa) without changing the sequence, but by scaling its voltage before quantizers for different voices. In addition, doing some noodle like I did in the previous video.

Sorry for some scratchy distortion in the middle. I thought I had had the headroom, but...

My apologies for the mandatory noise-phaser intro and outro."

Superbooth 2018: AJH Synth - Wave Swarm and V-Shape

Published on May 2, 2018 sonicstate

Superbooth 2018 - IK Multimedia Uno Synth

Published on May 2, 2018 sonicstate

"Brand new analogue 2 Osc synth from IK MultimediaFrozen Reverbs Racks for Live:"

See this post for details on IK Multimedia's new Uno Synth.

Superbooth 2018: IK Multimedia UNO Synth - First Look With Erik Norlander | SYNTH ANATOMY

Published on May 2, 2018 SYNTH ANATOMY

Yamaha FS1R FM Formant Synthesiser

via this auction

"This is the king of FM synthesisers with 8 operators. The perfect tool for any sound designer."

Korg Micro Preset M500 Synthesizer SN 780413

via this auction


Published on May 2, 2018 LESINDES

Make Noise MG155 Firmware update w/ User Definable Firmware Options

Published on May 2, 2018 MAKEN0ISE

"The MG155 Firmware update w/ User Definable Firmware Options

A few of the NEW behaviors and functionas unlocked by these options include:

- 1 volt per octave control over the Vari-Speed parameter
- Audio rate Phase/position modulation
- Liquid smooth gene windowing
- Gene Synchronized Ramp CV
- Single-Repeat Microsound-capable Delay and Pitch Shifter

There are nine options in total.
These are OPTIONS. Users may decide which they would like to use.
The original Morphagene firmware is still fully usable.
Change one thing or change all 9!"

SUPERBOOTH18 - Filter 8 by Joranalogue Audio Design Promo Video

Published on May 2, 2018 Joranalogue Audio Design

"Representing the cutting edge in modular analogue VCF design, Filter 8 offers more possibilities and higher fidelity in 12 HP than ever before. Try it for yourself at booth E266."

You can find details on Joranalogue's Filter 8 here.

Retroaktiv SSH Basic Functions Video

Published on May 2, 2018 Retroaktiv Synthesizers
Update: video - Re-Published on May 2, 2018

"This video gives a quick overview of the Retroaktiv SSH's SLOPE, SLEW, SYM/ASM, and RISE FALL functions."

You can find details on Retroaktiv's SSH eurorack module here.

Lyra 8 improv - Ascent into Freefall

Published on May 2, 2018 theProxyServer

"This kicks off with the Lyra 8 set up in a fairly 'neutral' place, and then i gradually tweak to modulate...
Starts to get a little out of hand at around the 6'00" mark, before heading for home."

Athos Acid

Published on May 2, 2018 MrSharps02

"i have no idea what i'm doing!

a mashup of various ideas, drums are sequenced using euclidean patterns from pams workout which are in turn modified by pressure points acting as an 8 step sequencer, which is also modulating the melody provided by the metropolis.

drums via plonk and peaks, reverb is oliverb mode from clouds parasite, shapeshifter and korgasmatron provide the squelch, pads and pitched drums are from the analog four."

EP. 40: Pour me some water (Wine Glass, PO-33 K.O., PO-16 Factory, Reface CP & Strymon BigSky)

Published on May 2, 2018 Alex S.

"This guy used this one crazy trick to get an enormous 'sphere' sound. (Pocket Operator PO-33 K.O., PO-16 Factory, Reface CP & Strymon BigSky, recorded on my ZOOM R24)
Music starts at 1:44"

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