MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Novation Circuit - 'Guidance'

Published on Nov 6, 2015 Joshua Buck Music

"Just playing around with a track I made my first time on this nifty little machine."

Novation Circuit - 'Adrift'

Published on Jan 29, 2016 Joshua Buck Music

"Another track I made whilst noodling around with this kit. No external effects or instruments."

Moog Minitaur - Ambient Jam

Published on Aug 24, 2015 Joshua Buck Music

"Just me getting some nice sounds out of this 'limited' piece of analog gear - I was fed up with all of the demos showing how nasty/raw it can sound, so here we go. This was my first jam with it, and thought I'd share it.

Theres one pad sound, one bass and one lead. Added some analogue delay and digital reverb to give it that spacious sound."

Practicing Sequencing w/ Novation Circuit

Published on Feb 19, 2018 Fabbri's Midnight Librarians


1. Practicing Sequencing w/ Novation Circuit
Quick practice session. Sequencing a Moog Sub 37 and a Roland System 8 with a Novation Circuit, which also plays drums.
2. Ep 2: How to Sequence Synths with Novation Circuit & JAM
We go over how my gear is setup: Novation Circuit sequences a Roland System 8 and a Moog Sub 37.
We add a final sequence on the onboard System 8 sequencer and then record a final jam.
3. Song #3, "Talking" novation circuit, sub 37, system 8
In our third practice song we swap our analog delay for an MXR Bass Overdrive pedal, taking the output from the Sub 37. Circuit sequences Sub 37 and one of the two Roland System 8 patches. System 8 is in split "performance" mode, using onboard sequencer for upper half.

Repair and Walkthrough: 1986 Ensoniq ESQ-1 Synthesizer & a Demo

Published on Feb 24, 2018 Fabbri's Midnight Librarians

"So excited. Just bought a used ESQ-1 hybrid synth. Needs a little repair tho.

Watch me replace esq-1 data fader, loose mod wheel, and sticky key that doesn't sound properly.

Background music recorded from ESQ-1 after I fixed it. :-)

Links Mentioned:
[1] How to Test Potentiometers.
[2] "Synth Wizards". Youtube from sellers of the replacement part." posted here

The "Synth Wizards" are Syntaur. You can find them at


First Song w/ ESQ-1 Sequencer + Novation Circuit

Published on Mar 4, 2018 Fabbri's Midnight Librarians

"Made this little ditty while learning how to use the surprisingly-good sequencer on the Ensoniq ESQ-1. All sequences and sounds ESQ-1 except drums (Novation Circuit)."

"Night Reno" MPC 1000, Circuit, System 8, Sub 37, ESQ-1

Published on Mar 29, 2018 Fabbri's Midnight Librarians

FML Video #11: Song: "Night Reno". Live performance using MPC 1000, Novation Circuit, Roland System 8, Moog Sub 37, Ensoniq ESQ-1, Roland MX-1, Digitech Polara Reverb.

Dream Sequence

via @joelbrave

Instruments used:
@moogmusicinc DFAM
@KorgUSA Volca Kick
@WeAreNovation Monostation
@ArturiaOfficial Drumbrute & Minibrute 2s

Recorded live into @harmonicdog Multitrack


New track from supporting MATRIXSYNTH member, Joel Braverman.

Numark PT01 Mini Scratch Turntable With Empress Echosystem and DFAM

Published on May 29, 2018 Perfect Circuit Audio

"In this video we used the Numark PT01 mini turntable with a few 7” records run through the Empress Effects Echosystem, the Moog DFAM is keeping a beat underneath the turntablism. The PT01 can play 12” or 7” records and has a built in scratch switch for cutting the sound in and out while scratching. We used a Hawaiian record and an Oren Ambarchi track for the sound sources. The Echosystem is a powerful stereo delay with 12 algorithms which each have multiple modes.

PT01 Turntable available here:
Empress Echosystem available here:"

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Sammich SID with 2 x SwinSID Installed

Published on May 19, 2018 Q J

via this auction

"Sammich SID music sythesizer with 2 SwinSID chips installed. The chips has a jumper to select between MOS 6581 or Mos 8580.

I don't use arcrylic case anymore. They are soft and fragile, lots of scraches/marks overtime. That's why I am using a new design aluminum case. I've also added a fan next to the regulators. As you know the regulators generate lots of heat and the SID chip is right next to it and they are working at a very high temperature. The heat will damage the SID overtime and causing a broken filter, so a fan next to it will help releasing the heat from the regulator. The rack mount ears is optional. CNC pre-cut all sockets at the bottom of the case, you can remove them easily and plug all midi and audio sockets to the back. Add the rack mount ears and turn the unit to a rack mount unit. Optional rack mount ears will be extra $20 including all midi & ausio sockets for installation. I only have 10 sets of rack mount ears at the moment and they only comes in black."

Eurorack delayed envelope VSL D-ENV self-cycling looping feature demo

Published on May 29, 2018 Vintage Synthlab

1. Jump the GATE IN jack and D-G IN jack with a stackable.
2. Set the DELAY to maximum, and the HOLD to about 50%.
3. Use another cable plugged into the jumper at the D-G IN jack and momentarily connect to the INV OUT jack (this takes advantage of the INV OUT's resting or nominal +8V for a positive trigger feed into the D-G IN jack which in turn feeds the DELAY timer a signal to start the timing process.
4. In less than one second after initially connecting the INV OUT to the trigger cable, move it over to the D-G OUT jack before the HOLD L.E.D. goes out. If you connect before then, you should have a self-cycling D-ENV!

The above procedure is safe to perform on the D-ENV module. Any deviation from this method, including different voltages, different systems, or modifications are not recommended by VSL.

Abecedarians in the Studio w/ a Moog Modular

I picked up Abecedarians reissue of Eureka on vinyl and look at what was inside. The album was released back in 1986.

I'm curious if the image was taken at the recording studio or their own studio as their music isn't really synth heavy (see below). If anyone knows feel free to comment.

1981 Moog Interface newsletter, Vol. 2

via Retro Synth Ads, where you'll find the rest of the scans and a top 10 list of what you will find in the newsletter.

Body Fool - Armgruun & Mengno

Published on May 26, 2018 Body Fool

Two new pieces from supporting MATRIXSYNTH Member, Body Fool.

Body Fool

Body Fool - Mengno

Published on May 29, 2018 Body Fool

Free Trap Kit from (WAV, Reason, Battery. Geist 2, Kontakt, Halion)

"New Loops presents Free Trap Kit 2 – over 50 high quality Trap sounds tilting to the mellower side of Trap and Hip Hop. You'll find 13 Trap loops, and 38 one shot samples including multi-sampled deep 808 bass kicks, crunchy snares and claps, sound effects. midi, multi-sampled one shots and more!

As well as the samples, there's also pre-made trap kits for Reason's Kong, Battery 4, and FXpansion's Geist 2. You'll also find some instrument patches for Kontakt 5, Halion 6, and Reason's NN-XT samplers.

Download FREE"

op-1 + fire...

Published on May 29, 2018 Servando Barreiro

"Playing with an installation from my friend Jaime Lobato:"

Blue Sun Two

Published on May 29, 2018 Ebotronix

4ms Peg, QCD/Expander²
Analogue Systems RS 110²²
Bananalogue Serge VCS
Behringer Model D (silver R2m)
Cyndustries Zeroscillator
Doepfer R2m², A101-2², A 114²,A131², A133², A134²²,

Roland Juno-6 polyphonic analog synthesizer ju-6 w/ case SN 160885

via this auction

Yamaha SS-30 Vintage Analogue String Synthesiser SN 1731

via this auction

"This fully wood-cased beast is a classic String-Synth of the seventies from Yamaha. It is "multi-phonic" as it uses a divide-down, electric organ type of architechture for its tone generation. There are two tones for each note so it's probably fair to say it's dual-oscillator, and it can create some really lush timbres. It's richer sounding than the ARP Solina String Synth. It has an individual VCA envelope for each key. The four-octave keyboard is not velocity sensitive, and the synth offers just a few controls above the keyboard for choosing preset sounds, and modest tweaking (no filters, LFOs, etc). It has been used by Utravox & Midge Ure."

YAMAHA SK20 Symphonic Ensemble SN 1440

via this auction

ARP Axxe 2313 Monophonic Synthesizer SN 2313 1743

via this auction

"ARP Axxe 2313 monophonic Synthesizer . Unit was refurbished with a Synth Chaser ARP Axxe Capacitor and IC Kit. Also a brand New ARP Axxe Replacement Slider Kit – 23 pieces full set was installed. Unit was calibrated to ARP service specifications. White noise generator is engaged by pressing noise generator switch. Keybed was cleaned brought back to functioningKeybed has been straightened out."

Vintage ARP AXXE Monophonic Synthesizer with SYNHOUSE MIDI Jack Mod SN 2313 0691

via this auction

It appears the MIDI does not track properly:


via this auction













A trio of wavefolding Instruo VCOs || 2x Ts L and 1x Tona + Harmonaig for good measure!

Published on May 29, 2018 DivKidVideo

"Here's a lovely trio of wave folding oscillators from Instruo. I have 2 of the new Ts-L 6HP feature packed oscillators and the softer (in terms of it's wave folder sound) Tona. These are great analogue oscillator designs which I'll be covering in their own more in depth videos coming soon. I'm also using the Harmonaig to keep things musical, in key and generating harmonies based on a single sequence coming in."

Moog Minitaur controlled with iPad - MIDI Designer Pro

Published on Feb 6, 2018 Matteo Cozza

All MOOG parameter are mapped with MIDI Designer Pro.

iTunes: MIDI Designer Pro 2 - Confusion Studios LLC

Hewwop1 EP Recording Walkthrough

Published on May 29, 2018 Red Means Recording

"Hi! Let's walk through the technique I used to record the Hewwop1 EP, available now, everywhere:

Google Play:

Patrons get it for free:"

Noise Engineering Muta Jovis & Soleo Vero Demos

Muta Jovis demo & jam: 4-switch utility module for Eurorack synths

Published on May 29, 2018 Noise Engineering

"The Muta Jovis from Noise Engineering is a simple 4HP utility module for modular synths, with 4 switches that connects inputs to the outputs, giving you the ability to mute 4 channels individually.

The inputs are circularly normalled so a single input can be sent (and muted) to up to four outputs. This module is designed for gates and CV.

You can also use it in passive mode, so without power it works the same, but no LEDs will illuminate.

Modular synth demo by Patrick O'Brien "POB".

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Soleo Vero demo: Visual strobe tuner for modular synth performances

Published on May 29, 2018

"Soleo Vero is a 3-input strobe tuner packed into 4HP, allowing you to visually tune up to 3 oscillators. Yes, you can tune without having to listen! It only takes a few seconds and can be a life saver during a live gig.

Modular synth demo by Patrick O'Brien "POB".

Background music during some parts performed by Stephen McCaul and can be found here:"

EOY 2017 Report 2/2

Published on Jan 4, 2018 Noise Engineering

"Last jams of 2017. This is a case I use for deep testing of prototypes and checking out other brands' kit. Oh, and making music :)

Korg Minilogue "Not Mini" 70 Powerfull Presets by Chronos

Published on May 29, 2018 chronosproject

"Get ready for the most powerfull & fat analog sounds you ever heard on Korg Minilogue!

Powerfull basses,leads, modular sequences, lush strings & pads, groovy
arpegios & more.
70 inspired sounds made by Nick Klimenko.
For almost every sound - we created a sequence,so push play button!
Also we had programmed unusual modulation with slider to show extended Minilogue possobilities.


Total List Of Presets:

Tips n' Tricks: Generating Rhythms Using the Moog Mother-32's LFO

Published on May 29, 2018 Alastair Wilson

"Welcome back to another tutorial, this time for the Mother 32!

In this video, we use the M32's onboard LFO to generate swing, followed by modulating the sequencer's tempo to get interesting rhythms. Combined with other modulation and the step sequencing of the M32, you can add some great evolving rhythmic variation to your sequence to keep it interesting for longer."

Yamaha CS80 Sustain & Portamento test

Published on May 29, 2018 Michael Geyre

"after some requests regarding the Deckard clone, i've made that short video where i'm testing reactions of Global Sustain 1/2 compared to user presets release
pretty interesting, as it shows:
- when adding global sustain, it adds on both vcf/vca
- sustain 1/2 switch is functionning when you add release on your user preset
- release is a bit longer when using the one on user presets (than global release)
i've been using that instrument for 20 years, i'm still amazed by its sound and expressiveness
Ribbon is active on all notes in sustain 2 mode, only on played (not released) notes in sustain mode 1"

Visit Jonas Rathsman's chemistry lab-turned-studio in Gothenburg

Published on May 29, 2018 FACTmagazine

"Jonas Rathsman is an integral part of Sweden's house and techno scene. He’s been releasing music since 2013 when he debuted on French Express. He hasn’t stopped since, with releases on Diynamic, Crosstown Rebels, Mobilee and his own ELEMENTS imprint.

Having spent nearly all his life around Sweden's second city, Gothenburg, Rathsman decided to build his own studio complex in an abandoned chemistry lab. Obviously, we jumped at the chance to have a full tour."

THEREMIN & SYNTH -Thereminator - eurorack module by WaveLicker

Published on May 29, 2018 Therminal C I C Ehinger

'Swiss company WaveLicker ( designed Thereminator specially for interfacing a theremin to synthesizers. It is a eurorack module that takes the control voltage signal of the theremin’s antennas and convert it into 3 gate and 3 trigger signals. Up to three different tresholds points can be edited and stored. This is great, because you can adjust the distance (= where in space the trig happens) without changing your theremin playing settings.

You can patch it with the pitch or with the volume antenna CV. In this video, i used the volume antenna only because i find it easier to get a musical application with it.

Alain Gillièron - the boss of WaveLicker - created Thereminator on my request. He made an external gate for my theremin about a year ago. It boosted my creativity and totally changed my solo theremin performance : i am not using any playback nor computer device on stage anymore. I can play synth and my theremin simulteanously.
So, we decided to improve this device and develop a eurorack module, so that other people can have access to this "augmented" theremin playing.

I am totally addicted to this module! I am very thankful to Alain Gillièron, all the energy and time he dedicated to this project.

I've been testing the prototype for a 3 months and I made 5 patch to show different ideas.
00:51 Patch#1 - drums playing
01:08 Patch#2 - shoot & freeze sample
01:43 Patch#3 - it rings
03:23 Patch#4 - step by step
04:20 Patch#5 - percussive ADSR

Thereminator is pretty simple to use. A calibration is requested before using it, to assure full compatibility with your theremin. After that, it is just a matter of pratice : theremin playing is very subtle and sensitive, so using Thereminator accurately also require some training.

Background music : Astral Odyssey, composed by Therminal C (Coralie Ehinger)
Music patch#3 : Birdies, composed by Therminal C (Coralie Ehinger)
Music patch#4 : ARP, composed by Therminal C (Coralie Ehinger)
Music patch#5 : A.M.180 by Grandaddy; Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

Played & recorded live @ studio l'Orient, 2018

Patch schemas made on Modulargrid :

Video : Therminal C (Coralie Ehinger)"

Error Instruments wooden tron

Published on May 29, 2018 paul tas

"-WOODEN- -TRON- -sound generator-

is a complex soundscape machine
with 6 oscillators NAND saw / tri
with a banana plug patchbay
like buchla. and labritory
for experimental bleeps and noise
purely analogue generated, sound

with in-built temco LDR tube from 1949

with this LDR TUBE TEMCO from 1949 not only the light can be influenced, the temperature also affects the sound
for and thermin like character. controlled by light and shadow this is also external using. with CV

there is also an echo with self-oscillation to complex feedback drones

brinki filter lo lo lo lo pas deep sound self-oscillation

or to use as an echo or reverb
it can also be used externally
with other instruments

only one made
supper rare"

via Error Instruments

Mixjam1 movie

Published on May 29, 2018 e-pleasure

"A Jam with a mixture of Instruments, this time only a small modular part with the Arpeggio sound from the fantastic lil'Erebus from Dreadbox. This sound is a little mit compressed by a sidechain-gate coming from the deluge to a wmd compressor.

The Arpeggio is programmed in the ER-101, transposed over ER-102 by a cv from the Deluge. Drums and bassline also programmed in the also fantastic Synthstrom Deluge. Lead played by a nonskilled player on the Dominion1 for MFB.

There's a Limiter on the sum and in the end I had to made a little volume automation because of the high output of the feedback in the echo of the erebus ;-) What a cool little echo!"

The NDLR Motif Window Overview

Published on May 28, 2018 Conductive Labs

"Steve, Conductive Labs' firmware wizard, shows us what all's going on in the Motif window on The NDLR's TFT display. See more details of The NDLR here:"

Patch n Tweak

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