MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, June 25, 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018


Published on Jun 25, 2018 IPAsNmore

Submissive - Subharmonics with the Moog Mother-32, DFAM, Make Noise Maths and Morphagene

Published on Jun 25, 2018

"Inspired by Loopop's video: [posted here]

Make Noise Maths, Morphagene
Moog DFAM, Mother-32 x 2
Meris Mercury 7, Polymoon"

Old School MIDI DJ 1987 MIDI Sequencer/Recorder

via this auction

It appears to take 5 1/4" floppies. Advert scan below.

"Back in the day on my studio, I used an Steinberg Pro-24/Atari ST set-up, and I can attest that the MIDI DJ was tightest compare with the ST and it is portable!. Below a couple of features, such as:

As a conventional MIDI sequencer, recording polyphonic performances and overdubbing them in the usual fashion for playback 'live' or synchronised to tape via a drum machine.
Up to 12,000 note capacity per sequence
A total of 45,000 notes per disk (just limited by storage capacity of the disk)
Real time record
inboard clock for tempos from 1 - 255 beats per minute
Two track recording of data w/ "sound on sound" technique
Standard 5 1/4 floppy disk format and more.

· As a data filer which will let you store (for instance) DX7 sounds on a cheap 5 1/4" floppy disk rather than an expensive RAM cartridge.

· For those interested in playing live, as a playback machine for sequences which have been created on a much more complex system and easily incorporate MIDI and CV analog input and outputs

I assure you that this is one of a kind and it will be hard for you to find another one like this one and in this amazing state."

Modded Roland TR 505 w/ LinnDrum + DMX + LM-1 Sounds SN 713321

via this auction

"Like most drum machines from the mid-1980s, the Roland TR-505 generates its percussion sounds by replaying pre-recorded digitized samples of real drums. These sounds are stored as pulse-code modulation data in ROM. Whereas older machines such as the LinnDrum, Oberheim DMX, etc. typically stored each sound on its own ROM chip, with dedicated digital-to-analogue converter and associated circuitry; this TR-505 includes a pre-assembled board with a ROM with samples from the Linn LM-1, LinnDrum and Oberheim DMX. The sample data from these machines is compressed (they used non-linear DAC circuitry to simulate 12-bit resolution) all controlled by 2x toggle switches.

Provides four switchable banks of sounds:
Stock TR-505,
Reversible installation - board is socketed, so you can remove it and return to the stock configuration
Basically you can have tree extra classic and hard to find drum machines for less than the price of any of them."

Vintage ROLAND SH-101 Analog Synthesizer w/ Original Box SN 307088

via this auction

1979 Crumar Performer Update

Just a quick update for the video posted here earlier today. It turns out, that particular Crumar Performer is current for sale on Charlottesville Criagslist. Paul Curreri who posted the video also has a write-up on the allure of vintage synths on his Patreon page that went along with the video posted there.

SpaceCraft is the BEST CHEAP Granular Synth │ haQ attaQ Jam

Published on Jun 25, 2018 Jakob Haq

iTunes: SpaceCraft: Granular Synth - Mark Watt

"SpaceCraft is a Granular Synthesizer for iPad and iPhone and it's dirt cheap too. Not only that, it's also very easy to work with thanks to the limited graphical user interface. You'll have something going with SpaceCraft a few seconds after launching it for the first time and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to get into simple, granular synthesis. The app isn't perfect and needs a lot of work though. I cannot stress how much this thing would benefit from a proper working AUv'3 mode, because as of right now it can only be loaded as an fx plugin and the sample import wont work when doing that."


Moog DFAM + Mother 32 + TR-09

Published on Jun 24, 2018 Honeysmack

Keen Association 268e Graphic Waveform Generator

Published on Jun 25, 2018 Todd Barton

"The new Keen Association 268e Waveform Generator in a single Buchla panel format. 4 oscillators in this panel with lots of amazing modulation and graphic designing of waveforms. This is just my first out-of-the-box encounter. I don't know what I'm doing but I'm liking it!"


Published on Jun 25, 2018 GoldbabySamples

"This pack is available now:"

"I have been using guitar pedals for sound design for many years. Distortion, fuzz, overdive, filtering, reverb, chorus, all manner of different pitch modulation, octave generators and Lofi FX. I don't know why I didn't think of this doing pack before... the 808 through these boxes is a sonic wonderland of drum goodness.

This pack contains a varied and useful palette of new 808 sounds. Not just full on distortion (although there is plenty) but also subtle saturation and new punchy, warm tones that you can only get through these wonderful little analog and digital stomp boxes. Also included are some crazy/weird drum sounds that you wouldn't even think came from an 808.

Chromatic kicks, congas and toms are mapped and tuned so you can play them on your keyboard (EXS-24, Kontakt and Maschine). All the samples are logically labeled and organised. With kits for Maschine, Geist, Battery, Kontakt and EXS-24. I have even created a PDF with all the kick and conga drum tuning info for those who don't have the software formats I have included."

Yellow WALDORF Q Wavetable Virtual Analog Modeling Synth SN 010925671

via this auction


Crockett's Theme - ANA2 plugin short cover.

Published on Jun 25, 2018 BluffMunkey

"Was playing with some additional presets for an upcoming Synthwave expansion pack for Sonic Academy ANA2 and it struck me that I HAD to try and do some of the sounds from Crockett's Theme. The lead is particularly tricky because the original (I believe) used a sample from a Fairlight, but this is as close as I can get for now."

SPINE BREAKER// SP-555, Korg Prologue, TB-03, TR-8

Published on Jun 25, 2018 MR TUNA Music

"'In my experience, if you let a man break your nose, the next time he tries to breaks your spine'

sampled from FARGO season 1 into the Roland SP555."

DSI Prophet Rev 2 & Strymon Timeline

Published on Jun 25, 2018 3rdStoreyChemist

"Rev 2 synthesiser through the Timeline delay."

Sequential Circuits Pro-One Sounds

Published on Jun 25, 2018 Perfect Circuit Audio

"Here are a few sounds from this vintage Sequential Circuits Pro-One synthesizer. The Pro-One was a two oscillator monophonic analog synth with some interesting modulation routing options on the panel and a built in sequencer. We used the Pro-One by itself and with a Moog MF-104M analog delay pedal, as well as with a Roland TR-08."

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Wye Oak | It Was Not Natural | Moog Sound Lab

Published on Jun 25, 2018 Moog Music Inc

"Indie-rock duo Wye Oak step into the Moog Sound Lab to perform 'It Was Not Natural' from the album 'The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs'. Trading their acoustic instruments for analog synthesizers, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack conduct an electronic ensemble for this re-imagining of 'It Was Not Natural' -- making special use of the new Moog Grandmother analog synthesizer."

Jack Reacts! Waldorf Quantum

Published on Jun 25, 2018 Andertons Keyboard Dept.

Some funny moments in this one.

"Jack goes through the first batch of presets on the Waldorf Quantum and, with the help of Chris and Joss, gives his reaction to what's available first hand."

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

AUTOMAT / Korg Electribe 2

Published on Jun 25, 2018 mishpult

"Taking the E2 for a spin through several fully automated patterns to create a short, 5 min set. The intention here is to restrain myself as much as possible from intervening with the machine and let it do its thing alone. Automation is the future, you know."

Resynthesizer: Modular Synthesizer Installation at MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center

Published on Jun 25, 2018 MIT Media Lab

Note this is an upcoming event. You can find previous posts featuring Joe Paradiso’s modular synthesizer here.

"In collaboration with the Department of Nuclear Science & Engineering and the MIT Media Lab, ACT presents Resynthesizer, a performance, installation, and public tour series of MIT Media Lab Professor Joe Paradiso’s modular synthesizer, temporarily installed within MIT’s internationally known Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC).

More information at:
License: CC-BY-4.0 ("

"Friday — Thursday
April 27, 2018 —
May 31, 2018
MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center
Building NW21, 190 Albany Street
Cambridge, MA

In collaboration with the Department of Nuclear Science & Engineering and the MIT Media Lab, ACT presents Resynthesizer, a performance, installation, and public tour series of MIT Media Lab Professor Joe Paradiso’s modular synthesizer, temporarily installed within MIT’s internationally known Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC). Resynthesizer will incorporate a month-long series of public tours of the synthesizer at PSFC intended to highlight a participatory dialogue between the varying departments—and the public—concerning transdisciplinary research efforts engaging one of the 21st century’s most pressing challenges: to produce the next clean, economically efficient, and sustainable energy.

The Paradiso Synthesizer, arguably the world’s largest homemade modular synthesizer, produces sounds which are 'programmed' manually by running wires between various outputs and inputs. Unlike today’s digital synthesizers, which normally hide their many capabilities behind menus or graphical interface screens that allow for changing only one parameter at a time, the modular synthesizer exposes all aspects of sound creation and modification simultaneously via the physical modules.

In Resynthesizer, the Paradiso Synthesizer will utilize final data gleaned from PSFC’s legendary fusion device, the Alcator C-Mod tokamak—one of only three domestic tokamaks housed within a US Department of Energy funded user-facility. In 2018, however, C-Mod lies dormant due to a completion of operations and termination of previously obtained government funding in 2016. Nevertheless, containing a wealth of data archived from more than 20 years of operations, C-Mod continues to exist on the MIT campus as the world’s only compact, high-magnetic field, diverted tokamak, allowing it to access unique experimental regimes and influence the direction of the world fusion energy program.

With this collaboration and contribution of PSFC data, the synthesizer’s modules will produce complex and varied sonic environments from the complicated “patch”—the set of connections—that Professor Paradiso creates. The patch determines both the sounds and how the sounds are controlled and triggered, ensuring that the sonic environment generated by the synthesizer will never be repeated. Made evident by Paradiso’s installation and performance, this experimental and artistic process of creation and modification is ultimately what connects both the history of fusion energy at PSFC and Professor Paradiso’s exploration of sound as a malleable product of digitized data."

Grp Synthesizer - The Sound in EuroRack

Published on Jun 25, 2018 Paolo Groppioni

Mutable Instruments Ambika 6 Voice Hybrid Synthesizer - 6 x SMR4 Filter

via this auction

"Ambika is a monster hybrid polysynth. Its design consists of a motherboard and 6 voicecards, each of them carrying a turbocharged version of the Shruthi hybrid synthesizer (digital waveform synthesis through analog VCF/VCAs). Whether you want to use this as six monosynths, a six-voice polysynth, or anything in-between is up to you: MIDI channels/keyboard range/patches/voices are distinct concepts, allowing complex layered, split, multitimbral setups. In addition, each voice has a switched individual output."

"Ambika offers all the delicious digital waveform synthesis algorithms (FM, vowel synthesis, wavetables…) that made the Shruthi famous, and some newcomers too: CZ-style emulation of digital filters and wave sequencing. The oscillators signal is now processed through a fuzz/distortion and a bitcrusher before being sent to the analog filters. The modulation possibilities are immense thanks to the 4 LFOs (3 synchronized and 1 free running), 3 ADSRs, and the large modulation matrix (14 slots, 4 modifiers)."

Tama Techstar TAM500 Electronic Voice Module SN 300213

via this auction

For those interested, the seller also has a Tascam 238 Syncaset 8 Track Cassette Recorder listed here.

Korg Prophecy Solo Synthesizer

via this auction

Roland's The Synthesizer 2nd Edition Vintage 1979

via this auction

"'The Synthesizer' Volume 2 group of 4 different books. Published by Roland in 1979 although written by independent writers. Collector item and still a great source for learning synthesis.

Volume consists of:
Practical Synthesis for Electronic Music Volume One
Practical Synthesis for Electronic Music Volume Two
Multichannel Recording for Electronic Music
A Foundation For Electronic Music

Books in great condition. Outer holder is in good condition with a slight scuff on corner."

YAMAHA CS30 monophonic synthesizer

via this auction


via this auction

Special Minimoog Restore (by Synthpro)

Published on Jun 25, 2018 synthpro

"Hey Guys,

This was a very sick minimoog that came to me for a restore and was on the verge of being too far gone to save. Because this unit was in such poor shape and I had the, "ok" from the owner, I decided to accept the challenge of the restore and add some customization to make it a one of a kind minimoog.

The music you hear during the slide show was performed on this actual minimoog, its just a rough track I put together for this video, I call it, "From Grave to Glory".

Special thanks to the following people:

Gary, for giving me this opportunity to restore your minimoog, was a fun and challenging project.

Johnny, from Accel Graphics for his help making the new labeling for the back panel jacks.

Also a special thanks to my Dad for always giving me his support and for his help sanding the cabinet, this was a huge help.

Thanks for watching and all the support from the viewers as well, would not be able to even have a business like this without all the support from the viewers and clients."

Dreadbox - Epsilon Limited Edition Effect Pedal

Published on Jun 25, 2018 Dreadbox

"Epsilon can be connected and create some serious noise with Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer, Keyboard, Drum Machine

Limited to 150 units

2-Pole State Variable Filter
Low Pass & Band Pass
AR Envelope Generator
Envelope can be used as an LFO
Signal to Gate Converter
Manual Gate Trigger
2 Gain options (Low - High)
4 patch points
Envelope Out
Gate In
Gate Out
True Bypass"

Rossum Electro-Music Assimil8or : zapping de presets

Published on Jun 25, 2018 Modularsquare

"Premier contact avec le sampleur de Rossum Electro-Music qui vient tout juste de débarquer dans la boutique, on vous fait écouter quelques kits de percus avant de faire une vidéo plus complète.

PS : ce que vous allez voir et entendre n'est qu'une fraction de ce que ce module permet de faire.

Son : 100% Assimil8or
Séquenceur : Twisted Electons Crazy8 Beats"

1979 Crumar Performer

Published on Jun 25, 2018 Paul Curreri

Update: This one is currently for sale.  You can also find an additional write-up on Paul Curreri's Patreon site here.

"for more stuff exactly like this and not like this at all:

The Performers are more versatile and textured that you might think!

Multi-tracked into Cubase. No additional compression / processing beyond a small amount of VintageVerb reverb, plus a bit of delay on the drums (Hammond Auto-Vari, and Oberheim DX)."

Some pics of the Performer via Charlottesville Criagslist.


Published on Jun 25, 2018 VintageShopVideo

"Up for sale (2018):


via this auction

"It is a 3-OSC monophonic precise equivalent of infamous western MINIMOOG MODEL D, produced in the USSR in 1986 by Elektroizmeritel military factory in Zhitomir. Altair-231 is a refined version of another well-known soviet analog synthesizer Estradin-230. Both synths has identical electronic architecture, functionality and rich sound palette. Estradin-230 was manufactured from early to middle eighties and then Estradin factory changed synth`s design (new casing) and labelled it as "Altair-231". So Estradin-230 & Altair-231 are the same machines only in different bodies.

Synth has 4-octave keyboard (F-C) with velocity (sensitivity assign to vibrato effect). For live performance there is a wheel which provides pitch shift. ALTAIR-231 is based on 3-VCO (OSC-3 can work as the modulator), 1 VCF (lowpass 24dB/oct) with ADSR, 1 VCA, 3 LFO, noise generator (white/pink), glide, memory. It has an EXTERNAL INPUT allowing to use FILTER and GENERATORS with OTHER INSTRUMENTS such as guitars, synths, etc! ALTAIR-231 consists of 5 main sections - OSC, MIXER, MODULATION, FILTER and AMP."

Roland System-500 510 Synth Eurorack Module

Published on Jun 25, 2018 once upon a synth

"Tutorial and overview of the new Roland 510 from the System-500 series of eurorack modules. This series is heavily inspired by the old System 700 and 100m modulars from the 70s and 80s. The 510 is a combo VCO VCF and VCA and can be treated either as a standalone synth voice or as 3 independent modules in one. In this video I go over the front panel and do some simple demos."

Matrixbrute: Sequencing/Incidental Music

Published on Jun 25, 2018 Kris Lennox

"Short sample of incidental music from a project I'm working on at present.

Good sound. The lead/2nd line is intentionally slightly clangorous as it is tuned slightly 'out'.


Synths & Pedals - Radical Delay 2 Plus

Published on Jun 25, 2018 Dawless Jammin'

Alexander Radical Delay II Plus with:
Cyclone Analogic TT-303
Yamaha Reface DX
Yamaha Reface YC
Korg Monolog

Dreadbox - Drips V2 Drum Eurorack Module

Published on Jun 25, 2018 Dreadbox

"Drips V2 uses different OTA ICs making it sound slightly different from the V1."

"Complete analog synthesizer designed for drum sounds

2 VCOs with FM function
White Noise Generator
3 mode VCF (LP-BP-HP)
Tempo Clock
2 Envelope Generators

Drum sequencer used: Knit Rider by BASTL Instruments"

Bitwig Phase Synthesis Workshop

Published on Jun 25, 2018 bitwig

"Writer and educator Dave Linnenbank gave a synthesis workshop for Bitwig at Superbooth18, looking at modular, analog hardware beside digital phase-manipulation techniques."

Pixie - a NDLR jam

Published on Jun 25, 2018 Conductive Labs

"Steve's (Barilium8) jam called 'Pixie' with Conductive Labs' The NDLR on the Yamaha TX-7, E-mu Orbit 9090, Korg MS2000R, Behringer DeepMind12, & Novation KS rack."

DFAM Drifting into ambience

Published on Jun 25, 2018 Robin Rimbaud-Scanner

"First play with the new Moog DFAM, a wonderfully inspiring musical tool. So far removed from being a simple 'drum machine.' Here I layered three live recordings of the DFAM processed through the Strymon El Capistan. Please try and listen on headphones if possible to capture the slowing ebbing away of the sound for the closing passage as it'll be lost on a computer speaker :-D" - Shuttle System by Audio_units / Beatworx from Bangalore, India

Published on Jun 25, 2018 TheEndorphines

"In the framework of our interviews within the final of Life is a trip contest, we spoke with our participants are from Bangalore, India: two talented brother duo - Ashwin Baburao and Ashrith Baburao: Audio Units / Beatworx Studio.

- How did you come to use synthesis in your music?
When we first started making music, about 8 years ago we would use more loops than synthesized sounds and were quickly running out of new ideas. We realised for electronic music to sound good and uniquely ours, we needed to use traditional (subtractive synthesis/sampling, etc) and non-conventional methods (additive/FM/granular, etc) alike to generate ideas and sounds.
We also figured that these sounds could be more human-like if we incorporated modulations to add expression like with most physical instruments. Besides, we come from a background that’s more about curiosity and being musically inclined rather than being formally trained so making electronic music seemed like the right choice and a whole lot more fun than learning to play the piano, no regrets!
Out of sheer need to be more creative and to find "our" sound, we started to mess around with VSTs and quickly got into the analog and semi-modular realm and the rest is history.

tiny knobs BIG SOUND — Checking out ROLAND SE-02

Published on Jun 25, 2018 BoBeats

"Today I am checking out the ROLAND SE-02. It is a very cool little analog synth. Super feature packed for its size and I hope to feature it more on the channel. Let me know what you want to see using it. Support the channel here:"

Analogue Solutions Introduces Dedicated Eurorack Version of the Treadstone

The desktop version was introduced back in December, 2017. You can find additional posts featuring the Treadstone here.

The following is a recap of the features via Analogue Solutions.

"Versatile Analogue Synth and Sound Maker

No compromise has been made with the construction of Treadstone. Cheaper options in parts have not been used.

Full rugged steel/aluminium case – no plastic mouldings
Good quality smooth, fully sealed against dust
Good quality knobs with spun aluminium caps
High grade double sided circuit board
Analogue discrete VCO, analogue SSM style 24db filter
High Quality 16bit DAC for MIDI-CV conversion Stable MIDI to CV
MIDI converter
MIDI loop sequencer
LFO, Noise, Sub Osc, EG, PWM, lofi digital echo
Analogue voice and modulation circuits
Stable analogue oscillator
Designed, built, tested and assembled in the UK
True retro analogue voice and modulation circuits used in the synth element to give an authentic retro [sound]

Analogue Oscillator

The VCO is very analogue and uses discrete components and op-amps. One oscillator, yet still sounds big - using PWM and Sub Osc creates a full warm and deep sound.

Analogue Low Frequency Oscillator

The LFO has triangle and square wave modulation signals.

Analogue Filter

Treadstone uses a four pole 24bB per octave multimode filter. The filter is a re-issue of the classic SSM2044, as used in many classic synths such as the Korg Poly 6, Monopoly, Emulator, SP1200.

Analogue Mixer

Audio signals such as the VCO, Noise, external audio are all routed to the VCF via an analogue mixer.

Analogue Amplifier

The VCA can be set so it is always ‘open’. This allows Treadstone to be used as an effects processor.

Analogue Envelope

The EG features ATTACK, SUSTAIN, and combined DECAY/RELEASE. It’s not really true to say it is an ASR envelope, it really is an ADSR - Decay and Release are both controlled by the same control. Saving space with little compromise in flexibility. It’s possible to drone or auto-repeat the envelope also.


Great thought has been placed into modulation route choices, allowing a wide range of sounds to be produced, including percussion and ‘modular’ style sounds."


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