MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Mixing and Matching Synth Videos

Byron from zero11zero wrote in to let me know he was watching the AX80 video below when he decided to launch the S-CAT video below it, both posted earlier on the same page here. They went well together. He then started a third NuEVI video (also below) and it all came together. He said it reminded him of something that might have been on The Orb's first album. He asked me if I posted them up in order on purpose. Unfortunately I can't claim such brilliance, but I have definitely experienced it in the past while parsing and posting videos. I'll play something and accidentally start something else, thinking, wow this amazingly complex for what I'm seeing, only to realize that another video is playing along with it. Anyway, I thought I'd share this one with you all.  Start the first video, wait for it to pick up in volume and then launch the second, followed by the third shortly after.  You might need to pause and start the individual videos to get the timing to work, but it should come together. You can even adjust the "mix levels" with the speaker controls on the bottom left of the players. It's pretty damn cool.

AKAI AX80 + Strymon BigSky = Relaxing Ambient New Age Space Music 【SYNTH DEMO】

Published on Jun 26, 2018 synth4ever
Originally posted here.


Published on Jun 26, 2018 Space Cat Audio Technologies
Originally posted here.

NuEVI Wireless Option - Mark Steiner

Published on Jun 26, 2018 Mark Steiner
Originally posted here.

Moog System 15 with 1125 S&H, Bode & FFB

Published on Jun 26, 2018 noddyspuncture

"This time turning to the bass frequencies and using the fixed filter bank... probably best to use decent speakers - or at least headphones..!"

Synthstrom Audible Deluge firmware V2.0.0 Now Available

via Synthstrom Audible

"We're enormously proud to announce the release of our new Deluge V2.0.0 firmware. [see here]

Download it here.

Huge new features:

-- Song arranger mode
-- 30 - 50% or more improvement to CPU efficiency (i.e. more voices)
-- Around 30x more RAM available for working on a song
-- New analog-modelling synth engine features
-- Effect tails may now be heard even after a track finishes playing (including outside of the new arranger mode)
-- MIDI CC, pitch bend, and channel aftertouch recording, sequencing and output
-- MIDI note outputs within kits
-- Note velocity now defaults to that of last touched note (per track)
-- Innumerable other bugfixes and improvements

Read all about the new features in our updated manual.

Ron Cavagnaro has made a great introductory video on the new arranger mode.

To accompany this release, we've expanded the supplied collection of synth presets to 168 total, including many user submissions. This will be supplied on the SD cards of all Deluges shipping from today. For those with a Deluge already, you can download it:
-- Entire factory SD card contents (182MB)
-- Synth presets only (216KB - this is all that's actually changed - place these in your SYNTHS folder)
This collection replaces the 92 synth presets which have been supplied with all Deluges up until now, and still contains almost all of the same sounds or improved versions of them. See the manual for the list of preset titles and creators. Replacing the synth presets in your SYNTHS folder will have no effect on the sound of your previously saved songs.

PLEASE NOTE: any songs saved with this firmware will be unreadable by older firmware versions.

Another note - due to the huge changes to the synth engine, there is regrettably a chance that some of your existing songs may sound a little different with the new firmware. We've done our very best to minimize this, but the following cases may need slight tweaks to the parameters to sound exactly the same as before:
-- Sounds with the filter resonance on full
-- Sounds featuring both an LPF and an HPF

To install the update, place the .bin file onto your SD card, ensure there are no other .bin files on there, put the card back into your Deluge, and then hold down the shift button while powering on. A spinning animation will display, and the firmware will be permanently installed."

Moog's First New Poly Synth Coming in August/September?

Update: some pis of the PCB and patent here.

First a quick note on leaks: I don't enjoy posting them as I admit they make me feel a bit shady. Manufacturers work hard to make sure a product release goes smoothly. Leaks throw a wrench in that. On the other hand I feel obligated to you my readers. If the news is out there, I feel like it is my job to post it and let you all know. My policy on the site has always been not to leak unless the info is already out there and already leaked. Once it is, it's just a matter of time before all sites pick it up. That said, manufacturers need to do a better job at not leaking info out there. All info ultimately comes from the source. I sometimes wonder if manufacturers actually allow carefully placed leaks to get out. Who knows...

Second: This is still in the rumor stage. Read below and decide for yourself.

So... remember that rumor about a new poly Moog coming to Moogfest?

It might actually be real. Not the render, but a new poly from Moog. Rumor is it will be the "Moog One", currently trademarked by Moog. Note August/September would correspond with a Knobcon release. Update: Soviet Space Child mentioned, "Summer NAMM starts this week, maybe the reveal was scheduled for later in the week? That would make more sense for a potential August release." That is a good point. You rarely see major synth product announcements during Summer NAMM, but that would make for a surprise with little competition to steal the limelight. It would also be a little closer to Moogfest, which would explain the previous rumor. Often product announcements get pushed out, as you know.

The synth could be based on the tech presented here: Geert Bevin, Amos Gaynes - Designing and Implementing Embedded Synthesizer UIs.

Details follow, spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child. I will admit I sat on it for a bit as the original source post was pulled, however, it went up elsewhere, so here it goes:

[Disclaimer: the following seems a bit shady to me. Why would this guy post it w/o mentioning the dealer? How could any dealer think it's OK to announce it w/o Moog announcing it first?]

"Ok this is copied directly from my personal email from my rep who is a senior rep, and personal friend of mine:

Oh, it's cooler than that! So glad I can actually spill some details for you now.

It's polyphonic, and comes in 8- and 16-voice versions. (Moog has not only set us up as the earliest dealer with stock (around mid-August), but we'll have an exclusive until they launch with other retailers in September. And they've also promised us a number of low-serial-number units (2-10) on each unit, though this does run an extra $500 (and also gets you a letter from Mike Adams, and a signed photo by the techs who built it). Sounds incredible, and check this out!

• 3 VCOs per voice
• 3 part multitimbral - 3 synths in 1
• Knob per function
• 4 LFOs per synth with easily assignable modulation
• Arp and sequencer (per synth)
• Clock sync
• Assignable CV ins and outs
• Lots of i/o for routing synths and effects
• Eventide reverbs built in
• Unrestricted number of presets

create complex waveforms

• Dedicated envelope for transient shaping

• Stave variable filter AND Moog Ladder Filter
• HP, LP, BP or notch
• link filters together for ganged sweeps
• assign sources to SVF ladder or both in the mixer

• 3 envelopes (amp, filter, and assignable)
• easily assignable mod matrix

Sequencer and Arp

• True bypass effects
• effects per synth and a master effects bus
• 2 assignable macro controls - customizable per patch
• Vocoder
• Easily repeatable mod mattrix routings
• 4 LFOs - 1 button destination routing
• Fine tune and ccreate complex modulation via transforms
• Easy assign performance controllers
• XY pad for expressive control

Not too shabby, eh? Admittedly, I'm always pretty impressed when Moog comes by, but this was probably the biggest shock I've ever had at seeing their products early under an NDA…and the toughest to keep private until we could talk about them! I figured you'd appreciate knowing about it as much as anyone, since you've been involved in MI retail for so long, and have probably seen most things under the sun to date.

Still not sure when we'll have it up on the website, but we are taking orders, if you're interested. 8-voice version is $5999.00, and the 16-voice version is $7999.00. I've got a little wiggle room for you, but a bit less than usual…they really don't want us deep-discounting these due to anticipated demand, obviously.

Whew…glad I could finally talk about this!"

Dave Smith Instruments In The Spotlight With the OB-6 and JAIME FENNELLY – MIND OVER MIRRORS

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

"Mind Over Mirrors is the ever-evolving project of composer, harmoniumist, and synthesist Jaime Fennelly, who buttresses his modest instrumental foundation of Indian pedal harmonium with an array of tape delays, effect processors, as well as Oberheim and Dave Smith synthesizers that belong to the world of classic analog electronic composition. Both as a solo artist and with various collaborators, he creates immersive interdisciplinary work that NPR has described as “an out-of-body experience.” His explorations of the natural world’s sensory dimensions and the dialogues between cultural traditions — vernacular and avant-garde — have led him down a path of creating work that deliberately situates itself in a questing, edge-of-earth spirit. After five solo albums on several labels, Paradise of Bachelors released Fennelly’s first work for an ensemble, Undying Color (2017), followed by Bellowing Sun (2018), which was commissioned for its world premiere live performance by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago."

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

KlirrFactory Mr.Q - Instrument for VCV Rack (Overview)

Published on Jun 26, 2018 TheKlirrfaktor

Mr.Q is available @

ESK - Tasty Chips GR-1 Synth Sounds

Published on Jun 26, 2018 Metunar

"Tasty Chips Electronics GR-1 Granular Synthesizer Demo.
I show some synth sounds i made with the GR-1 in this Video.
Audio is directly recorded from the GR-1 without external effects."

SoundsDivine 'Special Effects' - Omnipshere 2

Published on Jun 26, 2018 SoundsDivine111

"Introducing 'Special Effects' soundset for Spectrasonics' Omnisphere 2 synthesizer.

"'Special Effects' features 200 presets for Spectrasonics's Omnisphere 2.

This soundset contains stunning ambient guitar washes , immersive aural environments , evocative vocal sounds , spectral pads , acoustic granular loops , futuristic transition effects , ethereal pads , space age soundscapes , blissed out pads and much more.

Also available as part of the 'Kompletely Omnispheric' soundset." Q106A Black-on-Metal and Heather Red Oscillator Shirt


"The Q106A Oscillator combines the features of the popular Q106 oscillator along with the Q141 Aid module. This special dual-wide module has black ink on a metal panel. See the Q106A page for details about this module.

The TShirt features an outline of the Q106A Oscillator on a quality heavy cotton shirt. Color is Heather Red.

Limited quantities available."

AE Modular Synth Format Introduction by TTNM

Published on Jun 26, 2018 The Tuesday Night Machines

1. AE Modular Synth Format Introduction ... finally, a CHEAP modular! #TTNM
2. AE Modular Synth Sound Demo #1 (no talking) #TTNM
3. Sci-fi Jam: AE Modular + Linnstrument (w/ Volt & iFretless Sax iOS Apps) #TTNM

"PixelNoises Synth T-Shirts by The Tuesday Night Machines:


AE Modular is a new modular synthesizer system by Tangible Waves:

The goal was to create an affordable and portable, yet still fully featured modular synth format for beginners and advanced users alike. Most module cost less than 35€ and you can even patch them to Eurorack or other systems, using the available adapters. But how does it sound?"

Also see: Mellow Linnstrument Jam (w/ AE Modular Synth + Ukulele + iPad) #TTNM

Roland SH-101 Analog Synthesizer (1981) *Red Devil* minimal electro style

Published on Jun 26, 2018 RetroSound

"(c) 2018 vintage synthesizer demo by RetroSound

all synthesizer sounds: Roland SH-101 analog synthesizer from the year 1981
drums: Roland TR-707
fx: EHX Memory Man Deluxe (1985)"

Synthchaser #105 - LinnDrum Repair - Dead Drum Machine

Published on Jun 26, 2018 Synth Chaser

"I had repaired a few things with this LinnDrum for a customer and shipped it back to him. But when he got it back it was totally dead. In this video we track down the problem and explore clocks and crystals.

I repair and restore vintage synths (and drum machines!) for customers around the world."

Roland MC-09 Phrase Lab SN ZP91324

via this auction


via this auction

Moog The Source SN 2950

via this auction

MFB Synth Lite II Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Cwejman BLD Bass-Lead & Drum Generator Eurorack Synth Module w/ Original Box

via this auction

"The BLD has all components and functions necessary for generating bass lead and drum sounds with focus on bass drum sounds. It can be trigged by a push button or by an external signal (any shape). The pitch, cutoff frequency, transient times and amplitude are also voltage controllable by external signals. The BLD contain main sound generator (OSCILLATOR) and noise generator and modifiers such as low pass filter, amplifier and two transient (contour) generators."

NuEVI Wireless Option - Mark Steiner

Published on Jun 26, 2018 Mark Steiner

"Stunts performed on this video will void the warranty. We all know Don Cagen played EVI to a live dolphin show, so the only way to beat that was to play a wireless NuEVI while riding a dolphin.

There is now an option to have ultra fast wireless midi with the NuEVI. It's built right in and uses the same battery power already there.

This demo gets irresponsibly intense near the end. Viewer discretion is advised. The stunts performed

Special thanks to my technician/assistant, Christa Steiner."

Critter & Guitari - Segmenti for Organelle

Published on Jun 26, 2018 Critter & Guitari

"Download here:
Segmenti is a sample recorder that divides your sampled audio into 24 segments. These segments are played with the Organelle's keyboard. Adjust the start and end points of all segments and see the changes as they are made right on the Organelle screen! Change the volume envelope and playback speed of all segments, write a sequence of segments, or record a new sample. Find a new way to play with your sounds or jump into a world of granular madness. Jam along with the built-in input--all incoming audio is routed to the Organelle's main output."

AKAI AX80 + Strymon BigSky = Relaxing Ambient New Age Space Music 【SYNTH DEMO】

Published on Jun 26, 2018 synth4ever

"Relaxing ambient new age space music created with Strymon BigSky reverb pedal + Akai AX80 analog synthesizer.

The Strymon Big Sky reverb & Akai AX-80 synth combine to create an ambient chillout / drone space music soundscape and relaxing, meditative music.

Be sure to use headphones for maximum stereo immersion and relaxation. "


Published on Jun 26, 2018 Space Cat Audio Technologies

"Jam session with our new Analogue Bass Synthesizer. Running via the arpeggio section of the PRO-1 cv/gate out, which is clocked via the TR-909 Rimshot Trig. out. No effects or compression, straight from the box."

Gotharman's LD3 proto - Audio Track Recording

Published on Jun 26, 2018 gotharman

"Records a few tracks and deForms them."

Gotharman's Little Deformer 3

What Can You Do With A Minibrute 2? (Part 2)

Published on Jun 26, 2018 Red Means Recording

1 MiniBrute 2
4 passes of improvisation recorded to MIDI
4 passes of knob tweaking committed to audio
Drums in Ableton
MiniBrute is raw outside light EQ, sidechain compression, and delay from Replica XT.
Patrons get this track and stems as rewards:


The Fairlight Series III with Rob Puricelli

Published on Jun 26, 2018 Synthesized

"Jason Fitzpatrick talks to Rob Puricelli about the Fairlight Series III sampler on display at Synthesized 2018."

Propellerhead Software Europa Synthesizer Plugin (VST/AU ) Review | SYNTH ANATOMY

Published on Jun 26, 2018 SYNTH ANATOMY

"Europa by Reason is the first VST/AU Synthesizer by Propellerhead Software. Here is my review & sound demos!

►Become a Patreon:"

capital | ambient w/ eurorack, iOS borderlands, rings, plonk, monome grid & nebulae

Published on Jun 26, 2018 d e a r a l a n

"thanks for watching and subscribing (=inspiration)

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All sounds from the eurorack, except the bass and the glitchy percussion

recorded live

voice 1: mutable rings - 4MS tapographic delay

voice 2: mutable rings - intellijel uvcf - chase bliss warped vinyl - qu-bit nebulae v2

voice 3: intellijel plonk - alm MUM M8

pads: sounds from the modular, into iOS borderlands and soundfruuze, as well as a drone from nebulae v2 samples from rings

kick: 2HP kick

perc/drums: ableton drum rack into various effects

field recording: dictaphone (into cockpit)

bass: ableton operator

all sequenced by ableton/monome grid via shuttle control


atm: working on a patreon page, as well as some releases through patreon/bandcamp" Life is a trip: DATACHROME interview

Published on Jun 26, 2018 TheEndorphines

"Isn't it interesting to know how various people use same instrument? That's why we asked all our participants some simple questions and got different answers.

Check the interview with our last, 5th participant - Johatan from DATACHROME:

- How did you come to use synthesis in your music?
Well, I have some kind of a strange relationship with music and more particularly sound. When I was around 20 years old I used to go to a lot of gigs. At that time I was very much into circuit bending and DIY as I could not afford a synth and loved industrial and post punk music. One night I came back from a concert with ringing ears. The next morning I woke up and could not hear any sound not even talk with someone without feeling huge pain in my ears. I was soon diagnosed with severe hyperacusis, a condition that lowers the tolerance to usual environmental sound. With experimentation I soon discovered that some frequencies where more harmful than others and I integrated multiples crude analog filters to some of my builds and bent machines. More than sculpting sounds it was making it more bearable. Building filters made me aware of some classic analog synths and designs and soon enough I craved for one. Checking adds every day for a while, I got lucky. One night, around midnight, I saw an ad for a Korg MS-20 totally beaten up and untested for a very very cheap price. Problem, it was also on the other side of the country. Anyway, next morning a 5am I was in the train, and after 14H hours of travel I was back home with the precious MS-20. Still it was rusty and needed some fixing but it was here, my first proper analog synth.

- How did you use the SHUTTLE SYSTEM in your track for the "Life is a trip“ contest?
I’m a modular user and make bleeps and bloops in my living room for fun and experimentation. I rarely use computers to arrange tracks, I like to embrace the chaos and randomness offered by the modular approach. From loss of some control, sometimes emerge a pure and raw connection between your mind, your heart, and the machines you use to express yourself. I tried to integrate the Shuttle in this context because I think this is where it may shine and really show a bit of its hidden self. Also, it was an indispensable process dedicated to bond with the machine. The challenge was to create as much different voices and sounds as possible with the Shuttle, so self generative felt like the path to go.

In that track, all the self generated sounds and glitches are from the Furthrrrr Generator under modulation and then processed by a very fast delay for a Karplus-Strong effect. It resulted in various textures, from vocoder like, laser drum sounds, bleeps, bloops, insects scritches, crazy warp holes, bongos and hi-hats. Airplane A and B from the Grand Terminal are used as oscillators. One goes through the transistor ladder filter of the Grand Terminal and is playing the semi random and dueling melody you can hear in the beginning and end. The second was also fed through the Grand Terminal, filtered and processed afterwards with the shimmer reverb effect. It’s used to create pads on the second part of the track. I used the noise generator on the Furthrrrr for some additional hats you hear sometimes in the mix. Snare is also the white noise tweaked, sampled and sometimes bit crushed or pitch altered. The cockpit was used for some premix during the monitoring and creation of the patches and was very handy. In the end not much of the track is not from or processed by the Shuttle in a way.

- What part of working with the SHUTTLE SYSTEM did you like best?
I really love the Furthrrrr Generator and particularly the Thru Zero Core Oscillator. That thing can make sweet but also very angry and thick sounds. Add the waveshaper, sprinkle a bit of chaos from a sample and hold and you got a killer self generative patch!

- How do you think the SHUTTLE SYSTEM can improve your music making in the future?
The Shuttle System is a very compact and smartly featured system. It’s a modern take on a classic design with a lot of updates and tweaks. The use of digital modules make them updatable, meaning the Shuttle will evolve and pretty much always surprise. On top of that you have the Buchla inspired architecture that always sounds sweet, a very fun panel design and the fact that it’s fully modular. I think this cocktail makes it into something you wanna play with and wich is very inspiring, and from inspiration always comes new and better ideas ;)"

Oberheim DX : Sneaky Rom Mod DX,909,Lindrum, Sequential DrumTracks

Published on Jun 25, 2018 100 Things I Do

"As you might of seen in a previous video [here] I picked up a Oberheim DX Drum machine recently. Partially because I love what it does to beats as you create them, mostly because I had this ROM mod brewing in my mind and I was pretty sure I could get it to work without a lot of work!

The mod allows you to switch between Lower and high addresses of EPROM memory on the fly, You just place the sounds you want at the memory location (in 8bit DX encoding) and there you go. A custom sound set of your very own making!

This is still in prototype phase but I am intending to make some professional PCB's to make it all a little more stable and professional."

Patch n Tweak

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