MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, July 5, 2018

Thursday, July 05, 2018

New OBX Rack Synth Kit Stretch Goal Added to Abstrakt Instruments Kickstarter

Follow-up to this post. via Abstrakt Instrument's Kickstarter:

"If funding reaches $25k we will be offering parts & assemblies for a full rack enclosure, front end, and power supply to build your own *OBX rack. We have already developed a front end for testing our *OBX parts but need to raise enough funds to make it worthwhile to dedicate resources to finish development on the full kit.

The *OBX rack kit will consist of the following:

Rack Enclosure with front panel
Panelboard PCB & BOM for building the front end
Motherboard PCB Assemblies for rack version
I/O board PCB Assembly
Power Supply Assembly
Estimated budget for these parts & assemblies is $995.

Do Not purchase *OBX Motherboards if looking to build the rack version, alternate motherboards would be used.

Disclaimer: We are offering these parts for the vintage Oberheim OB-X Synthesizer. The current status of the ownership of the original Oberheim name, logo, and the "OB-X" name are not known. Gibson, the most recent owner, is now in bankruptcy and is owned by a group of financial companies. We have specifically avoided using the original company name "Oberheim" and original model name "OB-X" in the naming of our parts. It may also be necessary to remove the brand and model name from the production PCB's."

Update: (in via swissdoc)

"Answers to questions regarding the stretch goal.

Q) The Rack Option would be the only thing of interest to me. Since you write "Do Not purchase *OBX Motherboards if looking to build the rack version, alternate motherboards would be used.", what would I order to get the Rack OB-X with 8 voices?

a) You would pledge only one item at this time - *OBX Voice Card Assembly (8-pack) $1750. But please keep in mind if the goal is reached the remaining assemblies will cost about $1000 when ready to ship.

Q) Is it possible to get a more clear picture of the front panel?

a) Below is a link, Kickstarter compresses and resizes images. Please note this image is a render. The test control board we currently use does not conform to 3U size and would need to be laid out.

Q) If the *OBX Rack becomes available will the boards be bare or assembled?

a) Either. There would be a BOM but an assembled version would be available as well.

Q) Will the proposed *OBX rack have MIDI.

a) yes, USB and DIN MIDI.

Q) Will the proposed *OBX rack have patch storage?

a) There is no patch storage on the prototype (it does have autotune). Patch storage can be included but the price would likely increase somewhat. We would decide as a community which option to pursue. If it ended up with patch storage the enclosure would be 4U with 12 additional buttons for selection of 120 patches."

Acperience 1, Hardfloor cover, 3 Korg Volca Demo (Sample + Bass + Keys)

Published on Jul 5, 2018 Mattelica

"Live take of a 3 Volca demo/ cover of Hardfloor's 1992 classic, 'Acperience 1' with the Sample/Bass with 3 oscillators/ and Keys to a Yamaha MG10xu mixer to a Canon 6D + 50mm 1.4 lens."

Roland Juno-60 Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

X japan NewAlbum almost there song synthesizer - ARP 2500

Published on Jul 5, 2018 X LIVE Studio FAN

"#XjapanNewAlbum almost there. Song title #Rockstar #arp2500 #synthesizer #xjapan #yoshiki #yoshikistudio"

PROPHECY// P12, P6, OB6, Sub37

Published on Jul 5, 2018 MR TUNA Music

"Just getting my feelings out"

Live analog synthesizers - Sonic Robot on the, Eurorack, Moog, soundtrack filmscore

Published on Jul 5, 2018 pwsynth

"This is a live song using both digital and analog synthesizers. The is a Moog 55 style modular system using the Q960 sequencer for the bass line and Q119 for the three note chord pad. Rhythm comes from the Korg volca beats, the Korg SQ-1 sequencer to the MS-20, and 4MS Eurorack drum module. Higher pitched parts are the Ladik sequencer, to Make Noise STO, Optomix, Maths, and Echophon. Low pitched drones are from the Xiosynth and Polivoks style DIY Erica synths. A few of the modules I made, including the Moog style ladder filter, a tube distortion, and analog VU meters."

Portabellabz Buchla Easel Hub III

Published on Jul 5, 2018 Todd Barton

"Continuing my explorations of the Portabellabz Buchla Music Easel Hub. This time with a very simple patch from scratch to try and demystify what I've been doing :-) Enjoy!"

Portabellabz Buchla Easel videos by Todd Barton

Rare DIRTY ELECTRONICS Mute Synth MS II 2014 White Edition Synthesiser

via this auction

"At the core of the instrument is a versatile mini patchbay that provides expansion and modification permutations and a grid-like visual representation of patched parameters using coloured jumpers. The patchbay encourages interaction with the instrument and playfulness.

The printed circuit board artwork, with a black and silver finish, has multiple touch electrodes in the form of small squares that provide a labyrinth of possible connections and resulting behaviours. Different rhythmic sequences are created through hybrid 4-bit binary coding, feedback loops and bit bashing.

Dirty Electronics Mute Synth II (MSII) features:

# Noise generator
# Feedback
# Oscillator
# Wave shaping (triangle - square)
# Buffered output
# Sequencer
# External clock option
# Touch and knob/potentiometer controls
# Mini patchbay
# Dotmatrix display (external module - not included)
# PCB artwork
# Bend and hack points
# Expansion board capability
# Mini jack/headphone output
# Battery powered (9v battery not included)"

Free Pocket Operator PO-32 Tonic drum synth sounds & patterns 5 by Roikat

Published on Jul 5, 2018 Roikat

"Free sounds for the Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-32 Tonic drum synthesizer! CAUTION: there's a loud and unpleasant PO-32 modem tone around 1:58. This is sound and pattern data for the Pocket Operator PO-32. Please backup your own PO-32 sounds and data by recording a data tone before proceeding with sound transfer.

This PO-32 bank is tuned to G minor. I'll be releasing a number of PO-32 sound banks in additional keys.
Download bank 2:
Download bank 4:

The PO-35 Speak can also allegedly load and play these sounds (with reduced polyphony.) If anyone has a PO-35 and wants to try it, please let me know in the comments if you can successfully load the sounds.

If you wondered why this video is mentioned as fifth in a series, but there are currently no first and third videos: my ancient video software is struggling to render them, so I've decided to release the PO-32 banks in the order the videos render rather than the originally intended order.

All sounds programmed in Sonic Charge MicroTonic by Roikat."

Modcan Jam

Published on Jul 5, 2018 zack dagoba

"A live jam on the Modcan-A, all in one take, as you can see. Theres also some shots of my new Jones O'Tool oscilloscope showing whats going on."

Sonicsmith ConVertor+ Introduction

Published on Jul 5, 2018 Sonicsmith

"An introduction to the ConVertor+ Audio Controlled Synthesizer.

The same semi-modular 9V pedal PSU or battery powered analog synth as the previous model. Using the ACO100 chip it can detect the pitch of an incoming audio signal and play along analog synth waves without never going out of tune.

The Pitch CV out along with ENV, gate & trigger CV outs, you get the full blood stream of modular synthesizer elements while staying analog throughout.

The new + version full list of changes:

The biggest difference between the ConVertor and ConVertor+ is the conversion of the input low-pass filter frequency shift knob (on the left directly below the IP GAIN, or preamp gain, knob) into a gate threshold adjustment knob. This is most useful in situations with lots of background noise (like microphones in a live performance situation). The same change was made on the Squaver P1+ vs. the Squaver P1.

Audiokit Synth One │ Hidden Secret Control Page found - haQ attaQ 288

Published on Jul 5, 2018 Jakob Haq

"What is this!? Audiokit Synth One has a secret hidden control panel with compressors and other cool stuff in it. There's even some odd stuff in there! I asked Matthew Fecher ( Audiokit Core Member ) about this hidden panel and he was being very secretive! This haQ attaQ episode is packed to the brim! Check out the full break down of Synth One, listen to Matthew talk about the work that went into this free professional iOS synth and what it's like doing open source stuff. Get comfy in your producers couch, grab your most favorite synth, kick back, relax and enjoy the ride!"

iTunes: AudioKit Synth One Synthesizer - AudioKit Pro

Acid Techno Session - Moog DFAM, Elektron Digitakt, Mode Machines ADX1...

Published on Jul 5, 2018 Kablehead

"For this acid jam i recorded a sequence from my X0XB0X onto the Digitakt. Actually i wanted to use the X0XB0X in the setup but unfortunately it lacks a bit when midi synced.

The Moog DFAM provides the 2nd synth line and gets synced by the Korg Volca Sample.

The drums are coming from the ADX1 which is an analog drum machine. It's similar to the Vermona DRM1 but definitely has a character of its own.
It gets sequenced by the Digitakt.
Each channel of the ADX1 is connected to the Soundcraft EPM12 mixer.

On the AUX sends of the mixer i used the TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay and the Lexicon LXP-1

The Analog Heat from Elektron is subtly crunching up the master with a little help from the Radioman GSSL compressor.

The Akai Midimix is used to control selected parameters of the Digitakt."


Published on Jul 5, 2018 LESINDES

"This is me going home with my new GRP A2 synthesizer. Analog at its best. Smooth and assertive. The GRP is playing all 3 monophonic lines in the soundtrack. Additional drum loops and 1 additive synthesis sound. Mixed in DAW but later processed with fabulous ASHLY SC-66A vintage analog parametric EQ."

NYZ - NTE GDN => Behind the scenes with the Yamaha FB-01

Photo Credit: Calum Gunn * all other pix by NYZ *

"The new NYZ - NTE GDN tape on Conditional is just out [limited edition of 50 copies]! Matrix heard on the synth grapevine that it heavily featured the Yamaha FB-01 operating in a secret sysex mode, so he asked me if I'd write a little about how it was used. You can check the album out on the Conditional Bandcamp page here, release date July 6th =>

and have a listen while reading. Its also available from Boomkat [with track previews] =>

Boomkat review => "Blinding new batch of synth and computer music chaos from Dave Burraston’s cultishly regarded NYZ. With such a wild variation to his purist approach it’s perhaps silly to draw comparisons or contrasts, but these are patently some of NYZ’s sweeter treats, such as the curdled harmonics of ‘ARTOFNYZbitcompander’ and the funky lil’ vamps of ‘RLD syncs’ for more insatiable and curious listeners. In other words it’s fucking ace!"

and Norman Records =>

Norman Records review => "9/10 Conditional unleash this beautifully wild and playful tape from David Burraston aka NYZ. Here he harnesses the spectrum splitting potential of John Chowning’s FM synthesis to birth and animate ludicrously cute and cuddly synthetic creatures that come to life before our very ears. What even are these little mutant alien lifeforms? Where is this strange place in which they dwell?

The overall experience of imbibing these sounds is a lot like an experience I once had watching Teletubbies on acid, where I thought the little blighters were actually communicating directly to me. This world NYZ has created and its inhabitants are clearly fantasy, but it’s so brilliantly, vividly realised and skillfully executed that if you just let go of the shackles of reality and submit yourself, it can be an authentic place where these things live and breathe, eat and sleep and go through their life cycle. We get to hang out with them as they speak, sing, laugh and cry. I’d much rather hang out with these chirpy little fellows because humans are the absolute worst. For music to get a miserable, misanthropic, curmudgeon bastard like me to grin like a child holding a cookie the size of its head is quite an achievement.

This tape is just so much fun - it's like a little utopia for the most part, but there are occasional darker moments - at times it feels like the big bad wolf or some kind of predator is lurking with intent to gobble up our little friends. Burraston’s custom-built MANIAC Cellular Automata Sequencer is instrumental in giving life to these sounds - a tool that gives this work a unique voice and an unpredictable energy that seems to organically flow through his machines. This music is most certainly unconventional even by avant-garde standards, and although on the surface is definitely weird and kinda eccentric, it taps into something deeper. Like Victor Frankenstein’s unorthodox scientific experiment in Mary Shelley's novel where scientist becomes an architect of life. This place, it's lifeforms and their language seems bewilderingly genuine - a sonic virtual reality -- a hybrid analogue/digital world where what is “real” and synthetic is blurred."

So why am I interested in the strange and esoteric Yamaha FB-01, and what are these secret sysex codes? Well, first up its a nice little 8 voice FM synth, and I'm well known for being a bit obsessed with FM [see the NYZ - DRN4 Declassified article]. Secondly, its a kind of in-between synth, arriving after the first 4 operator synths, such the DX21, but before the TX81Z which featured a full microtonal tuning table. Its this inbetweeness that really interested me, and its really the only first gen sine wave only 4op that can be micro-tuned, albeit in a very roundabout way via some secret sysex codes.

Independence Day

Published on Jul 5, 2018 Anthony Distefano

"Fireworks show with Synthesizer soundtrack. All music was done using NI Absynth."

New Loops Releases Ableton Wavetable Presets and Racks

Ableton Wavetable Presets and Racks (Ableton Live 10) Published on Jul 1, 2018 New Loops

"New Loops has announced the release of new presets for Ableton Wavetable Synth. Wavetable Presets and Racks is the ultimate expansion for Ableton Wavetable. 80 new Wavetable racks for Live feature a wide range of cross-genre sounds.

You’ll find future house plucks, cinematic pads, tropical house and pop keys, modern dubstep wobbles, drum and bass reeces and subs, EDM synths, hip hop and trap leads, and future bass chords, as well as vintage analogue synths and classic dance sounds.

80 Wavetable racks
80 Wavetable presets
80 example midi files
22 basses
13 pads and strings
12 synths
11 keys
11 plucks
11 leads
1 Ableton Live project with midi clips

Available now with a 33% off intro discount. £19.98 (reg £29.98). Free demo with Ableton Wavetable presets to try -"

Malekko Heavy Industry - Manther *Squarepusher / Warp Records Vibes*

Published on Jul 5, 2018 DivKidVideo

"You asked and I delivered ... I just can't remember who asked! :) ... I had a comment about the Manther from Malekko Heavy Industry asking about how it would sound with some Squarepusher and Warp Records "vibes". Specifically relating to the nice Roland SH-101 liquid melodic line that's drenched in reverb in 'Theme From Ernest Borgnine' from Squarepusher. So here's that melody. I changed a note or two at the end to hopefully avoid the potential take down but you can hear it does that resonant liquid filter style sound you hear in that track and others from Warp and that era/genre. The reverb is the Halls of Valhalla card in the TipTop Audio Z-DSP, which is also lovely."

Malekko Manther DivKidVideo

Synthchaser #106 - ARP 16 Voice Electronic Piano Repair & Demonstration

Published on Jul 5, 2018 Synth Chaser

"We bring a dead ARP 16 Voice Electronic Piano Model 3303 back to life and get a quick sampling of the features and presets this electric piano has to offer.

If you're looking to buy one of these, please contact me through my website."

1980 Moog Liberation Reference Sheet

via Retro Synth Ads, where you'll find the full write-up.

"Moog Liberation keytar / synthesizer reference sheet from 1980."

Moog Liberation Keytar Synthesizer

via this auction

German Sheppard pup not included.

"This synthesizer belonged to the late

David ‘Doc’Robinson of King Harvest

‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ hit song he sang

It looks to be in very good shape and definitely all there, but I could NOT get it to work, although i dont really know what im doing at all, ive seen cheaper models of this but this looks to b truly professional. Please I can not answer questions, I know its a gamble, I just fugured i’d throw it out there.

Thank You- ‘Dancing in the Moonlight"

Access Virus TI 2 Darkstar Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

"The Darkstar is a very rare special edition model of the Access TI2 Polar synthesizer. Near mint condition, recently serviced."

Roland Saturn 09 SA-09 Analog Organ Synthesizer SN 992841

via this auction

"The Saturn 09 is an analog organ synthesizer which is related to the RS-09 synthesizer. The Saturn is capable of creating some impressive sounds such as a low drone organ, bass tones or blips.

There are four different organ tones, ranging from more mellow to very bright. In addition to the four organ modes you can use the four sliders to mix 4 octaves or stops. It also features the signature Roland chorus and vibrato. The Saturn also offers a percussion mode which can also create an electric piano tone by increasing the release time to it's maximum."

MOOG Opus-3

via this auction

Teisco S-100P Vintage Analog Synthesizer w/ Cover SN 4195

via this auction

"This is a similar preset synthesizer to the Roland's SH-2000 and the ARP Pro Soloist of the same era, featuring 32 different voices with each voice able to be modified through various effects and touch sensitivities."

Access VIRUS TI Polar Synthesizer

via this auction

Moog (Realistic Concertmate) MG-1 Vintage Analog Synth SN 12863

via this auction

Cool custom color coded slider caps.

New Teaser Video: Modal Electronics SKULPTsynthesiser - bigger on the inside

Published on Jul 5, 2018 Modal Electronics

Big reveal set for tomorrow.

"Korg Prologue, First Presets"

Published on Jul 5, 2018 Bob I. Gomez

Native Instruments // Maschine Mk3 - Unboxing

Published on Jul 5, 2018 DiscoverNoise

DiscoverNoise 152-
Native Instruments Maschine Mk3 001-

Unboxing and starting the Native Instruments Maschine Mk3.

Soma Pipe & Lyra-8

Published on Jul 5, 2018 Mattias MÃ¥rtensson

"Soma pipe test"

Medusa Hybrid Synthesizer - Randomization function.

Published on Jul 5, 2018 Polyend

"The Medusa’s randomizer is finally getting in shape. Just a quick and simple example of how you can use it. Here you can see/hear two merged clips. In the first clip we’re randomizing the notes in monophonic mode (in the Phrygian Dominant scale) and then when the sequence is running, we are randomizing the voice oscillators. In the second clip, we are only randomizing voices in the polyphonic mode with a sequence running."

Introducing Analog Heat MKII

Published on Jul 5, 2018 Elektron

"A fiery furnace destined to make your music glow."

And a couple of user videos:


☀Become a Patron:

What's new in MK2? Elektron Analog Heat review and sound test: Is it worth it?

Published on Jul 5, 2018 loopop

$819 USD

"Audio enhancer. Audio destroyer.

Add sparkly brilliance, or grimy roughness, to any sound source. Samplers, drum machines, synths, the master bus, you name it. Analog Heat MKII is a fiery furnace destined to make your music glow.

Analog Heat MKII is currently only available from our retailers. Please visit our Store Locator to find a retailer close to you.

Stereo Analog
Sound Processor

Sound better
Take a sound, any sound. Send it through the Analog Heat MKII, try out the eight different stereo analog distortion circuits, add stereo analog filtering and EQ, and hear beautiful things unfold. New life for your existing gear.

All analog, all yours
The eight stereo analog circuits are designed to quickly access varied and powerful sound shaping. Each circuit has a distinctive way of processing sound. Clean boost, tape-like saturation, tube amp-like enhancement, overdrive, crunch, distortion, harmonic fuzz or high gain? You’ll find your favorite flavor with ease.

Sound card operation
One of the most prominent Analog Heat MKII features: it can function as a 2 in/2 out sound card, even while processing DAW audio. Perfect for the traveling musician. Create as you go and make stellar, high quality recordings wherever you may roam.

Synthesiser Dave - Episode 15 - Korg Ply 800 Rack [EX-800]

Published on Jul 5, 2018 Electronic Sound

Joranalogue Audio Design - 21st Century Analogue Synthesis

Published on Jul 5, 2018 Joranalogue Audio Design

"Joranalogue Audio Design aims to bring new approaches and techniques to the Eurorack platform. All products are designed and made in Belgium, driven by experiences in both modern hardware engineering and vintage synthesiser servicing."

Patch n Tweak

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