MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday, July 20, 2018

Dave Smith: OB6 vs Pro6

Published on Jul 20, 2018 Starsky Carr

"A quick tour of DSI's OB6 and Prophet .

I've tried to give a feel for how they sound individually rather than recreate sound on both as they've got such different characters. They're so similar in their architecture, but so different sonically, I hope I've captured it in 30 mins.

This might give an idea of which is best for your studio, which might cut through in your mixes or fit with your current rig.

I don't consider one is 'better' than the other, they simply have different characters.

Hopefully someone will find it useful ;)_


Oscillators 6:45
Subs and Bass 8:30
Unison Detune 10:20
Squelchy Bass 13:50
Distortion 13:00
Filters 13:55
High Pass 16:15
BandPass 16:55
Filtering Polys 18:00
Adding FX 20:00
THE 'Notch' 21:20
Some Sounds 24:35
Conclusion 35:00"

New Q170 MIDI Gates

Published on Jul 20, 2018 synthesizersdotcom

"Hosted by Roger Arrick of"

And a silver Q106A Oscillator.


"The Q170 MIDI Gates module produces gate signals from a stream of MIDI messages, either from a keyboard, a DAW or any MIDI source. Each of the 8 outputs can be programmed for one or more MIDI note messages or Continuous Controller messages.

Gate outputs can be used to select steps on a Q960 sequencer, trigger envelopes, change filter settings and many other things.

A MIDI Thru output allows daisy-chaining of many modules.

The MIDI output is a version of the incoming MIDI signals but with the programmed notes filtered out. This allows you to set aside certain notes on a keyboard for controlling things via an independent gate signal.

To program an output, simply press the Set button and send MIDI note or CC messages. MIDI channel numbers are recognized. Notes sent once cause the output to follow the note on/off messages and operate like a simple keyboard gate signal. Notes sent twice cause the output to toggle On then Off as note On messages are received.

A special mode allows gate outputs to be programmed to respond to MIDI real-time messages, sometimes called sync - start, stop, continue, clock. The clock output can be programmed with a division of /1,/2,/3,/4,/6,/8,/12,/16,/24,/32."

Another Floydian slip

Published on Jul 19, 2018 Audio Illustrator

"Audio illustrator James Newman and the James Newman Groove Orchestra are pleased to present 'Another Floydian slip'.

"As I age, I'm told I'm no longer hip
for my filter let's me down as I make another floydian slip"

This is a reflective groove about aging.

I hope you enjoy. :)

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Newman.

James Newman 's music can be purchased at:

Purchase "Another Floydian slip" here:"

Update on the synths being used:

"The Hammond organ is NI's B4 VSTi, and the acoustic drums are from Easy drummer. I am also using the DFAM for a constant 'Floydian' drum part through out. The Behringer is doing all the synth parts including the atmospheric noise hits. I am also using a VSTi string machine emulator called 'Loomer' string ensemble. The Guitar parts are all from a VSTi as well."

Synthrotek Analog VCO - Voltage Controlled Oscillator Demo

Published on Jul 20, 2018 synthrotek

Synthrotek Analog VCO 1V/O Tracking Calibration Instructions - DIY MODULAR SYNTH!

Published on Jul 19, 2018 synthrotek

via Synthrotek

"The VCO is an analog voltage controlled oscillator with a wide frequency range and 8 trackable octaves. It uses the Curtis CEM3340 reissue chip, which is famous for its outstanding sound quality.

Simultaneously available triangle, saw and square wave outputs
Frequency range: 5Hz to 28kHz
FM input and attenuation control
PWM input and attenuation control
1V/o input, tracks 8 octaves
Width: 4HP
Depth: 53mm
Power draw:
+12V: 42mA
-12V: 31mA
Includes power cable and module screws."

How to build your own DIY Eurorack Modular Synthesizer case - Synthrotek rails & brackets

Published on Jul 17, 2018 synthrotek

"This video shows you step by step how to make your our DIY Eurorack modular synthesizer case.
Make anything into a Eurorack case! These rails are cut to length for use in whatever DIY housing you like: a suitcase, coffee table or Grandma's meatloaf pan.*

Sold in pairs. Use the quantity to select your length in HP (1HP = 0.2 inches). For example, "Quantity: 40" would be 40HP. "Quantity: 300" would be 300HP. Maximum rail length is 300HP."

The Paths Of Old - a Moog Grandmother demo track

Published on Jul 20, 2018

"The product of my first week with the new Moog Grandmother synthesizer, this Berlin-School-inspired electronic rock instrumental was made using only the Moog. No other instruments or effects were used, and no EQ was applied at any stage - just a bit of multi-band compression on the final mix. The Grandmother was tracked into Cubase through a Chandler TG-2 pre-amp plugged into a MOTU 1248 AVB interface."

Pete Drake & his talking steel guitar - "Forever"

Published on May 22, 2013 Mark Daniel Miller

Not technically a synth or vocoder, but talk boxes have been covered before. Be sure to heck out the second video below for a more vocoder like affect. This one is in via Gerard Pardeilhan.

"The timeless Pete Drake & his talking steel guitar with his rendition of 'Forever'.

Great American music :)"

Pete Drake and His Talkbox on the Jimmy Dean Show

Published on Oct 16, 2017 James Stiltner

KORG EM-1 w/ Circuit Bent Pitch Mod SN 004192

via this auction

"KORG EM-1 Circuit bent with Pitch mod and Alloy bottom door.

Does Drums + twin bassline synths

has a new fx selector fitted , short stem , has box .

Pitch mod , allows real time pitch mod of the whole unit without slowing down tempo, handy coz its not really tuneable , you can slow the thing down till it crashes, two toggle switches and a control pot for complete access to the Pitch mod , may need rebooting after crashes, some setting wont work , its a glitch thing… also does a mean organ chord tone. youl find it..

The bottom heavy steel plate has been replaced with a light weight alloy one cutting the KG’s for lap playing bliss.

However the original bottom cover is included..

Want a demo ? This unit was used on our Acid Mornings track , and still has some of the patterns from the track loaded on it..amazingly Rare.. [on Spotify]

track two..bass part

is Working Order with minor issues.
has been played live by len303 of the , paintwork tatty.

PSU Lead


2 x Sample DVD’s 4GB+ each for DAW use.

SoundwaveSamples drum machines 909 808 etc and synth notes hits 4GB.

Access Virus samples 4GB

Music CD as per demo - One Life Album :)"

Patterning 2 - Recording Beats

Published on Jul 20, 2018 Olympia Noise Co.

"How to record beats and map a MIDI controller to trigger samples."

iTunes: Patterning 2 - Olympia Noise Co.

Previous posts.

Mulholland Drive on the DX7

Published on Jul 20, 2018 Kris Lennox

"Quick recording of 'Betty's Theme', as it seems to be a favourite with MHD fans. Also filmed to show how to play it. Of course, not difficult at all - but you'll need to be able to stretch a tenth i.e. the first LH chord is a D major as D-A-F#.

The same stretch also occurs on G, Em, F#m etc.

PS I just had a listen to the original: on the second D chord, the RH should play D and A, rather than just the A as I'm playing it. I had only listened to the original twice before sitting down to record it. If there are any other omissions, I'll write them up here.

Sound isn't similar to the original; it is just a stock sound from the DX.

PPS what's with hashtags appearing above video titles? Seems to be a YT algorithm generating these. The mind boggles.


Smokey Quartz - First Puffs on the SOMA PIPE

Published on Jul 18, 2018 Smokey Quartz

"I just got SOMA lab’s PIPE vocal synth/effects processor magic thing. This is my first attempts at trying to play it, using four of the different algorithms."

Smokey Quartz - Smoking the SOMA PIPE 2

Published on Jul 20, 2018 Smokey Quart

"A four tracked improvisation with SOMA Laboratory’s new PIPE using 3 different algorithms and with Ashley Joy joining in."

P.S. This is one of those cases where you get some really cool effects if you play both videos at the same time.

Some additional info from Smoke Quartz:

"I just received SOMA Lab's PIPE vocal synth/processor/noise box thing this week. It's pretty fun. It's kinda like a contact mic and effects pedal setup condensed into one compact instrument. Great for noise and more experimental performances. You can also connect a non-contact mic to it and use it as an effects processor, which I've yet to do."


via this auction, also on Reverb.

""MARSH UDS". It is a powerfull 6 channel analog drum synthesizer, produced in the USSR in 1980s. It has 6 identical channels (which can be used & edited freely). On every channel you can change: trigger signal sensitivity, base tone pitch, HF or LF, glissando, noise/tone ballance, noise decay, resonance, channel's volume. Each channel has trigger Input on a standart 1/4 mono Jack for 6 pads. It can be triggered from any drum pads like classic Simmons or modern Roland\Yamaha or any audio source - line outs of the drum machine or soundcard or CV Gate etc. The module has two stereo Outputs (1/4 Jack) ballanced & unballanced and one mono Headphone Output (1/4 Jack). This is an armoured antitank piece of gear and the sound it produces is very unique! Can synthesize huge pallete of sounds - from modern punchy BD & SD to classic 808 or 909 subs or claps e.t.c.."

Mort garson - Plantasia [Mother Earth's] [Full Album] [1976]

Published on Jan 18, 2018 RodrigoMajony

via @moogmusicinc

"Born today in 1924: prolific composer, arranger, & pioneering electronic musician #MortGarson.

His 1976 album #Plantasia" was a collection of Moog synthesizer music to be played for growing plants, but is equally effective for growing humans."

Video description:

"This is a re-upload, old video is deleted by copyright.
Thanks to reddit user PerceptionShift for vinyl Re-issue.
0:00 - Plantasia
3:23 - Symphony For A Spider Plant
6:03 - Baby's Tears Blues
9:10 - Ode To An African Violet
13:10 - Concerto For Philodendron & Pothos
16:22 - Rhapsody In Green
19:40 - Swingin' Spathiphyllums
22:51 - You Don't Have To Walk A Begonia
25:25 - A Mellow Mood For Maidenhair
27:45 - Music To Soothe The Savage Snake Plant

Download Album Here (Original version) :
Download Discography :

Warm earth music for plants...
and the people who love them

Recorded in stereo at Patchcord Productions
Hollywood, California

Includes Mother Earth's Indoor Plant Care Booklet
by Lynn & Joel Rapp

Thanks to mort garson for this masterpiece.

All rights reserved for the author, i don`t claim money for this."

RandomRHYTHM And Patching Panda Jam

Published on Jul 20, 2018 Perfect Circuit Audio

"In this video we used the Vermona RandomRHYTHM to clock everything, the Plaits for a kick drum and Plonk as a snare. We used the Patching Panda N.V.H.S. for high hats. The vocally bass sound is made with the Patching Panda Vibrazum triple bandpass filter modulated by the Voltage Block, the Punch was used as the envelope and VCA for the bass.

RandomRHYTHM available here:

Patching Panda available here:"

Supporting MATRIXSYNTH members get %10 off at Perfect Circuit Audio!

Filthy Techno [Arturia Drumbrute Impact Demo]

Published on Jul 20, 2018 Tom Hall

"Quick little techno piece"

Yamaha DX7 SN 48901 w/ Extras

via this auction

Yamaha DX7 Vintage Keyboard
Original User Manual
Schaller FS121 Footswitch
Yamaha DX Data Cartridge RAM1
Replacement Battery

KAWAI K5 Digital Multi Dimensional Synthesizer

via this auction

The precursor to the K5000S and K5000W Additive synths. The S has the extra knobs, but I hear the K5 has a more powerful (editable?) engine.

Ensoniq SD-1 Synthesizer

via this auction

Year Released: 1990
MSRP in 1990: $2695
Keyboard: 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch
Polyphony: 32 notes
Multitimbral: 24 parts
Preset Patches: 60
User Patches: 60
Preset Performances: 20
User Performances: 20
ROM: 3.5 MB (168 waveforms at 16-bit resolution)
Effects: dual 24-bit effects processor with reverb, chorus, flange, phaser, delay, distortion, rotary speaker, compressor, wah
Dimensions: 103 cm x 34 cm x 10 cm
Weight: 29 lbs.
Sequencer Memory: 25,000 Notes (Expandable to 75,000 Notes), 60 Patterns, 20 Songs
Latest OS Version: 4.10
Latest OS Version For SD-1/32: 4.10/4.10

IKM UNO Synth Jam Session │ Tweaking it Good - haQ attaQ

Published on Jul 20, 2018 Jakob Haq

"FeDex dropped off my New UNO synth by IK Multimedia a few hours ago and I'm already loving it! It has great sounding filters with a gritty drive that makes bass sound gnarly as f*ck! This is just a quick jam session and I'll need a couple of weeks to get to know the UNO before I make a deep and proper haQ attaQ review. Stay tuned!"

Yamaha Reface CS Demo & Short Review - 2 years later

Published on Jul 20, 2018 Alex S.

"Here's a proper demo and a short review on the Yamaha Reface CS."

Friday Fun - Arturia DrumBrute Impact + Moog Grandmother

Published on Jul 20, 2018 sonicstate

"We're lucky enough to have an Arturia DrumBrute Impact and a Moog Grandmother here."

Elektron Digitakt & Roland SH01A

Published on Jul 20, 2018 3rdStoreyChemist

"Jamming with the SH01A synthesiser and Digitakt drum machine synced together.

No further processing except for normalisation."

WORNG Electronics - Vector Space (3 in 17 out cv/audio wizardry!)

Published on Jul 20, 2018 DivKidVideo

"TIMING INDEX / LINKS BELOW! - Following on from my video with the lovely little LRMSMSLR from WORNG Electronics is the Vector Space. Vector Space is a 3 input 17 output CV and audio wizardry machine! Well ... cutting the wizard and magic references it takes 3 inputs and places them around cubes, spheres and on various planes giving us 17 related (but all different) versions of the 3 inputs. There's rectification, phase inversions, offsets, attenuation all playing into giving all these different signals. It's great with LFOs and envelopes, random or even audio. So here's a walkthrough and various patches to show what's going on.

Check out the module and great manual here -


00:00 Hello and previews of what's to come

00:49 Walkthrough, manual, what is this thing!?! Spheres, planes and cube outputs

03:31 A new track from me! Here's a patch I'm working on as a new track (to be released later). Here the Vector Space controls percussion, modulation, sequencing ... LITERALLY EVERYTHING! Really nice letting 3 inputs on this influence a whole patch and piece of music.

05:13 Random Voltages - using 3 stepped random voltages into the inputs into quantisers to get 3 voice polyphonic modular. The advantage here is I can process these voltages differently by taking different outputs and also use other outputs for related modulation.

07:23 Ultimate LFO Logic - this is a patch from the manual. Using 3 LFOs to create lots of unique outputs. This serves as a demo as to what actually happens to the signals using different outputs to show the rectification (LFOs are twice as fast), the offsets, inversions etc.

10:20 3D Vector Synthesis Patch - again another patch from the manual that is a riff on the Sequential (thanks Chris Meyer!) Vector Synthesis. Using external VCAs with different sounds and letting the various outputs open and close these for Vector Synthesis and blends/morphs between various tones and sounds.

12:37 Timbral Garden - you guessed it ... another patch from the manual. Here I take 3 triangle oscillator waves into the inputs tuned to a root, third and fifth in a chord. I'm exploring using the different outputs for different tones. You can clearly here how different outputs emphasis different harmonics in the sounds and some give a nice clipped octave up like effect too."

Muxlicer eurorack module - Demo and patches

Published on Jul 20, 2018 Befacosynth

"Muxlicer is a sequential signal processor designed by Befaco to add a huge range of special functions to your modular setup in the minimum space.
In this video we explore a few of these possibilities and interesting patches."

Korg MonoPoly - This is where the magic happens - Free samples included

Published on Jul 20, 2018 Espen Kraft

"The Korg MonoPoly from 1981. One of the truly unique synths of the early 80s.
The track in this video is made from sounds only from the MonoPoly (except the kickdrum) and multitracked to show off some of its features."

"I have included some samples from this session. If you follow this link you can download them for free:"

Elastic FX & AudioKit Synth One Audiobus session (Update 1.1.4 preview)

Published on Jul 20, 2018 Oliver Greschke

"I am showcasing some of the lovely AudioKit Synth One presets together with Elastic FX in this video. The effects of EFX are synced to the (arpeggiator) tempo of Synth One via Ableton Link. You also see the new visual Follower / Tail effect of Elastic FX in this video, that will come with update 1.1.4.

EFX is a 4 channel multi-effects processor that’s easy and intuitive to play, but also offers complex options to shape your sound and route the audio effects stream."

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