MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Devil's Pizzicato :: Sputnik Drone :: Dual Oscillator & Four-Tap Delay and Dual Crossfader

Published on Jul 25, 2018 Mike Thomas

"Mainly the DO and Four-tap delay being modulated by various other Sputnik modules. Reverb is from 2hp Verb.

Patch Notes
The main soundmaker here is the Sputnik Dual Oscillator. It is set up with AM and FM modulation, and its Timbre and Order parameters are modulated by the Fluctuating Random Voltage channels of the West Coast Random Source (WCRS).

The Sputnik DO's final output is sent to the Four-Tap Delay/Dual Crossfader via the Make Noise LxD. Each of the delay's outputs are either fed-back into the extra inputs of the delay's mixer, or fed into a channel of one of the crossfaders. A couple of channels are sent off to the Quad VCF/VCA for filtering before being either fed back in or crossfaded. The filters help to keep the feedback under control (mostly, unless opened wide). The filters are modulated by a couple of channels of the Quad Function and Trigger source, which themselves are modulated by each other and the WCRS. The Crossfaders are modulated by the slewed S&H of the 1U Noise Tools module.

The delay's time CV is being modulated (sometimes) by a channel of the 5-Step voltage source. The modulation is most obvious when I crank up the attenuator on the module.

The delay's FM input is receiving signal from a Sputnik Oscillator's Waveshape output via the Valve Multiplier (VCA), which is modulated itself by Stored Random Voltages from the WCRS. I hand-wiggle this at least once.

The same Oscillator is filtered and sent to the mix as a drone, with the filter modulated by the 1U Intellijel Noise Tools S&H (slewed)."

Library Of Congress C1 Cassette Player - The Ambient Machine

Published on Jul 25, 2018 HAINBACH

"I take a look at what has quickly become my favorite machine for manipulating cassette tape loops, The Library Of Congress C1. I mod it for 9V and make a piece with it.
Cello player:"

ScaleBud - AUv3 MIDI Keyboard for iOS

From the maker of ArpBud - Open Source MIDI Sequencer & More for iOS

iTunes: ScaleBud - AUv3 MIDI Keyboard - Cem Olcay

"ScaleBud is a music theory tool for composers, artists and learners. It has more than 40 most popular scales and counting. AUv3 Plugin, Audiobus MIDI Sending/ Filtering and Standalone app included.

It has a very simple, single-view interface that you can choose the scale and key you want to work as well as note or chord mode selector on the left side. Right side lists the scale notes or chords you want to work with. In note mode, you can fastly jump between notes in the scale by selecting them from the list. In chord mode, you can see the triad, 7th, 9th, 11th or 13th chords for each note in the scale. You can jump between them quickly as well, by pressing the chord you want to play from keyboard. Also, in chord mode, you can set the octave you want to play for the chords from left side of the keyboard.

ScaleBud comes with an AUv3 MIDI plugin and standalone versions. You can directly control your iOS, Mac or PC audio apps with CoreMIDI. Just open the settings menu and select the MIDI Out you want to send MIDI to.

ScaleBud also supports Audiobus MIDI Sending and Filtering. You can send MIDI from Audiobus 3 app just like regular CoreMIDI workflow. Also, in Audiobus MIDI Filter mode, you can feed MIDI Input data from your hardware or MIDI app, and ScaleBud filters out the off-scale notes in note mode, or plays the corresponding chord, if any available, for each note, like a chorder, in chord mode.

You can use ScaleBud with Audio Unit version 3 hosts like Audiobus 3, AUM, Cubasis 2, Beat Maker 3, apeMatrix and Sequencism. As an audio unit plugin, it both maps/filters your MIDI Input to the MIDI Output you route, and sends the notes/chords you pressed from its keyboard. In chord mode, you can press any type of chord from the list in order to make chorder generate chords in that type. For example if you press a 7th chord, it will generate 7th chords for each note you send it from your MIDI keyboard.

Also, it has several presets but you can save your custom presets with the supported hosts. So, you can quickly jump between keys, scales and chords you want to work with.

ScaleBud is not an audio app. It just creates or filters MIDI data coming from input and sends them to MIDI output. It does not generate any sound in any mode.
You can always send feedback for bug reports, feature requests or rate the app from the Support section in Settings menu.

Standalone app requires iOS 10.0+
AUv3 plugin requires iOS 11.0+ and a supporting host app.

ScaleBud also offers its core components open sourced on GitHub. Feel free to fork them, send a pull request to make it better, open an issue to share your ideas or give them a star if you like them.

New ALBS Knobs For My Waldorf XTk From Modular Addict

My Waldorf XTk recently suffered from the dreaded knob breakdown. The original silo knobs are made of a soft rubber plastic that gets sticky and breaks down over time. I heard you can use baby powder or corn starch to get rid of the stickiness. I gave it a try and as you can see in the second image below, one of the knobs literally fell apart while rubbing them clean. BTW, I high recommend taking the knobs off the front panel before trying this for obvious reasons.

I decided to opt for the ALBS knobs used on later models of the Waldorf XT and Q. I actually have a blue Q Rack with ALBS knobs and love them. I heard there were group buys at, but unfortunately there wasn't one going on when I checked. I did some searching and found them available at Modular Addict for a good price. Unfortunately they were out of stock, so I contacted them and they placed an order for me along with some extra! You can find them here.

I ended up going with transparent red for the majority of knobs and transparent blue for the cutoff and wavetable knobs. I know it's a bit reverse, but I love the look of the red on orange. :)

Note: If you get these knobs, note that they are notched. Make sure you align them correctly before placing them. On my XTk they are nice tight fit. At first they only went about 3/4 of the way in and I thought I was going to end up with a bit of a gap under each knob. I realized this was not normal until I got to the fifth or so knob which went all the way down. I pulled off the first knob and tried putting it back on and it went all the way down. The I did the same for any knob that didn't initially go all the way down on the first try and all was good. I wanted to be careful not to damage anything under the hood of course.

Below you'll find a few pics of my XTk minus the knobs followed with the new ALBS knobs installed. It's a beauty. :)

Big thanks to Modular Addict for ordering them for me! Once they were in, they shipped them out quick!


Published on Jul 25, 2018 ELTA music

"POLIVOKS-M mini. Analog desktop synthesizer

The idea of the Polivoks Mini analog synthesizer came into mind in 1990, as the junior version of its older brother well known Polivoks full synth. The aim was to develop a way simpler and lighter device that has less components, offers the same broad capabilities, and removes possible flaws of the Polivoks full synth.
As the result of this research a new minimalistic schematic appeared. It has fewer controls that are compensated by greater functionality.
For example, in the Modulator section the Form switch has been replaced by the controller with triangular oscillation in the middle position and sawtooth shape oscillation smoothly falling in the extreme positions. The controller for the envelope filter input set to zero in the middle position and smoothly increasing its value by turning the knob clockwise while turning the knob counterclockwise increases inverse voltage of the envelope generator. The main synthesizer sections, such as generator, famous Polivoks filter, multimode envelope generator are essentially the same as Polivoks’s ones and have their unique sound. In addition to that, the main generator of the Polivoks Mini doesn’t require any thermal stabilization or adjustment. In general, the simplified schematic delivers the sound appreciated by wide range of musicians by minimal means but with new capabilities. The Polivoks Mini will be released as the keyboardless version with integrated USB and MIDI interfaces.
The overall design of the Polivoks Mini is made in collaboration with Ms. Olympiada Kuzmina, Polivoks full synth concept designer.

Vladimir Kuzmin"

Audiobus 3.1 Released - Support for Audio Units & More

Published on Jul 25, 2018 AudiobusApp

iTunes: Audiobus 3 - Audiobus Pty Ltd

"Powerful New Audio Unit and Hardware Features in Major Audiobus App Update

Today's major update to award-winning iOS audio and MIDI platform Audiobus brings powerful new features for working with Audio Units and audio hardware.

Audiobus 3.1 is available today for iPad and iPhone. The free update makes it easy and fun to use compatible Audio Units ( as MIDI sources and processors, opening up a wide range of new creative possibilities: Audio Unit sequencers, arpeggiators, chord filters, quantizers, modulators and other MIDI tools can now be effortlessly integrated into Audiobus workflows. Additional support for full-screen Audio Unit views and factory presets make it even easier to work with Audio Units on iOS.

The update also adds the ability to route the individual outputs of apps and Audio Units to multi-channel audio hardware, or send audio to the built-in headphone socket and USB audio hardware simultaneously. And, the addition of Bluetooth MIDI device support makes wireless workflows easy.

It's never been easier to integrate external audio gear and the extensive offering of iOS music apps, and with Audiobus 3.1 the iPad and iPhone are truly first-class citizens in the studio or on the stage.

Full list of changes in Audiobus 3.1:

• Audio Unit MIDI out and MIDI effects. Now Audio Units can be put in the MIDI Input and Effect positions.
• Support for full-screen Audio Unit views. Supporting Audio Units now open in full-screen. A new expand/contract view button toggles the keyboard and view mode.
• Support for Audio Unit factory presets, with a new selector above the keyboard.
• Multi-channel output support: Send different audio streams to different output channels. And with Multiroute Audio enabled in Settings, send separate audio to the headphones and a plugged-in USB audio interface.
• Bluetooth MIDI support.
• Effect reordering via drag-and-drop.
• Inter-App Audio transport synchronization.
• UI design overhaul.
• iOS 9 support.
• CPU utilisation indicator.
• Lots and lots of other improvements.

Audiobus 3 is available on the App Store for $9.99 USD."


via this auction

Livestream #1 with Analog Rytm / Digitakt only

Streamed live 4 hours ago Martin Stürtzer

"My first live broadcast! Liveset with Elektron Analog Rytm & Digitakt only. Next livedate: 28.07.2018 @ MAUKE Wuppertal."

DSI Prophet X Demo 2 - NO TALKING!

Published on Jul 25, 2018 Pure Ambient Drone

"Prophet X Demo 2: DSI Prophet X sounds demo and no talking, just Dave Smith Instruments Prophet X sounds."

Some high frequencies at the start of this one.

Introducing Waldorf Quantum Video by Richard Green

Published on Jul 25, 2018 Richard Green

"A short promotional video of the NEW Waldorf Quantum Synthesizer. This is the current prototype model making its way around Music Stores within the UK.

This video was shot for Music Matter"

Stranger Things on the Waldorf Quantum.

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

Daft Punk - Da Funk - Analog Synth Jam [Livestream Highlights]

Published on Jul 25, 2018 BARxMusic

"Decided to break in my new Volca Sample the right way, with a Daft Punk classic!"

Doepfer Dark Universe

Published on Jul 25, 2018 casiovz1

"Doepfer Dark Energy 1 und Dark Time kombiniert mit zwei extra Modulen: einem Doepfer A-180-2 Vintage Edition und einem Dreadbox Attenuator."

DSI Sequential Prophet X Demo & Module Giveaway at Control Voltage, Thursday July 26

via Control Voltage

"Come one and all. Gerry Bassermann from Dave Smith Instruments will be here in Portland on Thursday, July 26th to show us everything about the Sequential Prophet X, their brand new samples plus synthesis hybrid synth.

Also, we'll be raffling off one of their eurorack modules!!

The presentation will be approximately 45 minutes followed by ample time for Q&A, then the raffle, followed by hands-on time in the shop.

See you on Thursday!"

Also a Moog Grandmother Ecosystem event is set for Wednesday, Aug 15th.

Dannysound Cali OSC & Thru Zero EN129 OSC with Thonk

Superbooth 2018 - Dannysound Cali OSC & Thru Zero EN129 OSC with Thonk Published on May 8, 2018 DivKidVideo

"Steve from Thonk takes us through the two new Dannysound west coast / Buchla style oscillators at Superbooth 2018. There's the Cali OSC based on the 258 with some new features and also the Thru Zero EN129 which is similar to a single oscillator from the famous 259 dual complex oscillator. There's more features and options, great sound and of course it will be DIY first and foremost."

Note this is the first post to feature Dannysound. Superbooth video above and one from Thonk on the Cali Oscillator:

Dannysound - Cali Oscillator (Thonk)

Published on Jul 24, 2018 Thonk Synth DIY

Available at Thonk

"The Cali oscillator is a new and improved version of the classic Buchla 258 waveshaping linear FM oscillator with an additional pulsewidth modulated output.

The oscillator features the classic Sine to Square and Sine to Saw wave shaping with dedicated CV control. The Cali Oscillator differs from previous versions of the 258 in that it has a 3-way position switch rather than 2-way. This new middle position features a bonus waveform that will shape from a pulse into a kind of triangular trapezoid shape. The shaping control is more unpredictable in this middle position – it can be thought of as an extra bonus waveform!

There are dedicated inputs for linear and logarithmic FM and the Cali also adds a Pulse output with it’s own width control and PWM CV input. The behaviour of the pulse output can be affected by the position of the waveform switch and wave shape control.

The module features Coarse and Fine frequency controls and an LFO mode, LFO range is accessed via an LED pushbutton that also acts as the LFO speed indicator – the button will light up when the waveform moves through its positive cycle.

* Sine to Saw/Square Waveform Output with CV over wave shaping
* Pulse output with voltage controlled PWM
* Linear FM with attenuator
* Logarithmic FM with attenuator
* Bonus ‘trapezoid’ output
* Coarse & Fine controls with LFO mode
* Genuine Rogan USA knobs (Hex keys included)
* All Through-hole build – no SMD components!
* Width: 12HP
* Depth: 42mm"

via Available at Thonk

"The EN129 Thru Zero Oscillator is an all analog triangle-core VCO specialising in frequency modulation. Analog thru-zero FM modulation produces a wide array of timbres particularly useful for bell like or percussive sounds. Frequency modulation can be precisely dialled in thanks to a dedicated input attenuator and v/oct offset control. Logarithmic FM is also available via it’s own dedicated input with attenuator and both FM inputs have an LED to indicate incoming voltages. Simultaneous analog wave outputs include: Sine, Triangle, Sawtooth, Square and Pulse wave with Pulse Width Modulation. The PWM control goes to zero at either end of it’s range, which is very useful for creating rhythmic sounds with voltage control. Furthermore the PWM control doubles up as waveshape modulation for the Sawtooth wave – gradually altering the waveform until it shifts half a cycle. The EN129 features Coarse and Fine frequency controls as well as an LFO mode. LFO range is accessed via an LED pushbutton that also acts as the LFO speed indicator – the button will light up when the waveform moves through its positive cycle.

Thru Zero linear FM
Logarithmic FM
Zero to zero pulse width modulation
Sawtooth wave shape modulation
Simultaneous outputs for: Sine, Triangle, Saw, Pulse & Square
Coarse & Fine controls with LFO mode
Genuine Rogan USA knobs (hex keys included)
All Through-hole build – no SMD components!
Width: 12HP
Depth: 43mm"

Smokey Quartz - Smoking the SOMA PIPE 3

Published on Jul 25, 2018 Smokey Quartz

"A multitracked noise improvisation with SOMA Lab’s PIPE."

MOD DUO As A Virtual Analog Synthesizer | SYNTH ANATOMY

Published on Jul 25, 2018 SYNTH ANATOMY

"The MOD DUO is a modular audio processor that can be used as versatile multi-effects pedal but also as Synthesizer. Here is a very short sound demo using a TB-303 style virtual analog synth.

►Become a Patreon:"

KORG Gadget Berlin Mono Synthesizer - Sound Demo | SYNTH ANATOMY

Published on Jul 25, 2018 SYNTH ANATOMY

"KORG Gadget Berlin is a monophonic virtual analog Synthesizer plugin that has mainly the focus on sync sounds. Here is a sound demo with the factory presets."

Roland Jupiter 6 Serviced in Great Condition

via this auction

"This unit has been serviced and is in great condition. It has some minor cosmetic wear in some parts of the synth but overall in great physical condition. All keys, faders, knobs and buttons responding. 3 of the fader cap has been replaced so there is slight color difference. Please see picture for more detail"

Analog Synthesizer Two-body Vermona Formation 3 + Amplifier w/ Graphic Equalizer

via this auction

"Analog two-body Vermona Formation 3
in working condition, with a hard case.
+ amplifier VERMONA REGENT 620 in working order. The power is 50 watts. Two outputs on the speakers, one on the 8th or two on the 16m. The external state is very good. Production of the DDR."

Roland Electronic Musical Instruments 1977 Vol.2 Catalog

via this auction

"very rare Roland Electronic Musical Instruments
1977 Vol.2 Catalog Japanese !! (54p)
*Size: 27.5 x 21.0 cm*


ローランド☆総合カタログ Vol.2

Studio Jam with Moog Grandmother and Roland Vr09 combo

Published on Jul 25, 2018 Levi Held

"Studio jam session with Moog Grandmother and the Roland vr09. This is the first semi planned video I have done and I plan to do more in the future so check back soon!"

Waldorf Streichfett String Synthesizer: Complete Overview/Tutorial

Published on Jul 25, 2018 WaldorfMusicChannel

"It's a String Thing: The Waldorf Streichfett combines the best qualities of long-lost String Synthesizers of the 70s and early 80s. Its dual sound engine features a fully polyphonic strings section and an eight voice solo section, which is essential for recreating the classic string synth sounds that have shaped generations of musicians’ sound."

Waldorf Quantum First Contact and presets played

Published on Jul 25, 2018 Matthias plays

"The Sound starts at 1 minute and 13 seconds. ;)

This is a first contact video from the Waldorf Quantum Synthesizer which is one of a kind. It combines all kind of digital synthesis forms including waldorfs special wave technology with a dual analog filter in the stream. Finally the sound streams into 6 various optional effect processors and out it comes. Enjoy listening to some presets I randomly dropped into. All that you hear is what comes directly out of the waldorf output and is done without any mastering nor normalising. So beware of sounddynamic changes and high peaks sounds."

Hemisphere Suite for Ornament & Crime by Beige Maze

Published on Jul 25, 2018 Beige Maze

"Documentation for Hemisphere Suite 1.2, available 7/27/2018 at"

Hemisphere Suite - Part 1 - Selecting Applets
Hemisphere Suite - Part 2 - Saving State
Hemisphere Suite - Part 3 - Help Screens
Hemisphere Suite - Part 4 - Master Clock Forwarding
Hemisphere Suite - Part 5 - Category Filtering

Make Noise 10 Year Panel: Microsound, Tape Music & the Morphagene

Third panel added here.

Medusa Hybrid Synthesizer - Music Demo Four

Published on Jul 25, 2018 Polyend

"Another Dreadbox & Polyend Medusa Hybrid Synthesizer music demo. All sounds besides the drums are made and recorded straight from Medusa's master audio output and properly mixed.

The video, sound design and audio composition by Piotr Raczyński.
Recorded 11.07.2018 in Polyend Hq."

Moog Grandmother & Eventide Space

Published on Jul 25, 2018 3rdStoreyChemist

"Grandmother synthesiser through the Space reverb. Audio recorded direct with no processing."

Mega PWM / Superpulse Waves with 'WTF' from Dove Audio

Published on Jul 25, 2018 DivKidVideo

"Here's a simple technique with the WTF (window transform function) oscillator from Dove Audio to make a "mega PWM" (yes Nick Batt would be happy) or "super pulse" wave. It involved setting the front and rear waveforms to squares, invert the rear wave form, set the window control to be dual and then use and LFO to open up and modulate between the two square waves. Happy times.

You can support the project and grab a WTF eurorack or 5U/MU module from the Kickstarter here -"

Plankton Elektronics Ants Patch#01 Drum'n'Bass

Published on Jul 25, 2018 dænkrø_ ElectriXity_

"No post effects, just raw patching and exploring the potential of this device.
As I have lots of fun with this one, there will be coming more patches... hopefully soon.....
Hope you like it."

Roland SH01A & EHX Deluxe Memory Man

Published on Jul 25, 2018 3rdStoreyChemist

"Sequence on the SH01A synthesiser through the DMM analogue delay.

No further processing except normalisation."

Snazzy FX pedal preview by Mr. Myster

Published on Jul 25, 2018 Erica Synths

"Mr. Myster tasting the Snazzy FX pedals.

Manufactured in Latvia by Erica Synths now pedals are put in more compact heavy duty boxes with solid build quality keeping the authentic sound of the Snazzy FX pedals from the original run and will not only stand the test of time but will turn heads wherever you take them."


Published on Jul 25, 2018 Erica Synths

"KONTAKTOR - Live Elektronik Musik festival's first edition took place on first of June in Riga Electrical Machine Building works main building, Sarkandaugava Industrial Park. A night long celebration of audacious electronic music brought together carefully curated live acts only. The program of the event aimed to recoil from the currently common and to accentuate mutating and ever evolving forms of techno, industrial, noise & experimental music. The event was created and produced by Erica Synths.

ZV_K is a duo formed by Konstantin Gervis and Jessica Kert dedicated to live hardware techno.
Masters of hypnotic techno, influenced by dub and acid, brought up on early industrial and old funk. Not restrained by sound presets or previous releases, they never bored to play live and are constantly evolving. ZV_K is predominantly a live project - each appearance is a unique and never to be repeated experience.

Live visuals from Zenon generated on LZX Industries video modular system.

The second edition of the festival will take place on 31st of May 2019, more info to be announced


The Veldt (Deadmau5) Theme with Analog-Synthesizer

Published on Jul 25, 2018 Andreas Remshagen

"Live-Performance without PC or digital-Sequencers
I have only 16 Steps on my DIY Analog-Sequencer so i had to change some notes and
every Step had to be repeated with an Echo (Yamaha FX 500)
Then it could ran on half timing and i had the
nessesary 32 steps for this theme. Its not perfect but i hope you enjoy it."

YuSynth based DIY synth. Previous posts.

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