MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, July 27, 2018

Friday, July 27, 2018

Happy Roland TR-727 Day! via Retro Synth Ads

Published on Jul 27, 2018 Retro Synth Ads / Mini Music Labs

"Some quick little programming to celebrate 7/27 day with the alwaysj wonderful Roland TR-727 and its buddy the TR-707. :)"

Let's Play with Patterning 2

Published on Jul 27, 2018 Tim Webb

"Patterning is my favorite drum machine on iOS, so I was excited to get a preview of Patterning 2! In this Let's Play I show off how the new features can turn a boring drum pattern into an evolving and complex pattern! Patterning 2 is available on iTunes:

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Be sure to visit for the latest music app news!"

EMU SP-12 Turbo - Classic Drum Machine/ Sampler SN 571

via this auction

"This one is in very good cosmetic condition and working 100%. It has just been serviced and with some restoration by well known tech Bruce Forat (Forat Electronics). This one has the Turbo upgrade with the latest/ last OS (v2.6). Local pickup is welcome. California residents to pay state tax. Not sold as-is! Shipping available to most countries."

Oberheim OB-8 C42508 for Parts

via this auction

"This Oberheim OB-8 though cosmetically very clean is for parts/needs repair. The keyboard powers on but is unable to do anything else as it is missing the motherboard. All other electronics such as the transformer, connecting wires, input jacks, and pot board remain."

Pics of the inside below.

Sun Drone Sonification

Sounds more like hum than synth, but worth a post. Something to sample for your next piece. :)

"The Stanford Experimental Physics Lab sonified data from the European Space Agency and NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). This humming sound captures the Sun’s natural vibrations and provides scientists with a concrete representation of its dynamic movements.

For more solar sounds, visit:"

Ruby Red Waldorf Q+

via this auction

According to the listing, this is the one featured in this video from 2007.

Tokyo Festival of Modular: cafe deluxe #3 cafe deluxe #3 official digest

Published on Jul 27, 2018 Tokyo Festival of Modular

撮影: 阿部勝規 築地孝典
編集: 阿部勝規

Modular synth showcase event!
- Makers' and Distributors' booths
- Live performances
- Used modules corner

イベント名 :Cafe Deluxe #3
5月20日(日)  16:00 - 22:00


モジュラーシンセサイザーの魅力をじっくり掘り下げるTokyo Festival of Modular がお届けする、Cafe Deluxe 。開発者、ショップの展示ブース、一般の方々による中古モジュラー交換ブース、幅広いジャンルに及ぶモジュラーアーティストによる演奏で様々な角度からモジュラーシンセに触れ、知り、魅力に浸りましょう !!

How To: Above & Beyond - 'Sun In Your Eyes'

Published on Jul 27, 2018 Kris Lennox

"A few notes: the performance on the vid isn't the exact structure of the original piece (i.e. at some points in the original, chord 1 is held for more than 4 bars etc) - consider it a springboard you can work from. For this reason I haven't focused too much on exactly replicating the tone of the original. The point is showing how to get close to the tone etc.

In terms of gear - again, no need to have a MB or the specific delay I'm using - especially given these aren't what were used on the original. Neither existed back then! You'll be able to get close with a basic delay, and a basic synth.

On the original track (which is here - the delay is running throughout - but it's good to hear how the sequence sounds without the delay, purely for reference, and to hear the difference it gives the overall feel.

Delay settings - be sure to sync the delay rate to the tempo, as opposed to manually inputting a millisecond value. Also, the values I'm using may be vastly different depending on your own delay: judge with your ear.

I intentionally omitted the frequency cutoff positive and negative values of the delay (i.e. delay EQ) from this vid as these values can have huge variation across delay pedals. Again, go with your ears.

In terms of the actual sequence length: 4 beats/16 semiquavers. A 16 step sequencer is all you need.

Also - you may have to pause the vid to garner all the info in the initial section, but I felt it best to have the info appearing as/when the alterations were happening in the performance.

Given a large chunk of my channel subscribers are classical musicians/listeners, I say the following - respectfully - but it should be taken on board:

Many classical musicians have very fixed ideas of other styles of music - often dismissively so - especially with dance/electronic music.

It should be known that many, many dance musicians are actually highly trained classical musicians - off the top of my head I can think of 5 who are graduates of the likes of the Guildhall School of Music. The guys know what they are doing - but are choosing to write in a specific genre - no different from when a jazz or classical musician chooses to write in a jazz/classical style.

Yes - there may be the dance music association with hard drugs and rampant sex on a beach in Ibiza - but this is a stereotype.

If there's any doubt as to the skill of dance composers: try writing a dance song. Or - ask Jon Hopkins what he thinks of it. He openly states that a piano work often takes him only minutes, but a dance song takes him months.

I'm not saying it has to be 'one or the other' - but rather - try to approach it with an open mind. Plus - writing dance/electronic music is bloody good fun!

RE Above & Beyond - have a listen to their acoustic sessions. Stunning. And a good demonstration they clearly know what they are doing in how they write music.

Personally, my favourite Trance artists are probably A & B, and Chicane ('Sum of All Parts' is a great album). I'll probably do some vids on Chicane's music in the near future.

All best

Pantala Labs Planets + Noise Engineering BIA

Published on Jul 27, 2018 Gibran PantalaLabs

via Github:

"Eurorack module with 3 channels of Euclidean Rhythms. For channels 2 and 3 there is a Rotate button to advance the step grid each time it is pressed and the Gravity button to create a behaviour correlation between tem."


Published on Jul 27, 2018 Really Nice Audio

"The 2CPO audio to trigger convertor is a slim and simple way to control your modular from a spare of outputs on your sound card.
It works great with a pair of hardware sampler outputs enabling easy syncing of modular to sampler sequencer.

In this demo we connect the outputs from a sound card into the 2CPO. The outputs from the 2CPO are connected to the CLOCK and RESET inputs of a Music From Outer Space 16 step sequencer.

With slight modification the 2CPO can also be used with phones etc enabling sync over wifi with app like Ableton Live.

We have a few available on eBay"

"This 2CPO module is a 2 channel audio to trigger convertor. It can enable 'audio engine locked' sync of hardware sequencers as well as many other duties.

The REGULAR option is suitable for Balanced to Unbalanced connections. This has RED LED's.
The PHONE option has a higher gain setting suited to mobile phone output levels (for use with Ableton Sync etc.) This has YELLOW LED's

Come with Power Cable, Screws and Washers"

Synthesized Sounds For Young Humans by Justin Maxwell

A new album from Justin Maxwell just released today. It's available on BandCamp, Spotify, Beatport, and soon on iTunes. Be sure to check out his other releases as well!

"My latest album is out today, on the amazing Touched label (where all proceeds go to charity). I wrote this between 2014-2016. Tons of analog on it (described better in the liner notes [see below]). One song is all Endorphines Furthrrr generator, another is all 303, etc."

Pics of the release via Justin on Facebook.

Spectra Sighting | Spectra Calling

Published on Jul 27, 2018 Time_Controlled_Organism

"Starring Spectra

Catch it at

Find my music at https://timecontrolledorganism.bandca..."

Spectra Calling

New DIY Vocoder Demo - 18-channel Analog Stereo Vocoder and Formant System

Published on Jul 27, 2018 Glubsch Productions

"Update 2018-07-30: for more information about this DIY vocoder, go to

The video demonstrates a variety of vocoder settings using the text of the German song "Für mich soll"s rote Rosen regnen" (red roses shall rain down for me), followed by a few samples of vocoded voice accompanied by analog synthesizer sounds.

0:00 Introduction ("Für mich soll's rote Rosen regnen", originally sung by Hildegard Knef)
3:50 Autobahn -- Kraftwerk
4:40 Silence bridging
5:10 "Wir sind die Roboter" ("We are the robots") -- Kraftwerk
6:12 We are the Borg...
6:53 "Transformer man" -- Neil Young
7:38 "Mr. Roboto" -- Styx
8:12 "Daisy Bell" -- Harry Dacre"

Novation Circuit Mono - In Depth Review - Software Update!

Published on Jul 27, 2018 Andertons Music Tech Dept.

Fanfare For JP

Published on Jul 27, 2018 MrFirechild

"Using analog synthesizers like the Yamaha CS-80, Prophet-T8, Minimoog, SEM Pro´s, OB-Xa, OB-6, modular stuff and a spanish guitar we try to capture the sound of an epic ride through time and space. The track is called Fanfare for JP. Composed and produced by"

Power DX7 Going Global Part 5 - San Francisco, America 4K

Published on Jul 27, 2018 Power DX7

"Now I'm going to another amazing place in America!!

What a beautiful city, San Francisco is!

Best result using 4K TV!

Music created using only Yamaha DX7 MK1 (except drums). It's a re-mix version of 'Soft Dance'.
- Waaah Male Choir
- Soft Square Bass
- Gamelan like bells
- Saw Filter Sweep
- Slow Ice Strings
- Soft, Warm and Silky Pad"

Dewtron Mister Bassman Synth Bass Pedalboard

via this auction

"The Dewtrons were only available for a short time in the UK and came either as a DIY kit or you could order them pre-assembled. Famous users of these Bass Pedals are Chris Squire and Mike Rutherford from GENESIS. There are the pedals that creates the thunder in Cinema Show.

Extremely rare bit of kit to have in your collection."

MFB Dominion Club analog & digital synthesizer with sequencer

via this auction

* Club version of the outstanding Dominion 1 Synth
* two analogue VCOs and one Digital Wave with morphing waveforms
* two Suboscillators , Noise, XOR and Sync
* morphing analogue 24 dB Multimodefilter with Selfoscillation
* two morphing LFOs with „One Shot“ & Reset function, one mod wheel LFO, two ADSRs
*Arpeggiator, Realtime- and Step Sequencer with Motion Rec
* Midi CC controllable, Midi, USB and M-Bus Interface
* USB Host IN and Headphone Out Portable-22 Moog Modular Analog Synth

via this auction

"Essentials Include:

$225 - Portable-22 Case
$195 - QPS1 Power Supply

Modules Include:

$136 - Q107 - State Variable Filter
$225 - Q106 - Oscillator
$225 - Q106 - Oscillator
$222 - Q167 - LFO++
$315 - Q127 - Fixed Filter Bank
$264 - Q174 - Midi Interface
$58 - Q124 - Multiples
$80 - Q125 - Signal Processor
$92 - Q130 - Clipper / Rectifier
$81 - Q112 - 4 Channel Mixer
$92 - Q109 - Envelope Generator (ADSR)
$92 - Q109 - Envelope Generator (ADSR)
$97 - Q108 - Amplifier (VCA)
$97 - Q108 - Amplifier (VCA)
$92 - Q118 - Instrument Interface Amplifier
$92 - Q137 - Power Control & Interface

Value of: $2680 for modules and parts. Plus taxes, shipping and etc... was right at $3000 from

I am only asking $2200"

Korg VC-10 Vintage Analog Vocoder Synth Working w/ MC-01 Original Mic SN 160140

via this auction

"The unit appears to be working fine, all the keys, knobs, switches, and VU meter working fine to the best of my knowledge as being tested. External Input worked fine too. Maybe a slight scratch noise on some of the knobs (audible only when controlling), which could do with some adjustment/servicing if required. The MC-01 gooseneck mic is working fine too.

Cosmetically the unit is in reasonable condition for its age as you can see. There are some wear and minor scuff marks here and there on the metal panel, with a sign of damage on the Tune knob as pictured. The Tune is still controllable though. I'm including plenty of pictures so you can see exactly how it looks.

Comes with rare Original Korg MC-01 Gooseneck Microphone.
Power Cable included."

Korg Poly-61 Vintage Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer SN 707060

via this auction

Clavia Nord Modular G2X Synthesizer

via this auction

"It is in near mint condition. Everything works perfectly and it sounds great. Included are the G2X, soft case, microphone, manual, power cable, and USB cable. The software is downloadable from"

ELKA - The Sidekick 32 - Dumcomputer demoloops and a sweet song

Published on Jul 27, 2018 Stereoping

"Demo of the Elka Sidekick32 in high audio quality. The Sidekick got 16 rhythms in 2 variations with different BREAKs, manually engagable. Digital logic and EPROM rhythms but analogue sound generation. there is a PCB filtering the hihats in 3 different flavours, depending on the selected rhythm. I also attached a custom midiinterface, the song starting at 2:55 shows midi triggering and some pictures of the inside as well as a 'bug' i found ;-) Video starts with some of the really brilliant programmed presets.
I got an article on my website about this machine, you will find a WAV-samplepack for free download there."

No link provided in the video description. You'll have to go digging on

Reface DX Interlude

Published on Jul 27, 2018 Alex S.

takaab LFO 3 & VCA eurorack modules

Published on Jul 27, 2018 paul tas

Note this is the first post to feature takaab. Below is some info on the LFO 3 from errorinstruments. I'm not seeing a page on the VCA yet.

3x Low Frequency Oscillator Eurorack Module
3 variable LFOs of varying frequency ranges in one handy 6HP eurorack module. LFO 1 is the fastest with LFOs 2 and 3 being slower by a factor of 10 and 100 respectively. Each oscillator outputs both square(ish) and triangle waves.

Approximate frequency ranges:

LFO 1: 4 ms (250hz) - 0.76 seconds

LFO 2: 40ms (25hz) - 7.6 seconds

LFO 3: 0.4 seconds (2.5hz) - 76 seconds

Size: 3cm (6HP) x 128.5cm x 5.5cm.

Module depth: 37mm.

2 outputs per LFO (square* wave and triangle wave).

Runs off +/-12v standard eurorack power supply.

Package contents: 1x module, 1x 16 pin power cable, 2x 3M screws.

Roland DC-20 vs Maxon (Ibanez) AD-100 - 70's Vintage BBD Analog Delay

Published on Jul 27, 2018 SUBTOKYOSHOP

"Roland DC-20 vs Maxon (Ibanez) AD-100

late 70's~early 80's Vintage BBD Analog Delay units compare test

tested with Keio Korg Minipops Junior 70's Drum Machine

These units are selling on our shop

ebay shop"

Moog Grandmother & Neunaber Immerse

Published on Jul 27, 2018 3rdStoreyChemist

Elektron Analog Four & Eventide H9 Max (Shimmer)

Published on Jul 27, 2018 3rdStoreyChemist

"Sequence on the Analog Four synthesiser through the Shimmer algorithm on the H9.

No further processing except normalisation."

Ritual Electronics - Miasma (distortion, feedback, thickener & bonkers!)

Published on Jul 27, 2018 DivKidVideo

Note there is a Halcyon Miasma as well. This is the first Ritual Electronics post on the site.

"TIMING INDEX BELOW! Here's the new Miasma from Ritual Electronics in Paris, France. It's a distortion and feedback device with a tonne of character from warm and clipped/compressed channel strip in vibe to all out chaos and screaming oscillation. There's a blend for parallel dry/wet processing, gain with CV input and attenuverter and feedback with CV input and attenuverter. You also get a feedback out and in so you can filter/effect and process the feedback path for more creative sound design. There's one rectification diode for the positive part of the wave and another for the negative and you can swap this out with no tools right on the back side of the module. So changing diodes/LEDs for different symmetrical or asymmetrical clipping is good fun too as you can change the whole flavour of the thing.It will do more subtle drive, but as soon as rectification kicks in and kind of snatches at your waves your into driven nasty town ... and it's lovely!


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

01:02 Feature & control run down

01:59 303 style acid line - total destruction (when you want it) a big exploration of tones/colours and controls.

04:27 Processing drums - parallel mixing, channel strip style "colour" and intense saturation & noise.

06:48 Further examples - this is a Korg Volca Sample with chord hits, drums and synth hits.

08:12 Processing oscillator waves - using a triangle wave we take a look and listen to the waveshaping distortion and feedback.

10:21 Swapping out the components - how does the sound change and how do you do it?

12:23 Exploring and processing the feedback loop - first using the Make Noise & Soundhack Erbe Verb in the feedback loop.

13:55 Filters in the feedback loop - using the Joranalogue Filter 8 to low pass filter the feedback path.

14:30 Looking at pre or post VCF/VCA processing as well as the CV inputs for dynamic and expressive saturation."

"Miasma is a voltage controlled distortion with a feedback loop you can push to self oscillation for insane results. and interchangeable rectification diodes. giving you an unlimited amount of sound possibilities within one module.

Miasma feedback path feeds the distorted signal back in the input with no phase inversion, causing the module to self oscillate, even with no input. The feedback path can be opened to send it through different effects making Miasma perfect for complex feedback patches.
A blend knob allows Miasma to be used in a precise way, for more complex sound design.
The module's clipping diodes are mounted on a header making it easy to swap them and craft the sound you want. There module ships with six different diodes, from germanium to LEDs and you can experiment adding your own. The output level may vary depending on which diodes you use, this can be adjusted with the level trimmer on the front"

The Roland TR-909 Video Manual & More

Published on Jul 27, 2018 Doctor Mix

Video manual comes it at the end of the playlist. You can use the skip controls on the bottom left of the player to get tot it.

What's So Special About The Roland TR 909
Roland TR-909 Famous Patterns
Roland TR-909 vs TR-8: The Ultimate Battle
Introducing: The TR-909 Sample Pack - get it here
Sampling The Roland TR 909
How To Program TR-909 In The Box
The Roland TR-909 Video Manual

Make Noise System "Cartesian" - Mixolydian Memories

Published on Jul 26, 2018 Jae Ryan

"So I changed up my rig a little bit since I was lucky enough to score one of the QMMG from Make Noise when they had their flash sale. Since this left no room in my skiff for Rene I instead also picked up a matching Ornament & Crime/uBurst (micro clouds) from @mrseri on Instagram. I believe his name is Balint.
Anyways this is my first go with new modules. It's nice having a filter finally. No external effects apart from limiting, reverb and stereo textures are from clouds. O_c is in Sequins mode and using the burst out from woggle bug to clock it and the smooth out from wogglebug to generate the sequence which I've set to random. It's pretty amazing what you can get from a small 104HP skiff when you start to learn it all and push it to its limits! I'll never love the Telharmonic but because of its noise out and beautiful low end I can never bring myself to sell it......

Also the camera stopped recording as I was fading out the track so it will play over some blackness near the end. And the video may not be synced up with the audio, but its not worth watching anyways as all I do is slowly fade in parts."

Patch n Tweak

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