MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, July 30, 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018

Yamaha Introduces MONTAGE V2.5

Published on Jul 30, 2018 Yamaha Corporation

"MONTAGE OS v2.5 adds new sound, control and workflow enhancements to the MONTAGE music synthesizer."

Update: and the official press release:

"Yamaha MONTAGE OS v2.5 Adds New Sounds, Enhanced Control, DAW Remote Function to Flagship Synthesizer

BUENA PARK, Calif. (July 31, 2018) — Yamaha today released MONTAGE OS version 2.5, the fifth free firmware update to its flagship synthesizer line. The update further expands the MONTAGE sound, control and workflow features with the biggest enhancement being the new DAW Remote functionality.

MONTAGE OS v2.5 now includes all the original MOTIF XF Performances, bringing the total number of MONTAGE preset Performances to 2,655. Each of the MOTIF XF Performances has been updated for MONTAGE with new Super Knob programming and Audition demos for more creative possibilities. From the beginning, MONTAGE contained all of the MOTIF XF Voice content. This update gives MONTAGE all of the same sound content that’s in MOTIF XF, along with the all-new, multi-gigabyte sized MONTAGE AWM2 and FM-X content.

Mixtape Alpha and Moldover Four Track [Episode 80]

Published on Jul 30, 2018 CatSynth TV

"For our 80th episode, we demo the Mixtape Alpha and Moldover Four Track, two tiny cassette-shaped synthesizers.

'The Mixtape Alpha has a stylophone style input for continuous tone generation, and six buttons for discrete notes. With four voices, four effects, and five-note polyphony there is quite a range of expression. You can even loop a pattern and play a second part on top. But, the best part is, you can record the songs you make, and trade mixtapes with your friends! And it comes in its own cassette case, with instructions.'

Musician, artist, and inventor MOLDOVER presents a new original album packaged in a playable circuit board instrument! [video below]

For more synthesizer demos, please subscribe to this channel and visit"

Moldover's Kickstarter: Waaaaay more than an album - FOUR TRACK

Published on Nov 10, 2013 Moldover Musical-AntiHero

"Musician, artist, and inventor MOLDOVER presents a new original album packaged in a playable circuit board instrument!"

Percussa SSP Update 30072018 [VST Support + QuadVCA VST Plugin + BitCrusher + Module Picker]

via the Percussa Super Signal Processor kickstarter

"We have a new software update for the SSP, featuring the following:

VST2 / VST3 Support (new VST module)
SDK Delivery (kickstarter goals)
QuadVCA VST Plugin
BitCrusher (kickstarter stretch goal)
Module Picker

Read the full update [here]

In short, the SSP's software now has VST hosting capability which is a pretty big deal: it's now possible to host VST plugins in an eurorack module, the Percussa SSP. The modules can function in the SSP's patcher grid, and you can use them (through the input and output jacks of the SSP) with your other favourite modules in your rack!

Besides that we also delivered the SSP SDK - it basically consists of a VST plugin example written in JUCE, a Quad VCA, which was also requested by SSP users in our forum. Full details in the above updates. If you are a developer you definately want to read up on this. The code is already on github ready to check out and modify.

The Quad VCA is included in the software update ready to use, and we even made a preset with this new module. So you don't have to be a developer to use it.

Finally we also have a new BitCrusher module, and a new module picker, which allows you to easily pick modules from our continuously expanding catalog.

We hope you enjoy this update and look forward to the next one! Thanks again for your support.
Bert & Celine"

Sequential Circuits Pro One Keyboard Synthesizer SN 2233

via this auction

"Sequential Circuits Pro One monophonic analog synthesizer. It has been fully dissasembled, the key contacts, busbar, switches and controls have been cleaned. The power supply has been recapped with nichicon high temp capacitors, and some mismatched hardware has been replaced. It is dated 1981 low serial number with true key contacts. All ins and outs have been tested and are deemed to be working. There are blemishes on some keys and the wood sides, but overall considering the age, it is in very good shape."

Alesis Andromeda A6 Analog Synth w/ CV Inputs

via this auction

"The A6 has analog CV inputs to the oscillators and filters, allowing you to connect some of your precious vintage controllers to the A6.

The Andromeda A6 is a true analog synthesizer using two analog oscillators per voice, sub-oscillators, hard and soft sync and more! It features 16-voice polyphony. With the Andromeda, you'll find a huge range of tonal possibilities: searing leads, warm pads, fat bass lines, extreme sound effects and more. And of course there are plenty of knobs (72) and buttons (144), even an assignable ribbon controller for addictive hands-on real-time control! The large high-resolution LCD display is excellent and shows you actual rather than relative values of parameters. Andromeda will integrate seamlessly into any studio with its total MIDI control and sync, individual voice outputs, stereo outputs and several audio inputs.

Andromeda is completely analog - no emulation! It features two analog filters per voice that sound great! They are a multimode 2-pole and a 4-pole lowpass. External audio can be routed through these filters too (three 1/4" jacks)! As for modulation, Andromeda has three LFOs, each with six waveforms and they can be synced to MIDI clock. And there are three 7-stage envelopes with very creative and flexible functions. Also onboard is an extensive mod matrix for enormous freedom in configuring Andromeda's sounds!"

Yamaha VL1 Version 2 Virtual Acoustic Synthesizer W/ Bc2 Breath Controller SN KHO1426

via this auction

Waldorf XT w/ Custom Knobs

via this auction

Kit Review #26 - Robaux SWT 16

Published on Jul 30, 2018 Synth Diy Guy

"In depth review of the Robaux SWT16 module kit for Eurorack. An MPC like drum sequencer for modular synths!"

Waldorf Streichfett - Original Blade Runner theme (ish)

Published on Jul 30, 2018 alternatingbitmusic

"I haven't heard the theme in a while and obviously don't know it by heart but I felt this was similar and wanted to share, also demonstrating the rich sound of the Waldorf Streichfett which is all you hear (simply triggered via the Virus synth)"

JBS Haldane Lecture: Trevor Pinch - The Moog Synthesiser as a Technological and Sound Object

Published on Jul 2, 2018 STSUCL

"For the 2018 JBS Haldane Lecture, The Department of Science and Technology Studies at UCL is proud to present Prof. Trevor Pinch (Cornell) discussing The Moog Synthesiser as a Technological and Sound Object.

Sound Studies is a newly emergent interdisciplinary field which studies the material production, transmission, storage, and consumption of music, sound, noise, and silence and how these have changed throughout history and within different societies. In this lecture Trevor examines how a new electronic soundscape came into being with a new instrument, the Moog Electronic Music Synthesizer. He tells the story of this invention in upstate New York in 1964-9 and places it within the context of wider developments in electronic music and the counter-cultural sixties. His approach uses work in Science and Technology Studies to better understand the history of musical instruments as sounding objects, documenting how certain sounds stabilized as part of a new electronic soundscape and how other sounds failed to do so.

Professor Trevor Pinch's main research centres on three areas: the sociology of technology and how users engage with technology, sound studies and music and in particular the development of musical instruments and sound objects, markets and the economy with specific attention to the study of selling and persuasion."

Mike McGrath of Muff Wiggler Giving Buchla Music Easel Away to Save Two Lives

via @muffwiggler

"Please help me save two lives. Time is running out. Please repost everywhere. Thank you."

And an update via Mike McGrath:

"Update: thank you everyone for your kind words, love and support. We now have a candidate in Toronto being assessed and a backup in Ottawa ready to go if the current candidate doesn’t meet the bill. Things are looking up. I cannot thank you enough. ❤️❤️❤️"

Reach out to Mike if you want to be on the list in case the two candidates do not work out for whatever reason. I'd be happy to relay to Mike if you are not on Twitter or Facebook.

Casio HZ-600 Demo

NEW Published on Jul 30, 2018 AreggerOrchestra

This Is Not Rocket Science - Edgecutter (TINRS)

Published on Jul 30, 2018 DivKidVideo

"TIMING INDEX BELOW! Just like Wobbler does for LFOs the Edgecutter from This Is Not Rocket Science takes something simple (an ADSR envelope) and pushes it beyond the norm in controls and functions. We've got trigger or gate outs for each of the phases/stages, gate, retrigger, one linear out, one curvature controlled output, CV over each stage, 3 modes (one shot, gated and gated looping) and a unique envelope ratchet at the start or end of the envelope (if you want it). Very nicely done I reckon! :)

Wobbler video - [posted here]
Tuesday video - [posted here]


00:00 Hello & patch previews

00:56 Features and functions

02:41 Envelope controls - gates, shape outputs, unique curvature and ratchet functions

05:51 Looking at the 3 different modes - triggered / one shot, gated, gated looping. Also further exploration of shape and ratchet stages.

09:30 Stage / Phase outputs to control other elements of a patch. Mixing the two outs to control wavetables and VCAs and using the stage outputs to trigger external sounds.

12:40 Quick patch to show how varied the envelope is under modulation.

13:42 Velocity input - looking at the velocity input and other ways to added expression and dynamics to the envelope."

Quick Trip Hop groove in AUM

Published on Jul 30, 2018 iPadLoops

"Running several instances of Rosetta Bassline to drive chords and melody on Sunrizer as an AU. Using XOX to play a groove on BS-16i Jazz Drum kit."

From Scratch

Published on Jul 30, 2018 Martin Peters

"It has been quiet warm here in the Netherlands for the last few weeks. So the room on the first floor under the sloping roof where my synths are located, is not a pleasant place to be: to warm. But last weekend it was somewhat cooler so I thought let's do a challenge.

So, no preparations. The Cirklon has a blank song, no sequences are pre-programmed. An let's see if I can make an acceptable song within reasonable time. I will let you be the judge if I succeeded in that.

The first sequence is on the Rob Hordijk's OSC HRM combined with a Krisp1 TZ VCO running through VCF/VCA/EG's. The second sequence is on the Tom Oberheim SEM. The third sequence (bass) is all except for the MOSLAB 904-A LPF. The fourth sequence is on the DSI Mopho. The strings are from the E-MU Vintage Keys and the Roland JD800.

Sorry for the camera position which could be turned more to the left but I noticed that afterwards. So you cannot see my right hand playing the Roland JD800.

Hope you enjoy it."

Roland Super JD-990 Synth Module SN ZF03790

via this auction

Rack version of the JD-800

Polyphony - 24 voices
Oscillators - 6MB of ROM waveform data (expandable to 16MB), 4 osc. per patch
Memory - 3 banks x 64 patches (expandable), 3 drum kits with 61 sounds
LFO - 2 per patch
Filter - TVF: Lowpass/bandpass/highpass-filters with resonance and envelopes
VCA - TVA envelopes and pitch envelopes
Effects - Delay, Reverb, Phaser, Distortion, Chorus, EQ
Keyboard - None
Arpeg/Seq - None
Control - MIDI (6-part + rhythm part multitimbral)
Date Produced - 1993

Ensoniq ESQ-1 Vintage Synthesizer

via this auction

Ensoniq SD-1 Synthesizer Keyboard

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

Critter & Guitari - Organelle - Midiverse - TV - MVM #119

Published on Jul 30, 2018 Midiverse - TV

"Welcome to Midiverse - TV! Today we're going to be checking out the Organelle from Critter & Guitari. Let's have a look.."

Analog Modal Synthesis On Eurorack Modular

Published on Jul 30, 2018 Perfect Circuit Audio

"This second part of our series on physical modeling synthesis with eurorack modular synthesizers covers modal synthesis. Modal synthesis utilizes many resonant bandpass filters as a resonator which can then be excited by many different types of impulses or sounds. Since most modal synthesis models use dozens or hundreds of bandpass filters digital implementations are more practical, but we put this together with analog bandpass filters to see how it would work.

The quad filters we used were the Qu-Bit Tone:

A more practical modal module Elements:"

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

BoBeats on Selling His Synths

Sold my synths — here is why Published on Jul 30, 2018 BoBeats

"Why did I sell some synths? And why is it important not getting too attached to your stuff? Guest appearance from Woody Piano Shack.

☀Become a Patron:"

A History of Polyphony: Part 16- Conclusion

Part 16, the conclusion has been added here.

More Info on That DIY 18-channel Analog Stereo Vocoder and Formant System

See the update in this post.

Korg 800DV MaxiKorg retrigger

Published on Jul 30, 2018 Rob Walker

"Korg 800DV - retrigger and bend switches, filter sweeps and stereo movement between the voices"

Novation Peak Editor from Isotonik Studios in the Works

Just a screen shot for now. Click on it for the full size pic.


Symbiotic - Jim Drones - Novation Circuit Pack - Demo One from Isotonik Studios on Vimeo.

via Isotonik Studios:

"Jim has been one of our most prolific sound desgners for the Novation Circuit. He loves it so much that even after pursuing other synths having sold his original Circuit he dove straight back in and bought a new one to complete this pack.

Unlike Jim's previous packs which focused purely on the sound design of the patches, this new pack comes loaded with Samples and Sessions for you to plug in and play to your hearts content.

The Symbiotic pack for Novation Circuit features 64 patches, 64 samples, and 32 sessions for the wide spectrum of electronic music genres.

These carefully-crafted Circuit elements have been designed with producers of Ambient, Techno, House, Psytrance, Breaks, Electro, Drum and Bass, Dubstep, and Downtempo in mind. From classic synthesizer sounds to the evolving esoteric, Symbiotic breathes new life and options for user creativity into Circuit.

This new batch of 64 patches allows for improved mixing possibilities by providing multi-mode filter versions that can act as a form of quick equalization without as much need to return to editors while creating patterns and sessions. The upper patch section of 32 is mirrored by the lower section of 32, meaning that if a patch doesn’t quite fit in your mix at first, the matching patch in the opposite section offers a contrasting filter type. This means more precise isolation of frequencies, as well as variance of harmonic qualities and richness within your own patterns and session creations.

Consistent Macros

All patches contained in the pack adhere to consistency between their macro assignments.

Macro 1 – Filter Cutoff
Macro 2 – Filter Resonance
Macro 3 – Envelope 1 Attack
Macro 4 – Envelope 1 Decay
Macro 5 – Envelope 1 Sustain
Macro 6 – Envelope 1 Release
Macro 7 – Chorus, Phaser, or Random
Macro 8 – Filter Drive & Distortion

Creative Layering

Symbiotic also offers a multi-mode filter concept to sound design within Circuit. Along with panning and macro adjustments, it can provide a new technique for adding depth to your synths parts. Using corresponding patches from both the upper and lower synth sections on Circuit’s synth parts together allows for combined synth part layers consisting of four oscillators, four LFO’s, six envelopes, and so on.

Samples for All Bass Music Types

Also included in the Symbiotic pack is an assortment of 64 high-quality samples, taken from various analogue and digital drum machines and synthesizers. Each section is organized in batches of 16, for easy navigation.

Sample set includes:

16 Kick Drums
16 Snares & Hits
16 Hi Hats & Cymbals
16 Sound FX & Synth One Shots"

SunVox 1.9.4 Update

iTunes: SunVox - Alexander Zolotov

What's New
Version History
Jul 29, 2018 Version 1.9.4
* user files are now available through the Files app;
* partial USB/Bluetooth keyboard support (no key release, no Home/End, no F1/F2/...);
* improved iPhone X display support;
* sound engine optimization;
* indicating the modules whose controllers are tied to the MIDI;
* additional slider for scrolling the controllers when there is not enough space on the screen;
* spectrogram has been added to the to the spectrum analyzer;
* detailed settings of the spectrum analyzer are now available through the main menu -> Preferences -> Modules;
* Amplifier: new controller "Gain" for high amplification (x100, x1000 and higher);

Making house music with Joyce Muniz | Native Instruments

Published on Jul 30, 2018 Native Instruments

"Watch as DJ and producer Joyce Muniz creates a track from scratch using the Expansion Timeless Glow, providing a step-by-step breakdown of her workflow. Filmed at Native Instruments, Joyce Muniz shows how she sets up her sounds, creates structures, and incorporates the vocals of production partner Demetr1us into her music."

Distortion Heaven?! Native Instruments CRUSH Pack Review | SYNTH ANATOMY

Published on Jul 30, 2018 SYNTH ANATOMY

"Native Instruments CRUSH PACK features three plugins that summarise the import topics of distorted sounds: bit-crusher, distortion & frequency shifting. Here is my review and sound demo of these three plugins!

More info here:

►Become a Patreon:"

(1 PCS) Highly Liquid UMR2 Universal Midi Retrofit Board for Matrix Keyboards

via this auction

"The UMR2 can be used to add MIDI input and output functionality to a wide range of non-velocitysensitive keyboards.

These keyboards include the Casio SK-1, Casio SK-5, Casio SK-8, Roland Juno 6, Korg Polysix, Korg Poly-61, Yamaha CS-01, Yamaha VSS-30, Yamaha VSS-100, Yamaha VSS-200 ...

Matte black PCB, gold finish and high quality components."

Elektron Analog Rytm MKI 8 Voice Drum Computer SN B14261075-77

via this auction

"In excellent shape. It does show a little wear from use, a few small minor scruffs here and there, but overall it's very clean. Includes original box along with power supply. OS 1.30c"

Elektron Analog Four Voice Analog Synthesizer MKI SN A13010948

via this auction

"It does show a wear from use, a few small minor scruffs here and there, but overall it's clean and working perfectly. Includes original box along with power supply and manual. OS 1.35"

Elektron Octatrack DPS-1Dynamic Performance Sampler MKI SN B11010364-65

via this auction

"In excellent shape. It does show a little wear from use, a few small minor scruffs here and there, but overall it's very clean. Includes original box along with power supply. OS 1.30c"

Kawai ( Teisco ) S-100P Vintage Analogue Synth

via this auction

"Sounds superb. Very expressive synth, brilliant aftertouch which can be routed to various parameters. It's basic sounds are preset but there's plently scope for manipulation. These are very similar to the ARP pro soloist and were basically built under license from ARP by Kawai/Teisco.

These do sound fabulous. Built in flanger and lush spring reverb too.

This synth can sound wonky from time to time but that's part of its charm."

"Japan" with Roland SE-02 and TR-08

Published on Jul 30, 2018 Machiwoomiapoo

"I've been pretty busy lately. Here's a little tune I made for Japan. I love visiting this country. And I always feel like I belong here. This video shows some of our trip with students, friends, and family. I used the TR-08 for the drum beat and triggered the SE-02 to play the patterns I created. Then I played the SE-02 over the top for the lead. I'm using my old Tascam DP-004 to record my tunes. I'm glad I still remember how to use it. Please Subscribe, Share, and Leave Feeedback. I love hearing from all of you. Please stay in touch. Take care, Sam."

The Basics of VCV Rack - Introduction

Published on Jul 30, 2018 Omri Cohen

"This is the first episode of a new series all about the basics of VCV Rack. In this video, I start with how to download and install VCV Rack, how to download and install 3rd party plugins, and I go through some of the features of VCV Rack and the Core Modules that come with it. *correction about uninstalling plugins from the plugin manager. Clicking the remove plugin button will not remove it from the plugins menu, You'll have to delete it from the plugin folder.*

00:43 - What is VCV Rack 02:29 - How to install VCV Rack 03:37 - VCV Rack Features 06:19 - The Core Modules 07:52 - The Plugin Manager"

Moog Grandmother (3 oscillators + Noise)

Published on Jul 30, 2018 3rdStoreyChemist

"A demonstration with the Grandmother patched for 4 sources - Oscillators 1 & 2, the LFO as an oscillator and Noise.

To turn the LFO into an oscillator, patch: KB OUT to RATE IN and WAVE OUT to an input on the mixer (In this case - OSC 2 IN)

To get both oscillators to share an input on the mixer: Both WAVE OUTS to inputs on the MULT and then use one of the available patch points on the MULT to OSC 1 In on the mixer.

Essentially the Grandmother sort of becomes a Minimoog!"

Unlocking Grandmother's Secrets: Review, ideas and tips for Moog's latest semi modular synth

Published on Jul 30, 2018 loopop

1:10 What gives Grandmother her character
1:30 The Spring Reverb
2:30 The Mixer
3:20 Patch layout
4:20 User interface
4:50 Hard sync
5:25 Modulation
7:25 3rd oscillator
8:45 Playing chords
9:20 Short demo of the different waveforms
10:40 The low pass filter
12:40 The main envelope
13:30 A 2nd envelope
14:15 The arpeggiator and sequencer
15:45 Glide modes
16:20 Patch ideas
17:30 The utilities module
20:25 Generating feedback
20:50 More patching ideas
22:30 Playing paraphonically
25:00 Pros & cons

Grandmother is the latest semi-modular analog synth from Moog. There have been increasingly more and more semi modular synths released in recent years and the demand for rewiring synths and interfacing them with other modular gear grows.

In this clip I explore what's special about Moog's Grandmother, and it turns out there's quite a lot there, especially if you look beneath the surface. For example, while the front panel seems to show only two oscillators and one envelope, in reality, Grandmother has three fully functioning volt/octave oscillators (four if you count the self resonating filter), two and even three envelopes, and is capable of being played paraphonically.

All of these and plenty more patching ideas, tips and tricks are explored in this clip

NOTE: Occasionally I’ll try out affiliate marketing and include affiliate links. This means that I may earn a commission when you click on or make purchases via affiliate links. The content of this clip is entirely my opinion, and was not paid for or dictated in any what by the company creating the gear. Without addressing the particulars of products shown here as they might be under NDA, gear shown on this channel may be either sent by the manufacturer, on loan for review or bought at a discount.

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