MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, August 2, 2018

Thursday, August 02, 2018


Published on Aug 2, 2018 Kris Lennox

"Another piece from the 'It Follows' soundtrack. Really beautiful work. The original has two layers - one is a chiptune, slightly gritty synth line, and the other is a string-like sound. The challenge with this recording was to create a sound somewhere between both. I think the included sound works quite well.

You'll probably hear the drift assigned to the patch. Very slight, but I think it works well. I also assigned aftertouch to drift - again, very subtle.

After purchasing the Obi I read a few reviews, just to see what others think. One gripe reviewers seem to have is the 49-key range. As you can see from this recording, the range isn't too much of a problem - as long as you are creative with it :) When my LH is swinging out of shot I'm altering the octave.

I'm sure my followers have noticed of late that I'm posting a rather large volume of music. I must add that I'm not actually spending hours each day working videos etc. To give some background: before speaking to other musicians, I always thought perfect pitch was just 'normal', and everyone had it. To me, the sound of , say, the note C (for example) is very obvious as it sounds 'C-ish', in much the same sense someone looking at red knows it is red as, well, it looks red!

For some reason I was also always able to play something back after hearing it. If a complex piece, it would take two or three listens before I could play it.

As a musician, being able to play most things after hearing them is great (after seeing 'It Follows' in the cinema, I went home and played through the soundtrack. It's such a great score I had to play through it). As a listener, though, it is terrible, as after hearing something once a tune becomes tiring, as the brain knows it. As a product of this, I flick between two polarities - the first is avoiding listening to anything at all - with the second being consuming everything there is to be listened to.

My point - a recording such as this only takes a few minutes. Prior to recording, I had a listen through the track again as a quick reminder, as I hadn't heard it in about a year or so. After this it was simply a case of setting up the camera/Tascam etc. Quick and easy, and nice to share the recording/archive of how to play the pieces."

Moog Grandmother has landed

Published on Aug 2, 2018 Sequenox

"VCA in drone mode LFO modulating cutoff into 4ms Dual Looping Delay and Strymon Big Sky"

Blacet Klang Werk Frack Rack Ring Modulator Synthesizer Module

via this auction

I think this has to be one of the best pics of a module I've seen to date. Looks like it was taken on a massive rooftop in LA.

"RARE out of production Blacet Klang Werk Frack Rack Ring Modulator, Synthesizer Module.

This module is in excellent condition, showing normal signs of wear and tear. Minimal rack rash. Fully functional. Calibration may be necessary, Which is clearly detailed in the manual included.

Includes a black light led modification, as well as the power cable, and manual."

Roland Jupiter 6 Vintage Analog Poly Synth

via this auction


via this auction

"Fully functional with a new air case.

Cruise is a 49 key synthesizer with a mid fixed split point featuring a mono synthesizer and polyphonic orchestral synthesizer. The Cruise is a dual instrument in one synthesizer with a preset polyphonic orchestral instrument and mono synthesizer as well. Both sections have presets. the orchestral section has presets within the Reed Brass, piano and string instrument families where as the mono synthesizer section offers presets but can also be used in a free section where it becomes a monophonic analog synthesizer. The 49 key keyboard instrument has a fixed split point for the two instrument sections which can be played and used separately or together."

IK Multimedia UNO Synth - Synthesizer - Sound Demo (no talking)

Published on Aug 2, 2018 Elevator DJ

Ambient with Roland W-30 & SDE-1000

Published on Aug 2, 2018 SynthMania

Thomas Dolby Live in Roland Cloud

Streamed live on Jul 26, 2018 Roland Cloud

"Roland is pleased to announce 'Thomas Dolby Live in Roland Cloud,' a historic first-ever concert streamed live in Roland Cloud. Free and open to all, the performance by electronic music icon and Roland Lifetime Achievement Award winner Thomas Dolby will take place on Thursday, July 26, at 4:00 P.M. PDT, in Roland Cloud.

As part of an enhanced experience, you will have the opportunity to try the same synthesizers and sounds used by Thomas Dolby in concert by signing up for a 30-day Free Trial to Roland Cloud."

Steiner-Parker Synthacon Variations

Published on Aug 2, 2018 Todd Barton

"Taking a single note through some transformations on the Steiner-Parker Synthacon..."

You can find a handful of Steiner-Parker videos by Todd Barton in the archives here, one from way back in November 2006!

Harley Benton D-SEED Sound Demo (no talking) with Novation Peak

Published on Aug 2, 2018 Bonedo Synthesizers

DX5 playing Depeche Mode "Blue Dress"

Published on Aug 2, 2018 DX5

"Played with some minor variations (specially in the lower piano part). I also included the isolated instrumental final part.

Gear used:
Roland JX-8P
Emu Emax II (Kurzweil and library samples).
Kurzweil PC1x
Backtrack recorded from scratch in Pro Tools
Composed by Martin L. Gore.
Performed here by DX5 Jose Maria Bara"

USSR syntesither MAESTRO

Published on Aug 2, 2018 GLvintageSHOP

GLvintageSHOP on eBay

HOT TIP - AC Tester from myVolts

A cool and simple AC tester for your gear via myVolts. It also has a polarity tester that lights up BLUE for centre positive polarity, and RED for centre negative polarity. Click through for details.

Also, myVolts Caroline Swords was featured in the latest Korg MicroKAST podcast chatting about it and upcoming projects. You can check it out below.

"I was a guest on the latest Korg MicroKAST podcast chatting about it, Ripcord (I know its been a while, but it's gonna be soon, and its gonna be great), and some other stuff we're developing - a cheap little passive mixer with noise filtering called the mickXer (that we decided to develop from chatting with Gaz Williams from Sonic State), and a few other bits."

Avril 14th on Harp (and eurorack)

Published on Apr 14, 2017 tacetmusic

"Avril 14th by Richard D. James
Performed on harp by Sarah Davies
Running through Intellijel Springray and Alright Devices Chronoblob"


Published on Aug 2, 2018 Joakim Floke

"Some of my own patches for the sub37.
Just a great synth to work with.."

RIT M Sequencing Many Samples

Published on Aug 2, 2018 freshnelly

"As many RIT_M users are using their sequences to control samples I thought I'd chime in and do a bit of that myself!
It helps if the samples are slices from a set progression or in a set key. These samples are from the Reflex Liveloop Flash-8 Expansion demo so are in Cm except the drums.

There are a lot of samples and the Reflex uses the CV input to offset selection of these samples. There aren't exactly 60 samples to cover the +0-5V range (default RIT_M setting) so sometimes there's thresholds that can go one way or the other, thus producing a random adjacent sample glitch.

I personally like this as it adds variance, but can be made more stable by adjusting the RIT_M's CV-to-Gate pulse delay. It's default at 1mS but can be set up to 8mS to allow more time for the CV (and Reflex circuitry) to stabilize.

I guess a good lesson here is to keep all of the samples in the same key with variety to easily implement a sequence with them!"

30 07 18 Scrotum Lab - Grille & Co

Published on Aug 2, 2018 batchas

"Short jam after testing a new Grille module."

Mutable Instruments Ambika Synthesizer with 6 x SMR-4 Voicecards

via this auction

"Professionally built Mutable Instruments Ambika synthesizer with 6 x SMR-4 Voicecards. Original high quality components used sourced from Mouser and Digikey. Comes in cool umbra Plexiglas case. Standart Mutable Instruments OS or YAM alternate OS on your choice. Ambika synthesizer is fully assembled, tuned and tested."

Korg Mono/Poly Monophonic/Polyphonic Synthesizer SN 379453 w/ Original Green Gig Bag

via this auction

Roland Juno-106 Keyboard Synthesizer SN 407376

via this auction

Sequential Circuits Pro One Keyboard Synthesizer SN 1772

via this auction

"Vintage Sequential Circuits Pro One analog synth. Keyboard is the J-wire version. The synth functions as it should and is in very nice shape."

Yamaha CS-5 CS5 vintage monophonic analog synthesizer SN 3031

via this auction

DiscoverNoise // Arturia - CS-80 V3

Published on Aug 2, 2018 DiscoverNoise

DiscoverNoise 156-
DiscoverSoftware 034-

Here is a little demo of the Arturia CS-80 and some of its presets.

Frogger Theme Played on a Atari Punk

Published on Aug 2, 2018 MrCaliforniaD

"Feel free to ask any questions concerning this video in the comment section." Grand Terminal as a Full Synth Voice

Published on Aug 2, 2018 DivKidVideo

"Here's a potentially unexpected way to use the Grand Terminal from ... A SYNTH VOICE! Complete with VCO with variable wave shapes, dual series filter (state variable high pass into low pass here - MS-20 style!) and an envelope to modulate the filter. The icing on the cake is the excellent FX section with is in the tape echo emulation here which has a great modulated / saturated warm echo trail. Lovely stuff!"

nonlinearcircuits Shat noir Phaser

Published on Aug 2, 2018 cirtcele

"The core of the Shat-noir phaser is based on classic LDR based phaser designs, notably the Carlin, Compact Phasing A, Morely Phaser and ADA final Phase. The CV drive is an anti-log circuit, it works a little differently as both the CV and phase pots must be adjusted to find the sweet spots. The In2 pot is 0 at centre, the incoming signal is inverted below that. it is intended as a feedback input for one of the stage outputs, but shove in whatever you want of course.

Please note the build pictures below when constructing to make the box fairly light-proof. A little bit of leakage does not seem to matter much but you could add a bit of black silastic sealant around the edges if you really want to. When soldering the connector pins, use the SIP connectors, jumped across 1 or 2 pins (see pics) to ensure they are nicely perpendicular to the PCB. When soldering the PCB to PCB connectors, I press lightly on the PCB to help keep the connectors tight against the board.

The PCBs are 2mm thick with black soldermask to prevent light getting in. Also, please note the pots go on the side of the PCB that has the pot symbol screenprinted, this is different to previous NLC PCBs……I try to conform, its hard, really hard. Anyway look at the pics to make sure.

PCB set = USD24 Panel = USD22 assembled = USD220"

hapiNES Demo1

Published on Aug 2, 2018 Twisted Electrons

See the Twisted Electrons label below for more.

uacid8 demo1 (uacid8 + Tonic)

Published on Aug 2, 2018 Twisted Electrons

See the Twisted Electrons label below for more.

Pre-vacation mood before unplugged with BLCK_NOIR and Shuttle System

Published on Aug 2, 2018 TheEndorphines

"Due to a huge amount of requests - we remind you that BLCK_NOIR is in production now and is planned for the end of August.
Enjoy summer vacations and here is a composition that Julia plays fully made with BLCK_NOIR and Shuttle System"

Luke Neptune's Top 5 Fav Synth Sounds Of All Time

Published on Aug 2, 2018 Luke Neptune

"Here are my top 5 fav synth sounds of all time.
What are yours? Leave a comment."

Modal Electronics SKULPT synthesiser Walk Through Tutorial

Published on Aug 2, 2018 Modal Electronics

"Introduction to the SKULPT synthesiser, the new virtual analogue polyphonic portable synth from Modal Electronics.

This walk through tutorial showcases SKULPT's many features and gives you an overview of the workflow and user interface of the synth.

00:17 - Presets
01:00 - Oscillators
03:20 - Filter
04:37 - Envelopes
06:53 - LFOs
08:48 - Keyboard
10:36 - Arpeggiator
11:25 - Delay
12:53 - Sequencer
14:11 - Modulation"

Introducing Ribn: iOS MIDI controller app

Published on Aug 2, 2018 once upon a synth

"Ribn is an iOS MIDI CC controller app with 8 looping ribbon pads.

I built this app because I wanted a simple tool to be able to add automation to my hardware MIDI gear. You can use it to control any MIDI synth or effects, as long as they respond to CC parameters. Ribn allows you to assign an individual MIDI channel and CC# for each ribbon.

By default the ribbons record your finger movement and start looping when you lift it. You can of course turn looping off which turns the ribbons into standard real-time controllers."

Medusa Hybrid Synthesizer - Music Demo Five

Published on Aug 2, 2018 Polyend

"Dreadbox & Polyend Medusa Hybrid Synthesizer music demo. All sounds besides the drums are made and recorded straight from Medusa's master audio output. No wavetables were harmed during the shot of this video.

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

Serge Flurry

Published on Aug 2, 2018 PaulLawlerMusic

"A self propelled Serge modular patch."

Matrixbrute: IT FOLLOWS ("Playpen")

Published on Aug 2, 2018 Kris Lennox

"Try with cans on for the bass etc. Brilliant soundtrack. The included is an arrangement of the track 'Playpen'. It is a little-known track from the soundtrack - but is fantastic. You can find it here -

The dial you can see me turning near the top RH corner - this is the fine-tune. The pitch of the work drifts through a semitone whilst the patterns change. Therefore, this work is in fact microtonal. Or rather, it is microtonally drifting. It gives a very odd and unique effect. Great stuff.

On the original the pitch dive is VST automated - but personally I prefer hands-on. Plus - as you'll see from the video - I'm diving the pitch to reach the lowest point on a specific bar, then raising it again to a specific bar. However, this means the transitioning pitches are never at the same rate across parts i.e. I can't exactly dive with perfect synchronicity on each part. Personally, I think this gives the music even more oddness, and brings the sense of the pitch dive to life more than a standard 'all dive the same' - which is the result of VST automation. Of course, different rates can be programmed on a computer - and this is easier to fix than having to redo an entire take - but as a player I enjoy sitting at an instrument far more than sitting at a screen. There's a time and place for both - but give me the choice and I'd choose being at an instrument.

MIDIRAUSCH - Verbos Techno Musiceasel

Published on Aug 2, 2018 midirausch

"Jam on my Verbos Techno Easel.
All you hear is coming out of this instrument.
No external processing, no Eq, no compressor.
Tiptop Bd808 inside as well for Kickdrum plus one Optomix for lpg duties.
Hihat comes from Random Sampling"

Using the Lyra 8 Synth with a Theremin

Published on Aug 1, 2018 Modular Landing

"This video explores how to control a Lyra 8 organismic synthesizer using a theremin."

Patchení s Nikol - Ducking with VCAs

Published on Aug 1, 2018 Bastl Instruments

"Ducking or side-chaining, is a well known dynamic effect that music producers use to highlight certain sounds in their mix and suppress others with a compressor. If its taken to an extreme degree, it can add a pumping feeling to your song. Nikol explains how ducking can be done with envelopes, Quattro Figaros VCAs and Inverters."

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