MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Happy 808 Day! via Retro Synth Ads / Mini Music Labs

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Retro Synth Ads / Mini Music Labs

"There's nothing better than spending 808 Day with friends. My TR-808 has decided to take it's buddy Jupiter-6 out for a clap-triggered arpeggiator spin. Enjoy!"

Bitwig Studio, Modular Synths & a Flute play No Limits.

Published on Aug 7, 2018 The Mad Music Machine

"Caitlin uses the Sixty Four Pixels Banana Split to connect Bitwig Studio to the Mad Music Machine.

She sequences the Mother-32, E352, Roland System-1m and the Hexinverter Drums from Bitwig and plays her flute over the top!"

Future Retro 777 monophonic analog synthesizer

via this auction

Korg Monologue: Getting Started

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Dan Krisher

"In this video, I help you get familiar with the basics of the Korg Monologue. We'll cover the basic elements so you can get started making your own patches right away."

Arvo Part. On the OB-6 :)

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Kris Lennox

"'Fur Alina', here played on a patch I made for it on the Obi. Personally, I think this sounds better than the original piano version. And I say that as a pianist. The piano version is great if you have access to a 9ft concert grand - and a completely empty, silent hall - but played live, the stillness is often destroyed by an old biddy chewing a boiled sweet in row G.

Recordings of the piano version sound great - as the mics are about 2ft from the strings. Probably the ideal listening experience on the piano would be to have your head under the lid.

I had plans of doing a piano concert in the near future. I planned on offering special tickets whereby people could lie under the piano. Naturally, I'd put something comfortable there for them to lie on. That would be a special concert indeed. And no, I'm not kidding. Standard classical concerts are like pulling teeth, and don't interest me in the slightest. Unless there's a fine-looking lady performing. Maybe that cellist from 'Classical' (ha!) group 'Bond'. I'd maybe pay for a front-row ticket for that gig. Maybe. And don't even think of calling me sexist. Show me which Bach score features the performance direction 'expose underwear in bar 27'.

Actually, I may be on to a good idea there. Must contact publishers and tell them I have a new performance direction initiative. I'll do it in the morning.

How many could say they laid under a piano during a recital? And it isn't as strange as it sounds - certain people would do this whilst Liszt performed. But we've became all very stuffy and there's now a very distinct audience/performer division. If I ever do another recital, this distinction won't exist i.e. there will be lying spaces available under the piano, and the audience will be right next to me. Being able to not only see what is being done - but actually feel the intensity of the performance up close - is something that appeals to me.

Unless someone does a Monica Seles and sticks a dagger in my back. Then again, that would be quite an interesting performance feature. The Classical world is distinctly lacking ISIS-style attacks. But we'd need an artistic terrorist, i.e. someone willing to blow themselves up exactly on the cannon blast during the 1812 overture. Audience members would be encouraged to bring those yellow rainjackets one sees at festivals like T in the Park. But in this instance, to protect against rogue limbs during Tchaikovsky.

And the BBC wonder why the Proms is dead in the water.

PS the included video is dull to watch. Better as a listening-only experience.

I also didn't blow myself up in this vid. That would be a waste of a good synth.

All best

Experimental Electronic Instruments by Raul Alvarez

Currently on Kickstarter where you'll find additional details and some videos.

"The goal is to develop a catalog of experimental instruments in order to evolve the electronic music production scene. The project will deliver new ways to interact between digital, analog and the physical environment."

The campaign starts with four proposed devices: an analog mono synth, analog drum synth including eurorack modules, and envelop module, and a analog controller that is already developed. There are a few other prototype pics further below.

Some details on each starting with the Thundervolt MK1 analog mono synth:

"The second prototype, a monotone lead synth, is called 'Thundervolt MKI'. It features two oscillators, an Attack-Decay-Release envelope, a special one pole filter and several stages of distortion. The synthesizer is able to create sounds ranging from industrial and percussive sounds to harmonic bells, interplanetary pads and distorted basses - and numerous further electronic moods."

::vtol:: modulator

::vtol:: modulator from ::vtol:: on Vimeo.

Another fascinating creation by ::vtol::. The sound that you hear is software. The hardware controls the sound.

"I have always perceived the concept of modulation in music as a complex cyclical visual system: the ricochets of the crest of a wave constricted in its own amplitude, rotations within rotations (in particular, if the shape of the wave is aspiring for a sinus), compound pendulums and centrifugal spirals. Meanwhile, I actually experienced the frequency modulation as synesthesia a long time ago – I had such an experience when playing a guitar, with the oscillatory movements of my fingers accurately and demonstrably accompanying the palpable vibrations of the string.

The modulator is a system consisting of electric motors and a composite hand, with a passive magnet installed at the end. The Hall effect sensors register the movements of the magnet. This only occurs if the rotation phases coincide in such a way that both composite parts of the hand with the magnet at the end and the senor are on one line. After registration of the magnet’s movements, the status of the entire system shifts -– there is a change of pace, the direction of the rotation of one or both motors changes, and most importantly - the parameters of the sound synthesis. The more frequently the system mutates, the more complex the sound becomes and vice-versa, the more infrequently, the tone becomes more diffuse. As the Hall effect sensors register not only the existence of a magnetic field, but also its strength and polarity, another three additional magnets have been installed on the object on the rotating axes which modulate the position of the main magnet when it is all of a sudden in close proximity to them. Taken all together, they form a composite dynamic system in a closed loop and in a constant state of mutation and modulation of its state rotating in an endless sound composition.


- axoloti


- axoloti
- 3 custom made Hall-sensors
- 5 dc motors
- custom electronics
- 1 channel sound system

Moscow, 2018."

Be sure to see the vtol label for more.

Circuit bent BOM Toy Keyboard by Psychiceyeclix

Published on May 2, 2018 psychiceyeclix

via this auction

"Circuit bent by Psychiceyeclix - Circuit bent BOM toy keyboard, pitch bent & squarewave rapid trigger for extra madness!!
This keyboard has many features - 24 rhythms, 9 keyboard voices, 30 scratch disc sounds, all can be mangled & bent with added circuit/controls.....

Mods -
Pitch control,
3 way pitch on/off switch
2 x body contacts,
body contacts on switch
Square wave trigger circuit
7 way trigger selector knob
square wave frequency control
overdrive control
jack out
speaker still connected"

Absynth Single Sine experiments

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Empty Vessel - Sound Design

"Exploring how much can be done with Absynth using only a single sine wave source.
Using the delay line in the Aetheriser to produce the rhythmic plucked line and step envelopes to change the pitch of the Aetheriser grains.
Audio straight from Absynth standalone, no post-processing or external FX.

'Pandora' - Absynth FX patches coming soon."

Best Ambient Synth Shootout #51: Olegtron 4060 MK2 - Song 1

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Christian's Sonic Spaces

"This is the first song with the Olegtron 4060 MK2. It's an experimental signal generator. Signals and sequences are generated by sticking all kind of electronical components to its patchboard. Pretty cool!

I used for the recording the following FX chain:
Olegtron 4060 MK2 - Alesis Philtre - Pigtronix Echolution 2 Deluxe - GFI System Specular Reverb 2 - Alesis 3630 (bassdrum on sidechains). Depending on the recorded track some FX are deactivated

The signal went through a small Behringer mixer with a Korg Kaoss Pad KP3+ in the FX bus into the pc for recording. The song was then mastered with noise reduction and a bit compression/limiting.

To create the complete song I recorded consecutively several stereo tracks. The final song was then mastered with a bit EQ and compression on some tracks and some limiting on the master track.

Well, I decided to go back to the basics, but at the same time make something useful for the synth community and do a kind of competition (I like competitions;-). What's my best synth for ambient music :-)"

Arturia DrumBrute Impact Sounds

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Perfect Circuit Audio

"Arturia’s new drum machine is the DrumBrute Impact which is a little smaller and less expensive than the original DrumBrute, and features its own unique sound. The Impact has a powerful sequencer with swing and randomness as well as accents. All of the drum sounds also have a “Color” setting which tweaks the sound to give you two sounds for each of the 10 drum sounds. There are individual outputs for the kick, snares, hi hats and FM drum sounds. There is also a built in distortion circuit and touch pads for rolls.

Available here:"

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

"Tipsy" by J- Kwon cover, Moog Grandmother demo + Elektron Machinedrum + Volca Sample

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Mattelica

"Live take of J- Kwon's 'Tipsy' with the Moog Grandmother sequenced by an Elektron Monomachine, Elektron Machinedrum on beats, and Korg Volca Sample on additional beats to a Roland VS880 to a Yamaha MG10xu mixer to a Canon 6D with a 17-40mm lens." Prototype Auction to Benefit The Bob Moog Foundation

via this auction

" is auctioning this prototype of its Q170 MIDI Gates module to benefit the Bob Moog Foundation. This one-of-a-kind module was the first used and programmed by Roger Arrick. It is fully functional and warranted.

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. See web page for complete docs.

The prototype being auctioned varies slightly from the production model and the front panel shows the original name of Note Gates.

It is usable in any Moog-Unit 5U format modular synthesizer using an industry-standard power system. But not in a Moog modular which which use a different power system.

Face plate measurements are 8.75" x 2.125" x 2.25" deep behind the panel. Requires: +5v.

Roger Arrick, founder of, explains, 'I've been designing modular synthesizers for the past 20+ years and have been deeply inspired by Bob Moog's pioneering work since the 60's. It's an honor to support the Bob Moog Foundation's educational and historic preservation work through this auction, so please bid high and bid often! :) I usually keep my prototypes, so this is a rare offering.'"

1970s Baldwin Syntha-Sound early synthesizer

via this auction

"This is an original Baldwin Syntha-Sound synthesizer from the 1970s. Rare early US made synth from a well-known maker. It DOES NOT WORK Properly! Powers on, the switch lights up, and I can hear a slight hum through the built in speakers but absolutely no sounds from the keyboard. When I plug in a cord into the external output and into an external amplifier, I can sometimes hear a faint sound of the synth overshadowed by noise, BUT after it was on for awhile suddenly the keys seemed to be working and it got pretty loud with some changes in sound when pressing various buttons, and then the volume dropped down to almost nothing. The next time I turned it on, I got no sound either with the internal or external output. Who knows what will work or not work next?

Kawai K1m Midi Digital Multi-Dimensional Synthesizer

via this auction

"Works great, looks great, and comes with manual, wave list with cheat sheet, getting started manual and an ad from sound source. Light scuffs on the bottom. Does not come with power supply but takes a generic 9 or 12v DC wall wart."

Always be sure to check the polarity before plugging in 3rd part power adapters so you don't fry your synth!

Yamaha TQ5 Vintage FM Synthesizer

via this auction

If you follow MATRIXSYNTH, you know these do come up now and then, so relatively rare would be more accurate than hyper rare in the description from the listing that follows. One of the coolest retro designs for a desktop synth imo.

"This is a hyper rare Yamaha FM synth from 1988. You won't find another one for sale. It's sounds are from the DX line and don't get more 80s. It's in great condition and comes with the original manual which is very in depth and covers all aspects and functions of the synth.


The TQ5 is a pressure and velocity sensitive desktop (8 voice multitimbral) FM synthesizer.

4 operators (8 waveforms and algorithms) with dedicated (ADSDR) envelopes,

3 stage pitch envelope, an LFO (saw, square, triangle, random waveforms),

10 effects, card and MIDI interfaces

8 track sequencer

200 presets (100 editable)"

Korg X-911 Vintage Analog Guitar Synthesizer Signal Processor

via this auction

Shigin Conductor Japanese scale mini-organ Koto Synth

via this auction


via this auction

Live Synthesizer Performances #2

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Jay Nagano

KORG volca sample
KORG volca bass
KORG monologue
IK Multimedia UNO Synth

Arturia DrumBrute Impact & Arturia Minibrute 2 Madness pure analog sound !!!

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Dziam Bass

"Hi Guys.
I have a new movie together ARTURIA Minibrute 2 and the new Arturia-DrumBrute Impact.
Small cool performance combination here a little aggressive style, but I hope you like something with a strong kick.
About 2:20 a bit of added energy, it's a spontaneous setting, so excuse me for a small resonance jumps.
DrumBrute is great for quick transitions and arrangements, in addition to sound, creates fun in the game here added distortion on drums built into drumbrute on the sum , Minibrute 2 is a powerful mono soundstage.
Really great for me!!!
Check yourself what the connection has brought.
All sound only from Minibrute 2 and Drumbrute Impact.
Live sound-not mastering not mixing."

Moss tuning

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Will Schorre

"I trim the mosstone trimmers.

All except for the top and bottom long bars which are more obvious how they work."

Previous posts.

BEST Affordable Analog Drums for Eurorack?

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Noir Et Blanc Vie

"Hey Guys, let's take a look at the Delptronics LDB-2e and the LDB-2x. These modules have been some of my most favorite recently. I'm not huge into performing live with my modular setup, but these two really help get all the drums I need for typical live playing to my sets.
This is probably the most affordable way into a bunch of Analog Eurorack drums sounds"

Grandmother | Moog Demo Library Tutorials

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Moog Music Inc


1. Grandmother | Sequencer Basics
With Grandmother’s easy-to-use on-board sequencer, learn to quickly program and store up 3 different sequences, add variety with ties & rests, transpose patterns, and overdub new notes during playback.
2. Grandmother | Patching the LFO as a Third Oscillator
Using Grandmother’s front panel patch points, you can easily reconfigure the instrument’s on-board analog LFO to act as a third oscillator.
3. Grandmother | Creative Uses for the Sync Input
Learn this simple patch to use Grandmother’s sync to simulate envelopes, delays, and ratchet-style effects.

Volca Sample: Beats From Scratch

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Red Means Recording

"Making beats on the Volca Sample from scratch using community submitted samples."

Moog Grandmother & Behringer Neutron

Published on Aug 7, 2018 3rdStoreyChemist

"Exploring tha possibilities combining the Grandmother & Neutron semi-modular synthesisers.

Recorded direct."

The Oberheim OB-8 In Action

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Doctor Mix

"Here's the classic Oberheim OB-8 analogue synthesizer."

Dr. Böhm Digital-Drums from 1983 / TEASER

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Espen Kraft

"This is a quick teaser of the fantastic German 'Linndrum' called Dr.Böhm Digital-Drums from around 1983.
Fully programmable and with a optional keyboard attached that gives the most beautiful Italo/synthpop auto accompaniment.

This is all played live in the studio for a quick demonstration. Full video soon!
All sounds from the Böhm, except the Italo synthbell that is the Roland Alpha Juno 2. A splash of some reverb and compression and its off!"

Analogue Solutions Generator sequencer: End Pulse, Fill, Flipped gate

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Analogue Solutions

"Generator is playing the bass (on Nyborg24 synth) & being master clock. Oberkorn is playing sequencing percussion sounds."

Modal Electronics SKULPT synthesiser Patch Demos

Published on Aug 7, 2018 Modal Electronics

"Preview of some of the sounds that can be made from our new synth SKULPT available now on Kickstarter -"

Ther-a-Spin ~ The Self Playing Theremin

Published on Aug 6, 2018 karl welty

"A Moog M32 automata accompanied by Moog Theremin. The coffee cans on the rotating platform change its pitch. I was in a mood to just listen. M32 three part self-modulating voice consisting of a low pulse wave drone, a white noise component, and periodic filter self resonance. The Theremins pitch is being changed by the coffee cans on the rotating platform. It took some experimentation to find items with sufficient volume, material, that didnt weigh too much, and that could be placed in such a way that the pitches would modulate. Moving the stool slightly on the floor globally tuned it, slight shifts of each can helped dial individual notes."

Electro doom with synthetic alien death voice

Published on Aug 6, 2018 EA78751

"This video demonstrates vocal formant synthesis with some new hardware we're developing. The voice is synthesized with analog filters and oscillators. Created by Eric Archer / Rare Waves LLC 2018. Rare Waves manufactures the Grendel Drone Commander, Grendel Formant Filter, and other unique analog music equipment. Our website is"

Delta CEP A: Paraphonic Chords & Spectralis Groove and Bass

Published on Aug 6, 2018 Jörg Schaaf

"Delta CEP A: In paraphonic mode, you can play chords when using the MIDI connection. In this example the chords are triggered by the Spectralis II Sequencer. Later, I am adding a groove and a bass from the Spectralis.

The DELTA CEP A is a new semimodular musicsynthesizer with monophonic and paraphonic playmodes, preset memories and snapshot automation. The DELTA CEP A is the perfect starting point into the EURORACK world and will become available soon as desktop standalone synthesizer and EURORACK module. The DELTA CEP A works just out of the box without any cable patching. If you are looking for a EURORACK FX unit or for POLYPHONY within your cabinet, you should also have a closer look as well. Are you curious about connectivity with your other gear? The DELTA CEP A has a MIDI interface and connects to every MIDI gear (MIDI sequencers, Keyboards etc.) The desktop version comes with standard 1/4 inch jack inputs and outputs.

The audio streams in that video are directly recorded from the main outs of the Delta. We have not used any compression or volume automation. What you hear is the original sound of the unit. If you have the impression, that it is not loud enough, please just adjust the volume;-)"

"Memories of June" (Short Version) - Mike Pensini w Roland System-8 FM Engine

Published on Aug 6, 2018 Mike Pensini

"All sounds and effects (reverb/delay) in this track were created with the v1.20 FM engine of the Roland System-8 synthesizer. The full version of this track will be available on Soundcloud shortly.

©2018 Mike Pensini"

New JX-3P Pug-Out Coming to the Roland System-8?

New polyphonic plug-out on System-8 3rd slot!!! :-) Published on Aug 7, 2018 gattobus

It looks like the JX-03 is making it to the System-8. Hopefully they'll bring it up to eight voices or at least the original 6.  The JX-3P had what in my opinion can be described as a metallic sheen to it compared to other Roland synths of the time.  Some are speculating it could also be the JX-8P/JX10. I have owned both and this demo sounds like my 3P. That gives us the Jupiter-8, Juno-106, FM, and now the JX-3P modeled on the System-8. I would love to see the full Roland Cloud models including the D-50, SH-101, SH-2, System 100, Promars, and if possible, even the JV-1080 make it to the System-8. The programing interface could be a challenge for the D-50 and JV-1080, but I"m sure Roland could come up with a decent menu interface combined with the front panel controls.

"A new 3rd PlugOut for System-8 will be released on August 8th! 💣💥
Thanks to Roland AIRA that made me play a pre-release version. 🙏
A new legendary synth will be added to the collection!
#roland #808day #system8 #plugout #synthesizer #polyphonic #synth #electronicmusic #keyboards #musicproduction"

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