MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, September 3, 2018

Monday, September 03, 2018

The Playroom - Massive Synthesizer Museum in Switzerland Seeks Funding on Kickstarter

The Playroom - an interactive synthesizer space Published on Sep 3, 2018 smem

"Support us on Kickstarter :

Play, record, and discover the beautiful history of vintage and contemporary synthesizers in our space.

The Playroom will be a beautiful open space created for people to take advantage of the huge SMEM (Swiss Museum & Center for Electronic Music Instruments) collection. Here we’ll also host lectures, workshops, classes, and more. And for a hands-on experience, The Playroom can be rented for private recordings, events, and parties.

We believe that the best way to share such an unparalleled collection is through experiencing it firsthand.

smem website :"

And the official press release:


September 4, 2018—Fribourg, Switzerland—From their first emergence in pop music in the 60s, to their expansion to rock and disco in the 70s, and widespread usage in the 80s, electronic music instruments – especially synthesizers - have changed the way we make and experience music today. However, their influence and use hasn’t been extensively documented and there aren’t many places to learn how to use them—until now.

Today, the Swiss Museum & Center for Electronic Music Instruments (SMEM) launches a Kickstarter cam- paign to create the first ever space dedicated to recording and learning about electronic music instru- ments: The Playroom.


Published on Sep 3, 2018 SynthMania

"This is a composition of mine called 'Control' that I created a while ago - I made a version with these three portable instruments and I plan to play this one at the "KnobCon" synthesizer conference this weekend as part of my live set

Novation Circuit: drums, bass, strings
Korg Monologue: synth sequence
Korg microSTATION: string pad
and my voice

You keep hanging on
In my dreams and in my soul
and it cuts inside
in my heart and mind

And consider now
All the hurt and all that glows
Sign of present lost
What are dreams if not thoughts

And now I've lost control
And now you've lost control
And now I'm in control
And now you're in control"

OSC1Nation Performs "Rust" @ ALL THE WIRES July 2018

Published on Sep 3, 2018 damon ramirez

"This is from a live performance I did at the 'All The Wires' electronic music event. This was a improvised performance using a Doepfer Beauty Box with Noise Engineering- Loquelic Iteritas, Intelijel- Polaris, Xaoc- Batumi, 2hp- Verb racked, and a Moog DFAM for rhythm."

Vintage Moog Liberation Keytar Synthesizer SN 3350

via this auction

Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver Keyboard PE MEK

via this auction

"This is the PE (pot edition) version. Meaning, most of the knobs are actual pots - not encoders, which are (in my opinion) a better option for a few reasons. They're better quality than the encoders, and have a more natural feeling as far as user experience is concerned. The PE version also includes the Prophet 5 style knobs which you can see are installed on this MEK. Originally the PE upgrade was around $200."

Dave Smith Instruments Oberheim OB-6 Desktop Module Synthesizer

via this auction

OB6: 'Starsong #3' ("Orion's Belt")

Published on Sep 3, 2018 Kris Lennox

"The two uploads prior to the Liszt post from the other day I've added to Soundcloud under the title 'Starsongs'. Hence the title of this one as #3. I'm going for a really soft, gentle sound. Distant, like the stars in the night sky. The three LH notes/ascending arpeggio represent the three stars of Orion's Belt (Alnitak, Alnilam, and Mintaka). Last night the belt was slanting upwards, hence ascending arpeggios. The first three melody notes represent Betelgeuse, Meissa, and Bellatrix, with the 5-note sequence representing 5 of the stars from the bow (there are 6, but last night I could only see 5).

I spend a lot of time under the stars i.e. overnighters up mountains/in valleys. If it is dry, I often don't bother with a tent i.e. just bivvy on the ground with a sleeping bag, looking up at the stars until I fall asleep. There's nothing better.

If you live in a city, it is definitely worth getting out into the wilderness - just for the sake of looking up. Awe-inspiring.

pS here's a link to the included piece on Soundcloud -

All best

SynthMania: My favorite Joy Division song.

Published on Sep 3, 2018 SynthMania

"When I was a teenager in the '80s I was a huge Joy Division fan (still am), it was my favorite band during my 'dark' period. 'Decades' is the song of theirs that I've always loved the most. I used to put Closer on the turntable in my room at night, and fall asleep lullabied by this beautiful, gorgeous song. I'm prepping some songs for a gig at 'Knob Con' this weekend and I'm definitely gonna play this one. Played all live in one take following an inspiration, I programmed the drums on the Circuit, added the minimal bass in the Monologue, played the strings on the microSTATION and sang into a microphone live as the inspiration strikes, feedback and all."

06-The Landscape Stereo Field- Part 6: Sound Processing (Drums)

Published on Sep 3, 2018 AutomaticGainsay

"Here is a demonstration of the Landscape Stereo Field where a beat I programmed is processed by the Stereo Field and re-performed by me."

AutomaticGainsay Landscape videos.

One Small Synth, Ep. 2: Bastl Kastle

Published on Sep 3, 2018 Aidan Burns-Fulkerson

"This is the second installment in a micro-series diving deep into my collection of minuscule synthesizers. Each episode will shine the spotlight on one little synth. There will be no talking, just music or noise, depending on the synth in question and your personal taste in sound.

This episode will listen to the always awesome and weird Bastl Kastle. This mini-modular synth can be screechy when angry, but harmonic and beautiful when calm. All the warm organic tones and patterns are rewarding to find and surprising in depth.

The next episode will feature one of the Pocket Operators."

Aidan Burns-Fulkerson One Small Synth

Moog Jet, Sub 37 + Digitech Nautila

Published on Sep 3, 2018 Moognificat

"What happens when you combine the flange side of the Digitech Nautila effects pedal with a Moog Sub 37 white noise generator and filter? A fighter jet flyby in your home studio! This video demonstrates the results. Listen in stereo for the best experience."

Rare Access Virus TI2 Keyboard - Whiteout Limited Edition SN 038 of 150

via this auction

"Own a piece of synth history !

This is unit #38 of 150 made in the very limited Whiteout Edition of the Access Virus TI2 synthesizer (full size 61 keys)

It is the very best looking version of this legendary synth you could ever own, and won't go unnoticed in your studio or on stage !
Numbered plate can be seen in the photos.
I'll be very sad to see it go, but I need the space and am downsizing to a Polar version.

Excellent condition with original box, manual and cables."

Yamaha RM1X

via this auction


NEW Z-DSP CARD: MARIANA TRENCH #4 from Station 252 on Vimeo.

Mariana Trench - a new card for Z-DSP eurorack module by Tiptop Audio.

Algorithm #4: FDN UNSTABLE 2

Simple FM patch synthesized using Tiptop Audio modules: 2x Z3000, 2x Z4000 and Z2040 running through FDN UNSTABLE 2 algorithm. Sequenced with Tiptop Audio Z8000, QuantiZer and Circadian Rhythms.

A Few Updates from Todd Barton - New Releases, Collaborations, & Performances

A few synth related updates from supporting MATRIXSYNTH member, Todd Barton:

Hi Friends,

Things keep being busy around here!

"Pre-order this upcoming cassette release of various composers (including me) exploring and moving beyond
my Krell patch."

My recent solo Buchla Music Easel album with the CD cover artwork by Ursula Barton. Download available now. Pre-order the CD here.

I'm delighted to have a couple of pages in this amazing new book which will be out in October. Check it out. It is unique and full of great information, interview, photos and beautifully opens the re-emerging world of modular synthesis to a wider audience. Patch & Tweak, Exploring Modular Synthesis

All best wishes,

Also: "Just a brief reminder of two upcoming concerts:

Saturday, September 8 at 7:30 pm at the DanceSpace in Ashland I'll be performing freely improvised electronic music with Bruce Bayard. Bruce's video of abstract figures filmed at SF MOMA is not to be missed. Tickets and more information here.

Friday, September 14 from 7:30-10:30 pm at the Butler Bandshell in Lithia Park
Silent Movement presents The Silent Discovery Series with Control Voltage Therapy:
Todd Barton & Bruce Bayard improvising on Buchla Music Easels with visuals by Michael Maag. You've got to see/hear this!! Opening live looping by Landen Griffith.
$5 donation - all ages.

The audio portion will be broadcast with the technical wizardry of Jordan Rose and Landen Griffith (organizers of The Silent Disco) sending separate and mixed channels of our musical improvisations to special wifi headsets (available at the Park), with video mapping on the bandshell by Michael Maag, resident lighting designer at OSF. You will be able to hear Todd in one channel, Bruce in another, and a mix of both in the third channel, with the ability to switch to any mode at any time and wander around and move! A truly unique concert experience.

Stay tuned for my next Notes from Todd with more album release dates and October tour dates in NYC, Krakow and London!"

ROLAND MSQ-700 SN 584675

via this auction

Could be SN 564675 or 534675. Hard to read the second digit. I try to capture them when I can for archival purposes.



via this auction

1. Custom modified Gameboy Pocket MGB-001 with blue backlight mod and rechargeable battery
2. LSDJ Cart
3. LSDJ-MC2 MIDI Converter with all documentation.

Novation // Animistic Beliefs - Circuit Mono Station

Published on Sep 3, 2018 NovationTV

"Animistic Beliefs recently invited us to their Rotterdam studio where we were lucky enough to be able to capture a performance of an exclusive track with them.

Their performance setup included a Eurorack Modular System, Elektron Digitone, Roland TR808 and the Circuit Mono Station, with Mono Station used for the bassline and as the main clock for the other devices.

For more on Circuit Mono Station, visit:

Check out Animistic Beliefs here:

#WeAreNovation #CircuitMonoStation"

Mattoverse Drone Tone MKII into the Meris Ottobit Jr.

Published on Sep 3, 2018 mattoverse

Decksaver Arturia MatrixBrute Cover on Kickstarter

via Decksaver on Kickstarter

"We've decided on Kickstarter projects to manufacture some of the more niche covers that we get requests for.

In order to produce a new decksaver cover, expensive tooling is needed. This means it's a gamble as often the cover's sales do not recoup the outlay for the tooling and maufacture. For this reason, there are units we can't justify making a cover for as it's too much of a risk.

The idea of these Kickstarter projects is if 200 people pledge this will pay for the design, tooling, production, manufacturing costs and help our customers out by giving them a cover they really need.

The first of these covers will be for the Arturia Matrixbrute and it will feature 'Soft-Fit' inserts to protect the vulnerable wooden elements of the synth from any friction with the cover.

The MatrixBrute's multi-angle front control panel will need to be in the flat position to apply the Decksaver cover. This is so it is compatible with other cases (for those who wish to tour will the synth) and so that the wooden side panels can be protected. We have thought long and hard about this and there is no way to accommodate the control panel in an upright position without compromising the cover.

The cover will be made in the UK from top quality materials, as always.

*Please note that outside of the European Union you will be responsible for paying any customs import charges incurred

Risks and challenges

The MatrixBrute is a physically unorthodox synth, so this will be a challenging cover requiring a lot of design and development.

There will be several points of contact between the synth's laminated wooden parts and cover which need soft fit inserts."

NEW audiophile circuits league (acl) - sinfonion

"acl is announcing the release of the Sinfonion, the most complex and versatile harmonic CV prozessor in Eurorack format created by Mathias Kettner.

Featuring three independent quantizers, a four-voice chord generator, an arpeggiator and a complex chord progression sequencer in one!

Thanks to the 76 control elements it puts an amazing tool under your fingertips, enabling you to play your modular system in a very musical way.

With Sinfonion, you will take the place of the conductor, and your modular system will follow your movements sounding like an orchestra!

42 TE

Release date: Early 2019
Price: 960,00 €"

Squarp Instruments introduces pyraOS 3.0 firmware update for Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer

You can find some videos of the update in previous posts here. The official press release follows.

"PARIS, FRANCE: following five months of beta-testing, avant-garde musical machines developer Squarp Instruments is proud to announce availability of pyraOS 3.0 — a free, major update of the radical realtime processing system firmware for its innovative Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer, an advanced 64-track desktop design with MIDI, MIDI USB, CV/Gate, and (Sync48- and Sync24-configurable) DIN Sync connectivity, creatively adding all the most requested features from its supportive user base alongside innovative ideas from its design team to total over 30 additions — as of September 3…

Polyrhythm is defined as a rhythm which makes use of two or more rhythms simultaneously, so Squarp Instruments’ Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer certainly takes some beating as an advanced 64-track desktop design with MIDI, MIDI USB, CV/Gate, and (Sync48- and Sync24-configurable) DIN Sync connectivity (‘re-released’ last year as a more robust MKII version, thanks to the machined aluminium housing and a sturdy screen protecting its graphical display); different and unusual time signatures can creatively be set to work on each of those tracks to shape shifted-beat sequences, sowing the seeds for freshly-flavoured musical productions. Perfectly designed from the ground up as a modern, easy-to-use, and versatile hardware sequencer, the Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer deftly delivers a radical workflow and almost unlimited possibilities... powerful sequencing, looping, rhythm generation, real-time effect processing, MIDI control, and input+output interfacing are far from beyond the realms of possibility. Put it this way: Pyramid Polyrhythmic Sequencer is perfectly positioned to take centre stage in any musical setup — spanning studio to stage.

Monday Rain (TX Wiggles 34)

Published on Sep 3, 2018 poorness studios

"I woke Labor Day morning to a rainy gloomy Monday. I opened a window to listen to the rain and got an idea. I put a microphone on the window sill to record the rain, and then did a jam. I mixed the rain track separately to get the levels right. This is a first take (well, technically a second take because I forgot to hit record and then noticed a minute or so later).

I used a simple 1 osc patch on the modular, a Korg Volca Beats, my Minibrute, and a DSI Mopho. It came out pretty cool, but the good thing is, it stopped raining less than a hour later so I'm glad I recorded it while I could."

Mathew Jonson Presents His Synthesizer Favourites: Roland JX-3P (EB.TV)

Published on Sep 3, 2018 Telekom Electronic Beats

"Resident synth expert Mathew Jonson is back for his next exploration of his favourite synthesizers for Telekom Electronic Beats TV, with an underrated Roland up next for a closer look. Considered somewhat of a hidden synth treasure, the JX-3P was Roland’s first midi-equipped unit and boasts an onboard 128-step sequencer."

Roland D-05 Sound Module 16 Key Linear Synthesizer

via this auction

Good price on this one.

Multivox MX-450 Analog Bass Pedal Synthesizer SN 00436

via this auction

"This is a very rare, Multivox Corp analogue Bass Pedal synthesizer. A survivor from the early to mid 1970's

Made in Japan, for The Multivox Corp. of America, New York. Very strong and durable, mostly constructed of steel, including the pedals.

Ensoniq Mirage DMS-8 Hybrid Synth & Sampler w/ MASOS, OS 3.2 & FMT V2 Disks SN DMS-14239-R

via this auction

Oberview Oberheim DPX-1 Newsletters

DPX-1 and the K-Muse Library via this auction

You can find a few more pics of this one previously posted here.

The DPX-1 Maneuver below is via this auction

Not finding this one in the archives, so this is likely the first post to feature it.

The Oberheim Synthesizer Performance System Brochures

via this auction


Oberheim Drummer w/ Original Box

via this auction

"The Drummer is an interactive drum pattern sequencer, in essence "the brain of a drummer" It contains no internal sounds but should rather be used in conjunction with a sound module or sampler to play drum sounds via MIDI.

This one is in very nice shape and in original box."

YAMAHA CS-15 SN 6078

via this auction


via this auction

"Like-new condition aside from minor markings (See Photos)

The Clavia Nord Modular series is a line of synthesizers produced by Clavia, a Swedish digital synthesizer manufacturer. The Nord Modular series, in common with their sister range the Nord Lead series, are analogue modelling synthesizers, producing sounds which approximate those produced by conventional analogue synths by using DSP chips to digitally model analogue circuitry.

Programmable polyphonic modular synthesizer
Minimum 4 voices expandable to minimum 8 voices
Maximum 32 voices depending on patch complexity
4-part multi-timbral
Holds patches (sounds) and operating system in flash ram.
Software upgradable via computer.
Dynamic patch storage in 9 banks with 99 memory locations. The number of patches which can be stored depends on their size (i.e. number of modules used).
24-bit internal processing at 96kHz sampling frequency"

Korg DW-8000 Digitally Controlled Analog Synthesizer Keyboard SN 024071 w/ Extras

via this auction

"Beautiful and cared for Korg DW-8000 digitally controlled analog hybrid synthesizer. This belonged to a music teacher since 1985 and is complete with manual, programming tutorials, Swack's Pack commercial patches, pedal, power cable, and well-built homemade wood case. This synth works perfectly and is in amazing condition minus some normal minor surface scratching. This is a highly rated synthesizer and there are tons of Youtube videos that demo the way it sounds."

Random Source Serge Edelweiss II 4u Boat. Serge Modular Synth by PatchPoints

via this auction

"Virtually brand new. Professionally hand build in Berlin by PatchPoints only 2 months ago, full Serge Panel / Boats in original 4u format. Has only had very light use.

This are beautifully constructed and sound rich and precise. All the individual modules serve multiple purpose, DSG for example ( this has 4) makes for a wonderfully precise VCO with perfect pitch tracking."

Random Source Serge La Bestia II 4u Boat. Serge Modular Synth by PatchPoints

via this auction

"Virtually brand new. Professionally hand build in Berlin by PatchPoints only 2 months ago, full Serge Panel / Boats in original 4u format. Has only had very light use.

This are beautifully constructed and sound rich and precise. All the individual modules serve multiple purpose, DSG for example ( this has 4) makes for a wonderfully precise VCO with perfect pitch tracking."

2018.09.02 TD19C + CT5, Mangrove + Three Sisters + Rainmaker, E350.

2018.09.02 TD19C + CT5, Mangrove + Three Sisters + Rainmaker, E350. from bucketbd on Vimeo.

One Small Synth, Ep. 1: Bastl Kastle v1.5

Published on Sep 3, 2018 Aidan Burns-Fulkerson

"This marks the beginning of a micro-series, diving deep into my collection of minuscule synthesizers. Each episode will shine the spotlight on one little synth. There will be no talking, just music or noise, depending on the synth in question and your personal taste in sound.

This episode will look at the newest addition to the tiny-synth team, the Bastl Kastle v1.5. The v1.5 brings some notable improvements over the original Kastle. The sounds it makes are more varied, more tweakable, and arguably smoother, though there’s plenty of fun weirdness left too. Let’s get patching!

Let me know if there is a particular synth you’d like to hear, and I’ll add it to the short list for future episodes."

#10 Live Performance Digitakt | Elektron Analog Four MKII | Rytm | Heat | Korg Kronos

Published on Sep 3, 2018 Victor Roy

"Digitakt is acting as the MIDI master clock sequencing an Elektron Analog Rytm (drums) -processed / filtered by an Elektron Analog Heat, Elektron Analog Four MKII (lead, chords and bass), Moog Minitaur (FX w/ Valhalla Shimmer Reverb) and Korg Kronos (strings, offscreen). Some reverb and distorsion added with Propellerhead Reason. No EQ, no mastering and no samples."

ST Modular - Emoo (Mooer Guitar Pedal Eurorack Adapter)

Published on Sep 3, 2018 Stefan Tretau

"This is a DIY Eurorack adapter for some MOOER Guitar FX pedals. Pedal used here: MOOER Sky Verb"

Moog Grandmother + DFAM // First Test

Published on Sep 3, 2018 Genshi Media Group


I'm beginning to work on new material for my next "Science Patrol" album, and what better way to begin by trying out the new Moog Grandmother Semi-Modular Analog Synthesizer! This is a first, quick, rough test (10 minutes after unboxing) featuring three tracks of the Grandmother and one track of the Moog DFAM (Drummer From Another Mother) for percussion. More to come..."

Generator CV sequencer easily Syncs to MIDI using MIDI note 60

Published on Sep 3, 2018 Analogue Solutions

"Generator CV sequencer easily Syncs to MIDI using MIDI note 60. This method gives perfect lock. Plus, you can step the sequencer then in imaginative ways (something you can't do with normal MIDI Sync)."

Roland JP8000 & Boss DD500 Digital Delay

Published on Sep 3, 2018 3rdStoreyChemist

Synthesiser Dave - Episode 18 - Sequential Circuits Prophet 5

Published on Sep 3, 2018 Electronic Sound

"Electronic Sound's synth fixer Dave is pleased to be working on the lush Prophet. Nice wood."

Orgone Accumulator with Xpander

Published on Sep 3, 2018 batchas

"Orgone Accumulator in drum mode.
Direct output without added effect.

I was testing the Xpander and started to jam. As usual!"

Patch n Tweak

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