MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018

AKAI Pro VX600 Synthesizer

via this auction


via this auction

Matrixbrute/Mellow Jazz

Published on Sep 21, 2018 Kris Lennox

"Jazz on a monophonic synth. Certainly different! Three-part recording. Top video = melody, bottom L = bass, bottom R = chords (three-note paraphony). Jazz chords can be relatively complex: given the sparse availability of notes on the MB, creative solutions need to be found. For example, the F#m7b5: this is a four-note chord, and the MB can play three notes max. The solution (or rather, 'a' solution) is playing F# (i.e. the root) in the bass, and the rest of the chord (i.e. C-E-A) on the paraphonic patch. Sharing the chord voicing works well.

On a technical level: you'll probably notice when I'm playing the chords I'm quickly arpeggiating from low-high. It can't be heard on the recording as the arpeggiation is fast, but the function is to have consistent VCO assignation to each note. What I mean is: in paraphonic mode, the first note played is assigned to VCO1, the second to VCO2 etc. With this piece I was looking for consistency of tone; arpeggiating guarantees the lowest note will always be VCO1 etc.

When playing chords, what feels like all notes played simultaneously isn't so in reality.

I'm adding subtle vibrato on the melody line. I assigned the pitch wheel range as a semitone, and the vibrato is slight pitch wheel dives/returns. Very similar to using the tremolo arm on a guitar.

I'm curious if anyone knows the piece I'm playing? I'm keeping the arrangement very, very bare to illustrate the MB at its most exposed. I think it works well. Holding back in the recording was tricky! Resisting the temptation to showboat/add fills etc and only playing a tune at its most exposed is a good challenge in itself.

I have a list of works to record on MB ( grows by the day!). Some classical, some jazz, and some original. The jazz ones will be more involved than this recording (I'm thinking maybe some Coltrane solos). The MB would, I feel, work well as a solo instrument for a jazz gig. It is something I'd be interested in performing live i.e. jazz on the MB, with the MB playing the lead lines. Very different.

What I feel this video illustrates is the softer side of the MB. This synth - and its musical possibilities - is limited only by our imagination. What a machine.

Soundcloud link here -"

Synthchaser #111 - Dead Oberheim Xpander Repair

Published on Sep 21, 2018 Synth Chaser

"The Oberheim Xpander. 6 voice little brother of the mighty Matrix-12. One day his beloved Oberheim Xpander would not turn on. So he sent it to Synth Chaser to perform a little synth CPR. We'll have a little tour around the inside and then get this Xpander working again!

Parts for DIY repair and restoration of Oberheims are available at my website. I also repair and restore Oberheims and other vintage synths for customers around the world."

Poly orgone, just 1 patch

Published on Sep 21, 2018 neutron7

"A bit of fun, This is only one patch of the poly orgone,, using mix controls to hear different oscillators. There are tr8-s drums and a tiny bit of RE-303 added as well as uDervish on the poly orgone output. sorry for the noise, and being mono, its recorded on ipad."

Behringer's VC340 Vocoder String Synthesizer Goes Into Production Priced at $999 or Less

The two images to the left say quite a bit. While Roland is making mini boutique software based emulations of their classic synths, Behringer is making full blown analog clones, for cheap. That robot kind of reminds me of Behringer with a "don't kill me" smile (I don't think that image is from them BTW). is reporting that the upcoming Roland VP-330 clone from Behriger, the VC340, is going into production. You can find the post in German here.

Google translated from that post:

"Just talked to Pete Sadler and also received a written message from Uli personally 'We will do the thing'.

There is still no fixed release date, but yes, the thing goes into production. The poll numbers therefore looked very positive. Thus, the targeted VK somewhere somewhere between 700, - and 1,000, - USD would be. So we are curious."

Regarding the price, see this previous post.

Click here for video demos of the prototype Behringer VC340.

Novation PEAK / ARQ-96 demo: Creating 6 patches in six minutes & a short track with them

Published on Sep 21, 2018 Floyd Steinberg

"For this video, I tried to create patches in less than a minute and then use the results for a short track in the best possible way. No fast-forwarding in this video, I set up an alarm clock to prove it. Music begins at 8:36 Sequencing done with the ARQ-96."

Moog Prodigy + Linndrum

Published on Sep 21, 2018 synthartist69

"Hey guys, it's a Moog Prodigy. There is a debate as to whether it sounds better than a Moog Rogue. My answer is YES YES YES!! I borrowed a friends Rogue and it is not this phatt..... This is the next best thing to a Model D!!"

Neutron Alien Activity Patch

Published on Sep 21, 2018 Terrible Beat

"Behringer Neutron sounding all xenomorphical."

BoBeats: NOVATION invited me to London (+ FIRST LOOK @ TOUCHÉ SE and ARTURIA KEYLAB MK2)

Published on Sep 21, 2018 BoBeats

"In todays video we take a trip to LONDON. Also checking out TOUCHÉ SE and KEYLAB MK2 +beatmaking."

TEST SERIES Synthesis Technology Cloud Morphing Terrarium Hologram Dream Sequence Infinite Jets

Published on Sep 21, 2018 Outsider Sound Design

"The purpose of 'TEST SERIES' is to focus on the sound design possibilities of various gear combinations when pushed to the extremes. This series is not musical nor does it serve as an instructional video. It is all about sound potential.

Please consider supporting this channel by purchasing a sample pack or music download from"

Nintendo Blues

Published on Sep 21, 2018 Wein Glas

"Just some fun with an Nintendo 3DS and the Korg DSN12 Synthesizer Software!"

This Side of the Curse (The Album)

Published on Sep 20, 2018 Audio Illustrator

"Audio illustrator James Newman and the James Newman Cinematic Groove Orchestra are pleased to present a new You Tube Album, 'This Side of the Curse'.

'This Side of the Curse' takes the listener on a musical journey thoughtfully exploring the various struggles we all deal with as humans in this life.

Song list:

1) "This Side"
2) "Home"
3) "Out of Sync"
4) "Gettin' Me Down"
5) The Silence of Grasping Air"
6) "Get Me Out of Here"
7) "Another Floydian Slip"
8) "Flip Side"

*All Photos courtesy of Stephanie Newman.

*Record player sound FX courtesy of:
*"Over the Rainbow" sung by the "Threebee's".
*All music composed, performed, and produced by James Newman.

1) "This Side" We all know that life is not only challenging but also downright hard at times. Even in the best of times we can see that life has a way of working against us. I believe this life is indeed under a curse and that we all long to be set free from that which we are bound under.

This piece is based from the events found in Genesis 3.

#24 (Full Version)

Published on Sep 20, 2018 R. Reger

"Original piece for Mellotron M4000D mini, Nord Electro 3, Fender Rhodes, Hohner Clavinet, Mellotron Mk. VI, Moog Voyager and Hammond XK3-C. Download available here: https://rregerakaashenactuariesofasga..."

Rebach VCO GR11 & VCF-A Catch filter unboxing demo & first sound

Published on Sep 21, 2018 Dziam Bass

Note this is the first post to feature Rebach. We have a new maker in time.

"It's time for unboxing video and first sound.

We like to make these films and create new sequences and sounds, and this time the Dutch ReBach is at the workshop.
We only have an oscillator with a filter in a simple sequence and later add some delay for more space but check it yourself !!!

VCO GR11 and the second newest VCF-A Catch series product!"


VCO GR11 to Voltage Controlled Oscillator is a simple but powerfull SAW core oscillator tuned for bass applications, also applicable as semi-LFO. The GR11 VCO generates four waveforms (SAW / SQUARE with PWM / TRI / SUB SQUARE). The GR11 has a unique Sub section which generates a square waveform that can be adjusted in four parts. Extremely well applicable for bass! Use it as LFO or even as simple voltage / frequency controlled. 4-step sequencer or modulate a second GR11 for a wide range of deep sounds or FX. The new VCF-A from the CATCH series is the basic Eurorack series with minimal functions, but with maximum sound! This VCF-A is characterized by extreme resonance (self-oscillation) for violent sounds. a real speaker killer so we were careful with this resonance."

Oberheim Electronics Mini-Sequencer and Synthesizer Expander Module SN 0024 & 0099

via this auction

"Oberheim Electronics, Inc.
Made in United States, Santa Monica, CA 90401

SythesizerExpander Module
Model CPS-1
117 VAC, 50-60 Hz, 5 Watts
1 Amp Fuse

Model CPS-2
105-125 VAC, 50-60 Hz, 3 Watts
1 Amp Fuse

5 Connector Cables
1 RCA Cable that we don't know why was in this box but, we're including it"

Original Novation Bass Station Analog Synthesizer Keyboard SN 0002017

via this auction

Future Retro Revolution R2 TB-303 Modeled Analog Synthesizer Sequencer SN FREV01123

via this auction

Roland JX-3P + PG-200 6-Voice Programmable Polyphonic Synthesizer

via this auction

12-Polyend Dreadbox Medusa-Part 12: Sequencing

Part 12 added to this post.

Moog Grandmother meets Eurorack Modular (Part 2)

Published on Sep 21, 2018 once upon a synth

"Part 2 of pairing the eurorack modular with the Moog Grandmother. The Grandmother is semi-modular which means you can break the normal connection between modules and connect to external modules. In this video we explore more effects-based modules like the Tiptop Audio Z-DSP, Make Noise Echophon, Pressure Points, Wogglebug and the 2hp Freez."

Moog Grandmother meets Eurorack Modular

Erica synths-PICO VCF3 24dB/oct lowpass filter demo

Published on Sep 21, 2018 Dziam Bass

"Erica Synths Pico VCF3, despite its small size, is a mighty, classical sounding 24dB/oct lowpass filter that makes Pico System sound like much larger setups."

Syntronik Noir - iPad Sound Demo - Micromoog Prodigy Multimoog

Published on Sep 21, 2018 redskylullaby


Demo of IK Multimedia Syntronik App Noir In App Purchase
Noir uses sampled oscillators from Moog Multimoog, Moog Prodigy and Moog Micromoog.
Keyboard is IK Multimedia io25"

Back to 1986 - PSB & Jarre with old samplers and synths

Published on Sep 21, 2018 Espen Kraft

"This track is a mix of three favorite synthpop tracks. 'Paninaro' and 'Domino Dancing' by the Pet Shop Boys and 'Zoolookologie' by Jean Michel Jarre. It has the tempo of Paninaro and the vocal oohs inspired by Domino Dancing.
The signature 'voice' sample in my track is created by myself by sampling a friends voice on another track of mine and processing it heavily and sampling it back into the Emax.
Most of the sounds in this track is samplers and most, if not all the samples are my own work, including the thunder in the beginning and other effects.

The track is called "Americana" and in reality this was the nickname of a girl I once knew. Way back and back I was....

Btw, this track has been 15 years in the making.

I use DistroKid for all my releases onto streaming services.
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Growing up I listened to so much synth-pop and it's only natural that my own tracks takes inspiration from many of the acts I loved back then. I still love them and listen to them!


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