MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Sommerfreuden by Moognase

"Sommerfreuden" (Joys of Summer) contains music played exclusively on a Moog Grandmother, recorded on a Tascam DP-24 Multitrack recorder and a TC Electronic M100 Effects processor.

The theme is the happiness and peacefulness of summer, and the melancholy of summer's end.

About Moognase: The project Moognase was created in early 2000 and has been my main electronic project ever since. It is centered around Moog synthesizers of many kinds, for example the Rogue, Prodigy, Micromoog, Voyager, Minitaur, Sub Phatty and, most recently, Grandmother. I focus on one synth only when I'm recording and do not use any DAW.

I hope the album will bring happiness to my listeners.

The album is available on Bandcamp completely for free.


Oberheim Etude #12: "Rapture"

Published on Oct 2, 2018 Kris Lennox

"(Rapture @ c. 2:19) I thought I'd upload the final work from my set of Oberheim Etudes, a piece which brings the set to a very calm conclusion. I'm considering giving a performance of the set: important to me when writing music for live performance is the mood the audience leaves with. I essentially retired from public performance in 2011 (these days I spend my time helping others with tracks (songwriting/instrumental parts/recording & production etc), plus writing my own music), but I'd maybe crawl out of the woodwork for this set. ;) This piece is more 'requiem' than 'fireworks & bombast'.

Section 1 is the dirt of the earth; the swelling mass of humanity. There's a darkness in the music. Then we have the skyward ascent. If there ever were a rapture - and it were to have a sound - it should be an inverted Db add9 chord :) I wouldn't be shot skyward, but if I were and the sound wasn't an inverted Db add9, I'd have to have words with whoever was in charge :))

On a less flippant note: the add9, being in inverted form (rooted on the 5th), is what creates the sense of 'floating'. If the chord were root position, the music would feel too resolved.

RE the actual sound: this patch took considerable time to program. But it was a worthwhile investment.

Jamming with NI Reaktor, Razor, Carbon 2, Kontakt & Guitar Rig

Published on Oct 2, 2018 Synth & Sundry

"Made sounds on Reaktor synthesizer instrument Razor and modified sounds on Carbon 2 and Kontakt. I added Guitar Rig and Driver effects.

I love that the Razor synthesizer runs the whole gamut of components in its engine, from oscillators, through filters and even reverbs and compressors exclusively through its additive model. Yes! Even the reverbs are created by manipulating individual partials. What blows my mind is that you have different oscillator, filter and effects models that you can drop in to your hearts content. The fact that all this is happening within Reaktor is incredible. Razor is to additive synthesis what Diva by uHe is to virtual analog synthesis.

The sound that I made with Razor is done completely from scratch. This is was super fun to program and I was happy with the sound design results I got.

I was able to add some expressiveness, even without a dedicated control surface, by assigning some vowel parameters from the formant oscillator (a big reason why I got this) to aftertouch. Some other settings were also set to velocity, modwheel and pitchbend.

It can be a bit of a drag on CPU for older computers but well worth it for its left-field sounds and ease of use for sound design and production.

Carbon 2 is also a Reaktor instrument but a little bit older. I got through a Reaktor player bundle of some sort. I picked a preset that sounded rather good, modified it a bit and added saturation which worked well with the off-kilter quality of the sound.

Finally, the weakest of the bunch is Kontakt player library sound which I spruced up a little with Guitar Rig to add some heat to what was otherwise some lackluster sampled instrument.

We hope you enjoy this. Random shots of cats and plants occasionally cut through the screen capture of Ableton Live 9, my DAW of choice.

In other news, here's a playlist with finished tracks that sound more polished than what you heard here:"

Jam with TTSH 2600 and Ensoniq SQ80

Published on Oct 2, 2018 therudyrude

"Jamming with a TTSH 2600, Ensoniq Sq80, Analog 4, Prophet X,
Octatrack and Digitakt"

Tiptop Audio Forbidden Planet: Saw and Square Hi-Pass filtering and pinging

Tiptop Audio Forbidden Planet: Saw and Square Hi-Pass filtering and pinging from Station 252 on Vimeo.

Sound source: Tiptop Audio Z3000

No FX were used

FSOL:DIGITANA SX-1 ( 6min LIVE jam ) 2sx + Halia

Published on Oct 2, 2018 STAKKERHUMANOID

Roland Jupiter 6 Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

ROLAND MKS-80 Super Jupiter Rack Synthesizer

via this auction

Roland MSQ-700 Synthesizer Sequencer SN 370691

via this auction


Published on Oct 2, 2018 hicut cake

Hicut Cake proudly presents:
Recipe #059
For all the connections and more visit:

– Roland Boutique TR-08
– Korg Monotron Duo
– Moog Grandmother
– Strymon El Capistan

Nodes & Wires Episode 5: In conversation with Roger Linn

Published on Oct 2, 2018 Paul Dither

"In the 5th episode of 'Nodes & Wires,' I'm chatting with Roger Linn about his musical background, instrument design, the LinnStrument, the LinnDrum 2, and more.

1. Intro — 0:00
2. Musical Background and Influences — 2:09
3. Instrument Design — 14:31
4. The LinnStrument: Allowing Expression for Current and Future Technologies — 29:25
5. Roger Linn Design: About the Company — 53:21
6. Work in Progress: LinnDrum 2 — 1:06:41
7. General Topics — 1:10:54"

Paul Dither Nodes & Wires w/ the makers

Ocean Swift Shruti VSTi - A digital take on the Indian instrument

Published on Oct 2, 2018 Ocean Swift

"Shruti Box VSTi is a small Additive synthesis drone box, a digital rendition of the classic Indian instrument. A very light drone based instrument for quick sonic backgrounds – inspired on the Indian instrument 'Shruti Box"'– Our version comes with a Tremolo Effect, a Chorus Effect and other controls for Core sound such as 'Body' 'Damp' and 'Shimmer'.

A Constant Background Tone
Shruti box VSTi isn't a standard fully equipped synth, nor is it meant to be. This is something different and much more simple, our VSTi follows the same concept as the original instrument – producing constant background drones to be accompanied with other instruments, spoken word, sound effects, additional soundscapes, singing, or whatever comes to mind.

'A shruti box (sruti box or surpeti) is an instrument that traditionally works on a system of bellows. It is similar to a harmonium and is used to provide a drone in a practice session or concert of Indian classical music. It is used as an accompaniment to other instruments and notably the flute. The shruti box is also used in classical singing. In classical singing the shruti box is used to help tune the voice. The use of the shruti box has widened with the cross-cultural influences of world music and new-age music to provide a drone for many other instruments as well as vocalists.'
- wikipedia."

You can find additional details and demos at

Novation Circuit Mono Station w/ Joel Freck

Published on Oct 2, 2018 Beatport

"Our Anjunabeats Beats In School winner, Joel Freck gets his hands dirty with his new Novation Circuit Mono Station. Watch how Joel achieves a rolling, evolving bassline using the skills he learnt from the team at Novation.

Check out the gear:"

TEST SERIES Skychord Glamour Box Synth Industrialectric 4046-M Hexe Revolver 7 Glitch Repeat Pedals

Published on Oct 2, 2018 Outsider Sound Design

"Glitch Noise Drone. Used in this video are Skychord Glamour Box Synth, Industrialectric 4046-M and Echo Degrader, 3 Hexe Revolver, Strymon Bigsky, MWFX Judder, 2x EH 8 Step Sequencers, MASF Possessed, Catalinbread Csidman, Malekko Charlie Foxtrot.

The purpose of 'TEST SERIES' is to focus on the sound design possibilities of various gear combinations. 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"

XILS-lab PolyM 1.1.0 Update

via XILS-lab

"XILS-lab pushes polysynth hommage beyond the pleasure principal with welcomed PolyM 1.1.0 update additions

GRENOBLE, FRANCE: audio software company XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of PolyM 1.1.0 — updating its critically-acclaimed, authentic-sounding software recreation of a pioneering polyphonic analogue synthesizer manufactured between 1975 and 1980 (based on divide-down oscillator technology similar to electronic organs and string synthesizers of the time), and arguably made most famous by British ‘new waver’ Gary Numan, notably seen as well as heard when ‘driving’ over an endless ‘synthscape' in the trailblazing promo video for his 1979 chart-topping ‘Cars’ single; someone since observed that career-defining song’s parent album, The Pleasure Principal, “ almost an album-length advert for the Polymoog...” — with welcomed additions including a new preset manager and an ability to run as an effects plug-in, plus compatibility with Native Instruments’ Native Kontrol Standard (NKS®), as of October 2…

PolyM first put in an appearance last year, when XILS-lab clearly considered those oft-overlooked Polymoog presets to be well worth revisiting, recreating an ‘unlimited’ polyphony polysynth that was recognisably revolutionary upon its initial release and making it fit for today’s creative computer-based music-makers with a state-of-the-art software makeover. Making that happen took two years — such was the complexity of its inspirational hardware predecessor. PolyM palpably didn’t disappoint, deftly reproducing yesteryear’s divide-down technology with two TOD (Top Octave Divider) oscillators — one for the sawtooth wave and another for the square, slightly detuned for a phenomenal phasing effect (when running independently in FREE mode), yet taking the concept further forward by adding polyphonic pulse width modulation. Meanwhile, in LOCK mode, those two TOD oscillators are almost locked in phase, producing PM (Phase Modulation) instead of FM (Frequency Modulation) when the square wave oscillator is modulated in pitch. The two TODs can also be modulated — tempo-sync-able — in pitch by an LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator), while the square wave oscillator has it own pulse width modulation by a tempo-sync-able LFO. Alongside a distinctive envelope generator, this represents the musical heart and soul of PolyM, pushing that revolutionary polysynth sound kicking and screaming into the future!

Further features of note include: 71 emulated chips, offering mixer, VCA (Voltage-Controlled Amplifier), envelope, 12dB filter, and pulse width modulation for each of the available notes; stunning-sounding 24dB ladder filter (using XILS-lab’s critically-acclaimed zero-delay algorithm); nine dedicated acoustic filters — STRING, PIANO, ORGAN, HARPS, FUNK, CLAV, VIBES, BRASS, and VOX — carefully recreated from the original (model 203a); RESONATORS filter bank with three parametric (6dB and 12dB) filters matching the original; three vintage — DEL. (delay), PHAS. (phaser), and REV. (reverb) — effects (with adjustable settings from within an Advanced Settings Panel alongside nine modulation slots for furthering sound design possibilities well beyond the scope of the original hardware); and more.

Today, thanks to the PolyM 1.1.0 update, there’s even more to (literally) make a song and dance about. As such, the NPM (New Preset Manager), a newly-integrated, single-window affair allowing users to easily and speedily perform different tasks with welcomed visual feedback — for example, locate and load the best fitting preset in seconds courtesy of a multi-criteria search engine, save/save as presets with (user-generated) tags, batch-tag multiple selections of presets, export/import multiple selections of presets, and select view (such as showing only favourite presets) — represents a major step in PolyM’s evolution; by that same token, those acoustic filters and RESONATORS, as well as the three vintage-sounding effects, are also available to work with other sound sources when running PolyM purely as an effects plug- in proffering plentiful possibilities for modulation; meanwhile, support for Native Instruments’ NKS® extended plug-in format for all virtual instrument developers delivers intuitive and seamless interaction with the German giant’s cutting-edge KOMPLETE KONTROL S-Series keyboards and MASCHINE hardware.

Helpfully, there are now over 300 professionally-programmed presets available as creative kickstarters in PolyM; parameters are all MIDI- controllable, combining to musically position this soft synth par excellence as an innovative instrument of its time while retaining a certain pioneering polyphonic analogue synthesizer’s coveted performance properties of the past. Put it this way: while what the deceased Austrian neurologist (and founder of psychoanalysis) Sigmund Freud would have made of this polysynth hommage is obviously open to speculation, surely the still active Gary Numan should approve... as will anyone’s bank balance by paying (comparatively) so little for so much playing pleasure. Thanks to its welcomed 1.1.0 additions, PolyM pushes beyond the pleasure principal in both senses, so anyone wishing to sonically travel back to the future should seriously consider adding it to their soft synth arsenal — all the more so at an attractive (albeit time-limited) introductory promo price representing a welcomed 40% saving. Best be quick, though — time waits for no man... or woman (or child)!

PolyM 1.1.0 is available to purchase as a USB eLicenser or iLok (1 and 2 dongle hardware or software) protected plug-in at an introductory promo price of €89.00 EUR until October 31, 2018 — rising thereafter to an MSRP of €149.00 EUR — from XILS-lab here.

PolyM 1.1.0 can be directly downloaded as a multi-format (AAX, AU, RTAS, VST), 32- and 64-bit soft synth and virtual effects plug-in for Mac (OS X 10.7 and later) and Windows (XP, 7, 8, 10) from here."

Original 1980s Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Enamel Cloisonne Lapel Pin

via this auction

"Incredibly cool Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 enamel cloisonne hat or shirt pin.

From some old stock a closed musical instrument dealer had here in Delaware.

Pin is from the 1980s and is 1 1/4 inches wide.
Very cool and would be great for yourself or a gift."

Yamaha Reface DX 37-Key 4-Operator FM Synth

via this auction

Some nice shots of the Reface DX.

Multivox MX-202 MX-440 "String & Brass" Vintage Analog String Synthesizer SN 838377

via this auction

"Rare Multivox "String & Brass" MX-202 String Synthesizer. I purchased this about 6 years ago and have used only a few times in the safety of my home studio. It's basically a copy of a Roland RS-202, but with it's own distinct sound. This particular model has been re-branded as "MX-440," though the card on the back still says "MX-202." Keys have yellowed a bit over the years. Still has original cover/lid and music stand attachment. It's a very cool synthesizer and is in great shape, all functions work - but due to it's age and the nature of these old synthesizers I have to say it's sold as/is and all sales are final."

JoMoX JaZ Base 03 Analog Drum Synthesizer SN 0322 - 0070

via this auction

New England Digital (NED) Synclavier System SN 001940

via this auction

"This is a clean, but non-working Synclavier system from around 1983 being sold "AS IS" A band used this on a recording in a studio some time around 1993, and after they were done, traded it to the studio to pay off the session costs. It stayed in the studio and was used once more that year, before being stored. It was powered up successfully around 1997, but not knowing how it operates, we were not able to get any sound out of it.

However, neither the person nor I had experience with Synclaviers, so it could have been something very simple. We really have no idea what it would take to get it working again.

There are 4 FM cards, providing 8 FM voices.

As you can see, everything is in good cosmetic shape, and we have dozens of floppies and I believe almost all the manuals. A metal 19" rack comes with it (shown in photos).

The equipment is in the New York Metropolitan area, 20 miles West of NYC in New Jersey. Pick up, or buyer makes all arrangements for shipping. Original boxes are NOT available."

Kawai SX-210 Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer

via this auction

"It’s been serviced recently, has a new battery and it working great! It’s a rare piece from 1983 and stacks up well against the more well known Juno -60 and Korg polysix. It’s in good cosmetic condition except for a few dings on the side panels (as shown in the photos). It uses DCOs (1 per voice) with traditional analog VCF (filter) and VCA envelope generators. It features 8-voice polyphony, a 4-voice mode using 2 DCO per voice, and a monophonic unison lead mode (8 stacked oscillators!!)."


Perfect preset name for that analog warmth.

Korg Poly-61M Vintage Analog DCO Synthesizer

via this auction

Reason Compact - Theodora Flygt's "Ambient Dream" Sound Pack

Published on Oct 2, 2018 Propellerhead

"What do you get when you have a professional sound designer and composer for feature films design a Reason Compact Sound Pack? The answer comes courtesy of Theodora Flygt and if you're the type of person who like atmospheric, dreamy, ambient textures in your music you'll definitely want to check it out."

13-Polyend Dreadbox Medusa-Part 13: Modifying Parameters in Sequencing

Part 13 added here.

Ultimate Eurorack Controller? 16 CV outputs with the 16n Faderbank

Published on Oct 2, 2018 DivKidVideo

"The 16n Faderbank is a 16 high quality fader controller that offers 16 direct 0 to 5 volt outputs (one per slider) as well as I2C and a minijack MIDI connectivity with both Korg and Arturia MIDI standards on a switch. Super handy, super playable, good fun, tonnes of potential for control and patching. This is an open source DIY project so you can make your own, or have a friendly DIY builder (I can recommend some) make one for you if you're not in a position to do so. But the designers are looking to get built units made too. Check the link below for information.

This unit is a final prototype rushed through for me for Deershed Festival back in July. I used it with this same basic patch in the video to allow anyone to come and jam with modular and make music quickly. As you can see here - [posted here]"

Behringer MS101 - simple sequence audio with delay

Published on Oct 2, 2018 BBoy Tech Report

"Behringer MS101 Audio no external input audio coming it. Just the ms101 running a simple sequence thru 2hp Delay."

Nord Lead A1 Editor VST for Apple MAC and Windows

Published on Oct 1, 2018 MrSynthmania

"The Nord Lead A1 is a polyphonic synthesizer with an analog modeling Engine and has lots of knobs and switches to edit. But some are not directly accessible and sometimes it can be usefull to controll the synthesizer within your DAW. Especially if the hardware is not nearby. All these is possible now with the Nord Lead A1 Editor Software. You can create your own sounds on a comfortable way.

The editor can be used as standalone and VST/AU version for Windows 32 and 64 Bit and MAC OSX. Be sure you´ve updated your Nord Lead to firmware 1.30. Otherwise the editor won´t work correctly.

The editor is optimized for a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 px.
You can purchase a full working version at for only 15,00 Euros.

A demo is available here:"

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