MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday, October 08, 2018

Zachtronics Shenzhen I/O - Synthesizer FM BLASTER

Published on Oct 8, 2018 정광훈

"Shenzhen I/O - My Synthe v1.0"

Interesting interface. I did a little digging and it turns out Shenzhen I/O is essentially a virtual circuit playground/building kit in software. You can build all sorts of things, not just musical instruments. There are examples of Tetris being built with it out there. You'll find some details on the FM BLASTER below, but first some details on Shenzhen I/O in general via Zachtronics:


Build circuits using a variety of components from different manufacturers, like microcontrollers, memory, and logic gates.

Write code in a compact and powerful assembly language where every instruction can be conditionally executed.
Read the included manual, which includes over 30 pages of original datasheets, reference guides, and technical diagrams.

Get to know the colorful cast of characters at your new employer, located in the electronics capital of the world.

Get creative! Build your own games and devices in the sandbox.

Engineering is hard! Take a break and play a brand-new twist on solitaire.

SHENZHEN I/O, by Zachtronics

Published on Oct 6, 2016 Zachtronics

FM Blaster
"Despite the fact that this is the best thing ever, the piezo buzzer in SHENZHEN I/O does leave a little to be desired in terms of audio.

To fill that gap, we’re introducing the FM BLASTER (FM/iX) by Mountleaf Sound Concepts, 'a versatile FM-based tone generator with 10 professionally designed, stunningly realistic preset patches that cover a wide range of musical directions, including classical, rock, plastic, gasp, and techno.'

If you’re using a printed version of the manual, be sure to check the in-game PDF manual and print out a copy of the FM BLASTER datasheet."

SpaceCraft iPad App + TR-808

Published on Oct 8, 2018 MR TUNA Music

"not really anything but a good old fashioned test run of the new MIDI updates to one of the neatest iPad apps available, SpaceCraft.

Controlled by Squarp Pyramid via Bluetooth MIDI, and with a little TR-808 to drive us forward a bit"

AKAI AX60 Demo

Published on Oct 8, 2018 Joakim Floke

"I don't understand... Is this underrated or just don't cared for. It was a big suprise for me when i first got to play with it. It's phenomenal! Specially if you hook it up to a sampler with the 13 din cable..."

TTSH Droning in H9

New video added to the playlist here.

Roland SH-5 Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

Yamaha CS-01 vintage analog monophonic synthesizer with case, strap, power

via this auction

Crow Synth by Psychiceyeclix

Published on Oct 8, 2018 psychiceyeclix

"Get your crow on with distortion & noise frequency controls!!
Press the button to make him crow, starve him of voltage to make him distorted, add frequency to his crowing!!"

via this auction

"Circuit bent by Psychiceyeclix - Get your crow on with distortion & noise frequency controls!!

Press the button to make him crow, starve him of voltage to make him distorted, add frequency to his crowing!!

Mods -
Voltage starve control
Crow push button
Square wave circuit
Frequency control
3 way switch - middle - off - up frequency noise 1 - down frequency noise 2
jack out"

TTSH Demos by therudyrude

Published on Oct 8, 2018 therudyrude


1. TTSH Mini Meanie
Assembled by Patrick Groulx
Controlled by Beat Step Pro FX by H9
Op-1 on Drums
2. TTSH in a pseudo paraphonic mode with the H9
TTSH ARP 2600 clone in the Eventide H9
3. TTSH Droning in H9
ARP 2600 Mini Meanie makes some low freq noise for your subs.

Tone Science Module No​.​2 Elements and Particles (DiN​:​TS02)

"Tone Science sub-label, from DiN records, continues to explore the world of modular synth music.

DiN was initially set up in 1999 by well known UK synthesist Ian Boddy to bridge the gap between the analogue music of his heritage and the emerging digital possibilities of the future. This label has always forged its own independent path and to date has released 56 physical CD albums as well as 21 download only releases.

Even after being involved in music since the late 1970’s Boddy has continued to explore new sonic territories and in 2016 he released what was probably his most experimental album in “Tone Science” (DiN48). This album comprised five long, slowly evolving self playing compositions realised entirely on his vast arsenal of modular synthesisers. Boddy’s love of the analogue sound has been well documented not only through his own releases but many sound and sample libraries. These instruments all but disappeared in the 1990’s but recent years has seen an unprecedented growth in interest in this form of synthesiser with a proliferation of both module manufacturers and performers using these highly flexible and personal systems.

Thus, inspired by his “Tone Science” release, Boddy has set up this sub-label to feature artists and performers working in the field of modular synthesis. The first release “Module No.1 Structure and Forces” was released in March 2018 and has garnered a lot of critical acclaim. This second compilation “Module No.2 Elements and Particles”, like its predecessor, features nine artists from different musical backgrounds with the common thread being that all the tracks were composed entirely with a modular synth system.

The album opens and closes with the ambient soundscapes of two tracks by Todd Barton and
 r beny. Barton is a world renowned exponent of Buchla modular systems as well as the Music Easel employed on this track. Austin Cairns (aka r beny) has a penchant for lo-fi looped synth atmospheres which combined, in this case, with a field recording creates a haunting, evocative piece. The next three pieces by Bluetech, Parallel Worlds and Paul Nagle build up rhythmic and sequenced elements with a fascinating amount of detail that modular systems are so good at. They also all use various methods to produce a poly-rhythmic, fractal feel as patterns shift and change throughout their tracks. The middle of the album then sees a fascinating experimental ambient interlude by Dave Bessell (a member of the synth group Node) using waveguide physical modelling in the analogue domain. The second half of the album has a rawer, more gritty feel with Richard Quirk building up a crescendo of wonderful textures in his track “Radar Hill”. This is followed by Hainbach using the exotic Ciat-Lonbarde series of hand built instruments to produce, in his words, a piece of “pure electronic music”. Nathan Moody then brings proceedings to a climax with a gnarly, muscular track using a Buchla modular system before the blissful ending piece “Marine Layer” closes out the 60 minute sonic journey the listener has just travelled.

Boddy has curated both the artists and tracks on this album to flow in a musical way and not just be a collection of equipment heavy demos. Though fascinating and always cool to look at, it is important not to get lost in the gear for gear’s sake syndrome. Having said that this album features Eurorack, Serge, Buchla & Ciat-Lonbarde modular systems and the nine tracks show how varied and flexible these instruments can be.

“Tone Science Module No.2 Elements and Particles” continues the journey down the rabbit hole of possibilities and sound worlds inhabited by artists and musicians working in this ever fascinating and varied musical field.
releases October 19, 2018

1. Todd Barton Floating World 8:41
This is an exploration of layering various timbres and textures, each having its own
diverse panning structure and speed. Performed on a Buchla Music Easel with a
TC Electronic Ditto x4 looper and TC T2 reverb.

2. Bluetech Magnetic Lullaby 6:36
Multitracked sequencers in long takes at different clock speeds to get a fractal layer of shifting melodies evolving at different rates with Strymon modulation at different times for complexity.

3. Parallel Worlds Additive Procedure 5:56
Eurorack, Analogue Systems and Serge modular systems, using harmonics created via waveshaping/wavefolding & the Verbos Harmonic Oscillator & RS370/375 Polyphonic Harmonic Generator.

4. Paul Nagle Euneirophrenia 7:52
The peaceful state of mind after a pleasant dream. In this mellow polymetric excursion, Cirklon's CVIO juggles a Quadnic, NW1, Plonk, Rings and Plaits.

5. Dave Bessell Overtone 6:37
Between two worlds, the technical and the theatre of the imagination, the apparently real and the obviously synthetic play hide and seek with your perception. Realised with an all analogue signal path, this is a study in waveguide physical modelling.\

6. Richard Quirk Radar Hill 7:22
This track is taken from an ongoing collection of music based on abandoned radar stations. Created with an AJH Eurorack system along with a Voltage Multistage, Bark filter, Magneto delay, Radiomusic and a tube Echoplex.

7. Hainbach Your Strange Glitter 5:02
Aiming for purity I focused entirely on the Ciat-Lonbarde Plumbutter, Sidrax and Cocoquantus. I wanted this piece to feel like “synthesizer music”, clear and shimmering, yet alien, not rooted in a real acoustic space.

8. Nathan Moody Prophet And Loss 5:02
This piece was created using a Buchla modular synthesizer (200 & 100 series modules) as a meditation on the false piety of tyrannical populists in the early 21st Century.

9. r beny Marine Layer 7:02
Fog conjuring with Mutable Instruments Rings loops being processed by Orthogonal Devices ER-301, Mannequins Three Sisters, and Strymon Magneto.

Total Time 60:24
all rights reserved"

Follow-up to:
Tone Science Module No.2 Elements and Particles Demo Mix
Todd Barton Autumn Tour & New Release

The Muscarin synthesizer by kNoB technology - Future Funk track

Published on Oct 8, 2018 kNoB Technology

"Demonstration of how I recorded the song future funk
Support us if you like our synthesizers!🖖
Visit our indiegogo page"

Strange Science Modules With Omiindustriies Shift Register

Published on Oct 8, 2018 Perfect Circuit

"This Video uses the Strange Science Instruments M4 mixer to combine all of the sounds and as VCAs, with their F1 stereo filter being used as two filters for two synth lines. The F1 is two transistor ladder filters with saturating inputs and stereo and dual mono operation modes. We also used the Omiindustriies Dual Digital Shift Register for some sequencing and triggering in this patch.

Strange Science Instruments available here:
Omiindustriies available here:"

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

Live at Sweetwater: MOOG One Demo with Daniel Fisher

Update: moved this one over to the main post here as he references Amos' videos there, and it's somewhat of a follow-up to them.

Moog mother32 / Digitakt

Published on Oct 8, 2018 tasuku0676

Moog One Deep Dive, Live from the Moog Factory Part 2

Part 2 just added to the main post here.

Mathew Jonson Presents His Synthesizer Favourites: Sequential Pro One (Electronic Beats TV)

Published on Oct 8, 2018 Telekom Electronic Beats

"Mathew Jonson is back for his next in-depth look at his all-time favourite synthesizers, shining a spotlight on the Sequential Pro One for Telekom Electronic Beats TV. A classic from 1981 that’s still widely sought after to this day, it’s a flexible piece of hardware that saw Sequential successfully reworking their existing Prophet 5 into a compact and affordable monophonic unit."

Yet another VCO with FM synthesis - Skrodzevicz

Published on Oct 8, 2018 mas2477

"This is another trial VCO with FM symthesis (bottom, left). This time i have tried to add simple S-R envelope."

Birdkids Raven @ DMF 2018

Part 10 in the playlist here.

Vintage MPC DSM2 British Analog Drum Synthesizer Module SN 1352

via this auction

"Vintage DSM2 British analog drum synthesizer module. Powers up and some functions tested. This is about 40 years old and shows some wear and tear."

SN 1351 went up in August.

ACCESS VIRUS KB ANALOG Modelling Synthesizer

via this auction

Access Virus TI Polar Synthesizer With Factory Upgrade to TI2 Polar

via this auction

"It was originally used in a music studio, where it was sent back to the factory for servicing. During the servicing, Access upgraded the synthesizer to TI2 Polar, meaning they installed the newer, faster processor, increasing the processing power by 25%. They also updated the serial number - when it's entered in the Access registration website, it comes out as a TI2 Polar."

Polivoks Polyvox Rare Vintage soviet Russian Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"This exe was made in July 1990 serial N. 052

The synth in absolutely working & excellent visual condition - after professional service .
All dead electrolytes were changed on good quality new, potentiometers and switches were cleaned&oiled before this auction .ThisPolivoks with White Keys & With a signs of use!

The Polivoks set include:
+ the synth in hard aluminium case (some switches are damaged but cover-case stay in hold position very well+ add custom hand holder )
+ euro-type power cord
+ soviet 5-pin Din output raplased to to 1/4 TS mono-jack out"


via this auction

Check out this demo by Jexus here, and dergach11 here and here.


via this auction

"LELL UDS 2-channel Analogue Drum-synthesizer module

With really Warm and Very unique analogue fat-sounds, also you can find in it many off experimental percussions from noisy paterns to fat bass drum!

It kind of soviet version of - TAMA TECHSTAR TS206 or Simmons SDS"

SN 07 88 8915 ?

Casio VL Tone VL-1 MINI Synthesizer Keyboard Calculator

via this auction

80's Vintage Casio Casiotone 701 SN 505847

via this auction

Vintage 1980's Casio Casiotone 401

via this auction

Steve Baltes Studio Tour

Published on Oct 8, 2018 Redaktion Megasynth

In German, but you can turn CC on followed by your language of choice. Check out the EMI Bandmaster Powerhouse with 8-track tape. Check out this post for another video and pics of the tapes. The second half of the last video in the playlist above also features a KLONE-KIT 2 which I've never seen before. You can find the original KLONE Dual Percussion Synthesizer Kit previously posted here.

"Mehr Infos zu Steve Baltes gibt's unter"

Steve Baltes Stuff präsentiert sein Studio, Teil 1: Modulare
Steve Baltes Stuff präsentiert sein Studio, Teil 2: Synths
Steve Baltes Stuff präsentiert sein Studio, Teil 3: Drumcomputer
Steve Baltes Stuff präsentiert sein Studio, Teil 4: Soundbeispiele

SynthaVision Vintage computer graphics 1983

Published on Oct 8, 2018 AnalogSynthMuseum

"SynthaVision Vintage computer 1983 Alphajet

software used : maya 2014
synthesizers : polykobol RSF, Polymoog"

CasioTone 701 into the Mattoverse Swell Echo Desktop

Published on Oct 8, 2018 mattoverse

Rory Dow - Innerclock Systems Review

Published on Oct 8, 2018 innerclock2004

Analog Solutions Generator sequencer - easy sync from DAW / MIDI

Published on Oct 8, 2018 Analogue Solutions

"Generator CV sequencer - easy to sync from DAW / MIDI - and using a more flexible way than the usual MIDI clock."

Roland D-05 and D-50 Midi Editor Controller VST/ Standalone

Published on Oct 8, 2018 mller30161

"You can buy it on my homepage:
Price: 5,90€ / $6.90

The 'D-05 Midi Editor' is the controller for the Roland Boutique Synth "D-05" and the legendary Roland "D-50" Synth.

- It is perfect to integrate the "D-05" + "D-50" into your DAW.

- It makes the sound design easier, because you have direct access to all parameters.

- The „D-05“ + "D-50" Parameters can be automated, and they can be stored with your Project.

- You can safe your sound on the "D-05" + "D-50" Synth or as VST Presets (..fxp) in the DAW.

- With the X-Y-Pad any Parameter can be selected and controlled.

- It is possible as VST and Standalone for PC 32/64 Bit and Mac as VST, AU and Standalone."

Synthfest 2018: iConnectivity Shows Network MIDI Integration

Published on Oct 8, 2018 sonicstate

"iConnectivity have been offering this as part of their MIDI interfaces since the iConnectivity 4+, at least on a basic level. But now they've written it into their own software, and added GUI to it via their recently redesigned iConfig control panel."

Synthfest 2018 Web Audio - VSTs In The Browser

Published on Oct 8, 2018 sonicstate

Web based synthesizers.

Synthfest 2018 - Ian Boddy - Resonant Garden And Din Records

Published on Oct 8, 2018 sonicstate

"Ian Boddy has been creating music using modular synthesizers since the 1970s. Starting out with EMS VCS3 and Revox tape machines in Newcastle, he now performs, writes and runs Din Records which has over 60 releases in its catalogue."

You can find previous posts featuring Ian Boddy here.

Synthfest 2018 - Noise Orchestra- From Russian Futurism To Light Triggered Sounds

Published on Oct 8, 2018 sonicstate

"Noise Orchestra started as an art project inspired by 1920s Russian futurist artists who were working with mechanical sound and has evolved into an organisation that creates installations, education and workshops - now branching out into DIY kits for light triggered instruments and noise sources."

SYNTHFEST 2018 - Analogue Solutions Generator Sequencer

Published on Oct 8, 2018 sonicstate

"New Sequencer from Analogue Solutions - Generator is geared towards performance and variation. with Additional CV controllers that can be patched internally or used for external control of gear too."

Novation Coming to AmsterdamDanceEvent

via @WeAreNovation

"Just over a week to go until we're back in the @ADE_NL Sound Lab! We're bringing along our family of sequencers, synths & drum machines. 🎛🎚"

You can find details on the festival here.

Dutch Modular Fest 2018

Published on Oct 5, 2018 Gearslutz


1. Befaco Percall Eurorack Module @ Dutch Modular Fest 2018
Manu Retamero from BEFACO was kind enough to show us their brandnew Percall module during the Dutch Modular Fest 2018 in The Hague. Percall is a four channel envelope shaper, with a few neat tricks such as a triggered accent and "choke" settings that work like an open hi-hat cut by a closed hi-hat on various drum machines. Users can make their own percussive sounds with this module, using various soundsources.
2. Tubbutec Expander & Sumtiple @ DMF 2018
Tobi from the one-man company Tubbutec, showed some new features of the µTune Expander, another demo of the correcting tuning function on the µTune, and their Sumtiple module.
3. Joranalogue Contour 1 Transmit 2 Eurorack @ DMF 2018
Joran showed us the new Contour 1 and Transmit 2 modules, at the Dutch Modular Fest in The Hague, Netherlands.
4. Dovemans Ants - 0 sugar - SHFT - Temple eurorack @ DMF 2018
Johan Cornelissen from "Dovemans"; a new eurorack module manufacturer, is a just about to release his first 4 modules. All four have an experimental twist, and a few unusual functions. Gearslutz recorded this at the Dutch Modular Fest 2018 in The Hague.
5. TINRS RectangularThing Ardabil prototype Eurorack @ DMF 2018
Stijn from TINRS (This IS Not Rocket Science) took a new synth voice for eurorack, a complete semi-modular in one, and a prototype of a module that "ties the room together".
Also we asked how the Synton project was coming along, so you can hear that too in this video.
6. Moseley Instruments Cosmopolitan @ DMF 2018
We were positively surprized by the sound of the Cosmopolitan Oscillator from Moseley Instruments.
7. Soulsby synthesizers @ Dutch Modular Fest 2018
Paul from the synthsizer company Soulsby showed us the new development in the ATMultitron and the ATMegatron mkII synthesizers at the Dutch Modular Fest 2018 in The Hague.
8. VPME Euclidian Circles V2, QD quad drum voice Eurorack modules @ DMF 2018
Vladimir showed us the second version of the Euclidian Circles, the QD quad drum voice, ZeroScope, T43 precision adder with switches at the Dutch Modular Fest 2018 in The Hague.
9. ZLOB Modular Entropy Eurorack Module @ DMF 2018
Kevin from ZLOB Modular showed us the new Entropy eurorack module at the Dutch Modular Fest 2018 in The Hague. Entropy is a Sample & Hold, Track & Hold and noise source.
10. Birdkids Raven @ DMF 2018
Michael of Birdkids proudly presented the prototype of the upcoming Kickstarter funded high-end Raven semi-modular at the Dutch Modular Fest 2018 in The Hague.
We certainly have no complaints about the sound! What a beauty!

Modular Day Barcelona #05

Published on Oct 8, 2018 DivKidVideo

"Thanks to Befaco for inviting me over to Modular Day Barcelona and all involved at the event for a great weekend. This was the fifth year of the event . The Hangar space had some good graffiti and a nice vibe to it and of course the meet itself was great seeing lots of gear and both familiar and new faces at the event. The event also had performances at the Hangar and some clubs which I'll have full videos from coming right after this video."

Moog One Deep Dive, Live from the Moog Factory

Fourth video just added here.

Update: new, non Moog One posts are about to go up. Click on the Featured link above to get back to them, or search for Moog One at the bottom of any post or the top right of the site.

Moog One Demos by Kurt Ader

Published on Oct 8, 2018 Kurt Ader

Update: looks like these were set to private or removed. Hopefully they will be back.

"A small part of my programmed Factory Sounds for the MOOG One.

KApro Kurt Ader Productions"

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

New Moog One Videos, Sound Demos, and Pics

1976 Polymoog Film

Published on Oct 5, 2018 Moog Music Inc

The original promotional film (1975) for the Polymoog Synthesizer, featuring Dr. David Luce, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Michael Boddicker.

Moog One - A Meditation On Listening

Published on Oct 8, 2018

"Moog One - A Meditation On Listening" is a film introducing the new Moog One Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer, the first analog polysynth released from Moog in over 35 years. Shot on both 8mm film and contemporary digital video, the film is a modern re-imagining of the original 1976 demo video for the Polymoog, Moog’s first polyphonic synthesizer. Exploring the electronic sound of the Moog One, and the transformational power of Listening, the film features some of the world’s most accomplished and creative artists: Jeff Bhasker, Suzanne Ciani, Chick Corea, Mike Dean, Robert Glasper, Dick Hyman, Dev Hynes, Mark Mothersbaugh, Mark Ronson, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Paris Strother.

Moog One Deep Dive, Live from the Moog Factory

Started streaming 8 minutes ago

"A look at The Moog One live from inside the Moog Factory."

Moog One Deep Dive, Live from the Moog Factory Part 2

Started streaming 2 minutes ago - starts at 24:14, audio cuts out and comes back at 25:07.

"A look at the Moog One live from inside the Moog Factory."

"Moog One is a tri-timbral, polyphonic, analog dream-synth with nearly unlimited sonic potential. Bringing the ultimate Moog synthesizer to life has been our most ambitious project to date -- an electronic odyssey encompassing years of research and decades of exploration, culminating in the birth of a new flagship synthesizer: Moog One."

Streamed live 112 minutes ago Sweetwater

This one was sent my way via Soviet Space Child. The overview starts at 2:20.

"After years of waiting and anticipation, we're proud to finally bring you the MOOG One analog synthesizer, live and in action with our very own mad scientist of synth, Daniel Fisher."

And some new pics:

You can find previous pics and details on the New Moog One previously posted here. Also check out Moog One Demos by Kurt Ader.


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