MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thursday, October 11, 2018

First Steps With Steppy - New 4-track Programmable Gate Sequencer from Intellijel

Uploaded on Oct 11, 2018 Intellijel

"Steppy is a 4-track programmable gate sequencer with eight internal memory slots, external clocking, various playback options, and a performance-first design aesthetic.
Each track features numerous parameters that govern its playback independently of the other tracks. Specifically:
Each track has its own length, which can range from 1-step to 64-steps, allowing for polyrhythms, fills, or constantly evolving gate interactions between tracks.
Each track has its own gate length, which ranges from very short to very long, with tied gates possible at the extreme setting.
Each track has its own clock divider, allowing patterns to play out over completely different periods of time.
Each track has its own swing setting, which offsets the timing of every other step.
Each track has its own delay setting, which offsets the timing of every step.
Each track has its own probability control, which sets the likelihood that each programmed gate will fire when called upon by the pattern.
Each track can be shifted (or ‘rotated’) forward or backward by a number of steps. So if you’ve created a pattern that ‘feels’ like it has its downbeat on step 3, you can shift that pattern two steps backward, so that the downbeat sits on step 1.
Tracks can be selected and modified in real time as the sequence plays. A SELECT button allows you to access each track (and each page of 16 steps within that track) directly through Steppy’s intuitive multifunction buttons array.
Tracks can be individually muted and unmuted, and a special performance mode (called “Loopy”) enables you to touch any two gate steps and instantly create a performance that loops between those steps.
In addition, each step within a track can be assigned a different number of ratchets (repeats), and a special Tap Record mode lets you record patterns in real-time, rather than via a step-recording grid.
Track patterns can be cleared without clearing their playback parameters, and all track patterns (along with their individual playback and performance parameters) can be saved as a preset to one of eight internal memory slots."

Steppy was first revealed at Superbooth 2018.

DotCom & BigSky Oct 11, 2018

Published on Oct 11, 2018 SynthMania

"A quick hypnotic trip to the stars with modular synth through Strymon BigSky reverb"


via this auction

Pittsburgh Modular Structure 344 Build Overview

Published on Oct 11, 2018 Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers

"An inspiring centerpiece to any electronic music studio, the Structure 344 merges a classic form with robust power and deep, integrated synthesis tools. The 4 row, 344 hp desktop eurorack case features a custom Utility Bridge to handle a wide assortment of functions incorporating a preamp, mixer/splitter, dual voltage controlled signal buses, buffered, cascading attenuators, and more."

Mungo Enterprises Analog Eurorack Modules

Published on Oct 11, 2018 MungoEnterprises

"Demonstration of the analog oA oscillator, fA filter, and mA mixer/envelope/VCA."

Mungo is known for their digital eurorack modules and of course the $8900 (initially $12,000) Mungo Enterprises State Zero.

"Analog realization of the universal oscillator with a single frequency range spanning LFOs to ultrasonic. Phase modulation directly drives the stable triangle core appearing in both outputs. Continuously adjustable synchronization strength allows locking to odd, even, or fractional ratios of a master oscillator, all voltage controlled. Audio demos of the module recorded directly off the outputs:

Triangle phase modulation, manual depth control of triangle modulator
Sawtooth phase modulation, manual depth control of triangle modulator into clipping
Sawtooth sync, manual adjustment of window size
Triangle sync, manual adjustment of master frequency"

Playground Ambient - live MOTS Greensboro 9/22/18

Published on Oct 11, 2018 Joe Miller - Xin

"If you enjoyed this please consider the album Memory via Bandcamp. All proceeds from the album are donated to #EndAlz (Alzheimer's Association)

Patched this on site... really simple mixture of DPO drone and Morphagene playing a prepared sample of strings and piano I wrote earlier that day. A little bit of music box at the beginning via contact mic.

The patch was mostly played by hand via knobs and Pressure Points with some random coming from the Wogglebug into the MG."

Noise Engineering Modules & Whiskey Pairing Event at Perfect Circuit

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nakedboards MIDI Controllers & Audio Effects

Someone asked what the slider box in junklight's recent video was. I checked with junklight and he said it was a naked boards mc-8. I realized I've never featured them on the site before, so here it goes! The currently have the following four products.

MC-8 is an easy to use MIDI controller. It is pretty much the quickest and the easiest way to produce and perform electronic music.
You just plug it in via USB and the faders immediately spring into life, giving you hands-on control of your grid, instruments, effects and mixer. You can assign these controls to whatever you like in music software.

Corresponding Software: Ableton Live, Apple Logic, Apple GarageBand, Steinberg Cubase, Max/MSP, NI Reaktor, Cakewalk SONAR, Avid Pro Tools, MOTU Digital Performer and other software that can be controlled by control change messages.

Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.4 or later, Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10, Linux 2.5 kernel or later

Dimensions 237x111x32 mm
Weight 620 g

99$ (+15$ worldwide shipping)

Firstman Multivox SQ-01 analog sequencer synthesizer

Published on Oct 11, 2018 Polynominaldotcom

"A short demo of the Firstman Sq01, father of the Tb303. Along with modular Tip top drums 808 and Fm synthesizer Yamaha DX200 ...and a cat of course!"

Roland SH-1 Analog Monophonic Synthesizer

via this auction

"100% perfect working condition. Really beautiful condition, with all original knobs, keys, switches, sliders, logos, etc. present and accounted for. Please see the picture of the top left corner of the synth- please note that there is a small crack in the case. Really of only concern to obsessive collectors. The dude that I had bought this from on Reverb also claimed that he had bought this from the legendary Three Wave Music in NJ- analog synth Nirvana."

Vintage Synth Lab Eurorack VCO-2 with TZFM _breadboard_phase_ 20181009

Published on Oct 11, 2018 Vintage Synthlab

"Our VCO-2 with TZFM on the breadboard."

Minimoog 2018

Published on Oct 11, 2018 synthi62

"After a long time again a Minimoog video. At 8:55 the proof that talking is sometimes harder than playing music. Have fun."

Tiny Table Jam: Korg Volca FM, Keys, Patchblocks minijam techdrum, hub + Kaosspad mini

Published on Oct 11, 2018 O.S.cillator @ Kalkartronic

"Spontaneous electronica jam
Gear: Korg Volca Keys played via Midi with the Swissonic Keyboard, Korg Volca FM, Patchblocks minijam techdrum, all mixed mono with the .hub mixer and sent thru the Kaosspad mini.
Direct input to Edirol R-1 Recorder, no further processing.
Thanks a lot for watching! Really appreciated. 😊"

Moog One Sound Designer, Live from The Moog Factory, Pt 4

Started streaming 11 minutes ago Moog Music Inc

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

Audio comes in at 26:50.

You can find previous parts here.

Norns FM7 Soundscape

Published on Oct 11, 2018 junklight

"One of the brilliant aspects of owning a Norns is that the rest of them are owned by wonderful creative people making new toys for you to play with.

Today someone added a synth based on the Supercollider Fm7 emulation. (and in case you hadn't noticed I _love_ FM!) it sounds gorgeous and as I was sitting tinkering with it one thing led to another and I recorded this - basically Norns/FM7 and two Augustus Loops from Expert Sleepers! Sometimes simple is good!"

TEST SERIES Noise Engineering Manis Iteritas Death By Audio Apocalypse Robot Kill Filter Echo Dream

Published on Oct 11, 2018 Outsider Sound Design

Noise Engineering Manis Iteritas
Death By Audio Apocalypse, Robot, Kill Kill Filter, and Echo Dream

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

Spectral Audio - Syntrack 1U Rack Synth

via this auction

"Very hard to find unit , with a great sound

The Syntrack represents an ideal combination of analogue and digital technology: the legendary MOOG filter sound supplemented by a Wave Table oscillator. The Wave Table oscillator offers a substantially greater range of sounds than the customary analogue oscillators, together with absolute tuning stability. The typical output signals of analogue oscillators (saw-tooth, square wave, ...) can, of course, also be generated.

Although analogue technology is expensive today, we have given the "old" technology preference over the new. The distorter, which is also produced in analogue technology, gives the sound the necessary "bite". Any other signal which is looped in at the external audio input can also be filtered and distorted.

The Syntrack´s complete MIDI control system allows you to control every parameter via your sequencer software. This means you can increase the number of programmes for the instrument by computer and alter parameters in real time.

The Syntrack combines a Digital Wavetable Oscillator with an Analogue Filter (Cascade Filter). The Filter Output passes through the Analogue Distorter which shapes your Sound to be powerful and rough. The Syntrack offers 99 Programs and easy programming because each Parameter has a Pot. Every Operation on the Knobs will cause a Controller to be send to MIDI Out. And each Parameter listens to its Controller on MIDI In. The Lamps above the Knobs displays a MIDI controller remote of the pots or a setting of this parameter by the program. The Wavetable can be expanded by a second chip. The Syntrack also offers an external audio input."

Korg EX-8000 Polyphonic Synth Module

via this auction

Moog Prodigy vintage synthesizer

via this auction

"Vintage Moog Prodigy in excellent working condition. Has exactly two flaws, neither of which ever bothered me enough to take it in for repairs:

1. At some point, the modulation rate knob got snapped off. It’s still entirely possible to change the rate; you just have to twist the part that’s still there. (See the picture.)

2. The C key at the far right of the keyboard is stuck—it won’t go down. I think the wooden chassis must have swollen enough over the years to be pressing against it too tightly, or maybe the keybed ended up just a millimeter too far to the right in a prior shipment or repair.

Otherwise it’s just an excellent unit. The knobs and switches do what they’re supposed to and the oscillators are nice and stable."

o coast repair

Published on Oct 11, 2018 Really Nice Audio

"A friend bought a used o coast from Ebay, unfortunately it failed. Then the 30 days past before it was sorted with the seller. Can we turn the situation around?"

Novation SL MKIII Studio Performance -CALC- “Pez River”

Published on Oct 11, 2018 -CALC-

"Here's a little ditty composed and performed on the powerful Novation SL MKIII sequencer/Controller keyboard.
The SL is controlling an ARP 2600, Juno 106, Korg Poly61 M (running through a DIY phaser Mmmmm), SH101 + 0Coast and Yamaha Reface CP alongside the Elektron Octatrack and OTO Boum. Leploop is also connected to clock from the SL MKIII.

Theres 3 drum tracks and a couple of nice Spitfire audio Labs (free plug-ins) providing Strings and Charanga guitar sounds.

It a true hybrid Hardware/Computer combo, Ableton Live is clocking everything through the SL and all the musical elements (bar Ableton's Strings and Charanga guitar parts) are being sequenced by the SL MKIII directly.
My favourite bit is towards the Middle when the Peak has a nice rhythmic Bass line on a monster patch. I called the patch Pez River for some reason and so that's the name of the track.

I have to say that I have fallen completely in love with the SL MKIII workflow, the ability to sequence everything directly from a flagship keyboard is incredible and genuinely music feels so much easier to write now somehow!"

Buchla Easel + TB03 + TR09 Glitched out by Octatrack

Published on Oct 11, 2018 Honeysmack

"Buchla Easel, TB03 and TR09 live sampled and all glitched out and randomized by the Octatrack.

Single take no post, no edits. All effects are from the Octatrack, with some reverb from the TB03.

Modular synth not in use."

ER9Solina - Chiptune Syntie Song - 10/2018

Published on Oct 11, 2018 Stereoping

"No special piece of gear demo-ed this time. Just a composition and arrangement excercise in FL Studio which imho finally came out quite nice.

Drums from a vintage midified Vermona ER-9 Drumbox, theme played by Dreadbox Nxy. Solina sound (well, kind of) from MI Ambika through the Boehm Phasing Rotor bucked brigade chorus. Bass from Waldorf Pulse. Then the Micromonsta bringing in some chiptune action with 32th notes defining the harmonic scales. Finally the Korg Polysix contributing some rock organ riffs. At the end the DEP-5's (feeded with Ambika strings) reverb time is cranked to 'endless' as well as the Nyx's reverb time - both add up in a beautiful final drone.

Video shows life footage, piano-roll shoots and some supermario screencast footage corresponding to the current musical mood. Hope you like it :-)"

E-MU Systems Emulator II

via this auction

"E-Mu Systems Emulator II Classic Vintage Analog Filter Sampling Synthesizer in Mint condition. This Emulator II comes with a library of about 50 vintage floppy disks containing many of the classic sounds this amazing sampler is known for. The synth is in excellent condition both cosmetically and functionally and has been tested and everything seems to be working fine. The front decal sticker is a bit cracked, but that is to be expected for a synthesizer over 30 years old. However all the words are still legible and I have never had any problems reading them. However I have included a reproduction sticker worth about $70 for the front panel if you want to replace the original sicker. Also the AC adaptor is included. There are some small scuffs but no cracks..."

Dave Smith Instruments Evolver SN 02232

via this auction

"Really cool little synth with lots of modulation possibilities."

OBERHEIM Four Voice / 4 Voice SEM - Analog Synthesizer 【SYNTH DEMO】

Published on Oct 11, 2018 synth4ever

"Oberheim Four Voice analog synthesizer demo. Playing sample & hold sounds on vintage Four Voice / 4 Voice SEM analog synth from Oberheim.

The Oberheim Four Voice a 4-voice SEM polyphonic analog synthesizer from Oberheim which was released in the mid to late 1970s. The Oberheim Four Voice was Oberheim's largest synth at the time, and features discrete analog circuitry including 8 VCOs (2 per voice), LFOs, a LPF/HPF/Notch filter, 2 ADR envelopes and 49 keys.

The Oberheim 4 Voice has a huge analog sound and is essentially four monophonic Oberheim SEM synths connected together for four voices of polyphony, with each SEM unit having its own filter and envelopes. It can also be upgraded to an Oberheim Eight Voice by adding 4 additional Oberheim SEM modules.

This Oberheim Four Voice synthesizer demo was filmed at the Vintage Synthesizer Museum in Oakland, CA."

Akai Introduces MPK MINI PLAY with Built in Sounds For $129


New ultra-portable instrument is based on incredibly popular MPK Mini, but adds 128 built-in sounds and its own speaker, making it the perfect instrument to play anywhere

Cumberland, RI USA (October 11, 2018) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, today announced the Amazing Connections

ROLI Introduces NEW Beatmaker Kit: Unleash Your Beats

Published on Oct 11, 2018 ROLI

NEW Beatmaker Kit: Unleash Your Beats
NEW Beatmaker Kit: Take Your Beats To The Next Level
How I'm Learning Finger Drumming with the Beatmaker Kit and Melodics

"Beatmaker Kit gives you everything you need to take your beats to the next level, whether you’re making your first track or honing your technique. Learn finger drumming skills, play with hundreds of expressive sounds, and complete your track with a suite of software. It’s an all-in-one package for making beats, wherever you musical ideas strike.

Learn — Learn finger drumming and master beatmaking technique. Melodics teaches you how to take your tracks to the next level.

Play — Deepen your sound through 5D Touch on the Lightpad Block. Explore hundreds of expressive sounds in bundled ROLI software

Produce —Make tracks faster with the Loop Block, which gives you shortcuts to favorite production techniques. Edit and refine your track a huge range of included DAWs and software tools.

Travel —Beatmaker Kit travels with you wherever you want to make music. Wireless, lightweight, and with the surface area of a postcard, it empowers you to make your tracks anywhere."

The Daily Noodle #9 - PPG Wavemapper (No Talking) iPad Demo

Published on Oct 11, 2018 thesoundtestroom

Synthfest 2018 - Soulsby ATMultitron and ATMegatron II Updates

Published on Oct 11, 2018 sonicstate

"Soulsby's digital synthesizers have a unique sound and look, based on an 8-bit core.

The ATMiultitron and ATMegatron II are instruments both in development.

Expected early 2019, pricing tbc"

Synthfest 2018 - Whatever Happened to Reon Driftboxes? - Update

Published on Oct 11, 2018 sonicstate

"We saw the Reon Driftboxes at last years Korg stand at Synthfest. Korg were seeing what the interest was before looking at distributing them in the UK.

This year, we have prices and limited availability. Because of the small numbers that are manufactured, its tough one to bring in in large numbers. So grab em while you can - Korg are the place to start in the UK."

Drawmer DMT 1080 and Sequential Circuits Pro One Demo

Published on Oct 11, 2018 Soundgas

"Putting the Drawmer DMT through its paces with the Sequential Circuits Pro One. This BBD multi-delay can create flanging and phasing using the two delays in various combinations.

Apologies for the clipping at times, the Drawmer is quite volatile and it seems a better trained handler is required."

Ciat-Lonbarde Deerhorn Organ - An Introduction

Published on Oct 10, 2018 HAINBACH

"My kids keep stealing my cables:

The Ciat-Lonbarde Deerhorn Organ is an instrument that I fell in love with quickly. To me, it embodies the spirit of electronic music, connecting to the roots of electronic music a century ago. Its pretty unknown, so I thought I would share a video on it.

Disclaimer: I am not getting paid for this and I paid for the Deerhorn myself. Darrin of Patch Point is a friend and synth succubus though."

Patch n Tweak

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