MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

OB6 Oriental/Ethnic Sound Design

Published on Oct 16, 2018 Kris Lennox

"Thought I'd share a short sample of a mid-stage project piece I was working on. The aim was an Oriental sound, but not overtly a single instrument. Therefore, the patch has hints of Koto/Shamisen - even some Indian touches, and Oud etc.

Sometimes the effect of a sound rather than a direct imitation is more effective i.e. a sound can be designed as a 'broad cultural brushstroke' rather than a very specific 'dart' (in which case it is often easier to just record the intended instrument in the first place).

OB6 filter is good for dialing in these kind of sounds quickly.

I don't like to use a label such as 'ethnic' as it can be interpreted negatively, but I'm sure readers understand the intention of the labelling is not derogatory.

As an aside, I was recently interviewed for a German music website - anyone interested can find the piece here -

Lengthy written interview if you have time to spare!


Circuit Bent Kawasaki Drum Machine thru Moog MF Delay

Published on Oct 16, 2018 HardtekStudios

"This Circuit Bent Drum Machine is available for purchase on Ebay! [listed here]

This is a simple bent instrument where I can change the pitch & tempo at once with the large black knob on the right. It also has an audio output for FX processing(like the Moog Minifooger Delay) & recording. Finally there is a switch which will turn off the speaker, but has a side effect of distorting the audio. This video has it ran thru the Moog Minifooger Delay with lots of delay time tweaking in addition to the time tweaking of the bent drum machine. Recorded into Logic with no additional processing."

via this auction

"This Kawasaki Drum Machine has been Circuit Bent to include a pitch/tempo knob that will raise the pitch & tempo of the drum pattern simultaneously. It also includes a 1/8th" audio output. There is a switch that will turn off the internal speaker for studio use, but has a side effect of having a distorted or bit crushed sound to it. There are video demos of the unit on Hardtek Studios Youtube page. Again the Yellow Pads DO NOT work!"


Published on Oct 16, 2018 SynthMania

"New addition to the studio"

Building the Blipblox

Published on Oct 16, 2018 Blipblox Explorer Channel

"See what goes into building the first 2000 Blipbloxes."

Rosen Sound Synth Demos & Restorations

Published on Jul 28, 2018 Rosen Sound

This one in via Soviet Space Child.

1. Oberheim OB-X - Rosen Sound Demo
The OBX was the first major "answer" to the Prophet 5 synthesizer, and at least in our opinion, was the best answer anyone could've given.

The OB-X is based on the basic design of the (S)ynthesizer (E)xpander (M)odule also from Oberheim. Like the SEM, it features two discreet VCO's with saw and pulse, two envelopes, and the low pass section of the SEM filter. It also added noise, a release control, and cross modulation (similar to the Prophet's cross mod). The prophet's cross mod was a bit more dynamic, though. A flexible LFO section is also featured.

None the less, the OBX is in a species all of it's own in many ways. It's one of the very few mostly discreet programmable polyphonic synthesizers, and more than that spec, it sounds unique and absolutely marvelous.

Our unit features encore midi

Book your rental package with Rosen Sound and see the rest of our synth catalog at
2. Moog Minimoog - Rosen Sound Demo

3.SCI Prophet 5 - Rosen Sound Demo
In a lot of ways this needs no introduction. One of the most iconic poly synths ever made, and the first synth to offer true programmability with polyphonic architecture.

The Prophet 5 offers your basic amenities in a poly synth with 5 voices each with 2 VCO's, a low pass VCF, a VCA, two EG's, one LFO with multiple wave shapes available, with POLY MOD as the icing on the cake. This lets you make FM type sounds and is part of what makes the prophet 5 unique.

Our unit features factory midi
4. Oberheim Four Voice - Rosen Sound Demo
This in our opinion is one of the finest synthesizers ever made in terms of overall sound. The features are of course many and the synth as a whole is very flexible and powerful, but the sound it outputs is nothing short of mesmerizing.

The FVS features 4 Synthesizer Expander Modules (SEM) each representing a polyphonic voice. This means for one patch, each SEM must be setup identically. This may seem like too much, but it's actually a very enjoyable process that causes you to think different about the patch your making, the polarity of your modulation per voice, and subtle differences you can set.

The synth can also be used in a powerful unison mode, allowing each SEM to be adjusted separately for a crazy 4x dual oscillator synthesizer each with a multi mode filter to be fired at once.

Each SEM is as or more powerful than your standard mono synth, featuring 2 oscillators with saw and pulse each, PWM, FM, 1 LFO, two EG's, a bi-polar filter modulation control, and the sweetest Oberheim filter ever made featuring a bandpass filter and a sweepable LP-HP filter. These filters are special in the way that when the resonance is turned up, there is no loss of volume or low end.

Additionally, our FVS is an early model with no programmer (a feature loathed by many anyway). Instead, it features 2 dual mini sequencers with a common clock available. This means you can do 8-step 4 note poly sequencing between the four SEM's, or split the keyboard with one sequencer playing 1 SEM and 3 note chords on the other side of the keyboard.

Functionally, our FVS is very much in tune and has been stabilized to survive travel and tuning consistency. It is in tune as soon as it's turned on, and we provide a quick start guide for our rental customers to learn how to easily program and tune the machine.

Our FVS also features MIDI in via a modified YARN's module installed inside. This allows through basic midi and if desired (more complicated) midi scripts to play it polyphonically (default on boot), sequence each SEM assigned to a separate channel (enabling MPE), or played in Unison. All of these features can be harnessed by utilizing SYSEX or the Yarns editor, all which is provided on a thumb drive for rentals.
5. Moog Memorymoog - Rosen Sound Demo
To start, let's forget the internet-lore or an "unreliable" and "impossible to tune" machine. Our service shop is known worldwide for our work on Memorymoogs and stabilizing them for real production use.

Now, let's introduce you to (what we consider) the pinnacle of Moog synthesizers. With 3 oscillators + ladder filter per voice, flexible and intuitive modulation, and a knob per function, the Memorymoog is not a force to be reckoned with, and is in what we consider to be the top 3 best sounding synthesizers ever made.

From lush pads, 18 oscillator unison leads, heavy bass, and even gentle timbres, the memorymoog is sure to be a staple piece for your session in any genre on music. Plus it has everyones favorite feature: an arpeggiator!

Our rental memorymoog will arrive with an expression pedal and 12 custom patches (87-99) made by our resident in house programmer, Eli Goss. These 12 patches are the juice that will fuel modern productions to achieve sounds unobtainable by any other synth, with plugins not even worth a mention.
6. Oberheim OB8 - Rosen Sound Demo
One of our staple synths in the collection. The lore of the OB8 is that it's a less-exciting OBXa, however, with some choice mod's which we've done to ours, they are sonically identical.

The OB8 is one of the most flexible synthesizers available, which includes deep LFO routing from the front panel, and a PAGE 2 function that transforms every knob and button on the synth to do even deeper modulation, including quantized LFO's, musical "OBXA" style detuning, envelope routing, and more.

Additionally, our OB8 has been fitted with a Pratt & Read keybed, which brings the true feel of American poly synths to the experience, while also having the amenities provided by the B5 EPROM including factory midi.
7. Sequential Circuits Prophet 10 - Rosen Sound Demo
The Prophet 10 is more than just 2 Prophet 5's in one box; featuring an active EQ per voice, deeper modulation, and more performance capabilities with it's dual manuals and CV pedal inputs. This prophet 10 also features midi in and out.
8. Oberheim Four Voice Sequence
You could do an entire score with this #oberheimfourvoice. With quad poly sequencing and split modes the sky is the limit. Available for rent through us! Contact us for rates and availability. And yes, it has midi!
9. Prophet 5 Rev 3 Restoration

10. Juno 106 Multiboard removal

11. Juno 106 80017A Chip Failure - What To Check
In this video I go over a couple things to check not only to see if your 80017A chips are failing, but also other potential failures of the juno, including failure of one of the MC5534A dual DCO chip.

This video also applies to other models, such as the MKS 30, HS 60, GR 700 and some others.

If you would like Rosen Sound to service your Juno, please contact us at

Rare Cwejman VCO-6 Eurorack Module

via this auction

"This module is very rare and hard to come by. Cwejman has not made them in a few years and there is no telling if or when they will make them again.

Power ribbon cable included!!
The VC0-6 is a single voltage controlled oscillator and it has six individual waveforms. The frequency is controlled by manual controllers (knobs) and FM (leveled inputs). The VCO-6 can be sync-ed by an external signal's frequency as well.

Frequency controllers
The oscillator's frequency is controlled by RANGE (from C2 to C8), TUNE knob (± 6 semitones in audio mode and (± 12 semitones in LFO mode) and leveled FM inputs; DC or AC coupled FM1 and exponential F2 and FM3. Frequency modulation (leveled FM1, FM2 and FM3 ) determines the intensity of frequency modulation and/or pitch control. The FM2 and FM3 inputs are carefully calibrated for 1Volt/octave sensitivity and it tracks the musical scale for more than 8 octaves.

60 mA +12V
60 mA -12V
0 mA 5V"

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 2 SN 0292

via this auction

"This keyboard just left the shop for a full checkup and everything is working beautifully. The sound of this thing is stunning..."

Moog PolyMoog Poly Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"Polymoog rehabbed by Mike Bucki of Modusonics / Moog in 2008

The VCF is bleeding through in the background noise when its turned on. Might just be aging parts or don’t worry about it.

One LED is out to tell you “ALL” is on instead of Lower” or “Upper”

And 2 keys are not triggering the correct dynamics but do make sound."


via this auction

Upcoming Novation SL MkIII Live Demo & Q&A This Thursday

Mark you calendars.


"Live Demo: Novation SL MkIII

We have a very special live stream for you on Thursday 18 October at 4PM PST. We will be demonstrating the features and answering your questions live about the new Novation SL MkIII keyboard controller.

Check out the schedule below:

(00:00 - 05:00) Introduction to SL MkIII

(05:00 - 10:00) Using SL MkIII with External Hardware

(10:00 - 20:00) Using SL MkIII with Ableton Live

(20:00 - 25:00) Q&A "

YouTube link here if you want to bookmark it.

I'll be posting the stream here on MATRIXSYNTH as well.

You can find a list of previous and upcoming Beats and Bytes streams here.

Novation Bass Station II "Future Retro" Soundset - 99 presets by Chronos

Published on Oct 16, 2018 chronosproject

"99 fresh presets for legendary analogue synth - Bass Station2.
Enchance posibilities of your Bass Station with our soundset!

Powerfull leads, fat analog basses, atmospheric sounds & even modular sequences.
All is responsible with modulation wheel & tempo synced!

00:00 - 12:41 Sequences
12:41 - 15:35 Basses
15:35 - 16:52 Leads
16:52 - 18:24 Modular
18:24 - 20:24 Atmo Sounds


'Future Retro' soundset contains:

40 Sequences & Arps,
19 Basses,
17 Leads & Plucks,
9 Atmo & FX
15 Modular Sounds"

Tiptop Audio Forbidden Planet: Saw Wave Band-Pass filtering and pinging

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

"Sound source: Tiptop Audio Z3000

No FX were used. Modulated by Z4000 and Verbos CO triangle wave LFO"

The Mighty Buchla 200e Modular Synthesizer Tutorial w/ Thomas Dizmuzio

Published on Oct 16, 2018 Under the Big Tree

"Electronic musician Thomas Dizmuzio goes through the many amazing modules of his Buchla 200e in detail. This three part series is over an hour of diving deep into one of the most magnificent synthesizers ever made. Enjoy!"

Arturia DrumBrute Impact thru Boredbrain Transmutron wide resonant notch filters

Published on Oct 16, 2018 Boredbrain Music

"Without any other pedals in its two FX loops, the Transmutron can still provide some incredibly fun filtering (4 filters total), which can also be automated with control voltages for tempo-based or other interesting modulations."

Additional details here.

Noise Engineering Ataraxic Iteritas modular synth jam - POB

Published on Oct 16, 2018 Patrick O'Brien

"Modular synth jam featuring the Noise Engineering Ataraxic Iteritas, by POB.

Noise Engineering Ataraxic Iteritas for the driving sequencing line
Noise Engineering Muta Jovis (2) for the switching of CV with many things
Noise Engineering Mimetic Digitalis (2) for the AI, BIA, AT, and Akemie's Taiko CV
Noise Engineering Basimilus Iteritas Alter for the kick/snare sounds
Noise Engineering Loquelic Iteritas Percido for the big brass sounds
Noise Engineering Ataraxic Translatron for the drones at the end
Noise Engineering Sinclastic Empulatrix as VCA for the Ataraxic Translatron
2HP Hat for the open/close hihats
2HP Freez for the glitchy hihats
QU-Bit Electronix Octone for the sequencing on the LIP's brass line
Erica Synths Black Hole DSP for the reverb
ALM's Pamela's NEW Workout for the clock & divisions
ALM's Akemie's Taiko for percussion filles
Toppobrillo Stereomix to ring it all together.
Mordax Data to watch the Ataraxic Iteritas do it's thing"

Making and designing a synthesizer module for eurorack or 5U moog size part one

Published on Oct 16, 2018 markusfuller

"part one on my attempt to design a module for eurorack and my moog modular etc.
All schematics will be freely available to anyone if it all works out.
All music in this video composed and played by :
Jason Lee - Eddie Deegan & Markus Fuller."

New AnalogFusion Polyphonic Analog Synth with huge Digital Section by FingerSonic

Published on Oct 16, 2018 Fingersonic

On the heals of the Synset FM and EXP1 Synthesizer, FingerSonic introduces the AnalogFusion.

"Introducing AnalogFusion, a top notch instrument boasting 2 separated Analog and Digital Synthesizer engines. You decide wether creating warm analog sounds, pure digital or layer them to create unique fat sounds. Massive features unlocking access to a new world of synthesis possibilities.

Demo by Italian Keyboardist Giuseppe Di Capua"

"Analog polyphonic synthesizer

AnalogFusion is a top notch, no compromise instrument with 2 completely separated Analog and digital synthesizer engines. You decide wether creating warm analog sounds or pure digital or layer them. Massive features unlocking access to a new world of synthesis possibilities.

Discrete analog circuitry

The polyphonic analog synthesizer engine (6 voices) was developped to provide all the features you can dream off and usually find on prestigious vintage synthesizers. Each voice is composed with 2 oscillators (3 waveforms: Saw, Pulse, Triangle) with Pwm, 3 lfos, hard sync, ring modulation, multimode filter, white and pink noise generators. The Oscillators are detunable. All the analog circuitry is made with discrete components, no FPGA or ASIC.

Analog or digital question is over, Get both!

Additionally to its pure analog synthesis section, AnalogFusion also offers a complete digital synthesis engine capable of doing Virtual Analog (2 oscillators, multimode filter, 2 enveloppes, 3 LFO), FM (6 operators with multimode filter for each voice) or wavetable synthesis. A dedicated drum section is also present with 10 instruments.

Analog/digital layer mode

A layer mode allows to stack the analog and digital synthesizers, a perfect fusion to create incredibly fat sounds!

Star Trek: The Next Generation // Main Theme [Synth-Rock Cover]

Published on Oct 16, 2018 Ace Waters

"I grew up watching TNG with my mom. This cover of the Theme has been a long time coming. Ft. the fantastic ThunderScott on Chimes. Enjoy!"

LepLoop Arpopone Specs & Details

Some details just in via LepLoop. Be sure to see previous posts for demos.

"The Arpopone AKA HARP'O'PHONE is a melody/bass line generator with a chord and rhythmic section, available in desktop and eurorack format.
It is based on analog ramp divider, similar to those used for the Multicassa which are inspired to Oskar Sala's Mixtur Trautonium, an early electronic musical instrument, each divider generates a voltage ramp starting from a master clock (internal or external) a potentiometer is used to set the number of steps and thus the division ratio with a minimum of 1 there are ten of such divider in the different sections of the instrument:

- 2 for the rhythmic section (trigger pulses 1 and 2)
- 2 for the scale generator, these have a ramp output that forms the melody line
- 6 for the audio dividers, the 2 prescalers are chained with 4 note dividers, one for bass and 3 for chords
A further divider comes into play if external clock is selected, in this case the BPM control acts as a clock divider making possible the synchronization with other instruments (at maximum speed divider=1)

Specification :

Arturia Microbrute jam by Alpicat - Final Approach

Published on Oct 16, 2018 Synth & Sundry

"Microbrute analog synth is multilayered over several live and sequenced takes. All the synthesizer sounds except for the drums are from the Arturia instrument. The Microbrute does not have any patch memories so all sounds were designed from scratch. The audio was recorded and mixed in Ableton Live which also performed some sequencing duties. Additionally, the microbrute was recorded through a Focusrite Scarlett interface and played on an Arturia KeyLab 61 MkII since this particular microbrute was purchased second hand and the previous owner had sawn through the keybed."

SoundsDivine - Waldorf Largo Soundsets

Published on Oct 16, 2018 SoundsDivine111

1. SoundsDivine 'Tomorrows World' - Waldorf Largo
"Preview of the presets from the 'Tomorrow's World' soundset for Waldorf Largo."

2. SoundsDivine 'Time + Space Vol.1' - Waldorf Largo
"Preview of the presets from the 'Time + Space 1' soundset for Waldorf's Largo synthesizer."

3. SoundsDivine 'Time + Space Vol. 2' - Waldorf Largo
"Preview of the presets from the 'Time + Space Vol.2' soundset for Waldorf's Largo synthesizer."

BoBeats: Explaining My Novation SL MkIII Synthesizer Setup

Premiered 33 minutes ago BoBeats

"In this video I go over what I am using in my current setup.

☀Become a Patron:

#synthesizer #slmkIII #sequencer"

Follow-up to this post.

Tiny RobotZ

Published on Oct 15, 2018 Tiny RobotZ


spotted on discchord.

EMS Pitch to Voltage Converter 1970s Silver with Wood Trim

via this auction

Elektron Monomachine SFX6 *Serviced + Upgrades*

via this auction

"This is the rare (500) keyboard version of the monomachine. This particular unit is in very nice shape with minor blemishes as pictured. Functionally it is 100% and has received the following upgrades/service:
- New Battery with holder
- Power supply rebuilt (this addresses what is getting to be a common issue with these)
- New upgraded knob kit from Elektron
- New display. A VFD has been installed to replace the factory LCD. The VFD is viewable from any angle as you should be able to see from the pictures. A filter has been placed over the VFD to make the text white.

This sale comes with the SFX6, a power cord, and the original owners manual."

Modal Electronics 008R

via this auction

"Excellent condition, and sounds beautiful. The different filter modes offer so much tonal variety, you could spend hours on a single patch."

Sequential Circuits Prophet VS Vintage Keyboard Synthesizer SN 0249

via this auction

"If you are looking at this, I am sure you know what it is, 4 digital oscillators, vector mix control with envelopes and analog filters...and unparalleled unique characteristic sound...yes I have tried the VST versions and it is not the same..."

Roland CSQ-100 CV / Gate Sequencer

via this auction

KORG DSS-1 Sampling Synthesizer

via this auction

"Korg DSS-1 Sampling Synthesizer in good condition. The DSS-1 is a 61 key 12-bit polyphonic sampling synthesizer released in September 1986."

Elektron SID Station

via this auction

Future Sound Systems Brunswick synthesizer (BEEF) DIY synth voice // Synthfest 2018

Published on Oct 16, 2018 DivKidVideo

"Here's the new Brunswick DIY synthesizer from Future Sound Systems, soon to available through . It's got that lovely fizzy fading sound as the VCA is close to fading out entirely and the filter does a lovely weird sync effect like a harmonic/pitch locking when it's pushed. A really beefy (actually created for BEEF Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film) little unit. This was Synthfest 2018 held by Sound on Sound magazine in the Octagon, Sheffield."

Future Sound Systems Brunswick

AJH Filter Bank & Glide modules — SynthFest UK 2018

Published on Oct 16, 2018 Sound On Sound magazine

"We checked out two of AJH Synth's four new modules at SynthFest UK. The Fixed Filter Bank 914 is a 30HP-wide module featuring twelve fixed frequency, inductor based bandpass filters, set at half-octave interval spacing and covering from 125 Hz through to 5.8kHz.

The second module is the MiniMod Glide + Noise MK2. Though the original was based on the circuitry of the Minimoog Model D in order to work with that instrument, the MK2 version has some new tricks to make it play nicely with any Eurorack system."

Moog Etherwave Theremin Live Build

Started streaming 2 hours ago Moog Music Inc

Build video of a Moog Etherwave Theremin.

Rob Papen Explorer-5 Introduction

Published on Oct 16, 2018 Rob Papen
Update: New Video Published on Jun 20, 2019

"This inspirational bundle holds 20 RP products if you include the amazing Prisma! which you can request after registering your bundle.

Go2: The power of limitations.
RAW-Kick: Edgy Kicks for comtemporary music.
MasterMagic: Adds a touch of magic for your Mix or Master.
SubBoomBass 2: Ultimate bass synthesizer.
Predator 2: The Synth that hunts your tracks!
BLUE-II: Cross-fusion synthesis at its finest.
RG: Electric and acoustic guitar grooves.
RP-Verb 2: Most intriguing in RP-VERB 2 – alongside the to a great sound – is the new ‘Reverser’ section!
RP-EQ: Silky smooth sounding channel and mastering EQ.
Blade: The cutting edge of today's synthesizers!
Punch: Speaker busting and body rattling drum machine.
Punch-BD: Based around the BD module of the multi award winning Punch virtual drum synth,
RP-Delay: Delay insanity. Reverser, 6 lines, 8 filters, 4 LFOs and more.
RP-Distort: Wicked FX unit that will distort or alter your tracks.
RP-Amod: Spice up your vocal track, liven an instrument and even beef up your drums.
RAW: Cutting edge EDM synthesizer with the focus on 'distorted sounds'
SubBoomBass: Ultra-deep groove bass synth with built-in step sequencer.
Predator: Phat analogue style synth with killer presets and first class features.
PredatorFX: Filter, modulation, vocoder and effects plug-in.
Prisma: Get creative using Rob Papen's take on instrument layering."

Update: and the press release:

"ECHT, THE NETHERLANDS: virtual instrument and effect plug-in developer Rob Papen Inspiration Soundware is proud to announce availability of eXplorer 5 — furthering the creative scope of its inspirational plug-in bundle by adding Go2, MasterMagic, and RAW-Kick to the all-encompassing musical mix — as of October 16…

Now numbering no fewer than 20 highly-versatile virtual instruments and extraordinary effects, eXplorer 5 pushes Rob Papen’s plug-in bundle beyond belief by including three new additions that more than live up to its Inspiration Soundware slogan.

MasterMagic is an aptly-named effect plug-in with which to improve mixes or final masters alike. Anyone placing MasterMagic at the very end of their virtual master effects chain can easily experience how much it can help improve their tracks. The MONO/STEREO SPLIT FILTER section will make the low end much tighter while the AIR function — even applied at a liberal level — is sheer magic. Make no mistake: there’s no mystery about this magical musical tool!

The name maybe gives the game away, as RAW-Kick represents Rob Papen’s cutting-edge kick drum-creation tool! The perfect weapon of choice for those hard-sounding electronic dance music styles — such as Hardcore, Hardstyle (mixing influences from Techno and Hardcore), and Industrial — and also EDM and House. Here RAW-Kick creatively enables the use of three layers, each of which can be either modelled or sample-based at source. Rob Papen being Rob Papen, RAW-Kick has some refreshingly resourceful features with which to create unique-sounding kicks up its virtual sleeve! Still better, RAW-Kick comes complete with a varied selection of original presets from a long list of respected DnB, Hardcore, and Hardstyle producers, including Caine, DJ Mad Dog, DJ Promo, Orphidian, Sinister Souls, Tha Playah, The Outside Agency, and Wavolizer, to name but a notable few.

Finally, Go2 is an appropriately-named, go-to synthesizer, set apart from its award-winning software siblings by virtue of all its controls and features always being in plain sight and always available to access onscreen, so simplifying usage for the average user. Ultimately, though, this is far from being a simple-sounding virtual instrument. Its Morph feature and XY section serve to make for a powerful software synthesizer, one with which users — average or otherwise — can create unique sounds speedily and easily! End game? Go2 surely shows that there is power to be had in the ‘less is more' maxim... and all without sacrificing audio quality!

Quality, of course, shines brightly through all 20 of eXplorer 5’s highly-versatile virtual instruments and extraordinary effects. Established Rob Papen classics such as Blade (quite literally a cutting-edge software synthesizer), BLUE-II (self-styled ‘Crossfusion Synthesis’), Predator2 (software synthesizer to die for), Punch (speaker-busting, body-rattling virtual drum synth), Punch-BD (Punch- based bass drum module), RAW (software synthesizer specialising in ‘distorted’ sounds specifically suited to EDM and beyond), RG (unique electric and acoustic guitar groove virtual instrument), and SubBoomBass 2 (groove bass software synthesizer) — not forgetting an array of effects, including RP-AMOD (uses modulators to alter audio in different ways), RP-Delay (six delay lines, eight filters, four LFOs, a reverser, and more), RP-Distort (designed to destroy, distort, or more subtly alter any audio), RP-EQ (silky smooth- sounding channel and mastering EQ), and RP-VERB 2 (advanced, transparent, and musical-sounding algorithmic reverb) — sit comfortably and creatively alongside those three additions to collectively push Rob Papen’s prized plug-in bundle beyond belief.

But hearing is believing; best put this way, eXplorer 5 is the all-encompassing best that you can get from Rob Papen — all the more so since it also includes PRISMA, easily enabling users to layer multiple Rob Papen virtual instruments into a creatively stacked sound like no other!

eXplorer 5 can be purchased in a boxed edition — featuring 20 AAX (32-/64-bit), AU (32-/64-bit), VST (32-/64-bit) compatible audio software plug-ins for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher) and Windows (Vista, 7, 8, and 10) — from authorised Rob Papen dealers worldwide or as a download directly from Rob Papen for €499.00 EUR/$499.00 USD from here:

Several options to upgrade to eXplorer 5 are also available, attractively priced as follows: €299.00 EUR/$299.00 USD (available to owners of one purchased Rob Papen product); €199.00 EUR/$199.00 USD (available to owners of two purchased Rob Papen products); €149.00 EUR/ $149.00 USD (available to owners of three purchased Rob Papen products); €99.00 EUR/$99.00 USD (available to owners of eXplorer4); €49.00 EUR/$49.00 USD (available to owners of eXplorer4 + Go2); and €149.00 EUR/$149.00 USD (available to owners of eXplorer III)."

Introducing KONTAKT Play Series | Native Instruments & What’s new in KONTAKT 6

Published on Oct 16, 2018 Native Instruments

"KONTAKT 6 introduces the KONTAKT Play Series: Sonically rich sample libraries that combine powerful sound design with simple playability. Let musician Jane Arnison take you through the 3 new instruments, and hear for yourself the exciting textures created using KONTAKT’s new wavetable synthesis engine."

See what’s new in KONTAKT 6 | Native Instruments

Published on Oct 16, 2018 Native Instruments

"KONTAKT Product Owner Dinos introduces the new features included with KONTAKT 6. Discover a new wavetable module, integrated effects including REPLIKA DELAY, plus Creator Tools, a standalone application designed to streamline the instrument building process.

Together, these updates empower the instrument builders using the definitive sampling platform"

Erica Synths Dual FX sound demo

Published on Oct 16, 2018 Erica Synths

"Dual FX combines two Spin FV-1 chips in one module, each filled with eight custom effect programs with two adjustable and CV controlled parameters per effect and analogue dry/wet circuit. All parameter settings can be saved with the effect and recalled instantly during the performance. Also the output of the first FX section is normalised to the second input so creating layers of effects is easy."

Detroit Synth Project

Published on Oct 16, 2018 Henry Birdseye Jr.

"13 October 2018 - Patchathon III at The Light Box dance studio, 7 guys demonstrating their gear."

Detroit Synth Project - David Russell and his Buchla Music Easel
Detroit Synth Project - Henry Birdseye
Detroit Synth Project - Eric Perry and his Eurorack.
Detroit Synth Project - Michael Meade
Detroit Synth Project - Ron Doran with Moog DFAM, Moog pedals and a Minotaur.
Detroit Synth Project - Steven Curtin
Detroit Synth Project - Jed Miner
Detroit Synth Project - Jeff Evergreen and his Make Noise system

Maarten Vos x RAVEN

Published on Oct 16, 2018 birdkids

"The brilliant cellist, composer and Modular-Fusion pioneer - Maarten Vos installed the RAVEN prototype in his studio at Kytopia and plugged the Cello directly into the RAVEN's External Input (routed through the Voltage Controlled Filter) for an improvisation performance.
What follows is pure romance on #tape 🖤

Full Recording in HD:"

Ode to Vermona Synths (and friends)

Published on Oct 13, 2018 Mark Pigott

"Lead Synth is Vermona '14 midi'd to 4 Voice Vermona PerFourmer.
Backed up by organ patch (E045 Combo Organ MRP) on the Blokeys.
Drums supplied by 1 Korg Monotribe
Noise mono synth by same Korg Monotribe
midi'd Monotribe controlled by muted DSI Mopho SE

mistakes in notes and timing always free! (no charge) ROTFFL"

DnT (Drums and Tribes)

Published on Sep 27, 2018 Mark Pigott

"Just 2 sonic ingredients
2 Monotribes, low and high note with filter cutoff controlled via AT.
Built in envelropes (yes the PG-200 spelling...look it up!!) of the Tribes. Plus the Analog drums of the Akai Tom Cat.

Basically a demo of how nice, IMO, the Montribes sound.

Bog standard effects, Vermona Retroverb on the Akai Tom Cat, and HOF and Deco on the Monotribes."

Roland Introduces VT-4 Voice Transformer

Published on Oct 15, 2018RolandChannel

1. VT-4 Voice Transformer - Performance Demo
"In this video, Jordan West uses the VT-4 along with a SYSTEM-8, SPD-SX and RC-505 to create backing tracks and processed lead vocals in under a minute.

2. VT-4 Voice Transformer - Overview
"In this video Jordan West walks you through the features of the VT-4 and how it works in her live setup with the SYSTEM-8, SPD-SX and RC-505."

3. VT-4 Voice Transformer - Sound Demo
"Check out some of the jaw-dropping vocal sounds you can achieve easily with the VT-4 Voice Transformer."

"The VT-4 is an effect processor for the instrument inside us all—the human voice. And like the human voice, the VT-4 is easy to use, yet devastatingly effective. Whether you’re a solo electronic artist, DJ, or singer in a band, the VT-4 lets you craft and shape your own unique vocal sounds, from subtle augmentation to radical transformation. Everything is hands on, with no menu diving or programming to get in the way. Jaw-dropping effects like harmonizing, vocoding, pitch shifting, hard tuning, and more are just a push, slide, or turn away. And with its compact size and five-hour battery life, you can use the VT-4 anywhere.

STM32 Nucleo Boards

Published on Oct 15, 2018 Shiftedphase

"Here's an overview of the NUCLEO boards available from ST for easily using various STM32 chips. I also briefly show the STM32CubeMX software which is very useful for planning the pinout and setting up the peripherals in the chip."

DIY with Andrew Kilpatrick of Kilpatrick Audio.

Patch n Tweak

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