MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, November 23, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018

Cinematic Ambient Improvisation // Polyend Medusa + Ventris Dual Reverb

Published on Nov 23, 2018 Genshi Media Group


A quick improvised bit of Cinematic Ambience using the Polyend/Dreadbox Medusa Hybrid Synth, going through the Source Audio Ventris Dual Reverb which I just acquired. I realized after shooting this that I had the Dual Reverb in the wrong mode (Parallel instead of Cascaded) and I'm still getting used to the sensitivity of the pads (and programming in general) on the Medusa. One of these days I'll crack open the manual..."

Synthe Club Japan Magazine Book 1983 w/ YMO

via this auction

BTW, if you are not familiar with YMO, see here.

Roland RS-09 Vintage Synthesizer

via this auction

Bugbrand SynthVoice Modular Synthesizer

via this auction

"The SynthVoice brings together all the elements of the classic 'subtractive synthesis' methods though, with full patchability, never limits you to such linear approaches. The setup can be played standalone or thrives from external control, whether from another Modular system or an external controller/sequencer.

Many of the circuits are built around the powerful V2164 quad-VCA chip which leads to the natural 'two of most things' - because one is never enough. In this way, the system can easily be patched for one or two voice operation without compromise (indeed there are 7 oscillating sources, so you can go even further)."

Korg DW-8000 SN 013681 w/ Foot Pedal

via this auction

(Matrixbrute): "The Moors"

Published on Nov 23, 2018 Kris Lennox

"The sound of the cold, wild moors of Scotland. Try loud/with headphones for the bass.


New Percussa mSSP Goes Live on Kickstarter!

Just announced Wednesday, the Percussa mSSP is now live on Kickstarter. Click through for full details including the different pledge levels.

"Our campaign, the Percussa mSSP Eurorack module, is now live on Kickstarter.

The mSSP is the smaller, lower cost but equally powerful version of the successful Percussa SSP eurorack module which was funded on Kickstarter last year."

P.S. You probably noticed their banner on top of the site. You can click through anytime to check in on the campaign.

Blacet Research News: Small Business Saturday Deals

This is a follow-up to the Black Friday Deals post from earlier today. The following came in on the Blacet news email list. Be sure to check out for more.


Use your own parts to complete one of the most amazing filters ever!

PCB, Front panel , Manual: $39.
Pots, knobs: $12

Plus, all regular complete kits: 20% off.

Offer runs from now until Sunday midnight, 11/25.

How to order:
Send an email to with items you wish to purchase, including knob color, power cable length. Include your shipping address.

We will send you an Invoice payable with credit card or pay pal."

TipTop Audio Eurorack Drum Machine

Published on Nov 23, 2018 Perfect Circuit

"This TipTop Audio eurorack setup uses all TipTop modules and Mantis case to create a versatile setup for creating rhythmic music. The Circadian Rhythms is the rhythm sequencer which can clock the Z8000 for voltage sequencing. The sound sources are 808 and 909 based drum synthesis modules and multiple One sampler modules. There are two filters, a wave-folder and Z-DSP for effects.

The TipTop Stackcables make it easy to connect multiple cables to a single patch point. Since all of the sound generation modules have volume controls they can be mixed together with the compact Mix7 which has 7 inputs in only 3HP.

TipTop modules and cases available here:"

Supporters of MATRIXSYNTH get %10 off at Perfect Circuit!

Earth's Magnetic Field Producing Sine Waves

This one is in via MATRIXSYNTH reader Gerard, spotted on

"A RARE WAVE IN EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD: When a stream of solar wind hits Earth, magnetometers around the Arctic Circle normally go haywire, their needles swinging chaotically as local magnetic fields react to the buffeting of the solar wind. On Nov. 18th, however, something quite different happened. Solar wind hit Earth and produced ... a pure, almost-musical sine wave.

Rob Stammes recorded the event from the Polarlightcenter, a magnetic observatory in the Lofoten Islands of Norway. "A very stable ~15 second magnetic oscillation commenced and persisted for several hours," he says. "The magnetic field was swinging back and forth by 0.06 degrees, peak to peak, with the regularity of a metronome."

Imagine blowing across a piece of paper, making it flutter with your breath. The solar wind can have a similar effect on magnetic fields. The waves Stammes recorded are essentially flutters propagating down the flanks of Earth's magnetosphere excited by the breath of the sun. Researchers call them 'pulsations continuous' -- or 'Pc' for short.

'A very sensitive magnetometer is required to record these delicate waves,' says Stammes. 'I use a mechanical magnetometer with bar magnets suspended from a special wire. LEDs and light detectors in an isolated dark box record the motion of the magnets, while vanes in oil damp out non-magnetic interference.'"


Published on Nov 16, 2018 CRUEL & UNUSUAL INSTRUMENTS

"FULL ANALOG SYNTH, smashing sign and triangle waves into their various inputs creating evolving analog textures, boosted by the 3 amp/tone knobs for full chaotic control. 9volt battery operated 1\4 inch output. BEAST!"

via this auction



THREE sign and triangle waveform oscillators compete and mesh to create evolving textures and throbbing basses. By patching the outputs of each using the 21 toggle switches to connect between inputs and outputs of the oscillators the droning possibilities are STAGGERING! THREE filter/TONE knobs are at the bottom for more flexibility and creative expression. measuring 22 inches tall this monstrous work of art is meant to be seen and heard!"


via this auction

Roland Jupiter-6

via this auction

Korg Poly 61

via this auction

"This synth was serviced and original factory sounds re-installed about a year ago and little use since a couple of recording projects."

Korg PolySix SN 395144 w/ Old Crow KLM367 clone PCB & MIDI

via this auction

"This Polysix has been restored with care. Cleaned inside and out. Every key was removed and hand-cleaned. It has been tuned and calibrated. The power capacitors recently replaced. It features an Old Crow KLM367 clone PCB and the kind of MIDI in module Greg Montalbano used to sell and install. Every button, switch, knob and key works as it should. It's set for MIDI ch. 6 and can be changed if you find the instructions how to do it!..."

Teenage Engineering OP-Z

via this auction

Cool pic, priced high.

Akai EVI 1000 EWV 2000 Analog Wind Synthesizer

via this auction

"AKAI EVI 1000, with the EWV 2000 module. Included are 3 proprietary (also very rare) cables, an extra mouthpiece, and a custom form fitting hard case by AKAI. The instrument is in amazing shape. It sounds great, plays great, and has extras that are hard to come by. This EVI also has MIDI capabilities so you can play other synths with the wind controller. Very awesome instrument!"

Octave-Plateau Catstick

via this auction

Screen grab scans of the spec sheet / brochure below.

Oberheim Matrix 6

via this auction

Anlogue Solutions Armoury - Moving it all about!

Published on Nov 23, 2018 Sounds From The Shed

"This video is about My Movie 139"

A really boring demo of the Brutalist VCF

Published on Nov 23, 2018 Sean Pendleton

"Demo of the new version of my 'Brutalist' VCF. The Brutalist is a Polivoks-ish style filter with resonance boost, overdrive, and a lowpass/bandpass mix output. It’s available from my Etsy store [VOID Modular] I will also have DIY PCBs as soon as I write a build guide."

Black Friday Deals

Going to keep this post short. You see the banners on the site? There's a good chance many are featuring Black Friday deals today and through the weekend. Be sure to check them out. The banners you see are all sponsors of the site. Please support them as along with supporting members, they help to make this site possible. Thank you!!! Enjoy the weekend! I'll be posting away as usual. :)

How to create drum sounds on a virtual analog synth (Bass Drum, Snare Drum, Hihat, Claps)

Published on Nov 23, 2018 Floyd Steinberg

"In this video, in response to a viewer request I'm creating a drum kit on the Novation PEAK, trying to explain what I'm doing so you can recreate that on any other (virtual) analog synth, e.g. the Novation Circuit."

Glo the Polyphonic Whale - Granular Sampler

Published on Nov 23, 2018 Gecho Loopsynth

"This is how the Granular Sampler patch manipulates your singing in real time.

Tilting the whale front-back controls polyphony, left-right selects major/minor chord and increases the stereo spread. You set the chord key by your voice."

A Delia Darbyshire Moment on the Make Noise Morphagene

Published on Nov 23, 2018 mylarmelodies

"Happy Delia Darbyshire day (23rd Nov! - Here's a bonus clip I've never uploaded here before, from when I made the Morphagene Demo - inspired by how Delia Darbyshire used piano to tune her vocals for 'Blue Veils and Golden Sands', which she turned into a reedy instrument sound (using 1960's tape studio magic, not really what I'm doing here...)."

Delia Derbyshire/Blue Veils and Golden Sand

Published on Apr 17, 2009 iiishtar

Blue Veils & Golden Sands

Published on Jun 17, 2012 Dave Kahn

"Martyn Wade's radio play about the composer and electronic music pioneer Delia Debyshire."

Soundmit 2018 - International Sound Summit - Overview

Published on Nov 23, 2018 SOUNDMIT

Soundmit 2018 - 3/4 Nov 2018

Soundmit 2018 - Overview

Exhibit at Soundmit 2019!
Contact us at

The second edition of the Soundmit - International Sound Summit ended keeping all the promises. 35 exhibitors from 11 different countries, over 800 visitors and 170 operators in the sector. Institutional patronage increased with the Italian Trade Agency, E.M.E.A., Politecnico di Torino, Politecnico di Milano, DAMS Turin, University of Rome Tor Vergata and Arduino.

We would like to thank all the companies, manufacturers, makers, supporters and artists who participated in this fantastic edition.

Thanks to:
Arrel Audio, AudioDj, Ausr ltd, Baloran, Bastl, Bjooks (patch&tweak), Cavisynth, Euterpe Synthesizers Lab, Eventide, Fase Lunare, Finegear, Fingersonic, Grau Modular, Haken Audio, Intherphase Audio, Jomox, Keen association, La Voix Du Luthier, Modor Music, Nondestructive Design, Roland, Schertler, Schmidt Synthesizers, Soundmachines, Special Waves, SSSRLabs, Synth Fest France, Theresyn, This is not rocket science, Wavelicker, Yamaha, Zirante, Audio Modeling, Audiolino, Midiware, Moog.

Treadstone-Analogue Solutions Bass demo part 2 (no talking)

Published on Nov 23, 2018 Dziam Bass

"Hi friends.
I have the next part of the recesses of powerful bass from Treadstone from Analogue Solutions UK Ltd.
in this video there are two parts that really show the solid sound of this little monster. it must be remembered that Analogue Solutions has a 25-year-long tradition of synthesizing, and this compact compact housing hides a truly powerful sound.
Some fun with the resonance and the attack filter. I think that the best thing is to check what is the small box.
This is not only a small synth but also the possibility of many modulations thanks to the built-in cross connections for modular or semi-modular synth connections.
Also filter goes low this analogue SSM style 24db filter really does a great job.
LFO, Noise, Sub Osc, EG, PWM, lofi digital echo are just part of the possibilities that you can modulate by flying it in different ways."

Kiwi ‘Condor’ Rex The Dog Remix - Live Modular Synths

Published on Nov 23, 2018 Rex The Dog

Thought this was a pretty cool standing setup. Great build up as well.

"Here is a live jam of my remix of Kiwi’s ‘Condor’ which comes out today on Correspondant Records, you can buy/stream/download the track here:

On the left is my live rig, on the right is my studio rig. In the middle is me."

Elements - d0 - AFG - A-101-1 - Gristleizer

Published on Nov 23, 2018 isvisible isinvisible

Let this one develop. The start of this one reminded me of Joy Division. I read that Ian Curtis was a big fan of Throbbing Gristle no less.

As always, the video description off of YouTube:

Bass & Snare - Sound Master SR-88
Cymbal - Wurlitzer Swingin' Rhythm
(drums mixed, then a touch of gain added by the Gristleizer Pre-Amp (TG-5)

Picked String(ish) Sound:
Mutable Instruments Elements into Mungo d0 delay

Mutable Instruments Rings into Shimmer card in Z-DSP

Livewire AFG

Fuzz Bass:
Future Sound Systems Gristleizer

Acidic Bass:
Livewire AFG into Doepfer A-101-1 Vactoral Filter

SunVox on iPAQ (Pocket PC)

Published on Nov 23, 2018 Alexander Zolotov

Mobile music before iOS & Android. Mainly tweaking and building up sounds to start. Final track comes in around 12 minutes in.

"Making music with SunVox on an old pocket computer (Compaq iPAQ, 206 MHz).
+ final playback from tape

Track source:

Config: SunVox 1.9.4c, buffer size 1536, sample rate 44100, system - Pocket PC 2002 or Windows Mobile 2003 (based on Windows CE)."

Roland Jupiter-4 Analog Synthesizer (1978) Child Of The 80s - retrowave track

Published on Nov 23, 2018 RetroSound

"(c) 2018 vintage synthesizer demo by RetroSound

all synthesizer sounds: Roland Jupiter-4 analog synthesizer from the year 1978 (early BA662 filter model)
The internal arpeggiator is triggered by the LinnDrum.
drums: LinnDrum (1982)
recording: multi-track without midi
fx: reverb and delay

This is an early BA662 filter based Jupiter-4 (vs. the later, more common IR3109). These are in my opinion the better, wilder sounding models, really unique sound character.

Used by Duran Duran, Human League, Yazoo and many others."

Casio SK-1 - Is a full production possible with only this?

Published on Nov 23, 2018 Espen Kraft

Completed track starts at 3:50

"Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard from 1985. Is it just a retro toy these days? Is it possible to make a full production using only sounds and samples from the SK-1?

I think it is and I've sampled a couple of sounds from the Roland Alpha Juno 2 into it, multi tracked it in the computer. I've also slowed down a couple of the internal rhythm tracks and recorded those into the DAW and from there chopped these up and created a new drum track.
Vocals recorded and voila! A brand new track. "The Weekend".
Every sound is off the SK-1, vocals added, mixed and mastered.

I use DistroKid for all my releases onto streaming services.
Try out Distrokid yourself and get a 7% discount off your first year by using this link:

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

Howard Jones, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Thompson Twins, Tears for Fears, The Human League, Propaganda. FGTH, Ultravox, OMD, Euryhmics, Duran Duran, Giorgio Moroder, Jean Michel Jarre, Jan Hammer, Alphaville, A-ha and many more."

Patch n Tweak

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