Monday, June 17, 2019

Sequential In The Spotlight Interview with SACRE

You can find the interview on Sequential's website here.

"The phantasmagoric dance-pop duo, SACRE, is Hawaii and Sukil, who are full-circle creators — they write, sing, produce, and design everything for the project. SACRE burst onto the scene in 2018 with their debut EP, “The Call”. They quickly gained support from Billboard, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, Impose Magazine, Earmilk, and others, along with a cosign from Pharrell Williams. Due in December is their debut LP “Love Revolution,” in which each track tells the story of one of twelve characters over the course of 12 hours. The odyssey begins at 7:00pm, with Sukil bored at work, as an adventure unfolds and various characters emerge, including an arsonist stripper, an android gas attendant, and Hawaii and Sukil caught up in it all.

We chatted with Hawaii and Sukil on how they use the Prophet-6 in their music."

You can find previous posts featuring Sequential's Spotlight series here.

Playing the Sampler 2

Published on Jun 17, 2019 Unun Septium

"Another derisory effort where I've attempted to wrestle something musical out of the Sample and Hold routine of the Roland SH-3a, and confound the eye with unreformed 'teenager in his bedroom' video-fx."

Part 1 here.

Mathew Jonson Presents His Synthesizer Favourites: Simmons SDS 800 (Electronic Beats TV)

Published on Jun 17, 2019 Telekom Electronic Beats

"In this episode of 'Mathew Jonson’s Synthesizer Favourites' here on Telekom Electronic Beats TV, our resident synth expert explores the Simmons SDS 800 Electronic Drums. Jonson takes a deep look into a classic piece of ‘80s budget gear. The analog drum synthesizer, released in 1984, works with four drum channels: bass, snare and two toms. The SDS 800’s cosmic sounds became a regular feature on countless reggae, disco and boogie tracks throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s."

Soniccouture The Attic 2

Published on Jun 7, 2019 Soniccouture

Available at Soniccouture

"An incredible collection of 18 virtual instruments modelled on rare, quirky vintage synths. This video shows a small selection of the 450+ presets.

Featuring EMS Synthi, Crumar DP-80, Arp Omni2, Moog Minitmoog, Korg Minikorg 700s, Solina String Ensemble, Cheetah MS800, Jennings Univox, Roland RS202, Hammond Solovox, Roland SH2000, Farfisa VIP345, Korg LP10, Philips Philicorda, Suzuki Omnichord, Siel Orechestra 2, Godwin String Concert, Logan Vocalist"

Screens captured for the archives.

Make Noise QMMG (Quad Multi Mode Gate) Eurorack Four Channle LPG VCA VCF

Published on Jun 17, 2019 Perfect Circuit

"The Make Noise QMMG is four channels of voltage controlled VCA/VCF combos which are controlled by vactrols. Vactrols are devices that convert and electrical signal to a light and then turn that light back into an electrical signal, this process gives the vactrol an organic decay sound when used as an envelope. The vactrol envelope sound was made famous by Buchla lowpass gates which combined a lowpass filter and a VCA controlled by a vactrol. The QMMG gets you lowpass gate sounds but also adds in feedback and highpass filter options as well as ways to make more complex sounds by routing multiple gates together in different modes.

Make Noise modules available here:"

Session in studio May 26 2019

Published on Jun 17, 2019 MoonSatellite Lone Wolf

"Moog Taurus 3 / Waldorf Streichfett / Elektron Analog Rytm & Analog Four / Sequential Prophet 6 / DSI OB-6 / Moog GrandMother..."

Electronic Music Laboratories EML-200

via this auction

"This beast is the perfect answer to kinder, gentler synths. This thing is nasty. Thick and pokey. Controls are insanely precise and the onboard spring reverb is to die for. You won’t want to miss this."

Future Sound Systems Brunswick

via this auction

See here for previous posts including demos.

Moog Multimoog w/ Clear Blue LED Lit Mod Wheel

via this auction

"Seriously the best sounding, best maintained, and most unique Multimoog ever.

You probably already know that there were only 1000 of these produced.

This one has been extensively and meticulously cleaned and discretely upgraded by the one and only Nick Montoya at the Moog factory in NC.

No more faux wood panel sides, this one has walnut sides straight from the wood shop at the aforementioned Moog factory.

Power indicator LED has been replaced with an awesome blue one.

Every single function is perfect, sound is freaking amazing."

WMD Eurorack Drum machine and Empress Effects Zoia

Published on Jun 17, 2019 WMDevices

"Mixing worlds between guitar pedals and modular synths is a super fun way to get more out of a minimal set up.

In this video, WMD Metron is in control of a 4 channel drum machine. Each of our drum modules, Chimera, Fracture, and Crucible are running through the WMD/SSF Blender 4 channel mixer with 2 drums going to Left and 2 drums to the right.

The ZOIA is receiving CV (gate signals) and Audio from this @wmdevices Eurorack drum machine. The Gate signal from Metron is triggering an ADSR envelope on the ZOIA. This ADSR opens a filter connected to a randomized polyphonic chord on the ZOIA made possible using the new scale options on the ZOIA’s quantizer tied to a single random LFO.

ZOIA is processing 2 separate channels of audio with 2 drum tracks on the Left channel and 2 drum tracks on the right, each channel has separate effects going into the ZOIA’s mixer and lastly into a stereo reverb on the ZOIA."

Five cheap 80s keyboards...

Published on Jun 3, 2019 Alfonse

A new series by ALFONSE. You can find him on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Twitter, and Instagram.


1 Five cheap 80s keyboards...
Music: "Eight" (C) Copyright 2019 Alfonse

Intro to a new series of videos using sounds from ageing home keyboards together with current production tools. All sounds you hear in the track were made using the Casio SK-1 (a sampling keyboard), Casio MT-52, Yamaha PSS-680, Yamaha PSS-580, and Amstrad CKX100. They were recorded to a DAW, where compression, EQ, reverb, and delay were added as required.
2. Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard demo - "Rapid Rhino"
All sounds you hear in the track were made using the Casio SK-1 sampler or its factory sounds and were recorded to a DAW, where compression, EQ, reverb, delay and chorus were added as required. Individual drum hits were sampled from slowed-down SK-1 rhythms, to allow fresh beats to be built, rather than using the rhythms found on the SK-1 itself. If you hear something in the track and can't quite figure out where it came from, that was probably a vocal sample. It has a great 8-bit / 9.38kHz lo-fi sound; grainy and interesting...

The aim of this series of videos is to see what you can create using sounds from ageing home keyboards together with current production tools. Personally, I'm a fan of playing a vintage keyboard like this in its original state (not circuit bent) - it's more than just a retro toy...

Music: "Rapid Rhino" (C) Copyright 2019 Alfonse
3. Yamaha Portasound PSS-680 FM keyboard demo - "Splendid Larryo"
All sounds you hear in the track were made using the PSS-680 and recorded to a DAW, where compression, EQ, reverb, delay and chorus were added as required. Individual drum hits were sampled from the drum pads and processed (the 680's kick drum is horrible, so that needed some attention for a start...), to allow fresh beats to be built, rather than using the rhythms found on the PSS-680 itself.

The aim of these videos is to see what you can create using sounds from retro classic keyboards together with current production tools. The 680 has a 2 operator FM synth on board, which can be edited via the Digital Synthesizer parameters on the front panel; there are limited editing options, but enough to get a cool range of sounds. It also has Midi In, Out and Thru, allowing for plenty of cool connectivity with controllers, computers and other hardware. It's basically identical to the PSS-780, aside from some different coloured pads and other parts, and has the same sound chips as the PSS-480 and 580, which were the next rung down in the product line.

For those who have a keyboard from that range, here are the parameters for some of the main patches:
First bass: voice 34: 0.63 1.63 2.10 3.15 4.01 5.00 6.06 7.69
Second bass: voice 74: 0.30 1.63 2.22 3.21 4.02 5.01 6.07 7.73
Main lead: voice 60: 0.26 1.47 2.16 3.25 4.04 5.02 6.06 7.73
Bridge lead: voice 91: 6.04 7.99
End lead: voice 02: 0.41 1.63 2.02 3.01 4.01 5.01 6.06 7.91 + portamento 05

Music: "Splendid Larryo" (C) Copyright 2019 Alfonse

More to come! I'll put new posts up to let you know when they come in.

Synth Jams by Alfonse

Published on Oct 22, 2012 Alfonse


1. Alfonse - MPC Jam One
MPC 2500 on loan for a few days, so time to make some beats and see what ideas come out...
2. Alfonse "Subtract" - Korg iElectribe and iMS20 on iPad
All parts were performed using Korg's iElectribe (beat) and iMS20 (synths) for iPad and each take was videoed as it was played. The parts were then mixed in Logic, adding some side-chain compression and overall mastering goodness.
3. Alfonse - Electrum Jam One
Step One: make a beat using Electrum Drum app by niko twenty for Android
Step Two: jam it out on synth and see what you end up with...
4. Alfonse - Electrum Jam Two
Step One: make a beat using Electrum Drum app by niko twenty for Android
Step Two: jam it out on synth and see what you end up with...

You can find Alfonse's music on:

1992 Alesis Brochure Catalog

via Retro Synth Ads where you'll find the full write-up.

SR-16, the classic MMT-8 Multi-Track MIDI Recorder, D4 Drum Module, and DataDisk SQ MIDI recorder. The MMT-8 was THE sequencer at the time.

Farfisa Soundmaker

via this auction

Arturia Origin Keyboard

via this auction

The demo video in the listing previously posted here.

"This 61-Key Origin Keyboard is the Arturia™version of Origin Synthesizer for the keyboard player. It keeps the outstanding modular system of Origin Desktop, saves your valuable CPU (if you are using Arturia Products) putting it into a panel that closes on a high-quality keyboard controller. The intuitive interface is kept in place, along with all of the modules from the most famous synthesizers (ARP 2600, CS-80, Jupiter-8, Oberheim SEM, Prophet 5/VS, plus two of Bob Moog™s designs) and organs (Tonewheel, Rotary). The integration of the ribbon control is a blast, the keyboard aftertouch possibilities open a world of expressivity, while the playing modes will rise to the expectations of any demanding performer.

Rhodes Chroma Vintage Analog Synth

via this auction

Modal CRAFTsynth 2 0 Quick Overview of the LFOs

Published on Jun 17, 2019 Modal Electronics

"A Quick overview of the LFO's on CRAFTsynnth 2.0.

We quickly show how to assign the LFOs with a simple hold and twist assignment and adjust the LFO's rate.

You will notice on both LFOs, once we pass halfway, or continue the below 0, the LFOs snap to divisions of either the clock or, on LFO-2, the frequency of the note you are playing.

LFO-2 snapping to divisions of the note you are playing can be used to great affect with growling patches to introduce harmonically related overtones that transform the sound.

You can find this technique used throughout the onboard presets. See "Ochre Lead" or "Proxima Pad" for some interesting examples.

SKULPT synthesiser users can check out many presets using the same technique too, for example the "Bit Growl" preset."

KORG MONO/POLY - Ambient Arpeggiator Soundscape 【Synth Demo】

Published on Jun 17, 2019 synth4ever

"Korg Mono/Poly synth demo -- playing a relaxing ambient arpeggiator / electronica music soundscape on MonoPoly analog synth from Korg.

This relaxing ambient chill-out / new age synthesizer music created via arpeggiator, filter/envelope adjustments, LFO modulations + Ventris reverb.

Filmed at in Montreal, Quebec (Canada)."


Published on Jun 17, 2019 mootbooxle

"Here’s the Pro-1, in the raw, by itself, with just a touch of reverb, nobody talking, nothing fancy, just some quick programming and noodling. Have a wonderful day!"

"Vagabond RK" - Arturia Micro Freak and MPC Live (only Air reverb)

Published on Jun 17, 2019 Default Corporation

"Just some notes on the keyboard and some modulations with long reverb. MicroFreak preset done by me. MPC Live only long Air reverb (time about 60 secs.). No video/audio postprocessing...just live.
Thanks for watching."

The Very First Synth Cartoon?

This one is in via Brian Kehew who had the following to say:

"I believe this may be the very first 'synthesizer cartoon' from an in-house RCA publication in 1956 (The RCA MkI synthesizer was completed then.)"

If you know of anything earlier, let us know!

P.S. I first thought that was one messed up Santa going after the floating kid with a sword, but it appears he is holding, and offering, a bow and violin. :) Hence the caption of the kid yelling "I wanted a synthesizer!". He must be jumping in anger with his fists clenched. That or he managed to levitate by vibrating at some harmonic frequency only possible with a synthesizer? What's with the spikes in his shadow?

P.P.S. I'm guessing the "COOK" under the tree is the artist's name, that or they missed the IE. Santa wants his cookies.

Ukulele Meets Modular Synth (TX Wiggles 45)

Published on Jun 16, 2019 poorness studios

"I combined the ukulele I just built with my modular synthesizer and tried to make some sci-fi music. This was the result.

See a video of the ukulele build here:"

DIY Project #24: Cigar Box Ukulele

Published on Jun 15, 2019 poorness studios

"I decided to build a Ukulele from a cigar box using one of the neck blanks from CB Gitty. I'm very pleased with the way it came out. I also added a cover of Bananas & Blow by Ween."

poorness studios TX Wiggles

Isla Instruments SP2400 update interview LIVE Stream w/ Fluxwithit

Published on Jun 17, 2019 Ken Flux Pierce Fluxwithit

"This is a live interview and chat with Brad of Isla Instruments about their forth coming SP2400 sampling drum machine. join the live chat to ask questions hosted by my self Ken Flux Pierce. for more info head to and of course. instagram follow @Flux302"

See this post for the comparison with the original SP-1200. See the ISLA Instruments label below for more.

Audiothingies Doctor A with... Korg Monologue

Published on Jun 17, 2019 audiothingies

"The Audiothingies Doctor A is a multimode delay/reverb desktop effect processor."

via Audiothingies

"Stereo delay/reverb desktop fx processor with MIDI and CV inputs


12-bit multimode modulated delay with TAP and MIDI sync
Vintage style multimode reverb with modulation
Stereo I/Os + MIDI input + 2x assignable CV inputs
Analog dry signal path with hardware kill dry function
High internal audio headroom (+19dBu, switchable to +7dBu for lower headroom applications)
4 memories to store and recall delay + reverb configurations"

EMS VCS3 MK1 Cloney Kit

via this auction

"Here is a mega rare chance for buy the last EMS VCS3 MK1 Cloney kit. NEW and complete at 100% of everything you need for build this fantastic machine! The kit is NEW untouched and includes the long Joystick upgrade present on the older Mark 1. In the photo you can see the comparison with an old VCS3 putney, identical!"

ARP 2600

via this auction

"Very good condition with a few small scuffs on the telex cover. Recently serviced by Electronic Innovations in St Clair Shores, MI with very minor work needed (less than $300 was needed). Includes grey slider caps made for easier viewing of slider location. I have no idea where these grey caps came from. Some of the caps have small cracks but all of them function properly and they are all there- none are missing. ARP 2600 keyboard functions properly with the main ARP 2600 cabinet. Includes original power plug. If you are outside of USA, email me your location for an accurate shipping quote."

MOOG Realistic Concertmate MG-1 SN 16 375

via this auction

Kurzweil KMS 250 RMX Rackmount Synthesizer SN 87120324

via this auction

Waldorf Microwave XTk Wavetable Synthesizer w/ Updated ALBS Knobs

via this auction

Sunday, June 16, 2019

IK Multimedia UNO Drum first look

Published on Jun 16, 2019 SynthMania

"A first look at the newly released IK Multimedia UNO Drum - a retro-inspired portable drum machine, companion to the UNO Synth:

00:00 Unboxing
01:20 Factory song and patterns
02:37 Stutter and Roll effects
05:58 The onboard sounds
12:30 Making a pattern from scratch
18:41 UNO Drum & UNO Synth playing together
24:06 Conclusion"

Buchla Music Easel dark wave techno

Published on Jun 16, 2019 Honeysmack

"Buchla Music Easel action with some integration from other eurorack friends. All live, all one take. Gear and modules in use:

Buchla Music Easel
Roland TR-09

Intellijel Metropolis and Atlantis
Make Noise Function and Rosie
Roland 510
Synovatron CVGT1

Will be doing an intro to the Music Easel and how it integrates with other gear at Manny's Music (Melbourne, Australia) on Tuesday June 25 at 6:30pm. Free entry. Check socials for more info."

Behringer VC340 Midnight Phaser Experience VP-330 Vocoder Analog Synthesizer Rik Marston

Published on Jun 16, 2019 Rik Marston Official

#behringervc340 #rolandvp330plus #analogsynthesizer
"Behringer VC340 Midnight Phaser Experience"
Synthesizer Demo by Rik Marston
***Watch in HD!!*** ***Turn it UP!!*** ***No Talking!!!***

Behringer VC340 (Roland VP-330 Plus CLONE)
Vocoder, Human Voice & String Synthesizer!!
This video is a request from an awesome subscriber,
I demoed the VC340 thru some Phaser FX
Wet 40% Freq 23% and some sweet Reverb 18%
Recorded into Ableton LIVE with Phaser & Reverb FX! ;)

Thank you for watching!

Rik Marston Sample Packs

Electromechanical Eurorack modules

Published on Jun 16, 2019 Gibran PantalaLabs

"Custom made Electromechanical Eurorack modules."

White John Bowen Solaris

via this auction

Moog Memorymoog w/Kenton SN 2692

via this auction

"Excellent condition holy grail synth. All voices tune and everything works except the lowest C note won't sound, undoubtedly an aged contact not electronic issue. See pics for cosmetics. Sounds glorious and with the Kenton midi retrofit this is the best version of this synth outside of the $20k+ LAMM version. Don't be fooled thinking the plus is better, it is not .. the factory midi and sequencer on those overtaxed the z80 processor affecting the envelopes. The original MM with Kenton (this) will never have those issues. Includes light duty hard case..."

Technics SX-WSA1 Acoustic Modelling Synthesizer

via this auction

"Acoustic modelling synthesizer. Ahead of its time, and still a unique tool/instrument. Only 600 made. Includes manuals and reference guides. Check it out here and here"

EMS SynthiA Clone Sounds 3

Published on Jun 16, 2019 verstaerker

"this time together with some rhythms from the Rytm" EMS SynthiA Clone

Isla Instruments vs E-mu Systems SP1200 & Latest Update

Published on Jun 16, 2019 Isla Instruments

"An A/B comparison test to demonstrate the 'Lo-Fi' mode of our new SP2400 Sampler. Pretty close...."

SP2400 June 2019 Latest Update
"An overview of progress made on our forthcoming SP2400 sampler."

XpressO Secret Demo - Mark Steiner on NuEVI

Published on Jun 16, 2019 Mark Steiner

"It's a secret. Don't tell anyone. But go buy an XpressO at You will be glad you did. And get a NuEVI or soon, the EWI/woodwind type version (the NuRAD)... info and no-pay wait list at"


Published on Jun 16, 2019 seb17320

RMI Harmonic Synthesizer demonstration
Multi-track recording with only the RMI

Fugue Machine and OB-6

Published on Jun 16, 2019 Arnaud Music.

"Ob-6 sequenced by Fugue Machine with Iphone more reverb with Oto Bam"

Frippertronics with iPad Zeenon, Aparillo, Norns Otis & eurorack

Published on Jun 16, 2019 junklight

"More channeling Richard Pinhas than Robert Fripp this time around

I really ought to tidy up that pile of boxes - interestingly it's not rubbish it's all my nascent electronics hobby stuff - need to find it somewhere better to live AND I need to get around to building my 16n"

Gotharman's LD3 - Sample Xfade

Published on Jun 16, 2019 gotharman

"Playing around with the sample Xfade oscillator mode, that will be available in the forthcoming update."

Eurorack, Keystep & A Fallen Hero (Berlin-style Improvisation)

Published on Jun 16, 2019 DreamsOfWires

"Old school Sci-fi inspired jam using a Eurorack modular system including AJH Synth modules (see gear list) and 2 Arturia Keysteps. One Keystep is sending pitch to the XVCO, which is filtered by the Sonic XV, to create a continuous drone, but it is simultaneously transposing the other Keystep's sequencer (via Midi). This sequencer is is controlling the 3 AJH VCO's, which are sent to both the Ladder filter and Gemini on separate audio channels. The Gemini is being used as a stereo filter here, in Dual mode, both sides being modulated in opposition to create stereo movement. All 3 audio sources are then mixed in real time using AUM on the iPad.

I'm dedicating this to one of my childhood heroes who passed away this month - actor Paul Darrow, whose charismatic, witty, and vividly memorable portrayal of the character 'Avon' in an old UK sci-fi TV series called Blakes's 7 has stayed with me throughout my life. Ironically, I re-watched the entire series just recently. I like to think he escaped the final gun battle, and made it away on the Liberator (ship) to some distant refuge with a cargo-hold full of riches.

Help me to keep my channel going by purchasing my music or supporting me on Patreon:

Gear used:
AJH Synth MiniMod system with 3 VCO's, 2 VCA's, Ring SM, Sonic XV, Ladder and Gemini filters, Dual Contour Generator, DH-ADSR (as an LFO). Frequency Central XVCO (drone) & Wave Runner (LFO).
Arturia Keystep x2.
Recorded into AUM on an iPad with EOS2 reverb. iConnectAUDIO4+ audio interface.
Eurorack cases made by me.
Filmed on a LUMIX GH4.

Next album: 'Live' single-take recordings, no overdubs, all analog instruments. Most tracks are based on past compositions, but re-recorded and re-imagined, as I've wanted to do so for a long time. Most tracks are complete, but I'm in no rush."

Oscillation Sync

Published on Jun 16, 2019 Joe Kowalski

"In the studio exploring the Behringer Neutron's oscillator sync function. Triggering the Neutron with Arturia's BeatStep Pro."

via @joeonlyone

Roland TR-8S Masterclass

Published on Jun 16, 2019 Synthtopia

"This video captures a Roland TR-8S drum machine masterclass, presented by Roland's Peter Brown at the 2019 Brooklyn Synth Expo.

In the video, Brown goes beyond traditional 808/909 style programming and digs into some of the more advanced capabilities of the TR-8S, including using custom samples, modulation sequencing, effects sequencing and polyrhythms.

From Synthtopia's coverage of the Brooklyn Synth Expo:"

ACL Modular SYSTEM II Coming August 2019

"Dream synth for classic and modern sounds

With System II Audiophile Circuits League presents a powerful modular Synthesizer with two full-featured Oscillators and an extremely musical Lowpassfilter. Based on the Multifunction Discrete VCO and the Variable Sync VCO, System II serves with an unbelievably vast sound spectrum, from thick basses to aggressive Leads. The new VC Dual Amp. provides a crystal clear sound, which can be perfectly integrated in the studio thanks to the high quality Audio Interface.

System II is a beautiful compact System, suitable for all situations!

Included Modules:

• Multifunction Discrete VCO
• 2 x Oktave module
• Variable Sync VCO
• Discrete Core Ladder VCF
• Gate Mix
• 2 x Multi II (buffered and Non buffered multiple)
• Envelope X3
• 2 x QLFO Module
• 2 x VC Dual Amp.
• Audio Interface

• EVZ1-Case- 6U 84TE (Inkl. Kazu PSU, EVE1 Busboard, AC Adapter
15V - 3.34 A & network cable oak side panels)

price will be under 4000 euro plus vat & shipping"

via liquid sky berlin

The SP-404 Sequencer Sucks. // But not on the SX.

Published on Jun 16, 2019 Ricky Tinez

"SP404SX sequencer tutorial - Basic rundown of how this the 404 sequencer works. It's a bit basic, but excels in a few spots. So let's take a deep look at it."

Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 SN 2312

via this auction, also on Reverb.

"The celebrated little brother of the Prophet 5 and the first commercially available synth to feature MIDI functionality, the P600 model is an incredible value, retaining the rich tonal quality and much of the functionality of the Prophet 5.

The P600 has two oscillators per voice with sawtooth, triangle, and variable pulse waveforms. The oscillators can be individually tuned or synced together. Similar quality VCF and VCA sections from the Prophet 5 can be found here too! The P5's Poly-Mod section has also been passed onto the P600. An extremely versatile and easy to use synth, highlights of the P600 include the onboard arpeggiator, two-track sequencer and poly-modulation. The P600 is great for creating analog effects, swells and drones, and additionally boasts a glide effect and very flexible modulation possibilities.

The synth has been thoroughly tested and all functions and features work as intended. There's light wear on the solid wood ends framing the synth, and only a couple stray light nicks on the black finish. All but one of the original knobs are intact too, and the synth comes complete with its original power cable."

Blue Roland SH-101 Monophonic Analog Synthesizer SN 311249

via this auction

Yamaha FS1R FM Synthesizer SN OP01782

via this auction

"The Yamaha FS1R is an 8 operator FM synthesizer with Formant filtering, manufactured from 1998 to 2000. Based on formant synthesis it also has synthesis capabilities similar to the New Montage.

The FS1R synthesizer has an impressive set of new wave forms over the earlier line of 6 OP FM synthesizers, which have since been incorporated into the new Montage line from Yamaha (with the exception of the Formant wave form). These wave forms include Sine, All1, All2, Odd1, Odd2, Res1, Res2, and Formant. The new wave forms are each constructed with a large number of inherent harmonics making FM synthesis far more efficient. Each one of these operator wave forms can replace an entire column of operators in a Yamaha DX 7 synthesizer algorithm

Akai AX-80

via this auction

"The AX-80 was their top end 8-voice analog keyboard, and it has a very similar architecture to more common 80s polys like the Juno 106, Chroma Polaris, Prophet etc, and so on. Two oscillators per voice, plus sub, all put through a classic Curtis CEM filter which gives it a bit of an Oberheim flavor -- the filter is, to my ears, most comparable to a Matrix 12 type sound (which is natural, as it uses the same Filter/VCA chip).

As to the condition, I've restored the power section and replaced the membrane buttons (which often go bad over the first 20-30 years of life) and the sound is absolutely gorgeous. Low noise floor, bright and punchy, warm and lush. The playability of this is a 9/10, or maybe a 10/10 depending on how generous you are. However, it seems that the screens were not completely salvageable so be notified that I am decreasing the price to just 650 as replacement screens are not easy to find. (If you do find some later on, feel welcome to bring it back to me and I'll install them for you).

However, the synth is perfectly well playable without the screens, and editing parameters is virtually unaffected by their absence. (The screens are really just there to look cool, in my opinion)."


via this auction

Podcast 280: Leonardo Laguna Ruiz

Published on Jun 16, 2019 20Objects

"Fans of VCV Rack and Voltage Modular will be all over the name VULT, but it's also making its name known for both hardware modular gear as well as nifty DSP trickery. Created by Leonardo Laguna Ruiz, Vult produces some of the best virtual modules I've tried, and is branching out into hardware modules and even DSP programming languages. And, of course, this amazing body of work is coming from an equally amazing guy.

Leonardo is one of those pan-continental, pan-discipline people that will make you love the modern world. Leveraging a love of recording technology with an education in electrical engineering, he is one of those guys that thinks in differential equations. His passion is in modeling, and his work shows it: the filters, oscillators and other devices that he's created are fabulous examples of math-in-audio at its best.

In our chat, we talk about the modules, the language, hardware developments and Leonardo's beginning story. The whole thing is inspiring, and it'll make you want to crack those books again. Enjoy!

In the introduction of the podcast, I mention the opportunity to support Paul Birken's upcoming 'zine release. If you are interested, you can check out the first edition here, find out more on Facebook, or touch base with him at Support the 'zine cause!"

Buddha Machine 1​-​5 box set by Christiaan Virant and 张荐

Christiaan Virant & Zhang Jian: Buddha Machine 1-5 Box Set [@ 432 Hz]

Published on Jun 24, 2017 Elect'Ric Soundscapes
Label, DoR & country: Not On Label (FM3 Self-released), 06/12/2015, China
Forma: digital: 40 files
Styles: Ambient/Loops/Classical/Minimal/Meditation/New Age

Playlist (sorry, no timeline):

Roland SH-3a - Playing the 'SAMPLER'

Published on Jun 16, 2019 Unun Septium

"The Roland SH-3a is an interesting little single oscillator monophonic synthesiser dating back to 1974. It was Roland's first non-preset based model and had some unusual features when compared to the typical organ-top design of the time.

The most obvious of these was the oscillator section, in which the single oscillator was divided into a range of different 'footages', somewhat akin to way a divide-down organ is voiced. These can be added or subtracted, in a choice of three different waveforms, to create a variety of timbres.

Another quite idiosyncratic feature of this synth is its Sample and Hold section. A little confusingly to the modern user, Roland labelled this 'SAMPLER'. This S&H can modulate pitch and filter settings using the more conventional random sampling, or use a choice of three different LFO shapes. Using a modulation matrix, each of these S&H LFOs can then in turn be further modulated by two seperate LFOs with three different waveforms. All told, it's quite a sophisticated feature for such an apparently modest synth.

I've been experimenting with trying to 'play' the sample and hold, i.e. get relatively musical patterns out of it. By shifting the relationship between the various LFOs and bringing the different footages of the oscillator in and out of the mix, along with the usual filter and envelope tweaking, it's surprised me how biddable it can be for live improvising.

I videoed a few of these efforts, thinking they might be interesting to others. On reflection, it wasn't the most enthralling visual spectacle, so I gratuitously rinsed the whole thing with a liberal dose of video effects, just to keep the eye busy.

The recording chain here is SH-3a to Strymon El Capistan dTape Echo to Yamaha RM602 mixer to Panasonic Lumix GH3 camera."

Virtual ANS 3 image sonification demo by Roikat

Published on Jun 16, 2019 Roikat

"A demo of spectral synthesis using Alexander Zolotov's iOS app Virtual ANS 3, using a number of images I thought might produce interesting results. Click "SHOW MORE" below for links to more Roikat videos. Thanks for viewing!"

Looks like the black and gold SH-101 at the start.

Roland JX3p vs alphaJuno 1

Published on Jun 16, 2019 synthlegends

"Review and comparision of basic differences and sounds. First of all I made 4 different sounds compared on both synths and in the second part I demonstrate some different strenghts of both synths. I didn't go too deep becuase it would make this video too long and maybe boring. I should give you a good and objective overview of the strenghts, advantages and disadvanteges of both synths.
My conclusion is: the alpha goes very deep with additional waveforms, great PWM, adjustable Chorus and adjustable suboscillator. Also you have great several stages envelopes with different settings.

The JX3P is less capable, but has two oscillators for warm vintage tone to detune, sync oscillator and ring modulation. It has no real PMW, but you can adjust it over the sync mode, but than you only have only one oscilator sounding.

The JX3P has the Jupiter 8/Juno 60 filter, which is IMO an poor mans JP8 and a better Juno without knobs. The alpha Juno has a bit a more gritty filter, sounds a bit harsh and less warm, but you can get really great 70ies like stuff and modern tones out of it as well.

Some great vintage tones of the JX3P you can't program on the alpha, but the other way round, the JX3P is much less capable to match alpha tones. So you need both synths :-)"

Percussa SSP Eurorack Module Part 1 Livestream (COME PATCH WITH ME 11)

Started streaming 15 minutes ago MATTHS

"Modular Synth Patching Live (COME PATCH WITH ME 11)

All of this is played and performed in realtime with no edits at all.

Today I am looking at the #Percussa #SSP #eurorack module. Possibly the most comprehensive workhorse in the eurorack modular world. The module provides many possibilities from sampling, granular processing, polyphonic and monophonic playback, effects and much much more. This is part one of a series of videos in which I break down the module and what it can do.

Included DSP Modules
Build your own patches on the SSP using the following DSP modules that come with the SSP:

• Wavetable Oscillator with true 3D morphing (XYZ) and cloud features
• Sampler with Layering features
• LFO with multiple waveforms (sine, saw, square, triangle)
• Variable Frequency Noise
• DC generator
• Enveloped Generator with Exponential A and DR
• Waveshaper
• Comb Filter
• State Variable Filter
• Step Sequencer
• Granular processor with live input
• Sampler module (with separate parameters and modulation inputs for the 8 slots )
• Simple delay
• Bit crusher
• Physical modeling membrane
• Arpeggiator
• Envelope Follower
• Bus module
• Develop/load your own VST plugins (compiled for Linux/Arm)
• Switcher Module
• Reverb and Delay
• Macro Module"

Olitronik Circuits provesMM

Published on Jun 16, 2019 Olitronik Circuits

Olitronik Circuits brought us the Micrón full synth voice for eurorack.

Tulip - Ambient - Digitakt / Digitone / Tape

Published on Jun 16, 2019 Jogging House

"This is the opening track to my new album 'Lure'. It is available digitally and on vinyl here:

'Tulip' has the simplest setup of all of the album's tracks. With two Elektron Digitakts and a Digitone running through OTO Bim & Bam and then directly into the Revox B77 1/4" tape recorder.

Fun fact: When the camera is shaking a bit, that's my head hitting the tripod ...

I hope you enjoy it."

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Synth Stuff Ep. 57 - E-mu Emax SE

Published on Jun 15, 2019 tritonrecordings

"There were many versions of the original gray Emax sampler. The SE added onboard synthesis. The originals are the more sought after model due to the analog filters as the Emax II had digital ones. Personally I like both can't say I really have a preference. Is it worth getting one of these? That's up to you - but this makes a great alternative to the great but costly Emulator and Emulator II. it would be interesting of someone came out with a new keyboard sampler. I'd love to sample my vintage synths or VST's so I can use the sounds live without the use of a laptop..."

Waldorf Quantum and EMS VCS3 - PARTICLES

Published on Jun 15, 2019 100 Things I Do

"I thought I would try and do something totally contained within the Waldorf Quantum. I use the inbuilt audio in recorder to capture the VCS3 then run the sounds through the internal granular synth engine. 100% Quantum no external effects!"

Newport VCS3

Texas Instruments Speak & Read with 1/4" Output Jack

via this auction

"Vintage Texas Instruments Speak & Read with original vinyl case and accompanying book with a 1/4" jack added. Tested with batteries and works great, some very slight cosmetic scuffs here and there and printing fading on the case, and an extra 1/4" output jack has been added for speaker or headphone amplification."

Dave Smith Instruments SEQUENTIAL PROPHET X

via this auction

Sequential Circuits Pro-8 SN 02485

via this auction

Arp Odyssey: 17/16 Arpeggiation

Published on Jun 15, 2019 Kris Lennox

"Korg Arp Odyssey, doing its thing. Great sound. The included is a part from a larger track (which I'll upload in the near future); given the tone of the Oddy, I thought I'd share this part on its own. MIDI track sent from DAW to the Oddy.

Interesting sound, 17 beats in a bar.


Minirig: Retta

Minirig: Retta from CatManDeux on Vimeo.

"Alessandro Cortini’s masterful Retta from Forse 3, loosely adapted from the Music Easel to the 0-Coast. This song reminds me of an ascension to Heaven. Dedicated to my late dad on Father’s Day.

The usual caveats, this is not a note perfect performance but served as a inspiration to learn my instrument better. I get carried away with the dynamics but it’s in keeping with the spirit that pervades Cortini’s works.

Tech notes:

Retta translates to 'straight line'.

Think of the top line of SQ1 buttons as the 5 pitches from the Easel sequencer along with an octave transpose, and the bottom line as the 3 preset voltage pads on the Easel keyboard. I “play” it manually to allow for the musical chaos of imperfections."

Aphex Twin UNIQUE SUPER RARE RSF SD-140 VINTAGE Drum Machine ?

Polygon Window - clissold 101[dat28 otari] 48k
RSF SD140 french sampling drum machine - original demo by urgobenz !
03 DMX Krew - Sppoookey [BREAKIN RECORDS]

via this auction

This one was spotted and sent in via xonox who noticed the following: "No mention is made in the auction but there is AFX scratched on the surface of the machine. According to Ed DMX (DMX Krew), Aphex Twin used one on his early tracks. Interview here. It is not my auction, i have no insider knowledge on anything either. Is it possible it's indeed one of AFX's drum machines or is it some classic AFX prank ?"

The SD140 has only been featured on the site twice before this post.

The following is the full description from the listing saved for the archives:

"Up for sale a unique extremely rare vintage drum machine. impossible to find it in another place. Many years ago I found this diamond and made the service in a professional workshop. Please note - this is an old gear for the collection and synth enthusiasts, this drum machine is in working condition, but I will not accept any returns and no compensation after the sale - please accept it. These are the first innovative electronic music devices and therefore you can see in the pictures the old technology of plastic coatings and touch buttons have traces of use, but all functions and buttons are well work.- It runs on 220 volt AC.The sound of this beast is very unique, the sound structure and flow are capable of creating incredible emotions and creative potency. The sound is incredibly relevant, I give a detailed description below. The package will be sent internationally, I pack the electronics well — a double strong box and a lot of bubble — look at my seller feedback.

Analogue Renaissance AR3109T Roland IR3109 Chip Replacement

via Syntaur

Product description: "Analogue Renaissance AR3109T voltage-controlled filter chip, for Roland synthesizers. The original Roland IR3109 chip appears in the top photo; these chips have been long out of production, and we now have brand new clone chips just released by Analogue Renaissance (lower photo). These clones sound identical to the originals."

Additional details on the release: "After YEARS of research, and the development of a fascinating design technique, Analogue Renaissance has now released their AR3109T clone of the unobtainable Roland IR3109 VCF chip. These clones are manufactured on a 6-layer PCB, in order to fit everything in the available real estate, and they are easily 'convertible' (via a solder-bridge jumper) from VCF use to other applications. They come with solder jumpers in place, and if you need to install one in a Jupiter 6, for instance, you simply swipe the jumpers with a soldering iron to remove those connections. Jeroen has sunk loads of time and money into this project, and it is a wonderful contribution to the synth community!"


Published on Jun 14, 2019 Audio Wanderer

"A cult music toy keyboard from the master of music toy keyboards, CASIO. The Rapman came out on 1991 in the era of MC Hammer hits and the Fresh Prince TV show. Was the right product in the right moment when every kid want to rock the mic and rap the beat! Check this cool cat NOW!" Vocals are from the Casio mic input and the fantastic voice effector.

via this auction

Midibox MB6582 Maxed Out w/ Eight SID 8580's

via this auction

"Midibox MB6582 Maxed Out eight SID 8580's C64 MIDI Synthesizer Rare!. Condition is Used.It's maxed out with eight 8580R5 SIDs. Beautiful blue panel from Julian (which has some scuffs) and white LED's though not too bright. A nice illuminated fan on the back with the "overdrive" pots. Loaded with latest firmware. Has the clear custom plexi window to protect the LCD display. Includes original C64 power supply. The encoders do tend to "bounce" but from my understanding it's normal, and totally manageable if you don't twist too quickly. Like I said, there are some blemishes, priced accordingly." $700 at the time of this post.

Yamaha FS1R Synthesizer

via this auction

Best Ambient Synth Shootout #71: Korg M1R - Song 1

Published on Jun 15, 2019 Christian's Sonic Spaces

"This is the first song with the M1R. It's a 16 voice 8-part multitimbral synthesizer based on PCM waveforms.

I used for the recording the following FX chain:
M1R - Alesis Ampliton - Alesis Philtre - Pigtronix Echolution 2 Deluxe - GFI System Specular Reverb 2. Depending on the recorded track some FX are deactivated

The signal went through a Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 into the PC via USB for recording. To create the complete song I created and recorded consecutively several stereo tracks. The final song was then mastered with a bit EQ and compression on some tracks and some limiting on the master track."

volca modular Patch of the Week 11: Drone

Published on Jun 15, 2019 Korg

"How to use function 1 on your volca modular to create an evolving drone using woggle. Check back each week for simple patches that you can follow along on your volca modular at home!"

volca modulars on eBay | volca modulars on Reverb | volca modulars on Amazon
volca modular Patch of the Week videos

Gamechanger Audio Motor Synth Sneak Preview

Published on Jun 15, 2019 Synthtopia

"At the 2019 Brooklyn Synth Expo, Gamechanger Audio’s Ilya Krumins explained the details of the Motor Synth and gave an in-depth demo of how it works.

The Motor Synth is a unique synth design that uses drone engines as oscillators. It's being funded via a crowdfunding project on Indiegogo (, which has already raised 5 times their project goal.

From Synthtopia's coverage of the Brooklyn Synth Expo:"

If you are interested in mechanical based electronic instruments be sure to check out the mechanical instruments label here. Both Gieskes & Bastl have been known to dabble in mechanical based designs. Check out Gieskes Reverse DC Motor (eurorack module), Motor Keys Tape from 2009, and Bastl's servo based modules.

Using MPE With The Sensel Morph & Buchla Thunder Overlay

Published on Jun 15, 2019 Synthtopia

"At the 2019 Brooklyn Synth Expo, Sensel's David Abravanel presented an overview and demo of using the Sensel Morph controller with the Buchla Thunder Overlay as an MPE controller.

The Thunder Overlay is a joint project of Sensel & Buchla USA, and is inspired by Don Buchla's classic Thunder controller.

From Synthtopia's coverage of the Brooklyn Synth Expo:"

ROLI Instruments & Expressive Performance With MPE

Published on Jun 14, 2019 Synthtopia

"At the 2019 Brooklyn Synth Expo, ROLI’s Ruben Dax gave a presentation on MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) - a new standard for expressive musical performance.

From Synthtopia's coverage of the Brooklyn Synth Expo:"

Casio MT-68 Desktop - Circuit Bent by S-CAT

Published on Jun 15, 2019 Space Cat Audio Technologies

"Vintage Casio MT-68 keyboard, circuit bent with 16 modifications. New control panel fitted in the speaker section. Mods include drum mutes, chord section volume controls, filters and feedback."

Arturia Microfreak & NUX Atlantic

Published on Jun 15, 2019 3rdStoreyChemist

Microfreaks on eBay | Microfreaks on Reverb | Microfreaks on Amazon

YAMAHA AN1x Factory Demo Songs (1997)

Published on Jun 15, 2019 TinySymphony Music & Synthesizers

Friday, June 14, 2019

Wandering Melodies 02 - Hull

Published on Jun 14, 2019 Theochromatic

"Follow us as we explore, letting nature inspire our sonic landscape."

Korg MicroKorg & Alesis Ion outdoors.

Make Noise BnG Shared System Plus - Striking Mirrors

Published on Jun 14, 2019 Jae Ryan

"I haven't posted in awhile it seems. But heres a really dark drone type thing featuring the MS-20 mini."


via this auction

"Oberheim DMX Drum Machine with lots of upgrades, external devices, original and several extra voice cards, hard flight case and more ( see description bellow). This machine was serviced ,modified and upgraded by the great DMX guru Paul White at US. (please feel free to ask him about this machine at All original voice cards and functions are in perfect working order!

List of mods, upgrades , external devices and extras:

-Electrongate MIDI board (much better than the old factory one)

-External tuning knobs for each voice card ( you can use then in conjunction with the internal pitch control)

- DTB-8 external device 1u rack for controlling the DMX voices with external triggers (modular or manual) send you triggers to the DTB inputs and it sends them to the DMX with a 3 meter molex connector cable, all included see pictures.

-Modular Trigger OUT sockets (3.5" eurorack style) for EACH BUTTON , imagine controlling your analog gear or modular synthesizer drums with the versatility of the DMX sequencer! Adjustable trigger length for each row in the inside.

- Memory banks upgrade , MORE MEMORY ; MORE PATTERNS TO SAVE.

- New display , replaced at

- HAndy screw knobs to open the DMX with your hands

-FREE (as a gift) Original Voice cards ( eight of them) with more sounds and Eproms ( see pictures) these are very expensive on ebay, consider it like a present for buying the Best DMX on the Planet! Cards are Linddrum snare, Drumtrax claps, long hihats, cowbells, and much more 80´s sounds

- Very strong hard flight case
- Original Manuals , operation, service and upgrades


This DMX has been heavily modified and in order to do that it was drilled to make holes for the knobs, sockets, etc, a couple of them were covered with black plastic at the top right of the front panel. They can hardly be noticeable, they are at the right of the added tuning knobs), Please see the pictures."

Cream White YAMAHA CS01 SN 29187

via this auction

Twisted Electrons TherapKid ~ 8 Bit Chip-Tune Synthesizer

via this auction

Waldorf Microwave XT SN 0107305916

via this auction

Video in the auction previously posted here.

"If you're here, you probably know what this discontinued, quintessential, and amazing piece of gear can do.

The Microwave XT had 3 versions of it released, this being the 10- voice version (more than enough for the typical, and even the extensive user), and the last one released in between the 90's and the early 2000's (in the widely known neon orange vs it's older brick orange colored counterpart).

It is a powerful polyphonic wavetable synthesizer that is still regarded today as a holy grail in its own right for its lo-fi tones/aliasing sounds, unique timbres, and ethereal shimmers, all thanks to the processing through its vintage Waldorf chips; setting it aside from the lacking character of wavetable VSTs.

Despite it being known for how adept it is at ambient and drone sounds, it has an arpeggiator and on-board effects that make it plenty versatile for making bass-lines, synth sequences, multi-layering, and altogether fun to experiment with its capabilities.

Aside from the two damaged knobs (pictured in the images provided, in the condition I received the unit in, and can be easily exchanged through ebay), everything else about it is in immaculate condition including it's sonic capability, functionality/stability, and performance."

Modcan A-Series Modular

via this auction

Video in the listing just posted below.

"Modcan A-Series consisting of original Modcan and Cynthia modules. These are incredibly rare and extremely well-built systems that almost never come on the market. I am putting the whole system up for sale including the cabinet and power supply and don't want to split it up at this stage. The modules all compliment each other and comprise a fully functional synthesizer system. The modules are as follows:

Cynthia Dual ADSR/LFO
Modcan Dual VC-ADSR
Cynthia Sub-Octave Multiplexer
Cynthia Anything Module
Modcan Frequency Shifter
Cynthia Zeroscillator-1
Cynthia Zeroscillator-2
Modcan ARP LPF/Dual Attenuator
Cynthia Burst Generator
Cynthia Quad Low Pass Gates
Modcan VCO/LFO
Blank Panel
Cynthia Power Supply

The system was recently serviced by a vintage synth expert and everything is working as it should. This modular sounds amazing and is extremely flexible - it can go places you won't believe! It covers many types of synthesis from West-Coast Buchla-esque madness to Moog and ARP style fatness or even pristine FM synthesis using the fabulous Zeroscillators. There is the extremely rare Frequency Shifter module (one of the best ever designed), voltage controllable envelopes, plenty of modulation sources (LFOs), 5 filters, and some exotic modules like the Burst Generator and Sub-Mux for good measure! There is a spare space so that if and when you find some more A-Series modules you have room to expand (the power supply can be relocated to the back of the cabinet freeing up 2 more spaces if necessary)"


Published on May 13, 2018 zack dagoba

"A bunch of sketches on my new (old) Modcan A modular system. I damn well love this thing! Its such a beautifully designed system - offering utter uniqueness and flexibility. It seems to fall between West-coast and East-coast design philosophies - combining all the good things about modular synthesis in one giant bundle of fun. The system here is made up of original Modcan A modules and also Cyndustries A-format ones. These were made a bit later once the A-series format had become established around the mid 2000's. What is cool is that Cyndustries used to commission / licence designs from well known figures in the synth design world - and put the names of the designers on the front of the modules. It reads like a who's who of the geeky electronic scene, with names like Nyle Steiner, Chris Huggett, Jurgen Haible, Don Buchla, Ken Stone, Bernie Hutchins, Peter Granader, Serge Tcherepnin. It all adds up to an amazing modular experience, like playing with a giant synth museum in a box. See http://myblogitsfullofstars.blogspot.... for more"

Oberheim Two Voice Pro 2010s Cream

via this auction

"This is an absolutely beautiful sounding synthesizer and the best part about owning this over a vintage unit is that its reliable and has MIDI and a bunch of patch point you can use to hook up all kinds of stuff."

Behringer VC340 Strings Human Voice Vocoder VP-330 Plus Analog Synthesizer Rik Marston

Published on Jun 14, 2019 Rik Marston Official

#behringervc340 #rolandvp330plus #analogsynthesizer
"Behringer VC340 Strings & Human Voice"
Synthesizer Demo by Rik Marston
***Watch in HD!!*** ***Turn it UP!!*** ***No Talking!!!***

Behringer VC340 (Roland VP-330 Plus CLONE)
Vocoder, Human Voice & String Synthesizer!!
Right out of the box with 20 minutes warm up time.
I demo Strings & Human Voice in this video demo.

Recorded into Ableton LIVE with Reverb FX! ;)

Thank you for watching!

Rik Marston Sample Packs

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