MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

{CRYOSUIT} // Squarp Pyramid, Prophet-12, Sub-37, OB-6, TR-8

Published on Jan 1, 2019 MR TUNA Music

"It starts with Korg PadKontrol slam-jammin' it into the Squarp Pyramid sequencer (Thank god for that quantization), and out to the TR-8 putting on its best 707. Then it's straight to the smooth vhs-vibes of the Prophet-12 before we make a harrowing leap over to the Sub 37 and lay down that octave bass. Some skitter-scatter from the Roland MX-1 and then we cry over the terrible beauty of the unmistakable OB-6"

New Behringer UB-Xa Design is Complete

An update via Uli Behringer spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child.

"Here's another exciting update.

We have now completed the entire hardware design, which includes all PCB's and mechanical aspects.

The next step is to build our first working prototype and we hope to show a physical sample in around a month time.

Please bear in mind that we're now starting the most time consuming part, which is the firmware development, which will take considerable amount of time.

While we'll be able to reuse some of the DeepMind firmware, most will be new as we're moving to a high-performance ARM processor platform. This is especially useful as it allows for us to design upcoming synths in a very efficient manner.

Happy New Year everyone.


The UB-Xa of course is Behringer's "clone" of the Oberheim OB-Xa.

Catch up on previous UB-Xa posts here.

MIDERA | Mirage of an agonal breath

Published on Jan 1, 2019 MIDERA

"Ensoniq Mirage - sampled sounds from Korg Gadget. My Mirage is dying (hence the title), what you hear at the end is the Mirage taking an agonal breath."

Exploring X1L3 SHARD w/ Elektron Machine Drum

Published on Jan 1, 2019 Nostalgic Ruckus

"This is SHARD. Oh my… I’m using a kick from the Machine Drum and plugging it into Shard’s input. The creator Shane Williams aka X1L3 is known for his rather crazy circuit bent devices. I’m sure a lot of his past circuit bent work has inspired this. You get a very similar vibe when messing around with a circuit bent Casio or opening up some old 80s toy and diving into the unknown’s of it’s circuitry to create a box of wonder or mangled horror. The setup is Elektron’s Machine Drum output into Hexinverter’s Mutant Bassdrum’s distortion input then into Shard. The Machine drum’s kick was used instead of the Hexinverter due to needing a longer decay on the kick. The distortion output from the Mutant Bassdrum is then multiplied 3 times. One clean signal so you can hear the kick clean over Shard, one into Shard’s input, and one into Shard’s Atrophy input. The Atrophy input is more for control voltage but I have found plugging other sound sources into the cv inputs create some very interesting layers. There is some reverb then added at the end of the chain. If you are into noise or beat mangling Shard is one of those hidden gems."

Alpha Products VS-100 Voice Synthesizer For TRS-80

via this auction

"comes with the instructions and paperwork as shown"

Some pics including some of the inside, the ribbon cable and paperwork via this new listing.

The only one other was featured here back in 2011. That was also the only other Alpha Products post. Curious if they made anything else.

Access Virus TI2 Whiteout 61-Key Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

"Only 150 exists in the world. Original Owner. Excellent Condition. Everything Works. Comes with Keyboard and Power Cable." Matching white at that!

Elka Synthex 1981 Black/Wood Panel Finish with Midi

via this auction

"This Synthex has been in used fairly regularly in an Air conditioned studio but Plays beautifully, Has midi.

There are a few cosmetic issues IE. Some chipped wood on the paneling and missing caps from 1 or two filter, but its all very minor stuff and par the course when dealing with a vintage synth of this age."

Sequential Circuits Prophet-600

via this auction

Roland Juno 106 Vintage Polyphonic Analogue Synthesiser

via this auction

Akai AX60 Professional Polyphonic Synthesizer w/ Original Box

via this auction

Modded Roland EF-303 Groove Effects Processor / Synthesizer SN ZN70621

via this auction

"Interesting vintage effects processor which was released by Roland back with their early MC-x0x series boxes. For various effects you can use a 16 step series of linear potentiometers to specify modulation sequence. I used it mainly for Filter and the Low Fi effect. Also has a very basic drum machine and bass synth. Receives and sends midi sync. Enjoy!

One thing to note in the pics - the play/continue and reset buttons were relocated to tactile physical momentary switches on this unit. Works fine, maybe even somewhat improved actually from the original switch type. Anyway, just something to keep in mind in case you are looking for a completely ‘stock’ unit."


via this auction

Check out the old school brown appliance plug.

"Components appear to be original and date to '73, everything works well with no noise problems, but does have some wear. No volume/exp pedal at the moment, so unable to test the remote center/speed jacks, but the bypass jack is working. Missing a piece of the left side panel but otherwise complete, original and working. Kinda rare for these early 70's home builds."

HKA Design Roland TR-626 ROM expansion

Published on Jan 1, 2019 dothkoi

"refer to the following pages"

Be sure to check out HKA Design's other DIY projects. HKA Design is run by Harry Axten whose work has been featured here on MATRIXSYNTH.

"My TR-505 ROM Expansion has proven itself to be a popular kit, but I was regularly asked if it would work with the TR-505’s big brother, the Roland TR-626. The answer was no, as even though the two machines look and sound quite similar, the electronics inside are incompatible. Eventually, somebody very generously offered to send me a TR-626 to keep if I could produce an expansion kit for it. Naturally I accepted.

Sample ROM address map / encoding

The TR-626, although it has more sounds than the TR-505, fundamentally works in exactly the same way. Samples are played back at 25.0 kHz, and once again some are stored in sequential order, while others are interleaved in pairs. Cymbals are stored in 8K blocks, with a byte being read from each block in cyclical order.

The TR-626 even uses a standard JEDEC-type ROM pinout for its sound ROM; unlike the 505’s which had a horrible custom pinout, requiring a complicated adapter board. The kit I designed for the TR-626 does still use a board, but this time it’s to allow for two ROM chips to be switched. The only real catch with the TR-626 sound ROM is that address lines 6 & 8 are swapped (in the data). It’s easy enough to swap them back using an EPROM pin swapper utility.

For the new sounds, I reused all of the classic sounds from my TR-505 version, although there’s also some TR-707 sounds in there as well, thanks to the TR-626’s larger ROM size. The new sounds are spread across two banks, with LM-1 and LinnDrum sounds in one, and DMX and TR-707 sounds in the other. There's also a socket to install the TR-626's original sound ROM, so you can keep using those sounds as well.

The TR-626 has several strange quirks. One is the way polyphony is assigned across the 8 drum voices. Despite the fact that some sounds share the same key, they don’t necessarily share the same voice. For this reason, some of the key assignments for my new sounds may seem a bit odd, but the reasoning is so that you can play certain sounds together - i.e. the LM-1 hi-hats and snare drum. A full list of the sounds can be found in the manual (see below). As the TR-626 lacks an individual output for claps, I duplicated these sounds into the china cymbal and cup memory locations, so they can come out of the crash / ride cymbal outputs."

See HKA Design for additional details.

Rik Marston "33" Ambient New Age Synthesizer Music CD Teaser Chill Out Zen Yoga

Published on Jan 1, 2019 SynthgodXXX

"Rik Marston "33" Ambient New Age Synthesizer Music CD Teaser
**Watch in HD!!** **Turn it UP!!**

Rik Marston - "33"
Official CD release March 3rd, 2019
Available for download or order the full CD!
13 Full Tracks

It will be available on iTunes, Amazon Prime, etc.

Recommended if You Like:

Brian Eno
Jean Michel Jarre
Robert Rich
Thom Brennan
Scott August
Dean Evenson

Music Genres / Elements:
Electronic: Ambient, Synthesizer, Drones, Space Music
Moods: Dreamy, Ethereal, Ethnic, Futuristic, OM
New Age: Ambient, Meditation, Healing, Sleep

Thank you for watching! Please subscribe!
More Ambient Chill Zen Music & Synthesizer demos coming soon!!
Rik Marston

(C)2019 Ambient Chill Zen Records / Rik Marston"

Happy New Year From MATRIXSYNTH!

Happy New Year everyone!

First I want to thank everyone who takes the time out of their busy schedules to come visit the site. I want to give an extra thanks to everyone who supports this site, including the sponsors you see above and on the right. Without them this site would not be possible.

As many of you know, running MATRIXSYNTH is a labor of love. The site has been running for over 13 years and hopefully will continue on for many years to come. Every single post goes up by hand, seven days a week, including holidays and "vacations." Some of you may not know this, but MATRIXSYNTH is a one man shop by me, matrix. I have not missed a single day of posting since back on August 6 of 2005 when I first launched this format of the site. I say "this format of the site" because I actually registered back in October of 1997. You can still see the old site here. On the left were links to sites I visited back in the day. It's actually a pretty neat snapshot of what was around on the web back then before the days of YouTube and social media. I launched this version of the site back on July 20 of 2005. As of this post there have been 175,117 posts on the site. We had 13,302 posts in 2018. Every single one went up by hand. I am extremely humbled and grateful of those who choose to support the site. Thank you so much!!!

Now, for some numbers. I haven't shared them in a while as they started to feel a little redundant year after year, but I figured why not? The image above is a map of visitors to the site in 2018. We had 540,712 users visit for a total of 3,418,064 pageviews. We finally have a visitor from North Korea this year! The numbers are from Google Analytics and should filter out bots. BTW if you look at this all time map, the only country to not have visited MATRIXSYNTH to date is the Central African Republic. It's pretty amazing to think someone from every single other country in the world has visited the site.

The following are the top 10 countries to visit by traffic:

1 United States 4,564(35.30%)
2 United Kingdom 1,070(8.28%)
3 Germany 866(6.70%)
4 France 653(5.05%)
5 Canada 544(4.21%)
6 Italy 512(3.96%)
7 Japan 464(3.59%)
8 Netherlands 357(2.76%)
9 Poland 331(2.56%)
10 Norway 314

(Update: I originally had the list by language which duplicated DE and FR. The list has been updated for country only).

A couple of years ago I started tracking new gear for the year with "new gear" labels. For 2018 we had the following:

695 new items never featured before on the site. This includes 49 posts on older gear never featured before.
111 new makers
92 new synths
63 new soft synths
67 new sound/noise machines
36 new synth effects
266 new modules
42 new mobile apps
11 new drum machines
111 new DIY projects
26 new controllers
40 new tools
7 new cases

And finally we had 52 posts to get the exclusive label for the year. These are the rarest of the rare featured on the site.

Note there is some overlap and the primary focus of MATRIXSYNTH is hardware synthesis. Rather than go into a top 10 list (which I never was into because all gear has its use imo), click through any of the links above to see what came in by category.

On the mega synth front, we saw the release of the Sequential Prophet X and XL (DSI changed names to Sequential as well), the Moog One and Grandmother, Yamaha MODX, Korg Prologue, and the Waldorf Quantum finally made it to release. You can also recap what was featured at NAMM 2018, SUPERBOOTH18, Knobcon, and SoundMit and other events.

This year we lost the following in the synth world. Note this does not include discontinued gear, although with Erthenvar being featured as a company, I may include gear in the the future.

Erthenvar Closes Shop
RIP John Leimseider
RIP Shirleigh Moog
The Candlelight Vigil: A Synth Cover in Memory of Jóhann Jóhannsson (From Prisoners)
David Van Koevering Has Passed Away


And that's it for 2018. Happy New Year and onto 2019! Thank you to everyone that enjoys, contributes, and supports the site! I started MATRIXSYNTH to track everything synth. It's rewarding to know people out there still enjoy the site. MATRIXSYNTH is my gift to you.

Ensoniq VFXsd

Published on Jan 1, 2019 Joakim Floke

"Noodeling around on my VFXsd. A great synth for pads, sure. But it can do other stuff to. Digital to the core but with trix up it's sleeve to make it more organic. Here I'm only using it's own efx and I'm also giving a tour of the wavetables or Transwaves as Ensoniq prefer to call it. All Patches I've created my self."

Pittsburgh Modular Microvolt 3900 - Make Noise 0-Coast #11: Drive Me Random

Published on Dec 31, 2018 Electric Music Box

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers Microvolt 3900 - Bass
Make Noise 0-Coast - Random Lead
Roland Cloud TR909 - Drums
iConnectivity iConnectAUDIO4+ - Audio Interface
Ableton Live 10 - Daw

More Monark sounds: bass, leads and synth tweaking 🎛

Published on Jan 1, 2019 Synth & Sundry

"Trying out some Native Instruments Monark bass and lead presets while adjusting filter, feedback and contour parameters to finetune the sound. The Reaktor plugin is running within Ableton Live 9 Suite and I use the MIDI LFO Max for Live plugin to add some more movement to the sound. I really like the meaty sound of this plugin."

Yamaha DX7 Custom Patch Tutorial 20 | MF WURLITZER

Published on Jan 1, 2019 madFame

"This custom patch series is the quickest and easiest way to learn how to program your DX7 FM synthesizer.

madFame's DX7 Custom Patches are compatible with most FM synths including DEXED, Arturia DX7 V, Volca FM etc.

To support the channel further check out my Patreon page:
All $2 or more Patrons can download my Custom Patch SYSEX files

Some of the music used in my videos is available on the Magic & Steel bandcamp page:

Thanks for watching!"

New Joranalogue Audio Design Receive 2 and Transmit 2 Eurorack Modules

"Presenting Receive 2 and Transmit 2: studio-grade input and output solutions for your Eurorack system. Forget ground loop interference and flimsy adapter cables; instead, easily integrate external gear using pristine balanced lines via sturdy XLR connectors, while keeping HP cost at a minimum.

Receive 2 accepts two external inputs, balanced or single-ended, via XLR or 6.35 mm jack connectors. The very clean integrated pre-amps feature variable gain, ranging from unity to +40 dB on each channel. As a result, Receive 2 can handle just about any signal source you may encounter.

Meanwhile, Transmit 2 offers a stereo pair of XLR output sockets. It combines high-end balanced drivers and an equally performant headphone amplifier in a single module, both with separate level controls. Additionally, the 3.5 mm headphone socket can be utilised as an auxiliary stereo output.

Both modules are just 6 HP wide, and include dual 5-LED VU meters, integrated RF filtering and ESD protection."

Modular Tabla Arpeggio

Published on Jan 1, 2019 Stotz Daniel Philipp

"Please watch your ears and speakers - no compression used and there are very low frequencies! Just for fun some arpeggios. 2 filters are used: The Q107 from and the ARP 2600 filter from The patch is available on request at"

Switched On Wagner w/ the Korg Trident

Midi and a Korg Trident.

released January 1, 2019

Album art by Ronnie Senteno
All Compositions originally done by Richard Wagner
Programming done by Connor Eck
all rights reserved

Multisamples (2.1)// Synthstrom Deluge Tutorial

Published on Jan 1, 2019 Ron Cavagnaro

"This tutorial shows how multisamples work on the new 2.1 firmware for the Synthstrom Audible Deluge. All of the sounds that you hear are using the internal engine.

Intro 0:00
Creating a Multisampled Instrument 1:06
Shaping The Sound 2:25
Dual Layer Multisampled Instrument 3:19
Replacing The Current Multisampled Instrument 4:20
Editing Note Regions 5:37
Multisample Demo 8:38"

30 12 18 Scrotum Lab - The beast 2 [03]

Published on Jan 1, 2019 batchas

"Testing The Beast Nr 2: Tresses, Grilles, 2 x Radio Music, Orgone Accumulator, Orgone Xpander in one powered frame.

Tresses FMed by Radio Music."

Access Virus KC 61 Key Synthesizer SN K 1020250

via this auction

Future Retro XS Semi Modular Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Ensoniq Fizmo Transwave Synth with Original Box

via this auction

"The Ensoniq Fizmo is a very rare and distinctly original synthesizer. It is an incredibly unique sounding transwave synthesizer that is sought after for its one of a kind sound. The spacious front panel provides 23 knobs and 34 buttons, making it quick and easy to modify every parameter of your sounds without being buried in cryptic menus. Manipulating the presets is very satisfying and the creative sound explorer will be well rewarded..."

Oberheim Matrix 12

via this auction

Roland SVC-350 Vocoder

via this auction

"own the unparalleled and timeless vocoder rack unit used by musicians like Daft Punk"

New WELTKLANG MindScape Concert Videos w/ Synth-Werk & Mood Modular

Parts 5 - 7 have been added here.


Published on Jan 1, 2019 zack dagoba

"100 and 200 Buchlas. Together."

Yamaha MODX All Organs

Yamaha MODX All Tonewheel Organs

Published on Jan 1, 2019 synthartist69

"These are all the factory Tonewheel Organs inside the Yamaha MODX6,7 and 8."


Yamaha MODX All Combo Organs

Published on Jan 1, 2019 synthartist69

"This is a demo of all the factory combo organs inside the Yamaha MODX6,7 and 8. Any distortion you hear is part of the organ patch which is being tweaked at times while playing."

GAMEBOY MEGAMACHINE Playing a song on 8 gameboys VLOG 3

Published on Jan 1, 2019 LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

"The gameboy megamachine! it feels as if the past week i had to go back to square 1 to sort out some hellish noise in the data signals issues and all that. but PHEW, after a fair bit of signal buffereing and power filtering its back on track!

Download the song here, aswell as frequent vlogs and stuff! :-
Patreon :-"

Roland GR-100 Guitar Synthesizer - Sample Sounds - Factory Presets - Suggested by the Owners Manual

Published on Jan 1, 2019 WayneJoness

Definitely more guitar than synth vs. other Roland Guitar synth models.

"The Roland GR-100 Owner's Manual has a list of 'Factory Presets', Sample Sounds, at the end of the Owner's Manual. These sample sounds were intending to give some direction on how to use the GR-100, using features such as Filter Modulation, Chorus, and Vibrato, all served up with the classic hex fuzz sound the GR-100 is famous for. Check out this new YouTube video I posted which goes through the Sample Sounds to get a little flavor of what this vintage 'electronic guitar' synth sounded like!"

ONLOX LudoWic / mars city visual mix

Published on Jan 1, 2019 Pio Mars

"Onlox/ LudoWic by Pio Mars"

Thought this was pretty cool. Almost didn't post it due to site rules, but then realized I could file it under the synth art category.

Teenage Engineering OP-Z - Groove Is In The Heart

Published on Jan 1, 2019 Matt Craven

Deee Lite - Groove is in The Heart

The Father of Hardware Real-Time Sample Pitch Shifting – Roland VP 9000 Demo

Published on Jan 1, 2019 The Daydream Sound

"A look at sampling techniques used with the Roland VP-9000 Variphrase sampler."

The OP-1 Notebook

Published on Jan 1, 2019 BlueSkyRepublik

"The OP-1 Notebook - For more information check out"

"Its a Reference Book! A Guidebook! A Notebook. Covering all things OP-1, this book is everything you need as a reference to the Teenage Engineering Operator-1 Synthesizer. Step by step walkthroughs help newbie's and advanced user alike get to know how to use the OP-1 to its fullest. Finally its a notebook where you can make your own notes and comments in the spaces provides bringing together a comprehensive and customised guide to the OP-1 synth. All for the price of a cup of coffee.

Whats New:
- Bottom up rewrite, more content, all new diagrams and images
- Over 120 pages of content plus note space
- Guidebook + Notebook concept. electronic annotations on tablet or computer when using applications such as Goodnotes, Adobe Acrobat etc
- PDF format for wider distribution and coverage of many more devices
- Inclusion of PO - Pocket Operator quick reference
- Latest 225 OP-1 OS software version"

Erica Synths Techno System and Analogue Solutions Polymath

Published on Jan 1, 2019 Sounds From The Shed

"This is a short sequence where the Drum Sequencer is sequencing the Polymath, the Dual Fx and Modulator are also applied to the Polymath. Various Cv sources are used on the Hats, Cymbals, bass drum and snare. Lots of wires!!!! I highlighted the percussion sound in the mixer and reduced the Polymath sound slightly to show the Techno System sound. The Bassdrum was driven by external CV."

Patch n Tweak

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