MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Jia huizhen - Are You Ready (Live Studio Session) English Version

Published on Jan 15, 2019 Jia Huizhen

"Music video by Jia huizhen performing Are You Ready (C) 2019 Jia huizhen"

Buchla Music Easel. Also see Jia Huizhen - Beyond Before (Live Studio Session) 2018.12.12.

4ms with Tiptop Audio, & Make Noise Post-NAMM Events at Perfect Circuit

Event links:

Make Noise, Wednesday Jan 23

4ms & Tiptop, Monday Jan 28

Metasonix "Because Your Music Sucks" T-Shirt

via this auction

"One (1) used basic T-shirt from Metasonix...these are rare. In good condition, worn but not worn out, collar not frayed. Here's a chance for a real collector's item, be the envy of all your electronic friends."

Original BEMI Buchla Music Easel T-Shirt

via this auction

"Rare Buchla [BEMI] branded T Shirt. Size L In good shape, worn but not worn out. Collar not frayed. No rips or tears. These shipped exclusively with the first BEMI Easels (not available in stores) and then there were no more. Impress your synthesizer friends!!"

Moog MiniMoog Voyager Electric Blue Edition 10th Anniversary Limited Gold Edition

via this auction

Curious what the weight of the actual gold is. One of 31. Note the illuminated logo on back.

"The 10th Anniversary Minimoog Voyager has been carefully dipped in a 24-karat gold finish.
The classic wood housing has been neatly dressed in a custom, high gloss, black piano lacquer with Japanese Awabi pearl adornment on the sidepieces.

24 Karat Gold Dipped Chassis
Black Piano Lacquered wood
Japanese Awabi Pearl Inlay
Personalized 24 Karat Gold Name Badge
Rear backlit Indigo Moog Logo
Indigo LEDs with Tricolor LFO Rate LED
Translucent Rotary Knobs
All Black Switches
Custom Printed Manual Cover
Handbound Manual
Custom Made Wood Crate
Letterpress Certificate of Authenticity
Custom Printed Manual Cover
!! Only 31 in the World !!"

Yamaha DX200 Synthesizer Loopfactory

via this auction

"Fully Functional. One Owner - New Data Encoder - $100 repair - see pics.

Original Power Supply and Manual. All pots are in good shape.

The knobs are a lot of fun and become very wobbly on a lot of these after 20 years of tweeking.

This is a classic of FM synthesis. This is the only true Knobby FM Synth.

This makes sounds that other synths simply cannot, including Analog Modulars."

Novation K-Station with Moog Knobs

via this auction

They actually look kind of cool. Curious what it would look like with all Moog style knobs.

Rare WHITE Korg 707 Synth

via this auction

"The Korg 707 is a pressure and velocity sensitive 49 key (8 voice, 8 channel multitimbral) dual oscillator synthesizer, featuring saw and square waveforms, dedicated pitch, amplitude, and timbre (FM) envelopes, LFO (triangle, saw, square, S/H waveforms), portamento, digital delay, and MIDI. The 100 user editable presets can be saved via MIDI SysEx or memory card. Strap pegs and optional batteries (6 C) allow the 707 to be worn like a guitar."

MATC DOYLE written on it.

Sequential Circuits 615 Multi-Trak Synthesizer w/ Adapter, Manuals + Cassettes SN 01614

via this auction

Sequential Circuits Multi-trak with travel hard case SN 01136

via this auction

Random Source Serge Modular Edelweiss II 2018 Silver

via this auction

"This is a like-new, mint condition Serge Modular/Random*Source Edelweiss II. Barely used. The unit was built by the official Random*Source builder Darrin Wiener in June 2018 (Have receipt). Price includes boat, rack ears and power connector. Needless to say, the thing is impeccably and professionally built!

I am happy to ship international, and put down $80 as a baseline, but will need to confirm price depending on where you are! Local pickup in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Can throw in a power supply that I am also listing super cheap if interested just message me!

from the Random*Source website:

Edelweiss II may look like an ideal control panel, but it is quite powerful in the audio range. Many R*S modules like the DSG mk2 and SSG have been optimized for audio performance and can be used as oscillators, filters, or lowpass gates."

Akai AX60 Polyphonic Synth

via this auction

"The AX-60 is a programmable six-voice synth with a nice LFO, lowpass (VCF) filter, envelope sections and more. Some features are auto-tuning, chorus, a multi-mode arpeggiator and a split keyboard function making it bi-timbral, a pretty unheard feature for synths on this time. This was Akai’s answer to the Roland Juno series, sounding much like a Juno 106 but a bit pluckier.

This keyboard is in good condition. Has some scratches & marks, two sliders missing (level split balance & key follow) these do not effect the function of the sliders & can still be used. The keyboard was serviced in May 2017 for a tune up & clean out. All original chips & features."

Ensoniq Fizmo Transwave Digital Synth

via this auction

Moog One 16 voice Demo: Blade Runner 2049 "Someone Lived This" cover

Published on Jan 16, 2019 Mattelica

"Live take of a Blade Runner 2049 'Someone Lived This' cover with a Moog One original patch to a Yamaha MG10xu to a Canon 6D + 17-40mm lens."

Yamaha MODX All Ambient/Moving Sound Effect Presets

Published on Jan 16, 2019 synthartist69

synthartist69 MODX demos

ARP 2600 SYNTH - WZBC RADIO - Bill T Miller Orgy Of Noise - New Year's Eve 2018

Published on Jan 16, 2019 Bill T Miller

"- Bill T Miller of Orgy Of Noise Live in Studio ARP 2600 Synth Improv at WZBC Radio in Newton/Boston on New Year's Eve December 31, 2018 on Voidstar Productions' High Voltage Circumcision Show on WZBC. * see/hear more BTM / Orgy Of Noise

* THANX to DJ Deftly-D, Sheri Hausey, and Guru Bloom !

* Video shot by Sheri Hausey (hand held) & BTM (overhead)
* Edited by Bill T Miller & Ziggy Cat at Headroom Studios Boston
* Trippy In-studio live video projections by David Dodson

* Along with pure analog ARP 2600 synth, I used a circuit bent Waterhed voice changer, a Korg SQ-1 sequencer and my custom BTM Telegrapho module switch controller & my custom BTM ROBOTO photo cell bot controller... all with direct mono audio into a Tascam DR-5 recorder.

* Dedicated to the legacy of ALAN R. PEARLMAN (ARP)
of ARP Synthesizers in Newton."

Voltage Modular - Plug-In Host Modules

Published on Jan 16, 2019 Voltage Modular

"In this video we demo Voltage Modular's Plug-In Host modules. These let you use almost any virtual instrument or effect plug-in within Voltage Modular and allow CV control of numerous simultaneous parameters."

Evolved Vol 2 - Sequential Prophet 6 - 175 to 199 -

Published on Jan 16, 2019 GEOSynths

"Last 25 Patches of Evolved Vol 2. I've really fell in love with the Prophet 6, it can create some mind blowing textures and movement. Before making this set, I was going to sell it after making Vol 2, but have decided that would be stupid of me...So she and her Brother, the OB6 are staying for good :)"

GEOSynths Sequential Prophet 6 videos.

Loopseque 8 live scetch #02

Published on Jan 16, 2019 loopseque

"Late Night Deep Tune"

Excelsior Ek6 Vintage Synthesizer

Published on Jan 16, 2019 Riccardo Pietroni

"The Ek6 is a very rare Italian presets synthesizer made by Excelsior in 1979."

This is the first Excelsior Ek6 post on the site. Another first from Riccardo Pietroni.

Space - Just Blue (1978)

Published on Dec 14, 2013

"Space was a French group, created around Didier Marouani (Ecama) and Roland Romanelli, acclaimed for their 1978 spacesynth hit 'Just Blue'."

Some KORG synth spotting via bÖsch.

Also see the classic Magic Fly and others here.

4K Switched On Walk-Through May 2018

Published on May 29, 2018 Switched On

"A quick jaunt through the store and shop of Switched On in Austin Texas. We are a full retail and service center for all things synthesizer. We update our web-store daily with vintage synthesizers, effects, and pro-audio equipment. ***Learning to use our new camera*** :):):)

All music courtesy of Curved Light."


P.S. You'll find Switched On's new banner on the right. Glad to have them back on the site! :)

EML Electrocomp 200 & 300

Published on May 15, 2018 Switched On

"Joey Postiglione making some scary sounds on our fully restored EML Electrocomp 200 & 300. Featuring cameos by the Yamaha CP70 & the Make Noise Rene, all of which is available at"

Arp Odyssey MKII - modified w/ Built In Spring Reverb

Published on Oct 23, 2018 Switched On

"Switched On has modified this vintage Arp Odyssey to have a built in spring reverb tank inside its enclosure. It sounds like an Arp 2600 - more or less! It sounds amazing!"

David's Moog Source (by Synthpro)

Published on Jan 16, 2019 synthpro

"This is a overview of a moog source I fully serviced for David."

Some demos of the presets that originally came with the Moog Source in this one.

New Tiptop Audio - VCA

Tiptop Audio - VCA from Tiptop Audio on Vimeo.

via Tiptop Audio

"The Tiptop Audio VCA is a full featured, precision calibrated, analog Voltage Controlled Amplifier. At its heart is a novel design of a control circuitry—a function that lets you sweep continuously through three different response curves: Logarithmic, Linear, Exponential—giving you all three shapes in a single module. This special control circuitry design by Mr. Osamu Hoshuyama was adopted into the VCA module to make it a great sounding synthesizer VCA with flexibility to address all duties: level control for both audio and CV modulation, gating audio into silence, and amplitude modulation effects.

A VCA, Voltage Controlled Amplifier, sometimes referred to as an audio gate, is an essential module to any Eurorack and no system is complete without one. The concept is an input, an output and a control that sets how much of the input signal passes through to the output.

A great VCA means minimum feedthrough of the control signal bleeding into the passing signal and minimum distortion applied to the passing signal. An excellent audio gate means minimal leakage of signal from IN to OUT when the control tells the VCA to fully close. These are the most critical conditions for a good sounding, good responding VCA and are what the Tiptop Audio design carefully addresses. 2 LED peak indicator lights on the front panel light up with incoming CV or audio signals. While a clipping indicator for audio is expected, clipping of CV is often overlooked and it’s included here to visually maintain the full dynamic range of an envelope driving the VCA.

The Tiptop Audio VCA lets you concentrate on creative uses rather than figuring out the module’s anomalies. The result is an excellent sounding synthesizer VCA that’s a joy to use and pleasing to hear."

Fixing The Sad Sequencer: How to repair a sad MIDI sequencer

Published on Jan 16, 2019 LeoMakes

"Watch Leo repair the sad little hardware sequencer with the broken screen. Because sequencers belong in the studio, not the lab bench!

In this video, Leo tries to fix his friend's MIDI sequencer with a broken screen (an Engine from Social Entropy Electronic Music Instruments). We take the unit apart, discuss different strategies for repairing gear, talk about why every lab should have a hot air rework station, and--after some trial and error--we finally fix the issue. Hooray for little sequencer. I hope it lives on and makes lots of techno.

If you enjoy these videos please consider supporting my channel on Patreon! Even a $1 a month goes a long way :)

When not making videos I run Strange Science Instruments,

a modular synth component company based in Sweden & California."

TEST SERIES Folktek Matter Eurorack and Drolo Molecular Disruptor V3 Sound Design

Published on Jan 16, 2019 Outsider Sound Design

"Sound Design experiments with Folktek Matter and Molecular Disruptor V3.

The purpose of 'TEST SERIES' is to focus on the sound design possibilities of various gear combinations. This series is not musical nor does it serve as an instructional video. It is all about sound potential.
Please consider supporting this channel by purchasing a sample pack or music download from"


Note this is the first post to feature Drolo (David Rolo) on the site. Some info on the Molecular Disruptor V3:

"The Molecular Disruptor is a DSP based multi-effect pedal that can be loaded with 16 effects of your choice from the molecular patches list, which is regularly being updated with new patches. These patches are loaded on swappable “Molecular Modules” that hold 8 effects each:

As of V3.0 the pedals have 2 slots allowing for 2 of these modules to be loaded and selected via a switch.

2 modules are included when you purchase a Disruptor pedal. Additional modules can be bought separately.

Essentially, this “à la carte” system allows you to have a pedal that has up to 16 effects tailored to your needs."

New Mystic Circuits 0HP Envelope

Published on Jan 15, 2019 Mystic Circuits

"Dont let the name fool you, this module is quite a bit more than just an envelope. Patch in a gate and your output will behave as a normal sustain- release envelope, staying high while the gate is high and slowly decaying once it goes low. Patch in audio and you have an envelope follower, extracting amplitude data from whatever signal is coming in. Patch in any positive control voltage and you have a slew, adding glide whenever the incoming voltage falls. All three modes boast voltage control over the release/ response time and can use the on board input mult to either daisy chain multiple envelopes or to extract amplitude data from an audio input and then send the audio somewhere else. Possibly our most useful 0HP module yet."

What Is WOGGLE?!?

Published on Jan 16, 2019 MAKEN0ISE

"Let’s talk about the LOYAL ORDER OF THE WOGGLEBUG. If you have a Wogglebug, you are automatically a lifelong member.

Grant Richter is lord of all Wogglebugs.

Is the Wogglebug your Synthesizer's ID MONSTER? Should you FEAR the Wogglebug? Yes, and maybe.

Accept no substitutes."

Prophet VS | There Will Be Modulation

Published on Jan 16, 2019 Alex Ball

"The Prophet VS from 1986 is one of the most sought after of the original Sequential instruments. They only made 1,500 of the keyboard versions and around 500 of the rack mounts. I was very fortunate to be able to borrow one.

I talked about this synth in my documentary "The History of the Prophet Synthesizer", but the (great) demo was done by Marko at Retro Sound and I'd never actually seen one in the flesh myself.

If you don't know, designed by Chris Meyer, Josh Jeffe and Tony Dean; the VS is basically a digital synthesizer with an analogue filter and VCA. The sound generation is through a wavetable style approach with 127 different waveforms being available on each of the 4 oscillators. As this 80s tech, the single waves had to spread spread across the keyboard which results in some cool aliasing.

Once you've setup up your combination, you can ride between them in real time with the joystick on the top left of the instrument.

It also has a 7 source / 7 destination mod matrix, two LFOs, stereo chorus with independent switching, split, link and double keyboard modes, an arpeggiator, 99 memory slots, midi and aftertouch. The latter is infamous for going wrong due to two different design flaws with the voltage level and the instrument bending.

Interestingly, the envelopes are setup with stages 0-4 and can loop between stages 1-3 if you wish them to.

Chris Meyer has documented the whole story of the instrument here:

Whilst I dove in and started finding textural soundscapes, bell tones and peculiar atmospheres, I was most taken back by the very analogue-style sounds it could create. But, with the stereo movement you get from the instrument, the sounds still have something very "VS" about them. I dubbed it a "straddler" in my mind; a synth that has its feet in quite different camps.

I followed my nose, which seems the way to approach the VS and this is the result. I hope you enjoy it."

Sequential Circuits PROPHET 600 | Ambient Chillout Music Soundscape 【SYNTH DEMO】

Published on Jan 16, 2019 synth4ever

"Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 ambient synthesizer demo -- playing a relaxing ambient chillout music soundscape on Prophet 600 synth from Sequential Circuits.

This ambient / new age synthesizer music features Prophet 600 pads created using the Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 synth + Strymon El Capistan delay effect pedal."

CASIO CZ-101 PD Synthesizer (1984) RetroSound Soundscapes part1

Published on Jan 16, 2019 RetroSound

"(c) 2019 vintage synthesizer demo by RetroSound

The CASIO CZ-101 Phase Distortion Synthesizer is from the year 1986. The sound character is typical for PD synthesis, a bit FM like but more warm.

This demo shows some self-made PD sounds.

CZ-101 spec:
8 voices; Oscillators: 2 per voice (DCO, DCW, DCA); Keyboard: 49 mini-keys without velocity and aftertouch; Memory: 16 preset, 16 user, 16 external cartridge; MIDI; Date: 1986"

Inside a TAMA Techstar TS305-6

Some pics in via jph, listed here.


via this auction, also on Reverb.

"Up for sale is an EXTREMELY RARE soviet poly synthesizer-keytar 'FORMANTA MINI'. It is a portable polyphonic 8-voiced analog\digital hybrid synthesizer with microprocessor control (KR-580) & 32 unique and powerfull programmed timbres "presets". There is a vibrato effect with depth & frequency control & "unison" effect. FORMANTA-MINI is a polyphonic synthesizer, you can play 8 voices at one time. It features a unique set of electronic parts, reliable keyboard (41 notes C-E) made in magnetically controlled contacts; synthesis modules consist of independent boards, which is convenient for maintenance. Also, a nice '1980s futuristic' look!"

Elby Designs ASM Assembler Strat 1 Patchable Modular Synthesizer

via this auction

You can find a demo of one here, and some additional pics of one here.



Specifications :
1 x Midi to CV
2 x Midi Thru Outs
2 x VCO,
2 x VCF (1 x State Variable, 1 x Low-pass Transistor),
2 x VCA,
2 x VCLFO,
2 x ADSR,
1 x Glide Generator,
1 x Ring Modulator,
1 x Analogue Noise Generator,
1 x Sample & Hold.
1 x Mixer for the 2 VCA's"

Roland V-SYNTH VERSION 2 Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

Roland Juno-106 Keyboard Synthesizer SN 513274

via this auction

New Nozoid Thomas Chaotic Attractor & De Jong Eurorack Modules

thomas chaotic attractor from Nozoid on Vimeo.

"demo of the Thomas module of the nozori 84"

XY jong LFO from Nozoid on Vimeo.

"XY output of the "jong LFO" module"

Nozoid CV precision demonstration

CV precision demonstration from Nozoid on Vimeo.

"This video is a proof that the nozori CV are accurate enough to track a pitch over 10 octaves.

What you see in this video is :

- a VCO on the left of the rack that is used as a reference frequency. It output a saw waveform, displayed on the bottom of the oscilloscope screen.

- a 2nd VCO, in the middle of the rack with a frequency controlled by a SQ-1. The SQ-1 is configure to play only 1 step, with a CV range of 1 octave. The VCO output a square wave, displayed on the top of the oscilloscope screen.

- both oscilloscope voice are synchronized to VCO 2: when they are not in sync the VCO 1 voice move quickly.

- at 0'27", I tune the VCO 1 to by in sync with VCO 2

- starting at 0'39", I change the note on the SQ-1 : the 2 VCO are not at sync anymore

- the synchronisation is back at 0'47" when I put back the correct note in the SQ-1

- latter in the video, I play more with the SQ-1 pitch, going up and going down. When back in the middle, the 2 VCO are in sync.

This prove the great precision of the CV control and the absence of hysteresis.

With 12 bits controlling 10 octaves, the precision of a bit is about 3 cents."

UBER DRONES with the Qu-Bit Scanned (a quick tonal exploration + tonnes of verb!)

Published on Jan 16, 2019 DivKidVideo

"Like the thumbnail? I thought I'd have some fun and hide some Qu-Bit logos and Scanned modules around. Back on topic - I thought I'd just have some fun with the Qu-Bit Scanned as I've been playing around and learning the module. Here's a rough and ready raw tonal exploration and and a sequence absolutely dripping with the reverb. The complex range of tones in Scanned lead to some great droning modulating waves to excite big FX chains and longer decay delay sand reverbs so I just wanted to share this with you. Enjoy."

Analogue Solutions Polymath and Erica Synths Techno System Double Teaming!

Published on Jan 16, 2019 Sounds From The Shed

"Connected up the Polymath to the Techno systems for some mean sounds! :)"

DrumBrute Impact - Performance Video

Published on Jan 16, 2019 Arturia

"What do you get when you mix our resident sound design guru Jean-Baptiste, our latest analog drum machine, and Grenoble’s Marché d'Intérêt National?

An attitude-packed 3 minute showcase of what DrumBrute Impact is truly capable of."

Julian "J3PO" Pollack Sessions: #2 Let's Put It Together

Published on Jan 16, 2019 NordKeyboards

"The second episode of our exclusive J3PO Sessions features the energetic piece "Let's Put It Together" where Julian blends jazz with some experimental electronic genres!

All patches used in this session are included in the brilliant J3PO Signature Sound Bank for Nord Stage 3 - available for free at!

Read more about Julian "J3PO" Pollack (The Lesson GK, Marcus Miller, members of Snarky Puppy, Grace Weber) here:

The J3PO session was recorded live at RMV Studios in Stockholm, November 2018.

Drums: Morgan Ågren
Bass: Gustaf Hielm
Audio Engineer: Johan Eckerblad
Composition/Audio Mixing: Julian "J3PO" Pollack
Cameras: Oscar Barkenbom/Benjamin Cotton

ReBach GR series "Space" Sounds

Published on Jan 16, 2019 ReBach

"ReBach GR series sound demo

Again 2x GR11 VCO, GR21 VCF and one GR61 MIX supported with 2x CATCH ADSR. First part two nice sequences to VCO1 and VCO2. Second part we fed the SUB output of a GR11 VCO to the SYNC input or a second GR11 VCO."

Bitwig Studio 3: Enter The Grid

Published on Jan 16, 2019 bitwig

"Bitwig Studio 3 is coming, get endlessly modular with The Grid.

Discover Bitwig Studio, the innovative music creation and performance software for Windows, macOS and Linux.

The Grid is a fully modular environment that lives within Bitwig Studio's device chain. It's freely patchable, fun, and leads to results almost immediately. With sonic possibilities in every direction, The Grid will make creating something new a habit instead of a challenge. Get ready for the next step of our musical evolution, and also yours.

Particularly for a DAW, modularity has been at the core of Bitwig Studio from the beginning. Devices can be nested, clips are containers, modulators exist everywhere, and practically anything can be dragged anywhere. But with Bitwig Studio 3, we are zooming out so you can push in.

The Grid is an open modular environment that powers a family of new devices in Bitwig Studio 3: Mono Grid, Poly Grid and FX Grid. With a vast library of modules and a supersonic workflow, you’ll be creating your own unique sounds immediately, and in high-fidelity. Simply add a Grid device to your project and start patching. It’s fun.
The Grid includes:

Fully-modular sound design
Fantastic sound quality
120+ modules
Any signal, anywhere
Lighting-fast workflow
4x-oversampled, stereo signal path
Construct a polyphonic synthesizer from scratch in one session. Create an adaptive audio effect with your signature sound. Experiment with generative drones until you find a new way to perform. Or simply create the undefinable. Patching is effortless, giving full rein to your creativity."

Korg Minilogue XD Sound Demo (no talking)

Published on Jan 16, 2019 Bonedo Synthesizers

More Korg Minilogue XD coverage here.

Korg Volca Drum Sound Demo (no talking)

Published on Jan 16, 2019 Bonedo Synthesizers

More Korg Volca Drum coverage here.

Erica Synths Techno Sytem, Octasource and Blackhole

Published on Jan 16, 2019 Sounds From The Shed

"The Bassline, Claps, and hats are routed from an aux out on the mixer to the Blackhole. That way the main out is unaffected and the fx can be activated via a different output at the flick of a switch on the mixer."

KORG KROME EX - Synth Workstation - All playing no talking - Official video

Published on Jan 16, 2019 KORG TV

"Der KROME EX ist eine inspirierende Synth Workstation und wartet mit einer Auswahl an exzellenten, angesagten Sounds auf, die sich sofort und flexibel in jede Musikproduktion einfügen. Zusätzlich zu zeitlosen Standardsounds bietet der KROME EX jede Menge neue Programme und PCM-Daten, darunter speziell entwickelte Piano- und EDM-Sounds."

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