MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

TheSynthCave Live Analog Synth Jams

Published on Mar 12, 2019 TheSynthCave


1. "Gear used: TR-808, TTSH, SP-16, AS-1, ER-1, TR-727, Juno 60, JX-3Px2, Polysix, A4, Microbrute, Sq-1, TR-606"

2. "Gear used: Korg Polysix, Roland TR-808, PioneerDJ- SP-16, PioneerDJ As-1, Roland Jupiter 8, Roland Juno-60, TTSH 2600, Arturia microbrute, Korg SQ-1, Elektron Analog four, Arp Omni 2"

Behringer Teases a New Roland Jupiter-8?

The BIG Question Everybody's Asking Published on Mar 12, 2019 BEHRINGER

This one is in via Soviet Space Child.


via this auction

Check out the video here.

"Another VTech talky box here, and this is one of the best yet! A whole host of mods take this one into a whole new sonic dimension.

4 glitch buttons linked with an 12 point rotary selector give a huge range of different glitch noises and possibilities, you'll get all sorts of great noises from these - from bizarre blurps to trippy melodic loops.

An LTC pitch circuit has been added and honed to give excellent control over the speed of the device, taking the melodies and glitches from deep and bassy low bitcrushed monster growls, all the way up to chirpy blips and squeaks.

There's also an extra Power switch and indicator LED to shut the device down when not in use, and a quarter inch output jack for sending the output to a recording device, amplifier, or run it through effects pedals - this thing sounds great through some nice speakers!

Added Features
Pitch Knob
4 Glitch Buttons
8 Way Rotary Glitch Source Switch
1/4" Mono Output Jack"


Published on Mar 12, 2019 LESINDES

Patching AD2 to different VCO parameters.
AD2 is controlled by CLOCK DIVIDER and
different clock divisions.

The MODULAR is a synthesizer with a potential but also with a lot of NOs, unfortunately. I really like the idea of it but it has:
1. unlike all the other Volcas NO Midi input
2. NO seperate gate input -- combined CV/Gate in so special stereo mini jack to 2 mono mini jacks cable needed
3. LPG is very low, only half as loud as LPG1, or my Volca is broken?!
4. Gate or CV output of keyboard and sequencer only in these fiddle sockets.
5. Cables with the soft easily bendable ends feel and are very fiddly. The raw cable ends slide easily out of the sockets even though you only gently touch the cables!
From min. 5 - 8 it is clock input is patched as source
by mistake but there is still a lot of entertaining tweaking


GRP A2 Analog Synthesizer

Published on Mar 12, 2019 Perfect Circuit

"The GRP A2 has two thick analog VCOs and a state variable VCF. The A2 has tons of routing and modulation options all available on rotary switches and a ring modulator as well as a VCLFO and regular LFO as well as two envelopes that are each unique.

There are CV as well as midi control inputs and an arpeggiator built in. The glowing VU meters let you monitor the output which although it is a monophonic synth, different filter outputs can be output at once.

In the first part of the video we used the Elektron Model:Samples for drums and sequencing of the A2.

A2 available here:"

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Make Noise Launches a Make Noize Zine

via Make Noise

"The first issue of the Make Noise zine is here! Free to download, it features interviews with Tony Rolando and Make Noise Records artist Evan Caminiti, as well as a patch breakdown of the "Landline Blues" entry from our VC Environments series on Instagram. Enjoy!"

Screenshots of the first issue saved for posterity here.

Korg MS-20 Mini Repair by False Electronics

via False Electronics where you'll find the full write-up. A few pics of the front panel and what's under captured here.

"Despite the popularity of this synth and the number of mods documented online, there isn't a lot of information on some of the parts used, so hopefully this will be useful to others.

There are 3 main PCBs, all mounted to the sheet metal case and connected together with cables.
Digital board - power entry and power supplies, the microcontroller, MIDI and USB ports.
Analog board - all synthesizer circuits, knobs, switches and jacks.
Keyboard PCB - breaks out the keys to a connector. I didn't look at this."

Custom Desktop Sequential Circuits Pro One in Wooden Case

via this auction

Curious if it's just resting in the case.

via this listing: "Yes you are reading this right. The only Pro-One modded to desktop version I have ever seen! Mod wheel control via CV in on the back :) This was recently services, tuned and PSU rebuilt by mr SynthNerd himself here in Dublin.."

Synth tech in Dublin for those that need one.

Casio Casiotone MT-41 w/ Original Box & Extras

via this auction

You can find a video demo of one here.

Rare Silver Faced MAM ADX-1 Analog Drum Synthesizer

via this auction

"The ADX1 is a compact, inexpensive, all-analog drum synthesizer from German synth manufacturer Music And More (MAM). It has 50 on-board knobs to tweak its five analog drum sounds. These include Bass, Synth, Snare, Hi-Hat and Metal. Each sound has ten rotary knobs that can be used to adjust a variety of parameters for that sound, such as attack/decay/release, stereo panning, filter cutoff and resonance, volume, FM depth and tuning. Sounds a bit dirty — but in a good, analog kind of way. The ADX1 is rack-mountable with a metal faceplate that has been seen in both blue and silver color schemes.

Unlike many other drum machines, the ADX1 is purely a synthesizer—there is no on-board pattern sequencer. There is no patch memory. However, there is MIDI I/O, stereo outputs, individual outputs for each sound, and on-board Trigger buttons to fire off each sound from the front-panel which is useful when crafting the sounds.

As mentioned, the sounds are all analog. And all those knobs do allow you to create some great analog drum sounds—the kind that you might hear from Kraftwerk or Nine Inch Nails. The Snare and HiHat sounds both feature "open" and "closed" variants. The sounds can be quite unique, but also fairly capable of emulating most of the classic analog drum sounds of the past such as those from the Roland X0X line, although the Bass doesn't seem to have the same punch as a 909 kick. The Snare is a lot like the classic Simmons machines. Its HiHat and Metal sounds seem to get the most praise from users around the interwebs. The envelope and filter controls on the HiHat allow for some really cool animated HiHat patterns. And the Metal sound is more of an analog-explosion sound, rather than a ride or crash.

The closest competitor to the ADX1 out there would probably be the . However, the ADX1 is more compact and grittier. The ADX1 ceased production when MAM was bought/sold to another company called Terratec. Its combination of modern MIDI implementation and internal circuitry with old-school analog sounds and low-budget construction make the ADX1 an affordable supplement to your existing synth studio, as well as very fun and capable analog drum synthesizer."

Panoptigon OSCILLATIONS Disc Demo

Published on Mar 12, 2019 optigandotcom

"Here's a demo of the very first disc in the new PANOPTIGON disc format! Oscillations will be included in the basic 'starter set' of discs that comes with each Panoptigon. Panoptigon format discs will only be playable on Panoptigon- not on vintage Optigans or Orchestrons! We wanted to make a very basic, broadly-applicable sound akin to the Optigan "Big Organ & Drums" disc. This seemed a good opportunity to present a simple analog synthesizer type sound, since the Panoptigon disc format features 60 tracks, and is mapped to allow for a full 60 keys of chromatic tones. Think of it as a 'Super Orchestron' disc with essentially 5 octaves instead of 3. Various typical raw analog waveforms are mapped across the keys, with the notes slowly pulsing in and out in different phases, producing a breathing, organic effect that's particularly well-suited to all of the Panoptigon's onboard effects. Apart from the Panoptigon's hall reverb, no other effects or EQ were applied in this demo."

SIEL MONO (1979)

Published on Mar 12, 2019 Synthesizer Home


Published on Mar 12, 2019 Synthesizer Home

An Oberheim Matrix-24 was Almost a Thing

Someone on the Analog Heaven email list noticed the Oberheim Matrix-12 and Xpander shared the same voice boards and that "the ribbon cable from the Processor Board to the Voice Board(s) has enough signals allocated and named to drive 4 Voice Boards. The two extra traces aren’t connected, and the firmware doesn’t support them, but it seems that somebody was thinking of a massive 24-voice Matrix.". The Xpander of course is essentially a six voice desktop version of the Matrix-12 with added CV. There was also a CV extension mod for the Matrix-12 that added the CV jacks on the left side panel. Someone else reached out to one of the developers of the Matrix-12, a gentleman named Marcus. The following is his reply:

"Yes, my original dream was to someday make a Matrix-24. When designing the Xpander we put a jumper on the voice board to allow up to four voice boards to be addressed independently, in anticipation of future models with more voices. In the Matrix-12 we used the first two addresses to create a 12 voice. The Matrix-12 main board was set up to address four voice boards, so that no hardware changes would have been required to make this work (other than the power supply would have needed to be beefed up). The intended UI was to have the voice select button (the one that has two LEDs labeled VOICE 1-6 and VOICE 7-12) toggle through four states to select between the four boards if we were going to make one without any changes to the front panel either (though other UI approaches would have been better).

Although the hardware was ready to go, a lot of work would have been needed on the main processor firmware, since that’s where all the editing, patch memory, and voice assignment work lives. Never did get started on any of that, and never had the chance to even make a prototype. I left Oberheim in April of 1985, and no one else pursued it as far as I know.


Alessandro Cortini of NIN: Using a Cassette Recorder as an Instrument | Reverb Interview

Published on Mar 12, 2019 Reverb

"Alessandro Cortini (Nine Inch Nails) plays a cassette recorder (Tascam Portastudio) and talks through his personal history with the instrument, and the ways in which he has experimented with the resulting sounds throughout his career.

Read more
Browse Tascam Portastudios"

Dubler Studio Kit Real-Time Vocal Recognition MIDI Controller

Currently on Kickstarter

"Dubler Studio Kit is a real-time vocal recognition MIDI controller. It offers up a never seen before way to translate your musical ideas into reality, using the one instrument you’ve been practising since birth— the voice.

With Dubler Studio Kit you can hum a melody or synth pattern, beatbox to trigger a virtual drumkit, or manipulate effects and filters with a “hmmm”, “laaaa” or “oohhh” sound— all in real-time.

Dubler Studio Kit is a real-time vocal recognition MIDI controller.

Our kit offers up a never seen before way to translate your musical ideas into reality, using the one instrument you’ve been practising since birth— the voice.

The kit comes as—

The Dubler software — a virtual MIDI instrument ( a desktop application for Mac + PC) Compatible with any production software [DAW]. It is not a plugin or VST.
The Dubler microphone — a low latency custom USB mic, tuned for the Dubler software.
As musicians we all sing, hum, and record voice memos to track snippets of ideas – but that’s often where that idea ends, never making it into the studio or onto the stage.

Our goal: To help you to release the stems of musical ideas trapped inside your head and get them directly into your production software— simply by vocalising them.

Now anyone can turn their voice directly into MIDI— quickly, easily, intuitively and LIVE."


Published on Mar 12, 2019 BoBeats

"I have been working with Softube to create sounds for their new soft synth Parallels. In this video I go over how to make sounds + make some music. Check Parallels here:

My stuff
►Patches & samples
►Circuit Patches:"

Vermona Mono Lancet '15 - Part 1

Published on Mar 12, 2019 Nacho Marty Meyer

"no extra effects or processes were used (except in the last track, where I used the BOSS RV-1000 reverb)

00:00 DEMO 1
04:50 DEMO 2
09:35 DEMO 3
13:05 DEMO 4
15:56 DEMO 5
17:03 DEMO 6
18:56 DEMO 7
22:48 DEMO 8 (with BOSS RV-1000 reverb)"

Changing Midi Channels (1.8) // Novation Circuit Tutorial

Published on Mar 11, 2019 Ron Cavagnaro

"This tutorial is how to change the midi channels on the new 1.8 firmware for the novation circuit."

Mystic Circuits Tree - Advanced Sequential Switch

Published on Mar 12, 2019 Mystic Circuits

"Tree is all about possibilities. A sequential switch with 8 positions that yields limitless paths between them, driving Tree with multiple clock sources can automatically create new sequences not easily made by hand. The clock, reset and backwards inputs drive Tree like a normal sequential switch with control over the direction of the sequence, whereas the “shift” inputs perform binary addressing of the steps with all 6 clock inputs available for simultaneous use. Featuring bidirectional inputs and outputs, when the common node is unplugged it is normalled to a high voltage allowing Tree to be used as a gate sequencer. The Turing Machine expansion port in the back allows for future expansion of Tree’s capabilities, including the ability to be used as a note sequencer."

How to install the oplab Module on OP-Z - quick guide

Published on Mar 12, 2019 cuckoomusic

"The new CV MIDI input/ output module for the OP-Z is here. It's called Oplab Module. It will help you connect the OP-Z to MIDI devices, Pocket Operator devices, and Modular systems.
This is just a quick guide on how to install the module into your OP-Z... in case you were wondering. I will use this a lot in the future for syncing to, and sequencing external gear.


Support me here:"

Scrotum Lab modules

Published on Mar 12, 2019 batchas

"Scrotum Lab modules in a 11FW BugBrand case.

You can find these modules here:"

CGS Serge Modular Synth + Klangbau Köln Spring Reverb #TTNM

Published on Mar 12, 2019 The Tuesday Night Machines

"Playing my BOCGS Serge Modular Synth through my newly installed Klangbau Köln Spring Reverb. PATCH NOTES BELOW :)


PixelNoises Synth T-Shirts by The Tuesday Night Machines:


Audio gear used:
- Best of CGS Ken Stone / Serge 4U Banana Modular Synthesizer (BOG, MARSH & SWAMP Panels)
- Klangbau Köln Spring Reverb (http://klangbaukö

The patch is rather simple. Two voices with vibrato through VCAs, mixed and then sent through the Serge VCF. The VCAs are modulated by a DUSG envelope each. Pitch sequencing is done by the Sequencer Programmer and the Gated Comparator in step-sequencer mode (just one looping stage with CV from the Mix output). The two CGS Utility LFOs provide Vibrato to the voices. There is a third voice, which is just the high pitched melody going through the Frequency Divider, which is also modulated and offset from the parent sequence (using a delayed Extended ADSR). Then we have some random CV form the tempo-synced Noise module and some smaller bits here and there and at the end I've got the a Klangbau Köln Spring Reverb mixed with the dry signal."


Experimental CGS Serge Modular Synth Sounds #TTNM

Published on Mar 12, 2019 The Tuesday Night Machines

"After my more musical Best of CGS Serge jams, this one is a modular synth noodle session, playing various bleeps and bloops by using feedback, a resonant filter and lots of CV cross-modulation of classic modules like the DUSG, Gated Comparator and Infinite Melody. All three Ken Stone panels are patched here, the BOG, the MARSH and the SWAMP. Reverb is again provided by the awesome Klangbau Köln Spring Reverb :)"

Oberheim OB-1 1978 Analog Synth SN 0535

via this auction

"The Oberheim OB-1 was a monophonic, programmable, analog synthesizer introduced by Oberheim Electronics in 1978

In need of a full service

It powers in just fine. But that’s the beauty of an Analog synth, you can bring me back to their glory."

E-MU Systems Emulator II+ HD

Published on Mar 11, 2019 Mike Foo

1. A recognisable sample here. The sample is Filtered a according to the Key Velocity.
2. Showing the original HDD in operation
3. Showing the smooth operation of the sliders.
4. Showing the Lotharek floppy emulator in operation.
5. Showing the feature of the II+ model allows bank swopping/switching because of the 1Mb memory size.

via this auction

"A recently restored E-mu Emulator II+ HD (Model 6075). This model was the latest of all the Emulator II samplers. It has 1Mb memory which allows immediate bank swopping/switching and a harddisk and 5.25" floppy drive for sample storage.

It has been thoroughly vacuum cleaned.
- whole of the keyboard has been fully recapped.
- power supply has been recapped and calibrated.
- A Lotharek HxC floppy emulator has been installed.
- The old fading LCD display also has been replaced with a new one.
- The slider resistive pots has also been cleaned and now operates smoothly.
- The push buttons are also cleaned and operate properly too.
- The old hard disk is still operational and is good for immediate bank recall.
- The keybed has also been cleaned and keys contact evenly.
- Memory chips have also been checked and fully working.
- Comes with a 2Gb SDcard with about 500 sample banks for the Lotharek HxC.
- Comes with the old 5.25" floppy drive which is also operational.
- Comes with about 40pcs of original Emulator II and 3rd party sample disks.
- Comes with the old LCD display."

Sequential Circuits Pro One SN 1887

via this auction

Custom DIY Lowery Organ Bass Pedals Midi Controller

via this auction

"This is a custom made foot pedal midi controller. It was created using original Lowery organ bass pedals.

It functions much like your average midi controller keyboard, but specifically tailored to the needs of live foot controls. For example, it has a hold feature which holds the last pressed note only until you press the next note, allowing you to play it much like a bass guitar but with one foot. With its midi capability you can trigger samples, loops, and easily change the octave/patch on the fly. Compared to the Nord or other bulk manufactured options, this is an opportunity to own a one of a kind epic that performs just as well for a fraction of the cost."

Light Blue Casio PT-1 Mini Keyboard Synthesizer Owned by The Faint?

via this auction

"This unit was previously in the personal collection of American indie rock band The Faint.

Four Tones settings, Ten built in Rhythms. 1/8" output, Runs on 3, AA batteries. 6v power supply not included.

'This is one of the cutest little synthesizers Casio ever made. It dates from 1981, and is the big brother of the Famous VL-1. You will know the sound of the PT-1 and VL-1 from famous songs like "Da Da Da" by the German group "Trio" (recycled into many different advertising jingles over the last 26 years - most recently in Australia as "Sa-Ka-Ta"). It was also used in countless songs as a novelty fill in sound (The Bloodhound Gang have used their PT-1 on most of their albums).

Making a Cover of Brothertiger on the Synthstrom Deluge

Published on Mar 12, 2019 Red Means Recording

"Haha wow, this took a long time.
I really wanted to do the whole thing but I'm burnt out and probably never will. I hope this is still useful to you."

ST Modular - Deep Tech

Published on Mar 12, 2019 Stefan Tretau

"Some Techno with Give, Give II, Fay, Gene, Werner, Inaki, Toolbox, KAS, Clanches, Pae, Reverb and EuroKastle"

Yamaha TX81Z Forever [Bank 2 w/ FX, Demo #5]

Published on Mar 12, 2019 gstormelectro

"Audio and Video by G-Storm Electro c. 2019

Selected patches from Bank 2 for the TX81Z FM Synthesizer.
Deeper into the dreamy, dark soundtrack territory.
This time using Big Sky reverb and Timefactor Delay.

Recorded direct to Tascam DR-05.

Get the free patch download from my blog..."

Follow-up to this post.

Teenage Engineering 400 Modular

Published on Mar 12, 2019 Waveshaper

"I am super impressed of the sound and capabilities of the 400. It has a very ARP 2600 sound."

Patch n Tweak

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