MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, March 28, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Shredding Shuttle and Black Noir

Published on Mar 28, 2019 Todd Barton

"a simple and gritty patch..."

Lentils by Baghead

"A simple track with the objective of getting space in the mix

It's all Easel with some H9 effects (delay and verb) sequenced by K-Teck Adlais4 a Max4Live plug with randomness added to that with another M4L plug 3xSEQ"

Expanding Sound's Favorite Korg Minilogue XD Presets

New Korg Minilogue XD analog polysynth with multi engine, my favorite 17 factory presets

Published on Mar 28, 2019 Expanding Sound

"I just picked up my new Korg Minilogue XD, and for my money it sounds fantastic. One of my rituals with a new synth is to go through the presets when I first take it out and see what jumps out at me. Some presets make you want to fiddle, some you want to skip, and some are instantly inspiring. I love what Korg has been doing for synths over the last few years, everything from Gadget to the Volca line to the Mini and Monologues. This new Minilogue XD is no exception. It sounds fantastic and huge. Im still learning the synth, but these are 17 presets that just popped right out at me and made me feel like I made the right choice picking this up. I set up my camera and just went through the whole synth, and cut the presets that didn't jump out at me. Forgive my playing as this was just one long video cut up, and most of it is just little jams here and there."

MOOG Micromoog 2090 SN 2532

via this auction

Roland System 100 101, 102, 103, 104 and 107 test

Published on Mar 28, 2019 Retro Synth Ads / Mini Music Labs

"Testing out my (new to me!) Roland System 100 synthesizer with a simple Ring Mod effect"

MEFF Modular Synthesizer Exhibition Fair Set for April 6th & 7th 2019

Tiptop Audio, Lattexplus & Synth Café present MEFF Modular Synthesizer Exhibition Fair

April 6th & 7th 2019 Impact Hub Florence, Italy



Modular synthesizer fair, workshops and performances with the best manufacturers and artists in the industry.

The press release:

March 2019, Italy - Tiptop Audio, the Californian modular synthesizer brand, in partnership with Lattexplus leading event organisation in Florence since 2010 and Synth Café the Italian synth web community are proud to announce the third edition of MEFF at the Impact Hub Florence and BUH! Circolo culturale urbano on the 6th and 7th of April 2019. The fair will involve more than 30 International synthesizer brands and distributors with workshops and performances in an event free to the public.

MEFF returns to Impact Hub coworking in Florence and BUH! Circolo culturale urbano to set up its event, which will include an Exhibitor area where attendees can explore, learn, interact, demo and purchase instruments. The Performance area, called the Auditorium, part of BUH! Circolo culturale urbano is a room acoustically designed by the sound designer and engineer Donato Masci. In the evenings, the location will host workshop and performances including a soldering workshop by Brno brand BASTL Instruments.

The Kijimi Review // The synth i've been dreaming of.

Published on Mar 28, 2019 Enrique Martinez Music

"The Black Corporation Kijimi Synth is an awesome take on what an analog synth can do. Inspired by the super rare RSF Polykobol"

Alesis A6 Andromeda

via this auction

Modal Electronics 002R

via this auction

The data knob looks different - metal vs black.

"Modal Electronics 002r - 12 voice polyphonic Analog/Digital Hybrid Rack Mount Synthesizer Module --- In excellent condition! 100% functional! Looks new! Comes with everything that they come with new: quickstart guide, power cords for US, Europe and UK, ethernet cable for updates, and original box and packaging. Latest OS/Firmware installed. This does not have the digital FX board installed(decided against it, heard they were too noisy.)" Furthrrrr Generator // Pushing Eurorack complex oscillators furthrrrr

Published on Mar 28, 2019 DivKidVideo

"**TIMING INDEX / SECTIONS BELOW** Playing around with the Furthrrrr Generator from has been a total pleasure preparing for and working on this video. The range of tones that ooze out of this thing doesn't cease to amaze me. The module is a dual/complex oscillator design with a lot of wave shaping, history/heritage from the Buchla 259 and a few unique twists. The updated (you can swap them out) digital "Strong Linear Core" giving through zero FM really adds a tonne of musical useful FM to the oscillator too. In the video I turn the thing into a drum machine, explore shifting tones and drones, melodies, bass and a whole load more. Check the index below and skip around as you see fit. Enjoy!


00:00 hello and patch previews

01:38 Feature & sound run down

09:00 Waveshaping, folding, harmonics, furthrrrr …

10:39 Ring Modulation vs Amplitude Modulation - NO THEY’RE NOT EXACTLY THE SAME! :)

12:46 FM Graveyard doom bell gong sound

13:39 Pushing FM gongs further

13:55 Turning the Furthrrrr Generator into a drum machine

16:37 Dual voice Patch & Tweak example

19:47 Drones N Stuff - internal and external modulation

22:09 Plucked melodies + tonal exploration

23:53 Pulses, squares and PWM - audio rate PWM is lovely!!!

26:09 Creating tremolo FX

27:38 Creative vibrato FX

29:02 Dual VCO subtractive patch

30:52 AM Synthesis and going furthrrrr

32:23 AM synthesis secondary patch & sequence

34:18 Soft and hard sync sounds

26:06 External input - ring mod + through zero FM BLCK_NOIR vs. Furthrrrr Generator

37:53 Layering sounds for musical chordal drones

40:41 Musical random patch"

Junkie XL Announces SCORE Academy for Free

Published on Mar 28, 2019 Junkie XL

Pretty awessome that he is doing this for free! Details:

"Film composer Tom Holkenborg today launched SCORE Academy, an annual year-long program, created in collaboration with ASCAP, that offers emerging composing talents the chance at hands-on instruction, up-close and personal with one of Hollywood’s most in-demand composers.

Tom Holkenborg’s SCORE Academy provides a singular opportunity. Students will be receiving a full-contact curriculum, designed by Tom himself, to educate a new generation of film composers and ready them for the demands of Hollywood. The Academy aims to raise students skill sets to the highest level in all aspects of scoring, sound design programming, music production, music technology and film music business.

'I have always been a passionate advocate of making education accessible to all, and my SCORE Academy will provide the hands-on tuition and training that’s required to make it as a composer,” said Tom Holkenborg. “Vocational education in this field is invaluable, and SCORE Academy will equip our students with the tools they need to succeed.'

The course will be offered annually to students for free, furthering Tom’s commitment to providing education resources to emerging composers. Tom already produces and funds the free online tutorial series Studio Time, which over three seasons has amassed a following of over 100,000 YouTube subscribers and given people around the world invaluable insight into Tom’s composition process. Tom also held an Associate Professor position at ArtEZ Academy of Music in the Netherlands, where he created a four year bachelor program called Media Music.

Tom Holkenborg’s SCORE Academy will mentor selected emerging film composers, taking a deep dive into production; tackling mixing, building sample libraries, working in surround sound, cue structure, sample and plug-in usage, among many other technical skills. Outside the studio the program will also provide tuition on navigating director/composer relationship and work-flow, marketing and promotion, and the business side of Hollywood.

Tom Holkenborg is one of Hollywood’s truly unique talents, a full contact composer, renowned for his maverick approach, and mastery of studio technology and instrumentation. He has over 120 scoring credits in film, video game and television music including Deadpool, Mad Max: Fury Road, Black Mass, Alita: Battle Angel, Divergent and the forthcoming Terminator: Dark Fate. He has worked with directors including Robert Rodriguez, George Miller, Tim Miller and James Cameron and his movies have grossed over $2 billion at the box office.

Find the application for SCORE Academy online"

Hidden Patterns By Miguel d'Oliveira

Hidden Patterns, on Spotify, is a new album from Miguel d'Oliveira whose videos have been featured here on MATRIXSYNTH.

via Miguel:

"Between documentaries soundtracks of the last 4 years I would try to write a track that was as different as possible from what I had just done.

Since each has an unusual pattern (structure, rhythm etc) I decided to release them as an album.
Hope you like them."

NuTone Eurorack Test

Published on Mar 28, 2019 Plankton Electronics

"Triangle wave on the Nutone eurorack distortion module. Basic patching and analysis."

Marienberg 5U Modular Synth Interview Summary (ENGLISH) #TTNM #TSR19

Published on Mar 28, 2019 THE TUESDAY NIGHT MACHINES

"At Thomann's Synth Reactor 2019 I had the unique opportunity to meet and talk to Steffen and Holger Marienberg extensively. I filmed an interview with Holger about the origins of the the company Marienberg Devices Germany, in which he also demonstrated some of their 5U modular synth modules. This interview was recorded in German language though, so I made this summary video here for my English viewers =)"

G'ma cooks it up best 🥧.

Some Moog Grandmother synth art via @moogmusicinc

"G'ma cooks it up best 🥧.

#Moog #MoogGrandmother #MoogSirin #Analog #AnalogSynth"

New TAQS.IM Synth for iPad

Spotted this one on discchord.

"The TAQS.IM Synthesizer features Middle Eastern Sounds and Rhythms for Arabic, Armenian, Balkan, Greek, Persian, Turkish Music and More. Sounds included are:

Accordion Octave
Clarinet Klezmer
CZ-101 Accordion
CZ-101 Square
DX7 Flute
Duduk Vibrato
Electric Baglama
Farfisa Lead
Garmon Reed
Guitar Jazz
Kanun Bell
Ney Hollow
OB-8 Sync
Piano Kavkaz
Sax 90s
Saz Acoustic
SH-2000 Accordion
SH-2000 Violin
Strings Kavkaz
Trombone Arabic
Zurna Synth
Zurna Turkish"

Introducing K1CK SYNTH - Kick Drum Plugin

Published on Mar 27, 2019 2getheraudio

"Boston, MA USA (March 26, 2019) - 2getheraudio, has released K1CK Synth, a virtual instrument with a new hybrid synth engine designed specifically for creating and delivering a huge range of electronic kick drum sounds. Two interfaces, Simple and Expert, give producers a highly optimized set of sound design controls for fast auditioning, simple tweaking or fine tune control of kick drum sounds. K1CK Synth is available to purchase under 2getheraudio’s Pay-What-You-Want (minimum $10) pricing model off their website.

'The perfect kick drum is not easy to achieve and yet it’s critical to every music track no matter what the style,” says Jennifer Hruska, CEO of 2getheraudio. “Like all 2getheraudio products, we set out to make the sound design process easier and faster while delivering super professional results. I’m not kidding when I say this plugin delivers some serious kick, and making your own signature sound with K1CK Synth is finally a fun thing to do!'

Under the hood, K1CK Synth uses a custom audio engine with sampled attack transients and specialized synth oscillators to generate the initial big body sound. Individual envelopes for pitch and amplitude shape the decay while customized drive and compression circuits dial in the punch. Effects, including bit crushing, decimation, and low pass and high pass filters deliver a huge range of possibilities for extra character and edge. Finally, three kick drum microphone options add the polish.

For those without the time or expertise to fine tune all these parameters, K1CK Synth offers a Simple View which exposes just four sound control knobs, 4 effects buttons and 4 mic options for quickly dialing in your sound. When needed, and Expert View takes you under the hood for finer control.
K1CK Synth supports 64-bit VST, AU, AAX capable DAWs. It is Mac and Windows compatible. K1CK Synth is released under 2getheraudio's Pay-What-You-Want (minimum $10) business model so nearly all musicians, regardless of their ability to pay, have access to this software. A free trial is available at instruments/k1ck-synth.

For more information, please visit:

Oberheim Four-Voice Synthesizer Field Test & Price List Vintage Brochure - 1978

via this auction

"Brochure includes 2 printed pages. Came in the mail from the manufacturer folded in 3.

Condition is Mint. Approximately 41 years old.

Compliment your vintage gear with original literature!"

Mutable Instruments Elements Eurorack Resonator Synth Module DIY Clone

via this auction

"Mutable Instruments Elements Eurorack Resonator Synth Module Clone New Black/Gold Build 2018 MINT!

Mutable Instruments Elements built by an electronics engineer (Momo Modular) with ten years of experience. Calibrated and tested, with factory firmware. Includes screws and ribbon cable. Briefly used only in a smoke/pet free pro studio.

Elements is a full-blown synthesis voice based on modal synthesis – an under-appreciated flavour of physical modelling synthesis with a strange and abstract feel.

Elements combines an exciter synthesis section generating raw, noisy sounds characteristic of bowing (filtered friction noise), blowing (pitch-controlled granular noise), or striking (stick, mallet, hammer or brush sample playback… or bursts of synthetic impulsions).

These sources, or external audio signals, are processed by a modal filter bank – an ensemble of 64 tuned band-pass filters simulating the response of various resonant structures (plates, strings, tubes…) with adjustable brightness and damping. A stereo ambience reverberator adds depth and presence to the sound.

All parameters have a very meaningful and well-delimited impact on the sound. When designing Elements, great care has been taken in selecting parameter ranges and control curves, producing a large palette of sounds – often beyond physical realism – but always well controlled and stable. The “dark spots” of noise and feedback are reached gradually, and they do still react to controls. The module is deliberately menu- and switch-free – what you dial/patch is what you hear!"

FieldScaper 2.1 Update - Sound Transformation & Rhythmic Construction Videos

Published on Mar 28, 2019 Igor Vasiliev

"Instant transformation recorded sound and sound design with FieldScaper - Field recorder and Scapes constructor. More about this app"

FieldScaper rhythmic constructions
Published on Mar 28, 2019 Igor Vasiliev

"Sound transformation and rhythmic constructions from usual melodic samples with FieldScaper - Field recorder and Scapes constructor."

What's New in 2.1:

● Added several new presets with use sequencer.
● Added controls for mic and external input.
● Added midi controls for sample edit.
● Optimization for iPhone Xr, Xs, Max.
● Several improvements of UI.
● Ableton Link SDK 3.0.5 updated.
● Audiobus SDK 3.0.6 updated.
● Built-in description updated.
● Several minor bugs were fixed.

New Tubbutec ModyPoly HiRes Upgrade for the Polysix, Mono/Poly & Somewhat the Poly-61

Tubbutec ModyPoly HiRes installation Published on Mar 28, 2019 tubbutec

Update: also see Portamento and Microtuning for Polysix and Mono/Poly (ModyPoly HiRes demo)


HiRes is an upgrade for the ModyPoly which adds high pitch resolution, microtuning and portamento. It works for Polysix and Mono/Poly (and is somewhat usable on the Poly-61).

Main features

New Esion! iOS Looper by once upon a synth

My new looper iOS app Esion! Published on Mar 28, 2019 once upon a synth

"I'm excited to introduce Esion, my new texture looper iOS app. You get 3 free-running tracks and 4 effects. Each effect has an XY pad. The idea is to capture random vocal sounds or ambient sounds and turn them into strange evolving textures that you can use in your songs. It's available for both iPhone and iPad.

Download the app:"

"Esion is a sound design and experimentation tool. You start by recording an audio sample into one of 3 tracks (e.g. by whistling into the mic). As soon as you're done recording, the audio starts looping.

Now, here's the fun part! Each track is run through its own effect chain which includes a pitch shifter, bit crusher, delay and reverb. Each effect has 2 parameters you can adjust by positioning circles on the XY pad. You can also bypass any effect.

Tired of your recording? No problem, simply record over it. The effect settings remain in tact when you record a new sample. This allows you to experiment with different textures and quickly turn your simple samples into polyrhythmic, organic, unrecognizable sonic textures. Cool right?

Unlike traditional loopers, Esion is not time-sync'd or rhythm-based (i.e. it's not your standard guitar looper pedal). Instead, Esion is free flowing and designed to be used to create ambient experimental sonic textures and complex evolving loops.

After spending some time tweaking your sound, you can double-tap anywhere on the XY pad to start recording your performance. All your recordings are saved as wav files which you can then export into your favourite DAW and or share with your friends.

••• FEATURES •••
• 3 independent tracks.
• Record audio loops with the mic.
• Reverse the loops in real-time.
• Mute/Disable/Clear loops on the fly.
• Flexible architecture. You can turn all effects and tracks on/off independently.
• Run each track through 4 effects: Bit Crusher/Sample-Rate reducer, Time/Pitch Stretcher, Reverb, Delay.
• Each effect has a dedicated XY-pad to control parameters independently for each track.
• XY-pad dedicated to changing pan and volume for each track separately.
• Global record feature allows you to record everything you hear. Recordings are stored as wav files which you can export/share.
• While recording you can tweak all the parameters to create complex performances.
• Universal app (iPhone/iPad)

• This is *not* a tempo-sync'd/rhythmic/beat looper. If you're looking for a traditional looper app for making beats, this is not that app.
• Audiobus/IAA/AUv3/Ableton Link are *not* supported, sorry! I designed this to be a standalone sound design tool. Think: "Voice Memo" for aliens.
• While the app is primarily designed to be used with the built-in mic, you should be able to connect other interfaces and hardware too. I've tested it with the Roland Go:Mixer Pro and it worked fine but I can't guarantee that it'll work with all other hardware interfaces (since I can't test them all).

If you want to see the app in action please watch my YouTube videos (

If you do get the app, thank you so much! I hope you create beautiful and strange sounds with it.

Made with 💚 in Canada."

Lightstorm - World's First Light Eurorack Synthesizer

Published on Mar 21, 2019 Strange Electronic

via Strange Electronic

"The Lightstorm Eurorack Case is a new type of interactive modular synthesizer case that integrates voltage-controlled LED lighting, adding visually stunning effects to live performance and giving inspiration in the studio. The Lightstorm Module brings creative lighting into the synthesizer workflow, going beyond audio-reactive effects. Now any control voltage - LFOs, envelopes, sequencers - can control full-spectrum LED lighting.

Henry Strange, founder and CEO of Strange Electronic, explains “Our company has been involved with professional touring, large fixed installations, and interactive happenings for over 10 years. Lighting is always, at least, HALF the show. We’ve made countless systems that integrate lights, controllers, and laptops. Now, with Lightstorm, we’ve found a fun and creative way to put lighting control directly in musicians eurorack systems.”

Renowned Los Angeles based producer and artist, Daedelus, currently utilizes the Lightstorm while touring around the world. “I’m very performance minded. Modular has opened this whole new vista to create sounds, but as an experience it can be very flat. I’m always looking for ways to embody the sounds and what better way than to create a light experience that is localized at my hands but expressed so much further, deformed by my sounds but inhabiting the actual space of the instrument.”

Using the Lightstorm is similar to other eurorack format modules. With the Lightstorm Module, the same control signals used to make music can be used to make a light show. This makes it easy for musicians to control lights without learning a lighting technology like DMX. The Lightstorm comes with a light strip but the LED output port will connect to many forms of LED devices, giving the user another way to personalize their lighting.

The Lightstorm Eurorack Case is an 84hp, 6U case bundled with a 30W power supply and built-in LEDs controlled by the Lightstorm Module. With frosted acrylic sides, the RGB LEDs can flash, pulse, and glow up to 1000 lumens of light in all directions. The ergonomic angle of the case allows the audience to see the performer work the modules while playing comfortably. This brings the audience into the performer’s craft rather than staring at the back of a box or the back of the artist. When in the studio, the case can stand upright, saving space and acting as a piece to beautify your space."

Analogue Solutions Impulse Command teaser 3

Published on Mar 28, 2019 Analogue Solutions

"New for 2019.
Come see it at Superbooth 2019, stand E147 in the main area.
More details will be uploaded to the web site in the coming days.
What you hear here is 100% Impulse Command. No external anything. Straight out of the back. Use good headphones or speakers. Stereo experience! A cell phone speaker would be a sin."

Analogue Solutions Teaser videos

In The Studio Sampling Lofi Hi-Hats

Published on Mar 28, 2019 The Daydream Sound

"Sampling the ESQ-1 synthesizer with the SP 1200 & Microgranny drum machines. Also doing a little maintenance with a MIDI sysex backup to the ASR 10 from the ESQ-1. If you’ve just got an #Ensoniq ASR-10 and don't know where to start. Learn everything you need to know to get up and running with the Ensoniq ASR-10 Beginners Manual."

Korg Volca Modular - raw patching and a jam w/ Volca Kick

Published on Mar 28, 2019 EM Nordic Finland OY

"Watch with subtitles on.

Raw patching on the Volca Modular and a little jam alongside Volca Kick."


Like patching with needles.

Deep88 - Music (B2 from The SP1200 EP) WATL

Published on Mar 28, 2019 deepeightyeight

"here is the B2 from the SP1200 EP...."

Patch n Tweak

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