MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

INTERVIEW WITH ANN ANNIE a philosophy of electronic music #TSR19

Published on Apr 2, 2019 BoBeats

"An interview with ambient artist & youtuber Ann Annie known for his beatiful music & videos.
Check him out here:
If you enjoy my videos support on Patreon:"

And a few recent videos from Ann Annie:

Generative in the grass w/ Constant Shapes

Published on Apr 2, 2019 ann annie

Within the park...
spring has sprung

Modular Haiku

1. Haiku Nº 01 - Oceans Away // Reflections and Modular Meditations - Self Generation
Reflections of one,
the ocean deep in thought,
noise to pass the time
2. Haiku Nº 02 - Upstream // Akemie's Taiko, Ornament & Crime, Lo-fi Junky
Upstream contrast sound,
at end flowing together,
the river moves soft
3. Haiku Nº 03 - Moons Apart // Roland e20, Rings, Clouds, Three Sisters
Across the land yet
Moons apart beneath new skies
sounds to light the way
4. Haiku Nº 04 - Contrast // Mutable Instruments Elements, Rings & Clouds
Beauty in nature Reconstructing / rebuilding the
under hum of rushing life ---- system. Voltage Block doing most
5. Haiku Nº 05 Pastel // Mutable Rings, Clouds, Elements, Three Sisters
- Pastel (lullaby sky) -
pastel splashed upon
a lullaby for the sky,
whispers and textures
6. Haiku Nº 06 "Latitudeº" (Self Generative) // Elements, Rings, & Clouds,
Watching the weather,
Shifts forward then back again,
Sipping on the rain.
- Self Generative Version of "Latitudeº" Feeling the warmth from this patch in the increasingly cold weather..
7. Haiku Nº 07 - "Cordillera" // Two Rings, Clouds & Mangrove
parallel peaks hush,
listen to the wind and trees,
echoes to rest by
~ from the album "Cordillera".

You can find additional videos from ann annie featured here on MATRIXSYNTH.

ПОЛИВОКС синтезатор POLIVOKS Synthesizer (1982) ЭЛЕКТРОНИКА CCCP

Published on Apr 2, 2019 RetroSound

"(c) 2019 vintage synthesizer demo by RetroSound

all synthesizer sounds: #Polivoks Analog #Synthesizer (1982)
drums: LinnDrum
recording: multi-track
fx: reverb and delay

Polivoks Duophonic Analog Synthesizer
Made in #USSR 1982-1990

Designed by Vladimir Kuzmin and produced at the Formanta Radio Factory in Kachkanar
2 VCOs, FM, 2 ADSR, Glide, 2 LFOs, ADSR loop function,
The nice filter that can be switched from low pass to bandpass and two envelopes that can be looped over the AD sections."

Waldorf Kyra Synthesizer At SynthPlex 2019

Published on Apr 2, 2019 Synthtopia

"At SynthPlex 2019, we talked with synthesist Nick Kwas, who gave us a sneak preview of the upcoming Waldorf Kyra synthesizer."

Empress Effects Zoia Modular Synthesizer & Effects Pedal SYNTHPLEX 2019

Published on Apr 2, 2019 Perfect Circuit

"Empress Effects Zoia is a fully programmable modular synthesis and effects environment inside of a pedal. The glowing buttons on the front of the pedal let you see what sections are modulating what other sections and change routing and modules. It can send and receive midi control and be played with a keyboard, or use internal sequencers and modulation. External audio can be routed through it and modified, or you can generate complete sounds from within it. There are more than 80 types of modules that can be used in it and you can save up to 64 preset patches.

Empress Effects pedals available here:"

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Radikal Technologies Accelerator - Sound demo #8

Published on Apr 2, 2019 MIDERA

Electric Tears -Jordan Rudess and Steve H

Published on Apr 2, 2019 steveHmusic AKA Steve Horelick

"Found this cool improv that Jordan Rudess and I played in my studio... Enjoy!"

E-mu Proteus 2: Does it Hold Up? (1.1 Flute)

Published on Apr 2, 2019 Kris Lennox

"Released (almost) 30 years ago, the Proteus 2 was quite the powerhouse of its time. Many know it as 'The X-Files Module', due to Fulterman's use of one of the presets as the 'whistling' instrument from the X-Files theme.

I'm going to do a set taking a look at each orchestral sound/instrument. Good fun as a mini-project - and also serves as a good illustration of the module.

Two videos for flute: this one, plus a slower work (which will be the next video in this set).

RE the flute sound: personally, I'd say for 'standard' flute in a mix, it more than suffices (from a compositional/recording point of view, having sounds such as this is far more efficient than trying to build an appropriate sound on a synth). Granted, we're never going to get Cassandra's Dream Song from the flute sound herein, but again, for its time, I feel the flute tone holds up well. Personally, when I ran the flute through a little reverb, I was surprised at just how well it sounded. By all means share your own thoughts in the comments.

Alesis Micron as controller. I'm also running the Proteus through a small reverb unit (Nanoverb). Aside from the reverb, the sound is of the module.

Music = Bach's 'Badinerie' from BWV 1067. Very popular piece, many recordings available. This allows for a good comparative analysis. I'm performing in the manner of a flute performance (i.e small gaps as breathing points etc) - this gives slightly more authenticity to the sound.

PS this is just a quick sight-read through the score. If giving an 'actual' performance, I'd play through it a couple more times to work on interpretation - but I trust the performance will suffice for the purpose of the video.

As a blind test, would the sound pass as flute?! Worth trying with a friend.

All best


The percussion in the attack is a bit much compared to a real flute. Once you focus on it, it's difficult for it to not take over.

Happy Birthday Dave Smith!

It's Dave Smith's birthday today!

via @sequentialLLC:

"Happy Birthday to Dave Smith! 40+ years of innovation and still going strong! 🎂#Sequential"

Based on that photo, he must have started making synths when he was a toddler! ;)  He looks great.

Happy Birthday Dave!  Thank you for all the gifts you have given us over the years.  One thing to add to that list of course is MIDI.  The global synth community and musicians truly appreciate all you've done and continue to do for us.  We hope you are having a synthtastic birthday!

MFB Microzwerg Demo 2

Published on Apr 2, 2019 SyntheticMachines

"I've made a second demo with the MFB Microsynth 2.
Snare & Claps : Roland TR 808."

SyntheticMachines MFB Microzwerg Demos

2hp TM Turing Machine // Random modulation, melodies and more for Eurorack synths

Published on Apr 2, 2019 DivKidVideo

"Up next in the #2hpTuesdays series of videos is the TM or Turing Machine from 2hp. It creates random stepped patterns with a length of 1 to 32 steps per pattern, you have full variable random to locked/loop functionality under CV control as well as the step length. In the video we make some looping modulations, turned stepped CV into random gates, funk up so hi hats in our beats and create evolving and performable/controllable melodies."

Instrument Designer: Rare Buchla 700 Synth Coming to Software on Mac, Windows & iOS

via modosc designs

"a modern interpretation of the buchla 700, coming soon for mac, windows, and ios."

If you are not familiar with the Buchla 700, check out Chimeror by Benge on Vintage Buchla 700. According to that post, only about 12 of these machines were ever produced, and there are possibly only 4 working examples left in existence.

Update: Some additional info via modosc designs:

On the developer: "Jonathan Schatz has spent his life pursuing dual passions of music and computing, occasionally simultaneously. One of these convergences led to working with Don Buchla on the 200e system for several years. The latest such convergence is Modosc Designs."


"What is Instrument Designer?
Instrument Designer is a software synthesizer inspired by the Buchla 700.

Ok, what is the Buchla 700?
The Buchla 700 is a 12 voice 4 operator FM synth released in 1987 and designed by Don Buchla. There are several main ways the 700 differentiates itself from the other FM synths common in the industry at that time:

Each algorithm outputs through two independant waveshapers. This allows a single instrument defintion to output two different audio signals without requiring a separate stacked voice. This also increases the sonic palette by allowing a user to easily create non-sinusoid waveforms.

The waveshapers are cousins to the ones use in the Buchla Touche, Buchla 400 and the Buchla 259e. They are quite unique and use some interesting waveshaping techniques.

Each voice has 13 complex envelopes which control almost every aspect of the sound algorithm. The envelopes have a unique exponential display, are programmable with an arbitrary number of breakpoints, and include programmable features such as looping.

Programming was simplified with the help of a graphical user interface and an external monitor.

What does it sound like?

There weren't a lot of these produced so there's not that much out there, but what is out there is quite interesting:

Charles Cohen — Generator
Benge — Chimeror
Ode To Gravity — this is from the release party for the 700 and includes interviews with Don
So what happened to it?
The instrument never became very popular and today is one of the rarer of Don Buchla's instruments (which says a lot). The software itself was never finished, and the video card which connected up the external display was unreliable and eventually end-of-lifed by Intel. Probably 15-20 of these were made - I personally know of 3, of which only 1 currently works.

Why hasn't anyone made a reissue?
Good question. The design is quite complicated and includes 4 separate computers as well as a large membrane input surface. It would certainly be possible to build but it wouldn't be a cheap endevor, and unlike other recent reissues it probably wouldn't be a big seller - it's likely the most difficult instrument of Don's to use.

So why are you bothering?
I love the sound of Don's wavetable synths (specifically the 259e) and I've spent a lot of time implementing and reimplenting various related algorithms. I had the opportunity to play around with a 700 a few years back and the idea was hatched there.

Are you using the original source code?
No. This entire project was implemented using a scan of the original 700 manual as the spec (which was the usual Don way of doing things). You can view the original source code here, which is interesting because it seemingly contains code used for a NASA project as well:

Set ON_B700 non-zero to get a Buchla 700 PROM, or zero to get a NASA 3D Helmet Display PROM.

That source dump from Lynx Crowe is unfortunately incomplete but there is a project that's managed to get it to boot. Unfortunately the source code only includes some of the controller code and none of the DSP code so currently there's no sound generation.

Where can I learn more about the Buchla 700?
The Buchla 700 Preservation Page
Notes on the Buchla 700 audio synthesizer
Buchla 700 archeology
Buchla 700
Chimeror by Benge
The Buchla 700 Emulation Project
Alessandro Cortini of Nine Inch Nails playing a Buchla 700 in Twin Peaks — I don't know if the sound is actually 700 or not but who cares?"

Zenith Vol 2 - Novation PEAK - 00 to 29 -

Published on Apr 2, 2019 GEOSynths

"Back with another Bank of Patches for the Novation PEAK, but this time it's different...All Patches use at least 1 of the new Wavetables, All have Animate, Mod Assignments and most have Aftertouch where relevant.

It's packed with Textures and Pads...You know it's my thing :) Plus lots of Leads, Bass EP's and other Worldly sounds. Novation have a fantastic Synth, especially since the latest update."

Patching a typical East Coast modular synth voice

Published on Apr 2, 2019 Learning Modular

"This excerpt from my Learning Modular Synthesis online course goes through patching an entire 'East Coast' VCO-VCF-VCA voice, from keyboard controller through adding modulation (envelope & LFO). I hope it proves useful to those starting out with modular synths.

My "Level 1" modular synth course that this came from - as well as a few options on how to view it - is described in the link below. As a bonus for those who bothered to read this far (smile), this particular link pre-enters a 20% discount if you buy my online version of the course:"

Retro City - Soundset for Diva

Published on Apr 2, 2019 Luftrum1

"Retro City is a retro-futuristic flashback into the beating heart of the 1980’s containing 85 synthwave style presets for U-He Diva featuring 64 presets by Stephan Bear, and 21 edits by Luftrum. The soundset is packed with nostalgia, synthesized with modern beauty and delivered with 80’s love. Warm analog pads, classic basslines, energetic keys, crystalline synth leads and nostalgic arpeggios.

The soundset is released on

Info about the audio demos in the vid: Michael Oakley demo, using only sounds from the set with external drums plus a little TAL Chorus, compression, some filtering and a reverb on one or two sounds. Morgan Willis demo, using only sounds from the set plus two cymbals, compression and a little reverb on the master. Stephan Baer demo (Sonic Underworld) using only sounds from the set plus external drums."

Jean -Philippe RYKIEL avec Baloran the River "First Contact"

Published on Apr 2, 2019 Olivier Briand

"Au Synthfest France 2018 à Nantes."

Patch Talk - Leonardo Laguna Ruiz, Vult Modules

Published on Apr 2, 2019 Omri Cohen

"A conversation with Leonardo Laguna Ruiz, the developer of the Vult modules for VCV Rack, Voltage Modular, and Eurorack."

Roland Death Star Run Synth Art

Cool vintage Roland spaceship black & white synth art / ad via @fabmass, via @ninjatune

Not sure when this is from. You can spot a Jupiter-4, System 100m (sliders look more like a AIRA System-1m), & a CR-78. Below are what look like some classic Roland knobs on an amp. Note the cables in the canyon through the cockpit.

P.S. I have no idea if it was inspired by the Star Wars Death Star run. It just reminded me of it.

1961 Electronics Magazine Build a Transistorized Theremin by Robert Moog

via this auction

"1961 Electronics Magazine
Build a Transistorized Theremin
by Robert Moog
This auction is for a magazine. There is NO hardware for sale.

Increasingly hard to find, this half-century-old issue of Electronics World contains a fascinating how-to on building that special effects staple of scores of classic sci-fi flicks, the theremin, by none other than electronic music pioneer Robert Moog. The feature article contains a complete schematic and parts list, as well as chassis layout and photos of the completed unit. There are even tips on how to play the ethereal instrument. You get the entire original 1961 magazine, not a couple photocopied pages like you find elsewhere on Ebay.

Also in this issue is a homebrew stereo balancer using 6FG6 magic eye tubes and a look at beam power tubes in VHF oscillators, plus an article on early computer logic circuits, both vacuum tube and transistor-based. Overall, the magazine is in very good condition. This item ships WORLDWIDE."

Arp 2600 Synthesizer Owners Manual 1973 W/ Custom And Preset Binder

via this auction

"No missing pages in good shape for its age! Owners manuals and patch book for anyone who owns and ARP 2600 series custom patches and more! 5th revision 1973"

Tom Oberheim Designed Maestro USS-1 Universal Synthesizer System SN 1873

via this auction

"Up for sale is a (1) very rare Maestro USS-1 Universal Synthesizer System, a big box full of Tom Oberheim effects. The boxed USP speed/freq. pedal is included as well as the owner's manual from 1974. The pedal can act as a wah-wah pedal or as a speed pedal for the sample&hold / phase shifter.

The main unit is been serviced. The service report is part of the sale. Cosmetically it's in near mint condition with only some very minor scratches and little wear and tear (see photos).

A beautiful vintage piece of history in amazing condition! It's a 117v version and the serial number is: 1873."

Modal Electronics 008

via this auction

Demo - CrossFire for the AKAI Fire by nativeKONTROL

Published on Apr 2, 2019 Isotonik Studios

"CrossFire transforms the Akai Fire into a powerful Control Surface for Ableton Live. While it’s primary focus is on Drum Rack control and sequencing, it includes many other features (such as Clip/Scene launching and selected Track control) that make it a great, all-around control option for Live."

Soviet analog synthesizer OPUS / Советский Синтезатор Опус

Published on Apr 2, 2019 Cyril Metodey

Lightstorm Demonstration at Synthplex 2019

Published on Apr 2, 2019 Strange Electronic

AJH Synth Minimod VCO/Transistor Ladder Filter/Discrete Cascade VCA/Contour Generator

Published on Apr 2, 2019 Dziam Bass

"Hi Guys
In this video I used several modules from the MInimod series from AJHSynth to get a full voice. The first is Vintage Transistor Core VCO - very nice thick sounding classic oscillator that is fully mapped to VCO from Minimoog model D. I used ladder filter Transistor Ladder Filter, Discrete Cascade VCA and minimod Contour Generator also fully based on early minimoog model D .
later I added a little Black Octasource-LFO from Erica Synths and reverb from the Black Hole DSP module also from Erica Synths."

Chilling with Digitone (Intro and Bass Patch)

Published on Apr 2, 2019 Red Means Recording

"The Elektron Digitone is an 8-voice, 4-part FM synthesizer and sequencer. Let's touch it with our meat hands and see what happens."

Earthquaker Devices With Lisa Bella Donna

Published on Apr 2, 2019 Synthtopia

"At SynthPlex 2019, we talked with Lisa Bella Donna of Earthquaker Devices, and she gave us a demo of how she uses the effects when playing live."

Synthplex 2019 Floor Walk

Published on Apr 2, 2019 sonicstate

"Always good to see what a new show has to offer and this floor walk should give you an idea of what the first Synthplex show halls looked like. See you next year!"

Synthplex 2019 Empress Zoia Configurable FX Box

Published on Apr 2, 2019 sonicstate

"Winner of the 2018 NAMM Best in Show its a fascinating custom patchable modular FX, synth box that allows you to create extremely complex digital effects, synths and routings together with 5x8 LED button matrix for control and GUI operation.
Hopefully it will be released real soon..."

See the Empress label below for more.

Synthplex 2019 Sensel Morph Buchla Keyboard Overlay

Published on Apr 2, 2019 sonicstate

"Sensel Morph is an interchangeable control overlay for a highly sensitive surface. Each overlay has its own RFID which tells the control software what the overlay does and its particular mappings.
With full MPE capability is can be very expressive. Shown here is the new Buchla Thunder layout - Sensel are working in partnership with Buchla on this."

Synthplex 2019 Korg Minilogue XD Sounds Only

Published on Apr 2, 2019 sonicstate

"Jim takes a look at the new Korg Minilogue XD, released at NAMM. With the new features found in the more expensive Prologue, its got some very interesting digital oscillator options. As well as stereo fx and and a modified filter. We cant wait to get one in for review, as we enjoyed the regular Minilogue."

SP 1200 Has Great High pass Filtering

Published on Apr 2, 2019 The Daydream Sound

"The SP 1200 drum machine has low-pass filters but there’s a way to have a high-pass filters also."

Vermona ET 6-1 - Benjamin LAZZARUS

Published on Apr 2, 2019 Benjamin LAZZARUS

"This track is only made with sounds coming from the Vermona ET 6-1, Electric Combo Organ 1972
Video: 'Melancholia' Lars Von Trier

Morceau réalisé avec l'orgue Vermona ET 6-1, un orgue à transistor des année 70, à mi chemin entre le Vox continental et le Farfisa Compact. Un look "europe de l'est" habillé en faux bois en plastique, un son très typé rock garage et une magnifique réverbe intégré. Une petit particularité que j'aime beaucoup la fonction "repeat" qui permet de jouer les notes en croches que j'ai utilisé dans ce morceau. Avec la poignante fin du monde du film "Melancholia" de Lars Von Trier."


"Piece realized with the organ Vermona ET 6-1, a transistor organ of the year 70, halfway between the continental Vox and the Farfisa Compact. A look "Eastern Europe" dressed in faux wood plastic, a very typical rock garage sound and a beautiful integrated reverb. A small feature that I really like the "repeat" function that allows you to play the notes in eighth notes that I used in this piece. With the poignant end of the world of the film "Melancholia" by Lars Von Trier."

Analogue Solutions Impulse Command extreme Stereo Synth demo

Published on Apr 2, 2019 Analogue Solutions

"Analogue Solutions Impulse Command extreme Stereo Synth demo

This demo highlights the extreme stereo loops that are possible."

Analogue Solutions Impulse Command

Strange Electronics - Modular LED Rack! at SynthPlex 2019 z27

Published on Apr 2, 2019 VJ FRANZ K

"This literally flashy synth module, and lighted case (!) are ready to make your performance, or studio, brighter! (With CV control)"

NANDAMONIUM 2019 - RAW Sounds Demo Euroack

Published on Apr 1, 2019 synthrotek

"Low pulsing drones, dive bombs and high-pitched laser sounds! This drone monster has six square wave oscillators with a delay, essentially combining two 4093 NAND Synths and one Cosmic ECHO.

The Nandamonium has two SAG CV inputs. When the CV jack is patched and the switch is toggled to "CV," the NAND circuit is powered directly by the incoming voltage. Beyond controlling pitch, the incoming CV can also be used to create lofi rhythmic effects.

Dial in your drone with the Nandamonium!


Six tunable square wave oscillators and two level controls
Delay rate, mix, and feedback controls, with touch control over the rate and mix
Warp switch: adds a bright, "small" speaker tone
Blast switch: introduces max feedback into the circuit momentarily, great for adding rhythm and strange sounds
Two SAG CV inputs, one per NAND synth
CV/On Switch allows selection of CV control or internal power control (1 switch per NAND synth)
3.5mm jacks
Module width: 38HP
Module depth: 22mm
+12V current draw: 15mA"

80s Soviet Synthpop. Alliance - Na Zare (At dawn) USSR, 1987 HD

Published on Jun 24, 2018 Олег Парастаев

Depeche Mode on Yamaha DX21 & Weekedend at Bernies on KORG Poly-800. Dude is laughing at 4:09. That is one somber audience.

Patch n Tweak

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