MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

OB-6 + Prophet-6: FRINGE (TV theme song cover) // Squarp Pyramid, TR-8, MX-1

Published on Apr 3, 2019 MR TUNA Music

"Psychokinesis, Teleportation, Nanotechnology, Artificial Intelligence, Precognition, Dark Matter, Cybernetics, Suspended Animation, Transmogrification
Hypnosis, Pyrokinesis, Hive Mind, ESP, Neuroscience, Clairaudience, Cryonics, Parallel Universes, Astral Projection, Protoscience, Mutation, Genetic Engineering
Personal Computing, Cold Fusion, Cloning, DNA Profiling, Nanotechnology, Invisibility, Genetic Engineering, Laser Surgery, Stealth Technology, In Vitro Fertilization, Virtual Reality
Wormholes, Singularity, Speciation, Synesthesia, Transhumanism, Pandemic, Reanimation, Neural Networks, Telepathy, Transcendence, Retrocognition, Biotechnology
Cellular Rejuvenation, Thought Extraction, Cryptozoology, Neural Partitioning, Brain Porting, Temporal Plasticity, Dual Maternity, Chaos Structure, Clonal Transplantation, Water, Biosuspension, Hope
Existence, Quantum Entanglement, Philosopher's Stone, Psychometry, Viral Therapy, Ethereal Plane, Gravitons, Time Paradox, Psychogenesis, Bilocation, Psychic Surgery, Transgenics
Community, Joy, Individuality, Education, Imagination, Private Thought, Due Process, Ownership, Free Will, Freedom"

Kurzweil Announces New PC4 V.A.S.T. Synthesizer with 6-Op FM Synth Engine & 4G of Sample Memory

Kurzweil has a new full blown synth in the works. It addition to the classic V.A.S.T. engine that made Kurzweil synths both powerful and popular, the PC4 will introduce a new 6-Op FM engine which will support DX7 patches, unless they are referring to other 80s SysEx files. The 4G of sample memory is split between 2G of on board content and 2G available for users.

The announcement with initial details follow:

"Waltham MA - Kurzweil Music Systems is proud to announce the all new PC4, Performance Controller and Production Station.


256 voices of polyphony
2 GB of factory sample content + 2 GB of user-loadable space
1000+ factory programs
- New! - 6-operator FM Engine with the ability to import 80's/90's FM SysEx files
9 sets of programmable knobs+sliders+buttons
88 note fully-weighted hammer-action with velocity sensitive keys with aftertouch
Full native V.A.S.T. editing capabilities
16 track Sequencer with dedicated front-panel transport buttons
16 arpeggiators (Classic or Step sequencers) with dedicated front-panel controls
- New! - 16 MIDI CC Step Sequencers
16 Riff Generators
Dedicated front-panel transposition and tempo controls
Ribbon connector input
(2) 1/4 inch audio input connectors
(1) stereo 1/8" audio input jack with FX
(2) pairs of stereo outputs
(4) switch pedals (via 2 stereo jacks)
(2) CC pedal inputs"

4ms Spherical Wavetable Details & Pics

You can find demos of the 4ms Spherical Wavetable eurorack module in the archives here.

Priced at $599.00

"The Spherical Wavetable Navigator (SWN) is a six-channel synthesizer that makes it easy to create slowly morphing drones, polyphonic melodies, evolving sequences, and rich textures. The SWN features six wavetable oscillators with independent pitch, level, and waveform controls. Six LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators) can be used as modulation sources and/or envelopes, making it easy to add dynamic motion to your patch. Each channel is a full voice and can be “played” using the top row of buttons, the internal LFOs, or note-change detection on the 1V/oct jacks. The SWN ships with 12 three-dimensional (spherical) wavetables and an easy interface which allows you to record and edit custom wavetables from live audio. Open-source software for Mac, Windows, and Linux called SphereEdit can be freely downloaded and allows you computer to create, edit, and convert .wav files into Spherical wavetables to transfer into the SWN with an audio cable.

Six VCOs (Voltage Controlled Oscillators), each with independent 1V/oct pitch CV and waveform selection.

Twelve spherical wavetables, plus space for up 108 user-created wavetables.

Quickly record, apply effects, and save your own custom wavetables from live audio (or by using free SphereEdit software on a computer).

Six LFOs/envelopes, each with its own output jack and controls for speed, amplitude, phase, and shape.

Steiner Parker Synthacon

via this auction

"For your consideration is a beautiful Steiner Parker Synthacon. The Synthacon has been recently serviced, and also has brand new keyboard bushings. If you're looking at this then you probably know that the Synthacon has an extremely flexible modulation architecture and amazing sound due to it's three oscillators and unique filter which does not cut out the low end on high resonance settings. You probably also know that these rarely come up for sale."

Korg Rhythm 55B Drum Machine SN 390141

via this auction

No mention what that little box is for. It almost looks like a remote or battery pack. If anyone knows what it is feel free to leave a comment.

E-MU Emulator II Lexan Overlay Set

via this auction

"Made in the USA Emulator II overlays. Brand new and beautiful EII reproduction labels ship in protective plastic and includes BOTH the modulation wheel and main label. Our main control label and mod wheel set match each other perfectly.

Designed and manufactured to replace a fading, scratched, and peeling EII label set. These labels took over 2 years to get right, and they fit perfectly, and will last longer than the originals. The adhesive backing is genuine 3M 467 glue on 10 mil lexan just like the Emulator II originals. The main control label has the clear display window and the texture is satin. The labels were created with an extremely rare new old stock label and replicated and color matched perfectly. The are wrapped in plastic and boxed for safe shipping. *EII sampling keyboard shown with label set not included."

Gibson Echoplex Digital Pro with Footpedal, Loop IV and full docs

via this auction

Note these were also branded Oberheim. You can find some videos featuring the Echoplex in the archives. There was also a black model.

"The Echoplex Digital Pro is a digital delay designed for the performing artist! The Echoplex features 16-bit digital 44.1kHz recording/sampling to RAM. With the LoopIV upgrade this unit supports 198 seconds of loop time.

The EFC-7 Foot controller allows you to punch in and out of loops without having to use your you can keep playing. The included connecting cord is 10 foot TRS.

The Echoplex is also fully MIDI capable. All controls send/receive MIDI data and even the Loops can be saved and loaded via MIDI! MIDI sync makes sure your loops can be locked to the tempo of your MIDI sequencers giving the Echoplex a niche in your MIDI-studio as a dedicated loop-player!

Loops, like samples, can be assigned to keys on a keyboard and can be triggered as loops or single-shot samples. Other functions of the Echoplex include Reverse, for backwards loops, and a Multiplay feature which repeats loops a user-defined number of times to create an extended loop (ie: extend a 4-beat loop into a 16-beat loop)."

PEARL SC-40 Percussion Synthesizer SN 170291 w/ Original Box & DT-10 Data Tape

via this auction

"The Pearl SC-20/40 are unique among electronic drum modules of the 80s, using what Pearl called "DWAP" (Digital Wave Analogue Processing) synthesis -- basically digital samples with digital and analogue processing available for pretty dramatic tweaking of the sounds. A truly unique tone generator for creating truly unique percussion textures. This version (the SC-40) has 4-voice polyphony for use with a full set of drum and cymbal pads (so you can play both arms and feet simultaneously). (The SC-20 was a two voice polyphony version meant for use with a few pads as add-on to an acoustic drum kit (where no more than two voices would be needed simultaneously))"

Quasimidi Rave-O-Lution 309 Groovebox Synthesizer Sequencer SN 44030

via this auction

"Fully Upgraded:

- Synth expansion
- Drum expansion
- Audio I/O expansion
- 3.00b OS

This used item was tested fully working directly before listing.
All of the buttons and knobs work great and feel good.

Five knobs were replaced with new ones. Two of those are blue,
and the color is off just a hair, perhaps just brighter from being new.
Also included are the original five knobs, which are less attractive."


via this auction

"Lovely sounding proper analogue monosynth, releases as a 303 clone, albeit without the sequencer etc, I think it sounds more like an SH101, which is no bad thing!"

Buchla Delations

Published on Apr 3, 2019 zack dagoba

"Another Buchla patch using my new delay module (277), this time a softer tone is being explored. I sent the melodic tones from the 201 and MARF to the delay, and also the Buchla 100 stereo spring reverbs. See https://myblogitsfullofstars.blogspot... for more"

Additive Synthesis for Effect: Waldorf Blofeld ambient patch B094 "Seattle"

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Mark Pigott

"No filter.

Pitch and amplitude modulation only.

16 step arp with only step 1 turned on with glide.


Korg Volca Modular + Empress Effects EchoSystem // First Quick Test

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Genshi Media Group


This is a first quick test of the new Korg Volca Modular synth with the Empress Effects EchoSystem Dual Engine Delay. More to come..."

The History Of The Minimoog, From Model A To The Model D

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Synthtopia

"At SynthPlex 2019, Electronic Music Education and Preservation Project (EMEAPP) made its first synth event appearance - and was displaying the prototypes for the Minimoog.

EMEAPP is a non-profit group, dedicated to "Archiving and sharing the history, artists and tools of electronic music, keeping it alive and relevant for the future."

We talked with Executive Director Drew Raison & Associate Director Vince Pupillo, Jr., who gave us an introduction to the organization and its mission. They also gave us a tour of their Minimoog prototypes, and some of the design decisions that not only determined the shape of one of the most iconic synths of all time - but many of standard features of synths that have followed."

Check out more SynthPlex Minimoog posts here.

Overbridge 2.0 Sneak Preview With Digitone At SynthPlex 2019

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Synthtopia

"At SynthPlex 2019, Elektron introduced Overbridge 2.0 with Digitone.

We talked with Elektron's Mario Hernandez, who gave us a quick demo of Overbridge 2.0 in action."

Ability to process and mix individual parts / tracks via your DAW.

Check out more Overbridge 2.0 posts here.

Casio at Synthplex

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Casio Music Gear

"Clips captured from the Casio booth at the the inaugural Synthplex expo in Burbank, California. All audio is from the Casio Privia PX-5S.

Hope to see you next year."

Synthwave jam

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Medsound Music

"A little Synth wave jam using : Prophet6, Moog Grandmother, Roland Juno106 and DX Drum machine sounds.

Maybe a new song will come out this idea shortly... :-) will see"

Analogue Solutions Treadstone synthesizer - full review by Molten Music Technology

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Molten Music Technology

"Treadstone is a cool little monosynth from Analogue Solutions that's capable of a surprising amount of sound from a little box. Some great and unusual features including a little internal MIDI sequencer, dynamic filter cutoff and weird Reflect delay. Loving this little thing - lots of sound demo in the video. For disclosure I didn't get to keep it, although I might have the Eurorack version on long term loan.

Intro - 0:16
Features - 2:12
Looping the envelope - 6:42
Reflect effect - 9:24
Bypass VCO routing - 11:42
Pulse width modulation - 14:18
So far so good? - 17:39
CV sequencing and modulation - 18:39
6 minute sound demo - 21.12
FM - 27:06
Playing from a MIDI controller - 32:26
Inbuilt MIDI sequencer - 34:11
Conclusions - 38:58"

Empress Zoia Pedal - Three patches you'll understand

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Carl-Mikael's Cabinet of Curiosities

"Patching the Empress Zoia pedal in three different configurations. Aiming to present three patches you'll understand. This modular synth in a guitar pedal format makes for a versatile modular system in a tiny but accessible format."

Switched On Walkthrough April 2019

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Switched On

"We love synthy stuff :)"

Oberheim Matrix-1000/6/6r Custom Patche Demos by Citron Sounds

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Citron Sounds

1. Oberheim Matrix-1000/6/6r "Sweet Pads". New custom patches demo.
"Sweet Pads" - a new custom presets pack. It's a sweet and warm pads for modern production in different genres. They respond to velocity and Mod-Wheel. "Sweet Pads" available here:
2. Oberheim Matrix-1000/6/6r "Funky Bass". New custom patches demo.
This video demonstrates the sounds of the Oberheim Matrix-1000 analog synthesizer.
"Funky Bass" - a new custom presets pack. It's bass patches for modern production in different genres. They respond to velocity and Mod-Wheel. "Funky Bass" available here:

WAV2Evolver Waveform Generator for the DSI Evolver Line

I was chatting with Brian Comnes about waveform editors for the DSI Evolver. There are the SoundTower and Vyzor editors that give you access to the full parameters of the Evolvers, but if you just want to create and upload waveforms, Brian let me know about WAV2Evolver, a free online editor that does just that. Thank you Brian!

See if you can make out my lame attempt at a waveform to the left. Note you can have only one point along the horizontal plane. I actually never thought about that before.

Update: the output is a .wav file so this could be useful for other synths and applications.

Some details from

"WAV2Evolver is an online waveform conversion application for users of the Dave Smith Instruments Evolver family of synthesizers.

It allows you to upload WAV files containing single-cycle waveforms, and then download them as system exclusive files that the Evolver can understand. You may also download waveforms as RAW PCM files or new WAV files. The RAW and WAV files downloaded from this application use Evolver-friendly 128-sample, 16-bit PCM.

WAV2Evolver is also a waveform sharing application. You may view and download waveforms that others have generated, and you may share waveforms that you have generated. I encourage you to share your waveforms, although this is completely optional.

WAV2Evolver is an HTML5 application. If it's not working for you, please try using an up-to-date web browser. WAV2Evolver was written with the following technologies: jQuery and Bootstrap were used to construct the interface; PHP was used for the web services that transfer data to and from the application; the waveform conversion tools are written in C. The icons are by Glyphicons.

All of the code for this project is open-source, and can be found on GitHub.

Special thanks to forum user Razmo for his invaluable help in proving out the conversion code, long before I had an Evolver of my own."

The Sound of the Prophet VS

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Learning Modular

"I recently gave a talk at Synthplex about the creation of Vector Synthesis and the Prophet VS. Unfortunately, we did not have a working instrument there to demonstrate its sound. So I recorded some of its classic sounds - both good and bad - to demonstrate what it could do.

For a written version of how Vector Synthesis and the Prophet VS were created, visit"

Introducing the Buchla 296e for Softube Modular

Published on Apr 3, 2019 SoftubeStudios
Re-Published on Apr 5, 2019 SoftubeStudios

Softube’s Buchla 296e Spectral Processor

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Todd Barton

"Softube just released this cool virtual plugin version of the Buchla 296e Spectral Processor—sounds and responses wonderfully—stay tuned for some of my video overviews."

"Get the Buchla 296e today –

✮ Buchla has been responsible for some of the most innovative, creative, and sonically spectacular electronic musical equipment ever made, and we’re proud to have such a legendary name in our Modular system. In addition to our previously released 259e Twisted Waveform Generator, take advantage of the myriad spectral processing capabilities of the big friendly filter bank; the new 296e Spectral Processor; the only software version of this module officially licensed by Buchla U.S.A. ✮"

"Scratch the surface of any synthesizer, and you’ll find the heritage of a few great brands. Buchla has been responsible for some of the most innovative, creative, and sonically spectacular electronic musical equipment ever made, and we’re proud to have such a legendary name in our Modular system. In addition to our previously released 259e Twisted Waveform Generator, take advantage of the myriad spectral processing capabilities of the big friendly filter bank; the new 296e Spectral Processor; the only software version of this module officially licensed by Buchla U.S.A."

Buchla Distortions

Published on Apr 3, 2019 zack dagoba

"Just got a Buchla 277 delay and 257 voltage processor. Thank-you Wes! The system is rounding out very nicely now. See https://myblogitsfullofstars.blogspot..."

Listen To The Sample Fairy! - itijik Quick Tips

Published on Apr 3, 2019 itijik

"While using the same 'Summertime' sample from my dj jazzy jeff homage, I heard a fairy whispering in the harmonics...Sometimes you can hear little melodies and hidden notes while processing samples. I take these as cues and sometimes even use them directly as I did here. Pay close attention to your samples to find the magic!

Check out the itijik store! You can buy inspiring samples and download free tools on!"

Roland JD800 Synthesizer Brochure

via this auction

"Very Good to Excellent Condition. Roland JD800 synthesizer brochure. Full color, semi gloss, 6p, 1991. Three punch holes, no missing pages, intact, no writing, no highlights, no stains, no stamp. Overall very clean."

See the seller's other items for more.

ARP Quadra vintage analogue synth

via this auction

"ARP Quadra for sale in lovely condition and fully working. A beautiful, weird and wonderful odd ball synth. Has a couple of scratchy sliders on the filter section for the lead and poly section, but some contact cleaner should sort it out or buy one of those slider kits on ebay and replace them.

I don't have to tell you how rare these are and the prices of them are going up and up and up, so they are a good investment (one sold on RL music for over 9K very recently). I'm only selling as I have owned it for about a decade and now fancy a change and I'm looking to buy a Memorymoog or Oberheim Expander/Matrix 12 or something else weird and wonderful, just fancy a change. Also, see my other auctions."

Ensoniq Fizmo Transwave Digital Synth

via this auction

"Look, you're a discerning musician. You need unique sounds for your compositions. You need a Fizmo to create that special magic. Multiple oscillators, 2 filters, LFOs, envelopes, built in great effects taken from the DP4 series, a nice keybed, loads of knobs and buttons, a cool retro red LED display!.. this Fizmo has had the regulator fix done (of course - never buy one unfixed). BUT - I also replaced all the encoders because over time, the originals tend to start skipping values, counting backwards, not change values, change values randomly, etc. So, these are all brand new encoders."

Roland Jupiter-8 14-bit with Dust Cover and Flight Case SN 222498

Published on Apr 2, 2019 Brandon Biondo

via this auction

Moog Minimoog Model D Serial #2457 w/ Wood Knob Caps

via this auction

Check out the wood knob caps. Curious if they are, stickers, wood, or plastic.

"Extensively Serviced. In perfect mechanical condition. This is an early Minimioog Model D serial #2457. Has slight cosmetic damage due to age but is in perfect working order. This is a rare gem. It’s warmth incomparable to other synths I’ve played. Ships with road case"

Modal SKULPT - Emone Organ

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Modal Electronics

"SKULPT WEDNESDAY #5 - we’ve roughed a classic house organ sound and reimagined it through SKULPT’s beautiful filter. Open the filter and return Wave 2 to a sine wave to get closer to the original inspiration of this patch."

Dreadbox Hypnosis fed by Preen FM2 and Novation SLMKIII -CALC-

Published on Apr 3, 2019 -CALC-

"I'm lucky enough to have my hands on a Dreadbox Hypnosis all the way from Athens.... and what a box it is!
Here it's being fed a favourite patch from the Preen FM2 which is controlled by the SL MKIII. Pushing self oscillation to see what Hypnosis can do on its own too. It gets pretty Psyche in parts with which I firmly concur.


Patch From Scratch: System Cartesian Percussion Rolls

Published on Apr 3, 2019 MAKEN0ISE

"Building on the classic MATHS 'Bouncing Ball' patch to make multilayered drum rolls on the System Cartesian."

Polyend trip to Machina Bristronica trade show @ Bristol

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Polyend

"Polyend impressions from the trip to Bristol’s Machina Bristronica event hosted by the Elevator Sound team. Thank you for inviting us, and thanks to everyone for coming by! 6 Days, 6 cities, 7 Airports, 20 forms of transport (feet not included:) meeting friend and having fun.

Sound snippet by 'Patricia - No One Needs Nothing.' Film and editing by Piotr Raczyński. Bristol 29.03.2019 Thanks to the UK for not going the #brexit way while we were there!"

From Brunswick to Portland with Future Sound Systems

Published on Apr 3, 2019 DivKidVideo

"BONUS VIDEO BELOW // It's always a total pleasure to get to chat to Finlay from Future Sound Systems and over the past year I've gotten to know the latest FSS team member Jamie too. Jamie has a pretty face (wait for the note in the video) so was asked to stop pulling focus and turn away from the camera a little. Silliness aside ... I got the chance to sit down and check out the new Portland patchable, eurorack compatible / mountable drum machine that followed on from Brunswick. So we talk about background and products and generally had a laugh.

If you'd like to look at the manufacturing of Eurorack modules, desktop synths and drum machines as well as hear an extension of this main interview where we discuss new products and further ideas then check out the bonus video on Patreon here - - by doing so you're actively supporting both exclusive content for patrons and further public content. Thank you! :)"

Elektron Model:Samples Update At Synthplex 2019

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Synthtopia

"At SynthPlex 2019, Elektron introduced an update to their Model:Samples, which adds per-step Sample Locks.

We talked with Elektron's Mario Hernandez, who gave us a quick demo of how Sample Locks work on the Model:Samples."

Francis Preve with the volca modular NAMM19

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Korg

"Sound designer Francis Preve shares three features of the new volca modular you might not know about!"

Cool ring!

Roland NEW VT4 (Voice Transformer) Test A - Robot Voices Galore! z15

Published on Apr 3, 2019 VJ FRANZ K

"'Hard Tuned' Voices are more popular than ever. What will a user of the Voice Transformer 3 think, when presented with the new VT4? There are definitely similarities in sound, the VT4 has some useful new options. With either one, you're going to want to practice a while to get the best sound out of it - you have to "sing into" the effects in a certain way to get the best pitch tracking out them, for example.
Things do get a bit silly, I wasn't totally able to hear in the crowded convention hall!"

Erica Synths-Travel Case 2 X 104 HP

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Dziam Bass

"Erica Synths all aluminum travel case is slimmer and 25% lighter than regular plywood travel cases. It houses 2x104HP of eurorack modules and the lid is deep enough to transport your modular with a patch ready for performance.

A case (dimensions with a lid: 550x280x140mm) that meets hand luggage requirements of any airline, and therefore is ideal for gigs around the world.

The case comes with built in universal PSU, that provides 2,5A@+12V, 1,5A@-12V, as well as 0,5A@+5V, and eurorack distribution boards with 60 module connectors. Optional, easy to declutch, shoulder strap (sold separetely) makes traveling with your modular even more enjoyable. A genuine leather shoulder strap is developed in cooperation with Peša Custom, leather accessories workshop from Riga. Every shoulderstrap is really unique and 100% hand made (yes, even latches) and only the best quality materials are used."

"Utsukushi" - Music in 5/8 on the OPZ!

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Brandon Guerra

"Playing around with different patterns that are 10 steps long instead of 16 to create a feeling of 5/8 or 5/16. All footage was shot on a Sony a6500 with a Sony 18-105 F4 lens in Tenri, Japan, on April 3rd 2019.

Track available on soundcloud:"

SPICE + ANTS: Fuzzed Techno Loop

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Plankton Electronics

48h left!

The Kickstarter goal has been met at $48,787 pledged of $47,131 goal!

KORG DDD-1 SAMPLE PACK [Waves & Ableton 10 Drum Kit]

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Synthezaur


I made this awesome Korg DDD-1 Sample Pack. I sampled every instrument 64 times - each variation is pitched inside the machine, so you get all hissy and noisy samples in original lo-fi aesthetic. 1152 samples total.

I created Ableton 10 Drumrack with all the macros, colors and stuff. But, of course you can use it as standard .wav library.

Let me know what do you think!"

Patch n Tweak

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