MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, April 4, 2019

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Novation Offers free D16 Nithonat Plugin Drum Machine & 50% Discount Rest of the D16 Range

"Novation has revealed the latest offer for members of its Sound Collective community: the availability of D16 Group’s Nithonat plugin for free and a 50% discount off everything else in the D16 online store. Nithonat will be available for download from 4 April to 6 June, and the 50% D16 store discount runs from 4 April to 4 July.

Nithonat is a supercharged plug-in emulation of Roland’s classic TR-606 drum machine for Mac and PC, expanding on the original design with an array of extra sound-shaping controls, improved step sequencing, multiple outputs to the host DAW, MIDI Learn and more. It’s a characterful, fully synthesised virtual beatbox primed for bringing a touch – or a fistful – of vintage flavour to your hip-hop, EDM, R&B and pop beats.

Land of the Rising Sound | A Roland Retrospective

Published on Apr 4, 2019 Alex Ball

"Land of the Rising Sound: A Roland Retrospective.

The story of Roland is one of the most expansive and influential in the world of music technology. This feature length documentary sets out to tell it through their iconic inventions.

General Thanks:

First of all, a huge and heartfelt thank you to some anonymous synth experts who not only leant me a jaw dropping array of rare equipment, but who also gave up time from their busy schedules to show me how to use it and who even helped record it on location. I owe you a debt of gratitude, but the entire community at large does too. Thank you!

I also need to thank Gordon Reid for answering my tedious questions and for helping with the explanations of some trickier technical aspects. Furthermore, both Gordon and Sound on Sound need crediting for having already gone the whole 9-yards on the subject:"

Korg Volca Modular - First Patch [odd, unusual rhythm]

Published on Apr 4, 2019 zerozero island

"Like the title says, i got a Volca Modular yesterday and this is what i came up with after 15 minutes or so of playing around. Audio recorded directly into Ableton Live, no other effects beside the built in "Space" effect on the Volca, and tempo controlled by Ableton (thru a Volca FM sync output)"

Akai MPC 2.5 Update and Elektron Analog Four Mk1 for my live sets

Published on Apr 4, 2019 Pepe Mogt

"here is a short video testing the analog Four and Akai MPC 2.5 update

Look for my music at Spotify under: Pepe Mogt"

Pepe Mogt of Bostich + Fussible & Nortic Collective.

SE 88Sensei

Published on Apr 4, 2019 StudioElectronics

"Brilliant, boingy, bandy, and boomy SE-88 in focus here, with the usual cast of charactors:

Channel 1: Oscillation/SE-88/Hi Pass/Band Reject
Channel 2: Oscillation/SE-88/Low Pass/Band Pass
Channel 3: SciFi Ringmod of Oscillation
Channel 4: Grainy Clampit
Channel 5: Slimo/4075
Channel 6: Slimo/Triangle Wave

Other module contributions:

Charcot Circles
Ste. 16 x2

Boomstar SE88

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 rev 2 Oscillator Board Minus SSM Chips

via this auction

"There are four boards inside a prophet 5. Two control boards that have all the pots and switches. one processor board. and one oscillator board. that is it. It is not a complicated machine full of boards like the Voyetra 8.

I think it would be safe to say there are not many of these around. ALL SSM CHIPS ARE GONE. One day someone will remake the SSM like they did with the CEM chips."

According to Wikipedia, the Prophet-5 Rev 1 & 2 used the following SSM chips:

11x SSM2030 VCO
5x SSM2040 VCF
10x SSM2050 EG
21x SSM2020 VCA

Currently Sound Semiconductor is reproducing new versions of SSM chips, but not any of the above.

Oberheim OB-12

via this auction

Dave Smith Poly Evolver Synthesizer SN 00659

via this auction

HARTMANN NEURON VS NUKE CONTROLLER SN 0506 0905 0602 w/ Original Box

via this auction

"Little controller that does everything the keyboard edition of the Hartmann Neuron does, except surround sound.
Built like a tank, this little thing is heavy and made of brushed steel, will last a lifetime.
Ultra rare item, more convenient than spending $5000 on the keyboard edition.
Mint condition, including original box, manual, 2 CDs, USB cable, and everything pictured"

Musicaid Clap Trap

via this auction

"A rare early analogue Musicaid Clap Trap in good cosmetic condition and very good working order.

I recently had this serviced by Synth Restore in Bedford so it’s ready for studio use or live!

There is minor wear and tear but overall it's in good condition. One knob is missing its white cap.

There are very few analogue Clap Traps in existence. Famously-used (and abused) by Throbbing Gristle and The Human League among others...

Sonically it offers a wide range - from huge oceanic crashing waves of noise to rhythmically-challenged helium finger pops (thanks, Ensemble control) - there's also occasional near-realistic electronic claps in in amongst the myriad options. This is a very early unit and is pretty wild compared to the later ones - some ear-piercing resonance at higher settings make this a contender for serious techno-abuse."

Kawai K5000R Advanced Additive Synthesizer Rack Mount Synth Module SN 599838

via this auction

"The K5000R is an Advanced Additive Synthesizer Module that combines unique synthesis capabilities and wide range of control into a single rack unit.


The K5000 series updates the famous K5 synthesizer tone generator and its unique additive harmonic synthesis approach. The Advanced Additive Tone ' Generator contains 32 source generators, which depending on how they are used, can yield up to 32 voice polyphony.

4 Monosynths Under $1000 | Reverb

Published on Apr 4, 2019 Reverb

"If you're looking for synth bass or lead tones, you can't go wrong with a monosynth.

Shorthand for monophonic synthesizer, monosynths will allow you to play only one note at a time. But they promise a rich, versatile array of tones. If however you're looking to play chords, you'll need a polysynth. (Not sure what you want? Take a look at this previous article on monosynths vs. polysynths that can help you make that decision.)

In our video above, Justin DeLay shows off the features and sounds of four different monosynths available on Reverb for less than $1,000 USD, starting from a few hundred dollars:

Korg Monologue: Starting at $199 used.
Arturia MiniBrute 2: Staring at $499 used.
Korg ARP Odyssey: Starting at $500 used.
Moog Grandmother: Starting at $820 used."

Moog One Software Rollback Procedure

Published on Apr 4, 2019 Getsemani Music

That is pretty cool. Wish more synths featured this, although not sure if I'd ever use it. :)

"Another in our Moog One Basics series, this brief one minute demo shows how easy it is to rollback the Moog One's operating system in the event of a problem. No USB drive is required and it only takes seconds to initialize the rollback procedure."

SP-404 day // Making House Music on an SP-404sx

Published on Apr 4, 2019 Enrique Martinez Music

"Let's celebrate #404day by making a track on the #sp404"


Welcome to HARBOUR Published on Apr 4, 2019 THE TUESDAY NIGHT MACHINES

"A meditative, ambient electronic music piece, celebrating the luxury of the quiet, the introspective and the movement through space and time.

Envisioned to be experienced through noise-cancelling headphones while traveling by railway or aeroplane, yet ultimately crafted for all situations when the listener seeks a closer bond between their mind and the cosmos, leaving their body deeply idle in a state of single-sensory stimulation."

Zenith Vol 2 - Novation PEAK - 30 to 59 -

Published on Apr 4, 2019 GEOSynths

"Part 2 - Another 30 Patches that are in my soon to be released, follow up Bank...Zenith Vol 2! All Patches use at least 1 of the new Wavetables, All have Animate, Mod Assignments and most have Aftertouch where relevant."


4 04 19 SLab mini

Published on Apr 4, 2019 batchas

"4 minutes with the SLab mini.

Testing for the first time the small case with the mixer I installed inside. It has 3 inputs, including attenuators in the back, as well as a volume output control. Each Radio Music module is wired internally to an input.

Recording: no efx applied. Direct output from mixer sent to audio interface.

* 1 x Grilles with alternative firmware: adding a 3rd mode with 3 tracks of voltage controllable clock divisions.
* 3 x Radio Music v3.2."

Softube Buchla 296e Demos by Todd Barton

Published on Apr 4, 2019 SoftubeStudios

✮ When looking for an expert in Buchla modules for modular synthesis, there's only one man you can really end up with: Todd Barton. In this series, Todd walks you through the ins and outs of our Buchla 296e module in ten short videos. ✮

Buchla 296e Demo w. Todd Barton pt. 1/10 – As a 16-band EQ – Softube
Buchla 296e Demo w. Todd Barton pt. 2/10 – All things envelope – Softube
Buchla 296e Demo w. Todd Barton pt. 3/10 – The attenuated outputs – Softube
Buchla 296e Demo w. Todd Barton pt. 4/10 – Envelope freeze mode – Softube
Buchla 296e Demo w. Todd Barton pt. 5/10 – Midi control – Softube
Buchla 296e Demo w. Todd Barton pt. 6/10 – The unattenuated outputs – Softube
Buchla 296e Demo w. Todd Barton pt. 7/10 – The kaleidoscopic range – Softube
Buchla 296e Demo w. Todd Barton pt. 8/10 – Physical modeling effects – Softube
Buchla 296e Demo w. Todd Barton pt. 9/10 – A Krell patch – Softube
Buchla 296e Demo w. Todd Barton pt. 10/10 – Presets – Softube

Akai Force | Firmware Update 3.0.2

Published on Apr 4, 2019 AkaiProVideo

Force | Firmware Update 3.0.2
Force | Splice Integration & Setup
Force | Using Browser Audition Sync
Using Splice to Create House Music
Using Splice to Create Trap Music


Standalone music production/DJ performance devices now offer users immediate wi-fi access to their own Splice library directly from the touch user interface

Cumberland, RI USA (April 4, 2019) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, announced today in conjunction with Splice the immediate availability of Splice integration in Force, MPC Live and MPC X; a pivotal series of updates that offer users immediate wi-fi access to their own Splice library directly from the touch user interface – perfect for ultra-fast auditioning of sounds for use within Force and MPC projects.

Splice Sounds offers artists millions of easily downloaded sounds, from Dry claps to Buzzy 808s to 747s landing to that rare Zildjian 20-inch thin China crash, and everything in between. The possibilities for layers, filters, distortion and effects are virtually endless. Millions of musicians - from Top 40 hitmakers to bedroom producers - come to Splice to get started or unstuck, move forward and make progress on their music.

To celebrate Splice integration in Akai Professional’s Standalone Series, Splice Sounds is offering all Force, MPC Live and MPC X users a free 3-month subscription to Splice with access to millions of royalty-free samples, loops, and presets.

Corsynth - Modular fun - 4 voices modular jam

Published on Apr 4, 2019 Corsynth

'All sounds produced by this 20 spaces system

Four individual voices :

-Bass Drum
-Snare Drum
-Synth Line 1
-Synth Line 2

All modules from Corsynth"

Joranalogue Contour 1

"After first presenting it to visitors of the Dutch Modular Fest and Machina Bristronica, the time has finally come to officially announce Contour 1 to the wider world.

For decades, the voltage controlled slew limiter has been a staple of modular synthesisers. With its extreme versatility, it can be used to slew control voltages (CVs), create envelopes, as a low-frequency or audio oscillator and much more.

Today, Contour 1 brings a fresh approach to this classic circuit. It delivers much improved performance and control by incorporating modern design techniques.

Explore anything from shape-shifting envelopes to rich VCO timbres: Contour 1 will make you re-think what a slew limiter can do.

At its most basic, a slew limiter slows down the rate of voltage change in a signal. On Contour 1, the rising and falling rates can be individually set using sliders and CV modulation.

The gate and trigger inputs allow the module to be used as a function generator: create snappy attack-release (AR) and attack-decay (AD) envelopes, with slope times ranging from 500 ┬Ás to 30 seconds. The dedicated gate input makes it easy to generate +10 V envelopes from any signal source. Using the large tactile push button, AD envelopes can be manually triggered. A trigger will also reset the output voltage.

When set to loop mode, Contour 1 will continually re-trigger itself. In this mode, it fulfils the role of a variable-shape low-frequency oscillator (LFO) or temperature-stable voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) in the audio range.

Both the rising and falling slopes can be individually bent, from concave through linear to convex. While doing so, the deviation in slope time, and thus oscillation frequency, is kept to a minimum. Since the bend parameters are separately voltage controllable, boundless modulation possibilities present themselves.

Explore anything from shape-shifting envelopes to rich VCO timbres: Contour 1 will make you re-think what a slew limiter can do.

060171 at VCA presents Patch Panel Paradiso 3 17/03/2019

Published on Apr 4, 2019 Voltage Control Amsterdam

via 060171 / osixoonesevenone

"Here is a video from my (3th ever) modular live performance at Patch Panel Paradiso an event by Voltage Control Amsterdam.

8 different performers played each 15 minutes live with their modular setup.


Base drone:
MI Plaits trough Rivers Nucleus.

Melodic part:
LInnstrument 128 via Expert Sleepers FH1, controlling the pitch of the Intellijel Rubicon.
Rubicon saw into MI Ripples filter, controlled with Horstronic Joystick (X=VCF, Y=VCA)
Rings is used as stereo Chorus.

Extra sounds:
Intellijel Plonk played with LInnstrument 128 via FH1.
And voices come from a cassette walkman.

This is all looped with the Make Noise Morphagene.

Final mixer is Erica Synth Stereo Mixer V3, then through WMD Overseer, and reverb was added with the Line 6 Verbzilla pedal."

Berna 2 for Windows Released

"Berna is a faithful recreation of a 1950s electronic music studio (mostly modelled after the Italian RAI Fonologia Studios).

Berna is a software simulation of a late 1950s electroacoustic music studio. Oscillators, filters, modulators, tape recorders, mixers, are all packed in a easy-to-use interface with historical accuracy.

Explore serial, concrete and tape music or create strange new sonic worlds with instruments inspired by the greatest studios of the early days of electronic music.

Are you ready to meet the grandfather of the synthesizer?

Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10, 64-bit Intel® or AMD multi-core processor. Intel® Core™ i5 processor or faster recommended, and GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)."

Intro to Synthesis - Part 4 - VCF Type VCF Mod LFO

Published on Apr 4, 2019 Randy Piscione

"This is a series of synthesizer basics in small, fairly simple (at least to start) bites. Each video is 4 to 6 minutes long (this one is a bit longer, sorry) and covers one or two basic concepts."

You can find all parts here.

Fugue Machine AU

Published on Apr 4, 2019 alexandernaut

"Fugue Machine AU, hosted inside AUM, controlling a Sequential Prophet 08 and OB-6, a Moog Minitaur, and Roland TR8. Also Eventide Space and TimeFactor and an Allen and Heath mixer."

Back At It - One Take

Published on Apr 4, 2019 Randy Piscione

"Right off the modular, one rack, one take. Just fooling around with stuff a bit, camera mic, sound is a bit muffled."

Sample Pack For A New Low Price! - itijik Toy Piano

Published on Apr 4, 2019 itijik

"Get these loops and tools to take your production further!
Go check it out!..."

EML ElectroComp 101

via this auction

Mutable Instruments Shruthi XT w/ Custom Colored Knobs

via this auction

"Fully working and comes with PSU and a nice array of colourful knobs..."

Arrel Audio ER-100 Eurorack 8 Channel Mixer Module

via this auction

See this post for a demo.

"ARREL Audio Eurorack Stereo Summing Mixer is the answer to all stream mixing needs for EURORACK synthesizers. Its features set it apart from other similar products on the market due to a very high fidelity approach used for the design of the electronics together with the use of line transformers to drive the L and R outputs. The circuit used in the ER-100 is directly derived from our line of professional audio units in order to obtain the best sonic performances.

The use of line transformers means a higher voltage output level (about 10 dB over the competitors), suitable to drive all modern audio converters. Output transformers mean also a very reliable connection in terms of unbalancing and ground loops problems. The ER-100 is characterized by 8 input channels and a stereo output.

Each channel is characterized by a pan pot control, a volume control and a solo button. A stereo insert controllable by a switch is available on the output bus. The monitor section is characterized by a volume control and a monitor out. An auxiliary input is available (push button selection), suitable for monitoring DAC or general external inputs such as a CD. Two LED VU meters are available on the output bus.


Published on Apr 4, 2019 Oz The Conjuring

"Minilogue xd is just awesome, one of the best updates is the cv in connexions, let's see how it works...with different stuff like Moog mother, Behringer Neutron and make noise Maths."

Roland D50 Linear Synthesizer SN 820458

via this auction

"Powers up and works. 1/2 of the sounds are missing and will need to be reloaded. Sounds start at patch 55 and go to 88, sounds patch 11 to 54 are missing. This unit is clean and is very popular. All keys work, midi works all outlets work."

Oberheim OB-Xa (8-Voice / Fully Serviced / Warranty)

via this auction

OB-XA in great condition!
8 Voice // 120 Programs / MIDI
Fully serviced & sold with warranty.

Analogue Solutions Fusebox w/ Original Box

via this auction

Cool synth art on the box.

Oberheim Xpander SN G43603

via this auction

"I bought this iconic synth back in college in 1984. After college, it went into storage and has only come out a couple of times since. It's in mint condition, and I just had it professionally cleaned and checked out."

The Human Comparator TTSH Arp 2600 Clone

via this auction

"This is the V2 run and has the gate boost mod installed (also built and installed by myself) so you can use any midi-to-cv converter or regular sequencer that generates cv and gate signals. PCB and panel are housed in the official THC case."

Chilling with Digitone (Making a Pad)

Published on Apr 4, 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."

Processing drums with Eurorack effects – Modular Monthly

Published on Apr 4, 2019 Future Music Magazine

"Let's look at processing drum sounds and beats with Eurorack modules. There’s a huge range of potential from distortion, filtering, audio rate effects, delays, granular processing, resampling and more. We’re focusing on four key areas, going from some basic applications of processing to some more advanced techniques to really push your drum sounds further."

#TSR19-The Moog Grandmother-Part 3

Published on Apr 4, 2019 AutomaticGainsay

"Here is part three of a three-part demonstration of the Moog Grandmother, created at the Synth Reactor event put on by Thomann."

#TSR19-The Moog Grandmother videos

Buchla 200e

Published on Apr 4, 2019 Robin Rimbaud-Scanner

"A little bit of cinematic experimentation with the Buchla 200e synthesiser, one of my personal favourite instruments. A moment of downtime in a busy schedule :-D"

Behringer Pro-1 *prototype* // Sound demo + modulation & melody exploration

Published on Apr 4, 2019 DivKidVideo

"Last year I was testing the Behringer Pro-1 / Pro One prototype and decided to (with permission of course) film some of the process and make a demo of the synth / sound elements and make some melodic sounds to sit the thing in context as well. This is a prototype, some things may change, they may have already changed, but sonically I understand this is finished (or very close to). So here it is, a demo with the prototype Pro-1. Comment away."

like sound AE Modular -Tangible Waves VCO with filter WASP vs filter NYLE (Steiner type) sound demo

Published on Apr 4, 2019 Dziam Bass

"I have a small video showing how sound AE Modular VCO with WASP filter vs NYLE filter (Steiner type).
This probably will answer the questions whether AE Modular sounds weak or you can now decide yourself if this whore answers you, many people ask this question because the whole system is cheap but there is no exact flight through the oscillator, which creates ignorance by comparison to other synthesizers on market.
this demo should picture the very sound of the oscillator with the Wasp filter and the Nyle filter, both add a different character, both have different resonance heights and give a completely different feel to one VCO.
the waves used in the film are SAW and SQUARE both at once and the addition of PWM zero other effects of zero processing only AE Modular sound."

Doepfer Polyphonic Modules - a conversation with Dieter Doepfer #TSR19

Published on Apr 4, 2019 Molten Music Technology

"I had the opportunity to sit down with Dieter Doepfer, the inventor of the Eurorack format, and chat about modular with a specific focus on his new polyphonic range of modules. #TSR19"

Silent Way for VCV Rack

Published on Apr 4, 2019 Expert Sleepers

"Silent Way for VCV Rack is a set of modules for integrating hardware synths with Rack's virtual world.

It is mostly a Rack port of key elements of the Silent Way VST/AU/AAX plug-in suite. As such any discussion, tutorials, videos etc. you might find about Silent Way generally applies to the Rack version as well."

1. Silent Way for VCV Rack: Voice Controller
2. Silent Way for VCV Rack: AC Encoder
3. Silent Way for VCV Rack: CV Input
4. Silent Way for VCV Rack: CV To MIDI

Rob Papen RP-Reverse

Rob Papen RP-Reverse Tutorial Published on Apr 3, 2019 Rob Papen
Published on Apr 3, 2019 Rob Papen

"Drums by Punch, Bass by SubBoomBass and Sequence sound by Predator2."

via Rob Papen

"Thinking out of the box is part of what the Rob Papen brand ethos is, however, we do not want to lose the fact that plugins should be there for creating music. Well, here we present RP-Reverse which is an FX plugin for the creative minded artist that loves to add different sonic ingredients into their tracks!

RP-Reverse reverses the incoming audio in a creative way, the resulting audio can be tempo synced to make it easily fit the reversed sound right into your track. With RP-Reverse it is possible to trigger the recording of the audio (which is reversed) in various ways to which you can read about further on in the manual.
In true Rob Papen style, it’s not just about the main feature! On the reversed signal you can also add distortion, two analog modeled Filters or a Comb Filter.
On top of this, you will also find a handy LFO to modulate the reversed audio and the Filters.

Whilst using RP-Reverse in the creative process we kept in mind that you might like to fade in/out the reversed sound or use a mute button. The top section, therefore, has a separate volume dial for the reversed audio and a separate mute button to make it easy to automate these functions in your music host program.

RP-Reverse is a cool plugin to be used on your drum-loops, vocals or instruments, and for adding ‘thinking out of the box’ type FX to your tracks!"

Beat Culture & the SP-404 with Dibia$e, Flying Lotus and Ras G

Published on Apr 3, 2019 RolandChannel

"In the early 2000’s, Los Angeles cultivated an underground hip-hop beat culture, where every budding producer were on the same wavelength, experimenting like mad scientists in laboratories, and producing their next instrumental masterpieces.

A community formed around these artists who crafted a lo-fi, gritty sound that warbled and hissed like worn cassette tapes and vinyl. Glitched effects, samples and loops—driven along by a minimal kick/snare/hat groove—were created and performed on the Roland SP-404 Sampler.

This video shares memories from Dibia$e, Flying Lotus and Ras G but barely scratches the surface of a scene that grew from the roots of Project Blowed, Sketchbook, Boombox and Low End Theory. Now, from dedicated YouTube channels to SP-based Beat Maker showcases to loyal online communities, this underground beat culture from L.A has now found a global home.

On April 4, #404DAY, we celebrate every producer—from the lo-fi pioneers to the aspiring beat maker—that has chosen a Roland SP sampler to be your instrument and voice."

Thomann's Synth Reactor vlog#8 - Elektron #TSR19

Published on Apr 3, 2019 SynthMania

"Cenk of Elektron shows some of the company's latest products - Digitakt, Digitone, and Model:Samples - at the Thomann's Synth Reactor event in March 2019"

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