MATRIXSYNTH: Saturday, April 6, 2019

Saturday, April 06, 2019

SynthPlex 2019 Pics by John L Rice

SynthPlex 2019

"Photos taken at the SynthPlex convention held in Burbank CA March 28th - 31st 2019"

Mouse over and click on the arrows to the left and right to scroll through, or click on any pic to get to the set on Flickr.


Bryce still has his jacket! Along with familiar faces in the maker/synth world, you'll spot Depeche Mode's Martin Gore and his wife Kerrilee, Junkie XL, BT, Brian Kehew of the Moog Cookboog, & Mitchel Sigman of Berlin & more.
Update: JJ Abrams is in there as well. I thought I recognized him. Yes, he's into synths. Check out his custom Synthwood Pro-One. He's been mentioned on the site a few other times as well.
Update2: a few more you might recognize, aside from the makers of course: Michael Boddicker, Ellison Wolf of Waveform, Bill Brown, Drew Neumann, and Ed Buller – of Node etc.

If I missed anyone let me know!

Deejayiwan - Space sound

Published on Apr 6, 2019 Omni Art

Novation Nova & Roland reverb.

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind "The Conversation" performed on the Baloran The River synthesizer

Published on Apr 6, 2019 Sean Christopher Evoking Emotion with Synthesizers

"If you haven't seen this movie in a while I urge you to do so, as it is a FANTASTIC movie! I recreated the iconic synth/UFO conversation scene from Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind using only the sounds from the incredible Baloran The River synthesizer.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, Cary Guffey, and François Truffaut. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object (UFO).

The score for the film was composed, conducted and produced by John Williams, who had previously worked on Spielberg's Jaws. Williams wrote over 300 examples of the iconic five-tone motif for Close Encounters—the five tones are used by scientists to communicate with the visiting spaceship as a mathematical language—before Spielberg chose the one incorporated into the film's signature theme."

Elektron Digitakt - Full Set (Techno/Electro)

Published on Apr 6, 2019 Oscillator Sink

"If you enjoyed this set you can download it here:

It's priced as 'Pay-What-You-Want' so grab it for free with my blessing, but if you want to chuck a few quid my way, it helps support the channel!

I love the Elektron Digitakt, so for the last few weeks, when I have a spare minute I've been putting together patterns with the intention of recording a live set - well here it is!

All sounds coming straight from the Digitakt's main outs (with some light mastering processing applied to the final product), recorded live in a single take."


How I Made My Digitakt Set

Random rhythmic beats from players eye view

Published on Apr 6, 2019 Vykaar Tones

"A hypnotic building beat using doepfer dark times, A-157, Mutant Bass and Snare, Vermona random rhythm, Drumbrute and CR8000. Also features Arturia MiniBrute 2S, Jasper,v- Synth, Arp Odyssey, Korg MS20, Doepfer modular and AIRA modules. As usual the master clock is from my Beatstep Pro sequencer using din/sync to drum machines and A-157 and filtered midi to the modified Darktimes. Ratcheting controlled by lower row of Darktime and gate/clock also modified with a-162 trigger delay which I have lowered the timing capacitor value of so the length is shorter and more useful in this mode. See how two darktimes just fit on top of the eurorack when you take the wooden sides off."

KRAFTWERK - Heimcomputer (Live 1981 - ORF) - HIGH QUALITY

Published on Mar 25, 2016 Kybernetisch

"Snippet from Austrian ORF TV Programme "Ohne Maulkorb" Broadcast 01/1982
Remastered from Original Betamax Tape Copy from ORF (Austrian TV)!"

Check out the custom sequencer at 1:17.

Lower res previously posted here.

Stevie Wonder plays the ARP 2600

Published on Apr 6, 2019 OFR

Magic box!

"Really cool video, from the times before synthesizers were common. Steve is highly creative, as always. There is more to come!"

Gil Trythall and Moog modular synthesizer

Published on Apr 6, 2019 OFR

"Earl Scruggs in the recording studio, circa 1971/2, with Gil Trythall, who demonstrates his amazing rendition of Foggy Mountain Breakdown on the Moog 3P (plus sequencer complement.)"

Check out previous posts featuring Gil Trythall here.

Spring (Chill Novation Circuit Jam)

Published on Apr 6, 2019 Gabe Miller Music

"A laid back Novation Circuit jam that feels like spring.
The sounds are a combination of the Red Means Recording pack and Deep'n'Low by Gemfire. My friend Ian Rohan built the amazing Lego drum kit."

from Digitakt to finished song - Beginner Friendly Advice on Sound Design, Mixing & Publishing

Published on Apr 6, 2019 BoBeats

"How do you go from Digitakt jam to a finished and released song? Sponsored by DistroKid. Use my link for 7% off:

Listen to my track Retribution here:
Or on Bandcamp (also an excellent site to publish your music on):


ST Modular - FLITZEM DEFÖR Sequencer

Published on Apr 6, 2019 Stefan Tretau


Published on Apr 6, 2019 Stefan Tretau

"18 minutes of random wiggling with the FLITZEM DEFÖR Sequencer being triggered from the Westlicht PERFORMER. The Oscialltors used are 2x Cyllene and 1x GIVE II.

Yes, there are some atonal and dissonant passages here, but thats part of the game when wiggling around. Any quantizer would solve that immediately (just didnt have one at hand)."

Nonlinear Circuits Null A2 Complete Eurorack Synthesizer In One Module

via this auction

"Nonlinear Circuits Null A2 module, built by me, works great. (I’m an experienced builder, built 70+ modules) It includes: 2 x oscillators (each track 3 octaves), 2 x filters, 2 x vcas, 1 x adsr, 2 x lfos, 1 x s&h, 1 x 4-step seq, 1 x clock div, 1 x sloth chaos, a delay, a mixer, and a headphone out- all in 42 hp. it's a blast, perfect for a portable system or someone who’s just starting out in Eurorack."

Oberheim Xpander

via this auction

"Rehauled and repaired recently from SwitchedOn in Austin, TX.

Spent over $1000 getting it fully refurbished. Works flawlessly and has a lot of new life in it."

Yamaha VL1 Physical Modeling Synthesizer

via this auction

Crumar PERFORMER w/ Extras

via this auction

Non working.

"Comes with original bag
Original manual
Original service manual
All documentation for synt from 1977- import, export ,tax, custom, price, owner signs,stamps
Original Crumar synts brochure
All in the mint condition

The synth power up,but no sound on main output."

Vintage BLUE Roland SH-101 Keyboard Synthesizer w/ grip

via this auction

Akai ME20A MIDI Sequence Arpeggiator

via this auction

From the S-612 aesthetic.

"Clever MIDI device from the 80's that produces no sound of its own, but elevates the creative possibilities for your synths that do not have a built-in arpeggiator. The 'SPEED', 'GATE TIME' and 'DYNAMICS' functionality are really what make this machine worth it, in my opinion."

Access Microwave Programmer for original Waldorf Microwave SN A19600591

via this auction

1979 RSF Kobol Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

"Originally there were only 200 built and nobody knows how many have survived.

This must be one of the most beautiful designs ever and only topped by the even more rare RSF Polykobol & Polykobol II

Everything works flawless and the only thing that was changed was the battery for the programs. Everything else is original.

It is actually a RSF Kobol Expander 1 with the Programmer added. You could even use an extension cable and program your Expanders, if you have them."

Finding a Roland synthesiser in the trash!!

Published on Apr 6, 2019 Mark I

"My best musical instrument find over the 5 years I’ve been hard rubbish picking. Blown away by this find!"


Arturia PIGMENTS Demo & Review

Published on Apr 6, 2019 musictrackjp

Arturia PIGMENTS Demo & Review
Arturia PIGMENTS デモ&レビュー映像
DEMO by Katsunori UJIIE.

English sub-titles will soon... Click [CC] and choose English from the Settings menu.

volca modular Patch of the Week 1: Modulated Ambience

Published on Apr 6, 2019 Korg

"This patch of the week, we create a simple modulated ambience patch on volca modular. Check back each week for simple patches that you can follow along on your volca modular at home!"


Published on Apr 6, 2019 Audio Wanderer
Update: Re-Published on Apr 7, 2019

"A little dreamy jam with the cheap and versatile K1 module from Kawai. A very decent polyphonic synth based on additive synthesis principles and very affordable back in the day (1988) and now in second hand markets. Definitely, a sound blast from the past!"

Deckard's Dream / Strymon Volante

Published on Apr 6, 2019 ljs8888

Demo :: Cyclone Analogic Bass Bot (303 clone) + The Bear Pedal by Earth Transmissions (Da Funk Riff)

Published on Apr 6, 2019 SOLON Music

"Demo of the Cyclone Analogic Bassbot (303 clone) + The Bear Pedal by Earth Transmissions, playing Daft Punk's Da Funk Riff."

LamdbaSpeak 3 - Audio Playback over CPC Speaker & Serial Interface

Published on Apr 6, 2019 Michael Wessel

"LambdaSpeak 3 audio output can now also be sent back into the CPC to be played over the CPC's internal speaker, using mono SND pin of the expansion port. Hence, the final version of LambdaSpeak 3 will have 2 more DIP switches (one for left audio channel, one for right audio channel) that allow turning audio loop back on and off.

Also, the new serial mode seems to be working! LambdaSpeak 3 will have a new "serial" mode and 4 PIN headers (VCC, GND, TX, RX). In this mode, the hardware USART0 of the ATmega 644 will be used.

So far, there is a little test that initializes the USART, and then communicates with the Emic 2 speech synthesizer board on the little breadboard, connected over the 4 yellow wires (VCC, GND, TX, RX). The Emic 2 is connected to an amplifier. It uses a simple serial protocol (plain ASCII) which is being sent over the USART / serial connection. Seems to work!"

See more here

Akai S1000KB inspiration

Published on Apr 6, 2019 bitleyTM

"While the rack format was extremely popular for samplers back in the day, it must be said that having the keyboard version of the S-1000 instantly made it feel like a completely different instrument, hands on, easy to use and very fun to play. This particular S-1000 KB has been owned by the euro pop legend E-type and the diskdrive does currently not work. Therefore, I programmed three patches (that I can't save) which uses the four internal waveforms of the machine. Adding these was a brilliant move by Akai and I am sending my thanks for this. The patches were programmed as three programs with two samples per key group, thus making the programs 8 note polyphonic. The synthesizer engine may be limited (the filter is non resonant for instance) but it is none the less highly musical and exciting to befriend. I'm calling this improvised musical passage 'Akaiada'."

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