MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Body Fool - Live Kulturbunker Bremen

Published on Mar 24, 2019 Body Fool

"Concert at Kultur im Bunker on 24th November 2018
with Kalmen Rossbreiten und die Künstlerin Sebastian Dole"

Additional videos from Body Fool:

Noise Engineering Cursus Iteritas Percido, Terci Ruina, & Sinc Bucina Demos

Cursus Iteritas Percido wavetable oscillator with MASTER BLASTER demo

Published on Apr 17, 2019 Noise Engineering

See this post for details on each. Also see Noise Engineering at Synthplex.

0:21 Quick demo
1:05 Overview of panel and controls
1:49 Patching
6:53 Jam

Cursus Iteritas Percido is the second module in the Percido line of powerful synth voices. Similar to its predecessor the Loquelic Iteritas Percido, CIP takes the original Cursus Iteritas and adds the same musical envelope from LIP with attenuverter-controlled routing to every knob. With the inclusion of the performance-oriented Master Blaster and CV outputs, CIP is a powerhouse of incredibly versatile synthesis.

Terci Ruina demo - Distortion for modular synth in 4HP

Published on Apr 17, 2019 Noise Engineering

0:07 Quick demo
0:53 Panel and controls
2:33 Jam

Terci Ruina combines three classic distortions in 4 hp. Distortions are reinterpreted in classic NE style and routed through each other for complete sonic annihilation of any sound. Patch in and out anwyere in the signal chain to pick the best sound for your purpose (because modular). Looking for a pretty distortion? This is probably not your module. Unapologetically gross and dirty.

Sinc Bucina demo: VCA/VCF combo with resonant filter in 4HP

Published on Apr 17, 2019 Noise Engineering

0:07 Panels and controls
1:32 How to use voltage triggers
3:21 Jam

Sinc Bucina is the sequel to one of our first modules, Sinclastic Empulatrix, replacing the clamping VCA with a resonant lowpass VCF and VCA combo. The velocity-dependent Ping input offers classic release-only LPG behavior, while the Gate in offers much more complex slewing, useful for simple ASR envelopes to dynamic modulation. The envelope out allows the internal envelope to be routed out into a patch for even more versatility and modulation fun.

Monome Norns - "Your Day"

Published on Apr 17, 2019 Jae Ryan

"I recently packed up all my gear and made a little focused set up. Its just my Model D, Norns/Grid/Nanokontrol 2 & a few choice pedals. This is the result of my first noodle from the setup!

Model D goes into an El Capistan in mono which goes into the Norns in mono. This is so I can have some lo fi effects or delay on the samples or tapes I record. Norns goes out in stereo to a Strymon Volante and then that passes through in stereo to an OTO BAM (which in this jam is acting more as an overdrive than a reverb).

This little noodle uses Glut (yet again) and just one sample of a few notes I played on the Minimoog (except for a tape recording of noise I made for 'atmosphere'). Then, Glut stretches, reverses, granulates, pitch shifts and mangles them on 6 different tracks.

Stereo is basically mandatory because this is nothing but phase......"

Reminds me of the main riff in Close Encounters of The Third Kind.

Sequential TOM - Awesome 1985 Drum Machine Advanced Features

Published on Apr 3, 2019 Erik Hawk

"The Sequential TOM Drum Machine from 1985 has amazingly advanced features for its time, including randomization functions and MIDI control over each drum sample!

17:06 - Jump straight to the beat
Sequential TOM review by Espen Kraft:
EyeWill Create cowrite:
02:59 – Improv function
04:51 – Human Factor feature
07:14 – Exfade cartridge
10:20 – MIDI Mode 1
11:03 – MIDI Mode 4
12:50 – Summary of process
17:06 – The Beat"

Pics of the Inside of a Waldorf Quantum

These were spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child, shared by d33psp33d on Gearslutz who had the following to say:

"ok wow, after buying 3 sets of torx wrenches, over 90 pieces I can confirm that the Quantum uses T10 Torx for the small screws and T30 for the big ones that support the underbar. You should be able to goto harware store and get exact sizes rather than piece it out on kits on amazon. I must say the kits were all cheap. I spent $50 all in and the tools will prob come in handy down the line. now for the pics of the internals!! So much less complex than my poly analogs, guess that should be common since but wow what a dif..."

New ALFA AS3350 - CEM3350 Filter Chips Going Into Production

"#AS3350 - (dual voltage controlled state variable filter) started evaluation.
Datasheet will be provided later."

Synths that use the CEM3350 include the Rhodes Chroma, Crumar Spirit, Synton Syrinx, Digisound 80-16 Dual Resonant Filter, and Solton Programmer 24. Someone fitted this original Rev1 Prophet-10 with them as well.

Related posts:

CEM Data Sheets

CEM3350 and the Rhodes Chroma

Update: ALFA's website:

Pittsburgh Modular's Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Modular 400

via this auction

"Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator Modular 400 purchased new by Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers to test with our products. We assembled and used this unit on our test bench for a few weeks before it was packed up to resell.

The sale includes the Modular 400, original teenage engineering patch cables, original manual, original assembly tool, upgraded power supply installed by Pittsburgh Modular(see pic), original battery pack (wires clipped and removed to install upgraded power supply), Pittsburgh Modular power adapter. A new Modular 400 does not ship with a power adapter. We upgraded the power supply and will included the necessary power adapter.

The assembly process requires bending the aluminum panels to form the case. The bending causes the yellow powder coating to flake off at the bends (see pic). This is a byproduct of assembly.

The synthesizer does not include the original packaging. Teenage Engineering designed the packaging to self destruct as it is opened. The Modular 400 will ship fully assembled. This will save you 4 hours.

The synthesizer will be double boxed and shipped from Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers."

Rare Ionic Performer for Sale - EMS VCS3 + Putney In Custom Enclosure w/ Keyboard

via Vemia

"Rare Ionic Performer Synthesiser and Modulator produced in 1973. Basically similar to a VCS3 + Putney keyboard but uses a series of pushbuttons, instead of patch pins, to route sounds and voltages. It's capable of producing some very complex sounds but definitely requires work from a good synth tech to get its full potential. The ring modulator and one of the tremolo channels is not working. VCO tracking needs adjusting. Power supply was rebuilt in 2008. Cosmetically it is in superb condition for a 46 year old synth."

Some pics of the inside below. Also see the Ionic label for previous posts.

Linnstrument w/ Make Noise 0 Coast

So I bought a Linnstrument... Published on Apr 17, 2019 Synth Diy Guy

" Synthplex. I even got it signed by the man himself, Roger Linn :)
Honestly I haven't been able to do much else but play it since I got back from Burbank, it's just so inspiring for someone like me.

This is a simple patch, the 0 Coast controlled by the LS. Pressure affects timbre and amplitude.
Reverb courtesy of Befaco´s Spring.

Anyways, I'm back to building and editing, so you should see some more overview videos pop up soon!
Thanks and stay noisy :)

Solo improvisation by Quincas Moreira"

Growling Gritty Groove

Published on Apr 17, 2019 Intellijel

"Jesse wanted to find out what would happen if he connected the output of Scales to the TZFM input of Rubicon. That led him down a bit of a rabbit hole which arrived at this killer patch."

Roland CR78 mods/jam

Published on Apr 17, 2019 mick frigerio

"Roland CR78 with many changed resistors and capacitors, midi interface (unipulse), volume and release buttons. Some jams recorded on MCI Tape Recorder/ Sculpture Music Studio"

Moog Grandmother & Korg MS20 featured as well.

Ambient session with Modal Skulpt and Monome Norns/Cranes

Published on Apr 17, 2019 junklight

"also using the Pisound running Moddep (Modduo software)

Have been writing a lot more software of late so less brain space & creative energy for making music but felt the need to sit down and make something no matter what this evening. Love this little setup - I can make a lot of noise with very little gear - thinking that this is going to be the rough basis for a live setup (+ the Microfreak I may have accidentally pre-ordered)"

Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner performed on the Baloran The River synthesizer

Published on Apr 17, 2019 Sean Christopher Evoking Emotion with Synthesizers

"Richard Wagner's epic piece, 'Ride of the Valkyries' was done on the Baloran The River synthesizer and multitracked using Steinberg's Cubase 10 Pro. Other than The River, only reverb and delay FX were used. I have to admit that this piece was very challenging, but I tried to stay as true as possible to the original piece. The River has seriously been like synth 'Valhalla' to me, and it was a pleasure spend the last week putting this together.

The 'Ride of the Valkyries' (German: Walkürenritt or Ritt der Walküren) refers to the beginning of act 3 of Die Walküre, the second of the four operas constituting Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen. As a separate piece, the 'Ride' is often heard in a purely instrumental version, which may be as short as three minutes. Together with the 'Bridal Chorus' from Lohengrin, the 'Ride of the Valkyries' is one of Wagner's best-known pieces."

Check out more Baloran demos and covers by Sean Christopher here.

How Don Buchla Pioneered Synthesizers | Red Bull Music Academy

Published on Apr 17, 2019 Red Bull Music Academy

"In the 1960s musician and designer Don Buchla was among the first wave of enthusiasts to imagine and invent the modern synthesizer as we know it today. In their RBMA lectures Buchla and his acolyte Morton Subotnick, alongside fellow designers Bob Moog, Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim, recall these early days while Suzanne Ciani and Joan La Barbara reflect on the futurism of Buchla's unique approach."

Update: it looks like today is Don Buchla's birthday.

Pic with Bob Moog via @moogmusicinc

"Today we celebrate the birthday of west-coast synth maverick Don Buchla, whose distinctive design perspective has helped to build the foundation for modern experimental synthesis and continues to inspire new sounds ⚡️."

Moving this one on top for a little bit considering. This post originally went up at 12:15.

Gotharman Releases the Tiny LD

You might recall the recent demos of Gotharman's Tiny LD, posted over the last few days. The new mini synth featuring the full specs of their Little deFormer 3 granular workstation is now ready for release.

Details via Gotharman:

"16 part, 8 stereo voices tiny granular music workstation, with synthesizes, samplers, sequencer, granular effects and analog filter and CV options.

A new tiny deFormer that runs the full LD3 firmware, with some limitations:
-Less buttons and knobs.
-Less sample memory (43 minutes).
-Less analog options -Only one filterboard connector, no CV ins/outs and no extra audio ins/outs.

It has 16 parts. Each part can be selected to start with either a morphable multi waveform oscillator, a sampler or a noise generator.
The signal from this goes into 2 multimode (16 modes) resonant filters, and ends up in a VCA.
Each part has a chomatic note range of 10 octaves. Parts can be splitted over a keyboard and/or be set up multi-timbrally, with each their own MIDI channel and key range.

Each part can be sent to one or two of its 8 audio busses.

Effects can be applied to these busses, up to 10 at a time, to process the synth/sampler parts.

An optional analog filterboard can also be applied to the audio busses, for real analog processing.

The sequencer comes with 16 advanced note tracks and 32 controller/CC tracks.
For each note on the note tracks, it is possible to set note, gate time, velocity and even position of the step, which allows for polyphonic step sequencing and rhythmic experiments.
At the output of each note track, a scale function are applied, that can force all notes into harmonic scales, or switch notes around for musical deforming. The note track can be up to 64 steps long, and resolution can be set between 1/64 and 1/2.
The controller tracks can be up to 128 steps long, and their resolution can also be set between 1/64 and 1/2. They appear as modulation source for all parameters, that can be modulated.
The sequencer can control both the internal parts of Tiny LD and external MIDI gear.
Templates are available to create a startpoint for a sequence and to modify existing sequences.
16 track audio track recording is also possible with the Tiny LD sequencer. Each audio track can be automatically chopped, for easy deforming."

Colors of night

Published on Apr 17, 2019 ELECTROLAB Music

ELECTROLAB Music is Sebastian of Mos-Lab. Some big hitters in this one including a Waldorf Wave, Synton Syrinx, PPG 1020, and 360A Wave Computer, RSF Kobol, EMS VC3S and of course a 5U Mos-Lab based modular system.

This one is in via Soviet Space Child.


Published on Apr 16, 2019 EMEAPP

"A live demo of Keith Emerson's actual Moog modular synthesizer, from your good friends at EMEAPP."


Published on Apr 16, 2019 EMEAPP

"EMEAPP SONIC TEST DRIVE: ARP 2500 Modular synth demo, from your good friends at the Electronic Music Education and Preservation Project."

EMEAPP SONIC TEST DRIVE: Steelphon S900 with Oberheim Mini Sequencer

Published on Apr 16, 2019 EMEAPP

"Sonic Test Drive: Steelphon S900 with Oberheim Mini-Sequencer, Strymon Time Line and Strymon Big Sky pedals, from your good friends at EMEAPP."

EMEAPP SONIC TEST DRIVE: Moog Sonic V with Roland RE-201 Space Echo

Published on Apr 16, 2019 EMEAPP

"SONIC TEST DRIVE: Moog Sonic V with Roland RE-201 Space Echo from your good friends at the Electronic Music Education and Preservation Project."

POV album trailer - Miles Richmond/Peter Grenader feat. Steve Roach

Published on Apr 17, 2019 Peter Grenader

"A quick test drive of the upcoming POV album - coming Summer 2019"

Peter Grenader of Plan b.

Novation SL MkIII Demo with Evan

Published on Apr 17, 2019 Kraft Music

"Shop exclusive Novation SL MkIII BUNDLES at Kraft Music:

Evan from Novation Shows us the versatility of the SL MkIII Keyboard Sequencer at Kraft Music.

Novation SL MkIII controllers bring MIDI hardware and CV/Gate synths together while easily integrating hardware with your DAW. The internal eight-track pattern-based sequencer offers real-time and step recording, along with the ability to record live tweaks as parameter automation. In addition to deep integration with Ableton Live, full-color LCD screens and an array of pads, buttons, faders, and knobs allow you to take control of all major music software.

Get more for your money with an exclusive Novation SL MkIII keyboard controller and sequencer bundle from Kraft Music. These package deals include the accessories you'll need to get the most out of your new MIDI controller, all for one low price. If you have any questions, please give us a call. Our knowledgeable Sales Advisors will be happy to assist in choosing the bundle that's right for you!"

Polyend Seq & Poly Midi And Eurorack Sequencer System

Published on Apr 17, 2019 Perfect Circuit

"Polyend's Seq is an 8 track 32 step sequencer where you can see all of the steps at once for quick editing. When connected to the Poly module you can convert the Seq's 8 channels of midi into CV controls for your eurorack modular synthesizer. Each track of the sequencer has independent clock division and direction controls. There are other options like rolls and micro timing as well.

The drums in this video come from the Blck_Noir with some synthesis voices from the Noise Engineering Manis Iteritas and Erica Synths Pico Voice. Everything is mixed together with Warm Star's Fragment utility module."

Supporters of MATRIXSYNTH get %10 off at Perfect Circuit!

Novation Circuit Ambient Series by Flak Cannon

Published on Apr 17, 2019 Flak Cannon

Additional sound processing done with Valhalla Shimmer.

Testing NEW ValhallaDelay with synth in VCV Rack (NO TALKING)

Published on Apr 17, 2019 VCV Rack Ideas

"This is amazing delay and I think that's all I should say. There are so many characters, saturation, diffusion (reverb), pitch shifter, frequency shifter, reversed pitched delay, BBD, tape...oh, really . But they are all sound great!
Just look how it processed Mutable Plaits with minimalistic sequence from bidoo dTroy."

Sound Design Tool Pitch LFO - itijik Quick Tips featuring Elektron Digitakt

Published on Apr 17, 2019 itijik

"The Digitakt’s LFO can be mapped to a lot of different interesting parameters. You get one per track, so you have use it wisely. But there’s so much potential there!

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Check out the itijik store! You can buy inspiring samples and tools on ...there's some really useful FREE stuff on there too ;)

Sound Design Tool Pitch LFO - itijik Quick Tips featuring Elektron Digitakt
Produced by: itijik"

Akai EWV2000 Synth, Akai EWI1000 Wind Instrument Controller

via this auction

"The Synth works perfectly.
The EWI1000 controller has two tiny issues:
1. The element what closing the circuit at the sensor is switched to wrong place.
2. The piece what controls the vibration should be solder together.

Otherwise everything works as should (It can be tested with touching the sensor)."

Hohner Vox 5 Accordion Midi Expander / Module (?) With Cartidges

via this auction

It's strange seeing controls on top of a rack unit like this.

JSH DX5 Pro Rhythm Mini Synth w/ Original Box

via this auction

Curious how this differs from the D-2. You can find some pics of the inside of the DX5 here. There were a ton of other brands and model numbers as well. These remind me of the Atari Punk Console of the time. Tons of makes and models of the same or similar design. These appear to all be branded products vs. boutique DIY.

Roland DG CMU-802 COMPU SYNC DIN TAPE SYNC BOX Master Clock for TR-808

via this auction

Oberheim Xpander XP-1 6 voice desktop version of the Matrix 12 US version w/case SN G43112

via this auction

Roland Juno-60 - Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer - Serviced w/Restoration & Valpower DCB to USB/Midi adaptor

via this auction

"This one is in beautiful cosmetic condition and working 100%. It has just been serviced and has had a lot of restoration. It will come with a Valpower DCB to USB/Midi adaptor. As you might have read, this is compatible with Ableton, Cubase, and Logic and does not need a power supply. It is easily one of the cleanest here on Ebay. Local pickup is welcome. California residents to pay state tax."

Custom White Roland Jupiter 6 Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

"Vintage rebuilt Roland Jupiter 6 Keyboard Synthesizer. Fully rebuilt by Synthspa. Everything has been updated/replaced including voice chips and several filters. Custom graphics, new sliders, updated LED modulation wheel. LED indicator lights. This synth is in amazing condition and looks and sounds amazing. Latest OS."

Rare Vintage Modular Version Steiner Parker Synthacon Synthesizer

via this auction

"The fine item you are considering is a Rare Vintage Modular Version Steiner Parker Synthacon Synthesizer. Yes, it’s the rare modular version of the Steiner Parker Synthacon, but there is no “Parker” listed on the unit, only the “Steiner” name. The unit looks to be in excellent, well cared for condition, with the only issue I see being that one knob is missing (the knob from the VC Filter section) but the pot and pot post is still there and in good shape- only the knob has fallen off. I opened the back of the unit, and everything inside looks to be visually in good shape as well. Unfortunately, I do not have a keyboard for the unit, and I have no way to actually test the unit, so I’m selling it “as is”, although I will guarantee it to be as I have described, in excellent cosmetic condition, and looking like it was extremely well cared for. Please see my photos to have a look at this nice item."

Sequential Prophet 6 [NOISEBUG] USED

via this auction


via this auction

"It’s a Bigger Badder Mopho!
Mopho SE builds upon the same award-winning analog, subtractive synth voice architecture of the Mopho and packages it in an ideally sized, three-and-a-half-octave, portable package. Use it to create the same huge basses, creamy leads, and percolating sequences that made the original Mopho everyone’s favorite micro mono synth.

The Mopho Sings!
The Mopho SE voice is composed of two analog oscillators, two sub octave generators, selectable 2- or 4-pole famed Curtis low-pass filter, three 5-stage envelope generators, four LFOs, a re-latchable arpeggiator, and a 16 x 4 step sequencer. Its voice also comes packed with 20 modulation sources and almost 50 destinations!

FM the filter to create metallic bell-like sounds and use the feedback path to add subtle or destructive harmonic content to your sound. Process external audio through the Mopho’s voice and add some analog warmth to any source. Mopho SE’s 100% analog signal path is powerful, monstrous, and sonically dynamic!

Ready to Gig and Fun to Play!
Mopho SE is intuitive and inviting. Every parameter is fully programmable and editable from the front panel. The controls are logically laid out, lending themselves to quick access so you can tweak knobs without missing a beat.

The SE’s full sized 44-note semi-weighted keyboard has aftertouch and velocity sensitivity. The sturdy full sized pitch and mod wheels are freely assignable and sport smooth reliable action.

It Grows with You
Expand Mopho SE’s polyphony using it’s Poly Chain port. Mopho, Tetra, and Prophet ’08 can all be connected to the SE to increase its voice count. You can Poly Chain up to three Tetras with Mopho SE to create a 13 voice analog super synth!

The Mopho SE!
Designed and manufactured in San Francisco, Mopho SE has the high quality sound and build for which DSI is renowned. From its feature packed analog voice and unmatched sonic versatility to its refined design and engaging interface, you won’t find a monophonic analog synthesizer like this anywhere else."

Oberheim OB-12 [NOISEBUG] USED

via this auction

The OB-12 is a 12 voice synth with 4-part physical modeling synthesis. Loads of real-time knobs (22), sliders (24), and buttons (33) with a traditional layout give you fast hands-on access and control of most parameters. Extra hands-on goodies include a ribbon controller, pitch bend and modulation wheel.

Aside from great analog sounds, the OB-12 has an amazing set of hi-tech features! The OB-12 features a high quality LCD display that actually draws out all of the parameters you are changing. There are on board 5-band graphic & parametric EQ, ADSR's with delay time and double decay. An addictive Motion Recorder and manual or auto oscillator morphing for animated sounds or effects. Phrase Recorders and Arpeggiators with Independent tempo controls and 5 dedicated buttons are on-board with plenty of features and are MIDI syncable. There is also an extensive effects section that give you reverbs, delays, chorus and lots of overdrive algorithms. You'll also find digital SPDIF outputs, analog outputs, and MIDI in/out and thru."

Roland V-Synth [NOISEBUG] USED

via this auction

Hard-Mod Modular Synth [NOISEBUG] USED

via this auction

"This modular synth was hand-built in it’s totally in Mexico city. The spring reverb that integrates the front of the panel is a mechanic device, it has a structure of springs that drives the sound through them and generates reverberation. The ideas of having the spring externally exposed is so that they can be touched to create textures or noises upon the reverb effect.

The patchbay is on the left side and the control area is situated to the right. in some way it’s more confortable to play the synthesizer when the knobs are far-off the patchbay and control area.

Additionally it has 11 modules. Here’s a technical description on each one of them:

- Two VCO (voltage controlled oscillator.)
Each one with four waveforms that you can use simultaneously (square, saw, triangle and sine), CV input, FM and PWM. The FM input has an attenuator.

- VCF (voltage controlled filter.)
A four-pole and 24dB low pass filter. It has two inputs and, CV input and a FM with an attenuator.

- VCF (voltage controlled filter.)
A variable filter based on the original Steiner filter design. The two Low and high outputs can be used simultaneously. It has two inputs, CV input and a FM with an attenuator.

Human Comparator TTSH [NOISEBUG] USED

via this auction

"ARP 2600 Clone built by unknown person in Australia. Speakers not working properly. No TEMPCOs installed on VCOs. Otherwise fully functional."

Noise Engineering New Modules - Synthplex 2019

Published on Apr 17, 2019 In The Mix

"Markus Cancilla of Noise Engineering introduces 5 new modules at Synthplex."

Getting to the Root of Scales

Published on Apr 17, 2019 Intellijel

Intellijel Scales

"Scales is an 8hp dual-channel note quantizer and step sequencer. Fundamentally, it takes an input voltage, quantizes it to notes in a user-defined scale, and sends that quantized voltage to an output, where you can use it as a melodic pitch source for oscillators or any other module that expects to see discreet note values at its input.

Scales goes far beyond the fundamental, allowing you unprecedented control of the pitches and intervals hiding inside your control voltages; turn LFO’s into arpeggiators; random voltages into harmonic counterpoint; and unquantized external CV sequencers into chromatically tuned note sequencers.

Quantization can be locked to an incoming trigger. There are a number of trigger output options as well, ranging from no triggering (good for pitch shifting drones); through triggers that sync with either of the two outputs (or both); to a trigger or gate transmitted in sync with one sent to the module’s TRIG input."

Strange Patching: Phasing Simulation with QPAS

Published on Apr 17, 2019 MAKEN0ISE

MAKEN0ISE Strange Patching

"In the section of his book that covers Phasing, Allen Strange uses a series of band pass filters to illustrate the concept. As he writes,

“A spectrally rich signal is taken, in parallel, to three or more band pass filters. The filter outputs, the three pass bands, are mixed at unity gain with the original unprocessed spectrum. Each filter must be offset to a different center frequency.. the filter should not be allowed to go into oscillation.

“A slow repetitive control voltage such as a sinewave from an LFO will then cause each filter to sweep through the applied signal, selectively passing different portions of the spectrum…. By mixing the pass-bands with the original spectrum, there will then be varying degrees of phase-cancellation in the signal, producing continually varying multiple notch cancellations or nulls. The effect will be more pronounced if the control voltage for each filter is attenuated a bit differently so that the nulls are not exactly in parallel.”

Allen Strange wrote the book on modular synthesizers in the 1970s. Electronic Music: Systems, Techniques, and Controls. Unfortunately since the expanded 1982 edition, it has never been reprinted, and in today’s landscape where more people have access to modular synths than ever before, very few have access to the knowledge contained within. This video series will explore patches both basic and advanced from Strange’s text. Even the simplest patches here yield kernels of knowledge that can be expanded upon in infinite ways. I have been heavily influenced by Strange since long before I became a modular synth educator. Please share this knowledge far and wide."

Loopop review: What is BUZZZY?

Published on Apr 17, 2019 loopop

"BUZZZY! is priced around the Volca range, is smaller, and yet is four part multi-timbral, with a filter and space or delay effects per part, four different sound engines (Pulse virtual analog, FM, "Bitcrushed wave" and Noise, with up to 16 voice polyphony, and it sounds quite good too, especially for a digital synth."

See this post for details on Buzzy!

Pittsburgh Modular Documentary Films Presents: the Voltage Research Laboratory - Episode 3

Published on Apr 17, 2019 Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers

"Teaser track showcasing the unreleased Pittsburgh Modular Voltage Research Laboratory eurorack format synthesizer.
The soundtrack to this video was created as a self running patch. Once the initial setup was complete, the synthesizer performed the piece without any additional input by the artist. An extended version of the recording is available on Soundcloud through the link below."

Pittsburgh Voltage Research Laboratory

TubeOhm De-Generator Video manual / german language, english subtitles

Published on Apr 17, 2019 Andre' Laska

"De-Generator DIY sample Synthesizer Video manual .
How to install the firmware and service software, how to use the oscillators and how to play samples."

TubeOhm De-Generator

Leafcutter John - Against The Clock

Published on Apr 17, 2019 FACTmagazine

"For the past 20 years, John Burton – aka Leafcutter John – has been at the forefront of experimental composition, constructing his own technological systems out of hardware and software to make ornate, complex electronica.

Ahead of the release of his seventh album on Border Community this week, we visited Burton at his studio to see what he could create with his one-of-a-kind setup in just 10 minutes, using Max, a home-made light interface and modular system to manipulate a collection of field recordings. The result – beautiful chaos.

Yes! Come Parade With Us is released on Border Community on April 19."

Check out more posts featuring Leafcutter John here.

Julian "J3PO" Pollack Sessions: #5 1988

Published on Apr 17, 2019 NordKeyboards

"This fifth episode of our exclusive J3PO Sessions is based on some of Julian's amazing 80s retro synth patches, inspired by his analog synth collection. All patches are included in the brilliant J3PO Signature Sound Bank for Nord Stage 3 - available for free at!

Read more about Julian "J3PO" Pollack (The Lesson GK, Marcus Miller, members of Snarky Puppy, Grace Weber) here:

The J3PO session was recorded live at RMV Studios in Stockholm, November 2018.

Drums: Morgan Ågren
Bass: Gustaf Hielm
Audio Engineer: Johan Eckerblad
Composition/Audio Mixing: Julian 'J3PO' Pollack
Cameras: Oscar Barkenbom/Benjamin Cotton"

NANO Modules FONT // Tiny Eurorack filter with a BIG sound!

\Published on Apr 17, 2019 DivKidVideo

"I remember trying an early prototype of FONT last year when I met Jorge in person and he had a great little filter "wub wub" patched up. It's great to see FONT out in the wild as the second module from NANO Modules following on from MAR (video below). FONT is a 6hp Eurorack filter with 2 pole low pass and 2 pole band pass outputs, audio input, CV for cut off and resonance with attenuverters and a 1v/oct tracking input too. It has a big sound with some character with moments of "filter burn" with some soft saturation in certain patches.


00:00 Hello, welcome, hola, salut, privet, konnichiwa + patch previews

00:41 Feature run down - WHAT IS FONT!?!

01:15 SOUNDS - low pass and band pass sounds and sweeps

03:13 Complex modulation and filtering - 1v/oct tracking, 4 points of mixed modulation, mixed audio inputs, attenuverted CV controlled, resonance modulation etc

07:28 Creating kick drums

09:08 FX Filtering and create rich analog(ue) feedback paths

10:58 A little bit of ACID

12:41 Filter pings + FM

14:59 How to create a high pass filter when you don’t have one

16:43 Audio rate modulation"

New ELTA Music Polivoks PM-02 Semi-Modular Analog Synth

Based on the ELTA POLIVOKS Mini synth. Note the extra IO on the right and the mounting holes on the corners. This will be both eurorack and desktop.


1 VCO with triangle, saw, and square
pulse width of square wave VCO or pulse width modulation via LFO, depending on the PW/PWM switch. PW/PWM – Pulse width modulation mode. Manual «PW» or by LFO «PWM
Sub-VCO octave/waveform switch: -1 octave square / -2 octaves square / -2 octaves pulse
Mixer: Oscillator, Sub-oscillator, noise, and audio input
Filter: BP/LP with cutoff and resonance, controllable with an envelope and LFO
Envelope: ADSR envelope with a normal and autogeneration mode
VCA: ADSR envelope with modulation or gate mode
LFO: triangle in the center and tilt waveform left and right & LFO speed amount
Inputs: v/oct, gate, pwm, pitch cv with amount control, VCA CV, cutoff CV with amount control, and external audio
Outputs: LFO waveforms, envelope, noise, VCO (triangle, saw, and square individual outs), sub-oscillator and audio output.
glide, tune, and modulation
Eurorack compatibility

Patch n Tweak

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