MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, April 18, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Technos Acxel Rare Additive Resynthesizer Walkthrough

Published on Apr 18, 2019 Perfect Circuit

"In this video, we take a walk through the most important features of the vanishingly rare Acxel, a vintage additive synthesizer designed by Québécois company Technos in the late 1980s. The Acxel uses an array of over 2000 LED-embedded touch plates to allow users to visualize and control various aspects of a sound, and is capable of synthesizing sounds from scratch or resynthesizing recorded sounds from the ground up—an incredible feat for its time.

This article has more information about the Technos Acxel:"

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Perfect Circuit Technos Acxel posts

Vermona, Jomox, Arturia - Quick Jam

Published on Apr 18, 2019 Kraft Music

"Shop exclusive Vermon, Jomox and Arturia BUNDLES at Kraft Music:

We thought it'd be fun to combine a Vermona DRM1MKIII, with a Mono Lancet '15 running through a Jomox T-Resonator II, all sequenced by an Arturia Beatstep Pro!

Got a request or an idea for a Combination you'd like to see in a quick jam? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Vermona DRM1 MKIII is a true analog drum synthesizer, and it's worth pointing out to those unfamiliar that it has no onboard sequencer or patch memory: trigger it via MIDI and tweak all the sound controls in real time via its 72 knobs. Different drum types offer a different range of controls, from the FM parameters present on its three multipurpose DRUM channels to the onboard reverb and noise generator available to the SNARE and CLAP channels to the low pass filter on the SNARE and the two CYMBAL channels.

The Vermona Mono Lancet '15 is a monophonic analog desktop synthesizer module with two oscillators, a 24 dB/octave lowpass filter, envelope generator, and LFO section with 6 waveforms (versus 3 on the original Mono Lancet). Mono Lancet '15's knob-per-function interface provides intuitive control over its warm, characterful analog sound. In addition, Mono Lancet '15 is expandable via the separate Modular Dock eurorack module.

The T-Resonator is something like an M-Resonator + Digital Delay. But you can select 8 different delay algorithms, each with different delays and different feedbacks and modulate them even with an LFO. Delays reach from less than a millisecond to 1 second, range and structure is depending on the algorithm. The delay feedback comes across the analog filters, of course. You can create gaining analog echoes, "klingon parties" by extremely feedbacked wave guide algorithm and much more. By the analog feedback everything sounds organic. The screaming analog feedbacks can delay themselves and thereby form new sound patterns.

The Arturia BeatStep Pro controller & sequencer is designed as both a powerful hands-on hardware sequencing environment and pad / trigger controller. With two fully independent sequencers, an additional drum sequencer, and the ability to record real-time or use the step buttons for a classic drum machine workflow, BeatStep Pro is one impressive step sequencer. A built-in looper, randomizer, and swing settings offer numerous performance possibilities. BeatStep Pro's controller mode lets you launch clips in a DAW, play drum sounds in a module, and more. Whether you need to connect to MIDI, USB, CV/gate, or DIN sync gear, BeatStep Pro delivers total creative control.

Get more for your money with a exclusive bundles from Kraft Music. These package deals include the accessories you'll need to get the most out of your new synth and more, 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!"

E-MU Systems Emulator II 1984 w/ HxC Extensive Sound Libraries

via this auction

"It has both original floppy and Lotharek HxC drives installed. Additionally will ship with BOTH an extensive 100+ disk library with many E-Mu original sounds, plus a huge variety of orchestral sounds of unknown origin, but all high quality (please do not ask for itemization), as well as 3.5 GB of additional sounds on SD, with many instantly recognizable/ highly coveted 1980’s sounds. Additionally, has been recently serviced (late 2018), everything is in great shape except for a missing backlight - but the display is still extremely readable even in low light (see pics #2-3)."

New Introduction to the Blipblox Video & Accessing the "Bonus" Waveform Mode

Published on Apr 18, 2019 Blipblox Explorer Channel

"This 5 minute video provides a great introduction to the basics of the Blipblox. Highly recommended for current and aspiring Blipblox owners."

Accessing the Blipblox "Bonus" Waveform Mode

Published on Dec 27, 2018 Blipblox Explorer Channel

'Instruction for accessing the additional advanced waveforms."

Novation Peak, Bass Station II & Circuit All Playing, No Talking!

Published on Apr 18, 2019 Kraft Music

"Shop exclusive Novation SL MkIII BUNDLES at Kraft Music:

Evan from Novation plays a fews tracks using the SL MkIII Keyboard Sequencer as the brain, and Peak, Bass Station II and Circuit of the sound sources.

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!"

Improvisation #92 for Prophet '08

Published on Apr 18, 2019 The Musical Synthesizer

"This is a recording from an old session using two similar patches played on the Prophet '08s. The bass pedal board was not used; everything was performed on the keyboards.

The upper P'08 is programmed with a deep swirling imposing bass patch, fairly complex and, of course, using both layers panned in stereo. Perhaps it's most subtle characteristic is that there is modulation of octaves. When one sustains a note, there is a rocking back and forth between a 16' pitch and a 32', which adds a mysterious immensity. The lower P'08 has a similar patch, but simpler and adapted for chordal use.


DSI Prophet '08 Keyboard (2)
DSI Prophet '08 Module

Lexicon MX300"

Moog Polymoog 203A Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Siel Cruise Vintage Italian Synth (aka Sequential Circuits Fugue)

via this auction

"Made in Italy, circa 1979.

I first came across this synth after hearing Adrian Utley of Portishead fame raving about it in the below YouTube video from 2008. It’s a lush poly synth and fat mono synth in one and sounds fabulous. The synth was used extensively on Portishead’s album Third (see “The Rip” and the John Carpenter-esque outro of “Machine Gun” in particular).

Totally nails Solina string ensemble as well as John Carpenter-esque sounds, but on top of that you have a bunch of great poly synth sounds and a tweakable monosynth with very fat sounding filters. (Add a dash of effects and this thing really comes alive.) The below AnalogAudio1 videos are great examples."


Published on Apr 18, 2019 LESINDES

"DREADBOX ABYSS, ARTURIA KEYSTEP is playing the arpeggio!"

New Legendary Voltage Controlled Synthesizer RAST-A | VST Instrument for HALion

Published on Apr 18, 2019 VST Instruments & Plug-Ins

Oberheim OB-X / OB-Xa based soft synth. Sounds like my old OB-Xa, but not seeing a 2-Pole / 4-Pole switch.

"RAST-A for HALion is an homage to legendary voltage-controlled synthesizers of the 1980s. It not only models the musical influence of individual hardware components on sound, but also simulates the temperature drift of VCOs. Combined with a classic modeled filter you get all the tools to bring back the vibrant sound we all loved so much.


This modeled synthesizer is heavily inspired by a classic synthesizer which was famous in the ’80s. The original was used heavily by artists like Prince, Queen, Styx, Van Halen or Supertramp. But, RAST-A has not the intention to be a one-to-one clone but rather an homage to a specific sound which dominated a whole decade of music.

Hot! The temperature drift simulation

Vintage in every way you can imagine; play with the temperature drift simulation of VCOs to make your sound less predictable.

A real classic: Polyphonic portamento

Each voice comes with a separate portamento. And that lets you can recreate the typical outstanding glides some synth were famous for."

Quad Octoginta II Yusynth Miscreant from Million Machine March 4 OSC Eurorack Module with Joystick

via Million Machine March

"Since the CEM3340 chip was put back into production, and after seeing what a few other makers have built with them, I decided it was time for me to come up with my own take on this ‘tried and true’ chip! I looked over the various designs on using the CEM3340’s and settled on the Octoginta II.

Now that the VCO’s were sorted and I was able to purchase the DIY PCB’s, I needed to choose a wavefolder design. I like what Yusynth did with Haible’s wavefolder and went with his design here.

The YuSynth design required me to make my own PCB’s. This can be a laborious process if you have not done it before. But I have the process down to a science here in the lab, so I was able to get these made pretty quickly. Taste the Sodium Persulfate in the air, aahhhhh!...

The inspiration for this build and using these particular chips is to try and satisfy my want for a Oberheim OB-Xa! Hopefully Behringer will be able to produce an affordable clone soon, but in the meantime…"

Read the full post on Million Machine March here.

Dave Smith Instruments PRO 2 Part. 2

Published on Apr 17, 2019 DKS SYNTH LAB

DKS SYNTH LAB Pro 2 videos

Novation Peak Videos by LuxDiaboli

Published on Dec 19, 2018 LuxDiaboli


1. Novation Peak new Wavetables
A look on the new wavetables on Novation Peak.
Zero effects (apart from minute 7.00)
One oscillator at 100% volume (at minute 7.00 I add a second OSC with sine wave at 70% volume).
Waveshaping on each wavetable and filter on some of them.
With the 1.2 update, they have made the Peak one of the best modern Polysynth, in my opinion. New LFOs, dedicate effect mod matrix with four slots and many other things, just WOW.
(sorry for the crooked video)
2. Novation Peak Ambient Sequence
I made this chilling sequence to show how the modulation matrix of the Peak, with the right filter configuration, can change the sound we are making.
Yes, I’ve watched too many Knobs’ videos.
3. Strymon Volante with Novation Peak synthesizer
Some sequences made with Arturia Keystep and Novation Peak to show how beautiful is the Volante delay.
Enjoy :D

The history and future of Eurorack modular synths with Doepfer #TSR19

Published on Apr 18, 2019 DivKidVideo

"A rare moment of free time and having great people in the right place at the right time here's an interview with Felix of Tuesday Night Machines talking to Dieter Doepfer, THE CREATOR OF EURORACK at the Thomann Synth Reactor #TSR19 event.

Felix and I wanted to chat to Doepfer about both his history (the history or Eurorack), his current polyphonic modules, future module sand ideas and a quick look at what the future of the Eurorack might be.

We also talk about the Elektor Formant DIY synth, the new Frequency Shifter module coming later this year, CV controlled LED lighting, Dieter was also the EU distributor for Doug Curtis' Curtis chips/components, Raul's World of Synths, favourite Doepfer modules and plenty more."

How to create an electric guitar sound on an FM synthesizer (Yamaha Reface DX)

Published on Apr 18, 2019 Floyd Steinberg

"In this video, I'm trying to create an 80s power guitar sound on the Reface DX, a 4 operator FM synthesizer - table of contents below! Various FM terms&techniques (algorithms, carriers, modulators, keyboard sensitivity curve, pitch and amp envelopes, noise generation) are employed and explained.

You can download this sound here:

Table of contents:

00:00 Introduction
00:20 choosing an algorithm
00:35 setting operator levels and ratios
02:19 amp envelope for the carrier
03:51 amp evelopes for the modulators
06:01 LFO pitch and amp Modulation
07:08 pitch envelope modulation for "plucking" Sound
07:58 velocity sensitivity for level and overall brightness of the sound
09:20 keyboard scaling rate (KSC-R)
09:59 effects: distortion and delay
10:36 short demo using internal effects
11:25 short demo with some guitar pedals
12:05 bla bla"

MICROFREAK FIRST IMPRESSIONS — an Arturia Fanboys Perspective

Published on Apr 18, 2019 BoBeats

"Today we are checking out the MicroFreak from Arturia. If you enjoy my videos you can become a Patron:"

The EPIC Vintage Minimoog Model D Signed by Stevie Wonder!

Published on Apr 18, 2019 moogfoundation

"Enter to win it here:!! We are so honored to have the inimitable and stunningly talented Stevie Wonder sign the subject of our 2019 Spring Raffle, a gorgeous, vintage Minimoog Model D synthesizer. Check the synth out here as Asheville-based funk keyboardist Thomson Knoles of STIG explores the depth and sonic fun that makes the Minimoog so epic. You can enter to win this synthesizer here:, but don't wait too long to do so -- raffle ends at 11:59pm Monday, April 22, 2019!"

Drumbrute Impact x Volca FM + Kick 01

Published on Apr 18, 2019 Oscillator Sink

"One of my favourite things about this past Jamuary is that it encouraged me to put together smaller set-ups and work quickly within that framework. So recently I brought together the Arturia Drumbrute Impact with the Korg Volca Kick and FM to recreate that vibe and recorded a couple of jams over a couple of days - this more up-tempo one was the first of the two.

Obviously the Drumbrute Impact is in charge of the drums, a little less obviously the Volca Kick is doing the bassline (no kicks here!) and the Volca FM is providing the top line using a patch generated by the Synthmata random patch generator and is going through the Digitech Polara Reverb on the way into the interface."

myVolts Ripcord - USB Power for Korg Volcas

via myVolts

"Ripcord turns 5V from a USB port into other voltages, like 9V and 12V, that gear needs, and liberates your creative process from batteries and wall sockets.

Ripcord can also protect against noise: the buzzes and hums caused by poorly-earthed mains electricity.
If you’re wondering which Ripcords you might need, and what devices it powers, we’ve got an extensive, constantly updated, Ripcord FAQ on our site that should answer any questions you have.

Any country, on stage, in the studio, outdoors: anywhere there’s a USB port – like your laptop, a phone charger, a USB power bank – you’re good to go.

Read on to find out about Ripcord, AND get 15% off your next myVolts order."

Volca Drum First Beat

Published on Apr 18, 2019 Jarkko Tuohimaa

"My first beat with brand new Korg Volca Drum. It's the one of the best devices on Volca range. Volca Kick is my favourite. You need to figure out some menus in it, but mostly it's really straight forward to use. Soundwise it reminds me Korg ER-1."

Sample Locks with Elektron Model:Samples

Published on Feb 28, 2019 Jimi Heinrich

"You can fake Sample Locks by altering the Sample Start and Sample Length parameters. Just use a glues file with all your samples and set accordingly. The quick demo only uses 3 Tracks, but sounds like a lot more."

Korg volca modular patch: Alien Transmission

Published on Feb 4, 2019 Jimi Heinrich

"This is a take on the KORG volca modular. Using all included patch cables, I created a patch named "Alien transmission". See patch details at the beginning of the video."

ARP AVATAR Patch - Filter FM Jam

Published on Apr 18, 2019 Jimi Heinrich

"I had the chance to jam with an ARP Avatar that has been upgraded with patch points. I created a simple filter FM patch and just jammed away."

Electro Comp Model 101 at Synthplex

Published on Apr 17, 2019 Korey Luna

"ElectroComp Synthesizer sample recorded at Synthplex in Burbank CA. A beauty of percussive oscillation."

Slicing Samples - Erica Synths Sample Drum

Published on Apr 18, 2019 Carl-Mikael's Cabinet of Curiosities

"Watch me slicing samples using the Erica Synths Sample Drum to slice piano samples and make an ambient evolving soundscape.

Sequencing the eurorack thru the Elektron Digitone and Expert Sleepers FH-1. Gritty lo-fi FX by SOMA Lyra8-FX and Intellijel Spring Ray.

Videos about electronic music production, synthesizers, drum machines, eurorack modular synths. A lot of Elektron instruments, step sequencing and creative explorations. Some Ableton Live workflows, software instruments and VST effects. Almost no reviews, unboxing or top five lists.

Korg Polysix w/ Kenton MIDI

via this auction

Quadra Plonk Hop

Published on Apr 18, 2019 Intellijel

"Here's a fun jam using four Plonks with Steppy 3U in one of our new Palette cases.

Quadratt works great with the built in Mults to create macro controls of a few parameters. In this case Channel A is controlling Saturation on all four Plonks. Channel B and C is controlling the amount and offset of random modulation from Noise Tools sent to R Decay on the right two Plonks."

JXpansion Vol 1 - Roland JX-3P -

Published on Apr 18, 2019 GEOSynths

"Buy Now -

No, I haven't gone Mad, well maybe a little! I was rearranging my Studio and got my old JX-3P out and had no intention of making any Patches on it, but hey...I started it up and played some of my old Patches for a bit of fun.

I'd never actually tested the Save to Tape function of my particular JX-3P so I backed up the Patches and decided to do 32 Brand New Patches for it, just because...Well, I can :) Added a bit of Compression, but that's it, no external FX.

Wasn't a commercial decision as it has been taken over by Plug-Ins and Plug-Outs and all that, but decided to put them out there for users of the originals to buy. 32 Patches, who knows, there might be more in the future! :)"

Oberheim OB-8 Keyboard Synthesizer SN C44321

via this auction

"Oberheim OB-8 Keyboard Synthesizer in rare, near-mint condition.

Huge, lush analogue sounds, as famously used by Prince, Rush, the KLF, and many more. One of the sophisticated analogue synths ever made, multitimbral split/layer, ultra flexible arpeggiator, 12/24db filters, voice panning, and much more. Miles better than the OB-6 and Prophet-6 and newer analogues in general.

With page 2 and factory MIDI."

Oberheim Matrix 12

via this auction

"12 voices of pure magic. Multitimbral. Widely regarded as the pinnacle of vintage poly synths.

This particular Matrix 12 is in perfect working order and was serviced in 2018 with the following notes from the original owner:

1. Power supply was calibrated and recapped.
2. All rotary encoders were meticulously tested and cleaned. They are in near new condition.
3. All buttons were cleaned and work perfectly.
4. Replaced a key that had a small crack in the bottom.
5. All ribbon cables and molex connectors were cleaned and reseated.
6. Any necessary calibrations were done back to factory spec.
7. Added some custom patches to many of the existing ones."

Pittsburgh Modular Documentary Films Presents: the Voltage Research Laboratory - Episode 5

Published on Apr 18, 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

Eurorack Interfaces // Receive 2 & Transmit 2 from Joranalogue Audio Design

Published on Apr 18, 2019 DivKidVideo

"Shout outs to the birds outside my house! (you'll see what I mean) ... I wanted to make this video to highlight something that's really simple but I think an important part of a modular system.

In the video I go through the Receive 2 (RX2) and Transmit 2 (TX2) from Joranalogue Audio Design. They are a dual balanced XLR/Jack input pre amp and a stereo balanced output and headphone amp. Having quality interfacing and gain staging throughout the studio/stage is important for ensuring things work properly. Yes plugging a pedal or keyboard right into a Eurorack system will probably work but you'll be closer to the noise floor and further away from the expected levels and behaviours of modules. That can lead to a varied and unsatisfactory experience a lot of the time. I also wanted to dangle a microphone outside of my house and process some real world sounds to create a foley texture and alien landscape excited and led by the suburban environment."

Studio Electronics Boomstar 4075 & Roland RE501 Chorus Echo

Published on Apr 18, 2019 3rdStoreyChemist

Jürgen Michaelis from Jomox - live at SchneidersLaden

Jürgen Michaelis from Jomox - live at SchneidersLaden from HerrSchneider on Vimeo.

"Jürgen Michaelis played a live performance for us during his workshop at SchneidersLaden. He brought the unique Resonator Neuronium to play alongside the Alpha Base and T-Resonator. After that he talked us through the interesting construction of and relation between the T-Resonator and Resonator Neuronium and answers questions from the audience. This time in German.


SchneidersLaden presents SUPERBOOTH19"

Patch n Tweak

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