MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, April 26, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019

Arturia MicroFreak Paraphonic Hybrid Touch Keyboard Synth

Published on Apr 26, 2019 Perfect Circuit

"Arturia's MicroFreak has a four voice digital oscillator based on the Mutable Instruments Plaits run through an analog state variable filter. The MicroFreak has a fun to play touch keyboard as well as an arpeggiator and sequencer.

There are two envelopes, one that loops and an LFO as well as a modulation matrix for routing control signals around the synthesizer. In this video we used the Arturia DrumBrute Impact for some drums.

MicroFreak available here:"

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Moog Prodigy 32-Key Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"Up for sale (and priced to sell) is one Moog Prodigy. I've placed the year to 1980-1981 (Could be wrong). The serial is unclear because it looks like 7081, but I know that the unit didn't include CV/Gate (like this one) after number 4610. It's smudged, so you be the judge.

Perhaps to a collector's chagrin, I personally opened it up and restored it. I am an amateur, but I followed the instructions as prescribed by this youtube video:

I cleaned the circuit board, soap brushed the control panel, replaced the missing plastic switches, dusted the knobs, and then sanded and refinished the wood panels (sides/front) with a darker varnish to match my Dave Smith synths. I think I did a good job for an amateur, but your endorsement will only be ratified and vindicated by the money with which you purchase it. I priced it to lowest fair price plus the money I put into its restoration and reasonable shipping price.

Functionally, it is in fantastic shape. The keys obviously have a bit of wear after 40 years, but each one works as it should. The only sticky switch is the filter/loudness release on/off switch. If you are nice to it, it will flip just fine. There is some give in all of the knobs and switches, but this synth is meant to be handled gently like any piece of 40 year old equipment so don't be stabbing it Keith Emerson style."

Lisa Bella Donna - Impression for Moog Matriarch, 16MM Film, & Magnetic Tape

Published on Apr 26, 2019 Lisa Bella Donna

"Variations on a few themes I recorded with the Moog Matriarch. One of which appears as the opening credits for the beautiful & breathtaking premiere film that Moog composed for the Matriarch. This particular piece has some heavy use of analog treatment during mixdown, including combing the synthesizer with some haunting field recordings to conjure some thematic contrast. However all the synthesis you hear is the amazing Moog Matriarch prototype.

Recorded, mixed, & manipulated on a Tascam 388 and mixed to an Otari MX5050

My immense gratitude to all the beautiful & talented humans at Moog Music In."

Moog Matriarch

WMD MSCL and Overseer - Master Compression Tutorial and Demo

Published on Apr 26, 2019 WMDevices

"The WMD Performance Mixer is the ultimate mixer for live eurorack modular synth performances. What about the master send and return though? What should I sue the stereo insert on the master for? How does it work? The Overseer stereo filter and MSCL stereo compressor modules were made for this exact use case.

In this video, Alex runs through how to connect the MSCL and Overseer modules to your WMD Performance Mixer, what order he prefers to put them in, and then goes into a crash course on master compression and how to do it correctly. After that, he runs through the features and functions of the Overseer stereo filter module and presents some fun and practical use-case scenarios."

WMD Crucible - Development Update and Patch Example

Published on Apr 22, 2019 WMDevices

Whoops at :53

"We showed our newest module, the Crucible at Synthplex 2019 and it still isn't out a couple weeks later... What's the deal?

We've spent some dev time making this thing even more badass for you and we're really stoked that we did... we hope you will be too.

DISCLAIMER: These are prototype panels, the real thing will be a tad different ;)."

Pittsburgh Modular Microvolt 3900 & Novation Circuit - Quick Jam

Published on Apr 26, 2019 Kraft Music

"Shop exclusive Microvolt 3900 BUNDLES at Kraft Music:

The Microvolt 3900 is a fantastic semi-modular synth that encourages sonic experimentation!

Notice a lack of videos on a something specific that you want to hear, or have an idea for one? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

The Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers Microvolt 3900 is a semi-modular desktop synthesizer that takes a creative and unconventional approach to the analog monosynth. The analog audio engine of the Microvolt 3900 feeds a West Coast-style wavefolder, enabling a layer of additive synthesis alongside the classic subtractive synthesis waveforms. Although it's patched internally and doesn't require patch cables to create sounds, Microvolt 3900 includes a 39-point eurorack-friendly patchbay for deeper experimentation and complete signal routing control of audio and modulation options.

Get more for your money with an exclusive Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers Microvolt 3900 bundle from Kraft Music. These package deals include the accessories you'll need to get the most out of your new synth, 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!"

Lisa Bella Donna - Paraphonic Preludé for Moog Matriarch

Published on Apr 26, 2019 Lisa Bella Donna

"My very first recording/exploration with the Moog Matriarch prototype when it arrived at my studio and I switched it on. Such a beautiful sounding instrument. It was also not yet called the "Matriarch"...
Photos are from around my studio and home in the Appalachian Mountains. My immense gratitude to all at Moog Synthesizers. They're the BEST for a reason.

Recorded to Tascam 388 8 Channel tape recorder."

Moog Matriarch

Vintage Moog Memorymoog Synthesizer Keyboard SN 1593

via this auction, also on Reverb.


Published on Apr 26, 2019 Alexey Taber


Is this the best Drum Synthesizer in 2019? #TSR19

Published on Apr 26, 2019 GetJervis

"Why you need a JoMoX Alphabase!

I catch up with Jurgen Michaelis at #TSR19 to talk about the start of JoMoX with the fabulous xBase09.

We talk about where the last 20 years have led him with an Introduction to the fantastic AlphaBase."

XOR Electronics Swag

Some synth bling sent my way via XOR Electronics.

XOR Synth T-Shirt, keychain, button, & stickers!

Thank you XOR! Will be wearing that T out today! :)

Great quality shirt BTW.  The XOR logo is stitched, not printed.

VCF8 in Tiny LD Proto

Published on Apr 26, 2019 gotharman

Tweaking VCF8 SSI (Spaze) filterboard.

Korg Polysix Analog Synthesizer (1982) emulate 70s disco stringmachine sound

Published on Apr 26, 2019 RetroSound

"(c) 2019 vintage synthesizer demo by RetroSound

The #KORG #Polysix analog #synthesizer is perfect to emulate these typical 70s disco stringmachine sounds. The P-6s phaser and ensemble effect is very important.

With the settings can you create different timbres of stringmachine sounds."

Critter & Guitari - Aquarius 4 for Organelle

Published on Apr 26, 2019 Critter & Guitari

"Author: callmesam

This is one of thirteen user-made patches we're showcasing! The Organelle is full of possibilities waiting to be explored and shared. Each patch in this series is a unique approach to an instrument or effect - the result of the contributor working with the Organelle to make their vision a reality! The icing of this musical cake is that the patches have been shared so others may explore and create! Thanks to all the creators making the Organelle more than we hoped it could be!

This subtractive synth uses preset envelope shapes to expedite sound programming. Use 'Aux' to switch between two pages of settings, adjusting octave transposition, envelopes, filter cutoff, oscillator waveform (x2), pulse width modulation, and chorus. Use the encoder to scroll through presets within the patch!

Download this patch here:"

Phenol Synth Voices

Published on Apr 26, 2019 Robin Rimbaud-Scanner

"What you are hearing is just the voices of the Kilpatrick Audio Phenol synthesiser, one of my very favourite instruments, self patched, so it's playing itself. No additional effects. What's interesting is that I thought I could hear voices in the music in the opening minute, as if someone were chatting through the walls, but thankfully it was just the synth itself :-)"


Published on Apr 23, 2019 Purple Tonal Central 27

TR-606 / TR-808 / RE-303 / XOXBOX / SE-02

This one in via Purple Tonal Central 27. Starts at 1:04 with the x0xb0x.

live set on #LiveElectronicRussia

"Glide" by MATTELICA (Moog Grandmother/Moog DFAM x2)

Published on Apr 26, 2019 Mattelica

"Live take of an original track with the Moog Grandmother syncing the 2 Moog DFAMs, to a Roland VS880, to a Canon 6D + 50mm 1.4 lens."

TRAX! Session 2

Published on Apr 26, 2019 FutureRetroSynths

"Another improv performance piece using two Trax sequencers each playing a Transient. One Transient plays the 909 drums, while the other plays 303 and synth samples."

Gameboy Music on Synth - Contra (Operation C)

Published on Apr 26, 2019 GLASYS

Dude can play.

"The 'Area 1' theme of 'Operation C' on Gameboy (AKA Contra jungle theme) performed live on a Sequential Prophet XL.

This is the first in a series in which I cover my favorite tunes from the Gameboy games I grew up playing. Hope you enjoy!"

Melodies on a Buchla 200e - Part 01 Djangosfire

Published on Apr 26, 2019 djangosfire

"Wanted to show an example of melodic possibilities on a Buchla 200e. This a focus on the concept of pitched transpositions (not the tone of the patch this time).

Modules used:

Buchla 251e, 223e, 281e, 292e, 206e
Studio H: 258e & Control and Signal Router

A few notes on the pitch aspects of the patch:

- 258e is tracking 1.2v/oct
- 251e is tuned to play octaves
- the 223e is tuned to play a Major scale
- the Studio H Control and Signal Router is mixing and buffering the all of the CV into the 258e

Repeatable, pitch tracking on a Buchla 200e is possible, and sounds amazing! Once you set up a patch like this.. anything is possible.

More later - Thank you, Djangosfire"

Surprises at Arturia's SUPERBOOTH Booth? Peep! Peep!

via Arturia

"Dear all,

Arturia is coming at Superbooth (May 9th-11th)!

We will be at the same booth as last year: Lounge (H355).

Our product manager will be waiting for you in order to show you all the product news.

Also demo are planed:

* DrumBrute Impact, Minibrute 2, Microfreak -> 9, 10, 11th May at 2pm
* Pigments ->Saturday 11th May at 11am

And more surprises to see on the booth...

Arturia team is looking forward to see you there!

Moog Melodia Theremin 1960 very rare and original RA Moog product!

via this auction

"Here is something very rare and unusual that you do not see everyday. An original circa 1960 or so Moog Melodia Theremin. This was the original product offered by Robert Moog before he made any voltage controlled synthesizers etc. This example is in excellent condition and was found in the storage of an old style amateur radio station where it was used for on air sound fx. It works well and sounds amazing, very rich and haunting yet primitive.... When I was testing it the battery connector came unsoldered and will need to be reattached but I have left it alone for the next owner. It is from all available evidence 100% original so I wanted to leave it unmolested. The antennae is present and in great condition too, and there is an old RCA cable for connecting it. It has a connector on the base to attach to a mic stand and the output jack (RCA) is on the bottom too. This is a wonderful collectible and usable item for the synth or theremin enthusiast."

Moog Etherwave Plus [USED] [NOISEBUG]

via this auction

Elektron Monomachine SFX-60 + MKII [USED] [NOISEBUG]

via this auction

Prophet 12 Keyboard Synthesizer signed by Dave Smith SN 00956

via this auction

via the seller: "This Prophet 12 is in mint condition that has never left my home studio. I am the original and sole owner having purchased directly from Dave Smith Instruments and was pleasantly surprised it arrived signed by none other than Dave Smith himself."

Original Vintage Yamaha CS-80 Polyphonic Synthesizer Instruction Manual

via this auction


via this auction

Dtronics - DT7 Controller

Published on Apr 26, 2019 acidjack303

"Dtronics - DT7 Controller for the Yamaha DX7, TX7, TX802 and compatible Yamaha FM Synthesizers."

Pantala Labs - Carcellata : Damped Joy : Sub Module

Published on Apr 26, 2019 Gibran PantalaLabs

"Damped Joystick is an utility sub module co create CVs from joystick movement. Has two operation modes 'FULL' and 'CENTER'. Also has a n exclusive damping factor to mate smooooothed CVs."

Permutations - Synthwave on the OP-1

Published on Apr 26, 2019 Gabe Miller Music

A retrowave track on the OP-1. Mixed and mastered in Logic.
Background footage by Facta Non Verba:

grandmother talks to aliens

Published on Apr 26, 2019 once upon a synth

"This is a continuous 20+ minute experimental improv with the Moog Grandmother being sequenced by an Analogue Solutions Oberkorn MK3. Patch info below.

Patch info (OB = Oberkorn, GM = Grandmother):
OB gate out to GM env trig
OB CV A to GM pitch
OB CV C to GM LFO rate

The rest is just tweaking parameters on the fly. No external effects were used. I recorded the GM's output directly."

Sonic LAB - Arturia MicroFreak Hybrid Synthesizer Review

Published on Apr 26, 2019 sonicstate

"We take a look at the new Arturia MicroFreak, a hybrid synth which features a single digital oscilator with 11 different algorithms, 7 of which are provided by Mutable Instruments Plaits open source code."

Demo :: Bricasti M7 on Drum Machine (Aphex Riff)

Published on Apr 26, 2019 SOLON Music

"Demo of the Bricasti on Roland TR8 and Yamaha Reface CS. Riff from 'Ageispolis' by Aphex Twin. 8 presets demo'ed:


Supercritical Synthesizers Officially Introduces the 16 voice Demon Core Oscillator & Expander

You might remember the teaser video for the Supercritical Synthesizer posted Demon Core Oscillator posted here.

The official announcement follows.

"Introducing Supercritical Synthesizers and the 16 voice Demon Core Oscillator eurorack module

A new Finnish synthesizer manufacturer Supercritical Synthesizers is releasing their first product, the 16 Voice Demon Core Oscillator. The eurorack module is essentially 16 analog oscillators with digital control packed into one 12HP module, with a number of ways to spread, stack and modulate the individual pitches. The companion 8HP module Demon Core Expander allows polyphonic control of the 16 voices via MIDI and CV, bringing versatile polyphony to the eurorack world.

The DCO module offers 16 oscillators with either sawtooth or pulse waveforms which can be stacked in unison or in octaves To give life to the oscillators the module features a static detune spread control ranging from subtle to extreme supersaw qualities and the Core Stability control which introduces VCO-like pitch drift and jitter, allowing the module to sound like 80’s big polyphonic VCO machines in unison at moderate settings, or like a collection of misbehaving oscillators at extreme settings. It also features a 1V/oct pitch input, a very intuitive concert pitch tuner, CVs for linear FM, spread, detune and PWM. Further, a time sync input synchronizes the whole stack of oscillators phases, which can be used with detuning to produce massive bass or brass synthesis.

The Demon Core Expander module introduces polyphonic control of the DCO. The stacks can be divided between up to 16 polyphonic voices via MIDI or four 1V/oct inputs with attenuator. The oscillator can be set in continuous streaming mode or in MIDI gating mode with an ADSR envelope for each polyphonic voice. The time sync can be also triggered via MIDI for each voice and the phase sync time can be adjusted from past to future. The expander provides a handy MIDI interface and some extra CV controls.

Main module tech specs:
12hp, skiff friendly with 25mm depth.
120mA +12V and 20mA -12V
16 configurable voices (octave, stacks)
Saw and pulse waves with PWM ranging from 0-100%
Coarse tune for 6 octave range with half-step increments
Fine tune for ± half step range
A blinking tuning indicator for finding C note in every octave and A440 fine tuning
1V/oct master pitch CV
Linear FM CV (±8V) with attenuator
Combined Spread / PWM CV (±8V) with offset function
Stability CV (±8V) with offset function
Trigger input for synchronizing the phases for all waves
Mono audio output
A function (shift) button to do magic for different controls!
Software updates via audio
Secure shrouded power connector with a supplied power cable

Expander module specs:
8hp, skiff friendly with 25mm depth.
Powers from main module, connects via supplied ribbon cable
Connected, the oscillator draws now 130mA +12V and 30mA -12V
MIDI interface with bipolar TRS-connector
MIDI thru, polarity set with jumpers on the back
MIDI channel learn function with pitch bend setting
Gate output, 5v 4ms trigger in retrig
Configurable polyphony, ADSR envelope for each voice
Four pitch CVs (±8V) with global attenuator
Control for phase sync timing

The 16 voice Demon Core Oscillator and Expander are available in May-June 2019 and pricing TBA soon."

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