MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Moog DFAM controlling Buchla Music Easel

Published on May 1, 2019 Honeysmack

"Quick noodle with Moog DFAM controlling a Buchla Music Easel.

Check out my new track TROMA available on the new Patch.CV THREE release:"

JM Jarre - Third Rendez Vous - Cover with Xerxes Synthesizer Prototype by Black Corporation

Third Rendez Vous - Cover

Performed by Ando Pilve
using Xerxes synthesizer prototype by Black Corporation, Japan.

Additional sounds with Seiko DS-250

Originally composed by Jean Michel Jarre, 1986

This one is in via Soviet Space Child.

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by J.S. Bach on the Baloran The River synthesizer

Published on May 1, 2019 Sean Christopher Evoking Emotion with Synthesizers

"This piece is dedicated to my father, Gary Dockery (1942 - 2019) who introduced me to Bach and other great classical music artists. Thank you dad, and I love you.

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 is a piece of organ music written, according to its oldest extant sources, by Johann Sebastian Bach. The piece opens with a toccata section, followed by a fugue that ends in a coda. It is one of the most famous works in the organ repertoire.

I recreated Bach's genius using a Baloran the River synth which was multitracked to Steinberg's Cubase 10 Pro. The reverb is from Exponential Audio’s awesome R4 reverb plugin. I'm estimating that I spent close to 100 hours putting this together....and in the end I believe that it was worth every single minute. Working on Bach pieces is very humbling. My God that man was a genius!"

Novation Circuit LoFi Ambient Experiment

Published on May 1, 2019 Flak Cannon

"I tried making LoFi ambient with Novation Circuit and a cassette dictaphone."

Meng Qi Wing Pinger Prototype Videos

Published on May 1, 2019 Meng Qi


1. Wing Pinger - Chaos
With multiple feedback and cross modulation paths, Wing Pinger operates according to the principles of chaos theory. All parameters except volume are interactive, future outputs are related to the current state as well as parameter settings.
2. Wing Pinger - CVGate
Wing Pinger talks to modular synthesizers via Banana jacks. Use TRIGGER outputs to sync external synthesizers to filter pings. STEP outputs are weighted mixes from shift registers.
3. Wing Pinger - Tonal Patterning
Be chaotic at will, you don't miss the expressions from melodies. Wing Pinger is capable of generating pentatonic patterns from its carefully weighted STEP modulation.
4. Wing Pinger - External Sound Processing
Process stereo or dual mono signals through great sounding filters, add spice to the tone, generate movements with special Wing Pinger modulations.

Wing Pinger will be at SUPERBOOTH and other events. You can find the list on the Meng Qi website.

"Your link to organic analog texture, rhythm, noise and melodies.

Travels between chaotic and tonal passages as fast as your emotions shift.

It encourages fine playing gestures and rewards practicing.

Wing Pinger is an analog musical instrument, centered around a pair of 4-pole resonate low pass filters.

Surrounded by a network of comparators, pulse converters, binary counters and shift registers.

Despite the absence of oscillators, it's fully capable, and actually designed to generate sound on its own."

PM Foundations SEM Tribute Modules - Comparison with Vintage SEMs

Published on May 1, 2019 Randy Piscione

1. reSEMble 1 of 2
Quick comparison of an Oberheim SEM and the new SEM-tribute modules from PM Foundations. The SEM audio is on the left, PMF modules are on the right. This is live. I tried to play similar lines on both keyboards. It is tricky to get the patches exactly the same, especially when tweaking live like this. The "echo" you hear is actually the other keyboard and modules being played. Headphones are certainly helpful on this one.

These are not clones. I asked Tom Oberheim about doing an SEM clone for Eurorack, and he referred me to a friend of his who has been helping him since the 1970s. We had a long phone conversation and his take on Tom's take is that Tom would rather see us develop something new, even if it is based on his work. So, that was our goal.
2. reSEMble 2 of 2
This is a brief overview of the new “SEM Tribute” modules from PM Foundations. Featured are two VCOs, the VCF, one envelope generator and the first version prototype of the modulation module. The little musical excerpt at the start is the new modules playing bass, along with an Alesis SR-16 on drums and Casio CZ-101 doing the chords.

Roland Juno-106 Gravitational Slingshot Other-worldly Resonance Demo #2

Published on May 1, 2019 gstormelectro

Part 1 here.

"Audio and Video by G-Storm Electro c. 2019

Today I hastily prepared a follow up demo of my Juno-106 Gravitational Slingshot upgrade chips by Analogue Renaissance. I'm still getting to know these new chips, and getting a few questions: what's the difference, should I switch? Aside from the bass frequencies being less muddy, to me the filter resonance sounds less shrill, yet more other-worldly. There are strange interactions between the resonance and other synth parameters. With this realization, the colorful name Gravitational Slingshot seems acutely fitting.

So to me it's better to show every setting on the synth panel, in manual mode - everything on the synth front panel is 'live'. And you can see, and reproduce these settings on your own synth, having original chips. To know for yourself what the difference in sound may be.

It goes without saying, a video such as this - lengthy excursions into filter self-resonance - will have some high-frequency content so watch your levels. Also gratuitous synth-parameter noodling, non-musical in-harmonic content, and generally interminable racket.

Audio recorded direct to Tascam DR-05
No additional effects."

Kit Overview # 39 - Roman Sowa´s Pierdzidelko

Published on May 1, 2019 Synth Diy Guy

"A demo of Roman Sowa´s cool new noise maker kit, the Pierdzidelko!
Build video coming soon!"

via Sowa

"DIY kit is what kids today love the most, so here it is, first kit from MIDI-hardware!
It's rather complex build consisting of roughly 150 parts, so prepare for 2 hours of soldering. And hopefully you will enjoy playing it just as much as assembling it. This is four-oscillator cross-modulation drone sound generator, that can also play nice and polite sounds, even controled via external Hz/V signal. But that's not why it was made for. There are 4 identical VCOs, each producing 3 waveforms that can be separately mixed to audio output and to modulation matrix. Each VCO can frequency modulate all other 3 VCOs, so you can expect wild and crazy sounds coming out of it."

This is how it looks like assembled

Saturday 11.05.2019 - 3PM @ Superbooth Berlin, Ploytec PL2 synth emulates SP0256-AL2 and CTS256-AL2

Published on May 1, 2019 Ploytec

"At the Gesprächskonzert in the Superbooth19 Auditorium in Berlin's FEZ, Markus from Ploytec demonstrates a prototype unit of the PL2 Logos, emulating the General Instruments CTS256-AL2, the 'text to speech' companion chip for the SP0256-AL2 speech synthesizer from the eighties."

Also see:
πλ² Ploytec PL2 - PL02.56 (SP0256-AL2 tribute) Firmware explained

The General Instruments CTS256-AL2 emulation is new.


Published on May 1, 2019 GLvintageSHOP

via this auction

"The unit has one connection plug - Soviet 5DIN. It's used as an addition to FORMANTA UDS drum sets. MINT condition, comes in original packing with shoulder stripe and connection cable.
It has 7 buttons on the front side and 2 on the back. According to manual while tapping the "SPHERIC THING" the unit sends trigger commands to the control module. Probably it can trigger any drum machine or kinda.

The unit has a velocity-sensitive piezo trigger pad under sphere and nine red knobs:
seven on the front for choosing which drum sound you wanted to trigger from the synth and two back knobs for switching "preset" or "synth" sound mode on the synthesizer."

Working condition.



Published on May 1, 2019 GLvintageSHOP

via this auction


Output - 1/4 jack

The supply voltage of the unit - 220-230V/50Hz. For use it with 110/127V, a voltage converter is necessary/ not added.


FolkTek Matter II Eurorack Drum Synthesizer With Pin Patching

Published on May 1, 2019 Perfect Circuit

"FolkTek's Matter II not only makes interesting percussion sounds it looks like a work of art and has a unique hexagonal pin matrix for changing internal routing. Even when you aren't sure exactly what the Matter II is doing you can create some great sounds with it. The Matter II has a built in vactrol VCA for everything from short sounds to atmospheric drones punctuated by feedback, noise and percussive hits.

FolkTek Matter II available here:"

Supporters of MATRIXSYNTH get %10 off at Perfect Circuit! See the support page for details.

Evaton Technologies RF Nomad w/ Antenna

via this auction

See the seller's other items for more.

"The RF Nomad brings sideband shortwave radio into Eurorack! This module is a great noise source and strange audio generator. There are tends to be dead spots but once you find something it is almost always interesting and can reach really far! This module is in great shape with just some rack rash and includes a short antenna. It is advised to find the longest antenna possible for the best results!"

Make Noise Richter Wogglebug

via this auction

"The Wogglebug is a source for all sorts of randomness. It has several voltage outputs that can be influenced by other CV signals, 3 audio outputs of chaotic noises, a clock generator, and random pulse output. It works great as a hub for CVs and gates. This module is in good working condition with very little rack rash."

ADDAC System Intuitive Quantizer

via this auction

"The Intuitive Quantizer is perhaps the most powerful quantizer module in Eurorack. With four independent inputs and outputs for melodies there is plenty of pitch locking for your voices. The intuitive name comes from the ease of programming as you are supplied with a keyboard represented in push buttons on the panel. Each channel has a trigger in and out and presets can be saved for your favorite scales! This module is in great shape with little to no rack rash."

Make Noise Rene 2 Sequencer

via this auction

"The Rene 2 is the successor to the popular original Rene Cartesian sequencer. This design expansion includes the two original X and Y gate inputs but with a 16 step linear channel connected to each. The C output acts as the original Rene did, deriving its movement from both the X and Y channel's clocks. Of course there is much more under the hood including pitch quantization, gate programming, access programming, and state saving and recall! This module is in great shape with no rack rash." Dot Com QKB15 MIDI to CV Keyboard

via this auction

"Great feeling keyboard with a vintage vibe! It can be used as a MIDI or CV keyboard and also has a split mode so you can play bass and lead on the same keyboard"

Note the keys hang over on the underside.

ENSONIQ MIRAGE DSK-8 Keyboard Sampler Synthesizer w/ Disks

via this auction

Working STYLOPHONE Keychain

via this auction


First one posted on the site!

ELEKTRONIKA EM25 - Vintage Analog String synthesizer USSR Soviet 106

Published on May 1, 2019 GLvintageSHOP

via this auction

See the seller's other items for more.

"EM-25 is an interesting Soviet string-synth that looks and feels like a curious cross between Moog Opus 3, Yamaha SK15 and ARP Solina. Like other Soviet synths, has got a distinct sound of its own and can easily compete with synths that have grown to become classics.

Organ has great vibe - I like its etheral and gentle vibe in upper register. It has one percussive drawbar (again a plus for total tonal variety).
EM-25's organ is quite interesting, potent and woody with full registers, almost acoustic sounding. With a touch of LXP-1 reverb, a single drawbar turns into real Cathedral organ!

Synth section (called brass on EM-25) is VCO fixed preset on both, with full filter section - but only one filter for all voices.

All said, EM-25 is unique and rare and a real stringer.

Few keys without sustain

Output - 1/4 jack

The supply voltage of the unit - 220-230V/50Hz. For use it with 110/127V, a voltage converter is necessary/ not added.

Original case


YMO cosmic surfin’ (cover)

Published on May 1, 2019 Tosh Ara



Sequential / DSI Prophet '08 & Prophet-6
White Korg ARP Odyssey

Micro Techno Glitch

Published on Apr 30, 2019 Honeysmack

"Check out my new track TROMA available on the new Patch.CV THREE release:


DIGITAKT 2-YEAR REVIEW — What makes it so special? And is it still worth getting?

Published on May 1, 2019 BoBeats

"2 Year Review of the Elektron Digitakt. Why do people love it so much? Sponsored by Skillshare: use this links to get two months for free (first 500)"


SERPENS MODULAR || Sirius Analog Low Pass Filter ||

Published on Mar 18, 2019 Serpens Modular

New module and new maker. Additional details follow.

Sirius-Serpens Modular-Analog Low Pass filter with distortion Unboxing and first impression

Published on May 1, 2019 Dziam Bass

"Today we have Unboxing and a music demo in which Sirius from Serpens Modular Modular was used.

The advantage of this filter is definitely great design and the distrotion which is just amazing with a larger resonance resistance, but also Sirius filter uses similar to the Korg PolySix, Mono / Poly and the PPG Wave 2.0 what really gives a special character for sounds.

In this movie, up to 1:45 there is a sound from Clean Out, later a superior to Dirty Out, which also definitely affects the charmonics of this rich sound.

currently the module is available and it seems that it is one of those which you ''must have''.

In fact, this is only part of what Sirius can do, so more information about it can be found here :"

"The Sirius filter uses similar analog architecture found in a number of classic 80s synths such as the Korg PolySix, Mono/Poly and the PPG Wave 2.0. We've then tweaked the design to integrate a germanium diode distortion stage to give this traditionally smooth filter some real bite as well as extending the resonance range so that it goes into self oscillation. This can turn the Sirius into a ground shaking sine wave oscillator that can track pitch at 1v/oct via the frequency cv inputs. The Bias knob allows users to not only set the pitch tracking themselves but to also tune the filter resonance, meaning resonance pings can be easily tuned to the key of your song. Two outputs are also available - a 'dirty' which passes through the distortion stage, but also a 'clean' which bypasses the distortion if you're looking for a more traditional filtered sound or want to patch the filter back into itself for interesting results.

4 pole low pass filter with germanium diode based distortion.

Two individually attenuated CV inputs for both cutoff and resonance (four in total).

Two attenuated audio inputs for precise signal mixing.

Clean and dirty outputs allowing users to bypass distortion circuit and for self patching.

Sine wave oscillator with 1/v oct tracking via the fcv inputs.

Bias knob for resonance tuning and adjusting pitch tracking.


AU$279 / US$199 / EUR176"

Yamaha DX7 Custom Patch Tutorial 24 | Winterfell

Published on Apr 30, 2019 madFame

"This custom patch series is the quickest and easiest way to learn how to program your DX7 FM synthesizer.

To support the channel further check out my Patreon page:
All $2 or more Patrons can download my Custom Patch SYSEX files.

Some of the music used in my videos is available on the Magic & Steel bandcamp page:

Thanks for watching!"

New Qu-Bit Chord v2

Polyphony is back!

Chord v2 is a plug and play solution for bringing musical polyphony to your system. It contains four oscillator voices, a multitude of waveforms, and intelligent tuning functionality. This new version features an expanded sonic palette and feature set in half the size of the original.

It features three primary modes of operation: Chord, Free Running, and Unison. These three modes allow the oscillators to be tuned as diatonic chords, run independently of each other, or be tuned to the same internal frequency for external v/oct sequencing through independent CV inputs.

The timbral possibilities of the Chord v2 bring its polyphonic tones to life. The module ships with eight banks of waveforms encompassing traditional shapes, vocal synthesis, organ emulation, and chiptune sounds. You can also load custom wavetables using the SD card slot on the front panel.

From harmonic drones to Switched On Bach, the Chord v2 is an unparalleled addition to any Eurorack modular.

• Polyphonic oscillator
• Intelligent tuning system
• Independent output per voice + mix output(5 in total)
• Eight banks of waveforms
• SD card included
• Wavetables compatible with WaveEdit software by Synthesis Technology"

Quasimidi 309 Rave-O-Lution Drum Machine / Seqencer/ Synth- EXPANDED

via this auction

"Quasimidi Rave-O-Lution 309 with both Synth and Drum Expansions fitted AND upgraded OS 3.0a (Most stable version) chip installed.

Excellent cosmetic condition. Looks near new.

Fantastic synth/ groovebox. Completely excellent sounds, some of the best kicks you could have, brilliant hats, great percussion and snares, and a really nice synth section.

Very hands-on and intuitive machine. Very fresh sounding machine with a huge range of tones and timbres.

Small chip out of the plastic surrounding the psu input, no affect to anything. Original Quasimidi PSU fits snugly and works perfectly. Optional I/O expansion not fitted.

LCD screen is as bright as new. All buttons / pots etc working smoothly."

Waldorf Q Yellow Keyboard

via this auction

Moog One 16 voice - tuning problems

Published on May 1, 2019 Monty

"About 30 minutes after power up, my Moog One VCO2 and VCO3 completely lose their tuning. Not just a frequency offset, but great variation up the scale and across voices.

The video shows a comparison between VCO3 then VCO2 then VCO1. Finally they are played at once.

I contacted Moog Support about this 3 days ago. No answer yet, but let's see what they have to say..."

Moog One 16 voice - tuning problems (as good as my unit gets)

Published on May 1, 2019 Monty

"This video demonstrates Moog One tuning variation over time, voices, and position on keyboard.
This is as GOOD AS IT GETS with my unit - noticeable fractions of a semitone in error. See my other video to see what can happen when tuning goes completely wrong:

Details for those who care:
- The unit was powered up about 10 minutes before the recording start. Long after the video completed, the tuning variation persisted. This isn't just a "wait until it warms up" problem.
- Firmware is v1.0.4. A fresh "user space" was created as per Moog Support instructions
- The sound is just the init preset (press shift+compare) with OSC2 and OSC3 added in parallel. You are hearing all three oscillators playing in unison"

Moog One tuning issues: Update - RESOLVED??

Published on May 4, 2019 Monty

"This video demonstrates my discovery that the Moog One can be put permamently out of tune (until reboot) by loading patches with seemingly invalid OSC frequency offset parameters. These parameters cannot be dialled in from the UI, but can occur if users make patches based on original factory ones. I think Moog know about this (hence their recommended "create a new User Space" fix to tuning issues) but I have never seen it explained before.
For me, this issue has interacted with more subtle tuning problems which appear to have been solved in a beta firmware release Moog Support have issued me (an update beyond the current 1.0.4)
I apologise for the poor picture and sound quality - this is just a quick smartphone video."

Cwejiman BLD Bass Lead / Drum Generator test

Published on May 1, 2019 SUBTOKYOSHOP

Cwejiman BLD Bass Lead / Drum Generator test

recorded with
Roland SBX-1
Roland TR-8
Roland JP-08
Ableton Live

subtokyoshop on eBay

Hello Hydronium: analog acid synth

Published on May 1, 2019 Olivier Ozoux

"Happy New Gear! I finished assembling the Rare Waves HYDRONIUM, a fun little TB-303 inspired analog acid synth, available as a desktop or eurorack unit, in yellow, blue or black.

This is a quick little video of the hydronium by itself, but I'm looking forward to using the glide CV out to turn all my other semi-modular synths into acid synths."


KAWAI 5000R controlled by CLAVIA NORD MODULAR G2 // the long pad

Published on May 1, 2019 LESINDES

"KAWAI 5000R controlled by CLAVIA NORD MODULAR G2. So the NORD is doing the job of the Kawai MACRO CONTROL BOX or the control panel of the K5000 regular."

Trevor Horn - The Art of Record Production

Published on May 1, 2019 Sound On Sound magazine

LinnDrum, Minimoog, Fairlight (80 grand - he was one of the first 10 owners)

"Trevor Horn is one of the worlds most successful and innovative producers, sometimes referred to as the man who invented the 80’s. We talk to Trevor and get some great stories from his past and present, as well as learn about the techniques used in some of his earlier recordings.

If you enjoyed this interview watch Trevor talking about how the YES track "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" was recorded:"

Trevor Horn - YES, 'Owner of a Lonely Heart' Track Breakdowns - Original and Reimagines the 80s

Published on May 1, 2019 Sound On Sound magazine

"We talk to Trevor about his new album ‘Trevor Horn Reimagines The eighties’ and we look at the multi-track sessions of 'Owner of a Lonely Heart' by Yes and Trevor’s updated version from Trevor Horn Reimagines the Eighties."

Moogfest 2019 STG Soundlabs .VCO Wobbly Randomness

Published on May 1, 2019 sonicstate

"We take a look at the imminent STG Soundlabs .VCO an 8hp eurorack VCO module with some interesting random pitch variant technology.
Available in the Summer at around $200"

Demo :: Lexicon PCM70 on Drum Machine (Aphex Riff)

Published on May 1, 2019 SOLON Music

"Demo of the Lexicon PCM70 on Roland TR8 and Yamaha Reface CS. Riff from 'Ageispolis' by Aphex Twin. 8 presets demo'ed:


Note: I consciously set the reverb levels high (higher than you'd use in a mix) to make the characteristics of the reverbs and fx easy to hear."

LudoWic JAM 21

Published on May 1, 2019 ludoWic music

Live Synth Jam

Used gear: (system 66)
EMS Synthi A
Vermona DRM
Akai MPC2000 XL
Sherman filterbank II
Strymon Blue Sky
TC Electronic Flashback
Kenton Pro Solo MKII

JC De Poort Dongen

Accessories for Eurorack & beyond from Mutant Modular

Published on May 1, 2019 DivKidVideo

"Here's a pair of passive accessories from Mutant Modular with their 3 channel mixer and attenuator that both fit in line between your cables. These have been really handy! Having more mixing, attention (and VCAs!) around your modulation and audio is the key to unlocking a lot of what's great about the modular format for me. The attenuator has been handy with recording gear, especially with other peoples systems at events when I need to just drop the level of something before it hits a camera or recorder.

More info -"

Korg Volca FM Editor Controller - VST Standalone AU

Published on May 1, 2019 mller30161

"You can buy it on my homepage:
Price: 5,90€ / $6.90

The "Korg Volca FM Midi Editor“ is the controller for the Synth Korg Volca FM.

- It is perfect to integrate the Korg Volca FM into your DAW.

- It makes it easier to adjust the sound accurately, which is difficult
with the small knobs.

- The Editor gives you access to the controller on the Korg
Volca Keys interface.

- The „ Korg Volca FM “ parameters can be automated, and they
can be stored in your Project.

- You can safe the Editor setup as VST Presets (..fxp) in the DAW.

- With the X-Y-Pad any controller can be selected and

It is possible as VST and Standalone for PC 32/64 Bit and Mac as VST, AU and Standalone."

Turning a "Surface Dial" into a musical instrument using WebMidi and some synths (Yamaha EX5, PEAK)

Published on May 1, 2019 Floyd Steinberg

"This week, I'm using the WebMidi.js library, a compatible browser, a texteditor, a "Surface Dial" and my synths to create music. Table of contents below. The "cello" type sound at the beginning of this video is the EX5's VL engine, by the way.

Get the libraries here:

The web apps in this video:


"TrueBlue" by Smark April 2019 - PPG VSTi's by Wolfgang Palm

Published on May 1, 2019 Markus Stadelmann

"'TrueBlue' is a track using all the currently availlable VSTi's @ by Wolfgang Palm. Any comments are welcome. Enjoy. April 2019, Smark - Markus Stadelmann.

'TrueBlue' ist ein Track bei welchem alle VSTi's von Wolfgang Palm benutz werden, die es zurzeit gibt. Kommentare sind willkommen. Viel Spaß. April 2019, Smark - Markus Stadelmann.

VSTi's: WaveGenerator - WaveMapper 2 - Phonem - Infinite Pro - PLEX 2 - Grovve Agent One (Steinberg)"


Published on May 1, 2019 JMT SYNTH

Valhalla Delay and Moog One...Ambient Delay Excursion Into Euphoria [no talking, sounds only]

Published on Apr 30, 2019 Synthient Sound

"Enjoy some beautiful sounds of the Moog One immersed in Valhalla Delay!

Moog One 16v
Focusrite Clarrett 2Pre
Macbook Pro running Logic Pro X
ValhallaDSP Delay Plugin

This video has been Wookie approved. ;)"

BugBrand SynthVoice 2Frame & Upcoming Performances by Tom Bugs

via the BugBrand mailing list:

"I have made up four 2Frame beginner setups with room for expansion - a perfect portable bug starter!

On the top row are the traditional SynthVoice building blocks.

Below are a Joystick/Touch and a Dual Digital Shift Register (DDSR) along with 6 blank spaces for your own twist.
You *could* fill these spaces up now, but I'd suggest awaiting the new bits coming over the next months!

These come in at £2000 with a free Regular Banana Pack - VAT (where applicable) and shipping extra.
They are not going online - email me back direct!

I can actually quite often make up systems along these sorts of lines, so you don't necessarily need to wait for mailouts..

It is worth highlighting, as I consider how to revamp the website (tidying the old, clarifying the new), the ongoing expansion possibilities for blue and/or red systems. Modules & Frames do not show up as 'in stock' on the website - instead you have to email me (somewhat flying in the face of modern convenience!) - but I've regularly had stock ready on the shelf of late. All current blues and reds can fit happily into the Powered Frames and I can provide 'joiners' to take a 1Frame up to 2Frame.

As mentioned at the start of the year, there are more blue designs coming! A year ago I had thought it would be in the form of further pre-configured setups, but this has decidedly morphed back into true modular building block ways.

If in doubt - ask!

*** *** *** *** ***
I am trying to move away from excessive plastic packaging / bubble-wrap. Small amounts will still be needed for specific uses (and I re-use packaging from parcels I receive where possible), but otherwise all packaging should be fully recyclable/re-usable going forwards. Please let me know how you find it - safe shipping clearly remains of utmost importance.

Two further shows!::

- Friday 3rd May - supporting kinoMANUAL / PinPark @ The Cube Cinema. Hopefully I will be accompanied by a live analogue modular video synthesist!

- Wednesday 29th May - Sound Cupboard @ The Crofters Rights

Finally, last year (which runs April->March) was indeed a stonking year - heartfelt thanks & joy to my lovely customers who make it all tick over, and to my fantastic assistant Jasmine.

Happy May Days!

Non News? Yamaha Considering a New CS80?

This one has been making the rounds. Yamaha R&D Planning Manager Ben Israel posted the following on a forum:

Hello from Yamaha,

Thanks for your Ideas and conversations. Apologies we haven’t joined in. We would like to understand your analog synthesizer requests a bit more clearly. Please note we move in a very deliberate manner; this is just an initial focusing of the Ideas offered so far and not a commitment to build a product.

Here is our first question:

If we made a CS-80, do you want a vintage reissue or a modern evolution?

Thanks again for your participation. We look forward to the conversation.

Some quick notes:

1. You can't see the forum unless you sign up. This just smells of forum bait to me so I won't link to it.
2. I would say the majority of people would want an analog remake at the right price. If Behringer can do it...
3. We also have Deckard's Dream so if Black Corporation can make one, why not Yamaha with their resources?
4. Yamaha released the digital 8 voice Reface CS already, so they should be able to add what's missing and repackage it in a larger format.
5. I'm not 100% sure on this, but I believe the models are in the MODX and Montage, so the sound, digitally, is already there. I actually own a CS60 and and AN1X. The AN1X can go there just fine. So... yeah, why not.

The key will be sound and price for many. People would clearly prefer analog if Yamaha can do it right. If not, some will bark at a digital recreation, but if it has all the controls, sounds good and is priced right people will buy it. So yeah, something tells me this was more about trying to garner more users on that forum...

Update: P.S. The "Non News?" is partially in jest, hence the question mark. If Yamaha is indeed serious about making a new CS80 analog or digital, this is great news. One thing I have learned over the years is staying focused on keeping it direct and simple will be key. With the CS80 there however is an added layer with the interface. It brings out an expressive capability missing in most straight forward synths. Even my CS60 feel more like a natural or real instrument compared to my other synths. The only way I can describe it is, you know how soft synths or synths on an iPad feel compared to dedicated hardware synths? Well that's kind of how other synths feel compare to my CS60. The CS60 breathes and the controls feel more part of the instrument than just a control panel giving you access to the engines. They are more like the strings on a violin. And no, I don't know why the CS60 gives me that impression while synths like my Andromeda A6, and Waldorf XTk, for example, do not. The CS60 feels more like a violin while the A6 and XTk feel more like a piano with a synth engine. So... If Yamaha is serious about coming out with a new CS80, that is what they will need to nail in my opinion.

Patch n Tweak

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