MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

KORG Introduces New Minilogue XD Module

Published on May 8, 2019 Korg

Priced at $589.99

"KORG’s latest polyphonic analog synth, minilogue xd, took the minilogue, the most popular synthesizer of the past decade, to an entirely new level. Now, that same extraordinarily powerful synthesizer platform is available in a compact desktop module. Welcome to the minilogue xd Module."

KORG minilogue xd Module: Your Desktop, Evolved.
Korg Minilogue XD Module - Overview with Nick Kwas | Kraft Music
Korg Minilogue XD Module - All Playing No Talking! | Kraft Music
Korg Minilogue XD Module | Reverb

"The long-awaited desktop module of KORG’s next-generation analog synthesizer

minilogue xd module is the new desktop module version of minilogue xd, the four-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer with a customizable digital multi-engine and built-in stereo digital effects.

The desktop module is equipped with the same controllers as the keyboard version, making it a great choice not only as an additional sound module for your keyboard or DAW but also providing excellent performability, giving you an easy way to include an analog polyphonic synth in your setup. It's also equipped with a poly-chain function that lets you connect it with another minilogue xd or minilogue xd module so that the two units can operate as a polysynth with a total of up to eight voices in your studio or on stage.

Add the sounds of the minilogue xd to your setup or system!

Equipped with an analog synthesizer circuit and a digital multi-engine

Voice structure of minilogue xd is 2VCO + MULTI ENGINE, 1VCF, 2EG, 1VCA, and 1LFO. In addition to the distinctive circuits found in the series, such as wave shaping to shape the overtones of the oscillator and a sync/ring switch, there's also cross modulation, a two-pole filter that can be both sharp and fat, and a drive switch that adds thickness and drives signal into minilogue xd’s filter. Every parameter has been tuned in detail based on what musicians want out of their synth. The sounds range from the warm pads typical of analog to fat basses and crisp lead sounds, covering every situation.

The additional sound design possibilities of digital sound are delivered by the multi-engine: the third oscillator in addition to the two analog VCOs. This engine, which is equipped with three different types of sound generator (noise, VPM, and open-source user oscillators) lets you take advantage of a sonic character that's different than analog, and use it at the same time as the analog engine, infinitely expanding xd module’s potential through hybrid sound design.

High-quality digital effects

minilogue xd’s high-quality digital effects use 32-bit floating point DSP processing, adding a finishing touch to its deep sound design platform. The three types (modulation effects, reverb, and delay) can be used simultaneously, letting you choose from a wide range of variations including chorus, ensemble, warm tape delay, and a diverse variety of reverb. The user effect slots allow you to load your own effect programs that you've created.

User customization brings out infinite potential

KORG Introduces New Volca Nubass Vacuum Tube Synthesizer

Published on May 8, 2019 Korg

Priced at $199.99

"The KORG volca nubass is a groundbreaking bass synth implemented with KORG’s new-generation vacuum tube: NuTube. This modernized technology is implemented into the oscillator, sub oscillator and drive circuits; creating incredibly warm tones and rich distortions that only a tube can provide. This unique form of sound generation, along with nubass’ low-pass ladder filter, delivers countless timbral possibilities.

Compact, battery powered with built-in speakers included, the new volca nubass has everything the modern musician needs to take their music to the next level."

KORG’s volca nubass delivers huge bass via a real vacuum tube
Korg Volca Nubass - Overview with Nick Kwas | Kraft Music
Korg Volca NuBass | Reverb

"A powerful bass synth with a sound source based around a vacuum tube oscillator.

The acid bass machine with the pinnacle of modulation and distortion.

Even today, when digital technology allows electronic musical instruments to simulate any sound imaginable, people seek the warm harmonics and distortion produced by analog vacuum tubes. This distinctive sound has a quality beyond words that sets it apart, and cannot be captured by a response curve; it's the unmistakable sound of tubes.

The volca nubass is the first analog synth to be equipped with a Nutube new-generation vacuum tube in its oscillator. Vacuum tube plus analog means that the sound is warm, thick, and rich. The familiar transistor ladder filter gives it the character of a classic bass machine, along with overdrive, and huge-sounding distortion.

An acid bass machine for a new generation combines classic sound with the power of modern synthesizer design. It's the volca nubass.

The fusion of a newly developed vacuum tube oscillator with a classic ladder filter

A vacuum tube oscillator circuit forms the heart of volca nubass, utilizing groundbreaking Nutube technology

The Nutube is equipped with two vacuum tubes; one is used in the oscillator to generate a sawtooth wave or square wave. The other vacuum tube is used in the drive circuit of the sub oscillator, adding depth and warmth one octave below the oscillator. This oscillator and sub oscillator provide a circuit structure that brings out the harmonic character that only a real vacuum tube could provide.

A transistor ladder low-pass filter that produces a distinctive sound

The low-pass filter defines the sound of this bass machine; it uses a transistor ladder design found on classic analog bass synths. This filter is uniquely dynamic in the way it affects a sound more than just ranging from bright-to-dark. Its wide range of timbral possibilities makes it ideal for a broad variety of dance music; you can use it to create the distinctive modulation that can be heard in acid house, or increase the resonance to bring out a sharp character that's appropriate for techno.
Analog driver circuit

nubass is equipped with overdrive that uses an analog circuit reminiscent of a classic stompbox. Turning the knob toward the right compresses the volume while causing mild distortion, adding thickness to your bass sounds. The tone knob also lets you adjust the crispness of the high-frequency range.

volca sequencer makes performing and composing simple and intuitive

A 16-step sequencer that lets you automate parameters

Waldorf Micro Q Repair and Teardown

Published on May 8, 2019 bradthx

"Simple encoder replacement on the Waldorf Micro Q. While it is open I take a look at the hardware inside to see what is running this classic 2000s analog modeling synth."

Roland JU-06 Dark Ambient Pads Boutique Juno-106 Synthesizer Rik Marston

Published on May 8, 2019 Rik Marston Official

#rolandju06 #rolandboutique #rolandjuno106
Roland JU-06 Dark Ambient Pads
Synthesizer Demo by Rik Marston
**Watch in HD!!** **TURN IT UP!!**

Roland JU-06 right out of the box!
It really sounds just like the JUNO-106!
I also bought the K-25m keyboard for this but
I am using my Roland Fantom FA-76 as controller.
Yes, I went there, the famous Blade Runner / Vangelis
vibe but I did not try to recreate it, just tweaking pads folks!
Sooooo happy I got this ACB Boutique!
Anyone else hear the aliasing? Sounds very loud to me!
Recorded into Ableton LIVE with no FX

Thank you for watching!

Rik Marston Sample Packs

Hitachi 'Lo-D' HMS-30 Fully Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer Demo

Published on May 8, 2019 Pat McM.

Built-in rhythm machine.

Update: currently for sale here. See this post for pics.

Hitachi 'Lo-D' HMS-30

Korg EX-800 Polyphonic Synthesizer Demo

Published on May 8, 2019 Pat McM.

Polyphony - 8 voices (4 when doubled)
Oscillators - 1 DCO per voice (2 when doubled). 1 Noise generator.
LFO - Sine wave only w/ speed & delay and route to osc. or filter
Filter - One 24 dB/oct low-pass resonant filter
VCA - 3 ADBSSR Digital Envelope Generators: DCO, Noise, VCF
Effects - Stereo Chorus
Memory - 64 patches
Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU, Cassette tape interface
Date Produced - 1983/84

NOVATION SUMMIT by Nick Bookman - Sounds Only pre-Superbooth’19

Published on May 8, 2019


Published on May 8, 2019 BoBeats

"My first 30 minutes with the Novation Summit 16 voice synthesizer."


Novation Summit Sound Demo

Published on May 8, 2019 AMAZONA Music Mag

Bernhard Wöstheinrich w/Ombient and WotE at The Gatherings

Published on Apr 29, 2019 Chuck van Zyl

"Produced by Chuck van Zyl, this concise video profile features prominent moments from the 13 April 2019 event with Bernhard Wöstheinrich w/Ombient and Worms of the Earth at The Gatherings Concert Series in Philadelphia

Thanks to everyone who attended and to our all-volunteer staff

Please keep apprised of upcoming events by accessing the website:

Music by Bernhard Wöstheinrich:
Music by Ombient:
Music by Worms of the Earth:"

Bernhard Wöstheinrich w/Ombient: Live 13 April 2019 (excerpt)

Published on Apr 23, 2019 Chuck van Zyl

"Bernhard Wöstheinrich speaks in his own musical voice. The musical arc of his work often moves from the curiously beautiful to the beautifully curious. Fully formed and thoughtful energetic works are driven by a firm pulse amidst simultaneously sounding musical lines. With harmonies trailing behind melodies these shimmering works disintegrate into swirling un-anchored abstractions of sustained tonal ambiance. Together with Electronic Musician Ombient (Mike Hunter) this duo pulls off a collaborations of startling brilliance.

Recorded Live 13 April 2019 at The Gatherings Concert Series

Audio Recorded by Neil Cippon

Thanks to: Ian Staer, Jeff Towne"

Yuri Suzuki gives Raymond Scott's Electronium electronic sequencer an AI makeover

Uploaded on May 8, 2019 Dezeen

Note Yuri Suzuki brought us the Global Synthesiser Project. You can find additional posts featuring Yuri here. See the Electronium label for demos of the original and more (including an unexpected user, none other than, Michael Jackson).

"Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki has reimagined a sixty-year-old electronic sequencer machine as a physical piece of music software that uses artificial intelligence to generate melodies.

Conceived by musician Raymond Scott in 1959, the Electronium, which is regarded as the world's first electronic sequencer, was made up of three switchboards mounted on a wooden cabinet.

Although the machine was never completed, it was meant to allow users to perform and compose music simultaneously.

Using pre-programmed algorithms, it would turn a snippet of any given melody into a full composition while enabling users to add embellishments over the top.

Presented at the upcoming Barbican exhibition AI: More Than Human, Suzuki – who is a partner at Pentagram – wanted to recreate the landmark machine using musical AI software Google Magenta.

Read more on"

IK Multimedia UNO Drum First Impression Jam | haQ attaQ

Published on May 8, 2019 Jakob Haq

"What’s this? UNO Drum? 🥁 Yup, it seems that IK Multimedia has added an analog and digital drum machine hybrid to their arsenal of musical hardware tools and some how ... I’ve gotten my hands on one. First impression drum jam anyone?"

Roland JD-800 61-Key Digital Synthesizer SN ZC67534

via this auction, also on Reverb.

Pittsburgh Modular Superbooth 19 Updates

Published on May 8, 2019 Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers

"Update of the events and happenings of Superbooth 19."

Critter & Guitari - LFOmlog for Organelle

Published on May 8, 2019 Critter & Guitari

"Download patch here:
LFOmlog is a synth with different LFO control of Cutoff, Resonance, Attack, and Release! Set the rate of each LFO and let the patch modulate. Use the built-in sequencer or latch function to play some notes while you vary the rate, depth and offset of each control. Send the two oscillators in and out of tune with each other for extra weirdness."

Dual Volca Modular | Dark Ambient Session

Published on May 8, 2019 littleBIGsynths

"Hey guys! Sooo, I couldn't help myself and ended up purchasing a second Volca Modular! After playing with my first vModular for awhile, I kept thinking about how much fun it would be to have 2. 😁

The vModular alone is a ton of fun and capable of some very interesting sounds; adding a second one opened up tons of extra modulation and sound possibilities. Once I started playing with them, I then thought it would be a good idea to pick up a dual tier stand, for ergonomic and visual purposes. 😏

For this jam, I went for some dark cinematic/ambient vibes. I didn't include any other Volcas or PO's this time around, in order to get more of a standalone, micro "modular" experience. 😉

Anyways, I hope you guys enjoy this video. As always, thank you for watching, littleBIGsynths. 🙂"

Analog Arpeggiator / Groovebox/ Synthbox with Yusynth Metalizer

Published on May 8, 2019 Andreas Remshagen

"A Demonstration of another Synthesizer-Component i`ve made.
It Incudes 4 VCO`s, each contains Square/Sine/Triangle and Saw-Wave. Every Wave can be mixed into the Main Signal.
The VCF is a Steiner-VCF. Two ADSR drives the VCF and the VCA.
The Metalizer can be feeded with each Waveform that is mixed to
the main Signal. The internal clock drives 4 switchable arpeggiator-sections. the arpeggiator can be set from 1 to 10 Steps.
Internal clock and external clock is possible and there is a gate-out. In the arpeggiator-section i added an "Akzentuator", it gives out an adjustable Accent on selectable positions (1-0-1-0; 11-00-11-00; 111-000-111-000 etc) The accent sets the VCF frequency.
The box can also be used as a normal analog-synthesizer with each VCO-CV in and a master/all VCO-CV in

VCO, VCF, VCA and Metalizer-Design comes from Yusynth (
ADSR-Design comes from Rene Schmitz
The Arpeggiator and the Akzentuator are modified 4017 countercirquits modified by myself"

Rubicon & Dixie FM Routing With Planar

Published on May 8, 2019 Intellijel

"Planar is a fantastic tool for routing modulation. In this example Rubicon and Dixie are cross modulated by feeding the A and C inputs with FM modulation being sent from the B and D outputs. This means that quadrant B modulates the Dixe's FM1 input with Rubicon, D modulates the TZFM of Rubicon with Dixie, and the other quadrants fade out the modulation.

A sequence from Scales is sending a melody to Dixie, which is also clocking Steppy, and Steppy's OUT A is providing the TRIG in to clock the Quantizer.

#intellijel, #eurorack, #modular, #synthesizer

Planar's X and Y outputs are controlling Scales Pitch inputs, so with the XY button off, no new notes are quantized for Rubicon. With it active, new notes are sent to Rubicon and things become more chaotic."

Deckard's Dream Prophet X and Doepfer Poly live

Published on May 8, 2019 therudyrude

"Deckard's Dream on Bass controlled by Studiologic MP-117 in Big Sky
Prophet X with user samples in Valhalla Shimmer
Doepfer New Poly modules in Neunaber Immerse Reverb"

Elektron Digitone Keys Sounds

Published on May 8, 2019 Perfect Circuit

"Read our article about the Digitone Keys here:

Elektron has a new version of the Digitone that has a built in keyboard as well as a few other extras including individual stereo outs for all four channels and extra modulation controls. There are 8 knobs above the keyboard that control a preset set of voice controls as well as a set of 8 user programmable controls. The mod wheel and pitch bend as well as aftertouch and velocity from the keyboard can be routed as modulation sources to multiple destinations at once.

The synthesis of the Keys version is the same easy to use but great sounding FM engine from the original Digitone that also features the filters of subtractive synthesis.

Digitone Keys available here:"

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

See this announcement post for additional videos and details on Elektron's new Digitone Keys.

Analog Renaissance Tests Out the New Sound Semiconductor SSI2164

You might recall Sound Semiconductor announced the availability of the SSI2164 QUAD VCA chip back in March of 2018 (data sheet here). The SSI2154 is technically an updated design of the classic SSM2164 found in the Octave Voyetra Eight, Siel DK 600, Opera 6 & Kiwi, and the full blown Waldorf Wave. Analog Renaissance was commissioned by Sound Semiconductor to write an application note on the chip in practical use. The following are some of his findings including a couple of demos and a cool oscilloscope synth cat. :)

via Analog Renaissance:

"Sound Semiconductor (basically SSM risen from its ashes) hired me a few months back to write an application note AN701: 'Designing Voltage Controlled Filters for Synthesizers with the SSI2164' for them.

This job quickly escalated because while analyzing this IC's design, it became apparent that it is far more capable, due to its advanced design over its predecessor the SSM2164 (and its cheap knockoffs), than what I expected from reading the datasheet.

Its exceptional THD and noise specs allow building ultra clean filters that are virtually distortion and noise free, its excellent channel tracking means that it is very suitable for multi-mode filters which rely on precision and inherent in its design is the same type of asymmetric distortion responsible for the legendary SSM2040’s sound and more.

The 32-page manuscript is now being reviewed and edited to match their house-style, and should be made public soon. Imho it's quite extensive and covers next to SSI2164 specific content quite a bit of VCF design in general, circuit history and some novel stuff.

As there are already more than enough datasheets, application notes and books filled with non-working (read: tested in spice) nonsense, I accepted this job on one condition: build, test and since it's about synthesizers, hear everything before writing about it.

The small building blocks were breadboarded, but as this type of construction quickly becomes impractical for larger designs, certainly when they need multiple sources and control voltages, and impossible to do meaningful measurements on beyond a certain level, due to coupling and EMC issues, I built 3 filters in eurorack format, which also allows for quick connection to other synth and audio equipment.

SSI2164 - 2040 VCF Published on May 5, 2019 dnaab136

The first one, on the left, is an ultra-clean 4-pole VCF with a SNR better than 107dB (A-weighted) and THD is less than 0.0066%. Both these numbers are the limit of my current test equipment.

The second one, in the middle, is a VCF that employs the SSI2164's SSM2040-like non-linearities and for the first time since the early 80's done monolithically.

The 3rd one, on the right, expresses my contempt for what can and can't be done by ignoring a few mathematical constraints and is a self-oscillating 6dB/oct (1-pole slope) VCF.

SSI2164 - Mathematically impossible self-oscillating 6dB/oct VCF Published on May 6, 2019 dnaab136

Math wasn't happy with this, so it sounds a bit angry and, one of its main features is its capability of transforming sine waves into cats.
one of its main features is its capability of transforming sine waves into cats.

All 3 modules borrow 2 things from power electronics: A FET-bridge that allows plugging in the power cable in any orientation, without the voltage drop associated with diode bridges, and an S-Curve dimmer, originally intended for incandescent lamps but here used for a reversing attenuator with a dead zone in the middle.

The first 2 are multi-mode and have next to the standard 4-pole output a few extra outputs: 2 & 4-pole band-pass and a 2-pole low-pass. All outputs have the exact same phase response and can be mixed to obtain variable slope filters.

I'll bring these to Superbooth in one of these waldorf KB37 keyboards, with some basic VCO, LFO, ADSR and mixer modules for you to play with along with a printout of my manuscript and what is already edited (about 2/3rd) for publication."

Analogue Renaissance ACID SCREAMER TS-303-GT: Morphing Distortion 2nd Prototype

The Acid Screamer morphing distortion eurorack module by Analog Renaissance utilizes the Sound Semiconductor SSI2164 QUAD VCA (see this post for some notes form Analog Renaissance on the SSI2164).

Details via Analog Renaissance who will be at SUPERBOOTH, booth H254:

"The shape by which the waveforms are bent, can go seamless from distortion (hard clipping like the DS-1) to overdrive (soft bend the waveform outward like the TS-808) and also in the opposite direction to what I call underdrive (bend the waveform inward) and looks a bit like wave folding + anything in between.

The shape can be seamlessly adjusted from perfect symmetric (like the OD-1) to assymetric (like TS-808) and beyond to one side of the waveform being overdrive and the other distortion.

This bending is frequency adjustable: You can select the part of the audio spectrum that is bent and the selectivity. This is somewhat related to a filter, but in this case it only affects the bent part of the signal and has interesting effects like isolating out the sequencer noise of a 303 or turning it into a bassdrum. This frequency selectivity is constructed around a SSI2164.

Like the previous MK2 version this one is remains capable of restoring the signal dynamics associated with overdrive and distortion effects.

Contrary to the previous version, the whole design is done from the ground up with voltage control taken in mind and a full modular version is in the works with CV-control for all parameters.

Do drop by if you're interested in more about these things. I'm at booth H254"

Propellerhead RE Eurorack Module Powered by MIND Music Labs ELK MusicOS

Yesterday, we were introduced to the MIND Music Labs ‘Powered by ELK’ Retrologue 2 Desktop Synth. Pictured left in the rack you can also see a Propellerhead RE eurorack module powered by ELK MusicOS. Check out what appears to be a prototype desktop VST host unit in orange. The following is the MIND Music Labs press release for SUPERBOOTH 19:

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: Swedish startup MIND Music Labs lets loose by showcasing several super-cool applications of its award- winning ELK MusicOS — the world’s first ultra-low-latency music operating system developed specifically for audio applications, ushering in a new era where the power, flexibility, and selection of audio and music software can be run in real time on embedded hardware with full MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) support — at SUPERBOOTH19 in Berlin, May 9-11…

Further fulfilling its ambition of creating new ways to bridge the gap between musicians and technology, changing how to learn, create, record, and share music, MIND Music Labs will be demonstrating the potential and flexibility of its seminal ELK MusicOS by showcasing a number of hardware product prototypes based on existing VST (Virtual Instrument Technology) and RE (Rack Extension) releases from world-class developers at SUPERBOOTH19, Europe’s first and largest trade fair for electronic musical instruments.

First stop: media production products provider Steinberg’s stand on owner Yamaha’s booth (H310). Here the German giant continues its partnership with MIND Music Labs in making VST a standard for hardware by showcasing the co-developed ‘Powered by ELK’ Retrologue 2, a proof-of-concept prototype desktop synth running Retrologue 2, Steinberg’s VST Virtual Analog Synthesizer — successfully emulating the warmth and fatness of classic analog synthesizers — on hardware.

However, ELK MusicOS is not only VST compatible but also runs RE plug-ins from fellow Swedish company Propellerhead, creators of innovative and affordable music software. Supporting the Propellerhead partnership, MIND Music Labs will be showcasing a Eurorack format synth module running the RE-compatible Polysix for Reason — utilising Korg’s proprietary CMT (Component Modeling Technology) to precisely model the circuitry of an analog polysynth classic from 1982 — on booth (O504).

Other must-see SUPERBOOTH19 showcases scheduled to take place at MIND Music Labs’ location there include several contrasting conceptual collaborative projects with the likes of plug-in developer Stefano D’Angelo, former DSP engineer at Arturia; Italian music and audio software company Audio Modeling, creators of the SWAM (Synchronous Waves Acoustic Modeling) engine; HISE, an open source framework for sample-based instruments; and Igor Nembrini of Nembrini Audio, creator of some of the most revered guitar amp plug-ins under the Brainworx brand for Universal Audio's UAD (Universal Audio Digital) platform.

Concludes MIND Music Labs CEO Michele Benincaso: “The different hardware prototypes we will be showcasing at SUPERBOOTH19 are all great examples of what ELK MusicOS is capable of. With ELK MusicOS you add the feel of playing an actual physical instrument — without losing the benefits and qualities of desktop plug-ins. I am very excited to show everyone at SUPERBOOTH19 what we have been working on.”

Percussa SSP Recap - Superbooth 2019

via Percussa:

Come by at booth W210 and get a demo of the SSP featuring the latest software! Below is a recap of everything that happened since last superbooth and what's new.

Launch of the Percussa SSP community and forum (May 2018)
Started shipping the Percussa SSP (May 2018)
Major eurorack dealers started selling the SSP (Feb 2019)
In-depth SSP presentations at several dealers (videos posted on youtube in Feb/Apr 2019)
New preset collection with 60 patches, including polyphonic and multitimbral wavetable and granular (Mar 2019)
We released 19 software updates since last superbooth covering:

new modules:

Rossum Electro-Music Announces Linnaeus Thru-Zero State-Variable Filter

(Scotts Valley, CA, May 8, 2019) — Rossum Electro-Music has announced that they will be previewing their new Linnaeus Thru-Zero State-Variable Filter Eurorack module at Superbooth in Berlin, Germany from May 9th through the 11th.

Following in the tradition of Evolution and Morpheus, Linnaeus represents yet another Dave Rossum innovation in filter technology.

Linnaeus is a stereo state-variable filter that provides the unique ability to linearly modulate its resonant frequency through zero into negative frequency, while maintaining stability. With extensive voltage control of nearly every parameter, Linnaeus lets users manipulate the filter’s natural response curve in new ways, to create both subtle and dramatic timbral effects. And with a “one-knob-per-parameter” interface, LINNAEUS inspires sonic creativity that invites (and rewards) real-time interaction.

Linnaeus’s cutoff/resonant frequency is exponentially voltage controllable from sub-audio to ultrasonic frequencies, while its resonant gain (Q) is exponentially voltage controllable from 0dB to greater than 60dB.

Linnaeus’s channel output response characteristics are independently and continuously variable from Lowpass, through Bandpass, Highpass and Notch, to Low and High Shelving characteristics. Voltage control of the response characteristics are independently selectable for each of the two channels.

The linear thru-zero modulation is provided by an integrated modulation oscillator and/or an External Linear FM modulation input.

The voltage-controllable modulation oscillator can track the filter’s exponential frequency or operate independently. The modulation oscillator’s output waveform is continuously variable from Off through Sine, Triangle, and Sawtooth, to Square. The modulation oscillator output is summed with the external linear FM input and applied to the modulation index VCA, which controls the linear thru-zero modulation index from zero to 8X. The modulation index is, of course, also voltage controllable.

Bastl at Superbooth 2019 - New Products and Updates

The Press Release:


Published on May 7, 2019 Audio Wanderer

"A demostration of the capabilities of the most beloved portable machine from Yamaha QY series. Not so small like a VHS (QY-10) not too big like a brick (the QY-100) just the right size to call it portable and the right function to be a full MIDI studio. Crispy sound and lots of instruments to create a complex music with it.
You can listen the complete version of the tracks featured on this video here: (All tracks composed on the QY-70)"


Side note: Be sure to back yours up if you own one. I owned one and brought it along on my honeymoon, yes I did. :) I created a minimal Joy Division, New Orderish track on it waiting for a ferry. I socked it away for a few years, and when I decided to check it out again, the track was lost because the internal battery died! Couldn't believe it. I had to recreate an approximation of it.

Sequential Circuits Prophet VS

via this auction

"Prophet VS fully serviced from Switched On Austin, about a year ago. Key action works great, with aftertouch fully functional, chorus intact, etc..

There are surface scratches that can be seen in the images, but nothing that effects the actual instrument. Still looks quite stunning and suitably cold in any studio setting."

Vtg 70s REMCO Sound FX Machine W/ 8 Step Sequencer Mod - Toy Chip Synth Analog

via this auction

"1 Of A Kind Remco FX Machine With 8 Step Sequencer.

Professionally Modded As Seen."

Oberheim Xpander Vintage Synthesizer Japan Model (110-120V)

via this auction

Moog One 16-Voice

via this auction

"This Moog One has been played for less than 10 hours before going back into the box. It is the 16 voice edition."


via this auction

Like synth candy.

"The VCS 3 (Voltage Controlled Studio, version #3) was introduced by Electronic Music Studios Limited (EMS) in 1969. This one was is a Cornwall II Edition built by Robin in 2012. I am the second owner. It is in mint condition.

It has extensive factory mods installed by Robin. For those who are artists or collectors, you will not find an example of this synth in better condition.

This sale includes pins, power, manual, and paperwork."

Analogue Solutions Vostok MK2 Black

via this auction

Rare Knas Polygamist

via this auction

"If you're here, you know. Rare synth! Excellent condition ."

You can find previous posts featuring the Knas Polygamist including demos here. I believe there were only 53 made. They were discontinued back in 2014.

Bitwig Studio 3: Getting Around In The Grid

Published on May 8, 2019 bitwig

"In this tutorial we take a look at the basics of The Grid, the modular sound design environment new in Bitwig Studio 3.

Topics covered:
0:32 Loading The Grid devices
0:47 Exploring the default patch
1:20 Wirelessly make common connections, using Pre-cords
2:20 Module Inspector and focused view
2:55 Voices and polyphony
3:13 Inserting, replacing, swapping modules
5:36 Patching modules manually
7:08 Modulation assign buttons
7:57 Port colors and signal types"

Future Retro TRAX! sequencer Introduction

Published on May 8, 2019 FutureRetroSynths

"A brief introduction about the new Trax! sequencer and MIDI Bus products for the eurorack modular format."

New Elektron Digitone Keys

Dupe post. Not sure how that happened. Here's the original:

New Joranalogue Generate 3 Through-Zero Multiphonic Signal Generator

via Joranalogue

"The crazy synthesiser gathering that is Superbooth is upon us once again! It's held from 9-11 May in FEZ Berlin, Germany.

As last time, you can find the Joranalogue booth next to the main entrance, with the full Eurorack series ready for you to try. This year you can also attend a 'Gesprächskonzert' (lecture concert) to find out more about the design philosophy and what's next to come. See you on Saturday 11 May at 14h in the Cinema!
Since the announcement and release of Filter 8 last year, the calls for a Joranalogue oscillator module have been overwhelming. Not content with just a simple VCO module, the result of our design effort is a truly universal signal generator. Read on below to find out more...

Meng Qi Wing Pinger

Published on May 8, 2019 HAINBACH

"In which Chinese instrument maker par excellence Meng Qi visits my studio and we chat about his new instrument, the 'Wing Pinger'."

Meng Qi Wing Pinger

First audio - R&D - UB-Xa Prototype

Published on May 8, 2019 BEHRINGER

"We promised to share progress and here it is!

Here in Manchester we've just got audio passing with the UB-Xa, obviously it's very early and we have a lot of work ahead of us - but we're very happy so far!"

New Elektron Digitone Keys

Published on May 8, 2019 Elektron


1. The Sound of Digitone Keys #1
2. The Sound of Digitone Keys #2
4. Elektron Digitone Keys 8-Voice Polyphonic Digital Synth | Reverb
5. Digitone Keys - what's new? Review, tutorial and comparison to Digitone | loopop
6. Digitone Keys Experience | MrDataline
7. Digitone Keys First Impressions! | SUTURE SOUND
8. Superbooth 2019 - Elektron Digitone Keybooard | sonicstate
9. Elektron Digitone Keys Sounds | Perfect Circuit

"Unlock your sweet dreams

This eight voice polyphonic synthesizer keyboard is a performance machine that can usher in soundscapes of distant dreams and worlds previously out of reach. The 37-key velocity and pressure sensitive keyboard with aftertouch gives you a whole new level of expression and control of the Digitone’s intuitive sound engine.

Imagine the sound of whispering dunes, rolling thunder, or the twinkle of distant stars. These are the things that dreams are made of.

1,299.00 USD

8 voice polyphonic
digital synthesizer

Restrictions are for the dreamless
With this ready-to-go performance machine, curiosity is all you need. Wield the Digitone’s powerful sound engine with even more control with intuitive sound crafting, 37 keys, 8 voice polyphony, mod and pitch wheels, dedicated outputs per track, and brand new customizable controls. Multimap lets you configure and assign individual sounds per region, triggering sounds or patterns with the tap of a key, while the ability to use portamento and arpeggio flourishes with the freedom of three octaves. Twist through the looking glass and back with the flick of a wrist.

Sculpt your sound
With the Digitone’s powerful and easy to use FM engine you have Digitone dynamism in keyboard form. A variety of dedicated features put the power at your fingertips. Get maximum control out of the machine with eight new assignable knobs. Choose the function you want for each knob to tailor your Digitone Keys, and then let loose. The freedom to switch between tempestuous and serene soundscapes in an instant is laid out in front of you. In an Elektron first, the Digitone Keys helps you liberate your live show with a flexible mod and pitch wheel setup, allowing you to warp your sound to another world with multiple modulations.

Get connected
With separate outputs for each track, connecting to external effects mixers and pedals, audio interfaces, and modulation sources is easier than ever before. Pinpoint single Digitone Keys tracks to process independently from the rest of your sound.

Digitone Keys specifications

Synth voice features
8 voice polyphony (4-part multitimbral)
Multiple FM algorithms
Multiple operator harmonics
1 × multimode filter per voice
1 × base-width filter per voice
1 × overdrive per voice
2 × assignable LFO per voice
2048 patch storage capacity on the +Drive

4 × synth tracks
4 × MIDI tracks
Arpeggiator per synth track
Polyphonic sequencing
Individual track lengths
Parameter locks
Micro timing
Trig conditions
Sound per step change
128 × projects on the +Drive
8 × Banks 16 × patterns per project

6 new Eurorack modules from Endorphin nes // Superbooth 2019

Published on May 8, 2019 DivKidVideo

"Here we have 6, yes 6 new Eurorack modules from for Superbooth 2019. We have a 2hp power module, Godspeed+, Ground Control, Airstreamer, Milky Way & Squawk Dirty To Me.

Across them you have a self modulating, FM, wave shaping sub generating VC. A stereo (or dual input mixing) multi filter, more FX than you can shake a stick at, next level bipolar VCA controlled function generator and new multi channel sequencer and the 2hp power."

Exclusive first look VOLTAGE RESEARCH LABORATORY from Pittsburgh Modular // Superbooth 2019

Published on May 8, 2019 DivKidVideo

"We had an exclusive early look at the Voltage Research Laboratory from Pittsburgh Modular at Superbooth 2019. It's a full instrument with a unique twist on a touch control surface, unique wave shaping in the oscillator section (folded square waves!) and a pair of function generators, VCA/VCF/LPG combos and an analog delay. Lots of utilities in the patch bay, plenty of random, MIDI and more."


Tube by Sinevibes - Korg multi engine plugin

Published on May 8, 2019 Sinevibes

"Tube is an oscillator plugin for Korg’s multi engine. It couples a super-flexible noise generator with a feed-forward comb filter, a combination that we call “resonator modeling synthesis”. By modulating the noise density, the noise generator can create a very wide variety of signals such as bursts, gusts of air or sand, scratching, particles dropping onto a surface – and beyond. When these special signals are used to “excite” the resonator, Tube produces incredibly lively, nature-like tones: from woodwinds, plucked and bowed strings, to much more experimental, randomly evolving ones. Tube also features its own low-frequency oscillator, an envelope generator, and allows its noise signal to be used dry for even more sound design possibilities.

Pittsburgh Modular Voltage Research Laboratory Introduction

Published on May 8, 2019 Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers

via Kickstarter

"The Voltage Research Laboratory is a completely different analog synthesizer where every function of the instrument has been influenced by the behaviors and systems of the natural world. Wildly experimental and extremely deep, the Voltage Research Laboratory is a sonic playground created to explore the natural systems and lesser known fringes of analog synthesis.

The Voltage Research Laboratory is 100% eurorack modular format compatible and is comprised of 3 separate eurorack modules housed together in a purpose-built, handmade eurorack enclosure. More than a collection of tools and functions, it is a unique modular synthesizer designed to reward deep experimentation and encourage the creation of unique sonic systems."

IK Multimedia Announces UNO Drum Analog/PCM Drum Machine

Published on May 8, 2019 ikmultimedia

Announcing UNO Drum analog/PCM drum machine
UNO Drum & UNO Synth performance
UNO Drum Features Overview
UNO Drum Tutorial: Editing Section
UNO Drum Tutorial: Master Section
UNO Drum Tutorial: Play/Program Section

Update: some pics and details via IK Multimedia:

"UNO Drum is the ultimate beat creation station for anyone and everyone to create warm, punchy, high-quality, and inspiring grooves. Made in collaboration with Italian analog specialist Soundmachines, UNO Drum follows the acclaimed UNO Synth, combining massive analog tone with digital flexibility and convenience.

UNO Drum makes it easy to program and perform using the widest sonic palette to add professional drum grooves to your music.

12 killer sounding drum elements

UNO Drum offers 6 true analog drum sounds for the warmest, richest, and most dynamic drum sounds possible. This includes 2 different kick drums, snares, claps, and hi-hats - the core kit that characterizes the most iconic analog drum sounds of all time.

Plus, added PCM elements (with 54 samples to choose from) are available for additional sonic flavors. Toms, rims, cowbells, rides, and crash cymbals help you create complex, unique, and full rhythm tracks. UNO Drum lets you use up to 12 elements in total between analog and digital sounds (11 voice polyphony).

All of the above can be stored and recalled on the fly with 100 drum kit presets, all pre-programmed and fully editable at your leisure. It’s a breeze to find an IK inspired kit that catches your ear and tweak to fit your taste, or create your custom kits from scratch. Make something you like and save and store for later use – UNO Drum is ready to recall your beats whenever you are.

UNO Drum also offers 3 master effects: analog drive and compressor and a stutter effect. Turn up the drive to make your grooves hit harder with an aggressive edge. Add compression to make your tracks tighter, gluing together your rhythm with a fat and heavy punch. Like what you hear? Good. Your settings will save right with your kit for instant recall. Stutter offers adjustable depth, from subtle tremolos to full-on slices, to create different feeling sounds and grooves.

Wider sonic palette

UNO Drum lets you freely swap analog and digital elements, so you never have to feel limited by pre-set combinations. Between the analog engine designed by SoundMachines and samples drawn from IK’s award-winning SampleTank sound & groove workstation, the diverse collection of sounds encourages fresh ideas and unique creation."

Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus (1979) "Wenn der nächste Schnee fällt..."

Published on May 7, 2019 RetroSound

"(c) 2019 vintage synthesizer demo by RetroSound

Wenn der nächste Schnee fällt....wirst du mich längst vergessen haben....
engl: "when it's snowing again .... you'll forget me"
sci fi soundtrack style

#vocoder voice, analog strings and human voice choir sounds: #Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus mk.2 (1979)
bass: #Moog Taurus bass pedals (1975)
recording: multi-track without MIDI, played by hand
fx: reverb and delay"

Patch n Tweak

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