MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Roland TB-303 & KORG MS-20 Emulation Modules for Cherry Audio's Voltage Modular

Cherry Audio Voltage Modular: TB Vintage Bundle

Published on May 16, 2019 Voltage Modular

"The Cherry Audio TB Vintage Bundle includes super-accurate modular recreations of the oscillator and filter section of the world's most iconic acid techno bass synth. The TB Oscillator's Wave Mix control adds new tone colors, and the TB Filter's saturation knob creates subtle to nasty overdrive."

Cherry Audio Voltage Modular: MS Vintage Bundle

Published on May 16, 2019 Voltage Modular

"Featuring the VCO-20 Dual Oscillator and VCF-20 Filter, Cherry Audio's MS Vintage Bundle captures the legendary raunchy, screaming character of one the most famous Japanese synths of the 70s with stunning accuracy. Available now for Voltage Modular in the Cherry Audio online store"

Instruo Lúbadh & Arbahr Sounds SuperBooth 2019

Published on May 16, 2019 Perfect Circuit

"Instruo showed us two new interesting modules at SuperBooth 2019. Their Lúbadh is a tape looper emulation and the Arbahr is a granular sampler. They both have clever and great looking displays that make it clear what is going on behind the panel."

Polyend Preset Module SuperBooth 2019

Published on May 16, 2019 Perfect Circuit

"Polyend had two new modules at SuperBooth 2019, the preset which has a series of pads that each hold their own preset for 9 CV outputs. The presets can be switched by manually hitting the pads, a gate, or CV addressed. The second module they had was the Poly 2 which is an updated version of their Midi to CV converter." New Modules Sounds SuperBooth 2019

Published on May 16, 2019 Perfect Circuit

" has a new sequencer module called Ground Control which has a drum sequencer as well as multiple melodic sequencer lines. They also released the Godspeed+ oscillator, Squak Dirty To Me filter, Airstreamer envelope generator, Milky Way effect module and a 2hp power supply. Another new item from Endorphines is a 6U sidepanel for combining two of their cases together."

Bastl Instruments Jam At SuperBooth 2019

Published on May 16, 2019 Perfect Circuit

"Václav from Bastl Instruments played this short jam for us at SuperBooth 2019. Their new Illuminati device controls USB powered lights in time with music, which you can see in effect in this video."

Roland Juno-106

via this auction

Ciat Lonbarde Sidrax

via this auction

Crumar Composer

via this auction

"The Crumar Composer is an analog paraphonic synthesizer. It has thick sound and combines 5 instruments which are a solo synth, a poly synth, an organ and strings. In the solo synth section there are 5 waveforms to choose from. It can be mixed with the poly synth to create a 3 oscillator instrument. The string section also has a Leslie speaker Bucket Brigade effect.

It also has a breath controller input where you just connect a tube and you can modulate the vca and vcf. it also has what is called touch vibrato in the mono synth section which is created by using you finger on the touch vibrato control.

The unit also offers pitch and modulation wheels for the other synth sections. Interestingly the Composer uses the same CEM chip to VCA, filters and envelope as the Memorymoog, Oberheim OBX, OBXa/OB8, SCI Prophet 5.Less than 400 units were produced by Crumar."

Escape Myself - Black Corp Kijimi, Juno 60, Test Equipment

Published on May 16, 2019 HAINBACH

"I am babysitting a Black Corporation Kijimi after Superbooth so I had to put it to use. The Kijimi is played via the Elektron Digitone (no sound), the Juno60 is arping along controlled by the Random Source Serge TKB, rhythms are HP Word Generator. That tube filter is a Krohn-Hite."


Published on May 16, 2019 LESINDES

Update: correct video embedded.  Accidentally had a Polyend video.  Thanks to gridsleep in the comments for the heads up!

First patches of ARTURIA MICROFREAK.
Awsome hybrid collegue.

Microfreaks on eBay | Microfreaks on Reverb | Microfreaks on Amazon

Why is STARTUP your first Eurorack module?

Published on May 16, 2019 Thonk Synth DIY

"Why is STARTUP your first Eurorack module? Because it has all those essentials you need to get up and running with a small modular. It syncs to your other gear, mixes the audio of both regular studio gear and modular gear at the same levels and provides a high quality line
or headphone output with lots of gain.

Build a STARTUP with designer Tom Whitwell at our workshop in Brighton on Saturday May 25th 2019 -

Buy STARTUP here -"

And from DivKidVideo at SUPERBOOTH 19:

Best first Eurorack module? Start Up from Music Thing Modular // Superbooth 2019

Published on May 16, 2019 DivKidVideo

"Is this a module we all need? There's certainly a strong argument for it with tap tempo clocks, stereo mixing and headphone/line out. It certainly meets the desire of Music Thing Modular as a module that would be a great first module for small systems. The new clock phasing modes add a nice Steve Reich flare and influence and in 4hp it's a module that's hard to ignore for small or large systems I think. Super useful!

Get it here -"

ContinuuCon 2019 :: Asheville, NC :: May 30 – June 1

Published on May 16, 2019 ContinuuCon
Update: video re-uploaded.

ContinuuCon 2019
May 30 – June 1
Asheville, North Carolina

Performers, sound designers, composers and electronic music enthusiasts who attend ContinuuCon explore this uniquely expressive instrument through music, workshops, lectures and more. Dr. Lippold Haken, inventor of the Continuum and ContinuuMini, and Edmund Eagan, developer of the Continuum’s synthesis engine EaganMatrix, along with many other technologists and performers, openly share their knowledge, history and musical talents at this event.

Arturia Mellotron V [Episode 141]

Published on May 16, 2019 CatSynth TV

"The recent v7 of the Arturia V Collection included some new instruments. We look at one of those today, the Mellotron V, and explore some of the features that give it that "mellotron sound." We also use some samples of our cat Sam Sam to build a completely new Mellotron patch.

For more information on the Mellotron V, please visit

For more synth demos, please subscribe to this channel and visit"

Bass Station 2 - AFX MODE (Aphex Twin) + Korg ER MK 2

Published on May 16, 2019 Synth Mike

- Synth Mike - Warsaw - Poland -
Bass Station 2 in Aphex Mode

Bass: Bass Station 2
Drums: Korg Electribe R MK II (ER MK2)
Interface: iK iRig Pro Duo
Camera: iPhone Xr

2003 Moog PianoBar "Fall in love with your piano all over again!" Brochure

via Retro Synth Ads where you'll find the rest of the scans along with a write-up.

Before Bob Moog got back into synths he made the Moog PianoBar.  It was essentially a sensor strip you placed on top of your piano keys for use as a midi controller.

Gotharman's Spazeboard6 - GrazHoppa

Published on May 16, 2019 gotharman

"Yet another preset from the forthcoming preset bank, with heavy bass and drunken grazhoppas…"

BURG new album - The Silent Earth, out now!

Published on May 16, 2019 ollilaboratories

"Order here:

Big thanks to all my Patrons over at for making this release possible.

This is the Fourth full length album from BURG. All tracks are recorded in studio oLLiLaboratories, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 2018 - April 2019.

The Silent Earth in an original movie soundtrack for a film that never will see the light of day.

--- Tracklist

1. Froesen In Time 07.45
2. Periorbital Dark Circles part 1 08.31
3. Desychronosis 08.10
4. Koda 10.44
5. Reverse Adrenaline 06.31
6. Periorbital Dark Circles part 2 14.15
7. All Patterns Will End 05.09
8. The Silent Earth (end credits) - Feat. Tara Busch, I Speak Machine 05.40


7" Vinyl Single Order - The Silent Earth (end credits) featuring Tara Busch

SIDE A: The Silent Earth (end credits)
SIDE B: The Quiet Earth
Digital Bonus: Altered States Of Emptiness

--- Official BURG Apparel:"

Thorn Pro Expansion (Thorn Presets)

Published on May 16, 2019 New Loops

"70 expressive presets for DS Audio Thorn. From the hardest fm basses, to the dreamiest keys, there’s a good range of usable presets for many different styles of music. You’ll find 19 modern basses, 13 beautiful keys, 11 modulated pads, 9 cutting leads, 9 punchy plucks, and 9 inspiring sequences.

Download Free Demo -"

Couch JAM #2: Bastl Softpop & Zoom MS-50G

Published on May 16, 2019 R E A D Y d o t

"Little jam before bedtime."

Rossum Electro-Music TRIDENT

Published on May 16, 2019 Rossum Electro-Music

"From our good friend András Eichstaedt, here are 10 examples of the varied sonic capabilities of Trident. All music, no talking!"

WMD Crucible Eurorack Module - 15 minutes of sounds NO TALKING

Published on May 16, 2019 WMDevices

"Exactly what the title says. 15 minutes of sounds generated 100% from the Crucible Eurorack Synthesizer Module.

This video is focused on the sound generation capabilities of the module and goes from realistic cymbal sounds to straight alien soundscapes. We are only using the two trigger inputs, as using the audio input would require audio from a different source. Another video focused on the audio input capabilities will come soon. Audio rate triggering and modulation however is all over this video. Put it on and tune out while placing an order at your favorite eurorack dealer." [see the dealers on the right]

Caravan - The Dog, The Dog, He's At It Again [1973] w/ Davoli Davolisint - First Italian Synthesizer

Caravan - The Dog, The Dog, He's At It Again [1973] (Promotional Film) Published on Jun 21, 2012 officialcaravan

Solo with the Davolisint comes in at 2:51. Spotted this one in the listing further below.

"'The Old Grey Whistle Test' and the audio/video source of The Old Grey Whistle Test © BBC Worldwide. All rights reserved. Caravan promo video source © Decca Music Group / Chris Worrall / Caravan. All rights reserved. 'The Dog, The Dog, He's At It Again' © Decca Music Group. All rights reserved.

This is the promo made by the Caravan's label in 1973 following the release of 'For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night'.

This promotional film paid and made for Decca Records in 1973 was shot as a playback recording (not live). It was featured on the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test programme in the same year but was never seen again until release on the Caravan 35th Anniversary concert DVD set in 2004. The band and management now own the original negative print of the film which was rediscovered in the old vaults of Metrocolor at Technicolour London.

Band Lineup:

Pye Hastings - lead guitar / vocals
Richard Coughlan - drums
Geoffrey Richardson - viola
Dave Sinclair - organ / davolisint
John G Perry - bass"

via this auction

"For auction a Very Rare 1972 Davoli Davolisint. First Italian synthesizer. Works great with original case. Museum piece

There are numerous demos of this on the web. Italian monosynth, two oscillators, control over pitch 1/2-32', organ style.
Each oscillator can be detuned, each oscillator has independent vibrato, each oscillator has independent glide (T1 and T2 switches on panel). Two decay waveforms quick and no decay (continuous) (C switch on panel). High key priority.
Pitch bend level at left of control panel.

Includes original carrying case. Good condition with some dents and scuffs, one broken latch.
Synth is in excellent condition, tolex on case clean with no cuts, bruises or stains, keys clean, minor scratches to black painted control panel with a large scratch on top (see photo)

Unusual feature is the left most grey and black keys, rather than part of the notes keyboard these keys control the panel switches so one can 'play' the pitch, glide, vibrato and decay of the black/white keys.

See Dave Sinclair of Caravan play one here" [embed above]

Roland JX-10 'Super JX' Analogue Synth w/ Sound Library Voice ROMs

via this auction

"Classic warm and fat '80s analogue synth. Great condition, studio use only, has been stored for the last 20 years. A few very minor cosmetic blemishes on the case - see photo of corner. 3 x sound voice ROMs included - acoustic 1, synth 1 and sound effects 1. All good working order, no crackles."

Oberheim OB-8 Analog Synthesizer with Factory MIDI & Original Box - SN C42011

via this auction

"This synth is in overall very good cosmetic condition with only a few light scratches to the face and back panels and some minor scratches to the bottom side of the unit. The wood side panels are in very good condition except for a light scuff on the left hand panel. Some of the original end panel fasteners were lost during a repair visit so I replaced them with close, but not exact, parts. The inside of the unit is very clean with no signs of damage or abuse. All graphics are in excellent condition. All of these faults are shown in the pictures.

This synth has a good keyboard with no broken or dead keys but the keys are noisy when they rebound. Key contacts and circuit board were recently cleaned and included application of conductive material to the contact pads.

Operationally, the synth powers up and sounds good. The unit will auto tune all eight voices with no exceptions being indicated. However, there is noticeable oscillator drift when playing."

Vermona Analog MIDI Synthesizer

via this auction

"Analog synthesizer produced by German music company Vermona throughout the 1980's. It is a 2-VCO monophonic analog synthesizer. It has most basic analog edit parameters. A 24 dB/oct analog VCF (filter) with 4 knobs (Brilliance, CutOff, Resonance, Contour), a single LFO to modulate the VCO or VCF sections and a typical ADSR VCA envelope. There are preset VCF and VCA settings as well as a Manual mode, but there is no real Patch setting storage available. Also absent are MIDI and CV or Gate.

Its sounds are pretty basic analog stuff. It makes a real nice analog bass. Real effects on-board is the portamento-like Glide effect and Vibrato. Colorful knobs, a clean layout, vintage wood end-cheeks and a genuine analog sound. It's an interesting piece.

MIDI input is inserted additionally by the master. There is a socket for adjusting the octave range with a simple Phillips screwdriver. This is indicated on the photo of the reverse side of the synthesizer.
The master carried out preventive work. So, everything works fine, all buttons are used, the potentiometers does not rustle."

Arturia MicroFreak & (first patch)

Published on May 16, 2019 Default Corporation

"My first patch and 'live performance' on my new entry Arturia Microfreak. This is only the second day i have it but i'm in love with this little-great machine.
Microfreak out in MPC in. Reverb is the Air infinite plugin. Drums are, obviously, by MPC Live.
Hope you like it.
Thanks for watching"

The beginning of this one reminded me of This Mortal Coil.

Superbooth 2019 - IO Instruments Precision Modules

Published on May 16, 2019 sonicstate

"A new German manufacturer IO Instruments were showing three new modules - Oscillator, Mixer and dual VCA - with plans for many more products coming along."

This is the first post to feature IO Instruments. I recognize the guy with the hat. Anyone know who he worked with previously?

Superbooth 2019 -Future Sound System Daniel Miller Collab On Modules

Published on May 16, 2019 sonicstate

"As well as some interesting new products from Future Sound Systems the Cyclical Engine Oscillator, the Recombination Engine (a triple stack of 3340 oscillators) there were also two new modules made in collaboration with Daniel Miller (Mute Records). STUMM and Macro modules."

Erica Synths Presents 13 New Modules, New Black System II Eurorack Synthesizer

Published on May 16, 2019 Synthtopia

"At Superbooth 2019, Erica Synths introduced 13 new modules and the new Black System II.

We talked with Erica Synths head Girts Ozolins about the new system & modules, with special help from KODEK."

Retrologue Hardware Synthesizer Sneak Preview At Superbooth 2019

Published on May 16, 2019 Synthtopia

"At Superbooth 2019, Steinberg & Mind Music Labs were showcasing their Retrologue hardware synth prototype at the Yamaha booth.

The Retrologue hardware synth is a product that demonstrates the capabilities of Mind Music Lab's new ELK Music OS, which makes it easy to port VSTs and Rack Extensions to standalone hardware.

We talked with Dom Sigalas, who demonstrated the Retrologue prototype and discussed some of the capabilities that ELK Music OS offers."

Superbooth 2019 - Mind music Labs 'ELK' - VSTs in hardware

Published on May 16, 2019 Hank Astral

"The ELK O.S could be about to shake up digital music making by putting the power of actual VSTs into hardware instruments and effects."

In The Studio - Akai S612 vs. Akai S950

Published on May 16, 2019 The Daydream Sound

"An audio comparison of the sample rates of the Akai S612 & S950."

Drive & dual morphing filters - Bionic Lester from Industrial Music Electronics // Superbooth 2019

Published on May 16, 2019 DivKidVideo

"It's always a pleasure to see Scott of Industrial Music Electronics and see how current range of modules and upcoming prototypes. Scott gave us a demo of the new Bionic Lester mkiii with the Piston Honda as the input. The two inputs and dual stage soft to hard clipping gave a lovely rich harmonic saturation at the input stage and the dual digital morphing filters gave lots of interest tones as filters shapes smoothly morph as well as the cut off and resonance controls."

Presets for Eurorack & more from Polyend // Superbooth 2019

Published on May 16, 2019 DivKidVideo

"Polyend have been making interesting devices for some time now and their new range of 3 Eurorack modules shown at Superbooth 2019 certainly caught our attention too. The updated Poly allows for lots of MIDI to CV action with saveable presets for use with different equipment, Preset brings in a set of stored voltages to patch and control preset style behaviour in the system and the new USB power bank led power supply looked great for portable systems too!"

Next level analogue oscillator design from Joranalogue's Generate 3 // Superbooth 2019

Published on May 16, 2019 DivKidVideo

"As you'd expect from Joranalogue ... check the Filter 8 out here - [posted here] - they really break out what the essence of a filter is and can do ... Generate 3 takes the core of what an oscillator is and breaks it out into way more. It looks at what the fundamental is, the core of the circuit, multiple FM options include thru zero, phase modulation, separate odd and even harmonics, ring modulation over fundamental and harmonic levels ... it does a lot, sounded great and I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on one later this year."

Retrokits RK002 + Korg Nanokontrol2 = Roland PG300

Published on May 16, 2019 Retrokits

"This firmware is part of our RK002/DUY Firmware range. You can exchange firmware in the RK002 cable to do complex MIDI processing tasks, like converting simple CC messages into 'checksum encoded MIDI System Exclusive Messages' - which the Roland Alpha Juno and MKS50 need to edit patch data.

PS: Excuses - the Nanokontrol2 video looks a bit rusty, but it's shot in low-light conditions to bring out the NK2's lighted indicators :-)

The PG300 DUY is a full patch editor for the Roland Alpha Juno and MKS 50, it is available at PDF overlay template file for the Nanokontrol2 is also available.

To exchange firmware on your RK002 you need a computer MIDI interface which supports MIDI Power and MIDI System Exclusive, While you're at it searching for one, check out our RK005 (Which is also a standalone USB host and Class Compliant MIDI interface doing all of the above AND is able to host the NanoKontrol2 without a computer present: )"

RITM-2 with mod and midi.РИТМ-2 с новым скрипуном

Published on May 16, 2019 Alexey Taber

"we made another Ritm2, midi for 4 parameters, midi clocks/ divider clock, midi pichbend at 1 oct, modulation depth with midi, pulse width CC#, also use the original harmonic generation scheme"

Sirius-Serpens Modular-Analog Low Pass filter with distortion demo (no talking)

Published on May 15, 2019 Dziam Bass

"Today I have a small demo of the Sirius filter from Serpens Modular.
I used it on a few sequences with clean out and dirty out for example as the sound changes itself in a dirty out which adds distortion.
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
The Korg PolySix, Mono / Poly and the PPG Wave 2.0 what really is a special character for sounds.
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..."

Serpens Sirius

Retroaktiv MPG-50 - Using the MPG-50's Assignable Control System

Published on May 15, 2019 Retroaktiv Synthesizers

"The MPG-50 is a dedicated controller for Roland Alpha Juno 1 & 2 and MKS-50 synthesizers. While the MPG-50 serves as a replacement for the PG-300 programmer, it has far more capability and functionality. In this video I am demonstrating the ASSIGN function of the MPG50, which allows users to assign up to 5 parameters simultaneously to sliders A and B, as well as an expression pedal. Incoming mod wheel, breath controller, or aftertouch can also be assigned and routed to any parameters on the synth.
Here I am using the mod wheel and aftertouch simultaneously to control 6 Juno parameters at once. This can make very complex sounds with the Juno, and the data can be played back to the MPG50 and replicated."

IQ Ring Modulation : analog Frequency Shifter patch

Published on May 15, 2019 Sbranvlztronics

"An Allpass filter network and a Quadrature VCO on protoboard, plus LFO and two Ring Modulators 3rdWorldRack modules."

I'd love to see the audio output on the oscilloscope.


Frequency Shifter Patch: Oscilloscope and Spectrogram

Published on May 19, 2019 Sbranvlztronics

Wavehole Approach to Granular Synthesis Using Xenakis Screens

For those interested, see here.

See here for previous posts featuring Xenakis and granular synthesis.

What or rather who is Xenakis? Via Wikipedia: Iannis Xenakis - "Xenakis pioneered the use of mathematical models in music such as applications of set theory, stochastic processes and game theory and was also an important influence on the development of electronic and computer music. He integrated music with architecture, designing music for pre-existing spaces, and designing spaces to be integrated with specific music compositions and performances."

From the site linked above:

"The wavehole approach to organising acoustic particles is an adaptation of the Xenakis screen. In Formalized Music Xenakis discusses various methods with which to organise grains of sound. A Xenakian screen is not unlike Gabor’s Matrix (1946). The representation is musical and interpreted differently from the theoretical signals presented in Gabor’s communications literature. The Xenakis screen (Fig.1), is a two dimensional grid which, exists in one moment of time."

If you look below you will see an image of multiple Xenakis Screens over time. The screens remind me of a mix of wavetable and granular synthesis. In a wavetable you have a table of multiple waveforms you can morph through. In granular synthesis you typically have a sample or audio you can morph through and manipulate over time either grabbing a "slice" of the audio or particular "grains" within a slice or slices of audio - almost like a hybrid of additive and subtractive synthesis but working with a given audio sample.

"Each cell of the screen grid, houses a silence or grain event. Thus, each screen can have, depending on its resolution, a sparse or dense population of grains. The population is referred to as a cloud. Each occupied cell has a frequency ∆F and gain ∆G parameter. A Xenakis cloud is the grouped grain topology in one screen at a given moment in ∆t as in Fig.2."

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