MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, May 23, 2019

Thursday, May 23, 2019


Published on May 23, 2019 Sunshine Jones

"A Love Letter to the mighty Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer.
Covering a brief re cap of what we already know, and discussing the cultural significance, and lasting inspiration this instrument has had on the world, and music in general, the basics of XOX style programming, a general overview of the drum machine, and a discussion and comparison of the various clones and replicants which are currently available including the System 80 880, The Roland Boutique TR-08, the Roland Aira TR-8, the e-Licktronic Yocto, the Acid Lab MIAMI, and even the TR-606.

Note: I am an electronic musician, a designer, and a huge fan of synthesizers and drum machines. I am not an authority, nor am I a historian. These love letters (I should think that it goes without saying) are Op Ed (opinion based editorial) and thus they are filled with hyperbole, artistic license and some degree of speaking categorically to get the point across. This is not the first word, or anywhere near the last word on the story I'm telling. It's just a love letter.

Photographed, written, filmed, scored, programed, narrated and directed by Sunshine Jones.
©2019 The Urgency Of Change
Special thanks to Jeff of System 80 - Minisystem, Brandon Rodgers, Bijan Mirashi, Kevin Siegenthaler, Jason Williams, Jenö Lock, EO, and Frankie Knuckles!

I have made a limited edition T-shirt print of the technical drawing made for use in this love letter - a hand drawn pencil and ink illustration with type set in photoshop. 100 shirts are available. See more at to get yours. Once these 100 are gone, that is the end. There will be no others."

Modular vid #295

Published on May 23, 2019 Phisynth

"Crazy sounds from Scrotum Lab's Orgone Accumulator & Tresses (MI Braids), driven by grilles (MI Grids) & DDSR"

ArduTouch: Dronetic synthesizer demo

Published on May 23, 2019 mitch altman

"ArduTouch music synthesizer kit
Dronetic synthesizer demo video -- all 7 presets.
This ArduTouch synthesizer makes drones. Beautiful ones, spacey ones, and noisy ones.
There are 7 presets. Double-tap the right button and touch a "white" key to choose one. Borea (C) Crystal (D) Eire (E) Faroe (F) Oslo (G) Riven (A) Cerebus (B)"

LEL UDS , after midi

Published on May 23, 2019 Alexey Taber

Akai AX80 synthesizer Demo. No FX

via this auction

Live From Sequential HQ, San Francisco

Started streaming 52 minutes ago Fault Radio

"Multistreaming with

Fault Radio live from Sequential HQ in San Francisco for International Synthesizer Day

Ose interviewing Dave Smith from his office,
followed by a live performance by Synthwizard Carson Day."

Prophet Rev2 Analog Synth - LFO parameter assignments Part 2

Published on May 23, 2019 Synth & Sundry

"A quick video about routing the LFO to oscillator parameters on the Dave Smith Instruments Prophet Rev2 synth. Trying out different LFO routings to get different sounds while playing this analog polysynth.
The LFO routing implementation on the Prophet Rev 2 is definitely intuitive and right up there with what I've seen. Especially, when you consider the large amount of possible destination parameters, it invites experimentation no matter your experience with analog subtractive synthesis."

Synth & Sundry Prophet Rev2 videos

Mayer Electronic Music Instruments Polyphonic Eurorack Modules (Sneak Preview)

Published on May 23, 2019 Synthtopia

"At Superbooth 2019, Mayer Electronic Music Instruments introduced a new line of polyphonic Eurorack modules.

We talked with designer Horst Mayer, who gave us a sneak preview of the new line of modules."

See the Mayer label below.

::vtol:: rotor

::vtol:: rotor from ::vtol:: on Vimeo.

- arduino uno (atmega328 custom diy boards)
- sony d2
- custom electronics
- dc motor
- spin fv1 dsp + joystick controller

via ::vtol::

"Ever since childhood I have viewed compact discs as the embodiment of futurism: ideal shape, mirrored surface, and a crystal-clear sound. And I also loved how they would malfunction. Scratches, scuffs, read errors – at a time when I still knew nothing about IDM and glitch music, I tried to engineer a repeat of these sounds, but felt like I was chasing ghosts. And then all of a sudden discs went out of fashion and were forgotten.

As a rule players would only reproduce the sound in play mode. In all other modes, even though the laser continues to read the information on the surface, the sound would zone out. This was done to ensure that the player did not play the errors and did not emit any sound on a pause, the scratch marks, etc.

Recently I stumbled upon a description of one the processors of old Sony CD players, including instructions on how to modify the player so that it continues to emit sounds in any operating mode. Experimentation was not long in coming: I ordered several old Sony D2 and D20 and started my preparations. As the thirty-year old electronics would literally fall apart in my hands, I assembled one operable device from three players. After replacing all the capacitors, I was struck by the sound quality of this player – state of the art MP3 players don’t even come close. The new device is capable of playing any compact discs with profound scratch marks, makes a sound during rewind, on pause and also during the stoppage/start-up of a disc. Furthermore, I added an intercept function for the motors responsible for the movement of the laser head and the rotation of the disc. I also added to the device a digital processor with joystick for evocative manipulations of the sounds obtained from the player. Another option was an additional revolving optical disc. As well as the visual impact, owing to the emergent induction it is capable of influencing at high speed the motor of the CD, which results in fascinating data read errors.

Taken altogether, this made it possible to create a robust instrument for the deconstruction of existing music and also manipulations with discs specially recorded for the experiments. And that is how compact discs suddenly became an extremely topical format for me once more.

Inspired by Nicolas Colins projects.

1974 Moog Minimoog "The Moog for the road" Brochure Poster

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

Maestro - Soviet Synthesizer by Formanta Demo

via this auction

"Soviet keyboard from the end of 80s. Juicy filter, soviet chorus and arpeggiator on the board.
Fully working condition. On the back panel there are signs of an old foam rubber. Video with exactly this one is in the gallery. Comes with the original case, power cable and 5din-Jack reduction."

mini moog style synthesizer prototype project

via this auction

"mini moog style synthesizer constellation like mini moog with an added percussion module on left side . its very well build prototype or was a tech project ? the percussion module on the side doesnt seem to do anything and the first 5 keys might be connected ? as intended . also the output is very low hence some background humming when you turn it up loud . the rest of the synth is working it definitely has a moog sound and seems to be very flexible .
reminds me of a sonic six have a listen to the audio examples. the synth is obviously sold as seen and might need a little bit more work but its totally special and worth the extra effort . sounds great like a real monster analog classic not sure how to price this could be worth lots so make some offers. oh pic is at an angle synths is perfectly even build"

Novation Bass Station (BassStation) Rack, Analog mono synth with CV in/out

via this auction

"It's got midi and CV IN control. AND it's got CV out, meaning you can use it as a 1 channel midi-to-CV converter too.

It's also got an external audio input so you can use its filter on other signal.

It's a beast, sounds great."

Analogue Solutions Oberkorn

via this auction

"The Oberkorn is a 3 track analog sequencer with 16 steps, analog out and cv inputs, and MIDI out. This unit is in great shape and includes the original power supply.

Key Oberkorn Features

3 x CV channels, 2 x Gate channels, 5 x MIDI-Trigger
full 16 step CV channels
48 CV knobs, 16 Gate switches, 17 LEDs
CV control of Speed / Tempo.
Plenty of control sockets.
Simple MIDI sync
Steel & Aluminium construction.
Hand built in Great Britain.

CV3 CV channels, 16 stepEach CV channel has a range control and transpose CV input
Gate 2 Gate channels, 16
stepapprox 10v gate output. Includes ‘Legato’ switch to chain consecutive ons.
Clock LFO clock (Internal clock speed is about <1Hz to 30Hz), CV control of tempoclock output, external clock in MIDI Trigger 2 MIDI to triggers, 1 clock out, and ‘binary’ output Control input 4 bit binary input to control step numberUsing the MIDI binary, any step can be selected from MIDI Buttons Reset to 1, Reset to 16, and single step advance Reset Reset input. +5v resets the sequencer to step 1.Change sequence length to other than 16. MIDI In and ThruChannels 1-16. Size / Mass 3U standard rack size. 485mm (W) including rack ears x 145 mm (D) x 134mm (H) [approx]. xgrams"

Sequential Circuits Six-Trak

via this auction

"Although typically understood as a slimmed down entry level offering from Sequential Circuits, the Six-Trak has the distinction of being one of the first multi-timbral MIDI synthesizers. Like the name says, the built in sequencer can access all six voices individually for easy stand alone composition.

This synth is in good working condition with typical wear for its age and nothing out of the ordinary, mostly just light scuffs on the panel."

Cyclone Analogic Bass Bot TT303 Mk2 SN 0001551 w/ Original Box & Gig Bag

via this auction

Cwejman S1 MK2 Semi-Modular Analogue Synthesizer

via this auction

"This listing is for a Cwejman S1 MK2 Semi-Modular Analogue Synthesizer also compatible with eurorack format in mint condition. Includes original packaging.

The S1 is a semi-modular, analogue monophonic synthesizer. It is easy to get started with since it is prepatched for optimal use of its sound producing possibilities and eliminates the need for external connections between modules during use. Each module can be disconnected and used separately, e.g. to control or be controlled by other instruments. This flexibility enables and simplifies experimentation with creation and reproduction of sound.

We can mention some important features of the S1:
* Three oscillators with seven basic waveforms
* Ring modulator
* Noise generator with two three noise shapes
* Low pass filter with selectable 4 / 6 poles and quasi band pass mode
* Multi mode filter with selectable 2 to 6 poles and three modes
* Wide range envelope generators
* Master amplifier with build-in overdrive stage
* LFO with seven basic waveforms and wide rate range
* Extensive modulation of, virtually, all synthesis parameters
* Build-in MIDI to CV/gate converter with 16-bit resolution

Several parameters can be voltage controlled by external signals and, simultaneously, control external devices by the build-in MIDI converters voltage outputs (see Rear Panel). The S1 is a stand alone instrument and the possibility with patching and integrating it into an external modular (or semi-modular) synthesizer makes it extremely flexible..."

Black Baldwin IKE / E-MU EMAX 1 SE Plus Sampler w/ OLED Display SN 0690120

via this auction

"This Baldwin IKE has been fully transformed into an E-mu EMAX 1 SE Plus running the latest operating system (OS 1.0 Plus), which allows for hard drive support via SCSI!

Beautiful Blue OLED Display
Custom EMAX SE Overlay (contains all function/menu shortcuts)
Internal SCSI2SD Drive (4 "drives" on one SD card with 35 banks each; the first SCSI ID is fully loaded with a "best of" the Factory E-mu samples, the other 3 SCSI IDs are empty and ready for your creations!)
Loads entire banks in around 2 seconds
In addition to the SCSI2SD hard drive functionality, the 1.0 Plus Operating System contains all of the great/unique features of the EMAX SE Plus, including:

Spectrum Interpolation Synthesis: This provides a complete digital additive synthesizer. Up to 24 sine wave frequencies can be added to from Spectrums. These Spectrums can be placed at up to 24 time slice locations, so that the sound varies over time.

Transform Multiplication: TM synthesis imposes the harmonic characteristics of one sample upon a second sample to create a new sample.

This sampler is fully functional, and sounds like nothing else. I've listed it as Very Good for the following reasons:
There are a few cosmetic blemishes here and there, many of which I have captured via close-up image
The custom overlay fits perfectly, but the LEDs underneath are off center by about a millimeter; it is very minor, but worth noting
The bottom slider, which navigates through the menus, is slightly sensitive when at its lowest level/position; also very minor, but worth noting"

Roland SH-3a Vintage Analog Synthesizer SN 422731

via this auction


Published on May 23, 2019 prosoloist

via this auction

"These are rare. Only a few hundred made I believe. Disputes in how much the engineer Ken Freeman would be paid I believe drove back production to where other competition hit the market first (the Solina and Crumar Stringman). But the Freeman has a unique place in that it uses 25 oscillators to produce a more vibrant sound than the other string machines
Freeman used low frequency oscillators (6 of them) patched to note groups not usually hit together. (diminished 5ths) The Freeman is big to house all the circuitry and they didn't exactly use the lightest materials.

The volume pedal DOES come with this one. The volume pedal is rather specific to this instrument. It has a feature that allows a 1/2 step bend to the pitch. It works fine. I never had the music stand.

Works great. No power cord, but you can use a regular electrical extension cord as long as it has an outlet on the top, not the side."

Roland SH-2 Monophonic 2 VCO Synthesizer w/ MIDI Upgrade

via this auction

"This one has been upgraded with a MIDI interface which allows the control of most of the parameters of the panel and the bender.
It has been fully serviced as well.

- All potentiometers have been cleaned and lubricated.
- The synth has been calibrated by following the factory specifications"

Roland RS-505 Paraphonic String Synthesizer w/ MIDI Upgrade

via this auction

"In excellent working condition, it has been fully serviced and calibrated. The MIDI interface has been installed recently and it is in fully working order. The shape is really good as well, it has some small scratches around the bender board and the back panel above the midi sockets.But it does not affect the working condition of the synthesizer. This string machine is a great synthesizer, really underrated. It has a really power full bass and a beautiful strings and synth part. The chorus (ensemble) when activated makes the sounds even greater."

Roland Jupiter-6 with Europa SN 343361

via this auction

"Great condition Roland Jupiter 6, recently serviced with all clean faderpots & featuring the Europa upgrade. Includes original power cable plus one additional spare replacement faderpot. Check images for scratches on metal panel."

Arturia Micro Freak Bass Pads SFX Hybrid Analog Digital Synthesizer Rik Marston

Published on May 23, 2019 Rik Marston Official

Arturia Micro Freak right out of the box. It sounds GREAT!
Proof that Digital Synthesizers are back in a BIG way!
My only issues are simple, but for the price I can't complain...
It does not have internal effects or external input.
You'll need to master playing the cool "keys",
you might accidentally hit them while playing other "keys"...
-I will play the JP-8000 to control the Micro Freak next video :)
Plus they made the LEDs a different color than the
Winter NAMM show model. I WANTED BLUE LEDs!!!!
Not cool, Arturia! NOT COOL! Anyone with the NAMM
show model wanna trade?? Seriously! I want BLUE LEDs!!!!
Other than that this synthesizer is RAD!!! Like, Totally!!!
Recorded into Ableton LIVE with Groove Delay 23/25

Rik Marston Sample Packs

Microfreaks on eBay | Microfreaks on Reverb | Microfreaks on Amazon

Buster - You're In Love With Your Hair

Published on May 23, 2019 teenageengineering

"'you're in love with your hair' by buster out now through teenage engineering records."

Heart plug for Dune fans out there.

Superbooth 2019 - Richard Devine on MODX and Modular

Published on May 23, 2019 sonicstate

"At the Yamaha Booth we caught up with Richard and talked FM, Modular and performance.
Thanks to Yamaha and for the live footage"

Happy Birthday Bob

Published on May 23, 2019 Moog Music Inc

"Today we celebrate electronic pioneer and Moog Music founder Bob Moog on his 85th birthday. Bob's inventions have forever changed the way we hear our world, inspiring generations to explore electronic sound, discover new possibilities, and value the way that music connects us as human beings. Bob’s innovative spirit continues to inspire us each day here in the Moog Factory, and we are forever grateful to be a part of this creative legacy.

Thank you, Bob. We can never say that enough.

Your friends at Moog"

Roland SH-2 | Black Box Skank

Published on May 23, 2019 Alex Ball

"The Roland SH-2 from 1979 is one vintage piece I’d never seen in the flesh and one that wasn’t physically in my 'Land of the Rising Sound' documentary, so it’s great to be able to cover it on the channel.

Huge thanks to Ian Livingstone for the loan.

It reminds me of the SH-7 and SH-1 in terms of sound and the “auto bend” is very much in keeping with the early SH models, but then it’s also quite clearly a step towards the later SH-101 in terms of its layout. Quite an interesting one!

The SH-2 has Sine, Sawtooth, Square and PWM available on oscillator 1 and Noise, Sawtooth, Square and PWM on oscillator 2. There’s also a sub-oscillator, which really beefs things up.

It has one LFO (Sine, Square and S&H) with delay that can modulate pulse width, oscillator-frequency, filter cut-off and also trigger the one envelope. The filter is low-pass and can self-oscillate. There’s also portamento and adjustable auto-bend as mentioned earlier.

The SH-2 had a little brother with a single oscillator, the SH-9 (which I’ve never played). I’m guessing it’s very similar in a kind of Korg MS-20 / MS-10 sibling way. If you’ve played both, let me know!

There’s a few specific things I did such as taking the CV/Gate out and hooking up the SH-101 that ran back through the “Ext Audio In” of the SH-2. That gave me 3 oscillators and 2 sub oscillators so that I could mix and detune footings and waveshapes.

I also ran midi to my TB-303 and fired on CV/Gate from that to the SH-2. The 303 also ran through the Ext Audio In so that the whole effect came through the same filter / envelope / VCA.

Instruments Used:
Roland SH-2 (1979)
Roland SH-101 (1982)
Roland TB-303 (1981)
Roland TR-606 (1981)
Sequential Drumtraks (1984)
DSi Prophet REV2 (2017)
Yamaha U3 Piano (stereo mic’d)
Ibanez JEM 7DBK / Fender Blues Junior II / Mic’d with an SM57
Some EMU Emulator and Fairlight stabs
Couple of Project Alpha Sounds
There’s also a Pro~One and Korg MS-20 doing some cameo FX that I added after and didn’t film."

Native Instruments Introduces STRAYLIGHT - Granular-Based Instrument

Published on May 23, 2019 Native Instruments

"STRAYLIGHT is a granular-based instrument, perfect for lush pads, soundscapes, and tones. In this walkthrough we give you an overview of all the main features, and illustrate how you can quickly create and customize evolving sounds, and modulate them so they fit into your scenes and scores with ease."

1. Introducing STRAYLIGHT | Native Instruments
2. STRAYLIGHT Interview with Paul Haslinger | Native Instruments
We talk to Hollywood composer and former Tangerine Dream member Paul Haslinger about his experiences and process creating scores for Hollywood films, and how he implements STRAYLIGHT into his creative process.
3. STRAYLIGHT Walkthrough | Native Instruments


Product type: KOMPLETE Instrument
Instrument type: Real-time cinematic texture instrument
For use with: The latest version of the free KONTAKT PLAYER. Download via KOMPLETE START.
Number of sounds: > 350 master Snapshots
1 NKI that includes: 319 grain source sets
50 sample sets
Sound categories: Atmosphere, Pad, Lead, Transition, Keys, Effects, Subs, Pulses
Download size: 2,47 GB (3,86 GB uncompressed samples)
System requirements: STRAYLIGHT needs a fast CPU to run and requires an Intel i7 processor or higher.

"STRAYLIGHT was built in collaboration with Frank Elting and The most human colors, a boutique instrument and sound design agency. The instrument was also developed in consultation with composer Paul Haslinger (Underworld, Minority Report, Fear The Walking Dead, Rainbow Six: Siege).

Craft unique cinematic soundscapes, transitions, and ambient tones in real-time. Built for sound designers and film, TV, and game composers, STRAYLIGHT is ideal for everything from post-apocalyptic sci-fi to gritty thrillers. It combines specialized grain and sample playback modules with carefully captured sound sources, effects, and a powerful performance-based X-Y modulation matrix, allowing inspirational dynamic performance and sound design, direct to picture.


STRAYLIGHT has a bespoke granular engine that places the source audio into a powerful and specialized – yet easy-to-use – interface. Harness lush, organic timbres that can defy time and pitch, yet still retain the pristine character of the source sounds (strings, glass, stone, membranes, and more), and sonically evolve over time (risers and transitions can adapt automatically to project tempo).

Small sounds can be vastly magnified in size and scope without sacrificing their sound quality or character. The granular engine is then paired with a layer from the sample module, offering the same level of editing and modulation.


STRAYLIGHT’s modulation and effects sections ensure a fast, creative workflow. The precise X-Y control enables expressive direct-to-picture performance and detailed control over intensity and timing. Apply and modulate up to 14 different effects – taken from nine different categories: Filters, dynamics, EQs, gaters, drivers, modulation, delays, utilities, and reverbs. STRAYLIGHT even includes specially captured reverb impulse responses, selected to complement its audio content and granular engine.

Easily assign MIDI CC to the XY matrix, and use it in conjunction with master effects to ride intensity, direct to picture.

Both the granular and sample modules offer deep editing possibilities for personalizing the source sounds and intelligent randomization for generating new sounds quickly.

Use tempo-synced grain cursor speeds for creating perfectly timed transitions and risers.

Select up to four different effect types each for the grain and sample layers, plus four additional master effects, and two send effects – and you can assign parameters from all those effects to macros or the X-Y matrix.

Tag based browsing for both presets and sound sources makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. Tags even apply when randomizing the modules."

05-The Dreadbox Nyx v2- Part 4: Amplifier, Amp Envelope, and Articulation

Published on May 23, 2019 AutomaticGainsay

"Here is a demonstration of how the amplifier envelope on the Dreadbox Nyx v2 affects the amplifier and how these looping envelope/LFO structures can be used to create performance articulations.

The theme to this video was composed (excepting drums) entirely using multitracking of the Dreabox Nyx v2."

Dreadbox Nyx AutomaticGainsay videos

Workflow & Song Creation with the Squarp Pyramid

Published on May 23, 2019 Sounds From The Shed

"This is an insight into how I go about putting together a song.
Used the Squarp Pyramid this time.
Moog ONe, Prophet XL, MS-101, Boog D, Waldorf Quantum, DJS-1000 and Erica Techno System and FX Modular."

Squid Salmple, Pam in Buchla & sync modular to DJ gear with ALM Busy Circuits // Superbooth 2019

Published on May 23, 2019 DivKidVideo

"Lots of good stuff going on at the ALM Busy Circuits booth at Superbooth 2019. First up Pamela's Discotheque takes the Pioneer DJ Ethernet protocol/standard for clock syncing DJ and makes that compatible with MIDI DIN, USB MIDI and analog clock outputs at various rates so you can reliably sync DJ gear with your modular systems. There's the new Squid Salmple which is a multichannel sampler meant to be quick and intuitive for both sampling and sample playback. Finally we can now see Pamela (of Pamela's Workout fame) in the 4U Buchla format."

New lush DSP FX 'Vertigo' from SSSR Labs // Superbooth 2019

Published on May 23, 2019 DivKidVideo

"The new Vertigo DSP FX card from SSSR Labs is the first FX card made for Tiptop Audio's Z-DSP platform from an external company. I really like the Z-DSP (as many of you know) and it's great to see others develop for that platform. Vertigo has some great sounds with stands out for me being the side chain hall and the BBD emulations with gorgeous grit and filter emulation on the feedback paths. SSSR Labs also have the new Wobla which is a $40 voltage generating fader for controlling your Eurorack system."

Powerful new modules from Livestock Electronics!!! Shepherd, Ellis & Leap // Superbooth 2019

Published on May 23, 2019 DivKidVideo

"I really like the Livestock Electronics modules. BANG makes for a great characterful oscillator, MAZE is killer signal routing magic box and MIR and FELIX ignite a system with their useful utilitarian-ism-ness. The new modules look to continue to add a tonne of power to a Eurorack system with 6 channels and over 20 outputs, Ellis is a macro controller, voltage generator, potential chord machine and Leap is an LFO and envelope with a few tricks up it's sleeve! ... if modules even have sleeves."

Solton Ketron Programmer 24 - Custom Eprom Replacement

Published on May 23, 2019 RemasterMix

"Solton Ketron Programmer 24 - Eprom Custom replacement swap"


Published on May 23, 2019 LESINDES

"KORG VOLCA DRUM creating pattern from scratch, including RATCHETING and other tricks!
I am very enthuasiastic about this little box since it is one of the most capable VOLCAs I know. It is actually not a drum machine it is real drum synth like not so many others and with a faily simple synthesis you can tweak a whole universe of different sounds.
Very nice is the RATCHET function. In other sequqncers it is very complicated to program -- mostly only with double tempo. But here you simply choose a step dial in your number repetitions. IT CAN'T BE EASIER than this!
I kept all VOLCAS except for MODULAR and KICK for their crooked designs."

SUPERBOOTH19 — a story about Knobs, Faders & Nerds ❤️

Published on May 23, 2019 BoBeats

"A vlog about my trip to Berlin and Superbooth19. Sponsored by"

BoBeats links:
►Patches & samples
►Circuit Patches:

Latroit | Behind The Sounds

Published on May 23, 2019 Pioneer DJ

"Grammy Award-winning LA-based producer and DJ, Latroit talks about how he got into electronic music, his analytical approach to art and sound, his secrets for turning his vision into music, and how he works with other artists."

Patch n Tweak

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