MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, June 17, 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

Lament (Moog One)

Published on Jun 17, 2019 Andrea Pessino

"Demo of a simple but lyrical single layer patch created and played on a Moog One polyphonic synthesizer. No sequencing or tracking, only one sound played live, bit of 7th Heaven reverb.

#Moog #MoogOne"

Robot Buchla Music Easel Acid

Published on Jun 17, 2019 Honeysmack

"Buchla Music Easel + Moog DFAM + Korg SQ1 + Roland TR09."

Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synthesizer Limited Edition Blue

via this auction

"Super powerful compact 3 octave synthesizer with a built in arpeggiater, step-sequencer, and rhythm sequencer for drum kits (all of which you can sync to midi-clock). 8-voice polyphony with 3 oscillators per voice. Tons of built in effects and up to 1,000 programmable patches. This is the limited addition blue model. It is in excellent condition and comes with power supply."

Sequential In The Spotlight Interview with SACRE

You can find the interview on Sequential's website here.

"The phantasmagoric dance-pop duo, SACRE, is Hawaii and Sukil, who are full-circle creators — they write, sing, produce, and design everything for the project. SACRE burst onto the scene in 2018 with their debut EP, “The Call”. They quickly gained support from Billboard, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, Impose Magazine, Earmilk, and others, along with a cosign from Pharrell Williams. Due in December is their debut LP “Love Revolution,” in which each track tells the story of one of twelve characters over the course of 12 hours. The odyssey begins at 7:00pm, with Sukil bored at work, as an adventure unfolds and various characters emerge, including an arsonist stripper, an android gas attendant, and Hawaii and Sukil caught up in it all.

We chatted with Hawaii and Sukil on how they use the Prophet-6 in their music."

You can find previous posts featuring Sequential's Spotlight series here.

Playing the Sampler 2

Published on Jun 17, 2019 Unun Septium

"Another derisory effort where I've attempted to wrestle something musical out of the Sample and Hold routine of the Roland SH-3a, and confound the eye with unreformed 'teenager in his bedroom' video-fx."

Part 1 here.

Mathew Jonson Presents His Synthesizer Favourites: Simmons SDS 800 (Electronic Beats TV)

Published on Jun 17, 2019 Telekom Electronic Beats

"In this episode of 'Mathew Jonson’s Synthesizer Favourites' here on Telekom Electronic Beats TV, our resident synth expert explores the Simmons SDS 800 Electronic Drums. Jonson takes a deep look into a classic piece of ‘80s budget gear. The analog drum synthesizer, released in 1984, works with four drum channels: bass, snare and two toms. The SDS 800’s cosmic sounds became a regular feature on countless reggae, disco and boogie tracks throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s."

Soniccouture The Attic 2

Published on Jun 7, 2019 Soniccouture

Available at Soniccouture

"An incredible collection of 18 virtual instruments modelled on rare, quirky vintage synths. This video shows a small selection of the 450+ presets.

Featuring EMS Synthi, Crumar DP-80, Arp Omni2, Moog Minitmoog, Korg Minikorg 700s, Solina String Ensemble, Cheetah MS800, Jennings Univox, Roland RS202, Hammond Solovox, Roland SH2000, Farfisa VIP345, Korg LP10, Philips Philicorda, Suzuki Omnichord, Siel Orechestra 2, Godwin String Concert, Logan Vocalist"

Screens captured for the archives.

Make Noise QMMG (Quad Multi Mode Gate) Eurorack Four Channle LPG VCA VCF

Published on Jun 17, 2019 Perfect Circuit

"The Make Noise QMMG is four channels of voltage controlled VCA/VCF combos which are controlled by vactrols. Vactrols are devices that convert and electrical signal to a light and then turn that light back into an electrical signal, this process gives the vactrol an organic decay sound when used as an envelope. The vactrol envelope sound was made famous by Buchla lowpass gates which combined a lowpass filter and a VCA controlled by a vactrol. The QMMG gets you lowpass gate sounds but also adds in feedback and highpass filter options as well as ways to make more complex sounds by routing multiple gates together in different modes.

Make Noise modules available here:"

Session in studio May 26 2019

Published on Jun 17, 2019 MoonSatellite Lone Wolf

"Moog Taurus 3 / Waldorf Streichfett / Elektron Analog Rytm & Analog Four / Sequential Prophet 6 / DSI OB-6 / Moog GrandMother..."

Electronic Music Laboratories EML-200

via this auction

"This beast is the perfect answer to kinder, gentler synths. This thing is nasty. Thick and pokey. Controls are insanely precise and the onboard spring reverb is to die for. You won’t want to miss this."

Future Sound Systems Brunswick

via this auction

See here for previous posts including demos.

Moog Multimoog w/ Clear Blue LED Lit Mod Wheel

via this auction

"Seriously the best sounding, best maintained, and most unique Multimoog ever.

You probably already know that there were only 1000 of these produced.

This one has been extensively and meticulously cleaned and discretely upgraded by the one and only Nick Montoya at the Moog factory in NC.

No more faux wood panel sides, this one has walnut sides straight from the wood shop at the aforementioned Moog factory.

Power indicator LED has been replaced with an awesome blue one.

Every single function is perfect, sound is freaking amazing."

WMD Eurorack Drum machine and Empress Effects Zoia

Published on Jun 17, 2019 WMDevices

"Mixing worlds between guitar pedals and modular synths is a super fun way to get more out of a minimal set up.

In this video, WMD Metron is in control of a 4 channel drum machine. Each of our drum modules, Chimera, Fracture, and Crucible are running through the WMD/SSF Blender 4 channel mixer with 2 drums going to Left and 2 drums to the right.

The ZOIA is receiving CV (gate signals) and Audio from this @wmdevices Eurorack drum machine. The Gate signal from Metron is triggering an ADSR envelope on the ZOIA. This ADSR opens a filter connected to a randomized polyphonic chord on the ZOIA made possible using the new scale options on the ZOIA’s quantizer tied to a single random LFO.

ZOIA is processing 2 separate channels of audio with 2 drum tracks on the Left channel and 2 drum tracks on the right, each channel has separate effects going into the ZOIA’s mixer and lastly into a stereo reverb on the ZOIA."

Five cheap 80s keyboards...

Published on Jun 3, 2019 Alfonse

A new series by ALFONSE. You can find him on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Twitter, and Instagram.


1 Five cheap 80s keyboards...
Music: "Eight" (C) Copyright 2019 Alfonse

Intro to a new series of videos using sounds from ageing home keyboards together with current production tools. All sounds you hear in the track were made using the Casio SK-1 (a sampling keyboard), Casio MT-52, Yamaha PSS-680, Yamaha PSS-580, and Amstrad CKX100. They were recorded to a DAW, where compression, EQ, reverb, and delay were added as required.
2. Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard demo - "Rapid Rhino"
All sounds you hear in the track were made using the Casio SK-1 sampler or its factory sounds and were recorded to a DAW, where compression, EQ, reverb, delay and chorus were added as required. Individual drum hits were sampled from slowed-down SK-1 rhythms, to allow fresh beats to be built, rather than using the rhythms found on the SK-1 itself. If you hear something in the track and can't quite figure out where it came from, that was probably a vocal sample. It has a great 8-bit / 9.38kHz lo-fi sound; grainy and interesting...

The aim of this series of videos is to see what you can create using sounds from ageing home keyboards together with current production tools. Personally, I'm a fan of playing a vintage keyboard like this in its original state (not circuit bent) - it's more than just a retro toy...

Music: "Rapid Rhino" (C) Copyright 2019 Alfonse
3. Yamaha Portasound PSS-680 FM keyboard demo - "Splendid Larryo"
All sounds you hear in the track were made using the PSS-680 and recorded to a DAW, where compression, EQ, reverb, delay and chorus were added as required. Individual drum hits were sampled from the drum pads and processed (the 680's kick drum is horrible, so that needed some attention for a start...), to allow fresh beats to be built, rather than using the rhythms found on the PSS-680 itself.

The aim of these videos is to see what you can create using sounds from retro classic keyboards together with current production tools. The 680 has a 2 operator FM synth on board, which can be edited via the Digital Synthesizer parameters on the front panel; there are limited editing options, but enough to get a cool range of sounds. It also has Midi In, Out and Thru, allowing for plenty of cool connectivity with controllers, computers and other hardware. It's basically identical to the PSS-780, aside from some different coloured pads and other parts, and has the same sound chips as the PSS-480 and 580, which were the next rung down in the product line.

For those who have a keyboard from that range, here are the parameters for some of the main patches:
First bass: voice 34: 0.63 1.63 2.10 3.15 4.01 5.00 6.06 7.69
Second bass: voice 74: 0.30 1.63 2.22 3.21 4.02 5.01 6.07 7.73
Main lead: voice 60: 0.26 1.47 2.16 3.25 4.04 5.02 6.06 7.73
Bridge lead: voice 91: 6.04 7.99
End lead: voice 02: 0.41 1.63 2.02 3.01 4.01 5.01 6.06 7.91 + portamento 05

Music: "Splendid Larryo" (C) Copyright 2019 Alfonse

More to come! I'll put new posts up to let you know when they come in.

Synth Jams by Alfonse

Published on Oct 22, 2012 Alfonse


1. Alfonse - MPC Jam One
MPC 2500 on loan for a few days, so time to make some beats and see what ideas come out...
2. Alfonse "Subtract" - Korg iElectribe and iMS20 on iPad
All parts were performed using Korg's iElectribe (beat) and iMS20 (synths) for iPad and each take was videoed as it was played. The parts were then mixed in Logic, adding some side-chain compression and overall mastering goodness.
3. Alfonse - Electrum Jam One
Step One: make a beat using Electrum Drum app by niko twenty for Android
Step Two: jam it out on synth and see what you end up with...
4. Alfonse - Electrum Jam Two
Step One: make a beat using Electrum Drum app by niko twenty for Android
Step Two: jam it out on synth and see what you end up with...

You can find Alfonse's music on:

1992 Alesis Brochure Catalog

via Retro Synth Ads where you'll find the full write-up.

SR-16, the classic MMT-8 Multi-Track MIDI Recorder, D4 Drum Module, and DataDisk SQ MIDI recorder. The MMT-8 was THE sequencer at the time.

Farfisa Soundmaker

via this auction

Arturia Origin Keyboard

via this auction

The demo video in the listing previously posted here.

"This 61-Key Origin Keyboard is the Arturia™version of Origin Synthesizer for the keyboard player. It keeps the outstanding modular system of Origin Desktop, saves your valuable CPU (if you are using Arturia Products) putting it into a panel that closes on a high-quality keyboard controller. The intuitive interface is kept in place, along with all of the modules from the most famous synthesizers (ARP 2600, CS-80, Jupiter-8, Oberheim SEM, Prophet 5/VS, plus two of Bob Moog™s designs) and organs (Tonewheel, Rotary). The integration of the ribbon control is a blast, the keyboard aftertouch possibilities open a world of expressivity, while the playing modes will rise to the expectations of any demanding performer.

Rhodes Chroma Vintage Analog Synth

via this auction

Modal CRAFTsynth 2 0 Quick Overview of the LFOs

Published on Jun 17, 2019 Modal Electronics

"A Quick overview of the LFO's on CRAFTsynnth 2.0.

We quickly show how to assign the LFOs with a simple hold and twist assignment and adjust the LFO's rate.

You will notice on both LFOs, once we pass halfway, or continue the below 0, the LFOs snap to divisions of either the clock or, on LFO-2, the frequency of the note you are playing.

LFO-2 snapping to divisions of the note you are playing can be used to great affect with growling patches to introduce harmonically related overtones that transform the sound.

You can find this technique used throughout the onboard presets. See "Ochre Lead" or "Proxima Pad" for some interesting examples.

SKULPT synthesiser users can check out many presets using the same technique too, for example the "Bit Growl" preset."

KORG MONO/POLY - Ambient Arpeggiator Soundscape 【Synth Demo】

Published on Jun 17, 2019 synth4ever

"Korg Mono/Poly synth demo -- playing a relaxing ambient arpeggiator / electronica music soundscape on MonoPoly analog synth from Korg.

This relaxing ambient chill-out / new age synthesizer music created via arpeggiator, filter/envelope adjustments, LFO modulations + Ventris reverb.

Filmed at in Montreal, Quebec (Canada)."


Published on Jun 17, 2019 mootbooxle

"Here’s the Pro-1, in the raw, by itself, with just a touch of reverb, nobody talking, nothing fancy, just some quick programming and noodling. Have a wonderful day!"

"Vagabond RK" - Arturia Micro Freak and MPC Live (only Air reverb)

Published on Jun 17, 2019 Default Corporation

"Just some notes on the keyboard and some modulations with long reverb. MicroFreak preset done by me. MPC Live only long Air reverb (time about 60 secs.). No video/audio postprocessing...just live.
Thanks for watching."

The Very First Synth Cartoon?

This one is in via Brian Kehew who had the following to say:

"I believe this may be the very first 'synthesizer cartoon' from an in-house RCA publication in 1956 (The RCA MkI synthesizer was completed then.)"

If you know of anything earlier, let us know!

P.S. I first thought that was one messed up Santa going after the floating kid with a sword, but it appears he is holding, and offering, a bow and violin. :) Hence the caption of the kid yelling "I wanted a synthesizer!". He must be jumping in anger with his fists clenched. That or he managed to levitate by vibrating at some harmonic frequency only possible with a synthesizer? What's with the spikes in his shadow?

P.P.S. I'm guessing the "COOK" under the tree is the artist's name, that or they missed the IE. Santa wants his cookies.

Ukulele Meets Modular Synth (TX Wiggles 45)

Published on Jun 16, 2019 poorness studios

"I combined the ukulele I just built with my modular synthesizer and tried to make some sci-fi music. This was the result.

See a video of the ukulele build here:"

DIY Project #24: Cigar Box Ukulele

Published on Jun 15, 2019 poorness studios

"I decided to build a Ukulele from a cigar box using one of the neck blanks from CB Gitty. I'm very pleased with the way it came out. I also added a cover of Bananas & Blow by Ween."

poorness studios TX Wiggles

Isla Instruments SP2400 update interview LIVE Stream w/ Fluxwithit

Published on Jun 17, 2019 Ken Flux Pierce Fluxwithit

"This is a live interview and chat with Brad of Isla Instruments about their forth coming SP2400 sampling drum machine. join the live chat to ask questions hosted by my self Ken Flux Pierce. for more info head to and of course. instagram follow @Flux302"

See this post for the comparison with the original SP-1200. See the ISLA Instruments label below for more.

Audiothingies Doctor A with... Korg Monologue

Published on Jun 17, 2019 audiothingies

"The Audiothingies Doctor A is a multimode delay/reverb desktop effect processor."

via Audiothingies

"Stereo delay/reverb desktop fx processor with MIDI and CV inputs


12-bit multimode modulated delay with TAP and MIDI sync
Vintage style multimode reverb with modulation
Stereo I/Os + MIDI input + 2x assignable CV inputs
Analog dry signal path with hardware kill dry function
High internal audio headroom (+19dBu, switchable to +7dBu for lower headroom applications)
4 memories to store and recall delay + reverb configurations"

EMS VCS3 MK1 Cloney Kit

via this auction

"Here is a mega rare chance for buy the last EMS VCS3 MK1 Cloney kit. NEW and complete at 100% of everything you need for build this fantastic machine! The kit is NEW untouched and includes the long Joystick upgrade present on the older Mark 1. In the photo you can see the comparison with an old VCS3 putney, identical!"

ARP 2600

via this auction

"Very good condition with a few small scuffs on the telex cover. Recently serviced by Electronic Innovations in St Clair Shores, MI with very minor work needed (less than $300 was needed). Includes grey slider caps made for easier viewing of slider location. I have no idea where these grey caps came from. Some of the caps have small cracks but all of them function properly and they are all there- none are missing. ARP 2600 keyboard functions properly with the main ARP 2600 cabinet. Includes original power plug. If you are outside of USA, email me your location for an accurate shipping quote."

MOOG Realistic Concertmate MG-1 SN 16 375

via this auction

Kurzweil KMS 250 RMX Rackmount Synthesizer SN 87120324

via this auction

Waldorf Microwave XTk Wavetable Synthesizer w/ Updated ALBS Knobs

via this auction


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