MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

UNO Drum with Oberheim

Published on Jun 18, 2019 SynthMania

"IK Multimedia UNO Drum with Oberheim OB-Xa"

Roland TR-606 Drumatix Analog Drum Machine SN 221900

via this auction

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 3 SN 2474 w/ MIDI

via this auction

Pic of the inside underside below.

Therevox ET-4.3

via this auction

"In the style of the Ondes Martenot and Electro Therimin, this is a sliding pitch synth with analog oscillators. Great condition and sound, the expression keys add a great dynamic control to the timbre. Midi over USB has been added to the 4.3 version so it integrates well with softsynths. This particular unit has really nice walnut casing and includes power supply. Bought this for a specific project, which is done, nice synth but I am space limited and the studio is too cluttered to use!"

Lorre-Mill Keyed Mosstone

via this auction

See previous posts for demos.

Prophet Rev2 Quick Look | Onboard Stereo Effects

Published on Jun 18, 2019 Synth & Sundry

"We take a close look at the comprehensive effects collection on the Dave Smith Instruments Prophet Rev 2, a refreshed modern analog polysynth.

These include various delay, chorus, ring modulation, distortion, flanger and phaser types. The effects section on the front panel contains 4 controls for Mix, Effects type selection and two dedicated parameter controls that give you hands-on control suited to each effect.

Recorded through an RME Fireface UC audio interface without any additional effects or dynamics processing added."

Synth & Sundry Prophet Rev2 videos.

Abstrakt Instruments Avalon Analog Bassline w/ Ladder & SEM Filter Carts

via this auction

"Abstrakt Instruments Avalon Analog Bassline Black/Red Excellent condition with Oberheim SEM and MOOG Filter cartridges.

Amazing and hands down the king TB-303 clone synthesizer."

New Alemanlabs Tap Tempo LFO and M-172 Phase Shifter Eurorack Modules

Published on Jun 16, 2019 Pete Aleman

The modules are currently for sale by Alemanlabs on Reverb. Note this is the first Alemanlabs post on the site.

"This is a quick demo of two Alemanlabs modules. The two modules are the, "Tap Tempo LFO" by Electric Druid, and the other module is a clone of the 6 stage Phase Shifter from the Roland 100-M modular. Im using one of the LFO's to modulate the Phase Shifer and the other LFO to modulate an SH-1 filter. I am also using an LFO to modulate a VCO.

One of the key features of this LFO is the ability to sync the LFO to a beat. In this example im syncing the LFO's to a trigger out from the Arturia Beat Step Pro."

Alemanlabs Tap Tempo LFO pics and details via this auction

Released under, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
PCB and panel designed by Alemanlabs.


Simple “Tap Tempo” control button.

The TAP TEMPO input can measure the time between two taps of a momentary switch or button, and uses this time to set the LFO’s basic tempo.

Ability to synchronize LFO to external clocks

The TAP TEMPO input can also accept 0-5V pulses. This allows the LFO to be synchronized to an external clock. The module also produces a CLOCK OUT which can synchronize other TAPLFOs.

LFO range from 0.025Hz to above 50Hz

The basic range of the TEMPO CV allows the LFO to produce frequencies between 0.05Hz (a 20 second cycle) and 12.8Hz. However, in conjunction with the MULTIPLIER CV, this range is extended to 0.025Hz (a 40-second cycle) to 50Hz.

Sixteen output waveforms, in two sets. The chip can produce 16 output waveforms. These are selected by the “A/B” switch.

The MULTIPLIER selects a tempo multiplier which is used to determine the final LFO frequency. This allows the LFO to produce changes at double or half-speed, or produce triplet times.

Wave Distort. The selected waveform can be distorted using the DIST pot. This modifies the duty cycle of all LFO waveforms.

Smoothing filter switch. This applies the digital equivalent of a single pole RC filter to the waveform before it is output. The filtering removes the abrupt edges that tend to give clicks in some applications and gives the waveforms a softer rise and fall (about 20msecs).

Built in fuses on the power input protect the module from over current conditions. If the module experiences any kind of over current condition the fuses will over heat protecting the module. The fuses will reset once power is recycled.

The panel is laser cut, drilled and silk screened with epoxy based ink."

Alemanlabs M-172 Phase Shifter pics and details via this auction.

"This is a clone of the M-172 Phase Shifter from the Roland 100M modular synthesizer. It has 6 stages of phase shifting for a super rich warm sound. 100% classic analog. The module is super low profile and skiff ready.

10hp wide
Built in fuses on the power input protect the module from over current conditions. If the module experiences any kind of over current condition the fuses will over heat protecting the module. The fuses will reset once power is recycled.
The panel is laser cut, drilled and silk screened with epoxy based ink.
Patch in an external LFO into the CV1 input to bypass the internal LFO
CV1 pot is modulation intensity."

Mort Garson’s original Moog Synthesizer used to record Plantasia (1976) 🌱.

via @moogmusicinc

"Photo-Synthesizer: Mort Garson’s original Moog Synthesizer used to record Plantasia (1976) 🌱.

Learn more"

Playing With… TONTO, the World’s Largest Synthesizer | Red Bull Music Academy

Published on Jun 18, 2019 Red Bull Music Academy

"Canadian artists Softcoresoft, Debby Friday and Korea Town Acid try their hands at using The Original New Timbral Orchestra, TONTO, the first and largest multitimbral polyphonic analog synthesizer in the world.

Created by Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff in the late 1960s, TONTO was used on recordings for Stevie Wonder and Gil Scott-Heron and in 2013 was acquired by and moved to the National Music Center in Calgary, Alberta where this session was filmed during the RBMA Bass Camp Calgary 2019.

Red Bull Music Academy is the educational pillar of the Red Bull Music program. It is a global institution that for 20 years has been committed to fostering creativity in music by collaborating with those who are shaping our musical landscape and creating spaces for music makers to learn and immerse themselves."

BeBop Sensors Smart Fabric Sensors add MPE to KMI K-Board Pro 4


SmartFabric™ Sensors Provide Multiple Dimensions of Touch Sensitivity in Each Key for Info on Attack & Release Velocity, Continuous Pressure, Horizontal & Vertical Position, and Poly Aftertouch Messages for the Deepest Level of Musical Expression

“With K-Board Pro 4, we’ve taken the format of a traditional keyboard and updated it for the 21st Century. With our BeBop Sensors SmartFabric™ Sensors underneath each key, you can tweak any synthesis parameter in real time by moving your fingers while you are playing. The MIDI MPE Standard is the future for expressive controllers and we have designed the K-Board Pro 4 to be the ultimate MPE Controller.” -Keith McMillen, Founder & CEO, BeBop Sensors

June 18, 2019, Berkeley, CA, USA – BeBop Sensors, the world leader in Smart Fabric Sensors, has partnered with KMI to announce the official release of the K-Board Pro 4 MPE Controller. Created with BeBop Sensors SmartFabric™ Sensors, the K-Board Pro 4 is a four-octave MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression) MIDI keyboard controller based on the traditional keyboard layout, but with multiple dimensions of touch sensitivity in each key. The K-Board Pro 4 sends information on musical subtleties, including attack velocity, release velocity, continuous pressure, horizontal position and vertical position data to offer the deepest level of musical expression. It can also send Poly Aftertouch messages for communication with expressive legacy controllers.

“I’m excited that Keith McMillen, BeBop and KMI are bringing out the K-Board Pro 4, further expanding the next generation of expressive keyboard instruments! It’s a joy to play and their expertise in the field of sensor technology and delivering great musical products makes this instrument a guaranteed winner,” said Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater.

MIDI MPE Standard is Future for Expressive Controllers & K-Board Pro 4 is the Ultimate MPE Controller

MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) is the newest development in MIDI; a standard specification that allows easy integration of multiple, polyphonic per-key dimensions of expressive control. To capture all of this nuanced gesture, K-Board Pro 4 features BeBop Sensors’ patented Smart Sensor Technology, developed in conjunction with KMI. K-Board Pro 4 is USB powered and MIDI class compliant to ensure both portability and compatibility with MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android, as well as MIDI capable hardware.

K-Board Pro 4 is available immediately from the KMI website at:

8 Tracks 1 Synth - Korg Minilogue XD

Published on Jun 18, 2019 Aven-Project Music

Sounddemo Korg Minilogue XD
100% Sounds from the Korg Minilogue XD
no external Effects, no editing

Techno Dog.

via @fabmass/bÖsch

ROLI Introduces New LUMI Fully Illuminated Keyboard

Published on Jun 18, 2019 ROLI

"We reinvented the keyboard once before at ROLI, creating a revolutionary instrument that’s everywhere from La La Land to the studios of world-renowned artists like RZA, Grimes and Hans Zimmer. Now we’re doing it again, building on years of expertise and innovation in hardware, software, sound design, industrial design, and audio coding."

"LUMI takes music from black and white to technicolor. You can see it the moment you turn on LUMI Keys. The world’s first fully modular, fully illuminated keyboard is different from any other you’ve seen.


LUMI Keys and accompanying ROLI Studio Player software speed up your composition. Smart features light up notes in a chord, helping you build chord sequences faster. Or display each note in any scale or arpeggiated sequence. Even skilled players benefit from these shortcuts, which save time and spark ideas.


LUMI Keys is modular, so you can create your own hardware controller system. Snap multiple LUMI Keys together for a 48 or 72-key keyboard! Connect them to the Seaboard Block, Lightpad Block, and others in the ROLI BLOCKS system.

And even better, LUMI Keys is fully compatible with all leading DAWs and plugins


LUMI Keys combines playability and power in an ultra-portable design. It weighs less than an iPad Pro, and it fits in a backpack. Even when you connect multiple LUMI Keys together you can easily unsnap them and carry them anywhere.

Learn more in the LUMI Kickstarter"

SonicLAB: Behringer RD-8 Drum Machine - First Look

Published on Jun 18, 2019 sonicstate

"Gaz Williams had his hands on an early bird version of the new Behringer RD-8 Rhythm Designer drum machine, an analogue remake of the classic TR-808"

Yamaha DX200

via this auction

"This is so much more than a groovebox - it’s a DX 7 in a box! This thing sounds so great - and I happen to think the drum sounds are fabulous as well.

Has worked perfectly ever since I got it. Comes with original manual and original Yamaha power supply. Cosmetically it’s in good shape for its age- really only one scratch on the face as seen in the picture. I’m only selling because I upgraded to the MODX and transferred all my DX200 patches to it and am downsizing my smoke free pet free studio. This is guaranteed not to arrive DOA but with any older piece of gear, no warranty is expressed or implied. Shouldn’t be an issue though - Yamaha builds stuff like tanks!"

Lot of 10 Yamaha Aftertouch Magazines

via this auction

"Lot of 10 Yamaha Aftertouch Magazines 80's Vintage Synthesizer 1986-1988.ALL MAGAZINE ARE IN FAIR TO GOOD CONDITION. ONE MAGAZINE HAS SOUNDSHEET IN IT."

Spectral Audio Neptune 2 - Blue Analog Rackmount Synth

Published on Dec 8, 2010 Don Solaris

"Spectral Audio Neptune II multi-tracked. No effects, just plain raw recording."

via this auction

"It is a 3 OSC true analog monosynth in a rackmount package with MIDI and CV control. It has a very nice vintage voicing. The filter sounds great, particularly the bandpass, and the built in fuzz and distortion makes this synthesizer go from mellow and smooth to aggressive and in your face. Check out the video for a sample of what it can do."

Roland Juno-106 Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer SN 538408 w/ Kiwi Upgrade SN 002432

via this auction

"Turbo charged Juno 106 with Kiwi Upgrade and Overlay! Here we have a Roland Juno 106 with the fantastic Kiwi upgrade and rare Kiwi Overlay in Excellent condition especially considering the age of this classic. The Kiwi Mod opens up whole new sonic territories to what is already a much loved synthesizer.

The Kiwi mod brings much welcomed features such as an Arpeggiator, Sequencer, a second Envelope, expanded preset Memory, Software Editor, and more. This Juno has been kept in great condition with only a couple minor scuffs here and there. Most notable would be a scratch in the Overlay under the "Kiwi-106" logo and a very tiny knick in the Overlay above the "KYBD" slider. There are some small scuffs on the underside. Please see the pictures for reference to decide if this beauty is for you. In my honest opinion these are minor and the overall condition of this synth is truly Excellent.

The previous owner had this recently serviced by This Old Synth so it is ready to rock and roll. Yes, the voice chips have been serviced and are free of the dreaded plastic coating. The sliders are smooth with zero unwanted noise. All buttons work on the first try with no issues. The Chorus sounds pristine without the unwanted hiss commonly found in these chips.

This is an absolutely wonderful specimen in fantastic shape both sonically and cosmetically. The Kiwi is truly an upgrade breathing new life and attitude into the Juno 106. A hybrid masterpiece of Vintage Sonics + Modern Features make this stunning instrument one of my all time favorites!"

Oberheim OB-Mx by Don Buchla

via this auction

Read the OB-Mx story here.

Waldorf Quantum

via this auction

Learn to make Daft Punk's "Da Funk" synth patch with Moog Grandmother!

Published on Jan 3, 2019 Mikael Johnston

"Tutorial on how to make the lead synth patch from Daft Punk's 'Da Funk' on the Moog Grandmother.

*Forgot to mention turn the 'GLIDE' to 10 O'Clock and make sure the Grandmother volume out on the VCA is turned all the way up!"

OMEGA 8 Analog, Polyphonic Synthesizer by Studio Electronics *SOUND DEMO* 1

Published on Jun 18, 2019 Mikael Johnston

"Playing through some of the presets on my analog, polyphonic, "Omega 8" synthesizer by Studio Electronics, which is similar to the SE Code 8. In spite of it being used by artists such as Daft Punk, Depeche Mode & Dr. Dre it's relatively unknown. This synth is a beast!

This was recorded with a little external reverb and delay but other than that the sounds are stock presets."

I was curious if Mikael Johnston had been featured on the site before. Turns out he was featured in this 2014 post: Tom Oberheim Demonstrates the Two-Voice Synth.

10 Basic Types of Synthesis with the Arturia MicroFreak

Published on Jun 18, 2019 Reverb

"Wavetable, sample-based, vector...what's going down when you synth up? Tone Jay joins us in the studio with the Arturia MicroFreak and a rundown of 10 common forms of synthesis you may encounter in hardware and software synthesizers.
Read more on Reverb
Arturia MicroFreak on Reverb"

Wind controlled modular synth

Published on Jun 18, 2019 tubbutec

"Toying with the Wired Heart synth. Photoresistors are installed and react to changing light. Fed into eurorack modular."

Wired Heart

Synthstrom Deluge - Resonance

Published on Jun 18, 2019 Red Means Recording

"A performance on the Synthstrom Deluge.

The Deluge is a groovebox featuring synthesizers, samplers, drum machines, effects, and a robust sequencer. Oh, yeah, and it runs on batteries, if you want."

The DELUGE Story - Synthstrom Audible Interview | Superbooth 2019

Published on Jun 18, 2019 SYNTH ANATOMY

"At Superbooth 2019, Ian from Synthstrom Audible gave me a big insight into the story of the Deluge groove box including the idea, development & more. Of course, we talk also briefly about the new features."

GR-series Bass sound demo

Published on Jun 18, 2019 ReBach

"Short impression of the GR series BASS sounds.

Two GR11 VCOs are used here, one VCF GR21 and supplemented with the CATCH ADSR AB.

In the first fragment, the SYNC IN of the first VCO is linked to the TRI OUT of the second VCO. For the other fragments, the PWM IN of the first VCO is linked to the SUB out of VCO two."

Arturia Minibrute 2 quick tour and first impressions

Published on Jun 18, 2019 once upon a synth

"Arturia sent me a Minibrute 2 to play with so in this video I'm going to play some sounds, give you a quick tour and share my initial thoughts about it. This is an analog monophonic synthesizer with two oscillators, two LFOs, two envelope generators, a multimode Steiner-Parker filter and a patch panel."

Arturia Minibrute 2

ACL Multifunction Discrete VCO Sound Demo (no talking)

Published on Jun 18, 2019 Bonedo Synthesizers

ACL Multifunction Discrete VCO

In The Studio – MIDI CC (Continuous Controllers) with Roland VP9000 & Octatrack

Published on Jun 18, 2019 The Daydream Sound

"MIDI Continuous Controllers are still king when it comes to rack mount samplers."

Trent P. McDonald - Realistic MG-1 / Modular Test

Published on Apr 25, 2016 Trent P. McDonald

"My first synthesizer was a Realistic MG-1. Yes, Radio Shack, but also Moog! In the last couple of weeks I've been using it with my (mostly dotcom) modular. In this little test I used the sounds Oscillators and Noise source from the MG-1 through the filters, envelopes, etc of the modular. Very simple patches to sound kind of like a mini and very simple tune I used to play on the MG-1 back in the mid-1980s! I hope you enjoy this (new) blast from the past"

(I Find Myself) At a Loss for Words

Published on Jun 16, 2019 Trent P. McDonald

"A quick demo of the Behringer VC340 - all sounds were created with or through the VC340 - a few sounds used the Behringer Model D (aka "Boog") as the "instrument in" for the vocoder - bass lines at the beginning, whisper voice, "percussion", lead line, etc. All other sounds just the VC340, though, of course, manipulated with my voice via the vocoder. This is in 4 main section, the last having lyrics (sung through vocoder). Images with microphone are mine, the other is from the Behringer website. The phrase 'at a loss for words' is a joke since nobody seems to know what to say when confronted with a vocoder ;) 'This is a vocoder!' is a common test ;)"

first vc340 vocoder test

Published on Jun 10, 2019 Trent P. McDonald

"I received the Behringer VC340 this morning and did a real quick, down and dirty test of the Vocoder. Nothing too fancy - I was holding the mic with my left had because I didn't have a mic stand close! So I had a hard time playing, but... The image is from the Behringer website and I don't claim ownership of the image."

Patch n Tweak

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