MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Synth Quest Episode 7 | Korg MS-20

Published on Jul 9, 2019 madFame

If you were ever curious what the original MS-20 with KORG35 filter looked like on the inside vs. the later rev, this video will show you, with much more.

"In this episode of Synth Quest we take a look at the legendary Korg MS-20. This video is the most in-depth, high-quality demo of the Korg MS-20 on the internet, I hope you enjoy it!

Synth Quest gives you a close up look and a sonic tour of the various synths and drum machines here in my studio. Support the channel by subscribing and becoming a Patron:"

madFame Synth Quest videos.

Celestial Harmonies (installation)

Celestial Harmonies (installation) from Alberto Novello on Vimeo.

"Audiovisual installation using sound to modulate the blue beam of a cathodic ray monitor.

programming and construction Alberto Novello a.k.a. JesterN

more info/booking:"

I asked Alberto what was creating the sound. He replied with the following:

"I use a BELA board ( to generate the sound. I sampled impros from my modular synth (this is the original video I made few years ago using only my modular [embed below] that I use in the installation).

For most parts I used a WMD PDO back then + lota of Ring Modulation and AM. I also use some low pass filters controlled by BELA through CV to generate the drones. I made a DIY amp to amplify BELA levels to modular, and a circuit to output all that through the speakers. The monitor is a modified vectrex, (a game console from the 80s). So it's partly digital party analog."

Celestial Harmonies (short movie) from jestern on Vimeo.

"Video recording of a modified Vectrex monitor excited by signals produced by a modular synthesizer.

Inspired by the orbits of planets and other celestial bodies.

Video recording of the performance in the Saint Francis church in Udine."

Limited Edition Blue Lantern Darpa 7200 ARP 2600 Tribute

via this auction

"From Blue Lantern
"This modular system is a modern dedication to Alan R. Pearlman (AKA ARP). It uses the instrument list structure from the arp 2600. Instead of making another clone arp 2600, I wanted to make an updated synthesiser, like an Arp 2700 type of project. So there are many extra functions on this system, not found on the original arp2600. The only Arp 2600 circuit that is an exact clone, is the Analog Switch. All the potentiometers are metal D-Shaft type. There are no internal patches. All connections must be manually made between module sections, this is a fully Modular System. This particular item is the Euro Format Version. A few of these system will be sold. 'Green Meanie'. The case is powder coated white, and made of aluminum."

module list:

*Midi to CV converter
*Europa VCO (Discrete Tri Core) sine, ramp, square, triangle waves
*Europa VCO (Discrete Tri Core) sine, ramp, square, triangle waves
*Cubensis VCO (Zero Through) sine, ramp, square, triangle waves
*FM Sinus problem (Analog Wave Folder)
*Cydonia Stereo BI-Phase Filter (Stereo Analog filter) and Stereo VCA
*Mix Em Up Pro: Audio Mixer, Noise Generator, Sample and Hold, Ring Mod (633 chip)
*Buffer Multiple and Analog Arp 2600 Switch
*Simple ADSR v2
*Duo Quantizer
*Simple Wave Folder (serge diode influenced)
*Simple ADSR v2
*Voltage Processor: 0-5v and 0-10v
*Cyllene VCLFO (digital electric druid firmware)
*Cyllene VCLFO (digital electric druid firmware)
*Trippy Dual AR generator
*Trippy Dual VCA
*Quinarius : Envelope Follower, Booster, Gate Extractor, Comparator, Slew Detector

top 1u:
*DC Mixer, Lag Processor, Monitoring amp
*FX Send and Return"

Red ROLAND SH-01A w/ Clear Smoke Decksaver Cover

via this auction

D-50 "Beyond Fantasia" Bank Two

Published on Jul 9, 2019 Roland Cloud


Fresh patches that reframe the classic sound of the Roland D-50 in a modern context, harnessing its powerful synthesis engine in new ways. "Beyond Fantasia" collection created and demonstrated by Carma Studio and Symplesound.

Download now:" [getting a 404 at the moment]

Vector Synthesis: a Media Archaeological Investigation into Sound-Modulated Light

You might remember some of Derek Holzer's aka macumbista's vector oscilloscope videos, including a couple from Hainback featuring the Vextrex, previously posted here.

Derek wrote in to let us know he has a new book coming out, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter here. Click through for additional details and demos.

"Vector Synthesis: a Media Archaeological Investigation into Sound-Modulated Light is a computational art project inspired by theories of media archaeology, by the history of computer and video art, and by the use of discarded and obsolete technologies such as the Cathode Ray Tube monitor. This text explores the military and techno-scientific legacies at the birth of modern computing, and charts attempts by artists of the subsequent two decades to decouple these tools from their destructive origins. Using this history as a basis, I then describe a media archaeological, real time performance system using audio synthesis and vector graphics techniques to investigate direct relationships between sound and image using analog CRT displays. Key to this system is a didactic, open source approach which encourages reuse and modification by other artists. The conclusion of the book reflects on how the project and the research surrounding it has contributed to the larger experimental audiovisual arts community through events such as the Vector Hack Festival.

Example videos from the project can be viewed here:

Artists discussed include Mary Ellen Bute, Ben Laposky, Lyn Lye, Norman McLaren, Desmond Paul Henry, James Whitney, John Whitney Sr., Dan Sandin, Steina Vasulka, Woody Vasulka, Larry Cuba, Bill Etra, Mitchell Waite, Rosa Menkman, Cracked Ray Tube, Andrew Duff, Benton C. Bainbridge, Philip Baljeu, Jonas Bers, Robin Fox, Robert Henke, Ivan Marušić Klif, Jerobeam Fenderson, Hansi Raber, Ted Davis, Roland Lioni, Bernhard Rasinger, and the Kikimore group.

I wrote this book over the period of 2017-2019 as part of my MA thesis in Sound in New Media at Aalto University in Helsinki. It is 122 pages long, has 21 illustrations, links to several video examples online, and was fabulously designed by Claire Matthews.

I'm launching this Kickstarter because so many of you expressed interest in having a printed copy of this work. The proceeds of this Kickstarter (after covering the printing costs) will be used to get copies of this to people who have assisted in its creation, and just as importantly to organizations who deserve one -- places like Signal Culture in Owego NY; Cirkulacija 2, Ljudmila, and Project Atol in Ljubljana; the Radio Belgrade Electronic Studio in Serbia; the Media Arts and Technology Department at the University of California Santa Barbara CA; or the Media Archaeology Lab in Boulder CO, who either have directly contributed to the development of this project over the years, or whose missions correspond strongly with my own. My aim is to print and distribute 100 copies, or more if there is additional interest. Your support of this publishing project will help make that possible.


'The aesthetics of the Vector Synthesis project are timely and capturing: when our world has become as politically and environmentally problematic as it is, with the whole Enlightenment project under threat, art somehow has to express this, and Holzer does this by applying the aesthetics of the glitch, the broken, the old and dirty, but with the belief that there within we find meaningful contemporary expression. This is an aesthetic that questions the techno-progressive ideology, the perfect technological society of the future, and admits that our universalising narratives of simulation, control, truth and identity have become problematic.' Thor Magnusson, Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Sussex, UK, author of "Sonic Writing: Technologies of Material, Symbolic, and Signal Inscriptions" (2019, Bloomsbury)."

On Kickstarter here.

Tonus Model 2002 Predecessor to ARP 2500

via this auction

Thomas Dimuzio & Buchla Modular [Episode 157]

Published on Jul 9, 2019 CatSynth TV

"While filming the rehearsal Polly Moller Springhorn's Tomography Fortunae, we had a chance to talk with Thomas Dimuzio about the Buchla modular synthesizer he will be using in the performance. His system is based around modules from the Buchla 200e system (including 259e and 258e oscillators and an FM radio tuner) along with clones by Mark Verbos and Mike Peak.

Tomography Fortunae will be premiered at the Outsound New Music Summit on July 26, 2019, at the Community Music Center, 544 Capp Street, San Francisco. (Pre-concert talk at 7:30PM, show at 8PM.)

'omposer, collaborator, experimental electronic musician, multi-instrumentalist, improvisor, sound designer and mastering engineer - Dimuzio has been busy doing his thing(s) since the late 1980's, but is still only known to a small circle of electronic music enthusiasts. A true sonic alchemist who can seemingly create music events out of almost anything, Dimuzio's listed sound sources on his various releases include everything from "modified 10 speed bicycle" and "resonating water pipe" to short-wave radios, field recordings, loops, samplers and even normal instruments such as clarinet and trumpet. And while his wide range of musical interests make it impossible to pin a label on him, Dimuzio clearly has an insider's knowledge of older experimental musical forms such as musique concrete and electroacoustic, as well as more current dark ambient, noise and post-techno styles.'

For more synthesizer tours and experimental music, please subscribe to this channel and visit

Background music by Amanda Chaudhary, using the FM tuner on the KOMA Field Kit, Arturia Buchla Easel V software synthesizer, and EastWest concrete tank reverb."

Thonk Summer Sale is on NOW

Published on Jul 9, 2019 Thonk Synth DIY

Short promo video via

New Loops Summer Sale!

via supporting member, New Loops:

"New Loops Summer Sale - Up to 65% off

The Summer Sale is now on with up to 65% off synth sound banks, audio construction kits, and audio sample packs. Every pack is included in the sale.

Some highlight offers include:
65% off Massive Presets
35% off Reasons Monotone Presets
35% off Thorn Presets
60% off Omnisphere Explorer (Omnisphere Presets)
50% off Empyrean Zebra Presets
45% off Diva, and Repro sound banks
40% off U-he Hive Wavetable Presets
30% off 115 Dune 3 Presets
30% off Ableton Wavetable Presets and Racks

Plus, many more discounts. Visit and download some free demo packs. Sale ends 31.08.19"

The Moog One is Too Big

Synth Rorschach #65: Bunker Modules!

Another one in via bÖsch

"@matrixsynth mixing room with plugins on the wall"

Indeed. My first thought was giant 500 format modules.  Then I thought eurorack or DIY modules of course.  The top sections which I'm guessing are vents, look like labels for the modules.  The bottom look like patch sockets.  The first three "modules" remind me of complex oscillators, followed by a mixer, followed by filters or modulators.  The desk section reminds me of a control section with additional patch points, sliders, knobs, and various controls.  How cool is that.  This one takes the cake.

Synth Rorschach #64: Moon Rocks

Where does NASA keep the Moon Rocks? - Smarter Every Day 220 Published on Jul 9, 2019 SmarterEveryDay

The source of Formant knobs. Moon rocks!

OK, this one is a bit of stretch, but when I saw the small thumbnail for this video on YouTube, my first thought was, "did SmarterEveryDay do a video on modular synths?!". For a split second I thought that was a Formant modular in the background. In the larger still above it now reminds me of square Mattson Mini Modular panels with Formant knobs.

Koala Sampler | iPhone Pocket Operator? - haQ attaQ

Published on Jul 9, 2019 Jakob Haq

"Elf Audio's Koala Sampler for iPhone and iPad, is a sampler app that in many ways resembles a Pocket Operator. Koala Sampler has a sleek looking interface that is straightforward and easy to work with. Apart from the basic sampling features, it also adds some very nice no-hassle resampling options. And on top of that it also comes with global effects including stutter, rhythmic gating, reverb and tempo delay to name a few, stuff one wants to have access to when performing live. Check this out!"

iTunes: Koala Sampler - Marek Bereza
Posts: Koala Sampler

KORG WAVESTATION Vector Synthesizer (1990) *EXHALE* soundtrack

Published on Jul 9, 2019 RetroSound

"(c) 2019 vintage synthesizer demo by RetroSound

all synthesizer sounds: #KORG #Wavestation #Synthesizer (1990),
played with the Oberheim Xk masterkeyboard controller (1986)
field recording
recording: multi-track, played by hand

All pictures made by me."

BLUE Roland SH-101 Synthesizer W/Grip & Case

via this auction


via this auction Modular Synthesizer System MU 5U

via this auction

Q105 Slew Limiter
Q128 Switch
Q106 Oscillator w/ Calibrated Range Switch (2 of these)
Q130 Clipper/Rectifier
Q124 Multiples
Q110 Noise
Q113 8-Channel Mixer
Q150 Transistor Ladder Filter (based on Moog 904a but better)
Q109 Envelope Generator (2 of these)
Q108 Amplifier
Q115 Reverb (Accutronics spring reverb tank installed in cabinet)
Q118 Instrument Interface
Q138 Synthesizers .com Logo Panel
1-space blank panel
2-space blank panel

on back:
Q137 Power Control and Interface

KORG 770 Vintage Analog Synthesizer SN 770059

via this auction

"Repair & adjusted point

・out jack (tighten the nut / cleaning contact point in out jack)

・keyboards (adjusted C3. exchanged A#3. all key’s contact point were cleaned. )

・all pods, sliders, switches (all contact points were cleaned.)

・oscillator (tuning done)

・all function (testing done)"

Black Dinsync RE-303 with rare parts

via this auction

"A very gently used RE-303 built by Kumptronics. Red LEDs, black on black knobs/case. Sourced rare 303 parts from the dinsync forums over 2-3 years ago but had built last year, only selling to pay off some bills or else I'd never be letting this monster of a machine go."

Korg PolySix Analog Polyphonic Synth w/ Kiwisix, Tubbutec Mods & More

via this auction

Summary: "Korg PolySix Analog Polyphonic Synth w/ Kiwisix Power & MIDI Upgrades, Tubbutec Polysex OSC Mod, Synthgraphics Overlay, New LA Synth Co Key Contacts, New Switches, Original Manual, And Vintage Ad"

Additional details: "Korg Polysix with Kiwisix power supply replacement, Kiwisix PCB/MIDI firmware upgrade, Synthgraphics Kiwisix control panel decal, brand new replacement key contacts from LA Synth Co, new push switches, and a Tubbutec "Polysex" OSC mod (using original Polysix knobs to match). Included are the original manual, original matchbook, and an original Korg product advertisement from the 80s.

All of these improvements effectively create the modern Polysix we'd all love to see from Korg. Check out the embedded video to see how the Polysex adds a completely new dynamic to the trusty Polysix. The keys on this unit really do feel nice after the contact upgrade and the switch replacements go a long way for ease of use. No more dropped notes or button presses!"

Pedro Eustache and Club Of The Knobs Synthesizer at LoLA Studios Los Angeles 2018

Published on Jul 9, 2019 synthprocess Club of the Knobs Synthesizer

"A spontaneous video documentary of the first meeting of legendary flute player Pedro Eustache with Kazike and his Club Of The Knobs Analog Synthesizer at LoLA Music Studios Los Angeles in 2018. Pedro's custom built Lyricon meets Kazike's legendary Modular Synthesizer 'Monster'."

Polivoks Polyvox - Russian Analog synth from the 80's Soviet Synthesizer

Published on Jul 9, 2019 Polyvox Style

"Demo of legendary Russian Analog synthesizer!"

Geodesics Modules Series part 6 - Updates

Premiere in progress. Started 16 minutes ago Omri Cohen

"In the last update of the Geodesics collection, not only that we got 3 new modules, but Branes and Pulsars got some new nice features so in this video I go through these features and build 2 patches utilizing them.

Branes new Young Slits Modes - 00:33
Pulsars new Rotation Mode - 10:55

If you like what I do and want to support my work, consider joining my crew on Patreon -

Here are the patches -"

Infusor-X [Comprehensive Overview] Eurorack VC FX Bus Switch / 10-Ch Mixer

Published on Jul 9, 2019 gstormelectro

"Available Tues. July 9, 2019
Be sure to check out my other modules available in my reverb store

Audio and Video by G-Storm Electro c. 2019

This is a comprehensive overview of my new Infusor-X Eurorack module.
Switcher mode jumps between your effects modules on the fly – in timing w/ your groove.
MIXER mode is a straightforward 10-Channel Audio Sub-Mixer.

0:00 Quick Overview / Front + Back Layout
1:50 SWITCHER mode
2:50 PROGRAM mode for user CV Breakpoints
5:35 MIXER mode"

Infusor-X lets you switch between your effects modules on the fly – in timing w/ your groove.
Plug in a signal on channel 1.
And get back 7 (active) buffered multiples of that signal.
Now send those signals to 7 of your favorite effects.
And patch your 7 effects returns into channels 2-8.
Use the Channel Select buttons to switch between the dry channel 1, and the 7 effects return channels.
Whatever channel you select, it will go to the output one-at-a-time.
Also, plug in a 0-5v control voltage to automate switching between the channels.
The CV switching breakpoints are user-programmable.
That is the SWITCHER mode.

Oh. And in MIXER mode, the Infusor-X becomes a straightforward 10-Channel Audio Sub-Mixer.

Both modes feature:
8 level sliders (-inf to +3dB gain),
8 mute / channel select buttons
8 pan pots.
A pair of auxiliary L/R inputs on channels 9/10.
Just for your favorite synth or drum machine.
And stereo output.

Infusor-X is destined to groove you.

Mimetic Sequent generative melodies

Published on Jul 9, 2019 Noise Engineering

"Mimetic Sequent generates a pitch sequence for Cursus Iteritas Percido, slowly modulated by Pons Asinorum."

via Noise Engineering:

"Mimetic Sequent came out a few years ago and it’s the module of ours we think people are most confused about. So today we wander into the weeds with MS and its expander, Mimetic Multium. Good luck! You’ll need it! Just kidding! Not really!


It’s a random CV source, a CV recorder, a CV randomizer, a quad random trigger generator (with its expander), and a whole lot of fun.

When I first got my MS and MM, I was confused, dazed, confused, and also confused. There were a lot of switches that all seemed to interact-- but how? There was a big, enticing knob in the middle. And there were buttons. Oh the buttons. What did any of these things do? Let’s talk about the Random knob first, because it’s kind of the point of MS.

6 Synth Arp featuring Skulpt, MS-101, UNO, MicroFreak, Hydronium & CraftSynth2

Published on Jul 9, 2019 Molten Music Technology

"The second in a series of multi-synth projects exploring how to make use of a table full of little synths. This time I take the MS-101 arpeggiator and run it to everything - and then start playing with the knobs. Much less talking in this one and the resulting performance is split into 3 movements.

Intro - 0:22
First movement - 1:14
Second movement - 20.03
Third movement - 29.18"

First part:

6 Synth Drone featuring Skulpt, MS-101, UNO, MicroFreak, Hydronium & CraftSynth2

Published on Jul 5, 2019 Molten Music Technology

"The first in a series of multi-synth projects exploring how to make use of a table full of little synths. Starting with the basics - a single droning note - and then start playing with the knobs. This is the full (almost) unedited version with explanation and the resulting drone is split into 3 movements.

Intro - 0:08
First movement - 6:41
Second movement - 22:42
Third movement - 38:10"

Black Corporation Deckards Dream Sound Demo

Published on Jul 9, 2019 AMAZONA Music Mag

Microbrute + 0-Coast: 5 Oscillators!

Published on Jul 9, 2019 Synthmaniac

"Thanks to loopop for the inspiration!
If you want to know how to create subharmonics on the 0-Coast, check out his video"

Quadrature Modulator DESTROYS JS Bach

Published on Jul 9, 2019 Sbranvlztronics

"The Quadrature Modulator comprises a Quadrature VCO (Yusynth VCLFO) and a "Dome Filter" (from J. Haible's Frequency Shifter)- see links bellow.
The VCO portion has 3 potentiometers (coarse and fine frequency tuning and modulation CV attenuation), one CV input, 4 outputs and 4 LED indicators.
The dome filter section has one input and two outputs. The outputs are 90º phase shifted from each other. The video shows the waveforms from the VCO and Dome Filter on oscilloscope.
Differences from Yusynth Quadrature VCLFO are the capacitor value (1nF instead of 10nF), and changes in the freq control (fine tuning pot, reduction of the CV input resistor value).
It can operate at audio and sub audio ranges (0.2 to 4000 Hz approximately), but 1V/8ª tracking is only marginal (~2 octaves).
There is no significant differences in the dome filter circuit.
Some examples shown in the video:
Quadrature VCO controlling 4 VCOs, 1V/8ª CV for the Quadrature VCO input coming from the CV Quantizer.*
Frequency Shifter patch using the Quadrature Modulator and two Ring Modulators.*
Adding FM CV to Quatradure VCO (from the Arduino Clock Divider Logic Thing Octal DAC).*"

Synthesizers and tape recorders

Published on Jul 9, 2019 Richard Atkinson

"Video showing most of my synthesizers and a few of my tape recorders at the height of my collection."

SynthFest 2019

Published on Jul 9, 2019 SynthFest France

"Le résumé complet du SynthFest France 2019. Le SynthFest rassemble à Nantes depuis 2014, les passionnés de synthétiseurs et de musiques électroniques. Le SynthFest est aujourd’hui l’événement français incontournable pour les passionnés des synthés.

Full report about SynthFest France 2019. The SynthFest is an annual festival in Nantes since 2014, for all fans of synthesizers and electronic music. The SynthFest is now the most important French event dedicated to synthesizers.

Website :"

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