MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, August 19, 2019

Monday, August 19, 2019

Just Sounds: KORG Volca Nubass & Volca Drum

Published on Aug 19, 2019 Noisegate

"Here is our 'Just Sounds' jam with the newest Volca in the range, the Volca Nubass along with one of our recent favorites, the Volca Drum."

Pulse Eternal | CoCo-Musik | Ear Has Not Heard

Published on Aug 19, 2019

Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer / CoCo Sequencer

"'Ear Has Not Heard,' is the first track written and recorded for the upcoming Pulse Eternal album, "CoCo-Musik."

Visit for more Pulse Eternal music.

This album features the Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer 1 (AKA the CoCo) playing the Second Sound ACO160 pitch to CV/gate/emvelope & MIDI converter evaluation kit. The ACO160 then controls the Roland System 8 synthesizer via MIDI and modular Moog Unit synthesizer via analog control voltage and gate signals.
More information on the Second Sound ACO160 can be found at"

Ellitone Multi-Synth 2019 Version

Published on Aug 19, 2019 ellitone instruments

***These are Built and Ready to Ship Same Day! Free Shipping within USA***

Now Available on Etsy for $64.99

First, a little story

The Ellitone Multi-Synth was originally released August 2018. It featured a wooden enclosure and home-made CNC circuit boards. We built and shipped 168 of them in this style to amazing experimental musicians all over the world! 24 different countries. Just read the reviews over on our Etsy shop to hear all the wonderful things people had to say about their Multi-Synth!

We quickly realized that the Multi-Synth was headed for the stars! It needed to be experienced by more people! It needed to be re-designed with mass production in mind. So here is the newly designed Ellitone Multi-Synth, You will not find a Synthesizer that can produce more sounds than this thing for the price --- I dare you!

The Multi-Synth is a family-friendly digital synthesizer that can produce an Amazing variety of sounds powered by its 6 Sound Synthesis Modes.
Each of these 6 Synthesis Modes transform the devices 4 knobs, 4 keys, and center patch bay into new control schemes.

The most important things to know about the Multi-Synth is that it requires 0% knowledge of synthesizers or concepts to Pick up, Patch, and Play.

E-MU Systems Emulator III EIII XS

via this auction

"The EIII rack is the little sibling of the powerful Emulator III keyboard but is still a fantastic and unique sounding sampler. This specific unit has been upgraded to the EIII XS with the sampling card installed making it a full featured sampler. The display has also been upgraded to a modern yellow OLED that is much nicer on the eyes than its original.

Note* there is a very high hum coming from the upgraded display - noticeable only to some who can hear very high frequencies. This sound does not come through the outputs.

Besides the hum, this sampler is in great cosmetic and working condition and includes a boot disk although the OS loads from the internal drive."

Elektron Sidstation Final Run SN H30301339-81

via this auction

"Elektron Sidstation Final Run #10
This is a rare unit #10 from the final run of the last 100 Sidstations Elektron ever made.
Includes power supply and manual.
Mint shape & 100% functional, screen is bright and easy to read."

ARP 2600 with 3604P Keyboard

via this auction

"This vintage 2600 is fully functional and in very good condition.Comes with 3604P Keyboard. Recently serviced by Switched On and sounds amazing!

The ARP 2600 is a semi-modular analog subtractive audio synthesizer, designed by Alan R. Pearlman with Dennis Colin, and manufactured by his company, ARP Instruments, Inc. as the follow-on version of the ARP 2500. Unlike other modular systems of the time, which required modules to be purchased individually and wired by the user, the 2600 was semi-modular with a fixed selection of basic synthesizer components internally pre-wired. The 2600 was thus ideal for musicians new to synthesis, due to its ability to be operated either with or without patch cords, and was, upon its initial release, heavily marketed to high schools, universities, and other educational facilities.

Analog Monophonic Semi-Modular
Manufactured by ARP Instruments, Inc.
Dates produced: 1972-74
3 Oscillators + LFO Mode (4027-1)
24 dB/octave low-pass filter (4012)
1 ADSR & 1 AR Envelopes
Utility functions:
Input Preamp
Envelope Follower
Ring Modulator
Noise Generator
CV Processors (Att/Inv)
Lag Processor
Sample & Hold
Spring Reverberator
External control: CV/Gate"


Published on Aug 19, 2019 Atlsynth

"Just a couple patches"

KISS2019 Trailer

Published on Aug 19, 2019 SymbolicSound

"Join us in Busan for KISS2019! Data sonification, 3D sound, world-class musical performances, learning & networking with your friends and colleagues! More at htttp:// Video trailer by Kiyoung Lee & his students at Dankook University"

Previously: KISS2019 - Kyma International Sound Symposium in Busan, South Korea Announced

Silent Strike - Exape

Published on Aug 17, 2019 Silent Strike

Silent Strike's - qb - Eurorack Cube Case midi controller ∙ testing with Rhodes Chroma

Published on Aug 17, 2019 Martin Pavlas

MIDI controller • USB host • MIDI USB interface
In this video: in full control of Rhodes Chroma and acting as a USB host for Roland TB3 sequencer and Arturia KeyLab 61. All MIDI messages are fully routed with Electra Editor running on computer reflects activity performed on hardware controller and can be used to edit controller presets. All midi data are forwarded to computer bia USB MIDI."

Prophet VS Ram Card

Published on Aug 19, 2019 SSM Curtis

"Prophet VS Ram Card - additional 16 x 100 patches on ram Card."

Available on Reverb

"A regular SCI RAM card and internal VS RAM has 100 programs and 32 User waveforms.
Our new SYNTHTASTE VSC-16 Card has 16 banks: thats 1600 Programs and 512 User waveforms in total! Developed and designed in Germany

This card can be used on your PROPHET VS keyboard AND your PROPHET VS rack, it is fully compatible and the display is easy readable on both.

The new VSC-16 SYNTHTASTE card includes:
- a tested and preformatted cardridge
- the original SCI PROPHET VS factory bank
- PLUS 4 extra banks fully loaded with SYNTHTASTE customer programmed sounds (that’s 500 preinstalled sounds in total you can start with
- space for up to 1100 personal sounds
- 2 digit bank display
- 2 bank buttons"

Sonic LAB: Novation Summit Synth Review

Published on Aug 19, 2019 sonicstate

"Summit is Novation’s latest synth and takes their Peak 8 voice poly, adds a 61 key keyboard and doubles up the voice count. Effectively Summit is like two Peaks but with more features.
With a 61 key keybed (yes it has aftertouch) Summit has more real estate to add extra controls, and thats the first thing that we get. With Peak, although we have a lot of front panel controls, there’s still a lot of stuff accessed by the section menus.

Summit adds - voice control, FM controls per oscillator, arpeggiator controls, global LFO 3+4 control and envelope looping buttons. This all helps bring more parameters to the fore and is most welcome.
Summit works in four basic modes - single - with up to 16 voices - each with three of the Oxford Oscillators,

Multi: Split - one layer for either side of the split (up to 8 voices)
Multi: Layer - two sounds played as one, with A/B layer
Multi: Dual - Bi-timbral mode each layer can be addressed via a separate MIDI channel
Layers are selected with the A/B buttons - somewhat similar to the way the Sequential the Rev 2 handles it, but with a more positive indication - the pitch and mod wheels, animate buttons all change colour (orange/blue)

Additionally you have an AUX stereo output so layers can be routed to their own stereo pair. Remember, each layer is basically a self-contained Peak - with 8 voices and those lush FX engines (chorus, delay, reverb and distortion).

Another major change to the actual voice is the inclusion of a Dual mode filter - something those familiar with the Oscar (Chris Hugget also designed this) - the 24dB filter can be split into two 12dB filters with a separation controlling the distance between the peaks. It's a fairly unique and interesting sound.

Audio Inputs - we have a stereo input to the engine which can be routed to the mixer/filter/VCA etc, but also now can be routed directly to either FX engine - without the need to for key-down or VCA getting involved. In practice, that means you can run one of the FX engines as a purely external FX processor, which is actually pretty cool. One thing, the settings for this are not stored in the Multi but rather globally.

Speaking of memory - you get 512 single patches (four banks of 128) and 512 multi patches. These are completely independent and dedicated to multis and store the full settings for both engines.

How does is sound?
As with the Peak, there are many, many complex patches available - it's a lovely synth to program, still a little menu-ey, but a synth of this complexity, you have to expect that, but essentially, it's hard to run out of routings, we have the same 16 slot mod matrix, and also a four slot FX mod matrix for modulating FX parameters (level, speed, delay time etc)

For a full review of the Peak - check out our videos.
On the whole, I really like this instrument, it's priced at around £1899/$1999 so it's comparable in price with the 16 voice REV 2, but with three fully featured oscillators per voice, you get more oscillators and therefore more synthesis.

The FX engine speaks to my more ambient leanings, but it's fully capable of a wide range of sounds, with all that extra drive of the original it can get ugly too - if that’s what you want.

A good instrument that follows up on the Peak’s philosophy. Hard to fault.

Available September 2019"

Quick Tip: Granular Synthesis On A Volca Sample Patch Tutorial

Published on Aug 19, 2019 Perfect Circuit

"This quick tip is about how to make a granular sample sound on a Korg Volca Sample.

You will need:
- A Volca Sample (you could try this on other samplers as well)

- Pick your sample (this works better on a longer sample)
- Set the tempo to max (240BPM)
- Go into step mode and put triggers on all 16 steps of the sequence
- Push play to start the sequence
- Adjust “Start” to change which part of the sample you hear
- Adjust “Length” to change how big the grains are
- Adjust “Speed” to change the pitch
- Add some attack to make the sound less clicks and glitchy
- Add reverb to smooth the sound out more

This trick adds something almost like granular synthesis to a sampler that doesn’t have a granular mode. In granular synthesis playback speed, direction and pitch are all independent of one another.

Every time the sample is triggered a "grain" is heard. The start setting sets where in the sample the grain is from, the length adjusts how big the grains are and speed adjusts the pitch. The envelopes adjust the grain window shape.

Volca Sample available here:"

BuchlaUSA Red Panel Eurorack

Published on Aug 19, 2019 Todd Barton

"Ok, I've only had these for less than 36 hours but am excited to share some of my quick, off-the-cuff explorations with these very cool modules! I'll also be further exploring these at September 6-8 at the Buchla booth.
More info of course at -- it will be a few more days before the Red Panel info posts there.
Also, checkout and join my Patreon page for more tutorials, tips and tricks:"


Published on Aug 16, 2019 MATTHS

"Acclaimed electronic producer #MatthewHodson presents his exciting new project, #MATTHS.

With his debut performance at the #Superbooth Festival 2019, the Brighton-based artist presented two stunning performances, providing a solo heavy dark modular Techno set at the C-Base party and this special performance which enlists drummer Scott Rowe to provide a dynamically charged and captivating performance.

MATTHS new releases ‘Velocet’ and ‘Loop’ which both immediately provide the listener with their masterful, brooding beats, uses a bespoke modular synthesiser setup, that MATTHS has designed and compiled, enabling the creation of textures and tones specific to personal creative concepts.

Recent MATTHS performances include opening for Wire; supporting Alex Banks (Monkeytown Records), Ulrich Schnauss and Rival Consoles (Erased Tapes). MATTHS has worked with the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop on their new material at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios.

Buy the new double A-Side here:"



Published on Aug 18, 2019 MATTHS


Published on Aug 21, 2019 MATTHS

BeatLove at home studio #1

Published on Aug 17, 2019 BeatLove

Roland Orchestral II Expansion SR-JV80-16 - Track Demo

Published on Aug 19, 2019 JMPSynth

"A short track demo of some patches from the excellent Roland JV80 Orchestral II expansion board for JV/XP & XV Synthesisers."

Live Synth Jam - MS10, PolyEvolver, Pro~One, Q, Tanzbar

Published on Aug 19, 2019 Reuben Jones

"A live synth jam. Fairly simple because I limited myself to one drum beat and one fill, and a basic chord sequence.

Tanzbar drum machine sends gate signal to Pro~One (CV not connected so I can change bass notes with the Pro~One keyboard) and MIDI clock to the Q+, which in turn sends arp MIDI to PolyEvolver."

Hartmann Neuron Synthesizer Keyboard

Published on Aug 18, 2019 Neuronium spectacular

"This video shows what it looks like when the system of the neuron "hangs". Inside is a normal PC motherboard with Celeron processor. The LED chains next to the knurled wheels light up completely for 4x before the initialization routine starts.
If it is more than 4x, the system has " hung up ". Then only a re-on and off helps."

A short Demo of Hartmann Neuron Synthesizer

Published on Jun 24, 2019 Neuronium spectacular - previously posted here.

"This video shows the nice sounding of Hartmann Neuron Synthesizer. This instrument was build between 2003 - 2005"

via this auction

Vintage Roland RS-09 Organ/Strings SN 146215

via this auction

Vintage PAIA Catalog Brochures

1978 Digital Control Comes to Electronic Music via via this auction

"This original vintage PAIA catalog contains information and picture’s of the the classic PAIA4700/S, 2720/R, 4700/C, 4700/J and a lot more."

1979 '79 Spring Brochure via via this auction

"This original vintage PAIA catalog contains information and picture’s of the the classic PAIA 4700/J, Gnome Micro Synthesizer and a lot more."

1980 Special Offer via via this auction

"This original vintage PAIA catalog contains information and picture’s of the the classic PAIA 2720/R, Gnome Micro Synthesizer and a lot more."

1985 Roland Rythm Machines & Sequencers Vol.1 Catalog Brochure

via this auction

"This catalog contains information and picture’s of the most classic Roland products of all time like the TR-909,TB-303 and a lot more."

Featured / Pictured in order:


Oberheim OB-12

via this auction

"A Gibson/Viscount creation from 2000-2005, this synth has a unique, silvery quality, but doesn't really sound like an Oberheim. Aficionados love it for what it is, and this one is a great example of one."

Jexus demo at the listing, previously posted here.

ARP Solina String Ensemble

via this auction

"Arp solina string ensemble in excellent condition. Great for those evil Floyd tones"

Nice Danelectro Reverb on top.

E-MU Systems Emulator II Under Control of MacIntosh

via this auction

"Excellent shape with lots of accessories.
100% functional. Includes 2 spare Shugart 5.25 floppy drives that are worth a pretty penny by themselves.
Apple G3 with 40 gig hard drive containing Sound Designer and a huge library of sounds. Library includes all the Northstar, Burmer, OMI and E-MU sounds. Over 1000 sounds easy.
Original owners manual, service manual and schematics with Zilog Z80 documentation. Lots of spare chips, de-bug chips and blank floppy disks(3.5 & 5.25)."

Beginner's Guide to Choosing a MIDI Sequencer: Featuring Pioneer Toraiz Squid | Reverb

Published on Aug 19, 2019 Reverb

"From the Akai MPC to Pioneer Toraiz Squid, MIDI sequencers can help you build intricate rhythms and patterns. It can seem daunting for beginners, but luckily Justin DeLay is here to help you find the perfect fit.

Read more on Reverb
Buy the Pioneer Toraiz Squid
Which MIDI Controller Should you Buy?"

Adding variation with random LFOs

Published on Aug 19, 2019 Modal Electronics

"With no or extremely low rate values, the random LFO will generate a new random number for each key trigger.

We can use this to add some subtle variation from note to note or to make each new note sound completely different from the last.

We have also modulated the filters cutoff frequency with the velocity of each note to add some further variation and assigned the waveshape of wave-2 to the mod wheel."


Published on Aug 19, 2019 Station 252

"More Ping Pong Tape Echo sound examples. The second algorithm on the new Tape Echo card for Z-DSP voltage controlled effects processor from Tiptop Audio.

recorded directly from Z-DSP stereo out. Patched using an assortment of Tiptop Audio modules: Tiptop ONE, Z2040, Z4000, Forbidden Planet, Circadian Rhythms, BD808 and more."

Z-DSP: PING PONG TAPE ECHO Station 252 videos

08-The Arturia Microfreak- Oscillator types H: 2 Op. FM

Published on Aug 19, 2019 AutomaticGainsay

"Here is a demonstration of the sound and functionality of the 2 Operator FM digital oscillator on the Arturia MicroFreak."

Arturia MicroFreak videos by AutomaticGainsay

Synthetic jam w/ Elektron Analog Rytm MkII, Analog Four MkII, Monomachine MkII, Analog Heat MkII

Published on Aug 19, 2019 Jay Hosking

"A live, semi-improvised performance, all on hardware, and inspired by all the existential science fiction I've been reading/watching/playing/writing. Now that I'm digging into the Analog Rytm MkII a little more, I'm really enjoying how its performance mode and fill button can vary a song while playing live. And once again, the Monomachine serves multiple roles, this time as a beautiful and weird vocal synth, external audio processor of the Rytm, and drum machine.

Elektron Analog Rytm MkII — Sample playback/mangling, drums
Teenage Engineering OP-1 (not shown) — Two samples played from the Rytm (busy synth sequence, high flute)
Elektron Analog Four MkII + Elektron Analog Heat MkII — Four synth parts (bass, arp, melody, harmony)
Elektron Monomachine MkII — Vocal synth, External audio processing of Rytm, Drums

The OP-1 samples were written a bunch of months back, but otherwise the song was composed and arranged in the last couple of days. Performed entirely live and uploaded as is, with only a little compression/limiting on the master."

Odessa quick jam

Published on Aug 19, 2019 Xaoc Devices

"This is simple patch with final revision of Xaoc Devices Odessa. All three outputs of Odessa goes to three Xaoc Tallin VCAs in clean mode. VCAs are fed by simple AD envelope from Xaoc Zadar and mixed with Xaoc Praga. There is no additional filtering only some reverb. I've added drums in background just to make it more enjoyable to listen!"

Synthesizer Show & Tell | Korg Poly800

Published on Aug 19, 2019 Learson Peak

0:00 Intro
1:00 Specs
1:37 Keytar Madness!
2:00 Architecture
3:30 Poly, Hold, Chord Memory Modes
4:15 ADBSSR Filter Explanation
5:35 Filter Examples
7:40 Sequencer
8:55 Outro



Synthesizer Show & Tell | Korg Poly800 | Part 2

Published on Aug 26, 2019 Learson Peak

0:00 Intro
0:52 Bass
1:45 Stabs
3:40 Pads
4:43 Pan Flute
5:50 Walked Into A Zoo
9:47 Outro

Behringer VC340 No-Ensemble Strings thru Nyle Steiner String Filter - Mark Steiner

Published on Aug 18, 2019 Mark Steiner

"Pure VC340 Saw sound (mod bypasses Ensemble BBD's) through a Nyle Steiner String Filter and then through Valhalla Shimmer. Incredible power here with the 'full' polyphony (all 5 octaves of notes can sound at one time if enough fingers are available) of the VC340.

At one point, the Shimmer is dropped and the sound goes through Valhalla Delay (another amazing plugin). Then near the end we hear the VC340 through the Steiner String Filter with no reverb or delay.

It is way, extremely long. But fun. This is the whole session. So quite archival but jump around and try out some sections.

I adjust the Steiner filter occasionally and a few times put it into it's own LFO mode. It gets a great formant filter sound as it uses 24 band pass filters in parallel. Nyle made about 12 of these.

He developed this while doing the sound track for Apocalypse Now.

One of the synthesists in the synth orchestra used a Moog String Filter and Nyle thought about how he could do a string filter with a more simple circuit and for far less expense.

The one in this recording and image seen is the prototype."

You can find previous posts featuring the Steiner String Filter here.

Black Corporation Introduces RACHEL - 2nd Module Inspired by the Yamaha CS80 & Deckard's Dream

Black Corporation shared a pic of their next module based on their Deckard's Dream, Yamaha CS80 inspired polysynth. While Deckard's Voice is based on the  This one is based on the Ring mod section of the core sound engine (VCO, Noise, VCF, ENV, & LFO sections), RACHEL is based on the Ring Mod section.  Anyone that has been fortunate enough to play with a Yamaha CS80, CS50, or CS60, knows the ring mod is where a bit of the magic that sets it apart from other synths, happens. CV patching for integration with other synths and modules should take functionality to a new level. What's interesting is if the Ring Mod section on Yamaha's synths is mono in the sense of all voices go through one shared ring mod, this would be an affordable way to add ring mod to any of your synths. This one might be super interesting as a separate effects pedal as well.

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