MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, August 22, 2019

Thursday, August 22, 2019

2,000 Behringer K-2 (KORG MS20) Synthesizers Ready to Ship

Some pics of the inner box, outer shipping box, and a few on the "Aging Test" bench. These appear to be from Behringer's factory in China based on the Chinese characters. You can see some of the workers there as well.

On the box:

"Analog and Semi-Modular Synthesizer with Dual VCOs, Ring Modulator, External Signal Processor, 16-Voice Poly Chain and Eurorack Format"

Side note: for those of you new to Behringer products, this is worth a read. There are two, or rather three camps when it comes to Behringer. Those that support them, those that don't, and those that look the other way. You get to decide what camp you are in yourself. My job is to report the news.

KRISCHER - SYCLOPE (analog monophonic synth)

Published on Jul 5, 2019 John Krischer

Available at

- 1 oscillator with CV input (control voltage for pitch)
- Guitar pedal power, 9V (not included)

Synthésizer / Drone analog monophonic,
1 potentiometers for pitch to create melodie or bass line.
Signal : Sawtooth.

Handcrafted in Paris, France.

Krischer Polyphonic Analog Synth

Published on Jul 2, 2019 John Krischer

Synthésizer / Drone analog 3 voices,
3 potentiometers for pitch to create chords.
Signal : Powerfull Sawtooth.

Handcrafted in Paris, France.

Available at

KRISCHER - Polyphonic analog Synthesizer / BLACK EDITION

Red & silver versions pictured below.

Madrona Labs Introduces Aaltoverb

via Madrona Labs

"Hi there, it’s been some while. I'm excited to be writing you again, with the big news that there's a new beastie in the Madrona Labs family. Meet Aaltoverb, our very first effect.

A number of times over the years, people have asked if Aalto’s reverb could be made into its own plugin. The thing is, our focus here at Madrona Labs is on instruments, not effects. And so it didn't really seem to make sense to add a reverb to our lineup. But more time passed, and I started to think, what features would a performance reverb have? This question led to Aaltoverb, a reverberator with a focus on dramatic sound sculpting and completely smooth tweakability.

Aaltoverb’s coolest trick is this: you can smoothly change the size of the virtual space that the sound is reverberating in. This results in in pitch shifting that is reminiscent of what tape delays do when the speed changes. But instead of a single speed, the shift applies to the whole acoustic space, vibrating “air” and all. So a giant room can turn smoothly into a small and natural sounding chamber, and then into a tiny and very unnatural resonator. With longer decay times, weird spring-like beasties can be found along the way.

The controls are minimal, and are meant to interact in musical and inspiring ways. You can read all about Aaltoverb on the website, and in the manual. It's short but tells about some tricks you might not figure out otherwise. And: cartoons!

Aaltoverb 1.0.0 is available now as a 64-bit VST3 for Windows, and as 64-bit VST and Audio Units for Mac OS X. A single license covers both Mac and Windows and is $35.

Get a bundle deal!
Another thing people have asked about over the years is bundle deals. You know, where you buy more than one plugin at a time and as a result you get a discount. This was hard to imagine doing until our web maestro Philip did a bunch of work to modernize the site, including adding a shopping cart feature. But now that's done—and so are bundles.

They work very simply and so we're calling it the Simple Bundle feature. Buy more than one plugin in a single transaction, and save 15% off the entire purchase. That's it. Even if one of the plugins is, say, $35.

You’ll notice that Stripe, not PayPal, is now the default method of payment. We didn't want to leave people out in the cold just because PayPal didn't work in their regions, and since you need a credit card to get PayPal in the first place, hopefully this is more universal. We're always trying to improve the purchase experience, so please let us know how Stripe works for you. If you need or prefer to pay by PayPal for some reason, please get in touch.

Get the T-shirt!
I really love excuses to make a new T-shirt, and Aaltoverb's release seemed like a great one. I thought this one should be a collaboration and happily, Leafcutter John was into the idea. You might know the music he has put out on labels like Planet Mu and Border Community. This year he's gone and made a machine for making artworks, a homemade pen plotter, and the drawings he's making with it have really been pinging my visual cortex in a pleasant way. And so we made a shirt:

The design reminds me of sound decaying, and also of fabric being folded, and the analog robot quality is just (chef's kiss). I am wearing one nearly all the time, and you can too.

What about Sumu?
A long story that must be told short here, because it's nearly the cocktail hour. Very short version: I'm excited about Sumu, and now that Aaltoverb is out I can get back to finishing it.

Slightly longer version: I have some new design ideas for Sumu that required a lot of infrastructure work to pull off. Some to do with graphics and animation, and more on the DSP side of things. Well I dove into that infrastructure work and when I looked up it was a year later, or something. So both as a first use of the new framework and a way to, you know, ship a product, I decided to focus on the Aaltoverb release first. It's a cool enough reverb on its own, but to me it represents a lot more that's been done under the hood. As fall rolls around and I dive back into Sumu and Soundplane work I'm going to share some more about what's going on in there. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the sounds.

Madrona Labs"

Dune // Prophecy (Ft. Jake Rasp) [Ambient Synth Cover]

Published on Aug 22, 2019 Ace Waters

"Had an old friend visit for the weekend and we made some dark ambient moods for y'all. We channeled our love for ambience and science fiction into this chilling cover of Brian Eno's masterful song, Prophecy from David Lynch's Dune."

Duo-Bop Dual Analog Drum Module

Published on Aug 22, 2019 Lower West Side Studio

"Video demonstration of the Duo-Bop Analog Drum module from Lower West Side Studio.

The Duo-Bop combines two Barton BMC018 Analog Drum Modules into a compact single space MU format module. Gate and CV Inputs are normalized to reduce cable requirements.

Check it out at: https://richsstudioproject.wpcomstagi..."

Breakaway Vocalizer 1000 Voice Controlled Synthesizer w/ Smart Song Cartridge

via this auction

"RARE Breakaway Vocalizer 1000 Voice Controlled Synthesizer, smart song cartridge. Condition is Used. Comes with "Proud Business" smart songs cartridge. Tested and works. Microphone makes a rattling sound but still works properly. Also does not have cord to plug into the wall. I will include batteries."

See the Breakaway label below for additional posts.

MS-20 Mini Limited-Edition White + Deck Saver

via this auction

Arturia Microbrute Transparent RED Special Edition

via this auction

"This is a Special Editon "Microbrute ReD", it is not like all the others Ive seen on Reverb that are just painted solid red. Mine is transparent red, you can see all of the guts inside of the synth !! Mine is in MINT condition and comes with the original power supply. I misplaced the little patch cords, if I find them I will throw them in. trust me,it does amazing things even without the patch bay."


Published on Aug 22, 2019 Peter B

Who is the manipulator inside your music?
How to handcraft a TOCANTE STUDWORTH case,
(desert juniper)
camping at Prineville Resevoir.
Same kids at Lake Harriet and Clear Lake.
(Kiri and Haku)
Desert solar soldering, electronic night creeper.
The man in the machine shows his face:
You pick the capacitors (Cakewalk Pro Audio)

TOCANTE STUDWORTH arrives in plain board format; you equip, assemble and encase it.
Instructions shall be scripted in Supercollider; you pick the capacitors."

Alessandro Cortini - BATTICUORE - VOLUME MASSIMO & Upcoming Tour

Published on Aug 22, 2019 Alessandro Cortini

New track from from Alessandro Cortini's upcoming studio album VOLUME MASSIMO. The launch of the album will take place at Berlin Atonal on August 30. Alessandro Cortini will then embark on a tour which includes four newly announced dates in North America – New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland – with a London performance at the Barbican on 19 October, with Suzanne Ciani. Details on the release and tour follow:

Pre-order the album here:

BATTICUORE is taken from the forthcoming studio album VOLUME MASSIMO.
Released on Mute 27 September 2019.

Directors: Emilie Elizabeth + Alessandra Leone
DoP/Camera: Julian Moser
Colorist: Lutz Forster
Dancers: Maurice Jabar Werner + Darwin Stapel
Wardrobe Consultant: Raki Fernandez
Grooming: Carmen Rachel
Special thanks: Johanna Liebl and UY Studio, HvH Studios

Volume Massimo Live-AV tour includes:

30 August - Atonal, Berlin
8 September - Up to Date Festival, Białystok
14 September - Draaimolen, Tilburg
22 September - Rural Festival, Japan
28 September - Sonica, Ljubljana
19 October - Barbican, London
20 October - LEV Matadero, Madrid
21 October - St Paul`s Sessions, Athens
25 October - Semibreve, Braga
6 November - Slaktkyrkan, Stockholm
8 November - Mira Digital Arts Festival, Barcelona
13 November - Good Room, New York
16 November - Midway, San Francisco
18 November - The Lodge Room, Los Angeles
20 November - Holocene, Portland
30 November - KoncertKirken, Copenhagen
6 December - Monk, Rome
7 December - Argo 16, Venice
11 December - Bozar Electronic Series, Brussels
11 April - Concertgebouw, Bruges"

Previous posts featuring Alessandro Cortini.

DSI Pro 2 (Presets Part 2)

Published on Aug 22, 2019 3rdStoreyChemist

Bank F6

3rdStoreyChemist DSI Pro 2 videos

simple things - Ioniarics , Meadowphysics , Aparillo, Zeenon, Eurorack

Published on Aug 22, 2019 junklight

Geodesics Modules Series Part 9 - Energy

Published on Aug 22, 2019 Omri Cohen

"Energy is a special ring modulation oscillator, and like with all other modules in the Geodesics collection, it has a couple of unique features that make this oscillator a big sonic playground.

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

Here you can find the Geodesics collection -
Here is the final patch -"

Roland Juno-106 Analog Synthesizer (1984) *Wonderful Life*

Published on Aug 22, 2019 RetroSound

"(c) 2019 vintage synthesizer track by RetroSound

all synthesizer sounds: Roland Juno-106 Analog Synthesizer (1984)
drums: LinnDrum (1982)
recording: multi-track without MIDI, played by hand
fx: reverb and delay

A small tour with my motorbike around my home village. It shows the landscape and it shows what I do when I go wild. :D"

New Loops Survey & Competions

Supporting MATRIXSYNTH member New Loops is running a survey & competition. Details follow:

"New Loops is running a survey and competition with a chance to win a £40 coupon to spend on audio samples and synth presets at

The short survey is around 15 questions about sample and preset packs and only takes 3 or 4 minutes to complete. When the survey closes, 4 winners will be picked at random and contacted by email.

To enter the competition simply complete the survey, enter your first name and email, and then check your email (and spam folders) for the confirmation email. Entrants will be subscribed to the New Loops newsletter but can unsubscribe at any time.

Take the New Loops survey -

Prize: 1 of 4 £40 coupon codes. Closing date: 30.09.2019"

Roland 100m 150 Ring-Noise S/H LFO SN 051677

via this auction


via this auction

Roland 100m 140 2ENV-LFO SN 294128

via this auction

KORG Prophecy Solo Synthesizer SSP-1 SN 045692

via this auction

PPG Wave 2.3, Mint Condition, Completely Refurbished in 2018 SN 01423

via this auction

"The synth is in perfect condition as it was completely serviced by PPG specialist Alexander Guelfenburg/Virtual Music in September 2018. A detailed service report is available. This PPG features a new Operating System written by Hermann Seib (OS V8.3) and is therefore bugfree. Keyboard and display have also been changed a couple of years ago, the new display is blue and backlit.

According to Alexander Guelfenburg, this PPG Wave 2.3 is the best preserved PPG he has ever worked on. Can be visited and tested in 1080 Vienna, Austria."

ARP Pro DGX 1979 model 2731 SN 0039

via this auction

"Arp Pro DGX in very good condition, completely revised with many new original component. Everything works perfect also after touch.

ARP Pro/DGX is a preset-based manufactured by , Inc. from 1977 until the company's demise in 1981.
Like its predecessor, the , it features 30 presets and . In fact, it looks almost identical to the and . However, there are some notable differences. The Pro/DGX was housed in a new steel chassis, which was much sturdier than that of the . Presets were now accessed via digitally latched momentary pushbuttons with LED indicators, as opposed to the more retro, flapper-style toggle switches used in the Pro Soloist.

The first run of this synth looks very much like the in layout and colour scheme, though subsequently, it was produced using ARP's late-1970s Orange and Black colour scheme.

The presets on the Pro/DGX are identical to those found on the . However, it does sound slightly different, due to the implementation of a new filter design. Many describe the sound of the Pro/DGX as warm, and compare it favourably to its predecessor. However, some say it lacks the quality of the Pro Soloist filter, perhaps less 'organic'."

Roland System 100M 150 Ring Mod Noise & LFO Module SN 750207

via this auction

Metallic Pink Roland TR-909

via @otakutokyo_japan

Light matte pink version below.

Nerd On The Wire DrumKid "aleatoric" Drum Machine

Published on Aug 22, 2019 Nerd On The Wire

Nerd On The Wire also brought us the Synth Guitar for DesignSpark Summer of Sound Challenge, and PolyMod open source modular synthesizer for Hackaday 2018.

"DrumKid is an 'aleatoric' drum machine, meaning it uses random numbers to determine the rhythm and sound of a drum beat. It comes in a handheld, battery-powered unit, designed for live performance.

This is my entry video for the 2019 Hackaday Prize - the Hackaday project page can be found here:

This project is open source - all design files can be found here:"

"Drum machine are ubiquitous in modern music, but playing them live presents a challenge. When playing electronic rhythms live, whether using a drum machine or a laptop, it can often appear that a musician is simply pressing "play" on a backing track, removing much of the perceived spontaneity of a live performance.

My drum machine, DrumKid, aims to tackle this problem by using a variety of controls to alter a drumbeat live, using randomly generated drum hits which augment the original beat. Rather than being designed as a pre-programmed backing instrument, DrumKid aims to be a playable instrument in its own right, with continuously adjustable controls that work well in a live setting. My intention was to create an engaging, interactive device that, like any musical instrument, can be mastered over time with practice.

DrumKid is an open-source, hackable product based around an ATmega328 chip, as found in an Arduino Uno. The final product features a minimalist design consisting of a single PCB with buttons, knobs, and LEDs mounted on one side, and all other components mounted on the other side. Two laser-cut sections are used to protect the electronics.

I now have a fully working prototype of DrumKid, and I am happy with the audio quality, playability, aesthetics, durability, reliability, and battery life. I am planning to make a small, initial batch of DrumKid units in September to distribute to musicians for testing. After any necessary updates to the PCB design and/or firmware, I hope to build a larger batch of units and launch DrumKid for sale around November/December 2019.

DrumKid can also be constructed as a breadboard/stripboard project using an Arduino Uno - see the build instructions for details."

Modular Day Barcelona Set for August 30 & 31 - 50% off Workshop w/ Error Instruments

You can find full details on the event here. For the 50% discount, contact Error Instuments' studiopaultas at



Behringer Shares Pics of Upcoming Eurorack Module

This one was spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child who spotted it on Gearnews, who's guessing it's a Moog 921B clone. See the pic below. There are a few extra jacks on Behringer's module, but it pretty much does line up. Also note the trim pots on the back.

Curious if they will still fall in the $49 - $99 range. Previously they teased Roland System-100m modules.

Taming the Beast that is iVCS3

Published on Aug 9, 2019 Daveypoo: The Mobile Music Minstrel

"iVC3 is one of the most daunting of iOS synths, but it is also one of the most versitile and best sounding synths out there. It's daunting to try to understand, so in this video we get straight to making a simple, standard, playable patch to get you going right away!"

Spotted this one on

Roxsyn Guitar Synthesizer Tips & Tricks

Published on Aug 22, 2019 YonacSoftware

"Having trouble getting optimal sounds in Roxsyn? Here are few tips and tricks for you to adjust your sound and playing."

Rob Papen Live Stream 22 August 2019 BLUE-II and the magic of Prisma

Published on Aug 22, 2019 Rob Papen

Dual Korg Volca Modular | Ambient Jam ft. Volca Keys

Published on Aug 22, 2019 littleBIGsynths

"Hey guys! Had some time to spend with the vModulars the other day; Even through in a vKeys for some extra fun. 😉 This jam was a long one. Lots of expirementing for sure. The original recording was over 20 mins long! haha I got lost in it for a bit. 😏 I trimmed off a lot of the video and just left the "best" segment of the jam. lol

For this jam, I went for some dark cinematic/ambient vibes. No drums or percussion in this jam either, just a lit of synth exploration. lol

Like I've mentioned before: the vModular alone is a ton of fun and capable of some very interesting sounds, but adding a second one opens up tons of extra modulation and sound possibilities.

Anyways, I hope you guys enjoy this video. As always, thank you for watching, littleBIGsynths. 🙂"

Tama Techstar Ableton Megapack, 11 Instruments, 4 drum racks, 100 plus samples

Published on Aug 22, 2019 Expanding Sound

"Compatible with Ableton Live Lite 9.7.7 and above.

Theres a lot more than a simple analog drum sound set here. I was able to create musical instrument racks from the voices of the drum machines.
Analog drum machines are not sample based. Each drum sound is its own analog synthesizer voice, able to be manipulated, though not the extent of your standard keyboard synthesizer. This made it possible for me to tweak the drum voices to create melodic sustained pitches. With those samples, I was able to create key based instruments.

One of my favorite things about this pack was how fun the creation process was. Often when I'm making a pack, theres a thought in mind to how the instruments should sound, due to the synths reputation or style. With this pack it was like working from scratch. As I created my showcase jam, I also created the Instrument racks. So they're based more on my taste rather than what I think a drum machine sample pack should be. If you like the sound of the jam, you'll dig this pack.

I used two Techstar units to create this pack, the TS 202 and the TS 306. Also included in the project are all the samples I did not use that I created. Each sample is in a properly marked folder, so feel free to use them in your own drum racks!

Thanks for checking out this vid and make sure to check out some of our other packs!"

A Cinematic Score using Native Instruments Komplete 12 Ultimate

Published on Aug 22, 2019 Carl-Mikael's Cabinet of Curiosities
Update: Re-Published on Aug 23, 2019

Tools used come in at 1:08.

"Hi FPS cinematic footage scored using Native Instruments Komplete 12 Ultimate.

In frame
☑︎ IKEA led bulb
☑︎ Shot at 120 fp

☑︎ Native Instruments Komplete (Noire, Thrill & Massive X)
☑︎ Bitwig Studio
☑︎ DaVinci Resolve"

Pigments Tutorials: Episode 4 - Effects

Published on Aug 22, 2019 Arturia

"In this episode, Guy guides you through the powerful and versatile effect system in Pigments, going over the basics, and some of the more creative ways you can use effects in this jaw-dropping synth."

All parts here.

Gameboy Megamachine No.7 MORE GAMEBOYS, and Polyphony!

Published on Aug 22, 2019 LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

"#gameboy megamachine is getting to the point where it isnt really #circuit bending or #chiptune ,. more like just an abomination haha.

info on juha and his github! :-"

LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER Gameboy Megamachine

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