MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday, August 30, 2019

Big Synth News Coming From Behringer (& KORG's Hiroaki Nishijima)?

This one was spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child.

Per the description: "I am in beutiful Japan together with Luigi Scarano, our Synthesizer Innovation leader.

Stay tune from some big news - and i mean BIG news.


Note who looks like KORG's Hiroaki Nishijima in the back left. I thought that might be Korg's Fumio Mieda on the right, but I'm not sure. You can find a pic and interview with Hiroaki Nishijima and Fumio Mieda here. Some of the other faces look familiar as well, especially the gentleman on the front left. If you can ID them, please comment.

Could this be the Behringer DS80 / CS80, a partnership with KORG, or other?

Behringer meeting with any representatives of another large scale synth company is a big deal. It will be interesting to find out what this is all about.

You can find an interview with Luigi Scarno here.

Update: Announcement below with a new pic, also in via Soviet Space Child. It looks like Hiroaki Nishijima is indeed joining Behringer.

“Synthesizer Icon Hiroaki Nishijima to Lead Behringer’s New Synthesizer Innovation Center in Japan

Behringer announced today that Hiroaki Nishijima, synthesizer icon and inventor of the famous Korg MS-20 Synthesizer, will lead Behringer’s new high-tech innovation center in its Tokyo headquarter.

Behringer’s vision is to build a large research and development center and invite many talented Japanese engineers to focus on flagship synthesizers, samplers and other innovative product designs.

About Hiroaki Nishijima

“Ever since I was a child, I was always excited to disassemble toys and explore how they work. My father and grandfather helped nurture that side of me by teaching me electronics and how to solder while attending third year of elementary school.

During that time, I got into music. I started playing with my brother’s classical guitar and eventually got lessons from an actual classical guitar teacher. I continued to play and improve until I noticed I was becoming better at it than my brother.

As my skills grew more diverse, so did my taste in music. Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Genesis, ELP and I Pooh became my inspirations. In junior high school, I bought an electric guitar and formed a band. That’s when I saw a synthesizer for the first time. It was amazing and I wanted one for myself, but it was just too expensive for a student like me.

When I entered university, I studied electronic engineering and played in a band. While that was going on, I’d also repair my friends’ amps and would design effects on the side. After graduation, I joined Korg to develop synthesizers like the MS-20 series, Sigma, KES and PME-40X series, Z3 and even Korg’s component modeling technology.

Over the past few years I have watched Behringer deliver high-quality synthesizers and pursue a very strong mission to deliver impressive instruments to musicians around the world. I reached out to Uli Behringer because I wanted to be part of his mission and help Behringer design world-class musical instruments. This is my dream, too.

These days, it’s difficult for current Japanese companies to create the types of synths that I used to develop. This is why I joined Behringer because my ambition to create professional analog synthesizers coincides with Uli Behringer’s love of musical instruments and with that I’m very excited to see what we can dream up.

I am currently looking for experienced embedded software leaders and engineers for our new Innovation center in Tokyo. Please can contact us at”

About Music Tribe

Uli Behringer, Founder of Behringer and Music Tribe commented: “I am extremely proud to have Nishijima San on our team. This man is a legendary synth icon with decades of experience.
Ever since I designed my own synthesizer in 1977, I have always been obsessed with synthesizers and today, Behringer is on a mission to bring back classic synthesizers as well as design completely new instruments and make them available at prices everyone can afford. We at Behringer believe that everyone should have access to the amazing synthesizers and sounds of the 70’s and 80’s.”

Uli continues: “We are currently recruiting experienced synthesizer engineers from all over the world to join us in our synthesizer mission. People interested can directly contact me at”

SDS Digital Sequarallel 8HP MIDI2CV Sequencer Module!

Published on Aug 30, 2019 freshnelly

"Well, I'm at it again! I have long wanted a decent sequencer that uses recorded to MIDI to make sequences for modular without a computer.

It started out as a simple MIDI2CV but then my trademark "what if..." kicked in and here we are. I just had to show it off a little.

This video is rather hap-hazard and was just testing a couple of functions, Bar looping and Transposing.

In FL Studio I made a 16 bar test sequence with changes every couple of bars from 1 channel to 2, then 3 & 4 channels (and very different parts although stuck with the same key) to test the various CV-MIDI Channel modes and note-order selection (Time, Range, Cycle). That was mentioned to explain why the instruments and cadence changes so much from one bar to another.

There was also 3 program changes on channel 1, and a couple of percussion sequences.

There is only 1 VCO hooked on Gate/CV 3 here but it's pretty funky with all 4! It plays certain notes when in certain channel/order modes as you can hear in the video.

In percussion mode, where up to 12 triggers are brought to the panel, the display changes to visualize that. Note numbers are in each percussion box. Eventually the fixed notes can be set to automatically assign Jacks as they come in.

The really cool thing about this module is that the sequences are played internally, under modular clock control, just as they were recorded. So some channels may be recorded that, if not blocked, can come out of the MIDI jack, plus play when a different Channel Mode is selected (1+1+1+1, 3+1, 2+2, All 4)

This sequence has no loop points (Note#121) in the sequence or manually assigned Loop/JumpTo points so looping just defaults to inside the present bar. Even this was a lot of fun though!

This sequence took about 1% of the memory so I think it would be possible to get near 100 sequences in there.

It's a powerful little module and has been a bit of work over the past couple of weeks but now seeing results."

Elektron Model:Samples : house

Published on Aug 30, 2019 Masaki Takada

John Bowen SOLARIS Demo of tweaking, sound design and some patches

Published on Aug 30, 2019 synthlegends

"The John Bowen Synth Design SOLARIS is almost 8 years on the market. Since 2012 there were approximately 380 units produced. The 7th production run just finished and is sold out.

The SOLARIS is a very sophisticated digital virtual analog synthesizer with 4 oscillators, 2 so called rotors, tons of waveforms, filters, mixer routing possibilities, 5 LFO and 6 envelopes. It contains about 1200 parameter and countless routing possibilities. It is like a polyphonic modular synthesizer which is capable to recreate all classic vintage synthesizers and also never heard digital stuff. With the SOLARIS a programmers dream became true. The GUI is quite logical thanks to 5 text displays for each section in the signal path plus a big graphic display.

My new purchased SOLARIS with Serial Number 356 has a new hardware feature, OLED Text Displays. In the meanwhile the OS is "grown up" and there are also more than 2000 user presets programmed by a big community of sound designers.

In this video I only scratch on the surface. In the beginning I want to demonstrate a bit the different sections (oscillator, filter, envelops, LFO) by tweaking an anlog sounding JUPITER style Pad. Then I demonstrate a couple of typical analog leads, bass, sync sounds and some digital sounds to show the wavetable section. In the end I play a gorgeous string patch demonstrating some further routing capabilities in the mixer section, where you can layer 4 parts.

I did not use any additional effects, mastering, compression or eq. You hear only the SOLARIS from Out 1 and 2 directly to the audio interface.

I hope, you enjoy this video, which only shows a very little part of this unbelievable flexible synth. I am very happy to read your comments.

Cheers, Rüdiger"

ik multimedia UNO DRUM // factory kits // KICK 1 // A

Published on Aug 30, 2019 LESINDES

Synth Rorschach #67

via @auralhistories, via symmetry

184 cyclotron found by Hainbach

"In May 2019, a Berlin-based, classically-trained symphony composer with a fondness for converting old scientific gear into musical instruments posted to a discussion forum: 'Any nuclear scientists here? 184[-inch] cyclotron question.'

In a single photo, he presented a mystery: His latest find was a ’70s-era piece of equipment labeled a 'LOCK-IN AMPLIFIER' featuring analogue displays, four dials of varying sizes, and a neat blue sticker label reading '184' CLYCLOTRON, BLDG. 80, RM. 121, EXT. 5467.” Could anyone help him find the story behind it?

Stefan Paul Goetsch, who uses the name Hainbach when creating electronic music, posted the plea hoping the equipment might be traceable via the label. He had no idea that blue sticker would provide a clear connection to a major piece of scientific history..."

GSE 101-VCO Complete Overview [Demo 2] (Roland SH-101)

Published on Aug 30, 2019 gstormelectro

"Audio and Video by G-Storm Electro c. 2019

Today I am giving a full overview of my new 101-VCO. The 101-VCO is a Eurorack adaptation the Roland SH-101 voltage controlled oscillator.

While I tune and calibrate the 101-VCO before send them out, your module may require fine Tuning adjustment to suit your system.
Only very small adjustments to TR1 and possibly TR2 should be required.
However the Tuning section of this overview covers the full tune
calibration procedure.

0:00 Audio - FM on Pulse + Sub w/ PWM
0:36 Waveforms
1:52 Audio - FM on Triangle
2:06 Tune, Range, FM and FM Type
3:01 Audio - Sequenced Pulse + Sub
3:31 Sync
4:02 Complete Tune Calibration Procedure
6:30 Audio"


BoBeats: making music at an ABANDONED SPY STATION

Published on Aug 30, 2019 BoBeats

"During #creatorbase19 I made some music at an abandoned spy station. #maschine #makingmusic

If you like what I do support it

Listen to my track BACKLASH here:"

Featuring Native Instruments' Maschine.

Waldorf Blofeld "Organica" 128 presets

Published on Aug 29, 2019 chronosproject


You can find additional presets from Supporting MATRIXSYNTh member, chronosproject here.

TEST SERIES Tracktion Delta-V Audio SpaceCraft Granular Synth Sound Design

Published on Aug 30, 2019 Outsider Sound Design

"Loading eurorack synth samples and field recordings into the plugin version of SpaceCraft to create granular clouds and ambient textures.

The purpose of 'TEST SERIES' is to focus on the sound design possibilities of various gear combinations. This series is not musical nor does it serve as an instructional video. It is all about sound potential.
Please consider supporting this channel by purchasing a sample pack or music download from"

ÆTHER WAVES VOL. 1 - AE Modular Synth Sounds!

Published on Aug 30, 2019 THE TUESDAY NIGHT MACHINES

"Listen to the compilation here:
All proceeds go to charity :)


More information on the AE Modular forums:

There will be more AE Modular synth music albums in the future, so go ahead and submit your AE Modular music to the label :) More info about that in the above forum thread."

Access Virus Ti2 Desktop

via this auction

"Argubly the best innovative hardware synth out there in my opinion with profound capabilities for sound design and tons of ROM catagory banks

The sound quality is full, rich and powerful when recorded in external midi and organically raw when recorded in audio ideal for various recording techniques and other options. (Also has AU/Vst intergration for beginners)

The filter envelopes are deep with a quick attack and the unit has an array of built in effects which can give out very satisfying results either through analogue or digital using different waveform structures

Overall It has a sound of its own and stands out from all the other synths i have used A must have for any serious producer who's into advanced 'EDM'"

Electro Harmonix Space Drum Vintage Analog Drum Synth

Electro Harmonix Space Drum Demo & Free Audio Samples

Published on Aug 12, 2019 Retro Drum

"Short demo video of a vintage '70s Electro Harmonix Space Drum pedal.

Audio output of the Space Drum recorded directly to an audio interface without the use of EQ or Dynamics processing. Audio uploaded to YouTube 24-bit/48kHz uncompressed."

via this auction

"vintage Electro Harmonix Space Drum in good working condition. All controls, switches, trigger input, output, and trigger pad have all been tested and confirmed working. Output sound is clean and loud, you can hear/see a video demo of the Space Drum being sold in this auction posted to my YouTube channel below (Space Drum in this ebay auction was used to create the YouTube video) [above]"

Two pics of the inside below.

KURZWEIL Model 1200 PRO I Keyboard Synth Expansion Module SN 11900022

via this auction

Nord Lead 2x Classic Virtual Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Moog Subsequent 37 Paraphonic Analogue Synth SN 00058 w/ Original Box

via this auction

"In excellent condition (as new). Selling due to birth of second child."

Ciat-Lonbarde Deerhorn Organ

via this auction

"Everything functions properly, WITH THE EXCEPTION of the leftmost bottom LED- long story short, it was broken during a calibration mishap (yes, not my proudest moment). I'm not sure how easy/difficult it would be replace, but I've been assured by Peter that this will not cause any issues regarding functionality. In practice, I haven't found the missing LED to be too problematic.

Otherwise, it's been well cared-for and sounds amazing."

Synthesis Technology E370 Quad Digital Oscillator Black & Extra Silver Panel

via this auction

E-MU Systems Emax II (1mb of RAM, lowest specs)

via this auction

"Unit with HxC upgrade, Original Mitsubishi floppy drive, external SCSI Drive.Excludes : Any other accessories, floppies, etc. Please note that I did the upgrade by myself and when I opened the unit, it seems like there was no Internal SCSI drive. Unit is in great cosmetic condition for its age. It has some scratches and paint scuffs..."

GRP A4 Analog Synthesizer in Built-in Yellow Travel Case

via this auction

"Excellent condition GRP A4 semi modular analog synth. This is one of two (i am told) in an travel case instead of the wood case. This has been in storage for the past few month and was used only sparingly before that due to space constraints and a pending move. Comes with case front cover (not pictured)."

Check out the back.

Cwejman S1 MK2

via this auction

"Excellent condition S1MK2 - 2019 model. Racked but largely unused due to travel and pending move."

Big Blue (F-Zero SNES) music remastered on pro. synthesizer

Published on Aug 30, 2019 Panorama as a circle

"Big Blue (F-Zero SNES) music OST remastered remix on 90s professional synthesizer Roland JV-1010 / JV-1080."

Elektron Model:Samples : techno

Published on Aug 30, 2019 Masaki Takada

Minibrute 2s & DigiTone Synths - Analogue vs FM Digital - Together! With a Duck?

Published on Aug 30, 2019 GetJervis

"Check out the wicked sounds I made putting my Arturia MiniBrute 2s wityh my Elektron DigiTone.
Jamming with Ducks, tea and cake..
Hope you enjoy!"

11-The Arturia MicroFreak- Oscillator types K: Speech

Published on Aug 30, 2019 AutomaticGainsay

"Here is a demonstration of the 'speech' digital oscillator found on the Arturia MicroFreak."

Arturia MicroFreak videos by AutomaticGainsay

10 Synth Riffs That Shook the World

Published on Aug 30, 2019 Espen Kraft

"'Thriller' by the build-up into the main hook, 'The Final Countdown' by it's majestic synth brass sound and also build up. 'Take on Me' by it's catchy almost arpeggio-like way of playing, along with the staccato DX synth bass, 'Save a Prayer' by utilizing the pitch bend wheel in a new way as well as the different keys the chords take throughout the song. Axel F for simplicity yet intoxicating main hook and bass, 'New Song' for the way Mr. HJ so effortlessy managed several synths at the same time, yet playing that catchy riff. 'Light my Fire' by sheer awesomeness in the outragious use of different keys and chords in that short amount of time the solo lasts. 'Deep Red' by its use of different time signatures and the way is so hypnotizing together with the visuals of the movie. Lastly 'Toccata and Fugue in Dm', pure madness and every note just adds to the madness. I've taken insoiration from this piece for years and many of my songs have snippets of that in it, in different ways."

Featuring the KORG DW-8000 and Roland D-50.

Patch n Tweak

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