MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

New KORG Nu:Tekt NTS-1 Handheld Programmable Open Source DIY Digital Synth - Details & Demos

Uploaded on Sep 2, 2019 Korg

Expected to be available in November for $100.

1. Nu:Tekt NTS-1 digital kit - Build it, tweak it, connect it
2. Nu:Tekt NTS-1 digital kit - Unboxing and Assembly tutorial

"The Nu:Tekt NTS-1 digital KIT is a unique, flexible, and easy DIY synthesizer that you can easily assemble yourself, without any soldering (tool included!).

The first of its kind from KORG’s DIY-focused Nu:Tekt brand, NTS-1 packs a powerful synth and multi-effects engine into a compact form factor that you can carry and connect anywhere. Its DIY nature means it’s also very customizable. Explore the possibilities!

Track created by Phasma"

"Build it, tweak it, connect it; a world of synthesis at your fingertips!

Korg is always building new ways to experience hands-on, fun music-making.
Now, you can too.

The Nu:Tekt NTS-1 digital KIT is a unique, flexible, and easy DIY synthesizer that you can easily assemble yourself, without any soldering (tool included!).

The first of its kind from KORG’s DIY-focused Nu:Tekt brand, NTS-1 packs a powerful synth and multi-effects engine into a compact form factor that you can carry and connect anywhere. Its DIY nature means it’s also very customizable. Explore the possibilities!

NTS-1 is also completely compatible with the logue-SDK*, so it is possible to run any custom oscillator and effect content available for minilogue xd and prologue, or, create your own.

* When using 3rd party plugins on the NTS-1 please consult with the developer first as the content may sound differently than with minilogue xd or prologue based on polyphony.

A wide range of sonic possibilities

Belying its size, the Nu:Tekt NTS-1 features a digital oscillator inspired by the MULTI engine as found on the acclaimed prologue and minilogue xd, along with an extremely capable arpeggiator including multiple ranges, scales, and modes, plus dedicated spatial, modulation, and delay sections, each with multiple settings to explore.

With a single monophonic digital oscillator, one multimode filter, on EG, three LFOs, three stereo effect processors, and full arpeggiator, the NTS-1 is a very powerful, flexible, fun-to-explore synth.

The main oscillator can produce Sawtooth, Triangle, Square and VPM waveforms, and can load custom oscillators created from Korg’s logue SDK, which means it’s compatible with content created for prologue and minilogue xd. These waveforms can be easily re-shaped and adjusted just by simply turning a couple of knobs.

A wide selection of filters (Low pass 2/4-pole, High pass 2/4-pole, Band pass 2/4-pole and OPEN mode, all with resonance) give you serious control over the overall tone of the oscillator.

The three onboard effects units are inspired by those on KORG’s minilogue xd, which itself took onboard effects to a whole new level. Numerous reverbs, modulation effects, and delays are available to blend and edit at will, to really finish out your sound creations.

NTS-1 also offers a fun and practical arpeggiator with several patterns available. Scales and numerous note orders including a Random mode are also available to create new and original ideas on the fly. The pattern length can be adjusted (from 1 to 24 steps) and, when synced externally, the step duration can also be adjusted (16th to 64th notes)

Thanks to its ribbon controller, simple interface and display, the NTS-1 can be played and enjoyed very intuitively. Deeper parameter changes are also possible with several combinations of buttons / knobs, furthering the possibilities. Don’t let its size fool you; NTS-1 goes deep but keeps it all easily accessible.

Customize the experience

The fun isn’t over after you finish building the NTS-1. The screws on the side panels are long enough to let you easily attach custom side panels.

Get creative and use the NTS-1 in a wide variety of setups. Equipped with AUDIO IN, SYNC IN, SYNC OUT and MIDI IN connectors, the NTS-1 can easily be used in combination with other hardware and software.

You can control it using external MIDI controllers and sequencers, use it to modify and audio signal with its powerful digital effects, or even sync it to other hardware and jam along!

It’s also USB micro-B powered so you can plug it directly to a portable battery and take it anywhere with you! You can also connect to your computer’s USB port or directly to the power supply using a standard USB power plug.

Free bundle of music software

The NTS-1 comes with a diverse variety of music software from Izotope including 'Ozone Elements' which lets you not only create songs but also master them using AI, 'Skoove' which will help you improve your keyboard playing skills, 'Reason Lite' DAW software, as well as software synths from KORG and other brands.

In other words, the moment you get your hands on this synthesizer you'll have a variety of tools to help you take your music to the next level."

You can find additional posts featuring the KORG Nu:Tekt NTS-1

Very Early Moog Modular 903 White Sound Source Module

via Thesis Audio Service:

"We are restoring a Moog Modular for a client which has an early (1968) 903 module labelled 'White Sound Source'. This module is far more rare than the later 903-a module that was widely produced that had white and pink noise outputs.

This module is hand made on a perf board with pint to point wiring, before the 903-a printed circuit board version. It's possible that this module was handled by Dr. Moog himself (!)"

You can find demos of the 903 previously posted here. The 903 white noise module was featured in only a handful of previous posts. Note the 903-A, a different module, was a Random Signal Generator.

Casiotone 701 & REDOX spacey '70s

Published on Sep 3, 2019 SynthMania

"Casio Casiotone 701 run through Kilpatrick Audio REDOX stereo reverb in a 1970s spacey style
(note - my fifteen year old son Vincent came downstairs as I was preparing the thumbnail and took over)"

Octave Voyetra 8 Sound Collage by Protek

"A collage of sounds that were made with the amazing Octave Plateau Voyetra 8. One of the best analog polysynths, IMO. Fortunately, I owned the latest rev. so the synth was trouble-free. It's keyboard (VPK-5) could be a little stiff-feeling at times but the aftertouch and velocity sensitivity of it made it a unique part of playing the Voyetra. Definitely not an easy synth to program. I found it excelled at modulation-type sounds, pads and even bass patches."

Buchla Audio Demos by Protek

Buchla 266 Noise & Modulations

"My first experiments with the Buchla 266 SOU.

Simple patch with noise output going to input of 291e (stepping through it's 8 step seq.). Some steps on the 291e seq. have modulation applied. The 266 controls the oscillator's frequency as well as the pan position that the noise goes to on the 227e. The oscillator is going through a Moogerfooger MF-104 delay pedal."


"Patch focuses on the interaction between the 266, 281e, and 259. Pendulum Ratchet establishes rhythm and tempo.

Basic outline for this patch...
The Fluctuating Random Voltages section of the 266 modulates both the attack and decay of the 281e. The 281e in turn modulates the Timbre of the 259. Towards the end of the piece I start modulating the Principal Oscillator with the Modulation Oscillator (by using Phase Lock and FM)."

Rare - Bo Tomlyn's Vol 1, 2, 3, and 4 ROM Cards For Korg M3R Rack Mount Synth

via this auction

"Google Bo Tomlyn, he shaped the synthesizer sounds of the 80's and now you can play some of the presets he created for the Korg M3R. These cards really breathe life back into the Korg M3R synthesizer."

He also did patches for the DX7. Little bits of synth history...

Behringer Odyssey + VC340 + Neutron Demo Song

Premiered 7 hours ago RuFo Music

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

"This is a demo song made with Behringer Odyssey, Behringer VC340 (the one in the blue video through an Electro Harmonix Smallstone analog phaser) and Behringer Neutron, as well as two software synthesizers (Reveal Sound "Respire" for bright arpeggios and Rob Papen "Predator" for bass), because yes digital and analog synths can coexist side by side. This is a new piece, and not based on the previous demo sequence.

Many synth demos show only sounds and features, but I want to show the musical side of it and make a piece of music - that is after all what they are made to do! In all the technical discussions, let's not forget about the music!

The video shows a live performance of the dual-voiced lead of the song, where I play the Odyssey and Neutron (Neutron is controlled by a Roland MIDI keyboard), and they alternate which synth is leading and which is following. This was a technically difficult piece to play due to the multitasking of two voices, recording the result into Reason, and filming with a camera strapped to my head at the same time, but it was also good fun!"

Behringer RD-8: Classic Patterns & Beats

Published on Sep 1, 2019 benanderson89 & BEHRINGER

These spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child. Note the first three videos are by benanderson89, and the rest by BEHRINGER. You can use the player controls to skip around.


1. Behringer RD-8, Deep Mind 12, Casio CZ-1: Electro improv
Improvised electro clip using a Behringer RD-8, Behringer Deep Mind 12 and Casio CZ-1

1:07 to hear the drums soloed from the rest of the mix.
2. Behringer RD-8: Classic Patterns
Unprocessed MP3s:!AgdyCglJtL5fga50U...

Three classic 808 patterns redone using the RD-8. Reverb, EQ and compression used.
3. Behringer RD-8: Classic Patterns 2
Four more classic TR-808 patterns recreated on the Behringer RD-8. After a few more days with the machine I've gotten a better understanding of how it works, and I can get it so close to an original machine that Gear Slutz forums have started splitting hairs.

Egypt, Egypt uses the cowbell trigger out for the "click" sound.
Hanging on a string has a full effects and mastering chain.
Voodoo Ray and Planet Rock are captured raw from the RD-8.
4. Classic Beats RD-8 Episode1 - BEHRINGER
5. Classic Beats RD-8 episode 2 - BEHRINGER
Featuring Loose Ends - Hanging On A String (1984)

Recorded with RD-8, Xenyx 2442, FX 2000, Klark Teknik 1176-KT
6. RD-8 Tips Part 1: Step & Note Repeat - BEHRINGER
7. RD-8 Tips Part 2: Pattern Chaining - BEHRINGER

Hydrasynth Patch Demos by Paul Schilling

"(Note: The first sound, GXUltraPad, uses none of the FX...only WaveStack and PWM are used to create the lush character)

Proud to have been part of the sound design team for one of the most exciting new synths and controllers to come out in a long time: Hydrasynth - Digital Wave Morphing Synthesizer with Polyphonic Aftertouch. It has an amazing internal synth engine and can also be used as an affordable poly-AT controller for any synth that is able to receive it. This includes pretty much all DSI / Sequential synths, Deckard's Dream, Kijimi, Xerxes, and of course all kinds of soft synth.

These are sound demos for the patches I have created for the Hydrasynth. It has a very broad sound palette, check out more sounds here:"

Check out the announcement post for the ASM Hydrasynth here.

Todd Barton: See you at Knobcon 2019

Published on Sep 3, 2019 Todd Barton

"If you’re at #knobcon2019 swing by the @buchlausa booth and chat, then catch my little talk on Saturday at 1:30pm. Looking forward to seeing/meeting folks!"

onlyone/ joe kowalski "Jaunpuri" - 09/02/19

Published on Sep 3, 2019 Joe Kowalski

"Drone synth improvisation based very loosely in the North Indian raga Jaunpuri.

Two synths are set to auto-trigger to sustain the drone. These are the Make Noise 0-Coast and the Behringer Neutron. There are plenty of cross modulations between the two and the Roland System 1m, which is the lead synth being triggered by the KeyStep.

The BeatStep Pro is triggering some drums in Ableton, and three pads are routed to trigger various envelopes on the 0-Coast and the Neutron.

The Roland Juno 60 has its filter being modulated by my custom Max For Live plugin CuatroMod -- two sets of two cross modulated oscillators that can then cross modulate each other.

All was recorded and mixed in Ableton Live. Video shot on GoPro, iPhone, and a webcam, and edited in DaVinci Resolve."


Joe Kowalski - "Jaunpuri" BTS - synth setup

Published on Sep 8, 2019 Joe Kowalski

"Here's a quick walk-through of the synth setup I used for my 'Jaunpuri' video."

Roland JUPITER-8 SN 151364

via this auction

"There were 9 versions of the Jupiter-8 and this is version 1.

Epic, vintage, legendary.

It's the 1264th Jupiter 8 ever produced. Around 3000 were produced in total.

Based on the serial number I estimate that it was made around February of '82, 1 year after they started manufacturing.

It's one of the earlier 12 bit models, just before they started using a 14 bit D/A converter.

Serial no. 151364

Perhaps Roland's most classic sought after keyboard."

Sequential Circuits Prophet VS SN 0804

via this auction

"The VS is in superb working condition, a new backlight has been fitted and the synth has been thoroughly tested. All buttons, switches, pots and keys work as they should. The aftertouch has been confirmed to be fully working.

Cosmetic condition is excellent, with only minor marks and blemishes."

Studio Electronics Omega 8 RED EYE Edition

via this auction

"5 voice Studio Electronics Omega 8 with the Black Music Essentials patch bank (a $100 bank) loaded into ROM C. This version has the Minimoog and Oberheim filters.

It's in excellent condition, sounds incredible, has some typical rack rash. Has multiple options for outputs for the individual voices, as well as a dedicated mono output and stereo outputs.

The BME patchbank is like a trip into 70s-90s R&B and Funk. Incredibly well programmed."

I believe the RED EYE editions were Novamusik special editions. Novamusik is now Kraft Music.

Acidlab Autobot Sequencer (RARE) + M303

via this auction

"The M303 is an entire synthesizer voice and to be exact a clone of the TB-30´s analog circuitry in a single Eurorack module. Imagine it as a modular vesion of the Acidlab Bassline without the sequencer but with aditional CV inputs instead.

Now imagine it with a sequencer that can attach directly to the M303. That's the Autobot. Autobot is the monophonic sequencer from the Bassline 3 in Eurorack format enhanced with some additional trigger outputs AND midi i/o.

These are pretty rare / especially rare together."

Roland SH-7 Analog Synthesizer

Published on Sep 3, 2019 UFO LFO

"A sound noodling session run on my Roland SH 7 using a bit of eventide blackhole verb."

Free Roland TB 03 Patterns

Published on Sep 3, 2019 SamiRabia

"Get them here:"

TB-03s on eBay | TB-03s on Reverb | TB-03s on Amazon

Arturia Minibrute 2 | Little Monster

Published on Sep 3, 2019 Alex Ball

"Arturia kindly sent me a Minibrute 2 and so I made a track with it.

As I’m sure you know, the MiniBrute 2 came out last year and is the successor to the original MiniBrute (2012) with both being modern analogue monosynths with some nice features.

Oscillator 1 has mixable sawtooth with ultrasaw, square wave with pulse width, triangle with metalizer and noise.

Oscillator 2 is simpler with sine, saw and square. It can also run as an LFO.

There is a great sounding resonant Steiner-Parker multimode filter with low pass, high pass, band pass and notch modes. It can self-oscillate.

There’s two dedicated LFOs that can be sync’d or free running.

There’s two envelopes (ADSR and AR) and the latter can loop.

There’s “brute factor” which is an on board overdrive that can get quite extreme (in a good way).

There’s a pitch wheel, mod wheel, aftertouch, an arpeggiator, a sequencer, USB and Midi in and out.

There’s also a comprehensive patch bay that really opens things out and also allows the MiniBrute to connect to Eurorack rigs. In fact there is a whole RackBrute that the MiniBrute can bolt onto via connections on its side panels.

The test for me was “Can I get up and running quickly and get some musical results” and the answer was “absolutely”. I patched in a sync’d bass sound and setup the envelopes and filter and it sounded great. I made a bunch of drum sounds and effects and sampled them for a rhythm track. I also made a couple of lead sounds that you hear in the track and everything sounded really good.

To give a balanced view I’ll list a couple of small niggles. Firstly, I’m not a fan of two octave keyboards, although the Minibrute is designed to be small of course – the clue is in the name!

Secondly the build quality is pretty solid, but the sliders felt a little plasticy (which they are of course) but by contrast the potentiometers were smooth and robust.

Whilst the above is nit-picking really and not really to do with the sound, the one real issue I found was that the tuning would drift and need nudging at fairly regular intervals. I’m not sure if that’s just my unit or that it needs some wearing in or whether they all drift, so let me know if you’ve found the same.

But overall, as an affordable true analogue synth with some instant features and some much deeper ones, I think the Minibrute 2 is a very cool and convenient product that casts a wide net in terms of its potential end users."

Sequential In The Spotlight Interview with HOTEL POOLS

You can find the interview on Sequential's website here.

"Hotel Pools is a chill synth project from Portland, Oregon. Drenched in Portland rain and reverb, musician Ben Braun has created his own niche in the synth scene, releasing two albums and an EP over the last year. Hotel Pools’ latest album Constant spent two weeks on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Album Sales Chart.

We chatted with Ben on how he’s using the Prophet-6 in his music."

You can find previous posts featuring Sequential's Spotlight series here.

Lorre-Mill Double Knot 2 Available for Pre-Order

via @ctrl_mod, @ctrlmod

"Excited to announce Pre-Orders are now available for the newly redesigned Double Knot 2 from the always terrific @lorre_mill 🌀#ctrlmod #lorremill #doubleknot2 #doubleknot #synthesizer #synth #bananacables"

via Control:

"The second version of the Double Knot synthezier is right here! An all analog sound box for patching and listening to shifting rhythms and textures. Also good for techno. Knobs for setting rates and amounts, Banana connection points for wiring and re-wiring the sound of the system. This version two of the Double Knot has a lot of the same structure as the first but now with some more heady features such as volume knobs, larger buttons and Blue on Blue graphics just to name a few.

New enveloper design with mode switch to set trigger mode, loop mode or off. Wide range CV input can nearly halt envelope mid-decay for sample/hold type output. Trigger input in lieu of the fill input from the previous model.

Controls for amplitude modulation and amplifier offset for both channels. CV inputs for each channel that are normaled to the enveloper output, can be patched to other sources for other AM effects.

Very same oscillators as the first version. Triangle and square outputs, sync and CV inputs. Knobs for pitch and modulation amount.

Frequency Modulation
The FM section allows easy modulation of one oscillator to the other or both at the same time. With a knob for FM amount, a CV in jack that allows control of FM index and a toggle switch to set the modulation routing.

Audio output
3.5mm audio line output on the back of the unit closest to the amplitude controls. This is a stereo output with one synth channel per side.

Power draw is 12V DC ~200ma on a 5.5 x 2.1mm barrel connector with Positive voltage on the center pin. self-resettable 350ma PTC fuse for overcurrent protection. Diode for reverse voltage protection. Ground banana jack is next to the power input on the back. This is for sharing ground between the double knot and other banana jack devices."

ASM Hydrasynth Keyboard Preset Sounds

Published on Sep 3, 2019 Perfect Circuit

"The new Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) Hydrasynth keyboard is an eight-voice synth with rich options for sound design: with Wave Scanning oscillators, sound shaping via multiple Mutators, two flexible filters per voice, and a fully-thought-out effects section, Hydrasynth is a sound designer's dream.

It offers full polyphonic aftertouch, a large ribbon controller, and an intense arpeggiator with randomness and ratcheting built in. And of course, the modulation section is formidable: five complex envelopes, five complex LFOs, CV/Gate I/O and a 32-path modulation matrix make it possible to create everything from classic key sounds to evolving generative soundscapes.

In this video, we explore some of the Hydrasynth's presets. If you're interested to learn more about the Hydrasynth's design process, check out our interview with ASM design director Glen Darcey here:

Hydrasynth Keyboard available here:

Hydrasynth Desktop available here:"

Supporters of MATRIXSYNTH get %10 off at Perfect Circuit! See the support page for details. Thank you to all who support the site!

See the ASM Hydrasynth announcement post here for additional demos, details, and pics.

one patch #01 | arrived at the top | modular eurorack synthesizer

Published on Sep 3, 2019 Elinch

"After a long time :-) again you hear something from me. Nice that you are back.

One Patch - This series of 6 songs is mostly based on a patch. The first piece of the series is very minimalist and builds on 3 pianoloops, which move slightly against each other.
I dedicate this piece to my father, who recently left.

Please listen with a lot of time.

1. noises /// intellijel dixie 2+ & sh modulates manhattan analog svvcf / mutable instruments clouds
2. piano loop 01 /// sampleplayer orthogonal devices er-301
3. piano loop 02 /// sampleplayer orthogonal devices er-301
4. piano loop 03 /// sampleplayer orthogonal devices er-301
4. voice loop 01 /// sampleplayer orthogonal devices er-301
5. voice loop 02 /// sampleplayer orthogonal devices er-301
6. piano pad /// grain unit orthogonal devices er-301
7. some noises /// xaoc devices kamieniec self-oscillating

all signals / 3 modulated delays orthogonal devices er-301 / strymon magneto

recorded live with tascam dr 100. for the best listening experience listen to the video with headphones or good speakers."

TEST SERIES Rossum Electro Music Panharmonium Mutating Spectral Resynthesizer Eurorack Sound Design

Published on Sep 3, 2019 Outsider Sound Design

"Processing a percussion loop with the Rossum Electro Music Panharmonium Mutating Spectral Resynthesizer.

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"

BURG - Fontenay Escape (Moog Subsequent 37 vs Strymon)

Published on Sep 3, 2019 ollilaboratories

"If you like my music you can find it here and also please consider supporting me at patreon for as little as 1 USD

As a BURG patreon You will get access to behind the scenes materials, exclusive live streams, tiers with stems, loop packs and other perks including access to the exclusive BURG discord.

Track info:

Getting back on track after some time away from the studio, best recipe is to scale things down and focus on just one instrument. Today the Moog Subsequent gets a rundown, a moody laid back tune that that popped up straight off the bat when i turned the sub37 on.

All you hear in the track is the subsequent 37, with bass loop from the same pre-recorded into the EHX 720 stereo looper which kicks in halfway through the track. FX on duty is ICE delay algorithm on the timeline, plus a modulated room reverb in the bluesky.

The sub37 Filter envelopes are set to looping/latched, so the synth is in latch mode all through the track, forcing me to adapt my playing on the keyboards to ensure proper demarcation of the single and duo mode (set to low note prio) when alternating between one and two keys pressed.

This playing technique give a very wide palette with just the one sound, no need to swap patches, just play two notes for more mellow melodies, alternate to one key mono style for that larger 2VCO sound.

Gear Used:
- Moog Subsequent 37
- Strymon Timeline
- Strymon Bluesky
- Electro Harmonix 720 Stereo Looper

All recorded down on 2 track, Zoom H5

#moog #subsequent37 #strymon"

I Speak Machine: PATREON COVER - White Rabbit Sneak Peek

Published on Sep 2, 2019 Tara Busch

'Here's a sneak peek clip of the September Patreon cover, WHITE RABBIT!
Join us here"

New from supporting member, Tara Busch/I Speak Machine.

Mutable Instruments' Braids - Synthesis Models Series #34

Published on Sep 3, 2019 Omri Cohen

"Man, this model sounds nice! It's a sort of a granular droplets thing, and it's so organic and alive! I've really enjoyed this one... I've used also the new Quad Algorithmic Rhythm sequencer from Frozen Wasteland, which is actually 3 sequencers combined.

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

Here is the patch -"

An On Bast live @SUPERBOOTH19

Published on Sep 3, 2019 Superbooth Official

"An On Bast is the moniker of electronic music producer and composer Anna Suda from Wrocław, Poland. Her largely improvised concerts, utilising hardware instruments, hop between melodic techno, experimental and ambient genres.
The deep and understanding relationship between Anna and her machines is instantly apparent during her performances as she glides effortlessly from modular synthesiser to drum machine via effects units."

Oberheim OB-Xa Analog Synthesizer (1980) *Гонка в космосе*

Published on Sep 3, 2019 RetroSound

"(c) 2019 vintage synthesizer trackby RetroSound

all synthesizer sounds: Oberheim OB-Xa Analog Synthesizer (1980)
drums: Roland TR-707 (1985)
recording: multi-track without MIDI, played by hand
fx: reverb and delay

Inspired by the race in space in the 60s years."

Black Corporation XERXES Expected to Ship in December

via Black Corporation

"The total price is $2999 with free worldwide shipping, the remaining balance of $2000 is to be paid when the product is ready for shipping.

8-voice polyphonic analogue synthesizer
2 discrete logic DCOs per voice
analogue HP/BP/LP filter
2 LFOs
polyphonic velocity and aftertouch
full MPE (midi polyphonic expression) support
analogue BBD stereo chorus
4U rack size with detachable rack ears and wood side panels
10 preset banks (x128)

Pre-order will run until these units have sold out. Please allow 3 months build time, shipping should be in December 2019."

XERXES is based on the Elka Synthex. You can find demos of Black Corporation's XERXES in the archives here.


Published on Sep 3, 2019 WMDevices

"Pronounced 'AXIS', AXYS is two Stereo Crossfaders in 6hp.

Stereo patching is becoming more common each day in the Eurorack Modular Synth System and we here at the shop are performing out a ton. Over the past couple years we consistently felt the need for a simple crossfader module that would allow users to switch between two stereo sources, add a stereo effect path, or easily mix a mono source with a stereo one. AXYS was born from this need.

Each crossfader features stereo inputs with normalling for mono to stereo uses as well as independent CV control. Control both crossfaders with one CV easily and decide how the Y will react to X's CV.

WMD AXYS is available at retailers now for $229"

Trio -- Da Da Da [[ Official Video ]]

Published on Feb 7, 2011 Mystic Plug Relics

Classic video featuring the classic Casio VL-Tone. Trio's Da Da Da has been featured numerous times on the site, but oddly never this video.

This one inspired by the previous post featuring the modded VL-Tone with wood sides. I actually saw this video the other night and meant to post it at some point.

Casio VL-Tone w/ Wood Side Panels & Mods

via this auction

No mention of what the mods do. Nice wood side panels. :)

New Happy Nerding Dual xFader

Published on Sep 3, 2019 Happy Nerding

via Happy Nerding

"Dual crossfader is a compact 4HP voltage controlled crossfader suitable for both audio and CVs. Smaller knobs set manual crossfade between A-B, and bigger knobs are CV attenuverters. LEDs show the adjusted positive and negative CV sides for easy monitoring.

Upper inputs (section 1) are normalled to lower inputs (section 2). Thus the same signal pair A&B can be differently crossfaded in both sections.

The switch clones section’s 1 controls to the section 2, which is useful to make stereo Dry/Wet adjustment or stereo VCA.

So this module can be used as:

– two independent crossfades

– two independent VCAs

– stereo crossfade or Dry/Wet control

– stereo VCA

– panner

Four jumpers on the back can give optional 5x amplification for each A or B input. Sot it is easy to crossfade modular level with linear level from pedals.

Output 1 is mixed with output 2 if left unconnected.

MSRP: 140 USD or 125 Euro"

Catalyst Audio 156v Control Voltage Porcessor - Buchla System 100 Eurorack Module

via this auction

"The model 156v was likely the first "CV manipulation" tool ever available to modular synthesists. In the original 100 series environment, the 156 was used as a front end to nearly every other module with a CV input. The majority of CV inputs throughout the 100 series do not have associated attenuators or offsets built into the modules, and thus they relied on the 156 to scale, offset, and attenuate the voltages traveling around the system. The 156V consists of 2 independent “voltage processors” Each with a control to mix the two inputs, add a voltage offset (positive only), and then a control to mix between the external CV to be processed and the internal offset. In addition, the "B" channel has an inverting input. The 156V is as close a replica to the original 156 as possible, and is built entirely of discrete analog components.

The Model 156V (Like all 100 Series Modules) is based off of designs originally pioneered by Don Buchla while working with the San Francisco Tape Music Center."

This is the first post to feature the 156V.

Kawai SX-210

via this auction

Roland JD-800

via this auction

"Essentially, this synth is cosmetically a 9.5/10 and functionally an 8/10.
When I received this synth back in 2011, it badly suffered the red glue plague. It did not damage the internals, and I replaced the entire keybed with a brand new one directly from Roland, one of their last ever in stock.
So, the keybed itself functions perfectly. However, the ribbon cable is not perfect and I have clamped it down tonapply more pressure to the contact. Sometimes this resolves the problem, sometimes you have to go in and adjust it again. What happens, when it isn’t behaving correctly, is that some keys will distort, or not play, when in combination with other certain keys. Playing through midi it sounds just fine. But sometimes, playing the keyboard will not play 100%. Apart from this, I recently gave all the sliders and buttons a cleaning with contact cleaner, and given it a good cleaning inside to keep it free from dust.

However, cleaning the sliders didn’t fully resolve parameter jump of 2-3 of the slider controls. It may just mean diving back in and cleaning those sliders another time, worst case scenario is changing out the slider pots..."

ADDAC System 402 Heuristic Rhythm Generator in Black

via this auction

Check out the demos and details for the red panel version here.

Yamaha FS1R SN OP11736

via this auction

"This bad boy uses formant synthesis on top of a expanded DX7 algorihmynmyn. It can even model all the DX7 sounds exactly, but has so much more depth when you add in the stupid amount of processing.

The clarity is unreal; I played this on my Egg Munro's 150 and got a slight fizzing sensation behind my chap."

Roland RS-202 Strings Synth 70's test with DC-30 Chorus Echo + Vesta Fire RV-1 Spring Reverb

Published on Sep 3, 2019 SUBTOKYOSHOP

"Roland RS-202 Strings Synth 70's test
Roland DC-30 Chorus Echo
Vesta Fire RV-1 Spring Reverb"

subtokyoshop on eBay

New AI Synthesis Ai008 Eurorack Matrix Mixer Module Videos

New videos added to this post.

KORG Volca Modular SQ-1 MOOG werkstatt Erica PICO VOICE Metasonix R56 & RK4

Published on Sep 3, 2019 Ritchie DeCarlo

Noise Engineering Lapsus Os in action

Published on Sep 3, 2019 Noise Engineering

"Here, Lapsus Os controls a variety of things: the amplitude of the filter envelope on the main acid line, amount of distortion on the acid line and kick drum, and decay time on the kick and snare."

Noise Engineering Lapsus Os

MOD Devices MOD Duo X - Introduction

Published on Sep 3, 2019 Red Means Recording

"The MOD Duo X by MOD Devices is a performance-oriented powerhouse of patchable effects, synthesizers, and sequencers. MOD Devices asked me to do a walkthrough, so let's do the thing!"

See the MOD Devices label below for more.

Father & Sonthesizer Ep. 12: The Sonic Multiplier

Published on Sep 3, 2019 George Kay

"In this series me and my dad talk about our DIY synths and current projects/past experiences. This episode we present another previous project, the Sonic Multiplier by Ray Wilson aka Music From Outer Space, my favourite ring modulator!"

You can find all episodes for Father & Sonthesizer here.

1 09 2019 A few sounds with Tresses (FM algorithm) | Batchas "Answer this question"

Published on Sep 3, 2019 batchas

"Scrotum Lab's Tresses with reverb.

Tresses is an adaptation for the BugBrand Modular System of the Open Source project from Emilie Gillet called Braids."


Batchas "Answer this question"

Published on Sep 3, 2019 batchas

"BugBrand Modular System with Scrotum Lab modules.

Direct outs to mixer to stereo track."


Published on Sep 3, 2019 Station 252

"3 Head Mixed Echo sound examples. The third algorithm on the new Tape Echo card for Z-DSP voltage controlled effects processor from Tiptop Audio.

A three head Echo in the style of some famous 70s units. The three heads are continuously blended
between using the Filter control. The output is stereo.

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."

Gem PK4900 direct sound as is! Echopad and CRB Diamond 725 Drum Machine samples on DM1

Published on Sep 2, 2019 VSMI

"Gem PK4900 is a poly/monoponic synthesizer Made in Italy by Gem/Galanti. Early '80.
last night a need some noise... ;) "

The PK4900 has only been mentioned on the site once before in a post on General Music declaring bankruptcy back in 2009. This is the first demo and video of one in action.

Be sure to check out the New Old label for more vintage gear discovered over the year/s.

KQ Dixie FM Synth - How does it sound?

Published on Aug 30, 2019 SoundForMore

"KQ Dixie FM Synth - How does it sound?


Spotted on

You can find previous posts featuring KQ Dixie FM Synth for iOS here.

Arturia Announces New MICROLAB

Published on Sep 3, 2019 Arturia


MicroLab | Controllers | Arturia
MicroLab Tutorials: Episode 1 - Overview
MicroLab Tutorials: Episode 2 - Software Integration
Arturia MICROLAB - Before you buy it, consider this... - Sanjay C

Versatile 25-key MicroLab offers high quality keys, travel-friendly features, powerful included software, and integrated cable-tidy.

Music tech pioneers Arturia have announced a new controller keyboard that excites both new users and experienced professionals alike. MicroLab is a small-scale MIDI keyboard with smart design features that you can take anywhere.

MicroLab Key Features
25 “Slim Key” velocity sensitive keyboard
Octave, hold, and MIDI channel select buttons
Capacitive mod and pitch bend strips
Protective rubberized shell
3 color options
Integrated USB cable storage
Includes 3 great software titles: AnalogLab Lite, UVI Grand Piano Model D, Bitwig Studio 8-Track

What makes MicroLab so unique?

MicroLab features the same professional slim-keys as their industry standard KeyStep controller. The keybeds found on budget controllers are often not very inspiring, but the 25 expressive, velocity-sensitive keys on MicroLab are simply a joy to play. The hold button gives you instant sustain, and by holding the shift key, you can access the “Chord” mode, letting you program in a chord and replay with just one finger.

The rubberized shell protects MicroLab from and bumps and scrapes when you’re on the move, and also features a recess that perfectly fits the USB cable, letting you store or pack it easily. MicroLab also includes capacitive mod and pitch controls that work in the same way that touchscreens do, these also let you swipe through and select presets with a tap. You can also quickly switch MIDI channels via the dedicated knob and numbered keys.

Arturia have designed this controller to work with you, and not get in the way. Because the cable is recessed, you can push it right up against other gear in your studio without cables getting in the way. It’s the width of the average plane and train tray table, and the shell stops it from sliding around. The keys are also recessed slightly into the body, nothing sticks out, so there’s nothing to catch when you slip it into your backpack.

MicroLab includes 3 great software titles for free:
Analog Lab Lite
Explore 600 fantastic presets taken from Arturia’s award winning V Collection series. Analog and digital synths, classic organs and pianos.

UVI Grand Piano Model D
A beautifully sampled Steinway for you to play using MicroLab’s expressive, velocity sensitive keys.

Bitwig Studio 8-Track
A powerful and innovative software studio to record, sequence, and mix your tracks. Make music right out of the box.

MicroLab is available everywhere.
Retail price: 79€/$"

New ASM HydraSynth 8 Voice Digital WaveMorphing Hardware Synthesizers - First Demos & Details

Update: Playlist added above. You can use the player controls to skip around.
Update2: New pics and product description added below.
Update3: Official press release with higher res pics starting with the desktop added below.


1. ASM Hydrasynth Keyboard Preset Sounds - Perfect Circuit - interview here
[Note Supporters of MATRIXSYNTH get %10 off at Perfect Circuit! See the support page for details. Thank you to all who support the site!]
2. ASM HydraSynth Overview Demo arp and Poly Touch Pads - Ken Flux Pierce Fluxwithit
3. HYDRASYNTH FIRST IMPRESSIONS – This is an INTENSE synthesizer - BoBeats (Patreon)
4. New Polysynth - HYDRASYNTH - From ASM - Sonic LAB First Look - sonicstate
5. Hydrasynth: Review, detailed tutorial // Keyboard vs Desktop // Polyphonic Aftertouch - leploop
6. Hydrasynth Review -
7. Welcome the ASM HydraSynth! Digital Wavemorphing Synthesizer - Ken Flux Pierce Fluxwithit
8. ASM HydraSynth Exploring Oscillators and Mutants - Ken Flux Pierce Fluxwithit
9. ASM Hydrasynth Sounds Demo 🎹 - Sweetwater
10. ASM Hydrasynth Synthesizer Deep Dive 🎹 - Sweetwater

ASM stands for Ashun Sound Machines, not to be mixed with the Elby Designs ASM2 & ASM STRAT 1.

Screen grab of the desktop version.

via Fluxwithit

"Over the past year or so I was fortunate enough to work on this project. Eventually it became one of the most interesting synthesizers I have seen hit the market in ages. What makes the ASM HydraSynth so special? let’s start with a run down of the bullet points first.

Hydrasynth is an 8 voice digital wavemorphing synthesizer.

8 voices3 oscillators: 219 waveforms, custom wavetables with wavelist/wavescan function, ring mod, 3 noise colors.4 custom “mutator” sections each with 7 effects FM-lin,wavestack,PWM,PWM squeeze, PWM-ASM,Sync,Harmonic sweep. oscillators can be stereo panned.

2 Simultaneous filters that can be arranged in parallel or series. Filter 1 has 11 filter models including traditional Moog style 12 and 24db ladder filters, q compensated 12 and 24db ladder filters ala MatrixBrute, 18db slope LP,BP,HP,filters based on the Threeler eurorack filter, MS20 style HP and LP filters,LPG filter and a Vowel filterOscillators can blend into filters at varying amounts, Filter 2 is a SEM style multimode filter with morph control LP-BP-HP.dedicated analog 270 degree pots for cutoff, resonance and Drive/Morph.

5 6-stage DAHDSR envelopes with BPM sync allowing you to sync the slope of each stage to the beat. Looping with definable number of repeats

5 LFO each with 10 waveforms + noise, delay, fade in/out, and phase. multiple trigger modes , step mode with pattern length.

32 point mod matrix with 28 sources and 188 destinations .

8 macros each with scribble strip and up to 8 destinations each. Macro buttons also allow for quick value changes.

AI Synthesis Ai008 Eurorack Matrix Mixer Module

Uploaded on Sep 2, 2019 AI Synthesis

Update: new videos added.

1. Using the AI008 Matrix Mixer as a Eurorack Feedback Mixer
2. Feedback oscillator Patching with a Matrix Mixer
3. Creating a CV Feedback Patch with the AI008 Matrix Mixer
4. AI008 DIY Eurorack Matrix Mixer build Guide

"Portland, OR, USA September 2, 2019 – AI Synthesis has released the AI008 Matrix Mixer in both a built and guaranteed version, as well as in kit and PCB/Panel format. The AI008 Matrix mixer has four inputs and three dedicated output, as well as a summed output. The module allows users to mix multiple inputs to multiple outputs, allowing for flexible routing of cv to multiple destinations, feedback FX patches, self-modulating oscillators, self-modulating cv sources, and many more applications. In 10HP.

Following the tradition of the other eurorack modules, the AI001 Multiple,AI002 Mixer, and AI003 Looping ADSR, the module has a full video how-to build guide. Unlike some DIY companies that focus solely on providing kits, AI Synthesis has an educational mission and our kits and documentation are aimed at those who have never held a soldering iron. PCBS are professionally manufactured, and all panels are aluminum and designed by Grayscale.

'In the year 2000, I was in college and obsessed with modular synths, but could barely afford to eat. I knew it was possible to build your own synth, but there wasn’t anyone, or anywhere to turn to for advice. In the past decade, much more information has been published online, and in 2013 I started down my path to DIY modular. Even with all of the information online, there still lacked a single, simple, comprehensive guide for those looking to build their own synthesizer. I want AI Synthesis to be that guide. Prior to building my own synth, I was a dreamer, after building my modular, I felt I had awoken. I want to help others do the same.'

-Abraham Ingle
Founder, AI Synthesis"

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