MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Warm Star Electronics | Knobcon 2019

Published on Sep 11, 2019 Under the Big Tree

"Bradford from Warm Star Electronics takes us through his company's range of Eurorack modules: Fragment, The Bends, and the upcoming Orbit module. Warm Star's line is currently about getting a lot of density and options out of your control voltage signals, at a modest price and HP size.

Under the Big Tree is Nick Peck's YouTube channel, focused on music and sound design equipment and techniques, composition, production and performance of music, modular synthesizers and electronic music in general, and tabletop board games."

Arturia MicroFreak Demo Live Presentation at Perfect Circuit

Published on Sep 11, 2019 Perfect Circuit

"Arturia will be presenting their MicroFreak synthesizer at our new event space next door to our showroom in Burbank CA.

MicroFreak available here:"

CWEJMAN S1 LFO panning

Published on Sep 11, 2019 thisoldhouz

"First you hear the lfo controlling the filters in regular fashion coming out main output. Then panning effect using separate filter outputs with regular and inverted lfo.

Since the S1 has a mixer with an inverted output you can use this for a panning effect if you use the lfo to control one filter panned hard left on a mixer and the inverted lfo to control the other filter panned hard right."

KnobCon 2019 last vid - with Shoegaze!

Published on Sep 11, 2019 SynthMania

Check out Division 6's booth! How cool is that?

"My last vid from Knobcon 2019...with Shoegaze galore :-D
Guitar: the great Peter McGuire
Bass: me
Drums: Miss Linn
FX: BigSky"

See the Knobcon label below for more Knobcon coverage!

WMD Intros Crater, Voltera Eurorack Modules At Knobcon 2019

Published on Sep 11, 2019 Synthtopia

"At Knobcon 2019, we talked with WMD's Mason Malvinni, who gave us a quick intro to their latest Eurorack modules, including a new drum synthesis and sequencing modules."

New MIDI Router Control Center (MRCC) Could Solve Your MIDI Headaches

Published on Sep 11, 2019 Synthtopia

"At Knobcon 2019, we talked with Conductive Labs, who gave us a sneak preview of their MIDI Router Control Center (MRCC), described as ‘a modern reinvention of the MIDI router’.

It features 11 In x 21 Out routable and filtered MIDI ports.The MRCC offers DIN MIDI, 3.5mm MIDI, and USB connectivity, and lets you route and manipulate MIDI signals in many ways."

See the Conductive Labs label below for more.

Vintage Oberheim Matrix-1000 White Face Synth Module

via this auction

Modal Argon8 Wavetable Synthesizer Hands-On Demo at Knobcon 2019

Published on Sep 11, 2019 Synthtopia

"At Knobcon 2019, Modal Electronics introduced the $699 Argon8, a new wavetable synthesizer that builds on the legacy of their $4,495 Modal 02."

Todd Barton - Wavefolding is Like a Rainbow | Knobcon 2019

Published on Sep 11, 2019 Under the Big Tree

"There are no words that can adequately express my esteem for this remarkable man. Composer, thinker, synthesist, communicator, human. Todd Barton plays all of those parts exquisitely. He has taught me so much about synthesis and the art of tiny movements. And I was utterly unsurprised to learn that Pauline Oliveros loomed large in both of our backgrounds, teaching us how to listen.

Here Todd is delivering a lecture at Knobcon 2019, and it was a wonderful opportunity to zoom in close on his hands as he performed on his Buchla Easel. A fascinating talk on listening, synthesis, and life. Just watch this whole video. Right now. See what I'm talking about.

Under the Big Tree is Nick Peck's YouTube channel, focused on music and sound design equipment and techniques, composition, production and performance of music, modular synthesizers and electronic music in general, and tabletop board games."

9 09 19 Serge Paperface '78 [02] - Cruising speed

Published on Sep 11, 2019 batchas

"Impro on Serge Paperface '78."

Roland MC707 Techno Roulette (KUSH)

Published on Sep 11, 2019 KUSH

"My first test with the Roland MC707, what a chance for a new Techno Roulette. #rolandmc707 #mc707 #roland #groovebox
IG @kushgram

If you are comfortable with grooveboxes (or not) you will need this beautiful piece of gear."

Introducing the K-2 Synthesizer - Desktop & Euororack Format - 16-Voice Chainable

Published on Sep 11, 2019 BEHRINGER

"The K-2 Analog and Semi-Modular Synthesizer with Dual VCOs, Ring Modulator, External Signal Processor, 16-Voice Poly Chain and Eurorack Format."

Behringer K-2

TEST SERIES Korg Little Bits Mooer Pigtronix Nobels Micro Mini Pedals

Published on Sep 11, 2019 Outsider Sound Design

"I needed to make some sample material to later process in software. I thought it would be interesting to put together a mini setup with Korg Little Bits, Boredbrain The Patchulator 8000, Nobels ODR-1 Mini, Pigtronix OFM Disnortion Micro Distortion, and Mooer Ana Echo Analog Delay, Acoustikar Acoustic Guitar Simulator, Trelicopter, and E-lady. Treating them with various processes should yield some interesting results.

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"


Published on Sep 11, 2019 Station 252

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

The Filter control also switches between combinations of the 3 heads (1+2, 1+3, 2+3, 1+2+3).

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."

Make Noise Maths Complex Function Generator (Original vers.) Eurorack module

via this auction

"The classic modulator, function or generator module. Everyone knows about it & some people seem to have more than two in their racks. This is the original version purchased from Analog Haven and has had a small amount of studio use.

Mint, working 100% with original packaging.
Power cable & screws included."

Oberheim OB-12 Synthesizer

via this auction

"The Oberheim OB•12 is a Virtual Analog synthesizer, designed and realised by the Italian musical instrument manufacturer Viscount, in production between 2000 and 2005."

Moog Micromoog Vintage Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Korg Mono/Poly w/ Original Soft Case & Sound Chart Panel Overlay

via this auction

"Korg Mono/Poly Analog synthesizer.
With Original Gig bag and Sound chart presets document from Korg.

We can install the Modypoly Midi upgrade from Tubbutec if required.

Fully serviced, ready to use !
One of the best mono synthesizer ever made
If the Modypoly mod is installed, a lot of new features will be available :

- sustain, sequencer, new keyboards modes (random poly, 2 voices, 3 voices)
and a lot more or possibilities.
- MIDI in/out

The synthesizer has been cleaned, serviced and calibrated :
- All the potentiometer have been individually cleaned and lubricated.
- The PSU board has been recapped.
- The Vco's have been calibrated
- Full calibration to the closest factory specifications."

"Geophysical Vibrations" Morphagene Reels by Carmelo Pampillonio

Published on Sep 11, 2019 MAKEN0ISE
Update: Re-Published on Oct 16, 2019

"Carmelo Pampillonio's Geophysical Vibrations Morphagene Reels can be downloaded here:

Check out Carmelo's other work here:

Our planet emits natural electromagnetic radio signals in the extremely-low-frequency and very-low-frequency (ELF/VLF) radio spectrum, which lies between 3Hz - 11kHz. These exceedingly long waves emanate from massive discharges in lightning storms, and from the solar wind lathing the magnetosphere with supercharged plasma particles, visible as aurora. Though some individuals may be sensitive to these electromagnetic waves, they are not typically considered to be audible, and so require a simple VLF radio receiver to transduce the signals.

Seismic waves unfurl across the surface of the Earth at massive magnitudes over deep geologic time; their ripples slowly circumnavigating across the breadth of the entire planet multiple times before dimming out. The easiest way to transpose seismic waves into sound and render them audible to human hearing is to play them at a much faster speed via a time-frequency transform. I consider this, along with my work with VLF waves, to be documentary practices, where I leave the sounds completely raw and unedited to preserve the general characteristics of the vibrations as much as possible. The act of rendering these waves sensible requires an adjustment — or attunement — of our intuitions of time and scale to degrees which exceed what is generally considered normal and familiar. Conversions like this help us to slide up and down different spatiotemporal dimensions to consider things from varying viewpoints. They allow for a sort of perspectival superposition, where it’s both the sped-up time and the original, and neither nor. So, for me, this listening is part of a practice of long-term deep-geologic thinking, and it’s a practice that helps articulate our situatedness on the earth, and our entanglement within these large-scale nonhuman forces. It’s very much a process; a material working-out of the relations between entities and forces, and how we’re co-produced through these interactions. The pieces you hear here were sonified via the three-axis L-4 seismometer at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), in Rosman, North Carolina.

Amphoric Resonances
Sighs, howls, drafts, gales, soughs, and hums… A study of the spaces in between.

The chaotic vibratory ecologies of electromagnetic fields emitted from all the technological instruments and interfaces involved in this project. These ambient broadband measurements were taken with various EMF sensors, where the discharges of imperceptible energies are rendered sensible as symphonic microsounds which impart the extent to which our surrounding spaces are not simply passive backgrounds. The art of magnetic field recording is intriguing precisely because it makes us privy to vibrations of an inhuman axis, making it a form of non-anthropocentric art."

NEW Erica Synths PICO System III // Modular Day Barcelona #6

Published on Sep 11, 2019 DivKidVideo

"At Modular Day Barcelona #06 I was pleasantly surprised to see a brand new PICO system from Erica Synths. This is the PICO System III (3) and is a new modular system that comes as a Eurorack module or fully enclosed instrument with built in power supply.

This system is largely reduced in cost by producing the full system on a single PCB and using a single enclosure while retaining the system circuits and quality we're used to from the PICO modules from Erica Synths. It also has a novel patch storage system based on PCB patch cards. This routes all the normalised connection points onto a card sized circuit board allowing you to use wire to solder up your own DIY synth voices and saved patches or you can use one of the 5 included cards for some patch ideas too. This is of course still entirely and fully patchable with normal cables, and it comes with 25 stacking cables too.

A nice trick Girts explains in the video is to turn all the knobs up fully on the device fully and use resistors rather than wire to also store preset resistance on the cards to save knob positions as well as connections.

I was told this will be releasing around the 20th of September with lots of audio examples directly from Erica Synths so expect a release and more before the end of the month."

Modular Concepts: Musical Maths [BITWIG STUDIO 3]

Published on Sep 11, 2019 bitwig

"While math is everywhere in sound synthesis, it doesn't always ask for attention. This tutorial looks at three examples: making a patch velocity-sensitive, seeing how low-pass filters relate to amplitude, and using comparators to make a looping envelope. By lifting the veil on a few simple ideas, take The Grid (and any modular environment) to a new level.

NOTE: Project file with snapshots and bonus content available here -

0:08 - Math: it's all around us
1:10 - Logical functions too
2:05 - Task 1: Velocity as an amplitude control
3:24 - Level Scaler for range
4:03 - Using decibels is nicer
4:32 - Task 2: What is a low-pass filter?
5:45 - LPF makes things slow…
6:22 - …now we can slow other signals
7:20 - Lag is a filter set in time
7:55 - Task 3: building a looping envelope
8:43 - Talk thru how this should work
9:13 - When the envelope reaches zero…
9:48 - …AND the note is still held, retriever
10:39 - Details, like routing feedback…
11:10 - …merge the triggers with OR…
11:57 - …and short logic signals help OR work
12:50 - It loops! Go crazy!"

Roland Jupiter Xm Sound Demo (No Talking)

Published on Sep 11, 2019 Bonedo Synthesizers

Dreadbox Introduces ANTIPHON Monophonic Synth Voice DIY Kit

Published on Sep 11, 2019 Dreadbox

Dreadbox presents a new Limited DIY Kit priced at 165.00 €

Antiphon is an Analog Monophonic Eurorack Synth Voice
8 Sine Wave Oscillators
Oscillator 7 and 8 can be used as LFOs with a range of 1min up to 10kHz
Individual Oscillator Outputs and pitch control
2-Pole non-resonant Low Pass Filter
2-Pole non-resonant High Pass Filter
Exponential VCA
Analog Spring Reverb with Gain control
150mm Belton 3-Spring Reverb tank
External Input can accept up to Guitar Levels
In combination with the Cardboard case+ power product (NOT INCLUDED in the DIY KIT), it can be used as a Drone Synth or as a Desktop Effect
Desktop Effect:
– Spring Reverb
– Tremolo
– Ring Modulator / Bit Crush
– Filter Effects
– Overdriven Reverb
22 Patch Points
42HP Eurorack Format

Korg Nu:tekt NTS-1 – Build it, Tweak it, Connect it.

Published on Sep 11, 2019 Korg

"Expanding upon their namesake of innovation, KORG has announced Nu:Tekt; a new brand with focus on DIY instruments, effects and utilities. The new NTS-1 is the first DIY synth in the new line, allowing synth enthusiasts everywhere to experience a hands-on approach to building, sound shaping and integration with other products. With a digital oscillator inspired by the MULTI engine as found on the acclaimed prologue and minilogue xd, to its seamless and fun way to assemble, the NTS-1 brings a unique approach to synthesizer creation."

Knobcon: An In-Depth Look At The Hydrasynth Synthesizer

Published on Sep 11, 2019 Synthtopia

"At Knobcon 2019, Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) introduced the Hydrasynth – a new hardware synth that they say offers a massively deep and flexible sound engine and unique performance controls, including polyphonic aftertouch and a four-octave ribbon controller.

We talked with ASM's Glen Darcey, who gave us an in-depth look at the new synth."

Knobcon 2019: Hydrasynth With Glen Darcey

Published on Sep 11, 2019 sonicstate

"Seemingly coming from nowhere to release one of the most interesting new digital poly synths on the market Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) have made a splash with the Hydrasynth... Heading up Product and Vision for the company is Glen Darcey.

Glen previously worked at Arturia and Akai however this new role at ASM has given him more creative control and presented some new challanges.

Our resident US reporter Jim (Earmonkey Music) was on hand at Knobcon this year to talk to Glen about some of the creative decisions made on the Hydrasynth."

Knobcon 2019: ASM Hydrasynth Sounds Only Demo

Published on Sep 11, 2019 sonicstate

"Our resident reporter Jim (Earmonkey Music) was able to grab some time with the Hydrasynth to really get down to the knitty gritty and check out some of the sounds it can make. As a keyboard player himself he really put that poly aftertouch keybed to the test."

Knobcon 2019: Roland Fantom Demo

Published on Sep 11, 2019 sonicstate

"With three new versions of the popular Fantom keyboard Roland were on hand to show off some of the new features. A new program structure means that all setups are now stored in scenes, there's no other unit of memory storage - each scene stores the whole lot.

The three different versions of the Fantom give a range of different keybeds and keyboard sizes. Ed Diaz was at Knobcon this year to show off the Fantom."

Knobcon 2019: Roland JU06 Sounds Only Demo

Published on Sep 11, 2019 sonicstate

"Our resident US reporter Jim (Earmonkey Music) was on hand at Knobcon this year to take a look at the Roland JU-06A. Jim is an owner of an original 106 in fact we think it may have been his first synthesizer, so he gave the JU06A a good going over...."

Roland JU-06A Sound Demo & Comparing Sound Engines

Published on Sep 11, 2019 BoBeats

"review where I put it in more of a musical context: [posted here]"

BoBeats links:
►Patches & samples
►Circuit Patches:

Roland JU-06A Sound Demo (No Talking)

Published on Sep 11, 2019 Bonedo Synthesizers

Agents Of Time SQUID Studio Sessions: Live Improvisation

Published on Sep 11, 2019 Pioneer DJ

Thought this was kind of interesting from the concept of a band perspective. One guy on drums+mix, one on bass, and one on melodies.

"Find out more about “SQUID” and its tutorial, check here:

Agents Of Time take us through their process for production in the studio and how that translates to live performances, focusing on their recent 12-hour set at Extrema Outdoor, Belgium. The guys demonstrate how they used the SQUID to perform one of their tracks and then remix it on the fly.


Dr. John Chowning - The History of FM Synthesis | Knobcon 2019

2nd video added to this post. Just want to be sure no one misses it.

Roland SH 7 Korg SQ 1

Published on Sep 11, 2019 UFO LFO

"Just messing with a filtered triangle wave on the SH and SQ 1"

SDS Digital Sequarallel Module Test Composition & Patch!

Published on Sep 10, 2019 freshnelly

"Well today I made an effort to create a decent patch to use with the Sequarallel. I wanted to include the Melisma, and I did, but it's a "dumb" connection and follows gates and bass notes to send chords to a Korg synth.
The RIT_M's are doing nothing more than acting as clock multipliers really in this.

There's a couple of SDS_VCO's and percussion modules etc but got the PWM modulation for the VCO's by recording an LFO into the Reflex LiveLoop and then playing it back at rates controlled by the same LFO but much slower. Ahhh what can be done hey?

So yeh, this is a collage of sound based around a simple trance-like composition I did in FL Studio this morning and recorded in this afternoon. It uses 3 MIDI channels and 1 Percussion channel.
Now it's trapped within the Sequarallel forever mwa ha ha ha!

It's really amazing to have this in the demo rack. I'm going to put one of the production units in my big case but the demo rack has become a legacy collection of sorts and I do so enjoy it. (Plus there's no holes like in the big one bluk!)"

Glitchmachines - Convex

Published on Sep 10, 2019 Glitchmachines

Glitchmachines - Convex - 01 Overview
Glitchmachines - Convex - 02 Interface
Glitchmachines - Convex - 03 Processing
Glitchmachines - Convex - 04 Modulation

$49 via Glitchmachines

"Convex is a multi-effects processor designed to facilitate the creation of contorted artifacts, syncopated patterns and skewed digital textures.

Based around three classic effects; multimode filter, pitch shifter and delay, Convex generates dynamic variations of the input signal by crossfading between two instances of each effect and modulating their key parameters using an extensive array of control modules.

From mellow dub delays to mind-blowing glitch sequences, Convex brings a broad range of exciting effects to your sound design arsenal.

Convex features two Pitch Shifters, two Digital Delays and two Multimode Filters. You can crossfade between each instance of the processors, making it possible to create complex morphing effects. Driving its core are 4 LFOs with optional tempo sync and 2 envelope followers which can have their output inverted or combined using mixers and multipliers.

Several key parameters can be modulated using the LFOs, envelope followers, mod mixers, mod multipliers and mod inverters. These parameters feature dedicated mod source menus and depth knobs. Aside from processing audio signals within your DAW, real-time processing of external signals is especially interesting in combination with the envelope followers.

Dual Pitch, Delay & Filter FX
Dual Env Followers
4 Flexible LFOs with Sync
Dual Mixers, Mults & Inverters
Scalable User Interface
70+ Factory Presets
Win/Mac VST/AU 32/64bit"

ZONKULATOR at NorthEast Noise Fest 2019

Published on Sep 10, 2019 Bill T Miller

ZONKULATOR / Bill T Miller of Orgy Of Noise @ NorthEastNoiseFest 2019.
THANX to ALL who were there ! - MORE at

- BTM battery powered NOISE rig featuring Landscape Instruments StereoField & Burnkit2600 bleepkit ( custom built by BtM ) & Waterhed CircuitBenT voice changer & Teenage Engineering PO12 PocketOperator DrumMachine & KORG mini-kaoss pad into TASCAM DR05 recorder.

- VIDEO by Sheri Hausey & Bill T Miller. Editing by BTM & ZiggyCat at Headroom Boston. Polaroid snapshot courtesy of Sam / Pain Chain. Mega THANX to Steve Davis of +DOG+ for hosting fest.


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