MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

OB-6: "Six by Eighteen" (Full 6-Voice Polyphony)

Published on Sep 25, 2019 Kris Lennox

"I tried to kill my OB-6. Dave & Tom won. I know when to wave the white flag, so I'm waving the white flag. Given the OB-6 is a 6-voice synth, I thought I'd push this to the absolute maximum by writing a piece with 6 fully independent lines (an interesting composition challenge in itself i.e 6 people having a conversation at the same time, yet making sense!).

I thought a small puff of smoke would emanate from the OB-6, and that would be the end of it. But no - the OB-6 won the battle.

Seriously - what an instrument. There's no voice stealing whatsoever. Dave, Tom - well done. Well done indeed!

Voice stealing would be obvious in this piece. As there are no breaks in the melodic lines, a voice drop would kill the piece/line. But the Obi didn't even flinch. This piece on the OB-6 is surely testament to the programming/design abilities and talents of Dave & team. Well done guys. Brilliant.

I've uploaded the piano version with score so you can see/follow the melodic lines (and see what the OB-6 is having to deal with in real-time i.e all parts of the score).

Over the weekend I plan on recording each line on a different synth, and creating a different timbre. This will allow for greater voice separation/clarity. Should be a fun little project. Once I upload the 6-synth version, I'll make the score/MIDI available.

RE the time signature (18/16): if you held a gun to my head and forced me to confess my favourite non-prime time signature, in a panic I'd likely say 18/16. Great meter.

The keen eye will notice polyrhythms towards the end (i.e 9:4). Very interesting. Polymetric writing also occurs throughout.

Keen number theorist types will also have noticed that all three versions total 18 minutes. I do like a good structure within a structure. 'Structure sandwiches' haha.

Must lie down. The Obi defeated me/didn't die when I tried to kill it. Brilliant synth (I genuinely didn't know if it would freeze/crash with a piece such as this).

All best

Dinsync Gilbert In Black - Roland Inspired Mono Synth

via this auction

"Here is a freshly complete Gilbert, a best of inspired by Roland mono synthesizer.

The circuit blocks take inspiration from :-
Curtis CEM3340 oscillator
MC-202 style formfactor
SH-101 style noise oscillator
MC-202 Sub Oscillator
SH09/Jupiter 4 (rev 1) style VCF
SH09 style interface layout
Features include:-
I/O (3.5mm jacks)
1v per octave cv/gate inputs
Raw oscillator outputs (saw, square, triangle, sub)
Hard Sync
Exponential FM
Linear FM
CV over VCF
External input (to mixer/vcf) with envelope follower
Audio output on both 3.5mm and 6.3mm jacks.

I have added mods based on the Isak Mods, these include :-
Increase VCF ENV amount
Increase VCF LFO amount
Increase VCO modulation amount
Increase Vpp at the output
These are not mind bending mods but give a better range for the modulation.

My builds come with the Black Christian Hartig/Kumptronics case, PSU and manual.

From the RE303/Dinsync website :-

'Gilbert is a small format analog monosynth inspired by what we consider to be some of the best era of Roland™ machines from the late 70s/early 80s. It has a nice “rubbery” tone that will be familiar to all acid aficionados and makes a great supporting voice for your RE-303. Gilbert can be thought of in a couple of ways. On one hand you have a fully fledged analog monosynth and on the other hand due to its I/O connections you could think of Gilbert as a eurorack module in a synthesizer format. Of course combinations of both also work, anything is possible.'"

Roland JX-3P with Wood Side Panels, PG200 w/ Original Box, and MIDI Mod

via this auction

"This synth is in excellent condition. It comes with a Roland PG200 in immaculate condition with original carrying case and packaging, as well as mahogany wood ends and the original plastic ends.

The synth has been modified to carry MIDI over the PG200 (which is not possible previously). You can now use the PG200 to transmit CC messages to your DAW. It has the RIVER MIDI mod installed (previously known as the Organix mod):

real-time control over all JX-3P parameters with standard MIDI CC messages (from a sequencer or MIDI controller)
loading new patches into the JX-3P via MIDI
selectable MIDI receive channel (1-3)
velocity sensitivity (via MIDI)
Additional for owners of PG-200 (or DT-200) programmer:

simultaneous control via MIDI input and programmer
transmission of MIDI CC messages from programmer, for recording in sequencer, or controlling other MIDI devices

The synth has also been recently serviced and had the chorus chips replaced."

How to Control DMX Lights With a Teenage Engineering OP-Z

Published on Sep 12, 2019 Blicero

"A guide to using the OP-Z to control lights via DMX.

Thank you to Enttec for supporting the channel and sponsoring the video. Find out more about the DMX USB Pro’s here:"

passionfruit | OP-Z Cover with DMX

Published on Jan 1, 2019 Blicero

"passionfruit by Blicero.

A cover of Passionfruit by Drake on the Teenage Engineering OP-Z. Using DMX to control Astera Pixel Tubes.

Vocals - Edwin Organ

Filmed by Sean Corbett -

Big thanks to Sean Corbett for filming and providing the lights."

via Enttec where you'll find additional details and instructions on how to set things up:

"Aside from being able to make some cool sounds, one of the most pioneering features of Teenage Engineering‘s popular OP-Z multimedia synthesizer and sequencer is its ability to output DMX protocol in order to control lighting that can sync with your beats and visually take your performance to the next level.

There are a lot of questions floating around out there as to precisely how this is done, so we’ve teamed up with the brains from Teenage Engineering and one of Britain’s finest electronic musicians in order to present the definitive guide to using the DMX function on your Teenage Engineering OP-Z: what gear you’ll need, how to configure it, and most of all … how to maximize your fun."

Roland XV-5080 soft pads

Published on Sep 25, 2019 SynthMania

"A few great-sounding Roland XV-5080 soft pads from the factory banks
MIDI controller keyboard: M-Audio Axiom 61"

Sarah Davachi PS-3300

Published on Sep 25, 2019 Shasta Cults


This appears to the previous location of the NMC (National Music Center) Calgary. The EMS SYNTHI 100 now appears to be in be Live Room B at at the current location. See:

Kijimi Recreation of Polykobol II Demo by Paul Schilling

"There are very few demos of the legendary and rare Polykobol II. To me the best ones are by Sebastien Moumon, on YouTube. I decided to try to recreate (as accurately as possible) the first 2.5 minutes of this demo, my favorite one: [embedded below]

I wanted to see how close I could get with the Kijimi. Sebastien used quite a bit of reverb and delay on this demo, and I tried to recreate those as accurately as possible too."

Previously posted here back in 2013.

Check out out additional synth demos by Paul Schilling featured here on MATRIXSYNTH.

Synths at Bedtime: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy meets The Microvolt 3900 Eventide H9

Published on Sep 18, 2019 GetJervis

"Welcome to Synths at Bedtime. In this video I read a passage from one of my favourite books whilst experimenting with a Pittsburgh Modular Microvolt 3900 and an Eventide H9. Hope you enjoy!"

Puttin' On The Ritz (Taco's 1982 version) cover with Baloran's The River & the VC340 vocoder

Published on Sep 25, 2019 Sean Christopher Evoking Emotion with Synthesizers

"I've always LOVED this piece ever since I first heard it in 1982.

Taco Ockerse, known as Taco, is an Indonesian-born Dutch singer and entertainer who started his career in Germany. Taco released his first single, 'Puttin' On the Ritz' in 1982 and his version of the song also had pieces of other Irving Berlin songs.

The only synth used for this track was the mighty Baloran the River. The Behringer VC340 vocoder was used to get my wife's vocals into the piece. We also decided to put her 'normal' un-vocoded voice into the final 1/3 of the song to give it a more organic feel. NI's Maschine was used for the percussion and all tracks were recorded into and mixed/mastered with Cubase 10 Pro."

LifeFormModular Demo1

Published on Sep 25, 2019 Time_Controlled_Organism

"3 little sketches to demo LifeFormModular Plugin

Available through plugin manager

Sketch1 :

Sketch2 :

Sketch3 :"


Published on Sep 25, 2019 Station 252

"Diffused Chorus Echo sound examples. 6th algorithm on the new Tape Echo card for Z-DSP voltage controlled effects processor from Tiptop Audio.

Adds diffusion to the input and echo repeats creating more of a detuned wash to the sound. The diffusion
is modulated by internal LFOs for detuning/chorusing and the output is in 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."

Subharmonics 1

Published on Sep 25, 2019

"Doepfer A-113 [Subharmonic Generator], Pittsburgh Micro Sequence, Strymon Dig, Mobius, Blue Sky"

Roland TR-08 on drums.

Bugbrand Spring Tanker

via this auction

Another listing from Malekko's Joshua Holley. This is the first one pictured on the site. You can find a couple of videos featuring the Bugbrand Spring Tanker in the archives here.

Buchla 227r

via this auction

"This has been completely gone over by Dave Brown and works as should EXCEPT I didn't mount the reverb...a tank is included with the sale along with a card that is'll have to get the 2nd half to go into your can be 1/4, tt, or xlr."

This appears to be a listing by Joshua Holley of Malekko. You can find more of his listings here. The r in Buchla models usually represents Roman Filippov of Black Corporation. Prior to Black Corporation he was making Buchla clones. You can find previous posts featuring the 227r in the archives. I believe this is the first post to feature an image of the 227r.

Roland MKS-80 Super Jupiter with MPG-80 Programmer

via this auction

"Roland MKS-80 Super Jupiter (rev 4) with included MPG-80 controller and manual. 16 VCO synth with desirable Rev 4 filter. Like an 8-voice Jupiter-6 with Aftertouch, patch stack, and velocity dynamics. Synth is in good shape, especially considering it's age. MPG shows some wear aesthetically, but newly cleaned faders and contacts so everything works like it should"

Akai AX80 Analog Synthesizer (Tauntek OS Upgrade Installed)

via this auction

Behringer K-2: Unboxing and first impressions - build quality, sound and form factor

Published on Sep 25, 2019 Starsky Carr

"Initial impressions of Behringer's K-2. It's not a review, but a quick look at how it feels and sounds. First impressions count... :)

3:20 Oscillators
6:27 Filters
8:56 Filter 1 Noise
9:52 Filter1 vs Filter 2
12:13 Envelopes
13:23 Patching a Sound (S&H)
14:43 External Signal Processor
15:30 LFOs/Modulation
18:00 Conclusion
19:40 Oscillators (geek mode)"

Meris with L.A. Artist Nick Reinhart - (Live Performance)

Published on Sep 18, 2019 Meris

"Watch L.A. Artist Nick Reinhart perform a live exclusive track at Meris headquarters. He uses a Roland SP-404, Meris Ottobit Jr, Meris Hedra, Meris Mercury7, Line6 DL4, Alesis Air Synth, Meris Enzo, Meris Polymoon, Meris Preset Switch and Line6 HX Effects.

Official Meris Site:"

THREETOM modular / Modular & digital harmonica / Michael Claessens & Steve's MS-22

Published on Aug 11, 2019 Threetom Modular

"Ever wondered if a harmonica can be used to control a synth? The answer is yes!

Michael Claessens is a talented Belgian harmonica player who's interested in electronic music. We hooked up his digital harmonica to my modular system, featuring Steve's MS-22 dual VCF. This lead to an evening of modular fun, including this funky jazz improv we taped... Patch notes are in the description below!

Michael is playing a Lekholm DM48 Digital Chromatic Harmonica ( We connected the DM48 to the Shuttle Control over USB host. We use two slightly detuned saw oscillators from the Intellijel Atlantis, which are mixed at 50% each and then sent into the input of Steve's MS-22 dual VCF. The DM48's breath MIDI CC is converted to a smoothed unipolar CV and routed in to the MS-22's FCV jack, modulating the cut-off frequency of the low-pass filter. The MS-22 is set with a high gain and moderate resonance. The high-pass filter is set at a low frequency, not affecting the signal. The output of Steve's MS-22 is then sent into a Zlob VniCursal VCA, modulated by the envelope of the Atlantis (triggered by the Shuttle Control). Reverb was added by means of the Tip Top Z-DSP with the Valhalla Reverb card."

More info: THREETOM Modular & Steve's MS-22 Dual Voltage Controlled Filter

Behringer K2 & RD8 Jam

Published on Sep 25, 2019 acidjack303

"A Quick and dirty jam, nothing special.
I programmed the Bassline pattern with the Pioneer Squid sequencer witch can also handle V/HZ as cv and the rigth trigger for the K2.
No compressors are used. Raw Quick and dirty."

Black Corporation Kijimi With Keith McMillen K-Board Pro 4

Published on Sep 25, 2019 Perfect Circuit

"Black Corporation's Kijimi and Keith McMillen's K-Board Pro 4 make a stellar pair: and synth and controller that combine to offer enormous expressive potential via MPE.

Kijimi is an eight-voice analog synth based on the super rare RSF Polykobol. It not only allows for MPE control, but features a rich set of internal modulation options great for adventurous synthesists and sound designers.

K-Board Pro 4 is an MPE-capable MIDI keyboard, providing extended expressive control with a familiar feel and user interface. By treating each key like an XYZ expression pad, KBP4 provides uncommon musical potential to keyboardists.

Read more about MPE and why these two devices pair so well here:

K-Board Pro 4 available :

Kijimi available here:"

Moot Booxle "Galactic Matriarch" | Moog MATRIARCH, IK UnoSynth and UnoDrum

Published on Sep 25, 2019 mootbooxle

Follow-up to this post.

"Here's another jam from my session at STG Soundlabs!
This one takes off into outer space...I call it "Galactic Matriarch".
Thanks to Suit and Tie Guy for making this possible!
Thanks to Geoff White for the multi-coloured trippy visuals he sent me from his travels!
Thanks to IK Multimedia for making a million cool things, especially these UNO boxes!
Thanks to Moog for making my life what it is through your legacy of sound and inspiration."

Access Virus TI2

via this auction

Mutable Instruments Ambika With SRM4 Filter

via this auction

"Mutable Instruments Ambika with SRM4 filters. A really interesting sounding synth, with lots of sonic potential. Can do aggressive, digital, and smooth anlaogue sounds. All knobs and sounds tested and work fine.

Acrylic case some stress cracks around a few of the screws (2nd picture), but the case is overall solid."

Roland JD-800 90's Digital Programmable Polyphonic Synthesiser SN ZC43910

via this auction

Instruo Scion Biometric Feedback to CV

via this auction

"Super interesting random CV generator. Comes with cables to attach to plants, yourself, anything living."

Cool rainbow circuit tree. Makes me wonder what's the "prettiest" module out there.

Krell Percussion

Published on Mar 1, 2019 Alan Barnard

"A self-generating percussion patch in Madrona Labs’ Kaivo."

Animoog Improvisation on iPad Pro

Published on Dec 31, 2018 Alan Barnard

Improvisation with SynthScape and Duduk

Published on Dec 9, 2018 Alan Barnard

"An improvisation using SynthScape on iPad Pro and the EastWest Ra Duduk on Ableton Push 2. Recorded in Ableton Live 10."

Korg Polysix + Valhalla Delay

Published on Sep 25, 2019 once upon a synth

"This is a no-talking demo of running the Korg Polysix through the ValhallaDSP Delay plugin. I just browse through some presets, tweak some sounds, and improvise some melodies and chords. There's also a bit of ValhallaDSP Room plugin for ambience."

Modular Day Barcelona #06 2019 // Synth makers, users, performances, workshops + more!

Published on Sep 25, 2019 DivKidVideo

"So here's the final video from Modular Day Barcelona #6. Which talks about the event and wraps up with footage from the day time (comment with the new modules you spot and are curious about, there's some unannounced goodies in there), previews of the performances and also some videos to come with soon."

See the Modular Day Barcelona label below for more.

Synth Programmer for Waldorf Pulse

Published on Sep 25, 2019 Stereoping

"Demo for some of the Pulse Programmer's features like OCTAVE buttons, DRIVE pot, E-PATCHES, easier access to Modulation Matrix and Arpeggiator. Finally the video contains a cacophonic desaster by using the Programmer 's PARAPHONICmode. It allows playing intervals and triads on the Pulse by analyzing the midinotes and muting/transposing DCO 2&3 accordingly.

Still missing is a demo for the Pulse Programmer's capabilities of combining several Pulses to a polysynth - the CASCADE. I'll do a separate video for this asap."

"Hang On" with Roland Jupiter 8, Juno 60, Juno 106, JX-3P, Korg Porlogue, and TR-808

Published on Sep 25, 2019 Machiwoomiapoo

"'Hang On' with Roland Jupiter 8, Juno 60, Juno 106, JX-3P, Korg Porlogue, and TR-808
Hello Everyone! I was inspired to write this tune today. I used the Jupiter 8 on patch 35/12 in dual mode for the intro. Then I pre-programmed the TR-808 drum pattern and sync'd it to the MX-1. The Juno 106 provided the BASS on patch 48 with Chorus and the occasional Boss DD7 Delay/RV-5 Reverb. Next the JX-3P used the string patch to play the main them. The Korg Prologue used the "Fantasia" patch to play the minor section. Finally I used the Jupiter 8 Strings in a tune followed by the outro patches which began the tune. Thanks for watching! Take care, Sam."

24 09 19 Scrotum Lab - Mini-system & Machinedrum

Published on Sep 24, 2019 batchas

"I hooked up yesterday the Mini-system and the Machinedrum for a quick jam.
Grilles is clocked to the Machinedrum running Autechre beats.
The Grilles clocks the 2 Le Seq and trigs the 2 Radio Music, Tresses and Orgone Accumulator MK2."

Patch n Tweak

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