MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, October 7, 2019

Monday, October 07, 2019

Oberheim OB-12 – the weird side [demo/review]

Published on Oct 7, 2019 nyppy

"Not a lot of videos about this peculiar synth around, so I recorded this one and focused a bit on the weird side of it, which is where it shines. If you can't be bothered to watch all of it, skip to the last two minutes. And if you have any questions, just leave a comment, I'm happy to help."

Volume II for the Prophet Rev2

Published on Oct 7, 2019 Robust American Patches

"Visit us at for more info. This video demonstrates our synth presets for the Sequential Prophet Rev2. The Prophet Rev2 is a DCO (Digitally Controlled Oscillator) based synthesizer with an amazing amount of modulation options. This synth can go anywhere you want to take it. This demo is Part 1 of Volume II. All sounds in this demonstration were recorded at 24Bit/48Khz through an Audient ASP-880. No extra processing and no talking!"

Synth Spotting with Duran Duran 'The early days'

Published on Dec 14, 2013 BMHMusic

"Duran Duran Interview with Nick and Roger about how the band was formed and what was happening in Birmingham during 78 -81. Great insight to how one of the most successful groups from Birmingham who then went on to rule the world !!"

Posting this for the synth spotting. Note what appears to be an all black Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 in the background to the left. To its right is a Crumar Spirit. What's that under the Spirit? To his left is a Moog Memorymoog.

Roland JX-3P Polyphonic Synthesizer with PG-200 Programmer

via this auction

Korg Univox MiniKorg 700 w/ Sticker

via this auction

"Korg's first synth! This one is branded by Univox & sounds amazing. Rare vintage Korg sticker on the wood & everything is original as far as I can tell.

Everything functions as it should including the Hi-Z output which I recently fixed. The highest key is at slight angle (see photos) but works perfectly. Also, there is some wear/stain on one side that is shown in the photos. Lastly, there is a screw missing on the top panel which doesn't affect playability or functionality in any way."

Oberheim Matrix-12

via this auction

"12-voice polyphonic additive digitally controlled analog synth with full MIDI implementation. Original owner (purchased from Synthony Music in Scottsdale, AZ in 1985). Home studio use only. Everything works. 12 Individual output expansion board installed. In storage (not used) for at least 10 years. Comes with the following accessories:
(1) Original Paperback manual and factory sound cassette tape
(2) Thumb drive containing over 1000 killer patches in SYX format: from DRET, SOLID SOUNDS, MUSIC DESIGN, Synthony Music, exclusive bank from my friend and legendary synthesist Drew Neumann, plus my own patches
(3) Thumb drive also contains PDF files of Xpander user and service manuals, MIDI Controller Notes, Individual Outputs Manual
(4) Two 10 foot MIDI cables (DIN)
(5) AC power cord"

Mirror of Venus - Modular in the cave 35 - eurorack modular ambient jam on in a volcanic lake

Published on Oct 7, 2019 Modular in the cave

"A little jam at Lake specchio di Venere (mirror of Venus) in Pantelleria. The lake is formed in a ancient collapsed volcanic crater, and takes its peculiar green color from termophilic algae living in the water. The water gushes at 50/60 c°, making it possible for the algae to live there and color the water.

until now this is the only jam i shoot twice, i had to come back the day after to get this exact mirror effect on the water, which only appears at dawn when sunlight doesn´t hit the water directly. I lost too much time setting up the cameras and composing the jam, and in the meantime the effect had vanished. Got it right the second time, by then it was just a routine"

Nathan Ramsden - Modular Synth - SynthFest UK 2019

Published on Oct 7, 2019 Sound On Sound magazine

"Nathan Ramsden shows us his labour of love: a totally self-designed modular synth."

New Analog Mafia RC-808 Demos & Updates

Published on Sep 27, 2019 Kyos330

You might remember the RC-808 from the makers of the original Roland X0X series. Above a few new demos from Kyos330 featuring kits by Hisashi Saito. Below you'll find a list of updates over the past two months. You can find the project at Recent updates include the Mac version of the RC-808, and the reference manual.

RC-808 Demo Play / 909 Vintage Kit by Hisashi Saito
RC-808 Demo Play / Modified 909 Kit by Hisashi Saito
RC-808 Demo Play / 808 Vintage Kit by Hisashi Saito
RC-808 Mac Ver. Demo Preview PWEBDSDBS1
RC-808 Demo Song Preview GateAction_2_0907
RC-808 DemoPlay 190808

What"s New

10. 01. 2019 - Mac version RC-808, plus more sounds, more sequences, more demos, and Reference Manual uploaded.

09. 09. 2019 - The Second Mid-O Day. More demos available on the 808 Media webpage. We tried hard to release the Mac version though.

09. 01. 2019 - Dommune interview and RC-808 review archive video edited and uploaded on 808 Media webpage!

08. 22. 2019 - 19:00 JST / UTC +0900 - Tadao Kikumoto with RC-808 on Streaming Channel "Dommune". Thank you so much for watching!

08. 22. 2019 - The contents of the Quick Start that comes with the RC-808 is now also shown on the RC-808 Download page.

08. 20. 2019 - 808 Media page added. We appreciate all of your kind support to us!

08. 08. 2019 - 21:00 JST / UTC +0900 - The First Mid-O Day. This website launched when the entire planet Earth was supposedly in 808 Day.

Fonik Audio Innovations - Stand Range - SynthFest UK 2019

Published on Oct 7, 2019 Sound On Sound magazine

Dubreq - Stylophone Gen R8 - SynthFest UK 2019

Published on Oct 7, 2019 Sound On Sound magazine

See the SynthFest UK label below for more.

Vintage Synth Jam: JX-8P + SH-101

Published on Oct 7, 2019 MR TUNA Music

"just rippin' and riffin' on the sweet sweet SH-101"

Teenage Engineering - OPZ Rumble Pack - SynthFest UK 2019

Published on Oct 7, 2019

"Teenage Engineering show their OPZ Rumble Pack, adding haptic feedback to the tiny OPZ."

See the SynthFest UK label below for more.

Transistor Sound Labs - Stepper Acid & Stepper Drum - SynthFest UK 2019

Published on Oct 7, 2019 Sound On Sound magazine

"Transistor Sound Labs intorduce their Stepper Acid 303 style sequencer and Stepper Drum drum sequencer for

See the SynthFest UK label below for more.

Graham Massey - 808 State - SynthFest UK 2019

Published on Oct 7, 2019 Sound On Sound magazine

"Graham Massey, electronic music pioneer and founding member of 808 state, about synths past and present and 808 State's new album, Transmission Suite."

See the SynthFest UK label below for more.

scoring The Met: Policing London for BBC one

Published on Oct 1, 2019 Miguel d'Oliveira

"simplified layout of my approach to writing for BBC one series 3 of The Met.
guitar + synths + drums + a tonne of processing"

Featuring the Prophet 12 & Native Instruments Machine Studio

Waldorf microwave XT on a bank robbery track

Published on Oct 7, 2019 Miguel d'Oliveira

"Using a Waldorf microwave XT to add digital dirt on a bank robbery track for a channel 4 series.
Final track printed through a Looptrotter Monster - a brilliant valve compressor / saturator"

Ludwig Van Beethoven- Moonlight Sonata // Synthesizer

Published on Oct 6, 2019 Michele Cataneo

Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata // Synthesizer

Played by Michele Cataneo


Novation Peak
Arturia Microbrute
Korg A1 Signal Processor

George Benton's Journey to Owning a Modular Synthesizer

Published on Oct 7, 2019 George Benton

"Recalling some of the events leading me to finally acquiring a modular synthesizer. I started with a 22-space portable and expanded it by buying more modules and building a custom cabinet.
Thanks to for the excellent products and service!"

Richard Devine demos Ultra Analog VA-3—analog synthesizer

Published on Oct 7, 2019 Applied Acoustics Systems

"Check out this awesome Richard Devine audio demo made with the brand new Ultra Analog VA-3. The Ultra Analog VA-3 factory library includes signature sounds by Richard Devine.

Ultra Analog performs as a unique and powerful synth that is fast, easy, and remarkably versatile.

Ultra Analog VA-3 is a two-voice two-oscillator-bi-filter-plus-effects analog synthesizer with advanced editing options that achieve a sweet balance between familiarity and flexibility. Ultra Analog VA-3 ships with 1000+ presets taking full advantage of its state-of-the-art analog components.

Key Features
- Two-part multitimbral, stacked or split
- Top-notch analog modules and clever synth architecture
- Four performance macros per layer that respond to user-defined MIDI controls
- Factory library comprising more than a 1000 sounds by top sound designers
- Expansion packs"

Buchla 208r (rev.2) - A Couple of Droney Patches

Published on Oct 7, 2019 isvisible isinvisible

"The first patch has the Complex Oscillator being cv'd by the MARF and the Modulation Oscillator by the 208r's sequencer.
There's a touch of Bugbrand PT Delay added.

The second patch is a 208r self contained patch, with no additional effects etc."

ARP 2500 Modules

via these auctions


ARP 1027 sequencer ARP 2500 vintage analog sequencer rare Tonus logo

ARP 1027 sequencer

ARP 1004R VCO oscillator module

ARP 1004T VCO oscillator module

ARP 1006 Filt-Amp Low pass Filter/VCA Amplifier

ARP 1033 Dual Env generator x 2

ARP 1026 Preset/Voltage Module Clone

Metasonix TM-1 SE Vacuum-Tube Waveshaper RingMod Big City Music Edition SN 20 of 25 w/ Original Box

via this auction

Serial #20 of 25

Super Rare

Ring Modulator Frequency Range: 200Hz - 10kHz

Can function as a modular synth unit unit or signal processor for any line level device (including a guitar run through a preamp or high-gain pedal).

Metasonix TM-2 Vacuum-Tube Dual Bandpass Filter Plus VCA SN TM2-71 w/ Original Box

via this auction

Serial #71

Super Rare

Dual Filters are set 2 octaves apart and sweep together as one unit
Can function as a modular synth CV controlled filter unit or as a signal processor for any line level device including as a wah effect for a guitar that is first run through a preamp or high-gain pedal (A separate expression pedal would be required to manually control the filter sweep in classic wah-wah fashion)

Waldorf Q Halloween Edition Synthesizer

via this auction

"Waldorf Q Halloween Edition Synthesizer. Condition is used but what a stunning example. Beautiful condition. 16 voice version with the latest OS 3.02. Comes with a power cord."

Akai AX80 8 Voice Hybrid Synthesizer

via this auction

"All original. No issues - plays and sounds great! Left wooden side panel has some paint chipping. Looks this the corner was bumped at some point. Does not affect playing. Pretty clean overall."

Roland System 100 Model 101 Vintage Synthesizer SN 713927

via this auction

"The unit is in excellent condition. It has some minor cosmetic wear and signs of use and age. The unit has been serviced and is in full working on condition. The unit has been tested prior to listing."

Oberheim OB-X with Waldorf Knobs SN 802701

via this auction

That is just odd. Might look better with different side panels to match the style.

ARP 2600 & 3604 -1973- ☆☆☆☆☆ w/ Complete Pro-Service

via this auction

"46 years young! ☆☆☆☆☆ ARP 2600 complete set. Moog type ladder filter (4012)!

Complete professional future proofing performed in the fall of 2019. This 2600 received 68 hours of meticulous care by our technician that has over 30 years or ARP / Oberheim / Moog experience."

Yamaha CS-80 SN 1311 w/ Docs

via this auction

"Yamaha CS80 in outstanding cosmetic condition, fully functional, and plays expressively with polyphonic aftertouch. I have owned this CS80 for over three years and it is in the best condition of any I've ever seen. Even the wood of the cabinet gives off a subtle and pleasant aroma when warmed up.

This CS80 (serial #1311) underwent significant restoration totaling over $6K - $4K in laborcharges alone involving over 350 components and woodwork by the prior owner, an absolute perfectionist - see the complete list of upgrades below.

This listing Includes -

• Serviced and upgraded CS80 in near-mint condition

• Original lid (shown attached)

• Original CS80 Service manual with numerous pages of fold-out schematics - purchased from estate of authorized service provider (examples pictured)

• Two-sided full poster-sized [side 1] full system circuit diagram and [side 2] block diagram. View its size laid over the CS in the photos

• Yamaha CS adjustment procedure guide

• Note - manuals were purchased from estate of repair technician and are clean, no tears, near mint. These are more rare than the CS80s themselves and will not be sold separately

• Third servicing guide (pictured on right) that appears to be more geared toward CS50, but may still be helpful

• No legs or music stand

• Due to vintage of the CS80, being sold AS-IS.

Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 Rev3 - No MIDI

via this auction

"Great Condition. Went trough tuning and keyboard alignment by professional technician. Studio Use Only."

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 (Serviced / Rev 3.3 / MIDI / Warranty / Flightcase) SN 6258

via this auction

"One BEAUTIFUL Prophet 5 - We never had a better one before...
Rev 3.3 / MIDI / 120 Program
Incl Anvil flightcase

Sold serviced, with warranty / invoice."

New UNO Drum Editor for Mac, PC, and iPad

UNO Drum Editor - Overview Published on Oct 7, 2019 ikmultimedia

"UNO Drum Editor has arrived! Tweak, edit, manage, and customize your UNO Drum presets via software. Get it for Mac/PC (standalone and DAW plugin) as well as the iPad app now."

Roland MC-101 John Foxx Style - Groovebox

Published on Oct 7, 2019 kvfive

"I'm a big fan of John Foxx so thought I'd try and do something in his style using the new Roland MC-101 Groovebox & a couple of additional synths.

Roland MC-101: Drums, Bass Synth & Overtones.
Roland System-1: Lead sound.
Waldorf Streichfett: Phased string (sequenced from the Keystep)
Behringer MS-101 (MS-1): White noise sound.
Roland TR-08: Snare & claves (midi clocked from the MS-101)

Thanks for watching !"

SYNTHFEST 2019 - EvenHarmonic Stomp Synth

Published on Oct 7, 2019 sonicstate

"Evenharmonics were showing a proof of concept modular analog synth built into discrete, patchable pedals controlled by guitar.

Still at the concept stage - the 'should I build it?'
So if you're interested, register your interest at"

K-One Vintage Synth - NEW AUv3 Synthesizer - Demo for the iPad

Published on Oct 7, 2019 The Sound Test Room

"You can get the K-One vintage Synth here at the App Store"

K-One Features:

Over 75 bespoke presets, made in consultation with some of the top music producers in the UK.

30 parameters for complete creative control. All mappable when used as an Auv3 audio unit.

K-One is based around four oscillators - a pulse wave, morphing sine-sawtooth wave, square sub and a noise oscillator.

A smooth, Moog-style resonant low pass filter, which can be modulated with its own envelope as well as via LFO.

5 different effects, including overdrive, delay, reverb and two custom made choruses, which give a deep, richness to the sound.

A non-resonant highpass filter.

Two ADSR envelopes for modulating the amp and filter.

Capable of an uncapped amount of polyphonic voices, or switch to the fat mono mode for basses and leads.

Pitch bend control.

A 127 note on-screen keyboard.

Compatible with Audiobus, Inter-App Audio, AUv3 and external midi control.

JMT SYNTH KD-2 + CASIO VL-1 music by Tomoe Inoue

Published on Oct 7, 2019 JMT SYNTH

The KD-2 was featured in this Perfect Circuit video back in 2018.

via jmtsynth

"Center minus DC9V adapter or effector that applies battery-driven analog drum synth circuit.

The sound input from the input is input to the drum synthesizer circuit with built-in filter when the EFEECT switch is turned on and hits the top of the main unit, or in response to the GATE / TRIGGER input from TRI IN, the sound is released from mute and set by SUSTAIN. It rises and sinks and disappears.

Since SWEEP is applied to the filter, the effect changes depending on the CUT OFF and RESONANCE knob settings. The effect is like a wah.

CV IN allows CV input to the filter.
The built-in function to convert GATE into an optimal signal for analog drum TRIGGER will respond correctly to both TRIGGER and GATE.

When inputting a piezo or drum pad trigger to TRIG IN, it is necessary to open the back cover and turn off the internal slide switch. In that case, the built-in piezo will be turned off and will not respond even if you hit the body.

When the EFFECT switch is turned OFF, the INPUT sound is bypassed to OUTPUT.

KD-2 runs on only DC9V negative center.

The signal from INPUT is mute while "effect" is on.And to tap the case or the external trigger from "TRI IN" make the signal sounds and turn dowm as the time setting by "SUSTAIN" level.

this cirucuit is from the analog synth drum with no oscillator but "INPUT".

"SWEEP" makes "wah"sound with "CUT OFF" and "RESONANCE".
CV IN is for VCF(band pass and low pass filter).

​check out the demo.

​19800 yen

SynthFest UK 2019 Sound on Sound Videos

Published on Oct 7, 2019 Sound On Sound magazine

1. Yamaha 45 Years of Synths - SynthFest UK 2019
2. SynthFest UK - Phil Oakey Talks Synths and more...
3. ASM Hydrasynth - SynthFest UK 2019
4. Analogue Solutions - Colossus - SynthFest UK 2019
5. Modal Electronics - Argon8 - Synthfest 2019
6. Korg NTS1 & Volca Nubass - SynthFest UK 2019
7. Loci Modular Stand - SynthFest UK 2019
8. Korg Kross 2 88 MB - SynthFest UK 2019
9. KMA Cirrus - SynthFest UK 2019
10. Roland Fantom - SynthFest UK 2019
11. Roland JU-06A - SynthFest UK 2019
12. Roland Jupiter-Xm - Synthfest UK 2019
13. KMA Logan - SynthFest UK 2019
14. Roland MC707 & MC101 - SynthFest UK 2019
15. Expert Sleepers ES-9 - SynthFest UK 2019
16. Presonus - Eris 8XT - SynthFest UK 2019
17. Presonus - DC Coupled Outputs on Interfaces

See the SYNTHFEST UK label below for more.

New SYNTHFEST 2019 Sonicstate Videos

Published on Oct 7, 2019 sonicstate

Update: EvenHarmonic Stomp Synth added to the playlist.


1. SYNTHFEST 2019 - Expert Sleepers Ultimate Interface ES-9
Expert Sleepers were on hand to show their entirely new ES-9 which takes the concept of modular and DAW integration with DC coupled connections, to its logical conclusion - featuring 16 IO interface, plus 2x balanced Audio outs as well as 8x8 minijacks, and optical IO, as well as compatibility with the ES expansion modules (for up to 48 additional outputs). You can now use this at the heart of your live or recording system in one go. Available soon priced at £499 UK
2. SYNTHFEST 2019 - IO Instruments Filter - With dual resonance types
New dual filter type from IO Instruments adding to their expanding range of affordable modules, this one featuring a ladder filter (24/12/6dB slopes) - with bass compensation and an MS type filter. With Linear FM, Keytrack and other controllable aspects. Sounded good, and is affordable, expected price is around €130 Euros
3. SYNTHFEST 2019 - More On The Modal Argon8
Modal Electronics were showing two of their Argon 8 Wavetable synths - things are moving on, there are now 4 in the world - so still at production prototypes stage.

News from the Modal Electronics camp, the Argon8 firmware is still being worked on, with some advances in DSP efficiency meaning more is happening in the on board FX department.

Still aiming for November production, but probably later in the month as opposed to early. But still largely on track.
Jackson kindly gave us a glimpse of some of the new features and DSP work thats been going on.
Argon 8 is expected by the end of November at a retail price around £579.
4. SYNTHFEST 2019 - Isotonik Studios Control For Akai Fire - Soon Come
Isotonik Studios spend a lot of their time figuring out what MIDI controllers work well with Ableton Live and construct custom scripts that will allow them to be used in ways that allow for excellent studio and live workflows. In this video we look at the way that new hardware can be hooked up. Using ClipEx Pro and the bindings feature, its possible to create your own complex, custom setups.
Also on show was the soon to be released set of functions including a Euclidian sequencer and control for the Akai Fire. Which is an FL Studio controller that's has been hijacked to work with live with some more clever scripting and a Max4 Live sequencer device.
Available soon via
5. SYNTHFEST 2019 - VCVRack Updates And More To Come
VCV Rack as we know hit its V1.0 earlier this year and as such started to become more highly featured. We caught up with Dale from module developer Valley and talked about the environment, and future plans.
6. SYNTHFEST 2019 - Tranzient - VR Music Creation APP from AliveInTech
We saw some of the VR integration for Ableton Live from AliveInTech's Jim Simons a couple of years back. Since then VR headsets and hardware has reduced in price, making it more available, and so a new application has been developed which has a complete single software solution - with the VR, audio engine all in the same application.
Its called Tranzient and Jim gave us a look at the application in action.
7. SYNTHFEST 2019 - Stylophone Gen R8
The Stylophone Gen R8 is continuing its path to release - in fact its just about to ship.
Its an analogue synth voice with Stylophone heritage - ie it has the touch keypad.
All with in-house Stylophone designed Oscillators, Filter and JFET drive circuit.
8. SYNTHFEST 2019 - EvenHarmonic Stomp Synth
Evenharmonics were showing a proof of concept modular analog synth built into discrete, patchable pedals controlled by guitar.

See the SYNTHFEST UK label below for more.

Waldorf Kyra Now Available

Waldorf Kyra Sounddemo Published on Oct 7, 2019 WaldorfMusicChannel

Waldorf's Kyra is now available at a suggested retail price of €1,843.00 EUR (excluding tax). That comes out to roughly $2000 US, £1600.

"Waldorf Music announces availability of 128-voice, FPGA processing-powered Kyra VA Synthesizer sensation

REMAGEN, GERMANY: having teased the musical masses last year, then turned heads and opened ears when unveiling a preproduction prototype at The 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California earlier this year, with repeat showings Stateside (at Synthplex 2019 in Burbank, California) and closer to home (at SUPERBOOTH19 in Berlin), high-quality synthesizer developer Waldorf Music is proud to announce availability of Kyra — its eagerly-awaited 128-voice, FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) processing-powered VA (virtual analogue) synthesizer sensation — as of October 7…

Accompanying documentation proudly proclaims that Kyra “ one of the most powerful music synthesizers ever built.” But this is not hardware hyperbole on Waldorf Music’s part. Put it this way: with 32x oversampled hardware sound generation and 96kHz floating point sound processing providing guaranteed contention-free 128 voice channels, Kyra is guaranteed to make its musical mark as a sensational synthesizer that is as easy to use and easy on the eye as it is powerful and flexible.

04-The Behringer VC340 Vocoder-Part 4- Human Voice Part A

Published on Oct 7, 2019 AutomaticGainsay

"Here is part one of a two-part demonstration of the sound and functionality of the "Human Voice" section of the Behringer VC-340."

AutomaticGainsay VC340 videos

Boxed Ear Microwave XT XTk II sound bank demo

"Demo for the Boxed Ear Microwave sound bank for Waldorf Microwave XT, XTk and II. 128 brand new electronica sounds for the Microwave XT, XTk and II synthesizer.

More info here:"

"The Waldorf Microwave is a synth that never fails to surprise. It can go from subtle beauty to total chaos with no effort. The synthesis engine is deep and rewarding. It is everything that is great about digital wavetable synthesis. The Microwave XTk is one of my personal favourite synths of all time.

This bank contains 128 brand new sounds. Each sound has been carefully programmed to make full use of mod wheel and aftertouch, making them the most expressive Microwave sounds you're ever likely to hear. Not only that, but each preset has carefully chosen Play mode screen which shows four parameters which are perfect for further tweaking. So each sound is perfectly crafted to allow you maximum sound tweakin' potential.

Check out the demos below to hear deep textures, evolving pads, alien world, expressive poly synths, gnarly basses and a whole lot more. This soundset had been over 10 years in the making. The result is the most expressive bank of Microwave II/XT sounds ever made.

128 brand new sounds
128 brand new sounds. Delivered in MIDI sysex format which is compatible with the SoundTower and 12decode editors. Detailed installation instructions are included in the download package.
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Compatible with the Microwave XT, Microwave XTk and Microwave II
This sound bank is only compatible with the Waldorf Microwave XT, Microwave XTk and Microwave II. It is NOT compatible with the Microwave I.
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Delivered immediately
Our products are digitally delivered via email immediately after purchase. No waiting."

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