MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, December 9, 2019

Monday, December 09, 2019

What is the future of electronic music production? (Electronic Beats TV)

Published on Dec 9, 2019 Telekom Electronic Beats

"We asked innovative companies like Elektron, Arturia, Novation, Erica Synths, Bastl Instruments and Verbos Electronics as well as artists and notable thinkers like Richie Hawtin, Stimming, Henrik Schwarz, Tim Exile and CDM’s Peter Kirn for their thoughts on how we’ll make electronic music in the future, and if there might be something revolutionary on the horizon when it comes to sound. We also explore the enduring popularity of classic analog sounds, and why producers are still so fascinated with them even after all these years."

OB-6: "The Clockmaker's Dream"

Published on Dec 9, 2019 Kris Lennox

"OB-6. The time thief. Switch it on and before you know it, it is half-past August. Great fun, though.

Strange patch, this one. You'll notice the pitches are inverted due to the ring mod i.e up is down/down is up (to a certain extent). We're in an odd, Escher-like world. It's all went wrong!

Dream or nightmare? Difficult to say. Certainly unusual, that's for sure.

PS excuse video/lighting quality. I had no intention of recording anything tonight, hence no light etc set up.


Korg Prophecy Unboxing & Demo - Was it Liam Howlett's of the Prodigy?

Published on Dec 30, 2018 Traxler Music

"I just love my retro synths and drum machines and when the opportunity arose to buy a Korg Prophecy off someone really famous I just had to make an unboxing and demo video."

Korg Prophecys on eBay | on Reverb | on Amazon

Korg Prophecy Rom Replacement Part 1: Problem ROMs

Published on Nov 6, 2017 andyangst

"A short video demonstrating problems with the Korg Prophecy and ROM firmware versions prior to #18. How to find out your current ROM version. How to open up the Prophecy and to check. Advice on buying replacement ROMs and IC sockets to replace. Removing and replacing ROMs in sockets.

The next part will demonstrate the removal (de-soldering) of Korgs original ROM chips, soldering in new IC sockets and replacing the original chips with version #20 ROMs."

Not seeing part 2 on his channel, so just posting part 1 as an FYI for those interested. Note this only appears to affect syncing with external gear. Curious if the problem is with the Prophecy sending MIDI clock as well or only receiving.

You can find Korg Prophecy Rom chips on eBay and Reverb.

The SR-JV80-02 Orchestral exp. board still sounds great!

Published on Dec 9, 2019 SynthMania

"I used to LOVE (and still do) this Roland expansion board when it came out in the early 1990s. In this video, I'm playing some examples from it.
Host Module: Roland JV-1080
MIDI controller: M-Audio Axiom 61" Long Sleeve Patcher Jack T-Shirt

Just a few pics of my new Patcher Jack T. It arrived in the mail last week with a couple of extras - a magnet knob, sticker, and an A series patch cable. The T is super soft. I can't wait to wear it. has been a sponsor of the site for years. I'll be wearing this one with pride.

Night of the Living Dead Ribbon Controller

Moog One 16-Voice Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Contraction - eurorack modular jam with pittsburgh game system

Published on Dec 9, 2019 sector

"A little jam in lampedusa"

25% Off SonalSystem's Strung & 40% off Audio Damage Quanta

See the update in this post (new demos added there as well).


"**We have teamed up with our friends over at Audio Damage to offer new Quanta users 40% off their regular price of $99

Click Here. Or use code SENSELQUANTA on the Audio Damage Checkout page.**"

Ensoniq VFX-SD - First three original patches - Polyphonic Aftertouch - Sounds Only

Published on Dec 9, 2019 Earmonkey Music

"Ensoniq made some of the best synths and samplers of the 80s and 90s, hands down. They just did things in a smart way. I bought a used Ensoniq VFX-sd a few months ago and I've been enjoying exploring its ability to create patches that use up to six waveforms ranging from standard "analog" type waveforms, to sampled waveforms and what Ensoniq calls "transwaves" (pretty much wavetables from my experience).

The VFX-sd gets a little hit from synth users because it does not have analog filters like its predecessors, the ESQ1 and SQ80. But it is still capable of creating some very warm sounding patches. Another thing that Ensoniq did with most (all?) of their keybeds was to give them polyphonic aftertouch. This adds so much the expressive abilities of the synth it really takes it to a different level.

I've really been wanting to record a video showing this synth but time restraints haven't really allowed that, so here's a really quick and dirty video. This video features my first three patches I created after acquiring the VFX-sd. They all use the polyphonic aftertouch feature to varying degrees, mostly in this case to affect filter, and maybe LFO rate.

I find the VFX-sd to be quite intuitive for a menu-based synth. Ensoniq always designed interfaces that made sense, even though there is only one data slider and a lot of buttons to select parameters for editing.

A couple of notes:

1. The noise floor seems rather high here, and this is not a quiet synth, but I can do better on future videos by working more with the levels.

2. The reverb and delay on this are from Valhalla and I designed the patches to work well with those because I use them all the time. I specifically created elements in the patches that would give nice results with the FX. This is not a "dry demo" by any means.

Hope you enjoy!"

ARIES MODULAR 300 Vintage Analog Modular Synthesizer

See the original demo records for the Aries Modular posted here.

via this auction

"Aries Modulars are quite rare. They were designed in the 1970s by Dennis Colin (RIP), the designer of the ARP 2600 (which we’re selling too), and they sound incredible. You can find the original demo record for the Aries here: [posted here]

And here are a few sound effects demos we did on another system we sold ages ago: [embed above]

This Aries system is in great shape for a used item of its type and age. It was assembled by a Bell Labs engineer (in other words, someone who was very qualified to assemble electronics from kits) and contains more modules than most Aries modulars we’ve seen, with a total of 14 modules. Our tech spent over 24 hours fully cleaning and overhauling it and the end result is a perfectly working example and perhaps the most beautiful Aries system out there. We have 32 photos of this system, but eBay only allows us to post 12, so please contact us for a link to the rest.

We feel this system should make anyone looking for a used Aries System very happy. It's a real pleasure to play. If it doesn’t sell soon, we will either end up trading it for another rare vintage modular synth or it will end up in The Synth Sanctuary vintage synth recording studio, along with the 33 module Aries system and tons of other amazing gear that’s already there. Finally, we have recently begun restoring vintage synths for others, so if you’ve got a synth you’d like restored to the highest standards, we may be able to help."


via this auction

SonalSystem Strung - Granular vol 1

Published on Dec 9, 2019 SonalSystem

Update: MATRIXSYNTH readers can get 25% off by using this link.  Additional audio demos below. Also, via SonalSystem: "**We have teamed up with our friends over at Audio Damage to offer new Quanta users 40% off their regular price of $99 Click Here. Or use code SENSELQUANTA on the Audio Damage Checkout page.**"

"Granular Vol. 1: Strung

Strung is the first in our series of audio collection presets featuring granular synthesized sounds. This alluring collection of 50 presets is a godsend for serious producers on the hunt for unique, irreproducible sound forms.

We began by sampling from a hi-res string source in the form of electric guitars, rich in tonal character. These textures were profoundly moving on their own but were given a fresh quality when imported into Audio Damage’s Quanta. Our presets made for Quanta are more than ready to be stretched and manipulated in the way only granular synthesis allows.

Today’s producers and sound designers shrug off stock sounds as recognizable and irrelevant. The meaningful stories influential composers tell with sound cannot rely on the reproducible, whether it be for a 30 second commercial slot, a two hour cinematic journey, an otherworldly game, or a memorable indie pop production. With immediate note accessibility on any MIDI controller, composers of all kinds will find it takes just one touch of the key to tackle that twist in the plot line, or to reveal that underlying meaning inexpressible with words. Far-thinking modern pop creatives will discover an endless supply chain of sound for impulsive moods or ambiguous motives.

Strung flourishes in a way that even the same preset gives and keeps on giving. Each of these presets begs to be further morphed into something personally interesting and uniquely yours. By taking expressive control of each note using a Sensel Morph controller with their collection of overlays, you can “play” every note. MPE technology allows every iteration to be dimensionally altered in real time, resulting in a palette of truly expressive and suggestive sounds.

Strung is available in iOS and Mac/PC versions.
These 50 presets work in any instance of Audio Damage's Quanta and are especially expressive with our mappings for the Sensel Morph.

Tech Specs
290+ MB
50 Presets categorized by type
Compatible with both iOS and Desktop versions of Audio Damage Quanta
*These 50 presets will only work in Audio Damage's iOS and Desktop versions of Quanta and are especially expressive with our mappings for the Sensel Morph."

Update2: additional demos:

Making Progressive House on the Novation Circuit

Published on Dec 9, 2019 Gabe Miller Music

"In which I make a chill progressive house song from scratch on the Novation Circuit, then jam it."

1979 DAO overview and demos

Published on Dec 9, 2019 Todd Barton

"My look at 1979 Modular's 4U-format Dual Algorithmic Oscillator based on Mutable Instruments Braids. Plus some demos of how I integrate it with my Buchla systems."

My Patreon:

Todd Barton 1979 posts | 1979 DAO posts

How To Get -NINE INCH NAILS- Level Production

Published on Dec 9, 2019 Learson Peak


Sequential/Oberheim OB-6
Behringer MS-1
Korg Prologue
Roland Juno 60
Korg Odyssey
Strymon Volante
JHS Colour Box
EHX Big Muff
Way Huge Saucy
Source Audio Ventris
Vocals - Rode NT1a

Computer - MacBook Pro 
My Music Software - Pro Tools 12
Audio Interface - Focusrite Clarett 8Pre-X
Vlogging Mic - EV RE-20
Vocal Mic preamp - Neve 500 Series 511
Vocal Mic Compressor - DBX 560A
Video Camera - iPhone 6+
Video Software - Final Cut X


Published on Dec 9, 2019 Mark Jenkins

You can find Peter Zinovieff Electronic Calendar on Amazon here. The links below will take you more for each.

Peter Zinovieff, Gokcen Kaynatan, Klaus Schulze, Ian McFarlane, Tolley & Dara, Charles Wain, Dave Gate, Paul Haslinger, Tangerine Dream.

"Thanks to all the labels and distributors - Space Age Recordings, Finders Keepers, Roundtable Distribution, State of Matter, Lakeshore and Universal/Virgin"

Some African rhythms on modular synth

Published on Dec 9, 2019 Afrorack

"Shot at Lake Victoria the source of the longest River in the world..!!"

Korg MS-20 Notepad - MemoS-20

via this auction

More synth bling for the holidays.

"Synthesizer shaped stationery. It is not KORG MS-20.
Include Memo pad & Knob type push pins & Pen stand (Pen is not included).
Knobs are rotatable.
The package is in a folded state. Please assemble by yourself."

Roland SH-101 Notebook - 6H-101

via this auction

Oberheim OBMX fully loaded 12-Voice Classic

via this auction

This appears to be the same one listed last December, upgraded from 2 to 12 voices. I would definitely verify that with the seller before bidding.

Oberheim OB-12

via this auction

Jexus OB12 demos here

Memory Moog Vintage Synthesizer SN 2540

via this auction

"This Memory Moog Vintage Synthesizer is an amazing piece of history. It was used at Capital Records Recording studio for many years. I bought it used in LA over 10 years ago. It has been kept in a case only to be brought out for rare sampling and recording sessions. For its age it is excellent condition. Every knob, memory slot, mod wheel, wave form generator, and key function and are working. This is a special find..."

ARP 1026 Preset/Voltage Module Clone

via this auction

All silver caps on this one. You can see one with green along with a few other modules previously posted here.

"this is a clone unit with Tonus Logo

Purchased a year ago and virtually unused aside from testing.

very short run of modules were made

very rare to find these modules selling in singles

many more 2500 modules are available

see my other auctions"

Chimera BC16 Modular Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Roland TB-303 Bass Line Synthesizer w/ Filter CV In Mod

via this auction

"One modification: a CV input to control the filter frequency. Done by a professional synth-repair guy (Artefacts in the Netherlands)."

Formanta Polivoks w/ midi/cv-gate mod

via this auction

"Soviet synthesizer Polivoks.
All old capacitors have been replaced. All old potentiometers have been replaced too. Synth is fully functional.
Midi and CV/GATE mod onboard."

Elektron Sidstation 2004 Silver

via this auction

SID is a 28-pin DIP-capsule chip from 8 bits computer Commodore 64 released on the market in 1982 machine based subtractive synthesis. SID generate 1 voice. A single voice is composed by 3 oscillators with variable parameters (detune, synch, transpose, delay start, PWM, ringmodulato)r and 5 waveforms: triangle, saw, mixed, noise, pulse with variable width.

machine offers some special playmodes:
- legato with adjustable time rate
- special polymode play the oscillators in polyphonic way for chords, but they cannot be assigned to different Midi channels.

multimode resonant filter with cutoff range from 30 Hz to 12 kHz:
- lowpass at 2 poles
- bandpass at 1 pole
- highpass at 2 poles
- band reject at 1 pole
- all: activates all modes in the same tim

4 delayed assignable modulators with polarity inversion, fade-in, variable depth and ABZ mode that change negative values into positive ones. The modulators are identical and have 7 waveforms.

4 EGs in total, all 4 stages ADSR and quantisized into 15 values:
- EG1 OSC1 amp
- EG2 OSC2 amp
- EG3 OSC3 amp

each voice features an individual arpeggiator that can be synched to Midi clock."

Important Interviews with Richard Nicol talks to Dan Green of 4ms in Tokyo

Published on Dec 9, 2019

"Richard and Dan discuss the importance of slippers and the 4ms Pods."

I swear he says, "This is my first modular event that sucks." :) Some nice socks there... and tons of free shoes from the looks of it.

THE LONG GOODBYE: Real time dawless jam improvisation - Elektron Analog Four mk2 Arturia #MicroFreak

Published on Dec 9, 2019 Gary P Hayes

Continuous live dawless jam / improvisation
Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes
in Mount Victoria Blue Mountains Australia
on Elektron #AnalogFour Mk2 Arturia #Microfreak
Recorded into Zoom H6 in stereo no other processing


Published on Dec 9, 2019 voltlife

"Exploring the Locrian mode with dark, sweeping techno.

I tried to get around the main problem with the Locrian mode (its root triad is diminished, so it never feels at rest) by swiping a jazz technique and omitting the 5th, using a shell voicing instead. By making the other chords in the progression more dissonant and emphasising the root with other synths, I think it manages to reinforce the Locrian feel while avoiding the feeling that it's about to resolve somewhere else.

Apart from Waldorf Streichfett strings, the main voices are a Mother 32 bassline, plucky AFG arpeggios through a Pittsburgh Filter (not Mangrove through Sinc Bucina as I wrote in the video) and drums using both dedicated percussion modules and the Synthtech E352 for noisy snares than morph into wavetable stabs. I used the triangle suboctave trick from my previous tutorial video ([posted here]) to add heft to the Mother 32 bass, and the rest of the patch is explained in the video."

Elektron Analog 4 MK II - OS Update 1.40

Published on Dec 9, 2019 BBoy Tech Report

"Taking a look at Elektron Analog 4 MK II - OS Update 1.40.

In this video, I'll focus on Random and Scale lengths. More to come on midi out and Perf knob."

Also see this post.

Melodies, modules and breakbeats

Published on Dec 8, 2019 Ehsan Gelsi

OVERSYNTH Panel Overlays for the Moog DFAM and Mother 32

Priced at $35 each via OVERSYNTH

"This is an aftermarket overlay that you place over the front panel faceplate of your Moog Mother-32 synthesizer. The overlay's artwork uses high contrast graphics and large fonts for easy viewing in low light. Note that we also make an overlay for the Moog DFAM that matches this color-scheme.

The overlay is printed on a highly durable, waterproof, and 100% recyclable polyester sheet (not vinyl, fiber, or plant-based). The matte finish is designed to minimize reflections from ambient light for maximum readability. If the overlay becomes dirty, we recommend gently wiping it down with a soft cloth moistened with water. We do not recommend cleaning the overlay with isopropyl alcohol as this may damage the artwork. Based on our testing, the following substances will severely damage the artwork if left on the surface for an extended period of time: tea tree oil, acetone, nail polish remover, bleach, household cleaners, and hand sanitizer."

OVERSYNTH also makes overlay panels for other synths.


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