Friday, January 31, 2020

Patch of the Week 43: Nu:Tekt NTS-1 + SQ-1 Sequencer

Published on Jan 31, 2020 Korg

"The Korg SQ1 sequencer and the NTS1 go together perfectly to create a monophonic subtractive 16 step sequencing synthesizer!"

Korg Patch of the Week posts

Parker NiteFly SA Guitar with Factory Roland Ready GK-2A and Roland GR-300 Guitar Synthesizer

Published on Jan 31, 2020 WayneJoness

"In August of 2006 I found this really, really rare Parker NiteFly SA guitar on ebay. This was a stunning NiteFly SA with a factory installed Roland GK-2A kit. I have never seen one of these before or since. As the Roland kit was factory installed, all the controls, knobs, etc. fit seamless with the standard controls. This NiteFly SA was a true jack-of-all-trades guitar. In addition to the sweet custom DiMarzio pickups, the guitar also had a Fishman pickup installed for acoustic tones. And topping everything off was the Roland 13 pin GK output as well.

In my MIDI speed tests, this guitar has proven to be a real tracking champion as well. Response time was a blazing 15.96 milliseconds using the Roland GI-20 Pitch-to-MIDI converter. This is a tracking speed that is on par with the latest technology available.

In the video, you can see the guitar demonstrated with the Roland GR-300. At the time I was making the RC-1324-PDL, a pedal that accepted a modern 13-pin input and supplied a vintage 24-pin output. The pedal included trimmers for each string, plus two filter preset settings, modulation control and resonance, as well as output presets. The pedal needed to replicate the controls found on a vintage guitar synth controller which are not a part of the GK-2/GK-3 design. You can hear the guitar controlling a Roland GR-100, GR-300 and GR-700.

As much as I loved the sound and flexibility of this guitar, I was never able to adjust to the thin, carbon fibre neck. Do not get me wrong, the neck is awesome, with its stainless steel frets and dead-on intonation. But I found the neck a little fatiguing, as I really prefer a fatter neck. And so, like many guitars, it eventually left and found another owner courtesy of ebay."

Parker NiteFly SA with Factory Internal Roland GK-2A and Roland GR-700 Analog Guitar Synthesizer

Published on Jan 31, 2020 WayneJoness

"This video demonstrates using a Parker NiteFly SA with a factory Roland GK-2A internal pickup. This is a rare guitar, with the Roland electronics installed at the factory. This is the same pickup as found in the original Fender Roland Ready guitars. A RC-1324 converter is used to boost the signals from the Roland 13-pin output to be compatible with the 24-pin system. This enables the Parker NiteFly SA to play a vintage Roland GR-700 Analog guitar synthesiter."

Gamechanger Audio Light Pedal - Optical Spring Reverb Pedal

Published on Jan 31, 2020 Perfect Circuit

"The Gamechanger Audio Light Pedal is a next-generation take on the spring reverb concept—by adding optical sensing to typical spring reverb techniques, the Light Pedal brings new tricks and sonic definition to this classic effect.

Light Pedal uses a series of optical sensors to detect displacement of light generated by the vibrating of a traditional spring tank. This eliminates the mechanical loss of energy required to turn the spring's vibrations back into sound, and thereby makes it such that Light Pedal can produce a much broader range of colors than the typical dark, murky spring tank. By alternating between reading multiple optical sensors and introducting feedback, Light Pedal can additionally create effects ranging from tremolo and shimmer to howling tones and harmonic sweeps.

Like all prior Gamechanger releases, the Light Pedal is a refreshing take on a traditional concept, extending its sonic potential considerably.

Check out our interview with Gamechanger Audio here:
Gamechanger devices available here:"

MFB Dominion Club Desktop Sequencer

via this auction

Sequential Circuits Prophet VS Rackmount SN 0244

via this auction

Roland Jupiter-6 SN 322506

via this auction

"The Jupiter 6 is a fantastic analog polysynth that's a little bit of an underdog compared to its siblings the 4 and the 8! However, it is very powerful and is likely overlooked due to the immense fame of the others. Its a dual VCO 6 voice with cross mod capabilities, sync, and triangle, square and saw waveforms. The filter section includes standard low pass but also band pass and high pass operation. The filter envelope routing is not preset so envelope 1, 2, or both can be assigned to control the it! The LFO section is fully featured including a random output and onset delay. Of course there is full preset saving and plenty of performance oriented controls. The one downside is that it does not include chorus or ensemble like many of the other Roland polys! It does have the coolest color scheme and those futuristic aluminum sides though. The external analog ins include arpeggiator clock in, patch shift, pedal hold and CV for the VCA and VCF. Of course it has MIDI as well so there is tons of interfacing available.

This synth is in great working condition and was just serviced by our in house technician. The panel assembly, bender and keybed were refurbished, faders and jacks were resoldered, the master tune pot was replaced, and a standard IEC connector was installed. The replaced master tune pot does not fit the original knob due to lack of an old stock part to replace it with. We will include the original knob with the sale. Cosmetically the synth is looking good but has some wear on the back and a taped on note of the I/O fused to the top corner. The keys are in great shape and are very white. One of the fader caps in the envelope section is significantly more yellow than the others and of course there is the replaced tune knob. All buttons are functioning fine and it sounds incredible as usual!"

SN 322506 was previously listed here.

1970s Moog Sonic Six Synthesizer SN 2004

via this auction

"1970s Moog Sonic Six Synthesizer. Serial number 2004. This is the version with the Moog ladder filter. It works (makes sound) and all sliders/parameters seem to work, but it probably needs some service/calibration/tuning and the keybed would benefit from re-lubrication. The power supply has been partially rebuilt with new filter capacitors and diodes. It's in pretty good shape cosmetically (Please refer to photos for condition). It is missing a few slider caps although most of the original ones are intact. The internal speaker works..."

Akai S612 Midi Digital Sampler & MD 280 Disk Drive w/ Manuals & Disks

via this auction

"This listing is for a Nice Used Akai S612 Midi Digital Sampler with MD 280 Disk Drive :

..including (10) 2.8 Quick Disks

(9) are Blanks and 1 Disk I copied an Original Akai Sounds from the 80's LA Studio 20 Killer Bass (Side A), and LA Studio 20 Double Bass (Side B). for you to have a sound on hand when you get this set.

We had the Power Supply Board Refresh with new capacitors, and other aging components.

The Disk Drive Work Great, it has a New Belt, (also come with a New Back-Up Belt ).

Also Included The Original Replacement Felt Pad that came with the MD280 when the original one wear out (see last photo)

Original Akai S612 Midi Digital Sampler Operator Manual

Original Akai MD280 Disk Drive Operator Manual

Inputs/Outputs Have Been Cleaned

Unit Works Great"

#Jamuary2020 08, Arturia MicroFreak and Zoom MS-70CDR, Played Delays

Published on Jan 31, 2020 Waveformer

"Playing with the delays as a live improvisation instrument, using the Arturia MicroFreak and Zoom MS-70CDR.

My music on Bandcamp:

The patches for the MicroFreak and the MS-70 are included below.

This jam features three Zoom MS-70CDRs running in parallel, with long delays timed to fill in the gaps in the slow eight note arpeggiated pattern played by the MicroFreak. The long delays are accompanied by a trigger (fast, repetitive) delay, a filter delay, an auto-pan delay and a reverse delay. Delays are turned on and off during the jam to vary the melody and intensity.

The Zoom MS-70CDR patches are included below. To load a patch into the MS-70, connect your MS-70 to your computer using a USB cable, go to, right-click an available patch slot, select "Import Patch from text", and paste in this text.

January 2020: SP-2400 Production Update

Published on Jan 31, 2020 Isla Instruments


Published on Jan 31, 2020 LESINDES

"First contact with MFB SYNTH PRO, 8 voice, 3 VCO polyphonic synth with 2 filters. A 12 dB multimode filter which is a genuine MFB design and a 24 dB lopass SSM filter.
This is a unit of the REGULAR PRODUCTION!"

SynthFest 2020 - Tombola Vintage

Published on Jan 31, 2020 SynthFest France

Moog Minitaur & Sirin - Custom Overlays

Published on Jan 30, 2020 Human Oversynth

"This video shows how to install our overlays on the Moog Minitaur and Sirin synthesizers. Overlays for these synthesizers and others are available from our online store:"

Double Novation Circuit Jam

Published on Jan 31, 2020

"Dual Novation Circuit synthwave jam spectacular.
Made with patches by Digiphex: [below]
This song is on a new mini-EP I just dropped yesterday. You can listen to it on all the regular streaming platforms or BandCamp:"

Novation Circuit Sounds I - AFX, BOC, Lone, Rich Chigga, Crim3s

Published on Nov 10, 2017 Digiphex Electronics

Download the patches:

Deep & dark jam w/ Deckard's Dream, Octatrack, ContinuuMini, modular (collab w/ Crooked Walking)

Published on Jan 31, 2020

"A live, semi-improvised hardware performance, and inspired by late-night collaboration. Tim Rich (aka Crooked Walking) was kind enough to host me as we stumbled our way into making a song from scratch. I handled some of the bones of the structure, and Tim was masterful in detailing the song with rich, unpredictable modular sounds. He also took advantage of the ContinuuMini (and its EagenMatrix internal synth engine) to make a great lead voice. I'm super pleased with the results of our night of hanging out.

At the end of the session, we decided we'd both take the audio and video and mix it in our respective ways. As such, please check out Crooked Walking's version of the audio and video here!: [below]

Written and performed in a 3-hour period, and uploaded as is, with only a little compression/limiting on the master.

Elektron Octatrack MkII — Drums, bass, ambience, MIDI sequencing for the Deckard's, effects for the Deckard's, master-level effects and scenes
Black Corporation Deckard's Dream — Three synth lines

Crooked Walking's setup, in order of appearance (thanks to Tim for writing this):

Morphagene – I caught an interesting loop in the 4ms Dual Looping Delay while I was running a different Quanta patch and recorded a couple variations of the patch into Morphagene. The Gene Size and Slide parameters are being manually controlled from the left two sliders on the Intellijel Tetrapad. The morph and Organize parameters are being modulated by the Malekko Voltage Block.

QuantaPercussion – This is a drone coming from Quanta on the iPad running one of the new Hainbach test equipment patches. The Quanta is set to drone a few notes that are then run into the modular. They are patched through a VCA with a Intellijel ADSR envelope being triggered by the Monome Grid running the Kria software on the Ansible module. The output of the VCA is then run into the 4ms Dual Looping Delay which is being controlled manually throughout the video (top right of the eurorack). The output of the Dual Looping Delay is going into the Intellijel Planar for some panning effects modulated by an LFO from the Monome Arc4. Finally, it’s being output into the Make Noise QPAS. The stereo width controls are being modulated by the Malekko Voltage Block. The filter cutoff is being controlled manually from the right most slider on the Intellijel Tetrapad. The high pass output from the QPAS is then recorded.

ContinuuMini – The ContinuuMini is running a choir preset from the EaganMatrix directly into Ableton. There are several plugins on the patch, most notably Ableton Echo for delay and the XLN RC20 Retro Color emulating an old cassette tape to lower the fidelity of the otherwise pristine sounding ContinuuMini.

Kick – The Intellijel Plonk SubKick preset is being triggered by the Monome Grid (running the Kria program on the Ansible module as described above in the Quanta Percussion description). The output is running through the LoFi Junky and, most importantly, through the Klangbau Rohren Tube VCA."

Crooked Walking x Jay Hosking | Modular, Deckard's Dream, ContinuuMini, Octatrack +

Published on Jan 31, 2020 Crooked Walking

"This is my first full track in a long time, and I'm so excited that I got to make it with Jay Hosking. Some recent major (positive) life changes have kept me from making music, but I've finally got my new space setup and am back to making sounds.

Jay is a wizard with the Octatrack and really built the structure of this piece. The first two minutes are mostly him performing with Deckard's and the Octatrack."

THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK: Dawless Jam on #Elektron #AnalogFour mk2 #Jamuary2020 #VolcaDrum #Keystep

Published on Jan 31, 2020 Gary P Hayes

Hey, at least the synths will survive...

"Continuous live dawless jam / improvisation on Elektron #AnalogFour Mk2 and Korg Volca Drum

Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes in Mount Victoria Blue Mountains Australia recorded on #ZoomH6 no other processing"

Ltd Edition Flame Orange Native Instruments Maschine MkIII

via this auction

"10th anniversary ultra limited edition Maschine Mk3 controller and software with original packaging material.

This unit is one of the 100 made to celebrate "a decade in the game of Maschine" and they all sold out in minutes when made available for purchase on Native Instrument's website on September 3, 2019."

EP231 Terminal Island

Published on Jan 30, 2020 CatSynth TV

"Terminal Island is home to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. We explore somewhat isolated freeways, CA 103 (the Terminal Island Freeway) and CA 47 that connect the ports to the rest of L.A. and southern California in this noir-ish video.

Hardware Synthesizers:
Sputnik Modular Dual Oscillator
Rossum Electro Morphues Filter
QuBit Prism
Strymon Magneto

Software Synthesizers:
Arturia Buchla Easel V
Arturia Synthi V
Arturia Mellotron V
EastWest Orchestral Percussion Gold
EastWest RA gamelan percussion"

Gestrument Pro Tutorial #4 - MIDI, Sync and External Synths

Published on Jan 31, 2020 Gestrument

With the DSI TETRA.

"Welcome to the fourth part of our Tutorial series on Gestrument Pro! In this Video we're going to apply everything we've learned so far and start messing around with external gear like synthesizers, sequencers and midi controllers! We'll be looking at sync options, how to connect gestrument pro to your workstation, how to play with external synths and we'll be making a controller mapping that'll let you play Gestrument like a musical etch-a-sketch!"

See this post for additional demos.

Synth Jam (Episode1) - Korg Radias/Arturia Matrixbrute/Behringer Deepmind

Published on Jan 31, 2020 LFOstore

"In this episode i started from evolving pad of Korg Radias and move to the melancholic pattern of Deepmind 6 with latch function.

Arturia Matrixbrute working as bass & wobble machine and played manually.
Performace developing very slowly.

Our sounds:

Behringer DeepMind:

Enjoy & comment please!"

Yamaha EX5 resampling - how to get more polyphony on your virtual analog patches

Published on Jan 31, 2020 Floyd Steinberg

"Here's how to convert your virtual analog (or virtual acoustic) patch to an AWM patch, so you can play more than 2 notes simultaneously on your Yamaha EX5. Table of contents below. You should have the RAM expansion installed for this.
If you're searching for the RAM expansion, here's a link:

Using the Flash memory expansion is also highly recommended:
Samples stored in this memory won't be deleted when you turn off your machine.

Table of contents:

00:00 Introduction
00:30 creating a virtual analog sound
04:09 sampling the VA sound
06:10 sample looping
08:42 creating a "wave"
11:13 creating an AWM patch
13:43 finished AWM patch
15:02 some channel announcements"

TAPE-ify Your Digital Recordings - Reel to Reel Tape Recorder - Cassette Recorder

Premiered Jan 17, 2020 The Galaxy Electric

Interesting service from supporting member, The Galaxy Electric. For a nominal fee, they will record your digital music to tape and send a digital recording of that back to you. Details and link to the service follow.

"For sound examples:

Click through to tape-ify here

Ever wish you had some special sauce to make your track sound more vintage or retro?

We have the perfect solution.

We have come to love the sound of analog tape. Whether it be cassette, reel to reel, high speed, or low speed - they all have a sound of their own.

Let us Tape-ify your digital recordings.

Whether you record to a computer, phone, tablet, or stand alone recorder, send us your mono, stereo, or even up to four track recordings, and we will record them to cassette or reel to reel and send you the high resolution digital track in all of its tape-ified glory.

Email us a link to your file here:"

VCV Rack Live Stream - Maze

Published on Jan 31, 2020 Omri Cohen

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

Here you can find Maze -

If you find something interesting during the stream, please feel free to leave a timestamp link in the comments so other people can find it easily :) Thank you!"

Quad 'hip-hop & 'house-music' Boxes

Two 2 x 2 pics in via M Me.


Ace Tone FR-15 Vintage Programmable Analogue Drum Machine w/ Original Box

via this auction

You can find a video of one posted here.

This one was spotted and sent in via M Me.

"Very rare vintage drum machine made buy the company that went on to become Roland

In perfect condition looks unused in its original box.

Working perfectly great sounding and a little bit more versatile than the preset rhythm units of this era.

This is a Japanese voltage unit but I can supply a step down transformer if required."

Roland MPU-401N MIDI Processing Unit

via this auction

This one was spotted and sent in via M Me.

Never scene one of these before. The second to last image is the top. It's a pretty thin device. I found the bottom image from this site.

Korg Mono/Poly Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

ASM Hydrasynth Keyboard Synthesizer Sounds Demo & Best Features

Published on Jan 31, 2020 PMTVUK

Hydrasynth on eBay | on Reverb | on Amazon

"Our resident synth expert Jim, takes a look at the new ASM Hydrasynth Keyboard Synthesizer.

In this video, Jim shows us the cool features and best sounds from the all-new ASM Hydrasynth Keyboard. This awesome synth features a Polytouch 49 note Polyphonic aftertouch keybed for maximum expression as well as a range of amazing sounds that will appeal to producers and musicians who like to create complete sonic soundscapes.

This is a perfect synth if you want to create Bladerunner, Vangelis inspired sounds, or create your own unique sonic textures. You have 3 oscillators, a built-in arpeggiator, MIDI, USB, CV/GATE Interfaces and so many more features it's tough to list them all."

Serge + Wing Pinger

Published on Jan 31, 2020 Meng Qi

Camera : Candice

Five Minutes With - 4ms Tapographic Delay

Published on Jan 31, 2020 sonicstate

"The 4ms Tapographic delay is a complex multi-tap delay module a 'tap''button, allowing you to tap in different delay taps in custom rhythms. Theres also plenty of CV control for modulation, custom user presets and way more to explore.
#fiveminuteswith #synthjam"

Exploring Serge patch techniques from 'My First Serge Patch' // #JAMUARY2020 DAY 31

Published on Jan 31, 2020 DivKidVideo

"Let's end #JAMUARY2020 with a "first", ending on a first, seems like a nice thing to say and do. Here's exploring some Serge patching techniques (these can apply to any format) based on my first Serge patch on my Edelweiss Serge panel that I took to Matthew Shaw's studio for a literal first patching of that system. With some ideas from Matthew about using the DUSG as syncing oscillators it turned into a 3 oscillator synced sub harmony chordal voice that faded in and out and sequenced itself beautifully. I couldn't replicate the sync/locked sub harmonies quiet the same as the first patch but it was fun to re build this and share some Serge format content with you."

Push Hacker (trailer) a Max for Live Device to boost your workflow with Ableton Push

Published on Jan 31, 2020 Soundmanufacture

"► Push Hacker is a Max for Live device that unables Push Users to re-assign any of Push's controls whilst in Note or Session Modes.

It offers 7 different modes:

-Select track
-Solo button
-Trigger clip
-Set Button matrix

► Do you want to get Push Hacker?
Get it on Soundmanufacture's Web site"

Korg SDD-2000 - Digital Sampling Delay | 1985

Published on Jan 30, 2020 Espen Kraft

"Sampling in 1985 was very expensive, but since all samplers basically are digital delays, Korg came up with the idea to trigger the delay from MIDI, hence playing the samples. This way you could have affordable sampling in 1985, albeit in mono and no sample editing of any kind. Regardless, this was a very good option on a budget."

SDS Digital Melisma - Spread Knob & CV

Published on Jan 30, 2020 freshnelly

"This tutorial covers the in's and outs of the Spread function, use, and it's modifiers. (Note order/Swing/Randomize)
Enabling or disabling the Spread Quantization is quickly done from The Spread Quick-Box button. Spread can quantize to the GATE, ACLK, Progressions, and LHAND timing, in any combination, making the rhythmic possibilities pretty much endless."

SDS Digital Melisma

Super Analog four - Elektron A4 mk1

Published on Jan 30, 2020 philmakesnoise

"Analog Four project I just wrapped up for about $18 and the better half of two afternoons.

I found this really cheap with a rough paintjob. It was just messed up enough for me to mod it carefree :D"

Custom Nintendo / SNES Elektron Analog Four.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Shakmat Gemini's Path — Demo

Published on Jan 30, 2020 Shakmat

Warning: drum loop kicks in loud at 1:46. :)

"This 6hp skiff friendly amplitude processor is a very handy module to control the dynamics of two signals or mess with the stereo image. Based on a pair of high-end VCAs, an audio to trigger converter and a smart modulation source, the Gemini’s Path allows numerous operations such as decay/gate on amplitude, auto accentuation, sidechain compression, auto pan and more !"

Shakmat Gemini's Path

Introducing TAQS.IM World Synth for iOS iPad iPhone

Published on Jan 28, 2020 TAQSIM

Follow-up to the middle eastern version of TAQS.IM Synth for iPad posted here


Introducing TAQS.IM World Synth
The easiest way to play World Sounds, Rhythms & Music Scales. For Free.
The TAQS.IM World Synthesizer gives you incredible sounds, scales, and rhythms… delivered right to your device.

We partnered with producers from across the globe to bring you authentic sounds from Asia to Latin America, from the Middle East to the Mediterranean.

Play World Sounds
Our app comes loaded with 8 free sounds and 8 free rhythms. We're launching with 18 total sound packs and will be adding more regularly!

Vintage Boss DRP-2 Dr. Pad Drum Synth w/ Original Box

via this auction

This one was spotted and sent in via M Me.

You can find some additional pics of one included a red sticker here.

90's Roland News Link Magazine Featuring the TR-808

This one is in via M Me.

Click the image to read it.

Vintage Roland Jupiter 8 JP-8 With Midi Upgrade SN 212381

via this auction

“Overall the synth is in great condition but there is a little wiggle on the LFO control but it functions completely as intended. There is some tape reside on the back on the O of Roland and also a little bit on the back but it is strictly cosmetic and doesn't effect the performance any. It has had an upgrade added to the back it is a Midi in and Midi out port and there is also a blue port on the back (see photos). It has been tested and works as intended. See photos for minor wear to unit. There is no major damage. The bottom has some scratches but are strictly cosmetic and do not effect the performance any. There is also a few tiny scratches near the VCF label. See photos for overall condition.”

EMS Synthi Hi-Fli SN 9206

via this auction

Rare Sequential Circuits Model 500 Pro-Fx Digital Delay Rack

via this auction

"Sequential circuits Pro FX Model 500. A very early Digital Analog hybrid effects unit specifically made for your CV analog / modular Synth. This is a quality machine. Very few of these were made. It's in excellent cosmetic condition. No serious cosmetic wear at all. Rarely used and very well cared for!
Comes with
System controller model 500
Digital delay model 524

Other modules can be used(not included) in the empty bays, like the Distortion model 512
4x2 mixer model 514"

Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 Minus Keys

via this auction

"Sequential Circuits Prophet 600 modified as a midi module without the keyboard and with full MIDI implementation including the GliGli mod (Teensy++ 2.0) for increased resolution of sound parameters, faster & smoother amplifier and filter envelope generators, new lfo function generator w/wider range, dedicated vibrato, unison detune, mix overdrive, full midi in control of parameters and improved tuning procedure."

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 2 SN 5120

via this auction

The Sequential Pro 3 Is Now Shipping

via @sequentialLLC

"#Sequential #Pro3 Multi-Filter #MonoSynth is now shipping! Contact your local dealer for availability."

Check out the dealers on the right here on MATRIXSYNTH.

Sequential Founder Dave Smith Talks About the Pro 3 Monosynth

Published on Jan 21, 2020 synthandsoftware

"In an exclusive interview with Synth and Software, pioneering synth designer Dave Smith discusses the new Sequential Pro 3 monophonic synthesizer and other topics.

For more information, visit online at"

MIGSI: Connecting Acoustic Instruments, Modular Synths & Max Event at Perfect Circuit

RSVP here

"Sarah Belle Reid and Ryan Gaston will give a short performance with their MIGSI augmented trumpet instrument and then explain its design

About this Event
Sarah Belle Reid and Ryan Gaston present MIGSI: an electronically augmented trumpet designed for performing experimental electronic music. Reid and Gaston will discuss the process of developing MIGSI, as well as strategies for integrating traditional instruments with computers and modular synths—including a demonstration of their own Max/MSP and Buchla-based performance setup. Reid will present a performance using MIGSI, Max/MSP, and a Buchla modular synthesizer.

Wednesday 2/12/2020 7-9PM at the Perfect Circuit Event Space (next door to the showroom)"

Korg Prologue + Prophet-6 + OB-6: Hardware Synth Jam

Published on Jan 30, 2020 MR TUNA Music

"Jamming on those crazy piano machines"

Industrial Records Studio 1980

Small pic, but cool to see. Lots of Roland gear to spot.

via bĂ–sch @fabmass

elinch new album "in between patches"

Published on Jan 30, 2020 Elinch

A new release from supporting member, Elinch.


'My new Album, performed on a modular synthesizer, consists of 23 individual pieces of 'in between patches'. Each of these patches can take up to two months until they are finalized. During that time, various records states to listen back, decide if something is missing, or whether a track should go in a completely different direction. These recordings often have a special spontaneous appeal, as they are not about perfection, but rather capture the temporary mood of a piece.

Making each of the album's parts a snapshot of an intimate moment - fleeting, evolving and disappearing.

Enjoy listening,

Cassette edition of 'in between patches' plus Seil Records organic cotton tote bag. These bags are sturdier, thicker and more reliable than your usual giveaway-bags with enough room to carry LPs, cassettes or groceries.

Includes unlimited streaming of in between patches via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
shipping out on or around January 30, 2020

A Closer Look at the Roland System 700 from 1976!

Published on Jan 30, 2020 Alex Ball

"The Roland System 700 was a cutting edge and overly engineered masterpiece from 1976 that is both rare and curious.

As so few of these Systems were made, there's only a couple of dozen videos on YouTube showing them and several of those are just quick phone recordings.

So for posterity, I've made two videos featuring a System that I borrowed for a month in early 2020.

Here's the previous performance video [Roland System 700 | Axiom]

Here's the breakdown of this "Closer Look" video:

0:00 - Intro
0:51 - Sound 1 "Mud Flap Bass" Demonstration
1:36 - Sound 1 Explanation
3:04 - Sound 2 "Halley's Drumet" Demonstration
3:53 - Sound 2 Explanation
5:22 - Sound 3 "Rubbery Sequence" Demonstration
6:21 - Sound 3 Explanation
7:09 - Sound 4 "Threedemed" Demonstration
8:07 - Sound 4 Explanation
9:17 - Sound 5 "Womp-Womp" Demonstration
9:43 - Sound 5 Explanation
10:10 - Sound 6 "Follow My Lead" Demonstration
10:47 - Sound 6 Explanation
11:20 - Outro

All recordings are of the System 700 only and there are no external FX or tricks used at all. There's a bit of compression on the output of my DAW to level the audio for this video but it's otherwise the totally pure sound of the 700.

Huge thanks to the owner of this System and thank you for watching!"

Gotharman's SpazeDrum: More Analog Drums

Published on Jan 30, 2020 gotharman

"More analog drum sounds from SpazeDrum, and some tweaking."

Kawai K4r 16-bit Digital Synthesizer Module some patches

Published on Jan 30, 2020 keyboard resource

For those interested also check out the Kawai K4 ROM Card demos that just went up here.

Mixing in VCV Rack

Published on Jan 30, 2020 Omri Cohen

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

Here is the patch -
You can get the EQ-Master here -

At around 26:00 I show how to bring back the reverb, but the right way would be to just connect the THRU output of Unmeld to the input of Meld.
Another thing, if you want to see the effects of the LP and HP filters of the channels on the EQ module, you'll have to set them (in the right-click menu) to pre-insert."

The Galaxy Electric - Cosmic Tape Music - Improvised Modular Performance - To the Moon

Published on Jan 30, 2020 The Galaxy Electric

"Thanks for listening! Come on a musical voyage with us where we'll send you a new song every day, a cosmic story, and a chance to earn space treasure:

Today's trip involves a minimal yet sonically rich pairing; Buchla Music Easel, Vocals, and Tape Delay.

Come with us to the pale lit moon surface. We loop our dynamic and multifaceted modular synthesizer using the Monome Grid and MLR as well as a Pigtronix Infinity Looper synced via MIDI clock. The result is an ever evolving moon inspired sound scape that breaks into a banging groove post the 26 minute marker. We explore many of the various aspects of what the Buchla Music Easel has to offer. It is an endless fount of sound creation and manipulation.

we have NO idea what these performances are going to be. We literally turn on our gear and start sound-checking and before we know it, we have traveled to another planet!

Equipment used:
Buchla Music Easel
Roland RE-20 Space Echo Pedal
Pigtronix Infinity Looper
Monome Grid controlling MLR {re:mix Max for Live app}

The Galaxy Electric -"

Retrokits Boss DR-110 MIDI Modification (RK-110)

Published on Jan 30, 2020 Retrokits

"A quick visual guide for building in the Retrokits RK110 into the BOSS DR110 drumcomputer.

Below an excerpt from the RK110 manual:

Once the RK-110 is built in, it will auto-slave the internal sequencer to a MIDI clock and has mapped the DR-110 in a 'General MIDI Drum mode'-fashion. This means a standard note mapping, receiving on MIDI Channel 10:

Roland TR-808 Inducted Into NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame

The press release:

Legendary Drum Machine Recognized for Audio Technology Contributions

Los Angeles, CA, January 30, 2020 — Roland, a leading manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and professional video products, proudly announces that its legendary TR-808 Rhythm Composer drum machine has been inducted into the prestigious NAMM TECnology Hall of Fame, Class of 2020.

The TECnology Hall of Fame, presented by the NAMM Museum of Making Music, honors audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology and production. Hosted by audio historian George Petersen, the TECnology Hall of Fame Celebration was held during The NAMM Show on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Each year, a panel of audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers and other professionals select the inductees. This year’s panel commented, “Roland’s TR-808 programmable drum machine became part of the foundation of music movements in hip-hop, rap and electronica. And although made in 1980 — almost 40 years ago — the once $1,200 TR-808 remains a highly-prized studio tool today, with working units valued in the $4,000 range.”

Widely considered one of the most popular drum machines of all time, the Roland TR-808 has contributed to the sounds of Marvin Gaye, Phil Collins, RUN DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, and Public Enemy. Routinely celebrated by lovers of culture, music and design, the term “808” has even started appearing in song lyrics and still gets name-checked to this day, as tracks (Timbaland’s 808), albums (Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak) and even band names (808 State) were all coined under its influence.

TR-808 enthusiasts all over the world can also experience the modern versions of this revered classic—the TR-08 Rhythm Composer and the TR-808 Software Rhythm Composer which is available as a part of Roland Cloud. Born of the most famous and influential drum machine ever made, the both the physical TR-08 hardware and the Roland Cloud software version of the TR-808 provide the most faithful reproductions of the original combined with today’s modern production techniques and professional sound design.

Surreal Atmospheres - Spire Synthesizer Soundbank

Published on Jan 28, 2020

Surreal Atmospheres - Spire Synthesizer Soundbank
128 Presets

"Surreal Soundscapes is a full expansion with 128 presets for Spire synthesizer. Surreal Soundscapes focuses on pads, long relaxing melodies, lush cinematic sounds, intros, ambient sequences, drones, tones and textures. Demonstrating some of the great features, sound quality and versatility of Spire.

A full soundbank of 128 Presets
.97 Pads
.17 Ambiences / Drones
.14 Keys / Plucks

20€ Intro (20% OFF) offer available until 9th of February

Get it at:

Made with love, Made for Spire Synthesizer"

Unboxing a BEAUTIFUL synthesizer

Published on Jan 30, 2020 BoBeats

"I could not let this synth get a way. Probably the most beautifully sounding analog synth I tried last year. Video sponsored by DistroKid. Get 7% off using my link: also check out my track Renewal:

Moog Matriarch Sound Demo"

Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1 Synthesizer Setup and quick jam with Volca Sample

Published on Jan 30, 2020 Expanding Sound

"Just got my Korg Nu:Tekt NTS-1 Synthesizer, a Christmas present from my brother, just delivered as it was on pre-order. I saw that it had the same effect section as the Minilogue XD and I was excited to try it with some Volcas and other synths. The XD has an awesome effects section. This is my first quick video with the new piece. I put the NTS-1 together and did a quick jam. The tiny screws and screwdriver are a little bit of a pain but it came together quick, like 20 mins or so with the tutorial. After it was together I started my noodling by checking out the NTS-1 effects on my sample. I also ran the arpeggiator on latch to create a quick melody to go with the beat.
Hope you enjoy it!"

Synth and Software NAMM 2020 Videos

Published on Jan 20, 2020 synthandsoftware

Synth and Software - NAMM 2020 - Roland
Synth and Software - NAMM 2020 - Boss SY-1000 Guitar Synthesizer
Synth and Software - NAMM 2020 - Roland Jupiter X Synthesizer
Synth and Software - NAMM 2020 - Roland Fantom 6 Synthesizer Keyboard
Synth and Software - NAMM 2020 - Roland Jupiter-Xm Synthesizer
Synth and Software - NAMM 2020 - Roland JU-06A Sound Module
Synth and Software - NAMM 2020 - Roland MC-707 Groovebox
Synth and Software - NAMM 2020 - Roland MC-101 Groovebox
Synth and Software - NAMM 2020 - Korg Wavestate - Wave Sequencing Synthesizer
Synth and Software - NAMM 2020 - Korg MS20 Synthesizer
Synth and Software - NAMM 2020 - Korg ARP 2600 FS Semi Modular Synthesizer

Rare VINTAGE SUZUKI EB-255 Bass Master Synthesizer SN 00109

via this auction

"The four square knobs are octave switchers, and written as following from the left

1. low
2. mid-low
3. mid-high
4. high

The round knobs from the left are

1. pitch controller (it is not missing knob cap, and is so designed)
2. volume controller
3. attack speed
4. sound attenuation

The right square knob is power on/off

Mono & headphones out. Built in power cable and housed in its own carrying case."

Yamaha CS-50 Polyphonic Synthesizer SN 2511

via this auction

"Great condition Yamaha CS-50. Sounds and plays great. Clean inside and out. A few scuffs on outside tolex and one bent slider that does not effect play."

Analogue Solutions Fusebox Analogue Synth

via this auction

"Analogue Solutions Fusebox analogue synth - 3 VCO, multimode filter and more

All but new"

Akai AX60 with padded gig bag

via this auction

"The AX60 is a polyphonic analogue keyboard synthesizer based on the Curtis CEM3394 and is among the last true analog polysynths of the mid-eighties. It was Akai's answer to the Roland Juno, and has a multi-mode chorus effect very similar to the Juno. It uses analogue VCOs, as opposed to The Juno's DCOs, & has a wonderfully resonant filter. Some other features the AX60 has that differ it from Juno are: Keyboard Split mode with an arp that works in split mode so you can play over an arpeggio. 5 LFO wave settings (Up, Dn, Tri, Sqr, RND). Separate rate/depth for PWM and PWM can effect any of the VCO waves (not just square). Manual is available as a free download."

Black Corporation Kijimi Mint Factory Built SN 1256

via this auction

"Factory built, not a kit! Serial number 1256. Works perfect, sounds awesome, just slimming the studio down. Awesome modulation/routing/MPE capabilities. will be shipped very carefully with lots of protection, includes power supply but no longer have box."

E-MU Systems Model 6080 EIII Emulator SN P-0680052

via this auction

"The Emulator III was E-MU's biggest classic "Digital Sound Production System". Also called the "EIII", it was E-MU's biggest and most professional sampler-synthesizer prior to the 1990's. It was the first sampler to offer 16-bit CD-quality specs with stereo or mono sampling at 44.1kHz or 33kHz. RAM memory is 4 MB expandable to 8 MB, this one has 8mb. There are extensive and modern sample editing features (from looping to rate conversions). The on-board 16-track sequencer and arpeggiator are also superb. Equipped with MIDI, SMPTE, SCSI, built-in disk-drive and multiple outputs, the EIII is comfortable in any studio. A Macintosh can also be hooked up to the EIII for easier graphical editing.

As a sampler workstation the EIII was at one time the dominating force. Although modern machines far exceed it today, the EIII is still a quality instrument with controls and functions that would be familiar to anyone who uses samplers. A very classic machine that can still stand strong among a generation of sampler workstations many years later, the EIII is still in use and will continue to be used for many more years."

Yamaha FS1R Rackmount Synth Tone Generator SN OX01871

via this auction

"In 1998, after several years without producing a single FM synthesizer, Yamaha released a new FM powerhouse...the FS1R. This little beast is far from your average FM synthesizer. Not only is it an eight-Operator variant, as opposed to the six- and four-Operator FM of the DX/TX lines, but it also features a new technology called Formant Shaping Synthesis. Formants are the spectral patterns making up the sounds of human speech. This allows for the creation of vocal like timbres but can also be applied in many different ways to create incredibly unique sounds that you won't find on any other synths..."

Yellow Waldorf Q Virtual Analog Keyboard

via this auction

Red Roland SH-101 Monophonic Analog Synthesizer w/ Mod Grip

via this auction, also on Reverb

Enjoy electronics REMINDER desktop delay NAMM 2020

Published on Jan 30, 2020 Ken Flux Pierce Fluxwithit

SDS Digital Melisma CC CV Internal Functions

Published on Jan 29, 2020 freshnelly

"This video/tutorial demonstrates all of the internal functions the CC CV input can be assigned to control (rather than MIDI functions).

These greatly expand possibilities of methods of sequencing chords and changing dynamics of chords, arps, and LHAND"

SDS Digital Melisma

An old friend is back in the studio - Roland JP-8000

Published on Jan 29, 2020 SynthMania

JP-8000 on eBay | on Reverb | on Amazon

'I bought a JP-8000 when it came out and used it quite a bit in its heyday. Today, twenty years later, I got another one and I'm happy to reconnect with this 'old friend'! In this video we take a look at the classic 'Supersaw' waveform, but stay tuned for more videos that will explore the many other sides of the JP-8000's synthesis engine."

KAWAI K4 Synthesizer - ROM Card J4-01 - Bank A & B (1989)

Published on Jan 29, 2020 AX84

"Here there are some sounds of the Bank A & B of the Kawai's card J4-01.
Enjoy ;-)"


KAWAI K4 Synthesizer - ROM Card J4-01 - Bank C & D (1989)

FALLEN BLACK TREE: Outdoor jam on Elektron Analog Four mk2 - abridged, distorted EDM industrial acid

Published on Jan 29, 2020 Gary P Hayes

"Dirty distorted Analog 4 mk2 - This actually started as a long ambient piece (similar to the end) but because of the heat, couldn't really see the screen, ants starting to crawl over the A4 and last minute noticed levels were too high on the Zoom H6, I decided to just do a non-characteristic, 4 to the floor, industrial sounding, distorted acidy style jam. Normal service will be resumed next upload!

Continuous Outdoor Dawless Jam / Improvisation on #Elektron #Analog4mk2 - no other processing
Composed & Performed © Gary P Hayes (end section of a longer 30 min piece abridged due to fire ants 35C heat and not able to actually see the screen!) Mount Victoria Blue Mountains Australia"

Buchla Music Easel // a Quick 4K Test

Published on Jan 29, 2020 Genshi Media Group

"This is just a quickie on the Buchla Music Easel to test shooting in 4K Resolution on the iPhone 11 Pro using the Moment Anamorphic Lens. I'm using the Empress Effects EchoSystem for Delay and Reverb on the Music Easel."

Korg Volca Modular The Expert Guide Patches

Published on Jan 29, 2020 Tony Horgan

Korg Volcas on eBay | on Reverb | on Amazon

"This is a series of video to accompany the book, demonstrating and explaining all the patches from the book. The ebook and print book also includes a lot more information about the Korg Volca Modular. The book is available in print from and in ebook format from iBooks and Google Play Books.


Starter Patches: Korg Volca Modular The Expert Guide (pt1)
Source Patches: Korg Volca Modular The Expert Guide (pt 2)
Functions Patches: Korg Volca Modular The Expert Guide (pt 3)
Clock / Sequences Patches: Korg Volca Modular The Expert Guide (pt 4)
Dual LPG Patches: Korg Volca Modular The Expert Guide (pt 5)
Split Patches: Korg Volca Modular The Expert Guide (pt 6)
Utility Patches: Korg Volca Modular The Expert Guide (pt 7)
Woggle Patches: Korg Volca Modular The Expert Guide (pt 8)
Space Out / CV Patches: Korg Volca Modular The Expert Guide (pt 9)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Abstrakt Instruments VS-1 Oberheim OB-X Rackmount Synth Is Funded & Adds Stretch Goals

Abstrakt Instruments' VS-1 has hit their funding goal on Kickstarter and have added the following stretch goasl:

individual outs
stereo analog chorus
MIDI/MPE with polyphonic aftertouch
SD card support

Check out their Kickstarter campaign for more and don't miss previous posts including demos here.

One more pic below. Click each for the full size shot.

New Eurorack Modules from Bubblesound Instruments

Four new modules from bubblesound:

The HEXa(s)r envelope generator,
HEXvca (6 VCA module),
Booster Stage amplifier,
and Reducer de-amplifier.

Details follow for each. Bubblesound modules are available at Control, Perfect Circuit Audio, Signal Sounds, and other dealers listed on their website.


The HEXa(s)r is a 9HP module with 6 independent AR/ASR envelope generators and 3 mixer sections for a total of 9 outputs, giving users a huge amount of modulation options with a very small footprint making this the most versatile and flexible envelope generator in the eurorack world. Plus it’s skiff friendly and light on power consumption.

Each envelope generator has a gate input and can either be an Attack/Release or Attack/Sustain/Release. In AR mode the incoming gate is turned into a trigger giving you a simple Attack and Release, perfect for drum synthesis and simple modulation or control over VCAs. In ASR mode the length of the Sustain is controlled by the length of the gate. This makes using an LFO’s modulated Pulse Width output or a sequencer with variable gate length perfect for creating envelopes with changing sustain times, breathing life and variation to whatever the HEXa(s)r is modulating. The LEDs are tied to the output to give users visual feedback on each EG.

The HEXa(s)r can use gates (0-8/10V) or a +-5V to trigger the envelopes. It can accept trigger inputs as well, but when using a trigger in ASR mode there will be almost no sustain as the duration of triggers is very short, usually around 5-10 milliseconds.

The Gates in of the HEXa(s)r are normalized so one gate into EG1 will trigger all 6 envelopes. Each envelope generator can then be set to either AR or ASR mode. OIr you can use the output of one EG to trigger another EG. This can be used to make a type of gate delay for individual outputs or complex rhythm or modulation effects from the Mix output section.

The Mixer section has 3 parts, EG 1-3, 4-6 and All. By using multiple gates and triggering some EGs from other EGs the mix out section can create some unexpected modulation options or very controlled rhythmic outputs. It all depends on what you put into it.

There is a header on the back and included 6 pin ribbon cable that will allow the HEXa(s)r to connect with the upcoming HEXvca without using patch cables.

6 independent EGs. Attack and Release times are around 4 seconds each
Normalized Gates
30MM deep, single PCB skiff friendly design
Output Level: 0-10V
Interconnectable via supplied ribbon cable to the HEXvca
Power Consumption: 50mA positive, 40mA negative

Sequential Pro 3 (Lorenz Rhode synth demos)

"Sound design for the upcoming @Sequential_llc Pro 3 synth! For the fourth time the team at Dave Smith Instruments / Sequential was so kind to let me get my hands on one of their prototypes and contribute some presets. The other machines being OB-6, Rev-2 and Prophet-X. One thing that's cool is that each preset *must* include a sequence - I always end up with a ton of little song sketches :)

So, here's a quick recording of the patches/sequences - a few are just variations, some a bit raw, but I hope you like."

buchla easel wanderings

Published on Jan 29, 2020 Todd Barton

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Korg New at NAMM 2020 - Nu-Tekt

Published on Jan 29, 2020 Korg

You can find additional Korg New at NAMM 2020 videos here.

Kria for Norns, Ipad (Zeenon, Aparillo, Quanta)

Published on Jan 29, 2020 junklight

"I made a new release of the MIDI version of the Kria sequencer I ported to Norns and thought I'd better give it a try out."

Erica Synths Bassline DB-01 Sounds & Sequencer Demo

Published on Jan 29, 2020 Perfect Circuit

"The Erica Synths Bassline DB-01 is their newest desktop instrument—a bass synth that covers everything from intense drones and acid bass to percussion and more. Performed here by the instrument's designer Girts Ozolins, the Bassline DB-01 does everything from snarling drones to Berlin school-esque basslines. While it might look similar, this synth is far more than just a 303 clone.

The Bassline DB-01 prides itself on its ability to make intense, aggressive sounds. With an integrated overdrive, transistor-based suboscillator, noise source, and a BBD-based detune, its raw sound production can create huge tones—and when passed through the Polivoks-esque LP/BP filter, it can produce thumping bass, howling noise textures, and everything in between.

Bassline DB-01 includes an arpeggiator, 64-step sequencer, VCF cutoff automation, and plenty of internal modulation sources—breaking it out of the typical bass sequencer role and into vast new territory. Bassline DB-01 is expected to be available Spring of 2020.

Erica Synths gear available here:"

Suiko ST-100 Japanese Traditional Sound Synthesizer Preset Sounds

Published on Jan 29, 2020 SUBTOKYOSHOP

Cool to finally see a demo of one these.

subtokyoshop on eBay | subtokyoshop on Reverb
"Suiko ST-100 Japanese Traditional Sound Synthesizer with Roland RE-101 Space Echo 1978 Vintage

Preset Sounds :

Koto, Juushichigen, Toukin, Pichikaruto, Tekkin, Shakuhachi, Shinobue, Noukan, Shou, Kokyu, and Many Taiko Variations"

Presenting the E520 HYPERION PROCESSOR from Synthesis Technology | Moot Booxle Demo

Published on Jan 28, 2020 mootbooxle

"Using the humble Casio SK-1 to demonstrate how powerful the #E520 #HyperionProcessor multi-effects unit can be on some (arguably) bland source material! This will be available very soon in Eurorack format (48HP).

For more info visit:"

mootbooxle E520 posts

Tiptop Audio - D'N'B

Published on Jan 29, 2020 Tiptop .Audio

"In this patch, there are two Circadian Rhythms.

The output of channel 1, on the first Circadian, controls the clock of the second Circadian, like a clock divider.

By changing the clock (bpm) in a track, we can switch the genre of music.

The second Circadian controls the Tiptop drum elements (BD909, HATS909, HATS808, SD909, SD808) the Z4000 envelopes, and the Z8000 cv sequencer that controls all the CV parameters.

The Tiptop Audio FX modules (ECHOZ, ZVERB, Z5000 and ZDSP), add delay and echoes, giving a sense of space.

Patch n Tweak

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