Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms SV-1b Walk-Through

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers

"Richard Nicol walks through all the features of the Lifeforms SV-1b and answers questions from the live chat."

You can find additional posts on the SV-1b here.

Roland Announces Model Expansions for the ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer

Introducing Roland JX-8P Model Expansion for ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer

Press release with additional expansions below. Above is a video for the JX-8P. Description follows:

"Launched in 1985, the innovative JX-8P took analog a step further with capabilities that could generate tones associated with digital synthesizers, making it highly versatile. With the JX-8P Model Expansion, we reintroduce the unique voice of this sought-after classic for the first time ever. The hands-on editing functions of the companion PG-800 programmer are also included, thoughtfully integrated into the user interface.

• Model Expansion for ZENOLOGY and compatible ZEN-Core hardware
• Authentic JX-8P sound and behavior
• Integrates PG-800 programmer functions
• Clear, intuitive interface for free-flowing production
• Expanded polyphony versus the original hardware
• Swap Model Expansions and load sounds instantly
• Set the condition of your virtual JX-8P to ultra-vintage or pristine"

"Series Debut Includes JX-8P, SH-101, JUNO-106, and JUPITER-8 Model Expansions, Available Through Roland Cloud in Q3 2020

Los Angeles, CA, June 30, 2020 — Roland introduces Model Expansions, the latest additions to Roland Cloud and the ZEN-Core Synthesis System. Each Model Expansion transforms the ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer into an entirely different instrument with its own sonic personality, features, and preset tones. From rare and sought-after classics to the designs of tomorrow, Model Expansions give musicians and producers unprecedented access to the historic and ever-evolving world of Roland synthesizers.

The series debuts with the JX-8P Model Expansion, with releases of SH-101, JUNO-106, and JUPITER-8 Model Expansions to follow soon after. Model Expansions are hosted in ZENOLOGY for macOS and Windows. Later in 2020, these titles will also be supported by ZEN-Core hardware instruments like the JUPITER-X and JUPITER-Xm.

Offering expanded polyphony and boldly modern interfaces, vintage-inspired Model Expansions capture the essence of legendary Roland instruments with astonishing realism and authenticity. Each delivers the unique sound and experience of the original hardware—without the expense and maintenance.

For future Model Expansions, the possibilities go far beyond vintage. The power of the ZEN- Core Synthesis System allows for the creation of exciting new Roland synthesizers, from next- generation designs to hybrid instruments inspired by vintage synths or current hardware.
When hosted in ZENOLOGY, Model Expansions provide speedy operation and intuitive performance for music production in modern DAWs. Clear, re-sizable, touch-friendly interfaces are coupled with efficient CPU usage and high polyphony. Users can swap Model Expansions and load sounds instantly, with no disruption to their creative flow.

The first Model Expansion titles represent four of Roland’s most influential analog synthesizers from the 1980s:

• JX-8P Model Expansion—Launched in 1985, the innovative JX-8P took analog a step further with capabilities that could generate tones associated with digital synthesizers, making it highly versatile. Scheduled for release on June 30, 2020, the JX-8P Model Expansion reintroduces the unique voice of this sought-after instrument for the first time ever. The user interface also includes the hands-on editing functions of the PG-800, a companion programmer unit that was available for the original synth.

• SH-101 Model Expansion—Small and mighty, the SH-101 monosynth has been a key ingredient in shaping electronic music styles from the mid ‘80s until today. It’s been reborn as a polysynth with the SH-101 Model Expansion, bringing new and exciting possibilities to today’s music creators. The SH-101 Model Expansion is scheduled for release on July 16, 2020.

• JUNO-106 Model Expansion—Introduced in 1984 as an affordable polysynth for the masses, the JUNO-106 has risen from humble beginnings to become an all-time favorite of synth lovers everywhere, and its built-in chorus is the stuff of legend. The JUNO-106 Model Expansion is scheduled for release on August 8, 2020.

• JUPITER-8 Model Expansion—One of the most revered polysynths of all time, the JUPITER-8's lush, complex sound is part of countless hit songs over the last four decades, and its massive voice is simply unmatched when it comes to warm pads, strings, and lead tones. The JUPITER-8 Model Expansion is scheduled for release on August 31, 2020.

Model Expansions for ZENOLOGY are included with the Pro and Ultimate membership levels of Roland Cloud. All paid levels—including Core—start with a free 30-day trial of Ultimate, allowing users to try out software-based Model Expansions and other Ultimate features. In addition, any Roland Account holder can purchase Lifetime Keys for individual Model Expansion titles. This provides unlimited access for as long as their account is active, even if they don’t have a Roland Cloud membership.

ZENOLOGY, Roland’s expandable plug-in version of its ZEN-Core Synthesis System, is offered exclusively through Roland Cloud. Depending on the membership level, other Roland Cloud perks include access to Legendary and SRX instrument collections, ZEN-Core Sound Packs, Wave Expansions, and much more.

To learn more about Model Expansions, ZENOLOGY, and Roland Cloud, visit"

Roland JX-03 sound demo


Demo of the Roland JX-03 Boutique - emulation of Roland's own JX-3P synth from the '80s.

00:04 String I
00:30 String II
00:58 Organ I
01:36 Organ II
01:55 Organ III
02:22 Brass I
02:53 Brass II

Nord Modular 25-Key Virtual Synthesizer SN 99040924

via this auction

"Nord first revolutionized the synth industry with the world's first purely "virtual analog" instrument (afaik they invented the term). Then came the MODULAR! Truly amazing instrument with virtually endless possibilities. Nord Modular owners will attest to the fact that risk of massive sleep deprivation after bringing one of these home is VERY high. Don't let the small footprint fool you, this is one seriously powerful synth."

Oberheim Matrix 6R Polyphonic Synthesizer w/ Jeff Burger Manual

via this auction


via this auction

"The SQ-80 is basically a reved-up ESQ-1 with a total of 75 waveforms, a 61-note keyboard with velocity & aftertouch, floppy disk drive for storing patches and sequences, and an enhanced sequencer. Great for organs, analog-type sounds, pads and sound effects. Like the classic ESQ-1, the SQ-80 functions in providing analog-type 4-pole lowpass filtering and editing of digital waveforms.

As for playing the SQ-80, it is a dream! Its 61-note keyboard is full, responsive and has polyphonic aftertouch. Polyphonic aftertouch simply means that each key pressed will respond to aftertouch independently of the other keys. The aftertouch can be used to control a variety of modulation parameters such as the LFO. Pitch and mod wheels and plenty of front-panel buttons and a few sliders make accessing and editing fairly easy and hands-on. The keyboard can be split or layered. The pattern-based 8-track multitimbral sequencer is great for creating short to complex sequences live, or in step time with quantization, bounce-able tracks, 60 sequence patterns and 20 songs. And they can be saved to disk along with any patches you've created and any SysEx Midi data. Unfortunately, the SQ-80 has no built-in effects. The SQ-80 is certainly a classic analog/digital hybrid of the late eighties which still holds up well today. It has been used by filmaker/composer John Carpenter. This thing is heavy like an analog Synth with the sounds to match."

Sequential Synth Tips Episode 9 With Fred Everything: Prophet-6 Unison Mode


"Welcome to “Sequential Synth Tips,” where some of our favorite artists share their tips, tricks, and techniques on Sequential synths. In this episode, we feature electronic musician and producer Fred Everything demonstrating how to use Unison mode on the Prophet-6.

Follow Fred Everything here:"

Sequential Synth Tips


zack dagoba on vintage Buchla 100

PPG wave 2.2 Wavetable Synthesizer (1982) RetroSound Soundscapes II - sound demo


"(c)2007-20 by RetroSound
supported by UVI:

PPG wave 2.2 Synthesizer from the year 1982

The PPG Wave 2.2 is the direct successor of the Wave 2 but with 2 oscillators. Only 500 Wave 2.2 were manufactured.

The sound character is different to the later Waldorf Microwave synths and different to the Wave 2.3.

- 8 Voices
- 2 to 16 Oscillators per voice
- 30 Wavetables with 64 waves per table
- analog 24 dB/oct lowpass SSM 2044 VCF
- Curtis CEM 3360 VCAs
- micro processor (6809)
- 8Bit DACs

Used by: Trevor Horn (Propaganda, Art Of Noise, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones), Ultravox, Depeche Mode, Robert Palmer, Talk Talk, Tears For Fears, Thomas Dolby, The Fixx, Thompson Twins, Tangerine Dream, Gary Numan and much more

RetroSound synthesizer demo videos since january 2007.
All is for free. If you like my work, so can you support me with a donation or a purchase of my music albums. Thank you!


SoundsDivine 'Original Score' - U-he Diva Soundset


"This is a demo of the presets from the 'Original Score' soundset for U-he Diva.
For more information, please follow the link below:

00:00 Intro
00:10 Digital Cascade
01:10 Cinematic Scope
01:55 Hollywood Strings
02:31 Celestial Dance
03:05 Temporal Gate
03:48 Spirit Calls
04:48 Kharon's Domain
05:26 Harmonic Oscillations
06:07 Delicate Balance"

Noise Engineering Blog: Creating unique CV with unity mixers

Noise Engineering

"From the blog:
Here, we're using Extra Mullet as a unity mixer to mix polymetric envelopes from Pons Asinorum to modulate Loquelic Iteritas."

Sound Design with Polyend Dreadbox Medusa (Ep.6) - Making Drums (+ MIDI Sync with Polyend Tracker)

Miltos Schimatariotis

"This episode is my take on making Drum sounds with the Medusa. I am demonstrating a workflow that may help you build a basic kit quite fast and I also describe how to use the sequencer with them. Since the Medusa is not a dedicated drum synth the sounds that we can achieve aren't like the usual 808, 909, etc sounds but I think we are able to have some drums and percussion with their own personality. As you will see in the sound design process something that will help us a lot to achieve some punch for the sounds is the FM feature of the synth. Furthermore, as an outro of the video, I have a demonstration of MIDI syncing the Medusa with the Tracker. It is a small song with the Medusa playing the drums and the Tracker adds some music around the rhythm.
I hope you 'll find this video helpful, feel free to leave your comments and thanks for watching!

Find me also on Instagram:

0:00 Intro
0:27 Kick / Bass drum
3:46 Snare drum
5:47 Hi-Hats
7:18 Toms
8:34 Programming the Sequencer
10:13 Demo song with Tracker"

An overview of new modules and collections in VCV Rack - June 2020

Omri Cohen

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

I also created a document full of patching techniques and ideas that I will continue updating -

Here are the patches -

00:00 - Sckitam Waveguide Delay
01:46 - Admiral Divisions
03:59 - nysthi TZOP, TZEN, Ambuance
06:24 - Mindmeld Bass Master
09:36 - Ahornberg Metronome
11:15 - Studio 6+1 TE, LALA, EVA, Zazel
14:43 - Modular Fungi Lights Off
16:34 - SV Modular Personal Modules
17:14 - Non Linear Instruments
18:51 - Voxglitch Grain Engine MK2 Expander
20:33 - Nano Ona Oscillator
22:09 - Frequency Domain Grains of Wrath
23:05 - Oxidlab Entferner collection
24:56 - KautenjaDSP RackNES"

Creamware Prodyssey ASB

via this auction

Pic of the Japanese manual below.

Korg VC10

via this auction

Pics of the inside below.

- All electrolyte and tantalic capacitors are replaced by HQ capacitors.
- All pots, jacks, switches have been serviced.
- The keyboard contacts have been serviced.
- Calibration.

Elta Music Polivoks-M Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

The grey side panels look 3D printed.

Korg Monologue, MicroFreak, Novation Circuit, Volca FM, NTS-1, Lone Rider part 3


All parts here.

"Third and final part of a three-part jam, featuring the Korg Monologue, Arturia MicroFreak, Novation Circuit, Volca FM, and with Zoom MS-70CDR and Korg NTS-1 on effects.

My music on Bandcamp:

See the two previous videos for part 1 and 2. The tree jams use the same instruments and effects, but with different themes.

The Monologue is used for 3 solo parts - one bright synth-y lead in the beginning, one grumpy distorted lead sound in the middle, and one theremin-like sound at the end. All based on the same custom patch, but with modified envelope, oscillator mix and filter to give each solo a unique character.

The MicroFreak is doing chords with a simple super saw patch and lots of chorus, delays and reverb from the MS70. In the section from 7:30 to 9:30, I'm using a nice "trick" to get from a C minor to a Eb minor in a smooth way. I go from Eb to G7, and then to B diminished 7 (just move the low G note a half step up to a G sharp), and then on to Bb7 (move the B one half step down to a Bb). The Bb7 is the dominant chord for an Eb minor, so the transition to Eb minor feels very natural. To my ear, all these transitions feel very smooth, and still we end up on a Eb minor chord three half steps from the C minor root. And the G minor note in the Eb minor chord is definitely not in the C minor scale. It's even a tritone. The diminished 7th chord of a scale is a very nice gateway to other scales. If you're in C (major or minor) scale, you can use the B diminished chord to go to Eb, to Gb and to A - minor or major. All of these are just a half step up from a note in the diminished chord, so the tension in the diminished chord resolves nicely to any of these.

ELKA SYNTHEX - Sounds, Patches & Ambient Soundscapes | Synth Demo


"Elka Synthex analog synthesizer demo, featuring various sounds, patches and ambient soundscapes. This Elka Synthex synth demo showcases various Elka Synthex sounds including pads, leads, resonant sweeps, organs and more. Filmed at the Vintage Synthesizer Museum in Oakland, CA.

Manufactured from 1981-1984 in Italy, the Elka Synthex is a lush sounding classic 8-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer. It was conceived by independent Italian designer Mario Maggi and has 30 knobs, 6 sliders, 80 switches and a joystick, as well as a 4 track sequencer. Later versions implemented basic MIDI functions.

The Elka Synthex utilizes 2 DCOs per voice, each with multiple waveshapes: triangle, saw, square, pulse, PWM and ring mod. It also has a lovely multimode filter with frequency, envelope control, resonance and keyboard tracking, as well as lowpass, two bandpass options, and highpass filter modes.

The Elka Synthex also has 2 LFOs, multiple envelope generators, multiple chorus modes as well as oscillator cross-modulation and oscillator sync capabilities. LFOs can be routed to osc1, osc2, PW1, PW2, filter or amp and waveshapes include triangle, saw, ramp and square. Voices can be split, dual or layered, and it also supports footswitches for advance, glide, hold and release and direct onboard glide/portamento.

The Elka Synthex sequencer offers four different tracks which can have different length and sounds (Upper/Lower can be allocated to different tracks), and supports rests between notes as well as length of notes. In addition, 2 of its tracks can output MIDI data.

Instead of traditional pitchbend/modulation wheels, the Elka Synthex has a joystick which provides real-time control over the two LFOs, oscillator and filter modulation. The 6 sliders beside the joystick assign what (LFO, osc and filter) goes to the joystick.

Overall, the Elka Synthex is an extremely lush sounding synthesizer with many famous artists such as Tangerine Dream, Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) and Jean Michel Jarre having used it. It is probably most famous for its "laser harp" sound.

The Elka Synthex is a beautiful machine, quite large in size, and can put out some amazing pads and timbres. The chorus and ensemble effects are particularly lovely, as they add an incredible shimmer to the sounds. The Elka Synthex is quite rare these days and commands hefty prices on the second-hand market, but if you have the opportunity to try one, do not hesitate as it is an experience like no other."

Novation Circuit vs Roland MC-101

Gabe Miller Music

"This video is a comparison of the Novation Circuit vs the Roland MC-101 (covering workflow, sound quality, and sound demos) to help you decide which groovebox is right for you."

Gabe Miller Music Circuit videos

Gabe Miller MC-101 videos

Play CHORDS with the Moog Subharmonicon - A HOW TO lol

Noir Et Blanc Vie

"I like the Subharmonicon to make many notes, not just one. Here's how I do it! I honestly don't think I'm great at showing musicians how to make music, but people kept asking, so Noir's here's with a how to, it may help wrap your head around harmony on this lovely instrument. If it helps great, if not, meh haha."



Update: one more:


Excerpt from Gravestone in Święciechowa | Waldorf Quantum, OTO BIM


"Self-sequencing Waldorf Quantum output through OTO BIM and Elektron Digitone Keys effects. Live multi-cam 'performance' of Excerpt from Gravestone in Święciechowa. Long, repetitive and intentionally minimal ambient music with patch notes."

App Sound ASM Hydrasynth Hydra Galaxy


"Walkthrough - Sound pack 'Hydra Galaxy': Get 80 new patches for the ASM Hydrasynth Keyboard and Desktop!"

Keyboard Mag. March '86 | What Was In It?

Espen Kraft

"A great interview with Jean Michel Jarre right after his release of the Zoolook album. OMD, Mr.Mister and lots of colorful ads of now classic gear!"

Espen Kraft What Was In It? posts

Lyle Mays lead


"One of my favorite albums--As Falls Wichita, so Falls Wichita Falls, with Pat Metheney and Lyle Mays. I created the synth lead sound used by Mays on the album. I routed the song, "It's for You" into the external input of the Arp 2600, and played the lead along with it."

Monday, June 29, 2020

Introducing the Pittsburgh Modular SV-1b Modular Synthesizer

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers

"Richard's psychedelic fever dream product ad for the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms SV-1b modular synthesizer.

The original Lifeforms SV-1 eurorack format synthesizer module is legendary for its deep, analog sounds capable of pumping out everything from roaring bass and cutting leads to absolute chaos. The SV-1b shares this same bold, powerful core while fine tuning the details. We have made a countless number of small tweaks and adjustments to the original SV-1 synthesis engine to improve the stability and functionality of the SV-1b. The sound is what matters, and this is still the East Coast analog monster to beat."

The Pittsburgh Modular SV-1b was first introduced at NAMM 2020, and was recently featured in this animated short.

Borsini Nostalgic Accordion 'Lars Ek' w/ MIDI & Ketron XD3

"Lars Ek Nostalgic games are mostly hand built. Lars Ek Nostalgics staircase keyboard prevents the depressed button from reaching the level of the external button row. A very important detail. The cut carvings on the back of the lid open the game and give Lars Ek Nostalgic its big powerful tone. The secret behind Ranar Sundqvists fantastic bellows technology is the straight edges and the deep bellows. The Synthesizer is an Ketron XD9/XD3. A manual is attached.

- 4-körig
- Tremolo-straight mood
- 1 treble register
- 1 base register
- 5 heavy bass
- Extremely fine handmade tuners
- Weight: 9.5 kilos
- Bellow dimensions: 45x18.5 cm
- The games are numbered
- Bag, straps, certificates are included with every accordion.
- All the decor throughout the game is handmade."

ROLAND Juno-106 Programmable Polyphonic Music Synthesizer

via this auction

"ROLAND Juno-106 Programmable Polyphonic Music Synthesizer Electronic Keyboard. Item has been fully tested and works great. It is in beautiful preowned condition. The back side of the keyboard has some tape residue around a couple of the buttons, but other then that, it is near immaculate."

Roland Juno 106 SN 472657 w/ Case

via this auction

Sherman Filterbank 2

via this auction

Acidlab Baseline 3 2016 Black

via this auction


CORONAVIRUS RELIEF SALE Starting at $19.99 @

"A high quality selection of retro, modern & futuristic polys, leads, basses, percussion, and fx. This expansive collection of patches covers synthwave, cinematic, classic pop & rock, hip hop, jazz, trap, chiptune, modern pop, dubstep, vintage & modern house, trance, reggae, retrocade and more."

Vintage 1985 Sequential Circuits Split-Eight Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer Keyboard

via this auction

Akai AX80 Synthesizer

via this auction

"It's cosmetically an 8 out of 10 and functions as it should except for one minor issue. The membrane keys from slots 25-32 are very difficult to depress. It's possible, but requires a strong thwack. This makes it a bit difficult to access the amp envelope, VCA, and patches 25-32."


via this auction

"This is one of the best sounding analog drum machines at any price but it is an incredible deal at this price. It is actually eight analog percussion synths each with nine knobs for incredibly versatile sound shaping. Each synth also includes its own dedicated out for routing through effects easily. The hi hats includes both open and closed sounds so actually ten unique analog percussions sounds in all are included. Wonderful modern sound, completely unique and unlike your 808s or 909s. Great for trance or any other edm genre tbh.

This is the rare Vermona DRM1 mk3 deluxe edition with the awesome independent drum triggers! This unit is in excellent shape and looks barely used. Not a scratch that I can spot. Buy with confidence!"

Vermona DRM1 MKIII HiHat Feat Mu-Tron Bi-Phase and More

Sound Provider

"Nothing very spectacular here ,but I didn t see so much video with Drum Machine and the MuTron Biphase so I decided to shoot the recording of one relatively simple and little dirty HiHat pattern I did for a future Sound Provider Soundbank. On this pattern I use the Ibanez TK999 Tube King Distortion, then the Boss DD8 Delay in Standard mode , On the console I send the signal to the Mutron Phaser, I keep around 40% of the dry signal in the middle and send the Phasor A to the left and the B to the right, I really like the modulation the phasor add to the signal.
If I have time I will try to shoot more stuff through the Bi-Phase.

Leonard de Leonard"

Roland and Korg Fined £5.5m over UK Price Fixing

Thought this was interesting. I thought this was common practice?

via The Guardian

"The keyboard and electric drum kit makers Roland and Korg have been fined a combined total of £5.5m, as part of the UK competition watchdog’s crackdown on price fixing across the musical instrument industry.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said the companies had breached competition rules by restricting online discounting of their musical instruments. The practice, known as “resale price maintenance”, forced retailers to sell instruments at or above a minimum price.

The watchdog said Roland restricted pricing of its electronic drum kits and accessories between January 2011 and April 2018, while Korg did the same for its hi-tech music equipment and synthesisers between June 2015 and April 2018.

Roland was fined just over £4m and Korg £1.5m..."

See the full article at The Guardian here.

Sequential Artist Spotlight Interview with JOSIE PACE & KEN ROBERTS

You can find the interview on Sequential's website here.

"As the saturated synths rise behind the lyrics “Just take your stamp off my design” in Josie Pace’s driving single, “Battleground” we immediately understand this is not an artist who is weak when abandoned. Instead, this Detroit artist’s music represents a piece of her solitude. The blistering glow of downtempo post-industrial beats, electro-pop melodies and layered soundscapes are home to Josie’s captivating lyrics; she is a songwriter in the purest sense. The result is a pulsating sound that will haunt you with vulnerability while basking in Josie’s world of self-reflection and unapologetic rock and roll attitude that Detroit is legendary for.

When musician and producer Ken Roberts saw an acoustic performance of Josie he was blown away. The raw and intimate performance captured the one thing all songwriters strive to achieve: believability. The two started working together with Josie’s songs as the foundation. As an accomplished guitar player, Josie molds and refines her songs acoustically only to tear them apart and rebuild them with Roberts’ grinding synths, unique production style, and the addition of Mark Damian’s live drums. Songs quickly formed into a unique sound that pull from the likes of Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails yet contain a high-art fashion swagger as if you just bumped into David Bowie at a Halston Party.

From the beginning, the style and the art of the music are just as important as the melody and beat. Josie’s first music video Torn introduced audiences to her unique brand of electronic rock and visual artistry. That theme continues with the videos for Battleground, NO, My Mistake, Lies of the Lovers and Fire where fashion and desolation hold hands with Josie’s in-your-face performance. Perfect Replacement would follow featuring a collaboration with another fierce female, Sammi Doll (IAMX). Josie carries the same commitment of style and artistry to her high-energy live performances having shared the stage with Tim Skold (Marilyn Manson, KMFDM) Daniel Myer (Haujobb, Architect), Powerman 5000, Stabbing Westward, and <PIG> along with successful headlining shows in New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles.

We chatted with Josie and Ken on how they have been using Sequential instruments in their music."

You can find previous posts featuring Sequential's Spotlight series here.

Made to Create // Performance: Ehsan Gelsi


"Novation product specialist and ‘machine music whisperer’ Ehsan Gelsi performs live on the Launchkey 49 [MK3] from Melbourne, Australia."

Sequential Pro3 & Source Audio Collider


Parallaxx - Novation Circuit Vaporwave jam

Gabe Miller Music

"An aesthetic retro vaporwave jam on the Novation Circuit, made with Yves Big City's pack Vapor Dream."

Eurorack / Guitar Jam 7 (TX Wiggles 65)

poorness studios

"It's been a while since I did one of these Eurorack/guitar jams. I sent the guitar through 2 delay pedals running at different rates and then a reverb pedal. It gives a very unique sound that blends well with the synth textures."

poorness studios TX Wiggles

poorness studios guitar & synth jams

Twisted Electrons TherapSid 8-Bit Chiptune Synth w/ MOS SID 6581

via this auction

"Therapsid is an analog-digital-hybrid mono synth built around the MOS SID soundchip from a Commodore C64. The unit on offer is the earlier Mk1 version, which had a modulation sequencer instead of the arpeggiator of the newer Mk2 version. It comes with the same 6581 SID chip from 1982 that was preinstalled when i got it.


3x VCO with pulse, triangle, sawtooth, noise, sync, ring modulator
3x ADSR envelope generator
3x LFO with pulse, triangle, sawtooth, s&h; can be assigned to any parameter
Multimode filter (lowpass, bandpass, highpass)
Modulation sequencer
Audio input and output
MIDI Input (DIN)"

Quasimidi Rave-O-Lution 309

via this auction

Studio Electronics Boomstar 5089 Mk2 Desktop Analogue Synth (Moog filter)

via this auction

"This is the mk2 model with better distortion characteristics than the original and the all important real wood cheeks.

It's the 5089 version with the Moog ladder filter.

Comes with original power supply, box, manual and sticker"

Kimball W-3 VOYAGER SN 417462

via this auction

"A 49-key organ synth released in the 1980s with 8 presets, 8 rhythm patterns and speakers."

Oberheim OB-Xa w/ Kenton MID

via this auction

1983 Crumar DP 80

via this auction

You can find a demo of one here.

Check out the trim pots on the right. Close-up pic below.

"Here we have the incredibly rare, vintage, Crumar DP-80! (famously used on Radiohead's 'Everything In Its Right Place') Really reluctant to sell this but I just don't have space for it. It's in amazing condition especially for it age the only thing that doesn't work is the detune knob which i imagine its a very easy solder fix. The keyboard is pretty heavy so i would prefer collection but I am open to using a courier if organised and paid for by the buyer.
There really isn't a lot of info about this synth online so quite hard to price up fairly so for that reason i've put the price ridiculously high and will choose the best offer made."

Buchla Easel Command USB-A Host Module Installation


"How to install the USB-A Host Module into a Buchla Easel Command."

VCV Rack Ambient - Free Form

Omri Cohen

"If you like what I do and want to support my work, consider joining me on Patreon -
I also created a document full of patching techniques and ideas that I will continue updating -

You can get the patch file and samples on my Patreon page -"

Roland TR-66 vintage analog drum machine (1973) processed by a Korg monotron Delay: Demo #3.

Ascetic Wires

Roland TR-66 Rhythm Arranger (1973)
Korg monotron Delay (Filter + Delay)

Recorded with Zoom Q2n

Previous parts

Modular/Analog "RAM"? How to store generative melodies & rhythms using sample & hold and seq switch


0:00 Intro
0:30 Mutate & deviate
1:20 Frozen randomness
2:05 Push-button melody
3:40 How it works
4:20 Storage costs
4:45 Switch sequencing
5:05 Generative controls
5:45 Rhythmic dice roll

Previous parts of this series:

Modular Monday: Squarp Hermod

Red Means Recording

"The Squarp Hermod is a powerful brain for your modular system. In this video, I walk through some of its features and talk about how I'm using it in my setup."

Pittsburgh Modular Documentary Films Presents the Lifeforms SV-1b Episode 1

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers

"Teaser track showcasing a Pittsburgh Modular eurorack format Lifeforms SV1-b modular synthesizer.
The soundtrack to this video was created using a collection of Pittsburgh Modular eurorack modules.

The beautiful animation is from Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux by Gwenn GERMAIN and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.

Changes have been made to the original content and a new soundtrack has been added."

Pittsburgh Modular Documentary Films Presents the Lifeforms SV-1b Episode 1 Part 2

Torso Electronics T-1 Ableton Link

torso electronics

"T-1 lets you keep track of time using Ableton Link via WiFi. Link is a technology that synchronizes beat, phase and tempo of your DAW and other Link-enabled devices and apps over a wireless network.

It lets you play together with the freedom of a live band. All connected devices can start and stop their part while others keep playing, and anyone can adjust the tempo and the rest will follow."

"A Beautiful Day" - Polyend Tracker / Roland MC-101 song


"Outdoor Jam played and recorded in real time.
A lot of good vibes in the country.

Audio was recorded using a Roland R05 pocket recorder.
Video was captured with a Canon M6 mkII (22mm 2.0 lens)."

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Michael's Anthem (Kebu cover): Korg Radias, Arp Odyssey, Yamaha DX7, Moog Sub 37 & Nord Stage 2EX

Marcus Padrini

"In 2017, I recorded a video with a version of this great Kebu song. At the time, I did everything using only Korg Radias and a few other synths, without sequencing, playing just about everything live.

Recently, I had to move the synths to another space, think about a new dimension, position of each instrument, make all the audio, MIDI and electrical cables. After everything was ready, it was time to test the synth sequencing. The idea was to use that same structure as the version of Michael's Anthem (simply because I like it a lot), but now with new elements, sequenced synths to fill this humble version even more :)

This time, the lead was played with the DSI Tetra, great analog synth by Dave Smith. And the noise sweep filter effect was programmed on the Behringer MS-1. Sequencing on account, as always, of the Roland MC-808.

I'm still getting used to the position of the synths, suffering a little in the execution, with the lighting, etc. But soon, everything will be ready to start creating and recording again!'

Original version by Kebu posted back in 2012 here, followed by a live at PIUG performance here in 2016.

Moog Subsequent 25/Arabic: "Iram of the Pillars" (إرَم ذَات ٱلْعِمَاد)

Kris Lennox

"Different flavour of composition this time, with a piece after the famed lost city (currently I'm working on a lot of MENA music, hence something different). Great tone from the Moog (as always). Very interesting to hear synths used in this context (synth companies: take note. You're missing a trick...).

The MENA sector is growing at quite a rapid rate - not only in the world of music, but also in the world of business/finance.

This piece is a fusion of 'East meets West'. In terms of 'East', the non-standard scales should be obvious (still 12-TET here, of course. But that is part of the fusion). Less obvious will be the rhythm: the work is in 7/4, and the drumming sequences are three patterns:

1) Iqa' Nawakht
2) Iqa' Dawr Hindi
3) Iqa' Muhajjar.

With Iqa' Muhajjar, I'm treating it as a double-time 14/4 (i.e treating it as 7).

In terms of the above/if anyone is looking to study Arabic music: perhaps the best book/resource is 'Inside Arabic Music' by Johnny Farraj and Sami Abu Shumays. Released late last year, the book is a veritable tome of information. And very approachable. Good introduction - and far more.

There's potential for Arabic-styled synth music...

PS I'm reading from the score (score is sitting to the R), and playing along with the metronome for sync with parts in the DAW (added post).

PPS playing the bassline is no mean feat! Hugely offbeat/syncopated, only compounded by the time signature.

Enjoy/all best

Yamaha RM1-X Synthesizer/Sequencer SN PH01812

via this auction

MidiBox Sid V2 4x sid chips

via this auction

"Unique fully working custom Sid v2
Separate outputs
Midi In and Out

4 original chips from the Commodore 64

Only one of this was made."


via this auction

"Korg kms 30 midi sync for Roland tr 808 - 909 Tb 303
no power supply no box .
everything works"

Korg ARP 2600 FS Semi-Modular Synthesizer

via this auction

Sequential Circuits Six-trak Analog Synthesizer SN 0030027

via this auction

Pics of the inside below.

"Just serviced (6/28/20) with new battery, re-caps, cleaned pots, reloaded factory sounds.

Fully functional! Very good cosmetic shape with minor marks/scratches."

Yamaha SK-30 Symphonic Ensemble Synth SN 2278

via this auction

"The SK-30 has a poly synth, mono synth and organ section. All unique on their own, but an onboard mixer allows numerous combinations and tweaks simultaneously.

The keyboard is great overall condition for its age. I've owned it for about 15 years, only been used in the studio except on a few rare occasions."

Roland Juno-60 SN 288277

via this auction, also on Reverb

"According to Roland serial # decoder UK, this was made March 1983. Just serviced this month by a well known bay area pro tech. New battery, clean internals, re-calibrated, cleaned switches and replaced few switches, reloaded original factory sounds. Works and sounds great"

Roland System 100 Model 101 Keyboard SN 460458 w/ Original Box

via this auction

Korg Trident MKII 1982 Serviced

via this auction

Pics of the inside below.

"This Korg Trident MKII has been completely refurbished by a technician with the original battery repaired, and all main board electrolytic capacitors replaced. All knobs, buttons, and keys are working perfectly and all voices are tuned and calibrated.

This is one of the classic 2-oscillator golden age analog synthesizers that there is no comparison to, except other classics of the era. 16 total VCO's into SSM filters with lush BBD string ensemble and extra brass section, along with a beautiful flanger that can be applied to any section. The keyboard simply sounds majestic!"



"Using ROSSUM PANHARMONIUM as an FX unit with GIBSON LES PAUL SPECIAL 2001 creating stunning FX between strange reverb, harmonizer and dobro. Entering the modular by DOEPFER A-119 External In modified."

Memories Of Green & Yellow


"A slightly different demo using the multi-mode filters, stereo phaser and BBD delays."

See the OMNiSYN label below for more.

DSI Pro 2 & Source Audio Collider


Novation Peak & Eventide H9 (Crystals)


ST Modular - Stereo 3-Band EQ

Stefan Tretau

Fantasy Soundtracks Ep:4 'Invaders'


"4th in a series of simple live jams inspired by some of my favourite vintage sci-fi and horror from the cinema and TV. I thought it'd be a fun idea to see what I can do with a simple setup, perhaps ony 2 analog synth voices, and modest digital effects. These will be inspired by the lo-fi, low-budget synthesizer soundtracks of the 70's and early 80's - often very simple, spartan compositions, which is what made them special I think.

In this video I'm just experimenting with the Sample & Hold module whilst I learn how to use it. See the subtiltles for an explanation of what you can hear. The modules used were 3 AJH Synth VCO's, 2 VCA's, the Sonic XV and Gemini filters, the Entropic Doom noise module, Fixed Filter Bank FFB 914, Contour Generators, Dual LFO, Ring SM, Precision Voltages, and the Sample & Hold. A little reverb is added courtesy of Audio Damage's EOS2.

I have fond memories of the film 'Invaders from Mars' after seeing it multiple times as a child, and finding it pleasingly creepy (despite some of it seeming a bit silly), I loved the idea of aliens living under the sand pit at the end of my garden. So, I re-watched it recently, and decided to dedicate a spot to it among my 'fantasy soundtracks' series.

My music is available here:
To support this channel:"

Threetom Modular Ambient study - Steve's MS-22, Chord v2, Magneto, ER-101

Threetom Modular

"THREETOM Steve's MS-22 is available from:
Patch notes can be found here:"

Aretha Franklin - Get It Right (Minimoog Bass Cover)


"I don't even know if there's any synth bass in the original or if it is bass guitar only, but the song just called for a Minimoogification. Gear used: pretty much what you see in the video ... Minimoog for the bass, Nord Electro for the piano and e-piano, some guitar tracks on top of that. Drums, editing, mixing done in Ableton Live."

Dove Audio NJM2069 VCF/VCA


"Demonstration of the Dove audio NJM2069 VCF/VCA module

This module harnesses the incredible sound of the Korg NJM2069 VCF/VCA chip, used in synths like the Poly800, DW8000 and DSS1.
It sounds really full and has a huge low end ready to rumble any rig

You have controls for cutoff, resonance, 12/24dB output mode, Filter cutoff CV depth, Resonance CV depth, VCA CV depth and VCA gain."

"This module harnesses the incredible sound of the Korg NJM2069 VCF/VCA chip, used in synths like the Poly800, DW8000 and DSS1.
It sounds really full and has a huge low end ready to rumble any rig

You have controls for cutoff, resonance, 12/24dB output mode, Filter cutoff CV depth, Resonance CV depth, VCA CV depth and VCA gain.

MU format NJM2069 VCF/VCA (1U) Only, limited run.
Requires +15V and -15V power supplies (will also work with +12V and -12V)

(Built to order, Usually ships in 7 days)"

Modular Quartet in E minor for Arbhar, Morphagene, Magneto, and Nebulae

Omri Cohen

"Recorded my son's Metallophon into Arbhar, Morphagene, Magneto, and Nebulae.

If you like what I do and want to support my work, consider joining me on Patreon -
I also created a document full of patching techniques and ideas that I will continue updating -

The WAV file of this recording is available on my Patreon page -"

KORG PSS60 SN 001580

via this auction

"80's Programmable accompaniment machine with 3 parts (chord, bass, drum)

Comes with 2 additional pattern card (SSC-01=LATIN1, SSC-02=ROCK & JAZZ)

SSC-01 is unopen

Pattern chart & Power supply unit (for 100v) are included"

Korg SQ10 Sequencer SN 153442

via this auction

- All electrolyte and tantalum capacitors are replaced (a must on Korg instruments from this era).
- All jacks, pots, switches were cleaned.
- Calibrated.
- In-/outside cleaned.

Pic of the inside below.

Yamaha CS-60 Polyphonic Synthesizer SN 1864

via this auction

Yamaha DX7 II D

via this auction

Waldorf Kyra Synthesizer

via this auction, also on Reverb

NUCLEUS session FM

Johan Bilén

20.06.28. practice (Synth: JD-Xi)

J Gran - 제이그랜

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Prophet-6 Jams


"With a some TB-03 and maybe a little Wavestate??

Super sorry about those camera angles!"

Buchla 281e ORs

Todd Barton

"A quick look at the OR's outputs of the Buchla 281e Quad Function Generator as complex envelopes to send to the LPGs of the Easel"

Folktek Resonant Garden w/ Original Box

via this auction

"2018 Folktek Resonant Garden Standalone Synthesizer With Strings, Eurorack Patchable.

The Resonant Garden is an acoustic-electronic hybrid designed to create anything from beats and oddities to dense sound scapes.

The garden essentially utilizes three Alter circuits but each equipped with a mic pre-amp, and 4 garden (stringed) panels for generating acoustics. By plucking, rubbing, tapping or even bowing, those micro-acoustic sounds become amplified and effected by the Alter in any number of ways. In essence, the garden is a large microphone designed to pick up vibrations.


There are two Alter 1 designs and 1 Alter 2. Each Alter 1 has seven different DSP effects which is selected by touching the copper hexagon:

1; long delay (capable of near infinite feedback looping)
2; tight, notated granular delay
3; huge plate reverb
4; shimmering reverb
5; distortion and multi-filter
6; pitch delay
7; stutter glitch

Alter 2 has the following effects:

1; analog delay
2; reverb with infinite capture and lp + hp filters
3; choral
4; palindrome reverse delay - backward/forward repeat
5; time stretch
6; pitch shift (notated semi-tones
7; time stretch glitch


On each of the Alter sections, the following is present:

- control for the gain of the mic pre-amp or any incoming audio.
- controls for mix, X, Y and filter as well as clock.
- all effects have a variation of a filter which may change effect to effect.
- X and Y control various rates.
- clock control adjusts the rate which controls the DSP which can drastically change the effect. In doing so it does slightly lower the quality of the output signal but the results are fantastic. This clock is not for synchronization.
- mix, X, Y and filter all have CV control inputs.
- Each control level or cv input is visualized on the control panel.


Each garden panel is equipped with a contact mic. A contact mic is designed to pick up vibration. The mic pre-amp is specifically designed to deal with the frequencies of the contact mic by boosting certain frequencies and dulling others in order to optimize the sound quality. The mic pre-amp has a gain control so the level can be adjusted according to how you intend to play."

Akai VX90 Rackmount Analog Synthesizer 10625-01081

via this auction

"Upgraded with CR2032 battery for easy future replacement (no soldering)

Rack Ears included (not original, new)

Factory patches are loaded, all functions work 100%, and LCD display is bright."

Oberheim OB-8 Page 2 graphics factory MIDI

via this auction

"Very nice Oberheim OB 8 with page 2 graphics and original factory MIDI. This was recently serviced by Switched On in Austin and everything is working as it should. All voices work/tune up properly and this thing sounds amazing.

The only minor issue is that the pots on the stereo out can be a bit scratchy but I mainly use the mono out."

Yamaha CS 60 MIDI controlled (HQ re-upload)

Rainer Keizer

"In this video you hear a very simple acid arpeggio, played through MIDI by my Yamaha CS 60 from 1977. The arpeggio is simple, but illustrates the control possibilities over MIDI, along with showing that a CS can even be used for fast stuff that can't be played by hand - it's not just a synth for pads :-)
Apart from playing the notes over MIDI, my CS 60 is controlled by my iPhone - Brilliance and VCF LFO depth.

This is a re-upload from 2013, from my abandoned YT account klorisk.

I just had my CS back from from repair by Mark Cox in The Netherlands. He fully serviced it and built in a marvellous MIDI interface of his own design. The CS now responds to MIDI Note On, to aftertouch and to four separate MIDI CCs to control VCO and VCF modulation, brilliance and level. On top of that, it can route velocity to brilliance and/or level. Even though velocity will then affect *all* playing notes, it gives more expressive capabilities. Mark’s interface is a lot cheaper than the Kenton one and provides slightly different but all the more useful possibilities.

More of my Yamaha CS 60 improvisations (and a lot more musical than this one):

BeatPPL Podcast 74 - Matthew of ALM Busy Circuits

Ken Flux Pierce Fluxwithit

"interview w/ Matthew of ALM Busy Circuits as he joins us to chat about ALM’s first complete modular system the 'COUPE', Squid Salmple, Pamela's new workout, ALM’s backstory and all things ALM busy circuits."

The Weeknd - Blinding Lights (Synthesizer COVER)


"No Copyright Infringement Intented
This is my approach to the theme.

Synths used:

Yamaha AN1x
Clavia Nord Modular G2
Behringer Deepmind 12
Roland Fantom X6
Roland V-Synth XT
Kurzweil PC3
Korg X5DR
Roland JV-2080

Sequenced Parts done in Cubase 5, using several Hardware and VST Plugins, then audio mixdown passed to Hardware sampler in Roland Fantom X6"

Check out additional covers of Blinding Lights, and the original, here.

Launchkey [MK3] - Behind the Scenes // Novation


"Introducing Launchkey [MK3] - a totally revamped range of full-sized controller keyboards for making tracks in Ableton Live and with hardware. In this video, watch Enrique take you through some of the steps that he took to create the track “BlueLeaf”, the exclusive piece that he wrote and performed on Launchkey 49 [MK3].

Launchkey [MK3] is our intuitive and fully integrated MIDI keyboard controller for making tracks in Ableton Live, designed to give you everything you need to create and play your music. Made for creators of all abilities, the Novation Launchkey gives you inspirational tools to expand your musical vocabulary. Scale and Chord modes and a powerful arpeggiator push your musical creativity and help start new ideas. Custom Modes and a full-size MIDI output transform Novation Launchkey [MK3] into a powerful centrepiece of any music-making setup. Launchkey [MK3] is made to create.

--- Discover Launchkey [MK3]:

--- Audio produced by Stoni:"

Korg Minilogue XD: Dense Atmosphere (50 Ambient and Cinematic Pad presets)

Anton Anru

"«Dense Atmosphere» is a collection of 50 pad timbres for Korg Minilogue XD. It consists of: 19 Pads, 11 Strings, 6 Rhythmic, and 14 Drones and Textures.
The presets cover a wide range of sound palette: warm and cold, clean and noisy, dark and bright, musical and atonal, static and rhythmic. They will find their place in many music genres: ambient, cinematic, downtempo, lounge, chillout, deep, progressive, house, trance, techno, dub techno, and others.

All presets are thoroughly set: each has Velocity, Aftertouch, and XY Joystick. Moreover, to make the timbre more dynamic and evolving use Motion Modulation, all 4 slots are set as well. Just hit the PLAY button and keep on playing on keyboard.
All the timbres are done using factory oscillators and effects only, so no additional (third-party) SDK needed to use the collection.
To load the presets to your synth you should use Minilogue XD Sound Librarian application available on Korg official website.

Korg Minilogue XD - Motion Arp (50 Arp Presets)
Korg Minilogue XD - Dense Atmosphere (50 Pad Presets)
Get them here:"

Demo :: Lexicon 224XL on TR8 + Reface CS (Aphex Ageispolis Riff)


"Demo of the Lexicon 224XL using Roland TR8 + Yamaha Reface CS playing Aphex Twin riff from 'Ageispolis' (Selected Ambient Works 85-92)."

Teisco 100F Monophonic Analog Vintage Synthesizer SN 0295

via this auction

"The 37-key Teisco 100F (also known as the Kawai 100F), released in Japan in 1977, is a fantastic little analog monophonic synthesizer. It features one oscillator, but great sound can be achieved by virtue of the extensive modulation possibilities. Filtering, LFO, VCA, and portamento are excellent and provide the necessary ingredients to dialing in wonderful vintage analog synth sounds. Add to these features the 100F’s elegant vintage design, with a wood enclosure, and you have overall a fantastic vintage analog synth."

Technics SY-1010 Monophonic Analog Vintage Synthesizer

via this auction

"The 32-key Technics SY-1010, released in Japan in the 1970s, is a little analog monophonic synthesizer. It features one saw-up oscillator, a low pass filter, ASDR, and a sine wave LFO. This is one of the most simple commercial analog synthesizers ever made, and although it may not offer the biggest variety of sounds, it remains a rare and highly sought-after collector’s item. And honestly, overall it’s still a nice little vintage analog synth. This synth is in very good condition, with the expected aging of a vintage instrument (please see photos), including some yellowing of the keys, some scratches, and other coloration. However, the unit has been thoroughly tested by our professional technician and works perfectly."

Roland Juno-60 Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

via this auction


via this auction

"The analog modeling sound based on the popular ACB technology of SYSTEM-1 has evolved further. The oscillator part has not only basic waveforms such as Saw and Square, but also standard waveforms such as SuperSaw and unique waveforms such as NoiseSaw, FM, and CB. In addition, powerful modulation such as Cross Modulation and Ring Modulator is provided to achieve radical sound make-up."

Roland Juno 106 Analog Synthesizer w/ Foot Pedal

via this auction

Roland 100M power supply

via this auction

"power supply for roland 100m modules , you can connect op to 8 modules , make your own rack design using this supply"

Note the listing is for the bottom power supply. The Model 112 SN 102198 is not mentioned. It was actually part of the system previously featured here.

Cool dog. :)

Waldorf QUANTUM Digital/Analog Hybrid Synthesizer

via this auction


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