MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Korg Introduces New i3 Music Workstation

Published on Jan 8, 2020 Korg

Korg released the first i3 Interactive Music Workstation back in 1993.   Curious why they kept the i3 name.

"With the i3 Music Workstation, your musical themes and phrases catch fire and quickly explode into complete ready-to-play productions. Grouping sounds, beats, and parts together by Sound Set and Style Performance Set streamlines the creative process, providing a shortcut to choosing the right sounds and pulling together the right beats and grooves. On-board effects and EQ tailor the sound for any performance. The sequencer records, saves, and plays both MIDI and audio files – you can even play along. Self-contained, simple to use, and fun to play, the i3 is the ideal synth for the budding composer, the energetic performer, or the inspired up-and-coming producer. Using battery power, the KORG i3 Music Workstation can run wherever you run; a convenient auto-power off function preserves battery life."

Korg i3 Music Workstation - All Playing, No Talking

Published on Jan 8, 2020 Kraft Music

"Find exclusive Korg i3 BUNDLES at Kraft Music:

Adam Berzowski shares a performance on the Korg i3 Music Workstation at Kraft Music."

Verbos Engineering Demonstrates Patching a Verbos System

Published on Jan 8, 2020 Perfect Circuit

"Verbos Engineering will be at our Burbank Ca event space demonstrating some patching techniques with their modular systems."

#Synthuary2020 / #Jamuary2020 - 08

#Jamuary2020 002: Eternal Spring -- [Novation Circuit & Roland SC-55 MK I]

Published on Jan 8, 2020 Flak Cannon

See the Synthuary label for more. Synthuary because these are the Jamuary synth videos. More below.

"My second entry to #Jamuary2020, titled 'Eternal Spring'. Happy sounds to fight back the gray and dark grimness occupying the skies here.

Novation Circuit is on the sequencing and drum duty while Roland SC-55 MKI occupies both of the synth channels.

Additional effects by Valhalla Shimmer & Valhalla Delay."

Roland Juno-106 & MXR Carbon Copy

Published on Jan 8, 2020 SynthMania

"Ambient ditty with Roland Juno-60 through MXR Carbon Copy"

New KORG ARP 2600 will Have a Built-in Sequencer and Cost 3200 GBP

Sonic TALK603 - Don’t Diss My Dust Published on Jan 8, 2020 sonicstate

Discussion comes in at 21:40. Ty Unwin pre-ordered one for 3200 GPB. That comes out to $4,195.84, unless he gets a discount of course. Look at that smile. :) The KORG ARP 2600 is expected to be announced on the 10th. Two days to go...

This one was spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child.

Also see:

Korg Teaser for the New ARP 2600?

Jean-Michel Jarre: KORG to Release Full Size ARP 2600 Next Year

KORG ARP 2600 FS posts


Published on Jan 8, 2020 zack dagoba

"Here is another vintage reverb comparison. I did one a few years ago (posted here) in my previous studio, and though it was time to do a new one with some more units I have acquired since then (namely a Quantec Room Simulator, a TC Electronic M5000 and a Korg A1). Enjoy!'

Reverbs in order:
1. Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb
2. Quantec Room Simulator from 1982
3. Yamaha REV-1 from 1983
4. Eventide H3000 from 1986
5. Roland R880 from 1989
6. KORG A1 w/ RE Remote Editor from 1991
7. TC Electronic M5000 from 1995

M.P.C. Electronics LTD Sync Track for Roland Basslines and Tr 606. Ref2

via this auction

This one was spotted and sent in via M Me.

You don't see these often. One came up back in 2011. You can find a post featuring a video of one back in 2009 here.

M.P.C. was know for their various rackmount drum synths. See the MPC label for more of their products.


via this auction

"The Kawai XD-5 is a percussion synthesizer based on the Kawai K4 sample playback + filter + AM amplifier modulation synthesis architecture. It is essentially a Kawai K4r with percussion waveforms, plus speeded up envelopes, gate mode and amplifier to better suit percussion sounds. Features include 32 digital oscillators each capable of using one of 256 available 16-bit waveforms, a digital filter with self resonance and 6 individual outputs."

You can find a video of a differently circuit bent XD-5 here.

Yamaha CS-01 w/ Original Soft Case & Strap

via this auction

ENSONIQ ESQ-1 Digital Wave Synthesizer SN ESQ-29304-D w/ Extra Carts & More

via this auction

"I purchased this ESQ-1 brand new in the box from Skip's Music in Sacramento in 1987. I'm not a keyboard player per se, but I had a lot of fun making songs with the sequencer to accompany my other instruments. This keyboard has never giged or used in any location than my homes. Since it was an auxillary instrument for me, it didn't get played much over the years and none for the last 13 years, so it's in about as good condition as you could ever hope to find. About a year or two ago I installed a new Panasonic battery, as the original battery became dead. The keyboard powers up normally, all of the functions work perfectly and the keys are not chipped, cracked, broken or even worn. Aside from a few small scuffs, it's super clean. I always kept a dust cover over it.

Happily, it comes with 12 original ensoniq sound cartridges (very rare) and they all work. I've included a printout of the lists of sounds on each cartridge. It comes with the start/stop pedal, power cord, and two extra MIDI cords as well as the original paperwork and cassette tape. I seem to have misplaced the owner's manual, but it's available online for free. You can also have the keyboard stand that I bought last year."

Waldorf Microwave 2 SN 740126090

via this auction

"Brutal German Synth Rack"

little robot

Korg Minilogue w/ Decksaver

via this auction

Almost thought that was a keychain when I saw the thumbnail on eBay.

New Mungo Enterprises c1 Convolution Eurorack Module

Published on Jan 8, 2020 MungoEnterprises

"Demonstration of some of the possible varied uses for the Mungo Enterprises c1 convolution eurorack module."

Is Behringer's WASP Deluxe a Clone of a Clone?

Thought this was interesting. Take a look at the front panels.

The top is the original EDP WASP Deluxe.

The middle is the Jasper clone.

The bottom is the Behringer WASP Deluxe.

Note the knob layout for each.

Clone of a clone? Depends on the internals. Reminds me of the original Technology Transplant (Cyclone Analogic) TB-303 and x0xb0x clones - see this post. This is also worth a read.

Update: Note the ENV hold switch, ENH waveshape in the oscillator section, and Noise level knob on the Jasper & Behringer clones. They are in the exact same locations yet completely absent on the original. These were introduced in the Jasper.

Alessandro Cortini - In The Studio

Published on Jan 8, 2020 FACTmagazine

"Alessandro Cortini may be known to millions of fans around the world as a touring member of Nine Inch Nails, but it’s as a solo artist that the Italian musician has carved out his own space in ambient and synth music over the past decade.

In this episode of FACT’s In The Studio series, we visited Cortini at his space in Berlin, where he talked to us about his life in music and making of his recent album Volume Massimo, as well as his love of Buchla synthesizers and unusual vintage instruments.

Volume Massimo is out now on Mute Records.

Filmed and edited by Frank Zerban
Nine Inch Nails photography by Corinne Schiavone"


Published on Jan 8, 2020 BoBeats

"Here is a 20 minute sound demo of the Korg Wavestate. Mostly presets but a few of my own sounds in there as well. If you like my videos support them on"


Published on Jan 6, 2020 BoBeats

NOIR - Presets for Continua (Desktop and iOS)

Published on Jan 8, 2020 SonalSystem

SonalSystem Presents: NOIR - Presets for Continua

Audio Damage’s new Continua Virtual Analog Synthesizer [announced here] has broken through wavetable ubiquity in creating a modern synth with highly controllable waveform morphing at the center of its architecture and workflow. This synth opens inventive new doors for creatives moving in the must-be-unique design space. That is our space.

Enter SonalSystem NOIR, a collection of 80 original presets created specifically for Continua. These presets are custom crafted for Continua’s focus on super smooth waveform morphing and sophisticated yet accessible modulation. We designed these presets to deliver ingratiating sounds however they are modulated, through the oscillators, filters and effects, and even as you tweak the parameters of the modulators themselves.

Our presets satisfy a spectrum of sound styles for designers with varied proclivities. Entertain your penchant for ambient environments. Get raucous with heavy hitting industrial styles. Commence a new cinematic chronicle. Indulge the tastes of electronic slow-burn. As you further engage the virtually endless morphing capabilities, you’ll come upon diverse sounds destined for integration into your next sonic showpiece.

NOIR is MPE ready and pre-mapped for users with MPE capable controllers. This technology allows virtually every iteration to be dimensionally altered in real time, resulting in an expressive array of disarming and insinuating sounds. By “playing” each note, each preset awakens in a deeply imagistic way as your creation becomes increasingly indicative of your own personality.

*NOIR is available in iOS and PC versions. These 80 presets work in Continua with or without an MPE controller.

Tech Specs:
80 Premium presets for Audio Damage's Continua
Complex routing schemes of LFO, S&H, and Macros for evolving sounds
Categorized by type: Bass, Drones, Leads, Motion, and Pad
Enhanced sound manipulation with MPE mappings.

Very Chilled Dub Techno With Digitakt, Sirius and Big Sky Reverb!

Published on Jan 8, 2020 Electronisounds Audio


Very Chilled dub Techno!

Whatever kind of music you are making - KEEP IT UP, Friends!
Don't stop making *YOUR MUSIC*!!


via this auction

You can find demos and pics of a black model in the archives here.

"Up for sale is an EXTREMELY RARE soviet drum machine - DM8. Produced in the USSR in 1980s by Estradin military plant in Zhitomir city famous for its moog-type synths (Altair-231, Estradin-230, Solaris-314), signal processors and guitar effect pedals.

DM8 has the following parameters:
- 64 preset non-editable rhythms with different variations.
- 7 drum sounds - big drum, snare, hat, toms 1-3, clap. Two modes - auto and manual are available for patterns playing and live performance using 7 buttons.
- slider knobs "Level" for adjusting volume level, "Coarse Tempo" and "Fine Tempo".
- button "Start-Stop".
- 8x8 buttons for Pattern Select.

Back panel: "Power" knob, phones-mains out button, fuse, grounding socket
Connectors: standart 1/4 Jack sockets "Output", "Phones", "Tom 1-3", "SD", "Clap", "Foot switch input" .

Unit sounds really different from a well known western drum machines of 1980s!"

Sequential Circuits Prophet 2000 original manual

via this auction

This one is in via a supporting member. Juteon-shonen Monophonic Digital Bass Synthesizer "BASSBOY+" TB-303 Clone

via this auction

You can find demos of one here.

Digital but TB-303 clone! Fat and sharp! MIDI controllable!

Monophonic Bass Synthesizer "BASSBOY+"

comes with Power supply unit 100-240V available

English manual is downloadable from web" [captured below]

Vintage 1975 Korg Univox FK-1 Synthpedal FK1 Synth Pedal w/ Original Box & Blue Flexi Record

via this auction

"This auction is for the one Korg/Univox FK-1 controller, one original five pin connector cable for the foot controller (foot controller not included in this auction), one original owner's manual with warranty cards, one original "Demonstration Disc" Eva-Tone Soundsheet record, and the original box in the pictures only. I was told by the store owner's son that this synth pedal was used as a sales floor demo unit and never sold. At some point the original remote controller pedal was removed from the box and sold. The unit does work without the controller pedal. You just aren't able to control the wah features without it. Fortunately, these remote control pedals show up here on eBay every once in a while. This synth pedal has been tested and is working. Cosmetically, the synth pedal has a few scratches between the IN and OUT jacks and the EXPAND controls but otherwise the unit looks like new (see pictures). The original box shows wear (see pictures)."

Sequential Circuits Prophet T8 8-Voice Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer SN 000594

via this auction

*Professionally SERVICED in FULL Working order*

+Flight case Black PVC.(New)

Serial # 594

1980s Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 3.3 Vintage Analog Synthesizer w/ MIDI SN 6275

via this auction, also on Reverb

"Recently serviced and given a clean bill of health from our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, this Prophet is the final iteration of the synth that shaped the '80s and revolutionized the industry, having been subsequently outfitted with MIDI. Founded by Dave Smith in 1974, Sequential Circuits forever changed music technology with the advent of the Prophet 5, which broke new ground as not only the first polyphonic synthesizer to enable players to store and recall presets, but also as the first musical instrument with an embedded microprocessor.

The Prophet 5 features five voice polyphony, and for its principal sound sources each voice contains two VCO's (voltage controlled oscillators), OSC A and OSC B, in addition to a white noise source which can be mixed into a resonant low-pass VCF (voltage controlled filter). The filter modifies the voice timbre under control of its four-stage envelope generator. The filter may also be resonated and serve as a sound source. Following each filter, a VCA (voltage controlled amplifier), also controlled by a four-stage envelope generator, shapes the voice amplitude. Supplementing the basic voices are polyphonic modulation (POLY-MOD) signal routings within each voice that allow OSC B and the filter envelope generator to function as modulation sources applied to OSC A frequency or pulse width, or the filter frequency. Finally, there is a single LFO (low-frequency oscillator) and a pink noise source which can be mixed to modulate all five voices, as adjusted by the MOD wheel. The analog filters, envelope, and LFO are all extremely rich sounding and notably flexible, and the Prophet 5 boasts patch memory storage as well, which scans and memorizes every knob setting for storing and recalling your sounds.

1985 THE SYNTHESIZER BY ROLAND 2nd Edition & Learning Music w/ Synthesizers

via this auction

You can find a digital version of Roland's The Synthesizer at Analog Industries here.

YAMAHA VRC-106 & VRC-103 ROM Carts

VRC-106 SYNTHESIZER Group via this auction

VRC-103 Sustain Group via this auction

Eowave Ribbon 2 CV/ GATE & USB Controller

via this auction

"The Ribbon 2 is a tactile instrument which is sensitive to position and pressure. It is interchangeably a 12 -bit synth, a USB controller and CV/Gate controller, it can be used in many different ways – as a solo instrument, to control virtual instruments and iOS or to control analog/modular systems and other CV/gate devices.

The Ribbon comes with a software editor, which allows you to choose from 9 oscillator sources, LFO and FM modulation and delay and downsampling effects. 16

Presets can be stored and recalled on the fly using the two buttons on the Ribbon"

Using a Door as a Midi Controller

Creating a DIY midi controller with a Raspberry PI / Yamaha EX5 to play The Doors, on a door

Published on Jan 8, 2020 Floyd Steinberg

"You see that door? You secretly want that to be a MIDI controller? Here's how to do it, and how to play a cover version of "Break On Through" by The Doors on a door ;-) Link to source code and the DIY kit below.

Table of contents

00:00 Introduction
01:34 list of components needed
03:00 building the circuit
04:17 C programming and libraries
06:00 testing the finished circuit
06:10 preparing the door circuit
07:24 mechanical bugfixing
07:47 choosing a suitable song by The Doors to cover
08:16 rehearsing
08:59 recording
09:21 full playback :)

Grab the source code here:!Au06jbGd_8NcsNc_s..."

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B boards
Freenove Super Starter Kit for Raspberry Pi

LMNC : Building the Kosmo 1222 Performance VCO


"The 1222 Performance VCO is my first Oscillator PCB Design.
Born from frustration of playing shows, or not having a tuner to hand and getting in tune enough to get going, instead of sitting around being out of tune. I tested it on my November tour, and did some fine tweaks to it afterwards.

Its also got an octave knob. a fine tune knob that is exactly an octave with a centre point of C making it easy to find the note you need. it is a rather standard oscillator apart from that, and in my opinion thats what you need.

Big simple controls, pulse width, PWM, fine tune, Extra CV, Sync, FM, Square, Ramp and Triangle outputs.

It also has a rear connection called LINK, which will be for future use, as i will be making an oscillator drive a nice means of driving lots of oscillators at once, as well as a mixer module so no need to patch all of the oscillators together they will be connected from the back. A final design is like a cross mod module that will turn em into a sort of fart box thing. This is all future ideas, but if you cant wait check the schematic it will make sense!

The build is reasonably simple it is explained in videos below. you will need to be able to connect an arduino nano to a computer, the code is available below.

Temperature drift. unknowingly i took these on tour to the extremes of temperatures. they spent most of their time in a 0 degrees celsius van, giving it plenty of time to cool the whole case through. then they were carried into room temperature rooms and immediately sound-checked. Then they slowly heat up throughout the night, and as more people enter the room the hotter the room gets and the hotter the case and oscillators get. the change in tune wasnt massive, only a few cents but i was very thankful for the tuners.. I noticed this effect more at smaller gigs than larger gig. i guess smaller rooms heat up more like a big old oven.

Anyway below is everything you need. any questions fire over, at the bottom is an FAQ with past problems/questions.

The Bill of materials links are the first i got to, if you look around you may find cheaper, these are UK also. if anyone in the US makes a mouser cart, please send my way it would be useful! i will try to make one, however there is no telling when that will happen.

below is the first video on this module, this was before tour, these prototypes i took on tour and they are largely the same as the finished things. The tuner code is a tad more finessed, plus i didn’t spend ages calibrating these!."

Audio Damage Introduces Continua Virtual Analog Synthesizer for Windows, macOS & iPad

Introduction Published on Jan 8, 2020 Audio Damage, Inc.

"A brief overview of Continua, a virtual analog synthesizer for your Windows, macOS, or iPadOS music-making. Continua bucks the current trend of Robocop wavetable synths to bring you a somewhat more chill environment. Morphing oscillators and filters ease your sonic environment in to place, while custom chorus, delay, and reverb algorithms blend it in to a huge and complex soundspace.

Full MPE implementation and modulation routing for days make Continua an incredibly expressive synthesizer, while TUN file loading allows explorations outside equal temperament. A true player's synth, Continua is both bedrock and atmosphere. Try the demo at today!"

Audio Damage Continua: A Wavetable Synth with RMR Presets

Published on Jan 8, 2020 Red Means Recording

"Audio Damage Continua is a wavetable synthesizer for Windows, OSX, and iOS. I made some presets for it. Let's check it out!"

Update: Two more user demos.

NOIR - Presets for Continua (Desktop and iOS)

Published on Jan 8, 2020 SonalSystem

SonalSystem Presents:

Continua - Audio Damage - Red Sky Lullaby presets demo

Published on Jan 8, 2020 redskylullaby

"Demo of my presets included in Continua a new 3 osc virtual analog synth from Audio Damage for iPad and desktop
Loads of really deep modulation options in Continua and MPE too."

Sugar Bytes DrumComputer

Published on Dec 5, 2019 Sugar Bytes

"DrumComputer is the new specialist for synthetic drums, combining classic and modern synthesis with flexible modulations and luxurious sequencing. Intelligent randomizers, elegant pattern editing and import of your own samples are just a few of the mind blowing possibilities. Enjoy new drums everyday and get inspired by all the creativity that DrumComputer sets free. Just because, there still is all the unheard of.

8 Sound Engines, each one layering a Resonator, Wavetable and Resynth
Filter, Compressor, Overdrive and 2 kinds of Send Reverbs: Room and Hall
2x Env/LFO, plus Synth-Engine-Modulators, Sequencer-Modulators, ModMatrix
Intelligent Randomizers for endless Drum Sounds
16 Step Sequencer and Pattern Generator, Probability, Rolls, +/- Step Delay, Swing, Humanize
Auto- und Manual Remixing/Fills
Easy Keyboard Mapping for Patterns, Mutes and Engine Triggers
Keyzones for Rolls, Pitch and Modulation
MIDI File Drag & Drop
Multiple Audio/MIDI Outputs

Download Demo here:"

1 Hour Ambient Music of Casio VL-1 (1979)

Published on Jan 8, 2020 Fahmi M.

"The VL-1 was the first instrument of Casio's VL-Tone product line, and is sometimes referred to as the VL-Tone. It combined a calculator, a monophonic synthesizer, and sequencer. Released in June 1979, it was the first commercial digital synthesizer.

More info :

*I try to challenge myself to produce a sound experiment - create compositions with the restriction of using only one instrument : Casio VL-1 and with minimal / less effects to the instrument. (less is more - truth of the material). Designed for acousmatic and deep listening experience."

Patch n Tweak

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