MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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.

Oberheim MATRIX-6 with Custom Wood Side Panels

via this auction

EMS System 2000 Vintage Vocoder

via this auction

"Very Rare Vintage EMS Vocoder System 2000 !
It is the first silver original version.

Not very easy to find one these days.
This item has been serviced and works perfectly.
Pure analog Classic Vocoder tone."

Korg Poly-61M Polyphonic Synthesizer

via this auction

Some pics of the inside below.

"Korg Poly 61M in very good condition. It is not mint but still looking very nice. Everything is working fine and it has been serviced. Every pot and switch work as new, no double triggering with the switch or scratchy pots. Keyboard action is perfect. Battery is still operating and inside electronics is very clean (no leaking battery sign on the pcb). Also it is perfectly tuned."

QuasiMIDI Sirius

via this auction

Oberheim OB-12 Virtual Analog Emulation Synthesizer

via this auction, also on Reverb

"Additional info from the creators [Viscount]:

Move out of the way everyone because the Big-Boys are back in town! Oberheim is back with their first analog-emulation professional synthesizer. This blue beauty is supposed to recreate and emulate the classic sounds and tone of the original Oberheim analog filters. The OB-12 is a 12 voice synth with 4-part physical modeling synthesis. Loads of real-time knobs (22), sliders (24), and buttons (33) with a traditional layout give you fast hands-on access and control of most parameters. Extra hands-on goodies include a ribbon controller, pitch bend and modulation wheel.

Aside from great analog sounds, the OB-12 has an amazing set of hi-tech features! The OB-12 features a high quality LCD display that actually draws out all of the parameters you are changing. There are on board 5-band graphic & parametric EQ, ADSR's with delay time and double decay. An addictive Motion Recorder and manual or auto oscillator morphing for animated sounds or effects. Phrase Recorders and Arpeggiators with Independent tempo controls and 5 dedicated buttons are on-board with plenty of features and are MIDI syncable. There is also an extensive effects section that give you reverbs, delays, chorus and lots of overdrive algorithms. You'll also find digital SPDIF outputs, analog outputs, and MIDI in/out and thru."

80s Yamaha CX5M music computer (SFG-05 synth II engine), FM Voice Edit Cart. and Monitor

via this auction

SN 3011760

"This action includes a very clean Yamaha CX5M music computer with SFG-05 synth hardware. Small NTSC monitor and cable. And an FM voicing cartridge (in original packaging with manual).

The CX5M was built to the MSX standard, which included slots for inserting programmed . These extended the machine's capability, accepting a range of games, office applications and so on.

The FM Voicing cart included allows you to program the bank of 48 sounds for the CX5's own built in synthesizer. The SFG-05, supports MIDI input and allows the internal FM synth to be played by any external MIDI keyboard.

The FM tone generator used is called OPP (YM2164). The cartridge contains also a stereo DAC (YM3012) and a MKS (YM2148). It is the second version of the SFG sound modules developed by Yamaha for their CX series.

The monitor accepts composite video, VGA and HDMI inputs (no sound)"

Novation Bass Station Original & MkII Side by Side

via this auction

Roland SH-101 Monophonic Analog Synthesizer with Original Box

via this auction, also on Reverb

Alesis A6 Andromeda 61-Key Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

via this auction, also on Reverb

Moog Memorymoog Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

The Strangest Most Frustrating Music Machine Of The 90's Roland PMA-5 & The Synthfox Touchbay

Published on Jan 29, 2020 LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER

"The #Weirdest midi #synthesizer sequencer of the 1990's its oddness needed a video!"

Sending Sounds Through Your Fingers With The Synthfox Touchbay


"Synthfox Touchbay more info here :-
Audio downloads are available from this video, I bounced the 4 different outputs separately! maybe of use for loops :). :-
thanks for the support its given me more time to make a second channel. lots of stuff to come! and the next Patreon livestream will be next week!"

The Synthfox Touchbay

Published on Aug 28, 2019 Synthfox Channel

via this auction

"Touch Bay is a tactile performance signal router. It can route 4 inputs to any of the 4 outputs by means of touching the controller's pads. The perfect use of it is a CV router, although it can also be used as a sound mixer, though maybe a bit less high-end sounding as a dedicated one.

Touch Bay comes in three pieces: the module, the tactile handle and the ribbon cable to connect them together. The handle is a PCB fit into a machined piece of plywood, and it's meant to sit outside of the rack and be a performance tool that you can pick up and play without tangling your hands in your patch's wiring.

The module has 4 inputs labelled with letters (A, B, C, D) and 4 outputs labelled with numbers (1, 2, 3, 4) - each with an individual sensitivity setting. These signals are directly connected to corresponding pads on the tactile handle: pads A, B, C and D are inputs, and pads 1, 2, 3 and 4 are outputs - just touch an input pad and an output pad to route! You can touch more than one inputs to mix signals, or more than one outputs to send signals to multiple destinations. Works really well with CV routing or feedback paths!"

Massive Attack / Euan Dickinson | Getting creative with MicroFreak

Published on Jan 29, 2020 Arturia

"Massive Attack are known for their intensity, wide range of emotions and inimitable electronic sound. Arturia visited their studio in Bristol, UK, to see how the MicroFreak has added to their creative process."

KORG wavestate [10 randomize challenges]

Published on Jan 29, 2020 TinySymphony Music & Synthesizers

Korg Wavestate Hands-On Demo At NAMM 2020

Published on Jan 29, 2020 Synthtopia

"At the 2020 NAMM Show, Korg introduced the Wavestate wave sequencing synthesizer, an updated take on Korg’s 90’s Wavestation, which featured wave sequencing and vector synthesis.

Here's an intro from Korg product rep Raymond Johnson, aka Theta Flux."

Making a song 100% with the ELZ_1 (Sonicware)

Published on Jan 29, 2020 Woochia's Beats & Bobs

Also see: How good is the ELZ_1? - Complete Tutorial / Review


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