MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, January 30, 2020

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)

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