MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

SDS Digital Melisma Progression Pause

Published on Feb 4, 2020 freshnelly

"This video, which was going to be the last of a tutorial nature for the Melisma module, covers Progressions and pauses. Pauses turn a simple progression sequence into a more complex iteration based on rules of pause symbols inserted into the progression steps.

This video was supposed to also cover progression reset methods but it would have made this video too long so that will be the next (and final) tutorial!"

SDS Digital Melisma tutorials

Analogue Solutions TBX-303 Trans Bass Xpress

via this auction

"Analogue Solutions TBX 303 Synth Bassline TB Clone XOXBox X0X Trans Bass Xpress! This is a 303 clone (no sequencer) that also has some analog FM cross modulation and added fx features. Other than the added parts it's the same identical circuitry to the Roland tb 303 without the sequencer. The switch on the back to go from square to saw has broken off, and needs replaced. It's an easy fix, and you can still use it by switching it with a pen or something, and it doesn't affect the unit in any other way as far as I know."

Mode Machines SiD Chiptune Groovebox Synth + additional C64 SiD 8850 r5 chip

via this auction

"In good working order with minor issue.

A brilliant synth module with swinsid sound chip fitted. I’ll throw in a sid 8580 r5 chip (untested but was purchased by myself in good faith as working), instructions on swapping the chip are on the Mode Machines site. Swinsid chips are highly regarded and were originally fitted to these for a) better availability b) slightly reduced background noise.

It has a synth track and a drum track which can run simultaneously or you can connect an external sequencer or midi keyboard to get 3 note polyphony from the synth engine.

The issue; step sequencer led 1 does not work (this could be as straight forward as replacing the led), this does not affect the operation of the synth.

This groovebox has been factory hand built and does have the feel of a x0xb0x and not your top of the line Moog, but again, it functions as intended."

Blue Lantern Dwarf Star

via this auction

You cand find some demos of the Dwarf Star in previous posts here.

"Crazy cool rare synth. Two oscillators, filter, 2 envelopes, 2 LFO, delay.

But that's not the whole story. The oscillators have 2 separate waveform outputs plus a Sub-oscillator. All 6 outputs have individual level controls in the mixer and a waveform selection switch.

There's also Noise - with a Tune knob to adjust the kind of noise being generated.

The filter -- LP, BP, and HP individually selectable. Yes - you can have more than one selected (or all 3) at a given time.

Frequency Modulation (FM) of the oscillators is possible (linear or exponential). Filter FM is there, the envelopes are loopable, and the delay parameters have cv inputs to modulate them in real time.

Given the ton of patchpoints and built-in modulation paths, this is a tweakers dream synth. You can get stuff out of this that you simply can't get anywhere else (or without spending huge sums of money on rare individual Blue Lantern modules). There really is simply too many features to list and explore here."

Sequential Circuits Pro One J-Wire Vintage Analog Mono Synthesizer

via this auction

"Sequential Circuits Pro One J-Wire Vintage Analog Mono Synthesizer Synthesizer in excellent condition. This is an amazing sounding vintage synth with two oscillators with cross mod sync. It also has a built-in sequencer. J-wire keyboard for easy cleaning, and they don't wear out like the newer rubber keycap designs. All controls, functions, and keys work flawlessly. You won't find one in better condition - it's almost like new!"

Klavis Quadigy: Minimoog-style retriggering behavior

Published on Feb 4, 2020 Martin Doudoroff

"Addendum demonstrating how the Klavis Quadigy implements a retriggering behavior reminiscent of the MInimoog."

First part here.

New Behringer TD-3-DF "Murdered Out" - Devil Fish Version In the Works?

Might want to hold off on that TD-3...

Click here for more info.

Update: created a Synth Drama label for these moving forward. Should have created it years ago...

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

AMSynths & Behringer

Korg's Hiroaki Nishijima joins Behringer

Fingersonic's Luigi Scarano & Behringer

Earthquaker Afterneath Reverb in Eurorack Modular Synthesizer Format

Published on Feb 4, 2020 Perfect Circuit

"Afterneath is Earthquaker's first foray into producing Eurorack modules, adapting their cult classic reverb pedal into a washy, shimmering tool for modular synthesists. Expanding on the original Afterneath design with additional reverb modes and the addition of CV control, Afterneath Eurorack is a great way to add some space to any Eurorack system.

Afterneath excels at reverbs that evoke a sense of unrealistically huge, empty spaces. Diffused echoes bounce off distant walls, and sonic ghosts emerge from soft, washy reflections and short, chattering delays. Allowing CV control of the Drag parameter, the Afterneath can be played melodically and constrained to different scales and pitch classes based on the selected Mode, allowing sequenced reverbs that form a counterpoint against the sounds that feed them.

A powerful new tool for sonic exploration of the unreal, the Afterneath module marks an exciting step of one of the most interesting pedal manufacturers into the world of modular synths.

Afterneath Eurorack available here:"

5U Modular Synth Cat

Modules in this system are actually going up for sale. The first two just posted below.

Moon Modular 568 Trigger Sequencer + 568A Assistant & 568P Programmer Synth

Blacet Time Machine Delay TM2050 Dotcom / MU Modular Synthesizer SN 10000126

Moon Modular 568 Trigger Sequencer + 568A Assistant & 568P Programmer Synth

via this auction

"Moon Modular 568 Quad Sequential Trigger Source plus 568A Assistant and 568P Programmer

All in excellent condition."


3493 R

Blacet Time Machine Delay TM2050 Dotcom / MU Modular Synthesizer SN 10000126

via this auction

"Incredible Analog Delay converted to Dotcom / MU format by Synthcube.

Bought new in January 2015.

Carefully used for a year and then kept in storage for the last 3."

Moog Music Announces the Return of the Moog 16 Channel Vocoder

"The Moog 16 Channel Vocoder Returns

After more than 40 years, the Moog 16 Channel Vocoder is officially back in production.

Originally introduced in 1978 (and heard most famously on the title track of Giorgio Moroder’s E=MC2), the instrument has been used to transmute vocals, transform synthesizers, and electronically encode sound for decades.

The Moog 16 Channel Vocoder’s analog voice circuits, derived from the original schematic, are hand-soldered at the Moog Factory in Asheville, North Carolina to preserve the original instrument’s classic sound."

via Moog Music

"The history of the vocoder is as unique as the sound it produces.

In the 1930s, Bell Labs introduced the technology as a telecommunications device that could deconstruct the most fundamental elements of human speech and then reconstruct a new electronically synthesized voice. During WWII, the US military used this advancement to electronically encode classified audio messages that could be reconstituted on the receiving end.

Over the following decades, music technologies would explore the artistic applications of the vocoder, whose robotic vocal articulations would soon find their way into mainstream music, television, films, and games. The influential sound machine has been used by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Dr. Dre, Kraftwerk, Daft Punk and many more.

The Moog 16 Channel Vocoder, originally introduced in 1978 (and heard most famously on the title track of Giorgio Moroder’s E=MC2), has been used to transmute vocals, transform synthesizers, and electronically encode sound for decades.

With the instrument’s reintroduction, Moog Music has gone to great lengths to ensure that this distinct electronic voice carries on. Derived from the original vintage schematic, the Moog 16 Channel Vocoder’s analog voice circuits are hand-soldered at the Moog Factory in Asheville, North Carolina to preserve the original instrument’s classic sound. Updated mechanical connectors and a modern power supply improve reliability and long-term serviceability while ensuring that the analog soul of this instrument—and its unique character and idiosyncrasies—remains unchanged."

Moses Sumney | Conveyor at the Moog Sound Lab

Published on Feb 4, 2020

'Moses Sumney, accompanied by a full band, recently visited the Moog Sound Lab in Asheville, North Carolina to perform a reimagination of 'Conveyor' from his forthcoming album ‘græ.’

In this rendition of the unreleased track, Sumney processes his vocals through the Moog 16 Channel Vocoder, using the Matriarch synthesizer to serve as the vocoder’s carrier signal in order to transform and resynthesize his voice. Sumney also incorporates a looper pedal to manipulate both the dry and vocoded vocals, creating rhythmic patterns throughout the track. He is accompanied by Zach Cooper on bass, Mike Haldeman on guitar, Darian Thomas on violin, and Ian Chang on drums and sensory percussion.

Moses Sumney’s upcoming release includes collaborations with a diverse array of contributors and is his first work to be written in his new home of Asheville, North Carolina—also the home of Moog Music Inc. Double LP græ will be released via Jagjaguwar Records, with the first part due digitally this month; the second part, as well as the physical album, will be available May 15th."

TEMPEST moog DFAM Modular Synthesizer techno jam 2020.02.04

Published on Feb 4, 2020 tak8u


Cristal Baschet & Ethervox Theremin

Published on Feb 4, 2020 Peter Pringle

"There has been a lot of interest in the last few years in the instrument known as the “cristal baschet” (aka, “crystal organ” and “euphone”), so I decided to make a video showing what it looks and sounds like. The instrument was developed in the early 1950’s by the late Bernard and François Baschet, two brothers who lived and worked in Paris. It is entirely acoustic, and constructed mainly of glass and stainless steel. There are resonators attached to it to amplify the sound. In the above video the large “sail” (“voile” in French) is made of mirror polished stainless steel, while the three other teardrop-shaped resonators are made from arborite (these are usually made of fiberglass but I have found that arborite, which is much harder, gives a superior tone).

The sound of the “cristal” is produced by dipping your fingers in water, and rubbing them along a series of parallel glass rods. The rods are attached to a row of chromatically tuned steel bars, similar in principle to tuning forks, and the vibration set up by these bars is communicated to the resonators. This idea was first developed two hundred years ago by the German musician and physicist, Ernst Chladni.

Because the “cristal” must be played with wet hands, it is not easy to find a second instrument that you can play at the same time. The obvious choice is the THEREMIN, because it is played without touching. The theremin in the video is a 1998 Moog MIDI Ethervox, the only fully capable MIDI theremin ever made, and believed by many to be one of the late Robert Moog’s crowning achievements. Sadly, there were only about 50 of these instruments ever made.

Since I only had my left hand to play the theremin (my right hand is playing the “cristal”) I was forced to control the volume of the theremin by means of a pedal. It is interesting to note that with Russian inventor Leon Theremin’s early prototypes (which he called the “etherphone”) volume was also controlled by a pedal - not by a volume antenna. I would like to thank the original designer of the Ethervox MIDI software, Rudi Linhard of LINTRONICS, for certain improvements he made to foot control of the MIDI functions - my left foot is on a MIDI pedal which you cannot see in the video.

I built the cristal baschet in the video myself, with the kind help of the wonderful French musician and “cristaliste”, Karinn Helbert, who shared her knowledge of the instrument and was an endless source of encouragement. For those who are interested in the construction of this instrument, here is a webpage I put together describing the process. It was lots of fun to build (I really like making stuff) but I will not be making another.

This webpage is in French, but I hope to get around to doing a translation soon for English speakers who are interested in the subject."

Plaits Synthesis Models Series #4

Published on Feb 4, 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 -"

Ampethron Introduces Ampethron Portable – Liveact, DJ and studio hardware synthesizer

The press release:

Ampethron, a new synthesizer company, introduces Ampethron Portable – a live act and studio hardware device with unique a external controller and the possibility to endless extensions and upgrades (install next synthesizers, instruments and algorithms to the hardware device).

If you want to learn more, see videos and hear demo songs at:

“After more than 4 years of development, multiple beta testing stages, everything is coming to perfection and we are ready to roll out. We are starting Crowdfunding Campaign mainly because we need to know how many pieces should be produces in first series” Ampethron company says.

You can support this project here: (OFFICIAL PRE-ORDERD CROWDFUNDING)

Here is the complete specification of Ampethron portable FX synthesizer:

Ampethron FX+ synthesizer is a primary synthesizer installed in every Ampethron portable device. FX+ is synthesizer with both classic and futuristic/innovative algorithms of sound synthesis allowing you to create FX sounds and soundscapes never heard before. The main advantage of FX+ synth is speed of work – you can rapidly create hundreds of FXs while sounds amazing in every setting.

FX Synth Top features:

- 4X Oscillators (1x Wavedrawing – user can draw his own waveform realtime with finger or pc mouse, 2x Special wavetable oscillator with special Re-Synth-Remodulation algorithm, 1x classic virtual analog oscillator)

- Variable routing of every oscillator to Filter 1 or Filter 2

Akai MPC 3000 "SP Custom" by GhostInMPC

via this auction

This one was spotted and sent in via M Me.

"This unit has been refurbished and upgraded to work properly and look good. It is not mint and that´s been acknowledged in the selling price.

One of the four SP Custom units GhostInMPC has made was sold in Japan recently for approximately 3162 US Dollars (about 2800 Euros).

You won´t see these for sale often! EUROPE ONLY! ASK FOR SHIPPING!

- Custom Vailixi 3.50 operating system chips for this specific serial number and "SP Custom" unit. (see pictures)
- Brand new ultra bright LED screen.
- Black wood sides and armrest by Audiocustom pl. The wood side panels are a few millimetres shorter than originals so I am including the plastic sides as well.
- Brand new 32mb maximum ram installed for maximum sampling time
- Installed Jazzcat custom internal SCSI cable for internal zip/SCSI device. Allows you to have the external back port SCSI interface function simultaneously with internal SCSI device.
- Installed 3.5 disk power cable extension cord for easy installation and powering of internal SCSI devices.
- button decals (see pictures)
- Installed internal iomega Zip 100 drive. (Will include zip disk)
- Step down power transformer for European power specifications.
- Fixed a typical Akai MPC 3000 fault: Noise in headphone outputs fixed and removed by qualified technician.
- All tact switches replaced by a qualified technician. Works like new.
- Power supply updated by a qualified technician.
- New pad sensor installed
- New SCSI fuse installed.
- A/D converter board fixed and inspected by a qualified technician.

Happy bidding!

PS. This machine looks beautiful next to a E MU SP 1200 black reissue! ;)"

Cottbus/ Vermona Tiracon 6V GDR Synthesizer

via this auction

"East Germany, 6 voice analog synth, one VCO per voice, 3 LFO, 2 EG, 24dB LPF with resonance, 12dB HPF with resonance.

Working, but 2nd and 6th voices has a noise."

You can find demos of one in previous posts here.


via this auction


All knobs, switches, LED's work/function as they should with NO tricky, nasty hidden surprises."

ARP 2600 + 3620 Analog Semi-Modular Synthesizer

via this auction

2601 with 3620 keyboard
2601 S/N: 26010605
3620 S/N: 36200605

Rare Yamaha DX7 Synthesizer Reference Manual by Fukuda

via this auction

"Very Informative Book, Gives a Unique Perspective on FM Synthesis."

Blue Roland SH-101 Keyboard w/ Gig Bag

via this auction

Dubreq Stylophone Gen R-8

via this auction

GAMMA soviet vintage stylophone

via this auction

Output - 1/4 jack

The supply voltage of the unit – 9V


Bontempi memoplay

via this auction

"Vintage Synth keyboard which can record and play back phrases .there's an output and volume pot added to the side and a playback tempo control under the unit. Has one sound only but can get some freaky sounds with effects etc and using the volume control on the side to swell"

Kind of interesting that this one has memory.

A Cat Learns Synthesis with Syntorial (Part 01)

Published on Feb 4, 2020 Red Means Recording

"Syntorial is a program designed to help you learn how music synthesizers work.
Cats are mammals.
Let's see what happens when we put them together."

Deckard's Dream DIY Build 05 - Mainboard Thru-Hole

Published on Feb 4, 2020 Molten Music Technology

"After the surface mount components are done it's time for the good old through-hole bits and pieces including resistors, capacitors, diodes, IC sockets and those 9 card slots. This was split over a few sessions with a few weeks in between but probably could have been done in a day.... ish.

Intro - 0:00
Resistors - 2:22
Diodes - 12:22
IC sockets - 12:47
Capacitors - 14:41
Bits and pieces - 19:59
Card slots - 23:25
Thoughts - 24:33"

You can find all parts in this series here.

Arpeggio NAMM 2020 Demo 2: Sequencer Performance Mode

Published on Feb 4, 2020 Tangible Instruments

"Shot live at NAMM 2020, this video demonstrates sequencer performance mode, MIDI clock output, and control voltage / gate output."

Oberheim OB-1 Dead Oscillator Repair - Synthchaser #129

Published on Feb 4, 2020 Synth Chaser

"We have a little peek inside the Oberheim OB-1, the 1 voice/monophonic predecessor of the mighty OB-X, and track down the problem causing one of its oscillators to be silent.

Parts for DIY repair and restoration of Oberheims are available at my website. I also repair and restore Oberheims and other vintage synths for customers around the world."


Published on Feb 4, 2020 Musho

Moog DFAM on eBay | on Reverb | on Amazon

"Moog DFAM Semi-modular Analog Percussion Synthesizer Features:
100% analog drum/percussion synth with dynamic 8-step sequencer
Semi-modular format — no patching required
24 patch points for extensive sound design potential
2 oscillators plus a noise generator for creating deep kicks, snappy snares, crisp hi-hats and much more
Step sequencer features dedicated pitch and velocity controls for real-time manipulation
Selectable LP/HP filter for sound sculpting
External audio input for processing other synths or Eurorack modules
Eurorack compatible — can be mounted in a Eurorack case (requires 10-pin to 16-pin Eurorack cable, not included)
Perfect match for a Mother-32 synth module, fits in 2-tier and 3-tier Mother-32 racks

Moog DFAM is the first addition to the Mother-32 family of synthesizers and presents an expressive hands-on approach to percussive pattern creation. It requires no patching, and absolutely no experience is needed for human-beings of any age to quickly begin synthesizing new and unique rhythmic compositions.

Free sounds you can be download here:"

ARP Rhodes Chroma - Ambient Chillout Music | Synth Demo

Published on Feb 4, 2020 synth4ever

"ARP Rhodes Chroma analog synthesizer demo, featuring ambient chillout music created on Rhodes Chroma synth from ARP. This ambient soundscape created directly on the ARP Rhodes Chroma synthesizer. Subtle reverb effects provided by Strymon Big Sky.

The Rhodes Chroma was designed by ARP Instruments in the early 1980s and is one of the most revered analog synths to this day. In this ambient music piece titled "Titans", I showcase the Rhodes Chroma's massive low end and brassy overtones via a live piano improvisation. Filmed at in Montreal, Quebec (Canada)."

Buchla 208r (Easel voice) + 248r (MARF) + Portabellabz / EMS VCS3 Oscillator (synced)

Published on Feb 4, 2020 isvisible isinvisible

Bass Organ Sound - 208 Modulation Oscillator
Brassy Sound - 208 Complex Oscillator
Space Sounds - VCS3 Oscillator (licenced from EMS)

The VCS3 oscillator is being synced by the 208's modulation oscillator. With added cv from the 208's Pulser and one of it's random sources mixed together in the Portebellabz 208 Toolbox.

There's a dash of delay on the output courtesy of a Bugbrand PT Delay.

Roland Jupiter-Xm Sound Demo (no talking)

Published on Feb 4, 2020 Bonedo Synthesizers

Waldorf Q: Review and Demo

Published on Feb 3, 2020 wedream2

"Overview of the features of the Waldorf Q digital polyphonic 16-part multitimbral synthesizer, and a demonstration of some single sounds and several multi-programs performed in real time. The Q's waveform pallet consists of analog models and digital wavetables, and has an extensive modulation matrix, stereo filter, on board effects, arpeggiator, and sequencer. It was ahead of its time when first released, and still competes today with the newest synths. To skip the overview and start with the single sounds, go to 6:00. To hear the multi-programs, skip ahead to 9:30."

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