MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, February 28, 2020

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Patch of the Week 47: volca nubass First Patch

Published on Feb 28, 2020 Korg

"The KORG volca nubass is a groundbreaking bass synth implemented with KORG’s new-generation vacuum tube: NuTube. This modernized technology is implemented into the oscillator, sub oscillator and drive circuits; creating incredibly warm tones and rich distortions that only a tube can provide. This unique form of sound generation, along with nubass’ low-pass ladder filter, delivers countless timbral possibilities."

Korg Patch of the Week posts

Black Octopus Sound - Event Horizon 3 (128 Presets for the John Bowen Solaris) by Toby Emerson

Published on Feb 16, 2020 Black Octopus Sound

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

See my post on the upcoming V2.0 OS update.

"Get it here:

Event Horizon 3 for the John Bowen Solaris has arrived. Created by Toby Emerson, this bank of 128 presets will take you on a journey of endless evolving pads, deep subsonic basses, cutting edge leads, nostalgic keys, and inspiring synth plucks. The sound capabilities of the Solaris are extremely deep, and Event Horizon 3 explores new sonic territories with the Solaris, utilizing some of its unique features such as rotors, amplitude modulation, feedback routing, wavetable modulation, Linear FM, and more. If you are looking for a huge bank of timeless and inspiring sounds for any genre of electronic music then look no further than Event Horizon 3 for the John Bowen Solaris – one of the greatest synthesizers ever made.

The Manitou - Pond Skaters - Promo Video

Published on Jan 28, 2020 TheManitouOfficial

"Promo video for Pond Skaters by The Manitou, from the album Music of the Lake. Composed for Sybille Muschik's Shoreline Studio Video Blog. Featured footage: insect life on Bouchie Creek and Bouchie Lake, British Columbia. Filmed with a Panasonic HC-X920.

Instruments: Roland Ju-06*, Korg MS-20 mini*, Tone2 Firebird vst, Lounge Lizard vst, Streetlytron vst 8 voice choir, Peavey Milestone bass*, Alesis SR-16 drums.

*Appear in the video.

Buy it here:
(c) & (p) 2020 Joshua M. Blanc"

Rare SPIDER Sequencer! Electronic Dream Plant (EDP) - Rare - Gnat Wasp -

via this auction

"1978 Electronic Dream Plant (EDP) Spider Sequencer
Works with original EDP Wasp and Gnat Synths
Includes the Din cable to connect to Wasp or Gnat.

In good shape, no cracks in the plastic. I used this in my synth studio for a few years. Very fun. Can clock it with audio signal. I use to sent a trig out of a Roland Tr-606 with wonderful results. Trimmers on the side to adjust sensitivity.

Very rare item.

from the web,
"The Spider is a 256-note step, or 84-note real time digital sequencer to control the Wasp and/or Gnat. It features a few simple controls for entering notes in step or real time and transposing the sequence a semi-tone, whole-tone, major-3rd, or perfect-5th as well as speed controls."

Note: The unit uses the same 9v power supply the WASP and GNAT use. Standard guitar power supply with 1/8 adaptor tip. (not included)"

Nord Modular Keyboard

via this auction

Roland Vocoder Plus VP-330

via this auction

"mk 1 version Good condition, few marks on the body, and some blemishes on wood sides. The previous owner drilled some holes on front. Fully working, has been serviced last year"

Roland SH-1000 Synthesizer - Wildbender Punkt

Published on Feb 28, 2020 Ares Kalogeropoulos

"A music track made with Roland SH-1000 Monophonic Analog Synthesizer.
Every sound made with Roland SH-1000.

The Roland SH-1000, introduced in 1973, was the first compact synthesizer produced in Japan, and the first synthesizer produced by Roland."

Minimal Wave, old school, Korg MS-20,50,SQ10,-Synthesizer performance, live in the studio!

Published on Feb 28, 2020 Matthias Schuster

"Matthias Schuster plays the Volksmusik Instrument live at GF - Studio,Febr.20

Matthias Schuster [Geisterfahrer, Im Namen des Volkes, Bal Pare, Das Institut] produced about 150 bands in his studio from 1980 until today including artists like Andreas Dorau [Fred vom Jupiter], Kosmonautentraum, Abwärts, Brosch, Saal II, The Red Crayola,. He produced several Movie Soundtracks, especially mentioned here the soundtrack for the Movie : FRAKTUS, starring Rocko Schamoni, Jaques Palminger & Heinz Strunk. Matthias toured in Canada, The United States, UK, France , Belgium ,and many more countries and is still active on Tour with his projects IM NAMEN DES VOLKES, BAL PARE & DAS INSTITUT and producing new records until today."

Upcoming John Bowen Solaris v2.0 Update Adds Yamaha FM & Casio CZ Phase Distortion Synthesis

John Bowen dropped by the other day with the Solaris Desktop prototype. Not only did I get a peek at the new design, but I was able to take a look at the upcoming v2.0 OS, which adds both Yamaha style "FM synthesis" and Casio's CZ Phase Distortion synthesis. It also adds multi-part support. You'll find a few pics in this post. Apologies for the lighting but it is dark in the studio. :) Below you'll find a few angled shots of the desktop. In person it's not as large as I had expected. It's similar to an Oberheim Xpander which seems appropriate considering their similarities. Both have multiple displays and have been described as essentially modulars in a box. From what I understand, the Solaris is a bit more flexible as you can essentially re-order the signal path. It's a pretty amazing synth. John Bowen opted for a high resolution 96kHz signal path and you can hear it. The Solaris sounds absolutely astonishing. It has four oscillators with a vector joystick to morph between them. You can also cycle through oscillator waveforms up into the audio range with the unique "Rotors" feature on the Solaris. Click here for a full list of current features. Note the v2.0 features aren't yet listed.

The Solaris has four oscillators allowing for a 4-OP FM synth. If you are familiar with Yamaha FM synthesis you know you select how each operator modulates the other from various algorithms. On the Solaris, however, you can freely map oscillators any way you like, including back into each other. The Solaris is essentially modular, allowing you to freely route components of the synth engine. Aside from FM and Phase Distortion, the new OS also adds an assignable 4-part multi mode. Assignable not only by patch, but by number of voices allocated to each part. The following is what John had to say about the upcoming OS:

"v2.0 OS will add a new Oscillator Type called Phase Mod. This allows for true 'DX style FM,' which is actually phase modulation. With four oscillators, you can create 4 Operator algorithms. It also includes waveshapes emulating the CZ Phase Distortion series. The modulation destination which normally shows as LinFM changes to PhasMod when this oscillator type is selected. For the CZ series, the Shape parameter controls the amount of phase distortion.

The new Multimode code allows for 4-part arrangement. Each part shares a common 'voice pool' of 5 pairs of voices (total of 10), and you decide how many voices can be assigned to each part, with 2 voices in a part as the minimum assignment. (Using identical presets with the new Solaris Voice Expander module adds another 10 voices.)

The Multimode structure converts old presets into a larger preset structure that holds the parameters for all 4 parts. All edits to any parameter are stored separately, so any preset used to populate a part from any other preset is not affected, and remains a separate object. Each of the 4 parts provides control over velocity and key zoning, volume level, pan position, transpose, fine tuning, arpeggiator function, and a number of other MIDI controller settings."

You can find additional posts including demos of the Solaris here.

Roland System-8 | Custom Sounds | No Talking

Published on Feb 28, 2020 LFOstore

"#roland #system8

We made many great sounds & sequences to show possibilities of
dream machine & its hidden treasures we found during exploring.

You will find here silky & beauity plucks with unusual modulation,
deep & overdriven leads, many atmospheric pads & strings,
unusual arpeggios & groovy sequences, basses & many more.

Explore your System-8 Machine & dive deeper with our demo.

If you like our sound - check the link -"

Sequential Pro 3 - Arturia MatrixBrute, Moog MF-101 Low Pass Filter - ExperimentalSynth

Published on Feb 27, 2020 experimentalsynth

"Syncing the sequencer on the Sequential Pro 3 to an Arturia MatrixBrute arpeggiator, a Moog MF-101 Low Pass Filter processes a Pro 3 oscillator output through a CV out. Learn more at"

Sequential Pro 3 posts

Novation // Patricia Wolf - Profile

Published on Feb 28, 2020 NovationTV

"In this video, Patricia Wolf discusses how she takes a two-stage approach to sound design. “In one way, I focus on the technical aspects of it, especially when there’s new features on a synthesizer that I’m not so familiar with. So I’ll play around with that and really think about what it’s doing.” Then, once she’s familiar with her machines and their respective capabilities, she’ll free herself from thinking on a purely technical point of view and consider her machines as an ecosystem, playing in harmony. 'It’s nice to let go of that technicality and just think of it as a living, electric energy that you can morph and change and start feeling for its creative potential.'"

Watch the performance video here.

Hell's Horns - Novation PEAK Evolving Dark Ambient Drone

Published on Feb 28, 2020 Alba Ecstasy

"PLEASE DO NOT USE HEADPHONES TO LISTEN THIS! Or take care with the volume - start from very low: DISTORTION & OVERDRIVE ON PURPOSE!
#NovationPeak #ambient #patches on

Using the onboard delay to simulate the Karplus effect, lots of reverb and tweaking the OSC3 Filter Mod and of course the distortion and the overdrive.
You can hear how this drone turns later (4:30) into a nice pad.
This synth is one of my favourite of all times!

Let's Play with Mononoke

Published on Feb 28, 2020 Tim Webb

"The latest synth from Bram Bos is a unique drone/soundscape generator with performance pads that make it a bunch of fun to play with! I mostly manage to stop playing with it long enough to describe what's going on.

Mononoke on App Store:
FAC Alteza on App Store:
iVCS3 on App Store:
Limiter on App Store:

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Artis Lab SynthBerry Pi

Published on Jan 28, 2020 Artis Lab

"SynthBerry Pi is a prototype made by Artis Lab based on the Raspberry Pi mini computer. SynthBerry Pi is a compact stand-alone synthesizer capable of performing patches created through Pure Data. Eight slide potentiometers are connected to the Raspberry to create a simple control surface that makes it possible to control the sound synthesis architectures created using the PDSynth toolkit.

In this first video tutorial we present the prototype and the sounds that can be created live through a Pd patch that offers the user the possibility to control three oscillators and a delay.

For more information:"

Origins of a Legend - The Simmons SDS-3 Drum Synthesizer from 1978

Published on Feb 28, 2020 Alex Ball

"A look at the original Simmons Drum Synthesizer, the SDS-3 from 1978.

This instrument was built by Dave Simmons when he was working for a company called Musicaid in the late 70s and it served as the precursor to famous SDS-V with its distinctive hexagonal pads that cropped up on many hit records in the 1980s.

Free sample pack:

Thank you to EvilDragon for scripting the Kontakt patches

Check out Simmons Museum which is a great online resource on the Simmons story:

Here's the 2017 interview cited in the film:"

Additional Alex Ball posts

High Frequency Reaction

Spotted on CatSynth

"We finish out our week of black cats at CatSynth with this cutie from Kursk, Russia playing a Korg Minilogue XD. By dj.wadada on Instagram."

FLUX Update: Envelope Outputs & Micro SD Stretch Goals

via TM Synnthesis/In Orbit Laboratories:

"Thanks to our backers Flux is now 330% funded on Kickstarter! Since launch, we have added Phase Shifting, additional IO (now 4 trigger in, 4 CV in), additional interface controls, brass thumb screws, optional matte black panel & now we have 2 exciting final stretch goals!

Click here for Flux on Kickstarter!

Final Stretch Goals

4 Variable Voltage Outputs
This stretch goal converts 1 aux output per channel to a synchronised and programmable envelope generator (link this variable voltage output to trigger density for example to automatically generate an envelope directly related to your rhythm)!

Micro SD Card Slot
This stretch goal will add a micro SD card slot for unlimited preset storage, easy sharing of patches online and settings backups!

You can see the fully expanded interface layout below!" [left]

New BugBrand Modules

Note the following is from the BugBrand email list so it's a bit less formal.

"The news front has been quiet this winter - it has felt like a time for contemplation, catching & tidying up - but now Spring is approaching, always so welcome, and ideas can start to stretch & emerge.

First, there are a few new modules coming out - slowly for now, with little push/promo - systems keep on growing around the world:
Quadrature Sine - an updated version of the old pre-2013, a pure oscillator/LFO producing Sine & Cosine
Matrix - 6 inputs to 4 outputs - for CV or audio
DC Mixer - a nice little utility for signal mixing (+ inversion & offset)

Something that has been bubbling in my mind for some time (and helped along through discussions with my ever wonderful assistant, Jasmine) - a mixture of letting go, opening up, setting up experiments, planting seeds. I've long enjoyed the mix of technical (system design, studio routing) balanced against the more creative (playing the audio clay of a system), but find I rarely get enough time to dive deep into play & recording, along with wonderings on how I can involve others.

Slowly, slowly I wish to get people in to the studio to play & experiment - to see how people use the machines, to feel around how best to explain the technical sides, to be open to the many sounds which arise. Now we observe the early steps - the first visitor came in yesterday and left somewhat hypnotised! I do not know what might arise and that is exciting. So I plant this seed of an idea with few preconceptions - I want to explore it gradually & look forward to the conversations & meetings that might occur through it. The logistics are TBC - the approach is open.

In other bits of news:
Next month, 21st March, Machina Bristronica (organised by Elevator Sound) is happening again in Bristol. A massive gathering of audio machines! I think I will be positioned next to old friend & fellow Bristol synthesist/designer George Hearn & his wonderful UDO polysynth - finally I will get to try it!
Here's a little Youtube recording from last week: [Posted here]
On the stock & production front - the Corona virus is definitely having something of an impact & we just have to roll with it. Board production is very slow at the moment - no massive problem at present, but we'll have to see how it all goes.

Currently - visit the online shop:
The last DRM2 for now is online! I'll aim to do another board run soon, but could take some months..
StereoCompress - another batch is being made right now so should be out within 2 weeks
SynthVoices & other modular setups are somewhat limited due to waiting on Dual Envelope & Dual Filter production - but lots of other modules ready on the shelf & I can always do frames etc.
I think that covers most of the news for now!

Best wishes to all!

New PO-32 Sounds and Patterns | RAW n EDGY - haQ attaQ (sounds can load on PO35 and PO137 too)

Published on Feb 28, 2020 Jakob Haq

"My latest Raw n Edgy Drum kit for PO-32 Tonic comes from my personal library of sounds. These are sounds that I use for my own music productions. As usual, this video includes a sound and pattern demo, plus a data transfer signal that you can use to update your PO32 (and PO35, info below).

▼ DRUM SOUNDS WORKS WITH PO-35 Speak and PO-137 Rick and Morty TOO! ▼
NOTE: only drum sound will be loaded and patterns will be ignored."


Squarp Instruments RAMPLE Waves System

Published on Feb 28, 2020 Squarp Instruments

"Eurorack multi-layered 4-voice sample player & audio processor.

● plays .wav files from the SD card, no duration limits

● 4 independent voices & audio outputs

● each voice included 5 audio effects + editing tools

● each voice can be multi-layered

● 4 assignable CV inputs

● everything is controllable thanks to the midi input

● microSD preloaded with artists kits, easy sample import"

Model:Cycles Launch Party - Elektron Studios Berlin

Published on Feb 28, 2020 Elektron

"What. A. Night. Big thanks to everyone who joined us, especially Blush Response and Hovercat for such crackerjack, wall-shaking performances with Model:Cycles.
If you couldn’t make it this week, be sure to come along to open house at Elektron Studios next Friday, March 6. Doors open from 18:00."

DIY MIDI keyboard

Published on Feb 28, 2020 myVolts

"#Fabuary2020 -🤗 diy midi keyboard anyone? 😋

We wanted to encourage people to start making in February - we work from a fablab ourselves, so, #Fabuary 🤩🤘 We were work from @oficinalab.porto all day, who have been gracefully hosting us 🙏🏼😁👌 We've made a #musicstand already, now we are going to modify a #rockband #keytar so we can use it with our #korgvolca"

Suzuki SX-500 Synthesizer / Siel EX-80 SN 0514

via this auction

"Suzuki SX-500 Midi Programmable Digital Expander Synthesizer (serial number 0514)

It is the same synthesizer as the SIEL EX-80 and uses the same parameters and MIDI CCs for control.

The synthesizer is in good condition and it works as it should, however it has an audible hum whenever you play it. I never had the time (or budget) to take it to a technician to have it checked. I already have a couple of poly synthesizers so this one is redundant in my setup.

Check the video that I made for this specific listing at the following youtube link: [above]

You will hear the synth play in poly and in mono mode as well as it being controlled with the Behringer BCR2000 with MIDI CC Messages.

I found all the information I needed to program it, here"

Oberheim Matrix 6

via this auction

"Vintage Oberheim Matrix 6 analog polyphonic synthesizer, from 1986. Very nice condition, and fully functional. Includes power cord.

Please note that the Matrix 6 does not have a stereo output, despite the fact that there are two output jacks labeled Left and Right. These are NOT stereo outputs - they are for setting up keyboard splits with separate outputs, as described in the owner's manual. Unless you specifically have a split patch set up to feed the Right output, you will get no audio there."

E-MU Systems SP-12 Turbo Sampling Percussion Synth SN 1206

via this auction, also on Reverb

E-MU Systems Emulator II 1984 w/ Floppy Disks and Owners Manual SN 465

via this auction, also on Reverb

Korg 770 Vintage Analog Monophonic Synthesizer SN 770204

via this auction

"This 770 is in perfect working condition and in very good condition!!

This unit was checked/ cleaned by professional technician."

VERMONA Vintage Analog German 2-VCO synthesizer + second Vintage Analog (fast demo)

Published on Feb 28, 2020 Ivan Chernikov

VERMONA ретро синтезаторы 1980х годов. Состояние на 4.
0.00 - 4.50 - Первый синт
4.50 - 8.51 - Второй синт.

Luke Neptune's Vintage/Classic Soundset for Minilogue xd

Published on Feb 28, 2020 Luke Neptune

"Buy this soundset here

Vintage/Classic for the Minilogue xd features 100 patches inspired by the synth sounds of yesterday. Packed with vintage style brasses, warm organic pads, silky strings, punchy retro basses and creamy leads.

Vintage/Classic contains a handful of recreations of classic sounds from classic songs such as- Van Halen- Jump, 808 State- Pacific State, Underworld- Born Slippy, Vangelis- Blade Runner, Michael Jackson- Thriller, Inner City Good Life, Toto- Africa, Daft Punk- Da Funk & Aerodynamic, Harold Faltermeyer- Axel F and more

Some of the synths that have inspired the sounds of this soundset are the Roland Jupiter 8, Korg Polysix, Korg Monopoly, Sequential Prophet 5, Moog Minimoog, Roland Juno 60/106, Oberheim’s OB series and Yamaha’s DX series

The patches within Vintage/Classic have been carefully designed to be suitable for many different genres including House/Techno, Synthwave, Disco/Funk, Classic Rock, Ambient, Soundtrack/Soundscapes.

So if it’s those nostalgic 70’s, 80s and 90s that you’ve been looking for then Vintage/Classic could be your kind of thing!

On purchase you will receive step by step instructions on how to load the sounds and how to back up any of your existing patches should you wish too."


Published on Feb 28, 2020 sonicstate

"XAOC Devices Odessa is a - wait for it - Variable Spectrum Harmonic Cluster Oscillator. An interesting FPGA based module. Edd takes us on a 5 Minute journey through it's sonic landscape.

It uses the principle of additive synthesis controlled by a set of carefully tailored macro parameters to harness thousands of sinusoidal partials that altogether form the resulting sound. The series of harmonics can be squeezed or spread apart, tilted, and pruned by a comb-like frequency response, resulting in a variety of unearthly sounds. Furthermore the VCO provides Through-zero linear FM and detuneable clusters of up to five voices."

Exploring the Synthy Side of the Nord Drum 2 - the Scale Preset mode

Published on Feb 28, 2020 NONsynth

"I've got my hands on another Nord Drum 2 and I now want to make a deeper exploration of its synthyness. In this test vid I use the Midibro in dispatcher mode to send single channel midi notes to the multiple channels of the ND2, turning it into a polysynth. I used the Edit Group settings to link all six channels and edit them as one.

What are you seeing in this vid? Well, digging through the manual led me to this (wtf) description of the "Scl Pre" mode:

"Use the Scl Pre feature with an Edit Group
to quickly set up different pitch relationships
between pads.

The pitches will begin at the set pitch on the
lowest numbered channel in the Edit Group
and increase with a factor determined by the
selected scale on the selected channels.

If a Scale has been used to set a pitch
relationship, you can change the pitch of one
channel without breaking the pitch relationship.
This will move all the other pitches until
one of the pitches reaches the maximum, or
minimum pitch (“0” or “127.5”)."

And so begins my experimentation."

Studio Tour 2020 + Midi & Audio Setup

Published on Feb 27, 2020 Espen Kraft

"Support this channel on Patreon:

Upon many requests (for once I took the requests to heart) here is my studio setup medio Feb. 2020.
My setup is constantly evolving based upon my need for production sounds and my channels need for "food". ;-)
The way I've wired up my midi and audio might not be the best way for everyone, but it works for me.

The end music is a Korg Trinity demo I made years ago. It's never been released."


Published on Feb 27, 2020 mylarmelodies

"Routing is important, utilities rule - so let's get into it! Here's a standalone vid to explore the merits of multiples, Tiptop Stackcables, Hosa hopscotch cables, (Doepfer) Switched Multiples, and the new Doepfer A182-2 Quad Switches."

Patch n Tweak
Switched On Make Synthesizer Evolution Vintage Synthesizers Creating Sound Fundlementals of Synthesizer Programming Kraftwerk

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