MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, March 5, 2020

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Thursday, March 05, 2020

Chroma Polaris and PL88 (lewis midi) arp demo

Published on Mar 5, 2020 MIDERA

"I find exploring synth sounds more interesting using an arpeggiator. Unfortunately the Chroma Polaris doesn't have an onboard arp - but here I've connected my lewis midi PL88 to arpeggiate the sound from my Polaris. I turned local control off on the Polaris (lower function, interface, and button 1) and then just messed with the sound.

I did use the Eventide Blackhole with this."

Roland TR-808 with "Real World Interfaces" Modifications

Published on Mar 5, 2020 FOR channel

"The 32 Bank Memory System , Bass Drum mods, Snare Drum Mods, Prototype: External Trigger Interface.
Playing with Serge Modular Synthesizer."

Real World Interfaces is Robin Whittle of DevilFish fame. You can find details on the 808 mod here.

GSE XaVCF Eurorack Filter Overview [Demo #1]

Published on Mar 5, 2020

"Audio and Video by G-Storm Electro c. 2020

The XaVCF is a faithful adaptation of the OB-Xa filter in Eurorack with added features. As with the original, the XaVCF has two filter circuits to choose from! The heart of both designs having each its own Alfa reissue AS3320 chip. The XaVCF has the original Modes: a 4-Pole standard Lowpass circuit, and a 2-Pole Lowpass derived from a State-Variable circuit. Additionally there are 1-Pole Bandpass and Lowpass modes not available on the original!

Caution! Aggressive resonant peaks ahead, watch your levels.

0:00 Opening
0:54 Intro & Architecture
3:04 Mode I w/ Basic Sawtooth Demos
6:27 Mode II w/ Basic Sawtooth Demos
10:00 Uses for V/Oct Tracking + Self-Ocillation (All Modes)
14:49 Audio Demos w/ Patches

Check for availability in my Reverb store

Audio recorded direct to Tascam DR-05.
No added effects.

Oscillators: GSE 101-VCO, Pittsburgh Synthesizer Box
LFOs: Batumi
Sequencing - Arturia Beatstep Pro Pitch CV + gate
Delay: Eventide Timefactor
Mixer: Mackie 802-VLZ3"

Additional details posted here.

David Scott Stone with EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath Eurorack

Published on Mar 5, 2020 Perfect Circuit

"This quick live performance from David Scott Stone features a Roland TR-909, Akai MPC-1000, MOTM modular synthesizer and reverb from the EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath Eurorack reverb module.

David Scott Stone has performed live in LCD Soundsystem, The Melvins, The Locust, and Unwound so we were honored to have him come by and demonstrate some of the great sounds the EarthQuaker Devices Afterneath can produce.

Afterneath Eurorack available here:

#PerfectCircuit #Live #Synthesizer"

See EarthQuaker Afterneath Eurorack event with David Scott Stone for the full presentation.

Ensoniq Fizmo Realtime Transwave Synth SN FIZMO-10152

via this auction

Polyphony - 48 voices

Oscillators - 4 MB of 16-bit internal wave ROM, featuring Transwaves (created through digital synthesis and resynthesis technologies); 2 osc for each of 4 presets - total of 8 simultaneous - 58 waveforms

LFO - 8 LFO's (7 waveform choices, can sync to Arpeggiator or external MIDI clock)

Filter - Resonant LP & BP 4 pole filters. Non-Resonant 2LP+2HP, 3LP+1HP, 2LP+2LP, 3LP+1HP filters.

Effects - 41 digital VLSI 24-bit effects (8 Global Reverbs, Chorus, Flanger, DDL, Distortion, Tunable Speaker, Chatter Box, Vocal Morph, Auto-Wah, Vocoder); Processes incoming audio

Keyboard - 61 semi-weighted keys (velocity and channel pressure sensitive, 4 programmable key ranges, 4 possible zones)

Memory - 128 ROM sounds, Up to 128 RAM, 64 Presets

Control - MIDI (up to 4 polyphonic channels)

Date Produced - 1998

Ensoniq ESQ-1 Workstation Synth Synthesizer w/ Sqx-20 Sequencer Expander

via this auction

"Ensoniq Esq-1 Synthesizer with a pre-installed SQX-20 Sequencer Expander Complete w/ Program Cartridge. This synth is in excellent condition and has had several modifications already done to it to promote its life and longevity.

The 3-volt Lithium battery is brand new and was soldered in last year by a professional. This is important; most ESQ-1's require this upgrade because this synth is 34 years old by now and the Lithium battery only lasts for 10-15 years. The lithium battery is what allows you to save patches and sequences on the ESQ-1 internal memory. It will display a warning message on the LED when it is nearing the end of its lifespan.

Another modification is that all three capacitors on the LED display have been replaced with new ones. In 2019, a failing capacitor caused the display to flicker, which brought me to a professional who replaced them all. The display has worked perfectly since, and is very clear, bright, and easy to read.

The SQX-20 upgrade expands the available amount of midi events for the sequencer from the stock 2400 to a sizable 20,000. This is valuable for recording automation because even one sequenced move of the mod-wheel or expression pedal can take hundreds of midi events at a time. With an 8 track internal sequencer these moves add up quick and they compete with midi note data for space.

Finally, the firmware is 3.20, which was the second to last firmware released for the synth (3.50 is the last update). Another last detail is that this is the plastic case version of the synth. The ESQ-1 had two official versions released, both the initial, metal case version and a follow-up plastic case one. The metal case had problems with overheating that the plastic case looked to correct. Again, this synth also comes with one program cartridge. Everything on this synth is tested, works as it should, and is a joy to play and program."

nLab Synthesis Granö

Published on Mar 5, 2020 nLab Synthesis

Update: product page here

"nLab Synthesis Granö is a Granular Synthesizer for Native Instruments Reaktor 6 that combines a great sonic potential with a intuitive and simple interface. Take a sample like a synth line, a field recording or a drums loop and start to handling until you’ll come on a unexplored sonic territory. It’s well suited for ambient, experimental, noise artists, sound designers but it works as well on a more conventional approach.


4-voice granular synthesizer with Drone/Keyboard mode
XY Pad Automation for grain position and volume.
2-pole State Variable Filter
2 dedicated ADSR Envelope for Filter and Amp
2 unique swappable Multi-effects wired in series with 2 XY Pad Automations
Modulation Matrix with 5 slots, independent LFOs and 2 assignable Automations
Quantizer with 10 Scales to play and modulate in tune
Parallel Master Compressor/Limiter
Global Randomizer
Low CPU usage"

UVI Xtreme FX 1.5

Published on Mar 5, 2020 UVI

Available at:

"Xtreme FX 1.5 delivers a massive collection of over 5,000 high-quality, professionally recorded and treated samples including everything from practical sounds and foley to stylized sound design, environmental ambiences, drones, musical elements, synthesized effects and more.

Easily integrate thousands of sounds into your project with a fast and convenient workflow, browse by category, search, add to favorites, quickly drag-and-drop sounds into your DAW of choice, or modify them within UVI Workstation or Falcon to create a near-endless source of sound inspiration. Effortlessly stretch and layer sounds and use dozens of effects including filters, delays, reverbs, dynamic processors, saturators, distortions, and more, in any order or combination you desire.

Sounds include: atmospheres, scenes, electric sounds, generators, overloads, sparks, impacts, metallic, musical, rhythmic, engine and explosions, factories, mechanical sounds, steam, blurs, guns, geiger, hardware fx, insects, interference, bass, meta fx, vox, radio, slicing, tech rumbles, teleports, trash, human textures, magical and mystical sounds, storms, fires, winds, water, buttons, computer sounds, small electronics, bells, drums, cartoon foley, whooshes, alien sounds, beasts, funny sounds, doors and airlocks, emergency and alarm sounds, horror, lasers, slow motion sounds, robots, sci-fi drones, organic, synthetic, vehicles, and many, many more."

Novation Circuit - Tutorial - LFO Deep Dive

Published on Mar 5, 2020 Payton Carter

"If you liked this tutorial, consider checking out my music here!

The Nova engine in the Circuit has some wonderfully deep modulation options. In this tutorial, we explore the LFO section of the Components editor and describe all of its parameters, try out some possible modulation options, and create a sweet synth patch!"

Payton Carter Circuit posts

Delay muted

Published on Mar 5, 2020 Happy Nerding

"The difference between smooth Delay Time change and muted version."

Retro Music Software with Audio Wanderer

Published on Mar 2, 2020 Audio Wanderer


Messing around with this humble piece of software. Nothing too much spectacular or technically amazing, just a simple but efective classic drum machine style but with samples, free to download and with the size of a diskette. Click install and no need to be a rocket scientist to play with it. Ideal for a n00b on the electronic music back in 1998.
Another jam in my old dusty PC now with another life changing piece of software, the Propellerhead Rebirth. Good memories, bad computer
Jamming with one of the first software I used when I started making electronic music back in the 1998. The program was a .exe file called TS404 and was great for learning basic principles of electronic music synthesis
The acclaimed Freeware from D-lusion. Probably the first proper clone of the TB-303 on a PC Windows in the history (Developed in 1996) Enjoy the retro vibes!
Download this program for free now from D-lusion website:

Felt Instruments in VCV Rack

Published on Mar 5, 2020 Omri Cohen

"If you like what I do and want to support my work, consider joining my crew on Patreon -

Lekko - 00:00
Janso - 13:23

Here are the Felt Instruments -
Here you can find VCV Host -"

Korg Wavestate: My First Patch Design By Marc Barnes

Published on Mar 5, 2020 Angelstar Scotland

"In this video I break down my first attempt at sound design on my brand new Korg Wavestate which I acquired only 3 days ago. This is a very deep synth and I have a long way to go before I am utilising it's full capabilities. Hope you enjoy feel free to ask any questions in the comments. Happy music making!"

Hexen - Multi Platform Virtual Eurorack Modular Synthesizer for Android

Published on Mar 5, 2020 SiliconDroid

"Hexen is a virtual modular eurorack synthesizer for your phone or tablet.

Simply double click any synth module to zoom in and out.

Controls and patch cables are all simply tap and drag when zoomed in.

48Khz DSP signal engine and 3D rendering engine gives you a very flexible, capable and fun instrument right in the palm of your hand.

Play and have fun shaping your own analogue soundscape and then mastering it down onto the built in stereo tape recorder.

Hexen contains many modules for you to play with and we hope you have lots of fun! We try and release one module per month to keep it fresh.

This free version allows you to play with all available modules but you can't save or load racks. You can upgrade with a one time in app purchase in order to activate saving and loading. Upgrading also removes the top banner ad."

Using Synths as Effects Processors | Reverb

Published on Mar 5, 2020 Reverb

"One of the best parts of incorporating synthesizers into your music is that they can be used in a myriad of interesting ways—including as effects processors. Take a look around at the back (or perhaps front) panel of your synthesizers, and you might see a socket labeled "Ext. In." or something similar. This means that your synth can accept audio signal from an external instrument or mic source. In the video above, Natalie shows you how to harness the effects processing potential of your synths using some classics like Moog Grandmother and MiniMoog Model D, as well as the Korg Monologue, with a Wurlitzer piano."

Mellotron Micro + Ventilator II and GRP R24 improvisation

Published on Mar 5, 2020 Vykaar Tones

"Mellotron Micro through Ventilator II and GRP R24 improvisation"

Synthstrom Deluge with TouchOSC on an iPad

Published on Mar 1, 2020 Snowdeaf

Spotted this one on discchord.

"In this video I take a look at using TouchOSC by Hexler to control Deluge's parameters on an iPad.

I made a simple TouchOSC layout for Deluge. This is the first one I ever made so some of the design decisions are not necessarily optimal. The fader types are a lot easier to control on an iPad than the rotary ones.

The layout is made to control all the parameters of the Deluge substractive synth. This video shows only some of the controls. I will make another one for the modulation controls and FM synth parameters later. I hope.

TouchOSC makes it really easy to control all the MIDI parameters that can be mapped by the LEARN button on Deluge. The best way is to make one synth preset and LEARN all the mappings and then use that as a starting point when creating a new synth sound. Sound design on Deluge is a lot easier with the touch interface than trying to find all the parameters on the Deluge grid.

There are some restrictions, though. TouchOSC controls won't go below zero, so Deluge parameters that have negative values like modulation source depth or sidechain volume ducking cannot be controlled. Or at least I couldn't figure it out. Also the initial values of the touch controls do not correspond the values on the Deluge. So it works like some digital synths where you need to move the fader first for the parameter to "catch-up" with the control. That's not an issue once you figure it out.

The iPad is connected to the Deluge with the Lightning to USB 3 Camera adapter. Both the Deluge and the iPad are powered by the power bank. Deluge is connected to the power bank with a Birdcord USB to 9V converter cable.

[No computers were harmed making this video. The sounds were recorded directly to the SD card in Deluge and downloaded to the iPad using Downrush. The video was recorded on an iPhone XS and airdropped to the iPad where everything was put together by LumaFusion.]"

Synthstrom Deluge and TouchOSC: FM Sound Design

Published on Mar 2, 2020 Snowdeaf

"Controlling the Synthstrom Deluge with the Hexler TouchOSC for iPad.

In this video I'm creating sounds with the FM synth of the Deluge and also take a quick look into controlling the arpeggiator and portamento parameters."

Vintage Mattel Synsonics Drums SN 727-4600 w/ Original Box

via this auction

Demo of one posted earlier today here.


via this auction

"MOOG MICROMOOG Vintage Analog Synthesizer synth keyboard Fully functional. Serviced pots cleaned at the Analog Lab New York City"

ARP Pro DGX 2733

via this auction

"The Pro/DGX is a thirty preset monophonic analog synth with digital controls. The 37-note keybed has aftertouch for volume, brilliance, vibrato, wow, growl, and bend effects - and even all at once if you desire! A few basic filter, envelope and LFO controls allow some tweaking of the preset sounds.

Get your classic Tony Banks sounds with this unique Arp - no other synth sounds quite like it.

This unit has been carefully gone over to ensure that it is fully functional. It has some wear for an instrument of this age, but is in overall excellent condition. Power cord included."

Kiwisix Korg PolySix Analog Polyphonic Synth SN 465047

via this auction

"Vintage Korg Polysix with Kiwisix power supply replacement, Kiwisix PCB/MIDI firmware upgrade, Synthgraphics Kiwisix control panel decal, brand new replacement key contacts from LA Synth Co, new push switches, and a Tubbutec "Polysex" OSC mod (using original Polysix knobs to match). Included are the original manual, original patchbook, and an original Korg product advertisement from the 80s.

All of these improvements effectively create the modern Polysix we'd all love to see from Korg. Check out the embedded video to see how the Polysex adds a completely new dynamic to the trusty Polysix. The keys on this unit really do feel nice after the contact upgrade and the switch replacements go a long way for ease of use. No more dropped notes or button presses!"

Formanta POLIVOKS. Soviet synthesizer 1982. Bass Line. Modified

Published on Mar 4, 2020 oRangeOfSound

"Formanta POLIVOKS. Soviet synthesizer 1982. Bass Line. Modified

All sounds
made by Formanta POLIVOKS.
*Expect Drums
**Music by oRangeOfSound

#Formanta #POLIVOKS is a monophonic analog synthesizer created by Vladimir Kuzmin in 1982.
* #modified :
- midi
- 2 sub-oscillators per oscillator (vol., normal/inverted phase, -12/-24 semi.)"

Elektron Model:Cycles : mutant dancehall

Published on Mar 5, 2020 Masaki Takada

Tiptop Audio Z5000

Published on Mar 5, 2020 Station 252

"Testing the new Tiptop Audio Multi Effect Module. Trying out different patches with a bunch of different effects."

Tiptop Z5000

Sonic LAB Earthquaker Devices Afterneath

Published on Mar 5, 2020 sonicstate

"Also available in pedal form, Earthquaker Devices Afterneath is a complex and unusual reverb processor described as:

A wizard bursting forth from ethereal cave and ready for the ambient battle. You are the wizard – or sorceress, if you prefer – and the cave is your instrument’s signal, vast, expansive, and magical. Do you go inside?

And in many ways its an accurate description of this unusual device, although more accurately it could be described as a digital reverb made up from a bunch of delay lines.

Certainly it can and does sound other worldly, with some great ambient and textural sounds as well as more regular reverb and delays."

Earthquaker Afterneath

Mattel Synsonics Bunduru Part 1

Published on Mar 5, 2020 Really Nice Audio

"I bought a mint condition Synsonics Drums for £30. This left me with me with the 'spare repair' one I bought a year ago which I thought would make a great project to see if it could be incorporated into a an acoustic drum kit!

I use a Time electronics Model 8000 Decade Resistor box to help set the correct value resistor to select the sensitivity of triggering Synsonics from the rim of the TOM."

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

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