MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, March 27, 2020

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Axel Hartmann's Original Panel Design for the Waldorf Q & How the Yellow Q Came to Be

Update1: Soviet Space Child noticed the Instrument section under the main display has the additional numbers found on later models of the Q. This might actually be a later prototype panel that matches the original color concept. Soviet Space Child noted: "The Q was originally designed as a 4 part multitimbral synthesizer, and later expanded to 16 parts multi via an OS update. This explains why the FX unit is only 4 part multi, as the hardware architecture ran off of 3 DSP's, two for 8 voices of polyphony each, and one dedicated to 4 FX parts. On the original Q models the 4 instrument buttons above the display were labeled 1-4, but later revisions had additional numbers to reflect the added multi parts, as seen in the prototype panel photos." It's also worth noting the original Wave came in different colors including Sahara yellow and Crimson Red. There was also a green Microwave. That backs up Waldorf wanting to go bold with the Q.

Update2: Swissdoc heard back from Waldorf's Frank Schneider and he stated this is the Jade panel. It makes sense as Jade is green and this panel is greenish in color. What's odd though is the render in the promo sheet appears white in color but is labeled as Jade. Also, according to swissdoc, the Q actually did come 16 multi-timbral to start: "The Q came from the start with 16 part multi, just the yellow case had only 4 labeled. See the changelog from here."

Update3: it looks like the Q was 4 part multi prior to release according to this SOS preview for the Q (via Soviet Space Child): "In keeping with modern synth architectures, the Q promises 16-part multitimbrality and 16-part layers/splits that Waldorf call 'Multis', but neither of these is implemented in the current operating system" later followed by "Early reports suggested that the Q would include a dedicated drum section with the ability to emulate popular analogue machines such as the Roland TR808 and TR909. In recent weeks, Waldorf has shelved the idea in favour of expanding the multitimbrality of the instrument from 4-part to 16-part."

So the preview model sent to Sound on Sound was 4 Part multi, and they made it 16 for release. Update4: I remember now. The Q was released pre V1.0 and was updated later. I forget if it was 4 or 16 part multi on release.  There was a bit of excitement about the Q, as you can imagine, on the various forums and email lists at the time.  Sonic State's The Gas-Station was THE forum at the time and there was a Waldorf email list.

The original post:

swissdoc and I were exchanging emails about the recent Waldorf posts featuring the JADE Q, non-Nextel Pulse, and the manuals for the XT, and MicroWave. Some interesting bits of info came out of our exchange.  You can find them in updates in those posts. Possibly even more interesting are the images you see here in this post. Swissdoc sent them my way with the following. What you are looking at is the original design prototype color concept? [see above] for the Waldorf Q.

"I got the pics from a guy called pixeldealer in Summer 2014. He said it was the original Q-prototype in turquoise/silver color and the first design by Axel Hartmann. It was never released, the Q was released in yellow Nextel as we know. Axel Hartmann is telling the same story in an interview on (last section). He bougth the case (without electronics etc) from the production partner of Waldorf in Troisdorf. He was looking to sell the parts.

Axel said:
Die ersten Q wurden geboren, als der Markt für virtuell analoge Synthesizer noch durch Clavia mit ihren grellroten Nordsynthesizern beherrscht wurde. Wolfgang wollte daher ein stärkeres optisches Statement, als es unser bekanntes, dezentes Dunkelblau zulies. Wolfram (Franke) hatte dann die Idee mit dem schrillen Gelb, das wir in den finalen Layouts umgesetzt haben.

Unsere ersten Farbkonzepte für die Q Synthesizer gingen in eine völlig andere Richtung. Wir hatten in unseren Entwürfen ein dezentes, sehr helles, grünliches Grau in Kombination mit Aluminium und Nussbaum Anbauteilen visualisiert. Wie gesagt, das war den Waldorfern damals aber einfach nicht laut genug… Translation:
The first Q were born when the market for virtual analog synthesizers was still dominated by Clavia with her bright red northern synthesizers. Wolfgang therefore wanted a stronger visual statement than our well-known, subtle dark blue. Wolfram (Franke) then had the idea with the shrill yellow, which we implemented in the final layouts.

Our first color concepts for the Q synthesizers went in a completely different direction. In our designs we had visualized a subtle, very bright greenish grey in combination with aluminium and walnut add-on parts. As I said, that simply wasn't loud enough for the Waldorfers back then..."

Electribe Sampler (ES2) - New Sound Bank Coming Soon from Electronisounds Audio

Published on Mar 27, 2020 Electronisounds Audio


"Korg Electribe ES2 - New Soundbank Coming Soon!"

I've been working crazy hard on an all-new sound bank for the Electribe ES2 sampler/groovebox!
I've finished creating, editing and preparing 500 new sounds and samples, and now am working on the Patterns. There will be 100 patterns in the finished bank, and in this video I show some of the patterns that I've already programmed.

Whatever kind of music you are making - KEEP IT UP, Friends!
Don't stop making *YOUR MUSIC*!!"

EMS Synthi Impro

Published on Mar 27, 2020 Stefano Bertoli

"Variation on the Shepard Risset Tone Patch

No sequencer
some delay and reverb from the mixer and a small Buddha Machine here and there"

Sensel Morph Live Streams

"Sensel Live Streams are a real-time outlet for learning and conversation. From sound design to composition and technical details, we cover a lot of ground. If you missed the event, you can still get all the information in our archives."


1. Morph MPE Smörgåsbord: Bitwig, Cubase, and Logic
In this live stream, Peter covers the basic setup for MIDI Polyphonic Expression (MPE) in Steinberg Cubase, Bitwig Studio, and Apple Logic Pro X. He'll demonstrate how to use per-note expression in each DAW, using the Sensel Morph and built-in synthesizers. He'll also compare how each software works using plugins such as ROLI Equator, Audio Damage Quanta, and Madrona Labs Aalto.
2. Talking Drums on the Sensel Morph Drum Pad Overlay: Making Percussion Expressive (Archive)
3. Get Started With Bundled Software And The Sensel Morph: Bitwig 8-Track and Arturia Analog Lab Lite
4. Get Started With Bundled Software And The Sensel Morph: Bitwig 8-Track and Arturia Analog Lab Lite

Synth Jam 40: Access Virus Indigo recorded with Cubasis (iPad)

Published on Oct 21, 2016 Marcus Padrini

"An idea that came from the piano, now testing some sounds of the Access Virus Indigo synthesizer. Recorded with Cubasis for iPad."

Spotted this one in the listing for the previous post. Not sure how I missed it prior to that.

Access Virus Indigo with Upgraded Screen

via this auction

"Well kept Access Virus Indigo v1 with upgraded LCD screen. Fantastic sounding VA synth that's built like a tank. Minimizing my gear to focus on music so this beautiful synth is ready to go to a new home.
Bright LCD upgrade
Tight knobs and buttons
37-keys with Aftertouch
Running latest OS update"

Harvest Dawn on Volca FM (Mini Tutorial) - Oblivion The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Soundtrack

Published on Mar 27, 2020 RemixSample

"Download VOLCA FM patches:

Playing Harvest Dawn melody on KORG Volca FM by hand and then via midi. All sound is coming from the Volca FM which is limited to 3 voices so it sounds weird at times. The effects help a lot. Used Valhalla Room, Shimmer and SoundToys Crystallizer (

Titel: Harvest Dawn
Game: The Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion
Artist: Jeremy Soule"

Novation & AudioThing Offer SR-88 Plug-In for Free Through April 24

via @WeAreNovation

"For those able to stay home during these challenging times, we want to help make it as easy as possible for you to stay creative. For a Sound Collective special, we’ve partnered up with @audiothing to bring you the SR-88 plug-in for free until 27.04.20 >>>"

"Stay safe and stay creative: free analogue drum machine plug-in for Novation Sound Collective members
For those who are in the position to be staying at home during these challenging times, we want to help make it as easy as possible for you to stay creative. So, for a one-off Sound Collective special, we’ve partnered up with AudioThing to bring you the SR-88 plug-in for free as a limited-time giveaway for all members.

AudioThing’s SR-88 is a sample-based plug-in emulation of the Sound Master Memory Rhythm SR-88, a rare analogue drum machine from the ’80s. The instrument features five classic analogue sounds: kick, snare, hi hat 1, hi hat 2, and cymbal, which can be pitched, panned or mixed independently. You can shape the sound with the low-pass filter (zero delay feedback), overdrive, compressor and reverb.

The sequencer lets you easily build patterns, then flip each track’s sequence using the ‘random’ function. The result is limitless combinations and unusual patterns, which bring new creative aspects to your songs. Sequences can be dragged and dropped to your DAW/host, making it easy to build ideas quickly. AudioThing SR-88 is compatible with Mac and PC, in AU, VST2, VST3 and 64-bit AAX formats.

To join Sound Collective, simply register any Novation hardware product, then look out for a new offer every couple of months. No one else works with software manufacturers like we do to bring you inspirational tools for your next production. Find out more here.

The AudioThing SR-88 offer expires on April 27th 2020, and is running in addition to the Serato Sample LE plug-in already available as part of Sound Collective."

Novation // SL MkIII v1.3 - Unquantised Recording

Uploaded on Mar 27, 2020 NovationTV

"In this video, Enrique demonstrates the new feature of our firmware update for the SL MkIII. In firmware v1.3 is unquantised recording, which brings new flexibility and musicality to the built-in sequencer.

In the previous firmware version, we introduced micro-step editing, allowing users to position notes off the grid for subtle timing variations. With unquantised recording, users have the ability to record into these micro-steps. This means that the organic, human quality of performances and punched-in beats can be captured in all their wonky glory.

Discover the update:"

"From wonky beats and quick-fire fills to authentic-sounding strums and beyond, unquantised recording takes SL MkIII’s sequencer to new musical places.
We’re excited to bring an important new feature to the SL MkIII range of MIDI keyboard controllers. New in firmware v1.3 is unquantised recording, which brings new flexibility and musicality to the built-in sequencer.

In the previous firmware version, we introduced micro-step editing, allowing users to position notes off the grid for subtle timing variations. With unquantised recording, users have the ability to record into these micro-steps. This means that the organic, human quality of performances and punched-in beats can be captured in all their wonky glory.

The ability to record off the grid in the SL MkIII sequencer has been one of the most requested features from users. Now, even the most rhythmically complex ideas can be captured without losing the vibe.

To download the v1.3 firmware update for the SL MkIII range of MIDI keyboard controllers, click here."

Vapor Dream - Part 1 - Novation Circuit Pack by Yves Big City

Published on Mar 27, 2020 Isotonik Studios

"This pack is the Delorean Dream sequel but with a different vibe that goes in the vaporwave style.

- 64 tweakable presets capturing the lo-fi tape magic
- Two drumkits versions
- 32 Demo Sessions
- Exclusive bonus library of Win95 samples, Mall Advert, vinyl noise for a maximum aesthetic effect.


Modern Hip Hop Beats on the Novation Circuit

Published on Mar 27, 2020 Gabe Miller Music

"A few modern hip hop / trap beats on the Novation Circuit, made with BoBeats' and Tom Cosm's synth patches and my free drums pack"

Gotharman's SpazeDrum: Dynamic Drum Samples

Published on Mar 27, 2020 gotharman

"Setting up some drum samplings, and make them sound more dynamic, using Xfade and random. All the samplings used in this video are from Drumdrops."

Buchla Cosmic Drone - Session 14 - Modular Drone Music Performance

Published on Mar 26, 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:

Relax and tune into our live weekly improvised Drone Sessions. This fourteenth session involves a drone featuring two independent Buchla style complex and modulation oscillators starting in tune a couple octaves apart. As the oscillator frequencies drift apart by way of manual control, beating ensues. Listening to droning oscillators can serve as mindfulness sounds as there is no sudden changes in sound. Just smooth drifts in pitch and the resulting beat frequencies. Drones can also serve as an ambient track to have on while doing tasks that require intense focus. Drones are also great for a Sci-fi film soundtrack. The slow yet progressive nature of a drone performance can help one focus on tasks without distraction. The fact that we are manipulating these oscillators live and in collaboration helps the drone meander ever so smoothly in an evolving fashion as we are always reacting to one another's subtle movements. These movements are improvised so there is an unrehearsed and reactive ebb and flow to the tones generated. Engage in the practice deep listening with us.

The electronic music instruments used in this performance of modular drone music are the Buchla Music Easel, and a small system involving a Buchla clone model 259 Programmable Complex Waveform Generator, Buchla 292h Dual Lowpass Gate, and 281h Dual Function Generator in the Buchla LEM Powered 3 Boat.

The Galaxy Electric -"

3 - 5 Waldorf JADE White Qs May Exist

See the update this post.

Quick Jam with Softube Modular, Unfiltered Audio Byome and Komplete Kontrol S61 MK2

Published on Mar 26, 2020 Miltos Schimatariotis

"Just a quick jam while experimenting with Softube Modular and the Native Instruments Komplete Kontrol keyboard. Since I haven't uploaded for a while I decided to capture this as a warm up for more videos to come soon.

Here I have a rather simple patch with two Doepfer oscillators and the Korgasmatron filter. One oscillator has a constant pitch while the other changes from the keyboard. Korgasmatron is used for some stereo filtering with the use of FM also.
Byome is used to create this background harmony by using a Resonator Bank with source the sound of the Modular itself. This Byome's patch can be found in the beautiful Carmen Bank by Simon Stockhausen."

Arturia iSpark Drum Machine for iOS Currently Free

Arturia's iSpark is currently free until April 30. Search for Arturia iSpark in your device's App Store to install.

SoundsDivine 'Unplugged Vol. 1' - Omnisphere 2.5

Published on Mar 27, 2020 SoundsDivine111

"Preview of the presets from the 'Unplugged Vol.1' sound library for Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2.5.
To purchase these sounds, please follow the link below:"

Soniccouture Particle Velocity | Preset Tour

Published on Mar 27, 2020 Soniccouture

"A Haunted Spaces sound pack featuring 128 snapshot presets by Ian Boddy, EXM, Richard Veenstra & James Thompson.

Particle Velocity explores nano-worlds and quantum spaces, with micro-rhythms, internal impacts and chaotic noise-bursts.

Only available to users of Soniccouture Haunted Spaces:"

Dusty dub

Published on Mar 26, 2020 Cray

"Elektron Analog 4 into Eventide H9 and POLY Effects Digit"

See the Poly Effects label below for more.

AJH Synth - Lunar Module

Published on Mar 27, 2020 Alex4

"The AJH Synth Lunar Module is one of the more obscure developments in eurorack format. The title 'Apollo Mission Communicator' describes it pretty well. It can make any audiosource soundlike a broadcast from the moon - from the 1960's. It also is a great tool to give any sound a specific space adventure touch. It is at the same time retro and sci-fi and can also function as a versatile (noise) sound source."

Lunar Module on the right.

CME presents WIDI Master - Wireless Bluetooth MIDI Adapters

Published on Mar 27, 2020 CME Pro - wireless audio & midi technology

"With WIDI Master you can connect all your MIDI devices without wires. No matter if they are master or slave. For instance, you can connect two standalone MIDI hardware devices. Furthermore, you can pair your Bluetooth MIDI controller with any standalone MIDI hardware device. Also, you can pair your standalone MIDI hardware (switch to slave mode) with any iOS device or Mac. In addition, for Windows and Android users, you can use our WIDI BUD to fully enjoy these benefits."

DX7 SuperMax (édition confinée)

Published on Mar 27, 2020 Michael Geyre

With the BC-1 breath controller.

Waldorf Quantum OS 2.0

Published on Mar 27, 2020 WaldorfMusicChannel

"We are proud to announce the availability of the highly-anticipated version 2.0 firmware for our flagship Quantum Synthesizer — a major, feature-packed update centred around a new Kernel oscillator type alongside an array of other additions and improvements in keeping with the innovative instrument’s apt appellation. The update is free and available from here:"

Update: and the press release:

"A long phase of beta testing has finally come to an end. Many of you have eagerly awaited this release, and here it is. Waldorf proudly presents the new 2.0 firmware for the Waldorf Quantum synthesizer, featuring the new Kernel oscillator type and an array of further additions and improvements.

From now on, in addition to the four previously available synthesis algorithms Wavetable, Waveform, Particle and Resonator, the Kernel mode complements the set. This opens up new grounds of serious sonic exploration and increases the already staggering number of possible sounds by another level.

Kernel mode is engaged by pressing the Wavetable and Waveform button of one oscillator at the same time. In Kernel Mode, up to six so-called Kernel Operators can be combined within a single oscillator. Each of those Operators is an oscillator of its own, supporting basic waveforms, wavetables and noise. All of them can be combined and interlinked freely. Choose between classic Phase FM, true FM and wavetable position as modulations at audio rate between the kernels.

There is an innovative Template Mode featuring 14 factory templates to create classic FM sounds through to forward-looking inharmonic textures and abstract tones. Those templates feature five individual meaningful sound parameters each, and a further five macro parameters are available in the Quantum Synthesizer’s main Modulation Matrix. Furthermore, you can use the Full Edit mode in order to delve deeper into the sonic structure of the Kernel mode and edit the kernels freely as you like.

It is perfectly possible to view the Quantum Synthesizer’s Kernel synthesis abilities as an oscillator construction kit, allowing for traditional approaches like a six-operator FM synth, as well as providing an experimental space for future-facing synthesis techniques.

That's by far not all, though. The highly-anticipated version 2.0 firmware for Waldorf Music’s flagship Quantum Synthesizer also adds an array of other additions and improvements in keeping with the innovative instrument’s apt appellation. Improvements have been made in the Wavetable, Particle and Resonator oscillator models and the Modulation Matrix. The Sequencer now has a Parameter-only mode. USB storage devices are now supported. Expanded AudioFile Editor functions are now available and allow for editing samples within Quantum. Samples will now automatically be imported and exported together with the patches. Plus, many further improvements and fixes have been made.

When Waldorf Music launched its flagship Quantum Synthesizer to widespread critical acclaim, it sonically signalled an exciting new chapter in its longstanding tradition of designing groundbreaking high-end synthesizers. Introducing its highly-anticipated version 2.0 firmware with so many additions and improvements indicates that this exciting-sounding synthesizer story is far from finished. For now, there are already more than enough fanciful features available to keep both tweakers and deep divers seriously sonically satisfied for some time to come!

Owners of Quantum can download the new update for free from their myWaldorf account. Log in and go to My Hardware. On the right column, click on "Quantum Update" to get access to your new firmware. Right next to it, you'll find a sound set with over 250 new Quantum patches which is available for download for free.

Installation of the OS 2.0 is done using an SD card. Unzip your download and copy the "quantum.update.bin" file into the main directory of your SD card. Insert the card upside down into Quantum. Go to Global>System on your Quantum and press Update. Reboot may take a few minutes longer than with the previous firmware updates. Do not switch off Quantum while the update is running! After you have the 2.0 update installed, future updates can be loaded from a USB drive.

We wish you lots of fun with your new firmware. May the music help everyone to get through these tough times. Our support team is still availabe for you. You can contact us and find answers to frequent questions in our support portal:

Stay safe these days.

Waldorf Music Team"

Pink 1999 Waldorf Microwave XT

via this auction

I usually see these in orange. Also see the Microwave manual here for an update. Apparently the original was just a typewriter / dot matrix type print out. You can find a link to it there.

ARP Quadra c 1980 original vintage analog poly-synth synthesizer

via this auction

"Original vintage c 1980 ARP Quadra analog poly synth in excellent playing condition. She’s just been FULLY serviced, recapped, refurbished, and future proofed, and is ready for another 40 years of flawless service. The Quadra was the queen of polys, and this one is easily the cleanest I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing.

Every function, membrane, switch, and key works perfectly, and she sounds....

Massive basses, ripping leads, ephemeral pads, and the best, drippiest, thickest analog strings of all time. She’s been the centerpiece of my studio, and will be perfect for the pro player, studio, or producer for whom the real sound of the real thing REALLY matters.
Long live the queen.

1981 EDP WASP SN 003779

via this auction

Mulicassa & Lumanoise V2_Jam

Published on Mar 27, 2020 tonylight

"Multicassa drum machine and Lumanoise v2 drone synth light controlled."

∞ Arpopone vs Multicassa ∞

Leploop $ Atari

ALM011 - 'Akemie's Castle' Tips & Tricks

Published on Mar 27, 2020 ALM TV

"‘Akemie’s Castle’ is a Eurorack dual voltage controlled oscillator with authentic 4 Operator digital FM using ‘new-old-stock’ Yamaha IC’s for audio signal generation. In this video we provide some tips and tricks for music making with the Castle, including simultaneous bass and chord voices, quantised sequencing with multipliers, morphing drone patches, a supersaw patch, a pseudo Taiko patch, and more!"

Arturia PIGMENTS: 64 AMBIENT Patches (32 FREEBIES!)

Published on Mar 27, 2020 Alba Ecstasy

"Download 32 FREE #ambient #patches for #ArturiaPIGMENTS 👉
10 bass, 8 keys, 5 leads, 17 pads, 3 percussion, 11 sequences, 5 SFX, 5 strings.
100% royalty free!"

Molten Music Monthly - March 2020

Published on Mar 27, 2020 Molten Music Technology

"In this month's news round-up: Polyend go retro modern with a sampling synthing tracker. U-He has you wire-tapped. Virtual Reality gets VST support. IK Multimedia gives away gigs of sounds. Space Noise descends from Russia. BOBA FAT is the best name for a module ever. NerdSEQ goes portable. GranuRise and FRMS compete for most interesting granula thing of the week. Pulsar 23 is released. Synthr3 is a synth with 3 things. Zzzorb is the cutest filter ever. Tssss is a good place to start. Elmyra will let you build your own mini Lyra-8. Hypno will integrate visuals into your rack. And Endlesss is about to get a very timely release.

DivKid's live stream list -
Free stuff -

Intro - 0:14
Lockdown - 1:29
Polyend Tracker - 4:34
U-He Wiretap - 6:49
AliveInTech Tranzient VST support - 10:00
SampleTank 4 CS - 12:40
Paratek Space Noise - 16:01
BOBA FAT drum generator - 18:11
Neutral Labs Elmyra - 19:45
Tssss Start Here DIY Synth - 23:27
NerdSEQ Portable - 25:54
GranuRise - 27:58
FRMS - 31:18
Pulsar-23 - 33:18
SynthR3 - 35:50
Alright Devices Zzzorb - 38:10
Hypno visual oscillator - 39:36
Endlesss - 41:32"

midnight operator, ep2 - OP-Z fw 1.2.26 release notes with jonas

Published on Mar 27, 2020 teenage engineering

"need a friend in stockholm? hang out with tobias, our instrument specialist and midnight operator, in a live streamed show directly from the heart of teenage engineering hq. in this episode tobias has a chat with jonas about the new OP-Z firmware update 1.2.26.

here are the release notes:
- improved charging of completely depleted batteries
- higher micro timing resolution for longer tracks
- add dry mix setting to all fx plugs
- dsp optimizations
- fix issue with iOS rejecting usb connection after OP-Z had been connected to computer
- fix issue where usb audio right channel would occasionally output 16 bit quality instead of 24"


Published on Mar 27, 2020 NozMusic





The Euterpe Synthesizer Laboratories (E.S.L) Vertice analog filterbank

Published on Mar 27, 2020 rozz3r

"The Euterpe Synthesizer Laboratories (E.S.L) Vertice Analog Filterbank is a unique Italian handmade musical processing device. Here it is, along with an AVP Synth ADS-7 Mk2, a Roland DR-110 (bent by, the Electron Model Cycles and finally, itself!"

Columbia CRB-81 Rhythm Box + Maxon UE401 Multi Effects + Roland RE-201 Space Echo

Published on Mar 27, 2020 SUBTOKYOSHOP

Columbia CRB-81 Rhythm Box - Rare 70's Drum Machine
+ Maxon UE401 Multi Effects - Early 80's Multi Effects
+ Roland RE 201 Space Echo

One more demo here.

Virtual Moogfest Day#4: Moog Grandmother

Published on Mar 27, 2020 Starsky Carr

"Day 4 of the Coronavirus lockdown. This time featuring the Moog Grandmother. Just at the quick look at the synth and why it's so special. Something to fill a few minutes during self-isolation."

Starsky Carr's Virtual Moogfest

Korg NTS-1 Sound Demo (no talking)

Published on Mar 27, 2020 Bonedo Synthesizers

Build video.

Roland JD-800 | A Classic Legendary Synth!

Published on Mar 27, 2020 Espen Kraft

"The demo song is done with only the Roland JD-800 as the source of sounds. I use the 'Rock Drums' waveform card as well as the patch card and some of the patches are from those cards. Most of the patches has been modified by me to fit the demo song better.

Find my music here:
iTunes Apple music:
Google Play:"

A Buchla Starter System

Published on Mar 26, 2020 therudyrude

"This is what my first Buchla system looked like. I do a short description and some patching."

Unofficial Volca Sample Firmware (BETA6) by Pajen

Published on Mar 26, 2020 StreamLabs - Eunjae Im

Intro 00:00
New Global Setting 00:15
How to enter global setting mode 00:19
Global Setting #9 - Original MIDI 00:34
Global Setting #10 - Sequencer MIDI 00:49
Extended Menu Setting 01:00
Ext Menu - SEL 01:22
Ext Menu - SAMP 01:49
Ext Menu - Patr (Pattern Map) 02:13
Ext Menu - Py.2/3/4 (Polyphony) 02:37
Ext Menu - BrFL (Bar Filter) 02:58
Ext Menu - ntFL (Note Filter) 04:00
Ext Menu - dron (Insta-drone) 04:14


"Here is a beta of an unofficial FW for the Volca Sample. It can be installed on any Sample, it is not locked to certain devices.

The last Beta was ambitious and a bit bloated and hard to describe, hard to understand - here I have tried taking a step back and going forward in a slightly different direction.

Goals were:
A) keeping the original MIDI implementation for people that actually like it.
B) adding a "sequencer channel" - cramming all parts into one MIDI channel, including all standard CCs.
C) making it possible to deactivate channels 1-10 to free them up.
D) adding _true_ chromatic response to note in, none of that RK-002 out-of-tune misery.
E) adding velocity sensitivity on MIDI in.
F) making note triggering, pitch and velocity sensitivity optional per-part, per-pattern.
G) adding new CCs for changing patterns, reverb, mutes, reverse etc.
H) unlocking 2 new reverb programs.
I) "Omni mode" - helping connecting a midi keyboard for live playing with a variety of features.
J) probability triggering for variety; per part, per pattern.
K) "bar filtering" - adding capability to tell parts to skip certain bars in a 4-bar sequence. Makes it possible to create patterns that are up to 4 bars, while keeping full motion seq resolution.
M) optional instant drone mode for noise fiends.

additional CCs:
#define CC_SAMPLE 50
#define CC_REVERB_LEVEL 51
#define CC_REVERB_TYPE 52
#define CC_PATTERN 53
#define CC_LOOP 55
#define CC_REVERSE 56
#define CC_REVERB 57
#define CC_MUTE 58
#define CC_SOLO 59

setting 9: "original MIDI" on/off: if "off" the original mapping of channels 1-10 to parts 1-10 will be deactivated. THIS IS DEFAULT OFF!
setting 10: "sequencer MIDI" on/off: maps MIDI channel 11 to all parts and all original CCs. See old post on how it is mapped?

In original "LIVE" mode (not step mode please), press and hold "FUNC" and turn the sample knob to enter Extended menu.
Select menu item and release FUNC. Select sub-menu alternative and press FUNC to activate.
menu items:
* Omni: Omni MIDI mode. This will route all remaining MIDI channel inputs (see GLOBAL SETTINGS) to CURRENT SELECTED PART. The idea is that it help in a live performance setting. Omni setting is global and is not remembered when powering off.

OFF: deactivated (default)
SEL: play in standard way on selected part
SAMP: maps sample 1-100 on to keys 1-100. Good to audition sounds etc.
PAtr: maps keys C-A to activate patterns 1-10
Py2, Py3, Py4: plays incoming notes on selected part, and neighboring 1,2 or 3 parts for polyphony.
* PROB: sets the probability that any given trig in a part will generate sound. Defaults to 100%. Remember you can use "<" and ">" or the part touch pads to select which part probability to edit. Stored together with the pattern.
* BrFL: "Bar Filter": Sets which bars in a 4-bar sequence that that part will sound. Makes it possible to sacrifice parts to get longer sequences. Remember you can use "<" and ">" or the part touch pads to select which part bar filter to edit. Values range from 0-15. Try changing it while running the pattern to see and hear the effect. Stored together with the pattern.
* ntFL: "Note Filter": Sets (per part) what incoming MIDI notes should influence. Default is "tnv" - trig, note and velocity. Any combination is possible. E.g. "-n-" will disregard velocity and trig, only changing note pitch - can be used to change a preprogrammed bass line pitch (M.sequencing off). "t--" is like the original - only using the trig, ignoring pitch and velocity. Remember you can use "<" and ">" or the part touch pads to select which part note filter to edit. Stored together with the pattern.
* Rb.ty: Reverb type. Switch reverb program 0-2. "2" is the standard one. This setting is global and is not remembered when powering off.
* dron: Insta-drone on or off. Insta-drone makes a decay setting of "127" infinite for looping parts. If it is off, it works like the original.

The firmware can be overwritted with any other FW files, e.g. the KORG official ones.

Sorry for being a bit unresponsive lately. I hope will get more time to spend on this in the near future, I find it very soothing. Really appreciate your assistance in testing these FWs out. :-)"

New Moon Modular 6FB Six-Band Filter Bank & 2VS Two Voice Synthesizer System

via Moon Modular

The MOON 6FB SIX BAND VOLTAGE CONTROLLED FILTERBANK is a modular filter bank, housed in a vintage style tolex covered wooden cabinet, one row in standard height for eight units. With front lid and power supply (±15 V/+5 V).It consists of the following eight modules (LtoR):

1 x M525 Quad Reversible Attenuator Module
1 x M508io Bank Controller
1 x M508L VC Low Pass Filter
4 x M508B VC Band Pass Filters
1 x M508H VC High Pass Filter

Modular Six-Band Voltage Controlled Filter Bank

Each of the filters can be voltage controlled separately or in common and has 6dB/octave (band pass) respectively 12 dB/octave (low pass, high pass).

The 508io will allow the common voltage control of all filters. It does provide a central input and a central output for the audio signal.

Patching the inputs and outputs of the individual filter modules will override the internal connections from/to
the 508io.

MOON 2VS Two Voice Synthesizer System

Vintage style tolex covered wooden cabinet with two rows

in standard height for 8 units each and one row for modules

in CP size. With front lid and power supply (±15 V/+5 V).

The normalization scheme allows to operate it without any patch cord.

Modules included:

2 x M 501D Dual Oscillator

2 x M 526 Mixer

2 x M 517S Low Pass/High Pass Filter

2 x M 511D Dual Envelope Generator

M 524 Quad Low Frequency Oscillator

M 526 Mixer

M 594 Multiple

M 551CP Dual Midi to Voltage Converter

M 543 CP 4 Channel CV Output Mixer

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