MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Radiator Laser Synthesizer Abstracts

Published on Apr 1, 2020 Neon Captain

"While programming presets for the Radiator I stumbled across this beautiful abstract and had to spend some time exploring it."

'Thieves Like Us' - Ngarjuna

Published on Apr 1, 2020 ngarjuna

"New Order had a lovely #NewOrderCovers thing going and then this happened. Having loved NO since the 80's it was impossible to resist. I did spare you my Molly Ringwald impersonation...y/w"

DreddSteppa Demo Part 6 - Novation Circuit Pack by LDM Design

Published on Apr 1, 2020 Isotonik Studios

"Drum & Bass come to the Novation Circuit with this pack, the follow up to the Dub Techno inspired Cosmogonik....

With 64 Patches, 64 Samples & 24 Sessions this pack will get you started immediately in the darker flow of the Circuit with inspiration from bass legends such as Chameleon, Dillinja, Krust, John B, Genotype, Mala, Pinch, Joker, Benga, Skream, Digital Mystikz, Shackleton and Appleblim.


DreddSteppa Demos

Original Pearl SY-1 Syncussion-1 Analog Drum Synth Synthesizer w/ CU-1 Triggers & Extras

via this auction

"Original Pearl SY-1 Syncussion-1 Analog Drum Synth Synthesizer w/2 CU-1 Triggers. Stands for drums and board. Cables and carry bag for synth."


via this auction

"Roland System 100 analog synth package with the 101 keyboard and the 102 expander. It's very hard to find these in a pair. They were bought at the same time WAY back in the day. These were both calibrated in April of 2016. They sound simply amazing... NOTHINh comes close to these classic synths."

Waldorf Wave 32 voices Cadmium Red Edition

via this auction

This one appears to have sold for $18,948.66. Soviet Space Child spotted it. Just capturing the pics in this post. The video in the listing was previously posted here. What's interesting is this appears to be a smooth coat vs Nextel. I think this one is Nextel. It's hard to tell in the image.

From the listing:

"Also available is the new, expanded, flawless software system 1.092 , officially accepted from Waldorf. More information is available on the Waldorf Wave site from Till Kopper.

you will not find anywhere in better shape Wave

The Waldorf Wave is unquestionably the highlight of synthesizer history - a milestone in design from creator Axel Hartmann. Legendary in history, unique in design, mammoth in sound and size. 20 years after its creation, the Waldorf Wave is still timelessly stunning.

As far as the Wave's sound is concerned - words are not enough. Digital meets analogue in wavetable synthesis of the highest level! The inspiration that comes working with the Wave will expand your musical creative world. Sound design is not at all limited and analytical as the Microwave 1 was; the 16-voice sound is intuative, spontaneous, vivid, uncomplicated, and fun! The analogue filters offer a special touch of fullness. No plug-in or hardware can compare!

With this synth you can really build your wavetables with a lot of features and control. And the filters are analog. This one has 32 voices, and all voices present ."

Pic of the inside below.

Sequential Pro 3 SE Review

Published on Apr 1, 2020 tarekith

"Overview and review of the new Pro 3 Special Edition from Sequential."

First video here.

New John Bowen "Quadralaris" In the Works

via John Bowen (click through for additional details and a pic)

"I've been working in secret on a new UI design to satisfy the many requests to have a version of the Solaris with lots of sliders instead of displays for the parameters. This new model comes as a 4-part multitimbral device, hence the name.

All sliders are magnetically motorized, using the lastest developments in solenoid design. Sliders are color-coded for quick understanding of audio or controller signals. As with the current Solaris, any signal can be patched to any module, allowing for greater flexibility in sound modulation. Along with a joystick for vector synthesis control, the entire blank panel above the keyboard acts as a 3-dimensional ribbon controller, for MPE applications.

1984 Roland Bass Plus 30

via Retro Synth Ads were you'll find the full write-up.

"Roland Bass Plus 30 "Roland has seen the future and it doesn't involve... feet" organ bass pedal replacement synthesizer advertisement from page 32 in the March 1984 issue of Choir and Organ Magazine."

A TB-303 in custom case with built-in speaker & tape deck. :)

Machine Music - Fizzing Funksters (featuring Lord Drumatix)

Published on Mar 31, 2020

Cool new track from supporting member, Fizzing Funksters.

"Machine Music is the Story/Philosophy/Rules/Law of Planet KNAL

This Spoken-Word Soundtrack was a result of Lord Drumatix (Ruler of KNAL) Machine Language (called Dutch) being translated to Human English.

Fizzing Funksters assisted in this soundtrack by using the following Machines:-
Apogee ONE

Machine Music was sent (using copper wire) to the Vanda and Young Song Competition in the Year 2019, but failed!
2020 brings new hope as Machine Music gets sent World Wide using the interNational Broadband Network.

releases on April 10, 2020"

DSI Pro 2 & Boss DD8 Digital Delay

Published on Apr 1, 2020 3rdStoreyChemist

Perplex On - Sorry For The Mess (Bass Station 2 AFX Mode + iPad Jam)

Published on Apr 1, 2020 Perplex On

"What a better way to start a new synth friendship by messing around with #afxmode on the #BassStation2? Sequenced by #riffer on the iPad, added kick with #playbeat and a touch of master glitching with #glitchcore. Sorry for the mess!"

Gotharman's SpazeDrum: Spaze Beatz

Published on Apr 1, 2020 gotharman

"A couple of analog spaze beatz."

Roland SVC 350 Vocoder | Where You Lie

Published on Apr 1, 2020 Alex Ball

See the Behind The Mix walkthrough below.

"In 1979 Roland released one of the most famous vocoders of all time, the VP-330, but some may not realise that it had a lesser known sibling; the SVC-350.

The 350 is essentially the same vocoder found in the 330, but in rackmount format and without the synth parts. That said, it does have some unique features that don’t appear on the 330.

The 350 went on being made quite late into the 80s and the serial of this particular unit dates to July 1985 which ties in with Roland’s move towards rack mount and module-based gear at that time.

Here’s a 1980 article on “The Roland Rack”:

SVC-350 features: Starting on the left there’s a microphone input section (xlr and jack) which is the modulator and then an instrument or guitar input section that acts as the carrier. The Guitar input also has a “harmonics” knob to balance the incoming sound.

Your modulator and carrier then run through the 11-band vocoder that has 11 corresponding sliders that can boost or cut that particular band to sculpt the sound. These are labelled “voice character control”.

There’s then a balance knob to blend between the direct modulator signal and vocoder as well as quite comprehensive outputs and remote (footswitch) controls for different live or studio applications.

In also has the classic Roland stereo ensemble.

My original intention was to do a talkthrough of its features and also compare it to my Seekers Voice Spectra vocoder which I absolutely love. I started trying out some test sounds for that video and was laying them down and multi-tracking for comparisons and basically I wound up making a whole track so, I decided to follow where that was going and abandon the original talkthrough idea.

There is already a talkthrough video here anyway:

At the very start of the demo you actually hear a Juno and Seekers Voice Spectra (a bit weird I know, but it was intended as a comparison and this video unfolded in an ad-hoc manner). From 28 seconds we overdub with the SVC-350 and you can hear its mellower sound which compliments the more crystal-like Spectra.

From about 41 seconds I ran a Roland System 100m through the 350 with its own noise generator as modulator and an oscillator as a carrier which gave a slightly unusual texture to the ostinato I’m playing (controlled by the SH-101).

From around 55 seconds I tried a lower part singing an alternative melody and used a sawtooth from the Sequential Pro~One. I also ran a Sequential Drumtraks through the 350 as the modulator with a guitar as the carrier. The cymbals with the guitar created some particularly interesting sounds I thought (heard on the downbeat of every other bar).

As a contrast, in the middle things go acoustic in terms of voices and guitars. I quite like that moment as it’s as though we come out of electronics and into more natural sounds.

Gear / Sounds used:

Roland SVC-350 Vocoder (1979)
Seekers Voice Spectra Vocoder (1999)
Roland System 100m (1979)
Roland SH-101 (1982)
Roland Juno-6 (1982)
Sequential Circuits Pro~One (1981)
ARP Odyssey Mark II 2813 (circa 1976)
Musicaid Simmons SDS-3 (1978)
Sequential Circuits Drumtraks (1984)
Roland TR-606 Hi-Hats (1981)
Alvarez Baritone Acoustic
Squier Jagmaster Vista (1997)
Stagg SDM-50
G-Force Software MTron Pro (Flutes)
G-Force Software VSM (Solina)
Spitfire Audio Joby Burgess Percussion (Orchestral Snare / Rain Sheet)
Fairlight CMI III Drum samples (end solo only)

Mixed by Jakob at Sonic Peak Studio.

In fact Jakob has done a walkthrough of the mix of this track:"

Behind The Mix : "Where You Lie" by Alex Ball

Published on Apr 1, 2020 Sonic Peak Studio

"In this video I'll take the viewer through most of the work that went into creating this mix and master. It'll also form the basis for future videos in the series.

1:15 Playthrough with soloing and un-grouping
5:30 Basic EQ details
9:58 : Parallel Compression - more on that later
11:56 : Compression/Limiting/Transient Designing/Clipping
17:33 : Vokal Processing
18:34 : De-essing
18:43 : Dynamic EQ
19:32 : EQ
19:39 : Limiting
20:01 : Bus Compression/Limiting vs "Normal" Compression/Limiting
20:54 : Acoustic Guitars, bussing and processing
21:39 : Send/Returns
21:55 : A Word of Warning....
22:35 : Parallel Compressor
22:45 : Chorus
24:34 : Tal Chorus demo using acoustic guitars
25:10 : Waves Doubler
26:50 : Short Reverb
31:24 : Long Reverb
32:48 : Automation of Reverbs
36:27 : Delay
38:16 : Mastering"

Octave/Plateau CAT SRM Synthesizer SN B3933

Uploaded on Mar 31, 2020

via this auction

"A genuine, working CAT SRM, and I'm the original owner, having purchased it on April 18th, 1980. Yup, exactly 40 years ago.

This unit was never abused, but it definitely was used in live performances. That explains the scuffed side panels; I didn't have a road case for it. The control surface and keys are nice, but yeah, that wood could use a refinishing. Funny... I just noticed that an ebayer in the UK sells new side panels. Good for you, fella! Come to think of it, maybe you could just switch the panels left-to-right so that the "good" wood is now outside? Hmm...

To hear and see this synth in action, follow this YouTube link: [video embedded above]

My keyboard setup back in the day included a Rhodes 73 Stage, Farfisa Syntorchestra, Clavinet C, and this CAT. Very, very analog. the CAT was pretty much a solo instrument, although it did play the occasional bass line.

Vintage Roland SH-3A Synthesizer Keyboard SN 270900

via this auction

Moog Minimoog 1972/1973 Walnut SN 3060 w/ Original Manual

via this auction

"Totally original-- all the important stuff, the walnut cabinet, keyboard, faceplates, mod & pitch wheel, the ' 'Old' (amazing sounding) oscillator boards, most of the knobs, the owners manual.

Just recently had a $500 tube up and replacement of crucially out if spec stuff in the power supply. It's tuned brilliantly.

The big story is: serial number just over 3000. This is a hulking beast with a low end so phat and present, and earth shaking, vibratory... it's hard to explain how a machine like this seems to hover in the air when you play it.

It has thee magic, the mojo.

Sure, it's not a museum piece, there are battle scars a plenty, but that's standard stuff. Nothing out of the ordinary and nothing taking this absolute beast out of original."

Elektron SFX-6 Monomachine Vintage Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

Hybrid Modular Ep 1 • Hardware + Software | Eurorack + Computer Synthesizer

Published on Mar 26, 2020 Lightbath

"Up until the global travel situation abruptly changed I was preparing for a European tour. My focus was building an entirely new hybrid hardware + software modular system to travel light and enter some new sonic zones. I had begun to document the process with the aim to create a short series of videos following my progress and covering the design and implementation of this new instrument. This series is still happening, it’ll just be spread out in time a bit more—which is a relief, actually.

And I'm hopeful that the EU tour can be rescheduled for later in the year (or next year). But for now, please join me on the internets, starting with Episode 1, which was shot just before the global situation changed, but somehow seems quite relevant in honor of The Fool on this first day of April.

Please subscribe and ring the bell to be notified of future episodes and, please—stay safe out there (in there)!

Your pal,


Thanks to MDR.modular, Expert Sleepers, Qu-Bit Electronix and 2hp for sending gear to help me build this new instrument. Also, thanks to Native Instruments, Soundiron, Hosa, Xaoc Devices, Noise Engineering, ADDAC, and DivKid for your continued support. I appreciate you all being a part of this journey!"

Drambo by Beepstreet

Published on Mar 26, 2020 Ben Richards

"Drambo is an innovative modular groovebox and audio processing environment. Modular components are used to build synthesized and sample based instruments and audio effects using high-quality DSP and audio-rate modulation. Tied to a powerful sequencer, it’s an optimal music creation tool for sound design, composition, performance, and experimentation.

At the heart of Drambo lies an entirely new concept that makes modularity easy, fun and affordable. Modules are connected automatically, with no cables as you add or rearrange them. A dynamic interface creates modulation knobs when you need them. Modules may house other modules, so you can keep your patch well organized. Of course, automatic connections can be overridden. In Drambo you can focus on playing with sound and signal structure without getting lost in wires.

Unique modular concept: cable-less, drag'n'drop, color coding dynamic interface, automatic connections, and customizable compact, rack views.

Directional flow (helps in better overview). There are no instant feedback routings in Drambo. Delayed feedback is possible using certain modules.

Simple and clean interface, that scales to every size and device orientation

Checking in with the OP-Z (Videopaks + New Synths and FX)

Published on Apr 1, 2020 Red Means Recording

"Let's experience the ecstasy and agony of custom videopaks on the OP-Z, as well as check in on the new synth and fx engines available in the OP-Z app. This video was recorded in late February 2020."

Korg ARP 2600 Unboxing

Published on Apr 1, 2020 AutomaticGainsay

I'm on the edge wondering if a whole bunch of parts are just going to roll out.

"My Korg ARP 2600 arrived, and here is the process of unboxing.
More ARP 2600 content on the way."


What happened to the Korg ARP 2600 unboxing video?

Published on Apr 5, 2020 AutomaticGainsay

"This is a video about what happened to the Korg ARP 2600 unboxing video."

Pretty funny. :)

Vortex & JS80RMX firmware for Permut8

Published on Apr 1, 2020 Magnus Lidström

"Vortex is a generative synth for Sonic Charge Permut8 based on the 'about box easter egg' in Microtonic. Registered customers can download this and many other 'alternative firmwares' from"

JS80RMX firmware for Permut8

Published on Apr 1, 2020

"The JS80RMX firmware lets you import songs from the JS80TRX chiptune tracker into Sonic Charge Permut8. Registered customers can download this and many other 'alternative firmwares' from . More on JS80TRX here:"

Scanner Flaneur // possiblity of a new synthesis *NEW EURORACK MODULE*

Published on Apr 1, 2020 DivKidVideo

"The flaneur explores the relationship between the wandering wave form and the theoretical limits of the moment. With influences as diverse as Camus and Miles Davis, new combinations are generated from both mundane and transcendant textures.

the universality of myth and emotional memories ● possibility of a new synthesis ● a sense of chaos ● refreshing understanding of the moment ● a hegemony of distress ● synergies are generated ● opaque and transparent textures

Sound that begins as a yearning soon corrodes into a cacophony of sonic lust, leaving only a sense of acoustic dust and the inevitability of a new understanding.

As audio forms become frozen through boundaried and critical practice, the listener is left with an insight into the possibilities of our technological era. The Flaneur will inspire, surprise and delight, in equal measure.


Teenage Engineering PO Modular 400 – No talking sound demo & time-lapse build

Published on Apr 1, 2020 Future Music Magazine

"Teenage Engineering have ventured into the modular realm with their latest pocket operators. Watch us build the DIY PO 400 and hear it in action."

SynthMaster One Universal iOS App by KV331 Audio is FREE until the 15th April 2020

Published on Apr 1, 2020 The Sound Test Room

"You can get SynthMaster One here at the App Store

Visit the KV331 Audio Website to see all of their Spring Sale Offers

Please help support thesoundtestroom by becoming a Patreon for as little as $1 a month.
You will also have access to exclusive Patreon only content and videos."

Virtual Moogfest Day#9: Moogerfooger Delay 104M

Published on Apr 1, 2020 Starsky Carr

"Day 9 of my Coronavirus lockdown. This time featuring the Moogerfoogers 104M Delay. Just at the quick look at the pedal and why it's so special. Something to fill a few minutes during self-isolation."

Starsky Carr Virtual Moogfest series

Digitak - Minimal House Jam

Published on Apr 1, 2020 StreamLabs - Eunjae Im

"My firts attempt minimal house jam on Digitak (direct USB recording using Overbridge).
I'm still learning this thing.
Except annoying button noise from the housing (cheap mechanical pc keyboard like), I like Digitak overall(so far).

#Elektron #Digitakt"

Isolation No.3

Published on Apr 1, 2020 zack dagoba

"Isolated ARP 2500. Part three of my series exploring self-playing patches on single modular systems. Enjoy this in the background while you are self-isolating"

zack dagoba Isolation series

31 03 20 Serge Paperface '78

Published on Mar 31, 2020 batchas

"All sounds NTO + PCO through Wave Multipliers + pingged VCFQ.
Reverb added."

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

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