MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, May 8, 2020

Friday, May 08, 2020

Dada Pogrom - Walk Away

Published on May 7, 2020 beatkamp ®

Wait for it. Synth revealed below...

Korg ARP 2600 FS // Further Explorations (in five parts)

Published on May 8, 2020 Genshi Media Group


Further explorations of various patches (some from the original ARP 2600 Patch Book but with my own variations applied) on the Korg ARP 2600 FS... in five parts. Effects from the built-in Spring Reverb of the ARP 2600 and from the Make Noise Mimeophon. Timestamps for each patch are as follows:

00:03 - Triple Timings
04:50 - Tubular Chimes
09:13 - Eastern String Duo
12:51 - Marimba-ish
19:22 - My Lead Patch"

Patch of the Week 57: volca modular + NTS-1 + SQ1 Polyrhythms

Published on May 8, 2020 Korg

"An exploration of polyrythmic sequencing using the internal sequencer on volca modular synced to the Korg SQ1 sequencer controlling the NTS-1 digital synth kit."

Korg Patch of the Week posts

Restoring TWO Sequential Circuits Prophet 10 synths and stacking them with MIDI (40 Oscillators)!

Published on May 8, 2020 Bell Tone Synth Works

"The techs at Bell Tone Synth Works vintage synth repair workshop recently restored TWO amazing Sequential Circuits Prophet 10s and since we also retrofitted both with MIDI, we decided to chain them together to create a 20-voice, 40-oscillator monster polysynth! Here's an overview of what goes into restoring one of them, and a demonstration of the 'Prophet 20' in action, also featuring our lovely Hawk HE-2150 stereo tape echo. This is like playing FOUR Prophet 5s at the same time!

Sound demonstration starts at 6:42
(in case you don't care about the 'tech stuff')

Bell Tone Synth Works is an electronic musical instrument repair workshop in Philadelphia, PA specializing in restoration and repair of vintage synthesizers and organs.


Video by Alison and Stout and Darian Scatton, May 2020.

Roland JD-990 Strings Through AMS DMX15-80S

Published on May 8, 2020 SynthMania

"JD-990 strings through beloved DMX15-80S - my favorite delay not only for Hannett-style sounds, but especially for Ambient."

Falling Into Summer - DEMO by Veloway

"Recorded on a Roland Jupiter X"

Metalbox Psycho LFO Frac Module

via this auction

"A modulation source as unique as it's name. Four square wave oscillators are mixed together to create a pseudo-random voltage sequence. A built in slew processor allows the Psycho LFO to produce both stepped and smooth voltages. Very useful when you need another hand or just want to add a little mayhem to a patch.


Rate - determines rate of one of the onboard oscillators
Glide - controls smoothness of output voltage from stepped to smooth
Range - determined overall output level of Psycho LFO

Output - outputs a random voltage from 0 to approx 10v
Frac spaces: 1

Current draw: 15ma

NOTE: this is a Frac Rack module (not a eurorack module)... It needs +-15V power supply"

Black Panel Buchla Music Easel

via this auction

"Beautiful Music Easel that I’m only parting with due to the pandemic situation. This Easel is a professionally built Roman clone consisting of a 208r and 218r in very limited black PCBs and an era-appropriate (70s) Halliburton “almost zero” style case in powder coated matte black. The knobs, sliders, and jacks all follow a greyscale color scheme that looks very cool and is (in my opinion) just as easy to navigate as the stock color system.

This Easel has had several upgrades from the original Roman specifications including an infinite sustain mod, boops new card 12 which improves the spring reverb and headphone output, and rewiring the second output directly to the Complex Oscillator for a separate dry out. It is calibrated and tracks over 5 octaves.

Sale includes the Easel, power supply, gooseneck lamp, one blank program card, 10 shorting bars, and several banana cables.

Keep in mind this is a handmade unit and, while in excellent condition, is not cosmetically pristine. The case is nearly 50 years old and has a couple of minor dents, although the powder coating is relatively fresh. It is functionally perfect and one of the best sounding Easels I’ve ever heard. I wish I could hold onto this one, because it really is something special. I’m simply breaking even at this price, so it is relatively firm. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. Thanks for looking!"

Octave Electronics The Kitten SN C-1346

via via this auction, also on Reverb

"This synth model was introduced by New York's Octave Electronics in 1981, and this particular unit is dead clean and sounds fantastic!

The Kitten is a vintage single VCO analog mono synth. Its a rare bird indeed as Octave electronics was around from ~1975-1985.

Even the faux-wood panel sides are in fantastic original condition on this unit.

The only cosmetic issue is the serial number plate is starting to peel up a bit from the left, you can see this in the photo of the power switch."


via this auction

"Record loop function
Tempo control on playback
Mp3 input and headphone jack
Volume control and hand tuning"

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Roland R8/R8M patchbox used with a Roland U220

Published on May 8, 2020

"It turns out our Roland R8/R8M audio grinding patchbox with the fake ROM card interface works on the U220 as well, and by extension probably the U110, MV30, U20 and anything else that uses the same style ROM cards.

More info at:"

"The R8 / R8M percussion grinding patch box is an external patchbay case that plugs into the main unit via the sound ROM expansion ports using a custom sound card connected using a 25 way cable as an interface. This allows the creation of circuit bent digital glitching effects without the need to perform any invasive mods on the machine itself. Just plug in the patch box and be immediately transported to a full on jamboree of wall to wall noise terror!

The patch box itself consist of a 20 way main patching area and three combination patchable switches / patching multiples . Connections made between the patchbay sockets result in the digital drum sample data being temporarily glitched causing all kinds of bizarre percussion warping and digital brutality to be applied to the audio. Connections can be routed through the patchable switches so they can be turned on and off at the flick of a switch, or via the patching multiples in order to connect several sockets to each other at the same time.

The supplied DB25 cable is plugged into the back of the patch box, and is then connected to the sound ROM interface card which is plugged into machine via a ROM expansion card socket.

The patch box can be used with either the R8 or the R8M as the sound engine is identical for both machines. Unfortunately due to the fact that the R8 only has one ROM card slot you can't use other sound cards at the same time as the patch box, but with the R8M it doesn't matter which PCM card port of the three available you use, and the other two can still be used for extra sound cards.

Both the R8 and the R8M are very keen on brutally savage, but also sometimes strangely beautiful distortion sounds. It also excels at strange digital gurgling and shuddering sequenced effects on the longer sounds such as the cymbals and some snares. The R8 and R8M take a little more work than most circuit bent drum machines as many of the possible patchbay connections will produce variations on distortions rather than the common effects found on similar machines, but with a little patience there are plenty of interesting and more complex sounds available."

Korg VC-10 Vocoder Vintage Analog Synthesizer SN 161569

via this auction Portable 22 Cabinet System

via this auction

Moog Subharmonicon & DFAM Sequencer Workout

Published on May 8, 2020 JAkoGreyshire

"I don't know whats happening here... I found this unlisted in my video page... So I thought I'd publish it.... Meh... Whateves...."

"Ask Sequential” Episode 3: What Got You Interested in Synths?

Published on May 8, 2020 Sequential

"Welcome to Episode #3 of 'Ask Sequential,' where we answer the question: 'What got you interested in synths?' Send your questions to and we’ll consider your submission for an answer!"

Additional "Ask Sequential” Episodes here

Sequencing the Teenage Engineering OP-1 with the Empress Zoia: Time Travel Synthesis

Published on May 8, 2020 Patchwerks Seattle

"In this video the Empress Zoia is sequencing the Teenage Engineering OP-1 and than processing the audio to add the Empress's dreamy reverb. Using two sequencing channels with with different clock time divisions the sequence feels random but also in sync. During the video we explore several synth engines and some custom presets made by Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT)

From Teenage Engineering:

OP-1 is the all-in-one portable synthesizer, sampler and controller. with additional features like a built-in FM radio and an assignable G-force sensor for motion controlled effects, there is quite nothing like it. Its modular architecture enables endless sound possibilities without making the workflow complicated or distracting. The compact design and real physical interface makes it inspiring to create music, no matter who you are or how experienced you are.

Order Teenage Engineering OP-1 here:

From Empress Zoia:

The ZOIA is basically a modular synthesizer in pedal form. Instead of being a delay effect or tremolo, the ZOIA provides the modules necessary to build a delay or tremolo from the ground up. But since you're the one building it, you can make it do whatever you want. With the ZOIA you can build your own custom effects, synthesizers, midi controllers, and virtual pedal boards. And to make life a little easier, we've created modules for all your standard guitar effects. So for instance, if you want a phaser, you can just plop down a phaser. You don't have to break out the textbooks to learn that they're built out of all-pass filters. (Of course, if you're a nerd like us, you can use the ZOIA to build them out of all-pass filters).

Order Empress Zoia here:
Demo by: Matthew Piecora"

#Novation Summit - Best #Synthesizer 2020 | Sound Demo | PART 4

Published on May 8, 2020 SOULKEYS

"Thank You for watching. Please like and subscribe to my channel, and hit the bell to get video updates. Here is the part 4 of the #novationsummit.

This #synth is so versatile and there are an incredible amount of wonderful presets. Have fun and have a nice day."

SOULKEYS Summit posts

Novation Peak Ambient Patch Bank - Extinction Sound Demo (no talking)

Published on May 8, 2020 Limbic Bits

"Get the patch bank here:"

DSI Prophet 6 & OTO Machines BIM

Published on May 8, 2020 3rdStoreyChemist

Live music from junklight

Published on May 8, 2020 junklight

"Some improvised electronic music"

Waldorf XTk

Solaris Synthesizer Sound Demo

Published on May 8, 2020 Pure Ambient Drone

"Part three of my Solaris Synthesizer sound demos. This is a long demo of the John Bowen Solaris synthesizer. I am going through the presets of the synthesizer with no external effects. All you hear is the John Bowen Solaris."

Pure Ambient Drone Solaris posts

Waldorf Quantum Revisited

Published on May 8, 2020 Tim Shoebridge

"It will soon be a year since I first bought the Waldorf Quantum, and it's been over seven months since I made my last video on it. So here after all this time is another look at this flagship hybrid polyphonic synthesiser from Waldorf, this time running v2 firmware."

Cinematic Synthesizer - Yamaha SY77 (1989) "Peak"

Published on May 8, 2020 LFOstore

"#yamaha #SY77 #SY99 #TG77
In this series of videos we will show cinematic side of our synth collection.

Starting with AWM-FM Monsta SY77 with the sound from our soundset
called "Alive" combined with filming of mountain peaks around the world.


Roland System 100m | Nexus

Published on May 8, 2020 Alex Ball

Break down video further below.

"Following on from the 'closer look' video [posted here], here's a full performance with the Roland System 100m from 1979.

I tried to demonstrate the versatility of a setup like this by making things like full drum kits, squelchy basses, phased and delayed textures with sequenced filter mod, synth guitars, ring mod nastiness, audio rate down-sampled formants, voltage processed LFOs, lush Jupiter-esque polyphony, a singing and gliding lead, sounds that can't really be described and more.

Many sounds were also created in groups together at one time because you can!

The eagle eyed among you may have noticed that there were actually five 191-J cabs used in the video, although only four at one time.

Across those cabs we had the following modules (and duplicates thereof) and I used every single one of them at some point in the demo.

110 VCO / VCF / VCA
112 Dual VCO
121 Dual Filter
130 Dual VCA
131 Output Mixer
132 Voltage Processor / Mixer
140 Dual Envelope / LFO
150 Ring Mod / S&H / Noise / LFO
165 Dual Portamento
172 Phaser / Audio Delay / Gate Delay / LFO
182 Sequencer
184 Polyphonic 4CV Keyboard*

The only original modules not present are:
173 Signal Gate / Multi
174 Parametric EQ

*The original 184 keyboard arrived in the mail right when I was finishing recording and filming this track, so you only see me using it in one section at the end. I thought I'd explain this for those of you wondering why I used the Arturia KeyStep Pro for almost all of the keyboard duties instead of the original top-of-the-line keyboard. (Side note - the new KeyStep is fantastic).

Other gear used:
Roland RE-201 Space Echo
Roland RE-5 Digital Space Echo
Arturia KeyStep Pro
Ibanez RM-80 Mixer
Ibanez Jem 7DBK
Alvarez ABT60 Baritone Acoustic
TR-808 clap sample
TR-606 Hi-Hats
Oberheim DXa (final choruses)

Mixed by Jakob at Sonic Peak Studio. He breaks down the mix of this track here:"

Behind The Mix : "Nexus" by Alex Ball

Published on May 8, 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
There's a couple of compressors and details I don't mention, but to keep it within 1 hour, I had to do some sorting.

1:21 Playthrough with solo'ing
6:05 The 1st Kick-Drum, Transient Designer / Shaping
7:52 Snare 1, stereo-widening using the Haas-effect
9:28 Snare 2, Limiting
10:42 The Fat Snare Trick
13:51 The Big Huge Claps
15:35 Some volume-automation in the end
16:16 Bass 1
17:15 1st part Lead-Synth
17:42 Autopanner-tricks
18:56 The Synth-PowerChord
21:02 The Pads, a little about reverbs
23:33 The Missing Breakdown
24:18 The Phaser-Pad in the No-Longer-Missing-Anymore-Breakdown (NLMAB)
25:22 The Formant-Synth
26:08 A Message From Alex Ball.
26:30 The Big Synth-Leads
28:31 The AutoPanner-Trick, used again.
29:34 The Sequencer-Synths, a bit about Limiting.
31:24 The Vocals
32:09 A Vocal-Compressor-Trick, and "My Almost Standard-Vocal Chain"
33:00 Dynamic EQ on Vocals
34:15 Mastering Overview
34:47 Low Cut
34:56 Linear Multiband Compressor (Waves LinMB)
35:26 Waves Vitamin
35:54 Stereo Spread
35:58 L2 Ultramaximizer
36:02 Youlean Metering - To get the right loudness for streaming."

Casio CZ-101 PD Synthesizer (1984) ~~WaveRider~~

Published on May 8, 2020 RetroSound

"(c)2007-20 by RetroSound
supported by UVI:

all synthesizer sounds: CASIO CZ-101 Phase Distortion Synthesizer from the year 1984
drums: Emax samples
recording: multi-track, played by hand
fx: reverb and delay

CZ-101 spec:
8 voices; Oscillators: 2 per voice (DCO, DCW, DCA); Keyboard: 49 mini-keys without velocity and aftertouch; Memory: 16 preset, 16 user, 16 external cartridge; MIDI; Date: 1984

RetroSound synthesizer demo videos since january 2007.
All is for free. If you like my work, so can you support me with a donation or a purchase of my music albums. Thank you!


||| ArpoLoop_Arpeggio |||

Published on May 8, 2020 tonylight

"The new ArpoLoop analog arpeggiator"

Bugbrand 2012 Board Weevil Handheld Noise Synthesizer w/ Original Box

via this auction

"Bugbrand Board Synthesizer from 2012. Vcos, filter, touch plates, fun for drones, rhythmic ticks and noise."

Roland Alpha Juno 2 Synthesizer with Dtronics DT-300 Programmer

via this auction

Division Department 01/IV SN 032

via this auction

You can find some demos and details on the 01/IV in previous posts here.

Access Virus Indigo Two 2 Digital Virtual Analogue Polyphonic Synthesiser SN 10200252

via this auction

[tutorial] Waldorf Quantum 11: LFOs

Published on May 8, 2020 Synthesizer Video Service

"Let's have a look on the LFOs of the Quantum. Of course, they are not boring but provide interesting parameters. You can blend continously between different shapes and make delicate sound changes."

All parts here

Modal Electronics ARGON8 - Sounds, Patches and Presets | Synth Demo

Published on May 8, 2020 synth4ever

"Modal Electronics ARGON8 digital wavetable synth demo, featuring various sounds, patches and presets (no talking). This Modal Argon8 synthesizer demo showcases the Argon 8's varied sound palette including ambient pads, arpeggiator, leads, basses, distortion, and more."

T 1 Explorations: Laptop, Digitakt and D-05 | OP1 and Eurorack Jam

Published on May 8, 2020 torso electronics

T 1 Explorations: OP1 and Eurorack jam.

Published on May 8, 2020 torso electronics

"T-1 with Teenage Engineering OP1 + Mutable Instruments Elements + Mutable Instruments Clouds + Mutable Instruments Yarns + LS1 lightstrips."

Twisted Electrons HapiNES-L: "Action Level"

Published on May 8, 2020 Kris Lennox

"Rumour has it Alex has a new device coming out soon.... In the meantime, here's the hapiNES-L with a short 'action level' track I wrote. Good old 8-bit retro gaming style.

I'd have spent more time with the CC etc (...and the decay. The 3rd phrase ends with the same note twice, but the decay is so long that only the first note can be heard), but this is just a quick upload/piece to illustrate something for someone.

In terms of the MIDI thru box: I'm powering the hapiNES via USB mains; the MIDI i/o from the laptop is running into the thru box, then the MIDI cable from the thru is going into the hapiNES. Audio sent out from here to the Tascam."

Erica Synths Bassline DB-01 Sound Demo (no talking)

Published on May 7, 2020 Bonedo Synthesizers

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

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