MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, May 21, 2020

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Yamaha FS1R | The Hidden Treasure!

Published on May 21, 2020 Espen Kraft

"Yamaha FS1R, at one time a hidden gem of a sound module. Not anymore. A total awesome source of magic is ready to burst out!

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The FS1R is the pinnacle of Yamahas FM synthesis with algos holding up to 8 (!) operators at once. In addition you have Formant synthesis that you can blend in with the classic FM and these sounds can be setup into 4 different parts with traditional, albeit digital, filters, amps, LFOs and whatnot.
It can even import original DX7 sysex.
The result can be spectacular, As I demonstrate in this video.

The module flopped back in '98 and was produced for only just over a year and quickly went into the digital purgatory. But over the years to come, rumors began spreading about this other-wordly sound module and now it's highly sought after. As it should be!

The demo song, called 'Shoplifting' can be found here:
Apple music:"

Perfect Circuit Chat w/ Noise Engineering Hosted by BboyTech and Trovarsi 5/21/20 6-7PM PST

Published on May 21, 2020 Perfect Circuit

"Noise Engineering will be streaming live with us Thursday May 21st at 6PM PST. The entire Noise Engineering crew will be joining us for a Perfect Circuit Chat! Noise Engineering is Stephen McCaul, Kris Kaiser, Markus Cancilla and Ankoor Apte. Stephen and Markus will also play some music live on the stream!

Join the live chat with your questions for Noise Engineering."

Roland System-8 JX-3P Alien PLANET ACB AIRA Synthesizer Rik Marston

Published on May 21, 2020 Rik Marston Official

Check out Rik’s sample packs: Reverb / Ahnyxian Sound Design / Rik Marston

"JX-3P Plug-Out in Action!
I am using the 1983 classic patch 'PLANET' (old favorite)
It's such a magical patch, I play around with it.
This Plug-Out is right on target! Thank you, Roland!

Meteorite friends featured:
Right: 19 Gram Iron Meteorite
Left: 10 Gram Stone Meteorite
Both found by Rik Marston in Baker Co., Florida May 2020
Both awaiting official classification! ;)"

ARP Solina Atmosphere - May 21, 2020

Published on May 21, 2020 SynthMania

"Another classic keyboard used by beloved Joy Division / Martin Hannett (together with the ARP Omni-2). The bit of reverb is from an MXR 01."

ARP 2600 Sample & Hold Repair - Synthchaser #131

Published on May 21, 2020 Synth Chaser

"In this video we repair a broken sample and hold feature on one of the most iconic vintage synthesizers ever--the ARP 2600!

Parts, service and synthesizers available on my website. I buy broken synthesizers!"

PULSER M75 Analog Synthesizer 1977 | HD DEMO

Published on May 21, 2020 AnalogAudio1

M75 or MX-75?

"(c) 2020 by AnalogAudio1

I played the Pulser M75 partly with delay effects from a Korg SDD-3000 (right channel only). Be careful with headphones, it's raw analog power ;-)

The Pulser M75 was manufactured in Japan in 1977 by 'Pulser Corporation'. It's identical to the Multivox MX75. The keyboard has aftertouch ('touch sensor effect') which can control vibrato depth, volume, pitch, growl and such things. It's a monophonic synthesizer with 2 VCOs, 1 Lowpass Filter, 1 VCA, 1 LFO, Sample & Hold, Noise Generator and presets, which you can modify. It's not really free programmable, but you can do some nice things with it: great leads, basses and FX. It has a very pleasing vintage analogue tone. A cool and rare synth!"

Yamaha CS40M SN 1564

via this auction

Touched by Sound Syncussion DRM1 (Same as Vermona DRM1)

via this auction

"This unit is virtually identical to the Vermona DRM1 MKII except it does not CV trigger ins, just MIDI in.

Recently tested from front panel, works and sounds great. MIDI also works but may require some configuration for 'learn' function to assign notes of your choice.

Cosmetically it's in very good shape, has some rack rash and about 5-6 tiny barely visible scratches on the front panel. Right rack ear top corner is very slightly bent (a nick about the size of a match head)"

The gold front panel really shows in this pic.

4ms Bend Matrix, crazy sequencer

via this auction
Auction blurb: "what is the bend matrix? the bend matrix is a midi sequencer for circuit bent projects...a dynamic tool to store and recall your analog synth patches...a microcontroller brain that leeches onto a host circuit...a signal router/mixer that can be played like an instrument and patched to your other midi octophonic surround-sound system controller for routing and spinning 4 inputs to 8 outputs...a circuit bending controller for live performance, e.g. turn a thrift-store kids keyboard into an arpeggiating, sequenced, midi-controlled player piano (forget squinting over a pcb with an alligator clip in the dark trying to find your glitch point!) automatic patch-bay and sequencer with real-time analog controls: strobe, arp, gloob, random....a meta-instrument: play the playing of other sound-makers, routing them into each other, multiple outputs/effects, programming and saving patches what does the bend matrix do?

Simmons SDS6 #82 Test Run

Published on May 21, 2020 The Simmons Guy

"Quick demo of Simmons SDS6 controlling Simmons SDS7"

Surfer Girl by the Beach Boys, cover with the Moog Matriarch and Moog Grandmother

Published on May 21, 2020 Mattelica

"Sequenced Moog Matriarch + Moog Grandmother do Surfer Girl by the Beach Boys, to a Roland VS880 HDR to a Canon 6D + 50mm 1.4 lens."

Argon 8 Module Review & First Look at New 2.0 Firmware

Published on May 21, 2020 BoBeats

"Today we are checking out the new Argon 8 Module and take a brief look at the new 2.0 firmware. Sponsored by DistroKid. The best service for releasing your music onto Spotify/iTunes and other stores. Use my link to get a 7% discount and support the channel:

Unboxing & Size comparison: 0:30
Sound demos: 1:44
Sound demos: 3:04
Firmware 2.0 brief look: 4:16
Comparison to Keyboard version: 9:49
Longer sound demo: 11:47
How to make a sound: 14:08
My opinion: 24:55

Link to my song that I used Argon 8 on:
Argon 8 First Impressions: [posted here]
Argon 8 Review: [posted here]


FLAME MÄANDER - Feedback, Vocal Processing and Drone Experiment #TTNM

Published on May 21, 2020 THE TUESDAY NIGHT MACHINES

"This is an experiment with audio feedback loops to create resonances and self-oscillation. MORE INFO BELOW :)


- Headphone stereo output to mixer/recorder
- Mono/Left audio output into high-z audio input
- Control feedback with Main Out knob
- Control overall volume with Phones knob
- iPhone with NPR Podcast into line audio input

Slide the filter band faders down first. Let the external audio input through then, by looping some long triggers and then slide the band faders up slowly to make certain frequency bands resonant or self-oscillate. Self-oscillation can be reached abruptly though which might get loud, so try this at low volumes. The Main Out knob lets you adjust the overall feedback amount."


Subharmonicon Omnibus

Published on May 21, 2020 Morning Strategy

"Collecting 10 of my first patches on the Subharmonicon in an omnibus video. Patch timing is included on screen and below.

Moog Audio was kind enough to deliver a Moog Subharmonicon to me last week. These first patches were my attempt to understand the synth's quirks and special places. Thanks as always to Ableton Echo (delay), Audio Damage Eos2 (reverb) and Klevgrand Grand Finale (master bus) for the support.

I'd intended to pare this down into a shorter video, but ended up including the full compositions for posterity. Follow the on screen cues to skip between patches or put it on in the background and float away.

Yes, it drones (56:34)"

Synthesizers and MIDI: sequencing a live performance without a computer

Published on Feb 28, 2020 Marcus Padrini

"If you follow this channel, you must have seen at least one of my Synth Jams here. They are records of some musical ideas, created and performed with synthesizers, recorded live.

However, there is always a question: how can they be recorded live if you are one and there are 5 or 6 instruments playing at the same time in each jam? The answer is: using MIDI sequencing. Check out the basic tips for integrating synthesizers using MIDI technology without a computer."

TOP GUN 2 Trailer Remix Roland Jupiter 8

Published on Feb 28, 2020 jupiterbyjay

Actual Roland Jupiter-8 in the video. Jupiterbyjay makes a JayP8 Sample Instrument. Some info and an image follow:

"What Makes it Special 🏆

Worlds First JayP8?

We deliver the first JayP8 Sample Instrument for Steinbergs Halion Sonic SE. Halion has its outstanding soundquality as you are familar with this company.

One of a kind
We build this Instrument exactly how we like and didn’t follow any standards. The sounds are done specialy for the Halion engine so the standalone WAV files don’t work exactly the same in another software .

Unique processing
Our Special sampling technic is matchless. Down bellow are „some“ examples of the equipment we used, which is not the only reason for its different character!

15+ Years Experience
Our experience with vintage synths let us know the creamy sound of legends! #RAminimoog"

New Dreadbox Synth In the Works?

5 Patchlets with the Fusion Delay from Erica Synths in VCV Rack

Published on May 21, 2020 Omri Cohen

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

Here are the patchlets -
Here is the Erica collection -

I'm using DistroKid to distribute my music to Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and more. By signing up through this link you will get 7% off and will support this channel :) -

Here's my latest release on Spotify, iTunes, and more -
Also on Bandcamp -"

Korg Polysix - iPAD App vs 1981 Original!

Premiered May 20, 2020 Johan Segeborn

Spotted this one discchord.

"Comparison between the Classic Analog Synth Korg Polysix and the iPAD App Korg iPolysix! The original is from 1981 and is featured on numerous classic 1980s records. After the comparison I go through all knobs of the original 1981 Polysix Synthesizer!"

Yamaha DX100 Vintage FM Synthesizer SN 22276 w/ Green Buttons

via this auction

Note the shade of green for the buttons. Never seen that before. They look original/consistent vs. discolored over time.


via this auction

· 61 Keys, Initial Touch/Aftertouch

· Tone Generator AWM2. Multitimbres. 16 + 1 (A/D) + 1 (Phrase Clip) + 2 (Plug-in)

· Polyphony. 64 Notes.

· Effects. Reverb: 12. Chorus: 23. ...

· Voice. Preset Bank. ...

· Performance. User Bank. ...

· Scene. 2 Memories per Voice /Performance

Solina String Ensemble model 2 (series 1, stereo) with original glass music stand and factory case.

via this auction

"For sale this Solina String Ensemble model 2 (series 1 with stereo output). The famous string synthesizer from the Netherlands played on countless classics. This one is in excellent condition and was purchased from someone who took great care of it. Except for some signs of use on top of the case the overall condition is excellent, please inspect the pictures for full details. Included with this instrument is the original glass music stand and factory transport case. I have purchased and sold many Solina's but only a handful come with original factory delivered transport case. This will be a excellent addition to any studio, its a classic! It has been inspected by technician prior to sale and was serviced with a recap of the psu. This machine runs on 220v so you need a step down converter for use in 110v zone. Due to size and weight shipping price is higher than average please understand that i am not overcharging.

This packet contains:

1 x Solina String Ensemble model 2 (series 1).
1 x Factory glass music stand.
1 x Factory transport case.

Pictures are of actual item. Feel free to ask any questions. Import duties are for the buyers account and are not included with buy it now price. Please inspect the pictures for their overall optical details, they have only minimal signs of use."

disting EX - Auto-sampling via MIDI

Published on May 21, 2020 Expert Sleepers

Mindseeker - New album by eric g 2020

Published on May 21, 2020 Stnibar
"All Berlin School album by eric g. As usual, stream or buy at"

Rosemarys Baby Theme, Roland TR 77, Model 101

Published on May 21, 2020 mick frigerio

"Recorded on MCI Tape Machine, 16 Track. Bass: Roland Model 101, Horns: Korg MS20, Rhythm: Roland TR77, Guitar: Airline Jupiter, Vocal: Gina Estrada"

CL Projects Roland D-50 Linear Universe Patch Demos

Published on May 21, 2020 CL-Projects

"The Roland D-50 was and still is one of my favourite synths of all time. I noticed that there weren't any patch banks dedicated to ambient pad sounds so i decided to make my own, resulting in the Linear Universe sound bank containing airy, ambient, astrological, atmopsheric, ethereal, mystic, planetary and spiritual sounds. The Linear Universe sound bank will breath new life into your Roland D-50.

​Linear Universe is a sound bank for the Roland D-50 & D-550 synthesizers containing 64 new and original patches (8 banks of 8 patches). The Linear Universe sound bank focuses mainly on atmospheric and ambient pad sounds demonstrating the full potential of the Roland D-50.

The sounds are very well suited to be used in ambient and new age music. Every musician who owns a D-50 synthesizer and plays or loves ambient, new age music, should have this sound bank. You won't regret it.


- 64 patches (8 banks of 8 patches)
- Focuses on Atmospheric and ambient pad sounds
- In SysEx bank and SysEx patch format
- Velocity and aftertouch responsive
- Including:
- Installation instructions
- Patch List
- MIDI-OX MIDI Utility Program

Full info:"

Electro jam in the studio (DAWLESS) with the TR808, SH101, System 100M and Juno 106.

Published on May 21, 2020 Peter Maas

"Jamming around in the studio using vintage Roland gear. Sequenced bass from the SH-101 clocked by the TR-808. The CSQ-100 sequencer is controlling the System 100m modular and was programmed via the SH-101 and clocked by another channel of the TR-808. Some live playing of a Juno 106 on top of it."


Published on May 14, 2019 [Zo'or ] Pandazockt210 Drago

"#Superbooth 2019


via Alexa in the comments of this post.

Formant Synth Dream

Update as of 9:26 PDT: I made a couple of minor updates in case you read it before then. Sorry!

A quick note on posts like this: I hope you enjoy them. If not, just skip them. When I first started the site I used to share my synth dreams but stopped. Personally I get a kick out of them. I won't share every one, just some of the stand outs. The last one stood out for the humor, this one stood out for the design of the instrument. It reminds me of different makers and their approach. As a maker, do you set out to design a synthesizer, an instrument, or both? Are you locked in by the tools, components, and paradigms of what makes a synth? In my dream both the musician and the maker (who never made an appearance BTW) didn't really know what a synth even was. The maker just designed an instrument and the musician just played it. This reminds me of Don Buchla's original designs and specifically the Buchla Music Easel. This was at the birth of synthesis as we know it. What's interesting is his designs weren't meant to be what they are commonly perceived as today. They were meant to be unique instruments, palettes for sound, hence the Music Easel. I heard even his modular systems weren't meant to be complete fixed instruments, they weren't meant to be mixed and matched. Think about that for a bit. They were modular in design, but they weren't meant to be modular in nature. They were meant to be wholly formed instruments. In the following dream the musician reminded me of Marc-Henri and Barry Schrader to an extent. Marc-Henri almost exclusively uses an Access Virus Ti as a music easel for his compositions. Barry Schrader started with Buchla and then moved to FM synthesis for his compositions. You can find an extensive interview with him here.

And the dream...

I had another synth dream last night. In this one I was at an ensemble event held in kind of a classroom/workshop/gym-type of open space at what felt like an old English or New England boarding school - lots of wood, flat tall ceilings, and windows along the length of the far wall. The ensemble consisted of maybe 18 people in a semi-circle with a small audience in front of them, mainly standing, which I was one of. The instructor had each member of the ensemble introduce their instruments. I was in front towards the left of the ensemble and noticed the last two instruments to be electronic desktop boxes sitting on a card table (synth gathering anywone?), both vintage and almost DIY looking in style. I remember thinking, "I know what these boxes are. They are synths! I can't wait to talk shop with the owners and check them out." Well the instructor starts going around the ensemble starting on the opposite side. Each member introduces their instrument and talks a little bit about them and their technique. There were some interesting brass-like instruments. I think there was one based on an alto trombone, but it was just a flat pipe and no horn at the end. Funny side note is my daughter is currently learning to play piccolo. She plays flute in high school band and decided to finally give the piccolo a try as a stretch goal. If you don't know what a piccolo is, it's a tiny flute for super high notes. She said there were tiny versions of most instruments including the trombone. I looked one up and sure enough there is. A tiny trombone not much longer than a foot exists. The instrument in my dream also bore a resemblance to the ribbon controller featured in the Nunomo QUN post, so I'm guessing that's where it came from - some bizarre mix of the two. Anyway, when the instructor/host got around to the last two instruments, it turned out the first was a theremin based synth minus the antennas. It was made of wood and looked vintage. It would have been interesting if not for the next box. That was something. It was black with white and silver sliders, levers, buttons, and knobs. It was a unique instrument custom made for the owner who knew the maker. The interesting thing was the musician wasn't familiar with synths and didn't even see the instrument as a synth. The maker also wasn't into synths. In the dream he was more like a luthier, more of an artist instrument maker than a synth maker. No offense to synth makers! :) Anyway, it was about the size of an EMS SYNTHI and was black with white levers and sliders and had a bunch of esoteric control blocks with non standard names/labels; similar to something like the Hartmann Neuron where controls are familiar but the names are completely different. For some reason it reminded me of a black Lassence uVentury, Modor NF-1, mixed with some MacBeth and Folktek in design, but again completely different. Again, this maker wasn't into synths. This was a unique instrument. After the talk was over the musician gave a little demo. The sound of it. It was like formant analog but the timbers coming out of it were rich and full, not thin or glossy like most formant synthesis. It sounded like nothing I've ever heard before. After the talks were over I walked over to it to check out the controls and design. I wondered if I could touch it and play with it a little and for some reason, as happens in dreams, I knew it was OK so I started playing with it. There was a thin ivory white reed-like lever about an inch and a half long that controlled a female formant timbre. It was amazing. There was an group of lever-type sliders that controlled a multi band formant filter block and I remember thinking, "Oh this is a filter!" There were envelop sliders and other familiar groups that I now forget, but there were a bunch of interesting controls on it that didn't quite match up to common synths. There were additional effects and shaping tools built into the design and everything just flowed like a natural instrument. Again it kind of reminded me in concept to a Hartman Neuron and Modor NF-1, with maybe a bit of Folktek, but it was more vintage and simplistic in design - just a sold black block with white and silver controls. It was definitely designed as a work of art instrument vs. a synth. Similar in concept to the Buchla music Easel as I mentioned in the intro to this dream above. So after checking it out a little and talking to the owner I realized I should take a video of it for the site! I got the OK to film it, pulled out my iPhone, and started trying to capture some of the controls and timbres it was capable of. When I got to that formant female slider it was gone! I couldn't remember what I did to get that sound and I couldn't find the control again. Damn dreams.... And as in many real world sessions I wasn't getting those rich timbres again. I got lost between timbres! I thought my readers would be disappointed in my programming chops for a split second, but then I reminded myself anyone into programming synths will understand and not care, so I kept tweaking. Well, right then, a foster kid boarding at the school distracted me and started talking to me. I hand gestured to him (no I did not flick him off) to hold off for a second because I was in the middle of filming the synth and trying to capture audio. He understood for like five seconds and started talking again. I asked him to give me a sec but he got upset and said I should be there more for people. I felt bad and wasn't getting anywhere with the instrument at that point, so I stopped filming to talk to him before he left.

And that was it! Everything felt right with the kid so that was good, but that instrument! It's gone forever...

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