MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygène 4 | The story behind the song | Top 2000 a gogo

Top 2000 a gogo

"Electronica pioneer Jean Michel Jarre tells the story behind the song 'Oxygène, Part 4). A short documentary by Top 2000 a gogo (Dutch Public TV) from 2016."

This one is in via @deejayiwan

Also see Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene IV with an ARP 2500 for the video of the clip featured in the above.

XILS-Lab 201 Sennheiser Vocoder Emulation

XILS-Lab X201 Vocoder Test - Cmyth
Daft Punk Vocoder how to with Xils x201 Vocoder pugin
Advanced Vocoder Techniques : Processing a Rhodes Loop with Vocoder X201 plugin

Check out Kraftwerk's original Sennheiser VSM 201 Vocoder here. You can find additional posts featuring various Sennheiser vocoders here.

Details on the X-201 via XILS Lab:

"XILS-lab X-201, Vocoder … and vintage MultiEffect

An exceptional clarity: The X201 Vocoder was modelled after an ultra rare, ultra pricey, even when it was released, Vocoder unit, whose intelligibility has never been surpassed.

It's the missing link between artists like Kraftwerk, Herbie Hancock, Frank Farian (BoneyM, Milli Vanilli etc), many Cyclon Robots or Droid in Star Wars and Battlestar Gallactica and … Daft Punk (RAM)

Two Filter Banks: Each of it's two Filter Banks offer 20 frequency bands. Each Filter Bank can process the incoming signal ( Usually voice, but any other signal, including drums, can be processed) , or the CARRIER signal. As a comparison, the Roland VP-330 only had 10 frequency bands, with a very musical sound, at the price of much less clarity.

The Carrier: It can be the internal analog Synthesizer. Which immediately gives the X201 its characteristic and recognisable sound. Or any other incoming signal, like an external Synthesizer ( Make bells 'sing'), another voice etc.

The Silence Bridging: Under this exotic name you'll find a (MultiBand) frequency dependant Enveloppe Follower engine, which will shape the signal gain according to it's harmonic content, and is very usefull to process percussive or rythmic sonic material for example, or give contour to the sound.

So how does it work -in any Daw-? Usual scenario: You record your voice, even without actually singing, then choose the internal synth as the Carrier. Then you send Midi notes to the Carrier to make your voice sing these notes (or chords, because the engine is polyphonic). Et voilà.

More is more: On the X201, we exposed internal circuitry parameters that were not available on the original unit, making it more versatile, and powerful.

We also added some vintage analog modelled effects: Chorus, Phaser, Delay and an 'early digital' reverb unit. ( Custom Effect routing and order )

As a Mutli FX: This means that you can also use the X201 as a simple Filter Bank/Chorus/Phaser/Delay/Reverb MultiEffect. Try it on a Rhodes, Clavinet or String Machine patch, and rediscover plenty of these vintage organic sounds that required a big chain of vintage effects to be achieved."

Transfusion Machine

Joel Braverman

"Performed live using Moog and Behringer synths. Vocals using VC-340 and Spectravox"

4 Track Tapes 85​-​86 by Runningonair

A new collection from supporting member Runningonair. Check out the 4 Track Tape Restoration videos below!

"The title, “4 track tapes 85-86”, might suggest a direct lift, clean up and remaster, but this is far from the truth. Comprising of a selection of musical sketches and demos, the material on the tapes was never intended for release.

Instead, the tapes have been languishing in storage for around 30 years. However in 2017, concerns about the
longevity of the originals lead to transferring to digital. This was the first time I had heard the material for many years; I was surprised by how many of the tracks I remembered and by how much I liked them. It really felt like discovering a treasure trove. Yes, it’s all early stuff, poorly performed and lo-fi sound but without pretention. Naïve really. At the time I wasn’t really listening to much pop music and so there was minimal influences from that area. Although the
tapes were littered with performance mistakes the sound has an almost clinical quality at times, typical of early digital synths.

When I considered turning the material into a functioning album, I wanted to find a balance between the authenticity of the original and potential gains of current music technology. I did this by setting certain boundaries, the most important being only material from the original tapes could be used.

While performance mistakes could be fixed relatively easily, the lack of drum tracks was a bigger problem. At the time I didn’t have a drum machine and would instead resort to banging a few tin cans to try to get some form of percussion part. This rarely worked. Of course, true authenticity would demand I didn’t add anything new, but I felt it really needed the lift drums could bring. Fortunately, I did occasionally get brief drum machine loans from various sources and recordings of these were on the same tapes in the form of unfinished tracks. From these sound sources I constructed sympathetic drum parts, attempting to create something that I could have done at the time.

Additionally, I allowed myself the luxury of enhancing the sound quality within certain limits, essentially sticking to basic EQ, reverb and stereo widening.

Although the enhancements have changed the character of the tracks greatly, certain key ingredients remain; the
wonky ever-changing tempos and improvisational playing remain intact, and they still feel like the original tracks, although they do sound richer. I’m sure the younger me would have wanted to go much further."

4 Track Tape Restoration

"In this series I look at some of the issues I had while I was working on the album "4 track tapes 85 - 86". More information about the album itself can be found here:"

Daft Punk "Da Funk" on modular synth & Bass Station II


"The eurorack sequencer used in this video is now on Kickstarter! Click below for more info:

After many years of listening and contemplating it, I finally decided to dive in recreate Daft Punk's classic acid house burner with my modular synth setup. Every sound you hear was created on the gear you see! The drums are hexinverter 909 modules (the sub bass comes from the kick), and some samples on the Squarp Rample (hi hats, drum break, horn stab). The first bassline is on the Novation Bass Station II using some external feedback looping for more growl. The classic 303 line is recreated using my open-source Super Sixteen sequencer, MFOS VCO as an oscillator, Yusynth Moog Ladder Filter, and a SansAmp Para Driver. Some EQ and buss compression was added to the recording.

Sorry that 25% of the video ended up being the top of my head! Still working on a proper overhead camera setup. Will fix that for the next jam."



"Let's put some tunes on and I'll solder a music thing live on camera. BONUS: A brief chat with inventor extraordinaire Tom Whitwell at the start!"

DX5 playing Spandau Ballet "To Cut a Long Story Short" cover


"Instrumental cover using the Roland Promars as they originally did.

Roland MRS-2 Promars
Roland JP8000
Kurzweil PC1x
Backtrack previously recorded track by track from scratch on Pro Tools.
Original song composed by Gary Kemp.
Performed here by DX5 Jose Maria Bara."

And the original also with an MRS-2 Promars:

Spandau Ballet - To Cut A Long Story Short

171K subscribers

DX5 playing Depeche Mode "But Not Tonight" Cover (updated).

Previous cover here

"'But not Tonight' (Modern Girls movie version) update. I've already recorded a cover of this song twelve years ago. Time to a revision, using basically the same sounds, a bit more processed.

Gear used:
Yamaha DX7
Emu Emax I (library choir and Yamaha DX7/Roland JX8P sounds previously sampled by me).
Backtrack previously recorded and sequenced on Pro Tools.
Original song composed by Martin L. Gore.
Performed here by DX5 Jose Maria Bara."

DSI Pro 2 & Boss HM2 Heavy Metal


Roland V-Synth Tweaking the Choir Virtual Analog Sampler Synthesizer

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

#rolandvsynth #rolandvariphrase #supersaw
Roland V-Synth "Tweaking the Choir"
Synthesizer Demo by Rik Marston
***Watch in HD!!*** ***Turn it UP!!*** ***No Talking!!!***

The Roland V-Synth is a trip!
This short video I demo "Cyber Choral".
It really is a fun experience playing the V-Synth!
It really is worth all the money, I am sure they will only
got up in second hand prices! GET ONE NOW!
Sound designers, this is a MUST HAVE!

Roland JD-XA Analog Bass Part 2 Crossover Hybrid Synthesizer

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

Part 1 here

Kaini Industries // SH-01A patch

Stefano Mattia

"I tried to recreate the Kaini Industries patch on my SH-01A. I think it’s a beautiful organic sound, despite the digital engine ;)"

The Enduring Legacy of the SP-1200 (featuring Nick Hook) | Reverb

"Over three decades after it was first introduced to the market, the SP-1200 continues to serve as the backbone for an untold number of hip-hop records. Today, Fess dives into the history of this iconic sampler and discusses how it's still at the heart of many production rigs today.

Read more on Reverb"

Vintage Synthesizer Museum - Synth Studio Tour | Oakland, CA


"A synth studio tour of the Vintage Synthesizer Museum (https://vintagesynthmuseum.squarespac...) in Oakland, California with VSM founder and curator Lance Hill.

I had the opportunity to visit the Vintage Synth Museum in February 2020 after 2.5 years since my last visit. In this updated synth & music studio tour, Lance takes us through some recent synth and music gear additions to the studio, discusses the history of Vintage Synthesizer Museum, showcases various classic vintage synths, and more.

To book an appointment at the Vintage Synthesizer Museum, call (510) 859–3558 from 10am–11pm daily or email

00:00 - Intro

01:10 - Korg Trident
01:17 - Elka Synthex
01:20 - Yamaha CS-80
02:45 - PPG Wave, Oberheim Four Voice
02:48 - Sequential Prophet 5, Sequential T8
02:52 - Yamaha SK-50D
03:25 - Serge Modular
03:55 - Roland SH-5
04:14 - Oberheim OB-Xa
04:23 - Rhodes Chroma, DK Synergy, Korg Mono/Poly
04:38 - Linndrum
04:49 - Pearl Syncussion
05:05 - Electrocomp EML 400
05:52 - Oberheim Xpander
05:56 - Sequential Prophet VS
05:59 - Voyetra Eight
06:04 - Cwejman S1 MK2
06:09 - Outboard Gear
06:30 - EMS Synthi

06:38 - Details on VSM

08:15 - Conclusion"

Spherical Sound Society - Opera Rotas Experimental FM Drum Machine


"First demo of the machine. Please excuse the poor direct audio. I will be uploading quality captures to soundcloud in the coming days.

Live it sounds crisp, crystal clear aun unique beyond words.

I have written an experiemtal synth/drummachine around the Megadrive FM audio chip. The firmware is in progress. The machine creates patters at the fly that you can mangle and tweak with mostly all the FM parameters in real time.

Its plenty of beautiful electronic landscapes, rythms and techno mayhem.

The unit has a midi in port, so you can play it with a keyboard too (this firmware is to be implemented, if any)

Some units and PCBs will be available to sell in the coming weeks at my tindie store:"

"OPERA ROTAS is a mutant, generative drum machine. It's built around a Yamaha OPL2 FM audio chip, a close cousin of the Sega Genesis / Megadrive consoles.

At the core, it has a real Yamaha OPL2 audio chip and live sounds bonkers. Brutal, it's all body weight while being crystal clear and punchy. Really the videos don't do aural justice but it serves to get an idea. There will be decent audio demos coming to my Soundcloud soon.

The firmware is a work in progress. One branch of the firmware consists of attaching a midi keyboard to it and converting it into a fully fledged polyphonic synth.

The project will go open source at some point. I just ask for people to not do commercial PCBs of it, as I sell it here. If you get one PCB or kit you can ask for the source code to tweak it if you will.

It comes in 4 flavours:

Built unit. Ready to plug and play.
Full kit. Everything you need to build one. You need to solder it. Beginners level.
Basic kit. The PCB plus a programmed SMT32 microcontroller. You source the rest of the components.
PCB alone. You source all the components, program the chip, and run it."

MAKEN0ISE Acousmatic Gestures


"Let's use some simple control voltage shapes to inscribe rhythm and intelligibility on unrelated sounds with the Tape & Microsound Music Machine.

"Acousmatic music" is, nominally, music whose sonic origin cannot be seen. It is commonly associated with the GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) and the composers there, including Francoise Bayle, Bernard Parmegiani, Beatriz Ferreyra, Pierre Shaeffer and others. Some info about the importance of gestures to this "school" of composition can be found here:

Further reading on shapes and gestures in music and listening:

Pierre Schaeffer, Treatise on Musical Objects
James Tenney, Meta Hodos
Allen Strange, Electronic Music: Systems, Techniques, and Controls"

Roland M-VS1 "Vintage Synth" (1995) CS-80, Jupiter-8, PPG, OB-X, Prophet-5 Pads & Mellotron, Solina


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

Roland M-VS1 'Vintage Synth' module (1995)

The demo shows the sound of different Vintage Synthesizers like CS-80, OB-X, Jupiter-8 PPG wave and the Mellotron, Solina…..

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!


SoundsDivine 'Time + Space Vol.2' - Waldorf Largo Soundset


"This is a demo of the presets from the 'Time & Space Vol. 2' soundset for Waldorf Largo.
For more information, please follow the link below:

00:00 Intro
00:10 Luminosity
01:02 Glass Strings
01:46 Mellow Metronomy
02:26 Perpetual Drifter
03:06 Ion Stream
03:57 Euphonic Sonic
04:36 Resonant Ripples
05:24 Fractal Noise"

FSFX Tau Pipe phaser as a resonator


"Not unlike Karplus Strong synthesis, I use the Tau Pipe Phaser as a resonator with a low frequency oscillator,then sequence (Moon 969) the frequency of the phaser and oscillator."

MeloDICER and twinCussion-Vermona/Minimod-AJH Synth/Clock O'Pawn ,Time wizard -Shakmat Modular live

Dziam Bass

"Hello everyone.
for a week I have this meloDICER sequencer from Vermona and I get to know him more and more.
a few days ago I recorded this fast live with it and used Drums twinCussion also from Vermona (Kick and hat) trigger and clock Clock O'Pawn and Time Wizard from Shakmat Modular ( no is in this case but it is used from the second case) and for synth voice modules from AJHSynth as Minimod Vintage Transistor Core VCO, Transistor Ladder Filter, Contour Generator and Discrete Cascade VCA.
I wanted to show this voice and these sequences, also a little fun with resonance and sometimes using longer functions for sequences in fly.
I changed to 12 steps from 16 and as you can see the C slider will also change transpose notes on the fly.
Have fun and thank you for watching .
Have a nice day ;-)"

First sounds with the OxidLab filters

Omri Cohen

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

I also created a document full of patching techniques and ideas that I will continue updating -"

Vintage Paia Proteus 1 MonoSynth with Bass Pedals

via this auction

"This synth is super rare and also comes with a set of Paia 8785 Bass/Foot Pedals. For being close to 50 years old, this Synth is in very nice shape. I have tested it and it does make noise on all of the different preset sounds. I will note though that some of the preset sounds are louder than others. Also, there is a slight popping noise that comes through the speakers as each key is pressed down. I even hooked the bass pedals up to the synth and was able to play notes using my feet (albeit the volume was not too loud when doing so)."

Roland System 100M w/ Polyphonic Keyboard

via this auction

"Very good condition Roland System 100m with the very rare 184 quad keyboard. This is built for North America version so it plugs into a standard US style 110 volt outlet. Complete with 8 pin DIN connectors along with plenty of patch cables. Everything’s works as it should."

Yamaha CX5M Music Computer SFG-05 FM Sound Synthesizer I

via this auction

"Rare refurbished and fully tested SFG-05 FM Sound Synthesizer Unit II for Yamaha CX5M MSX Music Computer in mint working and cosmetic condition.

This upgrade allows a CX5M Music Computer to be controlled wwith any MIDI-compatible keyboard or other controller. The unit is 4-part multi-timbral, using an updated SFG-05 software interface to control the onboard 4-operator FM Synthesizer (build on the same architecture as the Yamaha FB-01 or DX11).

Disclaimer: The unit is a fully tested refurbished unit. I installed an AMD 27C256 Eprom with the new firmware, performed all additional upgrade modifcations, and added an IC socket for the firmware chip, so it can be easily replaced without soldering. I also added a label for the case, based on the original Yamaha design.

The SFG-05 comes in its original packaging and with a copy of the Yamaha SFG-05 hardware/software manual."

Realistic Concertmate Moog MG-1

via this auction

"Built by Moog for Radio Shack's Realistic brand, the Realistic Concertmate MG-1 is a simple two VCO synth with a genuine Moog 24dB/oct filter. Compact but powerful, the MG-1 is capable of summoning that signature Moog bassline and has found a new audience with acts like SURVIVE. Although a budget instrument in their day, the popularity of Moog has made them more collectible over time.

I personally removed the black goo! It is very clean on the inside, and is fully functional, to the best of my knowledge! Fun synth with great sound."

Korg Polysix SN 380589

via this auction

Moog Opus 3 w/ Case & Cover?

via this auction

What is that in the second image? It appears to have a handle slot. Thought it was a cover, but then the buttons could scratch the surface of they synth. It seems like it would be too awkward to be a gig bag.

Korg PolySix Synthesize

Pure Ambient Drone

"Korg PolySix synthesizer sound demo, no talking! Here are the raw sounds with no effects. The Korg PolySix is a great sounding synthesizer and happens to be my favorite synth perhaps of all time."

Sounds of the MODOR NF-1 digital DSP synthesizer - no talking


"In this new video Marc shows you his favorite sounds from the MODOR NF-1 digital DSP synthesizer"

Drums with WFM oscillator and Decay-VCA like Punch and Hatz from Patching Panda

Dziam Bass

"Hi everyone.

Some time ago I recorded this one small movie why I like triggers like Four Bricks Rook from Shakmat Modular , WFM oscillator from La 67 and modules from Patching Panda like Punch and Hatz for my drums.

Kick based on VCO WFM plus trigger by Four Bricks Rook - a great module for me because you can record your own rhythms with your hand, Punch to the ultimate VCA-DECAY so it is great for kick when I shorten and send out my sound from the oscillator and Hatz as the name says it is a hihats sound module.

open and closed hat in one module. as you can see, some fun with freq and decay to show what colors this hat offers.

WFM is an oscillator based on the old Kobol synth from 1970 so its character is also cool.
Have a nice day and thanks for watching . ;-)"

Vintage SH-101 + RD8: 4 wild jams

Valmont / Mooggy

"Old School Techno vibes :D"

PVX 800 vs Polivoks free improvisation

InfraDeep Electronics

"And the final video from the live session PVX-800 vs Polivoks =) By the way, we decided to see the footage, maybe we will find something else interesting for you =)"

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

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