MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, June 29, 2020

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Introducing the Pittsburgh Modular SV-1b Modular Synthesizer

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers

"Richard's psychedelic fever dream product ad for the Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms SV-1b modular synthesizer.

The original Lifeforms SV-1 eurorack format synthesizer module is legendary for its deep, analog sounds capable of pumping out everything from roaring bass and cutting leads to absolute chaos. The SV-1b shares this same bold, powerful core while fine tuning the details. We have made a countless number of small tweaks and adjustments to the original SV-1 synthesis engine to improve the stability and functionality of the SV-1b. The sound is what matters, and this is still the East Coast analog monster to beat."

The Pittsburgh Modular SV-1b was first introduced at NAMM 2020, and was recently featured in this animated short.

Borsini Nostalgic Accordion 'Lars Ek' w/ MIDI & Ketron XD3

"Lars Ek Nostalgic games are mostly hand built. Lars Ek Nostalgics staircase keyboard prevents the depressed button from reaching the level of the external button row. A very important detail. The cut carvings on the back of the lid open the game and give Lars Ek Nostalgic its big powerful tone. The secret behind Ranar Sundqvists fantastic bellows technology is the straight edges and the deep bellows. The Synthesizer is an Ketron XD9/XD3. A manual is attached.

- 4-k├Ârig
- Tremolo-straight mood
- 1 treble register
- 1 base register
- 5 heavy bass
- Extremely fine handmade tuners
- Weight: 9.5 kilos
- Bellow dimensions: 45x18.5 cm
- The games are numbered
- Bag, straps, certificates are included with every accordion.
- All the decor throughout the game is handmade."

ROLAND Juno-106 Programmable Polyphonic Music Synthesizer

via this auction

"ROLAND Juno-106 Programmable Polyphonic Music Synthesizer Electronic Keyboard. Item has been fully tested and works great. It is in beautiful preowned condition. The back side of the keyboard has some tape residue around a couple of the buttons, but other then that, it is near immaculate."

Roland Juno 106 SN 472657 w/ Case

via this auction

Sherman Filterbank 2

via this auction

Acidlab Baseline 3 2016 Black

via this auction


CORONAVIRUS RELIEF SALE Starting at $19.99 @

"A high quality selection of retro, modern & futuristic polys, leads, basses, percussion, and fx. This expansive collection of patches covers synthwave, cinematic, classic pop & rock, hip hop, jazz, trap, chiptune, modern pop, dubstep, vintage & modern house, trance, reggae, retrocade and more."

Vintage 1985 Sequential Circuits Split-Eight Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer Keyboard

via this auction

Akai AX80 Synthesizer

via this auction

"It's cosmetically an 8 out of 10 and functions as it should except for one minor issue. The membrane keys from slots 25-32 are very difficult to depress. It's possible, but requires a strong thwack. This makes it a bit difficult to access the amp envelope, VCA, and patches 25-32."


via this auction

"This is one of the best sounding analog drum machines at any price but it is an incredible deal at this price. It is actually eight analog percussion synths each with nine knobs for incredibly versatile sound shaping. Each synth also includes its own dedicated out for routing through effects easily. The hi hats includes both open and closed sounds so actually ten unique analog percussions sounds in all are included. Wonderful modern sound, completely unique and unlike your 808s or 909s. Great for trance or any other edm genre tbh.

This is the rare Vermona DRM1 mk3 deluxe edition with the awesome independent drum triggers! This unit is in excellent shape and looks barely used. Not a scratch that I can spot. Buy with confidence!"

Vermona DRM1 MKIII HiHat Feat Mu-Tron Bi-Phase and More

Sound Provider

"Nothing very spectacular here ,but I didn t see so much video with Drum Machine and the MuTron Biphase so I decided to shoot the recording of one relatively simple and little dirty HiHat pattern I did for a future Sound Provider Soundbank. On this pattern I use the Ibanez TK999 Tube King Distortion, then the Boss DD8 Delay in Standard mode , On the console I send the signal to the Mutron Phaser, I keep around 40% of the dry signal in the middle and send the Phasor A to the left and the B to the right, I really like the modulation the phasor add to the signal.
If I have time I will try to shoot more stuff through the Bi-Phase.

Leonard de Leonard"

Roland and Korg Fined £5.5m over UK Price Fixing

Thought this was interesting. I thought this was common practice?

via The Guardian

"The keyboard and electric drum kit makers Roland and Korg have been fined a combined total of £5.5m, as part of the UK competition watchdog’s crackdown on price fixing across the musical instrument industry.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said the companies had breached competition rules by restricting online discounting of their musical instruments. The practice, known as “resale price maintenance”, forced retailers to sell instruments at or above a minimum price.

The watchdog said Roland restricted pricing of its electronic drum kits and accessories between January 2011 and April 2018, while Korg did the same for its hi-tech music equipment and synthesisers between June 2015 and April 2018.

Roland was fined just over £4m and Korg £1.5m..."

See the full article at The Guardian here.

Sequential Artist Spotlight Interview with JOSIE PACE & KEN ROBERTS

You can find the interview on Sequential's website here.

"As the saturated synths rise behind the lyrics “Just take your stamp off my design” in Josie Pace’s driving single, “Battleground” we immediately understand this is not an artist who is weak when abandoned. Instead, this Detroit artist’s music represents a piece of her solitude. The blistering glow of downtempo post-industrial beats, electro-pop melodies and layered soundscapes are home to Josie’s captivating lyrics; she is a songwriter in the purest sense. The result is a pulsating sound that will haunt you with vulnerability while basking in Josie’s world of self-reflection and unapologetic rock and roll attitude that Detroit is legendary for.

When musician and producer Ken Roberts saw an acoustic performance of Josie he was blown away. The raw and intimate performance captured the one thing all songwriters strive to achieve: believability. The two started working together with Josie’s songs as the foundation. As an accomplished guitar player, Josie molds and refines her songs acoustically only to tear them apart and rebuild them with Roberts’ grinding synths, unique production style, and the addition of Mark Damian’s live drums. Songs quickly formed into a unique sound that pull from the likes of Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails yet contain a high-art fashion swagger as if you just bumped into David Bowie at a Halston Party.

From the beginning, the style and the art of the music are just as important as the melody and beat. Josie’s first music video Torn introduced audiences to her unique brand of electronic rock and visual artistry. That theme continues with the videos for Battleground, NO, My Mistake, Lies of the Lovers and Fire where fashion and desolation hold hands with Josie’s in-your-face performance. Perfect Replacement would follow featuring a collaboration with another fierce female, Sammi Doll (IAMX). Josie carries the same commitment of style and artistry to her high-energy live performances having shared the stage with Tim Skold (Marilyn Manson, KMFDM) Daniel Myer (Haujobb, Architect), Powerman 5000, Stabbing Westward, and <PIG> along with successful headlining shows in New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles.

We chatted with Josie and Ken on how they have been using Sequential instruments in their music."

You can find previous posts featuring Sequential's Spotlight series here.

Made to Create // Performance: Ehsan Gelsi


"Novation product specialist and ‘machine music whisperer’ Ehsan Gelsi performs live on the Launchkey 49 [MK3] from Melbourne, Australia."

Sequential Pro3 & Source Audio Collider


Parallaxx - Novation Circuit Vaporwave jam

Gabe Miller Music

"An aesthetic retro vaporwave jam on the Novation Circuit, made with Yves Big City's pack Vapor Dream."

Eurorack / Guitar Jam 7 (TX Wiggles 65)

poorness studios

"It's been a while since I did one of these Eurorack/guitar jams. I sent the guitar through 2 delay pedals running at different rates and then a reverb pedal. It gives a very unique sound that blends well with the synth textures."

poorness studios TX Wiggles

poorness studios guitar & synth jams

Twisted Electrons TherapSid 8-Bit Chiptune Synth w/ MOS SID 6581

via this auction

"Therapsid is an analog-digital-hybrid mono synth built around the MOS SID soundchip from a Commodore C64. The unit on offer is the earlier Mk1 version, which had a modulation sequencer instead of the arpeggiator of the newer Mk2 version. It comes with the same 6581 SID chip from 1982 that was preinstalled when i got it.


3x VCO with pulse, triangle, sawtooth, noise, sync, ring modulator
3x ADSR envelope generator
3x LFO with pulse, triangle, sawtooth, s&h; can be assigned to any parameter
Multimode filter (lowpass, bandpass, highpass)
Modulation sequencer
Audio input and output
MIDI Input (DIN)"

Quasimidi Rave-O-Lution 309

via this auction

Studio Electronics Boomstar 5089 Mk2 Desktop Analogue Synth (Moog filter)

via this auction

"This is the mk2 model with better distortion characteristics than the original and the all important real wood cheeks.

It's the 5089 version with the Moog ladder filter.

Comes with original power supply, box, manual and sticker"

Kimball W-3 VOYAGER SN 417462

via this auction

"A 49-key organ synth released in the 1980s with 8 presets, 8 rhythm patterns and speakers."

Oberheim OB-Xa w/ Kenton MID

via this auction

1983 Crumar DP 80

via this auction

You can find a demo of one here.

Check out the trim pots on the right. Close-up pic below.

"Here we have the incredibly rare, vintage, Crumar DP-80! (famously used on Radiohead's 'Everything In Its Right Place') Really reluctant to sell this but I just don't have space for it. It's in amazing condition especially for it age the only thing that doesn't work is the detune knob which i imagine its a very easy solder fix. The keyboard is pretty heavy so i would prefer collection but I am open to using a courier if organised and paid for by the buyer.
There really isn't a lot of info about this synth online so quite hard to price up fairly so for that reason i've put the price ridiculously high and will choose the best offer made."

Buchla Easel Command USB-A Host Module Installation


"How to install the USB-A Host Module into a Buchla Easel Command."

VCV Rack Ambient - Free Form

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 -

You can get the patch file and samples on my Patreon page -"

Roland TR-66 vintage analog drum machine (1973) processed by a Korg monotron Delay: Demo #3.

Ascetic Wires

Roland TR-66 Rhythm Arranger (1973)
Korg monotron Delay (Filter + Delay)

Recorded with Zoom Q2n

Previous parts

Modular/Analog "RAM"? How to store generative melodies & rhythms using sample & hold and seq switch


0:00 Intro
0:30 Mutate & deviate
1:20 Frozen randomness
2:05 Push-button melody
3:40 How it works
4:20 Storage costs
4:45 Switch sequencing
5:05 Generative controls
5:45 Rhythmic dice roll

Previous parts of this series:

Modular Monday: Squarp Hermod

Red Means Recording

"The Squarp Hermod is a powerful brain for your modular system. In this video, I walk through some of its features and talk about how I'm using it in my setup."

Pittsburgh Modular Documentary Films Presents the Lifeforms SV-1b Episode 1

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers

"Teaser track showcasing a Pittsburgh Modular eurorack format Lifeforms SV1-b modular synthesizer.
The soundtrack to this video was created using a collection of Pittsburgh Modular eurorack modules.

The beautiful animation is from Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux by Gwenn GERMAIN and used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.

Changes have been made to the original content and a new soundtrack has been added."

Pittsburgh Modular Documentary Films Presents the Lifeforms SV-1b Episode 1 Part 2

Torso Electronics T-1 Ableton Link

torso electronics

"T-1 lets you keep track of time using Ableton Link via WiFi. Link is a technology that synchronizes beat, phase and tempo of your DAW and other Link-enabled devices and apps over a wireless network.

It lets you play together with the freedom of a live band. All connected devices can start and stop their part while others keep playing, and anyone can adjust the tempo and the rest will follow."

"A Beautiful Day" - Polyend Tracker / Roland MC-101 song


"Outdoor Jam played and recorded in real time.
A lot of good vibes in the country.

Audio was recorded using a Roland R05 pocket recorder.
Video was captured with a Canon M6 mkII (22mm 2.0 lens)."


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

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