MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, July 9, 2020

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Yamaha A3000 | The Dirty Effects Exposed

Espen Kraft

"The Yamaha A3000 sampler has a very dark, gritty yet beautiful effects section that you can use in real time. You don't have to sample anything!

On the surface, the Yamaha A3000 sampler from 1997 seems like "just" a sampler. And it is a very good sampler too. It also has a great effects section and the kicker is, you can use this in real time, as you would with any other effect unit like Lexicon, Eventide, TC or whatever. You do this by setting it in "sample record mode". Then it can output whatever comes in. Through its effects. You can even change the bandwidth down to 5Khz Lo-Fi. That will give you some aliased bliss! ;-)
As Yamaha pumped out more samplers in the years to come, like the A4000, A5000 etc, the effects grew more complex, more advanced and more Hi-Fi and ultimately not as exciting as on the A3000. It is the A3000 you should get if you want effects rivalling the Ensoniq DP/4 for darkness and light.

This is a true "barn find" and I feel cleaning it up takes away from the "patina" hence the dirt, staines and scruffy cosmetics.

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Novation Launchkey MK3 Livestream Demonstration

Perfect Circuit

"Enrique Martinez from Novation will be doing a live demonstration with the new Launchkey MK3 midi controller at 6PM PDT on 7/9/2020. Watch live for a chance to win a Launchkey 37 and a Circuit (contest only open to US residents) and to ask questions in the chat. Enrique will be showing how to use the Launchkey with hardware synths and how to use it in combination with a hardware sequencer to add more tactile controls to your setup. He will also go over some tips on using the Launchkey with your DAW.

The Launchkeys have keys of course, and also velocity sensitive drum pads, knobs, transport control and the 49 & 61 key versions have faders as well. They have a built in arpeggiator, chord mode and scale quantizer and can send midi over both a midi cable or USB.

Download the Launchkey Templates from this stream here:

Launchkey MK3s available here:"

Rossum Electro-Music Linnaeus Thru-Zero State Variable Filter Features

Rossum Electro-Music

"Make sure to listen with stereo headphones or speakers to hear LINNAEUS' filter response modulation in stereo!

Following in the tradition of Evolution and Morpheus, LINNAEUS represents yet another Dave Rossum innovation in filter technology.

LINNAEUS is a stereo state variable filter that provides the unique ability to linearly modulate its resonant frequency through zero into negative frequency, while maintaining stability. With extensive voltage control of nearly every parameter, Linnaeus lets you manipulate the filter’s natural response curve in new ways, to create both subtle and dramatic timbral effects. And with a “one-knob-per-parameter” interface, LINNAEUS inspires sonic creativity that invites (and rewards) real-time interaction.

LINNAEUS’s cutoff/resonant frequency is exponentially voltage controllable from sub-audio to ultrasonic frequencies, while its resonant gain (Q) is exponentially voltage controllable from 0dB to greater than 60dB.

LINNAEUS’s channel output response characteristics are independently and continuously variable from Lowpass, through Bandpass, Highpass and Notch, to Low and High Shelving characteristics. Voltage control of the response characteristics are independently selectable for each of the two channels.

The linear thru-zero modulation is provided by an integrated modulation oscillator and/or an External Linear FM modulation input.

The voltage-controllable modulation oscillator can track the filter’s exponential frequency or operate independently. The modulation oscillator’s output waveform is continuously variable from Off through Sine, Triangle, and Sawtooth, to Square. The modulation oscillator output is summed with the external linear FM input and applied to the modulation index VCA, which controls the linear thru-zero modulation index from zero to 8X. The modulation index is, of course, also voltage controllable.

Patching the Koma Komplex

Martin Doudoroff

"A 20 minute demo building a two voice patch with the Koma Komplex.

Note: the focus drifted on me while I recording—so frustrating!—so it gets a bit soft, but I think it’s probably still watchable."

Hydrasynth, Slim Phatty, Virus C, Pro 2, Gadget, Thor... "Terrestrials"

Brittle stR music

"A fairly minimal dub with a bottom G pedal note from the Phatty. The Pro 2 and Virus provide the chord riffs; Hydrasynth the high tuned mallets; Gadget all the percussion and sequencing; Thor does the choral pad with both LFOs modulating the formant filter. The delays are all on a dotted rhythm. The Phatty goes through a Lin 6 HX Stomp with the tape echo emulation."

I got a new synthesizer! I got EIGHT new synthesizers! It's a Yamaha TX816 jam by Charles Whiley

Charles Whiley

-Yamaha TX816
-Moog Little Phatty
-Boss DR-770
-Korg DW-8000
-Jomox Alpha Base
MFB Tanzbar lite
-Synthstrom Deluge

Dubby House Volca and Blackbox

Dj Puzzle

"Got some deep dubby patterns going on my experimental stage. Here you will see a Volca Kick, Volca Bass, 1010music Blackbox, two cheap effects pedals synced and in action."

TECHNICS SY-1010. test after repair and mod.

Alexey Taber

Roland JX-8P Analog Synthesizer SN 626485

via this auction

"The JX-8P is a lovely sounding 8 voice analog poly synth with similar voice architecture to the JX-3P and Roland Juno series. The voice is actually quite a bit more complex than the Junos. What is gained in oscillators and modulation sources is lost in the real time control, however. There are only program buttons where numbers are typed and a single parameter slider is adjusted. This keyboard can be expanded with the Roland PG-800 programmer or connected up to an IOS app through MIDI for full access to all the controls.

This keyboard overall is in excellent condition. All of the membrane buttons and sliders function perfectly. 2-prong AC power cable included."

Elektron Analog Four MK1

via this auction

E-Mu Emax & Emulator III Synth Ts

via this auction

These are from CustomSynth.

Oberheim Matrix-6

via this auction

The Processor: Analog Music Synthesizer From 1976

Vintage DIY spotted on RRAuctions

"'The Processor'—a hand-built mid-1970s prototype music synthesizer

Impressive analog music synthesizer prototype named 'The Processor,' one of two examples designed and built circa 1975 by electrical engineers Dennis Drew and Thomas Sawyer. The huge unit measures approximately 41″ x 32″ x 19″, and was built to transform the sound of one musical instrument into that of another in real time. The Processor performs its signal transformations by sending audio through a series of discrete devices pre-wired to perform dedicated signal modifications with musical intent. Unlike a conventional synthesizer which uses oscillators, white noise generators and other devices to produce new sounds (which can then be modified with filters, envelope shaping, etc.), the Processor creates no actual sounds on its own. The Processor is a 'pass-through' system that transforms, augments, modifies and converts musical signals into other sounds, in real time, using pure analog circuitry. Some results resemble other musical instruments, whereas other sounds are completely unique.

It is important to note that the Processor is a 'closed loop' system. This is entirely analog circuitry, there are no digital transformations or computerized functions. By routing a signal through a mixer, dynamic limiters, phase-shifting modules, delay lines, and 'signal seeking' filters, the Processor 'extracts' hidden tonal components and adds them selectively to the original sound, or it produces entirely new sounds depending on the requirements. It works particularly well for instruments with wide dynamic ranges, long sustains and/or continuous signal characteristics. Harmonically rich instruments such as piano or organ, acoustic guitar and most stringed instruments capable of both long tones and percussive effects work especially well. It includes a control console that has meters to indicate dynamic response and signal levels, and a joystick to make adjustments. It is currently partially operational: those modules that are physically powered are active, but six missing FLT cables prevent the whole system from operating. This piece will be crated and shipped from New York; the buyer is responsible for all associated costs."

Moog Triple Threat: Subharmonicon, DFAM, and Mother 32

Patchwerks Seattle

"In this video Nick Bigelow of Patchwerks performs on the Subharmonicon, DFAM, and the Mother 32. Enjoy the hard hitting drums from the DFAM, polyrhythmic melodies of the Subharmonicon, and sultry synth lines from the Mother 32!

From Moog:
'Subharmonicon is a semi-modular polyrhythmic analog synthesizer that employs a 6-tone sound engine and multi-layered sequencers to explore the world of subharmonics, polyrhythms, and the unique relationships they create.

Subharmonicon’s characteristic sound starts with two analog VCOs and four Subharmonic Oscillators for a total of six powerful sound sources. Each subharmonic tone is mathematically derived from one of the two main VCOs, giving the resulting chord shapes a beautifully coherent quality. Onboard quantization lets you dial in perfect intervals every time with selections for multiple tuning systems. Choose from contemporary Equal Temperament settings, the heavenly intervals of Just Intonation, or the unlimited freedom of no quantization at all.

Animating Subharmonicon’s distinctive chord shapes is done through a polyrhythmic pair of 4-Step Sequencers. Each sequencer is clocked by any or all of four Rhythm Generators that output mathematical divisions of the master tempo. Layer multiple Rhythm Generators on top of each other to create complex polyrhythms and discover inspiring new patterns and styles. Delve into Subharmonicon’s dual Envelope Generators, Moog Ladder Filter, and analog VCA to call up dynamic articulations ranging from lush pads and blurred edges to percussive plosives and ritualistic rhythms.'

Order the Moog Subharmonicon here:
Order the Moog Mother 32 here:
Order the Moog DFAM here:
Video by: Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT)"

River into Lake - Grande prairie - (solo Live)

river into lake

New from supporting member, River into Lake:

"Solo live video featuring some recent and older synths such as the Moog Mother 32, Vermona DRM 1 MKIII, Arturia beatstep pro and keystep, Roland Boutique SH-01 and an old Russian Elektronika EM26. It is the first song of an ep that will be released in dec 2020."

YouTube description:

"Live video for 'Grande Prairie', taken from the ep ''The Crossing'' to be released on dec 4th 2020.

Video by Cédric Castus
Music by River into Lake

Thanks to ''La Cie Point Zéro''.

©Humpty Dumpty Records / Grin Factory 2020.

Listen and download 'Grande prairie':"

Round up - Made to Create Week // Novation


"Take a glimpse into just some of the highlights from our Made to Create Week - our week-long festival celebrating the launch of Launchkey [MK3], all recorded live from homes across the globe.

The free, daily events, which were all online, included behind-the-scenes technology chats, artist round-tables, music business seminars, product performances and visuals discussions, culminating in an afterparty, featuring very special guest performer, Kyan.

For more on Launchkey [MK3]:"

Round up - Made to Create Week // Novation
Made to Create // Technology
Made to Create // Music
Made to Create // Performance: Ehsan Gelsi
Made to Create // Backstage
Made to Create // Performance: -CALC-
Made to Create // Vision
Made to Create // Afterparty

Yamaha YC61 Stage Keyboard - Live at Kraft Music

Kraft Music

"Adam Berzowski plays the Yamaha YC61 Stage Keyboard live at Kraft Music. Find exclusive Yamaha YC61 stage keyboard and organ BUNDLES at Kraft Music:"

Patch Notes: Maciek Polak (Pin Park)


"A live session with four VCS Synthi instruments.

Maciek Polak is a musician based in Gdańsk with a love of vintage analog gear who performs as one half of improvisation duo Pin Park. He doesn’t just make music with it – he also runs Analogia, an analog synth store and repair centre for rare electronic instruments.

When Polak got in touch with Fact to let us know that he would have his hands on four classic EMS Synthi instruments (one VCS3 and three Synthi A models) for a limited time and offered to record a live session with them and his RC-505 looper, we couldn’t say no.

Watch the session above and find Polak’s music at Bandcamp."

Chillout late night session 20-07 / PEAK, EX5, Digitone

Floyd Steinberg

"Playing some relaxed electronic music, using some of the sounds I created on the PEAK, EX5 and Digitone. Digitone does drums, bass and that saw wave filtered arpeggiated sequence, PEAK does the big pad and EX5 does the lead & piano stuff."

Roland TR-707 ROM Expansion Kit

Harry Axten

"Coming soon for the Roland TR-707 and TR-727..."


"You asked for it, now here it is – a ROM expansion kit for the Roland TR-707 and TR-727. It gives the machine 8 banks of sounds you can select, including the stock sounds from both the TR-707 and TR-727, so you can turn one into the other (to an extent – more on this later).

Changing between 8 banks would be a bit cumbersome using toggle switches, and I didn’t want to spoil the machine’s futuristic looks either, so this time the bank switching is done by holding down one of the first 8 step keys while turning the machine on. The setting is remembered and will be recalled the next time it’s turned on. There are no modifications to the outside of the machine, and the installation is easily reversible.

Apart from having different sounds, a modified TR-707 / TR-727 behaves exactly the same as a stock unit, no functions are lost. The machine should also be compatible with any other modifications or circuit bends you may have fitted, such as voice tuning, hi-hat decay mods etc.

I’d like to extend a huge thank you to Sunshine Jones, who donated the TR-727 which I used to develop the modification, and who also provided the excellent TR-808 and TR-909 samples which were used in the expansion banks.

The 8 banks included are :


TR-707 + TR-727 mix (handy for those who don’t own both machines)
The ROM expansion kit will switch out all of the sounds (referred to as a bank) apart from the last two sounds (crash + ride / quijada + chime), which will remain the same across banks, as they are stored on their own ROMs in a different part of the machine. I may produce an optional add-on board that can switch these as well if there’s sufficient interest."

MAKEN0ISE Office Hours: Live Patching - July 9


MAKEN0ISE Office Hours

Cheetah Marketing Specdrum EP3 Alternate Sounds and SYNCHRO Start

Really Nice Audio

"In this final Specdrum video we take a quick look at the extra sounds that were available and how to sync the system to a DAW."

Really Nice Audio Specdrum posts

SoundsDivine 'Atmosphere' - Xfer Records Serum Soundset


"This is a demo of the presets from the 'Atmosphere' soundset for Xfer Records Serum.
For more information, please follow the link below:

00:00 Intro
00:10 Ambient Feedback
00:53 Arcadian Bliss
01:33 Blu Mar Ten
02:15 Digital Storm
03:00 Deep Dub Dive
03:27 Elysium Shores
04:10 Floating Harmony
04:53 Interstellar Pluck
05:32 Replicant Drifter
06:46 Seventh Crush
07:24 The Red Planet"

KORG MONO/POLY (MP-4) monophonic synthesizer

via this auction

Hammond Model HEK-1 Mini Organ Synth w/ Built-In Speakers & Cards?

Hammond HEK-2 & HEK_3 Ensemble Keyboard (Junior Hammonds) - Uploaded by Mike Bracchi

SN 05111856 via this auction

First one I've seen. I could find any demos for the HEK-1, but found the video above for the HEK-2 & HEK-3. Looks like these were geared towards kids. Below you'll find a pic of what appears to be some colored cards for it.

I did find the following from RocknRoll Vintage's Synth City who carried them:

"This is a fun mini organ that was only available in Japan, hence the printed Japanese text. Most of the sounds are like a modern beginner Casio keyboard, fairly high quality sample based sounds. However, the organ sounds are great and include the nice draw bars for interacting with the sounds! Unfortunately we can't read Japanese here and the extent of our testing was done by just trying all the buttons and sounds. As far as we know the unit is in perfect working order. The whole panel of buttons was taken apart and cleaned by our repair technician and is functioning very well."

PAiA Theremax Theremin w/Lecturn Case - Synthesizer CV Gestural Control

via this auction

"I built this kit about 10 years ago and just went back through it and cleaned the pots, checked the solder joints, re-tuned/aligned it, and it is working perfectly and sounding as good as ever.

Antennas can be removed for transport. In excellent physical condition. Missing the volume knob, but these are fairly common knobs. The antennas had developed a nice patina on them until I scotch brighted them off. I was worried the patina would take away from the sensitivity and it didn't. The patina will come back over time.

What sets this apart as a gestural controller is it's Velocity Control Voltage (proportional to how fast you increase the Volume) and Gate/Trigger outputs. A convenient foot switch input allows muting the internal tone source without disabling the CVs.

Here is what is included:

Carefully assembled PAiA Theremax Kit (9505K)
Decently stained PAiA Lectern Case (9505C)
Original manual, power adapter, schematic, service manual w/supplements, and PAiA catalogs..."

Roland TR-727 & TR-707 Vintage Drum Machine Rhythm Composers

via this auction

TR-727 SN 597476 TR-707 SN 481200

Roland MKS-30 Planet S SN 502521 w/ PG200 Programmer + M-16C Cartridge

via this auction

Panel description & spec sheets below.

Roland SH-101 Gray with Mod handle and Tubbutec MIDI

via this auction

"Excellent condition SH -101 with the mod wheel.
Tubbutec MIDI.
Fully serviced and calibrated."

Update: title of post corrected. :) Was going to post a Sequential Circuits Prophet VS at first.

Prok Drum Modules - Overview and Tutorial Part II

Omri Cohen

part 1 here

You can find additional resources available from Omri Cohen at

Samplr for Touchbar


"Free download:

Samplr for Touchbar is a demo of Samplr for the MacBook Touch Bar. The app uses the multitouch display of the Touch Bar to play samples in four different ways with multiple controls and effects.

If you want to experience the full Samplr app please check out the iPad version:"

Hello Spice: Unboxing Plankton Electronic's semi-modular saturation unit

Olivier Ozoux

Plankton Spice posts

"So, about 2 years ago, I received this email from Alex at Plankton Electronics:


We’re designing a new machine. Actually it is almost designed already.

The machine will be a distorting unit. Standalone but eurorack suitable, semimodular, several distorting circuits. Stages are:

- Filter section (LP and HP)
- Digital section (Bit crush and Downsampling)
- Analog (9 disotrtion circuits one of them being a Nu-tube)
- Mixing section (dry and wet).

Then a feedback control with an insert between. From the analog section back into the filter. And also an envelope follower normaled to the filter input but breakable with normal and inverted outs (very good to control the filters before the distortion.

The idea of using HP and LP before the distortion circuit comes from the process of filtering the signal before the clipping stage in all the distortion circuits in the market. Generally is what defines the sound. The different distortion circuits will add more or less harmonics, being a compressed clipped signal, a fuzz, or the even harmonics produced by the tube.

Each section has its own I/O so you can skip the digital section if you want to avoid the 12bit of maximum bit rate or if you want to change the order. Overall it’s a very versatile distortion unit.

the spice is amazing, and I can't believe it took me this long to make a video about it. Full disclosure, even though I got early access to the design, I purchased my own unit as part of the Kickstarter launch campaign."

Thoughts on the Roland Jupiter Xm by Tim Shoebridge

Tim Shoebridge

Demos come in at 12:40

"Here are my thoughts on the Roland Jupiter Xm. There's a lot of talking in this video, it's a whopping 56 minutes long, but if you stay the course there is a demo song at the end which I put together exclusively utilising Jupiter Xm synth sounds. You can also find the track on SoundCloud here..."

Dreadbox Erebus v3 & Strymon Big Sky


FORMANTA UDS.with Rockton boards. midi mod with Level knob

Alexey Taber

Vermona Perfourmer Aftertouch

The Free Radikal

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

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