MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, July 13, 2020

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Four Months In - Return to New York


"Is it a travel video? Or is it a rail fan video? Or even, is it a music video? Nobody knows. Overcast day for an Amtrak train from Boston to New York, basically the entire view of the Manhattan skyline as we go from the Bronx through Queens and then into the tunnel to Manhattan.

Music details: Arturia V Collection synths, but most sounds are from Pigments, one of my favorite soft synths. All sounds are original patches I made for this tune. In fact, our motto is:

Box of Textures: never* sullying your ears with a preset

Recorded into Logic Pro X on a 16-inch, 2019 MacBook Pro using their new Live Loops feature, because that's how I've preferred to work ever since I got Digital Performer seemingly a thousand years ago.

I like making these travel videos and their accompanying soundtracks. Apparently though it seems I only travel from right to left. I'll try to work on that for the next one but to be fair it's only the second one of these I've done recently.

You can find me on Twitter at
I also have a Patreon at

As always, headphones recommended."

Little keyboard big sound! (with Neon Egg Planetarium 2)


"A quick test of the reverb, echo and sidechain compression from the new Neon Egg Planetarium 2 with a little Portasound keyboard."

Depeche Mode Satellite Cover & Tutorial

Digiphex Electronics

With the Roland Jupiter-Xm.

The wayward path


Elektron Analog Keys
Korg ESX Electribe
Yamaha SY77
Embertone Concert D Lite VST
Eventide Blackhole

Rhodes Chroma Arp Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"I bought this synth around 1997 in working condition with the Syntech midi interface.It worked for a year or so and then suddenly during a session it stopped functioning.I had lots of synthesizers so I just took it out of the lineup and put it in the corner of my studio where it stood until week ago.I didn't get online until around 1999 so I researched the problem I might have encountered.It seems the power supply was this synth's main Achilles heel.I've watched a couple of youtube videos and the power supply wasn't producing enough power on each rail to support everything functioning.My machine turns on and there is a rapid fire clicking like an old computer printer.I learned this is the tapper solenoid (which is used to add tactile feedback to the membrane switches)."

You can find resources on the Rhodes Chroma at


via this auction

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 3.3 SN 5899

via this auction

"No fret, I'll get one back when the time comes any case, this is Prophet 5 you want. This synthesizer has been well loved, and routinely serviced by the Wizard of the P5, Greg Montalbano at Analog Synth Service in Oakland, CA.

The Awesome:
- 120 factory presets (sysex files from Greg available for buyer).
- later model Serial # 5899, stable and reliable.
- Greg recently serviced the synth 07/2020
Greg updated the synth with the following:
- Latest 10.5 MIDI implementation
- Power supply has new transformer for less heat and lower noise.
- All keyboard j-wire & contacts thoroughly cleaned and adjusted where necessary.
- Tuned and Scaled.
- All switches and knobs have been cleaned and tested.
- Completely recapped.
- Very clean P5 inside and out.
- Comes with Anvil style hardcase for safe transport. (Will not ship)

The action is butter and the sound is what you'd expect and much more.

The Bad (but not really):
No bad issues here, all cosmetic and does not affect functionality whatsoever.
- A few key caps have minor cracks, could be replaced or not, fine as is - see pics
- Decay and Resonance knobs have scuffs, perfectly fine as is - see pics
- Slight crack in the walnut from over tightening the screw on one side panel (happened before me). Perfectly solid as is - see pics
- The keyboard is older, so there are a few squirrels in the keys.

Greg adjusted all keys and gave a clean bill of health. Assures it's good."

Oberheim OB-8

via this auction

Arp 2600 Semi Modular SN 0082 & 361283

via this auction

ARP 2600 1970s Semi-Modular Vintage Synthesizer Gray SN 26615

via this auction

Chris Meyer | Learning Modular's Ghost Beats Presentation for the Colorado Modular Synth Fest 2020

Learning Modular

"For those who are curious, here is a slightly higher quality recording of the 'ghost beats' presentation I did for the 2020 Colorado Modular Synth Fest (CMSF). The basic technique is taking two rhythm patterns - one that is the skeletal framework you want to always hear, and one with beats appearing and disappearing using a probability skipper - and using a logic module to blend them together."

COVERUP Desktop Synth Stands

Pictured are just a handful of desktop synth stands from COVERUP. You can find them at their Reverb shop and directly on their website

Sequential Artist Spotlight Interview with CHASE BAIRD

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

"Part experimental rocker, part classical romantic, and part hard-bop devotee, saxophonist, and composer, Chase Baird has been described as “… the future of jazz music and the saxophone” by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker.

His latest album, A Life Between, covers a vast emotional terrain with a band comprised of modern jazz’s most revered innovators. Grammy-winning drummer Antonio Sanchez and five-time Grammy-nominated pianist Brad Mehldau are veteran companions alongside new-generation talents Nir Felder on guitar, and Dan Chmielinski on bass. Critics have declared the album “…a truly inspired, dare we say, epic recording complete with progressive singularities and sonic cosmicalities.” A complete bio for Chase Baird can be found here.

We chatted with Chase on how he uses the Prophet ’08 in his music"

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

Arcaico Instruments Eurorack Modules


Arcaico Warhorse Scuderia limited edition
Arcaico Gorgone 360°
Arcaico Gorgone CV Delay time + LFO
Exploring sound with Arcaico Gorgone (only 2 sawtooth wave)
Arcaico Gorgone analog multiFX eurorack format

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Main Theme on Moog Sub 37

Luca Di Gennaro

"Split screen cover of "Main Theme" by Kazumi Totaka from Animal Crossing: New Horizons (© 2020 Nintendo) just with a Moog Sub 37 and Logic Pro X percussions."

Nonlinear Labs C15 - Major Software Update Released

Nonlinear Labs C15 - New Features - Update 2020

via Nonlinear Labs

"The C15 received the most significant software update since its release.

It's an update of the operating system, the synth engine and the user interface. It includes layer, split and mono modes, more voices, and more macro controls and modulation targets.

Get an impression of the new features in this video.

Get a detailed list of all the improvements here.

This update continues the constant evolution of the C15 since its launch three years ago. It expands its range and quality of sounds and improves his playability and suitability for musical performance. The update is accompanied by around 200 new presets making use of the new features.

The new software is a complete rewrite. Based on the new architecture, future developments will be easier and will also benefit from new opportunities. The synth engine and the user interface now both run on Linux.

The update is free for all C15 users, who will also benefit from the interchangeable magnetic foils, as the new version comes with updated overlays reflecting the new features.

As of now all new instruments will be shipped with the new system and we will contact all users in the coming weeks to perform the update with them. Early models of the C15 will be brought to Berlin to update the hardware in order to install the new software."

Unique jam with Boss DR-110, Boss DR-220a, Roland Juno 6 and Yamaha CS 10


"A unique jam in which I use the trigger mode of the 2 drumcomputers. I was able to connect 4 legendary machines from the early 80ties with each other. Unfortunately you can't see my hand playing the CS 10."

Quick Clouds demo on Percussa SSP


"I’ve started developing some VSTs for the Percussa SSP - here I’m testing my new clouds vst.

The SSP is running a number of wavetable oscillators into clouds vst driven from midi .. and mixing this with other audio sources from the rack."

Prophet Rev 2 - Synthesizer Jam


"Prophet Rev2 Sunday Jam! 🎹
Usually I start these jams with a chord progression but this time I decided to lay down some drums first. Added 808's with Kontakt and some pads with the Omnisphere, CS80 and ARP2600 plugins. The Prophet Rev2 patch brings it all together and I had some fun with the LFO! The zoom shot was made possible by my lovely girlfriend 😊
Hope you have a great Sunday 💙"

NorCal - Chill Novation Circuit Jam

Gabe Miller Music

"A super chill Novation Circuit jam that feels like the nature parts of Northern California. Made with Red Means Recording synth sounds and my free drum pack."

Neon Egg Planetarium 2 Sidechain Compressor & Square Wave Delay Demos

Neon Egg Planetarium 2 - Sidechain compressor release times

"A quick demonstration of the range of release times available on the compressor of the Planetarium 2."

Neon Egg Planetarium 2 - Square wave delay modulation

"A quick demonstration of the new square wave modulation on the Neon Egg Planetarium 2."

Additional posts featuring Neon Egg

Synth string / Qun Synthesizer

Nunomo LLC

"I found a good patch, so I did random playing."

Update: the previous video was removed. New video uploaded.

You can find additional posts featuring the NUNOMO QUN synthesizer here.

How to improve the performance of VCV Rack

Omri Cohen

You can find additional resources available from Omri Cohen at

moog prodigy SN 1196x w/ CV Mods

via this auction

CV, Gate, & Filter

Roland SH-1000 SN 568919

via this auction

"Roland SH-1000 synthesizer. Vintage Analogue Synth.
Serial number 568919 which (according to various sources I've found online) means it was built in March 1977.
Monophonic, Monotimbral, proper REAL ANALOGUE synthesizer, make your own sounds!

As you might expect from a unit of this age it does show some battle scars but there are no structural problems to the chassis or cracks etc. and the sound is still delightfully analogue and crisp.
The only functional damage is to one of the front flapper switches. The "Tuba" switch has snapped off (lost in the mists of time) but the actual switch is still functional and still works if you push it with your finger. It's the outer part of the switch that is missing. You could either replace it or stick something thin in the little hole to use as a switch extension. Also, there is a small piece of plastic missing to the top of the 'pitch' and 'volume' knobs. This makes no difference at all, it's barely even noticeable..."

Akai X7000 Sampling Keyboard w/ Extras

via this auction

"It’s perfect but I won’t guarantee the drive, you’ll never find a more perfect x7000 but the drives die Notoriously! 12 bit sample rate and that sought after analog filter! This unit came out of the Church, they could never figure it out."

Waldorf micro Wave XT Synthesizer SN 920727165

via this auction

"It's a Board #3 with OS version 2.33 so can be expanded to 30 voices (it currently has 10).

Working perfectly, a few minor surface scratches and a tiny crack on one of the knobs (easily replaced but not really necessary)."

Waldorf Microwave XT w/ Custom White & Red ALPS Knobs

via this auction

Quasimidi Polymorph

via this auction

"The PolyMorph is a virtual analog sequencer / synthesizer. The PolyMorph sound is like four synths oriented towards electro and other forms of synthesizer music (Tangerine Dream). 16 step sequencer, 8 variations, 4 parts or instruments. In addition, a set of effects : distortion, equalization, reverb, chorus, flanger, etc. to each of the four parties independently ! The PolyMorph is a machine suitable for live music production, DJ and on the fly."

First Patch - Korg ARP 2600 Semi-Modular Synthesizer - All Playing, No Talking!

Richárd Zalai

"Check out my first patch with the amazing ARP 2600 by Korg."

5 Custom Synth Patches for Sonicware ELZ_1 Digital Synthesizer: Soundset #6 by Ascetic Wires

Ascetic Wires

"5 Custom Synth Patches for Sonicware ELZ_1 Digital Synthesizer: Soundset #6 (more will come... ) with the following synthesizer engine:


Recorded with Zoom Q2n

Thanks for watching"

Live Performance of Christ Eternal Part 2 w/ the Monolithic Two-Dimensional Keyboard Midi Controller


"This performance of 'Christ Eternal pt. 2' features vertical arpeggio fingering, vocals broken into syllables and reassembled into words, and a full choir. Please visit my website for info on my albums and invention, The Monolithic Two-dimensional Keyboard."

You can find additional posts featuring the Monolithic controller here. The first post went up back in 2006.



"This is a project from 2015, non completed and abandoned.
Unfinished video editing, and ends at 2 min 10

Instruments used :
Strings : RSF Polykobol 2 with Moog 12 stage Phaser
Bass : RSF Kobol
Sequences and FX : Mos-Lab Kobol Expander 3"

You can find additional posts featuring MOS-LAB Kobol Expanders here.

10 patches with the Pico System III

Erica Synths

"Exploring possibilities of the Pico System III in different setups."

SoundForce SAMPLES // 6x 808 drum sounds in a 4HP Eurorack module


"Here’s the Eurorack module SAMPLES from SoundForce which is a sample player with 6 voices. You have a simple trigger in and sound output for 6 one shot drum samples taken from a Roland TR-808 drum machine. Claves, Rimshot, Maracas, Handclap Cowbell and Closed Hi Hat sounds allow you to flesh out your modular drum simple with additional 808 drum sounds that also take well to further processing and mangling as we’ll explore in this video. Bit crushing, AM, filtering and modulated FX chains help bring the sounds to life as well as audio triggering for creating “drum drones”. Skip around with the timing index below and check out the other linked demos too.

*** PLEASE NOTE - the audio samples are baked-in and cannot be changed

00:00 Hello and patch previews
00:39 Feature run down and raw sound demo
01:23 SAMPLES in a drum groove
01:47 Patching new sounds with processing
03:07 Drums as Vocoder food
03:33 Audio rate triggering to create drum drones
04:26 Pitch sequencing drum sounds
04:42 Ambient stereo drum drone
05:20 Stereo mixing & AM crushed drum sounds
06:10 Adding FX to turn simple patches into full tracks"

Korg Stage Echo Test

Hathor Menat

"Essai du Stage Echo SE-500 Korg.
Cirklon, samples, Eurorack en renfort :)"

50 Dollar Vintage Drum Machine - Zoom Micro Rhythm Trak MRT-3 - is it worth it?

Expanding Sound

"I see these Zoom MRT-3 Drum machines going for 50 bucks up to about 100 or so. I got my hands on one, I wanted to see if the samples are any good. My thought process for every electronic instrument is simple, I'll enjoy it if it sounds good, and it's fun to use. Sometimes a synth or drum machine will sound great but is such a pain to be creative with that I just get annoyed and want to use something else. This little zoom unit sounds decent for the money and was very easy to program. Mine was picked up second hand, so I had no manual, but it didn't stop me from being able to make patterns 5 minutes after turning it on. If you're looking for a cheap drum machine, this isn't a bad choice at all."

More cowbell ambient

With actual cow bells. Apparently we have a cow label. It's been a while and only two previous posts, but there you have it. This appears to be the first post with actual, real life, cows.

"In which I use the Rossum Panharmonium on a recording of cows in the Black Forest to re-synthesize an ambient track on the eurorack modular synthesizer. Some birds also play into the gentle rhythm/harmony that ensues."

LM - 1229 Soviet Digital Delay (HQ sound) and Kvintet synth / ЛМ - 1229 Советский Дилей и Квинтет

Kee Reel

Arp 2600 Ableton Sync


"A quick video showing Ableton, Moog DFAM, and Behringer RD-8 synchronized to the Arp 2600 internal clock. Ableton and DFAM are directly synced to the arp. The RD-8 is synced to Ableton Live via USB midi."

The Cloney Project EMS VCS3 TTSH (ARP 2600) and the Buchla Easel


"Keysteps are used as arpegiator for the VCS3 and TTSH .

Easel in Eventide H9

2600 in Strymon Big Sky

Cloney VCS3 in Ventris Dual Verb

I had to attenuate the voltage coming from the Keystep going to the VCS3 so that it can kind of track well tempered."

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

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