MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, August 6, 2020

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Alesis MMT-8 & HR-16 | The Deadly Combo!

Espen Kraft

"My first sequencer, the Alesis MMT-8. I can still remember it, the excitement of being able to sequence everything I wanted. Since it was pattern based it was easy to loop parts in a live situation and I often played weddings and receptions to earn a buck and it was so great to have all my favorite sequences to play over.
When I paired this up with the HR-16 it became my "deadly combo" in terms of "getting the job done" in a fast and efficient way. The two fit perfectly inside a custom made case.

BTW. The machines spinning around is not 3D animations. It is the actual machines hung by wires in front of a green screen, spun by hand (me) and keyed out if After Effects. Took way longer than it was worth.. or was it worth it? ;-)"

Ignition 2 for Hydrasynth is HERE

Major OSC

"Live and ready to party.

Front page.

Ignition 2 has been designed to launch alongside the new firmware released for the Hydrasynth. That means you'll have an entire patch bank to load into your Hydrasynth that already takes full advantage of all the new features.

Expect wild new sequences, thanks to the stepped LFO's to go to to 64 steps. Expect evolving and sophisticated pads and soundscapes that can shift and transform like you've never heard before, thanks to the new Envelope trigger selectors. And get ready to rock! There's a new distortion effect added and it is absolutely sick."

See this post for details on the Hydrasynth 1.5 update.

Yamaha FS1R

via this auction

Korg Trident Mk 1


"A massive sound! Strings plus synth."

Korg Wavestate - Live from Kraft Music with Synths of Summer giveaway!

Kraft Music

"Great deals on WaveState during our Synths of Summer event:

The Korg Wavestate represents the next step in Wave Sequencing synthesis, originally introduced by the legendary Wavestation. Using Wave Sequencing 2.0 and gigabytes of raw samples, Wavestate delivers astonishing, ever-changing sounds with extensive hands-on control. Wavestate's extensive modulation capability includes Vector control of its four layers, while onboard effects and modeled filters, including MS-20 and Polysix, add additional sound-shaping character. The compact form-factor, with 37 full-size keys, transports easily and fits neatly into any setup.

Get more for your money with an exclusive Korg Wavestate Wave Sequencing synthesizer bundle from Kraft Music. These package deals include the accessories you'll need to get the most out of your new digital synth, all for one low price. If you have any questions, please contact us. Our knowledgeable Sales Advisors will be happy to assist in choosing the bundle that's right for you!"

Stones Of Evil by Everett Dudgeon (Prophet X)

"I wanted to try something different with the Prophet X. Lately I've been focusing on more synth sounds/old school sampler sounds but I wanted to try and go back to my roots and focus on more orchestral composition. I did this fairly rough sketch of a James Bernard style piece. Originally it was a lot more Egyptian flavored and I was going for a Mummy style piece but after doing a few tweaks it came out more along the lines of The Devil Rides Out or Horror Of Dracula.

Overall, I'm happy how it turned out, especially for a quick, unpolished sketch. I think there was only about 2 or 3 overdubs but most of the track was played in one pass.

The title and poster art is actually of an unmade Hammer film about a cult that performs sacrifices at Stonehenge.


Jamstik studio midi guitar first day jams, unboxing and ios walkthrough


"Jamstik Studio Midi Guitar arrived almost two weeks ago and I loved it instantly.

In this video you get to see:
-how the guitar arrives and unboxing of the extras
-pairing and setup using Jamstik portal on ios
-first try jams with multiple apps and setups (aum + auv3 & standalone app)
-first try jams using bluetooth, usb-c & midi 3.5 to 5 pin din
-first try jams with audio and midi at the same time
-recording in a daw on ios


After using fOR A DAY:
-Very intuitive design
-hidden pick tray in neck
-hidden magnetic tuning TOOL
FOr studiO (3/4)


Permutation Overview and Tutorial

Omri Cohen

00:00 - Introduction
05:18 - Patch 1
09:54 - Patch 2

You can find additional resources available from Omri Cohen at

Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) Introduces Hydrasynth 1.5 Update

Press release below. First, some videos followed by a sound demo for some new patches from MajorOSC, also below.

Playlist / New Features:
1. Hydrasynth Firmware 1.5 – Part 1 Introduction
2. Hydrasynth Firmware 1.5 – Part 2 New Filter Types
3. Hydrasynth Firmware 1.5 – Part 3 Microtuning
4. Hydrasynth Firmware 1.5 – Part 4 Envelope Trigger Sources
5. Hydrasynth Firmware 1.5 – Part 5 Expanded LFO Steps & SemiLock
6. Hydrasynth Firmware 1.5 – Part 6 Direct Parameter Modulation Assignment
7. Hydrasynth Firmware 1.5 – Part 7 Modulating Macros & Voice Parameters
8. Hydrasynth Firmware 1.5 – Part 8 Random Percentage & Randomize from Patches
9. Hydrasynth Firmware 1.5 – Part 9 Distortion Effect
10. Hydrasynth Firmware 1.5 – Part 10 Latch Enhancement
11. Hydrasynth Firmware 1.5 – Part 11 MIDI CC Mode and Ribbon Output
12. Hydrasynth Firmware 1.5 – Part 12 Save State

ASM Hydrasynth 1.5 Update info and exploration Ken Flux Pierce Fluxwithit

Demo of a new sound set featuring the 1.5 update to be released today from MajorOSC:

"Because of the new features, MajorOSC was able to completely reapproach the design process for sequencing and expressive interaction while playing a sequence. The results speak for themselves on this short demo"

And the official press release:

Ashun Sound Machines makes major strides in advancing Hydrasynth sensation with Version 1.5 feature-heavy firmware update

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA/HONG KONG, CHINA: musician-empowering musical instruments creator Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) is proud to make major strides in advancing its innovative Hydrasynth digital wave morphing synthesizer — launched late last year to widespread critical acclaim as its inaugural hardware product, produced as a keyboard variant (featuring a proprietary PolytouchTM 49-note polyphonic aftertouch keybed and a user- assignable ribbon controller) and desktop variant (with 24 velocity- and polyphonic aftertouch-sensitive pads, plus an included 19-inch rack-mount kit) — with a feature-heavy firmware update, as of August 6…

New arrivals Ashun Sound Machines made a huge splash when diving deep into the synthesizer world with the introduction of its Hydrasynth sensation in both keyboard and desktop variants late last year. Ultimately, users appreciated an unprecedented combination of sound generation methods and processing power — anchored around a unique digital wave morphing synthesis engine as an eight-voice polysynth whose three oscillators can all make use of any one of the 219 single-cycle waveforms available, while flexibly facilitating defining eight waveforms into a list and then morphing from one to the next using extensive movement-inducing modulation sources with Wave Scan mode (for OSC 1 and OSC 2 only) — potently coupled with hardware that is perfectly tailored for live interaction and real-time tweaking, all at a very affordable price. Perhaps best of all, a new generation of synth users were introduced to an amazingly expressive way to shape individual notes, thanks to that proprietary PolytouchTM 49-note polyphonic aftertouch keybed and a user-assignable ribbon controller.

Today, the release of the Version 1.5 firmware update for the Hydrasynth brings an amazing array of new features and behaviours to an already sensational synthesizer, starting with advancing its unique-sounding synthesis engine several steps further forward. Firstly, five new filter models are available in FILTER 1 — namely, LP Stn12, ASM’s version of a popular 12dB low-pass filter; LP 1 Pole, a gentle 6dB low-pass filter; and LP 8 Pole, a steep 48dB low-pass filter; alongside BP Stn12, a popular 12dB band-pass filter with dual 6dB slopes; and HP Stn12, a popular 12dB high-pass filter — expanding its total to 16 filter models. Meanwhile, that Version 1.5 firmware update also adds a second multi-mode filter type to FILTER 2, with an ability to switch between LP/BP/HP (low-pass/band-pass/high-pass) or LP/NOTCH/HP (low-pass/notch/high-pass) filter modes. Thereafter, the Hydrasynth now benefits from microtonal scale support, opening up a brave new world of musical expression beyond the 12 tones most prevalent in Western music to allow composition and performances from any culture or harmonic discipline with 32 custom scales loadable using MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) Tuning Standard files. Furthermore, envelopes can now be triggered from as many as four sources, including LFOs (Low Frequency Oscillators), keyboard, ribbon, CV (Control Voltage) INPUTS, and PEDAL — EXPRESSION — input, whereas previously they were all triggered by the keyboard only. On top of that, the LFOs themselves have been upgraded to allow up to 64 steps when set to Step mode, with a new SemiLock feature to quantise those steps for pitch control of the oscillators.

MOD MATRIX improvements in the Version 1.5 firmware update makes creating modulation routings one step easier by allowing users to choose a specific parameter in a MODULE to be the modulation destination via direct selection, thereby creating a link between the source and destination in the fewest number of possible steps. Since the MOD MATRIX itself has been expanded to allow new modulation destinations with many more VOICE parameters and macros being added to the destinations, there are now many more sound design options available.

ASM has also updated the RANDOM page so users can set a percentage of how much randomisation takes place in each MODULE. Many more usable patches result from an added second patch randomisation option that generates a new patch by pulling in a random selection of values from other patches, which themselves are selected at random from every bank by combining various aspects of patches that are already known to be useful.

The PRE-FX and POST-FX modules both benefit from the addition of a new stereo Distortion effect, with controls for Drive, Tone, Asymmetry, and the Overdrive curve, as well as Output level.

LATCH mode moves things onwards and upwards, allowing users to press a key and have that key stay holding for as long as the LATCH button itself is enabled — ideal for ambient and generative patches.

System setup changes courtesy of the Version 1.5 firmware update include a Save System state, allowing users to boot up their Hydrasynth with a patch of choice; shorter timing options in Vegas mode; additional (Buchla®) 1.2V per octave support via the CV OUTPUTS; an option of selecting MIDI CC mode or NRPN (Non-Registered Parameter Number) modes, making automation in DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) that do not support NRPNs possible, while that all-important user-assignable ribbon controller can now send NRPN or pitchbend data — all aiding ASM in making major strides in advancing its Hydrasynth sensation... dive deeper than ever before!

Super Sixteen: Scales, Settings, and Mutations


"In this video I demonstrate some of the more advanced features on the Super Sixteen sequencer, including scale selection, transposition, swing timing, glide/portamento, and the many various rhythm and pitch mutations that can be applied in real-time or via motion recording.

Super Sixteen is in initial production for pre-order backers via Kickstarter and will be available via web shop and synth retailers soon! Sign up at the mailing list here to get launch-day info via email.

0:00 Intro
0:54 Rhythm Recording
1:45 Tempo and Swing
3:20 Scale Selection
5:30 Transpose
6:18 Glide/portamento
7:15 Mutations/effects
13:40 Mutation recording

Become a supporter on Patreon to get bonus content and early access to new videos!"

Improv #17 for VCS3 (4 patches), ARP 2600 (2 patches) and D6 Clavinet thru a Ravish Sitar pedal.

R. Reger

"Original soundscape for analog synths based on the Indian Todi scale."

Making an ambient song with a Roland D-550, Arp 2600, and a Kawai K3

Voices of Echo

"In this video I make an ambient song with a Roland D-550, Arp 2600, and a Kawai K3 through a Boss RE-20 and an Eventide Space. I recorded my synths through my Apogee Ensemble and mixed it down with Waves Abbey Road ADT and Abbey Road Chamber. It was mastered with Ozone."

Dreadbox Medusa - "Synergy Vol 2" 64 Modern and Retro presets



Lfo team proudly presents its second soundset for greek creature - Dreadbox Medusa

"Synergy" Vol.2 contains 64 Modern and Retro single presets.

We spend much time to create:

Deep Leads & Basses
Beautiful Plucks
Modular movement sounds

Made by Nick Klimenko aka Chronos, a creator of "Organica" for Waldorf Blofeld & "WS Universe" for Korg Wavestation & Anton Sacral Reason author of "Stratosphere" for Wavestate.

Sunergy vol.2 sounds massive & deep and made as a part of our "Cinematic"
series patches (DeepMind, Wavestate,Argon8 etc)

Extend your Medusa sound universe with ummy presets!"

Eventide ShimmerVerb For Creative Sound Design!

Electronisounds Audio

"I check out the new 'ShimmerVerb' reverb plugin from Eventide and show several examples of what it sounds like on different source material.

With so many choices for reverbs these days, I still found this one to be creatively inspiring!

It's a very capable reverb and a powerful tool for interesting sound design.

Thanks for watching!"



MAKEN0ISE Office Hours: Patch with us LIVE on Thursday, August 6th


Firstman SQ-01 SN 600221

via this auction

"rare sequencer synthesizer from 1980."

Vintage Roland SBX-80 Sync Box

via this auction

“START button is missing.Tempo knob is little bit stiff.Battery box is working but little bit rusty.Other function works fine.Please see photos for more cosmetic details.”

Korg Wavestate Wave Sequencing Synthesizer

via this auction

Nice sticker.

Baldwin Syntha-Sound 37-Key Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"Extremely rare monosynth.
Made by Moog for Baldwin in 73. Numbers only in the hundreds. This one is complete aside from a vouple of slider caps. The sliders are all free and the three way push buttons all work perfectly. Has been on a shelf in the shed for over 30 years. Doesn't power on. I am no tech, in fact totally low tech so couldn't say what the isdue might be but I can find nothing obvious and visually the internals look good. Suspect it to be fairly simple fix for those inclined. Was working perfectly when put away in about 1984."

Korg Mono/Poly Analog Synthesizer 372543 Serviced w/ Tubbutec ModyPoly

via this auction

Almost makes me want to create a synth feet label. Almost...

"Korg Mono/Poly Synth with built in ModyPoly (MIDI), & Walnut Sides

Listing as Mint because only some wear to KORG logo on the back panel is apparent as well as small half inch scratch on volume knob; the Walnut sides are better than factory.

Serviced by Analog Synth Service (Greg M) in early 2020 and ready for studio use. All functions work, and tuning is stable after warm up.

This is so nice I would not gig with it: truly collector grade a 10/10.

Features of Mody/Poly upgrade from Tubbutec site:

The ModyPoly – successor of the Modysix – is an upgrade for the Korg Polysix, Poly-61 and Mono/Poly synthesizers and features various additional play modes, a free definable arpeggiator, midi in/out, a sustain pedal input and various other features.

Added Features:

Midi in + Midi out

Sustain Pedal input

NEW: Fully polyphonic Portamento (HiRes Upgrade)

Additional play modes: 2 Voice, 3 Voice, Polychord, extended unison mode

New arpeggiator / sequencer mode: Powerarp

NEW: Mirotuning and custom scales (HiRes Upgrade)

All functions are easily accessible via buttons: suitable for live use

Midi controls arpeggiator clock, triggers the arp, filter, pitch bend * and more

Midi output of arpeggiator, chords and powerarp sequences or simple keypresses

S/H LFO and fast triangular LFO for filter

Midi channels and various other options can be configured without external tools

Very easy to install, no soldering required (a bit of soldering if you want midi controlled filter and pitch bend)

High quality midi sockets and sustain pedal jack"

Amethyst Beast (Sonicware Elz_1)

J. Dylan Proctor

"This 8bit sounding track is made with a Sonicware Elz_1 8bit FM synthesizer and a Korg Volca Kick. The Snapmaker 3d printer is making a TPU cat that slips on flashlight, I'm making it as a toy for my niece. #sonicware #elz1 #korg #electronicmusic #fmsynthesis #korgvolcakick #edm #music #8bitmusic #gamemusic #8bit #videogamemusic #chiptune #3dprinting #snapmaker"

Granular synthesis walkthrough : Qun synthesizer

Nunomo LLC

"Granular synthesis module walkthrough for Qun synthesizer.

I used Ableton Live for the last part of the demo (from 8:15). Drum and effects are applied.
This time I recorded random percussive noise as a sample, but if you use more musical samples, then the result will be totally different. See my other short videos.

Other things I missed to mention in the video:
- In one shot mode, if you play note slur(play next note before you release the first one), then the sound won't be retriggered. This is useful when you record a loop sound.
- Glide parameter works well with Granular module. You can make an effect like vinyl scratching."

Fred's Lab - Découverte du Töörö | SynthFest 2020

SynthFest France

New Töörö 6 voice 4 part digilog synth from Fred's Lab.

SynthFest France 2020 - SynthFestALaMaison
22-24 Mai 2020 free and worldwide

via Fred's Lab

"Töörö is our new 6-voice 4-part hybrid "digilog" polysynth.

Including our latest discoveries in mixed electronics, the original FL A847 analog filters, this is the perfect module for demanding sound designers and every musician seeking distinctive tones with a strong personality, in a very compact form factor.

Each voice offers 2 complex digital oscillators with waveform morphing, 2-operator linear phase modulation and self-sync features plus a noise source, a ring modulator, the unique FL A847 lowpass filter accompanied by a digital shaper, 2 advanced LFOs and 2 ADSR envelopes.

A modulation matrix with 8 slots allow the animation of most of synthesis parameters.

A master digital FX unit with delay and chorus is also included.

Töörö is shipped with a printed version of the QuickStart Guide (in English) and a 1 meter black USB cable."

Tom Salta (Atlas Plug) | Composing video games soundtracks with V Collection


"Having produced #video game #soundtracks for the ‘Halo’ series and the Tom Clancy franchise, Tom Salta is a creator of truly epic, soulful music that fills its listeners with deep suspense and hope. We sat down with Tom to hear about the way he evolved his sound over time, changes to his studio setup enabled by virtual instruments, and his long-term history with Arturia."

Walking the water's edge // SH-01A

Stefano Mattia

"Download on Bandcamp:

I recently went on a weekend trip to the beautiful Riviera Romagnola in Italy. Brought my camera with me and shot some videos. I liked what I got, and decided to make a track to go along with some of the clips. This is what I came out with.

I used my Roland SH-01A for all synth sounds: the big brassy patch at the beginning, the deep, powerful bass, the modulated trumpet-like sound, the electric piano-ish patch (love that one, I added a bit of saturation for that classic distorted vintage electric piano sound), the floating bells, the pads. The rest are Logic's drum samples and some ukulele sounds I found in Logic's library.
I really like blending acoustic sounds with pure electronic ones, it's like grass growing through the cracks of a concrete sidewalk.

All footage was shot with my trusty Sony RX1, and edited in Davinci Resolve (first time using this editor, I have no idea what I'm doing...).


The Chemical Brothers - Star Guitar (KORG Gadget) Cover


"The Chemical Brothers - Star Guitar
KORG Gadget cover by POGPALE

The original song was beautiful and the music video, directed by Michel Gondry, was really beautiful.
So I paid tribute to them with KORG Gadget and my toy trains lol.
Thanks for watching and please enjoy this."


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