MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, August 13, 2020

Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Halifax divide: Dual Elektron Monomachines


Elektron Monomachines
Eventide Blackhole

5 Voice Polyphonic Moog Phatty System Analog Synthesizer Rik Marston

Rik Marston Official

"The Purple Moog Little Phatty now has 4 Slim Phatty friends!
5 Voice Polyphonic Moog Phatty System calibrated & singing!
Korg Karma is MIDI master. So cool to play a polyphonic Moog!
Meteorite friends featured:
"Dizan, Uhluhtc & Zardoz" 3 Campo del Cielo Iron Meteorites
from beautiful Argentina! Sending POSITIVE VIBES to YOU!!!"

Roland JX-3P | A Fantastic Classic!

Espen Kraft

"The Roland JX-3P - Programmable Preset Polyphonic - From 1983
One of the best looking synths of all time, also one of the better sounding ones. Often over shadowed by the Junos, but that's because it didn't have the faders and knobs.
Inside it has more in common with the Jupiter series, especially the Jupiter 6. Two oscillators per voice and detune, makes it capable of a lot more versatile sound than the Junos.
It has a sort of metallic shine to it, the filter is a little crude, but with careful programming it can sound warm and inviting.
The sequencer is a wonderful addition and I like it even more then the arpeggiators on the Juno 6/60, even though they're fun as well.
The filter chip is the same as in the Juno-60 and the 3P has analog BBD chorus to add to the richness.

The patches can be found here:"

Eurorack Sketchpad 01 - Noise Engineering - Desmodus Versio!

Electronisounds Audio

"Check out the Noise Engineering: Desmodus Versio here:"


Sidechaining Is Not A Sin [Novation Circuit]

Flak Cannon

"It's been a while since I've done full track using only Novation Circuit. I powered up my Circuit to find that there's a couple of interesting projects worth recording, here's one of them. Groovy house-ish track with some heavy afterwards processing with Valhalla Supermassive enhanced with some channel panning magick and trickery."

Space music: Hydrasynth; Slim Phatty; Virus C; Gadget 2 "Deep Field"

Brittle stR music

"The main mid-range voice is the Hydrasynth: I'm tweaking 4 macros that modify different sets of parameters. The bass is from the Virus and high arpeggios from the Moog. Sequencing and the introductory meteor fall are from Gadget 2.

Photos by NASA."

Coca-Cola Star Snacks Drive In Intermission Snipe (1979)

FT Depot

"35mm scan of a Coke commercial"

Some serious synth action in this. Curious what was used. The year was supposedly 1979.

Update: CR Wallace in the comments suggested this might be from Suzanne Ciani who was doing commercials for Coke at the time. That would make sense; from this happy birthday post: "In 1974 she formed her own company, Ciani/Musica, and, using a Buchla Analog Modular Synthesizer, composed scores for television commercials for corporations such as Coca-Cola, Merrill Lynch, AT&T and General Electric."

You can find some the commercials in this previous post from 2009.

P.S.  That might make for some Buchla vs. Moog Popcorn above at :24 seconds in.  :)

The following is the classic "Pop & Pour' Coca-Cola Logo" w/ some Buchla fizz.

Pop & Pour' Coca-Cola Logo

Suzanne Ciani - Topic

EMR - Electromusic Research MIDI Synth Original Sales Brochure

via this auction

This appears to be the first post on the site to feature EMR.

"details on home recording products for MIDI instruments. Midi track performer / notator / Editor / Composer etc. Also Midilink and interfaces to Amstrad / Commodore / ZX Spectrum / BBC B computers

Language – English

Number of pages – 4 pages"

Siel MK 900 Preset Synthesiser w Sequencer

via this auction

"This 1984 Vintage 61-Key Standard keyboard packs great features into a stylish instrument. With the stylishness & wealth of available options, the MK-900 is a Classic Collector's KeyBoard -- a preset polyphonic keyboard,
with a preset accompaniment section, split keyboard, a sequencer section offering real time sequencing of accompaniments and drum rhythms and, very importantly, the chance to interface independently with two other synth units via MIDI.

The functions, which are switched on and off with bungy buttons, are clearly laid out in a long row close to the five octave keyboard, and the general layout of the instrument makes for ease of control.

The preset voices can either be used in combination, giving fatter sounds, or separately — one in the left hand, one in the right.

This is achieved with the keyboard in split mode, and the split can be programmed to one of three positions on the keyboard. Other voice related functions not mentioned above are a detune button which supposedly gives a sort of ensemble effect, but in fact is better for honky-tonk type sounds, and a left to mono button which, with the keyboard in split mode, enables you to beef up the leading voice with the preset sound you are using in the left hand.

1997 Siel MK-900 Brochure

via this auction

Check out the textured grid buttons.

"MK 900 MIDI Keyboard. Also includes the Siel MIDI Computer Interface and other accessories

Language – English

Number of pages – 6 page foldout"

Summer 1990 Roland Link News Zine w/ A Guy Called Gerald

via this auction

"New Link magazine, Summer 1990. Includes A Guy Called Gerald, It Bites, Kylie Minogue, D-70s synth, GR50, S-770 sampler, RV-1000, RE-1000, equalizers, SPD-8, MC-50 Micro Composer, PK-5, PC-200, CS-10, CP-40, Rhodes MK-80, U-20, Boss Pedals

Language – English, 1990

Number of pages – 32 pages

Condition – Excellent"

Blackbox now has Multi-Sample Recording

Olivier Ozoux

"You won't believe what happened once I pressed the record button!!! 😜 With firmware v1.6, 1010Music added multi-sampling support to the Blackbox, but instead of just loading multi-sampled instruments, they've also implemented multi-sample recording, for both MIDI and CV/Gate instruments.

00:00 Intro
00:21 Audio/Midi Routing
00:35 Multi-Sampling Parameters
01:38 Let's Record a Grand Piano
02:09 Velocity Layers
02:35 More Multi-Sampling
02:49 Audio Files
03:32 Conclusion"

Roland SP-404A as a send FX on the Elektron Octatrack (tutorial)

Patchwerks Seattle

"In this video resident expert Nick Bigelow of Patchwerks teaches us how to use the Roland SP-404A as a send FX for the Elektron Octatrack.

From Roland: "Designed for live use, the SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler expands the sounds of the Roland AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer for a powerful combination of sample and percussive synthesis. The fast, hands-on approach of the acclaimed SP-series performance samplers is a perfect fit for the impressive rhythmic effects and iconic step-sequencer of the Roland AIRA TR-8.

All of the functions and features of the popular SP-404SX are contained in the SP-404A, including its distinctive 16-bit linear sampling, 29 onboard DSP effects, smooth FX switching, and 12 professional performance pads. Plus, a new library of sounds curated by sample-industry leader Loopmasters are provided via the included SD card.

Whether used standalone or controlled by the TR-8, the SP-404A makes for an intuitive and inspiring addition to the AIRA range of performance instruments for DJs, musicians, and producers."

Order SP-404A here:

From Elektron: "The Octatrack MKII brings enormous sample processing ability into a machine designed for live performance. It redefines how you transform your sounds, as well as how you interact and play with them. It lets you do things that were previously impossible with a single instrument.

Natural born performer
Record samples in real time. Add live time-stretching and pitch-shifting. Use the sequencer to control both internal sounds and external MIDI gear. The Octatrack MKII can also be treated as a small mixing desk for your whole setup. The immediate control makes all the difference.

Audio mutation
The crossfader adds immense depth to your sound. First, choose how you want it to affect your samples. Then nudge the crossfader gently for the most subtle and natural-sounding changes – or knock it back and forth like you’re scratching for rapid and extreme enhancements."

Order Elektron Octatrack MK2 here:
Performance by: Nick Bigelow
Video by: Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT)"

Nord Wave 2 - Live from Kraft Music with Synths of Summer giveaway!

Kraft Music

"Great deals on Nord Wave 2 during our Synths of Summer event:

Nord Wave 2 is a versatile 4-part performance synthesizer offering exceptional possibilities for layering both classic waveforms and samples, combining virtual analog, samples, FM, and wavetable synthesis with an intuitive layer-focused interface. Four independent synthesizers in one, Nord Wave 2 features a 61-note keyboard with aftertouch, 48-voice polyphony, a wide range of performance features, and hands-on effects. Nord Sample Editor 3 streamlines the process of mapping, looping, and transferring samples.

Get more for your money with an exclusive Nord Wave 2 synthesizer bundle from Kraft Music. These package deals include the accessories you'll need to get the most out of your new 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!"

Dreadbox Typhon Analog Synthesizer Sounds

Perfect Circuit

"The Dreadbox Typhon is an analog monophonic two oscillator synth with a simple control interface for the most commonly used controls during a performance and a big knob in the middle that changes the oscillator routing. The other controls can be accessed using the sliders and a menu system that doesn't get too deep, and you can store your created sounds as presets.

In addition to everything you expect in a simple analog mono synth the Typhon has 3 modulators that can be LFOs, envelopes and sequencers. It also has 3 effects sections, the first has distortion and saturation effects, the second has chorus and flanger effects and the third has delays and a lush reverb. It also has a built in 32 step sequencer.

Typon available here:

#PerfectCircuit #DreadboxTyphon #Synthesizer"

UVI Orchestral Suite | Overview


"The Essential Symphonic Orchestra Collection

A complete orchestral library of over 60 high-quality instruments with sophisticated controls, outstanding performance and a stunningly natural and pristine sound quality.

Orchestral Suite has everything today's composers and producers need from strings to brass, woodwinds, pitched and atonal percussions, a full choir, and many complimentary instruments such as a cathedral organ, harpsichord, celesta, classical guitar and a harp. Intuitive key-switching, multiple articulations, and instrument-specific controls allow for unprecedented ease-of-use and nuanced, expressive performances. Top it off with a state-of-the-art convolution reverb and an ultra-efficient engine and you've got a rock-solid, world-class suite at an outstanding price.

Video Credits: Joshua D. Carney

SoundsDivine 'Retro Wave' - Xils-Lab PolyKB Soundset


"This is a demo of the presets from the 'Retro Wave' soundset for Xils-Lab's PolyKB.
For more information, please follow the link below:

00:00 Intro

00:10 Soft Brass
00:27 Arctic Techno
01:01 Elastic Response
01:16 Octave Giants
01:43 Retro Wave
02:09 Racing Trains
02:47 Vintage Chorus
03:04 Deep Delays
03:30 Rising Sun
03:51 Tape Delays
04:19 Rising Resonance
04:44 Telemark
05:08 Twin Triangles
05:26 Famous Replica
05:52 Analog Noise
06:11 Jet Flanger

#xilslab #polykb #presets"

"This soundset emulates some of the most recognisable sounds from the 70s & 80s , made famous by artists such as Jean-Michel Jarre , Tangerine Dream , Vangelis , The Pet Shop Boys , Human League and Pink Floyd.

These sounds capture the character and vibe of the early days of synthesizer music , and feature liquid funky basses , swirling pads , berlin analogue style sequences , screaming sync leads , tape delay synth sounds , classic arpeggios and many more.

Discount available to anyone who has purchased the 'Horizon' soundset .

*Price excludes VAT"

Moog Matriarch - LIVE Stream With Engineers


"Live Q+A Session with Moog Engineers - Amos Gaynes and Mark Crowley, as we discuss the design aspects, the heritage of the Moog sound and maybe some live patching examples."

Supercell Overview and Tutorial - Going Through All Modes

Omri Cohen

00:00 - Introduction
01:54 - Granular
10:18 - Pitch Shifter/Time Stretcher
15:02 - Looping Delay
20:11 - Spectral Madness
25:52 - Oliverb
32:12 - Resonator
36:56 - Beat Repeat
41:40 - Spectral Clouds

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

1985 Yamaha CX5M Music Computer, original vintage synth sales brochure

via this auction

"Make – Yamaha

Models – CX5M Music Computer. Also shows DX7, RX11, YK-10, YK-01, voicing programs, cartridges, etc

Language – English, 1985

Number of pages – 8 page foldout"


via this auction

Interesting bit of synth bling.

* works fine

* upper part with the Roland logo turns around itself when operating

* takes 1 x 1.5 volt battery

* was a X-mas present for dealers - RARE !

Emu Systems DRUMULATOR Vintage Drum Machine Model#7000

via this auction

"Emu drumulator model 7000 Rare vintage in awesome condition. Some keys stick so you need to clean contacts but it works. Just used in studio to play beats on and wow classic! One of a kind in this."

Elektron Machinedrum SPS-1 UW

via this auction

"One of the greatest drum machines ever made.
Love messing with the parameters and P-Locking them (changing parameters which are tied to the pad step), morphing drum sounds as the pattern goes.

This is a drum synth and nothing else sounds like it. A modern classic. If you know you know."

Cool pic.


via this auction

FAT Freebass FB 383 MAM Mono Synth

via this auction

"Excellent clone of the classic (and still very expensive Roland TB 303)

Fully tested and in great condition.

Includes manual and original uk power supply

Great for late 80s to 90s acid sounds found in dance/electronic music. Try running it through some distortion pedals or an analog desk for face melting sounds..great fun!"


via this auction

Rare "Maartists MR-2 Music Pack" RAM Card for Yamaha DX7/5/1, RX-11.
Contains 128 Patches.
Comes in original box.
Tested, working perfectly.

Ensoniq Mirage DSK-8 Digital Sampling Keyboard w/ Disks

via this auction

"Comes with the OS disks and 1 sound disk"

Original Oberheim TVS-1 w/ Back Patch Panel

via this auction

"Extremely well taken care of vintage Oberheim TVS - close to mint both in Tolex and panel. It has the 1080 osc boards. Serviced and new key bushings. Its been nicely modded on the back with more 3.5mm in / out jacks. The only flaw is that one of the sequencer diode is dead."

Abstrakt Instruments Avalon + SEM Filter Black With Green LED

via this auction

"Here's a mint condition, hard to come by, Abstrakt Avalon in the rare and psychedelic black with green LED color scheme. These don't come up often! This unit is perfect in every way. Gently used in a smoke-free environment. Always stored covered (dust-free). Will include the rare SEM filter cartridge and the original packaging for both the Avalon and the SEM filter"

Roland SH-2000 Synthesizer Presets & Quick Functional Demo

Myles Arwine

Super quick walk through the presets & some features. Note the volume increase for some patches.

Roland FREE PACK - Mixtape Vol. 4 "808" has arrived!

Roland Zenbeats

"This FREE “808” PACK goes BOOM! 🤯 Kick some serious beats with sounds from the legendary Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer. Mixtape Vol. 4 includes 70 exclusive Zenbeats loops, 3 SampleVerse pitched presets, 1 full kit, and 5 patterns that will charge your beats with the power of the world’s most famous drum machine. Available for a limited time only!"

Pittsburgh Modular Patch Lab w/ New Prototype Modules

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers

"Richard Nicol experiments with a new eurorack module."

ROLAND SH 09, Repairing scratchy sliders, dodgy keyboard and noise level mod


Update: video is back with a new title.

A peak inside the Roland SH-09.

"I always wanted one of the old Roland monosynths from the late 1970's and early 80's. This synth came up for auction on eBay.
Allegedly Andy Weatheralls, I open it up and see if I can repair the pots and odd keyboard issues"

Kebu - Roland JUPITER-Xm demo (live at Abbey Road Studios)


"In August 2019 I was invited to perform at Roland's launch event at Abbey Road Studios in London, with the then top-secret JUPITER-Xm. So I was borrowed a pre-production unit and was planning to use it as part of a keyboard rig setup. Having tested it for a few days, I realized that I could do a whole tune using only one the JUPITER-Xm. So I composed a new tune (still unnamed) that I performed live at Abbey Road Studio 2 on the launch event.

The tune uses two scenes, with the main part of the tune being based around a factory preset by Gattobus that I modified. All the sounds are generated in realtime by the synth's I-Arpeggiator based on my playing. There are no backing tracks or pre-made sequences. I use an iPad running MIDI Designer for controlling some parameters that were not accessible from the front panel of the synth in the beta version of the firmware. The iPad was connected using the built-in Bluetooth of the JUPITER-Xm.

Many thanks to Roland for this great opportunity and for providing the video!"

Introducing DAMAGE 2 | Heavyocity | Native Instruments

Native Instruments

"Blockbuster impact sounds from Heavyocity's next-generation percussive instrument DAMAGE 2."

1. Introducing DAMAGE 2 | Heavyocity | Native Instruments
2. DAMAGE 2 Playthrough | Heavyocity | Native Instruments
3. DAMAGE 2 Walkthrough | Heavyocity | Native Instruments

via Native Instruments


Next-generation instrument, combining massive cinematic percussion with unique and inspiring found sounds

Enhanced new user interface offers high performance workflow for composers and producers

Over 50GB of audio, recorded at Lucasfilms’ Skywalker Sound in California using a unique array of more than 70 microphones


Give your compositions big screen impact with this thrilling sequel to Heavyocity’s legendary percussive production tool. Damage 2 delivers flat-out epic percussion, combining the highest quality of sampled drums with a signature dose of Heavyocity’s DAMAGED brand of sound design. The newly-designed user interface offers immediate access to over 1600 sources, allowing you to quickly and easily select from a wide range of Organic, Hybrid, and Damaged percussion, tweaking and blending the five discrete mic positions to your taste. The result is the first next-generation cinematic percussion tool: a vast array of huge, blockbuster-style impact sounds, rolled into one creative instrument."

Dark Soviet Beat (EMI RITM-2, RMIF Elsita)

Valmont / Mooggy

With 80's soviet stuff
1984 E.M.I RITM-2 - Bass
1989 R.M.I.F Elsita - Analog percussions

Sequenced on Roland R8
Some samples from Молчат Дома

Patch Notes: making a bassline from a rolled snare drum


"This is how you can creatively make a bass line from the snare drum roll with lowered noise decay.
P.S: GC is on the pipeline of coding to get fully working module."

Patch Notes: Emiliano Melis


"Emiliano Melis is a sound designer and composer based in NYC who combines analog and digital instruments to create a rich sound built with layers of melodies and rhythms.

On this episode of Patch Notes, Melis composes an evolving ambient track using a long stretched tape, plugged into a Strymon DECO saturator unit running a background texture. On top, he uses an Elektron Digitakt sampler and TASCAM Porta-05 four-track recorder to play tracks, patterns and sounds. This style of electronic composition is exploired on his new album, Tape and Polaroids, which is released on September 18 via Mother West.


App Sound Arturia OB Xa V Motion X


"Thanks for watching! It's a live session (a walk-through of the first presets) of the sound pack 'Motion X' for the Arturia OB-Xa V. Listen to another demo for better sound quality: [below]
Get the new sounds here:
Please no analog-digital discussion in the comments - it's really not an emulation of the classic Oberheim sound ;)"

Tape Ambient feat. Felt Piano and Drums // OP-Z

"Op-z Jam with no external effects. Audio recorded directly to video on iPhone XS."

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

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