MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, September 3, 2020

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Steinberg Pro16 sequencer from '86 | Grandmother of Cubase

Espen Kraft

"From 1984 to 1986 Steinberg (Research) developed a sequencer for the Commodore 64, a sequencer that would be known as the Pro16. Which in turn evolved into the well known Pro24 for the Atari ST platform a couple of years later, which in turn saw the birth of Cubase, the mother of all Cubase versions we have now.
Steinberg also built their own MIDI interface cartridge for the C64.

The Pro16 is very rudimentary by today's standards, but still a very fast, easy and fun program to use to flesh out ideas for new songs.

Huge thanks to Chris Wareham for the donation of both the program and MIDI interface for the C64!

The program itself can be found online and run from a floppy emulator for the C64."


Arthur Joly

Erica Synths DB-01 tutorial - Part 1: Essentials

Richard DeHove

"Part 1 of a tutorial series for the Erica Synths DB-01 Bassline synth. The tutorial covers basic operations in the order in which you may need them. In this video:

0:00 Intro and setting the BPM
0:40 Enter notes
0:48 Play, Pause, Resume, Stop
1:00 Change the note / octave
1:35 Basic controls
2:32 Swing amount
3:08 Quick save
4:27 The configuration menu
5:10 Set the clock
5:31 Set the MIDI in channel
5:43 Set the MIDI out channel
5:51 Send MIDI clock
5:57 Bar follow mode
6:25 Set the output volume
7:00 Tuning, Backup, Calibrate, Reset
7:17 Check the firmware version
7:35 Set the sequence length / bars and steps
9:17 Bar follow in action
10:20 Copy and paste multiple steps
12:47 Copy and paste single steps
13:59 The LFO: shape, sync, reset
18:05 FM level and the LFO
19:10 - Demo jam using FM and the LFO -
24:11 Saving, copying and deleting patterns
27:00 Banks
28:50 Copying patterns from bank to bank"

Waveforms & Filter Effects | BONUS 4-OP FM episode


"Welcome to madFame FM - FM Synthesis Explained.

In this episode, I show you how to make classic SAW and SQUARE waveforms. Plus, I show you how to control your Modulator Output Level to create a FILTER EFFECT on any 4-OP Yamaha DX FM synth.

To support the channel further check out my Patreon page:
All $2 or more Patrons can download my Custom Patch SYSEX files.

If you want to program some of my custom patches then check out my DX7 Custom Patches. [posted here]

Some of the music used in my videos is available on the Magic & Steel bandcamp page:

Thanks for watching!"

AKAI S01 Sampler Brochure

via this auction

Make – Akai

Models – S01

Printed in Japan

Language – English

Year - 1992

Number of pages – 4 page foldout

Condition – excellent

Sequential Circuits Prophet VS Rack SN 0065 w/ VRAM Cart

via this auction

Super-Simple "Taurus" Pedals Using Arduino

Pete McBennett

"OK, this is just something I slapped together for fun. It's built on a clip-board from the Dollar Tree store, with the clip removed. The "pedals" are just strips of PC board with copper on the bottom, and screws underneath for contacts.

It's programmed for a simple pentatonic scale, because I could only fit five across with enough spacing. The upper left pedal is to cycle through five different scales, and the upper right pedal is a mute switch.

There are two RCA jacks mounted on a piece of aluminum. One is for audio out, the other is trigger out. They go up to my filter (same one as my previous videos), which is conveniently located up on the desk. I'll upload more info and the code in another video, if anybody wants to experiment with their own version."

Mirror Systems - Benge performs live on 7 classic Modulars

Note the above appears to be a collage of previously posted videos. Mirror Systems is now available on Bandcamp. Benge also brought us 13 Systems, and 20 Systems before that. You can find them and more on Benge's BandCamp site. Mirror Systems is a continuation of his modular explorations. Benge also performed as part of John Foxx and The Maths.

"A 43 minute film to accompany my latest release Mirror Systems, available here:

Eight live performances on seven classic modular systems. Some of these are slightly longer than on the album version

Systems used:

01 - ARP 2500
02 - Moog Modular 3C
03 - Buchla 200
04 - Elektor Formant
05 - Buchla 100
06 - Yamaha CS30
07 - Buchla 200
08 - Serge Modular

Recorded, filmed and edited by Benge (BDEdwards)
Memetune Studios, UK, August 2020"

via BandCamp

"Download includes 11 page full colour booklet!

This album features a series of solo improvisations on modular synthesisers. On occasion some additional ancillary equipment was used (see below) to augment the sound. A video is available to watch entitled “Benge Mirror Systems” which documents the improvisations. Some of the tracks presented here were edited slightly for the purpose of creating a satisfactory album-flow

Tracklisting and description:

01 - Arpor. Created on a vintage ARP 2500 from 1971. In addition some reverberation (Emu Modular spring-type) was used and a monophonic digital delay line (Yamaha D1500)

02 - Mirroog. Featuring the Moog Modular 3C from the late 1960s. No other sounds used

03 - Mirrula. Created on a cloned version of the Buchla 200, designed in the 1970s in California, these modules are based upon the original schematics of Don Buchla’s circuits. No other sounds used

04 - Forror. The system used was a late 1970s Elektor Formant, a large format system made in Germany. In addition a vintage (1990s) TC Electronic M5000 dual reverberation system was employed

05 - Birror. Created on a vintage Buchla 100 modular system from the late 1960s. No other sounds were used

06 - Mirroha. Made with a 1977 Yamaha CS30. This synthesiser was Yamaha’s answer to compact complete systems such as the Buchla Music Easel and EMS VCS3. It contains 2 VCOs, 2 VCFs, 3 envelopes, an 8 step sequencer, 2 VCAs, LFO and other sundry elements. In addition, some reverberation and fx were added (Yamaha SPX90 phaser and TC Electronic M5000)

07 - Buchror. Another study on the Buchla 200

08 - Sergor. Made on the Serge Modular, a large 8 panel system containing mostly early ‘paperface’ modules, and some later STS-era ones

Total running time: 39 minutes"

Kiss Me, Stupid (Ondioline) featuring Gotye

Joseph McGinty

From the ep Kiss Me, Stupid (Sydney) by Joe McGinty
Filmed at the Sydney Opera House by JDW
Music by Joe McGinty
(c) Tralfaz (ASCAP)
Gotye, Ondioline
Eleanor Norton, cello


See if you can make out the Ondioline. It really stands out around 1:46 on.

Morning Improv With Buchla Easel Command


"I have a Buchla Easel Command for a few days, so I started the morning right with a bit of improv."

AddStation: Metal Exploration


"AddStation - Next generation additive synthesis for iOS devices

Available now:"

Evenfall Mini Modular Designed by Grant Richter of Wiard

This one was spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child.

via this auction

"I guess 50 (60?) of these were produced, either as kits or assembled products. I bought this to complete my own rack full of Grant Richter modules. It was a largely an impulse buy fueled by the tingly feelings my Wiard 300 modules give me. Make no mistake--this is NOT a Wiard module nor does it sound like one. It is not nearly as awe-inspiring overall, though it does have a few tricks that make it worth exploring. Definitely a cool piece of synthesizer history.

I found this to be, overall, one of those "sweet spot" machines, where nuanced wiggling can give you some really unique and impressive sounds. This is particularly true with the bandpass filter, which really sounds like Satan yelling about the weather while contending with a head cold. Very cool.

There are a few peculiar aspects to this, such as the weird gain staging. Any setting after 12 o'clock in the VCA will saturate/distort. Maybe you like this. I don't care for it personally. That's just the way these things work, as confirmed by several other owners, as well as Cary Grace, who currently builds all modules under the Wiard name, and who tours with an Evenfall Mini Modular (largely because it's small and light, I guess). This is a very lightweight synthesizer.

The pots are all mini pots, like attenuator pots on lots of modern Eurorack modules. I'm a bit of an oaf for these, but they're not difficult to work with.

I have not opened it to check internals or perform any mods. I'm not sure whether there are schematics floating around, but if you choose to go that route I'm sure you're an intrepid enough lad or lass to chase them down.

Cosmetically, there is some damage on the lower right edge of the panel; I have straightened this to the best of my ability.

Their words (copy/pasted info from around the web):
The Evenfall Mini Modular Synthesizer is a rack mountable semi-modular analog synthesizer featuring the warm, organic sound of real analog circuitry and the flexibility of individual control knobs and a patch cord interface.
The Mini Modular also features internally "pre patched" or "normalized" connections among the modules. These connections make the Mini Modular a capable synthesizer even without inserting patch cords. These internal connections can be overridden by inserting 3.5mm patch cables as desired.
The Mini Modular can be patched to make sound by itself or in conjunction with another voltage-controlled synthesizer. It can also be controlled from a MIDI controller via the built-in MIDI to CV interface which provides pitch, velocity, gate, pitch bend, portamento on/off, and modulation output voltages.

This synth was designed by Grant Richter of Wiard synthesizers and there were roughly 60 sold, 30 in kit form and 30 assembled. The previous owner told me this is a factory-assembled unit.

Grant wrote this on the old Wiard Yahoo list:

"That is a great little instrument.

It was originally slated to be the Wiard Model 3600, but I decided to pass on it because we could not find knobs to fit the little nubby pot shafts. They are just like TR-808 tuning pots. I feared the lack of knobs would limits sales too much.

Roland Fantom - Live at Kraft Music with giveaway

Kraft Music

"Great deals on the Roland Fantom during our Synths of Summer event:

Adam Berzowski presents the Roland Fantom, live at Kraft Music. Sign up to win a Fantom 6 here:

Roland Fantom is made for rapid production and expressive performance, with fluid composition tools, instantly recallable creative environments, and deep computer integration. Its flexible and expandable sound engine offers inspiring and authentic electronic, acoustic, and hybrid sounds, while connectivity includes CV/Gate outputs, audio interface capability, and more. With immersive keyboard actions, immediate hands-on control, and multiple sequencing methods, Fantom is a complete musical composition platform.

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

Roland TR-8S Performance with FM Drums only!

Patchwerks Seattle

"In this video resident expert Cedric of Patchwerks shows us just how capable the FM drum's are on the new TR-8S 2.0 firmware. Pay close attention to the CTRL knobs as that is where you will find the sound "morphing" happening during the performance.

From Roland:
Born of the most famous and influential drum machines ever made, the TR-8S combines the best of its Roland heritage with modern production techniques and comprehensive sound design. The result? The most complete drum machine to date—a forward-thinking, performance-tuned instrument unlike any other. Build your dream kit from the most iconic drum sounds of all time, otherworldly FM sounds, and the finest selection of samples from our vast library—or go even further by importing your own custom samples. Tap, tune, and tweak with hands-on controls and production tools that make your patterns move and groove. And why keep this kind of percussive power confined to the studio? The TR-8S was literally made to play live.

Stellar FM Sounds!

The FM sounds in the TR-8S are unlike anything this side of Mars, conjuring silvery drum hits and twisting tails to augment your tracks. The Morph parameter is an ultra-expressive macro control that lets you sweep through an array of sonic variations, wildly manipulating FM depth, ratio, and feedback with simple knob movements.

Order Roland TR-8S here:
Demo by: Cedric Bielski
Video by: Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT)"

Digitakt Tutorial Video: Make your own chord samples instantly!


"In this video I show you how to make great sounding chord samples with free tools that come stock with every Digitakt. It's so easy! Apply some basic music theory (or don't) and just have fun!

Looking for a Digitakt? Try my local synth shop Patchwerks out of Seattle, they are awesome (and I work there.)

If you want more and feel inspired to support me, please visit my Patreon page: ►

To reach me directly visit: ►"

Black Spiral


Thonk is 8 years old today!

Happy Birthday Thonk! :)

"8 years old? Wow, how did that happen? The last few months have been such a blur we almost lost track of time.
Normally we celebrate our birthday with something special for our lovely customers, we have to delay that until Oct/Nov as we are still slammed after the lockdown... but we'll make it good :)"

MIC TEST | MicroFreak Vocoder | No Gooseneck mic? | haQ attaQ

Jakob Haq

"Arturia recently published a MicroFreak synthesizer firmware update with a that includes a new Vocoder mode and I'm trying to find a good microphone to use with it. Now this new firmware update is is free and it works with the older original version of the MicroFreak, pretty sweet. Arturia also released a new white version of the MicroFreak that comes with a gooseneck microphone so new users are have their vocoder action covered. Us older MicroFreak owners though, we have to find another mic option for now and it turns out that the mic input is of a TRRS type, so we might already have what we need at home."

Building a Minimal Techno Patch from Scratch in VCV Rack

Omri Cohen

"Here is the sound pack -
There's also a 'light' version you can download and try for free here -
Here is the patch -

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

Roland SH-1 Vintage Synthesizer w/ Immaculate Original Case & Clear Plastic Panel Overlay

via this auction

Pristine looking case. Pics are a bit Blue Velvet / Twin Peaks in style.

"Roland SH-1 SYNTHESISER + Dedicated Case SET Roland Analog Synthesizer New and unused. Studio controlled product. Store several units as spare machines. The condition is kept by regular maintenance and energization. At the time of exhibition, I checked the sound of the same model again. The sound can be transferred to the person who purchased the new sound with confidence, rather than the individual who always uses it. The movement of the modulation lever, keyboard touch, and various sliders is normal. The case itself is also a temperature-controlled storage box, so there is no deterioration. With a key. There is an instruction manual."

Gamechanger Audio Motor Synth! SN 11

via this auction

Nice side shots of the motors below.

Ciat-Lonbarde Rolzer

via this auction

You can find demos of the Rolzer in previous posts here.

"Has a small blemish, clearly imaged above. Ships with power supply.
from CL:
Rolzer is a beat generator add-on for the , a drum and drama machine. The Plumbutter offers complete voltage control of all parameters, including its pulse-rolls, for generating beat tempo patterns. However, when voltage control is added to an androgynous circuit such as the rolz, it has the tends to roll-off the ultrasound chaos present in the original incarnation of this idea, the . So here we have the Rolzer, a collection of geometries graded into tempi by virtue of their capacitors. It is for developing a relationship and searching for the oddest, most alive rhythms, not by twiddling knobs but by making connections.
Here we can bring back the strong sense of idiosyncrasy only offered by non-knobbed geometries, without whimsey, by collaborating with the industrial value system of capacitors, known as "E6". Basically, a ratio of ten is broken logarithmically into six gradations, and these are mapped to a sense of tempo, associating Italian quality with Industrial quantity: presto, allegro, moderato, andante, adagio, lento, and grave become modules of 1, 1.5, 2.2, 3.3, 4.7, 6.8, and 10 microfarad values.
Now, each tempo module contains an assortment of even and odd rolls. From top to bottom: hexagon, triangle, square, pentagon, and hexagon again. There are two hexagons to offer that roll's plexus for connections. Before defining the colors, review the sandrode concept- androgynous nodes that neither input nor output, but perform both functions at different times. In the rolzer, they are simply transistor neurons, with three simple actions: discharge of a capacitor, building up to a threshold, and inverted pulsing another neuron. The sandrode function is at the junction of these three, forming both a sensor and a pulse generator. The rolzer modules' majority of connections are sandrodes, represented as brown nodes. In the language of plumbutter, brown is both a hot and a cool color, so it takes both those attributes, output and input. However, sometimes you just want an output, perhaps for voltage control of a manifesting gong. So, each roll has one orange jack that yields a square wave at the tempo of the roll.

Connections may be stacked, and since all the plumbutter and rollzer outputs have a current limiting resistor, anything can go into the brown bananas. However, note that the brown bananas have no current limiting resistor; this is essential to propagate the paradox wave effect. The impedance of a brown node feels like a diode junction to ground, plus a high impedance to positive. As of 2014, I have not received any complaints of broken browns, because most sensible synthesizers have some kind of current limiting resistor on their outputs. But make note that if you have a very old Serge, you will likely already know about its own smoking modules when outputs are crossed, and that old warning would apply when patching old Surge to a brown banana. In general, the browns are meant to be patched with each other, and connected to the green inputs of plumbutter for drum machine manifestation. Likewise, orange "should" go to blue or purple. And red and gray can come back into the browns here. But experimenting really can't hurt!"

Ciat-Lonbarde Plumbutter 2

via this auction

Go Bananas

"Original packaging, universal power supply as shipped by patch point and 40 banana cables (32 of 25 cm and 8 of 50 cm) worth about 120 euros included."

Studio Electronics "SE1X Blue " Moog Clone (( Anolog Mono Synth)) SN 3916

via this auction

Yamaha DX7IIFD 61-Key 16-Voice Digital FM Synthesizer Classic

via this auction

Curious what that E is.

Roland RS-505 Synthesizer

via this auction

"This is a working product that has been inspected and serviced by a professional manufacturer service.
All volumes and jacks have been cleaned.
All electrolytic capacitors and tantalum capacitors have been replaced.

There are some scratches and stains because of its age, but they do not interfere with the performance."

Korg Polysix SN 389729 w/ Kiwisix

via this auction

"Kiwisix upgrade with new batter, power cord, cpu and midi in-midi out. 1981 analog goodness! Chorus, phaser and ensemble strings effects. Slight damage to wood veneer on one corner. Good playing condition. See kiwisix manual for all the cpu functions. 1000 plus editable tones, kiwisix mod sequencer mode. FYI Arpeggio latch function is modified for use as sequencer mode, in other words you have to hold your hand on the arpeggio chords the entire time, no arp hold with kiwi mod unless it's a buried function that I have not found."

Crumar Bit One Vintage Italian Analog Synth

via this auction

"Crumar Bit One Vintage Analog synth, classic Italian sounds.

This is a beast that has been well looked after and in very good condition for the year. I have had it for approx 10 years and now sadly selling. Decided to sell and have had it serviced at Synth Prof in Norfolk where it is currently so I know it is all working as it should, and will send it from direct to you from there. This has been priced at £70 to include full insurance.

It comes with original manuals, cassette etc."

Default Corporation - 0:51 / 10:08 Korg/Arp 2600 - my first touch

Default Corporation

Hope you enjoy my video of this fantastic (reborn) sound generator synthetizer that i do love.

Would many, many thanks to Korg/Arp, AlgamEko (specially Anna) and Magazzino Musicale Merula (BrĂ  Italy) for let me a lucky and happy man.

September 2020"

"Office Hours," Thursday September 3rd at 1pm EST


"Join us for another episode of "Office Hours," our experimental live-patching live-stream where we bring the synths and you tell us what to patch in the chat!"

Massive jam w/ Keystep Pro, Subharmonicon, ARP Odyssey, DFAM, SH-01a, MI Clouds, and lots of effects

Jay Hosking

"A live, semi-improvised performance, all on hardware, and inspired by the anticipation of the new (school) year. I wanted to do one last huge setup, with a lot of different gear, before the semester starts and I get busy. I was super happy with where this one went.

At the heart of it is the Arturia Keystep Pro, which is sequencing four melodic lines (bass on ARP Odyssey, pads on SH-01a, melodic arp on Subharmonicon, and granular melody on Clouds), while also providing clock for the non-MIDI DFAMs. Despite the huge assortment of gear on the table, this one just worked for me because the instruments each have a really beautiful baseline sound.

Arturia Keystep Pro — Sequencing and clock
Korg ARP Odyssey into Empress Echosystem — Bass
Roland SH-01a into Strymon Ola into Meris Ottobit Jr. — Pad
Moog Subharmonicon into Meris Polymoon — Arp melody thing
Mutable Instruments Clouds into Strymon Magneto — Granular melody
Moog DFAM into Empress Multidrive into Union Tube & Transistor Lab — Kick and snare
Moog DFAM into Erica Synths & Ninja Tune Zen Delay — Hi hats and noise weirdness

Written and recorded in a 48-hour period and uploaded as is, with EQ, compression, and limiting on the master."

30 Minutes Of The Nervous Squirrel's DIY 5U Modular Synthesizer Just Talking To Itself


"last week I went to see the nervous squirrel to pick up an item for the museum of everything else. the video on that item is coming out this weekend! but we also messed with his synth quite a lot! this video is after we played around for the whole day and shot this video : [posted here]

Audio download of the 30 minute sounds above is available with many others on my Patreon link here :-

The support on Patreon will be funding the opening of the museum in a couple of months! aswell as the continued machines and videos. thanks very much for the support."

Patch Notes: Minimal Violence


"Minimal Violence are Ash Luk and Lida P, a Vancouver duo who make raw, hardware-based techno with shades of industrial and ’90s trance. Since emerging in 2015 they’ve appeared on labels such as Technicolour, Lobster Theremin and Berlin institution Tresor, which this year released the first in a three-part EP series.

On this episode of Patch Notes, Ash offers an early preview of Minimal Violence’s new live direction with a solo live set from their studio. 'What I’m using here is mostly what we would use for our live set with a few additions,' Ash says.

'MPC1000 at the helm of everything, sequencing the kick, breaks, synths and other sounds. The MPC is the key point of construction for moving from track to track in the set, it allows for the flexibility of bringing different parts in and out but still provides some structure as to different pre-selected segments available per section.

'The 707, 606 and 909 are all synced via the MPC but programmed externally so allow for some more fluidity throughout the live sets. The Moog DFAM is a new addition to add more texture to employ in parts to flow when moving from track to track. Additionally the DFAM is sending out a VCA to the modular to rhythmically change the texture and pan of the effects.

'For external effects we have our modular setup on one send and the OTO BIM delay on the other. We’re only starting to tap into the world of modular I but want to continue integrating it into the live setup, the focus is on employing the modular setup to process external signals to create and modulate otherwise unimaginable effects that bring in their own creative flow to the mix.

Phase Two of their three-EP series is planned to drop before the end of year on Tresor. Phase One is available now and you can find the rest of their catalogue on Bandcamp."


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