MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Introducing QUEEN OF PENTACLES: 30 hp eurorack percussive synthesizer


"Queen of Pentacles is a 7 voice eurorack hybrid drum kit:

• Analogue-based: bass drum, snare drum and clap

• sample-based drums (e.g. hi-hats, ride and crash cymbal – or simply use your own samples via SD card)

• -latency sample playback directly from SD card

• analog sound generation: 3x band-limited LSRF binary noise generators with spectrum animation, injected into discrete analog circuits

• -board effect processor with 2 banks consisting of 16 effects in total, including additional auxiliary input and firmware update over audio

• isolator-style LP/HP filter with VCA control and saturator booster

• that make you dance: Fit all music styles of music – specifically tuned for EDM and Techno

• factory sample bank by Nicolas Bouga├»eff (Mute, Novamute) including processed custom sampled Paiste 602 cymbals:

Music, introduction and performance by @Julia Bondar

All the sounds in that video are made using factory sounds and effects of Queen of Pentacles module, no extra audio processing made.

See more detailed information about it at our new website"

"8 Super Synths for Sale"

via this auction

JV1000 -very good (includes 60’s&70’s exp board)

Juno6 - not mint but sounding fab!

Supernova ii - powerful baby

D50 - the bells and chase!!

M1 - solid

Kurz 1000px - crunchy fun

JV1080 - solid classic includes World & Orchestral & Pop exp boards.

JP8000 - not in pics...has been serviced...part of the sale though....came back from service - all recapped but a few keys not sounding...was assured it was a processing chip not the keys themselves and that the midi is ok, so, i've dropped the price on the lot to reflect this.

1986 E-MU Systems Baldwin IKE Emax SN 1090633

via this auction

"Rare 1986 E-MU sampler, re-branded as Baldwin IKE so they could sell through Baldwin's nationwide network of dealers. This unit is identical to the E-MU Emax branded units. Comes with OS load disk, original button overlay (very helpful for programming the unit), power cord. Is in great condition. No cracks in the casing. All keys function, though are a little yellowed from UV exposure."

Note the parameter overlay sheet in the pics below.

Quasimidi Polymorph Synthesizer / Sequencer

via this auction



Roland V-Synth Beautiful 70's Strings Virtual Analog Digital Synthesizer Rik Marston

Rik Marston Official

The Roland V-Synth in action playing some Beautiful 70's Strings!
Vangelis & JMJ fans will quickly know what I mean! ;)
I love string synths! The Roland V-Synth is a great purchase!
Meteorite friends featured:
"Valentina" & "Natasha" 2 Sikhote-Alin Iron Meteorites from Russia!
**Sending you POSITIVE COSMIC VIBES!!!**
All Music & Video (C)2020 Rik Marston / Marston Manor Productions
Recorded into the BOSS BR-600 with extra no extra FX!

Arturia Introduces New KeyStep 37

11 video playlist above. You can use the controls in the player to skip around. In order of appearance:

1. KeyStep 37 | Controllers | ARTURIA Intro Video
2. Arturia Keystep 37: Overview and demo! from Patchwerks - Order your Arturia Keystep 37 here:
3. Keystep 37 — Still the King of Affordable Midi Keyboards?! - BoBeats
4. Easy Chords with one finger with Arturia "KeyStep 37" (Feat Novation Peak Synth) - Sound Provider
5. Arturia Keystep 37 Controller - Sonic LAB Review - sonicstate
6. Arturia KeyStep 37 Review and tutorial // 6 tips and generative ideas - loopop
7. Arturia KeyStep 37 controller and sequencer review - Molten Music Technology
8. Why Arturia KeyStep 37 is amazing. - mylarmelodies
9. Tutorials | KeyStep 37 - Episode 1: Overview - Arturia
10. Tutorials | KeyStep 37 - Episode 2: Sequencing & Playing - Arturia
11. Tutorials | KeyStep 37 - Episode 3: Connectivity & Settings - Arturia

And the press release:

"Arturia releases KeyStep 37 - available now

KeyStep 37 is a controller evolved to meet the creative needs of musicians across the board. Intuitive appointments like Chord mode, Scale mode, and real-time LED note feedback make it the perfect option for beginner beat-makers and composers. Instant MIDI CC control, advanced connectivity and a high-end compact keybed make it a reliable solution for professionals.

KeyStep 37 is a controller built to inspire, designed to let users interact and experiment with their music like never before - the new core of your setup.

_The standout features

The unique interplay between KeyStep 37’s features is designed to unlock and connect musical ideas in real-time. It encourages spontaneity and experimentation, letting musicians and producers savor the creative process. Let’s take a closer look at the features:

37-note Slimkey keyboard
With velocity, aftertouch and real-time RGB LED indicators for a comfortable, responsive performance.

Creative sequencer and arpeggiator
Sequence up to 64-steps with 8-note polyphony and 8 custom pattern slots, or explore 8 modes of arpeggiation.

Supercharged Chord mode
Generate instant chord sequences that respond to your velocity, with 12 chord types, and animate your chords with the articulate instrument-like strum control.

Scale mode
Quantize the keyboard and never play a wrong note. Choose from 5 scales, including a user-defined scale, to set your own musical terms.

Assignable MIDI CC controls
Interact with your hardware and software with 16 assignable MIDI CC parameters across 4 switchable banks, accessible via a new control panel and screen.

Versatile connectivity
Connect to your computer, your desktop MIDI synths, or your CV & modular gear for simultaneous control over hardware and software.

_About the Step range

Universal sequencing controllers
Uniquely combining the familiarity of MIDI controllers with the complexities of step sequencing, the Step range puts you in command of your software and hardware instruments. Just at home on stage as they are in the home studio, these sequencers are designed to enhance your ability to perform, improvise, write, and create.

Each member of the Step range features a combination of USB, MIDI and CV connections, and a variety of workflows to suit any sequencing needs. All your instruments, marching to the same beat."

Native Instruments announces MASCHINE+ Standalone Performance and Production System

Native Instruments

"MASCHINE+ is a standalone synth, sequencer, groovebox, stage and studio superpower, and sampler.
Jam with your other gear, sketch beats, arrange entire tracks, and create with a huge array of onboard synths, effects, and sounds – no computer necessary."

And the press release:

September 8, 2020, Berlin – Native Instruments today announced MASCHINE+, an entirely standalone system that embeds the iconic MASCHINE workflow into a powerful, flexible groovebox that can be used without a computer.

“This release marks a pivotal moment in Native’s history,” says CIO and President, Mate Galic, “and it’s something that’s been highly requested by the MASCHINE community. Since day one, MASCHINE has been about combining the power of modern computers with a fast, fun, hardware-based workflow. Today we come full circle by combining those key elements – together with some of the most iconic sounds from KOMPLETE – in a powerful standalone instrument. Not only is MASCHINE+ a new flagship for our range, it also sets a new benchmark for exciting future products and continued development.”

MASCHINE+ brings new freedom to the same fast, fun, and flexible approach to making music inherent to the rest of the MASCHINE line. Musicians can plug in, power up, and sketch beats in seconds, as well as develop fledgling ideas into performance-ready pieces with arranging and mixing tools – both with or without a computer.

As a studio centerpiece, it provides the same powerful sequencing, sampling, and synthesis Native Instruments users have come to know and love, with endless options for integrating outboard gear across a broad spectrum of setups and styles.

On-stage, MASCHINE+ provides expressive, hands-on control over every element in a performance, with both high-impact macros and in-depth tweaking just a knob twist away.

In addition to its classic groovebox workflow, MASCHINE+ packs an industry-leading collection of instruments, effects, and thousands of sounds with MASCHINE+ Selection. Heavyweight synths like MASSIVE, MONARK, PRISM, and FM8 join a lineup that includes the MASCHINE Factory Library, RAUM, PHASIS, and five Expansions, plus a voucher for two more.

Every instrument and effect in MASCHINE+ Selection has been optimized to make the system’s standalone workflow smooth and seamless, and users can expand their sound libraries with a wide array of Native’s Expansions, as well as their own samples via SD and USB storage.

Under the hood, a quad-core processor and 4 GB dual-channel DDR3L RAM power fast, spontaneous creation, to deliver a huge amount of freedom and flexibility when making music.

MASCHINE+ will hit stores on October 1, 2020, and pre-orders are open now at the Native Instruments website.

Pricing and Availability
MASCHINE+ will be available online and in stores on October 1, 2020."

Folding Waves // 0-Coast Ensemble

Stefano Mattia

"It's been a while I hadn't used my 0-Coast. I was watching some old 0-Coast I had saved and fell in love with its sound again. So I decided to make a new track with it. And since I also love odd time signatures, I made it in 5/4.

Here the 0-Coast plays three parts: the two arpeggio lines, slightly panned left and right, with a different note division and pattern, and the crazy power plant bass line, in charge of keeping things random and hopefully interesting.

I added some Blackhole reverb and Valhalla delay in Logic, as well as some string pads using Repro-5.


Secret Field - Novation Peak

Graham Bole

"Ambient Vibes. All sounds and effects from the Novation Peak. FM Rhodes patch contains a bit of Valhalla shimmer. Fantastic Synthesizer."

A confusing intro into Captain Credible

Captain Credible

"A confusing intro to the channel and the micro:bit orchestra.

micro:bit orchestra on github:

micro:bit orchestra blank canvas:


music on spotify and stuff."

5 Ways Of Adding Structure To Your Patches In VCV Rack

00:00 - Using dedicated sequencers
04:44 - Using macro controllers
13:30 - Multi-Track recording inside of VCV Rack
15:56 - Using utilities
21:48 - Using a Midi controller

You can find additional resources available from Omri Cohen at

GSE GYRINX VCF Filter Overview [Demo #2] (Synton Syrinx)


G-Storm Electro on Reverb

"My GYRINX VCF eurorack module is a topology of the mythical Synton Syrinx formant filter using AS3350 Alfa re-issue chips.

In this video I describe the features, demonstrate various kinds of audio input, and describe how to make a few patches.

0:00 Cold Open Sounds
0:33 Introduction
1:08 Front Panel Tour
2:48 Basic Filter Sounds
9:02 YII-YII and WOW-WOW Patch
10:35 Input: Using Samples
11:55 Input: DNA Symbiotic Waves - Rave Bass Patch
12:57 Female Solo Voice Patch

Oscillators: GSE 101-VCO, Pittsburgh DNA Symbiotic Waves,
Sample Playback: Erica Sample Drum
Envelope: 2xADSR
LFO: Batumi
Control: Arturia Keystep Pro
Sub-mixer: GSE Infusor-X
Mixer: Mackie 802-VLZ3
Also: GSE Tonus VCF + 4027 VCO
Minor use of Eventide Timefactor Delay.
Recorded direct to Tascam DR-05
No mastering, eq, nor additional post-effects added."

Noise Engineering Blog: How to make a reese with just about anything

Noise Engineering

"From the blog:
Here, we've made a breakbeat jam with a reese created using two sine waves and Pura Ruina through Desmodus Versio.
.-- .... .- - - .... . ..-. ..- -.-. -.- .. ... .. - . .-. .. - .- ..."

0-CTRL Patch of the Week #7: One Shot and Knight-Rider Sequences


"If we patch one step gate output to Stop, and let the clock run, we can create one-shot sequences of any length by touching various step touchplates. This is a simple patch, but it creates an interesting playable surface, especially if you interrupt these sequences and/or change their direction at will."

MAKEN0ISE Patch of the Week posts

Erica Fusion Delay/Flanger/Vintage Ensemble (LMEE)

Learning Modular

"This module combines a BBD delay with tube overdrive, a low pass filter, and a built-in LFO for modulation. You can create some classic short delay and flanger effects, but where it excels is exploring the unstable regions where it is on the edge of self-oscillation while also distorting the signal.

00:00 brief demo
00:39 overview
01:43 clean delay
03:39 distorted delay
05:33 modulated delay
06:54 Vintage Ensemble
07:37 clean flanger
09:39 clipping
09:54 distorted flanger
11:00 summary

A single VCO voice from the Moog Mother-32 (with an additional ADSR for the filter cutoff) was the lone sound source in this demo; the Erica module really fattened it up. This movie is part of my Eurorack Expansion: Extended course on where I demonstrate how a wide variety of individual modules can transform your modular’s sound."

Oberheim OB-12 "Legacy" Soundset - 30 Cosmic Sounds


"LFO.Store proudly presents "Legacy" preset collection for The Blue Machine - Oberheim OB-12!


We spend lot of time for researching of how to make it sounds more analog in terms of overall tone and than made our first 30 presets.

Our setting we match from comparsion with vintage patches from our trusty Access Virus KB.

After matching OB starts to sound much more deeply.
The setting is included to the soundset.

"Legacy" is a collection of space sounds: Pads & Strings and one special
powerfull drone patch dedicaited to Bladerunner 2049 Movie.

All the presets MW patched & sounds very deep after our EQ OB setting."

TECBUG TBS-16 Mk II Sequencer + Analog Drum Synth + Syntom

via this auction

"here we have 5 hand made electronic music pieces produced by "Tecbug Experimental Audio"

the sequencer + the drum synth and also the syntom are the main sale items...
but i am also including the "Synwave" and "Synchime" units
though these two modules could be used with the sequencer they are really intended for use with the trigger pads (included)

all 5 units are battery powered and each module requires 1 x PP3 type battery
the battery compartment is accessed by removing the bottom of each unit (see pics 8/9)

the sequencer sends CV and Trigger pulses to whichever unit you are using
only one module can be used at a time

i have not tried it myself but i would assume that the modules would work with any sequencer / instrument the has CV + Trigger connection (?)

i am providing two cables for CV + Trigger connection between devices

there are 4 trigger pads included... these are connected to the trigger inputs of the modules and struck with a drum stick or tapped with a finger
the audio output from each device could then be connected to a mixer... resulting in a 4 piece electronic percussion / drum kit

audio output is via 3.5mm jack

batteries are NOT included

all 5 modules are in excellent condition and fully functional
note though that the small adhesive feet do tend to drop off ocassionally
(these could be replaced)"


via this auction

Studio Electronics Boomstar MKII SE80

via this auction

"Monophonic analog desktop synth. SE80 MKII - this is Yamaha CS80 filter version. Great finish, great feel, great sound."

Oberheim Matrix-12

via this auction

"This Matrix 12 has just been fully serviced and is in excellent working condition. All the parameters have been tested and everything works!

The self-test reads all OK (ram, rom, tuning, dac etc)

All the push buttons are working perfectly, no need to press it hard to have it working. All the potentiometers have been cleaned, there is no self-rotation on the display( number self behaving) that would sometimes happen on other Matrix 12 or Xpander (this is a rather common issue and it might be a problem for live performance).

The keyboard is velocity responsive and all the keys work well. The levers have been taken care of, the mod/pitch zero level point is well set."

Modal Electronics 008

via this auction

"Modal Electronics 008 8-Voice 61-Key Analog Synthesizer. Amongst the top polysynths in existence, the Modal 008 is a highly versatile fully analogue synth, made with top quality discreet components. Only 300 made. Two 100% analogue VCO’s per voice with two sub oscillators, 15 multi-mode filter. Over 10,000 patch storage locations, onboard sequencer, multi-effects unit (the only digital part of the signal path), a second parameter sequencer called the 'animator', USB in/out, extra analogue inputs for processing other signals, and an incredible 18 position multimode filter with a lot of fizzle and warmth awaits you. Most interestingly, the 008 has a built in web-interface editor that allows you to edit complete patches . This synth has a completely unique sound, and rivals the likes of the Moog One in breadth and complexity."

Akai AX80 Synthesizer w/ Tauntek Upgrade

via this auction

"Recently serviced by Bell Tone Synth Works and service records available. In great working condition. Has tauntek upgrade."

Tom Oberheim TVS Pro White Edition 2012

via this auction

plinky demo + update

Alex Evans

"hello! a quick sound example followed by a couple of notes on useful params to play with if you're one of the lucky 5 who are getting one of these; and, update! I'd like to maybe put this up as a kit on thonk. let me know in the comments if you'd be interested to buy one, I dont know the exact price yet but it'll probably be a mid-price module, neither cheap nor outrageous. yeah, anyway, just wanted to guage interest. cheers! #plinky #diy #thonk #eurorack #synth #kit"

ARGON8 SciFi Sound Set by James Dyson

Modal Electronics

"Fifty patches for ARGON8 from James Dyson turn your ARGON8 in a space ship to endeavour unknown galaxies and new planets far away. This compilation is available from our MODAL website."

Roland VP-9000 Sample Formant Shaping

The Daydream Sound

"Shaping your samples is a great way to get the most tonality and textures quickly out of one sample. With formant shaping you’re able to pull several textural qualities out of your audio in real-time. This can them be used in your music or sound design."

Fact Live: Paranoid London


"The third in our new series of live sessions filmed behind closed doors by Fact at 180 The Strand is a cathartic set of raw acid house and techno from Paranoid London, the hardware-heavy project of Quinn Whalley and Gerardo Delgado.

When Paranoid London first emerged in 2007, their music provided a gritty counterpoint to the European minimal sounds and disco edits that proliferated at the time, and their vinyl-only releases gained them underground success at a time when the format was in decline.

In the 13 years since, the project has been host to a rotating cast of guest vocalists, including A Certain Ratio’s Simon Topping, Arthur Baker, Josh Caffe and the late trans activist and DJ, Bubbles Bubblesynski. On this performance they’re joined by regular collaborator Mutado Pintado with visuals by Bob Jaroc.

Classic drum machines and synths such as the Roland TR-808, TR-909 and SH-101 lie at the heart of their setup, with acid lines provided by the Cyclone Analogic TT-303 Bass Bot. Effects come from a host of cheap Korg Monotron Delay units, which slather vocals and synths in a grimy echo.

Paranoid London’s latest album, 2019’s PL, is available now. You can find the rest of their catalogue, including their ongoing series of edits, at Bandcamp."


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