MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, September 14, 2020

Monday, September 14, 2020

New Order's BLUE MONDAY cover featuring Scot Alexander (bassist for Dishwalla) - Live performances

Sean Christopher Evoking Emotion with Synthesizers

Spot the synths.

"Hello eveyone! It's been over 2 weeks since my last video, but due to unfortunately going through some depressing Carpal Tunnel issues, performing and even using my PC and music gear has been increasingly difficult. Hopefully the 2 weeks away are worth the wait because I am very happy to have the bassist for Dishwalla, Scot Alexander, joining me at bringing you a cover of New Order's 'Blue Monday' from 1983. Scot performers the iconic bassline from the track as well as providing the vocals. Even at the cost of looking a little crippled with my wrist/hand/fingers issues I decided that I should finally record myself playing my various synths for the track and am very happy on how both the track and the video came out.

I hope that you all enjoy this cover as much as we had in creating it."

Marie Davidson performs “Work It” | Polaris Gala 2019

CBC Music

"Marie Davidson performs 'Work It' at the 2019 Polaris Music Prize Gala. Her album Working Class Woman was shortlisted for the prize."

Rhythms with an Arturia MiniBrute and Korg Electribes.

Marie Davidson on her Live Performance Set-Up | Red Bull Music Academy

"In this episode of Studio Science, filmed at the Funkhaus as part of Red Bull Music Academy Berlin 2018, Marie Davidson demonstrated her live set-up and how she uses it."

Arturia Synthi V Demo and Tutorial (Part 2, Advanced Features)

CatSynth TV

"In Part 2 of our detailed looking at the Arturia Synthi V, we explore the legacy sequencer as well as the advanced features that Arturia has added to the instrument.

If you have not yet seen Part 1, we recommend that you check that out first. [posted here]

00:24 The Sequencer (from the EMS Synthi AKS sequencer)
01:40 The advanced editing page
08:24 Factory preset demos"


Playing the 1979 SMP

Todd Barton

"Exploring playing/performing the Buchla format Stereo Microsound Processor from 1979 Modular

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Pittsburgh Modular Cascading Delay Network Demo

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers

"Richard Nicol walks through all the features and strange behavior of the Cascading Delay Network while answering questions from the chat."

Octave Plateau Voyetra 8 SN JM4801

via this auction

"Used by well known international session drummer and producer Andy Gangadeen ( , , , , , , , ) "

1979 ARP Quartet SN 149/425

via this auction

Moog Opus 3 Vintage Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Test Equipment Drone Hp pulse generator 8011a/8015a + Wavetek Model 30 + Sanyo Mc-1 + Mod Duo

Riccardo Pietroni

"Test Equipment Drone
Hp pulse generator 8011a/8015a + Wavetek Model 30 + Sanyo Mc-1 + Mod Duo + Krisp1 Triple Lpg 5u"

Sequential Artist Spotlight Interview with MORGAN GUERIN

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

"New York City-based multi-instrumentalist Morgan Guerin has achieved much in his young, burgeoning career, from composition to significant stages. A talented producer and engineer, Guerin is skilled in several instruments including bass, saxophones, electronic wind instrument (EWI), drums, and keys. Notable collaborators include drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, (bass, sax, and EWI), bassist Esperanza Spalding (bass, sax, and Prophet Rev2), and multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey (tenor and soprano sax, and EWI).

Dubbed a “wunderkind saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist” by The New York Times, Guerin was born into a musical family with a pianist mother and bassist father. Later, he went on to study music at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and The New School. In 2016, the Huffington Post named his debut album, The Saga, one of the best Jazz albums of the year, and Stereogum named the LP one of its favorites in August that same summer. He was also a songwriter on and co-producer of Esperanza Spalding’s 2019 Grammy-winning record, 12 Little Spells. His third album, The Saga III, will be out on September 18th, 2020.

We chatted with Morgan on how he uses Sequential instruments in his music"

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

Synthesizer Evolution: From Analogue to Digital (and Back) by Oli Freke

New synth book coming from Oli Freke, who brought us the SYNTH EVOLUTION posters.

The book is currently available for pre-order here.

The book features:

• Over 500 hand-drawn illustrations of vintage synthesizers, drum-machines, samplers and pre-modern electric instruments.

• A reference book for every synthesizer, drum-machine and sampler manufactured between 1963 and 1995 with key stats, fascinatingly quirky facts and company profiles.

• Destined to be the new ‘bible’ of synthesizer information, following in the footsteps of the classic ‘KeyFax’ series by Julian Colbeck.

• Tells the story and impact of the synthesizer on all forms of modern music and culture with geek appeal for the music fan and synth fan alike.

From acid-house to prog-rock, there is no form of modern popular music that hasn’t been propelled forwards by the synthesizer. As a result they have long been objects of fascination, desire and reverence for keyboard players, music producers and fans of electronic music alike. Whether looking at an imposing modular system or posing with a DX7 on Top of the Pops, the synth has also always had an undeniable physical presence.

This book celebrates their impact on music and culture by providing a comprehensive and meticulously researched directory of every major synthesizer, drum machine and sampler made between 1963 and 1995. Each instrument is illustrated by hand, and shown alongside its vital statistics and some fascinatingly quirky facts. In tracing the evolution of the analogue synthesizer from its invention in the early 1960s to the digital revolution of the 1980s right up until the point that analogue circuits could be modelled using software in the mid-1990’s, the book tells the story of analogue to digital - and back again.

Stare into Zadar 👾 | Modular Techno | Xaoc Devices | Bastl Waver | Noise Engineering

Nostalgic Ruckus

"Zadar does techno."

New Arturia PolyBrute Flagship Polysynth In the Works

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

Click the image for a larger pic.

Below is an image of it on the side with the MatrixBrute under it for comparison.

SCSI2SD V5.5 demo with various Akai, Ensoniq, and Sequential Circuits samplers


"In order of appearance, we have demonstrations with the Sequential Circuits Studio 44, Akai MPC3000, Akai MPC60 II, Akai MPC2000 XL, Ensoniq ASR-X, and finally the Akai S1000,"

UDO-Super 6 Sound Design Drone.


Dark, Heavy Synthwave Jam (Novation Circuit)

Gabe Miller Music

"A pretty intense darksynth jam on the Novation Circuit, where synthwave, electro, and a metal sensibility all meet. Very much inspired by Carpenter Brut and Perturbator."

Infernal Noise Machine, Eurorack Version. Full Demo and Patch explanation.


"In this video, we demonstrate a song made using the INM-E and show how the patches were made for each component. All audio is generated by the INM-E, using various other modules to control the parameters.

Our eternal gratitude to Erik Tinberg for creating this video."

Memory Card for Clavia Nord Lead 2 & Nord Rack 2

via this auction

Note this is a supporting member listing.

Jen SX 1000 Analog Synth

via this auction

Native Instruments Maschine MKIII Groove Production Control Surface

via this auction

MAM Map1 Midi Arpeggiator

via this auction

"Rare (made in Germany) Midi Arpeggiator from MAM (Music And More) . Non original power adapter included as well as photocopied user manual."

Moog Source Monophonic Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Quasimidi The Raven MAX SN 822-32261

via this auction

"This one has the RavenMAX board so it has 14MB of onboard samples instead of the stock 6MB. nearly immaculate shape, original English manual included, factory set for DC input so no worrying about mains voltage, premium power supply included."

Buchla Easel Card Doubler

via this auction

"Original BUCHLA / BEMI 208 EASEL card doubler.

Allows the simultaneous usage of the iProgram card as preset storage / ipad / wifi control and the use of an analog I/O card like the NorthernLightModular cardOC , cardEM or the BUCHAL AUX card.

The card double also provides an I2C terminal for the USB card to allow firmware updates in a shared system.
It also offers mounting holes for it to be installed in the system permanently to prevent the card bus from rocking and to provide strain relief.

cards not included but available upon request"

Instruo Tš-L and vincâ are Chocolate and Peanut Butter: Modular Monday

Red Means Recording

"Let's take a ride with the Instruo Tš-L (a little complex oscillator) and vincâ (featured-rich VCA).

00:00 intro
01:07 oscillator outputs
03:12 macro patch 01
04:58 macro patch 02 (ambient)
07:17 macro patch 03 (electro)
10:18 fm as a service
12:19 late night jam
14:15 final macro patch"

Alternative way to navigate effects

Happy Nerding

"Now there are two possible ways to navigate the effects:
1) standard browsing with sequential selection in both left and right directions
2) new browsing option with left button selecting 1 of 4 banks and right button selecting 1 of 8 effects within this bank.

10 second left button press enters into this effect selection mode. Low row shows standard browsing and upper row shows new browsing."

Modal Electronics Argon8 & Boss DD200 Digital Delay


Deckard's Continuum Dream

Christophe Duquesne

"A Deckard's Dream controlled by a Continuum in MPE mode (with some additional help from a Kijimi, a NDLR and Valhalla Supermassive).

I was kindly lent a Deckard's Dream and a Kijimi from Black Corporation: for quite a long time, I wanted to try the Deckard to control it with a Continuum and the result is quite impressive. It's very different from the Eagan Matrix (the internal engine of the Continuum) and brings a very interesting set of colors ... and of course, it has this signature sound that triggers some memories (and, by the way, the Valhalla Supermassive I use here, as all Valhalla DSP effects, is really a must have). The MPE implementation of the Deckard is a bit unusual, but Ok for the Continuum, and a great thing is that, as for the Eagan Matrix, a single control can influence several parameters, each with its specific range, which is highly important for expression, and you manage to get an interesting mix of your own control and the legacy envelopes and LFO (that you usually play with your fingers on a Continuum).

In the video, the Kijimi is controlled by an NDLR by Conductive Labs, also a pretty nice combo."

UDO Audio Super 6 Sound Demo (no talking)

Bonedo Synthesizers

Aquifex - Artiphon Orba 1st Demo - internal sounds and looper


"Artiphon Orba first demo, internal sounds and looper only, custom set of presets loaded from the Orba iPhone app (several sets come with the app already).

Another video showcasing some MIDI control of iOS apps over Bluetooth coming shortly."

See the Artiphon label below for more.

Update: a couple of screenshots of the iPhone app interface and additional details via SynthAddict:

"Artiphon Orba first demo, internal sounds and looper only, custom set of presets loaded from the Orba iPhone app (several sets come with the app already).

I adjusted the brightness/contrast to show the LEDs better. The red recording LED at around “8 o’clock” on the ring is noticeable but a bit dim in some scenes, and you can see the bright blue LEDs count up as the loop progresses. The center button is like a shift modifier, controlling the device with macros.

Internal looper has control over tempo and octave, but the 4 layer recordings (drum, bass, chord, and lead) aren’t quantized.

The internal gyro and accelerometer allow various changes to modulation or timbre, and a simple bump can trigger another note as well (good for percussion). The 8 velocity pads (keys) in the ring can allow vibrato in one axis and filter cutoff in another. The modulation can be added after the layer is recorded as long as the recorder is still on.

Another video showcasing some MIDI control of iOS apps over Bluetooth coming shortly."

Check out the Artiphon Orba User Group on Facebook for additional info and demos.

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