MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Mountaintop Motel (Ron Di Iulio Cover) by Everett Dudgeon (Prophet X)


"Mountaintop Motel Massacre is truly an underrated horror flick. It has elements of Psycho, Misery, and even some classic Old Dark House moments.

The score by Ron Di Iulio is minimalistic and creepy. I sounds like the score is completely synthesized and my guess is an ARP Odyssey or Minimoog was used with possibly some type of string machine.

I went with a bit more of an acoustic approach using the Prophet X. The main melody is sequenced with some samples of a music box and also some creepy children vocals "La" This gives a creepy childish innocence which perfectly represents the main character Evelyn. There some brooding filter sweeps behind everything symbolizing something evil lurking beneath the surface.

Then suddenly another female vocal starts doing another melody overtop which is soon joined by a Theremin-like synth.

All in all I'm quite proud of this one, as simple as it is.

Please check out Vinegar Syndrome's awesome release of the film

℗Everett Dudgeon 2020"

MAMMOTH PADS - for Prophet Rev2 - Preset Examples by Peter Dyer


"MAMMOTH PADS - available at
Epic, victory-class binaural pads for your Sequential's Prophet Rev 2 synth, by Peter Dyer. Created with an emphasis on playability, motion, and massive stereo width.
40 pads, evos, and organ pads for use in scoring, production, worship, & live.
Inspired by my favorite massive and brassy sweeping synth pads from Blade Runner (& 2049), Oblivion, M83, and a love for PWM.

*These 17 examples are from the Prophet Rev2, with no outside effects.
Photo: Andy Toy"



"In the special episode of Synth Quest, I present the origin of FM Synthesis and the Yamaha DX7. Special thanks to Dr. John Chowning and Mr. Hiro Kato for setting my course to research this story. I consider the research in this video as the tip of the iceberg. If anyone has additional photos, information, or prototype examples, please let me know so I can update this video.

Please support this channel by subscribing and becoming a Patron:

0:00 Synth Quest Intro
0:35 Episode Intro
0:55 Chapter 1 - Computer Music | Max Mathews & Music I
1:42 Chapter 2 - Electroacoustic | John Chowning
4:09 Chapter 3 - FM Discovery
6:07 Chapter 4 - FM License | Stanford & Yamaha
9:46 Chapter 5 - Sound Technology | Yamaha Electones and Synthesizers
12:44 Chapter 6 - FM Development | MAD System
14:28 Chapter 7 - FM Development | TRX & #1600 (GS series & CE series)
17:25 Chapter 8 - FM Development | PAMS & DSX (DX Series)
21:34 Outro | Credits and Thanks"

Check out previous posts featuring madFame here.

Mechana - A Lonely City - Yamaha SS-30 track laying...

Craig Sue Sound

"This is a quick snippet showing me laying up the Yamaha SS-30 part for a
track on my new Mechana ep entitled "A Lonely City"... The SS-30 is going
through a Electro Harmonix Small Stone, and, out of shot my Meris 500 series Mercury 7 Reverb... Enjoy..."

For the following release:

"A 3 track ep of lots of Synth textures and melodies inspired by walking around my city and seeing these buildings towering over us and thinking of the DNA & life that is in these amazing structures..."

Equipment used on the 3 track EP:

Roland JD-800
Roland JX-10 Super JX
Roland VP-330 mk1
Roland RS-09
Yamaha SS-30
Oberheim SEM patch unit
Korg Micro-X
Moog Liberation
Moog Source
Moog Prodigy
Moog Micromoog
Moog Voyager
Soma Lyra 8
Arturia Microfreak

Waldorf Micro-Wave 1 SN 9131802 with Access Programmer

via this auction

"If you are reading this you might already know how gorgeous the Curtis filters in the Micro-Wave 1 sound... Both the Waldorf Micro-Wave 1 (OS 2.0) and the Access Microwave Programmer have been in storage for 15 years. They were in mint condition when I bought them about 18 years ago and were only lightly used. They are in excellent cosmetic condition with very minor dings and scratches (see photos). The manuals are included. Note: I don't actually know if the Micro-Wave 1 is Rev A (Curtis CEM 3389) or Rev B (Curtis CEM 3387). It has the black on green display, dark blue faceplate (looks grey in photos) and black case of Rev A but the rotary encoder (24 ticks per revolution) of Rev B. If it makes a difference to you let me know and I'll open up the case and find out."

Ensoniq Fizmo Transwave Synthesizer Keyboard SN FIZMO10274

via this auction

"Love this synth. It is weird, rare and hard to explain to people who aren't versed in different types of synthesis... still has the original Guitar center inventory price tag on the bottom"

Ensoniq's implementation of wavetable synthesis.

Waldorf X-Pole Dual Analog Filter

via this auction

"A friend of mine bought this when it was new, I'm the second owner. The story he got from the sales guy was that this particular one was a prototype model that the sales guy picked up from Waldorf at the end of the NAMM show it debuted at. I doubt the story since there is a serial number and not a prototype plate or anything, but I do know it's super rare and I've personally never seen another one in anyone elses studio or for sale. This unit has been in my possession since 2001/2002 and has been racked in my smoke free studio. Prior to that it was in a rack in my friends smoke free studio and mostly unused.

It's a super versatile stereo filter and every parameter can be controlled and tweaked via midi. Super interesting on drum loops and patterns, synths and also on guitars. The manual has suggestions for guitar usage, so I gave it a shot and was impressed."

Phoenix Eurorack Modular System Cabinet

via this auction

"Are you really into synths and have a need to be different?

Have loads of euro rack modules and nothing exciting to keep them in?

Have an empty corner that needs some art?

Want to impress your friends?

Then all this is what you're looking for!!

After much deliberation, its been decided that this Phoenix (cabinet) has to rise elsewhere and find a new home.

It was bought from the wonderful Mr Bob Williams many moons ago after it came back from the short lived synth museum in which it housed the Phoenix modular system, more can be read about it here[link removed by eBay] and I believe its the only case ever made.

The SOS article mentions it was made in African hardwood, its NOT, its made from wood veneered MDF with solid wood edges and facings, I think the wood is Ash?

For well over a decade, its resided in the corner of a Sheffield studio and filled with a combination of various euro rack modules twanging,blooping and gurgling away in synthetic harmony.

G2500 'Synth'posium

"Celebrating 50 years of ARP 2500"

Checkout previous G2500 posts for more.

See this post for details on the G2500, the virtual ARP 2500 modular system in software.

Fifty Years of ARP: The 2500 in 2020 Online Event This Saturday, September 26

via The Alan R Pearlman Foundation:


Celebrating five decades of the 2500 synthesizer with interviews, panels and more

STONE RIDGE, NY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020– The Alan R. Pearlman Foundation has announced “Fifty Years of ARP: The 2500 in 2020”, a virtual event to be held on September 26th at 12PM EST on Zoom via Eventbrite. The event will be free for all participants with a suggested donation. Registration and other information can be found here.

The event will focus on the ARP 2500, the groundbreaking synthesizer made famous in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It will feature panel discussions and interviews with original ARP engineers, software developers, artists, composers, producers, educators, and others. Participants will be able to interact live with panelists via Zoom.

"We are beyond thrilled for this deep dive into the iconic ARP 2500,” said Dina Pearlman, ARP Foundation founder and daughter of Alan R. Pearlman. "We’ve assembled an amazing collection of engineers who made the original 2500s, artists who have used them, and ARP historians and organizations that work to preserve them."

The Foundation continues its work with contributors, collaborators, vendors, manufacturers, venues, and owners of rare original ARP synthesizers. Among their goals is the creation of installations where students can utilize ARP synthesizers as part of their music curriculum, and to explore the endless possibilities of electronic music.

For more information about the Foundation, visit

Peak & Summit Wavetable Editor - Cymbals and Unpitched Sounds // Novation


"One of the many great characteristics of building a Peak or Summit wavetable from unpitched samples is that even seemingly noisy sounds become pitched when reduced to a single cycle, while retaining the sonic character and complexity of their starting point - this opens the door to a whole world of new timbres. Ehsan uses Summit, the Novation Components Wavetable Editor and a crash cymbal sound sample to demonstrate.

--- Discover more about the Peak & Summit Wavetable Editor:

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Microfreak's new vocoder with the Octatrack MKII and Meris Polymoon

Patchwerks Seattle

"In this video resident expert Nick Bigelow demonstrates the new vocoder feature on the Arturia Microfreak with the Octatrack MKII and the Meris Polymoon.

Arturia Microfreak: This out-there little music machine features a versatile digital oscillator so you can create rare and interesting sounds with ease. Modes like Wavetable, KarplusStrong, Harmonic OSC, and Superwave give adventurous musicians the chance to explore totally new, unheard possibilities. Like having dozens of synths in just one instrument, both wild-eyed newcomers and seasoned professionals will fall in love with MicroFreak’s flexible, powerful synth engine.

Order the Arturia Microfreak here:

Elektron Octatrack MKII: More than a sampler .Discovering the perfect sample is the start of the process. Then twist it, mess around with it and rebuild it into something uniquely yours. The Octatrack MKII sets new standards for sampling as an art form.

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.

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.

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 the Elektron Octatrack MKII here:

Meris Polymoon: Super-Modulated Delay inspired by cascaded rack gear.

1200mS real time selectable multiple-tap delay line
Massive multi LFO modulation controls
6 custom tuned LFOs with adjustable waveforms for subtle to aggressive pitch shifting effects
Adjustable Tilt EQ filter in delay feedback
Tempo syncable stereo Barberpole Phaser
Multimode stereo Dynamic Flanger w/ feedback
Unique feedback topology
Dimension control for smearing reflections
Selectable quarter or dotted eighth note Tap Tempo
Digitally controlled Analog mix control
Stereo input and output
Switchable input output headroom level for Guitar, Synthesizer or Line levels
Expression pedal control over all parameters simultaneously
Presets available via external 4-Preset switch or MIDI
MIDI in/out over TRS via the EXP jack
External Tap Tempo over TRS
MIDI beat clock synchronization
Premium analog signal path and 24-bit AD/DA w/32 bit floating point DSP
Premium Analog Devices JFET input section
Color – white powder coat with fine iridescent flake
Designed and built in Los Angeles, California U.S.A.

Order the Meris Polymoon here:
Demo by: Nick Bigelow
Video by: Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT)"

Blue Lantern Modules "Quad Quantizer" for better Melodics!

Electronisounds Audio

Check out the Blue Lantern Modules "Quad Quantizer" here:


00:14 Example 01
(Locking an 8-step sequence to a minor scale)

02:00 Intro

02:20 Example 02
(Frenetic bass sequence groove)

04:35 How to use it 01
(Tuning your oscillators)

06:50 How to use it 01
(Make a basic melodic sequence)

09:20 How to use it 03
(More random melodies with white and pink noise)

11:28 Example 03
(Layered synth arp)

12: 57 How to use it 04
(Use an LFO to create melodies)

15:46 How to use it 05
(Use a sequencer to trigger the notes)

17:13 Example 04
(Abstract beat with arp sequence)

19:05 Example 05
(Abstract, ambient drone thing - a Sample and Hold signal is trigger the melodics)

21:08 Example 06
(Aggressive, dirty tekno bassline being locked to the minor scale )


5 Steevio-Style Techniques in VCV Rack

Omri Cohen

"Here are the patches -

00:00 - Splitting Sequences
09:16 - Precision Adder
18:54 - Adding Swing
26:40 - Decoupling Pitch from Rhythm
30:43 - Switch Matrix Mixer"

You can find additional resources available from Omri Cohen at

Sequentix Cirklon Hardware Sequencer

via this auction

"Sequentix Cirklon Hardware Sequencer CVIO Aphex Twin. Condition is Used. Newer style unit with no middle screw face plate comes with the break out box for eurorack and the cable to connect it. (Face plate with screw in middle is the older style one)"

Roland System 100m 184 keyboard SN 170633 w/ Original Box

via this auction

"The 184 is a 4 voice polyphonic keyboard designed for the Roland System 100m but it will work with any 1V/Oct analogue system. It has a fully featured arpeggiator, portamento and 2 unison and 2 poly modes. This particular 184 uses 100V. It will work with US 120V power but it's always a good idea to use a transformer for more accurate tracking and gate levels."

Roland Jupiter-8

via this auction

"This is apparently a two-owner, never-gigged unit, only used in no-smoking environments, with condition as seen in photos. There's no smell of smoke or mildew or anything.

I bought this about four years ago at Tokyo's famous vintage service/retail shop, Five-G in Harajuku. Last week I tried to get them to do a point inspection but they just about refused, taking pride in how they set it up the first time. "If there's a problem bring it in, otherwise there's no need for a checkup so soon after the last one," they said. (If you buy it and want to pay extra for the checkup and are OK with the delay, I'm happy to arrange it. I'm absolutely positive the checkup won't find anything, though, and if it does I'll pay the repair out of the purchase price.)"

Novation Ultranova Nova

via this auction

Access Virus TI V2 Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

Clavia Nord Modular G2 w/ Flight Case

via this auction

Oberheim OB-8

via this auction

Korg Micro Preset Vintage 70s Analog Mono Synth M-500 SN 810223

via this auction

"Korg Micro Preset Vintage 70s Analog Mono Synth M-500. Condition is Used.

Some buttons not working, could do with some fixing but in good exterior condition"

Arturia Livestream | Making the PolyBrute


"The birth of a classic! Join this discussion between Frédéric, CEO of Arturia, Thierry, one of the PolyBrute engineers and Sébastien, product manager. Learn about the origin of PolyBrute, the philosophy of this instrument and the challenges in crafting this 6-voice analog morphing polysynth."

Instruo Lion (matrix mixer) // Pin style patching in Eurorack with inserts, sum, attenuation + more


"Here’s the new Lion (pronounced Leon) from Instruo. It’s a TRS 6x6 pin style matrix for not only routing and mixing inputs to outputs but as the patch bay uses TRS sockets we can also use Y cables as inserts as well. This allows for easy routing of processors and FX along with making feedback loops, using inverters to build MID / SIDE matrixes from stereo sources, we can also passively split signals with normal patch cables, both attenuate and amplify and a whole lot more. It’s DC coupled at the inputs and outputs so it’s good for either audio or CV and it comes with the pin style TRS cables and a pair of insert cables too."

"The Instruō lìon is a 6×6 matrix mixer with a pin style interface similar to those found on iconic modular synthesizers of the 1970s. Its applications range from signal routing and effect insert functionality to true summing with cascaded attenuation capabilities.

Live patching made easy with the use of the included pin and
insert cables.

Need to patch to a new destination? Simply pin your patch on the fly.

Centralise your I/O network with lìon.

lìon | noun (networking) an open-meshed form, twisted, knotted or woven together at regular intervals, a group of communication stations operating under unified control."

Yamaha CS 40M - Ambient Chillout Improvisation | Synthesizer Demo


"Yamaha CS-40M analog synthesizer demo featuring a dreamy ambient chillout patch I was working on. This Yamaha CS-40M demo features a repeating motif as I try out different tremolo and delay effects using ring mod, noise and VCA modulation.

This Yamaha CS-40M synth demo is not a polished musical performance by any means, but rather captures me tweaking different settings as I work towards crafting a specific ambient sound. In this demo I paired the CS-40M with an Eventide Timefactor delay and Eventide Space reverb + analog chorus to generate this dreamy ambient patch & music.

The Yamaha CS-40M is a vintage 2-voice analog synthesizer from 1979-1986 with plenty of modulation capabilities, which I will explore in a future video. Hope you enjoy this brief demo of this ambient chillout tremolo-style sound/patch I created."

PolyBrute - Full Review - Sonic LAB


"There were rumours, but nothing concrete until - wham! There’s the PolyBrute. The 6 voice analog poly synth based on the MatrixBrute architecture.

Poly synths are like cars, you expect a steering wheel, indicators and other regular features that make it recognizable as such. And Arturia went for that but also added some interesting features we’ve not seen on a poly before. Including what I would say is the PolyBrute’s super power: true, modulatable, patch morphing. This can be controlled with the other unusual feature - the Morphee - it's an X/Y pad with a Z axis as well. Looks a bit like the Touche, but it's quite different.

We also get the 8x12 Mod matrix with 4 pages of routings, each dialed in via the main data knob - like the Matrix. And three high quality digital FX and a ribbon controller. 5 octave Fatar keybed with channel aftertouch wraps things up. Build quality is good. The panel doesn't flip like the Matrix, but I’m not missing that tbh, it feels solid and well constructed."

Dave Smith Instruments TETRA

TinySymphony Music & Synthesizers

Sequential Prophet-6 + Dave Smith Instruments TETRA


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

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