MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Radiator Laser Synthesizer Live Play

Neon Captain

"I took our Neon_Captain Radiator out for a long drive to some music by my friend Canton Becker. Here's some highlights."

GM Showdown


"I always click on synth showdowns when I see them, especially General MIDI ones, so I thought I'd make my own.

00:22 - Yamaha OPL3
01:42 - Roland MT-32
03:19 - Roland SC-55 mkII
04:54 - Yamaha QY-100
06:29 - Roland XV-2020
08:04 - Korg X-50"

Expressive E - Touche SE (Modulation Creativity) with Latest Lie v1.5 Update

Innovative Music Australia

"The Expressive E - Touche SE controller really is an amazingly dynamic and sensitive controller to help bring human expression into your digital music world!

With the latest release of Lie v1.5 we got to check out on what can be done with this fantastic device during an improvised jam!"

Some additional details via

"Touché’s companion software "Lié" allows users to easily host and unlock the true potential of their third-party VST instrument library and hardware synthesizers. Users can quickly map synth parameters to the Touché and Touché SE interface, creating sounds and performances with an expressive depth they may never have realised their software or hardware synths were capable of.

Paired with the extraordinary control possibilities of Touché (classic version only), your hardware synthesizer take on a whole new sonic dimension. Get up and running in seconds with more than 250 presets for popular hardware instruments from companies such as Moog, DSI, Korg, Elektron, Roland, Nord, Novation and many more... Hardware presets can then be stored inside Touché to play with your synthesizers without a computer.

Based on the factory presets from a selection of synths, they cleverly map Touché’s axes of movements to relevant parameters. Discover our hardware presets

Fill the 8 slots of Lié with different MIDI CC messages, and set min/max values and sensitivity curves for each.

Store up to 24 hardware presets inside Touché by using the Memory View window of Lié.

Our templates replace the MIDI CC numbers with the actual names of the parameters. A full list of supported synths is available here.

Customize the four CV outputs of Touché from 0V/+5 V to -10V/+10V, draw sensitivity curves and send gates.

Scroll through presets and banks in standalone mode, using the two buttons and colour-coded LED of Touché.

Touché SE (Software Edition) adds expression, depth and musicality to software synthesizers and plug-ins. It includes a sound library with more than 250 factory sounds, pre-mapped to take full advantage of Touché SE’s extensive control capabilities, as well as including more than 250 presets for third-party VST instruments."

Yamaha MOTIF XF6 Dark Electronic Beats Synthesizer Rik Marston

Rik Marston Official

#yamahamotifxf6 #yamahasynthesizer #fmsynthesizer
Yamaha MOTIF XF6 Dark Electronic Beats"
Synthesizer Demo by Rik Marston
***Watch in HD!!*** **Turn It UP!** ***No Talking!!!***

The Yamaha XF6 music workstation keyboard synthesizer,
the apex of Yamaha production power, I love this synthesizer!
I am playing a Performance called "Distorted Dream" @ 97 BPM.
Instant grooves, beats, ARPs and incredible sound palette!
I could play this synthesizer ALL DAY LONG! CD quality music 100%!
I like the XF series better than Montage & MODX series IMO.
Great synth for the price!
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Vintage Oberheim Directors Chair From Original LA Office ?

via this auction

"Extremely rare Oberheim directors chair from their original LA office. One of a kind!"

Todd Barton Meditation Environments

Todd Barton

"This Friday on my Bandcamp I'll be releasing a digital download of my rare original cassette release, Meditation Environments, from 1986. To be played softly . . .

The Donation:
All proceeds will always go to the The United Way Fire Fund for aid, relief and rebuilding the communities near me, Talent and Phoenix, Oregon that were devastated by the Almeda Fire which began on September 8, 2020 just north of Ashland and swept through those neighboring towns. I have also built a webpage with links to specific donation paths for your further consideration: Indigenous, low income, and immigrant families, seasonal workers, Oregon Shakespeare Festival employees, and many more.

The Album
I composed this 1986 and was clearly influenced by Brian Eno's Ambient I: Music for Airports. Like its model I would recommend listening at a soft volume and even in the background. There is a "sonic wallpaper" quality to be enjoyed. In 1986 I sold the dubbed cassettes by mail order out of my studio. A few years later it had a limited commercial cassette run via World Room Music.

Usually I create a title before, during or after composing a piece. In this case, I had no titles in mind and used/consulted the I Ching for these two titles. 'I' means Providing Nourishment. 'Shih Ho' is Biting Through."



Beats evolved through Digitakt


WARNING: Watch your volume levels at the start of this one.

"Digitakt is a looping beast. Just build a beat, copy the pattern, mangle the sounds...repeat. I went through 4 versions of the same beat letting it evolve into what you hear.

00:00 Time fabric loop
00:07 Begin
00:58 Cruising the glitch fields
01:38 Searching for alternate dimensions
02:20 This one seems cozy
06:36 Hacking dimensional firewall
07:46 Low frequency modulation attack
08:14 Access Granted
09:01 Scan for punks
10:00 Reboot
10:36 Progress Bar
10:56 Recovering the hack
11:45 Decoding time crypt
12:49 New thread
13:55 Target locked
14:03 Dimension unstable, shutting down.

Samples used include selections from Comakid's new pack, Dusty Guitar Shots. The drums/percs are taken from the itijik NOX drum series, and a quick bass was recorded in direct from the moog lp.

All itijik Collective members will get a selection of samples from each pack our squad makes, royalty free, for their own projects! I've already posted download links for the original samples used on the discord server, so be sure to join up if you haven't already."

Introducing RUNNING ORDER: 6hp 2-channel trigger sequencer by


"Running Order is two tracks trigger generator: it can be a precise master clock or manipulate with incoming clock and works great in use as a sub-sequencer/divider in your eurorack environment

• 6 HP width, 30 mm depth (with plugged ribbon cable), power requirements: +12V: 30mA, -12V: 10 mA

• Zero-jitter clock generation: less than 50 microseconds internal clock jitter

• 101 style 1/16th note input mode (step/rest) with manual or CV controllable amount of triggers repeats when the active trigger step happens

• Euclidean mode enabled for each tracks where we set Euclidean total steps amount in the circle and then amount of triggers happening in that circle,

• Separate synchronization (reset) inputs, sync for track 1 is normalled to sync track 2

• clock divider for incoming external clock allows to quickly obtain various musical divisions on the fly incl. triplets of course but more importantly tuplets mode allows to stretch desired amount of triggers happening into a single bar

• separate mute buttons for each track

• 8 patterns of triggers sequences stored in the module and recalled on the next power on"

John Bowen Solaris - White SN 00122

via this auction

"John Bowen Solaris Synthesizer - Serial Number 122 - Built 2013

Beautiful, mint, almost brand new condition John Bowen Solaris in white finish. No scratches anywhere. Looks, works and sounds like new.

Has non-detented pots, but they work smoothly with no glitching or jumping. Volume knob has a very slight wobble that John Bowen himself confirmed is normal on some units manufactured during this time. There is no issue, no crackling or noise. Works perfectly.

Includes, power brick with US power cord, CF Card, USB CF card reader, printed owner's manual and original shipping documentation. Ships in original box and packing foam inserts, which will be supplemented with bubble wrap as needed."

Nord Lead Virtual Analog Synth SN 514306 w/ Gig Bag

via this auction

Note the red gig bag has Nord Lead 2, Nord Lead 3, and Electro printed on it, so it's a later case.

The Nord Lead was the first virtual analog synth to be released and imo it's still great. It has plenty of character. It also came with Prophet-5 presets that sound surprisingly close to the original, some dead on.

Roland RS-505 Paraphonic String Synth w/ Hard Case

via this auction

Casio CZ-1 Poly synthesizer SN 303145


via this auction

Sequential Circuits Six-trak Analog Synthesizer w Manuals And Original Box SN 002319

via this auction

A Brief History of Synthesizers by Soundfly


"This video is from our in-depth Advanced Synths and Patch Design course on Preview for free here:

About Soundfly
Soundfly helps curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it — subscribe now to start learning on the ’Fly:

About the Course
Tired of presets? Need more complex and interesting-sounding patches in your productions? Or maybe you want to be able to figure out the sounds from other artists' tracks? Whether you're a producer looking to level up your sound design chops or just want to have some fun diving down a synth-fueled rabbit hole, this course is designed to help you craft better synth sounds.

Throughout this course, we’ll look at popular synths, sounds, and post-processing techniques to help you develop strategies for creating better sounds from the ground up. From epic house leads to snarling dubstep basses and vintage '80s keyboard sounds, we’ll show you how to create patches step by step. Along the way, we’ll explain concepts related to subtractive synthesis, wavetable synthesis, FM synthesis, and sampling. In the end, you'll have a better idea of what type of synth to reach for in a particular situation, understand the ins and outs of creating patches, how to program better parts, and make better sounds than you ever thought you could.

Ready to level-up your synth skills? Sign up now:

Elisha Gray -
Telharmonium -
RCA Synthesizer -
Harald Bode -
Microprocessor -
Sound Synthesis and Sampling by Martin Russ-
Kurzweil K250 -

Moog 907 Filterbank Feedback Tones


"Getting some clangorous tones from the Moog 907a."

Soundpaint Experimental Strings and Pianos


"SOUNDPAINT is about freedom of (musical) expression. It is an Artificial Instrument engine that offers an eternity of possibilities and an engine that will adapt to each of its users' needs. In this little real-time demo we test a set of emotive strings combined with prepared piano. Enjoy!"

Additional SOUNDPAINT posts

Étude No.2 - Arbhar/Lúbadh/Morphagene/Desmodus Versio/Mimeophon/Rampage/Muxlicer

Omri Cohen

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

Here are some patch notes:
- Arbhar is set to wavetable mode and the Keystep Pro is sending pitch information to it.
- I'm using a looping function from Rampage to modulate the spread, and the other function is being triggered by the Keystep Pro, and it's opening the density of Arbhar.
- I'm also clocking Muxlicer with the Keystep Pro, which is sequencing the position of the wavetable.
- Arbhar is set to have its built-in reverb.
- I recorded Arbhar into Morphagene and Lubadh.
- Morphagene is playing the recording one octave lower and is going through Desmodus Versio.
- Lubadh is playing a small segment of the recording and its starting point is being modulated by the MIN and MAX outputs of Rampage. It's then going through the Mimeophon."

Mother Brain Boss Theme (Super Metroid) - Live Synth Cover


"Here's the Mother Brain final boss battle theme from Super Metroid arranged and performed live on my synthesizers + finger drumming controller.

I've covered a lot of Metroid recently and I was actually planning to move on to something else, but this haunting theme was stuck in my head and I felt compelled to play it. It's fitting for the times, I suppose!

This track is available as a high quality audio download for my Patrons:

Technical details:

All sounds performed live simultaneously (no pre-recorded material or overdubs).

The left hand horn / bass sound was programmed on the Sequential Prophet XL even though I'm controlling it from the mini keyboard on my Arcadia controller.

The right hand spooky sound consists of multiple layers: A pad created on the Prophet XL, a few stacked / detuned church organs from HALion Sonic and SWAM Trombones (the latter being mapped to one octave only). All these layers are pitch-swept simultaneously using an expression pedal.

Drum sounds were programmed with Native Instruments Battery 4.

The intro sound is played on the Arturia Microbrute which is running through Chase Bliss Audio's Thermae and MOOD pedals. The 'wet' knob on the Thermae is all the way up which is why there's a delay between what my fingers are doing and the sound you hear.

Hope you enjoy, thanks so much for your support!"

Launchpad Pro [MK3] - Sequencer: Pattern Settings & Pattern Page // Novation


NovationTV Launchpad Pro [MK3] posts

"In this video, as part of our Launchpad Pro [MK3] Sequencer tutorial series, Enrique shows you how you can use the Patterns Settings page to alter the way steps are played back within separate patterns."

"As part of our Launchpad Pro [MK3] Sequencer tutorial series, Enrique talks you through how you can use the Patterns feature of Launchpad Pro [MK3], demonstrating how you can chain Patterns together and how to queue changes with Scenes to easily create full tracks."

"Launchpad Pro [MK3] is our most powerful 64-pad MIDI grid controller for producing: both in Ableton Live and with your hardware. It gives you everything you need to create and perform your tracks.

Featuring deeper Live integration and dedicated buttons that get you closer to the Ableton workflow, Launchpad Pro [MK3] is our most advanced grid controller for producing with Ableton Live. Plus, keep your tracks evolving with the four-track, eight-note polyphonic, 32-step standalone sequencer, get inspired to build harmonies with chord mode and never hit a wrong note with scale mode.

Make Launchpad Pro [MK3] your own. Custom Modes lets you design the perfect controller for your live setup and perform with all your gear, however you want. You can also tailor Launchpad Pro [MK3] to take control of MIDI-compatible hardware and software – with or without a computer.

That’s not all, Launchpad Pro comes with a constant source of inspiration featuring plug-ins, sounds, instruments and effects from AAS, Softube, XLN Addictive Keys, and Klevgrand R0Verb and DAW Cassette- plus membership to Novation Sound Collective.

--- Discover even more about Launchpad Pro:"

Novation Groovebox app - live jams 2018

via SynthAddict in the comments of this post.

"great app - been using it for years as a huge Novation fan
I made all of these on the go in the iPhone while at lunch, waiting for appointments, bored shopping with the girlfriend, etc. - no canned loops used, all custom with lots of presets/FX tweaks - final sequenced pieces mixed on the fly to a stereo recorder"

Fifty Years of ARP: The 2500 in 2020 (a synthposium) Part One - Engineers and Developers

Alan R. Pearlman Foundation

Introduction by Dina Pearlman
Opening Remarks by Jean-Michel Jarre

Jim Michmerhuizen

Dave Friend, Technology entrepreneur, co-founder of ARP Instruments
Barry Ober, Audio Engnieer, member of the original ARP 2500 Engineering Team
John Niclasen, NicomSoft Software Engineer, Physicist, Musician, Developer of G2500 Virtual Analog (Virtual ARP 2500) – and John Ångstrøm, Creative Input, Collaborator, Musician.
Kristin Warren, Performer, creator of various interactive instruments interfacing with the 2500

Fifty Years of ARP: The 2500 in 2020 (a synthposium) posts

Sequence Reinforcement


"Let’s consider multing the pitch of a sequence and using it to sequence something else at the same time, to reinforce the shape of the sequence in our ears and minds: we can sequence timbre, LFO rates - even panning!"

LIRA•8 VST // Organismic Synthesizer in Software

Mike Moreno DSP

Source Code (GitHub):

Available for free as VST3 and standalone for Linux64, Windows and MacOS.

Disclaimer: The Lira•8 project is not affiliated and does not represent SOMA laboratories.

The Lira•8 is a digital attempt at emulating SOMA Lab's Lyra-8 signal flow and sound.
The Lyra 8 is a Russian drone synthesizer with 8 tunable voices each, FM, dual delay, hyper LFO and distortion.
It makes it optimal for drones, ambient landscapes, outer space sounds, etc."

Behringer ARP 2600 In Production

Two pics from the production line of the upcoming Behringer ARP 2600. You can see the front panel here, and previous pic of the PCB unpopulated here, and videos here.

Wild sounds for Minimoog model D and Strymon BigSky Reverb #2


"Do you like wild sounds ?
Here is a demo of wild sounds played on Minimoog model D
and Strymon BigSky Reverb 2.
Only live sounds
no talking, no midi, no presets (ah ah), no sequencer"

Gotharman's SpazeDrum Black: Analog Percussion


"Playing a bit with the analog percussion osciilator..."

YAMAHA CS-40M - Review, Sounds & Demo | Analog Synthesizer


"Yamaha CS-40M analog synthesizer review, sounds and demo. This Yamaha CS-40M review provides an overview of the synth, the CS40M's features and functions, and an extensive sound demo of CS-40M patches, presets and live improvisation.

00:00 - Intro
00:49 - Overview
02:03 - VCO/EG/LFO
06:04 - Ring Mod/Noise
07:15 - VCF/VCA/EG
12:23 - Performance Controls
15:29 - Conclusion
16:45 - Sound Demo

Introduced in 1979, the Yamaha CS-40M is a 2-voice duophonic monosynth with extensive modulation and sound shaping capabilities. It has a 44 note keyboard, 36 knobs, 12 sliders and lots of buttons for hands-on control and editing. There are also 20 patches of memory to store patches and presets.

The Yamaha CS40m has 2 VCOs per voice with triangle, sawtooth, and square (pulse/PWM) per oscillator. It also has 1 LFO (sine, up-ramp, down-ramp, square, and sample-and-hold) with speed and depth control, an AR (attack/release) envelope generator for each VCO/LFO/Ring Mod, and Ring Modulator with speed and depth control.

Also on-board the Yamaha CS0-40M is a simple mixer for both VCOs and noise, as well as a multimode VCF (LP/BP/HP) with cutoff, resonance and ASDR envelope controls which can be modulated via LFO (sine, saw, inverted saw, square, sample & hold). VCO AR and VCF ADSR envelopes can also be inverted.

The CS-40M's VCA features 2 sinewaves for deep bass, as well as modulation via multiple waveshapes (sine, saw, inverted saw, square) plus ADSR envelope control. The VCO, VCF and VCA envelopes also have x5 switches to extend their effect. The Yamaha CS-40M also has CV/Trigger outputs for each voice and CV inputs as well as hands-on performance controls for portamento, sustain, brilliance, volume and filter/pitch.

Although the Yamaha CS 40M only has a single LFO, it can modulate the 2 VCOs, VCF and VCA using different waveforms at each destination. This allows for more complex modulations to be achieved. The Yamaha CS-40M's tone can be described as dusty, earthy, mellow, but also more aggressive at times depending on how it is programmed. It is also a fun synth for analog textures, noise and fx.

The Yamaha CS-40M is quite a large and heavy synth, still somewhat obscure, and not as readily available on the second hand market compared to other more popular synths. As a vintage duophonic analog monosynth, it is capable of interesting sounds and timbres that some may find unique for their music or sound design. As such I do recommend keeping an eye out for the Yamaha CS-40M if you like its overall sound and features."

Roland FANTOM CV/GATE out to SYSTEM-500 - "Weightless" song by gattobus


"This performance was played and recorded in real time using Roland FANTOM as master controller and SYSTEM-500 modular synthesizer as main sound source.

FANTOM CV OUT 1 is controlling the Bass Part (left hand) and CV/GATE 2 is controlling the Lead Part (right hand).
Modwheel's been assigned to CV OUT 3 controlling the Filter Cutoff and VCA.

I used a DrumLoop sample (made with TR-8s), loaded in FANTOM Sample Pad and processed through its Analog Filter.

BOSS Analog Chorus CE-2W was used on the bass part and DM-2W Analog Delay was used on the Lead Part.

SoundToys LittlePlate was used as master reverb.
Recorded, mixed and mastered on Ableton Live 10."

Suzuki TES-371S (WARAKU III) Electronic Taishogoto / Koto Synthesizer

via this auction

"This instrument is beautiful, although it has some minor fine scratches on the instrument.

A photo-copy of user manual written in Japanese language will be provided.
An AC100V to DC 10V adapter with center negative will be provided.

Technical information:
Dimensions: 72 × 22 × 9 cm.
Weight: Instrument Wt : Approx. 2.716 kg, Case: 2.390 kg, Total : 5.106 kg.
Package Weight : 7 to 8 Kg.
Accessories: Pick, AC100V to DC10V power adaptor and a semi-hard case.

Roland SH-101

via this auction


via this auction

"Fully serviced earlier this year including new display and new tact switches throughout (the working bit of the buttons, all have been replaced) and keybed fully cleaned. An absolutely amazing synth this, check the video by Matt Johnson of Jamiroquai [posted here] to see on reason why these are now getting the recognition they deserve (although they were always a secret weapon for sound designers). I have a VSynth XT too and am only keeping that one over this due to space constraints. Time Trip pad and D Beams work great (both of which I'll miss for 'on the fly' madness), everything operates as it should."

DJ & Producer Derrick Carter Synths for Sale

96 listed for sale here

"Legendary house DJ & producer Derrick Carter brings decades of storied gear to Reverb. Shop pro audio equipment, drum machines, and more from across his career. This shop isn’t a dream state—it’s for real."

Pictured here:

Roland TR-808
Waldorf Q newer blue model
Roland JD-800
Yamaha VL1
Sequential Circuits Prophet VS (SN 0943)

Waldorf Iridium 2020

via this auction

Thought this was an interesting pic as you can clearly see the green tint in the control sections on the bottom half of the front panel.

Dreadbox Erebus V3 (ltd. edition)

via this auction

"One of the 120 limited editons of the Erebus V3, sporting the awesome 80s colours of their Hypnosis multi-effect box. This unit is complete (adapter, wristband, card), but comes without the original box, as I used a friend in the US to get this across the Atlantic. I also bought 10 pink patch cables that go beautifully with this unit, which are included in this offer.

I bought this synth quite impuslively at the start of the pandemic, as I wanted something new to play with, and I really dislike the regular version's color. I jumped on this unit when I saw it for sale, but then, a few weeks later a somewhat affordable MS-20M crossed my path and I haven't touched this Dreadbox ever since. I don't think I even made it past 10 hours of playing time. It has no signs of use. Everything is in perfect condition. As you can see in the photos, the power supply can be changed to fit either a US or European socket."

Teenage Engineering Introduces the OB–4 Magic Radio

teenage engineering

Not a synth, but a tool. Kind of interesting. Also available in red.

via Teenage Engineering

introducing OB–4, the portable high fidelity loudspeaker with two 4'' bass drivers and a pair of neodymium tweeters that deliver crystal clear, open natural sound with 38 watts per channel — that's around 100 decibels
of incredible sounding stereo. listen using line input, bluetooth, FM radio and disk. the interface is minimal, with only the things you really need. yet if you look below the surface, there's a lot more than meets the eye.

DSI Pro 2 & TC Electronic Dark Matter


Arcaico Invictus panel control #modularsynthesizer #eurorack #arcaico

Arcaico Instruments

"An overview of the controls of the Arcaico Invictus quad slope / envelope generator."

Korg Wavestate Tutorial Ratcheting / Berlin School


"This is a tutorial on how to create a Ratcheting effect on the Korg Wavestate. Ratcheting means retriggering a note or a step in a sequence multiple times. You could also call it note repeat. It is frequently used in the Berlin School type of electronic music.

My music on Bandcamp:


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

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