MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, October 1, 2020

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Thursday, October 01, 2020

All the sounds the Prophet-6 can make that the Prophet-5 Can't


For the Prophet-6 owners, all is not lost now that the Prophet-5 and Prophet-10 have been announced. The Prophet-6 still holds its own.

Video description:

"The new/old Prophet-5 was announced today.

I get it. I want one.

But what about my beautiful Prophet-6?? It can literally do all those things and MORE.

Here's some things the prophet-6 can do that the new prophet-5 can NOT:

-variable waveshaping
-sub oscillator
-dual effects
-high pass filter
-polymod to waveshape
-polymod to high pass
-distortion?? maybe I should look this up.

and more??????

I just love my Prophet-6 so much.

I probably won't get the P5.

Unless a super cool deal comes along.

(I really hope so)."

RIP Oleg Parastaev - 80s Soviet Synthpop Альянс - На заре (At dawn) USSR, 1987

Олег Парастаев

This one is in via Soviet Space Child, who let me know of Oleg Parastaev's passing back in June of this year. Oleg was one of the keyboard players in the Soviet band Alliance, featured above. That's him with the hat. He actually wrote the song as well. The synth used for the song, and what you are hearing, is an original Sequential Circuits Prophet-10, as mentioned in the video below. The synths used in the video are of course props. You can see they are not connected.

Side note: It's interesting having to differentiate between an original Prophet-10 and the newly released Prophet-10.

На заре - Новости проекта Выпуск 1 (17.10.2019)

Олег Парастаев

Prophet-10 comes in at 1:07. You can enable CC on the bottom right of the player for a rough translation.

Baseck Plays: Roland TR-06 Drum Machine With Eurorack

Perfect Circuit

"​@baseck came to our studio to record some sounds with the new Roland TR-06. This is the newest Roland Boutique and it hast the looks and sounds of a vintage TR-606 drum machine. The TR-06 also has TR-808 and TR-909 sounds built in as well as multiple built in distortions and delays.

There are 5 trigger outputs on the TR-06, making it perfect for triggering eurorack modules or standalone drum synths with trigger inputs. You can also use it to advance a melodic sequencer and have all of your timing controlled by the TR-06. Also the TR-06 feels even more solid in your hands than a 606 which was made of plastic.


00:00 TR-06 with eurorack
01:31 What Baseck likes about the TR-06
02:07 TR-06 by itself

Roland TR-06 available here:"

And one from Basek's channel:



"My directorial debut I hope you enjoy"

Sonicware Liven 8bit - 1st noodle


"Finally arrived today and have to say it’s even more fun than I expected. Nice balance of immediate gratification, and depth and tweakability.

(This is straight out of the box using my phone mic from the built-in speaker on the synth)"

Silent Strike - Autumn

Silent Strike

"Modular Paraphonic Patch Improv

Oscs - Mutable Instruments Braids, Plaits, Elements & Synthesis Technology E370
Effects - 4ms Tapographic Delay & Dual Looping Delay, Erica Synths DSP, Make Noise Erbe-Verb, Tiptop Z-DSP
Drums - Folktek Mescaline
Other Pops & Clicks - Blue Lantern Darpa 7200"

Super 64 Patch Bank - UDO Super 6 Full Preview

Major OSC

"Available at

check out MajorOSC on patreon and become a supporter.

MajorOSC presents: SUPER 64 for the UDO Super 6. A collection of 64 slick new patches for this incredible hybrid polysynth. This will install directly into User Banks A-H. 64 presets in total. Plus, 14 Custom Waveforms. Adding them is optional and it will not negatively affect the presets. - As an added precaution, the presets were also tested with stock waveforms, and will perform perfectly fine with either one.

Banks / Styles
A - Showcase Presets - Pads, Plucks, Keys, Leads
B - Brass & Pads
C - Bold Leads
D - Bass
E - Pads and Keys
F - Mono and Rhythmic
G - FM, Wavetable Oddities, and World Instruments
H - Overflow"

Polykobol II RSF Vintage French Synthesizer demo II


"Polykobol II RSF Vintage French Synthesizer demo II

Sequence , Arpeggio, Pad, Fx played on the Polykobol II Synthesizer

more here :"

PAiA 1976 Product Catalog, Featuring the GNOME MICRO-SYNTHESIZER

via this auction

Yamaha QS300 Music Production Synthesizer Brochure

via this auction

You can find previous posts featuring the QS300 including demos here.

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 3 SN 4599

via this auction

Curious if prices will go down now that the new Prophet-5 and Prophet-10 have been announced.

"This Prophet 5 is in really nice shape, is fully functional, and sounds great. There is some wear with scratches and a few small dings, but looks amazing for it's age. It has been retrofitted with MIDI capabilities and also recently serviced by a professional technician.

Services Performed:
-Disassemble keyboard completely
-Clean and replace all grommets under keys
-Repair several J wires
-De-oxidize all key contacts
-Re-level keyboard
-Remove and replace all power related tantalum capacitors
-Resolder all stake type connectors and de-oxidize all inter board connectors
-Repair MUX control system in front panel
-Clean all potentiometers
-Re-mount transformer
-Replace power cord
-Replace lithium battery for memory
-Check basic operation of MIDI (early 90's Kenton type midi, transmits on ch#1).
-Re-oil and clean case, repair several stripped screws
-Repair several previous internal repairs that should have been done better
-Check operation"

Critter & Guitari - Chordi for Organelle

Critter & Guitari

"Download this patch here:

Chordi is a chord sequencer! Set each chord individually in a four-chord sequence. Chords are played with samples. Choose one of 24 samples that come with the patch, or record new ones! Control the sampler playback and add delay or filter. Send your chords to another instrument with MIDI, or use MIDI to tempo sync. Chordi is a songbuilder! Use this patch to make chord progressions and use the audio input to play another instrument along with your progression, or plug in a MIDI keyboard and jam out."

4ms Percussion Interface (PI) & Expander - Teaser

4ms Company

Note the Percussion Interface made its first appearance at SUPERBOOTH 2019 and 2020.

"The Percussion Interface (PI) and PI Expander are a pair of Eurorack modules that generate gates and envelopes from acoustic drums, samplers, drum machines and virtually any audio source. Converting microphone, instrument, line and modular signals into CV and clock/gate signals, the PI and PI Expander are suited for synchronizing sequencers or other modules to the rhythm of an audio track or live percussion. The modules can simultaneously be used as a pre-amp for microphones or line-level signals, while generating inverted envelopes useful for side-chaining. The PI module contains all the core functionality and can be used without the Expander to conserve space. The Expander requires the main PI module and adds three gain stage options, a modular-level audio output jack, a 1/4” (6.35mm) input jack, and envelope attenuation capabilities.


Percussion Interface and PI Expander features:

Sensitivity knob, Low/Medium/High gain switch, and clipping LED

Sustain control to prevent misfires, increase gate length, and control the envelope

Envelope decay control

Non-inverted and inverted envelope outputs, useful for side chaining

Four envelope outputs: two attenuated with independent attenuators, and two non-attenuated

Envelope following or generation modes

Gate output for clocking sequencers or any unit with a clock or trigger input

Compatibility with drums, samplers, microphones, drum machines, etc.

1/4" input jack (6.35mm)

4HP each


Dove Audio MuSeq Update


"It's been a while since I did an update, have had a lot going on in my life, but things are settling slowly.
Please excuse wobbly camera and less than stellar sound as I haven't quite found the rest of my video rig."

Dove Audio MuSeq posts

Studio 6+1 - Iverson Sequencer with the AKAI APC Mini

Omri Cohen

"Here is the Studio 6+1 collection -
Here are the patches -
00:00 - Patch 1
10:39 - Patch 2

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

New Cherry Audio DCO-106 - Juno-106 Software Emulation

Exploring DCO-106 with Phil Bennett (Starship)

Cherry Audio

"The new DCO-106 has arrived!

Recreating the sound of a classic synthesizer is no easy task. DCO-106 lovingly recreates the unique sonic footprint of one the most iconic 80’s polysynths in exhaustive detail, while adding modern features for massively expanded creativity.

The DCO-106 is both easy to understand and powerful to explore, creating a massive array of sonic landscapes, cutting lead sounds, warm and hazy pads, punchy synthetic electro drums, and far more.

New Sequential Prophets on the Rack and Ready to Ship!

Prophets on the rack. :)

Proof Sequential will be shipping them this month.

See the dealers on the right for availability!

You can find full details and demos on the new Sequential Prophet-5 and Prophet-10 posted directly below, here if you aren't on the front page.

Sequential Re-Introduces the Prophet-5 and Prophet-10 Synthesizers

"The new Prophet-5 is Dave Smith's return to the analog poly synth that changed the world. It embodies all three revisions of the legendary synth — Rev1, Rev2, Rev3 — and now, the Rev4. History never sounded better.

Soundtrack exclusively by Prophet-5. Yes, even the drums."

Both models will be available in October. The Prophet-5 has a US MAP of $3,499. The Prophet-10 has a US MAP of $4,299. Note there is an additional video demo by INHALT further below.

And the press release (pics below):

"Sequential Reintroduces the Prophet®-5, the Synth that Revolutionized an Industry

San Francisco, CA—Oct 1, 2020—After months of clandestine development, Sequential today announced the reintroduction of its most famous and beloved instrument: the Prophet-5. Timed to coincide with founder Dave Smith’s 70th year, the instrument revisits a landmark era in American analog synthesizer design and marks an authentic and authoritative return to roots for the legendary pioneer of electronic instruments.

“It’s not often that you get to revisit your past, retrieve some of its magic, and give it new life,” said Dave Smith. “The Prophet-5 was one of the most exciting instruments to appear in an equally exciting time for music and technology. It’s gratifying to rediscover that its sound and aesthetics are just as appealing now as they were then.”

Faithful to the original, the new Prophet-5 features five voices with two multi-waveform analog oscillators, resonant analog low-pass filters and amplifiers, and a filter and amplifier envelope per voice. Modulation is provided by a multi-waveshape LFO and Poly Mod, a ground-breaking modulation scheme for its time that allowed the filter envelope and oscillator B to be routed to a variety of destinations including filter cutoff frequency, oscillator A frequency, and oscillator A pulse width.

The new Prophet-5 features original, genuine Curtis VCOs and filters as used in the Prophet-5 Rev3, as well as the Dave Rossum-designed SSI 2140 filter, the modern counterpart of the original SSM 2040 Rossum designed in the Prophet-5 Rev1 and Rev2. “We made the new Prophet-5 the best of all Prophets by embodying all three revisions of the original. We did this by adding a Rev switch to the front panel, so you can choose your preferred filter.”

Smith continued, “We also researched what made the original P-5 sound the way it did — organic and alive — and found that a lot of that desirable character was due to fluctuations and differences in the response times and frequencies of the individual oscillators, filters, and envelopes from voice to voice. So we also added a Vintage knob that loosens all of them up like they were in the old days. You can dial in progressively more vintage character as you go from a very stable “4,” as in Prophet-5 Rev4, all the way to “1,” as in Prophet-5 Rev1, which was the most temperamental of all Prophet-5s. We’ve even included the original factory sound set for the full vintage experience.”

Other modern enhancements include velocity sensitivity and aftertouch to increase expressiveness, as well as MIDI and USB connectivity. Control voltage and gate ins/outs are also present for connecting modular synths and other gear. The new Prophet-5 is housed in a collector-worthy, premium-quality, steel and hand-oiled sustainable black walnut heartwood body, with a full, five-octave, semi-weighted Fatar keybed.

Sequential is simultaneously offering the Prophet-10, a ten-voice version of the synthesizer with the same sound engine and collector-worthy design. “I originally designed the first Prophet in both five-voice and ten-voice versions. But the five-voice model was the one that achieved mass production. We thought it would be fun and fitting to reintroduce the ten-voice as well, to make the circle complete.” Sequential Circuits’ later product, the dual-manual, bi-timbral Prophet-10, was a different instrument in both concept and execution.

Both models will be available in October. The Prophet-5 has a US MAP of $3,499. The Prophet-10 has a US MAP of $4,299."

Sequential Prophet 5 Rev4 INHALT Sound Design of Factory Patches Demo

"There are few synthesizers that spark deep emotions and reverence. The Prophet 5 is one of them. Its history is marked by both the counter and the dominant cultural works; wether listening to the independent outings of New Musik and Skinny Puppy, the art of Japan and Sakamoto, the disco of Cowely, the soundtracks of Carpenter or the pop of McCartney and Madonna, it collectively becomes clear that the Prophet 5 is the great enabler of the modern musical expression. If the Model D is the left hand the Prophet 5 is the right. And rightly so, as its genius and genuineness transitioned the 5 from "tool of novelty" firmly into the place of an exuberant enabler of the creative expression. From decade to decade, its design and purity allowed it to slot into a music production unweathered and unbiased by whatever style is in vogue. Yet, it's always fashionable and it always sits right where it's supposed to. Put simply, it's a workhorse that inspires. Whatever the revision. And now, that story, that lineage continues with the Rev 4.

It's with absolute honor, gratitude, and exhilaration that I accepted the offer to work on the factory patches for Sequential's latest chapter in the story of the Prophet 5. Sound designing alongside the superb voicing team has been a wonderful collaboration with a company I consider family and my way to give thanks for the career that the Prophet 5 has helped me build. Unlike other projects I've done in the past, part of my testing of the Rev 4 included putting it through an actual studio music production. I'm currently in the middle of producing two LP's (the artists Some Ember and Patriarchy) and the Rev 4 got used heavily on both. The main question I sought to answer: "does it handle the same as a vintage unit". What became abundantly clear: the Rev 4 isn't like a Prophet 5, isn't inspired by a Prophet 5, ins't referencing a Prophet 5; it is a Prophet 5. Through and through in every sense of the very defining characteristics of the 5. It's a Prophet 5. Period. And in many regards it's better. Why?

Rapid fire MIDI, Fatar keybed, both genuine SSM (SSI) filters and VCAs, genuine Curtis filters and oscillators, a perfectly tuned LFO and envelopes, the ability to actually save LFO amount settings, velocity, aftertouch, the same voice allocation as the original ... and zero repairs needed with no sacrifice to the soul of what makes the 5 the 5. It looks the same with minor additions that can be completely ignored if you choose. You can play it like the original and you can expect it to do exactly what the original does. Or you can take advantage of all of the modern facilities. I also made a set of patches that were the same sounds on both a vintage 5 and the Rev 4 and quickly cycling playing the same passage on the 2 instruments, for all in the room, it was impossible to tell what's what and who's who.

The amount of care, attention to detail, and workmanship that has gone into the Rev 4 is remarkable and I am honored to have been a part of the team putting it through the paces. Sequential is a special company. It's marked by integrity, friendship, care, and carries on a tradition of producing musical instruments from that platform. The Rev 4 is a Prophet 5 and ONLY Sequential can make that.

Please note, the Rev 4 in the video is a prototype unit and I recorded this with a beta firmware. As such, while the synth was largely done there are some changes both to the panel and to the OS that are in the final shipping version (obviously). The Prophet 5 was recorded straight into Pro Tools HD and no post processing or fx were added. What you're hearing is the raw Rev 4."

All the press pics:

Roland GR-100 GR-300 - You MUST Do This Mod! Power Supply Repair - Vintage Analog Guitar Synth DIY


"This video details a modification to the GR-100, GR-300 or GR-33B power supply. Replacing the problematic tantalum capacitors with much more reliable modern equivalents."

Asadi Plays: Native Instruments Maschine+ Standalone Groovebox

Perfect Circuit

"​@ASADI came by our studio in Burbank to play some Persian Trap on the Native Instruments Maschine+ and his Setar. Read our article about the new Maschine+ here:

The Maschine+ is in the same form factor as the Maschine MKIII but it works as a standalone device so you don't need to bring a computer along to use it. You can load samples onto it with an SD card and in addition to sampling it has a bunch of Native Instruments synthesizers built in like Massive, FM8 and Monark.

Maschine+ available here:"

BugBrand MonoMeter & News


"I've been meaning to make use of this little meter for years..
First try with a prototype.
Camera mic!"

And the news via the BugBrand mailing list:

"After a year of slow tinkering (/procrastinating) the new website finally launched a few weeks back.
The new one is nice & clean, I think - a good deal lighter in appearance than the old, with a good deal of tidying up & info adding.

Go check here:

Fingers crossed all the online ordering works smoothly - do please email if you encounter any issues.

One aspect in all of this was changing the webhosting - this seems to have caused a few issues with email, in particular some replies from me going missing, especially with attachments such as PDF invoices. This is frustrating!

I always try to stay on top of email replies, so if things suddenly go quiet or you don't hear back from me then you can always give me a nudge using my bugbrand AT gmail com email address.

So, I've been kind of storing up a few new releases as I didn't want to add them to the old site. Here we go!
[Click the title links!]

I've reimagined the old parametric so that we have a regular production EQ device - initial stock is available online!
It remains purely manual in control - I spent a lot of time trying out Voltage Control approaches, but nothing stuck as yet, and there's a lot to be said for keeping things simple! This is great for transforming the audio spectrum of signals - and there might even be a complementary 2FW mono something to pair with it... prototyping at the moment.

***Expanded COFilter***
The (Active) Expander for the current CrossOverFilter should now be in semi-regular production. The above links to the standalone combo package but I can also provide it as a module with new 5FW case - just email to discuss. A new batch is on the bench but there are two completed units ready & in the online store.

***Multiplier Module***
A new polarizing VCA module (1FW) for the Blues. I've still got a few made from the 1st batch with more to follow shortly.
(In general I have regular stock of most current Blue designs - most ready built on the shelf - always email order only so do shout!)

***PT Delay Slight Seconds***
The latest batch of PT Delay standalones had a few minor panel imperfections - small scratches or blemishes - so they've been marked down slightly in price.

***Banana Cables***
I just restocked & added a further sample pack of 4 x 50cm cables - regularly available!

Next up is continued catching up - restocking items like the SComp & DRM2, keeping the modular line ticking over, making up systems, ongoing bubbling prototype work...And remembering too to sometimes step away from work!
Spinning always.

Best autumnal wishes,

Making DnB on Digitakt using samples!

Electronisounds Audio


"I make some DnB beats on the Digitakt using my *Bonus Freebie* DnB sample pack that is included when you purhase my 'All Digitakt Soundbanks Bundle'.

You can of course utilize many of these techniques using samples from other DnB genre sample packs or from your own sample library.

Thanks for watching!

Whatever kind of music you are making - KEEP IT UP, Friends!
Don't stop making *YOUR MUSIC*!!"

MAKEN0ISE "Office Hours" -- patch with us on Thursday, Oct.1


""Office Hours," our weekly live-patching livestream returns this Thursday, October 1st at 1pm EST!

This week, Pete from our Instagram channel returns to take your 0-Coast + 0-CTRL patch suggestions! Will there be surprises? Who knows, but probably."

Launchpad Pro [MK3] - Sequencer: Micro Steps // Novation


NovationTV Launchpad Pro [MK3] posts

"In this video, as part of our Launchpad Pro [MK3] Sequencer Tutorial series, Enrique talks you through how you can use Micro Steps with Launchpad Pro [MK3].

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:"

Lo-Fi Junky effect

Happy Nerding

"Lo-Fi Junky effect added to the 'Shaper' Category under the 'Lo-Junky' name."

Gotharman's SpazeDrums: 8 voices?


"Testing out some possible new functionality for the next SpazeDrum update (for both SpazeDrums). Please note that the 4 extra voices do not have any analog circuitry. They are purely digital voices. The samples used are from Drum Drops (Premier and Rogers kits)."

Jan Hammer - Crockett's Theme (Miami Vice) Cover


"This is my cover of one of the fabulous tracks created by Jan Hammer for the iconic 80s TV series 'Miami Vice': Crockett's Theme.

To recreate the sound of the guitar as close as possible to the original one, I created a virtual instrument (playing various notes/slides/palm muting/etc. of my Les Paul) and thanks to the synth I was able to play it giving it the electronic effect, and recreate all of them the small pitch bends characteristic of Jan Hammer's legendary guitar.

The bass line having been created with an arpeggio in random mode (on the Jupiter-8), in certain points of the track it can be a little different from the original.

Thanks to my wife's passion for sewing, we decided to try to recreate the 'Crockett' style t-shirt and blazer from scratch, with the fabrics we had available at home.

Special thanks to the Brogan brothers of 'Modeling' and John Wilburn for their incredible support!


John Wilburn:

It was really difficult to recreate the track and video of this classic (it took a few months and a lot of energy), but I hope you enjoy my tribute to this classic ;)

***Please note: my videos are not live performances, but are music videos, accompanying for the covers I create. The original graphics and music from which I take inspiration belong to their respective owners. I am just a fan and I recreate animations/graphics/tracks only for personal passion and to pay homage to these great timeless classics***"

Modeling | Low Fantasy Alt Version (Live In Studio)


"Thank you guys for pre saving our track Low Fantasy. We're really excited to share this one with you all. As a thank you we made this fun alternate version of low fantasy live from in our home studio.

'Low Fantasy' out 9.3.20

Stream |"

Mode Machines OMF-1 Moog Oakley Analogue 24dB Filterbank

via this auction

"1U rack filter built like a tank in Germany from Mode Machines. Bought new a few months ago and used a couple times, basically open box item, mint condition. Ships with all original materials plus Eu -> US adapter.

The OMF-1 is a four pole true analogue filter. The product is based on the famous transistor ladder filter developed by Dr Bob Moog in the 1960s. A front panel pot controls the filter cut-off frequency, another controls the resonance. The resonance control is not configured to cause volume drop when turned up.

The filter can be made to oscillate if required."

Roland TB-303 Bass Line Synthesizer

via this auction

Roland RS-505 Paraphonic 49-Key Synthesizer

via this auction

Classic Vintage Yamaha CS30 Mono Synth SN 1582

via this auction


via this auction, also on Reverb

"there's a cool article in Sound on sound about the 2 :
Opening up my RS202 produced a second surprise. The boards in the Roland may be laid out differently from those in the MX202, but apart from a bit of point-to-point cabling in the Multivox where the Roland uses connectors, you could pull a board out of one of these synths, and stick it in the other. I'm not talking just about geometry here. Other than the keyboard mechanism and the details of which screw goes where, these boards are the same, right down to component level. In other words, the MX202 and the RS202 are the same instrument

Everything works, got that great analog sound, and you turn on those chorus options and bam ahhhh here it is, that Classic Roland vintage sound.

These are getting rare and will go up in value with the price of good analog vintage Roland synths going up by the week.
*Vintagesynth website gives the RS-202 a 4 stars/excellent"

Roland Juno-60 Analog Synthesizer With Custom Case and JSQ-60 Sequencer

via this auction

Casio Casiotone MT-520 w/ Original Box

via this auction

"Casio Casiotone MT-520 Synthesizer Elec-Keyboard🎹Drum Pads🥁TESTED WORKS⚡W-ORIGINAL BOX👈 POWER ADAPTER INC. practically brand new,shows very little wear, adult owned mid-key size piano. Vintage 80s design🕵 Nostalgic Casio sounds bring back the childhood memories.Tested w-batteries & pwr adapter👌 speakers sound great 💪Original box in fantastic shape but shows some wear/staple holes, Even original bag & styrofoam-
Drum pads are clean/ keys flow/all buttons n knobs work👌
"SUPER DRUMS" feature
Real time memory for versatile playback
12 pre-set sounds -"SUPER PCM RYTHEM SECTION."

Kawai K5000S Additive Synth

via this auction

Roland TS-6S: Walkthrough and Demos!

Red Means Recording

Press release post here.

"Today we look at the TR-6S, Rolands little baby drum machine, synth, and sample playback box.

00:00 into
00:57 sequencing
05:14 variations, chaining, fills
09:12 motion recording
10:47 performance demo
12:15 making a kit
15:08 kit controls
17:40 performance demo
19:34 sound controls
26:17 samples
30:19 outro"

Touellskouarn - Ar Merc'het Brao - Dual Overdrive Filter - Bass Demo.


"Elektron Analog 4 Bass Seq into Ar Merc'het Brao, cv inputs are 2 different synced S&H."

Roland Introduces Three New Drum Machines - Boutique TR-06, TR-6S, and a TR-606 in Software

Update: Part 2 added:

via Roland:

The TR-6S Rhythm Performer features a six-track sequencer and a battery-powered box that will fit in just about any space. The device recreates the legendary sounds of Roland drum machines like the 808, 909, 707, 606, and more, and allows users to mix and match them with preset and custom samples and futuristic FM tones.

The TR-06 Drumatix is the modernized update to the Roland TR-606 Drumatix that allows users to control tuning, decay, and pan, and includes advanced features like sub-steps for ratcheted parts, step-loop for instant pattern slicing, and more. This new drum machine incorporates a USB audio interface, and features battery operation and a built-in speaker for easy on-the-go production.

The TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer is the new plug-in version of the original ‘80s classic made for DAW music production. This software introduces powerful features, like the ability to overdrive the internal circuitry, an expanded step sequencer with lanes for each sound, and pairing with the TR-8S and TR-06.


And the full Press Release:

Roland Adds Three New Models to the TR Drum Machine Series

The Famous TR Lineup Expands with the TR-6S Rhythm Performer, TR-06 Drumatix, and TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer

Los Angeles, CA, October 1, 2020 — Roland welcomes three new instruments to the famous TR drum machine family. Based on the flagship TR-8S, the TR-6S Rhythm Performer delivers next-generation TR performance in a compact and affordable package. The TR-06 Drumatix is the latest addition to the Roland Boutique series, blending the sounds and workflow of the ‘80s-era TR-606 hardware with modern enhancements. Also based on the TR-606, the TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer expands Roland Cloud’s Legendary series with another renowned TR instrument.

TR drum machines have driven music culture for decades, forming the backbone of hip-hop, pop, and electronic styles and defining the sound of multiple genres and sub genres. Roland continues to honor the historic legacy of the TR series and expand the product family, offering both modern recreations and innovative new instruments that bring fresh creative possibilities to today’s musicians, producers, and DJs.

TR-6S Rhythm Performer

The TR-6S delivers the same speaker-pummeling, window-rattling, body-moving sound of its bigger sibling. It features a six-track sequencer and the most iconic rhythm sounds in music history—all in a battery-powered box that fits just about anywhere. Authentic recreations of legendary Roland drum machines like the 808, 909, 707, 606, and more are included, and users can mix and match them with preset and custom samples and futuristic FM tones to create exotic hybrid kits.

The sound of modern music owes a lot to the classic step sequencer—and the “TR-REC” variety found in early Roland drum machines in particular. The TR-6S employs the same tried-and-true approach, elevated with real-time recording and modern enhancements. And with an array of expressive effects, users can take their rhythm tracks to new levels. The TR-6S is a high-quality USB audio/MIDI interface too, perfect for mobile or minimal production setups.

TR-06 Drumatix

The TR-06 is a detailed replica of the Roland TR-606 Drumatix from the 1980s—with some major modern upgrades. This new Roland Boutique version captures the distinctive tone and iconic look of the original while reimagining it with bold new sound-crafting potential. Users can control tuning, decay, and pan for each instrument, or crank up the internal gain for each circuit model and push it into warm overdrive or aggressive distortion. An onboard compressor adds fullness and punch, while the tempo delay creates depth and space.

Like the original, the TR-06 has a familiar and straightforward step sequencer. But now it’s been updated with advanced features like sub-steps for ratcheted parts, step-loop for instant pattern slicing, and more. With five trigger outputs and a trigger input, the TR-06 integrates nicely with modular setups. It's a high-quality USB audio interface too, and features battery operation and a built-in speaker for production on the go.

TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer

With the TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer, the underground ‘80s classic is now available as a plug-in for DAW music production. The software version has the same sound and behavior of the original, plus powerful new features that virtually modify the circuitry for more sound choices and faster, more fluid programming.

Like the TR-06 hardware, the TR-606 plug-in offers tuning, decay, and pan on each instrument and the ability to overdrive the internal circuitry. The step sequencer has been expanded with lanes for each sound, and each pattern has eight variations plus adjustable flams, sub-steps, and soft hits.

Users can pair the TR-8S or TR-06 with the TR-606 and enjoy the benefits of easy hardware and software integration. Patterns can be shared between the TR-8S and TR-606, and the TR-06's knobs are pre-mapped to the plug-in for intuitive, hands-on workflow.

The TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer, along with all instruments in the Legendary series, is included with the Ultimate membership level of Roland Cloud. All paid levels—including Core and Pro—start with a free 30-day trial of Ultimate. In addition, any Roland Account holder can purchase Lifetime Keys for individual Legendary series titles.

Availability & Pricing 

The TR-6S will be available for $399.99 in November 2020 and the TR-06 will be available for $399.99 in late October 2020.

The TR-606 Software Rhythm Composer is available now via Roland Cloud.

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