MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, October 22, 2020

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Alias Zone: Ash Tree Window (preview)

Learning Modular

"This is a 2 minute excerpt from the new 22+ minute piece 'Ash Tree Window' I created for the Colorado Modular Synth Society's space music event, October Skies. I am performing under the name Alias Zone.

It will be streaming on YouTube Sunday October 25 (and should remain up there afterwards):

I will be recording a separate video that breaks down the patch for every sound I used in the performance and sharing it with my +5v and up Patrons (, as well as my Learning Modular Synthesis Level 1 & 2 students ("

Sintetizador Apollo - Modo monofonico/duofonico

GS Music

"This time we show you how to switch between the different monophonic and duophonic modes of the new Apollo synthesizer.

To access the mode selection, keep the LFO1 button pressed until three of the LFO LEDs start to flash.
Then, with the button of oscillator 2 we can toggle between the different modes.
The Apollo synthesizer has 4 modes detailed below:
1- Monophonic, single trigger: it is a monophonic mode. Envelopes will only reset when no note is active and a new note is triggered again.
2- Monophonic, multi trigger: it is a monophonic mode. Envelopes will reset with each note, even if another was previously active.
3- Duophonic 1: it is a duophonic mode. When a single note is active, both oscillators will respond to that note. When two notes are active, Oscillator 1 will respond to the lowest and Oscillator 2 to the last. As notes are released and one is active, both oscillators will respond to the only note that was left active.
4- Duophonic 2: it is a duophonic mode similar to duophonic 1 but when releasing notes until only one is active, the oscillators will respond to the last two notes.
Once selected, it must be confirmed by pressing the LFO1 button twice."

You can find additional posts on GS Musi Apollo synth here.

Moog Memorymoog SN 2573

via this auction

"This is quite possible the Holy Grail of analogue polysynths. It’s like having 6 vintage Model D’s at your fingertips. I really can’t express how beautiful this thing sounds.
18 classic Moog oscillators total
3 oscillators per voice + Pink Noise
24db/octave Low Pass Ladder Filter
100 preset storage
61 keys
CV/Gate outputs
2x expression foot pedal inputs

All 6 voices working and in tune! Includes the original owners manual and will ship in an ATA flight case. I’ll be happy to send custom video of this thing in action if you want to shoot me a message. It is fully functional and cosmetically excellent given the age. One of the keys (pictured) has a blemish but I can ship a set of replacement keys along with the synth as I never got around to swapping it out myself."


via this auction

"This June 1986 edition contains 96 pages of electronic instrument advertisements, electronic instrument reviews, interviews with musicians, latest product updates and news and more.

MAIN ARTICLES in JUNE 1986 issue:

- Interview with Peter Gabriel
- Interview with keyboard player Jezz Woodroffe (Robert Plant)
- Roland JX-10 Polysynth review
- Article: Buying Secondhand poly synths
- Yamaha RX21L Drum Machine review
- Drawmer MIDIMAN Processor review
- Yamaha PF70 and PF80 electric piano review
- Yamaha MEP4 processor review
- C-Lab Software review
- Checklist (short reviews of Polysynths, Expanders - synth modules, Controllers)
- Interview Rupert Hine
- Vinyl, Demo, Live takes
- Patch Work
- Classified ads"

Micromonsta 8 Voice Polyphonic Synth

via this auction

Roland TR-606 Drumatix Analog Drum Machine

via this auction

"Powers up and runs patterns just fine- HOWEVER, the 12th button does not light up - unknown if it’s light or button issue. No power supply is included (but it uses a standard 9v adapter)"

Polyend Tracker Firmware Update v1.2.0


"v1.2.0 Firmware Release Highlights

Improved Master section:

- two new pages for controlling track volumes and send and dry mix volumes as well,
- send fx can be now configured to be pre-fader or post-fader,
- all volume values are now presented and internally calculated in dB,
- enhanced master limiter with Subtle & Hard sonic settings available,

Rebuild Song mode:

- you can now do new things without stopping the transport: continue a song that was looping on a pattern, and loop a pattern that was currently playing on the song. - on the Pattern editor screen, you can now also start and stop live recording without stopping the transport,
- green mode is now available to make mistakes during live performance less likely. It highlights the currently playing song position, and to change tempo you need to press and hold the Tempo button,

New sound sculpting possibilities:

- a new Overdrive effect is added to track FX and Instrument Parameters,
- a high fidelity modelling version with three flavors is available as an offline sample effect,
- the Sample Editor now features a 3-band EQ,

Better SD card support:

- folders with more than 100 files are now displayed (divided into subfolders),
- WAV samples with unsupported sample rates or bitrates are now automatically converted on load to 44.1kHz 16bit mono PCM samples,
- implemented Media Transfer Protocol support allows you to transfer files to your computer and back using the Tracker's USB connection,

Performance mode upgrades:

- now it always loops on the current pattern to avoid unpredictable results when tracks are switched,
- the transport bar shows custom Performance Icons to let you know the performance pattern is playing with your chosen effects,
- ten custom pattern play modes added to remix your patterns while playing,
- green mode is now available to make mistakes during live performance less likely,

Candy for vintage tracker fans:

- anti-aliasing can now be disabled to get the razor-sharp tone of classic trackers,
- pattern steps can now be displayed in hexadecimal format starting from 00,

There are plenty of smaller features, improvements, and bug fixes. For the full list, check out the changelog at

Picture & sound by Pan Ra @"

Trap hi-hats on LinnDrum


SynthMania LinnDrum posts

via @sequentialLLC

"Celebrate the return of a legendary synth with the ultimate Prophet-5/10 collector’s set! Included: P5 cap, two Sequential/P5 shot glasses, P5 lapel pin, P5/P10 stickers, and a P5 poster! #Sequential #Prophet5…"

"The ultimate collector’s set for the Prophet-5/Prophet-10 fan.

Included are:
11 x 17 inch Prophet-5 poster
1 Prophet-5 lapel pin
2 Prophet-5 shot glasses
1 Prophet-5 baseball cap
1 Prophet-5 bumper sticker
1 Prophet-10 bumper sticker"

Soundfly: Creative Courses for Curious Musicians


"Soundfly helps curious musicians meet their goals with creative online courses. Whatever you want to learn, whenever you need to learn it. Start learning on the ’Fly today:" Note, Soundfly is a new sponsor of MATRIXSYNTH. You can find their banner on the right. Along with general music procution courses they offer synth tutorials, some of which have been posted here on MATRIXSYNTH.

See their online Synth Courses here. They also offer a 10% discount to supporting members of the site. The following is an interesting press release from them on artists using their extra time during the pandemic to either learn something new or to refine their existing skills. There are links to some interesting artist experiences below.

Introducing Crazy Chain! New approach to daisy chaining

Gaz Williams

New Crazy Chain from myVolts. They are running a promo for the day: "Buy any Ripcord and get one free Crazy Chain, add code CRAZYVOLTS at checkout, code's good to midnight 22nd October." Link:

"What is myVolts Crazy Chain?

Did you ever want to power a number of synths and pedals, but find that your existing daisy chain cable just didn't cut it? Wrong size connectors, wrong size polarity, unused connectors, unsuitable cable lengths can all be a hassle you don't need when you just want to make music.

Crazy Chain is a flexible, mix and match cable solution to let you power your gear just the way you want to. Choose tip: You choose which DC power tip size each Crazy Chain connector has, so you can plug, for example, a Korg Volca (1.7mm inner diameter / 4.7mm outer diameter) in the same chain as a Boss guitar pedal (2.1mm inner diameter / 5.5mm outer diameter). Mix and match tips to suit exactly your devices.

Change polarity: You can change polarity from positive to negative as you go along the chain, you can even change it back! Polarity change is identified by an orange DC input, so whenever power passes through this connection, it will change polarity. Make sure to check your instrument specification to ensure it receives the correct polarity. Chain devices: Crazy Chain lets you power only the devices you want to power, whether that's 3 devices or 12 devices. This means no more looking for extra connectors to suit your specific setup, and no more hanging dog-leg connectors adding noise into your audio.

The right lengths: Choose from 3 different cable lengths to suit your setups."

Noisemusick (iPad music app demo)

CatSynth TV

"We present a demo of Noisemusick by Fluxama, one of our favorite iPad music apps. It generates a variety of chaotic sounds via four touchplate controls along with two knobs for modifying the sound. It is based on an earlier hardware kit of the same name.

For more information, please check out or Noisemusick on the Apple App Store:

'The Noisemusick app is a collection of THREE controllable synthesizers that generate interesting chaotic sounds. Have fun creating sonic bedlam, exploring weird soundscapes, or use it to GREAT EFFECT in your live performances and recordings. It's squonky electric FUN for the whole family!'

Please consider supporting this channel to help us bring you more synthesizer demos and other content. Patreon: Ko-Fi:"

Hologram Microcosm: Studio Sounds

Hologram Electronics

"Use Microcosm as a toolbox for added creativity in the studio.

Here’s a short video showcasing what you can do with digital, acoustic, and virtual instruments through various presets.

Video/Sound : Matt Lowery"

ST Modular - Stereo Compressor (with PO-32)

Stefan Tretau

Diy analog synth project ( Ad- vantage 03m Patch Demo)

Adamski A.

"Just passing through with a small patch demonstration to again, give you a idea of what this prototype synthesizer is capable of. Still I haven't properly scratched the surface. I'm not a great keyboard player by a long shot, but had a go at certain points during the recording."

The Galaxy Electric - Time Slipping/Transmission Fini/Reality in Theory - Super 8 Storm King

The Galaxy Electric

"Thank you for watching! The music in this video is from our new album "Tomorrow Was Better Yesterday," out NOW! Learn more here:

This is a super 8mm app account of our day at the Storm King Art Center Sculpture Park in New York’s Hudson Valley.

This video features 3 songs that were recorded in two separate improvisation sessions using the Buchla Music Easel, Korg Delta and various analog effects.

This sequence of 3 songs - Time Slipping, Transmission Fini, and Reality in Theory are featured on our newest full length album - Tomorrow Was Better Yesterday.

Thanks for taking the opportunity to enjoy our day at the Storm King Art Center with us. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Take Care - TGE"

Moog Introduces a New Theremin - The Claravox Centennial

Claravox Centennial | “Clair de Lune” Performed by Grégoire Blanc & Orane Donnadieu
Moog Music Inc Moog Music Inc

"This year marks the 100th anniversary of the theremin’s invention. To celebrate the instrument that sparked a century of electronic music innovation, we present to you a new limited-edition Moog theremin: Claravox Centennial.

Set among the baroque architecture and expansive gardens of Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, French musician Grégoire Blanc channels theremin marvel Clara Rockmore in a stunning Claravox Centennial performance of Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” alongside pianist Orane Donnadieu. This tribute to the timeless classical duets of Rockmore and her sister, pianist Nadia Reisenberg, captures the beauty of the theremin’s distinct tone and personality—characteristics that will continue to captivate audiences into the next century."

Electric Storm: 100 Years of Theremin

Moog Music Inc Moog Music Inc

"Composer Dorit Chrysler and filmmaker Marie Losier bring the new Moog Claravox Centennial on a journey where no theremin has gone before: 30+ stories underground.

“It was a uniquely inspiring location,” Chrysler says of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which is home to the largest machine in the world: the Large Hadron Collider. “An international cathedral of science following no commercial purpose but pure creative experimenting on a scale so grand that I had never witnessed before. It immediately inspired the idea to set a film there…putting this location to sound and to celebrate the beginnings of electric music, a colossal moment of invention…the centennial of the theremin.”

“Electric Storm” translates the feel of metal, chaos, laboratories, and the sound of thousands of voltages used to help cool the colliders, a tiny industrial revolution within the factory, capturing conceiving the moment of an idea, finally ending in one pure note of the Claravox Centennial theremin."

"A Celebration of the Theremin's Past, Present, and Future.

Named after the original theremin virtuosa, Clara Rockmore, Claravox Centennial features the highest quality control and sound available in a theremin for deep artistic exploration. Offering both traditional 100% analog theremin operation and expanded modern performance, as well as an onboard analog delay, preset storage, and more, Claravox Centennial is an extraordinary instrument for creative expression.

Claravox Centennial is designed in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the invention of the theremin by Leon Theremin, and is only available for a limited time.

"The most versatile Moog Theremin in history.

Switchable Traditional and Modern performance modes select between classic heterodyne oscillators (for a genuine analog theremin experience) and multimode DSP oscillators (sine, triangle, saw, wavetable) with assignable scales, quantization, octave ranges, and response curves. An analog wave-shaping circuit (derived from the legendary Etherwave Pro) imbues ethereal sonic character and empowers rich sound sculpting possibilities, and the on-board analog BBD delay creates a wash of spiraling echoes and resounding warmth."

"The best feeling instrument that you’ll play without touching

An instrument designed with exceptional playability to satisfy the most skillful thereminist, Claravox Centennial invites access to multiple levels of calibration and control settings to create a custom fit between this unique instrument and each unique player. Front-panel Pitch and Volume knobs give quick and immediate control for dialing in to new playing environments, side-entry calibration ports create easy access for fine tune adjustments, and dedicated Response knobs allow for the creation of recallable custom antenna curves in Modern mode."

Voyetra Eight - Octave Plateau Electronic


"Here is a track with the extremely rare Voyetra Eight from Octave Plateau Electronics (1983). All sounds are coming from the Voyetra (including percussion). Even more rare is that the Voyetra is using a mix of SSM and CEM chip. SSM2044 for filter and CEM3340 for VCOs. Add the extended modulation features and you have a lovechild of Prophet 5 Rev2 and the Matrix-12!
Composed and produced by"

New! Tall Trimmer Topper Knobs

Thonk Synth DIY

"A brand new knob designed by Thonk. They give tall trimmer pots an improved grippy feel and better visibility on Eurorack modules.


VacoLoco Zira Synth (Korg DW)

via this auction

"Built by the fabulous Paula Maddox of Dove Audio and Modal synth fame.

Great little synth, 2 Oscillators that have standard waves and also some PPG style ones, plus a sub Oscillator. 2 envelopes and a nice LFO.

The VCF and VCA is the Korg 2069 chip used in the DW range and also Paulas new MU VCF.

There were not many of these built but this is just sat feeling unloved due to lack of time.

There is no PSU or manual, however there is a full tutorial online. I lost the PSU in a house move a year ago and have not replaced so can not say it is working as I can not turn on, however it was fine before my move."

Yamaha CS01 Vintage Analog Synthesizer

via this auction, also on Reverb

Meng Qi Wing Pinger & Wingie

Meng Qi

"All sounds are picked by the microphone.
Thanks for IK Multimedia and their speaker."

MAKEN0ISE "Office Hours," October 22 at 1pm EST!


Matriarch | Moog Demo Library


Matriarch | Processing & Controlling Eurorack Modules
Matriarch | Stereo Movement Patch
Matriarch | Ring Mod Patch
Matriarch | Vibrato Patch
Matriarch | Round Robin Mode
Matriarch | Dual Filter Explanation
Matriarch | Dynamic Panning
Matriarch | Tape Wobble Delay
Matriarch | How to Play the Filter
Matriarch | Stereo Delay Patch Tips
Matriarch | Chord Memory Tricks

Moog Subharmonicon | Flower Patch

Moog Music Inc Moog Music Inc

"In this new semi-modular exploration, Asheville-based electronic music producer and Moog Product Specialist Max Ravitz (aka Patricia) brings Subharmonicon together with Mother-32 and DFAM for an intricate performance among the flora of his garden at home.

Subharmonicon provides two layers of rhythmic chordal movement, touched with a bit of delay from the OTO Machines BIM 12-bit delay. Mother-32 plays a counter melody creating unique harmonies against the tuning of Subharmonicon’s suboscillators. Lastly, DFAM glues the composition together with a deep analog kick drum, while the entire 3-tier system is processed by the OTO Machines BAM for some light reverb to give dimension to the mix.

More from Patricia:"

Anima Ritual Electronics as dual VCO and overview curves with Pico LPG

Dziam Bass

"Hello Guys.
I recorded a small example with Anima from Ritual Electronics using two oscillators and his Curves flyby during the tune.
to this I added Pico LPG and Reverb from Black Hole DSP from Erica Synths .
Anima is Dual voltage controlled segments generator. AD / ASR envelope, LFO, Digital Oscillator and more
Anima draws its roots in the “west coast” analog function generators and updates them in the digital realm.
This take allows for extremely precise 1V/Oct tracking (10+ octaves) when in cycling mode, and for the control of the rising and falling segments (aka attack and decay) curves without affecting timing + a few more tricks.
The 1V/Oct input turns Anima into a very capable digital dual oscillator - when in cycle mode - with two types of frequency modulation and voltage controlled waveform crossfading. Cross patching is highly recommended for harsh mayhem synthesis!
The Curve parameter goes well beyond the usual Lin/Log control. It morphs smoothly between several curvatures (including the classic log, lin and exp) without affecting the rising and falling times.
For maximum versatility each channel of Anima has an output polarity switch, making it 0 to +8V in unipolar mode or -5 to 5V in bipolar mode, suitable for audio or bipolar CV generation."

Erica Synths SYNTRX noise industrial⚡️

Hitoshi Koizumi

Erica Synths SYNTRX
Strymon BigSky/TimeLine

Korg Prologue - Epilogue Vol 2 - Patches 51 to 75


Korg Prologue - Epilogue Vol 2 posts

"Out Soon...

Back with another 100 Patches for the Korg Prologue, this time all 100 Patches use both Layers, either as a Stack or Split. Here you can listen to the 3rd batch of 25 Patches in the new Bank so, you can decide if you want to freshen up your Prologue :)

The Patches use the standard Digital Oscillator and FX, there are NO 3rd Party Oscillators/FX used. There's a wide collection of Pads, Strings, Sequences, Arps and Keys...Oh and Polysynth, Leads and...So on :)

0:00 - 51. PPG Keys GEO
1:04 - 52. Overture GEO
2:11 - 53. Gridz GEO
3:13 - 54. Scanning GEO
4:30 - 55. Midnight GEO
5:57 - 56. 3am GEO
7:22 - 57. Driven GEO
8:26 - 58. Insecure GEO
8:56 - 59. Add 7th GEO
9:55 - 60. 2Keys2U GEO
10:47 - 61. For Hanz GEO
12:17 - 62. 2 Lines GEO
12:49 - 63. Eastwind GEO
14:30 - 64. Unsettles GEO
15:59 - 65. Matriarch GEO
16:53 - 66. Tango GEO
17:24 - 67. FM 80's GEO
18:08 - 68. Ganimede GEO
19:38 - 69. Perculate GEO
19:58 - 70. 2 Padz GEO
20:45 - 71. Aciied GEO
21:03 - 72. Reverted GEO
21:39 - 73. Fairlight GEO
22:40 - 74. Grandma GEO
23:21 - 75. 2PadPack GEO"

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