MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, October 23, 2020

Friday, October 23, 2020

Yamaha CP60M electric-acoustic piano with MIDI vs Arturia Matrixbrute

Joel Braverman

"Improvising with the arpeggiator controlled by the piano’s midi output."

Patch of the Week 81: Celebrating the X Files Theme


"It’s the eeriest whistle we can recall, and we’re bringing it to you in the fourth installment of Patch of the Week Vol. 18 – Halloween Horror History using wavestate’s pianos, pads, and of course a sinewave."

Patch of the Week posts

Halloween (1978) - Opening Theme (Movie Version) Cover


"This is my cover of one of John Carpenter's most famous horror themes: Halloween (1978) - Opening Theme (Movie Version).

I have always loved this music composed of piano sound and John Carpenter's unmistakable synths, that make it truly one of a kind and perfectly suited for a movie that has to keep in suspense!

To get as close as possible to the nuances of the original piano, I chose not to use the MIDI sequencer but to record it live to give it greater expressiveness, a slight irregularity (in particular at the beginning of the track where the piano increases the speed and then stabilizes) and realism.

I used the CS1x sounds for the synth sound that plays along with the piano (starting at minute 0:15) and the "saw" string sound which starts from minute 1:19."

Weird sounds with Minimoog model D and Strymon BigSky Reverb #3


"Weird sounds with Minimoog model D and Strymon BigSky Reverb just sound demo
no talking, no midi, no presets (ah ah ah ), no sequencer"

MC-707 beats with Synths in the Studio // Looped with Squarp Pyramid


"My buddy Jonny from the beautiful land of Drumeo drum lessons came over and bashed in some beats on the 707 while I stroll about the studio and make a mess."

Z506 Swiss Daisy DSP - Reverb/ADSR/VCA mode

O.Z. Hall

"This is a demo of the Z506 Swiss Daisy DSP module from Zebra Synth ( The module features an ADSR envelope generator, a VCA on the right half of the module. These functions remain the same with all of the different "Modes". The functionality of the left half of the module changes from mode to mode. The modes are VCO, VCF, Digital Delay, Reverb, Dual Resonator.

This is video covers the Reverb mode. The signal path as a high pass filter on the input and a low pass filter (for damping) on the feedback loop from the reverb output back to the reverb input. There is a modulation input to modulate the reverb size from an external control voltage."

Grendel Drone Commander 2 + Hi-hat


"Minimal music with Grendel Drone Commander 2, hi-hat prototype, and 2TAC sequencers"

See the dealers on the right for availability.

Trying to get Emo's trademark sounds on Modular Moog...


Note the Minimoog on the top rack.

"So I set myself a challenge - you know, like you do... I wanted to see if I could run through Emo's trademark Moog sounds & effects as seamlessly as possible..? The ones which are used when we play live. And as I don't have 'presets', I need to dial each one in manually..! Some are quite complicated patches so I've made some special, custom leads incorporating switches etc.. so all I have to do is remember to switch the right ones on & off at the right time. I'm having to think ahead and scan the Moog and set the next patch while I'm playing the current one so my mind isn't on the playing, more on getting the next patch up and running as smoothly as possible. It took a few attempts but think I managed it... 😃"

Ambient Pulse

james terris

"I recorded this when I was doing sound design for the Prophet~5 Rev 4. Yes, it has FX, but I decided to share it because I think it still demonstrates the synth's beautiful pulse wave and new expressive capabilities. Meris Mercury 7 reverb and OTO Machines BIM delay"

Prophet 5 80s Cinematic Vibes with J3PO


"Here's a simple patch I created for the Prophet 5 with Vangelis and 80s science fiction movies in mind. It's just a saw tooth wave with some subtle pitch modulation. Reverb by Strymon Big Sky. Enjoy."

Sequential Prophet 5 REV 4 & Prophet 6 Analog Poly Synthesizer

Allen Michael Allen Michael

"In this video I compare the Prophet 6 to the new Prophet 5 Rev 4. I also explore the Prophet 5 rev 1-2/3 filter and "vintage knob". Recorded at Golden Mirage Studio in Mission, Tx. No processing on audio. Recorded on a Trident 78 to an Orion Studio Rev 2017 @ 192khz and mixed down to 48khz - 24bit."

AFX Station // -CALC- Walk-through // Novation


"-CALC- introduces you to AFX Station: our modern classic monosynth, remixed by Aphex Twin.

Designed in collaboration with electronic music legend Richard D James aka Aphex Twin, AFX Station is a limited edition release of Bass Station II. A sound designer’s dream, AFX Station has the same powerful feature set as Bass Station II, with the addition of AFX Mode pre-installed, which revolutionises the way the monosynth can be played and programmed.

--- Discover AFX Station:"

Tip Top Audio Z5000 Sound Demo and Tutorial

Patchwerks Seattle

"In this video resident expert Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT) teaches us how to use the Tip Top Audio Z5000 Multi Effects eurorack module. After the short tutorial Matthew demonstrates all the patches in the robust FX bank in the Z5000 with the Noise Engineering Loquelic Iteritas (complex oscillator) and the WMD Javelin (EG + VCA).

Back in 2008, the original Z5000 was not only the world’s first Eurorack DSP effects module but also the first Tiptop Audio module released. It brought voltage controlled digital effects to Eurorack for the first time and the Z5000 was eventually replaced by the Z-DSP open source platform. Now, years later with over a decade of experience developing audio effects for Eurorack signals we are introducing a totally new version of the Z5000: a compact stereo 8HP multi effect with voltage controlled parameters, VC analog clock generator driving the DSP chip and 24 of our creme de la creme reverbs, delays, modulation, harmonization and pitch modulated effects. A number of programs in the Z5000 combine more than one effect, in series or parallel, that represent studio techniques from the early days till modern times often leaning toward the more experimental side.

Order the Tip Top Audio Z5000 here:
Demo by:
Video by: Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT)"

Atoms To Molecules Live Exceprts

Russ Hoffman

"Atoms To Molecules plays live at VIA festival October 2016. Excerpts of full set."

Russ Hoffman of evaton technologies

Reese Bass Patch-Making with Soundfly

Soundfly has a two part tutorial series on making the Reese Bass synth patch. You can find them here:

History of the Reese Bass Synth Sound

How to Build the Reese Bass Synth Patch in Netsky’s “Escape”

Playing Popular YouTube Background Music on Arranger Keyboards

Woody Piano Shack

"Today we'll play some fun covers of the most popular (and over-used) No Copyright YouTube background music. You've heard these songs many times in your favorite vlogs and channels.
The music is all composed by the same person, Kevin MacLeod, so this is my tribute to his amazing skills.
The keyboards used for these performances are KORG i3 MUSIC WORKSTATION and YAMAHA PSR SX900 ARRANGER WORKSTATION, the flagship PSR arranger derived from the YAMAHA GENOS.
You'll get to hear many of the styles and sounds of these piano synthesizer keyboards in action."


Alan R. Pearlman Foundation

"From The Alan R. Pearlman Foundation:
A fantastic visual feast through Bill Miller's ARP Journey! (ALERT: A few strobe lighting effects for those who are sensitive.)

Musician / Recording Engineer - Producer / Filmmaker - Photographer - BILL T MILLER has been on the quest for SOUNDS and FUN ending up on a path to ARP SYNTHESIZERS starting with a TOY PIANO on his second birthday, then a bit of tinkering on his grandfather's grand piano, then scoring MAGNUS CHORD ORGAN and an ACETONE ORGAN in his early teens in the late 1960s with his band THE ELECTRIC ONION where he played guitar/bass and a bit of drums and keyboards.

By late teens (in 1975) he ended up at COLLEGE for RECORDING ARTS in San Francisco (in Golden State Recorders Studio) where he studied recording engineering production and took synthesizer classes. Walking into the first synth class revealed ARP 2600 in person..... luv at first sight.

Shortly after graduating and moving to Hollywood with hopes of buying a 2600.... reality set in and he scored a USED ARP ODYSSEY MK1 1974 model, that was purchased in late 1976. Some of the recordings you hear in this video are part of those BTM Bungalow Bill Sessions 1976-77 (although Bill had been playing music for over a decade at that point, those ARP SYNTH tapes are the earliest surviving BTM recordings in existence.)

Working in California doing recording and live sound from 1975-1980, he ended up back on east coast (where he had spent first two decades of his life.) Eventually ending up in BOSTON (1984) working at Daddy's Junky Music (selling recording and sound gear) while doing freelance sessions at studios (PolyMedia, Newbury Sound) and live sound at venues (The Rat, Bunratty's, The Channel) and starting his own semi private project studio HEADROOM.

Fast forward to early 90s... a band BTM had recorded before called CHEATER SLICKS popped into Headroom and said meet our new bass player DINA... and then pointing to BTM's ARP ODYSSEY (that he had hung onto since LA 76 era) said something like... DINA's father's company created YOUR DINA PEARLMAN... daughter of ALAN R PEARLMAN. wow. cool. We chatted a moment about how much I luved my Odyssey and she spoke very briefly of her father and some ARP adventures (mentioning Pete Townshend and more) = but then we jumped right into recording the garage punk band tracks where she nailed solid bass guitar for a raw live session.

So... jump way ahead and BTM continues creating experimental music with his own bands... Out of Band Experience (OBE), Kings Of Feedback, Drum Army, King Of Slack, Orgy Of Noise, Zonkulator and recording and photographing tons of OTHER artists (hardcore, garage, punk, metal, noise genres.) All the time digging further out into weirdo land with circuit bent toys, and custom electro acoustic instruments, and of course synthesizers. Always hanging onto that original icon ARP ODYSSEY and his Roland JX-8P and adding an ARP 2600 and modular eurorack synths and more to the mix. Active in various Boston synthesizer synthfests/meetups playing live synth concerts at the DAVID FRIEND RECITAL HALL at BERKLEE in Boston. Then he attended the "Alan R. Pearlman - Everything ARP Symposium" at Berklee finally saw DINA PEARLMAN again with her father and mother and all the ARP family in a sort of THIS IS YOUR LIFE celebration of all things ARP. A moment in ARP history that is beyond words.

Much respect to DINA PEARLMAN for the Alan R. Pearlman Foundation and ARP ARCHIVES carrying on the ARP family legacy in memory of her mother and father and all the ARP family who created and played and sold and loved ARP Synthesizers over the now 50 years. Dennis Colin and David Friend are two of the people that have contributed so much to the ARP legacy, but there are so many others who were there in essentially what amounts to the golden 70s decade of ARP that made it all happen. Now with the help of Dina's love and devotion ARP lives on and on.

Bill T Miller has always LUVED ARP and his first synth the ARP ODYSSEY is still the centerpiece and heart of his studio HEADROOM in BOSTON.
Always exploring the weird sonics and basically ignoring the create a patch on a synth to simulate "real" instruments thinking and going for
the outer space blip bloop sample and hold I hear a new universe of unreal electronic music.

more nfo on BILL T MILLER via

Alan R Pearlman / ARP Archives"

DX84 / A Refaced Reface DX / FM synthesizer

Love Hultén

Custom portable clamshell synthesizer based on the Yamaha Refaced DX via Love Hultén.

Polymaths Suite by Magus Instrumentalis - Overview and Tutorial

Omri Cohen

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

00:00 - Introduction
00:42 - Moving Sequence
06:48 - Morphing Effects
11:15 - Enochian Tablet
19:04 - Random Search Mode
25:28 - Velo/Vert"

Create Chord Progressions on the Eurorack Modular System - Patching Techniques

Maik Schott

"In this Eurorack modular synths tutorial I demonstrate patching techniques how to make chord progressions on the Eurorack modular system. I use the Winter Modular Eloquencer - which I found the perfect tool for this task. I was searching for a long time how to achieve these chord progressions on a step sequencer while keeping the possibility to alter the chords on the fly."

Töörö - Kickstarter Presentation

Fred's Lab

"The Töörö polyphonic analog and digital synth is now on Kickstarter!

It offers 6 voices and 4 parts of hybrid madness, the original A847 analog filter design, digital shapers and an additional digital FX.

The module is compact, rugged and USB powered. It has one of the most extensive MIDI implementation around."

Qu-bit Data Bender Now Shipping

Qu - Bit

"Data Bender is a circuit bent digital audio buffer. It is inspired by the ways in which audio equipment can fail. The sounds of skipping CDs, software bugs, and defective tape machine playback are all accessible. The 96kHz, 24-bit audio buffer can hold over a minute of stereo audio, providing a sonic canvas capable of infinite surprises and discovery.

- Circuit bent digital audio buffer
- Skipping CDs, software bugs, old tape machine, scratched records
- 96kHz sampling rate, 24-bit depth for high fidelity audio with over a minute of stereo sampling time
- Stereo IO" You can find additional Qu-bit Data Bender posts here. Check with the dealers on the right for availability.

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Oberheim OB-Xa Analog Synthesizer (1980) Eddie Van Halen Tribute - Why Can`t This Be Love


"(c)2007-20 by RetroSound
supported by UVI:

all synthesizer sounds: Oberheim OB-Xa Analog Synthesizer (1980)
drums: E-MU Emax SE Sampler
recording: multi-track. played by hand
fx: reverb and delay

Rest in Peace Eddie...

RetroSound synthesizer demo videos since january 2007.
All is for free. If you like my work, so can you support me with a donation or a purchase of my synth shirts or music albums. Thank you!

RetroSound Merch Shop:
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Vintage Oberheim Drummer Perf/x Interactive Drum Pattern Generator/Sequencer

via this auction

Roland EF-303 Groovebox

via this auction

Rare Kawai DC-16 RAM Card For K4 Synthesizer K4R XD-5 Rack Modules

via this auction

"This card doubles the memory of the K4/K4R.

May be the same as the Ensoniq MC-32 RAM card for use with Ensoniq KS-32, SQ-1 Plus, SQ-2. Check your owners manual."

PPG Wave 2.3 1984

via this auction

ALM System Coupe - Quickstart Guide


"The system coupe is a modern modular groove box combing both digital and analog technologies. It features sound generation, processing and sampling, innovative pattern creation and sequencing, plenty of modulation, and midi and external audio inputs.

Wether you have recently purchased a Coupe or are just hearing about it for the first time, this Quickstart guide will help to explain the sections and show some of the possibilities within the system.

0:00 Intro - Demo Patch

Module Overviews:
1:37 mmMidi / mmT
3:08 Pamela's NEW Workout
3:53 Quaid Megaslope
4:41 Mult
4:54 Squid Salmple
6:26 Milton
7:18 MCO
7:45 MCF
8:42 Tangle Quartet
9:07 HPO

Patch Guides:
9:27 Midi Controlled Subtractive Synth Voice
14:27 Midi Controlled Drum Kit
18:09 Sequencing a Full Track Internally
29:09 Interfacing With External Equipment - Sampling In
30:32 Interfacing With External Equipment - Stompbox Send / Return
32:18 Bonus - Additive Synth Voice

36:33 Outro

Thanks for Watching!"

ALM System Coupe

Moog Memorymoog has been repaired and returned!

TinySymphony Music & Synthesizers

New Cherry Audio Teaser: A Classic, Reimagined | 11.1.20

Cherry Audio

Cherry Audio recently brought us the DCO-106, Roland Juno-106 emulator. Curious what this one will be.

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

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