MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, October 29, 2020

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Prophet 5 Rev 4- MIDI Sequencing with Vintage Synths

Neon Nights: 1980s Music Production

"Hey guys! Hope you like the video.
You guys can hear what the new Rev 4 prophet sounds like in a mix using vintage synthesizers.
The song is based on Physical by Dualists Lipa

This was the very first time I used MIDI with the new Sequential Prophet 5.
This jam was sequenced on the MPC Live.
Other synths used:Model D-bass
Prophet 5 Rev 3-strings
Lead Prophet 5 -REV 4 layered with DX7"

'The Thing' Theme cover (Hydrasynth, Peak, Vector, E370, Minimod VCOs)

State Azure

"My cover version of Ennio Morricone's 'The Thing' Theme. I once did a very short version of this for Instagram. Seemed like a good time to do a complete version. Happy Halloween!

Recorded direct to DAW."

Access Virus Indigo Version 2

via this auction

MFB Dominion X SED SN 13185

via this auction

"MFB small release boutique Dominion X SED (which has the enhanced filter). Three analog VCO plus FM, two LFO and ability to save patches. Full MIDI and CV routing to interact with all of your gear."

Yamaha CS-20M SN 1388

via this auction

"This CS-20M has been fully serviced and recapped. Cosmetically it is in decent shape for its age. The wood corners are chipped (see pics) but the control panel looks good. All knobs, sliders, switches and keys work well and the memory holds its contents."

Norand - Mono demo 2 - three patterns with RD8

Reedale Rise

See this post for details on the new Norand - Mono.



"Distings and Marbles generate a thing.

Disting Mk4(a) is the clock master Disting Mk4(b) creates Euclidean pulses.

DistingEX delivers the tabla samples. Plaits and Marbles combine to generate the lead. The SWN layers some shifting drone. And the Ensemble Oscillator delivers a mighty bass pulse (which you won't hear in any detail unless you use decent headphones or speakers)

It wasn't until later that I realised there are no filters used on this track. Can't say I missed them much."

What's On My Sampler? Harry Potter Magic! Synthesizer Yamaha Motif XF6 Rik Marston

Rik Marston Official

""What's On My Sampler?" NEW Series on Rik Marston Official! Showing off my personal sample collection I have obtained thru the years. I have loaded these samples on countless samplers. Harry Potter MAGIC! Samples from the first 4 films. Super cool!! I love SAMPLING as much as I love Analog & Digital synthesizers! It is an ART for sure & a BLAST to use them in music! Yamaha Motif XF6 is our master sampler today :)

Meteorite friends featured:

North West Africa 869 Chondrite Meteorite,
Canyon Diablo Iron meteorite & Sericho Pallasite!"

Fun stuff!

You can find additional What's On My Sampler? posts by Rik Marston here.
And tunes here:

Aggressive bass - Peak Basslines // Novation


"Up next in our Peak Bassline series, Ehsan shows you how to make an aggressive bass sound with a digital edge with Peak. Ehsan demonstrates how to dial in a deep and sharp bassline and add some expressive hands on control.

Peak sounds warm and rich with filthy, biting overdrive. It's an eight-voice desktop polyphonic synthesiser with three New Oxford Oscillators for each voice. The synth has a resonant multi-mode analogue filter for each voice, and three distortion points in an analogue signal chain.

--- Discover Peak:"

You can find additional NovationTV posts here.

Playing with SpazeDrum #4


"Analog beat and digital synths."

Michael Jackson - Thriller (Synth Cover)


"This is my synth cover of Michael Jackson's Thriller. Every sound was created entirely on the Korg Minilogue analog synthesizer. This was a big project to take on, having to re-create the original song entirely from scratch and to get each sound as close to the original as possible. It definitely shows how versatile the Korg Minilogue is!

All synth sounds were created from scratch by me, on the Korg Minilogue. For the drums, I layered multiple single hit samples together to get the desired sound. It was a lot of trial an error!

I recorded each sound separately onto its own track in Logic Pro X. Once everything was tracked, it was mixed and mastered in Logic Pro X by me.

I hope you enjoy my synth cover of this wonderful song. Thanks for listening!

Download my music on Bandcamp:"

New Moog Werkstatt-01 CV Videos

In case you missed the videos, they have been added to this post.

VCV Rack/Sensel Morph/Midilar

Omri Cohen

You can find additional resources, including some for this video, available from Omri Cohen at

MAM - Music And More Next! VOX-11 Eleven Band Vocoder SN 020899

via this auction

"This Next VOX-11 Vocoder is in excellent condition. It has spent its life in my smoke free home where it was lovingly used on rare occasions. There are a couple of minor scratches on the side from putting it in the rack, but otherwise it is blemish free and fully operational.

The VOX-11 is an 11-band analog vocoder from German company (Music And More). A vocoder lets you create robotic vocal effects. You basically feed two sounds into it, the sound you want to process (Synthesis Input) such as a synth lead or synth pad, and the sound that will do the vocoding (Analysis Input) such as your voice or a drum loop.

The Analysis input has mono Mic and Line inputs. The signal you plug in here will be separated into 11-bands which cover a frequency range of 50Hz to 12kHz. The unique frequency spectrum of the analysis input sound will have different amplitudes at each of the 11 analysis bands. So a low frequency specific sound will generate lots of voltages in the low frequency bands, but very little to no voltages among the higher frequency analysis bands. The amount of voltages generated by these bands depends entirely on the harmonic content of the Analysis sound input.

Voltages generated by these analysis bands go on to control up to 11 Envelope Detectors on the Synthesis channel. The Synthesis channel is also split into 11-bands and each band passes through a VCA envelope controlled by these Envelope Detectors. The end result is that the Synthesis input's envelope is generated by the harmonic content of the Analysis input sound.

The VOX-11 has its very own, albeit very simple, analog VCO to use on the Synthesis channel in lieu of external audio. This oscillator offers only a sawtooth waveform with a simple pitch adjustment knob. Connecting a synthesizer or other harmonic rich sound source is preferred. The VOX-11 has only a mono output which can output the processed or unprocessed signals. The VOX-11 can also function as a filterbank! Plug a sound to the Synthesis channel, and nothing into the Analysis channel. Then you can adjust the gain of each of the 11 bands."

Novation Nova Desktop Synth

via this auction

Nord Lead Virtual Analog Synth SN 512763

via this auction

Rhodes Chroma w/ CC + Upgrade

via this auction

Pics of the inside below. Note there is only one voice card in the image. Check with the seller to verify. "Excellent aesthetic condition.
PSU New !
CC + New Midi card, Original Pedal and Flycase
Need for a Revision"

Befaco Stmix modul / unboxing new toys

TS Music

"testing...... :D"

T-1 + Grobian Reaktor synth, Operator and 606

torso electronics

"The ( LENGTH ) knob can reduce the length of the current pattern to create loops. When ( QUANTIZE ) is set to a small value it’s possible to 'freeze' and 'glitch' different sections of the current pattern⁠."

See the Torso label below for more.

The ambient dream team: SUIKO ST-50 and Hologram Electronics Microcosm

"In which I take my new favorite instrument, the Suiko ST-50 and the @Hologram Electronics Microcosm out on a walk in Potsdam. I share my thoughts on the Microcosm (thanks Hologram for sponsoring this) after recording four tracks on the spot. Get the EP:"

moog one - Model D like sound with polyphonic sequences by Masaki Fuse / TinySymphony

Masaki Fuse

moog one - polyphonic sequence 2

09- The Arturia PolyBrute-Envelopes Part A


"Here is a demonstration of the sound and functionality of the envelopes found on the Arturia PolyBrute.

The theme for this demonstration was recorded by multitracking the Arturia PolyBrute in order to provide the various parts necessary. The drums were assembled out of loops from Apple’s GarageBand."

AutomaticGainsay Arturia PolyBrute posts

Moog Re-Introduces the Werkstatt-01 & CV Expander for $199

Moog Music Inc

"In this exploration of sound design and composition using the Werkstatt-01 analog synthesizer, Asheville-based electronic music producer and Moog Product Specialist Max Ravitz combines eight Werkstatt-01 synthesizers in a dynamic performance in the Moog Sound Lab.

Each of the eight Werkstatt-01 instruments provides a different element in the song ranging from booming kick drums to metallic hi-hats, and deep basses to wavering leads—many of which are based on the sounds found in the Werkstatt-01 Exploration Patchbook, which contains a variety of inspiring patches also designed by Ravitz. All eight Werkstatt-01 synthesizers in this performance are sequenced by the Winter Modular Eloquencer, with a touch of delay and reverb provided by the OTO Machines BIM and BAM to add dimension to the mix."

See the dealers on the right for availibility.

User videos:

1. Moog Werkstatt Overview and Demo by Patchwerks Seattle, available here:
2. A $199 Moog?! Moog Werkstatt-01 Analog Synth Demo & Build - Reverb
3. TOO Much Werk?? The Moog Werkstatt-01 & CV Expander - Noir Et Blanc Vie
4. Building + Playing Moog Werkstatt-01 + CV Expander Analog Synthesizer Kit - Lightbath
5. Moog Werkstatt-01 (From Build to ACID) - Red Means Recording
6. Moog Werkstatt-01 & CV Expander reissue 2020 build and review - Molten Music Technology

via Moog Music:

"Re-Introducing Werkstatt-01

Werkstatt-01 is a patchable and compact analog synthesizer. A gateway to the expansive world of analog synthesis, the instrument is a must-have for anyone interested in exploring classic Moog sound and circuitry through the unique, hands-on experience of a DIY synthesizer project. This affordable, easy-to-assemble kit requires no prior electronics experience and is a perfect afternoon (or Christmas morning) project.

The straightforward simplicity of Werkstatt-01’s design makes it an ideal jumping-off point to discover a limitless new world of analog sound design, and the included 3.5mm CV Expander makes it a no-brainer for everyone wishing to integrate the iconic Moog sound into their music. The 9" by 6" musical machine may be small, but the raw power and spectrum of the sound it produces is immense.

From Musical Exploration to Experimental Education

First introduced at Moogfest 2014 as part of the event’s Engineering Workshop, the Werkstatt-01 analog synthesizer has been admired as an essential introductory synth, a powerful standalone instrument, and an enhancement to any integrated electronic music ecosystem. Based on classic Moog circuitry, Werkstatt-01 was created to provide a hands-on understanding of how analog synthesizers work and encourage experimentation with sound through patching and interconnectivity.

The research and design that went into Werkstatt-01’s circuits, and the demand for more semi-modular exploratory analog instruments after its initial release, ultimately led to the development of some of today’s most expressive sound design machines: Mother-32, DFAM, Grandmother, Matriarch, and Subharmonicon.

More than a musical instrument, Werkstatt-01 has also served as an interactive educational tool in STEM curricula. The compact, versatile synthesizer has been the heart of the Georgia Tech Hackathon, a weekend-long competition that takes place each February at the Atlanta university’s Center for Music Technology, for six years and counting. The 2021 Georgia Tech Hackathon will be held virtually; see details here.

The easily mod-able analog synth kit has also proven to be a perfect learning ground for DIY modifications and the science of sound. This page of our website features a series of instructional videos to walk you through how to expand your instrument through breadboarding and arduino integration.

Classic Moog Sound & Circuitry

Werkstatt-01’s 100% analog circuits deliver the classic soul and futuristic sound Moog synthesizers are known for. Featuring a full-range analog oscillator with selectable waveforms for powerful sound and the legendary Moog Ladder Filter for precision harmonic sculpting, this instrument covers a vast expanse of sonic territory. Adding movement and modulation is as simple as engaging Werkstatt-01’s analog LFO circuit to simulate the motion of gently breathing waves, or crank up the LFO speed and summon cosmic laser beams. A two-stage analog envelope generator with sustain gives you control to shape dynamics, dialing in everything from lush electronic string swells to punchy basslines and organic percussion hits—and everything in between.

The included CV Expander allows you to enter the endless realms of modular synthesis, where new connections can be made and original sounds are unlocked. Patching inputs and outputs together from the 12 jacks of the 3.5mm patch bay will reconfigure Werkstatt-01’s circuits to create new signal paths and empower new sonic explorations. The included CV Expander also makes it easy to connect Werkstatt-01 to other Moog semi-modular synthesizers, Eurorack systems, or drum machines, enhancing any configuration with powerful analog sound."

See the dealers on the right for availibility.

Modal Electronics Introduces New 8-Voice Extended Virtual-Analogue Synthesiser

And the blue synth is revealed. Meet Model Electronics new Cobalt 8. Priced at $749.99 USD, £579.99 GBP, and €649.99 Euro. See the dealers on the right for availibility.

1. Modal COBALT8 Intro Video
2. COBALT8 Overview
3. COBALT8 Preset Sound Demos

User demos:

1. Modal Cobalt 8 Sound Demo (no talking) - Limbic Bits
2. Modal Electronics Cobalt 8 Sound Demo (no talking) - Bonedo Synthesizers
3. COBALT8 review & comparison with Argon8 // Which synthesizer is right for you?! - BoBeats
4. Cobalt8 Modal Electronics - 1st Look - sonicstate

And the press release (hi-res pics below):

"Modal Electronics creatively kickstarts new synthesiser series with COBALT8

– 8-Voice Extended Virtual-Analogue Synthesiser –

Bristol, UK: leading British synthesiser manufacturer Modal Electronics is proud to announce availability of COBALT8 — an immensely powerful, eight-voice extended VA (Virtual-Analogue) synthesiser that brings traditional and entirely new analogue-style sound textures to modern music creation and production as an innovative, sophisticated synthesis concept comprising two oscillator groups with selectable algorithms in self-contained elements enabling multiple oscillator modulations, an all-new 4-pole morphable ladder filter with switchable configurations, an unparalleled modulation engine, and much more besides, extending far beyond the limits of its analogue forefathers — as of October 29…

Creatively kickstarting a new synthesiser series by building on the tradition of warm and punchy analogue-style synth sounds seeded by bygone legendary synthesisers, COBALT8 creatively unlocks the full potential of analogue waveforms with up to 64 high-resolution VA oscillators with extended drift — up to eight for each of its eight true polyphonic voices. The two independent and self-contained Osc (oscillator) groups include sine, pulse, triangle, and sawtooth waveforms alongside 34 unique algorithms allowing for complex analogue synthesis techniques, built-in cross-modulation (sync, ring modulation, and more), PWM (Pulse Width Modulation), smooth morphing between VA waves, bit crushing, and filtered noise — unlike any other VA synthesiser before it, increasing creative options for new-generation synth sounds. Speaking of which, Algorithm1 and Algorithm2 each have an associated simple-to- use pair of controls — A1 and B1, A2 and B2 — chosen to suit the particular algorithm or character, providing musicians with the power of traditionally complex oscillator modulations or processes spontaneously.


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