MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, October 30, 2020

Friday, October 30, 2020

Hotz Box MIDI Translator - The Original Theoryboard

Sean McKee

"A history, overview and tutorial of the very rare Hotz Box MIDI Translator hardware and software, invented by Jimmy Hotz. I decided to make this video because the only videos I found were of people playing the Hotz Box, but there was really no information out there on how it worked, and on forums it was very misunderstood. Hopefully this video will provide enough insights to educate people interested in this system and how it can be used. If you'd like to get a custom system built of any size, Jimmy can add polyphonic aftertouch and other features. For more information visit"

Also see the Hotz label for additional posts.

Micro Synth ParipiDestroyer with KORG volca beats & KP3+

Shangri-la S

Nice ending to the video.

"Hey Guys! I played a brand new micro synth "ParipiDestroyer" produced by DigiLogTokyo's sub-brand "Crazy Synth Kids". This cute and very tiny synthesizer provides intense bass sounds despite its cute looks. Paripi is the meaning of "Party People" This is so dope!
How you play is up to you. It is a size that you can carry anytime and anywhere in a real sense. In this video, I also used KORG Kaoss Pad KP3+. These choss effects fit well into the crazy synth!"

See the DigiLogTokyo label below for more.

Pittsburgh Modular Halloween Patch Lab

Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers

"Dark, ambient eurorack modular synthesizer experiments with Richard Nicol."

Inside the Buchla Bongos

Todd Barton

"OK, Yes, I know . . . the universe doesn't need yet another Buchla Bongo video! But . . . I'm always drawn to the variety of sounds that unfold from the interplay of timbre, rhythms and accents. Enjoy!"

Koto Shakuhachi SN 809309

via this auction

"This item has 5 jacks for power adapter, microphone, MIDI input, line out and headphones.

This item has 3 kinds of sound. (Original, Koto and Shakuhachi)

Blue Roland SH-101

via this auction

"Basically mint condition SH 101 in the rare blue!!"


Arthur Joly


Electronic Dream Plant WASP synth, Kim Wilde, Nick Rhodes... in memory of Chris Huggett,

Electric Cafe

"This video demonstrates the sound of the Electronic Dream Plant WASP synthesizer, Kim Wilde used it for her hit single Kids In America, and Duran Duran keyboard player Nick Rhodes used it early in with the band.

Sadly Chris Huggett passed away on October 22nd 2020 but leaves behind a legacy of synth production that in a British way rivals that of Moog, Oberheim, ARP, and other synthesizer manufacturers. Today there are companies who recognise the popularity of the EDP WASP and have cloned them, Behringer and the Jasper are just two who have released their version of this classic vintage sounding synthesizer which rivals some Moog, Oberheim, ARP, Yamaha, and other famous synthesizer company products since the late 1970's.

This video contains images that do not belong to the uploader of Electric Cafe but are being used for education purposes. The music created is all original apart from Kim Wilde Kids In America:
Kim Wilde
Kim Wilde
Licensed to YouTube by
[Merlin] Absolute Label Services; ASCAP, EMI Music Publishing, UNIAO BRASILEIRA DE EDITORAS DE MUSICA - UBEM, PEDL, SOLAR Music Rights Management, LatinAutorPerf, Kobalt Music Publishing, and 16 Music Rights Societies
All synths programmed were: Electronic Dream Plant WASP, and that's all!

Copyright Disclaimer under Section 107 of the copyright act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use."

Also see: Legendary Synth Designer Chris Hugget of EDP, OSC, and Novation has Passed Away

Classic, warm 5th bass sound - Peak Basslines // Novation


Next up in our Peak Basslines series, Ehsan shows you how to create a classic, warm and melodic 5th bass sound with Peak using a bass patch with synced filter modulation.

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.

Modular Synthesizer Performance by Jesse Humes

Patchwerks Seattle

"In this video resident expert Jesse Humes of Patchwerks performs with his decked out 7U Make Noise case. Jesse has a non-stop hunger for modular synthesis, he is always searching for creative ways to express himself through well thought out patches. If this video inspires you feel free to reach out to us at Patchwerks, we love to talk about synthesizers! Have a question about a module you see in this video? Email us at info(@)
Performance by: Jesse Humes
Video by: Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT)"

EmissionControl2 first play

Todd Barton

"I'm just beginning to explore this amazing software. Here is the link to download it gratis:

And here are the specifics:
The Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) at UC Santa Barbara has released a new software app for sound granulation: EmissionControl2 for MacOSX, Linux, and Windows. EmissionControl2 is a granular sound synthesizer. The theory of granular synthesis is described in the book Microsound (Curtis Roads, 2001, MIT Press). Granular synthesis is one of the most important methods of sound design.

Features of the software include:
Granulation of multiple sound files simultaneously (up to 1 GB of samples can be loaded)
Supports up to 2048 simultaneous grains (limited by the user’s hardware)
Synchronous and asynchronous grain emission
Intermittency control
Per-grain signal processing (envelope, waveform, amplitude, frequency, spatial position, filter center frequency, and resonance)
Modulation control of all granulation parameters with six LFOs (bipolar or unipolar waveforms)
Real-time display of peak amplitude, grain counter, waveform, scan range, scanner, and grain emission
Scalable GUI and font size
MIDI Learn enables mapping to any MIDI continuous controller
Unlimited user presets with smooth interpolation for gestural design
Code is open source and available at GitHub
The new app was developed by a team consisting of Professor Curtis Roads acting as project manager, with software developers Jack Kilgore and Rodney DuPlessis. Kilgore is a Computer Science major at UC Santa Barbara. DuPlessis is a PhD student in Music Composition at UC Santa Barbara and is also pursuing an MS degree in Media Arts and Technology.

“Professor Roads and his team worked for 20 months on this outstanding project,” said Professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Director of CREATE. “It is the ultimate granulator,” said Roads, who teaches electronic music at UC Santa Barbara and is also Associate Director of CREATE."

Sequential PRO3 & Strymon BigSky // You can't go wrong


"Everything started when I was preparing a comparison video between the Sequential PRO 3 and the Moog Subsequent 37 (actually, Sub37, the one I own), so I put the PRO3 in 4-pole Ladder filter mode and everything went south. Or north, dunnou.
I know, I know, everything passing through a BigSky is gonna be awesome, maybe sometimes even a bit too much, because of the pedal's character.
But, I've never suspected how good it could be playing a very distorted and messy sound, not some ambient-y pluck like angel tears on cushions.
Here we are talking about 3 saw waves with overdrive, with distortion, with resonance, saturating a reverb: it is usually illegal to put reverb on a bassline.
But here we go, and the result was not-so-surprisingly good, like "I am gonna make an EP" kind of good.
As always, let's talk about our common synth disease in the comments, and most importantly:
Enjoy! ✨"

Speechless: Sequential Prophet Rev2 combined with GFI Specular Tempus


"Impro impressions, what is possible when combining 8 voice Rev 2 with the hih-quality GFI Pedal"

Cables For Clouds - Frozen Shoes | Eurorack Synthesizer Jam

Cables For Clouds Cables For Clouds

✶ Follow Here ✶

"✶ Gear Used ✶
► Sequencers:
Winter Modular Eloquencer
Make Noise Pressure Points + Brains
Malekko Voltage Block

► Drums:
Din Sync Drum Dokta2
Erica Synths Pico Drum
ALM Dinky's Taiko
Noise Engineering Basimilus Iteritas Alter

Let's Play with Skaka (and Velvet Machine)

Tim Webb

"Klevgränd's new Shaked Percussion app Skaka is not quite a percussion app. I try to respect it in its native habitat, before taking it off into some weird directions! I do this with the help of Yuri Turov's new not quite a reverb app, Velvet Machine.

Velvet Machine:
Rozeta Sequencer Suite:

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REASON BEATMAP Save The Incompetent Beat Maker?

Woody Piano Shack

"Walkthrough demo, tutorial and review of the groovy REASON BEATMAP player from PROPELLERHEAD REASON STUDIOS. This is a software rack device that will generate algorithmic drum patterns so will it help incompetent beat makers such as Woody?"


Peak Bell Patch


"creating a bell sound with the Novation Peak"

Sequential Prophet 6 & Strymon Night Sky


Moog Memorymoog SN 1704

via this auction







Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12 White

via this auction

"Only 100 of these were made worldwide to mark the end of the Prophet 12. It's new in box never used and will only go up in value. Not even a YouTube video of an white Prophet 12, Super Rare!"

And only a handful of posts.

Akai AX80 Synthesizer

via this auction


via this auction

"Monophonic synthesizer Altair 231 (Estradin factory, Zhitomir city) is intended to play different sounds from the imitation of natural instruments to complicated synthesized electronic timbres, sound effects, percussion sounds & so on. There are a four-octave keyboard & a wheel to pitch control. There are also controls for parameters on the front panel, an output for phones, an input for a pedal. The instrument consists of four main blocks of sound synthesis - Generator, Mixer, Filter and Contour.

Synthesis is based on 3 master oscillators (each of them with different parameters of registers) waveform, frequency modulation. There is also a generator of white & pink noise. Low-pass filter with main parameters gives the possibility for keyboard tracking. Portamento adjustment knob is provided. To tune a pitch the tone signal is used (440Hz) It provides a linear input to connct an external sound source to Altair. Output and input sockets are 1/4" jacks

Altair 231 is an almost identical copy of the famous Moog Minimoog, made in the former Soviet Union. Biggest difference in sound is caused by different brand of components: Russian equivalents are used everywhere.

The oscillator board is based on the older version. However, the Russians were clever and used multi-turn potentiometers for the scaling controls. Result: Synth stays in tune better. The Russians didn't seem to have reverse log pots. Because of that, the resonance control was wired backwards and a regular logarithmic pot was used instead. Other than that, the synth seems to be very robust and easy to service - the real Mini schematics come for good help when comparing the component numbers etc. It sounds like a Mini! I heard a Mini with the newer oscillator board and I think that's the reason for minor differences in sound between it and the Altair.

Drumfire DF500 Five Channel Synthesizer Mixer in Original Box with Pedal

"Drumfire Five Channel Synthesizer-Mixer.
Comes in its original box with 3 contacts and a pedal"

via this auction

Update: note these usually have colored knobs as you can see in previous posts here.

Eko Bass Pedal K2

via this auction

Roland MC-202 Synthesizer & Sequencer with MIDI mod

via this auction

"Unit equipped with swithable MIDI mod (one sync out can act as MIDI or operate as stock)."

BugBrand Modular & MuSonics Minimoog - December 2, 2014


"If I remember well the bass drum comes from the BugBrand Quadrature Sine that I used a lot for BD services.
Back then I was testing the BugBrand with different synths."

Klavis-Twin Waves MKII Dual VCO/LFO demo (no talking )

Dziam Bass

"Hi All.
Today I have a small demo with quite an extensive Twin Waves MKII module from Klavis
It is a really interesting Dual Oscillator with many functions, available algorithms, built-in quantizer, dual LFO, Through zero and linear FM ,and many other functions.
Basically at the beginning of the small demo waves, as you can see very quickly you can also get Super SAW.
then you have a few examples in sequence or modulation and for each I also used CalTrans for the perfect trace and for low transposition and the Mixwitch module in this case as a mixer with Quadigy -Quad Programmable Envelope Generator for modulation.
each patch of the 7 available is slightly different to show the versatility of the Twin Waves module.
For me this is Beast in small HP module.🔥🔥🔥
for example, some functions available from the module description."


Voltage-controlled Dual VCO/LFO/random
Two oscillators independently set as VCO, LFO, or random generator
Features in VCO mode:
V/Oct tracking over 10 octaves
Through zero and linear FM
Sub-octave output
Hard & soft synchronization
VCA control and CV algorithms selection
Quantizer with various scales
20 algorithm-based synthesis types among:
Wave shaping
Phase modulation
Phase positioning of multiple waves
Up to 5 stacked oscillators in tunable unison
Self-sync with phantom oscillator
Additive synthesis (7 waves)
Variable bit reduction (bit-crushing)
Ring modulator with its own 2nd oscillator
Noise with LPF, BPF, or resonant filter
Features in LFO mode:
Simultaneous signal and trigger outputs
External wave synchronization
Clock controlled rate with voltage controlled multiplier and divider
CV and knob control of output level
Algorithm based wave engine with a selection of:
Wave shaping
Phase modulation
Random levels and vectors (also Brownian)
Randomly spaced triggers and waves
Display with contextual icons and instant reminder help text
LEDs indicating potentiometer vs. value matching, switch settings and output signals
Automatically saved settings for instant recall at power on
Firmware update by playing an audio file via the front panel
Compact and skiff-friendly module

This MKII evolution brings a redesigned layout, additional knobs for more hands-on fun and semi-modular cross-patching between sections.
All of the original features are present: a top selection of synthesis techniques, each with their key parameter directly at hand, enriched by a full set of complementary features.
More than ever the Twin Waves is versatility at its best.

Queen of Pentacles new sample bank by NERO BELLUM

"We introduce a new sample-library with the new banks for Queen of Pentacles and for our new upcoming products:
Check the new bank by @Nero Bellum, full video walkthrough.
No extra processing is made, just signature samples used with permissions with applied module's build-in effects, filter and saturator.
All video sequenced by 3x Running Order modules, no extra sequencer used."

Modal Skulpt: "Four by Fourteen" (+ Running Score)

Kris Lennox

"A while back I posted a piece on the OB-6, titled 'Six by Eighteen' i.e 6 voices, 18 beats in the bar. In this work, I'm embracing the 4-voice nature of the Skulpt, and writing in 14/16 time. Running score included to illustrate the 4 voices i.e if you can read music, you should be able to follow each line independently with the aid of the score.

Musically quite complex, in terms of rhythms. The central voices are playing a 4:3 Superparticular (i.e Geminus Sesquitertius).

In terms of the Skulpt: you're hearing 5 recordings. I made an initial recording with the Skulpt performing all 4 voices simultaneously (PS the Skulpt managed fine RE performing all 4 parts simultaneously), but from a compositional standpoint, it makes more sense to have a unique timbre for each voice. I re-recorded each voice (unison, as opposed to poly mode) with a unique timbre/patch I created.

The primary sound is still there - but part of the mix. However, everything you are hearing is the Skulpt (with the exception of standard production work i.e reverb, panning etc).

Enjoy/all best

Akai AX60 | The best and worst synthesizer Akai ever did

Espen Kraft

"The Akai AX60 from 1985. A one-vco-oscillator per voice, with the ability to patch in voices from their line of first samplers as a 'VCO 2'. Very unique."

E-mu Emulator II - a few cool sounds


"A few less known sounds off the library of the classic Emulator II (1984)
0:00 Voices
0:56 Tron Strings
1:31 Dancing Drops
1:54 Orchestral Brass
2:38 Double Bass
3:09 Cello
4:30 Accordion
5:47 Banjo"

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

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