MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, November 4, 2020

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Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Electro 11-4-2020


"The classic early '80s setup: Prophet-5, Pro-One, TR-808."

T 1 Explorations: OP1 and 707

torso electronics

Erica Syntrx vs EMS VSC3 The Putney (Part Two)


"Part 2 of the Comparison demos between the Erica Synths Syntrx and the EMS Synthi models (Synthi AKS and VCS3 - The Putney).
The video highlights some obvious differences between the two including the pin Matrix and controls. There is a simple square wave, pulse width, filter and reverb test then we get into some experimental 'Noisy' patches to compare the sound of the two. This is not a musical comparison but aims to compare Sound and Timbre of the two synths based on a few patches.
Decent headphones or speakers are recommended.
Part 1 looked at a comparison with the Synthi AKS - you can watch that here: [posted here]

Thanks to Djjondent for co-hosting the comparison. Check out his excellent blog here:"

Erica Synths DB-01 quick tip: Long steps

Richard DeHove

"The DB-01, good as it is, doesn't have sustain. But there are ways to achieve long sustained notes, as well as mixtures of long and short envelopes in a single pattern.

0:00 Quick overview
0:13 Gate length
0:35 Using gates for sustain
0:55 The LFO as an envelope
2:06 Modulation for sustain
3:00 Combinations"

You can find additional Erica Synths DB-01 quick tips by Richard DeHove here.

Custom White Roland JX-3P / JX-3PG

via this auction

This one was spotted and sent in via gridsleep. Not sure if this is the same one, but you can find a video of one posted here, and a few pics of the first one in previous posts here. That one was owned by Dave, creator of The Packrat. It was featured in this comic.

"Housed inside an incredibly chunky wooden cabinet with inch-thick end caps, the perfectly-dubbed JX-3PG brings together a hard-to-find PG-200 controller and a standard JX-3P body. It's a perfect alternative to using two separate units connected with a cable.

Built in 2007 by Jeff Toman of

Jeff has been designing & redesigning synths of incredible fashion for years. If you’re a fan of Jeff’s work you will recognize this synth immediately as it’s one of his most popular creations.

This synth also is equipped with a MIDI upgrade.

There is one note that is not making sound and I haven’t ever bothered to open it up and see what the issue is. I have a feeling it’s a very simple fix. Perhaps maybe even just a cleaning. But other than that this synth is 100% fully functional and sounds AMAZING."

Lyricon I Woodwind Synthesizer

via this auction

"Restored by David O’Brien this year all original parts inside. The Lyricon I (patented) introduces to electronic music the prime dimension….expression. It is the only totally expressive electronic wind instrument ever conceived or developed. The Lyricon I is totally electronic, employing the most advanced techniques in solid state design. In one superbly crafted instrument, the Lyricon I blends the nuances of expression characteristic of acoustic instruments with the vibrant dynamics of the synthesizer. -What is a Lyricon? The Lyricon is an analog electronic wind synthesizer. The Lyricon was invented by Bill Bernardi and Roger Noble of Computone Inc, in Massachussetts in the early 1970’s.. Of the Lyricon I, about 200 units were hand made."

Roland JP-8000 Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

Ensoniq Fizmo Transwave Digital Synth

via this auction

E-MU Systems Emax I Rack w/ Upgrades

via this auction

"This unit has had the following upgrades/repairs:
- Floppy drive replaced with Gotek floppy emulator drive running HxC software.
- Both Emax itself and the Gotek has been given a white-on-black LED-display.
- New Volume and Data sliders.
- Power supply has been recapped with new heavy-duty aluminium caps.
- Emax has been given the SE software upgrade.

The Emax diagnostics tests has been run successfully on the unit, stereo outs and all individual outs tested and working, analog prosessing, sample in, read/write to disk tested and working.

Comes with approx. 800 disk images (which are freely available on the net) on USB-stick."

Roland M-VS1 Sound Expansion Vintage Synth Rackmount Synth SN w/ Original Box ZH71549

via this auction

"The M-VS1 is the module version of the SR-JV80-04 vintage synth expansion board. The massive library includes synthesizer sounds from the Minimoog, Oberheim 2-Voice, Sequential Prophet 5, as well as most of the classic Roland synths."

You can find demos of one in previous posts here.

Roland M-SE1 Sound Expansion String Ensemble Rackmount Synth SN ZH81582 w/ Original Box

via this auction

"This module offers a vast array of string and orchestral sounds.

You can find demos of one in previous posts here.

Benjolin V2 by After Later Audio

Patchwerks Seattle

"In this video resident expert Nick Bigelow shares with us the new Benjolin V2 by After Later Audio. The Benjolin could be best described as a 'chaotic synth voice.'

Find your Benjolin v2 here:
Demo by: Nick Bigelow
Video by: Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT)"

USED VINTAGE CLASSIC or CHEAP NEW SYNTH - Which Is Best? w/ Woody Piano Shack

Woody Piano Shack

"Is it better to buy a used classic flagship synthesizer or spend the same money on a new budget synth? Let's use the KORG TRITON and the KORG KROSS 2 as an example for this discussion. We'll compare the features, sounds and many other aspects of these two synth workstation keyboards."

► WEBSITE - additional links there.

Finegear's The Dust Collector


New maker and new synth w/ built-in reverb & light sensors (see the side panel below).

"The Dust Collector is the first of the Arkive_Effects_ series, aiming to honor and expand upon the history of experimentation in music, shaking some of the dust that has settled on the 1970’s.

It contains 2 VC LFOs, 2 tape saturations, a spring reverb, a delay and a phaser. However, this is not your average multi-effect box, as each module has been analysed and tweaked to support your creative process.

And experiment you can: insert an effect in the delay’s feedback loop, add modulation to the phaser (as well as to pretty much every effect), poke the three springy insides hiding behind the removable cover… You can even go further inside with several moddable features directly on the PCB.

With the Dust Collector, you’ll uncover unique sounds and new uses for effects you thought you knew: gritty, springy, phased magic dust that sticks to the tape and transforms your sound into a living, kicking and breathing organism – not necessarily pretty, but alive & authentic."

Removable Spring tank cover
Remove it to scratch, hit, rub, place various objects on the springs to feed the storm (and your music)!

You can find additional details at

MAKEN0ISE Control Tracks


"Let's follow the lead of Morton Subotnick to use the Morphagene as a kind of CV recorder."

SYNTHR3 : THE BURNING SCHOOL TAPE ... the new coming album !


"Hello! This is some extract from the new coming album, available for christmas 2020 !
The new project is a complete album made with 2 Synthr3, and few mellotron & Strings samples :
The SynthR3 is a French synthesizer born from the imagination of Rémy Wasselin (analog part), his meeting with Jean-Luc Lartigue (digital part) and Laurent Cartaux (oak woodwork part). I had the honor to be the artist chosen to test and develop musically this magnificent project presented in a quality wooden case.
The philosophy of Synthr3 is based on a modular patchable modulation matrix that can be stored in personal banks. But above all it is a true analog "chameleon", adept at taking the colors of any of the famous interchangeable filters that Remy has reproduced with his know-how: Moog, ARP, Oberheim, ... every day you can choose the synthesizer you want to hear.
The modern software encompassing it all transforms the SynthR3 into the perfect companion for the stage or the studio: polyphonic sequencer, arpeggiator, double mono or paraphonic synthesizer, synchronizable and stereo.
This album is the result of my artistic and tonal adventures, based on a cosmic and dreamy Berlin School style, where, except for a few samples, the SYNTHR3 is the star of the show.
Best regards."

Cat Full of GHOSTS Live Video Jam: Shapes XL

Cat Full of GHOSTS

"Live video jamming with V4, Panasonic mx10, Video Equaliser and black and white video synth."

KORG TRIDENT Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale

Ronaldo Lopes Teixeira ROLT

See the miniature label below for more.

Custom White Korg PolySix Analog Polyphonic Synth

via this auction

ALM Busy Circuits Coupe System

via this auction

Roland SYSTEM-100m D-set Analog synthesizer 112 121 130 140 150 191-J w/ cables

via this auction

113 213096
121 222709
130 222657
150 212602
140 213641

Roland SH-101 Classic Analogue Synthesizer w/mod grip/strap/gig bag

via this auction

Roland Vocoder Plus VP-330 Vintage Synthesizer Strings SN 021746

via this auction

ROLAND JD-800 SN AD02139

via this auction

Macbeth X Series Micromac - R 2010’s Sparkle Black

via this auction

SquareAcid iOS Synth - an Homage to the TB-303

Sample Fox

Spotted this one on discchord.

"It’s not an emulation or simulation of the TB-303 synth. It is an homage to TB-303, and other hardware synths. It’s a complete different beast, but it has the same functionality. It growls and barks with fierce resonance. SquareAcid is a singular squeal, squelch, and bleep machine.

It comes as a stand alone app with Audiobus and Ableton Link. It also comes with an AUv3 audio unit plug-in."

Norand Mono - PatchOfTheWeek #3


"Every week (give or take) a new patch with the Norand Mono.

Here is a new patch : converting Mono into a drum machine with Mod Note mode. Here is a way to make your own Kick, Hi-hat and clap on one sequence. No processing or fx in this video."

See the Norand label below for more.

MELLOTRON M400 Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale

Ronaldo Lopes Teixeira ROLT

Töörö - Modulations and the multi-fx

Fred's Lab

"Let's make a pad and use the modulations!"

See the Fred's Lab label below for more.

First Experiments with Erica Synths Syntrx Analog Synthesizer

Richard Devine

"First Experiments with Erica Synths Syntrx Analog Synthesizer"

Sequenced with the MAKENOISE 0-CTRL.

BIROTRON B90 Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale

Ronaldo Lopes Teixeira ROLT

DSI Prophet Rev 2 & ProCo Rat | Sequential Pro 3 & Industrialectric Generator 7446


Sequential Pro 3 & Industrialectric Generator 7446



Jim Hokins

Roland Juno 2: Hoovers and JX sounds! | Synth Club #8

Rex The Dog

"Here is a short demo of the Roland Juno 2 synthesiser, one of my first ever synths. Get ready for some '90s hoover action and a little bit of JX."

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

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