MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Korg Introduces the opsix "Altered FM" Synthesizer

Own FM with Korg’s opsix Altered FM Synthesizer

Update: Kraft Musik video added to the playlist below.

The KORG opsix is here. It appears KORG went with the smaller Wavestate-like body. You might remember the full size keyboard teasers from previous posts. That said, details:

"The legendary sound of FM synthesis had graced hundreds of albums, from its introduction in the 80’s to today. Korg’s opsix puts the power of expanded six-operator FM synthesis in your hands, with instant on-panel controls that help you create custom FM sounds with unparalleled ease.

'Altered FM' takes you light years beyond classic FM with 32 voices of polyphony, five modulation types, a user algorithm mode, multiple filter models 1 “logue”-style 16-step note and motion sequencing, effects for days, a 12-point modulation matrix, and much more."

User videos:

Use the player controls at the bottom left of the player once started to skip around. Some are long.
See the dealer links in the playlist below and the banners on the right for availability.

1. KORG opsix Altered FM Synthesizer - First Look! with Tom Butcher of Patchwerks Seattle - video by Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT)
2. KORG OPSIX - All Playing, No Talking - Kraft Music
3. Korg opsix Sound Demo (no talking) - Bonedo Synthesizers
4. Korg OPSIX Review, tutorial and 10 patch tips // All 250 Presets played - loopop
5. Korg OPsix FM synthesizer // Hands-on Easy to Use FM Synth! - BoBeats
6. Korg Opsix Sound Design - Kinda Tutorial - True Cuckoo

"Rethink everything you know about FM synthesis.

The opsix represents a new and expansive reimagination of classic digital synthesis. Much like Korg did when bringing wave sequencing back in a more powerful, more musical, and more immediately accessible way with wavestate, so was the approach to FM sound generation of the opsix, resulting in another incredibly flexible and unique synth.

Chainsaw VCOs through Moon Phase Filter

Precarious333 Music

"Just a little test of Acid Rain Chainsaw stereo supersaw VCOs used with Patching Panda Moon Phase. Both are stereo so seems a good fit. All 3 voices of Chainsaw are being sequenced separately by 3 channels of Industrial Music Electronics Stillson Hammer mkII with the 4th sequencing Erica Synths Pico Voice in acid bassline mode through G-Storm Electro 101-VCF and into 2hp Delay. It's a pretty rich sound for so few modules. It helps that Moon Phase allows for enhancement of the stereo field, and I begin to apply detune to Chainsaw's VCOs at the 01:20 mark. Recorded into Ableton as 1 stereo and 1 mono track. Reverb, compression, and EQ added in post."

ARP AXXE Vintage Analog Power! Classic Keyboard Synthesizer Rik Marston

Rik Marston Official

"ARP AXXE in action playing some classic leads, bass & special FX! This synth was restored & modified with the purple led sliders by the legendary Synthchaser! It's AWESOME to play & own an authentic piece of vintage synthesizer history working like NEW! Sweet! I was using my Mackie mixer adding Ping-Pong Delay FX at 23%.

Super cool to have a real ARP in the studio. One VCO or not!

Please Support Rik Marston Official! My NEW Etsy store: **AhnyxianSoundDesign** UP NOW! selling Synthesizer Sample Packs, Ambient CD's & Meteorites Please Buy My Music "Digital Heart, Analog Soul" Vol. 1+2 already on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and more!!!"

Oberheim OB8 Synthesizer SN C41515

via this auction

"This OB8 was serviced in November of 2020 by technician with Moog music."

Arturia Origin Virtual Analog Desktop Modular Synth

via this auction

Kawai K5000S Advanced Additive Synthesizer SN 602836

via this auction

"Unit is in very good to excellent condition - See Photos - A sound designer's dream with rich full pads and great editing features. The keyboard is in great shape, drive works and display is nice with no issues. "

Octave CAT SRM I

via this auction

Xpansions - Oberheim Xpander Demosong

Tom Noise

"Moody demosong made with an Oberheim Xpander only. All Sounds you are hearing were made with this Synth. Multitrack recording to showcase the possibilities for doing percussive sounds, which is often said that the Xpander can`t do this. Some Delay FX used in the mixing process."

Follow-up to Oberheim Xpander Single Sounds Demo

Fanfare For The Common Man - on a Prophet 10


"Peter Dyer's multitrack recording of Aaron Copland's "Fanfare For The Common Man" - using Sequential's Prophet 10 (rev4) to emulate trumpets, trombones, french horns, tuba, timpani, bass drum, and tam-tam. You're hearing 12 tracks in total, all from the P10.

Peter's 'Mammoth Pads' patchset for Rev2 available here:"

Sequential Artist Spotlight Interview with

You can find the interview on Sequential's website here.

"Dennis Guevara was born in Trenton, New Jersey and began his musical studies in piano at the Boys Harbor Conservatory of Music. He later graduated from Mercer County Community College, and the City College of New York with a degree in Music Performance, and Point Blank Music School for Mixing and Mastering. Guevara has performed with various Jazz, Latin Jazz, World Music, and Salsa artists and is also a runner-up winner for NAMM’s Coverband 2011. He worked as Artistic Director at AMLA Conservatory of Music in Philadelphia, and was invited to teach at The Kimmel Center of Performing Arts as Bandmaster for the Summer Jazz Camp. Dennis currently works as Musical Director for Grammy Award winning Pablo Batista’s Latin Jazz Ensemble and World Music artist Nina Rodriguez.

We chatted with Dennis on how he uses Sequential instruments in his music."
You can find additional posts featuring Sequential's Spotlight series here.

Arturia PolyBrute Analog Expressive Polyphonic Synthesizer Sounds

Perfect Circuit

"The Arturia PolyBrute takes the Brute series into the realm of polyphony! The PolyBrute has an expressive Morphée controller to the left of the keyboard that is sensitive to pressure as well as X and Y touch position. This synth can also morph between two presets by turning the morph knob.

The PolyBrute has lots of synthesis options with two oscillators per voice that have the standard analog oscillator options as well as wave folding and FM. Each voice has two different types of filters with multiple routing options and there are built in effects on the synth. There are three envelopes and LFOs per voice for plenty of modulation options, and it has a mod matrix like the MatrixBrute as well as a sequencer.


00:00 Intro
00:14 Pad with ribbon controller
01:42 Multi-timbral patch with delay
03:18 Noisy Lead
04:05 Unison bass
05:04 Arpeggiator sequence
07:09 Heavily modulated patch

PolyBrute available here:"

KORG NAUTILUS More Astonishing Preset Sounds

Woody Piano Shack

"Demo of some incredible preset sounds of the newly launched KORG NAUTILUS Workstation Synthesizer. As I discover each preset, I'll play you play an ad-hoc improvised demo to showcase the sounds, new pianos, electric piano, organ, synth pads, bass, drums, found percussion and more!

See my overview video [posted here] for lots of talking and comparison with KORG KRONOS, if you want :)"

► WEBSITE - additional links there.


Arthur Joly

Richard D. James Aphex Twin Yamaha CS-5 SN 10044 w/ Etched Selected Ambient Works II Liner Notes

via this auction

"This no ordinary synthesizer; in fact this is the ultimate, holy grail of Aphex Twin memorabilia. This CS-5 was previously owned by Richard D. James, who hand-etched the liner notes to Aphex Twin’s seminal “Selected Ambient Works Volume II” on the bottom of it. Those etchings were photographed and used for SAWII’s artwork.

This synth was purchased by me in 2006 from a Vemia auction in the UK. Other than loaning it to Ghostly/Suction Records recording artist Solvent to record his RDJCS5ep 12-inch in 2011, the synth has been carefully stored at my house. The synth has never been serviced, repaired, or modified by me, and is in the same condition as when I received it. It runs on 230V UK power, with a UK plug. You can see some additional etchings and markings in the photos - these were all in place (and likely done by Aphex Twin himself) when I received it. It’s in perfect working order as far as I know, but I offer no guarantee of its functional condition; anyone who’s buying this will surely be buying it for its provenance.

I can provide the winning bidder with all of my email correspondence with Vemia about this Yamaha CS-5."

Custom White Moog Realistic Concertmate MG-1

via this auction

Roland JX-3P w/ PG-200 & Case

via this auction

Vintage Oberheim OB-1 SN 0076

via this auction

"Here is a vintage Oberheim OB-1 synthesizer, this synth was just serviced which included replacing all the old key bushings, all functions check ok, see repair bill for more details, this synth is in fairly nice shape for it's age, end caps show wear, back edge on top has some scrapes, the synth shows average wear in general, it is not mint..."

Formanta Polivoks. Mad Soviet Synthesizer (MIDI modded)

via this auction

"A legendary Polivoks in near mint condition. It truly is a star among soviet synthesizers. This unit has just been serviced and tuned. Apart from MIDI it hasn't been modified in any way."

Fender Rhodes Chroma Polaris

via this auction

"It's been recently fully pro serviced. Work included:
Installation of new front membrane panels.
Power supply overhaul and recap.
Voice board recap.
Fitting set of new rear panel sockets.
Full calibration to specs.

Cosmetically the synth is in nice clean condition, with only minor marks and wear."

Moog Memorymoog w/ Kenton MIDI

via this auction

"Classic Moog Memorymoog in museum condition. Updated with Kenton midi kit, solid rock tunning, fully serviced early 2020 @moogchild synthdrome."

Ironclad Delay Casio VL1 & Monotron

Holy Moonlight Crusader

"Inronclad Delay (Casio VL1 & Monotron)

Enjoy this electronic track made with a Casio VL-1 calculator, Korg Monotron Delay, Sonicware Elz_1, Korg Volca Kick, and Korg Volca FM. These tabletop synthesizers are a lot of fun! The Sonicware Fm 8bit synth makes great electronic music, and so do the Korg Volcas. These are the Preacher's hobby, so enjoy some Christian made electronic music. #EDM #8Bit #Chiptune #Ambient #ElectronicMusic #Korg #Volca #KorgVolca #SonicwareELZ1 #Sonicware #Synthwave #Synth #Synthesizer #FMsynthesis #Synthesismusic #CasioVL1 #christianelectronicMusic"

4 ways of exploring the Queen of Pentacles by KiNK

"KiNK (@kink303) has become one of house music’s most in demand producers and remixers: his tracks easily stand out in any club night and they are second to none in the most competitive environment electronic music has ever seen. His abilities in finding the ‘sweet spot’ of new machines and even of sounds considered ‘classic’ and to reshape them into totally different beasts would be totally enough to justify the phenomenon. Yet this barely touches the surface of the story."

Oberheim Xpander Single Sounds Demo

Tom Noise

"A bunch of Oberheim Xpander presets, recorded straight without FX. You are hearing the raw mono sound coming from the synth. Recorded and arranged in Logic Pro.
Note the depth and dimension of the raw sound. Sounds almost like it had reverb on it. How did they achieve that?"

Der Wunderbaum - Roland Jupiter 8 Demo Minimal House

Tom Noise

"A minimal house track, made entirely with a Roland Jupiter 8. All Sounds (Instruments, Drums, FX) were programmed with a Roland Jupiter 8 - then recorded, mixed and arranged in Logic Pro. This track was recorded in 2008 and was later released under the name: 'Noiseprofessor-Der Wunderbaum'"

80's Vestax Digital Delay Rack Comparison


subtokyoshop on eBay | subtokyoshop on Reverb

"80's Vestax Digital Delay Rack Comparison

1. Vesta Kozo - DIG-410 Digital Delay
2. Vesta Kozo - DIG-411 Digital Delay
3. Vesta Fire - DIG-411B Digital Delay
4. Vesta Kozo - DIG-412 Digital Delay
5. Vesta Fire - DIG-412B Digital Delay
6. Vesta Kozo - DIG-420 Sampler / Delay

with Roland TR-606 Drum Machine"

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

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