MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

KORG Introduces the SQ-64 Polyphonic Sequencer



1. “Step Up” with the SQ-64 Polyphonic Sequencer
2. Korg’s SQ-64 Polyphonic Sequencer: A Brief Overview
3. KORG SQ-64 Review and full tutorial - leploop

"There's nothing that offers the combination of CV control, MIDI & Audio sync, and polyphonic multitrack sequencing that Korg’s SQ-64 does. Compact as it may be, it gives you three tracks, each with dedicated Pitch, Mod, and Gate output, plus a fourth Drum-Sub track with a total of 16 triggers; eight gates and eight over MIDI. Each of the 64 step buttons uses graduated LEDs to show you exactly what's going on in your track, and a crisp OLED screen gives you an at-a-glance look at details. It's all packed into a rugged aluminum case roughly an inch thick for durability and portability - every step of the way"

via KORG:

"The SQ-64 is an incredibly powerful and compact Polyphonic Step Sequencer with amazing hands-on intuitive controls and deep editing options to give you all the flexibility and sequencing power needed for all your musical projects. With its 64 step pad Matrix, Crystal clear OLED display, sturdy and elegant aluminium body, a wealth of connections and a variety of modes and features, the SQ-64 will become the central piece of your music studio providing total and seamless control over all your instruments so you can focus on what matters most; your music!

Despite its compact size, the SQ-64 has unparalleled connectivity and will allow you to easily control, connect and make the most of all your analog and digital gear. MIDI IN (x1) and OUT (x2), micro USB type B, Sync IN & OUT, 3 Melody tracks each with MODULATION, PITCH and GATE outputs and a DRUM track with 8 individual trigger outputs for controlling analog synths, Eurorack, and drum machines.

Each of the Melody tracks (x3) has 16 Patterns of up to 64 steps each, and the Drum track (x1) has 16 Sub-tracks also with up to 64 steps each, that can be played, chained and edited in a variety of ways.

Melody tracks and patterns can be edited in several modes (GATE, PITCH and MODULATION) so you can alter the information sent by your sequencer on each of these steps in many interesting ways.

The DRUM track outputs can be fine-tuned to match the polarity and voltage of your connected device(s). Its audio Sync In & Out connections will allow you to seamlessly control all your other Korg gear such as the volca synthesizer series, minilogue, monologue, minilogue xd, prologue and many others!

Whether you are into Analog synths, Eurorack semi-modular synths, Digital drum machines, or do everything on your DAW with digital plugins, the SQ-64 will give you instant and precise hands-on control of each and all of these.

The SQ-64 has 64 beautifully LED-lit Step button pads that not only let you see the whole picture at once, but also allow for super-fast and satisfactory editing with its encoder knobs and dedicated mode buttons that will simplify and speed up your workflow. Each step has graduated lighting; the higher the modulation value, the stronger the button lights up to give you a clear visual on what’s going on in the sequence.

The OLED Display is crystal clear, bright and visible from any angle, so you can have access to all the information you need no matter whether you are making music at home, in the studio or playing live!

The 3 melody tracks include a MODULATION output, so every step on your sequence can be creating complex modulations on your gear of choice, greatly expanding your options and possibilities for sound creation. It has never been easier to create polyphonic chords patterns, melodies, complex poly-rhythms and modulations on the fly and record them as data on each of the 64 project slots available.


The SQ-64 won’t just allow you to create incredible sequences; it packs several features and modes that will let you edit on the fly and play any of your gear real-time.

The 64 pad Matrix can be also be used as a Keyboard, allowing for several layouts to be used for maximum flexibility (several scales can be assigned to any of these and a number of other parameters can be easily changed)

Noise Engineering's Desmodus Versio Goes Chameleon with Custom Firmware Support

You might remember when Noise Engineering's Desmodus Versio reverb module was announced back in August, there was this little included note: "Desmodus Versio isn’t just a reverb, though: it’s a DSP platform. Its firmware can be changed via USB, so it can be transformed into a completely different effect with new firmwares coming late 2020. Are you programming savvy? Open-source support will be released later this year."

Well, it looks like that time has arrived.

via Noise Engineering

"In August 2020, we released the Desmodus Versio, Noise Engineering’s reverb. Maybe you heard about it. We were pretty excited about a lot of things about it:

It’s a pretty kick-ass reverb.

It’s a DSP platform that users can update via USB, so we could create lots of alt firmwares for people (more on that soon. Very soon.).

It’s based on an open platform, so from the beginning, we knew we wanted to open it up so people could create their own firmwares too.

So we asked the software engineers at NE to help us less programming savvy folks talk about how this works.

First thing to note: writing custom firmware requires basic understanding of the C / C++ programming language. If you are not proficient in C / C++, there are plenty of resources or even other modular platforms to get started on!

Ok, onward.


If you look at the back of your Versio module, you should see a mounted yellow board with a micro-USB port. This is the Daisy Seed, an embedded audio platform created by Electrosmith. It is the main processing unit on the Versio hardware, i.e., where programs are downloaded, or 'flashed.'

We opted for the Daisy platform for a lot of reasons, but the biggest was that it would be the best customer experience. At the time that the Daisy Seed became a contender for us, we had been developing, in parallel, a similar board (called George). Moving to the Daisy Seed board allowed us to speed development, decrease cost for our users, and take advantage of the large (and growing) community behind the Daisy ecosystem

Daisy is powerful and handles stereo in/stereo out with ease with up to 24-bit, 192 kHz audio processing, 64 MB SDRAM, and 8 MB of flash memory. Got an idea that you want in Eurorack? If any embedded processor can handle it, it’s probably this one."

Click here for additional details on Noise Engineering website.

The following is a demo by Cinematic Laboratory of the Ampla Versio, an 'all in one' VCA, VCFA, ADSR with chorus running on the Desmodus Versio.

The Bat Verb | Part 04 | Ampla Versio firmware | Desmodus Versio

Here is the full playlist:

The Bat Verb | Noise Engineering Desmodus Versio videos by Cinematic Laboratory
Cinematic Laboratory


1. The Bat Verb | Part 01 | Noise Engineering Desmodus Versio
I am always curious when Noise Engineering comes with something new and they never disappoint. I love reverbs. I am lucky to have the Erbe-Verb, Milky Way, Z-DSP, Clouds and ZVERB but I was pretty confident the Desmodus (Vampire Bat) Versio (Versatile) would add something new to my collection. And it did. This is just a first-patch so there will be a part 2 soon. Trust me, this video is only scratching the surface.

Note: I wrote that the DV doesn't have a High Pass filter but that's not true. It has a filter that is neutral at 12:00 and becomes high pass CW and low pass CCW. What I mean it doesn't have a filter that makes sure the very low frequencies (below 80Hz) aren't 'reverberated' (high pass) which can go totally out of control and drives the module above the digital 0dB brick wall. Digital distortion is not pretty and you should be aware of it before going live. I also need to add that it happened only once during the making of this video. Just remember that infinite reverb and ultra low frequencies can cause serious trouble that goes way beyond 'mud'.
2. The Bat Verb | Part 02 | Noise Engineering Desmodus Versio
Desmodus Versio is a reverb - with a built in delay and distortion - and lots of other cool ways to turn your room upside down and fold a cathedral. DV's first batch had a little bug (I totally missed it), but NE's been working around the clock to create a fix and roll out the 'flash your DV' website. This also shows us how easy it is to install new firmware or future applications (which are coming soon). I am not sure, but I think the code will be open source so we can write our own reverbs and FX. I'll definitely dive into that when more info is available.
3. The Bat Verb | Part 03 | Desmodus Versio + Lyra-8
I had this idea of running the Lyra-8 through the Desmodus Versio and see what would happen. Then I realized it helped me (a lot!) to tune the Lyra-8 while playing live. So this video showcases the 'beyond infinity' setting on the 'regenerate' knob, where the reverb trail just plays on forever - but you can still hear a bed of the notes you've played - and add more. It can get pretty magical.
4. The Bat Verb | Part 04 | Ampla Versio firmware | Desmodus Versio
Noise Engineering promised to bring new firmware / applications to the Desmodus Versio reverb. Because it's not a reverb, it's a platform. This means you can completely change the application inside the module. Today NE released Ampla Versio, an 'all in one' VCA, VCFA, ADSR with chorus. In stereo. And this one is a worthy addition to the 'never too many' VCA's.
5. The Bat Verb | Part 05 | Imitor Versio firmware
"Noise Engineering has just released a new firmware for the Desmodus Versio, the 'versatile imitator'. It's a twelve tap delay with tempo sync, delay timing skew, circular stereo panning, distortion, tralis that rise and fall, shimmer and harmonically related pitch shifting. POB has done an excellent walkthrough on all features (see link in video), so I'll just focus on how it sounds in various patches. the IV is also available as a dedicated module with its own faceplate, and faceplates can be ordered for your DV if you're planning on permanent use.

Please note the IV is a delay that's designed to be discovered so make sure to spend some time with it. I noticed it features a lot of sonic textures which are also found on some of the best delays around. So this one may be the droid you've been looking for in just 10 HP. Highly recommended!"

Portabella Jam


"Jam with Potabella sequenced by Analoge Solutions Generator , Digitakt, Peak, Easel and Analog Heat"

what's the difference between the prophet 5 reissue and the prophet 6?


"In this video, we take a deep dive into the key differences between the Sequential Prophet 5/Prophet 10 (Rev 4) Reissue and the Sequential Prophet 6. This video focuses on the sound and functionality of the two synthesizers; where they differ and where they overlap.


00:12 - Introduction
00:58 - Part 1: Prophet 6 "main" differences
04:03 - Part 2: Prophet 5/10 "main" differences
06:48 - Part 3: "direct" sound comparisons (similar patches)
27:17 - Part 4: patches that begin to reveal inherent differences
32:44 - Part 5: Prophet 6 "unique" patches
39:31 - Part 6: Prophet 5/10 patches, demonstrating raw "tone" & "timbre"
48:55 - Part 7: Conclusion and Final Thoughts

The two synthesizers were recorded directly into Pro Tools at 48khz with Universal Audio Apollo preamps. No external FX were used in the recording of the sounds unless where noted in the video. The two synths were leveled in terms of gain as carefully as possible to create the most unbiased listening environment.

Three things to note when viewing this video:

1. I use the terms "Prophet 5" and "Prophet 10" interchangeably, as the only difference between the two synths is that the Prophet 10 has five additional voices.

1. Though I contributed to some of the "factory" presets for the Sequential Prophet 5/10 (rev 4), we are not comparing "factory" presets in this video. I have crafted all the presets in this presentation to show you as carefully as possible how similar the synths can sound, and how vastly different they can sound.

2. We will not be discussing any of the technicalities of "what's under the heard" in terms of components, but rather, focusing on sound and functionality, and the experience. For technical information, please visit"

Minimoog History 1971-1981 (by synthpro)


"Hey Guys,

Today, I thought I would take a little time to document some of the changes across the minimoog production from 1971-1980.

Serial #s reviewed is as follows:

R.A Moog SN: 1037 built 3/71
Early Moog Music SN 1548 Built 6/8/72
Moog Music SN 6768 Built 1/29/75
Late Moog Music SN 13061 Build date unknown

Here is the link for the musonics minimoog: [posted here]

I did forget to finish explaing the Pitch/Mod Wheel changes:
3/1971- 7/1972 used the clear wheels

7/ 1972-1973 used the blocky white wheels, (here is a video explaing these style wheels: [Alan's below]

1974-1/1975 used the smooth edged cream wheels

1975-1981 used the ribbed wheels found on most moog models

1982 went back to clear wheels as a special edition run

Thanks for watching, and for the support!


Alan's 72 Minimoog Restore (by synthpro)

"Hey Guys,

This is a video going over Alan's 72 minimoog and pointing out some design changes that happened within a months period between June 8th 1972 to July 14th 1972

Thanks again Alan, was a pleasure getting this minimoog back into good health for you.

Thanks to all that watch my videos as well!!!


Oberheim OB-8 Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

"Never gigged out. Home studio use only. All contacts have been individually cleaned. Two broken rubber contacts have been replaced. All others are intact and unbroken. All keys are original. Lowest "D" key had a broken "retainer ear" that has been repaired. Parallel battery installed doubling memory retention longevity. All LEDS work. All original programs work. All Rotary Pots cleaned and operational. "

Casio CZ-3000 61 Key Digital Phase Distortion Synthesizer

via this auction

Modal Electronics adds the COBALT8X and COBALT8M to their Line-up

The three octave COBALT8 just announced on October 29 has two new siblings, the 5 octave COBALT8X, and the desktop COBALT8M.

The COBALT8X picutred to the left looks pretty sharp with the iPad editor sitting on top.

Both the COBALT8X and COBALT8M appear to have the same engine as the COBALT8. Below are some audio demos. See this post for details.

Click the pics for full size shots.

Sequential Artist Spotlight Interview with In-Flight Movie

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

"In-Flight Movie are a synthwave band from Oxford. They combine 1980s style arrangements with film inspired soundscapes. In-Flight Movie like to play everything live using analogue gear and electronic drums to take a tour of the dark and nostalgic places that old school synths can take us.

We chatted with In-Flight Movie on how they use the Prophet Rev2 in their music"

You can find additional posts featuring Sequential's Spotlight series here.

Berlin School on Waldorf Iridium, Slim Phatty, Virus C: "Dwarf Nebula"

Brittle stR music

"Some space music, Berlin School style. The Iridium does the pad and the space warbles; the Phatty does the bass; the Virus does the higher arpeggios; sequencing from Korg Gadget. If you've been to this channel before, you may notice the Iridium replaces the Hydrasynth! The Hydrasynth is a superb piece of design but I found its sweet spots too elusive. This isn't a cover version: I just stole the title from Frank Zappa!"

SOUNDMIT 2020 Day 4 Videos


SOUNDMIT 2020 - Exhibitor - Finegear - The Dust Collector showcase
SOUNDMIT 2020 - Exhibitor - Finegear Dust Collector review by Matt Vanacoro - Ask.Audio
SOUNDMIT 2020 - Masterclass - Riccardo Mazza - La sonorizzazione contemporanea nel film muto

See the SoundMit label below for more.

Bob Moog Foundation Announces Virtual Moogseum Tour Featuring Moog Prototype & Herb Deutsch

"We are thrilled to announce a very special one-hour virtual Moogseum tour, Sunday, December 13, 2020, focusing on the Moog modular synthesizer prototype and featuring special guest Herb Deutsch, who collaborated with Bob Moog on developing the pioneering synth.

Deutsch, now 88 years old, used the prototype synthesizer to compose for many years, then donated the instrument to The Henry Ford museum in 1982. It is on loan and being exhibited at the Moogseum through December 31, 2020, making this tour one of the last chances to see it in this unique facility.

The tour will explore Bob Moog’s history leading up to his meeting with Deutsch, and will draw from the vast collection in the Bob Moog Foundation Archives. Deutsch will then join the tour from his home in Long Island, and share his memories and insights into working with Moog during this crucial moment in music history. He will take questions after the tour.

Tickets are available on a “pay what you can” basis through the Eventbrite. The funding generated from the tour will help support the Moogseum, which was closed for five months due to the pandemic.

The prototype heads back to the Henry Ford at the end of the year, so don't miss this special opportunity!

Get Your Tickets HERE"

True Trance Sounds V1 for Novation Peak/Summit

Igor Leus

"True Trance Sounds V1 for Novation Peak/Summit - our first specialized Trance soundbank. Made by NatLife himself. The bank consists of different patches, which when applied together can create incredible compositions. In every sound you will feel the full range of analog vibes and that makes this sound set special. Oxford Oscillators and true analog VCA, DIstortion and Filter deliver uniquely powerful sound, with all the beauty of analog warmth and digital precision. Thnks to Chris Huggett (legendary synth maker from Oxford Synthesisers) for getting this ability.

Sound bank contains 64 Peak/Summit presets wich:

6 - Bass Sounds
19 - Leads
4 - Keys
11 - Plucks
1 - Drum
14 - Pads
9 - FX's
1 - ARP

Installation instruction included in downlodable file"

Strymon NightSky with Novation Peak Synthesizer Sound Demo (no talking)

Limbic Bits

UVI | 2020 Throwback


"Rediscover all the products we launched this year. We've been working to deliver the best tools and we're not stopping.

Video Credits: Théo Gallienne

Music Credits:
00:07 Vintage Vault 3 by Louis Couka
00:25 JP Legacy by Louis Couka
00:37 Savage for Falcon by Pandocrator
00:58 Voklm for Falcon by Yuli Yolo
01:12 Xtreme FX 1.5 by Andreu Jacob
01:23 Key Suite Bundle Edition by Louis Couka
01:44 Drum Replacer by Lou Wiss
01:59 Drone by Antoine Martin
02:16 IRCAM Solo Instruments 2 by Powels Lumski
02:41 LoFi Dreams for Falcon by Vincenzo Bellanova
02:56 World Suite 2 by Andreas Häberlin
03:28 Shade by Emeric Tschambser and Alain J
03:51 Falcon 2.1 by Guillaume Roussel
04:19 Synth Anthology 3 by Louis Couka
About UVI
UVI is a developer of software instruments, effects and soundware. We leverage leading-edge synthesis, DSP research and design to provide unique and expressive tools for musicians and audio professionals.

Our goal is to help you achieve the highest-quality sound possible with innovative and reliable solutions. You can hear our work around the world at live shows, on hit-records, in blockbuster films and AAA games.

We're a small but spirited team with a global footprint, music and sound lovers eager to share our passion. We're honored to be a part of your creative journey and thankful to you for sharing ours.

©2020 UVI. All rights reserved."

Moog Mother-32 Sequencer Tribute. Possibilities Demo. No talking

Anton Anru

"Watch how a simple sequence may evolve into a completely different and complex sound thanks to the sequencer modifiers like Accent, Rest, Glide, Gate Time, different Assign output sources, Swing Intervals and Amount, Tempo Divisions + synth engine itself. Mother-32 workflow and the result are really inspiring. Moog do make a huge impact on synth world evolution!

If you face problems with the sequencer - can't remember all the commands and button combinations, you may download a Cheat Sheet (PDF, Hi-Res Pictures, Mobile version) - it will help a lot.
Also, I have patches for Moog Mother-32. You may like them as well.

All Moog Mother-32 content:"

Macbeth M5 meets Telecaster

Tom Noise

"A long improvisation with the Macbeth M5 and a Fender Telecaster (directly plugged into the M5). No external Amp. I am not a great guitar player btw... ;-)

The Macbeth M5 was generating the pulsating bass while the external input of the unit was used for the Telecaster. The Delay is a Korg FX Pedal. Spring Reverb from the M5."

Ancestor "2600 version" tested by Mos-Lab

Nr Synth

That Waldorf Wave looks like it's suffering from a sticky Nextel surface. It needs a wipe down.

"A nice day during summer at Sebastien's home. We did an "ARP clones session" with his wonderfull ARP 2500 clone and my Ancestor (with the great 4012 filter)."

Simpliciter from NYSTHI - Overview and Tutorial

Omri Cohen

You can find additional resources from Omri Cohen at

00:00 - Introduction
04:11 - Recording part 1
10:23 - Recording part 2
14:10 - Slices
19:00 - Engine Mod and CV outputs
23:59 - Expander and Yummer
28:02 - Things to try

Doepfer M.A.U.S.I. midi to vintage synth CV...

via this auction

Here's something you don't see too often. There have only been two previous posts to feature the Doepfer M.A.U.S.I.

"It's a midi to CV converter (with 2 cv out), it does LFO's, glide and arps and sequencing...v"

Vintage Roland System 100 Model 102 Synthesizer Expander

via this auction

Roland JD-800 w/ Original Box

via this auction

Solina Eminent String Ensemble SN 227179

via this auction

Ensoniq Mirage DSK-8 Digital Sampling Keyboard

via this auction

"Works great and loads sounds. Has soft buttons I took all the keys off when I was in Japan. Cleaned them each. All the buttons work. Also the sensitivity/pressure when you play the keys is great. The screen needs to be replaced. Only downfall. Outputs work fine and includes many disks. Including a formatting disk, lots of sound disks and also OS versions 3.2, 3.0 and 3.1 sound disks"

ARP Odyssey II 2810 w / mega lumina slider upgrade

via this auction

Roland JX-8P - Exploring the Presets - Part 2 - Midiverse - TV

Midiverse - TV

"What's up everybody? Welcome to Midiverse - TV. Today we're checking out the second preset bank on the Roland JX-8P. Let's have a look!"

KORG OPsix - "Second" Impressions 😂

Noir Et Blanc Vie

*Subjective opinions within, those who do not understand subjective opinion may be excused lol*
*ALL music in this video is 100% Korg OPsix*

"Just running through some presets and chit-chatting, some really great sounding stuff here, but as usual what are my personal thoughts on it....FIRST this isn't me being negative at all, I'm just stating my initial thoughts. Here's the thing, I love the Volca FM, it's just the right amount of FM for me personally. So $800 isn't too much for someone who has been waiting for something just like this, but for me it's too steep. That said, If Korg made the exact same synth BUT in the Granular Synth variety they couldn't take my $800 fast enough. So it's all about what you want and are looking for."

20 Minutes of Modular Noise

The Daydream Sound

"Noise music isn’t for all but it’s a great way of cleansing the mental palette. Not to mention the amazing tones you can generate through sheer experimentation!"

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

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