MATRIXSYNTH: Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Competition Coming to Behringer from China? Meet the Moog Modular from China

Some pics of a Moog modular from China in via an anonymous reader. Note they are full panel designs vs. individual modules. It's interesting when you think about it. Behringer is known for providiing affordable knock-offs of known synths. What's keeping China from offering the same for less, and would anyone really question it considering?

via my source:

"There were about 20 or so made, I did have one on order but decided against it as I thought it may not have been a good investment.

I was told that no more would be made as they contained some un-obtainable parts that mean only a handful of people could order them.

I'm sure posting them will get someone interested, which may inspire them to find another way to build them again."

Evolutionary New MIDI Keyboard Controller

Update: see Arturia & designer Axel Hartman's response to the Behringer SWING here.

Left via @AtomicShadow

"New from @Behringer! A Dollar Store version of Arturia's Beatstep."

And no, it's not offically called the ASSHOLE, but rather the SWING.

And on the other side of the spectrum, below is a satiracle? video from Digiphex Electronics.
Is Behringer an AI Entity?
Digiphex Electronics

RMI Harmonic Synthesizer Handmade Miniature 1 6 scale

Ronaldo Lopes Teixeira ROLT

Synthesizer Music - Dreamland


"Dreamland was first released in 2013 with the album Norwegian Vintage Synthesizer 70's and 80's Dreams. Made a new recording with better sound.

Instruments Used
Yamaha DX7
Korg MS 20
Korg Trident
Korg TR
Roland Sh-1000
Roland D-50
Eminent 310"

Homebrew Analogue Beatsep Pro Jam


"Here's a little modular mischief with my DIY synth and drum machine sequenced by the wonderful Beatstep Pro"

Prophet Rev2 Lead - Omnisphere Pads


"Ambient Sunday Jam! 🌌 Drift away with me for a little while 😊"

Stranger Things: Starcourt - Roland Juno 60 & TR-8


"Synth cover of the song Starcourt from the Stranger Things soundtrack. Performed on a Roland Juno 60 and TR8, effects from Strymon El Capistan and TC Electronic Hall of Fame."

Colorado Modular Synth Society November 2020 Meetup - #pedalsandmodular

Colorado Modular Synth Society

"For our last modular meetup for 2020, we are going to talk about guitar pedals and modular synths. We are working on a panel of guitar pedal manufacturers and artists to join Sine Mountain in a deep talk about using pedals with your rack. Please join us to ask questions and share your thoughts in the live chat!

Show us how you are using pedals with your modular synth by tagging your social posts with the hashtag #pedalsandmodular. Your video may be featured on the show!

Special guests confirmed so far:
Tim Held - Podular Modcast -
Empress Effects -
Recovery Effects -
More to come...

About the Colorado Modular Synth Society:
The Colorado Modular Synth Society's mission is to connect people with information, inspiration, and a community of peers fascinated with modular synthesizers."

Dust is everywhere

Three Delay Tap

"Inspired by the dust I really, really need to clean up!

Gear used: 5U modular, Electribe MX, Hydrasynth, Ensoniq SD1, Sub37, Roland MC50, Yamaha TG33, JX8P, Eventide H9 (shimmer!) and Soundcraft MKT22 onboard FX"


INCONFLICT (2020 Album) - Launch Trailer Dualtrx

Some synth spotting with Dualtrx for his new release INCONFLICT (links and additional videos below).

"The new album is here!!! 🔥

'INCONFLICT' is a selection of quirky sounds, experiments but also beats that will feed your creative spirit.

Worked and produces over some years this album started as a visual show having live performance in mind.

All the 15 tracks on the album has its own live session video on my Youtube page, but also here on Facebook.

Streaming Links -
Bandcamp -
Underdog Records -

For Those who want FLACS Please send me a PM and i will give you for FREE a redeem code for Bandcamp. Thank you and enjoy."

"Born and raised in Bucharest, Marian Ciungu is a filmmaker and video editor with over 10 years of experience, a music producer and sound designer and the founder of first-of-its-kind Romanian event Bucharest Modular Meet, a popular gathering for synths aficionados that would have held its third edition in 2020.

Marian has been a technology addict ever since he can remember and has always considered himself a sort of a geek. And it’s this exact affinity to geekdom that has made him pursue his passions in a thorough manner and allowed him to add various layers to his life, every single one involving creativity brought to life through technology.

In the past 15 years he’s also been a music producer and sound designer as part of a personal project called DUALTRX, which he’s been developing out of sheer passion. “INCONFLICT” is the producer’s fourth studio album and features 15 tracks with influences that range from musique concrète, industrial, electro and trip-hop.

“In the past few years I've been inspired a lot by dawless music production and I found myself using the modular synthesizers setup more than ever” says DUALTRX. “In Conflict is a demonstration of that approach and type of performance and marks a pretty drastic change in my sound from my previous releases. All the tunes on this album are made using only hardware synths, without using the DAW or any other software of that sort.”

“INCONFLICT” is released by romanian indie label Underdog Records and available for streaming and download worldwide HERE. Also each of the 15 tracks featured on the album is accompanied by a video that features the producer’s impressive modular setup and offers a tiny insight into his creative process. The videos are available on DUALTRX’s Youtube Channel."

Synthesizers - Frequency Modulation (fm) vs. Ring Modulation


"In this video, I look at the key differences between frequency modulation and ring modulation.

VCV Rack modular synthesizer.

Theme Tune - Conspiracy Theory [posted here]

Other music"

AJH Synt Gemini 2412 Dual Eurorack Filter - How I use it...


"As promised, and since lots of people have asked me about this filter; a video focusing on the Gemini 2412 and some examples of how I use it. I've had it for 2 years and I'm still discovering more things it can do, so this video only scratches the surface.

Some comments I've recieved showed concern over the size of the VCF (28hp), but this is really the same as buying two fully featured, SEM-inspired multi-mode filters (low pass, band pass, high pass, even notch), and a voltage controlled cross-fader, so all things considered it packs a lot in that space, without compromising build quality or playability (controls are well-spaced and not too small).

Support my music by purchasing it here:"


Woody Piano Shack

"Enjoy the fabulous sounds of the KORG NAUTILUS and YAMAHA MODX Synthesizer Workstation played back to back. In this video I tried to find less synth sounds and favoured acoustic sounds, piano, organ, orchestral, strings drums and more. When I found an inspiring preset I improvised the first idea that came to mind. See my previous video for more of the electronic and synth sounds.

Coming soon, my review and comparison of the NAUTILUS vs the MODX. I hope this video is helpful if you are choosing to purchase one of these as it demos the sound character and quality of each keyboard."

Part 1 here. Additional demos here.

► WEBSITE - additional links there.

Just Yamaha SY-1 Analog Synth Playing (No Talking)

Synth & Sundry

"The Yamaha SY-1 from 1974 was Yamaha's first synthesizer. It's single VCO design offered both the convenience of some presets and perfunctory analog sybtractive synthesis controls. The user interface takes queues from the organ designs of the time, which makes sense, since the SY-1 was conceived as an accessory for those.

What is pretty incredible about this vintage synth is that in spite of its simple design, the Yamaha SY-1 has aftertouch which it makes it an extremely expressive analog keyboard.

NOTE: This video has two synth takes overdubbed.

If you'd like to support this channel with a one-off purchase, please check out our affordably priced music:"

Quick and Dirty TV Jam

Cat Full of GHOSTS

"A quick Jam looking at the possibilities of using both CRT video feedback and direct video feedback."

ASTROGENIC HALLUCINAUTING - late night noiz for late night fiends


"ASTROGENIC HALLUCINAUTING - late night noiz for late night fiends - for more noiz: website: This is a series of live noiz and video noiz performances created during The Plague. #covid19 #coronavirus #isolation #quarantine #spike"

DSI Pro 2 & Eventide H9 (Resonator)


Clouds Forming

Martin Peters

"A couple of weeks ago I got my Oberheim OB-Mx back from repairs after it has been in repair for a year. There are 3 voicecards inside, each containing 2 voices, so it has 6 voices in total. But 1 of these voicecards could not be tuned anymore. The repair-shop could not find the problem so I still have 1 voicecard I cannot use.

Anyways, this video starts with the Oberheim OB-Mx having the VCA's opened playing a G minor chord. The Minimoog solo comes in and there is a sort of 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' deja-vu. The Polymoog with the Behringer VP1 Phaser accompanies the Minimoog. After that some tones are added from the Modular, Oberheim SEM and Korg ARP Odyssey with the VCA's opened. Then the sequences start, adding the Joranalogue Generate 3 and Mutable Instruments Plaits. It all builds up to a climax where the Odyssey plays some notes. And after that it all fades out to nothing.

The track was recorded live to multi-track on the Behringer X32 Compact and mixed in Studio One afterwards. The mix only involves some gain staging, EQ and compression. No track edits where performed and no automation was used.

I hope you will enjoy it

You can download the track from Bandcamp."

two ALICE 1387. Test after repair.mod.midi

Alexey Taber

Critter & Guitari - MIDI out the Window

Critter & Guitari

"Made this song as we looked out the window to lights sprinkled in a Fall evening's sky! Chordi & Polybeats DRG32V patches are synced on two Organelles with TRS-MIDI (it's just an 1/8" cable!). Have a nice night!"

Gamechanger Audio Motor Synth

via this auction

"Motor Synth is an analogue, electro-mechanical synthesizer that uses a system of electromotors as its main sound source.

Motor Synth is a new method of analogue audio signal generation, since controlled electromotors have never been used as the principal sound source for a commercial musical instrument, nothing like this has ever been built before!

Motor Synth produces sounds by accelerating and decelerating eight electromotors to precise rpm (revolutions per minute) that correspond with specific musical notes. The instrument’s eight-electromotor configuration makes it a four-note true polyphonic synth with two voices per key played.

The Motor Synth has two ways of producing its core sound.

Firstly, magnetic pickups are placed on each of its eight electromotors; the spinning coils result in a very industrial-sounding, over-the-top analogue tone. Think eight harmonious revving engines pumping out an intimidating noise!

Secondly, specially designed reflective optical disks have been attached to the shafts of each electromotor. Each disk contains a graphical representation of three standard audio wave-shapes. As the electromotors spin, the disks are set into circular motion, and each wave-shape is read by a dedicated set of infrared sensors, then converted into an audio signal. Thus, the wave-shapes on the reflective optical disks become precise musical notes, corresponding to the speed of the electromotors."

Wersi AP-6 Analog Bass Synth

via this auction

Waldorf Pulse w/ OS V2.01 Update

via this auction

"New cutoff pot, 2 new push button, update to last OS V2.01'

Pic of the packaging the 2.01 Update came in. Interesting choice of color, orange, not blue...

Powertran Transcendent 2000

via this auction

Moog Polymoog Synthesizer SN 4139

via this auction

"For a 45 year old synth, I would have to say it is in near museum condition on the exterior. There are very few scratches and dings, obviously well taken care of by previous owner(s). Does NOT show the regular signs of gigging (beat to crap). All keys are straight and flat and none are sticking. All knobs are intact and all sliders seem to work correctly with appropriate resistance to movement. Comes with the (optional) rare 285A Polypedal which is also in extremely nice condition. That being said, I have NOT plugged this unit in nor tested it, so I am in no way guaranteeing or warranting the correct operation beyond the exterior condition (which is very nice). It's possible that you will plug this unit in and it will work fine, but it is also more than likely going to need some internal contact cleaning, tuning and even a possible overhaul. Unfortunately, I do not have the legs or power cord, so they are not included. I have not opened the unit's cover."

Kawai K5000S Digital Additive Synthesizer

via this auction

E-MU Proteus 2500 Command Station SN 110100117

via this auction

Synthesizer piece on a developing theme - 12 minute epic ? - check 5 min 30 on sound

Retroman-Synth-loop-Music JW

"Synthesizer developing piece...check out 5min 30 for a particularly strange is purposely grainy and dark.."

Curious if that sound is coming from the Roland GAIA. It reminds me of a Yamaha FS1R.

E-MU Ultra Sampler - Demo #15


"All presets I made on E-MU E4XT Ultra. E4XT sequenced from DAW (midi edition and midi automation). After the recording was used lightweight compression and nothing else. Please use 360p or higher for better sound quality.

0:06 - Demo #1
0:47 - Demo #2
1:04 - Demo #3
1:28 - Demo #4
2:30 - Demo #5
3:20 - Demo #6"

Additional demos here

ParipiDestroyer meets with KORG volca beats by Shangri-La

Shangri-la S

"Hi friends! 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 Volca beats.
Divoom Pixoo-Max, LED pixel display provided with a cool atmosphere."

Jen Syntar GS3000 - 1978 Guitar Synth Made in Italy Live Jam


You can find additional Jen Syntar posts here.

"VSMIproject comes back!! The new studio is on!
Jen Syntar GS3000, 1978 two oscillators guitar synth Made in Italy, midi mod by Mirco Trentin TLab. control by Aphelian seq on IPad in random mode thru Echopad and Audioverb, Godwin DrumMaker32 samples on Arturia ISpark drum machine... first Live Jam as is in the new studio! dedicated to Berend... he bought me this wonderful synth in Holland some years ago... (RIP)"

ASM Hydrasynth Tutorial Drone Creation

Bonedo Synthesizers

Rick Wakeman stuff on his Steinway Grand Piano in Handmade Miniatures version by ROLT

Ronaldo Lopes Teixeira ROLT

"Replica of the inner picture from the Six Wives of Henry VIII album."

See the miniature label below for more.

Oops They Did it Again - Behringer Introduces the Swing USB MIDI Controller Keyboard

Update: see Arturia's & interface designer Axel Hartman's response further below.

Look familiar?

"32-Key USB MIDI Controller Keyboard with 64 Step Polyphonic Sequencing, Chord and Arpeggiator Modes

The Behringer SWING gives you full control over any synthesizer or virtual instrument in your DAW via USB or MIDI. Featuring a 64-step sequencer with an 8-note polyphonic sequence combined with 32 compact-sized keys and pitch and modulation touch-strips provide unlimited ways to express yourself in a compact and portable package.

The SWING’s 32-compact-sized keys create a perfect balance between size and playability. The keys give you the ability to create more nuanced and colorful passages with velocity and after-touch functionality. Use the Pitch and Modulation touch-strips to add even more character to your music. Chord Play Mode allows you to play a chord with up to 16 notes with one single key for some really enchanting Trance music. The SWING also features a 64-step polyphonic sequencer so you can create any progression imaginable and even play over it. Switch to Arpeggiator mode and create an amazing string of notes that can sync to the clock of any device the SWING is connected to.

The Mode knob on the SWING can select up to 8 saved programs in Sequencer mode, while in Arpeggiator mode, you can select different playing orders such as up, down, inclusive, exclusive, random, note order, double up and double down modes. Select from 8 different time signatures with the Scale knob and adjust the tempo with the Tempo knob or the Tap button. Press the Record button to start recording a sequence. This also doubles as an Append button when holding down Shift. Use this along with the Stop/Clear Last button and you can edit your sequences and arpeggios on the fly.

Update: And a response from Arturia followed by Axel Hartman who designed the physical look of the Keystep:


"Hello everyone,

We have been informed on Sunday November the 22nd of the upcoming release of a new product called Swing, by Behringer. This product is in no way the result of a partnership between Arturia and Behringer.

We have worked hard to create the _Step range. We have invested time and money to imagine, specify, develop, test and market the KeyStep. Along our distributors we have been evangelizing this product, placing it in stores, explaining it, servicing it.

Of course we accept competition, and would absolutely understand that Berhinger give their own interpretation of a small and smart controller that would also be a sequencer. Others do, we have no problem with that and see good for the customer, as well as for the industry, in fair competition.

But this is not fair competition here.

Coco Chanel once said: “If you want to be original, be ready to be copied”. So we could in a way consider the Swing as a compliment.

We could.

In any case, thank you, everyone who came out and supported us these past 36 hours! It's been very helpful, very much appreciated.

Frédéric Brun
Co-founder and CEO, Arturia"

Axel Hartman:

"I do feel the need to comment on the many postings I can find here @ Facebook in several places regarding my thoughts, feelings, but also the truth about the blunt Behringer copy of the Arturia key step.

Arturia and myself, aka my company design box are designing instruments, synthesizers, controllers, interfaces since many years. As industrial designer, I contribute mostly my services on the asthetical side of a product. This is true for almost all hardware products that you know from Arturia. In all cases, Arturia is buying my services - I never licensed any of the designs. Arturia always pays, and naturally owns the output of my work, that - by the way - is alway the result of an in-depth cooperation with their internal team of specialists.

Arturia and myself are working together since many years, and we share the deep desire of designing innovative products. I could never share any of the designs, that came out of that cooperation with any body else, legally not, and not from my personal high attitude in that regards. So anything, pointing in that direction is simply fake information. Neither the company Behringer, nor Uli himself have ever approached me with a request like that. And I would also never ever do something like that - I can not license anything that is not in my possession.

Personally, I feel sad, and am also upset about that sheer copy of a design, that I once created for, and together with Arturia, the team around Frederic Brun. These people have spent lots of efforts and great energy in building a brand and all that belongs to a brands assets. It is simply not right, somebody else is taking advantage of that hard work (which is not only true for Arturia, but for all great brands, that must see their most successful products being copied) I do not understand (Uli) Behringer - with his huge company and the power of many great R&D teams - some of the best and most respected and innovative companies we know in our business, that Uli was able to simply buy in the past with his money. A product like that copy simply can not represent the core values of the people, he could convince to be part of his company. It is simply sad, and I can not understand that move (like many, it seems)."

And then there's the following mock-up from Atomic Shadow that pretty much sums it up:

Update via Wikipedia: "Music Tribe, formerly Music Group, is a holding company based in the City of Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines.[2] It is chaired by Uli Behringer, founder of Behringer. Music Group rebranded to Music Tribe in December 2017.[3]...

In 2015, Music Group's portfolio included Midas, Klark Teknik, Behringer, Bugera, Eurocom, Turbosound, TC Electronic, TC-Helicon, Lake, Lab.gruppen, Tannoy, TC Applied Technologies and CoolAudio[6]"

And Behringer's response via Musictribe:

"Since various magazines and Arturia have publicly called us out over the launch of our Swing MIDI Controller, we would like to respond and share some facts around the principles of competition and clear up some misconceptions.

Competition is a highly effective tool to drive innovation by empowering Customers to make their best choices and force manufacturers to constantly reinvent themselves. Innovation means progress and this happens on many levels, whether it relates to customer experience, functionality or cost efficiencies etc.
There are 4 established marketing strategies: market leader, market challenger, market follower and market nichers. Here is a great article:

The competition law was designed to avoid companies creating a market monopoly and stifle innovation, which would be detrimental to the rights of the Customers to expect better offerings. The law was specifically designed to encourage everyone to fiercely compete, even when it means over the same functionality and design, provided intellectual property such as utility (functional) and design patents as well as trademarks etc. are respected.

How many Fender Stratocaster or Gibson Les Paul clones are out there in the guitar world and how many SM58 clones are available? How many cars or mobile phones look alike? It is not surprising that Gibson recently lost a substantial legal case trying to prevent others from making V-shape guitars or Fender, who lost all trademark cases related to their Stratocaster design.
The reason is simple: the law encourages competition and provides maximum freedom for companies to engage head-on, all for the benefit of the Customer.

We are spending large amounts of resources on innovation, which is reflected in products such as X32, XR18, Flow, DDM4000, etc. This made us the global market leader for analog and digital mixers and over the years we have built an extensive patent portfolio:
However, we also clearly choose to follow successful brands and products, while adding more features and/or competing on price. Much of our innovation is invisible to the Customer as it relates to our highly advanced and automated design and manufacturing processes and for that we are spending hundreds of millions of US$.
For this reason, we have become strategic partners with Microsoft, Siemens, Adobe and many other Tier 1 companies as we are pushing for extreme digitization and automation.

The follower marketing strategy is a very common business model in any industry, which is enabled by law to encourage competition. With our new Swing MIDI Controller, we followed an established concept, but of course wrote our own firmware with added functionality. However, these unique features will only come to life when we launch our free DAW.

The free Music Tribe DAW will form the heart of an incredible eco-system, where all our controllers, synthesizers and drum machines etc. will integrate seamlessly, thus dramatically improve connectivity and workflow. This will make it incredibly easy for our Customers to create, edit and share their music.
Only our upcoming controllers will feature total integration with our synthesizers, drum machines, digital mixers and other Music Tribe equipment, while also offering standard functionality with all 3rd party products.

For anyone familiar with the industry landscape, Arturia has been cloned for years (Worlde MiniMidi, etc.), while the company has also been “borrowing” from others with their VST replicas of legendary hardware synths, open-source code from Mutable Instruments, the “Expressive Touche” controller or the registration of known “DX7” and “Synthi” marks. Equally, our own analog Xenyx mixers and many other products have been widely cloned.
¬We will absolutely continue to deliver innovative products but also follow our competitors as we expect our products to be cloned - fair play.

We are very cautious when it comes to our follower approach and employ expert intellectual property firms to ensure our products stay within the boundaries of the law; we are committed to never intentionally infringe on other companies’ intellectual property.

Many years ago, we were entangled in bitter lawsuits with Mackie and Pioneer, which we all won. But we also recently lost a case against Yamaha in China related to a simple fader knob design that involved a design patent we were unfortunately not aware of. We changed the design, we will pay the fees and move on. Notably, Yamaha themselves were sued by Dr. Dre over their headphone designs ( or entangled in other legal matters (, which clearly shows how competitive business is. The heated Apple versus Samsung disputes are a prime example.

It is our Purpose and Mission to empower Customers who don’t have deep pockets and provide them with the best possible equipment at fair prices. We do understand that we are a fierce competitor and at times controversial as we’re relentlessly push the envelope.

We would like to thank all our Customers who have supported us over the past 30 years. We are absolutely committed to continue to deliver the best possible products at the lowest possible cost."

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