MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, December 3, 2020

Thursday, December 03, 2020

Patch: The Card Game. The Intro.


Modular patching card game from

0:00 - Start
1:18 - The Basic Game
1:57 - How To Choose
2:21 - The Blind Point
2:38 - The Dice Roll
3:03 - The Dowsing Cable
3:20 - The Gambit
3:32 - Most/Least Recent
4:05 - Game Variants
4:32 - Abitrary Strategeries
4:43 - De-Composition
5:06 - Auto Patch
5:33 - Patch Battle Royale
6:21 - No Ops
7:01 - Shuffling
7:38 - No Wrong Way

"What started as a tool created to expand my own skills and creativity with the modular, became something even better. Something that anyone with a modular could use to do the same, in flexible and unique ways, tailored to their needs. I’m excited to have made something that can help the entire modular community grow their skills and connections to what I think is the most personal and expressive instrument available to musicians."

MB-6582 midibox sid and the armalyte nostalgia


"Quick demo of an MB-6582 wrapped up in a Thalamus nostalgia shabby scroller, for anyone considering building one. They can do lots of conventional and nice synth stuff, but the way they can pull off being a supercharged commodore 64 is where the magic is for me. A throw back to the days of pissing my parents off by turning the tv up full blast to listen to Hubbard and Galway tracks. Such a cool machine :)"

Sharp cs6500 Vocal Japanese 70's Calculator

Andy Matic

Tom Oberheim 2 Voice TVS Pro - Black Model

via this auction

"Rare and excellent synth"

Creamware Prodyssey ASB

via this auction

Virtual polyphonic ARP Odyssey.

Casio VZ10M with RC100 ROM Card SN 000660

via this auction

Casio DP-1 Drum Pads w/ Original Box & Packaging

via this auction

"the box is open but all the hardware attachments are still included and bagged up inside the box."

Awesome, Thick Eurorack Bass!

Electronisounds Audio


"While putting together a new patch yesterday, I discovered a really thick, juicy and amazing sounding bass when experimenting with a few different modules.
The Mazzatron Wave Morph VCDCO combined with the WMD Devices Carbon Filter is a match made in heaven, friends - and I just had to share this luscious bass sound with you!
A high amount of resonance from the Carbon Filter emphasizes these long filter sweeps! Thanks for watching!"

Hannah Diamond + Daniel Swan 'Fade Away' - Made to express // Novation


"@Hannah Diamond performs ‘Fade Away’ with Launchpad Pro, backdropped by immersive visuals from collaborator Daniel Swan. Placed in the centre of the action, she experiments with a more spontaneous performance in a visual 3D landscape filled with imagery that exists somewhere between future and fantasy.

We have always been really passionate about doing anything we can to help enable expression, whatever that looks like. Made to Express is our four-part series, with artist collaboration at the heart. Discover videos & interviews showcasing the talent of a handpicked selection of some of our favourite artists using Launchpad and Launchkey like you’ve never seen them before.

--- To discover more about creating the video:

--- To find out more about Launchpad Pro [MK3]:"

Gleix Video Synth // The I.F.D., A semi-modular audiovisual synthesizer // Promo, full overview

George Gleixner

"The I.F.D., or Industrial Feedback Device, is an audiovisual synthesizer based around a no-input video feedback loop, video RAM and buffer manipulations, simple oscillator functionality, audio reactivity, CV implementation to allow easy integration into an existing modular ecosystem (esp. eurorack), and a visual method for building unique waveforms and sounds.

The I/O includes two composite video outputs, a VGA output, an external audio input (1/8” and 1/4”), and a standard 2.1mm barrel jack for a 5v power supply.

0:00 // Promo
01:00 // Introduction
02:22 // Rear i/o, powering up
03:16 // Basic controls (color mixing, image shifting)
04:35 // LFO, oscillator usage
06:48 // CV implementation
10:32 // Patchbay (basic usage)
13:02 // Patchbay quick notes and other footage
13:29 // Audio output, generating unique sounds
18:08 // Additional basic controls
18:30 // Audio input, amplifier
20:35 // Audio input explained further, tips n' tricks
22:16 // Simple one-patch audio reactive glitches
23:29 // Wrap-up, additional tips
26:17 // hoarse

Device page:"

The Best Selling Synths Of 2020 On Reverb

"2020 was blooping weird. But synth-wise, what were the best-selling blooping machines? Watch along as host Natalie dives into each category to show off the most popular synths of the year based on total number of sales on Reverb.

See more rankings and data on this year in synth sales on Reverb :"

Update: and a few lists by category including average selling price in via Reverb. Curious how other shops compare.

More below. Click on each to zoom in.

Noise Engineering June 2018 - Live Modular Jam Session

Noise Engineering

Another from the back catalog.

Gear List

- Jabara Sequent (prototype)
- Basimilus Iteritas Alter x2
- Cursus Iteritas x2
- Manis Iteritas
- Pons Asinorum (Prototype)
- Mutable Instruments Clouds
- Xerest Numeri (prototype)
- Mimetic Digitalis x2
- Lapsus Os (prototype)
- The Mullet x3
- TopTop Circadian Rhythms
- WMD/SSF Pole Zero
- Monome with JBOB (this was an early test)
- Aquavit

Berhinger mixer for monitoring on Neuman KH-310.
Sony PCM-M10 for conversion to the digital domain.
Panasonic HC-770 for video.

A quick eq/limiting pass in Reaper. No edits etc.

Synth Setup Tips #1 // Ft. BURG // Audio, MIDI, Sequencing, Recording and more


0:00 Intro
1:00 Audio routing
2:05 Creative submix
3:10 MIDI routing
4:50 Master clock
5:35 MIDI channels
6:20 Noise issues
7:30 Managing cables
9:35 Ergonomics
10:50 Sequencing
14:55 Sidechain
16:35 Using high pass filters
18:00 Layering
19:00 Referencing
19:45 Mix & theme
20:45 FX pedals
22:15 Recording
24:20 Templates
25:25 DAW’s role
26:55 Master / remix
29:45 Outro

Trompetriste feat Maxime [Uninstrumentale ]


Made only with gotharman ld3 and Maxime
trumpet sample

Full EP:

Meska - Uninstrumentale EP

"Unusual hip hop instrumental by Meska
0:00 Problème simple
1:59 Trompetriste feat Maxime
5:08 Asynchrone
9:25 Loulou
12:56 Triste affaire

Support the label, buy it here:"

EZBOT: My new favorite modulation source! ~ Acid Rain's Maestro


"In this video we take a deep dive into Acid Rain Technology's newest module the Maestro! The Maestro quickly became a favorite for me due to it's performative nature and easy to understand interface. With save and load features, long smooth modulation sources, LFO chains, and one shot envelopes it's a dream for a live performer.

From Acid Rain Technology:
'Maestro is a 6 channel clocked modulation controller inspired by the automation lanes found in digital audio workstation software, brought into eurorack and made playable and performable. Maestro will push and pull the parameters of your other modules with rapid or slowly evolving voltages, always in perfect sync with each other and the rest of your system.'

Interested in getting a Maestro for yourself? Why not support my local synth shop Patchwerks and order one right here:"

Feed External VCOs into the Korg MS-20 Synth using KVP [Quick Tip]


"Audio and Video by G-Storm Electro c. 2020

Quick Tip using the KVP to send external VCOs into the MS-20.
KVP stands for Korg Voltage Processor, and is derived from the vintage MS-02 voltage processor no longer in production.
As you're already aware, you can use KVP to convert eurorack pitch (v/oct) to the Korg standard (hz/v).
And use your sequencer to control the MS-20....

But what about the other (Korg hz/v)-to-(Euro v/oct) pitch converter?
Sure! Use the MS-20 to control your eurorack VCOs.
Take it only one step further to send the external VCO output INTO the
MS-20 external input.
To add more VCOs to the MS-20 oscillators for big fat sound.
I will show you how to patch it up.
It works for the vintage MS-20, the MS-20 Mini reissue as well as the Behringer K-2.
And any manufacturer synth using the Hz/v standard.

Some shaky cam footage, I threw this one together in haste...but don't hate :D Hit that LIKE, COMMENT & SUBSCRIBE now.

Some fx added
Delay: Timefactor
Reverb: Big Sky

KVP and many other cool eurorack modules are available in my Reverb Store

Recorded direct to Tascam DR-05."

Serge modular & voice experiments - using the wave multiplier


"We're experimenting with what the modular synthesizer can do with vocals, by mixing voice and a vco into the wave multiplier module.

The Serge is controlled by a eurorack Turing Machine module, trigged by a Shuffling Clock Multiplier. The Serge itself uses the NTO, PCO, VCFQ, Wave Multiplier, DTG & Xfader.

Check out our new single 'Convince Me':"

LŪP - custom tape looper and phase pattern generator

Lomond Ziggy Campbell

"LŪP came about when I was commissioned to build a custom tape-looper instrument for a musician called King Creosote. I wanted the machine to embody the compositional ideas of the two esteemed New York avant-garde composers, William Basinski and Steve Reich. It plays 12 second tape loops which ‘disintegrate’ over time as the tape passes near to a rotating magnetic disc. This rotating disc also provides a clock and drives two eccentric cams which sends out ever-shifting phase patterns. You can hook the machine up to a modular synthesiser and process the disintegrating tape loops while generating Reichian phase shifting patterns. I made an album doing just that which will be available on 4th Dec from Bandcamp."

Also see The HARMONOGRAPH SYNTHESISER & How to Sequence Your Eurorack System with a Record Player by Lomond Ziggy Campbell

The making of LŪP - the instrument that wants to be Basinski and Reich

TBD Synthesizer and Effect Plugins

instruments of things

"TBD is a generic multifunctional DSP module with more than 20 different synthesizer and effect plugins. Additionally, TBD enables the implementation of self-made DSP algorithms.

This video shows some examples of the DSP plugins, that are already implemented on TBD and ready-to-use. We and many other developers are constantly working on new DSP plugins, which will be available on the TBD in the future.

You can find all plugins and some more sound examples on the TBD product page on our website:"

See the Creative Technologies label below for more.

Anyma Phi: Preview of the patch librarian / advanced editor

Aodyo Instruments

"This is a preview video of the functionality of the patch librarian / advanced editor for Anyma Phi. This will be made available as a stretch goal if reached, see our Kickstarter page for details:

Anyma Phi is an affordable hybrid monophonic synthesizer that allows you to create new sound universes inspired from the real world, where objects collide, vibrate, and resonate.

Anyma Phi blends the classic ingredients of electronic music with physical modeling technology, allowing it to simulate acoustic sound sources, such as strings or reeds, as well as resonating structures, like wood, glass, or metal."

StringQuartet – Free VST/Standalone Strings/Choir-Synthesizer/Stringmachine

Andreas Remshagen

"Download Link:

A nice virtual version based on the technology of my Strings/Choir-Synth 3.0 Shown in a vid before. I tried to get as close as possible to the original. It also has 12 Oscillators in 4 Groups. Each Group is detunable and has its adjustable Volume. Also the whole Machine has an adjustable Ensemble-Function and a Chorus. A Volume and Filter Envelope is included. Like the Original you can Mix with the Strings/Choir-Knob. The StringQuartet is created with Flowstone and the Demo i played with the PC-Keyboard. Please Remember: This free Software is not perfect as commercial but it is made with love to the Detail and for sharing. Don’t take shared Freeware to make money. Thanks and i hope you have fun with this virtual device."

Best Ambient Synth Shootout #102: Roland D-05 - Song 3

Christian's Sonic Spaces

"This is the third song with the Roland D-05 Synth. It's a remake of the famous D-50 first released in 1987, a digital synth using the so called ‘Linear Arithmetic’ (LA) synthesis.

I used for the recording the following FX chain: D-05 - Pladask Elektrisk Fabrikat - Pigtronix Echolution 2 Deluxe - GFI System Specular Reverb 2. Depending on the recorded track some FX are deactivated

The signal went through a Presonus StudioLive 16.0.2 into the PCfor recording. To create the complete song I recorded consecutively several stereo tracks. The final song was then mastered with a bit EQ and compression on some tracks and some limiting on the master track."

Christian's Sonic Spaces

Norand Mono PatchOfTheWeek #6


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

Here is a new patch : A bleepy Gameboy sound. No sound effects or processing. "

Mixmaster Raitis with Techno System

Erica Synths

"Three jams from Mixmaster Raitis with the Techno System!"

Amiga Music Mouse with dual Akemie Castles


"Using Laurie Spiegel‘s amazing 'Music Mouse' program on a Commodore Amiga 2000 computer to sequence dual Akemie Castles for 4 FM voices.

'Music Mouse turns your computer into a musical instrument, played by pushing the music around in real time with the computers mouse while accessinging the realtime control options from the computer keyboard'

Music Mouse was written in the mid 1980s by composer and computer music pioneer Laurie Spiegel for the Apple Mac. It was also soon ported to both the Atari St and Amiga computers. The Amiga version is our favourite due to its use of color and ability to also play samples as well as produce MIDI.

Via a simple Amiga MIDI interface, 4 voices of MIDI data are processed by dual ALM mmMidis to sequence each of the two voice of two Akemie Castles. Some delay processing then added via an Ursa Major SST-282."

Moog Source & PPG Wave 2.2 Synthesizer - Soft Cell Tainted Love - 80s synth track


"(c)2007-20 by RetroSound
supported by UVI:

main synthesizer sounds: PPG wave 2.2 Synthesizer (1982)
bass sound: Moog The Source Analog Synthesizer (1981)
drums & additional sounds: E-MU Emax SE (1986)
recording: multi-track without MIDI, played by hand
fx: reverb and delay

RetroSound synthesizer demo videos since january 2007.
All is for free. If you like my work, so can you support me with a donation or a purchase of my synth shirts or music albums. Thank you!

RetroSound Merch Shop:
RetroSound Home:"

Leploop V2 - Analog Synthesizer & Drum Box - Signed By Designer Tony Light!

via this auction

"If you are looking at this you probably know how rare it is, and if you have used one you know at first it’s like scaling a razor wire wall but OMG once you get it... You’ll never understand the words ”writers block” again, and you’ll never again hear the words ”this sounds like that other track you released”.

As you can see I had the manual printed as the learning curve was intense for me. This is truly a wonderful synth and I’m still on the fence about selling it, but I just don't use it much anymore as I have jumped down the modular rabbit hole.

This particular unit was signed by (one of the two) creator: ”Tony Light”. So this is a very collectable item.

Here is some info from the manufacturer:

- A minimalist electronic music live-performance groove-box.

- Small in nature but aggressive in sound, the user will be able to create a variety of analog timbres and beats.



via this auction

Roland JX-3P SN 270416

via this auction


via this auction

Roland A-110 Midi Display SN ZB51755

via this auction

"This unit simply displays the notes being played from the selected midi channel on its 88 key display. There is one MIDI in and five MIDI thru jacks on the back. This would be great for visually monitoring a whole MIDI rig where many sequences or keyboards are connected. Unit is fully functional with minor cosmetic flaws. AC power cable included (same as two-prong 'Juno 106' cable)."

Roland also made the MKS-900 MIDI Singal Indicator.

Multivox MX3000

via this auction

"Very cool and rare synthesizer. I’ve been putting in some time getting it up and running and stable. As it sits it needs some new interconnects. Since I’ve had it I have been able to use each of the four sections. The board connectors aren’t reliable so I was planning on switching them out. Right now, the poly synth section isn’t working. It cut out because the connectors aren’t making contact. When it was working better it was sounding great. This one is going to need to a lot of tlc but it’s super rare and totally worth the investment. It has some pitting on the front panel but it’s still intact. The tolex is peeling and it would look great redone. The metal trim that goes around the end caps is missing. The power cable is laughable. You’ll probably want to replace it right away. All of the knobs are there! The keys are yellowed from cigarette smoke and you can smell it if you put your face up to it. I was able to clean all the keys so the keyboard isn’t smelly."

Roland SH-101 w/ Original Box SN 396746

via this auction

"It is in excellent working condition, it has been fully overhauled. here is the details of the service :

- Power switch dismantled and cleaned (causing tuning issues) - all the sliders, potentiometers have been cleaned and lubricated. - the keyboard contacts have been cleaned. - leaky capacitors replaced.

- full calibration following the Roland factory specifications.
Original BOSS PSU included as well."

Moog Taurus I Analog Bass Pedal Synthesizer

via this auction

Moog Polymoog 203a

via this auction

"Moog Polymoog 203a JUST COMPLETELY OVERHAULED, FROM A TO Z, by an expert technician.

Fully functional and available for any test.

Complete with its original pedal !!"

Drum loop Thru Strakal Silisiom {dual silicon Morphing Fuzz with stereo out}.


Strakal Silisiom, dual silicon Morphing Fuzz with stereo out.
Input volume, Feedback, Gain, EQ, Morph
Feedback and morphing are cv controlled.
Drum loop from 4MS's Stereo Triggered Sampler.

via TouellSkouarn

Strakal Silisiom

Dual Fuzz/overdrive with Morphing
The two fuzzes share the same controls. The Fuzzes and EQ are slightly differents (great for strereo). You can output the Stereo signal by plugin a stereo cable or you can output a mono signal : Fuzz1 - clock wise or Fuzz2 - counterclock wise, or a mix of the 2 fuzzes by turning the morphing pot.
Selected Silicon transistors
Mono input
Stereo output - with stereo cable
Mono morphing output - with mono cable
Feedback (with cv control)`
EQ (low high)
Morphing (with cv control) Clock wise Fuzz1, counter clock wise Fuzz2
Input Volume
Stupid Breton name

Teenage Engineering Introduces the PO–128 Mega Man

"this is an overview video of PO–128 Mega Man

the Mega Man pocket operator™ is based on the playful PO–28 robot, a live synthesizer and sequencer with parameter locks, glide control and punch-in effects. this special edition comes with 3 track sequencing and 16 Mega Man inspired patterns based on the original Mega Man video game by Capcom®."

Also see the Teenage Engineering PO–133 Street Fighter overview here.

the Mega Man pocket operator™
is based on the playful PO–28, a live synthesizer and sequencer with parameter locks, glide control and punch-in effects. this special edition comes with 16 Mega Man sound tracks based on the original Mega Man video game by Capcom®

real 8-bit synthesizer engines for making live and sequenced melodies and bass lines
15 sounds + micro drum
3 track sequencer
128 pattern chaining
step multiplier

Ambient Soundscape Improvisation - Korg Minilogue


"I was in the mood for some ambient soundscapes using the Korg Minilogue. I always appreciate how inspiring this little synth is and how easy it is to create something new. I hope you enjoy it :)

Bass, pad layers, and arpeggio are from the Minilogue. Background synth pad was creating in Alchemy and then looped.

Processing: saturation, compression, stereo widening, Valhalla Shimmer reverb, Chroma Verb"

Erica Synths Zen Delay Sound Demo (no talking) with Korg Minilogue XD

Limbic Bits

"Erica Zen Delay Sound Demo (no talking) with Korg Minilogue XD showing some Ambient Pads, Dub Techno Chords and dark Drones.

0:00 Dub Delay 1
1:10 Ambient Pad
2:48 IDM Arp (Filter and Digital Delay)
4:13 Dub Delay 2 (Tape Delay & Drive)
5:09 Driven Pad
6:08 Disto Drone (Vintage Mode)
7:35 Dub Delay 3
9:00 Epic Pad
10:51 Endless Skies

XILS-lab PolyKB III Version 3.6 Preset Demos

Aether by Adrian Jimenz (ZenSound) with PolyKB III version 3 6

"Aether by Adrian Jimenz (ZenSound):

A demo track made with Adrian's presets created for the new 3.6 version of the PolyKB III"

Helgaland by Mikael Adle: new factory presets for the PolyKB III version 3 6

"Helgaland by Mikael Adle: A demo track using Mikael's presets he created for this new 3.6 version of the PolyKB III"

Elektron Releases Octatrack 1.40 OS Update


"It’s the Octatrack anniversary party! And this tasty OS Upgrade is the birthday cake. And boy are we delighted to hand a slice of awesome firmware out to everyone - MKI and MKII users - you’re all invited!

Octatrack 1.40 comes crammed with new features such as Parameter Randomization, Tempo Per Pattern, MIDI Trig Modes, Parameter Locking Multiple Trigs simultaneously, Trig Preview, additional performance improvements, and much more. In fact, you could say it’s kind of like your birthday too! Grattis!

More info at Elektronauts:"

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

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