MATRIXSYNTH: DSP56300 Emulator to Bring Emulations of Classic Access, Clavia, Waldorf, and Novation Synths

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

DSP56300 Emulator to Bring Emulations of Classic Access, Clavia, Waldorf, and Novation Synths

This one was spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child who had the following to say:

"This is a pretty big deal for synthesizer preservation. These folks have been working on an emulator of the Motorola chip which was used in a lot of synths from the mid 90’s to early 2000’s. According to their discord, the early focus is to get single DSP synths up and running first, so the Virus, MicroQ, and Microwave XT. Multi DSP synths like the Q, SuperNova and Nord Leads coming in the future."


"We are a group of people who are currently Reverse Engineering and Emulating the Motorola DSP563xx

This DSP has been used in plenty of virtual analogue synthesizers and other musical gear that was released after around the mid 90s, such as Access Virus A, B, C, TI / Clavia Nord Lead 3 / Waldorf Q, Microwave II / Novation Supernova, Nova and many others.

Here is the full list of synths we are looking to use inside of our emulator

Waldorf MW2/XT Motorola 56303 x1
Waldorf microQ Motorola 56303 x1
Waldorf Q Motorola 56303 (2x synth engine, 1x fx unit) x3
Clavia Micro Modular Motorola 56303 x1
Clavia Nord Modular Motorola 56303 x4
Clavia Nord Lead 3 Motorola 56362 x6
Novation SuperNova Motorola 56303 x1
Novation Nova 5x Motorola 56362 (synth engine), and 1x Motorola 56303 (fx unit) x6
Korg MS2000 Motorola 56362 x1
Korg Microkorg Motorola 56362 x1
Access Virus A Motorola 56303 x1
Access Virus B 1st rev “S” uses Motorola 56303, 2nd rev “T” a Motorola 56311 x1
Access Virus C Motorola 56362 x1
Access Virus TI Snow Freescale 56367 x1
Access Virus TI Freescale 56367 x2
Access Virus TI2 Freescale 56367. Later models used 56321 x2"


  1. You might have missed it, but this thing is already running! There are videos on their HP showing a Virus B being emulated as VST

  2. Does anybody know if emulation outputs x86 only or could the emulator be compiled for ARM and made to run on a Raspberry Pi?

    1. It’s already been built on ARM, but the emulation is currently heavy even for an Intel i7 with a single track. Raspberry Pi is out of the question.

  3. Once Virus is working, time for waldorf stuff...


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