MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Waldorf Q Multis: Sequences and Arpeggios

video by wedream2

"This is my second video on the Waldorf Q. Here I demonstrate Multi programs using sequences or arpeggios with multiple sounds, split and layered across the keybed. The Arpeggiator is very flexible and creative. Melodic sequences can be built up on the fly and evolved in real time.. The Waldorf Q is a 16-part multi-timbral synths with 4 separate simultaneous FX engines. Less complicated than a full work station, the Q is definitely a 'play station.'"

First video posted here.

Arturia MicroFreak Noise Engineering Algo Techno Test + Free Patches (Feat Empress Effects Zoia)

video by Sound Provider

"Arturia has just released a new OS for the MicroFreak Synthesizer with as main new feature the addition of 3 new algorithms created by Noise Engineering. Being a fan of the MicroFreak Synth and Noise Engineering (I have few Eurorack Modules from them), I couldn't miss it, so I tested a little Techno loop where I exclusively use the MicroFreak with the Noise Engineering Algo.

As the MicroFreak doesn't have any effects, I used Zoia from Empress effects to add delay and reverb (I love this pedal), I also used different eq and compressors to mix the songs.

To find the patches I use on the video (plus little more) go here:

I ll also add them on soon , you can download them for free, just put 0 on the price (even if I'm not against a tip, a like or a follow to thank me if you liked it. 😉 )

It was quite funny to make this video, tell me if you're interested that I make other videos like this one where I also share the patches (not necessarily that with the microfreak)

Finding Sound: 0:01
Techno: 0:35
MicroFreak Solo part: 1:36"

Spherical Sound Society ARCANE: Generative Chiptune FM Drum Synth

video by ZElTGElST

Spherical Sound Society brought us the Opera Rotas Experimental FM Drum Machine posted here.

"ARCANE is a generative synth that lies somewhere between a synth, a sequencer and a drum machine, depending on how you interact with it.

It is based on an authentic Yamaha YM2413 FM chip; the one used in some arcade coin ops, MSX and in the japanese version of the Sega Master System.

To control it it has 6 potentiometers and 3 buttons. The pots are:

-Tempo. It controls the tempo/speed

-Base Register. It determines if the machine is more musical or glichy

-Intensity. The higher this pot, the more amount of notes and percusions sounding. This is a veru playable way of alter the generative composition by transitioning between the simple and complex sound explorations

-Sequence. It let you browse between sequences.

-Dispersion. the higher this pot, the most registers that we are writing on the chip, so the sequences get more complex and chaotic

-Combination. It multiplex, demultiplex and recombines sequences, keeping the output related but always fresh and different

It has 3 buttons, Left, Right and Reset. Reset is located in the arduino and is self explanatory. Left and Right buttons are to be determined as the firmware is still in development.

It has Clock In and Clock Out so you can synch it with external gear

It comes fully assembled and ready to play.

You can listen to some demos on soundcloud:

You can get assembled units, kits and PCBs at:"

Synare 2 Percussion Synthesizer

via this auction

"Synare 2 Percussion Synthesizer Digital Sequencer rare not fully operational. Condition is "For parts or not working". Powers up and some pads make sounds, some lights come on. Probably can be restored. Very rare was purchased new at Guitar Center comes with manual. This model was manufactured from 1976 to 1982 and was Star's flagship model According to one of Star's founders, about 50-75 of these units were built."

Pearl SY-1 Syncussion Drum Synthesizer w/ Toms & Stands

via this auction

'You are bidding on a Pearl Syncussion SY-1 drum machine synthesizer. Very good working and cosmetic condition. A few knobs scratchy when turned. Comes with toms, drum stands and Universal AC adapter.'

Dave Smith Instruments / Sequential Prophet X - 8dio Add-ons & Original Box

via this auction

"This Prophet X is our shop model that was briefly and lightly played when we got it. But has mostly been sitting in its box waiting for us to list it as our storefront has been closed during the pandemic. This is in Mint/B-stock condition and includes its original packaging. We added on the 8dio T8, OBX and Jupiter-4 add-ons to this ($144 value) as well as a Digital Deck double quilted nylon cover that was made for this specific model ($53.99 value). Serial Number is 137."

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet Rev2 SN 2808-01993 w/ Original Box

via this auction

E-MU Systems Ultra Proteus w/ Extra Rom/Ram Cards

via this auction

"Introduced in 1994, the E-MU UltraProteus is a Z-plane synthesizer with 16MB of ROM samples comprised of five preset banks. The first three are internal with the last two being accessed via the front panel card slot. This slot is PCMCIA compliant and accepts either ROM cards or user RAM cards. Each of the five banks contain 128 presets. The hyper presets are used for layering other presets, or setting up keyboard zones for using multiple presets with different keys.

Bank 0 — User RAM presets
Bank 1 — ROM presets
Bank 2 — Hyper presets (User editable)
Bank 3 — Card presets *
Bank 4 — Card Hyper presets *
* if using a RAM card, banks 3 and 4 are user editable.

The UltraProteus is based on the same engine as it’s sister, the , but an entirely different sound set and additional filters (288 compared to 197 in the ).

Extra ROM Cards:

QTY: 2 9211 – Proteus 1, 2, 3
QTY: 1 9072 Plus Power (MPS +)"

Korg Poly 61M Vintage Analog Synth with MIDI SN 001636

via this auction

""Unlike many Poly 61s that are out there, this one is not all bashed up. The body is in great condition, with only a few minor nicks, and the synth is in very good working form. It has never had a battery leak, so all the functions work perfectly, and I did the following to it, to get it in top shape:

- I replaced the original battery with a CR2032, in a battery holder on a longer set of wires to make changing it easy.
- I totally refurbished the keyboard, cleaning all the keys, cleaning all the contacts, and adding carbon discs to the contacts, as per the solution by That brings all the keys to perfect working condition.
- I removed all the tactile button switches and replaced them with brand new ones. That solves the annoying problem of having to keep hitting the program buttons many times until they work, or having them double count because of contact bounce. Now all the programming buttons work flawlessly. There is a photo showing the new switches(blue) on the two switch circuit boards.
- I cleaned all the pots to eliminate scratching noises and jumping values.
- I replaced any of the screws that were missing, and all the feet are there, too.

This is a really great sounding synth, with a pure analog voice signal, and very stable tuning thanks to the digital control of the oscillators. And with factory midi, it is just a dream to own. It is fully tested, and loaded with sounds from a file I downloaded onto my phone from the internet. There are lots of those out there, and it is easy to do. And of course, you can create and save your own sounds."

Roland Jupiter-Xm SN ZYK1266

via this auction

ESK - Marble Physics Modular Demo Update

Metunar's recent ESK - Marble Physics Modular Demo in this previous post has been re-uploaded.

Black Corporation's Roman Filippov Introduces Buchla format 288r Time Domain Processor

This one is in via Black Corporation's Roman Filippov:

"I'm starting a preorder for a limited run of 288r - my approach on the Time Domain Processor, the digital version of it.

- 24bit/196KHz sound quality (switchable to 12bit "vintage" mode)

- up to 40 seconds of looping buffer (switchable to original short loop timings)

- both timing and phase/mixing presets are set up by trimmers and dip-switches on a back of a module, no need to wire or change resistors

- preorder is $299, total price is $1099 shipped

- a usb-programmer for firmware updates will be included with each order

- source code will become public shortly after the release of a module

- shipping is scheduled for mid-march 2021

- this is one-time run and i'm not offering kits atm unfortunately

- couple more cool modules to be released later this year.

reservations are via PayPal only, please PM or email to if you want one"

According to fluxmonkey, the original Buchla 288 8-stage voltage controlled looping digital delay never went into production. Only 2 prototypes exist. Mark Verbos of Verbos Electronics created a version using different circuitry.

Noise Engineering in the Arturia MicroFreak - Ambient Live Looping with VCV Rack and Midilar

Omri Cohen

You can find additional resources from Omri Cohen at

5 New Modules to experiment with in January 2021

Omri Cohen

You can find additional resources from Omri Cohen at

00:00 - Manic Compression
08:33 - Electric Ensemble
13:05 - Athru
20:12 - Programmer
26:30 - Eugene

Omri Cohen: 5 Features I love in the Malekko Voltage Block w/Patching Examples

Omri Cohen

You can find additional resources from Omri Cohen at

00:00 - Introduction
00:29 - Recording modulation/movement
06:57 - Numbre of steps/clock divisions/run modes per channel
15:30 - Randomness/random gates with random lengths
23:41 - Addressing it with voltage
31:43 - Hold gate input
37:17 - Limited range

5 Ways to build a Hybrid Setup / VCV Rack & Eurorack & How to Live Loop in VCV Rack

Omri Cohen

You can find additional resources from Omri Cohen at

00:00 - Midi to CV with uMidi from Intellijel
06:05 - Midi to CV with the VCMC from Befaco
09:52 - Expert Sleepers ES-9
18:03 - Expert Sleepers Disting mk4
20:48 - Using a DC-coupled audio interface

How to Live Loop in VCV Rack
Omri Cohen

00:00 - Lilac Looper Unsynced
05:05 - Lilac Looper Synced
09:31 - Looping Drums
17:47 - Simpliciter and Delay
23:55 - Sonus Looper Modules

5 Patchlets with Guillotine from Ritual Electronics (sound only, no talking)

Omri Cohen

You can find additional resources from Omri Cohen at

00:00 - With the Basimilus Iteritas Alter
01:54 - With Morphagene
04:04 - With a kalimba
06:19 - With a piano loop
08:52 - With the Ts-L

Overview and Patching Ideas with Feigen from Vult in VCV Rack

Omri Cohen

You can find additional resources from Omri Cohen at

00:00 - Introduction
02:44 - Moving Pitch Sequence
07:48 - Rhythmic Pitch Sequence
10:22 - Sequencing Drums
13:57 - Generative Sequencing
18:19 - As a Sound Source

Instruo for VCV Rack Demos & Tutorials by Omri Cohen

Consider joining Omri Cohen on Patreon - Patching techniques and ideas that Omri continues updating -

Playlist (note there are a couple Instruo hardware eurorarck videos at the end of the playlist):

1. Building a Generative Patch from Scratch with the Instruo cèis
00:00 - Intro
01:28 - Generating random triggers
04:31 - Adding a voice
09:02 - Adding delay
13:09 - Modulating the stages of cèis
14:40 - Adding another voice
19:28 - Sampling
21:40 - Adding an arp
26:01 - Karplus Strong
30:35 - Music
2. 8 Patching Ideas with Ochd in VCV Rack
00:00 - Creating Arps
03:08 - Creating a moving sequence
05:20 - Modulating levels and panning
09:47 - Morphing between LFOs
13:00 - Generative sequence
16:46 - As a clock source
18:42 - Rhythmic LFOs
20:58 - Unique shapes
3. Overview and Patch Examples of the Instruo Collection in VCV Rack
00:00 - Introduction and some sounds
00:54 - Saich, Ochd, Athru
07:02 - Ts-L, Tona, Ceis
12:48 - Harmonaig, Troika, Vinca, Traigh
17:38 - Tagh, Cs-L, Tain, 10-47
4. Arbhar from Instruo - First Patch
5. What is Granular Synthesis with Arbhar
6. Morphagene VS Arbhar
7. Modular Noodling with the Instruō Saïch

New KORG drumlogue Pic

Click the pic for the full size shot. If you missed it, you can find a video of the upcoming drumlogue here.

See the NAMM label at the bottom of this post or the top left links for more NAMM news.

Moog's Model 15 App Comes to the Mac

via Moog Music

"Moog Model 15 App: Now Available for macOS Big Sur
Introduced in 2016 as the first Moog modular synthesizer and synthesis educational tool created exclusively for iOS, the Moog Model 15 App is ready for the big screen. Thi

s free update, available for Mac users running Big Sur, makes it possible to recreate the sounds and workflow of the legendary hardware Model 15 modular synthesizer through Audio Unit v3, or as a standalone sound design tool.

Each facet of the Moog Model 15 has been meticulously recreated in this application to ensure the power and transcendent sound quality of each module remains intact.

Seamless integration with Logic, GarageBand, and MainStage for use in studio and live performance environments.

7 new built-in tutorials encourage the exploration of modularity, introducing synthesis concepts and unique scenarios an artist would not encounter with hardwired synthesizers.

80 inspiring new presets, available to download as a free expansion pack, with a range of styles that will inspire both budding synthesists and advanced sound designers alike.

This added universal compatibility is now included in all future downloads of the Model 15 App (at the same price). If you already own the Model 15 App on your iOS device, no additional purchase or upgrade is required to use the app on your Apple Silicon or Intel based Mac laptop or desktop; simply download it from your previously purchased items and begin your next sonic adventure."

Synthesizers - Additive Synthesis vs. Subtractive Synthesis


"Additive Synthesis vs. Subtractive Synthesis

In this one I look at the differences between additive and subtractive synthesis. I use Loom II as an example of how modern programming could start to open up what traditionally has been a difficult synthesis technique.

Vintage Synth Photos:"

Making Modern Drum and Bass (Novation Circuit)

Gabe Miller Music

Get my $5 sample pack:
Payton Carter's pack:
The Force Truly Evil pack:

"I show the making of two drum and bass jams on the Novation Circuit, including a Monstercat / Metrik style modern banger, and some Noisia influenced grit."

Pulsar 23, 0-Coast & Particle Drone - Jan 2021

Chris Gilkes

"A drone/noise from my Pulsar 23, 0-Coast & Particle with a little help from Zoom CRD-70 pedal and some UAD reverbs. Recorded January 2021 not 2020 as stated on the video...."

Alias Zone: A Vision of the Future (performed by Chris Meyer | Learning Modular)

Learning Modular

"I performed this piece live as part of WMD's & the Colorado Modular Synth Society's Freq Boutique 045 on January 11, 2021. I recorded it locally as I played so I could present a higher-quality version for you, although this is still the stereo "board mix" (not an edited multitrack - in other words, it's not perfect).

For in-depth notes on how I composed, patched, and performed the piece, I wrote a couple of in-depth posts for my Patrons:

To see the rest of that night's performances, as well as the live chat:"

Freq Boutique 045


"A virtual version of WMD's monthly community showcase of modular synthesizer performances, FREQ BOUTIQUE. 6 Performers. 25 Minute time slots with a 5 Minute Q+A session with each performer so we can all learn a bit!

This month's lineup is:
7:00 - Alias Zone
7:30 – Calytrix -
8:00 - Renku Corporation -
8:30 – El Roachy -
9:00 – Herr Shield -
9:30 – Null Phi Infinity -

For more info, visit and "

ESK - Marble Physics Modular Demo


Update: video is back.

"Simple demo with the ADDAC System Marble Physics eurorack modul. I connected an oscilloscope to better show the bouncing ball effect. No talking.

Direct recording with mastering."

Marble Physics

Polyend Tracker

via this auction

"Includes 16GB micro SD. Preloaded with lots of projects from pro scene / sound designers.

*Includes bonus classic Games modes*

Upgraded to latest firmware. Latest Manual available as download from Polyend

Also includes factory USB charger longer after market USB C cable, custom case and packaging. Also can be powered off larger USB battery packs as shown"

Tiptop Audio Mantis Case w/ Gig Bag

via this auction

"Gently used Mantis case, includes power brick and Tiptop's travel bag."

Casio SK-200 Sampling Keyboard w/ Original Box

via this auction

"This is probably the best of the old Casio mini samplers. It's a more professional SK5 in many ways. It samples at a higher rate. The build quality is very high.

The various synth sections can be mixed. Good(ish) pcm sounds. Then you can also sequence the patterns with an auto bassline, auto chords, like 1000 notes of preset-tone sequencing and a few less notes of sample-tones. You can "play" monophonic drums the on the keyboard - bass, snare, rim, closed hihat, open hihat, cymbal, handclap. The drum-sounds are very usefull in garage-house because the hats are liked the Casio RZ-1!

This Casio SK-200 is fully working and in super mint conditions! Samples record as they should, and the built-in sounds, effects, and drum tracks work great as well."

Yamaha FS1R

via this auction

Roland VP330 Vocoder Plus Mk1 SN 850642

via this auction

"Beautiful example of a great condition VP330 Mk1 String synth & Vocoder machine. See pics.

Apart from one ding on the left wooden end cheek, it's pretty good for being 40 years old!!

You know if you want want one.... Instant Blade Runner Blues :). Video coming shortly."

TECHNICS SX-WSA1 Acoustic Modeling Synthesizer

via this auction

Roland MKS-80 Super Jupiter Vintage 16VCO Analog Synthesizer SN 563179

via this auction

Roland TB-03 Bass Line Synth / Sound Module

via this auction

ROLAND V-Synth XT Rack SN ZT81406

via this auction

"Named the 'Synthesizer of the Year' at the 2004 MIPA Awards, Roland’s groundbreaking V-Synth now has a travel-friendly offspring. The XT is a portable new V-Synth with some spectacular tricks up its sleeves — and with enough synthesis and audio-processing power to make heads spin. It’s fully stocked with a potent array of synthesis types, including the V-Synth’s famous Elastic Audio Synthesis engine, plus analog-synth modeling, vocal modeling, and classic D-50 emulation. Add to that a rich lineup of COSM effects, external audio processing, a touch-sensitive color display, eight universal edit knobs, and you have an instrument that redefines rack/tabletop technology."

The Wonderful, Amazing Vector Synthesizer

Red Means Recording

"The Vector is a polyphonic digital synthesizer that uses partials and filters in a corner matrix with orbiters to create wild sounds. In this video, we'll go through how it works and make some stuff with it!

00:00 Intro
00:31 Demos
08:41 Overview and features
18:41 Overtone generators
24:47 Mono and dual-mode
31:04 Making a pad, matrix editing
36:33 Delay looper
39:46 Arp and sequencer
46:00 Outro noodling"

--- You can find additional posts featuring Vector here.

Programmed sounds for Roland V Synth & V Synth XT


"A demo of programmed and modified sounds from the Roland V Synth & V Synth XT. Mainly pads and effects that hopefully demonstrate how unique this instrument is.

Basic names for reference:

0:20 - JP String
0:50 - Cavin
1:08 - Dream
1:35 - Vocoder
2:05 - Wailing
2:30 - Frequency Lead
2:52 - JP String 2
3:17 - Moto Fade
3:41 - JP Padding
4:19 - Madness
4:36 - Wave
4:58 - Quiet Pad
5:29 - Glass Pad
6:08 - JP LMPray
6:47 - Effect
7:07 - JP Padding 2
7:44 - Narnia
8:15 - M Circle
8:32 - Ultravox
8:56 - JMJ Lead"

「BOOL-OPS」by SYNTHFOX ~overview~


"Overview of my new logic processor module, BOOL-OPS! It has many extremely useful features and can do a number of great operations in your Eurorack system. Check it out in my reverb dot com store!"

via this auction


BOOL-OPS is a module with four sections that perform BOOLean OPerationS. Each section has two inputs and one output. The input expect a rectangular signal - e.g. gate from a keyboard, logic signal, squarewave LFO - but will work with any sort of signals, CV and audio included. When the input is more than 3 volts, it's treated as logic 1, and is logic 0 otherwise. A logic 1 is normalised to the second input of every section. The output of the module is always a logic signal - either 0 or slightly less than 12v: intended for triggering drums, clocking sequencers, gating envelopes, but no one is stopping you to ping a filter with it, or put it directly to the line out.

Top two sections perform an AND operation of the two inputs. If both inputs are logic 1, the output will be logic 1, too. It will be logic 0 otherwise. A logic 1 is normalised into the second input of the AND gate, making it useful as a gate amplifier (3.3v or 5v to 12v), preset threshold comparator, triangle to pulse converter, and so on. When used with two signals, it has immense gate sequencing capabilities - the output only fires when both inputs are high, which makes it a VC gate switch, an 'only happens when both input events happened' event, and many more things that it can be. Another great idea is to put white noise or a fluctuating voltage to the first AND input through a VCA or an attenuator: since the second input is 1 by default, and all the inputs have comparators, tuning the amount of noise/flux into the input will change the density of random triggers at the output!

The two bottom sections perform a XOR operation of the two inputs. The output turns logic 1 if the two inputs are different: one is low and the other is high, or vice versa. If both inputs are 1 or both are 0, the output is 0. Since a logic 1 is always normalised to the second input, putting a gate to the first one will produce its inverted copy at the output, making this section useful as a gate and clock inverter. Now put another signal to the second input, and you'll get an inverted copy of the first input when the second one is high, and a normal copy if it's low! This has many applications - creating offbeats, making complex patterns on the fly out of simple gate or clock sources, and such. The XOR function is also exceptionally great-sounding with audio-rate waves and has a slight 'digital ring modulator' taste to it, so using it as an additional voice to 2 VCOs is also a great idea.

The ultimate logic processor with many functions, among which are AND and XOR logic operation, inversion, gate amplification, triangle/sawtooth to pulse conversion, wicked sound transformations and random gate extraction, BOOL-OPS is available in a 6HP anodized aluminum plate, and comes with a power ribbon cable and two M3 screws to install it to your Eurorack system.

UVI PX Memories based on the Lintronics Memorymoog

UVI PX Memories | Trailer

UVI PX Memories | Overview

via UVI

"Iconic, renowned, and arguably one of the sweetest sounding and most powerful analog synthesizers, PX Memories takes a deep-dive into the Lintronics LAMM. Based on the last and most ambitious of its makes polyphonic synths before going bankrupt in 1987, its development seems to have been incomplete, with a reputation for unstable tuning and difficult system navigation, and a subsequent Plus model with only basic MIDI implementation.

Taking this beast the final mile and making it the rock-solid road-worthy dream machine it was intended to be is Rudi Lindhard's Lintronics, a synthesizer repair and mod shop based in Germany, who developed this comprehensive system modification over 6 years. Those lucky enough to come by a LAMM will find the iconic six-voice sound to be stable, more easily editable, with improved IO, an enhanced stereo output, a world-class MIDI implementation making most all of the front panel controls transmit and be responsive to control change messages, and much more.

The ultimate version of an incredible and exceedingly rare instrument, we're both honored and excited to be able to present you with the iconic and inspirational sounds of the LAMM.

Starting with a pristine, fully-serviced LAMM, our sound design team created a huge range of custom sounds covering everything from classic to modern genres, creative arps, effects, modulating soundscapes and more, providing a huge range of inspirational sounds.

Every patch we designed for PX Memories was extensively multisampled in normal, factory unison, and the special LAMM stereo unison modes letting you seamlessly switch between real hardware samples, and subsequently allowing you to play unison modes polyphonically which is impossible on the hardware unit.

Another massive creative advantage of PX Memories is the ability to load two programs at once, with full expressive control over each. Each program in PX Memories functions as its own layer, essentially giving you another entire LAMM that can be layered, filtered, animated, and arpeggiated together (or discretely) to create truly massive analog sounds. As well, unison settings are per-program, so combined you can essentially have up to 36 authentic hardware analog voices sounding per note.

In the end we recorded over 38,980 samples, packing PX Memories with a whopping 353 presets made from 171 programs, and divided into 16 categories, including basics, animated arps, animated steps, bass, bells, brass, chords, FX, keys, leads, organ, pads, pluck, polysynth, strings and more. Every patch in PX Memories is fully-customizable allowing you to use them straight-away or as starting points for your own sound design.

PX Memories presents you with a full suite of controls to tweak and augment its sound to fit your particular use, including per-program multimode filter, amp and filter envelopes, pitch and stereo controls, handy modwheel assignments, step and lfo modulators, versatile arpeggiators, and a master effect section with 3-band EQ, drive, Thorus, ensemble, Phasor, delay and Sparkverb.

The LAMM is a rare and iconic instrument with a timeless analog sound, inspiring, versatile, effortlessly delivering thundering bass, rich leads, and massive pads; perfect your analog dreams with PX Memories."

Roland TR-909 + Modal ARGON8M

Masaki Takada


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

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