MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021


video by Sunshine Jones

"My beloved Roland MC-202 is my main squeeze. I love the SH-101 much more (I have two of them) but because of its size, I travel and perform live with the 202.

One of the real disappointments about the MC-202 is that it doesn’t have a sequencer which can be played or advanced with an analog pulse or trigger. The MC-202 works like a 303, 606 or 808 and it requires sync 24 (din sync) to be clocked.

I hear a lot of complaining about the 202 sequencer. It’s very straightforward and pretty typical of analog step sequencers. There is also a real time mode. It’s complicated if you don’t read the manual and make some notes, otherwise (as you can see) it’s pretty straightforward.


No sync. DJ style. A total pain in the ass. Not recommended.


Here’s the midi clock out of a boutique TR-06 converted to sync 24 with a simple box.
Works great.


Here I’m doing the same thing with the SBX-10.
What’s cool about using a more capable box is having multiple outputs to sync more than one din sync friend with midi clock.

Here the TR-606 is sending sync 24 out into a little project box I built which repeats - turning one clock output into three clock outputs - and driving the TB-303 and the MC-202 from one clock.
Personally the old ways are usually the best ways. Analog sounds far better to me than digital, and analog clock feels much better to me than digital does. I’m willing to put in the work, and do things the slow, difficult way to get the results I like best. Close enough isn’t anywhere near good enough for me. That’s why I drag all that gear around and it takes me an hour to set up and break down. Time well spent. Based on the results, it’s the only way for me to fly my spaceship.

Ultimately it’s all about collaboration, bringing things together and meeting in the present tense, and playing live now.
In that spirit, this is a little insight into some of the ways for an MC-202 to join the conversation."

Spectral Audio ProTone Analog synthesizer

via this auction

Roland Super JX-10 first patch: PWM High Res Sweep Pad

video by thesrabbit

"I recently bought a Roland Super JX-10 and have finally got around to building a patch from scratch. The JX-8p, Super-JX, and Alpha Juno series all share the same filter that's notorious for losing all the bottom end and thinning out when you turn up the resonance. So how do you get a high res sweep pad on the JX-10 without losing all of the guts? Pretty simple. Just take your high res sweep pad and save it as another tone, turn the res all the way down and that becomes your "lower" layer. That's really the only substantial difference between the upper and lower layers of the patch here. PWM is made possible by setting both oscs to a square wave, crossmod to "sync 2", turning the pitch of osc 2 up 8 semitones and adding about 50% LFO depth on the pitch of osc 2. I strongly prefer to turn both osc 1 and 2 all the way up in the mix, so the PWM effect is more subtle.

Effects are a TC Electronic Flashback II "Toneprint" ping pong digital delay and an E-Dome setting on the Source Audio Ventris Dual Reverb. The synth and effects are both going straight into the mixer and the mixer goes straight into the audio interface. Zero post processing."

"Bad Tapes" - Make Noise Tape and Microsound Music Machine (ft. (Morphagene + Mimeophon)

video by Autotross

"Reel bad tapes.

This system includes Wogglebug, MATHS, Morphagene, QPAS, Mimeophon, and XOH."

"Caterpillars on the Moon" - Make Noise Tape and Microsound Music Machine (ft. QPAS + Mimeophon)

Elektron Digitakt + Four first beat

video by Maciek Czuchraniuk

Buchla Easel Command + Sensel Morph Controller (Free Ableton Instrument Download)

video by Perfect Circuit

"Sarah Belle Reid came by our studio to demonstrate the new Buchla Easel Command semi-modular synth and how it works with a Sensel Morph (especially with the Buchla Thunder overlay).

Also Sarah worked with Sensel to make an Ableton Live instrument (Sound Worlds) that uses samples from the Buchla Easel Command and is designed to work with MPE control from the Sensel Morph. Download it here:


Intro - 00:00​
Jam - 00:05​
Buchla Easel Command Overview - 02:17​
Sensel Morph Overview - 03:59​
Jam #2 - 05:26​
Final Thoughts - 06:55​

Sensel Morph available here:

Buchla Easel Command available here:

#PerfectCircuit​ #SenselMorph​ #Buchla​"

S2400 D&B with Amen Chop

video by GoldbabySamples

"Still having fun on the S2400. Chopping the Amen for a little D&B workout. This sampler really is fun to use. Loving how it sounds too! Having a HiFi and SP1200 style sampling engine gives plenty of versatility for sound design. What is also exciting is that the S2400 has an internal audio insert path/expansion connector... this means in the future you will be able to install add-on expansion cards like possibly analog filters or DSP FX. Nice!"

Sequential Prophet-10 Sound Demo (no talking)

video by Bonedo Synthesizers

How Synth Apps are Made at MOOG: Interview w/ Geert Bevin


"How does MOOG make apps? What does the future hold for iOS music apps? What's coming next? Want to learn to make music apps? How to work at Moog? More below...

We talked to the head of Software at MOOG Music, Geert Bevin. He's one of the best music app developers in the world. This is an opportunity to learn from the best!

0:00​ Intro: Meet Geert Bevin, Head of Software Engineering
0:50​ What MOOG is working on?
2:11​ What it Means to move an iOS App to Mac
2:55​ How to make a realistic Synthesizer emulation?
7:39​ How to work for a company like MOOG?
16:47​ What technologies should you learn to make music apps?
17:45​ What Geert learned from Roger Linn
23:47​ Why do you use Apple-centric platforms & tech?
27:04​ Any apps coming for Windows?
27:30​ Challenges you face making music apps at this level?
30:26​ Porting AUv3s from iOS to M1 Silicon Machines
34:06​ Whose bug is it: Apple bugs or app dev issues?
36:03​ How Beta Testing is handled at Moog
39:40​ What's it like being a developer in the small town of Asheville
43:40​ Finding Inspiration + Creativity
45:55​ What does M1/Apple Silicon mean for the future of music apps?
51:30​ Will users have to pay to get Moog apps on the desktop?
53:18​ Music makes people's lives better
56:10​ Final thoughts / advice for App Developers
59:37​ Go to WWDC"

Make Noise Introduces Strega

Exclusive: Make Noise Stregavideo by sonicstate

"A brand new instrument from a collaboration between Make Noise and synthesist Alessandro Cortini.
Strega is a unique sonic machine designed for "sonic alchemy"
We had a chat with Alessandro Cortini of Nine Inch Nails from his studio in Portugal about the project.
Details in the video."

Screengrab via

Strega in the middle.

Update: additional video and details posted here.

SONICWARE Introduces LIVEN XFM Multi-Track FM Synthesizer and Groove Box

video by SONICWARE

Multi-Track FM Synthesizer and Groove Box "LIVEN XFM"

4 FM synth engines / 4-Tracks sequencer / Filter / Effects

LIVEN XFM is combined a FM fusion synthesizer with a 4-track sequencer, that we are designing with a focus on live electronic performance.

X-LAB Engine
Merge two FM sounds with a single knob to create a completely new sound.

XFORM Engine
Transform one FM sound into another over a specific period of time.

X-LFO Engine
Continuously transform between two FM sounds using an LFO.

Ready-to-use presets including, leads, keyboards, strings, winds, basses, pads, chords, drums, and sound effects.

Powerful functions for live electronic music performance include 16 physical control knobs, parameter locking for each sequencer step, a looper, and SYNC IN/OUT and MIDI IN/OUT connectors to make synchronized performance with other equipment easy.

All these powerful functions are in a device that weighs only 790 g. Play it anywhere at any time.

More detail info:

Cosmic Tape Music Club Podcast hosted by The Galaxy Electric - E1 Peter Zinovieff

video by The Galaxy Electric

"Welcome to our inaugural episode of the Cosmic Tape Music Club monthly Podcast! Join your hosts Jacqueline and Augustus of the experimental pop band The Galaxy Electric as they wax poetic on the topic of Peter Zinovieff, Geologist, Computer and Tape Music Studio Innovator, Electronic Instrument Design Collaborator, Gentleman, and Scholar. We share all sorts of facts starting with his early and family life, buying what he believed to be one of the very first Personal Computers, EMS, the VCS3, Unit Delta Plus, famous folks that rolled through the studio, his obsession with pure randomness, and more.

Intro 00:00​
Early Life 01:21​
Funding EMS 05:45​
David Cockerell 08:55​
Synchronicity between Synth Designers 11:50​
Couldn't be bothered with actually using the Synths 16:08​
Is he a tape musician 19:07​
Unit Delta Plus 19:53​
Carnival of Lights 26:44​
EMS Tech Talk 30:23​
EMS's Downfall 39:25​
Robin Wood and EMS rebirth 42:55​
iVCS3 45:03​
Spectron Video Synth 46:18​
Randomness 50:01​
The Implant 53:04​
Pete Kember/Electronic Calendar Album 01:01:01​"

Kaossilator Sketch #5: Synthtastic

video by poorness studios

"I think the KORG Kaossilator can be considered a music producer's sketch pad. I've been doing a series of sketches throughout January just for fun. This video is the fifth sketch, synthtastic."

Kaossilator Sketches by poorness studios

Novation Circuit Chillstep Jam

video by Gabe Miller Music

A chillstep jam on the Novation circuit, made using these three packs:
My $5 sample pack:
Payton Carter's pack:
The Force Truly Evil pack:

ST Modular - Workmates (0HP Passive Eurorack Tools)

video by Stefan Tretau

More Info here:

0:00​ LPG VTL5C4 Vactrol
0:56​ LPG VTL5C2 Vactrol
1:33​ SWAP
2:34​ Clipping Cat
4:25​ EQ
6:10​ Trigger Combiner
7:48​ Wave Combiner
8:37​ ATT (Attenuator)

Using Novation Circuit in Ableton

Videos by JiggyWig

Note this series is from 2016. I hadn't seen these before and thought they were worth posting for those interested.

1. Using Novation Circuit in Ableton
2. Using Circuit as a sequencer for Ableton
3. Using Novation Circuit in Ableton (Advanced)
4. How to Backup the Novation Circuit manually (OS X)

Sequential Prophet 5 61-key Analog Synthesizer-Reissue

via this auction, also on Reverb

x0xb0x w/ sokkos 1.9 firmware and 4 extra mods

via this auction

1° Mod's: Devilfish like Filter Overdrive control with pot

2° Mod's: Bass boost mod, on, off with switch

3° Mod's: Filter low end on, off with switch

4° Mod's: Resonance Boost control with pot

Hikari Instruments Monos Noise Synthesizer

via this auction

You can find a demo of one posted here.

Bastl Microgranny 2.0 Mono Granular Synth

via this auction

"MicroGranny 2 is a monophonic granular sampler. It reads wav samples from microSD card and applies granular algorithms to them. You can also adjust start, end, sample rate (tuned or free run), crush and envelope (attack release).

Total external control over all parameters via MIDI Input MIDI Input allows external control of all parameters as well as transposition of the samples, or playing individual grains by different keys."

PreenFM2 - FM Multitimbral Synthesizer

via this auction

Freshly built powerful multitimbral FM synthesizer - PreenFM2.
It comes in cool graphite Plexiglas case, with great high contrast and wide angles of view VATN display, universal Power Supply 110-240V (with euro plug) and with latest OS.
The PreenFM2 brings the old FM synthesis in a small open-source modern DIY box."

Mutable Instruments SHRUTHI-1 Synthesizer with LP2+Delay Filter

via this auction

"Freshly built Mutable Instruments SHRUTHI-1 Synthesizer with LP2+Delay Filter (combination of a Korg MS-20 LPF and a low-fi digital delay).

Shruthi-1 is a digital/analog hybrid monosynth with wide possibilities (digital side: oscillators, envelopes, modulation etc.) and `analog` character of the sound (analog filter).

Synthesizer comes in cool graphite Plexiglas case, universal Power Supply 110-240V (with euro plug) and with original Mutable Instruments OS or alternate YAM OS on your choice. In addition I add Input/Output gain controls and On/Off power switch."

Roland Promars Mrs-2

via this auction

Roland JD-800 w/ 01 Drums & Percussion Sound Cards

via this auction

Roland JD-800 SN ZC55261

via this auction

Phenol Study 27

video by Robin Rimbaud-Scanner

"A minor studio study with the Kilpatrick Phenol synth, running into Ableton Live. I added a couple of percussion tracks, but everything else comes from the Phenol and was recorded entirely live. A modest glimpse into building tracks in the studio."


video by JOSEF KLANG


See the Antonus label below for more.

Glitchmachines - Tactic

1. Glitchmachines - Tactic - 01 Overview
2. Glitchmachines - Tactic - 02 Interface
3. Glitchmachines - Tactic - 03 Sample Slots
4. Glitchmachines - Tactic - 04 Sequencers

via Glitchmachines

8 Sample Slots
4 Flexible Sequencers
Per-Step Parameter Values
Powerful Randomizer Panel
Scalable User Interface
640+ Factory Samples
115 Factory Presets
Win/Mac VST3/AU 64bit

Tactic is a percussive phrase generator geared towards metamorphic rhythms and evolving sequences.

Tactic features a host of sample slots and a master trigger sequencer supported by several modulation sequencers with features such as per-step probability, per-step parameter value designations and per-step randomization, giving you all the tools necessary to create anything from subtle percussive grooves to experimental hyperglitch chaos.

While Tactic can confidently stand on its own, the plugin truly comes to life when paired with our range of signal processing plugins such as Convex, Subvert, Cryogen, Quadrant and Fracture XT. You can of course also load your own samples and pair it with any of your favorite processors and effects chains to fully customize the plugin to your needs.

With its 8 Sample Slots, Trigger Sequencer with Per-Step Probability, Dual Per-Step Parameter Sequencers, Generative Sequencer, Comprehensive Randomizer, 640+ Factory Samples and 115 Factory Presets, Tactic brings a powerful new phrase generator to the world of electronic music production.

To extend Tactic’s onboard functions, virtually every parameter is available as an automation target, maximizing your options to construct incredibly intricate modulation scenarios via your host application’s automation facilities. Tactic also features a comprehensive randomization panel similar to the ones found in Polygon and Palindrome, which allows you to randomize nearly every parameter in the plugin, either individually or in logically organized parameter groups.

Tactic comes with a specially curated factory bank with over 600 percussion samples and sound effects. While this bank includes all of the necessary elements to allow you to take advantage of Tactic’s strengths, you can certainly load your own samples in order to fully customize the plugin to your liking. We also offer a large range of separately available sample packs that cover a broad sonic landscape you can explore to keep Tactic loaded with content for years to come.

UVI PX Memories | Preset Showcase

video by UVI

"PX Memories delivers the authentic and massive analog sounds of the Lintronics LAMM, an iconic six-voice synthesizer. Based on a dual-layer engine, with true hardware unison, filters, modulation, effects, arpeggiators and more, get ready to create your dream tones!

Music Credits: Théo G. and Flynn Sasson
Video Credits: Théo G.

00:05​ Fifth Zone
00:17​ JM Destroy
00:27​ Paparazi
00:41​ Sync Me Up
00:56​ Interstellar 1
01:11​ Low Brass
01:24​ Nice Digital
01:36​ Observatoire
01:50​ Meditation
02:04​ Noise Beat 1
02:14​ LAMM Power Bass
02:27​ Triamento"

See this post for additional details.

NightRadio - SunDog IV

video by Alexander Zolotov

Alexander Zolotov is the man behind Sunvox.

Made with Jeskola Buzz in 2003.
Full discography:
(c) NightRadio /

Introducing Reason+

video by Reason Studios

"We've just made Reason even easier to get into and more inspiring to make music with than ever with the release of Reason+. Reason+ offers a new subscription path to Reason that gets you Reason's always-up-to-date latest version with its library of over 70 Rack instruments, audio effects, and MIDI Player effects – and growing, because when we release new Rack devices to the shop for sale they'll already be ready and waiting for Reason+ subscribers to dive in.

Additionally, Reason+ introduces the Reason+ Companion a hub for inspiration where musicians can browse and download sound packs for their own music making. Sound packs are collections of fully tweakable and customizable Reason patches spanning the top genres and utilizing the power of the Reason Rack to sound amazing. Week after week we'll be releasing a new batch of sound packs to the Reason+ Companion. Check out our website to learn more about Reason+ and sign up for a free trial."

Reason+ Livestream
video by


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

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