MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, January 29, 2021

Friday, January 29, 2021

Corona Session 1

video by Jörg Schaaf

Jörg Schaaf is the man behind Radikal Technologies.

"Little improvisation with the following machines:
2x Delta CEP A
1x RT-1701 EFFEXX module
1x Accelerator
1x Spectralis
1x Doepfer Analog Sequencer A-155 (just for a LED animation)
2x Keystep keyboards. One of them plays the sequence, that runs on Delta CEP A 1.

Live MIXED on 1 Atem MINI PRO Video Mixer
Cameras and lenses:
Canon EOS-80D with Walimex Cine Lense 35 mm/1,5
Canon EOS 250D with Sigma 10-20 mm/4
Canon EOS 200D with 18-55 kit lense
Elgato Streamdeck for camera switching and macro recall.

Meanwhile the album is available on my bandcamp page:"

Exploring the Nanoloop FM device

video by Vague Robots

"Note: kinda cuts off at the end, I had some connection problems. I'll talk about that technique next time!"


Exploring the Nanoloop FM device - part 2!

"Another live track building and chat session :)"

See the Nanoloop label for additional posts.

Best Ambient Synth Shootout #105: Hartmann Neuron VS - Song 2

video by Christian's Sonic Spaces

Song 1 here

"This is the second song with the Neuron VS. It's the software (VST) version of the Hartmann Neuron, a novel hardware synthesizer introduced in 2001 based on artificial neural networks used for sound synthesis. The software version of the instrument, was released in 2005.

I used for the recording just on the opening pad an Eventide Blackhole. All other FX are directly from the Neuron VS.

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."

The Radiotone X-Rays Synthesizer

video by Giorgio Sancristoforo

"Taking inspiration from the discoveries of William Crookes and Wilhelm Röntgen, the Radiotone is a one-of-a-kind music synthesizer that uses X-Rays to control and shape the sound. More info:"

Taking inspiration from the discoveries of William Crookes and Wilhelm Röntgen, the Radiotone is a one-of-a-kind music synthesizer that uses
X-Rays to control and shape the sound.

The Radiotone is divided in four sections:

High Voltage generation
X-Rays generation
X-Rays detection
Sound synthesis

You can find full details on the Radiotone X-Rays Synthesizer on Giorgio Sancristoforo's website here.

Giorgio brought us the experimental Gleetchplug line of synths, Berna and more.

MARS Musical Audio Research Station Iris Farfisa Bontempi - Ares Software

video by Museo del Synth Marchigiano

You can find an additional post from 2012 featuring the MARS Synthesizer here.

"In this video we demonstrate how the Ares software allows you to program the Mars card, Isa card inserted in the computer, connected via Scsi connector to the Ics816 audio output card.

The Musical Audio Research Station (MARS) is a programmable specialized digital machine for real-time audio applications which has been entirely developed by the Italian Bontempi-Farfisa research institute IRIS.
The MARS workstation is composed of:

• one or more sound boards, called NERGAL connected to one or more audio units;
• a PC running the graphical interactive development environment called ARES.

The first version of MARS, which has been presented at the ICMC92 was running on Atari computers.

The sound generation board is a full size standard IBM ISA card running at a sampling rate of 44.1 kHz.

The board may be divided into three main sections: DSP, control and mixer sections.

The DSP section contains two dedicated IRIS DSPs called X20 with their respective program and sample memories. These DSPs are memory mapped onto the microcontroller memory area.

The X20 is a fully programmable DSP. Its architecture is highly parallel and allows pipelined operations.

Its internal arithmetic is 2’s complement fixed point with a 16 x 16 bit multiplier and a 24 bit arithmetic and logic unit.

Each X20 has two blocks of internal data memory which may be addressed in parallel. It also contains a 512 x 64 bit words of external program memory, and may access to external sample memory. The sample memory is supported by SIMM modules with 4 up to 32 megabytes of DRAM.

Each X20 provides four audio input channels and four audio output channels. The audio signals are managed on 16 bits. The X20s may be used in parallel or in serie, by sending the four outputs of the first one to the four inputs of the second one.

The control section is managed by a proprietary real-time operating system, called RT20M, running on a MOTOROLA MC68302 microcontroller. The RT20M manages all the MARS objects described previously, and all their interactions with the DSP section, the mixer section and the external world. It also controls any communication through the three ports available on the board: MIDI, RS232, and a special parallel one for high speed connection to the PC’s ISA bus.

The mixer section controls a set of predefined audio mixing operations among boards and audio units.

Each board have one connector to/from the audio-unit, and four connectors (two inputs and two outputs) which allow multi-board links. This last feature allows to create a MARS boards network with a parallel, a serial or a mixed configuration using one or more audio units.

Two types of IRIS audio units are available for NERGAL: low-cost and professional.

The low-cost unit is a small external box (1/3U) with two monophonic input lines, four monophonic output lines, and one stereophonic headphone output.

The professional audio unit is a 2U standard rack module. It is modular and may pilot up to 8 input/output analog channels and 8 input/output digital channels. Each unit can be shared between two different NERGAL boards."

Serge modular & voice experiments 2 - Vocals FMing the NTO

video by Förstaden

"Another experiment with the modular synthesizer and vocals. The voice is frequency modulating the oscillator, and via an envelope follower controlling the Q and frequency of the VCFQ filter.

Check out our track 'Soon'"

video by Förstaden - Topic

Follow-up to this post.

YAMAHA YC61 DEMO - All The New Pianos

video by Woody Piano Shack

"Relaxed demo of the acoustic pianos on the Yamaha YC61, YC73 and YC88. We'll play the CFX, C7, S700, Nashville Grand, U1 Upright and more. We'll Include of course the new pianos released last week in firmware 1.1 so you can hear them for yourselves. As a bonus we'll play some tunes on the CP80 electric pianos and layer in some synth sounds.
Recorded in one take, bum notes sound right if you play them twice, or maybe they were right notes but in wrong order, as the saying goes :)
Same sounds as the CP73 and CP88, if I'm not mistaken.
Electric pianos, Rhodes and Wurlis coming soon!"

► WEBSITE - additional links there.

Elektron Analog Four MKII Solo Performance

video by Patchwerks Seattle

"In this video resident expert Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT) performs on the Analog Four MKII by Elektron.

Four synth tracks and an intuitive step sequencer enable you to easily create and layer melodies. Then play back your composition and immediately reshape it. Change notes, alter sounds, add effects. Make it as glistening and airy or dark and dense as you desire. Something beautifully unique will emerge every single time.

Not only a splendid synthesizer, the Analog Four MKII can also make other gear sing. Thanks to the CV/Gate sequencing and DIN sync outputs, external analog gear can be controlled in great detail. Make any modular or vintage synthesizer rig come truly alive.

Take a deeper look at the Analog 4 MKII here:​
Video by: Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT)"

UNO Synth Pro performance Part 2 - Luca Zabbini

video by ikmultimedia

**ALL SOUNDS FROM UNO SYNTH PRO (no DAW/post processing)**

Roland Jupiter-6

via this auction

"Roland Jupiter-6 in mint condition.

Everything work perfectly. The synth has been serviced a year ago for almost 1000$."

Roland SH-1 Vintage Analog Monophonic Synthesizer SN 721157

via this auction

Roland System 100M Modules

via this auction

172 Phase Shifter & Delay SN 010610

"The modules functions include a 5 step phase shifter, audio delay (512 step BBD with 0.3ms - 7ms delay time), gate delay (doubles as a pulse shifter, and LFO (0.04Hz - 10Hz range for superb ensemble or stereo effects)."

121 Dual Filter SN 162810?

"The module consists of two independent VCO's in one package with expanded features. Both VCO's have three separate variable control inputs, strong and weak modes for phase locking, and simultaneous manual and external control of pulse width."

130 Dual VCA SN 172450

"The module consists of two independent VCO's in one package with expanded features. Each of the modules VCA's features a selector switch linear or exponential response. This expands the range of the 110s modules VCA."

140 Dual Envelope SN 163192

Live Synth Jam: screaming Volca Keys + FM, Waldorf Rocket/Streichfett, Rhythm Wolf

video by O.S.cillator

"Another jam played live with the Korg Volca Keys running thru WMD Geiger Counter Killer Distortion!
Other gear used: Akai Rhythm Wolf (Beats), Korg Volca FM (Chevy Bass), Waldorf Rocket (background chord), Waldorf Streichfett (notes played on the Swissonic keyboard), Patterning Drum App on iPad (Snare only).
Mixer: KVGear Vixen and Korg Volca Mix
Audio Recorder: Tascam DR-05"

Recreating Buchla 208 Music Easel with Shuttle System

video by

"Today we are recreating a Buchla 208 Music Easel with the​ Shuttle System and with help of the internal generators of the Shuttle Control and @Ableton​ Live & M4L (Sting! M4L sequencer by @skinnerbox​):
Shuttle Control can produce multiple types of random, different types of envelopes, which are also sensitive to velocity. Additionally you can gain control over internal generators using MIDI CC messages coming from any type of controller.
Finding a balance between chaos and control inspired by @Todd Barton​ sound design explorations.
Explore, have fun and don't forget to press the record button!"

80s Vintage Studio Tour 2021 Espen Kraft | I am the 80s!

video by Espen Kraft

"I wrongly refer to the Yamaha TX816 as TX116, that would only be true if you have ONE TF-1 module within the frame, this has all eight of them, thus a TX816.

If you're wondering why I have no acoustic treatment in this room, my answer is... I don't need it in here. I never mix loud, I have the one side roof at a steep angle and I have a semi-thick carpet on the floor. When I record my vocals I usually but have some thick fabric behind ME, not behind the mic. I did run a commercial studio once where I actually HAD acoustic treatment in both the studio itself and the control room. I can't say my OWN music sounded any better back then really and I do the same music now. ;-)"

FM Synthesis With The Hydrasynth Friday Fun - Interview with ASM's Glen Darcey

video by sonicstate

"In today's Friday Fun, we took some ideas from a chat with the Hydrasynth's product designer Glen Darcey in regards to the instrument's FM capabilities through the Linear-FM Mutator.

Aside from some of the more common FM piano type voices, Nick worked up a few more examples.

Grab the FM patches (and some extra from Nick) and the routing graphic, check out our Patreon:

00:00​ Talk with Glen
06:11​ overview of Linear FM mutators
08:20​ Basic FM patch
08:59​ Nick's patches"

Moog Subsequent 25 INHALT Artist Bank Demo


"Download this bank at:

Custom sound bank of 64 patches for the Moog Subsequent 25 analog synthesizer programmed by professional sound designer Matia Simovich / INHALT (Sequential, Elektron, Roland, Novation, Akai Pro ...).

This Artist Bank traverses 64 classic sounds intrinsic to the Moog history. Basses that reference the Moog Source and Model D, sequences and modulations that hint at Moog Modulars, and even sounds that buzz and breath like the Oberheim SEM (thanks to the 12dB filter mode).

Meticulously sound designed and programmed to exude the vintage mood and playability of analog mono synths, this library is full of patches that will give you all the core sounds you expect from the Moog name."

Roland EM-101 Sound Plus - filter mod

video by wildchurch

"video in two parts:
1. brief demonstration of filter adjustment
2. multi-tracked piece (all EM-101 except drums)

the Roland EM-101 is an analog sound module from the mid-80s
it's all about preset sounds and has very basic MIDI functionality
there are 2 banks: ensemble (polyphonic) and solo (monophonic)
there's also a 3rd hidden bank accessed through a button press/power on combination

the EM-101 is paraphonic and any VCF adjustment requires opening the case to access trim pots
i've simply replaced these with potentiometers mounted to the front panel

while this allows adjustment to the sounds, it's not a particularly practical solution from a playing point of view
the available space to mount the pots is very tight making it too fiddly for musical adjustments

a better solution would be a break out box with a decent cable length so the controls could be positioned ergonomically
in addition, this could incorporate switch jack sockets for foot pedal control (especially for the ensemble voices)

depending on selected preset, the filter has variable impact on the sound, from barely noticeable to harsh self-oscillation
it's impact is most evident on the solo voices but it can also give a pleasing sizzle to some ensemble sounds"

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