MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

ARPchives LIVE! Feb 24, 2021 with DJ CherishThe Luv

video by Alan R. Pearlman Foundation

"More of the Synth Sisterhood... d'ARP and DJ CherishTheLuv have a bi-coastal dialogue!! This Livestream includes some deep, heartfelt and outstanding perfomances by the multi-talented DJ Cherish as well as discussions about the healing power of music. 'We laughed, we cried' and most of all, had some heart-opening and mind-blowing sounds. Not to be missed."

Roland MKS-80 Super Jupiter | The Prince of Analoge 80s Power!

video by Espen Kraft

[Clarification in case the synth police shows up: The MKS-80 is closer to the Jupiter-6 than the Jupiter-8.

Internal chips:
Jupiter-6: 12x CEM3340 VCO, 6x IR3109 VCF, 6x CEM3360 Dual VCA
MKS-80 (to serial #511799/early models): 16x CEM3340 VCO, 8x IR3109 VCF, 8x CEM3360 Dual VCA (4 for X-Mod)
MKS-80 (serial #511800 and higher/later models): 16x IR3R03 VCO, 8x IR3R05 VCF/VCA, 4x CEM3360 Dual VCA (for X-Mod)

The Jupiter-8 also used a Roland IR3109 IC for the VCF, BA662 for the VCA, and IR3R01 for Envelopes.

Via wikipedia: "The voice architecture is almost identical to the Jupiter-6 synthesizer, the service manual states that "The module board of MKS-80 features the following in addition to that of JP-6, its brother module. 1) HPF. 2) Low boost circuit in the 2nd VCA. 3) DC supply current boost circuit (IC50)." The unit is fully capable of producing most of the Jupiter-6's signature sounds, in addition to many sounds unique to the MKS-80. In February 1985, Roland started producing a new revision of MKS-80, known as "Rev 5", that had no ties with any previous Jupiter's hardware, as it used a new generation of both Roland VCO's, VCA's and filter. The Rev 5 filter was also used in JX-8P, JX-10 and MKS-70 synthesizers."

And the following which I thought intersting:

"Confusion with Jupiter 8
In 1998, UK magazine Sound on Sound published an article about MKS-80. It contained a critical typo. Instead of referring to Jupiter 6, the comment about the rack version constantly referred to Jupiter 8, leading to serious confusion and even spreading myths across various online forums. However, once we read that article and replace numbers 8 and 6, the whole part of the article suddenly makes sense: 'The MKS80 delivered the entire Jupiter 6 wish-list and more, including a much larger memory and upgraded internal electronics. Now let's get one thing clear -- despite a few commentators postulating otherwise, the MKS80 had nothing to do with the Jupiter 8. Although there were ultimately to be two versions of the instrument (one with the Jupiter 6's Curtis oscillators, the other with custom chips developed by Roland themselves) both retained the architecture of the Jupiter 6, sounded identical to the Jupiter 6 and, apart from their many enhancements, were the rackmount module versions of the Jupiter 6.'." Also see this post for The Story of the Roland JUPITER-8 & JUPITER-6.]

--- That said, here is the description for the video above:

"Roland MKS-80 - the Super Jupiter. Rolands last analog VCO synth and one that packs all the punch of the mighty Jupiter 8 and 6 into one box

With 8 voices, 16 VCOs, fast envelopes, cross modulation, sync, 2 ADSRs, a very flexible LFO and velocity and pressure sensitivity over Midi, the Super Jupiter was the professional musicians dream module in the mid 80s. Used on countless hit records.

Support this channel on Patreon:​

Through the years the MKS-80 came out in a Rev.4 and a Rev.5 and the debate over which one sounds the best never seems to stop. I don't care about that at all. The versions used in this video are both Rev.5, but as I actually compare these to a Jupiter 8 here, no one should tell me that the Rev.5 can't sound like it. It DOES sound like it, down to 99% and that's enough for me.

A big thanks to Joakim Tysseng for the loan of the Jupiter 8 and a big thanks to Brynjulf Blix for the one MKS-80 and the MPG-80 programmer. Anders Jensen has as always been very kind too and thanks for the other MKS-80 Anders, as well and for all the driving!

The other MKS-80 programmer I use here is from Retroaktiv and that's a new one. I did a demo of that just a couple of videos before this so check that out if you want to."

Intellijel Metropolix + E-RM Polygogo

video by Genshi Media Group


Another quick test of the new "Accumulator" feature on the Intellijel Metropolix, this time sequencing the E-RM Polygogo module."

MPE and Vintage Knob Support Update for the Sequential Prophet-6 and OB-6 Now Available

You might remember the beta OS announcement for MPE and vintage knob support posted here. The update is out of Beta and now available. via Sequential:

"Sequential has just released a new OS for the Prophet-6 and the OB-6 that adds much-anticipated features:

- Support for MPE (MIDI Polyphonic Expression). This enables the Prophet-6 and OB-6 to respond to MPE-driven controllers such as the LinnStrument®, Expressive E Osmose®, Roli Seaboard® series, and others.

- Prophet-5 Rev 4-style “vintage” mode. This gives the Prophet-6 and OB-6 a looser, more organic sound that emulates the behavior of vintage synthesizers where the behavior of individual oscillators, filters, and envelopes vary from voice to voice.

- Improved aftertouch curves for enhanced expressiveness when using the Prophet-6 and OB-6’s own keyboard.

- The new features significantly enhance the expressivity of both instruments.

We encourage you to try them out.

Download the new Prophet-6 OS

Download the new OB-6 OS"

Ghost In Translation DRONE x CYCLE

video by Ghost In Translation

"I'm adding some new functionality to my modules, this is still a work in progress but will be soon available.

The modules can now easily listen to MIDI CC messages and use them to control anything. Additionally I am working on a web editor to be able to configure all the MIDI settings.

For this demo I also pimped CYCLE and added a 'MIDI CC scale' in which mode it sends CC messages instead of notes.

All code available on GitHub:"

Luke Gomm - Red Flashing Lights (Visualizer)

video by Luke Gomm

New collab with some synth spotting from supporting member 磁鬼頻率.

Filmed & edited by Ben Gomm
Glitch art by 磁鬼頻率
Graphics by @_og_graphics_

Written, performed & produced by Luke Gomm
Co-written by Jason Miles
Additional vocals by Tehillah Daniel
Bass guitar by Darryl Dodoo
Additional programming by Phil Davidson
Mix by David Jones
Mastering by Stuart Hawkes

Cover art by Hasworld

℗ Taste of '96

R E T R O W A V E S // Korg Prologue, Prophet-6, OB-6, TR-808 - Looped By Squarp Pyramid

video by MR TUNA Music

Found deep within the archives
Originally recorded January 2020

Korg Prologue
Sequential Circuits Prophet-6
Sequential Circuits / Oberheim OB-6
Roland TR-808
Roland MX-1
Squarp Pyramid

Roland Verselab MV-1: Did they fix its biggest flaw? "Bring Your Own Screen" added using Zenbeats

video by loopop

"By far the biggest complaint about Roland's new Verselab MV-1 was that its screen is small. BYOS may solve the problem."

Follow-up to loopop's Verselab MV-1 Review here.

Update: and the press release:

"Free Zenbeats 2.1 Update Adds Integration with Roland VERSELAB MV-1 Song Production Studio Hardware, Audio Editor Improvements, and More to Roland’s Award-Winning Zenbeats Music Creation App

Roland, a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments and software products, announces the availability of Zenbeats 2.1, a free update for their award-winning music creation app. Zenbeats 2.1 is packed with music creation tools allowing anyone to be creative, anytime, anywhere. New features include plug-and-play functionality with the recently released Roland VERSELAB MV-1 Song Production Studio hardware, Audio Editor improvements including Reverse and Fade functions, improved mixer, and much more.

Finish Music Faster with VERSELAB and Zenbeats

With Zenbeats, you can now connect Roland VERSELAB to your computer, tablet, or smartphone for quick and easy song production. Using hardware and software integration, enhance your workflow with full touch capabilities on mobile, graphical organization of VERSELAB clips and sections, easy tone editing, full mixing capabilities, mastering FX editing, and stem export support to any DAW right inside of Zenbeats.

Edit Audio with Reverse and Fades

With improved audio editing, users can now reverse any loop or recorded audio clip and Fade-in/Fade-out functions with non-destructive cropping to edit your audio parts with ease.

Roland Zenbeats 2.1 key features include:
Roland VERSELAB MV-1 Project Integration – Plug-and-play with VERSELAB with on-screen plugin, effects, and mixing capabilities.
Audio Editor Enhancements – Audio loops and recordings can now be edited with non-destructive cropping, smooth fading and reverse functions.
Enhanced Mixing Capabilities – Increased precision for mixer level and pan controls and better full screen support.
Flexible Audio Output with Channels – New audio output routing options enable fluid integration with outboard gear such as mixers and effects.
Simplified Audio I/O settings – With streamlined audio I/O, users can set up studio Inputs and Outputs in seconds.
MIDI Device Support Settings – Set up devices for greater control with MIDI and select more options to streamline how Zenbeats interacts with external instruments and production equipment.

Pricing options for Zenbeats include: Free, Platform Unlock, Ultimate Unlock, and Roland Cloud Membership
Free: With the free version of Zenbeats, access music production essentials and the ability to purchase additional loops and presets in the Zenbeats In-App Store.
Platform Unlock (starting at $14.99): Get all features, instruments, and effects on your favorite platform devices. Platform Unlock Includes 2,500+ presets, loops, sounds (1.5 GB), full ZC1 synthesizer with 90 built-in MFX, full SampleVerse modular synthesizer with editor, VST/AU/AUv3 plugin support, and unlimited mixing and export capabilities.
Ultimate Unlock ($149.99): Get all features, instruments, effects, and store packs on all platforms and devices. Ultimate Unlock includes 10,000+ presets, loops, sounds (7 GB), full ZC1 synthesizer with 90 built-in MFX, full SampleVerse modular synthesizer with editor, VST/AU/AUv3 support, and unlimited mixing and export capabilities.
Roland Cloud Core Membership (starting at $2.99/month or $29.99/year): Sign up for Roland Cloud Core membership and receive Zenbeats Ultimate Unlock including everything above. Plus, you’ll get access to the wider world of ZEN-Core including ongoing expansions. With this flexible workflow, users can utilize the same tones in ZC1 in ZENOLOGY and ZEN-Core-compatible hardware.

Zenbeats is available on most devices including Chrome OS systems supporting Android apps, Android 8.0+, iOS 11+, macOS 10.11+, and Windows PCs running Windows 8/10, with 2GB of RAM, and 2GB of available storage."

Experiment: running the Crumar Performer plugin on a Raspberry Pi 4

video by zioguido

"We tried to compile and run the Crumar Performer plugin on a Raspberry Pi 4... 😎

(Music by Max Tempia using only the Performer for all sounds except drums)"

KORG Special Edition 15th Anniversary Edition with Original Box

via this auction

True Trance Sounds V1 for Zen Core

video by Igor Leus

"Buy Link! -​

True Trance Sounds V1 - Massive soundbank for Roland Zen Core family, which includes Zenology/Pro, Fantom, Jupiter X/XM, MC707/101, Zenbeat, RD-88, and Axe-Edge. The sound palette of this pack comes from the end of 90' and early 2000'. From beautiful Trance Plucks, powerful Leads, deep and strong basses to smooth Keys and floating Pads. It includes some of the most exciting sounds of those years, like Supersaw, M1 Bass. Of course not without more modern sounds, many of which you can hear here. It's the first true sound library that opens the full power of the Zen Core engine.

Soundset contains 64 patches, which:

4 Bells/Clav
19 Synth Bases
13 Plucks
5 AAH/Choirs
9 Leads
9 - Pad/Strings
4 - Synth/Sound FX's
4 - Poly/Keys"

Dark Cosmic Ambient Drone // Waldorf Iridium

video by Ambiotic Fluid

"Dark ambient custom Waldorf Iridium patch"

Noise Engineering Noise Cues Episode 2: BIA and MI uncommon sounds

video by Noise Engineering

"In this episode we talk about our two most popular oscillators, and how to make them both do what they are NOT known for. Every wonder how to use BIA as a main voice, or how to make the MI pretty? We cover all of it in this video."

Basek BIA video posted here.

Basek MI video :posted here.

Noise Engineering Noise Cues Episodes

Buchla Easel K Pitch Bend

video by Todd Barton

"Answering a question about how to setup Pitch Bend on the Buchla Easel K. Here are a couple of options.
My patreon:"

New Baloran Demo: Exploration des saturations des VCA mélangeurs et quelques écrans ;)

video by Laurent Baloran

"J'en dévoile un peu plus à chaque fois ;)
J'explore ici les saturations des VCAs mélangeur. Quand j'interviens sur un encodeur à droite du panneau, il change le gain des VCAs. Je trouve cette saturation très musicale, elle ne fait que déformer les ondes, j'adore. Sinon, je m'amuse un peu aussi avec le Tap LFO et les différentes synthèses : analogique, numériques ou mixte (CAN et traitement numérique).
Au tout début, vous entendez un module de synthèse numérique qui séquence via des divisions eucliennnes 4 oscillateurs + enveloppe individuelle."


"I reveal a little more each time;)
Here I explore the saturations of mixer VCAs. When I intervene on an encoder on the right of the panel, it changes the gain of the VCAs. I find this saturation very musical, it only distorts the waves, I love it. Otherwise, I also have a little fun with the Tap LFO and the different syntheses: analog, digital or mixed (ADC and digital processing).
At the very beginning, you hear a digital synthesis module which sequences via euclean divisions 4 oscillators + individual envelope."

See the Baloran label below for more.

Baseck plays Strega, from Make Noise & Alessandro Cortini

video by baseck

"Baseck plays Strega, from Make Noise & Alessandro Cortini"


Videos by Malekko HeavyIndustry

"These are simple, one minute clips of saved presets as examples of the power of the Manther. Recall preset, press play, then make adjustments to have fun."

Making A Drum Machine Twin T Drums - Practical Electronics January 1978


other issues here :-


Norand Mono - Jam #3 with Latest Firmware Update

video by Norand

"Jam session with the last firmware update.
No processing, only one source : Mono :)"

Gieskes Starving binary + Vu-Perc

video by ggijs

0:00​​ Starving binary trigger's vu perc's, in the second part the square wave output form the Doepfer LFO goes into the cv input of the Starving binary.

1:00​​ A more complicated patch where I control the whole sequence with the offset of the CV input of the Starving binary. The CV input of the Starving binary is connected to one of its own outputs.

Wiard 300 Series System

via this auction

2 x CVCO
Borg Filter
Wave Multiplier (custom made by Metalbox)
311a Joystick
Blue frame


via this auction

"Sequencer is in "good" condition for it years. As seen in the pictures is a VERY LOW Serial Number 86. This unit belonged to Patrick Moraz of the bands "YES" and "The Moody Blues" It was given to me during the time I worked with him 25ish years ago. He is also pictured on the original Manual Art. Has a as far as I know one of a kind "Twin Gate BUS MOD". See picture with original sticker of work done in England, I don't fully remember what the Twin Gate BUS MOD did, but I believe it allowed for 1/32 notes. I cannot find any documentation to prove it though. I have no way to "FULLY" test the device anymore. It powers on and I can step through the sequence. Some of the slider caps need replacement and can be purchased on an ebay auction for 5 euro ea. One of the Twin Gate switches needed replacing so I replaced all 16 of them. Those switches for your information - SPDT UP-DOWN-UP ; 3 position Switches"

MTI Auto Orchestra

via this auction

"Unique piece of vintage electronic equipment here. This is an ultra rare MTI Auto Orchestra. This is an all-in-one, one person band device. The bass works with the foot pedals and the volume and key you play in is controlled by the volume foot pedal. This model comes with the rhythm expansion pack and has a whole other bank of rhythms! You can plug any 1/4” instrument in this as well. This thing is SWEET!"

Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 Promo Mailer Folder

via this auction

"This original vintage Sequential Circuits Promo Mailer was used in the 70’s to mail out promo material of Sequential Circuits equipment."

Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 Fold-Out Brochure

via this auction

"This original vintage Sequential Circuits Fold Out Brochure contains information and picture’s of the the Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 synthesizer, Model 700 Programmer and Model 800 Sequencer."

MISC Sequential Circuits Brochures

via this auction

Brochures for the Sequential Circuits Pro-Fx, Model 64 MIDI Sequencer Cart, Prophet 2000/2002 Memory Expansion, Sound Disks, and Prophet-5 Remote Keyboard.

Kurzweil K2600R

via this auction

The pictures describe the Very Good physical condition. Excepting one: the Rom, P/Ram & memory slots are filled - Rom 4 is the only one still open (RM-4 Vintage Electric Piano or RM-5 General MIDI card would fit here).

This has the Digital I/O's on back and LoZ & HiZ I/O's on front.

OS 4.1, Base Rom, Contemporary Rom & Farm, SD Piano Rom floppies & CD of additional programs included. Unit also has the sampler.

Sonically Excellent.

Pic of the inside below.

Mattel Synsonics Drums - 80s Drum Machine Synth Sequencer w/ Instructions Manual

via this auction

Casio CZ3000 Phase Distortion Synthesizer

via this auction

Propellerhead Introduces Algoritm FM Synthesizer for Reason

"Algoritm FM Synthesizer has landed in the Reason Rack! Whether it's shimmering bells, angry bass, apocalyptic noise or dreamy pads, Algoritm's combination of FM operators, wavetable oscillators, waveform shapers, and filters come together to make a sound design playground. In this tutorial Ryan will demystify the sometimes abstract concept of FM synthesis and get you making custom sounds with Algoritm's powerful and intuitive design.

0:00​ Intro

0:50​ What is FM Synthesis?
1:56​ Algoritm’s FM Operators
3:26​ Making a Bell Sound
4:56​ Multiple FM Operators
5:41​ The Routing Section
6:42​ Using Feedback Loops
7:28​ Going beyond FM Synthesis
8:34​ The Wavetable Oscillator
9:24​ Using the Filter module
10:51​ The Randomizer
11:50​ Randomizing a pad
13:05​ Outro"

Музыкальный синтезатор Retrobox. Демонстрация звука. / Music synthesizer. Sound demonstration.

video by Игорь Светлов

23 встроенных звука. Монофонический. Сенсорная клавиатура.
23 built-in sounds. Monophonic. The touch keyboard.


23 built-in sounds. Monaural. Touch keyboard.
23 built-in sounds. Monophonic. The touch keyboard.

Touch screws!

Previous project:

Спят усталые игрушки, книжки спят

Мелодия из "Спокойной ночи, малыши" на Сонарвоксе (SonarVox).
Похож по управлению на терменвокс, но это другой инструмент.


Melody from "Good night, kids" on SonarVox.
It is similar in control to the theremin, but it is a different tool.

Sinevibes KORG FX - Albedo

video by Sinevibes

"Albedo by Sinevibes is a granular cloud reverb effect plugin for KORG prologue, minilogue xd and NTS-1."

via Sinevibes

"Albedo is a granular cloud reverb plugin for KORG prologue, minilogue xd and NTS-1. It continuously records audio into a buffer, and at the same time plays multiple looping snippets from it – with each such snippet or “grain” having its own randomized size and position. Together with feedback and additional stereo widening, this creates a lush “cloud of sound” reverb effect. The algorithm also features a “freeze” mode: it can stop overwriting the buffer and play the granular cloud indefinitely, making it possible to layer any other sounds on top of it. This plugin comes in two versions: 16 grains with forward playback (+) and 10 grains with reverse playback (-)."

Sinevibes Korg FX - Albedo from Sinevibes on Vimeo.

Sinevibes Korg FX - Albedo (ambient performance) from Sinevibes on Vimeo.


Studio-grade DSP algorithms, calibrated specifically for KORG’s hardware platform.
Individually chosen mapping for every plugin parameter, providing a very natural feel.
Built-in lag filters for noise-free, ultra-smooth parameter adjustment.
Optimized for maximum performance and stability on each individual device type.

KORG prologue
KORG minilogue xd
KORG Nu:Tekt NTS-1

Moog Filter Bank Comparison

video by Rhythmicons

"I ran white and pink noise through the Moogerfooger 105 MuRF, Moog 907 Fixed Filter Bank (inductor-based), a Synth-Werk 914 Extended Fixed Filter Bank (inductor-based), and a vintage Moog MKG 10 Band Eq."

Club of the Knobs C907A Fixed Filter Bank White Noise Test

video by alternatingbitmusic

"COTK C907A with inductors."

Gieskes VCOFan

video by ggijs

0:00​ VCOFan audio out to VCOFan volume CV input, and then Doepfer LFO to VCOFan volume CV input of the first VCOFan.
0:00​ VCOFan audio out to VCOFan volume CV input,
1:28​ Doepfer LFO to Starving Binary clock in, Starving Binary outputs to VCOFan volume and pitch CV inputs.
2:28​ Phone light to VCOFan module (it clips of the excess volume created by the phone light)

Polyend Tracker French House

video by Polyend

"Polyend Tracker French House

by Isobutane"

Faemi mini Formanta

video by Jim Hokins


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

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