MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, March 12, 2021

Friday, March 12, 2021

Chroma Polaris Ambient | Moments left behind

video by MIDERA

Chroma Polaris
Strymon DIG
Strymon El Capistan
Eventide Space

New Pittsburgh Modular Module Safari Patch Lab with Richard Nicol

video by Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers

"Richard demos the Modular Synthesis Safari Series 1 modules. Gibbon Chaotic Shift Register, Crow Overdrive Filter, and Giraffe Attenuverting Mixer module."

Interesting front panel designs.

via Pittsburgh Modular

A glimpse into our design process, the Safari modules give Richard and Michael an opportunity to highlight interesting concepts, test ideas for future instruments, and scratch their creative itch. We have built 200 of each of the Series 1 modules and because these designs are meant to be a proof of concept or work in progress, we do not plan on making more.

Series 1

How much mixer can you fit in 4hp? Perhaps not groundbreaking analog synthesis research, but we were running low on mixers at the workshop. The Giraffe is an attenuverter version of our 2+2 mixer and can be patched as a 4 channel mixer, a pair of 2 channel mixers,4 independent attenuverters, 2 attenuverters and a 2 channel mixer, or 1 attenuator and a 3 channel mixer.

Black on black and inspired by an afternoon Richard and Michael spent surrounded by a murder of crows at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo, the Crow was designed to destroy beautiful sounds. “How far can we push our overdrive circuit?” was the question this module needed to answer, and now we know. Probably further than anyone should ever go.

A pseudo-random shift register research facility along with a peek into the chaotic side of the upcoming Voltage Lab 2, the Gibbon expands on the random shift register concept from original Voltage Research Laboratory with more options and deeper control. Originally inspired by the random source on the Buchla Music Easel, the Gibbon has evolved into it’s own unique species

ESK - Elektron Monomachine SFX6

video by Metunar

"A short song with the Elektron Monomachine SFX6.
I used an Alesis PEQ-450 EQ, a SPL Charisma for some saturation, a SM Pro Audio PM-8 for mixing and a Focusrite Compounder compressor.
Direct recording with mastering.​"

ARP 2600 Shepard Tone

video by O.Z. Hall

"This is an approximation of an 'ever rising' Shepard Tone. The Sheppard Tone is an audio illusion creating the impression of a tone the rises forever. A similar video illusion is the barber pole, where the stripes appear to continually rise upward.
This patch is not a legit Sheppard Tone, but it is similar.
I hope you enjoy it."

The Best of ROLAND JUPITERS!! Jupiter 8,6,4 | Jupiter-8 vs. Jupiter-6 Strings Comparison

video by synthartist69

Roland Jupiter 8 VS Roland Jupiter 6 "Strings" Comparison
video by synthartist69

Evolved Vol 3 - Patches 51 to 75 - Sequential Prophet 6

video by GEOSynths

"Out 15th March 2021.
It's been almost 2 years since I brought out Evolved Vol 2 for the Sequential Prophet 6 Synthesizer and wasn't sure I'd do another, however Sequential have updated the Prophet 6 with the 'Vintage Knob' feature, from the Prophet 5 Rev 4 Synth. After making a 3rd Bank for the Sequential 0B6, it was obvious to do another Bank for the Prophet 6.

In this set I've also focused a little more on making Patches using Osc 2 as a Modulation Source and delving deeper. While there is the odd "Vintage" patch, it's more about getting new Synthesizer sounds."

GEOSynths Evolved Vol 3 patch demos

Fort Collins Colorado Atmosphere CAM March 10 2021 Rik Marston Ambient Music

video by Rik Marston Official

NEW SEGMENT on Rik Marston Official!
Fort Collins Colorado Atmosphere CAM!
Filmed from my home in Fort Collins, Colorado
Some days will be nice & sunny, other days snow & ice!
Plus bonus ambient electronic music from Rik Marston for those who
need to relax, chillout, study, sleep, meditate, etc. This segment is for you.
All music, pictures & video (C)2021 Rik Marston / Ambient Chill Zen Records
Synthesizers used on these recordings:
Roland JV-2080, Juno-DS & Behringer DeepMind 6

Rik's Links:
Ahnyxian Sound Design:


Novation Circuit Tracks: All Preset Patterns!

video by Patchwerks Seattle

"In this video we listen to all presets projects and patterns that ship with the new Novation Circuit tracks!

Circuit Tracks is the agile groovebox for creating and performing electronic music without resistance. Two refined polyphonic digital synth tracks expand your sonic capabilities, and samples across four drums tracks can be loaded via microSD and shaped to perfection. Built in FX polish your sounds. Two dedicated MIDI tracks and a built-in battery make it the ideal for multi-device setups and for creators on the move.

Circuit Tracks in an all-in-one studio with two synth tracks, two MIDI tracks and four drum tracks: everything you need to create and perform music. Designed for electronic and dance music producers, the agile groovebox lets you lose yourself in a hands-on production workflow. Let your creativity thrive with the acclaimed, hands-on sequencer, with which you can create 32-step patterns, chainable for up to 256 steps sequences per track. Go off-grid with microtiming, and keep your music evolving with probability and pattern mutate.

Its colossal sound is provided by two refined polyphonic digital synth tracks. Load thousands of your own samples using the microSD card, and shape them to perfection across four drums tracks. Advanced FX lets you douse synths, drums, and incoming audio in lush reverb and delay, make your mix pump with sidechain, and punch with the master compressor.

Circuit Tracks gives you total control of your setup, with two dedicated MIDI tracks capable of sending notes and CC automation. Its comprehensive connectivity enables you to connect Circuit Tracks to your studio, with full-size five-pin MIDI in, out, and thru, and analogue sync out. Analogue audio outputs let you listen through the stereo line out or with headphones. The built-in rechargeable battery allows you to make beats anywhere.

Order the Novation Circuit Tracks here:​​​
Video by: Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT)​"

"drone" | orthagonal devices er-301 | ems vcs3 | eurorack modular synthesizer

video by Elinch

"'er-301 8 looper loops 112 ems vcs3 tracks'

00:00​ 8 er-301 looper loops ems vcs3 (no effects)
06:03​ bass /// mutable instruments plaits / lo-fi junky / magneto
07:10​ percussion /// tokyo tape music center 158 / make noise lxd / triggered by running order

recorded live with tascam dr 100.
for the best listening experience listen to the video with headphones or good speakers.

Now on Instagram​



Starter Kits | Episodes 03 - 05

Starter Kits | Episode 03 | Production Value
video by Cinematic Laboratory

"In this episode I'll give Plaits a final run, teaming up with Frames, Blades and Beads. I wanted to try and create a full track using Beatstep Pro & Ableton Live with Plaits as the only oscillator (and Beads for some effects). It's a weird futuristic track, but hey, it must sound 'minimal modular'. Uploaded earlier today, but I wanted to take out some things I am not sure about yet."

Starter Kits | Episode 04 | Bloom, Pico System III, Desmodus Versio

video by Cinematic Laboratory

"After three episode of Plaits it's time to go analog with the 'westcoast' inspired Erica Synths Pico System III, Qu-Bit Bloom sequencer and the insane Desmodus Versio reverb. The workflow is completely different and you'll have to make your sounds from scratch. It sounds completely different too! Technically, it's three modules, but Pico System III has 13 'pico' modules stacked away under one faceplate. So it's definitely a mini-modular with huge potential, but you have to discover it yourself!"

Starter Kits | Episode 05 | VPME Quad Drums & friends
video by Cinematic Laboratory

"In this episode I've joined Pamela's new workout and Mimetic Digitalis with the 'canned fun' Quad Drums module from VPME. If you have to start small, this is a great module to get totally eurorack addicted. I also makes it very easy to explain why modular synths are so cool.

There's a snippet of WMD Metron in the video to explain the difference between Pam's clock magic and a full rhythm sequencer. If making beats is your true love, then Metron will help you to build your ultimate modular drum machine patterns."

All episodes here

NVO and Buchla 292e exploration

video by Todd Barton

"I'm fascinated here with the timbral richness provided by the different modes on the Buchla Quad Dynamics Manager, sometimes referred to as the Lo Pass Gate though that is just one of 3 modes. And the ever malleable pitch and FM intersections of the 4 oscillators in the Nested Vector Oscillator."

Todd Barton NVO posts

Building a Nail Violin (and plugging it into a modular synth)

video by poorness studios

"I recently discovered nail violins. I decided to try to build one out of a cigar box. After testing it out, I wanted to try plugging it into my modular synthesizer just for kicks. It works!"

EKO COMPUTER RHYTHM Handmade Miniature 1 6 scale

video by Ronaldo Lopes Teixeira ROLT

You can find posts featuring the EKO COMPUTERHYTHM including some demos here. See the miniature label below for more miniature synth posts.

The SuperSaw Sound and the Synthesizers that can make it | haQ attaQ

video by Jakob Haq

"I've always loved the SuperSaw sound! But what is this sound really and what makes it sound like it does? In this episode of haQ attaQ we're diving deep into the Synthesis of the SuperSaw sound and also the Synthesizers that can produce it. A lot of synths can produce this sound, but not all synths are created equally and so they all differ when it comes to unison mode, voice doubling, detuning and pitch automation.

This episode is somewhat tied to my CyberPunk sounds series and the playlist for this series can be found here ►"

Playlist at the time of this post:

My Awful Bass - sounds Awesome now | "CyberPunk" Bass | haQ attaQ
The SuperSaw Sound and the Synthesizers that can make it | haQ attaQ

Eurorack and TouchDesigner - Light

video by Omri Cohen

"Consider joining me on Patreon -
Patching techniques and ideas that I continue updating -"

Waldorf Micro Q - Making Retro Synth Loops

video by Retro Synths

"All synthesizer sounds are from the Waldorf MicroQ. The Mirco-Q module was produced in 2000-2001. The Micro Q Keyboard is identical to the Micro Q, but packaged in a handy and portable 37 note keyboard. It also adds pedal inputs, pitch/mod wheels, and some front panel numeric buttons."

Nord Lead 2x Virtual Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

E-MU Systems Emax I HD Plus SE Rack SCSI2SD OLED Display

via this auction

"Rare E-MU Systems EMAX I HD Plus SE Rack Sampler. Model 2121 Factory HD Plus SE version. Internally mounted SCSI2SD board with SD card capable of holding nearly 160 banks in the floppy drive slot. Comes loaded with many custom and factory library sounds I will include download links for entire Emax library as well. Also includes factory installed external SCSI port on rear.

System boots up in seconds from SD card. Banks save and load nearly instantaneously. The HD advantage is huge over standard floppy or Gotek systems as every function of the unit is faster and more responsive.

Display has been updated to a beautiful white OLED display. Sadly pictures can't do justice to the quality of the OLED. Recently recapped motherboard. New high quality universal input power supply Sliders cleaned and lubed. Switches and key contacts cleaned. Everything works as it should. Incredible sounding sampler with analog processing. SE features provide deep synthesis."

Oberheim OB-1 Mk 1 Analog Synthesizer SN 0197 w/ Tauntek Upgrade

via this auction

"Recently serviced, calibrated, and upgraded by Analog Synth Service (early 2020) in Oakland, CA

So this OB1 has better-than-original functionality, as it has the upgraded Tauntek Programmer board, which adds the following features to an already powerful synth:
1) 64 programs (8 banks w/ 8 programs each)
2) Programs are stored in non-volatile EEPROM. No battery needed. YAY!
3) After a program is loaded, only controls that have moved are "live", so patch editing is now possible
4) Manual mode forces all controls to be "live"
5) Comes with 24 pre-programmed patches, which can be over-written later if you chose
6) 20-turn trimpot for easier one-time oscillator tuning adjustment"

Red Roland SH-101 w/ Original Box & Mod Grip

via this auction

1980 Yamaha SK20

via this auction

"Vintage String/Poly synth and Organ. Sounds great and very warm, used by Sigur Ros for the Organ sound."

Black & Teal YAMAHA CS01II MK2

via this auction

Octave CAT Vintage Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"Electronically this is in very good condition - all electronic components are fully operational. Cosmetically not too bad for its age. Mechanical aspects of instrument needs TLC: Keyboard bushings definitely need replacement. A couple of the switches probably need replacement. All sliders and pots in very good condition."

Roland D-50 Linear Synthesizer SN 828445

via this auction

Carbon fiber tape on the sides.

Sonicware Liven XFM Prototype - Demo 5 - Dub Techno

video by ChrisLody

"Time for another XFM demo. I built a very glitchy preset pattern for the XFM last week so I went into the studio intending to make something like that, but as soon as I made the filter pad chords I got distracted into making some Dub Techno. Not a genre I've really tried before but it works really well on the XFM

Both the percussion tracks on this have lots of modulation of their source sounds and some probability thrown in so the hits won't always trigger so there's plenty of glitchiness there. They are both filtered so a bit of tweaking adds some interest there too.

The other two tracks are both built from the DSTR (Distorted Pad) and B.TRP (Bright Trumpet) sounds that I made which creates a nice noisy waveform. The pad is filtered with the band-pass filter opening and closing with the envelope while the noisy lead sound uses the high-pass filter which almost gives a distorted electric guitar sound to my ear. It makes for a nice dark mood but with a worn sound to it somehow. The pan control is automated on both of these tracks too to widen the sound. Lovely stuff"

Sonicware Liven XFM Prototype demos

Casio CT410V demotrack 2

video by ikworgek

"Allo sounds from the Casio.
I sampled the bass and drumsounds in my Korg Microsampler.
Sequenced by my Mam SQ-16
Melody parts played by hand.
Som delay and reverb.

demotrack 1 here

Walrus SLÖ Sound Demo (no talking) with Korg Minilogue XD

video by Bonedo Synthesizers

OP-Z Piano glitch with vocals

video by Johan Wave

Note connectivity to the iPad is wireless.

"OP-Z Piano glitch with vocals. I found some old piano samples on my op-z and used these for a short jam and arrangement. Piano sounds from my acoustic piano. Vocals sampled by me. Thank you for watching and supporting this channel."

MS20 Filter DIY Eurorack Modular Synthesizer EcoLab

video by EcoLab Audio

"OTA based Filter with low pass, high pass and 3 CV ins.

It´s mostly based on the original schematic with some level adjustments and a switch for the modes.

It does have a very gritty, screamy and unstable character which made it pretty famous.

After about 50% of resonance the madness begins 🙂 It goes into self oscillation but don´t expect proper tuning stability.

It is simply a very experimental piece of gear and if i shuld describe it with some words:

It sounds like a pissed and wet cat 😀

Depth: 32mm
+12V – 12mA
-12V – 11mA"

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

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