MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

VERMONA Announces DRM1 MK IV Drum Percussion Synthesizer



via VERMONA:

"We’re excited to launch this brand new update to our classic drum and percussion synthesizer VERMONA DRM1. The DRM1 is a key part in our history. Its first generation, released in the 90s as Syncussion DRM1, caught wide attention. The MKII-version then continued and broadened the success and breathed new life into the VERMONA brand at the turn of the millennium. With the DRM1 MKIII, that we have been building since 2006, we can now look back at a total of 25 years of DRM1! This makes it one of the longest-lived electronic musical instruments. And we’re ready to launch the next quarter-century with this analog drum synthesizer from VERMONA.

DRM1 MKIV: Familiar, yet evolved
At first glance, you may not notice any difference from its predecessor. Indeed, from the outside, there isn’t any! The overall concept and user interface have remained the same: There are eight instrument channels, each with nine knobs for sound shaping, pan and volume control. The DRM1 is a musical instrument, a creative tool that wants to be touched and played.

Instead of trying to reinvent or change an already well-proven external design, with this update to version MKIV we decided to focus on the inside. We took time to thoroughly listen into the circuits and put energy and care into its details: Thoughtfully tweaking frequency ranges, revamping control curves, adjusting levels and redesigning sub-circuits. Our goal was to make the DRM1 MKIV the best drum synthesizer we've ever built!

DRM1 MKIV: Sociable and dynamic
To make integration into your studio more comfortable, we equipped the DRM1 MKIV with USB-MIDI in addition to the standard MIDI connections.

The optional trigger inputs have been significantly upgraded. Beyond gate pulses, they now also accept different voltage levels for triggering the instrument channels dynamically. The DRM1 MKIV with trigger inputs can also convert the analog signals into MIDI notes via USB or the newly added MIDI OUT connector making it an incredibly versatile MIDI interface.

Whether you're controlling the DRM1 MKIV via a DAW, a hardware sequencer, or a modular system, you’ll have the proper connection and further the ability to send the MIDI notes to additional devices.

DRM1 MKIV: More power under the hood
The power supply of the DRM1 MKIV is completely new. It now works anywhere in the world, without having to manually change the mains voltage. This is a huge relief for all of you who use the instrument at live shows. No less important: it works more energy-efficient than the old one!

DRM1 MKIV: Availability
The DRM1 MKIV will be available in March/April 2021. We are looking forward to your feedback, comments and questions.

Your VERMONA crew from the
Elektroakustischen Manufaktur, Erlbach"

Update: short Instagram demo:

Decaf Evolver by Baghead

"DSI Evolver sequenced by SPEKTRO AUDIO ACDGEN thru Roger Lin Arenalinn III pedal, add a little Shimmerverb from Eventide, drums by Microtonic. Throw in a touch of Easel (dissonance)"

Testing the Roland JP8000 (talk/sound demo) after maintenance


video by DX5

"Though I am not much keen into these kind of talk videos, there were some request to do this way with the JP, so here it is. A brief tour around my JP8000 with some explanation of the Super Saw (trance signature sound), plus some of the sounds I have programmed for these last years."

Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms Voltage Research Laboratory Synth + Touch Control w/ Original Boxes



via this auction

Korg Poly 61 Vintage Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer SN 724797



via this auction

"Synth powers on and does produce sound. However, the sounds seem to be random and erratic, and no longer correspond with the programs on a consistent basis. Also, it appears some of the keys may be sticking - not physically, but certain presets will produce sound even when no key is being pressed.

Synth was in perfect working order until I recently moved across the country and plugged it back in. My guess is that something internally must have knocked loose during transport. I did briefly open the panel just to see if there were any obvious issues such as an unsoldered wire, but nothing stuck out to me. Cosmetically, the synth looks great, with only some light chipping in the paint on one of the side panels (see photo). All buttons, keys and joystick work.

This would make for a great project synth for anyone interested in tinkering around with it."

Roland SH-2 SN 075635 w/ We Design The Future Badged Road Case



via this auction

UAFX Pedals + Prophet 5 Synth (Starlight Echo, Golden Reverberator & Astra Modulation Machine)


video by Perfect Circuit

"Universal Audio's new line of stereo effect pedals work with guitar level signals but they also work great with synth and even eurorack levels. In this video keyboardist Nick Semrad came by our studio to play a Sequential Prophet 5 through these UAFX pedals. All three of these pedals have a USB-C port for installing other UA effects onto them and they also have presets.

The delay pedals is the Starlight Echo Station which has tape, bucket brigade and clean delay modes. The reverb is the Golden Reverberator which has spring, plate and hall algorithms. And the Astra Modulation Machine can do chorus, flanger and tremolo sounds.

UAFX Pedals available here: https://www.perfectcircuit.com/effect...​

Timeline:

00:00​ - intro
01:13​ - delay craziness
01:55​ - funky keys w/ modulation + reverb
03:45​ - pad with reverb
06:04​ - pad w/ modulation + reverb
08:23​ - bass with chorus
09:18​ - lead w/ delay + reverb
10:17​ - keys with modulation
11:38​ - modulation + delay
12:16​ - pads with w/ modulation + delay"

Dave Smith Gets a Mini Prophet-5



via @sequentialLLC

"I got a gift from a good friend (thanks JJ!), this awesome work of art from Brazilian artist Ronaldo Lopes Teixeira (ROLT). The detail is amazing!"

See the miniature label at the bottom of this post for more of ROLT's creations.

Launchkey [MK3] - v1.1 Firmware Update // Novation


video by NovationTV

"In the first update to Launchkey [MK3], the v1.1 update brings Strum Mode, a new feature giving you the ability to play chords using the mod wheel, aimed at igniting that creative spark and adding an extra dimension to your melodies. In this video, Enrique takes you through the v1.1 update, demonstrating how to get started with the latest features.

Launchkey is our intuitive and fully integrated MIDI keyboard controller for making tracks in Ableton Live, designed to give you everything you need to create and play your music.

--- Discover more & download Launchkey [MK3] v1.1:
http://bit.ly/Launchkey-v1-1​

--- Discover Launchkey [MK3]:
https://bit.ly/LaunchkeyMK3​"

Launchkey Mini [MK3] - v1.1 Firmware Update // Novation
video by NovationTV

"In the first update to Launchkey Mini [MK3], the v1.1 update brings Strum Mode, a new feature giving you the ability to play chords using the modulation touch strip, aimed at igniting that creative spark and adding an extra dimension to your melodies. Other new features, as requested by the community, include a double-tap shift function for arp, transpose and the fixed-chord buttons, on/off pad velocity, adjustable pad brightness, and the ability to now set MIDI clock output to on or off. In this video, Enrique takes you through the Launchkey Mini [MK3] v1.1 update.

--- Discover more & download Launchkey [MK3] v1.1:
http://bit.ly/Launchkey-v1-1​
Launchkey Mini is our most compact and portable 25-mini-key MIDI keyboard controller, giving you everything you need to start creating in Ableton Live.
--- Discover Launchkey [MK3]:
https://bit.ly/LaunchkeyMini-MK3​"

New Synthetic Sound Labs 1620 “NURSE RATCHET” MU Module



"Synthetic Sound Labs has just released its new 1 MU width 1620 Nurse Ratchet module.

Nurse Ratchet is a trigger processor and generator, designed to add an organic chain of events (bursts) to your modular setup.

When activated, either manually or with an external trigger, the selected number of triggers are generated. Time Division, Distribution, Quantity, and Probability of the bursts are both manually and CV controllable.

Based on Befaco’s popular Eurorack module “Burst” Produced in collaboration with Befaco and based on their excellent Eurorack “Burst” module,

With Nurse synced to your tempo, you can create all kinds of ratcheting effects, with divisions and multiplications leading to doubles, triplets, quintuplets, and true Poly Rhythms for your modular system.

With very short time windows, Nurse can help to synthesize fast repeating transients for “hand-clap like” sounds or modern drum hits.

Working in Cycle Mode, is also an excellent master clock with tap tempo functionality, and is able to achieve non-linear distributed clocks.

FEATURES

• Custom trigger bursts up to 64 triggers.
• Voltage Control burst Quantity with dedicated attenuator.
• One Shot and Cycle play modes activated via manual controls or dedicated Trig
Input.
• Pingable clock input.
• Voltage Control burst Distribution, Time Division and Probability.
• Tempo and End of Cycle individual outputs for sync other modules.
The SSL 1620 is an easy-to-use ratcheting / burst with powerful features that would otherwise be difficult to create.
SSL uses quality fiberglass-epoxy printed circuit boards, precision automated robotics and meticulous hand-crafted assembly assure years of trouble-free service.
Synthetic Sound Labs has been in the analog synthesizer business since 1973. The 1620 is yet another in SSL’s growing line of new synthesizer modules. Proudly made in the USA.

Pricing is $345 US - available directly from SSL and through NoiseBug, Pomona, CA.

New Synthetic Sound Labs 2530 Tube VCA / Timbral Gate Eurorack Module



"The Russians Are Coming!

What happens when you apply 1950's era Soviet technology to a modern analog
synth? You get the new SSL 2530 Tube VCA / Timbral Gate module - a wild blend of vacuum tube warmth and distortion, along with an incredibly useful VCA that is so much more than the sum of its parts.
The 2530 uses miniature pencil-sized vacuum tubes that were developed and refined by the Russians over 60 years ago. They are exceptionally low current and low voltage devices - so there's no need to generate the traditional high-voltage power supplies that are required for most other vacuum tubes. Very cool stuff!

While it’s a surprisingly good VCA, it really shines when it’s over-driven - rounding and folding the input waveforms like nothing else available. In some modes, it’s prone to whacky self-oscillation that can be made to lock onto the harmonics of the input waveform in cascading howls. Totally adjustable and controllable.

In conjunction with and licensed by Ken Stone (CGS), Synthetic Sound Labs has further expanded on Ken's designs to include several other circuit enhancements to make your Russian dreams "Come True".

SSL has added LEDs behind the tube to visually emulate the warm glow of the filament, and pulsating blue LEDs that simulate tubes as they are being driven by control voltages. A custom acrylic window shows off the effects in true retro fashion.

SSL uses quality fiberglass-epoxy printed circuit boards, precision automated robotics and meticulous hand-crafted assembly assure years of trouble-free service.

Synthetic Sound Labs has been in the analog synthesizer business since 1973. The 2530 is yet another in SSL’s growing line of new synthesizer modules. Proudly made in the USA.

Pricing is $295 US.

You can find a demo of the MU version here.

Cosmic Tape Music Club Podcast hosted by The Galaxy Electric - E3 Wendy Carlos


video by The Galaxy Electric

New podcast from supporting members, The Galaxy Electric.

Don't miss 14:05 on Wendy Carlos metting Bob Moog at the AES conference. You can explore more on her webiste here: http://www.wendycarlos.com.

"Thanks for joining us for Episode 3 of the Cosmic Tape Music Club monthly Podcast! Join your hosts Jacqueline and Augustus of the experimental pop band The Galaxy Electric as they get cosmic on the topic of Wendy Carlos. Wendy is a genius as well as the self proclaimed "Original Synth". She is a platinum selling artist, a Grammy winner, and an Ivy League school grad. We share all sorts of facts including winning a science fair by building a computer from scratch, melding the worlds of classical music and synthesizer, the Moog Modular, scoring for Kubrick, digital audio pioneering and much much more!

https://cosmictapemusicclub.podbean.com/https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast...​

Chapters:
Intro 00:00​
Early Beginnings 2:09​
College 6:55​
SOB 11:24​
AES Conference Moog sighting 14:05​
Rachel Elkind 19:39​
Clockwork 26:35​
Gonna let it Shine 29:40​
Tron 31:27​
Inspiration to Tomita 36:51​
Stevie Wonder popped by 38:50​
Vocoder your Moroder 39:47​
microtuning 42:48​
Digital is King 46:16​
Sticky Shed 48:26​
Astrophotographer 53:59​
Outro 59:38​"

ESK - Modular FX and a Nord G2 Engine


video by Metunar

"I put together a modular system to use it as effect unit. There is also a Nord Modular G2 Engine mounted in this rack. I used the Nord G2 as sound source with 2 simple polyphonic sounds.
First you hear the dry synthesizer sound of the Nord G2 and then 3 examples with different effect’s.

The Doepfer A-112 sampler can be a quite cool LoFi delay or ptichshifter. (Example 2 + 3)

The Elektron Monomachine is only used as Midi keyboard and sequencer.

Direct recording without mastering.

http://www.metunar.ch"

WASH | GR 1 / Digitakt


video by HEAD DRESS

"Quick capture using the Digitakt's class compliant USB audio out to feed the GR-1's live sampling mode. A murky wash of dread."

07-STG Soundlabs Radiophonic 1: Sound Performance Examples 1 & 2


video by AutomaticGainsay

"Here are a few implementations of the STG Soundlabs Radiophonic 1, being controlled by an Arturia MicroFreak, and featuring some extra modulation sources from a Dreadbox Nyx."

08-STG Soundlabs Radiophonic 1: Sound Performance Examples 2

video by AutomaticGainsay

AutomaticGainsay STG Soundlabs Radiophonic posts

Make Noise Strega | Episode 05 | Patches from the Manual


video by Cinematic Laboratory

"For this episode, I wanted to let you hear the numerous patches which are documented in Strega's manual. There are patches from Alessandro C, Tony Rolando, Peter Speer, Walker Farrell, Sarah Belle Reid, LightBath, Jake (Pugh?) and Tim Held. I realized I didn't leave much space for 'Bare Strega' in my previous videos, so this was a very cool way to let you hear it 'as intended'."

PPG Wave 2.3 w/ Case



via this auction

Korg Mini-700 SN 6310 w/ Blue Keys



via this auction

"Korg Mini-700 Korg Mini-700 1970 Wood
Working perfect
Unfortunately the precious owner made the keys blue."

SLM Pedal Bass P-700 Analog Bass Synthesizer



via this auction

Moog Prodigy Oil Painting



via this auction

"Legendary iconic Moog Prodigy was made by oil paints on canvas. High Quality.
Made by Helena Grigorenko for Crazy Oil Arts studio.

This amazing painting is a best gift for electronic musician and synthesizer lovers.

Oil paintings from Crazy Oil Arts was already decorate
Moog Music,
Bo Beats,
Instruo Modular,
Isla Instruments
and many more studios and offices.

Paintings from Crazy Oil Arts is a great choose for your music or home studio!
Have a nice buying:)"

Same seller for the "Subtractive Synthesis" Hand Bag

Roland TB-303 Oil Painting



via this auction

"Legendary iconic Roland TB-303 was made by oil paints on canvas. High Quality.
Made by Helena Grigorenko for Crazy Oil Arts studio.

This amazing painting is a best gift for electronic musician and synthesizer lovers.

Oil paintings from Crazy Oil Arts was already decorate
Moog Music,
Bo Beats,
Instruo Modular,
Isla Instruments
and many more studios and offices.

Paintings from Crazy Oil Arts is a great choose for your music or home studio!
Have a nice buying:)"

Same seller for the "Subtractive Synthesis" Hand Bag

Sonicware LIVEN 8-bit Warps Synthesizer LVN-010



via this auction

Technics SY-1010 w/ Dust Cover



via this auction

MFB Synth II





via this auction

Explorations in Analog Synthesis Compilation by Moog Music



"This genre-bending compilation of original electronic music compositions features a chiptune-inspired head trip from Bonobo, an R&B-influenced synth pop track from Peter CottonTale feat. Jamila Woods, an ethereal vocal collage from Julianna Barwick, an evolving psychedelic excursion from Dan Deacon, a driving percussive electronica track from Madame Gandhi, an emotive dark wave song from Martial Canterel, and an industrial-tinged electronic pop track from Ela Minus. Each track was built around the instruments and accessories included in each artist’s Moog Sound Studio of choice: Mother-32 & DFAM or Subharmonicon & DFAM."

Artwork reminds me of Adventure Time.

Moog Music Introduces the Moog Sound Studio | A Complete Synthesizer Exploration Station


video by Moog Music Inc

Mother-32 & DFAM or Subharmonicon & DFAM combo systems. Reverb video below.

"Begin a new journey in the world of modular synthesis with Moog Sound Studio.

Moog Sound Studio, a new synthesizer experience from Moog Music, includes all the tools and creative inspiration you need to embark on an immersive sonic adventure. Designed for beginner and seasoned synthesists alike, Moog Sound Studio introduces a uniquely comprehensive approach to exploring modular synthesis.

Watch the immersive Moog Sound Studio experience and environment come to life in this animation by acclaimed designer, director, and musician Julian House (INTRO, Ghost Box) set to music composed with Moog semi-modular synthesizers by electronic artist Dan Deacon.

The new Moog Sound Studio is a perfect foray into Eurorack for those new to modular, as well as a creative tool for experienced synthesists to grow their sound design skills."



"Begin a new journey in the world of modular synthesis with Moog Sound Studio. The complete synthesizer studio package includes all the tools and creative inspiration you need to embark on an immersive sonic adventure from your home or studio.

Designed for beginner and seasoned synthesists alike, Moog Sound Studio introduces a uniquely comprehensive approach to exploring modular synthesis. Here’s how it works:

Begin by selecting an instrument combination to complement your musical style or sonic preference: Mother-32 & DFAM or Subharmonicon & DFAM.
Along with your chosen duo of semi-modular synthesizers, your all-inclusive package will include an audio mixer and power distribution hub, a two-tier rack mount kit, patch cables and a patch cable organizer, a patch book with guided exercises, educational materials, games to encourage experimentation, custom studio artwork, and more.
Set up your studio space using the included equipment, cables, accessories, and art. All you need is what’s in the box plus a pair of headphones or speakers to start exploring!
Expand your knowledge of modular synthesis, hone your sound design skills, and allow yourself to get lost in the joy of discovering new musical experiences."

20 Patches with Moog Sound Studios

video by Reverb

"Moog's new Sound Studio bundles pair the DFAM with your choice of Subharmonicon or Mother-32—with an audio mixer, cables, and everything else you need to get patching. Watch along as Fess plays through 10 patches with each, sharing a sliver of the sonic possibilities available with the Sound Studios. See each patch in detail here.​

Grieg Morning on Arranger Keyboard? #Shorts​


video by Woody Piano Shack

"Demo of a splendid free play style to perform Morning Mood by Grieg on the YAMAHA PSR SX900 arranger keyboard."

YOU WERE THE CHOSEN ONE?🤔 - Roland JD-XA


video by Noir Et Blanc Vie

"*Subjective opinions within, those who do not understand subjective opinion may be excused lol*

This is a synth of lore, something many have passed up over the years. Looked over for it's less dusty brother the JD-XI, what is the XA really all about? Grab your pledge and lets find out.

Special thanks to Perfect Circuit! They hooked me up, but this isn't sponsored by them besides letting me borrow the JD-XA. Free advertising for them, a chance to check out a synth for me :) So check them out as they're one of the best shops for recording, pro audio and synths around. I got my Eurorack there so they can consult you as well! https://www.perfectcircuit.com/​"

tangible waves Introduction to the Starter System 2


video by tangible waves

"This video is a complete introduction to the AE Modular Starter System 2 from tangible waves. It is suited for the complete beginner and for anyone who is new to modular synthesizers. In the video we will be showing and explaining in detail how to:

00:10​ Introduction, what's in the box, etc.
01:22​ Connecting to Power
02:26​ Connecting Audio
06:52​ Modules Overview
14:20​ Making your first sounds
43:48​ Connecting a MIDI Keyboard"

EQD Disaster Transport Sound Demo (no talking) with Korg Minilogue XD


video by Bonedo Synthesizers

Introducing the Nord Piano 5


video by nordkeyboards

"Introducing the Nord Piano 5 - a powerful new generation of our acclaimed Piano series!
The latest edition of our award-winning Piano series is equipped with dual piano engines, dual sample synths and twice the memory of the previous generation.

With the combination of a premium Triple Sensor keybed and our exclusive Virtual Hammer Action Technology, the portable Nord Piano 5 delivers an exceptional playing experience. Read more at https://www.nordkeyboards.com/"

The Nord Piano 5 ships with an amazing 9 Grands, 9 Uprights, 10 Electric Pianos plus Clavinet, Digital Pianos and both a Marimba and a Vibraphone. Even more pianos are downloadable for free from www.nordkeyboards.com.

Two independent Pianos and Sample Synths
The Piano and Sample Synth sections of the Nord Piano 5 each contain two independent Layers. The two Pianos and two Sample Synths can be used simultaneously in a variety of split or Layer configurations. Combined with the versatile effects routing, a wide range of combinations can be achieved - from classic ensemble settings to rich soundscapes.

Virtual Hammer Action Technology
Our unique Virtual Hammer Action Technology in conjunction with the physical hammer movements delivers outstanding authenticity and dynamic response resulting in a keyboard action that handles dynamic playing with amazing control at any velocity level.

General Highlights
73-note Triple Sensor keybed with grand weighted action NEW
88-note Triple Sensor keybed with grand weighted action
Nord Virtual Hammer Action Technology
Advanced Layering (2 Pianos + 2 Sample Synths) NEW
Advanced KB Split with optional crossfades NEW
Seamless Transitions
OLED display for excellent overview


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