MATRIXSYNTH: Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Rhodes piano and Sequential Prophet 10 Ambient mood

video by MIDERA

"I had filmed using another angle, but apparently I didn't actually hit 'record'. With 2 minutes left I heard the shutter snap as the unit shut down and I realized there would be no 'overhead' shot. I wasn't going to re-make the video. So this is what you're stuck with. Shot #2.

I used the Sequential Prophet 10 which went through the Tomkat Super Day Dreamer pedal, into the Boss MD500 and had some Eventide Blackhole VST on it.

The Rhodes Mark I Stage Piano 1977 went through the Avion Studios Retro Flyer preamp and then through Eventide Blackhole VST."

Improv #20 (Ritual) for Arp 2600, VCS3, Mellotrons, Fender Rhodes, Singing Bowls and Vietnamese Gong

video by R. Reger

"Original, improvised piece for (mostly) analogue keyboards."

Studio Electronics CODE Omega Juno / Jupiter Modes & Mood

video by StudioElectronics

"Exuberant CODEOmega Juno/Jupiter Filer Mode Workout (maybe that should have been in all caps) for the love of juicy chords/SE filters and our optional yet essential 6dB switch mod & mood. Track isos potentially available upon possibly heartfelt requests."

Polyend Medusa v4.0 Update Adds 6-Voice 3-Operator Digital FM Synth Engine & More

"Polyend launches the official Medusa v4.0 firmware update. It brings some serious features like a gritty 6-voice 3-operator digital FM synth engine!"

Medusa v4.0 Firmare Teaser
Medusa v4.0 Firmware MIDI Program Change
Medusa Synth Digital FM Presets
Polyend Medusa Digital FM Synthesis Tutorial

Details via Polyend:

"Medusa Hybrid synthesizer v4.0 firmware update is now available.

Polyend is happy to announce a major Medusa v4.0 firmware update release which brings some serious feature updates among the general improvements:

– A new, fourth, play mode. A gritty 6-voice 3-operator digital FM synth engine with a 12-bit colored classic vibe. It supports five digital FM Algorithms and an extra analog voice. Comes with a new FM preset bank. Pairs incredibly well with Tracker!

– Improved Channel per Voice mode where each channel is now truly “per voice”, and not “per oscillator” as previously,

– Added MIDI Program Change for better control of the synth,

– Reworked pitch bend and glide for more musical output,

– Full LFO Synchronization with MIDI Clock with increased stability,

– Other fixes"


video by Polyend

"my latest Track Neverwant .. a practice in EBM"

Matriarch/ Minipops Jam

video by mick frigerio

ARP 1601 Sequencer with ARP 2600 synth

video by O.Z. Hall

"This is a demo of a 1977 ARP 1601 Sequencer. It drives the ARP 2600 synth.
Digital Delay is provided via the Z506 Swiss Daisy DSP.
About this sequencer.
I purchased this sequencer new in 1977. I sold it to Ken W., a friend, perhaps 10 years later. He has kept it in great condition, but some of the ICs failed. The clock did not work. The sequencing did not work. I repaired it over the period of two weeks."

Xiu Xiu Makes the Most Horrendous Synth Sounds Humanly Possible

video by Perfect Circuit

"Toting an extensive range of sonic machines, experimental group Xiu Xiu’s driving members Angela Seo and Jamie Stewart recently paid a visit to our studio to give us a lesson on intentionally crafting “the most disgusting sounds” possible. With their eclectic assortment of test equipment oscillators, a towering Eurorack modular system, effects pedals, and more, prepare your eardrums to be blessed (or barraged, depending on your inclination for harsh electronic sounds) by the pummeling frequencies contained in this video.

With some of our favorite pieces like the Make Noise DPO, Verbos Harmonic Oscillator, and the aptly named Total Sonic Annihilation from Death by Audio, Angela and Jamie show off a few setups for building up immensely destructive audio. Their valuable insight into curating feedback and noise with intention offers plenty of valuable tips and considerations for prospective explorers of the unpredictable and harsher worlds of sound design.

Read our article with Xiu Xiu:​

Shop for gear here:​


00:00​ - Intro
00:53​ - Pedal Feedback Loop
02:46​ - Jam
03:47​ - Trogotronic Valkyrie w/ Test Oscillators
05:19​ - Eurorack Patches
09:14​ - Outro


#PerfectCircuit​ #Synth​ #XiuXiu​"

Patina of Purity

video by nbor

"After spending sometime making some presets for sonicLAB Fundamental (a very unusual activity, as you bathe in sine waves), I wondered how they might fit into a musical piece. I joined an odd patch with Audio Damage Phosphor and Arturia Buchla Easel V as they seemed appropriate. Phosphor is all additive synthesis of sine tones, and the Buchla Easel is just....great. I enjoy the contrast of the chaos from Fundamental and slow tones from the others. Overdubs played on t.he Sensel Morph, using MPE"

Meet Sassy - the Audio Spreadsheet Synthesizer

Audio Spreadsheet, 1.0 beta trailer video by Jari Komppa

"Sassy beta is available at​"

"Sassy is an audio spreadsheet. Or, as it stands, it's THE audio spreadsheet.

It's a spreadsheet. You can add values to cells, ask it to average a range.

It's a synthesizer. You can ask it to generate a sine wave based on time, and output it through your speakers. Add an ADSR envelope, modulate the frequency based on MIDI input note, put in some filters and hey, it's an actual instrument.

Sassy includes over 100 functions, including some that largely make sense in a spreadsheet way (like finding maximum value out of a range) and others that largely make sense in a synthesizer way (like high pass filter, various waveform generators, delays etc) as well as a whole lot that make sense in both (like trigonometry).

Want to control something with a slider? Just add slider() to your formula, and a slider pops up. Same goes for buttons, toggles, graphs, fft:s.

Want to control something with your midi keyboard? Just add calls to midipot, midinote, midinoteon, midival.

Want to control your midi synth with Sassy? Just add midiout, midioutpot, midioutpitch..

Want to take audio in and modify it with Sassy in real time? Just call add in().

Sassy is currently in beta, and further progress depends on feedback. Join on in and come talk with other beta testers [on discord]

1.2 Beta hilights:
- Scope
- Virtual keyboard
- Plotxy, sample+hold+interpolate

1.1 Beta hilights:
- Significantly faster JIT engine
- UI scaling
- Polyphonic midi input
See changelog.txt for details."

Cooper FX Generation Loss V2 Demo/Walkthrough

video by Matt Lowery

"The Cooper FX Generation Loss V2 is here. In this video, I'll walk you through the core feature set and sounds of the 2021 Generation Loss.

There will no doubt be longer, deeper videos about this pedal, and we will watch and enjoy them together. My goal here was to introduce you to this wonderful pedal in less than 10 minutes. Hope you enjoy!"

Polyend Tracker Artist Editions

What is the Artist’s Edition?

Custom panel designed by the artist.

Tracker projects you can mix and learn on.

Sample pack and inspiration booklet made by the artist

Limited to only 300 units per artist.

Exclusive vinyl 4-track EPs

In order pictured here:
Bogdan Raczynski edition

Legowelt edition

Pete Cannon edition

799 USD each

Shakmat Modular Harlequin's Context Set for Release on April 10

Announced back in 2019, Shakmat Modular's Harlequin's Context has arrived. Avialable for 295 Euro assembled and 205 Euro as a DIY kit. See the dealers on the right for availability.

"After long design, development, testing and re-design processes, the Harlequin's Context is out early april!

Roles, Acts & Scenes

The Harlequin's Context is a theatre piece in 16 scenes and 4 acts. In those scenes, four channels can shapeshift into different roles such as: offset, random, LFO or envelope. Scene selection can be done manually or can be addressed & sequenced with the CV and gate inputs.

Packed in 12hp with a ton of features, the Harlequin's Context is a powerful tool to prepare a live set with, and to create very peculiar modulation signals in the studio.

A multifaceted module

Harlequin's Context has a very large spectrum of applications : creating “offset scenes” like an analog memory, preparing a live set with precise modulation signals, experimenting with the morph function, using the module as a knob recorder, controlling and sequencing other Select Bus compatible modules,… You got it!

A lot is possible with the Harlequin's Context!"

Spring Reverb

video by gotharman

"I have been experimenting with spring reverbs in the holidays. Here are a tune I made, where the pad sounds in the beginning and the plonky sounds that comes later, are going through a spring reverb."

Small Eurorack System - From Nothing to Crazy

video by Randy Piscione

For modules and patch details - hit Show More. Figured I’d do a video to show what can be done with even a small bunch of this stuff. Video is live patching. It’s a bit long, 15 minutes, but I hope you’ll consider watching the entire video, and follow along with the notes below. Drums are not coming from the small rack. Although I didn’t demo it fully here, the RingFolder is one of the best modules for getting variety out of a small system. Starts with the sequence running – and triggering the drums Sequencer CV to the VCOs (from the first mult) VCOs to the submixer Submixer to the VCF VCF to the VCA VCA to the final mixer Sequencer gate to both EGs (from the first mult)

DAFM DIY "SEGA Genesis" YM3438 Synth + Nemesis Delay Pedal improvisation

video by Floyd Steinberg

"The DAFM synth is a DIY project by KASSER SYNTHS based on the YM2612 or YM3438 FM soundchip which was also built into the SEGA Genesis game consoles (that was in the early 90s). It has 6 four-operator FM voices that can be used polyphonic and multitimbral.
The NEMESIS delay is a guitar pedal featuring a wide range of delay effects (tape, analog, digital, pitch-shifting, reverse, you name it). It has even more effects on offer when used with Source Audios "Neuro Desktop" app on Windows, Mac or Android.

More info on the DAFM synth:" [posted here]

Get 7% off on DistroKid with this link


Flight of Harmony Infernal Noise Machine

via this auction

Waldorf Microwave w/ Rev 2 OS

via this auction

"Towards the end of the 1980's, PPG's technology and several of their employees joined Waldorf, another German manufacturer, and the first product to come out of this collaboration was the Microwave, released in 1989. The Microwave was built upon what was the PPG Wave. A digital/analog hybrid in which digitally sampled wavetables are processed through analog VCA envelope and VCF (filter) sections producing a classic and warm yet highly complex sound. In fact, the Microwave uses the same wavetables from the PPG Wave 2.3! In effect, the Microwave sounds like the PPG, which in turn, sounds like synth-pioneers Tangerine Dream.

Over the years, the operating system (OS) could be upgraded via EPROM chips from Waldorf. These added additional wavetables, the options to create custom wavetables, a speech synthesizer, and numerous other improvements. The final OS was version 2.0, released in 1994."

You can find info on the different revisions of the original Waldorf Microwave here and some pics here.

Studio Electronics SE-1X Red Eye

via this auction

You can find some info on these in previous posts here.

DOEPFER DARK ENERGY Semi Modular Analogue Synthesizer

via this auction

Roland JX8P Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Roland GR-300 polyphonic guitar synthesizer SN 284090

via this auction

"Vintage Roland GR-300 synth pedalboard in working condition, tested with a Gibson SG and a Roland GK-1 with 24-pin cable. This unit will work with a Roland G-202, 303, 505, 707 or 808..."

Note the 303, 404, 707, and 808 are references to the corresponding G-303, G-505, G-707, and G-808 guitar controllers, not the TB and TR models. :)

Original box for the GK-1 Synthesizer Driver pictured.

Access Virus B

via this auction

KORG Electribes ER-1, ES-1, & EA-1

ER-1 drum machine Rhythm Synth via this auction

ES-1 - Rhythm Production Sampler Drum Machine via this auction

EA-1 Analogue Modelling Synthesiser via this auction

TAL sampler Digital collection Vol. 2 | Korg Poly-61 & Poly-800

video by Espen Kraft

"Digital Collection Vol.2 - Korg Poly-61 and Poly-800 - For the TAL sampler

In the early 80s, Korg released two synthesizers, the Poly-61 (1982) and the Poly-800 (1983). Capable of very unique sounds, they've both been elevated to cult classics today.
Now I have meticulously sampled all my best original sounds from these classics and turned it into a pack for the TAL sampler.
32 patches for the Poly-61 and 32 patches for the Poly-800.

Get the patches here:​

As an added bonus I've also sampled my Korg DDD-1 drum machine to give you a classic 80s drum kit to play with. All mapped out on the keyboard. Some of the sounds in this drum kit are duplicated in different tuning options for your pleasure.

All sounds are taken directly out of the hardware and recorded through SSL Superanalogue preamps for the best audio quality.
All the sounds are recorded dry, so the reverb and delay you hear in the demo are from the TAL sampler itself (can be turned off of course), except for the Poly-800 brass and Sweeps that have a dash of Valhalla VintageVerb on them. Again, only in the demo itself.

The audio demo features only sounds from this pack, 100%."

System 80 – 860 Mk 2

video by SchneidersLaden

"The 860 Mk2 is the successor of the widely respected first recreation of the Jupiter-6 filter by System80 that was named Jove. It offers the same sound and some updated functions compared to the original Jove filter, which is no longer available. The filter brings a lot to the table, is only 10hp wide and can be operated in four modes: 24 dB lowpass, 12 dB lowpass, bandpass, highpass. There are two inputs each for audio and CV and another CV input for controlling the resonance – and the build quality is excellent.

The sound and behavior of the filter is very 'Roland' – it feels home in more aggressive lead sounds and the resonance is really wonderful, yet the sound loses a little power in the low-end with more resonance. This is by no means a bad thing; in fact, it can be seen as a very musical behavior – plus, the resonance really blends in nicely with the original signal. And have you heard the highpass filter setting? One of the absolute strengths of this filter!"

Make Noise Strega | Episode 06 | Into Heaven

video by Cinematic Laboratory

"After a bare episode 5, I'll return to heavenly overprocessed Strega tones. I used QPAS, Phonogene, Erbe-Verb, X-PAN and the Mimeophon. Notes come from Rene. This started off as an experiment with Phonogene but in the end got this heavenly bed of sound I did not expect from a source like Strega. I really enjoyed this one, and I hope you do too."

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