MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, April 12, 2021

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Boss PC2 Percussion Synyhesizer demo

video by Edward Jones

Interesting demos of the LFO.

Arturia Emulator II V vs Original

video by Sense Music & Media

"A while ago french company Arturia released its software emulation of the famous Emulator II Sampler by E-mu Systems, an iconic piece of hardware which has left a big mark in music history.

The Emulator II was very popular in the 1980s and heavily used by the likes of Front 242, Depeche Mode, 808 State, New Order, ABC, Genesis, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Herbie Hancock, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre, Yes, OMD and many many more. Its famous ‘The Loon Garden’ preset for example was used in classic club tracks like Sueno Latino and 808 State’s Pacific State.

Our friend, Dresden based artist, Jacob Korn who is a proud owner of the Original Emulator II wanted to know if Arturias’s Software emulation can compete with the famous 8 Bit sound of the original, so he did this little comparison for us.
Put your headphones on, take a listen and decide for yourself how close the software comes to the original."

Stimming reviews Vermona DRM1 MKIV analog drum synthesizer

video by Sense Music & Media

"In this video, our in-house reviewer, Martin Stimming reviews Vermona's MKIV version of their classic DRM1 analog drum synthesizer. 25 years on the market the DRM-1 is one of the longest running electronic music instruments. Optically this update is still the same as the first incarnation but under the cover the team at Vermona thoughtfully tweaked frequency ranges, revamped control curves, adjusted levels and redesigned sub-circuits. Stimming puts this new version of an electronic music production staple through it's paces. Let’s see what his conclusion is..."


video 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 for fun!"

Isla instruments S2400 - upcoming features (alternative version)

video by Isla Instruments

ID700 - Vintage Digital Synth - Pre-Release Demo for the iPad

video by The Sound Test Room

"You can get the ID700 Synth here at the App Store​"

The ID700 is based on the rare Buchla 700. You can find additional posts featuring ID700 here.

New Woody Piano Shack #Shorts

A few new short clips by supporting member, Woody Piano Shack.


1. Don't You Want Me, seriously!? #Shorts​
Demo of an 80s synth pop style on the YAMAHA PSR SX900 arranger keyboard which is a blatant copy of Human League Don't You Want Me Baby! Never managed to figure out the chords to the bridge during the heat of the moment, but it just adds to the cringe.
2. Michael Jackson song on arranger keyboard #Shorts​
Demo of a pop/country don't-know-what style on the YAMAHA PSR SX900 arranger keyboard using some random Jackson 5 song.
3. The Glorious 80s Ballad DX7 ELECTRIC PIANO #Shorts​
Demo of the fabulous E.PIANO electric piano preset patch of the 1983 YAMAHA DX7 digital synthesizer, as heard on literally hundreds of hits of the 1980s. Performed on a modern YAMAHA MODX synth using the intro of "Somewhere Out There" by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram.
4. You dig this Euro-disco synth beat? #Shorts​
This drum pattern and arpeggio reminded me of Voyage Voyage by Desireless, or Captain of her heart so I played and enjoyed some kind of mashup chord progression. I love this preset sound!

Dave Smith Instruments - Poly Evolver Keyboard SN 01241

via this auction

Additional NOISEBUG Listings

Access - Virus Indigo v2 SN I2AaUrvB8FG

via this auction

Additional NOISEBUG Listings

"Unit is in good shape for its age and works perfectly. Current OS is 6.5
If the original Indigo was a Virtual-Analog Roadster, this baby is a stunning Silver Speedster. The new Virus indigo-2 offers everything you need to produce high-octane sonic masterpieces in a compact package that's built for comfort and speed. The original limited edition Indigo revamped an entire industry's concept of supply and demand.

Now, equipped with a new front-panel and the engine of the Virus C, the indigo-2 is ready to do it again. Only this time, it's got a souped-up transmission: a 3-octave keyboard with aftertouch!"

Access Virus C Rack Digital Synthesizer

via this auction

Additional SYNTH CITY Listings

"Access Virus C in good working condition with just a bit of cosmetic wear (a few of the buttons need a press or two to enable, functions perfectly otherwise)."

Akai S2000 1997 System Disks

via this auction

"Original Akai S2000 System Disk v2.0, Akai Work Station Library Disk, and Akai Demo Sequence Disk. These originally came with the S2000 rackmount sampler. I will include 2 (previous) user made system disks you may use, or format and use as blank floppies."

synth paraphernalia...

Blue Lantern Evila Diode Edition

via this auction

Vintage Casio VL-Tone VL-1 Electronic Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

KAWAI MP-9000 PIANO - Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale

video by Ronaldo Lopes Teixeira ROLT

Modal Electronics Cobalt8 (Presets Part 2)

video by 3rdStoreyChemist

Part 1 here

[diy] LIL' MONO SYNTH meets a (weird) sequencer...

video by planeteatrr

"Just some sounds from my new analog diy synthesizer. It is a odd but lovely little device. Maybe the most interesting thing about it is the fact that I will make the gerber files and all other necessary documents available so people can build one of those little weirdos themselves...

Sorry for the annoying sequence of notes. I will make a better video soon :)

I made that midi sequencer patch in Pure Data and used the Arturia Microfreak as a midi2cv interface...

More information here:​"

"Since a year or so I fantasize about developing a series of small analog synthesizers, that will fit in guitar pedal or other types of enclosures, with frontpanels made of FR-4 pcb material. The synthesizer I am about to describe is basically the archetype and prototype for the more advanced synths. The next one will be based around Electric Druids VCDCO and TAPLFO chips and another one will include the famous CEM3340 vco ic paired up with a vcf that is a weird mixture between a Wasp vcf and an Oberheim Sem vcf.

But let's have a look on the first one of these synths. The main goal for me was that it can fit into a small aluminium die cast enclosure, without the need to use smt componentes or small 1/8 watt resistors. This meant I needed to have a low parts count. The result is that I used the most basic circuits for each individual function and merge them together into one circuit. I really did not expect much from it, but I am actually very suprised that the output of this progress is much more versatile and interesting (but with a nice and big "oddness-factor") than I thought.

Sequential Artist Spotlight Interview with NICOLAS VELASQUEZ

You can find the interview on Sequential's website here.

"Nicolas Velasquez is an artist and producer based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Falling in love with synthesizers about three years ago (about the same time he started producing music), Nicolas tries to enhance the organic capabilities that synthesizers possess.

His debut album Den stora kölden – Musik inspirerad av Trollvinter is an instrumental interpretation of the book ”Moominland Midwinter” by Tove Jansson.

We chatted with Nicholas about how he uses the Prophet Rev2 in his music."
You can find additional posts featuring Sequential's Spotlight series here.

The Prague - New Analog Mono Synth Coming from AMSynths

video by AMSynths

"AMSynths are launching a new analog mono synth called the Prague in May, and here is a video with its features."

XILS-lab Introduces KaoX Virtual FM Instrument

video by xilslab

"XILS-lab creates KaoX as virtual instrument inspired by legendary FM synthesizer bolstered by virtual analogue and chaotic algorithms

GRENOBLE, FRANCE: virtual instrument- and effect plug-in-specialising software company XILS-lab is proud to announce availability of KaoX — a virtual instrument inspired by a legendary FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesizer, albeit bolstered by virtual analogue sound synthesis and additional chaotic algorithms in an advanced two-layer architecture allowing for a powerful sound creation tool to fuel DAW-driven synthesizer dreams with a much more easily understood signal path than its iconic FM forefather — as of April 12…

To appreciate its iconic inspiration is to truly appreciate the power of KaoX, XILS-lab’s latest virtual instrument. Indeed, the early-Eighties synthesizer market was dominated by analogue synthesizers using analogue circuits and analogue signals to generate sounds electronically, which, when made available as programmable polysynths with patch storage, were costly with limited polyphony. Putting paid to that dominance, an Eighties-dominating 16-voice FM synthesizer changed course — changing the course of musical history in the process — by generating sounds via frequency modulation, a form of sound synthesis whereby the frequency of a waveform is changed by modulating its frequency with a modulator. Mass manufactured using very-large- scale integration chips by a Japanese giant of a company who had licensed the technology from Stanford University, California — composer, musician, and professor John Chowning developed the digital implementation of FM synthesis while there, the world’s first commercially-successful digital synthesizer subsequently sold over 200,000 units within three years — around 20 times more than the most iconic analogue synthesizer of all time sold in its impressive decade-long lifespan — and its preset sounds soon became staples of the Eighties pop pantheon with E PIANO 1 purportedly ending up on 40% of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers throughout 1986. Therein lay the rub. Really complex menus and a lack of conventional controls meant that few learned to program the comparatively keenly-priced instrument in depth — despite FM synthesis lending itself to creating brighter, glassier sounds, as well as imitative acoustic sounds so much better than its instantly unfashionable analogue adversaries, programmable polyphonic or otherwise. Of course, fashions change with time and technology; the instrument in question has long since fallen out of favour. Although analogue synthesizers — somewhat ironically — are now more commonplace than they ever were with a perceived warmth of sound and appealing hands-on control working in their favour, the convenience of an ITB (in the box) workflow with DAW-driven virtual instruments and effect plug-ins has far from lost its appeal for today’s music-making masses. Time to revisit the wonderful world of FM synthesis with a modern-day twist? Knowingly, KaoX does just that. After all, as a virtual instrument- and effect plug-in-specialising software company, XILS-lab loves to create tools that inspire its users to create more imaginative music than they ever dreamed possible!

Put it this way: with KaoX, XILS-lab has created a virtual instrument inspired by that legendary FM synthesizer, albeit bolstered by virtual analogue sound synthesis and additional chaotic algorithms in an advanced two-layer architecture allowing for a powerful sound creation tool to fuel DAW-driven synthesizer dreams with a much more easily understood signal path than its iconic FM forefather since said signal path is easily understood through the use of illuminated modules in a GUI (Graphical User Interface) that is equally easy on the eye. KaoX’s knowing nod towards the preset-powered popularity of its iconic FM forefather is immediately obvious for all to see and hear in an easy-to-tweak simplified view allowing its UP (upper) and LO (lower) synthesizer layers — each with independent synthesis modules — to be combined in three different ways. Working in single mode, only the selected layer is active and heard, while both layers are active and heard in SPLIT and DOUBLE modes — the lower part of the keyboard playing the LO layer and the upper part of the keyboard playing the UP layer in the case of the former, while both the UP and LO layers are simultaneously played across the keyboard in the case of the latter. Limited controls are available in this simplified view, including TUNE, DRIFT, GLIDE, VIBRATO, FREQ (vibrato frequency), DEPTH (vibrato), W (wheel), TREMOLO, FREQ (tremolo frequency), and DEPTH (tremolo), plus CHORUS, DELAY, PHASER, and REVERB effects, enabling users to easily play presets and to tweak them accordingly — adding vibrato and tremolo or switching effects on and off, for instance.

Alternatively, activating an advanced settings view brings the wonderful world of KaoX into full view, allowing more adventurous users access to the virtual instrument’s internal modules to tweak or change any parameter therein, aided by contextual help windows, while active modules are helpfully illuminated. FM synthesis options are available on each of the two available layers with eight operators grouped in two banks with independent pitch — perfect for creating chorus-like FM sounds or punchy stereo patches — and two outputs (O1 and O2). Each FM OPERATOR features one LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator), one envelope, WHEEL and VEL (velocity aftertouch) access, two user-definable external modulators (assignable to any KaoX modulation source), KEYB (keyboard follower) 2D pad, RATIO or FIXED frequency selection, and a lowpass filter. Furthermore, virtual analogue synthesis options are also available on each of the two available layers with two continuous waveform analogue oscillators (ANALOG OSCILLATOR 1 and ANALOG OSCILLATOR 2), two zero-delay-like analogue filters (FILTER 1 and FILTER 2), four D-ADSR envelopes, and four VCA outputs for bringing a depth and warmth to the sound creation table. That said, KaoX also allows its users to create sounds that they had never thought possible, thanks to two chaotic oscillators (CHAOS OSCILLATOR 1 and CHAOS OSCILLATOR 2) and two chaotic ring modulators (CHAOX 1 and CHAOX 2). And as if that was not enough to keep committed sound creators seriously satisfied, KaoX comes complete with a flexible four-track step SEQUENCER, where each track can be assigned to the UP or LO layer with independent sustain and gating or used as a modulation source.

Sound-wise, KaoX comes packed with 500-plus presets programmed by world-class sound designers Mikael Adle, Soundsdivine, Status, Nori Ubukata, Tom Wolfe, Xenos, Yuli-Yolo, Zensound, and many more — more than enough to point anyone of any ability in the general direction of where they might musically want to go. Getting there is made much easier with its integrated single-window preset manager making finding the right patch for the task, managing presets and sound banks, as well as creating custom tags, an efficient easy-going experience that could barely be dreamt of back in the early Eighties. Today the time has clearly come to revisit the wonderful world of FM synthesis with a modern-day twist and appreciate the power of KaoX, XILS- lab’s latest virtual instrument par excellence — from France with love... and all without the need for very-large-scale integration chip mass manufacture!"

Easter 2021 Techno Jam

video by Chris Gilkes

"Had some time off over Easter so managed to have some music time.

Pulsar 23, MD SPS-1, OP-1, TT-303, Particle & CDR-70 fx."

Fixed Rack inspired by the Make Noise Black & Gold Shared System Plus

video by Omri Cohen

You can find additional resources from Omri Cohen at or buy him a coffee at

00:00​ - Introduction
00:54​ - Building the patch
07:31​ - Example 1
10:42​ - Example 2
13:27​ - Example 3

ESK - You know what that is?

video by Metunar

"Recycling an old song with my experimental and ambient modular setup.

Direct recording with mastering.​"

Rare Waves LITE2SOUND PX quick review/demo

video by

"product page with interesting sound demo:​

Thank you for watching.
My name is Meska of the statik collective . I've been making mostly "dark and expérimental" music for more than ten years now, i'v learn so much online, now it's time for me to share my knoledge, my exploration and this channel is a place to talk about the tools, sound design and techniques to make music with. i'm tattooist at day jobs and you can found my work here :

You can stream my albums and EPs at"

Additional LITE2SOUND posts

Darkglass B3K bass overdrive on the DB-01 synth (no talking)

video by Richard DeHove

"What do you get when you add extra bass overdrive onto the already aggressive DB-01 bassline synth? Beautiful growling! This no-talking demo attempts to find some of the sweet spots and shows the effect of the mid boost and "grunt" boost. No other effects or processing are used other than the pedal.
I've also made a small sample pack of 16 one-shot wavs (tuned to C) and loops for Patreon supporters to freely use in productions.​
This pedal was bought at full price by me and was not a review copy or freebie. If you're interested in getting one be aware that at high blend and tone you do get some noise and hiss.
My site:​"

Synthesizer Superpowers (Ep2) - Modal Cobalt 8X

video by LFOstore

"Dear Synth Lovers!

We hearing you in our social media & continuing our blog 'Synthesizer Superpowers' series using new Modal Electronics Cobalt synthesizer.

In this video we will show Cobalt's synth engine powers & palying our custom sounds & re-create some iconic ones!

Its a first video from the series we will make with Cobalt &Argon Synthesizer under official cooperation with Modal Electronics.

Our Cobalt8X sounds:​"

Moog Prodigy 336A 32-Key Monophonic Analog Synthesizer SN 2847

via this auction

Korg Delta DL-50

via this auction

Roland JX-3P 61-Key Programmable Preset Polyphonic Synthesizer with PG-200 Programmer SN 372084

via this auction

"This is in great condition, everything works nicely - no pot or slider noise. Such a classic synth with amazing sounds. The PG-200 makes sound creation and manipulation so easy."

Monorocket 9U Powered 104hp Eurorack Case

via this auction

"Monorocket 9U powered eurorack modular case, 3 rows of 104hp. 5A, 120v. AC power cable included."

Yamaha FS1R

via this auction

Yamaha DX100 Portable 4 Op FM Synth SN 22515 w/ Brochure & Tape

via this auction

"Also included is the original power supply, the original cassette of patches from the factory and a publicity flyer from the era.."

Yamaha DX7s Digital Programmable Algorithm Synthesizer w/ ROM Cart

via this auction

Access Virus TI2 Polar

via this auction

Alesis Ion 49-Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer

via this auction

Roland JP-8000 Analogue Modelling Polyphonic Synthesiser SN ZJ45168

via this auction

Akai EVI 1000 + EWV 2000 80s Electric Valve Instrument

via this auction

"Rare Akai Professional EVI1000 Electric Valve Instrument with its dedicated EWV2000 analog synthesizer module. Rare as it was produced in a few copies in the mid 80s and used by professional musicians. As shown in the photo, the appliance shows signs of use in the most contact points. It has no breaks, dents, cracks, etc. It turns on and seems to work properly. I am not an expert, the sound comes out, is responsive, etc. it has been standing still for many years..."

EWV 2000 Synth SN 20645-65485
EVI1000 controller SN 21205-05129

Waldorf microXT on 1/4 inch tape @ half speed

video by Miguel d'Oliveira

"recording a single pass on a Waldorf Micro XT (through a Strymon Timeline) into a Sony TC510-2 at 7 1/2 inches per second.
Then playing back at 3 3/4 ips (= the only one in this video)

A few splashes of guitar added (also half speed)
Recorded on old stock BASF 1/4 inch tape and put together in Ableton Live."

E-MU Ultra Sampler - Tutorial #1

video by St0neOfficialChannel

"All presets I made on E-MU E4XT Ultra. E4XT sequenced from DAW (midi edition and midi automation). After the recording was used lightweight compression. Please use 360p or higher for better sound quality.

If you want to buy an Emu Bank (E4B file) containing these presets plus one additional preset (E-MU Ultra Sampler - Demo #3 - Example #3) write to me:"

Pioneer Toraiz AS-1 & OTO Machines BAM

video by 3rdStoreyChemist


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

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