MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, May 13, 2021

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Yamaha QX1 - The Mothership Sequencer From 1984

video by Espen Kraft

"With a price tag of nearly $3000 in 1984, this was the mothership of sequencers. The first MIDI sequencer from Yamaha. Totally overengineered and prop full of features.

Internally it has a PPQ of 384, absolutely unheard of in 1984, note ny note editing and with a 5¼" floppy drive for saved data, a totally pro sequencer.
What you must be aware of though, is that the QX1 was meant and MADE to be used with the TX816 rack. Some strange quirks like not being able to pass the incoming MIDI data to its MIDI out ports, only to the THRU port means that if you want to use this with other midi gear, you have to use a massive MIDI merger or patch bay and it will still be cumbersome. Today this almost unusable for anyone not wanting to pray at the alter of selv hurting, as the workflow of the QX1 is also insane, arcane and so utterly cumbersome that half of the time on this machine is waiting. Waiting for it to compute your commands, and only if you input the right commands, in the right order. One wrong press of a button and it will erase your last recording, with no undo.
Luckily it has some redeeming qualities as well, as we shall see.
I find this utterly fascinating, inspiring and a true DeLorean time machine!"

Scritti Politti track.

Building a Fairlight CMI: Episode 7

video by Syntaur

"Cris Blyth is a brave man. He has a dream of taking a Fairlight MFX and upgrading it to a Fairlight CMI Series III. In this episode, Cris fights to the finish with the digital cage, discovers that he shouldn't have removed those blue tabs, and has some success - and some defeat - hooking up the keyboard."

Building a Fairlight CMI episodes

Percussa SSP - Most powerful Eurorack module?

video by TheTechnobear

"I bought the Percussa SSP over a year ago now...
what do I think about it? was it worth the investment?

Here's my intro to the SSP, What I think about it and what Ive done with it!

0:00 Intro
0:25 What is the Percussa SSP?
2:18 Let's Patch
5:45 Connecting more friends
8:10 Look Mum I want a computer
9:15 How many plates can you spin?
10:10 Can it do more?
11:30 It's Large & Expensive - no?
13:28 Elephant in the room!
14:00 How I tame the Elephant
16:45 Roundup"

Also see Quick Clouds demo on Percussa SSP, followed by the Percussa label below for additional posts.

1996 Novation Drum Station Brochure

via Retro Synth Ads where you'll find the rest of the scans and a full write-up.

"Novation Drum Station four page colour brochure from approximately 1996."

Kurzweil K250 88 Weighted Keys Digital Sampler Synthesizer

via this auction

Some pics of the inside below.

Korg Mono/Poly Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

"Excellent condition Korg Mono/Poly! Recently serviced in LA. Fully functional with new side wood panels!"

Buchla 284 Casual Overview

video by Todd Barton

"Just beginning this exploration of the Buchla 284 Voltage Controlled Envelope Generator. Thanks to Adam Scramstad (@adam_scramstad on instagram) for the loan and beautiful build!
My Patreon:"

Soundtoys Little PrimalTap - Further Out

Note these videos are from 2014, but I haven't posted them before and Soundtoys is currently having an up to 80% off sale. Click through for details.

P.S. You can find additional posts from various users featuring Soundtoys here.

Some details on the Little PrimalTap, also see the fuller blown PrimalTap.

"Unique retro delay lets you echo, loop, warp, distort and mangle.

Inspired by the classic Prime Time* from 1978, Little PrimalTap captures the highly distinctive sonic imprint of this quirky, and well-loved (by those in the know) vintage digital delay. Don’t be fooled by its simple interface, Little PrimalTap lets you unleash your creative urges to echo, loop, warp, distort, mangle, or create cacophonous cascades of otherworldly sounds.

The Primal Sound

The Prime Time was used by a wide variety of artists back in the 80’s for rich guitar delay, chorus, flange and such, and it did a great job with those things. But the really unique character of its sound came from one of its limitations.

In an attempt to get more out of the technology (and probably stay under budget) it had a feature called Multiply that halved the sample rate each time the delay time was doubled. Sound weird? It does indeed. And it’s just the kind of weird that we love.

Twist And Shout

On this little beast, turning knobs is where it’s at, and that’s how to reveal all the oddities it can create. The Multiply knob supplies extra delay time that has drastic tonal changes with each increase. The Adjust knob creates pitch shift, chorus, or flange when moved. The Feedback and Input drive tie it all together to allow for sounds just not found on any of the “normal” delay plug-ins.

Feedback Loop

Yes, the Feedback can go infinite, and do everything from classic delay style looping to old school sci-fi space noise. Oh, and we doubled the massive 256 milliseconds of delay time from the original (128 if you had the non-expanded one) to 512 milliseconds, so you’ve got some serious looping power if you need it. It’s ok to let it get out of control, unlike the old days where you could blow your speakers (or your ears) if you didn’t stay on top of the feedback. Little PrimalTap lets you use it as another layer of sonic color, and even opens the door for synth-like sounds.


Want even more creative tweakability? Check out the deluxe version, PrimalTap. You’ll get that same quirky PrimalTap sound with two independent delay lines, an LFO for automated pitch shifting, a menu of different delay algorithms, and the awesome Freeze effect. Log in to your account to view all available upgrade options..."

Casio VL-1 VL-Tone 29-Key Synthesizer Keyboard

video by michael nervOus

via this auction

Korg ARP 2600 FS Semi-Modular Synthesizer

via this auction

Noise Engineering March 2021 #3 -Live Modular Synth Jam

video by Noise Engineering

Gear List:
Basimilus Iteritas Alter x3
Cursus Iteritas
Ruina Versio
Electus Versio
Manis Iteritas
Imitor Versio
Vox Digitalis x3
Mimetic Digitalis x2
Lapsus Os x3
Quantus Pax
Pura Ruina x2
Univer Inter (prorotype) x2
Sono Abitus

Video recorded with OBS and a Scarlett 6i6
Basic audio mastering with Reaper

Lower West Side Studio CGS57P BI-N-TIC Pro VCF

video by Lower West Side Studio

"Raw footage shot during testing (more like playing around) with a pair of freshly minted CGS57P VCFs from Lower West Side Studio."

Sonic Potions - Penrose Quantizer - Build/Demo - Midiverse - TV

video by Midiverse - TV

"What's up everybody? Welcome to Midiverse - TV! Today we're going to be checking out a DIY eurorack module that we recently finished building. This is the Penrose Quantizer, from Sonic Potions.

Unboxing - 00:36
Build - 02:27
Demo - 03:20"

A Place Nearby - Modular World Performance

video by Omri Cohen

Omri Links:

"If you just want to buy me a coffee :) -
Consider joining me on Patreon -
Patching techniques and ideas that I continue updating -

See the Modular World label below for additional performances.

Yamaha An1x Cover Song

video by js-sound

Is This the First Portable Synthesizer? | Astonishing History of Synthesizers Ep. 4

video by Reverb

"How is this early design still so unknown compared to the Minimoog? And how on Earth did it later become a Moog product? Read more on Reverb.

Featuring music by Daniel Birch.

More tales from The Astonishing History of Synthesizers"

Note the EMS VCS 3 beat the Minimoog by one year. It was released in 1969. See The First synth to post for more. Be sure to check out the comments at the botto of the post there as well.

Kraftwerk Radioactivity - Moog Minimoog Synthesizer & Roland Vocoder VP-330

video by RetroSound

"(c)2007-21 by RetroSound
supported by UVI:

❤️ Support #RetroSound​ channel:

all synthesizer and drum/percussion sounds: Moog Minimoog Analog Synthesizer (1978)
vocoder and choir sound: Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus (1979)
recording: multi-track, played by hand
fx: reverb and delay

Radioactivity is my favorite track by the german electro group Kraftwerk. Written in the year 1975, released in May 1976.
The original recording features an Minimoog bassline and chords played on the "choir" disc of the Vako Orchestron."

🧙‍♂️ BORLANDO LOOM ✨ Cyberpunk ◢◤ Dreampunk Ambient Soundscape ✨ Roland JV-2080 ✨ Atari 1040STE ✨

video by Fornax Void

This one was spotted and sent in via Soviet Space Child. 8 hr live stream further below.

"🌐 ✨ 𝗕𝗢𝗥𝗟𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗢 𝗟𝗢𝗢𝗠 🧙‍♂️ 𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸! Three years after it’s initial release, I made a music video for this track, containing the final album audio master. ℹ️ ❯❯❯

This video was recorded 2021-JAN-23 and 2021-JAN-27. I fed the MIDI data (or what was left of it) of my 2018 track BORLANDO LOOM into Cubase Lite - a free version of Cubase 1.0.

Cubase Lite (running on the Atari 1040STE) sends the MIDI data to three Roland JV-2080 synthesizer modules in stack mode. Obviously one JV-2080 would be enough to play back this track. But since I currently got three of those things in the studio, I thought more blinking lights and more screens look cooler in a video.

The JV units then send the MIDI into an Akai S1000, which again is only in the video because the MIDI monitor modes on that thing look interesting. The S1000 sends the MIDI to my old MacBook running Snoize MIDI Monitor, which is displayed on the EIZO CRT screen.

The Amiga 1081 CRT monitor shows either a VHS version of the original 2018 Borlando Loom Blender animation or NesFX (the MIDI visualizer on the Wayfar MidiNES). Audio in the video is not live, but from the album master.

BORLANDO LOOM is a cyberpunk ambient soundscape recorded between 2018-APR-12 and 2018-APR-14, using a Roland JV-2080 synthesizer module. Mastered in 2019 and released in it’s final form on 02/02/2020 as part of Cyberspace Database 1.0.

Cyberspace Database is the result of a 5 years long exploration of Cyberpunk Ambient themes. A journey through the timbres of classic digital and analog synthesizers and samplers with focus on defining the pillars of the SemiconductorWave genre.

Cyberspace Database is available as big box physical release and 24 bit download on Bandcamp as well as on most streaming services."

🌃 Cyberpunk Ambient BGM Livestream: Reaktor Generative Patch → JV-2080 → S1000 → Morpheus → YM3812

video by Fornax Void

Title: Lilienfeld Electron Emission
Audio Setup: NI Reaktor → JV-2080 → Akai S1000 → E-Mu Morpheus → REA YM3812 (OPL2)
Additional Hardware: API 500VPR, Elysia Skulpter 500, Radial JDI Duplex, Soundcraft EFX8, Apogee Duet 2.
24bit WAV offline rendition download:

Streaming Setup: Leitz Wetzlar Super-Angulon-R 1:4/21 → Blackmagic Production Camera 4K → SDI to HDMI converter → AverMedia Live Gamer Portable → OBS

Fornax Void Oberheim Xpander Tracks

Fornax Void - Silts Mājas | Oberheim Xpander recorded on Tascam Portastudio
Fornax Void - Affinity | Oberheim Xpander recorded on Tascam Portastudio 414 MKII
Fornax Void - Infinity | Oberheim Xpander recorded on Tascam Portastudio 414 MKII
Fornax Void - Server Room Love Letters | Oberheim Xpander 6-Voice Multipatch (Live to Tape)
Fornax Void - Oberheim Taxi / Shanghai Xpander | Oberheim Xpander recorded to VHS
Fornax Void - Ancient Data Tapes | 2015 | Oberheim Xpander on Tascam Portastudio
Voidnet Online Service Provider | Xpander, Poly 800, DX21, Minibrute, Rocket, C64 (live)
Xpander + C64 + Minibrute + DX21 + Rocket + Poly 800 + Reface CS + FB-01 + TR-505

Waldorf Microwave Patch Creation (Live stream)

video by Fornax Void
Patch Editor:

🌲 Waldorf Microwave, E-mu Morpheus, JV-2080, WaveStation A/D, Akai S1000 (Ambient Synth Sketch)
video by Fornax Void

"🌲 Happy Holidays to all of you! I'm currently rebuilding my synth setup and getting things ready for 2021. Here is a little sketch I made, utilizing the recently acquired Waldorf Microwave. Two layers of Microwave, one layer of E-Mu Morpheus, two layers of Roland JV-2080, one layer of Korg WaveStation and one layer of Akai S1000 playing a sample sourced from the JV-2080."

Fornax Void Minibrute Sample Pack Preview

video by Fornax Void

"Preview of upcoming free Minibrute sample pack.

More Fornax Void stuff:"

Fornax Void - Super Aliasing | Roland D-05 + Eventide Space + Tascam Portastudio | 90s Cyberspace

video by Fornax Void

"Recorded on Tape using: Roland D-05, Eventide Space, Tascam Portastudio 414 mkII"

Fornax Void - Borlando Loom | Roland JV-2080 Ambient Soundscape

video by Fornax Void

"Get the full uncompressed WAV album:"

Fornax Void - Tomes of Erebus | Poly 800 MKII recorded to Portastudio, mastered to VHS Tape

video by Fornax Void

"Recorded without the use of computers or sequencers, directly onto 4-track tape and mastered to VHS.
The mini album, containing 17 small pieces of atmospheric music is available as from now on my Bandcamp account:

Made with blender. Mastered to VHS."

Fornax Void - Little VHS Sound Sketch | Casio CZ-5000 recorded on Tascam Portastudio

video by Fornax Void

How to install and use SURGE synthesiser on Raspberry PI / Lanthan's sound set challenge

video by Floyd Steinberg

"SURGE is a subtractive / hybrid synth available as a VST or LV2 plugin for free. Table of contents and relevant links below, demo track begins at 13:09 . Some days ago, @Lanthan O'Ide challenged us to create tracks using his new sound set for surge (see I decided to make the challenge extra challenging by utilizing the relatively new ARM version of that plugin and of course there were some roadblocks.

Table of contents:

00:00 hello
00:36 hardware setup
00:51 downloading the source code
01:20 downloading the required plugin sources, libraries, updating your OS
01:50 build the plugin from source
02:01 install the plugin
02:26 showcasing CPU bottlenecks on ARM and possible workarounds
04:49 overclocking the CPU
05:14 browsing some of Lanthan's patches
07:18 sketching a track in reaper
07:46 adding a reverb plugin on top of surge
08:29 (awesome pad and reverb, check this out ;-) )
08:50 rendering a take into an audio file to reduce stress on CPU
10:01 adding a plucked sound
11:43 adding drums using a Sound Font and CARLA
13:09 finished track (plus guitar)
16:32 bye-bye

Relevant links:
Lanthan's patch set(s):
Lanthan's YouTube channel:
(my patches can be found here, too:

Norand Mono - PatchOfTheWeek #16

video by Norand

"Here is a new patch :
A deep drone with crunchy textures and bleeps.
No processing or effects."

See the Norand label below for more.

Ciat-Lonbarde Plumbutter 2

via this auction

PsyCo X Syncussion SY-1M w/ Red Knobs

via this auction

"The SY-1M is a faithful reproduction of an extremely versatile drum synthesizer from the late 1970’s. With 6 Oscillator Modes per channel, it is capable of a wide range of sounds, from the classic 70’s disco “peeoww” to tight bells, thunderous Kick drums and Gnarly Bass sounds.

This clone includes the original CV and trigger inputs but also per channel MIDI-controlled triggering, pitch and decay. This greatly expands the possibilities and makes it more flexible."

You can find demos in previous posts here.

Roland JUNO-106 6 voice polyphonic synthesizer serviced

via this auction

Yamaha DX27 Synthesizer SN 014889 w/ Yamaha Gig Bag

via this auction

Kawai k5000S Additive Synthesizer SN 595875

via this auction

Korg MP-4 Mono Poly Monophonic Analog Synthesizer SN 470679

via this auction

"KORG's masterpiece, monophonic analog synthesizer, 44-key model, MP-4 Mono Poly! The Japan Vintage Synthesizer released in 1981 is still a very popular synth! Equipped with 4 VCOs, it can be used as a pseudo 4-tone polyphonic! Of course, it is also possible to change the waveform and octave of each VCO, so it is also possible to build an unusual sound using the built-in arpeggiator!"

Oberheim Two Voice

video by SSM Curtis


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

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