MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, May 27, 2021

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

12-bit Samplers from the 80s | Shoot out

video by Espen Kraft

"12-bit samplers. 5 of them. From the 80s. Each with different sampling frequencies, sampling time and artifacts. One video - a logistics nightmare! Even at this very non-scientific level.

I've tried to keep the volume levels pretty much the same throughout, so no one will be fooled by level differences and think one sampler is 'better'. I've also kept all samples in mono, even though the TX16W can sample in stereo.

No effects or compression is being used so it's all bone dry out of the samplers. How much the YouTube compression algorithm destroys this I don't know, but I hope that the differences can be heard to some degree. Believe, they all sound different.


Sampler specs:
Akai S612 can sample in frequencies between 32 Khz and 4 Khz by pressing a MIDI key (midi number) between C5 and C2 before sampling. The main frequencies are C5=32 Khz, C4=16 Khz, C3=8 Khz and C2=4 Khz.
Roland S-330 can sample at 15 and 30 Khz
Yamaha TX16W can sample at 50, 33, 25 and 16 Khz in mono, and at 33 Khz in stereo
Sequential Prophet 2000 can sample at 42, 31 and 16 Khz
Korg DSS-1 can sample at 48, 36, 24 and 16 Khz.

The sample time will vary greatly depending on the sampling frequency, so check the manuals for each of these samplers for that.

Apart from the S-330 all the other samplers uses a variable sample rate conversion for transposing the sounds when playing. That means the sampler needs to have its own DAC (digital to analog converter) for each of the voices. The S-330 uses interpolation. This means that it uses only one DAC, but it needs a fast processor to handle all the voices when you play polyphonically. That technique imposes its own set of sound artifacts, which is why I love that sound in particular.

No one of these samplers are 'better' or 'worse', no such thing exists. We can love one over another for different reasons, but there is no such thing as Ford being better than GM or Toyota being better than Subaru. It's all good. ;-)"

Korg N1R Rack Mount Synthesizer SN 001416

video by Sound Programming

"Factory demo songs from the Korg N1R, a ROM-based synthesizer produced in the late 1990's.

Song list:

1. THE HERO (0:01)
2. TENDERNESS (3:45)

The N1R is a 1U rackmount version of the Korg N1 and is part of the "N" series of synth romplers that includes the N5, N5EX, N264, N364, NS5R, and NX5R. They all have similar sound sets and capabilities, but ROM sizes and form factors vary."

via this auction

"In like new condition. Comes with original manual and power supply."

Common or rare, this appears to be the first one featured on the site, unless you count this post. There was also a KORG N1 keyboard version, which hasn't been featured much either.

Limited Edition Yamaha DX-7 Lapel Pin

via this auction

Novation PEAK Eight Voice Polyphonic Desktop Synth

via this auction

Sequential Prophet-5 Module Analog Perfection Synthesizer Rik Marston

video by Rik Marston Official

"She is HERE!
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I just play & tweak on a few patches right out of the box.
Excellent purchase! Yes, I am keeping it & registering it tonight!
Sounds like a dream for real. Can't wait to get DEEPER!
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Access Matrix Programmer for Oberheim Matrix 1000 6 6R

via this auction

Radikal Technologies Spectralis 2

via this auction

Access Virus TI2 61-Key Digital Synthesizer

via this auction

1970s Korg MS-20 Vintage Analog Synthesizer SN 142567

via this auction

"1970's Korg MS-20 vintage synthesizer in exceptional condition and in perfect working order."

Red Roland SH-101 Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

MOOG MODULAR SYSTEM 55 - Handmade Miniature 1/6 scale

video by Ronaldo Lopes Teixeira ROLT

Korg's First Ever Polysynth

video by Alex Ball

"A quick look at Korg's first ever polyphonic synthesizer, the Polyphonic Ensemble (PE-1000) from 1976.

Whilst it is a very basic instrument, it has some unusual features and ideas and has some quite interesting sounds despite the limitations.

It was also the first step Korg took on a very long polyphonic journey that still continues five decades later."

DX5 playing Clio "Faces" cover (80 Italo Dance)

video by

"One of the finest 80's dance songs ever, by Clio, composed by Roberto Ferrante. There are a couple of variations, specially at the end's solo, acting as watermark (I am suffering of "audio robbers" on my videos, to be sold on iTunes after, lately ;)

Gear used:
Left: Roland JP8000
Right: Roland JX-8P.
Backtrack sequenced and recorded, track by track by me on Pro Tools.
Composed by Roberto Ferrante.
Performed here by DX5 Jose María Bara.

Composed by Roberto Ferrante."

Can you power a tape machine with USB? | myvolts REVOLT Now on Kickstarter

video by HAINBACH

"In which I perform a little stress test on the new myvolts REVOLT USB-battery replacement system. Instead of trying to use it with Pocket Operators or other small devices, I see if it will power a vintage UHER Report 4000 Monitor reliably. The results surprised me.


And the press release:

Irish Company myVolts To Launch ReVolt: the Ultimate Battery Replacement System

Dublin, Ireland: myVolts Ltd. today announced the launch of a new product: ReVolt. Anything that is usually powered by batteries can now be powered by USB. Just swap out the device's batteries with the correct ReVolt adaptor and you're good to go. Deceptively easy to use - but much harder and many hours of R&D to get just right.

“Everyone - especially musicians - hates buying, using, and disposing of batteries.” says Luke Brennan, MD at myVolts

"Despite drives to recycle, 100,000,000 kilos of batteries end up in landfill each year in the EU alone. So we spent 2020 and 2021 developing ReVolt - the solution to this global problem. We think we’ve made something great, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”

● Adaptable: Use in 1000s of devices: Pocket Operator, Korg Monotron, Game Boy, Sony Walkman, small synths, audio recording units - and thousands of other toys and gadgets.
● Flexible: Use with any USB port.
● Mobile: Power your device with a USB power bank for total power freedom.
● Global: ReVolt can be safely used anywhere in the world.
● Multi-use: Take it out of one device, use it in another.
● Non-destructive: Remove it and your device can take standard batteries again, any time.
● Economical: Buy once.
● Durable: Use 1000s of times.
● Environmentally friendly: No consumables to dispose of.
● Modular: Get add-ons from the system to power different devices.
● No cut-outs: Always know your device will have power.
● No leaks: Safely store devices with ReVolt installed.

ReVolt will go live on Kickstarter 27 May 2021, at 2pm GMT, price starting at 39.99 EUR. The first run of the product is already manufactured and ready to ship worldwide July 2021, so backers can buy with full confidence.

Kickstarter project is live for 30 days at (page is in preview mode prior to launch on 27th May, 2pm GMT). Hainbach has stress tested ReVolt, see YouTube video [above].

myVolts Ltd has been solving power and audio problems of musicians for well over a decade, has two previously successfully funded and shipped Kickstarter campaigns, and served tens of thousands of happy customers on Amazon, eBay and their own webshop.

Follow-up to this post.

A Droid's Mating Call (Jarmaggeddon, Mopho, & Kaossilator)

video by poorness studios

"Weird Week has been really fun so far. Today, I decided to make a funky little groove with my Moffezeef Jarmaggeddon (glitch generator), Dave Smith Mopho synthesizer, and KORG KO-1 Kaossilator. When I listened to it, I thought it sounded like R2D2's mating call so thus the name."

Moog Semi-Modular Session. Mother-32, DFAM, and Subharmonicon. Dark Techno Generative Sequence

video by Anton Anru

"My first session with the whole Moog Semi-Modular Family. Finally, I put everything into the 3-tier stand and started having fun. Got some dark-techno sequence with some self-generative elements.
🎛️ Presets for Moog synths:"

Neutral Labs Nermal Eurorack DIY kit build video

video by nyppy

You can find additional info on Nermal posted here.

Gem PK4900 - 1980 Mono-Poly Synth Live Jam

Gem PK4900 - 1980 Mono-Poly Synth Live Jam + Enso Looper/AudioReverb/FacAlteza/NA Analog Delay/AUM
video by VSMI

Starts with low bass. Strings come in at :52

"Gem PK4900 - 1980 Mono & Poly Synthesizer Made in Italy - Live Jam Improvisation on AUM + Enso Looper / AudioReverb / Fac Alteza / Nembrini Audio Analog Rack Delay on IPad.
Instastrings/Polytron - Monotron polyphonic and monophonic sections
thx to Marco Molendi for the DDR schematic diagram pic at last."

Additional Gem PK4900 posts. You don't see these often.

WESCOFOR Synthesizer - Demo © 2021

video by Luc Debeck

A digital synth based on axoloti core interface first introduced last October.

Lisa Bella Donna | Ascension

video by Moog Music Inc

"Sound designer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Lisa Bella Donna journeys through the world of analog sound with an arrangement of vintage and modern analog synthesizers in this exploration filmed in the Moog Sound Lab.

Inspired by live synthesizer performances of the 1970s, the inimitable synth sorceress integrates the classic Moog Synthesizer lllP with Moog One, Subsequent 37, Subsequent 25, and the complete Moog semi-modular family (Matriarch, Grandmother, Mother-32, DFAM, and Subharmonicon), highlighting their connectivity and the possibilities of personal orchestration.

'As a longtime electronic music composer and sound designer, I have always regarded my synthesizer studio as a personal 'sacred space.' A special place where I can be free and open to create whatever music that needs to vessel through in the moment. To explore the wild, wonderful wilderness of sound and synthesis. A place to find inspiration and to evoke artistic ascension. To create and to be playful in the process. I wanted to project a piece that expressed my happiness and gratitude to get to be creative with my friends and colleagues at Moog. It's always so much fun to bounce ideas and create a special atmosphere together, each time we have the opportunity to create these videos.' -Lisa Bella Donna

More about Lisa Bella Donna:"

Kasser Synths Arcade YM2151 overview + Strymon NightSky

video by Floyd Steinberg

Kasser Synths also brought us the DAFM based on the YM2612 or YM3438 FM SEGA Genesis soundchip.

"Here's an overview of the Kasser Synths Arcade YM2151, the successor of the "Genesis YM3438" DIY synth with vastly superior sound quality and 8 voices of polyphony AND multitimbrality. This synth is based on the Yamaha 2151 integrated FM soundchip which was used in early 90s arcade cabinets (hence the name).
In this video, I take a brief look at the synth's features, create an evolving pad sound, pair it with a Strymon Nightsky pedal and last but not least create a short demo track making use of the machine's multitimbratility and polyphony.

Table of contents:

00:00 hello
00:43 hardware overview
02:48 loading and playing some sounds from sd card
03:04 creating an evolving pad sound: choosing an algorithm
03:39 velocity sensitivity on/off
03:51 setting up amplitude envelopes
05:20 lfo setup
06:12 saving the sound to sd card
06:30 adding superawesome reverb with nightsky
10:22 reverb demo (continued)
11:01 multitimbral demo track using an external sequencer
13:08 conclusion

Relevant links:
Kasser Synths Arcade:
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Crazy Tube Circuits Sidekick Sound Demo (no talking) with Novation Circuit Tracks

video by Bonedo Synthesizers

"Crazy Tube Circuits Sidekick Sound Demo (no talking) with Novation Circuit Tracks"

Moog Prodigy Analog Synthesizer (1979) The PURE Sound!

video by RetroSound

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

❤️ Support #RetroSound​ channel:

The Moog Prodigy is my favorite Moog Synth.
Yes I love The Prodigy more as my Minimoog and the others.
The sync sounds are the best of the world in my opinion.

The demo shows the pure Prodigy sound without FX, EQ or compression.
Sequenced by the Pro-One sequencer"

RetroSound Moog Prodigy posts

What's So Great About the Korg MS-20?

video by

"In partnership with Korg, we're here to explain just why so many people are excited about the MS-20's full-sized reissue.

Read more on Reverb
Shop the Korg MS-20

0:00 - Intro
1:30 - Filters
2:53 - Dual Envelope Generators
4:58 - External Signal Processing
6:38 - Sample & Hold
8:40 - Drum Sounds
11:55 - Beat Sampling MS-20"

Sequential Pro 3 vs. Moog Sub 37: Raw Sounds, Basic Sound Design, No Effects, *No Talking*

video by MR TUNA Music

"No effects, no talking-- Just the raw uncompressed sounds of these two powerful analog mono-synths. 🔥🔥🔥🔥

We'll flex some filters, burn some oscillators, and compare them side-by-side until my camera dies. (in classic tuna-style)"

Korg OPSIX More Bass Leads Pads FM DX7 Digital Synthesizer Rik Marston

video by Rik Marston Official

"More Bass Leads & Pads from the Korg OPSIX!
What a great purchase for any studio! Super fun to play!
I think if you love FM, the OPSIX goes waaay beyond clanky,
metallic, brash, clunky sounds! You can morph a bell into a pad
with a few knob twists! And the editing is EASY to do!
FM digital synthesizer that can do virtual analog no problem.
The original DX7 did that back in 1986! So now you can imagine.

I have 2 NWA 869 chondrite meteorite slices on the OPSIX.
They send you ***Positive Cosmic Vibes***!"

4ms - Ensemble Oscillator & Random*Source Haible Tau Phaser

video by SchneidersLaden

"The Ensemble Oscillator by 4ms is a unified polyphonic voice of sixteen complex oscillators that combines additive, FM, phase distortion and wavefolding synthesis techniques in new, unorthodox ways. Being polyphonic here doesn't mean you can play all 16 oscillators directly. They share a single CV input, but you can very easily and quickly create your own scales to shape the chord the way you want it.
What really makes the Ensemble Oscillator special, however, is the sheer endless sonic possibilities offered by the Twist, Warp and Cross FM parameters. From sharp and cutting to wobbly and warm sounds, it's just a few twists on these three parameters. Although they are very complex operations, you never feel lost and wish for a reset button - quite the opposite, the work with the Ensemble Oscillator always feels simple and encourages you to explore areas you never even thought of before.
The Eurorack version of Jürgen Haible's legendary interpretation of the ultra rare Tau "The Pipe" Flanger from the 70s is a great analog effects unit that really breathes life into any sound. Random*Source's 18-pole phaser produces a powerful and unique phaser sound. It likes complex signals, like pads or FM sounds, but can also be pinged very well, for special percussive sounds - some of them at the end of this video."

Boomstar SE80 Sketch 01

video by Mason Chrysler

"First sketch with the Studio Electronics Boomstar SE80, a mono synth filters inspired by the Yamaha CS-80. It's magic. Recorded into Logic - some processing applied. Thanks for stopping by!


Norand Mono - PatchOfTheWeek #18

video by Norand

"Here is a new patch :
An electro pattern with Organ patch and Mod Note !
No effect or processing."

Norand Mono - PatchOfTheWeek posts

“Spherical Sound Society Arcane - First Contact” by Friendly Noise

video by Friendly Noise

"Arcane, by Spherical Sound Society, is a DIY generative chiptune FM drum synth module, which can also be purchased as kit or fully assembled: [see this post for additional details]

In this first contact video you’ll find only sound examples. In a forthcoming video there will be details about the controls and the interface. The sound is “as is”. No effects or processing were applied, but Arcane’s output went through the Xaoc Tallin VCA in order to raise the level a little.

However, if you are into lo-fi FM sounds and easy of use, my opinion is already here: Arcane could be a lot of fun. :-)

Arcane is not an eurorack module, but using the clock input and output, you can easily sync it and integrate it with eurorack modules."

Ensemble Oscillator | by 4MS & Matthias Puech

video by Cinematic Laboratory

"I've been intrigued by this module for a long time, but hesitated to get one until I saw Jeremy's demo on the Red Means Recording channel. I've included a link to his video so I don't have to explain how it works. The Ensemble Oscillator is a 16 sinewave sound design dream that supports superfat leads, chords, drones, soundscapes and total sonic madness. If you like my channel, I bet you'll like it too!"

Dreadbox Erebus v3 & Roland RE501 Chorus Echo

video by 3rdStoreyChemist

Chiptune Xfer Serum Pack ver.2.0

video by Akihiko Matsumoto

"98 Lo-Fi Digital NES, SNES & Gameboy Chip Sound Presets for Xfer Serum.

Unique waveforms are sampled from original Game Machine .

This pack contains:
19 Basses
56 Leads
6 Pads
13 Plucks

Ver.1.1 ... Tuning bug fixed.
Ver.2.0 ... more than 30 presets added.

Fun with SunVox

video by Alexander Zolotov

"SunVox is a small, fast and powerful modular synthesizer with pattern-based sequencer (tracker). It is a tool for those people who like to compose music wherever they are, whenever they wish. On any device. On any system."

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

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