MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, June 17, 2021

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Alan R. Pearlman Foundation Announces ARPs for All

via The Alan R. Pearlman Foundation where you can find additional details.

"The Alan R. Pearlman Foundation (ARPF) is thrilled to announce ARPs for All: a new program to bring the magic and inspiration of rare vintage ARP synthesizers to EVERYONE in the music-making public.

In partnership with The Record Co. (TRC), ARPs for All is launching an initial collection of 5 instruments (the ARP Avatar, Axxe, Odyssey, and a vintage ARP 2600 with ARP Sequencer) available for hands on use, learning, and experimentation at TRC’s community recording and rehearsal facility in Boston. Over the summer of 2021, these will be joined by an ARP Omni, Quadra, Solus as well as a rare ARP Explorer on loan from the estate of Alan R. Pearlman.

In the coming year ARPF and TRC will grow this living collection of instruments and foster deeper community engagement through experiential educational programming for the public as well as music synthesis-focused residencies for emerging artists.

Join us and make ARP’s incredible legacy of musical (and electrical!) ingenuity accessible to future generations of makers. In other words: ARPs for All!"

ESK - Yamaha VL1 Strange Sounds

video by Metunar

"Some strange sounds from the Yamaha VL1 Virtual Acoustic Synthesizer with Physical Modeling.
Direct recording with soft mastering. All sounds are from the Yamaha VL1 only."

Roland DDR-30 Digital Drums 1985 | When Roland took on Simmons

video by Espen Kraft

"Roland DDR-30 from 1985. The brain in a digital drum system Roland designed to compete with Simmons at the time. Complete this came with a full set of drum pads to go along.

The DDR-30 is a digital/analog hybrid system. The 24 12-bit PCM samples are digital, but each of the 6 drum voices you can play at the same time are processed analog through the CEM 3360 VCA. Not untypical for the rest of the Roland MKS modules from this era.

All the 6 drum voices (kick, snare and 4 different toms) can be triggered from pads through the 6 trigger inputs on the back. Or the voices can be played over MIDI. The 6 voices also have their own individual outputs. There's also a mixed stereo output.

The demo song in the beginning is done with only the DDR-30 providing drums. The hi-hat is not part of the DDR-30, but since you can process the individual drum voices with no less than 16 parameteres each, I just took a snare and tuned it into a hat and overdubbed that part.

The rest of the demo song is Sequential Six-Trak for a LIVE solo while bass, poly synth and arps are coming from the Jupiter-8."

Maneco Labs - Otterley Stereo Reverb

video by NOISEBUG

"This is a demo of the Maneco Labs Otterley Stereo Reverb eurorack module. Its a dual reverb design that can create some epic soundscapes and pitch shifting. More info can be found here -"

via Noisebug

"Otterley is a rich dual reverb, but with simple operations.

It includes two engines, reverb one, controlled by just a knob but with rich and atmospheric flavor , and reverb two , a reverse reverb with several associated parameters.

Despite its complexity, operation is quite simple, no menus, no switches, no hidden functions.

Description of controls:

●Reverb 1 :one knob level and size control for first engine, as level increases also does size and modulation complexity for this lush component.

●Reverb 2 : reverse reverb engine blend control , from dry to full wet.

●Feedback : regeneration for Reverb 2 , from zero to almost self oscillation.

●Delay: time and size for reverse component, from almost immediate to dry signal to quasi reverse delay character , for reverb 2

●Grain : density for reverb 2 , from identifiable reverb grains to blurred sound strokes at maximum.

Korg Mono/Poly Keyboard Synthesizer

via this auction

Studiologic Sledge Polyphonic Synthesiser

via this auction

"Upgraded to ver 2."

Fun with Arps Vol1: Moog Subsequent 37 & Sequential Prophet Rev2

video by Lost Clouds

"I'm away from my main setup for a little while, so every week for the next few weeks I'll be releasing some old videos I recorded where I'm jamming out over some arps from the Rev2 with the Sub37. This is the first of those videos - very reminiscent of the earlier stuff on my channel I think! Hope you enjoy :)"

May 2021 - Live Modular Synth Jam

video by Noise Engineering

"More modular improv from earlier in the year.

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"

Improvised electronic music (Ableton, Sequential Prophet Rev2, Tempest, Waldorf Rocket)

video by Colibris Music

Chillout electronic music, live with analog drum machine, looping and sampling
video by Colibris Music

Behringer Intros New LmDrum (LinnDrum) Hybrid 8/12-Bit Sampling Drum Machine

A LinnDrum with onboard sampling.

"We love to share with you the progress of our first sampling drum machine. We’re super excited that the unit has passed all audio tests today and much of the user interface development is now also completed. Man, this thing grooves;-) However, this is still a prototype and a long way from production.

Rest assured that our drum machine development team is working overtime to complete this exciting instrument as quickly as possible in order to get it into your drumming hands...

P.S. This is just the beginning and there is so much more in the pipeline. Stay tuned."

Also see: Behringer Teases New LinnDrum in Making the MJ Thriller Sound Video

Befaco Introduces Morphader CV Controlled Crossfaders

video by Befacosynth

"The core of the module has four CV controlled crossfaders, each with their individual control and a master fader to control them all. The module mixes the four crossfades at its fourth output, thanks to a clever normalization scheme. Each of them can be easily removed from the mix by plugging a cable at its own output, providing a flexible mechanism to have several independat crossfades or a master scene fading. Morphader is a performative tool designed to make multichannel CV/Audio crossfade easy and comfortable. Fading from one quad CV/audio scene to another.

Patch description:
We have two sets of audio sources (8 in total) and two sets of CV sources.

Two Morphaders are used here. One is crossfading audio and the second one is crossfading CVs that control the audio sources."

Befaco Morphader! Building and hanging :)
video by Synth Diy Guy

"The core of the module has four CV controlled crossfaders, each with their individual control and a master fader to control them all. The module mixes the four crossfades at its fourth output, thanks to a clever normalization scheme. Each of them can be easily removed from the mix by plugging a cable at its own output, providing a flexible mechanism to have several independat crossfades or a master scene fading. Morphader is a performative tool designed to make multichannel CV/Audio crossfade easy and comfortable. Fading from one quad CV/audio scene to another.

Price (Inc. taxes) is 250€ for the assembled version and 170€ for the semi-soldered kit and 40€ for the PCB Set.

Main Features:

* CV Controlled four channel crossfader.

* Attenuators per input.

* Normalized voltages to every input, allowing cv levels morphing.

* Fader control to crossfade all channels at the same time.

* Cv or Audio switch per channel to change resposne curve.

* Leds per channel for signal level monitoring.


* Current needs: +12V: 53mA, -12V: 50mA

* Width: 12 HP

* Depth: 26 mm (including power connector)"

MatrixBrute Noir Edition | Synthesis For Sonic Warriors | ARTURIA

video by Arturia

"The most powerful analog monophonic synthesizer, now covered in a sleek black coat. Upgraded for a noir wonderland with new presets and firmware update. Made for those who shoot in the dark, and never miss."

Pics previously posted here.

"On June 17th, MatrixBrute Noir - the black edition of Arturia’s powerful monophonic synthesizer - will begin shipping worldwide. Combining modular flexibility with modern precision and preset recall, MatrixBrute Noir is a dream machine for everyone interested in creating a sound palette of their own."

Creating the same track on MPC ONE and RS7000

video by Floyd Steinberg

"In this video, creating the same track on both MPC ONE and RS7000. You'll hear the plugin synths, the AWM synth and see some sampling and time-stretching and pitch-adjusting on both machines. Table of contents:

00:00 Introduction
00:29 hardware comparison
02:02 creating a drum track: MPC One
02:45 ... RS7000
03:36 bass track & sidechaining: MPC One
05:02 ... RS7000
06:16 recording automation: MPC One
06:46 ... RS7000
07:09 recording an EP track: MPC One
07:22 ... RS7000
07:45 sampling, pitching & stretching: MPC One
10:02 ... RS7000
11:55 comparison of stretched&shifted samples: MPC One
12:19 ... RS7000
12:32 conclusion
13:05 finished demo track!"


Random*Source - TKB (Banana - Powered)

via this auction

Additional NOISEBUG Listings

"The TKB - gold edition by R*S - is a super-slim and extended version of Serge's famous combination of a 16-step sequencer/programmer with a Touch keyboard. In addition to the original features, it offeres:

Glide function: when turned on, row B controls the amount of Glide for output A
Buffered GATE outputs
LEDs indicating the vertical stage
Vertical Reset
precision KEY V output calibrated to semitones
(optional) key priority
maximum sensitivity / smooth Pressure output
The R*S TKB is available -

Special: Banana jacks, powered in slim boat (DC INPUT VERSION COMES WITH A MEANWELL POWER SUPPLY AND IEC)"

Grendel Formant Filter

via this auction

"I bought this new about 10 years ago for a project and then didn't need it. It has not been used, racked or even taken out of the plastic."

See the seller's other items for more.

Touched By Sound Clap Cussion ACM2 SN B01855

via this auction

"This is a very rare, mint condition analogue clap synthesizer module that I purchased new about 20 years ago. Made in Germany. Includes original power supply and manual/pamphlet. Can simulate the clap sound in Roland TR 909, 808, 707, 606 drum machines."

See the seller's other items for more.

Jomox Airbase 99 SN 9925-0494

via this auction

See the seller's other items for more.

Rare 360 Systems Digital Keyboard

via this auction

Pics of the inside below. See this post for a demo of one.

"This is literally the first sample based synth/keyboard ever made. It paved the way to all of what we have today and was the first of its kind.

I've said it before- I'll say it again- these are rare. Less than 200 of these were ever produced. This is the third to ever hit the market, and the finest and most clean example to ever be offered for sale.

It is in excellent condition and comes with the original manual.

It is Serial #A-201. I am not sure what serial number they started with but I believe it to be very early 1982.
The manual is the second edition printed in 1984 but also states on the title page the manual goes to units Serial Number B-300 and above. So the keyboard is older than the manual. And given if 200 were made, mine is serial 201, and in 1984 they were on B-300. This may be one of the first, if not the earliest unit made.

There is very little known about these units and I did my best to learn and research it.

I do not believe it has preloaded the grand piano sound but has numerous other sounds. There is a photo to see the ROM chips installed with their sounds, and also labels were placed on the buttons for the sound/preset a couple labels are missing. I am not sure if these labels came from the factory or not. And I know that these units varied with what sounds/patches/chips they came with. Some didn't even have all 16 sounds there are buttons for. The unit also does not have MIDI in's or outs labeled "COMPUTER INTERFACE" on the back of the unit - which makes me believe it was early- or they just varied with presets/sounds/features between the units produced. Given the labels are hand written on the chips, and there's no MIDI this could be an early early prototype.

I believe it has 13 sounds installed and has room for 2 more sound chips. Every key and button works fine.

Every feature works just fine... vibrato/pitchbend, all the knobs without issue.

I don't want to call the condition mint- but for its age - it's as clean as it could be. Wood is in absolutely excellent condition, the metal is also, screen printing/labeling/badging all clean. The inside of the keyboard is clean as a whistle- no dust- no dirt. It's the cleanest/finest to ever hit the market. Some light wear on the back, and the back hinge but still - I'd put this 8.5/9 out of 10."

Roland V-Synth GT Expressive Synthesizer Version 2.0

via this auction

Roland TB-03

via this auction


Modal Electronics Skulpt Synth Se | No Talking |

video by DKS SYNTH LAB

0:00 Intro
0:07 BullyBeats
0:58 SculpMe
1:56 Analogue
2:52 Cold Storage
3:21 Recapped
4:08 Matrixer
5:24 Poly4
6:15 Oct Bloop Pad
7:07 SpiceRack2
7:52 Shaz McKaz
8:46 Ripper Lead
9:40 Pwm Bass
10:18 MarbleGarden
11:40 FoFilled
12:42 Pluto
13:55 Synchro Arp
14:46 Smoke Patter
15:28 Trail Breaks
16:07 PolyVintag
17:09 SquArp
18:08 Bloops
18:57 Depart Again
19:34 Sythopia
20:27 Slizzss

Plinky (arpeggiator)

video by Luca Longobardi

"Things come and go.
Just fooling around with the arpeggiator and some euclidian combinations in a day that has given me so much and taken away from us so much."

Why I love Circadian Rhythms

video by Station 252

"The streamlined and very intuitive user interface, rock solid hardware, absolute best timing and proven reliability make this veteran euro rack sequencer an undisputed king of eurorack techno production and live performance."

Digitakt OS Upgrade: Second LFO

video by Elektron

"The Digitakt now has double the LFO power at your fingertips. The second LFO gives you even more modulation possibilities, opening up a bonus parameter to modulate. It also includes the ability to control the first LFO with the second. Get ready to modulate the modulation."

See this post for additional details.

Hainbach X Orca (AV) | Live at Blurred Edges Festival

video by HAINBACH

"In which I perform a show inside my studio, accompanied by Orca ( on visuals. This was originally recorded for Blurred Edges Festival in Hamburg this year and shown on their stream.
I play tape, piano tuners, pedals, test equipment, synths - all in all a good half of my studio in this set. Enjoy!


Patch Notes: INIT

video by FACTmagazine

"INIT is the collaborative project of Berlin-based producers Nadia D’Alò and Benedikt Frey. The duo’s first album, Two Pole Resonance, was released back in October 2015 on John Talabot’s Hivern Discs label, showcasing the pair’s love of moody, krautrock-influenced synth compositions, which featured vocals from D’Alò.

INIT returned to the label in late 2020 with their second LP, Gravity. The album saw the duo adopting a more playful approach to songwriting, combining house, techno, post-punk and electro to create a lighter set of tracks than their debut. This eclectic style drives INIT’s Patch Notes session, which melds D’Alò’s lyrics with experimental sound design.

The session sees the duo make use of classic gear like Roland’s TR-808 drum machine and SH-101 synth, with contemporary hardware including a x0xb0x and SOMA’s Pulsar-23 semi-modular drum machine providing eerie textures.

INIT on Bandcamp:"

Acidlab M1AM1/Miami. Haven't seen one in a while.

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

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