MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, June 24, 2021

Thursday, June 24, 2021

The OB-Zen Nocturne: An OB-6 with a Zen delay

video upload by Richard DeHove

"I bought the Erica Synths Zen Delay intending to pair it up permanently on drum duty. On a whim I hooked it up to my OB-6 and I think that's where it going to live from now on. There's something about the Zen that seems to pair with the OB-6 so well, some added soft richness and a dreamy reverb-like quality.
This track is a single take recorded as a MIDI track into Reaper. I then played back the melody while tweaking the filter and resonance as you see here. There's absolutely no other effects, automation, sounds or tweaking. Just an OB-6 and a Zen.

My site:
Lots of downloads for supporters on Patreon:"

Mystery Moog Keytar Identified

See the red Update and video here.

Thanks goes to Brian Kehew of Round&Wound for letting us know what it was.

The Human Comparator - TTSH (ARP 2600 Clone)

video upload by NOISEBUG

via this auction

Additional NOISEBUG Listings

"This TTSH is in great shape and sounds incredible. This unit has some sort of clock bleed in the oscillators that is very subtle, but known to be a common issue. You can hear the bleed in our demo video at the 46 second mark. Once you have a patch going and things moving you can not hear the bleed at all, it's only when the oscillators are droning straight to the output. Unit is also missing the manual gate button, but that can be replaced for under $2.

TTSH also comes with both filter cards. This unit also comes with the gate booster mod pre-built, but not installed. And comes with the Shapers and Sync pcb's for extra mods.

Comes with 24V Mean Well power brick and IEC."

Korg Mono/Poly w/ MIDI

via this auction

Roland Jupiter 8 SN 050245 w/ MIDI

via this auction

Jen Sx1000 vintage synth

via this auction

Casio CZ-5000 Synthesizer w/ Road Case

via this auction

Korg ElecTribe R ER-1 SN 013656

via this auction

TOP 10 Iconic Synth Sounds (that ruled the world)

video upload by Espen Kraft

"In this video I present a list of my top 10 iconic synth sounds. Sounds that ruled the world in terms of chart hits. Sounds are coming from synths as Yamaha DX7, Roland Jupiter-8 and Juno-106, some sampler sounds from the Fairlight and Emulator 2 and Korg M1, D-50 and many more.

In the case of the 'synth brass', lots of other analog synths were used for different songs and hits, like the Oberheim OB-Xa, Elka Synthex, Prophet 5 and more. The same for the 'sync' sound.

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External reverb, delay and chorus were used on some of the sounds. All sounds has been mixed and processed in various way to sound good. All the sounds are coming from the gear you see in the video. No softs or VST synths were used.
Two added bonus famous sounds in the video, one in the very beginning and one at the end. First is a variation of the infamous "Orch5" sample from the Fairlight, while the other is from the D-50.

Here are the links to (most) of the songs referenced in the video:

Cars "Let's go":
H. Faltermeyer "Fletch theme"
Tears for fears "Shout"
Jan Hammer "Crocket's theme"
Art of Noise "Moments in love"
Van Halen "Jump"
Simple Minds "Don't you forget about me"
Europe "Final countdown"
Black Box "Ride on time"
Madonna "Vogue"
Peter Gabriel "Sledgehammer"
Enigma "Sadness"
Tangerine Dream "Yellowstone park"
Mr.Mister "Broken wings"
A-ha "Take on me"
Howard Jones "What is love?"
Shannon "Let the music play"
Heaven 17 "Let me go"
H. Faltermeyer "Top Gun intro"
Kansas "Perfect lover"
Enya "Orinoco flow"

Shoegaze with the Sequential Pro 3

video upload by Synthetic World 859

"This improvisation and patch was inspired by My Bloody Valentine, one of my favorite bands. Looks like Perfect Circuit also put up a shoegaze video today...I recorded this a few months ago and forgot about it until now! Lots of aftertouch bends going on here"

Noise Engineering May 2021 #2 - Live Modular Synth Jam

video upload by Noise Engineering

"More modular improv from earlier in 2021.

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

.-- .... .- - - .... . ..-. ..- -.-. -.- .. ... .. - . .-. .. - .- ..."

Coffeeshopped Releases Reface DX Editor for iOS and Mac OS

via Coffeeshopped

"The latest updates to Patch Base (iOS version 3.17 and Mac version 1.11) bring an editor/librarian for the Yamaha Reface DX. Released in 2015, the Reface DX is an updated take on Yamaha's many classic 4-op FM synthesizers. People seem to most often compare it to the DX100, which is true in terms of its form and number of operators. But the Reface's updated feedback options give it sonic flexibility closer to that of the TX81z, with its multiple waveform options, or the DX21 and DX11 with their pitch envelopes. And in today's vintage synth market, you can get the Reface DX at about half the price of the DX100, which makes it a very attractive portable, high-quality FM synthesizer...

The patch editor shows all of the parameters on a single screen, with the usual Patch Base FM visualizer to let you see the structure of your patches. You can also copy/paste envelopes, or complete operators to make patching easier."

Sequential Names Audio/MI Veteran David Gibbons as CEO

via Sequential

Company Founder Dave Smith to Continue Leading Product Development

San Francisco, CA — June 24, 2021 — Sequential LLC today announced that it has chosen respected audio and music industry veteran David Gibbons to take on the role of CEO and spearhead its business operations. Dave Smith, famed instrument designer and founder of the respected American synthesizer manufacturer, will continue to drive the company’s product vision, development, and engineering efforts.

Gibbons has a distinguished history in the industry and was responsible for Avid/Digidesign’s entry and unprecedented success in the live sound console arena. He started the VENUE live digital mixing console product line and grew it to over $35M in annual revenues. He went on to lead the audio portfolio strategy for the company, and helped it grow to over $300M through a host of powerful and well-integrated music, post, and live sound products. Outside the audio industry, Gibbons has held marketing and product leadership roles at several notable tech companies including streaming media leader Ustream (acquired by IBM), and Salesforce, where he led marketing for their analytics solution.

Sequential’s Dave Smith commented: “I am personally excited to bring David in to run Sequential. Not only is he bringing all of his experience building brands and opening markets, but also his ability to drive innovation while managing the business and operational aspects of a company. My goal has always been to focus my energy on product design and engineering, and now I have David to take us into the future and further develop the Sequential brand and legacy.”

Tim Carroll, CEO of Focusrite Group, added: “I’m thrilled to be working with David again. During our time at Digidesign and Avid, David’s leadership and passion for the industry led to some amazing achievements. Having him at the helm of Sequential’s business operations with Dave Smith leading the charge on product innovation is an unbeatable combination. It’s going to result in even more killer products from the Sequential team.”

Taking the reins as CEO, David Gibbons had this to say: “I’m so excited to join Dave Smith and Sequential. Working with a legend like Dave is on every musician’s wish list. And I’ve always enjoyed working with Tim Carroll. When Tim called to offer me this opportunity, I didn’t think twice: Sequential products have inspired keyboardists for years. And the team they’ve cultivated keeps delivering incredible instrument after instrument. Now, with Tim and the Focusrite Group behind us, there’s so much more we can accomplish. After 40-plus years, Sequential is just getting started!”

Sequential has been a leading force in the resurgent popularity of analog synthesizers over the last decade. Its instruments, which include the Prophet® 5 Rev4 polyphonic synth, Pro 3® hybrid monosynth, and Prophet X Samples + Synthesis keyboard, are known for their versatility, ease of use, and excellence of sound. They are a mainstay of performing and recording artists and can be seen and heard on countless stages and recordings.

Shoegaze Synth + Pedal Sounds with Pascal Stevenson of Moaning

video upload by Perfect Circuit

"Fascinated by the lush, dreamy, and pensive sound of Los Angeles-based alternative outfit Moaning, we've invited their chief of synths, and bassist Pascal Stevenson to our studio to share with our audience some of the techniques they use to achieve the band's signature tone.

Simply combining the outstanding Sequential Prophet 6 synthesizer, and a modest assemblage of effects pedals, Pascal takes us on a journey through variations on classic sounds of shoegaze, dream pop, and post punk. It is quite amazing what can be achieved with just a few simple ingredients, and even if you don't have the exact gear used in the video, you are likely to have some hardware/software alternatives. This is one of those videos where everything we show can be easily and safely tried at home. We promise nothing will blow up, except for your minds!

Read our article here for more info:

00:00 - Dream Pop Keys
01:16 - Patch breakdown
02:21 - Wobbly Shoegaze Chords
03:10 - Reverb into fuzz patch
05:06 - Post Punk Flanger Organ
06:10 - Patch breakdown
07:35 - Synth Bass
08:22 - Patch breakdown
09:36 - Outro jam"

Moog Equalizer Keytar Controller?

Retro Synth Ads shared this one on Twitter.

"Can someone please explain to me what a @moogmusicinc Equalizer is, where it came from, and why no one has told me this existed. A Liberation without synth guts?"

Anyone seen one before? This appears to be the first one featured on the site.

Update: according to Brian Kehew of and more, this was the prototype of the Liberation. "The EMEAPP collection in Philadelphia has two of them. Stevie Wonder's old ones."

The Allman Bros had one on the road as well as you can see at 30:39 in the following video (it should start right when in comes in):

The Allman Brothers Band - Full Concert - 01/16/82 - University Of Florida Bandshell (OFFICIAL)
video by Allman Brothers on MV

Peter Stanchion and the Radiophonic One

video upload by Alex Ball

"Aussie modular specialist Peter Stanchion demonstrates the Radiophonic One 'synthesizer' from STG Soundlabs.

This has been a Peter Stanchion production."

Native Instruments and Dinamo drop limited-edition MASCHINE MK3

The press release:

"The collaboration sees Native’s iconic hardware meet the influential Swiss design agency’s fearless approach to design.

June 24, 2021 – Native Instruments and Dinamo today launched MASCHINE Dinamo, a limited-run MASCHINE MK3 as part of a new collaboration between the Berlin-based music company and Basel type foundry.

Limited to 750 pieces worldwide, the release sees the iconic MASCHINE MK3 tricked out in a silver and black screenprint with Dinamo’s Inktrap typeface on every surface – an homage to bold design and chunky aesthetics.

Inktrap fonts originally included notches designed to stop ink bleed in early printing. Dinamo’s rework lends the style contemporary utility by controlling light bleed on MASCHINE’s lazer-etched buttons.

The typeface wraps the edges of the unit in a double nod to 80s and 90s-era throw-up graffiti and marquee news tickers – both ubiquitous to the decades that spawned sample-based music making.

MASCHINE Dinamo is the latest in a series of limited-edition runs that earlier this year saw the KOMPLETE KONTROL M32 overhauled with a molten blue colorway in collaboration with Timbaland’s Beatclub.

The release marks the first time Native has opened the iconic MASCHINE line to a collaboration with a design studio.

MASCHINE Dinamo is out now and is available at the Native Instruments website.
About Dinamo
Dinamo is a one of the world's leading contemporary type foundries specializing in pushing the limits of bold design. They are known for their bespoke typefaces, software, research, and consultancy. Dinamo has worked for clients including Raf Simons and Nike, and operates via a network of satellite members across the globe.

About Maschine
For over a decade, MASCHINE has been at the cutting edge of contemporary music creation. From pro studios to bedroom beat factories across the world, artists have been pushing the boundaries of genre and sound with its iconic 16 pads by their side.

About Native Instruments
For more than 20 years, Native Instruments has been at the heart of musical innovation. We’ve created communities, pushed technological boundaries, and opened new creative horizons for amateurs and professionals alike. Today, driven by our mission to make music creation more inclusive and accessible, Native hardware, software, and digital services provide fully-integrated solutions for musicians, producers, and DJs of all genres and levels of experience."

Korg DS-8 "Odyssey 2021" 99 Custom Presets

video upload by LFOstore

"We are continuing our Re-Discovering series of Presets for old & vintage synthesizers.

KorgDS-8 'Continuation of the Odyssey 2021' dedicatied to the space atmospheres inspired by Stanley's Kubrick film 'Space Odyssey 2001'

Here you will find 99 dynamic and alive presets from both worlds: FM & Subtractive.

Musical Leads & Plucks
Arps and moving sounds
Beautiful Strings, pads,Drones
Space Effects.

Made by member, Alexander Kav aka. Nucleus from Saint Petersburg.

Every patch of our soundset is musical & can be immediately used in your tracks & production.
Enjoy and may the music come with you!"

stuk IV voor yamaha gs 2 - -jozefalek-sanderpedro-

video upload by j. a.p.

______stuk IV voor yamaha gs-2

(this has been made intentionally
without a magnetic library voice strip,
button 15 on a yamaha gs-2 ...

on each of
the sixteen preset knobs, when
playing without a voice, you
get different sounds going
from high-pitched organesque
sounds to noisy glitch circuit-bend alike
frequencies ... )

for slightly better audio :::


via patch in the comments of this post with additional demos.

Simmons SDS8 1126 & SDS200 1242

video upload by The Simmons Guy

"Quick demo of recently repaired Simmons SDS8 and SDS200 controlled by MTM."

Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls with the E-MU Emulator II

video upload by RetroSound

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

❤️ Support #RetroSound​ channel:

all sounds: E-MU Emulator II Sampling Synthesizer (1984)
Emulator II Sampling Library (Moog Bass, Marcato Strings, Voices, Trumpet, Percussion....)
recording: multi-track

The West End Girls final version came out in 1985. The first number one hit from the Pet Shop Boys in europe. I was 13 years old and the track is a part of the soundtrack of my life. A timeless classic. But my PSB favorite is Love Comes Quickly. But later.... ;)

RetroSound synthesizer demo videos since january 2007.
Everything is free. If you like my work, you can also support me with the purchase of my merchandise (shirts, bags, mugs, stickers) or one of my music albums. Thank you!"

Introducing TOTAL RECALL: 3 channel preset manager and macro controller for eurorack

video upload by

"TOTAL RECALL is available worldwide now. Ask your favorite retailer. [banners on the right]

00:00 Intro
00:18 Total Recall
00:28 4 modes
00:40 Mode #1: preset manager with meta CV scanning
02:43 Mode #2: preset manager with meta trigger (strobe) scanning
05:12 Mode #3: macro CV generator with meta CV morphing
06:40 Mode #4: macro CV generator with meta trigger (strobe) morphing

• 6 HP width, 3x CV preset manager/multistage and macro controller for Eurorack
• 3 channel control voltage generator/attenuator/attenuverter
• 8 preset CV manager with two banks: bipolar -5...+5V and unipolar 0...+5V
• Instant, slewed or continuous change between stored CV values
• 3-channel macro CV generator with smooth min./max. control
via CV, trigger or manually
• Depth: 30 mm (with plugged ribbon cable)
• CV acquisition: 16 bits SDADC, CV output: 12 bits
• Power requirements: +12V: 55mA, -12V: 15mA"

Total Recall

TOTAL RECALL – the 6 HP module designed to ease up transitions in live sets by controlling 3 (!) CVs at once – just by the use of one soulful hand. Intuitive to set up the desired voltages to control anything in your modular system that accepts CV (either unipolar 0-5V or bipolar -5-+5V). The preset manager/multistage CV controller rocks a macro feature no one would ever want to miss in future live performances.

Introducing TWO OF CUPS: 2-voice intuitive sample player for eurorack

video upload by

"TWO OF CUPS is available worldwide now. Ask your favorite retailer. [banners on the right]

00:00 Intro
00:19 Two Of Cups
00:55 Banks selection
01:06 Triggering the voices and connecting the sequencer
01:32 Bank #3: Hourglass
03:18 Bank #5: Prelude
03:41 Bank #7: Meteorite
05:11 Bank #8: Hesperides
05:45 Bank #6: Vogue

• 6 HP width, 2 voice intuitive sample player with 8 banks
• Zero-latency sample playback—directly from microSD card
• Factory sound-bank by @Julia Bondar
• Onboard envelope generator decay control, pitch control with 1V/Oct input
and sample selection control with meta cv input
• Arbitrary sample rate: 8 and 16 bit samples with 12 bit output bitrate
• Depth: 30mm (with ribbon cable plugged in)
• Power requirements: +12V: 125mA, -12V: 20mA"

Two Of Cups


TWO OF CUPS – include samples in your live set. Two of them at once with a wide variety of CV-able features. Simply load one of 8 (!) banks each containing up to 24 samples for each of the two voices and off you go (unlock this feature with firmware 1.1!). Needless to say you can change the samples under CV and if needed – you can set up the trigger delay for each voice because that boy plays its sample so instantly and sample accurate with the with lightning speed. Breathe life and fresh sounds into your setup with a small footprint (6 HP) you would normally need to carry around a gazillion of gear to reproduce the sonic capabilities. Alternatively, use it the boring way and simply play drum one-shots off it.


6 HP width, 2 voice intuitive sample player with 8 banks each containing 24 samples
Zero-latency sample playback — directly from micro SD card
Factory sound-bank by Julia Bondar
On-board envelope generator decay control, pitch control with 1V/Oct input and sample selection control with meta cv input
Arbitrary sample rate: 8 and 16 bit samples with 12 bit output bitrate
Depth: 30mm (with ribbon cable plugged in)
Power requirements: +12V: 125mA, -12V: 20mA

Roland SYSTEM-100M 191-J/112/121/130/140/150 Analog Synthesizer Modular 4CV 184

via this auction

112 112228
121 101915
130 111976
140 102603
150 102114

Accessories / Instruction manual Patch cable, etc.

Korg MS-20 Mini

via this auction

This one took me a second to realize what I was seeing. Thought it had acrylic side panels at first, then an acrylic case, then it sunk in.

Yamaha DX-1

via this auction

Yamaha SY-1 Vintage Analog Monophonic Synthesizer

via this auction

Yamaha RS7000 tutorial part 1: User interface, patterns and synth basics

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"I got more feedback than usual on my last video asking me to do a tutorial on the RS7000 #synthesizer #groovebox #sequencer. So here's the basics, an UI overview, and creating a track with drums and bass and subtractive synth stuff. Table of contents:

00:00 hi
00:18 user interface: mode selector, main menu
01:57 keyboard, track selector
02:28 recording a drum track using the step input mode, screen layout
04:21 recording a bass track, selecting sound banks and patches
05:26 subtractive synth functions (filter, envelope, effects)
08:14 lfo, portamento, pitch bend
09:22 lfo settings
10:01 recording automation (filter movement etc)
10:59 bye-bye"

Floyd Steinberg Yamaha RS7000 posts

Korg Rhythm 33 80’s drum machine + Drawmer LX20 compressor + Yamaha FX500 multi effects processor

video upload by SUBTOKYOSHOP

"Korg Rhythm 33 80’s drum machine + Drawmer LX20 compressor + Yamaha FX500 multi effects processor"

subtokyoshop on eBay | subtokyoshop on Reverb

Sonic & Knuckles - Lava Reef Zone on Moog Sub 37

video upload by Luca Di Gennaro

"Split screen cover of "Lava Reef Zone" by Howard Drossin, Jun Senoue, Milpo, SEGA Sound Team from Sonic & Knuckles (© 1994 SEGA) just with a Moog Sub 37 and Logic Pro X drums."

Digitakt OS Upgrade: Improved Multimode Filter

video upload by Elektron

"The Digitakt’s Multimode filter now has an even larger sound-shaping toolbox to work with. Emphasize different parts of your sound and find that sweet spot with a new EQ-style filter type. We also added an Envelope Delay to give extra focus to the transient of your kick, or add a beautiful swelling effect to your pads. Wield the wave your way."

Digitakt OS Upgrade posts

VERMONA patchplay n°1

video upload by vermonagear

"We play a patch using most of the modules we have currently in our line up.
The patch is centred around the meloDICER. We describe roughly what is happening so everyone can follow. With this series of recordings we want to give some sound examples and real world demonstrations.

Your Vermona-Team!"

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

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