MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, June 28, 2021

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Monday, June 28, 2021

Armon ArmonConcert Strings Reeds Piano and Brass Synth

via this auction

You can find a demo of one posted here. See the Armon label for additional Armon synths.

"String section with Cello, Violin and Percussion and also a 'solo' switch for lead lines.

* Reeds section with Accordion, Musette and Organ.

* Piano section with Piano and also HonkyTonk.

* Brass section with Trombone and Trumpet and with it's own controls for Attack and Brilliance.

* An effects section that has a 'mute' function and also vibrato.

* Finally a general section with overall Attack and Sustain.

LED's in each section light up to show you which parameters are active and tweak-able for each
You can also mix voices by pressing both buttons to create new sounds and textures.
Has it's own built-in amplifier and speakers in the bottom so you can either play it stand alone, or hook it up to a separate amp and speakers. Sockets on the rear include headphones, sustain and pedal and the external output."

ROLAND SYSTEM-100 MODEL 102 Analog Synthesizer SN 521013

via this auction

Additional Tone Tweakers Listings

"Like nearly all the high end vintage analog synths we sell, this item has been METICULOUSLY disassembled, cleaned inside and out, FULLY serviced by professionals who’ve been servicing and selling vintage synths for more than the last 2 decades, and systematically tested multiple times over a long period to ensure it’s working exactly as it should. No BS. No ebay surprises. We’re perfectionists and don’t cut corners. Although this instrument came to us in relatively good shape, we want our items to be better than the rest and invested *many* hours of tech time plus parts costs to fully overhaul this unit so it would be clean, working like new again and as reliable as possible for its next owner. This was a serious investment of time, love, and money, and was definitely worth the effort and is of course reflected in the higher than usual price. If you’re looking for a great sounding example of this model that works just like it should without needing to invest hundreds or thousands of dollars in tech fees and waiting from weeks to years, this one should make you very happy.


via this auction

Additional Tone Tweakers Listings

"Fully disassembled, cleaned inside and out, and meticulously serviced and reassembled. Working perfectly. This process was performed by an expert vintage synth tech and took 13 hours. The end result is an instrument that's better than the rest and is priced accordingly. Ready to play, no excuses. This unit's got the better J-wire keyboard mechanism. We replaced the wooden sides with brand new replicas made by a third party."

Quasimidi Sirius SN 52116

via this auction


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ROLAND CMU-810 w/ Original Box

via this auction

"This is a real rarity in any condition, arguably Roland's rarest vintage synth, and here we have one almost 'New Old Stock' in the original box! An early 80's desktop module from Roland in their absolute prime, based on the SH101 / MC202 architecture with the classic Curtis CEM3340 VCO plus the legendary IR3109 VCF chip as found in everything from the Jupiter 8 to the Juno 60. Driven by CV/gate, we've tested it using both an Arturia MicroFreak and a Korg SQ1 with stunning results, and has the added bonus of a built in 2 channel mono-signal mixer for routing other gear through, plus 21 slider caps as used on the Juno 6 and 60! Mad!!! Feels like this unique unit pre-dated the whole 'desktop module' thing that has been with us since the early days of Virtual Analogue from Nord and Access Virus, and by around 25 years! A very modern feeling old thing, with that small desk-space footprint but big sound we're all looking for these days."

Learn how to use a Roland Juno 60 Synthesizer Tutorial and Tape Interface Patch Bank

video upload by T O N E L A B

"In this demo, I take you on a tour through Roland's most popular single-oscillator, synth from 1982... The Juno 60! a rich sounding, yet very modest synth..some pedigree declare it the finest single-osc. ever?! ..hmm, but it is tough trying to think of something that gives this thing shade!

First half of this demo is a virtual 'walk-thru' of the features.. then towards the end is a walk-through of how to use the Tape Interface to backup the sound-patches to a D.A.W. (Logic Pro X)

0:00 Introduction
1:43 DCB
2:06 Transpose & Hold
3;35 Arpeggio
6:29 LFO
8:49 DCO
13:40 HPF
14:07 VCF
19:50 Chorus
21:56 VCA
26:23 Memory
28:57 VCF Jack
29:28 Bender (DCO, VCF, LFO Trig & Octave Transpose)
31:17 Manual Button
31:34 Tape Interface
34:38 Patch Memory Tone

Accessories mentioned:
MIDI--to-DCB Converter -
Moog Expression Pedal for VCF -"

MFB's Manfred Fricke Has Passed Away

Left: Manfred Fricke (via back in the day with his first creations, the MFB-501 drum machine (right), and MFB-601 digital sequencer (left).

2nd image is Manfred Fricke with the MFB SYNTH II at SUPERBOOTH (unknown source).

We lost another legend in the synth world. Sad news in via STROMKULT: "'On June, 17th around 11am Manfred Fricke from Berlin alias MFB sadly passed away after having had a hard time with cancer for a while already. He left his wife Gloria and his son Jean-Marcel behind, we are all very sad having lost this partner, friend and father.'

Manfred Fricke was one of Berlins pioneers of analog synth and drum machine makers. He has been the weapon of choice for many (not only) starting musicians. Let’s be honest, who didn’t have one of his creations early in his or hers journey into electronic musical instruments – or at least thought about getting one – and why shouldn’t you? Manfred Fricke's machines always brought something unique to the table, they were mostly analog, affordable, in small plastic housings and just did the job. Manfred always focused on keeping his products affordable for his clients and the instruments quite often made their way to professional use later on, and the musicians often kept their first units as something almost holy, because it were these machines that paved the way into analog electronic music making.

But it would be too short-sighted to associate MFB only with budget entry-level products. Especially the drum machines Tanzbär and Tanzbär II, or the great Dominion 1 show that Manfred Fricke also built machines that met higher demands. The Tanzbär, in particular, is considered by many to be their favorite drum machine of the last few years, especially in terms of its amazing sound.

We hope that MFB will continue to exist and that it will continue to make it easier for many generations of musicians to enter the world of electronic sound production.

We wish Manfred Fricke's son Jean-Marcel continued success for the future of MFB and extend our condolences to him and his family. And lets hope that Manfred will finally meet up with all the other good guys on the other side.

Rest In Peace."


video upload by 7V-STUDIO

MFB's Manfred Fricke's first procuct, the Fricke MFB-501 drum machine.

Description via this video:
"This little analog beatbox was developed in 1980 1979 by Manfred Fricke. It was offered at 380 DM. As a low-cost model on the market for analog rhythm generators the small black and white "Switch Box" quickly found a lot of friends, because its configuration could be compared to its expensive far east competitors: 64 patterns and as many fill-ins switchable via micro switches, speed ​​control via potentiometer, 10 analog percussion instruments (activated by means of micro switches), combined mono/stereo outputs (jack), In & Out (5 Vss) and trigger footswitch inputs (jack) for start and fill-in
(retail price for the switch at 16 DM). An external wall power supply provides 12 volts.

Approx. 5000 units of the MFB-501 had been sold. Not so bad for a one-man company. So this drum machine is one of the top-selling devices in the history of the Berlin engineer offices M. Fricke . If you're lucky, this iconic device can still be found on the relevant internet sales platforms.

Today, maintenance of this tiny noise machine is still easily feasible, because Fricke employed only commercially available components. Therefore, 'presumedly dead 501's' can be reanimated without major problems."

MFB 601 Vintage Digital Sequencer, Teardown, Repair and partial analysis

Published on Feb 2, 2015 FPV Electronics

Note this video is FPV Electronics of course, and not Manfred Fricke.
"This device is exclusively built from 7400 and 4000 series basic logic ICs. Making it must have been so much more difficult than just programming a generic µController as we would do today."

Timeline via

1976: MFB was founded by engineer Manfred Fricke. So far there were more than some hundred products constructed and distributed. The first developments and products were primarly video games for industrial playmachines.

1979: A lowcost drummachine was introduced in 1979. (98 DM for the self construction kit). The legendary drumcomputer MFB-501 was finished and sold. Although it was not the most prominent drumcomputer of that time it surely was one of the best selling drum units in Germany. Some shops sold ten times more MFB-501s than Roland TR-808s. More products for the musician followed, such as the Digital-Sequencer MFB-601 and the digital drum machine MFB-512. All of these featured rich products were offered at exceptional low prices.

1984: The E-Drum module series 1000 and 2000 followed with corresponding pads.

1986: A new construction period started in 1986 with product launches of the MIDI-CV converter MFB-201 and the MIDI drummer MFB-SYNTH was finished in 1997, although its development dates back to the eighties. The machine never went into production since 2001, the year of the company´s 25th anniversary because of decreased interest in analogue synthesizer technology especially in the sales channels.

From 1986 Manfred Fricke specialized in products for video applications. Alone 20 different framegrabbers for the Apple II, C-64 und IBM compatible PCs were constructed. A very high percentage of these framegrabbers were and are still in use for special industrial purposes. Custom development is still done here, so these specialized tools are not available for other customers.

1994: MFB introduced the world´s first videomixer below 1.000 DM, the MFB-901. Its successor MFB-902 was available in 1995. Another important development in the video section was the model MFB-912, a digital video memory. This 1998 product was highly acclaimed by the press.

1999: The successor MFB-915 added sound and higher picture resolution. It´s available since October 1999. Another successor is the model MFB-920 with an integrated harddrive offering better options for nonlinear cutting and post processing of the recorded material.

2001: During this year, Manfred Fricke also developed another new MIDI drum-module. MFB-KULT, includes most of the famous sounds of the older machines. Both MFB-SYNTH and MFB-KULT are availabale since December 2001. Because of constant requests for the digital sequencer MFB-601 a successor MFB-602. was introduced in May 2002.

2002: Since August 2002 there´s also a little brother of the MFB-SYNTH, the MFB-SYNTH LITE

And of course the MFB DOMINION series and the MFB SYNTH PRO.

There have been 1747 MFB posts on the site prior to this one. MFB has been a mainstay on the site and Manfred Fricke will be greatly missed.

Plinky : #3 patch from scratch

video upload by Meska

"Quick patch from scratch with plinky, a realy basic one, i will make more on other aspec of plinky .
You can see my proto case for plinky and the expandeur, next step make it thinner and 3d printable :)

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

If you'd like to support the channel​ consider buying music from bandcamp ;)"

Plinky patches by Meska

Sequential Artist Spotlight Interview with KARL LEARMONT

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

"Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Karl Learmont / Angelspit is known for vicious synths, slamming modular distorted drums, and lyrics with a twist of sarcasm. Angelspit’s new album The Ignorance Cartel is their nineteenth release since their inception in June 2004. Currently based in LA, Angelspit has toured the USA and Europe multiple times – dragging their synths around with them.

We chatted with Karl on how he uses the Prophet Rev2 in his music."

You can find additional posts featuring Sequential's Spotlight series here.

Phase Plant - a 21st Century Modular Synth

video upload by Waveform

"A brief look at Modular Synths followed by the creation of patches in Phaseplant in order to create a 'Cinematic' style track.

00:00 Modular Background

02:35 Enter Phaseplant
03:10 Synth String Patch
06:15 Soft Synth Pad
10:57 "Cinematic" Brass
16:08 Bell Tone from Wavetable
19:48 War Drum Ensemble
22:16 Wind & Explosion FX
24:57 Wavetable Drone & Pad
27:58 "Stab" Sound
28:49 The Final Track"

Behringer Introduces the RD-8 MKII

video upload by Behringer

"In our constant pursuit for perfection and authenticity, we proudly introduce the new RD-8 MKII, the most authentic analog recreation ever produced.

This drum machine has been re-designed from the ground up with carefully selected components and circuitry, which have dramatically improved the sound of the voices as well as noise and phase response across both the main and individual outputs.

Most importantly, our engineers - together with our Coolaudio semiconductor sister company - successfully recreated the 40-year-old BA662 chip, which is instrumental for the authentic voices of this instrument.

We’re proud to deliver the most authentic and accurate analog drum machine recreation ever produced.

We Hear You.

List Price: $329 (in stock and immediately shipping from our factory)"

Behringer RD-8 MkII Review by Honeysmack
video upload by Honeysmack

"He is my first review of the new RD-8 MkII.

This video is not a tutorial or a detailed feature run through. As a live Acid Techno improvisor and performer for almost 30 years, I wanted to go through some features I loved and how the RD-8 MKII builds on the spirit of the TR-808 with some nice new sound enhancements and sequencer/performance features. Behringer have said they redesigned some of the key components in an effort to get an authentic 808 sound. The firmware has also been revised.

00:00 RD-8 MKII vs TR-808 sound comparison
00:35 Intro
02:00 Me with hair as a techno raver
02:37 Why Behringer are doing good things!
03:01 How does it compare to the original?
04:24 Sound enhancements overview
04:34 Bass drum
05:04 Open hihat
05:34 Hand clap
05:56 Wave designer
06:48 Dual-mode filter
08:00 Turn your bass drum into a synth
08:57 Sequencer/performance functions overview
09:49 Poly mode
11:14 Step repeat
11:33 Note repeat
12:00 Randomization
12:39 Probability
13:23 Flam
13:51 Conclusion
14:37 RD-8 MK II outro jam

All audio was recorded without any pre/post processing whatsoever, all audio is coming directly out of an old Mackie 24•8 mixer with no EQ. What you are hearing is as raw as possible, with no embellishments.

We all know the 808 sound and it’s hard to not to know it these days as this legendary drum machine has informed a variety of electronic dance music genres from Hip Hop to pop music. Owning an original TR-808 is a rarity these days, I purchased mine over 20 years ago at time before prices went crazy. These days owning vintage drum machines and synths are the fare of privileged people, like old men with ponytails collecting vintage guitars. The RD-8MkII is great riff on the original. The new additions such as filter, wave designer, tuning on the kick, clap offset and the added sequencer features make a great drum machine. I applaud Behringer for producing an affordable, like-for-like clone. This gives more people access and it can only promote more music making! Hope this video provides some insight into this new machine.

Disclaimer: I was a beta-tester on the RD-8 MkII although I do not work for Behringer and they have nothing to do with the making of this video."

ARP 2600 Analog Synthesizer Meticulously Refurbished

via this auction

"This unit was disassembled, cleaned inside and out, meticulously serviced, with some future-proofing measures and fully and repeatedly tested by vintage synth specialists with decades of experience (us). This process required 22 hours of skilled labor. The result is an ARP 2601 that is much better than the rest. Don't settle for less / get what you pay for.

This unit is working perfect, is ready to play, and will hopefully outlast all others.

This unit came to us without a keyboard, which is no problem for most people because it's better to control it with an external midi to CV converter. This way, it can be played by your MIDI DAW or whatever midi controller you use with it. If you need an original arp 2600 keyboard to go with it, we have a model 3604 that we can sell you - email us.

In addition to any repairs, we did the following work to this unit:

-Fully disassembled, cleaned inside and out.
-Power supply rebuilt: new capacitors and trimpots.
-All tantalum capacitors replaced (these are a common source of failure in ARPs).
-All sliders and switches cleaned and lubricated.
-Cleaned Cinch-Jones connectors.
-Multiple systematic tests of all functions.

Earlier revisions of the 2600 are notorious for having their modules sealed in black epoxy. This late version 2601's circuits are all open, so if a component ever goes bad, repair should be easy."

Studio Electronics Selector for ATC-1

via this auction

"This rare 1U rack unit made by SE accomodates up to four filter cartridges making it possible to have them always connected to the ATC-1. The module connects to the cartridge slot at the rear of the ATC-1, so you just plug it in and play!"

Note this listing is from a supporting member of the site. It was previously posted here. I require new pics for new posts, so here they are. Just wanted to point out why the image at the listing is different than these at the time of this post.


video upload 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!"

Wake the Dead (The Dead are Woke) by Audio Illustrator

"Ephesians 5: 13But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14For this reason it says,

'Awake, sleeper,

And arise from the dead,

And Christ will shine on you.'

15So then, be careful how you walk, not as unwise people but as wise, 16making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."

Noise Engineering Patch Pairing Episode 3: Dry Vodka Martini

video upload by Noise Engineering

"In episode 3 of Patch Pairing we try Norman's favorite drink, the dry vodka martini. Norman then makes an ambient patch to pair with this drink using Noise Engineering gear! Let us know what your favorite drink to patch with is.

If alcohol isn't your think, check out these non-alcoholic versions:

0:00 - Series Intro
0:15 - Episode Intro
1:25 - Ingredients
1:44 - Recipe
2:06 - Patch from Scratch
12:58 - Jam
14:30 - Outro"

Noise Engineering Patch Pairing Episodes

Let's build a multi-tap delay setup in VCV Rack

video upload by Omri Cohen

"This video is all about building a multi-tap delay setup in VCV Rack with individual modules. Creating, more or less, the Verbos Multi Delay Processor.

Here are the patches together with the Strip file and mixer presets -

00:00 - Introduction and sounds
00:45 - Building the setup
10:14 - Pan/Level/Feedback
15:26 - Sequence
18:50 - Lead with more feedback"

Yamaha DX5 Synth demo of the Hypersynth Hcard-705

video upload by JMPSynth

"A demo of the 'synth' type sounds and pads from the Hypersynth Hcard-705 for DX1 & DX5. The best of DX FM.

More information at the Hypersynth website:

Single and dual patches played on the DX5 with some reverb added plus a little delay on a couple of patches."

Elex K2 1970’s Rare Italian Vintage String machine (Farfisa/Hohner) - SN 27157

via this auction

This appears to be the first K2 on the site. You can find demos of another modle, the K4, in previous posts here.

"Very very rare Italian string machine made in the 70’s. Branded also as Farfisa or Hohner , this is the original one, made by Elex, a very obscure Italian brand from Recanati. It works great, cosmetically has some signs of age.

Sounds similar to the Elka Rhapsody 610, but with a few differences - the 'Ensemble' button does not turn the chorus on/off (as you mighty expect) the chorus is permanently on - instead, this enables the lower part of the keyboard from the split point down to play all 4 octaves simultaneously (eg for the C2 key, C2, C3, C4 and C5 all play simultaneously) - it is fully polyphonic and sounds massive. It also has a 'Bass' (presumably guitar) preset which plays bass below the split point. Unlike the 610, each of the Piano/ Harpsichord/Cello/Strings can be enabled/cancelled for each half of the keyboard (although, like the 610, there are separate level controls for each half of the keyboard with the addition of a level control for the 'Bass'). The only omission compared to the 610 is the lack of decay controls for the Piano/Harpsichord. There are separate outs for the 'Piano', 'Piano-Harp' and 'Bass' as well as a mix output ('General')."

Yamaha CS60

via this auction

"It was serviced by Kent Sprong just over 2 years ago with a new ribbon controller ( which was quite expensive ) Its hardly been used in the last year . The tuning is super stable . Its an amazing sounding synth."

Alesis ion 8-Voice Analog Modeling Synthesizer SN (21)Q01003030800189

via this auction

"The ion synthesizer contains multiple dents and scratches (see pictures for details). Occasionally at random, there are a few keys that stick and make a clicking sound. Most of the time, this is not a problem. This ion does have the output volume issue that these synthesizers are known for. For years, I have used the Aux Output with the Output Level knob to bypass this issue."

Oberheim OB-Xa Synthesizer Recapped w/ MIDI

via this auction

"All caps replaced years ago. Midi added. There was some feature put in by the original owner that I removed so there's a small row of plugged screw holes on the top left of the unit."

JoMox XBase 09 SN 0031-1733

via this auction

Random Source Edelweiss II Modular Synthesizer

via this auction


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