MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, September 3, 2021

Friday, September 03, 2021

Exploring 2 Welson Stereo Symphony !

video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"Welson Stereo Symphony - sometimes called Welson Stereo Orchestra.
A rare, Italian string machine from the mid 70's with brass, trumpet, Piano and Harpsichord presets and multiple panning controls.
We just got two of these back from repairs so thought we'd make a comparison video.
To our ears they sound very similar, as should be, but some presets do differ a bit.
This could be because of ageing components and calibration, or the fact that only a small number of these were ever made, at least compared to the Solina String Ensemble or Logan String Melody, and small production runs don't have the same consistency as the large ones.
Volume and sustain controls for each presets at the split point, maybe a bit excessive but anyways - this is a great sounding instrument in our opinion.
Playing around with the preset and Orchestra pan options gives you a wider range of sounds than your normal string machine."

Rare Yamaha SY-1 Analog Solo Synthesizer with original box and service manual

via this auction

FAT Freebass FB383

via this auction

"monophonic analog clone of the TB-303. The FAT Freebass FB 383 was made under licence by MAM and is a version of the MB 33 with a special front-panel design as part of an exclusive deal with Turnkey music shop UK - which is where I bought it originally. The FAT Freebass FB383 offers all the same basic sounds and controls as the original TB-303 in a 1-unit rack module. There are 8 basic knobs for the same basic 303-like control: tune, filter cutoff, resonance, envmod, accent and decay. Unlike the 303 however, the oscillator can be controlled from sawtooth to square from one of the knobs on the front. There is also an external audio input to the filter for processing other sources and a dipbutton control to select the MIDI channel. On the front there is a power on LED, a MIDI activity LED and an auto tune button."

Sherman Filterbank 2

via this auction unfinished Entry System 2006

via this auction

"Back in 2006, offered a "pay-as-you-go" Entry System plan: pay upfront they shipped you a 22-space cabinet and a handful of modules, and then for $120/month they'd keep sending you new modules. I got 6 modules in and lost interest, but I held onto the system for 15 years.

Recently I took the time to dust off the modules and re-rack them in a carpeted 19" 5U rack that fits all 6 of the modules and PSU in a more... approachable form factor. It's still very heavy, but much easier to lug around than the original MDF cabinet. This is a complete synth voice, including:
Q104 MIDI interface
Q106 Oscillator with PWM, linear and exponential FM, and simultaneous sine, triangle, saw, ramp, and pulse outputs
Q108 VCA with switchable linear/exponential response and inverted output
Q124 Multiples (passive)
Q109 Envelope Generator with adjustable ADSR segments
Q107 State Variable Filter with 1V/oct and linear FM, CV over resonance, a two-signal mixer, and simultaneous outputs for high-, band-, notch- and low-pass modes
The PSU is also way overpowered, as it was intended to run nearly 4x the modules (22 instead of 8), so it would be possible to build up or down with additional 5U racks. (This one is the Procraft 5U rack at 9" depth from Pro Speaker Parts, which can be had new for $71.50 as of this writing.)

Comes with 8 heavy-duty patch cables and and 8 light-weight Hosa patch cables, which is more than enough for this setup. I'm listing this as excellent because it is in great shape for its age. The only thing "wrong" with it is that some of the panel screws are a bit rusty. They're easily replaceable and don't affect the unit at all."

Korg Opsix - "Orion" 40 Presets and Sequences

video upload by LFOstore

" presents the bank in the series for the Korg Opsix synthesizer.


This bank devoted sequences and pads

40 presets and sequences ready to breathe new colors into your music and inspire creativity.

Create sound worlds with sequences, plucks, leads and organic pads.

Every patch of our soundset is musical & can be immediately used in your tracks & production.

Enjoy and may the music come with you!"

WALDORF The Synthesizer Company Knapsack / Backpack

via this auction

This one was spotted and sent in via M Me.

Sequential Take 5 Live Loop Jam

video upload by Creative Spiral

"This is just a short jam... noodling around, testing out some of my first Take 5 sound designs with a loop pedal."

Pro 3 + Subharmonicon: Do They Fit Together?

video upload by Synthetic World 859

"Today I wanted to try my Moog Subharmonicon as a jam companion for keyboard playing on the Sequential Pro 3. It's failed before, so why would it work this time? Because I used an external effect! The Subharmonicon is running through my TipTop Audio Echoz eurorack delay, which rocks. It made all the difference in the world and set the tone for a super fun session."

Faselunare VEGA 4 Voice Eurorack Drum Module

You can find a SOUNDMIT preview demo posted back in March here.

"VEGA is the first module of the italian company Faselunare. Is a 6HP, 4 Voices drum module in Eurorack format. VEGA has 4 digital voices tailored for drum sounds, each voice works both in synthesis and with samples uploaded on the onboard SD card.

His unique color coded user interface, shrink the module at only 6HP, thanks to the RGB encoders, LEDs and buttons, you can access easily 12 parameters per voice, 5 presets and a very useful mute function for each voice.

VEGA has 4 Trigger inputs (one for each voice), 1 Random input which randomly triggers individual voices and a high quality audio output.


Here at FASELUNARE (Moon-phase in English), we have a passion for space and sci-fi, Francesco's Stage name has always been Urbanspaceman and together with Daniele he played and released some records as the "Space Aliens From Outer Space".

So that's why our projects have names inspired by science and science fiction!

If you look at an image of the Lyra constellation, you will notice that the 4 buttons of our module are positioned exactly like the 4 stars: Vega (α Lyrae, the brightest), γ Lyrae, β Lyrae and δ Lyrae."

PFS-01-Buchla 100

video upload by zack dagoba

"Patching From Scratch episode one with BENGE - the Buchla 100"

The SynthSummitShow Ep. 34 Gary Chang

video upload by Ken Flux Pierce Fluxwithit

Beautiful Wiard system in the backgroud.

"about Todays guest : Gary Chang is an American composer of scores for film and television. Working primarily in the action and thriller genres, he has composed the scores to over seventy films, including Under Siege, Sniper, and The Island of Dr. Moreau. He is also a long-time collaborator of directors John Frankenheimer and Craig R. Baxley. For his work on Under Siege, he won a BMI Award.[1]"

You can find additional posts mentioning Gary Chang here.

WMD Kraken - Snare Synthesizer In-Depth Demonstration

video upload by Patchwerks Seattle

One more video below.

"In this video Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT) of Patchwerks shares an in depth look at the new WMD Kraken.

Order the Kraken here.

From WMD: 'No samples, 100% digital synthesis with the ability to make realistic snare drums of all sizes, shapes, materials, and colors. Similar to Crucible, Kraken uses a network of classic synthesis blocks like delay, digital filters, and noise to create a very unique resonator.

'Crack-in' to the snare drum sound you're into most by adjusting parameters that corelate to physical drum properties such as shell type and size, head tightness, amount of overtone, and how tight and bright the snares sound.

You like snare samples? Great! Although Kraken does not use any recordings to generate sound, you can get a perfectly repeatable snare sound, similar to a sampler by using digital noise to generate the sound of the "snares".

Want your snare to sound more realistic? Try analog noise to imitate the subtle difference of a drummer hitting the snare slightly different on each hit.

Perfect Pitch... kind-of. Optional pitch shifter on the output widens the sonic palette as well as the frequency range, while imparting a unique character of it's own, reminiscent of old school samplers and pitch shifter pedals. Pitch knob and CV input take control of the pitch shifter when in this mode.

Wreck the ship with the Wreck switch and CV input. Three different distortion characters push the envelope that much further with an analog style gained up hard clipping, wavefolding, and bit depth reduction. At some shell settings, gain gets loud like running a snare mic through a distortion pedal. The wave folder sounds like over-the-top compression with lots of high frequency content,. The bit depth reduction setting lets you dial in a desired amount of "vintage" digital artifacts. Moving the switch to these different modes is only a preview. Use the Wreck CV input for the most control and variety in sound.

Kraken is begging to be sequenced. Use the Head, Rim, and Accent gate inputs to start your basic rhythm of hits, sidesticks, rimshots and accented sounds. Sequence the Velocity input with a variable CV source to bring the pattern to life and put the drummer behind the kit.'
Demo by: Matthew Piecora
Video by: Matthew Piecora (aka EZBOT)"


video upload by

"In this video I perform a short pattern on my WMD drum machine that I built. The purpose of this video is to show of the new WMD Kraken Snare module which I was absolutely in love with the moment I heard it.

Order from my local synth shop cause they are great:


If you want more and feel inspired to support me, please visit my Patreon page:"

WMD KRAKEN snares from the Deep!!! It's time for a full on Techno JAM!

video upload by Trovarsi

"Check out the Kraken from WMD. It's their new digital snare module.
Here's a few jam to show you the full spectrum of what this snare modules can do!

Jam #1 - 0:00
Info - 2:25
Jam #2 - 2:51
Jam #3 - 4:36
Jam#4 - 6:00

Watch the in-depth demo by Alex aka Nasty Nachos from WMD!!" [2nd video here]

See the dealers on the right for availability.

Bad Gear - Korg Monologue - The Analog Electribe???

video upload by AudioPilz

00:00 Intro tune
01:16 Overview
05:11 Hate
05:34 Jam 1
06:30 Jam 2
07:34 Finale
08:01 Verdict

"Welcome to Bad Gear, the show about the world's most hated audio tools. Today we are going to talk about the Korg Monologue Monophonic Analog Synthesizer. Is it an analog Electribe in disguise???"

AudioPilz Bad Gear posts

Waldorf Teases New Synth for SUPERBOOTH21

via @waldorfmusic_official

The classic big red knob on blue of the original Waldorf Wave series. It almost looks like a button or LED, but that would be pretty large considering what looks like adjacent grey knobs. Note they are the older classic knob design, and not the later silo knobs. Should be interesting...

Playing With Urano #1

video upload by gotharman

"Playing back a track, I've made on Urano..."

Solder a DIY module with us at Superbooth 2021!

video upload by Making Sound Machines

"We've made you a little something, and you can build it at Superbooth 2021! A lot of friends online and offline have asked us about TausenddB, the little four channel preamp eurorack module we used to record our piezo videos with, so we've made it into a DIY Kit. And we will premiere it at Superbooth 2021 in Berlin, where you can build it with us in a workshop!

Get tickets for the workshop:

Tausend dB was originally designed as a small run of helper modules for space explorers, a public audio installation at Reading FringeFestival 2019 and in collaboration with visualists WARPED TYPE.

It was inspired by Tom Whitwell's MusicThing Microphonie and Mutable Instruments Ears, but we needed a different set of features: more channels, because we had a lot of contact mics, so we packed four channels into 6HP; mute switches, because we wanted to be able to act quickly when things get out of hand; and a secret row of expander pin headers in the back, so we could boost CV and audio from our favourite gear and devboards with jumper wires: Bastl Kastl, Korg Volca Modular, Electrosmith Daisy, Teensy and Arduino.

Jumpers in the back let you select whether you want to filter DC offset.

Check out the other awesome workshops too: Koma Elektronik, Touellskouarn, Befaco, Leaf Audio, Fase Lunare, Shakmat, AtoVproject and Jolinlab will all be there to build awesome stuff with you! Aaaaaand we might sneak peak a module at TiNRS’s booth, who will present a lot of great new modules as well ❤️ So come check them out and say hi!"

Tape Leaders: A Compendium Of Early British Electronic Music Composers Gets an Update

You might remember Tape Leaders A Compendium Of Early British Electronic Music Composers posted back in 2017. It is now available with some updates.

via Velocity Press where you can find it:

Tape Leaders: A Compendium Of Early British Electronic Music Composers is a richly illustrated A-Z compendium featuring over 100 composers active with tape and electronics in the analogue era. Containing information never previously uncovered, it shines a fresh light on many sound experimenters unacknowledged in the history of British electronic music.

With an individual entry for each composer, it covers everyone from famous names like William Burroughs, Brian Eno and Joe Meek to the ultra-obscure such as Roy Cooper, Donald Henshilwood and Edgar Vetter. There are sections for EMS and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and amateurs, groups and ensembles that experimented with electronics, including The Beatles, Hawkwind and White Noise.

First published by Sound On Sound Magazine in 2016, this is the first time it’s been available outside their shop and this new edition has been extensively revised and updated. The hardback book is 22.7cm x 17.7cm landscape, and the 224 pages are printed and bound on heavyweight 130gsm paper. With a specially compiled 15 track CD of mainly unreleased early British tape and synthesizer works (exclusively available to the Velocity Press shop and free with all pre-orders), this is an essential book for anyone interested in electronic music history during the 1950s and 60s.

Ian Helliwell: "Years before investigating the work of FC Judd for the documentary Practical Electronica, it was evident there was so much early British electronic music that had never been properly researched. The idea of a book examining this formative period began to crystallize during work on the film, as interesting facts were being uncovered that fed into a much broader-based history than has ever been available. A compendium to cover not just the acknowledged figures, but also those that never get a mention, was the objective so that famous names sit alongside the unknowns, and the reader gets a sense of the vast amount of electronic music activity that was going on, which has since been ignored or forgotten about.

“The graphic design was another important consideration and has been something of a labour of love to evoke the era of tape recorders, tone generators and analogue synthesizers. Many of the photos and images have come directly from the featured composers or their families, and form an eye-catching array of illustrations to support and enhance the text."

Elektron Analog Rytm MK1 -Factory Presets Demo

video upload by Nicolas Melis

"Elektron Analog Rytm Mk1 -Factory Presets A1-16, B1-16"

Abstrakt Avalon Bassline, with Ladder Filter Cart

via this auction

Acidlab Bassline 3

via this auction

"synth is in a absolute perfect working condition. nice thing is that a sequencer is super user friendly, and has much more features that on original roland tb-303, (like live recording, etc.) and it’s also awesome that it has CV and midi, for any kind of synchronization."

Korg VC-10 Vocoder SN 161398

via this auction

"Vocoder Korg VC-10 - perfectly working, it would need to be serviced but it works well like this. Note that the XLR input has to be fixed as you can see on the picture.

Included Gooseneck K&M 23020 to play with any XLR Microphone."

E-MU Systems Emax II, with SCSI2SD, FlashFloppy, and OLED Screen

via this auction

"E-MU Emax II vintage sampler. It is working well and has many installed improvements, like:

Black/Green OLED screen

FlashFloppy USB floppy drive replacement (allows for moving downloaded/backed up floppy images to and from your computer)

SCSI2SD, which allows you to create virtual hard drives for quick, massive storage of EMAX patches. Right now it is setup as a couple hard drives and there are loads of original E-MU library patches on there, as well as many other synth patches."

1980s Roland Alpha Juno SN 800674

via this auction

1980s Yamaha CS01 Micro Analog Monophonic Synthesizer SN 5393 w/ Original Box

via this auction

"1980s Yamaha CS01 Micro Monophonic Synthesizer in near mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original box. The CS01 is a portable monophonic synth that offers an extensive range of voice parameters, a 32-key keyboard, Pitch and Modulation wheels, and a unique Breath Control feature. The synth is capable of surprisingly fat and squishy bass sounds, with plenty of distinctly ‘80s dystopian shades of edgy waveform cut.

The Breath Control system lets you control the VCA and VCF using your breath via an optional (not included) Yamaha Breath Controller for a broad range of hands-free, expressive control. Other controls include Speed for the LFO section, Glissando, Pitch, Feet, Wave, and PWN Speed for the VCO section, Frequency Cutoff, Resonance, and EQ Depth for the VCF section, EG Depth for the VCA section, and Attack Time, Decay Time, Sustain Level, and Release Time for the EG section."

Roland MC-202 MICRO COMPOSER w/ Original Gig Bag

via this auction

Novation Peak 8-Voice Synthesizer + Stand

via this auction

Ellitone E[64] Synthesizer Sequencer

via this auction

You can find demos and details on the Ellitone E[64] in previous posts here.

SOMA Cosmos - Its Not A Looper, Its A Drifting Memory Station

video upload by sonicstate

"We take a look at the latest unusual creation from Vlad Kreimer of SOMA Laboratories. The Cosmos is an unusual device, less a looper and more Drifting Memory Station (which is its official title)
Editor Nick Batt takes a look.

Exclusive extra content on Patreon

00:00 Intro and overview
02:21 Algorithm 1 and controls
03:45 Hardware
4:35 4 tap algorithm
4:50 Hall Algorithm and examples
7:23 Granular delay algorithm
08:40 HP and LPF
10:25 Reverse and SUP|COM and sounds
13:45 Flash Drive
14:06 Examples
17:55 Conclusions"

Elements Vol 1 - Patches 76 to 100 - u-he - Repro 5

video upload by GEOSynths

"Out Now -
I love u-he's Synths, they're some of the best Software Synthesizers out there. While I usually deal with Hardware, I have made patches for u-he DIVA and others, so I decided to make a 100 Patches for Repro 5.

It contains a wide range of Sounds from Pads & Strings, Bass & Lead, Poly & a few Famous Sounds. Many of them utilize the additional functionality in the Mod Matrix for more diverse sounds.

00:00 - 76. Your Eminence GEO
01:40 - 77. Tolling Bell GEO
02:29 - 78. Brass Balls GEO
02:58 - 79. Colors GEO
04:28 - 80. Night Lounge GEO
05:07 - 81. Todd is God GEO
05:40 - 82. Chorus Line GEO
07:01 - 83. Dirty Thoughts GEO
07:44 - 84. King of Kings GEO
09:07 - 85. Hold The Line GEO
09:52 - 86. Dark Dynamics GEO
11:10 - 87. FM Bass GEO
11:39 - 88. Night Life GEO
12:11 - 89. City Keys GEO
12:53 - 90. Broken Arrow GEO
13:40 - 91. Plucked Delays GEO
14:16 - 92. 12 String GEO
14:58 - 93. Milk & Honey GEO
16:00 - 94. Bass Head GEO
16:29 - 95. Overwritten GEO
17:18 - 96. Derezzed GEO
17:52 - 97. Quantify GEO
19:03 - 98. Notch Pad GEO
19:56 - 99. Candle Light GEO
20:44 - 100. High Tide GEO"

Ryan Paris - Dolce Vita - Synthesizer Recreation

video upload by Luke Million

"I've always loved the synths in 'Dolce Vita' by Ryan Paris. This is my take on it using the Moog Multimoog, Oberheim OB8, Prophet 5, Roland Juno 6, Jupiter 4 and Arp Odyssey. 🎹🇮🇹🎹"

“Flux meets Jupiter-4 16 - Three VCOs drone” by Friendly Noise

video upload by Friendly Noise

Friendly Noise Jupiter-4 posts

"This is number 16 of a video series combining the best of vintage sound and the best of the modern sequencer technology in eurorack: Roland Jupiter 4 and IO Labs Flux. There will be a new short video about every week.

The Jupiter 4 is always recorded in mono, which makes the internal chorus very subtle. Reverb is added in Cubase to make the sound wider. There is no clipping in the recording chain. If you hear anything close to distortion, it’s all in the sound coming out of the Jupiter 4."

OT 1 - Eurorack Oscilloscope & Tuner Modular Synthesizer EcoLab

video upload by EcoLab Audio

"Super handy and useful Synthie-Tuner and an Oscilloscope in 4HP.

The output is a buffered sibling of the input.

The potentiometer adjusts the level of the incoming signal to the scope.

On the mainboard is another tiny potentiometer to adjust the level of the incoming signal to the tuner.


Depth 40mm

+12V 53mA

-12V 8mA"

WMD Kraken Eurorack Module - 15 minutes of sounds NO TALKING

video upload by

"Kraken is a physical modeling snare drum module for eurorack modular synthesizers. No samples, 100% digital synthesis with the ability to make realistic snare drums of all sizes, shapes, materials, and colors.

In this video we explore the sounds that Kraken can create, from traditional snares, to distorted blasts of noise, to experimental percussive synthesis. No talking, just sounds.

All sounds in this video were created with Kraken. No external effects or other sound sources whatsoever."

WMD Kraken Eurorack Snare Drum - In-depth demonstration
video upload by WMDevices

"In this video, Alex runs through the features and parameters of Kraken, giving you a peak into the workflow and sounds it can generate."

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