MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, September 9, 2021

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Thursday, September 09, 2021

Grasshopper as an instrument - Play that cricket!

video upload by Espen Kraft

"Can you teach a grasshopper to play in perfect rhythm with your synthesizers and sounds? Can you train a grasshopper to be the next Zimmer, Williams or Junkie XL? Of course not, but you can sample it and use that to great effect, in a soundtrack. Sci-fi soundtrack tutorial recommended.

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I'm using a Zoom H1 to record sounds in the field.
The sampler I use is the Yamaha TX16W from 1987. It is a 12 bit stereo sampler, at 33Khz.
I use the TAL sampler to process the sampled sound, and to loop it etc.
The song is called 'The Spacehopper Theme' and was made for this video. I use various synths in this and the song is mixed and mastered."


via this auction

You can find demos in previous posts here.

Roland TR-08 Boutique Drum Machine w/ Wood Side Panels

via this auction

Moog Opus 3 Synthesizer SN 38984

via this auction

"In full working order
Serviced and cleaned (internally) with parts replaced in 2015
- original internal foam removed and replaced
- sliders & contacts cleaned
has since been stored in a cupboard.
Played recently (to check working condition ahead of selling) and all keys and controls are in good working order.
Two slider caps missing
Some wear on the wooden side panels"

Expressive E Introduces Imagine - Physical Modeling Software Synth with Multidimensional Acoustic Tones

video upload by Expressive E

"Meet Imagine a playful world of unknown acoustic sounds

Imagine digs deep inside the body of real-life instruments, modifies, and combines their acoustic characteristics to create an imaginary acoustics landscape.
Thanks to a playful multidimensional approach, Imagine offers texture manipulations, mysterious unknown sound dimensions that still sound familiar.

multidimensional acoustic tones

Imagine digs deep inside the body of real life instruments, modifies and combines their acoustic characteristics to create an imaginary acoustics landscape.

Thanks to a playful multidimensional approach, Imagine offers texture manipulations, mysterious unknown sound dimensions that still sound familiar.
multi-stage envelope generators

For further expressive possibilities, Imagine contains MSEGs that pack a huge collection of modulations for your sounds.

intelligent modulation system

Behind the scenes, everything is optimized to provide you the best expressive experience possible: no dead zones; sensitivity curves and ranges are continuously scaled.

optimized macros

Significant optimization work has been carried out to allow you to modulate the sound of your instruments in real time, resulting in a unique expressive perspective."

🔥🔥🔥 special introductory price - 40%OFF - limited offer -⏳

the press release, just in, follows with additional details and some spectacular renders of a conceptual hardware version. Before you get to excited, Imagine is software only:

Expressive E and AAS Team Up on the Imagine Software Instrument: A Playful New World of Unknown Acoustic Sounds.

Imagine lets you easily play with a new variety of sounds—acoustic, organic, and alive from the resonant bodies of real-life instruments. 

Paris, France, September 9, 2021 — Expressive E’s new Imagine plug-in instrument captures the qualities of different real-life instrument bodies and modifies and combines their acoustic characteristics to create an imaginary acoustics landscape.

Thanks to a playful, multidimensional approach, Imagine allows you to have evolving textures, including several dimensions to explore for each preset. This unique approach produces mysterious, inspiring, unknown sound dimensions from familiar-sounding elements.

Imagine results from an exciting collaboration between Applied Acoustics Systems (AAS)—the foremost pioneer of acoustic physical modeling software instruments — who provides the sound engine — and Expressive E, a company grounded in the mission of improving the way musicians interact with sounds by creating a much more intuitive and powerful music-making experience.

“At the forefront of a new generation of controllers that provide multidimensional expression, Expressive E’s expertise proved to be a perfect match for our physical modeling technology,” says Marc-Pierre Verge, CEO of Applied Acoustics Systems. “They created a flexible and playful interface based around real-time manipulations that allow one to morph between layers of resonating objects. This inspired their sound design team to create a brilliant library of rich organic soundscapes to explore.” 

Michigan Synth Works DIY MSW-810 Coming to Knobcon Number Nine

"Introducing the MSW-810 Analog Monophonic Synthesizer. Based on the Roland DG CMU-810, the MSW-810 adds a TB-303 sequencer for additional control. This device will be in DIY KIT ONLY.

See it in action at Knobcon, Sep 10-12

CEM 3340 VCO (Alfa 3340 is fine)
IR3109 VCF (original or clone)
Built in mixer with CV controlled VCA

Kits available fall 2021, Case/sequencer winter 2021

Kit Price: 295$ (includes, PCB, all faders/switches/some less common jacks, BA662 clowns)

Case/Seq price: TBA

Limited number of early bird kits available Friday which will include the 3340 VCO AND ORGINAL Roland IR3109 VCF chips"

Prophet 5/10 Contemporary Presets by CONFORCE

video upload by Conforce

"A trailer with a selection of patches from my custom Prophet 5/10 preset library with 80 presets.
Get it at ►"


video upload by Synth Cloud

📩 Mail:

A collection of 128 new patches (pad, synth strings, vox, brass pad) all programmed in single layers to guarantee even those who have the 8 voice version of prophet the maximum polyphony.

Noise Engineering Fall 2018 #3 | Live Modular Synth Jam

video upload by Noise Engineering

"It's Thursday: time for another jam.

Gear List

Serge Self Cycling Feedback

video upload by Todd Barton

"Checkout my Patreon here:"

Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) Announces New Hydrasynth Deluxe and Hydrasynth Explorer Synths

Hydrasynth Deluxe Introductionvideo upload by ASM Ashun Sound Machines

Hydrasynth Explorer Introduction
Hydrasynth Explorer Introduction video upload by ASM Ashun Sound Machines

"Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) announces Hydrasynth Deluxe and Hydrasynth Explorer keyboard synth sensations

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA/HONG KONG, CHINA: creativity-sparking sensational products provider Ashun Sound Machines (ASM) is proud to announce upcoming availability of Hydrasynth Deluxe and Hydrasynth Explorer as two new additions to its Hydrasynth keyboard and desktop Polyphonic Wave Morphing Synthesizer siblings successfully launched to widespread critical acclaim in 2019 — the new-found former as a 73-note, 16-voice version of the Hydrasynth keyboard, while the latter features a 37-note mid-sized key-bed — as of September 9…

As a 73-note, 16-voice version of the Hydrasynth keyboard complete with proprietary ASM Polytouch® technology to provide responsive velocity and expressive polyphonic aftertouch over each note, Hydrasynth Deluxe additionally features dual stereo — MAIN/UPPER (L/MONO and R) and LOWER (L and R) — outputs. On top of that, there are also split and layering functions for its 16 voices powered by two separate Hydrasynth — analog modeling (OSC 1-3) and WaveScan synthesis (OSC 1+2) — voice engines, allowing for full bi-timbral control. An accessory shelf that mounts on the back of the right side of Hydrasynth Deluxe extends the top panel-available area so diverse devices such as sound modules, mixers, laptops, and drum machines can comfortably be accommodated atop. A user-assignable four-octave ribbon controller and ergonomically-designed pitch and modulation wheels — all familiar from the Hydrasynth keyboard — all add to its illustrious performance capabilities, complimented by an also-now-familiar connection compliment of SUSTAIN and EXPRESSION PEDAL inputs, MIDI (IN, OUT, and THRU on five-pin DIN, as well as class-compliant USB B), and a comprehensive CV / GATE section (for playing nicely with the ever- widening Eurorack modular world, vintage synthesizers, and more).

Moving on to the other end of the synth scale, Hydrasynth Explorer is a compact-sized Hydrasynth featuring a 37-note mid-sized key-bed with proprietary ASM Polytouch® technology to provide responsive velocity and expressive polyphonic aftertouch features that are not found in other smaller-sized keyboards. However, Hydrasynth Explorer still has the full eight-voice Hydrasynth engine and, despite diminutive — 21.81”/ 55.4cm (W) x 9.72”/24.7cm (D) x 2.28”/5.8cm (H) — dimensions in comparison to its bigger brother, also features CV / GATE OUTPUTS, a SUSTAIN PEDAL input, and standard-sized MIDI IN and OUT connectors (complimented by class-compliant USB B connectivity), as well as a stereo — L/ MONO and R — OUTPUT and another output for (head)PHONES. Perfectly portable, Hydrasynth Explorer can also be powered by 8x AA batteries — not included.

Indeed, Hydrasynth Deluxe and Hydrasynth Explorer both bring back polyphonic aftertouch — one of the most requested features in synthesizers and controllers — with their respective semi-weighted-keys-providing Polytouch® keyboards beautifully breathing life into otherwise static sounds by affording an ability to create expressive passages, unlike common channel aftertouch-enabled keyboards. It is not necessary, therefore, to learn a new keyboard technique to be able to play and perform with an ASM Polytouch® keyboard. Thanks to the two new additions to ASM’s Hydrasynth keyboard range, deciding which one best suits is now a threefold creative choice... and a clearly-defined one at that!

The bigger picture is immediately clearer as ASM CEO Glen Darcey ends on an equally high note: “Our goal at ASM is to create premium- quality, fantastic-sounding, extremely-playable instruments providing musicians with the affordable tools they need to express themselves musically. Our team has many years of experience with electronic music products, both on a personal and professional level — from playing them to designing them. Our unique partnership with Medeli allows us to realize this goal.”

Hydrasynth Deluxe and Hydrasynth Explorer are expected to ship in November 2021, available to purchase via ASM’s growing global network of authorized dealers ( at an MSRP of $1,999.00 USD ($1,799.00 USD MAP)/€1,749.00 EUR/£1,699.00 GBP/¥224,900 JPY for Hydrasynth Deluxe and an MSRP of $799.00 USD ($599.00 USD MAP)/€599.00 EUR/£549.00 GBP/¥79,900 JPY for Hydrasynth Explorer."

Also see the Hydrasynth Explorer Performance by Dominic Au posted pre press release earlier today here.

New Loops 909 Day Sale

via New Loops

"909 Day - Get Premium Drum Bundle for ONLY £9! (over £35 off) Happy 909 day. Get New Loops best selling drum bundle for only £9 with code: 909

Premium Drum Bundle includes 3 high quality sample packs totalling 912 drum sounds. This bundle covers all your kicks, 808 and 909 hats, rides, crashes, claps, snares, shakers, tambourines, and much more.

Available in WAV, Ableton Live, and Reason Refill. Download the free demo pack now from New Loops.
Price: £9 with code 909
Offer ends 13.09.21"

Roland Celebrates 909 Day with New Special Edition Jacket, Headphones, Hats, Shoes & Fashion Pics

On the heels of 808Day's Streetwear, Roland is releasing some 909Day items. Details follow:

"As part of Roland's 909 Day 2021 celebration, the instrument manufacturer has released a special edition TR-909 Jacket in honor of the legendary TR-909 Rhythm Composer drum machine.

In addition to the TR-909 Jacket, Roland has also collaborated with BPM Supreme on a special apparel collection with TR-909 legacy-inspired hats, t-shirts and hoodies featuring Roland's signature branding and colors, and BPM Supreme logo.

Pricing & Availability
Both the 909 Day 2021 TR-909 Jacket and Roland X BPM Supreme apparel collection are available today exclusively through the online Roland Lifestyle Shop, while supplies last.

Roland TR-909 Jacket: $499.09
Roland 909 X BPM Pullover Hoodie: $69.95
Roland 909 X BPM T-Shirt: $32.95
Roland 909 X BPM Snapback Hat: $40"

Coriolis Live Set - MC707, OB-6, Hydrasynth

video upload by tarekith

"Over a year in the making, this deep and funky live set features the Roland MC707 as the brains of the set up, along with the ASM Hydrasynth and Sequential OB-6 in supporting roles."

Berna 3 Teaser 1

video upload by Giorgio Sancristoforo

"The WBM Tuneable Indicating Amplifier with a Pulse Generator and a Sweep/Modulation/Generator 274 from the forthcoming Berna 3 software for Mac and PC.
Info at:"

"Berna 3 early electronic music studio simulation is coming!

The 1950s studio gets a complete restyle and many new devices.

I remember in 2009, when I was working at the first release of Berna, that first and foremost, Berna was my love letter to the RAI Studio di Fonologia Musicale, the electronic music studios of the national radio and television of Italy, founded in 1954 by the composers Bruno Maderna and Luciano Berio.
The Studio di Fonologia has been an obsession for me for many years. It was the better equipped electronic music studios of the 50s, with a lot of devices created ad hoc by the Italian Physicist Alfredo Lietti, who literally scavenged the RAI warehouses to collect all the electronic parts from broken or unused devices. The Studio was directed by Berio and Maderna, first, then by Luigi Nono, and for me these three composers are the sacred trinity of the classic Italian avant-garde. I immensely love their work and their legacy.
But behind the buttons and the mixer console, there was always the prototype of the modern sound engineer and producer: Marino Zuccheri, the technician in white coat that assisted the composers and very often created the sounds of the masterpieces of Italian electronic music. Zuccheri has been an immense inspiration for me, as a sound technician myself, and to his legacy I, once again, dedicate this new version of Berna.

Electro Samba Jazz with Linnstrument and SWAM Sax

video upload by Synth Diy Guy

"Just a bit of Multi Expressive control over Physical Modeling for the ol´ day job (composing) :)"

Future Rave V1 For Spire

video upload by Igor Leus

"Buy Here! -
Future Rave V1 For Spire – it is a new re-creation of Trance, that combines Techno & House together. Newly made by David Guetta & Morten’s this style already burned the hearts of listeners. But of course, it is slightly different, like it’s always goes by NatLife Sounds.

For getting the real view of how it’s all was made we added a full FL Studio 20 Template of the demo song.

So it’s contains:

70 Spire presets
FL Studio Template (Separated By Colours)
Wave Drum Samples
Plugins needed for Template: Invisible Limiter, dbGlitch 1.3(Free)

Note! – Fl Studio 20 Template works only with a presets package."

UVI Focus | Drum Replacer

video upload by UVI

"Drum Replacer - Intelligent Drum Triggering

Drum Replacer is at 50% off through September 13th ($49/49€ instead of $99/99€)

Drum Replacer is a machine learning-based, realtime, program-adaptive, drum replacement and processing utility, providing effortless audio component separation and much more in a sophisticated and easy-to-use interface.

Video and music credits: Theo G."

Happy Nerding TR909 analogue drums emulation

video upload by Happy Nerding

"All drum voices are enhanced with additional controls and ranges over Tune, Attack and Decay. Thus possible variations in drum sound are far beyond that of the original TR909. Bass Drum produce standard emulation on the Left output, and its overdriven copy the Right output. Snare and Tom have low frequency punch added to the Right output. Rimshot produce standard emulation on the Left output, and a bit modified on the Right output. Both channels are in phase, so can be crossfaded/mixed for additional variations. Clap is stereo, so can be used with the extra space. Trig input to be connected to the Left input."

Happy 909 Day with TR-909 + RD-9 + TR-09

video upload by Honeysmack

"Happy 909 day! Getting totally stupid with 3x 909s on this holy day. Wishing all my friends and family a very happy and safe 9.09 day.

All sounds are from the TR-909, RD-9 and TR-09, no additional sounds used.
Effects: Eventide Timefactor and Space (off camera). A little Elektron Analog Heat on the master bus. Improvised and recorded in a single unedited take."

DIY Raspberry PI multitrack Linux MIDI looper

video upload by Floyd Steinberg

"Here's how to turn your Linux Raspberry PI into an easy-to-use, headless (works-without a screen and keyboard) multitrack MIDI looper / sequencer for controlling up to 16 hardware synths live. Table of contents:

00:00 short demo
00:22 introduction
00:50 hardware setup
01:24 software prerequisites
02:49 downloading, compiling and installing the sequencer
03:55 sequencer setup / listing and adding midi devices
05:39 preparing your master keyboard
06:08 midi tracks and filters introduction
06:23 midi track and filter setup
08:33 metronome setup
09:51 important considerations
10:32 loop setup
11:05 setting the tempo
11:21 loading and saving
11:47 example: recording an 8 bar loop
12:30 adding another track and another synth
14:00 mapping commands to a MIDI controller (nanoKONTROL2)
14:29 downloading and installing the midi - to - typewriter service
14:53 configuring the midi - to - typewriter service
17:54 running the service as a background task
18:53 advanced scripting
19:23 complete demo (8 bar loop with 3 external synths)
21:45 creating a boot script
22:25 conclusion / bye-bye


If you need some PI & MIDI basics, here's my PI playlist: [embedded below]
Example scripts (channel switching, recording, playing, stopping...) and config files you can adjust for your own setup:

Creating this video was a lot of work. If you found it useful, you can support what I'm doing here by:

- buying my music on
- stream my music
- buying my sample- and patchsets for various synths on (you can also download that for free, please leave a rating in that case)

Any of these are highly appreciated - thank you."

Floyd Steinberg PI Playlist

ARP Omni-2 Model 2400 3-Section Analog Synthesizer

via this auction

Additional Switched On Listings

"This ARP OMNI 2 is fully functional and in very good condition. This model has been fully recapped with a rebuilt key-bed and new sliders."

Univox Compac CP110 Synth Piano Keyboard w/ Original Gig Bag Case

via this auction

This appears to be the first one posted on the site. There was a Compac 2 and CP115B you can find in previous posts here. The case was featured though.

"Stunning, vintage and made in Italy - the Univox CP-110 also known as the Compac Piano. Even the lettering is reminiscent of Pac-Man funnily enough.

This funky vintage keyboard features three presets that are all individually combinable to produce an array of different sounds. There is also a switch to change between a natural release or gated and controlled by the sustain pedal. Add your favorite guitar pedal to this thing and it will murder any digital piano you can find.

All functions are 100%. The volume pot could use some deoxit but other than that there are no issues to be had.

Included is the original, Italian bovine leather bag made just for the CP-110. These are getting hard to come by, and is a great collector’s piece to add to your studio for some vintage flare."

Yamaha DX7S Synthesiser & Flight Case

via this auction

Casio CZ-3000 SN 200860

via this auction

Ciat-lonbarde Plumbutter 2

via this auction

Oberheim OB-12

via this auction

Roland JD-800 61-Key Programmable Synthesizer

via this auction

SIEL Orchestra 2

via this auction

"Polyphonic string machine / piano + organ + brass (and paraphonic vcf), in top playing and look condition.
Great sounds, this particular version is the most complete, with extra flanger + LFO + 5 bands eq
Compact and very well built.
dim: 77 x 34 x 14cm.
200v europlug."


via this auction

006416 service manual
006428 hatdware manual
Both complete and original excellent condition.

Crumar DS2, Vintage Synthesizer from 70s

video upload by Vintage Echo Room

via this auction

"Crumar DS2 Vintage Synthesizer, fully functional both in the monophonic and in the polyphonic part.

Overhauled in 2021, they were replaced:
- all electrolytic capacitors with new quality ones
- all tantalum capacictors
- all the CMOS ICs with new ones (in the digital part the bypass capacitors have been added for the CMOS since they were missing in the design)
- the majority of the op-amps"

Jen SM 2007 | Vintage String Machine (1973)| HD

video upload by Alberto Napolioni

"Testing an incredible rare vintage string machine made in italy by JEN

fx used:
OTO bam reverb
OTO bim delay

Introducing the Behringer 2500 Series Mix-Sequencer Module 1050

video upload by Behringer

"With the recent introduction of our 1027 CLOCKED SEQUENTIAL CONTROL MODULE, we now introduce the 1050 MIX-SEQUENCER MODULE, completing our 2500 series.

An authentic reproduction of the historic circuitry, the 1050 module allows for sequential switching for rapid selection of waveforms and signals in a conventional audio signal format.

Fitted with dual 4-input mixers with electronically gated inputs, 8-step sequencer counter, and clock.

Each of the 8 audio inputs has its own attenuator and each dual output is fitted with a master gain control.

The 1050 can also be used as an 8-input mixer with 2 adjustable outputs or as 2 separate 4-input mixers.

The illuminated pushbuttons allow for selecting and indicating which inputs are gated.

The 1050 can either be clocked externally or internally controlled when connected to the 1027 CLOCKED SEQUENTIAL CONTROL MODULE.

List Price: $149 (in stock and immediately shipping from our factory)."

Hydrasynth Explorer Performance by Dominic Au

video upload by ASM Ashun Sound Machines

Update: press release & new overview demos posted here.

"In this video, product manager Dominic Au plays a number of patches from the Hydrasynth Explorer. Everything you hear was generated by Hydrasynth Explorer.

Patches in chronological order:
Juno60 Brass GD
GlassHartCR78 PS
Industrialism DA
Big Snare MP
BladeTitles PS
Haty KFP
Juno60 SquArp GD
Uncertn Futur CM
Violent AdjentDA
CS80 Darkness RA
LidoMono PS
Arpeology RA
Squeeze Lead AR
VHS Dreams MP
90124 SCD
PW Slow Brass AR
Wavescan GD
Pipeline DA
LukesLazr PS
Claudia Love DA
BeatPPL Bass KFP
Space Flight TM
ProSource GD
Ohhh GD
Mouge Police RA
VCO OctaveSaw RA
Kinda Hot DA
SndsLikeSkit DA
Kotover KFP
BrassAmerican RA
Suitcase MK2 RA
Sproingg PS
94 Zap! RJ
The Hi-Garden MF
Wet My Frog DA
Jaunty Chapeau
Arcade FP
Hydra Hat GD"

Modal Cobalt 8 Part. 2 | No Talking |

video upload by DKS SYNTH LAB

Part 1 here

DKS SYNTH LAB Modal demos

Hologram Microcosm: Hold Sampler with Elektron Model:Cycles

video upload by Hologram Electronics

"In this one, we fed two melodic tracks from the Elektron Model:Cycles into Microcosm and then engaged the Hold Sampler after a few measures. When bringing in the rhythm tracks, we muted these two melodic tracks and used the Arp B preset to fill in that space. Because it was synced to the Cycles’ clock, moving the Time knob around different subdivisions of the tempo made it interactive and dynamic while staying in time."

Buchla 256e Control Voltage Processor: Applications, Use, and Tricks

video upload by Kent

"The Mighty, and Mightily Misunderstood, 256e Control Voltage Processor

This is a unique control voltage processor, regardless of the format. It is also unique in the Buchla brand in that it provides the only way to have VCA-like control over CVs, LFOs, and such. The Studio.h 254e does provide this kind of pseudo-VCA feature though and is an option for the “all analog man or mistress”.

The Breakpoints are wholly unique, are incredibly powerful; and I find them to be indispensable. As you’ll see and hear, they allow an incredibly detailed and personalized amount of fine-tuning of CV response. This is invaluable when used with a touchplate controller of any sort.

00:00 Start o’ fun!
00:24 4 Functions
01:00 Transfer Function explanation. How disting work?
02:24 Biasing
02:35 Attenuation
03:00 Constrain Voltages within a window
03:25 Constrain & Invert
03:49 VCA/Crossfader
04:43 Crossfade + Attenuate
05:17 Remote Crossfading
05:51 Breakpoint & Frequency Doubling
07:20 Frequency Doubling w/atten AND/OR waveshaping
08:30 Inversion
09:00 Attenuation
09:34 Biasing
09:43 VCA for CVs
11:12 Studio.h 254e will do this as well
11:19 Breakpoints with 223e Touchplate
14:28 Fine-Tuning Pressure sensitivity
15:13 Making a button. Dividing Touchplate key via breakpoint
16:10 Breakpoints w/Attenuation
16:20 Crossfading Audio via Inversion
17:52 Auto-Panning Ticks
20:00 Auto-Panning Frequency Doubled via Breakpoints
21:08 What would you like next?"

Happy #909day Jam with SH-101, Digitone, NF-1, MW-1608

video upload by Freaky Tweaky


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

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