MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, October 1, 2021

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Friday, October 01, 2021

KAWAI K5000S Demo & Review

video upload by musictrackjp

"KAWAI K5000S PowerSounds Demo & Review
DEMO by Katsunori UJIIE."

STG Soundlabs - Switch DEMO

video upload by NOISEBUG

"Here we see the STG Soundlabs Switch eurorack module in a few different patches with our Doepfer A-100 System in the Noisebug Showroom.

The STG .MIX is also in use mixing audio signals and providing its characteristic saturation to the audio."

The Synton Fénix : The Rarest Dutch Synth of ALL TIME ?!

video upload by Perfect Circuit

"Our Pal Jacob takes a look at the Synton Fénix, an interesting modular synthesizer with a curious history and a ton of attitude.

In this video Jacob provides a condensed version of the story of the Fénix and gets right into some patch and audio examples, utilizing the unique features of the Fénix as well as integrating some modern modular equipment into the workflow!

If you want to know more about the Fénix, MAKE SURE TO READ JACOB'S ARTICLE!"

The New Utility Powerhouse - Boundary by Schlappi Engineering

video upload by

"In this video resident expert Nick Bigelow of Patchwerks shares with us the many ways you can use Boundary by making comparisons with the Make Noise Maths.

The Boundary is a multi-purpose modulation and signal control center. It consists of a cycling slew and a four quadrant multiplier (VCA).

The cycling slew (which can be used as an envelope or LFO) has individual control over rise and fall, rate and shape, as well as dedicated inputs for trigger, slew (for gates or pitch cv), full wave rectification (for envelope following), and a unique BOUND input which allows for bouncing ball effects and additional modulation of the envelope.

The four quadrant multiplier is an OTA design and is usable as a VCA or ring modulator with a soft limiter on the output to tame extreme signals or push into distortion.

Order the boundary here:
Demo by: Nick Bigelow
Video by: Matthew Piecora"

New Berna3 Presentation and In-DepthTutorial

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":Berna 3 is a software simulation of an early electronic music studio with equipment inspired from those used at Milan's RAI Studio di Fonologia and Cologne's WDR.
Berna 1 was released in 2009, Berna 2 in 2013.
Try the demo and buy it at
Windows version available from Oct 11th"


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.


Berna 2 was released in 2013 and it had a substantial improvement of the user interface. Meanwhile this early electronic music studio simulation become popular among schools and institutions of electronic music, among them the TUFTS University and the Royal College of Music of Stokholm. The primary goal of Berna had always been education and always will be.
Berna 3 tries to push the early electronic music studio simulation further, with more realism and details, and a new set of devices. All in all, Berna 3 will be an useful instrument both for students as well as for composers and producers who are interested in playing test equipment and historical devices.

Synth Punk Band The Cripples Now On Vinyl

You might remember The Cripples new album from this previous post (also see this 1996 performance). The new release is now out on vinyl, limited to 100 copies. You can find it on Bandcamp here. Pictured in this post is my copy and I can verify it sounds great. It's a super clean pressing. Apparently they are close to halfway sold out, so head over and give them a listen.

New Roland SP-404 MKII In the Works

It looks like a new SP-404 MKII in the works. via Synthtopia:

"Key Features (preliminary):

Bang out beats anywhere with AA or mobile battery power
Capture audio from or stream direct to your mobile device via USB,
Collaborate with a partner using the dual headphone outputs and mic/guitar input.
Edit samples with an OLED screen and zoomable waveform view.
Chop up samples by tapping out edit points in real time, or use auto chop to slice samples automatically.
Shape samples with envelope and pitch shift
New resampling workflow lets you re-record patterns and effects layers for detailed sound design.
Skip Back Sampling captures up to 25 seconds of audio from your performance.
Process, flip, and twist your sounds with classic SP effects and a selection of new effects, including: Lo-fi, Cassette Simulator, Resonator, Vocoder, Auto Pitch, Guitar Amp Simulator and more.
Adjustable input quantize and shuffle for custom swing.
Pad Link lets you fire multiple samples with a single tap.
Roll button for variable note repeat.
BPM-per-bank for instant tempo changes.
Organize patterns for different sets and chain them together to automate playback.
Load 160 samples across each project for expanded performance and beatmaking combinations.
Official details on the Roland SP-404 mkII are still to be announced."

Blade Runner (1982) | Vangelis on Hydrasynth | Soundtrack | A004 Blade Titles PS Patch

video upload by Microflat

"I was 12 years old. Knew nothing about Ridley Scott, Rutger Hauer or Vangelis. But the atmospheric sound of the now legendary synthesizer Yamaha CS-80 was an instant game changer for me. What on earth was that? The Hydrasynth is a worthy replicant. All audio output effects are default ASM Hydrasynth FX."

Bad Gear - Korg Volca Keys - Low Key Synth???

video upload by AudioPilz


00:00 Intro tune
01:23 Overview
04:37 Hate
05:02 Jam 1
06:05 Jam 2
07:17 Finale
07:44 Verdict

Welcome to Bad Gear, the show about the world's most hated audio tools. Today we are going to talk about the Korg Volca Keys. Is this classic staple of dawless setups all around the globe and Marvel Universe interrogation device the OG low key synth? Where did all the dank memes about it come from?"

AudioPilz Bad Gear posts

Yamaha QY10 Sound Module Sound Demo - No Talking

video upload by Runningonair

"Yamaha QY10 Sound Module Sound Demo - No Talking

In this video I run through the Yamaha QY10 sound set. Although it is a very basic device, I found it very useful for filler sounds and drums when I was doing music in the '90s. Let me know in the comments if you would like me to do an overview of the features. With an 8 track sequencer and the tiny "VHS" format, it could do surprising amount for it's time.

If you'd like to support the channel, you can check out my tracks below:



Roland JD-990 - Faith Pad performed by Chronos

video upload by LFOstore

"From our soundset:


LFOstore JD-990 posts

EPROM Grind vs Isla S2400

video upload by GoldbabySamples

"EPROM Grind samples loaded into the Isla S2400!"

Loopy Pro: First Look

video upload by ATastyPixel

"Exciting times, people. This is a first look at LOOPY PRO: A professional live-looper, sampler and sequencer for iPad and iPhone. Coming very soon – subscribe at for news, and beta access when the time comes (VERY soon)!

It's been a long time coming. But I think you'll agree, it'll be worth the wait.

- Michael

Music: “There With Me (Dub FX Remix)”, Branches, Dub FX"

Bill Mauchly & John Senior | Ensoniq meets SQ80 V

video upload by Arturia

"Ensoniq’s SQ-80 is a keyboard responsible for some of the most recognisable synth tones of the ‘80s, ‘90s, and beyond. Its combination of digital oscillators, analog filters, and a surprisingly intuitive workflow sets it apart from the crowd, both then and now.

With SQ80 V, we wanted to resurrect this hybrid icon in all its former glory and more. We had the privilege of spending a day with two of the original engineers on the project, Bill Mauchly and John Senior, exploring their inspirations, the limitations of technology, and their insight into the process of designing a classic."

Hydrasynth Deluxe 73 Key Synthesizer Sonic Lab Review

video upload by sonicstate

"We take a look at the new Ashun Sound Machines Hydrasynth Deluxe. The new model, announced just before Superbooth 21, doubles the voice count - either 16 voices in single sound mode or two complete 8 voice Hydrasynth Engines for split or layer. Each layer has a dedicated stereo audio output pair, and the Polytouch polyphonic after touch keybed gets enlarged to 73 keys.
Its a whopper.
Available priced at 1499 UK and $1799


We've posted some extra content on Patreon to go with this review:"

Introducing the Emthree PFV3

video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

This appears to be the first demo of one on the site. One went up for sale back in 2016.

"Amazingly rare, battery run formant filter, or rather EQ, machine produced in Italy by Emthree, formerly Meazzi, probably in the early 1980s.
It has two modes:
1. Full on engage of three filters / EQ settings / Vowels by pressing the buttons.
2. Gradual engage by using the three potentiometers.

The two modes cannot be engaged simultaneously.

Vintage Audio Institute is a gear vendor and recording studio in the hills of Florence, Italy.
Thanks for watching."

See thee EMthree label below for more of their products.

Video Killed The Radio Star - Recreation

video upload by Luke Million

"'Video Killed The Radio Star' by The Buggles has been stuck in my head all week. So today I'm jamming on this classic Synth Pop hit from back in 1979. 📺📻⭐
Electric Piano - Yamaha CP70b
Strings - Solina String Ensemble
Vocoder - Digitech Talker
Drums - Linn LM1"

Casio CZ-1000

via this auction

Korg Monopoly Vintage Synthesizer SN 375770

via this auction

Kawai K5000R Additive Synth Module

via this auction

"In its day, the K5000 was Kawai’s flagship synth. 1997 saw the rack version released which features digital additive synthesis plus PCM samples, arpeggiator and onboard effects. It can be programmed much like a standard VCO subtractive synth or just use the PCM samples, however, it gets very interesting when delving in to the world of additive synthesis. Look at some of the youtube videos for examples.

Additional Features:
Memory upgraded - this doubles the preset storage available with additional banks "E" and "F". On the K5000, preset size is a movable beast; the more complex the preset, the more storage memory is required to save it. The memory upgrade allows storage of many more presets.

Latest OS 4.04 loaded."


via this auction

"This is the much hyped handheld synth by Oliver Wittchow, who created the Nanoloop software for the original Nintendo Gameboy. This was his first physical synth product, based around the original Nanoloop sound and software.

It was a successful Kickstarter campaign. More info can be seen here"

Vintage 1987 Casio HZ-600 Spectrum Dynamics Synthesizer

via this auction

You can find posts featuring the HZ-600 including demos here. The HZ-600 was featured in UVI's Synth Anthology 3.

Update via @nemosynth: "Blast from the past. It's not PD but is SD - Spectrum Dynamics Synth. Sort of like wavetable with analog VCF/VCA."

LED Matrix sync with DIY modular Synthesizer - [YMNK's DIY synths adventures]

video upload by YMNK

"This is a really small demo about something I've been working on the past few weeks.
This is 16*64 programmable LED matrix that can be synced by CV Gate or by MIDI.

The entire display contains 2x 16*32 LED matrix from Adafruit ( ), 2 Arduino Unos and some electronic to make all this mess understanding CV gate or MIDI messages.

The images/animations have been hardcoded by myself on the arduinos (the code is here : ... but I still have to add the schematics ...) ... and it is really difficult to fit a lot of animations in such a tiny memory. But it is a nice challenge!

I use the display for my third official gig as YMNK in Roubaix, France at La Condition Publique. Everything worked perfectly so, I'm very happy about it! Still I want to make more animation now! I've some videos, I should probably upload them in the next few days!"

19- The UDO Super 6: Curious about the different types of polyphony and monophony? (part b)

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"Here is part two of a two-part demonstration of the Voice Assign functionality found on the UDO Super 6."

AutomaticGainsay UDO Super 6 posts

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

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