MATRIXSYNTH: Friday, November 26, 2021

Friday, November 26, 2021

Learning Modular Conversations with guest host Todd Barton

video upload by Learning Modular

"This is the replay of the September 2021 "ask me anything" Zoom session for Patreon subscribers of Learning Modular ( In this second session, Todd Barton ( was asking questions of Chris Meyer of Learning Modular, and moderating questions from the live attendees covering modular synthesis composition, performances, and systems. Subscribers to Todd's Patreon channel ( were also invited.

If you would like the opportunity to view these sessions live and ask your own questions, subscribe to Learning Modular on Patreon ( The August host was Trovarsi, and the October host was Kim Bjørn, with two more sessions planned to fill out 2021. Your response to these replays will determine if we continue them in 2022.

Here is an index to the subjects discussed in this session:

00:00 Introduction
01:33 What is the meaning of life? (Yes, Todd actually asked Chris that, and yes, Chris answered)
02:07 How does Chris not get overwhelmed when approaching The Monster to create a piece of music?
04:43 How does Chris know what he wants to compose?
06:28 Is there a narrative or structure to Chris’ work, or does he create free-form?
08:43 Thoughts from Chris and Todd on compositional “forms” for electronic music
15:47 When to ignore the 'rules'; when to lean on them
19:17 When to introduce a change in the music
23:50 Patching for evolution
28:03 Chris’ lighting during recent music videos
31:22 How much of a performance is written out versus improvised?
35:55 Editing improvisations down to tracks for an album
39:12 How do you organize it when more than one person is improvising together?
42:20 What is coming up for both of us?
45:00 Using synths as individual instruments versus cross-pollinating them
51:20 Todd on the new Buchla Music Easel
54:56 Patching 'from zero' versus pre-patching
56:26 Chris on color-coding patch cables
57:43 Creating the patch symbol language for Patch & Tweak
01:01:18 Serge Tcherepnin’s approach to creating synthesizers
01:04:55 Approaches to stereo and quad sound
01:15:00 Do we use MIDI?"

Comparing the Noise Generators between ARP2600 and Korg ARP2600FS. Big Difference!?

video upload by CGMAGIK

"I've been spending quite a bit of time comparing these two beautiful instruments. One of the big differences I came across was the noise generators. I'm surprised that they are so different, and would be curious to know if anyone has any thoughts about how one might change the 2600FS? Could it perhaps be modded by adding a different noise source? Is it adjustable? If someone from KORG is watching, I'd be curious to know how this came to be. Seems like quite an oversight to me.
A few minutes into the video, I re-patch so that we hearing the direct output from the noise generators.

p.s. My apologies that half of my head is cut off in this video! But you're really here for the ARPs anyways, right!"


Vector Synthesizer Noodling

video upload by Acid Techno Man

"Just sequencing the Vector Synthesizer from my squid, testing out the iPhone dongle direct into the Audio Interface. Sounds good enough to me, being I'm not getting paid. Interesting things occur when you have the sync stopped, record 8 notes into the ARP/Sequencer of the vector, play a sequence from the squid, then engage the ARP on the Vector.
Enjoy. No acid this time.."

G-Storm Euro Modules Short Compilation

video upload by gstormelectro

"Audio + Video by G-Storm Electro c. 2021

Been a long time posting anything.
There are environmental factors interrupting my workflow right now.
So in the meantime I have cut together a short compilation of my favorite module clips.
Hope to be back making vids soon. Stay tuned.

Check my Reverb store for module availability"


Yamaha CS60 - VCA modulation...

video upload by noddyspuncture

"Using VCA squarewave modulation, a little inspired chord sequence on my CS60."

Korg's PS3100 and Sigma...

video upload by noddyspuncture

"Something a little different - using my PS3100 and Sigma..."

Korg PS3100 - 4th note triggering...

rhubarb on synthesizer

video upload by X X

Simmons SDSV 1737 Preset Demos

videos by The Simmons Guy

KAWAI K1 II Digital Synthesizer Keyboard SN 449846

via this auction

Additional Tone Tweakers Listings, also on Reverb

CASIO CZ-1000 Digital Synthesizer Keyboard

via this auction

Additional Tone Tweakers Listings, also on Reverb

ROLAND PHASE FIVE Vintage Phaser Stompbox Effect Pedal

via this auction

Additional Tone Tweakers Listings, also on Reverb

You can find an old grungy demo of the Phase Five here.


via this auction

Additional Tone Tweakers Listings, also on Reverb

"This unit came to us in pretty good working order, but as with most high end items of its type and age, we meticulously overhauled it, sparing no expense, so it would be as good as possible and hopefully reliable well into the future for its next owner. This required approximately 24 hours of skilled labor and results in a Maxi-Korg that's way better than others you may find and justifiably more costly too."


via this auction

Additional Tone Tweakers Listings, also on Reverb

"This unit was fully refurbished and is in excellent working order / better than others you may find. Everything was removed and it was cleaned inside and out. The pots in these are usually in bad shape and crackly or with other defects, so we replaced them all with new ones, as usual. Electrolytic capacitors were replaced with new ones, not by necessity, but because we want this unit to hopefully outlast others. The original pad surface was removed and replaced with a brand new one. A complete set of vintage knobs was installed. Everything was tested and is in perfect working order. We paid our tech for 5.5 hours of skilled labor to refurbish this unit, and this work is reflected in its higher than usual price, because it's a much better purchase than others you may find."

SIMMONS SDS1 Electronic Drum Synthesizer Pads w/ Control Covers & EPROMS

Tom + 4 EPROMS via this auction

Snare + 4 EPROMS via this auction

Additional Tone Tweakers Listings, also on Reverb

Custom Cased Waldorf Rocket & Streichfett System

via this auction

"Synthesizer System in Custom Case with 3 Synths, Mixer, and 2 Keyboards! One of a kind!

Compact little weird Musical Box full of many classic synth sounds!

Custom folding wood case measuring 30 x 16 x 11.5 inches. Open the four case style clasps (2 in front and 2 on folding back panel) and the unit lifts open revealing 3 mounted synthesis units, 2 keyboards, a mixer, and lighting. Use mixer to fine tune stereo outs from mixer to your amplification system. This allows very fast set up of a mobile synth system...just plug in stereo audio outs to amps or PA and you are making sounds!

The Three (3) Synth modules are:
(1) Waldorf Rocket Synthesizer (monophonic analogue), which is controlled by the top CME Xkey 37 Mobile USB keyboard controller, and which has a delay pedal (see bottom left of main pic) in line before the mixer.
(2) Waldorf Streichfett String Synthesizer and (3) Alesis Nanopiano units (both polyphonic), both in unison controlled by the lower CME Xkey 37 Mobile USB keyboard controller; one can mix sounds from both modules via their volume controls and the Mixer.

Mixer: Yamaha MG-06 stereo mixer; 5 channels are used by the synths leaving one channel open for a microphone or other instrument that the user might want.

The SOUND of this unit is big...there is a lot going on. One can create a huge layered pad with the bottom keyboard and play lead sounds via the top keyboard and use the small echo pedal at the bottom left to add echo effects to the lead sound. Each one of these modules is pretty deeply tweakable and has many choices of sound.

The CME Xkey keys are miniature, and they have no velocity sensitivity for those that are concerned with such things.

The panel that the modules are mounted upon opens via the top left and right knurled knobs, which when removed allows that panel to fold down on hinges, further allowing the cabling to be accessed. The keyboard midi and audio configuration can be altered as wanted by the user this way. As sold the bottom keyboard feeds both the String Synth and the Nanopiano via midi thru functions, but this could easily be rewired (again, top keyboard informs the Rocket unit).

There is an LED light strip over the top which can be programmed for different colors! (instructions included)

This system is 120 volts (US), and is powered by a power strip mounted inside the case that also powers some of the units via USB power outs. Turn the unit on by turning the power strip on (which is located below the synth module rack as pictured). On the left aspect of the case there are surface plugs for standard power and damper pedal, the latter configurable for either keyboard.

The case is sturdy enough but should be handled like any musical instrument when transported, and by no means is ATA approved. This unit would definitely need careful packing in a heavy duty shipping case if flown to a gig."

Yamaha DX-7 Digital FM Synthesizer w/ Original Brown Case SN 35702

via this auction

Additional SYNTH CITY Listings

"This is a Japanese market 100v unit and will need a step down converter."

Yamaha QX-1 Digital Sequencer Recorder

via this auction

Additional SYNTH CITY Listings

"The QX1 was the first MIDI sequencer by Yamaha: clearly aimed at studios with its high price and its MIDI capabilities back at a time when very few synthesizers had digital connections.

It features a built-in 5.25" floppy disk for data storage and 8 independent track with 8 separate MIDI OUT terminals.

Recording can be carried out in real-time or step-write modes, with enormous overdubbing capacity. The QX1 permits highly detailed editing and manipulation of all recorded data."

Pittsburgh Modular Voltage Research Laboratory

via this auction

"The Pittsburgh Modular Voltage Research Laboratory - one of the most fascinating synths around for people who want to explore sounds inspired by lifeforms, rich sonic behaviours on the edge of chaos and so on. I've used this fascinating, sonically rich synth on a film scoring project and am now selling it on for someone else to cherish.

A thing of beauty musically and sonically, the VRL is also as rare as hen's teeth, especially in the UK and Europe. This one is signed on the bottom and is in excellent condition. It will come with power supply and cables.

Here's the official blurb - do also see the video [posted here], created by Pittsburgh Modular:

The Voltage Research Laboratory is a completely different analog synthesizer where every function of the instrument has been influenced by the behaviors and systems of the natural world. Wildly experimental and extremely deep, the Voltage Research Laboratory is a sonic playground created to explore the natural systems and lesser known fringes of analog synthesis. The Voltage Research Laboratory is 100% eurorack modular format compatible and is comprised of 3 separate eurorack modules housed together in a purpose-built, handmade eurorack enclosure. More than a collection of tools and functions, it is a unique modular synthesizer designed to reward deep experimentation and encourage the creation of unique sonic systems."

Kawai K5000R Version 4.03 OS • Memory Expanded SN 599801 w/ Programmer

via this auction

"The rare module !
Nothing else sounds like the K5K series
Rare version 4.03 !"

Roland Jupiter 6 SN 514912 w/ Stardust Dust Cover

via this auction

"This is a Mint Condition all original Roland Jupiter 6 JP-6 built in 1985. It was purchased from the original owner about 1 year ago. I've used it all indoors on some studio recordings but lately I haven't been using it much and would like to see it go to a good home. I've really babied it while it's been in my possession and the previous owner did the same. This thing is like a time capsule. It still has the plastic seal on the serial number tag!! Happy to let serious buyers come by and fully test it out."

Roland System 100 Model 102 Expander

via this auction

Korg 700S Minikorg Vintage Analog Synthesizer w/ KENTON CV Gate

via this auction

"Fully Serviced and calibrated last year. Professional fitted Kenton cv / gate kit (hz/v) and positive trigger (Roland style gate) The cv/ gate kit enables the user to sequence and operate the synthesizer via a external unit such as an Auturia beatstep or keystep The 700s model is an upgraded version of korgs first synth (the 700 ) with additional sounds and envelope functions"

Moog Memorymoog SN 2573

via this auction

Bad Gear - Arturia Microbrute

video upload by AudioPilz

00:00 Intro tune
01:13 Overview
04:18 Hate
04:41 Jam 1
05:42 Jam 2
06:50 Finale
07:19 Verdict
08:31 Patreon Vocoder Shoutout

"Welcome to Bad Gear, the show about the world's most hated audio tools. Today we are going to talk about the Arturia Microbrute. Does this stripped-down version of the OG Minibrute punch above its weight?"

AudioPilz Bad Gear posts

Moog Animoog Z, UNO Synth Pro - Friday Fun Synth Jam

video upload by sonicstate

"Moog recently released the new Animoog Z for iOS/ Mac OS - the new 8 slot wavetable synth is a freemium download ($9.99 to unlock for editing) and additional sound packs via the store.

We are running that on the M1 Macbook Pro (see review) as a desktop app and using the ROLI Seaboard Block plus a Novation LaunchControl to map a few CCs. Added to that is the IK Uno Synth Pro (see our review) and the Dreadbox Hypnosis FX (also reviewed).
We hope this encourages you to hook up a few items and just have a play."

Moog Animoog Z meets ASM Hydrasynth

video upload by experimentalsynth

"I had a blast using the Hydrasynth's Poly AT keyboard to check out the new version of Animoog. The key-sliders in Animoog can give a great visual representation of the aftertouch amount it's receiving. Of course, adding additional effects really takes things to a new place. Bypass Animoog's built-in effects, or include them in the mix. Learn more at experimental"

11 26 21 Buchla 288v and voices

video upload by batchas

"Sample from KESAKO Player sent to 288v.
288v cycle loop trigs 1979 MSV."

The goth and the pomegranate, mahee?

KORG modwave - PERFECT LESSON - PART5 Kaoss Physics

video upload by KORG INC.


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

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