MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, December 2, 2021

Thursday, December 02, 2021

The first MIDI sequencer from Roland, Yamaha and Korg | How different they are!

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"Roland with the MSQ-700 from 1983/1984, Yamaha with the mothership QX1 from 1984 and Korg with the SQD-1 from 1985.

They are very different in both design, functionality and power, but they were the first MIDI sequencer these three companies did."

Also see:
Roland MSQ-700 sequencer - Fast and Fun
Yamaha QX1 - The Mothership Sequencer From 1984
Korg DDD-1 | Outstandingly fun drum machine!
Korg SQD-1 Midi recorder - what a fun vintage sequencer

It's Christmas Time ? (What is That NOISE ?) Techno Remix by Fizzing Funksters

video upload by FizzFunkTV

New holiday mix by supporting member, Fizzing Funksters.

"A music video to showcase my Xmas Remix.

My original track" It's Christmas Time?" was released in 2017, this is the (What is That NOISE?) remix.

What is that Noise?
What is That NOISE?
You think that Jingle Jangle Noise is MUSIC?
What do you Think?
It's Christmas Time?

This Video features the TOMY "Bring Along A Song" Toy Record Player,
playing a specially one off Record Pressing Dub Plate of the Christmas Carol "It's Christmas Time?" (What is that NOISE?) Techno Remix.

This video shows my Dusty Vinyl Record Collection in the Background.

This video features a BeesWax Candle.

Thanks for listening.
Fizzing Funksters."

Circuit Bent Casiotone MT-540

video upload by NOISEBUG

"This circuit bent Casiotone MT-540 will take you to new worlds of creativity and bit crushing madness. Smash some patch cables into the jacks on the front panel and see where it takes you!

This unit has a tempo control function that bypasses the internal tempo, allowing you to slow things down much further than this unit was intended. The 1/4" outputs on the back of the unit are normal to the speakers, allowing you to cut the speaker volume off and use the 1/4" outputs for audio processing."

Roland JX-08 Demo & Review【with JX-8P】

video upload by musictrackjp

DEMO by Katsunori UJIIE.

Terreno // Live Performance with Make Noise Strega and 0-CTRL + Elektron Octatrack

video upload by OoraMusic

"A simple jam using Elektron Octatrack MKii as mixer and resampler for Make noise Strega sequenced by 0-CTRL. You can find a rundown of the setup here:"

Jamming with Strega, 0-CTRL and Octatrack // A Minimal Setup with a Powerful Voice

00:00 Introduction
01:37 Octatrack Setup
02:50 Strega Overview
07:00 Sequencing with 0-CTRL
10:28 Field recordings
10:50 Flex machines / Resampling
15:26 Octatrack Scenes
18:00 Altering step duration with Time
19:30 Conclusions

OoraMusic was recently featured in this Perfect Circuit best gear of the world post.

OoraMusic Favorite Analog Synth: Vermona PerFOURmer MKII // Four Independent Synthesizers in One

video upload by OoraMusic

"Today I will walk you through the amazing Vermona Perfourmer MKII. This is my favorite synth and I believe is a powerful and fun machine.
From melodies to drums to drones this instrument really is a beast!

00:00 Introduction
03:40 General Description
07:30 Channel / Voice strip description
14:45 Percussions sounds
16:55 Play modes ( Mono , Duo and Poly )
27:06 Evolving sequences with Octatrack
29:30 Voice synchronizations and FM
36:38 Drone fun !
41:56 Conclusions"

OoraMusic was featured in this Perfect Circuit Best Gear of the Year post.

Fripper Tripper (Frippertronics with synths: DSI/Sequential Pro 2, Lyra-8, Boss RE-20, DD-20)

video upload by thesrabbit

"For Black Friday, I bought myself Boss DD-20 and RE-20 delay pedals specifically for exploring Frippertronics. They showed up yesterday and I promptly recorded my first jam. It starts with a simple 2 oscillator drone from the modular running through a spring reverb tank (1 Eowave Titan and 1 Roland 512 VCO) The melodies consist of different patches that I've made on the Pro 2, which is another recent purchase. A little further along I introduce the Lyra-8 into the mix, because anything experimental should probably include the Lyra. Unfortunately I didn't have its output level up high enough, and you can't really hear it in the repeats, which is a shame. Other than not getting output levels matched ahead of time, I'm pretty pleased with the result. The modular, Pro 2, and Lyra are also running through the Audiothingies Doctor A in parallel, which is set to a long ping pong delay and a very long modulated plate reverb. To add some tape warble, I fed an attenuated LFO from the Roland 540 module into the RE-20's expression pedal input, which adjusts the "twist" parameter. Everything runs through the DD-20 first, which has a delay time of 7.1 seconds and is set to the "modulated" delay type, then from there it runs into the RE-20. I wonder what it would sound like if the signal chain was reversed. I bet one could pull off mellotron strings vibes pretty easily with this setup."


via this auction

You can find demos of the 4ms BEND MATRIX in previous posts here.

"Banana and 1/4" version of this rare and weird cross point switcher, matrix, sequencer. Great condition and works flawlessly. Used this with CL and VTOL gear and as a bridge to a Moog modular. My system is shrinking and this goes unused. Includes manual and a 5V power supply. I used it with a 9V (center neg) supply, but those always disappeared from the studio.


video upload by Synthesizer Home

Electroserf Vacuum Tube Synthesizer Modules

video upload by epeasant

"Introduction to The Electronic Peasant's Electroserf synthesizer modules, based on Russian 1J24b vacuum tubes from the cold war days. These subminiature pentode tubes were used in the early MiG jet fighter radios, at a time when the western world had already changed over to solid state electronics.

These tubes are long obsolete, but available in the surplus market. Their small size, low voltage requirements, and low power heaters make them suitable for synthesizer use, while their low power output, gain and directly-heated cathodes bring their own design challenges."

Prism Circuits - Pomona System

video upload by NOISEBUG

"Prism Circuits - Pomona System

The Prism Circuits Pomona System is a custom layout designed by Noisebug. The intention of the Pomona System is to offer a system that is capable of creating music, soundscapes and textures by offering sequencing, random voltages, effects and routing options all in a 2 panel system.

Modules included in this system -
Top Row
1973 Oscillator x 2
1973 Filter
Envelope Generator x2
Gate x2
VC Phaser

Bottom Row
4 Stage Programmer
Programmer Output
Sequential Switch
Noise Source
Smooth and Stepped Generator
Dual Mixer

System is housed in a Prism Circuits Slim Wood Boat and comes fully powered. 24V Mean Well power supply included."

SND - FB-14 Filter Bank

video upload by NOISEBUG

"The SND Fixed Filterbank FB-14 MkII is a high end filter bank executed in discrete circuit technology. It is a 14 band equalizer with optimized expanded control areas. That means that not only sound corrections and drastic surgery are possible but also impressive enhancements to your sound material.

The control area per frequency band is circa 20 dB, and unusual but musically sense making is the order of filter frequencies in fifth intervals.

The FB-14 is a noble speciality due to its classic class a switching technique; circuitry that has been made by Mr Niessen himself with the upper most precision.

Four transistors are located in the signal path, two of them are germanium-types with tube like overdriving characteristics.

The sound quality of the FB-14 is in no way inferior to its technical qualities and impress deeply in every aspect: Average kick drums become beautifully intense and well rounded; static drone sounds turn into expansive sound landscapes; and nearly every kind of processed sound material glows with an expensive silkyness.

Almost with an added definition and clarity that touches the heights one aims to achieve in the mastering studio.

Not only does it blend perfectly into every mix, it adds a touch of class to the sound.

Incredible is also the use of frequency selective distortion’s with extreme setting possibilities. Even the most brutally distorted drum loops will not be mashed, but always sound nicely overdriven as well as being superbly eq’d.


14 Bands with frequencies 35, 65, 105, 160, 240, 360, 540, 800, 1200, 1800, 2700, 4000, 7000 and 12000 Hz (Fith Intervals)
A 2-Pole filter with control area +/-20dB(!) per band, Q-Factor around 0,7 at +/-10dB and 6 at +/-20dB
Level Regulator in Input- and Output
Input Amplification Adjustable between +/-20dB
Bypass switch on the front side"

Circuit Bent Speak & Spell

video upload by NOISEBUG

"Glitchy vocal synth with a built in LFO & a freeze button allowing the vocal sound to be frozen at that moment, creating oscillator type sounds. This unit has a 3.5mm mono audio output, making this unit a versatile insane glitch machine!"

Noise Engineering Summer 2017 #7 | Live Modular Synth Jam

video upload by Noise Engineering

A jam and a scope.

Gear List

- Basimilus Iteritas (x2)
- Cursus Iteritas (x2)
- Manis Iteritas (x2)
- Pons Asinorum (Prototype)
- Mutable Clouds
- Solo Vereo (Prototype)
- The Mullet
- Tip Top Circadian Rhythms
- Clepsidra Diazoma (Clep Diaz prototype)
- Make Noise LxD
- 2HP freez
- WMD/SSF Pole Zero
- Bastl ABC

Five Polysynths - Which Should You Buy?

video upload by Alex Ball

"To answer the many questions I get about these specific modern polysynths I've decided to cover it off in a massive video. Hopefully this clears up which synth is or isn't the one for you!

All sounds are presented "raw" meaning that only FX from the synths themselves were used (if they have them) and that there was no processing of the audio afterwards. What you hear is what the synths sound like.

1) Cheers to Markus for the Hydrasynth loan.
2) Cheers to CALC for sorting the Summit.
3) Cheers to UDO for sorting Super 6.
4) Cheers to Roland for sorting the Jupiter-X.
5) Cheers to Sequential for bringing back the OG Prophet.
6) First person to say "i cAn'T bELiEvE yOu fOrGoT tHe pOlyBrUtE" or something similar has to do 50 press ups and 10 Hail Marys.

0:00 Intro
0:40 Super 6 Raw Sounds
3:10 Super 6 Thoughts
5:45 Prophet~10 Raw Sounds
6:52 Here's the thing
7:36 Ah there it is
10:27 Summit Raw Sounds
12:55 Summit Thoughts
16:10 Jupiter-X Raw Sounds
18:22 Jupiter-X Thoughts
21:21 Hydrasynth Raw Sounds
23:17 Hydrasynth Thoughts
26:17 Outro"

How to use VCV 2 VST with Ableton Live 11 Suite

video upload by Omri Cohen

00:24 - General information
02:38 - Basic sequencing and syncing VCV from Ableton
06:32 - Advanced sequencing VCV from Ableton
09:26 - Polyphonic sequencing
10:58 - Sequencing drums
13:55 - Automating VCV from Ableton
16:33 - Basic Multitrack recording
19:33 - Advanced multitrack recording
23:16 - Sending Midi out from VCV to Ableton
30:01 - Sending modulation out from VCV into Ableton
35:34 - Processing audio from Ableton in VCV

Omri's Links:

"Want to learn Modular Synthesis? have a look here -

Do you also think that reverb is life and want to share it with the world? Have a look here -
If you just want to buy me a coffee :) -
Consider joining me on Patreon -
Patching techniques and ideas document -

Kurstin x Grohl: The Hanukkah Sessions 2021

Playlist (in synth spotting order). Enjoy:

1. Kurstin x Grohl: The Hanukkah Sessions 2021: Night Three
Barry Pincus – not only one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th (or any) century, but a mega-mensch to boot! So, like a good neighbor, you deserve a break today. So grab a bucket of chicken and let’s get stuck on….. BARRY MANILOW’S “Copacabana”!
2. Kurstin x Grohl: The Hanukkah Sessions 2021: Night Four
Quite possibly the loudest and proudest of hard rocking Jews, David Lee Roth has gone on record crediting his Bar Mitzvah preparation as his earliest vocal training. He became a rockstar the day he became a man: Diamond Dreidel DLR and Van Halen...with "Jump."
3. Kurstin x Grohl: The Hanukkah Sessions 2021: Night Two
Once upon a time, two nice Jewish boys from Queens named Jeffery Hyman and Thomas Erdelyi changed the world forever with their music….. as Joey and Tommy Ramone! GABBAI GABBAI HEY! Ladies and gentlemen….It’s the Ramones! Blitzkreig Bop!
4. Kurstin x Grohl: The Hanukkah Sessions 2021: Night One
Welcome back to the menorah, y’all. Let’s kick it this year’s Hanukkah sessions with one of Dallas, Texas’s favorite Jewish daughters. So put on your coffee shop spectacles and your Betsey Johnson dress and HAVA listen to this… "Stay” by Lisa Loeb.
5. Kurstin x Grohl: The Hanukkah Sessions 2021: Night Five (Featuring Violet Grohl)
Despite this song's mention of a "Moschino bra you bought me last Christmas," it's common knowledge that the amazing woman behind the song was actually Jewish. Gone far too soon...Ms. Amy Winehouse and "Take The Box."

New Division 6 Dual Mini Eurorack Synthesizer Module

C.K. builds a Division-6 dual mini synth eurorack kit (eurorack)
video upload by C.K. Haun

"Another Division-6 product, this time their mini dual Synthesizer. Not a particularly difficult build itself, just a lot of soldering for 20 some odd jacks and 20 knobs. But a very nice unit to play, recommended.

0:0 Title
00:10 Intro
0:45 What’s in the bag
14:08 LED spacers, a good idea
17:11 flush-cutting the bottom row of solder beads
23:32 Two tight solder spots
26:29 Assembly done
27:08 Power up and test

via Division 6

This Eurorack module houses two complete synthesizer voices. They’re based on the Business Card Synthesizer with all its 8-bit goodness, but adds CV inputs for most of the controls.

Features (each synth)

Pulse, square, triangle, and sawtooth waves
2 LFOs with pulse, square, saw, triangle and ramp shapes
Attack / Decay
Low-pass filter
Sample and Hold
Manual gate trigger (can be locked on)
Course and fine-tune controls

Buchla Spectral Thought

video upload by Todd Barton

"Playtime with the Buchla 296r Spectral Processor and having multiple audio inputs via the 292 Quad Dynamics Manager. Enjoy! Oh, excuse the poor audio quality, its just from the phone."

Erica Synths Zen Delay with Novation Circuit Tracks and Rhythm

video upload by motobor

"Testing out Erica Synths Zend Delay. Really nice delay with unique features.
The filter part is really nice to cut out the muddy low end on endless delays."

More than meets the eye // Modbap OSIRIS // review and walkthrough

video upload by Starsky Carr

"Here's my review demo and walkthrough of the Modbap Osiris. Its a really flexibly and interesting digital oscillator that's described as bi-fidelity. It has a 32x32 matrix of waveforms they call a wavepak. Very cool, plus a sub with independent tuning and timbre modes for tonnes of variation: sync, dual oscillators, FM, wave shaping etc, On top of that it has subtle to complete decimation with the fidelity knob.. inspired by the Commodore 64 :)"

0:00 Intro
0:53 Overview and Wavetables
4:25 Tuning
4:59 Sub
6:25 Timbre Modes
10:16 Fidelity
11:14 Internal Envelope and VCA
14:26 Final Thoughts
14:55 Demo Track 1 Aesthus II
18:40 Demo Track 2 Argos

Loop singing and drumming: Soma Enner live west coast avant-garde synthesizer electronic music

video upload by EthanJamesMusic

"Here is another performance video using the Soma Laboratory Enner instrument, designed by Sistor. My goal for this was to make kind of a tribal ambient sound using my voice into the piezo pickup and by layering non metered finger drumming with a looper pedal, and then morphing into a meditative bass and synth sound. This synth is very geared towards both drones and rhythms, as well as using the piezo pickup with the case, spring, and rubber bands to make added percussive sounds. I'm very excited to continue exploring and find even more sounds. I'm making use of the resonance of the case to layer in my voice and finger drums. Later I fade to a drone layer with rhythm from the click part of the synthesizer. This synth is patched using touch, and I love the idea of having an instrument that I can use my hands on to create sound and have a direct connection to the music. I am using the west coast technique of starting with something and spinning it out like a centrifuge. I'm processing the sound through an Eventide H9 pedal with some reverb and a Boss RC-5 looper pedal. Hopefully this camera angle also helps you learn something!"

Metasonix R-53 Vacuum Tube Waveshaper - Ringmod

via this auction

Folktek Triad (Materia, Mentalis, Aether)

via this auction

You can find details and demos off the Triad in previous posts here.

Roland JP-8080

via this auction

Roland SYSTEM-100 MODEL-101 w/ Red Lined Case SN 602483

via this auction

Waldorf M Presets by Sonic Freaks

videos upload by Sonic Freaks

"We are proud to present our two new preset libraries for the Waldorf M. For the first library we designed 64 MODERN presets that take advantage of the new features of the Waldorf M. This library also contains beautiful strings, evolving pads with beautiful textures and details, subtle and extreme pluck sounds, basses, leads, bells and much more. Also note the new sounds that use the digital filter derived from the Waldorf XT.

The second library are 64 CLASSIC presets from our original Waldorf Microwave presets that we have accurately converted to the Waldorf M. Expect the same beautiful strings, evolving pads, fat bass and crystal clear bells from our Waldorf Microwave Library.

We also combined these two libraries into one big library of 128 presets called COMPLETE and is available with 20% discount.

• We recorded the Waldorf M directly into Logic Pro X via a Antelope Audio Orion 32 Gen 3. No reverb was added.
• The Waldorf M we used had firmware 1.06.
• For drums we used a Roland TR-808 vintage drum machine.

We like to thank Waldorf Music and especially Vladimir for providing us with a Waldorf M for converting these presets.

Please visit our website for more details:"

06- The IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro- LFOs

video upload by AutomaticGainsay

"Here is a demonstration of the sound and functionality of the LFOs found on the IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro."

AutomaticGainsay IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro posts

Roland JD-08 Demo & Review

video upload by musictrackjp

DEMO by Katsunori UJIIE.

Roland JD-08 posts

V.A.I. : CRB Oberon / CRB String Machine

video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

"Another video of the glorious CRB Oberon, a unicorn of a monophonic synth made in Italy in the late 70s.
We wanted to sample the more odd side of the machine, bringing out unusual, harsh and bright sounds.
Sorry for the sloppy playing, we’re not keyboard players and the action on this machine is frankly pretty terrible, we need to take a look at that in a near future.
The grey string machine is also marked CRB - a simple, two sounds (violin and cello) string machine, unusually light weight for the oldie it is.
We’re really digging it for that factor, as well as its sound - not at all bad.
We’ll be looking into a few other rare CRB machines soon, so please subscribe and follow us on Instagram for gear sales."

CRB Oberon posts

Door #2: Bald nun ist Weihnachtszeit (It's Christmas time soon) - Synthmas '21

video upload by

First Synthmas post of the year.

"Ho-Ho-Ho! This is Synthmas '21, the virtual calendar presenting a Christmas carol played by synthesizers - every day from 1st to 24th of December.

Door #2: Bald nun ist Weihnachtszeit (It's Christmas time soon)

The song:
'Bald nun ist Weihnachtszeit' is a German Christmas carol from around 1940 written by Karola Wilke (lyrics) and Wolfgang Stumme (melody). Unlike most christmas songs the lyrics have no spiritual relation thus it was willingly played in the former eastern part of Germany (GDR). In the GDR Christmas was celebrated in like manner as in the western part, but the govenment diminished the Christian context or at least they tried.

The gear:
The song is played by two Waldorf synths, Blofeld and Streichfett. Waldorf Blofeld is a digital synth with 3 oscillators, each capable playing square (pulse), sawtooth, triangle and sine wave. Oscillator 1+2 additionally can play wavetables so Blofeld follows the footsteps of the legendary PPG synths or Waldorf Microwave. The synth has many modulation sources, different filter types, complex envelopes and an effect section.

Blofeld plays the bass in this song, lead voice is played by Streichfett. The digital synth imitates the typical sound of 70s string machines. It has - like many of its ancestors - a string and a synth section. Along with different wave forms that can be switched seamlessly the 3-mode chorus is a key for shaping the string machine sound. There is also a phaser effect trying to act like a Smallstone; well it doesn't at all. Someone wrote in a review that you always get a good sounding patch, whatever parameter settings you set and I can completely agree.

Trailer material: (image @seurafrancis99, video @cottonbro)"

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