MATRIXSYNTH: Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Gargoyle | EMU XL7 and Prophet 12

video upload by MIDERA

"Messing around with the XL7 (yes, this is my third Command Station). Testing out new things and seeing what I think of it - and well, I still don't know.

EMU XL7: Drums and koto
Prophet 12: Bell-like sound
Eventide Blackhole VST for reverb"

Triple Synth Patch (featuring Sequential Prophet Rev2, Novation Peak, and Waldorf Blofeld)

video upload by the Veiled Creature

"Here I'm using the Rev2 to control itself as well as a midi controller for the other two synths. In this way the notes are triggered for all 3 instruments at once. You are hearing chords from the Rev2 and 2 different arps by the Peak and Blofeld. By my count there are 17 voices in this particular video, but these three synths together are capable of sounding up to 41 voices simultaneously! (8 for the Rev2, 8 for the Peak, and 25 for the Blofeld).

There are no external effects, just the ones that come on each individual synth. I am using 3 presets here so I'm not 100% sure exactly how each patch was made."



Dual filter box based on the classic Soviet Polivoks synth filter. It appears to be the next step for their Polivoks Filter 2 from 2017. You can find a demo of that incarnation here.

Click the pics to explore the features.

Erica Synths mki x es.EDU Educational DIY Kit Line Created with Mortiz Klein

video upload by Moritz Klein

Full playlist further below.

"As some of you already know, I'll be releasing a series of DIY kits with the good people at Erica Synths. In this stream, we'll check out some of the prototypes, talk about the design process & the circuits themselves and – of course – hear what they sound like."

"Erica Synths and Moritz Klein – have developed a series of educational DIY kits under the brand name mki x es.EDU with one specific goal in mind: to teach people with little-to-no prior experience how to design analog synthesizer circuits from scratch. What you’ll find in the box is not simply meant to be soldered together and then disappear in your rack. Instead, we want to take you through the circuit design process step by step, explaining every choice we’ve made and how it impacts the finished module.

In total, we have developed 9 kits to build a fully-featured modular monosynth: a sequencer, a VCO, a wavefolder, a noise/S&H module, a mixer, a VCF, an Envelope generator, a dual VCA, and an output stereo mixer with a headphone amplifier. Additionally, an affordable eurorack case with a DIY PSU will also be available. While these kits are easy to build, we did not compromise on design and functionality. We will launch one kit every 4-6 weeks. Each kit comes with an extensive user manual (40+ pages) that will dive deep into not only the electronics behind each circuit but also the fundamental principles of sound synthesis.

We hope that the mki x es.EDU project will inspire future engineers and will contribute to the ever-growing diversity of electronic music technology."

Mortiz Klein Playlist
video uploads by Mortiz Klein

Mario Schönhofer_Ambient Waves Festival 2021_Munich

video upload by Klanglabor Weltklang Orion Electronic Music


"Mario Schönhofer ( Member of Ströme ), the Bavarian live modular synthesizer guru played at the Ambient Waves Festival 2021 in Munich this year. This time exclusively on the SW-3P 2020 ( Modular Synthesizer by Synth-Werk ). An excellent modular synthesizer based on the famous Moog 3P with the soul and spirit of Bob Moog."


video upload by EMEAPP

"The ARP 2500 is just one of those incredibly special machines that is so flexible and so widely open to the interpretation of the artist who uses it. Here is electronic music artist Ombient (who is a frequent collaborator and volunteer here at EMEAPP) with this wonderful melodic performance on our 2500 system along with some other ARP goodness (ARP 2600, Pro-Soloist, 1613 Sequencer and 8 channel mixer). Enjoy the ride and the VFX generated by Ombient.

You can find us at where we invite you to join us as a member."

Why a Rare Sequencer From 1973 Still Inspires

video upload by HAINBACH

"When I first got the Oberheim DS-2A Digital Sequencer in my studio, I got stumped - how can make this part of my whole setup? The connections seemed just too limited and the specs laughingly bad for 2021. Was I stuck with a museum piece? But in working with it I realized something that made me appreciate this rare and vintage instrument from 1973."

Sequential OB6 - demo

video upload by Kantakin Music

"All sounds come from the OB6."

Exploring Sequential Pro 3 analog synthesizer

video upload by Data Broth

"Sequential have loaned me a Pro 3 to play around with for the past month. This thing is a blast and I'm glad to finally be able to share it with you all live. I plan on making more hardware content in the future"

Note the video is over 2 hours long. You can use the player controls to jump around.

Curetronic Modular Synthesizer Test

video upload by TRAMPELFÂD

Mysterious Ambient VCV Rack Patch

video upload by Piotr Garbaczonek

"Thanks for watching!
I'm on winter break in Poland at the, so my uploads will be scattered depending on when I have time to work on videos. Happy Holidays to all!

- P.G.
Here are some links of mine:
Go follow my Patreon here and download this patch there:"

Sequencer Exploration - Ableton with Sequential Pro 3 & Pro 2

video upload by experimentalsynth

"A quick experiment layering Ableton (the bass-y pattern that comes in after a minute or two) with the Sequential Pro 3 and Pro 2 sequencers. The Hydrasynth is playing an instance of Arturia Pigments."

Too Mvch SpazeDrum

video upload by gotharman

"Going through some variations of the same track."

Playing Synthpop Songs Live (Streaming Edited Highlights)

video upload by DX5

"Edited highlights from the unplanned (no preparation at all) live streaming broadcasted on December 27, 2021 with me playing some synthpop songs.
00:00 Trust (edit) - The Cure.
04:45 Just Like Heaven - The Cure.
08:25 Waving.
08:28 Why Can't I Be You - The Cure.
11:39 My Secret Garden + Oberkorn intro (Hammersmith vers) - Depeche Mode.
19:06 Policy Of Truth - Depeche Mode.
25:24 Enjoy The Silence (+ intro while loading backtrack's PT session) - Depeche Mode.
32:33 Home - Depeche Mode.
38:21 Shake the Disease - Depeche Mode.
43:24 It's My Life - Talk Talk.
47:40 Save a Prayer - Duran Duran.
53:13 Fade To Grey - Visage.
57:13 New Life - Depeche Mode.
1:01:33 Photographic (+ sound test intro) - Depeche Mode.
1:06:04 Waving and end.

Synths used (L to R, Top to bottom): Roland Promars MRS-2, Roland JP8000, Kurzweil PC1x, Roland JX-8P, Emu Emax I and II.
All backtracks previously recorded on its entirely by me, track by track, on Pro Tools.
Video encoded with an analogue capture device (plus the usual hi8 camera), hence some colours are a bit distorted.
Performed live here by DX5 Jose Maria Bara."

Seqeuntial - Rev2 16V (16 Voice Polysynth / Analog Signal Path with DCOs)

via this auction

Additional NOISEBUG Listings, also on eBay

E-MU Systems Emax I

via this auction

Additional Switched On Listings

"This E-MU Systems Emax is fully functional, in excellent condition and has been fully serviced.

The Emax is a classic sampler workstation from E-MU. Released in 1986; the Emax has an extensive library collection of samples that can be loaded via the built-in 3.5" hard drive. Or you can sample your own sounds. The Sampler is powerful, and lo-fi. It samples at 12-bit resolution with variable sample-rates up to 42kHz. Sampling and editing is easy, complete and intuitive with auto sample placement, auto-looping, truncating, reversing, velocity cross-fade, etc. The Emax also features individual channel outputs and stereo outputs and extensive MIDI implementation."

Roland G-707 1980s Silver w/ GM-70 Midi Converter and Guitar Case

via this auction

Additional Switched On Listings

"This Roland G-707 and GM-70 is fully functional and in great condition. Includes original connector cable, power supply for GM-70, travel case for G-707 and a pack of super Slinkys!

The G-707 is Roland's take on the style and aesthetic of the 80's. Used by The Police, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and of course Prince; The G-707 can be used as an electric guitar or, with the GR-700 floor unit, it can form part of a guitar synthesizer system. It has humbucker pickups, controls for the synthesizer system and a sustain bar connecting the body to the headstock. The G-707 has been recently re-stringed and includes a pack of super slinkys!

This listing includes the GM-70 Pitch to Midi rackmount converter. Hailed by users as the best guitar-to-MIDI converter ever built. The GM-70 has been serviced with a new battery to ensure optimum use and longevity."


via this auction

Not the best pics, but these are rare. This SN was actually for sale in 2008 for more, and in 2005 for even more! Hey, prices are decreasing!

"This is the out of this world Jomox Resonator Neuronium, first batch made from Jurgen at Jomox. If you want to make sounds unlike any other in the world, this is the synth for you!

This is an experimental analog neural network synthesizer that was first released in limited quantities during the early 2000s. According to JoMox, they leave it up to customers to decide whether the Resonator Neuronium is a sound production tool, performance machine, musical instrument, synthesizer, FX unit, or objective piece of art.

It's not often that a synthesizer can boast that it has never heard before sounds, but that was exactly the claim behind the Resonator Neuronium by JoMox. It is an experimental analog neural network synthesizer that was first released in limited quantities during the early 2000s. Since then, JoMox once again began making these units in 2018 after a lot of inquiries. However, they once again only did a small production run and the price obviously went up as well due to the many obsolete or hard-to-get parts required.

According to JoMox, they leave it up to customers to decide whether the Resonator Neuronium is a sound production tool, performance machine, musical instrument, synthesizer, FX unit, or objective piece of art. What can't be argued with, though, is that the Resonator Neuronium features an analog net which has two main analog layers in addition to a digital layer with sequencers.

The Resonator Neuronium is certainly very unique from a visual perspective. It is housed in an iron angled casing that has a striking, blue-coated appearance. The left side of the unit is dominated by a grouping of buttons, knobs, and LEDs that form a hexagon. The black buttons that are located around the hexagon can be used to select direct commands along with the golden potentiometer knobs. A 24-character LCD can be found on the bottom right of the Resonator Neuronium and the Menu/Presets button above it is used to access the preset display. A series of soft buttons below the LCD can also be used to access sub-menus.

With its blue color scheme, unusual hexagon layout, and gold-plated brass buttons the Resonator Neuronium is certainly something that stands out in any collection. It can also produce very unique sounds that some users have likened to animal noises, but this means it is something that might not be so easy to incorporate into your workflow. It's an amazing piece of equipment for anyone who loves creating experimental music, but there are also many users who have struggled to find the sweet spot when using it in their workflows.

Try using this with 6 ribbon strips on the 6 outputs. Not only will you be able to make noise like those from the year 3000 but will add the capacity to have variables in oscillations between the neuronal axis of the parameters. Truly the most fascinating instrument ever made in the history of the planet!"

Roland System 100 / 101 + 102 Modular Synthesizer Custom Combination Build

via this auction

"Custom build combination build of a System 101 and 102, together in 1 casing." Studio-22

via this auction

"Slightly modified System-22.

Modules are:
slew limiter
3x oscillator
sample and hold
4 channel mixer
ring mod
2x envelope adsr
signal processing
state variable filter
2x amp
pan / fade
Comes with plenty of patch cables, color coded by length"

Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 Rev 3.3

via this auction

"The Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 is one of the first fully programmable polyphonic analog synthesizers of the 80s. The Rev 3.3 is considered the most reliable of the Prophet 5 versions and has 120 memory patches, five voice polyphony, two oscillators per voice, and a white noise generator. The unique analog sound of the Prophet 5 is ageless. It can be adapted to MIDI or used stand alone.

Cosmetically- In my opinion, it is in very good cosmetic condition, so please check out the photos and judge for yourself. The original walnut cabinet has been cleaned and looks good. All of the original badges are present, and all of the knob caps are original, with some wear.

Internally- This keyboard has recently been completely refurbished by David Trouse (great keyboard tech in the Bay Area), after being in storage for 25 years. It was fully disassembled and cleaned, all potentiometers and switches have been cleaned. It has a new battery, the keyboard was completely rebuilt, leveled, and balanced (new guides, bus-bar polished, j-wires cleaned, keyboard re-lubed), it's been fully calibrated, and it has had the original factory sounds uploaded. It plays great!

This keyboard is completely original. MIDI adapter kits are available at Wine Country Sequential for $379."


via this auction

Roland Juno-106 SN 407818

via this auction

"All sliders, knobs, keys work perfectly. Professionally serviced by Turnlab.

Chips replaced with Analogue Renaissance chipset."


via this auction

"I recently had a Moog factory trained technician work on it to fix a no output issue. When I got it it lit up but had no sound. He rebuilt the power supply and checked all the internal connectors and replaced a few capacitors but has not solved the no output issue. He could have kept going on it but got over busy with studios needing his services. He did say the top octave tone board is all good and in working shape. He believes its a capacitor or loose soldier joint somewhere else that’s responsible for the no output. It’s certainly solvable from what he said."

Yamaha TX 816 FM Synth Rack

via this auction

The Yamaha TX 816 is equivalent to 8 DX7's.

Cosmic O (Ambient Kosmiche w/ Juno 106, Sequential Prophet Rev2, Roland V-Synth XT)

video upload by MKDVB

"Recorded with Roland Juno 106, Sequential Prophet Rev2, Roland V-Synth XT, Synthstrom Deluge.

Ambient, kosmiche synth music inspired mainly by old synthesizer New Age holiday music cassette tapes. We wanted to make a Christmas concept album but maybe less cheesy. We tried to make it accessible for friends and fam but it kinda turned into weird Christmas music anyway, probably because we are weird.

This is an edited version of an original composition from the album Cosmic Christmas.

Remix version, early 2022!"

Nymphes & Juno 106 // ACTUALLY Compared

video upload by

"Nymphes First Impressions : [posted here]

// MY ENTIRE POINT // TLDW : They're totally different, although the seeing them as similar is not totally unfair. Careful, informed programming can help you get where you want.

I can understand why people are comparing these, the Juno 106 is so ubiquitous, it will get brought up no matter what.
And I, and many others, see most of the Juno's "essence" is superficially here ; 6 voices, 1 osc, a proper sub oscillator, with stereo chorus easy to add.

Then, with even a bit of proper investigation, you'll find that they behave quite differently. VCO vs DCO, the relative phase of the saw and square, potential LFO routings, among more.

BUT in the end, the "Juno thing" is not a static goal, or really quantifiable. And with careful, informed programming, many synths can give you some element of that "thing", whatever it is to you in that moment. If the Juno patch has only a saw and a sub, the Nymphes has no trouble at all re-creating the sound with a really impressive amount of accuracy. If it has a saw and a square, with an open filter, they will sound radically different. But not bad. Just different. And often, different in a way that is insignificant to the final sound, certainly irrelevant to what compositions a sound can be used for.

So, there's so much nuance at play here and so many things to teach and learn about, that I view a 14 minute video riffing on an open sawtooth as a pretty huge blunder. 👀

0:00 Intro
1:36 Here's the plan / Thesis
2:55 Oscillators, VCO & DCO
6:30 Simultaneous Waveforms
9:00 Sub Oscillator
11:00 Noise, for some reason
11:14 Mentioning oscillator modulation (briefly)
11:37 High Pass Filters
12:31 Low Pass Filters
14:54 Envelopes
16:14 Nothing is that special / Breaking down
17:55 Chorus is mentioned
(Sorry about the juno being in mono, if you comment about it I will act like I dont know what you're saying, and link this :
19:09 Breaking Down pt2, the whole point
20:43 Accepting why I made this video
21:21 What is the ESSENCE"

EXPERT SLEEPERS | IVO Voltage Controlled Low-Pass Filter

video upload by DANIELE

"Expert Sleepers IVO: 2 filters in 1 module!"

IVO made its first appearance along with Lorelei and Beatrix back in August.

The Sound of Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You - Oberheim OB-Xa

video upload by RetroSound

"One of my favorite songs from the 80s and my last video in 2021.
Thank you for all the likes, for the kind words and for the support.

I used here the Oberheim OB-Xa Synthesizer for the pads, string sounds and the main synth riff.
For the Yamaha CP-80 piano sound I used my Yamaha Reface CP incl. the internal effect section. The bass sound is made with the Moog Source. The Drums are samples from the E-MU library.

The sound tutorial for the intro sound can you find here." [posted here]

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