Thursday, March 31, 2022

Novation Releases Peak & Summit 2.0 Firmware Update

video upload by NovationTV

"In this edition of Novation Live, Enrique introduces the new firmware update that's available for our polysynth duo - Summit and Peak. Focusing on Peak, Enrique will be showcasing some of the powerful new tools firmware v2.0 brings.

In the biggest update yet for Summit and Peak, Firmware v2.0 brings in essential improvements and a multitude of features across stereo controls, modulation, unpredictability, and effects, that give you powerful tools to shape your sound.

You will now be able to create bigger, wider, and more intricately textured soundscapes with updated stereo controls. Experiment with expansive sound design with modulation and unpredictability. A range of effects improvements brings new tonalities with the addition of Chorus Modes, Flanger, Phlanger, new effects modulation destinations and Lo-Fi delay

--- Learn more about the Summit and Peak Firmware Update v2.0:

--- Discover Summit:

--- Discover Peak:"

The press release:

""Powerful new tools to shape your sound.

Novation has just launched its biggest update yet for Summit and Peak. Firmware v2.0 brings in essential improvements and a multitude of features across stereo controls, modulation, unpredictability, and effects, that give you powerful tools to shape your sound.

Summit and Peak owners will now be able to create bigger, wider, and more intricately textured soundscapes with updated stereo controls. Experiment with expansive sound design with modulation and unpredictability. A range of effects improvements brings new tonalities with the addition of Chorus Modes, Flanger, Phlanger, new effects modulation destinations and Lo-Fi delay.

Firmware v2.0 Features

New spread modes, panning per voice, and panning in the mod matrix give additional control and allows for sound design in the stereo field. Now you can create bigger, wider, and more intricately textured soundscapes.
Modulation and unpredictability
Create deeper and more experimental sounds with new mod destinations, noise as a mod source, and additional LFO 3 and 4 parameters. Animate Envelopes and Arpeggiator Chance open more creative performance possibilities.

New effects, including Chorus Modes, Flanger, and Phlanger add new tonalities. Additional effects modulation destinations open up more experimental sound design. A new Lo-Fi delay mode enables a more vintage style sound.

Bug Fixes
The firmware update v2.0 includes a number of bug fixes. The full details can be found in the release notes.

You can read about the full details of firmware v2.0 by visiting the Components update page for Summit and Peak.

Summit and Peak firmware v2.0 is the last addition to the legacy of Chris Huggett’s innovative synth design work with Novation. Having shaped the sound of Novation’s iconic synths – including Bass Station, Supernova, Bass Station II, Peak and Summit, Chris has left an indelible imprint on our heritage, and we will always be grateful for his influence and inspiration.

Novation will also be hosting a live stream today (Thursday March 31st, 2022, 9pm UK time), with product specialist Enrique, taking place on our YouTube channel, where the new v2.0 update features will be demonstrated live.

For those unfamiliar with Peak and Summit, Peak is an eight-voice polyphonic synthesiser that boasts rich and warm sounds, while Summit is a two-part, 16-voice, 61-key synthesiser with great harmonic depth – both now with enhanced capabilities thanks to firmware update v2.0.

Summit & Peak owners are now able to download the v2.0 update from Novation Components."

And a video by GEOSynths:

Novation Summit 2.0 Firmware Test

video upload by GEOSynths

Portend from the Album Phantom Distinction Fallacy by 3am

New from supporting member justin3am. Click the buy now and hear more links in the player for more.

"Lots of synths were used in the making of Portend (Sequential Pro 3, ASM Hydrasynth, MakeNoise Shared System) and the video features video synths (LZX Vidiot, Geiskes 3TrinsRGB, Critter & Guitari EYESY)."

New 1985 Dual Sequencer Eurorack Module From Pantala Labs

via Pantala Labs (Google translated from Portuguese):

"03/30/2022 - 1985

Double sequencer that extracts melodies and rhythms from a photo taken live by the module itself.​

It has:
-60 patterns for each color (RGB), totaling 180 different patterns, coming from each image capture that are selected through the TRACK potentiometer and/or its CV. Each sequence comes from a grouping of image lines.
-two sequencer channels: despite internally processing 3 channels (RGB) the module has only 2 output channels with CV and Trigger and can use RG or RB colors.
-9 filters for image treatment, edge identification and others;
- external time synchronization by trigger;
- manual sample or by trigger;
- manual color selector for channel 2;
- manual scale selector: chromatic, major and minor;
- manual rhythm selector: single or variable, as explained in item 4a;
-reset manually or by trigger;
- manual 4/8/16/32/64 step sequence size selector;
-manual selector of CV sample & hold (one note for each valid rhythm step) or CV step (one note for all steps).

Width: 16HP
Depth: 30mm
Consumption: 150ma@12V / 10ma@-12V
Assembly: 15 days.
Pantala Labs module for eurorack standard Brazilian modular synthesizer"

New AMSynths SH-101 Eurorack Filter Module in the Works

via AMSynths

"The next new module from AMSynths will be the AM8101 VCF. A faithful recreation of the the low pass filter in the SH-101 mono synth. We expect to start shipping production modules with red anodised aluminum panels in April. #eurorack #eurorackmodular #amsynths #analog #synthesizers"

Behringer Teases a SYNTHI AKS Mini Synth, Additional Boogerfoogers, & Linndrum Update

The latest teasers from Behringer.

"Since we shared with you the pics of our upcoming VCS3 [posted here], many people got so excited, that they asked for an affordable AKS synth that has the exact same sound signature. Here’s a draft proposal only and we’d love to get your feedback. We believe we could produce it for an estimated price of US$ 99. What do you think? "

New Patching Sound Exhibit Opens at the Moogseum & Ikutaro Kakehashi's An Age Without Samples

via The Bob Moog Foundation where you'll find additional details.

"We're excited to share that the Moogseum has had a busy winter and early spring! We were closed for construction in January and February, which allowed us to expand our space to accommodate new exhibits. We spent the month of March creating the latest addition to our family of interactive exhibits, Patching Sound: Understanding Modular Synthesis.

Patching Sound provides visitors with a hands-on opportunity to patch, or create, sounds on a synthesizer interface by connecting various modules that control individual parameters of sound. The custom-designed exhibit was created by Los Angeles-based Sounds Amazing.

Patching Sound was made possible by a generous donation from Dave and Karen Rossum, with additional support from North Carolina Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by donors like you!

A large, fully restored, historic R.A. Moog modular synthesizer, originally created in 1968, serves as the inspirational backdrop for the interactive installation. As part of its storied provenance, this synthesizer was used on the soundtrack of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. You can read more about its history here.

Come experience Patching Sound: Understanding Modular Synthesis at the Moogseum! We are open from 11-5 seven days a week."

"Ikutaro Kakehashi's An Age Without Samples Now Available On Bob Moog Foundation Online Store

We are proud to now be offering An Age Without Samples by synthesizer pioneer Ikutaro Kakehashi in our online store. This 312-page hardcover book was published the same year that its revered author passed away. An Age Without Samples explores such themes as the resurrection of the venture spirit of the '60s and '80s, creativity, and originality. It is replete with examples from his own experiences and storied career and is generously illustrated with scores of rarely seen photos.

Read more about An Age Without Samples and purchase it here.

We send our deep thanks to Ikuo Kakehashi for donating these books to the Bob Moog Foundation so that we could share them with our worldwide community of supporters and generate funding for our innovative work."

SpaceFields App Update In the Works

via Motion Soundscape

"This update will make it even more convenient to use the SpaceFields live. A new screen with the most important controls, a large area to start / stop the loop recorder and the big recording counter. The sampler can import up to 9 samples, which can be quickly loaded into the loop by tap on the sample cell. Smooth transition to the loaded sample (same as when recording the input signal). Option to save the recorded loop to the sampler and to an external file."

CME's SWIDI Behringer Clone Was An April Fool's Joke?

Follow-up to this post featuring a black model. via CME:

"It all started as an April Fool's joke...

We were actually wondering what would happen if a small innovator like CME cloned a clone.

Simply raising the question of what innovation is all about.

A good joke often hurts a little. It was in no way our intention to offend anyone. Not a company. And certainly not a person.

Next time we will think of other creative ways to get your attention. No worries about that.

That said, the number of responses we got was staggering.

Apparently, innovation is not only about new technology, but also about offering existing solutions at an attractive price.

That got us thinking. Should we make this practical joke a reality?

Actually, this all depends on you. That's why we ask you to participate.

If you have a few minutes, take a look at project SWIDI!"

"This is a crowd creation project.
With 3,000 active registrants SWIDI becomes a reality.
Register now to get 50% discount during presale.
Target retail price is US$ 79
Sign up today. Become part of the process."


video upload by gotharman

"The new thing is polyphonic :)"

Update: Gotharman's zaTurn.


video upload by Alba Ecstasy

"Novation PEAK & Prophet REV-2 ambient patches at

Two units that deserve to be interconnected: Soma LYRA-8 and Hologram MICROCOSM.
Additional synth parts: strings - Prophet REV-2, kick - Novation PEAK.

❤️, ae"

Roland Alpha Juno, Waldorf Streichfett with Piano and Kaoss Pad

video upload by Tum Tum

"This track is all one take, and what I mean by that is I recorded the MIDI of an improvised piano part and then ran that out to a couple of synths after first passing the note info through some MIDI modifiers in Ableton. I also swapped the back half from a piano to a rhodes, just for fun. It's neat working with MIDI this way, as a creative tool rather than a linear record.

#jamuary 28 2022"

Buchla 230 EF part 2

video upload by Todd Barton

"This time sending a drone to the Envelope Follower to create additional textures to add to the drone.

My Patreon:"

Buchla 230 EF posts by Todd Barton

the mysterious Lyra-8 (synth review)

video upload by allmyfriendsaresynths

"For the past couple of months I have been experimenting with the mysterious Lyra-8, an 'orgaismic synthesiszer' from @Vlad Kreimer of Soma Lab - and have been very pleasantly surprised at how engaging and exciting it is to play with and explore. Far more than just a drone machine, this is a beautiful instrument which has encouraged me to approach music a bit differently. Check out the video to see what I make of it.

A huge thank you to Signal Sounds ( for letting me borrow one of their demo units to test. They stock a wide variety of weird and wonderful electronic instruments, and are well worth checking out for yourself."

Moog Sub37/Subsequent 37: 64 Bass Presets/Patches. Sound Demo

video upload by Anton Anru

"'Bass Pack' is a collection of 64 Bass Presets for Moog Subsequent 37 and Sub 37.
The soundset is universal, the Basses are suitable for all genres of electronic music, including Techno, House, Trance, Lounge, Downtempo, Funk, Disco, Pop, Acid, Hardcore, IDM, Drum'n'Bass, Breaks, Breakbeat, Trap, Electro, Ambient, Dubstep, EDM, Synth-Pop and others.
The patches cover a variety of Bass tones: mild and aggressive, deep and bright, soft and punchy.

🎧 Get the soundset:

ModWheel is set in all patches, it adds brightness or changes the tone.
Velocity controls volume and brightness.

Patches' volume levels are set close to each other, you won't get sudden volume spikes or drops while switching the timbres.

The presets are uploaded via official Moog Editor/Librarian.
They are stored in:
Mac - /Users/your username/Library/Application Support/Moog Music Inc.
Windows - C:\Users\your username\AppData\Roaming\Moog Music Inc\Sub 37\Presets Library\Moog Music

Make sure you are using the latest firmware version.

Glitch Machines updates to CATARACT 2

video upload by DATABROTH

See the seller's other items for more. "check out my wavetables and presets at
join my Patreon

drone-in-the-woods | Beyond The Horizon - ambient space-trance workout in the woods SH101 MC101 TD3

video upload by drone-in-the-woods

"The second track from my analogue synthesiser session up Goodwood in the cold of winter. It was really getting dark so I've had to increase the brightness of the video massively. I've also applied some home-made analogue effects as an experiment.

Vocal samples of Swati Mohan in the NASA control room for the landing of Perseverance on Mars 2021.

Original track was composed for Aural Films' Mars Perseverance compilation album which was released on the day of the landing:

Roland SH101
Roland MC101
Behringer Td3

Composed and performed by Keith Sutton 25th Feb 2022

Ambient origin mix:"

PikoPiko Open Source Hardware Synthsizer Profree-4 Technical Information ver.2.0

video upload by PikoPiko Factory ピコピコファクトリー

"Open source hardware Synthsizer Profree-4 Technical Information ver.2.0(Japanese with English sub"

See the PikoPiko label below for more.

Moog Satellite - orbit 1

video upload by craniumpie

"just a demo of some of the sounds from the moog satellite .
- some compression,delay and eq or mastering ."

via this auction

Kawai/Teisco SX-240 Synthesizer (1984) w/ TAUNTEK Upgrade, Stereoping Controller & Flight Case

video upload by Alberto Napolioni

"Kawai / Teisco SX-240
8 Voices Analog Synthesizer

0:00 Necrolog Patch
1:06 Puffo Bass
1:22 Porfiria Poly
2:20 Stronzo
2:36 Stringhe Pad
3:44 Gomma
4:12 Puffo Poly Strum
4:22 Orchidea
4:39 Trophine
4:56 Panza
5:12 Octopus Lead
5:31 Psyco / Cathedral
6:49 Witch
7:11 Foreigner
7:42 Various Patches Snippet Chillin
8:07 Karma
8:50 Quest / Witch


Some improvisations on this Ultra Rare Beauty...

Fx used on some patches:
OTO bam reverb
OTO bim delay"

via this auction

Kawai Sx-210 vintage SSM analog polysynth

via this auction

"Good condition. Only a couple blemishes on the control panel and some wear on the wood sides from normal use of a vintage instrument. Recent service, has had minor battery issues addressed. Installed lithium battery mod, and reinstalled factory patch data on all banks. Cpu board was recapped with nichicon 105c audio caps at time of battery service. Has had one switch cover replaced with a reproduction.

Overall a fantastic example of a fairly rare vintage synthesizer. Only a couple thousand of these SSM polysynths were made."

Moog Grandmother

via this auction

Additional SYNTH CITY Listings

"The Grandmother is a lovely semi-modular analog monosynth with circuits based on the original Moog modular modules. It has the classic heavy Moog sound and is great for bass, warm leads, and of course can get weird with some patching.

This synth is in great shape and includes the original box (strangely converted to a carrying case), paperwork, patch cables and power supply."

1984 Roland Juno 106 SN 493105

via this auction

Additional SYNTH CITY Listings

"A high water mark for glassine pads, premier brass stabs, and surprisingly present basses, the Roland Juno 106 is well deserving of it's status as a classic synthesizer. All voices have been refurbished, this is a fully working specimen, with all sliders and pots cleaned and working wonderfully. Physically, this is a synth which shows it's age and use, but operationally this Juno is a superior sonic experience.

This Juno was just serviced by our in-house technician, all voice chips have been refurbished, all new tact switches and power supply has been fully recapped.

Serial number: 493105"

1988 Roland D-50 Linear Synthesizer (Serviced) w/ Memory Card 815339

via this auction

Additional SYNTH CITY Listings

"The D-50 is a very interesting digital synth that combines PCM samples with Roland's linear arithmatic synthesis method, a style of digital subtractive synthesis. The PCM samples are providing the attack sound and the LAS section will ring out or sustain. In practice some very lovely and complex sounds are easy to achieve with the D-50.

This synth is in great shape and works perfectly with just some minor cosmetic wear from its age, joystick is fully functional (just missing the screw-on tip). Incudes AC power cable and a D50 memory card.

Service notes:

Replaced internal memory battery, rebuilt power supply, replaced SMD op amp in post d/a audio driver. Ran all test modes, calibrated d/a offset."

Tasty Chips GR-1 Granular Synthesizer w/ Decksaver Lid

via this auction

Additional SYNTH CITY Listings

"The GR-1 is a granular hardware synthesizer. Creating textures, characteristic sounds, drones, soundscapes, pads has never been easier. When you are working on a unique sound, it’s always nice to have hands-on controls to easily dial in the sweet-spots. The possibility to quickly adjust any parameter of your sound is necessary to adapt to the workflow of any user. Trace every adjustment you make with the built-in 7″ full colour display that is typically only found in top class synthesizers."

PPG WAVE 2.2 SN 01256

via this auction

Additional Perfect Circuit listings

"Like nearly all the high end vintage analog synths we sell, this item has been METICULOUSLY disassembled, cleaned inside and out, FULLY serviced by professionals who’ve been servicing and selling vintage synths for more than the last 2 decades, and systematically tested multiple times over a long period to ensure it’s working exactly as it should. No BS. No ebay surprises. We’re perfectionists and don’t cut corners. Although this instrument came to us in relatively good shape, we want our items to be better than the rest and invested *many* hours of tech time plus parts costs to fully overhaul this unit so it would be clean, working like new again and as reliable as possible for its next owner. This was a serious investment of time, love, and money, and was definitely worth the effort and is of course reflected in the higher than usual price. If you’re looking for a great sounding example of this model that works just like it should without needing to invest hundreds or thousands of dollars in tech fees and waiting from weeks to years, this one should make you very happy."

EMU EMAX Keyboard Sampler Additive Synthesizer SN 117449x w/ Original Box

via this auction

Additional Tone Tweakers Listings, also on Reverb

"Like the keyboard version of the legendary E-mu SP1200 sampling drum machine. This unit came to us in exceptional condition as we bought it from its original owner who used it for just a short time before putting it back in its box for decades. This unit has been tech-checked and approved and is working and sounding great and is ready for its next owner. Sale includes disks, manuals, third party dust cover (not shown) and will ship in its original box (covered in cardboard). It's possible some of the floppy disks won't work, as this is common with vintage floppies. eBay has a 12 photo limit but we have more on our website.



via this auction

Additional Tone Tweakers Listings, also on Reverb

"Like nearly all the high end vintage analog synths we sell, this item has been METICULOUSLY disassembled, cleaned inside and out, FULLY serviced by professionals who’ve been servicing and selling vintage synths for more than the last 2 decades, and systematically tested multiple times over a long period to ensure it’s working exactly as it should. No BS. No ebay surprises. We’re perfectionists and don’t cut corners. Although this instrument came to us in relatively good shape, we want our items to be better than the rest and invested *many* hours of tech time plus parts costs to fully overhaul this unit so it would be clean, working like new again and as reliable as possible for its next owner. This was a serious investment of time, love, and money, and was definitely worth the effort and is of course reflected in the higher than usual price. If you’re looking for a great sounding example of this model that works just like it should without needing to invest hundreds or thousands of dollars in tech fees and waiting from weeks to years, this one should make you very happy.

And yes, of course the membrane panel has been replaced with a new one, and everything else that needs to be done was done. We buy typical Polarises that are broken or will break in transit and make them reliable again."

ROLAND HS-60 (Juno-106 Keyboard) w/ Original Box

via this auction

Additional Tone Tweakers Listings, also on Reverb

"We paid our tech for 10 hours of skilled labor to completely refurbish and future-proof this unit so it will hopefully outlast all others of its kind. This work is of course reflected in its price.

All 80017 chips had their resin coating removed (this coating eventually starts causing failures in these, so we chemically remove it as a preventative measure). Both speakers in this unit have been replaced with new ones. Power supply electrolytic capacitors were replaced. The battery was replaced and patches were reloaded. This unit was cleaned inside and out. (The speaker area is hard to clean, so you may still see dust inside that section if you look closely). Cold solder joints were reflowed. Cleaned and lubed all slide and rotary pots. Recalibrated. Adjusted keyboard. Systematically tested several times and burn in test passed.

sn56231x, includes original box."


via this auction

Additional Tone Tweakers Listings, also on Reverb

"While we normally buy, restore and sell Roland SH-2 synthesizer, this listing is just for the original SH-2 packaging shown in the photos, nothing more and nothing less. We received the last SH-2 we bought in it. We specifically bought that one for use in our studio rather than for resale. Since we have no need for this box, we figured we'd pass it along to a collector type who wants it. It’s also possible someone may want it for shipping purposes, though we always recommend packing things better for shipping, so we wouldnt recommend it for that unless it’s double-boxed. Also note that one of the foam end pieces is broken. Take a good look at the pics so you know what you’ll be getting, as always."

PAIA MODULAR 2720 Modular Synthesizer

via this auction

Additional Tone Tweakers Listings, also on Reverb

"This unit was tested and is working surprisingly well for a user assembled unit of its type and age. Since it's a relatively low value item, since tech time is valuable, and since most people who buy Paia gear are also into DIY electronics and enjoy doing their own repairs, we are selling it as is. This is one of the simplest synths ever made so sorting out its issues or even fully refurbishing it to be as good as new shouldnt be hard for someone who knows what they're doing. During testing, we noticed the following issues: The envelope generator attack seems too fast at maximum setting and the expand function doesn't seem to work. The oscillator doesn't track the keyboard well. We didn't attempt to calibrate the oscillator so doing so may or may not fix this -these 2700 paia oscillators typically dont track well, so this may just be due to design and not any defect. If you can't do your own repairs and don't have a good tech, you may want to trying to get in touch with Paia to see if they'd consider doing it or if they could refer you to someone who works on old Paia gear. This sale includes technical manuals and patch cables, as shown. Note: the manual colors changed a bit during photo editing, but the synth looks exactly the way it appears in the pics."

OBERHEIM OB-8 MIDI Synthesizer Meticulously Refurbished SN C31702

via this auction

Additional Tone Tweakers Listings, also on Reverb

"This unit came to us in relatively good condition, but we fully rebuilt it to our high standards regardless, as we want our ob8s to be in top operational condition when they leave here, and to hopefully outlast all others too. This meticulous restoration took approximately 30 hours of skilled vintage synth tech time and this is of course factored into its price. Someone replaced the original keyboard with a different keyboard mechanism which works just fine, but the keys have a somewhat tighter feel than the original keyboard. There's also an added toggle switch on the front panel that's connected to the filter jack. This unit is an earlier version with 3080 VCAs as opposed to the CEM ones in the later version. We rebuilt the power supply with new capacitors, diodes and trimpots. All other trimpots inside this unit were replaced as well. We replaced molex terminal connectors, a common cause of bad connections and malfunction. We installed a new battery for the memory backup section and reloaded factory patches. We replaced all capacitors in the power line as well as the 4051 multiplexer on each voice. All pots were cleaned and lubed. All jacks cleaned, the unit disassembled and cleaned inside and out, and properly recalibrated. We also performed our special mod for improved tuning. This OB8 should make anyone looking for a fully functional OB8 very happy - you'll have a hard time finding a nicer one anywhere."

Oberheim OB-XA with Kenton Midi restored by Analog Lab, NY SN 820913

via this auction

"This thing is a beast! The source of Van Halen's Jump and so many of Prince's big records.

1981 Oberheim OB-Xa (8 voice/120 programs) with MIDI

Was restored in 2015 by Analog Lab, New York City.


1. Kenton MIDI Kit with in/out/thru and CC
2. New keyboard bushings installed; keyboard leveled--plays like new!
3. Complete servicing of power supply--like new!
4. Replaced capacitors and ribbon cables between boards
5. LED's replaced (a few were burned out when I bought it)

The MIDI kit alone, with labor, is a 1500 dollar upgrade. All in all, more than 2500 dollars of restoration was put into this synth!

Operationally, this synth is great. All keys, knobs, switches, and so on work!

Cosmetically, it originally had a few dings that have been re-painted. There is some minor "case rash" on the rear of the synth from a previous owner that probably kept it cased for 10-15 years, but it is barely visible when you look at the rear (see pictures). If I was being picky, I would rate the cosmetics of this Xa as a 7/10, all things considered. That being said, to see these trivial defects you have to look really closely, like putting your eyeball 6" away from the face panel."

Korg MS-20 FS Limited Edition Metallic Blue SN 000650 w/ Original Box

via this auction

Some interesting shots of the paint close-up.

Sequential Prophet-5 Desktop Module

via this auction

Additional Perfect Circuit listings

Buchla Easel Command Desktop Modular SYNTHESIZER

via this auction

Additional Perfect Circuit listings

"This listing is for the Easel Command with serial no. 0710 0751; images are of the unit available for sale.

The Buchla Easel Command is the newly updated 208C in a standalone desktop form with MIDI and CV control. The 208C is the module itself for use in a Buchla 200e system.

Buchla’s own Joel Davel led the charge to create a new version of the legendary Music Easel instrument with more modular flexibility and independence, while also providing the means to easily interface with more devices, such as the various DAWs like Ableton and MIDI controllers, including the very expressive Sensel Morph. It’s still fully analog in its default configuration and provides the unique and exquisite Buchla experience with greater functionality at a lower cost.

Note: the Easel Command does not include the optional USB-A MIDI Host expander; this expansion must be purchased separately."

Buchla 252e Polyphonic Rhythm Generator

via this auction

"252e in excellent condition, really inspiring tool but i get more than enough mileage out of the 250e."

Suzuki Omnichord OM-250m MIDI Version

video upload by

via this auction

"So near new that the strum overlay still has the protective plastic on it.. it’s perfectly clear underneath. Brilliant! Everything else is fantastic as well.

Plastic Form Fitting Case, Overlays for Chords and Strum, Manual, Original Power Supply."

Hologram Microcosm: Cheesy FM Synth Sounds

video upload by Hologram Electronics

"Some cheesy FM sounds from an old Yamaha Portasound going through Microcosm serve as the basis for this track. In case you were wondering, yes, the name of this synth patch is 'harp,' and we ran this 'harp' through the Arp B and Seq D presets to create ambient and synth lead sounds, respectively. We then added some glitchy guitar and drums/bass to complete this dream pop track."

This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) - Talking Heads Cover w/ Vermona Perfourmer Mk2

video upload by Jannis Le Wolff

"In this video I'm playing this great song from Talking Heads, which is a band I deeply connect to. The sequences were created in Ableton Live, where I also added some additional processing during mixing and mastering.

It was a little tricky to find a song from them that fits into the Vermona concept, but I'm This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) turned out to be really fun!"

New ZM–4 line module for OP–Z

video upload by teenage engineering

"introducing ZM–4 line module for OP–Z. rediscover the full potential of OP–Z with our engineer jon, as he demos all the connectivity options of line module. let’s go!

00:00 line module for OP–Z
00:14 using with pocket operators
00:44 using with external mixer
01:18 using with external effect
02:48 midi in / out
03:08 trig in / out
03:58 using with external drum machine
04:56 that was that"

expansion module for OP–Z, line brings audio signals into and out of the OP–Z. use external audio signals, send audio from tracks out, make fx loops with your favorite effect pedals, and switch between mono and stereo signals as you need.
audio line in/out
stereo output can also be used as two separate mono outputs
sync in/out
midi in/out
trig in/out
po out

Prologue 16 Pianoish - Bellish - Heavy Key Sounds using built-in Analog Compression & Drive

video upload by Mark Steiner

"Well worth hearing in good headphones alert!

Exploring heavy weighted approached keyboard sounds I created for the Korg Prologue 16.

This synth has some great, unique strengths that are nice for this direction of sound.

These sounds use only the 2 analog VCO's and often only one of them. The only effects used are the standard ones that come with the instrument.

I love the digital engine, but here I'm exploring some things that can be done fully with the analog VCO's.

Velocity sensitivity driving volume more than filter and taking advantage at subtle levels the Drive (analog distortion) and the analog compressor on this synth.

Many of the built in effects are amazing on this synth... cinematic mastering quality. Rare in even the most expensive synths.

Having dialed in drive, compression and effects saved in a patch at subtle sweet spots is so valuable!

16 note polyphony makes it great for this too. And the high pass filter switch can push things the groovy clav direction.

Some of these also explore some bell/clangal tone types heard where a secondary VCO has a changing, non-static pitch in many variations of speed, range, and lowness/height of start point.

All sounds & effects are directly from the Prologue.

The Monologue XD's and the Prologue 8 can do this stuff quite well but the compression of the 16 really is worth having and is just great! It provides some really special tonal/response across the velocity range. So great to jam with and to be emotionally expressive with in slower passages.

The NuEVI wind synth here is also playing sounds in the Prologue. They are very different than what I usually play as they also are tone colored by a little drive and analog compression... giving them some of that speaker cabinet smudged tone these also can give the key sounds here.

Thanks for listening!"

Afrorack: Sound samples from the filter etched on a PCB (Very percussive)

video upload by Afrorack

"From the my last video that I uploaded, I was not able to show the filter from the PCB that I etched working. That is because 2 legs of one of the transistors were touching. More specifically their pads on the PCB. Anyways, I sorted that out and now the filter is working. The original filter from Yusynth is here if you want to check it out" [mentioned in this recent post on Nyle Steiner]

I etched my first PCB! Well almost

video upload by Afrorack

"I am always excited to learn something new. This is a skill i've always wanted to learn since I build my circuits on perfboard. It didn't come out perfect but non the less I salvaged the circuit in other ways. If you have pointers on how to make better transfers leave a comment below."

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

SONICWARE Introduces SmplTrek | Portable Production Sampler

video upload by SONICWARE

"SmplTrek | Portable Production Sampler. Anytime anywhere, create and stream your music!
All vocals: Mayowa (GEIEI Co.,Ltd.) Mayowa / マヨワ"

Details via Kickstarter:

Easy Sampling

You can easily sample record any sounds with the built-in microphone, your microphone or electric guitar connected to the input, or even a USB-connected smartphone or PC/Mac.

You can even sample record applying an insert effect. For example, your electric guitar can be added to Distortion or your vocal to Compressor.

Sampled sounds can be quickly assigned to pads with auto-slicing, and can also be edited manually in detail by viewing the waveform display.

Sampled sounds can also be easily matched to the tempo and key of your song.

You can also resample a sequenced phrase of sampled sounds including applied effects.

Flexible Song-making

Each song project has 16 sequential parts called "Scenes". Each Scene has 10 sequencer tracks which can behave in different ways, as described below:

Loop Track: Sequencer for a looping sample

Shots Track: Sequencer for a single one-shot sample

Drum Track: Step sequencer for drums

Instrument Track: Piano roll type sequencer for musical instruments

MIDI Track: Piano roll type sequencer for external MIDI equipment

Three additional Global Audio Tracks are available for longer recordings like vocals and external instruments. These tracks can record multiple takes which can be spliced into a final perfect version. Traditional "punch-in" style recording is also supported.

Easily structure a full song by sequencing scenes and setting how many times they repeat before moving to the next scene. You can set the order of scenes via copy and paste, or record scene order in real time with the scene buttons.

Automation can be recorded and edited for all parameters, including the Mixer.

A song can be mixed down through mastering effects before being exported to a single audio file.

Effortless Music Streaming

You can stream your music in perfect quality with a single USB cable, without any driver installation or troublesome menu settings.

You can livestream your voice and performance in real time while playing along with your song. And they can be controlled with crossfading and mixing with effects.

Massive Sample Libraries

More than 500 high-quality sample sounds and over 100 drums kits are included internally, so you can start creating a songs right away, even if it's your first time.

30 internal DSP effects can be used simultaneously as the insert, send, and master effects.

Samples you record are stored to the SD card. In USB storage mode you can download your recordings, or import new samples from your PC/Mac.

Versatile Connectivity

The SmplTrek can connect to a wide range of audio sources such as, dynamic microphones, electric guitars/bass, synthesizers, and even USB audio sources from PC/MACs or smartphones.

The SmplTrek can output audio via two analog outputs, or digitally via USB for live streaming and direct DAW recording.

It can also synchronize its tempo with other devices using MIDI or audio sync.

You can find additional details at the SmplTrek Kickstarter.

PPG - Polyphonic Pressure Generator for Voltage Modular (Hardware Demo)

video upload by Cherry Audio

"This is a quick demonstration of the Polyphonic Pressure Generator from @Tim Shoebridge of for Voltage Modular. Voltage Modular is generally regarded as a software modular system, but Tim has been creating some fantastic modules that extend it to hardware. VM runs standalone or in a DAW, and with the PPG module and a regular keyboard controller, you have all you need to transmit polyphonic aftertouch messages to Poly AT compatible synthesizers, hardware or software.

In monophonic channel aftertouch, applying pressure to any key within a chord will apply modulation to all notes currently held. With polyphonic aftertouch, modulation can be applied on a per-note basis, allowing for more expressive performances.

In this demo, the Roland JUPITER-X has a keybed that provides basic monophonic channel pressure aftertouch. But the synth engine itself actually supports receipt of polyphonic aftertouch messages and plays them accordingly. Usually, this would require an external controller like a CME XKey or the Hydrasynth to exploit the Poly AT of the JUPITER-X (or Xm).

PPG can be used to create the same expressive experience with any standard controller, and any synth that receives Poly AT (like Sequential's Prophet 6 and OB-6). This brief demo shows the difference between channel pressure on the JUPITER-X, and then polyphonic aftertouch with PPG and a simple Launchkey Mini. In this case, PPG is configured with a velocity threshold so that any notes played at or above a certain velocity get the modulation envelope applied to them. The other notes are unaffected.

For a more extensive explanation and demonstration, see Tim's PPG video [below] and get more details on this and other great hardware-oriented modules at his website at"

PPG - Polyphonic Pressure Generator

video upload by

"Finally my latest software, Polyphonic Pressure Generator, is available to download. Here is a consolidated walk through covering all the features that PPG contains."

follow-up to this post.

New Centrevillage C Quencer MINI Eurorack Module

demo video upload by centrevillage

The MINI version of the "C Quencer". There is also a C Quencer DLX module.

"C Quencer is a unique interactive Rythm and Melody generator.

It combines a Euclidian Rythm generator with a Quantizer based Sequencer and two WaveTable oscillators.

It generates rhythm using a formula created by The Greek philosopher and mathematician Euclid.

The idea behind his formula is to try to distribute rhythmic pulses as evenly as possible on a timeline.

Euclid's algorithm is ideally suited for generating a large family of complex rhythms. The second feature that makes the C Quencer unique is its way of generating melodies and timbre."

Akai AX60 Split Ambient Performance with Circuit Tracks

video upload by Tum Tum

"I ended up having a busy day which means this video is just one camera angle, no overdubs, and the same four chords. I think this track would work better about 10% slower and with some sort of B section, but I had no time to try it that day. It’s nice that the Akai AX60 has a syncable arpeggiator and a bi-timbral key-split mode. It’s clearly designed with performance in mind, if you couldn’t tell from all the panel controls.

#jamuary 27 2022"

Popping with the Buchla 200

video upload by Todd Barton

"Headphones! Crank it up"

IK Multimedia X-Time Sound Demo (no talking) with Sequential OB-6

video upload by Bonedo Synthesizers

Novation to Exhibit at Kansai Festival of Modular '22 in Osaka, Japan.

via @WeAreNovation

"Join us!
We’re exhibiting at Kansai Festival of Modular '22 in Osaka, Japan.

We’ll be hosting a workshop and talking about all things Peak, Launchpad Pro Mk3 and modulars. We’re also displaying Circuit Tracks and Circuit Rhythm over the weekend.🎛

#WeAreNovation #KFoM"

Roland Jupiter 4

via this auction

Some pics of the inside below.

"Excellent condition!

Work done.
All sliders and pots dismantled , cleaned, lubricated.
Keyboard cleaned and restored.
Factory calibrated.
Fresh rechargable battery.

BRAND NEW universal voltage power supply , less heat, less weight..future proof. See pic."

Lalaland Restored.

Zynthian V4 Open Source Synthesizer RPi Assembled

via this auction

"Comes with 32Gb sd card."

You can find demos and overviews of the Zynthian in previous posts here.

Introducing Seaboard RISE 2: Infinitely Expressive Keyboard

video uploads by ROLI


Introducing Seaboard RISE 2: Infinitely Expressive Keyboard
Seaboard RISE 2: Set your music free with 5D Touch
Seaboard RISE 2: Any instrument is possible
Getting started with ROLI Connect

"Discover infinite possibilities with Seaboard RISE 2, a keyboard designed for limitless exploration of sound. Re-engineered from the multi-award-winning original to be more intuitive and powerful than ever before, RISE 2 is the new pinnacle of electronic musical expression.

Seaboard RISE 2 stock is limited and will be released in batches. Preorder today to avoid disappointment.

What's new with Seaboard RISE 2?

— A new Keywave2 playing surface featuring a refined shape and precision frets — designed to be more intuitive and effortlessly expressive for piano and keyboard players than ever before.

— A more powerful and versatile suite of included software, including the world's leading MPE synth Equator2 (worth $249), featuring 1400+ world-class presets. Ableton Live Lite, ROLI Studio are also included.

— A head-turning, burnished Platinum Blue aluminum chassis, part of a premium build fine-tuned for maximum durability.

— Expanded compatibility with other instruments and hardware with MIDI Port and USB-C.

— A next-generation version of ROLI Dashboard, featuring enhanced 5D visualizers to customize your settings to perfection.

Find out more about what's new here:

Music and performance by Marco Parisi:"

Ensoniq SQ-80 Factory Demo Disks

video uploads by 909955847736

"This is from the series of Ensoniq SQ-80 factory demo disks model #s VSD-1 through VSD-5, recorded here direct from the synthesizer. One of these disks was included with each new SQ-80. Several of the songs loop endlessly, so all loops were turned off for this video. VSD-99 "VOICE / DATA DISK # 99" is not included here. My best guess is that it was more in the developmental stage. It's dated 1987, a year earlier than the rest, and has the same sequences as one of the other disks."


1. Ensoniq SQ-80 factory demo disk VSD-1 "SQ-80 VOICE / DATA DISK #1"
VSD-1 comes with four banks of demo sequences:
1. BNK 1 DEMO (1 song)
2. BNK 2 DEMO (1 song)
3. INT DEMOS (2 songs)
4. INT-2 DEMO (10 songs)
2. Ensoniq SQ-80 factory demo disk VSD-2 "ESSENTIAL 1
VSD-2 comes with two banks of demo sequences:
1. BNK 1 DEMO (10 songs)
2. INT DEMO 2 (1 song)
3. Ensoniq SQ-80 factory demo disk VSD-3 "PERFRMANCE 1"
VSD-3 comes with two banks of demo sequences:
1. PERF1. DEMO (10 songs)
2. INT .2 DEMO (10 songs)
4. Ensoniq SQ-80 factory demo disk VSD-4 "ESSENTIAL 2"
VSD-4 comes with two banks of demo sequences:
1. ESSNT2DEMO (10 songs)
2. INT 2 DEMO (7 songs)
5. Ensoniq SQ-80 factory demo disk VSD-5 "PERFRMANCE #2"
VSD-5 comes with two banks of demo sequences: 1. PERF.2DEMO (10 songs) 2. INT.2 DEMO (5 songs)

Update: VSD-5 demo added to the playlist.

The Sound of 90s EuroDance with the ARP ODYSSEY Analog Synthesizer

video upload by RetroSound

"(c)2007-22 by RetroSound
supported by UVI:

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bass and main synthesizer sounds: ARP ODYSSEY Mk.3 analog synthesizer (1978)
pad sounds: Roland M-VS1 'Vintage Synth' module (1995)
drums: E-MU Emax sample library

RetroSound synthesizer demo videos since january 2007.
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Thank you!"

Behringer Moogerfooger "Inspired" AD104 Analog Delay Pedal

"Ready for testing…"


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