MATRIXSYNTH: Thursday, January 6, 2022

Thursday, January 06, 2022

"Rivers of Venus" - Ambient Plucks with Mosaic and Eventide

video upload by Electronisounds Audio

"I wanted to see what I could do with the Mosaic 1u 'Sample|Hold' module and came up with this interesting patch where is it changing the delay time on every hit of the 'Plucked String' module.

A different random delay time FOR EACH NOTE!

I thought the patch sounded pretty cool, so I'm sharing with you!

Whatever kind of music you are making - KEEP IT UP, Friends!
Don't stop making *YOUR MUSIC*!!

▼CONNECT with me / SUPPORT creativity and good content▼

New Roland Aerophone AE-20 w/ ZEN-Core Synthesis Support & USB-MIDI

video upload by RolandChannel

Roland Aerophone AE-20 Performance by Patrick Shiroishi, Hailey Niswanger, and Matt Traum

Overview and Sound Examples

video upload by RolandChannel

Two interesting points:

"The versatility of this powerful instrument extends even further with the ZEN-Core Synthesis System, the same advanced sound engine found in pro Roland keyboards like FANTOM and JUPITER-X. Explore everything from traditional analog synths to modern digital voices, all carefully curated for the unique articulations and extended dynamic range of a wind instrument."

The "Aerophone also supports USB-MIDI, giving you an incredibly powerful controller for creation with your favorite music production apps."

Press release follows:

Los Angeles, CA, January 6, 2022 — Roland announces Aerophone AE-20, the latest member of the company’s innovative family of digital wind instruments. Aerophone AE-20 delivers all the playability and expression of the flagship Aerophone Pro in a more compact and streamlined design. Offering a rich musical experience with premium details and Roland’s most advanced sound engines, this inspiring instrument brings next-level power and versatility to wind players everywhere.

Developed in collaboration with leading wind synth artists, Aerophone AE-20 is a top-flight instrument with uncompromising musical response. It features the core sounds and expressive control of Aerophone Pro, along with the premier model’s acclaimed key touch, refined playability, and go-everywhere design.

Aerophone AE-20 provides a wide range of stunningly authentic acoustic instrument sounds at the touch of a button. Soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxes are on hand, plus clarinet, flute, trumpet, and more. Violin, cello, and other string instruments are also included, along with world instruments like erhu, shakuhachi, and bagpipes. Backed by Roland’s SuperNATURAL technology, every playing nuance is fully translated with lifelike dynamics, articulations, and overtones.

The versatility of Aerophone AE-20 extends even further with the ZEN-Core Synthesis System, the same advanced sound engine found in professional Roland keyboards like FANTOM and JUPITER-X. Everything from traditional analog synths to modern digital voices are available, all carefully curated for the unique articulations and extended dynamic range of a wind instrument.

Aerophone AE-20 lets wind players step right into their musical flow with a familiar reed-style mouthpiece, immediate response, and natural pitch and vibrato control. The breath and bite sensors are customizable and ultra-sensitive, and it’s possible to reconfigure the fingering for sax, clarinet, flute, recorder, or a personal setup. Instant transposition and a five-octave range enable players to cover any style without the range limits found with traditional acoustic instruments.

Aerophone AE-20 features an onboard speaker for grab-and-go playing, as well as a headphones jack for quiet practice sessions. There’s also a line output for connecting to a stage amp or PA while performing, plus USB-MIDI for music creation with popular MIDI production apps.

Aerophone AE-20 comes with onboard Bluetooth® connectivity for wireless integration with mobile music apps from Roland and others. The Aerophone Lesson app helps users get started right away, even if they’ve never played a wind instrument. The Aerophone Pro Editor unlocks the full potential of Aerophone with deep customization of sound and performance settings. And with Bluetooth audio streaming, users can play along with music and instructional videos through the Aerophone’s sound system.

Waldorf Micro Q Patch Base Editor and Librarian for Mac and iPad

via Coffeeshopped

"Patch Base has the best Waldorf Micro Q editor and librarian available for Mac and iPad. Edit any parameter, organize patches, create random patches, and more.

Voice Editor
Edit any of the Micro Q's voice parameters in real-time. All of the oscillators, filters, envelopes, and LFOs are there on one screen for fast editing. Envelopes can be copied, pasted, initialized, and randomized.

All the modulation routings and modifiers are shown on one page, with envelopes and LFOs for a single place to create all the custom modulations you desire.

Both Effects units are fully supported with all of their different parameters available for easy configuration. Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Overdrive, Five FX, Vocoder, Delay, Reverb, 5.1 Delay and 5.1 Clocked Delay are all easy to play with.

Visualize the entire Arpeggiator and User pattern on one page to create custom arp sequences for your sounds.

Multi Editor
The Micro Q can play up to 16 different parts at the same time, and now it's easy to manage all of them with Patch Base's Multi Editor. Quickly change the sounds used, mixing levels, panning, MIDI channels and more.

Also, you can directly edit all 16 sounds loaded in Multi Mode. Patch Base has 16 separate voice editors, 1 for each part, allowing you to easily switch between parts when you need to make small tweaks (or big changes!) to any of the sounds in a Multi.

Drum Map Editor
Similar to the Multi editor, the Drum Map editor enables customization of Drum sets of 32 different sounds from your Micro Q. Select the sounds you want to use, and mix and transpose them. The editor includes a 32-button grid at the top to audition any of your sounds while you're creating your kit. And the custom Effects and Arp settings for your Drum Maps are also directly editable here.

Bank Editor
The Micro Q has 3 internal voice banks, for a total of 300 sounds that can be stored on the synth. Patch Base's Bank Editor enables you to add new sounds, rearrange the locations of sounds, and backup and load banks of 100 sounds at a time. The Micro Q's 100 Multis and 32 Drum Maps can also be managed directly in Patch Base.

Patch Librarian
Save your patches and banks as files on your iPad or Mac: Patch Base saves files as sysex that can be sent to your synth by Patch Base or any general-purpose sysex transfer app.

Organize your sounds: Create folders to organize your patches and banks.

iCloud integration: Optionally use iCloud to make your patch files accessible on any iCloud-connected device, and to automatically sync files between Patch Base on Mac and iPad.

Import sysex files: Import existing patch and bank sysex files to Patch Base. On Mac, simply drop your files into the Patch Base browser. On iPad, easily import using iCloud or the Files app.

Restoring a Moog Minimoog

Restoring a Moog Minimoog: Unboxing video upload by Voices of Echo

This one is in via Voices of Echo.

"I finally received my Moog Minimoog Model D that I bought from a guy in New Iberia, LA. Over the next few months I'll be posting videos as I restore it back to 'like-new' condition."

Korg Mono/Poly–Polysix Brochure

via this auction

Check out Retro Synth Ads write-up here.

STS Serge Modular Red "Fun Station" 2012

via this auction

"All the panels are out of Rex's shop in Hartland, Wisconsin. The case is from a Blue FS from the late 90's. There is an additional connector for adding a fourth panel on to the power supply. 20 patch cables are included. Easy to transport and store, ready to plug and play, makes for a complete starter system."


video upload by gilleslacaud


Acids Neurorack - The First Deep AI-based Eurorack Synthesizer

video upload by Acids Team - Ircam

Note Artisan Electronics has a Neurorack module system (4:52 here), however it does not appear to be AI based. There is also this user labeled Eurorack system with "brainwaves/EEG signals as source of modulation (the Neuro portion of it)", but again no AI (there is also soundmachines' BI1brainterface (no AI). (Update: there was also the Hartmann Neuron and Jomox Neuronium, both based on neuronal networks.) As for AI applied to synthesis in general, you can find posts mentioning artificial intelligence here. I believe the earliest reference would be John Chowning in 1964: "Following military service in a Navy band and university studies at Wittenberg University, Chowning, aided by Max Mathews of Bell Telephone Laboratories and David Poole of Stanford, set up a computer music program using the computer system of Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in 1964."

Description for the above video:
"The Neurorack is the first ever AI-based real-time synthesizer, which comes in many formats and more specifically in the Eurorack format. The current prototype relies on the Jetson Nano. The goal of this project is to design the next generation of music instrument, providing a new tool for musician while enhancing the musician's creativity. It proposes a novel approach to think and compose music. We deeply think that AI can be used to achieve this quest. The Eurorack hardware and software have been developed by our team, with equal contributions from Ninon Devis, Philippe Esling and Martin Vert."

More information

Deep learning models have provided extremely successful methods in most application fields, by enabling unprecedented accuracy in various tasks, including audio generation. However, the consistently overlooked downside of deep models is their massive complexity and tremendous computation cost. In the context of music creation and composition, model reduction becomes eminently important to provide these systems to users in real-time settings and on dedicated lightweight embedded hardware, which are particularly pervasive in the audio generation domain. Hence, in order to design a stand alone and real time instrument, we first need to craft an extremely lightweight model in terms of computation and memory footprint. To make this task even more easier, we relied on the Nvidia Jetson Nano which is a nanocomputer containing 128-core GPUs (graphical unit processors) and 4 CPUs. The compression problem is the core of the PhD topic of Ninon Devis and a full description can be found here.

Targets of our instrument
We designed our instrument so that it follows several aspects that we found crucial:

Musical: the generative model we choose is particularly interesting as it produces sounds that are impossible to synthesize without using samples.

Controllable: the interface was relevantly chosen, being handy and easy to manipulate.

Real-time: the hardware behaves as traditional instrument and is as reactive.

Stand alone: it is playable without any computer.

Model Description
We set our sights on the generation of impacts as they are very complex sounds to reproduce and almost impossible to tweak. Our model allows to generate a large variety of impacts, and enables the possibility to play, craft and merge them. The sound is generated from the distribution of 7 descriptors that can be adjusted (Loudness - Percussivity - Noisiness - Tone-like - Richness - Brightness - Pitch).

One of the biggest advantage of our module is that it can interact with other synthesizer. Following the classical conventions of modular synthesizers, our instrument can be controlled using CVs (control voltages) or gates. The main gate triggers the generation of the chosen impact. Then it is possible to modify the amount of Richness and Noisiness with two of the CVs. A second impact can be chosen to be "merge" with the main impact: we will call this operation the interpolation between two impacts. Their amounts of descriptors are melt to give an hybrid impact. The "degree of merging" is controlled by the third CV, whereas the second gate triggers the interpolation.

DX5 Playing Alphaville "Forever Young" (improved take)

video upload by DX5

Previous version posted here.

"*** I don't use to upload the same cover within 24 hours but I was not too happy with the "Vocoder-ish" intro I did for the previous video. Never too late to improve. ***
"Forever Young" Instrumental cover. I tweaked the JX-8P filter live for the song intro which sounded quite accurate (I guess it was originally done on a Jupiter 8 and the JX-8P did the job well).
The vocoder style effect in the intro was finally made with the Access Virus TI Snow, sampled into the Emax (they might have used the PPG Wave for it on the original recording).
Gear used (L to R):
Roland JP8000,
Roland JX-8P,
Emu Emax.
Backtrack recorded on its entirely, track by track, by me using Pro Tools. No original audio was involved. Also used:
Access Virus TI Snow
Simmons SDS 8 for a couple of effects/drums.
Original song composed by Marian Gold, Bernard Lloyd, Frank Mertens.
Performed here by DX5 Jose Maria Bara."

V.A.I. 58 - Welson Syntex / CRB 709 / Böhm Solist 78 / Emthree PFV3

video upload by Vintage Audio Institute Italia

This appears to be the first post to feature the CRB 709. You can search for gear via the search box on the top right of the site.

"All great instruments that have been featured before, the Böhm Solist 78 is such a great arrangement / songwriting tool, a auto accompaniment machine with a very distinct thin sound form the early 70s, built in Germany.
The rest of the gear is Italian, the Welson Syntex is a hidden gem of Italian synths, the ultra rare CRB 709 String machine is quite like the Elka Rhapsody 49 in timbre but still a bit different, it came equipped with a 5 inch power cable - thanks for that mod, previous owner. This song will be released later this spring, so all rights are reserved."

Signal Sounds Jamuary #1

video upload by Signal Sounds


video upload by Todd Barton

"a little chill exploration . . ."

Compact techno setup with Novation Circuit Tracks, MAM MB33 and Korg Volca Kick

video upload by motobor

"First video for 2022. Took some time off with the videos around the christmas and now getting back on the track."

Novation MINI NOVA Demo & Review

video upload by musictrackjp

DEMO by Katsunori UJIIE.

Quick Tips : Fun Filter Sweeps for Synthesizers !

video upload by Perfect Circuit

"Read our in-depth Signal article here :

Join our pal Wes for a tubular time with some of his favorite filter sweeps!

Filter sweeps are an iconic sound in electronic music, and they come in tons of variations and different styles, Check out Signal for the full article with all the hot details!"

Tropical Additive Synthesis Introduction and tutorial on MaxMSP

video upload by Giorgio Sancristoforo

"In this video I present the Tropical Additive Synthesis that I and Dr. Cristiano Bocci have developed in 2018 as a new form of sound synthesis that uses Tropical Algebra.

We hope that developers and builders will implement tropical additive synthesis both in software and hardware for the future generations.
We don't ask anything but a credit as creators of the synthesis algorithm which we call Trop(x[n])."

Staying Creative Quick Tip #4 - Voltage Block as a fader bank

video upload by Omri Cohen

"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 -

Hatsuyume - Nymphes + Noodlebox (Jamuary 2022)

video upload by allmyfriendsaresynths

"I read somewhere recently that in Japanese, Hatsuyume is the first dream of the new year, and that the outcome of that will bring you corresponding fortune or disfortune. I quite liked that idea, and so called the first 'jam' I did of 2022 after that.

I wanted to put together something using a couple of my latest acquisitions, the Dreadbox Nymphes, and the Sixty Four Pixels Noodlebox. I bought both of these from Signal Sounds back in December. To be honest, I only really discovered the Noodlebox thanks to Signal Sounds. They are my favourite synth shop, very nice people, and local to me in Glasgow. I personally recommend them if you're in the market for new gear.

p.s. I'm not really taking part in Jamuary, as I upload music all the time anyway. It's just a cynical ploy to draw in the Jamuary hunters."

Dreadbox Nymphes - 6 Voice analog Sonic LAB Review

video upload by

"Dreadbox Nymphes was unveiled at Superbooth in September and is now heading out to customers and retailers, which is no mean feat given the difficulty in the component supply chain. The Nymphes is a synth built to be available and to a budget. Even so, a 6 voice (VCO) analog poly at £500 is a pretty impressive achievement.

We've posted some multi-sampled instruments from Nymphes on our Patreon:

We have posted a few samples in Decent Sampler format on our patreon: 00:00 Intro and overview
02:08 Oscillators
03:58 Filter
05:40 Voice modes and chord mode
11:55 Modulation
16:10 Presets and sounds
20:36 Conclusions"

Roland JX-08 vs JX-8P | There will be blood...

video upload by Espen Kraft

"Can the new Roland JX-08 Boutique replace the classic JX-8P synthesizer?
More polyphony, more memory, a sequencer, arpeggiator and more. Is this enough for the 08 to beat the classic? Can the sound match up?

The JX-08 has no Sysex abilities, so it cannot import patches nor be used as a controller for the 8P. It cannot do Unison detune, so forget those extra fat patches. The envelopes are very different, and the filter does not sound the same.
You can dial in different effects settings, including parameters to mimic the classic 8P chorus, but again it's not enough to make the 08 sound good enough in my opinion.

I've taken all my custom made patches for the 8P and programmed them into the 08 and I've taken all parameters into consideration when doing this, but since so much of the sound engine of the 08 sounds so different, it's impossible to get any exact match for a lot of sounds. Some are easier than others, while some sound very different even if the settings match up, if you know what I mean.
The demo track uses these patches. They're on both machines and are triggered over MIDI. All external reverb is applied the same to both machines. I use only chorus from the 8P and 08 respectively, set up to match. The PG-8X has the 8Ps sysex loaded into it.

Another big annoyance of the JX-08 is there's no way to power this except over USB. This is a big mistake as it means ground hum and noise you'll have to use Di-boxes to get a clean recording signal. Not all of us love USB, I hate USB myself and want as little of this as possible.

* the story about the dead grandmother was fiction to illustrate my point. This is NOT legal i Norway."


video upload by JOSEF KLANG


1969 R.A. Moog 1p Modular Synthesizer System

via this auction

"This modular system is synthesizer history!! It came from a local university that sold it in auction. It looks to be well taken care of, and dust was really the only thing to clean up. These Moog cabinets were made in 1969, as can be seen on the back of the modules, that was written in by hand. Due to the painted markings on the front of one of the lids, and the pasted paper on the inside of another lid, I have to believe that this was once Gershon Kingsley's system, or at least it was in his studio in New York. I cannot confirm nor deny the truth of that assumption, but super cool! I put a picture up from a New York Times article about him. In any case, there are no cables of any kind. And I know the power supply should be rebuilt before anything. This could be a perfectly working modular system, or it may need some work. By the looks of it, it shouldn't be too far off from rocking. I am not a technician though. There is a green switch missing, a hinge connector is missing on one lid, and both handles are missing from the tops of the cabinets. All can be seen in the pictures."

Also see Rick Powell's 1969 RA Moog 1p/2p Modular. Note the different modules. This is a different system.

Spectral Audio ProTone SN 960065

via this auction

"Spectral Audio ProTone Analog Synthesizer. It is monophonic and features two analog oscillators, a beefy resonant filter, flexible LFO, MIDI and CV/Gate control, and a simple intuitive hands-on layout with every control parameter accessible from the front panel knobs and switches.

This is a very hard to find synth from mid 90', under 500 exist in the whole world !"

Black Corporation Xerxes SN 1773

via this auction

"The sound is absolutely beautiful. This synth is deceptively deep and can produce a massive palette of sounds from lush to clangorous. Pads, basses, and FX."

Why This Rare Soviet Drum Machine Still Kicks in 2022

video upload by

"When I first saw the Formanta UDM, also know as Rokton, I was intrigued - a Simmons-like drum synthesizer with cheesy preset rhythms? Add to that the typical Soviet "they make tanks here too" look and I knew I had to explore it. I was surprised by how bleepy and klonky it sounded once I turned of the preset drums. It has the energy of early Warp and Rephlex records, with a dusty and dry tone that yet goes low. The integrated rhythms became suddenly amazing, as I programmed the sounds to be different. I never heard a tango like that from a preset.

Sadly, I could not learn much about the history of this machine. There are just a few pages on it out there, so I hope this video can be start for more information. For me, I set the goal to visit all the Soviet production sites, once the world is traversable again, and find out more. Drop any info you have below, I am very curious to learn more and apologize for any factual errors I might have made."

Waldorf Iridium Quicktip - MIDI over USB Host

video upload by WaldorfMusicChannel

"Phable is a german-based singer, vocalist, musician and DJ with deep roots in House, Techno, Deep House, Dub and Tech House. In the last years he released on labels such as Armada, Ostfunk, Light My Fire, Wonne Musik, Pure, Audio Safari and recently on Plastic City."

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