MATRIXSYNTH: Monday, April 18, 2022

Monday, April 18, 2022


via Bjooks

"More Than 70 Interviews with Music Makers

INSPIRE THE MUSIC gets up close and personal with world-famous artists and their relationship with Roland products, production and performing. The book shows the tools in the hands of the creators — tools that have been created by visionary product designers and engineers who’ve sought to design the future.

In this celebration of innovation and creativity, readers are introduced to a world of artists, DJs and producers through insightful stories and interviews, including: Thomas Dolby, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Ali Stone, Omar Hakim, Sister Bliss, Howard Jones, Orbital, Richie Hawtin, Peaches, Culture Club producer Steve Levine, Guy Fletcher of Dire Straits, Clive Deamer of Radiohead, Gingger Shankar, Swizz Beatz, Rachel Z, Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor of Duran Duran, Nita Strauss, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Steve Stevens, Johnny Marr of The Smiths, Buffy Sainte-Marie, electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, Yana Reznik, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter of the Doobie Brothers, Rance Dopson, Bonnie McIntosh, Egyptian Lover and many more.

Insights, Instruments & Innovators

Going beyond just products alone, INSPIRE THE MUSIC is a visual story of the Roland brand and the world it created, with exciting new insights on every page, including a rare glimpse into the world of the innovators who helped design the gear that made Roland what it is today.

Multiple chapters examine the evolving world in which Roland products came to be, and how their inventive and innovative approach to the art and craft of music led to machines that the world often didn’t know they needed until they had them. INSPIRE THE MUSIC tells the story of how Roland gear helped inspire entire musical genres, from 1980s New Wave to today’s EDM and hip-hop scenes.

Beyond the obvious icons — such as the Jupiter-8 that helped redefine pop music, the TR-808 and TB-303 that became the rhythmic voice of everything from rap to acid house, and the BOSS Compact Pedals that forever changed the sound of electric guitar — readers will get to know the context and history of uncommon yet influential technologies. They’ll be introduced to guitar synthesizers and electronic percussion like the V-Drums. They’ll learn how the Octapad became a mainstay of modern music in India and be introduced to the Grooveboxes that added new dimensions to beat making.

'We’re extremely excited to launch INSPIRE THE MUSIC this summer, with the blessing and enthusiastic cooperation of Roland itself,' said Kim Bjørn, founder and CEO of Bjooks. 'We’ve been privileged to gain access to the company’s vast archive of interviews and technical information, interview the quiet geniuses that design the musical future, and connect with the worldwide Roland community. Dozens of enthusiastic creators have helped put together this monument of music tech history, documenting decades of tech innovation and artistry, told by the people who used the instruments and the engineers who made them come alive.'

'Roland is thrilled to collaborate with acclaimed music tech publisher Bjooks to create a special book that honors the culture, people, and technology of Roland as we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year. It is exciting to see such a diverse group of artists share their experiences with our products,' said Gordon Raison, CEO and representative director of Roland Corporation.

INSPIRE THE MUSIC will be available through authorized resellers, and here at this summer."

Wiard System 300

via this auction

"Wiard 300 System. It’s in amazing condition!!

Waveform city with GR chip
Borg filter
311c Dual Jag
Hinton rack mount 7 Bus PSU
Blue Frame
Power cables"

Korg Mono/Poly MP4 SN 376316

via this auction

Moog Opus 3 SN 5080

via this auction

"It's a 1980 or 1981 Moog Opus 3. It had service recently on the insides to clean up a lot of connections and things. Everything appears to work very well. I was told by the technician that a few of the faders could use a little cleaning still but I have not noticed anything affecting sound quality myself. One of the stereo outputs on the back has a little bit of static crackle but this goes away if you make sure the 1/4 inch jack is in there good, just turn it a bit."

Roland Alpha Juno-2 SN 649763

via this auction

Dystopian Jam

video upload by Slightly Nasty

"Just a quick improvised dystopian jam on the ever-wonderful Akai X7000 sampler from 1986. Drums are coming from the Akai S3000XL, bassline is Slightly Nasty modular, and Drone is Roland MKS-7."

Fairlight CMI Series III - Fully Restored - Owned by Brad Fiedel, Terminator II

video upload by DeftAudio

"The story of working on getting back to live CMI Series III that was used on the truly masterpiece T2 score."

via this auction

"Here is your unique chance to buy a fully restored Fairlight CMI Series III that used on Terminator II: Judgement Day by Brad Fiedel.

"Hello. My name is Andrei Kudryavtsev. If you've been tracking Fairlight sales, you probably saw my other restoration work. All systems that I sell are completely restored and refurbished to the original condition, as much as possible. They are also upgraded to modern standards providing better reliability and usability. This system is not the exception. It's the legendary Fairlight owned by Brad Fiedel and used on T2 score. It took me over a year to finish this build. It arrived to me with a mess of previous repair over last 35 years. Failed parts were replaced by other boards not following versioning and compatibility. It required extensive work to get it up to date to Rev 9 standards which means the final CMI functionality. It's running OS9.34 with all required hardware changes, with 16 voices 32MB sample memory, with SCSI2SD replacing original hard drive, USB2CMI replacing original Preh keyboard, and a VGA monitor. It has fully repainted the CMI mainframe, music keyboard.

Power supply section is brand new. Old switching PSU has been replaced with three modern PSUs, driving clear power rails and dedicated power rail for fans. Cooling section is brand new, replaced all fans with server grade fans and new fan speed controller with a separate zone management and thermal sensors.

All work is carefully documented and available in my Instagram with all dates it was performed.

This system needs a new home, a person who will be using it to make the music and not being distracted by common failures. All of those have been addressed to make your life easier and bring new life into this wonderful machine. I should say a disclaimer anyway, that as is a vintage may fail any moment...and obviously no return offered. However, I'm offering you my help in learning this great machine, and so you get 10 hours of my time at no charge. You can use it for whatever you want - set up and install online, learning session, tutorials, technical support etc...

Easter'n analog synth jammin'

video upload by Əlәɔʇɹo ᴟuᴤiɔ

Dual MFB Synth Pro
Elektron Analog Rytm
Sequential Prophet REV2
Novation Bass Station II
Korg Modwave
Boss Dimension C DC-2w

Bird & Leaf | Generative ambient impro with Eurorack Modular Synthesizer

video upload by Almanacs

"Discover more of my music:

Ambient improvisation with Eurorack Synthesizer, recorded in single take on a Tascam DR-05 digital recorder.

Modules: Plaits, Antumbra Cara (Elements), Rings, Clouds, 2hp VCF, Erica Synths Black Hole DSP, O_c and Squarp Hermod + few utilities modules.

Post edit on Bitwig Studio (EQ, compression).
Additional FX: Arturia Intensity Reverb, Authority PolyComp, Waves J37 & Izotope Ozone.

Recorded in Honduras, April 2022."

Buchla Easel Command 208C - Glow

video upload by TheTrackdriver

"A semi-generative piece of music. I recently built a 266 Source of uncertainty clone from Samodular which is sending random quantised notes to the Buchla Easel Command 208C. The range is set by the pitch sliders on each oscillator. The Easel sends the pulser signal to the 266 which splits them up and send them back to each lo pass gate with some random stuff added.

The chords comes from a Waldorf Blofeld and the bass from a Moog Sub 37. I used some pedals and a Roland Chorus Echo RE-301 for effects and recorded everything onto a cassette tape (Marantz PMD 430 recorder)."

Sequential T8 shorty

video upload by zack dagoba

Sequential Circuits T8

Sound on soundesign Acoustic & Eurorack

video upload by Meska

"Sound on sound, collage ,and processing with :
Sm57 to befaco instrumetn interface
2hp loop to Joranaloge enhance2 (with warp, runnning parasite delay on side) follow by :
Noise engenering versio distortion, to typhoon(running granular).
all this is modulated by some sloth by NLC and LD3 LFO

Thank you for watching.
My name is Meska of the statik collective . I've been making mostly "dark and expérimental" music for more than ten years now, i'v learn so much online, now it's time for me to share my knoledge, my exploration and this channel is a place to talk about the tools, sound design and techniques to make music with.
i'm tattooist at day jobs and you can found my work here :

You can stream my albums and EPs at

If you'd like to support the channel consider buying music from bandcamp ;)"

OXI One Tutorial - Stochastic MODE

video upload by OXI Instruments

"OXI One got a new mode in the 2.0 firmware just released, the Stochastic MODE!

Grab it here!"

Loki on a Polymoog

via CatSynth:

"Loki sits comfortably atop a vintage Polymoog synthesizer. From aagtive on Instagram, who provides the following commentary:
'Been using the Polymoog keyboard more lately. I’m finding on its’ own it’s rather limited. But the rock organ bass with the filter on can be be quite strong and effective. Also, by building an audio effect rack even the piano preset can become something quite interesting like you heard on my previous post. Each note has its own circuit board apparently. Perhaps that’s part of the charm. I also enjoy the wobbly sounds I get when it’s first powered on and hasn’t had time to warm up yet.' I did have the opportunity to see those boards on the inside of a Polymoog recently."

PIF: Soviet Analog Toy Synthesizer (Serviced) w/ Original Box

video upload by Vintage Soviet Gear

via this auction

"Produced in the USSR in 1980s was intended as children's toy (note the Dog picture) but quickly became a collector's item among electronic musicians and enthusiasts because of its massive analog warm sound.

Knobs: Volume / Lowpass Filter.
Buttons: Power / Vibrato / OSC 32' / OSC 16' / OSC 8'.
Number of octaves in a keyboard - 2 (24 Keys)
Adjustable effects – Vibrato

Fully working (the capacitors have been changed)
Standard 9v DC boss style connection has been installed (centre negative)
Standard output (Jack 6.35) has been installed"

Enhancing your sequences

video upload by Omri Cohen

00:00 - Introduction
00:10 - Envelopes
06:58 - S&H
13:59 - Slew limiter

Omri's Links:

The basics of Modular Synthesis -
Patching techniques and ideas document -
Buy me a coffee? -
Consider joining me on Patreon -

Two Sequential Circuits Prophet VS in Quadro Mode

video upload by synthlegends

"The Sequential Prophet VS was the last synthesizer from Sequential Circuits in 1986, before this company became bankrupt and was sold.

Nevertheless the Prophet VS is a very sought after synth and it was used in the 80ies by France Gall, Rush, Whitesnake and Scorpions.

It is an 8 voice hybrid synth with 4 digital oscillators consisting of 98 waveform plus 31 user waveforms. You can merge the Oscillators with a vector stick called waveform mix. The Prophet VS has a curtis low pass analog filter chip, three envelopes, also with panning and a great modulation matrix with two LFO. There is also a chorus effect and a very capable arpeggiator. The Prophet VS came out as keyboard version and quite rare also as a rack version. The Prophet VS is definitely one of my favourite synths, maybe my favourite, so I also have got the rack version just in case my keyboard version brakes down sometime.

In this video I mix these two synths together via Midi. I programmed a lot of double layered sounds on both synths, so I only can play 4 tones at once. Because the synth has 4 Oscillators, you get 8 Osc at once. By merging two of them, you get in Double mode 16 Osc. If you play it in Unison mode, you get 64 Oscillators at once. That`s ultraaa fat!

I didn’t use any FX, only the internal chorus, but no additional processing, no limiter, no equalizer, compresser etc. Just pure, dry and raw. The VS is fat enough.

I hope you enjoy this video. Thanks for watching, see you next time!"

AMBIENT VIBES - 100 patches for Novation SUMMIT & PEAK - part 2

video upload by Alba Ecstasy

Part 1

"100 #AMBIENT #PATCHES for #NovationSUMMIT & PEAK 👉

Tailored using some of the new features of the 2.0 firmware update, the sound pack contains arpeggiators, sequences, pads, piano & pluck type sounds and deep ambient pads, bass sounds, swirls and beautiful FXs! 100 ambient patches for Novation PEAK / SUMMIT in 1 SysEx file but also as (100) separate files.

❤️, ae"

Waldorf Blofeld - "Azimuth" Sound Pack

video upload by LFOstore

"Waldorf Blofeld (only for SL license) Sound Pack 'Azimuth' is here!

'Astrolabe' series part two - 'Azimuth' includes fresh 128 programs, 34 multi programs, 128 samples OSC (made specifically for this set with the participation of !

Compiles out-of-space, wavetable sounds, arp, bases, drm, lush pads, soaring leads and dense soundscapes and effects.

Each multi consists of 3-4 programs (midi channel 1).

Demo recorded in real time: no external effects, no mastering, no plugin, without additional tools.

Made Alexander Kav T.P.L. with the participation of rhythm-lab
You will find all needed instructions for easy loading soundset."

New Module: Making Sound Machines - Stolperbeats. Shuffled Beats in Eurorack!

video upload by Making Sound Machines

"Happy Easter everyone!

What started out as a tiny little seedling of a project, our secret pattern generator, has grown into its own and hatched as a full-grown Eurorack module! Stolperbeats, roughly translating to "beats tripping over themselves", is a drum trigger sequencer designed to create shuffled beats influenced by artists like FlyingLotus, HiatusKaiyote and JDilla. We've always been fascinated by taking our beats offgrid to give them more fluidity and life. This module allows you to easily dial in and seamlessly switch between all the shuffle, feeling and groove we would, in the past, painstakingly nudge together in a DAW.

Stolperbeats is heard here triggering Eurorack drum modules, including the fantastic Prok Drum available as a DIY kit from Thonk doing the obiwankenobi dragon call, Tiptopaudio’s One playing the @beatsbykabuki STRIKE audio card through @rocket_not FenixIV phaser and an unreleased Making Sound Machines prototype called PercussiveMaintenance, played through @serge_by_random_source 's wavemultiplier and with added oomph from @tomwhitwell's MusicThing Minidrive. The performance showcases switching from a nonuplet groove to a quintuplet shuffle in the blink of an eye.

Stolperbeats features CV and MIDI control over trigger patterns for Kick, Snare, open and closed Hihat and 2x Percussion, as well as control over the depth of shuffle applied. It outputs trigger signals for use with Eurorack drum modules, and MIDI suitable for drum machines and synthesizers.

The module is not in stores quite yet but you will be able to play it at @superbooth_berlin 2022. And you might have noticed a sneaky little peak of it in a @divkidvideo already : D"

Hardware Jams Weekend Challenge: Scales

video upload by SynthAddict

"Happy scale turned dark/sad in Bb Major

Quick-n-dirty jam, almost couldn't find the damn time this weekend.

Virus TI, TheoryBoard, Roland TR-8s, Arturia Keystep Pro, Boss M10MX Mixer

damn Roland typo on the title card :-P"

Behringer PPG Wave Progress

An updated on the Wave from Behringer (don't miss the note on the logo design further below):

"We’re very excited to share with you that we’ve just completed our third and final prototype after 3 years of development, which will now go to our beta testers for final testing, before the synthesizer is released for mass production.

The Wave hybrid synthesizer was a particular complex research and development project, as the recreation of the unique sound properties such as aliasing, over-sampling, low-res converters etc. was very challenging. But after much hard work, we nailed it.

We’re also working together with the legendary Hermann Seib, one of the creators behind this beautiful synth.

This is an exceptionally beautiful and unique synth and once we receive the necessary semiconductors, we’ll get it straight into mass production and into your hands."

Followed by:

"Normally, I wouldn't be bothered by something unimportant like that, but something is annoying me with the design of the logo/synth-name section of the panel. Maybe it is the missing 'PPG' part or the version numbers, or even both. Of course, I do understand that most likely copyright issues are leaving no other choice than using whatever remains, but at least to me, it looks like 'basically Samson - but without his hair' if you get what I mean. I don't know, but perhaps it would be cooler and more of a bold statement (rather than the somewhat castrated "wave") to either use only the version number instead (making it the "Behringer 2.2") or just the capitalized letters "PPG" using the same font as for the "wave" (instead of the iconic original logo design). This would look more like 'maybe it's not the actual Samson, but all of it's might and power'"

EDP Wasp 25-Key Uk Analog Synthesizer w/ MIDI & Case

via this auction

"EDP Wasp 25-Key Analog Synthesizer
One of the best and most iconic UK classic synths.
With elby Midi installed and a matting suitcase
Nice condition in respect of fragile plastic chassis
Fat analog sounds, that’s the original !"

KORG ARP ARP Odyssey Rev3

via this auction

Moog MicroMoog SN 7480

via this auction

"This thing is awesome, with the incredible feature of variable waveshapes which makes this an amazing synth"

Roland Reon driftbox r limited

via this auction

Moog Music Polymoog Synthesizer Owners Manual

via this auction

AKAI X7000 - SXM007, AX80, 3020m, DSM1, JD-Xa, JD-Xi

video upload by ONEPOLYMER

"Some Audio Samples from the X7000 with rare battery powered SXM007 Board as well as Gotek USB Drive.

Raw Song Sketch sequenced by JD-Xa (64 steps, great for snippets & ideas):
Akai AX80
Akai EWI3020m (great bass synthesizer)
Akai X7000 (rudimentary but poor man's Fairlight, very deep lowend)
Korg DSM1
JD-Xa (my all time favorit!)
JD-Xi (Drums, very nice modification possibilities)

enjoy the holidays

ROLAND SH-09 Analog Synthesizer 1979 | HD DEMO

video upload by AnalogAudio1

"(c) 2022 by AnalogAudio1

The Roland SH-09 is a great little monophonic analog synth. With only 1 oscillator, a wide range of cool sounds are possible! Quite simple design, but the basic sound is excellent: the fast envelope, the PWM in combination with the sub oscillator makes that 'magic Roland analog sound' happen.

Quite interesting features as S&H, noise generator, 24 dB filter, ADSR, external signal input (with its own input level slider). The sound architecture is very similar to its successor SH-101, but the SH-09 sounds more like the earlier Roland gear from the 70ies. It really shines when controlled by a sequencer, it has some fantastic percussive sounds. Built like a tank, high quality hardware, easy to repair.

I played the Roland SH-09 with reverb effects from the Lexicon MPX-500 (in the intro) and delay effects from the Korg SDD-3000 (right channel only). On the left channel you can hear the synth dry.

At 3:15 it gets groovy with the Roland TR-606! Enjoy..."

Black Panel Piston Honda & Hertz Donut MKIII

video upload by Robotopsy Robotopsy

"Inspired by Audio Parasite's Black Panel, here's a simple patch with the PH MKIII & HD MKIII."

Cloud Busting (The Ritual Mantra edition) meets Melotus Versio

video upload by Cinematic Laboratory

"I am currently reorganizing my cases to prepare for a new series of videos and now lots of modules are in a messy pile or in boxes. I so wish the Shared System cases were back in stock! Empress ZOIA euroburo will be added next week and I still have a backlog of lots of stuff I need to do. So this is a bit like a 'break' video while I am reorganizing, recording, learning and experimenting. So stay tuned and please enjoy this little intermezzo with the Cloud Busting Jewel Case from Error Instruments and the awesome Melotus Versio."

BENACO - AMBIENT EURORACK MODULAR SYNTHESIZER #eurorack #ambient #modular #synthesizer

video upload by Jerome Mardaga

"This piece was premiered on April 10 on Modular World Spotlight Belgium hosted by Johno Wells, San Diego, SoCal.
You can watch the entire show here: [below]
I was honored to curate this show with the help of Jan De Block from Modular 404 :
Unfortunately I can't remember what the patch was exactly. Just follow the sound.

For best sonic quality, please use headphones or nice speakers."

Modular World - Ep27 - SPOTLIGHT: BELGIUM

video upload by Modular World

"We return with another SPOTLIGHT show, this time setting our sights on the vibrant scene in Belgium. Curated by Jerome Mardaga (THAMEL) and Jan De Block (modular404), this line-up goes deep in almost every direction and will leave you wanting to visit Belgium!
Jerome will also be co-hosting the show with Johno.

00:00 - Pre / post show music from Tangled Waves, and their new release, 'Space'.
Tangled Waves is a Franco-Estonian electronic modular synthesis / audiovisual duo, formed in London and based in Montreal.
Alien worlds, impossible creatures, blinking space machines, live performance and one take recordings... What could possibly go wrong?
07:17 - Show starts / welcome / introduce Jerome Mardaga

15:36 - Halfgeleider

28:41 - Julien Poucet

42:27 - Yunsnare
54:45 - Chat with Yunsnare

1:02:26 - Onsturicheit

1:15:00 - Trap & Zoid

1:29:00 - NORDLYS

1:43:14 - Pulse Mandala
1:53:30 - Chat with Pulse Mandala

2:08:24 - THAMEL
2:20:04 - Chat with THAMEL

2:27:32 - Post show music from Tangled Waves (info above at start of show)
Please visit
Jan De Block curates an ongoing compilation of modular artists performing 6:44 tracks.
The project started in 2018 and has proven to be a mainstay of the modular community.
Check it out.

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